West Bengal HS students can apply to inspect answer scripts

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education will allow class 12 students, who had appeared for their board exams this year, to apply for self inspection of their answer scripts, a WBCHSE official said. The move was necessitated to ensure transparency in the process and enable students to know how their answers were evaluated and the correct answers, he said. “This will also dispel misgivings among the disgruntled students,” he said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers The candidate will be able to carry photocopies of his/her answer scripts after self inspection at the council office on the appointed day. Earlier, students could get their answer sheets reviewed after due appeal but there was no scope for “self- inspection” in the procedure, the official said. An online interface will be available at the council’s website from July 5 that will enable the students to apply for inspection of their answer scripts, he said. After submitting an online application for inspection of papers on a prescribed format within six months after declaration of his/her exam results, the students will be notified online for visiting the council’s office on a particular day, the official said. However, the process of review will also be in force. The Higher Secondary results were declared on May 27.last_img read more

Montreal classaction aims to tackle ticket fees

first_imgMONTREAL – Extra delivery fees on the price of tickets for concerts and shows are described as exploitative in a recent application for a class-action suit against entertainment giant evenko.A law firm representing a Montreal concertgoer is behind the May 3 application and is asking for punitive damages amounting to $15 per member of the action per purchase.It alleges l’Arena des canadiens Inc., which owns and operates the evenko website, charges between $5 and $7 for services described as either an electronic ticket fee, a box office pickup fee or a mobile ticket fee.“These fees are nothing more than a cash cow for the defendant,” the application contends. “The defendant behaves as if it has carte blanche to exploit consumers and adherents and to charge them abusive and disproportionate delivery fees.”A judge has yet to sign off on the action, but Consumer Law Group, a Montreal-based firm, claims in the filing that evenko is running afoul of Quebec’s consumer protection act.“It is claimed in the lawsuit that there is an extreme disproportion between what evenko charges consumers and what it actually costs evenko to email consumers their electronic tickets, allow a customer to physically pick up their printed tickets, transfer electronic tickets to a mobile device, or allow clients to use their credit cards as entry to an event,” the filing reads.“The fair market value for the service for which the defendant charges these fees is zero or very close to zero.”In 2016 alone, evenko promoted 1,224 events and generated tens of millions of dollars in ticket sales, the suit suggests.In a statement, evenko said there’s nothing abusive about the practice.“We would like to affirm, first of all, that the addition of fees for the ticketing service is a common practice in the entertainment industry, as much in Quebec as in the rest of Canada and North America,” company spokesman Philip Vanden Brande wrote.“Moreover, we make sure to comply with applicable laws at all times.”The company wouldn’t comment further, given the matter is now with its lawyers, he added.The application states none of evenko’s competitors charge similar fees, unless it is for the mailing or the physical delivery of tickets.The suit doesn’t target charges for tickets that are sent by mail or courier, acknowledging there’s a cost associated with that service.last_img read more

UN peacekeepers open resource centre for Liberian schoolchildren

19 October 2007About 600 students will benefit from technical and vocational skills training at a new resource centre equipped with computers, sewing machines and a library, courtesy of Pakistani peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). About 600 students will benefit from technical and vocational skills training at a new resource centre equipped with computers, sewing machines and a library, courtesy of Pakistani peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The Pakistan-Liberia Friendship Centre is located in C. H. Deway High School in Tubmanburg, some 60 kilometres west of Monrovia, the capital of the West African nation that is seeking to recover from a brutal civil war that killed almost 150,000 people.Pakistani contingent commander Brigadier General Ahmad Nawaz said the centre is the manifestation of the services rendered by his troops over the years to strengthen peace in Liberia. He reaffirmed the commitment of his troops to help improve the quality of education in Liberia.“The centre signifies the love, cooperation and support given to the peacekeepers during the implementation of their assigned mandate,” said General Nawaz, commending the local communities for making his contingent’s mission enjoyable and fruitful through their friendly relations. Rev. David Ballah, Principal of C. H. Deway High School, said the centre would help enhance the teaching-and-learning process in the school by giving students the opportunity to acquire skills through practice.UNMIL Force Commander Lt.-Gen. Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor lauded the Pakistani contingent for their active involvement in building peace through community empowerment projects such as renovating schools, providing computers and educational materials, and skills training. He called on Liberians to take the initiative to build their country, saying “self-help is a very necessary attribute in national development.”Established in September 2003, UNMIL supports the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the peace process; protects UN staff, facilities and civilians; bolsters humanitarian and human rights activities; and assists in national security reform, including national police training and the formation of a new, restructured military. read more

Trafficker opts for longer sentence to get rehab help

A Norfolk County man with a long history of trafficking cocaine sought a longer sentence so he could get help with his addictions.“He wants to address his issues,” said defence lawyer Wayne Richard, admitting his client, Luke Earl Spencer Carpenter, 33, has a long history of problems with drugs.Carpenter was caught up in a drug warrant Norfolk OPP executed at a Victoria Street home in Simcoe last February. Although he wasn’t the target of the investigation, Carpenter was found with more than $1,000 worth of cocaine, a smaller amount of methamphetamine and a large amount of cash. He pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine.He has been arrested repeatedly with enough cocaine to qualify for trafficking charges and usually had in his possession other illegal drugs.He was sentenced in January 2018 on a cocaine trafficking charge, getting the equivalent of eight months in jail. Last November, he was sentenced after being arrested six months earlier with cocaine, cannabis resin and Adderall, an amphetamine.“You can see, he has quite a significant criminal record with a number of convictions that are drug related,” said assistant federal Crown attorney Jamie Pereira.But the Crown and defence agreed in a joint submission to Justice Gethin Edward that Carpenter should get a long enough sentence so he can get into the Ontario Correctional Institute in Brampton with the chance to kick his addictions.“He’s attempted to deal with them in the past,” said Richard.He said Carpenter completed a 21-day program at Holmes House in Simcoe and attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings.“He’s been in the methadone program since being in custody and he takes responsibility for his actions,” Richard said of his client. “He was advised that he needs a minimum of 13 months left on his sentence to get into OCI.”So, Carpenter opted not to use all the “dead time” — his pre-sentence custody – that he was entitled to because it would leave him short to get into an OCI program.“Declining to take that additional credit shows the seriousness with which he’s approaching his addiction issues this time around,” said RichardThe judge agreed, saying it makes sense to grant Carpenter’s request and give him the chance to kick his habit.“All your problems stem from your addiction,” said Edward.“I suppose it’s been said once or twice before that you’re at the crossroads of your life. Drugs are becoming more and more problematic to you and you’re spending longer and longer periods in custody.”Carpenter was credited with serving six months of pre-sentence custody and sent to jail for a further 18 months. He was also ordered not to own or use weapons for the rest of his life.“Good luck in your efforts to rehabilitate,” said the judge.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

Philadelphia honours childrens book illustrator native son

by Dake Kang, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2016 3:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Children’s book illustrator Jerry Pinkney, left, signs a copy of his book “The Lion and the Mouse” as Philadelphia’s first deputy city representative, Margaret Hughes, watches Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at City Hall in Philadelphia. As Pinkney was honored by Philadelphia city officials Tuesday, July 19, 2016, he said his hometown of Philadelphia and African-American history play powerful roles in his career illustrating more than 100 children’s books. (AP Photo/Dake Kang) Philadelphia honours children’s book illustrator, native son PHILADELPHIA – Celebrated children’s book illustrator Jerry Pinkney received some brotherly love Tuesday from his hometown of Philadelphia, where officials honoured him for his career achievements.Pinkney, whose drawings have brought to life more than 100 books, has inspired generations of youngsters, said Kelly Lee, the city’s chief cultural officer.“His stories and vivid illustrations demonstrate not only his immense talent but also the love and care and sense of responsibility for our children with each book he has created,” Lee said during a ceremony at City Hall.The artist received two lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association this year and was named the artist laureate of the Norman Rockwell Museum in June. Over his five-decade career, his books have been published in 16 languages in 14 countries.Pinkney said curiosity, history and literature are what drives his work.“My role is not just to interpret a text, but it’s also to grow as a person so that the literature — the projects that I choose — in some way enlarge and enrich my life,” he said.Pinkney signed a copy of his book “The Lion and the Mouse,” a wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s fables, which will be displayed at City Hall.Officials gave Pinkney a replica of the Liberty Bell, and he also received a collection of drawings made by children at a local camp who have studied his work.Pinkney said his hometown and African-American history played powerful roles in his career. He grew up in a neighbourhood that was part of the Underground Railroad, had his first art experience at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and attended the University of the Arts. read more

UN envoy urges Somalis to finalize list of new parliamentarians

After decades of warfare, Somalia has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with the country’s transitional federal institutions implementing a so-called Roadmap for the End of Transition. The measures to end the transition included the drafting of a new Provisional Constitution, and the selection of the Members of Parliament by a group of 135 traditional Somali Elders, with the advice of a Technical Selection Committee. The Elders and the Technical Selection Committee need to ensure that all oustanding issues are resolved by tomorrow, 26 August, for preparations to be in place for the Parliament to elect a Speaker and Deputy Speaker on Tuesday. Augustine P. Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, urged them to continue working together “in a spirit of mutual trust and flexibility” to fulfill their responsibilities, according to a statement issued in the capital, Mogadishu. “The candidates for the Speakership will deliver their speeches tomorrow and make their presentations in preparation for the Speaker’s election day on Tuesday, 28 August. So there is no time for delay,” he said in a statement. The inauguration last week of a New Federal Parliament marked the long-awaited end of the transitional period in the Horn of Africa nation. “Last Monday, 20 August, the most qualified Parliament in the recent history of Somalia was inaugurated,” said Mr. Mahiga, who is also head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS). “We are just a few critical steps away from fully ending the transitional period. We must all support this effort to ensure that the complete number of the new Somali lawmakers begin their vital work immediately.” read more

Ban appoints new Director of UN System Staff College

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Jafar Javan of the United States as Director of the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC).Mr. Javan will replace Carlos Lopes, who has been appointed Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he is grateful to Mr. Lopes for his leadership in the implementation of UNSSC’s mandate as the primary provider of inter-agency training and learning UN staff. Based in Torino, Italy, UNSSC runs courses and learning initiatives to UN personnel, reaching some 7,000 beneficiaries each year. On its website, UNSSC states that it assists UN organizations and their staff to develop the skills and competencies needed to meet the global challenges faced by the UN.“Mr. Javan brings a wealth of experience having worked in the United Nations system for over twenty five years in various regions, notably in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe,” the statement reads. “In his tenure in the United Nations system, his professional responsibilities have focused on policy development, education, training and employment, community development and social participation.”Before his appointment, Mr. Javan served as UNSSC Deputy Director and Head of Programmes as well as holding various posts with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). read more

Leyland Trucks sustainable approach sets standard

Successful completion of a project to ensure that no waste leaving the Leyland Trucks plant in Lancashire goes to landfill attracted a visit from HRH Prince Michael of Kent recently. The ‘Zero waste to Landfill’ programme has involved close co-operation with Leyland Trucks many component suppliers. It has led to a significant increase in the use of re-usable pallets and other containers in which components are delivered plus the development of some innovative new packaging solutions. Plastics, polystyrene, cardboard, paper and wood are now recycled and are re-used in a variety of ways from children’s playground equipment to construction materials. The paint waste is treated at a special facility and converted into a product used in the manufacture of cement, while general waste that cannot be reused or recycled is sent to an ‘Energy from Waste’ facility to generate electricity for the national grid. At the end of the tour Prince Michael, who is known to be an enthusiastic supporter of sustainable environmental initiatives, expressed his admiration for what Leyland Trucks had achieved in setting a standard for others to follow. The programme has also had a positive effect on the competitiveness of the plant through cost reductions achieved.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Cold air mass brings snowflakes to lower elevations

first_img A cold air mass moved over the region overnight and snow levels have lowered to around 1,000 feet. Satellite imagery shows abundant showers moving across the region with more upstream.Some of these showers have been bringing snow below 1,000 feet, with a few spotter reports of light snow accumulation between 500 and 600 feet as well as a few snow flakes mixed with rain at the valley floor. As of about 1 p.m. Saturday, about 2 inches of snow had fallen at about the 1,300-1,500 elevation level in far eastern Clark County. Snow was also accumulating at the 900-foot level on Livingston Mountain. Steve Pierce, The Columbian’s weather blogger, said a review of forecast models suggests that the area might see an even greater chance of snow on Tuesday, though the National Weather Service is still forecasting rain.Here is the latest forecast for Vancouver from the National Weather Service for the rest of the weekend:Tonight: Rain showers before 4am, then scattered rain and snow showers. Snow level 700 feet. Low around 36. West wind between 7 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. The National Weather Service issued this bulletin Saturday morning.last_img read more

Can India top Vietnam in mobile phone exports to US as China

first_img Close Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphone. Vietnam has been successful in luring the manufacturers fleeing China fearing more US sanctions over the trade war.TwitterIndia is confident of luring mobile phone makers leaving China for Vietnam fearing the US sanctions as President Donald Trump threatens to escalate a trade war with the Asian giant. A panel led by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant is firming up a strategy that could ease the process for the mobile phone manufacturers to set up production centres in India, media reports suggest. The panel’s task is to prepare a blueprint to snatch back the initiative from Vietnam, which surged ahead of India after trailing it for some time.The Kant panel whose recommendations are expected soon boost electronic items’ export in general and mobile phones in particular, a report in the financial Express website said. The government set up the committee in the context of the failure of India’s phased manufacturing programme (PMP) for mobiles under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s the Make in India initiative while production of mobile handsets grew but imports outpaced it.Indian authorities reckon that higher unit production cost is the reason that the manufacturers fleeing China to escape the US trade sanctions are shunning India for Vietnam. The Kant panel will suggest a programme to ensure that the production cost in India remains competitive.India had headstartIndia’s apparent headstart by producing 140 million handsets compared with 38 million in Vietnam, gradually disappeared with smartphone sales rocketing, the report says. While both the countries produced a similar number of phones in 2017, Vietnam went way ahead following the closure of the Nokia factory in Chennai. Indian exports plummeted from the peak $4 billion, the report says. Last year saw a mild recovery to $2.7 billion. Vietnamese exports, however, have surged from $2.3 billion in 2010 to $49 billion in 2018. A Vietnam street. Vietnam is fast catching up with China in electronics exports.HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty ImagesFact is Vietnam is pacing ahead of India on several other electronic products. Trade statistics show that while India’s exports of electronic goods other than mobile phones have been flat around $5 billion since the beginning of the decade, Vietnam’s exports rose about 10 times, from $3.6 billion in 2010 to $34.5 billion last year, reports show.Industry experts say India may have to match Vietnam in providing a better industrial environment to find success in luring some of the manufacturers eyeing Vietnam. The tax breaks that corporate houses enjoy in Vietnam are termed to have a lot of attraction for large manufacturers.New world economic order  Though nowhere near China’s dominance over global exports at 60 per cent, Vietnam is said to be an emerging powerhouse with already 10 per cent of the export market. Big players like Samsung have moved to Vietnam to hedge their investment in case of a long standoff between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.The report quotes Counterpoint research associate director Tarun Pathak as saying, “Vietnam has a competitive edge over China in terms of labour and manufacturing costs, though China still dominates in terms of skill set, infrastructure and overall manufacturing efficiency.” India is not limiting its focus on electronics while anticipating a new world economic order. The Commerce Ministry under Piyush Goyal reckons that India can boost exports of some 350 products such as chemicals and granite to both US and China. A study by the Ministry officials says there are more than 150 products whose exports to China will gain traction because of the trade war. It has also identified that more than 200 Indian goods from rubber to graphite electrodes can substitute Chinese products. Trump: China Tariffs Are Not Being Paid For By Our Peoplecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:05Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Call for calm after 86 die in farmer herder clashes

first_imgMuhammadu BuhariNigeria’s president called for calm on Sunday after at least 86 people died in clashes between farmers and semi-nomadic herders over the weekend.Authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in central Plateau state after the fighting, part of an escalation of clashes that have raged for years, often over dwindling fertile land.A total of 86 people had died by late Sunday, state police spokesman Terna Tyopev said, raising the local government’s earlier estimate of 70.The violence in Nigeria’s diverse Middle Belt states has now killed more people than the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, according to Reuters calculations.Insecurity has become a major electoral problem for president Muhammadu Buhari, who plans to seek re-election in February and who won power on pledges to deliver peace and stability.In a statement on the president’s official Twitter account late on Sunday, Buhari appealed for calm, adding that “no efforts will be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice, and prevent a recurrence.”But senior lawmakers lamented the state of Nigeria’s law enforcement systems.“This further strengthens my constant call for an overhaul of the entire security apparatus of this country,” Yakubu Dogara, the leader of Nigeria’s lower house of parliament, said in a statement on Sunday.Buhari’s party rejects criticism that his administration is soft-peddling justice for the herders, who belong to the same Fulani ethnic group as the president.last_img read more

Touchscreen steering wheel keeps drivers focused on the road

first_imgThe multi-touch steering wheel hardware. Image: Tanja Döring et al. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Lane departure warning systems help drowsy drivers avoid crashes With the numerous technological advances such as mobile phones and texting, the need to keep drivers focused on the road is the idea behind the development of this touch-screen steering wheel. With standard vehicle controls being behind the steering wheel or in the center console, making changes requires the driver to look away from the road. Albrecht Schmidt, a computer science professor who worked on the project believes by creating gesture-enabled steering wheel, drivers will be able to spend more time focused on the road.The steering wheel is made out of 11 millimeter thick acrylic that is ringed with infrared LEDs. There is an infrared camera that is attached to the bottom that detects reflections when the screen is touched. Gestures can be made on the screen without the driver ever having to take their hands off the steering wheel.To create the prototype, researchers asked participants what movements and gestures they currently used on technological devices in order to create the gestures for some 20 commands. Gestures such as pinching two fingers in order to zoom or tracing out the first letter of a command are some that have been included.Once they had established all the different general commands and gestures, the researchers then had participants test the steering wheel in a simulator. The data from the study shows that the new prototype was able to substantially reduce the amount of time a driver needed to take his eyes off the road.Down the road, they believe the technology could include things such as the ability to project information directly onto the windshield as well as a sensor system designed to check road conditions and traffic and alert a driver to stay focused on the road.The prototype was presented at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and the researchers are currently speaking with automotive companies to look at the possibility of getting this technology into vehicles in the near future. Citation: Touch-screen steering wheel keeps drivers focused on the road (2011, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-touch-screen-wheel-drivers-focused-road.html (PhysOrg.com) — A team of researchers from the University of Stuttgart, University of Duisburg-Essen and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence have created a prototype automotive steering wheel that uses a touch screen to enable the driver to control things such as the radio or navigate a map without having to take their eyes off the road. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Research papers are available here and here.last_img read more

Action against illegal encroachers in front of marketplaces KMC

first_imgKolkata: In the wake of the recent incident of a devastating fire at Bagree Market, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to take prompt action against the illegal encroachments in front of all the marketplaces including those owned by the civic body.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee who is also in charge of the State Fire and Emergency department on Tuesday said that action will be takenagainst those who are encroaching the pavements in front of the various market complexes in the city.The KMC and fire department officials will conduct surveillance in all the markets to oust the illegal encroachers.”The Fire department had faced great difficulties while dousing the flame inside the Bagree Market due to the encroachment on the pavements. We will not allow anybody to occupy the space in front of the markets. Those who are illegally encroaching the pavements in front of the market areas will be asked to vacate the place failing which, a legal action would be taken against them,” the Mayor said.Earlier in the day, Chatterjee held a meeting with the Member and Mayor-in-Councils in the KMC in this regard. He also added that the illegal encroachments obstructed the fire officials to combat the blaze at Bagree Market.”All the owners of the shops will be instructed not to keep any goods on the pavements adjacent to their shops. Instructions will be issued to those who run shops in the markets restricting them from using the pavements. The civic body and the Fire department may also take steps against the vendors putting their stalls on the pavements,” Chatterjee said. He mentioned that an FIR has been lodged against the CEO and the director of the Bagree Estates Private Limited by the state Fire department for their failure to put in place adequate firefighting mechanisms in the market. The civic body had issued notices to various markets including the Bagree Market to arrange for water reservoirs and sprinklers. But in case of Bagree Market, two reservoirs that were there were empty at the time of the incident, giving a very difficult time to the fire officials.”We are looking into why the reservoirs were empty. As a result, the fire officials had to arrange water from various other places. The firefighters did a commendable job. They restricted the fire from spreading. We are now issuing some fresh notifications to the KMC-owned markets and others to strictly meet all the required parameters set by the civic body and the Fire department,” Chatterjee said.last_img read more

Spotify files an EU antitrust complaint against Apple Apple says Spotifys aim

first_imgSpotify announced earlier this week that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission (EC), claiming that Apple’s rules on the App Store ‘limits choice’ and ‘ stifle innovation’ at the expense of user experience. Spotify states that Apple receives a 30% tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system from Spotify and other similar digital services. “If we pay this tax, it would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music. And to keep our price competitive for our customers, that isn’t something we can do”, states Daniel Ek, CEO, Spotify in a blog post. Ek mentions that in case Spotify decides not to use Apple’s payment system, then a series of technical and experience limited restrictions are applied by Apple. For instance, Customer communication on the app is restricted including its outreach efforts beyond the app. Also, they are not able to send emails to Apple customers in certain cases. Apart from that, Apple also blocks the experience enhancing upgrades on the app on a routine basis. Spotify is not the only one to have stood up against Apple tax. Many companies have chastised and spoken against Apple tax. For instance, companies like Netflix Inc. and video game makers Epic Games Inc. and Valve Corp also complained about the cost of Tax that Apple charges, last year. However, Spotify is the first company to file a complaint against Apple tax that is registered with the EU, a regulatory body that ensures fair competition across the market. Ek states that Spotify is not looking for any special treatment and wants Apple to treat them like other apps on the App Store, including  Uber or Deliveroo, who are neither imposed any Apple tax nor do these apps have the same restrictions as Spotify. Ek also mentioned a list of requests to bring about a change in rules laid out by Apple for the app store. These are as follows: Apps should compete fairly on the merits, and not based on who owns the App Store. All apps should be subject to the same fair set of restrictions (including Apple music). Consumers should be offered a real choice of payment systems. They should not be forced to use systems that have discriminatory tariffs associated with them like Apple’s. App stores should not dictate communications between different app services and users, by placing unfair restrictions on marketing. Spotify has also launched a separate ‘Time to Play Fair microsite’ that is dedicated to making users aware of Apple’s ‘anti-competitive behavior’.  The site illustrates the complaints by Spotify extensively. Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel, and VP, Business & Legal Affairs at Spotify, confirmed that Spotify has submitted an “economic analysis” to the European Commission, that demonstrates how Apple’s policies have impacted its business. “We are confident that the evidence will show that even though we’ve been successful as a company, and have grown our business, we could have been even more successful if it were not for the restrictions that Apple has placed on our business,” said Guiterrez. Apple’s response to the complaint Apple has responded back to Spotify, addressing the claims of the complaint on a Press release published, yesterday. Apple states that Spotify wants to leverage all the benefits of the App Store without making any Contributions to Marketplace, and it wouldn’t be the business that it is today without the App Store. “We share Spotify’s love of music and their vision of sharing it with the world. Where we differ is how you achieve that goal. Underneath the rhetoric, Spotify’s aim is to make more money off others’ work”, states Apple. It also states that the only contribution that it requires is for the digital goods and services that are purchased inside the app with their secure in-app purchase system. Apple agrees that the revenue share is 30 percent but it further states that this is only applicable for the first year of an annual subscription and then drops to 15 percent in the years after. “The only time we have requested adjustments is when Spotify has tried to sidestep the same rules that every other app follows. Just this week, Spotify sued music creators after a decision.. required Spotify to increase its royalty payments. This isn’t just wrong, it represents a real, meaningful and damaging step backward for the music industry”, says Apple. Public reaction the news is varied with some sympathizing with Spotify, while others tweeting against Spotify and in support of Apple: Rene Ritchie, a Canadian blogger, Youtuber, and editor in chief of iMore, also posted a video on his YouTube channel, where he took a deep dive into the Spotify action against Apple in the EU, and called Spotify’s move as “kinda victimy”. Read Next Spotify acquires Gimlet and Anchor to expand its podcast services Spotify releases Chartify, a new data visualization library in python for easier chart creation Spotify has “one of the most intricate uses of JavaScript in the world,” says former engineerlast_img read more

Marriott International recognised as Top Employer

first_imgMarriott International has been certified as one the “Top Employers in China 2015” for the fourth consecutive year by the Top Employers Institute.The Top Employers Institute recognizes leading organizations around the world that achieve the highest standards of excellence in employee conditions.Top employers are selected by a rigorous evaluation process including an HR Best Practices Survey, this Survey thoroughly assesses the HR environment of an organization from strategy, policy implementation, monitoring and communication of employee conditions to talent development.Top Employers Institute country manager Nicole Jin, said that an optimal human resources environment is crucial to both the personal and professional development of employees of an organization.“According to our study, the human resources strategy of Marriott International enables an exceptional work environment for its associates. Its human resources initiatives are very thoughtful and aligned with its corporate culture,” Ms Jin said.Marriott International chief human resources officer, Asia Pacific Regan Taikitsadaporn, said that the portfolio of Marriott International in China has been expanding rapidly.“This momentum is expected to continue in coming years. Our competitive advantage in human resources will be a key facilitator for fueling our growth in this market,” Mr Taikitsadaporn said.Marriott International is expected to grow its distribution from 16 cities in 13 provinces, municipalities and special administrative regions under five brands: Marriott Hotels, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard, and Marriott Executive Apartments; to more than 58 cities in 26 provinces.By 2017, Marriott’s total workforce is expected to increase to more than 75,000 associates in the continent – almost doubling its current size in the region– with nearly half of this number in China alone.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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