CEO of Dera firm held

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgThe CEO of a business venture run by Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda has been arrested in connection with the violence that erupted following the conviction of the sect’s head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case on August 25, the police said on Tuesday.A Bathinda-based woman and her son were also arrested on Monday for allegedly providing shelter to the sect head’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan when she was evading arrest, they said.last_img

BCCI felicitates Under-19 World Cup champions

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

UEFA Europa League, Arsenal vs Vitoria de Guimaraes LIVE Streaming: When and Where to Watch Online, TV Telecast, Team News

Posted On Nov 26 2019 by

first_img arsenalEuropa LeagueEuropa League 2019-20football First Published: October 24, 2019, 12:33 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Arsenal will host Vitoria de Guimaraes on Thursday night at the Emirates Stadium for their third matchday UEFA Europa League 2019-20 group stage fixture. With six points from the last two games, the Gunners are sitting pretty on top of the Group F chart. Whereas, Vitoria de Guimaraes have failed to register a win in their last two outings and are sitting on the bottom of the table. The UEFA Europa League 2019-20 Arsenal vs Vitoria SC will commence at 12:30 am.Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said that the team should accept fan’s criticism they have faced after losing to Sheffield United in PL and focus on their upcoming clash. “We need to think how we can… progress and achieve our targets. Immediately, that’s to win tomorrow. In this competition we won two matches and played very well with very good results,” he said. The Gunners will welcome Vitoria de Guimaraes without Reiss Nelson, who injured his knee during the Standard Liege match on October 3.On the other hand, Vitoria de Guimaraes will travel without Mubarak Wakaso and Andre Andre.UEFA Europa League 2019-20 Arsenal possible starting lineup vs Vitoria de Guimaraes: Martinez; Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mustafi, Tierney; Torreira, Ceballos; Pepe, Willock, Saya; MartinelliUEFA Europa League 2019-20 Vitoria de Guimaraes possible starting lineup vs Arsenal: Jesus; Soares, Tapsoba, Pedrao, Hanin; Edwards, Poka, Agu, Costa, Davidson; BonatiniWhat time is kick-off?The game will kick-off at 12:30 AM on October 25. There are 24 Europa League games tonight with 13 of them in the early 10:25 PM slot and the remaining 11 will start at 12:30 AM on October 25.What TV channel is it on?Sony will show every game from the Europa League LIVE in India this season. Arsenal vs Vitoria de Guimaraes will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Thursday night.How can I stream it?The Europa League Arsenal vs Vitoria de Guimaraes live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. last_img read more

Meghalaya to take up with Centre coal mining resumption issue

Posted On Nov 25 2019 by

first_imgShillong, Jun 24 (PTI) The Meghalaya cabinet today approved a proposal made by the Mining and Geology department to exclusively follow up with different ministries of the Centre to ensure that coal mining resumed in the state at the earliest.The cabinet also stressed on the need to prevail upon the NGT (National Green Tribunal) in its July 7 sitting that it (government) is committed to bring coal mining activity under effective regulations with respect to environment, safety and labour.”The department has been mandated to exclusively deal on coal-related issues,” Chief Minister Mukul Sangma told reporters after a cabinet meeting held here.He said the department is tasked to prevail upon the Centre to exempt the operation part of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973 and Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act in the scheduled areas of the state.One of the proposals that the state government had adopted was a resolution passed by the state Assembly last year seeking Presidential notification to ensure the operation of the provisions of the central laws related to coal mining is exempted in the state.Section 3 of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973 which talks about acquisition of rights of owners in respect of coal mines states that the right, title and interest of the owners in relation to the coal mines … shall stand transferred to, and shall vest absolutely in the Central government free from all encumbrances.However, the Chief Minister said, “By invoking Para 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule through a Presidential notification, the state will be exempted from the said acts and its applicability in Meghalaya.”advertisementThe Chief Minister said his government has suffered directly and indirectly from the ban on extraction and transportation of coal and hence the state Legislative Assembly had last year adopted the resolution. (MORE) PTI JOP SUS IKA LNSlast_img read more

Not all students pelt stones, CM says; Kids clash with forces

Posted On Nov 19 2019 by

first_imgSrinagar, May 8 (PTI) As school students clashed with security forces in Pulwama district today, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti stressed that not every young Kashmiri was a stone pelter.Kashmir once again stood at the crossroads, she said, but added peace would return to the troubled valley which has been seeing protests, mostly by students, over the last two months.”There are some who pelt stones, but not all the youth from Kashmir do so,” she said, urging the national media not to highlight discussions that “developed hatred” against the people of the state.Kashmiri students were “angry and disillusioned”, she told reporters at a brief interaction at the opening of the Civil Secretariat here, referring to the ongoing protests.In Pulwama, the anger was visible as school students marched against what they described as police highhandedness, clashing with security forces.Police said the students threw stones at the security personnel, who baton charged them.The students were demanding action against security personnel who had allegedly roughed students up during the ongoing protests and demanded the release of those who had been arrested.The chief minister believed that some students were being “provoked”.”Some are being provoked. I think we should all work together to resolve this situation,” she said.The situation was “serious”, she added.”But I do not think it is something which cannot be resolved,” she added.Kashmir, the CM said, had seen far worse.”Since 1947, there have been many occasions when J-K has gone through bad times. Today we are again at the crossroads,” she said.advertisementThe movement for a plebiscite for the status of Kashmir in the 1950s carried on for 22 years, she pointed out, but the leadership understood that the issue could not be resolved through violence.”The Indira-Sheikh accord happened. Then the situation turned grim again after 1990. Sometimes militancy increased and sometimes it decreased,” she said.The chief minister held that Jammu and Kashmir was the “soul” of India, and urged the people of the state to claim India as their own.”When there is J-K, there is India. The people of J-K not only have a right over J-K, but on each part of the country and they should assert it,” she said.Mufti noted that the states youth had been excelling in national-level examinations and in sports.”They have so much potential that they can prove themselves anywhere in the country,” she said. PTI MIJ GVS DV BDSlast_img read more

We appreciate govts effort for recognising Dhyan Chand: Kumar

Posted On Nov 19 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 8 (PTI) Olympian Ashok Kumar, son of legendary Dhyan Chand, today appreciated the Sports Ministry for requesting Bharat Ratna for his late father, the latest push to bestow the hockey legend with Indias highest civilian honour. While appreciating the present governments effort, Kumar came hard on the previous UPA regime for neglecting the matter during its tenure. “I am hopeful that something will happen now. I appreciate the government for doing this to recognise Dhyan Chand. We are all very happy. People across the country are appreciating this,” Kumar said. “The previous government didnt handle the matter well. We are proud as a family and I am sure the entire country is proud as well,” he added. Kumars reaction came after the Sports Minister Vijay Goel wrote to the Prime Ministers Office, requesting Bharat Ratna for the late Dhyan Chand. “Yes, we have written to the Prime Minister about Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand. Conferring the honour posthumously will be a fitting tribute to his exceptional service to the country,” Sports Minister Vijay Goel had said. It is not the first time that the Ministry has sought Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand, who helped India win three gold medals at the Olympics (1928, 1932, and 1936). During the UPA rule in 2013, the Sports Ministry had chosen the hockey wizard for the honour over cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar. However in the same year, it was eventually announced that Tendulkar will be the first sportsperson to receive the award, hours after he ended his illustrious international career. PTI SSC CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Monolithic embedded RRAM presents challenges, opportunities

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgRRAM technology employs filamentary nanoparticles and simple CMOS compatible materials like non-conductive amorphous silicon (a-Si) as the switching material. As it is a low temperature back-end-of-line (BEOL) process integration, it can be easily integrated with CMOS logic circuitry and manufactured using existing CMOS fabs without the need for any special equipment or materials. When an electric field is applied across the cell, a metallic filament forms across the cell and changes its resistive characteristics. Because the switching mechanism is based on an electric field, the cell behavior is very stable across a wide temperature range.From a cell perspective, resistive memory cells should boast the same on-current even as the device area is scaled down, but have reduced off-currents. On/off current ratios, from a few hundred to more than a thousand, are typical. This also improves the sensing margin, enabling sensing with less complicated CMOS peripheral circuitry and the ability to do multi-level cells and triple-level cells (MLC/TLC) at smaller technology nodes.One of the greatest challenges facing developers in achieving ultra-high density RRAM (>1Tb) has been overcoming the leakage (sneak) current problem in cross-point arrays that interferes with the reliable reading of data from individual memory cells. More advanced technologies such as Crossbar’s offer a built-in select feature able to overcome the sneak current issue that has plagued other RRAM approaches. This opens the door to the use of architectures with the ability to employ a single transistor to drive as many as 2000 resistive memory cells with very low power. Crossbar’s field assisted superlinear threshold (FAST) selector device is capable of suppressing the leakage current below 0.1nA, and has been successfully demonstrated in a 4-Mbit integrated 3D stackable passive array.The high selectivity of the FAST device and its ability to be integrated directly into each RRAM memory cell make it possible to move beyond the density limitations of 1T1R array structures and implement commercial memory products based on 3D stackable 1TnR memory architectures for ultra-high density nonvolatile memory application. The typical primary benefits of higher levels of integration are higher performance, lower energy consumption and lower costCompared to NAND flash, RRAM technology delivers 100X lower read latency and 20X faster write performance. Unlike flash, RRAM technology can be architected with small pages that can be independently erased or re-programmed. This new storage architecture simplifies drastically the complexity of the storage controller by removing a large portion of the background memory accesses required for garbage collection. With a write amplification equal to 1, RRAM achieves visible benefits in terms of read and write latencies, lower energy consumption and increased lifetime of the storage solutions.Higher Performance – On-chip storage eliminates the need for a complex controller to talk to external memory and enables the use of wide memory buses that break the bandwidth bottleneck between computing cores and RRAM storage arrays. Different kinds of storage elements can be integrated for each kind of memory usage, and each processing core can have its own dedicated on-chip memory and storage arrays. By eliminating connectors and pads, external buses, output buffers, re-synchronization and such, greatly reduced latencies are achieved at few hundreds of nanoseconds. And the latencies are more predictable due to better data management and reduced background operations resulting from the simplified controller. On a system level, hot data can be now stored very close to the processing cores in on-chip persistent-memory. This enables new architectures and data management tiering.Lower Power – At the memory cell level, RRAM can improve programming performance and power consumption by achieving a 64pJ/cell program energy, a 20X improvement compared to NAND flash technology. On a system level, having storage memory on-chip reduces energy consumption even further by reducing or eliminating accesses to external memory, reducing power consumption through fewer I/O operations. Lower, more predictable latencies also reduce power consumption by shortening the execution time of code fetching or data streaming.Higher Security – With no external bus required for the processor to access storage, systems are less susceptible to direct data interceptions through physical attachment and to a variety of side channel attacks that analyze measurements of electromagnetic emanations. Everything remains on-chip and not visible outside the package.Lower Cost – Monolithic integration of storage memory offers many cost benefits by eliminating the need for a variety of mechanical connectivity components and methods of varying complexities that can lower yields and increase overall fabrication cost. Multi-chip modules, across a board or substrate or using package-level integration, and wafer-level integration using TSVs and interposers generally require tradeoffs between cost, performance, functionality and footprint.At $60 billion annually, the memory market is huge, but until now it has existed in a separate domain from most of the rest of the semiconductor industry, and the NAND flash portion of the market has been dominated by about six major vendors and fabs. Entrenched legacy technologies like NAND won’t be displaced overnight. It takes time to build a strong ecosystem of new-generation memory technology providers, partners and strategic alliances to nurture this kind of innovation and bring it to end users profitably. Creating new opportunities, differentiated applications with monolithic embedded RRAM storage is what innovative companies are currently building within an ecosystem of partners. Successful 3D RRAM technologies will have to validate smooth integration in CMOS pure-play manufacturing foundries, overcome temperature sensitivity and solve the sneak path currents challenge of cross-point arrays.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Digital Smaller, faster, cheaper. Repeat. This has been the mantra of the semiconductor industry for more than 50 years, ever since Douglas Engelbart, a computer engineer, first introduced the elegant but radical idea of “scaling” to the electronics industry in 1960. Speaking at the first International Solid-State Circuits Conference, Engelbart’s idea was deceptively simple: as you make electronic circuitry smaller, components will get faster, less expensive and less power hungry.The corollary to scale is integration. As individual transistors and other components get smaller, more of them can be combined – integrated – on a single chip. From discrete logic functions to microprocessors to microcontrollers to systems on chip, the industry has progressed to higher and higher degrees of integration as it has learned to make transistors and other components smaller and smaller.But not all things have been able to shrink at the same rate. Most notably, memory technologies have not been able to scale as fast as other logic circuitry. This has resulted in a divergence between these two critical segments of the semiconductor industry, with different manufacturing processes for each that require separate manufacturing foundries on two distinct technology paths. And with memory and logic being manufactured on different process nodes, they cannot be integrated on the same chip.Now engineers are looking up, literally, and moving into the third dimension as they seek to achieve even greater levels of integration. Moving from 2D planar topologies to 3D implementations offers many desirable benefits, including smaller overall footprint and shorter average interconnection length, along with associated improvements in cost, latency and energy consumption. But with logic and memory unable to reside on the same chip, engineers have been forced to consider a number of alternative methods for stacking individual chips and connecting them, including through silicon vias (TSVs) and silicon interposers, to achieve their integration goals. But this kind of stacking is also plagued by temperature, yield and other issues.Enter nonvolatile resistive RAM (RRAM) technology. RRAM can be manufactured with the same CMOS process node in the same manufacturing foundry used today by logic circuitry. This manufacturing convergence, together with other unique features of RRAM technology, is making 3D monolithic integration of massive amounts of storage-class memory and logic circuitry possible for the first time. By eliminating expensive interposer and other chip-to-chip and stacked chip integration techniques and their limitations, RRAM technology enables system-on-chip architectures to benefit from the superior characteristics of embedded storage in the next generation computing platforms, creating new markets and new opportunities for monolithic embedded storage.Since its introduction in 1987 by Dr. Fujio Masuoka from Toshiba, NAND flash technology has achieved the largest share of the nonvolatile memory (NVM) market. Today, NAND flash is the preferred mass storage media across a broad range of consumer applications, including tablets, smart phones, media players, cameras and video recorders, as well as in solid state drives (SSD) to boost the performance of computers, from slim laptops to massive enterprise storage systems.But this 30-year old technology has recently begun showing its age. It is now widely accepted that scaling NAND flash below 25nm has significantly degraded performance and reliability. For example, scaling from 72nm to 16nm has shown an increase of the raw bit error rate (BER) from 1e-7 to 1e-2 and a decrease of cycling from 10,000 cycles to below 3,000 cycles. This, in turn, demands increased overhead and computational power from the NAND controller logic and the host system to compensate.NAND flash is hitting this technology wall just as emerging storage applications are demand higher reliability and endurance. Current 2D planar NAND flash technology has reached a limit that will not be able to serve these applications.This widening gap between application requirements and flash technology has spurred industry professionals to look into new solutions, including various 3D approaches, to resolve these issues while boosting density. While these efforts are commendable and may achieve some near-term success, NAND flash will always remain a separate component of any system, and designers will still need to contend with all that implies, from bandwidth and latency limitations to costs and burdensome power requirements and more.The industry needs a fresh approach that not only addresses the scaling and reliability issues confronting NAND flash, but also the larger issues of achieving higher levels of integration between logic and memory. And this will be possible only when these two manufacturing process nodes converge again.RRAM is widely hailed as the most promising technology in the race to develop new, more scalable, high-capacity, high-performance and reliable storage solutions. RRAM technology is based on a simple two-terminal device structure integrated in back-end-of-line (BEOL) process. RRAM cells typically employ a switching material sandwiched between two metallic electrodes that can exhibit different resistance characteristics when a voltage is applied across it. Significant performance differences can be achieved depending on the switching materials and memory cell organization chosen. When the RRAM technology uses CMOS-friendly materials and standard CMOS manufacturing processes, multiple layers of cross-point RRAM arrays can be integrated on top of CMOS logic wafers to build SoCs and other chips with large amounts of 3D monolithic embedded RRAM storage.Regardless of the material specifics, developers of RRAM technology all face several common challenges: overcoming temperature sensitivity, integrating with standard CMOS technology and manufacturing processes and limiting the effects of sneak path currents, which would otherwise disrupt the stability of the data contained in each memory cell.Next Page >> Continue Reading Previous An Arduino-based ThereminNext Single-chip end-to-end security for IoT devices connected to the Amazon cloudcenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

Shiva Thapa becomes India’s first gold-medallist in Kazakhstan President’s Cup

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgFour-time Asian medallist Shiva Thapa became India’s first gold-medallist at the President’s Cup boxing tournament after getting a walkover in the finals in Astana, Kazakhstan on Saturday.Making his international debut in the newly-introduced Olympic category of 63kg, Thapa was to fight Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin in the summit clash but his opponent had to pull out due to injury.Thapa had lost to Safiullin in the Asian Championship semifinal earlier this year.Signing off with a silver medal was woman boxer Parveen (60kg) who lost her final bout to local hope Rimma Volosenko.”The new weight category has been easy to adapt. I have not faced too much difficulty. Obviously there are challenges of facing boxers who are coming from 64kg, given their power but nothing is impossible,” Thapa, a 60kg category boxer before the rejigging of Olympic divisions, told PTI from Astana.Thapa couldn’t make the cut for the September world championships after losing in the trials to Commonwealth Games silver-winner Manish Kaushik.Thapa had defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Argon Kadiribekuulu 4-1 in the last-four stage bout.”Shiva had a great tournament, beating some really fancied opponents. It was an impressive performance,” said India’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva.Earlier, Sweety Boora (81kg) and Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg) had ended their campaign with bronze medals following semifinal defeats.Also Read | Indonesia Open 2019: PV Sindhu eases into final after straight-game win over Chen YufeiAlso See:last_img read more

Pep Guardiola says it ‘will take time’ for City to recover from Spurs defeat – video

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez Receives Major Honor After Freshman Season

Posted On Oct 26 2019 by

first_imgAdrian Martinez releases a pass for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers passes against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first half at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)One freshman quarterback—Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence—is at center stage of the college football world tonight, but he was joined by Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez in this year’s FWAA Freshman All-American team.Nebraska didn’t have the fastest start to Scott Frost’s tenure, but did come on late in the year.Much of that improvement had to do with the freshman quarterback.Martinez was injured late in the loss to Colorado, and missed the following game against Troy, another Huskers loss.He was healthy for the rest of the season though, and put up extremely strong numbers on the year.Martinez completed just under 65-percent of his passes for 2,617 yards, 17 touchdowns, and eight interceptions on the year.He is also a major factor on the ground, finishing second on the team with 629 yards and eight touchdowns.Adrian Martinez split the first-team designation in the Football Writers’ Association of America Freshman All-American team.The two were joined by standouts including Purdue WR Rondale Moore, Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle and DB Patrick Surtain II, Georgia OLs Cade Mays and Isaiah Wilson, and Texas DB Caden Sterns.? FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN ALERT ?@TheFWAA has named @MartinezTheQB to the 2018 team!?:— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) January 7, 2019Martinez is a major reason that Nebraska will enter the year with a good amount of hype for year two under Frost, despite the 4-8 record.[FWAA]last_img read more

The Atacama: High & Dry

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_img Editors’ Recommendations America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities With unclear route signage, ghastly road conditions, lack of cell phone signal and sheer isolation combined with acute altitude sickness and solar radiation, the placid terrain surrounding the Chilean town of San Pedro de Atacama is more threatening than it appears. The small 15th century mining settlement lies 7,900 feet above sea level and is part of the Atacama plateau, reportedly the most arid place on our planet – but thanks to bus connections to both Calama in Chile and Salta in Argentina, San Pedro acts as a gateway to the regions spectacular landforms; lunar valleys and vast salt flats, perhaps only comparable in beauty to those found around the Himalayas.The Hotel Altiplanico lies on the outskirts of town but is still within walking distance of everything worth walking to. It also faces the Licancabur Volcano; a majestic work of nature, which by the way, is still pretty active. The 29 rooms are arranged in three semi circles around manicured gardens. The buildings, designed to reflect the regions native Indian heritage, have been constructed with thick earthen walls, straw lined ceilings and small windows to keep the indoor temperature stable. Although there are daytime lows of 65 in winter and highs of 85 in summer, the thermometer frequently drops below freezing through the night. There are plenty of cheap and cheerful cafés scattered around the village but otherwise the Altiplanico has a delightful daily changing menu influenced by Peruvian and Chilean cuisine, with local staple ingredients including quinoa, scallops, blue potatoes and the syrupy chanar fruit.This is paradise for landscape lovers; the Valle de la Luna (5 miles south east), Salar de Atacama (34 miles south) and El Tatio geyser field (62 miles north) are all focus attractions and plenty of tour operators in San Pedro organize daily visits to these sites. The Salar de Atacama is the second largest salt flat in the world; a mesmerizing expanse of whiteness peppered with pink flamingos that thrive in the saline environment.  At night the lack of light pollution allows for the clearest views of the starry skies – so be sure to pack a proper camera and no iPhone nonsense. The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America last_img read more

Interview: Develop Confidence & Stand Out through Travel Agent Education

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgInterview By: Andy Ogg, Senior Editor – Travel Professional NEWSInterviewing: Bill Coyle,  Director of Education and Programs – KHM Travel Group  First off, thank you very much for the time today and for sharing this information to our wonderful following of Travel Professionals!Thank you, Andy! I’m grateful to be featured, especially since we are going to be talking about travel agent education. For those of our readers that aren’t aware of KHM Travel Group, can you share a bit of history about your Host Travel Agency?KHM Travel Group was founded in 2005 as a small, family-run business just south of Cleveland, Ohio. Our President and CEO, Rick Zimmerman, has been leading the way since the beginning. Through our dedication to travel agent education and support, gradually we’ve become one of the leading host agencies in the country. We now host more than 4,800 travel agents and have a team of nearly 75 people to support them in our Corporate Office. We work very hard to maintain that family feeling among our team and with our agents. I joined the KHM Travel Group staff in January of 2016, after 20 years of running my family’s retail travel agency. The Host Agency marketplace has become quite competitive in the past couple of years, can you share what sets you apart from other Host Agency options?Our ratio of corporate staff to agents is unusual for the industry. We have one team member for every 65 agents, which is what allows us to provide the level of support that we do. It goes beyond quantity though to the range of expertise we have in-house. We can provide world-class support to our agents in every facet of their businesses because we have experienced travel agents, business experts, and marketing professionals on our team. We even have a dedicated tech support team! At the heart of all this is an owner who genuinely cares about the wellbeing of our agents and our team members. Rick always takes every opportunity to get to know our agents, whether they’ve been with us for five days or five years. He sets a great example. Where do you stand on the specialize or not specialize debate — is it beneficial for agents to develop a niche?It certainly is beneficial for some agents. Back when I got started at our brick-and-mortar agency, retail agents couldn’t really specialize. They had to be prepared for whatever walked in the door. Now that many agents are home-based, it’s easier for them to specialize if they want to, because they can just market the specific destinations or types of travel they want to sell. For new agents, specializing could take away some of that pressure they might feel to know everything right off the bat. There’s also no rush to specialize, because home-based agents are learning and working their business at their own pace. They can always start off just booking general travel, and then move into a niche as their business develops. Especially for new agents, it can be hard to develop confidence when talking about and selling a destination they haven’t been to. In your experience, what is the most comprehensive and reliable way to learn about a travel product, outside of experiencing it?Just because you haven’t visited a place or a ship doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to build an itinerary for it. Start with destination-intensive training for the destinations you want to sell. Many years ago, I completed my Hawaii training before I ever went to the islands and was able to successfully book Hawaii just by diving into it. The other very valuable way to learn is to speak to people who have been there. I have learned so much listening to our BDMs talk about destinations, and what they personally loved about them. Listen to your clients and potential clients who have been to that destination – seek them out and use their reviews to build your knowledge. With so many websites and teaching platforms out there today, how do new agents know what is right for them?Agents have to start somewhere, and for hosted agents, hopefully they can rely on their host agency’s Learning Management System to help them lay a foundation they can build their business on. We always encourage our agents to start with our Agent Basics courses. After that, agents can use their passion to figure out what other courses or programs might be beneficial to them. If there’s a certain supplier that they love, I’d suggest starting with that supplier’s training. The supplier BDMs are also fantastic resources, if agents have the chance to get to ask them where to go for information. The other thing I encourage agents to do is seek out in-person events in their area, whether it be through ASTA, CLIA, or a travel supplier. Last year, we also started Team-Ups as a way to get small groups of KHM Travel Agents in the same regions to get together, talk about their businesses, and learn from each other. In your opinion, what are the major differences between the educational journey of a hosted agent versus a non-hosted agent?A hosted agent will be able to stay more up-to-date on their professional development opportunities. Without a host, there just won’t be as much variety in what is offered. These agents also aren’t as likely to have access to cutting-edge educators who are willing to share their experiences and knowledge. A host agency gives agents the ability to learn in a classroom setting (whether that be online or in-person) and actually take advantage of the knowledge of other travel agents, rather than just learning from suppliers. For agents that have been around for years, what advice do you give them to help them stay relevant to their clients?The key is getting out of the mindset we’ve always been in. Not everyone wants to go to the same resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. The consumer market drives the change, and it’s important that travel agents maintain an understanding of clients’ needs. As agents, if you find yourself in a rut where you’re selling the same destinations to the same clients, that’s when it’s time to look at new markets. When I first started, I never would’ve imagined I’d be sending clients to The Maldives, but I have a honeymoon couple there right now. They are sending me pictures every day of how much they are loving it. After 30 years in the travel industry, what makes a travel experience exceptional for you?I really enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone and experiencing places I haven’t before. Sharing my experiences of these places with agents to help educate them makes it even more rewarding. Since I’ve become part of KHM Travel Group, I’ve also been so fortunate to meet people in my travels that I would not have otherwise. Earlier this month, I lead a panel with top cruise executives like Adolfo Perez, Vicki Freed, and Camille Olivere at Cruise360, which is an opportunity I never would have had before KHM Travel Group. What 3 things would you like Travel Professionals to know about KHM Travel Group?The first thing was a huge realization for me when we joined KHM Travel Group, and it’s about the commission potential. KHM Travel Agents earn more through us at their commission level (whether it be 80% or 90%) than they would if they earned 100% commission on their own. It’s as simple as sales volume. Second, I can’t emphasize enough how passionately invested each of our team members are in our agents. We want agents to know we are with them for long haul, and I think that comes through in all our interactions. As a company, we are not successful if our agents aren’t successful. Finally, Rick and our Executive Team really empower us to make decisions to help our agents. Together we developed a set of core values, and we really strive to live them each day. Do you offer any training or educational opportunities to Travel Professionals who are looking to partner with a Host Travel Agency?Our education starts with our Learning Management System (LMS), which is available online through our Travel Agent Portal. The LMS acts like an online classroom, and its especially essential for new agents to go through our Getting Started courses so they can learn the basics of the travel industry. We also have a full calendar of webinars hosted by our suppliers and the KHM Travel Group team. We have multiple webinars every week, and agents can access those recordings. We also host live events that are produced in-house. We design the curriculum and create all the materials for our events, so everything is designed specifically for our agents. Our Boot Camp is geared towards newer agents, and we also host Destination Success which is more supplier-focused. Our big event each year, the Crystal Conference, is an educational event and is held in destination or on a ship, so that adds another layer of value for attendees. With 2019 well underway, is there anything new on the horizon for KHM Travel Group?We have a newly formed Group Team that is dedicated to helping our agents learn and be successful booking groups. The group segment continues to grow, so I just know that team is going to be busy well into the future. We are also rolling out Boot Camp 2.0 later this year, which is a new event we’ve developed for agents ready to go beyond the basics that are learned at Boot Camp. It’s geared toward more experienced agents who want to gain knowledge of new markets, destinations, and products. Internally, we’ve gotten to the point where we’ve outgrown our current corporate office, and so we’ll be moving this month and into June. It’s just down the road from where we are on now, but it’s going to make a world of difference in terms of our ability to grow. This new space will allow us to expand our team and further support our agents. If a Travel Professional is interested in learning more about KHM Travel Group, where can they go to do that?They can visit or give our amazing Membership Team a call at 1-888-611-1220. Before we conclude, I personally want to thank you for your time and information shared today. This is some fantastic insight to any Travel Professional and we very much appreciate your insights.Thank you, Andy! I appreciate the opportunity.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Offers Ambulance System Expertise to Panama

Posted On Oct 22 2019 by

first_imgNova Scotia’s world-class ambulance system has attracted the attention of the government of Panama. A memorandum of understanding to be signed today, Oct. 23, by the government of Nova Scotia, Tri-Star Industries Limited, Dr. Ron Stewart, an expert in pre-hospital emergency care and architect of the Nova Scotia system, and Club Activo 20-30 De Panama, on behalf of the government of Panama, will allow Nova Scotia to share combined expertise in ambulance systems with the Central American country. “It is understandable that other countries would look to Nova Scotia for advice,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Our ambulance system is recognized as one of the best in North America. Panama wants to know how we were able to move from a fragmented private system just 10 years ago, to the world-class ambulance system we have today.” The agreement is to discuss and develop opportunities for an ambulance service in Panama. It does not involve a financial commitment from the provincial government. “Together, we have a lot to offer Panama in terms of shared knowledge and expertise related to the development of an excellent ambulance service,” said Keith Condon, president and CEO, Tri-Star Industries. “For our part, our staff in Yarmouth are experts in the production of world-class ambulances used here in Nova Scotia and in 39 other countries.” Tri-Star Industries invited the government of Panama to Nova Scotia to see the ambulance system and the Tri-Star factory earlier this year. Panama signed a contract for 22 ambulances, the foundation of the country’s new system. While the role of the Health Department is mainly regulatory, the partners involved bring expertise in paramedic training, system design, ambulance production and other areas of interest to Panama as they build an ambulance system. “I’m very proud to have been involved in designing the pre-hospital system that we have today in Nova Scotia and I continue to be very involved in emergency health care,” said Dr. Ron Stewart. “Well-trained professionals are crucial to a strong ambulance system, and I look forward to helping Panama set up a training school and registry for their paramedics.” Mr. d’Entremont will join Panamanian Presidential Secretary of Governmental Innovation Gaspar Torte and other partners at today’s signing of the memorandum of understanding. Panama is a Central American country bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica.last_img read more

Duchess Of Cambridge Shows Off Baby Bump During Charity Visit

Posted On Oct 16 2019 by

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge confessed today that she is nervous about giving birth, as she showed off her baby bump for the first time at a public event.The Duchess of Cambridge meets women at Hope House in LondonCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgHer Royal Highness’s admission came as she chatted to a group of women recovering from drink and drug addictions at a treatment centre run by the charity Action On Addiction of which she is Patron.The Duchess spent time with an arts therapy group at Hope House in Clapham, South London, where the centre’s clients had completed paintings charting their battle with substance abuse.The Duchess chatted to Natalie, who has a two-year-old daughter and is due to give birth to a second child in July – the same month as The Duchess who is more than four months pregnant.The 28-year-old said the talk also turned to babies when they chatted: “We’re due about the same time. She’s been unwell and feeling better now and I felt pretty much the same the first time.”The Duchess arrived at the treatment centre, which is based in a large period property in the leafy suburb, and was greeted by dozens of photographers, cameramen and journalists.Wearing a MaxMara dress, she shook hands with Nick Barton, Action On Addiction’s Chief Executive.During the visit, The Duchess was taken to the centre’s kitchen and watched as a lunch of chicken and bacon pasta with salad was prepared by some of the clients.Some of the ingredients for the meal – packs of chicken and bacon and packets of brown pasta – were laid out on a table and Her Royal Highness asked one of the women who was chopping mushrooms: “Do you like the menus and do you enjoy the cooking side?”She got the reply: “I find it very therapeutic.”The Duchess also made the chefs laugh by asking: “Can people get away with being fussy or not – if they don’t like mushrooms?”One of the staff told her the women have a low glycaemic index diet to control blood sugar levels to ensure they do not have highs and lows dictated by their meals.The Duchess was making her second visit to the centre. Her first was a private trip she made to learn more about the charity Action on Addiction before becoming its Patron.Hope House provides therapy for the women, who will have gone through a process of detox and are clean of alcohol and drugs but still need support before they are ready to return home.Source:www.dukeandduchessofcambridge.orglast_img read more

MMIW talks wrap up for now

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsAboriginal groups, territorial and provincial leaders are back home but if you believe what they have to say, the next meeting on missing and murdered Indigenous people will happen at the end of next year.After two tumultuous days of meetings in Ottawa, leaders are saying this s the start of change.APTN National News wraps up the meetings.last_img

Innu Nation says it will refuse Trudeaus Labrador residential school apology

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgJustin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Innu Nation says it will not accept an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for Canada’s role in the residential school system in Labrador, APTN News has been told.Trudeau is scheduled to be in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Friday to make the apology in person.But the Innu leadership said the residential school system that saw children ripped from their families is too similar to the number of Innu children in the care of the province and living away from their families.“A lot of these kids that are outside of the communities are suffering a loss of identity, loss of culture and loss of connection to family,” said Innu Nation Grand Chief Gregory Rich.In fact, elders and community members told leadership not to even attend the apology, said Rich.Helen Andrew, 51, of Sheshatshiu spent seven years at the Yale residential school in North West River.“When I was taken from my parents in the 70s I was a little girl,” she said, adding two of her sisters were also taken. “There was sexual and physical abuse.”Andrew said when she finally got to go home she barely spoke her own language and her parents didn’t speak any English.“I was speaking part English and Innu to them so they didn’t understand,” she recalled.But Andrew believes the impact on her people started before the residential school era, when they were forced to settle where they are now in the 1960s.She said they were nomadic people who migrated with the caribou.“When we were told to settle here that had a great, devastating effect on our culture,” she said.Labrador was left out of former prime minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology. Canada maintained it did not have a responsibility to the students of the province’s five residential schools because Newfoundland and Labrador joined Confederation in 1949, after the schools began operating.Shortly after taking office, the Liberals settled a $50 million class-action lawsuit that the Harper administration had been fighting.The issue of Innu children in state care is the subject of an upcoming provincial inquiry that was announced July 6.The Innu Nation and province of Newfoundland and Labrador are currently working out the terms of reference for the inquiry.last_img read more

EU Backs Morocco in Setting up Efficient Asylum System

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Brussels  –  Morocco will benefit from the new EU protection and development program “PRPD-Afrique du Nord” which is aimed at building the capacities of the region in establishing efficient asylum systems, said the European commissioner for migration Dimitris Avramopoulos.The program will benefit Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Libya and it also provides for some actions in Niger and Mauritania, said Avramopoulos answering a question by a Euro-deputy on the immigration situation in the Mediterranean.The new European program will help these countries offer support and information for people in need of protection and respond to socio-economic concerns of refugees and host communities, he added.Avramopoulos also assured that the European Commission is not planning to set up asylum centers in Morocco, Tunisia, Libya or other neighboring countries to deal with asylum requests in the EU outside the European territory. With Map read more

East BankEast Coast road link to extend towards LindenSoesdyke Highway –

Posted On Sep 25 2019 by

Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson.The Ministry of Public Infrastructure is pushing to extend the East Bank-East Coast Road Linkage Project, currently from Diamond to Ogle, towards the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.According to Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, in 2019, his ministry will commence the survey and designs to extend the road Southwards, towards the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.Minister Patterson during the 2019 budget debates in the National Assembly, Wednesday last explained that the budget has a provision of $2.229Billion for the East Bank-East Coast Road Linkage Project.To date, the feasibility and design costing $277Million (US$ 1.3M) has been awarded to consultant RITES Limited which is expected to submit the Final Detailed Project Report in April 2019.“This Design will allow for a new alignment, approximately 15 km long, which will connect the East Coast of Demerara to the East Bank of Demerara at the limits. It will also allow for the integration with the existing road network via several Connector roads (total length of 9.62 km) at Aubrey Barker Road, Haags Bosch Road, Mocha Arcadia Road and Diamond Access Road. Later with the new bridge, at Houston,” Minister Patterson was quoted by DPI as saying.The Public Infrastructure Minister further explained that the proposed design for the main alignment comprises three sections, between Rupert Craig and Railway Embankment which will have four lanes with a cycle lane on each side and covered concrete drain which will be used as a sidewalk; between Railway Embankment and GuySuCo Compound a similar design but expanded and the cane field area which will have four lanes with a 40m reserve to separate direction of traffic. All other deliverables will be submitted in 2019, DPI reported. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew road linking ECD with EBD to start construction in 2019- MPIOctober 23, 2018In “Business”Govt to approach bilateral partner for more funds to complete Diamond-Ogle Bypass RoadNovember 27, 2018In “latest news”$38.5B for Public Infrastructure Ministry approvedDecember 12, 2018In “Business” read more

Poll Do you shop around for your car insurance

Posted On Sep 22 2019 by

first_img Yes (1216) YOU COULD SAVE up to €1,335 if you shopped around for your car insurance.That’s according to a survey by the National Consumer Agency, which looked at quotes from eight different insurers in Ireland, with a quote being obtained for each of eight different driver profiles.There was found to be a difference of up to €1,335 on third-party, fire and theft cover and up to €1,038 on fully comprehensive cover between the lowest and highest quotes for a 20-year-old student from Mayo with a full licence and driving experience of less than one year.Some people prefer to stay with their long-standing insurers, while others like to shop around.So, today we want to know: Do you shop around for your car insurance? No (1341) Poll Results: I will from now on (194) Sometimes (276) YesNoSometimesI will from now onVotelast_img read more

Weather Eye Weather records prove our areas unpredictably

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by