Munshiganj bus plunge kills 3

first_img-Three people, including two women, were killed and three others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Raushunia in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj on Wednesday, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Kazi Maksuda Lima, senior assistant superintendent of Munshiganj police, said the Tongibari-bound ‘SF Paribahan’ bus from Dhaka skidded off the road and fell into the ditch around 4:00pm as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving six people injured.The injured were taken to Sirajdikhan Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared three of them dead and referred one to a Dhaka hospital for better treatment.last_img

Modi visits Nepal to restore neighbourly ties

first_imgNepali prime minister KP Sharma Oli shakes hands with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during a visit to the Janaki temple in Janakpur, some 200 kms southeast of Kathmandu on 11 May. Photo: AFPIndian prime minister Narendra Modi prayed at a renowned Hindu temple with his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli on Friday as he started a visit aiming to reset strained relations between the neighbours.“Nepal has welcomed me here as the prime minister of India, but this grand welcome is in honour of thousands of years of tradition between our two nations,” Modi said at the Janaki Temple in Janakpur, which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Sita.“This will act as a foundation for our economic development, cultural ties and a strong people to people contact between the two nations.”Modi has cast the visit as part of his “neighbourhood first” policy. It is the latest in a series of goodwill gestures by New Delhi, which has been alarmed by China’s growing influence in Nepal.In 2017, Chinese firms pledged more than $8.3 billion in investment, dwarfing Indian commitments of $317 million. In May last year, Nepal signed up to Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road infrastructure initiative.Modi is due to fly to Kathmandu later where he will inaugurate construction of the India-backed $1.4-billion Arun Three hydropower plant.The plant is the first of five mega hydropower projects, two of which are backed by Chinese companies, to begin construction, which marks a diplomatic win for India.“Historically India-funded projects, while they seem generous, have struggled to show progress, while the Chinese do it quicker and gain on public opinion,” said Kathmandu-based analyst George Varughese.Religious overtonesThe five hydropower plants have been in the works for over a decade and could be a game-changer for Nepal.The Himalayan nation has enough water to be a hydro powerhouse but it has so far harnessed less than two per cent of that potential, according to estimates.Ties between the neighbours dived in 2015 when Nepal passed a controversial new constitution that sparked deadly protests, triggering a months-long border blockade.Kathmandu blamed New Delhi for the blockade that caused a crippling shortage of fuel and goods as the country struggled to recover from a devastating earthquake earlier that year.Oli, then serving his first term as prime minister, won huge public support as he stoked nationalist anti-India sentiment over the blockade. He used the platform again during his reelection campaign last year.Many in Nepal remain suspicious of India’s “big brother” attitude, and the hashtags #ModiNotWelcomeInNepal and #BlockadeWasACrimeMrModi trended on Twitter as the Indian premier touched down.Oli, who needs India-Nepal’s largest trading partner-to realise his ambitious plans to kickstart economic growth, has opted for a more pragmatic approach to relations since he took office again in February.In April, he travelled to New Delhi for his first foreign visit.Modi will visit a second Hindu pilgrimage site near Nepal’s border with Tibet on Saturday. Analysts say the strong religious overtones are intended to send a message to his Hindu nationalist base at home where Modi is fighting a key state election in Karnataka state.last_img read more

Judge Blocks Texas Secretary Of State From Giving Voter Information To Trump

first_imgLAURA SKELDING / TEXAS TRIBUNEPeople wait in line at the George Washington Carver Library in Austin, Texas, to cast their vote on Election Day 2016.A Texas district judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos from handing voter information to President Donald Trump‘s voter fraud investigation commission.The order, which came out Tuesday, adds Texas to a growing list of states not complying with the president’s investigation into the 2016 elections, which Trump says suffered from large-scale voter fraud.Judge Tim Sulak of the Austin-based 353rd Texas Civil District Court issued the order in response to a lawsuit filed July 20 by the League of Women Voters of Texas, its former president Ruthann Geer and the Texas NAACP against Pablos and Keith Ingram, the Texas Elections Division director in the the secretary of state’s office. The lawsuit seeks to stop the state from handing over voter data from the state’s computerized voter registration files to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The suit argues that doing so would reveal voters’ personal information, “which may be used to solicit, harass, or otherwise infringe upon the privacy of Texas voters.”The secretary of state’s office didn’t immediately return a request for comment for this article.The League’s current president, Elaine Wiant, said the organization is especially concerned that releasing the data could make millions of voters’ personal information public, making it vulnerable to commercial use. Texas law forbids public voter information from being used commercially, but with the presidential commission, Wiant said “there is no guarantee how it will get used.” Wiant also said the League is concerned that releasing the data would make voters’ birthdates public.“In today’s world, that is just way too much information to be made available to the public,” Wiant said. “There are serious security concerns.”The order, which expires Oct. 17 or with further order from the court, says that handing over voter information could cause “irreparable” injury. Without “appropriate safeguards,” the order argues, the data is likely to become public, potentially violating voters’ privacy rights, their interests in “avoiding commercial solicitation, chilling of their First Amendment rights, and the diminution of their efforts to encourage voting.”Trump launched the commission by executive order in May following his unsubstantiated claim that “millions” of votes were cast illegally. The White House previously told The Texas Tribune that Trump “wants to ensure that the integrity of all elections, which are the cornerstone of our democracy, is preserved.”The commission sent requests on June 28 to all states’ secretaries of state for a wide array of voter information. Several states, led by both parties, immediately refused to hand over data, with Mississippi’s Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann famously saying the presidential commission could “jump in the Gulf of Mexico.”Pablos, however, said at the time: “The Secretary of State’s office will provide the Election Integrity Commission with public information and will protect the private information of Texas citizens while working to maintain the security and integrity of our state’s elections system. As always, my office will continue to exercise the utmost care whenever sensitive voter information is required to be released by state or federal law.”The hearing for the suit is set for Oct. 16. Wiant said she was “cautiously optimistic” about the case.“It’s just hard to know,” she said. Sharelast_img read more

DU students play it up for social causes

first_imgA country’s future lies in its youth. Taking the same ideology forward, Delhi University students took a small step towards social awakening.Ahead of Republic Day, students of various colleges of Delhi participated in a street play organised by a south Delhi mall. The play focused on social causes which are relevant in the India of today. The street play competition focused on multiple social subjects like child trafficking, animal cruelty, concerns in the Indian medical field, rising level of intolerance, population control and the like. The competition was held in the light of the recent happenings in the city.The participating colleges were Jesus and Mary College, Miranda House, Khalsa College, Gargi, Bhagat Singh, Moti Lal Nehru and Maharaja Agrasen. Miranda House college emerged as the winner in the competition whereas Maharaja Agrasen college and Gargi College were the first and second runners up, respectively.last_img read more

In the quest of perfection

first_imgThe exhibition titled A tryst with Divinity that is on in the Capital is a photographic tribute to India’s magnificent landscapes by Sharat Sharma. Sharma is the Director Operations of Delhi Metro.The artiste believes that only two things matter …one is your positivity, when you have nothing and the second one is your humility, when you have everything!An engineer by profession, photography for Sharma began as a hobby and gradually grew into a passion, as he deployed his analytical skills to capture and reproduce the magic of nature’s sublime beauty, in all its unpredictable forms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He discovers inner peace and tranquillity in the solitude and pristine beauty of the rugged mountains, the plains, the rivers and the forests. The thunderstorms, torrential rains and cloudy skies taught him patience and inspired him to excel in his quest for perfection.The urge to explore the lesser travelled paths have led him to remote areas in India and abroad. He says, ‘I believe that India is truly blessed and our landscapes are at par with the best in the world. Someday it would be easier for the common man to travel to these divine locations, to experience the true beauty of India’. Where: The Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road When:On till 31 October (11 am – 7 pm)last_img read more

Carcass of rhino found from Gorumara with horn hacked off

first_imgDarjeeling: The carcass of an adult rhinoceros has been recovered from Gorumara National Forest in the Jalpaiguri district. The horn of the rhino had been sawed off giving rise to the doubt that the animal was killed by poachers.During a routine patrol on Tuesday, forest personnel sighted the carcass in the Garati area under the Gorumara beat. The carcass of the adult rhino — around 25 years of age — was found on the grasslands on the bank of Jaldhaka river. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeForest personnel claim the adult male rhino had been shot at least two days ago following which the valuable horn had been sawed off. Foresters feel that poachers taking advantage of the dense fog had shot the rhino. There were bullet injuries on his body. The poachers must have tracked the movement of the rhino for quite some time, feel wildlife experts. Poachers usually choose spots where rhinos go to defecate. Sniffer dogs were brought in. However, after a certain area the dogs lost the scent owing to the dense jungle. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “We believe that poachers are behind the death of the adult rhino. We have started an investigation. However, no one has been apprehended yet in connection with this incident,” stated Ujjwal Ghosh, Chief Conservator of Forest, Wildlife North. Incidentally on April 21, 2017, the decomposed carcasses of two rhinos was found in the same locality. The horns of the rhinos had been sawed off. On investigation, it was found that the rhinos had been killed by Manipuri poachers on April 19, 2017. The case had been handed over to the CID. The CID sleuths had come to know that the Manipuri poachers were aided by some locals of a forest village. The poachers had been hiding in Ramsai forest village from where they had planned out the poaching operation in 2017. With this incident coming to the forefront, the forest villages of the area have come under scanner.last_img read more

The Weather Channel Gets Unseasonably Dumped by DirecTV Amid Carriage Disputes

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img January 14, 2014 Just after midnight on Tuesday morning, DirecTV dropped The Weather Channel from roughly 20 million screens over carriage disputes — and now the embattled channel is framing the clash as a matter of life and death.Calling itself a “critical life-saving community resource” on its newly-launched website, keeptheweatherchannel.com, The Weather Channel is also urging DirecTV consumers to switch to alternate providers and contact their local congressmen. Adds on-air personality Jim Cantore in a short video on the site, “Don’t let DirecTV control the weather.”In its stead, DirecTV has temporarily replaced The Weather Channel with WeatherNation, a competitor.While The Weather Channel was seeking an increased carriage fee of one penny per subscriber each month, reports Bloomberg, DirecTV was looking to substantially reduce the channel’s current 13-cent rate.Related: Winter Weather = Bad Mood? It’s More Complicated Than That.Dan York, DirecTV’s chief content officer, issued a statement saying the two companies remain in talks. He added, perhaps a bit derisively, that consumers today are increasingly turning to other mediums such as mobile devices and local television stations to be kept abreast of weather news.”Consumers understand there are now a variety of other ways to get weather coverage, free of reality show clutter,” York said. “The Weather Channel does not have an exclusive on weather coverage — the weather belongs to everyone.”For his part, David Kenny, the chairman and CEO of The Weather Company, which owns The Weather Channel, called the blackout a “dangerous gamble” given the network’s relatively diminutive request. “This is not a big increase,” he said, “and we haven’t had anyone else balk.”Related: 7 Technologies That Are Disrupting the Cable TV Businesslast_img read more

Russian pay TV operator NTV has secured the right

first_imgRussian pay TV operator NTV+ has secured the rights to the FIVB Volleyball World Cup to be held in Japan between over the next month.The operator will cover the women’s championship from August 22 to September 6 and the men’s competition from September 8-23.The competition will be seen on the Sport Plus channel.Separately, NTV+ will add four new movie and drama channels to its line-up from September 1, including Sony Sci-Fi and Sony Entertainment TV in the VIP Kino West package, and Sony Turbo and Russian channel World Drama in the Basic West package.last_img

The new Apple TV box The BBC has launched an iPlay

first_imgThe new Apple TV boxThe BBC has launched an iPlayer app for the new generation of Apple TV, and has updated its mobile iPlayer apps to include BBC Store integration.The Apple TV app goes live today, allowing users of the recently launched Apple streaming device to access BBC programming and exclusive iPlayer content.Meanwhile, the updates to the BBC’s iPlayer mobile and tablet apps will allow signed-in members to stream BBC Store purchases directly from the app and receive personalised programme recommendations.“Christmas is a popular time for viewers to come to BBC iPlayer, as they unwrap new devices and browse and discover the BBC’s fantastic Christmas programmes,” said head of BBC iPlayer, Dan Taylor-Watt.“With the launch of iPlayer on new Apple TV, I’m delighted we’ve been able to give people another way of accessing the full breadth and range of BBC programmes. And, the updates to our mobile and tablet apps mean we can now deliver more personalised recommendations of BBC programmes to viewers, as well as the ability to stream BBC Store purchases directly from the iPlayer app.”The BBC Store integration follows the launch of the download-to-own digital retail site last month. The store is a joint effort between the BBC’s commercial and public service arms and is accessible through the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service as well as from a standalone website.Apple first unveiled its revamped, next generation Apple TV box in September and started selling the device in October. The BBC confirmed plans to launch the iPlayer on the new Apple TV “in the coming months” in October.last_img read more

Editors Note If youve been following our work

first_imgEditor’s Note: If you’ve been following our work, you know we’ve been “pounding the table” on gold. In short, Casey Research founder Doug Casey believes gold is entering a mania that could lead to gains of 5x, 10x, 20x, or more in gold stocks in the coming years. Today, in place of our regular daily market commentary, we’re sharing an educational essay from our gold stock guru Louis James. In it, he explains how to identify gold stocks with upside of 10x or more. If you want maximum returns on gold and are willing to take the necessary risks, the junior gold space is the place to focus. A junior resource company is simply a very small resource company. Most are exploration companies, looking to discover a rich deposit of oil, gold, freshwater, etc. The term also covers small producers: companies that have already discovered a resource and are extracting it or tapping into it, but are still small. Juniors often have market valuations of less than $10 million for the whole company. Most have no net income and no meaningful asset value. When the market is way down, some juniors trade for less than cash in the bank. That means that the total price of the company’s shares is less than the company’s cash on hand. Mainstream investors dismiss juniors as “penny stocks.” They think they’re too volatile to touch. To a degree, that’s true. Some juniors do trade for pennies. And all of them, even the ones that trade for several dollars a share, are extremely volatile. Doug Casey calls them “the most volatile stocks on earth.” He’s not joking, nor exaggerating. But this is a good thing—if you know how to make volatility your friend. We’ll get to that in a moment. First, let me explain… Why Invest in Juniors? Imagine a typical exploration junior. It has no income. It has no measurable assets. Even the cash it has in the bank isn’t really an asset; it’s an obligation. The junior will use that cash to dig holes in the ground, hoping to make a big discovery. Now, what is this company worth? The answer can only be zero. But what happens if it hits pay dirt? The stock will soar, of course. At this stage, it’s impossible to put an accurate value on a mineral discovery… How big is it? How deep does it go? How stable is the rock? How hard will it be to get metal out of the ore? No one can answer these questions from just one drill hole. Any market valuation at this point would overvalue the discovery. However, if the discovery does have economic value, that value will be greater than zero. Any value is infinitely greater than zero—so the change in value is enormous and share prices leap. That’s why we speculate on juniors. They have the potential to “go vertical” like nothing else… Going Vertical The junior sector is 10-bagger hunting ground. A 10-bagger is a stock that goes up 1,000%, or more. It sounds mythical, but they are real. We’ve bagged quite a few over the years. This is why some see buying juniors as just gambling. In a way, it’s not a bad idea to think of the junior resource sector as a giant casino. It puts you on guard. And it prepares you for the losses you’ll suffer on your way to big wins. There is, however, a huge difference between gambling and rational speculation. A gamble is essentially a game of chance. Sure, professional gamblers learn how to play the other players. But unless they cheat, the heart of the gamble remains random chance. You toss the dice. You win or lose. A rational speculator does everything possible to stack the odds in his or her favor. This is not cheating. It’s research. It’s experience. It’s looking at trends. It’s looking at investments that should benefit from those trends, and picking the best. All speculators take risks. But rational speculators use their intelligence and energy to minimize those risks. Gambling is a game of chance. Speculation is an investment strategy that depends upon observation and intelligent planning. Chance can enhance or hinder it, but it doesn’t define it. That’s why we’re here: to watch carefully, strategize, and hunt for 10-baggers. Where Can You Find the Best Juniors? The best hunting ground for 10-baggers is the Toronto Stock Exchange and its venture division, the TSX-V. London’s alternative market, the AIM, and the Australian Stock Exchange, the ASX, are also friendly to junior resource companies. Some juniors list in the countries where they operate, such as Peru. The lion’s share, however, goes to Toronto. The chart below shows the number of mining juniors listed in Canada and other countries. Many successful juniors do seek U.S. listings. But the requirements are too steep for most juniors, even on the lower rungs of the NYSE. By the time a successful exploration company gets a U.S. listing, it’s no longer quite so junior. Editor’s Note: Watch for part two of this essay in Monday’s Dispatch, where Louis will share key strategies for buying and selling gold stocks… With gold already up 17% this year (and gold miners up 56%), NOW is the time to take a position in gold stocks. Because we don’t expect this extraordinary opportunity to last, we’re running a special $500-off deal for our gold stock research. When you sign up, you’ll get instant access to Louis’s new report, 9 Essential Gold Stocks to Buy Right Now. He wrote this report for one simple reason. There are around 3,000 small gold stocks trading today. On average, they’ll likely rise 200% or more in a gold bull market. But the very best gold stocks have the potential to rise 10x, 20x, or even 30x. Click here to begin your risk-free trial. Recommended Links What these 3 indicators mean for gold… Louis James, our Senior Investment Strategist, just released a compelling presentation about gold… He shares 3 major reasons why gold is on the verge of a historic rally, and the single best way to play the coming mania for potential gains of 5-to-1, 10-to-1, and perhaps even an extraordinary 50-to-1 over time… Click here for Louis’ research.center_img — – URGENT: Big Banks Scramble to Meet With Government Insider This is one of the most secretive and connected government men in the world… He’s been on speed dial for eight presidents since 1969. So why are the world’s largest banks clamoring to meet with him? It turns out Jim Rickards may have the answer… Click here to find out.last_img read more

On Tuesday Burton could be found working at The C

first_imgOn Tuesday, Burton could be found working at The Christmas Mouse, a popular destination for holiday decorations, moving merchandise to the second floor in case of flooding.She says most businesses, including grocery stores, have already closed. Some pharmacies are still open.Burton says her own home is situated on one of the highest points on the Outer Banks, so she’s not concerned about flooding.“There’s always the chance of wind damage,” she says. “But the house has been through several storms and hasn’t suffered any damage, you know, there’s always a first time, so that’s a chance you take. But the people who live here are hardy stock and most everybody who’s a resident is staying.”Burton is taking precautions to secure her home and has stocked up on storm essentials.Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 4 storm and is expected to make landfall Thursday. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has called it a “dangerous, life-threatening, historic Hurricane.” Some will stay to ride out the storm. One of them is Kitty Hawk resident, Marissa Burton. Local and state government officials have issued mandatory evacuations for coastal residents ahead of Hurricane Florence. But that doesn’t mean everyone has cleared out.last_img read more

Trouble In Arkansas Judge Throws Out Medical Marijuana Licenses

first_img –shares Add to Queue Listen Now Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Image credit: LPETTET | Getty Images 3 min read Arkansas voters approved medical marijuana but old-fashioned favoritism by regulators who ignored the rules has stymied the program. dispensaries.com Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 27, 2018 Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. A judge in Arkansas has ruled that the state commission assigned to award licenses for growing legal medical marijuana awarded the contracts in an unfair manner. It’s led to a legal quagmire in Arkansas, one of only two southern states to legalize medical marijuana. For practical purposes, it’s left Arkansans who want to try medical marijuana out of luck for the foreseeable future.In his decision, Judge Wendell Griffen barred the state Medical Marijuana Commission from issuing any licenses until the situation is sorted out. That may take some time, as Griffen found the commission was biased and did not follow the proper rules when it awarded five contracts to grow marijuana.“The Court takes no joy in reaching or declaring this conclusion, nor should anyone else treat the conclusion as anything other than disappointing and sobering,” the judge wrote.Related: What Better Conditions to Raise Money for Cannabis Businesses Means for Marijuana EntrepreneursAn Exception In The SouthArkansas voters approved legal medical marijuana in November 2016. The state is allowing its use only for specific medical conditions, including multiple sclerosis and to combat the pain and discomfort of cancer treatments. Voters in Arkansas passed medical marijuana legalization by 53 percent.The state would allow patients to only use marijuana grown in Arkansas. So far, more than 4,700 people have applied to the program, which will require issuance of a state card. Arkansas and Louisiana are the only two states in the South to approve medical marijuana (unless you count Florida as a southern state).Essentially, the two states are an island of marijuana legalization in the middle of a large swath where marijuana is not legal for any purpose, medical or recreational. That includes Virginia, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.Related: How Mainstream Is Marijuana? Cannabis Franchises Are Available in ColoradoRule Of Law ViolatedGriffen, who issued a 28-page order, was ruling on a lawsuit filed by an unsuccessful applicant who wanted to grow marijuana in the Natural State. The lawsuit charged that the application process contained scoring irregularities, bias, conflicts of interest and violation of rules.Griffen, on the whole, saw it that way, too. He said the process did not respect the rule of law. He stopped the awarding of the five contracts, which was supposed to happen in March. The five applicants had paid $100,000 in fees to apply and put up a $500,000 bond.The state can appeal the decision, but even marijuana advocates don’t want that. David Couch, the Little Rock attorney who helped get medical marijuana legalized, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he wanted the state just to restart the application process.That way, medical marijuana patients could legally get cannabis faster, Couch said. Even Griffen noted that no matter what the state chooses to do, the fact that Arkansans will now have to wait even longer for access to medical marijuana “should be unpleasant to anyone concerned about providing relief to people who suffer from serious illnesses.”Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Trouble In Arkansas: Judge Throws Out Medical Marijuana Licenses Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast Cannabislast_img read more

GameStop Sales Soar in Second Quarter Riding New Consoles Wave

first_img Geoff Weiss Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article GameStop Sales Soar in Second Quarter, Riding New Consoles Wave Earlier this year, GameStop was reporting plummeting share prices and a weaker-than-expected financial forecast. Today, the company says it is experiencing a sales surge thanks to demand for new gaming consoles.Given ravenous customer demand for the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 consoles, GameStop reported a soaring 25 percent sales increase in its second quarter — news of which uplifted shares by roughly 6 percent this morning.Hardware sales grew 124.8 percent, next to software sales growth of 15.6 percent, the company said. Consumers clamored for new titles like Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs and Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8.Related: Gadgets, Apps, Video Games and Social Media: All Things Tech With Veronica BelmontWhile GameStop has faltered in past quarters ahead of new console releases, when consumers typically shy away from purchasing games, “the second quarter demonstrates the power of the new console cycle,” said GameStop CFO Rob Lloyd in a statement.GameStop is foreshadowing additional growth through the rest of the year. Company president Tony Bartel said that the 24 major games slated to be released for the holiday season represents “the best lineup in history.”Other factors contributing to a doubling of the company’s net earnings over last year’s second quarter include 5.5 percent growth in its most lucrative category, pre-owned and value video game products. GameStop also reported 85.1 percent growth in the mobile and consumer electronics category.Related: The Startup Bringing Video Games into the Real World August 22, 2014 Add to Queue 2 min read –shares Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Earnings Reports Former Staff Writerlast_img read more

Air Maltas Digital Transformation Journey Takes Off With MuleSoft

first_imgAir Malta’s Digital Transformation Journey Takes Off With MuleSoft PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 5:10 pmApril 30, 2019 Air MaltaAPIArtificial IntelligencecrmMarketing Technology NewsMulesoftNewspersonalizationSalesforce Previous ArticleOrganizations Demand More from Their Data, Despite Achieving 118% Return on Data Management InvestmentsNext ArticleInfor Helps Organizations Meet Demands of the Emerging Workforce Anypoint Platform Enables Air Malta to Tap Into the API Economy to Extend its Digital Presence and Improve Operational EfficiencyMuleSoft, provider of the leading platform for building application networks, announced that Air Malta, which carries two million passengers annually, is using MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform to broaden its reach in a highly competitive market and to improve operational efficiency through APIs. Anypoint Platform enables Air Malta to build an application network, so the airline can quickly connect new technologies with existing legacy systems – making it easier than ever to add new airline partners for growth and to create new opportunities to better serve customers. With MuleSoft, Air Malta is able to extend its digital presence and increase profitability by participating in the API economy, which enables business capabilities to be monetized using APIs.Air Malta operates a modern fleet of aircraft to more than 40 destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. The airline also offers travel to an additional 170 destinations through code-share partnerships with other airlines. To thrive in a competitive industry and exceed customer expectations, Air Malta embarked on a digital transformation journey with MuleSoft. Air Malta engaged MuleSoft consulting partner Ricston to build an application network using Anypoint Platform, connecting third-party software-as-a-service (SaaS), e-commerce platforms, customer relationship management (CRM) and airline booking systems.“Air Malta recently reported profitability for the first time after two decades, growing operating revenue by €5.3 million to €197.5 million in the last fiscal year,” said Alan Talbot, CIO, Air Malta. “Technology investment has been a critical driver of this success, with MuleSoft at the center. With Anypoint Platform, we have created a sandbox for innovation across the organization without affecting core operations. MuleSoft provides a unified platform that enables even non-technical personnel to quickly create integrations. By democratizing access to data from legacy systems and across our enterprise, we are able to create new operational efficiencies and identify opportunities to better serve our customers.”Marketing Technology News: RCN Chooses TiVo’s Next-Gen Platform to Give Subscribers a Superior User ExperienceThe Airline Industry Is on a Turbulent Ride to DigitizeAccording to the recent Connectivity Benchmark Report, 59 percent of IT leaders say their legacy infrastructure makes it hard to introduce new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), big data and the internet of things (IoT). Airlines are struggling to innovate, operate efficiently and offer personalized services. With valuable data trapped across siloed legacy systems, the industry is challenged to access the right information at the right time to move faster and deliver on customer demands. Its aging IT infrastructure is no longer fit to operate in the modern digital world, hampering growth and profitability.“We couldn’t afford to stand still and remain as we were. We needed to change our business and IT operating model to survive,” said Talbot. “Technology has become the ultimate enabler for the business, so we can drive and create change. MuleSoft’s hybrid integration platform with API capabilities allows us to connect to the latest cloud technologies and differentiate our services.”MuleSoft Provides Air Malta the Foundation for Speed and Innovation By developing an application network of reusable APIs, Air Malta is able to distribute its commercial relations and flight operations information more effectively and securely within the organization and with partners. For example, Anypoint Platform empowered Air Malta to improve customer service through a closer integration among the airline’s reservation system, e-commerce platforms and its Salesforce instance. This connectivity enables sales staff to easily roll out joint offers with other airlines, provide customers with the most relevant “just-in-time” information, and make modifications to flight arrangements faster.One of Air Malta’s significant projects was the introduction of best-of-breed flight planning solutions from Lufthansa to optimize route planning, improve flight operations management and handle reservations more quickly. Previously, it would have taken 18 months to deploy the solutions. Instead, it took one-third of the time with reusable APIs built on Anypoint Platform. Similarly, Air Malta used some of the existing APIs to integrate with Ryanair, one of the biggest airline brands in Europe. The integration allows Air Malta to sell its flights from the Ryanair website and meet customers where they are. The project took only 11 weeks, reducing the standard delivery timeline by almost two-thirds.Marketing Technology News: SalesLoft Scoops $70 Million Series D to Fuel Growth in Sales TechnologyAir Malta’s Application Network Opens Up New Opportunities in the API EconomyAccording to Talbot, “We want to launch a platform to help anyone who wants to do business with us. MuleSoft allows us to leverage the API economy to broaden our reach in a hugely competitive market. With an application network built on Anypoint Platform, we can securely share our data on inventory, services and products to any company that wants to work with us.”Over the next few years, Talbot aims to turn the IT department from a cost center into a profit center. The ability to leverage API monetization and add new digital channels will be crucial to Air Malta’s goal to create sustainable growth. Air Malta will use MuleSoft to develop a fully integrated, omnichannel platform, using the same approach for integrating into Ryanair’s website with pluggable APIs.Air Malta is also looking to continue to add new technologies and services to widen its competitive edge. Talbot expects emerging technologies, such as AI, machine learning and blockchain to support efforts in personalizing customer experiences, with Anypoint Platform at the center to make them all work together.Marketing Technology News: Blueshift Appoints LendingTree’s Former VP of Marketing, Josh Francia, as Chief Growth Officerlast_img read more

Paleo diet linked to heart disease biomarker

first_imgNov 29 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)More than twice the amount of a key biomarker linked closely to heart disease has been found in the blood of people on the paleo diet.Researchers from Edith Cowan University have just completed the world’s first major study examining the impact of the paleo diet on gut bacteria. Related StoriesDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesThe controversial paleo (or ‘caveman’) diet advocates eating meat, vegetables, nuts and limited fruit, therefore excluding grains, legumes, dairy, salt, refined sugar and processed oils.ECU researchers compared 44 people on the diet with 47 following a traditional Australian diet.They measured the amount of trimethylamine-n-oxide (TMAO) in the participants’ blood. High levels of TMAO, an organic compound produced in the gut, are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.Heart disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes.Not good for the gutLead researcher Dr Angela Genoni from ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences said:“Those who promote the paleo diet often cite it as beneficial for your gut health, but this research suggests there were adverse differences in those who followed the dietary pattern.”She said the reason TMAO was so elevated in people on the paleo diet appeared to be due to the higher intake of red meats, but also because of the lack of whole grain intake.“The paleo diet excludes all grains and we know that whole grains are a fantastic source of resistant starch, and many other fermentable fibres which are vital to the health of your gut microbiome,” Dr Genoni said.“Because TMAO is produced in the gut, a lack of whole grains might change the populations of bacteria enough to enable higher production of this compound.“Additionally, the paleo diet includes greater servings per day of red meat, which provides the precursor compounds to produce TMAO.” Image Credit: MaraZe / Shutterstockcenter_img Source:http://www.ecu.edu.au/last_img read more