Percentage of consumers watching shows on TV drops: survey

first_imgMumbai, Apr 25 (PTI) There has been a significant dip in the number of consumers watching shows on TV to 23 per cent from 52 per cent over the past year as they prefer to view it on laptops and smartphones, says a survey.”Consumers increasingly prefer to watch TV shows on devices such as laptop and desktop personal computers and smartphones,” according to an online survey of 26,000 consumers across 26 countries, conducted by Accenture.”More than 4 in 10 consumers (42 per cent) said they would rather view TV shows on a laptop or desktop, up from 32 per cent in the last years survey,” as per the report.Nearly 13 per cent said they prefer watching TV shows on their smartphones, compared to 10 per cent last year.”The decline in TV viewing over the past year tracks with a four-year trend. As recently as 2014, the survey revealed that nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of consumers preferred the TV set for viewing shows,” it said.The most recent findings show that only one in five consumers (19 per cent) now prefer to watch sports games on their TVs, down from 38 per cent in the prior-year survey.The report indicates a steep decline over the past year in the percentage of consumers from India who prefer to watch shows on TV sets. That number dropped 78 per cent, from 47 per cent to 10 per cent.In the US, the number fell 57 per cent (from 59 per cent to 25 per cent), and in the UK it dropped 55 per cent (from 56 per cent to 25 per cent), the survey said.advertisement”Over the past one year we have seen a surge in the launch of over-the-top services, both by global and Indian media, and entertainment companies,” Accenture India Managing Director Aditya Chaudhuri said.”The ever increasing penetration of the internet mainly through mobile, backed by WiFi and broadband has helped this wave,” he said.Chaudhuri said along with the internet penetration, high-quality content has enticed the Indian consumers to view varied content, both live broadcast and video-on-demand (VOD), on different devices.”While the consumers increasingly prefer to watch TV shows on laptops and desktops, the smartphone is becoming the preferred device for watching short video clips,” he said.In the survey, more than one-third of consumers said they would rather view these clips on their mobile handsets, a substantial increase from 28 per cent last year.In contrast, the number of consumers who said they would rather watch video clips on their laptops and desktops dropped slightly, from 47 per cent to 44 percent over the last year.The number of consumers who said they prefer to view these clips on their TV sets dropped even more, from 16 per cent to only 5 per cent, the survey added. PTI PSK GK SNKlast_img read more

No World Cup hooligans? Russia says told you so

first_img\R Moscow, Jun 29 (AFP) Hooligans have been conspicuously absent from the World Cup and Russia’s sense of vindication is palpable. The beating muscle-bound Russian thugs inflicted on England supporters in France during Euro 2016 was still a major talking point in the run-up to the biggest event in sport. Violence became a leitmotif of British and the broader media’s coverage and a foil used by critics of President Vladimir Putin’s rule. Few things insensed Moscow more than another retelling of the chairs thrown and punches landed in Marseille. Now the group stage of matches is over and little has disturbed the peace besides the all-night singing of happy fans in the streets. Some things have gone wrong. Argentina got fined after its supporters pounced on a Croatia rival and kicked him while he was down in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Three England fans were banned for performing an anti-Semitic song in a Volgograd pub. And several female TV reporters have been groped and sexually harassed while doing their job. But the host nation has emerged largely unblemished and the naysayers are being proven wrong. This is Russia’s “told you so” moment — and state media are relishing every minute of it. “The British press used ‘those scary Russians’ to frighten its fans so much ahead of the World Cup that most of them decided to stay home,” Channel One television said in a typical evening news broadcast. “Now it looks like the fans who did come are no longer reading the English papers.”advertisement Vesti television said all the good news coming out of Russia “is probably especially difficult for Western politicians to hear.” – Carrots and sticks -====================== Plenty of European media had actually stopped predicting a World Cup bloodbath by the final months of preparations. Various hooligans told Western reporters that the Kremlin had been using a carrot-and-stick approach to ensure Russia was not embarrassed with the world watching. The feared FSB security service locked up several hooligan leaders to signal they meant business after decades of doing little to counter football fights. Others were interrogated in night raids on their apartments and given two options: either vanish for the duration of the World Cup or face years in jail for the most minor offence. “From what they told me, Russian fans never intended to start anything during the World Cup,” said Moscow Echo radio sports commentator Alexei Durnovo. Security analysts said the bigger danger is probably coming from supporters of other teams with flourishing football underworlds. Experts said these include countries in the Balkans and the traditional powerhouse Germany. England is always a menace and the Nordic states are starting to make noise of their own. Russia says it is managing to avert violence by deploying a so-called Fan ID system that requires each ticket holder to undergo a security background check.Those who passed are only allowed stadium entry with a card featuring their photo and a personal identity chip. “There is little question that the Fan ID system has played its role,” said independent Russian security analyst Alexander Golts. Less certain is what happens to the Russian hooligan culture once all the tourists clear out and the much less glamorous domestic football season kicks off in September. Russian hooliganism monitor Robert Ustian said authorities were all but certain to relax the rules because they had been collaborating with far-right movements for years. The “firms” that hooligan leaders run are highly hierarchical and can be mobilised at any moment should the Kremlin require a show of support on the streets. “Let’s ask ourselves why Russia can’t always be like it is during the World Cup,” said Ustian. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

400000 ticket applicants for India vs Pakistan, claims World Cup Tournament Director

first_imgAmid calls for boycott, the clamour for tickets for the marquee 2019 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan in Manchester on June 16 has reached a crescendo, with more than 400,000 applicants for the 25,000 seater Old Trafford stadium.Top India cricketers like Harbhajan Singh has called for boycott of the Pakistan group league encounter while veterans such as Chetan Chauhan wants India to put pressure on ICC by threatening to boycott the whole event.ICC World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy, during a promotional event in London, said that demand for tickets for the India-Pakistan group league clash is way more than Australia vs England game or the final at the Lord’s.”That particular game (India vs Pakistan), we had over 400,000 applications for tickets, which is an incredible number. The stadium (Old Tarfford) only holds 25,000 people. So there are a number of disappointed people. That’s just locally, but (there is also) the audience globally,” Elworthy was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.In fact, the former South African pacer then provided the numbers which is an indicative that how much the match means for world cricket’s governing body.”To put that (number) in perspective, England vs Australia was around 230-240,000. And the final was around about 260-270,000 applications for tickets. So that gives you a bit of perspective for the demand for this match (India v Pakistan). It’s a big game. They could end up playing each other in the final (too), you never know.”ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, in a statement to PTI on Tuesday, had said that “there is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned,” even as they monitor the situation.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in 2019 ICC World Cup: To play or not to play?last_img read more

Week 16 in the NFL: Weeden beats Luck

first_imgOrie LemonTampa Bay BucsDNP Kevin WilliamsSeattle Seahawks1 TFL Dez did his thing again on Sunday. (USATSI)Dez did his thing again on Sunday. (USATSI)The NFL season is going the way of the college season shortly but the Cowboys (and most of our Cowboys) are headed to the playoffs. There will be a lot of OSU football players on your television in January.The Cowboys train keeps chuggingAnother day, another team dominated for Dez Bryant & co. Though the Cowboys haven’t looked quite as good as they did Sunday, when Dallas defeated the Indianapolis Colts 42-7.Dez Bryant was again the best player on the field. He makes being a wide receiver in the NFL look quite easy. This touchdown grab was no exception.The facile grab was Bryant’s only touchdown of the day, but he made no mistakes. Bryant was targeted five times, and pulled in a reception each time, finishing with 73 yards.Do whatever you want to do to Dez Bryant.He’s catching it anyway. #INDvsDAL— NFL (@NFL) December 21, 2014The touchdown gave Bryant 14 on the year, which is the best in the NFL.Joseph Randle saw his workload increase in today’s game due as much to the blowout as DeMarco Murray’s hand injury. Randle performed decently, with 37 yards on 13 carries.Even Brandon Weeden got some action in the slaughter, and, once again, he outperformed Andrew Luck. Justin GilbertCleveland BrownsPlayed at CB Charlie JohnsonMinnesota VikingsDNP — Injured Justin BlackmonJacksonville JagsDNP — Suspended Corey HilliardDetroit LionsDNP — Injured Lane TaylorGreen Bay PackersPlayed at G Weeden only threw one pass the entire game, but it was a 43-yard touchdown to Terrence Williams. Meanwhile, Luck was pulled after throwing for only 109 yards and 2 INTs.With that TD pass, Brandon Weeden once again outplaying Andrew Luck just like he did in Fiesta Bowl— Bill Jones (@CBS11BillJones) December 21, 2014center_img Russell OkungSeattle SeahawksDNP — Injured Brandon PettigrewDetroit LionsPlayed at TE Antonio SmithOakland Raiders2 tackles, 1 TFL PlayerTeamWeek 16 performance Dan Bailey only attempted one field goal but missed, while Tyler Patmon returned to the lineup and recorded one tackle on Sunday. All in all, it was a good showing for OSU South.Perrish gets his fifth pickPerrish Cox was back on track for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. After a few down weeks, Cox played brilliantly on Saturday.He again pulled in an interception, which gave him five on the year (good for third in the NFL), but his biggest recognition was on special teams.Cox returned a punt 57 yards for the 49ers, giving them great field position. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to capitalize on the opportunity, ended up punting, and lost the game in overtime.Perrish Cox’s 57-yard kickoff return was the 49ers’ longest of the season — by 19 yards.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) December 21, 2014But Cox’s performance should not be understated. He also finished with five tackles and four passes defended on the day.Come free agency, he is going to see a well-deserved raise.Here’s what the rest of the Pokes in the Pros did this week Kendall HunterSan Francisco 49ersDNP — Injured Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Hazard ‘a baby’ at Chelsea but ready to win with Real Madrid

first_imgEden Hazard claims to have been “a baby” when he joined Chelsea, but now feels mature enough to deliver on the lofty expectations at Real Madrid.The Belgium international is among those to have arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu during another summer of change for Los Blancos.Big money has been invested in prising him away from Stamford Bridge, with the 28-year-old considered to be at the peak of his powers and a good fit for Madrid’s ‘Galactico’ mould. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Hazard is aware of the pressure he is about to perform under, but believes he is ready to embrace that challenge after working hard to put himself in such a position.He told Jay Shetty: “When you play for Madrid you have to win every year.“If in a year you do not win the Champions League, the fans are angry but it’s normal at a club like this. You need to win and that’s why I’m here.“What can I contribute? I went to Chelsea seven years ago as a baby but I am more mature now – I have played more than 500 games, but I am 28 years old and I still feel young.“La Liga is completely different from the Premier League but, with experience, you adapt quickly. I think that experience is the most important thing.”Eden Hazard Chelsea 2019Hazard could get his first taste of life as a Real player when they face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup.He is looking forward to getting going, after so much speculation surrounding his future, and admits that he needs game time in order to build up his sharpness and hit the ground running in 2019-20.Hazard added: “It’s just friendly games [coming up] but for me it’s going to be my first game with Real Madrid so of course I want to impress everyone; my teammates, the boss, the fans so I will try to do my best.“I try to play freely, sometimes it’s difficult in football, but I’m the kind of player who, if he does not play freely, it’s bad.“I like to put myself on the right, then on the left, sometimes in the centre, playing by instinct.“That’s football for me – instinct. I do not think about each action carefully, in a second I make the decision.”That approach has served Hazard well to this point, with a man who has 102 international caps to his name having been a winner of two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and a couple of Europa League crowns during a successful spell at Chelsea.last_img read more

Shampa to enthrall audience with her melodious voice

first_imgShampa Kundu is going to present an evening of Rabindrasangeet and Nazrul Geeti at Uttam Mancha on June 27.Also a CD containing 10 Rabindrasangeet and produced by Bhabna Cassettes and Records will be released on the occasion. Rabindra Sangeet exponents Srikanta Acharya, Sraboni Sen, Agnivo Bandyopadhyay veteran singer Haimanti Shukla will be present on the occasion. Shampa Kundu is a household name in Bengal. Be it Rabindrasanget or popular songs, Shampa is capable of enthralling the audience. Shampa’s father Subir Kundu was a student of Pandit Tarapada Chakraborty and Usha Ranjan Mukhopadhyay. Her initial training in music was given by her mother Belarani who was not only a Rabindrasangeet exponent but was equally proficient in Kirtan and devotional songs. Later, Shampa got her training in Rabindrasangeet from Dipankar Chowdhury and Agnivo Bandyopadhyay when she became a student of Rabindra Bharati University. She is one of the few vocalists who can sing both Rabindrasangeet and Nazumgeeti with equal ease. Also, she has been trained in Nazrulgeeti from Ruby Dutta and Sukumar Mitra. In Rabindra Bharati University she got the opportunity to learn Tappa, Thumri and old songs called Puratani. Side by side her interest grew in the songs composed by Atulprasad and Rajanikanta. Folk songs became a special area of interest. The interest in different kinds of songs have helped Shampa to sing songs of different variety and mood. The audience on June 27 are likely to get something unique from the veteran singer.last_img read more

Hussen announces new pilot to boost immigration in rural and northern Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is launching a pilot program to boost immigration in rural and northern communities struggling with labour shortages and population decline.The vast majority of immigrants to Canada settle in bigger cities but municipal leaders in smaller towns and communities have been calling on Ottawa to do more to help them attract newcomers.They believe immigration is key to helping their communities fill labour gaps as more people leave small town Canada for urban centres. Rural and northern communities that want to be part of the pilot will have to prove they can welcome and integrate newcomers and their families, with employers taking a big role in this effort.The pilot is designed after an Atlantic immigration pilot, which has seen success in growing the population and filling labour market needs in the Atlantic provinces.This new program is expected to welcome just under 3,000 people, or about 100 newcomers and their family members, per community. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Minister says UK faces political tsunami if Brexit halted

LONDON — Britain’s trade minister says the country will face a “political tsunami” if the government does not deliver on voters’ decision to leave the European Union.International Trade Secretary Liam Fox wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that “failure to deliver Brexit would produce a yawning gap between Parliament and the people, a schism in our political system with unknowable consequences.”The Brexit process has been deadlocked since Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU divorce deal was rejected by Parliament last week. Some lawmakers are pushing for the U.K. to delay its departure, scheduled for March 29, until politicians can agree on a way forward.May is due to report to Parliament Monday on how she plans to alter the rejected deal. There are few signs she plans to make radical changes.The Associated Press read more

President tells Defence Secretary and IGP to resign

Sirisena, who is also the Minister of Law and Order, said that if he was alerted in advance he would have taken steps to prevent the attacks from taking place.He said that he will take stern action on those who failed to inform him of the intelligence report. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has requested Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara to resign.The President sought their resignations over the Easter Sunday suicide attacks. Addressing the nation yesterday, the President said that he had decided to make drastic changes in the security establishment over the next 24 hours. President Maithripala Sirisena had yesterday insisted that he was in the dark with regards to an intelligence report warning of suicide attacks in Sri Lanka. read more

Big medal haul for Brock rowers at Summer Games

Brock University rowers won eight medals at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Kenora on Rabbit Lake over the weekend.In an Ontario domination of the men’s events, Badger Luke Gadsdon (Hamilton) led the way with two gold medals winning the men’s pair and the men’s eight. Right behind him was teammate Owen Volkner (St. Catharines) winning gold in the lightweight men’s four and then racing as a heavyweight placing second for a silver in the men’s heavy four. Erik Hohnstein (Edmonton) also won two medals placing third in the men’s eight and third in the men’s quad with Alberta.Incoming Brock recruit Anna Maloney (Niagara Falls) won gold in the women’s quad, and was fourth in the women’s double. Amanda Martin (Orono) came third in the women’s eight and fourth in the women’s four. Alicia Piazza came fourth in the lightweight women’s double. The women’s efforts helped Ontario place second overall in the women’s points standings. Coaching the Ontario men’s team to a solid first place finish overall in Kenora were Brock Coaches Andrea Miller and Swede Burak.This week, many of the Brock rowers will be competing for their home clubs where they’ve trained for the summer at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines read more

Commentary Bengals prepare for game against division rival Steelers

The Cincinnati Bengals have the opportunity to demonstrate a power shift in the AFC North this Monday night when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite losing their season opener, the Bengals’ chances of beating their longtime rivals are the best they have been in a while.The Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) are a wounded animal, and are the most vulnerable they have been in over a decade. As if missing the playoffs last year wasn’t enough, in 2013 so far they have suffered injuries to key players. The storied franchise that had experienced a renaissance as of late (three AFC championships and two Super Bowl wins since 2005) lost its home opener for the first time in 11 seasons to the Tennessee Titans, a team that finished 6-10 last year.In the offseason, the Steelers allowed speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace to sign a $60 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. A few days earlier they cut a former Defensive Player of the Year in linebacker James Harrison in an effort to get under the salary cap. In their opener, they lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey (knee) and starting linebacker Larry Foote (biceps) to injuries, likely sidelining them for the year.In their first game this season, they did little to show that they were the same old Steelers and immune to the problems most franchises face when losing key players. Traditionally known for its ability to run the ball, Pittsburgh ran for a mere 31 yards. They also only managed nine points against a Tennessee team that allowed 29.4 points a game last season, worst in the NFL.Meanwhile, the Bengals (0-1) lost on the road to the Chicago Bears in their season opener. After taking a 21-10 lead in the second half, Cincinnati allowed the Bears to steal a win due to mental errors. But the Bengals are considered to be one of the most talented teams in the league and are expected not only to make the playoffs but to make some noise when they get there. The disparity in talent between the Bengals and the Steelers should have Pittsburgh worried, particularly because of injuries, but it does not.The Steelers have no reason to believe they cannot win Monday night. Since the 2007 season Pittsburgh is 4-0 against the Bengals in prime time games. They also eliminated Cincinnati in the Wild Card round in 2006 on their way to a Super Bowl Championship.The Steelers will try not to let last season or the struggles in week one convince them that the Bengals are the better team after years of domination. The Steelers will try to find the strength to reclaim their place atop the AFC North, even if it is just for one game. After all, with all four teams losing last week, the division is wide open.Cincinnati is still favored in the Monday night showdown. It is hoped that they learned from last week’s loss and will play more disciplined football to complement the flashes of brilliance they put on display. And, though the Steelers held Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker to only 125 yards passing and number one receiver Kenny Britt to only 15 yards receiving, they are unlikely to find similar success in week two.The Bengals have an offensive arsenal that can put the Steelers in a huge hole early. Quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green continue to develop their chemistry, as evidenced by Green’s 162 yard, two touchdown performance last week. Two rookies, tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard, showed a lot of promise and could be more involved. Playing at home and with an opportunity at redemption, look for the Bengals to come out ready.On defense, Cincinnati’s front line against Pittsburgh’s uncertainty on the offensive line is a matchup the Bengals’ favor. Rookie center Kelvin Beachum will be making his first start against the likes of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins (12.5 sacks in 2012). Also, Harrison should be highly motivated to show his former team that he is still a premier player.When it comes to these two teams, numbers and hype mean very little. The Steelers, those battle-tested warriors who have managed to defeat the odds numerous times over the years, will try to dishearten a promising Cincinnati squad yet again. read more

Three bodies found at foot of Beachy Head as police hunt for

A police manhunt is underway after three bodies were found at the bottom of chalk cliffs in Sussex.Emergency services, including the police, coastguard and lifeboat crews are scouring the coastline around Beachy Head near Brighton for a missing fourth person.Officers were first called to the area at around 3.30pm and have been working through the evening in the hope of tracing all those that were deemed missing, according to reports.Over 300,000 people visit the famous chalk headlands every year, which are home to the highest chalk cliffs in Britain at over 500ft. A Sussex Police spokesman told the Mirror the department had been in the area all day.The coroner’s officer is also at the scene. Coastguard helicopter was at beachy head earlier for over an hour. Sadly 3 bodies recovered and searching for a 4th. Sad times— Michael Finnigan (@restoman1978) 13 June 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

10 firstday fears Pope Francis is probably experiencing

first_imgYOU KNOW HOW it goes.  You spend ages preparing for and going to interviews and desperately hoping that you’ll get a job, but then when you do, you get the fear.What if no one likes you?  What if you say something stupid?  What if you can’t do it?We doubt Pope Francis is any different.  Here are 10  first day fears we reckon he’s experiencing today.Not being able to find the toilet.It’s an understandable concern, St Peters is massive.Flickr/Wha’ppen/Creative CommonsAll the cardinals hating him because he got the promotion.He might have to have lunch on his own.That guy on the right definitely doesn’t look impressed.  Luca Bruno/AP/Press Association ImagesNot knowing which hat to wear at which time.Is it just the little cap or the big pointy one?Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association ImagesDoes he wear the red shoes all the time?  Just for special occasions?Alfredo Valadez/AP/Press Association ImagesFalling over on the popemobile.That thing has got to take some getting used to.Pier Paolo Cito/AP/Press Association ImagesNot knowing where things are in the kitchen.Where are the teaspoons, dammit!Flickr/dani0010/Creative CommonsNot knowing exactly what he…does.It can’t be all mass all the time, can it?  Maybe one of the Swiss Guard will help him out.Andrew Medichini/AP/Press Association ImagesFeeling like the boss is always watching him.Except in this case, he kind of is.Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association ImagesNot knowing how people take their tea.Do you ask everyone?  Just the people near you?Flickr/Simon Cocks/Creative CommonsPanicking over whether or not you can actually do the job you’ve gotten.There’s fear behind that smile.Gregorio Borgia/AP/Press Association Images6 people who could pass for the new Pope>Is this the first time you’ve ever seen a Pope with a season ticket?>last_img read more

Painmanagement program helps people with quality of life

first_imgMEADOW GLADE — Nine weeks ago, you’d have been hard-pressed to get Shannon Livingood out of bed before noon.The 46-year-old has chronic pain — the result of domestic-violence injuries suffered several years ago. Getting out of bed and being active were often unbearable.“My couch and my bed were my best friends,” the Vancouver woman said.But these days, Livingood is up by 7:30 a.m. She’s dressed, ready for the day and out the door by 9 a.m. She runs errands. She explores the community. She goes to the gym.“I truly want my life back,” Livingood said.And Livingood said she’s well on her way to taking her life back, thanks to a free pain program at the nonprofit Battle Ground HealthCare.Taking Back My Life is an evidence-based, self-management program that provides an alternative to medication for pain management. The dozen or so participants in the nine-week program meet for two hours every Tuesday.Each class has four components — occupational therapy, physical therapy, dietary and mental health — and instructors provide education and tips for managing pain in each of those areas. For example, one class may cover how exercise can change pain, the importance of sleep hygiene, how foods can cause inflammation and pain, and the link between stress and pain.last_img read more

Haitian Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on Minister of Foreign Affairs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Haitian Ambassador, H.E. Jean-Victor Geneus, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield.   During the meeting they discussed a range of issues, including the strengthening of relations between the two countries, the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Haiti and The Bahamas, migration, security and the potential for trade relations, especially in the field of agriculture, 24 July 2017.(Photo/OPM Media Services)last_img

Parexel accredited for cancer support

first_imgBiopharmaceutical firm Parexel, which employs 18,660 staff, has been recognised for the support it provides to staff and their families in detecting cancer and supporting those coping with the disease.Parexel has been accredited as a CEO Gold Standard employer by the US-based CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a non-profit organisation that has developed and administers an employee wellness framework to address cancer in the workplace.To earn US-accreditation, employers must evaluate their corporate culture and the health benefits available to US employees, and take extensive action around cancer risk prevention, screening and support.Parexel offers programmes aimed at reducing cancer risk, such as support for staff to quit smoking, and promoting physical activity, healthy eating and weight management.It also offers a medical incentive programme to reduce an employee’s health plan contribution following the completion of health and wellness activities.Its other measures to address cancer in the workplace include health insurance options to detect cancer at its earliest stages, access to care and participation in cancer clinical trials.Josef von Rickenbach (pictured), chairman and chief executive office at Parexel, said: “We have a passion for making a profound difference in the lives of people, especially our employees and their families. We are honoured the CEO Roundtable on Cancer named us a Gold Standard employer, recognising our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our most important asset: our employees.”last_img read more

McCahill moves to BGL Group

first_imgToria McCahill has joined BGL Group as group reward director.McCahill was previously head or reward at Dentsu Aegis Network UK. Her experience spans a number of industries and global reward roles, including positions at CSR, Dixons Carphone and Samsung.last_img

Shirley Manson James Blake Open Up About Mental Health

first_imgThe two singer/songwriters spoke candidly about their struggle with mental illness this weekRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 3, 2018 – 3:31 pm Part of the raising awareness about mental health in the music community is talking about it. As difficult as this can be, when we talk about our own struggles with mental illness, we open the door for others to speak up and reach out for help. This week, Garbage’s lead singer Shirley Manson and British singer/songwriter James Blake did just this.Manson penned an article for The New York Times on her history with self-injury, which became her coping method as a teenager to deal with overwhelming circumstances. The need to self-injure stopped when she found herself in a loving relationship later on, but the urges returned during what Manson describes as the “immense physical and mental pressure” of touring the reissued version of Garbage’s 1998 album, Version 2.0.Separately during the a panel titled “You Got This: Managing the Suicide Crisis in the Arts Population” at the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s annual symposium on July 1, Blake echoed a similar sentiment when he recounted his own mental health struggles due to the rigors of touring.”Your connection to other people becomes surface level,” Blake said of being on tour, which led to depression and “eventual suicidal thoughts.” “If you were only in town for one day and someone asked you how you are, you go into the good stuff … which generally doesn’t involve how anxious you feel [or] how depressed you feel.” Email Facebook Shirley Manson, James Blake Open Up About Mental Health Twitter Shirley Manson, James Blake On Mental Health shirley-manson-james-blake-open-about-mental-health News Blake also expressed frustration about the myth that creativity must include some kind of suffering. In fact, Blake says the opposite is true in his experience.”There is this myth that you have to be anxious to be creative, that you have to be depressed to be a genius,” Blake said. “I can truly say that anxiety has never helped me create. And I’ve watched it destroy my friends’ creative process, too.”Blake sought mental health treatment and found a healthy support system in his partner. As a result, he’s learned to say no to constant touring, which has benefited his health and wellness. Manson, meanwhile, has been able to keep her health goals top of mind and take a stand against mental illness.  “I vow to hold my ground. I choose to speak up. I attempt to be kind, not only to myself but also to other people,” Manson wrote. “I surround myself with those who treat me well. I strive to be creative and determine to do things that make me happy. I believe it is not what we look like that is important, but who we are.” And as for why it’s important for artists to speak out on difficult topics like mental health, Blake identifies that this generation of artists — and all of us — have a responsibility to reduce the stigma of seeking support for our mental health to reduce the number of people who suffer in silence.”We are the generation that’s watched several other generations of musicians turn to drugs and turn to excess and coping mechanisms that have destroyed them,” Blake said during the panel. “There are so many high-profile people recently who have taken their own lives. So we have a responsibility to talk about it and remove the stigma.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

City council passes Nomes first commercial marijuana regulation

first_imgMarijuana for sale at a dispensary in California. (Photo: Dank Depot via Flickr Creative Commons)Earlier this week, Nome’s city council passed its first set of commercial marijuana regulations.When the topic has been brought up at past meetings, the Council focused far more on understanding the basics of the state’s regulations, rather than working out the fine details of their own. That’s because, even with the recent legalization of commercial marijuana, the barriers to actually transporting it legally to anywhere off Alaska’s road system are significant.Travel by air is out of the question, because it’s federally regulated, so the council has been left hypothesizing about transportation via snow machines and dog sleds. Another option would be Nome grown, but that also has it’s challenges, as a licensed cultivation center would need to be built, along with on site testing. Councilman Matt Culley addressed those challenge’s at least month’s meeting.“It’s going to be very difficult for Nome to see a cultivation and distributor,” suggested Culley. “Someone can apply for distributor, but how do you get it, since it’s got to be labeled so thoroughly?”“However,” Culley said, “we cannot neglect the fact that it may make it here.”The Marijuana Control Board tried addressing those barriers last week, proposing a rule that would allow “alternative means of testing,” if location and transportation limitations make it impractical, but the Department of Law denied struck down that request.Back in Nome, initial discussions at this week’s meeting were cloaked in skepticism, as councilman Louie Green questioned whether this was basically an empty ordinance. City Manager Tom Moran responded:“There’s a fine schedule associated, there is a prohibition against the off duty police officer conduct, there is a new definition of marijuana accessories added, but I think your point is well taken, that this is a very skeletal one that can be added onto in the future.”According to the regulation, no off-duty law enforcement officer can enter a marijuana establishment with a firearm, unless that officer is undercover. The regulation also prohibits the sale, barter, or exchange of any items in a marijuana establishment by anyone but the person licensed to do so.And finally, the regulation addresses the hours of operation. Those are generally the same as the ones associated with establishments that have liquor licenses.But there are a few exceptions. For example, hours are extended from the day the first Iditarod dog team arrives until the day of the Iditarod Banquet. They’re also extended from the first day of the Iditarod Basketball Tournament until the day of the Iditarod Basketball Banquet, and from the first day of the Iditarod Dart and Pool Tournaments until the tournament’s championship games.Other days of exception include New Years Eve, Super Bowl Sunday, and the Sunday of the Bering Sea Open Golf Tournament.last_img read more