UN urges calm amid clashes along EgyptGaza border

6 January 2010The United Nations urged calm by all sides amid recent violence along the border between Egypt and Gaza, including the killing of an Egyptian security officer today, as protests continue over a delayed aid convoy headed for the Gaza Strip. “We are troubled by the violence along the Egypt-Gaza border,” Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters. “We call for calm and respect for Egyptian sovereignty,” he added.According to media reports, Egyptian security officials said the officer was hit by Palestinian gunfire from across the border. Dozens of protesters were also reportedly hurt during the demonstrations held on Tuesday, called for by Hamas, which took over control of Gaza in June 2007 from the Palestinian Authority.The ongoing Israeli blockade of Gaza, imposed following the Hamas takeover, has limited the amount of goods that can enter the area, triggering a humanitarian crisis for 1.5 million Palestinian inhabitants.UN officials and aid agencies have repeatedly called on Israel to lift the restrictions so that essential supplies, including food, fuel and construction materials, can enter Gaza and to increase freedom of movement in both directions.Just yesterday, Mr. Ban, in a phone call with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, expressed appreciation for the fact that limited amounts of glass were now being allowed into Gaza for the repair of homes but pressed for further imports of needed material for reconstruction.“We remain deeply concerned at unsustainable conditions in Gaza and reiterate the need for the re-opening of all crossings as envisaged by the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access,” stated Mr. Nesirky. read more

Registration cost of new private companies slashed

““I am pleased to inform the House that as part of changes in the fees, we have reduced the fee of registration of a Private Limited Company by as much as Rs 11000,” Bathiudeen told Parliament today. Minister Bathiudeen was making a statement on the increase of Company registration fees by the Registrar of Companies (RoC) as a follow-up to the proposal made in the 2016 Budget. The registration cost of new private companies has been slashed by the Government, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said.Bathiudeen said that new companies registered in Sri Lanka last year surged by 7 percent while the key state institution in charge of such new company registrations reported an enormous revenue flow to it’s coffers in 2016. The proposal made in Section 419 of the 2016 Budget speech was to review the fees and charges made by different Government entities every three years by all the Chief Accounting Officers and Accounting Officers including Revenue Accounting Officers in the public sector. “I am pleased to inform the House that as part of changes in fees we have reduced the fee of registration of a Private Limited Company under Form 1 by as much as Rs 11000. In that we reduced this fee from Rs 15000.00 to 4000.00 to develop entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka. All fee changes are effective from January 1, 2017,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Is There Much Hope For The Colts With Jacoby Brissett As QB

The only person who appeared unmoved by the announcement was — unsurprisingly — Bill Belichick.When the rest of the football world recovered, the consensus outlook for the Colts under Brissett wasn’t particularly good. On Sunday, Las Vegas dropped the line on the Colts win total from 9.5 to 6.5 wins. Our FiveThirtyEight Elo system dropped the Colts from a 9.2 win team to 7.5 wins. And as seen on Sunday Night Football, the model developed by Pro Football Focus put the new Colts win total at 7.1, down from nine wins.Looking at Brissett’s performance over his career, it’s easy to see why the math and the markets are bearish on the Colts’ prospects. Indianapolis has a 4-11 record in games Brissett started, and the quarterback has averaged 6.6 yards per attempt over his career, below the league average of 7.2 for the years Brissett has been active. Brissett averaged just more than 200 yards passing per game in his only full season as a starter — a season in which he compiled a QBR of 41.5 — and his career completion percentage is just 59.1 percent. These numbers are not good.We can try to find a silver lining. Completion percentage can sometimes be misleading. Quarterbacks who attempt deeper passes at a higher rate than their peers will see their stat line punished despite the fact that they are helping their team by attempting more valuable throws. If we account for how deep Brissett’s passing attempts have been over his career, however, we find that there aren’t many depths where he’s above league average — although the sample sizes at some depths aren’t large enough for us to conclude this with certainty. It surprised everyone. The news that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring Saturday night set Twitter on tilt and was met with skepticism from grizzled beat reporters, boos from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd and even disbelief from new starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett: Among active QBs, Brisset ranks in the bottom 10 percent in completion percentage over expected. His poor performance is exacerbated by the fact that Brissett also doesn’t attack downfield as often as Luck did. Brissett’s average depth of target — a measure of the distance downfield a quarterback throws — is just 7.2 yards, 1.4 less than Luck’s 8.6. The Colts will need Brissett to target star wideout T.Y. Hilton often to compete offensively, and Hilton’s average depth of target is located well downfield at 12.4 yards. This is a legitimate cause for concern. In 2017 — the only full season Hilton and Brissett have played together — Hilton saw his targets drop to just 109 after 155 in 2016.1With 15 games of Luck.There’s really no sugar-coating the Colts’ 2019 prospects. Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard has been widely praised for the work he’s done since taking over from Ryan Grigson in 2017. But losing a franchise quarterback when you’ve built a team around the idea that you’re currently in a championship window will stress the skills of even the most competent GMs. Ballard’s options are unpalatable but clear: Try to win now with the team he’s assembled and risk being trapped in a purgatory of mediocrity while the cheap talent ages out of their early contracts, or front-load the pain and tank this season in an attempt to secure a high pick in what looks to be a promising quarterback draft class.In a league where having a franchise quarterback is damn near everything, Brissett’s value to the Colts might be highest as air cover for a front office and coaching staff trying to lose as many games as possible. read more

Flash floods turn M2 into a river as Britain battles storm which

The M2 was closed between junctions four and five while traffic officials battled the large amounts of standing water.Forecasters also warned that more thunderstorms were likely on Wednesday morning, however it was difficult to predict where. The Met Office added: “There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded or struck by lightning, causing damage to some buildings.”The latest weather warning comes just days after services at Stansted Airport were severely disrupted when a lightning strike left the aircraft fuelling system temporarily unavailable.Some flights due to land were also diverted to airports more than 100 miles away.In the West Midlands, a person was rushed to hospital on Sunday night after being rescued from the roof of a car submerged in floodwater.A man in his 80s died after his vehicle became submerged in floodwaters in Walsall.Residents of Selly Oak, Birmingham had to be rescued by firefighters using boats. “However, it is often the case that in the summer months we see these short sharp rain showers, followed by a longer dry spell. That is the nature of the beast.” The spokesperson added that it was predicted that some regions could see “up to 30mm in an hour or 40-50mm in a couple of hours.” Forecasters warned that more thunderstorms were likely on Wednesday morningCredit:Stephen Lock Forecasters warned that more thunderstorms were likely on Wednesday morning The UK is braced for further rain as forecasters warn some regions could see up to two inches fall in just a few hours. The Met Office today extended a yellow warning for rain across southern England which is due to last until 6am tomorrow, despite it originally set to end at 10pm today.The rain and thunderstorms have so far caused travel chaos with part of the M2 closed today and Cannon Street tube station in London was shut to some underground trains due to flooding.Across the capital  London Fire Bridge were called to 50 flooding incidents at 30 properties in just one hour.A Met Office spokesperson said: “This is only the third time we have seen a storm like this in 10 years. The average rainfall for May is 57mm however some places, including Bexley have seen 19.5mm in just six hours.  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

Grouse shooting cancelled at Balmoral due to shortage of birds

“Although the Duke of Edinburgh doesn’t shoot after having a heart stent fitted several years ago, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew both shoot and the Queen enjoys accompanying the shoot and having a picnic. “The torrential rain has put a stop to fly fishing on the River Dee so there it not much to do up in Balmoral at the moment.” A member of a shooting party holds a hunted grouse on the Rottal Moor on the opening day of the Grouse shooting season on MondayCredit:RUSSELL CHEYNE /REUTERS A member of a shooting party holds a hunted grouse on the Rottal Moor on the opening day of the Grouse shooting season on Monday It has long been one of the highlights of the royals’ calendar but it will be a less Glorious 12th for the Queen this year after grouse shooting was cancelled at Balmoral due to a shortage of birds.The extreme weather and an outbreak of heather beetle, which has decimated food supplies in the Scottish Highlands, has been blamed for the decision to cancel all grouse shooting on Her Majesty’s estate in Aberdeenshire.It comes after many moors in the north of England and the Scottish borders had to abandon planned events last year in order to allow the grouse stocks to recover.But they have not recovered enough at Balmoral, where the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York shoot regularly during the grouse season from August 12 to December 10.A royal source said: “It is a real blow to the royals’ summer holiday plans because grouse shooting is usually the main activity for the royals and their guests. A royal spokeswoman confirmed: “Grouse populations are cyclical and to retain and preserve stock there will be no shooting this year.” Boris Johnson is understood to be preparing to visit the 93-year-old monarch at her private home near Ballater, which is set in 50,000 acres, over the August bank holiday weekend.Dr Adam Smith, Scotland director of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, said: “We haven’t finished our grouse counts yet but there are plenty of moors the length and breadth of Scotland reporting a poor breeding year. “There’s a wide range of factors, the heather quality being one. A lot of moors have been affected by heather beetle outbreaks which have affected food supplies for grouse. “It’s also been a funny year of weather in that it was exceptionally dry for the first four months of the year and then latterly, appallingly wet. We’d started out with some hope and cautioned last year against over shooting but the situation hasn’t turned itself around enough in Scotland.”The shortage of grouse last year was the worst in over a decade, with half of grouse shoots across England and Wales cancelling their entire 2018 shooting programmes.Last year, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation admitted there were “no guarantees shooting will resume last year” after extreme weather was compounded by reported high numbers of parasites contributing to the deaths of grouse chicks. read more

Northstar Travel Group Acquires Schneider Publishing Assets

first_img That aforementioned new sports division, consisting, as of now, of the TEAMS conference and SportsTravel, will live within Northstar’s Meetings Group, which also includes Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings, among other properties. Both Association News and Meetings Quest will also apparently fall into the Meetings Group’s portfolio, albeit not as part of the sports division. Secaucus, NJ-based Northstar Travel Group has acquired the assets of L.A.-based Schneider Publishing, including a trio of annual events and a pair of related media brands, the company announced today. Presented by SportsTravel and held annually since 1998, TEAMS attracts over 1,000 executives and event managers from the sports-event and hospitality industries, according to Northstar, while Meetings Quest — presented by Association News — is the longest-running trade show series for meeting planners in the U.S. Schneider first purchased Meetings Quest and integrated it with its existing Association News brand in 2013. “Finding the right strategic partner with the necessary capabilities over a range of areas — event management, digital media, and database marketing, to name a few — was important to me to scale the business,” said president and CEO Timothy Schneider, who will join Northstar as chairman of a new sports division. “Working with Tom [Kemp], David [Blansfield] and the Northstar team, we’ll be leveraging Northstar’s strengths to enhance and expand our offerings in service of our customers.” Also included in Northstar’s purchase is the Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic, an annual tournament started in 1987 by Meetings Quest founder Jimmy Dunn and previously held in Washington, D.C. each March, but relocated to Las Vegas for the fall of 2017. Included in the sale are SportsTravel and Association News magazines, as well as their respective live-event counterparts: the TEAMS Conference & Expo and Meetings Quest. It’s the third major acquisition for Northstar Travel Group since the company was itself acquired by Wasserstein Partners last June, following a pair of data-focused tech investments by SaaS subsidiary Inntopia.last_img read more

Air Station Advocates Remain Skeptical about Lake Ontario Wind Farm

first_imgSupporters of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station remain concerned about the potential for a proposed wind farm located 25 miles from the western New York base to interfere with flight training despite the reassurances of a former DOD official working for the developer.David Belote, who had been the first director of the Pentagon’s Siting Clearinghouse, told base supporters that defense officials believe the project on the shores of Lake Ontario would not interfere with military testing or training activities in the area. That conclusion followed an informal analysis by the clearinghouse.“They showed us some stuff that indicated they’re doing their due diligence. I don’t think they had anything definitive,” said John Cooper Sr., president of the Niagara Military Affairs Council.Belote said the project would not affect the installation’s C-130 operations or drone operations slated to come to the air reserve station soon.Installation advocates remain skeptical, however, reported the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. DOD will not conduct a formal review of the project until Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy reveals the exact height and location of the turbines. Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert worries the DOD review doesn’t consider the same factors the department takes into account when it prepares its BRAC recommendations.“Neither an informal or the required formal review would ever answer the most pressing question facing Niagara County and our region, which is whether Lighthouse Wind would impact the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station encroachment score in future BRAC proceedings,” said Engert, who recently met with Belote.“The stakes are awfully high,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Fords 2020 Shelby GT500 is a 760horsepower trackready certified thicc boi

first_img Tags Ford 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a friendlier brawler More From Roadshow 2020 Ford Mustang GT500: See and hear the 700+ hp track-ready… 3 98 Photos Share your voice 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star 1:28 Now playing: Watch this: Ford Comments 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Enlarge ImageThe forthcoming 2020 GT500 is by far the most powerful thing Ford has produced for public consumption, but with great power apparently comes great weight. Ford We’ve known for a little while that the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 was going to make big power, but we’re just now finding out — thanks to a leaked Ford sales document published on Wednesday by the Mustang6g forum and picked up on by Autoblog — that its horsepower number isn’t the only big thing about it.What do we mean? Well, according to Ford’s internal eSourceBook (PDF), a document intended to educate sales staff on new models, we now know that the GT500 will tip the scales at 4,225 pounds. Just for comparison, that’s a little less than two Mazda MX-5 Miatas, and only around 211 pounds lighter than the notoriously “chonky” Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. Where does all that weight come from? Lots of places, but as you’d suspect, that big ol’ 5.2-liter V8 engine and its massive supercharger account for a lot of it. Add in all of the extra cooling necessary on a vehicle that makes 760 horsepower — that includes engine cooling, transmission cooling, differential cooling, etc. — and that hefty curb weight makes more sense.Curb weight is also measured with the car full of fluids, which might not sound significant, but the eSourceBook tells us that the 5.2-liter engine holds 11 quarts of oil and almost 18 quarts of coolant. The GT500 is bound to be a thirsty car, so of course, it has a decently sized fuel tank — 16 gallons to be exact — and since gasoline weighs around 6.15 lbs per gallon (depending on temperature), that works out to 98.4 lbs if the tank is full.One glimmer of hope is that Ford’s eSourceBook lists the 4,225 lbs figure as “base” so maybe the options list will help us save a few pounds. We know that there will be a carbon track package that will include the Shelby GT350R’s featherweight carbon fiber wheels, which should net a decent amount of weight savings over the standard forged aluminum units.Still, at the end of the day, the GT500 makes enough power and torque to tow a small celestial body out of orbit, so you’re probably not going to notice or feel like complaining about how heavy it is when your foot is all the way to the floor and you’re holding on for dear life, now, are you?Ford didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. Performance Cars Car Industrylast_img read more

Stalin flays government over water crisis

first_imgChennai : DMK President M.K.Stalin on Monday attacked Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK government accusing it of not working proactively, when the lakes supplying water to the city started drying. Leading a prostest here demanding a solution to Chennai’s water crisis, Stalin said the government did not take act when the lakes supplying water to the city started drying. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us “The one question being asked by people across Tamil Nadu is ‘where is the water’? The AIADMK government has not completed any drinking water project in the state. Its party officials are holding yagnas in temples — not for the rains, but to protect their own government,” Stalin told the people holding the demonstration with empty pots. Also Read – Shia Waqf Board claims right over disputed Ayodhya land Advertise With Us The DMK chief said if his party comes to power, it will order a probe into the irregularities in the ongoing desalination water project. The DMK held protests at all the district headquarters to press the government to mitigate people’s suffering in the parched state. While Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft) and Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) and Chembarambakkam (3,645 mcft) lakes that supply water to Chennai have run dry, there is only 19 mcft water left in Poondi reservoir (against a full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.last_img read more

Who is Pramod Sawant Meet Manohar Parrikars successor and new Goa Chief

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:07Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … BJP’s Pramod Sawant sworn in as the new CM of Goa on March 19 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos COPY LINK Close Sawant went to the Raj Bhavan after Bharatiya Janata Party chose him as Parrikar’s successor. This was done after both the allies of BJP – Goa Forward Party’s Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP)’s Sudin Dhavalikar – were offered the posts of deputy chief ministers.To lay claim on the state’s top position, the 45-year-old had the backing of Nitin Gadkari and BJP president Amit Shah. Gadkari, who was a key player in bringing the allies together, told Indian Express, “Our alliance partners and MLAs are going to meet the Governor. Signed letters establishing our majority will also be submitted to the Goa Governor.” Goa Chief minister Pramod SawantTwitterThe swearing-in ceremony was presided by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha.”I don’t know if I will be able to fill in the shoes of Manohar Parrikar, he was a very tall leader …It is a very big responsibility that the party has given me. I will try my best to fulfil it. I am what I am today because of Manohar Parrikar,” Pramod Sawant was quoted as saying by Economic Times. AFP/Getty ImagesA two-time MLA from Sanquelim constituency, Sawant is an Ayurvedic medical practitioner and his wife Sulakshana Sawant is the president of BJP Goa Mahila Morcha. She is also a chemistry teacher at Shri Shantadurga Higher Secondary School in Bicholim.Sawant was a close confidant of Manohar Parrikar. During Parrikar’s last days, he had asked Sawant to perform all state duties, including hoisting the flag on national days. He has the strong support of the RSS and this closeness, according to ET, is one of the reasons why MGP and GFP did not support him in the primary stages. He has been a member of the RSS since his childhood and was also a Yuva BJP leader during his adolescence. Sawant’s swearing-in came at a period of high drama after Parrikar’s death with rumours floating around that two MGP MLAs had defected to BJP on Monday morning. However, after Sawant was sworn in, he clarified that there was no defection and that the BJP and the MGP were allies.At 1.50 am on Tuesday, Sawant was sworn in along with 11 others to form a fully functioning Goa cabinet. However, with the death of Parikkar and Francis D’Souza and the resignation of two Congress lawmakers, the Goa Assembly population has dwindled to 36 MLAs. Close Manohar Parrikar: The epitome of efficiency and simplicitylast_img read more

In Baltimore More Officers Accused of Faking Evidence

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Public defenders in Baltimore say charges against a client have been dropped because police body-camera video “appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence.”This case involves seven officers, two of whom have been referred to the police department’s internal affairs division.Baltimore Police Officer (AP Image)Media outlets say the public defender’s office won’t release the video because it shows a co-defendant whom it doesn’t represent.Meanwhile, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dismissed charges in 34 cases relying on the testimony of three other officers after the Office of the Public Defender released a different video they say shows an officer planting drugs. That officer is suspended and two others are on administrative duty.Separately, seven other Baltimore officers on a gun crimes task force are accused of faking reports and false detentions.last_img read more

Do This to Prevent Cybercrime and Save Your Business from Disaster

first_img Not long ago, I heard FBI Director James Comey say, “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who’ve been hacked … and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked.” I took note and quietly patted myself on the back, knowing I’d taken precautions and thinking we were ahead of the game on this one. But then I got the call every CEO dreads. It was a panicked employee who was about to send a screenshot of something they’d just seen on our intern’s computer. “You have 96 hours to pay a ransom or your data will be permanently locked,” the email read. Related: 3 Lessons From Sony Pictures Cautionary TaleFortunately for us, we had a cyber-incident response plan already in place, and I immediately put the plan into motion. As a result, we prevented calamity. Policy, process and practices were what saved us from an embarrassing and debilitating breach.We got lucky. Putting a number to all of those victimized by cybercrime is difficult — if not impossible — but news headlines ranging from the Home Depot, Apple iCloud and Anthem breaches make it clear: This can happen to anyone.Cybercrime trendsThere’s a new risk every day. As quickly as technology grows and changes, so do the threats. Even if you think you’re not at risk because you don’t store consumer data, realize that hackers may target you to access larger businesses you deal with through portals or electronic data exchanges.Threats are not just consumer data or intellectual property. Everything is interconnected. If hackers access the plans to one component, it may be interchangeable and create vulnerabilities in other processes, divisions, intranets or extranets.Threats aren’t limited to consumer data. Foreign powers and those willing to sell to the highest bidder can cause U.S. businesses to lose a competitive advantage on the global stage anytime a breach occurs.Cybercrime prevention is now considered a cost of doing businessCyber attacks are not a matter of “if” but “when.” Cybercrime needs to be viewed as any other business risk, and the investment in cyber security cannot be negligible. According to a 2014 Hewlett Packard study, the average annualized cost incurred per attack was $12.7 million, with a range of $1.6 million to $61 million. For protection, experts suggest developing a cyber-audit committee with a multifunctional and multidisciplinary plan of action.Related: Why Your Password is Hackerbait Responding to an attack will require action from not only the IT department but from public relations, social media and customer service. A company has a very short window of time in which to inform customers of the breach. Do you know yours?Risks aren’t limited to a particular industry or a specific size of business. The profile of a cyber attacker may vary, but can be associated with organized crime, terrorists, nation states, internal threats or disgruntled employees and ransom attacks.For international businesses, the risks are expanded and may change based on region. An outside risk assessment can provide invaluable insights that an internal team may not be able to provide. Even if your business’s internal data isn’t compromised, social media accounts can be hacked and cause serious damage to your reputation.Even if you have a top-notch cyber security plan in place, human error can create some of the greatest risks for exposure — as in our case, with an intern.Protect yourselfUse long passwords. Do not use the same password for all accountsPut policies in place that require strong passwords, and require new passwords that were not previously used at regular intervalsAvoid the temptation of “free” WiFi and hotspots. These networks aren’t secure and your data can be exposedConsider encrypting all emailsDevelop a cyber-incident response plan that includes your board, legal, IT and managementCybercrime is not a problem we’re going to fix or solve. Businesses have to find a balance between the amount of resources they’re willing or able to invest in security while maintaining effectiveness in all other areas.As Bill Gates said: “Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.”Related: Obama Heads to Silicon Valley to Discuss Hacking Threats With CEOs March 19, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the Market

first_img 4 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global There’s a pattern in the lifespan of human resources (HR) technology companies of the past two decades: they get gobbled up. The pioneering firms in HR technology from the late 1990’s to early 2000’s were mostly acquired by bigger enterprise companies in need of a few product parts. IBM acquired Kenexa, Oracle bought Taleo and SuccessFactors was acquired by SAP.With those acquisitions, founders and early employees left and innovation died. Then came the Great Recession and all investment ended. Today, industry experts like Sheeroy Desai, CEO at recruiting and HR management platform Gild, think job growth is finally hitting stride. Though some bigger players appear stagnant and still, HR tech companies are growing quickly, as hot, agile startup technologies enter the field.Related: Why You Need to Embrace the Big Data Trend in HR“In the past decade this stagnation has allowed Workday to emerge as a new disrupter,” Desai remarks, “but with almost no real competition even Workday has not brought the level of innovation that is truly needed.”“Almost every current HR function operates under 20th century principles of past practices, efficiency, risk avoidance, legal compliance, and hunch-based people management decisions,” remarks HR thought leader, Dr. John Sullivan. But, today, there is a new set of entrants who are challenging the status quo.These companies are different from their predecessors in HR technology, in that they are founded by fresh-eyed engineers and non-HR practitioners approaching technologies and processes from a consumer perspective. HR tech companies like Zenefits (now valued at $4.5 billion in just two years) in the HR benefits space, Expensify in employee reimbursements, ZenPayroll changing payroll, and Gild in the area of recruiting.Bigger, faster, better.According to the Industry Trends in Human Resources Technology and Service Delivery Survey by Information Services Group (ISG), those HR technologies succeeding are the ones where:They’ve built user interfaces that deliver a consumer-like experience and include mobile and social capabilities.Cloud technology is creating massive economies of scale for HR customers at the same time, reducing IT resource involvement.Real-time workforce visibility and flexibility allow for organizations to respond to changing market conditions.New technologies can be integrated into surrounding business processes.Related: 4 Technologies That Free HR to Work With People Instead of Just Their PaperworkHR tech is,  out of necessity, playing catch-up to marketing and operations technology advancements. Data-driven marketing predictions and decisions are made more quickly from today’s advanced big data collection and interpretation. But old-school, limited HR practitioners don’t have these same decision-making tools. It’s costing companies in employee engagement.“Instant feedback mechanisms can significantly improve engagement and motivation by consistently guiding employees in the right direction,” warns Matt Straz, founder and CEO of Namely.Meanwhile, some are suggesting that advanced predictive analytics may be the future of HR and talent management. That’s where the engineers and data crunchers come in. Better HR technology directly affects them. Think spotty expense reports or desktop-only benefit form completion. Today’s HTML5, social authentication and flat, optimized UI design is an entire toolkit of material to work with to improve legacy systems.Data shows organizations are upgrading to these new capabilities, too. While incumbent companies appear to be missing this wave, and have lost sight of the needs and pressures of their customers, fresh, new customer-engineered technologies are advancing the human resources industry.Related: 5 Ways HR Technology Can Improve Performance Reviews Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 21, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Costa Rica ranks healthiest country in Latin America

first_imgAlong with being one of the happiest places in the world, it turns out Costa Rica is among the healthiest. A recent study by Bloomberg ranks Costa Rica as the healthiest country in Latin America and 24th worldwide.Bloomberg used data from the United Nations, World Health Organization and World Bank to create health scores and health risk scores for countries with populations of at least 1 million. The World’s Healthiest Countries list ranks countries by subtracting their risk score from their health score.Costa Rica ranks 24th globally and tops the Latin America list, followed by Chile and Cuba.The analysis takes into account health indicators including child mortality, life expectancy and mortality rates from 145 countries. It also evaluates health risk factors such as the percentage of the population that smokes, is obese or overweight or has high cholesterol or high blood pressure, among others.In the Americas, Costa Rica ranks as the second healthiest country behind Canada. The U.S. ranks fifth in the regional list and 33rd in the global ranking.Other Latin American countries that made the world’s top 50 healthiest countries are Mexico at 37, Panama at 38, Ecuador at 47 and Argentina at 48.The worst-rated Latin American countries are El Salvador, at No. 78 out of 145 countries, Guatemala at 83 and Bolivia at 93.Singapore is the world’s healthiest country, according to the Bloomberg ranking, followed by Italy and Australia.Recommended: Costa Rican diet includes too much salt, processed food, experts say Related posts:Agriculture Ministry surveys population’s consumption of fruits, vegetables, seafood Costa Rican diet includes too much salt, processed food, experts say Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Costa Rica ponders tax on fast food, soft drinks Facebook Commentslast_img read more