TelePresence: meetings without travel

first_img14 October 2009South African telecommunications operator Neotel has launched the first TelePresence facility in Africa, making a virtual “public room” available for businesses to interact with their global counterparts.TelePresence, which uses Cisco technology, integrates advanced audio, high-definition video and interactive elements to deliver “a virtual meeting experience that feels real”.Neotel says it has introduced the value-added service in response to continued global economic pressures resulting in organisations looking for ways to cut down on overseas corporate travelling in particular.“The launch of this TelePresence facility is in line with Tata Communications’ global strategy to launch more of these facilities across the globe this year,” Neotel MD Ajay Pandey said in a statement late last month.By working closely with Tata Communications, Neotel is able to tap into their global network, providing South Africans with true global connectivity.“We see this as a wonderful opportunity to enable our customers’ businesses by providing them with access to a solution that will streamline operations and reduce travel time and associated costs,” Pandey said.Reducing business costsIn a recent report, research firm Gartner predicted that, due to the current world economic crisis, high-definition based video meeting solutions would negatively affect the global travel industry.Locally, businesses are looking to reduce operational costs and are reducing their travel budgets significantly, says Neotel.TelePresence creates the perception that the different parties are sitting in the same room, having a face-to-face meeting, without having to travel to the meeting.“This means the effective use of this technology will save time and money,” said Pandey. “The business case associated with TelePresence is phenomenal.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Ohio AgriBusiness Association Annual Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association will hold its annual Industry Conference Feb. 3-4, 2016 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest, providing education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals, including the OABA Industry Dinner and OABA Annual Meeting.This will be the fourth year the Industry Conference has been held, with more than 300 industry professionals attending the 2015 event.“The OABA Industry Conference continues to be an exceptional event that provides agribusiness professionals with access to experts on current agricultural issues in Ohio,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “This will be a valuable experience for attendees, with many opportunities to gain insight and perspectives to help tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”Widely-respected speakers and industry professionals will share their expertise during the two-day conference. Topics include:Nutrient stewardshipCustom applicationInsect controlNitrogen managementUpdates from Ohio State University Extension, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.General session speakers include Chris Reynolds with PotashCorp, Kathy Mathers with The Fertilizer Institute, Marty Ruikka with ProExporter and Kim Chesky with LeadingWise.This year’s keynote speaker will be retired Army Col. Dr. Peter Mansoor, presenting on “The Rise of ISIS.” Mansoor’s 26-year career in the military included two combat tours and serving as executive officer to retired Army Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq.A complete agenda is available at www.oaba.net/events_conference.Continuing education units (CEUs) are available for both Certified Crop Advisers and state licensed pesticide applicators that attend the conference.All-inclusive registration for the event includes admission to both days of educational programming and all meals, including the Industry Networking Reception & Dinner and OABA Annual Meeting. Registration fees are as follows:Member: $260 ($335 after Jan. 8, 2016)Non-Member: $400 ($475 after Jan. 8, 2016)Individual day and reception/dinner-only registrations are also available, as are exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities. Visit www.oaba.net/events_conference for more information and to register. All cancellations must be made by Jan. 22, 2016 to be eligible for a refund.Hotel accommodations for the Columbus Marriott Northwest can be made online by visiting www.oaba.net/events_conference or by calling 614-791-1000 and using the code “Ohio AgriBusiness Association.” The deadline to make reservations is Jan. 22, 2016.last_img read more

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DC helps special girl live her dream

first_imgIt was a dream come true for 15-year-old differently abled Anmol Beri in Punjab’s Ferozepur on Friday when she stepped into the shoes of a Deputy Commissioner for an entire day.Anmol, suffering from locomotor and dwarfism, was invited by Ferozepur Deputy Commissioner Chander Gaind to fulfil her dream of being a Deputy Commissioner for a day.“Anmol had told me that she wanted to be an IAS officer, following which I promised her that I can help her to fulfil her dream of being a Deputy Commissioner,” Mr. Gaind said.Mr. Gaind said the girls was suffering from a rare locomotor disease which had stopped the growth of her body. He said Anmol had topped in matriculation with 85.6% marks and was now studying in Class XI. Brand ambassador“It was during a seminar against drug abuse in her school that I had met Anmol and I was impressed by her performance at the seminar, despite her suffering,” he said, adding that she has also been appointed as district brand ambassador of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”.Anmol was given a separate chair adjacent to the DC’s official chair. “She closely observed the working of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. She also attended several congratulatory calls on the official number,” said Mr. Gaind.‘Valuable suggestions’“She gave some valuable suggestions. Among them were that potholed roads must be repaired immediately, stray cattle menace and plastic must be eliminated at the earliest. I informed her that the tenders of roads have been floated and the government has sanctioned ₹3 crore for a new cow shelter where the stray cattle will be shifted,” said Mr. Gaind.“I aspire to become an IAS officer and today I have been given an opportunity to discharge duty like a Deputy Commissioner. It feels great, It’s a big day,” she told reporters.last_img read more

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Ford Figo to be unveiled at Geneva Auto Show; Europe debut soon

first_imgAccording to German magazine, AutoBild, the India-made Ford Figo will be making its European debut at the next years Geneva Motor Show.According to the magazine, Ford India will be exporting around 240,000 cars per annum and 270,000 engines per annum of Ford Figo to the European countries after it makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.Features:Few of the headline features include SYNC infotainment system with Bluetooth telephony, Ford MyKey, new interior design, and improved interior space.Engine:Moreover, Ford could be providing the European Ford Figo with a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol or a 1.2-litre Ti-VCT, with a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed PowerShift DCT automatic transmission. The diesel variant could come with a 1.5-litre TDCi engine producing 99bhp of peak power, mated to a five-speed manual transmission, reports say.ALSO READ:Who’s the best: New Ford Figo versus the competitiorsDimension:The Ford Figo measures 3,886mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,525mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,491mm and ground clearance of 174mm. The Europe-bound Ford Figo will come with a boot capacity of 257 litres.Competition:Ford Figo will compete against Suzuki Swift, Nissan Micra and Hyundai i10 in the European market.We had earlier reported , that Ford India will soon send Made-In-India cars to the European market. The compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) EcoSport will be shipped and ready for sale from October 2017.ALSO READ:New Ford Figo hatchback launched for Rs 4.3 lakhThe company has apparently began working on developing a face-lifted version of the SUV for the European market and has started an initial tendering procedure to supply components. The initial estimate request is for as many as 90,000 units a year, more than the number of cars it sells in India.advertisementlast_img read more

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4 days agoMan City boss Guardiola a fan of Gasperini and Atalanta

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola a fan of Gasperini and Atalantaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits he’s a fan of Champions League opponents Atalanta.City host Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta on Tuesday night.“What I said about (Maurizio) Sarri I could say about Gasperini, I was lucky enough to meet him before,” said Guardiola.“Having seen what Atalanta did last year and what they’re doing this season is incredible.“It’s a great joy to watch his team play, they’re brave, they respect their supporters. The way they play is unusual, they take quite a few risks.“In this match both teams are very brave, and they will try to impose the game, we will have to adapt and they will do the same.“I hope it will be an open match, both teams score and concede. I hope it will be a lively match.” last_img read more

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Report: Cleveland Cavaliers Fire Head Coach David Blatt

first_imgLeBron James is surrounded by reporters discussing Ben Simmons.LeBron James Ben SimmonsUpdate: Wojnarowski is also reporting that Cleveland’s next head coach will be assistant Tyronn Lue. Lue and the team have already agree to a multi-year deal.Assistant Ty Lue has agreed to a multi-year deal as new Cavaliers head coach, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016Earlier: Despite posting a 30-11 record and currently holding the No. 1 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, it’s been reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach David Blatt. Blatt, who posted a 53-29 record with the team last year, lasted just a season and a half in Cleveland.ESPN’s Brian Windhorst added that there’s been “unrest” in Cleveland’s locker room.Cleveland has fired coach David Blatt, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016The Cavs have fired coach David Blatt, sources confirm. First reported by Yahoo— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Despite positive comments publicly, there had been unrest growing in Cavs locker room. Frankly, it had been there since almost day one.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Despite up and downs, Blatt has had one ardent supporter in Cavs organization and that was owner Dan Gilbert.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016LeBron James was informed of the decision to fire David Blatt today, he was not consulted on decision sources said— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016James’ fondness for Ty Lue and his desire to be coached by a former player were well known in the organization. As were issues with Blatt— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Blatt, who came over from Maccabi Tel Aviv ahead of the 2014-2015 season, posted a regular season record of 83-40 in his time in Cleveland.last_img read more

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New threshold and corporate income tax rate January 1

first_imgTax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) wishes to advise that on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 an increase in the Income Tax Threshold and a decrease in the Corporate Income Tax rate become effective. In respect of individuals, the Personal Income Tax (PIT) threshold or tax-free income increases to $507,312.00 per annum, up from $441,168.00 per annum. The increase in the threshold means that the corresponding tax-free portion to be used by employers in making periodic payments is as follows: $9,756            weekly $19,512           fortnightly $42,276           monthly Persons are reminded that income in excess of the threshold will continue to be taxed at 25%. Pensioners and persons sixty-five and over are further reminded that in addition to the threshold they are entitled to a pension exemption of $80,000 and an age exemption of $80,000, respectively. Also on January 1, 2013, unregulated companies will see a reduction in the rate of Corporate Income Tax (CIT) to 25%, down from 33 1/3%. This brings the CIT rate for unregulated companies in line with the Personal Income Tax (PIT) rate of 25%. However, the rate remains at 33?% for regulated companies, including those regulated by the: Financial Services Commission (FSC) Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Ministry of Finance and Planning (MOFP) Individuals and unregulated companies are advised that the new threshold and reduced tax rate are not to be applied in computing their final income tax for assessment year 2012.   However it should be used in computing the estimated income tax for assessment year 2013.  Both the final income tax return for 2012 and the estimated income tax return for 2013 are due to be filed on or before March 15, 2013. The adjustments in the threshold and CIT rate form part of the Government’s revenue measures tabled in parliament during the 2012/2013 budget presentation and further outlined in the recent White Paper on Tax Reform. For further information persons may contact Customer Care Centre at 1-888-Tax-Help (1-888-829-4357) toll-free or visit our website www.jamaicatax.gov.jm Contact:         Communications Unit Tax Administration Jamaica Phone: 754-6700 or 908-3404 E-mail: communications@taj.gov.jmlast_img read more

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Norden Bolsters Middle East Presence with New Contract

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Norden Danish shipping company Norden has signed a three-year contract of affreightment (COA) with Qatari chemical firm Qatar Vinyl Company, a subsidiary of Qatar Petrochemical Company.Scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2019, the agreement is for the shipment of salt from West Coast India to Qatar, where the salt will be used for chemical production.As informed, the contract entails shipment of approximately 500,000 tons annually of salt during the contract period. The transports will be carried out about once a month on Supramax vessels.Norden said that with the new contract it would be able to further optimize the logistical planning while expanding its activities in the Middle East.“The contract increases our flow of tonnage into the Arabian Gulf, which allows us to further grow our activities in the region, in line with our continued growth plans,” Jan Rindbo, Norden CEO, commented.According to Norden, long-running cargo contracts are vital for further growth within its dry cargo business and in line with the company growth strategy.“With the agreement, we are growing our presence in the Middle Eastern region, enabling us to position vessels across the load and discharge port regions, where they can be deployed to fulfill other contracts,” Adam Nielsen, Head of Industrial Bulk responsible for the COA business within dry cargo business in Norden, explained.Norden operates 249 dry cargo and 60 tanker vessels, with some units owned and others chartered. In addition, the company has a total of six ships on order, data on Norden’s website shows.last_img read more

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Northern Health expands eligibility of passengers riding Connections bus

first_img“This expansion provides access to services for some of the most vulnerable people in the communities of Northern BC, the elderly and those with mobility issues,” said Minister of Health Adrian Dix. “Including an expanded definition of companions helps support families when their loved ones are receiving care in other communities.” Northern Health says that while the expanded eligibility will help more northern residents, passengers who have scheduled medical appointments will take priority. Fares for travel are not changing, and passengers will no longer be required to book round-trip. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Northern Health announced today that its Connections program is expanding passenger eligibility to include more people who might require assistance with healthcare-related travel in Northern B.C. Northern Health says its Connections service is now open to clients who meet any of three new eligibility criteria. Anyone with accessibility needs or mobility challenges, and anyone aged 60 or over will be able to ride the bus. Seniors were added to the list of allowed passengers after a report from the Office of the Seniors Advocate recently stated that access to transportation is an increasing barrier to the long term health of seniors. Northern Health is also expanding the definition of a companion rider to include passengers who have to travel to support immediate family members who are receiving health care treatment or services outside of their home community.last_img read more

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Green court raps officials over action plan on noise pollution

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has rapped the police and the district adminstration over their action plan to check noise pollution in West Delhi and termed the ATR as “inaction report”.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the DCP and the SDM are merely avoiding the responsibility and shifting the burden to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) or others. DCP Deepak Purohit and SDM Nitin Jindal, who were present at NGT, informed the tribunal in their action report that an exclusive website and a helpline were being be developed by DPCC. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt had also been asked to undertake programme of awareness and a separate head has been created for the calls relating to noise pollution. “We find that the action taken report (ATR) is in fact ‘Inaction Report. The DCP and the SDM need to be trained for the job for which they have been appointed. They are merely avoiding the responsibility and shifting the burden to the DPCC or others. It is difficult to accept that only DPCC can create awareness or that only DPCC can create website and DCP and SDM are unfit for the job,” the bench said. The green panel directed the chief secretary and the Police Commissioner to monitor the situation and file a report within a month by e-mail. It also directed the DCP and SDM to take steps for starting the website within a month and furnish a compliance report.last_img read more

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