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Third nights free for agents at allinclusive Warwick Paradise Island

first_imgTags: Warwick Hotels & Resorts Share Travelweek Group Posted by PARADISE ISLAND — Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas is celebrating Travel Agent Appreciation Month with a third night free deal exclusively for travel advisors.The adults-only, all-inclusive resort is offering third nights free with two nights booked at the travel professional rate. The travel window runs now through June 14.Plus with each two-night minimum stay, Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas is offering travel professionals a complimentary classic manicure or pedicure at the resort’s Amber Spa when booked by June 14 for travel through Dec. 15.Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas’ all-inclusive rates for travel professionals start at US$175 single occupancy and $280 double occupancy, per room, per night, in an Island View room. Rates vary according to travel dates and room category and are subject to blackout dates and availability.All-inclusive rates cover all meals and snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, standard WiFi Internet access “from the beach to the bedroom”, use of the fitness centre, daily activities including bocce, beach volleyball, basketball, tennis, horseshoes and use of bicycles, nightly entertainment and gratuities, surcharges and 7.5% Value Added Tax (VAT).More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upThe travel advisor rates can be booked via warwickhotels.com/wpib-travel-advisor, calling 1-888-645-5550 (Canada and the U.S.) or 242-363-2560 (elsewhere) or through the GDS system. A valid IATA / CLIA number is required.Travel advisors staying elsewhere in The Bahamas can also experience Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas by purchasing the Deluxe Day Pass, Night Pass or Deluxe Night Pass, available at a discounted rate to agents.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Third nights free for agents at all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island Thursday, May 11, 2017 last_img read more

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority takes 2009 world travel award for Middle E

first_img::Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority takes 2009 world travel award for Middle East’s leading destination marketing campaign:: Source = Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) Emirate’s Industry stakeholders secure slew of Middle East honoursAbu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which manages and promotes the tourism industry of the largest of the seven emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates, has taken the 2009 World Travel Award for the Middle East’s Leading Destination Marketing Campaign.The award, presented to ADTA’s Deputy Director General Ahmed Hussein at a gala ceremony in Dubai, was for the authority’s Traveller’s Welcome campaign which has been rolled out over the past 18 months to targeted media and trade across ADTA’s key target markets.“The value of this award rests in the fact that it resulted from an industry poll – being recognised by our industry peers greatly encourages us,” said Hussein. “Although the award has been made to the authority it belongs to all in the destination who have delivered on the inherent promise of excellence in hospitality that ‘Traveller’s Welcome’ holds out.”The World Travel Awards this year saw 170,000 trade professional voting – the largest in the awards’ nine-year history.And Abu Dhabi as a destination was a star of the evening with nine tourism industry stakeholders in the emirate bagging honours. Safar Travel & Tourism was voted the Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Agency; Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre took the award for the region’s ‘Leading Exhibition Centre;’ Emirates Palace was voted the region’s Leading Conference Resort and Abu Dhabi’s Leading Hotel; the Millenium Hotel Abu Dhabi took the award for the capital’s Leading Business Hotel; Shangri-Las Hotel Qaryat Al Beri was named Abu Dhabi’s Leading Beach Resort; the Abu Dhabi-headquartered Rotana took the Middle East’s Leading Hotel Brand award; Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) was honoured for Saadiyat Island as the ‘Leading Tourism Development Project while Royal Jet was voted the ‘Middle East’s Leading Private Jet Charter.’But the shining star of the evening was undoubtedly the Abu Dhabi-headquartered national airline of the UAE – Etihad Airways. It took a total of five regional awards, named: Leading Airline; Leading Airline Lounge Abu Dhabi; Leading First Class; Leading Airline Website; Leading International Marketing Campaign.last_img read more

Amangiri Singaporebased Amanresorts second prop

first_imgAmangiri, Singapore-based Amanresorts’ second property in the United States, is set to open in the early fall in the “canyon country” of southern Utah. Located near the Utah-Arizona border, Amangiri (Sanskrit for ‘peaceful mountain’) is adjacent to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, encompassing Lake Powell and the Colorado River, and ideally placed for day trips to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Bryce and Zion National Parks.The setting is breathtaking. Amangiri is cradled by massive 200-million-year-old mesas and rock formations that present extraordinary desert vistas whose colors change from amber to gold to pink as the sun makes its daily circuit. Located some 4,000 feet above sea level, spring and fall temperatures are in the 70’s Fahrenheit, with winter highs in the 40’s and summer highs rarely exceeding 95 degrees. The region is home to a variety of endangered species, including the California condor, and a bevy of dinosaur fossils, some dating back more than 160 million years.Set on a 600-acre expanse of wilderness that has been home for centuries to the indigenous Navajo and Hopi tribes, Amangiri’s creation was made possible by a 2005 Act of Congress that permitted a swap of private and Federal land. Amangiri has 34 guest suites with white stone floors and tinted concrete walls that reflect the colors of the American Southwest. Each suite has uninterrupted panoramic views of the desert and mesas and is endowed with all the luxuries and comfort expected of an Amanresort — from day-beds for relaxing, to roomy bathing areas, to the unobtrusively personalized service that has been the hallmark of Amanresorts since its first resort, Amanpuri, opened 21 years ago in Phuket, Thailand. Pool suites and the Girijaala and Amangiri Suites have private pools and secluded outdoor sky terraces that are ideal both for daytime relaxation and nighttime stargazing.The centerpiece of Amangiri is a sprawling modernist Pavilion reached by flights of wide, gentle steps. Its desert-colored stone and concrete is contrasted by splashes of scarlet tenting: the shade of red is one of the sacred colors of the Navajo. The Pavilion is an open-plan arrangement of lounging areas, library, dining room and open kitchen — all with floor-to-ceiling glass that frames panoramas of the desert, the rock formations and the mesas. The restaurant terrace leads onto the pool terrace; the swimming pool wraps around a central slick rock that thrusts upward from the desert floor.Amangiri’s 25,000-foot spa is a destination in itself. A giant complex of stone, water features and streams of light, it offers a number of unique treatment venues. The Water Pavilion offers hydrotherapy treatments, while the Floatation Pavilion offers color therapy-enhanced floatation treatment. The Aman Spa also provides both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, step pool, cold plunge and generous spaces for exercise, yoga and Amanresorts’ unique Pilates assessment.The cuisine at Amangiri reflects the resort’s residential nature. The kitchen is open-plan, and guests are invited to interact and watch the chefs at work. The menus change regularly based on available ingredients from local farmers, and emphasize organic and specialty products. The open-to-browse wine room has state-of-the-art climate control, space for 900 bottles and the technology to serve even the finest vintages by the glass. The private dining room seats 10; its large wooden doors can be closed for privacy or open to the kitchen. > The design of Amangiri is inspired by the natural elements of wind, water, earth and fire. Shafts of sunlight stream into the resort’s interiors through panoramic windows and strategically placed skylights. The sound of water is a soothing constant in the Pavilion, as in the surrounding slot canyons. The resort features more than 50 indoor and outdoor fireplaces — throughout the Pavilion and the Aman Spa, in every suite, around the pool and in outdoor entertainment areas. At night, Amangiri’s exteriors are subtly lit so as not to compromise the vast star-filled night sky as nature intended. The Desert Lounge beyond the Pavilion is an open-air living room and the ideal venue for stargazing.Because of its location, Amangiri guests are able to take advantage of opportunities to discover some of America’s most magnificent scenic locations. A comprehensive program of tours, desert activities, boating, fly-fishing, hiking and cultural explorations has been developed exclusively for Aman guests.In addition to the resort, the Amangiri master-plan features 28 dramatically designed four- or five-bedroom private villas, each with large pools, wine rooms, fireplaces, optional media rooms and staff quarters.www.amanresorts.comlast_img read more

Rep Albert schedules local office hours Jan 30

first_img State Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell, today invited residents of Kent and Ionia counties to meet with him during office hours in Ada and Belding.“I’m ready to get right to work addressing issues that matter to people in our district,” Albert said. “I encourage residents to stop by during office hours and share their thoughts and ideas about how we can make Michigan an even better place to live and work.”Albert will be available at the following times and locations on Monday, Jan. 30:9 to 10 a.m. at Nonna’s Pantry, 591 Ada Dr. SE in Ada.11 a.m. to noon at Bridge Street Café, 103 E. High St. in Belding.No appointment is necessary to attend. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact his office at (517) 373-0846 or email ThomasAlbert@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Albert News 13Jan Rep. Albert schedules local office hours Jan. 30last_img read more

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first_img And note that I am making no comment here on the quality of government spending – you can make that determination for yourself – I am merely stating its cost. You’ll have to decide what you think about this. If you’re unsure, look up the numbers and run them for yourself. That will give you a better understanding. The Non-Monetary Value of Life Human lives, of course, have far more than simple monetary value. The most important things in life are not measured in dollars. That, however, only makes the damage worse. Why worse? Because we are limited, physical beings. When we’re sick, or sleeping, or far away, or falling-down tired, those “more valuable than money” things seldom show up. When people are forced to work double shifts to pay the government, their energy for the things that transcend monetary value is sucked away. Most working Americans go from morning till night. Even when they go on vacation, they are really only recovering from their workload – getting back to even. That means that most of the super-monetary value of their lives is lost; they have no time and energy left over to do the more important things. Leviathan Has a Cost Governments always present themselves to people as saviors, but everything they do is paid for with money. And the ultimate source of all that money is the people who are supposedly being saved. In order to pay that price in the United States (others are similar), the entire earnings of several million lives are required every year. No, three million people are not beheaded in the town square, but that many lives are spent every year – by people paying half their life, every year, for their entire working lives. Leviathan eats several million lives per year, and no matter how we spin it, the numbers remain. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com Total US government spending: $3.55 trillion So, dividing total government spending by average lifetime earnings, we arrive at the following: Government spending consumes the lives of 2.27 million people, annually. Properly, we should say, “The US government consumes the entire life earnings of 2.27 million people, every year.” It may seem a bit dramatic to express the numbers this way, but these are real numbers, and they reflect the situation accurately. These figures, of course, are only for the national government. State and municipal governments consume plenty as well. In all likelihood, total government consumption in the US is somewhere between 3 and 5 million lives per year. If these numbers seem impossible to you, run them yourself. It’s not hard. The plain truth is that, every year, government in the United States consumes the entire lifetime efforts of several million human beings. Talk of so-many trillions, percentages of GDP, quintiles, and age brackets are confusing. This is the simple truth: Several million lives are sacrificed every year to feed the US Leviathan. Perhaps a motivated statistician could find some fault with my numbers, but still, there they are. And if my amateurish calculations are off by 10%, should we really feel better, knowing that only 2.043 million of us are sacrificed to Leviathan every year? The next time you hear confusing talk from a politician, think of these numbers. Millions of lives are being drained dry – cradle to grave – every year, to keep their beast fed. That cannot honestly be denied. What Does This Mean? It is for you to decide what this means. I suspect that you’re rather horrified, which sets you up for a classic choice on how to deal with this new idea: I like to look at things from an outsider’s viewpoint – to notice things that most people pass over. And I usually find these things more or less by accident. For example, take a quick look at this formula: This looks like physics or economics, but I actually ran across it in a legal case. As it turns out, this is the formula to determine the monetary value of your life. That may sound crazy, but it’s absolutely true. Officially termed “the monetary value of human capital,” this calculation is used every day in courts of law to help determine various awards – typically when someone is injured and prevented from working. What struck me as interesting is that this formula could also be used in other ways… like for government for example. Government is the biggest business on the planet – by far. (We examined how in FMP #32.) And government functions with money. So, I decided to use arithmetic to determine the cost of government – not measured in dollars, but in human lives. Think of this as a currency conversion: dollars-to-lives, rather than the usual dollars-to-euros or dollars-to-yen. And, again, this is not a new trick; it’s done every day in courtrooms across the globe. The Numbers The figures I’m using come from the US government (mostly the Census), between the years 2008 and 2010. (Spending is for 2010.) Everything shown below is plain old math, not fancy statistical analysis. Here are the necessary figures: Average per capita income: $39,138 Per capita lifetime income (income times years) = $1.5655 million Fight (“That’s wrong!”),center_img Flight/Evasion (“That’s a conspiracy theory!”), or Average number of working years: 40 Freeze (“I don’t understand”).last_img read more

The development of antibiotics in the middle of th

first_imgThe development of antibiotics in the middle of the 20th century was one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. Penicillin and its pharmaceutical cousins saved millions of lives. But like a magic potion given to the world by a stern fairy, antibiotics come with a catch — If you abuse them, you lose them.For decades, scientists have been warning that antibiotic resistance is on the rise globally because of misuse of the drugs.But a new report makes it clear that the world is not listening.Between the year 2000 and 2015 human consumption of antibiotics globally rose 65 percent — to an astounding 42 billion doses a year. “We wanted to examine global use of antibiotics because once resistance emerges in one place it can spread anywhere,” says Eili Klein, a fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy in Washington and the lead author of the new report, which was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Along with his colleagues Klein found that there was a dramatic rise in antibiotic use over the last 15 years in low- and middle-income countries.”A place like India, which has one of the highest populations in the world, saw enormous gains in antibiotic use both overall and on a per capita gain basis,” says Klein.Antibiotic use more than doubled in India between the year 2000 and 2015. It was up 79 percent in China and 65 percent in Pakistan. Some of that increase was due to population growth but it wasn’t just that. Overall sales were up.So the report makes it clear that the average person in India, China or Pakistan is taking far more antibiotics now than they were a decade and half ago.Western countries didn’t see the sharp rise in antibiotics but they also failed to cut overall consumption.”In high-income countries reducing inappropriate use has not really … in most countries … driven down per capita use rates in the last 15 years,” Klein says.Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University, is concerned about this increase in antibiotic use.”The biggest driver for the evolution of superbugs is the use of antibiotics,” Price says. Every time a bacteria is exposed to an antibiotic but isn’t killed by it, it has the potential to develop resistance. The evolutionary math is fairly simple. “The more we use antibiotics,” he explains, “the more we are going to encourage the growth of these bacteria that are resistant to them.”Hospitals around the world increasingly have been reporting bacterial infections that don’t respond to traditional antibiotics.”Then you have these extreme cases like the woman [in Nevada] just about a year ago who died of an infection that was resistant to 26 different antibiotics,” Price says. “So the bacteria are out there that are resistant to everything, and they are becoming more and more prevalent.”Health officials worry about so much growth in antibiotic use in low- and middle-income countries because these drugs are often available there without a prescription. So the potential for misuse is high. Also Price notes that poor sanitation in impoverished nations adds to the problem. If a superbug develops in a patient who only has access to an outhouse, that bug is far more likely to spread into the local water supply than if that patient had access to a toilet connected to a sewage treatment plant.So the antibiotic fairy is not happy: If we don’t change our ways she’s going to slowly make the potion less and less powerful until one day it disappears. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Disabled people from across Europe have called for

first_imgDisabled people from across Europe have called for the closure of long-stay institutions, after the latest in a long series of abuse scandals was uncovered by the BBC.Four European disability organisations – including the umbrella organisation representing 80 million disabled people across the continent – have joined UK disabled activists in calling for action to end institutionalisation and forced treatment.A Panorama documentary, which included undercover footage shot at the private Whorlton Hall hospital for people with learning difficulties and autistic people in County Durham (pictured), caused outrage after it was broadcast last week.Seven men and three women – all members of staff – have been arrested by Durham police and are being questioned about offences relating to abuse and neglect, while the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and care watchdog, was criticised for failing to spot and halt the abuse.Now disabled people and their user-led organisations have called again for the government to take action and close all such long-stay institutions.Disabled activist Simone Aspis, director of the consultancy Changing Perspectives, who campaigns to free disabled people from institutions, said: “There is something very fundamentally wrong about these institutions and they have to close down.”She added: “We can’t make a fundamentally flawed system work better by simply having a better ratio of staffing, more resources put in, or more training, or better recruitment practices.“A system that compels people into treatment they don’t want and denies them their fundamental human rights cannot train people to deprive people of their human rights in a positive way.“What we need is the transferring of resources into support that people need to be part of their communities.“It is an absolute disgrace that in this country we are allowed to have such barbaric torture and practices going on.”She said there was no “political will” to find a solution and no urgency from the NHS to remove people from institutions.Instead of “thinking creatively” about new placements, she said, NHS commissioners “just want to shove people in wherever there is a bloody bed, not thinking creatively about how we can support these people to live in the community”.Aspis also said she was “very disappointed” with the failure of CQC and the Children’s Commissioner to recommend the closure of such institutions in their latest reports earlier this month.People First (Self Advocacy), which is run and controlled by people with learning difficulties, said it was horrified to learn of the new abuse scandal.It pointed out that promises were made after a previous scandal at Winterbourne View in 2011 to close all such institutions, and that the government had failed to live up to its promises or meet targets set by NHS England after Winterbourne View.It is calling on the government to introduce a legal right to independent living for disabled people, by incorporating article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into UK law.People First’s #CloseATUs campaign is calling for the closure of all assessment and treatment centres and for people to have the advocacy and support they need in their local communities, as well as for the government to draw up a national action plan for all ATUs to be closed within two years.Andrew Lee, director of People First (Self Advocacy), said: “As with Winterbourne, the news of Whorlton Hall brought tears, upset and anger to me and many other people I know.“Our thoughts go to all of the people who experienced this abuse. We need to make sure this does not happen again.“Moving people to other closed institutions like Whorlton Hall is obviously not the answer.“People are being sent far away from friends and family at great cost to the authorities and at even greater and more tragic cost to people with learning difficulties and their loved ones.”Kat Humble, communications officer for Autistic UK, which is run by and for autistic people, said the latest revelations were “horrifying, though unsurprising”.She said: “Whether it’s Winterbourne View, Whorlton Hall or who knows how many others, there is a level of contempt that we face as autistic people and people with intellectual disabilities when it comes to our long-term health that is shortening our lifespans and damaging the lives that we live.“There is a very good reason why the suicide rate amongst autistic people is nine times higher than the national average.”She called for “ground up” reform of CQC, which she said was “ineffective” and had “no protective instinct”.In a joint statement, the European Disability Forum – an umbrella organisation of disabled people’s organisations – and three European disability organisations (Inclusion Europe, Autism Europe and European Down Syndrome Association), also called for the closure of such institutions.They said: “This kind of treatment and abuse is widespread in institutions.“Too many times, we have heard and seen footage like this. Too many times we have witnessed attacks on the most basic human rights of persons with disabilities. Too many times we have witnessed governments failing to act.“Institutionalisation has to end. Forced treatment has to end. These flagrant abuses of the most basic human rights have to end.”But Whorlton Hall is only the latest in a long line of such scandals that stretches back to the 1940s.Calls to address the scandal of people with learning difficulties living “inappropriately” in long-stay institutions date back more than 70 years to when the National Council for Civil Liberties launched a campaign against eugenicist laws that led at their peak to the institutionalisation of more than 50,000 people in long-stay hospitals.A series of scandals through the late 1960s and 1970s highlighted concerns similar to those uncovered by Panorama and other more recent scandals, with inquiries reporting cruel ill-treatment, inhumane and threatening behaviour towards patients (at Ely Hospital), the “harmful over-use of drugs” (Farleigh Hospital) and the use of tranquilisers and “side-rooms” – or solitary confinement facilities – at South Ockendon Hospital.They were followed by the Longcare abuse scandal, uncovered by the media in 1994, and others including allegations of neglect at Fieldhead Hospital in Wakefield in 2004, and of abuse at the Solar Centre in Doncaster in 2010, Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust in 2006, Winterbourne View near Bristol in 2011, Mendip House in Somerset in 2016 and Atlas Project Team in 2017.Cygnet Health Care said in a statement that it was “shocked and deeply saddened by the allegations made against members of staff at Whorlton Hall, part of the Danshell Group, which Cygnet recently acquired.“We take these allegations extremely seriously, have suspended all members of staff involved, and informed all relevant authorities including the police, who have instigated an inquiry, and we are cooperating fully with their investigation.“We have a zero tolerance of this behaviour. This appalling behaviour is entirely inconsistent with our values and high standards, and we have transferred all the patients to other services.“Until the conclusion of the police investigation, we are unable to comment further.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Weird But True Microsoft Is Developing a StressMonitoring Bra

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queue Register Now » Women who are concerned about stress-induced overeating already have a lot of reasons to stress out, and now they have to another thing to worry about: their undergarments tattling on their moods.Or, maybe it’s a good thing.Researchers at Microsoft have developed a bra that they claim helps to regulate stress eating by monitoring the wearer’s vital signs and moods. The goal of the high-tech underwear is to help reduce stress eating by making the woman wearing it more aware of when she is anxious and likely to overindulge in an effort to make herself feel better.The high-tech bra uses sensor pads with battery-powered microprocessors that sample up to eight bio-signal channels simultaneously, gathering information such as heart rate and respiration, skin conductance and movement, according to a report from Discovery. The pads use EKG sensors, electrodermal activity sensors, accelerometers, and gyroscopes to gather data, which is then streamed to a smartphone app and the researchers’ computer.The test subjects recorded their own moods on the smartphone app, and the scientists used that data, along with the data collected from the bra-sensors, to predict physiological changes that accompany eating and stress.Mary Czerwinski, a cognitive psychologist and senior researcher in visualization and interaction at Microsoft, presented her findings at the Society for Affective Computing’s recent conference, in a paper titled “Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating.””It’s mostly women who are emotional overeaters, and it turns out that a bra is perfect for measuring EKG (electrocardiogram),” she said. “We tried to do the same thing for men’s underwear but it was too far away (from the heart).”The other problem the researchers encountered was that the sensors’ batteries only lasted about four hours before needing to be recharged. Czerwinski’s next focus will be to find another part of the body that can be used to monitor moods with similar physiological accuracy, but requiring less work.What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. –shares Next Article 2 min read December 10, 2013 Katherine Gray Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Technology Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Weird But True: Microsoft Is Developing a Stress-Monitoring Bralast_img read more

Faster Food This Restaurant Delivers Burgers to Your Table at 90 MPH

first_img January 21, 2014 Guest Writer Technology Add to Queue Faster Food: This Restaurant Delivers Burgers to Your Table at 90 MPH 2 min read Next Article Technology Writer Fast food burgers are no match for the high-speed burgers being created at one New Zealand restaurant. C1 Cafe in Christchurch has created a new system that delivers burgers to restaurant goers’ tables at an astounding 87 mph.Think of it this way: a burger that moves faster than your car on the freeway.The pneumatic tube food delivery system is the creation of owner Sam Crofskey who originally saw the idea on the cartoon Futurama. With the system, sliders are stacked inside a metal tube, and are then shot from the kitchen directly to a diner’s table. “Pneumatic” means the tubes are transported using air pressure.”We want to be really memorable,” Crofskey told New Zealand’s The Press. ”This is a world first.'”The process is similar to how some bank tellers send paper out to cars at a traditional drive-through teller window. C1 started out using the system to send orders back to the kitchen as a trial, and installed extra-large tubing to handle the heavier burger load.Burgers will arrive on tables in a stainless steel tube. Each tube is capable of holding three sliders, as well as a small side of fries. A custom air-brake system also slows down your food before it reaches your table, so the only injury you’re likely to get from your food is a larger waistline.Installing the system at every table in the restaurant is a gargantuan task. For tables along the wall, the burgers will arrive from above, but for center tables the restaurant is looking at ways to have the burgers arrive from below the table.Installing the entire system will take more than a year, with three new tables coming online each month. The first six tables are expected to start launching high-speed burgers to the public later this month.If these guys can deliver burgers in their restaurant at highway speeds, how can you supercharge your product delivery?What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below.   Emily Price Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

Business Travel Awards 2016 Best Social Campaign

first_img Magazine Contributor Next Article Add to Queue 1 min read Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Social Media Business Travel Awards 2016: Best Social Campaign Each year, the Canadian airline one-ups its own Christmas shenanigans: In 2012, it choreographed an airport flash mob of singing elves. In 2013, a Santa asked boarding passengers for their wish lists, then scrambled to buy and wrap those items before they landed at their destination; for 2014, the airline took the idea to a village in the Dominican Republic. And last year, says Greg Hounslow, the airline’s manager of emerging media, “we realized we could create something that felt more like a movement than a moment.”All 12,000 employees were given Blue Santa hats and encouraged to perform a mini miracle on December 9 in their local community. The random acts of kindness spanned the globe — and as photos and videos were shared on social media, the do-goodery spread beyond employees. The campaign clocked 31,793 miracles, ranging from free coffees to a free family vacation for a soldier. The results: #WestJetChristmas snagged nearly a quarter of a million Facebook likes, shares and comments, and execs calculated that the campaign helped buoy revenue by almost $900,000. It was a gift for all.Check Out the 2016 Business Travel Award Winners April 22, 2016 Register Now » This story appears in the May 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » –shares Jeff Chu, Margaret Rhodes, Kate Rockwood, Stephanie Schomer Image credit: WESTJET AIRLINES Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Digital Media May Be Hindering Your Ability to Think Abstractly Study Says

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Enroll Now for $5 Next Article Trying to spark some critical thinking? It may be a good idea to forego digital media.The medium could be hindering your cognitive ability to think and analyze in the abstract, according to a new study from Dartmouth College. On the plus side, using laptops, smartphones or tablets for reading could help in the memorization of more concrete information.With more than 300 participants ranging in ages from 20 to 24, the assessment consisted of four studies. One had subjects read a David Sedaris short story, one group digitally and the other in print, followed by a quiz testing concrete and critical understanding. Another grouping read information on fictitious Japanese cars, some digitally and others in print, and were also quizzed after.Related: How to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills and Make Better Business DecisionsThe group that read Sedaris in print had better recall of more abstract information while the digital readers proved to remember more specific details. The same proved true for the group that read about cars when asked which was the more superior model. Roughly 66 percent of print readers gave the right answer compared to 43 percent of digital readers.It’s not the first time scientists have questioned the impact digital consumption has on the mind’s functionality. The PEW Research Center, for example, released a study describing how digital tools impacted kid’s writing skills and how they learn. A study conducted by UCLA’s Children’s Digital Media Center also looked into the issue, finding that as technology use rose in popularity, critical thinking declined.“Given that psychologists have shown that construal levels can vastly impact outcomes such as self-esteem and goal pursuit, it’s crucial to recognize the role that digitization of information might be having on this important aspect of cognition,” says Dartmouth study author Geoff Kaufman, an assistant professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, in a press release.Related: Why Technology Is Affecting Critical Thought in the Workplace and How to Fix ItAs Mary Flanagan — Sherman Fairchild distinguished professor in digital humanities at Dartmouth and founding director of Tiltfactor — points out, understanding digital media’s impact could also help the development of tech tools of the future.”Sometimes, it is beneficial to foster abstract thinking, and as we know more, we can design to overcome the tendencies — or deficits — inherent in digital devices,” she says.In the meantime, it may be a good idea to invest in a good printer to get those PDFs in hand and buy a few more physical books to keep your abstract mind sharp.  Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. May 9, 2016 Lifestyle 3 min read 84shares Image credit: Guido Mieth | Getty Images Digital Media May Be Hindering Your Ability to Think Abstractly, Study Says Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Lindsay Friedmanlast_img read more

Genesys Calls All Customer Experience Professionals to Denver June 10 to 13

first_imgGenesys Calls All Customer Experience Professionals to Denver June 10 to 13 to New Signature Event, Xperience19 PRNewswireMay 3, 2019, 2:28 pmMay 3, 2019 Make Every Moment Count at the Premier Customer Event of the YearGenesys, the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact center solutions, has announced its new signature event, Xperience19, will kick off June 10 in Denver, Colorado. This annual conference unites experts from organizations of all types and sizes who share a commitment to transforming mundane customer service into remarkable experiences.If there was ever an expert in creating magical moments, it’s world-renowned photographer and Xperience19 keynote speaker, Platon. Throughout his exceptional career, Platon has captured history-making moments for a range of international publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and TIME. On the Xperience19 stage, Platon will take the audience on a roller coaster of emotions – from laughter to tears – with the most poignant and mesmerizing stories behind the photos. He answers the question, “Who is this person?”Also speaking is Dave Carroll, a Canadian songwriter, author, social media pioneer and the creator of a one-in-a-billion story, United Breaks Guitars. Carroll will address why empowering people to deliver moments of connection is so important in a digital world.Marketing Technology News: NICE Workforce Management AI Based Strategic Planner Receives CUSTOMER Magazine Product of the Year AwardIn addition, several marquee Genesys customers will present, including Uber, Whirlpool, Ticketmaster, Voya Financial and Alberta Motor Association. These companies will share how the cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital channels are helping them connect every touchpoint in the customer journey and driving business performance. Xperience19 will also shine a spotlight on the human side of customer service by recognizing agents from MyBudget, Crisis Services Canada and Bradesco Next, who are Genesys CX Heroes for going above and beyond to make a real difference in people’s lives.The immersive event enables attendees to create their own customer experience curriculum by choosing from more than 80 educational tracks, breakouts and activities. Business leaders, sales and marketing professionals, contact center managers and developers can delve into topics including predictive capabilities, customer and employee experience, cloud and more. Deep-dive breakout sessions will also cover the importance of blending the human touch with disruptive technologies to provide optimal service.Marketing Technology News: Gartner Says Marketers Must Focus on Helping Customers in Order to Remain Competitive TodayCo-located with Xperience19 is the annual Genesys DevCon, a hands-on technical conference for the developer community. Led by Genesys developers, DevCon is designed to help customers quickly innovate through the company’s software development kits (SDK) and open APIs.“Our new conference name, Xperience19, is reflective of our goal to make every moment count. This year, we’ll show attendees how immersive, experiential service is the new standard for every customer, every time,” said Merijn te Booij, chief marketing officer of Genesys. “No other event gives attendees a more comprehensive playbook to empower their employees and turn conversations with customers into the best-connected moments across marketing, sales and service.”Register for Xperience19 and DevCon before May 15 and save $300! Spend June 10 to June 13 at the brand-new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center learning, connecting and sharing all things related to customer experience. Follow the excitement on popular social networks and stay connected with the hashtag #Xpr19.Marketing Technology News: Enterprise Bank & Trust Partners with Bounteous and Acquia to Launch Brand New Marketing and Technology Experience Artificial Intelligencecustomer experienceGenesysGenesys CX HeroesGenesys DevConMarketing TechnologyNewsXperience19 Previous ArticleNew Mavenlink Study Finds Business, Competition, and Customer Expectations Rising Significantly for Services FirmsNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Dr. Vasco Pedro, CEO, Unbabellast_img read more

Acquia Unveils Faster Easier Personalization for Marketers

first_img AcquiaAcquia Engage Europedata-driven personalizationDrupalMarketing Technology NewsNewspersonalization Previous ArticleConnatix Announces Launch of Elements, the First Online Video Platform with Built-in Revenue for PublishersNext ArticleAdobe Experience Platform Taps AI-Triggered Analytics to Boost Real-Time CXM Acquia Unveils Faster, Easier Personalization for Marketers Business WireJune 18, 2019, 4:44 pmJuly 2, 2019 Announced at Acquia Engage Europe; the Only Personalization Tool Optimized for Drupal Helps Marketers Build and Launch No-Code Personalizations for Superior Digital ExperiencesAcquia announced the all-new Acquia Lift, the only personalization tool optimized for Drupal, now available as a no-code application to help marketers quickly and easily optimize customer experiences. The new product was unveiled at Acquia Engage Europe, where attendees got a first look at Acquia’s data-driven personalization solution.“As a non-profit health system with more than 200 sites of care and affiliates, we pride ourselves on offering convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes”To meet customer expectations, marketers recognize the need to offer more personalized experiences. However, research shows nearly three-fourths (74 percent) of marketers globally feel like technology has made it harder, not easier, to do this.The latest release of Acquia Lift addresses this challenge head-on with a unified and marketer-ready interface, allowing users to execute all profile management, segmentation, and personalization activities in a single place. Anyone — regardless of technical acumen — can point, click, and personalize without any code.“In this competitive, fast-paced market, we know how important it is for businesses to be agile enough to quickly deliver relevant, customized content to users,” said Shareen Campbell, Head of Global Partnerships & Alliances, EPAM. “As an Acquia Global Select Partner, we’re excited to leverage Acquia Lift’s new capabilities and continue to enhance our clients’ digital platforms and customer experiences through personalization.”Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing“As a non-profit health system with more than 200 sites of care and affiliates, we pride ourselves on offering convenient access to exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes,” said Debbie Kenemer, Executive Director, Digital Marketing at Community Health Network. “Our digital properties have to be equally focused on our patients and their needs. Acquia Lift helps us better understand our site visitors and put more relevant and specific information and services in front of them, increasing the opportunities that help them live healthier while also securing the care and information that’s important.”New key capabilities for Acquia Lift include:Simple campaign creation — enabling marketers to create complex personalization campaigns in three simple stepsTesting and targeting with no code — powering the creation and launch of website personalization without technical skillClearly defined personalization campaign types — users can launch A/B tests, target personalizations to specific audiences, or recommend content across a series of sessions to deliver the best possible experienceEnhanced scheduling — helping marketing teams align personalizations to events, promotions, sales, and press activitiesReal-time dashboards and advanced analytics — providing the ability to quickly review activities and metrics for both optimizing and validating marketing investmentMarketing Technology News: Constant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer Conference“In today’s world, personalization is at the core of successful customer experiences. As a result, we have seen rapid adoption of Acquia Lift, which is now used by leading brands like Wendy’s, Bayer, and BlueCross BlueShield,” said Dries Buytaert, Acquia co-founder and CTO. “Most organizations know that personalization is no longer optional, but put it off because it can be difficult. Acquia Lift, in combination with our other solutions, solves that. It provides a powerful, yet easy-to-use, platform that drives real business results – helping you understand your customers, and improve engagement with relevant, personalized content.”Marketing Technology News: Cognitiv Launches First Deep Learning Incrementality Solution To Help Marketers Find New Customerslast_img read more

boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the

first_img boostrcrmNewsPatrick O’LearySiloed Ad Sales Previous ArticleBlueVenn Wins ‘Data-Driven Product of the Year 2019’ at London DataIQ AwardsNext ArticleBlackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing Platform boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the General Release of its Omni-channel Order Management System (OMS) PRNewswireJuly 16, 2019, 10:05 pmJuly 16, 2019 boostr, the first of its kind, next-generation CRM platform designed specifically for media & advertising companies, announced that its omni-channel order management system (OMS) is officially out of beta and generally available, enabling media companies to improve their revenue management.boostr’s OMS solves challenges with order management across insertion order (IO) and programmatic sales, enabling margin protection, simplified media planning, efficiencies trafficking orders and month end close. The boostr OMS also allows for single IO across multiple ad tech systems and trafficking automation with integrations to leading ad tech platforms, including: Google Ad Manager, Rubicon, SpotX, AdX and Netsuite.Marketing Technology News: ANSYS Welcomes Lynn Ledwith as Vice President of Marketing“We’d been searching for a holistic system that would serve the needs of Sales, Revenue Operations and Finance. We were thrilled to finally find that solution in boostr’s CRM+OMS platform.” – John Price, VP Revenue Operations, Complex Mediaboostr is the only end-to-end platform covering pre and post sales with a complete, omnichannel CRM and OMS. With boostr’s revolutionary platform media companies can achieve higher profitability by creating sales efficiency, improving forecast accuracy and growing revenue.Marketing Technology News: Relationship Intelligence Platform Affinity Hires Four New Vice Presidents“Publishers have suffered long enough dealing with too much complexity across direct and indirect channels. Over 75% of publishers are running at average or below average efficiency and their teams spend 40% less time selling than their peers in other industries. Their operations and siloed systems haven’t been able to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the advertising industry until now,” said Patrick O’Leary, CEO of boostr. “Finally, ad sales and operations teams can manage the pitch to pay process end-to-end in one platform and see real time how the business is performing across all channels.  The days of managing silo’d systems, dealing with integration headaches and inconsistent data across CRM and OMS are over!”O’Leary continued, “We couldn’t be more excited by the market reception for our groundbreaking solution, partnering with industry leaders who’ve chosen boostr, such as Complex Media, Electronic Arts, Draft Kings, Trusted Media Brands, Gear Patrol and Clique Media.”Marketing Technology News: VaaS and USB are Helping to Drive Growth in the Video Conferencing & Collaboration Marketlast_img read more

Healthy lifestyle may offset acceleration of atherosclerosis during menopause

first_img Source:https://newsroom.heart.org/news/got-menopause?preview=f7e8be1b7b9d12d7eec8234a2f9ea083 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 28 2018A healthy lifestyle during the transition to menopause may offset the acceleration of atherosclerosis, the slow narrowing of the arteries that increases with age, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.Women participating in the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), ages 42-52 at enrollment, were evaluated using a 10-year “Healthy Lifestyle Score,” developed for this study. Each woman had annual medical exams and completed questionnaires about their physical activity, eating habits and tobacco use. In addition, participants had at least one coronary artery ultrasound, which is a non-invasive test that provides images of the inside of an artery leading to the heart.Related StoriesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesLiving a healthy lifestyle may help offset genetic risk of dementiaHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionCompared to women with the lowest “Healthy Lifestyle Score,” those with the highest scores had significantly wider arteries, less arterial thickening and buildup of fatty plaque. The risk factor most associated with unhealthy arteries was smoking tobacco.”Midlife is a crucial window for women to take their cardiovascular wellness to heart and set a course for healthy aging. The metabolic changes that often occur with menopause, especially increases in cholesterol levels and blood pressure, can significantly increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and cognitive impairment later in life, said Ana Baylin, M.D., Dr.P.H., an associate professor of nutritional health sciences and epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”The good news is that middle-aged women can take their wellbeing into their own hands and make healthy lifestyle changes, such as avoiding tobacco smoke, eating a healthier diet and getting more physical activity to reduce their cardiovascular risk,” Baylin said.The study also notes that only 1.7 percent of the study population adhered to the three components of the “Healthy Lifestyle Score” throughout the study.”The low prevalence of a healthy lifestyle in this group of midlife women highlights the potential for lifestyle interventions aimed at this vulnerable population,” added co-author Dongqing Wang, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan. “Our prospective analysis clearly suggests that women approaching menopause can significantly lower this risk if they adopt healthier behaviors, even if cardiovascular issues have never been on their radar.”The National Institute of Aging’s Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation is a long-term, multi-institutional study of 3,302 women in their middle years as they transition to menopause. It started in 1996 and the women included in the new research were followed for about 15 years, with their most recent medical exams in 2015-2016. 1,143 women were included in this analysis.last_img read more

Robbie the Robot becomes soap fan after watching Emmerdale to learn about

first_imgEdge Hill University’s Robbie the Robot catches up on soap opera Emmerdale to recognize dementia signs. Credit: Edge Hill University This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. What is the value of a robot life? Provided by Edge Hill University Edge Hill University’s robot, Robbie, has become a soap fan after watching episodes of popular UK drama Emmerdale to learn about dementia. Robbie has watched over 13 episodes of the popular soap featuring the storyline of dementia sufferer Ashley Thomas.He can now spot signs of depression and aggressive behaviour in the hope that robots like him will be able to help people living with the condition.Ardhendu Behera, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science who led the project with three students, said: “There are 46.8M people living with dementia and this is set to rise to 115.4M in 2050.”Depression and aggressive behaviour are often the most upsetting and challenging symptoms for those closest to the person living with the condition.”Currently the only ways to monitor and manage dementia is by direct observation which is labour intensive, time consuming and can be costly from a care perspective. Or there’s wearable bio-sensing devices.”Monitoring and recognition is still very much in its infancy and we believe Robbie is the first robot to use vision-based recognition to recognise four behaviours; aggressive, depressive, happy and neutral.”Ardhendu and the team chose the Emmerdale episodes as the Alzheimer’s Society described them as a ‘realistic portrayal’ of the condition.They broke the 35-minute-long episodes featuring Ashley into 65,082 images, teaching Robbie to recognise facial expressions and body language.Third-year-student Zachary Wharton, from Ormskirk, added: “The aim is for Robbie and robots like him to look for clues as to when the person might be beginning to show aggressive behaviour and perhaps offer a distraction to help them calm down.”It might be through playing music or showing a video, talking to them. The potential use of robots is huge as they can not only with the daily routine of a sufferer for friends and family but could potentially intervene in situations to help.”In test situations Robbie was highly accurate at identifying aggressive and depressive behaviour when compared to happy and neutral behaviour.Ardhendu has presented the research to Alzheimer’s Research UK, palliative care organisations, the IEEE (the world’s largest technical professional organisation for advancing technology for the benefit of humanity) and other universities. Through previous projects Robbie has already been trained to recognise over 80 common objects, human actions and emotions.He can be used as a companion to the young and old following anything from how many times they have a drink and take medication to how active they are. Citation: Robbie the Robot becomes soap fan after watching Emmerdale to learn about dementia (2019, February 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-robbie-robot-soap-fan-emmerdale.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Report details how islamic state supporters use Telegram

first_img More information: Encrypted Extremism: Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram. extremism.gwu.edu/sites/g/file … cryptedExtremism.pdf Supporters of the Islamic State (IS) want to use social media to share propaganda and their extremist narrative, but they also want to coordinate operations without being detected by law enforcement and investigative agencies. These two goals are fundamentally in conflict, according to a new report from the George Washington University Program on Extremism. Seamus Hughes (left), Bennett Clifford, Helen Powell and Nicholas Rasmussen discuss how Islamic State supporters use the encrypted messaging application Telegram. Credit: GW Program on Extremism Citation: Report details how islamic state supporters use Telegram (2019, June 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-islamic-state-telegram.html Indonesia lifts threat to ban encrypted app Telegram Provided by George Washington University The Program on Extremism released its newest report, “Encrypted Extremism: Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram,” on Thursday. The report, authored by the program’s research fellow Bennett Clifford and GW Presidential Fellow Helen Powell, provides a comprehensive look at how IS sympathizers build global online networks, disseminate propaganda and guide operations using the encrypted messaging application Telegram. The report examined more than 630 pro-Islamic State channels and groups containing English-language content collected between June 2017 and October 2018.The authors participated in a panel discussion at the Elliott School of International Affairs following the release of the report. The event featured Mr. Clifford, Ms. Powell, and Nicholas Rasmussen, senior director for National Security and Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute and former director of the National Counterterrorism Center. The event was moderated by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism.Telegram allows users to communicate through closed groups and forums, where content is not regulated by the platform. These closed groups limit members’ ability to recruit, but external approaches like public file sharing and use of public social media risk operational security and user privacy, according to the report.”When supporters do that, they potentially release information that could provide a link between their Telegram account and their presence elsewhere online, such as an IP address,” Mr. Clifford said.Over the past few years, companies like Twitter and Facebook have been pressured to crackdown on the spread of extremist content on social media platforms. The result means IS supporters are largely marginalized on Telegram, which is less accessible to the public compared to Twitter. How governments and the tech industry move forward from here should be carefully considered, Ms. Powell said.”Instead of trying to chase [IS supporters] from platform to platform… we should think a little smarter about how we can limit and confine extremism,” she said.Because supporters are continuously trying to conduct outreach and recruit new members, there will always be a public window into their online activities. Pushing users from Telegram to other platforms where monitoring might be more difficult may not be the best plan of action, Ms. Powell said.Governments should encourage Telegram to participate in industry-led forums and share insights and trends they observe with other tech companies to assist in their own monitoring. Telegram should also alert smaller companies when they observe IS supporters, known for their online adaptability, are increasingly linking to other platforms, Ms. Powell said.The report looked at hashtags used by IS supporters on Telegram and found that discussion of terrorist attacks in the west was notably absent. Supporters fundamentally focused on what was happening on the ground in Syria and Iraq in light of the territorial collapse of the caliphate, Mr. Clifford said. Supporters have refocused on Islamic State military activities, attempts to ensure online network resilience and supplementing official propaganda with user-produced content.Mr. Rasmussen said this report will arm governments with useful and publicly-available information to tackle the challenges they face with isolating online extremism.”ISIS continues to represent a global enterprise…the physical defeat of the Caliphate in Iraq and Syria does not change that reality,” he said. “I think it’s important to bring that home to the public and the broader policy community so that’s not lost even amidst the success we’ve enjoyed against ISIS.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

JK Governor Malik skips official function at martyrs graveyard in Srinagar

first_imgJ&K Governor Malik skips official function at martyrs’ graveyard in SrinagarWhile Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik skipped the official function at the Martyrs’ graveyard, he called for collective efforts to secure growth of the state in his Friday message.advertisement Next Press Trust of India SrinagarJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 13:44 IST Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal MalikJammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday skipped the official function at the Martyrs’ graveyard here and instead deputed his advisor for paying homage to the people killed in firing by forces of Dogra ruler Maharaja Hari Singh on this day in 1931.Malik’s predecessor N N Vohra had also skipped the official function last year but did pay homage to the martyrs of 1931 in 2017.However, Malik in his Friday’s message on the eve of Martyrs’ Day called for collective efforts from all sections of the society to secure rapid growth and development of the state on all fronts.The governor said Jammu and Kashmir has always been known for its glorious pluralistic ethos and harmony and emphasised the crucial importance of maintaining unity and brotherhood for ushering the state towards peace and prosperity.Governor Malik’s advisor Khursheed Ahmad Ganai on Saturday laid floral wreaths on the graves of the 22 people who were killed in firing while protesting against the autocratic rule of Maharaja Hari Singh.National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, senior PDP leader A R Veeri and Congress leader Peerzada Sayeed were among the host of mainstream politicians who paid homage to the martyrs.Separatist leaders including moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaz Umar Farooq were placed under house arrest to prevent them from visiting the graveyard.The separatists have called for a shutdown as a mark of respect to the martyrs’ of 1931 and to press for resolution of the Kashmir issue.Authorities have imposed restrictions on the movement of people in the old city as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order, officials said.Normal life in the valley was severely affected due to the separatist-sponsored strike as shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport remained off the roads, the officials said.They said some private vehicles, however, could be seen plying various intra-city and inter-district routes of Kashmir.READ | Amarnath Yatra suspended from Jammu to Srinagar after separatists call for strike on Martyrs DayWATCH | Is Modi government reaching out to Hurriyat?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow Jammu and Kashmirlast_img read more