The Jamaica Labour Party’s Juliet Holness is challenging the People’s National Party’s Imani Duncan-Price to become the parliamentary representative for the constituency. Simone Dunn had no difficulty with the bridge and the steps and said she came out to vote because she wanted to have a say in how her country is governed. “My vote is my right,” said Dunn, who indicated that she has heard things during the election campaign that has attracted her attention. EAST RURAL ST ANDREW CANDIDATES PNP: Imani Duncan-Price JLP: Juliet Holness Audrey Anderson is 66-year-old and has arthritis of the spine, but that did not stop her from crossing a bridge and climbing several steps to get to her polling station located inside Grove Primary School, in St Andrew East Rural. Minutes later, Anderson slowly made her way from the polling station clutching the arm of a much younger male voter and with the assistance of her walking stick, but happy that she had come out to support her political party. “I want my party and my candidate to win. A feel good this morning, a don’t wake up with any pain,” she told The Gleaner. The elderly woman was among a steady stream of voters who have been filing into the six polling stations located inside the school to vote for their candidate.
Bernd Leno admits to having endured a “frustrating” start to life at Arsenal, with a man who “came to the club to play every game” spending more time on the bench that he had intended to.The Gunners invested €22 million (£19.2m/$25m) in the German goalkeeper over the summer, with Unai Emery moving to bolster his options between the sticks.Leno was expected to slot straight into the team as the new man in charge at Emirates Stadium sought to implement a system which requires his side to play out from the back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Veteran performer Petr Cech has, however, retained starting duties in the Premier League, with Leno only making his debut during a Europa League opener against Vorskla Poltava .The 26-year-old told Standard Sport on his start at Arsenal: “I came to the club to play every game.“But I think to move to a bigger club, another country, it needs maybe a little bit of time. It is a bit frustrating but I keep calm and work very hard to improve.“The coach always makes the starting XI because of the performance. I think it could change, not every week, but he will change a lot. He didn’t say the League is Petr’s competition and the Europa League is mine. I will work every day hard to play more games.“I came for the Premier League. I think it is the best. The Bundesliga is good but the Premier League is better, so I will look forward to playing any time in the Premier League.”Leno believes he is suited to Arsenal’s ball-playing philosophy and claims all of those at the Emirates are starting to feel more comfortable meeting the demands of Emery.He added on the back of a 4-2 victory over Vorskla: “It is getting better and better [at the club].“The game that the coach wants is my style. I think I did a good job with the ball, with the passing. Of course, the two goals were disappointing, but they scored great goals. Maybe I need a little bit of time.“It is a little bit more of a risk to play this way because we don’t want to kick the ball up front. We want to play because we have the players to play from the back to have more space in the opposite 18-yard box. “In the first half, the opposition was very deep, so we had big problems getting chances. So, when they started to attack more, there were situations where we can create chances by playing from the back. But it needs a little bit of time for the whole team to improve and to get the confidence.”Leno is now waiting to discover who will get the nod from Emery for a Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday, with Arsenal heading that into fixture seeking to secure a fifth successive victory across all competitions.
The thirteenth weekend of Dilli Haat Utsav presented a delightful evening for visitors. More than simply being a weekly dose of entertainment, the festival was a conducive opportunity for new talent pool. Dilli Haat Utsav is bringing the unheard voices and unseen dance acts on stage. It is a unique ongoing festival of Delhi Tourism in collaboration with Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi. Artists from different institutions like Punjabi Academy, Maithli Bhojpuri Academy, Hindi Academy, Urdu Academy etc. have been performing at Dilli Haats to charm the audience with animated evenings every weekend. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’December 13 witnessed eventful performances at Dilli Haat Pitampura and Janakpuri. Artists from Sahitya Kala Parishad performed at Pitampura, while performers from Punjabi Academy enthralled the audience at Dilli Haat Janakpuri. Manipuri cultural program at Pitampura attracted people in large numbers and blazing folk dance and singing by Sabrang Group from Punjabi Academy at Janakpuri made the ambiance even more lively.
Kolkata: Derek O’Brien, Trinamool Congress spokesperson and the party’s Rajya Sabha MP, has criticised BJP national president Amit Shah for “circulating lies about Bengal to reap political benefits.”On the other hand, senior TMC leader Chandrima Bhattacharya said a legal notice is likely to be served to Amit Shah for “deliberately circulating lies.” The TMC in all probability will resort to legal step if Shah does not tender apology. On Facebook Live, O’Brien said: “The body language of Amit Shah shows that the BJP is really scared and so it had to take recourse to lies”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedComing down heavily on Shah, O’Brien said he had given information on Kanyashree project “wrongly to mislead people.” He said Shah had alleged that the state government had copied Kanyashree project from the Centre’s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. Incidentally, Derek said the Kanyashree scheme in Bengal was introduced two years before Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and till date, the state government has spent Rs 6,000 crore giving benefits to almost 60 lakh girls. The Centre, under Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBeti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme has spent Rs 600 crore for the entire country. “BJP president should know what he is saying,” O’Brien remarked. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had asked party leaders to vehemently counter lies and half-truths which the BJP is circulating on social media. She had also instructed party leaders to hold meeting places within 72 hours where the BJP had organised rallies to counter their lies politically which the BJP leaders are circulating deliberately. Accordingly, a huge rally under the leadership of Suvendu Adhikari will take place in East Midnapore on Sunday. Derek further maintained that Shah has wrongly said that “Mission Nirmal Bangla” is a copy of the Centre’s Swachh Bharat mission. He said: “Shah should know that Mission ‘Nirmal Bangla’ was started in 2013 much ahead of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which started on October 2, 2014. Nadia was the first district in the country to become Open Defecation Free. More than 95 percent of the districts in Bengal have become ODF.” O’Brien also added that the BJP national president has stated that there is no industrial growth in Bengal. The real picture is that Bengal’s growth is 11.4 percent which is more than the national growth at 4.4 percent. “The state ranks first in MSME, ease of doing business and skill development,” he said. Rebutting Shah’s claim that no Durga and Saraswati pujas are allowed in Bengal, Derek said more than 30,000 community Durga pujas are held in Bengal and Saraswati puja is held in more than 10,000 schools. Moreover, a grand carnival is held on Red Road every year to showcase immersion. Demolishing Shah’s claim that cows are being smuggled through the Indo-Bangladesh border, Derek stated that the border fencing is the responsibility of the Home Ministry.
In October, when Apple announced its redesigned Mac Pro, the company boasted that it would be assembled in the U.S. This was a curious about-face for the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant whose success has been inextricably linked to shoulder-to-shoulder assembly lines in China. In addition, as the New York Times reported, at a private dinner in February 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told President Obama, “Those jobs aren’t coming back.”Indeed, they haven’t. And they won’t.According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing industry lost 2.3 million jobs in the most recent recession. Since then, factories have only regained 526,000 jobs, a sad sign of Jobs’ visionary nature. A promotional video on the Mac Pro’s assembly clearly shows what led Apple to produce the new computers in the U.S.: robots, not people. An ambidextrous Fanuc M-710iC swings the Mac Pro’s machined aluminum casing from station to station. The metal is polished by Guyson Corporation’s blast-finishing robots. And components are placed on the circuit boards by Jot Automation machines.Of course there are humans milling about, but not nearly as many as at Foxconn in China. When contacted, Apple declined to comment.The growing use of robots in the workforce isn’t just happening at Apple. From Kiva Systems droids fulfilling Amazon warehouse orders, to telepresence robots zipping through offices and conference halls, robots are suddenly everywhere. Though they weren’t necessarily programmed to destroy jobs, some experts believe machine-caused mass unemployment is possible. According to a Sept. 2013 Oxford University study, computerization puts 47 percent of total U.S. employment at risk of termination.Related: Google Gets Serious About RobotsNot to sound like a paranoid android, but it’s 2014. Shouldn’t John Connor be all over this by now, in an epic battle like in the Terminator movies?Perhaps small businesses will take up the fight this year. Since the recession, small firms have accounted for 67 percent of net new jobs, and have created more than 12 million positions in the past 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While on a day-to-day basis, small firms undoubtedly view themselves as making widgets, brewing beverages, cooking meals or building software, but the reality is these organizations are also in the business of creating employment. Sure, larger companies like Apple and Amazon put people to work, but they are also programmed to meet investors’ expectations. One of the most effective ways to increase profit is to reduce overhead. And wages are among companies’ largest expenses, which makes eliminating personnel an efficient way to cut costs. That’s why corporations started outsourcing labor to foreign countries a decade ago, and while they’ll begin in-sourcing work to robots over the next 10 years. Long term, the savings of shifting from human to robot labor will allow them to attain their growth goals. Meanwhile, small businesses will scramble to keep up. But instead of joining the robot workforce, entrepreneurs can firewall their operations by cyborg-proofing their companies. According to the Oxford study, “occupations that involve complex perception and manipulation tasks, creative intelligence tasks, and social intelligence tasks are unlikely to be substituted by computer capital over the next decade or two.” So the key to defeating robots — in the movies and in real life — is doing what they can’t. The Oxford study discusses how robots are unable to compete with humans in areas of perception and manipulation, creativity and social intelligence. In recent years, workarounds have helped robots make headway in perception. For example, Kiva robots can navigate Amazon’s warehouse by sensing stickers on the floor. But it’s difficult for them to make adjustments. If a package is dropped on the warehouse floor, for instance, the droid can’t pick it up. Meanwhile, social intelligence — especially tasks involving negotiation, persuasion and care — hasn’t evolved yet, either, as anyone who has ever screamed at Siri can attest. Related: Intel Wants to Make Computers Think More Like HumansTo survive the robot invasion, small businesses need to maximize consumer reliance on these innate human abilities, as well as highlight them within their company’s products and services. According to the Oxford research, companies that ply in fine arts, originality, negotiation, persuasion, social perceptiveness and assisting or caring for others are in the least danger of being overtaken by Schwarzenegger-like T-800 cybernetic organisms. Unfortunately, those with cramped work spaces or that deal in manual/finger dexterity are most likely to be assimilated by the borg.But one thing the Terminator franchise has shown is that whatever people do to fight the future, robots always have a way of saying, “I’ll be back.” As a result, smart entrepreneurs shouldn’t blindly rage against the machines. Instead, they should position their businesses to make sure that technology is working for — not against — their companies. Robots can be great for working in hard-to-reach locales, like the ocean floor, or under dangerous conditions, like bomb defusing. But placing them in easy-to-find settings like coffee shops to perform humanistic jobs like being a barista is counter-intuitive. Sure, the beverage might cost $4.75, but the smiles are free and have much more potential to keep customers coming back for more. In fact, in its quest to make the perfect cup of coffee, Briggo is developing an automated coffee shop — a concept so efficient, you’d think Starbucks would have already invented it. No way says Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz: “I cannot envision a time at Starbucks where we would have machines of any kind that would replace the people who are engaging with our customers.” If you don’t believe him, just check out the Starbucks app. While you can pay via smartphone, you still have to order in person.Unfortunately, not everyone is as interested in giving their company a human touch. The Economist reported as far back as 2011 that Foxconn had planned to “hire” 1 million robots for it factory floors. But the Chinese company has also invested in a manufacturing facility in Harrisburg, Pa., upping the staff from 30 to 500 people. Located near Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, the factory is building — you guessed it — more robots.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In Computers Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » January 20, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read
February 3, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Cyber attacks can have a detrimental impacts on customer relations, revenue, intellectual property and the overall health and welfare of an organization. But one significant impact, which can cost a company considerable time and money to repair, is in the area of public relations.This was the case recently when Amy Pascal, Sony’s co-chairman and chief of its film division, came under intense criticism for her remarks about President Barack Obama and less than flattering statements about high-profile actors, including Angelina Jolie, Kevin Hart and Adam Sandler.The comments were leaked by hackers who infiltrated the company’s emails and then leaked her exchange with movie producer Scott Rudin. Despite her quick apology, some in the industry initially speculated whether Pascal would be forced to resign.Related: 3 Lessons From Sony Pictures Cautionary Tale Other damages certainly occurred from the attack. The group claiming to have carried out the cybertheft also took terabytes of Sony’s financial information, budgets, payroll data, internal emails and films. Yet the longest lasting impact of the incident may very well be the buzz now permeating through social media and other gossip media pages about the salacious views expressed by the company’s top brass.And that will be the aspect that the public will remember most for some time to come. Although there are many victims of cyber attacks, Sony’s name may become synonymous with corporate losses and embarrassment from careless emails and protection of data as was the case for Target.The reality is that these embarrassing moments can have as big of an impact on an organization’s bottom line as the attacks aimed at uncovering trade secrets or bank accounts. The time and money spent to respond to awkward statements could be extremely costly and the upheaval that can result from shifts in a management team can slow down or even derail mission-critical initiatives.Related: Better Safe Than Sorry: How Startups are Staying Protected in CyberspaceAny good incident-response policy should include a public-relations plan that specifically addresses the potential fallout from stolen emails, letters or other information that could have a negative result if publicly released. Corporate managers need to have an understanding and anticipation of the information in their computing networks that could result in a public-relations debacle. Let this serves as a visible warning to corporate managers: You may certainly have regrettable slips of the tongue or articulated or comments out of frustration — ones that, at your core, you abhor and wish you could take back. And when written in text, the fallout can become magnified when shared in a public forum — on the digital realm.Every email, text, social media post or communique leaves a trail that can be accessed and exploited by someone with the right training and sophistication. Treat correspondence through such venues as ultimately open to anyone.So be mindful of what you share on digital platforms. Count to 10, take a deep breath and ask yourself if you want what you have typed, texted or posted to appear in a broad forum. If the answer is no, then don’t share it electronically.I recommend that if you need a place to vent the stresses of the day, work out regularly. Trust me: Your the time will be spent far more benefically.Related: Hackers’ Next Major Target: Your Smartphone Register Now » 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global