RenaultNissan to use Android system in its dashboards

first_imgDETROIT – The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world’s top-selling automakers, has decided to go with Google’s Android operating system to run its dashboard information and entertainment features.The change, which won’t roll out until 2021, means that users will get Android features such as Google Maps, Waze and the hands-free Google Assistant, without having to connect a phone. They’ll also be able to download auto-specific apps, such as those that find and pay for parking spaces, from the Google Play Store.It’s a sign that automakers are starting choose sides in infotainment software, deciding between developing their own systems or going with an established company that’s familiar to customers.Most automakers already let users link their Apple or Android phones to car systems through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. But using the Android operating system will open cars to over-the-internet infotainment software updates and integration of Google Assistant voice commands into some car functions such as windshield wiper controls, the companies said.Since the operating software can be continually updated, the system will be able to handle communications with other vehicles or infrastructure such as traffic lights when those features become available, said Kal Mos, global vice-president for connected vehicles for the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance.The change also opens cars to a universe of app developers, Mos said. “Once you offer that platform, that capacity, people will start coming up with things we don’t think about today,” he said.Owners would have to choose from apps that are approved for automotive use that minimize distraction, said Patrick Brady, Google’s vice-president of engineering for Android. “Any app that gets into the store goes through multiple iterations to make sure this can be used in the car,” Brady said.Although Android powers 80 per cent of the world’s smartphones, those with Apple iPhones need not fear the system, the companies said. They still will run Apple CarPlay, just as automaker systems do now, they said.Other automakers, such as Honda, Volvo and General Motors, already run Android in their operating systems, although they aren’t as advanced as what the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance will do, the companies said.The brands are looking at cost for the system, and there likely will be a monthly fee.Currently automakers have somewhat clunky voice-recognition systems that often take several steps to complete a simple command, said Sam Abuelsamid, an analyst for Navigant Research. But as more cars become linked to the internet, automakers are finding suppliers who have better systems that can be updated, he said.The next generation of Android should have much better voice recognition than anything now in the auto industry, he said. “It’ll be more natural language that’s going to make it a lot better and easier for consumers to use,” Abuelsamid said.The system also will let Google Maps and Google-owned Waze gather data about speed and traffic from more vehicles as more cars are equipped with Android, Abuelsamid said.The technology partnership with Google is part of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance’s wider effort to wirelessly connect cars to online “cloud-based systems,” allowing automakers to gather data, diagnose problems and update vehicle software remotely.The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group sold a combined 10.6 million vehicles last year and aims to raise that to 14 million by 2022. It’s among the top three automakers in the world.Shares in navigation system maker TomTom plunged 23 per cent to 6.52 euros Tuesday on the Amsterdam stock exchange after the announcement as investors feared that the Dutch company’s sales could be hit hard by the decision.____Chan reported from London. Mike Corder in Amsterdam contributed to this report.last_img read more

‘Fielding Pragya Thakur BJP’s way of consolidating Hindutva votebank’

first_imgNew Delhi: Fielding “undertrial terror accused” Pragya Thakur as a candidate for the Lok Sabha polls is BJP’s way of consolidating the Hindutva votebank, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has charged.He claimed the BJP’s fear of being unable to retain 50 per cent of its seats has led it to rouse communal passions to get votes. In an article in the forthcoming issue of party mouthpiece People’s Democracy, Yechury charged that the BJP and Narendra Modi were preoccupied with disrupting the unity of the country and its solidarity through their venomous campaign of communal polarization. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe said the first three phases of the 17th general elections saw the electorate voting in 302 seats out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats. The ruling BJP has 113 sitting MPs from these constituencies. “In the next four phases ending on May 19, the electorate will vote for the remaining 241 seats. Of these the BJP currently holds 161 sitting MPs. That is two-thirds of these seats. It is clear that if the BJP is unable to retain these seats, its desire to form the next government simply falls through. This is because in the first three phases, it is universally admitted that the BJP will not be able to retain at least 50 per cent of its sitting seats. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”It is precisely this realisation that has prompted the BJP leadership to consciously adopt an aggressive campaign led by Narendra Modi to rouse unscrupulous communal passions as the only means left to garner votes,” he said. Taking a dig at the Election Commission, Yechury said while the ruling party was resorting to the “worst form of vote bank politics consolidating the Hindu communal vote bank” the poll body was yet to take any action against Modi for the “unbridled” communal passions that he is rousing. “This is ominous for the health of Indian democracy…” he said.last_img read more

UNbacked small loans help refugees in Ecuador break out of poverty

11 April 2011A United Nations-supported microcredit project is helping vulnerable refugees in Ecuador, especially women who have turned to sex work to support themselves and their families, break out of poverty. Ecuador is home to the largest number of refugees in Latin America, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Of the more than 53,000 recognized refugees, 73 per cent are women and children. Over the past year, UNHCR has been working with partner organizations to set up programmes and provide financial services to help needy Colombian refugees and their hosts in Ecuador, including supporting income-generating projects. Such projects “benefit Colombian and Ecuadorean women, especially those who are often subject to discrimination, in order to give them a different alternative,” said Luis Varese, the UNHCR deputy representative in Ecuador.Among the most vulnerable are refugee women who turn to sex work, either because they have limited job opportunities or need a second income to support their families. Studies done by UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Ecuadorean health ministry have found that nearly half of the Colombian refugee women who are sex workers in Ecuador’s northern border area were not in the trade back in their homeland.UNHCR supported organizations such as 21 de Septiembre, a group that promotes the human rights of sex workers, to provide financial services to sex workers and their families in Esmeraldas, a border town on the Pacific coast.Last year 19 women each received an average credit of $300, and so far there has been no delinquency in the loans. read more

1956 Ferrari built for racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio to go to

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 19, 2015 10:20 am MDT Last Updated Oct 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This undated photo provided by RM Sotheby’s in New York shows a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti, built for Formula One legend Juan Manuel Fangio, that is going on the auction block in New York City where it could sell for more than $28 million. RM Sotheby’s says the Ferrari, chassis 0626, will be offered on Dec. 10, 2015, as part of its “Driven by Disruption” sale. (Tim Scott Fluid Images/Sotheby’s via AP) 1956 Ferrari built for racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio to go to auction; could bring $28M NEW YORK, N.Y. – A 1956 Ferrari built for Formula One racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio is going on the auction block in New York City, where it could sell for more than $28 million.RM Sotheby’s says the Ferrari 290 MM, chassis 0626, will be offered on Dec. 10 as part of its “Driven by Disruption” sale.The historic car never crashed despite a racing career that that lasted until 1964.The $28 million pre-sale estimate makes it one of the most valuable cars to come to auction. A Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta that sold for $38.1 million at Bonhams in 2014 holds the record for any car at auction.Fangio, an Argentinian considered one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, raced the 3.5-litre, V-12 engine car in the 1,000-mile Mille Miglia event, finishing fourth overall in a race that wound all through Italy.The car was specially designed for the five-time F1 world champion and was one of only four 290 MMs to be built.The red car with a blue nose competed in many other classic races.In 1957, legendary drivers Eugenio Castellotti, Luigi Musso and Masten Gregory drove it to victory in the Buenos Aires 1000 KM.RM Sotheby’s says the 0627 was purchased in 1957 by enthusiast Temple Buell who continued to enter it into races around the world with Jo Bonnier and Gregory behind the wheel.It eventually as acquired by collector Pierre Bardinon and remained in his renowned Mas du Clos Collection in France for nearly 34 years before being acquired by the current owner, identified only as a private European collector.The auctioneer says the car has its original chassis, matching-numbers engine, gearbox and body. read more

Players Union Appeals Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliotts 6Game Suspension

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is accused of injuring his girlfriend. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over the league’s conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott “to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.”The NFL suspended Elliott last week after a yearlong investigation into an Ohio domestic violence case that prosecutors declined to pursue. Elliott’s attorneys blasted Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ruling, saying the league “cherry-picked” evidence to reach its conclusion.A hearing with Goodell or an arbitrator will be scheduled within 10 days with a decision “as soon as practicable” after the appeal is heard, according to the labor agreement.The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants. read more

15 indisputable reasons Irelands pubs are the best in the world

first_imgYOU JUST CAN’T beat the hospitality in Ireland’s pubs. They’re where everybody knows your name, and business.Here’s why they’re the greatest.1. They prevent us from becoming too tanned and attractive Source: Imgur2. They’re entirely reasonable in price Source: Imgur Source: Mike Hogan3. There’s always a good offer to be had Source: Against the grain4. The entertainment is next to noneYes, this actually happened. Source: Avenue Thursday DTWO Source: Avenue Thursdays DTWOAnd this…5. They’re always honest and upfront Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetcenter_img 6. …making sure to return lost property at all costs Source: Imgur7. There’s always plenty of room to get comfortable Source: KehoesdubKeohoesDub8. They deal with any incidents quickly and efficiently Source: The Temple Bar9. And always give their customers what they want Source: harrybyrnespub Source: Mike O’Brien/YouTube10. ANYTHING they want Source: Neans McSweeney11. The food is always top notch and hearty Source: The Porterhouse Dublin12. You’re never short of a buttering up Source: Imgur13. Basically, they make all your hard decisions for you Source: The Portherhouse14. And hey, you’d never know who you’d run intoThe celebrities can’t stay out of them. Johnny Depp in Weir’s Bar, Westmeath Source: Hairs_Pam Miley Cyrus in the Brazen Head, Dublin Source: Luberachi Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys in Bad Bobs, Temple Bar Source: Bad Bobs Russell Crowe in Kehoes, Dublin Source: Kehoesdub15. Last but not least, you’ll always feel welcomeExcept sometimes. Source: Mauricecampbell27 pints you must sample in Ireland before you die>21 pubs in Ireland you must visit before you die>last_img read more

Clark County firefighters taking part in national suicide awareness event

first_imgClark County Fire District 6 is participating in a national event to recognize a disturbing trend: More firefighters and first responders are dying by suicide than all job-related deaths combined every year.Tonight, Fire District 6 is taking part in “Those Left Behind.” Fire engines at all of the district’s stations will be positioned outside at 9 p.m., and for one minute all engine and truck lights will be turned on, according to a news release.“We encourage anyone who wants to participate to join their local firefighters or to simply stand in their driveways with a lit candle to remember the families who are suffering through these preventable losses,” the news release says.The Journal of Emergency Medical Services reported in a 2015 survey of more than 4,000 first responders that 37 percent had contemplated suicide and almost 7 percent had attempted it. That’s 10 times the rate of the general population.Two years ago, Fire District 6 established a peer-support team to help employees having difficulty due to stressful calls. Firefighter Scott Meucci, a member of the team, said there is a culture in the profession that leads colleagues to think seeking help for such problems is a weakness.last_img read more

Mark Hughes bemoans Southamptons finishing

first_imgMark Hughes is disappointed with Southampton’s effort in front of goal as he admits they have anxiety in the final third after they failed to score in five straight games.More worrying for Mark Hughes is that this the first time since 2001 that Southampton have failed to find the net in five straight Premier League matches.Despite being the better side, Southampton failed to score against an organized Newcastle United defense as both teams settled for a point in the goalless game.Hughes is now encouraging his players to have more freedom in the 18-yard, be creative and take some risks if necessary.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Clearly we’ve got a little bit of anxiety in our finishing. Sometimes, we snatch at things, sometimes we need cool heads, or need to take a shot instead of an extra pass, which is understandable given our recent results.” Hughes told Sky Sports.“With a little bit more luck, I think we would’ve deserved the win, but we take the positive of the clean sheet and move on.“We’ve got this bit of an anomaly of results at home that we need to get over, as then we can really build our season.”last_img read more

Selfdescribed superhero nets broken nose

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — One self-styled Seattle caped crusader against crime has a broken nose after a weekend encounter with two men who didn’t appreciate his efforts.KOMO-TV says a man who calls himself Phoenix Jones spends several nights a week patrolling Seattle streets, wearing a mask and cape and carrying a stun gun.But on Saturday night, Jones says one man held him at gunpoint and another broke his nose.Jones describes the encounter as no big deal. But Seattle police Detective Mark Jamieson says when Jones and his “Rain City Superhero” colleagues insert themselves into potentially volatile situations, they can end up as victims.Says Jamieson, “If you see something, call 911.”Phoenix Jones says he called 911 when he saw a brawl brewing. He also put one man in a headlock while he waited for police. But then another man pulled a gun.Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/last_img read more

Lightning kills university student

first_imgFile photo of LightningA university student was killed after being struck by a thunderbolt in Daulatpur village of Pirganj upazila in Thakurgaon district on Friday morning.The deceased is Premandra Roy, 24, son of one Ramnath Roy of the village, reports UNB.Premandra was a third year student of agriculture faculty at Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, locals said.A thunderbolt hit Premandra while he was working in a pond near his house leaving him dead on the spot, they said.last_img

EN ESPAÑOL La mayoría de los oficiales de policía no están interesados

first_img Share La aprobación de la llamada Ley de Ciudades Santuario, o SB4, en Texas no es una buena noticia para la comunidad inmigrante de Houston pero tampoco lo es para los policías, dice el jefe del Departamento de Policía de Houston (HPD),  Art Acevedo. La ley, que autoriza a los oficiales de policía de las ciudades de Texas y de los sheriffs de los condados del estado a preguntar por el estado inmigratorio de quienes detienen, ha creado ansiedad y miedo en la comunidad inmigrante,  pero Acevedo insiste en que hay puntos importantes que la comunidad inmigrante debe saber. Por ejemplo, “si la policía para tu auto, la ley dice que debes identificarte…”, señala el jefe del HPD. Pero, aclara “la ley no dice que tienes que contestar a la pregunta sobre si estás aquí legalmente”. En la siguiente entrevista, Acevedo desmiente mitos sobre la SB4 y hace algunas recomendaciones para quienes residen como indocumentados en la ciudad. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/11163251/PoliceChiefMay10Spanish.mp400:0000:0002:02Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Isiah Thomas trolls Michael Jordan with Crying Jordan sign after Indiana upsets

first_imgThomas’ actions come off as somewhat petty under the circumstances, but old rivalries die hard. Unfortunately for Jordan, so does his internet meme. Advertisement It’s long been established that Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan don’t like each other. The Pistons and Bulls arch rivalry in the late 80’s and early 90’s was a bloodsport that fostered the dislike between the two. It’s an accepted truth that Michael kept Thomas off the original Dream Team out of spite. The old Eastern Conference rivals’ beef is as old as crotch hugging basketball shorts.Last night, the alma maters of the two rivals squared off when Jordan’s Tar Heels traveled to Bloomington to take on Thomas’ Indiana Hoosiers . The #10 Hoosiers managed to pull the 76-67 over the #3 Tar Heels at Assembly Hall.After the game, Thomas, who was in attendance, took advantage of an opportunity to troll his long time rival by hijacking a giant Crying Jordan sign from the stands and holding it up to the Indiana fans. Thomas had a giant grin as he played to the crowd. There’s no video, but a tweet was sent out that captured the moment.Long time Michael Jordan rival Isiah Thomas held up a Crying Jordan head during Indiana’s win over North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/zqySNXtJN1— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) December 1, 2016last_img read more

Gay US veteran announces hes running for office in Alabama

first_imgThe former Marine made the announcement on Facebook Sunday (11 February) evening.He explained a friend asked if he was interested in running for the vacant seat in Alabama State House District 54. Democrat Patricia Todd, who held the seat for 12 years, decided last month not to seek reelection.District 54 represents several neighborhoods in the state’s most populous city, Birmingham.‘On Friday, I traveled to Montgomery to complete qualifying paperwork to run,’ Rafferty wrote. ‘I look forward to expanding my lifetime of service as I announce my candidacy for State House of Representatives District 54. We are better together. Let’s get to work!’Todd, who was the state’s first openly gay elected official, expressed her support for Rafferty on Twitter. The young Marine running for public office. | Photo: Facebook/Neil Rafferty GAYSTARNEWS- Neil Rafferty, an openly gay US veteran, is running for public office in Alabama. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Lesbian couple told they can now attend Alabama school prom togetherFounder of Gays for Trump running for North Carolina legislatureSix gay candidates are running for office in Connecticut – as RepublicansRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-us-veteran-running-alabama/ Go Neil! Let’s continue to move Alabama forward! I did not know Neil until last week and I so impressed. https://t.co/5u3F9P1umU— Patricia Todd (@reptodd) February 13, 2018One of manyRafferty is one of many LGBTQ candidates running for office in this year’s US midterm elections.Midterm elections take place on 6 Novemner.And like many others, he has his own inspiring story propelling him forward.Rafferty joined the Marines after his boyfriend of 13 years, Michael Rudulph, deployed.Rudolph remembered his second time coming home from a tour in Iraq. He told Rafferty: ‘I wake up, and my head is in your lap. I’m trembling and you’re rubbing my head and you’re telling me, “You’re safe, I’m here.” You were my comfort, you were my rock.’Then Rafferty decided he didn’t want Rudolph to be alone next time.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Dam levels looking good in Ladysmith area with Spioenkop at 100

first_imgThe water level in Woodstock Dam has also picked up and is currently on 98.6%. Sterkfontein Dam is 94.2% full.The lowest in KZN is Albert Falls Dam, which is at only 26%.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The latest dam level readings for the Ladysmith area are looking good and remaining constant due to the recent good rains that have fallen.There has been rainfall in most of the catchment areas, which has helped to boost water levels in dams.Here are the most recent recorded levels from this week:Spioenkop Dam is at 100.5% and is overflowing, with Driel Barrage Dam at 98.3%, almost reaching 100%.Also read: Water levels in dams around Ladysmith stay constant, with Cape dam levels droppingAlso read: This is what you need to know about dam levels in the Ladysmith area WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

A lucky PTM will win a car at TravelManagers National Conference

first_imgSource = TravelManagers Australia A lucky PTM will win a car at TravelManagers National Conference TravelManagers’ Chief Operating Office Grant Campbell and Vicki Spencer, Allianz Global Assistance’s General Manager – Business Partners with the brand new Mazda 2 Neo that one lucky personal travel manager will soon be calling their ownOne lucky PTM will win a car at TravelManagers National ConferenceTravelManagers’ personal travel managers have more than one reason to be excited about its national conference in Bangkok this August. Along with being inspired and motivated, outstanding personal travel manager performances recognized, the 2016 conference will also see one very lucky personal travel manager walk away with a brand new car.TravelManagers’ travel insurance partner Allianz Global Assistance (AGA) has been working closely with TravelManagers to develop an exclusive sales incentive where a personal travel manager has the opportunity to win a brand new Mazda 2 Neo including three years AGA Roadside Assistance.TravelManagers’ Chief Operating Office Grant Campbell views this significant sales incentive as testimony to how highly TravelManagers is regarded by its partner suppliers.Campbell is quick to point out that supporting supplier partners is absolutely key to the TravelManagers’ business model.“We couldn’t be more pleased that our personal travel managers are being recognized for their loyalty and sales focus. Whilst some may view the personal travel manager concept as a unique distribution channel, by providing clients with a convenient and compelling experience there is no doubting TravelManagers has proven its place and growing importance within the industry.”Allianz Global Assistance has been a partner supplier with TravelManagers for more than three years.AGA General Manager – Business Partners Vicki Spencer says it was an easy decision to work with TravelManagers on an exclusive incentive.“TravelManagers is a loyal partner that delivers outstanding sales performance. It will be our absolute pleasure to reward a very well deserving personal travel manager for achieving top sales with a brand new Mazda 2 Neo.”The sales incentive is open to all TravelManagers’ personal travel managers who sell the company’s travel insurance products between 01 May and 31 July.“It’s a really simple concept. Personal travel managers need to sell a minimum of ten policies to enter the draw, with each additional policy sold earning them an extra entry. The top ten finalists will be announced at the TravelManagers conference in August. Each of the ten finalists will receive a key, but only one key will unlock the car,” says Spencer.TravelManagers’ 2016 National Conference will be held at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong in Bangkok from 19 to 21 August.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.About Allianz Global Assistance How can we help?The Allianz Global Assistance Group is an international leader in assistance, travel insurance and health, life and home care services. It has over 13,000 employees who speak 40 different languages and work throughout the world, as well as a network of 400,000 service providers and 180 correspondents. 250 million people, or 4% of the world’s total population, benefit from its services, which the Group provides on all five continents. TravelManagers Australiabecome a PTM herelast_img read more

Thai Airways International reinvents customer experience with Qualtric

first_imgThai Airways International reinvents customer experience with QualtricsThai Airways International reinvents customer experience with QualtricsQualtrics, the leader in experience management, today announced that it has been selected by Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Thailand, to amplify the airline’s unified customer experience management program. THAI will be using the Qualtrics Experience Management Platform™ to synchronise useful customer feedback and deliver personalised experiences to its customers in real-time.According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the air travel market has been growing steadily and Asia-Pacific airlines have been leading the growth with around 34% share of the global market. To capitalise on the immense potential of the market, THAI has identified drivers for sustainable growth, including identifying customer service excellence as a top priority.“The air travel market has been growing consistently and there are new customers joining every day. Amidst fierce competition and increasing operational cost, it is important to convert these first-time or one-time flyers to regular customers. Ensuring a hassle-free travel experience across touchpoints can be instrumental in bringing about this change,” said Ms. Priyasiri Juathes, THAI Vice President, Product and Guest Experience. We needed a partner to help us fulfill a long-standing objective of integrating our operational and experience customer data onto a single unified platform. This provides us with actionable insights in real-time, eliminating customer pain-points. With this platform, THAI will be able to streamline our customer experience strategy with enhanced efficacy, reducing processing time and manual intervention.”“THAI currently monitors customer experience, but going forward THAI wants to be more proactive. With Qualtrics we provide a platform that empowers them to take a step ahead by managing the full customer lifecycle to create incredible experiences and acting on feedback in real time,” said Foo Mao Gen, Head of Southeast Asia, Qualtrics.Equipped with over 70 languages, the Qualtrics Experience Management (XM) Platform™ will facilitate THAI’s efforts to analyse customer feedback from over 20 million passengers globally. THAI will employ Qualtrics iQ which is a set of advanced intelligent features built directly into the XM Platform. Powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence, iQ will allow THAI to easily conduct digital surveys, perform sophisticated text analysis, and determine statistically based drivers of behaviour.Since the launch of its Southeast Asia hub in September 2017, Qualtrics has partnered with over 110 customers across various sectors in the region. This includes financial services organisations such as OCBC Bank, Singtel, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific, Nestlé, Singapore Post, and educational establishments such as United World College Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) and the National University of Singapore (NUS).About QualtricsQualtrics is the technology platform that organisations use to collect, manage, and act on experience data, also called X-data™. The Qualtrics XM Platform™ is a system of action, used by teams, departments, and entire organisations to manage the four core experiences of business—customer, product, employee and brand—on one platform. Over 9,000 enterprises worldwide, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 100 and 99 of the top 100 U.S. business schools, rely on Qualtrics to consistently build products that people love, create more loyal customers, develop a phenomenal employee culture, and build iconic brands. To learn more, and for a free account, please visit www.qualtrics.comSource = THAIlast_img read more

by David Friend The Canadian Press Posted Mar

first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 27, 2019 7:14 am PDT TORONTO — “Firecrackers” director Jasmin Mozaffari knew telling a story about the grittier side of rural Canadian life would require shooting in places scarred by neglect.Sprawling vacant fields, rundown houses and abandoned malls — each offered a deeper glimpse into the unforgiving world of two young women that conspire to escape their dilapidated small town.“I always thought it was weird that Canadian films didn’t really look at those settings,” the 31-year-old director said of her feature-length debut, which opens Friday in Toronto and Vancouver before a wider rollout.“I drove across Canada when I was in my early 20s, from Toronto to Vancouver and back, and… I was like, ‘Wow there are so many locations to be explored.’”Canadian films typically favour slivers of urban life, the sprawling beauty of the Prairies or storylines that unspool on picturesque coasts. Mozaffari instead portrays gutted communities she describes as being “left behind by globalization.”Those places aren’t necessarily beautiful, she contends, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less interesting.The young women, Lou and Chantal, are introduced in a parking lot brawl as one of them throws punches at another teenage girl. Both are brash, defiant, and confident they’re about to ditch this world for a new independence in New York.Those plans are quickly dashed when an ex-boyfriend hears about their escape plan, and the money they saved cleaning motel toilets ends up in someone else’s hands. Without an alternative escape plan, Lou and Chantal end up trapped amid the misogyny that’s defined their youth, and the people who are complicit in keeping them down.“I felt like now is the time the story needed to be told and in a way that was unapologetic, bold and unrelenting, just like the characters in the film,” Mozaffari said.“I am exploring topics that are darker, surrounding sexual assault and repression, that I feel are now such a bigger part of the conversation.”Shot around Hamilton, London and St. Thomas, Ont., “Firecrackers” borrows from behaviour Mozaffari witnessed as a teenager. She grew up in nearby Barrie, Ont., where she remembers watching boys levy their power over girls.Some of her female friends were “bold and unapologetic” in their ways, she said, though it rarely worked in their favour.“I admired their bravery, but they were always punished for being proudly sexual, and they were punished for speaking their mind,” she said.“I used that as a bit of a story template, in a way, to explore the things I felt about being a woman coming of age as a girl.”Finding authenticity in the two lead actresses offered its own challenges.After the film was financed by Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program, Mozaffari began canvassing Facebook and Instagram in search of people who might fit the parts.She eventually landed on Michaela Kurimsky, whose monologue in Wintersleep’s “Amerika” music video made her an instant contender, while the confidence of Karena Evans also captured her attention in a video audition.Both actresses were part of an improvisational audition that “weeded out people who were not ready to take chances and risks,” Mozaffari said. They were cast a year before the film went into production.That gave them ample time to explore their roles in consultation with the director, said Evans in a recent interview.“(Mozaffari) allowed for so many opportunities for us to learn about them, so when we got to set we could just forget about everything and play,” she said.Social media tools, including Instagram and Tumblr accounts, were created in the likeness of the characters, giving the actresses an outlet to explore their personalities.“To understand what it would be like to live in this rundown, boring town as a teenager, you turn to Instagram,” Evans said.“Who are their Instagram influencers that would change the way they dress, the way they talk?”Ahead of its release, “Firecrackers” has already received acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival, and elevated awareness helped by the rising star of Evans, who directed four music videos for Drake last year.Mozaffari hopes that leads to more curiosity, particularly from Canadian women interested in a story that she hopes resonates with their own lives.“I want to keep creating films that challenge the way we think about women and people of colour’s experiences,” she said.“My goal is to keep creating things that stem from an intersectional feminist point of view and put underrepresented stories on screen.” Filmmaker Jasmin Mozaffari poses in Toronto as she promotes her film “Firecrackers” on Monday, March 25, 2019. “Firecrackers” director Jasmin Mozaffari knew telling a story about the grittier side of rural Canadian life would require steeping herself in an array of scarred locations. 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