5 killed as train derails in U.P.

first_imgAt least five people were killed and four seriously injured after nine coaches and the engine of the New Delhi-bound New Farakka Express (train number 14003) derailed near Rae Bareli at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The express runs between Malda town in West Bengal and New Delhi. According to railway officials, all the deceased were from Bihar. They were identified as Ajay Kumar, 45, of Kishanganj; Sunita Manjhi, 52, of Munger, her son Shambhu, 25, and his one-year-old daughter Rita. The fifth casualty was seven-year-old Dinesh, also from Munger.NDRF and SDRF teams pulled out 20 passengers from the derailed coaches, the police said, after using gas cutters to reach them. Drones and long-range cameras were deployed in the rescue work, they added.Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered an inquiry into the accident, which took place in the Harchandpur area of Rae Bareli. The inquiry will be conducted by the Commission of Railway Safety, Northern Circle. A special train, which was arranged for the stranded passengers, left Lucknow for New Delhi at 2.45 p.m. with 1,369 passengers.Ex gratia announcedPrime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief over the tragedy. “Condolences to the bereaved families and I pray that the injured recover quickly,” he tweeted.Mr. Goyal announced compensation of ₹5 lakh for the kin of the dead, ₹1 lakh for the injured and ₹50,000 for those with minor injuries. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also announced ₹2 lakh for the families of the deceased and ₹50,000 for those seriously injured.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Experts tell inquiry to enforce Canadas Human Right obligations

first_imgTom Fennario APTN NewsA Manitoba professor says housing, education and health services are not policy issues – but human rights issues.“Sometimes, particularly when we refer to human rights there’s this idea that they’re just moral precepts and what Canada could be doing or should be doing, when in fact they are law with binding obligations,” Brenda Gunn told the inquiry on day three of the hearings in Wendat.Gunn recommends the inquiry identify Canada’s human rights obligations, and then hold the country to account.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Jared Sandberg Named Editor of Bloombergcom

first_imgBefore joining Bloomberg.com, Sandberg was at The Wall Street Journal (aside from an interlude as a senior technology writer with Newsweek) since 1991. There, he became WSJ’s first Web beat reporter, focusing on the entrance and evolution of the new platform.In March 2011, Bloomberg launched the Bloomberg Media Group, a media stable that pulls together all of Bloomberg’s consumer properties. Included in this group with Bloomberg.com are Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets magazine, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio and Bloomberg Mobile. The Media Group was created in order to allow “integrated solutions for advertisers” and easier access for Bloomberg readers. Bloomberg has announced that Jared Sandberg will join Bloomberg.com as editor. Sandberg will report to Josh Tyrangiel, the editorial director of Bloomberg Digital and editor of Bloomberg Businessweek.last_img read more

Bacteria shown to smell ammonia

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A new study provides the first evidence that bacteria respond to odors, which according to one of the researchers may be the earliest evolutionary example of olfaction. Microbiologist Reindert Nijland from the University Medical Centre at Utrecht in the Netherlands, and marine microbiologist Grant Burgess, from the University of Newcastle in the UK, were studying the formation of biofilms by common bacteria that live in soils (Bacillus licheniformis), and discovered the microbes were sensitive to the presence of ammonium sulfate, which bacteria metabolize and convert to ammonia, which is a valuable nutrient because it contains nitrogen, which is then used in the production of proteins and nucleic acids. Some ammonia is released to the air in the process.In the study the researchers used an array consisting of 96 wells and filled one half with a culture medium intended specifically to promote biofilm formation, and the other half with a general, nutrient-rich culture medium. Biofilms were formed in the wells in the biofilm section, but formed best in the central wells closest to the nutrient-rich medium containing ammonium sulfate. Bacteria in these wells were releasing ammonia as they digested the ammonium sulfate. Nijland and Burgess then experimented with different media and found that media with ammonium sulfate as one of the nutrients produced the greatest volume of biofilms in the central wells. The same pattern was produced if the media was a simple aqueous solution of ammonia, which suggests the bacteria can sense the volatile ammonia and react by growing a biofilm towards its source. This would be an advantage to the bacteria as ammonia indicates the presence of a rich source of nutrients nearby.Bacteria have previously been shown to respond to gases such as carbon monoxide and oxygen, but Nijland said these gases do not have odors and so the response to them cannot be olfactory. He said it makes no sense to “smell” oxygen as it is always around. “You smell things that give important information,” Nijland said. He also countered criticism of the research suggesting the bacteria were responding to changes in pH of the solution as it absorbed ammonia, by saying the effect was observed even when concentrations were too low to have much effect on pH, and the culture medium was also buffered to ensure large pH shifts did not occur.Nijland said he hoped the results might lead to ways of preventing the formation of biofilms, which are resistant to antibiotics and make bacteria that cause disease more of a threat.The paper is to be published in the Biotechnology Journal. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Bacteria breakthrough is heaven scent Explore further Citation: Bacteria shown to ‘smell’ ammonia (2010, August 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-bacteria-shown-ammonia.html 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

Netflix bring in Verna Myers as new VP of Inclusion strategy to

first_imgNetflix announced yesterday that Verna Myers is joining the company as Vice President, inclusion strategy. In her new role, Myers will help with the implementation of strategies that reinforce cultural diversity and inclusion and equity into the varied aspects of Netflix’s operations worldwide. According to Jessica Neal, Netflix Chief Talent Officer, “Having worked closely with Vernā as a consultant on a range of organizational issues, we are thrilled that she has agreed to bring her talents to this new and important role”. Myers, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has spent the past two decades as the head at The Vernā Myers Company. Here, her major role involved providing consultation to major corporations and organizations regarding how to eradicate barriers based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other differences. She has also written several self-help books, been an active TED speaker, and contributed to reputed publications such as Refinery29, The Atlantic, Forbes, etc. Netflix deeply respects cultural diversity and fired its chief communications officer Jonathan Friedland, two months back, for using the N-word in a meeting. “As a global company dedicated to attracting the best people and representing a broad range of perspectives, Vernā will be an invaluable champion of our efforts to build a culture where all employees thrive” added Jessica Neal. “I have been a longtime fan of the inclusive and diverse programming and talent at Netflix. I was so impressed by their mission, their excellence, and decision to take their inclusion and diversity efforts to a higher level. I excited and look forward to collaborating all across Netflix to establish bold innovative frameworks and practices that will attract, and sustain high performing diverse teams” says Myers. For more information, check out the official Netflix blog post. Read Next How everyone at Netflix uses Jupyter notebooks from data scientists, machine learning engineers, to data analysts 20 lessons on bias in machine learning systems by Kate Crawford at NIPS 2017 Apollo 11 source code: A small step for a woman, and a huge leap for ‘software engineering’last_img read more

WestJet looks to grow indirect bookings through agency channel

first_img Thursday, April 18, 2019 Share Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Trade Expo, WestJet The night’s Platinum sponsor, AMResorts, had news about new resorts including the 258-room adults-only Secrets St. Martin (March 1, 2020), the 427-room Now Emerald Cancun (June 1, 2019), the 534-room Now Natura Riviera Cancun (Nov. 2019) and Sunscape Akumal Beach (June 1, 2019).More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAgents cheered WestJet’s win as Best Airline in Canada as voted by TripAdvisor users, the third time in a row the airline has won the award.Agents were also excited to hear that WestJet will be hosting a Barcelona fam to promote its newest European destination. Clementino urged agents to sell the Barcelona flights, which have seen good sales inbound from Barcelona to Canada, but not as strong as expected outbound.Clementino acknowledged that there have been changes at WestJet, with more to come. “We’ve been adding planes. We grew overall passengers to 24 million. We also grew our expenses. So, for the first time in 13 years we had a non-profitable quarter.” The airline posted its first quarterly loss in 13 years last summer.The travel industry is notorious for low margins and the airline business is no exception. “Do you know how much we make on each seat? $3.59. That’s what we make. That’s a reality for us.”She added: “It’s important for you to know where we’re at, and where we’re going.“We’re still a caring brand, and a fun brand. But we’ve made some decisions to make sure we also stay financially stable.” WestJet looks to grow indirect bookings through agency channel TORONTO — Agents are key to WestJet’s success, now more than ever with the airline’s expansion to global destinations. “As soon as you start going international, the travel agency community is going to help you break through that threshold,” says WestJet’s Director of Agency Sales, Jane Clementino.WestJet has been talking for three years about building an international network, “and here we are,” Clementino told agents at last night’s WestJet Travel Trade Expo in Toronto, the latest in a series of roadshows for the airline.Indirect bookings, through agents, account for 45% of WestJet bookings, with direct the other 55%. The 45% will grow as travellers take advantage of the airline’s growing international network, says Clementino. “It’s not just point to point anymore. Travel agents are very important to us and becoming more important. We see that 45% going much higher.”Asked when agents can watch out for new destinations with WestJet, Clementino said two new countries will be announced in fall 2019.Meanwhile with London Gatwick, Dublin, Glasgow and Paris already under its belt, WestJet will launch new Barcelona flights out of Toronto starting May 24.Together with WestJet Encore, WestJet now offers scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, and to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries through its airline partnerships.WestJet is eager to get its new 787 Dreamliners on its international routes, with new 787 Dreamliner service taking off to Gatwick in less than two weeks. “Yes we already fly into Gatwick but we’re excited because this is three classes of service,” on the brand new aircraft, says Clementino. The Dreamliners will have 320 seats in economy, premium economy and business class.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesWestJet “is on a quest for the ultimate road warriors, and the bucket list achievers,” she adds. “They are our total focus. To attract these groups we needed the schedules, the frequencies and the network. We needed the rewards program, which we have with WestJet Rewards, now with four tiers including Platinum. We’ve also been looking at making the journey better for road warriors. That means priority lines, priority screening, how does that road warrior get on the plane first, get their bags first. We are embarking on that now.”For WestJet, “it’s all about the 3 Es: Expand, Enhance and Evolve. We’re a challenger brand. And people are excited about us being a challenger but also keeping our core values.”Part of that expansion includes the potential for joint venture agreements with Delta, already in the works, and Air France-KLM.Last night’s Toronto trade expo, at the International Centre in Mississauga, drew more than 500 agents and some 60 vendors. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more