Khaleda Zia. File PhotoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday declined to comment on the latest national election, reports UNB.”No comment,” is what she said when reporters asked her about the December 30 polls after the Niko corruption case hearing.Awami League-led Grand Alliance won 96 per cent seats in the 300-member parliament.Khaleda Zia’s BNP joined hands with Jatiya Oikya Front to contest the election but they won in only seven constituencies.Khaleda appeared before the special judge court around 12:10pm. When newly-appointed judge Sheikh Hafizur Rahman of Dhaka Special Judge Court-9 arrived, the BNP chief complained about inadequate sitting arrangement.The judge ordered providing chairs for everyone and said he would talk to the authorities to take necessary steps.Several moments later, the former prime minister warned that she would not appear before the court “if this situation continues.”The court fixed 13 January for the next hearing.ACC filed a case on 9 December 2007, accusing Khaleda and four others of causing the state a loss of Tk 137.77 billion by signing an oil-gas exploration deal with Canadian company Niko when the BNP was in office.Police submitted a chargesheet against the accused on 5 May the next year.
January 21, 2015 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Last summer Jibo Inc., makers of a social table-top family robot, cleaned up on Indiegogo, raking in $2.3 million toward a $100,000 goal. Now the Cambridge, Mass., robotics startup is announcing another major money win — a none too shabby $25.3 million in Series A funding. In a statement released today, the company said it will use the cash injection to make good on the 4,800 robots it pre-sold through its record-breaking crowdfunding campaign. It will also use the funds to expand its workforce “seven-fold.”Related: Say Hello to the Robotic Personal Assistant of Your DreamsTo get the ball rolling on production, the startup is in the market for contract manufacturers in Asia, reports Forbes.New York venture capital firm RRE Ventures led the funding round, with additional investments from Charles River Ventures, CRV, Fairhaven, Flybridge Capital, Formation 8, Osage University Partners, Samsung Ventures and Two Sigma Ventures. Several angel investors pitched in as well.Jibo also announced today that it’s switching up its top leadership roles. Social robotics pioneer and creator of the Jibo robot, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, also founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Media Lab, will segue into a chief scientist role. Meanwhile, Jibo’s current executive chairman Steve Chambers will become Jibo, Inc.’s CEO, with the primary goal of “making Jibo a household name.”Related: Meet Dash and Dot, Robot Toys That Teach Kids How to CodeWhen Jibo’s Indiegogo bid launched last July, Breazeal told Entrepreneur that her quirky brainchild — an oddly endearing 11-inch, 6-pound “friendly” personal robot assistant — can remind you of important dates, snap pics and, well, get to know you over time.”Jibo is a social robot that comes with a core set of skills,” she said. “[It] can perform these skills for you through natural and intuitive interaction — speech plus other inputs such as vision and touch. Jibo learns from interacting with you in the context of his skills to personalize them to you. Jibo also can learn who you are by recognizing your face and voice.”For a peek at Jibo in action, check out the promo video below:Related: This Robotic Butler Could Make Your Next Hotel Stay…Interesting Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global read more
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Amazon has been exploring itself in the health care sector since quite some time now. Just last year, Amazon bought the online pharmacy PillPack for $1 billion in order to sell the prescription drugs. The company introduced Amazon Comprehend Medical, a machine learning tool that allows users to extract relevant clinical information from the unstructured text in patient records. Amazon is even working with Accenture and Merck to develop a cloud-based platform for collaborators across the life sciences industry with a motive to bring innovation in the drug development research. Amazon has now taken a bigger leap by announcing its voice assistant, Alexa as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant, which means that it can work with health care and medical software developers in order to invent new programs or skills with voice and provide better experiences to their customers. With the help of Amazon Alexa, developers will design new skills to help customers manage their healthcare needs at home by simply using voice. Patients will now be able to book a medical appointment, access the hospital post-discharge instructions or check on the status of a prescription delivery, and much more just via the voice! HIPAA has been designed to protect patients in cases where their personal health information is shared with health care organizations such as hospitals. This will allow healthcare companies to build Alexa voice tools capable of securely transmitting the patient’s private information. The consumers will now be able to use new Alexa health skills for asking questions such as “Alexa, pull up my blood glucose readings” or “Alexa, find me a doctor,” and will receive a response from the voice assistant. The company further announced the launch of six voice programs including Express Scripts, My Children’s Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), Cigna Health Today, Swedish Health Connect, Atrium Health, and Livongo. These new tools allow patients to use Alexa for accessing personalized information such as prescription, progress updates after surgery, and much more. Rachel Jiang, a member of Amazon’s health and wellness team, who previously worked at Microsoft and Facebook announced that Amazon has invited six healthcare partners to use its HIPAA-compliant skills kit to build voice programs. But the company expects to get more healthcare providers on board to access its information. Jiang wrote in a post, “These new skills are designed to help customers manage a variety of healthcare needs at home simply using voice – whether it’s booking a medical appointment, accessing hospital post-discharge instructions, checking on the status of a prescription delivery, and more.” Boston Children’s Hospital now has a new HIPAA-compliant skill dubbed “ERAS” for kids that are discharged from the hospital and for their families. With the help of Alexa’s voice assistant, patients and their families or caregivers can now ask questions to the care team about their case. Even the doctors can now remotely check in on the child’s recovery process. Livongo, a digital health start-up, works with employers in order to help them in managing workers with chronic medical conditions. Livongo developed a skill for people with diabetes that uses connected glucometers that would ask about the patient’s blood sugar levels. In a statement to CNBC, Livongo’s president Jenny Schneider told that “There are lots of reasons she expects users to embrace voice technologies, versus SMS messaging or other platforms. Some of those people might have difficulty reading, or they just have busy lives and it’s just an easy option.” Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit management organization is working towards building a way for members to check the status of their home delivery prescription via Alexa. Voice technology has been booming in the health care sector and skills like the ones mentioned above will bring health care to home and make the patients lives easy and cost-effective. John Brownstein, chief innovation officer for Boston Children’s Hospital, said, “We’re in a renaissance of voice technology and voice assistants in health care. It’s so appealing as there’s very little training, it’s low cost and convenient.” To know more about this news, check out Amazon’s official announcement. Read Next Amazon won’t be opening its HQ2 in New York due to public protests MariaDB announces MariaDB Enterprise Server and welcomes Amazon’s Mark Porter as an advisor to the board of directors Over 30 AI experts join shareholders in calling on Amazon to stop selling Rekognition, its facial recognition tech, for government surveillance read more
Tags: America, Asia, Vancouver International Airport Share Friday, January 20, 2017 YVR announces plan to be a bridge between Asia and the Americas Posted by VANCOUVER — Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has unveiled an ambitious plan to become a “world class, sustainable hub connecting Asia and the Americas.’Titled ‘Flight Plan 2037’, the $5.6 billion roadmap includes a Capital Plan, Terminal Plan, Financial Plan and the YVR 2037 Master Plan. Upon completion, the airport will boast expanded terminals, new taxiways, a geoexchange system and upgraded roads and bridges to Sea Island, which will help support the estimated 35 million passengers expected to travel through YVR annually by the year 2037.As Canada’s second busiest airport, YVR welcomed a record 22.3 million passengers in 2016, generated $5.3 billion in total Gross Domestic Product and drove $11.7 billion to the Canadian economy.On the same day the plan was announced, the airport launched Phase 3 of the YVR 2037 Master Plan, a community and stakeholder consultation process that guides YVR’s land use decision-making and facility development for the next 20 years.During Phase 2 of the YVR 2037 Master Plan, consultation and public input was received on ground access, environment, community amenities, terminal, airside and land use. Highlights included constructing the North-South Taxiway, increasing transit and connections to the airport, and creating green space, multi-use pathways and a new plane-spotting platform.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“I am so proud to lead the team that developed and will execute Flight Plan 2037. This plan is built to provide for the long-term capacity needs at YVR, while meeting and enhancing our sustainability goals and ensuring we build in an incremental fashion,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> read more
Tags: New Routes, Portugal, Transat MONTREAL — Air Transat is adding another direct Toronto-Lisbon flight to its transatlantic summer program, which will now provide daily nonstop service to Portugal via Lisbon or Porto during high season.The new flight will be operated from Toronto, and service will also be available from Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver with connecting flights.“In addition to travelling with the best leisure airline in North America according to Skytrax, Air Transat clients can benefit from flights to two destinations in Portugal: Lisbon and Porto. Our multi-destination option also increases the itinerary possibilities, allowing travellers to land in one city and return from another at no extra charge,” said Annick Guérard, President and General Manager of Transat Tours Canada. “Moreover, travellers will get access to plenty of one-stop packages, as well as à la carte accommodation and car rental services.”With an Option Plus upgrade, travellers flying to Portugal with Air Transat will also get more privileges and services in Economy Class, such as standard seat selection; priority check-in, boarding and baggage handling; and a supplementary checked baggage allowance of two bags, weighing maximum 23 kg each.More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAir Transat’s 2017 transatlantic flight program includes 28 destinations. In addition to its newest destination, Tel Aviv, Transat will also be multiplying its direct flights to France, the UK, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Croatia, while maintaining service to the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Transat adds extra daily nonstop flight to Portugal ex Toronto << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Share Posted by read more
Travelweek Group Share Tags: Regent Seven Seas Cruises Posted by MIAMI — Regent Seven Seas Cruises is counting down the days ‘til April, when after a 20-day drydock the Seven Seas Mariner will re-emerge with a brand new look and onboard amenities.Following its refurbishment, the ship will feature a new open layout and teak flooring throughout, plus a new mosaic-tiled pool with a broad ledge for lounging in shallow water. Guests will also enjoy expanded lunch selections like steaks, chops and salmon from new infrared barbecue grills and new buffet bars at the Pool Grill.The flagship restaurant Compass Rose will get a dramatic makeover, complete with crystal chandeliers, leather chairs and plush cobalt blue drapes, all of which complement a recently introduced menu. Diners will also enjoy the new Chartreuse specialty restaurant, which serves modern French cuisine, as well as the reimagined Prime 7 classic steakhouse.The ship’s atrium, corridors and guest spaces will all receive new carpeting, art, furniture and décor, while the reception area, Coffee Connection, Card Room, boutiques and casino will also be revamped from the steel up. A handsome, remodeled library will feature dark-wood bookshelves, cream furnishings and a copper-adorned chandelier.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckElsewhere on the ship, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub will boast light wood accents in treatment rooms, and the adjoining fitness and aerobics centre will also see new machines and equipment.“We are delighted to relaunch the refurbished Seven Seas Mariner for what will be an unforgettable 2018 Alaska season,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Seven Seas Mariner will have been elevated to the highest standards of elegance, and guests will enjoy the highly personalized service delivered by every member of Seven Seas Mariner’s exceptional staff and crew. Once Seven Seas Mariner completes her refurbishment, Regent’s fleet will definitely be the most luxurious at sea.”To celebrate the ship’s upcoming makeover, Regent is offering a three-category upgrade aboard its 10- and 11-night 2018 Alaska itineraries for any new bookings made before March 31, 2018. Guests booking a Deluxe Veranda Suite will be upgraded to a Concierge Suite and receive Concierge-level amenities, such as a free one-night, pre-cruise hotel package.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedTravel agents also receive a US$250 gift card for every new booking on eligible voyages, departing May 6, June 20 and 30, Aug. 22, Sept. 2 and 12, 2018, or a $100 gift card for any new seven-night 2018 Alaska voyage booking.The refurbished Seven Seas Mariner will sail the Last Frontier on 15 seven-, 10- and 11-night itineraries, which alternate departures from Vancouver and Seward. Agents can earn $250 gift cards ahead of Seven Seas Mariner’s refurbishment Thursday, February 8, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> read more