Language business – Scuola Insieme http://www.scuolainsieme.com/ Tue, 24 May 2022 17:34:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T191058.566-150x150.png Language business – Scuola Insieme http://www.scuolainsieme.com/ 32 32 iRealities Technologies announces Intelligent Digital Interface (IDI) solution, a futuristic concept with natural language conversational interaction with customers https://www.scuolainsieme.com/irealities-technologies-announces-intelligent-digital-interface-idi-solution-a-futuristic-concept-with-natural-language-conversational-interaction-with-customers/ Tue, 24 May 2022 16:13:17 +0000 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/irealities-technologies-announces-intelligent-digital-interface-idi-solution-a-futuristic-concept-with-natural-language-conversational-interaction-with-customers/ Mumbai, May 2022:- iRealities Technologies (IR) introduces the futuristic concept of creating attractive and intelligent interfaces. It is perhaps the only company with almost 25 years of experience in the development of digital interfaces. It is no longer a question of man-machine interface, but of virtual man-to-man. In human-machine interfacing, the machine part is eliminated […]]]>

Mumbai, May 2022:- iRealities Technologies (IR) introduces the futuristic concept of creating attractive and intelligent interfaces. It is perhaps the only company with almost 25 years of experience in the development of digital interfaces. It is no longer a question of man-machine interface, but of virtual man-to-man. In human-machine interfacing, the machine part is eliminated and it will become the virtual/digital human-human interface.

There has always been a machine between the company and the user, this machine has been eliminated, thus converting the company into a digital human.

IR Technologies recognizes the company itself by bringing intelligence to the interfaces. Indeed, the organization’s engagement with the customer increases. Rather than leaving it up to the customer what information they need, understanding the network effect and neural networks can inform customers like an experienced attendant can guide customers through the information and make it more relevant. for them. It is beyond persuasion where it can only influence user from outside, now intelligence holds users. An intelligent interface is internal to the user journey.

IR’s smart digital interface seeks to eliminate the machine between business and user. This revolutionary concept converts the company into a digital human as we enter the era of artificial intelligence.

Going further, Prasad Ajgaonkar, founder of iRealities Technologies, said: “Every aspect of our personal or professional life is quantified and recognized. On the other hand, the digital first generation is so multitasking that they lack time and attention. »

“In this world of time abundance and scarcity, companies have only one choice and that of making access to their information intelligent, which requires looking at the user interface with a different perspective. At iRealities, we are ready to meet this challenge thanks to our experience in building digital interfaces over the past 25 years. We have always been the first to introduce new interfacing modes in the country, and the smart digital interface is the next step. he added again

“We’re creating natural language communication where, the same way you talk to a company representative, you can talk to company websites or apps. There is therefore natural language processing which is an integral part of the Intelligent Digital Interface. Just as the individual (sales rep or customer support) uses their wisdom to impart the right kind of information to understand customer needs, interfaces also convert knowledge into wisdom and deliver the right information. It helps the customer and the information seeker to go to the right place which is its benefit along with the organization. says Manjusha Raut, Product Evangelist at iRealities.

Conversational UI provides multiple benefits in terms of better engagement and trust building with end user through proper interaction, better user experience, convenience and decision support in filling out tedious form and adjusting questions based on user responses. Cross-platform integration and compatibility create seamless progression and allow for customization.

It is a revolutionary innovation with a set of solutions. It understands customers on a personal, detailed level that allows for “micro-personalization” of products and services.

www.ireality.com

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yachts at the United Nations https://www.scuolainsieme.com/yachts-at-the-united-nations/ Mon, 23 May 2022 00:43:00 +0000 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/yachts-at-the-united-nations/ Many people travel occasionally for work. But for some, travel is at the heart of their job. CNBC Travel spoke with people from four industries about occupations where working from home — or an office for that matter — isn’t an option. A year of travel Name: Sebastien ModakJob: Former “52 Places Traveller” of the […]]]>

Many people travel occasionally for work.

But for some, travel is at the heart of their job.

CNBC Travel spoke with people from four industries about occupations where working from home — or an office for that matter — isn’t an option.

A year of travel

Name: Sebastien Modak
Job: Former “52 Places Traveller” of the New York Times

Modak was one of 13,000 people who applied for a job that sent one person to every destination on The New York Times’ “Places to Go” list in 2018 – the first year the paper hired for the job.

He didn’t get the job.

“A year later, I thought, why not try again,” he said. “This time it worked!

As “52 Places Traveler” for 2019, Modak traveled to a new destination every week – from Bulgaria to Qatar and Uzbekistan to Vietnam – in a year he described as both exciting and grueling.

“I often say it was one of the greatest experiences of my life… but also the most difficult,” he said. “I didn’t have a day off for a whole year and the constant pressure of deadlines was hard to handle.”

Modak, who is now an editor at travel publisher Lonely Planet, said his advice to aspiring travel writers is to admit you don’t know anything. “The first step to finding and telling compelling travel stories is to ask questions and admit that you have so much to learn.”

Source: Sebastien Modak

Modak said the job requires someone who can “do it all,” from writing articles and posting on social media to taking photos and videos, he said.

“It was a lot! he said. “Besides storytelling skills, they were looking for someone with the stamina to get through the whole year.”

He attributes it mostly to luck getting the job, but he said he thinks his upbringing and enthusiasm for travel helped him. Modak’s father is from India and his mother is Colombian, he said, so “out of cultural compromise, they basically decided to move constantly.” As a result, he grew up in places like Hong Kong, Australia, India and Indonesia, he said.

Modak said the job – which has been billed as the quintessential “dream job” – was exhausting, stressful and even scary at times, but meant constant growth and adventure.

“I wouldn’t take it back for anything in the world,” he said. “It opened my mind, introduced me to people on six continents…and cemented my love for going somewhere and looking for a story.”

“Humanitarian hero”

Name: Sandra Black
Job: Communications Specialist for the United Nations

Black’s job doesn’t take him to typical travel locations, and his work trips are anything but overnight.

Since 2008, she has lived and worked in Senegal, East Timor, Central African Republic, Iraq and, most recently, Mozambique, in roles that last from several months to several years.

“Each [place] has its cultural highlights and warmth,” she said, while noting that living “where travel is restricted for security reasons” is the hardest part.

Since October 2021, Black has handled external communications for the Mozambican office of the United Nations Population Fund, a UN agency that focuses on reproductive health and rights and is funded entirely by donations, according to his website.

“I feel personally driven to support those who need it most,” she said.

Sandra Black (left) with women participating in a mat-making project at a resettlement site after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique in 2019.

Source: IOM/ Alfoso Pequeno

Black wrote about those displaced by Cyclone Idai in 2019 – one of Africa’s worst hurricanes on record – while working for the United Nations International Organization for Migration. She remembers meeting a woman named Sarah who climbed a tree with her baby after her house collapsed from flooding. The woman said she was rescued seven days later.

Originally from New York, Black speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese and a basic level of Wolof, the national language of Senegal, and Tetum, a language spoken in East Timor. She said her language skills are part of why she was rushed to cover humanitarian crises.

“At night, I type until I can’t keep my eyes open, then I start again at 6 a.m. the next day,” she said in an interview for the agency’s ‘Humanitarian Heroes’ campaign. UN in 2014.

“The most meaningful part of humanitarian communications is providing a platform for people affected by conflict and natural disasters to tell their stories,” she said. “Many sincerely want the world to know what happened to them and their communities.”

From leader to captain

Name: Tony Stewart
Position: Yacht Captain

Stewart said he plans to travel for nine months in 2022 at the helm of the 130ft “All Inn” tri-deck motor yacht. He has already left the Caribbean for Central America and Mexico. From the west coast of the United States, it will travel to the inside passage of British Columbia and southeast Alaska, then fly to Florida and end the year in the Bahamas, a-t -he declares.

That’s a bit longer than a “typical year,” he said, partly because of an increase in charter business this year, he said.

Stewart said he started in the yachting industry as a chef in 1998 and “immediately fell in love with the lifestyle, the work and the travels”. After a year and a half of cooking, Stewart changed careers.

Tony Stewart has ordered three motor yachts since 2006, he said, including the 130ft Westport tri-deck yacht named “All Inn”.

Source: Fraser Yachts

“I decided that I wanted to work towards getting my license and becoming a captain, at which point I accepted a job as [a] deckhand and started my journey,” he said.

The job requires strong problem-solving skills, organization and a high tolerance for stress, Stewart said. Captains do “a little bit of everything,” he said, from trip planning and accounting to “human resources duties” for crew and golf bookings for guests.

As for whether it’s a dream job, “it absolutely is,” Stewart said.

We endure long days, and sometimes weeks without days off,” he said, but “I couldn’t imagine doing that…and not loving it.”

Expert in Italian villas

name: Amy Roper
Job: Villa manager for British travel and luxury villa company Red Savannah

Of the 300 villas Red Savannah works with, about 120 are in Italy, Ropner said. She estimates that she has visited around 80 to 90% of them.

She is traveling from London to Italy to appraise the company’s collection of “exceptionally high-end” villas and to assess new homes to add to the company’s roster, she said. On a recent trip, she traveled from Milan to Lake Como, to Tuscany, then further south to the towns of Amalfi and Positano, she said. Her next trip is to Puglia, she said, “because it’s beautiful and rugged and very popular right now.”

Amy Ropner of Red Savannah said her work focuses primarily on Italian villas, but also rental homes in Greece, Spain and the Caribbean. “I’m always ready to go anytime…we’re always on the move.”

Source: Red Savannah

About 90% of homes are privately owned, Ropner said. She meets with the owners and analyzes everything from the size of the pool decks to the beds (“there’s a difference between a British king and an American king”).

Most bookings are for children, so she checks that the stairs and balconies are safe for all ages; if not, the company notes it on the website, she said.

“We need to [know] if there are cats on the estate, whether on a dirt road…which obviously takes a little longer to get to…where the sun rises, where the sun sets” , she said.

Ropner often stays in the villas, which rent for between $5,000 and $200,000 a week, she said. She also explores local areas, so she can advise on restaurants, boat rentals and new services such as e-bike tours and ice cream-making classes, she said.

“I think people think everything is glamorous [but] it’s a lot of work,” she said, noting that she had already seen 50 villas in one trip.

“It’s glamorous,” she said, “but it can also be tiring.”

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Your colleague’s political beliefs are not your problem https://www.scuolainsieme.com/your-colleagues-political-beliefs-are-not-your-problem/ Fri, 20 May 2022 16:05:54 +0000 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/your-colleagues-political-beliefs-are-not-your-problem/ Lead by example For the past six months, my organization has approved the optional inclusion of pronouns in electronic signatures. I learned that one of my team members uses non-binary pronouns. In my written communication and conversation about this team member, I now use these pronouns, but notice that no one else has made the […]]]>

For the past six months, my organization has approved the optional inclusion of pronouns in electronic signatures. I learned that one of my team members uses non-binary pronouns. In my written communication and conversation about this team member, I now use these pronouns, but notice that no one else has made the adjustment. As the supervisor of this team, how can I resolve this situation?

I feel like the longer I wait to answer it, the more disrespectful and complicit I am. I can’t control people’s language, but I would call someone for other types of behavior that I would interpret as disrespectful. (For what it’s worth, I don’t suspect anyone is being intentionally disrespectful by not using their co-worker’s preferred pronouns.) The non-binary co-worker didn’t tell me anything about this issue, but I have to assume that it is disdainful. I feel like I owe them an apology, but what I really owe them is better leadership. What would you do?

– Anonymous

Thank you for asking this question. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and part of that is using people’s correct pronouns. You’re already doing a lot of what you should be doing by always using your team members’ pronouns in all your communications. I would start by sending a memo to your entire team reminding them of the importance of referring to people using the correct pronouns. Don’t target your non-binary team member because, frankly, it’s a matter of common courtesy and it applies to everyone.

You can also meet privately with your team member to let them know you are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it. Ask them if there’s anything you can do to improve their work experience, but don’t ask them how to solve the overall problem you’re facing, because it’s not their problem to solve. I am confident that you will lead your team in a caring and considerate manner.

For the past four years, I’ve been an executive in a small electronics company. Although I am well treated and mostly enjoy my job, I would like a change, so I applied and interviewed confidentially for new positions. Since the beginning of my stay in this company, the CEO has been very warm and socially open, and has organized many events involving co-workers and their families. My wife and I got to know the CEO’s wife and teenage children, and I even took advantage of this atmosphere to find temporary employment for a few members of my family. Over the past year, the CEO has started referring to the company as “family”, even referring to a recent recruit as having fallen in love with us.

The other day the CEO told me that he felt betrayed by a former employee who left after giving proper notice but without telling him first that he was in an interview. He made it very clear that he expected “family” members to tell him if they were interviewing.

I expect to be successful in the coming months in my search for a new job, and since I don’t have an employment contract, I am, like most American workers, free to leave or be made redundant. at any time. In the past, I’ve handled these transitions by giving proper notice after accepting a new offer, wrapping up my responsibilities, generally attending a send-off at a local bar or restaurant, and remaining on good terms. I want to avoid any ugliness when giving notice, so I’m wondering how I should communicate with the CEO during the rest of my time at this company.

– Anonymous

Just because your CEO thinks your company is a family doesn’t mean it is. Your job is your job and your family is your family. I like a collegial work environment where people feel valued and respected and where people can socialize outside of work. This is ideal and should be the norm, even if it is not. But professional collegiality is still not familial and should not be. When employers suggest that the company is a family, they are trying to entice your emotional investment so that you overlook everything else. When the time comes for layoffs, I can assure you that the word “family” will disappear from the vernacular of the company.

Your CEO is behaving very unprofessionally. If he feels betrayed when an employee gives proper notice and moves to a new position, that’s a personal issue he should address with a therapist. This bizarre emotional transfer he imposes on his staff is inappropriate. You don’t have to tell your employer that you are looking for a new job because, unfortunately, far too many employers will react to such news. For now, communicate with the CEO as you normally do as you have nothing to report. Continue your job search and, when you land a new position, give ample notice, participate generously in any transition work that needs to take place, and move forward with a clear conscience.

My name is Alisha. It’s often misspelled and mispronounced in my everyday life. However, my name is in my email address at work and some of my co-workers still can’t. I want to correct them when I get an email that starts with “Hi Alicia”, but I feel petty, so I give up. Is there a good way to correct someone who continually misspells your name at work?

—Alisha, Rhode Island

I can understand so much. My name is written with an n. It is constantly misspelled. It’s annoying how little things get worse, that is to say that I have the necessary perspective. When someone misspells my name in an email, I simply sign my email Roxane (with an n) so that the correction is there but not the centerpiece of the correspondence. When you receive an email with your name misspelled, simply sign your name correctly with a parenthesis of your choice on the correct spelling. I find it easier to walk the line of defending myself and my name while recognizing that the constant misspelling of my name is, in the grand scheme of things, a minor aggravation.

Roxane Gay is the most recent author of “Hunger” and an opinion writer. Write to him at workfriend@nytimes.com.

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Oregon grocers back out of privatizing liquor sales https://www.scuolainsieme.com/oregon-grocers-back-out-of-privatizing-liquor-sales/ Wed, 18 May 2022 02:35:00 +0000 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/oregon-grocers-back-out-of-privatizing-liquor-sales/ Oregon grocers have abandoned efforts to dismantle the state government’s monopoly on liquor sales. The Northwest Grocery Association announced on Tuesday that it was withdrawing the Initiative 35 petition, which sought to privatize liquor sales and allow stores over 4,000 square feet to stock liquor. Today, only state-regulated liquor stores are allowed to sell spirits. […]]]>

Oregon grocers have abandoned efforts to dismantle the state government’s monopoly on liquor sales.

The Northwest Grocery Association announced on Tuesday that it was withdrawing the Initiative 35 petition, which sought to privatize liquor sales and allow stores over 4,000 square feet to stock liquor. Today, only state-regulated liquor stores are allowed to sell spirits.

The withdrawal was first reported by Willamette Week, which reported that grocers blamed pandemic-related challenges and court delays in certifying ballot language, which left little time for signature collection. .

The Northwest Grocery Association did not respond to requests for comment.

The grocery store lobby had raised more than $587,000 to secure a measure in the November 2022 ballot.

It was the grocers’ third unsuccessful attempt to put a measure on the ballot allowing their members to sell liquor; none of the others got enough signatures to do so.

In 2014, for example, the trade group scrapped its signature campaign after facing political headwinds over studies showing that alcohol prices in Washington had tended to rise, not fall. , after voters privatized liquor sales beginning in June 2012.

Oregon beer and wine distributors opposed the proposal, as did the state’s teachers’ union, small distillers and the union that represents liquor warehouse workers in the state.

Tuesday’s announcement was well received by local Oregon-based craft distillers and brewers.

The Keep It Local coalition, which opposed the proposed measure, said in a statement that the proposal “would have replaced our current system with a rigged system created by and for large out-of-state retailers at the expense of Oregonians”.

“Oregonians can clearly see through their scheme,” the statement said. “Retailers realized after a month and over a hundred thousand dollars spent trying to collect signatures that it was better to avoid a costly, controversial and ultimately unsuccessful campaign.”

–Kristine de Leon, kdeleon@oregonian.com, 503-221-8506

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Indian action blockbuster ‘RRR’ returns to theaters https://www.scuolainsieme.com/indian-action-blockbuster-rrr-returns-to-theaters/ Sat, 14 May 2022 15:00:28 +0000 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/indian-action-blockbuster-rrr-returns-to-theaters/ For discerning moviegoers, there is a life before “RRR” and there is a life after “RRR”. India’s three-plus-hour historical action blockbuster set in the 1920s is packed with flying motorbikes, flaming arrows, brooding bromance and physics-defying heroism. It opened in March to huge anticipation from South Asian American audiences, which made the Telugu-language film America’s […]]]>

For discerning moviegoers, there is a life before “RRR” and there is a life after “RRR”.

India’s three-plus-hour historical action blockbuster set in the 1920s is packed with flying motorbikes, flaming arrows, brooding bromance and physics-defying heroism. It opened in March to huge anticipation from South Asian American audiences, which made the Telugu-language film America’s second-highest-grossing Indian film of all time.

If you missed “RRR” when it first aired, you’re in luck: this summer, after raking in $140 million at the global box office, acclaimed filmmaker SS Rajamouli’s smash hit (“Eega”, “Baahubali Pt. 1 & 2”) will roar again for one night on June 1 at more than 100 U.S. theaters, including Alamo Drafthouse locations and New York’s IFC Center.

Ram Charan, as undercover hero Alluri Sitarama Raju, battles a wild tiger as animal chaos is unleashed in “RRR.”

(DVV Entertainment)

Brought to you by Variance Films and Potentate Films with Sarigama Cinemas, the “#encoRRRe” event stems from outsize interest in “RRR,” which generated one of the strongest word-of-mouth buzzes for a worldwide theatrical release of recent memory.

“America has embraced ‘RRR’ as its own and crossing borders, the love American audiences have shown our film has been gratifying,” writer-director Rajamouli said in a statement. “Glad they can relive the experience on re-release, thanks to Variance and Potentate.”

With a flair for spectacle to rival the “Fast & Furious” franchise and an MCU (it’s a mythical cinematic universe) all its own, “RRR” (short for “Rise! Roar! Revolt!”) imagines a fictional team between two of the revolutionary folk heroes played by Indian superstars – NT Rama Rao Jr. as Komaram Bheem and Ram Charan as Alluri Sitarama Raju – who unite to fight against the British Raj.

Stemming from the South Indian Telugu-language film industry known as Tollywood, distinct from Bollywood’s Hindi-language films, “RRR” features jaw-dropping action sequences and musical numbers, including the viral “Naatu Naatu”, a catchy song and dance filmed in Ukraine. sequence featuring an anti-colonialist message and rapid movements of Charan and Rama Rao.

Reportedly one of the highest-budgeted Indian productions of all time, it’s now the second-highest-grossing Indian film in US box office history behind 2017’s $22 million sequel “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” – Rajamouli’s most recent film, which has been compared to Steven Spielberg and James Cameron in terms of fervor.

Both films have topped Bollywood’s top charting titles in the United States as the Tollywood film industry has grown in popularity in recent years.

June’s event could be the last chance for American moviegoers to see “RRR” on the big screen in its original Telugu version, with some theaters offering Dolby Atmos sound mixing. Netflix has cleared the streaming rights and will release it subtitled in English, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish, and Spanish as well as dubbed in Hindi.

‘RRR’ has played a big role in turning 2022 into a breakthrough year for Telugu-language films in the US, according to Gitesh Pandya, co-founder of Box Office Guru Media, adding that the film has been delayed several times. by the pandemic, building even more fan anticipation on opening weekend.

It’s easy to find evidence of a fervent global “RRR” fandom online. When they were released in March, social media was flooded with gifs, memes and viral videos of audiences cheering, dancing and throwing confetti in theaters. “RRR” is still playing strong in more than 500 theaters around the world, according to DVV Entertainment. So why re-release a film that has already grossed $14.5 million from 1,200 US screens?

Chandra Narisetty, president of Sarigama Cinemas, hopes the encore presentation of “RRR” will help set a benchmark of success that future Indian film releases can follow in the United States, where they compete with Hollywood studio rates for movie theaters. cineplex bookings but still doing good business.

His company recently followed up “RRR” by releasing “KGF 2”, a hit sequel that topped the box office’s box office worldwide.

Variance’s Dylan Marchetti has experience in the challenge of helping three-hour Asian movies connect with audiences, having helped distribute Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s Oscar-winning drama “Drive My Car.” He likens “RRR’s” unique chemistry of impressive action and engaging storytelling to George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” and believes it can grow further and connect with new movie audiences eager for more. thrilling cinematic experiences.

Ram Charan sits on the shoulders of NT Rama Rao Jr.

Ram Charan and NT Rama Rao Jr. in the illustrations for “RRR,” which also stars Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Ray Stevenson, Alison Doody, and Olivia Morris.

(DVV Entertainment)

“The opening night of any of these movies is the most fun you can have in the theater, period,” Marchetti said, adding that Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters don’t even have multiple action sequences. thrilling moments before the title card appears on screen, as “RRR” does.

And if the film’s length seems a daunting factor, at 182 minutes, “‘RRR’ is only 10 minutes longer than ‘The Batman,'” reviewer Katie Rife pointed out in her review for Polygon.

As for the June 1 encore screenings, Potentate’s Josh Hurtado, a film festival consultant who has championed Rajamouli’s previous films, hopes the return of “RRR” to theaters will open doors for Indian cinema and international and will introduce new cinephiles to the work of the filmmaker.

“The goal here is to show people the best movie they’ve ever seen,” Hurtado said, “and also to help Rajamouli make the next best movie they’ve ever seen by making his name a name.” known worldwide.”

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TV programming in Welsh and Gaelic must be protected https://www.scuolainsieme.com/tv-programming-in-welsh-and-gaelic-must-be-protected/ Fri, 13 May 2022 04:45:28 +0000 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/tv-programming-in-welsh-and-gaelic-must-be-protected/ Welsh and Gaelic speakers will benefit from increased programming under new laws proposed by the UK government. Decades-old broadcasting regulations will be updated to give the UK’s vital public service system a deal fit for the streaming age and ensure that the importance of programs broadcast in regional and minority languages of the United Kingdom […]]]>

Welsh and Gaelic speakers will benefit from increased programming under new laws proposed by the UK government.

Decades-old broadcasting regulations will be updated to give the UK’s vital public service system a deal fit for the streaming age and ensure that the importance of programs broadcast in regional and minority languages of the United Kingdom is recognized in the mandate of the public service broadcaster (PSB) for the first time.

The broadcasting white paper published today also includes plans for regional and minority language content published on digital platforms to be captured in the public service remit of S4C, STV and other broadcasters.

Geographic broadcast restrictions will be removed from Welsh-language broadcaster S4C so people can enjoy Welsh content wherever they are in the UK – supporting the Welsh economy, culture and society, and the ambition of the UK government to see one million Welsh speakers by 2050.

Measures to boost the prominence of programming by channels such as the BBC, S4C and STV will support Welsh and Gaelic broadcasting in Wales and Scotland by ensuring they are available and easy to find on smart TVs, streaming sticks and set-top boxes. These are part of plans to give PSOs greater flexibility in how they meet their obligations and to strengthen their ability to target younger audiences in a rapidly changing media landscape.

UK Media Minister Julia Lopez said:

“Broadcasting in regional and minority languages ​​offers speakers a crucial opportunity to enjoy a range of quality programming in a language that is familiar to them, and a means of cultural expression for communities across the UK. .

“We will – for the first time – make clear in law the importance of programs broadcast in UK regional and minority languages ​​by including it in our new public service remit for television.”

Secretary of State for Wales, Simon Hart, said:

“Hundreds of thousands of people access Welsh-language content every week and our plans will provide greater support for broadcasters like S4C and make it easier for audiences to find content in the language of their choice.

“Welsh broadcasting and production plays a crucial role in the creative industries and the UK government will continue to support the sector as we work towards our ambition of one million Welsh speakers by 2050.

“Today’s announcement follows our commitment of £7.5 million per year to the digital development of S4C, ensuring the widest range of platforms possible”

The government will continue to support long-term commitments to support cross-border broadcasting on the island of Ireland, including funding for the Northern Ireland digital terrestrial television multiplex which carries RTÉ and TG4 services to Northern Ireland. North since 2012. It will also examine the scope to ensure the pre-eminence of services in regional and minority languages.

The government’s Broadcasting White Paper sets out a wide range of measures to protect UK content by giving public service broadcasters a more flexible mandate for the programs they produce and broadcast.

This includes plans to better offer viewers of video-on-demand services the same protections against harmful content as TV viewers by establishing a new Ofcom code and regulatory powers over content standards.

The government will pursue the change of ownership of Channel 4 to give it the tools it needs to succeed in the future as a public service broadcaster while protecting its distinctive character.

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Canoo, another electric vehicle start-up, says it has cash flow problems https://www.scuolainsieme.com/canoo-another-electric-vehicle-start-up-says-it-has-cash-flow-problems/ Wed, 11 May 2022 12:08:00 +0000 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/canoo-another-electric-vehicle-start-up-says-it-has-cash-flow-problems/ Text size Most of Canoo’s sales in 2022 are expected in the fourth quarter. Courtesy Canoo In stock Canoo is down early Wednesday after the electric vehicle start-up reported its first quarter earnings and, more importantly, signaled that it may not be able to continue operating unless it can raise more cash . “Our management […]]]>

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Marinucci: Use Plain Language to Describe Vehicle Problems https://www.scuolainsieme.com/marinucci-use-plain-language-to-describe-vehicle-problems/ Mon, 09 May 2022 21:21:04 +0000 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/marinucci-use-plain-language-to-describe-vehicle-problems/ Some sales professionals argue that communicating effectively is more of an art than a science. You may question this conclusion, but hopefully you won’t question the need to practice the technique. The more seriously you practice plain language, the more easily you will engage – connect with – the people on the other side of […]]]>

Some sales professionals argue that communicating effectively is more of an art than a science. You may question this conclusion, but hopefully you won’t question the need to practice the technique.

The more seriously you practice plain language, the more easily you will engage – connect with – the people on the other side of the service counter.

No two sales prospects are exactly the same. Therefore, justifying an expensive repair job to them will not necessarily be the same either.

Word choices that engage one motorist won’t necessarily succeed with another.

Patiently listen to follow-up questions from prospects. Watch their facial expressions and general body language, as this often shows how they are receiving your message.

A negative reaction may signal the need for simpler, clearer words and/or more familiar examples than those you have already used. A sales rep is on the right track when the prospect responds favorably to these reviews.

Service salespeople use a variety of words, phrases, and examples to simplify auto repair for customers. Here I will cite two practical examples.

Modern vehicles have a multitude of on-board computers performing various tasks. A car manufacturer may call a computer a regulator, module, node, controller, etc.

Some service writers have told me that these names seem to intimidate or confuse customers. Therefore, they began to use their own generic terms – computer or minicomputer.

“Today, the word computer is simpler and more familiar than other terms,” one salesperson told me. “It’s familiar because most people have ‘a computer’ at home and at work.”

A computer works only as well as the data it receives. Many sensors transmit vital data to on-board computers and these sensors are more likely to fail than the computer itself.

A failing sensor can disrupt computer operation as it sends erratic and intermittent data. Sometimes this confuses a motorist.

I’ve heard several seasoned service writers clarify and familiarize this breakdown with current IT jargon: Garbage in, garbage out.

Specifically, the failing sensor feeds IT garbage instead of clear, consistent data. Therefore, the computer reacts with garbage instead of logical decisions.

In conclusion, remember the old axiom – err on the side of safety. Likewise, favor simplicity, dignity and familiarity when talking to customers. I bet they will appreciate your approach.

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Hong Kong Election Live Updates: Government-Approved Panel Picks John Lee https://www.scuolainsieme.com/hong-kong-election-live-updates-government-approved-panel-picks-john-lee/ Sun, 08 May 2022 05:24:19 +0000 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/hong-kong-election-live-updates-government-approved-panel-picks-john-lee/ John Lee, Hong Kong’s sole candidate for chief executive, greeted a member of the election committee at the polling station on Sunday.Credit…Lam Yik/Reuters John Lee, a former security chief known for his unwavering loyalty to the Chinese government, was chosen as Hong Kong’s next leader on Sunday, through a selection process tightly controlled by Beijing […]]]>
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John Lee, a former security chief known for his unwavering loyalty to the Chinese government, was chosen as Hong Kong’s next leader on Sunday, through a selection process tightly controlled by Beijing in which he was the only candidate.

Mr Lee, 64, will replace the unpopular Carrie Lam as chief executive, Hong Kong’s highest post. Under Ms. Lam’s watch, fierce pro-democracy protests rocked the city in 2019, and China responded with a sweeping national security law that curtailed Hong Kong’s freedoms.

Mr Lee, who served as Hong Kong’s security chief for four years before being appointed Chief Secretary, the No. 2 government post last year, was a key figure in the crackdown on protests in 2019 He then helped the government wield the new security law to decimate political opposition, leaving the most vocal figures behind bars or in exile.

Some 1,424 members of an election committee, all vetted by the Hong Kong government, cast their ballots on Sunday. Mr. Lee had no opponents, and the only choice was to vote for him or not. Only eight people voted against him, according to official results.

Mr Lee waved and bowed to applaud voters after being declared the winner. “The day of the Chief Executive election is important to me,” he said. “But today is also Mother’s Day, Buddha’s birthday and also World Smile Day designated by the Red Cross. Today, therefore, we can all welcome such a historic day with joy. He called his wife, Janet Lam, onstage and presented her with a bouquet of flowers someone else had given her.

Mr Lee, who will be sworn in on July 1, said he intended to push through a package of new laws on treason, secession, sedition and subversion. The laws, known collectively as Article 23 for the section of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution that makes them binding, have long been a troublesome issue for Hong Kong’s rulers. The government attempted to enact Section 23 legislation in 2003, but backed down after hundreds of thousands of people came forward.

This time, Mr. Lee will face no such opposition.

The crackdown that followed the 2019 protest movement brought Hong Kong’s once vibrant civil society to heel. News outlets, unions, political parties and human rights groups have shut down under government pressure and national security investigations.

On Sunday, only three demonstrators demonstrated quietly outside the convention center, vastly outnumbered by police, many of whom were filming them.

In January 2021, police arrested dozens of opposition politicians and activists, saying their election strategy constituted a subversive plot. Many of them remain in detention, awaiting trial on national security charges that could lead to life imprisonment. The trial has been delayed for so long that the delays drew criticism last month from a conservative judge who has been handpicked by the government to oversee security trials.

Under Mr Lee’s administration, the crackdown is expected to extend to Hong Kong’s civil service, which has come under increasing criticism from pro-Beijing politicians since some government workers joined the protests. of 2019. Its workers have also been accused by the pro-Beijing camp of resisting efforts to carry out continental-style coronavirus controls, such as expanded lockdowns and mandatory citywide testing.

“We need to ensure that the civil service will faithfully carry out government policies,” said Lau Siu-kai, Beijing’s adviser on Hong Kong policy. “We need to ensure that the civil service discipline system is strict to ensure that civil servants who do not work will be punished or get rid of.”

Tiffany May contributed report.

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Tech companies lost $17 billion in the first quarter as equity investments take a hit https://www.scuolainsieme.com/tech-companies-lost-17-billion-in-the-first-quarter-as-equity-investments-take-a-hit/ Fri, 06 May 2022 13:00:01 +0000 https://www.scuolainsieme.com/tech-companies-lost-17-billion-in-the-first-quarter-as-equity-investments-take-a-hit/ A Rivian Amazon electric delivery van navigates the street with the Hollywood sign in the background. Amazon The sale of 2022 technologies has accelerated over the past two weeks, with first quarter earnings reports highlighting challenges such as inflation, supply chain shortages and the war in Ukraine. For some tech leaders, the market slump has […]]]>

A Rivian Amazon electric delivery van navigates the street with the Hollywood sign in the background.

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The sale of 2022 technologies has accelerated over the past two weeks, with first quarter earnings reports highlighting challenges such as inflation, supply chain shortages and the war in Ukraine.

For some tech leaders, the market slump has created a double whammy. As well as grappling with their own headwinds, they were among the most active investors in other companies during the protracted bull market, which hit a wall late last year.

Welcome to the pain of mark-to-market accounting.

Amazon, Uber, Alphabet and Shopify each posted losses of more than $1 billion on equity investments in the first quarter. Add reports from Snap, Qualcomm, Microsoft and Oracle and total losses among tech company holdings topped $17 billion for the first three months of the year.

Investments that once looked like a stroke of genius, especially when high-growth companies lined up for blockbuster IPOs, are now producing serious red ink. The Nasdaq fell 9.1% in the first quarter, its worst period in two years.

The second quarter is looking even worse, with a tech-focused index down 13% at Thursday’s close. Many recent drivers have lost more than half their value in a few months.

Companies use a variety of colorful terms to describe their investment markdowns. Some call them non-operating expenses or unrealized losses, while others use terms such as revaluation and change in fair value. Whatever language they use, tech companies are being reminded for the first time in over a decade that investing in their industry peers is risky business.

The latest losses came from Uber and Shopify, both of which released their first quarter results this week.

Uber said Wednesday that of its $5.9 billion in quarterly losses, $5.6 billion came from its stakes in Southeast Asian mobility and delivery company Grab, self-driving vehicle company Aurora and the Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi.

Uber originally acquired its stakes in Grab and Didi by selling its own regional operations to those respective companies. The deals looked lucrative for Uber as private valuations soared, but shares of Didi and Grab have plunged since listing in the United States last year.

Shopify posted a $1.6 billion loss on its investments on Thursday. Most of it comes from online lender Affirm, which also went public last year.

Shopify secured its stake in Affirm through a partnership forged in July 2020. Under the agreement, Affirm became the exclusive point-of-sale financing provider for Shop Pay, Shopify’s payment service, and Shopify secured warrants to purchase up to 20.3 million shares. in Affirm at a penny each.

Affirm is down more than 80% from its November high, leaving Shopify with a big loss for the quarter. But with Affirm trading at $27.02, Shopify is still well above its initial investment.

Amazon was the technology company hardest hit in the quarter by its investments. The online retailer revealed last week that it suffered a $7.6 billion loss on its stake in electric vehicle company Rivian.

Shares of Rivian have plunged nearly 50% in the first three months of 2022, following a smash debut in public markets in November. Amazon has invested more than $1.3 billion in Rivian as part of a strategic partnership with the EV company, which aims to produce 100,000 delivery vehicles by 2030.

A Rivian R1T electric pickup truck during the company’s IPO outside the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

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Rivian’s downdraft coincided with a broader rotation in tech stocks late last year, spurred by rising inflation and the likelihood of higher interest rates. This trend accelerated this year, after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, oil prices soared again and the Federal Reserve began its rate hikes.

Last week, Alphabet posted a loss of $1.07 billion on its investments due to “market volatility”. Google’s parent company’s investment vehicles hold shares of UiPath, Freshworks, Lyft and Duolingo, which fell between 18% and 59% in the first quarter.

Qualcomm reported a $240 million loss on marketable securities, “primarily due to the change in fair value of some of our QSI marketable equity investments in early-stage and growth-stage companies.” QSI, or Qualcomm Strategic Investments, invests in startups in artificial intelligence, digital health, networking, and other fields.

“The fair values ​​of these investments have been and may continue to be subject to increased volatility,” Qualcomm said.

Meanwhile, Snap said in late April it recorded a “$92 million unrealized investment loss that became public in the second half of 2021.”

While the biggest price drops from the Q1 collapse have been recorded, investors still need to hear from Salesforce, whose venture capital arm has been among the most active backers of pre-IPO companies in recent times. .

Over the past two fiscal years, Salesforce has disclosed combined investment gains of $3.38 billion. Salesforce is expected to release its first quarter results later this month, and investors will be watching closely whether the cloud software provider came out at the right time or is still holding the bag.

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