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German Chancellor Tells Google: “You Can’t Just Go Around Scanning Books”

first_imgOn Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel used her weekly video podcast to attack Google and the Google Book Settlement. According to Merkel, the Google Book Settlement disregards international copyright laws. Merkel, who mostly focuses on the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair in her rather anemic video, also stressed that Germany will do its best to protect German authors against what the government considers to be blatant copyright infringement. Both Germany and France filed complaints against the Google Book settlement last month.“The Internet Should Not Be Exempt From Copyright Laws”According to Merkel, the German government wants to protect its authors. Google, according to Merkel, is “just scanning books without any regard to copyright law,” and “the Internet should not be exempt from copyright laws,” she also adds.In this context, it is important to note that Germany has always been extremely protective of books as a cultural product. Book retailers, for example, have to sell all new books at a set price and can only discount older or damaged books under a limited set of circumstances. It’s currently not clear if these price-fixing rules also apply to eBooks.“eBooks Won’t Replace Traditional Books” Merkel also stressed that she doesn’t believe that eBooks will ever replace traditional books  – though she does mention that ‘new’ technologies like audio books have changed the book market over the last few years.Google Books and the Google Book Settlement have obviously been mired in controversy from the beginning. Just last week, Google’s Sergey Brin defended the project in an op-ed piece in the New York Times. The Google Book Settlement is currently on hold, and Google has until November to present a revised version of its plan. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#E-Books#Google#news#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

All Ministries Must Have Customer Service Improvement Plans by April

first_img The plans are a priority of the Service Excellence Programme (SEP), which falls under the ambit of Thematic Area 1 of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme, entitled ‘Trade and Investment Facilitation and Service Excellence’. All ministries must have customer service improvement plans in place by the end of April 2018 as mandated by the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme. Modernisation Specialist in the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division (PSTMD), Office of the Cabinet, Michele Gordon-Somers, tells JIS News that the plans are a critical part of the Service Excellence Policy being developed by the Cabinet Office. Story Highlights All ministries must have customer service improvement plans in place by the end of April 2018 as mandated by the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme.The aim is to reduce waste, save money and make the public institutions more efficient and effective for those who need them.The plans are a priority of the Service Excellence Programme (SEP), which falls under the ambit of Thematic Area 1 of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme, entitled ‘Trade and Investment Facilitation and Service Excellence’.This is also one of the goals of Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, which calls for professionalism and efficient service delivery in all public-sector institutions.Modernisation Specialist in the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division (PSTMD), Office of the Cabinet, Michele Gordon-Somers, tells JIS News that the plans are a critical part of the Service Excellence Policy being developed by the Cabinet Office.“All ministries must conduct customer service assessments, they must speak with their customers, they must have plans developed and they must report their achievements against their plans,” she emphasises.The proposed policy will set out the core principles, values, standards, strategies, accountability mechanism, continuous improvement frameworks and service delivery options that will promote and institutionalise service excellence to facilitate consistency in service quality across government.Last year, the PSTMD engaged technocrats in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as from civil society and the private sector at Service Excellence Visioning Workshops, aimed at identifying strategies and actions to get to the supreme form of service excellence in the public sector.Recently, the Cabinet Office and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding signalling the commencement of a partnership between the two organisations to promote service excellence in the public and private sectors and increase awareness of customer service issues nationally.Mrs. Gordon-Somers says that some ministries have named customer service improvement teams and are conducting customer service readiness assessments, which will guide the development of customer service improvement plans.“The information that comes out of the assessments will be used to feed into developing customer service improvement plans, and it is expected that the whole area of customer service will be looked at in a comprehensive way, and then these plans will be implemented with short-, medium- and long-term measures incorporated within those plans,” she explains.Mrs. Gordon-Somers notes that the PSTMD has been conducting workshops with service improvement teams “to sensitise them about the Service Excellence Programme”.The Modernisation Specialist says ministries will develop their plans before focusing on their respective agencies and departments.“So, all the agencies and departments under their portfolios, they will assist them through the same process, in terms of developing their service-improvement plans and reporting on their achievements against those plans on a quarterly basis,” she tells JIS News.Mrs. Gordon-Somers says that in the past, ministries only focused on frontline customers regarding customer-service improvement, adding that other areas should be addressed, such as business processes, engagement of customers, the handling of complaints, customer feedback and “ensuring that service improvement planning is a critical part of general operational planning”.Another component of the SEP at ministries is the development of citizens’ charters.According to Mrs. Gordon-Somers, a citizen’s charter is a contract between ministries and their customers, which outlines the strategies to improve customer service at the entities.“We expect all ministries will have a citizen’s charter, or those who already have will update their document,” she says.Mrs. Gordon-Somers stresses that charters that are posted on the websites of ministries should also be displayed in the lobby areas and hard copies made available for customers who may request them.Meanwhile, Senior Director, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Sandra Senior Brown, tells JIS News that a citizen’s charter/customer service improvement team is in place at the super ministry.She said the entity is looking at various technological initiatives, “to enable our internal customers to be better able to carry out their functions”.The Ministry, which was created in March 2016 and charged with the responsibility for seven critical portfolios – land, environment, climate change, investment, water and wastewater, housing and works – has oversight for 48 agencies.“We at the Ministry see it as a critical need to have this customer service improvement programme implemented, based on our mandate of ensuring that we meet the business needs of Jamaica as well as the needs of our internal stakeholders,” she says.Mrs. Brown, who is overseeing the implementation of the Ministry’s modernisation initiatives, says “customers are demanding more and they want better quality and a higher standard of service”.“We want to ensure that customers are able to access certain services and there is ease in doing so. Our website will be instrumental in that regard,” she tells JIS News.“We have over 46 agencies, so we definitely want to be one of the front runners where implementation of this Service Excellence Programme is concerned,” she adds.last_img read more

Aaron Neville Supports Childrens Health Fund

first_imgSinger Aaron Neville is inspiring people to fundraise for the Children’s Health Fund.“Children’s Health Fund does incredible work to bring health care to America’s most vulnerable kids. I know. I’ve seen it with my own eyes,” he wrote in an email to supporters of the Children’s Health Fund. “From one of the poorest communities in the Bronx to the devastated neighborhoods of the Gulf — including my own childhood neighborhood which is still struggling to recover from Katrina — their doctors are helping kids who otherwise would not get care. And they truly need our help.“Since I have suffered from asthma my whole life, I know how important access to quality health care is. That’s why I decided to make a difference by creating an online fundraiser for Children’s Health Fund. And you can, too! Simply visit the Children’s Health Fund website and start your own personal fundraiser.“Here are a few ideas to get you started:• Dedicate your next special occasion to kids in need and ask your friends and family to make a donation instead of buying a birthday, wedding or anniversary gift.• Give yourself some incentive to meet a personal goal — maybe run that marathon you’ve always wanted to and have your friends cheer you on by donating.• Raffle your talent or skills to anyone who donates.• Have some fun and make a dare — offer to change your hair color, grow a beard, or get a tattoo if you reach your goal!“What’s great is you can do it any way you want. Everyone’s fundraiser will be different, but the end result will be the same: more kids will get the health care they need. And that’s what counts.“So please join me and start your own fundraiser. Together, we can help make sure kids throughout America are able to grow up healthy and ready to succeed in life.”To find out how to start your own fundraiser, click here.last_img read more

Feds retaliated against Cindy Blackstock after she filed complaint against them

first_imgAPTN National NewsA human rights tribunal hearing a case of alleged discrimination on First Nations children by the federal government heard Thursday from the person who filed the complaint and how the feds retaliated against her.As first reported by APTN National News in 2011, Cindy Blackstock alleged Aboriginal Affairs had been keeping a close eye on her, including posing as “friends” and having her accept them on her Facebook. They also followed her to conferences and looked into her Indian status records.Blackstock said she was also banned from a meeting with department officials.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has more on Blackstock’s testimony.last_img read more

Seaport Village Revitalization Plans

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter , Seaport Village Revitalization Plans March 27, 2018center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDevelopers of a project to revitalize Seaport Village had to change their plans after discovering an earthquake fault line running right through the project.GAFCO CEO, Yehudi Gaffen, joined us in studio to talk about the new plan and what it could mean for the future of San Diego. Posted: March 27, 2018last_img read more

Over 1400 Aftershocks Have Been Measured Since Friday

first_imgAs of Sunday, there had been over 1,400 recorded aftershocks of any magnitude; 593 of magnitude 2.0 or greater; 17 that registered at least 4.0; and five that were at least 5.0. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There have been over 1,400 aftershocks measured by the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center since Friday’s 7.0 earthquake that shook southcentral Alaska. At a press conference on Sunday in Anchorage Falsey reassured everyone – things appeared to be calming down: “The aftershocks have thankfully been tapering off.” An aftershock stronger or as strong as the initial one is unlikely, however. The probability for an earthquake of magnitude 7 or higher before December 8 is only 3 percent, said the USGS. Anchorage Municipal Manager Bill Falsey: “More than a dozen of those aftershocks have been greater than a magnitude of four, and five of them have been greater than a magnitude of five. Every one of those in a normal course would have been a real, no-kidding Alaska earthquake. For a lot of people, this event has not ended. “last_img read more

Dense Smoke Advisory Extended For Peninsula

first_imgSmoke will be the most dense during the overnight and early morning hours through Thursday. A dense smoke advisory means widespread fires will create smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, Slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory in effect through Wednesday afternoon for the Kenai Peninsula due to increased smoke activity from the Swan Lake Fire. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times.Travel may be difficult due to low visibility. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service out of Anchorage has extended the dense smoke advisory for the interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing effective until 1pm, Thursday.center_img Persons with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside. For more information on Air Quality, please visit www.dec.alaska.gov. This advisory included the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Cooper Landing.last_img read more

ABC to Sponsor Entire Issue of TV Guide

first_imgRELATED: Nike Product Placement on a Cover That Actually WorksThe print ads—for ABC Primetime, ABC News, ABC Daytime, Late Night, ABC.com and Buena Vista Home Entertainment—are part network’s “ABC Start Here” brand campaign.Last fall, TV Guide partnered with ABC to create paper hospital gowns that were polybagged and mailed to subscribers in New York and Los Angeles to coincide with the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy.While rare, other magazines have experimented with single-sponsored issues, most notably the New Yorker, which turned its entire August 22, 2005 issue over to Target. The issue featured ads that mimicked New Yorker-style illustrations—all of them incorporating Target’s red-and-white bulls-eye.TV Guide’s Ad PerformanceThe latest move comes at a critical time for TV Guide.Single copy sales for TV Guide fell some 29 percent during the first half, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations Fas-Fax. Overall, though, the magazine’s circulation was essentially flat, with a 2.4 percent increase in subscriptions.Ad pages, meanwhile, were down 1.4 percent during the period.In April, stockholders at TV Guide approved a $2.8 billion merger with Macrovision. The following day, TV Guide laid off an undisclosed number of staffers in association with the merger.Since the deal was announced in December, Macrovision has sought a buyer for the publishing side Gemstar-TV Guide, including the magazine. It is unclear, however, whether or not it intends to sell its online publishing assets, including TVGuide.com. For the first time in its 55-year history, a single advertiser will sponsor an entire issue of TV Guide.The magazine, hitting newsstands August 21, will carry 21 ad pages promoting ABC Television’s fall lineup. (Last year’s “Fall Sneak Peek” contained 26 ad pages, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.) The issue will also include a DVD promoting ABC’s slate of programming.Patrick Dempsey, the star of ABC’s primetime drama Grey’s Anatomy, appears on the issue’s cover.last_img read more

Writing Contest for Students

first_imgWorld Artists’ Experiences, a non-profit organization that bridges international understanding among peoples through culture, travel and the arts, will hold its sixth annual writing contest for Maryland students grades 3 through 12. This year’s theme is Drinking from the Fountain of Friendship: Building Bridges and Creating Bonds that Tie. The online Submission forms and guidelines are found at worldartists.org. Entries may be submitted online beginning Oct. 1 through Nov. 13. Judges are professionals and headed by former Maryland poet laureate Michael S. Glaser. Writings selected will be published in an anthology. Finalists and their parents, teachers and principals will be invited to an Embassy in Washington, D.C. in April for a celebration awards ceremony. For additional information, visit the World Artists’ Experiences web site at the address above or contact Beth Penn via email at bapenn@verizon.net or Betty McGinnis at 410- 647-4482 or wae@comcast.net.last_img read more

Tadka maar ke

first_imgChef Vipul Gupta, Sous Chef, at the Sheraton says that winter is the best time to eat because people don’t mind heavy dishes and the spices. While summer is all about eating light, winter is just the opposite. And Punjab seems to embody the concept of eating it up with all the desi ghee, the butter and the tadka this season. To celebrate the mood, Sheraton has organised their Sardiyan Da Swad at Baywatch. A meal is priced at Rs 1750 per person without taxes and alcohol. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On offer is an excellent buffet that will fill you up with some great food. For starters they have Tandoori Paneer Tikka, Bhatti de Aloo, Cholian di Tikki for the vegetarians and the others can dig into Paind ha Kukkad, Macchi Amritsar Wali, Lahori Sheekh  Kabab and Tandoori Pasliyan.Take a pick of a great spread of main courses with Chilmil Ghost ke Sitare, Hare Saag wali Macchi, Rara Gosht, Amritsari Nalli, Teekha Masala Paneer, Sohare wali Daal, Batale di Masala Arbi, Shalgam Palak and much more. They rotate their dishes over the week so guests have a wider range to pick from.Choose between a fragrant biriyani made Punjabi style, the chole pulao or a selection of Indian breads to go with the delicious gravies.Keep place for some yummy desserts like Gud Wali Kheer, Peeran di Niyaz and of course Gajar ka Halwa and we promise you will not regret tucking in so much. Give weight-watching a rest this season and book yourself a table!last_img read more