Photo: Thai Airways International. Thai Airways International expects to benefit from a new visa service that allows visitors from 21 countries, including China and India, to get a faster and more convenient entry to Thailand.The collaboration between Thailand’s immigration Bureau and outsourcing specialist VFS Global will allow visitors using a new a new eVisa on arrival (eVOA) service to get a faster immigration service at dedicated major airports in Thailand from February 14.Those eligible to use the service will receive their travel authorization prior to departure.They go to the eVOA visa website, pay the fee using debit or credit card, wechat or Alipay and receive an eVOA code that can be printed or kept on mobile phones.They receive their pre-travel authorization within 24 to 72 hours or can pay extra use an express service for more urgent travel.READ: Thai receives its first 787-9 DreamlinereVOA applicants benefit from dedicated Immigration counters at major airports such as Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in Bangkok, as well as at Phuket and Chiang Mai.No documents need to be filled out; travelers only need to present a passport.VFS Global says travellers who undertake the eVOA application process don’t need to carry physical copies of information such as hotel booking confirmations or air-tickets no local currency is needed at the immigration counter.The company has also worked with the Immigration Bureau to provide a fast track service at Suvarnabhumi.In addition to India and China, other countries covered by the scheme’s launch include Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.“With the eVOA service, we are proud to offer a new age digital solution which enhances the overall experience for the modern day traveller who seeks to visit Thailand from 21 countries across the globe. Immigration Bureau commissioner Surachate Hakparn said in a statement.Thai Airways International president Sumeth Damrongchaitham, said customers would be able to request an eVOA any time when using the thaiairways.com or thaismileair.com websites or when making mobile transactions on Thai Airways and Thai Smile applications.He predicted Thai would be able to reach even more customers through the service.
However, middle-wage jobs remain below pre-recession levelsThe labor market’s ongoing recovery—often described as steady, if unspectacular—still has its share of skeptics who contend that too many of the new jobs fall into the low-paying, low-skill category. But several recent reports provide some evidence that the job market is getting much healthier overall.Since 2010, the largest segment of employment growth has been in the category of “good jobs,” as termed by a new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. These so-called good jobs pay more than $53,000 a year, tend to be full time, and provide health insurance and retirement plans, according to the center’s study.The economy has added 6.6 million new jobs since 2010, 2.9 million of which were labeled as good jobs, in the study, which is titled Good Jobs Are Back: College Graduates Are First in Line. Another 1.9 million middle-wage jobs have been created since 2010, as well as 1.8 million low-wage jobs. And as the report’s title suggests, it pays to go to college: Of the 2.9 million good jobs, 2.8 million have gone to holders of four-year degrees.“This has been a weak recovery, but the American job machine is working again for college graduates,” said Anthony Carnevale, lead author of the Georgetown report.The bulk of good jobs added during the recent recovery were managerial positions (nearly 1.8 million); science/technology/engineering/mathematics, or STEM, positions (880,000 jobs); and health care professional occupations (445,000), the report said.Growth for middle-wage jobs, which pay between $32,000 and $53,000, was most often tied to blue-collar positions (860,000 jobs), such as truck drivers, welders and auto mechanics, according to the report. The majority of low-wage jobs (nearly 1.1 million) fell into the food services, personal services, and sales and office support occupation categories. These positions pay less than $32,000.The report did confirm one troubling trend in the labor market, and that is the gradual decline of middle-class employment. Both the good jobs and the low-wage jobs have recovered all of the jobs that were lost in those categories during the Great Recession. Middle-wage jobs, however, remain 900,000 below their pre-recession level, the report said.Meanwhile, the Society for Human Resource Management’s Leading Indicators of National Employment report—a monthly survey that tracks several labor market trends—has revealed gradual improvement in pay for new hires over the past several months. In August 2015, a net of 16.7 percent of manufacturers and 19.8 percent of service-sector companies increased new-hire compensation. Those totals represented four-year highs for the month of August; that was the ninth straight month that a four-year high was reached in services, and that milestone was also reached in 13 out of the past 14 months in manufacturing.Finally, a recent article from TheStreet.com website indicates that payroll taxes are providing some much-needed support for government coffers, as well. In an analysis of U.S. Treasury tax-withholding receipts, writer Simon Constable said that for the first seven months of 2015, payroll tax receipts have grown at an average annual rate of about 5.25 percent.This is the result of about 2 percent growth in payroll jobs, 2 percent growth in wages and an increase in the number of hours individuals worked from the previous year, said Constable, a former Wall Street advisor and co-author of The WSJ Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators that Really Matter (Harper Business, 2011). Another way to look at the data, Constable said, is if no jobs were created, no additional hours were worked and the tax code didn’t change, then growth in withholding receipts would be closer to 2 percent. Instead, it is now close to three times that level.“Is that superb? No, it isn’t,” Constable wrote. “More growth in wages would be better, as would more new jobs. But still, it’s a steady climb that will slowly benefit the economy.”Joseph Coombs is a senior analyst for workforce trends at SHRM.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web Related Posts There’s no denying that amateur music is hot right now, especially in the United States. Both NBC and Fox have competing television shows based around amateur karaoke (The Singing Bee and Don’t Forget the Lyrics, respectively), not to mention Fox’s yearly amateur music hit, American Idol. Last year Yahoo! bought karaoke site Bix and often the most popular videos on YouTube are covers of pop music.So it’s no wonder that a site like FanCovers has launched to be a central location for videos of amateur artists belting out their favorite hit songs.FanCovers is a pretty standard video sharing site that supports uploading, commenting, rating and embedding videos. The team is also working on some features specifically aimed at the music cover community, however, the first of which being the ability to attach chords and lyrics to any video.I was actually rather impressed by the quality of the music thus far, and was happy to see people covering some of my favorite bands (Oasis, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows, among others). Many talented musicians got their start playing covers, and some cover bands have even enjoyed a great deal of success — the Australian Pink Floyd Show even played to a sold out Royal Albert Hall in 2001. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh catone 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Nuclear More from News Massive Australian blazes will ‘reframe our understanding of bushfire’ Twitter Warren Cornwall is freelance journalist in Washington State. (Graphic) J. You/Science; (Data) Joshua Rhodes, Energy Institute, The University of Texas in Austin doi:10.1126/science.aal0523 Solar Wind Current With Clean Power Plan Clean Power Plan and cost of pollution impacts The mammoth analysis suggests that “it might be that decarbonization [of the U.S. electrical grid] is able to be met even without the Clean Power Plan,” says Michael Webber, an engineer and deputy director of UT’s Energy Institute, which conducted the research. “The big thing is if gas stays low [in price] then coal has a tough time.”The work is part of a broader initiative at the institute, aimed at tallying all the costs that come with keeping the lights on, from environmental impacts to building transmission lines or responding to regulations. Snazzy online calculators and mapping tools that accompany the new model enable users to tweak a number of variables, including gas prices and environmental costs, and see how the nation’s energy future might change, at the level of individual counties.The work has its limitations. The Obama regulations would have the biggest impact on whether existing coal plants are shut down, and that wasn’t included in the model. (An Energy Information Administration study published this past June suggests the plan would shrink coal’s overall share of the electrical grid from 33% in 2015 to 21% in 2030; even without the plan, coal’s share would still shrink to 30%.) Also, although the model breaks things down to the individual county, the electrical grid doesn’t follow county lines, and the maps also don’t take into account which areas use the most electricity.Still, Webber says the visualizations could help utilities, regulators, and advocacy groups communicate with the broader public about the different forces shaping the evolution of the nation’s electrical grid.For example, in the first map above that reflects current conditions, gas tops the list chiefly in the West and Southeast, whereas wind wins out in much of the Midwest, parts of the Appalachians, and the Northeast. Solar enjoys an advantage in 13% of counties, chiefly in the sunny Southeast and Southwest. Coal is the cheapest in 10% of counties, primarily in the Southeast and Appalachian coal country.In contrast, in the middle map with the CPP, coal becomes the cheapest option in just 3% of counties, mostly because the plants might need to install costly carbon capture systems.And nuclear power becomes one of the big winners if you add other environmental and health costs to the CPP (the third map). Nuclear becomes the cheapest alternative in 13% of counties, displacing coal and, perhaps surprisingly, nudging out solar power in parts of the Southeast, Midwest, and Northwest. That’s because it takes a lot of energy to build solar panels, says Joshua Rhodes, a UT engineer involved in developing the model. (The model doesn’t account for the cost of disposing of the nuclear waste, beyond a fee the federal government charges nuclear power plants.) Posted in: ClimateTrump administration Email Warren Natural gas Coal New U.N. climate report offers ‘bleak’ emissions forecast In unpublished paper, former White House climate adviser calls methane ‘irrelevant’ to climate President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry, but a new analysis suggests cheap natural gas and falling prices for wind and solar power mean there are few places where it makes sense to build a new coal-fired power plant.To boost coal power, Trump has promised to dismantle the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives, regulations dubbed the Clean Power Plan (CPP) that would restrict greenhouse gas pollution from electricity plants. Republicans have derided the plan as part of Obama’s “war on coal,” and the U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the regulations pending the resolution of a legal challenge. But even without the CPP, coal already can’t compete with other energy sources in most of the country when it comes to building new power plants, suggests a new computer model from researchers at the University of Texas (UT) in Austin.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Warren Cornwall Cheapest power source As the first map below shows, even without the CPP, gas and wind (pink and medium blue) are already the cheapest new power sources in nearly 75% of the nation’s 3110 counties.Tack on the CPP (middle map), which would require coal plants to capture some of their carbon emissions, and coal (red) cedes more territory to wind and natural gas.And coal disappears from the map if you add the environmental and public health costs associated with various energy sources (the third map), including a $62 per metric ton price on carbon dioxide emissions. And nuclear power (light blue) expands.
CBS Studios International is to supply content for Russian linear channel and subscription video-on-demand provider Amedia.CBS has agreed a multiyear, multiplatform deal with Amedia, the producer and channel operator that earlier this week inked a wide-ranging output deal with HBO.Its CBS deal gives it new network and cable series as well as existing titles including Elementary, Beauty and the Beast and Showtime’s Ray Donovan. The deal covers the Amedia linear pay TV channels – Amedia Premium HD and Amedia 1 – and its SVOD service.Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution, said: “We are excited to partner with Russia’s leading production company and newest broadcaster, Amedia, for our first volume deal in the market.”“CBS is responsible for creating most of the best TV series in the world,” said Alexander Akopov, president of Amedia Group. “These will help us to establish ourselves as a leading pay TV and SVOD provider in the region, with the strongest portfolio of premium TV shows.”Separately Finland’s MTV will also get a range of new and library cable and network shows from CBS. Titles include Reckless, The Millers and Reign. CBS and MTV already have a content deal with the Finnish broadcaster airing shows including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 24 2019Currently available evidence does not support the recent “Hour-1 Bundle” recommendation to perform five initial treatment steps within the first hour in patients with sepsis. That’s the position of the European Society of Emergency Medicine (EUSEM), published in the May/June issue of the European Journal of Emergency Medicine, official journal of EUSEM. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.While acknowledging the importance of early recognition and treatment of sepsis, “The EUSEM wishes to express its concerns regarding the low level of evidence that underlies these guidances, and potential implication from an emergency physician point of view,” according to the position paper by a panel of leading European emergency medicine specialists. The lead author is Prof. Yonathan Freund of Sorbonne Université and Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris.Concerns about ‘unexpected harm’ from updated sepsis recommendationsIn 2018, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) issued an updated set of recommendations for initial treatment of sepsis and septic shock. The SSC is a global cooperative effort to improve treatment and reduce the risk of death from sepsis. Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition, occurring when the immune system mounts an overwhelming inflammatory response to infection.The 2018 update introduced an “Hour-1 Bundle” of steps that healthcare professionals should begin as soon as time of triage: measuring blood lactate level, performing blood cultures, and starting treatment with antibiotics, intravenous fluids, and vasopressors if indicated.The recommendation to perform these five steps within the first hour represents an acceleration of treatment, compared to the 3-hour target recommended in the 2016 SSC guidelines. Even the definition of “time zero” moved forward: from the time of sepsis recognition to the time of triage in the emergency department.The new EUSEM position paper is an “expression of concern” over the updated recommendations. Noting the prominent role of emergency physicians in initial recognition and care of patients with sepsis, the EUSEM position paper highlights the low to moderate quality of evidence supporting the Hour-1 Bundle. “The empirical basis for the reduced timeframe of the sepsis bundle is too weak to be mandatory,” Prof. Freund and coauthors write.Related StoriesAPPG report highlights need to improve identification and treatment of sepsisResearchers discover biochemical agent responsible for blood pressure drop in sepsisResearchers find lower ER triage scores are linked to delayed antibiotics for sepsis patientsThe authors note deficiencies in other recommendations as well, raising questions about the benefits of early lactate measurement and intravenous fluids. Rather, they conclude, starting antibiotics as soon as the likely diagnosis of sepsis is made seems to be the key factor responsible for the improvement in outcomes with early treatment.The EUSEM statement questions whether it is practical to start all elements of the sepsis bundle within the first hour – especially since up to one in five patients initially diagnosed with sepsis are ultimately found to have a noninfectious diagnosis. Prof. Freund and colleagues also express concern about possible unintended consequences of setting the “Hour-1 Bundle” as the standard of care. They write, “In emergency medicine, unrealistic time targets taken as quality indicators may cause unexpected harm.” Completion of the sepsis bundle within one hour after triage is not evidence based and may even be potentially harmful. Therefore, EUSEM cannot support the new SSC guidance, but emphasizes the early recognition of sepsis and timely administration of antibiotics in appropriately selected patients within 1 hour of triage.”Prof. Yonathan Freund and coauthors Source:Wolters KluwerJournal reference:Freund, Y. et al. (2019) European Society of Emergency Medicine position paper on the 1-hour sepsis bundle of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. European Journal of Emergency Medicine. doi.org/10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000603.
Next Goa CM Pramod Sawant seeks resignation of 3 ministers, independent MLA to induct new facesThe three GFP ministers who have been asked to resign are Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar, and Jayesh Salgaonkar and the Independent MLA is Rohan Khaunte.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 20:33 IST Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that he has asked three GFP ministers and Rohan Khaunte to resign from the cabinet. (Photo: ANI)A day after 10 MLAs switched from the Congress to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant asked three Goa Forward Party (GFP) ministers and one Independent MLA to resign from his ministry. The lawmakers were asked to step down as new faces would be inducted in the state cabinet on Saturday.The three GFP ministers who have been asked to resign are Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar, and Jayesh Salgaonkar and the Independent MLA is Rohan Khaunte.Pramod Sawant along with the 10 MLAs on Friday met Home Minister Amit Shah and working president JP Nadda in Delhi.Pramod Sawant said, “I have asked three GFP ministers and Khaunte to resign from the cabinet. I have given them the instructions as per the orders from my high command.” The Goa chief minister also said that he will be four new ministers on Saturday. He, however, did not reveal the names of the new ministers.A senior state BJP leader had said earlier in the day that Sawant would induct BJP MLA and Deputy Speaker of Goa Assembly Michael Lobo, and three of the ten MLAs who have switched over from the Congress.Reacting to the recent developments in Goa, the GFP said it would take a decision only after speaking to the central leadership of the BJP.GFP, in a statement, said that the party is a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and had joined the state government after having talks with the national leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It also said that the present BJP leaders in Goa were not part of the discussions.”We are a part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led state government after talks with the national leadership of the BJP. The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then,” the GFP said.The Goa Forward Party also said that it has not received any official communication from the central leaders of the BJP. On the contrary, the party said, it has received indications that the matter will be sorted out soon.”As such we will take appropriate steps only after talking with NDA leadership at the Centre. We haven’t yet received any official communication from BJP central leaders. On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably,” the party said.Also Read | Congress MLA likens Goa crisis to political prostitutionAlso Read | 3 ex-Congress MLAs likely to be inducted in Goa cabinetAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan