Canada trails Europe and US when adopting tech says Amazon Canada exec

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian businesses are slower to adopt new technology than their European and American counterparts, according to Canada’s head of Amazon Web Services.The e-commerce giant has noticed it takes more education and convincing to get Canadian firms to embrace the industry’s latest advancements, Eric Gales, country manager of Amazon’s cloud-computing subsidiary AWS told The Canadian Press.“The U.K. is very competitive because the whole country is just that much more dense, so that has a function in driving things like adoptions,” said Gales, who moved to Canada in 2006 from the U.K. and spent 13 years working for Microsoft before joining Amazon. “Here, we find adoption rates of new technologies are generally a bit slower.”He’s noticed that by the time a typical business in Canada adopts a product, the next version or feature with enhanced capabilities is already available because someone else pushed for it previously.The disparity stems in part from what Gales considers to be an “old model” of business, where quick adoption was mainly the privilege of companies who could afford to make large investments in platforms and features that would grow their business and help them beat competitors.As technology gets cheaper, more companies can afford to indulge in the latest gadgets and software, breaking down the gap between the “haves and have-nots.”But not all companies have seized the opportunity, so Gales said Amazon is “spending a lot of time and energy on helping customers appreciate what’s possible” and dispelling the “complicated” and “scary” reputation of artificial intelligence and machine learning.It takes more than just name-dropping big American or European brands that have latched onto new technology to get Canadian companies to follow suit, he added.“The customers I meet with want to know about Canadian examples (because) those Canadian examples generally act as the beacon, the signal that it’s okay to move forward.”That means he’s talking a lot about Vancouver-based athletic apparel company Lululemon, which adopted AWS products after finding its own system was too costly and slow. Similarly, National Bank of Canada’s global equity derivatives group looked to AWS when its hardware and databases couldn’t keep up with growth.Gales is not the first to assert that the Canadian business community’s adoption of technology can be slow.In April, a Dell and Intel-backed study from research firm PSB revealed 35 per cent of Canadians thought the technology they had at home was more advanced than what their office was outfitted with.Long before that, industries were bemoaning how the country constantly lags behind, but that isn’t the case in every sector, said Rafik Loutfy, director of Ryerson University’s Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Canada has been on track with financial technology, automotive, processing and aerospace technology, but retail hasn’t fared as well, he said.“Look what happened to Eatons and Sears (Canada),” Loutfy said of the chains that filed for bankruptcy, shuttering their department stores across Canada. “Both were slow to adopt e-commerce.”That same reluctance can trickle down to consumers, he said, noting that some Canadian start-ups struggle to find customers at home and have to resort to earning 80 to 90 per cent of their profits from American buyers.“We tend to be more conservative in Canada than in the U.S. and in England and then we fall behind and it costs us.”last_img read more

Ban Kimoon calls on Global Compact Leaders Summit to chart future course

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged action on climate change and other shared international concerns in an address to the Global Compact Leaders Summit – a gathering in Geneva of business leaders, government ministers, and heads of civil society groups committed to United Nations principles.“This Summit is an important opportunity to take our partnership forward – in learning as well as action,” Mr. Ban told those assembled from over 90 countries. “Over these two days, we must make an honest appraisal of what the Global Compact has achieved, renew our commitments, and chart a courageous course for the next three years.”The Secretary-General stressed the importance of joint actions to address climate change and announced the planned launch of a Business Leadership Platform on “Caring for Climate” – a joint project with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Mr. Ban recalled that since the Global Compact was launched in 2000 with 47 companies, it had grown to “what is today the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative, counting 4,000 stakeholders in 116 countries.” The Compact “has lived up to its promise – bringing business together with other stakeholders, and infusing markets and economies with universal values,” he said.Participants, split almost evenly between developed and developing economies, “have taken thousands of actions in support of the Global Compact’s 10 principles” which relate to the environment and anti-corruption as well as human and labour rights. The conference offers the opportunity “to assess the sea change that is taking place in the relationship between business and communities,” he said, pointing out that in today’s interdependent world, “business leadership cannot be sustained without showing leadership on environmental, social and governance issues.”Mr. Ban acknowledged that progress in carrying out the Global Compact’s principles is still uneven. “We need to apply policies more deeply and specifically across the board,” he said. In areas that would benefit most from a robust global economy, business is still too often linked with “exploitative practices, corruption, income equality and other barriers” that discourage innovation and entrepreneurship. Mr. Ban called on representatives from business, trade unions, academia and governments to do their part to ensure the Compact’s success, and pledged his full support in this endeavour “so that we fulfil the Global Compact’s aspirations and vision.”General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa told the approximately 1,000 participants that the UN must “strengthen partnerships with business and civil society in order to better utilize your knowledge, expertise, access and reach.”Neville Isdell, Chairman and chief executive officer of the Coca-Cola Company, said it was time to leverage the contribution of business through the Compact, which provided “the structure and the focus for collective action.” Praising the Compact’s voluntary character, he said the initiative “allows us to pursue the transformation in ways that none of us can do on our own.”Amnesty International Secretary-General Irene Khan said the human rights potential of the Compact was not being fully realized, and said delisting companies that do not uphold the principles was a positive but insufficient step. She called for a “robust peer review mechanism,” adding that “the best-performing companies can help to raise the bar by holding each other to account.” Guy Rider, the International Trade Union Confederation’s General Secretary, said the Compact was grounded in principles recognized by law, and “it is up to society to tell business what its responsibility is, not up to business to establish what its responsibility is.” Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan said a new paradigm was favouring the world’s richest 1.7 billion consumers in a “continuing asymmetry” among global consumers. The “market-based globalization” was not a panacea, and an “ethics-based globalization” should instead aim at a “mutually assured survival,” he said.The Compact’s first Annual Review, a comprehensive survey that monitors the extent to which companies have implemented the 10 principles, showed wide adoption. A majority of survey respondents have policies in place related to human rights, labour conditions, the environment and the fight against corruption. Some 63 per cent said they participated in the Compact to increase trust in the company.The Review also showed that companies are increasingly following the new reporting policy, whereby signatories are expected to disclose annually how they are implementing the principles, or risk being de-listed. Some 500 companies were delisted last year for repeated failure to communicate on progress, said Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell, and 500 more were expected to be delisted this year.While companies are accelerating implementation efforts, there are notable performance gaps, Mr. Kell said. “For multinationals and other large companies, it is clear that more work needs to be done to embed the principles into subsidiaries and supply chains.”Also addressing the Summit was Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, who called on those present to “combine the universal authority of the UN, the global reach of international business and the mobilizing power of civil society to confront” global challenges together. 5 July 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged action on climate change and other shared international concerns in an address to the Global Compact Leaders Summit – a gathering in Geneva of business leaders, government ministers, and heads of civil society groups committed to United Nations principles. read more

UN maritime agency to intensify work on greenhouse gas emissions

The head of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) today called for accelerating the agency’s work on greenhouse gas emissions from ships.Speaking to the IMO Council, Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos said he would present a plan to accelerate work to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) when it meets in March of next year.Mr. Mitropoulos spoke of the increasing importance and urgency given by the international community to the control of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and “of the globally expressed wish to act, and act now,” the agency said in a news release.He said that IMO and the international maritime community needed to demonstrate their determination to be in the front line of the global campaign to tackle this threat to the global climate without delay.The acceleration involves measures to update of the 2000 IMO Study on emissions from ships, including development of a CO2 Emission Indexing Scheme, a CO2 emission baseline and technical, operational and market-based methods to achieve a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, all of which are currently planned to be finalized by July 2009. Secretary-General Mitropoulos’s call for an acceleration of the work plan has been endorsed by the MEPC Chairman, Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou of Cyprus.The IMO is the UN’s specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. 16 November 2007The head of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) today called for accelerating the agency’s work on greenhouse gas emissions from ships. read more

UNbacked Middle East Quartet condemns Israeli plans to expand settlements

Earlier this week, Israel’s Interior Ministry announced that it has approved plans to build 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem. The Quartet, comprising of the UN, the European Union (EU), the US and Russia, “condemns Israel’s decision to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem,” the group said in a statement, agreeing to closely monitor developments in the region. “The Quartet reiterates that Arab-Israeli peace and the establishment of an independent, contiguous and viable state of Palestine is in the fundamental interests of the parties, of all States in the region, and of the international community,” the statement read. The statement called for the urgent resumption of talks between the parties to resolve all outstanding issues of the conflict, including the status of Jerusalem. The Quartet said it will take full stock of the situation at its meeting in Moscow on 19 March.Yesterday, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that he shared the deep frustrations of Palestinian leaders and of the members of the Arab League over Israel’s plans.“Settlements are illegal, and their expansion violates the Roadmap [which calls for two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security],” Mr. Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York on Thursday. In a separate statement yesterday, the Secretary-General said the Israeli announcement “undermines any movement towards a viable peace process.” 12 March 2010The United Nations-supported diplomatic group seeking to promote peace in the Middle East today condemned Israeli moves to expand settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of East Jerusalem. read more

Financial market highlights on Friday SPTSX 1585722 up 3922 points

Highlights at the close Friday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,857.22, up 39.22 pointsDow — 23,328.63, up 165.59 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,575.21, up 13.11 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,629.05, up 23.98 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 79.36 cents US, down 0.78 of a centPound — C$1.6615, up 1.80 centsEuro — C$1.4852, up 0.81 of a centEuro — US$1.1786, down 0.52 of a centOil futures:US$51.84, up 33 cents(December contract)Gold futures:US$1,280.50 per oz., down $9.50(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Daily quote unavailable from source; office closed on Fridays(Thursday: $22.426 oz., $721.00 kg.) read more

Ranil says Sri Lanka needs investments from China

He said the China had earlier invited investors to their country by granting concessions and the country saw rapid development. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Sri Lanka needs investments from China and so it has invited investors to come to the country.The Prime Minister’s office quoted the Prime Minister as saying that earlier Sri Lanka had sent investors to China but now Chinese investors are willing to come to Sri Lanka. He also said that Sri Lanka is working on several deals to increase exports and there should not be objections to those initiatives.“Investors are willing to come here because of the political stability,” he said.The Prime Minister urged all Sri Lankans to support the Government and its policy to open the country to more foreign investments. (Colombo Gazette) The opposition has been raising concerns over some of the foreign investment projects in Sri Lanka.The Prime Minister said that such projects will open employment opportunities for the youth in Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister noted that even countries like India and Vietnam had developed by inviting foreign investors. read more

Google poised to pay record 225 million fine to settle FTC privacy

Google poised to pay record $22.5 million fine to settle FTC privacy probe on Safari settings AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 10, 2012 8:48 pm MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Google is poised to pay a $22.5 million fine to resolve allegations that it broke a privacy promise by secretly tracking millions of Web surfers who rely on Apple’s Safari browser, according to a person familiar with settlement.The person who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday asked not to be identified because the fine has yet to be approved by the Federal Trade Commission, which oversees online privacy issues in the U.S.If approved by the FTC’s five commissioners, the $22.5 million penalty would be the largest the agency has ever imposed on a single company.Even so, the fine won’t cause Google Inc. much financial pain. With $49 billion in the bank, the Internet’s search and advertising leader is expected to generate revenue this year of about $46 billion, which means the company should bring in enough money to cover the fine in slightly more than four hours.But the circumstances surrounding the case may renew questions about the sincerity of Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” motto and raise doubts about the company’s credibility as it grapples with broader regulatory investigations into whether it has been abusing its influential position on the Internet to stifle competition.“We do set the highest standards of privacy and security for our users,” Google said in a statement Tuesday. The company, which is based in Mountain View, California, emphasized the tracking technology inserted into the Safari browser didn’t collect any personal information.Google will not acknowledge any wrongdoing under the proposed settlement, according to the person familiar with the terms.The FTC declined to comment Tuesday.The proposed settlement was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.The FTC opened its investigation five months ago after a researcher at Stanford University published a study revealing that Google Inc. had overridden Safari safeguards that are supposed to prevent outside parties from monitoring Web surfing activity without a user’s permission.The tracking occurs through snippets of computer coding, known as “cookies,” that help Internet services and advertisers target marketing pitches based on an analysis of the interests implied by a person’s Web surfing activity.Google immediately withdrew its intrusive technology from Safari after the manipulation was reported.But the circumvention of Apple’s built-in settings appeared to contradict a statement in Google’s online help centre assuring users of Safari on personal computers, iPhones and iPad that they didn’t need to do anything more to ensure their online activities wouldn’t be logged by Google.The apparent contradiction between Google’s words and actions became the focal point of the FTC investigation. That’s because Google late last year had settled with the agency on another privacy case revolving around a now-defunct service, called Buzz, that exposed people’s email contacts when it debuted in early 2010.The uproar over Buzz culminated in Google signing a 20-year consent decree that, among other things, included a company pledge not to mislead consumers about its privacy practices.Each violation of the decree is subject to a daily fine of $16,000. The penalty in the proposed settlement of the Safari case doesn’t appear to be based on that formula, given that millions of people were using the browser for about four months between the time the Google signed the consent degree in October and the unauthorized tracking ceased in February.By demanding that Google pay a record amount, the FTC may be trying to send a message that it intends to be more vigilant about privacy missteps as people conduct more of their lives online. The agency has been pushing Internet services and advertisers to voluntarily agree to refrain from tracking Web surfers’ activities without prior permission, but those calls so far haven’t been universally embraced.Google’s fine would surpass a nearly $19 million penalty that the FTC slapped on a telemarketer accused of duping people into believing they were donating to charities.The FTC’s contention that Google reneged on its vow to be more forthright about its privacy practices comes at a time when the company is immersed in other government probes around the world that threaten to have a bigger impact on its business.Just last week, Google submitted a proposal aimed at satisfying European regulators who have been investigating whether the company is unfairly highlighting its own services in its Internet search results while burying links to rival sites. The details of Google’s settlement offer haven’t been revealed.The FTC is also examining many of the same issues under scrutiny in the European probe. Although that case is a separate matter, it may have swayed Google’s decision to settle the Safari privacy probe instead of defending its actions in court against the same agency in charge of the higher-stakes antitrust investigation.Google has insisted its circumvention of Safari’s anti-tracking tools was inadvertent. The company has traced the mistake to changes Apple Inc. made to Safari in 2010. Google engineers weren’t aware of the Safari revision, resulting in the unintended tracking of Web surfers when the company only meant to make a minor tweak so people could press a button to show they liked an ad or Web page. The mix-up caused a conflict with the statement on Google’s help page, according to Google.“The FTC is focused on a 2009 help centre page published more than two years before our consent decree, and a year before Apple changed its cookie-handling policy,” Google said in its Tuesday statement.Google initially sought to brush off another breach of privacy as a lapse of its internal controls, only to have regulators later present evidence that that company may have known more about the snooping than it divulged.When Google revealed in that company cars dispatched to photograph neighbourhood streets had collected emails, search requests and other personal information transmitted over Internet routers unprotected by passwords, the company blamed a rogue engineer who had written a snooping program. Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission released a report that concluded the engineer had told a senior manager at Google and other company employees about the data-collecting software.The FCC didn’t find any evidence that Google broke the law, but fined the company $25,000 for obstructing its investigation.The FTC’s proposed fine in the Safari case was applauded by Consumer Watchdog, a frequent critic of Google’s privacy practices.The penalty “sends a strong message about the seriousness of Google’s wanton and egregious privacy violation,” said John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s privacy project.An industry think-tank , the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, defended Google and warned the FTC’s crackdown may discourage other companies from sharing more information about their privacy policies.“Unfortunately the FTC’s proposed settlement shows that the FTC is focusing its limited resources on penalizing companies for unintentional actions that do not result in any actual user harm rather than directing these resources at cases where users suffer real harm or companies intentionally tried to mislead users,” Daniel Castro, an analyst for the group, wrote in a Tuesday blog post. read more

Raiders rookie punter plans to kick away from Tyreek Hill

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders punter Johnny Townsend is plenty thankful that he doesn’t have to cover Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill as a defender.Dealing with Hill on special teams is challenging enough as is, even if it is for only two or three plays a game.Hill has given opponents fits since entering the league as an unheralded fifth-round draft pick in 2016. He’s been voted to the Pro Bowl as a returner in each of his first two seasons in the league and is likely to make it three for three this year.As much as the Raiders have focused on slowing down the Chiefs’ high-octane offence this week, trying to prevent Hill from breaking loose on special teams has been an equally big emphasis.“He’s an unbelievable athlete and he’s somebody we circle on the calendar every single year. Not only him but that team in general,” Townsend said. “We’re going to do everything we can to limit his returns and try to flip the field.”Saying it and doing it are often two different things, especially when it comes to the Raiders this season.Hill is sixth in the NFL with an 11.6-yard average this year. He had a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown in the opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 9 that remains the longest return in the league this year.That’s a significant dip from his rookie season when Hill had a 15.2-yard average but most of that is a result of teams no longer willing to kick the ball in his direction or preferring to pin him to a side, something Townsend said the Raiders most definitely will attempt to do this week.“Just trying to shrink the field as much as we can and not give him the field to run to is going to be really important,” Townsend said. “As long as we can execute in that aspect I think we’ll be OK. It really is kind of a test for yourself as a punter, especially knowing how successful he’s been in the NFL as a return man.“I’ve been watching him for years in college. Every time I turn on an NFL game and see him play it’s just like, ‘Man that guy’s a tough guy to kick to.’ This is my first opportunity to do it so I’m excited to see how it goes.”Townsend has had mixed results during his rookie season. A fifth-round draft pick, Townsend is averaging 43.5 yards but has had three games where he failed to average more than 38 yards.Not all of the problems have been on Townsend. During last week’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Raiders surrendered a 70-yard return for a touchdown to Baltimore’s Cyrus Jones, who was never touched while weaving around Oakland’s coverage unit.“We have to do a better job than we did last week,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “We gave them a low-hanging punt that gave (Jones) a two-way go, and that’s hard to defend. If we do that against this guy, we’ll have very little chance to win this game. This guy is really unique. Tyreek Hill, he’s a unique skill set. You have to limit his opportunities every way you can, on offence and in the kicking game.”___More AP NFL:https://apnews.com/NFLandhttps://twitter.com/AP_NFLMichael Wagaman, The Associated Press read more

Former Buckeyes linebacker Tyler Moeller moves past pro football dream

Tyler Moeller still remembers No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan’s 2006 battle in Ohio Stadium. He said he never imagined his college memories would be the last of his football career. “I just can’t forget my freshman year – the excitement of winning the game and everyone storming the field and taking the grass of the field because we were going to turf the next year,” Moeller said. “Thousands of people holding up big chunks of grass over their head like they just conquered the world.” The possibility of an NFL career for the former OSU safety and linebacker was taken from him after he was allegedly attacked at a bar while with his family in St. Petersburg, Fla., on July 26, 2009. He suffered a fractured skull and a serious brain injury. “It was hard for Tyler. He is so high-strung, so if he wasn’t out there playing, he didn’t feel like he was a part of the team. So really it was as much as us trying to get Tyler back just to be around his friends,” OSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell told The Lantern. “By nature, if he’s not playing, he doesn’t feel comfortable. I think that was most difficult.” Moeller returned for the 2010 season, but his troubles did not end there. Moeller suffered a pectoral injury five games into the 2010 season after already missing nearly two seasons. Fickell said Moeller was physically behind but mentally ready to start playing again. “I think that was the biggest thing, to see if he really, truly was back, because sometimes when you’re not being yourself, coming off of injuries of different sorts, you’re vulnerable to more injuries because you’re not playing like you normally do, puts you in almost more harm,” Fickell said. Moeller came back during the 2011 season for the Buckeyes and accumulated a total of 44 tackles and one interception. After the season, Moeller began training for the NFL Draft, but he ultimately accepted a medical sales position with VWR International, a chemical and laboratory supplier headquartered in Radnor, Pa., four weeks into the process. “It was one of the toughest decisions I have had to make because one, so many injuries, first with the head injury then the chest, my body physically was just a wreck. It’s still a wreck now,” Moeller said. “I feel fine now, but I don’t want that to affect me in 10 or 20 years and have it come back to haunt me.” Dr. Paul Gubanich is a team physician for OSU Sports Medicine and an assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at OSU. Gubanich previously worked with professional football players as a member of the Cleveland Browns’ medical staff from 2004-2010. Gubanich cited head injuries that players receive during their careers as a continuing issue throughout their retirement. “Right now, people are having issues down the road, consequences decades later,” Gubanich said. “There is evidence with athletes who have three or more concussions are likely to become depressed or suffer other cognitive problems. And there are retired NFL players that are looking at mental health diseases after playing.” Moeller said many wanted him to continue playing, but he knew it wasn’t what was best for his body. “It was junior year of high school, I knew I wanted to play for a big-time college, ” Moeller said. “In college, I wanted to do whatever I could do to get to the next level.” Moeller said that he is enjoying his life after OSU football. “Everything’s so convenient out here,” Moeller said. “I have a Whole Foods about 200 feet away from me, so everything is just so close.” Fickell said one of the hardest things for players is realizing when it’s time to move on, but seeing Moeller develop other interests while finishing his OSU career was the transformation he needed. “That’s the one thing you miss when you see guys transition from football to whatever you want to call the real world – moving on and changing what they have a passion for,” Fickell said. “Sometimes, guys are still holding on to the game of football – you saw Tyler transform and hopefully he’ll be successful because he is such a passionate person.” read more

Largest shovel bucket ever produced in Russia

first_imgLast month, Russian excavator bucket manufacturer Professional shipped its largest front shovel bucket. The ‘rock super-reinforced’ bucket (the jaw and the back wall combined) of 28 m3 capacity “was produced for mining excavators Bucyrus RH 340/Caterpillar 6060,” the company reports. “In cooperation with our partner Esco (US), the shovel [bucket] was fitted with 189-in cast lip with a new teeth system Nemisys. The total weight of the shovel stands 49,800 kg .” It was produced for the order of a local Russian enterprise and will be used in the extraction of iron ore in the republic of Karelia. “For today, it is the largest shovel [bucket] ever produced in Russia,” the company says.last_img read more

Sommet des Telecoms de Dubaï 11 jours pour construire le futur dInternet

first_imgSommet des Telecoms de Dubaï : 11 jours pour construire le futur d’InternetLe texte du Règlement des télécommunications internationales de 1988 a vécu, et dès aujourd’hui, 193 états membres de l’Union International des Télécommunications vont plancher pour remettre un cadre d’utilisation d’Internet un peu plus actuel. Mais de grands courants de pensée s’affrontent et les travaux risquent d’être compliqués. Néanmoins, les protagonistes ont 11 jours pour aboutir à un texte final.Si Internet a changé le monde ces 20 dernières années, son usage aussi a évolué avec les technologies et les services qui n’ont eu de cesse de se succéder.Or un traité sur son utilisation avait été ratifié en 1988, le RTI (Règlement des télécommunications internationales) et, force est de le constater, ne semble plus vraiment en phase avec ce que le réseau des réseaux propose à l’heure actuelle. C’est pourquoi, à partir d’aujourd’hui et pendant onze jours, 193 pays membres de l’Union International des Telecommunications (UIT) vont devoir plancher sur ses pratiques et son encadrement.Or bien évidemment, les représentants de chaque pays ne sont pas arrivés les mains vides, et vont faire valoir leurs points de vue face aux autres. Et dans les travaux préparatifs à cette réunion d’importance, plusieurs voix se sont déjà élevées. La France et l’Europe, par l’intermédiaire de l’ETNO rassemblant les opérateurs du “vieux continent” (France Télécom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Telecom Italia…), espère un traité général, donnant des directives et non des règles trop précises, permettant de laisser une certaine liberté d’adaptation à chaque pays membres, comme en atteste ces documents. Ils espèrent aussi un changement dans l’acheminement des données vers le consommateur, par exemple, en faisant payer la source de l’information alors qu’actuellement cela se fait gratuitement, comme avec Youtube, en faisant payer une sorte de “droit de passage”, Google en ligne de mire.Autres pays, autre thème de friction : la lutte contre la cybercriminalité : une thématique jusqu’ici absente du RTI, que la Russie voudrait bien inclure afin de faire valoir le fait que chaque état membre devrait pouvoir gérer lui-même ses accès aux domaines présents sur Internet… Sans avoir à passer par les États-Unis, pays disposant de l’autorité validant la gestion de nombre de ces derniers. Car c’est en effet l’iCann, une entité à but non lucratif, qui prend actuellement en charge la coordination de la procédure liée au nom de domaine. Une demande de “gestion locale”, au niveau internationale soutenue par les pays arabes ou l’Inde.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il faudra trouver des consensus, donc, mais certains points devraient trouver des issus plus rapidement, comme une meilleure coopération entre pays du Nord et du Sud en matière d’information. Les 1.300 propositions de ce nouveau traité, ou de cet avenant à l’ancien, seront débattus mais rarement votés; le Président de l’UIT ayant expliqué qu’il ne souhaitait pas que sur une question, il y ait “des gagnants et des perdants”, sachant qu’en cas de refus de signature, un état ne sera pas tenu d’appliquer les nouvelles règles.Le 3 décembre 2012 à 16:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

FleishmanHillard Fishburn launches new benefits to support worklife balance

first_imgPublic relations organisation FleishmanHillard Fishburn has launched a range of new benefits to support employees’ work-life balance, including flexible working, lifestyle and family-friendly benefit schemes.The new benefits were implemented on 11 September 2017 as part of the organisation’s #Listeningface campaign. This involved collecting feedback from FleishmanHillard Fishburn’s 250 employees via its employee engagement survey, which was conducted in the spring, as well as through staff consultations. This information was then used alongside external research to inform the new selection of benefits that were introduced.New family-friendly benefits that have been introduced include flexi-time arrangements that are built around an employee’s childcare requirements, staggered return-to-work hours when an employee is returning from parental leave, childcare vouchers, and private healthcare coverage for family members. Employees returning to work after paternity or maternity leave also receive peer and counsellor support, a welcome-back goodie pack, and access to a welfare room for breastfeeding or expressing breast milk. FleishmanHillard Fishburn’s parental leave policies apply to both male and female staff, biological and adoptive parents.The new benefits include initiatives to enable employees to engage in their passions outside of work. A newly implemented initiative, Passion Projects, allows employees to pitch for up to £600 each from an annual £10,000 fund in order to follow a passion outside of the workplace, such as charity work or attending a cookery course. Another new initiative, Side Hustle, offers flexible hours, employer support and additional resources to allow employees to commit regularly to other jobs and activities away from the organisation, for example volunteering, blogging, politics or fitness.The organisation has also launched new leave benefits for staff, enabling them to take up to 37 days of annual leave as well as the option to buy an additional five days’ holiday. This includes granting staff the day off for their birthday. The organisation also runs a sabbatical programme that grants between six and 13 weeks of leave.Alongside these new benefits and initiatives, FleishmanHillard Fishburn has also introduced a new flexible-hours policy. This enables employees to fulfil their contracted hours anytime between 7am and 8pm, with the option to work remotely using an employer-provided laptop.Staff were informed about the new benefits options via a staff meeting and team breakfasts. Employees will also receive daily email communications about the new benefits offering.Jim Donaldson (pictured), chief executive officer at FleishmanHillard Fishburn, said: “We discovered through this process that listening really is our superpower at [FleishmanHillard Fishburn] and we felt it was time to celebrate this obvious but often elusive skill. We know people have lives outside of work and these fresh commitments to our team reflect how we’re adapting to help them be more flexible and empowered, in a way that’s also great for the [organisation].“Our industry is beset with mental health issues due to pace and pressure coupled with high attrition rates of people leaving the sector altogether. These are often attributed to burnout or lack of options for groups like working parents. In addition, talent churn across consultancies reflects that millennials and generation Zs feel the need to move [organisation] in order to unlock career development.“Addressing these important industry-wide challenges starts with listening, and by ensuring that people feel more in control. It has been our mission to create a trusting, flexible and supportive environment where people’s passions and lives outside of work are supported and valued as much as the professional skills and experience that they contribute. It is a culture that is at the centre of our success over the last couple of years.”last_img read more

Tempers Flare In Alaska Over Governors Oil Check Plan

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — During Republican Mike Dunleavy’s successful run for governor last year, he offered few specifics for his vision of limited government but was clear that Alaska residents should get a full payout from the state’s oil-wealth fund. “Nothing should be off the table,” he said. The dividend provides a financial boost more critical for residents with lower incomes and those in high-cost rural areas. Checks have ranged from about $331 a person in the program’s early years to $2,072 in 2015, the year before it was capped. He’s faced criticism for participating in what some see as friendly venues, including events hosted by the limited government group Americans for Prosperity-Alaska, which asked people to register in advance and reserved the right to kick out anyone who was disruptive. Some of the gatherings drew protesters; police alleged one woman yelled at the governor in Nome and resisted their commands, but the prosecutor there declined to pursue charges. Jan MacClarence said she and her husband, who are in their 70s, are moving from a state-owned elder-care facility in Anchorage after 3½ years and into an apartment to avoid the budget stress. State officials have proposed rate increases of between 40% and nearly 140% for Pioneer Home residents to reflect costs of care, though they have said no one would be evicted or barred entry based on their ability to pay. Dunleavy argues the state must live within its means. He says spending is the problem, not the dividend, and sees revenue that would come from new or increased taxes as a pathway to more spending. Dunleavy is seeking constitutional changes that include a spending cap, giving voters a say on tax or dividend changes approved by lawmakers and giving the Legislature a say on tax-related voter initiatives. Key senators have begun kicking around the idea of a change in the dividend calculation. Lawmakers in recent years blew through billions of dollars in savings as they struggled to address the deficit. With savings dwindling and disagreement over taxes and continued cuts, they began tapping permanent fund earnings, typically used to pay dividends and fortify the nest-egg fund, to help pay for government last year. This created tension, with the decades-old dividend, widely considered an entitlement, seen as competing against other programs for funding. “The governor’s looking at any kind of pool of money he can try and grab, and it’s all going into this dividend promise that he made,” Kelty said. “I don’t think that’s right.” Dunleavy has proposed sweeping cuts, including potentially selling a state museum; idling Alaska’s ferry fleet while the future of that service, critical to many coastal communities, is debated; slashing health and social service programs; shifting costs to local governments; and cutting the University of Alaska system budget by an amount nearly equivalent to the cost of running two of its three flagship campuses. Roger Stone, a Dunleavy supporter from Ketchikan, doesn’t agree with everything Dunleavy proposed but sees his budget as a wake-up call that something’s got to give. Alaska has no personal income or state sales tax. He hasn’t said if he would accept a smaller dividend, or how heavily he’ll wield his veto power. He said he’s willing to use “every tool available to make sure we have our fiscal house in order.” But now that he’s governor, residents are learning what it will take to pay a full dividend, and many don’t like their options. A new law that seeks to limit what can be taken from fund earnings calls for a withdrawal of $2.9 billion for the coming budget year for both dividends and government expenses. Paying a full dividend for 2019 alone would take $1.9 billion. That doesn’t include any back-payment. Some see this as a manufactured crisis that doesn’t consider potential new or increased taxes and too highly prizes the annual checks over education and other government services.center_img Frank Kelty, the mayor of Unalaska, a community of about 4,300 along the far-flung Aleutian Islands that is home to one of the nation’s busiest fishing ports, likens Dunleavy’s quest to pay a full dividend to President Donald Trump’s push for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. “I think that they need to take a hard look at what’s really necessary in state government,” Stone said of lawmakers. Once that happens, he said he’s willing to have a lower dividend, seeing that as preferable to a sales or income tax. Dunleavy’s call for paying the full amount this year, around $3,000 each, plus what they missed out on the past three years, was a centerpiece of his campaign. The state wants to hire a consultant to recommend “reshaping” the system and reducing its costs. Dunleavy has expressed openness to keeping some runs going while that process plays out, but no boats are currently set to sail past Oct. 1. MacClarence said being on their own and using food delivery and personal care services as needed is better than worrying every year about what lawmakers might do. Former state Sen. Rick Halford unsuccessfully sued Walker for roughly halving the amount available for dividends in 2016 and agrees with Dunleavy’s effort to pay a full dividend. But he said it isn’t a full debate when options such as taxes on oil and other resources aren’t being considered. As lawmakers have held hearings around the state on Dunleavy’s budget proposals, the governor has begun traveling to make his case. The formula for calculating the amount residents receive from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings is set in state law, based on an average of the fund’s income over five years. Starting in 2016, former Gov. Bill Walker and the lawmakers capped the yearly dividend, at $1,022, $1,100 and $1,600. A full dividend this year would be roughly $2,900 to $3,100. Community meetings and some budget hearings held by lawmakers have drawn big crowds. Hundreds spoke against cuts to the ferry system, a thoroughfare for coastal communities not connected to the mainland road system. Lawmakers and Dunleavy’s predecessor kept the annual checks at $1,600 or less the past few years as they struggled to address a budget deficit that has persisted amid low to middling oil prices and is now estimated at $1.6 billion. Many residents of small southeast Alaska communities travel by ferry with their cars to the bigger city of Juneau to buy supplies at places like Costco, or fly there and take the ferry home. Walt Weller, the mayor of Pelican, a town of about 70 people 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Juneau, called the ferry a lifeline. “When you’re out here at the end of everything — I mean no roads, float planes only — 100% weather-dependent, we’re pretty doggone dependent on that ferry,” Weller said. He acknowledges people choose to live there but said the ferries — even with limited runs — have helped make that possible. “To have people claim that they’re going to give everybody giant (dividend) checks and then rip our road out from underneath us is fairly upsetting,” he said.last_img read more

JumpTap Partners With Four Data Providers To Produce Targeted Mobile Ads

first_imgEach company offers a different range of information to Jumptap’s ad network. Acxiom, a marketing services and technology company that focuses on consumer segmentation and direct mail solutions, offers anonymous information on user demographics and life stages. Datalogix, which focuses on database marketing and digital media, gathers anonymous purchase-based data segmented by verticals.Polk, an automotive data and marketing solutions company, will give the ad network offline reports detailing vehicular make and model info by consumer zip code. TARGUSInfo also provides offline data, as it bases its data analysis by per household behaviors.Combined, this pool of data allows Jumptap to deliver a personalized ad experience for mobile users. Paran Johar, CMO of JumpTap, says that because there is such a limited amount of space for advertising in the mobile space, this kind of targeted campaign is mandatory to gain user focus. Mobile advertising network JumpTap has announced partnerships with Acxiom, Datalogix, Polk and TARGUSInfo in order to target specific demographics with mobile advertisements. “The consumer’s appetite for spam advertising on mobile is really diminished compared to other mediums. On the PC, you have six or seven ads; but with mobile, you have room for two at most. Consumers crave relevant ads,” says Johar.With a targeted demographic identified, it becomes easier to match ads with users. “This delivers a higher ROI for advertisers, a better user experience and for the publisher, and a higher yield for publishers, because we’re going to charge more for it,” says Johar.In April, JumpTap raised $25 million in a round of funding from AllianceBernstein, General Catalyst, Redpoint Ventures, Summerhill Ventures, Valhalla Partners and WPP. This round resulted in the company’s overall funding to top over $90 million.Magazines included in JumpTap’s ad network include Newsweek, Star, Shape and US Weekly.last_img read more

Protest staged against BigBoss show

first_imgVijayawada: The leaders of Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuvashakti staged a protest at Dharna Chowk here on Tuesday, demanding that the organisers stop telecast of Big-Boss reality Show-Edition 3. Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, Yuvashakti president, Ketireddi Jagadeeshwar Reddy demanded that the organizers ban the television reality show which was against law. If no action was taken by the authorities concerned to stop airing the programme, they would hold a protest rally in Delhi, he warned. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said that because of such reality shows, the present day youth were getting carried away by vices. He said that their protest would continue throughout the country till the reality show Big Boss- Edition 3 was banned. He also found fault with the host of the show Nagarjuna Akkineni, who had earlier acted in spiritual and devotional movies like ‘Annamayya’, ‘Sri Ramadasu’ and ‘Shirdi Sai’.last_img read more

Alien researcher releases footage of UFOs hovering above Wasatch Mountains in Utah

first_imgYouTube: MavixxxConspiracy theorists have long been alleging that aliens from deep space used to visit earth regularly, and most of the time, they will be hiding near mountain ranges and underwater. Adding heat to their claims, an anonymous alien researcher known by the name ‘Mavixxx’ has released a mysterious video that shows two unidentified glowing objects hovering above the Wasatch Mountain ranges in Utah.After uploading the video of the bizarre UFO sighting on YouTube, Mavixxx claimed that the clip was sent to him by a user named Pana Rican. The conspiracy theorist also revealed that the alleged sighting happened on June 04, 2019. In the video which was shot in broad daylight, two unidentified flying objects, one pretty large when compared to the other was seen hovering silently above the ranges.In the same video, Mavixxx has also unveiled several other UFO sightings that happened in the past few months, and out of them, the most interesting one being a clip apparently captured from Edmonton, Canada. In the clip, a jet plane can be seen flying low, and in the meantime, a cylindrical UFO zipped past the flight at an amazing speed.The video uploaded by Mavixxx has already gone viral on the internet, and as of now, it has racked up thousands of views on YouTube. After watching the video, conspiracy theorists outlandishly claimed that these sightings are authentic proofs of alien existence. As per these conspiracy theorists, aliens are building secret bases on mountains, and the activities are carried out with the knowledge of the government and space agencies like NASA.These conspiracy theorists argue that NASA is intentionally covering up the secrets regarding alien life fearing public panic.”The first those are on the other side of those massive mountains and just too far to gain a visual but they are very big and there’s two. In a split second of the frame, I see a fighter jet In the upper right corner. Is there a base nearby?” commented Muttaxe444, a YouTube user.”Thank people like MAVI for creating youtube channels such as this, to tell the truth, that people yearn for,” commented Kalifornia Kid, another YouTuber.last_img read more

Veteran Activist Paul Rieckhoff Launches Angry Americans Weekly Show With Cadence13

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Podcast company Cadence13 has launched a partnership with Paul Rieckhoff, the veterans advocate, author of “Chasing Ghosts,” founder of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and president and founder of Righteous Media.Rieckhoff, an Iraq War veteran and a political independent, is hosting the weekly podcast “Angry Americans” in partnership with Cadence13. The show, debuting this month, will explore topical issues with a wide range of guests. Willie Geist (“Sunday Today” and “Morning Joe”) is the inaugural guest. “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention,” said Rieckhoff. “’Angry Americans’ will be a place where listeners from all political and social backgrounds can come together to be informed and inspired. They will also find community — and ways to channel anger, frustration and patriotism into positive change. I’m thrilled to partner with Cadence13 on this project to elevate some of the most important issues, people and causes in America. Popular on Variety center_img “Angry Americans” will be a place for real talk, with top leaders. It will be a wake-up call that engages and empowers listeners. Cadence13 is a leader, and the Righteous Media team and I look forward to making an impact with them.”Chris Corcoran, chief content officer, Cadence13, added, “Paul Rieckhoff is a force of nature who brings passion, patriotism and purpose to everything he does. We are excited to add Paul and his passionate, independent, important voice to the podcast audience.”Rieckhoff  is a frequent contributor to “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “Morning Joe,” “CNN New Day,” CNN.com, and Defense One.last_img read more

A history of Fingerprinting protection in Firefox

first_imgA history of Fingerprinting protection in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on March 01, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: April 24, 2019 – 30 commentsFingerprinting is a common technique used predominantly by advertising agencies and marketing companies to track people on the Internet.Mozilla introduced the preference privacy.resistFingerprinting in Firefox 41 as part of the Tor Uplift project.The official Tor browser is based on Firefox ESR; Tor Uplift aims to introduce patches that the Tor development team makes to the Tor browser to Firefox. See our article on Tor Browser privacy changes coming to Firefox for additional information on Tor Uplift.These preferences are set to disabled by default usually as they may break things on the Internet.Fingerprinting protectionFingerprinting protection is disabled by default in Firefox as it may cause quite a few issues currently when enabled. Mozilla did enable some forms of fingerprinting protections in Firefox 67 using the browser’s anti-tracking functionality.Firefox users may notice, for instance, that they cannot install extensions on AMO using the default method thanks to the integrated User Agent spoofing in fingerprinting protection (Mozilla AMO reads the version of the browser as Firefox 52.x regardless of the actual version of the browser).Firefox may also open in a different window size than the one when it was closed.Firefox users can enable fingerprinting protection in the following way:Load about:config in the Firefox address bar.Search for privacy.resistFingerprinting.Double-click on the preference.A value of True means that the protection is enabled.A value of False that it is disabled.Fingerprinting protection started with basic protective features, but changes in recent versions of Firefox added a significant number of additional protections to the privacy feature.The Ghacks User JS team keeps track of these changes on the project’s GitHub page. You find the most important changes and the Firefox version they are implemented in below:Firefox 41:  privacy.resistFingerprinting added to the browser. (418989)Firefox 50: spoof screen orientation (1281949)Firefox 50: hide navigator.plugins and navigator.mimeTypes (1281963)Firefox 55: spoof timezone as UTC 0 (1330890)Firefox 55: round window sizes to hundreds (1360039)Firefox 55: precision of time exposed by JavaScript reduced (1217238)Firefox 56: spoof/disable performance API (1369303)Firefox 56: spoof navigator API (1333651)Firefox 56: disable device sensors (1369319)Firefox 56: disable site-specific zoom (1369357)Firefox 56: hide gamepads from content (1337161)Firefox 56: spoof network info API as “unknown” (1372072)Firefox 56: disable Geolocation API (1372069)Firefox 56: disable WebSpeech API (1333641)Firefox 57: spoof media statistics (1369309)Firefox 57: enable fingerprinting resistance for WebGL (1217290)Firefox 57: reduce fingerprinting in Animation API (1382545)Firefox 57: enable fingerprinting resistance for Presentation API (1382533)Firefox 57: disable mozAddonManager Web API (1384330)Firefox 58: prompt before allowing canvas data extraction (967895)Firefox 59: spoof/block MediaDevices API fingerprinting (1372073)Firefox 59: spoof keyboard events and suppress keyboard modifier events (1222285)Firefox 64: spoof/suppress Pointer Events (1363508)Firefox 67: enforce ui.use_standins_for_native_colors=true (1485266)Firefox 67: RFP letterboxing, privacy.resistFingerprinting.letterboxing and privacy.resistFingerprinting.letterboxing.dimensions (1407366)Mozilla maintains an incomplete list of information that is blocked or spoofed on the company’s support website.You have granted the website permission. Your timezone is reported to be UTC Not all fonts installed on your computer are available to webpages The browser window prefers to be set to a specific size Your browser reports a specific, common version number Your keyboard layout and language is disguised Your webcam and microphone capabilities are disguised. The Media Statistics Web API reports misleading information Any Site-Specific Zoom settings are not applied The WebSpeech, Gamepad, Sensors, and Performance Web APIs are disabledThe GitHub page lists reported issues and follow-ups as well as pending changes as well.Closing WordsFingerprinting protection is a unique feature of the Firefox browser (and compatible web browsers).While it is undoubtedly possible to reach a similar level of protection with browser extensions, scripts, and modifications, it is good to see that Mozilla is pushing this privacy-enhancing feature.It is not clear whether this will ever be enabled by default or listed as an option in the Firefox preferences though.Now You: Do you use privacy add-ons in your browser?Related articlesA comprehensive list of Firefox privacy and security settingsThe best Firefox extensionsSummaryArticle NameA history of Fingerprinting protection in FirefoxDescriptionFingerprinting is a common technique used predominantly by advertising agencies and marketing companies to track people on the Internet.Mozilla introduced the preference privacy.resistFingerprinting in Firefox 41 as part of the Tor Uplift project.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Webjets new Wego deal

first_imgWego’s CEO expects the agreement to save users time and money. Online search engine, Webjet has announced a new commercial agreement with Asia Pacific and the Middle East’s travel metasearch company, Wego.Unveiled this week, the agreement will integrate Webjet’s 150,000 properties into Wego, allowing its users to compare Webjet’s properties with the 750,000 other accommodation options in its sites.Meanwhile, Webjet will receive brand exposure and bookings from Wego’s database.Wego Australia and New Zealand general manager Dean Wicks expects the arrangement will help users save time and money.Late last year, Webjet further expanded its online presence, acquiring online company, Zuji.Click here for more information. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

How to see Turkey on a budget

first_imgWhat to do in Istanbul Where once stood the Hippodrome of Constantinople (the capital of the Byzantine Empire) now you find Istanbul’s most buzzing and glorious square. Sultanahmet Meydanı is surrounded by some of the city’s most-visited historic monuments, including the massive ex-Byzantine church (and now museum) of Hagia Sofia, and the Blue Mosque with its impressive six minarets. The latter is free to visit, but it is best to avoid prayer times. The Bosphorus Bridge, connecting Istanbul’s European and Asian sides, is hands down one of the city’s most photogenic sights. But you don’t need to spend a fortune on a dinner cruise or the nearby seafood restaurants to soak up the spellbinding panorama. Grab instead a delicious Turkish kumpir (baked potato) from the street food vendors in Ortaköy and find the perfect spot by the water to marvel at the 1,560 metre-long suspension bridge, illuminated at night by incredibly atmospheric LED lights. Tempted? Start looking for cheap flights to Turkey from your nearest airport now Half-beach, half-city: these dual destinations have it all Book cheap flights to Antalya Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is the place to go if you want to combine Turkish tradition and contemporary culture, the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis and quiet backstreets full of old-world charm. Here are three of the best things to do in Istanbul on a budget. 3. Relax with a traditional Turkish bath Where to go on holiday next? 5 travel gurus share their top destinations Dreaming of floating in aquamarine waters and walking winding trails in the woodlands? A gateway to the scenic routes of the Turkish Riviera, Antalya offers all of the above, as well as a vibrant city centre boasting a picturesque old town and an exciting culinary scene. Cheap direct flights from the UK will get you to one of Turkey’s best holiday spots in a little over four hours. The Blue Lagoon at Ölüdeniz is Dalaman’s star tourist attraction, a haven of turquoise waters surrounded by lush vegetation. One of the perks of visiting in the far more relaxed month of October is swimming alongside sea turtles shyly sticking their head out of the water. This is, after all, a protected natural park. 3. Explore the wild beauty of the Hidden City 1. Be inspired by historic grandeur in Sultanahmet Square ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Book cheap flights to Dalaman Read more about Dalaman What to do in Dalaman If August is your month of choice and you find there’s little space to lay your beach towel, Ölüdeniz offers an even more spectacular alternative: you’ll find numerous companies providing tandem paragliding flights from the imposing Babadağ mountain. Although paragliding doesn’t come cheap, tandem flights here are some of the most affordable on offer. It’s little wonder Ölüdeniz is one of the world’s most sought-after paragliding destinations. Nothing beats the view of the Blue Lagoon from above! Book cheap flights to Istanbul We’ve picked the best things to do in three of the country’s most beautiful and affordable holiday destinations. All you need to do is bag the cheapest flight and hotel deals. And don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! 1. Get your first taste of the Turquoise Coast at Konyaaltı Beach *Published on 17 June 2019. Prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change and/or availability. 2. Check out the view from above There are several budget options for a Turkish bath around Antalya, but it’s worth making your first hammam an experience to remember. The 600-year-old Sefa Hamam is the city’s most atmospheric public bath house, popular with both tourists and locals. A traditional hammam here costs around £8 (40 Turkish liras). But, at these prices, why not splurge a little more and truly pamper yourself? Combine hammam, peeling, hot soap and oil massages for the bargain price of £24 (180 liras), and we promise: Your cheap holidays in Turkey will leave you feeling like royalty! Read more about Istanbul What to do in Antalya Find cheap flights to Turkey Search hotels in Turkey Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  Melding together the sun-bleached beaches of the Mediterranean with the mystery and allure of the Middle East, Turkey is a fascinating destination to visit at any time of year. As an added bonus, the current pound to lira exchange rate also makes it a particularly inexpensive travel choice. Whether you’re planning a weekend city break or a long holiday in the sun, there are several different options to see Turkey on a budget. You don’t have to travel far from the city centre for a dip in the Turkish Riviera’s strikingly blue waters. Konyaaltı Beach, near Kaleiçi (Old Town), is Antalya’s No1 attraction with showers, sunloungers and a range of restaurants and bars within easy reach. Fun things to do at the beach include jet skiing and walking down Konyaaltı’s palm-fringed promenade with Mount Olympus providing an unbeatable backdrop to the west. Where to go when you only have a week’s holiday Read more about Antalya About 50 km east of Antalya lies Aspendos, the Greco-Roman city best known for its stunningly preserved Roman amphitheatre. It dates from the 2nd century AD and, if you visit here during high season, you’ll also catch a host of opera and ballet performances. Guided day trips from Antalya cost between £50-60, so it’s worth hiring a car to explore the area’s splendid monuments and tourist attractions in your own time. Things not to miss are also the ancient city of Perge, the quiet seaside town of Side and the Duden Waterfalls. 3. Capture the stunning panorama of the Bosphorus Bridge 1. Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon at Ölüdeniz 2. Haggle for souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar The best time to visit Turkey depends on the places you want to see, as well as the activities you have planned for your dream holiday. The summer months are ideal for catching some rays in the tourist hot spots of the Turkish Riviera. The weather in Dalaman and Antalya remains gorgeously balmy until late October. If, on the other hand, you’re planning to tour Turkey’s wealth of ancient sites, or go gallery-hopping and shopping in Istanbul, then it might be best to opt for a spring or early autumn holiday. Plan your trip to Turkey 2. Wander the ancient ruins of Aspendos and Perge RelatedWhere’s hot: the year-round holiday weather plannerLooking to escape the icy clutches of British weather? In search of warmer, sunnier climes? Well look no further. We’ve put together a handy guide to which countries are hot during different months of the year, so you can enjoy that holiday in the sun at any time of year.…9 best value holiday destinations 2017Fancy a pint for 60p? Hotel for £3? We bring you ten amazing value destinations for 2016, plus the best places to go and beaches to hit when you get there.Holiday destinations and inspiration: Travel guides for 2017Looking for holiday inspiration? Whether it’s Alicante or New York, a beach holiday or city break that you’re planning, here are some of the best holiday destinations in the world, with in-depth travel guides to help you pick the perfect escape. One of Istanbul’s most popular tourist attractions, the Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) has a rich history that stretches back over 5 centuries. Goods on sale in the 4400 shops under its vaulted ceilings include handcrafted shawls, ceramics, lamps and jewellery. They are not always authentic, or fairly priced, but haggling here is half the fun. If anything, it offers a great chance to chat with the local traders. And if you can bargain like a pro you’ll walk away with a handful of cheap and colourful treasures. Looking for more travel inspo? Read on… Sign up to our newsletter for more destination guides, flight deals and travel tips Hire a car in Antalya With cheap direct flights from 13 UK airports, Dalaman is one of the top destinations for a budget holiday in Turkey. Here landscapes of exquisite beauty meet enigmatic ancient landmarks and a bustling nightlife. As Dalaman’s most popular tourist attractions in Fethiye and Marmaris get really busy at the height of summer, it’s worth considering a mid-autumn holiday to take advantage of the cheap flight and hotel deals. And, to top it all off, you’ll have the area’s unspoilt beaches all to yourself! Consider hiring a car to explore Dalaman’s spellbinding scenery at your own pace – it’s the best way to see Turkey on a budget (prices start at £27 in July). About 45km from the centre of Fethiye lies the 20km-long Saklikent Gorge, otherwise known as the Hidden City. An easy stroll along the boardwalk offers astounding views of the canyon. However, there’s nothing more fun than dipping your feet in the cold water and following the adventurous path away from the crowds. The towering limestone cliffs are a sight to behold.last_img read more