CES Debut: Peloton’s First Treadmill Offers Live Online Classes with Trainers

CES Debut: Peloton’s First Treadmill Offers Live Online Classes with Trainers

Fitness-industry darling Peloton launched its Internet-enabled smart stationary bike—the company’s very first commercial product—just 4 years ago. In that short time, it quickly amassed a legion of dedicated—even cultish—fans who regularly tune in to participate in live and on-demand cycling lessons with professional trainers and compete with other cyclists around the world. This year at CES, the Manhattan-based brand officially expanded its unique, tech-driven exercise platform to treadmills with the aptly named Tread. Like its forbearer, the treadmill is equipped with a large 32-inch touchpad that can stream live classes—at least 10 are held daily—with…

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Putting the patient first – insights for hospitals to meet customer service expectations

Putting the patient first – insights for hospitals to meet customer service expectations

As customers become more vocal and assertive of their needs, their expectations are changing across industries. Consequently, customer service has gone from being a hygiene factor to actively influencing the customer’s choice of product or service. This trend is also being seen in the healthcare segment. Today good healthcare service is no longer defined by just qualified doctors and the quality of medical treatment offered. The overall ambience, convenience, hospitality and the warmth and friendliness of staff is becoming a crucial way for hospitals to differentiate themselves. A study by the Deloitte…

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Morkel may put Test cricket first as career winds down

Morkel may put Test cricket first as career winds down

Morne Morkel could consider playing only one format of international cricket, and it may well be Tests, as he reaches the twilight of his career. At 32, Morkel considers his career “nearly finished” and will meet with CSA at the end of the ongoing tour to England to discuss his future. Unlike some of his senior team-mates such as AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, Morkel does not appear to be eyeing the 2019 World Cup as a swansong, despite recent reappearances in the one-day team. Asked how long he…

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PM scholarship scheme: 2600 seats filled after first round of counseling

PM scholarship scheme: 2600 seats filled after first round of counseling

Under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) for J&K students, 2628 out of 3430 seats have been filled after the first round of counseling which culminated on 6 July 2017, an official handout here said. According to the information provided by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), in the professional streams including engineering, pharmacy, nursing, architecture and hotel management all the 1537 seats have been filled under the open category. “From amongst the reserved categories under professional stream, 607 seats have been filled while 686 seats are…

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Ronnie Screwvala does a first in Asia, launches Rs 100 cr scholarship fund

Ronnie Screwvala does a first in Asia, launches Rs 100 cr scholarship fund

Online education start-up co-founder Ronnie Screwvala has initiated an online scholarship fund, Asia’s first, with a first closing of Rs 100 crore and an aim to get to Rs 400 crore over the next 3-4 years. He has invested an initial corpus of Rs 10 crore and will raise the rest from like-minded individuals and companies as well as from CSR funding. The Fund will also partner with UpGrad, an online education platform co-founded by Screwvala. “We need 125 million young Indians in post-graduation studies and not more than 30…

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DU to recruit 378 permanent teachers across departments, first major recruitment drive after 7 years

DU to recruit 378 permanent teachers across departments, first major recruitment drive after 7 years

Delhi University has finally started recruiting permanent teachers as vacancies mount up to around 4,500. For the first time in more than seven years, the university has announced it would be hiring 378 posts of permanent teachers across departments. DU teachers have been protesting against the hiring freeze for a long time. According to the TOI reports, the sources said the HRD ministry had asked DU to fill up most vacancies by the end of this year, following which the university has sought rosters from its colleges. While the current hirings…

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In A First, IIM Ahmedabad Launches 2-Year Distance Learning Course

In A First, IIM Ahmedabad Launches 2-Year Distance Learning Course

Ahmedabad: The Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) on Monday launched a two-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (e-PGP) through distance learning using satellite-based education technology. The course, the first by an IIM, will cost Rs. 17 lakh and is aimed at working executives and entrepreneurs. The institute will start offering the course from June on an interactive onsite learning (IOL) platform and is looking at junior, mid and senior level working professionals and entrepreneurs to enrol for the programme, IIM-A Director Ashish Nanda told reporters on Monday. The leading business…

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Ash tree genome sequenced for first time

Ash tree genome sequenced for first time

The genome of the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) has been sequenced for the first time – an important step in the battle against ash dieback disease. Researchers, writing in Nature, found UK ash trees seemed to have more tolerance than Danish trees, which were devastated by the fungal pathogen. The disease reached the UK’s wider environment in October 2012. However, the scientists warned that the species faced another serious threat – the emerald ash borer insect. “We sequenced an ash genome for the first time and… compared it to other…

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Broward libraries graduate first online high school class

Broward libraries graduate first online high school class

dith John dropped out of high school 20 years ago, but Thursday she stood before her classmates and family, clad in blue cap and gown, to celebrate meeting a milestone. She and 20 others this year became the first class to graduate from Broward County Library. The program, piloted last year at 11 libraries in the state, offers scholarships to people like John to earn accredited high school diplomas through online coursework. “This is great big world and it’s waiting for you to conquer it,” John told her colleagues at…

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Prime Minister to lay foundation of first ever Indian Institute of Skills in India at Kanpur Tomorrow

Prime Minister to lay foundation of first ever Indian Institute of Skills in India at Kanpur Tomorrow

Prime Minister to lay foundation of first ever Indian Institute of Skills in India at Kanpur Tomorrow In line with his vision of making India the Skill Capital of the World by empowering its youth to be more employable and self-sustainable, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the first ever Indian Institute of Skills” in the country at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The Institute has been conceptualized by Shri Narendra Modi during his visit to Singapores Institute of Technical Education. Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in partnership…

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