Changes Support Reliable Bus Service

first_imgLegislation introduced today, Nov. 16, will help support reliable bus service across the province for students, seniors and others who rely on scheduled bus travel. “We’re responding to the concerns we’ve heard from many bus travelers and operators,” Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Maurice Smith said of the Inter-City Bus Service Act. “Nova Scotians want to know they can depend on a reliable bus service and bus operators want to be successful. These amendments strike that balance.” The bus industry in Nova Scotia, like many industries, has struggled with economic challenges for years. They have had to apply to the Utility and Review Board and attend public hearings for all applications, including requests to change tariffs, schedules and routes. This can be time consuming and costly. “The act will help to improve efficiency for bus operators and ease financial pressures which can sometimes lead to increase fares,” said Mr Smith. “These changes will also give operators the flexibility to meet the unique needs of rural parts of the province.” The act mean bus operators can make timely, reasonable changes to tariffs, schedules and routes without the cost of hiring a lawyer and attending a hearing. The responsibility for inter-city bus service will transfer from the Utility and Review Board to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The board will still be responsible for charter and commercial vehicles and school buses. For significant changes, there will an opportunity for written public input and the minister can also refer these requests to the board, if warranted. “I’m very pleased with the changes being introduced and the level of support from the Nova Scotia government,” said Mike Cassidy, Maritime Bus Owner. “It means we can now obtain quick decisions so we can better plan and strategize our operations to meet market demand in a timely manner.” Acadian bus lines announced in August it would discontinue bus service Nov. 30. The board accepted the application from Maritime Bus to replace Acadian Lines. All routes will be covered by bus or van.last_img read more

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Focus on heritage with respect to contemporary times

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University has made an elaborate plan of viewing heritage in accordance with the contemporary times focusing upon core issues and approaches relating to the tangible and intangible, movable and immovable heritage. The Centre for Public Humanities proposed by Calcutta University has laid special emphasis on rethinking of heritage exploring various sub themes like musealisation of community heritage, collections, archives, public archeology, sites and landscapes, religious sects, heritage organisations, legislations and tangible categories like traditions, art and culture, oral history, minorities and migrant communities. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The main effort will be to trace the development and positioning of heritage as a public enterprise and fountainhead of social values. Studies on the history of Kolkata will be encouraged but the horizon may be expanded to South and South East Asia and Asia as a whole,” a senior official in the Arts faculty of CU said. The CU museum has a strong tradition of collecting classical as well as regional art and craft objects. “We have plans to modernize the museum to create a platform in which the tangible results could be displayed before the public. Such platform would also be utilised for bringing heritage movement actors, custodians of popular and intangible traditions, and broader publics into conversation with academics,” he added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayApart from heritage, there are nine other broad areas that will be taken up by the proposed Centre to encourage research activities on humanities which are innovative, transparent and accessible to public. This includes- governance, Public Economics and Public Policy, Business- Society Interface, Information Network Dynamics, Literature- Society Dialectics, Inclusive Pedagogy, Religion and Applied Ethics, Digital Humanities, New Technology, Media and Public Communication and University Press and Publishing. “At various levels and across time and space community oriented research has been sourced from the university. But as it has been done in a segmented manner it has not been foregrounded in the way Public Humanities does. So we decided to set up such a Centre,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, vice chancellor of CU. The DPR on the activities of the Public Humanities Centre as well as a Centre for Innovation and Societal Applications has already been prepared. The university is getting Rs 50 crores fund under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) which will be utilised for setting up the two centres.last_img read more

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Oracle Microsoft expand Cloud ties to boost office productivity

first_imgSan Francisco: In a bid to boost workplace productivity, Oracle and Microsoft have expanded Cloud partnership in which the integration of Oracle Digital Assistant with Microsoft Teams will give Microsoft 365 customers access to Oracle Cloud Applications through conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI). Enterprise customers can now access Oracle Cloud Applications through an AI-powered voice experience in Teams, the companies announced during “OpenWorld” conference here on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Using Oracle Digital Assistant, business users can simply and conversationally interact with business applications directly from their Microsoft Teams interface just as they would collaborate with their fellow employees or other productivity tools,” said Suhas Uliyar, Vice President, AI and Digital Assistant, Oracle. The integration of Oracle Digital Assistant and Teams provides customers with a frictionless work environment to boost productivity and faster decision making. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Together, Oracle Digital Assistant and Teams enable our customers to transform existing workflows and save time,” said Bhrighu Sareen, General Manager, Microsoft Teams Platform. In the future, out-of-the-box skills or chatbots for Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle CX Cloud are planned to be available in Teams via the Oracle Digital Assistant. These pre-built features can enable employee self-service for scenarios spanning sales, project management, expenses, productivity, time and absence management, compensation and benefits, and recruiting. “We’ve been working closely with our partner IntraSee to create a HR digital assistant for our global employee base and Oracle Digital Assistant was the natural choice for us because of its ability to securely operate in our hybrid cloud infrastructure,” said Mark Burgess, Senior Director, HR Technology Solutions, Honeywell.last_img read more

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Canada suspends operations at embassy in Venezuela

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada suspended operations at its embassy in Venezuela on Sunday, saying President Nicolas Maduro’s regime has made it impossible for diplomats to continue working.In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian diplomats’ visas are set to expire at the end of June and cannot be renewed.Freeland says Ottawa is now evaluating the status of Venezuelan diplomats in Canada.The Canadian government has been a vocal critic of Maduro, calling him a dictator who stole an election.Instead, Canada has backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself Venezuela’s interim leader at the beginning of this year.Freeland says that through its work with the Lima Group — a bloc that includes Canada and more than a dozen Latin American countries — the government will continue to advocate for democracy in the South American nation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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SOAKING UP SUNDANCE CANADIAN CREATORS ARE UTAHBOUND

first_imgChalk it up to president and founder Robert Redford’s enduring star power, if you will; but don’t underestimate the impressive clout that his little winter cinema celebration amid the ski hills of Utah has accrued over the past four decades.The Sundance Film Festival, and its irreverent offshoot Slamdance, are coveted launch pads for any media project, as confirmed by the Canadian creators who will be travelling to Park City next week.Quebec auteurs are well served this year, with virtual-reality stars and Sundance regulars Felix & Paul premièring two high-profile creations, including a nighttime ride through Detroit with rap star Eminem. They will be flanked by two Canadian co-productions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and a pair of offbeat features at Slamdance.Meanwhile, Toronto filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and collaborators Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky contribute their essential climate-change doc Anthropocene: The Human Epoch to Sundance’s always substantial environmentally themed programming.Here’s what they had to say about the opportunity to take part in one of North America’s top film festivals. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Chalk it up to president and founder Robert Redford’s enduring star power, if you will; but don’t underestimate the impressive clout that his little winter cinema celebration amid the ski hills of Utah has accrued over the past four decades.The Sundance Film Festival, and its irreverent offshoot Slamdance, are coveted launch pads for any media project, as confirmed by the Canadian creators who will be travelling to Park City next week.Quebec auteurs are well served this year, with virtual-reality stars and Sundance regulars Felix & Paul premièring two high-profile creations, including a nighttime ride through Detroit with rap star Eminem. They will be flanked by two Canadian co-productions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and a pair of offbeat features at Slamdance. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Virtual-reality masters Felix Lajeunesse, left, and Paul Raphael are heading to Sundance for the fifth straight year. The festival “remains one of the most important and interesting places in terms of seeing what everyone is doing” says Raphael. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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UN official urges world community to match courage of Palestinian unity government

“The inter-factional fighting that raged across parts of Gaza posed a genuine threat to the existence of the Palestinian polity,” UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd told a meeting of the agency’s Advisory Commission in Amman, Jordan. “Palestinians had to confront the shocking – and embarrassing, I might add – realization that their vulnerability to destruction could come not only from the modern armaments of their old foes across the green line but also from within,” she added. Ever since Hamas, which refuses to recognize Israel, defeated the long-ruling Fatah in elections early last year and formed a Government, Israel stopped handing over tax and customs revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestine Authority and international donors suspended direct aid, calling on Hamas to commit to non-violence, recognize its neighbour and accept previously signed agreements between Israel and the Palestinians. Earlier this month Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to form a unity government, but the accord only mentions respecting previous agreements. Since then, the diplomatic Quartet, comprising the UN, United States, Russia and European Union (EU), which has been seeking to broker a two-state solution of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace, has reiterated support for a Palestinian Government “committed to non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations.” The Mecca Agreement “represents a courageous step back from that abyss,” Ms. AbuZayd said today. “The Agreement challenges the international community to match the courage and compromises shown by the parties with bold steps of its own, bearing in mind that the choices it makes will have profound consequences on the future of Palestinians and Palestine.” She underlined the hardships faced by the Palestinians. “Turning a blind eye to [Israel’s] expanding settlements and the extension of the [separation] barrier, to economic blockades, to occupation generally, works against our goals and indeed vitiates our purpose for being here,” she declared, referring to UNRWA’s humanitarian goals. “The stark reality is that Palestinian space, both physical and political, is shrinking. This space is the only foundation on which to build the stability and peace so necessary for the well-being of the people we serve.” Established in 1949 after the first Israeli-Arab war, UNRWA is the main provider of basic services – education, health, relief and social services – to over 4.3 million registered Palestine refugees throughout the Middle East. 27 February 2007The agreement to form a new Palestinian Unity Government challenges the international community to “match the courage and compromises” shown by the rival parties with “bold steps of its own,” a senior United Nations official said today. read more

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Paranavitana to be appointed Deputy Media Minister

Deputy Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Karunaratne Paranavitana is to be appointed Deputy Media Minister, sources told the Colombo Gazette.Paranavitana is expected to accept his new portfolio tomorrow. Sources also said that a member of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is expected to replace Paranavitana as the Deputy Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government. (Colombo Gazette)

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CNRL applies to resume work at Primrose using different steaming technique

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2014 7:24 am MDT CALGARY – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is seeking approval to resume crude extraction from the part of its Primrose East oilsands property where a bitumen-water mixture was found oozing to the surface last year.But the Calgary-based company (TSX:CNQ) said it’s planning to use a different steaming method that it says would avoid the problems that may have led to the high-profile leaks in eastern Alberta, which are still being investigated by the province’s energy watchdog.Canadian Natural filed an application to the Alberta Energy Regulator last week asking for permission to inject steam at low pressure in a technique known as steam flooding.Previously, Canadian Natural had injected steam at high-pressure using a technology known as cyclic steam stimulation, the safety of which has been questioned by environmental groups. With that method — often described as “huff and puff” — a well alternates between injecting steam and drawing the softened bitumen to the surface.On a conference call with analysts Thursday, Canadian Natural president Steve Laut says it’s “not possible” for steam flooding to create the same conditions that led to the Primrose East leaks.Cyclic steam would enable production to ramp up more quickly, but rates over the long term are expected to be the same if steam flooding is used instead, said Laut.“I wouldn’t see much of a drop in overall yearly average production from a steam flood at this stage versus a cyclic program at this stage,” he said.The AER has said it won’t allow steaming to resume until it’s convinced all the risks have been addressed.Last month, the energy watchdog said it had a better idea of what went wrong at Primrose. It said the main issues centre around Canadian Natural’s steaming strategy and on old wellbores around the site that have provided paths for fluids to flow to the surface.Once a final report has been completed, Canadian Natural said it will apply to use cyclic steam on other parts of the Primrose East property. The section of Primrose East where the leaks took place, and where the company wants to use steam flooding, is a “unique area geologically,” said Laut.Some 1.2 million litres of the bitumen-water emulsion have been recovered and 20.7 hectares have been affected. The company said on Thursday that clean-up is complete.Thermal oilsands production for this year at Canadian Natural is expected to come in lower than previously anticipated, with the bottom end of the range lowered to 112,000 barrels per day from 120,000.Some of that is due to the fact that it’s taking longer than expected to start steam flooding at Primrose East. As well, mechanical issues at Canadian Natural’s Kirby South steam plant are causing production to ramp up more slowly than planned.Earlier Thursday, Canadian Natural said it more than doubled its second-quarter net earnings, helped by increased sales and higher prices.The Calgary-based oil and natural gas producer reported profits of $1.07 billion, or 97 cents per share, versus $476 million, or 44 cents per share a year ago.Adjusted profits were $1.04 per share, which beat analyst expectations by six cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters.Company-wide production for the three months ended June 30 grew 31 per cent to 817,471 barrels of oil equivalent per day.Realized prices for its crude oil averaged $87.03 per barrel, up nearly 16 per cent from the same period a year earlier.Product sales rose to almost $6.11 billion from $4.23 billion.Shares of the company were down more than 2.5 per cent at $44.68 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter CNRL applies to resume work at Primrose using different steaming technique read more

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Mongolias President cites essential nature of sustainable development UN goal to leave

“I firmly believe that justice, stability and security cannot be guaranteed without the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms for all. These basic principles must be respected and protected in every country by all governments,” Tsakhia Elbegdorj told delegations attending the Assembly’s annual general debate.With the new UN 2030 Agenda, Mongolia would work to ensure that no one is left behind “by reaching out to the most vulnerable first,” he continued, noting that the Agenda’s policies have been translated into the national strategy as the ‘Sustainable Development Vision of Mongolia 2030,’ which is already being implemented.“Our agenda calls for the establishment of a diverse and inclusive economic structure. That is for increasing decent jobs and providing opportunities and income generation. Our goal is for improving quality of life and ensuring environmental sustainability,” said the President, adding that it is equally essential to ensure cooperation between and among governments, international development communities, the private sector, and civil society institutions.Addressing a wide range of issues, he noted, among others, that “development and accountability is all about democracy,” which should never be taken for granted. “It must be nurtured and strengthened on a daily basis […] a democratic society is sustainable because it aims at the highest development of every one of its members,” Mr. Elbegdorj said, emphasizing leaders should provide for an environment where democratic institutions can thrive, provide for rule of law, human rights, democratic governance, and free and fair elections. On climate change, he called the Paris Agreement “our common success […] the result of hard work. And we must deliver on this promise.” Mongolia is one of smallest carbon emitters in the world but suffers disproportionally from the phenomenon “Desertification, deforestation, and the loss of biodiversity have been severe blows to the livelihoods of our traditional nomadic culture, and they spur further environmental degradation,” he explained.Stressing that Mongolia is holding its end of the bargain, he said the promised international cooperation and support are still lacking. The benefits of the green funds and carbon credits are “sorely missed” in Mongolia and many other developing countries. As such, he urged the multilateral institutions to take the lead in such important efforts.“We have one home, one world for all of us, and we have one universal goal to save it. And, today is our time to act. We must not miss it as we cannot miss our future,” he stated. read more

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January new car registrations dip 82 per cent

January UK registrations fell 8.2 per cent to 181,474 units UK confirmed as second biggest European market with 2,567,269 units in 2004 DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Commenting on the figures, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The new car market is a key economic indicator and January’s figures reflect consumer confidence. While this month’s figures are below the strong start made in 2004, new car registrations continue to demonstrate a healthy level of demand.’ For full comment and analysis please click on the link below Diesel registrations rose to 66,455 units, up 7.7 per cent read more

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Sprint all phones will charge and sync through microUSB by January 2012

first_imgLate last year, the European Union ordered cell phone companies to do something that was ostensibly very pro consumer. Annoyed by the way that every single phone manufacturer had their own proprietary charging and syncing cables, the EU ordered manufacturers to standardize their syncing and charging solutions: all phones should use microUSB to both transfer data and charge.So far, so good, right? That would mean that if your friend has an iPhone and you have a Nokia, you should be able to charge your iPhone with his Nokia charger, and vice versa. The problem? The European Union wimped out at the last minute and agreed to allow cell phone makers to comply with the law by shipping their phones with microUSB adapters.Got that? The European Union tried to solve the problem of a thousand different proprietary charging cables by replacing them with a thousand different proprietary charging adapters. Sigh.Let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen in the United States, as Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has just confirmed that by January 2012, all US phones will use microUSB chargers, which will theoretically make all chargers and syncing cables cross-compatible.Of course, that’s not what’s going to happen at all. Do you really think Apple’s going to get rid of its Dock Connector? The system’s going to roll out exactly the same in the United States as it did in Europe. The best we can hope for is that most companies will standardize using standard microUSB… but there’s no way everyone will.As for Hesse, you have to feel for him: he said that even as the head of a major mobile carrier, he found the dozens of different charging and syncing cables annoying, characterizing them as a “pet peeve” of his. I couldn’t agree more, but sadly, it’s a pet peeve that I don’t think is going to go away anytime soon.Read more at Slashgearlast_img read more

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Possible legal action against those indicted in college bribery scandal

first_img AP, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Fifty people were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most elite universities.Parents of prospective students conspired with a college entrance consultant to beat the system and ensure their students were admitted or had a better chance to be admitted to certain colleges or universities, including Yale, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest and others.Prosecutors allege several methods were used including:— Bribing those administering college entrance exams to provide answers, change answers or allow someone other than the student to take the exam and centers “controlled” by the consultant. Often students were told to declare a disability that would require they be given extra time, often a second day, to complete the exams.— Bribing college coaches or athletic administrators to make it appear the students were athletes being recruited to the school, including creating fake athletic credentials.— Having someone take classes in the place of a student and using those grades on applications.Between 2011-2018 prosecutors allege parents paid the consultant $25 million to bribe coaches and college administrators to designate their children as student athletes or member of other groups given favored admission status. Prosecutors say payments were often disguised as charitable donations that were then funneled to the coaches and administrators.Prosecutors say the consultant represented to parents that the scheme had worked successfully more than 800 times.Attorney Gretchen Von Helms joined KUSI News to discuss the latest college admission scandal. Possible legal action against those indicted in college bribery scandal Posted: March 12, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwittercenter_img AP March 12, 2019 Updated: 11:26 AMlast_img read more

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Playboy names first transgender Playmate in magazine history

first_img(WSVN) – Playboy has announced that they will feature the first openly transgender Playmate in the magazine’s 64-year history.Fox News reports that model Ines Rau will appear in the upcoming issue, which will also pay tribute to late founder Hugh Hefner, who died earlier this month.It won’t be Rau’s first appearance in Playboy; she previously posed for their May 2014 issue. However, it marks the first time a trangender woman will be a “Playmate”, a title given to women who appear in a centerfold pictorial in each issue.“When I was doing this shoot, I was thinking of all those hard days in my childhood,” she said in an interview released by Playboy. “And now everything happening gives me so much joy and happiness. I thought, ‘Am I really going to be a Playmate—me?’ It’s the most beautiful compliment I’ve ever received. It’s like getting a giant bouquet of roses.”This will also not be the first time a transgender model has posed for the magazine. According to Fox News, Caroline “Tula” Cossey became the first transgender woman to appear in Playboy back in 1991.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Summit Business Media Closes Print Edition of Treasury Risk Selling Futures Magazine

first_img“Where the product doesn’t fit we’re divesting, but where it is a fit we are repositioning it within the portfolio,” he says. “As we migrate to an increasingly all-digital environment, that ability to deliver scale in a digital format is really important.”Futures, he says, no longer scales across Summit’s core markets, but is profitable and a viable brand on its own. The company is in advanced talks for a transfer of assets, he says. While the Treasury & Risk shutdown resulted in layoffs—some associated with the title and others as part of a continued refocusing of the business—CEO Steve Weitzner says recent hires aligned with the digital operation have kept the overall headcount stable. “In the bigger picture we have also been adding resources with experience in digital businesses so total headcount at Summit has not changed,” he says. Summit Business Media has shut down the print version of Treasury & Risk magazine and is in advanced talks to sell Futures. The moves are part of on ongoing adjustment of resources towards digital and brands that offer scale in core markets served.In other words, the company is focusing on developing only its market verticals that offer the best opportunities for multiplatform buildouts, while closing or selling off the ones that don’t.While Treasury & Risk will no longer be published in print, the company will continue to support the brand digitally, says John Whelan, executive vice president of Summit’s media division. Summit will also work with core advertisers to build custom content solutions associated with the brand’s audience. last_img read more

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Delhi Congress leaders discuss defeat with Rahul Gandhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Chief Minister and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit on Friday met party President Rahul Gandhi to discuss the reasons for the party’s defeat in the national capital in the Lok Sabha elections. The meeting was also attended by Congress candidates Ajay Maken, Mahabal Mishra, J.P. Agarwal, Rajesh Lilothia and Arvinder Singh Lovely as well as P.C. Chacko, who is the Congress in-charge of Delhi. Dikshit was also a candidate. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The meeting lasted for over more than an hour. The Congress, which was defeated by the BJP on all seven Lok Sabha seats in the capital, also discussed the preparedness for the Assembly elections early next year. The Congress ruled the national capital from 1998 to 2013 but since then has lost every major election. Gandhi has held similar review meetings with leaders from Chhattisgarh and Haryana.last_img read more

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Microsoft starts hiring team members to design the Xbox 720

first_imgWhen Sony first unveiled the PlayStation 3 back in 2006, they said that they expected the PlayStation 3 to be around for over ten years. At the time, that seemed just absurd, but here we are, five years later, and the PS3 shows absolutely no signs of being at the end of its lifespan… and the Xbox 360 is the same, despite being older. Heck, even the venerable PlayStation 2 isn’t dead: eleven years later, it still sells well enough to outsell the PlayStation Portable on occasion.In other words, Sony was right: a ten year lifespan is extremely likely for this generation of consoles, and we imagine the same will be true for the next gen as well. It just takes at least that long for game developers to figure out how to optimally leverage the technology of a console and get the most out of it. And when a console seems a little worn-around-the-tooth, a functionality-increasing add-on like the Kinect or Move can always be introduced to give your old console some new life.With that out of the way, don’t get too excited when we say that Microsoft has just posted a series of job opening announcements that suggest that they are ramping up for production of the third-gen Xbox, to join a team responsible for “defining and delivering next generation console architectures.” We’re not going to see the Xbox 720 until 2015 in all likelihood. Still, isn’t it encouraging that Microsoft is at least looking for a design verification engineer, a graphics hardware architect and an audio/video hardware architect this far out? If it takes ten years for devs to make a current-gen console really shine, I suppose five years to design the next-generation isn’t beyond-the-pale.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more

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Colin and Chris Broussard held their own televised mock NBA AllStar draft

first_imgAfter a public outcry, the NBA has decided to televise this year’s NBA All-Star Game Draft so fans can see who gets picked first – and more importantly – last.Today in The Herd, Colin and FS1 NBA analyst Chris Broussard decided to take the idea for a test drive hold their own All-Star draft, live on the air. Who do you think ended up with the better squad?Watch the guys select their squads here:last_img

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HIV drug shortage may put peoples lives at risk in Papua New

first_imgThe country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean has the ‘highest incidence and prevalence of HIV in the Pacific’, according to UNAIDS.Now, HIV groups in PNG are warning there are not enough drugs to go around, with concerns people may die as a result of the shortage.Maura Elaripe is living with HIV and also a member of HIV group, Igat Hope.‘Everyone who’s on treatment will be affected and people may die,’ Hope told ABC’s Pacific Beat.‘For me, anti-retrovirals are the drug that keeps me going … so I can continue living my normal life.’The PNG government did not confirm the stock levels of anti-retroviral drugs. But Elaripe estimated there is only one month’s supply left in the entire country. Papua New Guinea’s HIV problemPNG is one of ten countries that account for about 95% of new HIV cases in the Asia Pacific region.In 2016, Papua New Guinea had 2,800 new HIV infections and 1,100 AIDS-related deaths.About 46,000 of people are living with HIV in PNG, with only about 52% are accessing antiretroviral therapy, based on data from UNAIDS.The country already has enough difficulty getting people to stay on life-long treatment, especially among key populations and in the country’s remote and often hard-to-reach communities.Elaripe said cuts to HIV funding has made it hard for advocacy and medical groups to pay for antiretroviral treatments.‘So the problem really is that we don’t have enough funds to purchase drugs,’ she said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Stocks of anti-retroviral drugs to treat people living with HIV are at a critical shortage in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Meet the woman helping end HIV in her small Indian villageLBGTI hate in Indonesia makes it hard to treat and test for HIVMedia reports of a new, drug-resistant HIV strain are ‘fake news’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hiv-drug-shortage-may-peoples-lives-at-risk-in-papua-new-guinea/center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- HIV drugs are about to run out in Papua New Guinea. | Photo: Terrence Higgins Trust | Facebooklast_img read more

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How to Use Podcasting to Help Your Brand

first_img More than half of all Americans over the age of 12 have listened to at least one podcast, with virtually a third downloading or streaming a minimum of one per month (up from one in four people two years prior). That dwarfs the number of nationwide active users on Twitter. And if most forward-thinking companies wouldn’t dream of ignoring a major social-media platform when designing their marketing strategy, why overlook developing a podcast? Brands that aren’t already investigating potential podcasting strategies need to get started. With podcast advertisers having spent nearly $500 million to reach audiences in 2018, the competition for effective partnerships is already getting fierce. Like any other marketing outlet, podcast advertising has its quirks and specificities, but savvy companies can capitalize in numerous ways on the medium’s wide appeal. To that end, here are some tips for effectively boosting your brand through strategic podcast partnerships.Related: 5 Podcasts Every Entrepreneur Should Download TodayLet Hosts Take Hold Of Your AdsPodcast listeners tend to describe a surprisingly personal relationship with the hosts of their favorite shows, who often lean into the social element of the medium by embracing a conversational tone and listener participation. That unique emotional engagement goes a long way toward explaining why 51 percent of regular podcast listeners follow their favorite hosts on social media. Similar surveys have shown that more than half of listeners prefer hosts read podcasts ads themselves, and that more than one-third of listeners have made a purchase after being introduced to it via a podcast ad. Just as most people would rather take recommendations from friends and family than from strangers, listeners respond to ads read by hosts they know far more intimately than random voice actors. Furthermore, host-read ads don’t snap listeners out of the overall experience the way ads might when interrupting a television or radio program. Listeners continue paying attention to host-read ads during breaks because they’re engaged with the hosts themselves.Measure ROI and Target AudiencesA standard critique of podcast advertising is that, while TV has Nielsen ratings and Instagram has a host of engagement and impression metrics, there’s no way to know how many people actually hear podcast ads. Certainly, every medium has ROI-measurement challenges, but Marketing Dive explains how promo codes (checkout coupons that vary for each podcast), vanity URLs (given out by podcast hosts to measure how many visitors they refer) and checkout surveys all help advertisers gauge conversion. Furthermore, advertisers can maximize their ROI by working with podcasts to obtain detailed listener- demographic information. Sites such as Podsurvey help podcasts and brands understand who listens to what shows so they can target their advertisements appropriately.Related: How to Start a Podcast With Almost No MoneyGet Creative With PartnershipsThe DIY nature of podcasting opens up some unique opportunities for brand-podcast partnerships, i.e. the standard rules of marketing via TV or influencers don’t necessarily apply. For example, Chicago-based bar Elephant and Castle struck a simple but effective deal with the podcast Mind Gap, exchanging regular recording space at the venue for weekly ads. Other partnerships make unique use of the podcast’s go-to material. Cable network TNT struck an exclusive deal with crime-comedy megahit Last Podcast on the Left to produce a sponsored episode covering the Thames Torso Murders, attaching the brand to bonus content that provided fans with more of the podcast they loved while introducing them to TNT’s miniseries The Alienist.Make the Most of Going LiveOne of the first podcast phenomenons was Serial, Sarah Koenig’s true-crime hit for NPR that, with its deliberately journalistic tone, would have been difficult to translate to live performance. But times have changed, and while Serial-like productions still thrive, they’ve been joined by more casual and improvisation-friendly formats that adapt beautifully to airing in real-time. The result has been a boom in live podcast productions that regularly sell out performance venues because of the emotional attachment fans have to the hosts and each other. The social community surrounding these podcasts is almost as important as the podcast itself. Attendees of sold-out My Favorite Murder performances, for example, often identify as “Murderinos,” exemplifying the bonds formed around their fandom.The popularity and intensity of live podcasts also provide some unique branding opportunities. Mattress company Casper, whose marketing strategy has leaned heavily on podcasts for years, created the cozy “Casper Podcasting Lounge” for the podcast-heavy 2016 Vulture Festival, typifying how podcasting can be a unique and powerful branding tool for companies that value effective, creative and innovative partnerships. 5 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free August 16, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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