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Amethi (UP): More than 40 per cent people had voted in Amethi till 3 pm on Monday, officials said as acrimony marked the keenly-watched election with BJP candidate Smriti Irani alleging that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was “ensuring booth capturing”.According to officials, the turnout till 3 pm was 42.18 per cent in the constituency, long considered a Gandhi family turf. Voting began at 7 am. Officials said the maximum turnout was in the Muslim dominated Salon assembly segment which recorded 44.6 per cent polling till 3 pm. This was followed by Jagdishpur with 41 per cent. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIrani, who crisscrossed the area from early morning, visiting booths to meet party workers, accused Gandhi of capturing booths. “Alert @ECISVEEP Congress President @Rahul Gandhi ensuring booth capturing,” the Union minister said on Twitter. She also tagged a video in which an elderly women is seen alleging that her hand was forcibly put on the ‘panja’ (hand) election symbol of the Congress though she wanted to vote for the ‘kamal’ (lotus), the BJP’s symbol. There is no written complaint on the matter. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIrani also questioned the absence of the Gandhi scion from Amethi. In his stead, local Congress leaders moved around the constituency. The fierce battle between Gandhi and Irani seemed to push voters to come out to vote despite the scorching heat. Women appeared to outnumber men in the initial hours of voting. Amethi witnessed a bitter battle between the two leaders in the 2014 general elections as well. Gandhi won the seat with a reduced margin of one lakh votes compared to three lakh votes in 2009. There are five assembly segments in the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency — Amethi town, Gauriganj, Jagdishpur, Tiloi and Salon. Of the five assembly segments, four are represented by the BJP and one by the SP. Salon and Jagdishpur are reserved constituencies.
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi were among the millions who voted on Sunday in the sixth and penultimate round of the Lok Sabha elections in which a BJP worker was killed in West Bengal. Kovind flashed his inked finger after exercising his franchise along with his wife at a polling booth at the Rashtrapati Bhawan as voters trooped to polling booths in large numbers in 59 constituencies across seven states. The polling began at 7 a.m. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework A total electorate of 10.17 crore is eligible to vote in the 14 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Haryana, eight each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, seven in Delhi and four in Jharkhand. Nearly 40 per cent of the electorate had voted till 2 p.m. A BJP activist was killed in Jhargram in West Bengal while Trinamool Congress supporters sustained bullet injuries at Keshpur in West Midnapore district as a number of incidents of violence were reported in the state. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen In Uttar Pradesh, where the contest is intense between the BJP and the SP-BSP alliance with the Congress becoming the third factor, street clashes were reported both in Jaunpur and Sultanpur, where Union Minister Maneka Gandhi is the BJP candidate. In this phase, the BJP is defending 45 seats — seven in Bihar, eight in Haryana, all four in Jharkhand, seven in Madhya Pradesh, 12 in Uttar Pradesh and all seven in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has already voted in Gujarat, urged everyone to vote and added that youngsters should do so in record numbers. “After all, their participation makes the polls even more special.” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah made a similar appeal, saying India needed a “strong government again”. He underlined that the Modi government had transformed India from being a terror-stricken country to one that enemies were now scared of. Rahul Gandhi asserted after voting — he went walking to the polling booth — that his party was set to win the mammoth battle. Accusing Modi of injecting hatred and asserting that the Congress spread love, he said: “Love is going to win.” He declined to comment on the number of seats the Congress could get. “The people will decide that.” Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal voted with his wife after urging voters to reject “hatred”. Sonia Gandhi and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi also voted in the national capital. Prominent among the 979 candidates include three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who faces state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari in Delhi North East, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh against BJP’s Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in Bhopal, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir (BJP) in East Delhi against AAP’s Atishi and Olympian boxer Vijendra Singh (Congress) in South Delhi against AAP’s Raghav Chadha and incumbent MP Ramesh Bidhuri. Also contesting are Union Ministers Maneka Gandhi, from UP’s Sultanpur, Radha Mohan Singh from Bihar’s East Champaran, Harsh Vardhan from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and Rao Inderjeet Singh from Gurugram, Congress General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia from Madhya Pradesh’s Guna and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda from Sonipat. Bengali film hero Deepak Adhikari ‘Dev’ (Trinamool Congress) will lock horns with the BJP’s Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer and once a trusted lieutenant of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in Ghatal. The Trinamool had won all the eight seats going voting on Sunday in West Bengal. The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections started on April 11 and will end on May 19. The vote count will take place on May 23.
Bankruptcies are a painful process for businesses, employees, and business partners but are an inevitable consequence of business dynamics and competition. As industries, companies and economic trends evolve, some companies will be left behind and will have to comprehend the bankruptcy in some way or the other. Bankruptcies and related issues have a lot to teach us regarding a speedier resolution of issues, acceptance of bankruptcies as a result of business dynamics and regulations that maximise recovery value. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyWhile further economic growth and investment impetus will be essential, the maturity of the business ecosystem to accept bankruptcies as one of the elements of business will be equally important. For the overall economic system, the focus must be on a structured, fair and quick bankruptcy process. While there is short-term pain around bankrupt businesses, a well-structured and expedited resolution process leads to freeing resources tied up in bankrupt companies for deployment in higher growth projects elsewhere and create employment. Also Read – The future is here!With the bankruptcy regime in India evolving and improving, the focus must be on reducing, even more, the time required to resolve bankruptcies for improving the “time value of money”. Given the long-drawn process that bankruptcy proceedings are, even incremental reductions in the time taken to resolve the issues results in significant value addition for creditors and the business ecosystem. While the focus on time-reduction in the bankruptcy resolution process must not be at the cost of propriety, a renewed focus on this is essential. Not only will time-reduction benefit the creditors, but the flow of recovered credit onto the next viable projects in the economy will have a significant impact on credit creation, investments and business sentiment. One of the issues India has had to face in the last five years has been the double whammy of a slowdown in credit growth, and the opportunity cost of lost income for banks as capital stuck in bankrupt projects has not generated the additional revenue that was possible if it were recovered and lent out elsewhere profitably. The slowdown in credit growth due to bankruptcies has been driven by both a reluctance to lend and a reduction in the availability of capital. A lack of lending to both businesses and individuals has resulted in lower investment and lower consumption, trends that will be gradually reversed as bankruptcy resolutions come by. As capital available to lend declined due to unresolved bankruptcies, income earned by banks suffered not only due to non-performing assets (NPAs) but also due to the opportunity cost of not having access to capital that would have otherwise earned income for them. A robust bankruptcy resolution mechanism can help alleviate the problem. Most importantly, avoiding the vicious credit cycle of lower capital availability leading to poor financial returns, which in turns leads to further credit constraints can be avoided through effective mechanisms. Therefore, an effective bankruptcy redressal system adds significant value to the banking system by both the provision of capital and also additional income on the said capital that can be utilised elsewhere. The recent bankruptcies such as Jet Airways and credit issues that Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) faced has also brought to the fore certain voices advocating for the government to step in to rescue troubled businesses. The focus for the government must be on continually improving the bankruptcy mechanism by reducing the time required for resolutions and addressing issues that the credit ecosystem may face. However, it is not the government’s role to bail out private businesses since we cannot have situations whereby profits are private, and losses are passed on to the exchequer and the taxpayer. Bankruptcies are unavoidable residues of the economy. If handled well they help to cleanse the economy as inefficient businesses fall behind and efficient ones race ahead. The government’s role is that of a facilitator of the overall ecosystem, rather than a capital provider in situations of distress. If done well short-term pain can lead to significant gains for the overall economy down the road.(The author heads Development Tracks, an infrastructure advisory firm. The views expressed are strictly personal)
After Ohio State was ousted in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, junior Evan Turner’s dream of hoisting a National Championship trophy this weekend fell by the wayside.However, the Buckeye point guard was in Indianapolis accepting a different trophy.He was named the AP’s Player of the Year Friday, receiving 54 of the 65 votes, and is OSU’s first recipient of the award since Gary Bradds in 1964. Turner led the Buckeyes in nearly every statistical category this season, and averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists.Kentucky’s John Wall finished second with nine votes, and West Virginia’s Deshaun Butler and Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody each received one vote apiece.The award could be the first of several for Turner, not the least of which may come Monday night, when the Naismith National Player of the Year is announced.
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that three teams are in the running for this season’s Premier League titleAfter suffering shock back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City this month, Manchester City have slipped from top spot to third in the standings.Pep Guardiola’s side, who won the league crown in such dominant fashion last season, now find themselves seven points adrift of unbeaten leaders Liverpool.Redknapp’s old club Spurs aren’t doing badly either in second-place after beating Everton 6-2 at the weekend and Bournemouth 5-0 on Wednesday to extend their winning run to five matches.“I think it’s a three horse race,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “Liverpool are the favourites now which is a big turnaround.“But Tottenham are in great form at the moment and they are genuine title contenders.“Spurs are still in it, you can’t write them off. They are bang there, the way they are playing at the moment.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.As for Chelsea and Arsenal, Redknapp doesn’t see how either of them can be considered contenders.“I can’t see anybody else getting into it,” added the 71-year-old.“I watched Arsenal yesterday and they are nowhere near in my opinion.“I know they’ve had injuries, but at the back they are still very poor.“And Chelsea are just so reliant on Eden Hazard. Without him you couldn’t really see them challenging, they’re still short of a frontman.“So really, I think there are three runners and I think it will be very tight.”Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher tipped his old club to take home a first league title in 28 years.
November 15, 2018 Healthy cooking class to improve your holiday diet KUSI Newsroom, 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)- If you’re looking to sharpen your culinary skills, improve your diet, and spice up your life, there’s a cooking class just for you! It’s called “Healthy on You.” Amateurs are welcome. Not only will you “up your cooking game” but you’ll also have a lot of fun!This lush tropical paradise in Del Mar is where Samantha Binkley shares her love for cooking and healthy living. Sam, as her friends call her, is a certified health coach who was born in the West Indies. She developed her passion for cooking as a child by watching her mother work her “magic with herbs” in her delicious recipes.Today she’s guiding her class through one of her favorite spots on the one acre property, an amazing garden, filled with lush greenery, lots of gorgeous color, and a vast display of her home grown herbs and vegetables, the essential ingredients in her healthy recipes.And once everything is ripe for the picking, it’s added to her menu.Her exotic chickens are not part of the menu, but they’re great at laying all the eggs and a highlight of the tour.“I love when people are happy, in the kitchen, listening to music and just cooking healthy food. For me, that’s just so rewarding and I just find it a lot of fun,” Binkley said.One of the secrets to Sam’s savory recipes…the more than dozen spices shes created.“I was making spices to cook with during classes, different combos and blends and I would give them to everybody to take home and they would come back and ask for more. And that’s when I knew this is something interesting and I think I can do something great with this,” Binkley said.Her organic spice blends are sold in stores through-out San Diego County. She says her seasonings help make-up for the butter, cream and other “less than healthy” ingredients we add to our recipes. She calls the healing properties of herbs an added benefit.Transforming classic recipes into healthier versions is something many are hungry for. And her monthly classes, which last about 3 hours and cost $125 fill up quickly.“If they don’t make the recipe, at least they have a wider perspective on how they can make foods at home that taste equally good or better with less calories, lower fat and you don’t have to have dairy or gluten and it can still taste great!” Binkley said.To learn more about Samantha Binkley’s cooking classes, visit https://www.sambinkley.com/cooking-classes/ Updated: 9:31 PM Posted: November 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Healthy Living, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter
Katie Koester, Homer High School Class of 1998, is currently the City Manager for the City of Homer: “I celebrate the people of Homer–the families who have made it here for generations along with the new families who come to the end of the road, fall in love with this place, and figure out how to make it in this town. This community’s underlying determination to live and persist in Homer means people here are interesting, creative, and diverse. I celebrate the people of Homer because they are problem solvers, because they make Homer the place for their life’s work.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is celebrating three graduates who now manage three of the largest cities in the Borough spanning 25,600 square miles. Paul Ostrander, Soldotna High School Class of 1986, is currently the City Manager for the City of Kenai: “Kenai has a diverse history and residents are ardent in their support of their hometown. When people talk about living in Kenai, whether talking about fishing the river or family time on the beach, you can sense the pride they have in our natural resources and community. The statement that, it’s the best place to live in the world, is heard often, and meant wholeheartedly.” Stephanie Queen, Kenai Central High School Class of 2000, is currently the City Manager for the City of Soldotna: “One of the things I really appreciate about Soldotna is how engaged our residents are. We’ve figured out how to work together across public, private, and non-profit lines, to move big projects forward. This has allowed us to accomplish several of the community’s long-standing goals; something we would not have been able to do without strong partnerships.” KPBSD has created individual profiles for each of these City Managers and will follow-up with a four-part series highlighting KPBSD graduates.
Palestinian protestors clash with Israeli security forces following the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 29 December, 2017. Photo: AFPIsraeli tanks and aircraft hit the Gaza Strip on Friday after rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave targeted a southern community, the army and Palestinian sources said.Clashes also erupted in the West Bank as Palestinians marked another “day of rage” following US president Donald Trump’s controversial 6 December recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.There were no immediate reports of casualties in the exchange of fire, the first in more than 10 days.Palestinian militants fired three rockets at southern Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system, the army said.Police said the third rocket hit a structure in a community near Gaza, causing damage but no casualties.”In response to the rockets fired towards Israel, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) tanks and IAF (Israel Air Force) aircraft targeted two posts belonging to the terrorist organisation Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement.Witnesses said Israeli tanks shelled a position controlled by Gaza’s Islamist rulers east of Gaza City. A spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry said nobody was injured by the Israeli fire.Both Hamas and fellow militant group Islamic Jihad had labelled Friday a “day of rage”, as in previous weeks.In the West Bank small groups of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces, including north of Ramallah and in the Hebron area, where two were wounded by live fire, Palestinian medical and security sources said.The Israeli army said there were “very small clashes” in a number of sites.Militants in Gaza have fired more than a dozen rockets or mortar rounds at southern Israel in the latest wave of violence that erupted after Trump’s decision.Before Friday, the last rockets fired from Gaza were on December 18, one of which hit a home in a border town.Trump’s announcement was followed by protests across the West Bank and on Gaza’s border with Israel, with 12 Gazans killed in clashes with Israeli forces on the border or by Israeli strikes following rocket fire.The rockets are often fired by fringe Islamist groups but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks from the territory.
firstname.lastname@example.org U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)The American economy continues to improve while too few reap the benefits, requiring more pathways into the middle-class, said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. He shared these thoughts while speaking at a Greater Baltimore Committee breakfast March 16.According to Perez, the U.S. has seen 60 consecutive months of private sector job growth with about 12 million jobs created during that period, and is currently experiencing the lowest unemployment rate since the spring of 2008. There are, he said, 5 million jobs open and awaiting someone to fill them.“We clearly have a wind at our back,” said Perez, “but I’ll be the first to say, and the president will be the first to say, that this is not the time to spike the football because we all know that there are a lot of people who haven’t been lifted by this rising tide.”Perez noted that the Wall Street bonus pool in 2014 was roughly twice the total earnings of all full-time minimum wage workers in the country. He added that it is time for the country to invest in its human capital infrastructure by building a skills super highway whose destination would be middle-class jobs.In order to build the skilled workforce Perez referred to, multiple pathways beyond our reliance on four-year college degrees are needed. Among those pathways, said Perez, should be trade apprenticeships. “We need to redouble our efforts in the apprenticeship context, because I have seen in my travels across not only the country, but the world, that apprenticeship is a proven route to the middle-class,” said Perez. He noted that the youth unemployment rate in Germany is less than half that of the U.S. A big reason for this, he said, is German teenagers can sign onto apprenticeships around age 15 or 16, apprenticeships enjoy the same stature as college degrees.Apprenticeships have been devalued in the U.S., according to Perez, who referred to apprenticeships as “the other college, except without the debt.”The secretary’s comments come at a time when Del. Cory McCray (D-Baltimore City) has been pushing for legislation in General Assembly to require contractors to pay the full cost of apprenticeship programs for those apprentices under their employ. McCray says that efforts like the one contained in his bill – House Bill 370 – are essential to rebuilding the middle-class that was once the backbone of Baltimore City. “[Apprenticeship] is how you can still make $60, $70, $80,000 with a high school diploma, with a driver’s license, with one year of algebra, with being 18 years of age, and this is how our city and our state was built,” said McCray.McCray was grateful Perez added his voice to the issue of apprenticeships and how this pathway can help expand the middle-class. Too often, McCray said, conversations about alternative paths to economic prosperity are confined only to those segments of the population who might benefit directly from programs such as apprenticeships, segments whose voices seldom have the impact of the Secretary of Labor.“There [aren’t] enough people, there [aren’t] enough voices talking about opportunities for our young men, our young women, in our neighborhoods and how it can be doubled down, just like Secretary Perez said, rebuilding the middle-class in reference to apprenticeship opportunities.”
$7.36M – The Secret Life of Pets 2 $4.2M – Toy Story 4 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 06/03/2019 and 06/09/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. Disney Already Clashing With 20th Century Fox After Billion-Dollar Deal TV ad placements for Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” (EMV $4.2 million), Universal Pictures’ “Yesterday” ($3.89 million) and Columbia Pictures’ “Men in Black: International” ($3.87 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Men in Black: International” has the best iSpot Attention Index (112) in the ranking, getting 12% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). $3.87M – Men in Black: International Related Impressions: 262,745,270Attention Score: 93.04Attention Index: 106National Airings: 629Networks: 35Most Spend On: ABC, NBCCreative Versions: 22Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $14.63MStudio: Disney PixarStarted Airing: 12/16/18 $6.2M – Dark Phoenix Impressions: 542,673,032Attention Score: 91.31Attention Index: 85National Airings: 2,468Networks: 50Most Spend On: ABC, Adult SwimCreative Versions: 38Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $29.97MStudio: Twentieth Century FoxStarted Airing: 04/08/19 Box Office Report Card: Studios Get Their Summer Grades Popular on Variety $3.89M – Yesterday Impressions: 318,667,584Attention Score: 93.48Attention Index: 112National Airings: 1,101Networks: 38Most Spend On: ABC, NickCreative Versions: 21Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $13.87MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 12/20/18 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the fourth week in a row with “The Secret Life of Pets 2.”Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $7.36 million through Sunday for 1,966 national ad airings on 50 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from June 3-9. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across networks including NBC, ABC and USA Network, and during programming such as the 2019 NBA Finals, the 2019 Stanley Cup Final and “American Ninja Warrior.”Just behind “The Secret Life of Pets 2” in second place: Twentieth Century Fox’s “Dark Phoenix,” which saw 2,468 national ad airings across 50 networks, with an estimated media value of $6.2 million. Impressions: 514,659,508Attention Score: 92.65Attention Index: 100National Airings: 1,966Networks: 50Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 103Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $44.89MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 11/22/18 Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv Impressions: 187,669,078Attention Score: 92.52Attention Index: 98National Airings: 556Networks: 30Most Spend On: NBC, CBSCreative Versions: 7Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.85MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 03/11/19 ×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
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 4 min read January 29, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When businesses grow from the startup phase to a full-on company, entrepreneurs are faced with a challenge: Which technologies should they invest in?The typical path is to begin with an email provider and website and then develop a lead generation and contact management tool. Within just a few months of starting a company, a business can easily be utilizing nearly a dozen platforms from many providers. While this technology can (and should) make an entrepreneur’s life easier, it can be tricky to get the hang of all the moving parts.Often entrepreneurs end up outsourcing the IT support or hire their own internal team. Either way, a lot of IT professionals don’t have the insight as to how the rest of the company works, making it difficult to effectively integrate the many different apps and platforms business users are leveraging on a daily basis. As a result, a company may spend too much time and money trying to solve IT issues. This doesn’t have to be the case.Related: How to Recruit a Great Programmer as a PartnerFor entrepreneurs looking to disentangle the IT web, here are three questions to ask your IT professional:How can we empower the business user? When looking to hire IT support, you should make sure IT has the end user (aka the person using the technology) in mind. This will not only help the business user but the technology department too.Today’s IT teams are too resource constrained to respond as quickly as business users require, resulting in a bottleneck. As a result, business users are striving to become more self-sufficient as they look for faster ways to connect with customers, launch new marketing campaigns and enter new markets.It makes sense to view technology integration as a business application rather than a developer tool. Once organizations begin to give business users the tools to take over IT tasks like data mapping and the ability to self-provision customers and partners, IT no longer acts as a bottleneck but rather a value-added broker for business users.What do IT processes look like for the non-technical user? With entrepreneurs constantly connected to their company, they have zero time (or patience) for the IT department to fix a problem.Related: Former Software Engineer Takes a High-Tech Approach to FarmingBusiness users want an easy-to-use interface that enables workflow automation — not a platform that requires advanced knowledge of code and an IT request ticket. When shifting lower level IT tasks to the business user, simplicity is key. Integration solutions should allow users with a non-technical background to build these interfaces without writing any code, such as using a drag-and-drop interface. Savvy business users and analysts will then be able to create connections, access data, configure triggers and map data formats using visual, web-based applications.How can we leverage our existing IT infrastructure? Completely replacing existing systems aren’t viable from both a cost and IT standpoint. While integration platforms must provide end users with the functionality and ease of use they require, IT has often already made significant investments in a number of different business applications. Look for integration solutions and platforms that work with your existing IT architecture to avoid costly, time consuming projects.Ideally, IT should implement a platform that can then be deployed to business users for day-to-day use and management. This way, IT can remain in control from a distance, while still empowering business users to take over between 60 and 70 percent of the daily tasks that traditionally fell under IT’s wheelhouse.By enabling business users to take over day-to-day IT tasks, your entire organization wins. Not only does it allow users to make better and faster decisions by utilizing accessible data, but it also frees up IT to focus on high-level tasks that drive value, efficiency, and productivity across the entire business. Related: Paying for Tech Help With Future Royalties
DUBAI — As summer temperatures soared outside, the world’s largest indoor theme park, featuring popular Marvel and Cartoon Network-branded rides, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday in the Middle East’s tourist hub of Dubai – the latest in a myriad of new attractions here.The first visitors at the 1.5 million square-foot (140,000 square meters) park reflected the diverse crowds that visit and live in Dubai, home to the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Middle East’s largest mall and a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree that is dotted with luxury hotels.Saudi women dressed in abayas, the traditional loose black robes, and full face-veils, rode alongside tank-top wearing British tourists and Indian families on the park’s roller coasters and attractions.Several families with young children complained that some of the rides stalled. Others said they were thrilled by the adventure park’s indoor boulevard, which leads visitors through Marvel and Cartoon Network zones, a “Haunted Hotel” and a Lost Valley Dinosaur zone.The IMG Worlds of Adventure park recorded about 3,000 visitors on Wednesday as temperatures rose to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 C) outside.Ali al-Subai, a visitor from Saudi Arabia, said he was happy the Gulf region has a place like this to visit during the summer. The 26-year-old said he visits Dubai at least four times a year and hopes his country too can one day open similar theme parks.“It’s very, very nice. Better than I imagined,” he said. “We wish for this in Saudi Arabia – the rides, the cinemas.”Dubai ruler and United Arab Emirates Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid toured the more than $1 billion park earlier on Wednesday.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksThe adventure park is one of two major theme parks opening this year in Dubai, part of an effort to attract 20 million tourists annually by 2020, when the emirate is to host the World Expo. Last year, some 14 million people visited Dubai, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. The highest share of visitors came from neighbouring Gulf countries, with Saudi Arabia topping the list.Teens Abdullah Jameel and Sultan al-Suweidi, both from Dubai, said they enjoyed the park more than Universal Studios in Singapore. They said the IMG Worlds of Adventure park wins because of shorter lines and more exciting rides.They beamed after riding the Velociraptor roller coaster, which swoops through the indoor park, then juts out into the Dubai desert before going back inside. Another main attraction is the Predator roller coaster, with its sharp, vertical drop.Spider-Man too has his own ride, a spinning roller coaster that propels riders through a New York City skyline, soaring much like the fictional superhero would as he fights to save the city from the sinister Doctor Octopus. A Cartoon Network-themed Powerpuff Girls scrambler glides and spins riders upside down, while a 5-D theatre experience takes guests through an animated Ben 10 battle scene.The park aims to attract up to 30,000 visitors on peak days. Along with its 22 rides and attractions, the park offers visitors 25 retail outlets and 28 food and beverage outlets that are expected to contribute to nearly a quarter of the park’s overall revenue. At the high-end Marvel Vault store, an extravagant Hulk-inspired gold display that holds a pen with precious stones costs almost 115,000 dirhams ($31,300 USD).More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalDespite thrills at every turn, British tourist Tariq Collins said the entry ticket cost of 300 dirhams ($82) for adults and 250 dirhams ($68) for children was “a bit pricey.” He said there were not as many attractions for his five-year-old daughter as he’d hoped there would be.“Apart from that, great. Very nicely done,” he said, before adding that some of the rides were not working.The park’s Chief Executive Officer Lennard Otto said this is not uncommon in the theme park industry.“No theme park today, whether it’s Disney or Universal, has 100 per cent upkeep time on their rides,” he said. “Rides will break (down). They’re the same as any other technology. The key for us is to try and manage the experience after that.”Otto said the park plans to add five more attractions in the coming five years. It’s “definitely a new feather in Dubai’s cap,” and helps fill a gap in the Gulf market for quality entertainment destinations, he said.In October, a $2.8 billion theme park is slated to open on the main highway connecting Dubai with Abu Dhabi, the UAE seat of government.Dubai Parks and Resorts will feature a Six Flags, a Legoland waterpark and roller coaster, Bollywood-themed rides and shows, and a Motiongate movie-themed park with a Smurfs village.Abu Dhabi is already home to Ferrari World and is planning a Warner Bros. themed park. By: Aya Batrawy << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Thursday, September 1, 2016 Dubai opens Marvel theme park with minor hiccups Tags: Dubai
Channel distributor Canis Media is merging with general entertainment company Entertainment & Media Group Limited (EMG). The merger has created a new London-based business that aims to create and manage new content.EMG is an integrated entertainment group combining live entertainment, operation of TV channels, management and development of music artists and the provision of broadcast TV and audio facilities. Canis Media manages digital TV businesses for clients around the world.Ed Hall founder and chief executive of Canis Media said,“To have one company that can develop new talent, and then nurture it right the way through to commercial success ‘in-house’ is a great model. We worked closely this year with EMG to ensure that the St James Theatre is a unique space in London, ready to broadcast live content at the touch of a button, and as we worked together we realised that this was a cracking business model. This merger creates a formidable new broadcast business for London.”
Polsat-backed over-the-top service Ipla has overtaken Onet.pl to become the leading Polish video-on-demand platform, according to the latest Megapanel PBI/Gemius survey. Ipla had 3.2 million users in March, ahead of Onet.pl with 2.8 million users. Amongst Ipla users, 2.35 million used the service via dedicated apps while 1.11 million used the ipla.tv web portal.The other major VOD platforms covered by the survey were Wirtualna Polska Group’s Orange-wp.tv with 2.56 million users, TVN Group’s tvnplayer.pl with 1.37 million users, public broadcaster TVP’s tvp.pl VOD service with 620,000 users and Iplex.pl with 150,000 users.According to Redefine, the Polsat unit that controls Ipla, the survey will have underestimated the overall number of Ipla users as it does not include the full range of devices via which users can access the service. Redefine estimates that about 1.5 million viewers used mobile devices, games consoles, set-top boxes and connected TVs to access the service in March.Ipla offers a range of programming including free access to episodes of a number of Polsat TV shows before they are broadcast, shows from other Polish broadcasters and a catalogue of movies from studios including Disney, Warner Bros and SPI.
The next great insect repellent might come from a strain of bacteria that lives inside a common parasitic worm. A study published Wednesday in Science Advances has found that a compound derived from these bacteria is three times more potent than DEET in repelling mosquitoes. More research must be done to demonstrate its safety, but this bacterial chemical could play an important role in the fight against mosquito-borne illness.Susan Paskewitz, a professor of entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who oversaw the study, explains that the project started in the lab of her late colleague, Que Lan. She and her student Il-Hwan Kim were studying bacteria called Xenorhabdus budapestensis, which lives inside the tiny roundworms called nematodes. These nematodes parasitize insects in the soil, sneaking into their bodies and releasing hordes of Xenorhabdus, which soon kill the insect. Then, without the insect’s immune system to contend with, the nematodes devour the carcass and multiply.According to Paskewitz, Lan wanted to crack Xenorhabdus’ insecticidal code in hopes that it might lead to a novel mosquito killer. She put the bacteria into the artificial blood supply she feeds to her mosquito colonies, hoping they would ingest the bacteria and she could track whether the mosquitoes were harmed. But her mosquitoes wouldn’t go anywhere near the treated blood, much less ingest it. “The mosquitoes would die from drying out rather than touch the thing,” says Paskewitz. That observation stuck in Paskewitz’s mind, suggesting that something produced by these bacteria make might be useful as an insect repellent.Since the 1940s, the chemical DEET has been our first line of defense against mosquitoes. It’s still the most effective repellent we have. But DEET has its problems. One is stigma. “As a public health entomologist, I believe that DEET is an effective and safe product to use [the EPA agrees], but I do know that some consumers are concerned about synthetic chemicals,” says Paskewitz. “Whether those concerns are founded in evidence may be beside the point. What matters from my perspective is that people don’t have a barrier to using repellents, so that in the event of the next Zika or West Nile virus outbreak, we’re prepared.” DEET also needs to be reapplied often, which can leave people exposed if they forget. And at high concentrations, DEET can melt plastic, making it difficult to imbue DEET into clothing that could be worn for longer-lasting protection.What’s more, DEET’s effectiveness may not be permanent, according to Silvie Huijben, an evolutionary biologist and disease ecologist at Arizona State University. “There is some evidence that resistance to DEET can evolve in mosquito populations, and mosquitoes can also learn to overcome their aversion to DEET,” she says. Because living populations can evolve in response to single interventions, it’s best tackle the problem from many angles. “In that sense, there is a void to be filled,” Huijben says.To see if Xenorhabdus could fill that void, Paskewitz and her collaborator Mayur Kajla first had to isolate the potential repellent from everything else the bacteria produces. To home in on the active compound, Kajla isolated smaller and smaller components of a sort of bacterial soup and tested whether each mixture repelled mosquitoes.Kajla explains that since we don’t yet know whether this substance is toxic, scientists can’t just slather a subject’s arm in Xenorhabdus, stick it into a swarm of mosquitoes and see if they bite. So instead, he put a mixture of mosquito food – basically, fake blood dyed red — inside a skin-like sausage casing membrane. He soaked cheesecloth in the bacterial soup and layered it over this casing. Then, mosquitoes had 30 minutes to feed, after which the researchers counted how many mosquitoes were engorged with red bellies. The better the repellent, the fewer red bellies. Eventually Kajla identified the repellent compound that the bacteria secreted. Chemical analysis revealed it to be part of a class of chemicals known as fabclavines. With the repellent identified, Kajla then used the same setup to see how it fared against existing repellents. “We were surprised at how well the bacterial repellent worked,” says Kajla. You’d need three times as much DEET and eight times as much picaridin, another effective repellent, to repel the same percentage of insects.The researchers varied the concentration of the fabclavine mixture and observed that at lower concentrations, most mosquitoes landed on the feeding apparatus, but only about half fed. This suggests that, at low concentrations of the mixture, mosquitoes are repelled by the taste, but not the smell. By contrast, almost no mosquitoes landed and none fed when there were higher concentrations of the chemical, suggesting the mosquitoes were repelled by the smell alone. Kajla says, “at this point we don’t know how the deterrent is affecting mosquitoes, but it could be both taste and smell.””This is a really exciting result,” says Matthew DeGennaro, a neurogeneticist at Florida International University who studies mosquito genetics and was not involved in the study. “DEET is almost like magic, and we don’t find things that work as well as it does everyday.” DeGennaro also raised the possibility that the mosquitoes’ repulsion might be an innate, adaptive strategy to avoid getting anywhere near the deadly Xenorhabdus that harbor the compound. More work needs to be done before you can douse yourself in this bacterial concoction and head into the woods with abandon. According to Paskewitz, fabclavines may be difficult to chemically synthesize at scale. But “bacterial fermentation, which is used to produce the widely used insecticide Bt could work for fabclavines,” Paskewitz says.According to Huijben, the broader fight against mosquito-borne disease is changing, and repellents may play an increasingly important role. In the case of malaria, which she studies, mosquito populations are adapting around once effective measures. Bed nets proved effective in preventing the transmission of malaria via mosquitoes, which historically happened during evening hours when mosquitoes fed. But Huijben says mosquitoes are evolving to feed outside during the daytime, when their food source isn’t safely snoozing under a net. If fabclavine proves safe, effective and practical for human use, the ancient methods of the roundworm and its bacterial partners in crime could prove to be the latest weapon in the race to ward off mosquitoes.Jonathan Lambert is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Three disabled activists who took the government to court in an unsuccessful bid to stop the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have called on Labour MPs to halt their attempts to topple their party leader.Anne Pridmore Gabriel Pepper (pictured) and Stuart Bracking have pointed out that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had been “unstinting” in his support for ILF-users throughout the campaign to prevent the fund’s closure.The trio were joined by Paul Taylforth, the father of a fourth former ILF-user who was involved in the court cases, in raising concerns about developments within the party.They sent an email outlining their concerns to Corbyn, deputy party leader Tom Watson, the shadow chancellor John McDonnell, the present and previous shadow ministers for disabled people, Debbie Abrahams and Kate Green, and Neil Coyle, a Labour MP and a former director of Disability Rights UK.They pointed out that Corbyn issued a statement on the day ILF closed in June last year pledging to campaign for it to be reinstated.Their court bids to overturn the government’s decision to close the fund were finally defeated in December 2014, prompting Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, to suggest that the move signalled “the end of the right to independent living for disabled people in the UK”.They said in this week’s statement: “The democratic election of Jeremy Corbyn last September instilled hope among many disabled people and their families that the Labour party had turned a corner, and would campaign hard to stop further austerity and cuts to public services and benefits.“A number of judicial reviews brought in recent years reflect the impact public service cuts are having on the lives of disabled people and their families.“While legal challenges are sometimes successful, they cannot achieve the impact and change an effective political campaign can.“Rather than sow further division, we would urge Labour MPs to remember who austerity and public sector cuts are hitting the hardest, and the lives now being destroyed by them.”They said there was a “desperate need for unity” among working-class people and said the Labour party and its MPs needed to “consider their responsibility and duty of care towards those who will continue to face the consequences if we fail to end austerity now”.They said this would only be possible if the party united behind Corbyn’s leadership and worked with trade unions and disability campaigners to “build a political movement to achieve this”.This week, Corbyn lost a vote of confidence among his own MPs by 172 votes to 40, and now faces a leadership challenge from former minister Angela Eagle.Yesterday (Wednesday), the former ILF-users were joined in their call by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which issued its own appeal to Labour members to back Corbyn.In a statement on its website, it praised the “unstinting support” that Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell had given to both DPAC and disabled people.It said: “Both have spoken out and voted against every horror the Tories have imposed on disabled people.”McDonnell has sent a message to DPAC, urging all of its members and supporters “to support Jeremy if there is a leadership election”, and calling on non-members to join the party so they can vote for him.Only last month, research by Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People suggested that the government’s failure to ring-fence the funding it was handing to local authorities following the ILF closure was leading to a “postcode lottery” of support for former ILF-recipients.ILF was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, and by last year it was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But ministers decided it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred to councils in England and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland, to cover the period from its closure last summer to April 2016.The Scottish government has set up its own ILF for existing recipients in Scotland, while the Welsh government has set up a ring-fenced, local authority-run grant scheme that will run until at least 31 March 2017.The minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, announced in February that the government would provide another four years of transition funding to local authorities in England in 2016-17 (£177 million), 2017-18 (£171 million), 2018-19 (£166 million) and 2019-20 (£161 million), but that the money would again not be ring-fenced.
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