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Mending bridges

first_imgAfter rattling the government for much part of his tenure, General V. K. Singh showed signs of burying the hatchet in the last 24 hours before his retirement. As the reasons for the turnaround were being speculated, it emerged that during this brief period, he had two meetings with Defence Minister A. K Antony.After he met three service chiefs recently, Antony spent some time with the outgoing general where the two sat across the table. The defence minister again met the general on Wednesday night at a wedding. The two are learnt to have spent considerable time together at the function.last_img

Saina beats Bae Yeon to enter Dubai World Superseries semifinal

first_imgIndia’s top shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated Bae Yeon Ju of Korea 15-21, 21-7, 21-17 to enter Dubai World Superseries semifinal on Friday.Saina despite playing well in the first game lost her way, which gave the Korean an opening to fight back. However, in the second game the Indian shuttler found her mojo back and dominated from the start.The Korean southpaw found herself in all kind of trouble handling Saina’s disguised drop shots, especially her net play. Eventually, Bae Yeon conceded the second game tamely 7-21.In the third deciding it was all nerves for both the players, but Saina kept attacking her opponent to close the game and match at 21-17.last_img

India will be tougher to beat in Bengaluru, feels Michael Clarke

first_imgMichael Clarke said that Australia won’t find it easy to beat India in the second Test in Bengaluru. He even went onto say that the result could have been different if India had won the toss in Pune.”India will be tougher for Australia to beat in Bengaluru than in Pune. If India would’ve won toss and batted in Pune, I don’t know if result would’ve been the same,” Clarke said. (Also read: Virat Kohli is a tough character, he’s ready for Bengaluru Test: Michael Clarke to India Today)Clarke said that a first innings score of 450 or more is mandatory irrespective of who wins the toss in India.”In India, the first innings total is critical. If you get a good first innings score of 450 or more, it doesn’t matter who wins the toss. How you bat in the first innings, that dictates the game. So getting more runs in the first innings should be the focus for both teams.” (Also read: India need to combat Smith, Starc and Warner in Bengaluru: Michael Clarke to India Today)The 35-year-old hailed Australia’s first innings score of 265 as a “very good score” on a dry Pune track.”We have seen that in Pune, Australia made 265 which is a very good score on a tough wicket, India went on to make 105, so mainly the Test match was over after the first innings. Australia had a lead of 150 or more, it was always a tough task for India to chase in the second innings of a Test match.” (Also read: Michael Clarke drives auto-rickshaw in Bengaluru)advertisementFor Clarke, the wicket in Bengaluru will deteriorate over the last two days.”In sub-continent, it feels like the game is moving quite slowly over the first three days, so then the final two days when the wicket does deteriorate, the ball starts spinning more with inconsistent bounce and pace, then it starts troubling the batsmen.”Kohli and Co. has to combat four players if they need to win, feels Clarke.”India need to combat four big players in the Australian team – (Steve) Smith, (David) Warner, (Mitchell) Starc and (Josh) Hazlewood. India now know they have to be at their best to beat Australia,” he said.Clarke said that Indians can’t afford to be “butter fingered” like in Pune where Steve Smith was let off five times.”Hang on to your catches otherwise Smith will make a hundred.”He also supported the under pressure senior players like Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma.”Rahane is a terrific player, India will give him another opportunity. He’s earned that right. Ishant deserves to be in this team. He is a wonderful bowler, bowled really well against England,” Clarke said.last_img read more

Jamia Millia Islamia Recruitment 2018: Here’s how to apply at

first_imgJamia Millia Islamia has invited applications from eligible candidates for filling up the various posts. Interested candidates can apply through the official website, the link for which is details:Total posts: 52Name of the posts:Academic postsUniversity Librarian: 1Deputy Librarian: 1Assistant Librarian: 2Assistant Director: 1Non-Teaching postsInternational Audit Officer: 1Assistant Registrars: 2Instructor (Tie & Dye): 1Section Officers: 4Junior Engineer (Civil): 1Technical Assistant (Special Education): 1Technical Assistant: 1Conservationist: 1Assistant Conservationist: 1Sports Coach: 1Junior Laboratory Assistants: 2LDCs: 20Urdu Typist: 1Security Assistants: 4Multi Tasking Staff: 6Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:Candidates should have a degree in the relevant discipline from a recognised university or institute.Pay scale:Candidates will get a salary of Rs 5,200 to Rs 37,400 per month. For more details, candidates can check out the official website.How to apply:Interested candidates can submit the application form to “The office of the Assistant Registrar, Recruitment and Promotion Section, Second Floor, Registrar’s Office, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025,” through a proper channel so as to reach before the closing date.Important date:Last date to apply: May 21, 2018, within 5 pmFor any query, candidates can visit the official website, SBI PO Recruitment 2018 begins for 2,000 posts: Apply now at Tripura board 10th, 12th results 2018: How and where to checkFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Omung Kumar to direct sports drama Yubi Lukpi

first_imgMumbai, Apr 26 (PTI) Director Omung Kumar will once again collaborate with producer Sandeep Singh on another sports drama “Yubi Lukpi”.The duo earlier worked together on Priyanka Chopra-starrer “Mary Kom” and “Sarbjit.The new project will be once again set in the north-east and focuses on Yubi Lukpi, a local Manipuri sport which is played with coconuts and is said to be similar to rugby. “With Yubi Lukpi, we are tracing the journey of the Indian rugby team. Yes, India plays Rugby and its high time the sport gets a pushup in the country. Were still working on the story and once complete, we will begin shooting,” Omung said in a statement.He has been working on the project for the past two years.”Omung does wonders with sports dramas. We wanted to tell the story of rugby to the people of this country. Every sport deserves to have its story told and to have people cheering for them. We did not plan on going back to Manipur, but the story took us there,” Sandeep said.Filming is expected to start next year and will take place in Manipur and London, with some portions being shot in Mauritius. PTI RB RB RBlast_img read more

David Richardson to step down as ICC chief executive after World Cup

first_imgInternational Cricket Council announced on Tuesday that David Richardson will be stepping down as ICC chief executive once his contract expires after the 2019 World Cup.Richardson, who became the first person to hold the position of ICC General Manager Cricket in 2002, was promoted to chief executive in 2012.”The hardest thing as a cricketer is knowing when the time is right to retire. But for me, the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year is about right,” Richardson said in a media release.The ICC said they would begin a global recruitment process to identify Richardson’s successor.”I have enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am pleased with what we have achieved in creating greater context for all formats of the game and securing increased opportunities and clear pathways for all members to play at the highest level,” Richardson added.”I will do all I can over the next 12 months to ensure that we complete our work on the new global strategy aimed at growing the game both in our traditional and new markets, and, in particular put on a World Cup that does the game proud.”ICC chairman Shashank Manohar thanked the former South Africa wicketkeeper for his contribution at the helm.”On behalf of the ICC board, I would like to thank David for his service and commitment to cricket over the past 16 years and, particularly, over the last six years as CEO.””His achievements speak for themselves, but in recent history the commercial success of the sport, his leadership of the ICC team and establishing greater context for international cricket are of particular note.advertisement”David will be missed by everyone in the game, but this is an opportunity for the ICC to drive forward our new global growth strategy, which David has played an integral part in developing, under new leadership. A global recruitment process will now get underway to identify the right person to lead the ICC,” Manohar added.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Spate of ACL injuries no surprise given way AFLW is set up

first_imgAustralia sport Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share via Email A typical ACL injury usually means 12 months on the sidelines, starting with a reconstruction and daily physio before slowly getting back into running in straight lines, and then in time building up the strength, stability and confidence to begin changing direction. But there’s also usually other damage to the knee, possibly to the meniscus or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) that could complicate the process.There are several reasons why AFLW players might be susceptible to ACL injuries. The nature of Australian rules football means knee injuries are one of the most common you’ll see, but because of the way the AFLW competition started, a higher rate of knee injuries was always going to be a risk.Consider the way the league was set up. What we have seen is many footballers who were perhaps only training a couple of nights a week, suddenly put in a professional environment where the speed of the game is much quicker. Not just because those playing are the best of the best, but the grounds are so much better, and the new rules mean the game is designed to be quicker than anything they’ve played before.The preparation the players have had means their bodies haven’t necessarily been strengthened in the way they need to be to reduce the incidence of these injuries. This is not a slight on the players, the coaching staff or the clubs at all, they have all been just as hamstrung by the timeframes involved. To a degree this has been the appeal of those coming from elite backgrounds in other sports; they’ve had elite training for years, which means their biggest task is to learn the football side.If you look at the men’s game, only a handful of draftees will make their debuts in the first year they are on an AFL list, and even fewer will become a regular fixture in the side. On the contrary, because of the nature of the competition, many AFLW clubs had up to seven or eight players debuting in round one, players who in a more established competition would be given so much more time to get their bodies ready for the rigours of top-flight football. Australian rules football Topics Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email comment AFLW Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Reuse this content Record crowd for women’s domestic sport game attend Perth AFLW match Many ACLs are non-impact injuries, done when a player lands awkwardly after jumping in a marking contest, or trying to change direction. This means that strength and stability of the knee is critical. The best way to prevent injuries to the knee is by building strength in the major muscles of the lower body – namely the quads and in particular the vastus medialis oblique (VMO), which is a muscle that plays a central role in stabilising the knee. Usually this means lots of heavy, deep squats and just as importantly, time. Time for your body to recover and adapt between sessions and many months and years in the gym.Some, like Peter Brukner, have come out this week arguing that cis women are more susceptible to ACL injuries in sport. An important issue that has been overlooked, however, and is not about biology, is the way women have been encouraged to train. They have been steered away from the weights room and instead told to do more cardio – when in fact women stand to benefit more from the preventative benefits of weight training than men. Look at how many women have issues with hyper mobility; while weight training won’t stop someone being hyper mobile, it will certainly help prevent people from potentially getting into dangerous positions as a result.The AFLW players simply haven’t had time – while most, critically, continue to work full or part-time jobs because the wages they are paid means they can’t afford to be full-time athletes. Not only is their pre-season shorter, but they need to use the limited time they have to focus on ball skills and team set-ups. As the old saying goes, there’s only so much time in the day and given they have what is essentially a three-month pre-season, the strength component just can’t be given the attention it needs and deserves in the way it can when the athletes are full-time and pre-seasons close to six months.One might think that because the season is short the players have a longer off season, but anyone who knows women’s footy will quickly tell you that it isn’t the case. For while they might not be with their AFL clubs, these players still play a full season in their state leagues, and that simply isn’t conducive to running an effective strength cycle. These players are still recovering from games, training with their clubs and going to work. This is one reason why the introduction of the last touch out of bounds rule needs to be looked at. Already playing in extreme heat with only 16 on the field, the game was fast and tiring enough for the players. Where players would usually have reset at a stoppage, this opportunity has now been taken away. The ball is in play quicker, and as a result the players (midfielders especially) have much less time to recover. With fatigue comes a loss in strength, and so the question has to be asked whether the neverending desire to speed up the game is in the best interested of the players given the injuries we’ve seen.Unfortunately, none of these issues are going to be able to be addressed this season, and it’s going to be a while until we see the women able to be as well prepared in the gym as the men before taking the field. Until then, the worry is that ACLs are only going to keep coming. Read more It’s painful to say it, but there is little if any hope anterior cruciate ligament injuries (ACLs) in AFLW are going to go away. This is not to wish ill on anyone, but to acknowledge that we’ve found ourselves in a perfect set of circumstances for these injuries to occur.Over the weekend we first saw Carlton captain Bri Davey and then the Western Bulldogs’ No1 draft pick Isabella Huntington go down with ruptured ACLs, their seasons over and the premiership hopes of each team taking a big hit. Then, on Tuesday morning, news filtered through that Fremantle’s Brianna Green had ruptured her ACL at training the week before. last_img read more

Smoke from Ontario forest fires impacting air quality in Sudbury and North

first_imgEnvironment Canada says a special air quality statement has been issued for the northern Ontario cities of Sudbury and North Bay due to smoke from forest fires in the area.The agency says smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility, and warns conditions may deteriorate if the smoke descends to ground level.The main source of the smoke is a fire known as Parry Sound 33 that has forced evacuations in parts of the municipality of Killarney, Ont., and prompted an evacuation alert in part of French River, Ont.Parry Sound 33, which has burned through more than 100 square kilometres of forest, started on July 18 and is only five kilometres from the Trans-Canada Highway.Ministry of Natural Resources spokesman Shayne McCool says Ontario Provincial Police are monitoring the highway to make sure smoke doesn’t reduce visibility to unsafe levels.McCool says the fire has not expanded since Tuesday, but the area has not received hoped-for rain that would have helped crews battle the blaze, which is listed as not under control.“We were hoping to see some precipitation come and drop on that fire, but unfortunately we haven’t seen a large amount,” he said.The fire has been less active due to high humidity levels and cloud cover allowing crews to “continue to make good progress in the containment areas of that fire,” McCool said.The ministry said there were more than 500 firefighters battling the blaze on Tuesday and McCool said about the same number were involved on Wednesday.As of Tuesday evening, there were 41 active fires across northeastern Ontario and 101 fires in the northwest.Ontario is receiving support from across Canada, the United States and Mexico as it deals with the fires, the ministry said.There have been 914 forest fires in Ontario so far this year, compared to the 10-year average of 517 at this point in the season.last_img read more

Citizens 911 call leads to seizure of airsoft gun drugs in

A 28-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after a concerned citizen called police to report a suspicious vehicle in Dundas.Officers were called to the area of Napier St. and King St. West shortly after 11 p.m. Monday. Police began investigating a man and woman who were inside the vehicle. They say the man tried to mislead police by failing to properly identify himself and he was arrested.Officers searched the driver and found 15 grams of cocaine powder, 18 grams of crystal meth, hydromorphone pills, oxycodone pills and drug paraphernalia.They also located an airsoft handgun with ammunition.A Hamilton man has been charged with several drug and weapons-related charges. He is scheduled to appear in court later Tuesday.

Security Council approves threemonth extension for UN Mission in Liberia

With the unanimous adoption of a new resolution, the Council extend UNMIL through 31 and decided that the authorized ceilings of the Mission’s military and police components should remain at 1240 and 606 personnel, respectively. Affirming its readiness to consider the withdrawal of UNMIL and transition to a future United Nations presence, the Council recalled its request that the Secretary-General conduct an assessment mission to Liberia to provide recommendations by 15 November, including an update on the proposed modalities regarding the transfer of the regional quick reaction force.Briefing the Council in late in August, Farid Zarif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMIL, said many Liberians are concerned about the prospect of the Mission’s withdrawal and potential lack of UN support during the October 2017 presidential and legislative elections.“There is a consensus among national actors that the next elections will be a critical test for Liberia’s stability, democracy and development,” Mr. Zarif said, emphasizing that both the Government of Liberia and the international community must not lose sight of the still arduous path to sustainable peace in the country and the region, which “will require long-term robust engagement by all concerned, particularly by this august Council.” read more

FarRight on the rise warns Security Minister

first_imgA former police chief last week warned that online anti-Muslim sentiment had been “relentless” after the London Bridge attack that killed eight.Mak Chishty, an ex-Metropolitan Police commander who had been the country’s most senior Muslim officer before his retirement, said: “The backlash has been something of a different scale.”Extremists were hoping to “feed off the tension” caused by Islamist terrorist attacks to plot violence of their own, the Government’s independent terror law watchdog warned earlier this year.David Anderson QC, said in February: “The threat from extreme Right-wing terrorism in the UK is currently fragmented but the massacre perpetrated by Anders Breivik in Norway is a warning against underestimating the threat.“Both the Government and the courts treat the threat with the seriousness it deserves. Extreme Right-wing ideology can be just as murderous as its Islamist equivalent. A sophisticated network is not a prerequisite for mass slaughter.”A quarter of those referred to the Government’s Channel programme, which seeks to protect those vulnerable of being radicalised, are now singled out for suspected far-Right extremism.The increase in far-Right arrests has contributed to a jump in the proportion of white suspects being held under counter-terrorism legislation.In the year to the end of March, there were 113 arrests of white people, compared with 68 in the year before – an increase of 66 per cent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Speaking after the Finsbury Park terrorist attack, Ben Wallace, the security minister, said: “What I can say on this case is this individual, so far as we know at the moment, was not known to us, but we are aware of a rise in the far-Right.”He said online propaganda was helping fuel far-Right radicalisation, just as it was feeding Islamist extremism.He said: “One of the biggest problems we all have is multi media today.“The speed and grooming that these people involve themselves in, whether Islamic or far-Right, are something we all have to grapple together.” The jump came after a neo-Nazi group called National Action in December became the first extreme Right-wing group to be banned as a terrorist organisation.The anti-Semitic and white supremacist group had celebrated the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox by Right-wing extremist Thomas Mair.Aaron Winter, an academic at the University of East London who researches far-Right extremism, said neo-Nazi groups had increasingly pushed an anti-Muslim agenda.He said: “In the past number of years, from 7/7 but also more recently, there’s been organisation around anti-Muslim activism.“There’s an increasing mobilisation against Muslims.” The white ethnic group accounted for 37 per cent of all terrorism-related arrests in the 12 months, compared with 26 per cent in the previous year.Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said: “The Government must ensure urgently the security services have all the resources they need to investigate and prevent extremism-inspired attacks of whatever origin.” Ben Wallace, Security MinisterCredit:Julian Simmondscenter_img He said recent years had seen “increased activism and plots, increased public statements about calling for violence”, from Right-wing extremists, but police had also been paying more attention to their activities.He said there had been an increase in hate crimes such as arsons at mosques, as anti-Muslim rhetoric became more prevalent.Police in London recorded a spike in the number of Islamophobic incidents after the London Bridge terrorist attack earlier this month, with 20 recorded on June 6 – compared with a daily average of 3.5.The tally was the highest this year and more than after the Paris attacks in November 2015, and the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013. Home Office Figures released last weekshowed that while international Islamist violence continues to account for most terror arrests, the number held for domestic terrorism in Great Britain, which is dominated by the far-Right, leapt from 10 to 48 last year. Ben Wallace, Security Minister The Government’s security minister has warned of the rise of far-Right extremism in Britain, as the latest Home Office figures showed a sharp rise in arrests for domestic terrorism offences.The number people held for suspected domestic terror offences jumped nearly five-fold in the past 12 months in Great Britain.Far-Right terrorist suspects drove the  increase, security sources told the Telegraph.last_img read more

Vancouver port may forgo 1 percent property tax hike

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver’s voter-elected leaders may choose to collect less in property taxes than the law allows. They face concerned port administrators, who have cautioned that doing so would reduce the port’s ability to borrow money for economic-development projects.But with a 2011 draft budget that’s about even with the current year’s spending plan, two of the port’s three commissioners — Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe — think the port can afford to forgo the 1 percent property tax hike it’s allowed under the law. To do so would cost the port roughly $100,000 and would only save the average household about 76 cents.During a workshop this week to discuss the port’s 2011 budget, Commission President Oliver asked administrators whether the port could “get along without” taking the available 1 percent increase in its property tax levy next year. The port’s finance director, Maggie Smith, replied that the port could probably do that but it would hamper its capacity to obtain loans for port improvements and to use accumulated levy dollars as collateral for those loans. Discussion of property taxes occurred as part of the port’s overall work to craft a budget for next year. The draft spending proposal is largely status quo: It apportions $58.4 million, down roughly 1 percent from 2010, to cover everything from rail and marine operations to information technology and environmental cleanup projects. “We’re running tight now,” said Larry Paulson, the port’s executive director.Initiative 747, approved by state voters in 2001, imposed a 1 percent cap on increases in state and local property-tax collections. About 16.5 percent of the port’s budget comes from these taxes, with the rest coming from tenant rents, shipping fees and other non-tax revenue sources. The port’s draft spending proposal includes the 1 percent it is allowed, increasing property-tax collections by roughly $100,000 to $9.7 million. That means the owner of a property with an assessed value of $222,785 would pay $89.71 — up 76 cents from last year — for the port’s share of property-tax collections in Clark County.Port commissioners expect to vote on the final 2011 budget on Nov. 9. Oliver said he will propose not taking the 1 percent property-tax increase. “It’s not a big impact, but it’s the principle,” Oliver said. “I certainly don’t want to raise taxes in a down economy.”last_img read more

Kenai Eagle Cam Has The First Egg Of The Season

first_imgAccording to City Manager Paul Ostrander the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been working with the city on the project: “This year we actually got the Refuge to partner with us, they are going to provide information about the eagles for us throughout the season.”  The City Council approved funds back in February for an upgrade to the camera system, which the upgrades have been installed in time for this season. According to a post on the City of Kenai Facebook page, around 7:08 p.m., they got the first glimpse of an egg in the nest. According to the post the city plans to post an extended version showing the entire process from the return to the nest until the female eagle is nestled in on top of the new egg. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on April 15th, 2018 at 09:58 amThe City of Kenai announced yesterday that the first egg of the season is visible on the city’s Eagle Cam. In a letter to the City Council Ostrander stated that in its first year of operation the Kenai Eagle Cam was successful, and in just the first summer of operations, the Eagle Cam was viewed for 2,083,618 minutes. In 2017 the City, partnered with the Kenai Chamber of Commerce to begin streaming live images of a nesting eagle pair.last_img read more

BToB Tech Outlook

first_imgThe b-to-b media mix is shifting. Consumers are accessing content on their own terms from a variety of platforms, marketers are redirecting their spending accordingly and publishers are altering their business models to attract and support the best opportunities. Here, FOLIO: convened some of b-to-b’s top leadership to provide an in-their-own-words look at how they’re prioritizing their capital investments in IT and other technology to support content creation, distribution and sales.Ted BahrCo-Founder and President, BZ MediaOur primary investments in technology right now are people. We have been moving to consolidate our databases into the ‘One Database To Rule Them All’ and have found that to be a difficult challenge. There is a universal challenge in gathering data from different sources and coding it to match our central database. We have data coming in from email vendors, event registration companies, a circulation fulfillment house and our own internal lead generation systems.In the meantime, we are adding another software developer and have found that the market has improved—for them not for us! But it’s the future. We have also hired a dedicated Internet marketing manager who is completely focused on advancing our SEO and SEM initiatives. This replaces a more general overall marketing manager. We feel we need the firepower trained directly on the web without any distractions from other marketing activities. John Siefert CEO, Virgo PublishingWe are currently investing in people, platforms and cloud services to streamline data delivery to any device, enable proper redundancy/failover of our systems, burst around online point-in-time content and optimize data analytics and lead-gen. On the people side, we have hired and promoted a number of web developers on the front end (design/optimization) and the back end (people with chops in development within our CMS system and DBA’s that understand how to architect and extract data). In 2012, instead  of buying a high-end lead management system, we created our own which automates lead capture and delivery, enabling our program managers in marketing services to skip 3 or 4 steps in the lead delivery process.We are also seeing a lot of use around video on mobile device platforms, especially for our Business Value Toolbox from Channel Partners and our SupplySide Beverage Insights site—we have optimized the mobile version of the site, enabling the user to be greeted with the video content, however, we will be doing more here through the year. We see the mobile video category as a key to our continued global expansion.Bill CarterCEO, ALMALM is investing more capital this year than in the previous couple years. These investments align around clear strategic priorities that allow ALM to deliver a better reader experience, produce content in greater volume, and do it at a lower cost. We believe by focusing on these core capabilities, we’ll create a differentiated experience for our customers. They include:Content Automation: Using data and technology that looks at structured content and automates the creation of articles and summaries. We have two initiatives in this area, and with these tools will be able to increase the volume of content we produce on a daily basis.Personalization through Big Data enhancements to Audience Database: ALM serves hundreds of thousands of b-to-b customers each month, but by using big data to enhance our audience database with behavioral data we can get a clearer picture of our readers, allowing us to better personalize our content (and ultimately promotional offers). Mobile: Over the past year, mobile traffic to ALM content has doubled. We’re making investments to ensure that our sites are optimized for mobile, our eNewsletters are mobile aware, and that we offer apps for the leading mobile platforms.CMS: As the industry moves toward more platforms, it’s essential to streamline and optimize the way content gets published. ALM is investing in technology to ensure that it is easy for us to create and post content with minimal effort and no duplication in the process.Peter GoldstoneCEO, Hanley WoodAs we progress with our digital transformation, making the right investments in enabling technology is critical. We are putting more capital to work on technology solutions today than at any time in our recent past.Hanley Wood is now focusing on three primary technology investments: 1. Producing content more efficiently And with greater impact for our audiences. Our new ‘radar desk’ content aggregation format is quickly developing and curating content across multiple audiences and platforms. User generated content is now a core element of our strategy—giving our audience more control in the process.2. Streamlining our operational infrastructure to be more efficient.A new company-wide CRM and marketing automation system will come online later this year. Editorial operations in both digital and print are now consolidated.3. Investing in the advertiser/client proposition is a top priority.A new, consolidated audience database is in development, which will allow the company to build a powerful demand generation platform and shape the framework for big data audience extension.Jasmine AlexanderSenior Vice President, CIO, PentonOur technology strategy is to invest once in building platforms and tools, then deploy many times across our multiple verticals.Specifically, we have invested heavily in a company-wide CMS built on Drupal. We have migrated all of our 60-plus content sites to this platform. And we are continuously rolling out new features as business models around content evolve. We also are experimenting with cloud-based solutions, big data and visualization technology, MongoDB and several other new technologies that are now available or coming to market. Penton also is leveraging mobile technologies. Our team introduced a paid iPad app with workflow functionality around aggregated and original content.The underlying theme here is that as technology changes the way Penton does business, it’s also changing our IT culture. We’re thinking tech-forward, and behaving much more like a software company than a media company. Neal VitalePresident and CEO, 1105 Media, Inc.We have been investing for a long time in our digital capabilities, which has helped us grow in that area by double digits in each of the last several years. We recently completed an update to our CMS (Sitecore). We haven’t necessarily invested in other proprietary systems or platforms, but rather made sure that our overall IT infrastructure was robust enough to support expansion areas like video. And we are investigating a variety of options for tablet publishing, CRM, marketing automation, lead scoring and the like. I feel that we are in a long evolutionary process where we incrementally improve and refine our technology, as opposed to making any radical change or major one-off capital investment.last_img read more

HISD School Board Picks Richard Carranza as Sole Finalist for Superintendent

first_img 00:00 /01:19 Listen The board of trustees for the Houston Independent School District has picked its top choice for its next superintendent.In a special meeting Wednesday, the board voted unanimously to name Richard Carranza as lone finalist for the job.Carranza currently leads the San Francisco Unified School District in California. He’s also worked in Arizona and Las Vegas. He speaks Spanish fluently and is skilled in mariachi.“He fits Houston. Mr. Carranza is the right leader at the right time for Houston’s children,” said HISD Board President Manuel Rodriguez.Rodriguez said that Carranza stood out from a pool of 35 candidates, including 29 men and six women. He highlighted his work in bilingual education, fine arts and discipline, reducing suspensions and trying to keep children in the classroom.Trustee Jolanda Jones said that Carranza has shown he thinks outside the box and is used to working with kids from all backgrounds.“We were part of the same village,” Jones said.Under Texas law, the board has to wait 21 days before taking a final vote on whether to hire Carranza.Carranza is expected to visit HISD next week.The HISD board has been searching for a new leader for months. Almost a year ago in September, longtime superintendent Terry Grier announced he would retire early, effective at the end of February. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X last_img read more

Stop the Hunger Now Program

first_imgThe Lambda Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, in partnership with the Heritage Fellowship Church, is sponsoring a Stop Hunger Now Meal Packaging event on Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2501 Fox Mill Road. The program will allow participants to combat hunger by funding and packaging high protein, healthy foods. Each meal package can feed up to six individuals and costs 29 cents. For more information, visit

Green Ideas Making Concrete from Rice

first_img( — Concrete accounts for about 5% of all human-related CO2 emissions. The fact that we use so much cement in building could mean that the issue becomes even more pronounced in the future. But what if there was a way to make concrete that was more environmentally friendly? A team of researchers in Texas things there might be — by adding rice to concrete. Image source: Citation: Green Ideas: Making Concrete from Rice (2009, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further New homes rise from rubbish One of the ingredients that can be used in cement is ash. By mixing rice husk ash into the cement, there is the possibility of greener concrete. Discovery News offers this on the process of creating carbon neutral rice ash:Now, Rajan Vempati of ChK Group, Inc. in Plano, Texas, and a team of researchers have figured out a way to make nearly carbon-free rice husk ash. Heating husks to 800 degrees centigrade (1,472 degrees Fahrenheit) in a furnace drives off carbon, leaving fine particles of nearly pure silica behind.”The process emits some CO2, but it’s carbon neutral. Any that we emit goes back annually into the rice paddies,” Vempati said.Concrete is a favorite repository of unwanted waste materials, from steel slag to silica fume, since it can provide a useful way of recycling products that are hard to get rid of without filling landfills. Ash from rice husks, while not completely neutralizing the pollution that comes from making cement, could reduce it. On top of that, this ash provides protection against corrosion and strengthens the concrete.The process has yet to be refined and tested in real-world conditions, so the idea is still mostly in its initial stages. However, when one considers that up and coming economic powers, such as India and (especially) China, will be likely ramping up production of concrete for use in buildings and roads, the prospect of reducing carbon emissions and pollution through the use of risk husk ash in concrete becomes even more interesting.© 2009 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Why LGBT Travelers love Malta as the number one destination on Europe

first_imgMalta retains top spot on Europe Rainbow Index for the third year runningMalta ranked No.1 European LGBTQ+ travel destinationMalta will host first LGBT+ Tourism SummitMore articles on eTurboNews click here Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Like this:Like Loading… Malta has a strong focus on LGBT Travelers. Malta will once again be a sponsor of Brighton Pride 2018, another favorite for LGBT Travelers Malta will also become the first European country to host TropOut’s annual summer festival. Taking place in September 2018, TropOut will offer a an unforgettable travel experience for the modern gay traveller in search of a holiday that combines cultural discovery, relaxation and a vibrant party scene with likeminded travellers.Peter Vella, director UK & Ireland Malta Tourism Authority, said: “We are thrilled that Malta has once again been heralded as the number one destination for LGBTQ travellers in Europe. The Maltese have always been proud to welcome the LGBTQ market to their island. Malta holds a unique combination of traditional and historical culture with a contemporary and welcoming mindset towards LGBTQ travelers and we are delighted to be setting an example for other European countries.”More information on LGBT Travel can be found on and discussed on twitter at @gaytourismOutside Europe a number of new destination are looking for the LGBT Tourism Dollar, one of the latest is another island, Guam. Tourism in the Western Pacific Ocean. First launched in 2009, the European Rainbow Index monitors both the positive and negative impacts on the LGBTQ community and considers a wide range of factors including legal gender recognition, family and marital issues and rights to asylum. Each European country holds a position on the scale; 100% being the most accurate of respect for human rights and full equality in society, and 0% showing gross violation and discrimination.2017 saw same sex marriage legalised in Malta, as well as the introduction of gender-neutral passports this year. The latter followed Parliament’s approval of the Gender Identity Act in 2015 and ensures people are able to have the gender they identify with officially recognised by the State.LGBT Travelers made Malta proud of this recognition and has firmly positioned itself as a vibrant and welcoming destination for all.center_img Share this: eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) has announced that Malta has been ranked the number one travel destination on the Europe Rainbow Index 2018 for the third year running, and LGBT Travelers visit Malta in record numbers.Out of a total of 49 European countries, Malta has been awarded an outstanding 91% in recognition of the laws, policies and lifestyles of the LGBTQ community on the Mediterranean island. This shows for LGBT Travelers spending money on Malta holidays.last_img read more

New Order to release first full studio album in a decade

first_imgRelated posts:Santana and Neil Young aren’t coming. Untangling the great, Deadhead acid test mess Michael Jackson fans: 20 unfinished tracks are stored on sound engineer’s computer The ‘Fifth Beatle’ Andy White dies at 85 Reggae royalty with a new rhythm: Ky-mani Marley LONDON – New Order are to release their first full studio album in 10 years in September, the Manchester synth pioneers announced Monday.“Music Complete” will be New Order’s first full studio release since 2005’s “Waiting For The Siren’s Call,” and sees keyboardist Gillian Gilbert return to record her first album with the band since 2001. (Courtesy“Music Complete finds the group revitalised, and where the group has previously pushed toward electronics or guitars, here the two are in balance,” said a statement on the band’s website.New Order was formed in 1980 out of the ashes of Joy Division following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis.Remaining band members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook teamed up with Gilbert and returned with a more beat-driven electronic sound after immersing themselves in early 1980s New York City club culture.Signed to the Factor records label, the band had a string of hits including “Blue Monday,” “True Faith” and “World in Motion,” which they recorded with the England football team for the 1990 World Cup finals.Bassist Hook left the band in 2007 and the line-up is now completed by Tom Chapman and guitarist Phil Cunningham.Long-term collaborator Peter Saville will once again be responsible for producing the record’s sleeve art. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

3 killed in antiterrorism raid in Indonesia

first_imgAssociated PressJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Two suspected militants and a member of an elite Indonesian anti-terrorism squad died in a shootout as police attempted to capture a group responsible for the death of a policeman a day earlier, authorities said Saturday. Another suspect was injured and arrested, they said.Police received a tip that members of a terror group believed to be responsible for the killing of the police officer were planning more attacks on Indonesia’s main island of Java, national police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said. Though the group carried out several other deadly attacks in the years that followed, it has since been largely dismantled, replaced by several smaller, less organized cells, officials say.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) He said members of the anti-terrorism squad tried to capture the three suspects late Friday at a food stall in Central Java’s Solo town, the hometown of radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, but shot them when they resisted arrest, killing two and wounding another, who was then arrested. One of the suspects fatally shot a member of the anti-terrorism squad, Amar said.“There are strong indications that they were involved in three terrorist attacks recently against security forces,” Amar said, adding that police were investigating whether the suspects were connected to Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid, an organization founded by Bashir and designated a terrorist group by the U.S. in February.Recent terror attacks in the world’s most populous Muslim nation have been by individuals or small groups and have targeted local “infidels” instead of Westerners, with less deadly results.The change signals Indonesia’s success in suppressing its main underground terror networks, but also shows how radical groups still operating in the open remain potent breeding grounds where angry young men can turn into attackers.On Thursday, two men on a motorbike stormed a police post in Solo, fatally shot an officer and fled, Amar said. Hours earlier, an anti-terrorism unit had raided a house in Bandung in West Java province and arrested computer expert Maman Kurniawan, a suspected militant. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Ansyaad Mbai, the head of Indonesia’s anti-terror agency, said Kurniawan is a key member of a new terror cell in North Sumatra’s Medan city and has helped the group hack into several websites to raise nearly $700,000 to finance their activities.During Thursday’s raid, police seized several computers and bank transfer documents that link the Medan group with other terror cells in Solo and Poso on Sulawesi island, Amar said. Police also seized a Beretta pistol and ammunition.Mbai said one of the suspects who died Friday was identified as Farhan, who studied in an Islamic school founded by Bashir, went to the Philippines and allegedly joined forces with the local extremist group Abu Sayyaf.“He was dangerous and well-trained in the use of arms … and the gun found with him was apparently stolen,” Mbai said, adding that writing on the gun said property of the Philippines National Police.Two weeks ago, two gunmen fired at a police post in Solo, injuring two officers. A day later, an assailant threw a grenade at another post, wounding two more officers.Indonesia, a secular nation of 237 million, was thrust onto the front lines in the battle against terrorism when the al-Qaida-linked network Jemaah Islamiyah attacked two crowded nightclubs on Bali island in 2002, killing 202 people, mostly foreign tourists. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more