Churm Media Reorganizes for 360Degree Approach

first_imgNewport Beach, California-based magazine publisher Churm Media has undergone a restructuring it says strengthens its commitment to building new digital content delivery channels.“Several years ago, Churm Media committed to evolving as a media company by its investment in creating interactive Web sites for all its brands,” said CEO and owner Steve Churm. Churm Media produces five regional publications: OC METRO, OC Family, OC MENUS, Inland Empire Family and Southland Golf.“What resulted was a new profit center and national recognition for the sites we built,” Churm said. “That was a huge step, but it was only the first step.” As part of the reorganization, chief content officer Kim Porrazzo was appointed to the newly-created position of president and CCO. Tina Borgatta was promoted to editor-in-chief of OC METRO and OC MENUS; associate editor Susan Belknapp was named managing editor of OC Family and Inland Empire Family; Kristen Schott, who served as an assistant Web editor, was promoted Web editor; and copy editor Larry Urish was named associate editor for all of Churm Media’s brands.No layoffs were associated with the reorganization, Churm said.In 2008, Churm invested roughly $350,000 on Web redevelopment efforts. Last year, his investment was in sales training and on bundling products as “value-add.” The company generated more than $300,000 in online revenues, he said.  Churm said the reorganization better positions the publisher as a 360-degree media company. He said he intends to double last year’s online revenue in 2010.“We’re more committed than ever to fulfilling our potential,” Churm said. “I’m talking about moving beyond having an award-winning Web site and looking for more ways to meet the marketing needs of our advertisers as well as ‘talking’ to our audience where they are—on their phones, on Facebook, in apps, through Mobile marketing networks. That’s where we’re headed and if we’re going there, we need focus.”last_img read more

Billie Eilish Drops New Song Reveals Debut Album Release Date

Billie Eilish Drops New Song Reveals Debut Album Release Date

first_imgNews Twitter The creepy “bury a friend” video, directed by horror film director Michael Chaves, features plenty of scary movie-worthy moments including a dark apartment, gloved hands forcefully grabbing Eilish and a possessed version of the young star sauntering through the shadows.The song will be featured on the upcoming album, whose track list reveals the album will give us 11 new songs, along with three previously-released ones. In addition to “bury a friend,” two tracks released in 2018 will be on the album, “you should see me in a crown” and “when the party’s over.”Earlier in January, Eilish released “WHEN I WAS OLDER,” a song inspired by ROMA, the Netflix film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. She will be touring Europe in February and March, followed by a stop in Indio, Calif. for both weekends of Coachella 2019.WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is available for pre-order now on Eilish’s website, where you can also find her tour dates.Billie Eilish: “People Underestimate The Power Of A Young Mind”Read more Facebook Billie Eilish Shares New Song, Album Release Date billie-eilish-drops-new-song-reveals-debut-album-release-datecenter_img Email Billie Eilish Drops New Song, Reveals Debut Album Release Date The 17-year-old anti-popstar just released “bury a friend” off of her newly announced upcoming debut LP, ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Jan 30, 2019 – 12:11 pm Today 17-year-old genre-nonconforming Billie Eilish shared the release date for her highly anticipated debut album, along with a new song from it. The dark single “bury a friend” and its spooky music video dropped today and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? will be released on March 29.last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of August 26 2018

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of August 26 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, August 26, 2018.Sunday, August 26No MeetingsMonday, August 27The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, August 28The Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Room at the Tech. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, August 29The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, August 30No MeetingsFriday, August 31No MeetingsSaturday, September 1No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

2020 MercedesAMG GLC63 brings refreshed V8 grunt to New York

first_img Share your voice Other new model-specific updates include a flat-bottomed AMG wheel (S models get AMG Drive Unit controls, too), as well as an added dynamic drive setting, “Slippery,” on the mode selector. There’s also a newly available upholstery combination: Magma Grey and Black leather with yellow contrast stitching.Pricing and fuel economy numbers have not yet been revealed for either the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 or GLC63 Coupe models, so we don’t yet know how well they’ll stack up against rivals like the Porsche Macan and Audi SQ5. We’ll be able to fill in the blanks as these two SUVs approach their US on-sale date late this year.Originally published April 16.Update, April 17: Adds new photos from the show floor. 31 Photos Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 49 Photos • New York Auto Show 2019 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip More From Roadshow 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV rushes into the New York Auto Show Make what you will of the very idea of a high-performance SUV (let alone one with a “four-door coupe” body style), these crossovers’ performance credentials are all but unassailable. Standard GLC63 models get a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 generating 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. If that’s not enough power for you, well, first you might want to carefully reconsider. Second, your local Mercedes dealer will happily point to the GLC63 S in either standard or Coupe bodywork. In S trim, power has been bumped out to 479 hp and 516 pound-feet. What do those power metrics translate to? Standard models rocket to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and S trims do the deed in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is let out in the S model, too, to 174 mph, while the base 63 cries uncle at 155 mph. In the model’s official press release, Mercedes notes that the GLC63 S lapped Germany’s legendarily difficult Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in just 7.49.369 minutes, a record for SUVs.Enlarge ImageMy, what big … everything you have. Mercedes-Benz The biggest change for the 2020 model year doesn’t take place under the hood or on the outside — it’s the cabin, which has been overhauled to accommodate the Mercedes-Benz User eXperience (MBUX for short). The new infotainment interface is much more powerful and configurable than the company’s outgoing COMAND system. It features a 10.2-inch floating center touchscreen atop the center stack, augmented by a 12.3-inch screen that functions as a gauge cluster. There’s also a new, vastly reconfigurable head-up display that’s available too. MBUX supports Alexa-like voice commands with the simple callout, “Hey, Mercedes,” or you can use the touchscreen functions, the gesture-control pad on the center console or a pair of steering-wheel thumbpads. That’s a lot of different ways to interact with one system, and while in our experience MBUX takes some getting used to, it’s a very powerful and attractive-looking system that allows drivers to choose their preferred interface method. 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe blitzes the New York Auto Show New York Auto Show 2019center_img See All Some updates can be seen a mile away, well before an automaker makes it official. After we saw the refreshed Mercedes-Benz GLC, we knew it would only be a matter of time before those changes applied to the hotter AMG versions, as well. Now, at the 2019 New York Auto Show, everything’s come full circle.Like the standard GLC, the GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe models receive freshened lighting fixtures front and rear, as well as newly optional 21-inch wheels and reworked trapezoidal exhaust trims. Regardless of whether you go with the more practical GLC or the more slippery-looking AMG Coupe, there are visual changes. An AMG-specific grille and a more aggressive front splitter are visually carried on through enlarged side sills to the rear of the vehicle, where you’ll find a unique rear diffuser. May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Tags reading • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 brings refreshed V8 grunt to New York Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint 1 Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Comment 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable SUVs Luxury cars Performance Cars Crossovers Audi Mercedes-Benz Porschelast_img read more

Union Budget 2014 Know Your Facts

first_imgThe newly elected Narendra Modi government is set to present its first Budget on 10 July, three days after the Budget session begins in Parliament.Here are some facts about the Union Budget you should know:The Union Budget is a financial statement of the government’s revenue and expenditure for one fiscal year (April to next March). According to Article 112 of the Indian Constitution, the Union Budget is a statement of the estimated receipts and expenditure of the government for that particular year. In other words, the Union Budget keeps an account of the finances of the government for a fiscal year.The presentation of the Union Budget is preceded by the Economic Survey, which lays down the ground for the Budget by indicating its direction and showcasing the economic performance of the country. This year, the Economic Survey will be presented on 9 July, a day before the Union Budget is presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 10 July.The Union Budget comprises two aspects – the Revenue Budget and the Capital Budget.The Revenue Budget entails the revenue that the government gets, mainly from taxes and other sources. The Revenue Budget also looks at the day-to-day expenditure of the government.The Capital budget entails capital receipts, which cover the loans that the government raises and capital payments which include government expenditure on the acquisition of assets.The Union Budget is presented by the Finance Minister before the fiscal year begins, usually at the end of the month fo February. However, during the elections, an Interim Budget is passed to be in effect till the next government comes to power and brings out its Budget. An interim Budget is passed through a Vote on Account procedure and is applicable for a limited time period.The first Union Budget of India was presented in 1947 by RK Shanmukhan Chetty. Here is the documented speech made by the first Finance Minister of India.The Union Budget 1950-51 was the first to give the foundation for the Planning Commission, an institution that formulates five-year economic plans for the country.The Union Budget 1991-92 by the then-finance Minister Manmohan Singh opened the gates for economic liberalization as import-export policy was revised and import duties were cut.The Union Budget 2014-15 will be the first budget to be presented after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India in May 2014.last_img read more

Blackstone Apollo join Tech Mahindra in race to buy Mphasis Report

first_imgPrivate equity firms Blackstone and Apollo Global Management have reportedly entered the fray to acquire Mphasis, following a renewed decision by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP) to sell 60.4 percent controlling stake in the subsidiary. With Tech Mahindra already in the race, the two firms will have to vye with the IT major in an estimated billion-dollar deal.These companies were selected from a group of global and domestic tech companies and PE funds, including TPG and Bain Capital, sources familiar with the matter told The Economic Times.However, there is “no certainty” that the talks, which are in early stages, would result in a deal, sources said.Citigroup has been roped in to oversee the sale process.Mphasis shares traded 3.7 percent higher at Rs 450 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Thursday. Currently, the firm has a market capitalisation of Rs 9,453 crore.HP’s renewed plans to sell Mphasis comes in the wake of the company’s focus on reviving its IT services, as clients move to cloud computing for the technology needs. HP had acquired Mphasis as part of its $14 billion buyout of EDS eight years ago.In September last year, HP had announced plans to cut nearly 28,000 to 33,000 jobs, mainly in its enterprise services group. Recently, the company was split into two — Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.”The suggestion that Mphasis is up for sale points to two issues: First, the further unravelling of HP’s ill-fated acquisition history. Mphasis was never fully integrated nor were its capabilities fully leveraged. Second, the acceleration of consolidation. Virtusa just bought Polaris, who like Mphasis have a strong focus on the BFSI sector,” Tom Reuner, Managing Director at HfS Research told the daily.However, Tech Mahindra is currently not “pursuing” the deal even though it had weighed the prospects of acquiring Mphasis, senior Tech Mahindra sources said, according to ET.”As of now, Tech Mahindra has no interest in pursuing Mphasis,” said one of them.”Mphasis’ EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) margins have also come down from 20 percent levels in 2012 to a range of 14-15 percent whereas it remains at 16-18 percent for many of its peers. The HP margins are also 2x that of the non-HP business,” said a source.”However, the BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance) and digital focus along with the scale of business that has been clocking around a billion dollars in revenues — a key threshold in the space — will give scope to turn around the operations,” the person added.Mphasis posted a net profit of Rs 675 crore and revenue of Rs 5,795 crore for the last fiscal year ending March 2015. Banking, capital markets and insurance verticals account for 55 percent of its revenues.last_img read more

February auto sales Commercial vehicle makers report high growth

first_imgCommercial vehicle makers Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors and VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (subsidiary of Eicher Motors) reported reasonable growth in volume sales for February 2016 on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.Ashok Leyland sold 13,403 vehicles, 24.5 percent more than February 2015, when it had sold 10,762 units. Tata Motors reported YoY volume growth of 15 percent at 30,570 units compared to 26,555 units, the companies said in their regulatory filing with the stock exchanges Tuesday.VE Commercial Vehicles saw its sales spurt by 57.3 percent YoY to 5,032 units from 3,200 vehicles sold in February 2015.On a cumulative basis, Ashok Leyland sold 123,752 units during the 11-month period ended Feb. 2016, 34 percent more than 92,148 vehicles sold during the corresponding period last fiscal, the company informed the stock exchanges on Tuesday.Tata Motors saw its cumulative sales grow by a marginal 1 percent to 288,895 units between April 2015 and February 2016. Cumulative light commercial vehicle sales stood at 150,472 units, down 13 percent YoY while medium & heavy commercial vehicle sales rose 23 percent to 138,423 units. VE Commercial Vehicles reported 35 percent rise in cumulative sales at 8,800 units for the period April 2015 to February 2016, up from 6,517 units, YoY. The share price of Ashok Leyland was up 3.25 percent at Rs 93.85 at around 1 p.m. Tata Motors was trading with a gain of 2.47 percent at Rs 323.10, while Eicher Motors was trading almost flat at Rs 19,285.55.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10s major design element leaked and youll love it

first_img 5g network speed test: How fast is fast enough? Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the next big release after Galaxy S10-series made waves in the industry. The upcoming flagship is expected to be more refined than the current flagship, both in terms of hardware and software. Now, a freshly leaked detail about the upcoming Note 10 could significantly contribute towards the overall appeal and visual delight of the phone.According to Android Police, sources within the company have revealed that Samsung will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in its Galaxy Note 10. While this is an expected move, the reason behind it could be accommodating a bigger battery if not following the trend. But that’s not the change we are excited about.The sources further revealed that Samsung will also get rid of any physical buttons such as for volume and power in its Note 10. This will give the company to achieve a thinner frame design without any cutouts for keys or buttons. Imagine a sleek design with no disruption of any kind in a streamlined design, and Samsung might have a winner at its hands with Note 10.There’s no reason to be alarmed about the lack of physical buttons on the phone as Samsung will offer capacitive or pressure-sensitive areas highlighted by a bump or recognisable texture for volume and power functions. It’s still a neat change that could add value to the overall design of the phone. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 renderBen Geskin – TwitterSamsung phones are always one of the better-looking gadgets in the market. The cutout camera in the display was the highlight of this year’s Galaxy S10-series, which allowed the company to achieve the highest screen-to-body ratio. It is likely that the company will continue the punch-hole display concept for its Note-lineup as well.We are quite far away from Galaxy Note 10’s official launch as Samsung will traditionally make the announcement in August. According to other rumours, the rear cameras will be rearranged and won’t get the standard horizontal layout. It will get a more traditional vertical arrangement of camera sensors on the back. Ben Geskin imagined the design of the Galaxy Note 10 in his renders, which hinted at two models – one with a single front camera and the other with dual cameras. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 renderBen Geskin – TwitterOther expected features include 6.66-inch 19:9 ratio display, a large 4,500mAh battery with super-fast charging and the latest Exynos chipset found in the Galaxy S10-series. The single front camera version is also expected to have a smaller battery of 3,400mAh and mostly a smaller display too.It’s all too soon to draw conclusions, so readers are advised to take these rumours with a pinch of salt. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:30Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:28?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Navy video shows Thai cave boys in good health

Navy video shows Thai cave boys in good health

first_imgBoys from the under-16 soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave greet members of the Thai rescue team in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a 3 July 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal. Photo: ReutersA new video of a youth football team trapped in the bowels of a Thai cave emerged Wednesday showing the boys laughing and saying they are well after their astonishing discovery by divers nine days after going missing.In a heartening message to families waiting in anguish outside, the Thai Navy SEAL footage features 11 of the 12-strong team, each makes a traditional Thai greeting gesture to the camera before introducing themselves by nickname and saying “I’m in good health”.Several of the boys in the frame are wearing protective foil blankets and are accompanied by a smiling diver in a wetsuit, in video clips published on the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page.They were accompanied by a 25-year-old coach, who went with the boys down the cave after football training on June 23.The one-minute video clip ends on a jovial note, with one of the 12 young footballers saying he was forgotten in the round of introductions, sparking laughter.The videos have delighted a Thai nation that has held its breath for a successful outcome to a complex rescue kilometres inside one of the country’s longest caves.But getting the boys out of the still submerged caves, with monsoon rains predicted to soon resume, is likely to be a protracted process and is fraught with risk.”We have to be 100 percent confident that there is no risk to the boys before we evacuate,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, Chiang Rai provincial governor, told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.”We will take care them like they are our own children,” he said, adding efforts to install a telephone line failed late Tuesday, but food, medicine and relief gear continues to be ferried into the caves.Authorities are also pumping out water round-the-clock aware of the bad weather forecast in the days ahead.- ‘He is thinner’ -In the video the boys, who have spent 11 nights underground, appear relaxed and much more alert than when they were when British divers found them late Monday huddling on a muddy ledge above surging underground waters.Outside the cave the mother of one of the boys teared-up as she watched the clip on a television screen, saying she was “glad” for a glimpse her son.”He is thinner” she said as she ran her finger over his image — a sign of the heartache the saga has brought to relatives of the trapped 13.Several Navy SEAL divers have deployed along with medics vowing to stay with the group while the challenging process of evacuating the “Wild Boar” team begins.Boys from the under-16 soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave greet members of the Thai rescue team in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a 3 July 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal. Photo: ReutersThai authorities say the focus is now building up the boys’ physical and mental strength after an ordeal that has left them emaciated.Next they have three main options: diving out of the cave system, exiting through another hole if one can be found — or drilled — or waiting out the rainy season underground.Experts say diving out is laden with risk — more so as the boys have never dived before and some may not be able to swim.Areas of the cave remain submerged and navigating claustrophobic passages in murky rushing waters risks panic, even if the boys have ample equipment, expert support and a crash-course in how to dive.”This requires them do be psychologically able to cope with being underwater… and the dives being not too long or difficult,” Alan Warild, an expert from the NSW Cave Rescue Squad in Australia, told AFP.The last option of waiting for the monsoon to abate, could be protracted as the monsoon begins to bite.However, officials say they have stored food, medicine and equipment to last for up to four months at an underground base.last_img read more

Bangladesh on the path of industrialisation

Bangladesh on the path of industrialisation

first_imgCountries like Bangladesh may lose competitive advantage in attaining economic growth to come out of poverty by creating mass urban employment in the garment industry, a Bloomberg article says.It has pointed out that automation is making textile manufacturing less labour-intensive.“This is a crucial question because as technology advances, there’s a concern that the traditional path out of poverty might be closing,” reads the article titled “Bangladesh Versus India in the Development Race”.The author, Noah Smith, observed that technological advancement might cause the industry to migrate back to rich countries like the US, “where labour is expensive but capital is relatively cheap”.“The developing world is at risk of premature deindustrialisation. If Bangladesh fails due to competition from rich-world robots, it will bode ill for countries such as Ethiopia that are looking to hop on the escalator to prosperity,” the article said.“That would leave India’s service-centric development model as the only feasible path.”It mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the process of rising wages in developed countries and shifting of low-tech, labour-intensive manufacturing industries to counties with cheaper workers.This economic development path, the article pointed out, “has no doubt come at a real human and social cost — Bangladesh’s workers suffer harsh working conditions and many industrial accidents, including a horrific factory collapse in 2013 that killed more than a thousand people.”“But overall, the tried-and-true industrialization strategy seems to be working.”Referring to some economists’ argument, the article said automation “hasn’t closed off the traditional path, and that there is still plenty of work for industrious people in poor countries.”It raised a twin question: “Will Bangladesh, with its traditional approach to growth, catch up and overtake India? Or has India stumbled upon a new development model that cuts out the need for a country to do a stint as the workshop of the world?”The article further observed that Bangladesh is scrambling to diversify into more valuable manufacturing industries such as autos and electronics.Smith explained that although the leaders of Bangladesh and India have similar goals, the difference in the country’s development models is making for an interesting experiment.“If Bangladesh grows faster, it will suggest that manufacturing, starting with textiles, is still the ticket to industrialisation; but if Bangladesh falters and India sustains its growth, it will imply that poor countries should look to services first,” the author concluded.last_img read more

MP at least 10 others killed in India

MP at least 10 others killed in India

first_imgIndia mapA state legislator in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and at least 10 others were killed Tuesday in an attack by suspected separatist militants, officials said.The attack follows the end of India’s typically violent general elections on Sunday, as well as state assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh — which borders China, Myanmar and Bhutan.Lawmaker Tirong Aboh and some family members were killed when insurgents opened fire on their convoy of vehicles in the Tirap district of the state, police said.Kiren Rijiju, Indian minister of state of home affairs, confirmed the number of killed to be 11.”I’m shocked and saddened by the brutal attack and tragic killing of… Tirong Aboh of Arunachal Pradesh, his family including 11 people,” he tweeted.”Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for such dastardly attack,” he added.A top officer told AFP on condition of anonymity that reinforcements had been rushed to the area.As in previous years, the general elections have been rocked by violence. On May 1 some 15 troops and their driver were killed by Maoist rebels in the western state of Maharashtra.A grenade attack in Guwahati, capital of the northeastern state of Assam, injured 12 people, officials said.A local separatist group, the United Liberation Front of Asom, claimed responsibility.- Modi ally -Aboh represented the Khonsa constituency for the National People’s Party (NPP) — allied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party — and was standing for a new term.He was travelling from Dibrugarh in neighbouring Assam to Khonsa when the incident took place.Militants belonging to a faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), one of several separatist groups in the area, are suspected to have carried out the attack after making threats to Aboh.The faction, known as NSCN (IM), is fighting for the creation of an independent state for the Naga people, an ethnic group living across several northeastern Indian states.The seven states that make up India’s northeast are home to dozens of tribal groups and guerrilla armies demanding greater autonomy or independence from India.India blamed another NSCN faction for the killing of 20 soldiers in an attack in neighbouring Manipur state in 2015.New Delhi responded by saying it launched retaliatory strikes against the group in Myanmar, where a significant Naga population lives.Myanmar’s government have launched fresh military offensives against the Naga insurgents despite a ceasefire agreement between the militant group and the powerful army.Maoist guerrillas are, meanwhile, believed to be present in at least 20 Indian states, but most active in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Maharashtra.last_img read more

Saudi launches green card systems for expats

Saudi launches green card systems for expats

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 27 November 2018 Saudi Arabia`s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian President at the presidential palace in Carthage on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis. Photo: AFPSaudi Arabia launched on Sunday their new special residency scheme similar to green card systems applicable in other countries, aimed at attracting wealthy and high-skilled expats.The residency scheme offers two types of residencies, a permanent one for 800,000 Saudi riyals ($213,321.96) and a one year but renewable residency for 100,000 Saudi riyals ($26,665.24).The scheme was approved by the Saudi cabinet last month, but on Sunday the online portal to apply was opened to the public.The residencies would allow foreign expats free movement, ability to own properties and to do business in the kingdom.Currently over 10 million expats work and live in Saudi Arabia under a system that requires them to be sponsored by a Saudi employer and be issued an exit and re-entry visa whenever they want to leave the country. ($1 = 3.7502 riyals)last_img
The Chi Falls Short Of Giving The South Side Its Own Wire

The Chi Falls Short Of Giving The South Side Its Own Wire

first_img Share Parrish Lewis/ShowtimeMichael Epps, Alex Hibbert and Shamon Brown Jr. play three boys who have to dodge gang violence on their way to school in The Chi.As a child of Gary, Ind., I’ve waited years for a TV show or movie to intimately explore Chicago’s poor, mostly black South Side neighborhoods — like The Wire did for West Baltimore and Boyz N The Hood did for South Central Los Angeles. I so wanted Showtime’s The Chi, which debuts Sunday, to be that show in this moment, but the first four episodes I saw didn’t quite hit the mark.The action starts with Coogie (Jahking Guillory), a fresh-faced 16-year-old with huge hair. He’s childlike enough to feed a stray dog, but savvy enough to barter with the owner of the local bodega for a lower price on his snack. Those particular scenes are what The Chi does best — humanize people in a place most of us only know from headlines and political rhetoric.Coogie gets arrested because he was seen near a murder, and that leads to a fight between Coogie’s older brother (Jason Mitchell), his brother’s girlfriend (Tiffany Boone) and his abusive mom, played by The Wire alum Sonja Sohn. Soon, there’s another murder in the neighborhood, and the characters are caught in a swirl of revenge, violence and regret as people avoid the police and seek justice on their own.But that’s only part of the story in The Chi. The show also has a plot about a trio of school boys — Papa (Shamon Brown Jr.), Jake (Michael Epps) and Kevin, who’s played by Alex Hibbert from the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. In one scene, the boys explain what makes school so difficult.“The worst thing about school is getting there,” Kevin says.“You got to know who run what block, what crew is beefing with your crew,” Jake adds. “You might have to walk three or four blocks out of your way just to avoid the ops.”The Chi has an impressive pedigree. It was created by Chicago native Lena Waithe, the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, and Oscar-winning rapper Common (also from the Windy City) serves as an executive producer.But this is a sprawling tale that takes a long time to get where it’s going. I fear this Showtime series may be a victim of what I call “Netflix syndrome,” where many of today’s high-profile series take way too long to set up stories. It’s also overshadowed by stories we’ve seen before, most notably on HBO’s The Wire. That series made history a decade ago when it depicted an all-black neighborhood crippled by poverty and crime, and struggling with violence from an out-of-control, illegal drug trade.The Chi needs to tell a story that stands apart from those familiar themes, and so far I haven’t quite seen it. Television is waiting for a show that turns the South Side’s unique struggle into groundbreaking pop culture poetry, but The Chi will have to raise its game a bit more to pull that off.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

WATCH What You Need To Know About This Seasons Brutal Flu

WATCH What You Need To Know About This Seasons Brutal Flu

first_imgDoctor visits are climbing and pediatric deaths from the illness are up as well. What makes it so severe? Dr. Amber Robins of Georgetown University joins John Yang to discuss the flu vaccine and other tips for prevention. Sharelast_img

DCBased Business Reaching Wine Lovers Nationwide

DCBased Business Reaching Wine Lovers Nationwide

first_imgJustin Harrison is the owner of Vino Lovers. (Photo courtesy of Justin Harrison)While many people dream of becoming true wine connoisseurs, it does not happen overnight. With over 36 billion bottles of wine produced worldwide each year, many people do not even know where to begin. Imagine, then, if there was a club where you could experience a wide variety of wines, beginning with those you would love most, based on everyday preferences, from how you take your coffee, to the smell of your favorite flower or most tantalizing aroma. What’s more, once your perfect wines are selected, they’re shipped right to your doorstep.E-commerce site, Vinolovers.com makes this possible. Launched in Washington, D.C., in 2014, the platform was created by Justin Harrison who gained inspiration from his mother. “She had an interest in wine and she’d do events that brought people together around wine, and have them learn about it with friends and family [while] eating good food,” Harrison, told the AFRO in a recent interview.These intimate occasions began in 2005 and continued for five years. Harrison attended to assist his mother until he caught the wine bug himself. “Realizing there weren’t a lot of African Americans in the wine space, I was intrigued and I thought it would be a differentiation if I decided to get into it,” he said.Harrison began his journey to expand the family business in California. He took courses at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena where he learned about the wine industry from production and distribution standpoints. He then went to Boston to attend Babson College, where he received his MBA in 2011. Finally, he became a sommelier with a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.While it’s difficult to choose a favorite, Harrison’s most memorable experience with wine occurred while at the Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California. “The founder of the winery opened up his private cellar and gave us one of his reserved cabernets, and that was something that really made everything click for me,” he said.Professionally, Harrison has worked in the retail and restaurant industries helping others learn about wine, before getting back to the family business. Witnessing the trend in e-commerce startups, he conceptualized the Vino Lovers model that exists today. After about a year of logistics, cases of wine began their distribution to homes across the country.During the summer of 2014, another element was added to the model as a way to bring D.C. residents together and more customers to the business that was still in its bootstrap stage. “We started doing the Vino Fest festival as a means to bring a diverse group of people together around wine, food, music and culture and to give people a very unique experience that they don’t find at other wine festivals,” said Harrison.African-American soul artist Jesse Boykins III headlined the inaugural event last year, which drew in 1,800 people. A few months after the success of Vino Fest, the company was one of eight recipients of the Digital DC Tech Fund, presented by then-mayor Vincent Gray.“That funding gave us an opportunity to retool our business model in a way that was more efficient,” said Harrison, who re-launched the platform in December 2014. It now has nearly 200 subscribers.The second annual Vino Fest will commence in D.C. this May, and a spring festival in Columbus, Ohio, is also in the works.While the road has been long, “you try to do the best you can and make a good business,” said Harrison.And like fine wine, it only gets better with time.To learn more about VinoLovers and VinoFest, visit www.vinofest.com.last_img read more

Honey bee search strategy Robot swarms to search Mars caves

Honey bee search strategy Robot swarms to search Mars caves

first_img Explore further The theory behind Kisdi’s robots incorporates the idea of quorum sensing, similar to that used by honey bees. Quorum sensing is a type of decision-making process used by groups to coordinate behavior and can be seen with honey bees when worker bees scout for new nest areas. Bees will leave the nest, gather information, and determine the best new location.Kisdi’s theory works on this same principle. A computer program has been created that functions in a similar way to the honey bees. The robots, called Jollbot, are a rolling and jumping robot. Mars surface. Jollbot A Lander would be able to release the swarm of 40 to 60 robots, allowing them to then individually go out and search for pre-programmed information, such as a difference of temperature found in a cave. Once a robot locates this information, it would return to the lander via the shortest route, and upload the information (temperature readings and coordinates).Once the information is uploaded, the robot can then evaluate information shared by previous robots and decide to either start a new search or revisit a previous finding for more information. As information is collected, those sites which the robots decide to be a potential site for more exploration can then be sent to mission control for further exploration by other rovers. This concept would be cheaper to build than the large rovers and allow for much more initial exploration, leaving the in-depth exploration for the rovers. The other benefit with this idea is that should one of the Jollbots in the swarm be lost or not function, the search process is still able to continue.In the simulation shown by Kisdi, a swarm of 50 robots would be able to cover a 300 square meter area in around 5 days. With the addition of more robots with a greater search capability, the search area would be able to be increased.Kisdi’s next step is to begin developing the hardware required for the robots, but the idea of a swarm of honey bee robots opens up the potential for much more in-depth searches becoming possible on Mars. Citation: Honey bee search strategy: Robot swarms to search Mars caves (2011, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-honey-bee-strategy-robot-swarms.html Thanks to RoboEarth the bots can learn on their owncenter_img More information: Future robotic exploration using honeybee search strategy: Example search for caves on Mars, by Áron Kisdia and Adrian R.L. Tatnall, Acta Astronautica, Article in Press. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.01.013 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — In a recent paper published in Acta Astronautica, Aron Kisdi, a University of Southampton engineer, proposes an idea of utilizing a swarm of robots to search large areas of Mars and the caves which current robots have been unable to explore.last_img read more

Plastic products could easily become electronic with first moldable allcarbon circuits

Plastic products could easily become electronic with first moldable allcarbon circuits

first_img More information: Dong-Ming Sun, et al. “Mouldable all-carbon integrated circuits.” Nature Communications. (2013) DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3302Dong-Ming Sun, et al. “Flexible high-performance carbon nanotube integrated circuits.” Nature Nanotechnology. (2011) DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2011.1 © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. (Left) All-carbon device fabricated on a flexible polymer substrate. (Right) The ON and OFF currents of the all-carbon transistor for different bending levels. Credit: Sun, et al. ©2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited The new circuits are composed of different types of carbon materials, with the active channels and passive elements consisting of carbon nanotubes, and the dielectric layers and substrates consisting of the plastic polymers polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyethylene naphthalate (PEN), respectively. Journal information: Nature Communications In a new study, researchers have for the first time developed integrated circuits that are composed entirely of flexible carbon-based materials, and can be molded into various shapes using the same molding techniques used for shaping plastic products. The development could allow electronic circuits to be easily integrated into a variety of plastic products, including everything from medical devices to plastic products around the home.”The plastic cases of smart phones and tablets, which are just protecting the electronic devices inside, will have electronic functions such as displays, touch sensors, and so on, making smart phones more functional and fashionable,” Yutaka Ohno of Nagoya University in Japan and Aalto University in Finland told Phys.org. “By integrating other functions such as displays and sensors into plastic devices, we are thinking of developing 3D interactive information communication devices, which can be used in medical settings, for example.”Ohno, along with Dong-Ming Sun of Nagoya University and their coauthors, have published a paper on the moldable all-carbon integrated circuits in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”The key point in our design is that the all-carbon devices are made of carbon nanotubes and polymers, and they exhibit better flexibility and stretchability compared with devices fabricated from rigid metals and oxide insulators, making the devices much more flexible and elastic,” Sun said. “The results of this study make it possible to achieve a fusion of electronic devices with plastic products, which can lead to the creation of plastic electronic devices that feature both designability and functionality.” Carbon nanotube transistors could lead to inexpensive, flexible electronics (Phys.org) —There has been a great deal of research lately on flexible electronics, but so far these devices (which are mostly made of carbon) still use metal electrodes and oxide insulators, and these rigid materials limit device flexibility. Some polymers and ionic liquids have been introduced as flexible alternatives, but have poor performance in terms of high operating voltages and low operating speeds, respectively.center_img Citation: Plastic products could easily become electronic with first moldable all-carbon circuits (2013, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-plastic-products-easily-electronic-moldable.html (Left) A dome-shaped all-carbon device (scale bar, 10 mm). Inset: magnified photograph (scale bar, 1 mm). (Right) Illustration of the cross-section of the air-assisted thermopressure-forming apparatus used to mold the all-carbon device. Credit: Sun, et al. ©2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited Unlike the polymers and ionic liquids that have been previously tried as materials for flexible dielectrics, the PMMA that the researchers used here can enable transistors and integrated circuits to operate at low voltages and high speeds. The low operating voltage can be explained in part by the sparse, network-like carbon nanotube thin film used as the channels, which enhances coupling between the channel and gate electrode compared with using thick polymers as the channels.Previously, the researchers successfully fabricated a thin-film transistor with a mobility greater than 600 cm2V-1s-1 by developing a technology for forming a long, yet pure, carbon nanotube film on plastic. In the new study, the researchers made further progress on the optimization of the film-forming technology, achieving a mobility of 1,027 cm2V-1s-1. This mobility is higher than that of a MOSFET, which uses monocrystalline silicon, and the researchers describe it as an astonishing value for a thin-film transistor fabricated on a plastic substrate.Because these all-carbon devices are made of carbon nanotubes and polymers, they exhibit better flexibility and stretchability compared with devices fabricated from rigid metals and oxide insulators. Perhaps the most useful feature of the all-carbon circuits is their moldability, which the researchers demonstrated by heating and blowing a planar substrate to form a dome-shaped structure. The 3D dome is stretched during this molding process without cracking, in sharp contrast to rigid materials such as metals. The extreme stretchability of both the passive and active elements of the devices can allow them to be formed using the same molding techniques used today to shape plastic products. In order to scale up the devices, the researchers note that it will be important to grow carbon nanotubes with a uniform length and diameter to minimize current variation. Eliminating metallic nanotubes can also offer further performance improvements. They also hope to use fabrication methods other than the lithographic methods they used here.”It is desirable to form carbon nanotube channels and wirings at atmospheric pressure and low temperature by high-throughput printing techniques rather than current lithographic techniques,” Sun said. Explore further 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. , Nature Nanotechnologylast_img read more

Union Home Ministry calls for disciplinary proceedings against Rajeev Kumar

Union Home Ministry calls for disciplinary proceedings against Rajeev Kumar

first_imgKolkata: The Union Home Ministry on Tuesday wrote to the Mamata Banerjee government, asking it to start disciplinary proceedings against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, alleging indiscipline and violation of All India Services (Conduct) Rules.In a letter to state Chief Secretary Malay De, the Home Ministry said that as per information received, Kumar sat on a dharna along with some police officers and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the dharna manch in Metro Channel, which violates All India Services (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969. His action is prima facie in contravention of the extant provisions of the All India Services (Conduct) rules, 1968 and All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969, the ministry said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe MHA communication cited the extant provisions of the Rules 3(1), 5(1) and 7 of the AIS (Conduct) Rules, 1968, which were flouted by Kumar. The Chief Minister, however, made it clear that Kumar had never joined the dharna manch at Metro Channel. “A police officer is free to come and talk with the Chief Minister as it is the duty of a police officer to give protection to the latter. The SPG also accompanies the Prime Minister during political meetings. An IPS officer visits different spots during elections as part of their duty. They (Centre) are doing this only out of political vendetta,” Banerjee said. Banerjee came down heavily upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that he is now trying to take control of state agencies as well. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Will he now try to take control of law and order, education and agriculture which are state subjects? There is no democracy in the country and one man rule is going on. The PM should resign and go back to Gujarat,” she said, adding that IAS and IPS officers are now being targeted out of political vendetta. It has been learnt that Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar has written a letter addressing the CBI director that he is ready to appear before the CBI investigating officers at Shillong on February 8. Kumar has also made it clear in his letter that there is no question of non-cooperation with the Central agency for the sake of investigation.last_img read more

Jan GoozeZijl Digital channel operator UKTV has h

Jan GoozeZijl Digital channel operator UKTV has h

first_imgJan Gooze-ZijlDigital channel operator UKTV has handed Jan Gooze-Zijl an expanded remit that gives the executive responsibility for ad sales, technology and operations alongside his existing responsibilities as company CFO.Gooze-Zijl becomes chief financial and operations officer under the new structure. The new role will see the exec handle UKTV’s relationship with the ad sales arm of UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 and pay TV platform BSkyB as well as with technical and operations companies Red Bee and TVT.The UKTV portfolio of channels is commanding an increasing share of UK ad revenues and the BBC Worldwide and Scripps-owned business is keen to capitalize upon the growth.Gooze-Zijl said:“UKTV is the fastest growing commercial broadcaster and of increasing significance to British advertisers,with Dave alone offering advertisers greater reach among ABC1 and 16-34 year old men than Sky Sports.”He added: “This year, the SOCI (share of commercial impacts) for our imaginative portfolio of channels has reached 9.1%, a gain of 17% over the same period in 2013 making our network superb value for advertisers, and offering full coverage across all demos and a fast-growing number of platforms.”UKTV chief executive, Darren Childs said: “Jan has been instrumental in the strong growth of the business over the last four years. His new and expanded remit will naturally align elements of the business that are fundamental to delivering UKTV’s continued success.”last_img read more

Nigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Lim

Nigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Lim

first_imgNigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Limited (Consat) has added German broadcaster Your Family Entertainment’s kids channel Fix & Foxi to its programming lineup.  The channel joined the Consat channel bouquet at the beginning of the month in what YFE said marked “the next step in the internationalisation” of pay TV network Fix & Foxi.The station is already available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Latin America and the US, with English and Arabic feeds to be made available in Africa and the Middle East with a French version to follow later this year.last_img