Kolkata: HIDCO has come up with a new glass portico to commemorate one year of Biswa Bangla Convention Centre (BBCC).It has also decided to usher in rationalization of prices in some halls in the BBCC while keeping rents of some other halls unchanged. However, the pre- function area that is the outward space adjacent to each halls that was charged earlier will now be given complimentary to the users. The operating cost as well as the management cost was reviewed by the board. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to the review carried out by the HIDCO board where the operating cost and management cost has been reviewed it has been found that the seven halls in BBCC along with the pre-function areas have been used 693 times since inception to April 2019. The most popular use was the 400 seater hall, three banquet zone (119 times) followed by the two 400 seater mini auditoriums (93 times, counting both, that is 51 for Hall 6 and 42 for Hall 7). Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersBBCC has emerged as an important destination in making Kolkata a preferred M.I.C.E destination. It is getting booking enquiries till 2022. The iconic structure of BBCC, which is a little more than a year old was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in October 2017. The shape is like a gem, a diamond, by using 20m projection for the upper gallery. The visual impact is unique and stunning, as if someone is holding aloft a gem in the sky with an outstretched hand. It has been conceived in such a way so that its towering height is visible from a long distance. BBCC has an art gallery at level 0 and exhibition spaces in level 0 and 1 and 4 where the main auditorium is located. The entrance at level two welcomes with a black-on-black granite pattern into a scenario of tungsten bulbed ceiling (modernity) and Bangla handicrafts (culture) on the walls and all around. A conch shell installation welcomes the visitor to the grand descending staircase.
VICTORIA – The stage is being set for a referendum to determine whether British Columbia will use a form of proportional representation to elect its provincial politicians in time for the next election in 2021.Under legislation introduced Wednesday, the referendum would be held next fall in a mail-in ballot. The proposal would need the support of 50 per cent, plus one, of those who vote in order to be successful.Premier John Horgan said the province’s current electoral system based on first past the post is unfair. He said he will actively campaign in favour of change.“I believe you shouldn’t get all of the power with less than 50 per cent of the votes,” Horgan told a news conference before the bill was introduced.He said in the past five B.C. elections, only one political party formed government after receiving more than 50 per cent of the votes. In the other elections, parties with less than 50 per cent of the popular vote were able to form government.In 2001, B.C.’s Liberals captured 57 per cent of the vote, but won 77 of 79 seats in the legislature.Last spring’s B.C. election saw the Liberals and NDP each receive slightly more than 40 per cent of the vote, but the New Democrats eventually formed a minority government with the support of the Greens who won three seats and took almost 17 per cent of the popular vote.Attorney General David Eby said the referendum must be held no later than Nov. 30, 2018, and if a new system is approved, the government will introduce legislation to implement it in time for the 2021 election.But if the current NDP-Green agreement to support the New Democrat minority collapses before the next planned election, the unscheduled election will be held under the current voting system, he said.Details of a public consultation process will be announced in the coming weeks and will result in a report that includes a recommendation of the questions to be put on the ballot, Eby said.The legislation is structured so a ballot with more than one question could be accommodated, he added.“We will promote active, healthy debate and discussion and provide information on our current voting system and systems of proportional representation to ensure British Columbians are able to make an informed decision,” Eby said.But the Opposition Liberals said they have serious concerns about how much power British Columbians will actually have in the public engagement process proposed by the New Democrats.“The bill sets up the mechanics for the NDP to set up a process which leads to something which really tears at the fabric of our democracy,” said Andrew Wilkinson, Liberal attorney general critic. “I’m gravely concerned this is changing the entire electoral process of our democracy and the ultimate decision will be made by an NDP cabinet behind closed doors.”Sonia Furstenau, the Green party’s spokeswoman for electoral reform, said recent polling suggests 65 per cent of British Columbians favour some form of proportional representation over the current system.“From what we’re hearing and the kind of engagement people want to be able to have in their electoral system, we’re feeling confident and we’re going to work really hard to engage with citizens and to ensure this is a positive process.”The Greens and NDP have supported a system of proportional representation that accounts for the number of seats each party gets in the legislature based on their percentage of the popular vote.Two previous referendums on proportional representation have failed in B.C.A second piece of legislation introduced by Eby on Wednesday would reduce the number of seats required for a party to get official status in the legislature from four to two. It also would change B.C.’s fixed election date to October from May.
Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Never one to shy away from a challenge, and itching to direct something he’d written himself, Sonoda set to work, quickly developing an old movie idea for the stage.READ MOREHANDS DOWN by Warren P. Sonoda (Shoot Good Films Inc/Fringe). At the Factory Mainspace (125 Bathurst). July 13 at noon, July 15 at 9:15 pm, July 16 at 1:45 pm. $12. fringetoronto.com. Twitter Advertisement Veteran film and TV director Warren P. Sonoda couldn’t believe it when his number came up in the Fringe lottery. He was on set shooting an episode of Odd Squad when he saw the results flash across Twitter. “Holy shit, we’re in the Fringe!” he blurted out.He felt elation, he tells me, but also “abject fear.”This was partly because he didn’t even plan on entering – his girlfriend and collaborator Jen Pogue had secretly submitted their names (“for practice, no one gets in on their first try anyway” she told him) – and partly because, despite an impressive list of credits helming comedy, action and horror projects on big and small screens (including Trailer Park Boys and Cooper’s Camera), he hasn’t done live theatre since high school. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
28 April 2010Increasing access to clean energy and improving its efficiency will be vital to both enhancing global prosperity and combating climate change, according to a new report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s advisory group on the nexus between energy and climate. “We need a clean energy revolution – in developing countries, where demand is rising rapidly, and in the developed world, in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr. Ban said at the launch of the publication in New York.Some 3 billion people worldwide rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating, resulting in adverse health effects if used in inadequately ventilated buildings, with 1.5 billion having no access to electricity.As well as lifting the world’s poorest out of poverty, a well-performing energy system will also propel success towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in spurring industrial development in low- and middle-income countries, according to the report by the high-level Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group.“The decisions we make today on energy will have a profound impact on the global climate, on sustainable development, on economic growth and global security,” the Secretary-General stressed.According to the World Bank, countries with underperforming energy systems could lose up to 2 per cent of growth potential annually due to electric power outages, inefficient use of scarce energy sources and others.The study by the Advisory Group – set up by Mr. Ban last year and comprising 20 business leaders, academics and representatives of the United Nations and civil society – called on nations to commitment themselves to two key complementary goals.First, it calls for universal access to modern energy services that are reliable, affordable, sustainable, and, if possible, from low-emissions sources by 2030.“All countries have a role to play,” the group emphasizes, urging high-income nations to make this a development assistance priority and secure financing, middle-income countries to share relevant expertise and experience; and low-income countries to help create the right local institutional, regulatory and policy environment for investments – including by the private sector – to be made.The other challenge is to slash global energy intensity, measured by the quantity of energy per unit of gross domestic product (GDP), the study notes.“Developed and developing countries alike need to build and strengthen their capacity to implement effective policies, market-based mechanisms, business models, investment tools and regulations with regard to energy use,” which would reduce intensity by about 2.5 per cent annually and helping to curb carbon emissions in the coming decades.“These are ambitious goals, but I think they are achievable,” Mr. Ban told reporters today at the report’s launch. “And they are necessary.”At an event earlier this morning, he stressed that tackling the energy challenge cannot be accomplished by governments alone, but will require global cooperation and coordinated action within the UN system.“And all sectors of society will need to be engaged: the private sector, civil society, international organizations and the world of academia and research.”Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), speaking to reporters at the report’s launch, highlighted the need to create incentives for a transformation to a “new industrial revolution.”“Everyone agrees on the need for greater energy efficiency,” which he likened to “low-hanging fruit” that no one has so far picked since the details on achieving the target have yet to be worked out, he said.Mr. Yumkella, who chairs the Advisory Group, also pointed out the need to ensure that developed countries do not solely extract energy – such as oil and gas – from poor nations, but that they also ensure that developing countries’ energy needs are met to ensure global security.For his part, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and a member of the Group, sought to emphasize how boosting access to and the efficiency of energy will be part of “an integral transition” to a green economy where the world must “produce more with less” and utilize resources less wastefully.
The Minister also recalled that the international community had in March 2015 given Sri Lanka time to meet its commitment to the people of Sri Lanka.He also said that drafting of a Counter Terrorism Act to replace the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) will commence once the Parliament sectoral oversight committee considers a framework. (Colombo Gazette) “Although there are some delays the Government is committed to meet its commitments on transitional justice,” he said. He also denied claims that Sri Lanka was working in the interest of the international community. The Government says there will be no u-turns but some detours in the transitional justice process.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament today that the reconciliation process may be slow but the Government is committed to meet the expectations of the people.
HOUSTON (AP) — Carmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets on Monday.Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks last month before the Hawks released him.Houston general manager Daryl Morey announced the signing and the Rockets posted a picture on social media of Anthony signing his contract.The 34-year-old joins a team led by MVP James Harden and star point guard Chris Paul. The Rockets hope the addition of Anthony will help them contend for their first title since 1995. They lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals last season.Anthony will get a fresh start in Houston after spending last season with the Thunder, with whom he averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 games. The third overall pick in the 2003 draft has averaged 24.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in a 15-year career that also included stints with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks.The 6-foot-8 Anthony is a 10-time All-Star and has won three gold medals in the Olympics. He is USA Basketball’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder.Anthony has averaged more than 20 points every year of his career except last season and led the NBA in scoring in 2012-13, when he averaged 28.7 points a game.
Sue Stimmel, the only women’s lacrosse coach in Ohio State history, announced her resignation Wednesday.In her 15 seasons at OSU, Stimmel accumulated a 122-111 record, and an overall career record of 198-130 with her six seasons coaching at Denison University.She led the Buckeyes to NCAA tournament appearances in the 2002 and 2003 seasons, as well as an ALC Championship in 2003.“She will be sorely missed,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a press release. “We appreciate the great work she has done to start and establish our women’s lacrosse program. She is truly an outstanding person, and we thank her for all she gave the student-athletes and Buckeye Nation.”Senior captain Rachael Cornicello said Stimmel’s decision came as a shock to the team.“She hadn’t said anything during the season about it so that’s why we were a little surprised,” she said. “But we’re trying to see good in it and we still love her as our coach.”Cornicello said her teammates are keeping their heads high and hoping that the program will change for the better.“The sport in general has changed so much even in the past five years, so maybe someone who could bring new ideas to the program would be good,” she said.Though the team is looking to the future, Stimmel will assuredly be missed.“Sue happens to be a very funny person,” said Cornicello. “So her humor will be something that we’ll miss along with her dedication to the team. This has really been her life for the past 15 years. Her dedication to the sport reflects in how we play.”Stimmel attributed her decision to leave to her desire to move on and pursue other professional opportunities.“I want to thank The Ohio State University and the athletics department for the past 15 years,” Stimmel said in a press release. “Building the program has been a truly amazing experience, one that gave me the opportunity to work with wonderful student-athletes and exceptional people. I believe the time has come for me to move on to new challenges and to explore other opportunities.”What these opportunities may be is thus far unclear.“I really don’t know what her plans are,” said Cornicello. “I can definitely see her coaching somewhere in future. She’s so dedicated to the sport and it’s something that makes her happy.”
The Anti-Austerity Alliance is changing its name A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the move was brought about to expand the focus of the party. Updated 2.44 pmTHE ANTI-AUSTERITY Alliance will be no more as of today.The party formerly known as the Socialist Party will rebrand as Solidarity, it has announced.The party says that the AAA moniker, which started life in 2014, was too narrowly focused and didn’t give a real sense of the scope of the party activity.The AAA side of the alliance with People Before Profit currently has six TDs but it is not envisaged that this agreement will change. Instead, the alliance will become Solidarity-PBP.A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the move was brought about to expand the focus of the party.“The AAA was a very economically-focused name but we do a lot in terms of legislation and campaigning. During the marriage equality referendum people said they didn’t know we had positions on these things.“The new name carries a sentiment that’s in society at the minute with strikes and movements across the board.“It’s more about becoming an activist base.”TD Paul Murphy told TheJournal.ie that now was the time to broaden the party’s outlook.“You have to look at it as a process. The AAA was specifically set up to protest against the LPT and Property tax.“Then it was about broadening the profile nationally, so it’s a logical step as part of building a broad left party in this country. It’s going to fight for the key economic issues and for the issues that affect regular people.“But also it will fight against oppression.”Murphy said the name “encapsulates the method of struggle needed to fight for better conditions”.“It also offers a vision for the future. It’s a word that connects with a lot of people.”The Solidarity-PBP grouping will be registered in the Dail, Murphy says, and he is in favour of a stronger coalition between the two going forward. However, he doesn’t agree that the fact that the two haven’t joined forces is an indictment of the left.“If you’re going to build a clear left alternative, it has to be broader.“Solidarity is open to all those who share an anti-capitalist, anti-oppression platform. The AAA-PBP project has been very successful so there’s a really positive example taking place of the left coming together.”At a press conference this afternoon, Solidarity members also stressed that the new name comes at the time when the party is focusing on a range of other issues including climate change, abortion and migrant rights.The party says name change is currently being processed by the Dail registrar and will shortly come into effect.Read: Is this the left-wing party you’ve been waiting for? Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,598 Views Mar 10th 2017, 2:54 PM Short URL 196 Comments By Paul Hosford Friday 10 Mar 2017, 2:54 PM TDs Paul Murphy, Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry. https://jrnl.ie/3278881 Share Tweet Email2 TDs Paul Murphy, Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Everyone loves the Cycladic islands. It’s the archetypal image that everyone associates with Greece: whitewashed houses and churches, blue shutters, domes, and sandy beaches. The more famous islands of Mykonos and Santorini continue to be the biggest draws but could we enjoy these postcard views without fighting our way through the crowds? We doubted it too but yes you can and the name is Kimolos.Just four hours away from Athens on the fast ferry or a flight to nearby Milos and a short ferry crossing and you’re there. From the minute you set foot on this little island, you know things are going to be different. No garish tourist signs, no-one there trying to sell you a room for the night. Just a cute port, crystal clear waters, and a few cafes where you can immediately enter ‘island time’. There is no need to rush after all, there are only 36 square kilometres to explore. You notice straight away that people act differently here. They stop to greet neighbours when driving on the road, they smile a lot and are welcoming to visitors but not in an over the top way that may seem disingenuous. The main settlement is the Chora, or Chorio to be more precise. It has all the hallmarks of a Cycladic main ‘town’ but it’s even cuter than most. Little cobbled streets, squares with churches, restaurants, and children’s voices all around. The whole place feels like it’s been touched by an artist’s brush.There are interesting shops selling beautiful artworks and gifts, the bars aren’t loud or aimed at cheap tourist deals and there are a whole host of eating options. The biggest surprise is the open air library set up by a local voluntary initiative called ‘Kimolistes’. There are in fact two spots set up already with more planned for the future. They are built using local materials, giving the feeling of driftwood carrying books to the shore. This unique local initiative does more than organise these libraries. They are involved in various creative pursuits: they put on events, clean beaches, and work with the hill-walking/hiking society. It’s an incredible feat for an island with just 400 full-time inhabitants. The week we visited, and as the sun was setting, painting the Chorio with warm colours, we saw a number of people moving books around the cobbled streets. It gave you a warm feeling that literature and sharing what it can give us means so much to this little corner of the world. All this culture does make one hungry though and Kimolos doesn’t disappoint there either. You can’t leave the island without trying ladenia, a local pizza without the cheese. It sounds simple but it’s extraordinarily tasty. Drag yourself away from the sea views and come to one of the bakeries at the Chorio early in the morning. The smell of the ladenia baking will stay with you for a while. For cheese lovers, there is a version called tirenia which is also pretty special. Even a basic Greek salad, or choriatiki to give it its actual name, is elevated in Kimolos because of a great local cheese called ‘xino’. It has a light, creamy, almost cheese spread-like texture that, when combined with local capers, makes even a simple tomato taste unique. It won’t be difficult to get a good meal here: the simpler the restaurant, the better in fact.Our favourite was I Kali Kardia on the main road intothe Chorio. It is a café (kafenio) that serves everything from breakfast to lunch and dinner. Homecooking at its best; exactly what you’d want from an island like this. The owner is a character you won’t forget as he seems to work 24 hours a day, both here and at the very modern café at the port. They even seem to have class here when they’re sending you on your way! It’s Greece though and you’ll probably be visiting in the summer. What’s the beach report? Well it’s good news on that front too. The water is so clear that you can even swim in the port. In fact, getting there early in the morning and seeing the fishing boats come in will make you feel you’re in a real life painting. The stretch that includes Bonatsa and Kalamitsi beaches is ideal for families. There are shallow waters, a couple of beach bars with a few sun loungers, and plenty of free space for everyone to enjoy.Prassa Beach will provide you with Instagram moments to make your colleagues back at work green with envy. The water is bluer than blue and the sand practically white. If you’re lucky enough to avoid the famous northerly winds, don’t miss out on a boat trip. The uninhabited Polygeos Island across the water will compensate you with colours that make boats look like they’re floating in midair. This tiny island also shows its class when it comes to its accommodation options. There are some beautiful hotels here: from a renovated windmill with views to die for, to beachfront locations, and rooms built on the outskirts of the Chorio. Anything you want, you’ll find here but with that extra touch to make it all the more unforgettable. That’s the thread that will be running through your entire holiday here: simply unforgettable. *Photography and information courtesy of Everymatic. For more Greece travel tips and information visit www.facebook.com/everymatic Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Xbox Social: la nouvelle catégorie du site Xbox.comFini “Ma Xbox.com”, version spartiate de votre univers Xbox sur le web, place à “Social” et ses nouvelles possibilités multimédia et communautaires.Les services sur le xbox Live sont déjà nombreux…avec ce nouvel intitulé, n’allez pas croire que la Xbox acceptera votre Carte Vitale, pas de remboursement de la Sécurité sociale, non non…À lire aussiWindows 8 : Microsoft annonce 40 millions de licences venduesLe Xbox “Social” est un ensemble de services liés à votre compte Xbox sur…Le web. Grâce à lui, vous pourrez envoyer et recevoir des messages, comparer des jeux des amis, voir lesquels parmis eux sont en ligne,les inviter à un jeu ou laisser un message pour dire que que aimeriez bien jouer à tel titre.La rubrique “Activité” vous permettra également de voir les jeux en commun auxquels vos amis ont récemment joué. Microsoft harmonise un peu son interface Xbox avec celle des Window Phone 7, toujours plus proche des pratiques des réseaux sociaux, très à la mode à notre époque.La rubrique “Film”, elle, vous fera un récapitulatif des nouveautés et des meilleures ventes en VOD Zune, avec extraits à la clé.Elle permet aussi et très simplement d’accéder à la liste de films disponibles sur le service de Microsoft.Enfin, un point intéressant pour la plupart des utilisateurs du Xbox Live, le renouvellement automatique de l’abonnement est désactivable directement sur le site! Plutôt une bonne chose. Par contre pour le réactiver, il vous faudra contacter la hotline Xbox, malheureusement.Le 14 novembre 2011 à 20:42 • Maxime Lambert
Les pieds des femmes s’allongeraient au cours de la première grossesseSelon une étude américaine, le pied des femmes qui portent leur premier enfant pourrait s’allonger de 2 à 10 millimètres durant la grossesse.Si les effets de la grossesse sur le corps des femmes sont aujourd’hui bien connus, il semblerait qu’on ne les ait pas encore tous identifié. Une étude parue dans la revue American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation vient en effet tout juste d’en révéler un nouveau et plutôt inattendu : la grossesse ferait aussi grandir les pieds des femmes.Plus concrètement, l’étude américaine montre que le pied des futures mamans pourrait s’allonger de quelques millimètres à un centimètre après leur premier accouchement. C’est après avoir reçu plusieurs patientes qui affirmaient que leur pied s’était agrandi que le docteur Neil Segal a décidé de se pencher sur la question. Pour cela, ce diplômé en orthopédie de l’université de l’Iowa a tout simplement mesuré les pieds d’une cinquantaine de femmes enceintes de trois mois et a comparé ses résultats cinq mois après l’accouchement. Il a ainsi constaté que 60% à 70% de ses patientes présentaient des pieds plus longs et plus larges qu’auparavant.Des ligaments plus souples Comme le spécialiste le souligne, le pied des femmes a en fait tendance à s’aplatir. En effet, “pendant la grossesse, les ligaments des pieds s’assouplissent sous l’effet conjugué de deux hormones, l’œstrogène et la relaxine, dont la production est maximale à 12 semaines. Ce pied devenu plus malléable se voit appliquer de nouvelles forces du fait du déplacement du centre de gravité de la femme enceinte vers l’avant à mesure que son ventre grossit”, explique le Dr Segal cité par le Figaro. Résultat : le pied s’allonge en s’aplatissant. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Or, ce changement serait irréversible, ce qui n’est pas le cas au niveau des poignets ou de la colonne vertébrale qui, eux aussi, changent momentanément au cours de la grossesse mais qui retrouvent leur aspect initial dans les trois mois qui suivent l’accouchement, souligne le spécialiste. Selon lui, cette modification pourrait également être à l’origine de certaines pathologies musculo-squelettiques chez des femmes. Néanmoins, que les futures mères se rassurent, ceci ne serait valable que lors de la première grossesse et le changement serait de 2 millimètres, au maximum un centimètre. Le 11 mars 2013 à 14:42 • Maxime Lambert
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida-based company is sending supplies to the Bahamas, days after the islands were battered by Hurricane Matthew.SEACOR Island Lines filled tractor trailers with goods and loaded them onto cargo ships at a port in Dania Beach, Saturday. Water, food, generators and other supplies are making their way to residents who were hit hard by the storm.SEACOR CEO Mike LaFleur said he is committed to continue lending a helping hand to those affected by the powerful storm. “We’ve been working around the clock to make sure we’re open to receive some cargo,” he said. “We’ve sent five boats out already [Saturday], and we’re loading the sixth here, so we can send relief cargo.”LaFleur said they are stepping up relief efforts after, forecasters said, Hurricane Matthew could loop back and hit the Bahamas again, sometime next week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A duplex caught fire in Northwest Miami-Dade, leaving two families without a place to call home.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded around 12:30 a.m. to the scene of the fire along Northwest 101st Street and Eighth Avenue, Thursday.Nine people, including two children, were able to make it out safely as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.Damage to the home was extensive enough that the two families have now been displaced.The Red Cross has since stepped in to help them.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Video content, particularly that produced in concert with Snapchat Discover and Facebook Live, would become a dominant theme throughout the program. If there was one thing Hearst wanted media buyers to take away from its hip, “house party” styled Newfronts presentation atop Hearst Tower Wednesday evening, it was that the legacy magazine publisher is committed to reaching millennials. Really, really committed. The shirtless male dance crew that kicked off the evening’s proceedings to the tune of Ginuwine’s “Pony” may have been met with initial confusion from the attendees hastily seeking drink refills from the stage’s adjacent full bars, but all was explained when actor Channing Tatum and Hearst Digital Media SVP Lee Sosin took to the stage to reveal a year-long content partnership between Cosmopolitan and “Magic Mike Live,” a Vegas installation based on the hit films. The exclusive content deal will include multiple video series, Facebook Live broadcasts, Snapchat takeovers, and virtual reality. Snapchat’s VP of content, Nick Bell, lauded Hearst’s embrace of the app’s Discover publishing platform. Expanded content partnerships were revealed, exclusive to Discover, including “SnapHacks,” a series of advice videos covering food, fashion, beauty, and fitness produced by Cosmopolitan; and “The Sweet Guide to a Better Life,” designed to help viewers expand their cultural horizons. Credit: Hearst Magazines Troy Young, president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media, touted the company’s massive success in digital video production—over 350 million video views monthly with 100 new videos produced each week—before stating, “If you want to connect with millennial audiences, you need to get Snapchat right.” Other notable video launches in the works include “WhoHaHa,” an original comedy series developed by Cosmopolitan and actor/comedian Elizabeth Banks; Elle.com’s “How Do I Wear That?,” meant to bring the latest runway looks from Paris and Milan into the everyday woman’s closet; Esquire’s “How to Be a Man,” depicting hapless former Cosmo staffer Frank Kobola attempting to carry out “manly” tasks (you see, millennials love rigid gender norms but hate manual labor); Manhood, a documentary series taking a more serious look at what it means to be a man in the 21st century; and “The Younger Games,” following Kelly Deadmon’s irreverant and comedic attempts to look younger. Esquire’s new editor-in-chief, Jay Fielden, previewed his new celebrity and style game show, “Who’s That Guy,” which will be broadcast on Facebook Live (Hearst plans to produce over 200 Facebook Live broadcasts each month, according to Todd Haskell, SVP and CRO of Hearst Magazines Digital Media). A sizzle reel followed Tatum’s departure from the stage, depicting the digital initiatives Hearst’s various brands have been taking and culminating in one all-encompassing mantra: “Hearst. We make good sh*t.” For those over-35’s reading this, millennials apparently don’t have time for verbosity or austere decorum. Millennials just want good shit. “The star of every video we make is the person watching it,” said Sosin. “Whether it’s smart service, hilarious comedy, or inspiring journeys, everything is audience-first and built to be shared.” If anything was clear to those taking the 40+ floor elevator descent back to ground level at Hearst Tower Wednesday evening, it’s that Hearst knows who its partners want to reach, and it’s doing everything it can to get them there.
Oculus Virtual Reality Review • Oculus Quest is amazing, even months later Gaming Culture Tags The 10-track Imagine Dragons Music Pack will be available across major platforms like Oculus Quest and Rift. Beat Saber Imagine Dragons fans and VR gaming nerds could soon be attending the same parties.Beat Saber, an award-winning virtual reality game, will get an Imagine Dragons music pack, Beat Games said Monday. The fast-paced music rhythm game is currently available on major VR platforms, such as Facebook’s Oculus Quest and Rift devices.The announcement of the expansion pack comes as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, gets underway in Los Angeles. The conference is the video game industry’s biggest event of the year, with updates on major game franchises and consoles. Oculus will demonstrate a new 360-degree level that features the Imagine Dragon’s hit “Believer.” A 360-degree level allows the user to look in all directions of their simulated environment as they would in real life. The 10-track music pack includes songs from the Grammy-winning band’s Night Visions, Smoke + Mirrors, Evolve and Origins albums. The addition of Imagine Dragons songs marks the first time major labels have partnered on an expansion pack for the VR game. Imagine Dragons is on the KIDinaKORNER and Interscope Records labels. Players can buy songs individually for $1.99 apiece or purchase the entire package for $12.99. The pack, which goes on sale Monday at 9:15 a.m. PT, will be available on all major VR platforms. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. In the game, players wear VR controllers and slash beats that zoom towards them. A VR headset uses two small lenses to focus images for players and immerse them in the game experience. Players slash red blocks with their left hands and blue ones with their right hands. The game uses music and visual effects to build excitement and has been compared to the VR versions of Guitar Hero or Just Dance. $398 News • Oculus Quest may have its first killer app with Beat Saber See it 0 Oculus Quest Post a comment Mentioned Above Oculus Quest Share your voice
Endless trees along the Iditarod Trail (Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media photo)A lot has happened since the last podcast: Willow musher DeeDee Jonrowe has scratched in her 36th Iditarod, which she said would be her last. Meantime, front-of-the-pack mushers are taking their 24-hour layovers, so this is a good time to talk about how times are adjusted to correct from the staggered, every-two-minute race starts. Plus: More off-trail drama related to dogs and drugs! Sheesh! We talk to a fellow Iditarod reporter about what has been described as a confrontational encounter between the race’s head toxicologist and a musher right before the official start on Sunday.
Maitri Bridge in Leh-LadakhTwitterMaitri Bridge, the 260-feet long suspension bridge, was built in just 40 days over the Indus river in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh district. It was opened to the public on Monday, April 1.The bridge is situated at Choglamsar village in Leh and is the longest suspension bridge over the Indus river.The name Maitri symbolises the friendship between the military personnel and locals. The bridge was constructed by Combat Engineers of the Sahas Aur Yogyata Regiment of Indian Army’s Fire and Fury Corps in a record time of 40 days. Almost 500 tonnes of equipment and construction material were taken to the location, reports ANI. The bridge will help the residents of Choglamsar, Stok and Chuchot, which are said to be the largest villages in the regionTwitterAccording to India Today, the bridge has been constructed to help the residents of Choglamsar, Stok and Chuchot.According to ANI, the bridge was inaugurated by war veterans who were part of 1947-48, 1962, 1971 and 1999 operations in Jammu and Kashmir. They were led by an 89-year-old war veteran, Naik Phunchok Angdus (retd). The opening ceremony was conducted in the presence of Lt Gen YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding, Fire and Fury Corps. Other army veterans, senior army officials and civil administrators were present during the opening of the bridge.Twitter 89-year-old war veteran, Naik Phunchok Angdus (retd) formally opening Maitri BridgeTwitter
Hinduja brothers have been named as the wealthiest people in the UK for the third time.The billionaire Hinduja brothers have been named as the wealthiest people in the UK for a third time, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Sri and Gopi Hinduja saw their fortune increase by 1.356 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) in the last year to 22 billion pounds, the BBC quoted the list as saying.The Hinduja Group, a family business, was founded in Mumbai in 1914, and now it has interests around the world including in oil and gas, banking, IT and property.British citizens Sri, 83, and Gopi, 79, who are based in London, are two of the four brothers controlling the empire. The two moved to London in 1979 to develop the export business.The third brother Prakash manages the group’s finances in Geneva, Switzerland while the youngest, Ashok, oversees the Indian interests.Among the properties they own is the Old War Office in Whitehall, which they plan to reopen as a luxury hotel.The two brothers topped the newspaper list in 2014 and in 2017.The list, which estimates the 1,000 richest people in the UK, is based on identifiable wealth including land, property, other assets such as art, and shares in companies, according to the Sunday Times.It does not include the amount contained in people’s bank accounts.Meanwhile, chemicals firm founder Jim Ratcliffe, who topped last year’s list, has slipped to third place.His net worth dropped by 2.9 billion pounds since last year, the paper says.For the sixth year in a row, Scotland’s richest person was named as Glenn Gordon and his family, the Jersey-based tycoon behind distillers William Grant & Sons. The group produces whiskey including Grant’s, Glenfiddich and The Balvenie, as well as Hendrick’s gin.Cardiff-born venture capitalist Sir Michael Moritz remained Wales’ richest person with a 3 billion pounds fortune.Top of the Music Rich List in the UK – which includes writers and performers – was Andrew Lloyd Webber with a fortune of 820 million pounds.
Commercial 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.
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 21 August 2018. Photo: ReutersAustralia’s embattled government moved to adjourn parliament on Thursday which would allow its ruling Liberal party to hold a second leadership vote for prime minister.Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership looked doomed on Thursday after several senior ministers tendered their resignations and called for a second ballot.Turnbull narrowly won a ballot on Tuesday against former home affairs minister Peter Dutton. Dutton and senior ministers on Thursday called for a second leadership contest.