Pradhan talks strategy road map to rev up steel industry

first_imgNew Delhi: Dharmendra Pradhan, who took over the charge of the steel ministry on Friday, held a review meeting with senior officials and discussed key challenges being faced by the steel sector. “Met with the officials of @SteelMinIndia (Ministry of Steel) and discussed strategic roadmap and key initiatives in the sector. Steel has been a major contributor in India’s economy, we shall work to further strengthen Steel industry in India,” Pradhan said in a tweet. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsSeveral key points regarding the working of the ministry and various sectoral functions were discussed at length by the both Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for State Faggansingh Kulaste, Ministry of Steel said in a separate tweet. Steel Secretary Binoy Kumar along with other senior officials were present in the meeting. Besides Steel Minister, Pradhan, 50, is also the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas in the NDA-II government. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe Indian steel industry is claiming that they are facing imminent threat from increasing imports especially from Iran. Apex industry body Indian Steel Association (ISA) has said imports are rising in India due to the ongoing tariff war between the US and China. In trade parlance, tariff war refers to significant increase in import duties. It said Iran is exporting steel into India in contravention of the US’ sanction via UAE. In a letter to Steel Secratary Binoy Kumar, it has said, “These imports which are coming in at a predatory prices have become a serious concern for ISA. It is alarming that the UAE is a net importing country but the exports from UAE has suddenly surged by 390 per cent in 2018-19 from 2016-17.” According to data from the steel ministry, imports of finished steel jumped 46 per cent to 0.70 million tonne in March.last_img read more

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Metrolinx appealing latest court loss over 770M contract with Bombardier

first_imgTORONTO – Metrolinx has filed an appeal questioning the decision of an Ontario judge last month that preserved the transit agency’s contract with Bombardier Transportation.The notice of appeal deepens the legal dispute between the Ontario transit agency and Bombardier over the company’s ability to fulfil train orders in Toronto, where gridlock has become an increasing frustration for hundreds of thousands of commuters.In April, a judge ruled that Metrolinx can’t cancel a $770-million contract with Bombardier without first going through dispute resolution.Metrolinx earlier this month also turned to a French manufacturer for light-rail vehicles as a backup plan if Bombardier fails to deliver the contracted transit projects in Toronto.Ontario has reached a $528-million agreement to buy 61 light-rail vehicles from Alstom in case Bombardier is found to be in default at the end of a court-ordered dispute resolution process.In an email to The Canadian Press on Wednesday, a Metrolinx spokeswoman confirmed the transit agency filed the notice of appeal before the Friday deadline.The point of the appeal is to seek court clarification over the amount of time Bombardier has to fix — or “cure,” as stated in the contract — problems with its vehicles.“Metrolinx is preserving our right to seek clarification of the decision principally as it relates to the permitted cure periods,” spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said in a statement. “At the same time, we will continue with the dispute resolution process with Bombardier.”Metrolinx alleges that Bombardier has repeatedly failed to deliver a prototype vehicle on time for the scheduled 2021 opening of the $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown line.Bombardier has rejected Metrolinx’s allegations, saying it will deliver the vehicles on time by November 2018, well before the Eglinton Crosstown tracks are even built.In a statement Wednesday, Bombardier said it is “deeply concerned” about the effect Metrolinx’s legal actions will have on transit users and taxpayers.“By choosing to pursue a lengthy court battle, at the public’s expense, it is clear that Metrolinx continues using every recourse to prevent us from delivering on our commitments,” Bombardier spokesman Marc-Andre Lefebvre said. “Metrolinx is only creating further delays in this project.”last_img read more

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Toronto election ignored Indigenous issues

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter years of scandal and months of tough campaigning, Toronto will finally elect a new mayor.There’s a massive population in the city, but as APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports, the Indigenous vote hasn’t been a priority to the candidates.last_img

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USFP Sends Letter to King Complaining About PJD, PAM Wins

Rabat – The Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) wrote a letter to King Mohammed VI this week denouncing the monopolization of the political scene by the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) and the opposition Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM).PJD saw its representation in the House of Representatives rise by 18 seats from the October 7th elections, while PAM more than doubled its political presence at a margin of 55 seats.The two main players’ wins took 73 seats away from a plethora of moderately powerful parties, such as the USFP, the Istiqlal Party and the National Rally of Independents. The USFP’s power in the House nearly halved after last week’s elections – from 39 seats in 2011 to just 20 in 2016.“The announced results do not allow for a clear line to be drawn between the government and the opposition, because the two respective parties on each side outperformed other political formations, which have fallen sharply, whether or not they belong to the ruling coalition,” the letter, backed by USFP Secretary-General Driss Lashgar said.The leftist party called for the revision of electoral laws that would “ensure the real representation of political parties and credible elections” and encourage a higher voter turnout.The letter outlined party’s skepticism of the legitimacy of elected institutions because only 43 percent of registered Moroccans voted on Friday.The PJD “continues to depreciate the constitutional institutions and does not respect democratic practices, while trying to negatively interpret the supreme law,” the USFP argues. read more

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Ban to discuss UNs work with officials in Washington DC later this

5 April 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to discuss with United States officials the work of the United Nations in a number of critical areas, his spokesperson announced today. Mr. Ban last travelled to the US capital in late February, when he held talks with President Barack Obama on the situation in Libya and paid a visit to the Holocaust Museum. During this week’s visit, he expects to meet with key legislators in the Senate and the House of Representatives, including members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters.The Secretary-General will also meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. read more

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Avengers Endgame has passed Avatar as biggest film ever

LOS ANGELES — The global box office has a new king in “Avengers: Endgame.”The superhero extravaganza this weekend usurped “Avatar” to become the highest grossing film of all time, with an estimated $2.79 billion in worldwide grosses in just 13 weeks.“Avatar” has held onto the record for a decade at $2.789 billion.The title comes with a few caveats, however, including the fact that “Avatar’s” grosses are not adjusted for inflation. Also, domestically, “Avengers: Endgame” is No. 2 to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by around $80 million.Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige gave a shout-out to “Avatar” director James Cameron Saturday night at San Diego Comic-Con for holding the record for so long. Feige also noted the inflation technicality and said Cameron will probably hold the title again someday.The Associated Press read more

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UN mission in Côte dIvoire should be expanded and extended for one

In his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), released today, Mr. Annan also recommended extending the mission’s mandate for another 12 months, until 24 January 2007, to assist in a peace process that includes elections planned for this October.The Council’s expressed political determination to move the Ivorian peace process forward “must be matched by a commensurate reinforcement of UNOCI,” the Secretary-General said.The recommendations, based on information obtained by a technical team sent to Côte d’Ivoire, call for an additional 3,400 soldiers or four battalions to be added to UNOCI’s troop strength, plus an additional 475 police personnel.Mr. Annan said the increases were needed to assist with the tasks of the broader peace process, which include disarming and demobilizing combatants. They are also required in light of “the volatile security situation and the possibility that another major violent crisis might occur.”The Council established the mission in May 2003 to assist the Ivorian parties to implement the peace agreement they signed in January 2003, ending their north-south civil war.The proposed increase would constitute a marked expansion of UNOCI, which presently has an authorized strength of up to 7,090 military personnel and 725 police officers.In the report, Mr. Annan also called on all Ivorian parties to fully cooperate with Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny and his Government, which came into office in December.“The challenges ahead are formidable and urgent. Much time has been lost and the situation brooks no further delays,” the Secretary-General cautioned. read more

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UN Food Agency DirectorGeneral calls for Green Revolution to feed world

The Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has called for a second ‘Green Revolution’ to feed the world’s growing population while preserving natural resources and the environment. “In the next few decades, a major international effort is needed to feed the world when the population soars from six to nine billion,” Jacques Diouf told a meeting of the World Affairs Council of Northern California in San Francisco. “We might call it a second Green Revolution.”The original Green Revolution of the 1950s and 60s doubled world food production by bringing the power of science to agriculture, but “relied on the lavish use of inputs such as water, fertilizer and pesticides,” Mr. Diouf said.“The task ahead may well prove harder,” he cautioned. “We not only need to grow an extra 1 billion tonnes of cereals a year by 2050 – within the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren – but do so from a diminishing resource base of land and water in many of the world’s regions, and in an environment increasingly threatened by global warming and climate change.”He noted that 100 million people faced forced migration as a consequence of advancing desertification and soil degradation while water reserves had started to run low in key grain production areas such as India and China. “The new Green Revolution will be less about introducing new, high-performance varieties of wheat or rice, important as they are, and much more about making wiser and more efficient use of the natural resources available to us,” Mr. Diouf said. The San Francisco-based World Affairs Council of Northern California, which has 10,000 members, is considered a leading United States forum for discussion and debate of international affairs. read more

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Industry reinforces commitment to its customers

·         Peace of mind cover·         Products written in clear English·         No high pressure selling·         Providing written summaries of the key contract terms·         Simple, straightforward claims procedures The Code covers the following products: ·         Mechanical Breakdown Insurance·         Guarantees and Extended Warranties·         Roadside Assistance·         MOT Insurance·         Tyre Insurance·         Key Insurance·         Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP)·         Vehicle Replacement Insurance (VRI)·         Return to invoice Insurance (RTI) Industry reinforces commitment to its customers Car Care Plan, one of the world’s leading providers of vehicle warranty, GAP, MOT & Tyre insurance products is also committed to the success of the Code. Graham Whiley, group head of compliance for Car Care Plan said, “Car Care Plan is delighted to have been involved in the drafting of this Code of Practice. It’s about reassuring customers that they have the same degree of protection regardless of whether they’re buying an insurance contract or not. And there’s a new, fast and fair independent complaints procedure for those who feel let down.” Background to the Code Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Motorists get additional assurance as Vehicle Warranty Product Code completes first stage of OFT Code Approval Scheme Motor Codes is proud to announce that the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty Products has completed Stage One of the Office of Fair Trading Consumer Codes Approval Scheme, adding further peace of mind for UK consumers. Warranty Direct is among the leading players in this market as a major provider of direct automotive warranties and has confirmed it will be adopting the Code and managing director Duncan McClure Fisher said, “Thanks to our work and initiatives such as that of Motor Codes Limited, car warranties are now a mainstream product and we are delighted to subscribe to a Code that adds to the credibility of the warranty market.” Currently administering over three million products for cars, including 1.75 million warranties, this latest development confirms the motor industry’s willingness to safeguard the interests of its customers by helping them identify responsible providers of these services. ·         The SMMT Code of Practice for Mechanical Breakdown Insurance Schemes (MBI Code) ran from 1990.·         By 1999 and following the introduction of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) the majority of the MBI Code members were providing non insured warranty schemes alongside conventional MBI warranties. Non insured warranties were not covered by the Code. ·         OFT endorsement removed from Code with the introduction of the new OFT Consumer Codes Approval Scheme (CCAS) under the Enterprise Act 2002.·         Non insured warranty sales have continued to increase following the introduction of general insurance regulation by the Financial Services Authority.·         Following launch of the SMMT New Car Code of Practice in 2004 SMMT members decided to develop a Code to replace the MBI Code. ·         Between 2005 until 2009, the new Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty Products was developed with MBI Code members and in line with the OFT CCAS. Stage 1 approval was achieved on 23 May 2009.·         The scope of the new Code was extended to include non insurance backed extended warranties to raise levels of consumer protection. The Code was also extended to cover Service contracts (guarantees/extended warranties), Roadside Assistance, MOT Insurance, Tyre Insurance, Key Insurance, Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP), Vehicle Replacement Insurance (VRI) and Return to invoice Insurance (RTI).·         The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty Products will be publicly launched on 14 July 2009 The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty Products is to join the family of self regulated codes of practice administered by Motor Codes and will be publicly launched in July. The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty Products commits subscribers to increasing consumer protection by setting new standards for non-insured warranty products including pre-sale information, cancellation rights and protected claims funds by offering: “This is not only good news for consumers – the industry can also take great heart from the fact that yet another code of self regulation embraced by the sector is proving it can meet the tough disciplines laid down by an official independent body,” said Motor Codes director Chris Mason. “The Vehicle Warranty Product Code is yet another example of the way in which responsible businesses can demonstrate their commitment to delivering open and honest service.” read more

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NonChinese Asians are the fastest growing ethnic group in Ireland – CSO

first_imgIRELAND’S NON-CHINESE Asian population is the fastest growing ethic group in the country, figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal.Those of “any other Asian background” were found to be the fastest growing ethnic grouping since 2006, with an annual growth of 13.3 per cent.This far outweighed overall population growth, which was just 1.6 per cent annually.Having first been added to the last census in 2006, questions related to ethnicity and cultural background were again asked last year.Those of Irish ethnicity grew by one per cent, while the increase of those from “any other white background” increased by 7.4 per cent annually.Those of African ethnicity saw an annual increase of 7.7 per cent.The vast majority of people in Ireland remain “white Irish” who, at 3,821,995 people, represents 85.8 per cent of the population.“Any other white background” formed 9.3 per cent of the population, non-Chinese Asians made up 1.5 per cent, while “African” was 1.3 per cent.The next greatest ethnic percentage was Irish Travellers who, at 29,495 people, represented 0.6 per cent of the population.There are 17,832 people of Chinese ethnicity resident in Ireland (0.4 per cent) while those of mixed background – totalling 70,324 – make up 0.9 per cent.Social class and ethnicity(Religion, Ethnicity and Irish Travellers – CSO)The classification of “any other Asian background” was found to have just under half (48.8 per cent) belong to professional or managerial and technical social classes.Over one-third of the Irish ethnic group (36.6 per cent) are in either “professional workers” or “managerial and technical” classes. Only 2.9 per cent of Irish Travellers, however, occupy these top two positions.Over 30 per cent of both Africans and Chinese occupy the top three social classes, which also includes the “non-manual” social class.There are twice as many Chinese in the “skilled manual” category as there are Africans.Place of birthOnly 5.8 per cent (223,403) of white Irish people were born outside of the country – the main countries being England and Wales (123,456), Northern Ireland (54,889), and the US (17,213).Over 90 per cent of Irish Travellers were born in Ireland, with 98.8 per cent of all Irish Travellers Irish by nationality.One-third (16,694) of people with African ethnicity were born in Ireland. Just under a third were born in Nigeria.Three out of five people of Chinese ethnicity were born in China, with 8.1 per cent born in Malaysia and 7.8 per cent born in Hong Kong.The “any other Asian background” group had 23.9 per cent born in India, 19.1 per cent born in the Philippines and 11.1 per cent born in Pakistan.Irish TravellersIreland’s traveller population totalled 29,573 in 2011, with an average age of 22.4 years, compared with 36.1 years for the rest of the population.There are only 337 male travellers aged 65 or older (2.3 per cent), compared to a percentage of 10.7 in the general population.One-third of Irish Travellers between the ages of 15 and 29 are married, compared with just 8.2 per cent of the general population.Of the 252 15 to 19-year-olds that are married, 91 were male and 161 were female.Irish Travellers are twice as likely to be separated than members of the general population (5.5 percent versus 11.4 per cent). Their divorce rates are lower, however, at 1.8 per cent compared to 4.2 per cent.Irish Travellers between the ages of 30 and 49 are three times more likely to suffer from fair, bad or very bad health when compared to the general population.Where accommodation is concerned, the number of Irish Travellers living in caravans or temporary structures has halved since 2006, from 24.7 per cent to 12.3 per cent. In addition, 98 per cent of those living in permanent housing now have central heating, compared to 79 per cent in 2006.For those still living in mobile or temporary accommodation (886), almost one in three have no sewerage facilities. One in five living in mobile or temporary dwellings had no piped water source in 2011.Read: 84 per cent of travellers unemployed >last_img read more

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Former GD legislator rejects neoNazi party ties

first_imgFormer Golden Dawn legislator Stathis Boukouras refused to answer magistrates’ questions when he faced them on charges of illegal possession of a weapon and insisted that he had been wrongly implicated in crimes linked to the neo-Nazi party, claiming to have tried to hang himself twice in pretrial custody.Boukouras, who quit the neofascist party in March but remains in Nafplio Prison pending trial on charges of belonging to a criminal organization, was in the magistrates’ office for two hours but refused to answer questions according to sources who said he cited his “right to remain silent.”The former Corinth MP, who now stands as an independent in Parliament, appeared recalcitrant, the same sources said, adding that he had never been “one of them” during his association with the party and that his implication in criminal activities had pushed him into depression. “I am a dead man,” he is said to have told the magistrates.As regards the shotgun which led to the new set of charges against him, Boukouras is said to have played it down, claiming that “most residents of the provinces have a shotgun for hunting,” but he was unable to explain why the gun possessed multiple chambers unlike most hunting weapons.On Tuesday the magistrates leading the probe into Golden Dawn are to hear testimony from five of the party’s MPs – Constantinos Barbaroussis, Antonis Gregos, Polyvios Zisimopoulos, Artemis Matthaiopoulos and Giorgos Germenis.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Geek deals 30 off ThinkPad X1 Carbon 14inch 1080p Ultrabook

first_imgWant a sleek little Ultrabook that can actually handle a heavy workload? Lenovo’s 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon delivers plenty of performance, but it’s small enough to use nearly anywhere — even in coach. Better yet, you can get a 30% total discount when you use today’s coupon code at checkout. Lenovo X1 Carbon 1080p 14-inch laptop for $888.30 (List price: — Coupon code: SAV30THINKPAD) This ThinkPad X1 Carbon config features a sixth generation dual-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor, integrated Intel HD Graphics 520, 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM (1866MHz), a 128GB solid-state drive, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi support. And the 14-inch IPS display? It has a native resolution of 1920×1080, in-plane switching for a wide range of viewing angles, and an anti-glare coating. And if you want to hook this baby up to your PC monitor or HDTV, the built-in HDMI port and mini DisplayPort make that a snap.Those specs are beefy enough to handle everyday business tasks, but the biggest selling point here is the portability. This model weighs in at about 2.6 pounds, measures just 0.65-inches thick, and the four-cell 52WHr battery provides up to 11 hours of battery life between complete charges. If you commute on a train or bus, this awesome, tiny Ultrabook is an excellent option.Now, this configuration lists for $1269, but Lenovo sells it online for just $951.75. And when you enter coupon code “SAV30THINKPAD” in your shopping cart, you’ll save an additional $63.45. Take advantage of Lenovo’s free standard shipping, and you’ll save even more.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great Lenovo deals, head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

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UPDATE Oh No Mygazines 20

first_imgTechnical Contact:Schwartz, Yoav There are so many established players in this space—and ones that haven’t been sued up the wazzo—it’s hard to see how Yoav and Mygazines will compete, much less survive.But stranger things have happened. For all of you Mygazines completists out there, here’s an update. The site—launched last year as an illegal magazine firesharing site under the cover of darkness, only to settle with publishers and promptly fold—is once again live.This time, however, Mygazines appears to be abandoning the community model, and repositioning itself as a “legitimate” digital publishing vendor (new tagline: “digital publishing made easy”), offering three levels of turn-key services for publishers.As Martin Ferro-Thomsen notes on his blog, the site now is now registered to something other than a post office box on the island of Anguilla:Flyp Technologies Inc.10 Bellair St. #1604Toronto, Ontario m5r3t8Canadalast_img read more

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Why Does Mobile Seem Immobile

first_img• Lack of Consumer Data: Handset penetration, publisher audience figures, demographics, response rates, install rates—the list of complaints from advertisers seems endless.Fortunately, the industry has made steady progress despite all of these obstacles. In fact, the marketplace for mobile ad inventory is as advanced as its cousin in the wired world. Mobile ad exchanges, Mobile DSPs and a host of buying models now offer advertisers unrealized opportunities while simultaneously providing publishers with the ability to monetize the mobile channel.The Real ChallengePremium mobile media CPMs may still be a challenge for most advertisers to swallow, as the industry has one final obstacle that stands before it: An understanding of how mobile relates directly or indirectly to overall media consumption. ‘The role of mobile’ in the marketing mix has been a discussion topic Mindshare has been exploring for some time. Recently, it has picked up tremendous speed as we enter into 2013 planning season. Client inquiries suggest a positive outlook for the industry and growth looms on the horizon. To spur spending, many publishers have offered cross-media studies, to help advertisers understand the duplication and effects of advertising within mobile, digital, and print properties. Most of these publisher opportunities are passed over, but not without extreme gratitude for making an effort to solve the advertisers concerns. The truth is the industry requires a solution that spans multiple publishers and multiple channels. The advertiser needs information that allows them to allocate budgets accordingly, allowing them to feel confident that their return on investment will be maximized toward the best performing media. (Remember, the economic downturn is no distant memory; savvy CMOs have learned to scrutinize every dollar spent in the new economy.)A Solution ExistsThe technology to solve our channel attribution concerns already exists. Google, Apple, and Microsoft have all hedged their bets by building multiple mechanisms that will enable cross-device targeting within their operating system ecosystems. Additional work is being completed by independent companies to provide a more holistic series of tracking mechanisms that will align a user profile across channels, publishers, and devices. The real obstacle is the potential for pending privacy legislation by Government agencies.  This past spring, the White House released its consumer privacy bill of rights in a whitepaper tilted Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), has begun establishing a privacy policy code of conduct, which could be proposed as a bill to congress as early as this winter. (NOTE: The NTIA is the same U.S. Department of Commerce governmental organization that oversees wireless spectrum management, allowing it considerable clout in the ecosystem.) Since the advertising industry is prone to self-regulation, the likelihood of this passing as law is questionable. Still, the industry remains hesitant to make any large-scale moves toward full cross-channel tracking while ‘a code of conduct’ policy is still being written. The European Union is considering similar policies backed by laws that could have considerable teeth.The result is the industry now coming to a near standstill while we wait for privacy definitions to be constructed and agreed upon. As consumers become more sophisticated in their understanding, and to some extent mistrust, of data collection via the Internet, nearly everyone from publishers to advertisers, OEMs to carriers, and developers to politicians have had to manage consumer privacy issues. All sides have the desire to reach the same goal. The NTIA has done a good job of engaging all the stakeholders in a very democratic discourse. Yet we may need to wait a little longer for ‘the year of mobile’ as election year politics are certain to keep this far from widespread public debate.Mobile stands to benefit everyone and everything—advertisers, publishers, even other media channels. Privacy and tracking is now the single largest obstacle. We all need to participate in developing the regulatory policies to stop the standstill and move the industry forward. Why has mobile yet to, well, mobilize? There are a number of reasons—a few of my favorites are:• Economic Downturn: As mobile was ramping up, the economy slowed down. Advertising budgets, particularly test budgets for new media, became difficult to acquire.• Growth of Social Media: The development of Facebook and Twitter stole some of the spotlight. Coupled with the tight economy, advertisers sought lower-cost ‘social media,’ perceived to be viral and free in nature. Ironically, mobile has been silently driving much of the traffic behind social media, which was confirmed when Facebook released mobile figures in advance of their IPO.last_img read more

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Steely Dan Announce Fall Tour In Memory Of Walter Becker

first_img Steely Dan Announce Fall Tour Dates steely-dan-announce-fall-tour-memory-walter-becker News Twitter Steely Dan Announce Fall Tour In Memory Of Walter Becker NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2015 – 11:58 am Steely Dan Win Album Of The Year Facebook Email Steely Dan have announced they will play 11 tour dates this fall in the wake of co-founding member Walter Becker’s passingBrian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 11, 2017 – 11:29 am The surviving members of the iconic 3-time GRAMMY winning jazz rock band Steely Dan have vowed to continue touring and playing live in memory of co-founder, guitarist, bassist and songwriter Walter Becker, who passed away on Sept. 3. “I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band,” said co-founding member Donald Fagen, lead singer, keyboardist and fellow songwriter for Steely Dan, in his written tribute to Becker, released following the guitarist’s passing:The band will play eight dates in the U.S. and Canada before heading back across the pond to wrap up their fall tour with three shows alongside the Doobie Brothers in Dublin, London, and York.The tour kicks off on Oct. 13 in Thackervile, OK. The full list of U.S. tour dates can be found below:October 13 – Thackerville, OK @ WinStar World Casino and ResortOctober 16 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel ArenaOctober 17 – Buffalo, NY @ Shea’s Performing Arts CenterOctober 19 – Orillia, ON @ Casino Rama ResortOctober 20 – Windsor, ON @ Caesars WindsorOctober 22 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale TheatreOctober 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six PavilionOctober 25 – National Harbor, MD @ MGM National HarborWatch Trailer For Revealing New Eric Clapton DocumentaryRead morelast_img read more

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The Matrix Keanu return to theaters for films anniversary

first_imgWe already know 2019 is the Year of Keanu. He’s dropping cameos like they’re hot, kicking butt as John Wick, popping up in Toy Story 4 and starring in a video game. Now Reeves will get to do a victory lap as The Matrix goes big once again. Even after 20 years, it’s still a thing of wonder. Tags Comment 1 TV and Movies Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Warner Bros. The Keanu Reeves lovefest continues as the movie that shook sci-fi cinema slow-motion battles its way back into theaters for its 20th anniversary.The Matrix came out in 1999 and blew our collective minds with special effects that had never been seen before. Reeves playing Neo, twisted, kicked and dodged his way through some epic action scenes. The remastered movie will return to theaters in the US for one week starting on Aug. 30. The Matrix will only show in AMC Dolby Cinema locations across the country. Tickets are on sale though AMC online.Dolby released a hype video promoting the anniversary showings. 77 Photoslast_img read more

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Government officials may be too optimistic about market with respect to Permanent

first_imgState government officials might be too optimistic about the market when planning to use money from the Alaska Permanent Fund to help pay for state government.Download AudioThat’s what the chief executive officer of the corporation that manages the Alaska Permanent Fund told the editorial board of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Tuesday.A bill before lawmakers would take 5.25 percent of the market value, or about $2.5 billion dollars, to help pay for state government.The fund’s CEO, Angela Rodell, says she has concerns about the ability of the fund to keep up with that expectation year after year.The fund’s trustees currently have a goal of a 5 percent return with an additional 2.25 percent for inflation. The fund hasn’t met those goals recently because of the market.Lawmakers will reconvene in special session on July 11 in Juneau to take up the PFD bill and other revenue-generating measures to address the multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.last_img read more

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GoPro camera rig creates awesomedude effects

first_img(Phys.org) —What happens when you construct an array of GoPro cameras is the question that is answered in a YouTube posting that is hard to see just once. Permagrin Films’ Marc Donahue used 15 GoPro cameras to shoot a video that was posted on YouTube, where one can see him testing out the results of his arc-shaped rig in varied scenes of creatives’ everyday good lives, cycling, drumming, jumping on the grass, transforming movements into acrobatic stunts. The effects are visually interesting, in the way he manages a mix of slow motion, “bullet time” moves, and free-frame effects. © 2013 Phys.org A CBS News comment on the film expressed surprise that more filmmakers were not following Donahue in using “a gazillion GoPro cameras” for moment-capture with special effects. In his wisdom, he also added, “I suppose there would end up being some poor editor who would to go through and edit a gazillion hours of footage.”Actually, after another trial of the camera array technique, this time with a drummer as the subject, he had been asked by an interviewer how he managed to pull off the post-production editing. He said the difficult part was trying to match cameras both in exposure and in color correction. In the end, he said, he organized everything down to a split second. He used multiple sequences per take, and stacked a final build sequence. “It took a day to convert the footage, which was 750 gigs of data. I was done with the edit in three days. It was a lot of work, over 12 hours a day.” His Permagrin Films is most known as the creation of the Dream Music series. Among the company’s technical specialties is motion-control timelapse. GoPro, which supplied the cameras for the array, is a camera company that defines itself as an activity image-capture company. Its Hero lineup of cameras has fueled company growth. The company sells wearable and gear-mountable cameras and accessories for image capture in high definition. The rig of cameras managed to create numerous effects in transitions that were smooth. Donahue said he looked forward to creating an even smoother look with future attempts, and that he planned to release a music video using more of the array technique. 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. More information: www.youtube.com/user/DonahueMarc?feature=watchgopro.com/ UrtheCast to show live HD video of Earth from space (w/ video) Citation: GoPro camera rig creates awesome-dude effects (2013, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-gopro-camera-rig-awesome-dude-effects.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

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US Navy To Replace Touchscreen Controls On Its Destroyers With Mechanical Ones

first_imgClose NTSB investigation revealed the fatal collision of the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and the oil tanker Alnic MC in 2017 was partly due to the design of McCain’s control. The US Navy will soon replace the touchscreen throttle and helm controls in its destroyers.  ( Pixabay ) The U.S. Navy will replace the touchscreen throttle and helm controls in its destroyers with mechanical ones in the next 18 to 24 months.The news comes after the National Transportation Safety Board released its report on the 2017 collision of the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and a merchant ship in the Singapore Strait.Complex Touchscreen System Contributed To Fatal Collision In Singapore StraitThe report cited the design of the ship’s control as one of the factors that led to the fatal accident. ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon Bestseller ENDS IN Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийInvestigation revealed that a complex touchscreen system that the sailors had been poorly trained to use contributed to a loss of control of the ship just before it crossed paths with the Liberian oil tanker Alnic MC.The report detailed that when crew members attempted to split throttle and steer control between consoles, they lost control of the ship and placed it into the path of the tanker. The accident killed 10 sailors and injured 48 aboard the McCain.The Ship’s Control Console, found in the middle of the McCain’s bridge, has a pair of touchscreens on both the Helm and Lee Helm stations that crew members use to steer and propel the ship.Investigation revealed that the ship’s crew placed it in backup manual model removing computer-assisted help to allow a more direct form of communication between steering and the SSC. This setting allowed any crew member at another station to take over steering operation.”Operating the John S McCain’s steering system in backup manual mode allowed for the unintentional, unilateral transfer of steering control and contributed to the errors that led to the accident,” the report reads.Mechanical Throttles PreferredThe NTSB report noted that mechanical throttles are generally preferred because they provide immediate and tactile feedback to the operator. The board said that had mechanical controls been in place, the helmsmen would have likely been alerted that there was an issue early on.Fleet-wide surveys conducted after the incident revealed that personnel also prefer mechanical controls.Rear Admiral Bill Galinis, the Program Executive Officer for Ships, said that plans are currently underway to switch out the systems.”The first throttle installation is scheduled for summer of 2020, after the hardware and software changes have been developed and fully tested to ensure the new configuration is safe, effective, and has training in place,” NAVSEA spokeswoman Colleen O’Rourke said TAG U.S. Navy, destroyer, Touchscreen AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Search All DEAL OF THE DAYlast_img read more

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Now open Marival Armony Luxury Resort Suites in Mexico

first_imgThe five-star resort is about an hour from Puerto Vallarta, in Punta de Mita with a 281-metre stretch of white sand beach.The property has 268 rooms and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites each with its own balcony or patio. There are also five bars and five restaurants with menus that celebrate local flavours.The resort is also kid-friendly, featuring a Marival Kids activities program and kids’ club for children aged four to 12. Teens have their own club with table tennis, video games and a board table. Another service offered by Marival Armony Luxury Resort & Suites is Family Emotion, a concierge service allowing families to customize their holiday with amenities for every occasion, such as a complimentary beach kit, video games and snacks and drinks to be delivered to their room.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July Couples seeking quiet time can check into an exclusive section for adults aged 18 or older, with its own pool area.For more information see transat.com/en-ca/hotels/marival-armony-luxury-resort-suites. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Now open: Marival Armony Luxury Resort & Suites in Mexico Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — The all-new Marival Armony Luxury Resort & Suites in Riviera Nayarit on Mexico’s west coast is now available with Transat.Transat acquired 50% of Marival Armony Luxury Resort & Suites, formerly known as Rancho Banderas Resort & Suites, in 2017. Travelweek Group Share Tags: Marival Armony, Mexico, Transatlast_img read more

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