Forgotten Victims of Kashmir of the Seas

first_imgThe killings of Indian and Pakistani troops in Kashmir have once again captured the world’s attention but the victims of a lesser-known border dispute between the two nations are largely forgotten. Related Itemslast_img

Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary near Bharatpur in danger of decimation from poachers

first_imgIridescent colours caught in the early rays of the sun, the soft morning light slowly flooding the natural habitat of the floating birds, white and dappled wings flapping across the blue sky, the unending drama on the water where ducks and geese sport and catch their early fish, with the,Iridescent colours caught in the early rays of the sun, the soft morning light slowly flooding the natural habitat of the floating birds, white and dappled wings flapping across the blue sky, the unending drama on the water where ducks and geese sport and catch their early fish, with the fledglings trailing behind their mothers in grace and glory.This is the spectacle one sees in the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary near Bharatpur in Rajasthan. One of the biggest protected areas in the world for acquatic life, the sanctuary draws thousands of visitors from far and near.More than a hundred ornithologists from all over the world will be attending a three-day “international ecological workshop”, which will begin in the sanctuary on February 9. The “workshop” has been sponsored by the Audobon Society, founded by the first American ornithologist, Mr. Audobon. The purpose of the “workshop” will be to make an in-depth study of the resident and migratory birds in this world famous natural reserve.This bird paradise has an area of three square miles of water, of clear and broken stretches, interspersed with reeds and rushes. This is the home of the migratory birds coming from as far as the polar regions. Here they breed, unmolested by man or gun.From Siberia to BharatpurAbout three lakh birds come to the sanctuary every year after crossing the Himalayas from the wastelands of Siberia and other cold regions. The annual migration begins in October when freezing cold in the Arctic lands makes the birds seek warm climate. Bharatpur provides ideal conditions for the wild birds. It has a warm wintry sun, open expanses of water and marshy land, plenty of food and an undisturbed atmosphere.advertisementThe sanctuary was set up in 1956 and has an area of about 2900 hectares. There are shady trees, thorny bushes and stunted growth, fit for wildfowl and wild life. There are natural depressions which fill up with the summer rain, forming lakes for bird colonies. Last year’s heavy rains flooded the area, turning it into an outsize lake.Bharatpur was once the “game preserve” of its rulers and was famous for its game bird shoots. An eight-panelled stone-board set up in the sanctuary proclaims the slaughter that used to take place when the Viceroy and other dignitaries came for their annual sport.The tally begins with a shoot by Lord Curzon and Lord Kitchner, the Viceroy and Commander-in-Chief respectively, who on December 1, 1902, shot 540 migratory birds with 17 guns. The largest number of birds shot on the day was by Lord Linlithgow – 4273 with 39 guns. Lord Hardinge shot 3511 birds on December 21, 1912, and Lord Chelmsford 4206 on November 20, 1916. The account closes with a shoot of 556 birds for half a day with 51 guns by General J.N. Chaudhuri, former Indian Chief of the Army Staff.Whistling feathersThe sanctuary now contains about 350 kinds of birds, indigenous and migratory. The latter include the famous Siberian cranes, Brahminy ducks, barheaded geese, mallards, tufted pochards, shovellers, coots, rosy pastors, golden plovers, widgeons, pintails, white storks, flamingoes and spot-billed pelicans. There are also teals known for their flight and stamina.These and other birds are the proud owners of the waters, displaying an amazing-array of colour on their feathers. There is an eruption of wings when a colony gets disturbed. Heavy birds skim along the water before they become airborne. Then they become swift in flight and light in wing. Soon the “waders” are back with their whistling feathers, and the colony is again a picture of painted beauty.It is a fascinating sight to see the wildfowl take off and alight on the water in the morning and in the evening, the best time to see the birds in action. Herons and storks stand on their stiltlike legs, symbols of immobility until they see a fish when their long necks dart into the water. The colourful flamingoes stalk the shallow waters in search of food.One’s attention is soon caught by the acrobatics going on on the face of the lake. The web-footed swimmers are out for a race, showing brilliant wings and breasts and barred tails. The surface of the water is disturbed when master divers like pelicans flying above plunge into the depths, and are back with fish. They are swift and graceful.This huge bird life is sustained on fish which is found in the sanctuary. A recent rough estimate put the food requirements of 2000 pairs of nesting painted storks, which occupy a portion of the lake, at 40 to 60 quintals per day. This also met the requirements of the young ones in the community.advertisementIt was calculated that during a nesting period of 30 to 40 days, the painted storks alone would require about 1200 to 1600 quintals of fish. Then there are cormorants and other fish-eating birds like storks, cranes and herons, whose daily requirements of fish are considerable. The birds feed on aquatic vegetation, fish, frogs, insects, mullusces and planktons.Pythons in the afternoonBy the end of March, the migratory birds take to their wings to go back to the Siberian plains. The “residential” birds in thousands, however, remain. They include some of our well-known breeds – painted stork, white Ibis, black-necked stork, paddy bird, night heron, tree pie, bronze-winged jacana, bulbul, kingfishers, woodpeckers, magpies, lapwings and egrets. Their colours range from cobalt blue to metallic green, from milky white to shades of gold, rose and pink with dyed or tinted plumage.The sanctuary is not without its wildlife. It has spotted deer, sambar and nilgai (blue bull). There are black bucks and wild boar. Huge pythons can be seen in the afternoon. I saw about two dozen cheetals (spotted deer) standing in the shade, unmindful of the visitors.But this wildlife is in the danger of decimation from poachers. The sanctuary is ringed by about 22 villages and people take their domestic livestock into the sanctuary for grazing and for collecting fodder and firewood. Also, any straying bird or animal is in danger of being killed.More than 10,000 cattle from the neighbouring villages graze in the sanctuary, a disturbing factor for the peaceful birdlife. Then there are wild roaming cows, which do not hesitate to attack at the least provocation. They require to be caught and transported elsewhere, but this involves money and other arrangements.The wild animals are always in danger of extinction unless vigorous and continuous steps are taken to preserve them from hunters and stray guns. Once this preserve had tigers and leopards which, alas, have disappeared. Poaching, wanton shikar, indiscriminate shooting, stupidity and greed have been responsible for the disappearance of some of the rare species of wild life.But in our sanctuaries dotted all over the country we still have some of nature’s gifts. Ghana is one of them, the home of breeding water birds, a plumed paradise.- K.L. Sharma, INFAlast_img read more

EPL: Don’t flop vs Fulham: Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool

first_imgFresh from a momentous Champions League night, Liverpool can continue their feel-good factor into the international break by retaking top spot in the Premier League from Manchester City at Championship-bound Fulham tonight. Jurgen Klopp’s men delighted their manager with a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich on Wednesday and will be heavy favourites to make the semi-finals of the Champions League for the second straight season after drawing Porto in the quarters on Friday. But the Reds’ immediate focus must be on Craven Cottage to keep their challenge for a first league title in 29 years on track. Liverpool trail the champions by a single point with just eight games remaining, but with City in FA Cup action at Swansea this weekend, they can put the pressure back on Pep Guardiola’s side and take a psychological boost into the two-week break before the title battle resumes. “That we can beat Bayern, about how we did it, I’m not surprised but I’m really happy we could prove something like that,” said Klopp, who will have taken extra glee at beating the Bavarians as a former Borussia Dortmund coach. “So now let’s be completely, completely concentrated on Fulham and don’t think about what happens afterwards.” Huddersfield move closer to relegationHuddersfield slipped closer to Premier League relegation as the bottom club blew a two-goal lead in their 4-3 defeat at West Ham, while Burnley are in deep trouble after losing 2-1 against 10-man Leicester on Saturday. Jan Siewert’s side looked to have kept alive their faint hopes of beating the drop as they raced into a 3-1 lead in east London. But a second-half collapse culminated in Javier Hernandez’s last-gasp winner for West Ham, leaving Huddersfield 16 points from safety with only seven games remaining. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Three Cowboys on All-Big 12 team

first_imgThe preseason media All-Big 12 teams are out and OSU is not very well represented for a team that’s maybe, probably going to be favored to win the league.Lache Seastrunk is the OPOY and Devonte Fields is the DPOY.The rest of the teams (and my comments) are below:Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 10.45.11 AMFirst things first — when’s the last time a quarterback wasn’t the preseason OPOY? Probably has to be Adrian Peterson, yes?Also, when’s the last time an OSU offensive lineman wasn’t on this list?I don’t have any big issues, I guess. Pachall at QB is…whatever…who else are you going to put there? Chelf (who a lot of people probably don’t totally know for sure will be the starter)? No. Ash? Haha. Blake BeLOL?It’s also pretty interesting that the two best offenses in the league (probably by far this year) in OSU and Baylor only have three combined players on the first team.Finally, is this a safe place to admit how much I love that there’s only one team. There’s no second team, no honorable mention, no women’s basketball thing where they put more players on there than actually play on the field at one time. Just one team, if you don’t make it, you don’t make it. I wish the postseason team was like that too.Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 10.45.18 AMI’m chuckling, no really, that OSU has twice as many defensive players on the All-Big 12 team as offensive players.Both are deserving though — if Justin Gilbert would have been anything besides an absolute sieve last year he would be on it as well.I can’t believe Shaun Lewis is a senior. I mean, I believe it because I know he’s been on the team for three years but it seems like he just recently got to Stillwater — like we were just recently talking about how grand his career was going to be.Here are the final counts by team:Kansas State — 5Texas — 4TCU — 4Texas Tech — 4Baylor — 3OSU — 3OU — 2Iowa State — 1Kansas — 0West Virginia — 0And just for fun, your last five preseason OPOYs with winner in parentheses2012 — Geno Smith (Klein)2011 — Justin Blackmon (Griffin)2010 — Jerrod Johnson (Blackmon)[1. I guess I answered my own question.]2009 — Sammy Bradford (Colt)2008 — Chase Daniel (Bradford)Your thoughts on the teams?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

1 College Football Coach Got Absolutely Trashed On College GameDay Today

first_imgAn interior view of Florida State's football stadium.TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 07: FA-18 fighter jets do a missing man fly-over to honor FSU graduate and U.S. Navy pilot Scott Speicher who was shot down in the first Gulf War during pre-game ceremonies as the Miami Hurricanes prepare to take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)One major college football coach got absolutely trashed during this morning’s College GameDay show on ESPN. It wasn’t pretty.Florida State head coach Willie Taggart is off to a brutal start in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles are 1-2, coming off a blowout loss at Syracuse.ESPN’s College GameDay host said Florida State is even worse than a “dumpster fire” right now.Dang, Rece Davis flings major shade at @FSUFootball. Says comparing ‘Noles to dumpster fire isn’t really fair, ’cause dumpster fires “at least have evidence of a flame.”— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) September 22, 2018Yikes.It didn’t help that the show is airing from Taggart’s former school, either.Oregon fans seem to be enjoying his struggles at Florida State in a major way.???? pic.twitter.com/ipzXoPqzXQ— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 22, 2018Can’t argue with facts ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/ifczdCV2YP— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 22, 2018So much shade pic.twitter.com/6VPfESkzio— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 22, 2018That’s harsh.last_img read more

Nova Scotia nurses face forgery charges in preventable death of patient

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – The death of a 79-year-old patient whose body was found outside the Cape Breton Regional Hospital this winter was “preventable,” health officials said Tuesday as police charged two nurses with forging his health records.The unidentified man was found unresponsive on a Sydney, N.S., sidewalk in the early morning hours of Feb. 23, the Cape Breton Regional Police said Tuesday.The police service, which had been asked to investigate the circumstances of the death by the Medical Examiner’s Office, said it discovered that documentation related to the patient’s status during the overnight hours of Feb. 22 had allegedly been forged.In an interview Tuesday, Janet Knox, CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, offered no specifics about the incident, saying an internal review is still underway.“What I can say is we believe the incident was preventable,” said Knox. “The Nova Scotia Health Authority takes patient safety seriously, so we have apologized directly to this patient’s family … we deeply regret what’s happened.”Knox wouldn’t answer any questions about the patient, his condition, or how he died, citing patient confidentiality.Charged are registered nurse Tammy Carrigan-Warner, 41, of Sydney River, and 47-year-old Valerie MacGillivary of Glace Bay, a licensed practical nurse.“The charges were filed in court yesterday (Monday), and they (the women) are scheduled on a promise to appear for a later date,” police spokeswoman Desiree Vassallo said in an email.“I can’t speak to the specifics of the alleged forgery — those details are part of evidence that will be presented in court as part of that process,” said Vassallo.The health authority confirmed both women had been employed as nurses at the hospital. Both have since been terminated.The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia and the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia said Tuesday they have launched a joint investigation into the nurses’ professional conduct.They said any licensing sanction will be released publicly.Knox said no disciplinary action has been taken against any other hospital employees.She said a “robust” process is in place to determine what happened, adding that it’s important for the public to understand that “they can trust us.”That report will be shared with the family if requested, she said.“When we have an incident we look at the total process of the work around what is expected to have been done and what was done,” she said.In a letter to staff, Knox reiterated the authority had apologized to the family and were “deeply sorry,” and added that help will be offered to any hospital staff who want it.“The patient’s death was a disturbing and heartbreaking loss for the family members,” she said in the note. “This event has also been deeply upsetting for staff who cared for the patient.”last_img read more

UN war crimes tribunal prosecutor welcomes arrest of Radovan Karadžić

21 July 2008The chief prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to try those responsible for atrocities committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has welcomed today’s arrest of the former Bosnian Serb political leader and notorious fugitive Radovan Karadžić. Mr. Karadžić, 63, has been detained in Serbia, nearly 13 years after the first indictment against him was confirmed at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. He faces charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, extermination, murder, wilful killing, persecutions, deportation, inhumane acts and other crimes related to his roles during the 1990s as the president of Republika Srpska, head of the Serbian Democratic Party and Supreme Commander of Bosnian Serb military forces, known as VRS. ICTY prosecutor Serge Brammertz said in a press statement that the arrest of Mr. Karadzić was a “milestone in cooperation” with the tribunal, and he congratulated the efforts of Serbian authorities. “This is a very important day for the victims who have waited for this arrest for over a decade,” Mr. Brammertz said. “It is also an important day for international justice because it clearly demonstrates that nobody is beyond the reach of the law and that sooner or later all fugitives will be brought to justice.” Mr. Karadžić had been one of three remaining fugitives from the ICTY, along with Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladić and the ethnic Serb politician Goran Hadžić. Mr. Brammertz said the date of Mr. Karadžić’s transfer to the custody of the tribunal will be decided later. The indictment states that Mr. Karadžić and others aimed to control areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina that had been proclaimed part of a self-styled Serbian republic and significantly reduce their non-Serb population. They are alleged to have forced non-Serbs such as Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats to leave, expelled those who were reluctant and killed others. Mr. Karadžić is linked in the indictment to some of the most notorious events of the Balkan conflicts, including the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the supposed safe haven of Srebrenica and the protracted shelling and sniping of civilian residents of the city of Sarajevo. read more

Myanmars new Government must tackle continuing rights abuses – UN expert

“A pattern of gross and systematic violations of human rights has existed in Myanmar for many years,” UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, told the General Assembly’s third committee in presenting his latest report on the South-East Asian country, where a newly-convened Parliament elected a new President earlier this year.“I continue to receive allegations of such violations to date. Measures to ensure justice and accountability, including access to the truth, are essential for Myanmar to face its past and current human rights challenges and to move forward towards national reconciliation.”While welcoming the release of some 200 prisoners of conscience last week and noting that future amnesties are anticipated, he said the continued detention of a large number of prisoners of conscience is of key concern.“It is imperative that the Government completes the liberation of all such prisoners without delay,” he stressed, echoing the points made in his report.He cited continuing allegations of torture and ill-treatment during interrogation, use of prisoners as military porters or ‘human shields’, and the transfer of prisoners to prisons in remote areas where they are unable to receive family visits or packages of essential medicine sand foods.“The Government of Myanmar should take immediate measures to improve the conditions of detention and the treatment of prisoners,” he said. Mr. Quintana welcomed the fact that the new national legislature has discussed important and sensitive issues relevant to human rights, but underscored the crucial need to clarify its rules, including those on parliamentary immunity to ensure that members can exercise freedom of speech while discharging their duties.“Also, I believe that the judiciary is neither independent nor impartial… I am concerned by reports that criminal cases are still being heard behind closed doors and that lawyers defending prisoners of conscience have had their licenses arbitrarily revoked,” he said, urging the Government to reconsider the revocations, guarantee the effective right to counsel and allow lawyers to practice their profession freely.“The ongoing tensions in ethnic border areas and conflict with some armed ethnic groups continue to engender serious human rights violations, including attacks against civilian populations, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, internal displacement, land confiscations, the recruitment of child soldiers, as well as forced labour and portering,” he added. Welcoming President Thein Sein’s commitment to keep the door open to peace and to invite armed groups to peace talks, he called for greater efforts to find a durable political resolution to the complex undertaking of forging a stable multi-ethnic nation.On the positive side, Mr. Quintana said he was encouraged by the Government’s commitment to reform and the priorities set out by President Thein Sein, including the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms, respect for the rule of law and an independent and transparent judiciary. He cited the signing into law of a bill allowing the formation of unions and the right to strike, and a bill still before Parliament which would allow political parties previously excluded, such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), to formally register. Noting the recent easing of restrictions on the media and the Internet, including the lifting of bans on foreign news websites, and a draft bill on peaceful gatherings and demonstrations, he called for the removal of provisions restricting demonstrations to designated places and the inclusion of others to prohibit the excessive use of force to break up rallies deemed illegal.“Myanmar’s new Government faces a wide range of daunting challenges: from the urgent need to improve the socio-economic situation to ending armed conflict and ensuring the protection of civilians, from building democratic institutions to ensuring lasting peace through national reconciliation,” he concluded.“These challenges will require continued commitment, resources and far-reaching reforms. The people of Myanmar have waited many years for this transition. They deserve the support and continued engagement of the international community in ensuring that a real transition takes root.” 19 October 2011Despite positive actions by Myanmar’s new Government, such as easing media restrictions and proposed bills on political parties and demonstrations, many serious human rights issues remain, a United Nations expert said today, calling for the speedy release of all political prisoners. read more

London FT100 closed on Friday at 743850 up 788 points

The London Stock Exchange index closed on Friday at 7,438.50, up 7.88 points.

Polls suggests different results

(Update)We’re still 29 days from the provincial election — but support for the Liberals seems to rising. At least according to a new poll released by Forum Research Wednesday.The poll suggests that 38-percent of Ontarians would vote Liberal. That’s a five-percent increase from just 10-days ago. A Forum poll on May 4th showed that only 35-percent of Ontarians would vote Liberal. Tim Hudak’s Conservatives have fallen behind with 33-percent support — losing five-percent since the last poll. And the NDP hold 21-percent support — slipping one-percent.But does it really signal a big change in momentum?It appears to be a flip flop by pollsters who had initially given the PC’s an edge in voter support. But the Forum poll now has the Liberals in the lead. It even had some eyeing the possibility of a Liberal majority but one expert we spoke with said not so fast. Let’s look at the numbers.Initially it looked like this election was Hudak’s to win. Now, Kathleen Wynne has the edge as the poll released today has the two lead party’s flipped — with the Liberals at 38% and the PC’s at 35%. With the NDP down to 21%. It was a phone poll in which people were called at home. And there is a margin of error at 3 to 4 percent.The site Threehundredeight.com uses a different method for predicting results. All polls taken together as an aggregate using all available public polls, not just a one off. They have this as a dead heat right now with the PC’s in a narrow lead at 36.5% and the Liberals at 35.7% and the NDP at 22.It also gives a seat projection with the Liberals and PC’s both projecting 43 seats and the NDP at the back with 21. Site creator Eric Grenier was asked if he thinks this Liberal momentum can translate in to a majority: “Well it doesn’t seem like that is in the cards for the Liberals at this stage. This particular poll gave the Liberals just a three point lead with numbers that were almost identical to what we saw in 2011, which returned a minority government. And since we’re not seeing any sort of consensus in terms of who’s leading, what more likely is that one of them is going to be able to run a minority if things don’t change dramatically.When asked about Hudak’s pledge to cut 100 thousand jobs, Grenier said that this recent poll is the first since that pledge and we will have to wait another week or so before we can tell if it has truly generated any momentum one way or the other. read more

Millions are displaced by fighting in eastern DR of Congo UNICEF says

In the east, most of the 2.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) were living with host families, in camps, or in the bush, where food, safe water and sometimes even space were in short supply, according to the agency. Children make up 30 per cent to 50 per cent of the fighting forces in eastern Congo, with boys used as soldiers and porters, and girls suffering sexual abuse. Only 4 in 10 children in the region have been enrolled in school, but UNICEF intervention had increased the registration of girls in the first grade this year. “We have to hold responsible the Government and the international communities, all that are involved in the conflict, to live up to their promises – basically to put an end to this conflict that is destroying a country,” said Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF representative for the DRC. Meanwhile, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) provided an airplane for the Government to fly an investigation and conciliation team of senior officials to Goma because combatants believed to be rebel factions of the national army are fighting in the area of Kanyabayonga, North Kivu province, and have displaced 30,000 people. Two assessment missions on 14 and 15 December had evaluated the amount of humanitarian assistance needed, the Mission said. MONUC, saying it believes that Rwanda carried out its threat of 23 November to send troops to the DRC, called on foreign groups to stop lending support to insurgents. MONUC patrols said unidentified soldiers had received weapons and supplies from foreign sources. In response, the Mission said it was sending all its available peacekeeping troops east to Rutshuru, Kanyabonga, Rwindi, Goma, Beni, Lubero, Butembo, Masisi, Walikale and Nyabiondo. read more

Womens EHF CL Round 2 Oltchim and Gyori with away victories

Women’s EHF CL 2012/2013 In four opening matches of the Women0s EHF Champions League, favourites celebrated easy wins.Buxtehuder SV (GER ) vs Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea (ROU) 15:34 (6:14)Hypo NÖ (AUT) vs Randers HK (DEN) 32:25 (18:11)U Jolidon Cluj (ROU) vs Györi Audi ETO (HUN) 25:30 (13:20)Zvezda Zvenigorod (RUS) vs Thüringer HC (GER) 31:24 (15:13) ← Previous Story EHF Champions League: Metalurg and Barcelona make it “4 of 4” Next Story → VELUX EHF CL: Strong Kielce for a new Chambery’s disaster – No winner in Leon

Japans biggest ever earthquake fails to take down tech infrastructure

first_imgJapan has just experienced the biggest earthquake ever recorded for the country. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Honshu and was followed by a 10-meter tsunami. Land has been flooded, houses and vehicles swept away, and the death toll currently stands at 44 people.The Japanese people are experienced earthquake survivors, and the population is taught from an early age how to deal with the aftermath of such an event. Even so, an earthquake of this magnitude has major implications for the services everyone relies on such as water, power, and communications.Thankfully no nuclear reactors have been breached, but an oil refinery and steel plant are on fire. As for the tech infrastructure, it seems as though most companies are just closing down and trying to ensure everyone stays safe while keeping lines of communication open.We are only hearing reports from some companies as the focus is on safety first, but Sony has closed down six of its factories and suspended any attempts to export goods for the moment.As for communications, TV networks in Japan are reporting the news meaning they have emerged unscathed and mobile networks still seem to be functioning. However, NTT Communications seems to be having the most trouble and is reporting the loss of its IP-VPN connections meaning its data infrastructure may be down for many customers. Data centers for the most part seem to have survived intact with Amazon Web Services and Salesforce.com both reporting no issues.With cell phone networks still functioning, and the Internet still online, it should make relief efforts in the country much easier to coordinate.Our thoughts are with everyone in Japan right now, and in particular those families who have lost friends and relatives in this natural disaster.Read more at Reuters and ZDNetlast_img read more

Gold for Irelands Downey and English at Track Cycling World Cup in

first_imgGold for Ireland’s Downey and English at Track Cycling World Cup in LA The team-mates are bang in form ahead of the World Championships. By Sean Farrell Share31 Tweet Email Monday 27 Feb 2017, 8:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article MARK DOWNEY AND Felix English powered their way to a Madison gold medal at last night’s track cycling World Cup leg in LA.The duo, who last week claimed silver in Colombia, came out on top in the final round of the World Cup with 57 points to their name, ahead of Denmark’s Julius Johansen and Casper Pederson (45) and Kiwi pair Campbell Stewart and Thomas Sexton (44). http://the42.ie/3260935 4 Comments center_img Short URL Ireland’s first Madison win at a World Cup! Superb!! A privilege been trackside @FelixEnglish11 @MarkDowney03 @IreCyclingFed @muntanerdavid pic.twitter.com/1YmnKr1V7b— Brian Nugent (@brian_nugent) February 27, 2017 Feb 27th 2017, 8:01 AM Source: Brian Nugent/Twitter 10,799 Views The result sees Ireland jump another place in the 30km event standings. They are now ranked fifth — behind Italy, Switzerland, France and Belgium — as they turn their attention to the UCI Track Cycling World Championships which take place in Hong Kong on 12 – 16 April.Barry Geraghty ruled out of Cheltenham Festival after fallFurious Mo Farah releases statement following allegations of doping against his coachlast_img read more

Nokia World Nokia Kinetic Device un prototype de smartphone flexible

first_imgNokia World : Nokia Kinetic Device, un prototype de smartphone flexible !Hier et aujourd’hui a lieu le Nokia World, à Londres. Lors de ce rendez-vous annuel, le constructeur finlandais a présenté une nouveauté inattendue : le Kinetic Device.Derrière ce nom barbare se cache un prototype de smartphone pour le moins intéressant. Nokia dévoilait donc un téléphone entièrement flexible, premier du genre, qui n’est pas sans rappeller le Galaxy Skin de Samsung. Quel intérêt (diront les mauvaises langues) ? À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?C’est évident, une telle souplesse réduirait déjà les risques de casse lors d’une chute malencontreuse. Et nombreux sont ceux à qui c’est arrivé. De plus, le Kinetic Device proposerait des commandes nouvelles et intuitives comme la flexion vers l’avant pour ordonner un zoom sur une photo par exemple (ou un zoom de l’écran lui-même). Le projet de Nokia semble avoir un réel potentiel pour l’avenir du smartphone, car dans la jungle des nouveaux téléphones, très peu offrent finalement une véritable avancée technologique. On imagine facilement un tel procédé se développer également sur les tablettes tactiles, à la mode en ce moment.Seul l’avenir nous dira si Nokia a poursuivi cette voie et si le smartphone flexible a sa place dans notre monde.Le 27 octobre 2011 à 17:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Seventeen to Launch Branded Workout Videos

first_imgHearst Magazines Digital Media has partnered with video andon-demand television network ExerciseTV to produce the Seventeen Trainer, a seriesof Seventeen magazine-branded exercise videos for teenage girls.Hearst hopes the partnership will help inspire its readersto make fitness more of a regular part of their daily lives.”Health and fitness are major components of our editorialcontent at Hearst magazines and, in our research, we have found that workoutand trainer videos are consistently the top performing videos across ourmagazine-branded sites,” Chris Johnson, Hearst Magazines Digital Media vicepresident of content and business development, said in a statement. A Hearst spokesperson declined to comment on the partnership’srevenue model.Expected to launch in October, the series of 50 two- tothree-minute videos will be available for download and on demand on theExerciseTV Web site and at seventeen.com.last_img read more

Facebook Exec Adam Mosseri Named New Instagram Chief Taking Over With Exit

Facebook Exec Adam Mosseri Named New Instagram Chief Taking Over With Exit

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Systrom and Krieger are officially leaving Instagram as of Oct. 1.Last week, Systrom and Krieger — who founded Instagram in 2010, before Facebook bought it for $1 billion two years later — announced that they would be exiting the company. Systrom’s public farewell blog post on Sept. 24 hinted that the duo will be going on to start something else: “We’re now ready for our next chapter,” the execs wrote. Systrom and Krieger were widely reported to have been unhappy with recent changes Facebook was making to the Instagram app and business.In Mosseri’s role leading Instagram, he will oversee all functions of the business. That will include recruiting “a new executive team including a head of engineering, head of product and head of operations,” according to Systrom and Krieger’s post.Instagram would be worth more than $100 billion if it were a standalone company, according to an estimate by Bloomberg Intelligence in June. This summer, Instagram topped 1 billion monthly active users and has 25 million businesses that maintain accounts on the service.Prior to joining Facebook in 2008 as a product designer, Mosseri worked at TokBox as the company’s first designer. He began his career founding a design consultancy in 2003 with offices in New York and San Francisco that focused on graphic, interaction and exhibition design. Born and raised in New York, he now lives in San Francisco with his wife and two sons. Longtime Facebook exec Adam Mosseri has officially been named the new head of Instagram, assuming the helm after the surprise departure of the Facebook-owned service’s co-founders, CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger.Mosseri, a 10-year veteran of Facebook, in May 2018 was named VP of product at Instagram. He previously oversaw Facebook’s News Feed and Interfaces product management teams.“We are thrilled to hand over the reins to a product leader with a strong design background and a focus on craft and simplicity — as well as a deep understanding of the importance of community,” Systrom and Krieger wrote in announcing Mosseri’s appointment. “These are the values and principles that have been essential to us at Instagram since the day we started, and we’re excited for Adam to carry them forward.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Govt has taken several initiatives for the rejuvenation of the cooperative sector

Govt has taken several initiatives for the rejuvenation of the cooperative sector

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives on Saturday sending across a message on how her government has taken up several steps to revive the co-operative sector.Banerjee tweeted: “Today is International Day of Cooperatives. Our govt has taken several initiatives for the rejuvenation of the cooperative sector. We have set up customer service points (CSPs) at cooperative societies in order to provide banking services in the remotest corners of #Bangla.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataProviding banking services through co-operatives has been a major step in the rural areas where people hardly had a financial institution to borrow money during the previous Left Front regime. The move taken by the Mamata Banerjee government has brought a change in the socio-economic scenario in the villages. In order to ensure that villagers do not face any difficulties in borrowing money, steps to set up customer care points have been taken. The state Co-Operation department decided to set up 2,631 Customer Service Points (CSP), particularly in areas where there are no nationalised banks. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee had also instructed the Co-operative department to take bank services to areas which lack nationalised and private bank branches. Following her instruction, the department also set a target of constructing CSPs in 2,631 Gram Panchayat areas across the state. A sizeable number of CSPs has already come up in the offices of the co-operative societies with all facilities of a banking service branch. The state government has been spending Rs 15 lakh for each unit and the total cost has been earmarked at Rs 300 crore.last_img read more

BlackBerry Is Gearing Up to Enter the Sizzling Smartwatch Scene

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » January 8, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img 2 min read “OK, Google. Check my BBM messages.” Good news for people who own smartwatches that run on Android Wear and use BBM on their smartphones: You’ll soon be able to track and respond to BlackBerry Messenger notifications right from your wrist.   The struggling Canadian smartphone pioneer broke the news of the coming tool for “discreet messaging from your wrist” yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show and on its official blog. The announcements come a year and a half after BlackBerry unveiled its initial plans to bring the popular branded instant messaging app to Android and iOS devices.Related: Kim Kardashian Apparently Wants to Buy BlackBerry, and Thinks Twitter Is the New GoogleLaunched last March, Android Wear is Google’s mobile operating system for smartwatches and other wearables, among them the LG G Watch, the Motorola Moto 360 and the Samsung Gear Live. The OS connects compatible paired smartphones and smartwatches to each other. BlackBerry says BBM for Android Wear will work with “a wide variety” of these smartwatches, though a complete list is not yet available.#BlackBerry moving into #wearables – @BBM running on Android Wear smartwatches #CES2015 Read more http://t.co/j8B2vz6oAy— BBM (@BBM) January 7, 2015The app will enable users to quickly accept or ignore BBM invites and send “canned” replies to messages on the sly, ideal for when users are too busy to BBM message by smartphone, like when they’re in a meeting or in class (“Got it,” “I’m busy right now. Will reply when I can,” etc.). The simple, slick BBM for Android Wear will also let users quickly respond to messages hands-free via Google Voice, a voice-to-text tool that unfortunately doesn’t always translate properly.  Related: Despite Less Revenue, BlackBerry Turns a Small ProfitBlackBerry isn’t saying exactly when its inaugural smartwatch app will land on Android Wear-ers’ wrists, only that it will be available sometime early this year. At first glance, it looks like it’s worth the wait.Take a peek at the app in action below, care of Android Central.  Related: BlackBerry CEO: Don’t Be Tempted By Trendy, Popular Phones. Buy Ours Instead.last_img read more

Insiders Playbook How Entrepreneurs Can Take Advantage of Livestreaming

first_img 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » December 8, 2017 Live streaming has been in existence for nearly two decades, but in the past 18 months it has become the white hot topic of the media, technology and social industries. Although I’ve been in the live streaming space since its inception, it’s a nascent business with impactful and outright amazing possibilities for all stake holders, including content owners, brands, creators, platforms, enterprises and influencers.How did we get here?Internet and digital video has become the focal point of our connected society. In the next several years, 10 billion additional connected devices will enter the market, and a billion more people will obtain internet connectivity. This means video will only continue to thrive.The online video world for the past two plus decades has been architected with a video on-demand focus. If you want to watch a music video, you visit VEVO. If you want to watch a TV show, you visit Hulu. For movies, you turn to Netflix. And for any and all on-demand video, there’s YouTube. Related: Facebook Launches YouTube CompetitorOver the past several years, we’ve experienced a dual phenomenon — an explosion of connected devices, most notably smartphones with the ability to play pristine HD high quality video and propagation of rapidly adopted social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat.In a highly connected digital world, it turns out people want to have collaborative, participatory exchanges in real time. Moreover, the world in parallel is moving to an experience economy, largely fueled by the millennial generation. This group is estimated to be 77 million strong, and they place a priority on attending events and having experiences versus acquiring and purchasing material possessions. If they cannot be there in person, they greatly desire to attend virtually and live stream these experiences to connect with their friends anywhere, in real time via their connected devices.The growth and expansion of the digital and live music business is a perfect example. Live Nation is thriving as a provider of concerts, festivals and music tours all over the world. On Nov. 2, the company reported its best third quarter in company history and is on track for a record year for earnings and operating incoming. In the U.S., one in five millennials will attend at least one music festival, traveling an average of 903 miles to do so. According to Havas, 52 percent of Americans would tune into a live stream festival or concert if were available to them.The watershed moment.Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg has championed live video and made it both a priority and a passion at Facebook. In the spring of 2016, Facebook launched live video and later that year, made it a priority on the platform. Soon after, Facebook was reporting that live video was being watched three times longer than non-live video, and a transformative engagement strategy was both born and validated.The 3-headed monster facing Madison Ave.Entering 2017, brand marketers and advertisers were facing full-on disruption in the form of both cord-cutting and ad blocking. Thought to be myth for many years, the cord-cutting epidemic has arrived. An estimated 700,000 U.S. households will cut the cord in 2017, pushing the total number of cord-cutting households to 7.4 million, according to data firm Emarketer.Verizon estimates the millennial cord-cutting percentage to be 40 percent. The millennial consumer is not watching NBC on Thursday night and sitting through the State Farm commercial. A total of 22.2 million U.S. adults will have cut the cord on cable, satellite or telco TV service to date. That’s up 33 percent from 2016. Meanwhile, the number of “cord-nevers” (consumers who have never subscribed to pay TV) will rise 5.8 percent this year, to 34.4 million.Compounding the problem for brands is the silent killer — ad blockers. Ad blockers are now reported to be installed on more than 615 million devices. Ad efficacy has become a documented challenge.In 2017, brand safety became a third major problem for advertisers in that brands found their ad inventory next to dubious user generated content — fake news, propaganda, polarizing videos, etc. In fact, P&G slashed digital ads spending by $140 million over brand safety concerns in Q2 of 2017. Verizon, AT&T and Johnson & Johnson canceled significant ad spends on YouTube in 2017 due to brand safety issues.Related: You’re Free! So Cut the Cord and Save Money Like the Millennials Do.The tonic.Live stream video powered and presented by brands. Viewers want that real time collaboration and participation, and they are more than happy to have that made available to them by a brand.The Red Bull space jump had massive tune-in on platforms. Coachella’s live stream on YouTube features three simultaneous channels of live performances all weekend from more than six stages with iconic, multiplatinum and emerging artists presented to the viewer by T-Mobile. (And in past years by Wrigley’s 5 Gum and State Farm.)The live streaming platform Twitch, now part of Amazon — a $900 million acquisition — draws millions of viewers who collaboratively watch live gaming and other forms of live media.Coca-Cola Mexico live streams the iconic Vive Latino music festival in Mexico City out to the whole country from their CocaCola.fm property. This past year, it offered the live stream on their Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels, including a live VR and 360 stream on YouTube, directed by the band Muse’s video director.Snickers broadcasted a live commercial in the third quarter of the Super Bowl and augmented that with 36 hours of continuous live streaming on snickerslive.com and Facebook live. The results were startling: 1.5 billion unique impressions, 5 million live streams served and 20 million minutes of branded content consumed.Artists like Esperanza Spalding live streamed the making of her new record in a continuous 77-hour live stream, and Katy Perry offered a 96-hour live stream of her life to promote her Witness tour.The opportunity.Five years ago, I launched a live streaming agency. We were very early to the market and had to conduct a lot of evangelism and education. Today, we have a live streaming industry bursting at the seams and opportunities abound for companies, agencies, platforms and entrepreneurs.The impact that live streaming offers is undeniable, especially in the concept of engagement. We’ve seen live streaming experiences where the average viewer duration times exceeds 20, 30, 40, 50, even 60+ minutes. The experience economy is also the attention economy and capitalizing on this ability to connect and engage viewers is an industry in and of itself. Related: 5 Low-Cost Ways to Get Started With Video MarketingLive streaming has connection and engagement possibilities in all content genres: music, art, fashion, food, wellness, news, learning, faith, causes, etc. It allows for real time feedback where you can introduce polling and trivia into an experience. The companion social stream helps drive and shape the conversation. The resulting data tells the content owner or brand where people are, how long they watched, what were trending topics and what device profiles were used. Who was on Android versus who was on iOS for example. This is data that will develop go-forward strategies.Entrepreneurs can specialize in not only the content genres, but tech, execution, marketing, education and platforms like Facebook, Twitter Periscope and YouTube offer very user friendly ways to broadcast yourself. Live streaming is a compelling way to develop and reach an audience at scale. Building a schedule of ongoing live programming brings the audience along to subsequent events and builds a cadence. Live events and experiential engagements are meaningful ways to connect with consumers in a room of any size. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more