TMC workers hurt in highway accident

first_imgKolkata: At least 30 Trinamool supporters and workers suffered injuries after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a water body near Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway on Sunday. The injured party workers have been admitted to hospital for treatment.The Trinamool workers were planning to take part in an election campaign meeting by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Jalpaiguri. They had hired the bus to reach the venue of the election campaign meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to local residents, on Sunday, Banerjee was scheduled to address an election campaign meeting at Churabhadar in Moynaguri from 1:30 pm. To attend the meeting, around 45 TMC supporters and workers had hired the bus from Sariam. They had started their journey in the morning to reach Churabhandar. However, after a few kilometres near Talma, the bus had a tyre burst and the driver lost his control over the steering and the vehicle plunged into a water body beside the Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLocal resident ran to help the accident victims. Meanwhile, Rajgunj police station and local Trinamool leaders were informed about the accident. Police officers reached the spot shortly and rescued the injured persons. Almost all the passengers had suffered injuries but about 30 of them had suffered serious injuries. The injured persons have been rushed to Rajgunj Rural Hospital Belakoba Rural Hospital and Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital. A few of them were discharged after providing necessary treatment and many are still undergoing treatment.last_img read more

Tata Tele merger DoT seeks Rs 7200 cr bank guarantee from Airtel

first_imgNew Delhi: The Department of Telecom has given approval for the merger of Tata Teleservices (TTSL) with Bharti Airtel, subject to the condition that the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm furnishes Rs 7,200 crore worth bank guarantee, a government official said. On April 9, telecom minister Manoj Sinha gave a conditional nod for the merger, the official said. Subsequent to the minister’s approval, the official said, that DoT has asked Airtel to furnish bank guarantee totalling Rs 7,200 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Both companies also need to submit undertaking on matter related to court cases before merger is taken on record,” the official said. The merger will be taken on record after Airtel submits bank guarantee of about Rs 6,000 crore for one-time spectrum charges and another Rs 1,200 crore for the spectrum that would be acquired from TTSL. There is also a “very small amount” of dues that has to be cleared by TTSL before consummation of the deal, another official said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of the proposed agreement, Airtel will absorb Tata consumer mobile business (CMB) operations in 19 telecom circles (17 under TTSL and 2 under Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd ). It also agreed to take over a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata. The merger will bolster Airtel’s spectrum pool with significant additional 178.5 MHz spectrum in 1800, 2100 and 850 MHz bands, all widely used for 4G. The proposed merger will include transfer of all the customers and assets of Tata CMB to Airtel.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Flies To Mali

first_imgRabat – King Mohammed VI left this afternoon Morocco, heading to Bamako for an official visit to Mali, first leg of an African trip that will take the Sovereign to Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea-Conakry and Gabon.The royal delegation includes the Sovereign’s advisors Taib Fassi Fihri and Fouad Ali El Himma, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, Economy and Finance Minister, Mohamed Boussaid, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Aziz Akhannouch, Equipement, Transport and Logistics Minister, Aziz Rebbah, Industry, Trade, Investment and Numeric Economy Minister, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Health Minister, El Houceine El Ouardi, Energy, Mining, Water and Environment Minister, Abdelkader Amara, Tourism Minister, Lahcen Haddad and Youssef Amrani, chargé de mission at the Royal office.A business and economic executive delegation and other civil and military figures are also part of the Sovereign’s delegation.last_img read more

Is Patrick Peterson a Better Cornerback Than Richard Sherman

A few weeks ago, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson told ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss he thought he was worth more than Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. Sherman fired back on Twitter, and Peterson doubled down on Thursday.“I believe if you put [Sherman] in our system I don’t think he’d be able to last, honestly,” Peterson said on “The Bickley Show with Vince Marotta” on Arizona Sports 98.7 in Phoenix. “I actually do much more than he is … Obviously, his job is definitely much easier than mine. If you look at their scheme and look at our scheme, he’s a Cover 3 corner. Period.”We can’t assess Peterson’s hypothetical — Sherman being slotted into Peterson’s role — with data because such data doesn’t exist. But, as Sherman already intimated, what statistical evidence we do have makes it difficult to support Peterson’s case. According to Pro Football Focus’s play-by-play grading system, Sherman has finished no lower than sixth among cornerbacks over the past two years; meanwhile, Peterson has finished no higher than 16th.Looking at their component stats, there’s no area where Peterson beats Sherman: Since 2012, Peterson has allowed a higher completion percentage (53 percent to Sherman’s 49 percent) and a much higher touchdown percentage (7 percent to Sherman’s 2.8 percent). Peterson also has a lower interception percentage (5.4 percent to Sherman’s 11 percent) and a much higher Adjusted Yards per Attempt figure (6.3 to Sherman’s 2.9). Even if you subscribe to the theory that a good cornerback’s primary value is in preventing passes from ever being attempted — which I do — opponents threw at Peterson once every 11.8 snaps, and at Sherman once every 13.7 snaps.Arizona has been the NFL’s second-best team at defending the pass over the past two years, but Seattle is No. 1, and by a wide margin, according to Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) metric. The difference between the Seahawks and the Cardinals is the same as the difference between the Cardinals and the sixth-ranked San Francisco 49ers.This could be taken as a point in Peterson’s favor — perhaps the sheer quality of Sherman’s Seattle teammates makes his job that much easier. But that’s another hypothetical. For now, all we really know is that the evidence supports Sherman’s side of the cornerback spat. read more

Brazil vs Mexico Lineups announced

first_imgFilipe Luis will start in Marcelo’s place for Brazil today as they look to continue their pursuit of a sixth world title by defeating Mexico in today last-16 encounterTite’s side have won 19 of their last 24 games since he took charge two years ago along with an impressive 18 clean sheets.While Marcelo had trained normally yesterday, he will start from the bench and may be used as a substitute later on in the match.Right-back Danilo has recovered from the thigh problem, but has been overlooked in favour of Fagner.Mexico’s 39-year-old captain Rafael Marquez will start for El Tri in this decisive encounter as the side look to avoid a seventh consecutive last-16 exit at the World Cup.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.However, centre-back Hector Moreno is suspended with Hugo Ayala being called up in his place.The teams are in for #BRAMEX! #WorldCup?????? pic.twitter.com/cayJmgV2fJ— FIFA World Cup ?? (@FIFAWorldCup) July 2, 2018last_img read more

France deserved to beat Uruguay – Deschamps

first_imgFrance defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, bringing the progress of Uruguay in the tournament to a halt.Speaking on their victory after the match, France manager Didier Deschamps declared that his side deserved the victory and hailed his players for raising their game against Uruguay known as a tough opposition.“I think we deserved the result, we played against a beautiful Uruguayan side but we were better than they were today,” he told reporters via Sportsmole.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“I have a younger team, and they’ve already played as a team before, but today’s requirements were even higher because the opponents become better as you progress.“I like to reach my goals like everybody else but I don’t look at this from a personal perspective. My pride is related to the entire group and here I want to mention my technical staff who help me day in day out. I’m not doing this for myself, I’m there for the team.”The goals that came Raphael Varane and Olivier Giroud has transitioned France into the semi-finals.last_img read more

Dembele to undergo Guangzhou RF medical

first_imgTottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is set to join Chinese club  Guangzhou R&F as he will be travelling to Hong Kong to undergo a medical.Skysports reports Spurs have been receiving several offers from China as Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan tabled an offer which the club accepted but an acceptable offer has now been made by Guangzhou R&FThe Belgium international has spent six-and-a-half-years with Tottenham and it is likely that this window will bring an end to his stay with the North London side as his contract expires at the end of the season.Mousa Dembele backs Gareth Bale’s shock China move Andrew Smyth – July 28, 2019 Mousa Dembele believes his former Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale will find things “easy” in China and hopes the Real Madrid player makes the move.Dembele has not played for Spurs since November due to an ankle injury and has reportedly been keen on a move to China since the summer.It is still unclear who will replace Dembele at Spurs but the club have been monitoring the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Donny van de Beek.Tottenham hope to retain their top four position this season.last_img read more

Christie Administration accused of cronyism in health care contract awards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 16, 2017 – Nassau – More millions promised within the final weeks of the ousted PLP Administration and the bills are left with the Bahamian public to pay.  When the Health Minister spoke, he talked about how the previous government left$25M in unpaid bills for medical equipment, rent, drugs and salaries at the Ministry of Health and the Public Hospital’s Authority.Minister, Dr Duane Sands claimed that even more surprisingly, despite the Christie Administration knowing of their IOUs, the PLP still entered into over $9.7M worth of security contracts, janitorial contracts, generator purchases and other miscellaneous items … Minister Sands said the contracts were with, and I quote, “people who may be considered the party faithful.”Shockingly, the Princess Margaret Hospital had a shortfall of $16.5M, critical work was stopped at the PMH he says, 67 beds were taken out of service at the PMH, and for an Abaco clinic not yet opened, the PLP was found, says Sands to have awarded contracts – $500,000 per month to clean the unopened clinic and $26,000 per month to landscape the grounds at that unopened clinic.#MagneticMediaNews#cronyisminhealthcarecontractawards Related Items:#cronyisminhealthcarecontractawards, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Mourinho reveals Man Uniteds struggle to sign players

first_imgMan United’s Jose Mourinho, gave a very detailed explanation about the struggle that his club goes through to sign the very best players.What Jose Mourinho explained this Friday during a Man United press conference ahead of the match at Southampton is worth analyzing, his club has struggled quite a bit to sign the very best players from other clubs recently.We recently found out about the negative response he got from Internazionale Milano’s midfielder, Ivan Perisic.But the Croatian is only one of many great examples that the Red Devils could talk about for hours, we can also bring up the case of Gareth Bale, the Real Madrid Welshman who rejected the Red Devils very publicly knowing that Jose Mourinho kept asking for his transfer to the club.The Portuguese manager knows that in order to win the titles that the clubs from Spain are currently owning, he has to buy the very best players who are available on the market.The problem is that getting some of the best talents that money can buy, has become increasingly difficult even if the clubs that could sell them don’t really have that much power to win titles.Mourinho just gave a very detailed explanation with examples that we need to analyze further here, he used Tottenham Hotspur as a perfect way to illustrate it because the Spurs are one of the clubs that have some of the biggest talents in English football but all of them are a forbidden fruit right now.The #MUFC Official App is the best place to follow Jose’s press conference — head there from 10:30 GMT!— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 30, 2018When asked about United’s struggle to sign top players, Mourinho said: “It depends,” he said via Goal.“I will give you an example, that I hope is a good example. I hope you can interpret it in the right way.”“Is Manchester United by history, by its dimensions, bigger than Tottenham? With all the respect – Tottenham is an amazing club – I think everybody would say yes.”“Can we go to Tottenham and buy their best players? No – because they don’t sell or because they are so powerful that they can say no.”“A few years ago, who was Tottenham’s best player? Michael Carrick. A few years later, who was the best player? Berbatov.”“Can we go now there and bring Harry Kane, Dele Alli, [Christian] Eriksen, [Heung-min] Son? Can we go there and bring the guys here? No.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“So, who is more powerful now. Them or us? Football changes. It is more difficult to buy players of a high, high, high level.”“The clubs are more powerful and don’t want to sell. Before, the smaller clubs, they were almost begging the big clubs, ‘get my best player, I need to sell. Please, you are powerful, buy my best player’.”“At this moment, they don’t want to sell. It is more difficult to make the team better and stronger with buying.”“Unless you do what some clubs do, and for some reason, they can do and others cannot. Which is, I need a right back and a left back. Send away the ones you have and buy four at the same time.”“It is difficult, so we do what we can. Last season was fantastic to finish second and we are fighting hard. I know we have to do better than we are doing.”“But one thing is to do better and another thing is to try and compare ourselves with what Manchester United was in the past. Not just because Manchester United was fantastic, but because there was a big difference to the others and, at the moment, it is not like that,” he concluded.✊ We are United.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 30, 2018It’s still unclear if the Red Devils will go after any players during this winter transfer window, but they should at least consider it due to the current climate within the squad.It’s safe to say that Manchester United is too far from being the best club in English football, Jose Mourinho grew increasingly frustrated with his several failed attempts to buy the players he wanted for his new project and had to resign himself with the idea of getting his second or third option on the lists that he provided to Ed Woodward.Even if the Red Devils are the wealthiest club in the world, they still refuse to pay too much money for any player and they will likely remain with the same philosophy after the experience that brought them signing Paul Pogba a couple of years ago.Thanks to Tottenham, Jose Mourinho’s biggest excuse is now irrelevant #mufc https://t.co/RDpEYDCICE— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) November 27, 2018Which top player would you like to see playing for Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Buy Sell Hold What stocks are analysts tracking on March 20

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex plunged 252 points or 0.76 percent to close at 32,923 on Monday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Tuesday:1. Shilpa MedicareMotilal Oswal recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 749Current stock price: Rs 490About the company: Shilpa Medicare produces and exports active pharmaceutical ingredients, fine chemicals, intermediates, herbal products, and specialty chemical products.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 24 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 35 times forward earnings. Shilpa Medicare has a market capitalization of Rs 39 billion.2. Federal BankReliance Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 150Current stock price: Rs 90About the company: Federal Bank operates branches and regional offices throughout India. The bank offers a wide range of financial services, including merchant banking, international banking and foreign exchange, among others.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 5 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 18 times forward earnings. Federal Bank has a market capitalization of Rs 179 billion.3. HCL TechCLSA recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 1,170Current stock price: Rs 926About the company: HCL Technologies provides software development and related engineering services. The group’s technologies utilize a variety of technologies, including Internet and e-commerce, networking, internet telephony, embedded software, among others.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 9 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 15 times forward earnings. HCL Tech has a market capitalization of Rs 1.3 trillion.4. Strides ShasunHDFC Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 920Current stock price: Rs 696About the company: Strides Shasun operates as a pharmaceutical company. The company provides research and development of biotherapeutic drugs and devices including biosimilars, biobetters, novel formulations, and drug loaded devices.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 40 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 14 times forward earnings. Strides Shasun has a market capitalization of Rs 62 billion.5. Bharti InfratelJefferies recommends ‘Hold’Target Price: Rs 300Current stock price: Rs 334About the company: Bharti Infratel is a telecommunication infrastructure company. The company operates and provides telecommunication tower and related infrastructure services in India.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 13 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 25 times forward earnings. Bharti Infratel has a market capitalization of Rs 618 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.last_img read more

Step Into The World Of A Chorus Line And PuttPutt Your Way

first_img 00:00 /30:26 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Xcenter_img – / 14 In this episode of “Unwrap Your Candies Now,” Ernie Manouse gets an inside look at A Chorus Line and what it’s like to cast and stage this Broadway classic with Megan Larche Dominick, Theatre Under The Stars’ Associate Artistic Director / Director of New Works. TUTS presents the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that portrays the life of a Broadway dancer, September 10 – 22 at The Hobby Center.Then, Catherine Lu chats with Bradly Brown, curator of the San Jacinto College South Campus Gallery, whose latest exhibit is Golf Coast. The interactive art installation is a mini-golf course modeled on seven Houston bayous, complete with the city’s freeways, landmarks and other local details surrounding it – and built mostly from recycled materials. Brown talks about the making of, and thinking behind, Golf Coast, on view and ready for play August 26 – September 27.Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.Music used: One from A Chorus Line Original 1975 Broadcast Cast Recording and Putt Putt For The Fun Of It  This article is part of the Unwrap Your Candies Now podcast Sharelast_img read more

IAF DIARIES ART INDUS

first_imgArt Indus brings to the IAF two important and serious of practitioners of art – the first is the legendary sculptor and mentor Rajinder Tiku and the second is Neeraj Bakshi. Both artists are deeply introspective and contemplative individuals who have been practicing for at least four decades. Tiku is both sculptor and thinker and he plays with the idea of metaphors in the medium of materiality. According to him art needs to be understood and internalised as an attitude that helps us to imbibe tradition and effort to transcend it to build a new psychological makeup. When he had his show at Threshold in Delhi he said: “Looking at this phenomenon from the point of view of human perception also, one understands that a society’s grasp of its part becomes a source of creativity in the present. It stimulates all forms of contemporary expression, allowing the meaning to seep through images, shapes and a plethora of the other cultural activities. While looking at this phenomenon of past and present as a continuum, where lines of distinction between historical memories and personal experiences blur (if not disappear), we realise an eternal source which energises us to flow on to be a part and parcel of the same.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBased broadly on this understanding, Tiku has been trying to bring out a tangible form, the seemingly intangible aspect of the silent and sacred embedded in our civilizational life and tradition – you can see this message in his works that translate the idea of the shrine. Inspired by shapes of objects ranging from mundane ones located in our immediate surroundings, to the visual grandeur of monuments located in the trajectory of the timelessness, Tiku’s brilliance lies in his ability to create in stone images that have been perceived from a quantum of images and symbols that usher technical, intellectual and philosophical human endeavours into realm of the universal. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNeeraj Bakshi’s hand is one of stealth and serene minimalism. Travel and experience have shaped his understanding – a few years ago Bakshi travelled to Africa and toured the forests in the east of the continent. His entire perspective changed. This was reflected in his work, and the watercolours breathed both beauty and substance in the idea of living. They reflect his concern with humans and the surroundings they share. These watercolours at Art Indus are fresh and have a transparency that makes them look as if they radiate a soft light. His figures mirror a definite international influence, as he spends time soaking rich artistic and architectural heritage of the places he visits. While the works look gentle there is also great pain, his works are associated with ritual iconography, but they are put together in the context of the everyday living. Bakshi buttresses deep environmental concerns with a sensitive balance of line and colour, which gives his work the ambience of a lighter prism. The inbuilt tenor of pathos and pain both add to the realm of solitary creation within his own orbit of compositional clarity.(The above mentioned story is part of the series on India Art Fair 2018, which will be carried till the fair ends.)last_img read more

Are SelfDriving Cars Finally Ready for Consumers What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 12, 2017 5 min read Yes, I know. We’ve been waiting for the self-driving car revolution for what seems like forever. Google seemed on top of things in the years after 2009, when the company first started its self-driving car project. But now it’s 2017, and we still aren’t surrounded by fleets of autonomous vehicles. What gives?Related: Google, Automakers Object to California Rules for Self-Driving CarsWell, if recent developments are any indication, 2017 could be the year that self-driving cars finally start to go mainstream. And as a business owner, you need to be prepared for the ramifications of this quickly approaching massive technological and cultural shift.What entrepreneurs need to watch forSo, how might the emergence of autonomous vehicles affect your business?Consumer needs. For starters, consumers who have access to fully autonomous vehicles are going to have new needs that, as an entrepreneur, you’ll have to accommodate. Any products designed for drivers may have to be completely reimagined, and people will have more free time to fill if they’re able to move and focus on tasks during their hour (or longer) total commute time every day. Think ahead and prepare for that change.Cost of goods. Self-driving trucks will function more cheaply and efficiently than their manually driven counterparts, which means the cost and ease of transporting your goods are going to decrease. Prepare your logistics division to transition early and take advantage of these changes before your competitors do, so you can lower your prices accordingly.Space. With less need for roads and other transportation institutions, there’s going to be far more space for residential and business constructions. Depending on the nature of your business, this could be a major opportunity for expansion.Employee commutes. If you encourage your employees to opt for self-driving cars, or even have autonomous company cars that enable easy carpooling, your employees will suddenly have far more time every day to do their work. They’ll be simultaneously more productive and less stressed, which means your business stands to thrive.Related: Ford Doubling Silicon Valley Workforce in Push Toward Self-Driving CarsWhere we standSo, where exactly are we with self-driving cars? Is 2017 a realistic possibility?Google’s self-driving car project is now called Waymo, and is looking to partner with auto manufacturers to get a fleet of cars on the street shuttling consumers by 2020. We may start seeing early versions, or not yet-fully autonomous cars hitting the streets before then.Google isn’t the only company on the verge of a breakthrough, however. Self-driving taxi service nuTonomy is fully active in Singapore, though ride availability is limited, and there have been some complications already with the service. Uber isn’t far behind, with its goal to convert its fleet of drivers into a fleet of autonomous vehicles as soon as possible.Uber is now testing in multiple states, with those tests supervised by engineers, so it may be a little ambitious to expect its effort to expand nationwide in 2017. In any case, both companies stand to make significant progress this year, and are only a few rounds of testing away from the next stage.The big obstaclesSo far, there have been only a handful of collisions involving self-driving cars, most of which were the fault of a human driver, and only one of them was fatal. So, what’s stopping autonomous cars from rolling out?Snow and weather. Most self-driving car tests have been in California, Arizona, Florida and other areas with predictable, calm states of weather. In the American Northeast, where snow, hail and other complicated weather conditions are commonplace, autonomous cars still have many problems to solve. It’s much harder to make predictions and judgments about the environment there.Ethical dilemmas. Driving choices won’t always be black and white; for example, should an autonomous car kill its own driver if that action saves multiple other lives? Engineers have contemplated, but not come close to, solving these ethical dilemmas. In fact, they’re hypothetically unsolvable. What we really need to solve is how self-driving cars should approach these problems, should they come up.Legality. Legal concerns have always been a main stopping point for autonomous driving technology, but recently, companies like Uber have escalated the intensity. Uber has been involved in a vicious legal battle with the state of California since its autonomous test vehicles were caught running red lights, but the complexity of new laws poses a problem everywhere. Currently, even the testing of self-driving vehicles is legal only in California, Michigan, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, North Dakota, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.Certainty. No amount of PR in the world could salvage the reputation of a company whose self-driving cars cost innocent human lives. For tech companies, being 99.9 percent certain about the success of their software isn’t enough — they need to be as close to 100 percent as possible, and that means testing far beyond what any of us feel is “enough.”Related: Google Makes Progress on Self-Driving Cars as it Hits the 2 Million Mile MarkI think it’s a bit ambitious to say that 2017 will be the year self-driving cars take over, but it’s reasonable to expect massive progress throughout the year. If I had to put a date on it, I’d project that we’ll see self-driving cars transforming our economy by 2020, and that means you need to start thinking now about how your business is going to adapt.last_img read more

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has signed agreemen

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has signed agreements with two other operators to distribute its Smart HD OTT service over their networks. Volia has signed up network operators Miksnet and Telza in Kyiv and Zhaporozhye respectively.The Smart HD offering provides 130 linear TV channels as well as on-demand services. The first third-party network to sign up for the service is Datagroup, which operates residential services in Ukraine under the brand Domashniy Telecom.New features to be launched on the service before the end of the year include catch-up, startover and multiscreen TV.last_img read more

Accedo has set up operations in Brazil and has upp

first_imgAccedo has set up operations in Brazil and has upped sales manager Paloma Santucci to country manager.Video app specialist Accedo said that formally establishing an entity in Brazil will help in “further strengthening its global position” and will enable it to provide local support for Brazilian customers such as LG, Telefonica and Rede Globo.“Since Accedo’s inception over a decade ago, our strategy has always been to be close to customers. Opening our Brazilian Entity and resourcing locally are evident of our commitment to that promise”, said Accedo vice president, Latin America and southern Europe, Jeronimo Macanás.Santucci has previously worked for companies including LG, Rede Record, FS and Playphone and has six years of experience in the digital market.last_img read more

Lev Petukhov Russian service provider NTV has lau

first_imgLev PetukhovRussian service provider NTV+ has launched a new online TV offering, NTV+ Movie, providing a range of series and movies for a monthly subscription of RUB299 (€4.40).The broadcaster has made about 100 titles available at launch, with further content to be added. Weekly subscriptions are available for RUB99, while individual titles can be viewed for a one-off payment of RUB29, which the broadcaster said would enable viewers to evaluate the appeal of shows.The service will allow users to select series by genre. Content can be viewed on desktops and mobile devices as well as via a range of smart TV portals. Payment can be made via payment mechanisms via mobile phone for subscribers who take mobile services from MTS, Beeline and MegaFon, via credit card or through online payment services QIWI, Yandex Money or WebMoney.Speaking to Digital TV Europe and the Digital TV CEE conference in Budapest this week, NTV+ head of web projects Lev Petukhov said that the broadcaster hoped to use OTT and hybrid services – which will be available shortly via a new hybrid box developed in partnership with owned Gazprom  Media’s technology arm – to build customer loyalty, but also to expand the company’s base and to increase ARPU where possible. He said that NTV+ also wants to make its services available to subscribers in multiple locations, for example to customers who view via satellite at their summer dachas but may not have access at home in city apartments and vice-versa.last_img read more

While the market goes gaga for technology companie

first_imgWhile the market goes gaga for technology companies, bidding their prices to levels assuming constant growth to infinity, I wonder just how new apps or viewing devices make my life better versus things created years ago. In a wonderful little book full of big insights, The Great Stagnation, economist Tyler Cowen says our lives in material terms are not much different than in 1953. The cool stuff we saw on The Jetsons in the 1960s hasn’t happened. No jetpacks, or living forever, or visiting Mars. “Life is better and we have more stuff,” writes Cowan, “but the pace of change has slowed down compared to what people saw two or three generations ago.” Market bellwethers like Amazon and Netflix are astronomically valued. But these companies do not change our lives fundamentally—they only allow us to efficiently buy and watch more STUFF. It’s inventions made between 1880 and 1940 that have really made life better. Professor Cowan lists a few important ones: automobiles, electricity, household appliances, telephone, mass production, pharmaceuticals, radio, television, and indoor plumbing. Younger readers can’t imagine a world without these things. I can’t either, except for indoor plumbing. Although I grew up living in Abilene, Kansas, with indoor plumbing, I remember visiting great-grandparents who did not have modern facilities. These days you think the world’s going to end if the Internet is slow. Imagine having to go in the middle of a cold, windy Kansas night. You put on shoes and an overcoat, and tromped out to an uninsulated, rickety outhouse 50 or 100 yards from the residence. In the summer, a different sort of discomfort was associated with the process. So while I’m awed by the latest gadgets like anyone else and a proud Amazon Prime member, I don’t think Jeff Bezos’ company is life-changing enough for the stock to be worth 539 times earnings. As I get older, it is those who designed and created indoor plumbing that I thank each and every night. Which brings me to today’s article by resource investing legend Rick Rule of Sprott Global Resources. Many of you know him as the go-to wise man for junior resource companies in the precious metals and energy areas. Today he has another precious resource he believes you should consider for your portfolio… a resource none of us can do without, no matter what neat technology we hold in our hands. Rick not only lays out an ironclad investment thesis, but provides specific investment ideas. You can read more from Rick and his team at Sprott’s Thoughts. Enjoy, Doug French, Contributing Editorlast_img read more

How Mark Zuckerbergs Vision Has Changed Since Facebook Went Public

first_img February 17, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Based on the contents of an open letter titled ‘Building Global Community,’ civic engagement is at the top of the CEO’s mind. 5 min read Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Next Article Mark Zuckerberg Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img –shares How Mark Zuckerberg’s Vision Has Changed Since Facebook Went Public Image credit: catwalker | Shutterstock Add to Queue This week, Mark Zuckerberg posted a lengthy open letter on his Facebook page about his vision of the company’s future, in which he explained his intention to build a global community.“For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families,” Zuckerberg wrote. “With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community — for supporting us, for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement and for inclusion of all.”While Zuckerberg has said that he does not plan to run for political office, much of the letter’s contents would not be out of place in a campaign stump speech.Related: 17 Weird Things You Didn’t Know About Mark ZuckerbergOne the eve of Facebook’s IPO in February 2012, Zuckerberg laid out his plans for investors in a letter that took on similar themes, though was not as detailed.At that time, Zuckerberg shared his desire to bolster relationships between individuals, writing, “People sharing more — even if just with their close friends or families — creates a more open culture and leads to a better understanding of the lives and perspectives of others. We believe that this creates a greater number of stronger relationships between people, and that it helps people get exposed to a greater number of diverse perspectives.”In his Feb. 16, 2017 letter, he led with the idea of utilizing Facebook to build support systems in real life. “Online communities are a bright spot, and we can strengthen existing physical communities by helping people come together online as well as offline,” Zuckerberg wrote. “In the same way connecting with friends online strengthens real relationships, developing this infrastructure will strengthen these communities, as well as enable completely new ones to form. … These communities don’t just interact online. They hold get-togethers, organize dinners and support each other in their daily lives.”Related: Mark Zuckerberg for President in 2020? Pundits and Comics Share Their Hot Takes.Five years ago, Zuckerberg highlighted Facebook’s ability to connect users to business and the economy, and to help people build better and more engaging products. However, in his 2017 letter he also talked about Facebook’s role to build tools to help make the world a safer and more engaged place. He cited Safety Check, and he described how users have taken to Facebook to fundraise after tragedies such as the 2015 Nepal earthquake.He discussed developing artificial intelligence systems to remove propaganda from the platform and prevent recruitment for terrorist organizations.“This is technically difficult as it requires building AI that can read and understand news, but we need to work on this to help fight terrorism worldwide,” Zuckerberg wrote.Related: A Reminder From Mark Zuckerberg: ‘Put People First’He also explained that Facebook intends to prioritize “protecting individual security and liberty,” highlighting the social network’s positive stance on encryption, which is integrated into WhatsApp and Messenger. “Keeping our community safe does not require compromising privacy,” he wrote.In his 2012 letter, Zuckerberg’s goal was to change how “people relate to their governments and social institutions.” The vision he laid out was somewhat vague, but it centered around the idea that Facebook and the internet at large would create an environment that would allow for “a more honest and transparent dialogue around government that could lead to more direct empowerment of people, more accountability for officials and better solutions to some of the biggest problems of our time.”Related: Mark Zuckerberg: ‘Entrepreneurship Is About Creating Change, Not Just Creating Companies’But in 2017, in this current political climate, Zuckerberg seemingly felt compelled to be more specific about how he envisions Facebook’s role regarding civic engagement. He described how the platform helped 2 million users register to vote in the 2016 U.S. general election, and how candidates and politicians used the site to engage with their constituents. Again, the CEO cited the platform’s ability to bring users together offline.“Sometimes people must speak out and demonstrate for what they believe is right. From Tahrir Square to the Tea Party — our community organizes these demonstrations using our infrastructure for events and groups,” Zuckerberg wrote. “The Women’s March is an example of this, where a grandmother with an internet connection wrote a post that led her friends to start a Facebook event that eventually turned into millions of people marching in cities around the world.”Related: Mark Zuckerberg: I Would Only Hire Someone to Work For Me If I Would Work For ThemZuckerberg used the letter to acknowledge mistakes Facebook has made in monitoring and removing content on the platform, citing the removal of videos related to Black Lives Matter and historic images from the Vietnam War as well as the “misclassifying of hate speech.” Zuckerberg characterized these exchanges with users as painful, noting “In the last year, the complexity of the issues we’ve seen has outstripped our existing processes for governing the community.”He laid out his idea for developing a system of personalized settings when it comes to what content you see in your feed, proposing the idea of a questionnaire to determine how much users see content containing violence, nudity and profanity. “We are committed to always doing better, even if that involves building a worldwide voting system to give you more voice and control,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Our hope is that this model provides examples of how collective decision-making may work in other aspects of the global community.” Entrepreneur Staff Register Now »last_img read more

Nevada Declares Marijuana State of Emergency to Avoid 100 Million Tax Shortfall

first_img Add to Queue Nevada Declares Marijuana State of Emergency to Avoid $100 Million Tax Shortfall Free Green Entrepreneur App Marijuana, until recently illegal in Nevada, is now a major source of revenue the state can’t afford to lose. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cannabis Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. July 25, 2017 Typically, putting the name of a state and the phrase “state of emergency” in the same sentence means residents there are facing some serious trouble. Like “natural disaster” type of trouble.Leave it to Nevada to put a new twist on things. State officials there declared an emergency this month because people couldn’t get enough of what they wanted. What did they want? Recreational marijuana. And the state’s dispensaries, in a continuation of some last-minute legal maneuvering that led to a bumpy roll out of the Silver State’s regulated recreational marijuana sales, couldn’t provide enough supply to meet demand.Related: Policy Group Argues It’s Time to End the Failed War on DrugsBut Nevada officials took action to fix the supply problem only after realizing that the state would miss out on a chunk of the $100 million in marijuana tax revenue expected over the next two years.Distribution problemsAs detailed here, the state had to allow existing medical marijuana dispensaries to sell adult-use marijuana while sorting out a legal case brought by the state’s alcohol distributors. By law, they were supposed to have exclusive rights to distribute adult-use marijuana for the first 18 months it was available.But, while the state’s voters just approved recreational marijuana sales last November, Nevada officials decided not to wait until 2018 to begin sales as other states — including California and Massachusetts — chose to do while a system of regulation and taxation is created. They instead started in July 1.That created an issue, as alcohol distributors did not yet have a license to transport marijuana. So state officials passed an emergency order allow medical dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana from their existing supply. The state is expected to need 60 to 90 days to sort out the legal issues with the alcohol distributors.Related: Oakland Strives to Rejuvenate Economically by Becoming California’s Cannabis CapitalThis isn’t an issue in other states, such as Colorado and Washington, where dispensaries are allowed to transport their own supply.Independence Day WeekendThen came the long Fourth of July weekend. Dispensaries loaded up in preparation of big sales. However, they did not have near enough.Dispensaries reported more than 40,000 retail marijuana transactions in the first few days of July (Nevada residents can buy up to one ounce per transaction, according to state regulations). The state also reported that some of the 47 licensed dispensaries had sales “of more than double their estimates.”With no transportation system set up, supplies quickly started running out.The state finally took action at a mid-July meeting of the Nevada Tax Commission, which decided to temporarily expand who is allowed to transport marijuana until the alcohol distributors are up and running.Related: Do Something That’s Never Been Done Before, According to This Marijuana Tech CEOThe main reason? The state has budgeted $100 million in marijuana tax revenue for the next two years. “Without the retail sale of marijuana, the state will not realize the revenue upon which the state budget relies,” Deonne Contine, executive director of the Tax Commission, wrote in a letter to commissioners.Contine also said action was needed to keep buyers from moving into the black market to purchase marijuana if the supply of legal marijuana evaporated.Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Image credit: Ethan Miller | Getty Images dispensaries.com Download Our Free Android App Guest Writer –shares 3 min read Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Next Article last_img read more

3 Things to Know About Creating a HighYielding Marketing Department

first_imgWe all want to achieve our Marketing goals and drive our organizations forward, and we need the right people at the helm to make this happen. But even if you believe in your team members and feel good about their performance, it’s common to have lingering questions. We’ve found that most of the CEOs and CMOs we talk to wonder if they have the right people in the right roles at the right salaries. But the breakneck pace of Marketing today leaves little time to really dig into these questions, and identify solid answers.The good news is, there’s almost always an opportunity to optimize. We’ve seen the gamut when it comes to Marketing departments, and even the savviest teams can see dramatic results by making the right personnel changes. So if you want to get on the right track and find success in this area, we’re here to help.To start, we updated a really popular infographic we created five years ago about the job titles you (may) need in your Marketing organization, to reflect current changes in the industry and trends in salaries. We recommend checking it out and getting familiar with it. It can act as your guide as you begin to identify the gaps in your organization, how to fill them and with whom.In addition to this, here are three things to keep in mind to help you create and maintain the type of high-flying Marketing department you need to succeed.1. Your ideal Marketing department won’t look like everyone else’s This might seem weird, given that our infographic shows the types of roles that often support the best Marketing departments, so you may think yours must mimic this exactly. But it shouldn’t, and won’t. Your business is unique, your goals are specific and the role of your Marketing team in your company is going to have its own flavor accordingly.So, consider the positions we’ve outlined in our infographic as a starting point or a template of sorts. Review it with the mindset that you may need all these jobs at some point, or may never need a few of them. But every Marketing organization will need some of them (maybe even most). And it’s best to understand how they all work together, holistically, to help you achieve your goals. Only then can you start to make decisions about what pieces and parts you need most.2. Expertise is essential, not expendableAt this stage, you’re going to need wise words from a seasoned Marketing professional. If you don’t have a time-tested VP of Marketing or CMO, ask yourself honestly whether your CEO has the right chops (e.g. enough marketing know-how) to make strategic, informed decisions about assembling the right Marketing team. If not, we encourage you to find a third-party agency you can trust to help you make these decisions.The expertise of a person or agency who knows the ropes of marketing, understands technology and strategy, and has seen the industry evolve through the years, is invaluable. This individual or team will help you connect the dots between what your Marketing department looks like now, and what it needs to look like if you want to accomplish your BHAGs. They can tell you which of the roles of our infographics are important to your trajectory, and which aren’t necessary right now. This will help you make strategic decisions and get crystal clear about hiring intentionally.3. Marketing hires are investments, not expenses And finally, if you get nothing else from all this, please remember this point. All too often, well-meaning leaders get consumed by their bottom line and become skittish about hiring experienced people who know how to get their jobs done well. The thinking goes that these people cost more money, so they, therefore, represent an unnecessary operational expense.But, no! Hiring is an investment, not an expense. After all, if you’re selecting seasoned practitioners for the roles you really need, they should be wild revenue generators. The hires you want to make might account for $1 million dollars in salaries between them, but don’t panic – they should more than makeup for this in the ROI they bring. What if they bring in $10 million for you or more? Worth it!When all is said and done, the best thing you can do for your Marketing department is to realize your people are not overhead; they are instruments of revenue growth. And this will remain true, no matter what technology and other trends ebb and flow over the years. Hire the right people, and hire for the organization you want to be – not where you are now. Only then will your Marketing department do its job and yield you the wickedly awesome results you’ve been hoping it would. Here’s to you getting there, one “right” person at a time. Read more: 5 Ways Your Human Resource Department Can Connect with Candidates Faster 3 Things to Know About Creating a High-Yielding Marketing Department Justin Gray8 hours agoJuly 22, 2019 ExpertiseHiringMarketingMarketing goalsMarketing TeamoptimizationRevenue GrowthROI Previous ArticleWeRecover Launches Addiction Treatment Search Engine App for iOS And AndroidNext ArticleTechBytes with Stephen Cox, VP and Chief Security Architect at SecureAuthlast_img read more