Boxing Day Test: Pujara hundred, rare away Test fifty for Rohit put India in command

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara scored his 17 Test hundred, Virat Kohli fell 18 short of his 26th hundred and Rohit Sharma hit his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015 as India took a stranglehold over Australia on the second day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.India declared on 443 for 7 – their highest score away from home in 2018. At stumps, Australia were 8 for no loss, trailing by 435 runs.It was another solid batting performance by India. On the opening day, Mayank Agarwal had stolen the limelight with his fluent 76 on debut. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli had taken India to 215 for two at stumps – it looked like a promising position to be at.The MCG pitch had drawl flak from several experts – they called it a road. The deck appeared to be slow and rather easy to bat on. However, on Thursday morning, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, well set as they were, batted with caution.The pair added only 62 in the first session – more importantly, India did not lose any wickets against a tiring but disciplined Australian bowling attack. The Aussies gave little away but could not stop Pujara from scoring his second hundred of the series – also his slowest ever.At the other end, Virat Kohli was lumbering along. The India skipper is generally an aggressive batsman but he chose to bide his time in the middle. He was 69 not out at lunch and a promise of another century was real.But it was not to be.advertisementKohli appeared to battle a sore back. His sharp singles seemed to hurt him. Australia sensed Virat Kohli was in trouble and they tested him with the short ball. One from Mitchell Stac was dispactched to the fence as Kohli moved into the 80s. But the very next ball – another short one directed just outside the off-stump – had Kohli playing at it. Aaron Finch took an easy catch at third man and Virat Kohli was gone for 82.Pujara fell soon after for 106 before Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma joined forces.Rahane came out with intent and he raced away to 23 off 30 even as Rohit chose to take his time. The two added 62 for the fifth wicket before Nathan Lyon got his only wicket when he trapped Rahane LBW with a ball that kept too low.Rohit stepped on the accelerator as a declaration seemed imminent. Rishabh Pant walked out and also took his time before perishing for a 76-ball 39. And once Ravindra Jadeja fell to Josh Hazlewood with the Indian score on 443 for 7, Virat Kohli knew that was enough.Sitting on the edge of the boundary, Kohli ordered his batsmen to walk off as his bowlers took a shot at Australia’s openers. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch survived the six overs but they will have their task cut out on a slow pitch where Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari could come into play.last_img read more

The Worst: Ohio State’s Wireless Is Preventing Buckeye QB Stephen Collier From Watching “House Of Cards”

first_imgStephen Collier can't watch House of Cards because of Ohio State's wireless signal.Today is a great day. It’s Friday, but, more importantly, Season 3 of House of Cards has been released. Millions of people across the country will be visiting Netflix to watch Frank Underwood wreak havoc in Washington, D.C. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Collier wants to be one of those people watching the show. But he can’t – the spotty wireless on OSU’s Columbus campus isn’t letting him access the online media platform. We feel for you, Stephen. Finally get a break to go watch House of Cards in between class in then Osuwireless does Osuwireless things pic.twitter.com/u479rsHAsJ— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) February 27, 2015Ohio State wireless: step your game up. There’s TV shows to be binging.last_img read more

Video: Deion Sanders Addressed The Florida State Team Today

first_imgDeion Sanders walks into the Florida State team facility.NFL Hall of Famer and Florida State legend Deion Sanders was back at his alma mater today. While Sanders was there, he gave a speech to the current crop of Seminoles. The central message of Sanders’ talk was the expectations players should have for themselves. There’s also some footage of Sanders’ NFL Network interview with FSU defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a projected top-10 pick in next month’s draft. “What do you expect from yourself?”@DeionSanders spoke to the team before practice.https://t.co/tyPuqF4vsT— FSU Football (@FSU_Football) March 30, 2016The ‘Noles would be wise to listen to Sanders and heed his advice.last_img read more

Duchess of Cornwall Awarded Honorary Doctorate For Literacy Work

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall has received an honorary doctorate for her literacy work.Duchess of Cornwall receives an Honorary DoctorateCredit/Copyright: Princeofwales.gov.ukThe Countess of Chester, as The Duchess of Cornwall is known when in the city, attended the University of Chester’s Graduation Ceremony and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her commitment to promoting literacy.In the historic Chester Cathedral, Her Royal Highness received a Doctorate of Letters in front of 500 graduands from a number of academic faculties who were being awarded their degrees.The Countess is a strong promoter of literacy in the UK and internationally, with particular focus on encouraging a love of reading and writing from an early age.Her Royal Highness is an avid reader and undertakes a number of engagements to promote the importance of supporting literacy, including the 500 Words Competition, an initiative which encourages children around the country to get creative and send in their stories of no more than 500 words, and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.The Countess said during a speech: “I want to begin by thanking you, Chancellor, for the Honorary Doctorate that you have just bestowed upon me. I am grateful, too, for the Public Orator’s generous words and for the wonderfully warm welcome I have received today.“As Countess of Chester, I take great pride in my relationship with both this beautiful city and now with your University.”Source:PrinceOfWales.govt.uklast_img read more

Video and broadband technology provider Arris has

first_imgVideo and broadband technology provider Arris has secured a contract to provide cable and IPTV infrastructure for the petrochemical industry cities of Jubai and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.Saudi government organisation the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJ) has commissioned Arris to deliver an overall system including a centralised video and optical headend, HFC network, IPTV middleware and IP and cable set-tops. The network will enable the RCJ to deliver enhanced internet services as well as to expand the number of channels it offers and deliver an improved user experience and programme recording functionality.Arris’s infrastructure will enable the RCJ to unify its channel line-up over HFC and GPON fibre networks from a single centralised headend covering the cities it administers.Equipment supplied by Arris includes the CAP-1000 multiplexer, the APEX 1000 edge QAM, the OmniStar GX2 optical broadband transmission platform, DreamGallery middleware, the HMC3000 IP set-top and VIP1003 HD IP set-top.“We were looking for a proven, integrated solution enabling us to cover delivery from end-to-end,” said Ahmed Hassan, director of the engineering department at the Royal Commission in Jubail. “The Arris portfolio allows us to streamline this process, while providing added business benefits such as content localisation capabilities. Furthermore, as we look to expand our geographical remit, the ability to stream from a single centralised headend will be paramount in supporting this growth.”The RCJ operates infrastructure for the petrochemical industry city of Jubai in eastern Saudi Arabia and the port of Yambu on the Red Sea coast. The Saudi government has committed to expand both centres as well as to develop a new industrial city at Ras Al-Khair, situated 60km to the north of Jubail and intended to exploit the country’s phosphate and bauxite resources, which will also be administered by the RCJ.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

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Many of the disabled activists who have played a key role in exposing the harm caused by the government’s social security cuts and reforms have come together for a “breakthrough” campaign meeting attended by five Labour shadow ministers.Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who chaired the meeting, said afterwards that he believed that it could herald the start of “a significant movement to expose the brutality of the system” and secure “permanent change”.The meeting was welcomed by disabled activists who attended, but some of them also warned Labour that they now needed to see “concrete action”, with two saying separately that “the proof of the pudding will be in the eating”.The meeting focused on the deaths and other serious harm caused by the much-criticised work capability assessment (WCA), but it also covered many other areas of concern, particularly the damage caused to disabled people by the government’s new universal credit.The meeting is set to be the launchpad for a new series of campaigning efforts linking the party with disabled activists and allies, with Labour hoping eventually to secure support from members of other political parties.A follow-up meeting is set to take place later this autumn.It is believed to be the first time that representatives of so many of the disabled-led grassroots organisations who have campaigned against cuts and reforms – in many cases since 2010 – together with researchers, journalists and union representatives, have gathered together in the same room* to discuss the concerns and plan a campaigning response.The key theme of the meeting was the importance of campaigning around the links between the WCA and the deaths and other serious harm caused to claimants.This included the repeated failure of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure that the “further medical evidence” needed to demonstrate benefit eligibility is always collected, particularly for claimants with mental health conditions.Another theme was the need to hold Conservative politicians such as Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling to account for the decisions they made within DWP in 2010 that many believe led to the deaths of claimants of out-of-work disability benefits.But those present also said that it was vital to “look at the bigger picture”, and they brought in other crucial issues such as the introduction of universal credit and personal independence payment, the benefit sanctions and conditionality regimes, the impact of the reforms on disabled women, and the cuts to social care support.One contributor said: “People are having their lives utterly destroyed today.”One disabled activist told the meeting that there was a need both for “harm reduction”, to address the immediate problems with the assessment process, and “system change” to secure the eventual abolition of the WCA altogether.He said: “Saying ‘change the WCA right now’ is not saying ‘keep the WCA’, it is saying ‘stop it killing so many people’.”Other contributors said the government had made a deliberate attempt to create a “hostile environment for disabled people”.One activist who had provided unpaid advocacy for other disabled people said they and colleagues had been “inundated with people terrified of the introduction of universal credit”.People were realising that they could not move out of their local authority area in case they were forced to move onto the government’s new working-age benefit ssytem, they said.The meeting heard from one attendee about the importance of putting the government’s reforms into historical perspective and highlighting how they had been strongly influenced by the US insurance industry, which had wanted all disabled people seeking benefits “to be treated as bogus claimants”.She added: “The WCA was brought in to destroy public confidence in the welfare state.”There was also a call for nurses and GPs to be held to account for the way they had “compromised” their own medical ethics in dealing with requests for evidence to support disability benefit claims and in acting as assessors for private contractors.And there was concern at the continuing roll-out of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, which was leading mental health professionals to “come out with the sort of language we are hearing from the Department for Work and Pensions”.One contributor told the meeting: “You can’t divorce what’s happening in DWP with what’s happening in psychiatry.”The idea for a meeting of politicians, activists and researchers had originally come from Black Triangle’s John McArdle, who had put the idea to McDonnell. McDonnell told Disability News Service (DNS) after the meeting: “I think this is a breakthrough meeting in terms of getting many of the relevant organisations and individuals together who have their concerns about what is happening to disabled people and their treatment in the welfare system.“I think it is the start of what could be a significant movement to expose the brutality of the system, but more importantly to secure permanent change.”McArdle told DNS afterwards: “I’m really glad the meeting happened. John McDonnell seems to be taking this seriously.“I am encouraged that we are going to be having another meeting in the next six weeks and that a strategy will be formulated to really take the fight for disability rights to the heart of Westminster politics.“But the proof of the pudding is in the eating. We want some concrete action.”Marsha de Cordova, the shadow minister for disabled people, told DNS that it was the first time that the various groups had been brought around the same table to talk about different issues – including crucial concerns about the imminent “migration” from benefits such as employment and support allowance onto universal credit – that all fed into the idea that the government had created a “hostile environment towards disabled people”.She said: “It is good that we are talking about it. It’s great that we are bringing people around the table, and mainly disabled people.”Paula Peters, from Disabled People Against Cuts and the Mental Health Resistance Network, said the meeting had provided “ideas to go forward”.But she echoed McArdle’s words, saying: “Actions speak louder than words. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.“We have heard words for a long time while disabled people continue to die.”She also said there was “a lot more work to do” on Labour’s position on universal credit, which her two groups believe needs to be “stopped and scrapped” rather than paused and fixed, as is the current Labour policy.She said: “We still have to persuade them to stop and scrap. The system is at breaking point.”Researcher and campaigner Catherine Hale, lead researcher and project manager of the Chronic Illness Inclusion Project, and a member of the Spartacus Network, said the meeting was “very exciting”.She said: “In 2015 it felt like the Labour party turned its back on disabled people because the leadership thought that showing us support would work against them in the election. We all know how that ended.“Now John McDonnell has given new momentum and hopefully new unity to our campaigns against the WCA, sanctions, PIP and universal credit.“I hope that with Labour now standing squarely behind disabled people we can overturn the Tories’ cruel policies and vicious rhetoric that have devastated our communities.”Researcher Mo Stewart added: “It was a very welcome meeting, demonstrating Labour’s commitment to changing the plight of claimants of disability benefit for the better.“There is a tendency to overlook the American corporate influence behind the introduction of the fatally flawed WCA. That needs to change.“The disabled lobby petitioned for years to stop being identified by a medical label, and so the social model was adopted.“Along comes big business to play them at their own game, advising the DWP to disregard medical opinion in favour of the flawed biopsychosocial model, and a world of pain and persecution followed with the adoption of the WCA.“Labour plans to stop the WCA when elected to office, which has given a lot of hope to the persecuted sick and disabled community.”Five Labour shadow ministers attended the meeting: McDonnell and de Cordova; Margaret Greenwood, the shadow work and pensions secretary; Mike Amesbury, the shadow employment minister; and Lyn Brown, the shadow Treasury minister with responsibility for social mobility.*The meeting was conducted under the Chatham House rule, so although the contributions made during the meeting can be reported, the names of those who spoke and their organisations cannot, unless they spoke afterwards on-the-record. Labour has allowed DNS to report the names of the five shadow ministers who attendedPicture: Disabled activists, Labour shadow ministers and researchers after the meeting in Westminsterlast_img read more

Want a More Progressive Portrayal of Women Consider the Lowly Emoticon

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article The language that will empower women can’t be ignored, whether it uses words or, as with emoticons, no words at all. emoticon Image credit: stockerteam | gettyimages CEO of Mitchell Communications Group Guest Writer 5 min read Want a More Progressive Portrayal of Women? Consider the Lowly Emoticon. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Elise Mitchell Ever since emojis made their debut, they’ve changed the way people text and use social media. But what started out as a fun way to use images and symbols to supplement words has become its own form of communication.Related: 5 of the Cleverest Marketing Campaigns in Recent TimesLast year, 92 percent of online consumers in one survey said they used emojis, and some social media platforms are even creating their own. Facebook recently unveiled its “Reactions” system, which allows users to respond with emotions (such as love, excitement or anger) to someone’s status, update or photo. Even brands such as Mentos, Coca-Cola and Comedy Central are caught up in the emoticon craze.But, as emojis gain popularity, some have questioned how women will use these new communication tactics, especially when the emoticons they choose represent themselves. Procter & Gamble made a serious stab at answering this question. It launched its latest #LikeAGirl ad to point out that although girls send about a billion emojis a day, the limited supply of empowered-female emojis only serves to reinforce old stereotypes.For female professionals and entrepreneurs, it’s troubling that a modern communication form presents women in such outdated ways. Male emojis show professionals such as police officers, construction workers and detectives. Female emojis dance, wear pretty dresses and wedding veils and get manicures and haircuts.And this is troublesome, because the language that will empower women can’t be ignored, even when words aren’t used at all.Keep moving forwardWomen don’t see themselves as leaders, visionaries or decision-makers often enough, and we need to change that: Everyone needs to see the rich array of roles women can fill. According to a survey of more than 1,000 young American women, 75 percent of respondents said they wanted a more progressive portrayal of women depicted by the emojis they use every day.As technology and communication progress, we need to make sure that the portrayal of women progresses, too. Here are four ways to make a positive impact on how we communicate to and about other women in the digital age whether we’re using words — or (as with emoticons) no words at all:1. Reinforce leadership actions.People — regardless of gender — want praise for a job well done. However, when any of us publicly praise a woman in the workplace, we should pay attention to what we’re praising her for. Women are generally viewed as honest and ethical, but not as strong-willed leaders driving businesses forward. That needs to change.The first step is to focus on gender-neutral leadership qualities. Courage, strategic thinking, innovation and complex decision-making are characteristics we should highlight in women.Related: How Women Leaders Win and Help Others to Do the Same2. Acknowledge positive ‘feminine’ qualities — but don’t box women into them.We should make conscious efforts to publicly praise women for traits that people might not typically ascribe to them. However, we shouldn’t neglect to acknowledge good qualities just because they are considered stereotypically female, such as being excellent team-builders or encouraging others. Make a conscious effort to reinforce those behaviors without suggesting they’re the totality of women’s capabilities.3. Keep virtual communication positive and professional.Professional and uplifting language isn’t just for the office. Whether we’re using social media, choosing an emoticon or sending an email or Slack message, we need to think about how we portray ourselves.As a company leader, I always try to lead by example. I strive to be mindful of what I’m posting on social media — communicating in a positive, professional manner while still maintaining my authentic self. For better or for worse, what we put on our personal social media accounts affects our reputations, even at work.Related: 7 Essential Tools for Easily Building Your Personal Brand Online4. Remember: Intent and impact are different.Women struggle with confidence in leadership roles, and 67 percent of women in one survey said they would like more support in building their confidence to be leaders. Word choice goes a long way in offering that support. Be intentional about the words you use to describe women in the workplace.Words such as “sassy” and “adorable” might seem harmless, but they can reinforce ideas about women that prevent them from being taken seriously. Also, avoid words such as “abrasive,” which are often used to criticize a woman’s performance.Emoticons and social media might seem like fun, innocuous interactions, but every mode of communication affects how people think. We will inevitably continue to develop new ways to express ourselves. But, as technology advances, we need to make sure that those advancements move in a direction that encourages women rather than hinders them. June 17, 2016 Add to Queuelast_img read more

A Man Was Awarded 115000 After a Random Facebook Post Destroyed His

first_img –shares Next Article This story originally appeared on Business Insider 2 min read Lori Janjigian Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand A Man Was Awarded $115,000 After a Random Facebook Post Destroyed His Life and Business August 9, 2016 Contributor Image credit: Shutterstock Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue A 74-year-old Australian man was awarded $115,000 in damages caused by a libelous Facebook post about his business, and it’s a good reminder that you can’t just say anything on social media.Here’s what happened.Kenneth Rothe, the man awarded the damages, owned two hotels, the Nirvana Village and Blue Dolphin Motels, located in the Australian coastal town of Nambucca where he lived with his family.One day, out of the blue, his hotels were accused of being a haven to pedophiles, a claim that the judge would later determine was baseless.In March 2014, electrician David Scott posted, “Pedophile [sic] warning:- Nambucca has been used as a relocation for these monsters — blue dolphin — nirvana hotel and above the Indian restaurant! …Bus stops are right out front of theses hotels for our children?” The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Rothe often offered accommodations to people dealing with family disputes, but never to pedophiles. In the wake of the Facebook post, Rothe started receiving numerous anonymous phone calls, and he says his life was threatened on two different occasions. One assault left him hospitalized for six months. Eventually, his family moved out of the coastal village. Judge Judith Gibson, who presided over the case, said the post was written out of the blue, had no factual basis, and severely affected Rothe’s life. Scott was ordered to pay Rothe.”The anonymity, instaneousness and wide ranging reach of the internet and social media make it a dangerous tool in the hands of persons who see themselves as caped crusaders or whistleblowers,” Judge Gibson said.  Facebook Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Vymo Collaborates With Microsoft to Power Organizations Globally With its Intelligent Personal

first_imgVymo has announced its collaboration with Microsoft to expand the global presence of its intelligent personal assistant for sales. The partnership will focus on enabling organizations to strengthen their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) using Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities and empower their sales function with predictive and actionable insights.Vymo is already powering an existing base of 85,000+ users in 50+ large global businesses across Banking, Insurance, Financial Services and Pharma sectors with Microsoft Azure-backed Machine Learning and AI tools to help them draw intelligent and actionable insights and increase the productivity by over 30%.Speaking on the collaboration, Vymo Co-founder & CEO, Yamini Bhat said, “We are helping organizations move to a more proactive CRM experience powered by mobility and intelligence. With Vymo, salespeople can operate more effectively in a deskless environment and that has translated into a significant revenue impact for businesses. We look forward to working closely with Microsoft as we scale.”Marketing Technology News: Nielsen Expands Local Media Impact To Nineteen Additional Markets Across Local TV & RadioRajiv Sodhi, General Manager, Partner Ecosystem, Microsoft, said, “We have been working closely with Vymo to empower the salesforce in businesses using AI, and are delighted to be taking our collaboration further. The new development is part of Microsoft’s commitment to enabling its partner ecosystem to leverage AI capabilities to be able to build powerful solutions and tap growth.”Marketing Technology News: Chorus.ai Named a 2019 Hot Vendor in Conversational Intelligence by Aragon ResearchVymo is a Microsoft’s Winter Accelerator 2015 batch graduate and a winner of Microsoft’s AI for All award. Work done by the Sales CRM Software startup was also noted by Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. He mentioned, “Vymo was fundamentally changing, both, how retailers work and financial services work”.Marketing Technology News: Splice Machine Partners with Informatica to Make it Easier to Modernize Applications Using Operational AI Vymo Collaborates With Microsoft to Power Organizations Globally With its Intelligent Personal Assistant for Sales PRNewswireMay 21, 2019, 6:35 pmMay 21, 2019 Artificial IntelligencecrmMarketing TechnologyMicrosoftNewsVymoYamini Bhat Previous ArticlePeach Raises the Stakes in the Americas With A+V InvestmentNext ArticleMagnet360, Mindtree’s Salesforce Practice, Named a Leader in Professional Services for Salesforce Sales and Service Cloud by ISGlast_img read more

Tremor Video Expands Its Advanced TV Solutions

first_imgBy Combining Capabilities with Rhythmone’s Yume, Tremor Video Adds to Its Suite of Connected TV Advertising SolutionsTremor Video, the leading programmatic video platform, announced that it has combined its capabilities with YuMe by RhythmOne, a leader in Advanced TV solutions. The new integrated company provides advertisers with even more impactful brand storytelling on one of today’s most popular digital platforms. This combined offering now provides brands and agencies with the most cutting-edge Connected TV (CTV) advertising solutions, including directly sourced inventory relationships across apps and smart TVs, as well as access to exclusive supply sources that reach all platforms.“We made a strategic move to combine our current video offerings and expertise with YuMe’s in order to help brands increase the value of CTV as a key part of their media mix,” said Anthony Flaccavento, Chief Revenue Officer at Tremor Video. “Advertisers can expect more scale in the CTV space, as well as category-specific audience targeting with enhanced creative.”Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public OfferingCTV advertising is a lucrative market that is continuing to grow year-over-year. Research shows that in 2019 US advertisers will spend $3.8 billion on OTT increasing to $5 billion by 2020. With its expansion, Tremor Video now offers advertisers a comprehensive suite of CTV capabilities, including seamless activation across all platforms, fraud protection built for over-the-top (OTT), expanded household addressability, custom and advanced creative and full-funnel measurement solutions.Through the company’s audience measurement and attribution study suite, advertisers can also evaluate the effectiveness of their CTV spend and return on investment in order to help optimize effectively. Tremor Video’s in-house Creative Studio also offers advanced creative placements, including Interactive In-Stream, Standard In-Stream, Smart TV Impression Units, and more. These capabilities are designed to help advertisers break through all of the clutter in the market to engage with their target customers with better precision.Marketing Technology News: Sponsorship Made Simple for Personal, College, Sports, Community Events etc.The company’s partnerships with Pixalate and DoubleVerify help assure advertisers that their ads are served in safe environments across all CTV supply both pre- and post bid. Advertisers can also work with Tremor Video to access exclusive Alphonso TV data via automated content recognition (ACR) technology in order to deliver their videos across all screens in real-time. This allows brands to reach linear TV audiences on second-screen devices, as well as CTV.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awareness Advanced TV solutionsCTVMarketing Technology NewsNewsprogrammatic video platformRhythmOneTremor Video Previous ArticleThrive & Tier1Net Combine to Enhance FinTech ServicesNext ArticleNeustar and Freckle Partner to Provide Marketers with Actionable Privacy-Compliant, First Party Consumer Data Tremor Video Expands Its Advanced TV Solutions Globe NewswireJuly 11, 2019, 6:47 pmJuly 11, 2019 last_img read more

UP announces procedure for SGST relief to multiplexes

first_imgSHARE COMMENT Published on cinema industry December 06, 2018 GSTcenter_img Shishir SinhaMultiplexes such as PVR, INOX and GGN can heave a sigh of relief as the Uttar Pradesh Government has announced detailed procedures for refund mechanism under Goods and Services Tax (GST) for multiplexes in the State. It is the second State after Rajasthan to announce such a mechanism. There are over 8,700 screens (both multiplexes and single screen) in India, out of which nearly 500 are in Uttar Pradesh alone.The basic principle of GST does not promote exemption, but prescribes for deposit of taxes due. However, both the Centre and States can prescribe refund mechanism in lieu of exemption to continue promoting industrial activities in their respective region. Accordingly, beneficiaries will first have to deposit the tax and then they will be given refund. The UP Government, in its Cabinet meeting on November 20, decided to have such a mechanism for the multiplexes/cinema theatre and has come out with details about “the limits and procedures of grant-in-aid given as an incentive to multiplexes/cinema theatres after the GST regime.” This will be applicable to both running and under-construction entities.The need for such a policy arose after the entertainment tax was subsumed in the GST. Prior to introduction of GST, the State Government offered incentive in the form of five-year tax exemption to multiplexes. As part of the scheme of exemption, multiplex companies were allowed to retain 100 per cent of the entertainment tax charged in the first year, 75 per cent in the second and third years, and 50 per cent charged in fourth and fifth year of operations, respectively. There was question mark on continuation of such incentive post GST which forced many multiplexes to seek legal recourse for the continuation of the scheme. The Yogi Government then came out with the detailed procedure. Abhishek A Rastogi, partner at Khaitan & Co, who is the arguing counsel for various petitioners, termed this a big step forward towards the promises made to businesses and said that UP has lived up to the expectations. “It is to be seen whether the Central Government also offers similar benefit. However, the quantum of benefit granted is not the same as that promised in the past and hence the dispute to that extent may remain before the courts in case of few multiplexes. The State may consider extension of time to meet the deficit,” he said.How reimbursement worksAccording to circular dated December 3, the licence holders for the multiplexes/cinema theatres need to deposit the SGST (State Goods and Services Tax) collected from the viewers in State treasury. Within a month, by the pre-determined procedure and as per the allocated budgeted, the equivalent amount of the SGST collected from the viewers will be transferred in the account of the concerned multiplexes/cinema theatres. For all such units covered under incentives schemes before the application of GST regime and have incentive in the form of grants-in-aid, the amount of SGST deposited by them will be reimbursed as permissible on annual percentage basis.Various multiplex have different dates for the beginning of such incentives which will continue for five years. A senior State Government official said under the new mechanism, effort is to ensure commitment for the period as promised during the pre- GST regime. Earlier, the Rajasthan Government, in its new policy, decided to refund 50 per cent of the State GST collected on tickets to multiplex owners, who were promised exemptions. Uttar Pradesh SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

SC quashes certain provisions of 2016 Maharashtra law on dance bars

first_imgMaharashtra SHARE SHARE EMAIL January 17, 2019 It quashed the provision mandating dance bars to be 1 km away from religious places and educational institutions The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside certain provisions of a law imposing restrictions on the licensing and functioning of dance bars in Maharashtra.A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri quashed certain provisions of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels, Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women (Working therein) Act, 2016. These include the mandatory installation of CCTVs and a partition between bar rooms and the dance floor.The top court, however, upheld some provisions. It allowed the payment of tips to performers but made it clear that showering of currency notes cannot be allowed.It quashed the provision mandating that dance bars in Maharashtra should be one kilometre away from religious places and educational institutions.It also upheld the condition fixing the timing of dance bars in the state from 6 pm to 11.30 pm. FROM THE VIEWSROOMShake a leg COMMENT SHAREcenter_img Published on RELATED dance Representative image COMMENTSlast_img read more