Google Continues Its Land Grab In The Cloud With Stackdriver Buy

first_imgjodi mardesich How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud To give developers another reason to consider its newly spiffed up cloud platform, Google on Wednesday scooped up Stackdriver, a popular service that monitors workloads on the Amazon and Rackspace cloud platforms. Stackdriver, based in Boston in 2012, will join Google’s Cloud Platform team.Stackdriver makes tools to monitor infrastructure, systems and applications. These can range from reports on CPU usage to analyses on minimizing downtime to predictions as to when you may need more computing resources. Traditional data-center monitoring products weren’t designed for the cloud, and developers have had to cobble together tools to track the elastic and ephemeral nature of applications in the cloud.See also: Cloud Wars In 2014: Amazon vs. Google And Other FolliesPhoto sharing service SmugMug, for instance, uses Stackdriver to monitor the health of its systems that run on Amazon Web Services, including Amazon EC2 instances, elastic load balancing, Dynamo databases, MySQL, CloudSearch, Simple Queue Service message queueing, and the petabytes of photos it stores in S3.“Before Stackdriver, all of the [five] people on our operations team spent a lot of time trying to get the data that we need in the format we wanted—often requiring custom development or scripting,” Andrew Shieh, SmugMug’s director of operations, said in a testimonial on the Stackdriver site. “Stackdriver made visualizing and interpreting the data easier, and saves the team about an hour a day.” Googler Toby Smith, senior manager of cloud and infrastructure engineering, raved about the Stackdriver team in a Google+ post. “I’ve been enormously impressed with their domain expertise, their engineering talent, and their clear passion to make the lives of cloud developers better,” wrote Smith, who said he has been working with them for months. “I’m absolutely thrilled that they’re joining our cloud efforts.” Google and Microsoft are in an arms race to strengthen their cloud services. Microsoft recently acquired Greenbutton, which built a dashboard for managing cloud applications. Microsoft General Manager Mike Neil said Microsoft liked Greenbutton’s job management capabilities, and its ability to prioritize jobs and manage costs. Greenbutton’s application is closed to new users as it retools it for Microsoft Azure.In a note on its home page, Stackdriver suggested that it will continue to improve its current products, regardless of their platform.Anthony Myers contributed to this story.Lead image of the Stackdriver team courtesy of Stackdriver Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#Amazon#AWS#cloud#cloud analytics#Devops#Google#Stackdriver Related Posts last_img read more

Gionee A1 gets nearly 75000 pre-bookings in 10 days

first_imgGionee A1 being the company’s first flagship of the year was put up for pre-orders on March 31. It is just 10 days from the date the pre-booking started, and the smartphone has already managed to receive nearly 75000 pre-bookings in such a short span. With this, Gionee books orders for nearly 150 crores with its flagship device – Gionee A1.In support of the achievement, the company in a press note says, “With the Gionee A1it has been a monumental in the company’s growth story in India, considering all Gionee phones sold in India are Made in India starting March 2017.” The release further notes, “Going bullish on strengthening its presence across the country, Gionee today has 42,000 retail outlets and 555 exclusive service centres to cater to its customers. The company had also doubled its sales representatives to 20k and added 9 more National Distributors starting this year.”Also Read: Gionee A1 review: Great selfies, good battery life make it worth the priceIn terms of the specifications, the Gionee A1 running on Android 7.0 Nougat features a 16-megapixe front-facing camera while fits a 13-megapixel camera of the rear panel with F2.0 lens and dual tone flash technology. Further, the device is powered by MediaTek P10 processor and includes a 4GB of RAM. Storage wise, the Gionee A1 features a 64GB internal storage which can be further expanded via an external microSD card.The smartphone juices its power from a 4010 mAh battery which comes along with a fast charging ability. Further, Gionee A1 sports a a 5.5-inch screen with AMOLED panel and 1080p resolution and packs a  premium look with curved glass on top of the screen and full-metal body design. The smartphone also include a front mounted fingerprint sensor.advertisementCommenting on the milestone that Gionee A1 gained, Arvind R Vohra, Country Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD), Gionee India comments, “The pre-booking figures, the highest for any phone in the Rs 8k-25k range, are testimony to our proposition of offering advanced selfie capabilities with longer battery life in our phones.” He further states, “To reinforce this trust in our customers, we are hosting mid night launches of A1 in various cities so none of our customer has to wait till next day morning to get onboard for the Gionee experience.”Also Read: Nokia 9 to be released in Q3 2017, may cost Rs 44,999 in Indialast_img read more

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wuhan Open after losing in Pan Pacific final

first_imgUS Open champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Wuhan Open in China on Sunday because of viral illness.Osaka announced the decision hours after losing the Pan Pacific Open final to former world number one Karolina Pliskova in Tokyo.The Japanese world number seven was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Pliskova in Tokyo and said afterwards that she was suffering from fatigue.Wuhan Open organisers confirmed Osaka’s withdrawal due to a viral illness on their Twitter page.Unfortunately @Naomi_Osaka_ has been forced to withdraw from Wuhan with viral illness. Get well soon Naomi!Wuhan Open (@wuhanopentennis) September 23, 2018Osaka’s workload had to be managed indeed as she has been playing for a while now. Just after winning the US Open, where she pulled off a major upset by beating Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 under controversial circumstances.The Wuhan Open, which began on Sunday and ends on September 29, still boasts a strong field despite Osaka’s withdrawal, with the top five women’s players, including world number one Simona Halep, all taking part.last_img read more

Crowley Joins Trident Alliance

first_imgzoom Crowley Maritime Corp. has become member of the Trident Alliance, a coalition of shipping owners and operators that share a common interest in enforcement of existing maritime sulphur regulations.In joining, Crowley has signed a statement of commitment, certifying that the company agrees to comply with sulfur regulations and support the robust and transparent enforcement of these regulations.According to Mike Roberts, Crowley’s senior vice president and general counsel, the decision makes sense on many levels.“First and foremost, Crowley’s long-standing support for and compliance with the sulphur regulations has been demonstrated throughout the years in no small part because, as a leader in the maritime industry, it is the responsible thing to do for the environment. Second, Crowley supports the fair leveling of the ‘sulphur playing field’ for the benefit of all parties involved.”“The threat of weak enforcement of sulphur regulations is escalating fast. Responsible industry is taking the initiative to mitigate this threat, serving the best interests of the environment and human health as well as creating a level playing field for business. By speaking with one, united voice we have the greatest chance to bring about change,” said Roger Strevens, Trident Alliance chairman.In addition to enforcement of existing sulphur regulations, the Trident Alliance is also working to raise awareness of the issue, foster transparency around the operators’ sulfur compliance activities and develop initiatives to foster innovation in practicable enforcement technologies.Membership is currently comprised of around 30 companies, including Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, Maersk Tankers, Scorpio, Stena and others.last_img read more

I filled a void How a developer wants to help settle centuries

first_imgMONTREAL — Developer Gregoire Gollin thought he had a steal when he purchased 220 hectares of land between the First Nations territory of Kanesatake and the neighbouring village of Oka, Que., in 2004.The home of the grand chief had been deliberately burned down that winter. Masked men with bats stood outside the police barracks, preventing roughly 60 officers from leaving.“It was kind of, like, anarchy,” Gollin recalled in a recent interview. The non-Indigenous family who sold him the land were eager to unload it. “I got a price that was very acceptable,” he said, declining to disclose the amount.But Gollin, who immigrated to Canada from Italy in the 1970s, soon learned that the unrest driving down real estate prices was rooted in historical grievances that would not be resolved overnight.Local politics have prevented him from developing more than five per cent of the land just north of Montreal since he bought it 15 years ago. And now Gollin wants to give his land up — for a price. That decision has sparked a new conflict but has also given real hope that the centuries-long land claims of the Mohawk people in Kanesatake can be at least partly settled.“I am convinced that if everyone acts in good faith there will be a solution,” Gollin said. “For the first time we can put on the table not just money — but land, because there is no amount of money that can compensate the loss of land.”When Gollin first bought the 220 hectares, which included part of an area known as The Pines, he entered into discussions with leaders in the First Nations community.“We reached a verbal agreement,” he said. ” ‘You can develop,’ they said, ‘but don’t touch the forest. It’s sacred for us.’ And that’s the deal I had.”The Pines were at the centre of a stand-off between Mohawk Warriors and the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990 after a developer wanted to extend a golf course into the forest.Starting in 2006, Gollin began selling off parcels of land for single-family homes. He had sold about 100 lots by 2017, with the last of them adjoining the pine forest.In order to connect the new development to the electrical grid, a few trees were cleared — setting off protests.“The Mohawks started to doubt the agreement I had with them,” Gollin said. “That’s when it started.” One of the protesters, Indigenous activist Ellen Gabriel, said at the time: “We’re not allowing any more development to continue.”Her comments were prophetic.Gabriel’s protests sparked another series of talks between Mohawk leaders and Gollin. Most of the discussions were held in secret, and the result of those two years of negotiations was recently leaked to reporters, setting off a new flashpoint between Kanesatake and Oka.Gollin offered to donate 60 hectares of The Pines through the federal government’s Ecological Gifts Program. That move would ensure that land is protected in perpetuity from development. If approved by the federal government, Gollin would receive a tax credit he could carry forward for 10 years.Gollin is also willing to sell the remaining 150 hectares of undeveloped land he owns — at the market price. He said he put the land on the table and is hoping the Mohawks and Ottawa can reach an agreement.“It’s land I acquired, I kept, paid taxes on — in good faith,” he said. “And I’m letting the government of Canada and the people of Kanesatake discuss it and to come up with a deal.”When news broke about the agreement in principle signed by Gollin and the Kanesatake band council, the mayor of neighbouring Oka said his citizens didn’t want the First Nations territory to expand.Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillon told Montreal La Presse in mid-July Gollin owned 95 per cent of the available land for development in Oka. If the territory goes to the Mohawks, Quevillon said, his town will be “surrounded” by the First Nations community.“In Kanesatake territory,” Quevillon told the news organization, “it’s cigarette shacks, pot houses, (illegal) landfills. There is not a stream that is not contaminated … Our homes will lose value, (the Mohawks) will buy them at a discount.”Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon called Quevillon’s words “racist” and cut off all dialogue with the mayor after the latter refused to apologize.But negotiations between the federal government and Gollin have nothing to do with Quevillon, according to Marc Miller, parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations. Miller met with Simon and the Kanesatake band council last Friday in Montreal.When asked if Quevillon had a seat at the table, Miller responded: “He does not. Nor is he entitled to.”Kanesatake’s response to Gollin’s offer remains unclear. The offer will most likely be brought to a referendum in the community. A date for a second meeting between Simon, the band council and Ottawa has not been set.But Gollin said he is optimistic.“It’s like I filled a void — it’s as if there was a dialogue of the deaf,” he said. “The issue here is to unblock the future for the next generations. To be free from the prison of the past.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Shareholder critical of DavidsTea cofounder unloads most of its shares

first_imgMONTREAL – A shareholder critical of DavidsTea Inc. co-founder Herschel Segal says it has sold most of its holdings in the tea company.TDM Asset Management Pty Ltd. says it recently sold 579,902 shares, raising the total number of shares it has unloaded since June 15 to 2.7 million, roughly a 10.6 per cent stake in the company.The Australian-based company says it has received an average price of US$3.43 per share for a total of US$9.38 million.Prior to the sales, TDM owned a more than 12.2 per cent stake in DavidsTea. It still has 225,302 shares or a 0.87 per cent stake, according to a securities filing.TDM was one of three large shareholders that failed in a fight against Segal’s slate of director nominees, questioned Segal’s turnaround plan and accused him of trying to acquire the company without paying a premium.Shares of DavidsTea traded for nearly US$30 in 2015. The shares closed down five cents to US$2.35 in trading Tuesday on the Nasdaq.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect dollar value for total shares sold.last_img read more

We weren’t very clinical with the catching or in our bowling: Williamson

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson felt that the total of 162 against Delhi Capitals in the IPL Eliminator was competitive but his team failed to nail it as the players were not “very clinical with the catching or in our bowling”. Sunrisers Hyderabad slumped to heart-wrenching two-wicket defeat against Delhi Capitals to crash out the IPL here on Wednesday night. “It was one of those surfaces that produces such close matches. I believed we had a competitive total after the first half. I knew it would be a tricky chase after the powerplay overs as with such totals there are small margins. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”We have been in a position of strength before and haven’t nailed it, today was another such day and that’s a little bit frustrating,” said Williamson after the match. Chasing 163, Prithvi Shaw gave Delhi Capitals an ideal start with a 38-ball 56 before they lost their way in the middle. It was Rishabh Pant (49 off 21 balls with five sixes) who brought Delhi to cusp of victory, even as West Indies’ Keemo Paul finished it off the penultimate ball of the innings with a boundary. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”Delhi played very well, they are a strong outfit and I think they deserved this win. “We believed it was a winning total and it looked like it for a long time, they started well and had all the momentum, they had some quality players, as expected on this wicket we squeezed them back and got ourselves ahead, we weren’t very clinical with the catching or in our bowling, we weren’t great today. It wasn’t our best performance, a few things needed to be changed and it could have been a winning total,” said a disappointed Williamson. He hoped the that the players would come out with better performance in the next season. “We are building well as a franchise and the development process will have to continue,” Williamson said.last_img read more

In wake of scandals FIFAs sponsors call for change in how world

by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2015 9:20 am MDT Last Updated May 28, 2015 at 12:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Worried that their reputations will be tarnished by their links to FIFA, major sponsors are demanding that soccer’s global governing body clean up its act, with Visa even warning it is prepared to jump ship.Coca-Cola also made it clear it is unhappy with the scandals rocking the organization, which saw the head of European soccer, Michel Platini, urge FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down Thursday.Platini’s call came a day after seven officials were arrested in a dawn raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich as part of an American investigation into soccer corruption that involves bribery allegations over decades. Swiss prosecutors have also opened criminal proceedings into FIFA’s awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.The shockwaves rippling through soccer’s corridors of power have prompted some of the sport’s most prominent commercial backers to demand action.Visa provided the most acute criticism, saying it expects FIFA to take “swift and immediate steps to address” its issues.“This starts with rebuilding a culture with strong ethical practices in order to restore the reputation of the games for fans everywhere,” it said in a statement. “Should FIFA fail to do so, we have informed them that we will reassess our sponsorship.”Coca-Cola was also among the companies to take a harder stance. “This lengthy controversy has tarnished the mission and ideals of the FIFA World Cup and we have repeatedly expressed our concerns about these serious allegations,” the company said in a statement.Most of the companies involved with FIFA and the soccer world are household names. For most, the association with the world’s biggest team sport has paid handsome dividends, so any decision to bring that to an end won’t be taken lightly.FIFA can’t ignore the criticism, as the sponsors provide almost a third of its revenues. Recent figures showed the organization generated $5.7 billion in 2011-2014, which encompassed the Brazil World Cup, with sponsors and commercial partners contributing almost $1.6 billion.Paul Smith, the CEO of New York-based sports and entertainment intelligence firm Repucom, said the sponsors should avoid a “knee-jerk” decision to ditch their connection with FIFA, arguing that the most prudent path is “a wait-and-see approach.”Other sports, he noted, have suffered similar scandals, whether it be baseball or cycling, and in most cases the administrators have taken action to improve their credibility. That perhaps is best-illustrated by the International Olympic Committee, which has regained its credibility over the past decade since a bribery scandal related to the hosting of the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.And in any case, Smith said, soccer has never been in better shape in terms of its fan-base or commercial opportunities.“The right move for commercial partners is to stand by the game of football, not the custodians of the game,” he said. “A short-term decision to walk away from the game would be negative for the game in the long-term.”As well as Coca-Cola and Visa, FIFA has other long-term partners, including Adidas, which has provided the match ball for every World Cup since 1970. The partners have the right to use official FIFA trademarks in their advertising campaigns, exposure in and around stadiums and protection against ambush marketing.There are second-tier sponsors, too, such as Budweiser and McDonald’s, who pay to be involved during and around the World Cup tournaments themselves.Beyond those corporations, there are companies that make deals with national soccer associations — Nike, for example, has paid for the right for Brazil to wear its shirts since 1996.Though not directly linked to FIFA, Nike put out a statement in the wake of Wednesday’s raids. In the indictment, the Department of Justice mentioned a “multinational sportswear company headquartered in the United States” in connection with bribery allegations involving a deal with Brazil from 1996.Without directly referring to speculation it is that multinational company, Nike said it was concerned by the “very serious allegations” and was co-operating with authorities. “Nike believes in ethical and fair play in both business and sport and strongly opposes any form of manipulation or bribery,” it said.Besides the sponsors, there are marketing agencies that buy up media and marketing rights for different FIFA competitions and in turn sell them on. One such company is Traffic Sports USA, which was named in the U.S. charges Wednesday. FILE – In this Wednesday, May 23, 2012 file photo the newly elected president of CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb talks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, as they arrive at the meeting of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), prior to the two-day congress of FIFA in Budapest, Hungary. Webb is among the soccer officials that were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP, File) In wake of scandals, FIFA’s sponsors call for change in how world football is managed read more

NMA hails Americas mine safety milestone new safety initiative

first_imgThe National Mining Association (NMA) has congratulated the US  mining industry on reaching another milestone in safety performance. As confirmed by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), America’s mines last year (2012) recorded the lowest rate of fatalities and lost time accidents in the history of US mining. “Reaching this milestone testifies to the strong commitment and persistent efforts companies are making every day to reach our goal of becoming the world’s safest mining industry,” Hal Quinn, President and CEO of NMA, said. “We have more to do to achieve our goal of eliminating fatalities and reducing the rate of mining-related injuries by 50% in five years, but industry performance in 2012 shows we’re on our way.” MSHA officially named 2012 as the safest on record for US mines, which last year had the lowest fatality and injury rates.“One factor behind the 2012 safety performance has been the mining industry’s focus on driving safety improvement through the adoption of safety management systems and new technologies. In 2011, NMA released its CORESafety®  framework, a safety management system that combines a host of practices and procedures that have proven effective in other industries here and around the world. NMA is very encouraged to see mining companies in the U.S. adapting CORESafety to fit their own circumstances,” said Quinn.CORESafety was developed by NMA and overseen by a CEO-level task force. The initiative is designed to complement safety efforts already in place, with an emphasis on accident prevention.last_img read more

Care for our elders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Government funding for prisons is currently at $400 a day, in contrast with $170 a day for aged care servicesMike Zafiropoulos AMGreek Australian leaders have a message for whichever party is returned to government on September 7; help us care for our elderly, sustain the Greek language and culture, and strengthen Australia’s multicultural outlook. Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, told Neos Kosmos this week that GOCMV looked forward to working with either party to move its programs forward. “The relationship which GOCMV has had with both parties in the last five years has been excellent. We’ve had strong bipartisan support for our programs, and from the Gillard government for our new cultural centre, which gave $2m towards its construction,” said Mr Papastergiadis. “Both Labor and the Coalition leader showed a willingness to engage, both attended the Antipodes Festival and the leaders of both parties have met with us. Our discussions with both have been very positive.” Mr Papastergiadis added that GOCMV has approached both major parties to support the community’s future programs in delivering Greek language and cultural initiatives, including increasing Greek language teaching and new research into Greek Australian history. “We need to work with government to ensure that there are outcomes for our cultural and language needs, to ensure that we’re given the capacity to offer these services.” The GOCMV leader who has lobbied government over the long-anticipated Working Holiday Visa agreement with Greece, says that Labor and the Coalition continue to offer bipartisan support for the deal. “We’re grateful for the work the last Labor government did on this. We’ve also met with shadow Immigration Minister Scott Morrison some months ago and he’s absolutely supportive.” Mr Papastergiadis said that the community’s members would compare the arguments from all the parties as to what they will be bringing to the table – on the economy, jobs, health, education and taxation – and particularly how each party would peg the cost of living and improve the lot of seniors. “There’s an enormous strain on our elderly to make ends meet,” he said. Tina Douvos, acting CEO of the Australian Greek Welfare Society, said AGWS’s work in providing care services to Greek elderly and their families – delivered through the support of government health, aged care and disability programs – could only be sustained by the political will to help society’s most vulnerable. “There continues to be access and equity issues for non-English speaking communities, so there needs to be consideration into strategies that will help people access these services”, said Ms Douvos. As the parties put detail to their election promises, Ms Douvos urged them to take a united approach on the question of aged and disability care. “We would like to see both parties support the key issues that are pertinent to the wellbeing of the aged, carers and families,” she said. In recent years AGWS’s workload has increased significantly with an ever-growing elderly Greek population needing support and a new wave of Greeks with family connections to Australia resettling into Victoria due to the economic crisis in Greece. Campaigner for improved aged care provision – Mr Mike Zafiropoulos AM, President of Fronditha, said that establishing new approaches to the increasing challenges related to aged care was vital. “As the proportion of the elderly in the Australian community continues to increase, governments will find it harder and harder to provide adequate funding for aged care. “Already the funding provided is insufficient to cover costs, which continue to increase, while real funding is decreasing.” Speaking of Fronditha’s experience, he said that with little or no capital funding available (other than through loans) from government to expand facilities and services, it has been down to the generosity of donors to maintain its work and resources. “To demonstrate the inadequacy of aged care funding, it is worth noting that Government funding for prisons is currently at $400 a day, in contrast with $170 a day for aged care services,” said Mr Zafiropoulos. “Pensioners are struggling to survive with the current level of pensions and the ‘user pays’ principle has been integrated into all government policies and programs relating to aged care.” On a more general note, Mr Zafiropoulos said that it was crucial for the next government to continue to uphold “a genuine commitment to the policy of multiculturalism. “This would enable us to maintain our cultural identity and language and at the same time contribute with other communities to the building of a harmonious, socially cohesive society, which respects the diversity of its people.” With Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott asking voters to make a judgment call on who would deliver the most ‘fair dinkum’ policies, one person perhaps better qualified than most to make such a call – in a legal sense – is Melbourne barrister Olyvia Nikou SC. Ms Nikou told Neos Kosmos that the next parliament would only deliver if those elusive qualities – vision, leadership, combined with an ability to deliver practical solutions, come to the fore. “My eternal but forlorn hope is for leadership with a real vision and a practical plan for the future of the country, together with the backbone to implement policy which maximises the benefit for the country as a whole – its individual citizens trying to survive, providing for their family – and keeps businesses competitive but socially responsible in an ever changing world. Ms Nikou, voicing a call-to-arms that we would all agree with, said that what is needed is: “Leadership which leads from the front and carries everyone onward and upward. Not negative, petty, empty, meaningless slogans and unreliable promises. “I am not holding my breath,” added the eminent SC.last_img read more

Hopworks Urban Brewery opens on Mill Plain Friday

first_imgPortland-based brewery Hopworks Urban Brewery will open its east Vancouver location, at 17707 Mill Plain Blvd., on Friday.The brewery is a 6,000-foot-space with eight barrels for brewing and a restaurant capable of seating 300 people. The brewery includes bicycle parking.It is the second brewery and third overall location for Hopworks Urban Brewery — often abbreviated as HUB. The company started in 2007 on Powell Boulevard in Southeast Portland. A second location opened in Northeast Portland in 2011.last_img read more

ARM releases video of abuse at 4th dairy cow farm

first_imgOKEECHOBEE, Fla. (WSVN) – A fourth incident of alleged animal cruelty at a South Florida dairy farm was found in an undercover sting.The Animal Recovery Mission released a video that they said showed dairy cows being herded with electrical prods and calves being thrown into trucks.According to the group, the abuse occurred at the Davie Dairy Farm in Okeechobee.They are now asking law enforcement to investigate and file charges against the workers involved.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Revenue employees lock horns with government over delay in MRO

first_imgHyderabad: Revenue Employees Association members lock horns with the State government over the delay in transfer of Mandal Revenue Officers (MROs) working on deputation in far-away areas from their residences since September last. The association leaders questioned the government for not transferring the revenue officials to their native districts even after the completion of Assembly and Parliament elections in the State. Also Read – GHMC assures solution to drainage problem Advertise With Us ssociation President V Ravinder Reddy said the government had assured the revenue officials of reposting them to the posts that were allotted before going on deputation to other places on election duty. All the poll related activities were over, but the revenue staff were still struggling in the offices located far away from their family. Also Read – Kukatpally: Compound wall collapses; damages 4 parked cars Advertise With Us All the officials on deputation pleaded with the government to transfer them to their old places but their pleas fell on deaf ears, the association leaders said. They warned of boycott of the duties if the government did not respond to the plights of the employees. Reddy appealed to all revenue officials to submit memoranda to all District Collectors on Monday requesting them to consider the demand to the transfer of revenue officials immediately.last_img read more

Goldman Sachs invests 66 million for minority stake in Indian hotel firm

first_imgGoldman Sachs has invested 4.4 billion rupees ($66 million) for a significant minority stake in Indian hotel investment and development firm Samhi Hotels, the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.Samhi, which operates 10 hotels and is developing 16 more, will use the money to grow its portfolio to about 30 to 35 properties, said the company’s Chief Executive Officer Ashish Jakhanwala.Its portfolio is leased to operators such as Marriott International, Starwood Hotels, Accor SA and Hyatt International.A gradual recovery in Asia’s third-largest economy is boosting demand for hotel rooms.Hotel occupancy in India in the year to 31 March, 2015 rose to 60.3%, the highest in four years. Revenue per available room, a measure of profitability, grew for the first time since 2010-2011, showed a report by consultant HVS.”There will be continued opportunities for acquisitions, given several hotels need fresh capital to relieve them of financial stress of past few years,” said Jakhanwala.Samhi has raised $240 million in equity since 2011 and has focussed on acquiring economy and mid-scale hotels and refurbishing or rebranding them.Samhi declined to specify the exact stake that the Goldman Sachs investment had bought. Samhi’s biggest investor remains Equity International, founded by billionaire real estate mogul Sam Zell, which has invested $90 million in Samhi.Goldman Sachs has invested more than $2.5 billion in the country since 2006, mainly in the infrastructure and energy sectors.last_img read more

Amazon on Track to Be No 3 in US Digital Ad Revenue

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 Meanwhile, Facebook and Google together will have about 58% market share this year. Per eMarketer calculations, Google will rake in close to $42 billion in U.S. ad dollars (for 37.1% share) and Facebook will notch $23 billion (20.6%).And the Google-Facebook duopoly will maintain its hold for the next few years. By 2020, Amazon will have captured 7.0% share of U.S. digital ad spending, compared with Facebook’s 20.8% and Google’s 35.1%, according to eMarketer’s forecast model.Advertising is “now a multibillion-dollar business for us,” Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky said on the ecommerce giant’s Q2 earnings call July 26. “We have hundreds of thousands of emerging and established advertisers. And they’re using our services to achieve their marketing goals to — whether that’s to drive new brand awareness, discovery or ultimately purchase decisions on our site.”Amazon’s priorities with respect to advertising include improving the usability of its tools for advertisers, helping “make smarter recommendations” for customers, enhancing measurement capabilities, and automating processes, Olsavsky added. The CFO also noted that international ad sales, while still much smaller than in North America, are growing just as quickly.The company has made strides in making it easier to buy Amazon ads: On Sept. 5, the company announced that all ad buying and reporting would fall under a new Amazon Advertising banner and be fully consolidated by the end of the year.What eMarketer doesn’t have insight into is what portion of Amazon’s advertising business comes from selling ads on its own properties and how much it sells as a third-party network facilitating ad serving across the web. Amazon will more than double its U.S. digital-advertising revenue in 2018 — but it’s still going to be a distant third place behind the sector’s “duopoly” of Google and Facebook.That’s according to new estimates from eMarketer. The research firm, in a report released Sept. 19, forecast Amazon U.S. ad revenue to more than double this year, to $4.61 billion. That will give Amazon 4.1% share of the market, putting it ahead of Verizon’s Oath and Microsoft on eMarketer’s rankings.A caveat: A big reason that Amazon’s ad revenue is showing huge growth is because of an accounting change, effective Jan. 1, 2018, under which the company’s advertising services are now classified as revenue rather than cost of sales. (That led to an increase of $560 million to Amazon’s “other” revenue in Q1, to $2.03 billion for the quarter; the “other” category primarily comprises advertising.) Backing out that accounting change, eMarketer estimates Amazon ad sales will increase 10%-12% this year because of stronger-than-expected organic growth.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

For the sake of Art

first_imgSuch is the beauty of appreciation courses, that it helps one understand the medium not only to learn the process of construction but to also appreciate it. There are films, art and theatre appreciation courses offered every year by some of the prestigious institutes in our country.Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in collaboration with National Film Archive of India (NFAI) holds Film Appreciation Course (FAC), to promote comprehensive understanding and insights into the nature of cinema and other related forms and practices.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Through these courses one gets answers to questions, which later helps one to make, critique or disseminate information about films to someone,” shares Dr Ankit Sharma, Filmmaker and Assistant professor, Department of Mass Communication, Vivekananda Institute of Professional studies.Film-makers, cine-buffs, students along with academicians do this course to understand and to appreciate cinema. “There is nothing such as good or bad cinema. Cinema is cinema. Before criticizing one must understand what goes into the making of a film,” highlights Dr Sharma, who attended the course twice in 2009 and 2014. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix At FAC one gets to live with films for a month. One gets to witness such archives and real footages which are not easily available. Watching a film on reel with that sound and feel is a rare treasure in the digital era. National Museum Institute (NMI) organises Art Appreciation Course and Bhartiya Kalanidhi (Hindi medium – covers Indian art) consisting of 20 illustrated lectures encouraging students to know and appreciate Indian and global art. “We as citizens are unaware of our own cultural heritage. This course not only enlightened me but also made me proud of our country’s art and culture. To know those roots, this course is a must,” explains Dr Sulekha Bhargava, freelancer contributing to art and craft, a participant of Art Appreciation in 2001 and 2002. This course not just puts light on the importance of symbols, different sculptors, personalised paintings but also on the archaeological aspect of it.  “From lectures to artefacts and visiting museums, it not only develops a visual understanding but also creates an everlasting impact. No other course witnesses people from different walks of life coming together to cherish what we have,” comments Dr Bhargava. National School of Drama (NSD) conducts Theatre Appreciation Course(TAC) that aims to enable the understanding and appreciation of theatre as an art form in India and the world. “My experience at the Theatre Appreciation Course was incredible. The 9 day course in NSD was well designed and covered a huge array of specialized discipline in theatre itself- compositional techniques in music, importance of Natyashastra, Theatre Scenography, costumes, Women and Puppetry Theatre, Proscenium Theatre etc.,” shared Anjana Ghosal, performing artist/ vocalist who was a participant of TAC-NSD 2016. Apart from these, there are private organisations too which offer similar courses but the major drawback are the lack of archives and high fees. Aspirants aged 18 and above from all over India, gets introduced to history, theory and relationship of Indian and world cinema or theatre to other forms of arts. “The reason for me to apply for this course was basically to be able to develop a creative lens, so as to understand the meaning of the symbols used in the canvas of theatre. It helped me to critique and analyse a theatre production intelligently,” Ghosal added.During a week long course at NSD one gets to interact with renowned theatre practitioners and have discussions. They also get the opportunity to watch the treasured archives along with watching and analysing live plays. “TAC at NSD helped me to understand the difference between theatre acting and acting for cinema. Earlier, while watching a play, I never noticed much of its elements. But now, every play I watch compels me to critically analyze and appreciate the creative work,” says Bishwajeet Mookherjee, a budding filmmaker who believes that the course is for someone who wishes to understand the art of theatre and not for someone who wishes to learn acting. For a better understanding of a subject, one must be acquainted with the history of the subject, its evolution and the basics or nuances of various forms. Notifications for admission to these courses are advertised every year on their official websites, newspapers and social media. One can keep a track between the months of April and June.last_img read more

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she should be sacked, Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said Following the court orderformer BJP chief Vijender Gupta also demanded sacking of Dikshit Order by a court to registration of FIR against the CM is a very serious matter If she is not removedwe will launch a massive agitation? read more