About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff chief Ken Choo hails away support for Leicester winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City chief Ken Choo hailed the away support for victory at Leicester City.Choo reacted to the victory by paying tribute to the Bluebirds supporters”What a way to end 2018!” he said.”A big thank you to all our fans for the fantastic support.”We’re working incredibly hard as a club to give you the best Premier League experience possible. Here’s to a great New Year.”
The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) is expecting a major boost in employment in business process outsourcing (BPO) by year end from the provision of additional office space to meet the demands of the rapidly growing sector. Senior Vice-President, Elva Williams-Richards, said that the Authority has just completed 63,000 square feet of modern BPO space in Montego Bay, and within the next 12 months an additional 157,000 square feet will be brought on stream in Portmore. “These investments will bring 7,000 new jobs, increasing the PAJ’s contribution to BPO and also Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) jobs from current figures of approximately 11,000 to 17,000,” she noted. Mrs. Williams-Richards, who was speaking at the media launch of the inaugural Outsource2Jamaica Expo and Symposium in Freeport, Montego Bay on February 8, said BPO has been a “real game changer” in terms of job growth. She informed that the Authority has invested some $11 billion in the sector over the past few years in support of the Government’s economic growth and job creation thrust. She noted that in addition to BPO, investment has been made in upgrading the ports and other infrastructural developments to enhance Jamaica’s competitiveness in trade and other key sectors. Mrs. Williams-Richards welcomed the Outsource2Jamaica Expo & Symposium, which will be held from April 11 to 13 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James. The event is being organised by the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) and will bring together global experts, technocrats, local entrepreneurs, government officials, BPO leaders, buyers and service providers. (more) BPO Jobs…2 “Jamaica has a lot to offer, and with continued focus and effort from all sectors and segments of government and strong support from the private sector, we are confident that this first-ever symposium and expo will meet the objectives of the organisers,” Mrs. Williams-Richards noted. Mrs. Williams-Richards, who was speaking at the media launch of the inaugural Outsource2Jamaica Expo and Symposium in Freeport, Montego Bay on February 8, said BPO has been a “real game changer” in terms of job growth. Senior Vice-President, Elva Williams-Richards, said that the Authority has just completed 63,000 square feet of modern BPO space in Montego Bay, and within the next 12 months an additional 157,000 square feet will be brought on stream in Portmore. Story Highlights The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) is expecting a major boost in employment in business process outsourcing (BPO) by year end from the provision of additional office space to meet the demands of the rapidly growing sector.Senior Vice-President, Elva Williams-Richards, said that the Authority has just completed 63,000 square feet of modern BPO space in Montego Bay, and within the next 12 months an additional 157,000 square feet will be brought on stream in Portmore.“These investments will bring 7,000 new jobs, increasing the PAJ’s contribution to BPO and also Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) jobs from current figures of approximately 11,000 to 17,000,” she noted.Mrs. Williams-Richards, who was speaking at the media launch of the inaugural Outsource2Jamaica Expo and Symposium in Freeport, Montego Bay on February 8, said BPO has been a “real game changer” in terms of job growth.She informed that the Authority has invested some $11 billion in the sector over the past few years in support of the Government’s economic growth and job creation thrust.She noted that in addition to BPO, investment has been made in upgrading the ports and other infrastructural developments to enhance Jamaica’s competitiveness in trade and other key sectors.Mrs. Williams-Richards welcomed the Outsource2Jamaica Expo & Symposium, which will be held from April 11 to 13 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James.The event is being organised by the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) and will bring together global experts, technocrats, local entrepreneurs, government officials, BPO leaders, buyers and service providers.“Jamaica has a lot to offer, and with continued focus and effort from all sectors and segments of government and strong support from the private sector, we are confident that this first-ever symposium and expo will meet the objectives of the organisers,” Mrs. Williams-Richards noted.
Chris StewartAPTN NewsA soup kitchen in Edmonton is being forced to close forcing hundreds of people to find another place to get a warm breakfast and lunch.The Gathering Place on Fort Road, also known as Mawachihitowin Otah, has been operating out of a closed downtown hotel since Nov. 2017.The operators had a restaurant license, but the Fort Road Business and Community Association appealed their permit saying it wasn’t a restaurant.Carola Cunningham is the CEO of Niginan Housing Service who operated the Gathering Place.She said she feels for those who relied on their services.“We had 80 people lined up and six of them were children, ready for breakfast. So very disheartening for us to have to turn people away,” she said.(Carola Cunningham is the CEO of Niginan Housing Service says the kitchen was an essential part of the community.” Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)People like James Phaneuf, and Amanda Veinot say the kitchen did a lot for the neighbourhood.”We wish it wasn’t closing down, trust me. They did a lot of help for us feeding us everyday. Making us feel at home,” said Phaneuf.Veinot says it wasn’t just a place to get a meal.“It’s just a good place for people who didn’t have anywhere to go. And just to communicate, which is a big thing too. So now the communication is gone,” says Vienot.“It’s sad.”(James Phaneuf, and Amanda Veinot say they are disappointed the kitchen is being forced to close. Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)The Fort Road Business and Community Association says the problem is not having the right permit.Robert Noce, the lawyer for the association, says the area is zoned for commercial businesses.“We conceded the good work they were doing and we know the people they are reaching out to need help, we get that,” says Noce.“The problem of course is the planning documents that the city of Edmonton has adopted for this area did not support this kind of activity.”Cunningham says having this space, which also offers internet access helped the community.“I don’t know how many of the business owners actually live in the area but it would be interesting for them to talk to the active community members and find out,” she said.“You know that services like ours are almost essential. It will reduce crime. It will keep the people housed. And it will keep people from desperation.”Cunningham says she’s hoping a local business can offer a new location for the kitchen to email@example.com@aptnchris
The idea of the motherland is a sacred notion for a majority of Indians. Indians are patriotic people, passionate about the security and safety of their motherland. They wish her to be great; expect her to be protected, to be strengthened and to see her leaders work hard to make her self-reliant, self-sufficient and sturdy. What has caught the imagination of people in the last five years is Narendra Modi’s unrelenting action in trying to achieve exactly that. As Arun Jaitley, one of those who has closely seen him since the early days recently argued that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has demonstrated during the last five years his indefatigability towards making of New India, a power to reckon with. Many India observers across the world have marvelled with India’s pace of decision making and implementation.” Modi’s mantra of making India great has once again caught the mass imagination. On Modi’s part, there has been no slackening of pace in his commitment and in the delivery of his promises. These promises were made across the spectrum from ameliorating and transforming lives at the grassroots to establishing India as a global power confident that she shall play a leading role in directing the agendas of the 21st century. The latest evidence of Modi’s cohesive and organised action to establish India on the world stage was evident when India succeeded in eliciting worldwide condemnation for Pakistan’s complicity in carrying out terror attacks on India. India also elicited support in the UN to blacklist and sanction terrorist Masood Azhar. In solidarity with India, the international community felt deeply disappointed at the fact that China once again blocked the move. The results of the friendships that Modi had globally forged in the last five years, the unprecedented outreach that he had initiated as part of India’s foreign policy – his trips abroad– and his creative, as well as tenacious, diplomacy has been most visible since the Pulwama terror attack. While Congress president Rahul Gandhi rejoices at China’s success in blocking Masood Azhar’s listing, and his minions see and interpret it as a snub to Modi, the people at large stand disappointed by the Chinese hold and continue to further close their ranks in solidarity with Modi, who they see as being uncompromising on terror, and bullish, dogged and unrelenting when it comes to India’s national security. The “original sin” of gifting away – bartering away India’s strategic advantages to China – was that of Nehru’s; in the last few days, that debate has been conclusively settled against Congress, especially its ruling dynasty. As BJP president Amit Shah points out in a scathing column, both the refusal to take up India’s seat in the UNSC and the referring of the Kashmir issue to the UN, were the original sins of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, sins which continue to prove costly to India. The tears shed at the Batla House encounter to eliminate terrorists, the push for inaction after 26/11 when Sonia Gandhi called the shots – Rahul Gandhi was tangoing in his Delhi farmhouse just after terrorists had carried out the massacre in Mumbai – the support to urban Naxals who set the agenda and create narratives for separatists and extortionists including plotting to assassinate Modi, the support for the “tukde tukde” network across India especially in select universities, the repeated attempts to stall an upgrade of India’s defence forces, the repeated questioning of any action that India has taken, in the last five years in response to terrorism, the habit of referring to Jaish terrorists in respectful terms, indicates that Congress under Sonia and Rahul Gandhi has dumped whatever little it possessed of its nationalist orientation and temperament. For Congress, the last two decades or so has been a trajectory towards subversion. A decade in power saw Congress turn India into a passive absorber of terrorism, it saw the ludicrous formulation by the then Congress Prime Minister that Pakistan too was a victim of terror and therefore had India’s sympathies. It saw India function as an appendage, a soft state with an unimaginative, halting and hesitant approach when it came to defending herself against aggression. The defanging of India’s national security was one of the most comprehensive contribution of the Congress mindset, apart from the debilitating insistence that India could only survive as an oligarchy of dynasties, that every national institution had to be compromised, that nepotism was normal and accepted public-behavioural trait, and that Indian democracy lives to serve the ‘Dynasty.’ The decade before Modi’s advent on the national scene was one long lightless phase in which such attempts were made, and often succeeded. A fall back to the mindset which defined that phase will only push back our collective march and weaken our collective will to see a new India. Modi continues to restore faith, continues to plug the leaks, to heal the cores, to erect new edifices for which he is attacked and abused. His triumph will prove the death of this mentality of subversion that has been allowed to go unchecked for decades. The social and political formations that stand against this emotion and conviction for the national good and have worked to dilute or weaken these have never succeeded in striking deep roots in India’s political soil. Congress, because of its enunciation of anti-Indianness, is now getting increasingly deracinated while the communist parties, who have been at forefront of trying to weaken the nationalist psyche of the Indian masses, continue to wither away. Each has found in the other the support in this destructive game. Congress resorts to politics of confusion while the shrinking communist parties, in the name of the proletariat, continue to peddle their false line of an India that is in perpetual conflict and clash, in which exploitation and communalism dominate. So thick is the partnership that the CPI(M) general secretary has given up all pretensions of being a Marxist ideologue and has degenerated into a loyal spokesperson of the Congress party. This degradation has consumed the habit of debate, of ideological adherence, and of cadre discipline and commitment in the party. Neither party has a leader nor a leadership which has a vision of India’s future. Can they ever hope to succeed in their negative anti-Modi alliance? They have no acceptance among people, they have no capacity to read new India’s mind and the summer of 2019 will only reinforce their irrelevance. (The author is Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, said that a world-class autism township will be set up soon to provide training to autistic children and adults.In a tweet, Banerjee said: “Today is #WorldAutismAwarenessDay. We must create more awareness about autism among the people. You will be happy to know that a world-class autism township will be coming up near Kolkata where autistic children and adults will receive training, treatment and boarding facilities.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThis comes as a significant announcement for autistic children in the city, as they would get various facilities at the proposed township. The township will be built as a one-of-its-kind initiative by the Bengal government in association with a private firm, on a 52 acre plot at Sirakol in South 24-Parganas at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. The project is expected to be completed by 2023. It can be mentioned that the project was first announced during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) in 2018. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe children and adults suffering from the developmental disorder can receive training, treatment and boarding facilities at this township. The township will also have provisions for training teachers who would be dealing with those suffering from the disorder. The main purpose of the township is to provide holistic development of those suffering from autism. World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day which falls on April 2 every year and aims to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder through various programmes. According to a senior state government official, the township will be the first of its kind, not only in the country but also in the world. There will be facilities for accommodating 350 residents, apart from a daycare centre having a capacity of accommodating over 200 children and adolescents. A guest house will also be set up, where parents of those receiving training can stay for a few days. It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has started introducing units for autistic children at various government-run hospitals. Among other medical colleges and hospitals in the state, the NRS Medical College and Hospital runs a unique autistic care centre, where a large number of patients from across the state visit.
BALURGHAT: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to visit Balurghat on April 12 for poll campaigning, said the party’s Balurghat candidate Arpita Ghosh while talking to Millennium Post. Poll for the Balurghat Lok Sabha seat is scheduled on April 23, in the third of the seven phase polls in Bengal.Ghosh had earlier been elected from the Balurghat seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. She had won with a margin of over one lakh defeating the LF candidate, while BJP had placed third. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It has been decided that Didi will take part in two public rallies on Friday-Balurghat and North Dinajpur’s Itahar. She will reach Itahar in helicopter at 11 am and address a rally there. She will directly go from there to Balurghat and take part in another public meeting. We are expecting around one lakh people in Balurghat,” Ghosh said. According to a party source, Banerjee’s meeting has been scheduled at Balurghat town club ground, located in the middle of the town. Thousands of party workers covering all eight blocks are expected to attend the programme. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBanerjee has targeted to win all 42 LS seats in Bengal. She has been visiting North Bengal, addressing various public rallies in favour of the party candidates. In South Dinajpur, the Trinamool supremo has directed state ministers Purnendu Bose, Goutam Deb, Rajib Banerjee and Bachchu Hansda to give maximum stress on rural areas, highlighting the development projects that have been taken up by the state government. “The leaders are now concentrating on small party meetings and door-to-door campaigning,” said a Political Observer. According to a party source, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee will also address a public rally on April 11 at Kushmandi.
London: Britain’s Prince Harry on Thursday settled for “substantial damages” and an apology from a news agency that hovered over his home in a helicopter, taking photos directly into his living room and bedroom earlier this year. Lawyers for the Duke of Sussex told the UK High Court that the photographs showed the Oxfordshire home’s interior and “very seriously undermined” his safety. The images, which were taken in January and published in UK newspapers and online, showed the living area, dining area and “directly into the bedroom”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportJustice Warby heard a statement in open court at the Royal Courts of Justice in London in relation to Harry’s privacy and data protection complaints and ruled in favour of the royal. “The syndication and publication of the photographs very seriously undermined the safety and security of the Duke and the home to the extent that they are no longer able to live at the property, Barrister Gerrard Tyrrell told the court. “The property had been chosen by the Duke for himself and his wife given the high level of privacy it afforded given its position in a secluded area surrounded by private farmland away from any areas to which photographers have access,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTyrrell, who read a statement in court on Prince Harry’s behalf, said the couple had subsequently felt unable to live at the home near the Cotswolds village of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. The news agency Splash News admitted an “error in judgment” and apologised to the 34-year-old royal. “We apologise to the Duke and Duchess for the distress we have caused,” it said in a statement. The agency has promised to “cease and desist from selling, issuing, publishing or making available the photographs. It also said it will not repeat its conduct by using any aerial means to take photographs or film footage of the Duke’s private home, which would infringe privacy or data rights or otherwise be unlawful activity. Buckingham Palace said Prince Harry “acknowledges and welcomes the formal apology from Splash News and Picture Agency”. Prince Harry and 37-year-old Meghan Markle, who recently became parents to new-born son Archie, have since moved into their family home at Frogmore Cottage on Queen Elizabeth II’s Windsor Castle estate.
According to the Japanese defender, his team had a very difficult match against Turkmenistan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Japan barely defeated Turkmenistan 3-2 in their Group F match in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And for Japanese defender Yuto Nagatomo, the team learned from that and will be ready for the next challenges.“We struggled against Turkmenistan but it was very important for us players to know what the AFC Asian Cup is,” Nagatomo told Ghana Soccernet.Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.“We will use the experience gained against Turkmenistan to good effect. We have had three days to prepare for our next match against Oman (on Sunday) and we are confident of a better showing.”“We saw a recording of the match and we know that they are very good in counter attacks and have speedy players. Oman will be a difficult team to beat,” he added.“Having said that, we are also a good team and we have the players who can get us a positive result. We will prepare accordingly for Oman.”“It doesn’t make a difference whether we qualify after the second or third match as long as we qualify for the knockout stage,” he concluded.
Twitter https://twitter.com/oprahmagazine/status/1108405269179043841 At the 45th GRAMMY Awards, Sheryl Crow was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Soak Up The Sun,” and Vanessa Carlton drew three nominations for her “A Thousand Miles,” including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Two songs from O’s list received nominations at the 56th GRAMMY Awards, Katy Perry’s “Roar” and “Brave” by Sara Bareilles. The latter topped the playlist and its curator reassured us that if you give it a morning listen, “You’ll believe you can conquer anything.”Beyoncé made the list twice, once for her solo “Run the World (Girls)” and again for Destiny’s Child’s “Happy Face.” Lady Gaga offers “The Cure” and Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile” might help you tackle your day smiling, too. Two songs to help you find up when you’re down are “No Tears Left to Cry” by Ariana Grande, from her 2018 album Sweetener, and Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper.” Whether you say “Hello, Good Morning” with P Diddy or have a “Lovely Day” with Bill Withers, prepare to get out of bed with a spring in your step. Spring is almost here. Check out other songs ready to assist at O — from Earth, Wind & Fire, Ice Cube, Lil’ Duval, and Bob Marley.Alessia Cara On Aretha’s Inspiration: “You Could Tell That It Came From Her Soul”Read more Songs To Wake Up & “Roar” With From Katy Perry, Aretha Franklin And More News Facebook Email Roar Into Your Day With These Wake-Up Songs songs-wake-roar-katy-perry-aretha-franklin-and-more Power up for the day with this energizing playlist, including songs by the Christina Aguilera, Bill Withers, Kanye West, Britney Spears and morePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 20, 2019 – 4:37 pm On March 20, O magazine published a playlist meant to wake you up and start the day off right. It credits research in psychology for revealing that “songs with a slow build, a positive message, and a strong beat” can confer mood-enhancing benefits. Just for fun, we also took a look at how GRAMMY recognition shines a spotlight on some of these tracks. It’s no surprise that the Queen of Soul herself stood out, as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” took two wins at the 10th GRAMMY Awards.Other GRAMMY winners in the selection include Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “Stronger” by Kanye West. With Britney Spears’ song “Stronger” making the list as well, from her Oops!…I Did It Again album, a double-shot might give you twice the energy.
You might have seen Hyundai’s 2019 Super Bowl ad for its Shopper Assurance program and wondered what the hell it actually is. Here’s an explainer that might help simplify your car buying experience, if you want a Hyundai, that is.Buying a car is usually a nerve-wracking, anxiety-inducing fight to the death, and as a millennial, I’m just not into that (or so I’ve been told). Hyundai wants to change that dynamic and make buying a new car easy and as low-stress as possible with its new nationwide Shopper Assurance program.Shopper Assurance made its debut in four pilot markets last year, (Miami, Orlando, Dallas and Houston) and was such a hit with the locals that Hyundai has decided to take it across the US. Despite having one of the least fun names imaginable, the program seems well thought out and could be a game changer for Hyundai.Enlarge ImageBeing able to handle the bulk of the car buying process including test drives and paperwork without needing to deal with another human seems like a good way to go. Hyundai “The positive response to Shopper Assurance exceeded our expectations, and it’s clear that customers want a more convenient way to buy a car,” said Dean Evans, chief marketing officer of Hyundai Motor America, in a news conference at the Chicago Auto Show. “Shopper Assurance is a differentiator for Hyundai and significantly improves the perception of the brand and our dealers. It is now available nationally because of the dedication of our dealers to deliver the best experience possible and adapt quickly to changing buyer preferences with new technologies and innovation.”Shopper Assurance is essentially a four-headed hydra of sensible car buying ideologies. First, participating Hyundai dealers post the market price (MSRP minus incentives, etc.) on the website, so there is no misunderstanding about what the vehicle costs. This is meant to help reduce the need for haggling. Next, Hyundai has what it’s calling the “Flexible Test Drive.” This lets the customer book a test drive through the dealer directly or through an app and then have the vehicle delivered to a separate location of the customer’s choosing so they can put it through its paces. If the customer decides that this new Hyundai is Certified Dope, they can complete the bulk of the required purchasing paperwork online, reducing what needs to be done at a dealer to the absolute bare minimum. Lastly, if it turns out that this new Hyundai isn’t quite as dope the customer thought, they can return it within three days for their money back.Sounds great, right? But how good was it for Hyundai? According to survey data, 94 percent of customers either loved or liked the process and 56 percent of buyers said it influenced their decision to buy a Hyundai. If it can repeat this success nationwide, it will be interesting to see what other marques adapt their own buying process to more clearly mirror Shopper Assurance. 0 Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Hyundai Car Industry Car Culture Hyundai
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (L) gestures as India’s Junior Finance Minister Jayant Sinha watches during a news conference in New Delhi, India, August 14, 2015. [ File photo]REUTERS/Adnan AbidiThe NDA government has dissolved the idea of a “Bad Bank” and is reportedly creating an asset reconstruction company (ARC) that will take over the Public sector banks’ (PSBs) toxic loans. The government decided against the initial plan of creating a bad bank as it’s not keen on infusing more taxpayers’ money towards resolution of loss-making banks.A top government official informed The Economic Times that the resolution process under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) has enough power and expertise to tackle bigger bad loans. He added that creating another “bad bank” would not be a value-driven step.The idea of a bad bank re-emerged after state-run banks suggested the creation of an ARC to tackle the bad loans. The PSBs even wanted to rope in the National Infrastructure Investment Fund (NIIF) toward this end.The bad bank is a government-funded vehicle that manages bad loans of all the PSBs, but the ministry has been showing reluctance to back the idea.The idea is that such a move would allow the lenders to start on a clean slate, thus boosting credit growth amid an economic revival.The Economic Survey for 2016-17 had recommended a Public Sector Asset Rehabilitation Agency (PARA), highlighting the fact that the private sector ARCs had not been successful in resolving bad debts.Meanwhile credit rating agency on June 7 published a report where it highlighted that due to low paced recoveries and upgrades, gross nonperforming assets (NPAs) spiked to Rs 10.2 lakh crore (11.8% of total loans) on March 31 from Rs 7.65 lakh crore (9.5% of total loans) in the year earlier.The report also said the government’s plan of recapitalisation will still broadly resolve the regulatory capital needs of the country’s 21 public sector banks (PSBs) and help augment their loan-loss buffers but will be insufficient to support credit growth.Weak financials due to mounting provisioning and bad loans have already forced 11 state-run banks out of 21 into the Reserve Bank of India’s Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework, which restricts their business activities until their financials improve.
A Holodesk video shows the user looking down on a pane of glass at virtual but very realistic-looking balls and other shaped objects. His hands are positioned underneath the glass and they move in such a way that you think the user is actually moving real objects around. He scoops real balls into cups, or so it seems. The video as a whole is a deft rendering of how the virtual and real meet. While Holodesk is not the only 3-D interaction experiment out there, observers say it stands away from the pack, with its use of optical devices called beam-splitters and a graphic processing algorithm, in providing a life-like experience. Holodesk is one of the latest innovations within the Sensors and Devices Group (working with technologies such as sensors, flexible electronics, and novel displays)at Microsoft Research. The latter, since its establishment in 1991, has become a large and active software research organization.Microsoft Research joins today’s research hotbeds looking at enhancing interactive computing environments. The name of the game is creating clever ways to enable the user to cross that magical bridge between reality and the virtual. Meantime, Microsoft itself is reportedly working on all fronts on innovations that involve the “natural user interface,” or in software developer parlance, the NUI. A NUI is supported by technology that frees up users to carry out relatively natural movements or gestures that control and manipulate on-screen content. As such, the NUI is elevated as one of the next big things in human-machine interactions.As for possible applications for Holodesk, easy assumptions might place it squarely in gaming but its potential may also one day surface in design and research. In this wider sense, the Holodesk debut is one more idea from Microsoft Research that suggests a bright NUI future. Explore further Holodesk does its magic with the help of an optical see-through display plus Kinect camera. The illusion is that the user is directly touching and maneuvering 3-D graphics. According to the project notes, a virtual image of a 3-D scene is rendered through a half-silvered mirror and spatially aligned with the real world for the viewer. Citation: Holodesk prototype puts life in computers (w/ video) (2011, October 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-holodesk-prototype-life-video.html More information: via Microsoft blog © 2011 PhysOrg.com Microsoft shows off 3D and NUI technology (w/ Video) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — A research project at Microsoft Research Cambridge has brought forth a prototype called Holodesk, which lets you manipulate virtual objects with your hand. You literally “get your hands on” the virtual display. According to the official description from its creators, there is at work a “novel real-time algorithm for representing hands and other physical objects” allowing physically realistic interaction between real and virtual 3-D objects.
Monday, January 15, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by COLORADO — An adorable dog and his feline travel companion are proving that when it comes to hitting the open road, sometimes opposites attract.Henry, a three-year-old dog based in Colorado, and Baloo, a Siamese cat, have become the Internet’s latest sensation for being global travellers.Their human, Cynthia Bennett, first adopted Henry in 2014 and found very early on that he loved to hike. “He found the steepest, tallest rock around and he ran up to the top of it to look over the edge,” she told The Dodo. After that, Henry earned the nickname “little mountain goat”. Now, the happy family of four is busy embarking on new adventures around the world, which you can follow on Instagram. Judging by their photos, their lovable ‘fur babies’ are having the time of their lives! Travelweek Group A few months ago, Bennett and her boyfriend decided to adopt another pet – a rescue kitten this time – and after a five-month search they finally found Baloo. After introductions were made, Baloo fell in love with Henry and, as they say, the rest is history.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksIt wasn’t long until Baloo joined Henry on the road, which may be surprising to owners of cats who prefer the indoors. But according to Bennett, Baloo “really wants to go outside” and will scream from the door whenever she touches Henry’s leash. Is this the cutest travelling duo in the history of the world?
Share Friday, January 4, 2019 Tags: British Columbia, Canada, Snow Storm, Weather About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019 By: The Canadian Press Two day storm departs B.C., but leaves flooded roads, avalanche danger behind << Previous PostNext Post >> VANCOUVER — Rainfall, wind, snow and winter storm warnings have been lifted for all of southern B.C. after a powerful system swept across the province leaving flooded or snow-clogged roads in its wake.On Vancouver Island, torrential downpours forced flood watches or high streamflow advisories for several waterways and the deluge also prompted a boil water advisory for all users of the Comox Valley water system, including residents of Courtenay and Comox.The Comox Valley Regional District says in a news release that severe rainfall has caused turbidity levels at a back-up pump station to rise above acceptable thresholds, triggering the need for the boil water notice.Environment Canada says the two-day storm dropped as much as 100 millimetres of rain on Port Alberni and parts of eastern Vancouver Island, equivalent to an entire month of rainfall, while more than 50 millimetres fell Thursday at Vancouver International Airport.In the mountains, Avalanche Canada says heavy snow has created a “high” possibility of slides on south coast and Vancouver Island mountains, as well as through most of east-central and southeastern B.C., meaning very dangerous avalanche conditions exist.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsAn “extreme” avalanche ranking, which means natural and human-triggered avalanches are certain, remains posted for some regions along the Alberta/B.C. boundary throughout Jasper National Park and in the alpine and treeline regions of Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks.
About 40% of US consumers with an internet connected TV were watching Netflix in the fourth quarter of last year, according to research by NPD.According to NPD, 22% of connected TV owners had migrated entirely from using over-the-top video services on their computers to watching on the TV instead.Over half of consumers aged 18-24 with a TV connected to the web used it to watch Netflix, said NPD.“The inherent success of Netflix streaming can be attributed to its content library and TV centric strategy initiated in part by the Roku launch in 2008,” said John Buffone, NPD’s director, devices.He added: “Three drivers of growth come to mind when considering if and how OTT video will surpass linear TV viewing. That is, more TVs being connected to the Internet, further increasing awareness for the devices that deliver OTT video, and consumer recommendations.”
The CBS board of directors has brought in legal firms Covington & Burlington and Debevoise & Plimpton to conduct a full investigation into recent harassment allegations against chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves and wider cultural issues at CBS.Les MoonvesAt Covington & Burling the investigation will be led by Nancy Kestenbaum, and at Debevoise & Plimpton it will be led by Mary Jo White.To help facilitate the investigation, a special committee of board members has been formed comprised of Bruce S. Gordon, Linda Griego and Robert N. Klieger. Moonves will have no role in the investigation and is entirely removed from it.The board had appointed Gordon to serve as lead independent director of the board of directors.CBS’ latest move arrives after Moonves was accused of sexual harassment by six women on Friday. This is the third meeting the board of directors has taken as a result of the news.The CBS board said in a statement it, “takes these allegations seriously and is committed to acting in the best interest of the company and all of its shareholders, and is confident that the employees of CBS will continue to perform at a high level as this process unfolds.”This week, Moonves has also bee suspended from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts’ board of councilors and the he has voluntarily exited his role as commissioner in the Anita Hill-led Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harrassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.
Linear TV still has plenty of life left in it, says Eyal Malinger, investment director at Beringea.For years now, we’ve been bombarded with predictions that TV – particularly linear TV – is dying. Just this last January, YouTube’s chief business officer Robert Kyncl forecast that online video will overtake linear TV by 2020.It’s not hard to see where these predictions have come from. The rise of digital TV content – whether short form videos through the likes of YouTube or Video on Demand services from broadcasters or Netflix and Amazon Prime – has exploded in recent years. In 2015, the time consumers spent watching digital TV each day overtook social media use for the first time (one hour 55 minutes compared to one hour 44 minutes).With Millennials spending more time watching TV content on digital devices than any other age group, there is an expectation that traditional TV will die out as more digital natives rise through the ranks. Look a little closer though, and the picture isn’t quite as gloomy as we’ve been led to believe.The death of linear TV isn’t as near as we’re made to think.Research released by ThinkBox in March this year found that TV still makes up almost 80% of all video consumption in the UK. The average viewer watches three hours and 51 minutes of TV each day, and just four of those are consumed on other devices including smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, Subscription VOD (SVOD) services and YouTube make up just 8.4% of TV viewing time combined.Rather than displacing TV altogether, it seems that digital media is simply shifting the way that TV is consumed. This is evident when looking at the 16 – 24 age group. Viewers that fall into this bracket watch an average of three hours and 25 minutes of video each day. While around 58% of that time is still spent watching traditional TV, these viewers also watch twice the amount of broadcast VOD programming than the average viewer (7% compared to 3%), twice as much SVOD (8.7% compared to 4%), and twice as much YouTube (10.3% compared to 4.4%). They’re also more likely to watch content from all sources on devices other than a TV; 38% have watched video on a smartphone or tablet compared to the average across all age groups of 20%.The continued dominance of TV when it comes to advertising revenue is another clear indication that its predicted demise may well have been over-egged.According to Deloitte, while long form TV ad-spend is declining, it still represents a whooping US$170 billion annually worldwide.Why do we still love TV so much? Long form programming is continuing to draw in large audiences, despite the rise of short form video. According to Deloitte the most viewed YouTube video ever, Gangnam Style, has received two billion views globally. Long form programming racks up about two billion hours of viewing every day, just in Europe.It is this storytelling element that had allowed TV to retain its position in the market. TV programming is able to keep viewers immersed in storylines over time, not just within a 30 or 60 minute window, but over a full series of content. New digital players have had to rely on this format to build their own user base. As well as negotiating rights to carry various popular TV shows, both Amazon Prime and Netflix have become content markers in their own right, developing some of the most popular and anticipated programming in recent years.According to Nielsen, Orange Is The New Black was watched by 6.7 million viewers in its opening weekend on Netflix, and just last week, Amazon Prime debuted The Grand Tour – the long-awaited replacement for BBC’s Top Gear. YouTube is even jumping on board, and will launch its own pay TV streaming service in 2017 called Unplugged.Despite the explosion of content available to viewers, the fact remains that there simply isn’t enough premium content across these new platforms in the UK to completely replace linear TV. On top of that, traditional players are doing a good job of innovating when it comes to storytelling, giving viewers the option to consume their preferred content when, where and how they want, by making content available on demand across a range of devices. Many have also started to develop complementary content to feed viewers appetites outside of main programming. Channel 4, for example, often produces online episodes of its hero shows like Made in Chelsea, keeping fans engaged throughout the week with additional new content.Staying on top Digital is already playing an important role in helping traditional TV players retain their position in the market, and will continue to do so in the future. Data is one area that can drive ongoing innovation.Although TV advertising still generated £5.3 billion last year in the UK, TV’s share of the overall advertising market is decreasing.In contrast, internet ad spend hit £8.6 billion in 2015, a 17.3% increase on the year before. One of the reasons behind this is targetting. Advertising on digital channels is inherently more measureable than anywhere else, and can be significantly more targeted than TV’s current breakdown of age and gender. However, there has been much talk about the shift to programmatic ad buying in TV in recent years, a more similar model to digital ad buying which is based on a specific data points to ensure advertisers reach their intended audience. Combining this level of targeting with the higher engagement of long form TV advertising, whether on traditional TV or digital TV is the holy grail of advertising and presents significant opportunities to increase revenues. This approach is already widely trialled.However, data isn’t just useful for advertising.TV watched on digital channels – via broadcasters, streaming services or live TV streaming services like TV Player can provide invaluable information about how content is being consumed. This can then be fed into how programming is developed which will be particularly important as younger audiences start to become the decision makers.A recent report by Ofcom into the media consumption habits of children shows that, like the older generations, TV continues to be an important part of their lives. Around nine in ten children use a TV set, and it is the only device most children use every day. While a large portion of their viewing time is spent with the TV, YouTube is becoming an increasingly important content destination for all children, especially those in the 12-15 age bracket. Around 16% of this age group say they prefer watching YouTube to TV programmes on a TV set.Understanding these patterns and how they evolve over time will be key to developing content that appeals to all age groups, and determining which channels are most appropriate to drive best engagement. For example, broadcasters with younger audiences could keep them engaged by developing mini-series of short-form content to complement other programmes, or by incorporating YouTube stars into their long form programming.TV thus far has remained resilient to change by continuing to innovate and focus on its strengths in storytelling. As audiences continue to develop and new challengers come in, TV won’t become any less important, but it will be essential for TV networks and broadcasters to continue to adapt and innovate as they have done. Part of this will involve collaborating with new players such as streaming services and network operators, to create a broadcast experience with a mix of new and old channels and formats that fits the needs of a range of audiences. Content will continue to be king for years to come, but new and legacy players will need to work together to develop the content that people want, delivered in the formats and on the devices they choose.
French commercial broadcaster TF1 has named François Pellissier as chief executive of its advertising sales arm TF1 Publicité while retaining his current role as head of its sports unit. The broadcaster has also named Fabrice Bailly as head of TF1 Production.Pellissier will replace Régis Ravanas, head of advertising and diversification, who is leaving the group.Pellissier will head an advertising team that includes Sylvia Tassan Toffola, deputy CEO of the unit, Laurent Bliaut, head of marketing and R&D, and Laurence Pera, head of TF1 distribution, who will be charged with heading up distribution agreements for the group’s channels in France and internationally.Pellisier will remain head of TF1 Sports, working in close collaboration with Ara Aprikian, head of content at the group.Fabrice Bailly has meanwhile been named as head of TF1 Production, complementing his existing role as director of programmes and acquisitions for the group.Olivier Jacobs, head of TF1 Entertainment and TF1 Studio, will meanwhile work closely with TF1 CEO Gilles Péllisson to accelerate the development of this unit.Pélisson said that Pellissier “possesses unique qualities to drive the development of our multimedia advertising offering” working closely with TF1’s content and Unify digital arms.He said that Bailly experi3ence in acquisition and content production gave “important expertise for the development of TF1 Production and its alignment with the needs of the group’s channels”.
Using the past as prologue, I would suspect that there will be another COT Report at the usual 3:30 p.m. EDT today. If there is, it will be for the trading week ending October 22. [Note the 5-day rallies in both metals during that period on the charts above.] If there is, I’ll have have something on it tomorrow’s column, plus what I can glean from my daily conversation with Ted Butler. Here’s a FRED chart that Casey Research’s own Jeff Clark sent my way yesterday. Get used to the shape of that graph, because it’s not going to change until the U.S. dollar finally goes bust. Sponsor Advertisement As bad as it was for the gold shares, the silver shares got clubbed, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down to the tune of 4.53%. A lot of the junior producers did even worse. Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart, which shows the HFT action at the Comex open. No for-profit seller ever sells like that, ever! In silver, the footprints of the high-frequency traders were far more obvious. They hit the price at the 6 p.m. open in New York on Wednesday evening, again at 9 a.m. Hong Kong time, then around 11:30 a.m. GMT in London, and once again at the 8:20 a.m. EDT Comex open. Like gold, the silver price wasn’t allowed to get far after that. According to the CME, the December high and low were $22.69 and $21.73. Silver finished the Thursday session at $21.905 spot, down 83 cents from Wednesday’s close. Net volume was decent at around 49,500 contracts. The gold stocks gapped down and stayed down. The HUI finished down 3.60%. Well, it was “trick” time for JPMorgan et al this Hallowe’en The price pressure was on gold almost throughout the entire Thursday trading day everywhere on Planet Earth, with the final coup de grâce coming just after 11:30 a.m. GMT in London. The low of the day was at 12:45 p.m. EDT in New York, and the smallish recovery wasn’t allowed to get far. The CME recorded the high and low as $1,343.00 and $1,318.70 in the December contract. Gold closed yesterday at $1,322.70 spot, which was down $20.20 on the day. Net volume was 147,000 contracts, a hair less than Wednesday’s volume. The dollar index closed on Wednesday at 79.74, and then chopped sideways until 9 a.m. GMT in London. The subsequent rally topped out around the 80.26 mark at 4 p.m. EDT before trading sideways into the electronic close. The index finished at 80.24, which was up 50 basis points from Wednesday’s close. Mason Graphite Inc. announced that purities of 99.9% graphitic carbon (“Cg”) were obtained from preliminary studies testing the purification of the graphite concentrates from its flagship Lac Guéret project located in northeastern Quebec. The trials were carried out on three coarse size fractions of graphite; +48 mesh returned 99.6% Cg, +80 mesh returned 99.7% Cg and +150 mesh returned 99.9% Cg. Benoît Gascon, President & CEO commented, “Having reached 99.9% Cg from the very first run of testing, without any optimization, reaffirms our belief in the exceptional quality of the graphite hosted on our property. These high purity levels are required in many industrial applications including electrochemical applications like Lithium-ion batteries which are used in electric vehicles, portable electronics and cordless power tools, which represent a significant and growing market.” Mason Graphite will now move forward with larger scale testing designed to optimize the purification process and further improve these excellent results. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Day 2 of the November delivery month showed that zero gold and only 6 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday. As I said two days ago, November is not a delivery month for either gold or silver, and that’s why there’s been little activity. You can expect similar reports for the remainder of the month. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday, and as of 9:53 p.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List, updated his Web site with the latest inventory figures from SLV as of the close of business on Wednesday. This is what he had to say: “Analysis of the 30 October 2013 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list: 810,171.3 troy ounces were removed (all from Brinks London), 4,376,062.1 ounces were added (all to Brinks London except 40,197.0 oz. to JPM London V). No bars had a serial number change.” “The bars removed were from: Noranda (0.2M oz), Johnson Matthey (0.2M oz), Handy Harman (0.1M oz), and 16 others. The bars added were from: Kazakhmys (0.8M oz), Solar Applied Materials (0.7M oz), Russian State Refineries (0.7M oz), and 20 others.” “As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 1,174.0 oz. All daily changes are reflected on the bar list.” The folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank updated their gold and silver ETFs as of the close of business on Friday, October 25. There was a tiny withdrawal of 1,707 troy ounces of gold, and 147,830 troy ounces of silver. There was another tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. They sold another 1,000 ounces of gold eagles. For the third day in a row, there was no in/out movement in gold within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday. But it was another really big in/out day in silver. These same depositories reported receiving 1,140,360 troy ounces, and shipped out 643,606 troy ounces. The link to that action is here, and it’s worth a quick look. Much to my surprise, there was another Commitment of Traders Report issued on Wednesday, the second one this week, and the third since last Friday. This one was for the week ending at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, October 15. During that reporting week, the price of gold was engineered lower to the tune of around $70 from its high tick to its low tick. In silver, it was around $1.75. Needless to say this resulted in a big improvement in the internal structure of this COT report compared to the week prior, as the tech funds and small traders either puked up longs as sell stops were hit, or went short. The Commercial traders [read JPMorgan et al] went long and covered shorts and rang the cash register one more time. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by 1,993 contracts, or 9.97 million ounces. As of the October 15, the Commercial net short position was down to 96.4 million ounces. In gold, the improvement was monstrous, as the Commercial traders reduced their short position during the reporting week by a chunky 25,592 contracts, or 2.56 million ounces. The Commercial net short position, as of the close of trading on October 15, was down to 6.48 million ounces. Here’s the 30-day gold charts for gold and silver. Note the price declines in both in the five reporting days up to and including the Tuesday, October 15th cut-off date. This decline didn’t happen by accident, and “da boyz” made huge money on this decline. Neither platinum or palladium were spared, either. Here are the charts. Despite my best editing efforts, I still have a lot of stories for you today, so I hope you can find time either now, or over the weekend, to read the ones that interest you. There are no markets anymore, only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATA: April 2008 Well, it was “trick” time for JPMorgan et al this Hallowe’en, as they “hit” the precious metals pretty hard, especially their big problem child which is silver. The equities got crushed in the process, which was not a happy way to end the month. As Ted Butler keeps on saying, the high-frequency traders spin prices lower, and once sell stops are hit, the real selling begins, and JPMorgan et al cover shorts and go long themselves, ringing the cash register in the process. This has been going on for years now, and it’s amazing that no matter how many times that Ted mentions it in the public domain, nobody seems to “get it.” This is what happened yesterday, and also in the Commitment of Traders Report I discussed further up in this column. The CFTC won’t do a thing about it, and the dumber-than-dirt miners keep on digging silver and gold out of the ground at whatever JPMorgan-engineered sale price is going on at the time. And with JPMorgan’s short-side corner in platinum and palladium, it’s going on in those metals as well. As I mentioned earlier, since today is Friday, it’s entirely possible [but not guaranteed] that we’ll get another Commitment of Traders Report today at 3:30 p.m. EDT. If you check the 30-day gold and silver charts posted just above the Critical Reads section above, you will note that both metals rallied every day in the October 16-22 reporting period that today’s possible COT Report will cover. It’s a given it will show that the tech funds and small traders dumped their just-acquired short positions and maybe put some long contracts on as well. On the other side of the equation, its a certainty that JPMorgan et al were doing the exact opposite, and getting set up for the next engineered price decline, which may have started at 2 p.m. on Wednesday with the FOMC news. Aren’t rigged markets just grand? This may mean that we’re not be out of the woods yet on this down leg, as “da boyz” may have more profits to wring out the technical funds and small traders. However, it’s really not possible to tell at the moment. Only when it’s over and we’re on our way back up again will we know for sure. Absolutely nothing happened in overnight trading in the Far east on their Friday, and the same can be said now that London has just opened. Volumes are microscopic, so it doesn’t look like the HFT boys are around at the moment, and if they are, they’re being very quiet. But as you already know, their active presence in the market always bears their trademark signature, a sharp spike to the downside. The dollar index isn’t doing a thing, either. And as I hit the “send” button on today’s efforts at 5:25 a.m. EDT, I note that minutes after the London open, some price pressure appeared in both gold and silver, and a small spike down in silver occurred around 9 a.m. GMT. For the moment, both platinum and palladium appear unaffected. Needless to say, volumes have picked up, but are still pretty light. The dollar index spiked up about 20 basis points at the London open as well. Since today is Friday, it will be another day where nothing will surprise me as far as price action is concerned when I power up my computer later this morning. Before heading off to bed, I’d like to remind you that today is the last day that you can sign up for the Casey OnePass. It’s one heck of a bargain, and you can read all about it here. Naturally, Casey Research’s 90-day risk-free policy applies in full. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line, and I’ll see you here tomorrow.