Fubar series based on film headed to Viceland later this year

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The head-bangers of “Fubar” are headed to the small screen.Vice Studio Canada and Rogers Media say they’re making an eight-hour series based on the 2002 Canadian mocumentary cult hit about two metal heads.Filming is underway in Montreal and reunites director Michael Dowse and stars David Lawrence and Paul Spence in their original roles as Terry and Dean. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the new series, the two friends find themselves fleeing the wildfires of Fort McMurray, Alta., to Calgary with only emergency government debit cards to their name.Terry discovers high-speed Internet for the first time and tries to make a profit online.Meanwhile, Dean tries to record a triple-concept album.“Fubar” is slated to premiere later this year on Viceland. Facebook Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadas entertainment industry pushes for concrete change AfterMeToo

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement What’s galvanized Polley, industry leaders and activists in this climate — where sexual misconduct is being called out and dozens of power players are tumbling — is the opportunity for a significant cultural shift towards safer, gender-balanced and more diversified workplaces.READ MORE Login/Register With: Sarah Polley reflects on the landslide of revelations of sexual misconduct in the entertainment business.“We’ve all been complicit in this culture: we’ve all seen things, we’ve let them slide. We would have never gone to a producer to report it, because no one would have cared. Right? That was the culture — we were all used to it,” the Canadian actress and activist said last week at a Toronto panel discussing sexual harassment in the film industry.But “that complicity is changing,” she says. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Nike’s plan for better-fitting kicks: Show us your feet

NEW YORK — Nike wants to meet your feet.The sneaker seller will launch a foot-scanning tool on its app this summer that will measure and remember the length, width and other dimensions of customers’ feet after they point a smartphone camera to their toes. The app will then tell shoppers what size to buy each of its shoes in, which Nike hopes will cut down on costly online returns as it seeks to sell more of its goods through its websites and apps.But Nike will also get something it has never had before: a flood of data on the feet of regular people, a potential goldmine for the shoe maker, which says it will use the information to improve the design of its shoes. Nike mainly relies on the feet of star athletes to build its kicks.“Nikes will become better and better fitting shoes for you and everyone else,” says Michael Martin, who oversees Nike’s websites and apps.Nike won’t sell or share the data to other companies, Martin says. And he says shoppers don’t have to save the foot scans to their Nike accounts. But if they do, they’ll only have to scan their feet once and Nike’s apps, websites and stores will know their dimensions every time they need to buy sneakers. Workers at Nike stores will also be equipped with iPods to do the scanning, replacing those metal sizing contraptions.The challenging part for Nike is convincing people they need to measure their feet in the first place. Most think they already know what their shoe size is, says Brad Eckhart, who was an executive at shoe store chain Finish Line and is now a principal at retail consultancy Columbus Consulting,But Nike says it gets half a million complaints a year from customers related to fit and sizing. And it admits what many shoppers have already suspected: Each of its shoe styles fit differently, even if they are in the same size. A leather sneaker may be tighter and require a bigger size. Knit ones may be more forgiving. And shoelaces can throw everything off.Shoe size is “effectively a lie,” says Martin. “And it’s a lie that we’ve perpetuated.”Matt Powell, a sports industry analyst at NPD Group Inc., says the tool might be most valuable for people want to run or play basketball in their sneakers, since the wrong fit can cause injury. But Powell says most people buy sneakers just to walk around in.Still, finding the right size is a problem for shoppers: “There really is no industry standard for what is a size 10,” Powell says.____Contact Joseph Pisani at http://twitter.com/josephpisaniJoseph Pisani, The Associated Press read more

UN Member States debate ways to fight piracy off Somalia

“The international community must step forward to help Somalia,” he said, stressing the need for “a truly holistic approach” covering political, security, governance and humanitarian needs in the Horn of Africa country, which has had no functioning central government and has been torn apart by factional fighting for nearly two decades.Last month the Security Council put forward the possibility of establishing international tribunals to try pirates, with members calling for tougher legislation to prosecute and jail suspects caught off Somalia. But today Dr. Treki called for greater heft from the 15-member body, whose decisions are legally binding while those of the 192-member Assembly are not.“I call on the Security Council, in particular, to shoulder its responsibility with regard to Somalia by undertaking strong and resolute measures in support of a wider political, peacekeeping and peace-building strategy in Somalia, to bring peace to the country and to ensure its sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” he said. With dozens of ships, from massive oil tankers to chartered supply ships carrying UN food aid for Somalia’s hungry masses, being hijacked and tens of millions of dollars paid in ransom each year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the magnitude of the problem.Despite international naval patrols, “the attacks continue, indeed, they are increasing,” he told the Assembly, citing UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) global figures of 406 in 2009, an increase of 100 over 2008, with by far the largest concentration off the coast of East Africa, where reported incidents increased seven-fold over the four-year period to 2009.He stressed that piracy cannot be solved at sea alone but requires action on land to re-establish security and stability. “There is simply too much water to patrol, and an almost endless supply of pirates,” he said.“There is no doubt that a change in strategy is needed,” he added, noting that a major international conference on Somalia in Istanbul next week aims to launch a new push for solutions to the security and stability crisis there. “Stability on land would, undoubtedly, improve the situation at sea.”International cooperation is essential, a legal system should be established to bring piracy suspects to justice, not to simply let them go, and piracy must be considered in the wider context of security at sea, he said. “There are many issues involved, including container security, human trafficking, smuggling, organized crime, and money laundering. Piracy can not be addressed without taking on these other crimes,” he declared. East African officials attending the debate included Somali Deputy Prime Minister Abdurahman A. Ibrahim, and Kenyan Trade Minister Amos Kimunya. 14 May 2010The United Nations General Assembly today held a day-long informal meeting on piracy, with Assembly President Ali Treki calling for broader international efforts and resources to combat the ever-expanding scourge, particularly off the coast of war-torn Somalia. read more

Hefty fine for Calgary energy company charged in workplace accident

LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. — Calgary-based Husky Oil Operations Ltd., (TSX:HSE) has been fined $100,000 for an accident that injured a worker at its complex in Lloydminster, Sask.The Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety says the company pleaded guilty Sept. 18 in Lloydminster provincial court to contravening a subsection of occupational health and safety regulations.That subsection deals with the failure to implement a safety plan to protect workers from traffic hazards.A charge was laid after the worker was hit by a truck at Husky’s sand disposal facility in August 2015.The penalty includes a fine of $71,429 and a surcharge of $28,571.One additional charge against the energy company was withdrawn in court. read more

Hungarian Hall celebrates milestone

DELHI The Hungarian Hall here is celebrating its 70th anniversary this month.“We are proud of our Hungarian heritage,” said Andy Putoczki, hall president since 2008.“And we encourage our Hungarian friends and community friends to help preserve our heritage, culture, and Hungarian foods.”The hall was completed on May 15, 1949, after a group of Hungarian immigrants created an association to preserve their heritage, culture and language. The group was incorporated on June 7, 1947.The hall is used for all kinds of events from weddings to funeral luncheons. Regular meals are served on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.Before being president, Putoczki, whose father was vice-president at one time, served on the executive for a number of years. But he stepped away for a few years because of the workload of being a school principal.“I came back on, they elected me as president, and that’s been about 10 years now and I’m still here,” he said.As president, Putoczki organizes the events calendar for the year and oversees the financial books, among other duties.Mary Jane Kekes, president from 2002 to 2006, is the only woman to serve in that role.“I grew up in the hall; this was like a second home to me,” she said.“It means a lot.”Kekes was joined by three other women on the board during her tenure as president.“We shook the walls, but they’re still standing,” she said.Over past 70 years, the hall has gone through many renovations. The basement, which used to be a bowling alley, is now home to the Danube Bar and the Delhi Belgian Archery Club.The hall has been an integral part of the Multicultural Heritage Association of Norfolk since it was created 41 years ago, participating in and hosting many events.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

As civilians flee fighting in Somalia UN refugee agency warns their numbers

Some 100 Somali refugees are arriving every day at Dadaab in north-east Kenya “but UNHCR is concerned that the figure could rise much higher if hostilities in neighbouring Somalia escalate,” Jennifer Pagonis, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Geneva. “Many of those who have arrived in the past week said they had fled Mogadishu to escape fighting between the Union of Islamic Courts and a loose alliance of warlords, who controlled the Somali capital for years.” The Union took over the capital in June. Since the beginning of the year, some 18,000 Somali refugees have arrived in Dadaab, where three refugee camps already hosted some 134,000 mainly Somali refugees. “If the current rate of arrival continues, we can expect another 12,000 refugees by the end of the year,” Ms. Pagonis said. The refugees who arrive in the semi-arid region of Dadaab are generally in good health, but many are visibly exhausted from the long trek, according to UNHCR. One man, who fled Mogadishu after his two brothers were killed in a gun battle in the capital, said he had been on the road for more than three weeks, travelling mainly on foot. Upon arrival in Dadaab, the refugees are received at a registration centre where UNHCR staff carry out a rapid screening exercise. They then receive basic household items such as blankets, jerry cans, mats and kitchen utensils, but Ms. Pagonis said the agency’s current stocks “are very limited.” There are 227,400 refugees in Kenya, mainly from Somalia and Sudan. read more

Garda College says locals can no longer use its swimming pool

first_img Monday 1 May 2017, 9:45 PM https://jrnl.ie/3363226 By Christina Finn 51 Comments Garda College says locals can no longer use its swimming pool Locals can no longer use the swimming pool or playing fields. May 1st 2017, 9:45 PM Templemore Garda Training College THERE’S HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT among the local community in Templemore as they are no longer permitted to use the swimming pool and playing pitches at the Garda Training College.Both schools and local community groups have used the facilities at the college for many years.Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill said it helped foster good relations between the community and the gardaí training in the town.Local schools use the facilities for swimming lessons and meets, as well as the playing pitches for football games.“All that has stopped with no consultation with locals,” Cahill told TheJournal.ie.“A lot of money was spent upgrading those facilities and the change hasn’t gone down well with locals,” he added.Rural town “It is a rural town and there are not a lot of these things in the town. We have been allowed to use the college for generations. Schools have now been left in limbo and have been forced to look further afield in other towns. It’s not ideal as it means greater travelling distance.”While he said An Garda Síochana are entitled to run their facilities as they see fit, he said the lack of discussion and consultation is what is most disappointing.“A guillotine just came down and it stopped,” said Cahill.He said no reason for the cessation has been given, which is why he wrote to the chief superintendent about the matter.“I received a letter back and it says the facilities will not be available to the public in the immediate future,” said Cahill. Source: Eamonn FarrellSwimming pool and pitchesThe Tipperary TD said the increase in numbers at the college cannot be used as an excuse as there were far greater numbers training in Templemore during the Celtic Tiger and locals were able to use the pool and pitches during those years.When asked about the issue, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the “effective and efficient” use of the resources available to the gardaí, including the college and its facilities.“I, as Minister, have no role in the matter,” she added“I am advised by the Commissioner that the policy and protocols surrounding the use of the sporting facilities at the college by members of the public are currently the subject of an ongoing review,” said Fitzgerald.She said the college management will consider applications from members of the local community to use the sporting facilities in the context of any new policies and procedures that may emerge following the review.“There’s huge disappointment in the town. Locals feel there was no need for this to be done,” concluded Cahill.Read: Health Minister slams ‘false’ and ‘unfounded’ claims from anti-vaccine campaigners>Read: At just 128 miles from Dublin, Ireland needs assurances about Sellafield – TD>center_img Templemore Garda Training College Image: RollingNews Share Tweet Email3 Image: RollingNews Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 46,382 Views last_img read more

Disappointing results for Greek in VCE

first_imgNo Victorian student studying Greek received a 50 or 49 as part of their VCE results this year, which is a significant drop from previous years. Demi Tsironis, of Protypo Greek Bilingual Education, was the highest scorer receiving a 48 for her high school studies in Greek. Maria Foscolos, Greek teacher and coordinator of distance education for Victorian School of Languages (VSL) told Neos Kosmos most years Greek has had a student scoring a 50 or 49.“We have to compare it to the other 46 languages that are taught as well as the past results, this year we didn’t have a student who received 50 or a 49. 48 was the highest.”Foscolos said the results for other community languages, such as Arabic, Croatian and Serbian, also received less than 50 saying they are “in a worse scenario than Greek”.“That’s due to a formula that the education department put together whereby if a lot of students do very well there is a bell curve and they have to be standardised so all the results drop.”St John’s Greek Orthodox College, Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College and Alphington Grammar all had very few top scorers, between 40 and 50, which is worth noting as unlike other schools, that offer Greek after hours or on Saturdays, they cover the language program in five periods a week.Four students from VSL got top scorers including Maria Leonardos, who studied Greek – using the distance education program – from Zambia, Africa, a program Foscolas says we need to protect. “The future of Greek says we have to try and have more enrolments as generally there are about 270 enrolments in total across Victoria,” says Foscolos.The two top scoring students of Classic Greek were Adrian Chueng, Balwyn High School , who recieved a 43, and Xavier College student Simon Farley who received a 41. All top scoring students were presented with awards by the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria on Wednesday night. However, Greek Orthodox Colleges in Victoria celebrated another successful year with the high scoring VCE results of their year 12 students. 86 per cent of Alphington Grammar students were in the top half of the state with their VCE results. 53 per cent of the students received tertiary entrance scores above 70 which placed them in the top 30 per cent of the state.Modern Greek and International Studies were among the best performing subjects with Ioanna Yiannourakou Lianidou receiving the top score in the school of 44 out of 50, and securing her place in the top five per cent of Victoria. Meanwhile, St John’s Greek Orthodox Grammar saw 85 per cent of their students securing a place in their first choice degree for tertiary education. 16 per cent of the students receives a tertiary entrance score above 80; 46 per cent of the students received a tertiary entry score of over 70; and eight per cent of the students were ranked in the top ten Victorian university entrants. Greek was ranked as one of the highest scoring subjects at the school. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Google conserve la gratuité dAndroid

first_imgGoogle conserve la gratuité d’AndroidLe membre du conseil d’administration de Google, Eric Schmidt, a encore souligné le fait que le système d’exploitation Android restera bel et bien gratuit.Selon The Wall Street Journal, l’ex PDG de Google, et désormais membre du conseil d’administration,  Eric Schmidt serait en Corée du Sud. Non pas pour ses vacances, mais plutôt pour rencontrer les partenaires de Google (Samsung, LG, SK Telecom, KT Corp) et quelques hommes politiques, notamment le président sud-coréen Lee Myung-bak. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?À cette occasion, Mr Schmidt s’est voulu rassurant quant à la gratuité du système d’exploitation de Google, notamment pour ses constructeurs partenaires. Il a également précisé le fait qu’il n’y aurait aucun impact sur eux lié au rachat de Motorola par Google, en août dernier (pour plus de 12 milliards de dollars). De quoi renforcer les relations avec ce « dragon asiatique » qu’est la Corée du Sud et ses entreprises puissantes comme Samsung.Le 8 novembre 2011 à 20:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bad News Barrett tweets he has received a green card

first_img Weather forecast for September 12 Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Videos Articles Pinterest Facebook Impact Wrestling announces TV tapings for Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino in November Tom Cruises ankle gave Rebecca Ferguson baby-making time Trapped in China? ‘Exit Bans’ Preventing Americans from Coming Home Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next John Cenacenter_img Erick Rowan Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Court says Trump cannot dodge emoluments suit Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next WWE star Bad News Barrett posted the following on Twitter, announcing that he recently received a green card to become a permanent lawful resident of the United States:“Hey @BarackObama, thanks for the Green Card. You’re the man!”Barrett, as well as Sheamus and former WWE star Drew McIntyre, had visa issues back in 2010 that caused them to miss some shows for WWE, then Barrett had another issue in 2013 that caused him to miss a couple months worth of shows for WWE, so this removes any further problems for Barrett going forward. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:53 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter WhatsApp Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WrestleCade to be carried live on FITE TV in November featuring Panels and Supershowlast_img read more

Caribbean countries readying for Irma TS Jose forms today

first_img Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, #TropicalStormJose Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Caribbean islands in the path of Irma are taking the hurricane seriously and the government of the Dominican Republic today drained their dams ahead of a strike by the now Category 5 hurricane.    The Santo Domingo Water Resources Institute said all reservoirs and dams are being drained to their lowest levels, as a precaution to deal with Hurricane Irma’s effects on the country.In Puerto Rico, store owners said residents are stocking up and there is significant tension as islanders are bewildered and concerned about what the storm will do as no one there, reportedly has any real experience with a cat five storm.    #HurricaneIrma is frighteningly making history now, with winds at 185mph the storm could become what some over the weekend had predicted and dubbed a super typhoon.With waters of the region having temperatures over 80°, it is no wonder that has Irma gathered unprecedented strength, and that Tropical Storm Jose has also formed right behind her.   #TropicalStormJose, is forecast to become a hurricane by Sunday with current maximum sustained winds at 40mph, and forward speed at 13mph up to news production time.There are no watches or warnings in effect as yet due to TS Jose.    It is not the same for Hurricane Irma, as there are a total of 18 nations so far under some kind of watch or warning, even more when you add how many countries are on Hurricane alert.#MagneticMediaNews FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma namedlast_img read more

Actor Forest Whitaker to receive University of San Diegos Medal of Peace

first_imgActor Forest Whitaker to receive University of San Diego’s Medal of Peace April 5, 2018 Posted: April 5, 2018 Updated: 10:51 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Actor Forest Whitaker will receive the University of San Diego’s Medal of Peace at a ceremony Thursday night, as the Dalai Lama and Martin Sheen have done before him.Whitaker was selected to receive the honor in recognition of his international humanitarian work. The Emmy and Oscar winner in 2012 founded the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, which develops peace-building programs and campaigns that aim to foster peace and reconciliation in disadvantaged and fragile communities throughout the world.Among the tools used by the organization are vocational training, conflict resolution, communications instruction, meditation and youth-led community projects to help achieve lasting peace, according to USD.Whitaker is also a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization special envoy for peace and reconciliation.“This year, as we mark the tenth anniversary since the founding of the Kroc School (of Peace Studies) at the University of San Diego, we wanted to recognize someone who has had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of men, women, and children globally,” said Kroc Dean Patricia Marquez. “While Mr. Whitaker is well known for his award-winning work in front of the camera,far fewer people know about the phenomenal work he has done through the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative. We wanted to shine a light on his global work, and thank him for his fearless leadership.”The Dalai Lama in 2012 was given the Catholic university’s award and actor Marin Sheen has received it three times, including in 2007, along with Ken Hackett, the president of Catholic Relief Services. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

3 kayakers rescued off Bal Harbour

first_imgBAL HARBOUR, FLA. (WSVN) – Rough waters made for a scary day for three kayakers who were rescued off Bal Harbour, Sunday afternoon.According to Miami-Dade Fire Ocean Rescue, the victims were on a kayak when a strong current threw them off. One passenger became trapped between the watercraft and a bridge near Haulover and Bal Harbour.Officials said the trio ended up with a few minor cuts and bruises.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Selling Social Media

first_imgUsing Twitter, Parenting created a tweet chat event for stroller maker Phil & Ted’s, riffing off of the company’s “adapt and survive” marketing position. The tweet chat, which occurred in late December, revolved around surviving the holidays. Prominent mom bloggers were invited to participate, which had the dual effect of boosting the influence of the chat and greatly expanding the potential follower pool. During the chat, close to 2,000 dedicated tweets were written reaching a base of about 300,000 unique followers. For branding, Phil & Ted’s recorded about 700 @ mentions. An #AdaptandSurvive hashtag was created as well to further integrate the client into the conversation. “What we’re doing is incorporating our client’s brand into the conversation with dynamic hashtags, but thematically hosting these conversations so they’re aligned with a brand’s specific marketing position,” says Wildman. Wildman has also assembled a “mom-tested panel” from Parenting’s Facebook community, which is used to provide realtime testing and feedback on actual products. There are more than 4,000 moms on the panel and Wildman expects that to scale to 25,000 by May. A campaign with Vicks used the panel to test a thermometer. Vicks had done much of its brand positioning already, but used the panel as a final, realtime test of the product. “What this does is not only confirm Vicks’ overall position in terms of their go-to market strategy, but they gained other insights as well,” says Wildman.Integrating Social into the Selling ProcessLike most sales approaches, Wildman’s team starts with a needs-based line of questioning with clients. “Clearly they’re trying to sell more product, but we will ask them if they’re going through a branding exercise or if they need certain content elements for their e-commerce platform. Maybe they have needs for immediate research,” says Wildman. The latter led to the Vicks campaign. And from there, adds Wildman, a broader campaign can potentially be constructed. “I can take some of the learnings we’ve gained and develop with them a comprehensive marketing and advertising strategy if it’s of interest to them. Maybe we can develop a digital campaign that addresses this or maybe we can develop something that leverages our print properties, and so on.” As an element of a marketer’s branding strategy, social media is clearly a priority. Some publishers are finding ways to leverage their social graph as a part of their overall marketing package offers to advertising clients. Bonnier’s Parenting brand, for example, is creating unique Facebook and Twitter client campaigns that often lead to bigger media spends across more traditional platforms.   “In every single contact or communication we have with clients we are talking about social as part of their branding strategy,” says Mark Wildman, vice president and group publisher of the Parenting Group.The group has been proactively building its presence on the various social platforms, which is now mature enough to create dedicated modules to offer clients. By the NumbersParenting.com’s recent Twitter campaign for stroller maker Phil & Ted’s capitalized on the brand’s “survive and adapt” market positioning by hosting a sponsored #babychat on how to survive the holidays. • 1,874 tweets in 48 hours• 14 million potential impressions• Reached an audience of 297,000 unique total followers• 215 unique #babychat tweeters• More than 330 #adaptandsurvive tweets• More than 700 @mentions of @philandtedslast_img read more

An outsider to replace CEO Francisco DSouza at Cognizant

first_imgFlickrFor the first time, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. may have an outsider as Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mint has reported that the company’s board is considering at least one executive from a rival company to succeed Francisco D’Souza. The New Jersy Company, the Teaneck which was established as software services arm of Dun and Bradstreet Corp. in 1994 got independent, is assessing candidates both outside and within the organisation to succeed D’Souza.D’Souza who was given an additional responsibility of vice-chairman of the company has not decided on the date to step down. But the Mint reported that D’Souza is likely to step down as CEO next year. Earlier, there were speculations that Cognizant president Rajeev Mehta would succeed D’Souza as the next CEO of the IT giant but the recent decision of the company’s board is significant in terms that if an outsider is selected for this job, this would the first time in the history of the company.11-member board of the company has been discussing the names of few candidates including a senior executive from Accenture Plc. Mint reported quoting its source that “the board is looking to have a smooth succession when Frank steps down. This could happen sometime next year.”After Wijeyaraj Kumar Mahadeva who led the company from 1994 until 2003 and Lakshmi Narayanan who was the Chief executive from 2004 until 2006, D’Souza is the third CEO. The software company has been doing tremendously well under the leadership of D’Souza which has outperformed its peers to report revenue of $14.81 billion in 2017 from just about $1.42 billion in 2006. Additionally, D’Souza also holds the office as an independent director on the board of General Electric Co. He has a wide experience in managing the one top IT Company and is considered as one of the most successful CEOs in the history of the information technology (IT) outsourcing industry.Phil Fersht, chief executive of US-based HfS Research, an outsourcing research firm believes that “Frank D’Souza has overseen the meteoric rise of Cognizant from a small provider to $15 billion in revenue, the second-largest IT services firm in India and one of the most respected globally, currently ranked 8 in the world for high-value IT services by HfS Research.”last_img read more

Muhith angry over calling him exJaPa minister

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister AMA Muhith on Monday threatened to take proper steps if Jatiya Party members call him a former minister of the party again, reports UNB.He came up with the warning while taking part in discussions on the supplementary budget for 2017-18 fiscal in parliament.”I’ll take proper steps,” he said.The Jatiya Party members repeatedly called the finance minister as their former minister in parliament.Jatiya Party MP Selim Uddin on Monday again called him a former minister of Jatiya Party.”I’ve already said (about it) several times, but the Jatiya Party members are not heeding to it…I was neither a Jatiya Party member nor a minister,” an annoyed Muhith told the House.He mentioned that he was the minister of military dictator HM Ershad.”Jatiya Party was not formed at that time, I hope they’ll keep this in mind, if they don’t, I’ll take proper steps against them,” he said.Later while taking part in discussions on the demand notice for supplementary budget, Jatiya Party MP Kazi Firoz Rashid said it was true AMA Muhith was not the minister of Jatiya Party.”Let me assure you, Jatiya Party will never make a knowledgeable person like you a minister in the future, and for that you will not require to go to court,” he quipped.He also said the finance minister is giving protection to bank robbers. “You might go to court for that in the future,” he said.last_img read more

Squeezed Light May Improve Gravitational Wave Detectors

first_imgLaser interferometer gravitational wave detectors use laser light to measure the distances between mirrors. And light, being an electromagnetic (EM) field, is quantum in nature. EM fields contain quantum noise, fluctuations that make the beams less “sharp,” so to speak. Fluctuations mean that the physical parameters describing the beam are not fixed, but instead have built-in uncertainty or fuzziness, which limits the sensitivity of a gravitational wave detector.The researchers in this study, from several institutions in the U.S. and Australia,* seem to have found a solution to this problem: using “squeezed” light. When light is squeezed, the fluctuations of one parameter, such as the light wave’s amplitude, can be reduced at the expense of increased fluctuations of another parameter, such as its phase. The amplitude is a measure of the number of photons in the light beam, while the phase describes its location in time. Quantities corresponding to amplitude and phase are called quadratures, and quantum mechanics allows the uncertainty in one quadrature to be reduced as long as the uncertainty in the complementary quadrature increases.In this case, the scientists squeezed one quadrature of the light, decreasing its quantum noise. While the noise of the other quadrature is necessarily increased, it is a quadrature they don’t need to measure. By injecting the squeezed EM field in their prototype detector, the scientists were able to make it 44 percent more sensitive.“The significance of this work is that it forced us to confront and solve some of the practical challenges of squeezed state injection—and there are many,” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Nergis Mavalvala, the team’s leader. “We are now much better positioned to implement squeezing in the kilometer-scale detectors, and catch that elusive gravitational wave.” she added.Gravitational wave detectors work, in general, by interfering two laser beams that have traveled very long distances. The beams travel down two arms that form a 90 degree angle. While each arm is up to 4 kilometers in length, mirrors reflect the beams back and forth multiple times, effectively increasing the arm length to a few hundred kilometers. If a gravitational wave from deep space alters the length of each arm, the change to the laser interference pattern will be measurable.Existing gravitational wave detectors are so sensitive that they have already approached the quantum limit. They include the two LIGO (Laser Interferometry Gravitational Wave Observatory) facilities in Washington and Louisiana, both operated jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology; and Europe’s largest gravitational wave detector, Virgo, located in Italy.The researchers say that the next generation of gravitational wave detectors, such as Advanced LIGO, the planned upgrade to both LIGO facilities, will boast some impressive improvements, but further advancements will have to rely on quantum techniques such as squeezing.Citation: K. Goda, O. Miyakawa, E. E. Mikhailov, S. Saraf, R. Adhikari, K. McKenzie, R. Ward, S. Vass, A. J. Weinstein, and N. Mavalvala Nature Physics advance online publication, 30 March 2008 DOI:10.1038/nphys920*Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts; California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California; The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York; and The Australian National University, Canberra, AustraliaCopyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Part of the light-squeezing experimental setup. Photo taken by research-team member Keisuke Goda. Citation: ‘Squeezed’ Light May Improve Gravitational Wave Detectors (2008, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-gravitational-detectors.html Aerial view of the LIGO interferometer in Hanford, Washington. Photo courtesy LIGO Laboratory. Pair of supermassive black holes discovered on a collision coursecenter_img Explore further A research collaboration has taken steps toward improving the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors, devices designed to measure distance changes as minute as one-thousandth the diameter of a proton. Scientists hope these detectors can one day further verify Einstein’s theory of general relativity and even open a new window into the strange workings of the universe. 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. Gravitational waves, such as those emitted by extremely massive astronomical sources like neutron stars and black holes, can change the distance between two objects—even if that distance change is almost incomprehensibly small—by altering the shape of spacetime. Devices that can sense gravitational waves are among the most sensitive position meters ever built, but, right now, their abilities are inherently limited by quantum mechanics.last_img read more

Molded Plastics Market Development Key Opportunity Application Gross Revenues by

first_imgThe research offers a detailed analysis on changing market dynamics, key investment pockets, major segments, and market competition. According to the report, the global molded plastics market generated $549.07 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach $690.15 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 3.9% from 2017 to 2023.Request Sample Report at: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/349Stringent government regulations to reduce CO2 emissions is fueling the consumption of lightweight materials such as molded plastics in various industries, thereby driving the molded plastics market growth. Moreover, increased consumption of consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, and TVs in the emerging economies such as India and China due to rapid economic growth and rise in disposable income of consumers, growth of the packaging industry, and rapid consumption of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), and high demand from automotive industry drive the growth of the market. However, volatile nature of prices of raw materials such as ethylene and propylene restraints the growth of the market. Conversely, growing application of molded plastics in the medical industry create new opportunities for growth of the market.Polypropylene segment to be lucrative through 2023Among types, the polypropylene segment accounted for 24.7% of the overall market share in 2017 and would retain its dominance through 2023. The segment is also expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 4.4% through the study period. This is due to the high adoption of polypropylene as a major raw material to produce consumer goods, automotive components, and packaging products. Polypropylene is well-known for its superior corrosion resistance properties and high insulation properties. The other types analyzed in the report are polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, low density polyethylene, high density polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and engineering plastics.Injection molding segment to be lucrative through 2023Among technologies, the injection molding segment grabbed the largest market share of 58.2% in 2017 and would maintain its revenue lead through 2023. The segment would also grow at the highest CAGR of 4.1% from 2017 to 2023. This is due to the high adoption of injection molded plastic products in the manufacturing of end use complex and detailed products with the generation of least waste. Moreover, favorable properties of molded plastic such as excellent elasticity, insulation, versatility, high strength, and low maintenance make it a suitable product for building and construction applications, leading to its growing consumption. The report also analyzes blow molding, extrusion, and other technologies.For Purchase Enquiry: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/349Packaging segment to lead in terms of revenue through 2023Among applications, the packaging segment was the largest in 2017, capturing more than one-third of the market share and would maintain its dominance through 2023. Growing trend for packaged food leads to the high demand for molded plastics as they increase the shelf life of food. Moreover, molded plastic is used to produce rigid packaging products through various processes such as extrusion molding, injection molding, and blow molding. These rigid packaging products are then largely adopted in consumer and industrial packaging. However, the building & construction segment would grow at the fastest CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period. This is because molded plastic is a more cost-effective solution in construction than traditional material for flooring, insulation, roofing, walls, windows, and other applications. The report also analyzes automotive, electrical & electronics, and others (appliances, household & consumer products, furniture and medical).Asia-Pacific to be lucrative through 2023Asia-Pacific captured 48.8% of the overall market share in 2017 and is likely to dominate the market through 2023. The segment is also expected to register the fastest CAGR of 4.1% from 2017 to 2023. Asia Pacific is the largest consumer of molded plastics due to its growing infrastructure spending linked with largest automotive production and consumption. Trend for light weight vehicles in automotive industry leads to enhanced consumption of molded plastic in the region. The other regions analyzed in the report include North America, Europe, and LAMEA (Latin America, Middle East and Africa).Frontrunners of the industryLeading market players analyzed in the research include BASF SE, Chevron Philips Chemical Company, Eastman Chemical Company, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, INEOS Group AG, LyondellBasell Industries N.V., Reliance Industries Limited, and SABIC. These market players have adopted various strategies including collaborations, joint ventures, partnerships, expansions, and others to gain a strong position in the industry.last_img read more

StokeonTrent City Council welcomes direct trains to London Euston

first_imgWest Midlands Trains will be taking over from London Midland from December this year. The council said it pushed not only for the service to the capital to remain, but for improved connectivity to Birmingham from Stoke-on-Trent. Councillor Dave Conway, leader of the city council, said: “This announcement is a real win-win for the city’s residents and economy, it is great news. “Not only do we keep the popular connectivity to London Euston, but we also get a new hourly service to Birmingham, meaning improved services and more seats for travellers on what is an already extremely busy line. “As the UK’s 13th largest city, we deserve to be getting improved rail services, not reductions on what we already have. Stoke-on-Trent has been well connected by rail to London and Manchester in recent years, but we’ve always felt services to and from Birmingham could be improved. Read MoreAppeal as two miles of wire worth £90,000 stolen from Staffordshire railway tracks Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “For more than 12 months we have been involved in a lot of work behind the scenes to promote the city’s interests and make sure we get a great deal. “We’ve met with companies who were interested in taking on the franchise, including the successful operator, and explained to them how Stoke-on-Trent is a city moving forward, a city on the up, and what we would like to see in terms of improvements. “We also gave them evidence and examples of why it’s not only important but a good business decision to improve services between Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham, and the talks were very productive and open between both sides. “We’re aware of the recent reports which have been in the media and the concerns expressed by passengers and residents, and although we could not say anything publicly until now, in the background we’ve been continually fighting the city’s corner and we’re delighted with the outcome.” Read MoreBogus HS2 officials target Staffordshire farmers He added: “To see the current level of service to the capital maintained, and a new hourly train to Birmingham introduced, is a really positive result for our residents and businesses in the city. We couldn’t be happier.” The new franchise is set to start in December 2017, with the first timetable changes taking place a year later. The Sentinel first revealed Alsager, Kidsgrove and Stone might lose their direct service to London under the plans in January 2016. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA council has welcomed the news that a direct rail service to London will be maintained when a franchise changes hands – bringing with it a new hourly train to Birmingham. Last week West Midlands Trains Ltd confirmed there will still be a direct service from Stoke-on-Trent to London Euston on the franchise’s routes from December 2018. The company is taking over the franchise from London Midland, which has run a train from the Potteries to the capital for 10 years. Other stations in the area, including Stone, Kidsgrove and Alsager looked set to lose their direct train to London – with passengers having to change at Stafford to continue down to the capital – while the only direct trains from Stoke-on-Trent to Euston would be the twice-hourly Virgin Trains services. Stoke-on-Trent City Council today said it had been talks with companies bidding for the franchise for more than 12 months in the run up the announcement. last_img read more