Forget Rivalries, Pay Attention to the Developers

first_imgTags:#cloud#Cloud Providers Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img What do we know about developers? What can we deduce about what they don’t do?We can make the educated guess that open source developers are unfamiliar and not really interested in the “one stack fits all” approach that the enterprise giants still battle to control.I was reminded of this in a post by Michael Cote, recapping his time last week at the Microsoft Management Summit. Microsoft sometimes seems obsessed with VMware. Cote argues that both companies have a different foe:I’d say the real enemy of both of these companies is the vast, un-quantifiable mass of open source developers out there who don’t want allegiance to any vendor – not to mention the public cloud IaaS and PaaS options out there (how exactly “cloud development” plays out with the ages-old lockin/closed source/single vendor stack architectural decisions is incredibly murky at this point). Clearly, with moves like buying WaveMaker, you can see some pitched VMW v. MSFT battles involving Lightswitch and other post-VB RAD development. As I told one Microsoft executive, if VMWare buys into an entirely different, non-Java ecosystem (e.g., Engineyard for Ruby, Zend for PHP, etc.), then it’d be time to doff the foil-hats for the real helmets.The citizen developer is not an enterprise creation. The platform providers understand this and are catering to this developer community in a wholly different manner than the large enterprise vendors. Granted, there is a greater push on the part of the enterprise to reach out to developers. Still, developers are autonomous and prefer the independent nature and the culture that comes with being part of a community that controls how they program.This past week, a new startup called DotCloud, raised $10 million. Yahoo Co-Founder Jerry Yang participated in the funding. DotCloud is a platform that will compete against Windows Azure, Google App Engine and EngineYard.In an interview this week, Solomon Hykes, Co-Founder and CEO of DotCloud talked about the issues that developers face. Often, developers are encumbered by systems administration issues such as monitoring, scaling, backups, redundancy and upgrade management. They are forced to choose one programming language. On DotCloud, the system adminstration work can be offloaded. The developers can choose to use Ruby for its Web-front end and Java on the back-end. That’s different than platforms such as Heroku, which is a Ruby-based and Google App Engine, which caters to people who are trained in Python.Hykes says the target is the enterprise. And that shows something larger than just DotCloud. The demand in this world will be for platforms that gives developers the power to customize.That’s the sea change. Its evidence is in the developer community and the DevOps movement. It’s what makes the latest round of innovation so compelling. It’s not the cloud. It’s the people who are innovating and developing on their own terms, with any stack they decide to choose. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williamslast_img read more

Why Customer-Centric Companies Are Leveraging Performance Video for Unprecedented Growth

first_imgTrends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Video may be moving away from broadcast television, but make no mistake: On social media platforms, visual content like performance video is more powerful than ever. Between 2016 and late last year, the number of American adults who tuned into traditional television dropped by 22%, according to Nielsen C3 data. Between 2016 and 2017 alone, views of branded video content grew by 99% on YouTube and a whopping 258% on Facebook. Unlike broadcast television, social platforms let brands segment their video content. Although some brand marketers are still posting one-size-fits-all brand videos, performance video producers use personalization to reach even more consumers with more relevant messaging. An Epsilon survey found that 80% of consumers aged 18 to 64 prefer to purchase from brands that offer personalized experiences. That means performance video offers growth opportunities marketers can’t afford to pass up.Performance Video’s PerksMost brand videos raise awareness of a company or product among a broad audience. Performance videos, however, are made to sell. Rather than focus on likes or shares, performance video producers are concerned with cost per acquisition. Performance video is a cost-effective way to acquire customers because it’s:1. Tailored to audience groups. Why would a company like ThirdLove create thousands of Facebook videos to promote its line of women’s underwear? After discovering Facebook photo ads reduced its customer acquisition cost, the startup decided to experiment with performance video. In a single month, ThirdLove’s video campaign dropped its user acquisition cost by another 25% and its cost per click by 20%.The reason ThirdLove’s video ads fared even better than its photo-based ones: Video offers more opportunities for customization. Instead of simply showing a model against a static background, videos make it easy to demonstrate relevance. Shoppers, for instance, might gravitate toward content showing women avoiding uncomfortable bra problems by ditching Victoria’s Secret bras. A video showing a woman with asymmetry finding a bra that fits comfortably may resonate with women in the same situation. 2. Focused on conversions.How did ThirdLove know its performance videos were more customer-centric than past campaigns? “Customer centrism” can’t be quantified directly, but viewers don’t engage with content that isn’t relevant to them. That’s why performance video firms focus on conversions: Content that motivates a customer to take a desired action is clearly valuable.When HP wanted to promote sales of its Sprocket pocket printer, it used conversion rate to determine the video length, format, and messaging its viewers preferred. The tech firm found that 15-second clips work best to spur sales. Its primary target audience — Millennials — responds particularly well to six-second ones, however.3. Contextually relevant.One reason Facebook developed its Suggested Videos stream in 2015, TubeScience CEO Moshe Mosbacher suggested, was to compete with YouTube’s contextually relevant video ad placements. Since 2015, the video landscape has evolved dramatically. TubeScience, a pay-for-performance video company, has become a pioneer in the space; it produces thousands of conversion-optimized video ads each week for Facebook, Instagram, Audience Network, Marketplace, and Instagram Stories. Its performance secrets? Context relevance and user-centricity. Each TubeScience video is customized for a distinct persona. Each also leverages Facebook’s AI-powered ad system to show videos to the right people in the right context to maximize their likelihood of converting. That customer-centric video strategy seems to be working. Insiders report TubeScience videos now represent more than 5% of paid views on the Facebook platform in North America, and its clients include many of the largest marketers online.  The lesson for marketers extends beyond video or, frankly, any other medium: There’s no substitute for relevance. Expert directors, special effects, and masterful plots won’t make a difference if the content isn’t tailored to the viewer. Before rolling the cameras, performance video companies turn to data to determine what will resonate with different groups. No wonder growth-focused marketers are giving it a red-carpet welcome.  Tags:#advertising#Customer acquisition#customer centricity#customer-oriented marketing#marketing#performance video#sales#sales conversion#Video Ads Digital Marketing Jobs in the Government Sector Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. last_img read more

Ateneo shoots for 5th straight triumph

first_imgWith this in mind, the Eagles try to extend their unbeaten start to five games as they clash with winless University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Working behind a fluid offense and a much-improved defense from last season, the Eagles have won their first four games of the tournament by double-digit margins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We can’t fall into the trap of looking [at] and enjoying our record,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “We’ve got to stay focused on our next game.”Tied with Adamson at fourth spot with similar 2-2 records, Far Eastern U and National U square off in the first game at 2 p.m. The Tamaraws are hoping to improve under rookie coach Olsen Racela, even after their 78-65 conquest of University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.Racela expects another dogfight against the Bulldogs, who lost to the Adamson Falcons, 83-76, on Sunday.“It doesn’t matter who you play, it’s really tough to get wins [in the UAAP],” said Racela. “That’s why I keep reminding the players to always grind it out.”Thirdy Ravena has stood at the forefront of the Ateneo attack, averaging close to 19 points in the first four games, while getting ample help from his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Who leads among win-win Pinoy warriors? LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games No team has come close to beating Ateneo in the first three weeks of UAAP Season 80. But the Blue Eagles know even the slightest sign of complacency can cost them a victory.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Dravid should have taken DRS but he was confused: Dhoni

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that Rahul Dravid should have appealed for DRS after being adjudged caught behind off James Anderson’s bowling during India’s second innings.”He (Dravid) came back in the dressing room confused after being given out. He was convinced that he hadn’t hit anything. From the replays it looked like his bat had touched the shoelaces at the same time when the ball went past the bat,” Dhoni said after the match.Dhoni did admit that Dravid could have gone for a DRS but in confusion didn’t do so. “It looked like he could have gone for DRS but it was such a situation that he got confused,” Dhoni stated.last_img

Osteoarthritis

first_imgDefinitionOsteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder.It is due to aging and wear and tear on a joint.Alternative NamesHypertrophic osteoarthritis; Osteoarthrosis; Degenerative joint disease; DJD; OA; Arthritis – osteoarthritisCausesCartilage is the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions your bones at the joints. It allows bones to glide over one another. When the cartilage breaks down and wears away, the bones rub together. This causes the pain, swelling, and stiffness of OA.As OA worsens, bony spurs or extra bone may form around the joint. The ligaments and muscles around the joint may become weaker and stiffer.Before age 55, OA occurs equally in men and women. After age 55, it is more common in women.Other factors can also lead to OA.OA tends to run in families.Being overweight increases the risk of OA in the hip, knee, ankle, and foot joints. This is because extra weight causes more wear and tear.Fractures or other joint injuries can lead to OA later in life. This includes injuries to the cartilage and ligaments in your joints.Jobs that involve kneeling or squatting for more than an hour a day that involve lifting, climbing stairs, or walking increase the risk of OA.Playing sports that involve direct impact on the joint (such as football), twisting (such as basketball or soccer), or throwing also increase the risk of OA.Medical conditions that can lead to OA include:Bleeding disorders that cause bleeding in the joint, such as hemophiliaDisorders that block the blood supply near a joint and lead to avascular necrosisOther types of arthritis, such as chronic gout, pseudogout, or rheumatoid arthritisSymptomsadvertisementSymptoms of OA usually appear in middle age. Almost everyone has some symptoms by age 70.Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms. The pain is often worse after exercise and when you put weight or pressure on the joint.With OA, your joints may become stiffer and harder to move over time. You may notice a rubbing, grating, or crackling sound when you move the joint.”Morning stiffness” refers to the pain and stiffness you feel when you first wake up in the morning. Stiffness due to OA usually lasts for 30 minutes or less. It improves after activity, allowing the joint to “warm up.”During the day, the pain may get worse when you are active and feel better when you are resting. As OA gets worse, you may have pain even when you are resting. And it may wake you up at night.Some people might not have symptoms, even though x-rays show the changes of OA.Exams and TestsA physical exam can show:Joint movement that causes a crackling (grating) sound, called crepitationJoint swelling (bones around the joints may feel larger than normal)Limited range of motionTenderness when the joint is pressedNormal movement is often painfulBlood tests are not helpful in diagnosing OA.An x-ray will likely show:Loss of the joint spaceWearing down of the ends of the boneBone spursTreatmentOA cannot be cured. It will most likely get worse over time. However, your OA symptoms can be controlled.You can have surgery, but other treatments can improve your pain and make your life much better. Although these treatments cannot make the arthritis go away, they can often delay surgery.MEDICATIONSOver-the-counter pain relieverscan help with OA symptoms. You can buy these medicines without a prescription.Most doctors recommend acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) first. It has fewer side effects than other drugs. (Do not take more then 3 grams (3,000mg) a day.)If your pain continues, your doctor may recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Types of NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.Supplements that you may use include:Pillssuch as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfateCapsaicin skin cream to relieve painLIFESTYLE CHANGESStaying active and getting exercise can maintain joint and overall movement. Ask your health care provider to recommend an exercise routine. Water exercises, such as swimming, are helpful.Other lifestyle tips include:Applying heat and cold to the jointEating healthy foodsGetting enough restLosing weight if you are overweightProtecting your joints from injuryIf the pain from OA gets worse, keeping up with activities may become more difficult or painful. Making changes around the home can help take stress off your joints to relieve some of the pain. If your work is causing stress in certain joints, you may need to adjust your work area or change work tasks.PHYSICAL THERAPYPhysical therapy can help improve muscle strength and the motion of stiff joints as well as your balance. If therapy does not make you feel better after 6 to 8 weeks, then it likely will not work at all.advertisementMassage therapy may provide short-term pain relief. Make sure you work with a licensed massage therapist whois experienced in working on sensitive joints.BRACESSplints and bracesmay helpsupport weakened joints. Some types prevent the joint from moving. Others allow some movement. Use a brace only when your doctor or therapist recommends one. Using a brace the wrong way can cause joint damage, stiffness, and pain.ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTSAcupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment. It is thought that when acupuncture needles stimulate certain points on the body, chemicals that block pain are released. Acupuncture may provide short-term pain relief for OA.S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe, pronounced “Sammy”) is a manmade form of a natural chemical in the body. It may help reduce joint inflammation and pain.SURGERYSevere cases of OA might need surgery to replace or repair damaged joints. Options include:Arthroscopic surgery to trim torn and damaged cartilageChanging the alignment of a bone to relieve stress on the bone or joint (osteotomy)Surgical fusion of bones, usually in the spine (arthrodesis)Total or partial replacement of the damaged joint with an artificial joint (knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder replacement, ankle replacement, elbow replacement)Support GroupsOrganizations that specialize in arthritis are good resources for more information on OA.Outlook (Prognosis)Your movement may become limited over time. Doing everyday activities, such as personal hygiene, household chores, or cooking may become a challenge. Treatment usually improves function.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if you have symptoms of OA that get worse.PreventionTry not to overuse a painful joint at work or during activities. Maintain a normal body weight. Keep the muscles around your joints strong, especially the weight-bearing joints (knee, hip, ankle).ReferencesBijlsma JW, Berenbaum F, Lafeber FP. Osteoarthritis: an update with relevance for clinical practice. Lancet. 2011;377:2115-2126.Hochberg MC, Altman RD, April KT, et al. American College of Rheumatology 2012 recommendations for the use of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies in osteoarthritis of the hand, hip, and knee. Arthritis Care Res. 2012;4:465-474.Lane NE, Schnitzer TJ. Osteoarthritis. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 270.Nelson AE, Jordan JM. Clinical features of osteoarthritis. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, et al., eds. Kelly’s Textbook of Rheumotology. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 99.Review Date:8/3/2013Reviewed By:David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan-Rohit Sharma ideal opening pair for India in Champions Trophy: VVS Laxman to India Today

first_imgIndian batting legend VVS Laxman said Shikhar Dhawan should open the Indian innings along with Rohit Sharma in the forthcoming ICCChampions Trophy in England.The Indian selectors are yet tofinalise the squad for the tournament, of which India are the defendingchamps, but Laxman, speaking exclusively to India Today, said Dhawanshould be on the flight to London next month.Playing for theSunrisers Hyderabad, Dhawan made a 50-ball 70 against Delhi Daredevils a couple of days ago. Laxman, being a mentor of the team, says thesouthpaw seems ready for the India duty again.”Shikhar has beenbatting really well from the first match. Unfortunately, he has not been able to convert that into a big score but in last match he did reallywell and got a very good half century against Delhi. He’s batting well,he’s timing well, has made some technical changes in his batting andalso looks in a great space as far as his mind is concerned,” saidLaxman.The 31-year-old from Delhi was dropped midway throughthe ODI series against England earlier this year after making just 12runs in two matches. However, with KL Rahul set to miss the tournamentdue to an injury, Laxman asserts that Dhawan would be an idealreplacement.”I feel that Shikhar should open along with RohitSharma. If you remember, he had a big role to play in the last Champions Trophy win as well. This combination of Dhawan and Rahul is alwayslethal and puts the bowlers under tremendous pressure. So, I believeselectors will be watching him closely and I feel that, the kind ofrhythm he is in, he’s giving a lot of confidence to a lot of people. We, as a franchise, are also very pleased with the way Shikhar has beencontributing to the Sunrisers’ success so far.”advertisementDhawan wasadjudged the player of the Series in the last edition of the ChampionsTrophy, scoring 363 runs from five games, including two centuries.Not just Dhawan, ‘Very Very Special’ Laxman is also quite impressed withthe work ethics shown by Yuvraj Singh, another Hyderabad IPL teamplayer.”Yeah, Yuvraj’s return at the international level hasbeen a brilliant one. If you see, he performed really well in thedomestic cricket, got a double hundred and earned his recall. Then camethat phenomenal knock against England in Cuttack where he got a 150. The good thing about him is that he is not only thinking about doing wellfor Hyderabad in the IPL but also looking ahead.”I am veryimpressed with his work ethics, the amount of time he is spending on his fitness, working on his fielding and also focusing on his bowling. Heis already thinking about the Champions Trophy because there is not much time between the end of the IPL and Champions Trophy. It is great tosee that the Indian players, who are looking forward to playing in theChampions Trophy or who will be in the scheme of things, are alreadyplanning and preparing for the big tournament,” he said.last_img read more

New 2019 Triumph Speed Twin to launch in India on April 24, expected to be priced around Rs 10 lakh

first_imgTriumph Motorcycles India will launch the Speed Twin on April 24. The 2019 Triumph Speed Twin gets its name from the legendary 1938 Speed Twin, which had a parallel twin engine. Expectations are that Speed Twin will be priced somewhere around Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom).The new 2019 Speed Twin is powered by an updated version of the Bonneville 1200 cc engine. The motor makes 79 bhp and 105 Nm of torque in Triumph Bonneville T120, while it will produce 96 bhp and 112 Nm of torque in Triumph Speed Twin. This engine does duty on Triumph Thruxton R as well and delivers 96 bhp and 112 Nm of torque. New 2019 Triumph Speed Twin will get a 14.5-litre fuel tank.Triumph Speed Twin gets a new tubular steel frame with aluminium cradle and a twin-sided aluminium swingarm. The suspension duties are performed by 41 mm front forks with cartridge damping and 120 mm travel at the front. There are twin shocks at the rear with adjustable preload and up to 120 mm travel. One gets twin Brembo 4-piston axial calipers with twin 305 mm floating discs on the front and Nissin 2-piston floating caliper and single 220 mm disc on the rear. The motorcycle will come with dual-channel ABS and switchable traction control.Triumph Speed Twin will come with three riding modes — Sport, Road and Rain. There will be an LCD multi-functional instrument pack with an analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication and service indicator, among others.A low seat height of 807 mm will provide the rider better riding position on Triumph Speed Twin. It will get features like aluminium front and rear mudguards, throttle body covers, side panel finishers and heel guards. Speed Twin will come with a 14.5-litre fuel tank.advertisementALSO READ | 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto facelift with more safety features launched, price starts at Rs 2.93 lakhALSO READ | Honda Amaze VX CVT launched in India, price starts at Rs 8.57 lakhALSO READ | Renault Summer Camp begins: Free car top wash, exclusive offers on spare parts, accessorieslast_img read more

Nusrat Jahan-Nikhil Jain wedding reception: Highlights of the grand celebration

first_imgActress and Member of Parliament (MP) Nusrat Jahan tied the knot with boyfriend Nikhil Jain in an intimate ceremony in Turkey last month. Her reception in Kolkata on Thursday (July 4) night was a grand affair, unlike the close-knit wedding.Here are 10 highlights from the star-studded bash:1. Nusrat wore a maroon lehenga designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, along with traditional jewellery.2. Nikhil’s outfit was from Rohit Bal’s collection. The groom looked nothing less than a showstopper!3. The gala reception was held at ITC Royal Bengal. It was attended by the who’s who of Tollywood. The entire hall was decorated with jasmine flowers, with live music entertaining the guests.4. The hashtag #TheNJAffair was being used for the wedding festivities – the Nusrat Jahan and Nikhil Jain affair.5. Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee attended the reception to bless the newlyweds. Many senior leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) as well as ministers also made their presence felt.6. Nusrat is the first Muslim TMC MP to marry a Hindu businessman.7. The Jain family had their reservations about the wedding, which was visible till the last day of the festivities. Nikhil’s parents mostly stayed away from the ceremonies.8. Nusrat is an MP from Bashirhat and the menu at her reception included the Mango Makha Sandesh, a dessert made with seasonal mangoes, which is the speciality of her constituency. The food was personally monitored by Nusrat, who is a foodie and loves fish.9. Nusrat sported sindoor and red bangles, as per Hindu tradition.10. Her close friend and fellow TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty was the perfect bridesmaid, as she managed the guests.advertisementALSO SEE | Actress-MP Nusrat Jahan wedding reception: Mamata Banerjee and Mimi Chakraborty arrive at functionPHOTOS | Actress and MP Nusrat Jahan marries Nikhil Jain in TurkeyALSO WATCH | TMC does not mix religion and politics, says Nusrat Jahanlast_img read more

LE MARS MAN CHARGED WITH NUMEROUS COUNTS INVOLVING JUVENILES

first_imgA Le Mars man has been arrested and charged with various charges involving minor teens.56 year old Jerry Owings is charged with two counts of enticing a minor under the age of 16 for sexual purposes, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, two counts of 1st degree harassment, dissemination and exhibition of obscene materials to minors, two counts of supplying alcohol to a minor, and three counts of providing tobacco to a minor.Owings was arrested Friday night and is being held in the Plymouth County Jail on $20,000 bond.last_img

Rural poor worldwide to benefit from over 200 million in UN funding

The new set of grants and loans from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will finance rural micro-finance projects, livestock support initiatives and natural resource management schemes among others.Some 60 per cent of IFAD’s ongoing programmes already promote rural financial services and institutions that help give the rural poor access to global markets and help them cope with shocks such as unexpected severe weather patterns and commodity price volatility.“Protecting and increasing the access of poor rural people to financial services is all the more important as the global financial crisis bites and as remittances shrink,” said IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze.The IFAD executive board has approved more than $131 million in loans and $63 million in grants along with around $9 million in grants to international research centres and intergovernmental organizations.Projects in Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, China, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, India and Mali will benefit from the funding, as well as institutions, including the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Since 1978 IFAD has invested over $11 billion in grants and low-interest loans, helping approximately 340 million poor rural people increase their incomes, build livelihoods and have a voice in decisions affecting their lives. 30 April 2009Poverty eradication efforts in developing countries are set to receive a cash injection of over $200 million from the United Nations rural development arm this week to help off-set the impact of the global financial crisis. read more

UNP group led by Range Bandara confirm will oppose noconfidence

A group of United National Party (UNP) members led by State Minister Palitha Range Bandara today confirmed that they will oppose the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Bandara said that he and 27 other UNP Parliamentarians who had earlier decided to back the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister will now oppose it. (Colombo Gazette)

SecretaryGeneral recommends another extension of UN force in Golan Heights

“The situation in the Middle East is very tense and is likely to remain so, unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached,” Mr. Annan reiterated in a report to the Security Council, which recommends that the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), set to expire on 1 January 2006, be extended through 30 June of that year.“Under the prevailing circumstances, I consider the continued presence of UNDOF in the area to be essential,” he said.He added, however, that money owed to troop-contributing Governments had grown from $13 million to $22 million since his last report. He called on all Member States to pay their assessments in full.UNDOF was established in May 1974 to monitor the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire in the Golan. As of 5 December, it had over 1,000 troops from Austria, Canada, Japan, Nepal, Poland and Slovakia and was assisted by 79 military observers from the UN Troop Supervision Organization (UNTSO).According to the report, in the past six months the ceasefire was maintained, except in the Shab’a farms area, which experienced activity originated from the area of operation of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).During the period, UNDOF helped the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with passage of 480 students and 488 religious pilgrims through the area of separation, as well as supervising the handover of a Syrian boy who had crossed the ceasefire line.It also provided protection for a wedding, as well as medical treatment, on request, to the local population. It remained available to help the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote landmine awareness among the civilians living in the area, the report said.The Security Council is scheduled to start considering action on UNDOF next Friday, 16 December. read more

Canadian aerospace sector expected to get boost from higher airline profits

MONTREAL – Canada’s aerospace sector stands to get a boost from an international airlines group’s improving industry outlook, with profits expected to reach US$4.1 billion this year and US$7.5 billion in 2013.The International Air Transport Association on Monday raised its forecast for 2012 from US$3 billion, saying passenger numbers so far this year were robust.“Airlines are keeping their heads above water better than we expected,” IATA Chief Executive Tony Tyler told reporters in Berlin.But he noted that profits this year will still be less than half the US$8.4 billion that the industry earned in 2011.Tyler blamed Europe’s economic crisis, oil prices averaging US$110 a barrel, weak cargo demand and low business confidence for the slowdown.A profit of US$4.1 billion on industry revenues of US$636 billion equates to a margin of just 0.6 per cent, up from 0.5 per cent in the prior forecast, Tyler noted.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said the improved profit forecast next year is positive for Canadian-based aerospace companies such as Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B), CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE), Transat A.T. (TSX:TRAZ.B) and Heroux-Devtek (TSX:TRZ.B) since profitability is typically linked to aircraft orders.“We believe the street will see the upward revision to IATA’s 2012 outlook and the solid improvement expected for 2013 as a positive surprise,” he wrote in a report.Poirier said the slightly higher forecasted profit margins demonstrates the considerable improvement in the performance of airlines in a challenging environment.In the past, slowing demand and increasing aircraft deliveries resulted in falling passenger load factors and aircraft utilization. This time, however, airlines have kept those numbers high.Europe’s airlines are expected to record a loss of US$1.2 billion this year due to the eurozone financial crisis and high taxation, IATA said.It projected a US$2.3 billion profit for companies in the Asia-Pacific region, despite a modest slowdown in the Chinese economy.“Chinese domestic demand is still growing at nearly 10 per cent and the demand for regional and long-haul travel, including in the premium classes, has held up better than expected in the face of economic uncertainty,” said Tyler.The greatest improvement is seen for North American carriers, where IATA raised its profit forecast by US$500 million to US$1.9 billion, thanks to cost savings.Middle East and Latin American airlines are also expected to post a profit, while African carriers will break even, said IATA.Tyler said the situation was likely to improve in 2013 as average oil prices ease to US$105 per barrel, and government and central bank measures push global GDP growth to 2.5 per cent from 2.1 per cent this year.The projected profits of $7.5 billion next year equate to a margin of 1.1 per cent on revenues of US$660 billion, IATA said.The group represents some 240 of the biggest international airlines worldwide.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, shares in Air Canada, Bombardier and Heroux-Devtek all increased in afternoon trading. CAE and Transat share were down.— With files from The Associated Press. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2012 3:47 pm MDT Canadian aerospace sector expected to get boost from higher airline profits read more

Gildan to employ hundreds as it sets up yarn spinning facilities in

MONTREAL – Gildan Activewear is expanding U.S. production for the first time by investing US$85 million in yarn-spinning facilities in southern states, the maker of T-shirts, socks and other clothing said Thursday.The plants will employ hundreds of workers who will make yarn that will be transformed into clothes at Gildan’s low-cost centres in other countries and exported back to the United States duty-free.The Montreal-based company expects to hire about 200 additional workers at a new facility that will be built next year to make soft ring spun yarn. They will join 230 employees at two of its facilities that will be modernized and expanded in Georgia and North Carolina after taking full control of a joint venture earlier this year.Both states are among those that have enacted the pro-business right-to-work law banning mandatory union membership.The investment in U.S. manufacturing comes several years after it closed its high-cost apparel manufacturing in Canada and the United States and shipped jobs to Central America and the Caribbean.The capital expenditures will allow the company to expand its only U.S. manufacturing and take advantage of low electricity prices and technological expertise, says chief financial and administrative officer Laurence Sellyn.“This will be our first manufacturing major investment in the U.S.,” he said in an interview.“Yarn is the first step in the supply chain that consumes the raw cotton so it is good to do close to the raw material.”Ring-spun yarn is a softer material used in underwear and T-shirts that’s typically imported from Asia at a higher price. By making the yarn in-house, Gildan will develop closer relationships with farmers and produce a material that fetches a higher price.It will also be able to take advantage of the Central America Free Trade Agreement that allows duty-free importation of finished goods made from yarn spun in the United States or Central America.Gildan had considered establishing a yarn-spinning facility in Honduras but chose the U.S. mainly because of lower energy costs.Ring-spun yarn is not readily available in the U.S. but adding one of the largest such facilities in the United States will give Gildan a “strategic advantage” by allowing it to sell better products than its competitors, president Glenn Chamandy said during a conference call.“So we’re pretty excited about it, and having a domestic capacity at a favourable cost structure, we think, is going to give us significant cost advantage.”Gildan (TSX:GIL) also plans to invest $15 million next year on advertising in Canada and the U.S. to promote its Gildan and Gold Toe branded clothing as their sales are expanded next summer in major national and regional retailers such as Walmart.The company has hired New York-based agency DeVito/Verdi to oversee the print, TV and social media advertising.Gildan said Thursday it is raising its quarterly dividend by 20 per cent to nine cents US per share after achieving its most profitable quarter as earnings in the final period or its fiscal year was 84 per cent higher than last year, although slightly below analyst estimates due to an unanticipated expense.Gildan’s net income for the three-month period, reported in U.S. currency, jumped to $89 million or 73 cents per share. That’s up from $48.5 million or 40 cents of net earnings in the fourth quarter of 2011.After excluding restructuring and acquisition-related costs incurred during the fourth quarter, adjusted earnings were $94.9 million or 78 cents per share, a penny per share below a consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Reuters.Gildan said its adjusted earnings were reduced by two cents per share, or $2.4 million, following the settlement of a lawsuit with Fruit of the Loom affiliate Russell Brands, which accused it of trademark infringement and unfair competition for selling clothing it had improperly relabelled.Net sales for the three-month period rose to $561.6 million from $481.6 million a year earlier in 2011.Gildan said its net sales are expected to rise again in 2013, after growing 1.9 per cent this year to $1.9 billion for the 12 months ended Sept. 30. It expects to make between $2.60 and $2.70 per share in adjusted profits next year due to expanded sales and falling cotton prices.Tal Woolley of RBC Capital Markets said the guidance was in line with market expectations.“Our view is that these numbers are achievable in a reasonable operating environment, potentially giving Gildan some room to raise guidance as the year progresses,” he wrote in a report.Sales are expected to be $2.1 billion driven by $1.4 billion of printwear sales and $700 million from branded apparel.“Lower cotton costs will drive improved gross margins along with a more favourable sales mix, offset by higher promotions and other input costs.”On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Gildan’s shares gained 91 cents, or 2.75 per cent, at C$34 in afternoon trading. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2012 3:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gildan to employ hundreds as it sets up yarn spinning facilities in U.S. south read more

Bus and coach market kicksoff 2016 with growth

Click through to download the full press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK bus and coach market rises 2.0% in Q1 2016, with 1,959 new vehicles registered.Minibuses fuel growth with 10.4% increase in registrations, balancing fall in bus volumes. Wednesday 25 May, 2016 New UK bus and coach registrations saw steady growth in the first quarter of 2016, according to data released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).The British bus and coach markets rose by 2.0% in Q1, with nearly 2,000 vehicles registered in the first three months of the year. A rise in demand for new minibuses drove the growth, with the segment registering a strong uplift of 10.4% in the quarter, compensating for small declines seen in the single- and double-deck vehicle sectors.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Following the significant increases we saw in the bus and coach markets last year, it is pleasing to see a positive start to 2016. However, given the nature of variability in demand in these sectors and continued uncertainty surrounding policy areas such as the Bus Services Bill, prospects for continued growth throughout the year should be considered cautiously.” read more

Senior Lighty sees similarities between Super Six Thad Five

When David Lighty stepped onto campus in 2006, he was part of a high-profile freshman class. Now, as a fifth-year senior, Lighty sees some similarities between his class and this year’s freshmen. “With the class they have coming in and the number they have coming in, it’s pretty much just like my freshman year,” Lighty said. “It’s happening all over again.” Deemed the “Super Six,” this year’s freshman class is drawing comparisons to the class of ‘06. That year, then-freshmen Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., Daequan Cook and Lighty helped the Buckeyes to a National Championship appearance. The hype that surrounded Oden and company is again in Columbus. Coach Thad Matta compared Oden, Conley Jr. and Cook to this freshman class, because many of them have played more than 200 games together throughout high school and Amateur Athletic Union basketball. That familiarity showed and will likely help this year’s class in the early going. This class also allows Matta to have more depth than last year’s six- or seven-man rotation. “One of the coaches said to me the other day, ‘It’s exciting that all 10 guys get along on the court,’” Matta said. “And that’s the exciting thing. I think we can have a deeper bench.” In the 2006-07 season, the Buckeyes went nine deep, which proved beneficial in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. There are even more similarities when comparing the individual players of each class. Oden was Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, a McDonald’s All-American and won a state championship his senior year in high school. Freshman Deshaun Thomas earned the same honors playing at Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne, Ind. But Thomas isn’t the most hyped player in his class. That honor goes to fellow All-American Jared Sullinger. Regarded as one of the premiere freshman in the country, Sullinger is arguably the most high-profile freshmen in Columbus since Oden. Thomas might be more comparable to Cook in his ability to create instant offense. Lighty said Thomas is a great shooter and has the ability to take the ball into the post and score. Although it’s not clear if Thomas will work more at forward or guard for the Buckeyes, he has demonstrated his ability to light up the scoreboard. Point guard Aaron Craft was one of Sullinger’s AAU teammates, like Conley Jr. and Oden were. Matta said he likes what he’s seen from the freshman ball handler. “I don’t think we’ve ever had a freshman come to camp more ready to go physically than he was,” Matta said. “One of the things we’ve asked him to do was work on his ability to knock down shots, and he’s shown his ability to do that. We’ve always liked his defense.” With the classes showing many similarities, there are expectations to match. But that doesn’t seem to bother Lighty and his teammates. “I started off with a national championship” appearance, Lighty said. “So hopefully we can end that way.” read more

Miami unveils 2 new flags to honor fallen military veterans public service

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The City of Miami has unveiled two new flags to honor fallen military veterans and public service officers.The Honor and Remember and the Honor and Sacrifice flags could be seen in the lobby of the city’s administrative building in downtown Miami, Tuesday.Tuesday’s ceremony was five years in the making and marks a step in the city’s effort to become more veteran and military friendly.City Commissioner Wifredo “Willy” Gort said, “I’m glad we have these flags here to remind us that we have to take care of our veterans that sacrifice themselves — not only themselves, their families, the people that serve go through a lot, also.”The honor and remember flag has been adopted as an official state symbol in 25 states, and it was unveiled as the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks draws near.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Print your own phone from home

first_imgPrint your own phone from home567 viewsPrint your own phone from home567 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Print your own phone from home567 viewsBusinessEver wanted a truly unique cellphone handset?….well now you can have one, thanks to London start-up OwnFone. Its new PrintFone Kit allows you to print a 2D or 3D handset at home, says inventor TomVentuno Web Player 4.50Ever wanted a truly unique cellphone handset?….well now you can have one, thanks to London start-up OwnFone. Its new PrintFone Kit allows you to print a 2D or 3D handset at home, says inventor Tomlast_img

Zia Charitable Trust graft case hearing 25 26 Feb

first_imgBNP Chairperson Khaleda ZiaA Dhaka court on Thursday fixed 25, 26 February for the next hearing of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and three other accused, reports UNB.Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of Dhaka Special Court-5 fixed the date for placing arguments of lawyer of accused Ziaul Islam Munna and Md Aminul Islam.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was present during the hearing.On 8 August 2011, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.last_img

Five simple ways to keep weight in check

first_imgWith the festive season approaching, keeping a tab on your weight can be a little difficult. A few precautions can be taken to avoid gaining excessive weight. Here are some suggestions form an expert.Binge-eating at odd timings is a holiday delight but going overboard is very unhealthy and very easy. Skipping meals to balance out festive eating is also a very bad idea, as it only makes one ravenous later. To avoid consuming a lot of calories, eat a filling, low-calorie snack or dish before leaving for a celebration. Protein, especially, will keep you feeling full, ensuring you only eat festival treats in small amounts.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAlso try factoring in a few days of light eating prior to the festive season, in addition to consuming alkaline foods including spinach, broccoli and banana.The best way to control what you consume is to assume the role of the chef. Chefs have to do a lot of tasting and all that time spent in the kitchen does take the edge off hunger. Cooking, or at least deciding what is to be cooked and how, will allow you absolute control over the amount of calories you consume.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChoose the menu wisely, offer guests a range of healthy snacks. Grilling instead of frying, and steaming vegetables to retain nutrients are handy ways to reduce fat intake. Using a low-calorie spray oil is also a great way to roast food in a healthier manner.A fridge stocked with treats after celebrations are over, is not exactly your best bet. If you are the host, make sure to only order or cook as much as needed, carefully drawing up a menu and quantity list.  Liquids are an important component of our diets, and binge consumption sessions are no different. A lot of times, our bodies mistake thirst for hunger, which leads to overeating. Craving snacks repeatedly can be a sign of dehydration. A good diet hack is to drink a glass full of water and wait for 10 minutes and then reconsider whether you want to give in to those cravings or not. Drinking other liquids is also a good solution to hunger pangs, especially having fresh home-made or cold pressed juice blends as perfect and delicious alternatives. This should not be an excuse to have ‘juice drinks’ (which are loaded with sugar and chemicals) or aerated drinks. Alcohol is another high-calorie liquid that should be consumed in moderation. Try beginning the night with a refreshing mocktail, and alternate each drink with water or juice. Choosing low-calorie alcohol, including drier varieties of white and red wine, gin, champagne and light beer is also advisable.The holiday season takes up a lot of energy, throwing us off the gym schedules and even our regular sleep cycles. Countering this disruption is important, even if the effort put in is minimal. So, working out for half an hour instead of your usual hour and a half is a much better idea than skipping gym entirely.last_img read more