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Click through to download the UK car manufacturing news release for August 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK car manufacturing output, year-to-date, 2012-2014 “The month of August – typically the quietest of the year – saw a 22.1% drop in car production over 2013 as the 2014 calendar meant some key plants took additional shutdown compared to last year,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Volumes are still strong for the year-to-date, however, with the UK automotive sector in the midst of a renaissance. Global demand for quality UK-built products is at an unprecedented level, with significant investments into UK production facilities from government and industry currently being realised.” UK car manufacturing output rolling year total 994,949 cars manufactured in the UK so far in 2014 – up 1.0% on January-August 2013.August output fell 22.1%, with some manufacturers taking additional holiday shutdown.UK car production set for a bright future, with significant investments being realised and new models starting assembly. read more

MLB Teams Hold Up Well After Overseas Travel

September 30, 2019 | zelepmlo | No Comments

This weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will be in Sydney to play Major League Baseball’s Opening Series. MLB’s effort to sell the sport in a new market is seemingly asking a lot of the two teams involved. If either squad gets off to a rough start after returning stateside, you can bet there will be plenty of talking heads ready to blame the jet lag from a 15,000-mile round trip to Australia.We can quickly look at whether past teams put in similar situations suffered. From 2000 to 2012, MLB sent eight teams to Tokyo, which is about 2,000 miles closer to the continental United States than Australia. But Tokyo should still be a decent proxy for the trip the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are making (both flights exceed 10 hours).If you’re not interested the nitty-gritty statistics, skip the next paragraph, but suffice it to say we’re comparing how we would expect these teams to perform to how they actually performed.The nitty-gritty statistics: Using a weighted average of Pythagenpat records from the previous two seasons, I established projected “true talent” winning percentages for the globetrotting teams and their opponents in all April games after they came back to the U.S. I plugged those numbers into Bill James’ Log5 formula (factoring in MLB’s traditional 54 percent home-field advantage) to estimate the number of post-travel games each team should have won. If there was a big difference between the expected win totals and the number of games won, then perhaps there is something to the jet-lag theory.Here are the results: 2000New York Mets0.5630.625 2000Chicago Cubs0.4370.360 2008Oakland Athletics0.4870.593 YearTeamExp. Win %Actual Win % 2004Tampa Bay Devil Rays0.4260.316 2008Boston Red Sox0.5430.593 As it turns out, the teams involved in Tokyo games went on to finish April winning at almost exactly the same clip that was expected from their preseason projection (on average, these teams played about 23 games in April). This is far from a definitive study, but the early returns say it’s unlikely that any residual travel effects will contribute to a monthlong malaise for Los Angeles or Arizona. If either club struggles next month, they probably won’t have the Land Down Under to blame. 2012Oakland Athletics0.5170.455 2012Seattle Mariners0.4310.455 2004New York Yankees0.5390.524 Total0.4950.497 read more

On Wednesday, the Twitter world was in an uproar after linebacker Brandon Spikes posted a homophobic tweet.Spikes tweet read: “I’m homophobic just like I’m arachnopobic. I have nothing against homosexuals or spiders but I’d still scream if I found one in my bathtub!”Minutes after seeing the tweet several followers scolded him for his ill-advised attempt at comedy. That led to him attempting to clarify his intent three hours later by tweeting, “PEOPLE!!!! It’s a joke …seriously a JOKE!!! Chill out.”Spikes, a third-year linebacker out of the University of Florida, was paraphrasing a monologue by British comedian Jack Whitehall. Almost two years ago Whitehall said, “I’m not homophobic. Well, I suppose I’m homophobic in the same sense I’m arachnopobic. I’m not scared of spiders. I’m not scared of gays, but I would scream if I saw one in my bath.”According to Stacey James, Patriots spokesman, “The team has no comment.”On Thursday, during the Patriots media availability, Spikes was not available for comment.Other Patriots refused to comment on the tweet.“I’m just concentrating on Seattle, so I really don’t have any comment at all about it,” wide receiver Wes Walker said.Defensive captain Vince Wilfork was asked if he was embarrassed by Spikes’s tweets, he replied, “If it has nothing to do with Seattle, then I don’t even know about it. I watch SpongeBob SquarePants, you can anybody. So I don’t have time to look at everything else being said [on Twitter], because that’s my life at home.”This is not Spikes first time being involved in ill-advised acts. During his rookie year he was embroiled in controversy for being in a pornographic video that hit the Internet. Later in his rookie season he was suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.He later said in a statement that the substance was a medication that he should have gotten clarification on before using.Spikes is scheduled to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. read more

first_imgAt MINExpo 2012, Michelin unveiled a new line of XDR2 mining tyres. The Michelin XDR2 is intended for rigid dump trucks and according to the group makes them safer “while enabling users to improve their productivity and optimise their environmental performance.” The improved safety of the new XDR2 tyre is due to three factors: 2 million hours of tests to ensure its reliability; the incorporation of the Michelin Earthmover Management System (MEMS), which helps to optimise the conditions in which tires are used; and the tyre’s enhanced resistance to cuts and scrapes, which reduce tyre-damage incidents.The productivity gains the new XDR2 tyre delivers are the result of four factors: superior resistance to cuts and scrapes, longer tread life, more resistant casings and bead wires and again the fact that the tyres pre-fitted for MEMS. In addition, XDR2 tyres have an intentionally environmentally friendly design. Because it uses fewer raw materials than some of its competitors, the XDR2 enables fuel savings, while its greater longevity means fewer repairs and less material to be recycled. The tyres are made in a very clean production process, since all Michelin Earthmover tyre plants are ISO 14001-certified. The environmental footprint of Michelin’s Earthmover tyre plants has been reduced by 22% since 2005.The Michelin XDR was previously the benchmark in the large mining tyre segment. It is now being replaced by the new XDR2, which is designed to provide satisfaction in the most extreme conditions of use while carrying very heavy weights. The new XDR2 is available in the following sizes: 27.00R49, 33.00R51, 37.00R57, 40.00R57, 53/80R63, 56/80R63 and 59/80R63. The XDR2 underwent more than 2 million hours of testing, both at the Michelin Earthmover Test Centre in Almeria, Spain, and in actual usage conditions in Canada, Chile, Australia and Africa. It was designed for the market’s biggest rigid dump trucks. Compared with the XDR, the new XDR2 has a tread band that is up to 20% thicker that helps to reduce operating costs by improving both longevity and durability. Similarly, the layer that separates the tread from that tyre casing is 10% thicker, making it more robust and resistant to cuts and scrapes. The tread pattern of the new XDR2 has also been thoroughly reworked to improve efficiency. The centre block is 13% wider while the tread was designed to be self-cleaning. This also helps the tyre to cool faster, as the ventilation effect is 10% greater than for its predecessor, the XDR.  In addition, the tread pattern changes with wear. Consequently, the new XDR2 has a bigger contact patch when the tyre is 50% worn.The C2 technology developed by Michelin makes the tyres stronger thanks to the use of thicker, corrosion-resistant cables. The technology reduces temperature build-up of the tread shoulder, thus maximizing the potential life of the tire without compromising operating speed or load carrying capacity. Overall, the new XDR2 is considerably more robust than the previous-generation XDR. The steel protective plies located between the casing and the tread are 60% stronger and feature a new corrosion-resistance treatment. Similarly, the sidewall rubber is twice as thick, thus providing enhanced resistance to cuts and scrapes. Together, these features deliver optimised endurance, which has been improved by 9 to 20% compared with the previous-generation XDR.The new XDR2 is also factory-fitted to receive the Michelin Earthmover Management System (MEMS). For mining tyres, MEMS means added protection. It is the only electronic system for measuring temperature and pressure offered specially by a mining tyre manufacturer. MEMS can provide mining companies with real-time alerts whenever rigid dump trucks are no longer operating in optimal conditions, meaning they may engender risks for user safety and mine productivity. Michelin states: “MEMS is an indispensable tool for optimising tyre performance. The new Michelin XDR2 is ‘MEMS Ready’, meaning that this crucial tyre management system can be easily installed.”last_img read more

first_img 163 Comments By AFP 43,775 Views Mar 2nd 2017, 9:23 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jeff Sessions and Paul Ryan Source: Mark J. TerrillThe Washington Post reported that Sessions – formerly a senator who advised Trump’s campaign on foreign policy and other issues – met Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in July and September, just as accusations of Russian interference in the election were mounting.Sessions, however, told his confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 10 that he did not know of contacts between Trump campaign members and Russia.“I did not have communications with the Russians,” he said under oath.His spokesperson told the Washington Post aid there was “absolutely nothing misleading” about his answer.Calls to resign Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the Senate, went further, calling for Sessions to step down.“After lying under oath to Congress about his own communications with the Russian, the attorney general must resign,” she said.Sessions was confirmed as attorney general on February 8, moving in place to oversee Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation probes into the alleged communications between Trump campaign officials and Moscow. Source: Matt YorkThe New York Times reported two weeks ago, citing US intelligence sources, that three campaign staff — including campaign chief Paul Manafort — had communicated with Russian intelligence officers.The White House has labeled that report “false” and has accused Democrats, the media and the intelligence community of a political effort to undermine his six-week-old government.A White House official, speaking not for attribution, reiterated those charges, dubbing the latest report an “attack.”“This is the latest attack against the Trump administration by partisan Democrats,” the official said.“Sessions met with the ambassador in an official capacity as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is entirely consistent with his testimony.”© – AFP 2017 with reporting from Daragh Brophy, Sean Murray, and Cianan BrennanRead: ‘I am not guilty’ – Women who face death penalty over Kim Jong-Nam murder appear in court ‘No need to step down’? US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stood down from the Russia/Trump inquiry Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the Senate, had earlier called for Jeff Sessions to resign, something the Attorney General has stopped short of doing.center_img Share159 Tweet Email1 Jeff Sessions speaking at this evening’s press conferenceUpdated 9:22pmUS ATTORNEY GENERAL Jeff Sessions has recused himself from inquiries into US president Donald Trump’s dealings with Russia.Sessions made the announcement at a press conference this evening.Pressure had been growing on Sessions throughout the day to clarify why he had failed to divulge the fact that he had twice met the Russian ambassador to the US during Trump’s campaign to a Senate committee.Earlier the attorney general had come under fire after the Washington Post reported he met twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to Washington, seemingly contradicting statements he made in Senate confirmation hearings in January.Sessions this evening insisted he had done nothing wrong in giving testimony to Congress, and said that accusations he had met with ‘Russian operatives’ were “totally false”.He said he had decided to recuse himself in order to avoid what his staff had pointed out could amount to a conflict of interest.The earlier revelation that Sessions had met with ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice, after telling Congress he had no dealings with Russia during Trump’s campaign, cast a fresh cloud over President Donald Trump’s administration – which has repeatedly denied any suspected ties between members of the Republican’s election campaign and Russia, which US intelligence says interfered in the 2016 election against Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton.Despite this, Trump this evening had declared that Sessions has his “total” confidence.Earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that he saw no reason for Sessions to step down yet, saying that lawmakers had seen “no evidence” to determine that collusion had occurred between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.He said: “If he himself is a subject of an investigation, of course he should [step down]. But if he’s not, I don’t see any purpose or reason for doing this.”The White House had quickly labeled the report an attack by partisan Democrats, confirming the meetings but arguing Sessions did nothing wrong.In a statement Session said: “I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.”But with US intelligence agencies, the Department of Justice, and four Congressional committees examining the Russia scandal, Democrats demanded Sessions — the Trump administration’s top law enforcement official — recuse himself from investigations, and for Congress to name an independent special investigator to oversee a broad probe.“Given AG Sessions’ false statements about contacts with Russian officials, we need a special counsel to investigate Trump associates’ ties to Russia,” said Democrat Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 9:23 PM Short URL last_img read more

first_imgNew service means you can now track your passport application online It is hoped the new system will speed up applications. Share Tweet Email2 Short URL 24,679 Views Friday 27 Jan 2017, 9:47 PM Image: Leah Farrell/ Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan launching the passport card back in 2015. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.iecenter_img Jan 27th 2017, 9:47 PM Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan launching the passport card back in 2015. 39 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee INVESTMENT IN ONLINE infrastructure has meant those who have applied for passports will be able to check the status of their application online.Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan announced the update at the Holiday World Exhibition at the RDS where he said there will also be a real-time instant messaging service for people with queries.Flanagan said the new updated measures are part of a reform programme he started in 2015 which sought to modernise the process.“The programme is scheduled to run to 2019 and has a combined capital and current investment budget of €18.6 million. It aims to deliver a more efficient, integrated and citizen-focused passport service with an increased emphasis on fraud detection and prevention measures to maintain the integrity of the Irish passport,” he said.Flanagan said “enhanced tracking” means that the applicant now has more accurate and tailored information on when their passport will be delivered. He said he hopes it will ease travel planning and reduce the need to contact the passport service for updates.The Passport service had a busy year in 2016, issuing 730,000, a record number of passports. The represents an increase of 9% on 2015 and it is expected that this trend will continue in the coming years.Read: Spy chief confirms ‘Q’ from James Bond is a woman in real life >Read: A complete list of the sharks in Irish waters has just been published >last_img read more

Video Bale stunner against Juventus

September 18, 2019 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgGareth Bale’s stunning strike for Real Madrid enabled them to mount a comeback and defeat a Juventus side without Cristiano RonaldoIt was Juventus who took the lead on Sunday morning’s International Champions Cup (ICC) clash in Maryland after right-back Dani Carvajal accidentally slid the ball into the back of his own net.But Bale then stuck the equaliser for the Champions League holders with a thumping half-volley past Wojciech Szczesny six minutes before the break after collecting a loose ball.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Changes made by new coach Julen Lopetegui, enabled Real to produce a much better second-half display with Marco Asensio firing home just two minutes into the second-half.The 22-year-old Spaniard then sealed the win for Real with his second goal of the game. last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:liqour license, ministeral fellowship, Pdm, pnp, providenciales, rufus ewing TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 May 2015 – The PNP Administration seems disinterested in getting directly involved in the stance some have taken against upcoming events planned for Sundays. The Providenciales Ministerial Fellowship went on the record to say they believe the secular events on Sundays are becoming too big and boldly go against the laws of the land. Premier Rufus Ewing gave his administration’s position on the matter.“Well I heard that some persons say the Government was petitioned, but as a Government I have not received any petition from the Pastoral fraternity in regards to anything as it relates to Sunday. I know as the law stands right now, the selling of alcohol off premises or liquor license or even selling liquor within the supermarkets and certain non-tourist based establishments is not permitted on Sundays as it is now. I think our position would be is that when you have mass events like what is being planned for Sundays, consideration should be given to uphold whatever law we currently have. I don’t think there is a need to put into the place any additional laws, we have what we have. But this is something Cabinet have to consider, with any representation, but when it comes to Sunday law it is well documented.”The upcoming string of events linked to Haitian Flag day are first to feel the brunt of the church; other groups have since expressed their concern about the events which also tend to break liquor licensing laws. Recommended for you Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

first_imgMembers of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Biotech Working Group discussed how farmers can better engage with consumers  and also met with Dow Agro Sciences CEO Tim Hassinger and several members of the Dow team.Members of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Biotech Working Group met in Indianapolis this week to discuss issues facing the industry.Participants included industry representatives and grower leaders from ASA, United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC).Featured speaker, Dan Nowicki of the JM Smucker Company, engaged the group in a discussion on post-Vermont reformulation in the U.S. food industry. Nowicki stressed the importance of consumer engagement from all sectors involved in food production, stating that farmer involvement is critical. Participants also heard updates on the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance, International Soy Grower Alliance and the status of technology in both the European Union (EU) and China.While in Indiana, grower members also met with Dow Agro Sciences CEO Tim Hassinger and several members of the Dow team.The Biotech Working Group is a confidential forum for technology providers and soybean growers to discuss the issues facing the biotechnology industry. The forum also provides industry members the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with grower leaders from ASA, USB and USSEC to discuss issues and technologies related to their organization and develop action plans specific to those technologies.last_img read more

first_img Inside Sonos’ New Music Advocacy initiative listen-better-sonos-announces-new-music-advocacy-initiative Facebook Email Listen Better: Sonos Announces New Music Advocacy Initiative News Twitter The new initiative will see grants totaling $1.5 million awarded to organizations that work to fight music censorship and defend artists’ digital rightsBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 27, 2017 – 4:25 pm Sonos CEO Patrick Spence posted an open letter on the company’s website yesterday, announcing Sonos would be undertaking a new $1.5 million initiative aimed at supporting advocacy efforts to enforce and protect the rights of musicians.The announcement comes on the heels of the first release of Sonos’ new smart speaker, which notably included a more artist-centered approach to branding and promotional rollout than Google and Amazon took with their competing devices.The first recipients of grants from Sonos under the Listen Better initiative include groups supporting the fight against music censorship, public arts nonprofits and pro-artist lobbying groups. Sonos will accept grant applications from any interested companies anywhere in the world.Speaking on the impetus for the new initiative, Spence commented, “Too many artists face barriers to free expression and others can be jailed or even killed for merely sharing their songs over the internet. Communities lack space and resources to ensure all musicians can be heard.”Representatives from the first companies to receive Sonos grants praised the new initiative, with David Heinemann, head of fellowship at Index on Censorship applauding, “We stand proudly alongside Sonos in supporting those who strive to be heard.”11 Digital Music Businesses Built On Making New Connectionslast_img read more

first_imgAVO seismologists work to repair a seismic station on Little Sitkin Volcano in the western Aleutians Islands. (USGS photo)This summer, Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists embarked on an ambitious project to repair seismic monitoring equipment at active volcanoes around Southwest Alaska. Now 176 of the Observatory’s 216 seismic stations are in working order.Download AudioA backlog of deferred maintenance and a lack of funding, coupled with the extreme nature of the environment, have caused some of the seismic monitoring stations to quit working over the past several years.This summer, crews were able to repair stations at a handful of sites in Southwest Alaska.“We were able to visit, importantly, Aniakchak Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula, restored some ground-based monitoring at the volcano there,” Janet Schaefer, with the Alaska Volcano Observatory State Geological Survey, said. “And we also did seismic repairs at Gareloi, Tanaga and Westdahl Volcanoes – those are in the Aleutian Islands.”Shaefer says AVO was also able to fix stations at the recently-active Shishaldin Volcano.Funding came from the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards ProgramFuture funding is uncertain. But Schafer says the goal is to get more of their stations up and running.“Wrangell Volcano is an example. It has been active recently,” Schaefer said. “And those stations are difficult to get to, so it would be nice to get there.”A volcanic eruption is often preceded by hours, or even months, of seismic activity, which Schaefer says provides AVO with valuable data.“So that we can detect those very small, small magnitude earthquakes that indicate fluid movement, either from an active hydrothermal system, or gas, or magma beneath the surface,” she said. “So, those are the first signs of unrest and those are what really help us to be on guard.”And as more stations are brought back on line, AVO can more reliably monitor volcanoes and issue more accurate warnings to the public as hazards to communities and passing air traffic become apparent.last_img read more

Iran says jihadist separatists behind attack

September 3, 2019 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgA general view shows an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, Iran, in this 22 September 2018. Photo: ReutersIran on Tuesday identified the perpetrators of a deadly attack on a military parade as “jihadist separatists”, announcing a series of arrests and appearing to tie the Islamic State group to the bloodshed.The intelligence ministry published photos of the five men it said carried out the assault Saturday in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that killed 24 people including a four-year-old child and other civilians.”The five members of a terrorist squad affiliated to jihadist separatist groups supported by Arab reactionary countries were identified,” the ministry said in a statement.”The terrorists’ hideout was found and 22 people involved (in the attack) were arrested,” it said, adding that explosives were seized along with military and communications equipment.The attack targeted a parade in Khuzestan province commemorating the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.The border region, which has a large ethnic Arab community, was a major battleground of the conflict and saw ethnic unrest in 2005 and 2011.Iranian officials initially blamed Arab separatists, who they claimed were behind previous unrest, for the latest attack, saying they were backed by Gulf Arab allies of the United States.This version was bolstered when a movement called “Ahwaz National Resistance”, an Arab separatist group, claimed responsibility shortly after the assault.But the Islamic State group (IS) was also quick to claim responsibility and later posted a video of men it said were the attackers.Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday linked the attackers to Iraq and Syria, where IS once had major strongholds.”This cowardly act was the work of those very individuals who are rescued by the Americans whenever they are in trouble in Iraq and Syria and who are funded by the Saudis and the (United) Arab Emirates,” Khamenei was quoted as saying by his official website.- Saudi, UAE deny -Iranian authorities have accused the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) of being behind the Ahvaz attack.Both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi denied any involvement.Saudi Arabia “completely rejects the deplorable false accusations by Iranian officials regarding the kingdom’s support for the incidents that occurred in Iran,” a Saudi foreign ministry official said Tuesday.The UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, has also dismissed Iran’s accusation as “baseless”.”This official campaign launched in Iran against the UAE is regrettable and has escalated since the Ahvaz attack,” Gargash tweeted earlier this week.The photographs of the alleged attackers released by the authorities Tuesday showed the bodies of four men named as Ayyad Mansouri, Fouad Mansouri, Ahmad Mansouri and Javad Saari.The picture published by the intelligence ministry of an alleged fifth member of the group, Hassan Darvishi, was a screenshot taken from the video put out by IS.According to local media two of the Mansouris are brothers and the third is their cousin.Abdullah Ganji, the managing director of the ultra-conservative Javan daily, wrote on Twitter that a Mansouri brother “was killed in a suicide bombing in Syria”.There has been no known presence of Iranian Arab separatist groups in Syria.Ganji also wrote in an article that the nature of the attack in Ahvaz, in which the assailants died, far more resembled IS than the “bombing or hit and run operations” typical of Arab separatist groups.”To kill until you are killed, without trying to leave the scene is the method of (IS),” he said, pointing to parallels with a high-profile attack in Iran last year.On 7 June 2017 in Tehran, 17 people were killed and dozens wounded in simultaneous attacks on the parliament and on the tomb of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini — the first inside Iran claimed by IS.last_img read more

first_img Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals January 4, 2017 Entrepreneur is on the ground at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Check back for highlights from the event as well as insights from thought leaders and innovators. I can’t remember the last time I sat down at my desk and actually typed something on my laptop. These days, most of my work is done on my smartphone or tablet. Productivity apps allow me to work faster and more efficiently while being 100 percent mobile. I’m getting more work done than ever before, with no downtime between meetings.More and more executives are mobile-first these days. I may be an early adopter of the trend, but this is the way business is moving. In fact, with more than 2.5 billion smartphones in the world today, nothing really matters right now but the smartphone.When I head down to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I’ll be spending the majority of my time in meetings at the Aria and Cosmopolitan with others in the ad tech and media industries. I’ll also be visiting the show floor as much as I can. While I’m there, there are a few trends I’m expecting to see, and another handful I’m hoping to see. They’re all centered around mobile, which I suspect will be dominating the event:More innovations in augmented reality (AR).AR is connected closely to mobile, as we saw in 2016 when Pokemon Go launched. The first true mobile AR game was a mere taste of the ways in which AR allows us to bridge the digital and analog worlds using the cameras on our smartphones. While short-lived, it also showed us how AR can truly captivate the public. I’d like to see more Pokemon Go-like experiments. Snapchat lenses and filters are another great example of how augmented reality is becoming mainstream. Our phones become a throughput for AR, and I hope to see more innovations like this, as well. Given the rumors about AR on the iPhone 7 and that Facebook has already dipped its toe in the pool, I think there may be some very interesting entries into the space at CES this year.Virtual reality (VR) for the mass market.In digital media, it’s a cliche we hear all the time: “Content is King, Distribution is Queen.” This is truer in the VR space than anywhere else in the industry. Today, both the king and the queen seem to be finding their way to the throne: there is more great VR content entering the market than ever, and distribution is improving daily. VR headsets can be found for less than $20, and coupled with – you guessed it – your smartphone – they are making high quality VR very accessible. VR can also be experienced in a mobile browser, lowering the barriers to distribution and opening up huge opportunities for experimentation. Startups are emerging to take advantage of the opportunities. Media companies are experimenting with VR within their apps. While it’s difficult for investors to bet on emerging trends like VR, with so much more access to this amazing technology, now may be the time. There should be some very cool stuff happening in VR at the show this year.All forms of Artificial Intelligence (AI).Computers can automate much of the processes and tasks humans can do. This extends to content and advertising optimization — and also to the physical world via the Internet of Things (IoT). This trend toward connected devices will drive AI to become more consumer-friendly and helpful. We’re already seeing this with products like Echo and Google Home. Siri was the first AI-based mobile personal assistant. She’s been mobile-first from day one, and she’s only getting smarter.I also expect to see AI-driven chatbots, based on smartphone messaging platforms, growing in popularity. These messaging bots will be used by media companies to create more relevant content experiences in a more intimate way with smartphone audiences. Publishers will have access to more, and higher quality, data on what’s resonating to drive better experiences with videos and other content formats. At CES, I expect to see multiple tech startups aiming to help media companies and publishers capitalize on this trend.I think 360 video and imagery will be prominent at CES. We’re already seeing more and more demand from advertisers for this technology, and this could be its breakthrough year. A close cousin to VR, this technology is much more accessible – you don’t need a headset. Through connecting with existing sensors on the smartphone, it bridges the digital and analog world in a very real way. With Facebook is already onboard as a point of distribution for this rich experience, I think this will be the year ad tech companies and publishers pick up on it.I’m excited to see these new and emerging technologies on display in Las Vegas at CES. I’m equally excited to see launches of new handsets that are optimized for these innovations. But most of all, I’m looking forward to spending time meeting with thought leaders from the media and ad tech world, discussing how we can make these technologies work and improve daily life in a mobile-first world.last_img read more

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- — Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) March 6, 2018‘Words cannot describe last night. Such an honour to sing in support of The Voice Health Institute. Steven Zeitels & his incredible team saved my voice. Forever grateful & so passionate about the work you do. I’ll also never ever forget the night I met Dame @JulieAndrews…’He continued his glowing review of the meeting by revealing he used to dress up as Mary Poppins.When I was three years old I used to dress up as Mary Poppins and my dad would fly me around the house (gay from birth) – Last night was a dream come true — Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) March 6, 2018About his dressing up, he added this aside: ‘Gay from birth.’Addressing the audience, Andrews discussed her own struggles.‘I used to think, foolishly, that one is supposed to just forge on. I was a little ashamed to have to go to a throat specialist’Now, however, she strives to be an example. ‘I hope that all the young performers today will do just that. It’s essential.’In recent years, numerous artists like Smith, Adele, Meghan Trainor, and more, have been open about their vocal highs and lows.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . His recent album, including the single Too Good at Goodbyes, topped numerous charts. He’s winning people over with vulnerable and honest interviews. He’s also dating 13 Reasons Why actor Brandon Flynn.The good times are continuing for Smith.On Monday (5 March), he both performed for and met Dame Julie Andrews.He was in attendance at the Raise Your Voice Gala in New York, which was honoring Mary Poppins and Maria herself.The night was in support of The Voice Health Institute. Andrews herself sought the help of the institution in 2000. She was treated by Dr. Steven Zeitels after her vocal cords and singing voice were damaged.Smith and other performers of the evening, like Keith Urban, have also gone to Zeitels for help.Words cannot describeSmith, understandably, did not hold back his gushing on social media.He posted a picture of himself meeting Andrews, along with a lovely caption.Words cannot describe last night. Such an honour to sing in support of The Voice Health Institute. Steven Zeitels & his incredible team saved my voice. Forever grateful & so passionate about the work you do. I’ll also never ever forget the night I met Dame @JulieAndrews… Is this cute guy the new 30-year-old frontman of Spandau Ballet?Sam Smith on these ’embarrassing’ Brandon Flynn kissing picsIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : British singing royalty. | Photo: Twitter @samsmithworldcenter_img British singer Sam Smith has been enjoying a good comeback into the limelight. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

first_imgSpotify, the well established music streaming service now seeks to expand into podcasting. Yesterday, Spotify announced the acquisition of two podcast firms namely Gimlet and Anchor. Spotify also plans to spend close to $500m more on acquisitions this year. The actual numbers for the acquisition are not revealed but Gimlet was reportedly acquired for around $200m. Gimlet is an award winning narrative podcast company with podcasts on a variety of topics. Anchor allows anyone to record, publish, and monetize podcasts with just a smartphone. This acquisition puts Spotify in the league of Apple and Google music who have also been investing in the world of podcasts. A podcast is an audio episode where people talk about something. The topics can range from education and politics to just fun talk shows. Daniel Ek, Spotify co-founder, and CEO said: “These acquisitions will meaningfully accelerate our path to becoming the world’s leading audio platform, give users around the world access to the best podcast content, and improve the quality of our listening experience as well as enhance the Spotify brand. We are proud to welcome Gimlet and Anchor to the Spotify team, and we look forward to what we will accomplish together.” The CEO explains in a blog post: “Users love having podcasts as a part of their Spotify experience. Our podcast users spend almost twice the time on the platform, and spend even more time listening to music.” Spotify is known for its great music recommendations and intuitive user interface. It also has an expanding library with deals adding more music from labels like T-series. However, its losses have increased despite the increase in the number of subscribers. With these podcast acquisitions with more to come, Spotify seems poised to add more revenue and grow its business beyond music into a complete audio streaming service platform. Read next Spotify releases Chartify, a new data visualization library in python for easier chart creation cstar: Spotify’s Cassandra orchestration tool is now open source! Spotify has “one of the most intricate uses of JavaScript in the world,” says former engineerlast_img read more

first_imgBy Lizzy IoannidouFor the first time, the government on Monday appointed a commissioner for the development of mountain communities who will coordinate the finalisation and initiation of the national strategy to rejuvenate the Troodos, Larnaca and Paphos mountain regions.During a confirmation ceremony at the presidential palace where Yiannakis Papadouris was sworn in as commissioner, President Nicos Anastasiades said that recognising both the problems faced by mountain communities but also their potential, the aim was that through development those communities would be restructured to make them more attractive for living and working.“The aim is also to create a model for mountain tourism in Cyprus tailored to the natural, cultural and architectural environment of the mountain regions,” Anastasiades said.Earlier this year, the cabinet approved the interior minister’s strategic plan for the development of mountain regions, which seeks to halt and reverse the decades-long depopulation of the Troodos area by attracting more people to live in the area, to promote tourism, to balance the protection and exploitation of natural resources and to improve infrastructure and transport.Papadouris, who has served until today as the president’s personal advisor and as mayor of the village of Kalopanayiotis, will be coordinating the implementation of the development plan for the mountain regions of Troodos, Larnaca, and Paphos.The plan, Anastasiades said, will take into account all the relevant studies carried out until today, as well as studies currently underway and close to completion.Following his appointment as personal advisor to the president in September 2017, Papadouris assigned the drawing up of the comprehensive development model to the University of Thessalia.The scientists visited 114 communities, conducting research on how to address the problems facing the mountain villages which include a population drain and the lack of infrastructure to attract both foreign and local tourists.“The first findings, from the early stages of the development of the plan, have revealed interesting and optimistic data on the development and future of Troodos. The first study concerns the Troodos mountain region. As a model, it will also be used for the Larnaca and Paphos mountain areas,” Anastasiades said.Papadouris said that the researchers found that a programme for a comprehensive rural development, which is already being implemented in other European countries with noticeable success, can begin implementation in the next programmable period.“By the first 10 days of January we will be ready to present the final text of a comprehensive national strategy to the cabinet,” Papadouris said.Regarding the construction of a road network in the Troodos area, Papadouris said that the researchers had suggested the implementation of a 10-year plan.“The construction of a new rural mountain economy is the core of the national strategy for the development of mountain communities, the pillars of which revolve around reforms in agriculture, manufacturing, and the development and promotion of a touristic product tailored to the unique characteristics of Troodos,” Papadouris said.Since 2002, when he was voted community leader, Papadouris has been at the forefront of the village’s transformation, adding roads and renovating old buildings into hotels, a library, self-catering apartments, a popular spa resort and restaurants. He suggested in June that Troodos should follow Kalopanayiotis’ example.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Central Bank says Bitcoin is not illegal

August 9, 2019 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgBy Elias HazouTHE Central Bank directly acknowledged for the first time yesterday that bitcoin is not illegal, but again highlighted the risks of using an unregulated digital currency.“Bitcoin is not illegal, but at the same time neither is it subject to control or regulation,” sources at the Central Bank told the Cyprus Mail.The sources, who did not wish to be named, said that other than warning people of the potential risks involved there was not much else the Central Bank can do.The banking regulator has previously twice issued a warning to consumers, saying there are risks involved in trading in virtual currencies, in line with a December ruling issued by the European Banking Authority (EBA).This hesitation has resulted in the Cyprus Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) getting cold feet, despite initial eagerness to allow bitcoin-traded products, such as derivatives.The Central Bank warnings came just as bitcoin marketers Neo & Bee were poised to launch their business here. Following a weeks-long media blitz, Neo & Bee opened its flagship branch in Nicosia on Monday. The company has already partnered with a number of businesses accepting payment in bitcoin, including So Easy Stores, LTV and Telemarketing.Neo & Bee have meantime been seeking some stamp of approval from regulators, something which would boost their status.They’ve met with CySEC and talked bitcoin, although it’s understood that the company’s overtures to the Central Bank have so far gone unheeded.The Central Bank seems not to know what exactly to do with bitcoin, which is classed neither as a currency in the conventional sense, nor as a financial instrument – and hence is beyond the realm of regulation. And when it comes to virtual currencies, Cyprus law draws a blank.“It’s a grey area,” an official at the Central Bank said.Neo & Bee want to convince CySEC to green-light trading in bitcoin-based financial derivatives – a first globally.But in order for derivatives to be based on bitcoin, bitcoin first needs to be classed as a financial instrument or at least a commodity. But even before that, a financial instrument must be deemed as a currency, and central banks alone have that discretion.It’s unlikely, however, that the Central Bank of Cyprus would endorse bitcoin before the European Central Bank gives the digital currency the nod or, at the least, issues some guidelines.CySEC chairwoman Demetra Kalogirou said their hands are tied as they must comply with MiFID (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) and with the rules of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Currently MiFID does not address virtual currencies.But some time in the next few weeks CySEC officers will take part in ESMA panel discussions on bitcoin.“Without the OK from MiFID or ESMA, there’s not much we can do. CySEC cannot on its own decide that bitcoin is a financial instrument,” Kalogirou said.One of the concerns is that, precisely because of the lack of regulation, bitcoin is vulnerable to money laundering. However Kalogirou conceded that Neo & Bee in Cyprus do want to be regulated.For their part, Neo & Bee say they’re enforcing their own AML (Anti-Money Laundering) and KYC (Know Your Customer) protocols that are in line with EU standards.But authorities counter that self-enforcement may not be enough.Danny Brewster, CEO of Neo& Bee, told the Cyprus Mail that if neither the Central Bank nor CySEC will regulate their business, perhaps an entirely new regulatory body can do the job.This body could be financed by business trading in bitcoin, he added.As authorities and the public alike grapple with bitcoin, a banker yesterday attacked the crypto-currency, saying its adoption could chip away at Cyprus’ already tattered reputation as a financial centre.In an email, and evidently alluding to Neo & Bee, former vice-chairman of Bank of Cyprus Evdokimos Xenofontos said: “In Cyprus it appears nobody can stop them and through their bitcoin promotion Cyprus is being promoted as the champion of innovative money laundering”.He added: “As a payment system or banking service bitcoin must be regulated by the Central Bank. As an investment product it must be regulated by CySEC. Its prospectus to the public must be approved by CySEC.”Xenofontos beamed his email out to a host of officials, including the Attorney-general, the Central Bank governor, the finance minister, CySEC and several MPs asking them to take action.But financial industry sources dismissed these concerns as misguided. They told the Cyprus Mail that Neo & Bee do not require permission to deal in payments or conduct bitcoin exchanges.They also said Neo & Bee was not obliged to submit its prospectus to CySEC because, although the company had raised money from investors, it did so by using crowd-funding in the UK.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? 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January 12, 2019 | zelepmlo | No Comments

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January 10, 2019 | zelepmlo | No Comments

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November 16, 2018 | zelepmlo | No Comments

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