From Magabrands to Unleash the Power

first_imgThe AmericanMagazine Conference—the annual pow-wow of high profile consumer magazineexecutives—is more than four months away. But the Magazine Publishers ofAmerica just announced the event’s 2008 tagline.Unleash thePower.Sorry. UNLEASH THE POWER. Hear leaders from every facet of the magazine industry and othervisionaries, such as: And informative sessions, including: Jeffrey Katzenberg in conversation with FORTUNE’s Andrew Serwer Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg on challenges scaling operations and growing its brand globally Tom Rogers, President and CEO of TiVo Futurist Paul Saffo Plan ahead to combine your trip with other business, see clients,and take advantage of San Francisco’s many attractions. Great Magazine Advertising Monetizing Beyond the Ad Page How to Re-Ignite a Brand in Challenging Times Jumpstart Your Website Secrets of Five Super-Successful 2008 Redesigns Retail 2012: The New Reality PLUS: Google Campus Visit—a unique opportunity designed especially formagazine executives and editors to interact with Google leaders at theirSilicon Valley headquarters and learn what’s next for them. Last year, you’llrecall, it was “Magabrands”—an awkward term coined by Men’s Health editor andconference chair David Zinczenko who, as the conference progressed, took flakfrom media critics and attendees for coming up with such a convoluted, gooeyphrase to describe what magazines have been doing for years now. That is,extending their brands into new platforms to generate new revenue.While this year’stheme probably won’t be met with the same sort of vitriol, it’s just as … I don’tknow … ridiculous? Maybe it’s the font they use. Or the unfortunate memory ofthat superhero character the MPA created a couple years ago—remember that thing?Captain Read? Really, what the hell was that?But UNLEASHINGPOWER sounds more suited for Monday Night Raw than a boutique hotel in SanFrancisco.Maybe it’s justme.At any rate,here’s a preliminary lineup of what the MPA intends to unleash on attendeescome October:Mark Your Calendar for AMC! Register beforeAugust 27 for big savings.Formore information and to register, visit www.magazine.org/amc.last_img read more

Summer Announcement on Army Downsizing Could Influence Congressional DOD Deliberations

first_imgThe Army’s announcement as to what installations would absorb the loss of 40,000 soldiers to accommodate discretionary spending caps may have been timed to produce a favorable outcome for the service when lawmakers begin taking up the defense budget, according to several analysts.“One likely reason for the timing is they’re trying to refocus attention on themselves and the cut in hopes of maybe getting this cut reversed or preventing additional ones,” Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told CQ Roll Call.Beyond the debate in Congress over fiscal 2016 defense appropriations and next year’s authorization bill, the Army also is looking to influence Pentagon discussions over initial drafts of the FY 2017 budget, according to the story.The Army is in the position of shrinking its active-duty end strength to 450,000 by the end of FY 2018 because defense officials didn’t respond more quickly when the Budget Control Act was enacted.“They have to continue cutting because they didn’t put together a plan to live within the budget caps,” Harrison said. “They’ve been doing a lot of short-term budget maneuvers.”The Army says the timing of the decision was determined by Secretary John McHugh’s approved of the plan. “The secretary made a decision regarding these reductions on 08 July [and] we could not make any announcements until a decision was finalized,” said spokesman Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino.The Army’s latest force reductions cutbacks stem from “fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and defense strategic and budgetary guidance,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SelfDriving Car Industry Eyes Devens for Test Site

first_imgA number of companies developing technology for autonomous vehicle are considering leasing space at Devens, the base reuse project located 35 miles west of downtown Boston, to take advantage of the property’s vacant neighborhoods for testing cars.“They’re looking for places they can test this technology,” said Thatcher Kezer, senior vice president at MassDevelopment, the agency that manages Devens.Industry has expressed a “high level of interest” in Devens, and the agency now is trying to determine the companies’ specific needs, Kezer told MassLive.com.Beyond generating additional revenue for MassDevelopment, the agency believes establishing Devens as a testing site for autonomous cars would help create a cluster of companies working on autonomous vehicles.“There’s a higher level of purpose here than just generating revenue off the land we own,” he said. “It fits with the larger economic development mission of the commonwealth.”With a demand for roads simulating real-life conditions, Devens is an ideal test site, according to Kezer.“Their need is space that’s open and clear of other objects so they can have a clean visual around the vehicle so they can do testing, and then they need areas that are very similar to real-world neighborhoods,” he said. “We have available space that meets those needs.”The former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California already has established a research and testing hub for self-driving cars and connected vehicles. Several automakers, including Honda and Mercedes-Benz, have reached agreements with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority to use the base’s GoMentum Station. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Senate Committee Spurns HASC Approach to Bolster Base Budget

first_imgIn contrast to the budget maneuver employed by its House counterpart, the Senate Armed Services Committee does not rely on DOD’s wartime account to sidestep the statutory spending caps and bolster the Pentagon’s base budget, under the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill the panel approved Thursday.After the committee finished marking up its annual defense policy bill in closed session, Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters he planned to seek additional funding when the measure goes to the Senate floor, reported Defense News.“We went to the president’s mark, and then we will be looking to increase funding for much-needed programs on the floor,” McCain said.The committee adhered to the Obama administration’s request and shifted only $5 billion from the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, which is not subject to the Budget Control Act limits. The House Armed Services dedicated an additional $18 billion from the uncapped account to base budget needs in an effort to restore shortfalls in military readiness.The Senate version, however, would authorize an increase of $2 billion for additional training, depot maintenance and weapons sustainment.“While the committee believes this is a positive step in the right direction, these additions were not enough to address the nearly $23 billion in unfunded requirements identified by the military services, almost $7 billion of which alone were considered readiness-related,” according to a committee summary of the measure.“Artificial budget constraints … have limited the committee’s ability to authorize a strategy-based level of defense funding demanded by the threats facing the nation and the ever-growing demands they impose on our military service members,” the committee said.The Pentagon and White House have criticized the budget maneuver employed by House Armed Services, saying it would shortchange overseas operations and force the next administration to request supplemental war funding before it runs out at the end of April.The conflicting approaches to funding the Pentagon adopted by the two panels could be difficult to resolve and likely set up a contentious budget battle at the end of the year.“This is a hard thing to resolve,” Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Defense News. “We have a significant disagreement, and looking at the legislative calendar, there will not be that much time to resolve it.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time C.A.R.E.S. Site Coordinator at Boutwell Early Childhood CenterPart-Time C.A.R.E.S. Social/Emotional Mentor at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Long-Term Substitute Emotional Assistant at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Supervisor (GEMS Breed) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Maintenance Worker at Janis Research CompanyPart-Time Track Operator at K1 SpeedFull-Time Event Producer at Art Of The EventFull-Time Management-Customer Service at Watson Marlow, Inc.Full-Time Merchandise Handler Customer Service at Crate & BarrelPart-Time Entry Level Package Handler at UPS Warehouse(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Ferreira Knibbs Named To Deans List At Quinnipiac

first_imgHAMDEN, CT — Wilmington students Victoria Ferreira and Madison Knibbs have been named to the Dean’s List at Quinnipiac University for the Spring of 2019.To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.About Quinnipiac UniversityQuinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,400 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. For more information, please visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Quinnipiac.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ferreira & Knibbs Named To Dean’s List At Quinnipiac UniversityIn “Education”Wilmington’s Victoria Ferreira Named To Dean’s List At Quinnipiac UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Madison Knibbs Named To Dean’s List At Quinnipiac UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

Gaming can be toxic to women minorities EA wants to fix that

first_imgEnlarge ImageEA is taking harassment more seriously. James Martin/CNET When Amira Virgil is playing the world-building game The Sims, she likes to craft different characters, create houses for them and tell stories about their lives.She’s well known within the player community of Electronic Arts’ game, in part because she created modifications that gave characters more racially diverse skin tones and hair. She also started a website for people to share their own mods and other creations, called The Black Simmer. Often, she’s streaming a live broadcast of her play online, sharing her Sims exploits with hundreds of fans under the username Xmiramira. But every once in a while, people join her stream to cause trouble. Screenshot from The Sims 4Enlarge ImageThe Sims world-building game is one of the most popular video games ever made, with more than 200 million copies sold.  Electronic Arts One way they do that is to change their username to include racially charged language when they leave comments while she’s streaming. They’d include words “like ghetto, N-word and slurs,” she said.Virgil isn’t alone.Which is why EA held its first large-scale meeting, called the Building Healthy Communities Summit, with 230 gaming influencers it calls Game Changers who it flew in to the meeting to discuss the problem.Sitting in the conference room nestled in the Loews Hollywood Hotel ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles, EA’s head of community engagement, Adam Tanielian, asked the roomful of influencers whether any of them had seen or been the target of bullying or harassment online. Nearly every hand shot up.”It’s a really crappy thing,” Tanielian said. Over the next three hours, EA outlined how it plans to combat this issue. It’s going to start releasing regular reports about the health of its online communities. It’s going to offer new tools to players to help tamp down on toxicity. And it’s going to bring together a council of players to regularly discuss these issues and what the company can do about it.EA said it also wants to inspire its players to help make change, too. That includes hearing about positive behavior from influencers they look up to. “You guys have a lot of power to try to solve some of these issues, or at least provide solutions,” Tanielian said.The company’s efforts come at a time when the video game industry is larger and more influential than ever. Its worldwide sales topped $137.9 billion last year, according to data from industry watcher Newzoo, more than music and movies combined. Online communities, such as the more than 250 million people who’ve signed up to play the hit online battle game Fortnite, are swelling with millions of players.Maintaining those large networks of gamers playing together has caused many companies to rethink the way they approach the lives people lead in the worlds they’ve created.e3-2019-chris-bruzzo-chief-marketing-officer-ea-electronic-arts3944Enlarge ImageEA’s Chris Bruzzo said the company feels a responsibility to work on these issues. James Martin/CNET In the past, companies largely left players to sort themselves out. But now, with multiplayer aspects of games like EA’s Battlefield war simulation franchise growing in popularity alongside gaming social networks like Microsoft’s Xbox Live, companies say they’re compelled to start influencing the culture of players in their games for the better.”There was a period of time where it was accepted — that’s how games are,” said Chris Bruzzo, EA’s head of marketing, who also helped head up its healthy communities summit. “We’ve started to hear more and more from players that this wasn’t something they wanted to tolerate anymore.”Of course, harassment and bullying are pervasive on social networking. And EA isn’t the only gaming company attempting to tackle these issues. In May, Microsoft posted its community standards, and committed to more moderation tools to help people avoid toxic players. Ubisoft, ahead of its E3 press conference Monday, played a video of the rapper and actor Ice-T talking about how to handle gaming online.”Video games are for everyone, and we need to keep a safe environment for the enjoyment of all, but not everyone’s cool like that,” he said. Tags Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, said the company has been more actively discussing these issues in part because he feels it’s part of the company’s responsibility when creating online games that connect players.”Because our games are more and more social, we want those games to be safe. We want people to come in and feel good,” he said. “It is our job to make sure it’s as safe as possible.” There are also organizations like the Fair Play Alliance, a collection of companies working to encourage healthy communities. And there are anti-bullying nonprofits such as Ditch The Label, which EA supports financially, that promote equality and study the effects of toxic behavior.”Bullying is real, and it has real and devastating consequences,” said Liam Hackett, head of Ditch The Label, who spoke at the event. He said Ditch The Label’s data found that one in 10 victims of bullying has considered suicide and that one in five people has quit a game because of how they’re treated by other players. Bullying is real, and it has real and devastating consequences. Liam Hackett, head of Ditch The Label Now playing: Watch this: E3 2019 Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Our E3 breakdown: Microsoft’s Project Scarlett looks… “It’s already hard enough being a content creator,” she said. But she’s often had to narrow her focus on playing with her community, rather than entering public matches for video games like Activision Blizzard’s popular multiplayer shooting game Overwatch, because of the environment she encounters. “I don’t want to deal with the racism, sexism and general toxicity that comes with being in the gaming space,” she said. As much as influencers might be able to help, she added, companies like EA and platforms like YouTube need to actively help solve some of these issues too.”It’s up to them to them to foster and create environments, and better to moderate the situations that we encounter on a day-to-day basis,” Virgil said. “It’s up to them, because there’s only so much we can do.” Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action 4:22 Brittney Brombacher, co-founder of the podcast What’s Good Games, said at EA’s event that bad behavior can also build on itself and affect the community. “Toxicity breeds toxicity,” she said.An increasing number of companies are taking notice. Last week, YouTube said it would take away advertising from the conservative personality Steven Crowder for using homophobic slurs against journalist Carlos Maza, a writer and video host at Vox. And some advertisers said they would no longer run ads on at least two gaming YouTube channels whose criticism and personal attacks went against their “strict” guidelines for advertising placement. Looking to the communityEA knows a thing or two about online behavior. The company’s run afoul of gamers many times.When EA began promoting its World War II-inspired shooting game Battlefield V last year, players immediately seized on the promotional materials that featured a woman on the cover. It wasn’t historically accurate to show a woman on the front lines, critics said. When the company stood up to them, saying don’t buy it if you don’t like it, the backlash grew got even worse. Ultimately, the game’s sales underperformed expectations despite a positive reception among some critics.characters-battlelfield-vEA was criticized for putting a woman on the cover while promoting Battlefield V, a World War II-inspired game. EA It’d be easy to dismiss EA’s Building Healthy Communities Summit as a knee-jerk reaction to all that. After all, EA’s sales and usage of its games are tied to customers being happy. Any effort to help everyone be nicer to one another could be dismissed as self-serving.But Bruzzo said it’s more than that. A player at a competitive event for EA’s Madden NFL football series shot and killed one of his competitors last year. Bruzzo said the company realized it didn’t just need to make sure the events were safe, but also to make sure there was mental health support for players too.”On the empathy side, there is work to be done,” he said. There are no clear answers yet. During a breakout discussion about research EA had done around the impacts of disruptive player behavior, attendees grappled with how involved any company should be in these issues and where the line should be drawn between banter, trash talk and hurtful actions. Some attendees said they’re frustrated by incessant harassment by other players. Some people in particular try to undermine them in a game, such as by accusing them of cheating. Some attendees said they’re targeted by disruptive players in an effort to make them look bad during a live stream.”Disruptive behavior doesn’t just disrupt the game, it disrupts people’s actual life,” said Andy Castell a 25-year-old gaming YouTuber from the UK who’s part of EA’s Game Changers influencer program. He often makes videos about playing EA’s FIFA soccer game at his channel, AJ3, which has nearly 1.5 million subscribers. “It’s obviously very important to create as positive an environment as possible in the game.”Castell said he hasn’t struggled too much with disruptive behavior himself, but he can see why it’s a problem. Solving this issue, he said, will take a delicate community discussion that doesn’t come off as paternalistic. “It’s hard in the environment that social media currently is, because you look like someone on a high horse trying to tell everyone they’re wrong, and people will take offense to it,” Castell said. “It does feel like the world’s playing catchup to this beast that’s just running out of control.”Finding solutionsFor now, EA’s focused on starting conversations. It held the Building Healthy Communities Summit ahead of E3 with its Game Changers influencers, and it made those commitments to releasing research and building tools to fight toxicity. It also plans to meet with other companies to swap ideas and to work with gamers themselves to come up with features and rules to help reduce these issues.”It’s going to be challenging to expect any one of the companies in this space will be able to ‘solve it,'” Bruzzo said.Virgil, of The Black Simmer, said she hopes this represents EA’s first steps toward seeking out more diverse perspectives — and not just from its player base but in its employee ranks as well. I don’t want to deal with the racism, sexism and general toxicity that comes with being in the gaming space. Amira Virgil, The Black Simmercenter_img reading • Gaming can be toxic toward women and minorities. Electronic Arts wants to help fix that • See All Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Culture Tech Industry Gaming Comments 22 E3 2019 Share your voice Activision Electronic Arts (EA) Microsoftlast_img read more

Tatas mRupee Ties up with Manappuram Finance to Improve Loan Repayment Options

first_imgMMP Mobi Wallet Payment Systems, a subsidiary of Tata Teleservices, announced a tie up today with Manappuram Finance Ltd., one of India’s leading gold loan NBFCs, for providing a convenient and secure alternative physical and online repayment option to its customers.The tie up will provide greater payment convenience to Manappuram’s customers by enabling access to mRUPEE outlets and also to 2 lakh+ Tata Docomo outlets in the country over a period.”We see a great synergy in our association with Manappuram Finance and feel that with our collaborative services we can offer convenient and reliable payment options to customers. In a short span of time mRUPEE has garnered a huge trust with a growing customer base and created a strong customer value proposition,” said Mr. N. Srinath, Managing Director, Tata Teleservices Limited.In addition, Manappuram will also integrate mRUPEE’s eWallet service which enables repayments and transfer of funds via mobile phones onto its own online repayment platform.With this, borrowers can make online repayments directly to their accounts through their pre-funded mRUPEE eWallet, even without having access to a bank account or credit card. In fact, this is the first instance in India of an NBFC integrating the eWallet repayment concept into its own system.Speaking about the tie-up, Mr V.P. Nandakumar, MD & CEO of Manappuram Finance Ltd. said, “As gold loans move up the value chain from a distress to a lifestyle product, the convenience factor will become more critical.mRUPEE is a fitting choice for us for its large distribution channel, secured network and high customer value. At Manappuram, we have always pitched our gold loans as something which makes life easy. This latest service is part of our continuing quest to exceed our customers’ expectations.”Manappuram Finance Ltd. was the winner of the KMA NASSCOM “IT Innovations Award” 2014. The award recognises companies that have made innovation a part of their organisational DNA, and used the innovation engine to reinvent their processes, marketing and product development strategies.last_img read more

Harbhajan Singhs tweet on Pakistani flag generates rage on social media

first_imgIts a clever punch line, where is the offence in it? No need to paint religion and start a border war on twitter. ( also why is every paki response “get toilets first”? Is that the only thing you have more of than India?)— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) July 22, 2019The tweet has created controversy on social media platforms as many people are taking it as fun while others have condemned it. On the other hand, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara were among the many who congratulated ISRO for successfully carrying out the launch of Chandrayan 2.  Virat Kohli stated that it is another proud moment for the nation. Another historic and proud moment for the nation as the #Chandrayaan 2 is launched Jai Hind #ISRO #IndiaMoonMission — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 22, 2019Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara congratulated team ISRO and wished them for successful missions in the future.I congratulate Team @isro on achieving yet another milestone with the launch of #Chandrayaan2!Hope this paves the way for many more ambitious and successful missions in the future. Jai Hind ! pic.twitter.com/io919I1YrS— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 22, 2019 Harbhajan Singh was a key member of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad. Matthew Lewis/Getty ImagesFormer Indian cricketer and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter to troll Pakistan and some other countries who have the moon on their national flags after India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 took off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota on Monday, July 22.In the tweet, Harbhajan stated that some countries have the moon on their flags while some have their flags on the moon. The tweet also had the images of national flags with moon on it with Pakistani flag’s picture being the first. Some countries have moon on their flagsWhile some countries having their flags on moon #Chandrayaan2theMoon— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 22, 2019The first line of the tweet had images of flags of countries including Pakistan, Algeria, Turkey, Maldives, Mauritania, Tunisia, Libya, Malaysia and Azerbaijan. The second line had flags of the countries who have conducted the moon missions successfully including US, India, China and Russia.Shame on you @harbhajan_singh . Your Tweet is in bad taste and shows Indians in a bad light. You are not a True Sportsman. You are a Communal Person I hope @bcci takes action against You for your Communal Tweet and stops yours Pension . Shame on You. — Ashish Joshi (@acjoshi) July 22, 2019 Many congratulations to Team #Chandrayaan2 @isro for the successful and seamless launch ! pic.twitter.com/LINKS5ZHUk — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 22, 2019center_img Congratulations team @ISRO, this is a very proud and historical moment for India! #Chandrayaan2— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 22, 2019last_img read more

Pranav Saini Fitness Model and Social Media Influencer on obeying the commitments

first_imgPranav Saini is a familiar name on the field of fitness and social media. He is one of the fittest lad running around in the Modelling world. Pranav is an astonishing trainer. Many of the celebs follow his chart and his way of training from his youtube channel “Pranav Saini”. He is a real social media influencer of our time when it comes to fitness.Pranav is known for his dedication and commitment. He is very punctual in everything he does. He believes in reality, and he understands his role as a social media influencer, so he is always there to help people whether it is a celeb or ordinary person. He just loves his work and more important he loves to see people around him remains fit and fab.He is not a theatrical person he believes in implementing things, and according to him, you cannot achieve things by talking, you have to work hard to make the fit and robust body. Pranav’s working way is helping many A-grade people from a different field, and his popularity is increasing day by day.Pranav is a different kind of fitness Guru he influences models with his work, and he is a veteran of this fitness world as he has experience is off nearly a decade in this field, and he has many followers all around the globe who believes in his work.Pranav believes every model or actor has to follow certain things regularly, you cannot focus only on muscles, your entire body should be fit and fab, and if you can achieve that, then your face glow will be different from ordinary models and actors.Pranav’s achievement list is significant as he has won several fitness titles and competitions across the globe. His best performance came when he Represented India in ‘IFBB Amature Olympia Asia Men’s Physique ‘(8th Rank) in 2017 hence bringing glory to the nation. Hmm! This list shows his sheer talent, and it shows his capabilities too. Kudos champ to achieve this many things under 30 is not a small thing.Seriously this young lad has achieved so many things in a short period, and becoming a brand ambassador for top brands is not a small thing to accomplish at a tender age, it needs dedication and hard work. We hope he keeps making a difference in people’s life positively with his IG videos, YouTube videos, pictures, and we are sure that he will bring many more titles from various parts of the world.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Schoolgirl gang raped in Gaibandha

first_imgRapeA schoolgirl was allegedly gang raped at Naldanga village in Gaibandha’s Sadullapur upazila on Friday night.The victim, a student of class VII, was admitted to Gaibandha Modern Hospital, said Sadullapur police station officer-in-charge Borhan Uddin.He said when the girl was returning home alone after escorting her mother to Naldanga Bazar some local youths including Shohag, Babu and Shariful forcefully took her to an adjacent sugarcane field and raped her one after another.Locals rushed in hearing the scream of the girl and caught three youths and handed them over to police, added the OC.Victim’s uncle Halim Miah filled a rape case with the Sadullapur police station in this connection.last_img

2 handed life term for killing teacher

first_imgnatorA Natore court on Thursday convicted two people and sentenced them to life term imprisonment for killing a college teacher in 2009, reports UNB.The convicts were identified as Habibur Rahman and Amirul Islam of Sadar upazila. The court also fined them Tk 50,000 each.According to the prosecution, Anisur Rahman Arif, a teacher of Dattapara Begum Khaleda Zia College, was hacked to death by the convicts at Ramagari in Baraigram upazila on 18 July 2009.A case was filed after police recovered the body the following day.Later, police arrested two people for their alleged involved in the murder and submitted a chargesheet against them in 2010.After examining records and witnesses, Natore district and sessions judge Rezaul Karim handed down the verdict.last_img

Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of air strikes

first_imgAn Afghan child receives treatment at a hospital after Monday`s airstrike in Kunduz province, Afghanistan 3 April, 2018. Photo: ReutersAfghanistan on Thursday accused Pakistan of air strikes causing “huge financial damages” in its province of Kunar bordering Pakistan, highlighting long-standing mistrust between the neighbours, even as both seek ways to improve security.The incident came ahead of a visit to Kabul on Friday by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on cooperation to halt militant attacks.Pakistani jets dropped four bombs on Wednesday evening in Kunar’s Dangam district, Afghanistan’s ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement, without elaborating on the damage or making any mention of casualties.”Afghanistan warns that continuing violations of international norms … will have further consequences on the relations between the two countries,” the ministry added.Pakistan rejected as “baseless” the allegation that it violated Afghan airspace, however.In a statement, its foreign affairs ministry said Pakistan’s security forces were countering militant groups based in Afghanistan that launch attacks across the border.Military officials of the two countries met on Thursday in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, where Pakistan shared details of the operations with Afghanistan, it added. The operations took place on the Pakistani side of the border, Pakistan said.Afghanistan should focus on plugging gaps on its side of the border and refrain from the “blame game”, the ministry said.Afghanistan’s Western-backed government has long accused Pakistan of harbouring Afghan Taliban insurgents, a charge that Islamabad denies.Islamabad, in turn, accuses Afghanistan of not doing enough to eradicate Pakistani Taliban militants, many of whom are based in Afghanistan and mostly carry out attacks inside Pakistan.last_img

Thaksins plea to restore passport rejected

first_imgA Thai court on Wednesday rejected former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra`s plea to have his Thai passports restored. Photo: CollectedA Thai court on Wednesday rejected former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s plea to have his Thai passports restored.The Supreme Administrative Court said that it agreed with the Central Administrative Court’s decision to dismiss Thaksin’s petition, reports Xinhua news agency.In 2016, the Central Administrative Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Thaksin after the Thai government revoked his two regular Thai passports.Thaksin accused the Department of Consular Affairs of revoking the passports illegally on 26 May 2015.Thaksin served as Thailand’s prime minister from 2001 to 2006, when his government was overthrown in a coup.His supporters, the Pheu Thai Party led by his sister Yingluck Shinawatra, won the general election in 2011 and then was again toppled in a coup in 2014.last_img

Pakistan polling station blast kills at least 28

first_imgMap of Pakistan locating deadly blast on election day — AFPAt least 28 people were killed and 35 wounded in a suicide attack on a polling station in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said, as millions voted in a nationwide election Wednesday.”(The bomber) was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up,” a local administration official in Quetta, Hashim Ghilzai, told AFP. The incident and toll were confirmed by a second senior local official.The attack was not immediately claimed by any group.Balochistan, Pakistan’s poorest and most restive province, suffers from Islamist and separatist insurgencies.It was hit by several bombings during the brief but acrimonious election campaign — including a devastating blast claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 153 people this month, and was Pakistan’s deadliest ever suicide attack.An earlier attack in the province on Wednesday left one policeman dead and three wounded when a hand grenade was thrown at a polling station in the village of Koshk, in Khuzdar district.The military has stationed over 370,000 personnel across Pakistan to ensure security for the election, bolstered by an additional 450,000 police.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday September 28

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uNational politics with political commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze, including Rep. John Boehner’s resignation and Donald Trump’s dip in the polls. Plus, thoughts on the President of China’s visit to America with Dan Joseph, author of, “The China Learning Curve.”Also, insight into President Obama’s tenuous relationship with the Hip Hop community.It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Report DC Circulator Streetcar Deepen Racial Bias

first_imgAn Amalgamated Transit Union report released May 17 excoriates the District for using contractors to create the D.C. Circulator and the D.C. Streetcar, two premium transit services the report says deepen racial bias in the city.The Fool D.C. Twice: Why D.C. Must Abandon Private Sector Control of Public Transit}report alleges both systems cater to wealthy Whites and tourists, while relying on taxpayers – who don’t use the services – to subsidize them when rider expectations fall short.The ATU released a report that claims private sector control of the D.C. transit system is benefiting wealthy Whites. (Courtesy Photo)“These services tend to exacerbate existing patterns of inequality,” Michael McCall-Delgado, the union’s strategic researcher, said on a conference call with reporters. He added that the streetcar was specifically designed to hasten gentrification along the H Street corridor in the city’s Northeast quadrant.The report primarily focuses on labor issues, safety standard violations, and failures to meet stated ridership and service goals – matters the union says besieged both systems after the city contracted them to for-profit companies.The union has been against the privatization of bus routes, the Circulator and the Streetcar for some time. In 2013, the union was against privatization of the systems. The union’s initial complaint against privatization was job loss, rider dissatisfaction and loss of public input.The transit union supports mass transit and represents more than 190,000 transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada.It’s up to residents to demand that public officials implement a transportation system that serves the community, instead of one that “only subsidizes the leisure of city elites,” the report said. District riders should also tell city officials to stop attempting to save money by contracting services out to for-profit companies. The private sector becomes a barrier between city officials and riders that officials “hide behind” when things go awry, Delgado said.“Each one gets to use the other as a shield for what the other is supposed to be doing,” Delgado said.Essie Jackson lives in Anacostia and has cleaned offices at the U.S. Department of Housing for 14 years. She relies on the A8 bus to get her from her home to the Anacostia Metro station and then on the Green Line to take her to work. Jackson, 61, then takes the reverse route to get home.Officials from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority should set the schedules so that the buses are waiting for riders as soon as they get off the train, she said. “They shouldn’t have to wait an hour and a half,” Jackson said.When the bus does come, it’s jam-packed with people, she said, forcing her to stand. She said she is already battling several injuries, is blind in her left eye, and is afraid of hurting herself if she falls on the bus.Ty Johnson, also a resident of Anacostia, wishes WMATA ran trains more frequently on the Green Line. She added that the ongoing Safe Track program on the Red Line frequently makes her late for her retail job in Friendship Heights. “It’s ridiculous how long the surges are,” Johnson, 27, said.Labor groups’ fight against privatization efforts within transit continued this week. On May 22, Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO held a news conference urging labor leaders to reject privatization and to endorse ATU Local 689’s proposal to stabilize and improve WMATA.Certain parts of the Fool D.C. Twice calls out the Circulator for serving an average census tract that is 15 percent Whiter and 18 percent less Black than the District’s population. The Circulator runs six routes that go through Georgetown, Navy Yard, DuPont Circle, the National Mall, Adams Morgan, Woodley Park, and others. It only costs $1 to ride. “The decision to run the Circulator in areas with a wealthier, Whiter population created a politically influential constituency for the service,” the report said. “This in turn has created pressure on local politicians to defend the service and expand it, even into neighborhoods that are already covered by the existing Metrobus network.”Meanwhile, three Metrobus lines already serve the rapidly gentrifying H Street corridor and transport more than 17,400 riders every weekday, according to the report. Those routes link commuters to job centers and serve residents living east of the Anacostia River in Wards 7 and 8, the report said.“These routes already provide broader service than the streetcar does with the added flexibility of being able to maneuver around obstructions,” the report said.According to the Washington Post article in July 2013, a privatization deal was supposed to include building a streetcar system in Anacostia and along H Street. To date, McDonald Transit Associates, the contractor behind D.C. Streetcar, has only completed the H Street streetcar system.First Transit, the contractor that operates D.C. Circulator, and McDonald Transit Associates did not respond to the AFRO’s requests for comment.Ron Holzer, a WMATA spokesman, cautions against condemning all contracts.To maximize efficiency while maintaining or enhancing service, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s has called for additional public sector support for Metro where it makes sense.  “With regard to Circulator, DDOT (District Department of Transportation) and WMATA are working cooperatively to improve the performance of this particular contract,” Holzer told the AFRO via email.Terry Owens, a DDOT spokesman told the AFRO via email that the agency continuously evaluates its transit services to determine where improvements can be made. He declined to comment further, saying he had not read the ATU report.Yet for all of WMATA’s problems, Jackson, who doesn’t drive, says she’s grateful for the system.“I thank God for Metro, because it takes me to where I need to go.”last_img read more

Canadian numbers are up 29 new hotels this year for Hong Kong

first_img Friday, February 17, 2017 Share Tags: Asia Pacific, China, Hong Kong Posted by Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — At its ‘Year of the Rooster Appreciation Reception’ in Toronto last night, the Hong Kong Tourism Board announced a 3% increase in tourist arrivals from Canada in 2016 compared to the previous year.The destination welcomed 369,363 Canadians last year. Overnight visitors had an overall 2.9% increase while same-day visits increased by 3.3%. Hong Kong welcomed approximately 56.655 million tourists in 2016, a decrease of 4.5% from 2015, even though international tourism is up.The overall number of mainland same-day tourists decreased in 2016 by 6.7%, most likely due to the implementation of the ‘one week per visit policy’. There was an increase of 3.1% from international visitors from both short- and long-haul markets. International overnight arrivals also increased by 5.7% with short-haul markets increasing by 8.4%.Hong Kong has a released a new global tourism campaign, ‘Best of All, It’s in Hong Kong’ featuring a series of commercials starring famous locals with different topics highlighting food and gourmet dining, fashion and entertainment, family adventures and the great outdoors. New tours and events will be featured for each theme.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe destination expects to open 29 new hotels by the end of 2017, increasing the current number of over 250 hotels available by 74,000 rooms.“We want visitors to see, feel and have a taste of the best Hong Kong can offer through the eyes of locals through this campaign,” said Michael Lim, Hong Kong Tourism Board Director for Canada, Central & South America. “This new brand campaign will take Hong Kong to new heights as a destination by connecting and inspiring people to travel here and experience the best and most authentic Hong Kong moments.”Travel to Hong Kong is getting easier with an average of 19 direct flights in service. New flights and routes to Hong Kong and other Asian destinations are increasing with airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Air Canada, China Southern, China Eastern and Hainan Airlines.William Wang, Business Development Manager for Cathay Pacific, told Travelweek that there will be three new flights direct from Vancouver to Hong Kong, starting March 28. Between June 24 and Sept. 4, four double-daily flights from Toronto will be in service.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTHong Kong is also encouraging multi-destination travel with their partners in China, Thailand, and its newest partner Taiwan. Canadian numbers are up, 29 new hotels this year for Hong Kong << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more