UN and partners calls on Israel to extend moratorium on settlements

Voicing support for the first face-to-face talks in 19 months, a statement issued after a high-level meeting of the Quartet – UN, European Union (EU), Russia and the United States – reiterated the long-held goal of ending the Israel occupation that began in 1967 and creating “an independent, democratic, contiguous, and viable Palestinian state” living side by side in peace and security with Israel.“Noting that mutual trust and confidence are critical to successful negotiations, the Quartet reiterated its call on Israel and the Palestinians to promote an environment conducive to progress, including by refraining from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric,” the statement said. “The Quartet noted that the commendable Israeli settlement moratorium instituted last November has had a positive impact and urged its continuation. The Quartet recalled that unilateral actions by either party, including settlement activity, cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community.”The meeting – attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Quartet representative Tony Blair and US Middle East envoy George Mitchell – also looked at the wider Middle East context.It called for Israeli-Syrian and Israeli-Lebanese agreements, and urged Arab States to support Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and progress on the other tracks by taking bolder steps to foster positive relations throughout the region and to combat violence and extremism. The Quartet reaffirmed its support for the Palestinian Authority’s August 2009 plan for building the institutions of a Palestinian State within two years and commended the significant progress toward that goal.It took particular note of the statement in the Economic Monitoring Report of the World Bank that “if the Palestinian Authority maintains its current performance in institution-building and delivery of public services, it is well-positioned for the establishment of a State at any point in the near future.”The Quartet called on Israel to take further steps to facilitate Palestinian State-building and economic growth and welcomed measures Israel has already taken to improve day-to-day life for Palestinians, including the easing of restrictions on movement in the West Bank and improved Gaza access. It urged Arab States and the international community to provide immediate and sustained support for the Palestinian Authority.It reiterated that the current situation in Gaza is not in the interests of Palestinians or Israelis, welcomed the easing of Israel’s blockade of the area and called for further efforts by all concerned to ensure the unimpeded flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods, and persons to and from Gaza while addressing Israel’s legitimate security concerns.It also reaffirmed its support for efforts to restore Palestinian unity based on the commitments of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Hamas, which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, ousted the PLO’s Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip in 2007.The Quartet condemned in the strongest possible terms continuing violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians, in particular last month’s deadly attack on Israelis near the West Bank city of Hebron, for which Hamas claimed responsibility while threatening additional attacks.“The Quartet urged a complete halt to all violence and reiterated its call on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians and to respect international humanitarian and human rights law,” the statement added, repeating its calls for the immediate release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured in 2006 in a Palestinian raid from Gaza into Israel. 21 September 2010The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the search for a Middle East peace today urged Israel to continue its settlement moratorium in the occupied Palestinian territory in the interests of resumed negotiations between the sides and called on Arab States to support the talks. read more

Sri Lanka and India form Joint Working Group on Fisheries

The Terms of Reference for the Joint Working Group (JWG) would include (i) expediting the transition towards ending the practice of bottom trawling at the earliest, (ii) working out the modalities for theStandard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for handing over of apprehended fishermen, and (iii) ascertaining possibilities for cooperation on patrolling.The issue of the release of detained fishing vessels will be discussed at the first JWG meeting.Both Governments agreed on the setting up a hotline between the two Coast Guards. The Ministers exchanged views on possible mechanisms to help find a permanent solution to the fishermen issues. They agreed on the setting up of a Joint Working Group on Fisheries to meet every three months and a meeting between the Ministers for Fisheries every six months. The delegations would include representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the Coast Guards and Navies of both countries. The 1st Ministerial Meeting would be held on January 02, 2017 in Colombo. The Ministers noted that the process is underway for the release of fishermen presently in custody on either side. (Colombo Gazette) There was support for expediting the provision of communication tracking sets to the fishermen.Both Governments agreed to the request by the Fishermen Associations that there should be no violence and no loss of life in the handling of fishermen by the Navies and Coast Guards of the two countries.They agreed to encourage the Fishermen Associations of the two countries to meet every six months to take further their dialogue from the meeting held on November 2, 2016 in New Delhi. India and Sri Lanka held Ministerial level talks on fishermen issues today, in New Delhi.Indian External Affairs Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh met with the Sri Lankan Minister for Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera and Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera. Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan and Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament M.A. Sumanthiran were part of the two delegations. read more

Buddhist monks rebuked for going behind political parties

Weeratunga and Pelpita were found guilty in the ‘sil redi’ case and were sentenced to three years in jail by the Colombo High Court recently, and were ordered to pay Rs. 2 million each as a fine and Rs. 50 million each as compensation.They were accused of misappropriating Rs. 620 million of Government funds to distribute ‘sil redi’, cloth used by Buddhist devotees, to voters during the 2015 Presidential elections. (Colombo Gazette) Some Buddhist monks have drawn sharp criticism for going behind political parties.Ministry of Special Assignments Sarath Amunugama said that monks going behind political parties is not something acceptable. The monks walked along the streets in Colombo and collected funds from the public. Last week several Buddhist monks supported a joint opposition campaign to collect funds for Lalith Weeratunga, secretary to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Telecom Regulatory Commission Chairman Anusha Pelpita, to pay their court fines. read more

Special security arrangements for Parliament sittings next week

Special security arrangements are to be in place for Parliament sittings next week, Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala said today.Sumathipala said that as part of the special security arrangements, the Parliament complex will be checked. He also said that special traffic arrangements will be in place around Parliament. (Colombo Gazette)

Customs officers at Colombo Harbour launch strike

Officers attached to the Export Division did not take part in the strike. Customs officers at the Colombo Harbour launched trade union action today in protest over an alleged decision to appoint a retired Navy officer as the new Director General of Sri Lanka Customs.The customs officers refrained from carrying out their duties during the protest.

Police baton charge Aruwakkalu protesters

The Police baton charged a protest staged in Puttalam today against the Aruwakkalu garbage dump site.The protest took place as President Maithripala Sirisena was visiting Puttalam to launch several projects. The protesters had demanded to meet the President but the Police refused to allow the protesters to get close to the venue where the President was due to attend an event.It was also reported that the President had changed some of his plans in Puttalam as a result of the protest. (Colombo Gazette)

Zoom Adds to UC Platform Story

Aver EP65 — A 65-inch interactive whiteboard including all components and software configurations necessary to run Zoom Rooms for Touch out of the boxCrestron Flex B Series — With a native integration for Zoom Rooms, this pairs a Crestron Smart Soundbar, for audio and video, with Crestron’s enterprise-grade touch screen for meeting controlDTEN D7 — A dual 55-inch display interactive whiteboard, also configured for running Zoom Rooms for TouchLogitech Solutions for Zoom Rooms — Bundles for various-sized conference rooms that include the Logitech Tap touch controller and Logitech conference camsPolycom Studio — A USB video conferencing bar that includes a camera, microphone, and speaker Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. Real-time Transcription — Available in Q3 2019, for meetingsSimultaneous Interpretation — Also available Q3, Zoom will provide support for interpreters through multiple audio channels, allowing users to select their language of choice to receive real-time interpretation of speech delivered in other languagesMeeting Notes Summary — Zoom will capture meeting notes into a summary and action items and make available after meetings for fostering continued collaboration; also available in Q3.Enhanced Microsoft Teams Integration — Available in the second quarter, the next iteration of Zoom’s integration with Microsoft Teams will focus on providing a simpler user experience across core use cases by providing features to more easily start, schedule, and view Zoom meetingsSiri Shortcuts — Available in April, allowing iPhones users to ask Siri to start meetings or read a list of upcoming meetings Zoom Phone (previously called Zoom Voice) is an add-on cloud phone system the company announced last year. It enables enterprises to consolidate their business communications and collaboration solutions and replace their PBXs. Today, Zoom announced several new features for Zoom Phone that will be available in April: Log in or register to post comments Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. Those at Enterprise Connect this week can stop by and see these solutions for themselves by visiting Zoom on the Expo floor, at booth 213.Tags:News & ViewsZoomElka PopovaCloud Phone SystemvoiceprovisioningVideo Collaboration & A/VAI & AutomationCloud CommunicationsContact Center & Customer ExperienceMeetingsProduct NewsReal-Time CommunicationsUnified Communications & Collaboration Articles You Might Like “Zoom is taking the UCaaS market by storm,” said Elka Popova, global VP of connected work research at Frost & Sullivan, in a prepared statement. “The innovative provider continues to lead the pack, launching compelling new products, useful features, and deep integrations at an astonishing pace — all with a clear eye on what both IT staff and end users really need in their business communications.” See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. On the Hardware FrontSeparately, Zoom announced that at its Enterprise Connect booth, 213, it will be showcasing a variety of new solutions developed with hardware partners with the aim of easier Zoom Rooms deployment. They include: Call-to-Video Progression — Users will be able to transition from a Zoom Phone call to a Zoom Meeting, no hang up-and-call back required.Contact Center Partner Program — Charter members Five9 and Twilio will provide integrations for enabling on-net SIP trunk peering and providing call routing options that are easier to manage, the company said.Salesforce Integration — Salesforce users will be able to make Zoom Phone calls by clicking on a phone number within Salesforce.Zero-Touch Provisioning — Service integration to Polycom and Yealink will ease task of setting up and deploying Zoom Phone connected devices While once strictly focused on video collaboration, Zoom has taken strides toward becoming a video-first UC provider, bringing together video, voice, content sharing, and chat into a single cloud platform. Today the company announced new features and integrations across its portfolio — Zoom Phone, Zoom Rooms, and Zoom Meetings. 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NWT voters faces tough choices in gloomy election

N.W.T. voters faces tough choices in gloomy election YELLOWKNIFE – The Northwest Territories goes to the polls Monday in an election where voters in the land of the midnight sun may feel they face more of the former than the latter.The territory’s resource-driven economy is stagnant, becalmed by low commodity prices and uncertainty over land rights. Its population growth is just as sluggish. Demands for social spending and infrastructure such as roads are rising.And while the N.W.T. has managed a string of balanced budgets, those days may be ending.“There’s a lot of challenges we’ve got to face,” said Premier Bob McLeod, running for re-election in Yellowknife.Under the territory’s consensus form of government, candidates run individually instead of under a party banner.The 19 successful candidates meet shortly after the election to choose a premier and cabinet. The remaining members then hold the executive to account, functioning as a kind of opposition.Whoever wins the premier’s chair has big issues to deal with — like who controls the land.“The real foundation is uncertainty over the land claim,” said Herb Norwegian of the Dehcho First Nations, which has an unresolved claim covering much of the Mackenzie Valley. “That’s really created a lot of problems.”Nor are unsettled claims the only land issue. The N.W.T. and Nunavut Chamber of Mines has expressed serious concerns about access, saying that 30 per cent of the territory is already closed to exploration.“We don’t know where all the attractive mineral deposits are in the N.W.T.,” the group wrote in a briefing note. “We also don’t know the types of minerals society will be needing in the future.“If we want to keep our mining industry strong, closing off even more lands to exploration doesn’t make sense.”Then there’s actually getting to all those deposits.“We need more infrastructure, like roads, so there could be more mines,” said Edward Erasmus, chief of the Tlicho government, which covers a series of First Nations in the central part of the territory.An all-weather road up the Mackenzie Valley would dramatically reduce costs to develop the region’s known reserves of oil, gas and minerals, as well as for those living along its route. Cost is a factor — the previous government has asked Ottawa to double the territory’s legal borrowing limit to a total of $1.8 billion.But without it, resource investment may well remain stuck at the same level it’s been since 2010. That $100 million a year is the lowest of the three territories.Still, a telephone poll conducted by Ekos Research for Ducks Unlimited last week found that 20 per cent of respondents listed the environment as a top-of-mind issue, outpolling economic development at 14 per cent.Meanwhile, social demands keep increasing.Small communities need more housing and suffer gaps in health care. The N.W.T.’s school graduation rate is increasing, but still low. The cost of living is high.And the fiscal cupboard is bare.Revenues are forecast to grow by less than half a per cent in total by 2019. By then, expenditures will have grown by more than eight per cent.McLeod acknowledges times are tough. But as someone who’s been in the N.W.T. government for decades as both a politician and high-ranking bureaucrat, he’s seen worse.“This is not the worst situation for our government,” he said. “We still have a lot of positive things going on out there.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960 by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 20, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Syria UN scales up refugee registration to accelerate access to basic services

“In Tripoli, north Lebanon, on Monday we opened a new registration facility at the Rachid Karame International Exhibition Centre. This will allow processing of up to 700 people per day,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Adrian Edwards, told reporters in Geneva.Syria has been wracked by violence, with an estimated 17,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 17 months ago.According to UNCHR, there are 157,577 registered refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. However, UNHCR was careful to note that its official figures do not reflect the entire refugee population as many refugees are still waiting or are reluctant to register.There are currently some 20,000 registered refugees in northern Lebanon alone, and thousands more are waiting to be registered even as new people arrive. The opening of the new registration facility follows an information campaign in Lebanon to encourage people to register, as many Syrians have been reluctant to register, the spokesperson noted. “While refugees are receiving some humanitarian assistance pending registration, registration is critical to receive medical care and to enrol children in Lebanese public schools, which resume next month after the summer break,” Mr. Edwards said.Throughout the summer, UNHCR has been running remedial classes for children struggling with a different curriculum and language of instruction. Through its partners, the agency will cover the school fees of displaced Syrians so that they can continue their education in September, with the agency estimating that some 4,000 children will enter the school system in the new school year following an increase in registration.UNHCR also warned that the security situation for refugees in the northern border areas of Lebanon is deteriorating as certain parts – such as the Wali Khalid area, where several hundred refugee families reside – is targeted by shelling from the Syrian side of the border two to three times per week. “Despite this situation, many families prefer to stay in the unsafe border areas where they have found refuge with host families than move to a collective shelter,” Mr. Edwards said. In addition, refugees are struggling to pay high rent and host families are being stretched as the number of refugees keeps increasing. Many families are now seeking shelter in schools in the north and the east, Mr. Edwards noted, as local communities are unable to host more people. In the Bekaa valley area, some 94 families are now staying in schools, including 80 in schools that are expected to reopen for the new school term in September. In the north, 51 families are currently staying in operational schools.“UNCHR is scaling up its efforts to find alternative shelter for these refugees,” Mr. Edwards said, adding that the agency is concerned over recent reports of refugees having trouble crossing borders safely due to multiple checkpoints.UNHCR has reported a significant drop in the number of Syrians crossing into Jordan as people have reported being fired upon by artillery while travelling to the border. Mr. Edwards said UNHCR is working to improve conditions in the existing camps there by installing electricity and boosting medical facilities.In Turkey, in the town of Karkamis, a new camp is being established and is expected to be open by the end of the month. Overall, UNHCR estimates that the number of refugees in the country has now reached 59,710, with 2,000 still staying in schools awaiting a placement in camps.Meanwhile, some 25,906 Iraqis have returned to their home country as their houses in Syria were destroyed by shelling and gunfire. Those coming from Aleppo reported being forced out of their homes by armed forces.In Syria, UNHCR stated that despite the worsening security situation, the agency has continued to distribute relief items such as jerry cans, mattresses and plastic sheets. Health teams continue to operate and psychological counselling is available over the phone so refugees can express concern about threats and ask for assistance. read more

US Ambassador to Greece set to visit Ankara

first_imgGeoffrey R. Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic will be travelling to Ankara today and until Friday for consultations with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell.The U.S. officials will be joined by several more of their regional counterparts, according to a U.S. Embassy press release in order to discuss an array of topics that do not include the tense relations between Greece and neighbouring NATO ally Turkey.The most recent Imia incident that occurred on Monday saw a Turkish coast guard patrol vessel ramming and damaging a Greek boat near the Imia islets.“Including our ambitious energy agenda, where coordination with Ambassadors from Baku to Belgrade is intrinsic to our strategy,” the statement explained highlighting that “Contrary to press reports, he will not be meeting with Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.”According to the U.S embassy in Greece, this trip to the Turkish capital had been planned before the Imia fall-out. In the meantime, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s statements have been creating even more tension between the two countries.Yildirim said that “the Aegean should be a sea of friendship between Greece” following a phone conversation with Greek premier Alexis Tsipras. “We explicitly expressed to him [Tsipras] that staying away from tensions will be better, with regards to relations between the two countries,” Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported.The U.S. Department of State has reportedly called on both countries to “de-escalate tensions”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

This NASAThemed Bundle Will Delight Any Space Fan

first_imgNASA AR Notebook & NASA Space Mug Bundle – $54.99See Deal Admit it. Up there with being a secret agent and paleontologist, the role of astronaut was likely one of the future careers you considered pursuing when you were a kid. Of course, not all of us have what it takes to venture into the final frontier, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a similar experience to what these intrepid explorers see in space.The NASA AR Notebook and Space Mug Bundle will make you feel like an astronaut, even if you never leave Terra Firma. It includes a beautiful hardcover notebook that, at first glance, features a plethora of space facts. But, when you scan the included QR code with your phone, everything in the book suddenly comes alive so you’ll experience it in a whole new way.But it doesn’t end there. In addition to the notebook, you’ll also receive a fetching NASA space mug that too features an augmented reality component. Simply scan the QR code on the bottom of the mug, hold your phone over top of it, and you’ll see a view from space inside the mug as if you were in orbit around the Earth.It’s the perfect package for any NASA fan and makes a great gift. Purchase the NASA AR Notebook and Space Mug Bundle for just $54.99, a savings of eight percent off retail, right now at the Geek Shop. This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Stay on target Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Try it free for 14 days now!Prices subject to change.last_img read more

Goal of eliminating traffic deaths proves difficult

first_imgClark County drivers are getting in progressively fewer traffic collisions in recent years, according to state data. When it comes to deaths in those crashes, however, no trend is clear.The number of collisions in Clark County fell from 5,054 in 2006 to 4,098 in 2010, according to the most recent data available from the Washington State Department of Transportation.The number of fatalities for each of these years, however, was erratic: 23 in 2006, 31 in 2007, 15 in 2008, 14 in 2009 and 24 in 2010. The number of injuries fell steadily from 2,612 in 2006 to 2,194 in 2009 but rebounded to 2,274 in 2010.Why the fluctuating numbers?Marion Swendsen, the Target Zero project manager for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, said many factors influence fatality rates, but driver behavior is significant.Distracted driving or multitasking while driving is a big problem, Swendsen said, and was made a higher priority when officials updated the Target Zero safety plan. She said the highest fatality rates are among drivers who are impaired, speeding, inattentive and inexperienced.last_img read more

Pay protection could be a reasonable adjustment in certain circumstances

first_imgThe Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that pay protection could be counted as a reasonable adjustment in certain circumstances.In the case of G4S Cash Solutions vs Powell, engineer Powell developed a back condition that required him to perform lighter duties. Integrated cash management organisation G4S Cash Solutions accommodated this by assigning him to a new role as a key runner. Although the key runner role had a lower rate of pay, Powell’s original salary was maintained.When G4S Cash Solutions looked to discontinue the key runner role for organisational reasons, Powell raised a grievance and the organisation agreed to make the job permanent but at the lower rate of pay typical of the key runner role. Powell disputed this, and when an impasse was reached, Powell was dismissed.Powell bought the case to the Employment Tribunal (ET) that found that the organisation had failed to make reasonable adjustments by not permitting Powell to continue in the role at his original rate of pay.On appeal, the EAT upheld that pay protection could be considered a reasonable adjustment. The EAT argued that reasonable adjustments for a disabled employee in the workplace will involve a cost, such as paying for support or assistance, so there is no reason in principle why pay protection could not be included as part of a package of reasonable adjustments.G4S Cash Solutions had given the likelihood of discontent from other employees as the key reason for not paying Powell his original rate of pay, a reason that was rejected by the ET. The EAT found that the ET was entitled to reject this.The EAT decision noted that long-term pay protection may not be considered a reasonable adjustment in every case, and that pay protection may cease to be deemed a reasonable adjustment in light of changed circumstances, such as a change in an organisation’s economic circumstances.Simon Rice-Birchall, partner at law firm Eversheds, said: “If you were to ask me before this case, ‘would I think that reasonable adjustments would amount to extending pay to somebody to do a job that isn’t worthy of that rate of pay?’, I would have said ‘no, it doesn’t’. Now I would have to take a deep breath and hesitate.”Elizabeth Slattery, partner at Hogan Lovells, added: “The starting point is that employers are going to have to consider whether or not pay protection would be a reasonable adjustment in the individual circumstances. They will need to consider that relative to cost, particularly for larger employers, when the resources appear to be more significant.”last_img read more

Man involved in purse snatching car theft arrested

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A suspect accused of two different crimes at gas stations has been arrested.Surveillance video caught one ordeal in Dania Beach where the accused, who police identified as Frederic Mordon, snatched a purse from inside a parked vehicle at a gas pump, on Sept. 17. The purse owner tried to stop him and even dove onto the hood of his car as he drove off. He kept going until she fell off, and he eventually ran over her foot.Last Saturday, police said Mordon is also the same person who allegedly stole a car with a 2-month-old baby inside from a shopping plaza in North Lauderdale. A 10-year-old girl was also in the vehicle and was able to get out before the man drove off.The infant was found safe hours after the carjacking.Mordon has since been arrested and is being held without bond because he violated his previous parole.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

IDG TechNetwork Expands Into China

first_img Its holistic global network currently spans more than 570 sites, targeting and reaching upwards of 130 million tech enthusiasts, gamers and buyers. IDG indicates that it will be the first global tech-focused ad network to enter the Chinese market, which could potentially offer 3 billion ad opportunities each month. The company tells FOLIO: that it’s currently exploring further expansion into Singapore and Brazil, so it’s quite clear that emerging markets are a big part of its growth strategy. IDG TechNetwork China is a subsidiary of IDG China and will fall under the leadership umbrella of CEO William Xu. In a statement, Xu suggests the company’s first-to-market strategy will appeal to Chinese marketers. Programmatic is not a new concept in China. In fact, it’s growing exceedingly fast and is expected to account for more than two-thirds (69.1 percent) of third-party DSP buys by 2017.center_img “China is a natural extension for IDG Tech Network, Peter Longo, CEO of U.S. Media, says in a release. “Our deep understanding of the local media market ensures that we can efficiently connect marketers worldwide with the largest and most engaged Chinese audiences online.” IDG TechNetwork announced on Dec. 15 that it’s introducing its data-driven product suite-including premium programmatic-into the Chinese market. The IDG TechNetwork China launch will include partnerships with more than 60 Chinese language brands-newspapers, magazines and websites.last_img read more

New MiniDoc Spotlights Deftones Around The Fur At 20

first_img Email News Deftones Weigh In On ‘Around The Fur’ At 20 new-mini-doc-spotlights-deftones-around-fur-20 Facebook Take a look back at the album that first set the Deftones head and shoulders above their peers Brian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 31, 2017 – 6:01 pm GRAMMY-winning nu metal pioneers Deftones’ sophomore album, 1997’s Around The Fur, was a career-defining sonic step forward from their debut album, Adrenaline, as well as the album that propelled them to the forefront of  the then-budding genre. In commemoration of the album’s 20th anniversary, Revolver has put together a mini-documentary featuring interviews with lead singer Chino Moreno and guitarist Stephen Carpenter about the album’s writing and recording process, and what it was like working with GRAMMY-nominated producer Terry Date.The band has been dubbed “the Radiohead of metal” by critics for the breadth of their sonic experimentation within the genre, but Around The Fur found them at a stage where they were still feeling out their sound and their songwriting process — a phase Moreno points to as potentially the band in its purest form.”That’s my favorite record,” Moreno said. “I was probably angrier than I’ve ever been in my life, but I was probably happier than I ever was in my life. … Some of the saddest parts of that record are really sad. Some of the angry parts of that record — I don’t know if I can ever be that angry again. … There’s good in that. I’m kind of happy because I don’t want to be that person anymore. It’s a time capsule.”Henry Rollins Still Believes In Record Stores New Mini-Doc Spotlights Deftones ‘Around The Fur’ At 20 Twitter last_img read more

World Cup Broadcasters Offer Added Kick to Return on Pricey Rights Fees

first_imgVirtual reality is another fancy new addition, with France’s TF1 and Britain’s BBC offering VR experiences through a dedicated app. TF1 will beam matches in 4K, as will beIN Sports, which is dedicating six channels to the tournament. The BBC is rolling out ultra-HD coverage for the first time, plus highlights on YouTube and stories on Snapchat.In soccer powerhouse Brazil, Globo is planning public viewings of some matches transmitted in 8K, in partnership with FIFA and Japan’s NHK. Globo will use augmented reality and artistic effects to enhance its coverage, building on its innovations for the 2016 Rio Olympics.But the big draw remains the matches themselves and the immediacy of live sports, says Florent Houzot, editorial director at beIN Sports.“All the technological, digital stuff is just the icing on the cake, because when it comes to big tournaments like the World Cup, it’s still all about watching it live and on a linear channel,” Houzot says. “Some things never change.”Leo Barraclough, Stewart Clarke, Patrick Frater, John Hopewell, Jamie Lang, Todd Spangler and Nick Vivarelli contributed to this report. “For a free- or pay-TV channel, soccer is great to consolidate leadership, boost prestige and bolster the brand,” says Jean-Baptiste Sergeant, an analyst at MainFirst. “But it’s always a money loser, because even if audiences are huge, it’s mission impossible to recoup the investment with advertising money unless the national team makes it to the final.”In France, where soccer is practically a religion, the 2014 World Cup drew an average of 9 million viewers on TF1, a number that rocketed to 15 million for matches played by the French team, says François Pellissier, head of sports at TF1 Group. “It’s increasingly difficult for linear channels to draw more than 10 million viewers for a show of any kind, but soccer, especially the World Cup, still does it and is able to garner broad audiences well beyond sports fans,” Pellissier says.In spite of the exceptional ratings, TF1 reportedly lost at least €20 million ($23.5 million) on the 2014 World Cup after spending $153 million for the rights. BeIN Sports acquired all World Cup rights for France for 2018 and 2022, and sold 28 of this year’s games on to TF1 for about $82 million, Sergeant says.In Spain, where the World Cup also generates huge ratings, Mediaset España picked up rights to the 24 primetime matches offered by FIFA, whose initial asking price was $41 million, according to Spanish press reports. But no pay-TV linear channel in Spain bought any World Cup rights. In Italy, whose national team failed to qualify for the first time in 60 years, Mediaset reportedly paid $92 million for the rights — less than half of what they usually go for.Even in host country Russia, where an estimated 43% of residents are planning to watch the tournament, the rights were sold to a consortium for $32 million, well below FIFA’s rumored goal of $110 million, according to business daily Vedomosti.“It’s always a money loser, because even if audiences are huge, it’s mission impossible to recoup the investment with advertising money unless the national team makes it to the final.”Jean-Baptiste Sergeant, MainFirst analystChina, the world’s most populous country, has set its sights on becoming a force in global soccer. CCTV has rights to all 64 matches and is partnering with Alibaba-owned Youku to stream games online. The state broadcaster estimates that more than 1 billion viewers will tune in throughout the monthlong tournament.Since the last World Cup, rights holders have been developing technological innovations and star-driven editorial content to try to attract and engage more viewers, including women and millennials. Fox has enlisted David Beckham, Ryan Reynolds and Evander Holyfield, among others, to promote the tournament in the U.S., which remains far less soccer crazy than many other nations and did not qualify for this year’s contest. Fox plans to air more matches on U.S. network television (38) than it did the last four World Cups combined. Fox Sports will also offer five bonus feeds: Team Channels, Match 360, Tactical View, Cable Cam View and Highlights. Even if rights auctions proved underwhelming in many countries, the World Cup, which kicks off June 14 in Russia, remains the second-biggest global TV event outside of the Olympics and a brand booster for broadcasters in most parts of the world.But competition from less costlyprogramming and shifting viewing habits pose challenges for those who splurged for rights to the quadrennial soccer tournament. Outlets are banking on digital innovation, cross-platform coverage and more commentary — often celebrity-led — to maximize ratings, broaden their audience base and lure more advertisers.In Europe, soccer is still a ratings champion, but TV outlets in key territories such as France, Italy and Spain managed to pay less for rights this time than they did for the previous tournaments.last_img read more

Everyone knows Steams dirtiest secret and it set a record for most

first_imgWhen Steam first launched to the PC gaming masses, it wasn’t even remotely well-received. Sure, it was structured a little differently, and Valve hadn’t yet built up its mass market favor through viral hits like Portal or heavily discounted game sales. For a while, though, the platform’s dirtiest secret was that it was straight DRM, through and through — the kind everyone cries about, though not as invasive as other forms. It still is straight DRM, but Valve has garnered enough favor since Steam’s 2003 release to show that all DRM isn’t so bad. Now, the platform is known for its famous sales more than it’s known for anything else, and its dirtiest secret isn’t about being disguised DRM, but that all of its famous sales only really boil down to just one day.The Steam Summer Sale is Steam’s biggest yearly event, lasting around a week, putting old and new games on sale for an often insanely steep discount. There are always tips and tricks involved in getting the most out of the Summer Sale every year, but they can all be reduced to just one strategy: ignore every sale day until the very last one. Most of the games that have previously gone on sale will go on sale again the very last day, new games will be added to the sale, and the discounts will often be the steepest. It might sound strange to call it a dirty secret, but it’s a bit dirty when nearly every day of your biggest event of the year doesn’t matter.It appears the secret is out, though, and the last day of the summer sale this year caused Steam to reach its highest concurrent user count to date, topping out at around eight million. Just last December, the service set its previous record — around seven million. According to those numbers, Steam grew by one million users in less than a year. From Steam alone, (not even counting Battle.net or a number of MMOs not available on either platform) it would appear PC gaming is at an all-time high, though that’s not unexpected. PC gaming turned a corner when the modern-day indie boom happened and people’s MacBooks and ThinkPads were able to run those games with ease. Now, you can find a big-budget, resource-heavy title that most rigs can’t run sitting right next to something you can play on your phone.There’s no telling how high Steam can grow or when it will plateau, but for a “niche” genre of entertainment, PC gaming sure is doing fine.last_img read more

All India Council for Technical Education introduces induction programme

first_imgKolkata: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has introduced a three-week induction programme to boost student to student and student to faculty member relationship that will contribute to form a common platform for mutual exchange of ideas and strengths for a holistic learning over the next three years.”A section of students, particularly those studying in Bengali medium, take time to adjust to the campus life or hostel life in engineering colleges. Special efforts need to be given to motivate him/ her so that he feels at ease during the course of study. Organising debate, discussions, short visits, taking them to see movies and similar exercises will help in tackle the shyness in a student,” said Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, (AICTE) at an interactive session organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) titled — To motivate the Institutions towards experience-based learning and reinforce the importance of industry-focused education. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe AICTE chairman also informed that an eight module teacher certification programme has been introduced for college faculties, similar in relevance to that of B.Ed for school teachers. “Blended learning – physical and digital methods, and pedagogy will be taught to the faculty,” he added. It may be mentioned that AICTE has introduced new courses but the faculty needs to be lifelong learners and update themselves to be at par with the upcoming technologies and methods, so as to be make the classroom interaction more engaging and interesting. He made it clear that AICTE has decided to not permit new engineering colleges from the academic year 2020-21. It will only grant approval for additional seats in existing institutions based on the capacity utilisation of the institute concerned. “We have introduced a new scheme titled ‘Marg Darshan’ in which the engineering colleges that are excelling in academics will help institutions that needs to scale up their performance in doing so,” Sahasrabudhe said.last_img read more