Energy efficiency programs: state by state ratings

first_imgCalifornia is Best; Wyoming is WorstWest coast, Northeast, and Lakes states fill out the top 10WASHINGTON, DC — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has ranked all 50 states for the quality of their energy-efficiency programs and policies. California received the highest ranking; in descending order, the next best states are Oregon, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, Washington, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New Jersey.Maggie Eldridge, an ACEEE research associate, noted, “The top-ranked states are demonstrating great leadership in promoting energy independence with cost-effective energy-efficiency investments.” ACEEE scores states on the quality of their utility-sponsored and state-sponsored energy-efficiency programs, their building energy codes, their appliance efficiency standards, and the energy efficiency of public buildings, among other factors. At the bottom of the list, in descending order, are Arkansas, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennesse, Mississippi, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alabama, and Wyoming. For more information, visit the ACEEE website.last_img read more

27 new faces in first Odisha list of Congress

first_imgThe Opposition Congress, which was routed in Odisha in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and put up a poor performance in the simultaneous Assembly elections, has fielded 27 new faces so far. The first list of 42 candidates for Odisha was released by the AICC on Monday night — 36 for the Assembly and six for Lok Sabha seats. As per the list there are new candidates for four Lok Sabha and 23 Assembly seats in the State. OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik said the list of candidates for the remaining 15 Lok Sabha and 101 Assembly seats will be announced soon.last_img

My game is improving day by day: Umesh Yadav

first_imgPacer Umesh Yadav whose two crucial wickets helped India restrict England to 268/8 at stumps on the opening day of the third cricket Test, on Saturday felt that his game was improving with each passing day. (Scorecard)Yadav credited head coach Anil Kumble and batting coach Sanjay Bangar for motivating him to bowl with a clear plan, which he felt worked in his favour at the Punjab Cricket Association I.S. Bindra Stadium.Yadav, who regularly clocked past the 140 kmph-mark, first got rid of opening batsman Haseeb Hameed (9) and then bowled all-rounder Chris Woakes (25) with an almost unplayable delivery. (India vs England, Mohali Test, Day 1: As it happened)Asked about his impact ball, Yadav said he believed in keeping the ball near the off and middle stump, which makes most batsmen vulnerable before they get their eyes set on the game.”My game is improving day by day. I have just been working on my line and length,” Yadav said at the post-match presser. “Sanjay Bangar and Anil Kumble have been telling me to bowl with clear plans. The ball was swinging so I just wanted to hit the right areas.””I thought the ball reversed in a little too much so I tried to take it away too, but that didn’t happen,” he added.Yadav, however, defended some of India’s poor fielding efforts, specially off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who dropped a simple catch from England skipper Alastair Cook and then leaked a few runs by misfielding. (Mohali Test, Day 1: England crumble despite Bairstow’s 89)advertisement”Sometimes catches are dropped, but this is cricket. Sometimes your team-mates take good catches too.””We have some of the best fielders in the team, be it in India or among all the cricket-playing countries, but dropping catches and misfielding are part and parcel of the game,” he said.last_img read more

Australia vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019 Match 17: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s

first_imgWhen they take on Pakistan on Wednesday, Australia will look to better their position on the points table after their defeat to India in the last game.Pakistan, on the other hand will take confidence from their clinical win against hot favourites England to register their second win of the tournament after a washed out game vs Sri Lanka on Friday.Recent formPakistan looked like a team stuck in a different era in their seven-wicket loss to the West Indies but they bounced back in the most unlikely fashion with a clinical 14-run win over hosts and tournament favourites England.Pakistan couldn’t get a chance to keep that momentum going due to their next match against Sri Lanka getting washed out and so Australia will be wary of the danger their next opponents pose.Australia fell to their first defeat of the tournament in their previous match against India on Sunday. While the defending champions have looked stronger than they ever have in the last year and a half, Australia were, nevertheless, outplayed by the Indian batsmen and never looked on course to chasing down the target of 353.Pakistan, however, will need to show the same intensity they did against England to pull off a win on Wednesday. Australia’s batting unit is purring with Steve Smith scoring consecutive half centuries in their last two matches. The rest of the top order consisting of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja have all looked in good touch while Alex Carey has upped his game lower down the order.advertisementAustralia’s batting prowess was most visible when they fought back from 79/5 to post a total of 288 thanks to Smith’s 73 and Nathan Coulter-Nile’s rearguard assault which saw him scoring 92 runs.The last time Pakistan faced Australia in the Men’s @cricketworldcup, Wahab Riaz bowled one of the most memorable spells in the tournament’s history. pic.twitter.com/tjIaT6cq8x ICC (@ICC) June 12, 2019Pitch, weather prediction – TautonThe last World Cup 2019 matches have ended in a no-result due to rain. Pakistan have already been once affected by rain in this tournament with their match involving Sri Lanka getting washed out without a ball being bowled.The weather is expected to be cloudy throughout the day with chances of shower in the afternoon, so a third consecutive washout should not come as a surprise.The track in Taunton is a usually a high-scoring venue. With overcast conditions there will be enough moisture on the pitch to give fast bowlers an edge in this match.Playing XI prediction: Australia vs Pakistan Australia (probable): David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason BehrendorffPakistan (probable): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir(With inputs from IANS)Also Read | World Cup 2019: Defending champions Australia ready for unpredictable PakistanAlso Read | India look to equal World Cup record vs New Zealand in Shikhar Dhawan’s absenceAlso seelast_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Issues New Thoughts On Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit issued new thoughts on the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith-Ohio State saga during College GameDay‘s 2018 college football preview show on Saturday.Herbstreit says he is disappointed with how Meyer and the Ohio State program reacted to everything, especially during Wednesday night’s press conference.“First of all, it’s a stain for Ohio State to have to deal with as an institution. For Urban Meyer, for everyone involved, it’s been embarrassing. I thought the Wednesday night press conference was almost doubling down as far as how bad it could have gone for Ohio State. I don’t think they handled the press conference well. I don’t think Urban Meyer handled the press conference well.When you go through it and you read the report, 23 pages, and I read it five or six different times. The more I go through that and the more I scratch my head and I left more confused. There were a number of times the committee pointed to issues it had with Urban Meyer. On one hand they say, ‘He was truthful and honest with us.’ Then there are times that says within the report, ‘Well he said he brought Courtney Smith and Zach Smith into his office after the ’09 incident.’ Turns out the committee said that, ‘We really don’t believe that he did that.’ There’s another incident in ’15 where they said that he knew about Shelley Meyer and the text exchanges between Shelley and Courtney Smith.I don’t know, man. The optics of this for Ohio State, I don’t know if they could be any worse. And that’s after the press conference where they had an opportunity I think to at least address it and talk about it and get it out in the open. And now I think you just have a lot of people that are kind of like, ‘Where are we now?’ I don’t feel like it’s over for me,” he said, per 247Sports’ Jordan James.Herbstreit then spoke about what to expect from Ohio State’s players this season.“I think as far as football is concerned, that will happen to the players. You got a lot of veterans on that team, and I think they’ll have a way of looking at it us against the world. And I’ll be shocked if they don’t go out and play very inspired football those first three weeks without Urban Meyer when Urban is not on the sideline. I think they’ll just divide up the staff. I think it’s going to be an offensive staff led by Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson, who is a former head coach. And then a defensive staff led by Greg Schiano, who is a head coach in his past as well. They’ll get the two sides ready, they’ll meet on Saturday and go play football for three weeks. It’ll be a collective effort even though Ryan Day will have a head coaching hat on him as an interim tag. It’ll be a collective effort through those first three games,” he said.Ohio State is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State. Meyer is suspended for the first three games of the season.last_img read more

Registry of Motor Vehicle Services Temporarily Unavailable

first_imgRegistry of Motor Vehicle (RMV) services across the province are temporarily unavailable until further notice. Driver licences and vehicle registrations expiring in July and August will be extended until Sept. 30. All law-enforcement agencies have been notified of the extension. All other services at the Access Centres are still available. For more information, please call, 424-5851 (metro), 1-800-898-7668 (toll-free) or visit www.gov.ns.ca . -30-last_img

Corus Radio suspends airplay of Hedley in wake of sexual misconduct allegations

first_imgAdvertisement Corus Radio has suspended all airplay of Hedley songs across its 39 music stations as the Canadian rockers face allegations of sexual misconduct.A spokeswoman said the move is temporary and the company will “continue to closely monitor the situation.”Several other organizations are also distancing themselves from Hedley in the wake of a flurry of claims from anonymous Twitter users who alleged inappropriate encounters with the band. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The pop-rockers — fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison — issued a statement calling the allegations “unsubstantiated.”The Junos dropped the Vancouver group from the upcoming televised awards bash in what was called a joint decision with the band.Edmonton-based radio station Hot 107 tweeted that it won’t play any Hedley music until further notice.B.C.-based Kiss Radio also tweeted that it has dropped Hedley songs from its playlist.The philanthropic organization WE, which has had a long relationship with the band, says it has “no plans to work with Hedley in the future.”And Air Miles says it has cancelled a contest in which its collectors could have won a VIP experience at a Hedley concert. Air Miles says “winners will be offered a substitute prize.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

CANADAS KIM CATTRALL TO STAR IN BRITISH COMEDY SERIES THE COCKFIELDS ALONGSIDE

first_imgKim Cattrall Kim Cattrall is to star in a British comedy series alongside two of the stars of Ricky Gervais’ After Life. The Sex and the City star, who is also fronting Fox’s soapy drama Filthy Rich, is starring in three-part series The Cockfields for UKTV’s Gold channel.The series stars Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan, who both featured in Gervais’ Netflix comedy, and it is written by Wilkinson and David Ear. The Royale Family’s Sue Johnston, Chariots of Fire’s Nigel Havers and Not Going Out’s Bobby Ball.The Cockfields is produced by Yellow Door Productions, the production company set up by former Sky comedy chief Lucy Lumsden. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Who Will Your Next Contact Center Provider Be

What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. In 2018, several things changed. 8×8 reformatted its offering, blending communications and contact center in a set of packages including different levels of customer interaction capabilities. RingCentral made two acquisitions; the first, Dimelo, focused on digital channels, and the second, Connect First, on outbound calling. It also decided to continue reselling Nice inContact. Vonage, after purchasing communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) provider Nexmo a few years ago, bought NewVoiceMedia for its CCaaS offering. It keeps on reselling Nice inContact, too. These moves demonstrate an appetite not just for offering contact centers, but also for providing best-of-breed solutions. A UCaaS vendor could very well become your next contact center provider. With the advent of cloud-delivered contact center services, we’ve seen unprecedented reshuffling of the contact center market. Although we’re still in the early innings, with less than 15% of the market using cloud solutions, we’ve already seen two cloud vendors, Five9 and Nice inContact, push above the $300 million run-rate mark. If they sustain growth rates of more than 25%, they’ll be billion-dollar companies in five years, challenging Avaya, Cisco, and Genesys — the dominant players for more than a decade. This is somewhat unheard of in a market that has historically favored incumbent providers. Cloud Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS)The contact center market has historically been a difficult one to penetrate. Its intricacies have given a leg up to existing participants. The transition to the cloud has challenged the evolution of existing software. After porting their solutions to the cloud, all legacy players made acquisitions to better address cloud requirements. Avaya bought Spoken, Cisco purchased BroadSoft/Transera, and Genesys brought on Interactive Intelligence. The situation has opened the door to many new entrants. Today, I count 115 CCaaS providers, up almost 20% from a year ago. Many large companies that operate with separate groups of agents for voice and digital channels are using these solutions for their digital operations. They can integrate with voice and call centers. With the growing prominence of digital touchpoints, they’re vying to be the system of reference for your contact center as well. CPaaSCPaaS vendors such as Twilio or Vonage Nexmo have been providing new and compelling ways for developers to add voice to their applications. They started to create pre-built components such as a task router to distribute interactions or to package contact center building blocks such as IVRs. Unified Communication as a Service (UCaaS)Communications vendors have always offered contact center capabilities but focused on making them available as platform extensions, targeting simple deployments. After 8×8 purchased Contactual in 2011, UCaaS providers started to add contact centers to their price lists as well. Customer Relationship Management (CRM)CRM has overlapped with contact centers for many years. Siebel once reported call centers represented 30% of its business. While CRM vendors have kept on adding digital channels and self-service capabilities, they stayed away from voice, integrating with contact center solutions instead. They grew as a vendor of reference for digital channels. De Kouchkovsky is writing on behalf of BCStrategies, an industry resource for enterprises, vendors, system integrators, and anyone interested in the growing business communications arena. A supplier of objective information on business communications, BCStrategies is supported by an alliance of leading communication industry advisors, analysts, and consultants who have worked in the various segments of the dynamic business communications market.Tags:News & ViewsContact Center MarketUCaaSCRMDigital Customer ServiceLow-Code PlatformsContact Center & Customer ExperienceAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsBCStrategiesCCaaSCPaaSDeployment Models Articles You Might Like Vendors like Appian or Pegasystems have packaged contact center solutions that leverage their workflow engines to distribute interactions and handle resolutions. ServiceNow, with its workflow-based CRM, is following a similar path. These solutions handle all digital channels. Most players support basic voice using CPaaS and integrate with call center applications for more demanding use cases. Tomorrow, they may also become your contact center providers. Digital Customer ServiceEvery new digital channel generated a cohort of startups providing best-of-breed functionality for it. Over time, the remaining vendors have been adding support for the other digital channels. Examples of companies that built such digital customer service suites are eGain, starting with email; LivePerson, starting with chat; and Helpshift, starting with mobile in-app. Low-Code PlatformsLow-code platforms are the latest iteration of business process management (BPM) software. They excel in building desktop applications that can connect to multiple back-end applications or implement sophisticated workflows. These are both key issues for contact centers, particularly in industries like healthcare. contact-us.jpg Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? While this battle captures attention, numerous players from adjacent markets also are entering the space, aspiring to become your new contact center provider. This is another departure from what we’ve seen in the past when this market felt “protected” by a moat. Today, I’d like to offer a broad perspective on these changes. A couple of years ago, Freshdesk, Zendesk, and Zoho jumped on the contact center bandwagon and added call center capabilities. They’re now offering complete CRM and contact center suites. Salesforce has embarked on a different path. It built an omnichannel routing engine. It still relies on third-party solutions for voice but, in its most advanced configuration, only uses them for telephony connection and IVR. We’re getting closer to CRM vendors being able to provide contact centers. BCS_logo_100px.jpg CCaaS providers initially targeted SMBs, in the lowest end of the market, and have been moving up into the next segment every year. This incremental penetration phase ended last year. In 2018, the market pivoted and accepted the cloud as the destination across all size bands. It doesn’t mean that all enterprises are pulling the trigger on CCaaS solutions. The industry still has hurdles to address. But most companies are now making their investment decisions having in mind that the cloud is the endpoint. This is creating tremendous opportunities for new entrants, as witnessed with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Twilio getting into the space with their respective Amazon Connect and Twilio Flex offerings. How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. Log in or register to post comments The CPaaS approach is enjoying traction with enterprises looking at a deep integration of their contact center with other technologies and applications or that want flexibility for adding other channels. AWS has a similar approach with its deep integration of the Amazon Connect CCaaS offering into the Amazon cloud infrastructure and its myriad of services. These vendors definitely aim to be your next contact center provider. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » So What?In a relatively short timeframe, the contact center industry has seen a flurry of new players coming from different horizons. The days when you could look at a single category are gone; you need to start watching the market adjacencies. read more

Inclusion equality a must for longlasting peace and sustainable development UN official

If societies are not inclusive, they will be weaker, less resilient and more vulnerable to violence”, Nada Al-Nashif, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), told the High-level Panel at the UN-backed conference in Baku, Azerbaijan.She underscored the need to not only fight against social, economic and political inequalities, but also to change mindsets, which aligns perfectly with UNESCO’s mandate “to build the defenses of peace in the minds of men and women”.The high-level panel of international organizations is now underway in the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan. UNAOC High Representative @MiguelMoratinos presented his vision for UNAOC. pic.twitter.com/WM0dKBGeMh— UNAOC (@UNAOC) May 2, 2019 UNESCOUNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Nada Al-Nashif, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris (December 2018).“The Baku Forum is an outstanding opportunity to reaffirm the principles and practices of inclusive dialogue for more effective and more impactful multilateralism”, she concluded.A passion for tourism“Tourism is my passion”, said Manuel Butler Halter, Executive Director of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), it is “a matter of the heart”.“I believe that tourism is a facilitator of intercultural understanding and peace” because it makes people more open-minded, he said, adding that meeting people from diverse backgrounds and different cultures “helps us to see ourselves from a different perspective”.It also fosters trust because “we realize that despite the cultural difference, all humans really are the same”, he continued.Tourism is a facilitator of intercultural understanding and peace. Meeting people from diverse backgrounds and different cultures helps us to see ourselves from a different perspective – UNWTO Executive Director Manuel Butler HalterFinally, the UNWTO official credited tourism for making us “more creative because learning about other cultures forces us to think differently and consider new ideas”.And so, Mr. Halter deduced that “the more people travel, the more inclusive our societies become”.He did, however, acknowledge that uncoordinated tourism can harm the environment, which is why UNWTO promotes sustainable tourism, in line with the SDGs.Because “tourism by its nature”, has links with many fields, from trade and social development to environmental protection, security and health, Mr. Halter expressed certainty that it could “directly or indirectly contribute to all of the 17 SDGs”.Highlighting SDG 8, on decent work and economic growth, he said that globally, one-in-10 jobs is connected to the tourism industry. With tourism also accounting for more than 40 per cent of half of the poorest countries’ GDPs, he stressed “I think it is key to include locals in the value chain”.Economy, youth and exclusionEvinj Hasanova, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Minister of Economy, spoke about how the young nation has reduced poverty from almost 42 per cent to five per cent.“This is less than in some developed countries with more economic resources and GDP per capital”, she told the panel.Inspired by the comprehensiveness of SDGs, she spoke at length on how her government has nationalized the goals, including by creating a high-level Council to coordinate their implementation.“And we have started the process with the UN residential office,” she said. For his part, Aaron Greenberg, Senior Regional Advisor for Europe and Central Asia, Child Protection at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), underscored the importance of investing in early childhood development.Noting that the investment does not have to be in monetary terms, Mr. Greenberg stressed that children must be raised in a way that prevents them from suffering psychological disorders later in life that would perpetuate a cycle of violence and poverty“I do not believe there is any other way that is surefire than investing in younger children today for getting equitable outcomes in the future”, he stressed.Meanwhile George Bouma, Head of Sustainable Development in the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Istanbul Regional Hub, spoke about underlying causes of inequalities that are creating “a crisis of opportunities”.He painted a picture of exclusion and mounting inequality fueled by an increase in populism and flawed political systems globally, attributing rising disenfranchisement to political, economic and social factors.“The private sector has a role to play in creating jobs and moving people from the social welfare system to more productive employment”, he said. While the agency’s mission “has not aged a day”, she acknowledged that “we have to follow a fast-changing world”.According to Ms. Al-Nashif, this puts in question the relevance of old institutions to tackle current challenges, such as violent extremism, the migrant and refugee crisis, and the rise of hate speech in social media.Citing events “from Sri Lanka to Libya, and in many spots in-between”, she said that the UN will be strengthening the role of diplomacy and dialogue.“This calls for revitalized partnerships – from Member States to the private sector, from universities to civil society – so that we can work together to build innovative projects for inclusion, to scale our impact on the ground”, she asserted.A new focus must be concentrated on building resilience, preventing conflict, learning lessons and empowering individuals with new skills that pay “particular attention and support” to young people.“In a world where ignorance of ‘the other’ is on the rise, we must more than ever find new ways to empower young women and men as change-makers in their communities, providing them with the necessary skills and intercultural competences to become engaged global citizens, who promote peace in their everyday life”, she underscored.According to Ms. Al-Nashif, a UNESCO priority is to promote girls’ education, because “access to and the quality of educational opportunities for girls remain major issues”, constraining their transformative power to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. read more

Academic Integrity design contest launched

Are you ready to BRING IT icON?Brock’s Academic Integrity committee is calling on undergraduate and graduate students to create an icon that visually displays what academic integrity is about.The winning design will be used for teaching materials, posters, websites and other publications to promote the concept of academic integrity.Submit one or more print and/or digital designs by April 7 to academicintegrity@brocku.ca for a chance to win a $250 Brock card and a Bose Bluetooth speaker. Once submissions have been received, the Academic Integrity committee will select up to five designs for the contest’s final round.From April 11 to 25, students, staff, faculty and alumni will cast votes for their icon of choice on the Academic Integrity website.The design with the most support will be declared the winner on April 26.Full details of the BRING IT icON contest are available on the Academic Integrity website. read more

Its Microsofts fault cheap Windows laptops dont use better hardware

first_imgIf you look at the low-end ($200-$300) Windows laptop market in 2016 you’ll notice that the hardware spec is mostly the same regardless of which brand name is on the casing. We get the same low-end processors, RAM limited to no more than 4GB (but usually 2GB), and those infuriating 32GB SSD/eMMC drives that are quite slow and way too small to be useful.You may think the spec is so limited because manufacturers have to hit a target price to retain a profit margin while still being able to sell in the $200 range. While that’s true, it’s actually Microsoft who is imposing a strict upper limit on the hardware available in this category of laptop.It all comes down to Windows 10 licensing rules and restrictions. Microsoft offers large discounts to manufacturers on volume licensing depending on what type of device they want to install Windows on. In the case of laptops, a Windows 10 license can be had for between $15-$30, but only if the hardware spec comes in below a Microsoft-imposed limit.What that translates to is laptops with displays no larger than 14.1-inches, a low-end CPU (Bay Trail, Cherry Trail, Braswell, or Apollo Lake), no more than 4GB RAM, mandatory use of an SSD/eMMC with no more than 32GB of storage space, and no option of a hard drive or optical drive. Hence, we get lots of cheap laptops costing roughly the same and all bumping up against this Microsoft-imposed hardware limit in order to ensure a cheap Windows license.Increasing the spec beyond this limit means paying full price for a Windows license, which will increase the price considerably and make a laptop look expensive compared to the competition. It may include a faster processor, more RAM, and a usable amount of storage, but then it’s going to be at least $100 more expensive I imagine. Geeks will notice the spec bump and know the extra $100 is worth it, but the general public? They’ll opt for the $200 machine they’ve seen also runs Windows and without knowing the severe limitations such configurations have.The only way this will change is if Microsoft relaxes the restrictions. Then we’d see a more variations in hardware spec and more competition, which is great for consumers and the market in general. Microsoft would likely sell a lot more $30 Windows licenses, more than making up for previous volume license sales at the higher price/spec tier.last_img read more

Toshack thinks Gareth Bale should emulate Ronaldo

first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager John Toshack, came after compatriot Gareth Bale strong as he believes the winger should emulate Cristiano Ronaldo.Gareth Bale is not going through the best times at Real Madrid, his compatriot John Toshack doesn’t like the way in which he conducts himself and thinks that he should be more like Cristiano Ronaldo.The Welsh player is currently going through another recovery process from a muscular injury, something that has become very common with him at the club.Toshack believes that Gareth Bale is making efforts that are directly affecting his performance, he is convinced that the Welshman can do a better job of understanding his limitations on the pitch and avoid certain risks.What John is asking Gareth Bale to do, is very similar to the time when Cristiano Ronaldo finally understood that he didn’t need to run all across the pitch and all he required was to save his energy only for the most important moments.Bale is regarded as one of the most important players in Los Blancos’s history already, his goals and assists have been crucial during the most important matches for the club.”Gareth Bale needs to copy Cristiano if he wants to stay at Real Madrid” says John Toshack https://t.co/lLGWU0yRnn pic.twitter.com/fDNGNJuIfR— AS English (@English_AS) January 21, 2019“Cristiano plays as a winger, he scores and assists. There is no doubt that Gareth Bale already is one of the best players in football history,” said Toshack via Diario AS.“If he wants to remain as such, he should try to imitate Ronaldo. If you only look at what he’s accomplished, you quickly think what could’ve been if it hadn’t been for his unfortunate injury record.”“So, obviously, his experience can help him diminish his game a little bit and play in shorter parts of the pitch while reading better what’s going on.”“I really hope that he can do a lot more than what he is doing right now, because there is no doubt that you always need to start over when you recover from an injury.”“As far as his physical recovery is concerned, you always have to get back up and it’s almost as if you had to come back two or three times every season.”“This whole situation has been very difficult for him, and that gives him even more credit in my opinion.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“What we never imagined would happen with him were the injury problems that were detected.”“I mean, he has missed almost as many matches as he’s played and that has obviously slowed him down quite a bit,” he concluded.📻Toshack, sobre el estado de salud de Bale: “Es una pena para Gareth”➡https://t.co/PeNT9WXzNA pic.twitter.com/KY2sTYIZYf— El Larguero (@ellarguero) May 31, 2017To the people who don’t remember, John Toshack was the man who discovered Gareth Bale and the one who gave him his very first cap for Wales when he was just a kid.Born a Welshman as well, John Benjamin Toshack is arguably one of the most important figures for his country and arguably one of the biggest talent seekers in football history.Under his belt, Toshack has an amazing record of discovering players such as Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, and Gareth Bale himself.If the ‘Cardiff Express’ wants to keep performing at the highest leve, he needs to start listening to his body and realize that he can no longer make those sprints that usually set him apart from all the other players.Bale is a very talented player with the ball at his feet, there is no need to rely so much on your acceleration when you know that you are risking a new muscular injury every time to sprint.Gareth has impressive finishing skills, imagination to create football for his teammates and team leadership. It may be time for him to evolve as a player.John Toshack “I’d recommend British players to go out, leave the UK to learn other leagues & cultures. It is not easy but it’s valuable. With that said, Aaron in Turin should not make the same mistake that Bale did in Madrid: the local language must be learned immediately.” pic.twitter.com/187qK2SOek— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) January 6, 2019Do you agree with Toshack or should Gareth Bale remain the same type of football player for the rest of his career? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Rethinking the Magazine

first_imgYou can indeed teach an old magazine new tricks. Here’s a list of examples to prove it. “If there were anything new in this business, we would have done it six months ago,” a cynical old editor once told me. Still, I see new things in old magazines that you may want to consider in the New Year ahead.1. Rethinking the TOC.Traditionally, the lead story on the table of contents is the cover story. Not so at Texas Monthly or Fortune Small Business. Both magazines have been employing a redirect to an interior “cover” story on the TOC. Here’s how it works: The cover story for the November 2007 issue of TM is “Being Jenna Bush,” with a photo of the president’s daughter front and center. When you go to the TOC, however, the Jenna story is summarized in a quick blurb with no visual. Instead, we see a photo of Samir Patel and an oversized text box for “The Glorie of Defeet,” a story about this young man’s maturation as he lost the national spelling bee five years in a row. Samir’s photo covers two-thirds of the page.Fortune Small Business does likewise. The cover story for the July/August 2007 issue is “The FSB 100: Lessons From the Fastest-Growing Small Public Companies,” with a photo of John Norris, CEO of Fuel Tech, the company ranked number 12 in the 100. On the TOC, however, the cover story is blurbed without a visual. The bottom half of the page is dominated by a visual, an oversized page number and a story called “Face-Off: Two companies that make inflatable figures used in movie crowd scenes head to court.” The visual, which covers about 40 percent of the page, is an eerie-looking humanoid figure, all dressed up and ready for court.This packaging approach enables a magazine to go big off the cover, and then redirect the reader to a smaller story that is not even blurbed on the cover. For the magazine, it means less repetition of what has already been said on the cover; and for the reader it’s like finding a little prize inside the package.2. Rethinking the letters department.With the shift from mail to e-mail, and the proliferation of blogs and other forms of commentary, the old-style letters department is suddenly up for review. Last summer, New York dropped letters and launched a department called Comments. It reads like a catch-all in-basket, with tightly and brightly edited comments from reader mail, internal notes from columnists, excerpts from bloggers, and observations gleaned from other publications. “Not all our commentators are impartial, if opinionated, observers,” reported the magazine recently. “Sometimes they’re the subjects of the stories” who write to clarify a point. The give and take with reader mail is often quite lively. A reader from Brooklyn wrote that he found a movie review confusing: “For instance, what is a ‘woo-woo conceit?’ And what is a ‘schnorrer?’” The Comments reply: “Get thee to Google, man! You’ll discover that woo-woo means ‘concerned with emotions, mysticism, or spiritualism’ and schnorrer comes from a Yiddish term for ‘beggar’ or ‘free-loader.’ Yeesh! (An expression of exasperation.)”3. Rethinking the folio line.Are page numbers necessary? Condé Nast recently distributed a stand-alone supplement called Movies Rock with several publications, including The New Yorker, Wired, Vanity Fair. The editorial was identical in all versions, but the ads and ad pages varied from book to book, and so did the page count for each version. What to do? No page numbers appeared on the cover. No page numbers were used on the TOC. No pages were numbered. 4. Rethinking the interviewer.Time was redesigned last spring, a changeover that included much editorial repackaging. For its popular “10 Questions” department, the magazine turned the interviewing over to readers. Readers go online and submit questions to be asked in interviews with notable names in arts, sports, media and politics. “Each week, you ask and they answer,” says the magazine. “Also new: a free iTunes podcast of each interview.”John Brady is visiting professional at the Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. He is a partner at Brady & Paul Communications, a publishing consultancy, and conducts editorial workshops for professionals. For information on his Interviewer’s Handbook: A Guerrilla Guide for Reporters and Writers, his Web site is johnbrady.info, or you can e-mail him at Bradybrady@aol.com.last_img read more

Sensex hits record high banks rally

first_imgA man ties a balloon to the horns of a bull statue at the entrance of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) while celebrating the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai, India April 26, 2017.Reuters fileThe Sensex hit a record high late in the session on Thursday as banks rallied on continued hopes of central bank and government action to tackle bad debt in the sector, with sentiment further boosted by gains in Asian shares.The benchmark Sensex rose 1.48 percent to end at 30,750.03 points, after earlier climbing to a record high of 30,793.43.Banking stocks surged, with the Nifty Bank Index rising as much as 3.25 percent to a record high.last_img

Streamy Awards 2019 Return to YouTube for Exclusive LiveStream

first_imgFan submissions for the 9th Annual Streamy Awards are now open via the Streamys website and will close at 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. The full list of awards categories for the 9th Annual Streamy Awards is available at streamys.org/categories. (Submissions for the Streamys Brand Awards are already closed.)This year’s Streamy Awards will highlight global creators with three international awards recognizing creators from Asia-Pacific; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and Latin America. Additionally, a new “technology” subject award has been added to recognize tech and consumer programming, how-tos, and breakdowns.Streamy Awards nominees and winners are determined by an independent judging body of creators, executives, and other experts in the online video industry. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite nominees in the two Audience Choice categories — Creator of the Year and Show of the Year.The 9th Annual Streamy Awards are produced by Dick Clark Productions and Tubefilter, and executive produced by DCP’s Ariel Elazar, Rika Camizianos, Alexi Mazareas and Michael Nieporent as well as Streamy Awards founders Drew Baldwin and Joshua Cohen. The 9th Annual Streamy Awards will again be available to stream live on YouTube exclusively.The 2019 awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Friday, Dec. 13 and will stream live globally on YouTube via youtube.com/streamys.Videos from the 2018 Streamy Awards received over 6.9 million views on YouTube. Views of the live stream last year increased 73% from the 2016 show, which also streamed on YouTube. (The 2017 Streamy Awards were live-streamed on Twitter.)The Streamy Awards comprises 50 awards honoring excellence in a variety of content verticals and areas of expertise. The 9th Annual Streamy Awards is broken up into three separate sections — the Streamy Awards, the Streamys Brand Awards (returning for the second year), and the Streamys Purpose Awards (returning for a third year) — each representing a distinct set of categories with a shared theme. Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watch Popular on Variety Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Bookingcom presents 5 Fun Food Festivals

first_imgBooking.com presents 5 Fun Food FestivalsBooking.com presents 5 Fun Food FestivalsMore than one in five global travellers said they have travelled especially to attend a food festival with more than half saying that they travel specifically for the thrill that comes with exploring global cuisines*. To celebrate the harvest this autumn, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, is presenting five beautiful destinations that are perfect for celebrating food, immersing yourself into a new culture and pleasing your palate with different and unique flavours.Zibelemärit (Onion Market) – Bern, SwitzerlandThe historical and picturesque city of Bern is nestled within the banks of the Aare River and is highly endorsed for its old town, sightseeing and history. Every year, on the fourth Monday of November, it hosts the traditional Onion Festival, where 50 tons of onions are sold and transformed into tasty delicacies.Where to stay: With a central, yet quiet location in the city centre, Bed and Breakfast Wildrose offers spacious rooms and complementary full English breakfast that guests can enjoy on the terrace during sunny days.Seafood Festival – O Grove, Spain Around two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water – just think of all the delicious fish, succulent squid, and juicy shellfish out there! Every October, for the last 53 years, the picturesque coastal town of O Grove organizes the Seafood Festival. Travellers from all over the world have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of delicious local dishes with fresh seafood from Ría de Arousa in a destination highly rated for seafood, beaches and scenery.Where to stay: Offering a sun terrace and beautiful views of O Grove, Habitaciones Castelao is a great place to stay to enjoy all the activities of the festival. All rooms at the property have a flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, a coffee machine and a kettle.Castagnades (Chestnut) Festival – Meyras, FranceFor travellers looking for something less busy, in the heart of Ardéchois villages, the Castagnades festival invites guests of all ages to a friendly atmosphere with gastronomic competitions and local products made of chestnuts. Set in a valley between the Ardèche and Fontaulière rivers, the small village of Meyras, hosts the Chestnut Festival on 15 October. Meyras is highly endorsed by Booking.com travellers for tranquillity, nature and gourmet food.Where to stay: When it comes to places to stay, look no further than Maison Sous Le Pont B&B. This traditional stone house features a beautiful terrace among the trees, where guests can enjoy delicious local dishes made of fresh local products.Hawaii Food and Wine Festival – Hawaii, USA If you really want to savour Hawaii’s great cuisine, there’s no better way to taste it than durning the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, which takes place from 20 October until 5 November on the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Oahu and Hawai’i . The festival hosts popular chefs, cooking demonstrations, delicious local dishes and various wine tastings to wash it all down. Booking.com travellers have endorsed the islands of Hawaii for their beaches, nature, tranquillity and the relaxation they offer.Where to stay: The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas are luxury villas set between North Ka’anapali Beach and the mountains of West Maui, offering spacious villas with views of the ocean or island. The property has three onsite restaurants and two bars serving an array of cuisine from Italian to American.Mid-Autumn Festival – China The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival is the second most important festival in China and eating mooncakes is the most common activity of the day. Although this is technically not a food festival, it is a great opportunity to taste the delicious, sweet Chinese pastry.Where to stay: A world-renowned gem, sprawling Beijing is highly endorsed for history, culture and food and is a great destination to experience this unique festival. Positioned in the central hub of Beijing, the Rosewood Beijing is an artistic masterpiece of modern and old, featuring a lush garden, an outdoor pool and tastefully designed dining spaces.Source = Booking.comlast_img read more

July 10 2018

first_imgJuly 10 , 2018 In this ‘in charts’ mini-series of articles, Colin Fain of data visualization tool Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. In each series, he will look at a different fruit commodity, focusing on a different origin or topic in each installment to see what factors are driving change.Guatemala’s climate is one of the few in the world that allows for year-round production of blackberries. Most of their volume, however, is strategically produced to fill the gaps left by Mexico, and since 2010 one in four blackberries consumed by Americans between July and September has been from this Central American origin. US Blackberry Movements by Origin 2016 in Lbs(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Guatemala’s strategic position has allowed the origin to receive a premium against the prices of their northern neighbor – coming in at 5% higher historically and a significant 27% this year. This feat is impressive considering growing competition from U.S. origins and that fruit from Guatemala has further to travel than the Mexican competition.US Blackberry Shipping Point Prices (Flats 12×6 Oz Cups) in USD(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)As Guatemala’s blackberry season is about to get underway, I was very curious to know what will be the effect of the devastating eruption of the aptly named Volcano of Fire, which took 113 lives and has left, as of yet, 332 missing.I was particularly concerned, knowing that much of the blackberry production is centered around Antigua, a beautiful colonial city and the capital of the region where the volcano is located. The volcano itself lying only 20km to the southwest of the city.US Blackberry Movements from Guatemala by Month in Lbs, Comparing the Last Four Years(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)To dive deeper into what we could expect from the region, I reached out to one of our clients, Planesa, who commercializes their produce in the U.S. under the label of PureFresh and is one of the country’s most successful blackberry exporters.Estuardo Robles, Pure Fresh’s director of business development, was able to shed some light on the situation on the ground. In the chart above we can see that June this year has reported one of the lowest volumes compared to previous years in the country’s history. Part of the problem was caused by transport bring interrupted. Even the airport airport shut down – a major issue since all blackberries from Guatemala and sent via airfreight, with Miami as their primary destination.With a large percentage of the company’s production covered by tunnels, Planesa’s productions teams are very grateful that most of their fruit was not affected by the fallout from the volcano, however, manpower had to be pulled to help clear the tunnels of ash that was blocking out the sun, which also had an effect on the volume exported in June.In a great victory for tunnel technology for blackberries, Planesa is expecting to overcome the largest volcano eruption Guatemala has experienced in the last 500 years. According to their current expectations, Guatemala’s exports should get back up normal levels in July, with Planesa’s own volume even surpassing what they sent last year. In our mini-series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look a some of the other articles listed below.Avocados:Avocados in Charts: Dynamic growth and opportunities in the U.S. marketAvocados in Charts: California at the heart of the US marketAvocados in Charts: Peru – An opening window of opportunityBlueberries:Blueberries in Charts: Finding opportunities in the gapsStrawberries:Strawberries in Charts: The king of berries sees its biggest month everBlackberries:Blackberries in Charts: Strategic growth leads to more stable pricingAgronometrics is a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that you depend on. We strive to help farmers, shippers, buyers, sellers, movers and shakers get an objective point of view on the markets to help them make informed strategic decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at www.agronometrics.com where you can easily recreate these same graphs, or explore the other 20 fruits we currently track, creating your own reports automatically updated with the latest data daily.www.freshfruitportal.comJune saw some of the lowest exports in years from the country, but Planesa expects them to return to normal in July. You might also be interested in Blackberries In Charts: California leads impressiv …last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The RitzCarlton Kual

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur has come of age for today’s global affluent traveller with the reveal of the completely reimagined 18-year old luxury hotel.Located in Kuala Lumpur’s luxury shopping, commercial and nightlife downtown district known as the Golden Triangle, the luxury property commissioned the renowned New York-based design studio, Alexandra Champalimaud, to create an new environment which would be a canvas for extraordinary experiences. The result was a transformation which took as its inspiration the heart of The Ritz-Carlton, its ladies and gentlemen, while balancing the cultural and historical heritage of the property. The design imbues the property with a fresh palette of neutral shades, contemporary details and uncompromisingly high-quality furnishings and finishes throughout the 364 new guestrooms and suites, restaurants and public spaces.The transformation builds on the hotel’s position as the home of choice for the world’s elite including royalty and heads of state. The refreshed Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur also created a series of new experiences within its refined surroundings. The property was renowned as Malaysia’s first around-the-clock butler service hotel and the legacy continues, with every guest assigned their own personal butler on-call throughout their stay 24 hours a day.The property’s Spa Village team developed a new treatment based around the experience of Asia’s first Sensory Sound Bath Room and the culinary team has introduced its own equivalent of a butler with a Chef-on-Call to tailor personalised menus and experiences for corporate and private events.Each experience throughout The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, has been refined, renewed and refreshed, from the signature afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge through to the new Library space with its vintage cognac and whiskies collection.The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur commands a stellar reputation amongst sophisticated travellers as a luxury landmark in the vibrant Golden Triangle of Malaysia’s capital city since it opened almost two decades ago.The hotel is within the Starhill Gallery complex, the city’s premier luxury retail and dining destination. It also houses the largest number of global luxury brands under one roof, some of which are in Malaysia for the first time.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 7 2018 820

first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 7, 2018 8:20 am PDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Joni Mitchell waves to the crowd during her 70th birthday tribute concert as part of the Luminato Festival at Massey Hall in Toronto on June 18, 2013. An all-star group of musicians is set to ring in Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday in November by paying tribute to the timeless songs that took her from the nightclubs of Saskatchewan to international acclaim. The two-day concert in Los Angeles will feature a diverse lineup of musical luminaries including folk-rock legend Graham Nash, jazz artist Norah Jones and so-called “Queen of Funk” Chaka Khan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim Graham Nash, Norah Jones among stars to honour at Joni Mitchell birthday concertcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – An all-star group of musicians is set to ring in Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday in November by paying tribute to the timeless songs that took her from the nightclubs of Saskatchewan to international acclaim.The two-day concert in Los Angeles will feature a diverse lineup of musical luminaries including folk-rock legend Graham Nash, jazz artist Norah Jones and so-called “Queen of Funk” Chaka Khan.Canadian artists Diana Krall and Rufus Wainwright are also set to honour the Prairie-raised icon. Other performers expected to take the stage include Kris Kristofferson, Seal, Los Lobos, Emmylou Harris and Glen Hansard.The concerts will be held on Nov. 6 and 7, the latter marking Mitchell’s actual birthday, at Los Angeles’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where the folk icon famously performed in the early 1970s.The second show will be followed by a fundraiser for the Music Center, an L.A. performing arts centre, which will honour Mitchell with its Excellence in the Performing Arts Award.last_img read more