Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Rio Open on Friday without hitting a shot. The top seed moved on after his quarterfinal opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine withdrew before the clay-court match with a shoulder injury.Tournament organizers said Dolgopolov hurt his shoulder in a doubles match on Thursday. Nadal’s semifinal opponent will be Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who defeated Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (4). The match was delayed for 2-1/2 hours with Delbonis leading 4-2 in the second set.No. 5 Dominic Thiem upset No. 2 David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2. The 22-year-old Austrian won the Buenos Aires title last week – beating Nadal in the semifinals – and is the youngest player in the ATP’s top 20 rankings.Thiem will face Guido Pella of Argentina in the semis. He defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, but Thiem will be a strong favorite to reach the final.On the women’s side of the ATP-WTA event, Petra Martic of Croatia defeated No. 6 Lara Arruabarrena 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 to reach the semifinals. In another upset, Sorana Cirstea of Romania defeated No. 3 Danka Kovinic 6-1, 6-2 to eliminate the last seeded player from the tournament.
No Big Ten men’s basketball team has been playing better of late than Ohio State. The Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) have won three straight games, including back-to-back comfortable wins against two ranked foes in Indiana and Maryland. We now know why Thad Matta’s team has been performing at such a high level. The Ohio State coach promised his team an NBA Jam arcade game for their players’ lounge in exchange for a win streak. The Buckeyes are on a winning streak, so Matta delivered the game Friday. Is there a better arcade game than NBA Jam?Nope. Ohio State faces Purdue at Mackey Arena next Wednesday.
Kolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT &E) department is encouraging innovative technology in the area of senior citizen support for the third edition of Bengalathon 2019, which will be launched on August 15.Bengalathon organised by the state IT department is aimed at showcasing the innovative skills of technology enthusiasts at the national and international arena. “The problem statement for Bengalathon this year will highlight the aspect of elderly care. But the department will also welcome innovations in face recognition, solid waste management, safe roads, health, citizen feedback, water quality monitoring, smart water metering, soil productivity, quick accident response and open data platform. The details will be soon uploaded in the website of the department,” a senior official of IT and E department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that the trend for the past few years has been to declare the names of the winners of Bengalathon at the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) every year. However, this year the finals are expected to be done before November 15. TiE Global, a nonprofit organization devoted to entrepreneurs in all industries will try to provide a linkage of the winners for further interaction with large enterprises globally. Senior officials of IT department led by Additional Chief Secretary IT &E Debashis Sen held a meeting with Abhisekh Rungta, President TiE Kolkata, Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Vice Chairman TiE Global and Rajesh Swain of PwC on Saturday . Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned that the state government in a recent meeting with a start up has decided to install app based digital visitor control system at Snehodiya, the senior citizen’s home at New Town. This will enable security guards at the gate of Snehodiya to monitor entry-exit of all visitors electronically and notify facility manager or resident by SMS. “Our government is taking all possible measures to position Bengal as the best in embracing emerging technologies and its use in real life challenges. We are trying to extend assistance to those who have come out with such solutions so that they can commercialise their ventures. The next generation needs encouragement which will give them the impetus to produce their best,” the official added.
TORONTO – The GoFundMe page dedicated to the Humboldt Broncos, believed to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history, stopped taking donations at midnight Wednesday as planned.The page displays a final total of $15,185,700 raised from more than 142,000 contributors in 12 days from across Canada and numerous countries around the world.“Funds for Humboldt Broncos” was started by Humboldt resident Sylvie Kellington after the horrific bus crash on April 6 which killed 16 players and staff and injured 13 others.Team president Kevin Garinger said earlier this week that money raised in the GoFundMe campaign would be transferred to the new Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund.He said money from the fund would be used to pay the expenses of the victims’ families, but added was too soon to provide a more specific breakdown of the way the money would be allocated.Garinger said the team would continue to accept donations through an organization called the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation.He said it would “support Humboldt Broncos players, employees, families and volunteers, as well as first responders and emergency services personnel, teams, athletes, related organizations and communities affected by the crash.”
Kolkata: As political parties gear up for Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, data released by the central government has shown that CPI(M) lawmaker Mohammed Salim has secured the top spot in terms of utilisation of MPLADS funds in the state, followed by TMC MPs. Besides Salim, the other five MPs who have performed well in terms of the MPLADS fund utilisation were all first-time MPs, involved in social service or the entertainment industry before becoming parliamentarians in 2014. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) enables MPs to recommend developmental work in their constituencies with an emphasis on creating durable community assets based on locally felt needs. West Bengal with 42 Lok Sabha seats had utilised around 93.42 per of the released MPLADS funds. Around Rs 803.39 crore was used in the last five years and Rs 124.47 crore still lies unused in the MPLADS from the state. Projects worth over Rs 1000 crore were recommended by MPs cutting across party lines and the amount sanctioned was Rs 902.44 crore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to the data, Salim, a CPI(M) MP from Raiganj Lok Sabha seat had ensured 115.14 per cent utilisation of the released funds. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was Rs 20.98 crore. In the 16th Lok Sabha from 2014-2019, Salim had recommended around Rs 28.88 crore for developmental work of which Rs 21.51 crore was sanctioned by the Centre. Around Rs 20.05 crore was spent from the sanctioned amount. Salim alleged that the district administration had been “lethargic” in releasing the utilisation certificates thereby “blocking” the way for the release of funds for the subsequent year. Under MPLADS, the role of an MP is limited only up to recommendation of developmental works. Thereafter it is the responsibility of the district administration to sanction, execute and complete the works recommended by the MP within the stipulated time period. The second in the list of utilising the fund was first time TMC MP Mamata Bala Thakur, from Bongaon Lok Sabha constituency. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 26.03 crore. Thakur had recommended around Rs 27.72 crore of which Rs 25.58 crore was sanctioned by the Centre. Of the sanctioned sum, around Rs 25.34 crore was spent and the percentage of utilisation of funds was 110.60 percent. Bengali actress and first time TMC MP Sandhya Roy from Medinipur Lok Sabha constituency ranked third. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 26.92 crores and Roy had recommended around Rs 27.89 crore for developmental work of which the entire amount was sanctioned. Around Rs 26.50 crore was spent and the percentage of utilization was 104.40 percent. Bengali actor and first time TMC MP Deepak Adhikari, commonly know as Dev, from Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency ranked fourth. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 18.91 crore and Adhikari had recommended around Rs 25.84 crore of which the entire amount was sanctioned. Around Rs 18.29 crore was spent and the percentage of utilisation is 102.51 percent. The fifth in the list was TMC MP Aparupa Poddar, another first time MP from Arambag Lok Sabha constituency. The amount available with interest in MPLAD was around Rs 28.55 crore and Poddar had recommended around Rs 35.88 crore of which Rs 28.25 crore was sanctioned. Around Rs 26.06 crore was spent and the percentage of utilization of released funds stood at 102.24 per cent. In the case of senior TMC leader and first time MP, Abhishek Banerjee, who also happens to be the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the percentage of utilisation of the released funds stand at 94.04 per cent. The amount available with interest in MPLADS was around Rs 26.87 crore. The MP had recommended projects around Rs 26.92 crore of which Rs 23.94 crores was sanctioned. Around Rs 21.56 crore was spent for various projects. The two BJP MPs from Bengal- Darjeeling MP S S Ahluwalia and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo – had recorded utilisation of released MPLADS funds at around 56.30 per cent and 72.68 per cent respectively. Ahluwalia alleged that he had submitted around 312 recommendations to the district administration for various developmental projects but 228 recommendations were yet to be processed. The amount available with interest in the MPLADS of Ahluwalia was around Rs 10.29 crore. Ahluwalia had recommended projects worth Rs 25.22 crores of which Rs 8.81 crore was sanctioned. Around Rs 5.83 crore was spent and the percentage of utilization of released funds was 56.30 per cent.
CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s prime minister says his nation will boost spending on infrastructure in the Solomon Islands, but notes the increased aid commitment is not linked to the South Pacific nation’s diplomatic allegiance to Taiwan.Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced after meeting his Solomons counterpart in the capital, Honiara, on Monday that Australia will provide 250 million Australian dollars ($174 million) in aid over the next decade for infrastructure spending.The Solomons’ diplomatic recognition of Taiwan was an issue in the country’s April elections. The U.S. government has urged Pacific nations not to switch allegiances to China.Morrison said Australia would not advise the Solomons government on whether they should maintain their country’s diplomatic alliance with the self-governing democratic island.The Associated Press
29 April 2009Ensuring gender equality and promoting the participation of women in the search for peace in Darfur are among the aims of a new initiative launched by the United Nations in the strife-torn Sudanese region. Under a cooperation agreement announced today, police serving with the joint African Union-UN hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) will team up with the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) to support innovative measures to boost the standing of women in the region.UNIFEM Regional Director Meryem Aslan urged both parties to enhance gender equality, raise the profile of women and address issues relating to all forms of discrimination against women, particularly in conflict situations. UNAMID Police are mandated to assist in harnessing the capacity of women to participate in the peace process through political representation, economic empowerment and protection from sexual and gender-based violence. Together, UNAMID Police and UNIFEM aim to create an enabling environment for women’s equal and meaningful participation in the process to bring peace to Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen.Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that in West Darfur, 10 out of 13 therapeutic feeding centres formerly run by expelled international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have maintained their activities. UNICEF is currently providing salaries or incentives to all staff working in these centres.The Government expelled 13 international NGOs and suspended the work of three national NGOs following the indictment on 4 March of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the region.A joint UN-NGO assessment in the health, nutrition and water and sanitation sectors conducted yesterday in the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Darfur found that basic services in the sectors are still operational, but a replenishment of some stocks is required.According to UN estimates, some 65,000 people have been newly displaced so far this year in Darfur. OCHA also reports that the state Humanitarian Affairs Commission (HAC) has not handed over the keys to the UN Joint Logistics Centre (UNJLC) to their warehouses in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur.
MONTREAL — Power Corp. has sold all of the French-language regional newspapers in Quebec operated by its Gesca subsidiary to a new media company headed by former federal Liberal cabinet minister Martin Cauchon.The amount of the transaction announced Wednesday wasn’t disclosed.Groupe Capitales Medias has purchased newspapers in Quebec City (Le Soleil), Trois-Rivieres (Le Nouvelliste), Ottawa-Gatineau (Le Droit), Sherbrooke (La Tribune), Saguenay (Le Quotidien) et Granby (La Voix de l’Est), along with their websites.However, the insurance and investment conglomerate will continue to operate its flagship Montreal La Presse.Cauchon said the buyers want to maintain “a strong regional press.”“It is a privilege to contribute to the quality of information, to the recognition of the independence of newsrooms and to give regions a strong voice to be heard,” he stated.Transcontinental laying off workers as 20 newspapers cease publicationMetro to shutter free print newspapers in Regina, Saskatoon, LondonThe former politician wouldn’t say if the deal will lead to job cuts.Claude Gagnon, who has headed the regional newspapers for Gesca since 2009, becomes president and general manager along with remaining president and editor of Le Soleil. Managers at each daily will also remain unchanged.Gesca president Guy Crevier said the sale of the regional papers will allow the company to concentrate on developing and commercializing La Presse+, a digital version of the newspaper available on iPads and other tablets at no charge.At Power’s annual meeting more than a year ago, co-CEOs Andre and Paul Desmarais said Gesca had to redefine itself or risk disappearing.They also discussed the possibility of Power Corp. (TSX:POW) retaining La Presse and selling the regional newspapers.
Kohona said that the rule of law must be understood in the context of individual rights, as well as in ensuring the progress of individuals and societies, particularly with the right to development. He was speaking during a full day debate at the UN on the Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC). “The United Nations could play a crucial, helpful role in domestic compliance with treaty obligations by helping States build capacity. Close cooperation in applying laws nationally, regionally and internationally was vital to address the growing problem of transnational organized crime and terrorism, which threatened global peace and good order.” he said.Confronting those challenges, Kohona said required close cooperation and capacity-building nationally and regionally, including enforcement by the law. “Unilateral and selective application of international law rules must be avoided. Sri Lanka had always advocated the settlement of internal and global dispute through negotiation, mediation and other peaceful means. Countries must be allowed to create their own local mechanisms to consolidate peace, encourage reconciliation and strengthen democratic institutions. They must have the much-needed space to begin that restorative process. In such situations, the Organization could address the gaps, taking into account local sensitivities,” he said. Sri Lanka says it advocates negotiations, mediation and other peaceful means to settle internal and global disputesThe Sri Lankan Permanent Representative to the UN in New York Dr. Palith Kohona, said that Countries must be allowed to create their own local mechanisms to consolidate peace, encourage reconciliation and strengthen democratic institutions.
The effects of war, economic sanctions and three years of severe drought, from 1999 to 2001, have seriously eroded the livelihood base of Iraqis, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in their food supply and nutrition assessment mission report. This year’s cereal production in Iraq is forecast at 4.12 million tons, 22 per cent higher than estimated last year. Production increased mainly due to favourable rains in the northern part of the country, increased irrigation and timely distribution of agricultural inputs in the main producing areas. While starvation has been averted, chronic malnutrition persists among several million vulnerable people, including some 100,000 refugees and around 200,000 internally displaced people. The situation of mothers and children in central and southern Iraq is of particular concern. In the northern parts, acute malnutrition has been virtually eliminated. About 60 per cent of the Iraqi population is unemployed and depend largely on public food rations. Millions have no access to food other than through public food assistance, which is financed through the UN’s Oil-for-Food-programme. “Any significant disruption of the public distribution system would have a severe negative impact on food access,” the report warns, recognizing the need to continue the public food distribution system and relief food aid activities for the short- to medium-term because the agriculture sector will need considerable time for rehabilitation. “However, the highly subsidized food basket policy must be rethought and better targeted; it should eventually be gradually phased out,” it adds.
by The Associated Press Posted Dec 9, 2014 8:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ex-JPMorgan banker gets 6-figure book deal for corporate thriller series; 1st ‘Underwriting’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – A former banker at JPMorgan has a six-figure book deal for a corporate thriller series that began as an online serial.Penguin Random House units G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Penguin Books announced Tuesday they had acquired the first two books of Michelle Miller’s planned five-part series.The first novel is called “The Underwriting” and is scheduled to come out May 26. Putnam is releasing the hardcover. Penguin is releasing the paperback.Miller’s series is billed as “The Social Network” meets “The Wolf of Wall Street.” It’s based at an online dating startup and takes on Silicon Valley and Wall Street.Miller received an MBA from Stanford University. She initially self-published “The Underwriting” by releasing 12 weekly installments on theunderwriting.com.Putnam says rights have been sold in 15 foreign territories.
Gyorgy Busztin, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General, condemned in the strongest terms the assassination yesterday of Sheikh Abdallah Sami Al-Assi, Head of the Arab bloc in the Kirkuk Provincial Council and Deputy Chairman of the Provincial Council Security Committee, and two of his bodyguards, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement. Sheikh Al-Assi was a “pivotal and well-respected political figure in Kirkuk” who always advocated dialogue and peaceful coexistence in the province, the statement continued.The Mission added that the Sheikh engaged with them in discussions on the way forward for holding Kirkuk elections.Iraqis from across most of the country went to the polls on 20 April to select 378 members on provincial councils, the elected bodies responsible for nominating governors who take charge of the provinces’ administration, finances and reconstruction projects. Elections were not held in Kirkuk, while Anbar and Ninevah provinces cast their ballots last month.Mr. Busztin extended his sincere condolences to the families of Sheikh Al-Assi and of those who were murdered with him, as well as to the Kirkuk Provincial Council.Mr. Busztin serves as the temporary head of UNAMI following the departure of former Special Representative of the Secretary-General Martin Kobler for the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The killings come amid the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
← Previous Story Filip Jicha leaves FC Barcelona Lassa: I need time to decide about future Next Story → Is Jicha seat ready for Aron Palmarsson? „Correos“ signed the new contract for next 3+1 year and will remain on the main frontal position of the dress of all Spanish indoor and beach handball national teams.The fruitful cooperation started on 2014 with two medals on senior European championship was crowned with gold from recently finished WCh U21 in Algeria. That was the best proof for the partner of RFEBM that future will be bright too and that it will bring additional benefits for company sponsor.Not to forget that during this summer, Spanish beach handball national teams won 5 medals (3 golds in male senior and youth and 2 bronze in female senior) on ECh, WCh and World games.President of RFEBM Francisco V. Blasquez underlined that he can’t imagine dress of Spanish handball national teams without the logo of „Correos“ and that both sides will work together in order to present the best possible picture of handball and Spanish sport. TEXT: X.Q
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras accused on Wednesday the government of having “surrendered” to Greece’s lenders and of failing to act in the interests of its people following the coalition’s decision not to press for an immediate renegotiation of the country’s bailout terms.Speaking to state-run NET TV, Tsipras said that the government had failed to take advantage of the window of opportunity opened at the European Union leaders’ summit on June 28, when Italy and Spain refused to sign the growth pact unless there was agreement on bank recapitalization via the European Stability Mechanism.“We would have fought the battle at the summit, where the government was absent,” said Tsipras. “When Spain and Italy use their veto, it is inconceivable for Greece, which has been brought to its knees over the past 2.5 years, not to say a word.”Tsipras said that the pre-election positions of the three parties in the coalition had proved a myth and that they never carried through with their pledges to renegotiate. He accused the government of having a “clear lack of feeling for patriotic responsibility.” He added that at Monday’s Eurogroup meeting, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras had simply said what his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schaeuble, wanted to hear: that Greece was “not asking for anything.”Tsipras insisted that Greece has to take on the Europeans over the terms of its bailout, even if this risks the eurozone’s collapse. “If the dilemma that is being put to the Greek side is collapse of its economy, society and ensuing social chaos or the collapse of the whole of Europe, we would choose the second,” he said. “This is not blackmail, it is the need for a country and people who have reached the end of their tether to survive.”Tsipras added that he opposed plans to privatize the Public Power Corporation but was in favor of ending special benefits for some public servants. He accused Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of being a hypocrite for attacking SYRIZA as a defender of unfair privileges in the civil service. Tsipras suggested that as culture minister in 2009, Samaras had provided jobs at the Acropolis Museum for people from his birthplace.“If we were to go to the museum and you checked the IDs of the employees, I bet you would not find anyone who is not from Messenia,” he said. “Those who created clientelistic state cannot now wag their finger at us.”Source: Katherimerini
Source of spill, April 29, 2014 (Photo/Sartz-ADEC)A flowline to a well operated by BP at Prudhoe Bay leaked on Monday. Before the spill was under control high winds resulted in a spray of natural gas, crude oil and water that covers an area of tundra larger than 20 football fields.Download AudioAccording to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, operators with BP were working at a well, when a flowline leaking. Ashley Adamczak is an Environmental Program Specialist with DEC. She says 30-mile-an-hour winds on the North Slope sprayed leaking natural gas, water and crude oil across an estimated 27 acres of snow-covered tundra.“What has not been delineated at this time is the part that has been moderately or lightly misted,” Adamczak said.The leak was isolated roughly two hours after it began. With temperatures still below freezing on the North Slope, Adamczak says the entire well pad has been shut down in order to protect other wells from freezing or leaking.“There [are] millions of miles of pipe and thousands of wells on the North Slope, then spills do happen,” Adamczak said. “Fortunately, we don’t get a lot of these spills coming through, but I can’t say that this is the first time that a spill like this has occurred.”It’s still unclear how many gallons of gas, oil and water have spread across the tundra. Adamczak says cleanup will be challenging.“Due to the fact that a lot of it was spilled to tundra, they have to go out there with less aggressive means, so that they don’t actually make the response activities cause more of an impact than the spill did, so a lot of the cleanup will probably be done with hand tools and that’s a lot of area to address with hand tools at these temperatures,” Adamczak said.DEC is working with the North Slope Borough, BP Exploration and the Environmental Protection agency to respond to the incident. There’s no estimate on how long it will take, but Adamczak says the agencies hope to complete cleanup before migrating geese start to arrive on the North Slope.
Asian Streamer Viu Adds Wattpad Development Deal Vice Media’s Doug Jossem on Ending Their Seven-Year Relationship with HBO ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Related Wattpad claims 22 million users within Asia and has development and production deals with Iflix in Indonesia and with Times Bridge in India.Under the deal with youth brand Vice Media, Vice’s content will be offered on Mediacorp’s digital entertainment aggregator Toggle. Shows currently identified include “VICE Reports,” “The Cute Show,” and “10 Questions You Always Wanted To Ask,” alongside programming from global TV channel Viceland, iconic fashion title i-D, food channel Munchies, and technology channel Motherboard. In addition, Mediacorp will be the exclusive representative for all advertising sales in Singapore for VICE.com.Other companies already linked to Toggle through the Mediacorp Partner Network include digital sports publisher ESPN, Singapore’s fastest growing property portal 99.co and luxury media group Edipresse.Spackman Entertainment, a company with a Singapore share listing and a focus on Korean entertainment, will diversify from film into TV drama for the first time. With Mediacorp it will produce “The Equity of Love,” a 20-part romantic drama serial set within Singapore’s hotel industry. Production will begin this year, with broadcast expected in the second half of 2020. The series will include Korean and Mandarin soundtracks.Spackman owns Korean production company Zip Cinema and investor Novus Mediacorp. It recently enjoyed success with finance crisis movie “Default” becoming a major box office hit in Korea.Operating in four languages, Mediacorp is owned by Temasek Holdings, one of Singapore’s sovereign wealth funds. The group operates seven TV channels, 11 radio stations, and multiple digital platforms including Channel News Asia and Toggle, its digital video platform.Mediacorp’s existing content partnerships include those with Hong Kong’s ViuTV on thriller “Blue Tick,” and Taiwan’s Eightgeman and Taiwan Television Enterprise on dual-action drama “All Is Well.” The show has parallel and plots playing out in concurrent series, one set in Taiwan and the other in Singapore. Singapore’s state-backed Mediacorp has struck a trio of new content production deals. They span partnerships with new tech incubators and producers Wattpad and Vice Media, and a series production deal with Spackman Entertainment.Mediacorp says that the trio of moves reflect an initiative to broaden its content ecosystem, explore fresh ideas and new approaches to content creation, and audience engagement. The deals were unveiled on the eve of APOS, the high-level summit conference that takes place in Indonesia this week.Mediacorp and Wattpad aim to move Singaporean stories from the written word to the screen by sourcing projects from among the 565 million stories uploaded on Wattpad. They will use the company’s machine learning technology to identify appropriate concepts, audience insights and perspectives that could guide each project in the development process. In addition to sourcing existing stories from Wattpad, the companies will hold local contests that invite new story ideas from Singaporean writers.
Electric Imp designed the card to be inserted into a product, connecting to the cloud service and in turn allowing the device to talk to other devices and to communicate with the user and services via the Internet. The cards can be programmed to control or measure anything. They can be installed to devices using circuit boards sold by Electric Imp. The company is talking to manufacturers as well, for the purpose of getting slots pre-installed on various products.Costs for an imp card would be about $25 and circuit boards, would be between $10 and $25. Imp-enabled products will be available later this year from a number of vendors, say reports. The company notes that its patent-pending technology is available to license. Interactive media improved patients’ understanding of cancer surgery by more than a third Imp in Action A developer preview bundle will ship in late June. Electric Imp says the software uses drag-and-drop graphics to set up commands, and is easily programmed. Preview units will be available along with developer kits. In notes for developers, the company says software running on the Imp is written in Squirrel, a C-like language, with extensions to communicate with the hardware interfaces and the service.The release signifies a turning point in the Internet of Things, says the company, as Internet-connecting devices so far have been expensive and of limited user benefit. The idea for the Imp stems from one of the team members who wanted to remodel his bathroom and hook up a display under his bathroom cabinet to WiFi to display bits of ambient information, such as the weather forecast and share prices. Disappointed with the lack of tools available, he was convinced there must be a better way of doing something like this.Electric Imp plans to be at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, which runs from May 19 to May 20. Explore further More information: electricimp.com © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — Electric Imp wants to revive the dream of All Things Internet with its new device launched this week. Its Imp is able to connect devices to the Internet, where you can monitor and control information from your phone, mobile computer, or any other Imp-enabled devices. The Los Altos, California, company has essentially managed to come up with a cloud-based home automation unit. The Imp looks like any standard user-installable SD card and is equipped with embedded processor and Wi-Fi capability. The card’s WiFi radio supports 802.11b/g/n, and has an integrated antenna. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Electric Imp serves up plants-thirsty, lights-on control (2012, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-electric-imp-plants-thirsty-lights-on.html
Kolkata: The Met department today forecast heavy to very heavy rain in the districts of south Bengal owing to a well-marked low pressure in north-west Bay of Bengal. Heavy to very heavy rain have been forecast in districts of south Bengal, with the intensity likely to be more in the coastal districts of East Midnapore, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas. The well-marked low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining West Bengal and Odisha coasts is likely to concentrate into a depression during the next two days, regional Met director G K Das said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea till July 22. The metropolis, which has been experiencing sweltering heat for the last few days, is likely to receive heavy rain tomorrow and a few spells of rain thereafter, Das said. Kolkata recorded the day’s highest temperature at 36.1 degree Celsius yesterday, which is three notches above normal, while the minimum temperature was two counts above average at 28.5 degree Celsius.
Cancun, Q.R. — Businesses in Cancun are requesting that the next government consider decreasing the Value Added Tax (VAT) for the state to 8 percent.The business sector of Cancun has joined together to ask that the next administration of president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, include Quintana Roo for a decrease in VAT since it has been proposed for the northern border states.President of the Caribbean Business Coordinating Council (CCE) Inna Germán Gómez, says they are trying to set up working groups to discuss the issue with their federal counterparts.“If it were viable, we would be making a front with the southern business sector since now is when we should be united,” she said.The rate impacts the final consumer, not so much the entrepreneur since it is transferred through the product, however, Germán Gómez considers it important that citizens join in the effort.López Obrador made a proposal to reduce VAT to 8 percent in northern border states at the start of his new administration. Upon the announcement, Governor Carlos Joaquín González questioned why the south was not included, to which López Obrador said they are different geographical situations and he had another vision in terms of economic and social development.“We are proposing that the states generate a kind of VAT that complements what they would be getting as a reduction, but this remains in the state, thereby adding to the federation,” López Obrador explained.The proposal for the northern border states would be a new tax of 3 percent for the state party, which, when added to the federal tax of 8 percent, would be 11 percent. Currently, the state of Quintana Roo pays 16 percent VAT.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)