New Business Tool to Work with Nova Scotia Filmmakers

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. will begin to accept applications for the new Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund on Thursday, July 2. To be eligible, an organization must have a permanent establishment in the province and primarily creating film or video productions for public viewing. The fund is open to projects that spend at least $25,000 (before HST) in Nova Scotia. The maximum funding available to any project is $4 million and guidelines are available at http://novascotiabusiness.com/filmapplication . Online applications will be available beginning Thursday. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the provincial government agency responsible for delivering business development and export development tools, services and programming. “NSBI is excited to work with the film and creative industry as part of our mandate on behalf of Nova Scotians,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We see this expanded responsibility as an opportunity to continue to deliver on what Nova Scotia Business Inc. stands for, which is selling goods and services from Nova Scotia to the world and selling the world on doing business in Nova Scotia.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. works with Nova Scotia companies offering business advice, education and information sessions, such as FITTskills, which is designed for new exporters, and customized research on business opportunities for seasoned exporters. For more information about the programs and services available at Nova Scotia Business Inc., visit http://www.novascotiabusiness.com .last_img read more

Driver students hurt after school bus hits abandoned trailer in Cape Breton

first_imgENGLISHTOWN, N.S. – A trucker who left a broken-down trailer on a Cape Breton highway was being questioned by police Friday after it was hit by a school bus taking children to class, seriously injuring the bus driver and leaving numerous students with minor injuries.Eleven high school students were on the bus when it came upon the trailer at 8:08 a.m. Friday as it approached the crest of Kelly’s Mountain near Englishtown, N.S.The trailer had been abandoned the previous night, said RCMP Const. Eric Latwaitis.“It was a two-lane area, with a passing lane and a slow lane,” he said.“It was in the slow lane a considerable amount, probably in that lane for the most part. It had broken down and the trailer was abandoned there. It took up most of the lane, because of the snow on the banks.”The driver, who is apparently from Cape Breton, seems to have left only two warning triangles behind the truck after it broke down the previous night, he said.The collision did considerable damage to the bus’s front end, moving its frame by 10 inches, said Latwaitis, who said it was remarkable the injuries weren’t worse.The children weren’t wearing seatbelts, but the design of the bus allowed the front end to collapse on itself, likely a factor in limiting injuries further back.“With the amount of damage to the bus, it was fortunate the outcome was as good as it was,” he said. “We’re very very lucky with what appears to be minor injuries to the youth.”Michelle MacLeod, spokeswoman for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, said the students’ injuries “were limited to bumps and bruises … I believe there was one sprained wrist.”She said the students were en route to Memorial High School, a Grade 9-12 school in Sydney Mines.Latwaitis said the children were “quite shaken up,” but able to walk off the bus. The driver was pinned by the damage, but conscious as first responders took about three hours to free him with the Jaws of Life.Latwaitis said he has never before seen a truck abandoned on a road in that way: “Never to this extent, right into the middle of the lane.”“We are currently looking to see if that act was considered reckless or endangering. We’ll be following up on that to determine if there’s charges to follow,” he said.The officer said weather conditions may have limited the bus driver’s ability to see what was in front of him.“It was a bright sunny day and the roads were very wet, and the sun was right at the top of the roadway as he came around the turn, so we believe that may have been a considerable factor in what happened,” he said.The driver was taken by air ambulance to hospital for treatment of serious injuries, MacLeod said.“He’s in serious condition and we’re just hoping for the best,” she said.MacLeod said members of the board’s crisis team were at both the school and hospital to offer information and comfort to the students and parents.last_img read more

Liberal election plane damaged in Victoria after media bus drives under wing

first_imgVICTORIA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s election plane sustained some damage in Victoria after a media bus drove under one of its wings Wednesday night.The plane had just landed in the British Columbia capital after transporting Trudeau, his team and several journalists travelling with the campaign across the country for Day 1 of the federal election race.A bus was parked close to the plane to transport the journalists from the tarmac.The media bus just hit one of the wings of the Liberal plane. Drove right underneath one of the wings and scraping the underside. #cdnpoli #exln43 pic.twitter.com/vcgSdCOBLR— Teresa Wright (@ReporterTeresa) September 12, 2019As it departed, it drove under the wing of the plane, making a loud scraping sound as the top of the bus slowly dragged under the wing.The bottom of the wing had visible damage, but it is not yet known how this will affect Trudeau’s travel plans.Trudeau has a busy flight schedule planned for Thursday with stops in Kamloops, B.C., and Edmonton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

They should never be alone

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhitehorse has seen 29 sexual assault cases in six months. And that’s just the number that has been reported.Women’s groups in the community are becoming concerned about the high rate of assaults, and they’re asking the question: how many more cases are going unreported, because women are afraid to speak out?APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has more.last_img

Hundreds protest ruling by PSC against CJ

The committee said Saturday that it investigated five of the 14 charges against Bandaranayake and concluded that she was guilty of three of them. Bandaranayake has denied all the allegations. Hundreds of Sri Lankans have hit the streets to protest against a parliamentary committee that ruled the country’s chief justice is unfit to hold office because of unexplained wealth and misuse of power.Opposition lawmakers, lawyers and rights activists joined the protest in the capital Colombo on Monday, demanding that the government halt an impeachment process against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. The ruling came after Bandaranayake and four opposition party members, who were part of the committee, walked out of the hearing, saying they had no faith in the fairness of the process. (AP)

Like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory Open Text CEO excited to deploy

Open Text Corp. chief executive Mark Barrenechea said he feels “like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory” after the Waterloo, Ont.-based company announced a deeper partnership with Google LLC.By designating Google as its “preferred” cloud provider, and integrating Google services such as translation, transcription and G Suite products like Gmail, Google Calendar and Docs, Barrenechea has plenty of new capabilities to build into existing Open Text enterprise management software.On stage at the company’s Enterprise World conference, Barrenechea challenged customers to come up with complicated, innovative problems so that Open Text can try to build workflows and solutions using Google’s cloud capabilities. Waterloo’s Open Text Corp to buy HP Inc’s customer experience software business for US$170M ‘Watson is junk’: Waterloo’s OpenText hops on the AI bandwagon with Magellan Google’s cloud deal sends Canada’s Open Text to a record high “There are a set of things we know we can do together right now,” he said. “As we get closer, Google has all these other product lines, and they’re innovating, and we haven’t figured it all out yet, all the things we can use.”Open Text bills itself as an enterprise information management company that sells to the “Global 10,000” — the largest companies and governments around the world.Founded in 1991, Open Text has historically licensed enterprise software, years before the global shift to cloud computing began, but the company in recent years has been moving toward offering software services to enterprise customers migrating to the cloud.At Enterprise World, the company announced it is now a preferred partner for enterprise information management on Google’s cloud service, and, in turn, Google is a preferred partner for providing cloud infrastructure.Historically, Google has not been a strong player in the enterprise cloud computing sector, trailing behind Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft’s Azure service.“I can say confidently, we’re bigger in the enterprise today than Google,” Barrenechea said. “It’s a delight to get close to a company like Google who has enterprise ambitions, and we can help them in the enterprise. They can help us on the technology.”But Google recently announced a product called Anthos, a platform designed to allow enterprise customers to manage their cloud services from a unified dashboard across public cloud services and private servers.The Anthos announcement in April was seen as a clear indication that Google is getting more serious about enterprise cloud services.Barrenechea said he hopes Open Text will be for Google what Sharepoint is for Microsoft — the information management system that runs on top of the cloud service.“Microsoft is a competitor for me, plain and simple. Sharepoint is a competitor,” he said. “We’ve beaten them in the marketplace, we’ve beaten them back to the mid-market, and we can go to market with Google by being their Sharepoint for content services.”In the immediate afterglow of the Google partnership announcement, Open Text’s stock jumped by 2.5 per cent before falling back a bit.National Bank analyst Richard Tse said that there is a lot to like from the partnership, because the integration with Google has the potential to drive Open Text’s growth, and an expanded suite of services using Google’s artificial intelligence tools could make its product offering “sticky” to retain customers.“The big deal is that it potentially brings meaningful scale,” Tse said.In a note to investors, CIBC analyst Stephanie Price was also positive about the announcement, and said there were a lot of potential business solutions that the two companies can offer together.“We see numerous cross-selling opportunities for Google’s machine learning solutions in a variety of industries such as: legal (due diligence, ensuring requirements of stored contracts have been met), banking (automating mortgage processing), compliance (monitoring),” she said.But with the emphasis on Google’s artificial intelligence expertise, Price raised a note of concern for the future of Magellan, Open Text’s AI system that was front and centre during the past two years’ Enterprise World conferences.Price said it does not seem that Magellan is being widely used, judging by her conversations with customers at Enterprise World, so it probably will not matter much if Google sidelines it.But Barrenechea said Open Text intends to keep investing in AI services, because it can offer specific services deep within its customer data, whereas Google’s AI capabilities are more suited to building tools for broad-use cases.“Look, SAP is building out their AI, Leonardo, to go deep into SAP. Salesforce is building Einstein to go deep into Salesforce. They want to win their install base. Magellan is all about winning the Open Text install base,” he said. “It’s not on deathwatch at all. It’s just being born.”Financial Post• Email: jmcleod@nationalpost.com | Twitter: read more

FEATURE Sierra Leone – from ashes of war UN helps plant seeds

That’s how the Lonely Planet describes Sierra Leone today. The travel guide also calls Sierra Leone “one of West Africa’s safest destinations” – an inconceivable description of a country that a little over a decade ago made headlines with unspeakable atrocities committed by teenage soldiers in the course of a brutal civil war.On top of that, Sierra Leone – once home to the largest peacekeeping force in the history of the United Nations – now even sends its own soldiers as UN peacekeepers to trouble spots around the world.“There is no reason for a peacekeeping or a peacebuilding mission in the country anymore. The country is at peace,” said Jens Toyberg-Frandzen, Executive Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone, known as UNIPSIL.March 31, 2014 marks the official end of UNIPSIL, the third and final phase of a robust UN engagement that began 15 years ago and saw tens of thousands of peacekeepers serve under the UN flag alongside the Sierra Leoneans to achieve a hard-won peace. More than 17,000 “blue helmets” were deployed at the height of an 11-year civil conflict to disarm rebel militias and return this West African nation to stability. The United Nations helped the Government to combat illicit diamond mining that fuelled the conflict, and to establish control over the affected areas. With the UN’s help, Sierra Leone’s citizens voted in successive free and fair elections for the first time in their history.UN peacekeepers disarmed more than 75,000 ex-fighters, including hundreds of child soldiers, and destroyed more than 42,000 weapons and 1.2 million rounds of ammunition. The United Nations assisted more than half a million Sierra Leonean refugees and internally displaced persons to return home and supported training for thousands of local police.Six years ago, UNIPSIL, a civilian political mission set out to help Sierra Leone consolidate progress, addressing tensions that could have caused a relapse into conflict while strengthening institutions and promoting human rights.”One of the most remarkable achievements of UNIPSIL is the mission’s use of soft power to avoid political tensions. In April 2009, we were seriously concerned that conflict would flare up between political parties. We brought them to the same table and supported them in drafting a roadmap,” Project Coordinator Patrick Buse, who has been with the mission since 2009. “For me, this was one of my most memorable moments with the mission.”And there were many such landmark moments in the years leading up to the last phase of the UN operation.Sierra Leone became the first country in Africa to establish, with UN backing, a tribunal to address the most serious international crimes that was based in the territory where the crimes were committed. And when the Freetown headquarters of the Special Court for Sierra Leone closed its doors in December 2013, it was the first of the UN and UN-backed tribunals to successfully complete its mandate. The Special Court’s sentencing of former Liberian President Charles Taylor was the first conviction of a former Head of State since Nuremberg – sending a stern warning that even top leaders must pay for their crimes. The accomplishments have truly been awe-inspiring, but much remains to be done on the development front. Sierra Leone sits 11th from the bottom, or 177th out of 187 countries surveyed in the latest Human Development Index (HDI), a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, standards of living, and quality of life for countries worldwide. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was in Freetown in early March to attend a ceremony marking the mission’s closure and the transfer of responsibility to 19 UN agencies, funds and programmes, pledged that the United Nations will work together with the people of Sierra Leone to keep the country on track along the development path. “I can confirm here officially that the United Nations will continue to stand together with the Government and people of Sierra Leone in their march toward further and more participatory democracy and sustainable development and also promoting human rights,” Mr. Ban told a press conference in Freetown.Even as the UN gears up to deploy peacekeepers in other parts of the African continent, Sierra Leone is a hopeful example of how peacekeeping missions can exit the scene, leaving behind a solid legacy for the future. read more

UN agencies boost aid efforts to floodhit Tindouf refugees call for urgent

“UNHCR [Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee] is playing a leading role in the humanitarian response, working with the Sahrawi refugee population, as well as UN agencies [World Food Programme] and [UN Children’s Fund] and other partners,” said Amin Awad, Director of the Bureau for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Refugee Coordinator for the Syria and Iraq situations., told journalists in Geneva during a briefing today.This joint effort is delivering basic food and drinking water, as well as offering shelters to the homeless. Relief needs such as tents, bedding materials, and cooking tools will be airlifted over the next two days, according to UNHCR.The rains, which began last Friday and are expected to last until Sunday, have flooded all five camps at Tindouf region completely or in part. As a result, traditional Sahrawi tents and mud-brick homes, as well as other infrastructure, have been destroyed and damaged.Rebuilding latrines and removing floodwaters, said Mr. Awad, is a priority to avoid water related diseases. However, “UNHCR is urgently appealing to donors for emergency funds to respond to the flooding crisis,” he said, explaining that “UNHCR’s 2015 budget for the Tindouf operation is around just 20 per cent, leaving a huge funding gap and restricting operational activities.” read more

Blue Jackets still getting accustomed to new coachs uptempo offense

Talk in Columbus during the Blue Jackets offseason often focused on new coach Scott Arniel’s up-tempo, high-octane offensive system. Meanwhile, fans wondered if a new coach would turn the team around after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. After 15 games, it’s clear that the transition from former coach Ken Hitchcock’s read-and-react style to Arniel’s is still a work in progress. Ideally, Arniel would like to push a defender up the ice to help on the attack, creating offense by controlling the puck and limiting the opponent’s space. “It’s kind of meat and potatoes, get the puck deep and get the puck on the net,” Blue Jackets center Kyle Wilson said. “The way the NHL is these days, sure you see the pretty goals on the highlight reels every day, but 95 percent of them are goals in and around the net. These days, that’s how you’re going to win hockey games.” Former Buckeye and current Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger said the system can be fun as long as the team gets up the ice without turning over the puck. “I think that we have a lot more responsibility, and as long as we’re making smart, sound plays with the puck and protecting it, we get a leash and can go out there and do a little bit more with it,” Umberger said. The Jackets’ defense has been turning in the most impressive performances in the first 15 games. The worry with Arniel’s system is that it can lead to two-on-one breakaways for the opposition, especially when the defenders are moving up the ice and into an attacking position. Yet the team ranks 20th in the league in goals per game, with 2.7, and 10th in the league in goals against, with 2.5 per game. The Jackets are 9-6, good enough for fourth place in the competitive Western Conference Central Division. Right wing Jakub Voracek said the wins column will fill up if the team is more consistent. “We’ll play well for two or three games and then we’ll just have a blowout game,” Voracek said. “We’ve just got to figure this system out and we’ve got to play even better.” Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman agreed with Voracek’s assertion but said he likes where the team is headed under Arniel. “I think the system has been good, you know, obviously it’s getting results,” Stralman said. “We’re a better team this year than we were last year, so we just have to be more consistent and put the effort in every game.” The Jackets will start the week by traveling to Los Angeles, where they will play the Kings on Wednesday at the Staples Center. read more

Soldiers killed in tank live fire explosion named

first_imgPractice tank shells waiting to be used on the Castlemartin range earlier this monthCredit:RTR/Facebook Both men were fathers. Cpl Hatfield, aged 27, was engaged with a young daughter and lived in Everleigh, Wiltshire.Cpl Neilson, aged 30, was from Blackburn, Lancs, and was married with a young daughter. A Royal Tank Regiment Challenger 2 on exercise at Castlemartin, South Wales, earlier this month A Royal Tank Regiment Challenger 2 on exercise at Castlemartin, South Wales, earlier this monthCredit:RTR/Facebook Lt Col Simon Ridgway, commanding officer of regiment, said the soldiers “loved what they did” and the unit had “lost two real characters and feels truly honoured to have served with them”.”They will both be sorely missed,” he added. Two soldiers who died after ammunition is believed to have exploded inside their tank have been described as “exceptionally talented”.Cpl Matthew Hatfield and Cpl Darren Neilson, of the Royal Tank Regiment, died after an explosion inside their vehicle during a live firing exercise earlier this week.Two other soldiers remain in a serious condition in hospital. Practice tank shells waiting to be used on the Castlemartin range earlier this monthcenter_img Cpl Darren Neilson with his wifeCredit:Wales news service Tank firing exercises have been temporarily banned after the incident during training at Castlemartin Ranges in Pembrokeshire.The four-man crew of the Challenger 2 main battle tank was firing 120mm practice shells at targets on the Castlemartin Ranges in Pembrokeshire when the explosion occurred.Army sources said the blast was believed to be “ammunition related”.Each practice shell has a dummy warhead, but the same propelling charge as a combat shell. Cpl Darren Neilson with his wife A spokesman for the MoD said: “A ban on tank live firing training has been put in place until the findings of the investigation are known. Further action will follow as appropriate.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

New evidence shows GD at work

first_imgVideo and photographic evidence made available to the magistrates investigating Golden Dawn is likely to lead to more charges being levelled against members of the neo-Nazi party and could even result in its MPs being accused of treason. It emerged that digital evidence gathered from the homes of Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos and party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris contained dozens of videos and photos that could prove incriminating for the party, which denies being sympathetic to Nazi ideology and using violence. Images leaked to the media show Kasidiaris brandishing a number of firearms in photographs and leading paramilitary-style training of Golden Dawn members. There are also pictures of Golden Dawn members performing Nazi salutes and one wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. In the meantime, other video recordings and photographs found in the possession of a hitherto unknown member of the party who took part in swearing-in ceremonies for new members reveal new information about the ideological nature of this neo-Nazi formation. In one video recording, taken at a party meeting in a taverna some time before the May 2012 elections, Golden Dawn’s leader can be seen admitting that he is a Nazi. “They say that we are the bad fascists, nationalists. The truth is that they are wrong; we are all that. Our aim is not to improve that which is currently in parliament or to correct the political forces that are corrupt and on their last legs, but finish them off once and for all,” Nikos Michaloliakos can be heard saying. In dozens of other videos that appear to have been recorded during the swearing in of new members – in the presence of Michaloliakos – Golden Dawn members can be heard referring to “hanged necks” and “heavy axes”. “If people want to know, yes I’m a Nazi and together we will change the world. They are all traitors and deserve the heavy axe,” says one speaker. Another speaker told the Golden Dawn meeting that it was time to “kill the Jew hiding in all of us”. In one clip that has been leaked to the media, a Golden Dawn member stands up, speaks and gives the Nazi salute facing Nikos Michaloliakos and Giorgos Germenis, who reciprocate the gesture. Michaloliakos has been one of three Golden Dawn MPs held on remand since September on charges of forming and controlling a criminal organisation. Germenis was one of three MPs to be released on bail in the same probe. Among the hundreds of photographs also found in the cache is one showing a man, dressed in the white gown and hood of the US racist group Ku Klux Klan, giving the Nazi salute with his back to Golden Dawn’s meander logo. Other images show what appears to be the same hooded man at a meeting on the topic of ‘Speech on the antiracist law – Women’s Front Party’ and chatting to Golden Dawn members. The hard drive includes photographs taken over the years. One shows an army officer giving the Nazi salute, another children attending propaganda classes. A pdf document entitled ‘Principles of propaganda – Dr Goebbels’ was also saved on the hard drive. The document is a translation of the principles used to promote the Nazi cause as recorded by Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, in his diary. Sources: enetenglish, ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Secret Undiscovered Chamber Found in Great Pyramid

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Given that the Great Pyramid is about 5,000 years old and so incredibly iconic, it’s a bit of a shock that we haven’t figured out everything there is to know about it. And yet, scientists just keep finding more. This time, a team of physicists managed to find a very large chamber deep inside using the breakdown products of cosmic rays.The space is huge, over 98 feet (30 meters) long. That could spark excitement among some that we’ll get another trove like those associated with King Tut, but Egyptologists have been dashing those hopes. “There’s zero chance of hidden burial chambers,” Egyptologist Aidan Dodson at the University of Bristol told Scientific American.Instead, it seems that the big reveal might be clues as to how the massive structures were built. There’s been speculation for hundreds of years that these massive structures couldn’t have been built by humans. That’s nonsense, of course, archaeological evidence shows that were entire towns that sprung up to support the tremendous construction effort.It makes sense that we’d think they were of… extraterrestrial or other supernatural origins, though. For millennia, the Great Pyramid was the tallest human-made structure on Earth. It rose to more than 400 feet and is the only one of the original seven wonders to still stand. Originally constructed as a tomb for the Pharaoh Khufu circa 2500 BCE, the structure is now one of the most popular tourist destinations, as it is one of the last remaining major connections to humans’ collective ancient past.It’s been probed extensively since the 19th century, and so far a few major chambers have been found including the king’s chamber, a gallery, and a queen’s chamber. Even so, there’s been rumors for decades that there might yet be more chambers deep inside, but until now, no one had found a new room in two hundred years. And finding this one was no easy task.Scientists relied on relatively new muon detectors. These are systems that track and measure muons, or tiny particles that are created when cosmic rays interact with the Earth’s upper atmosphere. They’ve been hugely useful for scanning the insides of volcanoes as well as the Fukushima reactors in Japan.The results of this study, published yesterday in the journal Nature, was a collaborative effort from a few times. Each had their own set-up, and they used different sets of scanners placed all over the inside and outside of the pyramid. The pyramid is dense and obviously, no one wants to damage it looking for more things, so this method was selected as a non-invasive technique.While there are many theories, including one that this could be another Grand Gallery, Dodson suspects its purpose is more mundane, suggesting that it could simply have been built just to take some weight off the structure in the Gallery. These chambers are relatively common and are found above another of other chambers in various pyramids, including Khufu’s own burial chamber.More study will be needed to figure out just how and why this area was constructed, but it’s endlessly fascinating and shows that even millennia ago, humans knew their stuff. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

New Clark County Superior Court judge to be sworn in May 31

first_imgClark County’s newest Superior Court judge will be sworn into office on May 31.Private attorney Suzan L. Clark’s swearing-in ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on the sixth floor of the county’s Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Clark on May 6 to succeed retired Judge Diane Woolard. Woolard left the bench in March due to some chronic health problems.Clark’s first day in office was delayed to give her time to wrap upher pending cases.She already has started the process of seeking election to keep her new job. She filed on Monday to be listed on the November ballot.The state’s Superior Court judges serve four-year terms. However, when a judge is appointed in mid-term, he or she must vie to retain the position in the following election.Clark, 50, of Vancouver will be the court’s third female judge. There are 10 judges on the Clark County Superior Court bench.The University of Oregon law graduate is the president of the Clark County Bar Association. Once she takes the bench, the bar association’s bylaws call for vice president Jane Clark to fill in as acting president until the annual meeting in September, when officers are elected, said Lisa Darco, office manager of the bar association.last_img read more

Federated Media Launching Native and Programmatic Ad Service Blend

first_imgWhen publishers latch onto something, they tend to take all the way. With content, it’s publish anywhere, anytime. And on the digital advertising front, where the two big trends of native and programmatic have emerged, publishers of course want to do both.In most cases, however, publishers are building two ends of the spectrum. You want programmatic ad buying opportunities? No problem, we have that over here. Native? Sure, talk to this group here. But Federated Media Publishing, a network of independent sites across several verticals, is rolling out a new service that takes the data-based and automated characteristics of programmatic and combines them with the custom, content marketing aspects of native. Earlier in August Federated Media Publishing CEO John Battelle blogged about the new service, tentatively called Content Reachtargeting. “But storytelling alone isn’t enough to get the job done,” says Battelle, referring to the brand-side “storytelling” strategies. “As an industry we need a platform that allows us to distribute those stories to just the right people, at just the right time, in just the right context.”Battelle wants to add the direct marketing capabilities of programmatic to native, and noted Facebook and Twitter were having some success with this concept, but only within their “walled gardens,” as he called them. “What about the rest of the Internet?” he asked.Federated Media’s acquisition of Lijit back in October 2011 kicked off the development potential of a native/programmatic service offering. The service is still in development, Battelle tells FOLIO:, but Advertising Week will be where it’s debuted. “I could be one of 100 people saying the same thing in September,” he says.”Our thesis in 2011 was that the two [programmatic and native] will connect and the market will demand it,” he continues. “They’ll want to do content marketing, but they’ll want to do it at scale.”In execution, says Battelle, the service would initially be a twist on retargeting and use standard IAB units. A visitor lands on a page and gets pixeled. On that page is a native-programmatic ad unit. As the reader travels to other publisher sites, that ad unit follows, but a different version is served. Battelle says they’ve been experimenting with the concept within the Federated Media network of sites and readers have been clicking on the ads. “We have noticed a significant increase in rates,” he says.last_img read more

Suicide attack kills 27 Iran elite Revolutionary Guards

first_imgMap or Iran locating the city of Zahedan. Photo: AFPA suicide bomber killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, state media said, in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise in attacks by militants from the country’s Sunni Muslim minority.The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, claimed responsibility for the attack, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.The heavy losses among Iran’s premier military force prompted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander to issue a warning to the country’s foes.“Our response in defence of the Islamic Revolution will not be limited to our borders,” Ali Fadavi was quoted as saying by Fars.“The enemies will receive a very firm response from the Revolutionary Guards like before.” He did not specify which enemies or what actions Tehran would take.In the past Iran has accused its regional rival, Sunni Arab Saudi Arabia, of supporting Sunni separatist groups who have attacked its security forces. Riyadh has denied the charges.Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim authorities say militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighbouring country to crack down on them.A suicide bomber driving a vehicle laden with explosives attacked a bus transporting members of the Guards, the force said in a statement. Thirteen people were wounded.A video posted by Fars showed blood and debris at the site of the attack on a road in a volatile area near the Pakistan border where militants and armed drug smugglers operate.The bus was turned into a twisted pile of metal, a photo published on Fars showed. Reuters could not independently verify the image.While Sunni militant groups are not regarded as a major threat, the attack dealt a fresh blow to Iran’s security establishment, which has often said it can repel any threat no matter how big, even from the United States and its ally Israel.Military Might And Business InterestsThe assault in impoverished Sistan-Baluchistan province – among the worst ever on the Guards – illustrated that Iran’s elite force, which answers directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, can be vulnerable to guerrilla-style operations.The Guards’ estimated 125,000-strong military, with army, navy and air units, has acted as the sword and shield of Shi’ite clerical rule in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution.The force also operates outside of Iran’s borders in countries such as Iraq and Syria where it works with proxies to promote Tehran’s interest. It runs a business empire in Iran worth billions of dollars.“The self-sacrificing military and intelligence children of the people of Iran will take revenge for the blood of the martyrs of this incident,” Fars quoted Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi as saying.Iran’s Guards fired missiles at Islamic State militants in Syria in 2017 and 2018 after the group claimed responsibility for two attacks in Tehran and Ahvaz. In 2018, the Guards launched missiles at an Iranian Kurdish armed opposition group in northern Iraq.Wednesday’s violence comes during a month in which Iran has been commemorating the 1979 Islamic Revolution which swept the US-backed Shah from power. Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of US efforts to curb its military power.Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appeared to blame the United States for the attack, citing a US-sponsored conference in Warsaw aimed at rallying support to further isolate Iran.On Twitter he asked: “Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins?”Iran had enjoyed relative stability compared to Arab neighbours who have grappled with political and economic upheaval touched off by popular uprisings in 2011.But economic hardships fuelled by US sanctions have triggered waves of protests that sometimes call for Iran’s clerical leaders to step down.Twelve members of the Guards were among 25 people killed last autumn by gunmen on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz in the southwest. The Sunni Islamic State and an Arab separatist group both claimed responsibility.Jaish al-Adl emerged as the main armed opposition movement in the southeast after members of another Sunni group, Jundullah, joined it after their leader was captured on a plane in 2010. He was tried and executed.last_img read more

Mexico Rescuers Eager To Resume Work After Rain

first_img Share Twitter user @BBCWorldRescuers work to save people from the rubble on Sept. 20.MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on Mexico’s major earthquake (all times local):10:15 a.m.Cristal Estrada is pacing back and forth with a blanket wrapped around her near the tent where she spent the night on the street in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighborhood.She is worried about her brother Martin, a 31-year-old accountant, who is believed to be in the remains of a seven-story office building across the street that collapsed in Tuesday’s earthquake.Estrada says she’s frustrated that she can’t do anything herself to help remove the rubble. Rescuers continue to say there’s life in the wrecked building, but there’s no telling whether that includes her brother.Estrada worries that “they do not have much time in there.”Officials say scores of people have been rescued alive from collapse buildings, but at least 286 are known to be dead.___8:35 a.m.Rescue efforts were suspended overnight at a quake-collapsed seven-story building in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighborhood as rain drenched the area and destabilized the pile of rubble.Workers were eager to restart under overcast but dry conditions as soon as experts confirm it’s safe to do so.Jose Gutierrez is a relative of someone believed to be in the wreckage of the building, and also a civil engineer.He gathered other families of the missing amid an ad-hoc campsite of tents, tarps and plastic chairs on Friday to let them know what was going on.A list of 46 names of missing people was attached to a nearby lamppost.Gutierrez’s voice broke with emotion as he spoke: “My family is there. I want them to get out, so … we go onward.”Rescuers from countries including the United States, Israel, Japan and Panama were at the site.___7:55 a.m.Mexican authorities have raised the death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake to 286, with more than half of them in the capital.National Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Puente says 148 people are confirmed dead in Mexico City.He reports in a tweet sent Friday that there were also 73 deaths in the state of Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.last_img read more

Full Show Houston Reacts To Mass Shootings And The Lingering Health Effects

first_imgListen 00:00 /44:42 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Monday’s Houston Matters: Houstonians gathered at a pair of vigils Sunday to honor the victims of two mass shootings over the weekend — one at a Walmart in El Paso and the other on a busy street in Dayton, Ohio.While the motive of the slain suspect in the Ohio shooting remains unclear, the 21-year-old suspect in the El Paso shooting faces the death penalty and federal domestic terrorism charges.We discuss how Greater Houston has responded to the shootings and what we know about white nationalism and racism on the rise in our community.Also this hour: We learn how extreme weather is affecting our bodies long after the storm has passed.Then, we examine concerns about the I-45 project from local citizens and businesses and learn how TxDOT is responding to critics.And sportswriter Jeff Balke updates us Houston sports. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img X last_img read more

MGM National Harbor Brings Touch of Vegas Jobs and WorldClass Amusements to

first_imgA touch of Las Vegas sits mere minutes from the nation’s capitol. After two years of construction and $1.4 billion, MGM National Harbor spent the week, prepping for a much-anticipated Dec. 8 opening that brings with its stellar branding and thousands of sustainable jobs to a region struggling to regain its economic stronghold.Along with the construction of the establishment’s 308 room hotel, 3,000-seat theater, 125,000-square-foot casino, and 18,000 square feet of retail, MGM has hired or offered jobs to more than 3,800 people – 46 percent of the employees are Black and reside in Prince Georges County.The MGM National Harbor Casino is set to open to the general public on Dec. 8. (Photos by Rob Roberts)During a preview tour of the complex, Gordon M. Absher, vice president of Corporate Communications, said that the goal with hiring county residents was to ensure that their training would allow them to join an established industry and succeed within it.“MGM is a brand that matters and those who come to us, remember how they were treated – the smiles, the attention to detail, the overall positive experience – and we wanted to train new employees on how we do things,” Absher told the AFRO. “We also wanted to ensure our workforce thrives and grows within the organization.”Absher said the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency issued roughly 1,500 casino-related licenses for the resort. And the employment center at the former Thomas Addison Elementary School on Oxon Hill Road trained residents as casino workers – including blackjack, poker and roulette workers.The 24-story resort offers 15 restaurants – including famous Harlem chef Marcus Samuelsson’s 24-hour restaurant. Marcus, said the restaurant mirrors his Red Rooster brasserie, including live music and an outdoor dining area. Additionally, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, originally from Frederick, Md., will open their first joint restaurant, Steak House, and José Andrés is opening a themed, seafood-only restaurant called Fish within the same track.“It is unique to cook food that guests will enjoy in their hotel rooms while lying in bed or sitting on a couch, instead of in a traditional restaurant setting. The cooking has to be even more personal,” said Samuelsson. “That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to create a special in-room experience that guests at MGM National Harbor will not soon forget.”MGM National Harbor Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations Alison Bybee said, “We want MGM National Harbor to be a true culinary destination. Whether guests are dining at a restaurant, at a bar, or even in their room, they are going to experience something spectacular. Chef Samuelsson’s oversight of our in-room dining menu not only elevates the standard of our food and beverage program, but continues to push the boundaries for culinary excellence within the Capital Region.”For those with a sweet tooth, the pastry shop Bellagio Patisserie, located in the hotel’s conservatory, will house a running fountain of 4,000 pounds of dark, white, and milk chocolate, making it the world’s largest chocolate fountain.For those with concerns about traffic – the resort is expected to bring an estimated 20,000 visitors into the area daily – officials urge visitors to consider using ride-share services such as Uber or taxis, the new Oxon Hill Road extension (rather than 295), the Metro, or the new water taxi service, Potomac RiverBoat, which operates between Old Town Alexandria (right behind the Torpedo Factory) and National Harbor.“After years of planning, designing, and developing, we are thrilled that the moment is almost upon us to share this very special resort with the community and visitors from around the world,” said Lorenzo Creighton, president of MGM National Harbor. “We are grateful to Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland, and all of the local designers, artisans, and businesses that have collaborated with us to deliver this international resort with very local roots.”last_img read more

Paper Box Market Is Expected to Witness a Steady Growth by

first_imgCentral and South America (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia) Big Market Research Add New 2019-2026 Global Paper Box Market Report to its research database presenting an informative study covering the market with detailed analysis. The Methanol market research report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of global Industry.The report mainly studies the size, recent trends and development status of the Paper Box market, as well as investment opportunities, government policy, market dynamics (drivers, restraints, opportunities), supply chain and competitive landscape. Technological innovation and advancement will further optimize the performance of the product, making it more widely used in downstream applications. Moreover, Porter\’s Five Forces Analysis (potential entrants, suppliers, substitutes, buyers, industry competitors) provides crucial information for knowing the Paper Box market. The rising consumer consciousness, regarding sustainable packaging, along with the strict regulations being imposed by various environmental protection agencies, regarding the use of environment-friendly packaging products, is driving the market for paper packaging. The rapid growth of online shopping and delivery-on-demand services have fueled the usage of cardboard and paper-based bags.Request a sample copy of Paper Box Market Research Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3211748?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNMajor players in the global Paper Box market include: Yantai Xingda Paper Pulp Products, GreenWare, Quanzhou Far East, Dongguan City Lvheng Paper, Jinhua Zhongsheng Fiber Products, Shandong Haiyun Ecological Paper, Taizhou Kingsun Green Paper Tableware, Qingdao Wonderful Paper Products, HGHYGeographically, the report includes the research on production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate, and forecast (2014-2026) of the following regions:United States Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland) China Other RegionsGet a Discount of Paper Box Market research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3211748?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNChapter 1 provides an overview of Paper Box market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of Paper Box market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter.Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players.Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in Paper Box industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles, applications and specifications of products market performance along with Business Overview are offered.Chapter 4 gives a worldwide view of Paper Box market. It includes production, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type.Chapter 5 focuses on the application of Paper Box, by analyzing the consumption and its growth rate of each application.Chapter 6 is about production, consumption, export, and import of Paper Box in each region.Chapter 7 pays attention to the production, revenue, price and gross margin of Paper Box in markets of different regions. The analysis on production, revenue, price and gross margin of the global market is covered in this part.Chapter 8 concentrates on manufacturing analysis, including key raw material analysis, cost structure analysis and process analysis, making up a comprehensive analysis of manufacturing cost.Chapter 9 introduces the industrial chain of Paper Box. Industrial chain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in this chapter.Chapter 10 provides clear insights into market dynamics.Chapter 11 prospects the whole Paper Box market, including the global production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees the Paper Box market by type and application.Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study.Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding.Years considered for this report:Historical Years: 2014-2018Base Year: 2019Estimated Year: 2019Forecast Period: 2019-2026 More report about of this report: https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/3211748/global-paper-box-market-report-2019-competitive-landscape-trends-and-opportunities?utm_source=SHASHITable of Contents1 Paper Box Market Overview1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Paper Box1.2 Paper Box Segment by Type1.2.1 Global Paper Box Production and CAGR (%) Comparison by Type (2014-2026)1.2.2 The Market Profile of Type 11.2.3 The Market Profile of Type 21.2.4 The Market Profile of Type 31.3 Global Paper Box Segment by Application1.3.1 Paper Box Consumption (Sales) Comparison by Application (2014-2026)1.3.2 The Market Profile of Application 11.3.3 The Market Profile of Application 21.3.4 The Market Profile of Application 31.4 Global Paper Box Market by Region (2014-2026)1.4.1 Global Paper Box Market Size (Value) and CAGR (%) Comparison by Region (2014-2026)1.4.2 United States Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.3 Europe Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.3.1 Germany Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.3.2 UK Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.3.3 France Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.3.4 Italy Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.3.5 Spain Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.3.6 Russia Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.3.7 Poland Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.4 China Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.5 Japan Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.6 India Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.7 Southeast Asia Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.7.1 Malaysia Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.7.2 Singapore Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.7.3 Philippines Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.7.4 Indonesia Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.7.5 Thailand Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.7.6 Vietnam Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.8 Central and South America Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.8.1 Brazil Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.8.2 Mexico Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.8.3 Colombia Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.9 Middle East and Africa Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.9.1 Saudi Arabia Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.9.2 United Arab Emirates Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.9.3 Turkey Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.9.4 Egypt Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.9.5 South Africa Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.4.9.6 Nigeria Paper Box Market Status and Prospect (2014-2026)1.5 Global Market Size (Value) of Paper Box (2014-2026)1.5.1 Global Paper Box Revenue Status and Outlook (2014-2026)1.5.2 Global Paper Box Production Status and Outlook (2014-2026)About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct:+1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.com Paper Box, Global Paper Box, Paper Box Market, Paper Box Market Size, Paper Box Industry, Paper Box Market share, Paper Box Sales, Paper Box Industry Analysis, Paper Box Industry Demand, Paper Box Industry Trends, Paper Box Market Analysis, Paper Box Market Data, Paper Box Market Demand, Paper Box Market Forecasts, Paper Box Market growthcenter_img Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam) Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria) India Japanlast_img read more