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Alexandre Lacazette scores on debut for Arsenal F.C. in 2-0 win over Sydney F.C.

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette, Arsenal F.C.’s record signing, scored shortly into his debut for his new club in a 2-0 defeat of A-League champions Sydney FC on Thursday.Arsenal F.C. dominated the entire match before 80,432 spectators at the Olympic stadium. The English Premier League side, making its first appearance in Sydney in 40 years, plays Western Sydney Wanderers in the same stadium on Saturday, with a similar near-sellout crowd expected.Last week, Arsenal F.C. paid French club Lyon 60 million euros (68 million U.S. Dollars) to sign Lacazette, one of the French league’s most prolific scorers in recent years.The 26-year-old Frenchman, who came on as a substitute in the 68th minute, scored in the 83rd minute.After coach Arsene Wenger made 10 substitutions, the French striker wasted no time settling into his new No. 9 shirt, reading a swift attack and timing a run into the box to perfection to side-foot home a goal.”It’s important he gets that off his shoulders,” Wenger said. “Because we expect strikers to score. You could see that he was happy.”Captain Per Mertesacker hooked in an overhead kick in the fourth minute from a corner to give Arsenal F.C. the lead.Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne pressed his case for a starting spot this season for the defending A-League champions. Redmayne, who had a trial at Arsenal F.C. for two weeks as a teenager, made several good saves, stopping a Danny Welbeck penalty in the first half.Lacazette, who scored a personal best tally of 28 league goals last season, also reached the 100 league goals mark for Lyon and 129 overall since coming through the club’s youth academy and making his debut during the 2009-10 season.advertisementlast_img read more

Samsung reportedly buys the first batch of Qualcomm Snapdragaon 845 chipset for Galaxy S9, S9+

first_imgSamsung is just a day away from announcing the successor of the fiery Note 7 aka Galaxy Note 8. Before the launch, the South Korean company has reportedly partnered with Qualcomm to buy the processor that the company is working on currently. It is the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The news coming right before the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 is confusing people to think if the upcoming phablet will come with Snapdragon 845. But, no, it’s Note 8 that will be powered by the latest processor; instead it will be the successor of the flagship phones – S8 and S8+.Some previously leaked reports about the successor of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which are S9 and S9+ also claim the same. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are tipped to come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC. Samsung and Qualcomm has reportedly signed a mutual agreement. The news comes after Vietnamese publication Techrum reported a post by tipster @ice.Like the South Korean smartphone maker did with Snapdragon 835 for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, delaying the launch of other flagship phones with the same processor setup, Samsung does the same again. Samsung has reported bought the entire first set of the Snapdragon 845 chips for its upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+. However, the strategy that the company applied to the S8 and S8+, the same may happen with its successors as well. Samsung is expected to bring Galaxy S9 and S9+ with Snapdragon 845 SoC only to the US and Chinese market. While the device that will come to India will be powered by Exynos 9810.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy A5, A7 2017 price cut make them quite a steal deal under Rs 30,000Rumours hint that Samsung may announce the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ next year. Ahead of the official announcement, both the smartphones have been subjected to several leaks and rumours. Some leaks suggest that the upcoming Galaxy S9 will feature the same display and in-screen fingerprint sensor like that of the S8. Same probably goes with the S9+ as well. To recall, Samsung Galaxy S8 sports a 5.77-inch display, while the S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch display. Additionally, the S9 and S9 Plus will also come with same bezel-less design and edge-to-edge Infinity display. Rumours also suggest that there will no home button on S9 and S9+. No other details about the upcoming flagship phones have been revealed as of now.The South Korean smartphone maker is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 8 tomorrow in its home market. Ahead of the launch, Samsung has already confirmed that the Note 8 will come with S8-like infinity display and S-Pen. It also says that Note 8 will be one big device. Rumours suggest that the display of the Note 8 will be much bigger than that of the S8+. Further, other rumours reveal that Galaxy Note 8 will probably be the first phone by Samsung to come with dual cameras at the back. The phablet is said to run on Android Nougat OS and will be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC.last_img read more

Mexico vs Trinidad: Team news & TV

first_imgMexico Mexico vs Trinidad & Tobago: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt 02:18 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hirving Lozano Mexico Getty Images Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Mexico v Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago World Cup El Tri can continue to push towards finishing in first place in CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup against the inexperienced Soca Warriors Mexico will look to close in on top spot in CONCACAF’s fifth round of World Cup qualifying on Friday night by seeing off Trinidad & Tobago at home.The Soca Warriors are bottom of the final group with just one win and have named a young, inexperienced squad for this match with a view to the next World Cup cycle.As a result, El Tri will be favoured to secure a convincing win and build some confidence ahead of next week’s trip to Honduras. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Mexico vs Trinidad & Tobago Date Friday, October 6 Time 21:30 ET / 02:30 BST TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Javier Hernandez MexicoIn the U.S., the match will be available to watch live on television on FS1 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. It can also be watched in Spanish on Univision. US TV channel Online stream FS1 Fox Sports Go In the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television or by stream. UK TV channel Online stream None None SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Mexico players Goalkeepers Ochoa, J. J. Corona, Cota Defenders Moreno, Layun, Reyes, Ayala, Araujo, Alanis, Salcedo, Alvarez Midfielders Guardado, G. Dos Santos, Herrera, Aquino, J. Dos Santos, Hernandez, Gallardo, Gutierrez Forwards Chicharito, Vela, Peralta, Jimenez, J. M. Corona, Lozano Juan Carlos Osorio’s lineups are notoriously unpredictable – the coach has never named the same starting XI twice in a row during his time in charge of El Tri.He has virtually a full complement at his disposal for this match, though, and could give a front three of Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez and Jesus Manuel Corona a chance to impress.Potential starting XI: Ochoa; Alvarez, Reyes, Moreno, Layun; Herrera, J. Dos Santos, Guardado; Lozano, Chicharito, J. M. Corona. Position Trinidad & Tobago players Goalkeepers Foncette, Samuel, Ranjitsingh Defenders Cyrus, George, Gonzales, Williams, A. Jones, Hodge, Villaroel, Trimmingham Midfielders Hyland, J. Jones, Molino, Paul, Lewis, Garcia, London, Benjamin, St. Hillaire Forwards Winchester, Caesar, Roach Trinidad have left out a number of experienced players, including goalkeepers Jan-Michael Williams and Marvin Phillip, defender Aubrey David and forward Kenwyne Jones.Youngsters Josiah Trimmingham and Kathon St. Hillaire will be hoping to make their debuts.Potential starting XI: Foncette; A. Jones, Cyrus, Williams, Villaroel; Hyland, George; Lewis, Molino, J. Jones; Winchester.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Andres Guardado MexicoMexico are 1/8 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Trinidad & Tobago priced at 16/1 and the draw available at 11/2.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW Jesus Manuel Corona MexicoThe United States may have taken the Gold Cup, but it has been advantage Mexico when it comes to World Cup qualifying.El Tri has gone through a few ups and downs over the past year but they secured their place in Russia with little fuss and remain unbeaten in the fifth and final round of qualifying going into their concluding couple of matches.It might be said that Juan Carlos Osorio now has the chance to nail down a first-choice starting XI but in reality, that is not likely to be the coach’s concern.The 56-year-old has shown little to no interest in fielding a consistent lineup, instead preferring to make changes every single game to tailor his team to their opponent.That has meant switching between a back three and back four and an ever-rotating cast of forwards and wingers leading the line.With a strong squad at his disposal for this pair of games, though, Osorio will have the chance to lean on both established and emerging key men such as Andres Guardado, Chicharito and Hirving Lozano should he wish to do so.last_img read more

Young People Urged to Participate in the Political Process

first_imgMinister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge is urging more young Jamaicans to participate in the country’s political process.He said their involvement can assist in the creation of new laws and policies which are critical to the development of the nation.The State Minister also argued that politics and policies will determine daily happenings in one’s life.“It will determine…what type of goods come into the country, what kind of goods go out, export duties, tariffs, (among other) things,” Mr. Terrelonge said.He was speaking at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) roadshow held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on May 18.The State Minister also urged young people to become activists for a cause, noting that they can have an impact on the lives of their peers.“Young girls and young boys you can also be activist in this democratic world or if you live in a country that’s not democratic, you can be activists for a cause and I always tell persons believe in the power of one,” he said.At the roadshow, scores of young persons from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions were introduced to parliamentary procedures by State Minister Terrelonge; Opposition Senator, Damion Crawford, and Deputy Clerk of the Houses of Parliament, Valrie Curtis.They were also provided with information on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Commonwealth by Secretary General of the CPA, Akbar Khan.The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is a collection of 180 national and regional legislatures and develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to promote the values of the Commonwealth. The Jamaican Parliament actively participates in CPA activities and currently is the seat of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Regional Secretariat.last_img read more

Premier Welcomes Results of Federal Election

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter sends his best wishes to Nova Scotia’s 11 members of Parliament on their electoral victories today, May 2. “The province congratulates Nova Scotia’s one newest and 10 returning members of Parliament to Ottawa,” said Premier Dexter. “It was a well-fought campaign and all candidates, as well as their campaign workers, should be proud of their efforts.” Stephen Harper was returned as Prime Minister during the 2011 federal election. “Nova Scotia congratulates Stephen Harper on his election win,” said Premier Dexter. “The province looks forward to working with Mr. Harper and his government to make life better for Nova Scotia families.” The premier complimented all the candidates and their campaign workers for their hard work. “Organizing an election campaign requires the work of many staff, volunteers, and community groups,” said Premier Dexter. “All campaigns dedicated many hours and long days to help make our province and country a better place to live. Nova Scotia thanks all those who played a role for their commitment and passion to the democratic process.”last_img read more

Iran Sentences Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 Years 148 Lashes

Rabat – Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has sentenced Iranian prominent lawyer and human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes after two trials.Sotoudeh had been serving a 5-year sentence after being convicted on June 13, 2018. After another trial, the court sentenced her to a total of 38 years and 148 lashes.Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said “Sotoudeh’s sentence is a threat aimed at every human rights advocate in Iran to stop defending human rights.” Quoting Sotoudeh’s lawyer Mohammad Moghimi, Human Rights Watch stated that Sotoudeh was sent to prison on charges of assembly and collusion against national security, propaganda against the state, and her membership in the Defenders of Human Rights Center, the Legam group campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty, and the National Peace Council. The court also convicted Sotoudeh of encouraging corruption and prostitution, appearing at the judiciary without Islamic hijab, disturbing public peace and order, and publishing falsehoods with the intent to disturb public opinion.Human Rights Watch said the sentence was “draconian,” describing it as “an appalling travesty of justice.” “This is the harshest sentence Amnesty International has documented against a human rights defender in Iran in recent years” said Amnesty International’s campaigns manager Kristyan Benedict.The Iranian government also arrested Sotoudeh in 2010 on allegations of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security. She spent three years in prison and was released in 2013.According to Amnesty International, Iran has tightened its grip on outspoken human rights activists, including political dissidents, journalists, online media workers, students, filmmakers, musicians and writers, and minority rights and environmental activists.Amnesty launched an online petition under the title “Free Nasrin Sotoudeh now,” calling on the international community to pressure Iran into releasing Sotoudeh after “after two grossly unfair trials.” read more

Can you own an electric car without a home charger

A popular selling point for electric vehicles is the notion that you never have to stop for gas. Your “gas station” is in your garage — simply plug in your vehicle to charge it overnight.But what if you live in an apartment? Or park somewhere without a plug? How practical is it to own an electric vehicle if you can’t charge it at home?I set out to answer these questions by driving two electric vehicles in the Edmunds test fleet without relying on a home- or office-based charger. I spent one week in a Chevrolet Bolt and another in a Tesla Model 3. The Bolt has an estimated driving range of 238 miles on a full charge, and the Model 3 Long Range can go an EPA-estimated 310 miles. Here are a few lessons I learned along the way.FIND A STATION AND ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOUWithout a home charger, you’ll need to rely on public stations. But locating them can be challenging, even when you know the exact address. Some are located in shopping mall parking lots, while others might be at hotels or car dealerships. Sometimes, you’ll have to pay for parking.Based on my 40-mile commute and weekend mileage in the Los Angeles area, I knew I’d need to charge the Bolt every two or three days for about three hours, which meant finding a charge station near whatever I planned on doing. One night I went to see a movie and used the charging station in a mall parking lot. It was reasonably convenient. But on another day, the closest charger was a 0.75-mile walk from the barbecue I was attending.Recharging was easier with the Tesla Model 3. Its greater range meant I could drive longer before needing to stop to recharge. Also, Telsa’s exclusive Supercharger stations were in more obvious locations, and their fast charging speeds meant less downtime.HAVE A BACKUP CHARGING STATION IN MINDFor EVs other than a Tesla, you’ll have to set up an account with one or more of the major charge station companies such as ChargePoint, Blink or EVgo. Their respective smartphone apps do an excellent job of helping you locate the charging stations in your area, along with showing how many spaces are currently in use.The trouble is, by the time you get there, the spaces might be occupied — sometimes even by a non-EV owner who wasn’t paying attention to the signs. At that point, you can either wait — which can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the charger and vehicle — or try another nearby station.It’s much less of an issue for a Tesla Supercharger station, which can typically accommodate a dozen cars at once.KEEP BATTERY TOPPED OFFLet’s say you get lazy or have a busy week and don’t have time to charge on your normal schedule. If you run the battery low in the Bolt, for example, you’re looking at an estimated eight- to nine-hour charge at a Level 2 charger to fill it back to 100%.Charging times aren’t much of an issue on the Model 3 provided you have access to a Supercharger station. These stations can quickly recharge a nearly depleted battery to about 80% capacity, which is good for more than 200 miles of driving, in about 20-30 minutes.The Supercharger equivalent for non-Teslas is a Level 3 charger, or DC fast charger. However, there’s less consistency — some stations might not always be that fast. I learned this when I visited a Level 3 station in the Bolt with a nearly drained battery. After 30 minutes, I only had gained 34 miles of range.BE PREPARED FOR VARYING ELECTRICITY COSTSSometimes, you’ll be able to find a free public-access charger. But for the most part, you’ll have to pay to recharge. And just like with gas stations, the price varies. A kilowatt-hour of electricity is based on the utility rates in that city and the price the station owner set for that machine. For example, a 3 1/2-hour charge (good for about 120 miles of range) in the Bolt cost $3.54 in one place and $6.52 at a different location I used later in the week.Pricing for Level 3 chargers can be even more expensive. Tesla’s Supercharger network has a fixed cost of 28 cents per kilowatt-hour, allowing you to better plan for recharging expenses.EDMUNDS SAYS: It is possible to own an EV without a home charger. But it depends on how much you drive daily and how comfortable you are with sticking to a routine of public charging, which is easier with Tesla’s supercharging network. However, the barrier of entry for Teslas is higher given that they are more expensive than the average EV.___This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Ronald Montoya is a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @rmontoyaedmunds.Related links:— Edmunds: The True Cost of Powering an Electric Car https://edmu.in/2vha1k5— Edmunds Review: 2019 Chevrolet Bolt https://edmu.in/2Yj3gJr— Edmunds Review: 2019 Tesla Model 3 https://edmu.in/2JsMDquRonald Montoya, The Associated Press read more

Canadian startup Neverfrost gets green light from trucking industry

The concept was imagined by four University of Waterloo students who were stunned by Canada’s harsh winters after they immigrated from warmer climates.“All of the sudden you’re stuck in this refrigerator,” said Mr. Desai, who moved from India. “Your parents are busy trying to put food on your table, so they’re like, ‘Go scrape.’”After too many icy mornings, Mr. Desai and three classmates put their heads together for a fourth-year design project and came up with a spray that prevented frost when you applied it to a windshield.The idea quickly resonated with their peers, winning the People’s Choice and Most Innovative Product awards at a Waterloo technology competition in mid-2013. Within months, the creators were pushing forward with tests that helped them realize that a spray which needed to be buffed on to windows was too labour intensive in the cold of winter.So they returned to the drawing board to craft a more practical version of Neverfrost. It was about the same time that Mr. Desai and co-founder Chong Shen got serious about the startup, with Mr. Desai turning down a full-time job at Facebook and Mr. Shen putting off his plans for grad school.When two other co-founders from the original school project stepped away, Mr. Desai and Mr. Shen were left to lead the company during a pivotal stage in its growth in early 2014.Neverfrost had been chosen for the prestigious Y-Combinator investment program, a funding launchpad based in Silicon Valley that helped Dropbox and Airbnb get off the ground. The program invests US$120,000 into promising tech companies in exchange for a 7% equity stake, and tosses the founders into a rigorous industry bootcamp.Once in California, it didn’t take long for the pair to start calling U.S. trucking companies to make a case for why their fleets would be the perfect guinea pigs for an idea that was still in its infancy.The most effective sales tactic came when the co-founders met with a trucking executive and demonstrated the film’s resistance to the impact of stone chips. They pulled out a sling shot and fired a steel pellet at a truck windshield. The impact was negligible.“He could not believe it, and signed a pay pallet on the spot,” Mr. Desai said.This year, the founders will be focused on the final development of the film before it’s released to the trucking industry next fall. A small roll out will begin at some car dealerships, with a plan for a bigger expansion into the consumer market. Neverfrost will add eight people to its five-person staff this year.Mr. Desai said he wants to maintain Neverfrost as a Canadian operation, rather than shopping it around to large foreign buyers. “We started out with this big vision,” he said.“It would be a shame if we gave up halfway through if a cheque came around.” WATERLOO, Ont. — Fed up with the dismal winter ritual of chiselling ice off their car windows, a group of engineering students from Waterloo, Ont. came up with a way to ensure they never have to scrape another windshield again.What began as university project 2½ years ago to solve a pet peeve has evolved into Neverfrost, a startup that’s developed a transparent film for vehicle windows to prevent frost and deflect harsh elements such as snow and freezing rain.The concept has grabbed the attention of the trucking industry and its founders are so confident in Neverfrost’s future that one of them brushed off a job at Facebook and another sidelined plans for grad school, to chase their dreams of making the ice scraper obsolete.“Cars have been around for a century, but this problem hasn’t been fixed,” said Khanjan Desai, one of the creators of Neverfrost.“It was something so practical and we felt every winter morning we never had a solution.”Neverfrost isn’t the first company to want to eliminate frost. Anti-freeze developer Prestone sells chemical sprays that create a “resilient barrier” between glass and the outside world, but critics say it also puts a greasy film on the windshield.Drivers have even struggled with their own household remedies. Online resources suggest creative approaches that range from spraying a mixture of vinegar and water on your windshield to rubbing a raw onion on it.Neverfrost hopes to vault all of the alternatives with a patented, transparent film permanently applied to the outside of a vehicle’s windows. The film incorporates nano technology, or the manipulation of objects on a molecular level, to prevent the windshield surface from reaching the conditions necessary for condensation and temperatures low enough to freeze.Neverfrost also claims to be resistant to the impact of stones and insulates the vehicle cabin from outside elements, including lessening the scorching heat of the summer sun, its founders said.“There’s no comparison in the world today because these are new materials we’re building,” Mr. Desai said. “These things haven’t existed before.”Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press read more

13 emotions you wont feel anywhere but Ireland

first_imgTHERE ARE SOME feelings you can only experience on home soil.Emotions you won’t feel anywhere else but Ireland.1. The pride of revealing a purchase is from PenneysAnd simply refusing point blank to take a compliment. Source: Shutterstock2. The fear inspired by the Glenroe theme on a Sunday nightEven now, hearing the opening bars can inspire homework-related TERROR. Source: col2006ie3. The glee and roar that goes up when someone drops a glass in the pub Source: Shutterstock4. The joy of cheering on your county in Croke ParkAnd either heading to the pub back home or to Coppers, come victory or defeat. Source: Twitter/Lucinda Creighton5. The weirdly enjoyable boredom of lengthy conversations about the weather Source: journal-fiona6. The deep, dark mistrust for blow-insOr any family that hasn’t lived in your town for at least seven generations. Sign presumably devised to out-fox the wily blow-ins Source: Kate Rooney7. The strange suspicion that descends when you hear someone doesn’t drinkYou what? No, listen, really, I don’t drink Source: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire8. The delight at seeing a bit of unbeatable scenery The Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary. Source: Shutterstock9. The pleasure that comes from slaggingsThe personal satisfaction and increased social standing that comes from verbally abusing someone for no particular reason (aka “slagging” or “making friends”). Source: Shutterstock10. The “a-ha!” moment when you meet someone out and realise you’re related/they know Mary from down the road“Jesus, you know Mary, ah she’s gas!” Source: Shutterstock11. The camaraderie in sharing some unique Irish humourThere are definitely some things that only another Irish person will get. Source: Gemma Sherlock12. The satisfaction of giving out yards about politicsThere’s nothing the Irish do better than giving out, and it’s always better to do with someone who knows what you’re on about. Source: Photocall Ireland/Tuxpi13. The exhilaration that comes with being told “No, really, you ARE the best crowd in the world!”Bands and performers at gigs always say Ireland is the best, and d’you know what? We’re tempted to believe them. Is there any feeling you find unique to Ireland? Let us know in the comments. And sure why not share this with someone who might need a reminder of the emotional roller-coaster that is Ireland.Read: 26 photos that sum up Ireland perfectly>Read: 25 things that will make every Irish person feel ancient>last_img read more

UN chief says todays strike on a UN school is a criminal

first_img Shelling incident in vicinity of UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering almost 3,000 IDP. Initial reports say multimple deaths and injury— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) August 3, 2014 Updated 4.35 pmUN SECRETARY GENERAL Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the shelling of another UN school in Gaza , calling it “a moral outrage and a criminal act.”“This madness must stop,” Ban said through his spokesman after at least 10 people were killed when a shell hit outside a UN school in Rafah crowded with Palestinian refugees.The strike of a UN school in Gaza shortly after Israel confirmed it had begun withdrawing some troops from the war-torn enclave.The strike on the school sheltering displaced Palestinians in the southern city of Rafah came as Israel pounded the region following the suspected capture of a soldier by militants, who was later declared dead.It was the third time in 10 days that a UN school had been hit and came four days after Israeli tank shells slammed into a school in the northern town of Jabaliya, killing 16 in an attack furiously denounced by Ban as “reprehensible”.Following today’s attack on the UNRWA shelter, the Secretary General said that the Israel Defence Forces have repeatedly been informed that the areas are safe zones and that “the attack is yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law”:United Nations shelters must be safe zones not combat zones. The Israel Defence Forces have been repeatedly informed of the location of these sites. This attack, along with other breaches of international law, must be swiftly investigated and those responsible held accountable. It is a moral outrage and a criminal act. Source: Chris Gunness/Twitter As operation Protective Edge moves to the next stage, we are redeploying to enable combat against Hamas & continued defense from tunnels.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 3, 2014 Images of the carnage in Gaza, where medics say 1,766 Palestinians have been killed and another 9,320 wounded in the past 27 days, have shocked the public worldwide with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond demanding an unconditional ceasefire to resolve the “intolerable” situation for civilians trapped in Gaza”.“We have to get the killing to stop,” Hammond told the Sunday Telegraph, saying many people were “deeply disturbed” by the civilian loss of life.Intensive international attempts to broker a diplomatic end to the fighting between Israel and Hamas have so far proved fruitless but the efforts are continuing.NegotiatorsA Palestinian delegation was to hold truce talks Sunday in Cairo with senior US and Egyptian officials, although Israel has said it sees no point in sending its negotiators to the meeting, citing what it says are Hamas breaches of previous agreed truces.Islamic Jihad was also expected to join along with US Middle East envoy Frank Lowenstein.Several Israeli newspapers reported that cabinet ministers have taken a decision not to seek a further negotiated ceasefire agreement with Hamas and were considering ending the military operation unilaterally.Israel’s army confirmed on Sunday it had begun withdrawing some troops from Gaza.“We are removing some (forces),” Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told AFP, saying troops were “extremely close” to completing a mission to destroy a network of attack tunnels.center_img Source: IDF/Twitter Ban Ki-moon says he is profoundly dismayed over the appalling escalation of violence. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAn AFP correspondent said there were scenes of chaos at the site, with rescuers trying to evacuate the wounded any way they could, while adults were seen sprinting frantically away through pools of blood, young children clutched in their arms.Chris Gunness, spokesman for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), said the school had been housing thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who had been forced to flee their homes by the ongoing violence in Gaza. “We are redeploying within the Gaza Strip, taking out other positions, and relieving other forces from within, so it won’t be the same type of ground operation,” he said.“But indeed we will continue to operate … (and) have a rapid reaction force on the ground that can engage Hamas if required.“It’s changing gear but it’s still ongoing.”- © AFP, 2014 with additional reporting by Rónán DuffyOriginally published 4.33 pmRead: Israel announces death of missing soldier, while 12 die in air strikes on Gaza >last_img read more

Incumbents dominate school board races

first_imgVancouver school board members Dale Rice and Edri Geiger look to be on the way to new four-year terms in an election night that — with one exception — was incumbent-friendly.• VANCOUVER: With the turnout topping 21,000 votes in Vancouver’s two contested races, Rice outpolled challenger Robert Travis 13,714 to 7,160 to retain the Position 1 spot on Vancouver Public Schools’ board of directors. He received 65 percent of the vote.Rice, owner of an investment management company, has been on the board since 1991.Geiger had a much closer challenge in the Position 4 race, outpolling businessman Tom Kemp 10,879 to 10,264 to claim 51.05 percent of the vote. Many more votes will be counted in the days to come.Geiger, a former teacher and educational consultant, joined the Vancouver school board six years ago.• BATTLE GROUND: Two recently minted Battle Ground incumbents had comfortable leads in the school district’s two contested races. In the race for Battle Ground’s District 2 spot, Ken Root claimed 54 percent of the vote — 5,503 to 4,579 — against challenger Amy Wheaton. Root, a West Coast regional sales manager for a company that supplies test and measurement devices for microwaves, was appointed to the school board in April.Mavis Nickels kept her District 2 spot with 62.8 percent of the vote. She had a ballot edge of 6,324 to 3,668 against challenger Chris Webber. Nickels, a former educator, has been a member of the school board since May.last_img read more

The MagazineMedia Identity Challenge

first_imgAs we all wait for the economy to turn, and as we see signs that that’s happening, virtually all of what used to be called the magazine industry is wondering about what, exactly, is emerging in the place of a healthy magazine industry.There’s a crisis of identity in this business right now more than I’ve even seen. If you look around at the leading companies, and the industry associations, there’s an unprecedented level of flux and confusion. The big consumer-magazine companies have been playing musical CEOs for months. Yes, they’re motivated by the economic downturn, but more than that, they need someone who knows where things are headed. Of course, if people like that were easily found, we’d have plenty of CEOs with lifelong tenures. The associations are likewise casting about for answers. The MPA conference this month, with its focus on things digital, such as iPad apps, was a good example. Featured speakers included Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and VivaKi chief innovation officer Rishad Tobaccowala. But the association’s announcement of a rebranding was especially indicative. MPA used to stand for Magazine Publishers of America. Now it just stands for MPA. And the association is now called, “The Association of Magazine Media,” which is actually a good description. But clearly it wants to sever itself from the “print-only” anchor, even if the Web URL is still www.magazine.org. For a sense of what that identity crisis feels like, check out Jason Fell’s blog about the MPA conference and the questions and observations in the real-time tweets at the bottom.American Business Media is undergoing a similarly awkward transition. Its core members, the old-line trade publishing companies, are still the dominant voices in the association, but they’re not where the growth is. That will come from online-only startups, and that creates a dilemma for ABM, because there’s a significant cultural gap between the two groups. The guerrilla-style online companies need to be convinced of the value of ABM membership. To them, trade magazines have only a little to do with marketing services, SEO, custom media, lead generation and much more. ABM’s selection of a new CEO from the music industry, with little or no experience in b-to-b media, is also an example of the ABM is struggling with its identity.The audit bureaus face the same thing: Maintain relevance as print declines as part of the media mix and new, unfamiliar players with new ideas emerge. All in all, it adds up to an era of uncertainty. It’s true that most people, and most smart people say that content is the key: Get that right online and off, and the business models will fall into place. That’s fine in an academic sense, but tough to execute.All this industry needs is someone with a vision for moving forward in a way that aligns three things: • Existing assets, skillsets and capabilities;• Revenue;• And the fast-moving changes in the media world.last_img read more

Toyota recalls 43000 Yaris hatchbacks for bad airbag wiring

first_img More From Roadshow Post a comment 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Preview • 2017 Toyota Yaris iA: Standard LCD, collision prevention tech, offsets meh driving 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 0 Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Toyota Share your voice Hatchbacks Car Industry Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Tags 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Tags 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 0 81 Photos 26 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 29 Photos Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 49 Photoscenter_img Toyota,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable 52 Photos More about 2017 Toyota Yaris iA Manual 69 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 10 Photos 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback: Mazda2, is that you? Share your voice Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 18 Photos 12 Photos 71 Photos 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageIf your airbag warning light illuminates, that’s not one you want to ignore. Toyota Big, small or in-between — no vehicles are immune to problems, and thus, no vehicles are immune to recalls. Toyota’s latest recall might be on the smaller side footprint-wise, but it affects a decent number of vehicles.Toyota announced on Tuesday that it will conduct a recall for approximately 43,000 examples of the 2015-2017 Toyota Yaris. This applies to just the hatchback variant, with the sedan seemingly avoiding this recall altogether. Toyota did not specify if the affected vehicles carry a specific series of build dates or VINs.The problem stems from the wiring connected to the airbag system. Each front door has a side airbag sensor and a wiring harness inside, which connects to the airbag control unit. The harnesses might corrode over time. If that happens, an airbag warning light may illuminate, or the front side airbags and curtain shield airbags might not deploy correctly. An airbag that may malfunction presents an increased risk of injury during a crash. Toyota did not say if any accidents or injuries have been linked to this potential defect.Upon receiving the recalled vehicles, Toyota technicians will swap out the old wiring harnesses as necessary in favor of improved harnesses, which should fix the problem right up. Toyota said that affected owners should expect to receive a recall notification in the mail by mid-June. Car Industry Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Post a comment 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 68 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Has Malaika Arora stopped Arjun Kapoor from talking to Athiya Shetty

first_imgArjun Kapoor, Athiya ShettyVarinder ChawlaBefore Arjun Kapoor started dating Malaika Arora, his name was linked with a number of actresses. Parineeti Chopra and Athiya Shetty were also among those names. While Parineeti and Arjun often clarified that there was nothing brewing between the two, insiders found it difficult to believe that Athiya and Arjun were just good friends.However, as per a report in TOI, ever since Malaika’s entry into the Kapoor lad’s life, things haven’t been that smooth between Athiya and Arjun. Athiya and Arjun came closer during the shoot of ‘Mubarakan’ but as Malaika and Arjun’s bond became stronger, Athiya was pushed out of the circle. The report further states that Athiya and Arjun had a bad showdown at his house after which the duo stopped talking to each other.As Arjun and Malaika started getting closer and their families and friend circle started accepting them into each other’s groups, Athiya became more and more distant.Rumours of an April wedding for Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora kept doing the rounds. After refusing to comment on the topic, both, Malaika and Arjun finally denied the rumours and called them ‘false’ and mere ‘conjectures’.In an interview, Malaika had revealed how her son reacted to the whole divorce fiasco between her and Arbaaz Khan. She said Arhaan can see the difference in the two of them and how happy they both look now. She also recalled that her son had said to her a few months after the divorce, “Mom, you look happy.” Arjun Kapoor also seems to be trying to get to know and gel along well with Arhaan. A few days back, Arjun, Malaika and Arhaan were spotted having lunch together.last_img read more

Man injured in Joypurhat gunfight

first_img.A suspected drug trader sustained bullet injuries in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug traders at Tilakpur Burapukur in Akkelpur upazila early in Joypurhat Sunday, reports UNB.The injured is Ohidul, son of Kachim Uddin of Roynagar village in the upazila and accused in seven drug-related cases.Hearing gunshots, a patrol team of police went to the spot, said Kiran Kumar Roy, officer-in-charge of Akkelpur police station.Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders fled away.Later, police found Ohidul in bullet-hit condition and took him to Joypurhat modern hospital.The police team also recovered a pistol, one round bullet and 47 bottles of Phensidyl from the spot.The law enforcement’s versions of the events, however, could not be verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witness or from the victim’s family.last_img read more

Trump accused of trying to topple Iran leader

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May (L) meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on 25 September. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump called for Iran’s international isolation in a combative and unashamedly boastful speech at the United Nations Tuesday, prompting accusations from his Iranian counterpart that he was trying to topple his government.In his second appearance before the General Assembly, Trump also lashed out at other adversaries such as Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro and took aim at international institutions such as the UN-backed world court.He even provoked derisive laughter from fellow leaders at the normally staid assembly by trumpeting the performance of his administration whose “America First” foreign policy continues to cause alarm.But Trump also had warm words for the main target of his rhetoric at his UN debut last year as he praised the “courage” of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.Hours before Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke from the same rostrum, Trump denounced the clerical regime in Tehran for sowing “chaos, death and destruction” as he defended his decision to ditch an internationally-brokered nuclear deal.”We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons,” Trump said, alluding to Tehran’s support for Islamic militant movements such as Hamas and Hezbollah.”We ask all nations to isolate Iran’s regime as long as its aggression continues.”Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in May, to the dismay of the other parties that had invested years in negotiations to keep Iran’s nuclear ambitions in check.In his address, Rouhani stressed Tehran’s continued commitment to the deal and ridiculed Trump as a “preposterous” leader who was himself isolated.EU rejects sanctionsIn a sign of how some allies are unwilling to automatically follow Trump’s lead, the five remaining parties to the agreement — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — announced Monday plans to keep business ties alive with Iran, staring down Washington’s move to impose sanctions.Trump’s secretary of state Mike Pompeo, addressing an anti-Iran pressure group, said he was “disturbed and indeed deeply disappointed” by the EU announcement.”This is one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional and global peace and security,” Pompeo said.Rouhani poured cold water on the idea of resuming talks with Washington, saying US claims that it was not seeking regime change fooled no one.”It is ironic that the US government does not even conceal its plan for overthrowing the same government it invites to talks,” Rouhani said.”For dialogue to take place, there is no need for a photo opportunity. The two sides can listen to each other right here in this assembly.”French president Emmanuel Macron used his speech to urge “dialogue and multilateralism,” crediting the 2015 accord with curbing Tehran’s nuclear program.Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, another ally whose relations with Trump have cooled, did not mention the US president by name but there was little doubt who he had in mind when he said it was “very easy to create chaos but difficult to re-establish order.”And South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa said it was important to “resist any and all efforts to undermine the mulilateral approach to international trade” at a time when Trump is hoisting tariffs against a variety of trading partners.In his opening speech, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said trust in the rules-based global order and among states was “at a breaking point” and international cooperation was becoming more difficult, again without specifically mentioning Trump.”Today, world order is increasingly chaotic,” Guterres told the 193-nation assembly.Trump denounces ‘globalist’ viewTrump robustly attacked “globalist” views and vowed that “America will never apologize for protecting its citizens.”He said that the UN-backed International Criminal Court has “no jurisdiction, no legitimacy and no authority.”His administration — which has recently choked off aid to the Palestinians — will only support “our friends” in the future, he added.Boasting that his team “has achieved more than any administration in the history of our country,” Trump was met with laughter.”I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” he responded.While he praised China’s president Xi Jinping for his role in the North Korea peace process, Trump had harsh words for Beijing amid a growing trade war, saying the commercial imbalance with the Asian power “cannot be tolerated.”Venezuela’s “repressive regime” was another target of Trump’s invective, held responsible for a “human tragedy” in the once oil-rich nation.Trump then openly mused that Maduro “could be toppled very quickly” if his military chiefs turned on him.He also reserved harsh words for OPEC, the global oil cartel that includes both US allies and foes.”OPEC and OPEC nations are, as usual, ripping off the rest of the world, and I don’t like it. Nobody should like it.”last_img read more

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom CoFounder Mike Krieger Are Leaving the Company

first_img Popular on Variety Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are stepping down from their respective roles as CEO and CTO at the image- and video-sharing giant, which is owned by Facebook.Systrom confirmed the move in a blog post Monday evening, following an earlier report by the New York Times about the duo’s departure. In the post, Systrom said he and Krieger plan to take time off “to explore our curiosity and creativity again.”Systrom and Krieger, fellow Stanford alums, founded Instagram in 2010. Facebook acquired Instagram two years later for $1 billion — and it has since grown to a community of more than 1 billion monthly users.Their departure raises uncertainty over the future of Instagram, which has been able to sustain a dramatic growth trajectory while largely avoiding headaches that have befallen its parent company. Facebook has been the target of U.S. government investigations into how its platform has been used to manipulate the 2016 election and the misappropriation of user data by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Instagram became a preferred platform for celebrities and influencers because it has focused on fostering a safe and upbeat environment, Systrom told Variety in an interview last year. “People say Instagram is super positive and optimistic. In fact, we have a ton of negative stuff, but we’re going after it before we have a problem,” he said.Here’s the full statement from Systrom about his and Krieger’s decision to leave Instagram:Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team. We’ve grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion. We’re now ready for our next chapter.We’re planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again. Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that’s what we plan to do.We remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion. We look forward to watching what these innovative and extraordinary companies do next.Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder & CEO “Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team,” Systrom wrote. “We’ve grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion. We’re now ready for our next chapter.”Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a statement, said, “Kevin and Mike are extraordinary product leaders and Instagram reflects their combined creative talents. I’ve learned a lot working with them for the past six years and have really enjoyed it. I wish them all the best and I’m looking forward to seeing what they build next.”An Instagram rep declined to provide additional comment. It’s not clear who will assume day-to-day management of Instagram with the co-founders’ exits.“When Instagram joined us, the team had only 16 people,” Zuckerberg said on the company’s Q2 earnings call July 25. “We believe Instagram has been able to use Facebook’s infrastructure to grow more than twice as quickly as it would have on its own. A big congratulations to the Instagram team — and to all the teams across our company that have contributed to this success.”Instagram has become a key contributor to Facebook’s growth and profits, and is growing at a faster rate than Facebook. (The social media giant doesn’t break out financial results for Instagram.) Instagram has 25 million business profiles and 2 million advertisers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told investors on the July earnings call.Systrom has credited Facebook’s ownership with fueling the growth of Instagram and helping it quickly launch new features, like live-streaming video. However, both Systrom and Krieger reportedly had clashed with strategic directives from the Facebook leadership team regarding Instagram’s evolution. The disagreements have included the issue of how user content is shared between Instagram and Facebook, according to a Recode report. ×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

Bridging different periods of Indian Textile history

first_imgThe Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, in association with the Asian Heritage Foundation, is organising an exhibition of ingeniously woven historic Indian handmade textile forms as a prelude to World Handmade Textile Biennales. The exhibition was inaugurated by Smriti Irani, Minister of Textiles, and Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, at the renovated Handloom Haat in Janpath on March 5, in the presence of Padmabhushan Rajeev Sethi, Chairman, Asian Heritage Foundation. The showcase of handmade textiles at the event unfolds an evocative visual language of design, bridging different periods of Indian textile history. Each displayed piece tells a unique story. The five textile forms with deep roots in India and a strong international footprint include Khadi, Brocade, Ikat, Chintz, and Embroider Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith an aim to deconstruct matrix of threads and fibres, warp and weft associated with the forms, and also to face the changing sensibilities and preferences of the global markets – the proposed Biennales will be organised in the nerve-centers of their practice – Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Srinagar respectively. The Biennales’ team has even initiated an unprecedented exercise to map the five principal handmade textile skills on the international level. The data which has been collated so far is laid out graphically on five world political maps presented at the event. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBeing the curtain raiser for the World Handmade Textile Biennales, the exhibition is being held at those grounds of the country from where it re-imagined its creative identity after Independence, through a group of visionaries who laid the foundations of National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, and All India Handloom Board. Celebrating the living heritage of the county, the ongoing exhibition is a homage to such visionaries, with a hopes to recapture the essence of handmade production across the country through these five textile traditions.last_img read more

6 Lessons in How to Build a Successful App

first_img The winners: Angry Birds, fart generators, doodles. The losers: almost everyone else.Thanks to fairy-tale success stories, “app-preneurs” abound. But the truth is that most apps lose 76 percent of their consumers after the first three months of use–which means that even in the unlikely event your product is chosen from among the daily App Store deluge, any ad or freemium revenue streams would dry up quickly.So how do you build an app that will attract loyal users, one that’s strong enough to support a profitable company? To find out, we went behind the scenes at Los Angeles-based inMarket, the development firm responsible for CheckPoints, a free shopping app that allows users to check in at more than 1 million retailers to earn discounts toward goods — essentially digitizing paper coupons, bridging online and offline commerce.Todd DiPaola, president of inMarket, and his brother Mark, CEO, sold their El Segundo, Calif.-based marketing agency Vantage Media in 2002 for roughly $150 million and used those proceeds to develop CheckPoints, which launched in late 2010. Now they’re gearing up for a sequel app, List Bliss–this time, backed by a team of 20 and some lessons from “a month of hard knocks.”What they learned on the first go-round was that rushing the development process can lead to a buggy product. “CheckPoints encountered difficulty with a few bonus features we wanted to add at the launch,” Todd DiPaola says. “We wound up removing them until a later version when we could give it the focus it needed.”Building an app is like building a house,” he adds. “You need to put time into thinking about what the rooms are going to look like before you start building.” That attention to detail has paid off: The inMarket network has more than 20 million users.”Building an app is like building a house. You need to put time into thinking about what the rooms are going to look like before you start building.”–Todd DiPaola, InMarketWith the launch of List Bliss, inMarket is offering a user-friendly tool for creating grocery lists. It’s the first in a suite of planned apps aimed at simplifying mobile shopping. The app allows users to scan bar codes to add items to their lists; it also keeps track of ingredients already in their pantries, enables sharing of lists with family and friends for more efficient trips to the store and incorporates coupons and product reviews. It costs nothing to sign up; an ad-free premium subscription version is $1.99 per month.”With List Bliss, we’ve made it a point to keep the feature set focused, so any launch bugs can be corrected easily,” DiPaola says. “We have a ton of new features in store for our users a few weeks after launch, but right now our priority is to make a rock-solid version 1.0.”Here’s how a critical weekly progress meeting at inMarket went down, along with general tips for businesses to keep in mind for their own app-development processes. But the most important piece of advice may also be the most obvious: As DiPaola says, “It should just work.”For six weeks, Todd DiPaola and his team–vice president of technology Kiran Rao, vice president of production Ricky Juarez and three other development staffers–have been brainstorming. They’ve checked out the competition, evaluating the features in existing list apps, and they believe they have come up with a product that will appeal to their target market: the Midwestern mom, a “fresh” smartphone user who doesn’t even know she needs a better shopping list.The point of today’s meeting–at inMarket’s bright, cozy office on hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard in L.A.’s Venice district–is to boil the List Bliss design down to the absolute essentials. “Great apps,” DiPaola contends, “aren’t bloated.”The login page is a cartoon cow pasture with a nerdy but cute mascot named Mr. Listo, whose purpose is to add “sparkle” to the app. (This worked well with Mr. CheckPoints, who’s so beloved, his fans have requested toys and stuffed animals in his image.) Mr. Listo will show up in animations while List Bliss elements are loading; say, chillin’ and sipping a drink as items are crossed off the grocery list.First on the agenda is user sign-up. The process for Facebook and e-mail logins gets the OK from the team. But a proposed one-step Register and Subscribe button is nixed; the developers figure that even if 10 percent of users want the premium version, the 90 percent who would want only a free version might see the option as a roadblock and get turned off or confused.Lesson learned: The fewer registration buttons, the better. Impatient users will look for any excuse to back out of downloading an app.The home screen has three proposed feature buttons: Grocery List, Pantry Inventory and History. But some on the team think not enough people will use History to justify the effort and expense it would take to build it. However, shelving it for a future release or premium feature is a possibility.”It’s a cool feature, but let’s see if users want it,” Juarez suggests. “If they do, we’ll add it, and it will show them that we’re improving the app and listening to them.”Lesson learned: Watch out for feature creep. A great app is designed with a specific set of purposes in mind, and when you add unnecessary items, you dilute that functionality.The heart of the product, the Grocery List, went through many iterations as the team considered potential uses. “There were, like, 87 versions of this,” DiPaola estimates. The challenge is to offer functionality that appeals to a broad spectrum of users–from those who want the app to work as a simple digital notepad, to “power users” who want the ability to keep track of very specific items (e.g., Golden Delicious vs. Fuji apples), make notes, create categories and even break the list down into price per item for budgeting ease. The solution? The app opens to a default Grocery List screen, with an Edit button that takes power users to their own page for additional functions.Lesson learned: To make people devoted to your app, offer features no one else has–but make sure the design is flexible, customizable and intuitive.The most heated discussion revolves around the Save buttons on the Edit page. Some on the team argue that app users are aware that changes are saved automatically, so there’s no need for buttons that take up precious screen space. Others think moms need to be reassured their changes are “safe.” A compromise is reached: A large, central Save button stays, but a redundant button that had been in the upper-right corner is eliminated to cut down on screen clutter.Next, one developer pulls out his iPhone to demonstrate a problem on the working List Bliss prototype. He shows that moving items on a list by dragging them around interferes with the Delete action. To fix this, the team decides that accessing the drag function will require an additional action–a tap or a hold–to distinguish between the two gestures.Lesson learned: Sweat the small stuff. Every design element must be considered in terms of efficiency and functionality. Also, keep testing even the most minor functions, because as the app goes through its iterations, new problems can be created where none previously existed.”It’s inevitable there will be at least one bug, or a developer will get sick, so we try to prepare before the hurricane hits.”–Todd DiPaola, InMarketTo celebrate the launch of List Bliss, DiPaola has commissioned a Mr. CheckPoints piñata. But even before the party is over, there will be troubleshooting (not to mention the scramble to create tablet and Android versions of the app). “It’s inevitable there will be at least one bug, or a developer will get sick, so we try to prepare before the hurricane hits,” he says.It helps to have beta testers give perspective on simplifying user experience. “Sometimes you’re just too close to the product,” DiPaola says, noting that a great last-minute change made by his team involved consolidating two input fields into one. Bigger changes will be deployed in version 2.0.Additionally, a few weeks before launch, inMarket built up a customer-support system. The team partnered with a company that establishes the infrastructure for a customer-support ticketing system and spent time bolstering the self-help section of the List Bliss landing page. That last item is one many developers don’t realize they need until after launch, when they start to see the bad reviews from unhappy users.Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid to make last-minute tweaks or to let a trusted outsider test your product. Obvious solutions might not seem so obvious at the beginning of the process or to those deeply involved in the development. Try to anticipate potential usage problems and have customer-service options in place.Although List Bliss has a big head start on user acquisition because of CheckPoints’ existing user base, inMarket has planned a comprehensive marketing strategy for the new app: going after coverage in media and blogs; search-engine marketing; in-app advertisements; and Facebook data mining. And DiPaola is trying to keep things creative.”For CheckPoints, we did a fun video showing Mr. and Mrs. CheckPoints shopping that was well-received,” he says. “We’re working on one for List Bliss, because it’s good to have something entertaining that people can relate to, and will hopefully go viral and reach more users.”When it comes to reviews, it’s important to hit the App Store “hard and high,” DiPaola says. The more four- and five-star reviews you get at the beginning, the higher your app will rank on Apple’s charts–and the easier it will be for people to discover your product.Lesson learned: For the few apps that manage to go viral, great. But don’t expect users to grow on trees. You need to get out there and woo them. This story appears in the August 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 23, 2012 9 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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