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TTC CEO Andy Byford leaving Toronto to head up New York City

first_imgTORONTO – The chief executive officer of Toronto’s transit agency is leaving his post to take a job as president and CEO of New York City Transit.Andy Byford — who announced his resignation Tuesday, six years after joining the Toronto Transit Commission — will remain on the job until Dec. 22, when deputy CEO Rick Leary is expected to take over as acting CEO.Byford told a news conference his time at the TTC has been the “absolute highlight” of his 28-year transit career to date.He says running New York City Transit is arguably the toughest job in transit right now and he’s looking forward to taking up the challenge beginning in mid-January.Byford says his last task in Toronto will be to open a long-awaited subway extension from north Toronto to Vaughan, Ont.Byford said he is most proud of his work on changing the prevailing culture at the TTC to make the organization more diverse and focus on supporting its employees.“World-class service can only be delivered through a highly motivated, well-informed team that wants to succeed and that feels supported in their mission,” he said. “We have put huge effort into changing the way we manage — focusing our attention on the vast majority of TTC employees that deliver great service day in and day out.”Byford also described an order of new streetcars from Bombardier as an “immensely frustrating” part of his time as CEO.“The fact that we only have 50 new streetcars now when we really should have about 150 of them is both a disappointment and a frustration,” he said. “Until the day I leave, every week now I’m having a weekly conference call with Bombardier to go through unit by unit where is it, when are we getting it.”Toronto Mayor John Tory said Byford is leaving the TTC in much better shape than it was when he became CEO.“Byford has been no less than superb when it comes to taking the tens of millions of additional dollars city council has given the TTC … and investing this new money quickly and wisely in restoring services previously cut and adding new service,” Tory said.Ontario’s transportation minister also wished Byford well.“On behalf of the province of Ontario I want to thank Andy not only for his leadership at the TTC but also for his unwavering and unquestionable dedication to getting the people of Toronto moving,” Steven Del Duca said in a statement.Byford came to the TTC from Australia, where he held the position of CEO for the Rail Corporation New South Wales. He had also previously held several positions with rail operators in the United Kingdom, including the London Underground.last_img read more

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Facebook GE and Charter Communications surge Hershey slips

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Thursday:Microsoft Corp., down $1.95 to $104.43The technology company reported mixed results, showing growth in its cloud-computing business, but weakness in its key personal computing segment.Facebook Inc., up $16.27 to $166.69The social media company reported robust earnings and revenue, with 9 per cent growth in its monthly user base.MasterCard Inc., up $7.11 to $211.13The credit card company reported better-than-expected financial results, with growth in key purchase volume measures.General Electric Co., up $1.06 to $10.16The industrial conglomerate reported strong revenue growth, while also announcing a $1.5 billion settlement related to the financial crisis in 2008.Charter Communications Inc., up $41.14 to $331.05The cable company beat Wall Street’s revenue forecast as it added more internet customers.ConocoPhillips, up $2 to $67.69Energy company stocks rose along with the price of oil.United Parcel Service Inc., up $4.21 to $105.40The package delivery service reported a boost in revenue during the key holiday shopping period.PulteGroup Inc., up 57 cents to $27.81Shares of homebuilders jumped following new data showing sales of new U.S. homes soared in November.The Associated Press read more

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Muslim Council ACJU in key meetings with the government

A cabinet subcommittee headed by former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake, which was appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to look into the religious tensions in the country after the Halal issue arose, also met separately today.The committee decided to convene a meeting with the ACJU on Thursday. (Colombo Gazette) The Defence Secretary had requested the ACJU to submit a proposal in due course which could be used as a solution to defuse the tensions over the issue. Some Buddhist groups have objected to the Halal certificate being issued by the ACJU in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Muslim Council and the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) had key meetings with the government this evening regarding the controversy which has arisen over the Halal certification.The ACJU met Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and discussed concerns arising from the issuing of Halal certificates in Sri Lanka. read more

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Therapy dogs sign off at Alzheimers Walk

St. John’s Ambulance therapy dogs wear red, cape-like vests because they have canine super powers.Wherever they go, they effortlessly calm nerves and bring a smile to the face of lonely, troubled people.St. John’s therapy dogs have been working their magic in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk for 20 years. Unfortunately, the annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Simcoe Thursday was their last official function. March 1, the local unit disbands.“No one is willing to take on the co-ordinator position, which is voluntary,” says retiring co-ordinator Judy Gilbert-Lindsay of La Salette.“Anyone who wants to continue with this will have to report to the Brant-Woodstock division. Sorry, but I’m near tears.”Gilbert-Lindsay has been involved with the therapy dog program for 10 years, five of those as co-ordinator. During that time, she has organized the appearances of nearly 30 members and their dogs.Gilbert-Lindsay and her partner Dave Nakonechny are stepping away because they are both retiring and their dogs are getting old. Amy, who looks like a golden retriever, has paid 1,855 official visits under the therapy dog banner.“It’s a shame, but there comes a time when you have to retire,” Nakonechny said. “The co-ordinator’s role is very involved.”Dozens of people at Thursday’s Alzheimer’s walk enjoyed the company of the therapy dogs while they still could. The turnout was good and proved to be another solid money-maker for the Alzheimer’s Society of Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk-Hamilton-Halton.Aileen Bradshaw, director of fundraising and communications, said the annual budget for the local chapter is about $240,000.The annual Alzheimer’s Walks in Simcoe, Caledonia and Dunnville account for 30 per cent of this budget. IG Wealth Management recently signed on as a major sponsor.“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” Bradshaw said, adding Simcoe’s walk alone requires the services of 40 volunteers.Many people come out as a team to support a family member or friend who has been stricken with Alzheimer’s. “Eth’s Elves” are an example. Sisters of Ethel Leggett, of Port Dover, participate, as do several friends. Eth’s Elves raised $3,300.“We’re all members of the Port Dover Lionesses,” said Laura McKenzie of Port Dover. “Eth was one as well. We walk for her every year.”Leggett was diagnosed 14 years ago. Sister Sheila Greene of Port Dover said the family feels fortunate she has coped for so long. For her part, Leggett said she was having fun Thursday, adding she was a little overwhelmed by all the attention.The local Alzheimer’s Society is especially grateful to the Norfolk County Fair Board. The fair board donates the use of The Aud for this event, which started locally in 2004.“There is nowhere else in Norfolk County to do something like this,” Bradshaw said. “It is really ideal.”The local Alzheimer’s branch has connected with 1,500 clients, family members and care-givers. An estimated 2,100 people in Haldimand and Norfolk have moderate to severe dementia.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Over 42 per cent of East Timorese population registered to vote UN

According to UNTAET, Manatuto leads other districts with almost 68 per cent of its population registered. In Aileu, the registration is over 56 per cent, while three other districts – Ainaro, Same and Lospalos – have registered more than half of their estimated populations.Currently, about 13,000 East Timorese are being registered every day, compared to approximately 2,000 when the registration process started on 16 March, the UN Mission said.In other news, bilateral talks between UNTAET and Indonesia opened today in Denpasar, where the two delegations are discussing a wide range of issues, including the registration of refugees in West Timor, citizenship, maritime delineation, the situation of East Timorese students in Indonesia, archives, as well as bilateral air services, postal links and diplomatic missions. read more

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Wednesdays Daily Brief Ambition and action key to UNGA South Sudan Cameroon

UN chief António Guterres and head of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, joined forces on Wednesday to call for an end to the use of explosive weapons in cities. Idlib in Syria and the Libyan capital Tripoli are today enduring “a hail of bombs and shells”, they said in a statement. The appeal to all parties to armed conflict warns that 50 million people are affected the world by lethal devices, including those that have a “wide impact area” in populated zones. An estimated nine in 10 casualties of urban warfare are civilians, they noted.Get our full story here. South Sudan’s peace process ‘precarious, but progress being made’ There are five key United Nations summits taking place next week to spur action on the climate crisis and other global concerns, which will showcase the UN as a “driver for meaningful, positive change”, according to the man at the helm of the Organization.For UN Secretary-General António Guterres, there is no time to lose in the face of climate change, rising inequality, increasing hatred and intolerance; and what he described as an “alarming” number of peace and security challenges.The four other summits will address universal health coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals, financing for development and support to Small Island Developing States.Read more here. UN and Red Cross chiefs call for ban of explosive weapons in cities  Cameroon stresses commitment to tackle Boko Haram One year on from the signing of a Revitalized Agreement to ease conflict in South Sudan, the country’s political leaders “have met some, but certainly not all”, of the expectations laid out, the top UN official for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.Briefing the Council in New York, Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, explained developments and downfalls he’s witnessed since the official peace ceremony last year.“The bottom line is this. While the situation for many South Sudanese citizens remains bleak, the last year of peace has kick-started a transformative process that is improving lives,” Mr. Shearer concluded.Get our full coverage here. Cities: a ‘cause of and solution to’ climate change Cities around the world are the “main cause of climate change” but can also offer a part of the solution to reducing the harmful greenhouses gases that are causing global temperatures to rise according to UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif.Ms. Sharif will be joining world leaders at United Nations headquarters in New York next week at the Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.Listen to an exclusive UN News interview  with Mr. Shearer here, from a few weeks ago: Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 9 September, on Soundcloud: In the Human Rights Council, Cameroon has reaffirmed its determination to lead “tireless combat” against Boko Haram extremists. Addressing the 47-member body in Geneva, Ambassador Mbella Mbella Lejeune also noted that numerous positive steps had been taken for a “durable peace”, following clashes between English-speaking separatists and Government forces. After explaining that President Paul Biya’s decision to hold a “grand” national dialogue with all sectors of Cameroonian society aimed to resolve the conflict, the Ambassador noted that there would be no impunity for those responsible for attacks in the north-west and south-west of the country.  UN summits urge ‘ambition and action’ on climate change, SDGs: Guterres read more

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Defense weather dampen Ohio State offenses performance during Saturday scrimmage

When it rains, it pours, and Saturday’s dreary scrimmage proved true figuratively and literally for the Ohio State offense, which failed to score a single touchdown. The defense won the scrimmage, 74-62, (unofficially), before heavy rain and lightning caused an abrupt finish. With no completions and only two first downs in the first seven possessions, the offense could never get going against an inspired Buckeyes defense. The offense gave the ball away four times and mustered only 171 yards on 17 possessions. Leading the way for the defense was sophomore defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins, who had a tackle for loss, a sack and numerous stops on third-and-short, which the offense failed to convert four times. The scrimmage began with kick returns. Sophomore running back Jaamal Berry electrified the crowd with a 95-yard return for a touchdown up the right sideline. Jordan Hall also took a kick back to the 40 and Chris Fields had a return to the 47-yard line. When the offense took the field, it began backed up against its own goal line. It went three-and-out under senior quarterback Joe Bauserman, thanks in part to great pass defense from junior cornerback Travis Howard, who turned in yet another stellar performance. The next offensive set, Jaamal Berry rumbled for nine yards and had a huge collision with sophomore safety Jamie Wood. Wood left the game shortly after and did not return, saying his shoulder “popped out.” Redshirt freshman Taylor Graham continued to put the ball on the money, but numerous drops (five, unofficially, on Graham throws) bogged his stats down to 3-for-10 for 27 yards. Braxton Miller, the highly touted freshman quarterback, was 2-for-4 for 22 yards. The other quarterbacks fared no better, with sophomore Kenny Guiton going 3-for-7 for 31 yards with one interception, and Joe Bauserman hitting 1-for-4 for 11 yards, with one interception. Both interceptions were recorded by redshirt freshman cornerback Bradley Roby, both going through the hands of Corey “Philly” Brown and Jaamal Berry to reach Roby. The offense did not find any more luck on the ground. The leading rusher was redshirt freshman Roderick Smith, with six carries for 30 of the offense’s 80 total yards rushing. The entire defense looked stout, but freshman safety Jeremy Cash might have had the most impressive day. The Florida product had a number of tackles, including a big hit that jarred the ball loose from Verlon Reed, and was recovered by Dorian Bell. Cash also looked impressive in pass coverage, breaking up several passes. There were many hits that drew hoots and hollers from the crowd that braved the weather. Senior Florida State transfer Dionte Allen unloaded on Berry from his cornerback position, and sophomore defensive end Melvin Fellows drilled Guiton on a pass rush. Players out with injuries were Terrelle Pryor (he threw some in sweats), Donnie Evege (out for season), Zach Domicone (was seen icing his calf), Tyler Moeller (in full pads), Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown (in sweats) and CJ Barnett (in full pads). read more

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Work to start today on the largest commercial development outside Dublin

first_img 29,432 Views By Paul Hosford Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 8:08 AM Apr 18th 2017, 8:08 AM 21 Comments Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Gardens International building. WORK WILL GET underway on the Gardens International office building today, the largest commercial property development outside Dublin.The 100,000 square foot building on Limerick’s Henry Street will be the first speculative build under the Limerick Twenty Thirty programme, which will see over €500 million worth of investment in creating state-of-the-art office, retail, residential, education and enterprise space in Limerick.It is set to be finished late next year.The €17.6 million contract is the first of three major projects that will transform inner city Limerick, creating 1.4million sq ft of prime real estate for various uses.The wider programme is aimed at attracting 5,000 new jobs in Limerick over the next five years, with ‘The Gardens’ building set to accommodate 750 posts and support 150 jobs during construction. Source: Brian Ruane/YouTubeLimerick Twenty Thirty Chairman Denis Brosnan said:“This is a very important day for Limerick Twenty Thirty, for Limerick and the wider region.This will be the catalyst for a new era of growth for Limerick as this is the first in a wider programme that is going to transform Limerick into a dynamic living and working city capable of competing with the leading destinations in Europe for inward investment.The Henry Street site was part-constructed during the boom but has remained a shell development since work ceased there several years ago.Developed in 1808 by the Roche family, the old limestone faced building with stunning red-bricked internal barrel vaults was a revolutionary project for its day, having been designed with a sophisticated heating and irrigation system to support roof-top hanging/vertical gardens with vegetation such as exotic fruits like oranges, grapes and pineapples.Read: ‘Welfare cheats cheat us all’: New campaign wants public to blow the whistle on welfare fraudRead: Australia to axe 457 temporary work visa The Gardens International building. Work to start today on the largest commercial development outside Dublin It is set to be finished late next year. http://jrnl.ie/3344747 last_img read more

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The DPP is concerned about possible interference in upcoming Jobstown trial

first_img Short URL Share68 Tweet Email1 Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 6:39 PM http://jrnl.ie/3315844 No Comments By Declan Brennan 13,979 Views Mar 30th 2017, 6:39 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Archive/PA Images THE DIRECTOR OF Public Prosecutions (DPP) is concerned that the constitutional process of trial by jury could be interfered with in the upcoming trial of water protesters, a court has heard.Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy (33) , together with Dublin councillor Kieran Mahon (39), Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Michael Murphy (53) and four other men are due to go on trial next month on charges arising out of the alleged false imprisonment of then Tánaiste Joan Burton, three years ago.Burton and her entourage had left a graduation event at An Cosan Education Centre at Jobstown, Tallaght when a demonstration was held which delayed her for about two hours.She and her team had been attempting to travel by car to St Thomas’ Church for the rest of the ceremony when it is alleged violence broke out.Today Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, told Judge Melanie Greally at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that a matter of serious concern had arisen connected with literature made available around the city and a campaign in respect of the trial.He said that an event being billed as a national event was to be held in the capital this weekend and purportedly to be addressed by activists and journalists.He said that under the Constitution a trial is heard by members of the public and there was a concern that this process could be interfered with.He said he believed the court would find that what was happening to be completely unacceptable. Various lawyers for the defendants told the court they had sought clarification from the DPP about the nature of any orders they were seeking from the court so that they could respond.They said the matter would take a number of hours to deal with and Judge Greally listed it for hearing tomorrow afternoon.Murphy of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, Mahon of Bolbrook Grove, Tallaght, Michael Murphy of Whitechurch Way, Ballyboden, Dublin, Frank Donaghy (71) of Alpine Rise, Tallaght, Ken Purcell (50) of Kiltalown Green, Michael Banks (46) of Brookview Green, Tallaght, and Scott Masterson (34) of Carrigmore Drive, Tallaght each face charges arising out of a water protest in Jobstown on November 15th, 2014.A second trial of six people accused of false imprisonment is due to take place on 2 October 2017 with a pre-trial date hearing for 8 June 2017.The final trial of five people accused of violent disorder has been set for 9 April 2018 with a pre-trial date set for 13 December 2017.Comments on this article are closed due to the ongoing legal process.  Image: PA Archive/PA Images The DPP is concerned about possible interference in upcoming Jobstown trial The court heard today of the DPP’s concern that the constitutional process of trial by jury could be interfered with. last_img read more

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Man hurt in rollover crash

first_imgVancouver firefighters said they managed to pull a man from an overturned car Thursday by using a variety of wooden cribbing and adjustable struts to stabilize it.At 3:23 p.m., firefighters rushed to the rollover at 12900 N.E. 87th Ave. The 21-year-old male driver released his seat belt but was trapped in the car, which was upside-down with its doors resting against the embankment and had a large intrusion in the roof.Firefighters placed cribbing to hold the car in place, and make it safe for firefighters and paramedics to go inside. Capt. Dave Lund, realizing the cribbing wasn’t sufficient, called for assistance from crews in the Walnut Grove station, which used struts to hold the car in place, the bulletin said.Firefighters broke a rear passenger window, pulled the driver out on a tarp and secured him in a backboard. AMR paramedics took the man to an area hospital with injuries believed to not be life-threatening. The man’s name and medical condition were not immediately available.last_img read more

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Traffic Lights Are Up On KBeach Road

first_imgKnik Construction Company has been working on the K-Beach resurfacing and signalization through the entire construction season. They intend to continue work through October. Crews will also be conducting light construction activity during the day as well. McCarthy: “We’re about 75% complete on the paving. We have two more paving nights, and then we will do the bulk end of the project where it will go from two lanes to five and then they will wrap-up and do the driveway approaches etc.”  Shannon McCarthy spokesperson for the Department of Transportation: “The traffic signals will be turned on in the next week or two, so be aware of that.”  Those people who reside in construction zones and may require special accommodations should call the DOT Highway Construction Engineer at 907-269-0450 (TTY 907-269-0473). Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The long awaited, and highly anticipated, traffic lights are officially up on Kalifornsky Beach, at both Gas Well and Ciechanski Road. According to McCarthy this project is expected to be completed in three weeks. Drivers should continue to expect nightly paving operations with lane closures, multiple flagging operations and approach closures between 8:00pm and 6:30am.last_img read more

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Soldotna City Council To Tour Proposed Site For New Visitor Center

first_imgWith more than 700,000 tourists passing through the Kenai Peninsula each year, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has outgrown the current visitor’s center. Shannon Davis, Executive Director of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “We want to outline where the new building would be to help people visualize the fact that it will only take up 5%, maybe even a little less, of the actual usable park space.” The tour will begin at 4:00 pm, in Soldotna Creek Park. For more information contact the City Clerk’s Office at 907-262-9107. Immediately following the tour at Soldotna Creek Park, the city council will travel to the current Soldotna Visitor Center to conduct a site visit and inspect the current building and surrounding property.center_img Davis: “They are going to come do a tour of the existing visitors center so that the council can get a better idea of some of the struggles that we have. Some of those include access, pulling in and out of the current site, as well as some of the space issues that we have.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will meet in Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce to tour the proposed location for the Visitor and Community Center Expansion.last_img read more

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A Social Media Primer for Publishers

first_imgI’ve had the opportunity to talk with hundreds of publishers over the last few months about the state of their business. With all the challenges that face the traditional publishing business model, the most popular questions all revolve around social media.“Do I need to get my editors set up on Twitter?”“What’s this social media release?”“We set up a Facebook page for the magazine brand, but what now?” So let’s do it. TwitterMedia and non-media companies alike can see upwards of 10 percent overall traffic coming from Twitter (us included). Twitter, the micro-blogging tool that works like instant-messaging on steroids, can be a game changer. – Sure, you can create an account for the brand itself. You can use a program like Twitterfeed that will automatically distribute your articles through RSS. If you decide to do this, make sure you have someone maintain the account and tell your readers who this is. In the description put “This @Brand Twitter account is managed by @JohnSmith.” Then, be sure to have John reply to readers and thank those that consistently ReTweet (republish or forward) your message.– The better strategy is to make sure all your staff, editors, salespeople, production and, especially, your executive team, are using it. Show them how to set up a Twitterfeed account to push out content from the magazine. Done right, this strategy multiplies the affect considerably of what can be done with just one Twitter account.– You and your staff will have a hard time grasping Twitter unless you use a Twitter management tool like Tweetdeck or Tweetgrid. We use Tweetdeck. Following the stream (the people you follow) is nearly impossible once you start following more than 100 people…so don’t. Just follow the key phrases and your brand names. You can set up defined searches that will notify you who is talking about what related to your brand and your industry. Editors can follow certain phrases to get a lead on a new story. Salespeople can follow key customer brands and look like heroes if something important pops up. Even though we’ve been talking about distribution methods, Twitter’s most important use is as a listening tool. It’s a must-use tool for journalists.– Be democratic. Don’t just push out your own content all day long. Push out interesting and relevant stories that aren’t yours (possibly even your competition). – Do it now. Twitter is a force regardless if they (Twitter) haven’t figured out their own business model. Twitter’s main demographic is between 35 and 55. Most of your readers and advertisers probably are too.News ReleasesI’m continually shocked at the number of publishing brands that don’t use basic news releases to promote issue releases, key research, and robust content packages. Most of us have deals set up with the basic syndicators, but the concept of an online news release is a bit different.– Pick your favorite company, PR Web, PR Newswire, Marketwire, etc. They all have their pros and cons. The point is, you should budget and plan for news releases as often as possible. – Choose the SEO keyword option so that as your release is not just spread across Google, Yahoo! and other credible sites, but that they are picking up your links.– Develop an edit calendar of releases and stick to it.FacebookA key player among what I call the big three (Google, Twitter, Facebook), the Facebook strategy is probably the easiest to go wrong. The main problem is most publishers run out to create their own Facebook fan pages. This strategy will get your loyal readers from the start, but it probably won’t grow outside that base.– No need to create a branded Facebook page. Instead develop an Industry or Topical page and manage it. What’s the biggest problem your readers deal with? There’s a Facebook page for that. New industry trend? There’s a Facebook page for that.– Be sure someone monitors and updates the page at least twice a week. No use putting up a page unless you are going to be part of the conversation.Follow these steps and you’ll see payoff almost immediately, but the long-term impact will spread your brand further than you could have possibly imagine. The time to start is now. Joe Pulizzi is co-author of the book Get Content Get Customers and Founder of Junta42, a lead generation tool for publishers with custom publishing operations. Joe blogs regularly at http://blog.junta42.com.last_img read more

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Grow trees protect nature pleads MLA Bhupal Reddy

first_imgNarayankhed: MLA Bhupal Reddy on Monday appealed to people to plant saplings to contain pollution. He participated in the Haritha Haram programme held at Bhaktidham Thanda in Kalher mandal. He also offered prayers at Bhavani Matha temple. ATMA Committee chairman Ramavat Ramsingh, ZPTC Narasimha Reddy, leaders and villagers were present.last_img

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Bringing velvet back Indie star Radhika Apte looks stunning at recent award

first_imgRadhika AptePR HandoutAt a recent award ceremony, Radhika Apte nailed her look with her bright-wide smile as she donned a velvet short dress and she looked like a cool-chic as ever.With her “omnipresence” all across the screens and a palette full of promising roles, actress Radhika Apte slays her look with brown-black printed velvet short dress with a statement earrings. Radhika completed her look with the subtle makeup and wavy short hair apt for this season proves that the actress is undoubtedly a fashionista.The actress was felicitated for her path-breaking performances in the digital space apart from her contribution to Indian Cinema. With this award, Radhika Apte has just added another feather to her cap, as the actress has been awarded this honour for the second time. Previously, Radhika was conferred the same award by Vogue Magazine in 2018.Looking absolutely stunning, Radhika wore an uber stylish velvety dress with a combination of black and hues of pink. She completed the look with a prominent ox-blood shade of lip tint and looked every bit gorgeous at the event. The sartorial pick was definitely edgy and all things hot!Indie star Radhika Apte known for her brave choice of films has spread her charms with top-notch roles- be it films or OTT platforms. The actress who has been constantly seen on an OTT platform with her ‘omnipresence’ all across is now receiving offers from many storytellers of different platforms.Riding high on the success of her recent projects namely, Andhadhun and the acclaimed web series, Sacred Games, the Indie star of Bollywood, Radhika Apte is known for her unconventional portrayals and continues to rule over the hearts of the audience with her work.Radhika Apte’s acting has spoken louder than her words ever since she made her debut with a short film, Ahalya- a character nested in the hearts of the audiences and the filmmakers, alike.Radhika’s two movies Andhadhun and Padman are on the top rated Bollywood movies list and her “omnipresence” is much talked about with the screen presence she possesses. The actress who is constantly seen on an OTT platform with her ‘omnipresence’ all across is now receiving offers from many storytellers of different platforms.Radhika Apte will be next seen in a film alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui for which the actress has already finished the first schedule shoot in Lucknow, The pair was last seen sharing screen space for a web serieslast_img read more

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Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Money For Girls to See Captain Marvel

first_img ‘Avengers: Endgame De-Feminized’ Edit Is World’s Worst Fan Film TrendDude Watched ‘Captain Marvel’ 116 Times to Break World Record Stay on target Now this is a viral challenge I can get behind.Non-profit Girls Inc. LA, activist Frederick Joseph, and philanthropic organization We Have Stories teamed up to launch the Captain Marvel Challenge.No, it doesn’t require participants to punch an old lady on the train or steal a high-powered jet.The hashtag represents a crowdfunding campaign to give girls from various backgrounds the opportunity to see Marvel’s first female-led film, by providing tickets and renting out theaters.“Everyone should have an opportunity to see women in roles they can aspire to one day be,” the GoFundMe page said. “Roles that show women as strong, smart, and bold. From a teacher to a fighter pilot—or a superhero.”Like Carol Danvers, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who turns into one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes.With Brie Larson in the titular role, Captain Marvel is backed by an army of women, including co-director Anna Boden, Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Jac Schaeffer (who co-wrote the screenplay with Boden), Nicole Perlman and Anna Waterhouse (who submitted the story), composer Pinar Toprak, and co-editor Debbie Berman. Not to mention co-stars Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, and Annette Bening.The movie hits cinemas on March 8—international Women’s Day, during Women’s History Month.It’s not enough, though, to portray these characters on the big screen. You have to have the right audiences watching them. And unfortunately for many young girls, stories like Captain Marvel aren’t accessible.But thanks to We Have Stories and Girls Inc., that will soon change.In just one week, the campaign surpassed its $20,000 goal, collecting more than $20,618 toward the cost of tickets ($13 per child, $17 per adult chaperone) and refreshments ($13 per girl).center_img Donated!! #CaptainMarvelChallenge https://t.co/sHHICslkLX— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 15, 2019(Since the real-life Captain America’s name doesn’t appear on the donations list, I’m guessing he supplied the $2,000 “anonymous” contribution.)Any additional funds raised outside of hosting this experience will go back to the non-profits for future efforts.Activist and We Have Stories founder Frederick Joseph last year created the Black Panther Challenge in an effort to raise $40,000 to take Harlem children to see the movie for free.With a little encouragement from the philanthropist, the challenge took off, eventually inspiring 400-plus campaigns to raise more than $400,000 and help thousands of kids.Angela Bassett in Black Panther (Photo via Marvel Studios)While Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Supergirl, and Captain Marvel are paving the way for better hero diversity, girls still lack on-screen female role models, according to recent research.A study by BBC America and the Women’s Media Center confirms that representation can positively affect a child’s confidence, career trajectory, and overall self-image.The data speaks for itself: Teen girls are significantly less likely than their male counterparts to describe themselves as confident, brave, and heard. These challenges are considerably more pronounced for girls of color.More on Geek.com:11 Comic Firsts for Women11 Female Sci-Fi Authors You Need to Read11 Women Who Shaped the World of Gaminglast_img read more

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Soon Shalimar Station to get bigger better

first_imgKolkata: South Eastern Railway has started work to develop Shalimar Station to make it an alternative terminal and cater to more long distance trains originating and terminating from the city. “There is capacity restriction at Howrah station. The railway terminal at Shalimar is crippled by poor road and poor connectivity. We are developing this station by providing all modern amenities presently available at major stations of Indian Railways. In addition, unidirectional double-road connectivity to nearby Andul Road has been planned to facilitate quick entry and dispersal of passengers,” a senior spokesperson of SER said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPresently, there are two platforms at Shalimar and 4 long distance trains (both daily and weekly) terminate from it. “The third platform will be ready soon and two more platforms will come up so that more long distance trains can terminate from Shalimar and ease the Howrah’s pressure,” a senior official said. Work for phase I will involve construction of a station building, a foot overbridge, circulating road, three overhead reservoir each with 3 gallon capacity. “A pedestrian sub-way connecting platforms and other locations and a water treatment will also come up,” the official maintained. Work for the first phase is expected to be completed by December 2020. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn phase II, there will be a flyover, another railway overbridge, remodelling of yards, pedestrian subway connecting jetty services and other facilities like escalator, electrical sub station, signage among others. “We are in talks with the concerned authority for ferry services. Shalimar can be connected with Garden Reach and Babughat through ferry service and this will be of immense help to the commuters,” the official said. The development of the terminal also includes creating parking lots for cars, taxis, two wheelers, buses and auto terminus for which the railway authorities are in talks with the state government. The entire project cost as estimated by SER will be around Rs 357.2 crore. Meanwhile, for the convenience of the passengers, Eastern Railway will run 6 (six) pairs of summer special trains between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri. 03059 Howrah – New Jalpaiguri weekly summer special will leave Howrah station on every Tuesday between May 22 and May 26 at 10.50 PM to reach New Jalpaiguri at 1.05 PM on the next day. The train will have air-conditioned and sleeper class accommodation.last_img read more

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Colins Herd Hierarchy through NFL Week 5 Video

first_img5. New England Patriots – New England’s defense has been terrible. They’re allowing the most yards per play, and most points per drive in the NFL. They don’t have a pass rush and their secondary has looked lost for most of the year, but they lead the NFL in passing offense, total offense, and Tom Brady has completed more passes over 20 yards than any quarterback in the league. This all adds up to the Patriots having to win a lot of shootouts. It’ll probably be good enough to make the playoffs, but Colin doesn’t see them in the Super Bowl. 7. L.A. Rams –They lead the NFL in plays of 20 or more yards, and have made more trips to the red zone than any team in the NFL. Todd Gurley is 1 of 2 players with 100+ Touches this season, averaging 5 yards per touch. They have a solid o-line, plus QB play, the best d-lineman, punter, and kicker in the league. They can outscore teams, or grind it out. Colin thinks the Rams are the real deal. 9. Atlanta Falcons – Colin still has his doubts about Atlanta and has said they would pull back from their dominant Super Bowl form of last year. So far, Matt Ryan has thrown 5 picks through 5 weeks. He didn’t throw his fifth pick until Week 10 last year. Devonta Freeman is tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns, but Atlanta is 28th in turnover differential. Atlanta’s good not great. 2. Philadelphia Eagles – Colin picked the Eagles to win the NFC East to start the year, and five weeks into the season he’s feeling great about that pick. Carson Wentz leads the NFL in yards per pass on 3rd Down (11.04) and has the 2nd best 3rd down passer rating (137.8) in the league. Philly leads the NFL in time of possession (35 min/game), and they’ve found a running game with LeGarrette Blount, who’s averaging 7 yards per rush in his last 3. They also have the best defensive line and offensive line combo in the NFL. Colin may be the most hated man in Philly, but he’s been showing the Eagles love all year. Advertisement 6. Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers leads the NFL with 13 passing touchdowns, and Green Bay is scoring touchdowns on almost 80% of their red zone trips, which leads the NFL. They still can’t run the ball, have an inconsistent pass rush, and Colin doesn’t like their secondary, but they still come in at 6 because Rodgers is ridiculous. 3. Carolina Panthers – Colin has been critical of Cam Newton and Carolina, but they impressed him in their win against Detroit on Sunday, and have been averaging 400+ yards per game in their last two games. In his last 2, Cam has completed 77% of his passes, with 6 TD’s, 1 INT, and a passer rating of 137.2. Defensively, they lead the NFC in sacks with 17. They were physically dominated Detroit, and their offense has cut down on deep, low percentage throws. Colin thought it was one of the most impressive performances by any team all year, so he moves them way up this week. 4. Denver Broncos – They’re the only team in the NFL ranked in the Top 3 in rush offense and rush defense, and are allowing the 2nd fewest yards per play in the NFL. Trevor Siemian has been outstanding at home (103.3 passer rating), but will have to better on the road (58.2 passer rating). Colin loves their defense, overall personnel, and thinks if they can clean up their offensive line play and get better play from Siemian away from home, they have a shot to make the Super Bowl. Kansas City Chiefs – They lead the NFL in yards per play and points per drive with the most creative and dynamic offensive scheme in the league. Alex Smith has 11 touchdowns without throwing a pick through 5 weeks, and K.C only has 1 giveaway as a team. Rookie Kareem Hunt is the first running back since Adrian Peterson to have 100+ scrimmage yards in his first 5 NFL games. They have the best roster depth in the league, and don’t have a glaring weakness. Chiefs come in at 1 again. 8. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys have averaged 424 yards per game over their last two, but have 5 giveaways in those games and lost both. Colin doesn’t love their receiving corps, but likes that they are getting to opposing quarterbacks. They’re 3rd in the NFL in QB pressures and Demarcus Lawrence leads the NFL in sacks. Even though they’ve dropped a couple in a row, Colin still likes their key ingredients of quarterback, o-line, running game and coaching. He’s still a buyer on the ‘Boys long term. Every Tuesday during the NFL season, Colin puts out his Herd Hierarchy NFL power rankings, and there’s plenty of movement after Week 5.This week, the Lions and Bills drop out; the Falcons sneak back in; and Cam and the Panthers skyrocket up the board after back-to-back impressive wins.Here are his Top 10 teams after Week 5:10. Seattle Seahawks – Seattle’s o-line has been a mess, and only Carson Palmer has been pressured more than Russell Wilson, but they still have the league’s top rated red zone defense, and are holding opposing quarterbacks to the lowest passing rating in the NFC. Elite QB, coach and defense gets them in at 10.last_img read more

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Firefox 63 with improved content blocking

first_imgFirefox 63 with improved content blocking by Martin Brinkmann on July 23, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: July 23, 2018 – 19 commentsMozilla plans to integrate a new content blocking mode in Firefox 63 that will replace tracking protection as the native option in the browser to block certain content automatically. Tracking Protection won’t go away, however, as it makes up a part of the new content blocking functionality.Mozilla launched Tracking Protection in 2014 in Firefox Nightly for the desktop and for Android. The feature was enabled only in private browsing mode when it was launched in Firefox 42 Stable; it took Mozilla more than two years to change the feature so that users could enable Tracking Protection always and not only in private browsing mode.The organization revealed plans to improve tracking protection and to extend the functionality in mid 2018.Starting with Firefox 63, out October 23, 2018, if the schedule holds, Firefox will include native content blocking functionality that extends the current Tracking Protection functionality of the browser.Firefox users get a new Content Blocking option right in the main browser menu and also in the site information panel.It takes two clicks to enable or disable Content Blocking in Firefox. A click on the site information icon displays the new options as well.There it is possible to disable the blocking for individual sites if blocking is enabled globally, and to manage the available blocking options.Firefox users may also open the privacy preferences to manage content blocking from there.Here it is possible to turn the feature on or off, and to reset it to the default. More important than that are options to manage individual content blocking options and manage exceptions.While Firefox users do get tracking protection baked into the new content blocking functionality, they will also get access to a new option to block slow loading content independently from blocking trackers.Firefox users may manage exceptions for the feature and change block lists as well. It is clear from the description that Firefox’s new content blocking functionality won’t integrate full ad-blocking into the browser just yet. While I think that this is a big oversight as it could attract users who use other browsers as their primary, it is still an option and could be added at a later point in time.Improved content blocking is not the only feature related to user privacy that Mozilla is working on currently. The organization plans to run experiments to restrict or even remove third-party tracker access to cookies to limit tracking capabilities.Closing WordsWith Google adding basic ad-blocking capabilities into Chrome and some other companies, Opera and Microsoft for example, doing the same, it is a good sign that Mozilla will push Firefox’s capabilities in this regard as well.Now You: what would you like to see integrated in Firefox? (via Sören)SummaryArticle NameFirefox 63 with improved content blockingDescriptionMozilla plans to integrate a new content blocking mode in Firefox 63 that will replace tracking protection as the native option in the browser to block certain content automatically.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Airbnb building real estate project in Cancun Hotel Zone

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A Cancun real estate developer says that Airbnb is building their own luxury apartment complex in the Cancun Hotel Zone to compete with the hotel sector.Miguel Ángel Lemus Mateos reports that the vacation property platform, Airbnb, is in the process of building a 12-apartment real estate project in the Cancun Hotel Zone that will cater to luxury vacationers.He explained that the investment is ready and construction will begin at the end of 2018. The project, Airbnb Plus, will consist of 12 apartments aimed at the luxury vacationer with nightly prices reaching as high as $1,000 USD. Each apartment will be completely furnished, offer luxury finishes and a minimum of three bedrooms.“The project of the complex is a property that will be a condo-hotel and will allow investors to acquire the development and offer it on platforms for this market segment that spends up to three times more than the average tourist,” he said.The new real estate project is set for construction in the middle of the Cancun Hotel Zone where there are already nearly 140 accommodation places, most of whom are against the vacation platform since they do not pay hotel-level taxes.The Hotel Association of Cancun is against the platform saying they do not pay total taxes as a hotel does, and although the Secretariat of Finance and Planning imposed the Lodging Tax for the hotel sector, it is not enough for many hoteliers.According to the Directorate of Supervision there are already more than 9,000 rooms in Benito Juárez that are rented by Airbnb that average 18,000 guests.In April, Airbnb announced they will begin promoting Cancun and Riviera Maya in their Airbnb Experiences since the region is the  second most important region for them after Mexico City.The company also reported that Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya was the power vacation spot during Easter, making it the reservation leader in Latin America.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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