How Facebook’s New Sound Notifications Could Boost Engagement

first_imgHear that? No? Well, that’s because Facebook is testing a new audio notification system to select members, and if you’re not one of the first batch of guinea pigs, all is still quiet on your profile. But if this feature catches on, you and the rest of Facebook’s billion networkers might soon hear a ping every time someone sends you a message, posts to your wall or tags you in a photo. And despite last week’s largely negative coverage about the new service by over-engaged journalists, Facebook insiders and some user interface and user experience (UI/UX) designers are calling it a boon for engagement.Lend Me An EarFacebook has used sound notifications for its chat tool since 2008, and its mobile messenger app also has sound. Both alert you to new messages.“There is user demand for sounds,” explained Brittany Darwell, the lead writer at Inside Facebook. “It makes sense to allow a sound option for other desktop notifications, too.” Darwell cites the recent Facebook sound bug in Apple iOS iPhones as an example of demand for improved audio on the site. She says people want the option to be informed aurally.“Some users want sound and are even upset when they don’t hear them,” Darwell said.  Sound Good?The new alert is an electronic bee-deep, like the one employed by Skype. Don’t worry, the Facebook tone can be turned off. It’s not known if the sound that Facebook has been testing ultimately will be used, much less if the feature itself will ever be rolled out to the public. “This is just a test with a small percentage of users,” said Meredith Chin, Facebook’s manager of corporate communications. “We’ll see how it goes before rolling it out.”More certain is the power of the sound. While some heavily connected Facebook users surely will be turned off by it, mid-level and casual users could become more engaged by this Pavlovian call to action. “It draws people back,” says Asher Hunt, head of mobile design at LivePerson Mobile. “The sound is a trigger point. People are addicted to these.” Hunt thinks the alert will keep Facebook members connected and strengthen their overall experience. He compares the alert to people walking through the cacophony of a casino:  “All it takes is hearing that sound once, and you’re back on the site.”  Testing 1, 2, 1, 2Here’s the alert in action: Related Posts adam popescu Tags:#Facebook#notification#social media#sound Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Ex-Maharaja’s adopted Polish children to attend event in Gujarat

first_img Along with the Polish Institute in Delhi, and the Embassy, Anu Radha now hopes to bring them back for celebrations at the Balachadi school, which is now a Sainik School, in October 2018. “Each year, there are fewer survivors left, and one never knows whether it will be possible for them to return,” she says.This year, the decades- old story will have a new twist, as the return of the survivors and the celebrations for Poland’s centenary will be presided over by Ambassador Burakowski, who is, by coincidence, a graduate of the school named after Jamsaheb Digvijaysinghji in Warsaw.In 1997 he first visited India exactly the way the Balachadi children did: by land, from Poland . He says he fell in love with India, and resolved to teach himself Hindi, which he did with the help of Lata Mangeshkar songs.The symbolism of Mr. Burakowski’s favourite song from the 1959-hit Ujala “Duniyawalon se duur” (Far from the world) wasn’t clear until recently, when he returned to India as the Polish envoy, humming the famous tune about living in a world without atrocity, or sadness, and one where the language of love is understood by all, (Na Zulm Ka Nishaan Hai,Na Gam Ki Dastaan Hai, Har Koi Jisko Samjhe,Voh Pyaar Ki Zubaan Hai), a world very much like the one the Jamsaheb created in the 1940s for his adopted Polish children.  Others like Roman Gutowski remember how the Jamsaheb helped them learn to swim in the sea. Atleast one couple, Jadwiga and Jerzy Tomaszek, met at the camp, and married decades later, which they thank the Maharaja for.Remembering a king’s act of kindnessIn recognition of the kindness they were showed, which became a famous story in Poland, Warsaw authorities named a school and a crossroad “Skwer Dobrego Maharadzy” (The Good Maharaja Square) after him.“Their love for India keeps bringing them back at any given opportunity, even at this age of 80 years plus. When they look at the future generations of their great grand children, they are in deep gratitude towards India and Indians for giving them protection in Balachadi,” Anu Radha, producer of the documentary film, said, revealing that it took more than a year to find all the remaining survivors in Poland and speak to them about their time in India from 1942-1946.  Arduous journeyWhen they were freed, they weren’t sent home, but on an even more arduous journey in trucks across Turkmenistan, Iran and Afghanistan to India. While many Polish families made it to refugee camps in Nagpur, Kolhapur and Bombay (Mumbai), the 1,000 or so children, all under the age of 15, had a special problem, as they needed a school, boarding facilities and caretakers.It was then that the Jamsaheb Digvijaysinghji Ranjitsinhji Jadeja of Nawanagar stepped in, offering to build the school for them, and provide them food and shelter near his palace, in Balachadi. The Jamsaheb’s care didn’t end there, recall the survivors, who became the subject of a 2013 documentary film called “A little Poland in India.”“When we arrived at the camp, the Maharaja gave a party but despite being hungry, we didn’t like to eat the spicy food served at all. [The Maharaja] saw this & said don’t worry, and he brought seven young cooks from Goa to serve us less spicy food,” recalled Wieslaw Stypula, one of the survivors, now over 90 years old.center_img All too few of the 1,000 Polish children of Gujarat’s Camp Balachadi are still alive. But for those who survive, the memory of their original journey from Poland to this town in Jamnagar district in the 1940s is vivid. That memory brings them to India again and again, to commemorate a generous Indian benefactor, the former Maharajah or “Jamsaheb of Nawanagar”, 80 years ago.“This is a story few know about, but it is a sign of how deep the ties that bind India and Poland are,” Poland’s new Ambassador to India Adam Burakowski tells The Hindu. Mr. Burakowski, whose journey to India is itself a unique story, is now preparing for the return of some of the survivors later this year to mark 100 years of Poland’s independence after the first world war.The story of the Balachadi children evokes warm feelings about how India helped thousands of Poles during the Second World War, but also reminds them of the cruelty of the past, and the terribly hard journey they were forced to take.The children had been separated from their parents or orphaned during the invasion of Poland in 1939, first by Hitler’s forces and then Stalin’s Red Army, who divided the country into two halves. Most of their families, from the Soviet-dominated East, were sent to Siberia’s labour camps.last_img read more

SEAG football in three venues

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Southeast Games football competitions will see an unprecedented 19 teams across two divisions with matches slated in three venues—Rizal Memorial Stadium, University of Makati Stadium and Biñan Football Stadium.Philippine Football Federation general secretary Ed Gastanes, who has been appointed competitions manager, said a full slate of 11 teams will vie in the men’s tournament, while the women’s competition will see a record eight countries disputing the crown.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Thai rallies to top Taiwan Open ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next While the SEA Games men’s event will be an Under-22 tournament, two overage players will be allowed each team.Former Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband has expressed his desire to reinforce the team, but the country’s top international scorer has been without a club since December last year and only saw limited minutes in the Asian Cup. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

Rod Marsh steps down as Australia chairman of selectors after Hobart loss

first_imgRod Marsh quit as chairman of selectors on Wednesday in the wake of Australia’s fifth consecutive Test loss, bringing forward his retirement by six months. (Inquisition continues for Australia ‘in crisis’)Australia was ranked No. 1 in the Test format before being swept 3-0 in Sri Lanka in July and August and has now surrendered a three-Test series at home to South Africa with a match to spare.Australia’s brittle batting was exposed in the first two losses – by 177 runs at Perth and by an innings and 80 runs in Hobart, where the depth and technical flaws were obvious as Australia was dismissed for 85 in the first innings and lost its last eight wickets for 32 runs in the second innings on Tuesday. (Humiliated Steve Smith says Australia lacking pride)The tenures of the national selectors, coach Darren Lehmann, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and high-performance manager Pat Howard have all been under intense scrutiny as Australia slumped to one of its worst losing streaks. Sutherland had backed Marsh earlier Wednesday, saying the ex-test wicketkeeper would see out his contract until mid-2017.There’ll undoubtedly be changes in the playing personnel, yet Marsh was the first casualty of the loss. (Also read: Faf Du Plessis lauds ‘relentless’ South Africa attack)”This is my own decision and no one within Cricket Australia has pressured me or even suggested that I should do this,” Marsh said in a statement released by Cricket Australia. “Clearly, though, it is time for some fresh thinking, just as it is for our test team to welcome some new faces as we build for the future.advertisement”I have always had the best interests of Australian cricket foremost in my heart, and that’s why I have made this decision.” (Also read: South Africa humiliate Australia in Hobart, clinch series 2-0)Cricket Australia planned to appoint an interim chief selector for the remaining Test against South Africa, starting Nov. 24 in Adelaide, and for the three-Test series against Pakistan starting Dec. 15.Marsh was appointed chief selector in May 2014, replacing John Inverarity. He was previously Cricket Australia’s manager of elite coaching development, head of the Australian Cricket Academy from 1990-2001, and worked for the England and Wales Cricket Board as director of its academy and later as a selector.Cricket Australia chairman David Peever said Marsh played a pivotal role in helping Australia reach the No. 1 rankings in Test and limited-overs cricket.”We understand this decision has not come easily for Rod and on behalf of Australian cricket we thank him for his leadership and the integrity and insight he brought to the role throughout his tenure and the lifelong commitment he has given to our sport,” Peever said.Marsh remains one of the greats of Australian cricket, and kept wickets in an era featuring the legendary fast bowlers Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson.In a Test career spanning 1970-84, Marsh completed 355 dismissals – a then record for a Test wicketkeeper.last_img read more

‘It’s not for me to carry the team’ – Asensio

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio played down criticism of his form, saying it isn’t his responsibility to carry the team. Asensio, 22, has struggled to hit top form for Madrid this season, although Santiago Solari – appointed on a permanent basis on Tuesday – has led a turnaround in fortunes.Madrid are sixth in the table but only four points behind rivals and leaders Barcelona. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Asensio, who is into his third season at Madrid, believes some of his team-mates need to take more responsibility than he does.”For me, I don’t see Madrid in a crisis,” he told Vamos.”And I don’t think it’s for me to carry the team – there are players who are much more experienced, have more years playing under their belts and more status than I have and they’re the ones who have to lead the team.”When the new coach arrived I started off playing but now I am getting less chances but we’ll draw any conclusions when the season has ended.”Madrid’s poor start to the season led to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, but Solari has overseen back-to-back league wins and four in a row in all competitions.Discussing his own form, Asensio said: “When things are going well, they start saying you’re the best but as soon as things go wrong, suddenly you are the worst.”Some of the criticism though is justified and fair but we know how journalism works here. Nor do I want to lump everyone together in their criticism, but some of it is aimed at us just to cause harm.”I’m not going to pay that much attention to it – I have my own things to focus on and it doesn’t affect me.”last_img read more

Jaydev Unadkat affects sterling run out, takes stunning catch to rock KXIP

first_imgJaydev Unadkat was right in the middle of all the action from ball one itself as Rising Pune Supergiant took on Kings XI Punjab at Pune in a must-win game for both the teams to qualify for the playoffs.  The lanky left armer took a wicket on the first ball of the match. He floated the ball full and outside off as Martin Guptill looked to go over covers but failed to keep it down. Manoj Tiwary easily caught the ball, and Unadkat’s joy new no bounds.In the fifth over of the innings he was back in action again. Unadkat inflicted a brilliant run out to send the Eoin Morgan back to the dugout.The Englishman probably thought he would test his luck against Unadkat, something which he should not have done. Morgan clipped the ball towards mid on and ran. Unadkat got to the ball and threw it quicky towards the bowler’s end. He hit the stumps directly to inflict another damage as Morgan was caught short of his crease.Unadkat was back in the thick of action again, this time by taking a spectacular catch. Rahul Tewatia pulled a short ball from Shardul Thakur, which met the palms of a diving Unadkat.The ball flew to the left side of Unadkat, who was standing at short fine leg. He ran towards the ball before diving and catching the ball to get rid of Tewatia for 4.The 25-year-old finished with figures of 2/12 from his three overs as Punjab were bowled out for 73.advertisementHe is now the second highest wicket-taker in this season’s IPL with 21 wickets from 10 games.Unadkat won the man-of-the-match for his wonderful bowling and stupendous fielding effort. He credited the team for performing as a unit which he said has helped him flourish.”It has been brilliant. We have been really good as a unit. The execution has been brilliant, does not happen often in a T20 game. If you see that has been there in the last 10-12 games, after we lost the first couple of games. We have been brilliant, and that has helped me,” Unadkat said in the post-match presentation.Unadkat went on to thank the seniors in the Pune outfit for helping him grow and also credited Shardul for his figures of 3/19.”The seniors have been terrific, they have helped us a lot. Not just me, Shardul too bowled well today,” he added.On being asked about his fielding effort, he said that he has developed his fitness for such a performance.”You don’t underestimate the power of a modern-day fast bowler (on his catching). We have worked on our fitness and that has been helping during matches.”Unadkat further said that even without Ben Stokes, who will be leaving for national duty, Pune will like to continue winning and beat Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium in the first Qualifier on May 16.”Ben (Stokes) was an integral part, he is leaving tonight. That will be a big loss. But having said that we have won a game without him. The plan is to keep things simple. It will be brilliant to beat Mumbai in Mumbai.”Mumbai Indians will take on Rising Pune Supergiant in the firstQualifier on May 16, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders willbe up against one another in the Eliminator on May 17 and the Qualifier 2 will take place on May 19.last_img read more

Udanta Singh after India lose to UAE in AFC Asian Cup 2019: It hurts

first_imgIndian players probably walked back in disbelief to the dressing room after losing 2-0 in their second group game against host UAE in Asia Cup. Despite creating galore of chances, the team missed one chance too many and the best of the lot fell to Udanta Singh.Played through inside the box after a telepathic move with his national and club teammate Sunil Chhetri, the winger seemed to do everything right when he shot the ball past UAE goalkeeper Khalid Eisha. However, the ball agonizingly ricocheted off the post and probably ended any hope India had of making a comeback.”It really hurts when chances like those don’t go in. But it hurts more when the team loses. Whether I score it or not, the result matters. And after playing such a good game, if your team lose, obviously it pains,” the 22-year-old winger told Mail Today from Dubai.But while many are calling it bad luck given the commanding performance the Stephen Constantine and side gave yet again, one can’t ignore the impotency the Indian forwards have often shown in front of the goals barring star forward Sunil Chhetri.To quantify things, India had 9 shot attempts (three on target), while UAE made all their shot on target count.The scoring ability of the Indian forward line was in question before the side left for the Asia Cup. The team heavily relies on Chhetri when it comes to finding the net while other Indian strikers in Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumit Passi and Balwant Singh have had dismal strike rate this season.advertisementHowever, Udanta refrains from that line of thinking and feels the goal scoring problem can be taken care of in days to come.”We have created so many opportunities yesterday (Thursday). So tagging us wasteful is probably not the right thing. We scored four goals in the Thailand match but paid a heavy price for not taking our chances in this (UAE) match. We have plans for that and we have already started working on them,” said the Bengaluru FC player.On a positive note, the team certainly deserves some credit for their bold performance in the Asia Cup so far. While many were skeptic about team’s chances against UAE, Chhetri and boys fought an even battle against a higher-ranked opponent.But areas of concern popped up when India’s reliable centre-back pairing of Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika were founding wanting in dealing with the pace of UAE forwards in both the goals.Udanta, who was seen putting in an extra shift to help right-back Pritam Kotal in defence in the last match, defended the backline despite the glaring mistakes on the night.”They (defenders) always play their heart out and they have done the same yesterday. Sandesh-bhai, Anas-bhai, Pritam, Subhasish, and others have risen the bar so high that we always expect more from them. Although we conceded two, they cut the attackers off so many times,” he explained.Despite the loss, India can feel positive about their chances to progress to the next round as beating Bahrain, who are yet to win a match in the competition, will give them safe passage to knockout stages. However, they can’t take things for granted, especially not with such shoddy finishing and inconsistent defending.Also Read | Stephen Constantine hits back at critics after India go down fighting vs UAEAlso Read | AFC trolls Indian fan wearing Argentina jersey in Asian Cup match against UAEAlso Reada | India lose Group A top spot after 0-2 defeat to UAElast_img read more

Ravichandran Ashwin, fastest to 300 Test wickets, turns 33 today

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 13:05 IST Ravichandran Ashwin was born on September 17, 1986 in Madras (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin turned 33 todayAshwin holds the record of becoming the fastest bowler to reach the 300-wicket mark in Test cricketAshwin became only the seventh Indian to take a five-wicket haul on Test debutIndia off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin turned 33 today, as he gets ready to feature in three-Test home series against South Africa.Ashwin, who was born on September 17, 1986, in Madras (now Chennai), was in the squad for the recently concluded West Indies Tests but not included in the playing XI. However, Ashwin will play a huge role in the upcoming home series against South Africa, given his ability to run-through gritty batting orders in the sub-continent.Ashwin is famously known for his off-break and his floater as his stock deliveries and using the carrom ball and other variations sparingly. An opener with the bat before he took up off-spin, Ashwin is more than a handy lower-order batsman: he is correct, has the shots and scored four Test centuries.Since his Test debut against West Indies in 2011, Ashwin has made it a habit to pick up wickets, especially in dry and dusty conditions that support turn. Ashwin became only the seventh Indian to take a five-wicket haul on Test debut. He took two five-wicket hauls and scored a century in that series and won the player of the series award.Ashwin, who holds the record of becoming the fastest bowler to reach the 300-wicket mark in Test cricket, has an impressive record of 342 wickets in 65 Tests, at an average of 25.44. Ashwin was an honoured recipient of Arjuna Award in 2014 and ICC Cricketer of the year 2016 along with ICC Test Cricketer of the year 2016 in December 2016.Ravichandran Ashwin, who is set to make a switch from Kings XI Punjab to Delhi Capitals for next edition of the Indian Premier League, has taken 125 wickets in 139 IPL matches at an economy rate of 6.79, which is the best among all Indian bowlers with 50-plus wickets.advertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ravichandran Ashwin Next Ravichandran Ashwin, fastest to 300 Test wickets, turns 33 todayRavichandran Ashwin, who holds the record of becoming the fastest bowler to reach the 300-wicket mark in Test cricket, turned 33 today.advertisementlast_img read more

Tankerska Finds Work for Its Newbuild

first_imgzoom Croatian joint stock shipping company Tankerska Next Generation Inc. has secured employment for a minimum of three years for its new build product tanker MT Zoilo, the fourth in its fleet.The company said that once delivered, the 50,000-dwt MT Zoilo will be chartered out to a prominent charterer at approximately USD 17,750 per day for three years straight.The charterer’s option allows for an additional one year extension of the deal at approximately USD 19,750 per day.MT Zoilo is expected to be delivered in July 2015 from South Korean builder Hyundai Mipo, which has already delivered MT Zoilo’s sister ship MT Vukovar.According to TNG, Zoilo’s rate outperforms both the previously fixed rate for its sistership MT Vukovar and the model presumptions presented earlier this year in the rundown to the company’s IPO in February.“The company takes pride in the fact that it has managed to successfully employ her on admirable market levels even surpassing our previous fixture. I believe this will support Tankerska Next Generation Inc. in reaching its goals ahead of schedule. “The delivery of MT Zoilo in July will bring the average age of the fleet down below 2.5 years with more improvement in the fleet’s age profile due before year end. This will certainly pave the way for the business prospects of our newly established company,” said John Karavanic, the CEO of TNGlast_img read more

Tourism Industry a Leader Oped

first_imgTourism is important to Nova Scotia, helping to create good jobs that grow our economy. It employs over 31,000 people and generates revenues of $1.8 billion. Nova Scotia welcomes more than 2 million visitors every year and is the leading tourism destination in Atlantic Canada. For the first seven months of 2010 we are already running three per cent ahead of the pace set in 2009, with the busy fall months still ahead. The tourism industry is a leader. We focus on strategic thinking, practicing innovation and offering the broadest range of high quality experiences in the region. We continue to evolve to match visitor needs and expectations. Our success starts with having a plan: a well-conceived strategy for marketing and product development using leading edge tools and technology at every level. Worldwide, potential visitors are turning to the internet to research and plan their trips. Nova Scotia is a leader in responding to their needs with innovative applications. In April, we redesigned to launch the successful Heroes advertising campaign, incorporating video, photos, blogs, operator listings, and travel deals. Since then, the website has seen a 14 per cent increase in visits. Jim Brody, director of international sales for industry leading website raved: “Nova Scotia’s new website really raises the bar.” Over 25 million people in North America have a family connection to our province. To attract these potential visitors, we have developed Routes to Your Roots, an interactive online tool that helps people trace their history back to Nova Scotia. The application includes a travel planner and mapping function, which allows visitors to plan a trip around their family history. Nova Scotia is proud to play host to the world’s first culinary tourism summit. Visitors craving food and wine adventures are making their way to Nova Scotia and we’ve made it fast and easy for them to do it. They can discover the best of our food, wine and culture with the Adventures in Taste iPhone application. They are exploring the province by region, mapping out their visit, and booking exciting culinary travel packages in the palm of their hand. We continue to attract high-impact international coverage that promotes Nova Scotia as an ideal travel destination. In August, Good Morning America’s Weekend Window aired a segment on Cape Breton, and raved about the island’s natural beauty and scenic drives. Our marketing activities promote Nova Scotia in key markets throughout the year as part of the $7.5 million we spend on direct-to-consumer advertising. England is a key growth market because its visitors spend more per person when they travel to Nova Scotia. Award-winning musician, Joel Plaskett, performed for travel media and was a guest this summer at the iconic Abbey Road Studio in London and toured with the Jools Holland outdoor concert series to reach thousands of potential visitors. We are also taking advantage of unique opportunities and reaching markets around the globe. The makers of the Japanese-produced movie Hanamizuki are promoting their Nova Scotia experience from the film shoot; members of the cast have widely praised the beauty of Nova Scotia in the Japanese media. Japan’s broadcasters, NHK and IVS are working with the department to produce travel documentaries about Nova Scotia. The province is also in discussion with top travel show, Niji Iro Jean. The Bay of Fundy is nominated as one of 28 finalists for the international New7Wonders of Nature campaign. This is an incredible opportunity to generate greater awareness of this tremendous natural attraction and highlight Nova Scotia’s appeal. We are working with local groups, New Brunswick and our national partners to maximize voting and recognize the Bay of Fundy as an international wonder of nature. Nova Scotians can play a part by going to and casting their vote. Nova Scotia also works with its regional partners through the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership. The partnership uses innovative tactics that raise the visibility of our entire region through a focus on important markets, such as the mid-Atlantic United States. Above all, the focus continues to be our visitors and providing them with a range of experiences and services that distinguish Nova Scotia as a premier travel destination. Nova Scotia offers visitors an unparalleled mix of signature experiences, spectacular natural beauty and world-renowned culture and heritage. Together, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and our industry partners are genuine leaders and make Nova Scotia a leading destination for visitors. -30-last_img read more

Meeting on nuclear test ban treaty rescheduled for midNovember

Spokesman Fred Eckhard said that the Conference Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) would now take place from 11 to 13 November at UN Headquarters in New York.The Conference was originally scheduled to take place from 25 to 27 September, coinciding with the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, which was also postponed in the aftermath of the attacks.

KIF Kolding receives 50000 EUR compensation for Kim Anderssons injury

Something has changed in European handball. Danish TOP team KIF Kolding Kobenhavn received 50.000 EUR (350.000 Danish crowns) compensation from the Swedish Handball Federation due injury of the Swedish start Kim Andersson, which took him off the court during the whole last season! Outstanding lefthander got injured during the EHF week with the Swedish NT in April 2013, and the only solution for his shoulder was surgery. He missed the whole 2014/2015 season in which his team reached the EHF CL TOP 16 and won the Danish title:– This has never happened to us. Of course you could have spent the money on something else, but we are budgeting for contingencies, so it will not affect other activities. And it feels good that all parties have taken their responsibilities, says Stefan Lövgren, general manager of SHF, writes Andersson is again on the playing court, ready for the TOP achievement with KIF, but also with Sweden in campaign – Qatar 2015. Welcome back, maestro… compensation handballkif kolding kobenhavnKim Andersson ← Previous Story Pavel Atman to Veszprem? Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 8): RN Lowen trash Minden to extend table lead read more

Vox Pop Should we be commemorating the centenary of World War I

first_imgTHIS WEEK HAS seen the centenary of the start of World War I commemorated across Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world.President Michael D Higgins was in Liège, Belgium to take part in an international commemorative ceremony early in the week. But one of his speeches for those killed in the war, delivered last Thursday in Glasnevin cemetery, was heckled by dissident republican demonstrators.On Tuesday, the Irish Anti-War Movement launched their booklet ‘World War I: What did they die for?’, which it hopes will debunk some of the myths relating to the went down to Wicklow Street in Dublin’s city centre to get the public’s reaction to the commemorations: Source: Video reporting by Nicky RyanRelated: “They died for nothing”: WW1 ‘revisionism’ criticisedMore: The story of my great grandfather who died in WWI: Patrick Carroll, Gunner 100938last_img read more

GerontopoulosBloomfield discuss holiday visas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Ambassador in Athens, Ms Jenny Bloomfield met last week with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Diaspora Mr Kyriakos Gerontopoulos. The Ambassador discussed with the Minister responsible for the Hellenic Diaspora strengthening bilateral relationship between the two countries and Mr Gerontopoulos raised the issue of the proposed reciprocal agreement between Greece and Australia in relation to the working holiday visas.As Neos Kosmos stated in May, the issue of the agreement was also raised recently in Athens by the federal member of Calwell, in Victoria, Maria Vamvakinou. According to Ms Vamvakinou, Kostas Tsiaras, Mr Gerontopoulos’ predecessor, had indicated that the Greek government would be in a position to sign off the agreement before September 2013.last_img read more

Presselemoteurfr le nouveau site dOrange pour concurrencer Google news, le nouveau site d’Orange pour concurrencer Google newsOrange s’attaque à Google News et s’est associé avec huit journaux français pour fonder le site Loin de proposer une offre aussi étoffée que son concurrent, ce petit dernier innove néanmoins sur le partage des recettes publicitaires entre Orange et les médias.On pensait que la polémique sur la taxe Google s’était calmée, mais voici qu’un autre bâton se dirige vers les roues de Google News. Orange s’est ainsi associé vendredi à huit journaux pour créer son propre portail en ligne : L’objectif est de mettre en place en modèle financier différent pour la presse en ligne et d’assurer sa rémunération.À lire aussiOrange : l’opérateur abandonne son programme de points de fidélitéL’Express, Le Figaro, Le Point, Le Nouvel Observateur, Le Parisien, Libération, Les Echos et L’Equipe mettent ainsi à disposition leur contenu en relation avec les cinq thèmes les plus tapés sur le moteur de recherche d’Orange. Ce top 5 est mis à jour toutes les heures. La firme partage en retour les revenus publicitaires du site avec les médias partenaires. L’offre reste malgré tout très maigre par rapport à Google News et les mots-clés de ce top sont parfois bien éloignées de l’actualité. Certains médias et membres du gouvernement français souhaitent l’application d’une taxe Google pour que la firme de Mountain View reverse une partie de ses revenus publicitaires aux journaux. Google proteste car Google News est justement dépourvu de pubs.Le 16 décembre 2012 à 17:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Weather Eye Last half of month will be more typical — cooler

first_img Happy Mother’s Day! We will enjoy yet another nice day today, except cooler with highs in the 70s and no rainfall. The long-anticipated change in the weather pattern began at the coast Sunday with highs 20 to 30 degrees cooler than Friday.Marine air will begin its eastward progression today and Tuesday we have more cloudiness and cooler temperatures. Our first significant rain since April 19 will begin to fall Tuesday along the coast and inland Tuesday night or Wednesday. Amounts at first may not be all that much but I think we could have about a quarter to one-half inch of rain by the end of the week.That sounds like a lot but the precipitation will be showery in nature so rainfall totals will vary around the county. The message here is that the last half of May will be cooler and wetter which is more typical. Our average mean temperature is running some five degrees above average so far this month.The change will be good to temper fire danger, settle the dust and give thirsty trees and plants a drink. Hopefully it won’t drag on for an extended period of time and the sun reappears in time for the long Memorial Day weekend. We’ll look into the future further in Tuesday’s column.For container plants and those lovely Mother’s Day hanging baskets, give them a good drink today and Tuesday.The Hazel Dell Parade of Bands is Saturday and a wild guess would be morning clouds, slight chance of a shower and temperatures in the low 60s. Over the years, it rarely rains on this parade. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more

MiamiDade doctor dies after falling from cliff in Ibiza

first_imgFamily and friends posted pictures and tributes to social media to express their grief for a brother and a friend who dedicated his life to helping others.“He had a mission to save lives. He did that all the way through, and he wouldn’t have wanted anything otherwise,” Asseo said.Kendall Regional Hospital will be holding a vigil for Sirovich Wednesday evening.As of Monday afternoon, his body remained in Spain. His family is working to have it transported back home for a proper burial.A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family with expenses. If you would like to make a donation, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Heartache was felt among doctors and nurses at Kendall Regional Hospital after tragically losing one of their colleagues.“It’s definitely not going to be the same in the ER,” Michelle Asseo, Sirovich’s co-worker, said.Friends of Dr. Daniel Sirovich said he was on a hiking tour with his fiancee in Ibiza on Wednesday when he tried to take a picture and somehow lost his footing and fell to his death. He was 34 years old.“It’s devastating. Honestly, if you knew him you were lucky. If you didn’t, it’s your loss. He was a rare beautiful soul,” Michelle Asseo, Sirovich’s co-worker, said.Loved ones said Sirovich was a resident at Kendall Regional Medical Center, preparing to be a doctor at an intensive care trauma unit in Boston.Kendall Regional Medical Center issued the following statement after Sirovich’s death:“Dr. Daniel Sirovich was a wonderful member of the Kendall Regional Medical Center family as he spent three years here as an Emergency Medicine Resident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and all that knew him.” last_img read more

OKs Jamie Lynn Issue Sells 13 Million Copies

first_imgOK! magazine’s Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy scoop propelled the magazine to sell more than a million copies at the newsstand for the first time.The scoop—picked up by major news outlets around the world before the magazine hit newsstands—did not cannibalize sales. “We literally had to go back to press to satisfy the demand,” publisher Tom Morrissy wrote in an e-mail to advertisers. Morrissy projects total newsstand sales of 1.3 million, and a delivery of close to 1.7 million for the week. Morrissy says the magazine averaged 947,055 copies per issue during the second half of 2007, or a bonus delivery of 11 percent. OK!’s rate base is 850,000. “Our experience has been the more pickups we get, the more sales we have,” Morrissy told FOLIO: recently. “It’s not just the news we’re delivering [in print]—you’re going to want to spend time with the pictures.”According to OK!, the magazine ended the year with a 46 percent increase in advertising pages—the “biggest increase in the weekly market and the 4th biggest increase in publishing overall,” according to Morrissy.last_img read more

Kris Wus iTunes US Sales Acquired Fraudulently and Wont Count Toward Charts

first_imgUPDATED: A strange thing happened on the iTunes U.S. store on Monday (Nov. 5) when Kris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor and artist, practically swept the Top 10 songs chart. For much of the day and into the night, the only non-Wu track in the top five was Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” which had premiered amid much fanfare just ahead of “Saturday Night Live” on Nov. 3. For an artist who was accustomed to topping the chart with every new release, it was a bitter pill for Grande to swallow. At the same time, it seemed curious that Wu, whose album “Antares” had yet to be released in China, would have such momentum on a U.S. chart. While he’s a household name in Asia, in America he’s comparably an unknown. Also, Wu’s tracks weren’t streaming in significant numbers which was reason enough for some industry insiders to cry foul. Popular on Variety Indeed, according to a well-placed insider, Wu’s album sales were acquired fraudulently and will not count toward the iTunes sales chart reported to Nielsen and disseminated by Billboard. The determination was made to “suppress those sales numbers” on Wednesday afternoon following patterns of high-volume purchases on iTunes, first of the explicit version of “Antares,” and then of the clean version.In a statement early Thursday, a rep for Nielsen (which publishes chart data in Billboard) said the data is under review: “Billboard and Nielsen Music are working closely to ensure both the accuracy and legitimacy of the sales volumes being reported for Kris Wu this week. We capture data from a number of sources including streaming, radio and retail, allowing us to validate the accuracy of sales and playback information as well as identify anomalies.  As we do with all reports when irregularities are noticed during the normal weekly validation process, we work closely with our partners to address the issue, which may result in excluding any irregular or excessive sales patterns, prior to charts being finalized.”So how did this happen? According to insiders, there were several factors that contributed to Wu’s showing. First, his album hadn’t yet been released in China where the label purportedly purposely held it back so it could come out on Wu’s birthday, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Typically, albums come out on Fridays worldwide, as per the global release date change instituted in 2015. But in the U.S., it was already available on iTunes, released by Interscope Records on Nov. 2. What transpired was a classic supply and demand scenario where “supply in the U.S. met the demand in China.”This theory was supported by Ariana Grande manager Scooter Braun in an Instagram post early Thursday, relating a conversation he’d had with Wu. “Last night we had an opportunity to connect and talk and show respect,” he wrote. “It was explained to he and I last night that because his release was held back in China for his birthday his fans went and got the music any way they could and that was US Itunes. Once the release in China took place the fans had their access. He has never been removed from the charts on iTunes. That is false. Those were real people from the US and international community and not bots like many have rumored. I have never wished anything bad for Kris nor any other artist and those saying otherwise are wrong. Any fans of anyone I manage who are using this opportunity to spread any sort of division or racism are dead wrong and I won’t stand for it.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Still other insiders contend that Chinese fans were able to use VPN manipulation to access the U.S. iTunes store, noting that Spotify is not available in China, so it stands to reason that Wu devotees would resort to any method possible to support their favorite artist (Wu is also a graduate of boy band EXO), and that there are indeed that many diehards in the U.S. Still, the integrity of the iTunes store comes into question if such a VPN breach occurred. And an added anomaly: as soon as Wu’s album was available in China, his rank swiftly slipped on the U.S. iTunes chart to position No. 90. Where did all those U.S. fans go? (Apple declined comment.)Then there’s the issue of whether Wu’s sales would be counted towards Nielsen Music metrics, which power the Billboard charts. If “bots” weren’t a factor, an argument could be made for Wu to chart, or at least that it’s not Universal Music Group’s problem, which may still be the case in terms of keeping the money. But the explicit determination was made that sales acquired in such a matter are considered “fraud.” Spotify is not unsusceptible to these issues either, as Variety reported in August.UMG signed Wu earlier this year to release his music internationally, excluding Japan and Korea, through a partnership between Universal Music China, Interscope Geffen A&M in the U.S. and Island Records in the U.K., as well as UMG’s operations in more than 60 countries. UMG Greater China is headed by chairman/CEO Sunny Chang.All of this is not to say that Wu isn’t deserving of success. He enlisted some of the top hitmakers of the day for the album — the song “November Rain,” for example, features production by Murda Beatz (Drake, Migos), while other tracks credit Frank Dukes — and he’s already notched an iTunes No. 1 in the past, “Deserve,” featuring Travis Scott, which has racked up more than a billion streams (and is also on the track list for “Antares”). He’s also starred in such films as “XxX: Return of Xander Cage,” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” and “Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back,” in addition to recently being named the face of Louis Vuitton. center_img CREDIT: The Whale Report A comment from Universal Music China (to which Wu is signed, and with Interscope as the U.S. licensee) was less clear in translation, but according to the site SixTone it claims the chart numbers were “genuine and effective.”While it’s not hard to see how fans from China, with a population of more than 1.3 billion, could impact a chart so swiftly, it is less clear how those living in the famously curtained country, which doesn’t even have access to Twitter, able to make a purchase on a U.S. platform. Another source surmises that there was “a plan to game the U.S. system to gain traction in the U.S. and mobilize a new audience.” Ariana Grande tried to take things in stride — she did, after all, have a No. 1 on streaming service Apple Music, the first pop artist to top that tally, and “Thank u, next” currently sits comfortably atop the iTunes single chart — but her fans didn’t hold back, launching the hashtag #kriswho and pointing to Wu fan groups which had detailed instructions on how purchase individual tracks or download the album and make it count. Making matters a bit more awkward, both Grande and Wu are signed to UMG labels (Grande to Republic Records).Reps for Interscope and Republic have yet to respond to Variety‘s requests for comment.last_img read more

Oculus Accidentally Leaves Paranoid Messages in VR Controllers

first_imgStay on target British Airways Tests VR Entertainment on Select First-Class FlightsGeek Pick: HP Reverb Is Clear-Eyed Virtual Reality Modern tech companies love to think that if they make enough cutesy jokes comparing themselves to Skynet or Tyrell or OCP or any other scary evil tech company from a movie, we won’t notice when they act like actual scary evil tech companies from movies. Any place with a motto like “Don’t be evil” couldn’t possibly be evil.It’s not like we’ve been holding out hope for VR company Oculus to be one of the good guys in tech. After all, they’re the ones who gave us actual fascist Palmer Luckey, and currently the company is an arm of Facebook, still underrated in how much real harm it did and is doing to the world. But looking at these “accidental” hidden paranoid messages in a batch of Oculus controllers makes us suspect even they know exactly how bad they are.Hidden “Easter eggs” messages appear in the motion controllers for the recent Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S headsets. Given how new these devices are (they aren’t even fully available yet) it seems the team forgot to remove the text before this initial launch after prototyping. At least, that’s the explanation Oculus executive Nate Mitchell gave for the “inappropriate” discovery.The messages on final production hardware say “This Space For Rent” & “The Masons Were Here.” A few dev kits shipped with “Big Brother is Watching” and “Hi iFixit! We See You!” but those were limited to non-consumer units. [2/3]— Nate Mitchell (@natemitchell) April 12, 2019So what kinds of messages are we talking about? Stuff like “Big Brother is Watching” or “The Masons Were here.” “Hi iFixit! We See You!” Nothing really that bad, but just kind of embarrassing and juvenile to leave in. And again “joking” about being spying on users isn’t that funny coming from a Facebook product you hold up to your eyeballs.Oculus won’t recall the controllers, so the apparently tens of thousands of controllers with the messages still in them are about to become collectors’ items. Maybe that’s the real conspiracy. For more on virtual reality read our review of the recent Nintendo Labo VR Kit and check out our impressions of upcoming impressive PlayStation VR games like Iron Man VR and No Man’s Sky VR.last_img read more