Interception Bill Repealed

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 23, 2017 – The We March against the Interception of Communication Bill was repealed and many are calling it a victory for those who accused the PLP Government of rushing the bill to law.On Tuesday night, Attorney General, Allyson Maynard Gibson withdrew the bill, citing that it is needed but agreeing that her office must work with civil society in a consultative stage before legislation is tabled.   Maynard Gibson during debate on the controversial document said with education on the need for the bill, there will come increased support for it.A Kill the Bill movement was started almost immediately after the proposed legislation was introduced in the House of Assembly and now it is gone from the table and going to the public. Activist and Attorney, Fred Smith was vociferous about the proposed law.  Dubbed the Spying Bill, We March Bahamas was due to march Wednesday in objection to the rush and the proposed law.The Minister for Justice said this too during her announcement Tuesday night to pull the bill, “During this period, we will work with civil society to ensure that Bahamians will have an opportunity to learn about and review the legislation, have their questions answered and their concerns addressed.”  Many say it is what should have been done in the first place.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for youlast_img read more

International Federation of Women Lawyers – Courtesy Call at OPM in Grand

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Delegates of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), led by their International President Grand Bahama resident Jethlyn Burrows, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, on Monday, November 13.   Over 200 delegates are expected on island for their 36th Triennial Conference at the Grand Lucayan from today to November 17.The convention is being held under the theme, “The Economic Empowerment of Women and Children in an Evolving World.”   During the courtesy call, Minister Thompson welcomed the guests to Grand Bahama and said that while he knows they will have a successful convention, he hopes they will enjoy some of what Grand Bahama has to offer.FIDA, organized in 1944, is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation in consultative status with the United Nations.   The organisation functions to promote the principles and aims of the United Nations in legal and social aspects, as well as to promote friendly international relations and the welfare of women and children.Also present during the courtesy call were: Senate President, the Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith, who is expected to address the convention on Wednesday; Senator Jasmine Turner-Dareus; and Acting Permanent Secretary OPM, Grand Bahama, Harcourt Brown.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Behind TEN The Enthusiast Networks Big Bet on Video

first_img On top of a new name, StudioTEN also has a new face. Concurrent with the rebranding, TEN brought in renowned advertising executive Jerry Solomon, whose credits include the Emmy-winning Ad Council campaign “Love Has No Labels,” and, most notably, Apple’s famous “Get a Mac” commercials, which Adweek named the “campaign of the decade” in 2010. Jerry Solomon Folio: Coming over from the advertising side of the industry, what attracted you to TEN? Solomon: We’re agnostic. If there’s somebody at Motor Trend who has a great, authentic voice and wants to jump onto the filmmaking side, I’d say bring them on. Likewise, if I’ve got somebody who is a great filmmaker but wants to get more into the car world, bring them on, too. That’s what’s great about this place — I’ve got a group of creatives here who not only ideate, but execute. We might have someone sitting in the room who comes up with a great concept, and then when it comes time to execute it, that person might go ahead and direct it. We’re really seeing projects all the way through, with a singular voice. Solomon: The original programming stuff that we do is remarkable. We have nine programs that go across our YouTube channel, which has the largest automotive audience out there: over 4.5 million subscribers. People are watching these things in crazy numbers. Brands want to go ahead and be a part of that experience. Key to achieving that, says Dickey, is an aggressive expansion of its video production arm, which the company launched in 2014 and subsequently nurtured into a robust operation, comprising over 50 employees and a 30,000-square-foot Los Angeles studio. Solomon: The best clients are the ones that realize that they want to bring value to the audience. They have to think of themselves almost as programmers with a brand message. It’s definitely a challenge to say, “We know that you want to promote this car, but let’s find an entertaining way to do it that feels holistic or seamless to our audience.” The studio, formerly known as “MindOverEye,” was rebranded “StudioTEN” last month in an effort to more closely align it with TEN’s overall corporate structure. Folio: So is it safe to say that we can expect branded content to be a major focus for StudioTEN going forward? “We want to be the most powerful automotive media company in the world,” CEO Scott Dickey tells Folio:. Jerry Solomon: I had been in the commercial business for 20-plus years. It was always a talent sell, and it was also an interruptive medium. When you make TV commercials as long as I have, it was purely executional. You sat there and the stuff that you made was just going to go on TV, and it was going to be that stuff in between shows that people didn’t really like. I could see it in the way the budgets were and our interaction with agencies — you started to feel very outdated. One of my biggest challenges is determining how a brand gets their voice into that arena, not just in the original programming, but also across advertising, delivered to that enthusiast in a way that’s authentic and genuine and doesn’t interrupt their experience. We’re going to make a lot of that stuff: original programming, branded content, with events and social around all of it. “There was always a concern that having our own production studio might be a threat to our agency partners, so we wanted it at arm’s length,” says Dickey. “But branded content has become such a huge part of the equation that it no longer made sense to have [the studio] differentiated.” The relationship between consumers and brands and that interaction was changing. My two teenaged daughters do not watch TV commercials. They may watch branded content if it’s interesting to them, but they like a non-interrupted experience. I wanted a challenge to figure out what was part of the future, and TEN offered that to me. If we continue to serve our audience, it will continue to grow. If it continues to grow and we’re communicating with them the right way, then brands will be interested in working with us, because we own that group who really feels we are authentic.center_img Solomon: You can’t be a part of the interruption; you need to be a part of the experience. We have to make stuff for an audience and in a brand voice, and we have to make it authentic. It’s really a combination of audience, idea, and execution. I think they used to live in sort of mutually exclusive worlds, and now they all need to be interconnected. Folio: What are some ways in which that relationship between consumers and brands has changed? That’s what we want to create in a digital experience, where the best brands come to us and say, “Take something with our car, make it fun, connect our brand to your audience, and feel that you’re giving them something that’s not just interruptive.” TEN: The Enthusiast Network, whose brands include Motor Trend, Automobile, and Hot Rod, among several others, enters 2017 with a clear but ambitious goal. Solomon, who will oversee StudioTEN as managing director, was chosen because of his deep understanding of how to create content that resonates with consumers while still delivering a brand message, according to Dickey. Solomon: We want to be the ultimate destination for video in automotive and action/outdoor. The investments we’re going to make will be in greater creative talent. We’re definitely looking to create partnerships in high-tech spaces like VR and AR. It’s about us connecting our original programming and branded content with our audience across platforms. So it’s going to be an investment in both talent and new technology. Folio: Is it a challenge to balance delivering a client’s message while also providing value to your audience? Folio: sat down with Solomon to learn more about the future of branded content, original video production, and how he plans to use his commercial experience to bring StudioTEN to new heights.  Folio: What kinds of new talent are you looking to bring on? When it comes to talent, if someone’s got the right attitude and loves telling great stories, I don’t care if you come from Timbuktu or Motor Trend. I can teach people about the business and about content creation, but there’s certain innate talent you can’t teach. I base it on the individual. It’s not about just trying to find the cheapest solution. One of the greatest compliments on anything I’ve ever been involved in was when The New York Times did a piece about the Mac and PC commercials. Having executive produced all of those spots, when they did an article saying, “The best series on TV is a commercial,” they saw that campaign as almost interstitial programming that worked alongside broadcast TV. Folio: What are some of your initial plans for building out StudioTEN?last_img read more

Remember When Marc Anthonys I Need To Know Nets Latin GRAMMY

first_img Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards MelendiPhoto: Getty Images 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees Prev Next Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images For The Record: Shakira Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com For The Record: Shakira Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination Selena’s Legacy Lives On ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Twitter Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination Selena’s Legacy Lives On Facebook Kali Uchis On Her First Latin GRAMMY Nomination The result of Marc Anthony was not only his first Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 hit, “I Need To Know,” but it also landed the singer his first-ever Latin GRAMMY Award, and the distinction of earning the very first Latin GRAMMY for Song Of The Year in 2000 for the Spanish version of the catchy tune, “Dímelo.”Anthony has gone on to win an additional four Latin GRAMMYs and two GRAMMY Awards. In 2016 he was honored as the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year for his outstanding achievements as an artist and for his philanthropic work. Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images Kali UchisPhoto: WireImage.com Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever Email Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images MelendiPhoto: Getty Images Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachi Danay Suarez, Vicente García and Sofía ReyesPhotos: WireImage.com/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images 7 First-Time Latin GRAMMY Nominees For The Record: Shakira Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images For The Record: Carlos Santana Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images For The Record: Juan Gabriel Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Imagescenter_img Gilberto Santa RosaPhoto: WireImage.com 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images For The Record: Juan Gabriel JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español Singer/songwriter takes home the first Latin GRAMMY ever awarded for Song Of The YearRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 24, 2017 – 9:00 am Thanks to the crossover popularity of Latin artists such as Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Shakira in the late ’90s, salsa master Marc Anthony was soon to join the Latin hot flash with his first English crossover album, which was self-titled. Luis FonsiPhoto: Victor Chavez/Getty Images Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Enrique IglesiasPhoto: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Flashback: Shakira Unplugs, Wins Latin GRAMMY SelenaPhoto: Pam Francis/Getty Images Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songs For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: Carlos Santana NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 10, 2015 – 4:37 pm Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony on the red carpet Listen: 5 Singer/Songwriter Latin GRAMMY Winners For The Record: Carlos Santana Natalia Lafourcade, Residente, Mon LafertePhotos: WireImage.com Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songs Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners ShakiraPhoto: Scott Gries/WireImage.com Inside The History Of Puerto Rico + Music Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Playlist: Celebrate The 1st Latin GRAMMY Awards Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Flashback: Marc Anthony’s First Latin GRAMMY Win remember-when-marc-anthonys-i-need-know-nets-latin-grammy Alejandro SanzPhoto: WireImage.com 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year Poll For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony MelendiPhoto: Getty Images 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive Who Are The Top Latin GRAMMY Winners? Alejandro Sanz, Destiny’s Child On The GRAMMYs Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Do You Want To Know More About The Latin GRAMMYs? JuanesPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage.com Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win For The Record: Juan Gabriel Jenni Rivera: La Diva De La Banda Forever Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachi For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: Calle 13 Jennifer LopezPhoto: WireImage.com ThalíaPhoto: Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs ResidentePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images 7 American Artists Who Recorded En Español Calle 13 Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: Miquel Benitez/WireImage.com ShakiraPhoto: WireImage.com 5 Latin Autobiographies You Should Read News 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Remember When? Marc Anthony’s “I Need To Know” Nets Latin GRAMMY Playlist: 15 Longest Running Hot Latin Songs 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Best New Artist Poll Flashback: Selena’s First GRAMMY Win Remembering The Latin Pop Explosion Of 1999 Jenni RiveraPhoto: Victor Chavez/WireImage.com Manuel MedranoPhoto: GV Cruz/Getty Images Playlist: Alejandro Sanz In 13 Songs Flashback: Jenni Rivera Goes Mariachi 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year Poll Selena’s Legacy Lives On 17 Latin GRAMMY Song Of The Year Winners Flashback: “Macarena” Madness In 1996 JuanesPhoto: WireImage.com Playlist: Celebrate Puerto Rican Musicians Marc AnthonyPhoto: Todd Plitt/Hulton Archive Flashback: Juanes’ First Latin GRAMMY Win MalumaPhoto: C Flanigan/Getty Images Read morelast_img read more

Project Loon flies for 1 million hours

first_img Project Loon headed to help Puerto Rico Automation software collects wind forecast data, builds maps of where to travel and then processes each balloon’s observation so changes can be made to follow that map. It is this software that directs the balloon’s movements, not the 24/7 team of engineers monitoring them, head of Engineering Salvatore Candido said.According to Candido, the first time he saw a balloon deciding to zig where a human would have chosen to zag, he had to “stare for a while at the strategy the algorithm was trying to execute” before realizing he had been outsmarted by the software.”The first balloon allowed to fully execute this technique set a flight time record from Puerto Rico to Peru,” Candido said. “I had never simultaneously felt smarter and dumber at the same time.”Balloons also choose when to loiter in an area to wait for winds to change, and fly in figure 8 patterns to maintain a constant LTE signal over an area for longer periods. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Project Loon reached a massive milestone. Project Loon Alphabet’s Project Loon has reached the milestone of flying its balloons in the sky for a collective 1 million hours, the company announced Tuesday. This equates to 40 million kilometers travelled.Project Loon delivers mobile connectivity to remote and disaster-ravaged areas, with the balloons operated by a solar-powered pump. They drift on winds at heights of 50,000 feet to 70,000 feet, tacking like a boat to follow air currents. 0 Project Looncenter_img Alphabet says its Loon balloons could beam internet to more people than before Alphabet’s Loon recruits high-powered mobile veterans to serve on board This Loon internet balloon just spent seven months in the air Share your voice Post a comment 1:16 Mobile Sci-Techlast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir disgusted by Ambati Rayudu snub takes a dig at Virat

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/1:30Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … ICC World Cup 2019 – Team India Squad Closecenter_img Gautam Gambhir has always been an aggressive and outspoken individual, both on the pitch as well as off the cricket field. Now, the former Indian international cricketer has taken a dig at the Indian selectors and called the decision to leave out Ambati Rayudu from India’s 15-member ICC World Cup 2019 squad “disgusting”. The five-member selection committee met at Board of Control for Cricket in India’s headquarter in Mumbai on April 15 along with Indian skipper Virat Kohli before announcing the squad and Rayudu did not make it in the squad. The direct beneficiary of his exclusion was Vijay Shankar, who has impressed the Indian selectors and the captain in the limited opportunities afforded to him following Hardik Pandya’s suspension in January. “It is disgusting to see that he (Rayudu) is being judged more on his IPL form and less on his overall skill-set. I am not a big fan of statistics as they never tell the whole story,” Gambhir wrote in his exclusive column for The Times of India (TOI). It is understood that the captain has the last call with regards to contentious places in a squad and thus Kohli may have played a part in the selection of Vijay Shankar over Rayudu. Has Ambati Rayudu solved India’s No. 4 connundrum?IANSGambhir referenced his leadership call when he had selected Andre Russell to be a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise despite his ordinary record as a part of the Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils) franchise. “Before we played him in 2014, Russell had only 58 runs to show in seven games for his earlier franchise Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). If these dry numbers were the only criterion, Russell should have been fishing somewhere in Jamaica, In short, Rayudu had a strong case to be in the (World Cup) team,” wrote Gambhir. The former KKR captain was also baffled by the presence of only three specialist seamers in English conditions. “I must say I am surprised by the fact that we are going in with just three specialist fast bowlers. I tried to visit and then revisit this fact but I have still not been able to get my head around these selections. I have always believed that whatever be the format, it is the batsmen who set up the games and bowlers are the ones who win them. Therefore, I feel we are a little light in the fast-bowling department,” the 37-year-old wrote. Gambhir top-scored in the 2011 World Cup Final with a match-winning 97INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images”To cut a long story short, I would have gone with one more (fast bowler), perhaps Navdeep Saini in place of Vijay,” Gambhir concluded.last_img read more

Airtel acquires Aircels 4G spectrum for Rs3500 crore

first_imgIndia’s Bharati Airtel will spend Rs.3500 crore to acquire the fourth-generation (4G) spectrum from Aircel, the company said in a filing to stock exchange. The acquisition of 20 megahertz (MHz) 2300 frequency in eight telecom circles in the country will make Airtel a pan-India 4G service provider.The Sunil Mittal-owned telecom carrier, with this latest acquisition, will be locking horns with the only other pan-India 4G licence holder, Reliance Jio Infocomm. A unit of the Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries Ltd, Reliance Jio, is preparing to launch its 4G services in the second half of 2016.Aircel’s spectrum, valid up to 2030, will cover circles of Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, West Bengal, Assam, the Northeast, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha.Citing sources the Economic Times reported that the deal will also help Aircel to reduce debt and perhaps fulfill a merger-condition with Reliance Communication (RCom), a unit owned by the other Ambani brother, Anil.The Airtel-Aircel deal comes a fortnight after Airtel’s 4G spectrum acquisition of 1800 MHz band in six circles for Rs. 4,428 crore from Videocon. According to the report, this was a second such acquisition, following RCom’s acquisition of Sistema Shyam TeleServices (MTS), since the government allowed trading of airwaves in October 2015.The liberalisation of rules for spectrum trading in India is seeing a consolidation in the telecom sector. The competition in a space crowded with 11 operators has kept the cost of spectrum high while tariff-wars offered low prices, in turn driving down the profits. The unhealthy trend is adding pressure on the already stressed balance sheet of telcos, said Mint.The daily quoted Alok Shinde of Ascentius Consulting as saying, “technological change had accompanied the evolution of the telecom market”. He said the auction of 4G in the 2300MHz band happened in a context of pre-inception business model around TD-LTE (time-division long-term evolution) technology in 2010. It was a standard with little validation anywhere in the world then, but today there is greater credence both among the technology and the business model, he added.ET reported that most telcos which acquired 4G airwaves in 2010 have even failed to meet the roll-out obligations, therefore facilitating a consolidation exercise.India’s top three telcos, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea cellular, have so far successfully rolled out 4G service in 15, five and 10 circles, respectively.last_img read more

Grab close to buying Ubers Southeast Asia business Report

first_imglReutersRide-hailing service provider Grab is close to buying Uber Technologies Inc’s Southeast Asia business, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.Singapore-based Grab may sign a deal this week or next, the report said citing people familiar with the matter.Under terms of the proposed agreement, Grab would buy out Uber’s operations in certain markets in Southeast Asia and Uber will take a stake in Grab, according to the report.The structure of the deal would be similar to the one Uber struck with China’s Didi Chuxing in 2016, when the San Francisco-based company sold its local operation in exchange for a stake in the company, the report said.The  report comes as the ride-hailing giant is slowly curtailing its Southeast Asia operations to boost fledgling growth.SoftBank Group-backed Uber have had issues with some local regulators, including more recently in the Philippines, and seeing a slew of exits by senior executives in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and India.Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi last month said that the company could turn profitable if it cut costs of its business such as operating in developing markets.Grab has separately been in discussions with existing backers, including SoftBank Group Corp., and new investors for additional capital, according to the Bloomberg report.last_img read more

Rohingyas enter Bangladesh even after MoU

first_imgRohingya, Prothom AloPeople of Myanmar’s minority group – Muslim Rohingyas – are still fleeing the persecution carried out by country’s military in the Rakhine state and are taking refuge in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar even after Myanmar in a Memorandum of Understanding signed recently with Bangladesh agreed to take back their nationals.As many as 19 members of four families entered Bangladesh crossing Naf river on Monday afternoon. Currently they are under the protection of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).Besides, as 770 more Rohingyas of 184 families entered Bangladesh from the Rakhine state by boat between Sunday night and Monday morning. Another 255 Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh on Sunday.Teknaf upazila administration sent the newly arrived 770 Rohingyas to the Bangladesh army-run relief centre at Hariakhali of Sabrang union.After being provided with relief and other humanitarian assistance, they were sent to the Rohingya refugee camp at Nayapara of Teknaf, said the upazila’s senior fisheries officer Mohammed Delwar Hossain, who is on duty at the Harikhali relief centre.last_img read more

Imran H Sarker files writ challenging travelban

first_imgImran H Sarker. File PhotoGanajagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarker filed a writ petition with the High Court on Monday challenging the legality of government’s decision to obstruct him from travelling abroad, reports UNB.The writ sought the HC directives to allow him to travel abroad, said Imran H Sarker.The hearing on the writ petition is likely to be held at the bench of justice Tariq Ul Hakim and justice Md. Shohrawardi this afternoon.Members of law enforcement agencies prevented Sarker from travelling to the USA at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday, said a press release of Ganajagaran Mancha.The press release said that Imran was going to the USA following an invitation of the US state department.last_img read more

Fear isolation for Myanmars remaining Rohingyas

first_imgRohingya-burningBy the twisted standards of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Abdullah is one of its more fortunate Rohingya residents.The 34-year-old is alive, his village is intact and he is able to make a living-albeit a meagre one-in his homeland as a farmer.Abdullah’s Rohingya Muslim minority are disappearing fast from Myanmar.Some one million of them-around two-thirds of their entire stateless community-have been forced over the border to refugee camps in Bangladesh by successive waves of persecution.The latest has expelled some 700,000 Rohingya since August, when the army launched a campaign of violence that the UN says amounted to “ethnic cleansing”.Abdullah’s village of Shan Taung is near the temple-studded town of Mrauk U, not far from the epicentre of the most recent crackdown in northern Rakhine but partly sheltered from its worst excesses by a range of forested mountains.He is among the 500,000 Rohingya that the UN estimates remain in Myanmar, some confined to camps after previous rounds of violence while others are spared by wealth, luck or-like the villages in Abdullah’s area-simply by isolation from the latest military campaign.Yet their lives are still shaped by tension and fear in a mainly-Buddhist country that has methodically stripped the Muslim minority of legal rights and security.The status of the Rohingya in Rakhine hangs by a thread in the wake of the army crackdown, which has seen Myanmar troops and ethnic Rakhine mobs accused of burning Rohingya villages, and of raping and murdering their residents.Shan Taung, with its 4,500-strong Rohingya population, appears peaceful.Fishermen dry their catch in the sun, farmers bring in the rice paddy and children play at the side of the road.But fear has sharply segregated the Rohingya Muslims and the ethnic Rakhine Buddhists living nearby.The Rohingya say they risk a beating-or worse-if they stray into territory the Rakhine regard as their own, while few trust the police to protect them.It wasn’t always this way, says Abdullah, explaining he once had Rakhine friends and stayed with a Rakhine family while studying at university in the state capital, Sittwe.“They no longer treat me like they used to,” he tells AFP. “They don’t say good things.”Communal relations have disintegrated in recent months around Mrauk U town, where several people died recently after police opened fire on an ethnic Rakhine nationalist protest.“We do not trust each other anymore,” a Rakhine youth told AFP, asking not to be named.“Rakhines are also watching each other to make sure no one from the town is friends with Muslims.”Yearning for citizenship -Around 150,000 Rohingya are thought to still be living in northern Rakhine, spread among disparate villages spared in the violent crackdown.But rights groups say many of those communities are hungry and scared, unable to work freely and hemmed in by hostile neighbours, as the army beefs up its bases around them.Ye Htut, the administrator of Maungdaw, the most populous district in the north, played down strife between the communities that remained.“Muslims still living here don’t say they are afraid,” he told reporters. “Many houses are still left.”Further south, another 130,000 Rohingya fester in internment camps, a grim legacy from rounds of inter-communal violence since 2012.Another 200,000 fare only marginally better, living in their own villages but under restrictions on movement that UN spokesman Pierre Peron says “severely compromise” basic rights and access to health and education.With tensions sky-high, Rohingya are still leaving.On Sunday, a boatload of Rohingya who departed from Sittwe were spotted in Thai waters and “helped on” by the navy towards Malaysia.Rohingya still arrive on foot in Bangladesh seeking sanctuary after fleeing threats and hunger.Others with enough money for bribes can also try to make their way to Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon, joining tens of thousands of Rohingya who already live discreetly in the country’s major urban centres.Yet even there, existence feels parlous.“People are afraid every step they take,” says Yangon-based Kyaw Soe Aung, Secretary General of the Rohingya-focused Democracy and Human Rights Party.“There is no security and rule of law for Rohingya and Muslims.”Officially the “Rohingya” do not exist in Myanmar and as a result are denied citizenship.Instead they are branded “Bengalis”, reinforcing the narrative that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Corruption and intimidation -Rohingya seeking citizenship must agree to be classified as “Bengali” in a notorious verification process which denies them constitutional rights as a separate ethnic minority and leaves them vulnerable to expulsion.Critics say the National Verification Card (NVC) they are pressed to sign up for is less a pathway to citizenship than a means of control.From 2010 until the end of 2017, government statistics show only around 7,600 Rohingya signed up and only a couple of hundred have obtained citizenship.Ko Ko, not his real name, is one of the few Rohingya to hold a valid ID card-sporting the term “Bengali”.The 20-year-old says, however, that means he must regularly grease pockets and wait longer when dealing with anybody in any position of authority because he is automatically put at the bottom of the pile.He and a friend collect data about alleged atrocities in Rakhine and also try to counter anti-Rohingya “fake news” with a website that has some 10,000 hits a week.His father worries about his activist work and wants him to seek asylum overseas but Ko Ko refuses.“We have to get back our citizenship,” he says.“I will work for change. I’m doing the right thing.”last_img read more

Political Perspectives A Closer Look At Harris County Precinct One

first_img Share Earlier this year Harris County Judge Ed Emmett appointed attorney, Gene Locke as interim commissioner to replace the late El Franco Lee for Harris County Precinct 1.Commissioner Locke has a history of public service, serving as Houston city attorney between 1995 through 1998, special counsel to Metro and general counsel to Harris County Houston Sports Authority.Since taking office in January, one of the many issues on the commissioners “to do” list was to put forth an aggressive plan to help improve streets throughout the precinct. As of last week, the Commissioners Court passed a measure that adds $1 million to an existing contract to make concrete repairs. Also, this week Commissioner Locke threw his hat into the race to seek the Democratic nomination for the Precinct 1 seat.  We look at Precinct 1 and the interim Commissioner Gene Locke.  Produced by Houston Public Media, Political Perspectives is a weekly web-series continuing the political discussion from its companion TV program, Red, White and Blue.  Host/commentators, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus with moderator, Laurie Johnson will further the political conversation with their perspectives on political topics. The web-series will air online at 8 p.m. at www.houstonpublicmedia.org/perspectives following the 7:30 p.m. TV 8 broadcast of Red, White and Blue.last_img read more

Astros Win ESPY Award For Best Team

first_imgThe Astros were honored as best team for winning the franchise’s first World Series..@JoseAltuve27 couldn’t wait to hold the @astros’ ESPY for Best Team 😂 #ESPYS pic.twitter.com/uDFSmkQDBr— ESPYS (@ESPYS) July 19, 2018 Congrats to our @astros on receiving the #BestTeam @ESPYS award tonight. Much deserved.#Houston is a city of champions. What our #Astros accomplished last season truly made an lasting impression not only for Houstonians, but the entire nation.#NeverSettle #EarnHistory #ESPYS— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) July 19, 2018Winners at the ESPY Awards presented Wednesday:Male athlete: Alex OvechkinFemale athlete: Chloe KimOlympic moment: Shaun WhiteChampionship performance: Nick FolesBreakthrough athlete: Donovan MitchellGame: U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team defeats CanadaMoment: Minnesota Vikings defeat New Orleans SaintsTeam: Houston AstrosCollege athlete: Baker MayfieldPlay: Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale hits second buzzer-beater to win NCAA women’s basketball titleRecord-breaking performance: Roger FedererInternational men’s soccer player: Cristiano RonaldoInternational women’s soccer player: Sam KerrNFL player: Tom BradyMLB player: Mike TroutNHL player: Alex OvechkinDriver: Martin Truex Jr.NBA player: LeBron JamesWNBA player: Maya MooreFighter: Terence CrawfordMale golfer: Jordan SpiethFemale golfer: Sung-Hyun ParkMale Olympian: Shaun WhiteFemale Olympian: Chloe KimMale tennis player: Roger FedererFemale tennis player: Sloane StephensMale action sports athlete: David WiseFemale action sports athlete: Chloe KimJockey: Jose OrtizMale athlete with a disability: Mike SchultzFemale athlete with a disability: Brenna HuckabyBowler: Rhino PageMLS player: Nemanja NikolicNWSL player: Megan RapinoeJimmy V Award for Perseverance: Jim KellyArthur Ashe Award for Courage: women who spoke out against sexual abuse by former team doctorPat Tillman Award for Service: Jake Wood, Team RubiconCoach: Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Add another one to the trophy case! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Ud5mw3RF31— Houston Astros (@astros) July 19, 2018center_img Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore Soundstage Christmas Music With India Arie

first_imgIndia.ArieIndia Arie and Jonathan McReynolds are performing at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, Baltimore, Maryland  on Dec. 18. Visit www.baltimoresoundstage.com or call (410) 244-0057 for more event information.last_img

Group Grants 16M For Places That Are Part Of Black History

first_imgBy Chevel Johnson, The Associated PressMore than $1.6 million in grants are going to 22 sites and organizations to help preserve Black history.The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the grants Friday during the 25th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.In this June 13, 2007 file photo, a youth walks by the Langston Hughes House, center, covered in ivy, in New York’s Harlem section. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)The trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund’s executive director, Brent Leggs, says the recipients “shine a light on once lived stories and Black culture.”Grants are given across four categories: capacity building, project planning, capital, and programming and interpretation.In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 file photo, Rev. Paul Gordon Carter, manager of the Harriet Tubman Home, leads a tour at the historic site in Auburn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)This year’s awardees include the home of Negro League Baseball phenom Satchel Paige; the Emmett Till Memorial Commission; ‘The Forum’ in Chicago’s Bronzeville and more.last_img read more

For Amazon Cloud Wars Heat Up

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. To avoid the hassle of operating data centers, many companies hand the job off to Amazon. In addition to being the biggest online retailer, Amazon has built a giant business of renting servers to customers that need computing power to crunch numbers, stream movies and process orders.But Amazon, the leading so-called “cloud services platform,” faces an increasingly stiff challenge. Rivals like Microsoft are slowly gaining ground in what is a key battleground between some of the technology industry’s biggest companies.“Cloud platforms are the service of choice for modern software, which means that all the big businesses who have a significant stake in app development or distribution are getting into this space. They have to,” says James Staten, a Forrester Research analyst.Amazon’s Web Services, the name of its data center arm, controlled up to 75% of the global cloud platforms market in 2013, according to Forrester Research analyst James Staten. But that share is expected to drop to around 65% by the end of this year.Meanwhile, Microsoft, a distant second in the race with what is known as Azure, had 15% of the market in 2013. That share is expected to climb to 25% by the end of the year.The potential for cloud computing remains huge. Corporations could spend as much as $235 billion on it in 2017, more than triple the amount they spent in 2011, according to IHS Technology. It’s no wonder then companies like Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, SAP and Oracle are ramping up efforts to meet demand.Created in 2006, Amazon Web Services gambled early on the idea of building data centers that stored and processed information for other businesses. Now that data center division, which is estimated to generate around $5.5 billion in revenues this year, has over 1 million customers like NASA, Netflix and Spotify.“The cloud is the new normal,” boasted Andy Jassy, Amazon Web Services SVP, at the cloud platform’s annual conference in Las Vegas last week where the company unveiled tools to make software development easier and cheaper.Microsoft pushed into the so-called “cloud” long before Satya Nadella became CEO in February. But it was Nadella who championed a more cloud-focused strategy inside the company.Signing up data customers is critical for Microsoft, which has had huge success in selling software for personal computers but has stumbled as people have shifted to mobile devices. The company is betting that business services like Azure are a big part of its future.Microsoft is trying to close the gap through lower prices and by rapidly introducing new features. Jeffrey Hammond, a Forrester Research analyst, said that Azure is easier to learn for new customers that lack technical experience.“I think that’s often how developers feel,” Hammond says. “There are a lot of different choices, and it’s not always clear what the best thing to do is.”Still, Amazon Web Services remains the platform of choice for startups such as Spotify, Airbnb and Pinterest. Azure, meanwhile, is more popular with larger companies such as Xerox, eBay and McKesson. (According to Staten, more startups are starting to use Azure, but in many of those cases, the startup has some prior history with Microsoft.) Both platforms must round out their services more to fuel growth.Microsoft is marketing its cloud as being more flexible than Amazon’s. Traditionally, Amazon’s servers hosted and processed the vast majority of their customers’ information. Microsoft, in contrast, uses a more “hybrid” approach in which customers can store and process some of their data with Microsoft while doing the rest on their own servers. That’s appealing to customers that want more ownership over their information but still want some of the cloud’s benefits.Microsoft’s “hybrid” approach could prove more lucrative, at least in the near-future. By 2017, Gartner estimates that nearly 50% of all large enterprises in the U.S. will run off some kind of hybrid cloud set-up. Even Amazon gets the appeal. Earlier this year, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels said his company would offer some tools to help customers go hybrid if that is what they want.“What we’re ultimately seeing here is huge change,” says Hammond, comparing the move to cloud services to the rise of the Web.For Amazon Web Services, Azure and others battling for the cloud platform market, the trend signals something they already know: Game on. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » November 19, 2014last_img read more

How Progressive Web Apps Could Change the Mobile Landscape

first_img 4 min read Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In the world of mobile commerce, every second counts. Even the slightest delay can cost your site conversions and your business money. With Google now seriously homing in on site speed as a ranking factor, the adoption of progressive web apps (PWAs) is looking more attractive to any website operator/business owner, and especially to those running ecommerce sites.For those unaccustomed to the advantages of PWAs — or even what they look like — the easiest way to define them is a website modeling the features, user interface and user experience an app. This includes mimicking the layout, home screen icon, push buttons and notifications you would usually associate with an app, but all operating from your browser, and offering the same usability on mobile as on desktop.They are also significantly easier to build compared to native apps, as they don’t rely on complex coding: They can be built using the same code as your site and work the same way across iOS and Android phones.Here are some more of the advantages of using a PWA over a native app for your business.Related: A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile AppPush notificationsOne of the biggest advantages of PWAs is they can offer your customers push notifications, alerting them to new products, sales and updates. The benefits of getting your message and products/services immediately into the hands of your consumer can’t be overstated. The savings on marketing spend alone makes obvious business sense, along with the boost to your branding, keeping your business at the forefront of your market’s minds.CachingThrough the use of a service worker and cache API, PWAs can function offline, meaning your customers don’t need a mobile connection to access your site or store. The caching function stores your layout elements and loads them into the browser, significantly increasing load times and decreasing bounce rates, which is — let’s face it — the death of any conversion opportunity. The faster your visitors and potential customers traverse their way through the purchasing journey, the more likely they are to not just make the purchase but return in the future (more on conversions below).Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your BusinessApp market saturationPWAs serve as an excellent means of rising above the saturated app market. There are approximately 2 million apps available on iPhones and nearing 4 million on Android phones. Among the retail giants stands Amazon, the only retail app among millions within the top 100 downloaded apps. Cutting through those numbers to get on the radar of your customers is a tricky feat, and there is never a guarantee they will download an app for your store. A progressive web app offers the benefit of working across all devices, requiring less upfront cost.Related: 8 Online Careers You Can Start Today From HomeIncreased conversionsThere’s a lot that can be said for making your customers’ purchasing journey as easy as possible, and those businesses that have implemented PWAs have seen the benefits. For example, Best Western River North (in Chicago) saw a 300 percent increase in revenue and 500 percent in bookings compared to the conversion rates of its old website. In summation, PWAs are simpler and typically cheaper to build, effortlessly work across the majority of smartphones and browsers, are more likely to be adopted and used by consumers, are faster to load, and lead to increased conversions. It’s clear to see these are game-changing benefits with lower risk and investment required. And it’s a safe bet that we’ll see a substantial rise in businesses adopting them throughout the year and years to come. August 31, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more