first_imgOAKLAND — It’s a manager’s job to sweat the small stuff, and as the A’s began their final regular-season homestand against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night Bob Melvin found plenty of things to worry about.How is Mike Fiers’ arm? Stephen Piscotty’s ankle? How about the turf at the Oakland Coliseum that was subjected to a Raiders game Sunday, then an unexpected dousing of rain?Melvin heaped praise on head groundskeeper Clay Wood and his staff for working through the night to transition …last_img read more

first_imgCollaborate – Innovate – Disrupt: Propel to 2020. This was the dialogue that buzzed among aviation professionals at the 2019 Board of Airline Representative of South Africa (BARSA) Aviation Summit on Thursday 28 February 2019.The one-day BARSA Aviation Summit sees high-level government and private sector representatives across aviation, business and tourism come together for collaborative discussions on advancing the aviation industry. Approximately 100 delegates participated in the Summit that took place at Inanda Club in Sandton, Johannesburg.A major theme in conversations on the ground and on social media was technology and its disruption of the industry. There is an unrelenting need to develop and upskill citizens in order to stay abreast of the advancements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.Brand South Africa’s GM for Research, Dr. Petrus De Kock presented a session on aviation as an enabler of the Nation Brand that helps to shape the reputation and competitiveness of the country.BARSA Chief Executive Officer, Ms. June Crawford told Brand South Africa that this year, BARSA is largely focused on collaborating with the greater tourism industry. “International and local airlines help to promote South Africa and to raise brand awareness”, said Crawford.The day was broken into various thought-leadership sessions, led by industry experts and cabinet ministers. One of the sessions welcome a panel discussion on “Strengthening Partnerships Between Airlines and the Travel Industry in order to Embrace New Technologies for Continuous Industry Improvement”.Delegates could also download the official event app, BARSA Summit, on their mobile phones for live interaction while the event was running.The aviation industry is a vital contributor to the South African economy and society which adds significant value to the overall Nation Brand reputation.last_img read more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#NYT#web bernard lunn We started tracking VC funding in October 2008, as the financial markets were melting. What caught our eye in those dark and gloomy days was True Ventures‘ announcement of its Series A investment in Syncplicity. The more we looked, the more we found that the headlines were wrong. It was not all doom and gloom, not in our corner of the universe: early-stage Web tech ventures. So we figured that getting (and passing on to you) good reliable data on a timely basis would be a good idea. Searching for that turned out to be harder than we thought, and herein lies a tale.A Billion Here, a Billion ThereFor the quarter ending this past June, we compared the findings of three research firms that reported on the money invested in Q2:July 21, MoneyTree (PricewaterhouseCoopers, with data from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters): $3.7 billion, with 612 deals,July 18, VentureSource (DowJones): $5.27 billion, with 595 deals,July 14, ChubbyBrain (a New York City-based startup partnering with ReadWriteWeb): $5.329 billion, with 613 deals.VentureSource and ChubbyBrain seem to agree on the top line number. But MoneyTree’s number is what most people report, and that is about $1.5 billion different.As the old saying goes, “A billion here, a billion there. Sooner or later it adds up.”Disclosure: Our VC Funding ReportReadWriteWeb has an interest in this. We sell a report for $299 that has details on the 240 deals done this quarter in the Internet, mobile, and SaaS space (not clean tech or bio tech), and this is powered by data from ChubbyBrain. So we are biased. But it also means that we are engaged and have been looking at this fairly deeply.Who Cares?We also think that accuracy matters, and we are trying to figure whom accuracy matters to. We see three main types of participants in the industry:VCs. They need accurate data for their own fund-raising. They have to be able to benchmark their own funds relative to the broader market.Entrepreneurs. Data on what funding deals are being made, and why, helps them figure out how much to raise, when, and from which VC.The startup “community.” This is a catch-all for everyone else, who tend to align to either VCs or entrepreneurs. Journalists, the non-aligned fourth estate, want reliable data to key off interesting stories.Why does this matter? The startup community matters to the health of the overall economy. As the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA, the trade association of VCs) likes to point out:“Originally, venture-backed companies have created companies that accounted for 10.4 million jobs and over $2.3 trillion in revenue (based on 2006 data).”So a headline like “VC Investments Falling Off Cliff in the US” really impacts a lot of people. That is the kind of headline that most journalists/bloggers wrote in April 2009, based on data reported by those trusted sources.We wrote a really boring headline:“VC Investment in Internet Deals Did Not Fall Off a Cliff.”That’s a lousy headline for generating page views. It’s a story about “the dog that did not bark.”The point is that headlines drive business behavior to wild excesses on both the down-cycle bust and the up-cycle boom.Just good reliable data would help.Innovation Is Global, But It Keys Off US DataAt ReadWriteWeb, we love to track innovation from far-flung corners of the world, and we see the globalization of innovation as a critical trend.So we want to be able to report on financing trends for early-stage Web technology startups across Europe and Asia, in addition to the US. And we expect any research process to be able to scale to that challenge.But the reality today is that, globally, entrepreneurs and VCs key off US data. If they were to key off bad data, that would matter to everyone.Why This MattersDriving with one’s eyes in the rear-view mirror is dangerous. We take action based on what authoritative sources tell us is happening today, and we base our assumptions on what that means will happen next and plan accordingly.In reality, these sources tell us what has happened in the past, and they may not even tell us that accurately.When we at ReadWriteWeb look at the macro picture, we favor a contrarian view simply because the reality we see today is often not what the headlines trumpet. When the markets were in the late stage of a boom, we were sounding the warning signals.When the markets were melting, we began to see surprising signs of life in the early-stage Web technology world we live in.Whether you are an entrepreneur or an investor, knowing what the crowd is thinking — and what the headlines are trumpeting — is valuable. Even more valuable are the underlying facts and trends that may be missing from those headlines. In the disconnect between the two often lies a lot of opportunity.We hope to ignite a debate that leads to greater accuracy and transparency of these numbers.last_img read more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Hundreds of Libyans are reported killed in clashes between rebel forces and the Libyan army in the city of Misurata – a conflict that international press is working hard to keep in the light of international attention over the past several weeks.Today news has emerged that one member of the press has lost his life in the conflict. Tim Hetherington, taking photos for Getty, was among a group of press struck by fire from Libyan forces. Two of Hetherington’s colleagues are in grave condition. Why are we writing about this tragic event on a technology blog? Because I thought it was notable that in the long history of war reporters risking their lives to tell terrible but important stories, we now know some of Hetherington’s final thoughts before his life ended. Not because he filed a story with the news wires, not because his photos were published in the newspaper, but because he had access to a lightweight public messaging system on the iPhone he carried in his pocket: Twitter.Twitter has done many things in its short time on the web. That it provides a new way for people like Hetherington to give quick status updates from the field and for the rest of us to have immediate access to them is of historic significance.Hetherington’s final message was a concerned, self-aware and public assessment of a dangerous situation. An infrequent publisher on the platform, Hetherington’s prior message had been a link to a photo of himself dressed up at the Oscars with friends.Hetherington didn’t use Twitter when he was reporting from Afghanistan for Vanity Fair in 2007 and 2008, an assignment that led to his directing an Oscar nominated film called Restrepo. He created his Twitter account in July of 2010 and posted 53 times, often to share his thoughts about the nature of war and the media that covered it.Rest in Peace, Mr. Hetherington. Tags:#Real World#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgDuring his weekly press conference, Mike Gundy was asked about his team’s upcoming road trip to Pittsburgh and how Pat Narduzzi’s squad compares to the one that visited Stillwater a year ago. It replaces a mainstay starting QB in Nathan Peterman and its leading rusher James Conner. Pitt will also be without the services of Matt Canada, last year’s offensive coordinator who took the same job at LSU.But Gundy sees more similarities in the Panther offense than he sees drastic changes, and even a resemblance to a system he has experience in.“From a distance, it’s a lot like what Les (Miles) and I did here while we were together,” said Gundy. “They have a reason for trying to gain a gap advantage, and then if you’re not careful they can get you out of a gap. If you don’t adjust, they can find a weakness, so there are similarities there to what we did here.”The biggest contrast on OSU’s side of the matchup is a complete overhaul of its secondary. Jordan Sterns is gone, Ramon took his spot at safety and the cornerback rotation is full of players that either didn’t see the field for OSU or were relegated to special teams last season.The early returns for USC graduate transfer Max Browne have been disappointing for Pitt fans. He’s thrown for just 278 yards on 56 attempts and just one score to two interceptions. For a juxtaposition of extremes, Mason Rudolph has tallied 638 yards on just six more attempts (62) and has six scores with no picks.But Mike Gundy thinks Pitt will try to test his corners all the same. He would if it were him.“They’re coming along,” Gundy said of his corners. “We’re obviously young, and the teams we play know that. I’m sure Pittsburgh is going to run their play stuff and run (wide receiver Quadree Henderson) down the field, throw it over our head and challenge us. Limiting big plays is important.“Last year, that was one of the issues we had in giving up big plays in the secondary. It’s give and take. Unless you’re just ultimately talented where you can press and challenge every throw, sometimes you give up (short gains) to be sound in the deep stuff. There’s give and take there.”Through the small sample size of two weeks, Oklahoma State’s young corner rotation has shown some potential and a couple growing pains. But OSU has only allowed two passing plays of 10 yards or more. That’s against a Tulsa offense — though retooling — that ranked 30th in passing and a South Alabama team that ranked 56th a year ago. Pittsburgh ranked 76th.Pitt does have Jester Weah, who led all returning FBS receivers from last year with a 2016 average of 24.2 yards per catch and Quadree Henderson who racked up 164 all-purpose yards and two scores in Stillwater last year. Those two will be a good test for the likes of Rodarius Williams and A.J. Green. And though he’s struggled with accuracy issues on the deep ball, Browne is capable of putting it out there for his receivers to go get.Each week appears to be a step up in competition and that trend should continue for the next couple to come. Fortunately for OSU’s young cover men, it provides an escalating on-the-job curriculum. With any luck, the group headlined by Green and Williams will look more like seasoned vets than rookies when the big boys come to town.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant says he guarantees that the struggling Lakers will make the playoffs and be a force to be reckoned with once they secure a playoff spot.“It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will,” Bryant said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that was published on Thursday. “And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.”Bryant is highly confident despite the Lakers being in 10th spot in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers currently trail the Houston Rockets by 3½ games for the eighth spot. They are 26-29, but have won six of their last nine games, including a 113-99 victory over the Boston Celtics Wednesday night.After losing to the Miami Heat earlier this month 107-97, which most believed at the beginning of the season would be a preview of the NBA Finals, Bryant used the loss as a confidence booster to resurrect what has been a horrendous season.But Bryant acknowledged that the Lakers showed positive signs in their loss to the Heat.“And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game,” Bryant said. “We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the pass.”Bryant quickly conceded that the Heat took control of the game due to the play of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.“OK, they have two great players [James and Wade] who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game,” Bryant said. “But we were right there. We can do it.”Despite Bryant saying he guarantees making the playoffs, he admitted that it will take a team effort for them to reach the playoffs and make a deep run.The Lakers will host the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night, hours after a private funeral will be held for former owner Jerry Buss, who died on Tuesday at the age of 80. They have a great opportunity to climb the standings as they begin an eight-game stretch in which five of their opponents have losing records. read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 22, 2017 – Nassau – President of The Bahamas Press Club 2014, Anthony Capron has responded to remarks made by Dr the Hon Hubert A Minnis, Prime Minister, during his Keynote address at The Bahamas Press Club Awards on Saturday, November 18, 2017.The Prime Minister seemingly bashed the media and suggested what they should be reporting on, instead of critcizing him and his Government.“I would say that the Prime Minister was perhaps misguided in the opinions he expressed about the media and the hard-working professional men and women who daily gather the news from every corner of this archipelago,” Mr. Capron said.But that is exactly why The Bahamas Press Club has instituted the annual media awards, he noted.“Because you always hear the press being bashed for what it is not doing.  The good goes unspoken, unrecognized and unappreciated by the critics.“And so, we cannot and will not be put off by the bad mouthing that will come our way. We have a job to do and we will do our job.”Press Release: Bahamas Press Club Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgÖzgür Aytürk Culture and Tourism Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy in India takes pride in promoting his country’s culture and tourism and has taken several steps to tap into the ever-increasing outbound travellers market from India. In an interview with Millennium Post he speaks about how both Turkey and India are connected culturally.Can you tell us about the cultural of your country and how similar it is to India?Turkey is on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East and that in itself makes it unique. And it is for this reason that for centuries Turkey has seen many civilisations come and go and has had the fortune of evolving a diverse and rich heritage and culture much like India. So when one visits Turkey today you will find richness of this diversity in every part of the country and especially in Istanbul as it was capital to three different empires in the history. So one would find a great mix of religious worship places, cuisine, and cultural all under one roof in Istanbul. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What steps have you taken to improve cultural relations between India and Turkey?We think that culturally we are close to India unfortunately, however, we have to remind this to the people of both the nations. Both India and Turkey share common platforms in terms of cuisine, general characteristics amongst our people, hospitality and even language.  In fact there are more than 9,000 words that are same or similar in both the languages. To remind both the nations of these similarities we have been organising several cultural nights or supporting them. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSufism is another string that binds both the countries musically and culturally hence we have orgainsed several Sufi festivals. The last one was performed at the Rastrapati Bhawan. So we are trying to promote and showcase these similarities in order to build stronger cultural ties. We had also organised a Turkish food festival some time back which got a good response. We are also looking at establishing a cultural centre in Delhi, once that is established we will be holding Turkish events more often in the city and we hope to have it established by the end of this year. What is the role of the Indian travel fraternity in promoting Turkey among Indian travellers?Now people are using websites more often but still when you look at this market, majority of them are still going to the travel agents before making their decisions. They still have a great impact on the end consumers while shaping their decisions and making their vacation plans. That is why we will be supporting the travel trade through road shows, fun trips, media campaigns that are going on. What segments are you looking to promote in India? Please tell us about your strategies in targeting these.MICE definitely. Although, we do not have certain breakup for MICE and leisure, we believe that more than 20 percent visit Turkey for MICE purpose and little less for leisure. We are focusing on MICE because we think Turkey has many things to offer. It has very beautiful and big convention facilities. Ontalia is hosting the ICCA 2014 conference, Ismeirs and some other cities have big convention venues.On the other side, wedding is becoming very popular for Turkish private sectors. We are getting queries from Turkish hoteliers and associations. We are willing do so something on wedding and golf. We are inviting decision makers and tour operators to showcase the gold destinations. We have been organising Istanbul shopping fest for the past two years. Istanbul shopping fest is 20 days shopping fest, where we have lucky draws every day and people can win every day.Has Turkey seen many repeat travellers from India?Turkey is  a destination which can’t be explored at one go. If you are curious about the country you have to definitely return. They visit Istanbul and when they return they tell their friends and start planning for other trips. I can’t say about promoting Turkey as a repeat destination because the numbers from India are still below our expectations.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: The term of the Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, has been extended for another six months.A notification from the Home and Hill Affairs department, government of Bengal on September 15 stated that an Authority (read Board of Administrators) was appointed under the provision of Section 65(b) of the GTA Act 2011, to exercise, discharge and perform all the powers, duties and functions of the GTA. “The said Authority has been functioning as the Caretaking Authority of the GTA in terms of that notification. And holding of general election to re-constitute the GTA Sabha does not appear to be possible in the present situation” stated the notification. “The Governor, in terms of the relevant provision of Section 17(1) of the GTA Act 2011, is pleased to allow extension to the aforesaid Caretaking Authority of the GTA to function for a further period of six months with effect from 20-09-2018,” read the notification. Incidentally, on September 20, 2017, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the formation of an administrative board to run the GTA with Binay Tamang as Chairman and Anit Thapa as the Vice-Chairman.last_img read more