In UP, power supply still a dream for 1.3 crore households

first_img In the absence of power supply, most residents of Barinpurwa have solar panels, ranging from 20 to 100 watts, installed on their rooftops or in the open. Ranjeeta has a 40-watt solar panel, which cost her ₹4,500, installed on her roof. “I bought it 10 months ago. It serves basic needs but during foggy days and during the rains we have to live in darkness,” she said.While the Centre recently claimed that it had electrified the last inhabited village in the country, 3.13 crore households in India still live without electricity. The highest number of such households are in Uttar Pradesh, 1.33 crore.Only 56% households are electrified in the state, as per the Centre’s Saubhagya scheme portal. Only Jharkhand fares worse than UP, at 48%.The figure for Barabanki, where Barinpurwa is located, is below average, at 51%, but slightly better than districts like Jalaun, Jhansi and Lalitpur, all in Bundelkhand, which have only 25, 27 and 26% of households electrified even today.Last September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Saubhagya scheme to provide “last mile connectivity and service connections to all remaining households in both rural and urban areas to achieve universal household electrification” by December 31, 2018. The task in UP is clearly uphill. According to the state government, from October 2017 to March 2018, it gave out 15.88 lakh power connections under the scheme, out of which 8.77 lakh were handed out to poor families. Oil lamp is the popular source of light in Barinpurwa. | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt The market of Tiwaripur majra in Kolahda village where residents have installed solar panel in open area.  According to Saubhagya portal, 4.21 lakh households were electrified in UP in January, 5.41 lakh in February, 1.50 lakh in March and 2.45 lakh in April. Last year, the state also claimed to provide electricity to 61,000 majras and targets another 62 lakh in 2018.However, residents of Tiwaripur majra in Kolahda village are still without power. Shailendri Tiwari’s house is one of them. Electric wires pass through right outside her house, but the family still does not have a power connection.The poles supply power to the next hamlet as hers is still being surveyed by officials. “When the power department people came to install these poles, I asked them to connect it to my house, but they demanded ₹35,000 for the cables and transformer. Now, if I had that much money, wouldn’t I purchase a big solar roof?” asked Shailendri.Her family depends on tiny emergency lights, which are charged through a 20-watt solar panel. She does not use lamps as she is no longer entitled for kerosene. The lack of electric supply poses great challenges to her four daughters, all of whom are in school. The family has been regularly writing to the electricity department requesting electrification of their majra. On February 5, the department finally wrote back saying that the majra was still being surveyed under the ‘Power for All’ scheme, which was launched jointly by the Centre and state last April, and that the households would be electrified by December 2018.Executive engineer of the UP Power Corporation (Madhyanchal), Bhaskar, said the households still left to be electrified were being surveyed and on April 12 the work in his area had been deputed to Bajaj Electricals.“They are carrying out the door-to-door survey, finding out which village has households left behind. They will also do the electrification bit, be it fitting poles or putting up transformers,” said Bhaskar.UP Power Minister Shrikant Sharma said he was confident of achieving the target of total electrification of the remaining households in the state by December as the infrastructure for Saubhagya scheme was ready on the ground.When the BJP came to power in UP, he said, the state had 1.87 crore un-electrified households, but in one year the BJP government gave out connections to 36 lakh people.“If you compare, the track record of the last 15 years comes to 6.5 lakh connections per year. While in one year, we have given out 36 lakh connections. You can estimate the speed at which we are working,” he said. Barinpurwa is a Dalit majra — majra being a hamlet — with a population of 250-300, within the Manodharpur gram sabha of Barabanki district. While the gram sabha is technically electrified, the residents of Barinpurva still have to rely on kerosene lamps to beat the darkness. Many of them have installed solar panels for basic power supply. The village is located barely 50 km from the capital of Uttar Pradesh.Durgesh Bari’s house, located at the entry to the majra, does not have a fan or a TV set as he has no power supply. There is not a single electric pole or transformer in the majra. While the kitchen is kept out of darkness by kerosene lamps, a 20-watt solar panel helps charge mobile phones and tiny emergency lights so that the children can study in the evening. And when that fails, the family relies on a shop at the village square to charge phones at a nominal fee though a generator.“Last year some people came with electric poles and dug pits too. The women were so excited they helped them dig. But before they could plant them in our majra, they took the poles back and installed them in the neighbouring majra, saying they had come here due to a clerical mistake,” said Durgesh, pointing to the dug-out patches outside his house. That was the closest the Dalit family, which farms 1.5 bigha land for survival, came to having a power connection.Sudha, Durgesh’s mother, said the going gets tough during peak summer when the heat makes life difficult under the tin roof without a fan. “When it gets unbearable, I run to the trees for shade,” she says.Moreover, the family has to utilise the kerosene frugally as the household only gets 2 litres per month in ration, added Sudha.last_img read more

Indian soldier dies in Pakistan firing

first_imgOne soldier was killed in a fierce exchange of fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri as Pakistan resorted to “unprovoked” ceasefire violation in Pir Panchal Valley’s Rajouri district and the Kashmir Valley and two Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants, including a ‘commander’, were killed in an encounter in Anantnag on Tuesday.A Jammu-based Army spokesman identified the soldier killed as Naik Krishan Lal. “The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Sunderbani Sector in Rajouri on Tuesday. The Indian Army responded strongly and effectively. Heavy damage to Pakistani Army posts and casualties to Pakistani soldiers have been inflicted by our troops,” he said.Rajouri and Poonch districts have witnessed intermittent incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the past one week, which left a 12-day infant dead and two civilians injured.Pakistani troops also resorted to heavy firing and shelling in Kashmir’s Kupwara from 1 p.m. up to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday. The residents of Karnah had to ran for cover as shells rained near residential areas. Nazir Ahmad, a local, said his family members were stranded at different locations for many hours due to the sudden shelling.“Two residents received minor injuries and were shifted to the Sub-District Hospital, Tangdhar. Both are out of danger,” said sub-divisional magistrate Dr. Alyas Ahmad.National Conference (NC) president and Srinagar MP Dr. Farooq Abdullah said it was the population living across the LoC that had to bear the brunt of escalation of tension between India and Pakistan.“It’s high-time both the countries respected the dignity of lives of people living across the border. The need of the hour calls for total cessation of hostilities,” he said.2 Jaish militants killedThe police said the slain militants were JeM commander Fayaz Panzoo from Tral and his associate Shaan Showkat from Kanalwan area.“Panzoo was a top commander and was involved in an attack on the CRPF in Anantnag town on June 12 this year, which left five CRPF personnel and one police officer dead,” said the police.last_img read more

Courtois speaks out on potential Real Madrid move

first_imgThibaut Courtois says he is relaxed regarding his potential transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid.The Belgium international has been consistently linked with a move to the Spanish champions, who appear determined to finally strengthen their goalkeeping position.Courtois’ agent has called on Chelsea to allow his client to move to Real, with the stopper keen to return to Spain, where he previously played for Atletico Madrid. 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! “I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut, but he has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid,” Christophe Henrotay said, according to The Sun.“For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept.”Goal understands that Real are waiting on Chelsea’s search for a replacement for Courtois before a £35 million ($45m) deal can be completed. Both Real and Chelsea had wanted to sign Alisson from Roma, though he eventually joined Liverpool.Courtois has just one year left on his current Chelsea deal and has thus far rejected the Blues’ offers of a new deal. A transfer for Courtois thus appears inevitable.Courtois maintains that he is remaining relaxed over the potential transfer, with Maurizio Sarri reportedly holding talks with the 26-year-old following their Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.”My transfer? I am not going to say anything about that now, it is a delicate situation,” he told Belgian press.”I cannot say much, I am not thinking about that, I am calm and becoming anxious would not help. What is important is to be ready for next season.”Courtois has spent seven years at Chelsea, though he also spent three on loan at Atletico.The 25-year-old has made over 150 appearances for Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup. He has also won La Liga with Atleti, along with the Europa League, Copa del Rey and the UEFA Super Cup. He was also a part of Atletico’s 2013-14 team, which reached the Champions League final, only to lose to Real.last_img read more

UN officer aims to scale Everest to help Nepalese children climb out

UN World Food Programme (WFP) security officer Mark Squirrell hopes to reach the summit of Everest on 21 May, the same day as ‘Walk the World,’ when hundreds of thousands of people around the world will walk in communities to call for an end to child hunger.“I’m very excited to finally be going,” the Australian national universally known as Squiz said of his unusual mission, which aims to raise sponsor money to help Nepal’s children. “To be able to combine a personal dream with the potential of helping children in this country while raising awareness about hunger is both rewarding and humbling.” Walk the World is organized each year by WFP and its partners to raise awareness and funds to fight the scourge of child hunger, which accounts for 18,000 deaths a day. In 2005, over 200,000 people participated in the event, raising $1.5 million. This year it is hoped that 750,000 will participate in over 100 countries.Squiz, who has been training for months, will be taking time off from his regular job to make the attempt, which is a personal effort, not a WFP initiative, although it is supported by WFP worldwide. He has already lined up sponsors that have provided funding, services and equipment, including Youngone and the Chaudhary Group.With the help of sponsors, expenses for the climb have been kept to a minimum, and all proceeds from donors will go to WFP’s school feeding programmes in Nepal covering 570,000 children.By giving children a nutritious hot mid-day meal, the programmes encourage school attendance and allow students to concentrate on their studies. In some schools, girls are given an additional take-home food ration as an added incentive for their families to send them to schools. “Whether we make the summit or not, this is an incredible opportunity,” Squiz said. “We have the ability to make people more aware of the ongoing problem of hunger in the region and with luck, help hundreds of children in the process. We’re ready.” read more

WHS At screening of new Sean Penn film Ban says movie industry

‹ › “I didn’t expect such a celebrity, a movie star of the world, would be around so many refugees and displaced people. I was so moved,” the UN chief shared with the audience, which burst into applause. “When I went [to Haiti] a second time, he was still there,” he added. Tomorrow, the Secretary-General will be alongside more celebrities at the opening of the Summit, including Forest Whitaker, a peacebuilding advocate for the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Academy Award-winning actor. Together, they will urge world leaders to commit to five core responsibilities featured in the UN’s Agenda for Humanity: Prevent and end conflict Respect rules of war Leave no one behind Working differently to end need Invest in humanity Starting tomorrow, the Summit will bring together all stakeholders who have a vested interest in improving the global humanitarian system. Of the more than 6,000 expected participants, there are those who have been recipients of humanitarian assistance, those who can hopefully make a difference such as entrepreneurs and celebrities like Sean Penn, as well as many others who are dedicated to helping alleviate the plight of millions of people in need of relief assistance around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (4th left) and wife Yoo Soon-taek (5th left) at the film screening of “The Last Face”, ahead the World Humanitarian Summit, taking place in Istanbul. Also pictured are OCHA’s Stephen O’Brien (2nd left) and the film’s director Sean Penn (3rd left). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes introductory remarks at the film screening of “The Last Face”. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) arrives with actor, director and humanitarian activist Sean Penn for the film screening “The Last Face”. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “When you have a global star, [the message] can go far and wide and there is no time limit,” Mr. Ban told viewers invited to the global premiere of Mr. Penn’s latest movie, The Last Face. Screened on the eve of the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey, a two-day conference dedicated to finding more effective ways of alleviating and preventing the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people, the movie features Academy Award-winning actors Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem as relief workers faced with difficult situations during civil unrest in an African nation. “The main purpose of having the World Humanitarian Summit for the first time in the history of the United Nations is to raise [awareness on the] importance, seriousness, urgency and gravity of the situation,” said Mr. Ban, adding that world leaders must be committed to global action. He recalled a visit to Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010, when he met tens of thousands of people living under extremely difficult conditions in makeshift tents. Amid the chaos, he noticed a very busy man who was trying to help those around him recover. He didn’t immediately recognize him, but later realized it was Sean Penn. read more

Wallace has 31 in 2nd half EIU stops Arkansas State in OT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Josiah Wallace had zero points in the first half but powered in 31 from that point on to lead Eastern Illinois to its third straight win, beating Arkansas State 90-86 in overtime in the Battle in the Blue Ridge on Saturday night.Wallace, who hit a jumper as regulation ended to tie it 77-77, scored 10 of Eastern Illinois’ 13 points in overtime, hitting a 3-pointer to go up 88-84 with 38 seconds remaining. Wallace split a pair of free throws in the last seconds for the final score.Arkansas State led 32-24 at the break and was up 53-42 midway of the second half.Wallace nailed 5 of 8 from deep, making 10 of 19 from the floor. Mack Smith added 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Rade Kukobat chipped in 13 points with nine rebounds for Eastern Illinois (3-2).Ty Cockfield had 24 points for Arkansas State (1-4). Malik Brevard added 13 points with 10 rebounds.The Associated Press read more

Teenager arrested following death of 15yearold girl thought to have taken ecstasy

Police investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl believed to have taken MDMA have arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of drugs offences.The girl, who has been named as Leah Heyes, died after she collapsed in a car park in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, at about 9.30pm on Saturday night.North Yorkshire Police issued a warning about MDMA to drug users and said they had not ruled out making further arrests.A force spokesman said: “Police are now in a position to name the 15-year-old girl who died in hospital after collapsing in the Applegarth car park, in Northallerton, on the night of Saturday 11 May.”Her name is Leah Heyes from Northallerton.”He continued: “We believe that Leah had taken the drug MDMA – also known as ecstasy or a ‘bomb’ – prior to collapsing and we reiterate our warning to anyone who uses drugs of the potential consequences.”At this stage, one teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.”However, officers have not ruled out making further arrests as the investigation continues.”Police said the boy who is being questioned is 17-years-old.The force said officers are continuing to investigate to determine the circumstances surrounding Leah’s death on Saturday night. A post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of her death.On Sunday, Detective Inspector Jon Sygrove advised anyone who had bought MDMA recently to be cautious about taking it.He urged anyone who had taken the drug and was feeling unwell to seek medical help immediately.Police have asked anyone who was in the area at the time, or has any information about the events on Saturday night, to come forward if they have not already done so.Anyone with information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two and ask for Northallerton CID, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Windows 8 browser ballot screen arrives via Windows Update

first_imgWindows 8 is already in the hands of Microsoft’s manufacturing partners, and systems will soon be arriving on retail shelves in the EU. And to avoid any further grief from EU regulators over that whole browser ballot fiasco, Microsoft has pushed out a patch via Windows Update that will ensure Windows 8 systems in its jurisdiction are compliant.The update and accompanying Knowledge Base article (KB976002) have gone live, and there’s an explanatory page posted on the Windows site that breaks down what the Browser Choice update is all about. Several things occur once the update has been installed.On Windows 8 (and Windows 7) systems, Internet Explorer will be unpinned from the taskbar. All systems running Windows XP or later will have a new shortcut to open the Browser Choice screen dropped onto their desktops, and Windows 8 systems will also have a tile pinned to the Start Screen. After that’s done, the Browser Choice screen will appear and guide users through the process of selecting a web browser, just like the previous version did.Interestingly, Microsoft doesn’t mention whether the default browser tile will actually be removed from the Start Screen prior to the completion of the Browser Choice process. And right now, of course, there’s no other complete (dual-mode) alternative to Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8.Chrome’s Metro remix popped up on the Dev Channel back in June, and it should be on course for a move to Stable sometime before the late-October launch. Mozilla’s working away at a Firefox version, too, but we’ve only seen interface mockups so far.More at Microsoft, via Softpedialast_img read more

Miami Marlins and MLB bring new field to Jose Marti Park

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Major League Baseball and the Marlins joined together to help bring a new field in Jose Marti Park.The MLB and the Marlins came out to dedicate the field in Little Havana as part of All Star week. The field’s renovations include new dugouts, new bleachers and a new score board.Former Orioles player and hall-of-famer Cal Ripken Junior was also there for the event.The long term goal for the renovations could result in thousands of students taking part in baseball and softball programs. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Agencies Announce Partial Opening Of Recreation Areas and River

first_imgThe U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is opening the following areas to limited use: Jim’s Landing for day use of the boat launch, the overflow parking lot north of the Sterling Highway at the Visitor Contact Station, and Lower Skilak Boat Launch for boat launch access. The Kenai River remains closed beyond Jim’s Landing to Skilak Lake for public safety and in support of firefighting efforts. All boats must exit the river at Jim’s Landing. On the west side of SkilakWildlife Recreation Area, Lower Skilak campground and day use facility remains closed to public use. Skilak Lake Road from the west entrance at mp 75.2 of Sterling Highway will be opened to allow access to the Lower Skilak boat launch but all lands off the road, trailheads including Marsh Lake and Day Use facilities including Bottenintnin Lake remain closed. More information, detailed maps, and public safety information can be found online atkpboem.com or by visiting the official website for Chugach National Forest(https://www.fs.usda.gov/chugach/) and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (kenai.fws.gov). For statewide fire information, visit the AICC website at https://fire.ak.blm.gov/ or http://www.akfireinfo.com. The previous daytime limitation on this river use has also been removed, allowing for 24 hour publicuse. Additionally all refuge lands that have been burned are closed to public access. Consult the attached closure order for more details.center_img The U.S. Forest Service Chugach National Forest is opening the Russian River Campground, Russian Lake Trail, Russian River Falls, Barber Cabin, and the K’Beq Day Use Area for public use. This opening will occur at the same time as the Kenai River reopening. Although this area has not been directly affected by fire, stay aware of the firefighting personnel and equipment still active on roads and lands nearby. Visit the Chugach National Forest website https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/chugach/home fordetails. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Agencies open areas to the public for recreation access effective at 12:01am on Tuesday.  This reopening of some portions of the Kenai River, Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge includes some areas that were burned by the Swan Lake Fire. Hazards exist in these burned areas that can be hard to see.Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks announces the reopening of a portion of the Upper Kenai River previously closed to support firefighting operations. The Kenai River between the state boat launch at the Cooper Landing bridge and Jim’s Landing will reopen to public use with the exception of the continued closure of a channel on the south side of the river from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5 will also be closed to support firefighting activity.last_img read more

Selling One Ad Across Many Screens

first_imgAlmost immediately after Apple founder Steve Jobs introduced the iPad to much fanfare last January, publishers everywhere began trying to figure out how to create content and advertising for the new platform.Meanwhile, advertisers are telling publishers that they want to be able to create campaigns and execute them across the widest universe of devices, particularly mobile platforms. Yet despite all this great news, it’s not clear how much revenue publishers are actually earning from this advertising. The Financial Times announced recently it has generated about $2 million with advertising on its iPad app, but few other publishers are yet describing similar success.As The Knot-the wedding planning Web site and magazine-began work on the iPad app, they decided to focus exclusively on the user experience-and not include any advertising-for the first issue launched in October. The only advertisers involved in the iPad app are Magazine Directory advertisers already in The Knot’s interactive product guides. “We saw this an opportunity for the magazine to be displayed as it’s intended to look, with dramatic layouts-and at the same time, we can layer on the Internet experience,” says site director Miles Stiverson. “We wanted to develop the very best product we could and really figure out how we will reinvent our magazine for the iPad.” Yet those conversations ultimately led to greater clarity about what sorts of advertising would work best on an iPad, say Stiverson. “I’ve seen ads where you land on a page and press a button and it reveals content you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. The iPad makes you stop on a page and examine it closely to see if there is any interactivity to play around with.”In the next issue, The Knot will include simple sponsored sections and videos, plus some custom interactive tools. Editors and developers there had already launched two iPhone apps, both in 2009. The first was called “Wedding 411,” a mobile message board that allows brides-to-be to connect with each other on the go. The second app took the popular “Wedding Dress Look Book” from the Web site and turned it into a searchable and sortable wedding dress finder. Only Wedding 911 has had any advertiser involvement.Hearst sees the best results from selling tablet pages, which appear in apps for brands such as Esquire, Popular Mechanics and O, The Oprah Magazine. “They appear in a very similar fashion to print pages, but the end user will have a much richer user experience once they engage with the ad depending on the level of functionality incorporated within,” says Avi Zimak, advertising director of tablet media at Hearst.Mobile ad pricing for Hearst varies depending on whether the application is a utility-based app (stand-alone app) or a digitally enhanced version of the magazine. “Pricing can also vary by magazine brand,” says Zimak. “We do believe many of our apps warrant a premium, as we are limiting the number of advertisers that appear within these apps so the advertisers can showcase the richness of their brands via the individual functionality.” QR Codes for MobileNot everyone is caught up in the mobile app scramble, however. Developers at Budget Travel have taken a different-simpler-approach to mobile content and advertising. Instead of creating mobile and tablet versions of the magazine and Web site, they’re launching a QR code application for mobile phones. QR codes are matrix barcodes readable by QR scanners and mobile phones with cameras.The QR codes appear in the magazine next to travel tips. When readers point their phone at the QR code, they’re led to a mobile-enabled Web site consisting of more travel tips, plus the ability to share those tips in social networks and elsewhere online. “We wanted to do this because we’re really interested in how we can deliver our content across different platforms in ways readers and advertisers want,” says Lisa Dickens Schneider, general manager of digital products at Budget Travel.The launch sponsor is La Quinta Inns & Suites, which will have a full-page magazine ad facing the travel tip content, as well as branding within the QR code copy. When users land on the mobile site, they will also see La Quinta branding, essentially turning the experience into a custom mobile microsite.”If you’re working for a multimedia brand, you have to understand that advertisers are also moving toward more integration,” Schneider says. “And you have to understand how the brand behaves in each medium, and what are the benefits of each medium. The smart advertisers are starting to understand how to reach people in different ways. The content I want on my phone is not the same as what I want on my big screen computer.”One Ad, Many ScreensThat said, creating content and advertising campaigns across multiple devices with different screen resolutions is complicated-one reason why mobile and tablet advertising remains the Wild West right now, according to digital strategy and user experience according to consultant Jonathan Hills.”This is a much more fluid world than PCs,” he says. “Ad sales teams are struggling to understand how to sell and what the rates should be and even how to serve the ads from a tech standpoint.”Hills, who launched two iPhone apps for Reader’s Digest Association while he was general manager at readersdigest.com last year, ultimately decided to sell the campaigns on a fixed-price basis. The ad sales team offered advertisers 100 percent share of voice on its Life IQ app, launched last February, for, say, $20,000 per month-as opposed to guaranteeing a certain number of impressions or even downloads. The main selling point was being associated with something cutting-edge.The Life IQ app, a trivia quiz on everyday life, is free. So far, about 50,000 users have downloaded it, but there have been no ads to date. The second app, Word Power, launched in April for $2.99 per download. It did not include ad integration.”We were telling a compelling story, but it’s still difficult,” says Hills. Sponsors know how to measure visitors to a Web site-currently about 3 million per month to readersdigest.com. But they don’t know how to price downloads of an app that may or may not ever be used, since 70 percent of all apps aren’t used after their initial few weeks of residing on someone’s phone or tablet device.”Advertisers want to know what they’re measuring,” says Hills. “But there are no meaningful benchmarks.” For instance, Comscore is an imprecise Web site traffic measurement device but it’s the industry standard because it’s operated by a third party-neither publisher nor advertiser. Nothing like this yet exists for mobile devices.Hills believes that, ultimately, iPad apps will be more interesting to sponsors in large part because the screen is so much bigger. At the moment there are three types of advertising on the iPad: the desktop Web site ads displayed in the browser; the iPhone-style ads and banners on applications, and an advertising opportunity that is totally unique to it-interactive print. That allows for full-page ads, larger photos, video content and 360-degree product tours.”It’s a much more tactile device, too,” Hills says. “It does present a unique opportunity to get people to do things” such as sign up for a coupon or watch a video.He predicts there will be mobile advertising standards in place by the end of 2011. “The big players are making moves to establish coherent standards,” Hills says. “But before that happens there will be a period of experimenting. People are trying to figure out what sorts of campaigns they want to be running.”last_img read more

Amazon sold tens of millions of Echo devices in 2018

first_img 30 Photos Post a comment Preview • A new Amazon Echo is here. Catch up on Alexa’s upgraded home 4:40 Smart Speakers & Displays See it News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 Mentioned Above Amazon Echo (2017,Heather Gray Fabric) Amazon Echo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 Review • Amazon’s new Echo improves upon the original, slashes the price Now playing: Watch this: New Amazon Echo Dot plays defense against Google How To • How to sell your old Amazon Echo 2018 was a good year for the Amazon Echo. Chris Monroe/CNET It seems like Alexa has had a busy 2018. On Wednesday, Amazon released some year-end stats about its Alexa smart assistant and Amazon Echo devices — and the numbers are pretty impressive.Amazon says that it sold tens of millions of Echo devices this year. While Amazon doesn’t give an exact sales number, it shows other ways in which Alexa is booming.According to Amazon, the number of people who use Alexa every day doubled in 2018. The number of people who own more than one Echo device has doubled too. The number of things Alexa can do for you has also skyrocketed — developers have made more than 70,000 skills for Alexa.Alexa is showing up in more places. There are now more than 28,000 Alexa-compatible smart home devices from 4,500 different brands. Alexa learned several new languages this year, and has new native experiences in Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and Mexico.Another impressive statistic: Alexa told over 100 million jokes in 2018 alone.As more people buy Echo devices and more partners hop on board, the number of things you can do with Alexa grows. So that Echo smart speaker you bought years ago will continue to feel fresh. Share your voice Tags Echo Dot, Home Mini, and Simplisafe: The best smart home Christmas gifts for 2018 $99 Alexa Amazonlast_img read more

Ravi Shastris continuation as Team Indias head coach confirmed CAC not looking

first_imgVirat Kohli and Ravi Shastri together.BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri is, reportedly, almost confirmed to continue as the head coach of Team India. As reported by IANS, a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), appointed to pick the coaching unit has made it clear that Shastri is the biggest contender and they are not looking for foreign coaches. The member further added that under Shastri the Indian team have performed well so he probably will be handed a new contract.”We are not too keen to bring in a foreign coach. Yes, had someone of the stature of Gary Kirsten applied, we might have given it a thought. But even then, an Indian would have always been the priority. After all, the team has also done well under an Indian head coach, so why look for a change? As things stand now, Shastri does look to be the favourite to be handed a fresh contract,” the CAC member told IANS.The Kapil Dev led committee member also mentioned that if there is a joint-winner then Kapil’s vote will become the decider but as of now it is likely to be in favour of Shastri.”See, firstly, it is a three-member panel, so a split decision is highly unlikely. But yes, if at all a situation does arise where A goes for one candidate, B for another and C for another, the vote of the chairman will come in and the decision will stand. But as of now, we don’t see something like that happening,” the member said. File photo of MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri.ReutersOn the other hand, a senior BCCI official stated that it is necessary for Shastri to stay as India is undergoing a transition phase. He further claimed that as Kohli has a good equation with Shastri it will be better if the latter stays as the coach.”Nothing permanent with a long term effect should happen at this stage of transition. Shastri and Kohli complement each other well and it would be unfair to change half of a team that has been successful. A change in coach may disturb the equation that exists and allows the players to have the mental space to excel,” the official told IANS.”If a change is made at this stage, it would be a change of strategy and planning for the next 5 years. It would be unfair to take such a decision at a stage when the stakeholders are not the ones deciding,” the official further added.The Men in Blue are currently in the Caribbean for the West Indies tour and they are already 2-0 up in the T20 international series. The coaching unit of the Indian team has been given an extension till the end of the Windies tour.last_img read more

Blast rocks Chinese port city dozens hurt

first_imgRescue workers look for survivors after an explosion in Ningbo, China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Photo: AFPA major explosion hit China’s eastern port city of Ningbo on Sunday, sending dozens to hospitals, destroying vehicles, and triggering the collapse of nearby buildings, state media said, citing local authorities.The morning blast occured in a factory, according to the official Xinhua news agency, but state television said it took place at a demolition site.Television images showed cars twisted and mangled by the force of the explosion, a plume of grey smoke rising in the sky, and debris scattered for dozens of metres around the site of the incident.Footage showed rescuers wearing helmets carrying injured people away from the area, while others stood over a person lying on the ground.According to CCTV, eyewitnesses said there were “a large number of injured people” in the city, one of China’s largest ports, which sits just south of Shanghai.At least 30 people were taken to the local hospital and rescue efforts were continuing, the report said.The Communist Party’s People’s Daily said on Twitter that no one lived at site of the explosion but garbage collectors might have been working there.An enquiry has been launched to determine the cause of the explosion, the local police in Jiangbei district, where the blast happened, said on social media.Industrial accidents are common in China, where safety standards are often lax.In 2015, giant blasts killed at least 165 people in the northern port city of Tianjin, causing over $1 billion in damage and sparking widespread anger over a perceived lack of transparency by officials about the accident’s causes and environmental impact.A government inquiry into the Tianjin accident released in February 2016 recommended 123 people be punished.The official who was mayor at the time of the accident was sentenced to 12 years in prison for graft in September.Huang Xingguo, 62, had also headed the disaster response committee.last_img read more

Trump Asked His White House Staff To Sign Nondisclosure Agreements Heres What

first_img Share Official White House Photo by Shealah CraigheadPresident Donald Trump leads a video teleconference monitoring current tropical storm conditions and damage assessments in southeastern Texas on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, from a conference room at Camp David near Thurmont, Maryland.Amid reports that President Donald Trump asked senior White House officials to sign nondisclosure agreements, The Texas Tribune received a copy of an NDA Trump asked a former Texas campaign staffer to sign in 2016. Here’s a look at the nondisclosure agreement:last_img

Lets call Earth Planet Ocean

first_imgThe future of humankind will depend to a great extent on the resources to be taken from the ocean volume and the seafloor says the book ‘Oceans and the Future of the Human Race’, by Sudipta Kumar De.Even with the technology available today humankind has better maps of the surface of Mars and dark side of the Moon than of the bottom of the oceans. While a dozen people have walked on the Moon 384,400 kms above the earth’s surface, only three have descended and come back from the deepest part in the sea, just 11 kms below, the book informs.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Today, we can go to Mars, but the deep ocean really is our final frontier. The unexplored oceans hold mysteries more compelling, environments more challenging and life-forms more bizarre than anything the vacuum of space has to offer, the book says. Ocean is also the cornerstone of the earth’s life support system. If it is in trouble, so are we, the author says. Possible solutions to the world’s energy, food, environmental and other problems are far more likely to be found in the nearby oceans than in distant space. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The space is a distant, hostile and barren place, the study of which yields few major discoveries and an abundance of over hyped claims. By contrast the oceans are nearby and their study is a potential source of discoveries that could prove helpful for addressing a wide range of national concerns from climate change to disease; for reducing energy, mineral and potable water shortage and it is also cheaper, the author says. NASA is spending billions in search of extraterrestrial lives while there are at least 750, 000 new species still waiting to be discovered beneath the waves, the author says. When millions of poor people die from hunger, lack of medicine and water, it is an ocean scientist who can help them, not a space scientist, the book says.For the scientists who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of knowledge about the sea, it is a sad state of affairs.last_img read more

LEVELs first MontrealParis flight takes off

first_img PARIS — Low-cost carrier LEVEL’s first flight from Paris Orly to Montreal has taken wing.The inaugural flight on British Airways parent company International Airlines Group’s (IAG) long-haul low cost airline brand arrived into Montreal at 9:30 p.m. on July 2 with 300 passengers on board a new A330. Flights to Montreal operate three times a week. LEVEL has also inaugurated its four flights per week service to Guadeloupe.This year LEVEL will have two new A330-200s based at Orly, each with 293 economy and 21 premium economy seats. A third A330-200 aircraft will be added next summer providing the opportunity to expand LEVEL’s network further. At Paris Orly airport, Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive said: “We’re delighted to start flying from our second European city. LEVEL is performing exceptionally well and ahead of our expectations in all markets.”Walsh added: “We will continue to invest in LEVEL and are committed to accelerate its growth. Last week we launched its new short-haul operation in Austria which will fly from Vienna to 14 European destinations from July 17. LEVEL is breaking the mould by providing consumers with more choice and amazing fares.”A third A330-200 will start operations in September out of Barcelona, and another one will be added next summer, totaling four aircraft in 2019. LEVEL currently operates from El Prat’s airport to Buenos Aires, San Francisco and Boston with a summer service to Los Angeles.LEVEL’s Paris flights are operated by IAG’s French airline OpenSkies which has transitioned into LEVEL. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, July 4, 2018 center_img Share LEVEL’s first Montreal-Paris flight takes off Tags: LEVEL, OpenSkies, Parislast_img read more

NonDistressed Sales Prices Up 03 in December

first_imgNon-Distressed Sales Prices Up 0.3% in December Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Home prices nationally rose at a seasonally unadjusted rate of 0.3 percent in December, continuing the pace slow, steady monthly gains that started in September, FNC reported in its latest Residential Price Index (RPI).While slightly down from November’s 0.4 percent rate of growth, December’s price gains reflect greater stability in the non-distressed market, FNC says—especially when measured next to the larger price movement in the single-family housing market.“Unlike overall price measures that include distressed sales (which recently have shown signs of weakening), home prices of normal sales have been rising at steady and sustainable levels—about 0.3-0.5 percent per month,” FNC said.The narrower 30- and 10-city composites exhibited similar monthly changes at +0.4 percent and +0.5 percent, respectively.While monthly increases were moderate, yearly gains were more dramatic. As of December, the RPI was up 8.7 percent over the year prior, indicating the fastest yearly growth since the recovery began in 2012, FNC says.Breaking down the index of the nation’s top 30 markets, FNC recorded declines from November to December in more than a third, with Cincinnati leading the way at -1.5 percent. Topping the list in gains was Miami at +1.7 percent, followed by the usual high-ranking cities of Riverside and Phoenix at +1.6 percent and +1.5 percent, respectively.On a yearly basis, only one city—St. Louis—posted depreciation. Positive growth was led by Sacramento, where prices surged 30.4 percent compared to December 2012. California’s capital was just one of several cities to see home prices end the year with the largest growth since the recovery’s beginning, according to the company.center_img February 18, 2014 448 Views FNC Inc. Home Prices 2014-02-18 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

The Challenge Facing FirstTime Buyers

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News The Challenge Facing First-Time Buyers First-Time Homebuyers 2016-11-21 MirashaBrown The current supply of affordable housing inventory is not meeting the demand of first-time buyers. First American’s Potential Home Sales Model for October 2016 revealed that a lack of available housing for first-time homebuyers is preventing the market from reaching its true potential.First American’s potential homes sales model measures a healthy market of home sales based on economic, demographic and housing market environments. The model reported that there was a 4.5-month supply decrease in September, down from 4.6 in August. The shortage has caused prices to spike at 5.3 percent since last year, according to First American.The model reported a drop in home sales due to the decline in supply and increase in demand from homebuyers. Potential existing-home sales have increased to a 5.9 million seasonally adjusted annualized rate, which is a 97.4 percent growth from the market potential low in December 2008. The market potential for existing-home sales in October grew by 6.7 percent compared to 2015.Mark Fleming, chief economist for First American, mentioned the decline of starter home sales, which are homes listed for under $100,000. Starter home sales dropped 10.2 percent year-over-year in October.The unemployment rate has remained stable at 4.9 percent from September to October, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, hourly wages have increased by 2.8 percent since 2015 up to a post-crisis high point and continuing an upward trend for incomes.“When considering the right time to buy or sell a home, an important factor should be the market’s overall health, which is largely a function of supply and demand,” said Fleming. “Knowing how close the market is to a healthy level of activity can help consumers determine if it is a good time to buy or sell, and what might happen to the market in the future.”Potential home sales measures existing-homes sales, which include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate based on the historical relationship between existing-home sales and U.S. population demographic data, income and labor market conditions in the U.S. economy, price trends in the U.S. housing market, and conditions in the financial marketcenter_img Share November 21, 2016 470 Views last_img read more