Has Facebook’s Reign Come And Gone Already?

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook A smart friend of mine, a longtime industry veteran, once shared with me an interesting observation about the companies that dominate the computing industry. His idea was that there’s always a top dog, a company that Bigfoots over everybody else, instills fears in rivals, attracts the best talent and so on — but that with each turn of the wheel, each new ruler’s reign gets shorter and shorter. So: first came IBM, which ruled for 25 to 30 years, then Microsoft, which ruled for 12 to 15, then Google for six to eight years, and now Facebook, whose reign arguably began in 2010, when its traffic surged past Google’s and it bullied Zynga, its biggest partner, into accepting Facebook Credits.But is Facebook’s reign already drawing to a close?That’s the impression I got from reading a thoughtful blog post by YouTube exec Hunter Walk titled, “Trying to be the one true social graph is like trying to hold water in your hand.”It’s a great piece and really worth a read. But the gist is that while it might once have seemed that Facebook could become the “one graph that rules them all,” that notion is already looking kind of silly.One Social Graph To Rule Them All?As evidence, Walk offers Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and its cloning of Snapchat with a feature called Poke. (The scary thing about the Poke fiasco is not that Facebook ripped off an idea, but that it failed to kill Snapchat. If you’re really the top dog, that’s not supposed to happen.)Walk’s premise is that the world keeps changing, and new stuff keeps bubbling up and becoming popular, and Facebook simply can’t keep buying or copying every new thing that comes along. Facebook will “continue to be successful and useful for quite a long time – and they may even be the largest single graph – but it’s not going to be the only one of consequence,” Walk writes. For one thing, each new generation wants to have its own service, Walk says. That rings true in my own experience. I was taken aback recently when my nephews, who are in junior high, told me that they and their friends all use Google+, not Facebook. Why? “It’s better,” they shrugged. They see Facebook as kind of a spammy, low-rent place for the hoi polloi and people who don’t know better (like parents and grandparents), while Google+ is for the cool kids.Another factor, Walk says, is that instead of trying to shake off all the cruft that builds up in Facebook over time, it’s easier sometimes to just start over with a new network and create a fresh social graph.The Hacker WaySo is Facebook over? Of course not. But is there a chance we’ll look back and say that 2012 or 2013 was the apogee? That doesn’t seem so far-fetched.Especially since Facebook doesn’t exactly seem like the best-run or best-managed company on earth.These guys live by the “Hacker Way,” which sounds cool, as does Facebook’s unofficial motto, “Done is better than perfect,” except that over time all that imperfect-but-done stuff starts to add up, and not in a good way.Look at the year Facebook just had in 2012. First came a botched IPO marred by allegations of self-dealing and government investigations and a collapsing stock price. (Done? Check. Perfect? Um…)Then came the “promoted posts” scheme that has angered brands and pushed Mark Cuban to direct greater emphasis to other networks.“Find Friends Nearby” launched and then unlaunched. A mobile ad network launched and then unlaunched too. The shift to mobile was listed as a risk in the S-1 for the IPO, but when that hurt the stock, suddenly mobile was being spun as a massive opportunity.It seems not a week goes by without some kind of blow-up. Two weeks ago there was the kerfuffle over new terms of service at Instagram.Today came news of a security flaw in a special New Year feature that made it possible for anyone to view other people’s private messages and photos. Facebook quickly plugged the flaw, but still. Then again, what else do you expect? This is the epitome of the “hacker way.” It’s a great way to get things done quickly, but maybe not the best way to build a company that can last a long time.So far Faceboook has managed to stay ahead of every new rival that comes along. But more will be coming this year, and next year and the year after that. At some point Facebook won’t be able to keep up.For what it’s worth, remember my friend with the theory about ever-shorter reign of each new computer industry power? He thinks Facebook peaked earlier this year, on the day of its IPO.Image courtesy of Reuters. Related Posts dan lyonscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Filmy Rajniti Chakkar

first_imgNothing is too bizarre for the India silver screen. Laloo Prasad Yadav with film actress Mausami on the set of the film ‘Padamshree Laloo Prasad Yadav’But Lady Sita hobnobbing with her abductor Ravana?As Indian Rajniti (politics) falls under the spell of the filmy chakkar (vortex), the stars of the silver screen are making the strangest political bedfellows.Take Deepika Chikhalia and Arvind Trivedi, Sita and demon king Ravana respectively, in the Ramanand Sagar’s television serial Ramayana, who teamed up in support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in recent national and state elections. They could be found together on the road in BJP marked cars, their modern-day Raths, into the early hours of the morning in remote towns and villages.Film stars took center stage, both in the Lok Sabha polls earlier this year as well as the just concluded elections in Maharashtra.Take that Arnold Schwarzenegger.Reel-life has always been intertwined with Real Politics in India. Nitish Bharadwaj, Krishna in B. R. Chopra’s blocbuster TV serial Mahabharata, came to the Steel City of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand from his hometown Mumbai to contest the Lok Sabha polls on the BJP ticket.Bollywood heartthrob Jayaprada deserted her home state of Andhra Pradesh to stand for the Lok Sabha from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party. A BJP poster taunts Laloo Prasad Yadav for boasting that he would turn Bihar’s roads as beautiful as Hema Malini’s cheeks. Instead, the BJP ridiculed, he made them as pock marked as Om Puri’s cheeks.Lord Krishna may have prevailed in everyone of his epic battles in Mahabharata, but Bharadwaj didn’t quite have the steel to make it this time from Jamshedpur, the constituency from which he had won eight years earlier in the 1996 polls. Lady luck was kinder to Jayaprada, who succeeded in her maiden effort.Until recently, Bollywood stars were inclined to enter politics through the less messy route of the Rajya Sabha, which did not involve the hurly burly of an election campaign. No longer.True, Indian film stars, both in Bollywood and regional Indian cinema, have sought to influence Indian politics since 1923, then as champions of the freedom struggle with the launching of Rani Padmini, a silent film or “walkie.” Their more direct involvement in the Indian political process began some 50 years ago with the induction of the patriarch of India’s cinema world, Prithvy Raj Kapoor, into the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament, by the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.Subsequently many of the doyens of Indian cinema, including Shabna Azmi, Sunil Dutt, Nargis Dutt, Vaijantimala Bali, Vinod Khanna, Rajesh Khanna, Dilip Kumar and Hema Malini, served in the Rajya Sabha. Hema Malini, the real thing, campaigns for the BJPFilm stars also lent their support to political campaigns. As early as 1967 the “Tri-Murti” of Hindi cinema – Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar – campaigned for V. Krishna Menon, the former Indian defence minister, in the Mumbai Lok Sabha constituency.Their magic silver touch eluded them at the ballot box, however, and Menon lost. In the years since, India’s two main political parties, BJP and Congress, have both built up a cadre of cine-stars for their campaigns.As icons and role models, Indian film stars are now an integral part of the Indian political process.Election meetings are electrified by the participation of “Dreamgirl” Hema Malini, Dhermendra, “Shotgun” Shatrughan Sinha, Raj Babbar, Juhi Chawla, Vinod Khanna and Juhi Chawla. Even Bollywood villains, like Prem Chopra, Shakti Kapoor, Johny Lever and Gulshan Grover, are major draws at political rallies.The appeal is not one way either. Some politicians are discovering the virtues of reverse osmosis.At least four very prominent Bengali politicians, including the mayor of Calcutta Subrata Mukherjee, are acting, directing or producing films or TV serials. ‘Shotgun’ Shatrughan Sinha campaigning with star crickter Kirti Azad. Sinha has speculated about serving as Chief Minister of Bihar.Mukherjee made his film debut beside famousº actress Moon Moon Sen in Calcutta’s film industry, known as Tollywood, as an honest business executive in Chowdhury Pharmaceuticals. Trinamool Congress leader Ajit Kumar Panja is so busy in the film world that when party workers come to meet him, he often emerges in the attire of the role he is playing. In Ramkrishna, Panja plays the lead role of Ramkrishna Paramahamsa, the guru of Vivekananda.A barrister by profession, Panja has staged several film productions and runs his own theater group in Kolkata.The well known trade union leader Nepal Dev Bhattacharya recently produced a film Chaka, starring Mithun Chakravarty and Deboshree Roy. He had earlier produced Nabarun and Raja Rammohan Roy.West Bengal’s Fire Services Minister Pratim Chattopadhyay also plunged into Tollywood, acting in several films and soap operas.Tamil Nadu’s filmy “chakkar” dates back to 1949 when Tamilian film star M. R. Radha floated the Dravida Khazagham Party. Starting 1960, film stars have dominated the state’s political scene as chief ministers, including M. G. Ramachandran, C. Janaki, C. Annadurai, K. Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha. Other film stars, like Shivaji Ganeshan, S.S. Rajendran, Vijaykant and Rajnikant, are also active in politics.In Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao, a larger than life film hero, served as chief minister. Gautami (now settled in the USA), Jayaprada, Vijaya Shanti and Sharda also proved exceedingly successful in Andhra politics. In Assam, the political importance of film stars Bhupen Hazarika, Vishnu Prasad Rava, Biju Phukhan and Pranjal Saikia cannot be overstated.On the national scene, the marker for actor as candidate was established by Big B Amitabh Bachhan, who as a Lok Sabha candidate of the Congress Party in Allahabad, shocked and trounced the veteran politician H. N. Bahuguna.Noted Indian social worker Meenakshi Swaraj, secretary of Janahit Kala Sansthan, says people associate the film stars with their reel life personae, sentimentally expecting them to crusade for their causes and rescue them against the odds, just as in the movies.That too has a long history.V. Shantaram’s famous 1957 film Do Aankhe Barah Haath, the story of a jailor who attempted to rehabilitate his prisoners, prompted hreforms in prisons both at the national and state level.Amrit Nahata create an international flutter with his film Kissa Kursi Ka in 1977.A former parliamentarian from Rajasthan, Nahata’s film was a veiled attack on Congress, Indira Gandhi and the Emergency she had declared. The film, starring Sabhna Azmi, Raj Babbar, Utpal Dutt, Manohar Singh and Rehana Sultana, evoked the wrath of the political establishment of the day. Indira Gandhi’s son Sanjay Gandhi led his Youth Congress brigade into a public campaign of intimidation, including burning down cinema halls screening the film. he film was banned in India and all copies confiscated.An original copy of Kissa Kursi Ka reached the United States, where it was forwarded to the New York Film Academy, one of only a handful of original copies to still survive.Bollywood film personalities found themselves wrapped up in the politics of the Emergency. The axe fell on “Biharibabu” Shatrughan Sinha and all time musical legend Kishore Kumar, both of whom were perceived as unsympathetic to the Congress and Indira Gandhi. Information and Broadcasting Minister K. K. Tiwari banned any film featuring Shatrughan Sinha, a supporter of opposition leader Jayaprakash Narayan.Playback singer Kishore Kumar was similarly barred from All India Radio and Doordarshan during the Emergency. He incurred the wrath of India Gandhi’s cronies for hrefusing to curry favor with the Congress Party. Dev Anand and I. S. Johar lost favor because they floated their own National Party in 1975 to protest the excesses of the Emergency. Between 1975 to 1977, several Indian film personalities fled overseas to escape the wrath of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her inner cabal.Memories of the censorship during the Emergency were revived this month when the new Congress government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the sudden withdrawal of the film Loknayak on Oct 11 from the telecast schedule of the government TV channel Doordarshan.Directed by Prakash Jha, Loknayak portrays the life of the famous Indian freedom fighter Jayaprakash Narayan. A fierce opponent of Indira Gandhi’s declaration of Emergency, Jayaprakash called for “Sampoorna Kranti” or total revolution in India in 1973-74.Jha has also stirred a hornet’s nest in Bihar with a movie titled Gangajal, portraying the flourishing kidnapping industry in his home state.He roused the ire of Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav by naming the principal villain in Gangajal Sadhu Yadav, which happens to be the name of chief minister Rabri Devi’s brother and Laloo’s sala, or brother in law. Bollywood star Asutosh RanaAll hell broke lose when the film was released in Bihar. Theaters were burned and Jha, also a candidate for the Lok Sabha, was pelted with stones at his political rallies. Yadav denounced him as a “dull-headed filamwallah” and a “mental case who joined politics as his films are flopping.” Another RJD leader Nagendra Rai, a former playback singer turned politician, ridiculed Jha as a “100 percent pure lunatic who thrives by portraying Bihar in a wrong ways in Bollywood.”In a further challenge to Yadav, Jha announced bold plans to float his own regional party in Bihar. Jha is yet to declare the name of the proposed party, although he has said that it would field candidates from all 243 Assembly seats in Bihar.An undeterred Prakashº has also announced plans to produce two new movies on corruption and lawlessness in Bihar: Apharan and Rajniti, which between them hreflect a form of Animal Farm.The Nobel laureate George Orwell, author of Animal Farm, was born in Motihari, close to Bettiah, the domain of dreaded dacoit Bhangar Yadav from where Jha contested – and lost – the recent Lok Sabha elections.Jha still has to find his political footing, but Bihari politicians sure lilt to Bollywood lyrics.Laloo Prasad Yadav, once publicly announced that he would transform Bihar’s roads, making them as beautiful as Hema Malini’s gaal (cheeks). During the last Lok Sabha polls, BJP campaigner Pramod Mahajan on a visit to Bihar, retorted that far from matching Hema Malini’s cheeks, the incompetent Laloo government had turned Bihar’s roads as pock marked as the gaal of Om Puri.Now Laloo Prasad Yadav is on a different track. In the new central government, he has taken control of the driver’s seat as India’s railway minister. Now what kind of rajniti chakkar is that?Actor PartyGajendra ChauhanBJPSuresh OberoiBJPBhupen HazarikaBJPDharmendraBJPShatrughan SinhaBJPNitish Bharadwaj BJPVinod KhannaBJPNathusingh GujjarBJPDara SinghBJPArvind TrivediBJPUpendra TrivediBJPMurli MohanBJPRajendra PrasadaBJPSumanBJPSarat BabuBJPPrashant NandaBJPKumar BangarappaBJPRajesh KhannaCongressSunil DuttCongressChunkey PandeyCongressAnnu KapoorCongressGovindaCongressShakti KapoorCongressDilip KumarCongressAshutosh RanaCongressRaja MuradSamajwadi PartyBhairon Singh GujjarCongressSaif Ali KhanCongressAnuj SharmaCongressSekhar SoniCongressTapas PalTrinamool CongressVishnu VardhanCongressJageshCongressAnant NagCongressMcMahonCongressPrem ChopraCongress ActressPartyHema Malini BJPSmriti IraniBJP Rupa Ganguli BJPPoonam Dhillon BJPSudha Chandran BJPDeepika Chikhalia BJPJaya PradaSamajwadiNafisa AliCongressMadhavi Mukherjee TMCJuhi Chawla BJPPadmini Kolhapure BJPNagma BJPMahima Chaudhari CongressShabana Azmi Swami Agnivesh Related Itemslast_img read more

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CRS begins probe into Kolkata Metro accident

first_imgTwo days after a passenger died in an accident inside the Kolkata Metro, Commissioner of Railway Safety (Metro Circle) G.P. Garg on Monday started a probe into the incident. Mr. Garg visited the Park Street metro station and also inspected the rake which was involved in the accident.On June 13, 66-year-old Sajal Kumar Kanjilal died when his hand got struck in the Kavi Subhas-bound rake at the Park Street metro station. His body was hanging outside the train as it left the platform and ran several metres into the tunnel. Mr. Kanjilal fell on the tracks after the train stopped and was declared dead when taken to a hospital.The Kolkata Police has registered a case at the Shakespeare Sarani police station where charges have been pressed under Section 304 A (causing death by negligence). “A detailed investigation will be done. All the technical features and safety features will be looked into,” Mr. Garg said. The newly inducted rake which was involved in the accident has been withdrawn from operation. Failure of sensorsQuestions are being raised over the alleged failure of the sensors on the metro rake door which allow it to open when anything comes in-between. Subhas Ranjan Thakur, an expert on railways, said the accident was clearly a result of door-sensor malfunctioning. “It is a freak incident when one in a million times technology fails,” Mr. Thakur said.last_img read more

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Getting even, ahead

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PBA IMAGESTerrence Romeo swiftly quashed the thought of getting back at his former team, but his coach and his performance indicated otherwise in San Miguel’s gritty victory over TNT, 80-78, at the start of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series on Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Romeo teamed up with Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo to help the reigning defending champions buck a shaky start, and gain the head start crucial in a race-to-two series.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES San Miguel 80—Lassiter 15, Fajardo 15, Romeo 15, Cabagnot 12, Santos 8, Ross 6, Standahrdinger 5, Rosser 2, Pessumal 2, Nabong 0TNT 78—Rosario 23, Pogoy 16, Trollano 11, Williams 9, Taha 8, Castro 8, Reyes 2, A. Semerad 1, Carey 0, Heruela 0, D. Semerad 0, Washington 0Quarters: 13-22, 39-46, 60-65, 80-78Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Tigresses, Lady Tams enhance semifinal chances MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “There was none,” the hotshot guard told reporters in Filipino when asked if he came into the game with extra motivation, having been ditched by TNT before finding his way to San Miguel.“I treated this like every playoff game I’ve played in,” he said after shooting 15 points in 22 minutes coming off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFajardo was also big, also finishing with 15 points despite the gung-ho double-teams he dealt with all game long.The reigning five-time MVP also hit the go-ahead putback in the dying seconds. Lassiter also had 15 points, all but two coming in the first half that enabled the Beermen to tug at the KaTropa’s coattails. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Romeo missed playing against his former team in the elimination round due to a sprained left foot.“I was excited to play them. But the goal wasn’t ‘Terrence versus TNT.’ It was ‘SMB versus TNT,’” added the spitfire guard, who shot 3-of-6 from rainbow territory and figured as the catalyst of the Beermen’s fightback in the middle quarters.RR Pogoy missed a desperation three-pointer inside the final 2.2 seconds which could have turned things around for the KaTropa.“Thank God Romeo is here,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said candidly.The scores:ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Imam and Khan propel Pakistan to crushing victory over Zimbabwe

first_img\R Bulawayo, Jul 13 (AFP) Pakistan stormed to a 201-run win over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo today in the opening game of their five-match one-day series. Career-best efforts from opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq and leg spinner Shadab Khan ensured that Pakistan kept control through both innings. Opener Imam cracked 128 runs as Pakistan made 308 for 7. Khan then made short work of Zimbabwe’s lower order to collect 4 for 32 as the hosts were bowled out in the 35th over for 107. Imam was backed up by Fakhar Zaman, who continued his good form with 60, and Asif Ali, who smashed a rapid 46 on debut to boost Pakistan’s total after they had been put in to bat under grey, wintery skies this morning. Pakistan started slowly with the bat. With the new ball nipping around Imam played and missed at several deliveries and was lucky to survive an edge off fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani, the ball dropping just in front of second slip. But Imam gritted his way through the difficult patch, and, with Fakhar scoring fluently, Pakistan put on an opening stand of 113 in under 25 overs. Fakhar brought up his fourth fifty of Pakistan’s tour but then hit a return catch to debutant offspinner Liam Roche. Imam then shifted through the gears to bring up a 109-ball hundred in the 37th over. Zimbabwe’s bowlers struck back at the death with Tendai Chatara and Donald Tiripano picking up two apiece, as Pakistan lost five wickets in the last 10 overs. The host were unable to sustain the battle with their bats. Pakistan’s seamers were disciplined with the new ball, and were rewarded with five top-order wickets inside the first 15 overs.advertisement Ryan Murray, on debut, was the only Zimbabwean batsman to come to terms with Pakistan’s attack, compiling a tidy unbeaten 32, to help ensure Zimbabwe would at least pass 100, but with Khan running through the lower order with four wickets the hosts still slumped to the lowest ODI total recorded at the Queens Sports Club The teams face each other again in the second match of the series at the same ground on Sunday. AFP PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Feel sorry for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, ban a bit over the top: Allan Border

first_imgFormer Australia captain Allan Border has said Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s much-talked-about comments on a television show, Koffee With Karan was a little inappropriate but harmless and insisted the bans slapped on them are a bit over the top.Border also said that he feels sorry for Hardik and Rahul and pointed out that sportspersons need to media-trained in order to avoid backlashes on social media, which he believes is a platform for blowing things out of proportion.Hardik and Rahul were suspended pending an inquiry over their controversial comments that were borderline sexist and racist. The two cricketers were sent home from Australia and they missed the three-match ODI series, which India went on to win 2-1.Both Hardik and Rahul have been withdrawn from the upcoming five-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting January 23 with their fate hanging in balance.”I didn’t know quite what to make of it because it seemed fairly harmless (comments). I haven’t seen the episode, just read reports about it. It did seem little inappropriate what they were talking about but I think the ban was a bit over the top. In this age of social media, things just go out of hand,” Border was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.The Australia great added: “I feel sorry for the young blokes, they’ve learnt a hard lesson. I think young sportsmen in this day and age, I suppose need to be media-trained because the slightest little thing can be blown out of proportion.advertisement”What goes on social media, doesn’t have to be necessarily the absolute 100% truth. Sometimes it just grows legs on all sides and goes off on all different tangents. So I guess young athletes need to be mindful of that. The phenomenon of social media, has its good parts but also its negatives. But yes, I think they’ve learnt their lesson.”The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) members Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai have been divided over the issue as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) haven’t yet announced the quantum of punishment for the two cricketers.The CoA had requested the Supreme Court to appoint an ombudsman to decide the fate of Pandya and Rahul during a hearing earlier this week.Meanwhile, it emerged last week that BCCI acting president, CK Khanna had written a letter to COA, requesting them to let Pandya and Rahul play till quantum of punishment is decided.Also Read | Hardik Pandya will definitely be part of India’s World Cup squad: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Hardik Pandya spotted with Krunal at Mumbai airport after Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul tender unconditional apology to BCCI’s show cause noticeAlso See:last_img read more

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9 months agoBenkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester return

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Benkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester returnby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilip Benkovic says he will be ready for the Premier League after his loan stint with Celtic. The Leicester City defender has earned rave reviews for his performances in Scotland this season.And he thinks the experience will set him up perfectly for a return to the King Power.”In this period at Celtic, I feel I’ve improved as a player every day,” he told the Scottish Sun. “Here, I have to the scope to work on every aspect of my game.”That’s vital if I want to go on to play at the very top level. I feel good here and that I’m doing a good job.”Later in my career, when I look back, I want to say I did well at Celtic. I want to know that I worked hard and was very humble during my time in Scotland.”This will prepare me for the Premier League. Experience is so important for a player because it then makes it easier to deal with certain situations.”It makes you smarter. But nothing can happen without hard work because I think the Premier League is the No.1 in the world.”Here at Celtic, I play with pressure, which is good. But that’s normal for me – I came from a club in Croatia where it was the same.”I like that, I enjoy the pressure. To me that’s a positive, now and moving forward.”The last information I had from Leicester was that I am staying at Celtic until the end of the season.”I enjoy it here so that’s what I’m focusing on. After that, we will speak and see what’s for the best.”I’m having fun here and want more of it.” last_img read more

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PCB makes it mandatory for stars to play domestic cricket after Mohammad Amir’s retirement

first_imgPCB makes it mandatory for stars to play domestic cricket after Mohammad Amir’s retirementAs per plans, the Pakistan board will initially offer domestic contracts to 34 players selected for a provincial side as they have decided to end the participation of institutional sides in the first class competition.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 16:20 IST Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir celebrates fall of a wicket during a match (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSA PCB official said that it would be made mandatory for players to appear in domestic matchesPCB will initially offer domestic contracts to 34 players selected for a provincial sideIt is widely believed that Aamir will be shifting his base to UKMohammad Aamir’s sudden decision to retire from Test cricket and concentrate on limited overs while shifting his base to UK has prompted the PCB to make participation in domestic cricket mandatory.It is widely believed that Aamir, whose wife Narjis is a British passport holder, will be shifting his base to UK and will only play T20s and ODIs for the national side.A PCB official of the board said that besides restructuring of the domestic season, it would be made mandatory for players to appear in domestic matches to qualify for the Pakistan team.”For example, Mohammad Aamir who has now retired from Test cricket has to play in the domestic One-Day cup and National T20 competitions to be considered for national selection,” the PCB source said.He said that similarly players who are active in Test cricket must play first class cricket matches.The PCB has on the directives of prime minister Imran Khan decided to revamp its domestic structure with first class competition now being limited to just six provincial teams while 16 regional teams will compete in division two (three-day) tournament besides the national one-day cup and T20 competitions.As per plans, the Pakistan board will initially offer domestic contracts to 34 players selected for a provincial side as they have decided to end the participation of institutional sides in the first class competition.Departments and banks have been part of Pakistan’s premier domestic tournament (Quaid-e-Azam Trophy) since the 70s and there is a fear that once their teams are not allowed to play in domestic matches their employed players will be rendered jobless.advertisementThe official said that the revised domestic structure was still being finalized as to implement it the board had to first make amendments in its constitution.But he said the condition for players to play in domestic cricket was mandatory and wouldn’t be changed.Similarly the board is still sticking to its policy of allowing its centrally contracted players to appear in only two T20 foreign leagues but they are also giving permission on a case to case basis.Read more | Sunil Gavaskar slams India’s lame duck selection committeeAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Mohammad AmirFollow PakistanFollow PCBFollow Domestic cricketFollow Pakistan pacerlast_img read more

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This Innovative and Sleek Modular Home Can Be Constructed in Mere Hours

first_img Next Previous The 2020 Living Vehicle Is a Swanky Luxury Apartment on Wheels Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenture North Canon Drive Residence Is Worth Every Penny of Its $45 Million Price Tag 1 of 5center_img Editors’ Recommendations The MADi home is the future of affordable tiny house living. This prefabricated space can be your next humble abode in less than a day of build-time.The MADi (which is an abbreviation of modulo abitativo dispiegabile, Italian for “deployable housing module”) is a modular home. Compare to others in the booming market, the MADi comes in with unique flare, boasting a beautiful A-frame design, and environmental friendliness, as well as game-changing earthquake resistance.Italian architect and acclaimed home accessories designed Renato Vidal is the mastermind behind this brilliant and resilient alternative in affordable housing world.Sure, when we think of affordable living, the first thing that comes to mind is the essentials: a place to eat, a place to whizz, and a place to crash. Vidal managed to package all the characteristics of a comfortable home into an innovative and sleek looking design that can literally be unfolded and assembled. Hell, it even arrives with the electrical system, plumbing, and HVAC system ready to go. And if you’re looking to go all the way toward lowering your footprint, you can also opt to add solar panels, LED lighting, and gray water systems.Our favorite aspect is not its stunning look or eco-friendliness, though — it’s the versatility. The MADi house construction requires a crane, some extra hands, and about six to seven hours of work — but all of this can be done with zero environmental impacts, and it can be built virtually anywhere without the assistance of a soil-degrading, concrete foundation.Watch it unfold below:The modular aspect of MADi means you can endlessly combine units for a larger structure. This puppy can also be easily collapsed and moved to a new location if you ever feel the need to get away. Freedom is fervently part of our human nature, and this is a perfect way to cut the chains for your typical month-to-month mortgage, or get fast-tracked method rebuilding after an unfortunate event.The MADi is available in a variety of sizes depending on your needs . The current options range from a 290-square-foot tiny home with a one-stage staircase for $32,800 to a 904-square-foot family home with a two-stage staircase that will cost you almost $73,000.Unfortunately, the MADi is only available for delivery in Italy. However, they do have an international patent and hope to start selling abroad in early 2018. 4 Tiny Houses You Can Buy on Amazon The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tinylast_img read more

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Repair Work on Robin’s Bay Bridge Completed

first_img Repair work on the Robin’s Bay bridge in St. Mary has been completed. The project was implemented by the National Works Agency (NWA).The three-month project, which was financed by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing at a cost of $33 million, entailed repairs to the roadway and approach in the immediate vicinity of the bridge, and construction of three box culverts to facilitate easy flow off of water that accumulates, particularly when it rains.The repairs, which were carried out by the firm, Dwight’s Construction Limited,  became necessary after the structure, which is parallel to the sea’s shoreline, was damaged during Hurricane Sandy’s passage in October 2012.State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Richard Azan, who along with representatives of the NWA and the contractor, visited the project site on July 17, expressed satisfaction at the work undertaken.“The team did an excellent job. The culverts are much bigger and water will flow easier under the bridge. The job was completed within budget and on time,” he said.Regarding repairs to the entire Robin’s Bay corridor, which has eroded, Mr. Azan said Minister without Portfolio in the Transport, Works and Housing Ministry, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, has had discussions with him and the Chief Executive Officer of the NWA, Mr. E.G. Hunter, and  they took the decision to do an inspection (on July 17).Mr. Azan said he was unable to give a commitment when repairs would be effected, pointing out that this is contingent on the availability of resources. “We have seen the need, but everything (depends on us identifying) funding,” he indicated. The three-month project costs $33 million Story Highlightscenter_img Repair work on the Robin’s Bay bridge in St. Mary has been completedlast_img read more

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OpenIJ Wins Amsterdam Sea Lock Deal

first_imgzoom Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Highways and Waterways Agency, has officially awarded the construction of the new IJmuiden sea lock, located at the entrance to the North Sea Canal, to the Consortium OpenIJ.The consortium, consisting of BAM-PGGM and Volker Wessels-DIF will be responsible for design, construction, financing and maintenance of the new lock for a period of 26 years.After contract close all construction activities will be carried out by BAM and VolkerWessels. The dredging activities will be carried out by subcontractors Van Oord and Boskalis.A new, larger lock system is aimed at improving the accessibility of the port of Amsterdam and stimulating the local economy by offering space to the growing ships independent of the tidal levels.The new lock will be 70 meters wide, 500 meters long and 18 meters deep. Construction will start early 2016 and the new lock will be available for shipping at the end of 2019.Rijkswaterstaat, the Province of North Holland, the City of Amsterdam, Port of Amsterdam NV and the Municipality of Velsen work together in the realization of this new large sea lock at IJmuiden. This project is co-funded by the TEN-T programme of the European Union.last_img read more

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Dockside Development on Bedford Waterfront Moves Forward

first_imgA residential-commercial development is moving forward on the Bedford waterfront. Provident Developments is constructing Dockside Waterfront Drive which consists of two new buildings with retail space and condominiums adjacent to 200 Waterfront Drive. The Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd.(WDCL) and Provident Developments are also working together to create enhanced public spaces around the new development. “Our partnership with Provident builds on a private sector investment to create public facilities in Bedford,” said Colin MacLean president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. “WDCL is dedicated to realizing our vision of developing animated waterfront destinations to distinguish us among world’s greatest waterfronts.” “We are happy to be finishing phase one of the Dockside development, this is great for Provident and great for Bedford,” said John Greenough, president Provident Developments. “Working with WDCL, we are including nice features to encourage the community use of the waterfront.” The facilities for public use include an expansion of the Harbourwalk Trail, new spaces and improvements to the recreational marine facilities. Construction began Feb. 21, and will temporarily affect access to the Harbourwalk Trail, but people will be provided with an alternate route. Information about the development will be posted on WDCL’s website www.my-waterfront.ca, and the Provident Developments website www.providentdevelopments.com. For more than 20 years, Provident Developments has pursued excellence in real estate development. With roots in historic restorations, Provident has established “A Tradition of Excellence” in projects ranging from single-family homes, to luxury waterfront condominiums, to prime Class A commercial space and entire planned communities. Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a Crown corporation that manages provincially-owned land along the waterfronts of Bedford, Dartmouth, Halifax and Lunenburg. WDCL works with many partners to harness private investment that enables communities to maximize the public benefits of the waterfronts.last_img read more

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Alberta introduces bill to reduce red tape for business

EDMONTON – Alberta’s United Conservative government has introduced legislation to slash what it calls unnecessary regulations hindering economic growth and business development.Premier Jason Kenney symbolically used scissors to cut a horizontal line of red tape at a factory south of Edmonton to highlight Bill 4, the Red Tape Reduction Act.Alberta’s mountain of red tape has been holding back our families and job creators from reaching our full potential.We’re going to cut the barriers to growth and prosperity in our province to make our economy the freest in Canada, if not all of North America. pic.twitter.com/879Oa9d0sB— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) May 30, 2019Kenney campaigned on reducing regulations by one-third over four years, and has appointed Grant Hunter as the associate minister in charge of the project.Alberta will follow a similar reduction plan launched almost two decades ago in British Columbia.Starting in 2001, B.C. reduced more than 330,000 regulatory requirements by 40 per cent over three years, and since then it’s down to about 50 per cent of that original figure.Kenney says the bill is also part of a broader initiative to reduce duplication and unnecessary rules across government, in the non-profit sector, and for municipalities. read more

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Ordinary citizens can help worlds hungry billion through online UN campaign

As the number of chronically hungry people tops one billion, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is calling on ordinary citizens to mobilize through the “Billion for a Billion” campaign to end hunger.WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran highlighted the campaign in a statement issued on the second day of the World Summit on Food Security taking place in Rome.“Food security is not only a matter of humanitarian assistance and agricultural development; it is a matter of national security, peace and stability,” Ms. Sheeran said. “Without food, people revolt, migrate or die. This is the emergency issue of our generation, and we stand at a critical crossroads. At this moment in time we must galvanize all nations, all people and all resources do defeat hunger.” “A Billion for a Billion” (www.wfp.org/1billion) is an online campaign designed to make a link between the “on-line haves” and the “have nots.” It is based on the idea that more than a billion people go hungry, but more than a billion people are on the internet. “If everyone with plenty gave just $1.50 or Euro1 a week, those without food would have enough to eat,” Ms. Sheeran noted.“Together we need to make sure that the hungry eat today – and are able to feed themselves tomorrow. It’s time to act.” 17 November 2009As the number of chronically hungry people tops one billion, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is calling on ordinary citizens to mobilize through the “Billion for a Billion” campaign to end hunger. read more

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Sri Lanka cohosts Coastline Erosion side event at the UN

A side event entitled “Coastline Erosion and its Contribution to Climate Change” co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations was held yesterday (20/01) at the UN Headquarters with the participation of a large number of Permanent Representatives, senior diplomats and members of the civil society.The side event, organized with a view to creating awareness on the issue of coastal erosion and its impacts on climate change was also co-sponsored by the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Land Locked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the NGO Sustainability, a non-governmental organization on Climate Change and Sustainability issues. Ambassador Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations made welcome remarks. Mr. Peter Kenilorea, representative of the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Land Locked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, and Ms. Roma Stibravy, President of the NGO Sustainability also spoke. In his welcome statement, Ambassador Perera remarked that it is extremely timely to focus on coastline erosion, a problem that is common to every country with a coastline, and its impact on climate change, particularly in the context of the recently concluded Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He said that coastal erosion is a global phenomenon that poses grave environmental and economic challenges to the countries, in particular to Developing Coastal States. He further stated that loss of land, threats to coastal ecosystems and the impact on climate change are only a few of them. Small Island Developing States are particularly vulnerable to these challenges, accentuated by rising sea levels due to global warming, Ambassador Perera added.He reiterated that though Sri Lanka is not considered a Small Island State, the challenges posed by coastal erosion are nonetheless felt severely. Mr. Gregory J. Sarno, President of the Coastline Recovery Foundation made a presentation on coastal erosion and climate change, and the new technologies available to mitigate the effects of coastal erosion.The discussion that followed the statements and the presentation, focused on the gravity of the issue and shed light on the various high technological as well as low-cost traditional options available to face the challenges posed by coastline erosion.Many Permanent Representatives and diplomats expressed their appreciation to Sri Lanka for taking this initiative. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Kosovo police disable homemade bomb outside UN headquarters compound

The makeshift bomb was found adjacent to apartment buildings occupied by Kosovo residents in the early hours of 6 March, according to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). With the assistance of troops from the multinational force (KFOR), the device was disarmed without causing damage or injuries.Harri Holkeri, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the province, condemned the attempted attack and voiced opposition to extremists who continue to threaten the people of Kosovo with these actions. He also assured the public that together with the ongoing police investigation, additional security measures were being implemented to prevent future attacks of this nature. read more

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Eating heartshaped foods will keep your ticker in good shape

first_imgNUTRITION EXPERTS IN the US are advising people to eat more heart-healthy foods, with one simple tip – if it looks like a heart, it’s probably good for it.Though some dieticians rave about the virtues of red wine and dark chocolate for heart health (and that might sound pretty good to us), Katie Eliot, assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics at Saint Louis University, has a different plan.“Being red and heart shaped can be a tip off that some foods are good for your heart,” Eliot said. “Many heart shaped fruits and vegetables are great sources of antioxidants. These compounds act like shields, taking the hit from free radicals that otherwise damage the body and cause heart disease and cancer.”(Image: Riya V Anandwal)Strawberries and raspberries are loaded with vitamin C and an antioxidant known as poliyphenol that prevents plaque from forming.Cherries also contain an antioxidant called athocyanin, which is thought to protect the blood vessels and is high in potassium, which lowers blood pressure. (Image: Riya V Anandwal)Tomatoes and red peppers are rich in lycopene, which is in many red fruits and vegetables and works magic by neutralising free radicals.(Image: Riya V Anandwal)For fiber, turn to acorn squash and apples as these can reduce bad cholesterol that can clog up your arteries to cause hear attacks and stroke.While the normal recommendation is to eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day, Eliot recommends that for the month of February and with Valentines Day coming up, make two of these a heart-shaped or red choice.“It’s a happy coincidence that many of these foods actually resemble the organ they help to protect,” she said.Read: Meet the people beginning a new life in 2014 thanks to organ transplants>Read: What overeating does to your body>last_img read more

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Presumed dead The plane that vanished into thin air with 239 people

first_img‘Presumed dead’: The plane that vanished into thin air with 239 people on board The search for the Malaysia Airlines flight was called off earlier this week. Short URL Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 7:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 34,484 Views 28 Comments Dai Shuqin, whose sister was aboard Malaysia Airlines . Source: Andy Wong/PA16 AprilMalaysia, Australia, and China say the oceanic search area for flight MH370 will double in size to 120,000 square kilometres (46,300 square miles).They later say the area will not be further expanded without credible new leads.1 JuneNew Malaysia Airlines CEO Christoph Mueller says the carrier is “technically bankrupt”. The company begins to slash 6,000 jobs.29 JulyA piece of aircraft debris is found by a beachcomber on the shores of the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean and sent to France for analysis. Source: Ruptly TV/YouTubeMalaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak later says experts analysing the debris have “conclusively confirmed” it is from MH370.6 AugustFrance says it will launch new searches by air, land and sea from Reunion island to hunt for more possible MH370 wreckage.25 February, 2016MH370 relatives begin filing a slew of lawsuits over the plane’s disappearance. Source: Andy Wong/PA15 SeptemberMalaysia confirms a piece of aircraft found off Tanzania in June is from MH370. A month later a piece of wing found in Mauritius is confirmed as having come from the plane.Other pieces of debris that turn up on various Indian Ocean shorelines are believed to be from the aircraft, although none is confirmed.2 NovemberA new report finds Flight MH370 was likely out of control when it plunged into the ocean with its wing flaps not prepared for landing, casting doubt on theories a pilot was still in charge.3 DecemberFed up MH370 relatives travel to Madagascar to search for debris themselves.20 DecemberAn expert report says the wreckage of MH370 is almost certainly not in the Indian Ocean search zone, and may be further north. Australia and Malaysia say the report does not offer strong enough evidence to expand the search zone.17 January, 2017The search is suspended.- © AFP 2017.Read: Search for missing flight MH370 called off after 3 years>center_img Share Tweet Email Source: Wong Maye-E AP/PATHE UNDERWATER SEARCH for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off Tuesday, leaving unsolved one of the most enduring mysteries of the aviation age.Here are the key dates in the disappearance of the plane and its 239 passengers and crew.8 March, 2014Flight 370 departs Kuala Lumpur at 12:41am, bound for Beijing. It vanishes from Malaysian civilian radar at 1:30am.A search and rescue operation is launched in waters east of peninsula Malaysia.9 MarchMalaysia’s air force chief says the plane may have turned back towards Kuala Lumpur for no apparent reason, citing radar data. In the coming days, the search area expands to the west of the Malaysian peninsula and the air force confirms the blip on its radar was indeed MH370.14 MarchThe hunt spreads far south to the Indian Ocean after the White House cites “new information” that the jet may have flown on after losing contact.15 MarchMalaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces that the plane appeared to have flown for hours, veering sharply off-route at roughly the same time that its communications system and transponder were manually switched off.Satellite data suggests the jet’s last known location was somewhere along one of two huge arcs stretching north into Central Asia and south into the Indian Ocean.16 MarchWith more than two dozen countries now involved in the search, the pilot and co-pilot, both Malaysians, come under scrutiny. FBI experts examine the hard drive on a flight simulator in Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s home, but find nothing suspicious.4 AprilA US-supplied “black box” detector begins scanning the suspected crash zone. No signals are detected within the locator beacons’ one-month battery life.28 AprilAustralia announces the search area will be expanded across a huge swathe of ocean. The focus shifts for several months to mapping the uncharted seafloor before searching can resume.6 OctoberA Malaysia-contracted vessel resumes the sonar search of the seabed for debris. Three specialised Dutch search ships join the effort.29 January, 2015Malaysia’s government declares MH370′s passengers and crew “presumed dead”, angering next of kin who demand proof. By AFP Jan 21st 2017, 7:30 PM https://jrnl.ie/3190538 last_img read more

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