Province Begins Heritage Property Act Review

first_imgThe province is seeking public advice and opinions during a review of the Heritage Property Act. The review is one of the recommendations in government’s heritage strategy — A Treasured Past, A Precious Future. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage has hired Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited of Toronto to conduct public meetings and focus groups. A final report will be submitted to government later this fall. “We want to make the review process as inclusive and balanced as possible so that our decision-making benefits from the advice and experience of heritage property owners, developers, heritage-related organizations, and the public,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Nova Scotia’s heritage properties are a valuable resource that can help make life better for families in every part of the province. By preserving heritage they support lief-long learning and contribute to vibrant communities.” The public meetings will take place: Wednesday, Sept. 29, Sydney, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, 322 Charlotte St., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, Dartmouth, Holiday Inn Harbourview, Alderney and Sullivan Ballrooms, 101 Wyse Rd., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, Yarmouth, Marion Hall (next to St. Ambrose Cathedral), 65 Green St., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. French-language services will be available. Discussion topics at the public meetings will include the role of government in protecting heritage resources and areas of the act that may require updating. In addition, nine focus groups will be held with heritage property groups. People can also participate by completing an online survey, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 12, at http://gov.ns.ca/tch/ and clicking the link under What’s New. Copies of the document and survey can also be obtained at municipal offices across the province. More information is also available by calling 1-877-267-7794 ext. 225 or e-mailing NSHPAR@hardystevenson.com. A summary report of comments from stakeholders and the public will be made available after the consultation process.last_img read more

Canada wont extend peacekeeping mission in Mali Freeland

first_imgOTTAWA (CANADIAN PRESS) – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Trudeau government will not extend Canada’s peacekeeping mission in Mali despite a UN appeal for it to stay longer.The eight Canadian helicopters and 250 military personnel in Mali are scheduled to cease operations on July 31.However their Romanian replacements won’t be ready to take over until mid-October and the UN last month formally asked Canada to stay on to prevent a gap in the provision of lifesaving medical evacuations for injured peacekeepers.Freeland wouldn’t explain why Canada is refusing to extend the mission except to say that the government is honouring its commitment to Canadians, the UN and allies.Critics have pointed to the Liberals’ refusal to extend the mission as emblematic of the government’s failure to make good on its larger promise to support the UN and peacekeeping.Freeland’s comments came at the end of a major peacekeeping summit in New York today, where Canada pledged $15 million to increase the number of women deployed on UN missions.last_img read more

Bell appeals to cordcutters with live TV streaming service Alt TV

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement It starts at $14.95 per month for a package of 30 channels, which includes Canadian networks CBC, CTV, Global and City and the big U.S. networks ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. TORONTO — Bell is offering TV viewers who abandoned their expensive cable packages a new cheaper option for live streaming. The service is only available to Bell’s Internet subscribers. It is launching first in Ontario and Quebec with plans to expand to Atlantic Canada and Manitoba. The move comes as a growing number of Canadians scrap their cable packages in favour of embracing digital options like streaming services Netflix, CraveTV and Amazon Prime Video. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook The service lets viewers stream live programs through devices like Apple TV, on their computers and through smartphones or tablets. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment More expensive packages are also available and individual channels can be subscribed to a la carte. The Montreal-based telecommunications company has unveiled Alt TV — a streaming service that acts like a traditional cable package. Twitterlast_img read more

Kelly on OReilly Abuse shaming of women has to stop

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Megyn Kelly took on her former Fox News Channel colleague Bill O’Reilly in blunt terms on Monday, revealing she had gone to her bosses to complain about O’Reilly’s behaviour and saying the size of a newly revealed $32 million settlement of harassment charges made by a Fox analyst was “jaw-dropping.”O’Reilly responded, in part, by posting a copy of a thank you note Kelly had sent to him for a gift given at a baby shower.The New York Times reported that O’Reilly had agreed to the $32 million deal to set aside allegations that include a nonconsensual sexual relationship with former Fox analyst Lis Wiehl, bringing to six the number of harassment settlements involving him. The deal was reached a month before O’Reilly signed a contract extension and three months before O’Reilly was fired because of publicity about the cases against him. O’Reilly has said he’s done nothing wrong.More than just an embarrassment that Fox had hoped was in its rear-view mirror, the story could have costly consequences. Fox’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, is awaiting a decision by British regulators regarding its purchase of the Sky satellite television company, and the issue of Fox News’ management is being considered.Kelly, on her NBC show Monday, refuted O’Reilly’s claims that no one had complained about him, saying Fox “was not exactly a friendly environment” for women who had stories to tell about abuse.She said she went to Fox’s leaders Bill Shine, who has since resigned, and Jack Abernethy, who is now president of Fox News Network, after her memoir was published last November with her anger about O’Reilly’s suggestion that people who complained about their treatment at Fox were disloyal. Kelly had written in her book about alleged harassment by Fox’s one-time leader Roger Ailes.“Perhaps he didn’t realize the kind of message his criticism sends to young women across the country about how men continue to view the issue of speaking out about sexual harassment,” Kelly said she wrote to her bosses.O’Reilly’s attitude of “shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on the grounds that it will disgrace the company” is precisely how Fox got into the mess it was in, she said.Kelly said she was told O’Reilly would be spoken to and, hours later, he said on the air that people who don’t like what is happening in the workplace should leave or go to human resources. She said it’s clearly not just Fox that handles the issue of harassment badly.“This must stop,” she said. “The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threats, the retaliation, the silence of them after the fact — it has to stop.”O’Reilly and Kelly’s shows once ran back-to-back on Fox’s prime lineup. Now those time slots are filled by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. O’Reilly, speaking Monday on the radio program hosted by another ex-Fox colleague, Glenn Beck, said he found Kelly’s comment incomprehensible.“I don’t know why Megyn Kelly is doing what she’s doing,” he said. “I helped her dramatically in her career.”His website posted notes penned to O’Reilly by Kelly in 2009 and 2012. In one, she thanks O’Reilly for publicizing a book written by her husband. In the other, she thanks him for the “darling body suit and snuggly” given at a baby shower. “You’ve become a dear friend (no matter what you say) and I’m grateful to have you in my life,” she wrote in the note.“If you still want to think I’m a bad guy, go ahead,” O’Reilly told Beck. He said the Times’ story about the Wiehl case was designed to get keep him out of the marketplace.“This is an attack on an American citizen, me, for political purposes,” he said. “It has done enormous damage to me and my family. It is a horror show and should never happen in this country.”On her show, Kelly said she’s still being victimized by Fox. She said Fox’s powerful public relations chief Irena Briganti is “known for her vindictiveness” and “to this day, she pushes negative articles on certain Ailes accusers, like the one you are looking at right now.”Briganti was not at work Monday. 21st Century Fox issued a statement saying Briganti was “a valued colleague and she has our full support.”Kelly also interviewed former Fox anchor Juliet Huddy on her show. Huddy, who appeared with her lawyer Doug Wigdor, also settled harassment claims against O’Reilly, and said she wrestled with the idea of signing non-disclosure agreements. The one she signed prevented Huddy from giving any details about her case against O’Reilly. She said she struggled with the concept, knowing that it would help other women who feel abused if they knew there were others out there like them.Huddy said she still isn’t working in the broadcast business after leaving Fox.last_img read more

France Morocco discuss Security Cooperation

Paris – French and Moroccan interior ministers, Bernard Cazeneuve and Mohamed Hassad, held Thursday in Paris a meeting during which they discussed the various aspects of security cooperation between Morocco and France, especially in fighting terrorism.The talks come following the meeting held on 20 November in Paris, between King Mohammed VI and French President Francois Hollande, during which the two leaders stressed the shared determination of France and Morocco to lead the fight against terrorism and radicalization.On this occasion, Cazeneuve reiterated France’s thanks to the Moroccan authorities for the assistance and support provided in the difficult test facing his country. The two ministers also welcomed the excellence and effectiveness of cooperation between the two countries, which helped to achieve concrete results on the ground, through the dismantling of several traffic cells of all kinds, including drugs and illegal migration.Cazeneuve and Hassad also agreed to strengthen security cooperation mechanisms, particularly in terms of information flow and joint investigations, to face the challenges of terrorism and organized crime, and expand them to other common threats and challenges to both countries like cybercrime.The meeting took place in presence of Director general of the National Security and Director General of the territory surveillance, Abdellatif Hammouchi, Director General of Studies and Documentation, Mohamed Yassine Mansouri, and their French counterparts Calvar Patrick, DGSI Director and Bernard Bajolet, Director General of the DGSE.With MAP read more

Amazon to buy WiFi device maker Eero

NEW YORK — Amazon is buying Wi-Fi device maker Eero, helping the online retailer expand its line of smart home gadgets.Eero, founded in San Francisco five years ago, sells $200 devices that can spread Wi-Fi throughout a home. Rival Google already sells similar devices.Seattle-based Amazon did not say how much it is paying for Eero. The deal is expected to be completed sometime in the first half of this year.Amazon has been growing its smart home gadgets in recent years: Its voice-activated Echo devices have been a hit for the company, and last year it paid about $839 million to buy Ring, the maker of Wi-Fi-connected video doorbells.The Associated Press

US terrorism report says Sri Lanka on alert against ISIS

The report released by the US State Department said that counterterrorism cooperation and training with the United States in 2016 was limited, but the bilateral security and defense relationship continued to grow. The report says the security services’ in Sri Lanka focus on a possible LTTE resurgence and the Government’s new focus on emerging threats, such as reports of Sri Lankan foreign terrorist fighters joining ISIS and other terrorist groups, led the Government to maintain a flexible counterterrorism policy.In November, Minister of Justice Wijedayasa Rajapakshe announced to parliament that approximately 32 well-educated Sri Lankan Muslims of four families had joined ISIS in Syria. His statement sparked controversy within the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) “An advanced U.S. P-8 maritime patrol aircraft with long-range maritime patrol capabilities conducted an exercise in December with the Sri Lanka Air Force and Navy on safe-guarding the international shipping lanes. This training also enhanced the government’s capacity to interdict potential foreign terrorist fighters attempting to transit through the country,” the report added. A US terrorism report says Sri Lankan security forces and intelligence agencies were on full alert against the possibility of ISIS or its affiliates emerging in the country.The annual Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 said that in January last year, then Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi noted reports of approximately 36 Sri Lankans who traveled to Syria, with some joining ISIS, but he asserted ISIS and other terrorist groups were not physically present in Sri Lanka. read more

Things to know about last weeks California cliff collapse

ENCINITAS, Calif. — Three family members enjoying a day at a San Diego area beach were killed Friday when a huge slab of the cliff above them plunged onto the sand. The collapse has raised questions about the stability of bluffs along California’s 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometre) coast. Here are things to know:WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK?Lifeguards and beachgoers scrambled to help search for victims after tons of sandstone were unleashed at Grandview Beach, a narrow strand in Encinitas popular with locals, surfers and vacationers.Anne Clave, 35, and her mother, Julie Davis, 65, died at hospitals, the San Diego County Medical Examiner said. A family email obtained by KNSD-TV identified the third victim as Elizabeth Cox, Clave’s aunt. Cox died instantly at the scene, the email said. Her age wasn’t given.Two other people were injured.Officials on Saturday reopened much of the beach.Geologists were on scene all weekend assessing the area around the collapse zone. Homes on top of the cliff were in no immediate danger, Encinitas Lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles said.Long stretches of beach in Encinitas are narrow strips of sand between stiff waves and towering rock walls. People lounging on beach chairs or blankets are sometimes surprised as waves roll past them and within a few feet of the walls.Some areas are only accessible by steep wooden stairs that descend from neighbourhoods atop the cliffs.____HAS IT HAPPENED BEFORE?Bluffs give way four to eight times a year in Southern California, but “nothing of this magnitude,” Brian Ketterer, southern field division chief of California State Parks, said Friday.Encinitas resident Rebecca Kowalczyk, 30, died near the same area Jan. 16, 2000, when an enormous chunk of bluff fell and buried her, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.The newspaper said the last fatal bluff-collapse in San Diego County happened in 2008, when Nevada tourist Robert Mellone, 57, was crushed by sand and boulders from a section of bluff above Torrey Pines State Beach.Last February, two women were walking on a cliff above Fort Funston beach in San Francisco when it collapsed and buried them. In 2017, a woman peering over the edge of a cliff in Santa Cruz County fell to her death when the ground gave way beneath her. Last fall, sections of the cliffs in Del Mar in San Diego County collapsed three times in just a few weeks.____WHY DID IT HAPPEN?“This is a naturally eroding coastline,” Giles, the lifeguard captain, said after the Grandview collapse. “There’s really no rhyme or reason, but that’s what it does naturally …. This is what it does, and this is how our beaches are actually partially made. It actually has these failures.”Most unprotected bluffs in the state are actively eroding as they’re pounded by waves or rainfall and have the potential to fail, said Adam Young, project scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego.“They should be considered risks,” Young said Monday.Scientists have been studying bluff failures for more than a century but some of the older data sources are unreliable, Young said.Researchers in the past 20 years or so have been using digital 3D mapping technology to track cliff erosion, he said.In Southern California alone, cliffs could recede more than 130 feet (40 metres) by 2100 if sea levels keep rising amid global climate change, according to a study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.___WHAT CAN BE DONE?There’s not yet any reliable way to predict future erosion rates or identify areas at risk, Young said. Some cliffs may be relatively stable for years following a cycle of erosion, he said.Preventing waves pounding away at the base of bluffs by maintaining a wide beach is one way to prevent them from failing, according to Young and other researchers.Officials have followed that strategy on the California coast at Laguna Beach, Ventura and parts of Santa Monica.A Scripps study published in 2017 identified areas that have eroded faster than others, and introduced a new experimental hazard scale to identify areas that may be at greater risk of impending collapse. It was the first such large-scale study in California using LiDAR data — laser elevation data recorded in aerial surveys — to create detailed maps, according to Scripps.The California Coastal Commission, an agency charged with protecting the coastline, has said the research could be useful for local governments looking to update their coastal programs to protect expensive real estate, roads, power plants and wastewater treatment facilities along the shoreline.The Associated Press read more

From Tragedy Arises the Voices of Athletes Showing The

There is no bright side to unarmed Black men getting gunned down by police officers as whimsically as they would hail a cab. It’s all very dark and horrific, scary and sad. At the same time, it has been enlightening, and not just from learning how much hate and fear fills the heart when it comes to African-American males.It has also been enlightening to witness an era of complacent athletes grow up as we watch. The kids today have been docile and less involved in social or political issues, either afraid speaking out would hurt their brand or just not caring enough. Turns out, they care a lot.An athlete speaking out on an issue as huge as Ferguson and the other atrocities will not change the world. But the collective observation of the wrongs by professional athletes brings awareness and can make a difference by inspiring others, their fans, to get involved, too. And it speaks significantly about the level of people’s anger, disappointment, sadness and fatigue over the rash of unwarranted killings—and the injustice that the shooters are not held accountable.It’s truly a big deal when today’s athletes are fed up. They get it: It could be them shot in the street or strangled in a choke hold or it could be their kids or nephew shot at a playground. The examples of police killing Black males are so rampant and so frightening that they agree with much of the rest of the world—something has to be done.The same day NBA commissioner Adam Sliver said he wished players would not make political statements in their pre-game attire, the Los Angles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and teammates wore “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts, at once honoring fallen Eric Garner, who gasped that expression as a Staten Island cop choked and eventually killed him.Why  would Silver call for the players to squash their emotions about the disheartening cases and their support for justice? He should actually be proud that the players get it and are not afraid of any misguided ramifications that could come from showing political and social awareness. This is Silver’s first misplay as commissioner.Here’s Bryant: “I think it’s us supporting that movement and supporting each other as well as athletes. I think the beauty of our country lies in its democracy. I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for the things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for.”Kobe added: “It’s important that we have our opinions. It’s important that we stand up for what we believe in and we all don’t have to agree with it and it’s completely fine. That’s what makes this a beautiful country.”The beauty of America is threatened when Black men’s lives are taken with such recklessness. That’s why it has been impressive to see the activism by high-profile athletes like Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, the five players from the St. Louis Rams who raised their hands in a “Don’t shoot” posture, reminiscent, some witnesses said, to that of Michael Brown before he was shot in Ferguson, Mo., by officer Darren Wilson.The sports world is a big world, and their inclusion in the rejection of the violence helps ignite the message.More from Bryant:“I think it would be a serious disservice to limit this to a race issue. It’s a justice issue. You’re kind of seeing a tipping point right now, in terms of social issues. It’s become now at the forefront right now as opposed to being a local issue. It’s really been something that has carried over and spilled into the mainstream, so when you turn on the TV and you watch the news or you follow things on social media, you don’t just see African-Americans out there protesting.“It’s become a thing where people are really standing up for their rights and really questioning the justice system and questioning the process of the legal system and those who have authority—and whether or not they’re abusing authority and what’s the threshold to use deadly force and so forth and so on. But that’s what our nation is founded on, man. We have the ability to question these things in a peaceful fashion. That’s what makes us a great country. We have the ability to voice up, we have the platform to speak up, and we have the platform to effect change.”And there you have it. Refreshing that such sentiments are coming from today’s spoiled and coddled athlete. Unlike Charles Barkley, they apparently are not living in a glass bubble. They see the world as it is. . . and are not afraid to say they don’t like what they see. Good for them. read more

Cauliflower squeeze Shrinking veg due to cold snap sees supermarkets receive complaints

first_img@AsdaServiceTeam a little shocked at the cauliflower we received in our click & collect. £1 for this. It’s tiny. Not what we usually receive pic.twitter.com/lmvqphmhv3— Lee-Ann Clark (@catdanceruk) December 14, 2016 “Hardly enough for one portion let alone a family, and barely bigger than a bulb of garlic!”A medium cauliflower head is normally around six inches in diameter but this year’s UK crop has produced masses of leaves with little edible head.Lynda Nicholson, 27, of Scotland, was also deceived by what she thought was a standard cauliflower from Morrisons. Veg lovers are chopping through layers of green leaf to find heads which are so small they fit in the palm of the handCredit: Leigh Binns / SWNS.com “We’ve had some warmer weather they are getting some decent heads on them. We will have a great supply of good size heads around for Christmas.”However, he advises shoppers not to waste the outer green leaves – which can be cooked and eaten.”We need to be telling people to eat the leaves as they are perfectly edible,” Mr Simmons added. “They have a nice sweet flavour.”A Tesco spokesperson said: “Like other retailers, some of our cauliflowers are a little smaller than usual due to unseasonably cold weather in November but they are still the same great quality and value.”Other supermarkets were contacted for comment. One of the pictures which has been shared on social media by a shopper unhappy about the diminuative size of their cauliflowerCredit: Graham Cheale / SWNS.com Farmers say the tiny crop is down to the cold snap at the end of November, which hit UK crops just as they were reaching maturity.ASDA shopper Joanne Sutherland, 43, from Nottinghamshire, said her cauliflower contained just a single floret.The community health care assistant said: “It was probably just one floret – I was just peeling this cauliflower back and then this tiny, tiny thing popped out. Veg lovers are chopping through layers of green leaf to find heads which are so small they fit in the palm of the hand Show more @Tesco You call this tiny thing a cauliflower Tesco?! 😫 pic.twitter.com/oYusWozow9— Laura (@dollfaceisevil) December 11, 2016 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. The healthcare worker said: “It did appear to be a medium sized cauliflower until I took all the leaves off and it was pretty small – probably about four-five centimetres in circumference.”Myself and my husband were both eating but also had to cook a broccoli for enough for us.”Tesco customer Hannah Blackburn tweeted: “What the hell is this Tesco the smallest cauliflower in the world?! 95p for this compared to my bargain 39p broccoli!”Growers have described the tiny veg as a “temporary blip” due to the weather and they will be back to their normal size in time for Christmas.David Simmons, 56, managing director of Riviera Produce in Cornwall which supplies cauliflowers to supermarkets such as Morrisons, Asda and Aldi, said: “The cold weather we had has knocked the cauliflower back and made them grow slowly. “I was laughing to myself. How can they allow it to go on the shelves if it’s that tiny?”Tesco customer Francesca Ireland said her family dinner was ruined when her vegetable turned out to be barely bigger than a bulb of garlic.She wrote on Facebook: “Thanks for ruining our dinner plans tonight with this massive cauliflower bag only containing this tiny cauliflower. One of the pictures which has been shared on social media by a shopper unhappy about the diminuative size of their cauliflower Supermarkets have been flooded with complaints from shoppers about this season’s crop of tiny cauliflowers, some as small as an egg.Customers from stores including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and ASDA have shared pictures of their veg after typically paying £1 for a medium cauliflower.One customer wrote to Waitrose after cutting off 680g of leaf before finding a tiny head inside weighing just 160g. Thanks for ruining our dinner plans tonight with this massive cauliflower bag only containing this tiny cauliflowerFrancesca Irelandlast_img read more

Tesco Ireland has recalled a batch of its Mackerel Fillets

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 10 Feb 2017, 10:56 PM By Cliodhna Russell http://jrnl.ie/3234187 Feb 10th 2017, 10:56 PM 19 Comments Short URL Share12 Tweet Email1 Tesco Ireland has recalled a batch of its Mackerel Fillets Consumers who have the implicated batch frozen at home are advised not to eat it. 14,553 Views TESCO IRELAND HAS recalled a batch of its Mackerel Fillets.The recall is due to elevated levels of histamine.The recalled batch has a use by date of 1 February 2017 and affects 300g pack sizes.While the affected batch is passed its use by date, the Food Safety Authority said consumers may have it in their freezers, as the label indicates that the product is suitable for home freezing.Consumers who have the implicated batch frozen at home are advised not to eat it.Read: This teddy is being reunited with its owner after being left behind at Cork Airport>last_img read more

PDS rice seized

first_imgPatancheru: Two people named Nijamoddin and Sayyad were arrested and remanded in custody for transporting ration rice to other states. During surprise checks by revenue, vigilance and enforcement department at ORR junction at Muttangi in Patancheru.As much as 131 quintals of ration rice was seized while it was being transported in 2 DCM vans from Shamshabad to Karnataka. Local DSP Rajeswara Rao filed booked a case against them.last_img

Asia markets keep watch on Greece deal

first_imgAsia markets keep watch on Greece deal721 viewsAsia markets keep watch on Greece deal721 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Asia markets keep watch on Greece deal721 viewsBusinessAsian markets setting the tone for an unpredictable start to the trading week. Investors around the world keeping an eye on Greece and the European Union’s latest agreement to give Athens aVentuno Web Player 4.50Asian markets setting the tone for an unpredictable start to the trading week. Investors around the world keeping an eye on Greece and the European Union’s latest agreement to give Athens alast_img

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to Step Down Jack Dorsey Takes Over on

first_imgTwitter Inc Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo abruptly announced he was stepping down on Thursday amid increasing scrutiny of the company’s slow user growth and inability to attract advertisers at the same rate as its competitors.Costolo will be replaced by co-founder Jack Dorsey on an interim basis.According to a source familiar with the matter, it was Costolo’s decision to leave, and Costolo said he brought it up with the board last year as it began talking about succession planning.Twitter has had a number of shake-ups in its management. Co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams both served as CEOs of the company before Costolo, and Costolo has overhauled much of his management team over the past year.”Unfortunately this news isn’t surprising,” said Nate Elliott of management consultant Forrester Research. “The bottom line is that Twitter isn’t very good right now at serving either its users or its marketers.”Costolo said on a conference call that Twitter will consider both internal and external candidates for its next CEO and that it has the “strongest management team (it’s) ever had,” which influenced his decision to step down. In a statement earlier he said he was “tremendously proud” of his six years at Twitter.In an interview with Reuters, Dorsey said he was not thinking “at all” about remaining CEO permanently because the search has just begun but did not rule out the job. He also said he did not anticipate any change in Twitter’s strategy or direction. Although he was ousted by management in 2008, Dorsey said that he is now surrounded by a strong executive team and had learned from his experience running Square Inc.Dorsey said the CEO search has not begun, but he noted the company was looking for a CEO who uses Twitter every day and “loves” the product.Dorsey continues as CEO of Square. He had served as Twitter’s president and CEO from May 2007 to October 2008.Wall Street reacted positively to the news, as Twitter shares rose to $37.17, up 3.6 percent, after the announcement, meaning investors thought Twitter was worth $900 million more without Costolo than with him.Costolo will step down on July 1 and will continue to serve on the board, the company said in a regulatory filing.Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief financial officer, said Costolo did not receive a severance package because he voluntarily stepped down.Costolo has agreed to cancel all of his remaining unvested equity in Twitter after July 1.TWITTER’S STRUGGLESTwitter has long struggled to gain users at the rate of other social media companies, such as Facebook Inc Instagram and Snapchat.”Twitter has never been great at giving its users reasons to come back. While other social sites have introduced new features and functionality the past few years, Twitter has mostly stood still. The result has been excruciatingly slow user growth,” Forrester’s Elliott said.Data firm eMarketer projects that Twitter’s monthly user base will grow at 14.1 percent this year, compared to more than 30 percent two years ago. (link.reuters.com/neb98v)Twitter owned 1.6 percent of the $50.7 billion U.S. digital advertising market in 2014 compared with 1 percent in 2013, according to eMarketer. That pales in comparison to Facebook, which increased its share from 7.6 percent in 2013 to 10.4 percent the following year.Twitter’s stock has also lagged some of its peers since its closing price after its first day of trading. Since Nov. 7, 2013, it has dropped 20 percent, compared to a 72 percent increase for Facebook, 9 percent increase for Google and 27 percent increase for Yahoo. (link.reuters.com/neb98v)Chris Sacca, one of Twitter’s earliest investors, posted an 8,500-word manifesto earlier this month calling on the company to better engage its users.He simultaneously praised the company’s strong acquisitions of Periscope and TellApart, but Sacca pointed out that one billion users had tried Twitter and left the service.In a recent CNBC interview, Sacca said that Twitter would be an “instant fit” for Google if it were to acquire the microblogging service.In a tweet Thursday, Sacca wrote, “In under five years as CEO, @dickc grew Twitter from a $3b valuation to a $23b valuation. Credit where credit is due.”Twitter reaffirmed its outlook for the second quarter of 2015, expecting revenue of $470 million to $485 million and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $97 million to $102 million.The company disappointed investors in its first quarter results when it reported that its number of monthly average users was growing at a slower pace than Wall Street’s expectations.last_img read more

Katrina Kaif knows who can convince Salman Khan for marriage

first_imgSalman Khan and Katrina KaifTwitterAt 53, Salman Khan is undoubtedly the most eligible bachelor in the industry. His family along with his peers, so far, have been unable to convince him for marriage. But Katrina Kaif, who has dated Salman for almost 4 years in the past, knows who can get him to marry the person of his dreams.During their interaction on The Kapil Sharma Show, when Katrina was asked to answer in which year Salman will get married. She took a pause and said, “Iss sawal ka jawab sirf do logo ke pass hai. Ek Bhagwan, Dusra Salman (Only two people can answer this question. One is God and the other is Salman).”Later, Salman went on to say that it was Katrina who rejected him and left everyone in laughter.Ali Abbas Zafar’s directorial Bharat release is just around the corner and Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif have been rigorously promoting the film on various TV shows. But Sunil Grover is missing from the promotions, and he didn’t even shoot for The Kapil Sharma Show probably to avoid talks with his friend-turned-foe Sunil Grover.During his recent interaction with the media, Sunil had said that he doesn’t even watch The Kapil Sharma Show adding that he does not watch shows which he does not feature in.The Kapil Sharma Show, on the other hand, has been topping the TRP charts with each passing week and is one of the most watched shows on Indian television. This week, the show has secured the third position in the TRP list having Naagin 3 and Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 on top two positions.last_img read more

KMC collects 13 fish samples from 5 city markets to test for

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Monday collected as many as 13 fish samples from five markets in the city, to check for presence of formalin in them. There have been allegations of presence of formalin in fish imported from Andhra Pradesh.”We have collected 9 surveillance samples and 4 regulatory samples from some leading fish markets. We will conduct tests to find out whether there is presence of formalin. The report is expected to be available in two to three days,” Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said. Also Read – 2 Group D staffers held for ‘assaulting’ minorsIn case of regulatory samples that have been collected by undergoing certain formalities as per rules, the civic body can initiate cases if they find any irregularities in the samples.Among these samples, two have been collected from Manicktala Market, one from Poura Parna Bithika Market- Behala and another from S N Ray Market in Behala. Among the nine surveillance samples, six were collected from Entally Market and three from New Market.Formalin is a preservative that can lead to cancer if consumed over a period of time. The chemical can also cause nausea and other ailments in the short term. Also Read – Naka checking to be stricter to rein in speed demonsIt may be mentioned that more than half the fish consumed in the city is procured from Andhra Pradesh.Officials of the state Fisheries department have been asked to visit wholesale markets across the city from Saturday, to collect samples that will be checked.According to the state Fisheries department stats, the city alone consumes around 235 tonnes of fish every day. Fish from Andhra Pradesh – mostly Rohu and Katla – accounts for around 135 tonnes of the total consumption. Of around 1.73 lakh tonnes of fish that Bengal imports from other states annually, Andhra accounts for around 1 lakh tonnes.The Assam government had already banned sale of fish from Andhra Pradesh, after lab tests detected formalin in some samples.”Banning of fish from Andhra will be difficult for Bengal. If we stop import, the deficit cannot be met by local production,” an official in the state Fisheries departmentsaid.last_img read more

3 Ways Marc Benioffs AppExchange Transformed the Cloud

first_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 26, 2016 Ten years ago, last month, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his team launched the Salesforce AppExchange. At the time, Benioff noted that, “The iPod is to the iTunes Music Store what AppExchange is to the Salesforce.com platform.”Related: Enterprise Apps Are Less Glitter but More Gold for DevelopersA combination of hardware and software, the AppExchange gave new market entrants the foundation they needed to accelerate application development, time to market, awareness and, ultimately, sales.The platform’s launch not only played a hugely significant role in the success of my own company, Xactly, but completely changed the enterprise cloud technology landscape in these three important ways:1. Lowering the barrier to entry for new applications in the enterpriseThe launch of the AppExchange lowered the barrier of entry for new market players to build and launch applications. Previously, companies (including mine) had to raise funds to cover the price of the hardware and other technologies needed to support their applications — often before development could even really begin.This was not only costly, but also time consuming. The AppExchange helped introduce the idea of “rent” in the cloud. New entrants could utilize the strong hardware and security foundation that Salesforce had built for the AppExchange as their foundation. This significantly reduced the cost, time and effort to get new applications on to the market, and paved the way for countless new cloud players in the enterprise. Not to mention that it gave newcomers an automatic marketing channel. 2. Creating ‘window shopping’ (and buying) for appsWhat department stores did for retail, the AppExchange did for enterprise applications. The AppExchange created a destination where customers could essentially “window shop” for applications. Not only were applications pre-vetted from a technology standpoint, they featured customer ratings and reviews. Think of the important role reviews play when you research and select consumer products, such as TVs.AppExchange brought the same concept to the enterprise. It was transformational in the industry because it enabled customers to quickly and confidently find select applications they would have otherwise spent hours researching — if they even knew they existed.Related: Seven Essential Apps for Your Sales Team3. Connecting partner ecosystemsAs noted, all applications that make it on to the AppExchange are pre-vetted and tooled to work seamlessly together. This has made it easy for customers to connect the technologies they need to meet key business objectives — such as supercharging their sales organizations.For example, we have a number of customers who have leveraged the AppExchange to buy and integrate sales applications such as Salesforce for CRM, Xactly for sales performance management and SteelBrick for configure, price and quote. For the first time, these linked applications offer organizations a clear view into their own customers, and data that ranges from the initial point of contact through to the final sale and payment.This kind of insight has been game changing. And, today, the idea of an “application store” has become mainstream. Whether you are an Apple or Android disciple, its apps store may be one of the places you visit most on your mobile device — to download a new game, social application or music.In the enterprise, application, stores or platforms have become commonplace as well and should be a first destination for anyone considering building an enterprise app. But, 10 years ago, the AppExchange was a new and novel idea that helped create new revenue streams for existing players in the market, laid the foundation for countless newcomers and accelerated the adoption of cloud technologies in the enterprise. As someone who has been part of the journey since the beginning — Xactly was one of the first applications to launch on the AppExchange — it has been an exciting ride. We can’t wait to see what the next decade brings.Related: 15 Tools to Create Automation in Your Small BusinessHappy Birthday, AppExchange! And congrats to the Salesforce team! This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min readlast_img read more

Dogs on the loose causing havoc all around Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Dog poisoning hits Ladysmith hard with ‘Two-Step’The AACL is investigating the problem and is trying to put an end to it. They also ask that the municipality work hand-in-hand with them to get the dogs off the streets.They will try to put measures in place to prevent animals roaming the streets of Ladysmith.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) is facing the mammoth task of dealing with dogs on the loose and roaming the streets of Ladysmith.Annamarie Koen from the AACL says she has had numerous complaints about dogs running all over the streets, ripping up rubbish bags and even getting into fights.The main areas affected by this problem are Meena and Gazza Place, and Smartiesville.Many people say that dogs are kept inside their yards during the day, yet dog owners let them run free in the streets at night.Annamarie added that no dog is allowed to be out on the streets without being on a leash held by the dog’s owner.Also read: Illegal pit bull dog fighting on the rise in LadysmithAlso read: Ladysmith pit bull still alive after eating meatball containing rat poison and broken glasslast_img read more

Teammate saves fellow serviceman after his parachute fails

first_img Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helpcenter_img Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies A message posted on the show’s Facebook page assured spectators that both were fine after “one team member caught his teammate and brought him into Queens Dock.”The parachutists landed in water and were plucked to safety.The Red Devils, comprised of members of the Parachute Regiment, carry out some 60 displays every year.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall LONDON (AP) — A British military stunt team member whose chute failed to open properly owes a big thank you to a teammate who grabbed his parachute and got them both to a safe landing.The Red Devils display team was performing Friday at the Whitehaven Airshow in northwestern England. Eyewitness Lucy Milne told the BBC on Saturday that spectators watched aghast as one of the men frantically kicking before his teammate rescued him.last_img read more

Antibes France – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgAntibes, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineFollowing its seasonal closing, the legendary Hôtel Du Cap-Eden-Roc re-opened on Friday, April 15 to unveil two brand new suites, five new deluxe rooms and more.Located on the southern-most tip of Cap d’Antibes, the property is in the midst of an ongoing $64 million restoration project, whose enhancements makes Hôtel Du Cap-Eden-Roc even more appealing to luxury travelers, royalty and celebrities staying on the Riviera.The two new one-bedroom suites, located on the third floor, feature balconies with stunning garden and sea views, lounge spaces and dressing rooms. The suites, along with the five new deluxe rooms, include a private bar as well as LED TVs with an iPod station. All of the bathrooms also have under-floor heating and a traditional faucet by Collection Axor Carlton from Hans Grohé. They are beautifully adorned with a selection of marble, including pink Portuguese marble, Marfil and Bourgogne stone.In addition to the new rooms and suites, the hotel’s coveted Eden-Roc Suite has been completely renovated to include new décor and furnishings as well as a lush garden, wooded pergola and Jacuzzi on its 2,690-square-foot terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea views of the Lerins Islands.These most recent renovations come on the heels of a new villa, Villa Eleana, which debuted in 2010. The two-level structure, offers three bedrooms and bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area, private outdoor swimming pool and garden. Guests are able to arrange private lunches or dinners in the villa, and can have their every need attended to by its dedicated staff, including a personal butler.www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.comlast_img read more