Don’t Freak Out About Facebook’s Mobile-Ad Revenue

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#advertising#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dave copeland News outlets breathlessly reported last week that Twitter was projected to overtake Facebook in mobile-ad revenue for 2012. But they missed the bigger picture. Twitter is projected to generate $129.7 million in mobile-ad revenue this year, well ahead of Facebook’s $72.7 million. What critics and journalists missed in hurried analyses of that news was Facebook’s projection that annual mobile-ad revenue will grow to $629.4 million in 2013 and 2014. That’s second only to Google, which is expected to generate $3.58 billion in mobile revenue in the same period.Not bad for Facebook, a company that didn’t bring in a dime in mobile-ad revenue last year and which has been plagued by questions about its mobile strategy since announcing it would go public in February.Pandora Is A Good/Bad ExampleStill, it takes more than revenue to make a profit. Look no further than Pandora, which ranked second in 2012 mobile-ad revenue projections, with $226.4 million, but still struggles to turn a profit.Pandora’s mobile-ad revenue is expected to jump 86% this year, from $120 million last year. But that may not be enough to put the company solidly in the black, says J.T. Hroncich, president of Capitol Media Solutions.Newcomers to mobile ads will join Pandora in trying to solve three primary puzzles:Mobile-ad networks generally increase sales volume, but they often cut per-ad marginsAd auctions favor buyers. As a result, some sellers are trying to sell directly to advertisersMobile-ad rates are still well below those of other kinds of ads because the ads are smaller and demand is lower“The companies that perform best in mobile advertising are typically companies earning core profits in another industry,” Hroncich said. Google does not have to rely on mobile-ad networks, for instance. And Google integrates its products to create a richer mobile experience that advertisers tend to like.The Point People Are MissingFacebook will face all these issues as it tries to turn quickly growing mobile revenue into mobile profits. But the company has an advantage, said Peter Friedman, CEO of LiveWorld, a social-media management company.“People really like to connect and engage socially while on the move,” Friedman said. “Eventually Facebook will monetize it, thus dramatically increasing their revenue per user.”Indeed, Friedman said he would have been surprised if Facebook had said it would record more mobile revenue than Twitter this year.“It’s great that Twitter is advancing its mobile revenue this way. But one would expect them to do so, and be further along than Facebook, because Twitter’s usage patterns have been more dominated by mobile or at least more focused on mobile for quite a while,” he said.“Facebook has been attending to other knitting and is further along on those aspects. Twitter’s progress in this area more proof this can be done. Both companies have a good future here,” said Friedman.last_img read more

Duped Odisha depositors of ponzi firms take to the streets

first_imgHundreds of small depositors duped by ponzi companies took to the streets here on Tuesday demanding immediate return of their money and stringent action against the accused. In a memorandum submitted to Governor Ganeshi Lal, the depositors said though they were desperately seeking refund of their investments, several probes were yet to be completed. “Investors have lost their patience. The State government is not giving a clear assurance as to when money deposited with ponzi companies will be returned,” said Jayanta Das, president of the Arthika Santhamanankadwara Khyatigrastha Militamancha, a body of duped investors.“The government should take steps to identify depositors on a war-footing and the judicial inquiry commission should be provided with adequate manpower to complete the identification process,” Mr. Das said.The investors demanded that they be refunded their money within a stipulated time frame. “To begin with the government must disburse the deposited amount among those who have been identified,” he said.Meanwhile, State Finance Minister Sashibhushan Behera said allegations of the Naveen Patnaik government not being serious about the plight of depositors were baseless.last_img read more

Ind vs WI- 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Rahane-Pant stand propells India to pole…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: ScrollAn early blitz by opener Prithvi Shaw and an unbeaten 146 run stand between Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant saw India inch closer towards the 1st Innings total of the visitors. At stumps, the score reads 306-4 with Rahane and Pant close to their respective hundreds.The Indian bowling line-up made quick work of the West Indies lower order after Roston Chase secured his century. Umesh Yadav continued his fine form from yesterday to end up with career-best figures of 6-8 to wrap up the innings for 311.Prithvi Shaw picked up from where he left at Rajkot with a quickfire knock of 70 before being dismissed by left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican. KL Rahul’s barren patch continued with yet another poor outing after the Kings XI Punjab batsman failed to reach double figures again.Cheteshwar Pujara too failed after falling to Shannon Gabriel again. Indian skipper Virat Kohli hung in for a while for a well struck 47 before opposition skipper Jason Holder got the better of Kohli.At 165-4, the game hung in balance, but a dominant showing in the final session, that saw over 130 runs being made without a dismissal, tilted the fixture in India’s favour.Ajinkya Rahane got amongst the runs after a poor run and secured a much needed fifty. While Rishabh Pant’s rich vein of form ensured with the wicket-keeper batsman unbeaten on 85. With the lower middle order still intact, the home side will edge on for a hefty lead to put West Indies under pressure.Brief scorecard: Brief scorecard: West Indies 311 (Roston Chase 106, Jason Holder 52; K Yadav 3/74, U Yadav 6/88) India 306-4 (R.Pant 85*, A.Rahane 75*, P.Shaw 70; J.Holder 2-45)Read Also:“Cricket one of the worst sports for mental health”- New Zealand cricketerInd vs WI- 2nd Test Day 1 Review: Roston Chase leads fightback as spinners continue to tormentlast_img read more

Will India win Perth Test? I am not giving up hopes, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgIndia need 175 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series, Australia need 5 wickets to go on level terms. but former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar is still hopeful of an Indian victory in the Perth Test.Chasing an improbable target of 287 for a win, India crawled to 112 for 5 at the close of play on Day, with Hanuma Vihari 24 not out and Rishabh Pant unbeaten on nine.Gavaskar had really sounded optimistic about India’s chances during his commentary stint on Sony Six earlier in the day. He said Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari have an opportunity to prove themselves at the highest level.”I wasn’t being sarcastic at all, I was genuinely saying…cricket is a game where things have happened which were so unpredictable. If we have a fabulous partnership between two of the not out batsmen…both young players…both wanting to prove themselves at the highest level. What a wonderful opportunity it is for these two young batsmen Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari to show that they belong here and take India home,” Gavaskar told India Today.”I am saying this because not a single wicket fell in the pre-lunch session on Day if India can actually do that and not lose a single wicket and at the same time with Pant at the crease India will add much more than the Australian pair of Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja did on Day 4. If Pant is still not out at lunch you can be pretty certain that India will have score at least a hundred runs. If India get 100 runs by lunch with Hanuma Vihari also there then we are looking at 75 to win…so it’s possible..I am not giving up hopes at all. I know after this there’s this lower order or tail with bowlers coming in to bat…very hopeful that if we stick till lunch, we can still turn it around,” he added.advertisementTim Paine led by example with a hard-fought 37 to bat through the morning session alongside Usman Khawaja (72) as Australia made 243 in their second innings.”The decisive moment [for me] was in the morning when India were not able to separate both Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja,” the legendary batsman said.Gavaskar was also critical of the Indian team after an ugly war of words between captain Virat Kohli and his Australia counterpart Paine during the fourth day. Kohli and Paine collided with each other before the umpire was forced to intervene in the first session.And then during India’s innings, Paine had a go at Vijay and said: “Murali, I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke.”Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar also blasted Kohli’s on-field behaviour and said the India skipper needed to be more responsible.On Monday, Gavaskar said the Indian team are no saints and he believed they were the ones who began the sledging war in Australia and now they had to be prepared to cop it. Ironically, Kohli had promised his men won’t start any verbal wars and would react only if the Australians played dirty.”Tim Paine is not in the Indian dressing room.. So how does he know Vijay does not like Kohli?,” Gavaskar told India Today.”These are the kind of things which are called gamesmanship. We have not been saints either. Way back in 2014, when Australia were down with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, we started it. They were too shocked in the first Test and we started it.”In a situation like this, we will always lose. Australia are used to playing like that, we are not. It’s not in our DNA to play cricket like that. You also have to take into account if everyone in the team can take it. Even over here, we have started it,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Virat Kohli best batsman but world’s worst-behaved player: Naseeruddin ShahAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw ruled out of Test series in Australia, Mayank Agarwal named replacementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya to join Team India in Australia, likely to play Boxing Day Testlast_img read more

Let’s talk about the “Daxx Garman is transferring” rumor

first_imgIs Daxx Garman leaving the OSU program?Is Daxx Garman leaving the OSU program?True story: On Friday night I had dinner with the former head man of CRFF and a longtime Internet friend of mine, Robert Whetsell.We met at a burger joint here in Dallas to catch up on life, our families and talk about the state of OSU athletics.We were discussing each of our OSU blogs (what a world we live in that there are two different web proprieties that discuss Oklahoma State athletics, btw) and he causally mentioned Daxx Garman potentially transferring.I thought he was kidding at first because I’d been so wrapped up in golf things on Friday that I completely missed it. All that to say I’m sorry these thoughts are so late.The genesis of all of this was an unfortunately-spelled tweet that insinuated Daxx Garmin was transferring from someone who calls herself Coach E that’s me.[1. The Internet…] If you’re going to blow the lid off some QB news at OSU…CRFF picked it up, CBS picked it up (hey, there’s my editor!) and off to the races we go.I believe Daxx Garman is going to transfer for a myriad of reasons, these three being the most important:1. OSU didn’t deny the rumorOklahoma State is normally quick to snuff the smoldering wick of rumors floating around the web but in this case its only response to the tweet and subsequent posts from CRFF and CBS was “this will be addressed next week.”#okstate spokesperson says details regarding rumors of Daxx Garman transferring will be addressed March 9 at spring practice news conference— O’Colly Sports (@ocollysports) February 27, 20152. #SourcesSomebody who knows a lot of Daxx things[1. To the point that he emailed to tell me that Rudolph was starting because Daxx was concussed before anyone knew it was actually happening.] emailed me recently to confirm that, as of this weekend, Daxx was transferring.Could that change by March 9 when Gundy holds his press conference?Yep, it could. But I’m guessing it won’t.3. Why wouldn’t Daxx Garman transfer?We’re talking about someone who has played for four different teams since his junior year of high school. Somebody who’s a senior and could likely pull a Russell Wilson Jeremiah Masoli and transfer somewhere with a grad program OSU doesn’t offer and potentially play out his last year of eligibility.Plus, what’s the upshot of staying other than the probability that if you’re not a walk-on and you play QB, you’re probably going to play the position at OSU at some point in the year if the last few seasons are any indication?If you don’t feel an affinity to OSU, then why bank on No. 10 and No. 4 going down so you can pull a Cardale Jones and whisk the Fightin’ Boones into the College Football Playoff?[1. John Kolar is sitting in his dorm room somewhere, watching Peyton Manning film, smiling.]Could he still flip and be a Cowboy when spring camp breaks in April?Sure. But I don’t think it’s likely. And as my source noted, if he leaves, he’s going to need a U-Haul for all that swag.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Keep Track of Time On and Off the Road with CT Scuderia Racing Watches

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Editors’ Recommendations 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men We at The Manual are suckers for a stouthearted, vintage motorcycles and high-quality timepieces.CT Scuderia offers a stellar collection of racing watches featuring motorcycle-inspired design elements, such as sandblast finishing, tire track straps, carbon fiber, and leather details. With Italian flair, Swiss-made movements from Ronda, and a flawless sense of style, the brand is a perfect match for racing enthusiasts — you almost have to live and breathe the makers’ lives to understand the passion.CT Scuderia founder and designer Enrico Margaritelli is a third generation Italian watchmaker and life-long motorcycle lover, rider, and racer who grew up surrounded by some of the greatest watches in the world. If you haven’t heard of Margaritelli, you may have seen — or even own ed—some of his designs for Fossil and Shinola during their rise as premium timepiece producers.With his own brand, CT Scuderia, Margaritelli meshes his keen sense of detail he built over the years with his childhood roots in Italy and the open road —and we’re here to share his creations.CS10140The first timepiece on our list comes from the Street Racer collection, and it is a beauty. Sporting a rose gold stainless steel frame and perforated black silicon strap, this watch is an absolute head-turner. As with all of CT Scuderia’s watches, detail matters. The dial on this puppy boasts a black honeycomb pattern on the sides and a central carbon fiber piece.CS30103This watch is a perfect companion on the race track with its black IP stainless steel body and natural, genuine leather strap. The CS30103 is part of the Testa-Piatta line, which is inspired by the “bobber” motorcycle, a style devoid of all parts that do not contribute to speed.CS20101One of the smoothest silhouettes from CT Scuderia is featured in the Corsa collection, which is derived from the original “Master Time” model of dash-mounted watches. The white dial shines on a black stainless steel frame and perforated strap, allowing for the big, bold markers to stand out no matter how fast your day is going.CS20124Another Corsa creation, this navy blue dial and shining stainless steel frame is one of loudest watches on our roundup — and by loud, we mean the timepiece is noticeable from a quarter-mile away. Sporting a genuine brown leather strap, the CS20124 is a versatile option for everyday use, classy functions, or speedy moments on the road.CS40109The Coda Corta collection is driven by four components: classic, short, slim, and fast. This timepiece flourishes with a smaller casing, vintage leather strap, black IP stainless steel body, and classic buckle. The watch is truly a work of art.CS70105NNow for favorite of the bunch. The Scrambler collection showcases a square face that is truly unique in the timepiece market. The watch radiates an off-road feel by blending a black IP stainless steel frame with robust white markers and an extra-long, genuine leather strap.If you’re a true motor head, CT Scuderia also offers other road-inspired accessories, such as helmets and leather goods.last_img read more

Rahul visits Sheila Dikshits residence

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday visited the residence of late Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and spent some time with her family members. Dikshit died on July 20 and was cremated the next day. While Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attended her last rites, Rahul Gandhi was not present in the country at the time. Rahul, who returned from abroad on Thursday, met the departed leader’s son and former MP Sandeep Dikshit and other family members and condoled her demise. He is learnt to have spent around two hours with Dikshit’s family this morning, the sources said. Sheila Dikshit shared close ties with the Gandhi family.last_img read more

NS Art Gallery says exhibit of Leibovitz portraits now up to photographer

first_imgHALIFAX – It’s all up to Annie Leibovitz now.Unless the famed American photographer personally signs off on an exhibit to display her iconic portraits, they will remain in storage at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.“The gallery can not show the work without her permission,” Halifax gallery spokesman Colin Stinson said in an email Thursday, noting that although the gallery owns all the pieces, Leibovitz maintains the copyright.“Our first step in the process will be to work with the artist to determine the best path forward,” he said.The gallery was dealt a crushing blow this week when a federal board refused to grant the collection a certification of cultural significance, which comes with important tax incentives for donors.It was the gallery’s fourth and final application to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, which once again ruled that the bulk of the photographs did not meet the criteria for outstanding significance or national importance.The collection includes a portrait of a naked and pregnant Demi Moore, a brooding image of the Queen, Whoopi Goldberg bathing in milk, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the Blues Brothers, and the haunting photo of a naked John Lennon and Yoko Ono hours before the musician was gunned down in front of his New York apartment.While the board certified Leibovitz’s file collection — a series of snapshots that led to final photographs — it refused to certify the large-scale exhibition-style prints.Leibovitz has been unavailable for comment this week. A colleague told The Canadian Press she is out of the country.A spokeswoman for the Canadian Heritage Department, which oversees the federal board, said the board receives over 500 certification applications a year from museums, libraries, archives, and other institutions.Justine Lafond said in an email that over 80 per cent of certification applications are approved, often at the proposed fair market value.“A smaller number are refused for not meeting the criteria of outstanding significance and national importance,” she said.However, Lafond said she could not comment or publicly acknowledge any certification application due to an obligation to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information.Toronto art lawyer Aaron Milrad said the board’s repeated refusal to certify the Leibovitz works could send a chill over the art world.“It should be a concern for museums and art galleries in Canada,” he said in an interview Thursday. “On my part, I will donate less than I would otherwise.”Milrad said the works were purchased for roughly US$4.75 million but have a fair market value closer to $20 million, which would have resulted in a tax break.The contract between the artist and the donor stipulated that a final payment was due upon certification, he said.But Milrad said the donor did everything by the rules, and called the board’s refusal to certify the works “petty.”“I’m frustrated to see this kind of an attitude as a precedent,” Milrad said. “They obeyed the rules and they got independent appraisals from highly regarded appraisers knowledgeable about the American photography market.”The family of Al and Faye Mintz of Toronto donated the images to the gallery in June 2013 in what was the largest single donation of one artist to the gallery.Harley Mintz said recently in an emailed statement that the family is disappointed that this “spectacular exhibition is tucked away and not available to the public.”Meanwhile, Milrad said despite the controversy surrounding the collection there is a fairly good chance the works will be displayed eventually.“It makes no sense for an artist to have something in a gallery and not allow it to be shown,” he said. “And there are certain exceptions under the copyright act for fair use and the right for the public to see things. I don’t buy into the fact that they need permission to show this art.”Besides copyright issues, Milrad said Leibovitz could refuse to have her photography displayed under so-called moral rights.“The moral rights would prevent the works from being used with an association with a product or a service that could be prejudicial to her honour or her reputation,” he said. “So if you’re having a sponsor and she thinks it would be bad for her to have her art under that sponsor, she can say no.”last_img read more

Ottawa eyes protection measures for the porbeagle – Canadas shark

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – It is stout but fast, a top predator affectionately called “Canada’s shark.”But years of intense fishing left the porbeagle shark endangered, and the federal government is now considering protection measures.Fisheries and Oceans Canada wrapped up a public survey last week on the potential impacts of listing the porbeagle under the Species at Risk Act.The shark — which can reach more than three metres in length — is commonly found in Canada’s North Atlantic waters because of its tolerance for cold. But the population has declined by up to 78 per cent since 1961, when the country opened a porbeagle fishery.The fishery has been closed since 2013, but the sharks reproduce slowly, giving their population a long recovery time.“The question is not whether they’re endangered or not, that’s just a scientific status,” said Shannon Arnold of Halifax’s Ecology Action Centre.“The question is how are they going to deal with that, which act, which sets of regulations come in to play to help that species recover.”Arnold said the slow decision-making process has left the porbeagle “in limbo” with only vague protection measures, after being been formally assessed as endangered in 2004 and 2014 by an independent committee of scientists.Arnold said listing the porbeagle under the Species at Risk Act would prompt necessary protective measures like enforcing a cap on accidental bycatch and investing federal money in population studies.Fisheries and Oceans Canada said in an e-mail it will make a recommendation to the environment minister after reviewing input from the public and industry stakeholders, as well as scientific research. There is no current timeline for a decision, it said.Arnold said an estimated 80 to 90 per cent of the porbeagle population is in Canadian waters, and researchers have identified its mating areas.“We often refer to porbeagle as Canada’s shark,” said Arnold. “We have a lot of scientists who are interested in it, we could be doing really great survey work and really adding to the international assessment of how this shark is doing, but we haven’t resourced that.”Protecting the porbeagle under the Species at Risk Act would help finance more research to better assess the population’s health, Arnold said.The latest population assessment on the porbeagle was from a 2009 survey which estimated between 197,000 and 207,000 sharks in Canadian waters.Emilie Novaczek, a marine biology PhD student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, thinks the porbeagle is an ideal species for protection under the Act, pointing to its low reproductive cycle, and its importance in regulating the ecosystem as a large apex predator.Novaczek also noted that marine species are often less likely to be approved under the Act, and the consultation process often takes longer.A 2016 paper on Canadian ocean policy published in the Marine Policy journal found that “of 39 marine fish species identified … as threatened or endangered, only five have been accepted for listing,” with a significantly lower acceptance rate than freshwater fish species.In the case of the porbeagle shark, with a prime breeding time of 18 years, the lengthy decision-making process means that a key window of protection is slipping by, Novaczek said.“We’ve missed out on protecting a full generation of these long-lived sharks,” Novaczek said in an e-mail. “Canada has a spotty record protecting marine fish and I would love to see a break in that track record.”Arnold said it’s unclear how much weight the public’s input has on the federal decision, but she hopes the government comes to a speedy decision.“We have a particular responsibility to do the most we can to help recover this species.”last_img read more

UN Security Council Resolution Calls for End to Israeli Settlements

New York – A United Nations Security Council resolution passed today with 14 votes in favor and one U.S. abstention, calling for an end to Israeli settlements.The Egyptian-drafted resolution, reports the Associated Press, “said Israel’s settlements in lands the Palestinians want to include in their future state have ‘no legal validity.’”“It demanded a halt to such activities for the sake of ‘salvaging the two-state solution,” the AP report continued.  Since the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel has always stood by its decision to build its settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, despite many considering them illegal under international law.In a surprisingly bold move, the U.S. chose to abstain from the vote on the resolution, rather than veto it, despite pressure from President-elect Trump and Israel. This abstention allowed the resolution to be adopted. Israel Ambassador Danny Danon denounced the vote, saying, “Would you ban the French from building in Paris?”Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement following the vote, saying:“Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms. At a time when the Security Council does nothing to stop the slaughter of half a million people in Syria, it disgracefully gangs up on the one true democracy in the Middle East, Israel, and calls the Western Wall ‘occupied territory.’”After U.N. Security Council President Roman Oyarzun announced the vote results on Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power commented on the United States’ position, saying, “It is because this forum too often continues to be biased against Israel, because there are important issues that are not sufficiently addressed in this resolution, and because the United States does not agree with every word in this text that the United States did not vote in favor of the resolution.”“But it is because this resolution reflects the facts on the ground and is consistent with U.S. policy across Republican and Democratic administrations throughout the history of the state of Israel that the U.S. did not veto it,” she continued.Though many don’t expect this resolution to have a substantial effect on the conflict, the United States’ abstention makes a strong statement to the President-elect and indicates the country’s discontent with Israel. In response to the resolution, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who had tried to prevent the vote from going through in solidarity with Israel, tweeted the following:As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016 read more

Moroccan Journalist Souad Mekhennet Wins 2018 Ludwig Börne Prize

Rabat – Journalist Souad Mekhennet, a German national of Moroccan origin, has received the 2018 Ludwig Börne Prize, one of the most esteemed literary prizes in German-speaking countries.The Washington Post national security reporter becomes the first Arab and Muslim to win the award since its launch 25 years ago.At the award ceremony in Frankfurt Sunday, jury president and well-known TV journalist Maybrit Illner highlighted Mekhennet’s meticulous work as a journalist in Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, and Libya, but also her excellence as a writer through her investigations in radical circles. Mekhennet is famous for her reports on terrorism and especially her international bestseller “I was Told to Come Alone: ??My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad,” where she investigated Islamic extremism in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.The 368-page memoir discusses the reporter’s personal experience as a Muslim reporter with a bicultural identity. As a Muslim, Mekhennet has had access to some of the most wanted members of jihadist groups, including Al Qaeda and ISIS, who have refused to talk to Western reporters.The mayor of Frankfort, present at the ceremony, said he was proud that the award was given to a typical woman from the city “who embodies, by her plural identity, the multicultural diversity that characterizes Frankfurt.”Mekhennet won the Daniel Pearl Award for courage and integrity in journalism in 2017. According to the Washington Post, the Ludwig Börne Foundation “honors outstanding achievements in essay, criticism and reportage.”Maybrit Illner said of the journalist: “Mekhennet combines great courage, clear reasoning and genuine passion. The child of immigrant workers became an investigative reporter of international acclaim. Discrimination, arrogance and hypocrisy make her just as angry as it once did Ludwig Börne.”The Moroccan journalist has worked for internationally renowned media outlets, including the New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Daily Beast and German television ZDF. She currently works at The Washington Post. read more

Suncor CEO Steve Williams to retire in May

CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says Steve Williams will retire as chief executive after the company’s annual meeting next May.Williams, 62, joined Suncor in 2002 and took the helm of Canada’s largest energy producer by market capitalization from longtime CEO Rick George when he retired in 2012.Williams has been one of the more outspoken CEOs in the oilpatch, insisting recently the company will approve no new major expansion projects until Canada’s export pipeline access problem is resolved.Trans Mountain deal doesn’t change Suncor’s view Canada falling behind on competitivenessSuncor Energy powers through pipeline crisis, ramping up output at Fort Hills and HebronSuncor to shun major new projects amid Canada’s ‘difficult’ regulatory environmentHe has also led the way in support for environmental initiatives and was one of four energy company leaders to stand alongside Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in 2015 when she unveiled the province’s sweeping climate plan, which included a growing carbon tax.The company says Mark Little, 56, will trade in his chief operating officer title to become president effective immediately and will assume the CEO’s role in May.Little joined Suncor in 2008 and has served in several leadership roles in the company’s oilsands and international and offshore operations.“It’s been a privilege to lead Suncor. I’m making this transition now, knowing that it’s a good time to do so,” said Williams in a statement.“Thanks to a sound strategy grounded in operational excellence and capital discipline, a healthy balance sheet, and an ongoing focus on sustainability and technology and innovation, I’m optimistic about Suncor’s future under Mark’s leadership.” read more

Iraq in letter to UN accepts new Security Council resolution on weapons

In a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Iraq today indicated its willingness to accept the return of weapons inspectors to the country under the terms of a new Security Council resolution – a move immediately welcomed by the President of the 15-member body.The Council President received copies of the letter through Mr. Annan, according to a UN spokesman.Baghdad will accept Security Council resolution resolution 1441 “despite its bad contents,” said Iraqi Ambassador Mohammad Al-Douri, quoting from the letter.”We are prepared to receive the inspectors within the assigned timetable,” he told reporters in New York. “We are eager to see them perform their duties in accordance with international law as soon as possible.”Iraq has nothing to fear from the arms inspectors because the country “has not and will not have” any weapons of mass destruction, the Ambassador said.”We are always opting for the path of peace,” he added. “We choose always the peaceful ways and means, and this is part of our policy, that is to protect our country, to protect our nation, to protect the region also from the threat of war, which is real.”The Council President, Ambassador Zhang Yishan of China, said he had been contacted by Mr. Al-Douri with the news.“I informed the other members of the Security Council of the message coming from the Ambassador of Iraq,” Ambassador Zhang said, adding that they welcomed the “correct” decision by the Iraqi Government and that they would like to see that resolution 1441 be implemented “fully and very effectively.” read more

Pacific nations stress vulnerability of small island States during UN debate

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters told the Assembly’s annual debate that Pacific countries faced hard work in the years ahead as they tried to overcome the effects of climate change, their distance and isolation from major markets, political instability and threats from communicable diseases.Noting that the Pacific is bigger than Europe and the Middle East combined, Mr. Peters said its countries “have learned that regional problems require regional solutions,” backed by the support of international frameworks, such as treaties and agreements, on issues of importance.He cited the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Agreement for Conservation and Management of Straddling and Highly Migratory Fish stocks as two examples.Mr. Peters also warned against the threat of “cheque book diplomacy,” saying New Zealand stood on guard to try to ensure that the smaller Pacific nations did not fall victim to it.Redley Killion, Vice-President of the Federated States of Micronesia, said small island nations “are under greater threat than ever before” from climate change and rising sea levels, despite the fact that they contribute little themselves to the causes of the phenomena.Micronesia and Palau are among several Pacific nations that have proposed an immediate moratorium on unregulated bottom trawl fishing because of its devastating impact on marine ecosystems.Endorsing the proposed ban, Palau’s Vice-President Elias Camsek Chin said his country looks to the UN for leadership on maintaining the viability of the environment.“Palau relies on the health of its amazing reefs and waters to provide food for our people and to support our tourism industry. Without these, we will not be able to develop a sustainable economy that will allow our children to live and work in their homeland,” he said.Nauruan President Ludwig Scotty lamented the lack of any substantial reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions since the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, or on the implementation of the commitments made at the Mauritius summit on Small Islands Developing States last year.Manesseh Sogavare, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, said the failure to reach an agreement during the Doha Round of international trade negotiations continues to hurt the economies of the world’s small island nations. read more

Peace in Syria an imperative that cannot wait UN chief Guterres says

A boy cycles past the rubble of a destroyed house in Qara, where fighting erupted in 2014, dragging the town into the brutal Syrian conflict. Photo: UNHCR/Qusai Alazroni While he underscored that the conflict would never end without a genuine political commitment to peace, Mr. O’Brien asserted that “even if a political agreement were to succeed tomorrow, millions of Syrians will still require critical humanitarian assistance for months and likely years to come.” He stressed that brave humanitarians would continue to stand with the people of Syria to deliver aid to millions of civilians most in need – regardless of which side they are perceived to be on.Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that he joined Syrians in hoping that 2017 would be the year the carnage finally ended, and that the parties to the conflict – and those that support their actions – regained their sense of humanity. He concluded his message saying: “We owe this and so much more to the millions of battered and beleaguered women, men and children who have suffered through this most uncivil war.”Syria’s healthcare system has also fallen victim to the conflict Civilian access to health services has also seriously deteriorated, with more than half of public hospitals and primary health centres having either closed or remaining only partially functioning, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “Substantial health needs in Syria continue to be unmet and resources to support the health workforce and health system are stretched to the limit,” said Dr. Peter Salama, WHO Executive Director of Health Emergencies Programme. While almost two–thirds of healthcare workers have fled, many of the medical facilities that remain open lack clean water, electricity and sufficient medical and surgical supplies.”On this sad anniversary of the start of war in Syria and before more lives are lost, WHO calls for systematic and unhindered access to all areas to deliver life-saving medicines, vaccines and medical supplies,” stressed Dr. Salama. Despite obstacles, including security threats, WHO has continued to support health services with medicines and supplies; by training the remaining health care staff; and assisting with medical teams and mobile clinics through cross line and cross-border programmes. AUDIO: Accessing health care is a challenge for most people in Syria, where six years of conflict have left more than half of all public hospitals and primary health centres closed or only partially functioning, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). “For six years now, the Syria people have been victims of one of the worst conflicts of our time,” said Mr. Guterres in a statement on the crisis in Syria, which began in March 2011 after a crackdown on massive popular protests throughout the country turned into an armed struggle that has dispalced millions. The UN chief issued two urgent appeals to all the parties, firstly, to make the most of the 30 December 2016 ceasefire established by the guarantors of the Astana meetings – Russia, Turkey and Iran – enhance it further, and ensure that relief aid can reach all those in need in Syria without any obstacles and impediments. Secondly, the UN chief appealed to all those with influence on the conflict parties to overcome their differences and work together to put an end to the conflict, namely by contributing to the success of the intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva on the basis of the Geneva Communiqué and relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2254 (2015), which endorsed a road map for a peace process in Syria, including specific language on governance, constitution and elections.The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura announced last week that he expects to convene intra-Syrian negotiations on 23 March. For his part, Mr. Guterres underscored: “Peace in Syria is a moral and political imperative both for the Syrian people and for the world – an imperative that cannot wait.” ‘Toll taken on civilians is inexcusable’ – UN Emergency Relief CoordinatorMeanwhile, as the conflict enters its seventh grim year, the Syrian people have watched huge parts of their country reduced to rubble, according to the UN humanitarian coordinator.“The toll taken on civilians is inexcusable. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. Almost five million people – the majority of them women and children – have fled the grotesque violence and deprivation and are now living as refugees,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O‘Brien in his message on the crisis. He added that too many who set out on perilous journeys to escape the war perished on the way. “As I speak,” continued Mr. O’Brien, “more than six million people are displaced within Syria. They are among the 13.5 million people in Syria who are in dire need of humanitarian aid.”Families and entire communities are struggling to meet their most basic food needs. While food shortages worsen, a seemingly endless supply of bombs and artillery shells continue to extinguish lives. Moreover, a generation of children in Syria have known nothing but brutal conflict and fear during their short lives. read more

Jeremy Paxman I felt hatred for my estranged father

first_imgFormer Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has admitted in his memoir to feeling “passionate hatred” towards his late father at times.The broadcaster revealed in his new book, A Life In Questions, that typewriter salesman Keith Paxman left the family to move to Australia when his eldest son was a 24-year-old BBC trainee. 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. Did I love my father? My feelings ranged from resentment to passionate hatredJeremy Paxman As a presenter, Paxman spent 25 years fronting the BBC’s flagship political programme, earning a reputation as a hard-bitten interviewer before he hosted his final show in summer 2014.And the 66-year-old said he did not want to be portrayed as “poor little me” following the revelations in his memoir.He said: “There comes a point, about the age of 40, when you have to stop saying how you are is a consequence of how you were brought up. And particularly when you are 66, it is pathetic to say, ‘I am as I am because of things that happened in my childhood’.”The Leeds-born broadcaster, who studied at Cambridge University, has already authored a string of books including studies of Victorian Britain, politics and fishing, and continues to host quiz show University Challenge.In 2014, he reportedly signed a three-book deal with publisher William Collins for almost £1million. After tracking his estranged father down a decade later, Paxman said he was “astonished” when the older man showed no interest in reconciling with him.In extracts from the book, published in The Times Magazine, Paxman said: “Did I love my father? My feelings ranged from resentment to passionate hatred.”In an interview with the newspaper, he added: “I was astonished by his lack of curiosity. I mean there were grandchildren he’d never seen, spouses he’s never met.”It seemed as if we were part of a life he’d put behind him.”last_img read more

White coat syndrome is real blood pressure readings at home 50 per

Prof Williams said: “This research is a clear game-changer, as for the first time, it definitively shows that blood pressure measured regularly during a 24 hour period predicts the risk of heart disease, stroke and death much better than blood pressure measured in a doctor’s surgery or clinic.“Quite simply, measuring blood pressure over 24 hours is what doctors and medics should be using to make clinical decisions about treatment.“With a much more accurate assessment of a patient’s blood pressure, doctors will be able to provide the most effective treatments at the earliest opportunity, which will save many more lives.”Earlier this week, Australian medics suggested US proposals to redefine blood pressure – meaning patients could be diagnosed at levels currently considered healthy – could backfire.Researchers from the University of Sydney said that a diagnosis could itself increase anxiety, which can cause spikes in blood pressure.Prof Anna Dominiczak, Regius Professor of Medicine, Vice Principal and Head of College, University of Glasgow, said: “This is a good quality study on a large number of patients and the conclusions are based on solid data. It shows that in the Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) over 24 hrs is a better predictor of cardiovascular mortality as compared with clinic blood pressure measurements.“This is in line with previous small studies and confirms previous observations but with a larger numbers of patients and thus stronger evidence. The data on masked hypertension and white coat hypertension are particularly important,” she said. She highlighted the fact the study was observational.  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. White coat syndrome is real, confirms a new study, showing blood pressure measurements taken by a doctor are 50 per cent less accurate than those taken at home.The research confirms theories that readings taken in a doctors’ surgery bear little relation to the true state of heart health.Experts have long surmised that anxiety in medical settings could cause a spike in blood pressure, meaning cases will be overdiagnosed.The new study which tracked 63,000 patients for 10 years, tested their blood pressure first at a medical clinic, before giving patients pocket-sized devices to take home, checking levels for the next 24 hours.The research found that the measurements taken at home were a far better predictor of mortality rates from heart disease than the reading from the clinic.Around 10.4 per cent of cases experienced a spike in blood pressure rocket in front of their GP – yet readings were normal at home. Meanwhile, 3.6 per cent were told their levels were within a healthy range – only for 24-hour monitoring to show otherwise.The accuracy of each measure was assessed by comparing it with death rates over the subsequent decade.The research, the largest ever cohort study of its kind, is published in the New England Journal for Medicine.Author Professor Bryan Williams, from University College London Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, said the study was a “game-changer” and showed the need for surgeries to offer more self-testing at home.“For decades doctors have known that blood pressure measured ‘in-clinic’ could be masked or elevated, simply because the patient was in a medical setting, and this could lead to the wrong or a missed diagnosis,” he said.High blood pressure is the leading preventable cause of death globally.Around 12 million patients in the UK have the condition, which is the biggest cause of heart disease and stroke. read more

Remains of British Korean War dead may never be found

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. Ministry of Defence sources said North Korea had “not indicated whether further remains will be returned to the US“ which could allow Britain remains to be sent to the UK.The source said: “Any further remains returned by North Korea would likely follow a similar process. UK policy is not to actively search for remains to identify and re-inter them. However, where remains are recovered, efforts are made to provide a positive identification.”   Nicola Nash, a spokesman at the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, said: “We are currently attempting to gather the contact information of the families of these brave men who were killed during the Korean War but have no known grave. In a letter to Lord Alton of Liverpool, the campaigning Liberal Democrat peer, Earl Howe, a Ministry of Defence minister, said officials had “recently concluded an exercise to cross-reference records in the UK and the British embassy in Seoul of those personnel with no known grave, to confirm the number of personnel whose remains might possibly in North Korea. Lord Alton, who is a co-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea, said it was vital that the remains of the 255 British soldiers are repatriated.He said: “The Korean War has sometimes been called a forgotten war – one in which up to 3 million people lost their lives.“Brave British servicemen served with distinction and courage, notably, of course, the Gloucesters.“During decades of great cruelty, the North Korean Communist regime refused to allow the return of the remains of men who were lost, missing in action.  “Although some welcome, small steps have been taken to return the mortal remains of some of the American personnel who were killed, it now seems that many of our own men will never be returned home. “The passage of time has not dimmed the memories of families whose loved ones were lost. Their families have never forgotten them or their sacrifice and nor should we. “We hope that if the political climate improves the UK Government will continue to keep pressing the North Korean regime for any information it has about the final resting places of these courageous British servicemen and not give up on securing the return of their mortal remains to Britain.” “Although the process of tracing families, DNA testing and identification will probably take many years, we are hoping that as many families as possible will come forward after seeing our press appeals so that we are prepared.” “From a total of 301 UK service personnel with no known grave, I can now confirm the remains of 255 UK service personnel are believed to be in North Korea.“This represents 23 per cent of the 1,129 service personnel  who died as result of Korean War between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954. The remaining 46 with no known grave were either lost at sea or buried at sea.”Earl Howe added: “You may like to know that following the commitment of the US and DPRK to recover Service personnel missing or killed in North Korea, the Ministry of Defence is offering the opportunity for relatives of UK service personnel killed or missing in action in the Korean War to provide DNA samples to facilitate identification.” The bodies of dozens of British soldiers killed during the Korean war will never be recovered, the Government has admitted.The first official count of Britain’s missing war dead from the war has established the remains of 255 UK servicemen and women are lying in North Korea – roughly a quarter of the 1,129 Britons who died in the war.Ministers are now appealing to relatives of British troops who lost their lives in the war to provide DNA samples so they can be identified.However, the remains of a further 46 servicemen and women are classified as “with no known grave” and so either “lost at sea or buried at sea” with little chance of being recovered.The Korean War is sometimes been called a ‘forgotten war’ despite up to three million people losing their lives, including thousands of US and British servicemen and women.Hopes were raised this year that the bodies of the British war dead can be repatriated after a summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.That triggered the return of around 55 caskets of remains – some of whom may be British – in late July that have been found in the North since the end of the four-year Korean War in 1954. read more


The Croatian champions PPD Zagreb made a big sensation by beating German Rhein Neckar Lowen 30:28 (13:15) which was enough for the place at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8, where Veselin Vujović guys will meet Paris Saint Germain!Croatian best team showed amazing performance at SAP Arena, where goal by left wing Dobrivoje Marković 20 seconds before the end was decisive for the crucial advantage after home defeat 23:24 seven days ago in Zagreb. ← Previous Story SG Flensburg to chase Kielce for Final4! Next Story → VIDEO: Markooović for sensation in Mannheim EHF Champions LeaguePPD Zagreppd zagrebRhein Neckar Lowen read more

Robot Rodeo puts robot bomb squads to the test

first_imgNo, it doesn’t involve any tasseled cowboys (roboboys?) trying to stay seating on a bucking BigDog. Nor is there any prize for roping a speeding cheetah-bot in the shortest amount of time. Still, the annual Western National Robot Rodeo has plenty of events, and while they might be quite the family-friendly content you associate with rodeos, they’re fascinating nonetheless. It’s a veritable obstacle course for the world’s most harrowed roboticists: the world’s premiere robot bomb squads.This year was the rodeo’s seventh year in operation, and this time it was Sandia National Laboratories‘ turn to host. They set up a varied array of challenges designed to test the versatility of the robots, and the creative problem solving skills of their controllers. The event was hosted in June, but video was only just released.Despite testing primarily the robots, many challenges threw in obstacles for the humans as well. One disaster scenario saw actors pretending (with remarkable commitment) to be injured and screaming, perhaps running up to the police and military personnel and providing delays and emotional distractions from the task at hand. The robots themselves had to deal with everything from distant targets (one supposed bomb-bag was stuck at the top of a high fence) to loud rock music that could distract operators and interfere with their mode of sensing their environment.Teams came from all over the country, including Air Force bomb squads, and state and local police departments. Each team was exposed to scenarios they likely had never seen before, and were forced to adapt under time constraints. Often challenges required the robots to perform actions for which they were not designed, to prove their ability to improvise solutions and make quick adjustments.These sorts of training exercises are vital to both the operators and designers of these robots. Thought even goes into the back-stories to the scenarios, as with the fence operation in which one bomb is left abandoned in panic. Different teams, with different robots, will naturally excel in certain areas and struggle in others. This helps to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each design, hopefully leading to both a better understanding of which tool to use for a particular job, and how to make a robot that’s ready to deal with as many different situations as possible.Video from last year’s Robot Rodeo, hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratories, is embedded below.last_img read more