Commonwealth chief speaks to President on crisis in Sri Lanka

In a telephone conversation with Baroness Patricia Scotland, he explained that he has very clearly asked the Speaker of Parliament to follow the Parliamentary Standing Orders and conventions and take any vote on a no-confidence motion using the electronic voting system or by name, the President’s office said. Baroness Patricia said that the Commonwealth values Sri Lanka’s adherence to democracy as one of the oldest democracies in Asia and as a long-standing member of the Commonwealth. Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Patricia Scotland, has spoken to President Maithripala Sirisena on the political crisis in Sri Lanka.President Sirisena told the Commonwealth Secretary General that he has acted in accordance with the Constitution of Sri Lanka and would continue to stand for democratic practices. She assured that the Commonwealth would continue to work in close cooperation with Sri Lanka.She expressed confidence that Sri Lanka would solve the current political crisis amicably. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Lebanese musician and writer named UN artist for peace

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) cultural agency is set to appoint Lebanese musician and writer Marcel Khalifé one of its artists for peace, saying his original musical compositions make him a “cultural ambassador”.Mr. Khalifé, born in 1950, first studied then taught the oud, or Arabic lute, at the Beirut National Conservatory. After a solo career, in 1972 he founded the Al Mayadine musical group in his home village, Amchit, Mount Lebanon, with the mission of using the oud to preserve the Arabic musical heritage. The group has toured extensively, UNESCO says. He also has composed dance and film music, inspired by contemporary Arab poets, and has written several books on music. UNESCO will officially appoint Mr. Khalifé tomorrow. UNESCO also recently appointed Prince Twins Seven Seven of Nigeria, considered the foremost exponent of the Oshogbo School of Painting, representing the cosmology and mythology of the Yoruba people. Their culture spread as captives from among them were enslaved and transported across the Atlantic to Cuba, Brazil and the southern United States. Prince Twins Seven Seven, appointed late last month, is also a musician, actor and writer.The agency created the Artist for Peace award in 1995, the International Year for Tolerance, using the artists’ influence, charisma and prestige to “sensitize public opinion about issues relating to peace, justice, children in need, the struggle against illiteracy, the environment and tolerance.” Among them are Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, French-born “Gypsy King” composer and singer Chico Bouchikhi, Japanese ballet dancer Miyako Yoshida and violinist Eijin Nimura, U.S. Native American writer and painter N. Scott Momaday, Chinese actress Gong Li, Mozambican painter Malangatana, Brazilian cultural minister, composer and singer Gilberto Gil and Venezuelan actress Patricia Velasquez. read more

American Airlines parent AMR narrows 1Q loss on higher revenue lower labour

DALLAS – American Airlines parent AMR Corp. reported a smaller loss for the first quarter than a year ago on slightly higher revenue and much lower labour costs.The nation’s third-largest airline said Thursday that it would’ve earned $8 million excluding costs of its bankruptcy restructuring.The first quarter is the weakest of the year for airlines, and this marked AMR’s first adjusted profit in the period since 2007.“A modest first quarter profit shows that we are off and running for the year,” CEO Tom Horton said in an interview.American stumbled on that running start this week, as a computer-systems outage grounded all of its U.S. departures for several hours on Tuesday, stranding tens of thousands of passengers. The airline has been trying to recover since, but cancellations, including those likely caused by bad weather, continued on Thursday.Horton said the company has fixed the computer problem and is confident it will avoid another meltdown.AMR reported a first-quarter loss of $341 million, including restructuring costs, compared with a loss of $1.66 billion in the same period last year.Revenue rose 1 per cent to $6.1 billion. Labor costs declined 17 per cent — a savings of $298 million — as American cut jobs. Labor is American’s second-biggest expense behind jet fuel.Horton said the company’s bankruptcy restructuring made its costs competitive with other airlines. He said that AMR will show even more savings in the second quarter as it benefits from renegotiating deals with vendors and suppliers for things such as aircraft leases.AMR is in the process of merging with US Airways and emerging from bankruptcy protection around September. If antitrust regulators approve the merger, the combined airline will be the biggest in the world.Once that deal is done, mergers will have reduced eight big U.S. airline companies to four. At the same time, airlines have limited the supply of seats, which helps boost prices. American enjoyed it highest average fare per mile ever in the January-March period.American’s on-time performance improved in the first quarter. But it suffered a setback this week with the computer-systems breakdown that caused massive delays and cancellations Tuesday and Wednesday.At midday Thursday, American had cancelled about 140 flights and smaller-jet affiliate American Eagle had cancelled more than 300, according to flight-tracking services. Together, they operate about 3,300 flights a day.American’s problems were concentrated in Dallas and in Chicago, where bad weather was interrupting departures, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. United Airlines, based in Chicago, had nearly as many cancellations as American by noon Thursday.When the computers went down earlier this week, Horton apologized to customers in a YouTube video and blamed the outage on a “software issue.” He declined to be much more specific Thursday.“We do understand the cause of the failure,” Horton said. “We’re continuing to investigate and do further testing, but we have a high degree of confidence that situation won’t recur.”John F. Thomas, an aviation consultant with L.E.K. Consulting, said airline computer systems are among the most complex because of the need to connect with other networks inside and outside the company.As the airline industry suffered financial problems in the past decade — AMR is just the latest of several to go through bankruptcy — the carriers lacked money to upgrade their systems, Thomas said. Now that most airlines are earning profits, “the tide has turned and … they are starting to make the investments,” he said.___AP Airlines Writer Joshua Freed in Minneapolis contributed to this report.___David Koenig can be reached at AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2013 9:34 am MDT American Airlines parent AMR narrows 1Q loss on higher revenue, lower labour costs read more

Syrian refugee begins Olympic torch relay in Brasilia – UN agency

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games selected Hanan Dacka, who has been living in Brazil for the past year, to participate in the first day of the torch relay on Brazilian soil.With the number of people displaced by conflict and persecution at its highest in the post-World War II era, Hanan’s carrying of the Olympic Torch through Brasilia symbolizes solidarity with refugees everywhere.After being lit on 21 April in the Greek city of Olympia, birthplace of the Games, the flame was carried by Syrian refugee Ibrahim al-Hussein through Eleonas camp, the Athens centre, housing some 1,500 asylum-seekers.The Brazilian leg will last nearly 90 days, concluding with the Games’ opening ceremony on 5 August in the Maracana Stadium, where the Olympic pyre will be lit.“The most important thing in sport is to have fun and make friends,” said Hanan before taking up the flame. “By carrying the Olympic Torch, people from all over the world will know that refugees are real people, and that we can do positive things,” she added.She lives with her family in São Paulo. Fully integrated in the local community, she goes to a school near her home, speaks fluent Portuguese and has many Brazilian friends.Hanan and her family used to live in the north-eastern Syrian city of Idlib. When war broke out, they sought refuge in Jordan, where they spent two and a half years in a refugee camp.According to UNHCR, the family decided to leave for Brazil under the country’s special humanitarian visa program. To date, around 8,000 of these special visas have been issued by the Brazilian authorities, including to Hanan and her family who were recognized as refugees and are now rebuilding their lives.The war in Syria, which entered its sixth year in March, has generated 4.8 million refugees in neighbouring countries and hundreds of thousands in Europe. Of the 8,700 refugees who have settled in Brazil, over 2,000 are from Syria. read more

Ban appoints Hubert Price of US as head of the UN support

In a biographical note, the Secretary-General highlighted that Mr. Price brings to the new position more than 20 years of experience in UN peacekeeping operations, most recently as Director of Mission Support in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from 2010 until 2015, and later as Acting Assistant Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support until June 2016. From 2003 to 2004, Mr. Price served as Chief Integrated Support Services in the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), followed by two years as Chief Administrative Officer in the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI). He then served as Chief Mission Support in the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) from 2006 until 2010, which included periods during which he simultaneously acted as interim Chief of Staff. A retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Armed Forces, Mr. Price has been part of UN peacekeeping operations since 1994, serving in a variety of capacities in Mozambique, Angola and at the UN Logistics Base (UNLB) in Brindisi. read more

How to get Firefox 8 a day early

first_imgMozilla has November 8th pencilled in as the day the stable version of Firefox 8 will become available to the general public. However, you can download it right now if you so wish with a few clicks of your mouse.Although Mozilla is nice enough to tell us all when the next update to its browser is arriving, a less well-known fact is that they make that same stable release available a couple of days early via FTP. That way certain people in the know can get it early e.g. anyone who has to support users downloading the new browser and wants to check its stability or security.So, if you can’t wait another day then you need to visit Mozilla’s FTP site and select the right file to download. The most popular versions are probably going to be the US English 32-bit executable for Windows and for Linux.While Firefox 7 promised to be noticeably faster while using up to 50% less memory, Firefox 8’s improvements focus on other areas.Add-on installations get a new compatibility assistant, meaning when the new version of Firefox is installed you have to allow or disallow all the add-ons you use. Once the new browser is installed and loaded you’ll also notice a Twitter search engine built-in, more accessible history details, and an option to only load tabs on selection. That last one should speed up Firefox loading and relates specifically to users who have set Firefox to show their windows and tabs from a previous session.Firefox users will be prompted to update to Firefox 8 tomorrow, and for most people the best thing to do is just wait for that to happen. If you can’t wait, then find the version that suits your system and language through Mozilla’s FTP site linked to above.Read more at ghacks.netlast_img read more

Iran tests réussis pour les nouveaux engins spatiaux

first_imgIran : tests réussis pour les nouveaux engins spatiauxHier, l’Iran a annoncé avoir testé avec succès un nouveau lanceur et une nouvelle capsule spatiale. Le prochain objectif sera d’envoyer un singe dans l’espace. L’Iran se lance peu à peu dans un important programme spatial. Mercredi, la présidence iranienne a annoncé que “la République islamique d’Iran a lancé avec succès la première capsule de vie iranienne dans l’espace en utilisant la fusée Kavoshgar-4”, rapporte l’AFP citant l’IRNA. Ce lanceur a également été conçu pour transporter des charges. L’Agence spatiale iranienne indique que les transmissions de données et d’images avec la Terre ont parfaitement fonctionné.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACe lancement fait suite à celui de 2009 au cours duquel la fusée Safir-2 en 2009 avait mis en orbite un satellite. En 2010, un vaisseau Kavoshgar-3 avait également emmené à son bord un rat et des tortues. Téhéran indique vouloir prochainement envoyer un singe dans l’espace à bord d’une fusée similaire. Pour les responsables du programme, il s’agit “de la première étape menant à l’envoi d’un homme dans l’espace” prévu pour 2020.  Mais l’Iran ne s’arrête pas là, prévoyant également la mise en orbite de plusieurs satellites, notamment pour l’observation et les télécommunications. Le Kavoshgar-4 devra mettre en place des appareils à basse altitude (150 km), le Safir-B1 pourra placer un satellite de 50 kg à une orbite allant de 300 à 450 km d’altitude, quant au Simorgh, il aura pour mission de mettre en orbite un satellite de 100 kg à 500 km de la Terre. Si le calendrier est respecté, ces engins devraient être lancés dans les 12 prochains mois. Un satellite de télécommunication devrait, quant à lui, être placé en orbite, à 35 000 km du sol, d’ici cinq ans.  L’ambitieux programme spatial iranien inquiètent les pays occidentaux qui craignent que le pays développe une technologie capable de transporter des têtes nucléaires. Déjà en 2009 et en 2010, les Etats-Unis avaient indiqué que l’Iran faisait de la “provocation” et les Européens s’étaient dits “préoccupés”. Téhéran dément, indiquant clairement que le développement des programmes nucléaire et spatial n’est pas d’ordre militaire.Le 18 mars 2011 à 16:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

DDP releasing new book Mickie James honored at music awards

first_img DDP releasing new bookWWE Hall of Famer DDP will be releasing a new self-help book, “Own Your Life: How to Make Yourself Positively Unstoppable,” in the summer of 2018. DDP had released an autobiography back in 2000 entitled “Positively Page” that had decent success.Synopsis for the new book is as follows:World-renowned wrestling champion turned fitness guru Diamond Dallas Page wants to transform your life.He believes that the primary reason so many of us are stuck, whether in unhappy relationships, dead-end jobs, or with self-destructive habits, is because we choose not to truly take ownership of our lives. In this straightforward and insightful book, DDP has created a 13-week fitness and nutrition program that will strip away your litany of excuses and motivate you to get honest, take action, and take ownership?and show you taking control of your pain lets you take control of your life.Combining workout principles and yoga with elements of rehabilitation, and filled with powerful stories of transformation, Own Your Life shows you how to overcome any obstacle to create a magnificent, healthy life.Mickie James honored at music awardsWWE star Mickie James was honored by being inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame over the weekend at the 17th annual Native American Music Awards in Niagara Falls. James also won “Song of the Year” for her single, “Shooting Blanks.”James posted about being honored on her Instagram. Google+ WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Rihanna ‘would love’ Poison Ivy big screen role Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRihanna ‘would love’ Poison Ivy big screen roleVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 31.38%0:03Remaining Time -0:56 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Rihanna October 16, 2017 at 6:48 am 1 COMMENT Disney Drops The ‘Muppets’ Series Pinterest How often do you wash your sheets? Now Playing Up Next “Wir wollen ein Zentrum der musikalischen Exzellenz aufbauen”center_img TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. DK Publishing to release “WWE Beyond Extreme” book in March 2020 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE Hall of Famer announced for Starrcast III Labor Day Weekend in Chicago Now Playing Up Next Facebook Zart und kraftvoll beim Enescu-Festival: Diana Damrau trifft auf Xavier de Maistre Congratulations Mickie. I’ve never heard of them but I guess it’s a great honor. WWE Superstar Mickie James undergoes ACL surgery today, said to be a “complete success” last_img read more

Dunkins Pumpkin Menu To Arrive In Wilmington By August 21

first_img(NOTE: Wilmington has EIGHT Dunkin’ locations — 195 Main Street, 321 Main Street, 586 Main Street, 357 Middlesex Avenue, 66 Concord Street, 211 Lowell Street, 316 Lowell Street, and 206 Ballardvale Street.)CANTON, MA — The calendar and climate still say summer, but for pumpkin lovers across the country, the excitement and demand for the favorite flavor of fall is already here. Dunkin’ is fulfilling fans’ fall wishes by stepping up with a seasonal celebration unlike any other, bringing back classic Pumpkin Flavored Coffees, introducing an exciting new pumpkin espresso beverage and even rebranding eight Dunkin’ shops across the U.S. as Pumpkin’ to serve lucky guests a first taste for free.Dunkin’s long-awaited fall lineup will arrive at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide by August 21, led by the delicious new Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte. For guests eager for an even earlier chance to get pumped for pumpkin, eight Dunkin’ restaurants will make the start of pumpkin season clear to all by changing the store’s signage from Dunkin’ to Pumpkin’ and serving free Pumpkin Flavored Coffees and pumpkin-scented MUNCHKINS lip balm on August 14.Dunkin’s Autumn Array Available August 21Consumers’ passion for pumpkin is rising, with annual sales of pumpkin flavored products up 15.5% in 2018 and setting an all-time high for the past five years, according to Nielsen. To help satisfy seasonal cravings, Dunkin’ is offering one of the largest varieties of pumpkin choices of any national restaurant chain, with a fantastic fall-inspired array available for a limited time, including:NEW Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte: Dunkin’ continues to take lattes to the next level with signature espresso drinks dressed up with exciting flavors and toppings. The new Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte, available hot or iced, features pumpkin and cinnamon flavors, topped with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and cinnamon sugar topping for a tasty new seasonal sip.Pumpkin Flavored Coffees: Dunkin’s Pumpkin Flavored Coffees are the classic choice to fuel up for fall. Dunkin’s pumpkin flavor swirl is available in its hot or iced coffee, Cold Brew, espresso drinks, frozen coffee and frozen chocolate.NEW Apple Cider Donut and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats: The taste of apple cider sweetens the season with Dunkin’s Apple Cider Donut, featuring an apple cider cake ring tossed in cinnamon sugar. Perfect for sharing with friends this fall, guests can also enjoy Apple Cider MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats.Pumpkin Donut and Muffin: Back again for fall is Dunkin’s Pumpkin Donut, a glazed pumpkin cake donut that can also be enjoyed as bite-size MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats, as well as Dunkin’s Pumpkin Muffin, topped with white icing and sweet streusel crumbs.Pumpkin K-Cup® Pods: Guests can take the taste of Pumpkin home with Dunkin’s Pumpkin K-Cup® Pods, available at participating Dunkin’ restaurants for a limited time. Pumpkin flavored K-Cup® Pods and packaged coffee will also be available in grocery and other retailers nationwide as well as online at Pumpkin coffee, available for a spell:Dunkin’ is bringing select guests fall festivities one week before its pumpkin menu officially arrives. On Wednesday, August 14, eight Dunkin’ restaurants across the country will rebrand to Pumpkin’, complete with new exterior signage and festive décor. At each Pumpkin’ restaurant, the first 250 guests will receive a free small hot or iced Pumpkin Flavored Coffee, while supplies last. Dunkin’ will also offer guests a free pumpkin-scented MUNCHKINS® lip balm, while supplies last.While Dunkin’ isn’t yet revealing the full list of participating locations, here’s a hint: the initial letters of seven of the cities and towns where the temporarily rebranded Dunkin’s will be located spell out the word P-U-M-P-K-I-N-’. Follow @Dunkin on Instagram for clues on where Dunkin’s Pumpkin’ restaurants will pop up.To learn more about Dunkin’, visit or subscribe to the Dunkin’ blog to receive notifications at Dunkin’Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 13 years running. The company has more than 12,900 restaurants in 42 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit The above press release is from Dunkin’.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFall Is Almost Here! Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Menu Returns This MonthIn “Business”Dunkin Donuts Next To RMV To Close June 9-20 For Remodeling, To Become “Next Generation” StoreIn “Business”PUMPKIN FLAVORS ARE BACK: Dunkin Donuts To Debut Fall Menu On August 28In “Business”last_img read more

Flattery secures Trumps friendship McCain

first_imgDonald Trump. File photoUS senator John McCain rebukes president Donald Trump in a new memoir, accusing his fellow Republican of failing to uphold US values by showering praise on international “tyrants,” discrediting the media, ignoring human rights and demeaning refugees.“Flattery secures his friendship, criticism his enmity,” wrote McCain in “The Restless Wave,” which he co-authored with long time aide Mark Salter.“It is hard to know what to expect from president Trump, what’s a pose, what’s legitimate,” McCain said in the book that is due to be released on 22 May. An advance copy was sent to Reuters by publisher Simon & Schuster.McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, remains one of the strongest voices in his party on foreign policy, despite a battle with brain cancer. He has been credited with championing civility and compromise in Congress during an era of acrid partisanship in US politics.The 81-year-old Arizona lawmaker, who has served in the Senate since 1987, has also been both a critic and target of Trump, who during his 2016 presidential campaign disparaged McCain’s war record by saying he was not a hero after enduring 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.In his memoir, McCain said Trump had appeared to mock the idea the United States should promote its values abroad and slammed him for threatening to kill the spouses and children of terrorists during his campaign.“His lack of empathy for refugees, innocent, persecuted, desperate men, women and children is disturbing. The way he speaks about them is appalling,” said McCain, who still chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee despite his long medical absence from Washington.At the same time, McCain noted Trump’s praise of Russian president Vladimir Putin and said he “seems just as smitten” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, leaders whom McCain accused of repression.“He has showered with praise some of the world’s worst tyrants,” McCain added.He also accused Trump of failing to raise US concerns about human rights.“The world expects us to be concerned with the condition of humanity. We should be proud of that reputation,” McCain said. “I’m not sure the president understands that.”Trump’s branding of unflattering news stories as fake news – regardless of their validity – was a technique “copied by autocrats who want to discredit and control a free press,” McCain said.The White House did not immediately offer any comment on McCain’s accusations.Polite RebuffMcCain was the central figure in one of the most dramatic moments in Congress of Trump’s presidency when he returned to Washington in July 2017, shortly after his brain cancer diagnosis, for a crucial middle-of-the-night vote.Still bearing a black eye and scar from surgery, McCain gave a thumbs-down signal in a decisive vote to scuttle a Trump-backed bill to repeal the Obamacare healthcare law.In the book, McCain recalled how Trump called him shortly before he cast his vote.“I listened quietly as he asked me to reconsider. I don’t remember exactly how I responded, but it was a polite rebuff,” McCain wrote.McCain mocked Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka – whom he called some of Trump’s “weirder” advisers – saying he was relieved they had left the administration.“Bigger misfits haven’t been seen inside a White House since William Taft got stuck in his bathtub,” McCain wrote, referring to early 20th-century president William Howard Taft.McCain concluded his memoir by citing Robert Jordan, the main character in Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” who said as his death approached: “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.”“And I do too,” McCain wrote. “But I don’t have a complaint. Not one. It’s been quite a ride.”last_img read more

KD Can Erase the Second Best Narrative by Winning with the Knicks

first_imgKD can erase the “second best” narrative by winning with the KnicksIt’s now clear that Kevin Durant has now surpassed LeBron James as the best basketball player in the NBA and the world. Colin has said he thinks Durant leaving the basketball utopia that is Golden State in free agency would be a bad decision, but today he defended one reason why KD may decide to split.KD has always been treated as second best. From being the 2nd pick in the Draft, to the second choice in Oklahoma City, to being ranked 2nd to LeBron James up until this year. Staying with the Warriors would be the smartest move, but if KD bolts for the Knicks and can win a title, the “second best” narrative can be permanently put to bed. Guests:Nick Wright, Mark Medina, Bucky Brooks, and Gotham Chopra Also:-Celtics are still in the driver’s seat against the Bucks-Plenty of smoke with Shanahan/Lynch friction rumors-AFC Three Word Gamelast_img read more

10 GroundFloor Tech Businesses to Start Now

first_imgMarch 17, 2006 Instant messaging: Like so many new forms of media, IM first achieved superstar status among consumers. But now the world’s largest tech company couldn’t run without it. “There are about 3.5 million instant messages a day within IBM,” reports David Marshak, Big Blue’s senior product manager for real-time and activity-centric collaboration. “But the important number is zero-I get zero voice mails from co-workers.””You use IM for problems you want to solve right now, and the entrepreneurial world is in no way slower than the corporate world,” Marshak notes. Additionally, IM suppliers are now tailoring their products for small business and bundling an array of communications alternatives, one of which is …. Ubiquitous telephony: Here’s the deal: Talk for free to anyone anywhere with Skypeand an internet connection. Or for a couple of pennies a minute, you can call anyone with a conventional phone via the SkypeOut service. Voice quality is very good, and you can get every telephony feature conceived by man, from local phone numbers to answering services. What’s not to like? 7 min read We’re living through the mother of all digital convergences. Broadband internet access is becoming ubiquitous, new high-speed wireless networks are coming online, old media are going digital, and new media are being born every day. And the software, hardware and services to support it all are astonishingly cheap.We’re entering a golden age for entrepreneurs, says James Behrens, CEO and co-founder of Orb Networks. “The big companies have not fully recognized how disruptive this is,” says Behrens, whose company delivers TV through any device that can stream video. “They’re all trying to put up tollgates, but the internet is open.”Orb is among thousands of startups riding this wild wave of advanced internet and mobile services. Here are 10 rapidly evolving communications technologies that offer serious entrepreneurial opportunities–and in most cases, will also help you run your business better. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Wikis: Think of a wiki as a collaborative document on the web. Wiki server software lets participants freely edit web page content with any browser. Ward Cunningham whipped up the first wiki by himself in 1995, and an estimated 1 million wikis are now collaborating away. They deliver a constantly refreshed view of a group’s collective wisdom on a given topic without a confusing flood of e-mail. Wikis are quietly cropping up in businesses that tap them for internal projects and have spun off a cottage industry of software and service providers, such as JotSpotand Socialtext. Audio downloading isn’t new, but podcasting makes it simple. Your grateful public uses free podcasting software such as Apple’s iTunesor Juice Receiverto download your MP3 voice or music files, which they listen to on digital music players or PCs at their leisure. A fine way to distribute customer information or training, it’s also spawning homegrown radio stations. GPS phones: GPS-equipped phones aren’t just for keeping track of teens and getting driving directions anymore. They can help you cut sales and supply costs, too. Right now, you probably don’t know exactly where all your sales and delivery people–or the company vehicles they’re using–are. But their cell phones do. And with the right phones-like some Nextel models-and the right software–like Xora’s–you can get powerful new options for dispatching, time and route tracking, staff and delivery scheduling, and emergency response. Down the road, GPS phones will be used to report mobile equipment diagnostics or just to let colleagues know when you’re running late for a meeting. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Blogging:Blogs are a recent example of how relatively simple web technology can create a huge ripple. We’ve seen the blogosphere produce huge public mood swings during elections, and some firms have found them an excellent way to communicate with customers, partners and suppliers. They’re great for project management and tech support, and a few of the most popular bloggers are even charging for blog access. Blogs depend heavily on…. RSS:Share nicely, as the day-care teachers say. That’s what RSS does-it lets you instantly swap links of updated information across the web. You can tap RSS readers or sites (such as personalized home pages on Google or Yahoo!) to customize your news access. RSS also lets you spread your own message-your blog or website can use it to distribute information about your company. Down the road, some firms will even sell ads along with their RSS feeds-if it can be done without annoying recipients. One new medium RSS begat is…. IPTV:With more than half of U.S. users accessing the internet via broadband, and broadband delivery speeds climbing, the stage is set for TV over the net. MPEG Nationis one of many new ventures helping other businesses mine this opportunity. For an $8.95 one-time fee, customers can upload a video file up to 1GB and have MPEG Nation convert it to popular streaming formats for ongoing display. The service benefits from the convergence of ever-cheaper storage, high-speed networking and the flexibility to scale those resources on a just-in-time basis, says president Scott Wolf, 23. It was spun off just last year from Digital Silo, which stores and distributes home videos on the web. Together, the two firms have already attracted more than 10,000 customers and are approaching a million-dollar annual run rate, zeroing in on profitability.Most organizations just use MPEG Nation to display videos on their websites. But others are finding ways to make businesses in new media. For example, one company targets the Indian marketplace in the U.S. by selling subscriptions to videos of Indian performers in concert. Internet TV is rewriting the business model for media. Says Wolf, “You can sell your indie film or build your own TV channel that covers just car mechanics.” What are you waiting for? Hands-on video: Apple created a sensation last fall when it started podcasting TV shows to their new video iPod. But now, both live and pre-recorded programs are appearing on the most popular electronic device in history–our beloved cell phones. Only time will tell when the tiny screen is ready for full-blown TV. But there’s certainly no shortage of big-ticket deals being cut or new TV-friendly devices being released.Digital Video Broadcast Handheld technology, which is optimized for streaming video to energy-efficient handhelds like Nokia’s new bigger-screen phones, appears ready for prime time. Video-enabled phones will be arriving in the tens of millions in the next couple of years, predicts Sam Leinhardt, CEO and co-founder of Penthera Technologies, which creates software for DVB-H networks. New technology always brings new opportunities, says Leinhardt, but trying to predict them “is like asking me 15 years ago, How can the internet be used?” No child left off the internet: Maybe you laughed when you heard the MIT Media Lab was creating a $100 laptop for schoolchildren, but MIT has governments worldwide intrigued by its “laptop in every home” idea and will begin manufacturing them soon. Media Lab prototypes sport innovative displays, free Linux software that runs in flash memory, and peer-to-peer Wi-Fi networks. What if tens of millions of previously disenfranchised children wind up with internet access? What a market that would be. “Nobody’s ever installed computers this densely,” notes Michael Bove, director of MIT’s Consumer Electronics Lab. “Get them out in sufficient numbers, and the business case will be pretty obvious.”Eric Bender is a former executive editor of PC World magazine. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Podcasting Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_imgTogether Sharpe and Helfrich found hope through extensive research by integrating their backgrounds into diverse areas such as neuro-plasticity, diet, nutrition and to digital recording and mainstream, alternative and complimentary therapies, amongst others.“This holistic knowledge synthesis, as applied directly to my own Parkinson’s Disease, quickly lead us to the conclusion that my current drug-centric therapy was inadequate and proposed surgical interventions were not appropriate at my current stage of progression,” said Sharpe in a blog post.By January 2016, they were ready to test a series of hypotheses. They wanted to keep learning everything they could from the outcomes. This is how the video diary came about and the Out-Thinking Parkinson’s Project was born.Sharpe highlights the importance of music, dance and boxing classes, as well as a holistic approach to overcoming his Parkinson’s.Take a look at some of Sharpe’s videos highlighting his everyday life with Parkinson’s Disease. Gary Sharpe has been living with Parkinson’s Disease for several years now in the UK and met his co-founder of Out-Thinking Parkinson’s, Deb Helfrich, on LinkedIn in September 2015.Parkinson’s disease affects the way you move. It happens when there is a problem with certain nerve cells in the brain. Normally, these nerve cells make an important chemical called dopamine. Dopamine sends signals to the part of your brain that controls movement. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more


first_img 23 Comments   Share   Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) With all the smokescreens going around during NFL Draft season, it’s impossible to know what’s important and what’s not.But the Arizona Cardinals reportedly telling Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams they might take him with the No. 1 pick doesn’t appear to be the latter.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that Cardinals general manager Steve Keim “reached out” to Williams to tell him “he’s still a possibility to go first overall,” in Rapoport’s words. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img The 2019 NFL Draft will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Cardinals are on the clock first. Rapoport added that he doesn’t know if Arizona has made a decision, and if so, the team is “keeping it quiet.”If the Cardinals do go with Williams, it would address a need on the defensive line.Related LinksESPN: Cards have ‘no issues’ keeping Josh Rosen after drafting Kyler MurrayCardinals commentator Dave Pasch compares Kyler Murray to Steph CurryMichael Lombardi: ‘You’re an idiot’ to draft Metcalf over N’Keal HarryThe consensus says Kyler Murray, so why do I still have trepidation?Last season, Williams had 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks as he helped Alabama get to the championship game.At the NFL Draft Combine, he ran a 4.83-second 40-yard dash and recorded a 30.5-inch vertical jump.“Dominant defender,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said of Williams during the pre-draft process. “I know his production is moreso this year, but an interior player that is that dominating at that size has been fun to watch.”Taking Williams would mean passing on Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who has been widely regarded as the likely No. 1 pick and a perfect option for head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense.But Williams’ dominance in college and potential as a pro could make him too impressive of an athlete to pass up.There’s also no ruling out this is a smokescreen to confuse opponents and potential trade suitors further. Additionally, it may simply be Keim not risking word getting out by telling a potential top prospect he’s out of the equation. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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