Lukaku opens up on the positive vibes in Uniteds squad

first_imgRomelu Lukaku revealed that Manchester United players are enjoying the happy atmosphere in training since the exit of Jose Mourinho.The Belgian forward may not be having more game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he admitted the positive vibes in the squad has been a key factor to their success.“It’s different, a lot more positive,” he told Canal+.“People are smiling. At the moment everything is going well, and we have to continue like this. We’re enjoying it.”Lukaku further claimed everyone is getting back to their best again after a difficult start to the campaign, with the improved form of Pogba and Rashford a testimony to the assertion.“We tell him at training, Paul is happy, and then he laughs,” Lukaku disclosed via FourFourTwo.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“At the moment, everyone is playing at their level. That’s what’s good. Paul, Marcus (Rashford), even myself when I play, I try to bring something to the team, Anthony (Martial). The competitive mindset is returning in every player.“You see it at training when we do mini games, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see the players are wanting to prove themselves to the manager because they want to take their chance, but the most important remains the team. That’s what’s going to help us to return where we belong.”Up next for Manchester United is a tricky tie against relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday.Lukaku: “This competitive spirit is coming back out of each player, it has already started in training when we play small-sided matches, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see it the players want to prove themselves to the manager.” #MUFC #GGMU pic.twitter.com/74u1IXB7Jp— UnitedReds.com (@UnitedRedscom) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Where Google Misses the Mark for Premium Publishers

first_imgI love Google. I believe it to be one of the greatest American businesses ever launched. For the last dozen years, I have been a partner as well as competitor to Google. I have seen firsthand the incredible breadth of engineering talent and resources they bring to the market. As a publisher, I was a long-time customer of syndicated Google search advertising as well as embedded, contextual text advertising.Google is brilliant at serving and monetizing text advertising. Whether done on the search result page or via contextual mapping to page level content into a dedicated module, these are solutions that no publisher can directly offer. These are solutions based on mapping scale of advertisers to scale of potential keywords, something no individual publisher can possibly replicate. The money generated from these placements is incremental and does not compete with the publishers’ own direct efforts to sell a similar product.Display is a different ballgame. A premium publisher’s core business is in selling a high-value display placement into their curated environment at a premium price. While programmatic buying is surely challenging the value of this model, it still represents a significant market with hundreds of top-tier brand marketers placing value on the age-old premise of the right ad delivered to the right individual in the right environment. Google’s core display product undercuts this model in damaging ways. Google will serve what its algorithm perceives to be the best possible ad at that given moment. It does not discern the appropriateness of the ad content itself or the economics involved. This often defaults to the lowest common denominator served into a premium display position—a text ad, from a direct response marketer, sold for less than 10 percent of what the publishers’ direct sales force is trying (and succeeding ) to get for that same inventory.This is particularly damaging in emerging areas like mobile. Because most premium publishers don’t sell their mobile inventory yet, you often see Google text ads appearing in prime display mobile real estate. Because many of these publishers are using DFP as their first party ad server, Google wisely makes it very easy for them to automate their Adsense backfill.Here is the prime example. This is a screen shot of The New York Times mobile home page from a few months back. The NYT has not sold this position so it defaults to a backfill solution from Google. This is what served: Now I’m an old digital guy and still view the home page of the NYT as a very premium buy. I see top 50 brands paying top dollar to get that position. Google has done a great service to the Counseling Anxiety in Miami advertiser. I wonder if they even know they owned the homepage of the NYT. For the NYT, this is a horrible result. Never mind the poor quality of the ad content and how that sullies the environment for the reader; I’m not sure how their sales team can go to market selling the exclusivity of the placement to their top-brand advertising partners when this is what’s running there.So what can you do if you’re a premium publisher with lots of unsold inventory?1. Put the right resources in place to sell it yourself, and in the way it needs to be sold—as a high-value, high-impact display unit.2. Work with specialist networks that focus on premium inventory and premium brands.3. If you’re going to backfill, do it via an SSP (Pubmatic, Rubicon, or even AdMeld, which Google owns), where more competition for the inventory should produce better ads and better economics.4. If you’re going to just run Google ads, then have somebody at the switch watching to make sure there are minimum standards of ad content quality and yield.Don’t get me wrong; Google is a great and critical partner to the publisher and would be the first to point out they give the publisher control to manage their inventory. The reality is that most publishers don’t have the resources to do this, so they default to something that in the long run undermines their business.    Be smart. Protect the premium value of your brand and inventory.last_img read more

Executive Shakeup at Condé Nast

first_imgNew duties for Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue and artistic director for Condé Nast, weren’t spelled out as clearly, but Townsend commented she’ll “ensure that our content and culture remain at the forefront of our industry.”Wallace leaves the company after a lengthy tenure. He’d served as editorial director since 2005 and as editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler for the 16 years prior. Bellando had been with the company for 15 years. Read the full memo below.Dear Colleagues,With good reason, Condé Nast has earned a reputation for being the very best. We have the most influential brands in media, the most sought-after audience base and the most talented employees in the business. It is with this commitment to excellence that I am pleased to share a number of strategic leadership changes we are making as part of a succession plan we started early this year.Bob Sauerberg will assume a leading role in all revenue generation activities, including taking direct responsibility for the Condé Nast Media Group, as well as brand revenue growth. This expands his areas of responsibility beyond the management of digital, technology, consumer marketing, business development, corporate administration and Condé Nast Entertainment. Lou Cona, chief revenue officer and president of CNMG, will now report to Bob.John Bellando has decided to leave the company following fifteen years of extraordinary service. John has been a respected and trusted business partner for many years and I’m grateful that he has agreed to work with us in an advisory capacity through the end of the year.David Geithner will be joining Condé Nast as CFO starting August 17. David comes to us from Time Inc., where, over the course of a highly successful 20+ year career, he led senior financial functions and served as EVP and president of the Entertainment Group. He will report to Bob, who will be sharing more about David in the coming weeks.I also want to share that Tom Wallace is departing after a distinguished career with the company. He leaves behind a legacy of editorial excellence that has been the cornerstone of our success.Anna Wintour, who last year was named the company’s artistic director, will ensure that our content and culture remain at the forefront of our industry. Bob and I will rely on her for her insights and guidance as we build the team that will lead us into the future.Bob will be making other key announcements shortly about our business direction and strategy going forward. As many of you know, Bob and I have worked side by side as CEO and president to ensure we prepare the company to reach new heights. Today’s announcement begins this seamless transition and gives me more confidence than ever that our best years are yet to come. Condé Nast’s COO and CFO, John Bellando, and editorial director, Thomas Wallace, are leaving the company, according to an internal memo from CEO Chuck Townsend released this morning.Bob Sauerberg, president of Condé Nast, is taking over “all revenue generating activities,” while David Geithner—formerly executive vice president of Time Inc.’s style and entertainment group; he was let go in February as one of several executive casualties ahead of the company’s spinoff—is being brought on as the new CFO.See also: Condé Nast Goes Big on Videolast_img read more

NWA Are Straight Outta Compton For The Record

first_img Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: Shakira For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 26, 2018 – 12:05 pm For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” For The Record Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ For The Record: Carlos Santana For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ For The Record: Carlos Santana Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Facebook N.W.A Are ‘Straight Outta Compton’: For The Record For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: Juan Gabriel Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: Juan Gabriel For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” Email Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ For The Record: Juan Gabriel For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’center_img For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ For The Record: Carlos Santana For The Record: B.B. King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Adele, ’25’ Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record Prev Next For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Although it sold well initially, its landmark status rested on the controversies surrounding its gangsta lifestyle themes and attitudes. Its provocative tracks described the world N.W.A knew through their own eyes, including the title track, which elevated the group’s hometown of Compton, Calif., “Express Yourself” and “Gangsta Gangsta.” The album also included “F*** Tha Police,” which resulted in the FBI and U.S. Secret Service sending threatening letters to Ruthless Records and the group’s banishment from many venues.Credited as one of the most influential hip-hop records of all time, in 2015, Straight Outta Compton the film appeared, dramatizing the 1988 impact of the album, with Ice Cube portrayed by his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. Confrontations with law enforcement and antagonism based on “F*** Tha Police” form a core element of both the 2015 drama as well as the drama on the streets that has never stopped.Among the album’s many aftermaths, Eazy-E died in 1995, Ice Cube went on to produce and star in his extensive filmography and the adventures of Dr. Dre touch on many other histories, including those of Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Meanwhile, in recognition of its critical importance to music history, Straight Outta Compton was inducted into the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Hall Of Fame as well as the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: Adele, ’25’ For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ News For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: Calle 13 Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ What started as an attitude that helped put Compton on the map grew into a worldwide music revolution celebrating the streetsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 26, 2018 – 12:05 pm A debut album that landed like a sledgehammer, 1988’s Straight Outta Compton has become a legend in its own right. The featured N.W.A lineup was Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and MC Ren. 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King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ For The Record: Michael Jackson Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ Twitter For The Record: Calle 13 Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record: Shakira For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’last_img read more

RMLD Offers Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate To Customers

first_imgREADING, MA — As part of its Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program, RMLD offers residential customers a rebate of $500 on the purchase of an Electric Heat Pump Water Heater.An electric heat pump water heater works by pulling heat from the surrounding air to heat the water, and is two to three times more efficient than traditional electric water heaters that generate heat using electrical resistance. Because these devices work by pulling heat from the surrounding air, they work best when housed in a space with existing heat, such as a furnace room.Electric heat pump water heaters are also available in hybrid models that contain traditional electrical resistance heating which can be used during periods of high demand to ensure there is a sufficient supply of hot water.Click HERE to learn more about heat pump water heaters. Click HERE to see the details or RMLD’s program guidelines.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Reading Municipal Light Department.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Asks Residents To Conserve Energy During This Weekend’s Heat WaveIn “Government”last_img read more

Game of Thrones darkness enhanced the terror production designer says

first_img7:17 Now playing: Watch this: Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4: The good, the bad… Game of Thrones HBO 187 Photos Tags Share your voice What about the representation of women in front of the camera? As a viewer, there have been moments that have been very uncomfortable to watch for me as a woman.Riley: I’m only there to service the story, to serve the directors and the showrunners. Women throughout history have not always had an easy time, and I have no problem whatsoever with showing that in all of its ugliness. The showrunners always have known there would be characters like Cersei and Daenerys that would rise. I’ve always had faith in them, and my job as a production designer is not really to ask.So you know how the show ends?Riley: I think I know how it ends, but I haven’t seen episode 6. I first received an outline of season 8 a year and a half ago, so I had a secret for a really long time. It’ll be fascinating. The great thing is people have no idea how far the show still has to go. 0 TV and Movies See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Post a comment If you think watching Game of Thrones is a grueling emotional experience, try working on it. For Production Designer Deborah Riley, season 8’s Battle of Winterfell was just one of the tough assignments in her time on the show. “To re-create death and violence like that over a long period of time … it’s wearing,” she says. “It really saps your soul.”Despite being “traumatized and exhausted” by the scale of the job, Riley describes Game of Thrones as a “fantastic” experience she’s sad to leave behind. As production designer, it’s her role to define the look of the show through sets and props. both physical and created with CGI. Having learned the ropes working on The Matrix and Moulin Rouge, the Australian has led the production design of the dragon drama since its fourth season, winning four Emmy Awards, a Bafta and several Art Directors Guild gongs along the way. Production Designer Deborah Riley and Art Director Paul Ghirardani in September 2018 with their Emmy for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period or Fantasy Program (one hour or more). Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images As the eighth and final season builds to a climax, viewers of season 8’s third episode The Long Night complained they couldn’t see much of the dramatic Battle of Winterfell. Riley defends the creative decision of cinematographer Fabian Wagner. “We always received lots of criticism before about Game of Thrones being dark,” Riley told me over the phone. “I actually thought it added an extra layer — the fact you couldn’t see everything made it all the more terrifying. To me, it enhanced rather than detracted.”Here’s a lightly edited transcript of my chat with Riley.   Q: You’ve been the production designer of seasons 4 to 8 in Game of Thrones. What was it like to inherit the world of Westeros rather than starting from scratch?Riley: I always thought I was incredibly lucky to get the job on Game of Thrones. It never bothered me at all that this show had three seasons beforehand. Frankly, I didn’t have enough experience at that point in time to start a whole show myself. And the show kept growing throughout the years, so I was able to go and establish my own [designs].Game of ThronesThe Meereen audience chamber as seen on season 5 of Game of Thrones. HBO What locations and sets are you most proud of?Riley: I was always very proud of the Meereen audience chamber in season 4, purely because that was the first major set we built for season 4. There was a lot of pressure, a lot of people looking at me to see what I would do. So I felt that once that audience chamber was established, hopefully people felt it was in a sure pair of hands.Deborah RileyDeborah Riley on the set of Game of Thrones. Macall Polay/HBO What were the biggest challenges?Riley: The frozen lake of season 7, episode 6, Beyond The Wall. That was an absolutely astonishing thing we had to create. A certain part was shot on location in Iceland, but also because of the large amount of stunts and visual effects we had to bring the scene back to Belfast. So we created a complete frozen landscape in a quarry up in the hillside of Belfast. It was extraordinary to see an entire quarry concreted and turned into a frozen lake. It was so convincing. It was months and months of work in really punishing weather, but the result was absolutely fantastic.How hard is it to keep the secrets of Game of Thrones, and how much do your family and friends nag you for information?Riley: If you worked on the show, we care for it so much that we just don’t want to spoil it for anybody. Really the only time I’ve struggled [was] when I finished season 8. I was quite traumatized, I was so exhausted, and there were so many things that I wanted to talk about but I couldn’t. How was your experience in the show?Riley: It was absolutely fantastic, the five and a half years that I worked on the show. But at the same time, the story was told. So there was also a resignation to it … and I was incredibly proud as well. Such a mixture of feelings, but the main one I remember was just absolute exhaustion. Game of Thrones, temporada 8The mandala left by the Night King that we saw in episode 1 of season 8. Helen Sloan/HBO Does it help a little bit that now you can finally start talking about it? The show hasn’t ended yet, but at least we’ve seen some of the episodes.Riley: Yeah, well, I mean I’ve been able to show photographs, because I’ve never shared with my friends or family photographs from July 2017 to July 2018. So, for instance, the mandala that the Night King left, I have pictures of us putting it up on that wall. And it’s such a macabre thing.Can you talk about some of the other women who worked behind the scenes?Riley: There are a lot of women behind the camera. The executive producer, Bernie Caulfield, was more or less head of the show. She’s an extraordinary personality. A lot of the production office were also women. Michele Clapton, the costume designer. There were women in all of the departments. In Australia, the shooting crews would probably have more women. In construction, you would see more women. Certainly, in the art department, we had a lot of women [in Game of Thrones] in the drawing room and in set decoration. It’s a great place to be — it’s also a punishing place to be. There’s a lot of long hours and often in dreadful conditions. last_img read more

US hits Iran with crippling cyberattacks says a report

first_img Related stories Hacking Military US Cyber Command powers up attacks against Russia’s electrical grid Facebook used in Iranian cyber-spying operation, US indictment says Iran-linked hackers reportedly targeted activists and US officials UN chief seeks international rules for cyberwarfare 3 Comments Last Saturday, The New York Times reported that US Cyber Command had moved from a defensive to offensive posture, apparently under a military authorization bill Congress passed in 2018 that gives the go-ahead for “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace to “deter, safeguard or defend against attacks or malicious cyberactivities against the United States.”Cyber Command also received new authority last year from the US president under a still-classified document called National Security Presidential Memoranda 13, the Times said.Asked to comment on the Post report, Department of Defense spokeswoman Heather Babb said that “as a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence or planning.” The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Originally published June 22, 1:26 p.m. PTUpdate, 5:34 p.m.: Adds mention of spying charge against former US Air Force intelligence officer.center_img Security Tags Share your voice A US Army cadet during a cyberdefense exercise. CNET With an OK from the US president, the Pentagon this week launched cyberstrikes that took down Iranian computer networks used to control missile launches, says a report in The Washington Post, which cites unnamed people familiar with the matter. The news comes after Iran shot down a US surveillance drone it said was violating Iranian airspace. In response to the drone attack, the president had approved then pulled back from conventional military attacks on radar facilities, missile batteries and other targets in Iran. But the Thursday night cyberstrikes against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had been in preparation for some time, the Post reported, saying the Pentagon proposed them after Iran allegedly attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in June.”This operation imposes costs on the growing Iranian cyberthreat, but also serves to defend the United States Navy and shipping operations in the Strait of Hormuz,” Thomas Bossert, a former senior White House cyberofficial in the Trump administration, told the Post.”Our US military has long known that we could sink every IRGC vessel in the strait within 24 hours if necessary,” Bossert told the Post. “And this is the modern version of what the US Navy has to do to defend itself at sea and keep international shipping lanes free.”Referring to the Iranians, an anonymous source told the paper that “this is not something they can put back together so easily.”Cyberwarfare and cyberespionage aren’t new, but moves in these areas have grabbed headlines following Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and amid worries about Russian interference in the 2020 campaign. Other red flags have included Russia’s shutdown of part of Ukraine’s power grid in 2015, as well as reports that a Russian government-sponsored group had been able to gain access to the control rooms of US electric utilities in 2017.In February, a former US Air Force intelligence officer was charged with espionage for allegedly working with Iranian hackers who used Facebook to try to trick her former colleagues into downloading malware that would track their computer activity.last_img read more

Hyundai is working on a rearwheel drive electric scooter that docks in

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 9 Photos Hyundai i30 N Project C gets racier Post a comment 0 5:43 Tags Enlarge ImageThis lithium-ion-powered beauty has suspension and it’s rear-wheel drive. Hyundai Scooters are so hot right now that it seems everyone is trying to get in on them. First, we had companies like Bird and Lime, then Uber and Lyft, not to mention Segway and God knows who else, but the latest company to show up to the party is Hyundai, according to an announcement by the company on Tuesday.Yep, the South Korean car company that makes vehicles like the Veloster and the Palisade is considering producing a two-wheeled electric scooter, and here’s the kicker — it could be included with future Hyundai and Kia vehicles.If that sounds like an off-beat but cool idea, know that Hyundai didn’t think of it. Honda offered its tiny Honda City car with a foldable gasoline-powered scooter called the Motocompo in the mid-1980s, and it’s still one of the coolest things ever.Anyway, the Hyundai scooter prototype has a claimed range of 20 kilometers (that’s around 12.5 miles in old money), do approximately 12.5 mph, and unlike most of those lame rental scooters, this baby is rear-wheel drive. Do you know what that means? Wheelies, dude. Wheelies.It’ll be powered by a lithium-ion battery, and when the scooter is docked in a vehicle it’ll automatically recharge said battery. Other cool features include the addition of suspension to the scooter’s front wheel, so as you silently waft your way through a major city, you don’t rattle your fillings out because of dilapidated infrastructure.”This is the vehicle-mounted personal scooter [that] could be featured in future Hyundai Motor Group vehicles,” said DongJin Hyun, head of the Hyundai Motor Group Robotics team. “We want to make our customers’ lives as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our personal electric scooter makes first- and last-mile commuting a joy, while helping to reduce congestion and emissions in city centers.”Future developments could, according to Hyundai, include a regenerative braking system that would be able to recover up to 7% of the vehicle’s battery charge. Hyundai makes no mention of whether it’ll be able to do sick tail-whips at the skate park though. Hyundai Palisade is a surprisingly palatial three-row… Share your voice 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Hyundai Roadshow Hyundailast_img read more

TCS doubles pay for new recruits with knowledge of AI Machine Learning

first_imgLogos of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) are displayed at the venue of the annual general meeting of the software services provider in Mumbai, June 29, 2012.ReutersTata Consultancy Services has doubled the normal salary for freshers who have new-age digital skills.The Indian MNC is now offering up to Rs 6.5 lakh per annum compared to the Rs 3.5 lakh per annum it was offering until now.However, this is only for engineering freshers with new-age digital skills on which they will be tested before they are offered the job. They will have to sit for the National Qualifier’s Test where they would take the digital skills-based examination, according to TOI.”The NQT was open to graduates and postgraduates of the 2019 batch, across engineering colleges in India. This re-imagination of the campus hiring process, using sophisticated technology platforms, has transformed traditional recruitment models and reinforces TCS’ philosophy of being an equal opportunity employer,” TCS said according to a PTI report.TCS has had a 175 percent increase in test applications than before after the NQT was announced.”People who have done well in the NQT will get a chance to write another test for the digital talent pool, and if they clear and go through the interview, then they will get into the digital pool and their compensation will be differentiated,” Ajoy Mukherjee, executive VP and head of global human resources reports TOI.The test by TCS is longer and more difficult than the NQT and requires coding skills and a basic knowledge of artificial intelligence, machine learning and data intelligence. The exam will also test the candidates programming skills.last_img read more

Nissan exchairman Carlos Ghosn formally charged in financial misconduct case

first_imgCarlos Ghosn, Chairman of NissanNissanTokyo prosecutors on Monday indicted former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn for under-reporting his earnings over five years leading to March 2015 and issued an arrest warrant for additional charges.Ghosn, 64, was arrested in Tokyo on November 19 for allegedly failing to report 5 billion yen ($44 million) of his salary to the authorities, reports Efe news.Ghosn, whose detention period was to end on Monday, has also been issued with an arrest warrant for further charges, according to the prosecutors’ documents.Nissan was also indicted in the case, with documents saying that the company had also committed irregularities in its financial statements.Former Nissan Representative Director Greg Kelly was also indicted for conspiring with Ghosn and has been re-arrested.According to one of the documents, between 2011 and 2015, Ghosn reported half of what was agreed with Nissan. However, discrepancies over the three subsequent years are much greater.Ghosn remains the chairman and CEO of Renault, which has an alliance with Nissan.He was removed from the Mitsubishi chairman post, the third company in the two-decade-long alliance.According to the reports, the payment amount not declared by Ghosn was part of compensation he was to receive after leaving the company.last_img read more

Murder accused dies in gunfight 5 hours after killing woman

first_imgGunfight IllustrationA murder accused was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Bakalia area of Chattogram early Sunday, just five hours after he allegedly killed a woman.The gunfight took place in Bolirhat area of Bakalia around 3:15am, said Shah Md Abdur Rouf, additional deputy commissioner (south) of Chattogram Metropolitan Police.Deceased Shah Alam, 32, was involved in the murder of Bubli Akhter, 27, in Bolirhat area, police claimed.The law enforcement said Bubli, mother of two daughters, came to her father’s home in Bolirhat area two days before the incident. Shah Alam and several other young men attacked them around 10:00pm Saturday due to previous enmity with Hasan, a local youth and friend of Bubli’s younger brother Rubel.They pointed firearms at Rubel and asked him Hasan’s whereabouts. When Rubel said he did not know anything about Hasan, they tried to shoot him. But Bubli intercepted them and a bullet hit her on the head, which killed her on the spot, police added.Abdur Rouf told Prothom Alo, “A case was filed in connection with the murder on that night. CCTV footages of a nearby house showed Shah Alam coming out of the house with two pistols in two hands. He fled the scene while shooting. All of the other youths were carrying arms.”“Acting on a tip-off, police conducted a drive in Bolirhat area to arrest Shah Alam. Sensing presence of the law enforcement, his cohorts opened fire on police, forcing them to retaliate. At one stage police recovered a body. Papers in his pocket confirmed his identity,” he added.Police recovered two pistols from the scene and sent the body to Chittagong Medical College Hospital morgue.Two more incidents of killing took place in Chattogram on Friday night.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfire or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January and February of 2019, the number of such killings was at least 50, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Trump Gets His Man At The State Department

first_img Share Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Exxon Mobil executive Rex Tillerson testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 11 during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state.President Trump has gotten his man at the State Department.Rex Tillerson was approved by a 56-43 vote Wednesday in the Senate. Four senators who caucus with the Democrats crossed the aisle and joined all of the Republicans in voting for Tillerson. They were Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as independent Angus King of Maine.Tillerson, the former head of Exxon Mobil — the world’s largest and most powerful oil company — will now guide American foreign policy and be tasked with enacting Trump’s world view.That worldview, however, isn’t entirely clear. Trump has expressed nationalistic and protectionist views and even isolationist tendencies, but he has also said the U.S. needs to do more about ISIS. He has promised to “bomb the s*** out of them” and suggested it could potentially take 30,000 troops to defeat them.In addition to his controversial travel ban instituted in the first days of his presidency, Trump has ordered the U.S. out of trade deals, threatened import tariffs with America’s adversaries (China) and allies (Mexico), questioned the importance of NATO, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, said he thinks torture works and, during the campaign, floated the idea (that he later seemed to walk back) that perhaps more countries should have nuclear weapons to defend themselves without the U.S.’s help.Tillerson will be tasked with defending the United States under Trump around the globe, while walking the line when he disagrees. Tillerson faced tough questioning from Republicans and was almost derailed because of his relationship with Putin. But Tillerson talked tough in those hearings about Russia and, unlike Trump, said he fully believes Russia was responsible for the hacks and leaks of the Democratic emails during the presidential campaign.Tillerson, who has no diplomatic experience aside from his myriad international business ties as Exxon Mobil’s chief, will be tasked with overseeing the State Department bureaucracy. He is not well-known in the State Department, but those who have briefed him are sounding fairly upbeat about his management style. As CEO of Exxon Mobil, he oversaw a vast company with employees working in dozens of countries.The difference is that Exxon Mobil has one goal: drilling for oil and making money for shareholders.His job at the State Department may be especially complicated by apparent unrest in the ranks. NPR has reported that some 900 State Department officials signed a letter that went viral within the agency decrying Trump’s visa and refugee ban as not making America safer.And the White House isn’t making the task of internal diplomacy any easier for Tillerson. White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday urged American diplomats to “get with the program” or go.But dissent is ingrained in State Department culture. In fact, the American Foreign Service Association, the professional association, gives awards every year for it.The State Department’s manual says there can be no retribution for employees who use the dissent channel, and some in Congress concerned about Spicer’s comments are now looking into ways to codify those protections.Trump, though, doesn’t exactly welcome dissent. While the new president is known for surrounding himself with differing factions — and even appeared to encourage his Cabinet nominees to have different points of view in their confirmation hearings — he also fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama holdover at the Justice Department, for speaking out against and refusing to defend the travel ban, and he said he has a “running war with the media.”“So much of the media seems to be the opposition party,” Trump said Wednesday, echoing his chief strategist Steve Bannon. He added, “They’re very dishonest people.”At the State Department, Tillerson will be hearing from diplomats who are worried about where the Trump administration is heading and whether he and Trump will overlook human rights abuses in countries where Americans want to do business.So, the mood in the State Department is uneasy. The Trump administration nudged out several professional diplomats even before naming anyone to replace them.One example is Tom Countryman, a career foreign service officer who was acting undersecretary for arms control. He was on NPR’s Morning Edition Wednesday, where he echoed a very powerful retirement speech he gave Tuesday to the State Department. He noted that State employees proudly serve in both Republican and Democratic administrations and implied they are feeling sidelined now.“We still have a duty,” he told the State employees. “You have a duty — to stay and give your best professional guidance, with loyalty, to the new administration, because a foreign policy without professionals is — by definition — an amateur foreign policy. You will help to frame and make the choices. Because that is what we do. Our work is little understood by our fellow Americans, a fact that is sometimes exploited for political purpose. When I have the opportunity to speak to audiences across this amazing land, I explain, ‘We do not have a Department of State, we do not have a foreign policy — because we love foreigners. We do it because we love Americans.”He also said something that directly relates to Trump (and perhaps even Tillerson). Countryman drew a distinction between business and diplomacy, and he seemed to dispute Trump’s foundational view of America.“Business made America great, as it always has been,” Countryman said, “and business leaders are among our most important partners. But let’s be clear: Despite the similarities — a dog is not a cat; baseball is not football; and diplomacy is not a business. Human rights are not a business. And democracy is, most assuredly, not a business.”He added, “We want Americans to prosper, to sell the world’s best food and the world’s best products everywhere in the world. We want Americans to be protected and safe when they are abroad, whether they are missionaries, tourists, students, businessmen or (for those of you who have done consular work) the occasional false Messiah.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Pressley Officially Massachusetts 1st Black Congresswoman

first_imgBy WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Ayanna Pressley didn’t campaign to make history, but she did on Tuesday, officially becoming Massachusetts’ first Black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.The Democrat sailed through the general election unopposed, two months after unseating 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano in a national political stunner in the state primary.In this Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally at City Hall in Boston. On Nov. 6, Pressley became Massachusetts’ first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)“Activists and agitators have brought us to this very moment,” Pressley told cheering supporters Tuesday night. “None of us ran to make history. We ran to make change … and change is on the way.”“Can a congresswoman wear her hair in braids? Rock a black leather jacket?” she added — and the crowd roared.With no Republican in the race in the heavily Democratic district, her September upset victory had all but assured Pressley the keys to the office, with only the remote possibility of a write-in campaign to potentially stop her. That unlikely scenario behind her, she’ll now represent the 7th Congressional District — the first in Massachusetts where minorities make up a majority of the voting population.“It is hard to believe that in the 230-year history of our delegation, there’s never been a person of color,” she said on “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.”(Although that’s true of the House, Republican Sen. Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, who took office in 1967, was the first Black politician to be elected by popular vote after the 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913.)Pressley, 44, is also the first African-American to serve on the Boston City Council.Endorsed last month by former President Barack Obama, she got a big early boost from fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who similarly knocked off veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of New York in June.Both rode a rising wave of pro-woman sentiment to Washington as the party embraced diversity and liberal politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era.“With her victory tonight, Ayanna Pressley has not only made history as the first Black woman ever elected to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives, she’s ensured that Democrats have the voice of a young, Black progressive woman helping lead the fight for inclusive populist reforms,” the political action committee Democracy for America said Tuesday night in a statement.In the run-up to the midterms, Pressley held off on saying where she stands on Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats’ embattled House leader.From the outset, Pressley made clear that she meant serious business, telling voters before she sent Capuano packing that she viewed the race as “a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy.”The district includes a wide swath of Boston and about half of Cambridge, as well as portions of neighboring Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, Somerville and Milton. It includes the neighborhood of Roxbury, the traditional center of Boston’s Black community.Ideologically, Capuano was much like Pressley: liberal, a self-described progressive. But the White, middle-aged incumbent didn’t look like many voters in his district, even though Pressley herself had bristled at the notion that race was a defining issue in the contest.She flashed that defiance during a debate, saying: “I happen to be Black and a woman and unapologetically proud to be both, but that is not the totality of my identity.”But Pressley also made clear the importance of diversity in the nation’s halls of power.“I do think that our democracy is strengthened by an engagement of new and different voices,” she told college newspaper editors in Boston in October.___For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPoliticslast_img read more

Nations Restricting International Data Flow Are Threatening the Global Digital Economy

first_imgOctober 2, 2017 Register Now » 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For centuries, many of the most important catalysts for global trade and economic integration have been commodities — gold, silk, spices, sugar, and of course, oil. A new global commodity — data — has the potential to unleash extraordinary opportunities that will shape the world economy of the 21st century. But realizing these opportunities depends on data moving freely across borders, a notion that was once elementary, but today is under threat.Global data flows are fundamental to the digital economy that’s contributing to economic growth, driving innovation and stimulating job creation in the United States and throughout the world. McKinsey estimates that digital trade added $2.8 trillion to global GDP growth in 2014 alone, while also finding that trade in data has expanded 45-fold in the last 10 years. Another 9x growth is expected by 2020. According to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook from October 2016, trade in physical goods, by contrast, has been growing at only about three percent annually in recent years, which is less than half the average rate of expansion over the past three decades. Perhaps most noteworthy of all, McKinsey identifies the GDP impact of cross-border digital flows — a relatively recent entry to the global economy — as exceeding the impact of trade in goods.Related: The Equifax Data Breach Shows the Limitations of How Our Data is StoredWith so many countries around the world experiencing modest economic growth rates, policymakers should be focused on maximizing the opportunities emanating from the data-driven digital economy. Regrettably, many jurisdictions have instituted measures that threaten these opportunities, with the potential to stifle the long-term growth of the digital economy.Today, 34 countries have laws and regulations in effect that hinder the flow of data across borders, either making such flows more expensive or restricting them altogether, according to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. These policies can be found in countries spanning multiple regions (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and South America) and in many of the world’s largest economies. In China, for example, companies must store their data on servers that are based in the country, and there are a number of restrictions on transferring data outside the country.  These data localization laws have the potential to balkanize the digital economy and, in the process, stifle its growth. Companies will face higher costs in a number of areas, such as IT and compliance, both of which will impinge on their competitiveness. And the restrictions will stifle the cooperation that’s fundamental to corporate innovation. The net effects will be higher costs to consumers and reduced economic output.Related: How the Virtual Data Room Boom Is Transforming Business TransactionsWhat’s the best way to combat data localization measures? There are no simple solutions, and companies are ultimately obligated to comply with the laws of the jurisdictions in which they’re operating. But given data is so intertwined with global economic activity, it behooves U.S.-based companies to press policymakers to treat data the way they treat most physical products. And that would mean enshrining the free movement of data into the world’s trade agreements.The U.S. has an immediate opportunity ahead to lead by example. It has recently started negotiations with Mexico and Canada on how to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of the agenda items is setting new rules for digital trade, which was largely non-existent when the agreement took effect in 1994. Negotiators should affirm the free movement of data and prohibit it from being “localized” within the borders of one country. These ideas already have mainstream support — they were agreed to as part of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. While that agreement has not been ratified, its data provisions provide a template for the renegotiated NAFTA as well as other trade pacts.Related: If You’re a Startup Looking to Capitalize on U.S.-China Border Investments, Here’s HowThe free flow of data is one of the underpinnings of today’s global economy and has the potential to deliver far-reaching benefits — helping to make businesses more efficient, more productive and more capable of addressing customers’ needs. But realizing those opportunities depends on policymakers coming together to support a forward-looking framework that ensures data — like other commodities before it — can be a source of opportunity and prosperity for people in the U.S. and throughout the world. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more