first_img2.  Measuring the performance and sustainability (with higher renewal rates) of native campaigns is difficultAs of now, the average renewal rate for brands to buy ads on a site two months after running a campaign is 40 percent.Publishers have found that measuring campaign success with branded content isn’t simply a matter of impressions or clicks. Success doesn’t always come in a standard measurement across campaigns, but there will be metrics and a report card at the end of the flight. It’s important for content providers to get creative when proving their ROI.For example, Nike’s marketing of Colin Kaepernick led to increased store traffic and higher online sales. Barron’s reported that Nike saw a 31-percent increase in sales the week after Kaepernick was announced as the latest face of the company’s long-running “Just Do It” campaign. So yes, sales matter. There are also measures for gauging perception and awareness, before and after a campaign. MediaRadar has learned many companies are using Catalina or iRI for measuring CPG sales in supermarkets to help show the impact of native content. 1.  Few media firms stand out when it comes to native content.MediaRadar CEO, Todd Krizelman, hosted two recent panels discussing native content. In both cases, the speakers agreed they should not differentiate their native advertising offerings by using a lower price. They use other differentiators like audience, brand safety, and creative execution to make their branded content stand out. Using key differentiators beyond price will win more business.Some groups, like Meredith Corp., have uncovered at least one additional element that makes their offering unique. It has developed competency in making its content “shoppable.” For example, inside online recipes, users can find a link to  purchase the ingredients. Publishers should aim to be more innovative like Meredith. Recently, MediaRadar published a trend report about native advertising. Every day, we see custom content weaving its way into just about every form of consumable content. Native continues to be one of the most popular methods in which advertisers can engage with their audiences digitally.Last year, native advertising spend was more than any other form of display advertising and, in the first half of 2018, new advertisers began using native advertising every month (read the full report here).Recently, however, it looks like the market is plateauing. Roughly 11 percent of online advertisers use native advertising formats now, and brands that buy native ads only run them across 10 percent of the total number of sites that they advertise on. Why is this happening?Here are nine fast facts to keep in mind as you sell custom content: 8.  The number of firms receiving RFP’s for native content is decreasing.Recently, MediaRadar met with a dozen media buyers at major agencies. In this room of buyers, there was a refreshing and specific consensus surrounding the number of RFPs being submitted for native content. This group feels that the number of RFPs is not declining, but that the number of firms receiving them is.Many agencies like to work with firms that can offer “One-Stop Shopping” for branded content. They want to work with a publisher who has the capacity to deliver a unified solution across media formats (desktop, mobile, email, experiential, etc.). 3.  Crafting native content takes a lot of time and effort.A great story and design require both time and talent to produce. Neither of these are areas that advertisers and content creators can afford to overlook. The actual process of crafting a native ad or campaign is a costly, multistep process, involving a lot of collaboration and rounds of review, done over a long period of time. 9.  The consolidation of in-house studios seems inevitable.Branded content studios exist within publishing houses to help create native ads, branded content, traditional ad assets, editorial content with a twist, and more. But, with the boom in the number of in-house studios for advertisers to choose from, consolidation seems inevitable.Publishers are bound to pool their creative resources together. In a recent Adweek panel, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) of BuzzFeed, Lee Brown, predicted that “in the next 12 months, you’re going to see a massive amount of consolidation.” 7.  RFP’s can be really important to a publisher’s native content business.RFP’s are very important to a national consumer publisher’s business. Native advertising has proven not to be an exception, as publishers see up to 95 percent of their content business originates from an RFP. The RFP may originate from the brand or the agency. This may be a surprise, since many have contended that the RFP is dying (here, here, here, and here).Yet, while RFPs remain popular in the national consumer media space, it is felt that they are a poor fit for native advertising. Generally, publishers should respond within 24 to 72 hours from receiving the RFP. Since most branded content projects are quite customized and involved, having just three business days isn’t long enough to come up with a great pitch. 4.  Native advertising has the potential to be too discrete.Audiences don’t want to be disrupted by ads, but they also don’t want to be duped into believing that an advertisement is anything other than what it is. Consumers should only be exposed to online advertisements that are fair, clear, and engaging. To avoid the possibility that native advertising dupes its consumers, know how to spot native advertising. The FTC also generated a Native Advertising Guide, a manual instructing advertisers and publishers on how and when to use certain terminology and obvious labels in its ads to not deceive its viewers. 5.  Custom content is more trustworthy than traditional advertising.According to a Time Inc. study, two in three Gen-Z, Millennials, and Gen-X consumers trust branded content more than traditional advertising. As a more visually inclined generation, Gen-Z is open to engaging with custom content because, compared with traditional ads, it’s more entertaining, thought-provoking, and leaves a lasting impression. 6.  Pitch native content directly to the client, not to their agency.There is often a “much, much better understanding” of what the business needs are when talking directly to a client. It is felt that agencies are time-strapped and less plugged-in when it comes to native advertising. Also, it makes a publisher look good when they take a big idea to the client to make sure it really was heard.Success rates vary by publishing house, however. A national women’s publishing group reports that 60 percent of its business originates from the brand directly. A large regional newspaper shared with MediaRadar that their ratio was closer to 50/50 while a niche travel website and magazine reports that it wins the most business directly from clients (90 percent). Native advertising is still successful, despite its recent plateau. That’s why it’s important for publishers to identify opportunities with native in 2018 like finding more unique ways to produce native ads that will make them stand out from their competition and more.To get an even more in-depth analysis of this native advertising trend, be sure to read MediaRadar’s In-Depth Look Into the Current State of Native Advertising.last_img read more

first_img ‘Pronounced Jah-Nay’ At 25: Zhané’s Renée Neufville & Jean Norris Look Back On Their Classic R&B Debut Zhané’s ‘Pronounced Jah-Nay’ Turns 25 pronounced-jah-nay-25-zhan%C3%A9s-ren%C3%A9e-neufville-jean-norris-look-back-their-classic-rb Email Facebook Twitter News The onetime duo reminisce about their 1994 Motown debut, which featured the hit single “Hey Mr. D.J.” and is still remixed todayLakeia BrownGRAMMYs Feb 18, 2019 – 11:04 am 25 years ago this month, Renée Neufville and Jean Norris released Pronounced Jah-Nay, an R&B masterpiece and timeless body of work rooted in jazz, blues, hip-hop, soul and love. Yes, love. A love of music, artistry, words and self. The certified-platinum album was both futuristic and vintage in its versatility, astonishing vocal range, composition and overall musicianship, easily making it a cornerstone of what would soon emerge as neo-soul.In 1994, R&B groups were a dime a dozen. A new duo or group popped up often, promising to leave an imprint on our souls or make us dance, at the very least. It was difficult to differentiate one from another and then there was Zhané, whose French name is a combination of “Jean” and “Renée” but with a “Z” added for color.”It wasn’t our intention to create a timeless classic album,” says Renée, who wrote much of the album including “Sending My Love” and “Changes.””Stylistically, I love the classics, and I thought it was wise to not chase the trend, but keep the direction of the songwriting neutral so it wouldn’t swing too left or too right.”While the music was neutral, their look was anything but. Two beautiful young women, one whose skin had darker hues, the other light. One tall, the other petite. The glaring differences created a gorgeous balance for the two students who had met at Temple University. Their sultry sound coupled with their unique look grabbed the attention of many including Kay Gee, DJ and member of the GRAMMY Award-winning hip-hop group Naughty by Nature. This relationship led to Zhané’s first hit single, “Hey Mr. D.J.,” which was released on Roll Wit tha Flava, a compilation album from Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Records.  The certified-gold single married New Jersey hip-hop to Philly soul. “The song was refreshing,” says Jean. “It was feel good music with a coming-of-age sound.” That powerhouse-groove track helped Zhané negotiate a record deal, ultimately landing at Motown. “We had already proven that we could make a hit song,” says Jean.Zhané didn’t just create one hit song; the 13-track album was full of magic. Pronounced Jah-Nay garnered three certified hits, “Hey Mr. D.J.,” “Groove Thang” and “Sending My Love.” Executive produced by Zhané and Kay Gee, the album hit a cultural chord, creating a space for young fans to not just dance but reflect, grow, love and contemplate. It was “grown folk” music for the young and young at heart. “Kay Gee helped provide the edge we needed to appeal to a younger audience without us sounding too mature,” Renée told us. “I was very grateful to him for that.” While the songs that hit radio waves were well-received classics (“Sending My Love” is the most licensed song from the album), the B-side tracks were arguably the strongest. Songs like “La, La, La,” “Sweet Taste of Love,” “Off My Mind,” and “For A Reason” were masterpieces—complete with perfect riffs, harmonies, notes, range, lyrical composition and a teaspoon of pain.It is remarkable that the then-20-somethings created a classic R&B album with such poignant lyrics. Renée says they pulled from their own experiences when writing. “‘Sending My Love’ was personal. It was about my first love and what I was going through at the time,” she says. “[The songs] “‘Changes’ and ‘Love Me Today’ were about that same guy.” And that is what makes a classic piece of work: The authenticity, human emotions and shared experiences that connects us all. Lyrics that go deep, feelings that run the gamut, melodies that reach heaven and passion that is unmeasurable is what defines timeless music. “There are younger people discovering our music and creating remixes,” says Jean. “Jaguar out of Philly reached out to me recently and told me a young artist in France rhymed over ‘Sending My Love,’ so the music continues to live on, which is an honor.” That same love allows Zhané to sing their music even today. “I still love every song,” Renée says. “I will never grow tired of them. How can you be tired of the gifts God gave you?”Jean and Renée have given fans several gifts since Pronounced Jah-Nay, including the duo’s sophomore project, Saturday Night in 1997. Both artists have gone on to record and release music, Jean with her husband Marcus (they received a GRAMMY nomination in 2018 for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance) and Renée as a solo artist and collaborator.But will they ever sing together again? It might not happen anytime soon. “There are no hard plans right now,” says Jean. “But I think it’s something that needs to happen at some point.” Read morelast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington as well as all of Burlington and Bedford, will host his upcoming office hours on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from noon to 1pm, at As Good As It Gets (35 Lowell Street) in Wilmington.Gordon will be available to answer questions and to listen to concerns and ideas from constituents of the district.  To reach the representative directly, please call his State House office phone number, (617) 722-2017, or send an email to Kenneth.Gordon@mahouse.gov.(NOTE: The above announcement is from State Rep. Ken Gordon’s Office.)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… RelatedState Rep. Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours On June 15 At As Good As It GetsIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Announces He’s Running For Re-ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

first_img You, an astronomer: Look at this majestic black hole!Me, a birder: oh. oh no pic.twitter.com/yZT97JKFZO— Rosemary Mosco (@RosemaryMosco) April 10, 2019 Online Sci-Tech Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects 0 #BlackHole Katamari sun pic.twitter.com/YZqFRIT6wN— marisa losciale (@marisalosc) April 10, 2019 First-ever photo of a Black Hole (2019)Captured by Event Horizon Telescope.TWIN PEAKS. Part 8. “Gotta Light?” (2017)Directed by David Lynch.#EHTBlackHole #M87 #NASA #TwinPeaks pic.twitter.com/YO48WPQi3y— Black Lodge Cult (@BlackLCult) April 10, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: used Photoshop’s shake reduction filter on the Black Hole photo and was amazed by the result#EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/RLBPyuIx3T— Paul Scott Canavan (@abigbat) April 10, 2019 How black holes swallow light, warp space-time and blow… But the black hole is giving us more than just the evil eye. It also resembles certain breakfast foods. Artist Paul Scott Canavan says he used Photoshop’s shake reduction filter to clarify the picture. What he got was a cosmic doughnut. This photo of the black hole is awesome, but wait… Enhance! Hmm, enhance! One more time, enhance! Whoa. The biggest Cinnamon Raisin Bagel in the world, and it’s still hot! #EHT #EventHorizonTelescope pic.twitter.com/aPDVtLHF2u— Gabor Heja (@gheja_) April 10, 2019 Space So, here’s the first photo ever taken of a black hole. And also here’s the album cover for Soundgarden “Superunknown”, which contained the song “Black Hole Sun” 🤯#EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/m7zUQYIUmR— José Morales-González (@josemorgo) April 10, 2019 Share your voice Twin Peaks fans found a parallel image in director David Lynch’s return series. I see Disney’s remake of THE BLACK HOLE has finally escaped development hell. pic.twitter.com/YZMlGFqCUT— Phillip Bastien (@PABastien) April 10, 2019 Science cartoonist and author Rosemary Mosco is a birder. She sees a bird’s eye. 6:32 Enlarge ImageOn April 10, Event Horizon Telescope researchers unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow.  National Science Foundation Behold the majesty of science. We’ve just seen the first ever image of a black hole. Now let’s make silly jokes about it.The Event Horizon Telescope project, which consists of an international network of radio telescopes, revealed a mind-blowing glimpse of an actual black hole on Wednesday. It looks like a fuzzy lopsided circle with a gradation of red, orange, yellow and white colors with a dark center.    The black hole picture is shaping up to be a Rorschach test. What you see will depend on your hobbies and interests, and just how hungry you are when you’re looking at it. Originally published April 10, 8:48 a.m. PT. Update, 2:23 p.m. PT: Added Google’s black hole doodle.   System administrator Gabor Heja went in a less sugary direction and discovered the black hole is actually the biggest cinnamon raisin bagel in the world, and it’s still hot. Google couldn’t resist getting in on the fun. It launched a Google Doodle featuring an animation of the black hole sucking down the Google letters.googledoodleblackholeEnlarge ImageGoogle unveiled an animation of the black hole in action. Google screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Children of the ’90s now all have the 1994 Soundgarden hit Black Hole Sun stuck in their heads. Twitter user José Morales-González noticed a certain likeness between the Event Horizon image and the cover for Soundgarden’s Superunknown album. Rumors of a reboot of Disney’s 1979 sci-fi flick The Black Hole are getting a fresh look. “I see Disney’s remake of The Black Hole has finally escaped development hell,” tweeted screenwriter Phillip Bastien. Firefox communication design lead Sean Martell noticed a very familiar logo lurking in the black hole’s bright circle. 27 Photos Tags So NASA finally let us see what a #BlackHole looks like and it was the Eye of Sauron this whole time. pic.twitter.com/0QYJtsi20j— Andrew Athias (@AndrewAthias) April 10, 2019 Post a comment If you’ve ever played the Katamari Damacy games, you’ll appreciate this joke: At first glance, every hobbit-loving Lord of the Rings fan noticed the black hole’s resemblance to the Eye of Sauron. They’ve found our origins, @Firefox. #EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/3k0IqjNXsZ— mart3ll+ (@mart3ll) April 10, 2019last_img read more

first_imgSingapore based low-cost airliner Tiger Asia has gone for an image makeover changing its name to ‘Tigerair’ along with a brand new logo.”We have initiated a series of changes since late last year, and this brand identity should be seen as a reinforcement of our commitment towards a better and bolder Tigerair,” said Koay Peng Yen, Group CEO of Tiger Airways Holdings, on the rebranding.The new look has the airliner dropping the ‘leaping tiger’ logo for a suave ‘Tigerair’ font with a blush of orange accents to give it a contemporary feel.According to the company, the “fresh and upbeat look” embodies its “brand personality of (being) warm, passionate and genuine.”Dr Seshan Ramaswami, associate professor of marketing education at Singapore Management University, said the new look is a welcome change from the older tiger leaping logo which he felt was “a little brash” and “in-your-face”.”(The new logo) signals a change from an aggressive emphasis on price alone to slowly developing other competitive advantages,” Dr Ramaswami was quoted saying by Asia One.Samir Dixit, managing director at Brand Finance, said the new logo is “an attempt to erase the past and start afresh.”Tigerair Managing director Ho Yuen Sang also revealed the airliner’s plans for expansion of its air base in Malaysia based on increasing passenger demands.”We are looking at Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Kinabalu as the new destinations for Tigerair. Currently, Tigerair stops in Penang and Kuala Lumpur,” said Ho at the unveiling of the new look, reported The Star Online.The airliner also aims to increase the number of passengers by about 20 per cent by March 2014 and it has leased six A320 airbuses. Tigerair had carried 4.5 million passengers in 2012.The firm had recently sold 60 percent of its holdings in its Australian subsidy to Richard Branson’s Virgin Australia.last_img read more

first_imgTata Sons is reportedly stepping up efforts to ensure that its group companies successfully bid for GE Capital’s stake in SBI Cards worth Rs 2,000 crore. Tata Capital and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) are jointly bidding to buy the stake.Bombay House, headquarters of India’s largest business house Tata Group, is “working on a bid” that integrates the potential of its non-banking finance company (NBFC) Tata Capital and software unit TCS.”Tata Sons has put its weight behind this move because it has identified financial services as a key growth area,” a source familiar with the Tata Group’s plans, told Business Standard.In April, the New York-based GE decided to sell most of GE Capital assets, as a part of its plans to exit financial services completely.”GE Capital wants to exit the business completely, so the bidder has to acquire not only its stakes in the front-end business but also in the back-end company,” the source added.For its credit card business, the State Bank of India (SBI) had announced a tie-up with GE Capital in 1998. The business is run through two joint ventures, SBI Cards & Payment Services and GE Capital Business Process Management Services Ltd. GE holds 40% stake in the former and 60% in the latter.While SBI Cards & Payment Services is responsible for marketing and distribution of credit cards, GE Capital Business Process Management Services Ltd handles technology and processing through its captive BPO unit.Acquiring GE’s stake in SBI will give a major boost to Tata Capital , as its card business operates on the SBI Cards platform. Also, TCS is the technology services provider for SBI’s core banking platform and other value-added services.”The combined strength of Tata Capital and TCS has made the Tata Group a front runner for the stake,” said an investment banker.SBI Cards posted a net profit of Rs 300 crore for the fiscal year ending March 2015.last_img read more

first_imgAn employee is seen behind an Infosys logo at the company’s campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.ReutersInfosys, a Sensex heavyweight, seems to be headed for tough times on the stock markets after declaring Q4 results and giving a revenue guidance in the range of 6.5-8.5 percent in constant currency terms for 2017-18. Brokerages are not so gung-ho about the company’s prospects, with one of them downgrading the stock sharply from its current levels.On Monday, Infosys shares were trading at Rs 926 apiece on the BSE at around 2.42 pm, close to its 52-week low of Rs 900 and far away from its April 18, 2016 closing price of Rs 1,238.For the full-year 2016-17, revenues rose 8.3 percent in constant currency terms to $10,208 million while net profit came in at $2,140 million. In rupee terms, FY2017 revenues grew 9.7 percent YoY to Rs 68,484 crore and net profit is up 6.4 percent to Rs 14,353 crore. The final dividend is Rs 14.75 per equity share.Brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities (NBIE) downgraded Infosys share price to Rs 887, translating into a loss of 4.3 percent from the Rs 927 for the share as at 2.11 pm on the BSE on Monday.”While Infosys gave a lower-than-street-expectation guidance of 6.5 percent-8.5 percent constant currency (CC) revenue growth (6.1 percent-8.1 percent in USD terms) and 23 percent-25 percent EBIT margin, we believe there is downside risk to both. Prior to 4QFY17, our FY18 estimates were 5.2 percent USD revenue growth and 22.8 percent EBIT margin,” NBIE said in its note on Monday.The brokerage cited two reasons for its pessimistic view of the company’s performance in FY2018. “Not only has total large deal TCV (total contract value) has been 10 percent lower in FY17 versus FY16, the quarterly average is only ~$800mn where as a desirable number for Infosys’ size should be >$1bn and ~$1.5bn for industry leading growth,” it said.Further, the BFSI vertical, which contributes about 33 percent of the total revenues, is expected to grow only in the second half of the fiscal, presuming deregulation in the financial services sector in the US.Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL) has a target price of Rs 1,200 for Infosys. In its analysis of the company’s financial performance, the brokerage said the deals won last fiscal were not so encouraging. “While the guidance implies a gradual pick-up in momentum, lower deal wins in FY17 (USD3.4b; – 10 percent YoY) and multiple pockets of issues restrict confidence around immediate broad-based recovery, which would be a necessary trigger for valuations,” MOSL said.A similar share projection has been made by IDBI Capital Markets & Securities in its note on Monday, hovering less-than-expected Q4 top-line and weak guidance for the current fiscal. “We factor Q4 miss and cut FY18 revenue (US$)/EPS by 1.4/4.3 percent. We introduce FY19 financials and now value Infosys at 15x FY19E with a new TP of Rs 1,100 (vs. Rs 1,215 earlier),” the brokerage said.last_img read more

first_imgIn this photo taken on January 10, 2017, start-up companies work out of Nasscom’s Startup Warehouse facility, which incubates start-up tech companies, in Bangalore.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Indian startup and e-commerce segment is witnessing a huge demand in the senior talent hiring. Two of the largest growing sectors in the country are on a hiring spree when it comes to leadership positions. The sudden rise in the headhunting has been driven by multiple factors such as an improved funding scenario, increased M&A activity, increased mobile data consumption and the creative e-commerce and transaction models.The Economic Times reported that as against last year, companies like Amazon, Flipkart, Swiggy, Paytm, OYO, Ola or Zomato has witnessed a 40-100% jump in such mandates. The start-ups, especially in the e-commerce sector, have managed to raise capital through series A and series B funding which has given them a leeway to hire talents.Anuj Roy, managing partner, FIDIUS Advisory said that “Online sector hiring has picked up big time.” He went on to add that his agency is presently managing 13-14 mandates for senior talent, compared to seven-eight last in 2017.Similarly, Bengaluru headquartered Longhouse Consulting is reported to have doubled their mandate. A quarter ago the company was managing 30 mandates as compared to 75 at the moment. The major part of mandate belongs to the e-commerce segment. The last 6-7 has reported a hike in the hiring with industry estimates suggesting around 350-400-plus senior hires across the e-commerce and startup ecosystem.Notably, last week there were major hiring in these sectors with OYO Hotels appointing ex-IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh as CEO for India and South-Asia; Flipkart getting Smriti Singh as human resources head; MakeMyTrip hiring Vipul Prakash as the chief operating officer (COO). Moreover, Rahul Bhargava was hired as chief technology officer (CTO), InCred and Freshworks made two senior-level appointments.Roy said that “A lot of such companies are now building their teams because once you raise that much capital, you move from a startup culture to a professional-led one.” Seed funded companies, as well as unicorns, are aggressively looking out top talents.Speaking about its hiring plans for the coming months, Girish Menon, VP, HR at Swiggy said that “In the coming months, we will be doubling down on hiring the sharpest minds in the industry for senior roles in departments such as business, sales and technology, and for highly specialized roles in areas such data sciences and AI.”last_img read more

first_imgThe government’s regulatory body for telecommunications sector has decided to re-fix the rates of tariff on mobile phone calls.Currently, the lowest rate of on-net call (to and from same operator) is Tk 0.25, which may be raised to Tk 0.35. The off-net call (from one operator to other) tariff is Tk 0.60, which is likely to be revised downwardly to Tk 0.45.The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission also feels that the highest tariff rate for per minute call should be brought down to Tk 1.50 from the current rate of Tk 2.Such decisions were taken at a BTRC meeting recently, officials concerned informed Prothom Alo.The BTRC reommendations have already been sent to the post and telecommunications ministry for vetting. The matter will then be sent to the finance ministry since it is related to the public coffer.The BTRC thinks the government’s earnings will increase once the new tariff comes into effect.However, if the stakeholders have reservations about the sayreommendations, the authorities may reconsider the issues, say officials concerned.If approved, the lowest tariff for per minute mobile call will be raised to Tk 0.35 from Tk 0.25 while the highest ceiling brought down to Tk 1.50 from Tk 2.Experts say the new system will mean lesser tariff for calling the number of a big operator from a number of a small one. They cited an example that a call from a Teletalk number to a Grameenphone number, which costs Tk 0.60 at present, will come down to Tk 0.45 in the new system.However, small operators’ earnings will shrink from off-net calls. For example, they make a profit of Tk 0.38 per minute now, but it will come down to Tk 0.23.Acoording to BTRC, state-owned Teletalk has only 3.7 million subscribers, the lowest.Market leader Grameenphone has 59.3 million customers while Robi, who has recently acquired Airtel, has 35 million and Banglalink 31.3 million.When asked, Association of Mobile Telecom Operators of Bangladesh (AMTOB) secretary general TIM Nurul Kabir told Prothom Alo that his organisation is happy with the BTRC suggestions.”Bangladesh has the lowest tariff in the world,” he claimed, adding that a refixation of the tariffs will be welcomed by all the parties. “And the government will get a big chunk from the earnings.”However, Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) president Golam Rahman said he found raising the lowest ceiling of traiff unjustified. He suggested refixing other tariffs keeping the lowest tariff unchanged.Both the government and the operators earn big money from this sector. So, he said, there is no reason the custimers will be made to pay this extra charge.The BTRC in association with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) fixed the highest and lowest tariff for per minute mobile phone calls in 2010, using the ‘cost modelling’ system.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan.last_img read more

first_imgTop terror Shahadat HossainHe’s been staying abroad for 12 years, carrying out criminal acts of extortion and intimidating people back in the country over phone from abroad. He even managed to halt the trial process of 16 cases against him by intimidating the plaintiffs and witnesses of the cases from abroad.This is none other than the top terror Shahadat Hossain. The fugitive criminal was awarded with death penalty in two cases while arrest warrants were issued against him in 13 cases. He has more than 200 general diaries (GDs) under his belt.Hiding in India for a long time, Shahadat is controlling the capital’s criminal activities and even giving interviews to the media, said police officials.They added that the government has requested India to arrest Shahadat as Bangladesh handed over a number of Indian criminals to its neighbour.However, Shahadat’s deportation is yet to be decided, they also said.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia told Prothom Alo that they are trying to bring Shahadat back through the Interpol.If any family feels insecure or becomes victim of threat, the police will provide security measures, he added.Once vice-president of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Shah Ali thana unit, Shahadat was a resident of Shinepukur Road in Mirpur’s Shah Ali area.The hardcore criminal used to be an activist of BCL Mirpur unit from 2001 to 2004. He came to talks in 1998 allegedly after killing a person in Gudaraghat area in 1998. Through this, he entered the underworld and murdered one after another as a professional killer. In 2005, he fled away in India after killing Aftab Uddin, a businessman of Mirpur. Since then, he has been living there.On 12 August 2005, a group of miscreants killed Md Shahidullah, 45, owner of Prince Group near his residence in Mirpur. A case was filed then accusing Shahadat as prime suspect. The investigation of the case is yet to be completed even after 12 years.Shahidullah’s family members said Shahadat has been threatening them to withdraw the case.Kazi Belal Hossain, brother of Shahidullah, told Prothom Alo that the main accused is yet to be arrested. The other accused who were arrested are now out of jail on bail.Another businessman of Mirpur, Aftabuddin, was killed by Shahadat in 2005. A case was then lodged with the Mirpur police station in this regard. After an investigation, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-4 submitted a case statement in 2007, accusing a total of 19 people including Shahadat.Afrozuddin, brother of Aftabuddin and also plaintiff of the case, said that Shahadat has been threatening to withdraw the case by his sidekicks.In the face of frequent threats, he sought security measures from the deputy commissioner of police (Mirpur zone) last week.Moreover, the witnesses are also leaving the area, Afrozuddin alleged.DMP deputy commissioner (Mirpur zone) Masud Ahmed told Prothom Alo that Mirpur police were instructed to provide Afrozuddin’s family security.In the face of Shahadat’s threats, Russell Hossain, son of slain businessman Farhad Hossain, filed a total of four general diaries (GDs).A group of extortionists shot Farhad to death on 14 April 2005. Police submitted a charge sheet accusing Shahadat and his accomplices in the murder case.Russell told Prothom Alo that he received a death threat from Shahadat warning him to give no testimony in court.A group of terrorists shot another Mirpur businessman Ripon Chowdhury to death on 18 June, 2006. Widow of Ripon told Prothom Alo that she has been receiving death threats from Shahadat for carrying the case procedures. Being intimidated, she no longer wants to take care of the case.When contacted, Mirpur police station officer-in-charge Md Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo top terror Shahadat is now out of the country. “But, he masterminded several killings. We don’t see that much activities of his cohorts now. The plaintiff of a case applied to us seeking his security and we’ve taken necessary measures accordingly.”Allegations are rife that Shahadat threatened the plaintiffs and witnesses of nine murder cases. Prominent among them are BNP leader and ward commissioner Shawkat Ali murder case, satellite TV connection provider Shamsul Haque murder, transport worker Parvez killing and Mirpur businessman Abdur Rahman killing.When approached, Dhaka University law department professor and former chairman of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Mizanur Rahman said rights activists have long been demanding for the safety and security of the plaintiffs and witnesses.“The state must ensure security for those who will testify in any case,” he added.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img read more

first_imgA handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on 8 May 2018 shows president Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump is not fit for his job, the speaker of Iran’s parliament said on Wednesday following his decision to back out of the international nuclear pact on Iran.Trump pulled the United States out of the deal on Tuesday, raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East, upsetting European allies and casting uncertainty over global oil supplies.“Trump does not have the mental capacity to deal with issues,” parliament speaker Ali Larijani told the assembly, broadcast live on state TV.Members of parliament burned a US flag and a symbolic copy of the Iran deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a session of parliament began. They also chanted “Death to America”.“Trump’s abandoning of the nuclear deal was a diplomatic show…Iran has no obligation to honour its commitments under the current situation,” Larijani said. “It is obvious that Trump only understands the language of force.”General Mohammad Baqeri, the chief of staff of Iran’s military, said Iran had not had to sign the deal.“But that arrogant country (America) did not even stand by its signature,” the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted him as saying.President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday Iran would remain committed to the deal without Washington despite Trump’s decision to withdraw from it. The pact was designed to deny Tehran the ability to build nuclear weapons.“If we achieve the deal’s goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place. … By exiting the deal, America has officially undermined its commitment to an international treaty,” Rouhani said in a televised speech.“I have ordered the foreign ministry to negotiate with the European countries, China and Russia in coming weeks. If at the end of this short period we conclude that we can fully benefit from the JCPOA with the cooperation of all countries, the deal would remain,” he said.French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the deal with Iran was “not dead” and added that president Emmanuel Macron would speak later in the day to Rouhani.Le Drian said Macron’s contact with Rouhani would be followed by meetings next week, probably on Monday, involving the Iranians and European counterparts from France, Britain and Germany.Trump’s decision drew fierce criticism from Iranian officials and could give hardliners long opposed to the deal a greater edge over Rouhani.“The biggest damage of the Iran deal was legitimising and sitting at the negotiating table with America,” Iran’s army chief Seyed Abdul Rahim Moussavi said, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA).Moussavi said America’s withdrawal from the Iran deal should also be a lesson to Saudi Arabia which was drawing closer to the United States, ISNA reported.Shi’ite Muslim Iran has been locked in a regional power struggle with Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia that has spilled into the wars in Syria and Yemen, where they have backed opposing sides, and fuelled political rivalries in Iraq and Lebanon.The United States’ Gulf Arab allies, who see Iran as a major security threat, expressed strong support for Trump.Under the deal, struck between Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France and Germany, Tehran curbed its nuclear programme in return for them lifting sanctions.‘SHENANIGANS’Trump’s decision sets the stage for a resurgence of political infighting within Iran’s complex power structure, Iranian officials told Reuters. It could tip the balance of power in favour of hardliners looking to constrain Rouhani’s ability to open up to the West.“They will blame Rouhani. They will continue their shenanigans at home and abroad. And they will have the US to blame for the failure of the economy,” said Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies programme at Stanford University.Rouhani tried to assure ordinary Iranians, frustrated by high unemployment and stagnant living standards, that Trump’s decision would have no impact on Iran’s oil-reliant economy.“Our heroic people will not be affected by this psychological attack…Iran’s economic progress will continue. Our people should not be worried at all,” he said.Iran’s ruling elite fears a revival of anti-government protests in January that revealed the establishment was vulnerable to popular anger fuelled by economic hardship. At least 21 people were killed in the protests.TOUGH STATEMENTTrump said he would reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran immediately. His decision puts pressure on his European allies, which are reluctant to join the United States in reimposing sanctions on Iran.The US Treasury said the United States would reimpose a wide array of Iran-related sanctions after the expiry of 90- and 180-day wind-down periods, including sanctions aimed at Iran’s oil sector and transactions with its central bank.Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose hostility towards Washington is the glue that holds together Iran’s faction-ridden leadership, had said Iran would “shred” the deal if the United States pulled out.Rouhani said Iran was ready to resume its curbed nuclear activities if Iran’s interests were not guaranteed under a deal without the United States.Under the 2015 deal, Iran stopped producing 20 per cent enriched uranium and gave up the majority of its stockpile in return for most international sanctions on it being lifted.last_img read more

first_imgThis combination of pictures created on 8 January shows files photos of FBI Director Robert Mueller (L) on 19 June 2013, in Washington, DC; and US President Donald Trump on 15 December 2017, in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS prosecutors revealed Friday that a Russian offered cooperation to Donald Trump’s campaign as early as 2015, declaring that the president’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen had provided “relevant” and “substantial” help to the Russia investigation.In a separate case, federal prosecutors demanded “substantial” jail time of between 51 to 63 months—four to five years—for Cohen for bank fraud and campaign finance violations to which he plead guilty last August.US Attorney Robert Khuzami accused the 52-year-old, who once vowed to take a bullet for the president, of being motivated by “personal greed” and of “repeatedly” using his power and influence for “deceptive ends.”“Totally clears the President. Thank you!” tweeted the US president cryptically as television networks were consumed by the Cohen documents—which the White House dismissed as revealing “nothing of value.”The campaign finance violations to which Cohen pleaded guilty in August concerned hush payments he made on Trump’s behalf to alleged former lovers of the president, including porn star Stormy Daniels.Robert Mueller, the special counsel heading up the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 vote, followed up with a separate filing saying Cohen had made “substantial and significant efforts to remediate his misconduct, accept responsibility for his actions, and assist” the special investigation, a thorn in Trump’s side.Cohen continued to provide “relevant and truthful information” to assist the probe, holding seven sessions with investigators, “many of them lengthy, and continues to make himself available to investigators,” it said.He had provided information about contacts with Russian interests during the campaign, attempts by Russians to reach the campaign and about contacts with “persons connected to the White House” in 2017-2018, the filing added.Around November 2015, some five months after Trump launched his bid for the presidency and well before previously reported contacts, Cohen spoke to a purported “trusted person” in the Russian Federation who offered the campaign “political synergy” and “synergy on a government level.”Cohen said the person “repeatedly proposed” a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming it could have a “phenomenal” impact “not only in political but in a business dimension as well.”“Cohen, however, did not follow up on this invitation,” the filing added.Trump claims ‘cleared’The former fixer last week pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in connection with a Moscow real estate deal, which was being pursued as late as one month before Trump officially became the Republican nominee for president.Due to his help, Mueller declined to recommend additional jail time for Cohen for lying to Congress.Recent filings in the Mueller probe have suggested the White House knew that Cohen planned to lie to lawmakers about his contacts with Russians.They also suggest Trump and his family were in the loop on discussions with Russians on a Moscow project, even after the real estate tycoon secured the Republican nomination in mid-2016.Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders dismissed the latest filings in Cohen’s case, saying they “tell us nothing of value that wasn’t already known.”“Mr Cohen has repeatedly lied and as the prosecution has pointed out to the court, Mr Cohen is no hero,” she said.But Mueller has been inching ever closer to the White House, and early on Friday Trump fired off a feverish volley of tweets against a probe he dubs a “witch hunt,” accusing Mueller of “big time conflicts of interest” and alleging the prosecutor coerced false testimony from witnesses.The commander-in-chief vowed his lawyers would produce a “major Counter Report” to rebut Mueller’s findings, as and when he delivers them.Attorney general switchShortly afterward, Trump announced his intention to nominate William Barr as his new attorney general—succeeding Jeff Sessions, who he sacked last month.Sessions had angered the president by recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller probe because of his own contacts with Russian officials.Barr—a former attorney general under the late George HW Bush—is considered something of a consensus candidate for the highly sensitive post.He does, however, have a record of endorsing strong executive powers, which could come into play if Mueller sought to compel Trump to testify.Barr has also voiced concerns about a number of Mueller’s team donating to the Democratic Party.Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer warned Barr must commit, under oath, that the Russia investigation “will proceed unimpeded” and that the final report will be made available to Congress and the public “immediately.”In Washington, Mueller also detailed multiple “lies” that former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort told investigators, leading to a termination of his cooperation deal, which could lead to a stiffer jail sentence for the 69-year-old.A heavily redacted court filing said that Manafort’s “lies” included untruths about his dealings with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate who US officials suspect is a Russian intelligence operative, and about his contacts with Trump administration officials after striking a plea agreement.The White House similarly dismissed that filing, arguing it “says absolutely nothing about the President.”“Once again the media is trying to create a story where there isn’t one,” said Sanders.last_img read more

first_img YouTube Will Make ‘Cobra Kai,’ Other Originals Free to Watch Later This Year Meredith didn’t announce a premiere date for “#SeeHer Story”; a rep said it’s pegged to debut in late summer or early fall 2019. The series will be distributed across all of People’s outlets, including the free PeopleTV online streaming network, people.com, and social-media platforms. Related Meredith also said it has a slate of 20 shows for Instagram’s IGTV vertical-video platform. Fifteen of those have already gone live, including Real Simple’s “Beauty on the Move” and Martha Stewart Living’s “Frosted,” which to date have garnered more than 20 million views, according to the company. Upcoming IGTV shows include Parents magazine’s “How I Mom,” starring actress Tiffani Thiessen.Jon Werther, president of Meredith National Media Group, touted the company’s first-party data to glean insights into consumer trends and its ability to leverage technologies including voice, artificial intelligence and ecommerce to support its advertising biz.“Our mission is to anticipate our consumers’ needs — particularly those of the 110 million women we serve — to inspire and fuel their imagination and to empower them to achieve as they make their everyday decisions,” Werther said. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Katie Couric’s career as a digital storyteller continues: She’s been tapped to host “#SeeHer Story,” an inspirational weekly digital series spotlighting “often-overlooked women” for People magazine.The show is part of parent company Meredith’s slate of seven new shows centered around the #SeeHer movement, an initiative launched by the Association of National Advertisers to promote accurate representations of girls and women in media. Meredith — which completed the acquisition of Time Inc. last year — made the announcements Thursday at its Digital Content NewFronts event in New York at its downtown Manhattan offices.“I’m excited to partner with Meredith and People to inspire the next generation of young female leaders by telling the real and impactful stories of so many amazing women,” Couric said in a statement. “You know what they say: If you can see her, you can be her.” Walmart’s Vudu Sets Originals With Queen Latifah, Evangeline Lilly, Randy Jackson for Free-Streaming Lineup From 2013-17, Couric served as Yahoo’s “global news anchor,” hosting a regular interview series, and before that had a long career in TV including anchoring “CBS Evening News” and 15 years as co-host of NBC’s “Today.” Among other projects, she edits a daily newsletter, “Wake-Up Call,” through her Katie Couric Media shingle.Meredith’s #SeeHer slate — catering to its female-skewing audiences — also includes InStyle’s “#SeeHer Style,” which will profile notable women leading up to New York Fashion Week this fall, and “Badass Women” Season 2, a digital companion series to the mag’s monthly print and digital feature. In addition, InStyle is establishing a $30,000 scholarship program for young women.Others in the #SeeHer lineup include Parents’ “Moms Mean Business,” about working moms; Health’s “#SeeHer Wellness Warriors”; Rachael Ray Every Day’s “Like a Boss,” about female leaders in the culinary field; and Shape’s “Goal Crushers,” profiling women who have taken on big challenges for even greater causes.Meredith also detailed other new programming across its portfolio of 40-plus brands, including People, Better Homes & Gardens, InStyle, Shape, Parents, Martha Stewart Living, EatingWell and Food & Wine. (Meredith has sold Fortune and Time magazine, and it’s seeking a buyer for Sports Illustrated and Money.)The company said it is doubling down on what it dubs the “three Rs of celebrity”: red carpet, reality and royals. New shows in this category will run across the company’s owned-and-operated destinations, including PeopleTV, as well as social media platforms including Twitter.According to Meredith, the PeopleTV OTT service will triple its red-carpet coverage beyond awards shows to cover movie premieres, film festivals and other events. PeopleTV’s new talk show “Reality Check” (Monday-Thursday) is hosted by Lyndsey Rodrigues (“TRL”), who will lead a panel of reality TV stars, super-fans and entertainment journalists to chat about the genre’s latest developments. “Reality Check” is slated to premiere Monday, May 13.last_img read more

first_img Explore further Citation: Intel’s Atom CE 4100 SoC Will Transform Internet TV (w/ Video) (2009, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-intel-atom-ce-soc-internet.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Dell Talking About 80-Core Chip Processor The new Atom processor is part of Intel’s new family of media processors. Formerly codenamed “Sodaville,” the new chip is the first 45nm-based System-on-Chip to be designed on Intel’s architecture.The CE4100 replaces Intel’s former CE 3100 processor which is an older Pentium core processor. Intel’s newest Atom processor core is expected to reach speeds of about 1.2GHz and offer support for a range of industry standards. Intel is also teaming up with Adobe to provide support for the Adobe Flash Player 10 on Intel’s family of CE media processors. The new CE4100 SoC also provides MPEG-4 support, 3D graphics capability, high-end audio and can also capture uncompressed 1080p video. (PhysOrg.com) — At the IDF event, in Santa Clara, California, Intel announced the debut of their newest System-on-Chip (SoC), the Intel Atom processor CE4100. The CE4100 SoC is designed exclusively to facilitate Internet content and other services to digital TVs, Blu-ray players and other entertainment devices. At the IDF event, in Santa Clara, California, Intel’s Eric Kim (Sr. VP of Intel Corporation’s Digital Home Group) commented: “The architecture of Intel media processors provides a powerful and innovative platform to showcase Flash-based applications in a vivid way. Flash Player 10 combined with the performance of the Intel media processor and its support for standards such as OpenGL ES 2.0 offers a compelling environment for Flash-based games, videos and other rich Web content and applications.”The chip also features an integrated NAND controller, along with support for DDR2 and DDR3 memory, which will provide a choice to developers of digital TVs and set-top boxes. It is not certain when the Atom CE4100-based devices will reach the market, however Intel has promised some hardware demos from its partners.© 2009 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more