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Toronto faces studio pressures as filming boomsToronto faces studio pressures as filming booms

first_img Facebook “2016 is the third consecutive record-breaking year in Ontario for film and TV production,” commented Eleanor McMahon, Ontario’s tourism, culture and sport minister.“Our government has worked hard to create the right conditions to help our film and TV industry succeed.”Paul Bronfman is chairman and CEO of film equipment supplier William F White International, and is also chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios. He praised the Ontario government for its support of the production industry, but also called for authorities to provide financial backing for more studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter.In January the mayor of Toronto led a delegation to Los Angeles partly to address Hollywood concerns about available studio space in the Canadian city.The issue is not unique to Toronto. Many of the world’s top production hubs – including Vancouver, New York, London and Cape Town – are under pressure to expand their studio facilities.In many cases development is already underway but takes time. Vacant industrial buildings are frequently used as adapted filming spaces when studios are unavailable and they can often be cheaper, especially for lengthier TV shoots.Source: KFTV Advertisement Advertisement Toronto faces pressure to expand its studio facilities after another successful year of location filming in 2016.Production spending in Ontario as a whole surpassed a billion dollars for the sixth year in a row and contributed CA$1.7bn to the provincial economy overall, according to government figures.This month there are 26 projects either filming now in Ontario or in pre-production, including Kiefer Sutherland’s drama Designated Survivor, true-life hostage crisis feature film Stockholm and the new Star Trek series Discovery. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Canadianshot The Shape of Water leads race for British Academy AwardsCanadianshot The Shape of Water leads race for British Academy Awards

first_imgCanadian-shot Cold War monster movie The Shape of Water led nominations Tuesday for the British Academy Film Awards, as organizers announced a new female host and promised to fight sexism and sexual misconduct in showbiz.Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical thriller scored nominations in 12 categories, including best picture and best director, for the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars.The film was also up for several Golden Globe nominations this year, including for best drama, but only took home awards for best director and best original score. It was shot in Toronto and Hamilton. Facebook Login/Register With: Canadian Christopher Plummer is also up for a supporting actor award for All the Money in the World. Plummer was a last-minute replacement for Kevin Spacey, who was cut from the already-completed film following allegations of sexual misconduct.Christopher Plummer has earned a supporting actor nomination for his performance in All the Money in the World, after being parachuted in to replace Kevin Spacey at the last minute. (Sony Pictures)Two Canadian nominees are up for this year’s production design award: Dennis Gassner for Blade Runner 2049 and Paul Austerberry for The Shape of Water. Sally Hawkins, left, and Octavia Spencer star in The Shape of Water. The film has scored nominations in 12 British Academy Film Award categories. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Associated Press) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau tonight on APTNs virtual town hallLiberal leader Justin Trudeau tonight on APTNs virtual town hall

first_imgAPTN National NewsConservative leader Stephen Harper is the only one of the four main federal party leaders to refuse to participate in the virtual town hall which runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.The Conservative campaign did not respond to APTN’s invitation to take part in the event that will see federal party leaders answer pre-taped questions from Indigenous people from across the country.APTN anchor Cheryl McKenzie will host the town halls. The virtual town hall with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is scheduled to air Wednesday and the town hall with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair will air Thursday. Green leader Elizabeth May’s town hall aired Tuesday.The town halls will also be livestreamed via APTN’s news website.Harper never agreed to an interview with APTN despite repeated requests throughout his nine years in power.last_img read more

Sri Lanka and India sign USD 318 million credit line dealSri Lanka and India sign USD 318 million credit line deal

The Loan Agreement was signed by Dr. R H S. Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass media and David Rasquinha,Managing Director of the Export- Import Bank of India in the presence of Nihal Somaweera, Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Arindam Bagchi, Deputy High Commissioner of India and Priyantha Rathnayake, Director General, Department of External Resources and distinguish officials of both Governments.The Sri Lanka Railways under the supervision of Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation will implement the projects. The Government of India has already provided four Lines of Credit for the development of railway sector in Sri Lanka through its EXIM bank amounting to approximately USD 966 million. These credit facilities have been utilized to improve the Southern and Northern railway lines and for the procurement of rolling stocks for the Sri Lanka Railways. The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation has identified that the improving passenger transportation facilities is an urgent requirement to attract more passengers towards railway transportation which is efficient and cost effective. Further, reducing congestions in railways by improving rail tracks and signaling systems is also a key requirement to promote passenger and freight transportation.The Government of India is the major development partner of Sri Lanka in South Asian region over 40 years since 1973.During the last few years Indian foreign direct investment in Sri Lanka has expanded exponentially. Presently Indian development assistance mainly focusing on improvement of economic infrastructural facilities, livelihood development, education, healthcare, capacity building and economic renewal of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The signing of Agreement pertaining to the above loan took place today, at the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media. An agreement to provide Indian assistance of 318 million US Dollar credit line for the development of the railway sector was signed at the Ministry of Finance today in Colombo.The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, at his first visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015 had declared a fresh Line of Credit (LOC) of USD 318 million for the development of railway sector in Sri Lanka. read more

Liberia urgently needs top cadre of civil servants to rebuild – UNLiberia urgently needs top cadre of civil servants to rebuild – UN

After more than a dozen years of bloody conflict, the Liberian Government’s ability to rebuild the nation is seriously hampered by a lack of properly trained and motivated public servants, according to a report commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Released today in Monrovia, the report says the West African nation’s daily operations are paralysed by unreliable electricity and water, a shortage of basic work supplies and a massive brain drain that has led to employment shortages at all levels. Facing with rising prices and unpaid wages, the Liberian workers still toiling at their jobs suffer from deteriorating morale. The National Human Development Report 2006, Mobilizing Capacity for Reconstruction and Development, is the first report of its type released by Liberia since the election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last year. Written by independent consultants, it gauges the toll of violent conflict on human development and offers practical solutions on ways the new Government can meet the country’s immediate and long-term development needs. The flight of qualified staff has left Liberia’s civil service virtually an empty shell that is poorly equipped to deliver essential services and unable to negotiate crucial reforms, the report says. The Government agrees that the country urgently needs a new cadre of top public servants who are properly trained, well motivated and adequately compensated. But the report states that this goal cannot be reached within the existing civil service structure. In response, innovative measures, such as transitional salary supplements, are being offered to key officials in crucial slots that affect the delivery of services and wider government reform efforts. Part of the Liberia Emergency Capacity Building Project, the initiative is meant to “help the government create powerful teams of people whose employment in high-profile positions will reinvigorate the public sector, bringing new ideas, experiences and professionalism to support the reform process,” the report notes. The document also details some bright spots, such as a Government measure called TOKTEN, or Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate Nationals.” This program brings qualified Liberian professionals living overseas back home for short visits to share their skills. Other successful measures to boost the public sector include revising the civil service code, cleaning up the procurement process, introducing internal controls and overhauling financial management procedures, and corruption-fighting steps. read more

Nissan turns the light on for taxi manufacturing in CoventryNissan turns the light on for taxi manufacturing in Coventry

Nissan has announced that its new NV200-derived Taxi for London will be assembled in partnership with ADV Manufacturing in Coventry, marking a joint investment of £6 million.Final assembly of the new Taxi for London, which was penned at Nissan’s European Design Centre in London, will take place at ADV’s newly-constructed facility in the West Midlands. Bespoke bodywork, interior, suspension and steering will be fitted to the taxi, with first deliveries expected in December 2014. A pure electric version, which has batteries manufactured in Sunderland, will be launched in 2015.Speaking at the prestigious Bugatti Lecture at Coventry University, Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Corporation, said, “Our new Taxi for London is part of a wider, international taxi programme that forms a key part of Nissan’s global strategy, so we are naturally being very prudent in selecting our partners. ADV has demonstrated that it has the proficiency and capability to deliver what we believe will become a new icon for London.“We are pleased to be reinforcing once again our commitment to the British automotive industry and the fact that our black cabs will be rolling off the production line in Coventry, with its long history in the taxi business, is an added bonus.”ADV, which reshored from Italy in 2011, also announced that it is already recruiting more engineers and technicians to reinforce its production and development teams.Brendan O’Toole, CEO of ADV Manufacturing said, “With Coventry University turning out world class engineers and an army of great workers steeped in automotive manufacturing disciplines right on our doorstep, we couldn’t be located in a better place to launch such an exciting and prestigious project as the New Taxi for London. We anticipate the Nissan taxi will become the new market standard and thereby underpin sustainable jobs at ADV for many years”.The joint-investment has also been supported by a loan of nearly £4 million through AMSCI (Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain initiative, government’s jobs creation fund for manufacturing).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

100M to pay for bulletproof vehicles for Ministry of Presidency100M to pay for bulletproof vehicles for Ministry of Presidency

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt breached FMAA in appropriating funds for SARA- EdghillAugust 7, 2017In “latest news”MOTP PS grilled by PAC over breach of procurement rules in purchasing PM’s luxury rideMay 22, 2017In “latest news”Over $100M in supplementary funding approved for SARA under Legal AffairsAugust 3, 2017In “latest news” … 2018 budgetary allocation Over $100M taxpayers’ dollars have been allocated in the 2018 Budget to cover an alleged corrupt act which saw the Government of Guyana, via the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), purchasing more bulletproof vehicles worth millions of dollars on credit from a local business entity in 2016. Despite not making the necessary arrangements to have the monies set aside in the 2017 budgetary allocation as is provided for in the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, the vehicles have reportedly been delivered. It is being alleged that some have even been put into use already. Former Junior Finance Minister, Juan EdghillOpposition Member of Parliament Bishop Juan Edghill, who was recently suspended from attending four Sittings of the National Assembly, explained that he wanted to ask the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, several questions about the transactions as some five (5) vehicles were bought.  Edghill reasoned that the Permanent Secretary would have had several questions to answer, as, according to him, a clear breach occurred which he assumed amounted to corruption and poor transparency and accountability on the part of the Government.  The vehicles were purchased by the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP).Over $12B have been budgeted this year for the entity. read more

NASA commisions three aircraft designs that could be flying in 2025NASA commisions three aircraft designs that could be flying in 2025

first_imgNASA/Lockheed MartinIt seems NASA’s vision isn’t limited to just the stars, but to the skies here on Earth as well. That’s why late last year NASA awarded three contracts to teams with the goal of studying advanced concept designs for aircraft which could be ready to fly as early as 2025. The teams included Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and The Boeing Company.NASA/Northrop GrummanFinal designs by the teams can’t just look pretty. They have to meet a stringent set of criteria set by NASA with the goals of less noise, cleaner exhaust emissions, and lower fuel use. Designs have to be able to fly up to 85 percent of the speed of sound, cover a range of approximately 7,000 miles and carry 50,000 to 100,000 pounds of payload. Payload can include either passengers or cargo. The last stipulation is that the final airplane design should be able to operate safely in a more modernized air traffic management system.NASA/The Boeing Company Each team provided an intitial design drawing they will be using as a basis for their work throughout the year. It’s very possible that the designs may change greatly from their initial concepts as more is learned about the feasibility of each of the aircraft proposed.AdChoices广告When we think of NASA it’s easy to simply think of initiatives around space travel. We sometimes forget that when it comes to advances in aeronautics the government agency has that mission as well. After all, they are called the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.Read more at NASAlast_img read more

Sony takes SOE network offline as part of PSN investigationSony takes SOE network offline as part of PSN investigation

first_imgDC Universe Online, Star Wars: Galaxies, Free Realms, and EverQuest players will all have a lot of extra time on their hands now that Sony has pulled the plug on the SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) gaming network temporarily. The decision was made and announced as part of a short statement on Sony’s site which explains that taking SOE down is part of the ongoing investigation into the PlayStation Network security breach from late last month.As a result, this means that the sites for each of Sony’s major massively multiplayer online RPGs and the authentication servers for those games are all offline. Players of titles like the ones mentioned as well as Pirates of the Burning Sea, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and even the Facebook game Fortune League will all be unable to play their favorite games until Sony brings the system back online.AdChoices广告The ongoing investigation into the PSN hack and exactly how much data of the 77 million PlayStation Network members has been lost is ongoing. Sony had previously said that SOE users weren’t affected by the attack, and hasn’t changed that story at all – but the decision to bring down SOE temporarily can’t mean good things for SOE gamers or their personal data.The statement on Sony’s site reads: “We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday). We apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your patience.”Whether or not the damage is still spreading and Sony is uncovering more issues in the wake of the original attack remains to be seen. There’s no doubt Sony would like to update its community later on Monday only to say service is restored and they’ve determined no data was lost, but bringing the environment offline is a big step just to prove that. Unfortunately, it’s possible we haven’t seen the end of Sony’s security woes just yet.Read more at Station.com (SOE) via BBC Newslast_img read more

Des dépôts de pétrole et danimaux morts dans le golfe du MexiqueDes dépôts de pétrole et danimaux morts dans le golfe du Mexique

first_imgDes dépôts de pétrole et d’animaux morts dans le golfe du MexiqueDans le golfe du Mexique, des scientifiques américains ont découvert une couche de pétrole de plusieurs centimètres d’épaisseur déposée sur les fonds marins. Issue de la marée noire d’avril 2010, celle-ci aurait un effet désastreux sur les organismes en contact.Les restes des 800 millions de litres de pétrole libérés pendant la marée noire d’avril 2010 se cacheraient en profondeur. C’est ce qu’ont révélé samedi dernier à Washington, des scientifiques de l’Université de Georgie, lors de la conférence de l’American Association for the Advancement of science. Après des expéditions organisées l’été dernier dans le golfe du Mexique, ceux-ci avaient espéré qu’ils ne trouveraient plus aucun résidu de pétrole. Mais en explorant les fonds marins à l’aide d’un insubmersible, ils ont découvert en décembre dernier un dépôt de pétrole de près de 10 centimètres d’épaisseur. D’après leurs conclusions, celui-ci se serait formé entre juin et septembre 2010 et ne semblerait aucunement en passe de se dégrader. Mais là n’est pas le plus sérieux de la découverte. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueDans les fonds marins, les scientifiques ont aussi observé des quantités d’organismes morts piégés ou asphyxiés par la couche de pétrole. Des crabes, des vers, des étoiles de mer et d’autres animaux sur lesquels la marée noire a eu un effet “dévastateur”.”Tous ces organismes ainsi que les coraux ont été considérablement affectés, et par affectés j’entends essentiellement tués”, a expliqué à BBC News le Pr Samantha Joye qui a conduit les expéditions. Pourtant, les animaux des fonds marins ont un rôle essentiel dans la chaine alimentaire aquatique : ils stimulent l’activité des micro-organismes et oxygènent les sédiments. S’ils sont impactés, c’est donc aussi l’avenir de toutes les espèces qui est en danger, y compris celles que nous mangeons. Ainsi, le bilan est donc bien loin de celui communiqué en février dernier par la compagnie pétrolière BP qui estimait alors, que d’ici 2012 le golfe du Mexique serait complètement rétabli de la catastrophe. “Le Golfe est résistant. Je crois vraiment qu’il se remettra entièrement, mais certainement pas avant 2012”, a contesté le Pr S. Joye.  Selon les scientifiques, il faudra même attendre plusieurs années avant de cerner les véritables conséquences à long terme de la marée noire. Néanmoins, un plan de restauration est déjà en cours pour tenter de rendre au golfe son état originel.Le 21 février 2011 à 17:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dk Films to make Indian own Avengers teamDk Films to make Indian own Avengers team

first_imgDK Films to make Indian own Avengers team.PR HandoutSuperhero craze amongst youngsters is increasing day by day. It won’t be wrong to expect an Indian-inspired superhero soon. Though Marvels and DC comics have already taken up the genre, there has always been a need for an Indian Superhero. DK Films, a Delhi based production house has already started working on it. The production house has made its first Indian superhero series titled Mahakaal, which is based on Indian mythology.DK Films will soon be coming up with 10 more Indian Superheroes. These are namely Naari, She, Halt, Mr Suitboy to name a few. Founders of DK Films – Dushyant Kapoor and Ankit Vatsa say that their creations are inspired by their favourite childhood superheroes. Thus, most of the series has a connection to 90s superheroes. However, these are more comprehensive and focused on Indian mythology.After ‘Mahakaal’, the makers launched ‘Boom’ which is made with an influence of the magic pencil shown in popular TV Show ‘Shaka Laka Boom Boom’. Another superhero, Mr Suitboy is an Indian superhero which has the power to get invisible. It is inspired by Anil Kapoor starrer movie Mr. India. The formula seems to be a hit as Shaktiman trailer on DK Films YouTube channel reached billions of views in just a matter of time.With Avengers: End game set to release next month, the excitement towards superhero series is on its peak currently. By adding up 10 new superheroes, DK Films will be making Indian own Avengers team. This is the first time that Indian superheroes are being created for the global audience.last_img read more

Spammed India faces maximum IP blocks as spam emails globally rise toSpammed India faces maximum IP blocks as spam emails globally rise to

first_imgAmid India’s quest to become a less-cash economy by pushing for maximum online transactions, a study has revealed that the country had the highest percentage of IP connection blocks (spam emails) during December 2015-November 2016. This is how Reliance Jio helped Facebook achieve record quarterly revenueAccording to the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report, roughly 85 per cent of emails in India were spam, while Brazil came second with 57 per cent, followed by Mexico with 54 per cent spams. The Cisco study found that more than one-third of organisations that have been subject to a cyber attack lost 20 per cent of revenue or more. Forty-nine percent of the respondents said their business had faced public scrutiny due to a security breach. About 29 per cent of security professionals said their organisations experienced a loss of revenue as a result of attacks. Of that group, 38 per cent said that revenue loss was 20 per cent or higher. Online attacks also resulted in fewer customers as approximately 22 per cent of organisations said they lost customers as a result of attacks. Worldwide, spam accounts for nearly 65 per cent of total email volume. Global spam volume is growing primarily due to large and thriving spam-sending botnets like Necurs. Necurs is a primary vector for Locky ransomware. It also distributes threats such as the Dridex banking Trojan.According to Cisco threat researchers, about 8 per cent to 10 per cent of the global spam observed in 2016 could be classified as malicious. In addition, the percentage of spam with malicious email attachments is increasing, and adversaries appear to be experimenting with a wide range of file types to help their campaigns succeed. In addition, the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast and Methodology predicts that the volume of global internet traffic in 2020 will be 95 times as great as it was in 2005.Consider these statistics from the most recent report, The Zettabyte Era—Trends and Analysis:● Annual global IP traffic will pass the zettabyte (ZB) threshold by the end of 2016 and reach 2.3 ZB per year by 2020. (A zettabyte is 1000 exabytes, or 1 billion terabytes.) That represents a threefold increase in global IP traffic in the next 5 years.● Traffic from wireless and mobile devices will account for two-thirds (66 percent) of total IP traffic by 2020. Wired devices will account for only 34 per cent. ● From 2015 to 2020, average broadband speeds will nearly double.● By 2020, 82 per cent of all consumer Internet traffic globally will be IP video traffic, up from 70 per cent in 2015.last_img read more

2 NeoJMB men held in Savar2 NeoJMB men held in Savar

first_imgA team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested two suspected members of banned militant outfit ‘Neo-JMB’ from Karnapara of Savar municipality.Tipped off, the CTTC members conducted a drive in the area around 11pm on Friday and arrested Al Amin, 23, and Ahsan Habib, 22, said assistant police super of the CTTC Sheikh Imran Hossain.The arrestees had been involved in organising activities of organisation and collecting members from Savar area since long, he said.During interrogation, the two ‘Neo-JMB’ men gave important information to the CTTC members about the militants who built up a militant den in Savar where law enforcers carried out a drive on 17 May.last_img

Immortalised in rockImmortalised in rock

first_imgArt is timeless. Its imprints can be found at any place at any point in time. The pictorial depiction of human-made markings on natural stone, popularly known as rock art, is the most ancient form of expression.These rock art images are a source of cultural communication between the past and the present.With a view to spread awareness and address the urgent need to preserve this art form, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts along with Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is organising an International conference on rock art 2012 along with an exhibition and workshops. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The exhibition is an initiative which will help in understanding the roots of rock art and the journey since then, helping people to relate their theoretical knowledge with practical. India is fortunate in possessing one of the three largest concentrations of this world heritage. The conference is relevant with respect to research and learn and develop documentation programme of rock art,’ said Dipali Khanna, Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe theme of the conference will centre on the following themes: concept and methodology, interpreting rock art, documentation and conservation amongst many.‘Experts and scholars from India, France, Italy, Spain, Indonesia, Douth Africa, Australia, Poland, USA, Cuba, Peru, Bolivia, China and many other countries will address the issue and challenges for preservation of rock art,’ added Khanna. Rock art festival will feature an exhibition of Indian and global rock art from to synthesise people about the unique nature of rock art. The exhibition partly will feature global rock art which will be divided in zones showing art forms of different continents. There are pieces rock arts related to pre-historic era ranging between 4,000 and 12,000 BC at display too.The Indian wing will also exhibit various tribal art forms that shows continuity of the tradition of rock art. The art forms will include Saura (Odisha), Warli (Maharashtra) and Rathwa (Gujarat). During the workshop, the rock art scholars and artists across the globe would demonstrate the journey of rock art, techniques and materials used for its depiction along with similarity and their differences in the art form across the countries.‘A cave like set up has been designed on the lines of Bhimbetka, an archaeological World Heritage site located in Raisen District in Madhya Pradesh to give a first hand experience and focus of the exhibition,’ said Khanna.DETAILAt: Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts C.V Mess JanpathWhen: 7 December- 25 January Timings: 10 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

Auto drivers found harassing passengers to be taken to taskAuto drivers found harassing passengers to be taken to task

first_imgAccording to Rai, a special drive has been launched by the department and 44 enforcement teams have been deployed in three shifts in different parts of the national Capital. The minister further said that the government is ready to take every possible step for the welfare of auto drivers but people should not be harassed.“The government has conveyed this message to auto drivers several times, but I think enforcement is the only option now. During a week-long drive, enforcement teams will check near railway stations, ISBTs, Metro stations and hospitals in their respective districts,” the minister told reporters here. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreA transport department official said teams on Monday impounded 202 autos under Section 207 of Motor Vehicle Act. Auto drivers have also been instructed to paste a 15×6 board made of polyvinyl material displaying the location of their residence while returning home at the end of the day. The department has also made it compulsory for all drivers to wear uniform and PSV Badge.In June, 755 complaints were received against auto drivers, most of which were about refusal to go to a particular destination.last_img read more

Planning your next vacation Make note of important factorsPlanning your next vacation Make note of important factors

first_imgHotel accommodations, rental cars and travel may be the must haves to check while travel preparation, but pinning down some of aspects of your vacation like right travel partner, duration and goal is equally important. Travel experts share some insights to achieve a smooth, headache free trip, which will take care of your initial essential planning. Looking for a holiday or an adventure? While one loves to explore the world and experience different cultures, at times all you need is a break and that’s when one should see if you are looking at traveling as learning or as an adventure. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Goal for the trip? You plan it as a leisure trip or spending quality time with your family is your trip goal. One needs to be careful for the things he/she is planning, for the trip to be adventurous one should specifically select a place which is best for adventures. What you are looking for in a location? The food? Its history? The arts? Do you really want a companion? Your trips should never be interrupted no matter how much you love your family or kids. If you need to refresh, spend your break with the people who will help you refresh your mind- encourage fewer people or plan a solo trip. If you want to stop the chase then find a travel mate, who is as much adventurous as you are and prefer a wine over the pool with you. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Money and the DurationYour spending will always decide the d uration of the trip, you must be setting out some money! Right? Now is the time when you have made a decision as to what exactly you want to do and with whom you want to go. Carefully consider how much of your savings you want to spend on this particular outing. Are you hoping to take a big trip sometime in the future? If so, don’t spend your whole roll on this one and save for future.last_img read more

QA With Jeff Cornwall Entrepreneurs Growing Businesses And A Changing EconomyQA With Jeff Cornwall Entrepreneurs Growing Businesses And A Changing Economy

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Naomi Grossman The lessons you learn early in life often form the foundation for what you decide to do later on. That certainly holds true for Jeffrey Cornwall. The author, Entrepreneurial Mind blogger, and inaugural Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship at Tennessee’s Belmont University credits his interest in small business to discussions at the dinner table when he was growing up, and to his corporate-expatriate father, who he says is now an “active, octogenarian entrepreneur.” Cornwall also is an entrepreneur in his own right: In the late ’80s he co-founded and ran a health-care company in North Carolina before he returned to academia nearly a decade later.Cornwall’s books include “Bringing Business to Life,” “From the Ground Up: Entrepreneurial School Leadership,” and “The Entrepreneurial Educator,” his blog has been recognized as Forbes’ Best of the Web, and the entrepreneurial programs he has guided (not only for Belmont) have received national recognition. Suffice to say, Cornwall is well-entrenched in all things entrepreneurial. In his conversation with bMighty.com, Cornwall discusses the opportunities of group collaboration, the double-edged sword called social media, and where you should — and shouldn’t — cut back during a recession.bMighty: What are some of the trends affecting growing businesses and entrepreneurs?Jeff Cornwall: One of the interesting trends is a real decoupling of traditional organizations. More and more, you see networked organizations of people coming together as individual entities, or small teams coming together and working on projects. They are creating opportunities to tackle problems, but they also present issues of information-sharing and collaboration. [For example], a couple of my alumni have a business in the video market. They’re doing projects that take them into other arenas, and they need to subcontract and make joint ventures with consultants.It even creates international challenges. Another one of my students develops Web 2.0 programs, and he uses programmers around the world. It’s creating issues of quality assurance, but it opens up opportunities for him. But with opportunities come new challenges.The tech world is providing new solutions, and some of the convergence in tech will allow us to integrate even more. I could imagine technology evolving to the point where real-time conferences are on handheld devices. These not only create opportunities in the tech space, but it also creates opportunities for people to tackle problems.In a study sponsored by Intuit, the Institute for the Future envisioned a new merchant class with lots of individual people working autonomously and tackling projects together. There are 20 million people in the U.S. that classify themselves as self-employed. Many of them are banding together.bMighty: What tech tools do you recommend for entrepreneurs and growing businesses?Cornwall: I’m not a techie kind of guy, but I’m working with entrepreneurs who are. There are fascinating applications in Web 2.0, and now we’re getting to Web 3.0. The power and ability they give you to share information is incredible.bMighty: Do you think social media is beneficial to growing businesses or a waste of time?Cornwall: Anything can be either of those things. Years ago, I was one of the last people to get a fax machine. I wasn’t sure it was cost-effective. I saw it being used a lot as a waste of time. Any new technology takes time to figure out how to use, and also how to use it effectively. I use things now that I used to be skeptical about being productive. I am seeing some real indications that these social media tools can be used productively. There is a lot of overkill, but I think it allows for collaborative work that’s collaborative in a truly synchronous state. That can get to be pretty powerful. If I can do applications with someone across the world in real time, that is really powerful. It takes the whiteboard, creative-solving process out of the conference room.How The Economic Crisis Affects Entrepreneurs & Growing BusinessesbMighty: How do you anticipate the economic situation affecting entrepreneurs and growing businesses?Cornwall: Not very well. Many entrepreneurs are young. Forty percent of my incoming freshmen have a business, and even entrepreneurs under the age of 40 have not had to manage through a significant recession. Those of us who are baby boomers have been through severe recessions and inflation. I feel like my Dad when I say you don’t understand, but now I know why they tried to warn us. We can get caught in a bad situation.Small and midsize businesses cannot increase their prices by that much, or they are often locked into prices with big clients. So I am telling entrepreneurs and growing businesses to build up cash reserves and bring debt down. Bring down overhead, keep it low, and cut back. But don’t stop spending to build your customer base. Marketing is where entrepreneurs and growing businesses should spend. Don’t cut costs there because now is the time to stay in front.I had this debate on my blog. One guy said businesses just need to increase prices. But customers don’t work like that. Individuals are being careful, and they can great deals now. Consumers are starting to alter their behavior. They are preserving their cash, and that’s what businesses need to be doing now. Remember the old phrase, cash is king? That is more even true in inflation. That becomes your buffer when you can’t increase prices quickly enough.bMighty: Why did you start blogging?Cornwall: About five years ago I came to Belmont to start this Entrepreneurship Institute, and a successful blogger, Bill Hobbes, asked me if I wanted to start a blog. I thought it was an interesting forum and figured I’d give it a shot. I started playing around with it; I got some traction, and it went from there. All of a sudden several thousand people were reading my blog every week. I keep thinking blogging will go away, but it keeps growing and chugging along. I’ve been asked to do video blogs, but I don’t know if I’ll do it. It has been an interesting journey.bMighty: How do you measure the success of your blog?Cornwall: Traffic is important. I do enough writing — academic journals, books — that nobody reads! I measure success in volume and also in impact. I’ll get a random e-mail where someone will tell me they read my blog and it made an impact. I’ve been getting things from people around the world — the Middle East, Africa, Australia. They encourage me to keep it up. That’s what keeps me going. If all I saw were numbers, I wouldn’t be blogging. The personal feedback matters. I’ve also made some very good friends through blogging, and it gives Belmont a visibility that’s beyond anything they could get — an incredible reach nationally and internationally with recognition that is beneficial.bMighty: What’s the best blog post you’ve written this year?Cornwall: Often it’s the ones that surprise me, but it’s usually the ones that put my heart on my sleeve. Sometimes it’s a public policy issue or a struggle of an entrepreneur. My wife is never surprised what strikes a chord! Mine is not as interactive a forum as some other blogs. I’m more of an information source. I deal sometimes with controversial issues, but it’s more like reading an editorial. I get more e-mail than comments posted to the blog. They want to talk to me, not the world. I switched locations from an .edu to a .com because of the increase in traffic, and I got all these e-mails asking me where I went. It’s cool that they missed me.bMighty: Other than your own, what blogs do you think are “must-reads” for business and technical decision-makers?Cornwall: There are a lot of really good ones out there. I’ve always loved Small Biz Trends; I like what [Anita Campbell] does. I don’t read a lot of blogs, and I don’t engage in dialogues with other bloggers. Occasionally I go to Duct Tape Marketing. What I like in a blog doesn’t matter. Everyone has their own flavor of what they like. I read Seth Godin sometimes, and Guy Kawasaki has some cool stuff. Otherwise what I read is pretty random.Naomi Grossman is assistant editor of bMighty.com. 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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John Kerry leads delegation to Cuba for flag raising at US EmbassyJohn Kerry leads delegation to Cuba for flag raising at US Embassy

first_imgHAVANA, Cuba — The American flag was raised Friday over the U.S. Embassy in Havana beside the three Marines who last lowered the Stars and Stripes more than a half-century ago in a day of history-making symbolism as more Cold War vestiges were put to rest.But the ceremonies led by Secretary of State John Kerry also underscored some of the significant differences as the two countries move ahead with their groundbreaking diplomatic thaw.Kerry’s meetings in Cuba will include political activists — barred from the embassy event — who hope the new openings with Washington will offer more room for opposition voices on the island.Kerry — the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Cuba since the Franklin Roosevelt administration — also used his embassy address to directly challenge Cuba’s leaders by urging for “genuine democracy” and improvements in Cuba’s human rights record.“As two peoples who are no longer enemies or rivals, but neighbors,” Kerry said in English and Spanish.”[It is] time to unfurl our flags, raise them up, and let the world know that we wish each other well.”Minutes later, the Marines who lowered the flag in 1961 — then Sgt. Jim Tracy, then-Lance Cpl. Larry C. Morris and then-Cpl. F.W. Mike East — handed the flag to a Marine contingent. It was then hoisted as a band played “The Star-Spangled Banner” outside the seven-story embassy building, built in the early 1950s on the Malecón, Havana’s famous waterfront boulevard.Another iconic image of Cuba was parked outside the embassy gates: three classic American cars from the 1950s including a 1959 Chevrolet Impala — the year Fidel Castro’s revolutionary forces took power. Hundreds of people — some waving Cuban and U.S. flags — gathered nearby under a blazing Caribbean sun.The moment culminated history-making outreach that began with quiet diplomatic talks and then moved quickly since stunning announcements in December on plans to ease one of the last major fault lines from the Cold War.Last month, Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, was in Washington to raise the island’s flag outside its embassy on the day both nations officially restored ties. But the U.S. flag in Cuba has been kept under wraps for the arrival of Kerry, the highest U.S. government official to set foot in the country since 1945.Cuban officials, meanwhile, are likely to increase pressures on Washington to fully roll back its economic embargoes and open talks on the future of the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay.“We remain convinced the people of Cuba would be best served by a genuine democracy, where people are free to choose their leaders,” said Kerry, who listed the now-buried remains of the Cold War: the fall of the Berlin wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union and ending wartime tensions in Vietnam.Kerry said the United States and Cuba “have begun to move down that path without any illusions about how difficult our new relationship will be.”“But we are each confident in our intentions, in the contacts we have made, and the friendships we have begun to forge,” he added in an address that quoted the 19th century Cuban nationalist hero José Martí.President Obama’s inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, whose family left Cuba shortly before he was born in 1968, offered a reading of “Matters of the Sea,” a poem he has written for the occasion.“What matters is this: We all belong to the sea between us,” he read with the backdrop of the Florida Strait, which was once the route for desperate migrants seeking U.S. shores just 90 miles away.The U.S. embassy has been open for nearly a month, following the official July 20 re-establishment of U.S.-Cuba relations. Previously, the two nations maintained lower-level interest sections as diplomatic toeholds.After the ceremony, Kerry plans to meet privately with Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Havana. Ortega was instrumental, along with Pope Francis, in the success of nearly two years of secret bilateral negotiations that led to this day.Later in the afternoon, a separate U.S. flag will be raised at the opulent estate in western Havana that is the once and future residence of the U.S. ambassador, currently occupied by Charge d’Affairs Jeffrey DeLaurentis. Members of Cuban civil society — including political dissidents — have been invited to that ceremony and to a reception Kerry will host.In an interview Wednesday with CNN Español, Kerry rejected criticism Cuban government opponents were not asked to attend the morning events at the embassy.“We just disagree with that. We’re going to meet,” he said. The embassy ceremony, “is a government-to-government moment. We’re opening an embassy. It’s not open to everybody in the country. And later we’ll have an opportunity where there is a broader perspective to be able to meet with … a broad cross-section of Cuban civil society, including dissidents,” he said.Human rights, Kerry said in the interview, is “at the top of our agenda in terms of the first things that we will be focused on in our direct engagement with the Cuban government,” including his Friday talks with Rodriguez.In a Thursday letter to Kerry, the organization Reporters Without Borders USA noted that Cuba ranks 169 of 180 countries on its press freedom index. “Cuba’s information monopoly and censorship practices do not apply only to local media,” it said, “foreign journalists are also subject to restrictions, receiving accreditation only selectively” and “deported” when they displease “the current regime.”Despite the restoration of relations, the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba remains in place. Obama has called for Congress to lift it, along with remaining restrictions on U.S. travel to the island, but lawmakers have resisted.The eight members of Congress in Kerry’s official delegation include Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.); and Democratic Reps. Karen Bass (Calif.), Steve Cohen (Tenn.), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Jim McGovern (Mass.).The embargo continues to be a rallying point for the Cuban government. In an article published in Granma, the official Cuban Communist party paper, on the occasion of his 89th birthday Thursday, revolutionary leader and former president Fidel Castro criticized the United States for everything from dropping an atomic bomb on Japan near the end of World War II, to setting the stage for global economic crisis by amassing most of the world’s gold supply.That crisis, Castro said, had battered Cuba’s economy, even as it is “owed compensation equivalent to damages, which have reached many millions of dollars” as a result of the U.S. sanctions.—Brian Murphy in Washington contributed to this report.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:US to ease travel, trade with Cuba starting Friday Obama suggests Cuba’s removal from terror list may be near Obama administration to further ease travel and business restrictions with Cuba Obama, Castro call for end to Cuba embargo at UNlast_img read more

Raffles Hotel will mark her 122nd Anniversary withRaffles Hotel will mark her 122nd Anniversary with

first_imgRaffles Hotel will mark her 122nd Anniversary with a host of special treats, from 16 July to 16 September 2009, available at the Raffles Hotel Gift Shops, restaurants and extending to the Raffles Culinary Academy as well. All of these birthday experiences will be priced at only $122.The celebration kicks off with a series of three culinary classes at Raffles Culinary Academy on 16 July, 16 August and 16 September, the latter being the Hotel’s official anniversary date. Each class will have a hands-on session featuring two savory dishes, as well as a two-course lunch, showcasing the dishes taught.Anniversary menus will highlight at three restaurants. Enjoy a special Thali set for two persons at Tiffin Room; or a lobster done in your preferred way from a selection of five preparation styles, with a glass of wine f at Raffles Courtyard. At Long Bar Steakhouse, a three-course dinner menu per person inclusive of a glass of wine, or lunch for two persons with two glasses of champagne.At Raffles Hotel Gift Shops, guests have the choice of a signature-item gift bag or “surprise” gift bag. Fantastic as a memorable gift, some signature items you can expect are a Royal Doulton Plate, ‘Raffles Remembered’ book, Raffles Hotel Luggage Label and Homemade Thos S.B. Orange Truffles amongst other premium items.www.raffles.comlast_img read more