first_imgFREDERICTON — Wayne Long is so big a New England Patriots superfan that he has their logo tattooed on his leg. He spent 13 years on a waiting list for season tickets — despite living on the other side of an international border.“It’s six-and-a-half hours to drive from here to Boston,” said Long, the member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay.He doesn’t mean that it’s far. He means that it’s close.For the legions of Patriots superfans in New Brunswick, New England’s NFL team is theirs too, and Gillette Stadium in the Boston suburb of Foxboro, Mass., is practically local.“I think people would be shocked if they actually did a head count of the number of people — particularly from southern New Brunswick — who go down to Patriots games. I’d dare say there are hundreds.”Much of the province will be watching Feb. 3 when the Patriots will be in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII, their fourth appearance in the NFL’s championship game in five years. They’ve won it twice since 2015.Super Bowl parties are planned at homes, bars and even in hotel ballrooms.Long has had Patriots season tickets for four years, and said he gets to about four home games each year.There’s a strong bond between New England and Atlantic Canada, he said: The people are friendly and you can walk along Beacon Hill in Boston or Germain Street in Saint John and see similar architecture.The Maritime province has long-standing ties with the New England states and that includes support for the region’s sports teams like the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins.“New Brunswickers relate well to the folks in New England. We spend so much time in New England, whether it’s for vacationing or shopping, or catching commercial flights out of Bangor or Boston,” said Bob Hatheway of Fredericton.The Patriots fan and season ticket holder was still rejoicing the Patriots’ 37-31 victory over Kansas City on Sunday to capture the AFC championship.  “New Brunswickers have such an important relationship with New England. We’re almost like an extension of New England,” Hatheway said, noting that his grandmother was born in Maine while his grandfather was from Florenceville, N.B.Hatheway and a friend have shared a pair of season tickets since about 2010, and he made his way to five games in Foxboro this season.“It’s very common to run into other New Brunswickers. There are people we run into all the time,” he said.Rees Hasson of Fredericton said he’s been a Patriots fan his whole life. He’s 17.However he said there’s a bit of division at home because his mother is also a Patriots fan, while his father cheers for Washington.He’s calling for New England to beat the Los Angeles Rams by three points, while Hatheway expects a bigger spread, 28-17.As a season ticket holder, Hatheway has his fingers crossed for a chance to win tickets to the game in Atlanta, and has friends who have offered a place for him to stay.Failing that, he plans to do like many other New Brunswickers — gather with friends for beers and snacks — and cheer on their team from afar.Long said fan support for the Patriots will likely waver when quarterback Tom Brady, now 41, finally retires.But he says he’ll still be cheering for them long after the Brady era ends. When it comes to football, the Liberal MP’s blood run red, white and blue.“I have always been a Patriots fan,” he said. Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

4Rabat – The eastern Caribbean nation, Saint Lucia, has expressed its full support to Morocco’s FIFA 2026 World Cup bid.On Thursday, Saint Lucien Minister of Development and Sports Edmund Estephane announced his country’s strong support to Morocco’s bid to host the world’s premier football tournament.“My country’s government will be strong and will back Morocco’s bid 200 percent, which will do justice and honor the African continent and the Caribbean countries,” said Estephane, following an interview with Morocco’s ambassador to Saint Lucia, Abderrahim Kadmiri. Estephane has also commended the “excellence” of the cooperation relations linking the two countries, especially in the agricultural field. “Morocco has never ceased to provide assistance and expertise to farmers in my country.”The Saint-Lucien official added that Morocco is providing valuable assistance in the field of urban planning to his country. He also expressed his intention to visit the country, with the aim of establishing other cooperation in different areas, including urban planning and sports.Morocco officially submitted its bid book to FIFA on March 15. The application has received the support of many countries from different corners of the world, including Botswana, Qatar, Algeria, Tunisia, and France.Morocco’s bid, which also represents Africa, has collected  the support of many countries. The list of Morocco 2026 supporters  includes Algeria, Tunisia, Russia, Luxembourg, France, Botswana, Nigeria, Serbia, Belgium, and Qatar.Morocco is determined to clinch more international support to win the right to host the World Cup. read more

Sri Lanka and India held military level discussions on Tuesday in order to strengthen ties between the armies of both countries, the Sri Lanka army media unit said.The India-Sri Lanka Army to Army Staff Talks (AAST) was attended by an Indian delegation including Major General Gurdeep Singh of the Indian army and Colonel Vivek Tyagi, the Director of Military Training of the Indian Army. The meeting comes even as politicians in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu continued to raise objections to India providing military training to Sri Lanka. The AAST held on Tuesday was the second such meeting with the first held in India last year. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram and former Chief Minister M. Karunannidhi had on Tuesday demanded that the Indian government discontinue with the training for the Sri Lanka army. Following the AAST meeting both Sri Lanka and India are expected to sign the final minutes as an endorsement of the mutual agreement for implementation of the conclusions in the three-day deliberations.The Sri Lanka army media unit also said that the visiting Indian army delegation had separately met the Sri Lanka Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya on Tuesday.“The delegation during the meeting with the Sri Lankan Army Chief expressed satisfaction over the progress that has been made after its inception a year ago. Lieutenant General Jayasuriya pointed out that the new bilateral understanding on security issues after this arrangement, has made great strides in the past one year and underlined the importance of maintaining the status quo,” the army media unit said. Tamil Nadu has been demanding an investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the final stages of the 30 year war between the Sri Lanka army and the Tamil Tiger rebels.However the Indian government had said it will continue with the training for the Sri Lankan military despite the protests. read more

HighfiveConferenceRoom.jpg 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. The dual trends of increased remote working and a shift to more open and shared collaborative in-office workspaces are changing how we think about the ways we conduct business. Walls have disappeared, huddle rooms and communal spaces have popped up, and team-based work has begun to replace individual contributions. Which got me to thinking: How truly connected are remote workers?As revealed in a Harvard Business Review poll, the answer may be “not very.” In the poll, remote workers indicated they often feel isolated or left out when it comes to true collaboration with their colleagues.The shift in how people work is accelerating due to the rise of younger, tech-first workers. Millennials aged 21 to 36 — already the largest generation in the U.S. labor force — will account for more than 75% of the workforce by 2025, according to the Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Today’s younger workers not only are more comfortable working in groups and collaborating, but also desire an always-on, uber-connected workplace.So, what can your organization do to connect and engage with an increasingly dispersed workforce? A good place to start is with a combination of smart meeting spaces with intuitive software. In the past, two factors hindered the ability to create a more dynamic meeting space in multiple locations:Cost and complexity of setting up and operating a more connected meeting roomQuality of the meeting itselfAdditionally, non-integrated software and hardware platforms present various hurdles to a more efficient intelligent meeting. Users struggle with PIN codes, dial-in numbers, passwords, downloads, and plug-ins — common challenges we’ve all experienced over the years.The intelligent meeting room overcomes these hurdles with integrated hardware that’s powered by smarter software for a more enjoyable experience by both IT and end users. In a Highfive meeting room, participants don’t need to fumble with technology or suffer through a poor quality experience. Rather, they enjoy a more usable, collaborative environment. Highfive has always delivered an integrated, intelligent platform that makes for an easy, more seamless and collaborative meeting room experience.This approach has been the Highfive model, or what we like to call Meetings Reimagined. Highfive delivered the first integrated hardware and software platform more than five years ago, the only video conferencing solution built on WebRTC and running on the Amazon Web Services hyperscale cloud. This puts elegant hardware paired with smart software into every intelligent meeting room, delivering the audio and video intelligence needed to deliver exceptional, low-touch, high-quality meetings complemented by enablement, support, and services. Then, Highfive ties it all together with an affordable monthly per-room subscription, eliminating the need and additional cost of individual user licenses. And because Highfive was built on WebRTC from the start, meetings start within the browser with no software download required, and every meeting starts on time with just a single click from any meeting room or any device.With expanding remote workforces, multiple company locations, and more geographically dispersed partners and customers, the intelligent meeting isn’t a nice-have, but a must-have. Video conferencing technology should bring us closer together as our workplaces become more diverse, making us more empowered, efficient, and productive.If you’d like to take a deeper dive into what makes an intelligent meeting work, check out the recent evaluation by Let’s Do Video.Tags:News & Viewsintelligent meetingsconnected meeting roomHighfiveVideo Collaboration & A/VDigital WorkplaceEndpointsFuture of WorkSponsored PostVCaaS Articles You Might Like Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. Log in or register to post comments See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » read more

FRANKFURT — Like a sleek Mercedes crunched between two freight trucks, Europe’s economy is being knocked off course by the conflict between the U.S. and China over trade.The bill for damages from the U.S-China collision could be painfully high, starting this week if new growth figures on Wednesday show that Europe’s economic motor, Germany, is stalled or shrinking. Beyond that, economists say there are signs that years of jobs growth since the depths of the Great Recession and the eurozone debt crisis may be ending.And if the trade wars escalate to include higher U.S. tariffs on cars made in Europe, the picture could look even worse.The heart of the matter is Germany, Europe’s largest economy and a key trade partner of both the U.S. and China.Almost half the German economy – 47%, according to World Bank estimates – comes from trade as its companies play a dominant role in global markets for luxury autos and complex industrial machinery. Supply chains from Germany extend into neighbouring countries as well, while German profits are often invested in factories in places like Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. Great for Germany and Europe when trade is booming — but it means Germany remains more vulnerable than less open economies such as Portugal or France to a slowdown in global trade in goods and services.And that is what’s happening.German has spewed wretched economic data for weeks: an 8% annual fall in exports in June, a 1.5% drop in industrial production in June from the month before, three times bigger than expected. Surveys of company executives suggest the industrial sector is in recession, with consumer demand and services propping up the economy.But the damage from trade may be spreading to consumers and companies that do business only at home. While unemployment remains low at 3.1%, job gains have stalled recently.Ironically, trade between Germany and the U.S. and between Germany and China is holding up pretty well. It’s mainly the uncertainty about the outcome of the clash between U.S. President Donald Trump and the Chinese Communist leadership that has been weighing on business confidence and deterring decisions to invest and buy across global markets. Last week, Trump imposed a 10% tariff on an additional $300 billion in Chinese goods effective Sept. 1.As a result, research firm Oxford Economics forecasts world trade growth of just 1.2% this year, far below last year’s 4.9% rise.There are a few small benefits for Europe. While the U.S. and China ramped up barriers against each other, the U.S. has largely kept tariffs on European products the same, except for introducing charges on steel and aluminum imports. China has actually lowered charges on exports from the 19 European countries that use the euro.“That mildly positive effect for the eurozone has been, however, more than offset by the hit to business sentiment and demand,” says economist Florian Hense at Berenberg bank. “As uncertainty about the future trading regime is pervasive, businesses have cut their outlook and their investment plans. The slowdown in Chinese actual and potential growth, which the trade tensions have exacerbated, also weighs on demand for eurozone exports.”Trump has recently repeated threats to increase tariffs on autos if he does not get a satisfactory new trade deal with the EU.Germany’s top companies issued cautious outlooks along with their earnings for the most recent quarter, even those that are doing relatively well. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess warned that “growing protectionism also poses major challenges for the globally integrated auto industry.” Siemens AG CEO Joe Kaeser said that “geopolitics and geo-economics are harming an otherwise positive investment sentiment.”The auto industry in particular, with its dependence on demand from operations in China, looks less healthy. Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, has issued four profit warnings over 18 months and saw its first quarterly loss since 2009. BMW lost money on its autos business in the first quarter for the first time in a decade.Some of Europe’s troubles can’t be blamed on the trade dispute. The auto industry is under pressure to meet lower greenhouse gas emissions limits imposed by the European Union. Automakers had expected to rely on more fuel-efficient diesels to help meet the requirements, but saw diesel sales plunge after Volkswagen was caught in 2015 cheating on diesel emissions tests.Another source of uncertainty is Britain’s impending departure from the EU, currently set for Oct. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants to leave without an extension even if that means no divorce deal to smooth trade.In an effort to ward off a steeper slowdown or possible recession, the European Central Bank has signalled it could provide more monetary stimulus at its Sept. 12 meeting, including new purchases of bonds, which pump newly created money into the economy. It’s a measure of Europe’s reversal of fortune that a four-year, 2.6 trillion-euro ($2.9 trillion) bond purchase program was halted only in December.“What is hurting German exports currently is the uncertainty which has spread across the globe and has also paralyzed many European economies,” said Carsten Brzeski, chief economist for Germany at ING. “Looking ahead, the outlook for German exporters is clearly in the hands of the U.S. and China.”David McHugh, The Associated Press read more

According to a UN spokesman in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, returned to Nairobi yesterday after talks in Jowhar with President Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed and Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi of the Transitional Federal Government.Mr. Fall was in Somalia to help the leaders overcome the current differences within the Transitional Federal Institutions on the way forward, particularly on the relocation of the fledgling government from Kenya to Somalia, which has had no functional central authority for 14 years following the collapse in 1991 of the government of Muhammad Siad Barre.Yesterday’s meeting also focused on security and reconciliation. At a joint press conference following the meeting, Prime Minister Gedi expressed the Government’s willingness to work with the UN and in particular with Mr. Fall on resolving the current difficulties, the spokesman said.In a June report, the Secretary-General noted that although the interim government had been formed in Nairobi more than eight months ago, deep splits between President Yusef and Parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan over its location within the country had stalled a move either to the Somali capital Mogadishu, or nearby Jowhar.Calling for “serious dialogue” between the Somali factions to end this controversy, he also urged the parties to resolve their differences over the inclusion of troops from the frontline States (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya) in a future African Union/Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) peace support mission requested by the President. A large number of members of Parliament, cabinet ministers and other leaders oppose the deployment of troops from those countries.Meanwhile, security permitting, Mr. Fall plans to visit Mogadishu later this week for discussions with the Speaker of Parliament, and other cabinet officials and civil society groups there. read more

“I am here to reinforce efforts by UNHCR [Office of UN High Commissioner for Refugees] and the Greek government to step up the emergency response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation,” she said. “I look forward to meeting authorities, partners and volunteers working on the ground to improve conditions and ensure the vulnerable are protected.”Ms. Jolie-Pitt is highlighting the humanitarian situation of thousands of refugee families in Greece, most of whom were forced to flee Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly 85 per cent of all the refugees and asylum seekers who have arrived in Europe landed in Greece since January 2015.Her first trip to Greece on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees comes the day after her visit to Lebanon, on the fifth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, where she stressed the need for leadership and coordinated international action to address the root causes of the global refugee crisis.The Special Envoy’s visit comes on the eve of a critical meeting between European Union Member States and the Government of Turkey that will potentially affect thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Greece, according to UNHCR. In Greece, she expressed her appreciation for the support and solidarity Greece has shown the hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who have landed on their shores after dangerous and difficult, sometimes deadly, journeys.Ms. Jolie-Pitt also focused on access to adequate reception conditions and protection, including those legal pathways available to refugees and asylum seekers, such as the EU relocation programme.She has highlighted challenges and constraints facing the emergency response, as well as ways UNHCR could further support the Government and communities in Greece, and promote support for refugees with specific vulnerabilities, such as women-headed households, unaccompanied children, disabled, or those who have been exposed to sexual or gender based violence.UNHCR has set up eight field offices with hundreds of staff and significant resources to support shelter, water and sanitation, health and protection services among other priorities. There are more than 40,000 people in Greece who have arrived during the past weeks, who desperately need protection and humanitarian support, but efforts are not meeting all the needs on the ground and the situation is deteriorating daily, according to UNHCR. read more

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Climate Central, a research and communications organization based in the United States, invited weather presenters from a dozen countries to work with meteorological services and other national experts to explore the implications. “What the weather presenters have created are only possible scenarios, and not true forecasts. Nevertheless, they are based on the most up-to-date climate science, and they paint a compelling picture of how climate change may impact daily life in cities where most of the world’s population lives,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas in a press release.Cities featured in the “Summer in the City” videos include Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Havana, Kampala, Madrid, Montreal, Nairobi, Paris, Sofia and Tokyo.If greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the Earth’s average global surface temperature could rise more than 4 degrees Celsius or 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, according to WMO.TV weather presenters used two different climate change scenarios – high emissions and moderate emissions – and matched each selected city with a city that already experiences such temperatures.For instance, in 2100, the citizens of Paris, where daily summer high temperatures now average 22.7 degrees Celsius, may see summer high temperatures hit 29.2 degrees Celsius as experienced today in Fez, Morocco.Climate Central has posted an interactive map to visualize these match-ups.Many of the assessed cities could see their maximum daily temperatures in summer rise by as much as 6 to 9 degrees Celsius. “Urban warming could be double that of surrounding areas due to the presence of stone materials and paved roads. This would lead in particular to higher night-time temperatures,” said Mr. Taalas. “The enhanced heat – and an expected increase in associated extreme weather like summer storms – will have major implications for energy and water supplies, public health and transportation. More intense heatwaves would also often lead to poorer air quality, which can even be lethal,” he added. The videos are posted on the WMO YouTube channel. In a similar exercise, WMO previously worked with some 60 weather presenters on “Weather Reports from the year 2050.” read more

first_imgNINETEEN MINERS WERE trapped in a collapsed tunnel at Rudna copper mine in Poland when an earthquake hit south-west of Warsaw just after 10pm last night.Emergency services say they rescued all 19 workers after about eight hours of digging through rock and earth, according to BBC News.Reuters reports that the men were trapped about 600 metres below the surface. Two were treated for minor injuries but the other 17 have returned home.A spokesperson for the mine’s owner KGHM said it was the biggest accident in the firm’s history. The State-controlled company is Europe’s second-biggest copper producer. It operates in the Lower Silesia region, which is rich in mineral resources.Nine trapped after Russia coal mine blastlast_img

first_imgProgressive employers will give as much thought to factors within an office environment that enable individuals to be the best they can be as they will to acquiring the best building on the best possible terms. Why? Because even the most high-tech or contemporary environment will be sterile in terms of creativity, teamwork and vibrancy if employers fail to recognise the factors that can help employees excel, and stay. Retaining good people is good business.Ergonomists, sometimes also called human factors specialists, have long been in the business of ‘designing for people’, that is, recognising that by taking into account the capabilities of each individual can have a significant impact on the work that someone can do, and the ease and joy with which that work can be done. After all, musculoskeletal disorders such as muscle, back or joint problems are, for example, the single largest cause of work absence in Scotland: every year over one million people visit a doctor with a musculoskeletal disorder.Working environments at which people can sit, stand, flex, move around, enjoy natural daylight and retain personal workspace while, at the same time, remaining integrated into a team are key factors in retaining and growing organisational capability.Ergonomics, by applying scientific principles to the environments in which we live, work and play helps people contribute, thrive and enjoy their surroundings and to make the most of their potential.Stephen Barraclough is chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factorslast_img read more

first_imgTo put this traffic in perspective, the 314 consumer magazine Web brands tracked by the Magazine Publishers of America averaged 69.7 million unique visitors per month during the second quarter—combined. Put it another way: in one month,  Drudge had more than twice the amount of visitors to his site than 314 consumer magazine brands put together.Check out this related post by FOLIO: blog contributor Henry Donahue on strategies for boosting traffic—and for getting out of the magazine site ghetto … Did your Web site have a good traffic month? Unfortunately, it’s all relative, my friends.Let’s all take a moment to bow down to the king of intelligent, partisan, all-caps news aggregation:THANKS FOR MAKING OCTOBER 2008 THE BIGGEST MONTH IN DRUDGEREPORT’S 13 YEAR HISTORY! THE PAGE WAS VIEWED 798,524,935 TIMES FROM 153,563,619 VISITS FOR MONTH, NEARLY 6X SITE’S TRAFFIC IN OCTOBER ’04… AND SOMEHOW IT FEELS LIKE IT’S ONLY JUST STARTING…last_img read more

first_imgThis August 29, 2017 photo shows Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar resting at Kutupalong refugee camp along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border near the Bangladeshi town of Ukhiya. AFPThe UN Security Council on Wednesday discussed the violence in Myanmar where clashes and a security crackdown by the military in Rakhine state have sent 18,500 Rohingya fleeing across the border into Bangladesh.There was no formal statement from the 15-member council following the closed-door meeting but British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said there were calls from council members for de-escalation.“We all condemned the violence, we all called on all the parties to de-escalate,” Rycroft told reporters.The clashes began on Friday after militants from the Rohingya Muslim minority staged deadly surprise raids on police posts.The violence has left at least 110 people, including 11 state officials, dead and thousands of Rohingya have poured across the border to Bangladesh despite Dhaka’s attempts to stop them.Myanmar’s military has been carrying out sweeps for militants, with residents reporting that security forces were torching villages.Britain requested the meeting on Myanmar, but diplomats said China was resisting stronger involvement by the UN council in addressing the crisis.It remained unclear whether further action was planned, but the issue is expected to be discussed during the annual gathering of world leaders at the General Assembly in September.Rycroft said the council still supports Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel prize laureate and democracy icon who now leads the government in Yangon.“A lot of us are hugely supportive allies of hers who have followed her progress with admiration from afar,” he said.“We look to her to set the right tone and to find the compromises and the de-escalation necessary in order to resolve the conflict for the good of all the people in Burma.”Rycroft pointed to recommendations put forward by former UN chief Kofi Annan calling for an end to restrictions on citizenship and movement imposed on the Rohingyas as a way out of the violence.last_img read more

first_imgThe High Court on Thursday stayed the conviction and sentence of BNP candidate from Jashore-2 constituency Sabira Sultana in a graft case, clearing the way for her participation in the forthcoming parliamentary elections, reports UNB.A single-member HC bench of justice Md Rais Uddin passed the order after hearing a petition filed by Sabira, also former chairman of Jhikargachha upazila parishad.Senior lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali and lawyer Aminul Islam stood for Sabira while lawyer Baizid Ahmed represented the Anti-Corruption Commission.Aminul Islam said with the HC order, there is no legal bar to his client’s participation in the general election billed for 30 December.Earlier, another HC bench expressed its unwillingness to hear Sabira’s appeal seeking a stay on her conviction and sentence.Later, chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain assigned the single-member bench to dispose of the appeal.On 12 July last, the Special Judge Court-7 awarded six-year imprisonment to Sabira Sultana and fined her Tk 5,000 in a case filed for amassing wealth illegally.The ACC filed the case on 20 July 2010 with Dhanmondi police station.last_img read more

first_img Popular on Variety Atkins most recently served as a senior adviser to Evolution Media. He has held various leadership positions in development, digital media, production, strategy, marketing, product development, and consumer products.He spent a little over a year as president of Viacom’s MTV, where he oversaw all creative and business operations for the youth entertainment brand and its sister networks, MTV2 and mtvU, departing in early 2017. Before joining MTV in 2015, he worked in various executive roles for Discovery, HBO, Yahoo, Warner Bros. and Disney. Atkins studied film/TV production and marketing at California Lutheran University and holds an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business. Sean Atkins, a media industry veteran who was formerly president of MTV, is the new CEO of StyleHaul and starting next year will oversee RTL Group’s new group combining the company’s digital network businesses.Atkins takes over the top job at StyleHaul after founder and CEO Stephanie Horbaczewski left the company earlier this summer. RTL acquired the fashion, beauty and lifestyle digital content company in 2014.Atkin assumes the chief exec role at StyleHaul effective Sept. 10, working with the existing senior management team including CFO Melanie Kirk, who served as interim CEO since July 1. In 2019, Atkins also will become CEO of what will be a newly formed group of multiplatform networks, combining RTL’s StyleHaul, Divimove and United Screens.RTL CEO Bert Habets, in announcing Atkin’s appointment, said in a statement, “I am delighted that with Sean Atkins joining the team, we have a seasoned media executive, with extensive expertise across all the disciplines crucial to lead StyleHaul — namely content creation, sales and talent management, as well as digital and social media.”center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img September 28, 2017 How Success Happens is a podcast featuring polar explorers, authors, ultra marathoners, artists and more to better understand what connects dreaming and doing. Linda Lacina,’s managing editor, guides these chats so anyone can understand the traits that underpin achievement and what fuels the decisions to push us forward. Listen below.When you think of who might be putting a 3-D printer in space, you’re likely not thinking Lowe’s. But the home-improvement retailer has done this and more, integrating other new technologies into its stores such as exosuits (to help staff stocking shelves maintain energy) and holorooms (to help homeowners visualize new home improvement projects).Helping make all this possible is Kyle Nel, the chief innovation officer at Lowe’s Innovation Labs. Nel isn’t your typical tech guy but a behavioral scientist who puts his understanding of how people act to help make change. In his observations he’s learned that most problems companies face aren’t technical but rooted in how different types of people and groups work together and make decisions. “These issues are all behavior issues,” he says.Related: Conversation is the Most Underused Innovation ToolTo leverage what he understands about behavior, Nel creates systems, ones that can be applied at any organization, to help push forth unexpected innovations. At their heart, these processes address how decision-making happens (or doesn’t), align needs and construct a narrative that connects everyone to the big picture.“If you see the primary issue to getting anything accomplished is people, then you put the vast majority of your effort into getting people moving,” says Nel.One method Nel uses is “science-fiction prototyping.” He hires science-fiction writers and illustrators, arms them with market research and trend data, and creates comic books for executives about potential ways tech and people will come together in the years to come. These books help company leaders fully understand the impact of a new business shift in a way that typical PowerPoint presentations can’t. With the buy-in these stories bring, the initiatives are more likely to move forward.“We debate and talk about the story and not the capabilities we’d need to make those stories a reality.”Focusing on the story shifts the conversation from how the tech will be built to the opportunity at hand. For Lowe’s, the initial comics led to discussions about incorporating augmented and mixed reality long before the Oculus Rift gave those technologies wider visibility. The story strategy also ensures that planning is based on principles and doesn’t get lost in risk management, culture problems or technical jargon. “By the time we get to the execs, we’re talking about the ideas, not some awkward phraseology,” says Nel.Related: Kathryn Minshew of The Muse: Decide Who You Are, or Have it Decided for You (Podcast)Ultimately, his methods help demystify futuristic change, identify gaps and produce the movement organizations want but can’t always achieve.“If Lowe’s can build autonomous robots or put a 3-D printer on the International Space Station, it opens up the gates for every organization to do big bold things” says Nel.This effort becomes even more vital as the role of private companies shift. “From a personal level, that’s where I see all the big awesome changes we need on this planet,” says Nel. “Traditional companies and organizations are going to have to take the lead on that.”To learn more about Nel’s methods and the importance of behavior in any organization, listen to this week’s podcast. Listen to the podcast below or subscribe on SoundCloud, Stitcher or iTunes. last_img read more

first_imgMozilla improves CSS Grid Inspector in Firefox Nightly by Martin Brinkmann on June 22, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 4 commentsMozilla announced just a moment ago that it has improved the CSS Grid Inspector of Firefox’s integrated Developer Tools significantly.The new functionality has been added to Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge development version of the Firefox web browser that gets new features first before they migrate to Beta and then to Stable versions of the web browser.CSS Grid Layout is a method of dividing a web page into regions, and defining relationships of elements on the page. The name grid comes from the layout’s characteristic of aligning elements into columns and rows.While similar to tables, CSS Grid offers advantages such as the ability to overlay elements or use layers.Mozilla improves CSS Grid Inspector in Firefox NightlyFirefox Nightly users can open the Developer Tools of the browser using the F12 shortcut. To make use of the new CSS Grid functionality, they need to open the Inspector Tool on a page that uses CSS Grid.The Layout Panel lists all CSS Grid containers on the active page. It includes an overlay on top of that that visualizes the layout, position and layer of each container.Firefox developers may customize the display using the following three settings that are available right now:Extend grid lines infinitely.Display numbers on lines.Display grid areas. This lists the bounding areas and the associated area name of every grid cell right on the page.Another visual element that is new in the Developer Tools is the ability to hover the mouse over any container to have it highlighted for you on the page. You need to select the overlay grid first for the options to work.Another new feature of the Grid Inspector allows developers to see where grid lines are for grids that are translated, skewed, rotated or scaled.Mozilla added a new Box Model Properties to the Grid Inspector as well. It lists all properties that affect the position, size and geometry of the selected element.Developers may edit some properties, the position and height/width properties directly there.Here is a video that walks you through the new functionality.Now You: if you are a web developer, what is your take on CSS Gird and the functionality of the Firefox Developer Tools in regards to that?SummaryArticle NameMozilla improves CSS Grid Inspector in Firefox NightlyDescriptionMozilla announced just a moment ago that it has improved the CSS Grid Inspector of Firefox’s integrated Developer Tools significantly. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Previous Image No related posts. Price: $549,900COD: 1101Email: realestate@ticotimes.netPhone: +(506) 2258-1558Province: San JoséCantón: EscazúConstruction: 340m2Land: 700m2Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 4.5Parking: 4Living in the midst of peace and tranquility in a new luxury estate – The Cocoy is located in one of the most exclusive areas of Escazú in the hills of Guachipelín. The house has been built inside a forest, but at the same time, it’s only minutes to the main road in the city of San José.Located on 700sq.m of land, the house is large and has four bedrooms on the second floor. Two of the bedrooms share a bathroom, the master bedroom is very spacious with large walk in closet and bathroom. All bathroom appliances were imported from Spain and are Deca and Roca. The floor on the second level is bamboo, which gives it a nice warm feeling.On the first floor you will find the kitchen, living and dining room with high ceilings. There is also a good size yard where you can put a playground, a pool and more.Do not miss the opportunity to live in one of the best located communities in Costa Rica.See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Comments Next Image info heading info content read more

first_imgJamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says that multi-destination marketing of countries within the Caribbean will serve to boost visitor arrivals and add value to the tourism product in the region. “It provides for partnership (among) countries that will allow for cost effectiveness, and so, when we bring partners together, we share in the cost and we benefit together,” he said.Jamaica is looking to formalise a multi-destination arrangement with Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The move will see the introduction of a tripartite marketing agreement that will create new experiences for visitors.“So the experience of Jamaica, for example, can be had by those who buy Cuba and the experiences of the Dominica Republic can be had by those who buy Jamaica. It also allows airlines to make mutli-drops to fill their planes and so cost effectiveness ensues all around and connectivity is enhanced,” the Minister pointed out.last_img read more

first_imgRE/MAX Sees Home Price Drop Over July August 19, 2011 429 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Over July, home prices fell 0.18 percent lower than over the month before, following a four-month upshot, according to a “”RE/MAX””: national housing report released Friday. RE/MAX said that 11 metropolitan areas around the country also registered higher prices in July than over the same period last year.[IMAGE]Among these 11 metropolitan areas, Detroit saw a 14.3-percent boost, while Birmingham jumped upward by 9.8 percent. Markets in Des Moines reflected a 7.7-percent increase over the same month, alongside Orlando and Pittsburgh, which reflected home-price spikes by 5.5 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively.[COLUMN_BREAK]””The fact that July home sales were higher than a year ago, and by such a significant amount, gives us reason for great optimism,”” Margaret Kelly, CEO of RE/MAX, LLC, said in a statement. “”And now that prices have risen for four of the past five months, the housing market is beginning to show definite signs of recovery.””RE/MAX said that homes lasted on the market for a total of some 88 days, starting with the initial listing to the receipt for a sale. The July number fell less than the 90-day wait period experienced over June. July averages mirrored those from September 2010, as average days on the market also came to 88.The company chalked up the number of months’ inventory supply to 7.2, citing fewer foreclosed properties as the principal reason why. The number dropped below a 9.3-high seen for the same month back in 2010.Meanwhile, houses in Florida markets yielded the sharpest plunge in its inventory, according to RE/MAX, with Miami seeing prices drop by 52.5 percent. Tampa saw declines by 37.3 percent, as Phoenix markets underwent a 35.6-percent drop, with Los Angeles and Chicago following at 32.4 percent and 26.9 percent, respectively.center_img Agents & Brokers Home Prices Home Sales Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing RE/MAX Service Providers 2011-08-19 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more