EDUCATION MINISTRY CONFIDENT OF ACHIEVING LITERACY TARGET

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 19 (JIS): The Ministry of Education is expressing confidence in attaining its goal of85 per cent of students in the grade four age cohort achieving mastery of literacy in 2015.An optimistic Portfolio Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, notes that the country is now 7.6 per cent away from achieving this target.“The final measurement will be made at this year’s sitting of the Grade Four Literacy Test,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a meeting with senior journalists at the Alhambra Inn Hotel in St. Andrew recently.Rev. Thwaites pointed out that when the 15 per cent of students who suffer from learning disabilities are accounted for, 85 per cent translates to 100 per cent of the educable cohort.According to National Literacy Co-ordinator, Dr. André Hill, the Ministry will do everything it possibly can in the next few months to maximise as much as possible students’ outcomes in the 2015 Grade Four Literacy Test.He pointed to the deployment of 66 reading coaches across the island to provide direct support to 420 primary schools. Each will work with approximately seven schools. “They will be particularly working with the struggling readers in grade four, providing clinical attention to these students as well as pedagogical support for classroom teachers, in addition to extending further support to the parents in schools that have registered low achievement at grade four over the last three years,” he said.Dr. Hill contended that if the Ministry gets support from the community in addition to what the Ministry is now extending to the school system, “we are certain the outcomes, certainly for this year, will take us very close, if not actually to the 85 per cent.” Meanwhile, the Minister reiterated the importance of the role parents, home life and community have in helping to achieve the target. He noted for instance, that encouraging children to read in Sunday school greatly helps the literacy levels of students.He further urged parents, even if they are not literate themselves, to encourage their children to read.The Minister informed that at the 2014 sitting of the grade four literacy test,77.4 per cent of the age cohort achieved the acceptable standard of mastery in literacy, which represented a 30 per cent increase for the 10-year period – 2004 to 2014. He noted that the improvement in literacy has been the result of the combined efforts of the Ministry’s National Literacy Team and dedicated teachers. “In addition, the country is indebted to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for its support in improving literacy outcomes,” he said. In terms of the numeracy test, Rev. Thwaites informed that 58 per cent of students who sat the Grade Four Test last year attained mastery, a marginal decline of 1.4 per cent over the previous year.“But, there has been a 20 per cent improvement for the past five years, moving from a low of 38 per cent in 2010,” he said.The Minister said that using literacy as a benchmark, the Ministry is pleased with the progress the country has made so far.The Grade Four Literacy and numeracy tests are administered to children to determine their literacy and numeracy levels at grade four, in keeping with international requirements and standards. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:jamaica, ministry of education, Ronald Thwaites Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

18 Underpopulated Primary Schools To Be Closed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 21 (JIS): Approximately 18 primary schools with small populations ranging from a low of 16 to a maximum of 68 students will be closed effective September 2015.Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, made the announcement during today’s (July 21) sitting of the House of Representatives.He explained that the closures are intended to achieve greater levels of efficiencies in the school system. The Ministry is projecting savings of $23 million in operational costs from the school closures.Minister Thwaites noted that the 18 schools are among the more than 200 public institutions offering primary level education, which are all underutilised, with an enrolment of 100 students or less. “In most cases, enrolment has declined steadily during the five-year period 2010-2014. In some communities, where the schools are located, the population has been declining, with a small number of youth and many older persons as residents,” Rev. Thwaites said.He added that this has negatively impacted the operational cost for these institutions, noting that while the average per capita expenditure at primary schools amounts to $88,000, in many of these small schools, it is costing up to twice as much to operate them.“Nearly all of the 18 schools targeted for imminent closure have performed below or at about the national average of 77.2 per cent in the 2014 Grade Four Literacy Test. This academic performance is despite the fact that the teacher pupil ratio is less than one to 20 in most of the schools; the ratio is as low as one to seven in several institutions,” Rev. Thwaites noted further.He told the House that the process of closing these schools involved extensive public consultations with stakeholders including parents, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), churches, community leaders and political representatives. “The team from the Ministry of Education has been very responsive to concerns raised. However, in the final analysis, we have to make a decision in the interest of student achievement and the efficient use of financial resources,” he said. Meanwhile, the Education Minister assured parents that where the relocation of students has resulted in transportation needs, transport operators will be contracted to take children to and from school.He added that the estimated total cost for transportation is $106,000 daily, with an estimated annual cost of $20 million.Also, permanent staff at the schools to be closed will be facilitated for employment through the relevant authorities and unions.“Through the necessary consultations and agreement with affected parties, teachers will either be relocated under the voluntary relocation exercise, retired or to be asked to opt for early retirement,” Rev. Thwaites said.He noted that the students from the affected schools have been transferred to others, where they can “access richer and more diverse learning experience.”“We encourage parents and school personnel to assist the students as they grow through a period of change. We are confident this can be a positive move for the children in attaining their education,” the Education Minister said.The schools, which will be closed in September are: Bowden Hill Primary, Tower Hill Primary, Clifton Primary and Mount St. James All-Age in St. Andrew; Black Hill All-Age and Belvedere Primary School in Portland; Pear Tree River Primary in St. Thomas; Preston Hill Primary and Rose Bank Primary in St. Mary; Brittonvale Primary, Clydesdale Primary, Jefferyville Primary and Watsonville Primary in St. Ann; Alps Primary and Infant school in Trelawny; Hillsbrook Primary in Hanover; Auchtembeddie Primary and Junior High in Manchester; Hopeton Primary in St. Elizabeth; and Hartlands Primary in St. Catherine. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:closed, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, Minister of Education, primary schools Recommended for you Banks closed, storm updates CLOSED: Revenue and Treasury Offices overrun with mold Education Ministry To Spend $775 Million To Purchase Textbookslast_img read more

Defence Force Makes Drug Apprehension

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base (RBDF), October 14, 2016  – A total of 13 individuals were turned over to Police officials by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines after a search uncovered suspected drugs on Friday afternoon.Marines attached to the Port Security Department along with Police Officers conducted a search of the scooter rental holding area of the Port Department at 1:30pm on Friday.  Results of the search uncovered eight bags of suspected marijuana in the immediate area.  As a result, 8 males and 5 females were taken into custody and handed over to the Police for further investigation.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting and guarding the heritage of the Bahamas.last_img read more

The Governor General and Parliamentarians Paid Respects to the Late Calvin Johnson

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 9, 2017 – Nassau – The Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, pictured, paid respects during the Viewing of the late Parliamentarian Calvin Johnson at Butler’s Funeral Home & Crematorium on Wednesday.Members of Parliament also paid their respects — among them, pictured signing the Book of Condolence is Minister of Public Works the Hon. Desmond Bannister, and, viewing the body, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Renward Wells.    A State-Recognized Funeral for Mr. Johnson is being held today at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Former Equifax exec gets 4 months in prison for insider trading after

first_img 0 Share your voice Tags Equifax Hacking Post a comment Security A former CIO for Equifax has been sentenced to four months in prison for insider trading related to the company’s massive data breach in 2017. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images A former Equifax executive who sold his stock in the consumer credit reporting firm before it announced a massive data breach has been sentenced to four months in federal prison for insider trading. Jun Ying, former chief information officer for the company’s US Information Solutions, was also ordered to pay about $117,000 in restitution and a $55,000 fine, the US Attorney’s Office said Thursday.In 2017, Equifax announced that it suffered a data breach that would affect more than half of the US population, exposing the Social Security numbers, names and addresses of 147 million Americans. The company learned about the breach on July 29, 2017, but didn’t announce it publicly for nearly three months.On Aug. 25, 2017, Ying texted a co-worker about the breach, saying it “sounds bad. We may be the one breached,” according to the indictment. The next week, Ying conducted a web search to learn what happened to Experian’s stock price after the company experienced a data breach in 2015.Three days later, Ying sold all his shares in Equifax, making more than $950,000. Ying’s insider trading happened 10 days before Equifax publicly announced its breach.Ying, 44, is the second Equifax employee convicted of insider trading related to the data breach. Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, a former Equifax software development manager, pleaded guilty in 2018 to using the insider information to make more than $75,000 on the stock market. Bonthu was ordered to serve eight months home confinement, pay a $50,000 fine and forfeit the proceeds from the stock sale.Correction, July 1: Corrected name of company involved in 2015 breach to Experian. last_img read more

Did actress Namitha behave rudely with cops and EC officials Her husband

first_imgNamitha.PR HandoutNamitha was recently in the news when reports of the actress behaving rudely with the cops and election commission officials had surfaced on TV channels. Her husband Veerendra Chowdhary has now given a detailed account of the incident.According to Veerendra Chowdhary, they were on their way to Yercaud when their car was stopped by cops in three junctions and they co-operated with them. But the couple had tought times after an official from the election commission stopped their vehicle at Salem-Yercaud junction.He tells that Namitha raised objection when the official tried to check her bag, demanding that a woman cop should inspect her bag. Some media had claimed that she behaved rudely with the official and the cops and displayed tantrum.The complete explanation from Namitha’s hubby can be read below:Let me start by saying that I am utterly sorry! Sorry that you were misguided by all the news that have been in the circulation past few days. On my and my wife Namitha’s defense I’d like to say this. We were travelling to Yercud for shoot and were on road since past 8 hrs. My wife Namitha was sleeping in the back seat as it was 2.30 at night.Before this unfortunate incident we were stopped 3 times at different junctions, and we co-operated with everyone as they all were respectful to us. But when we reached the junction of Salem- Yercud , the gentleman from the Election Commission stopped the car and very rudely spoke to everyone in the car. He was showing his authority to everyone and behaving as if we were CRIMINALS!!He even opened the door of the back of the car despite of my pleas that sir My wife is tired and she’s slepping if you want I’ll wake her up , he still went and open the door and Namitha who was sleeping with her back resting on the door, almost fell out of the car !!! He said sorry but he still went on searching the car as if we were trafficking some illegal substances.Then he started checking everyone’s bags, and when he reached Namitha’s bags she refused to open her bag…. TO HIM! She said if you want to check my bag Kindly arrnage for a FEMALE COP. As its her bag and since it carries some intimate items, she would be comfortable to have a FEMALE COP who checks it. Thats all! That was the only matter!! Its Every Woman’s right to ask for a FEMALE COP if she’s uncomfortable.According to me, this whole matter has been blown out of proportion. If it was a noraml citizen nobody would’ve made a peep about it. But since its asked by a celebrity everyone is taking an advantage and making a mountain out of mole. That’s all. Instead of taking it wrongly , I hope the women of our country learn from this incident And raise their voices and ask for a FEMALE COP’S PRESENCE if she feels she’s uncomfortable. Thank youlast_img read more

Who are Indias Top Ten highest paid executives SLIDESHOW

first_imgAditya PuriMD, HDFC Bank32.8 Navin AgarwalChairman, Vedanta15.1 D.B. GuptaChairman, Lupin37.6 Sunil MittalChairman, Bharti Airtel27.2 Pawan MunjalCMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorp43.9 Rajiv BajajMD, Bajaj Auto20.5 With Infosys filing its annual report for 2015-2016, its executive pay package information is out in the open. Vishal Sikka, the CEO and MD of the Bengaluru-based IT services exporter, took home a salary package of Rs. 48.73 crore in 2015-16. His basic salary was Rs. 5.96 crore, while variable pay, inclusive of bonus, retirals and others, amounted to Rs. 42.77 crore, according to the disclosures in the annual report. The variable pay component included Rs. 14 crore for the financial year 2014-15.Sikka will get about a 50 percent hike in remuneration for 2016-2017. The company approved a compensation of $11 million (about Rs. 74 crore) in February this year.Yet, his compensation will be less when compared to that of Francisco D’Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions, who took home $12 million in 2015, the Economic Times reported. It would be interesting here to know India’s top 10 highest paid CEOs in 2014-15 as reported by the Business Standard. (Their earnings for 2015-16 will be available when the companies file their annual reports for the year).   NameNameCompanyCompanySalary (Rs. Crore)Salary (Rs. Crore)NameC.P. GurnaniCompanyMD & CEO, Tech MahindraSalary (Rs. Crore)165.6NamePawan MunjalCompanyCMD & CEO, Hero MotoCorpSalary (Rs. Crore)43.9NameD.B. GuptaCompanyChairman, LupinSalary (Rs. Crore)37.6NameAditya PuriCompanyMD, HDFC BankSalary (Rs. Crore)32.8NameSunil MittalCompanyChairman, Bharti AirtelSalary (Rs. Crore)27.2NameN. ChandrasekeranCompanyCEO & MD, TCSSalary (Rs. Crore)21.3NameRajiv BajajCompanyMD, Bajaj AutoSalary (Rs. Crore)20.5NameK.M. BirlaCompanyChairman & Non-executive director, UltraTechSalary (Rs. Crore)19NameY.C. DeveshwarCompanyChairman & Wholetime Director, ITCSalary (Rs. Crore)15.3NameNavin AgarwalCompanyChairman, VedantaSalary (Rs. Crore)15.1center_img K.M. BirlaChairman & Non-executive director, UltraTech19 Y.C. DeveshwarChairman & Wholetime Director, ITC15.3 C.P. GurnaniMD & CEO, Tech Mahindra165.6 N. ChandrasekeranCEO & MD, TCS21.3 NameCompanySalary (Rs. Crore)last_img read more

Ramaphosa elected South Africa president

first_imgActing president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at the parliament, in Cape Town, South Africa, 15 February, 2018. Photo: ReutersSouth African lawmakers on Thursday selected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party.Ramaphosa was chosen without a vote after being the only candidate nominated, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled lawmakers at a special sitting of the parliament in Cape Town.The announcement brought loud cheers from ANC lawmakers, with Ramaphosa due to address the parliament later during proceedings.Zuma resigned on Wednesday as the ANC finally turned against him after a nine-year reign dominated by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and plummeting electoral popularity.Zuma railed against the ANC for “recalling” him from office and — when he at first refused to resign — then threatening to oust him via a parliament no-confidence vote.In an earlier TV interview on Wednesday, Zuma said he had received “very unfair” treatment from the party that he joined in 1959 and in which he had fought for decades against apartheid white-minority rule.Zuma had been in a power struggle with Ramaphosa, his deputy president.Zuma’s hold over the ANC was broken in December when his chosen successor — his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma — narrowly lost to Ramaphosa in a vote to become the new party leader.last_img read more

Cabinet okays hajj package

first_img.The cabinet division on Monday approved the draft hajj package, 2019, fixing the minimum cost for a pilgrim at Tk 344,000, up by Tk 24,645 from the previous year under package-2 of the government management, reports UNB.Pilgrims have to pay Tk 418,500 to avail package-1 under the government management, he said.Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam disclosed this at a press briefing at the secretariat after a cabinet meeting held at PM’s office with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.The minimum cost for a pilgrim who will perform hajj under private arrangement has been fixed at Tk 344,000.A total of 127,198 pilgrims will be able to perform hajj this year. Of them, 120,000 pilgrims will go to Saudi Arabia under private management while 7,198 under government management, said Shafiul.The plane fare has been fixed at Tk 128,000 which was Tk 138,191 last year, he said.last_img read more

Trump Putin to meet in Helsinki on 16 July

first_imgDonald Trump & Vladimir Putin. File PhotoUS president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin will hold a summit on 16 July in Helsinki, the Kremlin and the White House said on Thursday, firming up the place and date for a meeting that had already been agreed on.“The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues,” the White House said in a statement.Trump had said on Wednesday the meeting would likely take place after a 11-12 July summit of NATO leaders and that the Finnish capital was a possible venue.Moscow and Washington announced the time and place of the meeting simultaneously.The two countries struck a deal on Wednesday to hold a summit soon.Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov, speaking after Putin met US national security adviser John Bolton in the Kremlin, said the summit would take place in a mutually convenient third country and that several more weeks were needed to prepare for it.last_img read more

May fends off opponents of draft Brexit deal

first_imgA video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament`s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain`s prime minister Theresa May giving a statement to the House of Commons in London on 22 November on the draft declaration, laying out plans for future relations with the European Union. Photo: AFPBritish prime minister Theresa May on Thursday fended off heavy opposition in parliament after Britain and the EU agreed on the outlines of post-Brexit ties as part of a draft deal due to be signed off by EU leaders.After briefing her cabinet in a hastily-arranged teleconference call, May addressed the House of Commons, saying the agreement was the “best possible deal”.EU Council President Donald Tusk said the 26-page declaration covering trade, security, the environment and other issues was agreed “in principle” and would be sent to the other 27 member states for approval.The pound leapt by about one percent against the dollar and also firmed against the euro on the news, which allayed fears Britain could leave the European Union next March with no new arrangements in place.But the deal does not address the thorny issues of fishing rights and Gibraltar, which have raised concerns in EU capitals.After the draft declaration was agreed on Thursday, Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez repeated a threat to sink the deal if Madrid’s concerns on Gibraltar were not met.And the deal could still yet be rejected by the British parliament.British MPs of all parties criticised the divorce agreement announced last week, which includes a financial settlement and a controversial plan to avoid a hard Irish border.May hopes the promise of future cooperation will act as a sweetener to persuade her own Conservative MPs and any wavering opposition lawmakers to back her.Leap in the darkBut her critics were quick to point out that the political declaration was not legally binding, unlike the terms of the divorce.Former foreign minister Boris Johnson, who is seen as a potential leadership rival, said the draft deal “makes a complete nonsense of Brexit”.Other leading pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, as well as her Northern Irish allies the DUP, urged May to renegotiate the divorce agreement to remove a contentious legal guarantee to ensure an open Irish border.Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn confirmed his party would not back it, saying: “This is the blindfold Brexit we all feared, a leap in the dark.”The deal was struck after through-the-night talks between British and EU negotiators, which followed a last-minute visit to Brussels by May for a meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.She will return on Saturday, on the eve of a special summit where all 28 EU leaders are expected to sign off on the overall Brexit package.Critical momentFirst, the texts must be cleared by a meeting of top EU diplomats — the summit’s so-called “sherpas” — on Friday.”The negotiations are now at a critical moment, and all our efforts must be focused on working with our European partners to bring this process to a final conclusion,” May said.The political declaration, seen by AFP, says future ties will be wide-ranging, covering economic cooperation, law enforcement and criminal justice, foreign policy, security and defence.It includes references to Britain developing “an independent trade policy” and declares an end to free movement of citizens between Britain and the EU — two key demands of the Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum.In the Commons, May also highlighted the possibility that the Irish border issue can be resolved through the use of technology, rather than through the controversial “backstop” customs arrangement included in the divorce deal.This is intended to avoid new border checks between British Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, an EU member, after a transition period ends in December 2020.It says that unless alternative arrangements are made, Britain will stay in a customs union with the EU and Northern Ireland will continue to follow the bloc’s single market rules.Conservatives fear this would mean following the EU’s rules indefinitely, while Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up May’s government, also opposes it.They have already warned they could reject the deal if it leads to the province being separated from the rest of the UK.The EU has also agreed to update the divorce deal to allow a possible extension of the transition period “for up to one or two years” if needed to agree the new future relationship.We will veto BrexitHowever, the issue of Gibraltar remains, with Spain demanding a veto over applying any agreement on post-transition relations to the territory on its southern border which it has long claimed.Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, current holder of the rotating EU presidency, conceded the problem as he arrived for pre-scheduled talks with May in Downing Street.”There are some issues now regarding Gibraltar with Spain, but I hope that we can keep the unity among the 27,” he said.May, who spoke to Prime Minister Sanchez about the issue on Thursday, took a firm line, however.”Gibraltar’s British sovereignty will be protected, and the future relationship we agree must work for the whole UK family,” she told MPs.But late Thursday Sanchez maintained his threat to scupper the deal.”After my conversation with Theresa May, our positions remain far away. My government will always defend the interests of Spain,” Sanchez wrote on Twitter.”If there are no changes, we will veto Brexit.”last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday October 14

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFrom 5-7 P.M.AFRO LogoA review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO, with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on First Lady Michelle Obama’s impassioned speech yesterday condemning Donald Trump and sexism. And we are in Day Two of WEAA’s Fall Membership drive, so please make your pledge of support to AFRO’s First Edition…410.319.8888!These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img read more

IABs NewFronts LA Edition to Feature Streamy Brand Awards for Advertising

first_imgWhen the Digital Content NewFronts West makes its debut this fall in L.A., it will include an additional element the content-pitchfest organizers hope will lure more attendees: the Streamy Brand Awards, recognizing branded content and digital-video advertising.The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade group that runs the NewFronts, has entered into a pact with Streamy Awards organizer Tubefilter to present the awards for digital brand advertising innovation at the L.A. NewFronts separately from the main Streamys event.The Streamy Brand Awards are scheduled to be given out at the end of the first day of NewFronts West, slated to run Oct. 9-10, 2018 at NeueHouse Hollywood. IAB announced plans for an L.A. version of the NewFronts after cutting the original New York series from two weeks to one this year. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Submissions for the Streamy Brand Awards (and the main Streamy Awards) are due by July 27. The fee for Streamy Brand Awards entries is $395 per submission through July 20, while the “last-chance deadline” fee is $495 per submission.The winners of the Streamys Brand Awards will be picked by a panel of industry execs (selected by the IAB and the Streamys) for six categories: branded content – video; branded content – series; emerging platform (e.g., advertising on new and emerging platforms like VR, voice and AI, podcasts, and social video platforms); influencer campaign; native video ad; and 6-second video ad.“We are doing this because we think it’s really important to showcase and recognize best-in-class marketing in video and other emerging arenas,” said Anna Bager, IAB’s EVP of industry initiatives. “We’re going to celebrate brands on stage.”NewFronts West is slated to include presentations by up to 16 digital-video content companies. IAB hasn’t announced any presenting partners yet, but Jukin Media (which backed out of this year’s NewFronts in NYC) has said it plans to be at the L.A. event.IAB created NewFronts West after getting feedback from members and agencies that they wanted more than a once-per-year confab, according to Bager. “We wanted to create a narrative that runs throughout the year,” she said. Plus, she added, “L.A. is the epicenter of content.”More info on the NewFronts West is at iab.com/newfronts-west. Submissions for all Streamy Awards categories, including the Streamy Brand Awards, are being accepted at streamys.org/submissions.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Costco Opens In Shanghai Shuts Early Owing To

first_img by NPR News Merrit Kennedy 8.28.19 4:03pm It looks like Costco is a hit in Shanghai. On Tuesday, the U.S. wholesale chain opened its first location in mainland China and was so inundated with eager shoppers that the store closed early owing to “security concerns.”The next day, Costco began limiting the number of shoppers in its warehouse to 2,000 at a time. “Local police will assist in improving traffic in the area, in order to lessen the disturbance to our neighbors, and we have improved our internal guest flow system,” the company said in a statement on the social media platform WeChat.Costco said that in the coming week, people who have memberships to the store will be notified “if we are nearing maximum capacity or if there are long wait times.”Photos from the store opening show long lines of customers queued up to apply for membership and crowds of people surrounding a roast chicken counter and freezers full of meat.The company, which first opened in the U.S. in 1976 under a different name, offers its members bulk items at wholesale prices. The cavernous stores are known for vast shelves with items stacked nearly to the ceiling.According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, membership to the Shanghai store costs about $42 annually. “Prices of general merchandise in Costco are 30 to 60 percent lower than market prices and the food sold there is 10 to 20 percent cheaper,” Xinhua noted.The low prices certainly created a commotion, with checkout lines two hours long and three-hour waits simply to find a spot in the parking lot.It’s worth noting that some major international brands have had a hard time in China. As Bloomberg reported, “Carrefour SA sold an 80% stake in its China unit at a discount in June while German wholesaler Metro AG is looking to sell its operations.”Sam’s Club, the Walmart-owned rival wholesaler, has had a presence in the Chinese market for more than 20 years. It currently has at least 23 locations there.Costco’s senior vice president for Asia, Richard Zhang, told AFP that the Chinese consumer’s familiarity with Sam’s Club could help his company. “Chinese consumers are ready to pay for a membership card that grants them an exclusive privilege to buy at a warehouse store, it’s not a new concept in the country,” he said.Still, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war could complicate the company’s supply. Zhang told the wire service that about 50 percent of the products are from overseas and that some fresh produce items from the U.S. have been replaced with items from Australia.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Costco Opens In Shanghai, Shuts Early Owing To Massive… Aly Songlast_img read more

Traditional tastes

first_imgThere are many restaurants to please the Punjabi palette in the Capital, but then there are also classics. Nestled in the post Chanakyapuri locale, we took time to check out Garam Masala, a part of the Forte Grand complex. The complex has the restrobar Garam Masala, a kebab and grill lounge Pepper and a banquet hall as well. The enclosed space is also perfect for out-door parties if the weather is right. But in the terrible Delhi humidity and heat, the AC interiors worked best. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Garam Masala can be described as the perfect family restaurant, it has very comfortable seating arrangements that provide the right amount of comfort and privacy. If you want to take your family out for a nice meal, this is it!Serving a great variety of Indian dishes, the restaurant also holds its own with some Chinese options. The kebabs are a must try, we suggest the chicken tikkas which were quite perfect. If you want something else as well – the dry chilli chicken is what you can pick. They also have a great fish tandoori. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOf the Indian breads the Lal Mirch Parantha was very well made and it went perfectly with the dal makhni. The parantha is a must try, it is light, flaky and not as spicy as it looks. We have always been a little partial about restaurants that make their dals well and Garam Masala is definitely one of the places that do.What you definitely must not miss are the desserts. Garam Masala dishes out some great Indian deserts like the ever-favourite gulab jamun, rasmalai and the moong ka halwa. After a scrumptious Indian meal, nothing goes better than a nice cold piece of rasmalai. The place also has a very well stocked bar so pick your poison with the meal. A meal for two comes to about Rs 1200 (without taxes and alcohol). Great location, great food and some very comfortable time out – head over.last_img read more

Medical bank starts emergency helpline to address blood shortage

first_imgKolkata: Medical Bank has opened emergency helpline to cope with the shortage of blood during the Durga Puja.In case of any emergency, people can call 98310-62157, D Ashis, secretary of Medical Bank said.He said as there are few blood donation camps because of the Puja, there is severe shortage in the blood banks. There are 70 blood banks run by the state government in the state while another 16 are run by the Centre along with 35 private blood banks. The annual requirement in the state is around 15 lakh units while around 11.5 lakh units are collected through various blood donation camps. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeD Ashis said it is really unfortunate that most of the Puja committees are not concerned about the shortage of blood. “Thousands of people from other states and countries come to Kolkata during Durga Puja and if they need blood, it will difficult to get a unit.”To address this issue, it would have been ideal had the Puja committees put up the hoardings containingthe names of the persons willing to donate blood during the Pujas.Also, though the state-run blood banks are open during the Durga Puja, no collection and examination of blood samples are done after sundown because of shortage of staff.He urged the state government to open the examination of blood samples facilities round the clock.last_img read more

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival to be held from January 18 to 20

first_imgKolkata: The Pulitzer winner for Fiction 2018 Andrew Sean Greer, mythology expert and author Devdutt Pattanaik, historian Ramchandra Guha, actor Naseeruddin Shah will be among the personalities addressing the 10th Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival to be held from January 18 to 20. The list of 16 speakers would also include historian and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi, writer and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, columnist and novelist Shobhaa De and journalist Seema Goswami, the AKLF said in a statement Saturday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The festival will have sections like New Writers – Competition to identify and promote budding writers, Womens Writing, Childrens Lit Fest featuring leading children writers, literary quizzes, interactive sessions and storytelling and Poetry Caf to showcase classic and new poetry collections, poets and prose writers. The AKLF 2019 will focus on health, current affairs, womens issues and childrens literature among other themes, Director of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF), Maina Bhagat said in the release. Since 2010, the festival has presented live theatre performances, heritage walks, street theatre, eclectic live musical performances, film screenings and literary sessions, she said.last_img read more

Sonya is a regular performer at our annual and bel

first_imgSonya is a regular performer at our annual and beloved Colly Concert, this year honoring us with her presence for Italian Night. Interestingly, Sonya Lee is the daughter of alumnus Doug Lee, who worked with Paolo Soleri during many of the early years of the Cosanti Foundation. July 12, 2017The evening’s performance featured vocalist Melina Kalomas and renowned pianist Sonya Kumiko Lee, introduced by Cosanti Foundation co-president Jeff Stein.[photos by lvb, text by kl] The duo provided a selection of pieces, both classical and opera. They spared no emotion, as each piece filled our eyes with vistas far and wide; enlarging the specious present to include, again, memories of a forgotten past, we danced. Melina Kalomas has also performed in Arcosanti concerts, prior. Beautiful voice and a supreme vibrato, Melina highlighted forms of musicality that have all but lost their audience in our modern day.center_img Friend, film producer and actor Johnny Kwon assisted with a reading of Petrarca during a piece by Liszt. Thank you to everyone that came out and made Italian Night such a special evening.last_img read more

Video platform provider JW Player has signed a dea

first_imgVideo platform provider JW Player has signed a deal with Ovation TV, an independent TV and digital media company dedicated to arts and culture, to help expand the latter’s video distribution presence across screens. The partnership will expand the reach and capabilities of OvationNOW, Ovation TV’s set of mobile, desktop, and connected TV apps.The refreshed OvationNOW app will deliver short- and long-form arts-related content across all devices as well as an authenticated TV-Everywhere service for cable subscribers of the Ovation linear television network.Ovation TV will use JW Player’s video content management system (VCMS) as well as its player to deliver content across desktop, mobile, and connected-TV devices including Android, FireTV, Roku, and iOS/Apple TV. Ovation TV will also use JW Player’s VCMS for its travel-focused AVOD service Journy.The partnership will take place immediately, and all of Ovation TV’s library will be transferred over to the JW Player platform during the second half of the year.“Since launching in 2017, OvationNOW has quickly become the digital home for Ovation’s mobile and connected-TV consumer. We’re delighted to partner with JW Player to bring our amazing fans our series, movies, and docs more seamlessly and intuitively than ever before,” said William Marks, Ovation TV’s SVP of business development and digital.“In a world that is increasingly fractured and continuously accelerating, art is more important than ever. To continue our mission of bringing the power of art to the world we needed a partner that could reliably help us reach audiences no matter where they were. We look forward to our JW Player partnership to ensure we continue to reach both our audience engagement and revenue goals,” said Elba Flamenco, Sr. director of content partnerships, Ovation TV. ““At JW Player we’re committed to helping leading media companies and brands take back control from the platforms and algorithms that put video strategies on their back foot. We’re thrilled to be working with Ovation TV to help them continue to bring important art-related video to the world, while also meeting their critical revenue goals. We look forward to working side-by-side to help them all along the way,” said Welby Chen, chief business officer of JW Player.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet “Damage was caused to the bodywork of the vehicle.“We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area in and around the time of the shooting.“Please get in touch with detectives at Strand Road on the non-emergency police number 101, quoting reference number 576 of 04/01/18.“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.” POLICE PROBE AFTER SHOTS FIRED AT PARKED CAR IN DERRY was last modified: January 4th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: DETECTIVES in Derry are appealing for witnesses following a report of shots being fired at a car parked in the Ballymagroarty area of the city last night, Wednesday, 3 January. Detective Inspector Lindsay Fisher said: “We received a report this afternoon that this incident occurred in the O’Casey Court area at around 10:30pm last night.“The vehicle was parked outside a property. No one was in the car at the time. .BallymagroartyDC LINDSAY FISHERO’CASEY COURTPOLICE PROBE AFTER SHOTS FIRED AT PARKED CAR IN DERRYPSNIlast_img read more