3, including school head, held in Bihar topper scam

first_imgThe Patna police on Sunday arrested three persons, including the headmistress of Sanjay Gandhi High School in Samastipur district, in connection with forgery by intermediate arts topper Ganesh Kumar.Mr. Kumar, who was stripped of his intermediate arts topper title for submitting forged documents to appear in Class XII examination, had passed matriculation from Sanjay Gandhi High School in 2015.Rosra sub-division Deputy Superintendent of Police Ajit Kumar said a police team from Patna arrested Dev Kumari, the headmistress of Sanjay Gandhi High School, from her Sharda Nagar residence in Rosra town.The police also arrested Ms. Kumari’s husband Ram Kumar Choudhary, also the former secretary of the school, as well as its clerk Gautam Kumar from Lakshminiya village in Samastipur district, the Deputy SP said.Date of birth fudgedThe special police team took the three to Patna for interrogation, he said. Mr. Kumar, who was declared intermediate arts topper of 2017 10+2 exam, was arrested on June 2 on the charge of fudging his date of birth. He is in 14-day judicial custody.last_img read more

Rajasthan BJP to organise farmers’ meet

first_imgAfter a 13-day-long farmers’ agitation in the Shekhawati region forced the Rajasthan government to agree to loan waiver earlier this month, the ruling BJP has decided to hold a series of ‘kisan chaupals’ across the State to highlight the government’s works and schemes for the farming community.The BJP government had agreed last week to waive crop loans up to ₹50,000 and appointed a committee to study the procedure adopted in other States for its replication here. The farmers’ agitation, led by CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha, had brought life to a grinding halt in Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Churu and Bikaner districts.Govt schemesBJP Kisan Morcha general secretary Shaila Ram Saran said on Tuesday that the ‘kisan chaupals’ would be organised between September 20 and 25 in village panchayats of all the districts. The party’s district presidents and other office-bearers attended a training programme for speakers at the chaupals organised here on Monday.Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini and Cooperative Minister Ajay Singh Kilak informed about the government’s schemes which were benefiting the farmers, peasants and labourers. These measures include loan facilities, soil testing, weather-based crop insurance scheme and crop storage facilities.last_img read more

Chris Lynn ruled out of ODI series against England with calf injury

first_imgChris Lynn has been ruled out of the one day international series against England after suffering a calf injury.Lynn, who has played one ODI for Australia, suffered a calf injury in a Big Bash League Twenty20 match last week.”Chris initially left the field … complaining of tightness in his calf,” said Cricket Australia’s Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris.”He reported increasing discomfort over the 24 hours that followed and … medical staff made the decision to send him for a scan.”That scan confirmed the injury, which is expected to prevent him from playing for three to four weeks.”Lynn returned to cricket only last month after recovering from a shoulder injury he had suffered during the Indian Premier League last season.Lynn’s Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum said he felt the triangular Twenty20 series in February with New Zealand and England would have been better timed for Lynn’s return to the international arena.Kountouris, however, hinted that could be the case anyway.”When Chris recovers, the expectation is that he will need to prove his fitness in match action before being considered again for international selection,” Kountouris said.Lynn’s absence has possibly opened the door for dumped all-rounder Glenn Maxwell to return to the team, with the selectors still mulling their options.Maxwell, who has played 80 ODIs for his country and can be one of the most destructive and entertaining batsmen in world cricket on his day, was surprisingly left out of the squad when it was named last week.advertisementCaptain Steve Smith and chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said at the time he needed to show he could be more consistent at the international level to get back into the team.The opening match of the five-game series takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more


first_imgWhile the 2007 X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Touch Football Championships have produced some exciting games, none was as unique as the exhibition game played between the Referees and Coaches in the interval between the pool rounds and finals. Touch Football Australia Game Development Officer and former level 6 referee Glen Richardson was in charge of selecting a team of the best Refs to take on the all-star Coaches line-up. Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad took it upon himself to organise the Coaches team. Touch Football personality Tony Eltakchi refereed and commentated on the game, which featured some of the most bizarre play, you are ever likely to see. In the opening minutes of the match the Referees unexpectedly produced whistles to simultaneously make their own ruling. It was one of the most physical games of Touch Football in recent history. Both sides were guilty of putting on heavy hits to let their opposition know this game was serious. But it was Glen Richardson that copped the full brunt of both teams when he became the subject of a ‘stacks on’. “The only thing I was thinking was has somebody got the radio so I can call doctor Bruce,” Richo said. The Referees were unable to deliver on the trash talk they unleashed before the match. Team captain Richardson was heard to utter “We won’t be beaten” before proceedings kicked off. Australian Mens’ Open star Garry Sonda, who has not exactly been top of the pops on the referee Christmans card list, waved the olive branch to bolster the Referees team. His best bit of play was a marvellous falcon of team-mate Mick Giddens with a bullet pass from point blank….In typical Sonda fashion, he of course berated his team mate for his ordinary catching skills…The Referees often resorted to the kick, a tactic that is rarely used in Touch Football. Guest referee Tony Eltakchi said he was disappointed with the Referees’ performance. “I thought the Referees had a hard time getting back on side, they struggled a bit. Their knowledge of the rules was terrible. A couple of times there they were questioning the changeover. I don’t think they realise that if you drop the ball you actually lose possession. Give them time, maybe two or three more years and they might start stepping up to the pace,” Tash said. The Coaches displayed a lot of creativity in their plays. One original move involved employing a gridiron style ‘blocker’ which led to a spectacular touchdown to wily speedster Ange Doyle. Eltakchi said the Coaches were definitely the better team on the day. “I thought the Coaches played a very, very well structured and disciplined game. They realised that the Referees had a couple of weaknesses. Garry Sonda was out there for the Refs and he obviously doesn’t like dumping or defending so they ran the ball a lot at him. It probably cost the Referees the first three tries but the Coaches were very good all day.”Veteran Mick Mc Call was a star turn for the Coaches, also producing a hard touch on an unsuspecting referee that looked suspiciously like a tackle, and Karley Banks made good on her promise to throw a flick pass with every touch of the football.The Coach line up included a number of well-credentialed players including current Australian Mixed open star Steve Roberts.The Referees final roll of the dice involved sending every one of their line-up onto the field to create a 10-man overlap but the Coaches’ bench read the play well – charging onto the pitch to make their presence felt. While there was some discord from the Refs, ironically wearing their red “Don’t argue” shirts, the game finished 5-0 to the Coaches. The winning team was all smiles as they left the pitch having avenged all those victories that Referees had ‘robbed’ them of over the years.last_img read more

Mad for Plaid – Brooks Brothers

first_imgBrooks Brothers may be all-American, but they have been mad for plaid for sometime now, and even have a Signature Shop. Tartan, or plaid as we call it over here in North America, is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Originally woven out of wool, Tartans are made in many other materials, so for those of us that don’t live in the Hebrides can enjoy them too.Today, tartan and “clan tartan” is an important part of a Scottish family or “clan”, but the naming and registration of official clan tartans only began in 1815.For this holiday season, Brooks Brothers has created a signature tartan that embodies both their American legacy and Scottish heritage.  Inspired by the founder of Brooks Brothers, Henry Sands Brothers, whose wife hailed from Glen Lyon, Scotland, the Signature Tartan pairs the BB#3 (th.eir iconic repp stripe) and a “clan” plaid, thus, assuring a continued bond between these two legacies.This deep navy ground pattern combines a rich burgundy and an ecru, resulting in a classic tartan for a classic company. With modern items from tech accessories, to scarves, bracelets, shoes, luggage, and amazing sportswear, a bit of tartan in perfect for this holiday season, and into the rest of winter for that matter. Editors’ Recommendations 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty 8 Pairs of Sneakers to Keep Clean and Crispy for Special Occasionslast_img read more

PM to meet MPs who have held ministerial post

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet later this week all those BJP MPs who have held ministerial post either at the Centre or in the state, sources said on Monday. He will also hold separate meetings — one with all the women BJP MPs and another with those MPs who are under 45 years of age, they said. These meetings are a part of a series of meetings planned by the party to introduce BJP MPs with the prime minister, a source said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!In total, seven such meetings of the BJP MPs have been planned with the prime minister. Modi has already met party parliamentarians belonging to the OBC, SC and ST categories. These meetings have been planned so that the BJP MPs from both the houses get an opportunity to directly interact with the prime minister, who can guide them and discuss various issues, especially related to Parliament, a BJP leader said. An MP, who attended one of these meetings, said Modi directly interacted with them and it was more of an informal meeting. The Union ministers are not part of these meetings, barring Home Minister Amit Shah, who is also BJP president and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi. The meetings are usually held at the prime minister’s official residence 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. This will be the first series of meeting of Modi with newly-elected MPs of 17th Lok Sabha.last_img read more

First Nations win Federal Court battle over transparency law

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsThe Chief of the Onion Lake Cree Nation, Sask., who was at the forefront of a legal battle against Ottawa over the First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA) says he was expecting a win before the courts.“I was quite confident that we would win right from the get go,” said Chief Wallace Fox.The decision released Friday by Federal Court of Canada Justice Robert Barnes ordered the federal government to stop pursuing legal action against several First Nations who have yet to submit their public financial disclosure to the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.“It means a very positive change, a turnaround for First Nations that this is a precedent setting, high profile case. And that all First Nations don’t have to do what Indian Affairs tell us to do in terms of their legislation,” said Fox.Five First Nations in Saskatchewan and Alberta protested the legislation and took the case to court. The ruling is also a win for Sawridge First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Thunderchild First Nation and Ochapowace Indian Band who were part of a wider court challenge.Hearings wrapped up last August amidst wide-spread media coverage over the matter.Fox said First Nations were not consulted on the passing of the FNFTA and he argues that requiring First Nations to post their financial information is a violation of Aboriginal and treaty rights.Also, Fox believes that racism played a key role in creating the legislation.“It’s always about this discrimination and sorry to say, for me it’s racism,” said Fox. “It’s a Constitutional right under Canadian law that under the Privacy Act everyone is protected in the Charter—except for Indian people. It’s discriminatory legislation because no other race is subject to this legislation in Canada except Indian people.”The band’s money is not tax-payer or public money and shouldn’t be subject to public disclosure, Fox said.“This is Indian money, there’s another part of this, it’s a whole bigger picture,” he said.He said the deputy minister representing the Crown in court stated in his affidavit that the funds are in fact Indian monies.“The affidavit was examined by our lawyers and it stated that Canada specifically denies that these funds are public tax monies, but are Indian monies. They even acknowledged that and that was one of the biggest pluses for us,” he said.The broadcasting of individual bands’ financial information would have a negative impact on business ventures by allowing competitors to outbid work opportunities, said Fox.Onion Lake is already fiscally accountable to its members, said Fox. Every year the band holds a budget planning meeting that outlines all programs, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) funding as well as band source revenue that’s shared with members, he said.Fox said he explained this to former Aboriginal affairs minister Bernard Valcourt two years ago.“I said to him (Valcourt) ‘Is Onion Lake transparent, or are you?’” said Fox. “He got upset and said, (in regards to FNFTA) ‘Well, if you don’t like what we’re doing there’s always a legal process, take us to court.”This court case was something Fox said Onion Lake had been preparing for ahead of time by creating its own revenue stream to cover costs. Onion Lake is the largest oil and gas producing First Nation in Canada.He said Onion Lake didn’t back down when threats were made by Aboriginal Affairs to cut off funding should they not comply with the FNFTA.“They threatened us last December. And we said, ‘go ahead, cut off the funding, see where it leads you.’ We stood our ground,” he said.The government did withhold more than $1 million for programs and services from Onion Lake. Judge Barnes ruled that Onion Lake could seek remedies either in good faith with AANDC or go back to court.Now that a stay has been granted against the FNFTA legislation Fox is hoping the newly elected Liberal government will not seek to appeal the court decision.“We’re very optimistic that things will be changing for the better for all First Nations people,” he said.bmorin@aptn.ca@songstress28last_img read more

NEB hearings on Trans Mountain pipeline start with Indigenous smudging ceremony

first_imgCALGARY — A rooftop smudging ceremony where herbs were burned and prayers said served as a proxy for swearing in as the oral traditional evidence gathering part of a National Energy Board reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project began Tuesday.Lyne Mercier, vice-chair of the NEB and chairwoman of the three-member panel hearing evidence, welcomed Indigenous presenters from the Louis Bull Tribe about 80 kilometres south of Edmonton as the first to speak as three weeks of hearings started in Calgary.She said the NEB appreciates that the Louis Bull Tribe has a tradition of sharing knowledge from one generation to another through spoken word, noting that two hours had been set aside for presentations but video evidence could also be submitted if time runs short.Presenters including elder Ivy Raine and band administrator and member Allison Adams-Bull described their family ties to other Indigenous communities along the pipeline route to the West Coast and their concern that their traditional hunting, fishing and gathering of medicinal plants could be affected by a pipeline spill.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its NEB approval, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on marine environment.The NEB’s rehearing is designed to address the latter issue. The oral traditional evidence gathering continues this week in Calgary before heading to Victoria from Nov. 26-29 and concluding in Nanaimo, B.C. from Dec. 3-6. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Crude oil futures rise 023 pc as investors widen position

first_imgNew Delhi: Crude oil prices edged up 0.23 per cent to Rs 4,426 per barrel in futures trade Monday as speculators widened their bets in tandem with a firm trend overseas. On the Multi Commodity Exchange, crude for delivery in May contracts was up by Rs 10, or 0.23 per cent, to Rs 4,426 per barrel in a business turnover of 13,904 lots. Analysts said the rise in crude oil futures was largely due to raising of bets by participants in the domestic markets. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Globally, the oil prices were upbeat as members of Saudi Arabia-led Opec in a meeting on Sunday in Jeddah signalled an output cut by the end of the year allaying fears of supply glut, according to reports. Meanwhile, West Texas Intermediate crude prices were trading up 1.31 per cent to USD 63.58, while Brent, used to price international oils, was up 1.40 per cent at USD 73.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.last_img read more

UN announces special probe into attacks on peacekeepers in eastern DR Congo

According to a UN spokesperson, Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday announced the appointment of veteran UN peacekeeping official Dmitry Titov of Russia to lead a Special Investigation into recent attacks on peacekeepers and bases in the Beni territory of North Kivu Province, in the DRC. The probe will include a focus on the 7 December attack on a base of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) in Semuliki that killed 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers and wounded 43 others. One blue helmet remains missing. The UN said the special probe will examine the circumstances surrounding these attacks, evaluate MONUSCO’s overall preparedness and response to the events and provide recommendations on how to prevent such attacks from occurring in the future or when they do occur, from having such lethal consequences. RELATED: In Tanzania, UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to ‘blue helmets’ killed in DR CongoThe investigation team will head to the DRC early in January and will also visit relevant countries in Africa’s Great Lakes region. Alongside officials of the United Nations, the team will also include two military officers from Tanzania.Having joined the United Nations in 1991, Mr. Titov served as Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) from 2007 – 2017. He also served as Africa Director in DPKO’s Office of Operations. read more

New online home for Brocks Financial Services

Brock University’s Financial Services are migrating to a new platform.The new format for public and internal websites will be rolled out Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 a.m.Student Financial Services and Procurement Services information for vendors have been moved to WordPress, while the University’s budget and financial information has been transferred to the About Brock section accessible through the main homepage.Policies and all other financial information pertaining to faculty and staff have been moved to OneBrock, the University’s SharePoint intranet.The old Financial Services URLs will redirect users to the new platform and all links will remain accessible through the former brocku.ca/finance page.

Unless you use Firefox HTML5 LocalStorage can completely fill your hard drive

first_imgIf you’re running Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, or Internet Explorer, take note: there’s a glitch in the way those browsers have implemented HTML5 LocalStorage that can allow a website to fill up your hard drive, SSD, or NAND storage with data. According to numerous reports from users who have bravely visited the proof-of-concept website, the shenanigans seems to work just fine on mobile versions of the vulnerable browsers as well.Only Firefox appears immune, thanks to Mozilla’s decision to implement a cap on the amount of LocalStorage a web app can utilize. Chrome, Safari, Opera, and IE all let developer Ferross Aboukhadijeh’s HTML5 Hard Drive Filler run wild. Curiously, the W3C spec for LocalStorage goes so far as to caution implementers that they should set a limit for the total amount of space that can be utilized on a device.Aboukhadijeh notes that a possible workaround for that proposed limitation could be to simply use stores for multiple subdomains within a site — like ls1.geek.com, ls2.geek.com, and so on. However, the W3C has that covered too, saying that browsers should guard against that specific scenario. In total, the W3C says that 5MB is a good arbitrary limit to impose. So if it’s right there in the spec, why is it that only Mozilla is compliant?Maybe the others think that 5MB isn’t enough space to allow for truly rich, modern web apps to store critical data locally — say, for offline use. That’s fair, but why not then bump the limit up to 10, 50, or even 100MB just so there’s some kind of cap to prevent precisely this kind of foolishness?It’s impressively scary just how fast the Filler can bung up a drive… but please, just watch the video. Don’t feel like you have to abuse your own browser.last_img read more

Sydney Greek fest gets cash boost

first_imgThe NSW State Government has donated $50,000 to the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW to assist in staging the annual 2013 Greek Festival of Sydney. Harry Danalis, President and Nia Karteris Vice-President, of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW were formally presented with the cheque at the office of The Hon Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities. “The dedication to social cohesion and harmony acknowledged through this financial contribution to the Greek Community reinforces the huge stamp of approval for multiculturalism by the NSW state government” said Nia Karteris, Vice President and Festival Chair. “This $50,000 goes a long way in assisting to produce an event that costs the Greek Community of NSW in excess of a quarter of a million dollars. We couldn’t be more grateful for the state government’s support” added president, Harry Danalis. Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello said the Greek Festival of Sydney is a wonderful example of the benefits of multiculturalism in NSW.“Multiculturalism is one our state’s greatest assets and has strengthened our social fabric and enhanced peoples’ ability to quickly participate in Australian society,” Mr Dominello said. Celebrating the Greek identity and its influence on Australian culture, the Greek Festival of Sydney is one of New South Wales’ most dynamic cultural festivals. Launching on the 16-17 March 2013 at Darling Harbour, this two day festival is followed by 6 weeks of theatrical performances, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, folkloric activities, music and cross cultural activities taking place at various locations throughout Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des accents dans les noms de domaine français dès le 3 mai

first_imgDes accents dans les noms de domaine français dès le 3 maiDès le 3 mai, les éditeurs de site internet pourront désormais se procurer des noms de domaines comprenant des accents et caractères spéciaux, tel que “spécialité.re” ou encore lapêche.fr disponibles pour la première fois.Si la tradition voulait que l’on bannisse tout “é” ou “à” en tapant l’adresse d’un site internet, ceci est aujourd’hui révolu. C’est ce qu’a annoncé le 3 février l’Afnic, l’association en charge de la gestion des noms de domaine français. A partir du 3 mai prochain, toutes les lettres accentuées (é,è,à,ù,etc.) et d’autres caractères spéciaux (æ, ç, œ…) seront acceptés dans les noms de domaines français. Cela inclut les domaines en .fr, en .re (Réunion), en .tf (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises), en .wf (Wallis et Futuna), en .pm (Saint-Pierre et Miquelon) ainsi qu’en .yt (Mayotte). Jusqu’à maintenant, seuls les chiffres et les lettres non accentuées étaient pris en compte dans les adresses mais ce sont bientôt trente nouveaux caractères qui feront leur entrée. Pour acheter un de ces nouveaux noms de domaines, la démarche se fera en deux temps. Tout d’abord, du 3 mai au 3 juillet 2012, les ventes ne seront ouvertes qu’aux sites qui souhaitent acheter une version accentuée d’un nom de domaine qu’ils possèdent déjà. Le propriétaire de “societe.fr” sera ainsi par exemple le seul habilité à racheter “société.fr”. Mais à partir du 3 juillet, la possibilité d’achat sera élargie à tous les intéressés. Ce sera alors la loi du plus rapide, autrement dit le premier à demander un nom de domaine l’obtiendra. Si ce changement apparait comme un détail pour les internautes, du côté des éditeurs la situation est bien différente. En effet comme le souligne le site spécialisé Numerama (lien non disponible), les grands sites sont en général obligés d’acheter plusieurs noms de domaines proches. Le risque est qu’en se trompant d’une lettre dans l’adresse, l’internaute soit redirigé vers un site sans aucun rapport, au contenu offensant ou contenant des arnaques commerciales. Existe également un risque de “cybersquatting”, pratique qui consiste à acheter un nom de domaine dans le seul but de le revendre à un prix exorbitant, note Le figaro.fr. Or, ces risques sont démultipliés par l’introduction des accents et des caractères spéciaux, obligeant les éditeurs à acheter toujours plus de noms de domaines. Par exemple, le site peche.fr devra sans doute réserver pèche.fr, mais aussi pêche.fr, pêché.fr ou pêché.fr. Autant de cotisations annuelles qui seront à verser l’Afnic et qui auront de quoi relancer la guerre d’achat des noms de domaine. Le 9 février 2012 à 09:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Whats the Best ECommerce Option for You

first_imgAt Rapidbuyr, EVP of product development and co-founder Kevin Wells brings years of publishing experience to the e-commerce game. Before launching Rapidbuyr, Wells worked at tech enthusiast publisher Ziff Davis for six years; there, he acted on the print side with PC Source, PC Computing and other titles as creative director before joining ZDNet as one of its first directors. Other members of the management team have put in time at Reed Elsevier, Dow Jones and CNET. Wells sees e-commerce as a large revenue booster for publishers, especially the b-to-b sector, “Currently, most publishers are controlled circulation: the BPA world as opposed to ABC world. You can’t make any more money from your subscribers besides advertising; everyone’s gone to e-newsletters, white papers, etc., in terms of trying to provide connective tissue between your advertising and your audience.”Being a former member of the publishing world, Wells says his company offers a neutral third party specifically removed from the oft-sticky church vs. state relationship of editorial and advertising objectives. “We’re not beholding to any sort of manufacturer to put their offers in front of anyone else, so to speak,” says Wells.When a publisher partners with Rapidbuyr, the company provides and hosts a co-branded area on the publishing site, and is integrated into the publishers’ navigation bar. Advertisers may provide the deals available through the deal option, and Rapidbuyr also has a sizeable list of suppliers and products to supply to publishers for deal opportunities.To glean a list of users interested in a deal option from publications, editors and publishers will send out an email blast to opted-in users from their databases. Promotions are often offered to inspire users to opt in to the deal sector, including coupons and/or a credit towards the first purchase. Then, user demographics are sent to Rapidbuyr, where they use user analytics to hone in on appropriate products for deal offerings. In the near future, Rapidbuyr plans to utilize surveys and other customer-reaching channels to find out what users are interested in purchasing.After the merchant is paid for the product, Wells says net revenue is split between Rapidbuyr and the publisher. Rapidbuyr’s slice of the net rev is variable, ranging from 20 to 40 percent of the remaining amount.Current RapidBuyr clients include American City Business Journals, TechTarget and CNET. For publishers not ready to fully operate their own e-commerce business, there are several companies now offering assistance in development. Here, FOLIO: speaks with two service providers, both with different business models, but a shared goal: increased revenue through online sales. Third Party Convenience As the e-commerce push continues in the publishing world, companies may be overwhelmed by the ways in which to roll out their efforts. Some companies are utilizing large group buying platforms for their e-commerce purposes (recent partnerships include Hearst and Pixazza, and IT consulting firm’s Ajilitee’s alliance with Groupon) while other publishers, such as F+W Media, are hosting e-commerce storefronts. Licensed Software for Publisher ControlFor publishers who want to launch e-commerce efforts with more in-house control, (but don’t have the bandwidth or resources to develop the technology) companies like Tippr offer an e-commerce platform available for publisher branding. CEO Martin Tobias worked with Microsoft and various other software companies before starting Tippr in 2008. As Tobias points out, by licensing a software service instead of outsourcing deal creation to companies like Groupon or Living Social, publishers can brand the deals as their own; lending a level of editorial credibility to discount curating the audience can see. In addition to brand extension, by licensing software, publishers maintain their client base. Tippr launched tippr.com as its deal website in February 2009, “to prove the scalability of the platform,” says Tobias. The company began officially working with publishers about a year later.Today, Tippr launches its affiliate program, with 1,200 affiliate sites available to publishers who partner with Tippr. Affiliates, culled by Tippr staff, are offered compensation for creating content and reposting discounts. Tippr takes the small amount of revenue gained from discount sale; the source (be it the publisher or deal aggregator like Cool Savings or Yahoo) who sold the deal gets a larger cut. The affiliate will then get 20 to 40 percent of the cut.Of 1,200 affiliates involved in Tippr’s network, Tobias says 1,000 of them are hyper local blogs or very mall regional and/or vertical publishers. For each of the 1,200 affiliates, “Each of those had to get a unique ID and custom feed,” says Tobias. If a user purchases a coupon outside of the publisher’s website, they are automatically made a subscriber to the site. Typically, it costs $10-15 per subscriber through outbound CPM campaigns, according to Tobias.Basic set up fees run from $5-10,000, depending on amount of services needed from the e-commerce company. Fees run higher if the publisher would like Tippr to take on customer service options, discount gathering, etc.last_img read more

Here are all the changes coming to GMC for the 2020 model

first_img 6 Photos 55 Photos Car Industry Trucks SUVs Enlarge ImageOne big, happy family. GMC Even though some vehicles may have been redesigned within the past year, every new model year tends to bring along some feature or another, however slight of a change it may be. For the 2020 model year, most of GMC’s vehicles are getting some new tech, and one’s been given a pretty thorough rework. We’ll start with the smallest and work our way up.2020 GMC TerrainThe smallest GMC on offer has one pretty big update that covers all its trim levels. GMC announced that every 2020 Terrain would receive the GMC Pro Safety suite of active and passive driver aids. This includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams and a following-distance indicator.If that’s not enough, there’s still an optional package that adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors and a haptic-feedback driver seat. Denali models get front parking sensors, too.Speaking of the luxe Denali trim, that specific vehicle gets a few extra updates. The new Premium Package combines safety and comfort packages to offer things like adaptive cruise control alongside ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. There’s also a new suspension that offers a better ride and reduced road noise. 2020 GMC YukonGMC did not make mention of any updates to the 2020 Yukon, likely because it’s due for replacement very soon. We’ll see a new GMC Yukon and Yukon XL alongside new versions of the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban and Cadillac Escalade, but we’re not quite sure when GM plans to debut these vehicles.2020 GMC CanyonGMC’s midsize pickup truck keeps its updates light. Considering it and its sibling, the Chevy Colorado, have been kicking for several years now, perhaps a refresh is coming down the pipeline for the 2021 model year, but that’s just my guess.The most notable update is the addition of a standard Tire Fill Alert, which provides audio and visual indications when a tire has reached its optimal pressure when being filled. There’s a bit more safety in here, too, thanks to a new Driver Alert Package that adds forward collision warning and lane-departure warning. A new Carbon Black Metallic paint color is available, too, but that’s it for changes. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel More about 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 30 Photos Check out the 2020 GMC Acadia’s new look 2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro edition brings us the bed of the future Review • 2019 GMC Sierra AT4: A plush truck for mild off-roading 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech 2020 GMC Sierra HD revealed with new camera tech, off-road AT4 model 5:17 Comment Now playing: Watch this:center_img Tags 22 Photos 2020 GMC Sierra HDLike the Acadia, the GMC Sierra HD is brand spankin’ new for the 2020 model year. It picks up a design that’s basically the same as the 2019-2020 GMC Sierra 1500, with some exaggerated features on all sides to take advantage of its larger physical footprint. Equipped correctly, the Sierra HD will tow more than 30,000 pounds, which is pretty wild. That capability comes from a beefier frame, a new 10-speed automatic transmission and GMC’s tried-and-true 6.6-liter Duramax diesel, which now puts out 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. There’s a good amount of tech in here, too. It can be optioned with a camera that can show a feed from the backup camera — in fact, there are up to 15 selectable camera views on offer. Combined with an accessory remote camera, the new “Transparent Trailer” mode can show the driver what’s behind the trailer in a stitched-together view that lets you see right “through” the trailer. A new AT4 off-road trim is available, and as always, a Denali trim is available for those who like to be fancy. Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problems More From Roadshow 2015 GMC Canyon SLE All-terrain (pictures) 2018 GMC Terrain offers good looks, great tech 2020 GMC AcadiaThis is GMC’s most thorough SUV update for the 2020 model year. Hitting dealerships later this summer, the Acadia features new designs front and rear, borrowing at least part of its look from the also-redesigned GMC Sierra and Sierra HD pickup trucks. LED headlights are standard, and the whole thing looks just a bit more rugged than it did before. If you really want to look ready for rocks, opt for the new AT4 trim.The Acadia gets a new engine, too — a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 making 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which will slot between the base 2.5-liter I4 and the more powerful 3.6-liter V6. A new nine-speed automatic transmission is now standard, too, and I hope you like using buttons to select gears, because the traditional shift lever is gone.The 2020 Acadia also includes the latest iteration of GMC’s infotainment system, akin to Chevrolet Infotainment 3 and Cadillac’s new CUE. Off-roading with the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 GMC 36 Photos Share your voice 1 2020 GMC SierraThe Sierra got a massive redesign for the 2019 model year, so not much is new here style-wise. That said, there’s still new stuff in store for the 2020 model year, including a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6. It’s also the first model year to feature full availability of the CarbonPro Edition’s carbon fiber truck bed, which is offered on AT4 and Denali trims.The 2020 Sierra 1500 will also get available adaptive cruise control and a clever new system that uses cameras to see “through” a trailer.There some other small updates, too. GM’s 10-speed automatic is now available with the 5.3-liter V8 on SLT, AT4 and Denali trims with 4WD. Trailer towing mirrors are available as a standalone option, and the Elevation trim can now be had in a crew-cab configuration. Cadillac Chevroletlast_img read more

Chinese regulators begin probe into Samsung Elec SK Hynix

first_imgSamsung ElectroncisReutersChina has launched an investigation into South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and SK Hynix Inc as well as U.S. Micron Technology Inc .A source with knowledge of the matter said China was probing price-fixing allegations as DRAM prices had risen sharply, the first such investigation by China.”The investigation has kicked off in earnest,” the source said, requesting anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.All three companies confirmed that officials from China’s State Administration for Market Regulation had visited their offices.A Samsung spokesman said the company was cooperating with the Chinese authorities, but did not provide more details on the visit. A SK Hynix spokesman also declined to give further details.The three companies are the biggest suppliers of DRAM chips used in smartphones and personal computers to store data.”China (is) trying to protect their PC and smartphone market from rising DRAM costs. Typically, China PC and smart phones sell at lower costs/margins than those in other countries,” Stifel Nicolaus analyst Kevin Cassidy said.The investigation also comes at a time when China is looking to promote its own chip industry to cut its heavy reliance on imports.Chinese firms have also had a number of overseas deals to buy foreign chip companies blocked by U.S. regulators in recent years, including a bid by Tsinghua Unigroup to acquire U.S. chip group Micron Technology Inc.last_img read more

Throatslit body of female staffer found at Natore hospital

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationPolice recovered throat-slit body of a female staffer of a private hospital in Chakrampur in Natore town on Friday, reports UNB.The deceased is Mita Khatun, a counter manager of General Hospital.The colleagues of Mita spotted her body on the fourth floor of the hospital and informed the matter to police, said Natore police station officer-in-charge Khandaker Jalal Uddin.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue for an autopsy.last_img