If I can get share of both pies, why not: Akshay

first_imgMumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar is on a roll, and when is he ever not? After signing up for a web series, the superstar is now getting ready for his next release Kesari. Excerpts from the interview: Q. There is so much happening in your career. Your leap into the digital domain has created a nationwide stir. What made you take this plunge? Honestly, my son Aarav was one of the main driving factors for me to think in this direction and move into the digital space. It’s where the youth is hooked onto and it is here that I wish to create something extraordinary and connect with them. It’s going to be high octane action is all I can reveal as of now. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Q. Do you think the future of the movie-going experience lies in the digital space? Or do you believe, as I do, that the magic of the movie theatre can’t be eradicated? I’m of mixed opinion here. The actor in me would want and love to believe the magic of the movie theatres never fades away but having said that I’m also aware that a lot of content consumption is being done in the digital space and that is something that cannot be ignored. And if I can get a share of both the pies, then why not? Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryQ. You had three major successes in 2018. Kesari is your first release for 2019, and it’s looking like a blockbuster. What are your expectations regarding Kesari? Kesari is an extremely special film for me, my first war drama. I am very emotional about it. The answer on why I picked this film is in your question itself. I was amazed that such a brilliant and brave story has such little recognition and it’s a story I’m really proud and excited about to share with the audiences. Q. In Mission Mangal, you play a real-life astronaut. And there are several interesting female actors sharing the limelight with you. Would it be correct to say this is your first film in recent times where the women have important roles to play? I would like to correct you here. In Mission Mangal, I do not play an astronaut but a scientist and yes, I worked with an interesting mix of female co-actors in it. Well, it’s actually very subjective and never been a conscious decision. I pick films which excite me. For instance, I was also a part of Naam Shabana, where I most certainly wasn’t the central character and my female co-actor Taapsee Pannu had a much more important role to play. So that’s how it is.last_img read more

After 60 years, state plans to repair Durgapur Barrage

first_imgKolkata: The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to repair Durgapur Barrage for the first time since its construction almost six decades ago.The foundation stone of the barrage on river Damodar in Bankura was laid by the then Chief Minister Dr BC Roy. The construction began in 1955 and it ended in 1960. As the barrage was not repaired since ages its condition deteriorated from bad to worse. The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to immediately repair it. Once the repair work is completed the barrage will prevent inundation on vast areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBridge and Roof has been assigned to do the job at an estimated cost of Rs 98 crore. The scheme has been named “Rehabilitation and Strengthening of the Damaged Divide Wall and Downstream Floor of Durgapur Barrage”. There are 34 gates at the barrage that are operational. Due to lack of maintenance massive perforations have developed on the gates which cause huge leakage of water. In the upstream, divers have been deployed to carry out the necessary repair and plug the perforations. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayNecessary steps will be taken to revive the health of the dividing wall. Due to monsoon work cannot be carried out from June-July to October-November. In the downstream massive erosion has taken place on the bed of river Damodar. Necessary steps will be taken to check the erosion process. This apart, the state Irrigation and Waterways department has come up with an important scheme to repair the bridges on the canals of river Damodar. Under the scheme 31 bridges in Bankura, Birbhum and Bishnupur will be repaired by Bridge and Roof. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 50 crore. Most of the bridges need immediate repair. Work is being carried out in this regard and it is likely to be completed by monsoon.last_img read more

Paranagama Commission says 40000 figure a myth

The Commission also said that it will provide details to the families of those reported missing during the war based on the outcome of the investigations conducted by a special investigations team.It said that investigations have also found that some former Tamil Tiger members who were reported as being missing after they surrendered to the army, are now living in a foreign country. The Missing Persons Commission meanwhile said that it was awaiting confirmation from the Presidential Secretariat on the next public sitting.There have been reports the Government may not extend the mandate of the Commission from next month. (Colombo Gazette) The Commission says it has dealt extensively with the issue and all available figures makes the allegation of 40,000 civilians killed a myth. The Missing Persons Commission, also known as the ‘Paranagama Commission’ says the figure of 40,000 civilians killed during the final weeks of the war is a myth.A statement signed by the Chairman of the Commission, Maxwell Paranagama, said that the issue of how many people were killed has been raised once again by Channel 4 presenter John Snow during a recent visit to Sri Lanka. The Missing Persons Commission claims that a no-fire zone never existed during the war as the LTTE never agreed to a no-fire zone so the allegation that the army fired into a no-fire zone is baseless. read more

UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attack in Tel Aviv

In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Israel. “There is no justification for terrorism nor for the glorification of those who commit such heinous acts,” Mr. Ban underscored, adding that he was shocked that the leaders of Hamas have chosen to welcome this attack and some to celebrate it. He called upon the Palestinian leadership “to live up to their responsibility to stand firmly against violence and the incitement that fuels it.” read more

Doctors remove 600 nails from mans stomach in India

(NEW YORK POST) – A schizophrenic man with a penchant for eating sharp objects almost had his last meal.Surgeons in India removed over 600 iron nails from Pradip Kumar Dhali’s stomach this week after a CT scan revealed the mass of metal in the 48-year-old’s abdomen.A CT scan of Pradip Kumar Dhali’s stomach shows the mass of nails.He first complained of acute pain to his family two months ago, prompting them to bring him in for medical imaging.Luckily for Dhali, who was admitted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital Friday, none of the nails he swallowed pierced his stomach.“We partially cut his stomach and used a magnet to bring out the nails one by one. There were more than 600 nails inside,” Dr. Siddhartha Biswas told Caters News.While Dhali’s family knew about his habit of eating inanimate objects, they never imagined he was capable of eating so many nails.“The family was asked by Pradip’s psychiatrist to not disturb him so they did not bother much what he was binging on,” Biswas said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFisherman allegedly stabbed by friend during heated argumentMarch 21, 2016In “Crime”Gold bars removed from stomach of Indian NationalApril 18, 2014In “World”Man remains in ICU after being shot by PoliceMarch 15, 2019In “Crime” read more

Antiracism hotline needed to make sure complaints are taken seriously

first_imgShe said the PSNI’s figures again raise questions about the systems in place in the South.Originally published 8.24amRead: Local election candidate born in Turkey has posters defaced with pig imagery for a second time > Updated 9.11amA HOTLINE TO allow members of the public to report incidents of racism is needed to “reassure victims” that gardaí will take complaints seriously, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has said.The call for one to be set up by gardaí comes after the latest hate crime figures from the PSNI continue to show a discrepancy in the number of incidents of racism reported north and south of the border.In 2009, 1038 incidents were recorded the PSNI, compared to 128 by Gardaí.Racism incidents were up 232 to 981 last year in Northern Ireland.The Immigrant Council of Ireland’s own reporting system recorded 144 incidents last year, with another 103 since the start of this year.“We have lagged behind Northern Ireland in tackling racism for too long,” Chief Executive Denise Charlton said, noting that both a hotline and an online system to report these crimes is offered by the PSNI.It is not acceptable that victims are suffering in silence –often lying awake in bed at night fearing a brick through the window, graffiti or avoiding trips to the local shop because of the fear of abuse being shouted at them.last_img read more

Woman pleads guilty in viral bridgeshoving incident

first_imgTay’Lor Smith, who’s accused of pushing Jordan Holgerson of Kalama off the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park in August, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment Monday morning in Clark County District Court. The prosecution is recommending a sentence with no jail time.Smith, 19, will be sentenced March 27. The gross misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.However, if Judge Darvin Zimmerman accepts the attorneys’ agreement, Smith will be ordered to home confinement with electronic monitoring, as well as some form of community service.Sentencing in the case was postponed until next week, in part, because defense attorney Nathan Pliska, of Vancouver Defenders, requested more time to prepare. Zimmerman said it would also allow Holgerson time to collect her thoughts on the incident, if she cared to speak at the hearing. He added he would like to hear more about the extent of her injuries and medical care costs.“She doesn’t want more time, your honor,” Holgerson’s mother, Genelle Holgerson, said from the gallery.Outside the courtroom, Genelle Holgerson said her daughter is going to physical therapy for a shoulder injury and has developed anxiety. Both said they just want this chapter of their lives to be over.A 10-second video that captured the Aug. 7 incident and circulated on Facebook, shows Jordan Holgerson, then 16, standing on the bridge, outside of the railing, apparently hesitating to jump. A woman pushes her, sending her into the water below.last_img read more

Gasperini doesnt underestimate Benevento

first_imgBenevento will be, almost for sure, relegated to the Serie B but Gian Piero Gasperini could see that they have improved a lot lately and can possibly cause a lot of problems to his Atalanta.The experienced Italian knows that his team will have to put one of their best performances to be able to succeed against the last-placed Serie A team and he urged his players to remain fully-focused despite the difference between the sides.Gasperini spoke about his side’s upcoming game as he said, according to Football Italia:“There’s no such thing as a game that can be taken for granted, especially not this one, seeing as Benevento have been putting in their best performances lately.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We need to win because we won’t go far if we keep picking up one point at a time, but we’re going to have to work for it.”“Our performance against Inter was very strong, especially the first half, but if you don’t score goals then you don’t win games. This is the moment to grit our teeth and push forward, even if we’re missing a few players.”“We are still in the running for a Europa League place and the other results at the weekend also kept everything in the balance. We aren’t at the final hurdle yet, but we can see the finish line.”last_img read more

Average southern pension pots almost double those in the north

first_imgThe average yearly pension income across the UK is £21,441, but this figure is far from evenly split among the various regions, according to research by online pension manager PensionBee.Its report, which surveyed 5,098 UK employees, also found that the south-east had the highest average pension size within England, at £28,183, with the north-east at the bottom of the list, at £14,513.England and Scotland have the highest average pensions, at £21,730 and £21,482, respectively. Wales and Northern Ireland sit below them, with £15,473 and £14,796 each.In Greater London respondents have an average of £9,990 more than those in the north-east, with an average pension size of £24,503.The research also found that the difference in size of pension pots does not directly correlate with contribution, because 40% of those in Wales contribute every month, placing it at the top of the list for propensity to contribute.Meanwhile, the most sizeable contributions to pension pots are being made by those in Northern Ireland, at an average net monthly contribution of £310.In England, the east midlands is at the lower end in terms of the the UK average, with a yearly income of £15,531, and sits at the bottom of the list of contributions, averaging £98 per month. However, people in that region can expect to live on 33% of their current salary. This is second only to the south-west, with 34%. In comparison, those in Greater London should expect to live on 22% of their current salary, placing it at the bottom of this list.Romi Savova, chief executive officer (CEO) of PensionBee, says: “The data clearly shows that the most important part of a pension is how much you put in. The government has made it attractive to save and as an industry we need to do the same, by improving customer service and embracing technology. We’re passionate about taking the lead on this and closing the pension gap across the country.”last_img read more

Frontier Airlines awards 53 acrosstheboard pay increase

first_imgUS-based budget airline Frontier Airlines has ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association, International (Alpa), which includes an average 53% across-the-board pay increase.The new agreement, which becomes effective on 16 January 2019, and which Alpa estimates to be worth more than $1 billion (£779,315,000), also includes double-digit direct contributions into pilots’ retirement plans and a $75 million (£58,422,375) ratification bonus.Barry Biffle, president and chief executive officer at Frontier Airlines, said: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with our pilots and believe it gives them best-in-class salary and benefits, while also ensuring Frontier’s continued growth.”More than three-quarters (77%) of Alpa’s members who work at Frontier Airlines voted in favour of the agreement; 99% of eligible members participated in the ballot.Frontier Airlines and Alpa reached an agreement in principle in November 2018, following almost three years of negotiations. This included two years of talks guided by the National Mediation Board (NMB). Alpa sued Frontier Airlines’ management in July 2018 for bad-faith bargaining, but the suit was dropped when the agreement in principle was reached.Frontier Airlines employs 1,300 pilots.This is the sixth collective bargaining agreement between Frontier Airlines and Alpa.Captain Tracy Smith, chairman, Frontier master executive council at Alpa, said: “With this agreement, Frontier pilot compensation now reflects the pilot market. From our high monthly guarantee to our industry-leading monthly credit override, our pilot compensation is consistent with the industry patterns for narrow-body pilots.“Our new contract retains superior work rules and scheduling flexibility and improves our retirement, benefits and job security.”last_img read more

Annual Fur Rondy Festival Kicked Off This Weekend

first_imgEvents will continue through Saturday, March 3 throughout downtown Anchorage. Click here for the complete event schedule. Traditionally Fur Rendezvous lasted ten days, but since 2004 it has extended through early March, in order to lead into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Photos courtesy of Coy Kirby- Kenai Resident Known locally as Fur Rondy, the event has been going strong for more than 80 years. The event started in 1935 as a three-day sporting event timed to coincide with the return of miners and trappers loaded down with the fruits of a winter of work.The name “Fur Rendezvous” derives from swap meets at which fur trappers would gather to sell their winter harvests. In early Anchorage, these usually took place in mid-February which started the tradition for the Fur Rondy. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s largest and oldest winter festival, Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, kicked off on February 23 and lasts until March 4. The festival draws many visitors from outside of Anchorage including many from the Kenai Peninsula. The Rondy Parade was held downtown Saturday followed by the annual sled dog race today, Sunday. The Rondy carnival will be open all week.last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers October Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s October 2018 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloInformation on the Community Teamwork’s Fuel Assistance ProgramInformation about upcoming events, including: Fire Safety & Prevention Month Event; Meditation Classes; Grand Opening of “Our Moment Cafe;” Visit to Wilmington Arts Council; the Buzz Book Club; the Caregivers Support Group; Wilmington Has Talent Holiday Edition; Fire & Fall Prevention Program; Homestead Seminar; Game Night; Pumpkin Decorating; and Doris’ Craft CornerInformation about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, and Get Well Wishes.The Senior Center’s October Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

Panel suggests cess on petrol diesel mobile calls to fund Swachh Bharat

first_imgA high-level panel has suggested imposition of cess on petrol, diesel and telecom services to fund the Central government’s Swachh Bharat mission.The proposal, if implemented, will result in fuel prices, mobile call charges, and internet access on phone becoming costlier.In a report submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a high-level panel of 10 chief ministers, formed to ascertain the financial needs of the Swachh Bharat mission, has proposed the central government to bear 75% of the overall cost of the mission.The high-level NITI Ayog chief ministers’ panel on Swachh Bharat, headed by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, has suggested that the remaining cost would be borne by the states.A proposal to levy a cess on fuel prices and telecom services may not be a right step politically.However, Naidu said that “Swachh Bharat was above politics.””All of us have to work for the country as Swachh Bharat is one above politics. We have to work together,” Livemint quoted Naidu as saying.”Imposing a temporary cess to fund the programme will not be a bad idea if it is only for a couple of years,” said N.R. Bhanumurthy, professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy in New Delhi.Besides, the panel, which also includes the chief ministers of Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and West Bengal, has recommended a cess “on accumulated waste produced by mineral waste generation plants like coal, aluminium and iron ore to fund the programme aimed at ensuring a clean India by 2019.”last_img read more

DaulatdiaPaturia ferry services resumes after six hours

first_imgDaulatdia-Paturia ferry services resumed early Thursday after six hours of disruption due to blurred visibility caused by thick fog, reports UNB.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) manager at Aricha station in Manikganj, Khandaker Tanvir Hossain said the ferry services had been kept suspended on the route from 1:40 am to 7:40 am due to dense fog.During the time, four ferries remained stranded in the mid-river.Hundreds of vehicle remained stuck in a long queue at Doulatdia ghat, said the official.Seven ferries in Patuaria and five in Doulatdia ghat were tied to the pontoons, he added.last_img read more

Researchers investigate stellar populations in the central region of the Andromeda galaxy

first_imgThe Andromeda galaxy. Credit: Adam Evans. German astronomers have conducted a study of the central bulge of the Andromeda galaxy and analyzed its stellar populations. The research could improve our understanding of the bulge’s structure and formation history. Results of the study are presented in a paper published July 24 on the arXiv pre-print repository. More information: The stellar populations of the central region of M31, arXiv:1807.09284 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1807.09284AbstractWe continue the analysis of the dataset of our spectroscopic observation campaign of M31, by deriving simple stellar population properties (age metallicity and alpha-elements overabundance) from the measurement of Lick/IDS absorption line indices. We describe their two-dimensional maps taking into account the dust distribution in M31. 80% of the values of our age measurements are larger than 10 Gyr. The central 100 arcsec of M31 are dominated by the stars of the classical bulge of M31. They are old (11-13 Gyr), metal-rich (as high as [Z/H]~0.35 dex) at the center with a negative gradient outwards and enhanced in alpha-elements ([alpha/Fe]~ 0.28+- 0.01 dex). The bar stands out in the metallicity map, where an almost solar value of [Z/H] (~0.02+-0.01 dex) with no gradient is observed along the bar position angle (55.7 deg) out to 600 arcsec from the center. In contrast, no signature of the bar is seen in the age and [alpha/Fe] maps, that are approximately axisymmetric, delivering a mean age and overabundance for the bar and the boxy-peanut bulge of 10-13 Gyr and 0.25-0.27 dex, respectively. The boxy/peanut-bulge has almost solar metallicity (-0.04+- 0.01 dex). The mass-to-light ratio of the three components is approximately constant at M/LV ~ 4.4-4.7 Msol/Lsol. The disk component at larger distances is made of a mixture of stars, as young as 3-4 Gyr, with solar metallicity and smaller M/LV (~3+-0.1 Msol/Lsol). We propose a two-phase formation scenario for the inner region of M31, where most of the stars of the classical bulge come into place together with a proto-disk, where a bar develops and quickly transforms it into a boxy-peanut bulge. Star formation continues in the bulge region, producing stars younger than 10 Gyr, in particular along the bar, enhancing its metallicity. The disk component appears to build up on longer time-scales. Groundbreaking study sheds new light on galaxy evolution © 2018 Phys.org Located some 2.5 million light years away from the Earth, the barred spiral Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31, or M31 for short, is the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Due to its proximity, M31 is an excellent target to study the detailed evolutionary history of large spiral galaxies.Andromeda’s central bulge is crucial for such studies, so recently, a team of researchers from Germany led by Roberto Philip Saglia of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, decided to analyze the stellar populations of this region in detail.For their research, the team used the 2.7 meter telescope at the McDonald Observatory in Texas to obtain spectroscopic data of M31. The observational campaign allowed the astronomers to uncover simple stellar population properties of the central region of this galaxy, including age, metallicity and alpha-elements abundance.”We observed M31 for 14 nights with the integral-field spectrograph VIRUS-W attached to the 2.7m telescope at the McDonald Observatory, Texas, covering the bulge area with a filling factor of 1/3 and sampling the disk along six different directions, reaching approximately one scalelength along the major axis,” the scientists wrote in the paper.According to the study, the stellar populations in the central region of M31 are fairly old—more than 10 billion years old. In comparison, the stars of the galaxy’s disk are younger by 5 to 6 billion years.In particular, the researchers found that the central 100 arcsec of this galaxy is dominated by old, metal-rich stars at the center with a negative gradient outwards and enhanced in alpha elements.The study reveals that M31’s bulge as well as bar have solar metallicities. The team also found that the bar and bulge have a mean age of 10 and 13 billion years respectively.The authors of the paper concluded that their result suggest a two-phase formation scenario for the inner region of M31.”A classical stellar bulge forms together with a primordial disk, from a quasi-monolithic collapse or violent instability of the turbulent inner proto-disk. On larger scales, the proto-disk develops a bar. The bar buckles and transforms the proto-disk into the boxy-peanut B/P bulge. The stars in this region are mainly old,” the researchers concluded.The team plans further studies of M31 that might shed further light on the sequence of events that built the central regions of this galaxy. Moreover, they will try to calculate the rate of microlensing events expected from the self-lensing of the different populations of the central region of the Andromeda galaxy. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers investigate stellar populations in the central region of the Andromeda galaxy (2018, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-stellar-populations-central-region-andromeda.htmllast_img read more

Knots and stitches

first_imgThe 29th edition of India Carpet Expo showcases more than 275 reputed manufacturer exporters from all over country like – U.P., Rajasthan, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh etc. A record number of 450 overseas carpet buyers from around 57 countries mainly USA, Germany, France, UK, Turkey, Brazil, China, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Korea, European Union Countries etc shall be visiting the expo to generate business for this rural based cottage sector. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event is organised by Carpet Export Promotion Council of India (CEPC) setup by Ministry of Textiles government o?f India. CEPC was established to promote the exports of hand-made / hand-knotted carpets and other floor coverings. CEPC therefore, helps in skill enhancement of weavers, artisans, entrepreneurs, strengthening base in existing markets, identifying potential markets, educating about government policies and its compliances, providing financial assistance for brand building of Indian hand-made carpets, through publicity, participating in world renowned trade fairs and expositions.Where: Hall no. 8- 11, Pragati MaidanWhen: March 27 – 30last_img read more

How Cloud Computing Saved My Business

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Some might find it strange that something as ephemeral as the “cloud” could have as great an impact on businesses as more tangible transformational technologies such as the smartphone and computer.With the cloud, businesses don’t have to invest in and maintain costly backroom hardware and software. They are freed from costly, time consuming maintenance and administrative duties and can concentrate on what they really want to do — run a profitable operation.But the cloud is not just transforming how businesses operate. It has been critical to the survival of some companies. Here are three examples of entrepreneurs who have turned to the cloud to both establish and save their businesses.Post.Bid.Ship CEO Micky Thompson1. Post.Bid.Ship A Tucson, Ariz.-based service that matches shippers with goods to haul and carriers looking for freight on their return trips after a delivery.Dilemma: Unable to track marketing efforts or provide sales insights. Post.Bid.Ship was launched in July 2010 to provide matchmaking services between carriers and shippers, but it needed to improve and better coordinate its operations. The company initially had a three-step process — acquiring leads and converting them into clients, handling customer relations, and matching carriers and shippers — each a separate operation relying on traditional media and phone calls.Solutions: Customer relationship management (CRM) service SalesForce.com and Spark by Marketo marketing automation software. The company instituted a nearly paperless combination of online database resources, email and social media, along with the cloud-based SalesForce.com and Spark by Marketo.Instead of print ads or trade shows, Post.Bid.Ship now generates sales leads via the U.S. Department of Transportation’s online Motor Carrier Division databases, supported by email responses to link clicks on its Web site and electronic newsletters. When a lead is entered into any of its systems, the data appears almost instantaneously in the others. When a client shipper or carrier posts a listing on the company’s website, bids with complete information are generated in minutes from SalesForce and Marketo.Related: How to Share Documents in the Cloud, SecurelyUsing targeted online and social media, the company now registers new customers at a nearly 300 percent higher rate than it did using trade shows, print ads and direct sales. What’s more, it has cut sales costs by nearly 71 percent.Without the cloud-based services, Post.Bid.Ship would have needed nearly twice as much initial and operating capital, as well as an around-the-clock IT division and twice as many employees, says CEO Micky Thompson.Other examples cloud-based marketing automation services include Addemar (plans range from $74-$738 a month) and Pardot (plans range from $1,000-$3,000 a month).Patrick Albrecht, owner of Atlanta’s Great Foods Group2. Great Foods Group Operator of four Atlanta-area restaurants: Paul’s, Social Vining’s, The Vinings Fish Company and Dos Amigos Cantina.Dilemma: Managing a growing mountain of paperwork. At one point, Great Foods Group owner Patrick Albrecht had tens of thousands of documents — invoices, receipts, employee checks and pay stubs, tax papers, health department reports — crammed in every nook and cranny of his home and offices. It would take hours to track down documents.Solution: Storing all paperwork with document scanning service Evernote. Albrecht started using Evernote in early 2011, once the software was available with mobile syncing. By committing nearly six years’ worth of documents to the cloud, Albrecht could not only quickly locate specific papers in seconds, but also could compare past transactions to determine which vendors provided the best prices.Albrecht says Evernote helped accelerate the opening of his fourth restaurant, Dos Amigos Cantina, by several weeks. He used the service to create a “new restaurant” checklist of tasks and shared folders with his partners and managers so they could access architectural plans, health department permits and other documents from any device.Related: Why Google Drive Won’t Be a Dropbox KillerEvernote costs $45 a year for 1 GB of document uploads a month. But Albrecht figures moving documents to the cloud cut the company’s overall expenses by about 2 percent a month. He also has emptied his home and offices of boxes, removing an emotional strain on his marriage and creating more space for supplies and seating at the restaurants.Examples of other cloud-based marketing automation services include SpringPad and SimpleNote, both free.CDL Helpers founder and CEO Tucker Robeson3. CDL Helpers Based in Winona, Minn., CDL consults with trucking companies to reduce personnel turnover and increase productivity.Dilemma: Spiraling costs of phone systems. Founded in April 2011, CDL Helpers lends a sympathetic ear to thousands of truckers nationwide. Its half-dozen tactical management agents spend nearly seven hours a day talking with drivers of client companies, collecting anonymous information about their experiences.An automated switchboard phone system to keep in touch with drivers across the country would have cost $1,500, plus another $3,000 to $5,000 to set up and is not easily expandable. In addition, long-distance phone bills would have totaled about $500 a month according to CDL founder and CEO Tucker Robeson.Solution: VoIP-based phone system RingCentral. Launching on a shoestring, Robeson opted instead to use cloud-based RingCentral, which costs $50 a month. It allows Robeson to add lines and extensions via his PC quickly and inexpensively. The only phone equipment CDL needs are $50 PC gaming headsets.Thanks to the cloud, CDL says, it has been able to pass along its cost savings to customers and attract new clients at a faster rate.Another cloud-based expandable phone system is Line2 Professional ($14.95 per month or $149.50 per year).Related: One Tool for Managing All Your Business Schedules May 16, 2012 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

NASAs Next Mission Takes Dragonfly Drone To Saturns Moon Titan

first_img Ads by Amazon Related Products $12.25$12.25 ENDS IN Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусский“With the Dragonfly mission, NASA will once again do what no one else can do. Visiting this mysterious ocean world could revolutionize what we know about life in the universe,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.DragonflyThis mission is the first time that NASA will fly a multi-rotor on another planet. Dragonfly has eight rotors and flies like a drone and will explore various environments on Titan during its 2.7-year mission.It will first explore the “Shangri-La” dune fields in short flights while also taking samples along the way until it reaches the Selk crater where there is evidence of past liquid water, energy, and organics. In total, the Dragonfly will fly 108 miles, which is nearly double the distance traveled by all the Mars rovers combined so far.TitanTitan is Saturn’s largest moon and, of the over 150 known moons in our solar system, is the only one with a substantial atmosphere. It is over 842,000,000 miles from the Earth and is the only other place in the solar system that is known to have liquid lakes, rivers, and seas on its surface.It is the second largest moon in our solar system, being even bigger than the planet Mercury, and the air in it is actually rather similar to Earth’s in that it is mostly nitrogen. In fact, one can even take a stroll on the planet without a space suit, albeit with an oxygen mask as well as protection from the intense cold.Saturn’s Titan is considered to be one of the most hospitable worlds in our solar system. The exploration of it is a part of NASA’s New Frontiers program, which also includes explorations of Pluto, the Kuiper Belt, Jupiter, and asteroid Bennu. TAG NASA, Saturn Moons, Dragonfly AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches All ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.center_img (2) Close NASA’s next mission is to bring the Dragonfly rotorcraft-lander to Saturn’s moon Titan. What does the agency hope to learn from exploring the unique world?NASA’s Next MissionOn June 27, NASA announced that the destination for its next mission will be Saturn’s moon, Titan, with the Dragonfly set to launch in 2026 and expected to land on Titan by 2034. Once there, the Dragonfly rotorcraft will fly to various locations to look for prebiotic processes that Titan may have in common with Earth.The mission is expected to advance the search for the building blocks of life as the Dragonfly explores the moon and studies its atmosphere, surface composition, subsurface ocean, and liquid reservoirs. Bestseller Apollo 12 Mission Patch Official Nasa Edition Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAYlast_img read more

Clift One of San Franciscos most stylish hotels

first_imgCliftOne of San Francisco’s most stylish hotels, Clift was designed with the help of Philippe Starck and Ian Shrager, and the lobby is filled with statement pieces of furniture, including a coffee table made by Salvador Dali. We’re especially taken by the super-sized fireplace and chimney sculpture by William Sawaya. The 300 rooms are just as spectacular, with Malin + Goetz toiletries and Murano glass lamps. There’s a gym but no spa – although you’ll be able to enjoy a range of treatments in the privacy of your own room. You’ll also love the free bikes which you can use to explore the Golden Gate city on your own steam.Where:Geary StreetRooms:From £151 per night, per room Loews RegencyThis towering hotel (it’s got the highest outdoor event venue in the city) is one of the most popular places to stay in San Francisco. The 155 rooms are spread over 11 floors, and there’s a spa, brasserie and cocktail bar (the margaritas come highly recommended). Neutral colour schemes in the rooms give the hotel a relaxed, chilled out vibe, while the enormous televisions and iHome alarm clocks will appeal to tech-savvy travellers.Where:Sansome StreetRooms:From £459 per night, per room Budget hotels and hostels in San FranciscoTouchstone HotelIf you’re looking for a chic but cheap hotel in San Francisco, you’ll love the Touchstone Hotel, which has single and double rooms with cheery, bright colour schemes. Some of the rooms have balconies, so it’s worth asking if any are available when you check in. There’s a restaurant and a deli (perfect for grabbing food on the go), and it’s located in the heart of the theatre district, just a short walk from Union Square and the ferry to Alcatraz Island. The Touchstone is also one of San Francisco’s best hotels for families on a budget – there are several family rooms and children under 10 stay for free.Where:Geary StreetRooms:From £80* per night, per roomGet summer lovin’ and save money on a hotel in San Francisco Pacific Tradewinds HostelExploring San Francisco on a budget? The make your base this fantastic city centre hostel. It’s one of San Francisco’s best places to say, but there are still plenty of extras, such as free laundry services, free towels and some of the biggest luggage lockers we’ve seen in a hostel. San Francisco’s best attractions are all easily accessible, but two of the closest are the brilliant Wells Fargo History Museum and the Pacific Heritage Museum of San Francisco. Budget doesn’t have to mean basic. Upgrade your travels with our 10 best backpacking tips and tricks.Where:Sacramento StreetRooms:From £28 per night, per bed Luxury hotels in San FranciscoAxiom HotelNestled in San Francisco’s up-and-coming Mid-Market district, the Axiom is a hi-tech hotel in a historic building. It’s housed in a building constructed shortly after the infamous earthquake of 1906, although world-renowned New York-based architects Stonehill & Taylor have given the hotel a stylish, contemporary feel. High ceilings provide a sense of space, while the public spaces offer a nod to its past, with retro video games and a library filled with well-thumbed books. Rooms have hardwood floors, Bluetooth-enabled clock radios and WiFi routers in every room ensure super-fast internet connectivity.Where:Cyril Magnin StreetRooms:From £309 per night, per room Mid-range and boutique hotels in San FranciscoHotel ZettaCheck into the Hotel Zetta, one of the finest hotels near Union Square, and you’ll find mini-bars stocked with healthy juices and five “Enlightened” rooms, designed especially for travellers with wellness in mind; amenities in the art-filled rooms include bathrobes made from organic cotton. And if you’re planning on celebrating the anniversary of San Francisco’s summer of love, there’s a meditation cushion, too. But this is definitely a hotel which doesn’t take itself too seriously. There’s a playroom with giant Jenga and games consoles, and you’ll be able to stay connected thanks to the bank of Macs in the lobby.Where:Westfield San Francisco CentreRooms:From £128 per night, per room Sir Francis Drake HotelThe 416-room Sir Francis Drake is one of San Francisco’s largest hotels, but it’s also one of the most luxurious. We love the friendly, suited-and-booted doormen who greet every guest, but we’re also fans of the Renaissance-influenced architecture and the speakeasy-style bar. There are complimentary coffee mornings and wine evenings, and all rooms come with yoga mats. It’s also got a great location, just a few metres from some of San Francisco’s biggest department stores (including Macy’s) and the Powell Street cable cars.Where:Powell StreetRooms:From £191 per night, per room Searching for hotels not in SF? We’ve got lots more top choices across America right here: Hotel ZeppelinThis new hotel (it opened in March) can be found in the posh Nob Hill area – but it’s still just a short walk to Union Square. It’s one of the most stylish hotels in San Francisco, with 196 modern, light-filled rooms, a game-filled den and in-room record players for guests who fancy spinning some tunes. SoMa district, the Fairfield Shopping Centre and China Town are all within walking distance, and the hotel has what’s being touted as one of San Francisco’s best restaurants. Head to the loft-like Rambler for dishes such as fromage blanc gnocchi with celery root and parmesan broth, or a pizza cooked in the wood-fired oven once owned by Wolfgang Puck. Consider yourself a bit of a foodie? Get those tastebuds tingling with our guide to the world’s best restaurants.Where:Post StreetRooms:From £198 per night, per roomFind boutique chic for less ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Get articles like this and more, including flight deals and travel advice, straight to your inbox Read on for more top tips on what to see and do in San Fran and beyond…Top 10 things to do in San FranciscoFrom big tourist sights to quirky cultural attractions, we discover 10 fun things to do on a trip to San Francisco.10 best things to do in CaliforniaSan Francisco’s might well be California’s most popular city, but here’s where to find its other gems.Top 10 things to do in Los AngelesLos Angeles is just a short hop from San Francisco. Here are 10 things every visitor should do*Published February 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. The PalaceWhen The Palace opened in 1875, it was the largest hotel in the world, with 750 rooms. Most had private bathrooms – somewhat of a novelty at the time. It’s since enjoyed several major makeovers (the most recent one was in 2015), but has always been regarded as one of San Francisco’s best hotels. The enormous lobby is one of the most spectacular areas; a light-filled space dotted with designer furniture and filled with vast expanses of polished marble and oak. The majority of the stylish rooms have a monochrome feel, with huge padded headboards and 11-foot-high ceilings lending an air of luxury.Where:New Montgomery StreetRooms:From £254 per night, per room The FairmontThis is one of San Francisco’s most popular five-star hotels, and you’ll be in good company if you book a room here. Since it opened its doors in 1907, it’s been the crash pad of choice for America’s presidents (luckily, the country’s new one has his own hotel chain, so we’re hoping he’ll steer clear). There are 592 rooms, but if you love a good view, opt for one of the Tower Building rooms, which have beautiful views over the city’s bay. Guests will also find telescopes positioned by the windows. Fancy a tipple? The Laurel Court Restaurant and Bar is the more formal option, but our favourite is the Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar, a tropical-themed paradise with tiki huts and a dance floor built from the remains of the S.S. Forester, an historic lumber schooner which once traveled regularly between San Francisco and the South Sea Islands. The Fairmont’s afternoon teas are legendary – San Francisco’s residents have been raving about them since the hotel opened its doors in 1907. For a caffeine fix with class, brush up on the world’s 10 best places to enjoy afternoon tea.Where:Mason StreetRooms:From £362 per night, per room Kimpton Buchanan HotelSan Francisco’s best bits are all easily accessible from this stylish 131-room hotel, which can be found at the corner of Sutter and Buchanan – where Japantown, the Fillmore and Pacific Heights intersect. But don’t mistake budget for basic, because perks at this San Francisco hotel include in-room Keurig coffee makers and nightly wine hours, when you can sample some of California’s best vinos for free. We also love the Press Reader service, which allows guests to read over 5,000 newspapers and magazines for free. Make sure you check out the beautiful courtyard, which has rocking chairs and lawn games.Where:Sutter StreetRooms:From £136 per night, per room RelatedThe best hotels in Alicante for every budgetAlicante, on the Costa del Sol, is home to wide range of accommodation options if you’re looking to book a summer holiday. From good value, affordable hotels on the beach to boutique hotels in Alicante’s old town. Finding somewhere to stay that suits your budget is is easy, just read…10 best cheap hotels and hostels in BangkokHeading to Thailand’s beautiful capital, Bangkok, and looking for a budget-friendly hotel or hostel? Whether you’re after a cheap and cheerful bunk on Khao San Road, or a five-star spa hotel with a swanky rooftop bar in Sukhumvit, we’ve rounded up the best Bangkok accommodation for you.The best hotels in Málaga for every budgetPlanning on a holiday in sun-soaked Málaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol? Whether you’re looking for family friendly accommodation, a cheap hostel for you and your mates, or a romantic five-star hotel on the beach, we’ve got plenty of options for every holiday budget.last_img read more