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first_imgMumbai: Troubled mortgage lender Dewan Housing Finance (DHFL) has sought Rs 15,000-crore immediate funding from banks for on-lending to retail customers as well as to project developers, say sources. Last week, the nearly crippled company had submitted a draft resolution plan to lenders which are yet to be approved by them. “The company has asked for an additional funding of Rs 15,000 crore. The money will be used to fund viable projects that are stuck due to lack of money,” said one of the sources. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalWhen contacted, a DHFL spokesperson said it did not have any comment to offer apart from what it has informed the stock exchanges last week on the draft resolution plan. Under the draft resolution plan, the company has asked for funds from banks/NHB for restarting retail funding which was stopped after liquidity crisis hit it late year. According to sources, the decision on any additional or the quantum of funding will be taken only after due deliberations by lenders. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe beleaguered home financier, which has defaulted on multiple times on payment to bondholders since June owes close to Rs 90,000 crore to banks, the National Housing Bank (NHB) and other creditors. Last month, lenders had signed an inter-creditor agreement (ICA), as mandated by the Reserve Bank in the new NPA resolution/recognition framework effective June 7. However, the company had said one of its debenture – trustees Catalyst Trusteeship Servicesis in the process of seeking consent from the debenture holders to be a party to the ICA. In a separate filing to exchanges on August 8, the company said it may not be able to meet its financial obligations in the near future. “Given the ongoing discussions on the resolution plan with the lenders who have signed the ICA, we believe that our payment obligations falling due in the immediate future, may not be met as per their existing schedule,” the company informed the exchanges. It has been facing liquidity issue since last September and has back paid Rs 41,000 crore of its financial obligations through a combination of securitization of assets and repayment collections since. The Wadhawan family, who owns a little over 39 per cent, has been looking at various ways to come out of the stress which first came to light late last year following the IL&FS bankruptcy. These include selling stakes in group entities, including in the flagship to the extent of giving up half of their stake. DHFL has seen a rash of rating downgrades in June after it defaulted on Rs 1,150 crore to its bond-holders due on June 4. This led to a downgrade of its Rs 850-crore commercial papers to ‘default’ by three rating agencies.last_img read more


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first_imgAPTN National NewsA Huron Wendat village close to Toronto is the largest of it’s kind every found.The size and scope is changing the way some historians look at North American life prior to the arrival of Europeans.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has morelast_img


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first_imgKharar (Punjab): In a sensational murder, a senior health official was shot dead at point blank range at her office in Punjab’s Kharar by a man who later pumped a bullet into himself, police said. The official, Neha Shorie, was posted with the Drug and Food Chemical Laboratory in Kharar and dealth with licensing in Mohali and Ropar districts, they said.The accused, Balwinder Singh of Morinda, entered her office and fired three bullets from his licensed revolver at Shorie at around 11.40 am, a police official said. After firing bullets at the health officer, the accused tried to flee the spot on his motorcycle but was caught, the official said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”The people nearby caught hold of him. After being held, he initially tried to threaten those who had caught hold of him by pointing his revolver towards them but when he found he was trapped, he fired at himself, the official added. The Kharar DSP, who reached the spot, took the accused to custody. Singh is undergoing treatment at PGIMER, Chandigarh, and is in a critical state, police said. A case of murder was registered and a probe initiated, they said. Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused was running a chemist shop in Morinda and in 2009, Shorie, who was then posted as District Drugs Inspector in Ropar, raided his store and reportedly recovered intoxicant drugs from there, following which she had cancelled his drugs licence. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThough the motive of the cold blooded murder was not yet confirmed, it is believed that the accused was nursing a grudge against the health officer since his drugs licence was cancelled. The accused had got the new arms license of a .32 bore revolver a couple of months back. Even as the model code of conduct imposed for the Lok Sabha polls since March 11 required every licensed weapon to be deposited with the police station concerned, he was still possessing his arms, which he used to commit the crime. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta to ensure speedy probe into the killing of Shorie. The chief minister ordered prompt investigation into the matter and ensured that the accused will be given exemplary punishment. He said that no one would be allowed to interfere or intimidate any public servant in the discharge of their duties. After the incident, the Opposition SAD and AAP trained guns at the Congress government in Punjab, alleging that law and order had broken down and even officials were not safe inside their offices.last_img read more


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first_imgGeneva: Climate change may threaten the survival of of marine mammals such as dolphins, and have more far-reaching consequences for their conservation than previously thought, according to a study. In early 2011, a heatwave caused the water temperatures to rise to more than four degrees above the annual average, said researchers from the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland. The extended period caused a substantial loss of seagrass, which drives the Shark Bay ecosystem, a UNESCO world heritage site in Western Australia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USResearchers from UZH have now investigated how this environmental damage has affected survival and reproduction of dolphins. They used long-term data on hundreds of animals collected over a ten-year period from 2007 to 2017. Their analyses revealed that the dolphins’ survival rate had fallen by 12 per cent following the heatwave of 2011. Moreover, female dolphins were giving birth to fewer calves — a phenomenon that lasted at least until 2017, researchers said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The extent of the negative influence of the heatwave surprised us,” said Sonja Wild, a former PhD candidate at the University of Leeds in the UK. “It is particularly unusual that the reproductive success of females appears to have not returned to normal levels, even after six years,” Wild said in a statement. There are several possible explanations for this phenomenon, for instance neglect of calves, increased newborn mortality, delayed sexual maturity or a combination thereof, but researchers have not yet been able to investigate them in detail. Interestingly, the heatwave did not have the same effect on all dolphin groups, researchers said. Dolphins that use sponges as tools — a socially learned foraging technique that helps dolphins to locate food in deep water — were not as badly affected as those that do not use this technique. “Nevertheless, our work raises concerns that such sudden events might have quite negative long-term effects even in groups of marine mammals that are known to adapt usually well to novel environmental conditions,” said Wild. The study shows for the first time that marine heatwaves not only affect organisms at lower levels of the food chain, but also might have considerable long-term consequences for the animals at the top, such as dolphins. “Marine heatwaves are likely to occur more frequently in the future due to climate change,” said study leader Michael Krutzen, professor at the Department of Anthropology at UZH. “This is worrying not only for the long-term prospects of marine mammal populations, but also for the entire oceanic ecosystems,” Krutzen said.last_img read more


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Rachel PolingRabat – United States President Donald Trump met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday during his two-day visit to Paris, setting aside past disagreements to discuss issues regarding counter-terrorism, Syria, and climate change in an amicable press conference.In his opening statement, Trump spoke of the long-standing relationship between France and the United States. “Our two nations are forever joined together by the spirit of revolution and the fight for freedom,”the presidentsaid. The press conference was a part of Trump’s visit to Paris to celebrate Bastille Day as well as the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.In the past, the two presidents have had many differences in opinion, particularly over environmental policies. Trump faced criticism from Macron following his decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 Paris climate accord.In his opening statement, Macron acknowledged their opposing views, though the French president stressed the importance of the climate accord.He recognized Trump’s focus of implementing campaign promises and vowed to stay loyal to the Paris climate accord.However,the meeting raised the question that the US president might change his mind. When Trump was later asked about the climate agreement,responding, “Something could happen with respect to the Paris Accord. We’ll see what happens.”The two leaders also discussed counter-terrorism, political stability, and the situation in Iraq and Syria. According to Macron, he and Trump have similar views on terrorism and will continue to work together to eradicate it. When asked about Bashar Al-Assad, Macron again stated that he hopes to continue working closely with the United States. The French president stressed that any use of chemical weapons will result in immediate action.Macron and Trump discussed possible political solutions for Syria after the war and agreed to continue to work together to launch diplomatic initiatives to create a “roadmap” for Syria. They said that they hope to find a political solution as well as support the United Nations’ efforts in the war-torn country.Throughout the visit, Trump and Macron displayed their amiable relationship. On Thursday night, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump accompanied Macron and First Lady Brigette Macron for dinner at the Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Earlier in the day Trump commented on his relationship with Macron, he stated, “the friendship between our two nations –and ourselves, I might add –is unbreakable”.Trump concluded his visit on Friday at the Bastille Day parade, which included both French and American military units. read more


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TORONTO — Strengthening oil prices propelled North American markets to a second big rally in as many days, allowing them to post their first weekly gains of the new year.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index soared 353.72 points to 12,389.58, adding to a big 192-point gain on Thursday.The commodity-sensitive loonie also benefited from the bounce in oil prices, rising 0.64 of a U.S. cent to 70.67 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 210.83 points at 16,093.51, while the S&P 500 advanced 37.91 points to 1,906.90 and the Nasdaq rose 119.12 points to 4,591.18.Rising oil prices were a major factor in the rallies on both sides of the border as the March contract for benchmark crude rose $2.66 or nine per cent to US$32.19 a barrel.Elsewhere in commodities, February natural gas was unchanged at US$2.14 per mmBtu and March copper advanced a penny to US$2.00 a pound, while February gold slumped $1.90 to US$1,096.30 an ounce.Goldman Sachs analyst Jeffrey Currie said energy prices have fallen so far that the industry is making real cuts in production.Sell on the dead cat bounce because stocks have further to fall, warns smart moneyHow to survive a bear attack“We are now at a price level that is creating real fundamental change,” Currie told The Associated Press, although he conceded it will take a long time for the market to recover from the huge decline energy prices have already suffered.Low energy prices are good for many industries and consumers, but traders worry that falling energy prices tend to presage a big slowdown in the global economy.The boost on North American markets followed big rallies Friday in Europe and Asian amid expectations central banks are poised to inject more stimulus into flagging economies.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index, which earlier this week moved into bear market territory, rose 5.9 per cent on expectations the Bank of Japan will move to stimulate the economy.Rallies on European markets also strengthened after the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, said the bank had many options to boost inflation and is determined and willing to act. On Thursday, Draghi suggested the bank will consider more stimulus action at its next meeting in March.France’s CAC 40 added 3.1 per cent, Britain’s FTSE 100 climbed 2.2 per cent and Germany’s DAX rose two per cent. read more


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Log in or register to post comments Genesys in Japan: Blending the Old and New Sheila McGee-Smith June 05, 2019 Contact center provider finds that traditionalists tend to favor on-prem installations, while forward-looking brands embrace cloud. 1. Change Management Processes – Particularly in the public cloud arena, solution providers are constantly introducing new features and functionality to all users simultaneously. Particularly if your environment has significant integrations with third-party or outside applications and/or systems, you must have the following change management processes in place:A means for the solution provider to provide early indication of the new functionality, so that your IT team can assess the impact on the current environmentA “sandbox” environment to enable testing of the new functionality prior to its launch into your production environmentA communications channel that extends to the contact center to notify staff of the changes and their go-live datesWhen issues occur from a release, a means for the contact center to report directly to IT, which must be prepared to deal with the solution provider for quick resolution2. Strategic Plan Based on the Cloud Provider’s Technology Roadmap – With the continual addition and modification of features and functions, it’s important for the business’ contact center and IT staff to be fully engaged with the timing of those releases. This is important for these reasons:The contact center staff should be building the necessary workflows, processes, procedures, and knowledge base to align with the technology roadmap timeline.The initial design of the contact center features and functions, discussed in the next section, should incorporate the planning for these capabilities, so that the transition to them doesn’t dramatically impact customers and agents.Training module modifications for agents and supervisors should align with the technology roadmap timeline.Click below to continue to Page 2: Three additional recommendation areasTags:News & ViewsSCTCDeployment ModelsBest PracticesCCaaSCloud CommunicationsConsultant PerspectivesNews & Views12nextlast Articles You Might Like UCaaS Takes Backseat to IP PBX as Future Enterprise Platform John Malone June 05, 2019 A new study from Eastern Management Group finds enterprises will use more server virtualization and hybrid cloud than UCaaS through 2024. The remainder of this article deals with other areas to carefully address during your implementation. In Part 1 of this article, I looked at decision factors for moving to a cloud contact center solution and delineated several decision criteria for evaluating potential solution providers. Now I’ll address some of the major pitfalls to avoid and best practices to adopt as your enterprise migrates to the selected cloud solution. While this isn’t a comprehensive, point-by-point implementation guide, following these guidelines should increase your chances for a successful implementation. “An open mind is important when deploying a cloud-based contact center. Start with a clean slate and think ‘outside the box’ when it comes to extending the capabilities of the cloud-based contact center to business practices. You should not replicate any business processes that were dictated by the technology constraints of legacy equipment.”An example of this is the ability for cloud-based solutions to facilitate the expansion of your agent pool to off-site resources. However, when doing this, you must carefully review current processes, workflows, agent training mechanisms, quality assurance (QA) methods, etc., in order to be effective in this area. See All in Deployment Models » Is Your Head in the Clouds? Diane Halliwell April 03, 2019 The first part of this two-part series looks at decision criteria for moving to cloud contact center and evaluating potential solution providers. A 2012, but still relevant, Ovum study, “Lead Analysis, Customer Experience and Interaction,” states:  Is Hosted UC Really the Way to Go? Stephen Leaden February 21, 2019 It’s time to get beyond the hype of cloud communications services and get under the covers on guarantees for delivery and performance. cloudhead_774.jpg read more


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When the MONUC patrol arrived on Wednesday at Kasenyi, some 50 kilometres east of Bunia, militiamen fled, firing on the patrol and injuring a military officer.Searching the area, MONUC found weapons in a house and 13 members of still unidentified militia, some of them armed with AK-47s. The patrol also seized weapons and munitions.


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Progress has been made on several key issues, said Ambassador Don MacKay of New Zealand, who is chairing the talks. He added, however, that delegations have submitted roughly 150 new proposals on language for the convention, and the negotiations are under extreme time pressures in order to conclude by Friday.“We are within striking distance of having a convention that will be a huge advance in securing the rights of persons with disabilities around the world,” Mr. MacKay said. Nonetheless, he said that the process could begin to unravel if the negotiations become too prolonged.Progress had been made, he said, in several key areas, such as on an international mechanism to monitor the convention, on a definition of disabilities and the issue of legal capacity, where countries have indicated a shift toward a policy of supporting people in their decision-making abilities rather than imposing a guardianship decision-maker for those who have intellectual disabilities.Among the remaining issues are those that have “bedeviled other negotiations as well,” such as concerns over sexual and reproductive rights, said Thomas Schindlmayr of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at a briefing today.Asked whether an agreement could be reached by Friday, Mr. Schindlmayr said it was too soon to predict an outcome but that many participants remained optimistic.“There is an immense amount of good will in the room,” he said. “There is no dispute that this convention is necessary. There is no dispute that people want this convention.” read more


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Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs down the field for extra yards in a game against Buffalo Aug. 31 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20. Miller will move to a new position for the Buckeyes for the 2015 season. Credit: Lantern file photoCHICAGO — On July 23, redshirt senior Braxton Miller announced through Sports Illustrated that he would no longer be playing quarterback for Ohio State. Instead, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year would be moving to wide receiver for his final season in Columbus.OSU coach Urban Meyer was initially reserved about confirming Miller’s announcement but Thursday at the 2015 Big Ten Media Days, he offered a more concrete answer.“I think Braxton will play receiver,” Meyer said.The switch, however, according to Meyer, was somewhat of a plan B.After Miller and his family approached Meyer roughly a month and a half ago to discuss what a plan B would be, Meyer said they “dove right into it” and began working on the switch.Now for roughly a month, Meyer and wide receivers coach Zach Smith have spent time preparing Miller for the new position. However all of the coaches’ work has come without a football.“It’s all been footwork,” Meyer said. “You can condition position specific and that’s what he’s been doing.”When fall camp for the Buckeyes commences in a week, Meyer, a former receiver coach for Illinois State, Notre Dame and Colorado State from 1989-2000, said he personally will work with Miller from day one to develop his skills for his new role.“I was a receiver coach for a long time,” Meyer said. “So I’m going to work with him myself and see if we can get him ready.”Meyer did acknowledge that he has yet to see the Huber Heights, Ohio, native catch passes but the reactions from some teammates have been positive.“Feedback I’m getting from guys like J.T. (Barrett) and Cardale (Jones) is that he’s very athletic obviously and he can catch the ball,” Meyer said. “I’ve not seen him do that. I’m anxious to see him do that.”Senior linebacker Joshua Perry said although Miller has not been on the field for 7-on-7 drills due him still recovering from shoulder surgery, Perry has seen running routes and catching the ball.“He’s really good with the ball in his hands. It doesn’t matter what position he’s playing, he’s going to make plays,” Perry said during Big Ten Media Days. “It will be fun to watch him when he gets going.”As for when he gets going, Meyer said it would be “uncommon at least right out of the gate” for him to contribute at his new position right away. But Meyer admitted Miller is “not common.”“He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached. He’s got an incredible first step,” Meyer said. “My expectation is he’s an impact player.”Miller will get a chance to contribute at his new position on Sept. 7, when the defending national champion Buckeyes are scheduled to open their season against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. read more


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first_imgA 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL has died in a car crash in Kerry.The teenager was the front seat passenger in a car which left the road and crashed into a ditch near Scartaglen at approximately 11.25pm last night. She was pronounced dead at the scene.The 20-year-old female driver and an 18-month-old baby girl who was also in the car were taken to Tralee General Hospital to be treated for their injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.Gardaí at Castleisland are investigating the cause of the crash and the road has been closed to allow for forensic investigators to examine the scene.Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to contact Castleisland garda station on 066 716 3090.First published 7.45amlast_img


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first_imgWhen Verizon first announced it was getting the iPhone 4 there were two data plans available for the existing smartphones it offered. They were a $15 150MB per month plan, and a $30 Unlimited plan. But that $15 option seems to have disappeared.Before you start getting upset about this, just think about data usage on an iPhone, or any new 3G smartphone for that matter, for a moment. 150MB is not going to last very long, and anyone choosing that plan with an iPhone 4 in use downloading apps and surfing the net would easily build up a bill well above $30 every month. So this could just be Verizon realizing it makes sense to force everyone on to the $30 unlimited plan.The same Data Packages image highlights another change. Feature phones now get a 75MB allowance for $10, where as before it was only 25MB. A further 75MB will cost another $10.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more


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first_imgLes boissons végétales déconseillées chez les nourrissonsSelon l’agence nationale de sécurité de l’alimentation (Anses), les bébés de moins d’un an ne devraient pas être nourris avec des boissons végétales ou des laits d’origine non bovine. En effet, plusieurs cas graves ont amené l’Agence à alerter sur le sujet.Malgré leur succès croissant, les boissons végétales ne sont pas indiquées pour tous. C’est l’alerte que vient d’émettre l’Agence nationale de sécurité de l’alimentation (Anses) qui déclare dans un communiqué “les boissons végétales (soja, amandes, riz, etc.) présentées comme des laits ainsi que les laits d’origine non bovine (chèvre, brebis etc.) n’ont pas été conçues pour l’enfant de moins d’un an”. Selon l’Agence, ces laits ne seraient pas adaptés à leurs besoins spécifiques. En effet, ces produits “de consommation courante ne permettent pas de couvrir intégralement les besoins nutritionnels spécifiques des nourrissons”, estime le communiqué qui s’appuie sur une expertise réalisée “suite au signalement de plusieurs cas graves chez de très jeunes enfants ayant été partiellement ou totalement nourris avec des boissons autres que le lait maternel et ses substituts”. “Compte tenu de la sensibilité des nourrissons à toutes carences, même momentanée”, l’Anses considère que “ces produits ne doivent pas être utilisés, que cela soit à titre exclusif ou même partiel, chez l’enfant de moins de un an”.Elle souligne également que “les troubles décrits chez les nourrissons qui ont été alimentés avec ces boissons sont d’autant plus graves que leur usage est exclusif et prolongé”. Comme le rappelle l’agence, “le lait maternel est l’aliment de référence adapté aux besoins du nourrisson, et qu’en dehors de l’allaitement, seules les préparations pour nourrissons et préparations de suite (laits 1er et 2e âge), qu’elles soient à base de protéines animales ou végétales, peuvent couvrir les besoins de l’enfant de moins d’un an”. Du lait responsable de malnutrition et de désordres métaboliquesÀ lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Les laits végétaux pourraient en revanche “entraîner en quelques semaines un état de malnutrition ou des désordres métaboliques sévères pouvant conduire à des complications infectieuses et aller jusqu’au décès de l’enfant”.C’est d’ailleurs pour ces raisons que les naturopathes qui conseillent de nourrir les enfants avec du lait de soja, par exemple, préconisent de ne le faire qu’une fois sur deux (en alternance avec du lait de vache) et/ou en le coupant avec de l’eau. L’Anses recommande de son côté que les femmes végétaliennes ou végane (ne consommant aucun produit d’origine animale) reçoivent des compléments en vitamine B12 pendant la grossesse et l’allaitement.Le 14 mars 2013 à 16:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


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first_img Grab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21Niantic Teases Harry Potter AR Game—Again Stay on target Can Niantic do for tourism what it’s done for pocket monsters?Known for augmented reality games Ingress and Pokemon Go, the software developer is partnering with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to foster global travel.As part of the UNWTO Travel.Enjoy.Respect program, Niantic will curate “unique” campaigns to build awareness of international destinations.“Our goal at Niantic is to create interactive games that encourage exercise, social interaction, and exploration, giving players the opportunity to play together in the real world and discover the incredible history hidden right in their own neighborhoods,” Anne Beuttenmüller, head of marketing EMEA, wrote in a blog post.Charged with finding ways to combine tourism and AR technology, Niantic plans to release a number of adventures that encourage players to engage with real-world locations.Sound familiar?The company’s first AR title, Ingress, requires users to capture “portals” at places of cultural significance—public art, landmarks, monuments, etc.—and linking them over geographical areas.Breakout hit Pokemon Go similarly uses GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures that appear in players’ real-world locations.“Niantic are pioneers in creating real-world mobile game experiences that not only motivate their players to discover new places, but also to appreciate the culture and beauty of the world around them,” according to Ion Vilcu, director of UNWTO’s affiliate members department.In its as-yet-unnamed game, each activation will aim to inspire and support exploration, build awareness, and promote safe and responsible gameplay practices.“We’re looking forward to creating brand new adventures for our players in collaboration with UNWTO to increase awareness around their mission of responsible tourism,” Beuttenmüller added.There is no word on just what folks will be looking for or interacting with—whether there will be artifacts to collect, photos to snap, or some other mechanic altogether.More coverage on Geek.com:Niantic Teases 2019 Launch of AR Game ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’Niantic Labs’ ‘Ingress’ Reboot is Now Available for iOS, Android DevicesLatest Pokemon Go Update Adds New Quests, Storylines, Morelast_img read more


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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida police officer has pleaded guilty after a road rage shooting in 2014.Officer Jonathan Lang admitted to discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle, assault and tampering with evidence.In exchange, he’s expected to face a lighter sentence.Lang was off-duty when he cut off a Miami-Dade corrections officer on the Florida Turnpike in July 2014.The corrections officer flashed her high beams and Lang fired his gun, shooting out her tail light.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


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first_imgAs the client did the math and considered the number of people who might call to get a free iPod, he realized it could run into hundreds or thousands. The client started backing off from Ron’s offer. Then Ron, with a twinkle in his eye, said, “But wait a minute, didn’t you just say print advertising is not responsive?”Ron’s point, that the right print ad can be very responsive, had been made. Print is not dead, and print ads can generate response as long as they are designed with a compelling offer. Great story. Thanks Ron! Ron Wall, SVP of publishing at Canon Communications, shares a great story of how he beat a “print ads are dead” objection raised by a client by making him an offer he had to refuse.The client told Ron that print ads were not responsive and therefore of little value. Ron countered by offering a free spread in his magazine. But there was a catch. The ad had to make an offer, have an 800 number, and anyone who called even just to inquire about the offer would get a free iPod.The offer of a free spread got Ron’s client thinking. What would the offer be? How many callers would buy as result? How many iPods would he have to give away? Whoa! A lot of free iPods!last_img read more


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first_img Porsche The closer we get to launch, the clearer it becomes how important the Taycan, Porsche’s first full-production, all-electric car, will be to the future of the company. Since that first Mission E concept was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, you could tell that Porsche was taking this foray into battery electrics very seriously. The billions and billions the company has invested in the intervening years serve as financial testament to that commitment. And now, here it is: a real, functional Taycan. No, the cars you see here are not final production units, as they’re still lacking many final features and details — minor stuff like air vents and rear seats. And, as you can tell by the camouflage, Porsche isn’t quite ready to let us see exactly what it looks like, either.  Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Comments Getting the power down Putting more than 600 horses’ worth of power to the surface of a frozen lake is no small feat. Tires are of course a major part of what Porsche is testing in Sweden, tire engineer Benjamin Gehring spending hour after hour behind the wheel finding the right mix of size and compound. For Taycan, rolling resistance was a critical factor in tire selection. The cars I rode in were on either on unstudded Goodyear Ultra Grip or unmarked Pirelli snow tires. The final brand and fitment for the production car has not been finalized. Then there’s the hardware that gets the power to the wheels, and in that regard Taycan is unlike any Porsche that has come before. The car has front and rear motors, and on this “top-notch” spec of the car at least the rear motor has some interesting, performance-oriented attributes. First, it’s connected to a proper limited-slip differential. Second, it has two speeds. Yes, a two-speed transmission at the rear, which I could clearly hear switching ratios as the car gained speed during hard acceleration. Indeed, the car seems to rely almost entirely on the rear motor under normal driving conditions. One of the many displays that can be toggled on the dramatic, curved digital gauge cluster showed the torque split, and if the car wasn’t accelerating hard or sliding across the ice, all the power came from the rear. 2020 Porsche Taycan First RideRWD most of the time, the Taycan is quick to send power forward when needed.  Porsche But, being an EV with two motors, the car can almost instantaneously demand power from either axle, without having to work around the limitations of some clumsy center differential or transfer case. For Christian Wolfsried, differential engineer on the Taycan, this presents some new challenges — and opportunities. “In the [Taycan’s] AWD system,” he told me, “there are no restrictions at all. You are absolutely free to put the power to the front or the rear. This is not possible with a regular combustion system, or a mechanical AWD system.” Wolfsried took me through the car’s various drive modes on the snow. As you go into Sport and Sport Plus, the car becomes more aggressive and the throttle response sharper, as you’d expect. It also lowers itself, something also done at highway speeds to optimize aerodynamics. However, in the Taycan you can also toggle between different settings for Porsche Stability Management, a system that got a bit of a workout on the ice. There are no restrictions at all. You are absolutely free to put the power to the front or the rear. This is not possible with a regular combustion system. Christian Wolfsried, engineer for Vehicle Dynamics 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 42 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags What it is In 2018, I was fortunate enough to drive an early precursor to Taycan, the Mission E Cross Turismo concept. Though I was able to get behind the wheel of that hand-built curiosity and take it for a quick spin in the hills around Malibu, California, that car was a very early prototype, of the sort where you had to be careful where you prodded the interior lest your finger poke right through. The cars you see here are very different things. Though still not final production units, they are largely using final production hardware. Major components like chassis, suspension, batteries and drivetrain are all there and reasonably finalized. What the engineers are focusing on now is the specific tuning of those components, a process that is increasingly handled with laptops and a tangle of adapters, not a bundle of wrenches and tools. However, given how much of a car’s behavior is dictated by software, any impressions I was able to glean from the right-hand seat must be taken with a rather large grain of salt. And, since the interiors of the three cars I rode in were in various states of finish, and often covered by camouflaging fabric, I can’t really give any impressions there — except to say that I had plenty of headroom in the front seats but not quite enough in the rear. All the cars I rode in were of the “top-notch” trim of the eventual Taycan, confirmed by the engineers but also evidenced by the big wheels and meaty brakes lurking behind them. Porsche engineers demurred on my questions regarding specific performance figures, instead quoting the company’s most recent published estimates. That is to say, more than 600 horsepower down to all four wheels, the 0-to-100 kilometers-per-hour (62 mph) sprint accomplished in less than 3.5 seconds and, crucially, the ability to do that at least 10 times in a row. Porsche also promises an 80 percent charge in just 20 minutes from one of its 800-volt chargers and a range on the European NEDC cycle of 500 kilometers. That equates to about 310 miles, but given the EPA test is an altogether different beast, expect a lower rating here. My test ride included a morning of sliding around on a massive frozen lake in Sweden before heading out on an approximately 100-kilometer loop of public roads, most covered in snow, giving me visions of stages of WRC’s Rally Sweden. Temperatures were hovering around 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit for most of the day. 80 percent charge takes just 20 minutes. Tim Stevens/Roadshow On cold and range Sweden has long been a development locale for manufacturers looking to ensure their vehicles can go in the snow and the ice. With the advent of these newfangled electric cars, what with their temperature-sensitive batteries and their relative absence of waste heat, testing in a place like Lapland takes on even more importance. Many of my first questions about the Taycan were just how that cold, which was 35 below just a week before my visit, impacted the range of the car. Still no formal figures were given, but I learned a lot about the Taycan’s thermal management system, designed to keep the battery in its optimum temperature envelope for maximum range — and, crucially, to keep the car’s motors at the right temperature for maximum sustained performance. Performance is a crucial component. “We didn’t change the requirements for the car,” Bernd Propfe, director of the Taycan’s platform product line, told me in Sweden. “We are aiming to build a Porsche.” That means the Taycan, like any other Porsche, has to complete a set number of laps around the company’s test track in Weissach without overheating. How many laps? That, Propfe wouldn’t say. Interestingly, the Taycan can prioritize engine and battery cooling, and that prioritization will be based on the car’s drive mode. Put the car in its standard mode and dial up 69 degrees F on the HVAC system and you can bet your driving loafers that you’ll get 69 degrees. However, Propfe told me, throw the car in Sport Plus and head out for a lap of the Nurburgring and you might have to live with 71 or 72. But, he said, the thermal system in the car is “very, very powerful,” so you should never stray more than a few degrees from ideal. In Sweden, of course, the main concern is on the other end of the thermometer. Propfe explained that the Taycan not only has the ability to scavenge waste heat from the electric motors to warm the battery, but that it can precondition both the cabin and the battery temperature in the morning before the car moves anywhere. Ideally this is done using electricity sourced from a wall outlet — like the outdoor plugs for block heaters that are near-ubiquitous in this part of the world. 2020 Porsche Taycan First RideThe Taycan’s AWD system makes short work of snowy Swedish roads.  Porsche Regen and rolling Lift off the throttle in many a modern EV and you’ll experience a rather dramatic deceleration effect, a conversion of the car’s momentum into electricity by engaging the electric motor or motors. Most EVs allow you to tune this effect to some degree, with Nissan’s latest Leaf and its E-Pedal offering the most dramatic regen, able to bring the car to a complete stop and hold it there. After a little practice in a Leaf, you can almost entirely forgo the brake pedal. For Taycan, Porsche went a different way. In the default mode, when you lift off the throttle the car doesn’t drag you to a halt. Instead, it just coasts along. “Coasting is the most energy-efficient way to do it, because braking always goes along with a loss of energy, because no engine has a 100 percent ratio,” Propfe said. “We strongly believe that the customer, if he wants to brake, he should hit the brake.” So, what happens when you do hit the brake? Then and only then does the car begin the dance of regeneration, harvesting speed in exchange for battery juice. Dip into the brake gently and you won’t engage the physical brakes. But, tuck in a little deeper and then the hydraulic system is engaged. I asked Propfe about the feel of this system, as I’ve driven many an electrified machine with clumsy stoppers. Propfe assured me that, thanks to the brake-by-wire system employed here (similar to that on the Acura NSX), it’s impossible to feel that transition. “They have done a perfect job,” he said of the car’s engineers. We strongly believe that the customer, if he wants to brake, he should hit the brake. Bernd Propfe, director of Taycan Platform Product Line More From Roadshow 17 These cars were, however, in good enough shape to open the door and let me in for the shotgun ride of a lifetime: sideways on ice in an all-wheel-drive, four-door, electric sports car with somewhere north of 600 horsepower. In other words, you’re looking at the most serious threat the Tesla Model S has yet faced, and what could easily be the most compelling choice on the market for would-be EV owners who want both performance and practicality. That is, of course, if it’s any good. 5:27 Electric Cars Performance Cars Out on the handling circuit, Wolfsried showed that with PSM enabled, the car doesn’t allow much sliding at all. As the car starts to lose grip it aggressively cuts power and applies brakes automatically to keep the car in-line. However, step up to PSM Sport mode and you can start to have some fun — to a point. Get the car too sideways, and PSM kicks in to bring you back inline. Crucially, you can turn the stability control completely off, and off means off. In this setting, the Taycan morphed into an ice drift monster, happily sliding around the skidpad and getting way out of shape on the handling course. Despite the wild antics, the car felt poised and balanced from the passenger seat, distributing power where it was needed most and always coming back in line with just the right amount of counter-steer and throttle. Cycling through the drive modes was incredibly telling, but there was one big surprise I hadn’t expected when the car slotted into Sport Plus: It got louder. 2020-porsche-taycan-first-ride-106Sadly, we’re not allowed to show a picture of the interior. So, enjoy this lovely wide shot. Porsche Sound and other interior impressions As I noted above, all the Taycan examples I rode in were in some way incomplete, and all were missing some portion of their interiors. What was present was largely covered in black fabric, but I couldn’t miss the lovely, sweeping, curved digital gauge cluster that sits behind the wheel. No analog tachometer here. Situated next to it is a version of the same silly little shifter that stands erect in the center of the new 911. I am not a fan of either the look nor the placement of the thing in Porsche’s iconic coupe. Up on the Taycan’s dashboard, however, it makes a lot more sense. In that now-empty space between the seats, the Taycan offers a second touch interface between, not unlike that found in the Audi E-Tron and other new Audis like the Q8. But again it was the sound that caught me off guard. In the most finished of the three cars, the one with a nearly full interior, there was a distinct, and distinctly digital, sort of engine noise piped into the cabin. It sounded quite similar to the tune the Jaguar I-Pace sings, but more subtle and perhaps a bit more traditional. Propfe, the platform engineer, was coy when I pressed for more details on the sound, saying only that this “E-Sound” is digitally created and that it will change based on the mode of the car. But, that’s all still very much under development. 2020 Porsche Taycan First RideDon’t be fooled by those fake tailpipes. There’s an EV under that camouflage.  Tim Stevens/Roadshow Wrap-up While riding shotgun is never as much fun as actually driving, I learned a huge amount about the Porsche Taycan this week. Sliding sideways on the ice, the thing felt poised and capable. Out on the road, on a rare patch of dry asphalt, a few launches left me with little doubt about the car’s sheer grunt — and a bit of whiplash. Ludicrous? Not quite, but I don’t doubt Porsche’s claims that this thing will prove a more consistent performer than a Model S. But to tell for sure we’re just going to have to bring these two together, and that should make for a very fine day indeed.  Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multiday vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. Porsche Teslalast_img read more


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first_imgThe last two years have been the most rewarding of my professional career. I have learned so much from all of you, and it’s been an honor and pleasure to work alongside each and everyone of you. I am so proud of what we have done together.I have the utmost respect for what we have created and even more gratitude for the opportunity Daniel and Troy have given me to champion creators around the world. Creators have always been the heartbeat of this company and our most valued partner, to be able to represent that relationship is privilege I have never taken lightly.Spotify and all of you will always have a big place in my heart and i’m excited to continue to work with you in my new role. Popular on Variety ×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 Dave Rocco will be leaving Spotify to take a role at Universal Music Group, sources tell Variety. Rocco will report to UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, an insider reveals. His title will be Executive Vice President, Creative.Reps for Spotify and UMG did not immediately comment.The move comes as a surprise given Rocco’s promotion just weeks ago to the Spotify’s global head of artist & label marketing. He had worked with Troy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services (pictured above, far left, with the company’s Tiffany Kumar, center, and Rocco), since shortly after Carter joined the company in 2016. Previously Rocco spent four years as EVP of Music Creative Director at advertising giant Deutsch, as well as stints at MTV and New York radio station Z100.Along with Universal’s recent hire of Celine Joshua — who joined the company late in February with the title of General Manager, Commercial, Content and Artist Strategy — and Jay Frank in 2015 as SVP of global streaming marketing, the move points to a growing unified strategy of global streaming promotion within the company. The comments around Joshua’s hire suggest the larger strategy at work. She will also form a new UMG label called 10:22 pm and lead a staff charged with signing and developing recording artists, social media influencers and digital media creators with a focus on creating multimedia content and advancing new forms of storytelling, according to a press release.Speaking with Variety about his staff last year, Spotify’s Carter said, “Dave Rocco came over from Deutsch [advertising] and he worked at Z100 and MTV, so to [combine] a deep music background with an agency background and working with artists very intensely, he really knows how to launch campaigns.”Variety has obtained both Carter’s and Rocco’s letters to the staff regarding the move. Read them below.[Carter:]Dear Team,I am writing to you about a change within our Artist & Label Marketing team. I am sad to let you know that Dave Rocco has informed me about his decision to leave Spotify to pursue an external opportunity.Dave joined Spotify in 2016 as my first hire. Together, we built an unbelievable team with a grand vision of what Artist Marketing at Spotify should be. Rocco has been an integral part of changing the sentiment of Spotify with creators, fans and the industry. Dave not only was a trusted partner to creators but a champion of our Social Impact work including Black History, No Moment for Silence, Pride, and spearheaded our support for Manchester.We are working on identifying Dave’s successor and will keep you informed about our progress. The Artist & Label Marketing team will remain unchanged and report directly to me in the meantime. Dave’s last day will be May 6th.Please join me in thanking Dave for his leadership and all his contributions to the organization and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.[Rocco:]last_img read more