Portuguese wine sector invests 13m euros to increase exports

first_imgPortuguese wine sector invests 13m euros to increase exportsPosted By: News Deskon: December 12, 2017In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, MarketingPrintEmailThe Portuguese wine industry will invest €13 million to promote the country’s wine abroad next year, with 24% to be focused on the US.Wine association ViniPortugal will contribute €6.5 million to the initiative, which will also focus on boosting sales in Canada, China, Russia, Switzerland and Poland under the marketing title ‘Wines of Portugal’.The promotional initiative will consist of B2B events based on visits from importers, wine tastings tailored to each market, trade fairs for consumers as well as education for professionals in the hotel and catering sector.ViniPortugal president Jorge Monteiro said the aim of the plan is to give value to Portuguese wines through an investment in wine tourism and by adopting a more professional attitude with improved communication.He said: “We are already recognised with respect as an important player in traditional trade, with a consistent and sustainable quality, ranked ninth in the world ranking, behind New Zealand and ahead of countries like South Africa and Argentina.”Earlier this year ViniPortgugal revealed that volume exports of Portuguese wine increased by more than a quarter in the last five years, thanks to export destinations such as Canada, Germany and the UK.The US remains the most important export market for Portuguese wines, with annual compound growth by volume increasing by 9.2% between 2011 and 2016.The top ten destinations for Portuguese wines include: France, the UK, Germany, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Angola and Switzerland. They represent 63.5% of total exports by volume and 73% by value.Recent figures show that Angola recorded a 102.2% increase in volumes of imported Portuguese wines in the past year and a 99.4% rise in value.Monteiro said he expects the total value of Portuguese wine exports to reach €800 million this year.Share with your network: Tags: Portugalwinelast_img read more

Treasury Wine Estates releases Blossom Hill Gin Fizz duo in UK

first_imgTreasury Wine Estates releases Blossom Hill Gin Fizz duo in UKPosted By: Jules Scullyon: March 21, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailTreasury Wine Estates is expanding its Blossom Hill portfolio in the UK with Gin Fizz, a sparkling blend of white wine, botanical-infused water and a dash of gin.Created to tap into botanical flavour trends, the line is available in two variants: lemon and rosemary, and rhubarb.With an ABV of 8.5%, Gin Fizz should be poured over ice and served with a garnish before drinking, Treasury Wine Estates said. The product will be stocked in the sparkling wine bay and neck tags will feature on-pack, highlighting the serving suggestion.Treasury Wine Estates global marketing manager Bo Jakubenko said: “We’re really excited to bring Gin Fizz to market – it’s the result of direct customer feedback about what they want to see from the Blossom Hill brand and the wine category in general. We know that gin is booming and that people are looking for refreshment and convenience from their drinks purchases.“With Blossom Hill’s Gin Fizz we have developed a product that responds to this need. With its delicious, refreshing taste, coupled with the convenience of simply pouring it over ice, we’re confident Gin Fizz will prove successful with consumers by offering them something new and innovative from a well-established brand.”“The launch further underlines our determination to modernise the Blossom Hill brand and to help make the wider wine category more relevant.”Over the next year, Treasury Wine Estates is supporting the Blossom Hill brand with a £1 million through-the-line marketing campaign that will focus on the digital space, working with influencers to tell the story of the brand.The Gin Fizz launch will be supported by in-store activations and an experiential marketing campaign featuring the Gin Fizz botanical bus, visiting events during the summer.  Share with your network: Tags: Blossom HillginTreasury Wine EstatesUKwinelast_img read more

Value of the UK water cooler market rises to £140m – report

first_imgValue of the UK water cooler market rises to £140m – reportPosted By: Martin Whiteon: April 03, 2019In: Beverage, Business, Cooler, Industries, Refreshment, WaterPrintEmailA new report from food and drink consultancy Zenith Global has found that the UK water cooler market has experienced its sixth consecutive year of growth, as in 2018, the value of the market reached £140 million, a rise of 4.9% when compared with 2017’s £133 million figure. The UK’s total installed cooler base grew 2.2% to 678,000 units, and the growth of the market over the course of the year was driven by both POU (mains fed) and bottled water cooler (BWC) unit placements.POU outstripped growth the growth of BWC units for the second consecutive year in 2018, up 3% to a total of 323,000 units, though the BWC market did grow at a faster rate than in 2017, rising 1.5% to 355,000 units.Zenith’s report claimed that the hot summer weather in the UK – the hottest late spring and summer in the country since 1929 – was one of the major contributing factors to the growth of the market, while the continuing interest in calorie-free hydration was another contributing factor.This growth is projected to continue in the years to 2023, and Zenith Global chairman and founder Richard Hall said: “The UK water cooler market is set to continue growing by close to 2% a year. We forecast 742,000 units will be in operation by 2023, with bottled water throughput per cooler reaching 980 litres. Mains coolers are likely to gain further share towards 50% of the total”.The figures were revealed at the British Water Cooler Association (BWCA) Conference and Trade Show 2019, and Jon Wicks, BWCA chairman, said: “I am proud of the continued growth and success that our sector continues to deliver. This is in some measure due to high professional standards maintained by the work of the British Water Cooler Association.”Phillipa Atkinson-Clow, general manager of the BWCA, added: “We are pleased to see this continuing growth for the sector. However, the uncertainty around Brexit – which we had expected to be nearing a resolution by the time of this conference – may undermine confidence, and for all of us, the level of economic prosperity is impossible to judge at present.“The sugar tax which was introduced last year – and announced on the day of the BWCA conference in 2018 – has enabled the BWCA and businesses to underline their positive health credentials.“In addition, cooler companies have been able to take advantage of the increasing move away from single-use plastics as people recognise the sustainability benefits of coolers, which either use mains water or containers that are reused up to 50 times before being recycled.”More information on the report and all the latest news from the water, coffee and vending industries can be found in the digital edition of Refreshment magazine. Start your subscription today.Share with your network: Tags: BWCAUKwaterwater coolersZenith Globallast_img read more

US projects in Palestinian territories face backlash amid calls for boycott

first_imgPalestinian territories Topics Palestinian territories USAid Palestinian NGOs under pressure to boycott US-funded projects after Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital US-funded projects in the occupied Palestinian territories are facing a sharp backlash amid calls for an organised boycott in reply to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.A wave of anger since the December announcement has led to protests aimed at halting Palestinian NGOs’ participation in US-funded programmes ranging from clean water deliveries to support for law students, according to officials on both sides. There have been protests, refusals to meet with US project managers and a rash of requests by groups backed by aid money to seek waivers to remove US-linked branding – including the US flag – from their promotional materials.Among those pushing hardest for a more organised boycott of US-funded projects has been the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) national committee, which issued a statement calling for a boycott of “activities organised or sponsored by US institutions (such as USAid), in Jerusalem and abroad”.Events have been cancelled and offers of assistance rejected: for example, Palestinian law schools pulled out of an international event for which the US consulate had planned to provide plane tickets.The issue of whether to widen the boycott is due to be discussed at an upcoming meeting of the Palestinian central council, which will meet to discuss the Palestinian response to Trump’s Jerusalem decision.The sharp debate in Palestinian society over whether it should still participate in US-funded projects, and if so with what conditions, comes as Trump and his UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, are debating cutting US aid to both the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which sustains Palestinian refugees, and to the Palestinian Authority in an attempt to force the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Sunday that he “completely agrees” with Trump’s critique of the UN agency, saying it only perpetuates the problem and should cease from operating in the region. “UNRWA must become a thing of the past,” he told a cabinet meeting.The tenor of the current debate in Palestinian society is discernible at all levels. Ibrahim Ghrouf, who works with a Palestinian NGO in Jericho, one of whose US-funded projects provides clean bottled water, said: “The Trump decision has really harmed the work of NGOs. We distribute clean bottled water that has the US flag on it. There’s never been any problem with that with the public. But after Trump’s decision there has been a lot of sensitivity.“People came to us and said we have confidence in you but we don’t want you to deal with the Americans. So we’re facing a major problem. We can’t run activities [linked to the US] that it will put us in an awkward position.”Ghrouf said NGOs would be obliged to comply with any Palestinian national decision over rejecting funding. “It could get worse. We could see a complete boycott if there is a national decision and we would have no choice but to obey and this can’t be argue with that when we are talking about Jerusalem.His organisation is not alone in experiencing problems. Two miles away at the Good Shepherd school, whose support from USAid is advertised on a plaque by the main entrance, staff described having been picketed by protesters.Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement, said pressure to cut ties with US-funded projects was being driven by the widespread feeling that the US was not an honest broker. “The overwhelming majority of Palestinians has always recognised successive US administrations as not just patrons of but also partners in crime with Israel’s regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid,” he said. “But the latest attempt by the far-right, anti-Palestinian Trump-Netanyahu alliance to take off the table UN-stipulated rights of the Palestinian people, including Jerusalem, has taken popular Palestinian protests against this deepening official US complicity to a level that has not been seen since the 1993 Oslo accords.”The Palestinian discussion of a boycott of US funded projects came as Israel announced it was banning representatives of 20 foreign NGOs from entering the country for their own support of BDS.While most of the groups listed are local branches of the international BDS movement, the group includes the US Jewish Voice for Peace and Code Pink. It also includes the British chairty War on Want which was founded to combat poverty in response to letter from publisher and humanitarian Victor Gollancz in the Guardian in 1951.Rights groups criticised the law as “thought control” and noted that Israel also controls who enters the Palestinian territories apart from one border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Share via Email First published on Sun 7 Jan 2018 06.01 EST This article is more than 1 year old Share on Messenger Sun 7 Jan 2018 10.26 EST Shares191191 Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem This article is more than 1 year old Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Israel Share via Email Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Aid news Support The Guardian Palestinians clash with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Nablus following a protest against Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Photograph: Majdi Mohammed/AP US projects in Palestinian territories face backlash amid calls for boycott Middle East and North Africa Share on LinkedIn US foreign policylast_img read more

UberEats driver suspected of fatally shooting customer in Atlanta

first_imgUberEats driver suspected of fatally shooting customer in Atlanta Share on Twitter Last modified on Tue 20 Feb 2018 09.51 EST Share on Twitter Share on Facebook June 2017 Toxic culture reaches breaking point, Kalanick resignsUber fires 20 employees following the conclusion of an investigation into sexual harassment and workplace culture. Uber is sued by an Indian passenger who was raped by an Uber driver after reports reveal that a top executive had obtained the woman’s medical records, allegedly in order to cast doubt upon her account.CEO Travis Kalanick resigns. Mon 19 Feb 2018 14.57 EST August 2017 Unsafe cars leased in Singapore The Wall Street Journal reports that Uber had rented fire-prone cars to drivers in Singapore, despite knowing that the vehicles had been recalled over serious safety concerns.  This article is more than 1 year old Since you’re here… September 2017 Uber loses London license Uber loses its license to operate in London due to a lack of corporate responsibility. The company is appealing the decision. Edward Helmore in New York and agencies May 2017 Drivers underpaid by millionsUber admits it has for years been underpaying New York City drivers by tens of millions of dollars.  Timeline A timeline of Uber’s terrible year Share on WhatsApp Topics A spokesman for Uber, which prohibits drivers from carrying weapons, said it was “shocked and saddened by this news. We are working with Atlanta police, and our hearts go out to the families of those involved.”UberEats is an offshoot of the Uber ride-hire service, and competes with other third-party delivery services, including Seamless, GrubHub and Postmates.While this is thought to be the first occasion an UberEats delivery driver has been implicated in a murder, the company’s hiring standards and commitment to the safety of passengers has been questioned in the past.In 2015, a 45-year-old Uber driver named Jason Dalton killed six people in and around Kalamazoo, Michigan. He picked up at least one fare during his five-hour crime spree. One of his last passengers before Dalton was arrested even joked: “You’re not the shooter, are you?”In November, Uber announced that it was taking new steps to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence, including introducing an employee training program. Police say 30-year-old man was shot, and later died, following possible ‘exchange of words’ with delivery driver for on-demand app Was this helpful? This article is more than 1 year old January 2017 #DeleteUber goes viralUber’s decision to lift surge pricing during a New York taxi drivers’ work stoppage in protest of the Trump travel ban prompts a viral #DeleteUber campaign. ‘Greed is good’: ex-Uber boss likened to Gordon Gekko at trade secrets trial Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Hide Share on LinkedIn Share via Email November 2017 Massive hack cover-up revealedUber admits concealing a 2016 breach that exposed the data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers, failing to disclose the hack to regulators or affected individuals. The company paid a $100,000 ransom to the hackers to destroy the information and keep the breach quiet. Previously, it was alleged that senior Uber executives had obtained the medical records of a woman in India who is suing the company after she was raped by an Uber driver. The suit claims company executives used information in the file to cast doubt on her account.In October, a San Antonio Uber driver was charged with sexual assault after he allegedly raped an unconscious passenger in his car. A New York woman was allegedly assaulted by an Uber driver in August, after she’d passed out in the car.The company is struggling is shake off a reputation for sexism. A year ago, former employee Susan Fowler published an unflattering account of a year at the company; in June, the company’s founder and CEO Travis Kalanick resigned as part of a house-cleaning effort.The Associated Press contributed to this article Support The Guardian March 2017 Greyball deception revealedThe New York Times exposes Uber’s use of Greyball, a tool to systematically deceive authorities in cities where Uber was violating local laws. Uber Police say an Atlanta food delivery driver accused of shooting a customer dead is now in custody.Local media reported that 36-year-old Robert Bivines turned himself in on Monday. Atlanta police said in a statement they had a warrant charging Bivines with felony murder. The victim was identified as 30-year-old Ryan Thornton.Police said Thornton ordered from Uber Eats late Saturday and went outside his Buckhead apartment complex for his food. Investigators say witnesses told them Thornton and the driver exchanged words before the shooting.Bivines’ attorney, Jackie Patterson, told WSB-TV his client “had no choice but to defend himself” when the man became irate and aggressive over his order.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited an Uber Eats statement as saying Thornton passed a background check and had worked only days with the company. An UberEats bicycle courier in London. The company has faced scrutiny in the past over its commitment to customer safety.Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Georgia Show Read more Reuse this content Shares7373 Share via Email Atlanta February 2017 Susan Fowler speaks outFormer Uber engineer Susan Fowler publishes a blog post with allegations of widespread sexual harassment and gender discrimination.  Uber Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Jacksonville resident canoes through neighbourhood to show extent of flooding – video

first_imgShares3434 1:29 Natural disasters and extreme weather Last modified on Mon 17 Sep 2018 10.06 EDT Source: AP North Carolina Share on Facebook Topics Hurricane Florence Share via Email Jacksonville resident canoes through neighbourhood to show extent of flooding – video,Play Video Share on Twitter Hurricane Florence Mon 17 Sep 2018 08.03 EDT Parts of Jacksonville, North Carolina, have been submerged in flood waters after Hurricane Florence. Jason Padilla, a local resident, took a tour around the neighbourhood in his canoe to see the damage done by the storm. ‘You only see this on TV. I never thought I’d see this,’ Padilla saidlast_img read more

Scorched film sets a Hollywood park after wildfires

first_imgShare on Facebook Facebook Twitter Supported by Twitter Share on Twitter After: the general store burned down. Photograph: Dan Tuffs/The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Wilderness under threatThe destruction has threatened the future of the plants and animals who live here, as well as the scientists who study them. The park has long been a living laboratory for scientists used to better understand human impact and adopt conservation strategies. Mountain lions, coyotes and bobcats have been tracked over the course of 20 years, the endangered red-legged frog was brought back from the brink, and invasive plants were closely monitored and managed.“We are still trying to understand how it impacted the wildlife here,” Kuykendall says. “Two of the mountain lions we were tracking died, either directly or indirectly as a result of the fire”, she added. One of them was the locally famed “Culvert Cat”, a young mountain lion who earned the nickname for using culverts (underground pipes) to cross local highways. The historic Peter Strauss Ranch before and after the wildfire.Photograph: Dan Tuffs/Alamy/The Guardian/Alamy,Recent blazes scorched 90% of the federally protected Santa Monica Mountains – destroying a 1950s Hollywood set and affecting biodiversity. But life is slowly coming backby Gabrielle Canon, with photography by Dan Tuffs,Main image:The historic Peter Strauss Ranch before and after the wildfire.Photograph: Dan Tuffs/Alamy/The Guardian/Alamy Before: the Piuma trail, which is part of the Backbone trail, in the Santa Monica Mountains. Photograph: Bob Carey/LA Times via Getty Images About this content Before: Hotel Mud Bug. Photograph: Hayk Shalunts/Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy Twitter features Before: a road at Paramount Ranch, which served as a popular movie set. Photograph: trekandshoot/Alamy Facebook Natural disasters and extreme weather Along with miles of habitat and studied landscapes, a field station for UCLA’s La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, jointly operated by the university and the National Park Service, was lost to the fire.Researchers at the center are using the tragedy as an opportunity to study the severity and the impact of the fire, and how the plants and animals will recover. The center’s director, Brad Shaffer, who is also a professor in ecology and evolutionary biology, is leading teams of scientists and volunteer students to catalog the recovery as it happens. It’s already clear the fire has had a big impact on the organisms that call this park home. Twitter The aftermath of the Woolsey fire in the Santa Monica Mountains national recreation area. Photograph: Dan Tuffs/The Guardian Before: the Santa Monica Mountains national recreation area outside Los Angeles. Photograph: Citizen of the Planet/Alamy Thu 14 Feb 2019 16.48 EST Share via Email Shares6060 Pinterest Pinterest Share via Email Pinterest After: the Peter Strauss Ranch was entirely destroyed. Photograph: Dan Tuffs/The Guardian Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook After: a view through the wreckage of the general store towards Hotel Mud Bug. Photograph: Dan Tuffs/The Guardian Facebook Twitter Pinterest After: the same view after the fire swept through. Photograph: Dan Tuffs/The Guardian Twitter Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Before: the general store at Paramount Ranch. Photograph: Natural History Library/Alamy Stock Photo/Alamycenter_img Facebook Support The Guardian National parks This land is your land “The site is almost a total loss,” David Szymanski, the Santa Monica Mountains national recreation area superintendent, told reporters in November. Crafted from Paramount Pictures’ prop sheds during the 1950’s, the site has served as the frontier town traversed by Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, the setting for witch trials in colonial Massachusetts for Maid of Salem, and the backdrop of a Gary Cooper adventure in ancient China for The Adventures of Marco Polo. More recently, was overrun with rogue robots for HBO’s science fiction series, Westworld. Twitter Before: the historic Peter Strauss Ranch. Photograph: Natural History Library/Alamy First published on Thu 14 Feb 2019 06.00 EST As the crisis escalates… Topics Twitter Scorched film sets: a Hollywood park after wildfires Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook Facebook … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “It’s all well and fine to say, well the plants are going to re-sprout and there’s going to be flowers and the insects will be back in three months. But if you are a lizard, you have starved to death in three months,” he says.Meanwhile, encroaching human development has made this fire worse for the animals, who have less space to flee or recover. “They just don’t have as much room to maneuver. They don’t have as many options for getting out of the way and there aren’t as many options for them to recolonize,” he explains. Hollywood history lostThe recent government shutdown has caused delays, both for the scientists and recovery efforts across the park. Still, officials have promised that the structures and the trails leading to them will be rebuilt in the next two years, and hope to restore Paramount Ranch – and the sense of Hollywood history once housed in the hillsides.Tucked into the oaken savannah of the Santa Monica Mountains, Paramount Ranch provided a chance to peer inside the sets used for some of the most popular TV shows and movies, many of which were filmed there over the last several decades. Pinterest Twitter Despite the challenges ahead, hope remains that the park will be restored. Green has already begun to creep onto the ashen hillsides. Plants are again taking root, covering the blackened burn scars. The bones of burnt buildings and charred cars are slowly being hauled away.But, the devastation left by the fire won’t soon be forgotten. “The hills and mountains in general are starting to grow back.” Parry says. “There are areas of really bright green. In some places you can hardly see that there’s been a fire – but if you look any closer you can see there’s still black underneath.” Pinterest Wildfires Facebook Facebook This land is your land Pinterest Los Angeles Pinterest Pinterest After: fire damage along the Backbone trail. Photograph: Dan Tuffs/The Guardian Share on Pinterest Facebook Twitter Share on LinkedIn The fire came quickly. Fueled by dry, blustering winds, officials were unable to contain the Woolsey fire before it scorched the canyons of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, taking close to 97,000 acres and 1,500 properties with it.One of the great casualties was the Santa Monica Mountains national recreation area. Nearly 90% of the federally owned land burned in the November 2018 blaze. The park is home to popular hiking trails, a rich ecosystem of plant and wildlife, including mountain lions and coyotes, as well as famous spots such as the Paramount Ranch’s “Western Town” (a well-known Hollywood set location), the historic 1927 Peter Strauss Ranch house, a research field station and ranger residences. Nearly all of them burned to the ground.“We have a bunch of trails to repair and a bunch of debris to clear away and buildings to build,” says Kate Kuykendall, the acting deputy superintendent. “The damage to the park was very significant.”Researchers believe it will be decades before the hills are fully restored. Still, after a series of winter storms, officials are hopeful to see the blackened moonscape beginning to come back to life. “It is just really important for all sorts of reasons” says Charlotte Parry, the executive director of not-for-profit and National Park Service partner Santa Monica Mountains Fund. “Everyone was so saddened when it burned.”Now, all that remains is the church constructed for Westworld that solemnly overlooks the charred land where the main street once stood, and a railroad station created for Dr Quinn. Along with the town, a ranger’s house and soundstage were also lost to the flames and some of the ancient oaks were heavily burned. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

aqfer Launches NextGeneration SIReady Marketing Data Lake

first_img Aqferdigital marketing platformsmanaged service providersMarketing TechnologyNewsSaassystems integrators Previous ArticleMimecast Appoints Brandon Bekker to Lead EMEA regionNext ArticleRising Star in Digital Telco Market Calls on Oracle Innovative Framework Enables Systems Integrators and MSPs to Customize Platforms with Speed and Cost Effectivenessaqfer, the leading SaaS provider supporting a data-centric marketing architecture, announced the launch of its next generation marketing data lake platform. The solution enables systems integrators (SIs) or engineers building digital marketing platforms for managed service providers (MSPs), ad tech companies or marketing agencies to drastically reduce the time and cost associated with customizing solutions for marketers while simultaneously increasing data integration and management functionality and dramatically reducing support and operating costs. The framework allows SI’s to focus their engineering resources on the initiatives that will directly increase enterprise value. This next-gen release further enhances aqfer’s CDP offering, providing repeatable solutions that are highly customizable, cost-effective and future-proof.As data-driven digital marketing continues its rise in importance, it is crucial for marketers to automate processes and take back control of their data in order to protect it and increase their speed and agility. A recent study found that over half of marketers still find data management difficult to implement.Marketing Technology News: The Measurement Advantage: Marketing Leaders Are Four Times As Likely As Laggards To Exceed Business Goals, Grow Revenue, And Gain Market Share“Our marketing data lake does exactly what the best technology should do — it decreases the effort needed to process and serve up the right data to guide smarter marketing initiatives. What used to take four to six weeks can now be done in two days,” said Daniel Jaye, CEO and Co-Founder, aqfer. “We are proud to say that no other company can match aqfer’s level of customization with the speed and cost savings that aqfer can provide to SI’s. Through our white-labeled approach, aqfer is establishing a new standard for marketing effectiveness.”aqfer is committed to delivering agnostic cutting-edge solutions that revolutionize the way SI’s build out marketing data environments for their clients to help them always be prepared to capitalize on the latest developments in technology and meet every big data marketing challenge in an ever-changing marketplace. aqfer’s marketing data lake serves to redraw the engineering roadmap at every company. The framework is designed to deliver in a repeatable approach that is fully customizable, extensible at every layer and most importantly can be used at scale for data from all stages of the customer journey.Marketing Technology News: Uberflip Reveals Meaningful Content Experiences Positively Influence Marketing and Sales ConversionsThe aqfer marketing data lake includes:Data integration service: Allows marketers to get their detailed data from all marketing partners curated and collated for consumption for analytics and activationDistribution service: Empowers marketers to activate their data with partners however it works best for them in a secure and privacy compliant mannerAdvanced data analytics: Gives marketers the actionable data insights they need to succeed in real-timeMachine learning: Includes predictive analytics tools and allows marketers to build custom lookalike audiences and better decisioning.Marketing Technology News: Outdated Technology Preventing Banks from Investing in Disruptive Technologies, According to Fenergo Survey aqfer Launches Next-Generation SI-Ready Marketing Data Lake PRNewswireMay 15, 2019, 10:35 pmMay 15, 2019 last_img read more

Best Amazon Prime Day Deals SSDs and HDDs

first_imgBest Amazon Prime Day Deals: SSDs and HDDs By Michael Sexton on July 16, 2019 at 11:07 am Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Amazon’s Prime Day sales event is back again this year with countless deals on just about everything money can buy. Included in this are some excellent deals on SSDs and storage devices. After carefully sorting through the available deals, we’ve compiled this list of the best storage deals going on right now.Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD (R/W: 3,500/3,000MB/s)Adata has made quite a name for itself in the SSD market by offering affordable high-performance SSDs. This model of the company’s popular XPG SX8200 Pro product line has 512GB of storage space and it’s one of the fastest NVMe SSDs on the market with a read speed of 3,500MB/s. Right now this SSD is marked down from $129.99 to $74.99, and it drops an additional 6% with a clickable coupon on the store page that drops its final price to $70.49.Regular Price: $129.99Price From Amazon: $70.49Western Digital Black 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD (R/W: 3,400/2,800MB/s)Western Digital got a late start into the SSD market but has since become a force to be reckoned with. This WD Black drive can hold 500GB of data and it features a fast read speed of 3,400MB/s. The drive is also marked 47 percent off, which drops its price from $149.99 to $79.99.Regular Price: $149.99Price From Amazon: $79.99Intel 660p Series 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD (R/W: 1,800/1,800MB/s)Intel’s 660p isn’t the fastest NVMe SSD on the market and its read/write speeds are both capped at 1,800MB/s. It features a 1TB capacity, however, and it’s one of the least expensive NVMe SSDs of this size available.Regular Price: $149.99Price From Amazon: $79.99Samsung 860 QVO 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA-III SSD (R/W: 550/520MB/s)Large 2.5-inch SSDs like this one are slowly heading off the market as they are being replaced by smaller and faster M.2 NVMe drives. If your PC doesn’t support an M.2 slot, however, getting a 2.5-inch SATA-III SSD like this one will provide a significant performance boost over an HDD.Regular Price: $129.99Price From Amazon: $99.99Adata XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD (R/W: 3,500/3,000MB/s)This model of Adata’s XPG SX8200 Pro offers just as much performance as the 512GB version, but with twice as much storage space. It also offers more gigs per buck compared to its less expensive counterpart. It’s marked down from $219.99 to $149.99 after a 32 percent discount, and it drops to $134.99 after applying a coupon that knocks off an additional 10 percent.Regular Price: $219.99Price From Amazon: $134.99Samsung 970 Evo 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD (R/W: 3,500/2,500MB/s)Reading data at 3,500MB/s, this SSD hits the limits of what the M.2 interface is capable of when connected using PCI-E 3.0 lanes. The drive was built using Samsung’s V-NAND 3-bit MLC NAND, which offers excellent performance. The drive is also rated to last for up to 1.5 million hours before failing.Regular Price: $299.99Price From Amazon: $169.99Western Digital Blue 3D Nand 4TB SATA-III SSD (R/W: 560/530MB/s)If you need a large and fast storage device, then this SSD will be perfect for you. Its enormous 4TB capacity can hold more data than the average person will use for several years. It’s also one of the fastest SATA-III SSDs and it can write data at a speed of up to 560MB/s. During Amazon’s Prime Day sales event you can get this drive marked down from $549.99 to $429.99.Regular Price: $549.99Price From Amazon: $429.99Seagate BarraCuda 4TB 3.5-Inch SATA-III HDD (R/W: 190MB/s)If that 4TB SSD is out of your price range but you still need large amounts of storage space, then a traditional 3.5-inch HDD like this one is a sensible alternative. Its read and write performance are significantly slower at 190MB/s, but it’s also significantly less expensive at just $79.99. This drive also comes with a large 256MB cache that helps to accelerate file navigation.Regular Price: $99.99Price From Amazon: $79.99SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable External USB3.1 Type-C SSD (R/W: 550/500MB/s)This compact external SSD easily fits in your pocket, which makes it easy for you to take large amounts of data with you anywhere you go. The drive was also designed to be durable and water-resistant with an IP55 rating.Regular Price: $549.99Price From Amazon: $429.99Seagate FireCuda 2TB SSHD (R/W: 210MB/s)Seagate’s FireCuda SSHD offers a balanced compromise between an HDD and an SSD. It packs in a large 2TB capacity with an 8GB SSD NAND chip.  It’s read/write performance can’t compete with an SSD and lags behind at 210MB/s, but frequently accessed files get transferred to the SSD chip and will load significantly faster as a result.Regular Price: $94.99Price From Amazon: $59.99Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. 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Quantum Cryptography Demystified How It Works in Plain Language

first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet By David Cardinal on March 11, 2019 at 12:08 pm The Dangerous ‘Toy Story 4’ Scene One Million Moms is Protesting J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Celebs Who Were Sadly Killed By Their Fans We’ve already covered the basics of quantum computing in our article on How Does Quantum Computing Work, so now it’s time to dive into one of its most publicized applications: quantum cryptography. Quantum cryptography holds both promises and threats for our current cryptographic infrastructure. The most obvious threat is quantum computers could decrypt data that’s been encrypted using many of our current systems. But it also holds the promise of secure communications channels for key distribution. Eventually, using quantum technology, it may even be possible to build entire encryption systems that are considered unbreakable.Quantum Computing Decryption: Looming Crisis Or Another Y2K Blind Panic?Almost all widely used encryption systems rely on keys — typically large, random, numbers that can be used to encrypt or decrypt data. Current encryption packages are most often built using either symmetric or asymmetric keys — many using asymmetric keys to transmit a shared, symmetric key for doing the actual data encryption. Both types of keys would be vulnerable to hacking using quantum computers. Symmetric systems rely on a shared secret key, and cracking the key requires about double the computing work for each additional bit. With that kind of scaling, it’s been possible to keep using larger keys as computers get more powerful. However, by implementing Grover’s algorithm, quantum computers can essentially cut the key length in half — a nearly inconceivable reduction in the amount of time required to crack a key. The good news is that now that we’re aware of the challenge, doubling the key lengths in use should be an excellent defense.Asymmetric systems (like Public Key Infrastructure — PKI) use public/private key pairs that are mathematically generated. In the case of the widely-used RSA family of algorithms, the math is fairly complex. But it’s possible to crack if you can factor a very large number into its two prime number factors. If a key with enough bits is used, this is a nearly intractable problem for conventional computers, but quantum computers can use something called Shor’s algorithm to find the factors much more quickly. A rough estimate of the compute power needed is two qubits per bit length of the key. So a 1,024-bit key would require a quantum computer with 2,048 bits. Experts expect those to be possible within a decade, and some think sooner. Note that today 1,024-bit keys are already considered potentially unsafe, as they can be cracked given enough time on a large computer, but once a quantum computer can handle the task it will take very little time.Much like the situation with the software migration required by Y2K, there are other encryption techniques that aren’t easily cracked with quantum computers. Examples of (non-quantum) encryption systems resistant to quantum attacks include McEliece and NTRUEncrypt. That means the problem is migrating the large number of systems and data already in place to newer ones. Also, like Y2K, it remains to be seen how real, and how widespread, the threat will be, as sufficiently large quantum computers will be expensive when they are finally available. That means they’re unlikely to get used for trying to hack information unless it’s considered extremely valuable. To run all of Shor’s algorithm, a quantum computer also needs to be paired with a powerful conventional computer, which will drive the cost of a key cracking system up even further.Secure Communications Using Quantum Key DistributionWhen you hear the term quantum cryptography, more often than not what is being referred to is Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). QKD doesn’t actually encrypt user data but makes it possible for users to securely distribute keys to each other, which can then be used for subsequent encrypted communication.Whatever encryption system is used, there is almost always some type of private information that must be kept secret. For symmetric key systems, it is shared information in the form of a key, while in asymmetric systems each node has its own secret key while sharing a matching public key. In both cases, there are vulnerabilities when initializing communication. Symmetric key systems often rely on physical sharing of keys — some financial institutions use actual couriers with portable storage devices — to bootstrap. Or they may rely on a connection secured using an asymmetric system to share the encryption key needed for subsequent use. One reason for that is asymmetric systems like Public Key don’t require sending the secret (in this case private keys) over the channel, while symmetric systems are more efficient, and often more secure, for large volumes of data once keys have been exchanged.While QKD isn’t in widespread use, it has been in commercial use in Europe since 2007, and in the US since 2010. For high-value transactions like inter-bank communication and election result transmission, the benefits of QKD are sometimes worth the cost. Another impediment to the wider adoption of QKD is that current systems aren’t interoperable between different vendors. Fortunately, that’s starting to change. In a research effort directed at finding ways to secure the power grid, teams at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos National Laboratories have demonstrated the first successful use of QKD between different implementations. The University of Bristol has also just published research on doing something similar to help secure multi-vendor 5G wireless networks.But What About True Quantum Cryptography?While harder than QKD, it will eventually be possible to encrypt data using quantum computing techniques that are particularly resistant to eavesdropping and various other forms of hacking. The most popular approach currently is the Kak protocol. Essentially it’s a quantum version of the well-known double-lock algorithm, which allows two users to securely exchange data without sharing any keys.The double-lock protocol is remarkably simple. We’ll use common convention, and assume Alice and Bob want to exchange information, without it being modified by an eavesdropper, Eve. They also want to know if anyone is successfully eavesdropping on their communication channel. To do this they trade locks in a three-step process.In Kak’s protocol, Alice and Bob use encryption functions UA and UB as proxies for the physical locks of a traditional two-lock protocol.As the first step, Alice locks her data (in the digital case, encrypts it using a secret key), and sends it to Bob. Bob, in turn, adds his lock (encrypting Alice’s already encrypted data with his own secret key), and sends it back to Alice. Alice removes her lock and sends the result back to Bob. Bob can then remove his lock, and read the original data.This all works really nicely with physical locks and keys, but it’s a little more complex when digital encryption is involved. For the protocol to work, the encryption processes have to be commutative (because the encryptions are applied in the order Alice, Bob, but then Alice needs to be able to remove her encryption before Bob removes his). An example of one possible, and popular, encryption, is multiplying by a large number. So far, so good. But now imagine that Eve is listening. As the data goes back and forth, she will be able to see the data multiplied by Alice’s key, the data multiplied by both keys, and the data multiplied by Bob’s key. From that, she can compute the supposedly secret keys of Alice and Bob.Subhash Kak proposed using certain quantum rotations as a way to create a version of the double-lock protocol that couldn’t be eavesdropped. The rotations he proposed could be applied in either order, but any attempt to listen in by reading out intermediate data would result in corrupted data. Other researchers have continued to evolve the protocol with features to make it even more tamper-resistant, but unlike QKD, there aren’t any commercial implementations yet. While it is going to require much more powerful quantum computers to make true quantum-based encryption a reality, researchers are getting closer.Last fall, a team of Chinese researchers successfully used quantum-entangled photons to create and share one-time pads between a satellite and a ground station in Austria. Encryption using one-time pads is provably secure as long as the pad is not compromised, is random, is used only once, and is longer than the data being transmitted. Quantum technology helps with the first three of these, but its performance is still quite slow. Still, the team was able to encrypt, transmit, and decrypt over 2GB of data using their quantum system.In the meantime, quantum computers can do one simple task that’s important for encryption quite well: They can generate truly random numbers. It’s unlikely ultra-expensive quantum computers will be deployed just for that purpose, but once they’re in use, it will be a useful capability.Now Read:Quantum Computing Can Soon Help Secure the Power GridHow Does Quantum Computing Work?Google Announces ‘Bristlecone’ Quantum Computing Chip[Top Image Credit: iStock, Gauntman1, Museum of Science, Milan, Italy] Quantum Cryptography Demystified: How It Works in Plain Language Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 10 Comments Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads We Finally Know Why Black Widow’s Death Was Necessary Tagged In extremetech explainsquantum computingcryptographyquantum cryptographyquantum key distributionpublic key cryptographyqkdasymmetric photographysymmetric cryptography Post a Comment 10 Comments The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parentslast_img read more

247ai Named A Leader in Conversational AI for Customer Service 2019 by

first_img[24]7.ai Named A Leader in Conversational AI for Customer Service 2019 by Independent Research Firm PRNewswireJune 12, 2019, 5:31 pmJune 12, 2019 conversational AIcustomer engagementNews[24]7.ai Previous ArticleArtificial Intelligence – the Driving Force Behind Modern InnovationNext ArticleIBM Celebrates Women Business Pioneers In Artificial Intelligence [24]7 AIVA listed as differentiated in Omnichannel, agent augmentation, human and AI blending, vertical specialization, vision, and roadmap[24]7.ai, a global leader in intent-driven customer engagement solutions, announced that it has been recognized as a leader in The Forrester New Wave™: Conversational AI for Customer Service, Q2 2019. [24]7.ai received a differentiated rating in six out of ten criteria, including vision, human and AI blending, and vertical specialization.This industry report evaluated the [24]7 AIVA conversational AI platform against 10 criteria, finding that “[24]7.ai’s vertical features stand out from the pack. Deep libraries of domain-specific intents and quick- start bots for verticals show [24]7.ai is strong in an area where most vendors fall behind.”Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product MarketingThe report continued, “[24]7.ai is moving toward a toolkit approach, allowing brands to get something simple up and running on their own. But for complex use cases, [24]7.ai can provide the army of resources required.”“Companies are strategically investing in conversational AI capabilities to interact with customers in a natural and effortless way,” said Lisa Matherly, vice president of Marketing for [24]7.ai. “To be named a leader in the ‘The Forrester New Wave™: Conversational AI for Customer Service is, in our opinion, a strong testament to our vision, and our investment in blending the best of Human Intelligence and AI to deliver a superior customer experience.”Marketing Technology News: Vidyard Expands Offering to Bring Personalized Video App to Any Sales Professional, No Matter How They Worklast_img read more

OppSource Hires Former RevJet Director to Grow Business Lead Enterprise Deals

first_imgOppSource, a leading provider of next-gen sales engagement for B2B sales teams, announced the hire of Derek Gavigan as Vice President of Sales. Gavigan will be leading the company’s sales team while developing and executing a comprehensive sales strategy as the software company continues to grow its base of elite enterprise customers.“As we continue to grow, we need sales leadership that can help us with our focus on enterprise SaaS sales,” said Mark Galloway, CEO and Co-Founder at OppSource. “Derek has a great track record of success in pursuing and closing large enterprise SaaS deals. In his role as VP of Sales, he’ll be 100% focused on growing OppSource’s business by leading sales, coordinating with our board members, and helping us take on the large enterprise opportunities we are pursuing. Derek’s makeup in terms of culture, style, and approach are nothing short of a perfect fit for our growing business.”Marketing Technology News: L.A. Lakers Partner Wish Jumps to No. 1 in Earned Social Media Value Among NBA Jersey Patch SponsorsAn accomplished enterprise SaaS leader with over 15 years of experience bringing innovative and disruptive technology to market, Derek has worked for organizations from sales enablement tools like BigMachines (acquired by Oracle) to marketing analytics platforms like Adometry (acquired by Google). He brings a wealth of knowledge to OppSource on how to penetrate markets, drive customer relationships and help the organization scale in a way that drives accelerated growth and sales performance.  His mix of experience across multiple SaaS start-ups and large enterprise software companies will help to drive the company’s culture and philosophy as they move customers into the new age of sales engagement.Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in AnalyticsAbout OppSource: OppSource helps B2B sales organizations more effectively engage with buyers to drive profitable revenue growth across the entire sales team. Their next-gen sales engagement platform is designed to help B2B salespeople orchestrate the myriad of touch points required to engage with today’s buyers. In addition to automated sales TouchPlans™, the platform’s integrated machine learning and artificial intelligence captures, transcribes, and analyzes conversations to minimize data entry, improve productivity, and provide actionable insights that advance pipeline progress, anchor coaching efforts, and accelerate salesperson onboarding.Marketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech Technology B2B salesDerek GaviganNewsOppSourceSaasSales Engagement Previous ArticleAdstream Expects Inevitable Merger of TV and Digital Ad Buying To Drive Marketers Faster Toward Process AutomationNext ArticleMutare Unveils Mutare Voice Spam Filter at Cisco Live OppSource Hires Former RevJet Director to Grow Business, Lead Enterprise Deals Globe NewswireJune 13, 2019, 1:34 pmJune 13, 2019 last_img read more

Salman Khan Doesnt Believe in Marriage Says its a Dying Institution

first_img Anushka SharmabharatBharat castBharat release date First Published: June 4, 2019, 11:00 AM IST Salman Khan’s Bharat is set to arrive at the cinema screens in less than 24 hours now, on June 5. Co-starring Katrina Kaif, the period drama is one of the most anticipated films of the year. While Salman is actively promoting his upcoming venture, constant marriage reminders and questions as to when he would get married do not seem to leave his side.As celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor among others tied the knot eventually, after much speculation, Salman seems to be unwilling in following in the footsteps of his peers and contemporaries. Once again, the 53-year-old actor made his apprehensions, or rather his stance, about wedding clear when during a recent interview he admitted that he does not believe in marriage and that as per him, the institution altogether is dying. Read: Delhi HC Dismisses Plea Seeking Stay on Release of Salman Khan-starrer Bharat Over Its TitleHe also admitted that he is rather happy with companionship of a person. During a recent interaction with Bombay Times, Salman responded to the question of marriage by saying (via timesnow.com), “I don’t believe in marriage. I think it’s a dying institution. I don’t believe in it. Companionship? Yes.” Salman has been hounded by the media about his marriage for years now. His previous relationships, rumoured or otherwise, always lead to him being bothered by media persons about when he would get married and to whom.Read:Miley Cyrus Grabbed, Forcibly Kissed by Male Fan While Walking to Her Car With HusbandWhile we still wait for our favourite celebrity to make the big announcement, sooner than later, his upcoming film Bharat arrives tomorrow, on the occasion of Eid. Apart from Salman-Katrina pair, the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial also has Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff, Tabu, Sunil Grover and Aasif Sheikh in pivotal roles. Bharat is expected to earn anywhere near 35-36 cr on its opening day.Follow @News18Movies for more last_img read more

Theres Nothing Vulgar About It Says Tarun Tahiliani Who Designed Priyanka Chopras

first_imgPriyanka had also shared a series of pictures and videos of herself in the saree to Instagram. In the image’s caption, she talked about the power of wearing the garment and explained how it embodies both “elegance” and “femininity”.The Instagram post garnered more than 1.2 million likes and thousands of comments from fans, including one from her husband, Nick Jonas, who posted a series of flame and love-heart-eye emojis.Follow @News18Movies for more designer Tarun TahilianiInStyle magazinenick jonaspriyanka chopra First Published: June 9, 2019, 11:05 AM IST Designer Tarun Tahiliani has defended Priyanka Chopra over the backlash she received for a magazine cover recently.Earlier this week, Priyanka posed for the very first cover of InStyle (US) wearing a champagne-coloured blouse-less saree, and while some praised her, others accused her of cultural appropriation and exploiting her own background. Priyanka’s saree for the cover was designed by Tarun and features hand-embroidered detail and Swarovski crystals.Now, in a recent interaction with Mid-day, Tarun has come out in Priyanka’s support and said he found “nothing vulgar” about the saree, as is being claimed by online haters.”In fact, not using a choli makes it a global statement. The transition from alluring Indian beauty to this modern goddess for a mainstream fashion cover only speaks of her (Priyanka) versatility. She is truly a modern Indian icon,” Tarun said.Speaking to InStyle in an accompanying interview, Priyanka explained that sarees are one of her favourite pieces of clothing but the majority of the ones she sees in her daily life are a far cry from the garments she grew up seeing.“My problem is when it comes to Indian fashion, there are always these shiny, sequined, over-the-top Christmas-tree outfits,” she said. “Those are not the saris I wear. I grew up with my mother wearing saris to the hospital, as a doctor. She’d wear these beautiful ones made of French chiffon.“And the nape of her neck would smell like Dior’s Poison. That, to me, was a modern woman. And that’s what I want to show the world. Indian designers make such incredible clothes that are inspired from beautiful embroidery and patterns.”last_img read more

Amy Jackson Shares a Pregnancy Checkup Picture with Beau George Panayiotou See

first_img Amy, who is expecting her first child with her boyfriend and fiancé George, shared a series of pictures to wish him on the First Father’s Day. The couple is expecting their first child together, sometime in September or October.Amy and her partner George Panayiotou got officially engaged on May 5 this year. The couple celebrated their engagement with a party in London and shared images and videos of their engagement celebration.It was in March this year when Amy had revealed that she is expecting her first child with George. She announced her pregnancy on Instagram, with a post that read, “I’ve been waiting to shout it from the rooftops, and today, being Mother’s Day, it couldn’t be a more perfect time… I already love you more than anything in this world, the purest most honest love. We can’t wait to meet you our little Libra one.”https://www.instagram.com/p/BvqigfhhAi8/On the work front, Amy has worked in a few Bollywood films including Ekk Deewana Tha, Singh Is Bliing and Freaky Ali. Her last release was Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0.Follow @News18Movies for more The world celebrated Father’s Day on June 16, pouring out love and admiration for dads around the world. While many celebs shared pictures with their dad, the Ek Deewana Tha actress wished his fiancé George Panayiotou on Father’s Day with cute and adorable pictures. Amy took to Twitter to share a picture where she and George can be seen looking at the screen during her pregnancy checkup. She shared the picture with the caption, “If there’s one thing I’m certain about in this life, it’s how much of an amazing Daddy you’re going to be. Here’s to the first of a lifetime full of Fathers Days we love you, Happy 1st Father’s Day.” Akshay KumarAmy JacksonAmy Jackson boyfriendAmy Jackson Instagram First Published: June 19, 2019, 2:28 PM ISTlast_img read more

Daenerys Targaryen was Eaten by Her Own Dragon in Game of Thrones

first_imgWhat happened to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) at the end of Game of Thornes was indeed heart-wrenching for the fans of HBO’s long-running fantasy-drama series. Now, new claim suggests that the betrayal Daenerys suffered at the hands of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), wherein she was killed by the latter, was not the eventual fate of the Mother of Dragons. In fact, there is a possibility that Dany may have ended up being chewed up and swallowed by her own dragon Drogon, the only surviving beast out of the lot of three.A forensic anthropologist named Dr Carolyn Rando has claimed that Drogon eating up Dany cannot be ruled out as a possibility. Rando told HuffPost, “I don’t think we can discount that he was going off to eat her.” However, considering the fact that the dragons were close to Daenerys, who called herself their mother throughout the series, Rando added, “It seems like the dragons in the show have some sort of semblance of understanding of human behavior a little bit. And so they see her as a parent. So it was a grief type of thing.” In the final episode, when Jon murders Dany and leaves her bleeding, Drogon is in the same space as the couple was. Reacting to Dany’s death, Drogon even sets fire to the Iron Throne, melting it down with heat and anger. He then glances at Jon and carries off Dany into the horizon. Some speculative theories also suggest that Drogon took Dany to Valyria, the ancestral home of House Targaryen or he’s going to Volantis to get Dany resurrected.Follow @News18Movies for more Carolyn Randodaenerys targaryenDaenerys Targaryen deathDaenerys Targaryen dragons First Published: June 27, 2019, 2:30 PM ISTlast_img read more

S Jaishankar the Man Behind Modis Foreign Policy in First Term Given

first_img foreign secretaryModi Govt 2.0pm narendra modiS Jaishankar First Published: May 31, 2019, 1:35 PM IST New Delhi: One of the surprising faces in the newly constituted cabinet under PM Modi, former foreign secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has been allocated the Ministry of External Affairs. Jaishankar was the foreign secretary from January 2015 to January 2018 and has previously held positions like the high commissioner to Singapore, and ambassador to China and the United States of America. He had played a key role in the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, and his performance as the Indian ambassador to the US had catapulted him to the coveted post of foreign secretary. Former foreign secretary Sujata Singh was unceremoniously removed to make way for Jaishankar to take the post in 2015. While his credentials were never in doubt, a number of seniors were overlooked when Jaishankar was chosen as foreign secretary. For long, Jaishankar has been considered Modi’s man Friday when it comes to foreign policy and strategic affairs. Those in the know said Modi’s relation with Jaishankar goes back to the time when the former was the Gujarat chief minister. During his visit to China as chief minister, Modi had met Jaishankar, who was the then Indian ambassador to China, on several occasions. Modi had come to know of his work over various discussions and meetings. One of the most significant investments that China made in India during Jaishankar’s time as ambassador came in the form of an agreement with Tebian Electric Apparatus for a plant in Gujarat. A graduate of St Stephen’s College at the University of Delhi, Jaishankar has an MA degree in political science and an M.Phil and Ph.D in international relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is from the 1977 IFS batch and his first major assignment came when he was appointed third secretary and first secretary in the Indian embassy in Moscow. Proficient in Russian, Jaishankar also has a good grasp of Japanese and Hungarian languages.Jaishankar carries with him more than three decades of diplomatic experience and expertise and has also served as the press secretary for former President Shankar Dayal Sharma. It’s no surprise that Jaishankar is considered one of the mightiest brains on strategic affairs in the country. His father, K Subrahmanyam, is credited with drafting the country’s first-ever policy on its nuclear strength and arsenal and formatting the “no first use” policy. Jaishankar, as a former diplomat cited, takes after his father. During his time as joint secretary (Americas) at the Ministry of External Affairs, Jaishankar played a significant role in negotiating the Indo-US nuclear deal and made it into a viable, coherent policy for both countries to work on in terms of more defence cooperation,Jaishankar’s term as ambassador in the US was rough from the word go as he walked into the Devyani Khobragade controversy. Khobragade was the deputy consular general and was arrested in New York on charges of visa fraud with regards to her housekeeper Sangeeta Richard. Jaishankar is credited with negotiating Khobragade’s exit from the US.Known to be a man of few words, Jaishankar is considered one of India’s strongest hands on China, having been the longest-serving ambassador to the country. He has played a crucial role in increasing engagements between both countries. He is credited with having negotiated an end to the stapled visas that the Chinese would issue to residents of and Kashmir. Further, Jaishankar as foreign secretary is credited with helping negotiate the resolution between India and China at Doklam last year. During his term as foreign secretary, Jaishankar told a committee on external affairs, headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, that the border issue between India and China is the “world’s largest real estate dispute” and the committee should not expect the transgressions to go away somehow.#ModiSarkarDobara – @DrSJaishankar takes the oath of office. | #ModiRajya pic.twitter.com/kV7k1tvjw4— News18 (@CNNnews18) May 30, 2019last_img read more

It is Android Beta time once again

first_imgFor those that want to run Android O the easy way – there are some restrictions. Only a few devices can run Android O at this early stage. These devices are in Google’s Nexus collection and Google’s Pixel collection – everyone else has a more difficult task ahead of them.The Nexus 5X is allowed to join the Android Beta program for Android O as of this week. The same is true of the Nexus 6P and the Nexus Player. As the Nexus Player is on the list, we expect that the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV wont be far behind – but for now, NVIDIA SHIELD owners will have to wait just a bit.Google’s Android Beta program for Android O also includes the Pixel C as well as both the Pixel and the Pixel XL. These devices are all sold by Google with a unique version of Android on them – and all updates come through Google. The system of downloading the Android O Public Beta begins by signing up for the program.Tap in on the Google Android Beta page and read the directions. They’re simple, really – and they’ll begin with agreeing to some terms. Do not go forth if you have a device that needs to be active and work perfectly no matter what – that’s not what this program is all about.Once the Beta program has been accepted, head to your Android device’s settings. Inside settings, find Device Info and/or System Updates – and bang! There Android O will be. Eye think it’s the bomb! This week Google released the Public Beta download for Android O, the next new version of Android. This version of the software introduces some radical chances to the mobile operating system, including picture-in-picture mode, notification dots, and Smart Text Selection. To take part in the Public Beta, users have only to tap a few buttons and let it go automatic! Story TimelineAndroid O on Nexus 5X, 6P gets a preliminary rootAndroid O Launcher backported to work on Android 6 or higherAndroid O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]Android O video details what’s coming for devs and usersAndroid O Beta download released todaylast_img read more

US Navy uses Xbox 360 controllers for its most advanced submarines

first_imgAccording to Military.com, the old controls used for the submarines’ periscopes were clunky and difficult to use. The military asked junior officers and sailors about ways they could make improvements, and the feedback coupled with work alongside Lockheed Martin resulted in the Xbox 360 controller being utilized.There are some immediate advantages to using the Xbox 360 controller, the most obvious one being that many young sailors and junior officers grew up playing games with these controllers, making them immediately familiar with them. As well, these controllers already exist, and leveraging them for the subs will help the US Navy keep costs down (versus developing a new proprietary controller).The Navy and Lockheed Martin haven’t done anything special to modify the controllers; they’re the same one that gamers use with the aged console. During research, the entities found that sailors were able to figure out how to use the controller to operate the equipment within minutes versus the hours it takes using other joysticks.Should something happen to one of the controllers used on these submarines, a spare model can easily be swapped in to substitute; in fact, in a worst-case scenario, officials could go to just about any electronics or game store and buy an Xbox 360 controller. Such benefits have ultimately given Microsoft’s controller preference, and it’ll soon be found in some of the Navy’s best submarines.SOURCE: Military The lowly Xbox 360 controller: it is more than a decade old, no longer the primary Xbox gamepad, and it also happens to be the US Navy’s top choice for controlling its most advanced submarines. Not the entire submarine, mind, but rather its various periscopes that exist as a pair of giant masts. High-res cameras are fitted to these periscopes, and the feed appears on large flat-screen displays within the sub.last_img read more