Counterterrorism USA Iraq Determined to Deal ISIS Lasting Defeat

Washington – The United States and Iraq reaffirmed their attachment to a strong partnership that will enable the Iraqis to deal ISIS a lasting defeat, said the US department of Defense in statement on Wednesday. During a phone call between Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Iraqi Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali, the two parties reiterated their commitment to a continued U.S.-Iraq cooperation and a strong partnership that will enable the Iraqis to deal ISIS a lasting defeat, it said.On this occasion, Secretary Mattis congratulated Minister Hayali on his new position and praised the Iraqis’ hard-won gains against ISIS- most recently in eastern Mosul. They also discussed planning for operations to liberate western Mosul, the same source added. read more

Chad issues call at UN for aid to help face influx of

22 September 2011Chad today called for continued international aid to carry out the tasks it has taken over from a United Nations peacekeeping force to protect hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), as well as in dealing with the influx of Chadians fleeing Libya. “On this point the Government is aware that this task entails a cost that it cannot finance alone,” Chadian President Idriss Déby told the General Assembly on the second day of its annual general debate, referring to Chad’s integrated security detachment, which at the end of last year took over the task of protecting refugees and IDPs that had previously been performed by the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT).“Despite its limited means this force is accomplishing its mission on the ground perfectly and deserves to be supported,” he said. “It is desirable that our partners continue their efforts by our side the logistical and financial support required for the proper functioning of this system.”He noted that Chad hosts 290,000 refugees from Sudan’s Darfur region and 180,000 Chadian IDPs in the country’s east, and 100,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) in the southwest. On top of that nearly 100,000 Chadian citizens have been forced to leave Libya during the fighting that toppled Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi.“The international community must help us contain the dramatic effects of this massive movement of people by helping the victims through programmes of economic reintegration,” Mr. Déby stressed, calling on Libya’s National Transition Council (NTC) to protect sub-Saharan African migrants, who with their work contributed to the North African country’s development and are now, sometimes without thought, classified as mercenaries.In a separate meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he discussed the situation in Libya and its humanitarian impact on Chad. Mr. Ban assured him of continued UN support for the Government’s efforts to address the influx of Chadian citizens returning from Libya. read more

Army slams criticism of military by former Army officers

The Army also said that all units under the Security Force Headquarters-Jaffna have been reorganized under the right-sizing programme and this has been grossly misinterpreted as closure of camps by some self-claimed ‘war analysts’. (Colombo Gazette) The Army today slammed criticism bing levelled at the military by former Army officers.In a statement, the Army Headquarters said that in recent times, some retired Army officers have alleged that they are not satisfied with the battle alertness of the Army at present. The Sri Lanka Army says it is committed to safeguard the country nad has taken all measures to prevent any resurgence of warfare.“Likewise, all measures have been adopted uninterruptedly to introduce new training modules at all levels for all ranks, incorporating most modern techniques of warfare, based on experiences, gained in the battlefield in order to face any future battle threat perception. Similarly, necessary measures have been adopted comparatively to enhance more opportunities for both Officers and Other Ranks to receive foreign training slots with state patronage. This has further broadened their knowledge on international warfare,” the Army Headquarters said. The Army questioned the moral right for former Army officers to hurl such allegations. “It is pointed out that the Sri Lanka Army with the dedicated objective of strengthening it further when necessary has consulted former Commanders and retired Officers with battle-hardened experiences with good faith and the Army would continue such practices unfailingly in future, too,” the Army said. read more

Milton man caught driving 116km over speed limit

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 A 22 year old Milton man will have to dig deep into his wallet after being caught driving 116 km/hour over the speed limit early this morning.Earlier this morning the man was caught driving 186 km on James Snow Parkway in Milton.“A car travelling that speed under ideal conditions would take over 200 meters to stop. Almost three hockey ice surfaces,” says Sergeant Dave Cross.It even prompted Halton’s police chief to tweet. Steve Tanner posted “Last night in Milton young man charged with stunt driving 186 km in a 70 zone. Not smart, not safe, and not acceptable. Slow down. Be safe.”No one was hurt in this case, but residents worry about speeders, saying these are neighborhoods filled with children.“Its concerning you cant always keep and eye on them all the time and if they are going that fast they aren’t paying attention,” says Jennifer Asdrubolini.Police say the ticket they gave to the driver going 186km/hour in a 70 zone is one of the worst speeding tickets they have given out so far this year. For that ticket he will receive a pretty hefty fine of around $2000, he will also have his license taken away for a week but residents who live near by say they don’t think that’s long enough.“If they are going to take it for a week what does that really say it says you can speed and get away with it the first time.”Police say there is only one safe place for someone who wants to drive 186km an hour: on a race car track. read more

Ohio State mens soccer falls to Notre Dame in 2nd round of

OSU sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell (12) battles for possession of the ball with Notre Dame senior forward Vince Cicciarelli (21) during a Nov. 23 game in South Bend, Ind. OSU lost, 2-1. Credit: Kevin Sabitus / The ObserverA valiant effort against the No. 1 seed and defending champions came up short Sunday night, as the Ohio State men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.OSU (9-8-5) battled Notre Dame (12-4-4) for all 90 minutes, but ultimately the firepower of the Fighting Irish was too much for the Buckeyes to handle. OSU outshot Notre Dame, 12-10, but fell by a final score of 2-1 in rain-soaked South Bend, Ind.OSU came out firing, looking to build an early lead against the defending champs. Five different Buckeyes fired the first five shots of the game, including two that came in on Notre Dame redshirt-senior goalkeeper Patrick Wall. The Buckeyes were unable to break through with their early attacks, though.The Fighting Irish did not register their first shot of the game until the 23nd minute, when OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov knocked away a chance with a dive.However, about seven minutes later, it was a penalty kick that put OSU in a 1-0 hole.Junior defender Kyle Culbertson was whistled for a foul in the box, earning him a yellow card and Notre Dame a penalty shot. The penalty was then converted by Notre Dame sophomore defender Brandon Aubrey, for his third goal of the season.Refusing to back down, OSU made sure that deficit did not last long.About three and a half minutes after Notre Dame took the lead, OSU sophomore forward Danny Jensen netted his sixth goal of the season.Jensen received the ball in front of the net off a corner kick from freshman defender Hunter Robertson, and put it past Wall to knot the game at one.OSU appeared to take the lead just before the half with a goal off a free kick, but it was waved off because of a handball. Jensen was then issued a yellow card, and the game went into the break tied at one.For the opening half, OSU outshot Notre Dame, 7-4, controlling the action throughout. Wall made three saves for the Irish, while Ivanov contributed two of his own.OSU continued to control the pace to open the second half, and had two close calls with shots from senior midfielder Yianni Sarris and Culbertson within the first 10:09.However, that trend turned around in the 69th minute, when Notre Dame freshman forward Brandon Gallagher received a through pass and beat the OSU defense and Ivanov, depositing the shot into the far corner of the net to put the Irish up, 2-1.OSU attempted to answer right away, but sophomore forward Christian Soldat’s shot about 90 seconds later was saved by Wall.The Buckeyes tried one last desperate measure to find the equalizer in the final minutes, as OSU coach John Bluem substituted the defender, Robertson, in favor of an extra attacker. Notre Dame clamped down defensively, however, only allowing OSU one shot in the final 10 minutes, despite four OSU corner kicks.Rain poured down throughout the entirety of the contest, with large puddles forming all over the Alumni Stadium pitch.Aubrey’s goal marked the third-consecutive game for the Buckeyes in which a penalty kick broke a tie. On Nov. 14, a late penalty kick won the game for Indiana in the Big Ten semifinals, and Akron went up 1-0 with a penalty kick Thursday.Notre Dame advanced to take on No. 16 seed Virginia with the victory.The loss concluded a successful season for OSU after going 5-8-4 last season. The Buckeyes received an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 2010, after being picked to finish last in the Big Ten in the conference’s preseason coaches poll. read more

Pokrajac leaves Sporting Lisbon – Frederico Santos is new coach

After two seasons of cooperation, Branislav Pokrajac leaves bench of Sporting Lisbon. Serbian coach won Portuguese Cup and third place in Championship this season. Sporting also played in Challenge Cup semi-final, where team from Portugal capital lost against Swiss Wacker Thun. Substitute for Pokrajac will be his first assistant Frederico Santos.Another Serbian coach, Ljuba Obradovic wins Championship title in Portugal with F.C Porto.photo: sporting.pt ← Previous Story Qualification for London 2012: 12 teams only six dreams can come true! Next Story → 9000 fans voted for Kiril Lazarov as Velux EHF CL 2011/2012 MVP! Branislav PokrajacF.C Porto handballFrederico SantosLjuba ObradovicSporting Lisbon handball read more

FC Porto hero Hugo Laurentino Aim is to qualify for next CL

EHF Champions LeagueFC PortoHugo Laurentino ← Previous Story HCM Baia Mare “Alpha and Omega” in trouble due tax evasion! Next Story → EHF CL Hangout – Experts and Henning Fritz Two wins in opening three matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group C, put FC Porto on the third place with nice perspective to make best result in the European elite competiton so far. The hero of the first away victory in Novi Sad against RK Vojvodina 27:23 was Portuguese goalkeeper Hugo Laurentino (31) with 18 saves which pushed his team toward success:– It was a very good game that FC Porto conquer, mainly in the first 50 minutes. We did everything as planed and you managed to beat the strengths of Vojvodina. In the last 10 minutes of game our team were not focused but we managed to get the victory, that was our purpose.  FC Porto goal in the group phase is to qualify in the first two, we know that is difficult because all the teams are very qualify and high level so we have to win all of our games in Dragão Caixa, our home and win two or three games playing out. So, we’ll always travel with the expectation of winning while playing out, we had to take this opportunity – says Laurentino for Handball-Planet.com.How far can go Porto this season in EHF CL?-The main goal it’s to qualify in the first two places and reach the next phase. After that we just wanna go as further as possible.Who will be the most serious rivals for the TOP 2 places?– The group is very balanced, but at this stage I have to say Meshkov Brest that hasn’t lost any game. But then you have Naturhouse La Rioja who’s tied with us and Checkhovskie Medvedi who can fight for the first two places. You changed the coach after many years. What is legacy of Obradovic and how you see new era under new coach Ricardo Costa?-Ljubomir Obradovic brought to FC Porto an mentality and vision that was lacking in Portuguese Handball and we has able to apply that vision in FC Porto and then all the other teams start to paying more attencion and applying themselves, so we brought chances for Portuguese Handball. He start betting in the younger player and after a while they start to be wanted by other teams. But now it’s a new era, Obradovic left a number of good things and Ricardo Costa, avail what Obradovic left and improves with is own vision. Ricardo Costa worked directly with Obradovic for two years, he as a great knowledge of the team and it just made easier for his  and our adaptation.Will you still be unbeatable in Portugal, and who are the most serious rivals to put you out of the throne after many years?-FC Porto as 7 years of domain and I sure hope that we still keep that going. Last season Sporting CP went to the finals against us and they made good reinforcement of their team. And then you have SL Benfica that is always fighting for the title. I belive that’s the three teams qith more chances to win the title – concludes Hugo Laurentino. read more

Column Team leaders are under pressure to deliver results fast – heres

first_imgEffective team leadership is one of the foundations for a successful first 100 days. By considering the above before you even start your new role, you will be set to hit the ground running from day one.2. BeginningAt First100 we have developed a unique formula for leader-team success. Once you start in role, there are seven key ways in which you should be leading your team to ensure a successful first 100 days. You need to be a:Role model: by setting high standards for yourself, your team will follow your lead, and will strive to reach the high standards you setMission setter: you need to identify the common cause – the unifying mission of the team – and push to achieve itRecruiter: you need the best possible team in place for a successful first 100 days and beyond, so you need to be capable of assembling a strong team, fastCommunicator: regardless of how strong your team is, if you cannot communicate effectively with them, little progress will be madeMotivator: to get the very best out of your team you will need to be a strong motivatorSkills builder: you will need to figure out who is good at what, assign tasks accordingly, and up-skill the team where necessaryTarget maker: you will need clarity on key stakeholders and key deliverables so that you can set clear targets and results for the end of the first 100 days3. First 100 days team planHaving considered the seven-part formula for leader-team success you are now ready to write an optimal First 100 Days Team Plan. A strong, achievable and focused plan is vital. In what can be a chaotic and emotional time – with many distractions – putting your detailed first 100 days team plan into action will give you structure and focus. Once you have clearly outlined your key strategic priorities it will be easier to remain focused on them.The importance of building a strong team in the first 100 days of a new leadership position cannot be overstated. Effective team leadership is crucial for success as a leader. You can expect to face many challenges in your first 100 days and beyond, and putting a strong team in place should be your top priority, to ensure performance acceleration from the get-go.Niamh O’Keeffe is the founder of First100, a business performance acceleration company with offices in Dublin, London and New York.Since setting up First100 O’Keeffe has gone on to write two books, the most recent of which Lead Your Team In Your First 100 Days was released late last year. It is a practical guide for leaders looking to make a big impact in a short time frame. Check out the blog or follow on LinkedIn. IN THE CURRENT global economy, a newly appointed leader is under pressure to deliver results fast in the first 100 days. Judgements are made much more quickly now – a leader’s achievements in the first 100 days are routinely taken as an indication of leadership potential in the future. So an approach based on performance acceleration and immediate return on investment is more essential than ever.Cork native Niamh O’Keeffe had been headhunting in the City of London for a number of years when she identified that newly hired executives were struggling to cope in the early days of their new roles. In 2004 O’Keeffe founded First100 as a response to this need – the company provides coaching for new-to-role executives on how to transition successfully into their new role, and how to make an early impact.Here, Niamh gives her top tips on how to lead your team in the first 100 days.1. PreparationSo, to ensure you get off to a running start with your new team, there are a number of issues you can focus on before you even start your new role. Such as:Getting the team ready for your arrival: if you and your team are prepared before your arrival, then you can get off to a fast and focused startArranging a swift leadership handover: there cannot be two leaders of a team – so the handover should happen quickly and efficientlyUnderstanding the strategic context: you cannot lead the team in a vacuum. Understanding the broader strategic context and timeline will allow you to lead your team while keeping connected to the bigger pictureFiguring out what the team mission is: after establishing the strategic context you need to have a clear line of sight between what you are being asked to do and what the company is aiming to achieve, and by when.last_img read more

I dont think its a good idea Adams against proposal to end

first_imgSINN FÉIN PRESIDENT Gerry Adams has said that a proposal from the Northern Ireland Attorney General to end all investigations, inquiries and prosecutions into killings that took place during the Troubles is not a good idea.Adams’s comments make him the latest political leader to pour scorn on John Larkin’s much-publicised proposal earlier this week that would involve no criminal proceedings  being taken over offences carried out during the Troubles.“I don’t think it’s a good idea and indeed in 2003 when the British government tried to bring in an amnesty of sorts Sinn Féin actually very actively blocked that,” Adams said today.He had asked the Taoiseach about Larkin’s proposal at Leaders’ Questions this week though admitted today he had not considered the full detail of the proposals put forward.Adams repeated his call for a process which would be “victim centred” and would allow for people who “were part of the conflict” to come forward.He continued: “We don’t believe the Republicans could set this up and we don’t believe the British could set this up or the Irish government could set this up.But an international agency surely could set it up and then of course they would have to look at how people could be persuaded to come forward.” Adams cited the example of the protocol used for the Savile inquiry into Bloody Sunday and said that “different victims have different views of what needs to be done”.He said that last night’s BBC Panorama programme about the British Army’s controversial Military Reaction Force – which carried out shootings on unarmed civilians in West Belfast – was “another incentive to deal with the past”.Adams was speaking as he offered his condolences and paid tribute to the late Father Alec Reid who died today, aged 82.He said his heart was broken by the news.More: Peace process hero Fr Alec Reid passes away, aged 82Taoiseach: Proposal to end Troubles prosecutions ‘would be difficult for families’last_img read more

Want a say on the motherandbaby inquiry Midday today is the deadline

first_imgTHIS AFTERNOON AT midday is the deadline for submissions to the Department of Children on the planned investigation of mother-and-baby homes.A dedicated email address — motherandbabyhomes@dcya.gov.ie — was set up two weeks ago to allow the public to have their say on the inquiry.Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan announced last week that today would be the deadline for contributions “in order to adhere to the tight timeframe agreed”.The Commission of Investigation into the country’s mother-and-baby homes was announced earlier this month in the wake of the controversy over the Tuam babies.Flanagan has been meeting with survivors’ groups, campaigners, academics with expertise in the area, opposition politicians and religious leaders in recent weeks as part of the Government’s ongoing inter-departmental review.There have been calls to have the Commission include many of the various Protestant-run children’s homes and orphanages, while one group said the investigation may have to examine activities in “around 100″ institutions in all.“The Cross Departmental Review Committee continues to meet and is collecting a range of information in preparation for further detailed consideration by Government,” Flanagan said in a statement last week.“Agreement on the terms of reference of the Commission is a matter for Government and it is my intention that the Oireachtas will agree the terms of reference under the Commission of Investigations Act 2004, before the summer recess.”Read: It’s not just Tuam… Mother-and-baby probe needs to examine at least 100 institutions, Minister toldExclusive: Children died of malnutrition, syphilis, heart failure at mother and baby homelast_img read more

Take a ride with us on an Irish Coast Guard helicopter

first_imgSource: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieIT’S SUNDAY AFTERNOON and this Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew are getting ready to take to the sky for a training exercise.After a quick cup of tea and a full briefing on flight conditions, the crew of four hopped on board the Sikorsky S92 helicopter and, on this particular Sunday, they were kind enough to let us on tag along too. The Dublin S92 was officially launched in January this year, completing the overhaul of the Coast Guard fleet with state-of-the-art aircraft. Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieThe new technology in this chopper far exceeds its predecessor, with a long range heat seeking camera on the front to locate people in the water and a light for searches that we were told was so strong that it would start to melt the tarmac on the runway almost instantly. It can also fly in temperatures as low as minus 40.Inside, there is enough space for 22 people – and of course all of the necessary medical equipment to assist the crew when they have a casualty on board. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetcenter_img Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieIn the cockpit, there are lots of very appealing buttons and levers that we were told politely not to touch or fall on top of. The screens you can see in the cockpit provide the pilots with detailed information, helping them decide, among other things where it’s safe to land.The equipment in the cabin, operated by one of the winchmen, allows the crew to search for people in the water from a great distance and the pilots can toggle between these different screens which show heat sources, colour images and live night vision footage. Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieWe flew along the coast, passing Howth and Bray and then over the Wicklow Mountains – some of the main areas where this crew would be called in to assist people.It’s hard not to be envious of their daily access to incredibly stunning views of the Irish landscape. Here are just a few we captured: Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeAfter the training exercise was complete, it was back to the base at Dublin Airport where the crew agreed to winch this TheJournal.ie reporter out of the helicopter.They take safety very seriously in the Coast Guard so, unfortunately, this is the only shot we got of it but you can use your imagination: Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieRead: Faster, safer, higher: Replacement of Irish Coast Guard chopper fleet completed>last_img read more

Piers Festival honour Minister Kotsiras

first_imgMinister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras was presented with a plaque at the Piers Festival, as he joined thousands of Victorians to celebrate the state’s cultural diversity at the third annual Piers Festival as part of Australia Day activities. The plaque, a promotional poster for Patris, an immigrant ship that 50 years ago brought Minister Kotsiras’ family to Victoria, was presented to the minister at the spot where he first stepped onto Australian soil. Featuring the traditions of numerous Victoria’s migrant communities, Mr Kotsiras said the Piers Festival is an event truly representative of Victoria’s renowned cultural and religious diversity, which sees people gather on Princes Pier to celebrate Victoria’s migration history, creating a strong sense of community. “The pier precinct represents the hopes, dreams, and ultimately the achievements and contributions of migrants to our diverse and prosperous modern Victoria,” Mr Kotsiras said. “The Victorian Coalition Government encourages all cultural groups to cherish and preserve their traditions and, importantly, to share these with the wider community. “Station Pier is known as the ‘gateway’ to migration in Victoria, and like many, my family arrived at this point from Greece 50 years ago, so I appreciate the significance of this area in Victoria’s migration story,” he said. Station and Princes Pier are of significant interest, being the arrival and departure points for thousands of immigrants throughout key moments in Victoria’s history, including the gold rush, wartime and post-war migration, having been symbolic gateways to Victoria’s development and diversity for more than 150 years, Minister Kotsiras explained. The Piers Festival 2014, organised by Multicultural Arts Victoria, with support from Arts Victoria and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, featured multicultural music, dance, food stalls, historical artefacts, film screenings and a spectacular fireworks display. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

LAppstore dAmazon sétend dans plusieurs pays

first_imgL’Appstore d’Amazon s’étend dans plusieurs paysOuverte depuis le mois de mars aux Etats-Unis, la boutique d’applications Android d’Amazon s’étend à l’international. Plusieurs pays, dont la France ne fait malheureusement pas partie, peuvent désormais accéder à l’Appstore du géant du commerce en ligne.Six mois après son lancement aux Etats-Unis, l’Appstore Android d’Amazon est disponible dans une douzaine de pays à travers le monde. D’après Digital Reader, le Royaume-Uni,  l’Australie, l’Inde, le Canada, l’Afrique du Sud ou encore la Pologne peuvent désormais accéder au magasin d’applications destinées aux terminaux Android. Les Français, eux, devront encore attendre.À lire aussiAipoly, l’application qui pourrait révolutionner la vie des malvoyants et non-voyantsLe lancement à l’international de l’Appstore n’a pas été annoncé par Amazon, qui selon les observateurs, est en pleine préparation de la sortie de sa tablette sous Android. Un lancement très attendu, dont la date n’a pas encore été communiquée par le géant du commerce en ligne. L’arrivée de l’Appstore dans plusieurs pays semble présager une sortie simultanée de la tablette aux Etats-Unis et dans le reste du monde. A noter qu’Amazon fait toujours l’objet d’une plainte déposée par Apple devant la cour fédérale d’Oakland au sujet de l’appellation “App Store”. La firme à la pomme demande à la justice d’interdire l’emploi de cette expression (voir notre article).Le 20 septembre 2011 à 14:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

GDC Did Not File Objection To The Returning Officer Samba

first_imgSamba Baldeh, Secretary General of the Gambia Democratic Congress party (GDC), said he has not filed any objection to any Returning Officer, but rather took the petition directly to IEC Headquarters.Mr. Baldeh was speaking to this reporter in a brief interview to shed light on a petition and some concerns they are said to have raised with the IEC.Mr. Baldeh said they are concerned with the tabulation of election results and urged the IEC to avoid such mistakes in the forthcoming Mayoral and Chairpersonship election; that this is not expected from the IEC and will not be accepted any longer.Baldeh stressed that no human being is perfect and human beings are bound to make mistakes but that the GDC will not accept such mistakes from the IEC; that they have deployed teams in all the regions to tabulate results as supplied from different polling stations to avoid such mistakes.Baldeh urged the IEC to be more vigilant in tabulating results of elections; that the whole country put their trust in them.He advised the people of the Gambia to be conscious of anything that they are doing and respect the Law; “that the Gambia belongs to all of us, and we should treat each other as equals”. Baldeh said the IEC has provided a code of conduct to all candidates and all should abide by these rules to avoid violence during the electoral process.last_img read more

Hughes backs Stuart Armstrong

first_imgThe Southampton manager says the Scottish midfielder is doing great after he struggled at the start of the seasonScottish midfielder Stuart Armstrong scored his first goals for Southampton in the weekend.And for manager Mark Hughes, this is just the start of something great for the player.“I felt Stuart Armstrong was excellent on Saturday and it was a shame he had to come off late on because of cramp again, which we need to get to the bottom of,” Hughes told The Evening Times.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“He came back into the team lately for ourselves and has shown good intent in his work and I think that has been followed up with his performances at international level.”“He did plateau a little bit at the beginning when he was trying to get a foothold into the team and into the Premier League, but now he looks assured and confident which is a key thing for Stuart,” he added.“He needs to be confident about his form but I think he’s showing good signs in that regard which we will benefit from as Scotland did last week.”last_img read more

Returning to the Walled Garden

first_imgWith print losses mounting, and online ad revenues not living up to expectations, some publishers are returning to the idea of monetizing editorial content online. In April, Court TV and American Lawyer founder Steve Brill, along with former Wall Street Journal publisher L. Gordon Crovitz and media exec Leo Hindery Jr., created Journalism Online, an ambitious initiative to build an automated system that will allow magazine and newspaper publishers to charge subscription fees for online content.Charging for content online may not be feasible for all publishers but may at least be worth considering. Here’s how three publishers have successfully implemented online paid content models.August Home PublishingPlansNow.comGiving away content for free online has been “a big mistake,” according to August Home Publishing founder Don Peschke. He’s been charging for content online for more than 15 years and says within five years those revenues could make up as much as 50 percent of the company’s total revenue. August Home could become “entirely electronic” if those projections become reality, he says. “This is the electronic, paid delivery of content—editorial delivered via the Web, e-mail and mobile,” Peschke adds. “This isn’t about PDFs or anything that resembles a magazine page. We’re developing new graphic presentation formats that incorporate text, photos, video, animation and audio, and fit wide computer monitors. It’s about being dynamically interactive.”In 1994—after launching Garden Gate, Cuisine at Home and Workbench—Peschke took Woodsmith online with the intention of selling its content.The move online was an important one for August Home since, until this year, only Workbench carried print advertising (and it will stop doing that as of the June 2009 issue). “We signed up members who paid an annual subscription fee to purchase woodworking plans, which were PDFs of articles from Woodsmith,” Peschke says.Two years later, in 1996, August Home began charging a per-download fee. “This was not a membership program, rather a pay-per-download format,” he says. “By 2008, we were selling approximately 100 to 150 plans a day, at a price range of $4.95 to $12.95. Woodworking plans do well because the average price point, which is $9.95, works for typical single-purchase credit card transactions.”Last December, Peschke expanded the model by launching a paid membership component for a site called PlansNow.com, which was divided into three pay levels: “Classic” free membership, “Gold” for $19.95 per year, and “Platinum” for $29.95 per year. “It’s growing ahead of our original projections and we anticipate 10,000 members by the end of the year,” Peschke says.Next, August Home is looking into developing similar paid community models for its cooking and gardening verticals. The communities will either require memberships, micropayments or both, Peschke says.August Home’s Model: Charges per-download fees for work plans, plus paid membership subscriptions ranging from $19.95-$29.95 per year.The Pay-Off: August Home sells 100-150 plans per day. Online revenues are projected to make up 50 percent of the company’s overall revenue within five years. Aviation WeekAviation Week Intelligence NetworkAviation Week has a long history of charging for its content. Launched more than 90 years ago, the print magazine has always had a paid model, today charging more than $100 for an annual subscription. The magazine also has a portfolio of paid newsletters—including Aerospace Daily & Defense Report, Aviation Daily and the Weekly of Business Aviation—with pricing ranging from $649 to $1,785 per year.Aviation Week Intelligence Network, the magazine’s online destination for premium paid content, launched in 2002, initially as a virtual library, after being approached by Boeing. “They said, ‘we get all of your products and it would make our lives easier if you could put all of these in one place,’” says Anne McMahon, Aviation Week’s group director of information marketing services. “Shortly after launching as a virtual library of magazine and newsletter content, we realized that it was something other customers would be interested in as well.”Today, AWIN has more than 2,000 paid accounts—including individuals and enterprise accounts for companies and organizations such as Lockheed Martin, NASA and the U.S. Department of Transportation. It features a multiple-tiered pay plan “allowing subscribers access to as much or as little information as they need,” McMahon says. Single “seat” subscriptions range from $900 to $3,545, while enterprise and group sub prices vary according to the number of users.In terms of content, AWIN provides subscribers access to more than 250,000 articles, details on more than 21,000 companies, contact information for nearly 70,000 industry professionals, 13,000 tables and charts, and specification data on 3,100 products. “We often package newsletter delivery and/or magazines depending upon the customers’ needs,” McMahon says.AWIN usage has grown 20 percent since December, McMahon says. Looking forward, Aviation Week plans to build out each of AWIN’s vertical channels with more data and analytics. “The nature of the business is in developing databases and delivering on the media side some of the connectivity advertisers are looking for. There’s a place there for paid content,” she says. “AWIN represents an asset for professionals who are serious about doing business, and want serious content in one place. I see that increasing.”Aviation Week’s Model: Created a paid premium content site featuring multiple-tired pay plans.The Pay-Off: AWIN has more than 2,000 paid accounts, including individuals and enterprise accounts. Usage is up 20 percent since December.Chemical Businsess MediaChemweek.com, CHE.comAccess Intelligence’s Chemical Business Media switched its Chemical Week and Chemical Engineering Web sites to a paid content model in 2007. Since then, the group has generated 30,000 new customers which helped stop a 30-year revenue slide.“We had a paid content system before, but not a smart one,” says John Rockwell, vice president of marketing and e-media. “While we’re requiring that people register, we also dramatically improved the user experience—in terms of making access to the content as easy as possible—which, we think, balances the perceived trade-off.”Nearly all content at Chemweek.com is accessed only by subscription, with prices ranging from $200 to “several thousand dollars” annually for e-newsletters, white papers and other “high value” services, Rockwell says. Chemical Engineering’s CHE.com features some free areas, accessed only when users register. Roughly 6 percent of those free users convert to paid subscribers.Overall, conversions and renewals at both sites rose 15 percent. Revenue per subscriber increased 14 percent, while unique visitors rose by 225 percent.“If your brand is strong enough as a news analysis source, especially in the b-to-b space, then I say go for it,” says Rockwell. “It’s about making every customer touch count. If you’re not, you’re leaving money on the table. We’ve been lucky in that we’ve been able to turn users into subscribers, and scoop up more market share. In this down economy, I’ll take it.”CBM’s Model: Chemweek.com and CHE.com users pay annual subscription fees ranging from $200 to “several thousand dollars” for access to e-newsletters, white papers and other “high value” services.The Pay-Off: CBM has generated 30,000 new customers which helped stop a 30-year slide in total revenue and revenue per customer.last_img read more

The Week Continues Upward Trajectory

first_imgThe Week has been a bright spot in consumer magazine publishing since it launched in 2001, and was one of the only magazines to continuously increase its advertising pages through much of the economic recession. Through the first half of 2010, the magazine has increased ad pages by 10.3 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.And its growth continues in other areas. According to president Steven Kotok, the print magazine is gearing up to raise its rate base again in 2011 from 500,000 to 510,000. It also will be raising the price of gift subscriptions by 17 percent next year. Kotok says the magazine currently offers a bundled “two-for-one” deal for $69.“Our largest source of new subscriptions is from current subscribers introducing The Week to friends, family and colleagues, and that activity just keeps increasing,” he says. Online, the brand has effectively tripled its audience over the last 18 months. In January 2009, TheWeek.com averaged more than 330,000 unique visitors and roughly 1.28 million page views. Last month, the site pulled in more than 1.35 million uniques and 3.5 million page views.On top of seeing a strong amount of returning visitors coming directly to the site each day, TheWeek.com is getting a lot of its traffic from links from other sites. “We see a lot of links to our content from Yahoo News and AOL News—sites that report news events but link to our content for those of their readers seeking a further multiperspective ‘opinion take’ on the news,” says Kotok. “And we see a lot of traffic from links from opinion sites such as Real Clear Politics, Hot Air, Talking Points Memo, Salon and DailyKos.”Kotok says the linking raises TheWeek.com’s profile with Google, and as a result the site also is seeing an increased amount of traffic from search.Online Accounts for More Than a Third of ProfitsInitially, as did other publishers, The Week considered selling advertisements on its Web site as a small add-on for print buys. Today, though, roughly 35 percent of the brand’s profits are generated online. Kotok says a big contributor to this is landing major advertisers that aren’t buying into the print magazine, like BMW and FedEx, to buy ad schedules online.“We see online revenue rising by 50 percent in 2011 and 33 percent in 2012,” he says.Content-wise, Kotok says TheWeek.com is planning to launch a new “Election” page later this month and is developing several “multiplatform programs” which he declined to describe in further detail.“Even though we are considered new and innovtive, we actually put a lot of effort toward not changing what’s already working and toward staying true to what makes us unique,” he says. “And most importantly, focusing on what’s best for our business in the long term. There are so many pressures in this business to make compromises on those principles for short-term benefit, but compromise is not what has gotten us to our successful position today.”last_img read more

This UFO on Google Street View is likely a butterfly

first_img Sci-Tech Google Maps 52 Photos Crazy images caught on Google Street View CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Post a comment Some media outlets have been running with a story about an unidentified flying object spotted in a Google Maps image of South Florida. But a few simple clicks allow for the rather easy identification of the flying object.Granted, when looking at the Street View image at its full resolution, it does look like there’s some sort of metallic or manufactured object of alien origin emerging from behind a cloud. But simply tapping the icon to zoom in on the image twice reveals that the bizarre-looking blip is really a product of the wondrous beauty of nature combined with the imperfect nature of having to stitch together multiple images to create Google’s three-dimensional Street View snapshot of the world. The flying object is actually quite well known: a butterfly, or maybe a moth. An entomologist might be able to clear up the exact species, but the patterned wing, visible antennae and head of the insect make it pretty clear that this is a member of the Lepidoptera order rather than the kind of transport aliens from Proxima b might order up. A UFO no more! Identification complete. Any entomologists care to confirm? Google Street View Screenshot by Eric Mack / CNET What makes the picture odd appears to be that the flying bug image was cut in half because of the way Street View stitches together different stills of a landscape. In other words, the camera took one image as the presumed butterfly was beginning to pass into frame and then took an adjacent shot after the insect had flown along and the two images were joined together, producing a half-butterfly artifact.Bolstering this explanation is the fact that you can “step to the side” in Google Street View and all other elements in the scene — including the clouds — stay the same. But the half-butterfly UFO is no longer visible, having flown out of frame. Even if it was a true UFO in the image, it probably wouldn’t be the freakiest thing captured by Street View in Florida. I’d be much more worried about this alligator caught lying in wait by a rack of canoes. 0 8 Photos The year’s wackiest ‘evidence’ aliens and UFOs are real (pictures) Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

New telecom policys ambitious target Internet access to 13 billion Indians

first_imgManoj Sinha, Minister of Communication and Minister of state for railwaysPIBThe new Telecom Policy of India, expected in March 2018 will set an ambitious target of providing affordable internet access to almost 1.3 billion people and push domestic manufacturing to cut down on imports.”Internet to all will be the basic principle and to give a boost to telecom manufacturing would be a key factor of the new telecom policy,” said Communication Minister Manoj Sinha to Economic Times.The government last year decided to introduce a new telecom policy to facilitate growth of the sector and meet the requirements of next generation technologies.According to the reports, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has already started the work on the new telecom policy this year. Minister Sinha also said that the policy will be finalised by March 2018.Last month, a research firm KPMG said that mobile Internet users in India is expected to surge and cross the 300 million mark by 2017 from about 159 million users at present.Though India has low Internet penetration compared to other developed nations, the country still has the third largest Internet user base in the world with more than 300 million users of which 50 percent are only mobile Internet users.Reports also suggest that the number of internet users in India will rise to 730 million by 2020, as against its 350 million users at the end of 2015. By the end of this decade India would also surpass the number of internet users in the US.The new telecom policy once implemented would boost the number of mobile internet users and with cheaper facility it will also penetrate the rural India.According to the telecom minister the new policy is forward looking and current challenges of new technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) will also be taken care of. A rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata February 3, 2014.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriAnalysts forecast that high-speed data services with cross-industry IoT applications and AI-driven services could open up close to 20 percent of additional revenue opportunity for the industry.The players in the telecom industry are working on the call drop challenges and to improve the service quality.Once the new telecom policy is implemented, it is likely to remove the distinction between local and STD calls too. It is also expected to ensure faster and cheaper availability of internet service. The service providers will no longer be needed to take separate licenses for operations in different parts of the country. A single licence would be enough.last_img read more