Microsoft acquires e-commerce advertising vendor PromoteIQ

first_img HomeDigital MarketingMicrosoft acquires e-commerce advertising vendor PromoteIQ Posted on 6th August 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Microsoft acquires e-commerce advertising vendor PromoteIQYou are here: Microsoft has acquired vendor marketing platform PromoteIQ. PromoteIQ is an automated product marketing platform that enables brand manufacturers to run sponsored ads on participating retailers’ e-commerce sites to generate visibility and revenue from those sites. The company offers analytics dashboards both retailers and advertisers to track campaign performance. Sponsored product ads bought through PromoteIQ appear on retailer’s e-commerce sites. The capability is similar to that of HookLogic, which was acquired in 2016 by Criteo. Google experimented with running its product listing ads on retailer sites through a program called AdSense for Shopping, but it hasn’t gone anywhere since launching in 2014. Amazon, and now Walmart, have their own sponsored product ad offerings. Why we should carePrograms aimed at supporting retail customers is an area of focus for Microsoft, and the PromoteIQ acquisition fits into this effort. Microsoft is looking to pair its AI and machine learning technologies with PromoteIQ’s targeted ad placement capabilities and expects the integrations to be completed later this year. Additionally, it can help Microsoft Advertising address consistent calls from advertisers for more reach. Microsoft Advertising offers product ads on Bing.com, but its limited reach put its reach behind Google and Amazon. PromoteIQ’s portfolio of clients includes thousands of global brands and retailers. “PromoteIQ has pioneered the private marketplace approach to digital vendor marketing. PromoteIQ’s technology strategically complements Microsoft’s current retail advertising offerings, and together, we can enable retailers with a portfolio of technology solutions to modernize their e-commerce platforms and maximize their monetization opportunity,” said Rik van der Kooi, corporate vice president of Microsoft Advertising.More on the news: PromoteIQ will keep its own branding and become a division within Microsoft Advertising. Terms of the deal have not been provided at this time. Kroger, Kohl’s and Overstock.com are among PromoteIQ’s current retailer customers. PromoteIQ advertisers include Sony, P&G, Kraft and HP. The post Microsoft acquires e-commerce advertising vendor PromoteIQ appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Microsoft acquires e-commerce advertising vendor PromoteIQ Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

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Roundup 2/25: Appeal to Higher Authority Edition

first_imgThe chief scientist in Israel’s education ministry has sparked a controversy by questioning both evolution and global warming and proposing that curricula undergo religious censorship. Haaretz reports that other ministry officials have distanced themselves from the Likud party member. Today the National Institutes of Health announced seven new programs launching in 2010 with $17.8 million from the agency’s Common Fund. The projects, some of which were previewed at the AAAS meeting last week include: tools for studying proteins, knockout mouse phenotyping, human behavioral studies, regulatory science, and an intramural center for studying induced pluripotent stem cells. Two views on the crisis of legitimacy facing climate scientists from Roger Pielke Jr. (he’s been on a tear) and here from former Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chair Bob Watson. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Science from the Department of Homeland Security’s 12 centers of excellence will be on display at a summit in Washington, D.C., on 10 March.last_img read more

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Playing good dad: Akshay Kumar screens Gabbar Is Back for son Aarav, promotes it on TV

first_imgAkshay Kumar held a special screening of Gabbar Is Back for son Aarav, as he felt the latter needed to watch the film, which is about corruption.Click here to EnlargeAge is catching up with Akshay Kumar, and the hunky actor is in no mood to hide that fact unlike several other Bollywood superstars. On Tuesday evening, Akshay turned up sporting a salt-and-pepper beard and without the lines on his face hiding beneath Botox tucks.The occasion was a special screening of Akshay’s new action drama Gabbar Is Back, which the superstar held for son Aarav. Akshay felt his son needed to watch this film, which talks about Gabbar (Akshay Kumar) who starts the Anti-Corruption Force (ACF) to track down and eliminate corrupt people from society after he is wronged by the establishment.Looking dapper in formals, Akshay personally greeted the select guests. Since it was a personal screening, not many Bollywood celebs were visible, bit Shiv Sena’s Aditya Thackeray was there to support Akshay.While the special screening of his film was more of a personal affair, Akshay looked more in the mood to play to the gallery earlier on the sets of DID Super Moms, where he turned up to promote the film along with heroine Shruti Haasan.Akshay Kumar matched steps with a contestant on DID Super Moms. The duo engaged in random banter with show host Karan Wahi. Akshay also shook a leg with a contestant or two, or popular request. Shruti looked radiant in a gold outfit while Akshay was chilled out making a casual style statement.advertisementGabbar Is Back is this weekend’s big Bollywood release. It is Akshay’s second release this year after Neeraj Pandey’s Baby which, despite good response from critics and urban multiplexes, disappointed at the box office. Akshay therefore has much at stake on his latest.Directed by debutant Krish and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Gabbar Is Back is a remake of the 2002 Tamil superhit Ramanaa that was directed by A.R. Murugadoss.last_img read more

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Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold, sets world record in athletics

first_imgJavelin thrower Neeraj Chopra set a new world record and also bagged gold in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championship at Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Saturday.He became the first Indian to set a world record in athletics with a throw of 86.48m. Moreover, this is for the first time an Indian has won a gold at any World Athletics Championships.The earlier record was held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais. With this effort, Neeraj is ahead of defending Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago, whose best in 2016 is 86.35m.The 18-year-old also won a gold earlier this year at the South Asian Games in Guwahati with an effort of 82.23m. Moreover, for Neeraj’s effort, Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, has announced a Rs 10 lakh award.last_img

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10 months agoFergie prefers Pochettino ahead of Zidane for Man Utd job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fergie prefers Pochettino ahead of Zidane for Man Utd jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSir Alex Ferguson wants to see Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as next Manchester United manager.Pochettino is United’s No1 target to succeed Jose Mourinho from next season, with Fergie championing him behind the scenes.The Sun says Poch famously had lunch with the Old Trafford legend two-and-a-half years ago at Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair, London.Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League titles during his 26 years at United, remains a huge fan of the Argie coach.United will step up their search for Mourinho’s successor and appoint at the end of the season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepping in as caretaker.Zinedine Zidane is in the running and will not cost a penny in compensation after leaving Real Madrid in the summer. last_img read more

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Buffon close to sensational Juventus return

first_imgJuventus legend Gianluigi Buffon is set to make a sensational return to the club after announcing his Paris Saint-Germain departure.The 41-year-old left the Serie A champions at the end of his contract in June 2018 after 17 years with the club, opting to move to France and sign a one-year deal with PSG.He recently announced his intention to leave Paris , despite being offered a contract extension, and Goal can confirm that the Italian is set to make an unexpected return to Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Buffon’s return will see him act as back-up to first-choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny, whose stock has increased after cementing his place as one of Serie A’s finest between the sticks.Although the move seemed unthinkable only a few days ago, the Italian’s relationship with Juventus club president Andrea Agnelli has helped to push the move through with Buffon having already agreed a one-year contract.The move will be made official once the future of current back-up goalkeeper Mattia Perin has been decided, with the 26-year-old expected to leave the club this summer amid interest from Roma and Sevilla.Buffon still feels he has something to offer at the highest level after leaving PSG with a Ligue 1 winners’ medal, and will possibly look at moving into management when he decides to call an end to his playing days.The World Cup winner is not the only man who donned a PSG shirt last season who Juventus are interested in bringing to Turin this summer, however, with midfielder Adrien Rabiot high on the club’s transfer target list.The France international was suspended by the club in December and has been linked with a move to various top European clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester United as a result, but sources close to the deal have told Goal that the Old Lady are confident of completing a deal .The central midfielder’s contract is set to expire at the end of June, and Juventus are offering him a deal worth €7 million (£6m/$8m) per season, excluding any additional bonuses.The Serie A champions are looking to move forward with transfer targets swiftly during the summer transfer window, having appointed Maurizio Sarri as their new coach on June 16.last_img read more

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Google Pixel 3a spotted on Geekbench ahead of Google I/O 2019

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiApril 30, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 09:47 IST Image Courtesy: Evan Blass/TwitterHIGHLIGHTSGoogle I/O 2019 is scheduled to take place between May 7 and May 9.Google is expected to unveil Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones at Google I/O.The Google Pixel 3a is expected to run on a Qualcomm processor.Google I/O 2019 is scheduled to take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California from May 7 to May 9. Google apart from announcing major updates to Android OS and Google Assistant is also likely to unveil its first budget Pixel smartphone at its annual developer’s conference. And now, ahead of its launch next month, the upcoming Google Pixel 3a has been spotted on Geekbench.The Geekbench listing shows that Google’s upcoming budget smartphone would have a Qualcomm processor with a base frequency of 1.71GHz in its core. Rumours in the past have indicated that the tech giant could include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 in its core. The phone, as per the details available in the listing, sports 4GB RAM with Android 9.0 Pie in its core – something that has been speculated for a log time. Other than that, the Geekbench listing doesn’t reveal much about the phone’s specs or features.However, past reports have given us ample details to keep us occupied till Google officially unveils the phone at Google I/O 2019. Last week, serial tipster Evan Blass shared the image of the purple colour variant of the Google Pixel 3a on Twitter. The image came days after Blass took to the microblogging site to share the images of black and white colour variants of the phone on the site.The images shared by the tipster indicate that the Pixel 3a would come with a single rear camera and a design that resembles the company’s flagship – Google Pixel 3 — smartphone. As far as other details are concerned, rumours circulating on the social media in the past have indicated that the upcoming Pixel 3a would come with a 5.6-inch full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 18:9. It is likely to come with a 12MP camera at the back and be powered by a 2,915mAh battery.advertisementAs far as its elder sibling – the Google Pixel 3a XL – is concerned, the phone is expected to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 in its core and run on Android 9.0 in its core. It is also expected to come with a bigger 6-inch full HD+ display and a 3,000mAh battery.ALSO READ: | Google I/O 2019: Android Q, Pixel 3a, Stadia cloud gaming and other goodies Google is expected to unveilALSO READ: | Google could launch Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL at Google I/O 2019ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3a leaks in Purple colour ahead of rumoured May launchGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Google I/O 2019Follow Pixel 3a Google Pixel 3a spotted on Geekbench ahead of Google I/O 2019Geekbench listing has revealed that the Google Pixel 3a is likely to come with 4GB RAM and run on Android 9.0 Pie.advertisementlast_img read more

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Tobacco sector employs 45 cr gives Rs 1179 l cr to Indian

first_imgGuwahati: In its latest study on the economic aspect of tobacco, industry chamber Assocham has found that the sector contributes a whopping Rs 11,79,498 crore to Indian economy and employs an estimated 4.57 crore people. Conducted by the Thought Arbitrage Research Institute (TARI) on behalf of the Assocham, the study said the figures were arrived at by measuring the total cumulative intrinsic economic value generated by the sector over the years. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe study, however, did not consider other areas of the tobacco sector such as health issues. “Tobacco sector was chosen as the subject of the study because of its spread right from the farms to the local and the international markets. It cuts across a diverse set of constituents across its entire value chain,” Assocham said. The tobacco sector is ranged from farmers, who are involved in its cultivation, along with farm workers and labourers, processing units, transporters, trade channel, manufacturing units, brand owners as well as to the exports operations, the chamber said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”It has been well known that about 45.7 million people in India depend on the tobacco sector for their livelihoods. It comprises six million farmers, 20 million farm labours, four million leaf pluckers, 8.5 million workers in processing, manufacturing and exports and 7.2 million workers in retailing and trading,” the study said. Tobacco contributes a major percentage of the total value of commercial crops in India generating huge socio- economic benefits in terms of agricultural employment, farm incomes, revenue generation and foreign exchange earnings. “There is established data that India is a leading tobacco exporter with exports of leaf tobacco and tobacco products contributing around Rs 6,000 crore annually in terms of foreign exchange to the government. “Out of the total net exports, the non-manufactured tobacco has a significant share amounting to Rs 4,173 crore and the balance of around Rs 1,830 crore includes tobacco products like cigars, cheroots, cigarillos and cigarettes,” the report said. India produces tobaccos of different grades and types for various end users, providing a one-stop shop for different styles, qualities and price ranges for global customers. The Assocham study said, “India accounts for five per cent value share of the $12 billion global tobacco leaf export trade.” Indian tobaccos are exported to over 100 countries. On the farming conditions, the report said tobacco is produced in the worst farming belts of the country with poor soil quality unfit to grow many other crops. “Tobacco growing is highly labour intensive, yet remunerative compared to food crops. It can grow on soil of poor fertility and can withstand variations in weather conditions better than other crops, especially in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat,” it added. TARI Director Kshama V Kaushik said for the first time the economic contribution made by the tobacco sector to India’s economy has been quantified. “While doing this, the benefits accrued to all the stakeholders in the value chain have been taken into consideration. The cascading effects of the socio-economic benefits of the tobacco industry on other sectors of the economy have been overlooked by the studies which were done so far,” the Director claimed. The previous studies also did not assess the compounding effect of tobacco sector on livelihoods of people, who indirectly earn, such as people engaged in packaging, warehousing, flavour and fragrance, paper, jute, mentha, areca nut, transporters along with input industries like fertilisers and pesticides, the report said.last_img read more

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Man killed in lightning strike in JKs Rajouri

first_imgJammu: A 26-year-old man was killed and another person injured when lightning struck their hut in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Friday. Five goats also perished in the incident which took place in remote Bari Darhal area late Thursday night during a thunderstorm, a police official said. The deceased was identified as Abdul Razak Choudhary, he said. The injured was shifted to hospital and his condition is stated to be “stable”, the official said.last_img

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Saganash says perception of his campaign not reality

first_imgAPTN National NewsRomeo Saganash surprised many by suddenly withdrawing from the NDP leadership race last week.Saganash, a Cree MP from Quebec, met with supporters in his home riding on Friday.He thanked people for their support and said that the time and financial demands of the race was putting on his family were too great.“To lead a credible campaign, for any leadership bid, you need to back that up with money,” said Saganash. “And I received a lot of support throughout the country, grassroots people, but the money didn’t follow.”Saganash, however, bristled at the suggestion his campaign employed the wrong strategy.“No, no, you haven’t been following me for the last four months. If you had, you would understand that I did a lot of work, a lot of work,” said Saganash. “The perception is one thing, the real work that we did on the ground is another.”last_img read more

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Stocks open slightly higher on upbeat earnings, forecasts

NEW YORK — Stocks are opening slightly higher on Wall Street after several large U.S. companies released upbeat fourth-quarter results and forecasts.The results come amid a busy week for corporate earnings and as several global trade and domestic policy issues overhang the market. Xerox and 3M rose after reporting solid results, but Harley-Davidson fell. Apple reports its results after the close of trading.Washington will continue trade talks with Beijing this week, and British lawmakers resume debate on the country’s looming departure from the European Union in March. Currently there is no deal in place to insure smooth trade between Britain and the rest of Europe after Britain leaves the bloc.In the U.S., the Federal Reserve ends its latest interest rate policy meeting on Wednesday and the government releases its monthly employment report, the most important indicator on the U.S. economy, on Friday.The jobs report will have even more importance than usual because many other reports on the economy have been delayed because of the five-week partial shutdown of the federal government that ended Friday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index was little changed at 2,643 as of 10:26 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 87 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 24,623. The Nasdaq composite fell 22 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 7,064. More stocks rose than fell on the New York Stock Exchange.FULL GLASS: Corning delivered an upbeat fourth-quarter report, topping forecasts. The company expects more growth for its display-glass and optical communications segments, which makes screens for electronic devices and fiber optic cables. The stock rose 9 per cent to $33.12.PHARMA: Pfizer rose after the world’s largest drugmaker reported mixed results. While hefty costs for layoffs and acquisitions sunk fourth-quarter profit, the results still topped Wall Street forecasts. The company has been struggling to upgrade sterile injectable drug factories it bought from Hospira, but repairs have dragged on and production shutdowns have cut into sales.The company also gave Wall Street a weak sales and profit outlook for the year, but the company is still coming off of a good year, getting four new cancer drugs that could be blockbusters approved in the last 14 weeks of 2018. The stock rose 2 per cent to $40.29WINNERS: Nucor, the biggest U.S. steelmaker, said profit surged 68.5 per cent during the quarter thanks in large part to a growing economy. The company also saw increased steel shipments and prices. The stock rose 2.4 per cent to $59.90.Xerox rose on better-than-expected fourth-quarter results and an upbeat forecast as it restructures its operations. Xerox rose 8.6 per cent to $26.40.STUCK PIG: Harley-Davidson fell after the motorcycle maker reported a drop in sales worldwide, led by a weak showing in the U.S. Shipments worldwide fell 7.9 per cent. The company, which has been struggling to boost sales domestically, has been increasingly looking to sell more bikes overseas. It has warned that the ongoing trade dispute with China would raise costs. Harley’s stock, ticker symbol “HOG,” fell 7 per cent to $34.07.TRADE SPAT: American and Chinese negotiators will sit down for two days of trade talks starting Wednesday in Washington. Those talks could be more tense than usual. China has called on Washington to “stop the unreasonable crackdown” on telecom equipment maker Huawei, warning it would defend its companies. The statement comes after the U.S. escalated pressure on the tech giant by indicting it on charges of stealing technology and violating sanctions on Iran.GETTING OUT: British lawmakers will debate and vote Tuesday on a “Plan B” for the country’s impending exit from the European Union. They may also try to amend the plan. Analysts note it is likely that lawmakers will also push for a delay to the March 29 departure, giving them more time to find common ground. Britain is set to leave the bloc exactly two months from now, with or without a divorce deal.OVERSEAS: The British FTSE 100 lost 0.9 per cent while Germany’s DAX gained 0.2 per cent. France’s CAC 40 rose 1 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.1 per cent. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index closed 0.1 per cent higher.ENERGY: U.S. crude oil rose 3.2 per cent to $53.66 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, 2.4 per cent cents to $61.21 per barrel in London.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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Thailand amid complex elections Ban calls for dialogue to bridge political differences

“While he recognizes the complexity of the situation and that some chose not to participate in the election, the Secretary-General is concerned that a number of Thai people were not able to exercise their right to vote,” said a note to correspondents issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson last evening.Noting that the UN chief is closely following the developments in Thailand, the note reiterated Mr. Ban’s call for political differences to be solved through dialogue and in the best interest of the Thai people. “Any action that undermines democratic processes and hinder the democratic right of the Thai people cannot be condoned,” said the note, adding that the Secretary-General encourages all Thais and political leaders in particular to move towards a political solution based on dialogue, compromise and respect for democratic principles. read more

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UN pushes for universal health care on International Day

The International Day is supported by UHC2030, a global partnership consisting of Member States, several United Nations Agencies ­– including the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – and civil society organizations.The aim is to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage, by sharing the stories of the millions of people still waiting for health care, championing what has been achieved so far, and calling on decision-makers to make bigger and smarter investments in health, moving the world closer to Universal Health Care by 2030. In 2012, the UN General Assembly unanimously endorsed a resolution urging countries to accelerate progress toward universal health coverage: the idea that everyone, everywhere should have access to quality, affordable health care – as an essential priority for international development: in 2017 the General Assembly made December 12 the official UN-designated International Day for Universal Health Coverage.The International Day has been backed by UN chief António Guterres, who said in a statement that “strong leadership and community engagement are essential in ensuring that all people get the healthcare they need. On this International Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to a world with health for all.”This year, the Day is being celebrated two months after Member States unanimously vowed to strengthen primary health care, as an “essential step” towards achieving health coverage for all, at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan on 25-26 October.The commitment was made as a global movement grows for greater investment in primary health care to achieve universal health coverage: so far, health resources have been overwhelmingly focused on single disease interventions rather than strong, comprehensive health systems – a gap highlighted by several health emergencies in recent years. read more

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Vancouver council supports bus rapid transit plan

first_imgVancouver’s top leaders said Monday they’ll back a plan for bus rapid transit on Vancouver’s Fourth Plain corridor to Northeast 121st Avenue, but made it clear they still have questions about financing, business impacts and station locations.A majority of the city council appeared to support plans for bus rapid transit that has buses in mixed traffic rather than in a dedicated lane, and with a likely mix of curbside and center median stops along the way.A public hearing and vote is set for May 21, in advance of a June 12 C-Tran Board of Director’s meeting that will set the stage for applying for Federal Transit Administration grants that will cover much of the construction costs.The cost to build the line to 121st could land anywhere from $40 million to $55 million; other options included a terminus at Vancouver Mall and at Northeast 162nd Avenue. C-Tran expects as much as 80 percent of that to be covered by federal grants, although project manager Chuck Green acknowledged Monday that the feds may only cover 70 percent of construction. The plan would shave eight minutes off of peak transit travel times, and keep them relatively constant into 2035. Construction on the line could begin as soon as early 2014, with the line up and running by late that year or in early 2015, Green said.Green addressed several critiques of the system’s plans, including the lack of dedicated lanes for bus travel, a hallmark of many bus rapid transit lines around the country.last_img read more

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HTCs new Vive Focus Plus VR headset is twice the price of

first_img Read Lenovo Smart Clock review First look at Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S Post a comment 16 Photos Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Sarah Tew/CNET 0 The Cheapskate Chris Monroe/CNET Apple iPhone XS $155 at Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Oculus Virtual Reality HTC,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See at Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $299 at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Now playing: Watch this: See at Amazon Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $6 at Tidal Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Wearable Tech Rylo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sprint $210 at Best Buy DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Angela Lang/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $520 at HP See It $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read Google Home Hub review See it 7 $60 at Best Buy Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 3:16 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $59 at eBay Best Buy See It $999 Tags The Vive Focus Plus will get Oculus Quest-like controllers. HTC What’s the price of great standalone VR? Facebook says it’s $399. HTC says it’s $799. HTC has revealed the price and release date of its newest self-contained VR headset, the Vive Focus Plus, and it’s considerably more expensive than the also-soon-to-arrive Oculus Quest.The Vive Focus Plus arrives April 15, HTC announced Monday at its Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen, China. That’s twice the cost of Facebook’s Oculus Quest, which runs off a similar Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and also has self-contained six-degrees-of-freedom tracking and dual controllers. The Oculus Quest is expected this spring, perhaps as soon as Facebook’s F8 conference. (UK and Australian details weren’t announced, but $799 converts to about £600 or AU$1,100.)The Vive Focus Plus is meant for businesses, unlike the Oculus Quest, which will have a more games-focused curated library. The Vive Focus Plus promises improved visuals via new Fresnel lenses — kind of like in a lighthouse — and its dual wireless controllers should provide more PC-like full-motion 6DoF tracking, as opposed to the single 3DoF controller that came with the first Vive Focus.HTC will be looking for more installation-based uses for the Vive Focus Plus, including virtual arcades and theme parks, and it could be more flexibly connected to accessories as opposed to the Oculus Quest. At the Shenzhen conference, the Focus Plus will be paired with haptic vests and connected to 40-player multiplayer games in open spaces, according to HTC. It could end up being a replacement platform for bulkier setups like PC VR backpacks. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read the AirPods review See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Boost Mobile Comments What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Oculus Quest virtual reality headset revealed Amazonlast_img read more

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First day out Reconnecting ordering the perfect eggs at Dennys

first_imgThis is the first of a five-part series looking at prison re-entry. Want more? Alaska Public Media is hosting a live community forum on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:00 p.m. to dig deeper into life after prison.Every month about 1,000 people are released from prison in Alaska. In November, April Wilson was one of them.It’s 6:45 a.m. and 43-year-old April Wilson waits inside the entrance of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River. It’s her first day out after two and a half years in prison. Her long dark hair is perfectly curled, her eye makeup sparkles, and her piles of papers and decorations are gathered in a clear plastic garbage bag.“Let’s blow this joint!” April exclaims excitedly.Download AudioApril Wilson in Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River before her release. Photo: Anne Hillman/KSKA.She’s ready for the world. Except she doesn’t have a jacket, just a thin hoodie, and it’s about 15 degrees out. The person picking her up is Joan Miller, April’s mentor. They met through a faith-based therapeutic program at Hiland called the Transformational Living Community, or TLC. It’s focused on overcoming addictions. They’ve known each other for about a year.“I don’t know if you need an extra fleece?” Joan offers, handing April her husband’s old black jacket and a scarf.“Sure! Brr!” April shivers. “Thank you, Joan!”As we drive toward Anchorage, Wilson borrows my phone to call her 18-year-old daughter. Within minutes of hanging up, her mother is on the line.“That’s crazy my mom’s calling already! Chanel probably said ‘Mom’s out of jail!’”Until recently, April hadn’t talked to her mom much. They hadn’t seen each other in years.For 15 years April was in and out of prison on theft charges. She was stealing to buy cocaine. A few weeks before she was released, we sat in the correctional center cafeteria and she told me about her past. She remembers the first time she got out of prison years ago.“The first time I got out I had people sending me money and giving me money here (in Hiland), so I saved that money and I went and got high. That’s what I did,” she recalls, matter-of-factly.April says prison became a revolving door. She didn’t try to get clean, until this nearly 3-year-long stint. After deciding to join the Christian therapy program, she called her mother.“She basically told me she was tired of me… when was I going to get myself together? I have a daughter. How do I think it makes her feel, with her mom always being in jail?”She’d heard it all before, but this time it sunk in. April decided to commit herself to TLC, and things changed.Now my daughter even tells me she loves me. She can’t wait until I get out. And she also said, ‘Mom, I see something very different in you.’” April’s voice cracks with emotion. “It makes me very proud.”The same hope and enthusiasm are still with her as she sits down for her first meal out: breakfast at Denny’s.“I want two poached eggs, English muffin, two strips of bacon, and hash browns,” she tells the waitress. Denny’s doesn’t offer her first choice, eggs Benedict, so she’s making an approximation.In prison she ate rubbery pancakes and boiled eggs. The waitress sets down the plate.“It looks amazing. Way different! I’ll be stuffing my face now.” And she plunges her fork in.April Wilson and her mentor Joan Miller on her first day out. Photo by Anne Hillman/KSKA.By the end of the meal, the excitement begins to wear off and April’s nerves kick in. We swing by a store to buy Tums before heading to the parole office and the DMV. She’s required to check in with her parole officer within 24 hours of release, and it’s hard to do things without an ID card. It’s all relatively quick. By 10 a.m. we’re at the mall, trying to get a reduced-cost Lifeline phone.That’s when April hits her first stumbling block. She doesn’t have the right paperwork with her to qualify for the cheaper phone. And after giving the friend she’s staying with $100 to help pay for rent, she has just over $100 to get by on until she gets a job.“So people just getting out of jail, you guys don’t do Lifelines for that?” she asks the sales clerk, her voice tense with disbelief.“No, that doesn’t qualify for Lifeline,” he explains. The national program has strict requirements.“Oh my god. If I buy one of these phones, that’s almost all of my money gone. I don’t have a choice but to do it. I need to get a phone,” April tells Joan, exasperated.“Can’t you use Sheba’s phone?” Joan says, referencing the friend April is staying with.“No, because she’s on a certain thing. She can only take a certain amount of calls. And I don’t like to be out nowhere without a phone,” she responds, plaintively.After some conversation, Joan convinces April she can wait a day for a phone, until she’s had a chance to get the right paperwork from the Department of Public Assistance. By 11 a.m., April is exhausted. She sets her list of errands aside.“I’m overwhelmed right now. My stomach still feels kind of sick. I thought I could just do everything so fast, you know. I was like, ‘Oh, I can do this? Oh yeah, I can go do that. I’ll be fine.’ Then all the sudden. It just hit me, I’m done for the day. No more.”On her last stop before heading home, friends from a therapy program give her a gift pack of essentials including a bus pass, a book, a water bottle, and….“Gum! Gum? Gum!” April says gleefully then opens up the pack. “Man, you don’t get gum. I haven’t had gum in two and a half years, and I’m gonna chew a piece right now!”During her first week out she reconnects with family, rebuilding connections she hasn’t had in years. She doesn’t have a phone yet, so I keep in touch via Joan, who says she’s in good spirits. Eleven days after her release, Joan picks her up to run some errands before April’s graduation ceremony from TLC at Hiland that night.“We went to Nordstrom’s and she got a few perfume samples. She loves perfume! And then we went to visit her parole officer.”And that’s where April’s story takes a different turn. She’s arrested for parole violations and sent back to Hiland where Joan visits her two days later.Joan says April told her she was on a prescription painkiller for her injured foot but she forgot to bring in proof to show her parole officer. Joan says it was discouraging for both of them.“She plans to just depend on the Lord and try to stay close to him and try to be patient and just wait and see what happens one day at a time.”Joan says she hopes April will use the time back in prison to make a better plan so that her next time out is more successful.last_img read more

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Implementation of detention system soon

first_imgKolkata: Union minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar expressed his optimism over the implementation of detention system from the 2019 academic session. “I am hopeful that the Bill regarding detention-no detention will be passed in Parliament in July and will be readied by the month of August. From March 2019 onwards, the states who are willing to introduce detention can do it in Class V and VIII,” Javadekar said at a press conference on Saturday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe attributed the delay in the passing of the Bill to the Congress and said: “The last session was washed out because of the Congress, otherwise it could have been passed in the Budget session itself.” According to the minister, the Centre has allowed the states to exercise their discretion on whether they should allow detention or continue with no detention policy. “25 states including Bengal want detention. The others do not want, I respect their freedom,” he maintained. Responding to a poser on reducing the burden of bags for students, the minister said the NCERT syllabus which is so crammed will be soon reduced by half. “A student’s brain is not a data bank. It should be able to analyse, comprehend and communicate. We have received suggestions from 37,000 teachers class wise, subject wise and lesson wise. The process of framing a system of reducing the burden of the syllabus which will bring down the load of school bags is on. Some of it will be reduced in 2019 and some again in 2020,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe further added that the ministry is focusing on learning with fun to reduce the pressure of studies. “We will be giving a grant of Rs 20,000 to each government school across the country for libraries and Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 grant to every school for building up sports infrastructure,” Javadekar said. He maintained that the National Testing Agency will be soon getting a new chairman and it will start taking examinations like Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and NEET right from the 2019 academic year.last_img read more

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Token bus strike gets lukewarm response services unaffected

first_imgKolkata: Bus services remained unaffected with no response to the token strike called by an association of bus owners.It may be mentioned that the association has called for a token strike by urging bus owners not to ply their vehicles during non-office hours for three days from Monday in and around Kolkata demanding hike in fare with increase in diesel prices. But there was no response to the same and people have not faced any problem in availing private buses in anytime of the day. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHowever, the state Transport department had kept 200 additional buses as stand-by to operate if necessary. With private bus services remaining normal, there was no need to operate the additional state-run buses. The association had proposed to operate buses from 8 am to 11 am in the morning and again from 3 pm to 7 pm in the evening so that office-goers do not face trouble in commuting. But private bus services remained normal throughout the day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that other associations of the private and mini-bus owners had opposed the move of going for the token strike. State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari said in this connection: “The transport system was normal. No passengers were harassed. Around 200 buses were kept as stand-by. However, there was no need felt to operate the same.” The state Transport department was prepared to cancel permits of the buses if found not operating as per the time table. It was also not necessary as the officials of the state Transport department found that the private buses operated maintaining proper timings.last_img read more

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