Telstra plans ‘5G’ demo with Ericsson

first_img 5G testbedEricssonSingTel Singtel rethinks strategy after profit plummets Asia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 04 AUG 2016 Related Singtel warns of loss on impairment charges Joseph Waring Authorcenter_img Singtel lights SA 5G network Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Tags Australia’s largest mobile operator Telstra will partner with Sweden’s Ericsson to run a so-called 5G demo in September.The operator will be the first in Australia to trial Ericsson’s 5G radio test bed, said Mike Wright, Telstra’s group MD for networks.The trial will test the expected high speeds and ultra-low latency of 5G, as well as multi-user MIMO (multiple input multiple output), which makes use of multiple antennas to carry data to improve the performance. The demo will also test beam steering technology, which optimises the mobile signal to each user with less interference and better network performance and more capacity, he said.Of course, 5G technology is very much work in progress; a first phase official standard isn’t expected to be ratified by the 3GPP until 2018, with commercial networks launched from 2020. But Telstra is attempting to stay ahead of the development game with its early moves, and joins operators such as AT&T, Docomo, KT and Verizon in pushing pre-standard trial work.Training in SwedenTelstra announced in February it sent employees to Ericsson’s 5G research centre in Sweden for training and to develop 5G radio channel models. The operator said it has conducted 5G radio tests at Ericsson’s 5G experience centre that achieved download speeds of greater than 20Gb/s.“We have started the process of modernising our wireless core network in preparation for 5G with network function virtualisation (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) technologies. This allows us to support increased network configuration and deployment flexibility to different market segments, and to tailor their wireless connectivity through a concept called Network Slicing,” Wright said.Earlier this year the operator announced plans to deploy a 5G trial on the Gold Coast in 2018.Last December Telstra and Ericsson demoed 4×4 MIMO, supporting peak downlink data speeds of up to 380Mb/s. Previous ArticleSalesforce strikes Quip dealNext ArticleStarHub’s profit rises, mobile revenue falls HomeAsiaNews Telstra plans ‘5G’ demo with Ericssonlast_img read more

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POLICE APPEAL FOR WITNESSES TO SERIOUS ROAD CRASH – A713

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInSERIOUS ROAD CRASH – A713 DRUMJOHN, CARSPHAIRNPolice are currently in attendance at a serious road crash on the A713 at Drumjohn near Carpshairn where a red Ford Fiesta and a white Asda delivery van collided around 1040 hours this morning, Friday 30 September 2016.The A713 is closed in both directions to allow the investigation to continue. Local diversions are in place.Officers are appealing to the driver of a white flat bed pick up truck – the size of a transit van – who was in the area at the time of the crash – to come forward as he or she may have information that could prove vital to the investigation.Any witnesses can contact the Roads Policing department at Stranraer Police Office via 101.last_img read more

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University of New Brunswick chemical engineering student studying in Taylor wins award

first_imgFlack will be returning to school in the winter but says she will share her experiences with friends and colleagues back home.“A lot think oil and gas for engineers but engineering students should really consider forestry. It’s an industry that offers a lot of innovative opportunities.”Flack is one of 10 Greenest Workforce Green Dream scholarship recipients. Recipients are ‘those who are sharing their expertise and learning about the industry first-hand at forest operations across the country.’ TAYLOR, B.C. – A University of New Brunswick student that came all the way to Taylor to co-op, has won a Greenest Workforce Green Dream scholarship.21-year-old Melanie Flack says she’s had nothing but a positive experience so far in northeast B.C. since arriving in Taylor to work at Canfor’s Taylor plant.“I came [to Taylor, BC] on my own so the people have been incredibly accommodating andwelcoming. It’s just been tremendous.”Prior to coming to Taylor, Flack had never been beyond Ontario borders.- Advertisement -While exploring northern B.C., Flack is also learning about the forestry industry firsthand.“I just love that [the industry is] sustainable. I believe that we need to use the resources that we have but we can use them in a way that won’t be detrimental in the future.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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SATURDAY SIX 2016 Election Special: A look at how Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as President could affect Walt Disney World

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX is a very special 2016 ELECTION SPECIAL – a look at how a President Trump or a President Clinton could affect Walt Disney World. We are mere days away from a historic election here in the United States. While many are concerned with the outcome of the election and how it will impact things like healthcare, national security, and taxes, we here at the SATURDAY SIX only care about the most important issue at stake: theme parks. We commissioned an all-star, blue ribbon panel made up of political experts, former imagineers, and futurists to give us a blueprint of what could happen. Unfortunately, none of them showed up. So instead we’re going to present to you OUR thoughts of what could happen to Walt Disney World depeHnding on how YOU vote on November 8th (although, for some of you the voting date is November 28th.) Whether you’re a shill for Hill or belong in a basket of deplorables, we have the result you don’t want to see. So sit back, proudly display your I Voted button, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…# 6 – IF TRUMP WINS: We’re going to build a WALL around EPCOT’s Mexico Pavilion and THEY’RE going to pay for itSorry La Cava, but we need to protect our borders….and Arendelle’s too. (photo by Daisy Lauren and  Matt Cleary)When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President on June 16, 2015, he made a bold promise. “I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” Donald himself has estimated this cost to be in the range of 10-12 billion dollars, while others have estimated it would be closer to 25 billion. With that type of money at stake, we’ll probably see Disney expand the monorail to the Port Orleans resorts before Mexico pays for this wall. However, a great way The Donald can save face is by actually building a wall around Mexico…the Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT! While it may be hard to get the actual Mexican government to write a check, we feel confident that we could shake a few pesos out of La Cava del Tequila and the Three Caballeros to get this done.–# 5 – IF CLINTON WINS: Princesses to switch their dresses for smart and stylish pantsuitsPrincess Power! (photo by Matt Cleary)A couple months ago there was a brouhaha in the Theme Park Universe because of something thought unfathomable by many Disney fans: the company changed Jasmine’s meet and greet outfit. For too long Disney Princesses have been forced to wear their iconic dresses no matter the occasion, and if we have our first woman in the White House it is high time to change that! No longer will Ariel cruelly be forced to wear scratchy sea shells as a top, because now the entire Disney Princess wardrobe will consist of smart and stylish pantsuits! As strong, courageous, and powerful women, each Disney Princess will rock these outfits like nobody’s business (attire.)–# 4 – IF TRUMP WINS: Walt Disney replaced in Partners Statue with shirtless Vladmir PutinOne of the most iconic cartoon characters in the world, known for making people laugh at his outrageous antics. Also pictured: Mickey Mouse. (photo by Brandon Glover and Matt Cleary)No one is going to deny Walt Disney’s place in history. However, it’s now 2016 and with Donald Trump as President it may be time to better represent America’s new “partnership” with Russia. Who better to guide us hand in hand through this new era of glasnost than a statue of a shirtless Vladmir Putin? Walt Disney still has a whole bunch of things at WDW commemorating him, including One Man’s Dream and…, well there’s probably more, but do you know who doesn’t have anything commemorating him at WDW? Vladmir Putin.–# 3 – IF CLINTON WINS: Hall of Presidents animatronic to have “public” position for Value Resort guests and “private” position for Deluxe Resort guestsSeeing the Hall of Presidents reminds us that it is the absolute best attraction in WDW… for an air conditioned break. (photo by Josh Abercrombie and Matt Cleary)President Clinton being awarded a check after her rousing speech on American philanthropy. (photo by Morgan Crutchfield and Matt Cleary)Over the course of the last year, many theme park fans – including the SATURDAY SIX itself – speculated on the idea of Donald Trump being added to the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom. Other than WDI having to triple their order of orange paint, that seems like an easy fit. But getting President Hillary Clinton into the HoP means a whole bunch of things have to change. Whereas the HoP now has the same show over and over again, President Clinton would need multiple shows to fully get across her various positions. Guests staying at Disney Value Resorts such as Pop Century will be invited to the “public” show, while guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts such as The Contemporary, will have access to the “private” show. Moderate Resort guests are an afterthought, but there’s a good chance they’ll soon be Value Resort guests anyway. The highlight of every performance is the show stopping finale where President Clinton is given a $200,000 check for her rousing speech.–# 2 – IF TRUMP WINS: Calling women “Miss Piggy” now a compliment!Donald Trump, Miss Piggy, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.Disney has quietly been making a great resurgence with The Muppets. Over in EPCOT, the Muppet Mobile Lab with Beaker and Dr. Honeydew was brought back after spending years collecting dust. In the Magic Kingdom, the new Great Moments in American History with the Muppets is everything we wanted it to be, and more. We’re also just two weeks away from the Muppet-themed PizzeRizzo opening in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With the Muppets now back in a major way in the theme park world, we can make a case that calling a woman “Miss Piggy” can now be seen as a compliment. As a woman (er, pig, but you know what we mean,) the actual Miss Piggy has many character traits that we admire. She is a strong woman filled with feminine charm, but also has no problem pulling out a karate chop when needed (“Hi-yah!“)–# 1 – IF CLINTON WINS: WikiLeaks Becomes the new home of the Disney Parks BlogClick to expandFor theme park fans, the concept of a President Hillary Clinton means one thing for sure, we’ll be getting all our latest Disney news via WikiLeaks! Co-run by Julian Assange and Steven Miller, the new and improved Disney Parks Blog will mix in the latest goings on at Disney parks around the world along with hacked emails from theme park bloggers on The Watch List. What that means is, after you read about the upcoming commemerative MagicBands for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you can go straight to a covert email from noted rabble-rouser Andy Castro where he tells Guy Selga that he actually likes the Guardians of Galaxy overlay at Tower of Terror! Not shocking enough? What about a stolen email from Tom Bricker to Seth Kubersky which covered Tom’s concerns about TouringPlans’ own Rikki Niblett? In the email, Bricker urged Seth to  “stay on her” and “lock her in,” because if he did, “eventually [Rikki] will sound like a human.” That’s right, email after email proving once and for all that theme park bloggers – once seen as the pillars of society and at the highest level of all human achievement – are just like everyone else.Erase all your current bookmarks, because come November 9th, the Disney Parks Blog at its new home on WikiLeaks will be the only place to get your theme park news (literally.)–So there you have it: SATURDAY SIX 2016 Election Special: A look at how President Trump or Clinton could affect Walt Disney World. See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the Pardon the Pixie Dust podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)Ultra RARE look at how a SATURDAY SIX is born. Sketch by Your Humble Author and then turned into magic by Matt Cleary.If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:Inaugural 2015 Theme Park Awards (AKA The Burgys)Walt Disney World Locations Used in Hulk Hogan’s THUNDER IN PARADISESix Events That Won’t Be on ANY Theme Park Calender2014 Theme Park “Turkeys” of the Year6 Ways Disney Can Introduce MARVEL into the WDW ParksSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, master photo manipulator Matt Cleary, the worldwide leader of Error 404 pages wdwthemeparks.com‘s Tim Grassey, the guy who has a Space Mountain kitchen – Len Testa, crazy cat lady Laurel Stewart, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-host Aengus Mackenzie and fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now! (For every copy sold, a percentage of the profits* go towards buying a DVD of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rap video.)last_img read more

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South Africa takes a stand against violence and abuse

first_img24 November 2014With the theme “Count me in”, 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign will be officially launched by President Jacob Zuma in Reiger Park, Ekurhuleni, on 25 November.The international campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December, to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence has on women, children and society. However, South Africa is expanding 16 Days into a year-long, intensified programme that will ensure men and boys are part of the solution.National and provincial dialogues will extend beyond 16 Days, driven by the Department of Women. These will involve multidisciplinary and inter-departmental teams, and will be a platform for all South Africans to engage in identifying interventions responsive to their experiences.There will be a National Prayer Day for women and children from all walks including, sex workers, abused women and children on 6 December, with official activities taking place at Johannesburg Stadium. On 10 December, there will be a Presidential Men’s Dialogue at the Presidential Guesthouse at the Union Buildings, and the Department of Social Development will host a Human Trafficking Indaba.This year, the theme of 16 Days is: “Count Me In. Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward”. It is the 16th year of the campaign, and will also reflect on 20 years of democracy in South Africa and 60 years of the Women’s Charter.Speaking about the campaign in parliament on Friday, 21 November, Susan Shabangu, the minister in The Presidency for women, said: “Imagine living in a society where we no longer read or hear about the abuse that women and children often suffer at the hands of heartless perpetrators.”Parliament hosted a Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces to debate 16 Days. It began with the lighting of the torch of peace in the morning and the signing of a pledge by Members of Parliament.“One of the achievements of the campaign over the years has been the bringing together of all sectors of society, including civil society organisations to speak in one voice against this scourge – ‘many voices one message’ – which then spoke to fighting this scourge of violence for 365 days,” Shabangu said. Despite the high level of awareness of 16 Days, gender violence remained a cause for concern. Domestic violence continued to be a deadly crime, a social menace, and a costly public health and economic problem.“The brutal killing of women and children despite laws having been instituted to criminalise brutal behaviour and to improve the safety of women and children, shows that there is a need to move from policy to action and provide stronger focus than ever on prevention and early intervention to support women and children against this scourge.”She said that government research institutions such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research “have the responsibility to conduct victimology research in order to assist in early detection and prevention”. While it was the primary responsibility of the government to provide strong leadership and a co-ordinated and integrated approach to tackling gender violence, Shabangu said that reducing violence against women and children was a shared responsibility across society. It could not be achieved by the government alone.16 Days aims to provide a platform to engage all stakeholders across race, gender, age and other divides to commit to collectively fight gender violence and child abuse, and to relook at strategies to eradicate it. “This calls for national cohesion. This is not a programme for a particular grouping, but a national call because it deals with our integrity,” she said.Unite4MandelaOn Saturday, 22 November, more than 25 000 people gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for the Nelson Mandela Sports and Cultural Day, known as Unite4Mandela. Speaking on the day, Shabangu urged all South Africans to commit themselves to creating a non-violent nation. “We need to unite against violence of women and children. we need to all be active and be counted in a fight against abuse of women and children during this 16 Days of Activism.”She pleaded with men to pledge that they would not abuse and violate the rights of women and children, and encouraged men to provide financially for their families. She also urged people not to discriminate against and violate the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersex people.Most participants on the day were South Africans, but there were runners, cyclists and walkers from abroad, including Ethiopia and the Netherlands. Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula reiterated Shabangu’s words, saying it was time to put an end to the abuse of women and children. “Only boys abuse women. Real men do not abuse.”Races on the day included a 5km, a 9.4km and a 27km run, and a 67km cycle.Culture of respectMeanwhile in the Western Cape, the Create a Culture of Respect campaign was launched on Monday, 24 November by the provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, and local celebrities. The minister, celebrities and sports stars signed a pledge to fight the abuse of women and children in their various fields. It is planned that the celebrities and sports stars will use their influence in each field to effect change and speak to people across the province. The province said the initiative aimed to ensure that the protection of women and children went beyond the 16 days of this campaign.A number of pertinent days are included during 16 Days: International day of No Violence Against Women on 25 November, World Aids Day on 1 December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, and International Human Rights Day on 10 December.Various laws protect the rights of women and children against violence, the most prominent of which are the Domestic Violence, the Children’s and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) acts. Other laws protect the interests of women and children; among them are the Maintenance, the Recognition of Customary Marriages, and the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination acts.Helplines for abused people:Gender-based Violence Helpline: 0800 428 428 or *120*7867 from any cellphoneChildline: 0800 055 555SAPS Crime Stop: 08600 10111Aids Helpline: 0800 012 322 or 011 725 6710Helplines for abusers who want to stop their behaviour:Gender-based Violence Helpline: 0800 428 428 or *120*7867 from any cellphoneStop Gender-based Violence Helpline: 0800 003 081Suicide Helpline: 0800 567 567SAinfo Reporter and SANewslast_img read more

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… for Hackers

first_imgThere are so many ways for the holidays to turn sour for an online retailer. Gift cards and loyalty points, not subject to the same type of verification as credit cards, are stolen from customer accounts and used for fraudulent purposes. Compromised corporate credit cards are used to make high-volume purchases in the thousands of dollars and shipped to multiple locations… activity that might raise flags for a consumer card, but pass as business as usual during business gift season. Customer credentials and payment information are hacked from one retailer’s site, then reused far and wide to victimize more secure, but unsuspecting merchants. These are all real examples we hear too often from retailers.With annual sales projected to reach over $630 billion by 2020, online retailers are a rich target for hackers, so much so that annual losses are estimated at $12 billion. And with holiday sales representing nearly 20 percent of the year’s sales for retailers, hacks and breaches can be especially painful during this time of year when businesses are… TotalRetail Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Marketing Day: Simply Measured’s new API, Twitter news & OTT programming

first_img HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Simply Measured’s new API, Twitter news & OTT programming Posted on 13th July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Marketing Day: Simply Measured’s new API, Twitter news & OTT programmingYou are here: Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Feed your search marketing obsession at SMX EastJul 12, 2016 by Marketing LandYou can register for SMX East anytime and get the latest, greatest SEO and SEM tactics. But why wait? Register now and save $300!Simply Measured offers “first social measurement API” for marketersJul 12, 2016 by Barry LevineAggregating feeds from multiple social networks, the API goes beyond the company’s current reports and provides standardized data for queries.3 common mistakes made in do-it-yourself PPCJul 12, 2016 by Pauline JakoberTrying to manage your business’s paid search advertising on your own? Columnist Pauline Jakober outlines some common pitfalls to avoid.Twitter will tell brands more about people who see their tweets, visit their sitesJul 12, 2016 by Tim PetersonTwitter is opening Gnip’s Audience API so that any brand can access demographic and interest data about anyone who sees its tweets or visits its site.7 lessons to jump-start your digital marketing in AsiaJul 12, 2016 by Eli SchwartzLooking to expand your business to Asia and not sure what to expect? Contributor Eli Schwartz shares insights gleaned from living and working overseas.MarTech Landscape: What is OTT programming and why does it matter?Jul 12, 2016 by Barry LevineOver-The-Top is a rapidly changing term, but it signifies a permanent change in how people consume content.Redefining success: 3 dangers of email conversion inflationJul 12, 2016 by Chad WhiteDon’t label everything and anything a conversion. Columnist Chad White says you need to focus on the right metrics to get a better understanding of your campaign performance over time.Google rolling out Showcase Shopping Ads – PLAs for broad product queries – and other Shopping updatesJul 12, 2016 by Ginny MarvinAhead of the holiday push, Google is debuting a new ad and landing page format for retailers to show users more products.As publishers see rising returns on video, Facebook is getting more of their ad campaignsJul 12, 2016 by Ginny MarvinA new survey shows publishers remain wary of relinquishing control of their video revenue to third parties. Most are not participating in Instant Articles, for example.3 reasons your content isn’t getting shared — and how to fix themJul 12, 2016 by Jayson DeMersYou’ve put time and effort into your content, but it’s not getting the traction you’d hoped for. What can you do? Columnist Jayson DeMers helps identify the underlying issue and suggests solutions.Twitter’s live TV lineup grows with three Bloomberg weekday showsJul 12, 2016 by Tim PetersonBloomberg will air three of its weekday news shows live on Twitter, and the companies will share the resulting ad revenue.In-app purchases dwarf ad revenues, as iOS App Store exceeds $71 billionJul 11, 2016 by Greg SterlingOnly 5 percent of app users make in-app purchases, yet they drive much more publisher revenue than app-based advertising.Facebook’s testing another ad-free Pages design for desktopJul 11, 2016 by Tim PetersonFacebook is testing a new look for its desktop Pages that drops right-hand ads and repositions the page’s cover photo, profile photo and navigation bar.Recent Headlines From Search Engine Land, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Search News & Information:Mobile marketing AMPlification: Content, performance and measurementEarned engagement and fragmented audiences: kickstart your process in the enterpriseRotating ad copy: What traffic are you missing out on?Google offers new hotel search filters, deal labels and airline price trackingGoogle rolling out major change to PLAs for broad product queries, among other Shopping updatesOnline Marketing News From Around The Web:Affiliate Marketing3 Tips to Use Affiliate Links on Pinterest, www.socialmediaexaminer.comAnalytics5 Things to Consider when Migrating Data Analytics to the Cloud, www.martechadvisor.comMaximising the use of your data for digital marketing, www.branded3.comMeasuring ROI Still the Top Struggle for Social Marketers, www.emarketer.comThe Biggest Challenges of Measuring Content Marketing ROI, www.marketingprofs.comBusiness IssuesBiz Stone throws his weight behind the Polaroid Swing motion photo app, techcrunch.comFacebook Taps Office 365 While Developing Own Workplace Service, www.wsj.comGoogle Gets Extension to Respond to EU Over Android Antitrust Charges, www.wsj.comGoogle just scored a bunch of new property to make its crazy dream campus come true, www.recode.netContent Marketing6 Ways to Improve Your Content’s Sharability, www.copypress.com8 Companies That Get Content Marketing, www.internetmarketingninjas.comAre You Missing this Vital Ingredient In Your Content Strategy?, unbounce.comDoes Your Content Answer Searchers’ Questions?, contentmarketinginstitute.comMissed 2016 Content Marketing Opportunities, heidicohen.comWhat a Content Marketer needs to know about Pokemon Go, www.cornwallseo.comWhat Makes Visual Content Go Viral?, www.convinceandconvert.comConversion OptimizationData-Driven CTAs for Each Stage of Your Sales Funnel, blog.kissmetrics.comHow to Build a High-Converting Marketing Funnel, www.marketingprofs.comHow to Build Strong Customer Relationships to Boost Retention, blog.crazyegg.comCopywriting, Design & UsabilityHow to Write with Power and Authority, Even if You Feel Like a Nobody, www.copyblogger.comDomainingBuy it or lose it? Governments could get first dibs on two-letter domains, domainincite.comNew Top Level Domain Industry First Half 2016 Analysis & Insights, www.thedomains.comE-CommerceDefining Your Ecommerce Pricing Strategy in a Post-List Price World, multichannelmerchant.comDemand for Amazon Prime Day deals leads to checkout issues for shoppers, techcrunch.comEBay adopts new Google tech to improve mobile shopping experience, www.retaildive.comIs Apple Pay the first real chance for e-retailers to take on Amazon?, www.internetretailer.comPrime Day part II: What we learned from the original holiday, intelligence.slice.comStudy: 52% of Amazon customers are Prime members, www.retaildive.comThe real reason Amazon is bringing back Amazon Prime Day, qz.comEmail Marketing6 content ideas for your welcome email, myemma.comEngage Your Employees, www.verticalresponse.comThe Top 5 Contextual Emails of the Season, movableink.comGeneral Internet MarketingDon’t get lost in the data: The easy way to drive personalization, thedma.orgHow to Create a Minimalist Marketing Report, raventools.comWhat is B2B account-based marketing & why should you care?, econsultancy.comWhat Marketers can do to Maximize Engagement at Rio Olympics 2016, www.martechadvisor.comInternet Marketing Industry33Across Launches New Publisher Dashboard, www.businesswire.comCuebiq Pens Strategic Partnerships With DSPs, Agencies, www.mediapost.comMetamarkets Adds Casey Steele as Vice President of Sales, www.prnewswire.comNetSeer Introduces In-Video Monetization Solution for Publishers to Drive Incremental Revenue & Enhance Audience Experience, www.marketwired.comOlark Launches Hummingbird Mobile-Friendly Live Chat Experience, multichannelmerchant.comTapad and Conversion Logic Provide a Better Understanding of Customer Journey, www.prnewswire.comTop Brands Adopt Act-On to Power Marketing & Communications, press.act-on.comMarTech4 Tech Trends You Need To Get Prepared For, www.blogherald.com5 Barriers of Marketing Automation and How to Overcome Them, www.martechadvisor.comHow Talent, Data and Technology Foster Marketing Team Optimization, www.komarketingassociates.comMobile/Local Marketing3 scenarios to consider for mobile app testing, www.mobilecommercedaily.com7 Platforms National Brands Can Use to Run Local Campaigns, streetfightmag.comConsumers Don’t Mind Hearing From Brands on Messaging Apps, www.adweek.comIntegrate Mobile Payment & Marketing Strategy, blog.marketo.comSocial Media3 Ways to Improve Your Twitter Ad Performance, www.socialmediaexaminer.comBuilding a Cult Following with Social Media, www.socialmediaexplorer.comBusiness Twitter Dashboard: Digging Through the Details, www.aimclearblog.comCracking Creativity on Instagram: Three Business Stories, blog.business.instagram.comHow Facebook Gets Its Creep On and Knows What Ads To Show You, www.problogger.netHow To Be Sure Your Social Media Person Is A Real Expert (43 Questions to Ask), ignitevisibility.comHow to maximise the impact of sponsored social posts, econsultancy.comHow to Start Advertising on Twitter for Only $50, smallbiztrends.comSnapchat’s ad sales strategy follows Facebook’s playbook, digiday.comSocial Media Reference Guide For Summer 2016, www.searchrank.comTwitter expands GIF size limit to 15MB, but only for the web, venturebeat.comWhat Everyone Gets Wrong About Facebook Ads, company-enterprise.myshopify.comWhy Retro Subjects Like Bob Ross Are Making a Comeback on Instagram, www.adweek.comWhy You Can’t Succeed at Social Without Fun, www.convinceandconvert.comVideo10 Crucial YouTube Ranking Factors, www.searchenginepeople.comHow Great Big Story Manage Their Native Video Strategy, www.newswhip.comHow My Cupcake Addiction Works with Brands, www.reelseo.comThis tool lets you geo-fence your Facebook Live video broadcasts, venturebeat.comFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Simply Measured’s new API, Twitter news & OTT programming 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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Children of the soil try to save the earth

first_imgTwo decades ago, Rishi Miranhshah – a student from Chandigarh – read The One Straw Revolution, an internationally acclaimed book by Japanese author Masanobu Fukuoka. The literary masterpiece on the alternative food movement influenced him so much that he gave up an established career in Canada and returned to India six years ago with his wife Radhika Malhotra Miranhshah for exploring the possibilities of enriching the earth.The young couple has now taken the initiative to spread agroecological knowledge in developing sustainable farming through books.Earlier, Rishi – a professional translator – did several odd jobs in India and abroad to sustain himself and his wife. But a deep ambition to spend the rest of his life working with the earth continued to haunt him.After completing his education, he practiced law at the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh. But, he did not like the profession and started learning French in the city. He met Radhika there and they got married. Soon, he switched over to teaching French at Punjabi University in Patiala which he later quit to shift to Vancouver in Canada. He established himself as a professional translator and worked primarily for the ministry of health, British Columbia.But The One Straw Revolution – which he had read in 1992 – prodded him to understand natural farming. The book has been translated from Japanese into many languages, including English.It highlights the fact that man’s improved techniques appear necessary because they have upset the natural balance. The land has now become a slave to these techniques.advertisementThe couple realised that farmers in Punjab – who have been practicing modern agricultural techniques – needed Fukuoka’s wisdom for posterity.With an aim to offer their own humble contribution to the efforts towards healing and enriching the earth, the couple came back to India about six years ago.For the sake of convenience, Rishi began translating the Japanese master’s book into Punjabi a year ago and Radhika started exploring the means to ensure that the book reached the readers.She was concerned that though a lot of valuable books were published worldwide, only a few reached those who could read only Punjabi. The farmers in Punjab – and elsewhere too – paid a heavy price for their lack of knowledge of English.When they started exploring avenues for publishing the book, there were few takers. Several people in the publishing industry told them the book was not economically viable and they would not be able to publish it.Finally, Radhika took charge and decided to set up her own publishing hub, Worthwords Books, to bring out Kakh Ton Kranti – the translated version of the masterpiece. The book – also “the founding document of the alternative food movement” which rolled out in the native language – has recently started generating interest among the farmers in Punjab.Rishi and Radhika believe that a “civilisational” onslaught has been leading many forms of life towards extinction. People would not be able to understand it till they get this knowledge in their own words and language. The onslaught has been depriving people of natural resources.The couple has also taken a pledge to publish books only on ecology, farming, gardening and spirituality on a not- for- profit basis. These books would be in Indian languages with the primary thrust on translating important works from other languages into Punjabi.Rishi and Radhika have been witnessing that an idea which germinated about two decades ago is finally taking roots. They have Fukuoka holding their hand and leading their way through the vast green expanse – “the fields of joy, of laughter, of birdsong and of truth.”  ===’SAD’ story of brother vs brotherCM Parkash Singh Badal (right) with brother Gurdas.The upcoming assembly elections in Punjab may turn out to be interesting because of the succession struggle in the state’s first family. CM Parkash Singh Badal may well find his brother Gurdas Badal pitted against him.An Akali dissident and former finance minister, Manpreet Singh Badal – who recently launched the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) – confirmed that his father Gurdas would contest the polls from Lambi – which is represented by Parkash.Manpreet said his father was a strong contender who could defeat his uncle on his home bastion in Muktsar district. He believes that elections are all about strategy. If the fight is with the incumbent CM, the contender should be experienced and strong. No one in the party except Gurdas fits the bill.advertisementThe differences between Parkash and Gurdas were never apparent. But political observers say Manpreet’s calculations could go awry. Since Parkash is an experienced politician, he might contest from Gidderbaha instead.Gidderbaha is the constituency represented by Manpreet himself. Prior to shifting base to Lambi, Parkash had contested five assembly elections from Gidderbaha.However, Manpreet remained unperturbed. He said he had won four assembly elections from Gidderbaha. “If that happens, I will defend my turf once again.”===Low-key celebrations make for a safer Diwali this year People have come to prefer less potent firecrackers.Though Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula – locally referred to as the Tri-City – witnessed more than 200 injuries related to firecrackers on Diwali, the festival passed off without any major incident. The majority of the people who were rushed to different hospitals suffered minor injuries.The doctors say this is a clear indication that it was indeed a safer Diwali this year.Chandigarh’s premier Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) got 10 persons with firecracker-related injuries on Diwali night. Three of them had suffered perforating eye injuries which required surgical restoration.Other government hospitals received about 140 people with burn injuries. Most of them needed first-aid and were discharged soon.The doctors said a combination of factors – inflation, the idea of a safe Diwali and firecrackers with less potency – had probably led to fewer mishaps this year. ===POST Diwali, people tend to get busy with their routine work but journalists in Punjab have been discussing “gifts”. A section of journos in the state is upset as the government did not send them any gifts. The others are happy as they never desired any gifts because they believe that accepting freebees is unethical. The journalists did not receive any gift from government circles as the state’s first family did not celebrate the festival in the wake of the death of CM Parkash Singh Badal’s wife, Surinder Kaur. The worst was that while the people burst crackers on Diwali night, some journalists called up their peers to confirm and reconfirm that government officials actually did not send any gifts.===It’s ‘Chak De’once again! SRK decides to bat for kabaddi nowShah Rukh KhanPeople in Punjab have been looking forward to their date with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan who is supposed to perform at the inauguration of the second Kabaddi World Cup at Bathinda. The tournament is scheduled to commence on November 1.Also, the buzz that Katrina Kaif might perform at the closing ceremony has further increased their enthusiasm.The 20-day event would give an impetus to Punjab’s traditional sport at the international level, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said. He also holds the sports portfolio.Sukhbir said about 18 countries were likely to participate in the event. He said the matches would be organised at Bathinda, Faridkot, Gurdaspur, Dhudike in Moga, Roopnagar, Sangrur, Chohla Sahib in Tarntaran, Patiala, Kapurthala, Doda in Mukatsar, Amritsar, Ferozepur, Hoshiarpur, Mansa, Jalandhar, Bathinda and Ludhiana. The government would give away prizes worth Rs 5.25 crore.advertisementlast_img read more

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