Tottenham came from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 and book its place in the Champions League last 16 as group winner ahead of Real Madrid on Tuesday.Harry Kane and Son Heung-min cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s strike for Dortmund to keep Tottenham on top of Group H. Madrid was three points behind.With one round remaining, the defending champion cannot catch the English Premier League side on account of its inferior head-to-head record, despite its 6-0 rout of APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus. Tottenham drew with the Spanish champion in Madrid, then won the return fixture in London.”It’s done and now we can enjoy it,” said Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who hailed “a big achievement.”The best Dortmund can hope for, with two points from five games, is Europa League qualification. The side is struggling badly with only one win – in the German Cup – from nine games across all competitions.Aubameyang made the breakthrough after half an hour, firing to the far corner after Andrey Yarmolenko sent him through with a back-heel.Aubameyang, who was back in Dortmund’s lineup after being suspended by the club for “disciplinary reasons” last Thursday, was fortunate minutes later not to be booked for swiping at the back of Davinson Sanchez’s head.Tottenham pushed for the equalizer and almost got it before the break. Roman Buerki had to be alert to deny Christian Eriksen, and then made a brilliant save to thwart Eric Dier, whose effort was headed for the top corner.Kane’s equalizer, when it came after the break, was down to an error from Jeremy Toljan. The Dortmund defender lost the ball and Dele Alli fed Kane, who eluded two defenders on the edge of the area to fire the ball inside the left post.advertisementThe goal knocked Dortmund back. Mistakes crept into the home side’s game, passes went astray, and the players found it harder to push forward.Son capped a disciplined Tottenham performance with a quarter-hour remaining. Despite facing Marc Bartra and Mario Goetze, Alli skipped past and squared the ball for Son, who had enough space to pick his spot perfectly in the far top corner.Buerki was taken off on a stretcher before the end after Fernando Llorente connected with his head while going for the ball.”The players lacked the confidence to keep playing football. I thought we did very well in the first half, we created chances. After the equalizer, unfortunately we didn’t do it any more,” said Dortmund coach Peter Bosz, whose job is on the line in Saturday’s Ruhr derby against Schalke.
Sneha Saha New DelhiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: January 2, 2019 09:24 IST HIGHLIGHTSHuawei Y7 Pro (2019) launches for around Rs 11,900.Huawei Y7 Pro (2019) are concerned this affordable phone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 450.Huawei Y7 Pro (2019) includes a waterdrop notch on the front which equips the single selfie camera.Huawei is ending the year with yet another launch. It’s the Huawei Y7 Pro (2019). The smartphone has been launched in Vietnam for a starting VND3,990,000 ($170) which when roughly translated comes around Rs 11,900. As of now, the Huawei Y7 Pro (2019) has been launched only in Vietnam and there’s no information, whether or not the phone will come to India. Huawei sub-brand is all set to launch its punch hole display Honor View20 in India soon as Amazon exclusive.The company recently launched Huawei P Smart (2019) in the European market. The newly announced Huawei Y7 Pro (2019) boast of the same design as the P Smart (2019). Well, although the design of the two phones is similar the devices differ a lot in terms of specifications.As far as the specifications of the Huawei Y7 Pro (2019) are concerned this affordable phone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 paired with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB storage. Need be, the buyers will be able to expand the storage of the phone with the help of microSD card. On the design front, the Y7 Pro (2019) goes in line with some of the recently launched phones. The phone includes a waterdrop notch on the front which equips the single selfie camera. The earpiece and the ambient and proximity sensors are not visible from the outside.The Y7 Pro (2019) sports a massive screen that measures 6.26-inches. But sadly the phone features a LCD screen that offers HD+ resolution and aspect ratio of 19:9. On the camera front, the Y7 Pro (2019) includes a primary sensor of 13MP paired with f/1.8 aperture and secondary sensor of 2MP for depth shots. The rear camera comes with lots of AI to let users click flawless pictures. On the front, the Huawei phone includes a 16MP sensor for clicking selfies. The Y7 Pro (2019) comes packed with a 4000mAh battery which is capable of delivering long battery life and can handle regular usage very well.advertisementOn the software front, the Y7 Pro (2019) has launched running on Android Oreo-based on EMUI 8.2 UI. The phone also includes several security features like rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, face unlock, and more.ALSO READ | Oppo R17 Pro review: Stunning, good performance and crazy fast chargingALSO READ | Mobile phone explodes during charging, family in Maharashtra injured with severe burnsALSO READ | Qualcomm Days sale: Poco F1, ZenFone 5Z and other Android phones sell with discount on FlipkartGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow HuaweiFollow android Huawei launches affordable Y7 Pro (2019) with waterdrop notch, AI based dual rear cameras and moreThe Huawei Y7 Pro (2019) sports a massive screen that measures 6.26-inches. But sadly the phone features a LCD screen that offers HD+ resolution and aspect ratio of 19:9.advertisement
zoom Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), and Crowley Maritime Corporation have completed definitive documentation and satisfied the closing conditions for the joint venture related to the operation and chartering of at least four product tankers.The transaction was originally announced on August 9, 2013. The agreements include binding shipbuilding contracts for the first four product tankers, which were signed on August 9, 2013, and options to build additional product tankers. APSI has also signed a commitment letter with PIDC Regional Center, a partnership between CanAm Enterprises and PIDC, for a secured term loan of up to $60 million at a fixed interest rate of 2.75%.This loan is expected to be fully funded by Q1 2015 with a five-year maturity occurring in 2019. This loan will be made through the Welcome Fund loan program, a source of low-cost capital generally available to commercial, retail, industrial or non-profit firms that create significant job growth and are located in or planning to locate to the City of Philadelphia.APSI is also in the process of finalizing a commitment for an additional secured loan of up to $65 million. It is expected that the two secured loans, once closed, will fulfill all of APSI’s financing needs for its current backlog, which extends to Q4 2018, including the effect of yesterday’s announced Matson containership project. APSI has also signed a commitment letter with Caterpillar Financial Services for $120 million of construction financing for the first four product tankers with Crowley.The company is currently constructing two 115,000 dwt crude oil carriers for SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., ExxonMobil Corporation’s U.S. marine affiliate. Both of these crude oil tankers are scheduled for delivery in 2014. Pursuant to the above joint venture, APSI also has contracts for the construction of four product tankers with Crowley with deliveries in 2015 and 2016.In addition, APSI has contracts with Matson Navigation Company, Inc. for the construction of two 3,600 teu containerships with delivery in Q3 and Q4 2018. My location Print Close APSI, November 8, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
zoomImage Courtesy: Wilhelmsen Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has been selected to help develop the future Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) regulatory framework for Singapore and will receive dedicated funding for their shore-to-ship delivery project.WSS is one of four companies to have received the funding, following a Call-For-Proposal (CFP) aimed to support the development of systems and technologies to enable innovations within the wide-ranging use of UAS. The maximum funding available for each project is SGD 1.5 million (USD 1.1 million), or up to 50% of the total project qualified costs.Outlining the potential development of UAS for shore-to-ship deliveries, the proposal from Wilhelmsen Ships Service highlighted how UAS delivery could improve safety, productivity and efficiency. Namely, with a quicker response rate and turnaround time compared to traditional launch boat deliveries, Wilhelmsen believes that delivery by UAS has the potential to lower shore-to-ship delivery costs by up to 90%, as well as removing the safety risks inherent with delivery via launch boat.Commenting on the award, Marius Johansen, Vice President Commercial, Ships Agency, said that it will be important for the company “to validate the use case of parcel delivery with drones, but it will also enable us to develop key technological solutions such as ship localization and precision landing, payload release system, light and reliable private 4G/LTE communications, onshore parcel station and an automated package delivery system.”The award comes on the back of the company’s MOU with aviation company Airbus, which was signed at maritime exhibition Posidonia. In addition to the CFP award, Wilhelmsen Ships Service are currently working with Airbus’ Skyways on a pilot trial to deliver spare parts, documents, water test kits and 3D printed consumables to vessels at anchorage from Singapore port’s Marina South Pier.Beginning in Q3 2018, this will be the very first-time drone technology that has been deployed in real port conditions, delivering parcels to vessels at anchorage, Wilhelmsen concluded.
zoomImage Courtesy: Stena Line The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint venture by Swedish Stena Rederi, part of Stena AB, and German Glovis Europe, which is controlled by South Korean Hyundai Glovis.As informed, the joint venture will mainly operate short-sea transport services on pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels in Europe.“The commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of the limited activities of the joint venture and the absence of horizontal overlap or vertical relationship between its activities and those of its parent companies in the European Economic Area,” the European Commission said after examining the transaction.Stena Rederi supports the shipping activities of its parent company Stena by providing shipbuilding, crewing and technical services.Glovis Europe provides logistics services for finished vehicles and parts and supports the global deep-sea activities of its parent company Hyundai Glovis, an integrated global logistics and distribution company.
OTTAWA – The Senate ethics watchdog has resumed an investigation into workplace harassment and bullying allegations against Don Meredith.The fact that Meredith is no longer a senator would usually put an end to such an inquiry, but the Senate ethics committee decided it wants to press ahead with the probe that began nearly two years ago.The office of Senate ethics officer Lyse Ricard, who is leaving her position June 30 for family reasons, sent an email Thursday confirming that work picked up again on Wednesday“The committee believes that allegations of sexual harassment, harassment and abuse of authority in the workplace should be fully investigated for the fairness of the employees involved and former senator Meredith,” the committee wrote in a report tabled late Wednesday.“This forms part of the Senate’s responsibility as an institution and as an employer,” the report said, adding that completing the process would also help maintain and boost public confidence and trust in its integrity.“The committee believes that the completion of the inquiry by the Senate ethics officer is the most effective process to address the allegations raised by the complaint and have a determination in their regard.”The report said the committee knows that the Senate can no longer impose sanctions on Meredith, but the investigation might help in dealing with these kinds of issues in the future.“The Senate ethics officer’s recommendations arising from this matter would also be relevant to all Senate authorities in the consideration of best practices respecting workplace harassment,” it said.The same committee chose to abandon an inquiry into Meredith having brought his wife along on a delegation, because the issues it raised are no longer relevant, now that he has gone.Meredith resigned his seat last month, the day before the Senate could have voted to expel him over his sexual relationship with a teenage girl.
VANCOUVER – Tempers flared at the B.C. Liberal leadership debate in Vancouver as veterans butted heads over the future of the party with newer faces calling for change.Former cabinet ministers Mike de Jong, Andrew Wilkinson and Todd Stone faced off against backbenchers Sam Sullivan and Michael Lee, as well as former Surrey mayor and Conservative member of Parliament Dianne Watts.“We need to bring a fresh perspective, a fresh face. We need to bring a more balanced approach to this party,” said Lee.But Wilkinson called into question Lee’s lack of experience and his calls to expand the party’s appeal to voters.“I’ve been out in the trenches for a long time doing this work, and I see you having arrived now claiming that we somehow failed at the job,” he said, adding that Lee was “new at the job.”The comment prompted Lee to say “don’t patronize me.”“Attitudes like that, it’s no wonder we’re still in opposition,” Lee said.The BC Liberal party is not affiliated with the Liberal Party of Canada and describes itself as “a made-in-B.C. free enterprise coalition.” That coalition includes members of the federal Conservative and Liberal parties.The role of party leader became vacant in August when Christy Clark stepped down after the Liberals were dumped from power in a confidence vote, ending the party’s 16-year stretch in office.The six candidates began the campaign doing some soul-searching as to why the party lost seats in last year’s spring election.Like Lee, Watts also poised herself as offering “a fresh start and a proven track record” to reconnect with voters.But de Jong, a former finance minister, took aim at the details of her campaign platform, including a call to end transferring profits from the province’s crown corporations to the government coffers.“Your facts are wrong,” he said. “It’s a $2.2 billion mistake.”Veteran candidates were also in the defence over their track records.Stone, a former transportation minister, said he was proud of having negotiated federal funding for rapid transit projects and invested in roads and highways around the province.But Wilkinson said under Stone’s watch, a referendum to implement a mass transit strategy for the Lower Mainland failed, high tech ride-hailing services like Uber remain illegal and the province’s insurance corporation fell into financial turmoil.“In the Lower Mainland, it’s going to be tough for us to get back 10 seats and for you, it’s going to be especially tough with those hanging around your neck,” Wilkinson said.An issue all six candidates did agree on was defeating an upcoming referendum on the province’s voting system.The governing NDP has said it will support a move to proportional representation, which the Liberal candidates say is an attack on the democratic system and will give large urban centres too much influence over the legislature.“We need to get away from the politics of division, and that’s what this will create more of,” Lee said.Party members begin casting their ballots on Feb. 1 and the new leader will be announced Feb. 3.— Follow @Givetash on Twitter
Rabat – The threat is alien, foreign, and un-American; it comes in different guises: Muslim, Black, immigrant; they come to “our country” and create “chaos” and “violence.”This about sums up the Trump administration’s stance on immigration, with the president repeatedly associating crime and violence with immigrants, and calling on Democrats last Tuesday to “get tough” on border security.After singling Sunni Muslims out in a late January security report as “potential terrorists,” suspicion is now shifting to “immigrants” as a whole; and casting them as an entity or a “bunch” of crime and violence-disposed individuals, according to a yesterday report in The Guardian. In a Tuesday speech, as he cited the death of Edwin Jackson, an Indianapolis professional footballer killed in drunken-driven crash which involved an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, Trump said that the incident was “one of many such preventable tragedies,” suggesting that the unfortunate incident would never have taken place had the US been “tougher on its borders” and more concerned about its “safety” than “diversity.”Also Read: US Administration Report Suspects All Sunni Muslims of Being Potential TerroristsBut the president is also said to be dismissive and critical of “legal immigrants” as he tirelessly insists that putting an end to the so-called diversity-promoting programs like the green card lottery will actually make America safer.“In the age of terrorism, these programs present risks we can no longer afford”, Trump said in his State of the Union Speech, adding that, as he associated immigration with higher likelihood of membership in gangs in the US, “Not another country in the world has the stupidity of laws that we do.”“Trump has marshaled government resources to try to portray immigration as a threat, despite several studies that have shown immigrants as actually less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States,” The Guardian commented, highlighting government-sponsored studies and reports that have increasingly been pleading the case that immigration is the highest security risk confronting the US.But for all the criticisms portraying the Trump’s administration’s reports and data as lopsided and based on “cherry-picking” to endorse biased and short-sighted immigration laws, the president appears to be convinced that immigration is a threat, and immigrants—legal or illegal—need to be constantly monitored or altogether prevented from entering the US.Read Also: Donald Trump Vows to End Green Card Lottery, Family Sponsored Visas“If we don’t get rid of these loopholes where killers are allowed to come into our country and continue to kill… if we don’t change it let’s have a shutdown,” Trump suggested, giving the Democrats until March 5, to reach an agreement on immigration.
Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernández today called on the United Nations General Assembly to consider a possible tax on tax havens, off-shore banks and international financial centres to make up for the damage the global economic crisis has wrought on efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“The only way to really tackle achieving the MDGs by the scheduled date of 2015 is for this General Assembly to help create the conditions for a real commitment by nations, governmental and non-governmental institutions to assume as a matter of urgency the tasks of economic and social development for peoples stricken by poverty, hunger, sickness and illiteracy,” he said.Mr. Fernández called on the Assembly to declare “a state of emergency” in connection with the MDGs, which seek to slash these and a host of other ills, all by 2015, noting that an additional 400,000 children and tens of thousands of women will die each year because of the global financial crisis, according to UN World Health Organization (WHO) figures.“Just today, while this session of the General Assembly of the most important organization in the world is being held, 25,000 children will die in various parts of the planet,’ he said. “That means that one child dies every three seconds and 18 children every minute. At the end of my 15-minute speech before this plenary, 270 children whose deaths could have been avoided will have died.” Mr. Fernández called on the 192-member body to consider new possible funding sources for the MDGs, proposing that a working group be set up to present an action plan for his suggested tax on tax havens.“It cannot be argued that there are not sufficient resources to confront this huge task [of funding the MDGs],” he declared. “The diligent way in which the collapse of the international financial system has been addressed show us something that has always been on the lips of the people, that ‘when there’s a will, there’s a way’…“There are abundant resources in the world. What is happening is that they are distributed unequally and unjustly, and this is due, among other reason, to the existence of a global financial architecture prone to lack of transparency, secrecy, withholding of capital, evasion and fraud.” 23 September 2009Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernández today called on the United Nations General Assembly to consider a possible tax on tax havens, off-shore banks and international financial centres to make up for the damage the global economic crisis has wrought on efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
9 December 2009With the frequency and severity of droughts likely to increase due to climate change, more than 60 scientists from all the world’s regions are meeting at a United Nations-backed conference in the United States this week to draw up guidelines for early warning systems that could save countless lives. “Early warning systems for drought allow individuals and communities to act in sufficient time to reduce the possibility of loss of life, personal injury, and damage to property and fragile environments,” the Director of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch, Mannava K. Sivakumar, said, stressing his agency’s key role. “Through WMO, there is global availability of real- and near-real-time weather and climate information which is essential for early warning activities. In this regard, WMO and its 189 Member States and territories operate a unique worldwide system for collection, processing, distribution and exchange of weather information and warnings.”The week-long workshop in Lincoln, Nebraska, coinciding with the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark, is organized jointly by the WMO and the US National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska, and co-sponsored by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). WMO noted that there have been several intense droughts and heat waves in recent years, such as those in Europe in 2003, south-eastern Australia in 2009, and Argentina in 2008-09, increasing concern that droughts may be increasing in frequency. “Our ability to lessen or mitigate the impacts associated with drought is contingent on putting in place comprehensive early warning systems,” the director of the School of Natural Resources of the University of Nebraska, Don Wilhite, told the opening session of the workshop yesterday.“This requires that we develop a better understanding of the tools and data sources that are important components of these systems.”
“Protecting biodiversity and preventing further losses is an essential investment in our collective future,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “It is critical that we make progress in mainstreaming biodiversity and transforming how societies value and manage it.”Over the next two weeks, the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), known as ‘COP13,’ will discuss how to integrate biodiversity into policies relevant to agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism sectors.Protecting biodiversity is crucial for human well-being and economic development. For example, global benefits from coral reefs including tourism, fisheries and coastal protection are estimated at some $30 billion per year, insect pollination of over 40 commercial crops in the United States alone at $30 billion per year, and the international trade of medicinal plants is estimated to be worth around $60 billion per year. UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch”> The red colobus in Zanzibar prefers coastal thickets and scrub. They are primarily arboreal and are highly sensitive to hunting and habitat destruction, and have been referred to as probably the most threatened taxonomic group of primates in Africa. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch Biodiversity loss caused by agriculture, infrastructure expansion and climate change will greatly affect these sectors. For instance, it is estimated that 40 per cent of land currently used for extensive agriculture will be lost by 2050. However, global agricultural production will need to increase by 50 per cent to feed the world population by 2030, making sustainable agriculture a pressing issue.“If we are going to save biodiversity, we need to work with these sectors that depend on biodiversity and whose activities have a considerable impact on the variety of life on our planet.” said Dr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention. “Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism are important sectors whose activities need to take biodiversity conservation and sustainable use into account in a coherent manner.” Since 2010, Parties to the CBD have been working to achieve 20 biodiversity goals known as the Aichi Targets, named after the Japanese prefecture in which they were adopted. However, the CBD has warned that around two-thirds of these targets are not on track to being met by their 2020 deadline.“Governments have made ambitious commitments to achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, but these declarations need to be matched with actions at the national level.” Erik Solheim, Chief of UN Environment said. “If countries do not ensure that national targets are set and achieved, their ambition will only remain on paper.” The Aichi Targets address issues ranging from the loss of natural habitats, sustainable agriculture and declining fish stocks, to access and sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources, indigenous knowledge and awareness of the values of biodiversity. Achieving the Aichi Targets goes hand in hand with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the CBD has stressed. While the protection of biodiversity is specifically mentioned in Goal 15, of the SDGs, biodiversity affects other goals as it is a source of economic growth, provides livelihoods for vulnerable populations, and can help eradicate poverty and hunger. Its protection is also crucial to climate change, and will help countries limit the global average temperature increase as specified in the Paris Agreement, which entered into force last month.
Hippo ivory, which resembles that of an elephant, is being increasingly traded globally with 12,847 hippo teeth and tusks, weighing 3,326.721kg, bought and sold in 2018. Trade increased from 273 items in 2007 to 6,113 in 2011. The elephant ivory ban is killing hippos, conservationists have said, as poachers and hunters take advantage of a loophole in the new law. The Ivory Act, which will come into force later this year, was championed by environment secretary Michael Gove, but conservationists argue that it puts hippos at grave risk as the import of their tusks will still be legal. Records show that in 2007 just four hippo tusks and skulls made it back to the UK. Ten years later in 2017 that…
France : un bilan positif pour les accords passés avec la grande distributionFrance – La secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie Chantal Jouanno et le président de la Fédération des entreprises du commerce et de la distribution (FCD) Jérôme Bédier ont dressé un bilan très positif des conventions signées il y a deux ans. Celles-ci avaient été adoptées par Jean-Louis Borloo et la FCD dans le cadre du Grenelle Environnement.Il y a deux ans, les membres de la FCD, principalement des entreprises commerciales du secteur alimentaire, ont signé des conventions par lesquelles elles se sont engagées à mettre en œuvre certaines démarches visant à respecter et protéger l’environnement.Le 12 mars, c’est un bilan positif qui a été dressé. Le ministère de l’Écologie annonce en effet qu’en six ans, le nombre de sacs plastiques jetables distribués aux caisses des magasins est passé de 10,5 milliards en 2002 à 1,6 milliard en 2008, soit une diminution de 85%.Les produits porteurs d’un écolabel français ou européen ont quant à eux bénéficié d’une meilleure visibilité et sont mieux référencés. Des efforts qui ont permis une augmentation des ventes de 10% en 2009. Les produits issus de l’agriculture biologique ont eux aussi connu une importante croissance avec, pour la 2e année consécutive, une augmentation de plus de 20% en 2009 contre moins de 10% en 2007.La FCD s’est également engagée à promouvoir les ampoules à basse consommation tout en réduisant le référencement des ampoules à incandescence. Une démarche qui, alliée au retrait progressif des ampoules à incandescence, a permis aux lampes fluo-compactes de représenter plus de 25% des ventes.C’est enfin une gestion durable des activités de la grande distribution qui se met peu à peu en place avec des consommations énergétiques en baisse, un recours de plus en plus important aux énergies renouvelables et des efforts de réduction des émissions de CO2 engendrées par le transport des marchandises.Le 16 mars 2010 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
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More on this topic Battle Over Online Privacy Heats Up FTC Clarifies Native Ad Policy in Statement Native Advertising Isn’t the Devil Three Rules for Effective Native Advertising Native Advertising and Programmatic Buying: Predictions for 2014 ASME’s Response to Rolling Stone, Harper’s BazaarJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by Lately almost everyone in publishing has been talking about native advertising. Right? Well, the Federal Trade Commission wants to join in on the conversation, too.On September 16, the FTC announced that it is holding a workshop on December 4 to “explore the blurring of digital ads with digital content.” In an official release the FTC stated the following:Increasingly, advertisements that more closely resemble the content in which they are embedded are replacing banner advertisements-graphical images that typically are rectangular in shape on publishers’ websites and mobile applications. The workshop will bring together publishing and advertising industry representatives, consumer advocates, academics, and government regulators to explore changes in how paid messages are presented to consumers and consumers’ recognition and understanding of these messages. A conversation between the FTC, publishers, consumer advocates and academics about transparency guidelines gives native advertising the legitimacy it needs to become a new standard. What that means, however, is that publishers and advertisers have to work together to create dynamic advertorial content that is not deceptively presented as editorial. Self-Regulation Still RulesSome skeptics are viewing the workshop as a doomsday prophecy for native advertising, despite history showing the FTC’s actions have put the public’s best interests in mind. Goverment intervention has been historically minimal when it comes to media. That is, there has always been a great deal of freedom to self-regulate. But advertising is a different story, largely thanks to the rise of crooked radio ads in the 1920s, which lead to programs like FTC. In other words, advertisers were getting it over on consumers, but that’s not how native advertising should be planned or perceived. The government’s reputation to initiate effective policies and actions has certainly waned in recent years. But the FTC has not proposed any plans to draft legislation that will upheave native advertising. On the contrary, instead it is looking to focus in on exactly what native advertising is. Let’s face it, even media “experts” can’t quite define native, agree on what it should be called or, in some cases, identify it when they see it. So maybe it’s time everyone was on the same page?A July study by the Online Publishers Association revealed that 75 percent of its membership leverages native advertising, and even more plan to do so in the near future. What that means is this isn’t an intermediate fad for generating more revenue; it’s arguably the most important forward-looking trend in publishing. Therefore, figuring it out sooner rather than later is crucial for seamless adoption and scalable appropriation.Keep CalmRegardless of history, some may still find government intervention as meddlesome. However, Pam Horan, president of the Online Publishers Association, maintains that the FTC’s workshop should be embraced and viewed as a good opportunity. “The FTC regularly convenes workshops like these to identify industry best practices,” she says. “And they typically use these workshops to act as a learning tool for their staff as they are thinking about what their role is, and ultimately how they may want to think about developing some form of guidance.” Horan points to recent similar workshops the FTC held which resulted in helpful industry guidelines that ensure everyone is playing fair. Specifically, with Search Engine Advertising Guidance, Dot Com Disclosures and the Endorsements and Testimonial Guides. Horan says, “These identify a set of best practices for the industry and really help establish what the FTC defines as unfair or deceptive practices, because that is what their role is.” Given that, the OPA doesn’t view the workshop as a disruptive probe, but rather a necessary action to learn more about native advertising and how publishers can work together to self-regulate. Horan refers to the process as “a natural evolution.” It’s All About TrustFearing how the FTC could transform native advertising implicitly suggests that publishers are once again engaging in deception. So here’s the bottom line: if publishers believe in native advertising, and believe they are presenting dynamic ads that can be clearly identified, then they have nothing to worry about. Conversely, if publishers are knowingly getting away with taking advantage of consumers, the FTC should step in. It’s a case of basic ethics, in that no matter how successful something is, it should be changed or stopped if people are mislead or cheated.Horan says that for publishers, “trust is at the foundation of the relation between consumers.” Therefore, if native advertising is going to be one of the new standards for generating revenue, then publishers and advertisers must adhere to basic guidelines and best practices while maintaining transparency. Otherwise it will become nothing more than digital snake oil.
Punjagutta: Members of ‘Aiwan-e-urduidara-e-adabiyat-e-urdu in punjagutta’ were irked because of water logging after the rainfall. Speaking to The Hans India here on Friday, a local Institute member said, “Just after a single day rain this is the condition of the Institute.The water has blocked the main entrance and we are finding it difficult in entering and going out of the Institute. We request the civic authorities to intervene in this regard and solve this issue at the earliest.”
The government on Saturday awarded 10 apparel companies for maintaining high safety and workers’ health standards in their factories, reports UNB.The award titled ‘Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Good Practice Award’ has been given to garments companies named Wisdom Attires, Fakir Fashion, Knit Concern, Hop Lun Apparels, Square Fashion, Snowtex Outwear, Ecotext, Tarasima Apparels, Viyellatex and AKH Eco Apparels at a ceremony held at the Krishibid Institute on the occasion of national day on occupational safety and health.Handing over the awards, state minister for ministry of labour and employment Mujibul Haque praised the companies for their effort to maintain a good work environment for their workers. “Workplace accidents and injuries occur due to lack of awareness of employers and workers. Our industrial growth and productivity will increase hastily if awareness on workplace safety can be enhanced,” he said.Mujibul Haque said the ILO introduced World Safety Day in 2003 and since 2016 they have started observing this day in Bangladesh.Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka Benoit Prefontaine, secretary of the labour and employment ministry Afroza Khan, Officer-in-charge of ILO Bangladesh Gagan Rajbhandari, among others spoke at the ceremony.
Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHarris County Commissioners Court. Robert Soard, First Assistant County Attorney, sits second from right.Harris County commissioners are prepared to ban so-called robot brothels, just as Houston did last week. Harris County already bans live sex acts at any place of business. Robert Soard, First Assistant County Attorney, said that, in his reading, that includes sex with “anthropomorphic devices.”“Now, that being said, because of changing technology, it might be a good idea to amend the current sexually oriented business regulations,” Soard said.The Office of the Harris County Attorney has been working with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the amendment. Assistant Chief Tim Navarre said they’ll be ready to present it to Commissioners Court within two weeks. “The dialogue is…almost identical to the city’s, so, we’re way ahead of the curve,” Navarre said.Soard and Navarre addressed the issue at Judge Ed Emmett’s request, after several speakers registered to ask the commissioners to follow Houston’s lead.EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this story erroneously attributed comments from the Office of the Harris County Attorney to County Attorney Vince Ryan. However, the comments were made by Robert Soard, First Assistant County Attorney. The story has been corrected. Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:50 X
“This is not the first time this has happened,” stressed one resident. “A while ago, a huge snake was killed after it strangled one of my goats. It leaves us with no choice but to kill the snakes, as they pose a danger to our community and our livelihoods.” WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A huge Rock Python was captured and killed yesterday (September 7) in the Waaihoek rural area after it had strangled and killed a goat.A resident was in his home when he heard a goat crying for help. He went out to investigate what was happening and to his surprise, a huge snake (Rock Python) had its body wrapped around the goat and was in the process of constricting it to death.The resident (who does not want to be named) sought help from other community members. It was too late to save the goat, as it had already been suffocated.When members of the community got to the scene, the snake attempted to slither away. When cornered, it tried to escape, climbing a nearby tree. To make sure the snake would no longer pose a danger to the community, one of the residents shot it.“We have young children who walk past this spot every day. We also have livestock that feed from the trees and grass here, which is why we had to kill the snake in order to prevent the same thing from happening again,” the concerned resident said.Community members claimed that they called the police for assistance in capturing and moving the snake, but they waited almost two hours with no response from police or snake catchers. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there