• Hydro One deal to buy US company Avista receives antitrust clearance

    first_imgTORONTO – Hydro One Ltd. says it has received antitrust clearance in the United States for its deal to acquire U.S. energy company Avista Corp.The Ontario-based utility says the 30-day waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act expired Thursday night.Hydro One announced the friendly deal to acquire Avista last summer in an agreement that valued the company at $6.7 billion.The deal still requires several other approvals, including those from utility commissions in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska.The U.S. Federal Communications Commission must also sign off on the transaction and clearance is required by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.The agreement has received approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as well as Avista shareholders.Companies in this story: (TSX:H)last_img read more

  • Moroccan Gay Asylum Applicants Face Abuse and Harassment in Ceuta and

    Rabat – About 30 gay and lesbian Moroccan students have recently applied for gender-based asylum in Spain, joining the ranks of numerous asylum applicants held in the centers enduring “inhuman conditions.”The 30 men and women were placed in reception centers for undocumented immigrants in Melilla, pending the status of their asylum procedures in Spain,  reports Assabah Daily in its January 18 edition.Spanish authorities in Melilla said they have been receiving increasing numbers of asylum applications related to sexual orientation after a high-profile case in 2013 when a gay Moroccan man publicly announced that he is seeking asylum in Spain. However, migrants arriving in the Spanish overseas territories of Melilla and Ceuta seeking gender-based asylum “are exposed to harassment and abuse,” according to Human Rights Watch.“LGBT asylum seekers who fled homophobic harassment and intimidation at home face similar abuse in Ceuta, both at the immigration center and on the street,” said Judith Sunderland, associate Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.During a visit to Ceuta in mid 2017, Human Rights Watch spoke with three gay men, two from Morocco and one from Algeria, kept at the immigration center pending the approval of their asylum applications.They said that they fled their home countries due to “extreme abuse, physical violence by family members, [and] repeated and widespread societal rejection.”Ahmed, a 29-year-old Moroccan, told Human Rights Watch that he fled Morocco only to experience the same kind of discrimination at the hands of other people staying in the migration center.“They tell me if they see me outside [the center] they’ll beat me,” he said. “They come after me, and I run. One time, in November or December, they hit me.”Another person explained, “I came to Ceuta. I didn’t have any other choice but to ask for asylum. But here it’s terrible. I am desperate. Ceuta is just like Morocco. One time I was at the beach, and a man who was a little older than me offered me a joint. I said no. He wanted to have sex, but I said no, and he threw a rock at me and hit me. I went to the police. At first, they didn’t want to take my complaint. They didn’t do anything.” read more

  • UK motor industry and government commit to investment and longterm growth in

    Click through to download the SMMT news release and full strategy document.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) A joint UK motor industry and government automotive strategy has today committed to invest well over £1bn in additional funds over the next 10 years to secure the growth and development of its vehicle and component manufacturing sector. This new funding supports multi-billion pound investments announced in the last few years by global automotive companies to boost production capacity and develop new technologies and models.Developed under Automotive Council guidance, industry and government will fund and resource investments in a range of projects including the creation of an Advanced Propulsion Centre, thousands of new motor industry apprenticeships and the creation of an Automotive Investment Organisation. The development of the strategy also sees the provision of finance for tooling investments in the supply chain, and a renewed commitment to encourage the UK as a lead market in the production and sale of low emission vehicles.The key elements of the strategy include:Technology – the creation of an Advanced Propulsion Centre to support and enhance the UK’s expertise in research and development.Inward investment – the creation of the Automotive Investment Organisation to drive UK investment by global automotive component companies.Skills – an industry framework for skills and a skills roadmap, including the creation of 7,600 apprenticeships and 1,700 graduate opportunities in the automotive industry over the next five years.Supply chain – driving growth and competitiveness including creating a framework with suppliers, vehicle manufacturers and banking organisations to solve the problem of financing tooling investment.Low carbon – financial support to encourage consumers into lower emission vehicles, and to grow investment in the manufacture of low and ultra-low emissions vehicles and components.Business environment – establishing better cross-government relationships by including HM Treasury on the Automotive Council to ensure the UK remains an attractive place to invest.“The motor industry is a major contributor to the UK economy and has been increasing that contribution in a challenging economic environment. In partnership with government, we have now developed a roadmap to secure further long-term growth that is detailed in the strategy document launched today. Our goals are to grow vehicle production and component supply with more investment, jobs and advanced technology developed in the UK,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “The Automotive Council is an exemplar of industry and government working together to build long-term success and it is through the Council that we will implement the roadmap. I am confident that the strategy and the joint investment by government and the industry will make the UK an even more attractive place to design, build and sell automotive components and vehicles.”Click through to read the full UK automotive strategy. read more

  • Sporting beat Porto in Portuguese derby

    Sporting beat Porto 31:25 in derby match of Portuguese handball. The reigning champions overtook position number 1 six matches until the end of regular season. The Spanish playmaker Carlos Ruesga was the TOP scorer of the winning team with 9 goals.Porto – Sporting 25-31Porto Hugo Laurentino, Sérgio Morgado; Victor Iturriza (4), Spelic (1), Yoel Morales, Miguel Martins (7), Ángel Hernández (3), Rui Silva (6), Daymaro Salina (2), Jose Carrillo, Diogo Branquinho (1), António Areia, André Gomes, Miguel Alves, Aleksander SpendeSporting Aljosa Cudic, Matevz Skok; Pedro Valdes (2), Pedro Portela (3), Michal Kopco (1), Bosko Bjelanovic, Cláudio Pedroso (2), Carlos Ruesga (9), Frankis Carol (2), Pedro Solha, Tiago Rocha (2), Carlos Carneiro (2), Francisco Tavares, Edmilson Araújo (2), Ivan Nikcevic (3), Felipe BorgesSTANDINGS:1. Sporting 20 18 1 1 687:488 572. Porto 21 17 1 3 641:478 563. Benfica 20 17 1 2 613:475 554. ABC Braga 21 14 3 4 607:516 525. Avanca 21 13 2 6 602:577 496. Belenenses 21 12 1 8 567:567 467. Madeira 21 11 1 9 594:568 448. Aquas Santas 21 10 1 10 571:542 429. Boa Hora 21 7 1 13 565:628 3610. Maia-Ismai 21 6 1 14 515:558 3411. AC Fafe 21 4 2 15 522:605 3112. Arsenal 21 4 1 16 495:650 3013. Xico Andebol 21 2 2 17 517:669 2714. Sao Bernardo 21 1 2 18 457:632 25 FC Porto handballSporting Lisbon handball ← Previous Story Petar Nenadic before EHF CL come-back: Ready for any role which Ljubo prepares for me Next Story → Wolff brings points to Kiel against Veszprem read more

  • Heres how you can see the first White Tailed Sea Eagles born

    first_imgTHE FIRST WHITE Tailed Sea Eagles born in Ireland in over a century can now be viewed by the public in a new viewing and information point launched in County Clare.In 2011, the Mountshannon breeding pair, a six-year-old male and five-year-old female, were collected as chicks on the island of Frøya off the west coast of Norway by the Golden Eagle Trust.The birds were released in Killarney National Park before relocating to Lough Derg in 2011. Source: D CoombesThe pair, named Saoirse and Caimin, created history in 2013 when they reared the first chicks to fly from a nest in Ireland in 110 years. The pair successfully hatched another chick in late April of this year.The new viewing and information point officially opened on the shores of Lough Derg today in County Clare.Located at Mountshannon Pier and operated by Mountshannon Community Council, the Golden Eagle Trust and Clare County Council, the new viewing point features telescopes and information and displays about the White Tailed Sea Eagles.The facility will remain open until the end of September.Norway’s Ambassador to Ireland, Roald Næss joined Mayor of Clare Councillor John Crowe in Mountshannon today as his country has been closely linked with the Golden Eagle Trust’s programme who are helping to reintroduce the bird to Ireland. Source: Sean CurtinMayor of Clare John Crowe said the viewing point is a great way for the public to view the birds without disturbing them.He said the new viewing point “will help to further safeguard these impressive birds and their nesting activities, as well as to promote their ecology and conservation”.Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, Roald Næss said:Norway is home to one of the largest White Tailed Sea Eagle populations in the world and has been instrumental in helping organisations such as the Golden Eagle Trust to reintroduce the species to countries where the bird once flourished but is no longer found. Being able to view this breeding pair thrive here in County Clare is a tribute to everyone concerned and I hope the people who visit this viewing point truly value what is happening here.Dr. Allan Mee, White Tailed Sea Eagle project manager said having a nesting pair of eagles “here on our doorstep is a unique and one that the local community in Mountshannon will I’m sure help nurture into the future”. Read: The first white-tailed eagle chicks of the year have been born>Read: Soar like an eagle with this amazing point-of-view video>last_img read more

  • ASA CEO Talks TPP on RFDTV Panel Thursday Night

    first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) CEO Steve Censky is participating in a discussion on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), along with other top agriculture leaders Thursday at 9 p.m. CST on RFD-TV.The panel will explore what TPP is, why it is beneficial to farmers and ranchers and how it could impact the future of agriculture. Censky will provide ASA’s views on the benefits of TPP on this special RFD-TV show.ASA supports ratification of the 12-nation trade pact and continues to urge Congress to work toward passage. Specifically by market, the TPP would provide positive benefits for the U.S. food and agriculture sector, primarily through new export market access in Japan and Vietnam—two countries where the agricultural sectors are currently protected by high tariffs. For soybean farmers, the benefits of the TPP come in the form of increased soy exports, as well as through increased soybean meal sales domestically to U.S. livestock producers who would see significantly higher exports under the TPP as barriers to U.S. meat, poultry and dairy products are eliminated.Thursday’s panel also includes National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner; National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President /CEO Chuck Conner; American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall; National Pork Producers Council President John Weber; and National Milk Producers Federation President/CEO James Mulhern.Viewers can call in with questions or comments at 1-877-731-6733.last_img read more

  • NW Natural reports 74M loss cuts rates 2 percent

    first_imgReduced natural gas use over the summer caused a loss of $7.4 million, or 28 cents per share, for NW Natural Gas Co. in the quarter ending Sept. 30, the company reported Friday. The loss follows a seasonal pattern of reduced gas usage during the summer months. NW Natural reported a loss of $6.7 million, or 25 cents per share, during the same quarter in 2009. The company remains profitable so far this year with a net income of $43.1 million, or $1.62 per share. Washington residential customers will see a 2 percent rate decrease starting Nov. 1, resulting in an average savings of $1.23 per month, according to NW Natural. The rate cut is larger than the 0.8 percent predicted in September thanks to the continued decline of wholesale natural gas prices, said NW Natural spokeswoman Kim Heiting. Commercial rates will also decrease by 2.1 percent, or an average savings of $6.16 per month for business customers, according to the company.last_img read more

  • Permits Available For Cook Inlet Tanner Crab Fishery

    first_imgA valid permit is required to participate in either fishery. Permits are only available online through the ADF&G online store. Each permit holder is responsible for reporting online by March 15, 2019, even if the permit holder did not fish. To receive a Tanner crab sport permit, a sport fishing license is required. Permits are located under “Fishing and Shellfish Permits” tab. While a Tanner Crab fishery permit may be obtained online, participants are required to have a printed and signed copy with you while fishing for Tanner crab, and your harvest must be reported in ink on your permit before your catch is concealed. According to Area Management Biologist Carol Kerkvliet, “The department recently conducted trawl surveys in Kachemak Bay to assess the abundance of Tanner crab,” adding, “This fishery provides folks an opportunity to get out and harvest Tanner crab during the upcoming winter season.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the opening of the Tanner crab sport and subsistence fisheries in Cook Inlet-Resurrection Bay from October 1, through February 28, 2019. Alaskan residents may receive a Tanner crab subsistence permit without a sport fishing license; however, the fishery is confined to the designated subsistence area. The bag and possession limit is three male Tanner crab, four and one-half inches or greater in carapace (shell) width, including spines per day. One pot per person is allowed with a maximum of one pot per vessel. Please review complete shellfish regulations on pages 75 and 79 of the 2018 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.last_img read more

  • Alaska crews deployed to Southeast US wildfires

    first_imgFirefighters head to the fire line on the Spicer Creek Fire northeast of Tanana in 2015. (AFS Photo.)Download audioAlaska crews from multiple state and federal agencies are headed to the Lower 48 to assist in firefighting efforts there.Tim Mowry, a public information officer for the Alaska Division of Forestry, said over the last two weeks more than a dozen Alaska people have been sent to drought-stricken areas in the Southeast United States.“Unlike Alaska and some of the places in the West, these aren’t real big fires – I think the biggest fire is like 3,000 acres – but they’re getting a lot of fire activity, and because that area is much more densely populated than the areas in Alaska and even in the West, they have to jump on those fires pretty quick,” Mowry said.The Alaska personnel have been assigned to fires in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.Mowry said Alaska has primarily sent support staff.“Dispatchers, division supervisors, crew bosses,” Mowry said. “Right now all our crews are laid-off because our fire season is over.”Mowry said Alaska agencies are trying to cobble together at least one Type 2 Initial Attack team to send to the Lower 48.Workers from the Alaska Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management – Alaska Fire Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service have been deployed to other states.Their involvement is part of a national effort to support firefighting efforts in the Southeast United States.last_img read more

  • EideMiladunnabi on 2 Dec

    first_imgEid-e-Miladunnabi, the day of birth and demise of prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), will be observed in the country on 2 December (Saturday) as the moon of Rabiul Awal of Hijri 1439 was not sighted in Bangladesh sky on Sunday, reports UNB.The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee held at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram conference room today with religious affairs secretary Md Anisur Rahman in the chair, said a PID handout.Joint secretary to the religious affairs ministry Md Hafizur Rahman and joint secretary to information ministry Md Mizan-ul-Alam were, among others, present at the meeting.last_img

  • Woman strangled to death

    first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA woman was allegedly strangled to death inside her residence in Rajanigandha area of Jashore town on Friday night.The deceased is Kalpana Begum, 37, who was living with her two daughters at a rented house after separation with her husband Kazi Polash, reports UNB.On information, police recovered the body from the house around 8:00pm and sent it to Jashore General Hospital’s morgue for an autopsy said Kotwali police station officer-in-charge Apurba Hasan Kalpana.The OC suspected that the victim might have been killed by suffocation.Some speculates that Kalpana’s killing might have been a sequel to extra marital affairs, the OC said quoting locals.last_img

  • Texas Barton Draws GOP Challenger After Nude Photo Surfaces

    first_imgPhoto via FlickrRep. Joe Barton, R-TexasTexas Congressman Joe Barton has drawn a Republican primary challenger a week after a nude photo of him circulated on social media.Jake Ellzey, a retired Naval combat pilot and member of the Texas Veterans Commission, filed paperwork Tuesday with the Republican Party of Texas.The 68-year-old Barton, from Ennis, south of Dallas, is Texas’ most-senior congressman. Twice divorced, he announced his re-election campaign last month. An explicit picture of him appeared on an anonymous Twitter account last week.The Washington Post has reported that Barton told a woman that he would complain to U.S. Capitol Police if explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were made public.A Texas “revenge porn” law prohibits posting sexual explicit pictures or videos of someone without his or her permission. Sharelast_img read more

  • Marvels New Avengers Endgame Trailer Reunites Remaining Superheroes

    first_img After a brief Super Bowl teaser, Marvel just released a new Avengers: Endgame trailer and it reveals the remaining superheroes who are going to fight for their fallen allies.On Thursday, Marvel posted the new Avengers: Endgame trailer on YouTube, and it dives into some details we’ve been waiting for. Tony Stark (Iron Man) finally makes an appearance. Plus, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, and Bruce Banner vow to bring their friends back for the ultimate showdown against Thanos, the sinister villain who destroyed the universe. The movie, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson, will premiere in theaters on April 26.“God, seems like a 1,000 years ago. I fought my way out of that cave, became Iron Man. Realized I love you,” I know I said no more surprises, but I was hoping to pull off one last one,” Iron Man said at the opening of the trailer. (All the chills here.) We don’t know where Iron Man is, but hopefully, he’ll get help soon.Apparently, the world has changed, making it difficult for the remaining Avengers to get back on their feet, but maybe, just maybe, they can start over. To everyone that didn’t make it, who disintegrated after the major last battle with Thanos, the last Avengers owe it to them to have one last showdown. Oh, and Captain Marvel is also apparently helping the team out. (Score.)Will they rally together to fight Thanos, and get back the “missing” superheroes? You’ll have to watch Avengers: Endgame next month to find out.More on’s First ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Is Finally HereMarvel Drops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Teaser During Super BowlNew ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Theory Highlights a Hidden Time Loop Stay on target ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe last_img read more

  • Pro gamer makes Dark Souls III extra hard then completes it without

    first_imgDark Souls III is already a difficult experience if you play it normally. The game doesn’t need anything else to make it harder, but some gamers have imposed restrictions on themselves to do just that. Back in February, one gamer managed to beat the entire game without being hit. That is impressive enough, but now someone has come forth to not only match that feat, but actually top it.A Twitch streamer by the handle of FaraazKhan stepped up to the challenge and added more stipulations to make things tougher on himself. On top of not being hit, he made sure not to use any shields, bows, magic, or glitches. He also didn’t quit the game before getting hit.While he didn’t beat the game in record time, he still finished it in 2 hours and 19 minutes. This last part was possible because he purposely avoided doing a lot of the game’s side missions and fighting the optional bosses.FaraazKhan is a gamer of the highest caliber. It would be easy to think that you are less of a gamer when comparing yourself to him, but know that this man is the elite of the elite. While one may not be able to match his accomplishment, the video above can serve to give those of us who aren’t as skilled some tips on how to avoid taking damage in the game or just how to finish it faster. If not, we can just enjoy the video for what it is because it really is impressive to watch.last_img read more

  • Onduty police official succumbs mystery shrouds death

    first_imgA 47-year-old senior sub-inspector (SSI), posted with the Noida police, died under mysterious circumstances on Wednesday night. Police said that the man was on duty when his condition was reported to be deteriorating. He was admitted to a private hospital, where he died after a few hours of treatment.The police have yet not accepted foul play but have sent the body for post-mortem, the report of which is awaited. Notably, the SSI had attended a function hours before his death. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreAccording to the police, the one, Anil Sharma, who was on duty at the Sector 57 police post, had gone to a guest house in Sector 11, along with another policeman, where he complained of acute pain in his chest. He was admitted to the nearby Metro hospital, where he succumbed after a few hours. “As he was a cardiac patient, we suspect that he might have suffered an arrest. However, we are investigating the matter from other angles too. We have informed his family members also,” said a police official. The police informed that Sharma was a resident of the Baghpat district and had been transferred to Noida about a month ago.last_img read more

  • Meet Ocho the Social Video Startup That Caught Mark Cubans Eye

    first_img 10 min read November 11, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img May we have your attention, please: The average American attention span is now one second shorter than that of a goldfish. According to Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, it’s all of eight seconds long, a sobering tidbit not lost on the creators of Ocho, a slick social video sharing app that launched today in the Apple App Store.Videos on Ocho — as the free app’s name hints — are eight seconds long. That’s two seconds longer than a Vine loop and seven seconds shorter than the max-length Instagram clip, and that’s not by mistake.Inspired by Koehn’s research, the app’s founders, New York City tech entrepreneurs Jourdan Urbach, 22, and Jonathan Swerdlin, 32, are betting that eight is the magic number for our digitally distracted goldfish brains. So is Ocho’s principal investor billionaire Mark Cuban, who recently backed the app along with General Assembly co-founder Matthew Brimer in a $1.7 million seed round.Related: Why Short Videos Are Wildly Popular Over Social MediaCaption: Jonathan Swerdlin, co-founder of Ocho.Image credit: Jonathan Swerdlin“Ocho is redefining the way we share our stories through creating a powerful, video-based social network in a way that hasn’t been possible until now,” Cuban said in a release announcing the app today.  We have officially launched in the App Store! You can download Ocho free at— Ocho (@OchoVideo) November 11, 2014Cuban isn’t the only media heavy gambling on Ocho. VICE Sports is in the mix, too, and will use the fledgling video platform to socialize exclusive field dispatches. Hmm, with Cuban on board, we wonder if a few Shark Tank Ochos will surface as well.As for tech specs, Ocho videos can be shot vertically or horizontally. They’re full-screen in size and can be tweaked using six different “made-for-video” filters.A couple of mildly cool features set the app apart from the crowd: the ability to narrate your videos with a voiceover after you record them and the ability to submit comments via reply video only. (No text comment trolls need apply. There’s plenty of room for that vitriol on Vine and Instagram, both of which Urbach pretty accurately calls “negative comment cesspools.”)     Related: When Dealing With Negative Comments Online, Be Kind, Compassionate and DiplomaticWe caught up with Ocho’s founding duo and picked their brains about their brand-new baby, which they describe as “a beautiful, user-friendly social video platform with a superior experience to enhance how we see and share the world.”Editor’s Note: Responses have been edited for clarity and length.1. What inspired you to get into the social video sharing game?  Jourdan: Two billion people with a camera connected to the Internet represents the greatest potential for video creation and consumption in history. It was confounding to me that nobody had been able to replicate the success of social photo sharing platforms like Instagram for video. Jonathan and I love video, and felt the medium deserved its own platform — one that finally does it justice instead of just mutating photo platforms and calling it good.2. You both have experience launching startups, but not in this industry. How did you educate yourselves? Who or what were your best sources of guidance?  Jourdan Urbach, Co-founder of Ocho.Image credit: Joey VideoJourdan: Jon and I both read a metric ton every day. We learn from industry pioneers — not just in technology, but in the broader media industry. Siloing is dangerous. The tech is what powers the platform, sure, but the reason people come back to Ocho is the content — from their friends, their families, and the influencers they look up to.Related: When Launching a Startup, Consider These 5 RisksSo it’s great for us to learn from Steve Jobs’ design sense — but what about Milton Glaser’s? It’s great to learn from Tim Armstrong’s leadership skills, but what about Alan Mullaly or Les Moonves? You get the idea. We broaden our horizons and search diligently for analogues so that we can bring the knowledge borne of a wide-cast net to our employees and our stakeholders.3. What’s the technology, the special sauce, behind your product? How does it stand out from competitors such as Vine, Socialcam and Keek?  Jourdan: Everything we build under the hood is designed to power a vision — the experience we want our users to have. For instance, Ocho is the first social network to introduce voiceover and volume control because that’s what we felt was necessary to make good UGC [user generated content] video. We’re not trying to be FinalCut Pro. There’s an art to finding the balance between editing power and effortless sharing. All the tech was built entirely in-house and much of it is proprietary, including things like intelligent caching and dynamic viewing so Ochos can play continuously like TV.4. Why do you think you’ll be successful in the Vine-dominated social video space, a tough market where so many others have failed (like the Jay-Z- and Shakira-backed Viddy, most recently)?  Jourdan: Vine is fascinating because its success has actually spawned a distinct content format: “The Vine.” You know it when you see it — it’s short, it’s GIF-y, it’s stop motion art or its dark humor. But most importantly, the Vine is not made by you, not made by your friends, and generally not made by mainstream celebrities either. It’s made by “Vine Stars,” yet another cultural fascination of the platform.Related: 3 Hot Tech Startups Burning Up L.A.’s ‘Silicon Beach’Meanwhile, Viddy, SocialCam, and other earlier-generation platforms suffered from a raft of issues that kept them from success and staying power. First, there were bandwidth problems. Launching between 2010 and 2012, these early jabs were frustrating because the 3G and 4G LTE we’re now so accustomed to were underbuilt and overloaded by even the lightest data packets.Compounding the data squeeze was the fact that many early platforms encouraged videos that were 15, 30, or even 60 seconds in length. With mediocre compression and long videos, the user experience was extremely negative as viewers waited for a never-ending spinning wheel and were bored by content that lacked brevity when it eventually did load.Third, clunky user interfaces did a subpar job of treating video with the respect it deserves as a distinct content medium. It took a while for us to learn that the tools that work for photos can’t just be copied and pasted and work on video.Related: User Experience is Integral to Winning App DesignNow, we’ve finally got the bandwidth. We have a beautiful user interface. Society has begun to understand and love the medium of short form video. We certainly believe in it, and we think we’ve built a platform that can finally help it find its way on mobile.5. How did you attract the attention — and seed investment cash — of billionaire tech mogul Mark Cuban?  Jonathan: Initially, we met through a mutual friend and began speaking about his messaging app Cyberdust, which we believe everyone should be using for privacy. Although things with Ocho were under wraps at the time, we chose to share our beta with him.Mark saw the Ocho beta and immediately expressed interest in investing. He went through our strategy in detail and we found that both parties aligned philosophically on media and business. It just made sense. His team did their diligence and it was a green light.We love Mark and are grateful to have him as a business partner.6. There’s no shortage of trolls online, people who get a kick out of littering video posts with harsh, often offensive comments. How does Ocho address this rat’s nest?  Jourdan: Almost universally, text comment sections are cesspools where hate, vitriol, and obscenity flourish at the expense of genuine responses. When you think about it, text comments make about as much sense on video as photo comments. They’re both static mediums, and simply don’t work against a dynamic medium like video.Related: Tricks to Creating a High-Quality Video With Your iPhoneLike so many other social tech entrepreneurs today, Jonathan and I believe that the comments are as important as the initial content. At their best, they provide context, add value, and enable viewers to insert themselves into important conversations. That’s why we’ve build a robust Video Reply system into Ocho. We’ve already seen it work in our beta and are excited to share it with the world at launch.7. What advice can you offer other young entrepreneurs who want to launch their own appsJonathan: Know what you are building, why you are building it, and constantly examine your trajectory. Remember that apps are just a means to an experience and function for a human. Surround yourself with people smarter than you and build your team thoughtfully. Timing is key.  Drink water, not coffee. And have fun!Jourdan: There’s both a practical answer and a philosophical answer to this question.Practical, first. When someone finds out I build apps for the first time, about 90 percent of the time they tell me “We should talk.  I have an idea for an app.” I always listen, and I’m struck by one thing consistently. Know what is a database problem and what is an algorithmic problem.Related: A Step-by-Step Guide to Buidling Your First AppLet’s unpack that. If you have an idea for an app, that means you see a problem you’d like to solve, and you think an app is a good tool for that. Is the data required in order to solve that problem available in a readily query-able source? For example, you might like to build an app to help people find parking spots on the street in NYC, but where is the information on open parking spots stored? Exactly, Now you need to deploy personnel or leverage camera footage in real time to create and maintain a database. Now you’re building a company.Here’s the philosophical pointer. Know whether you want to build an app or a company. Are you going to pay someone to build an app and expect that it will be useful in perpetuity without maintenance? There are very few utilities like that in the world. Building an app means building a storefront for a business 99% of the time today. An app may be mobile, may be small, may be streamlined, but there’s no such thing as a “little app” any more. Any implied diminutives have been dashed. So before you take the plunge, think about the business – hiring, taking money, generating revenue, marketing to users, the list goes on. Nothing happens on its own – even if it appears to. That narrative is long gone. There is no such thing as a little app.Correction: A previous version of this article mentioned a partnership that was disclosed to us by Ocho but apparently has not been finalized.Related: Why Starting Small Can Lead to a Better App Register Now »last_img read more

  • First trans governor nominee Christine Hallquist is receiving death threats

    first_imgFox News anchor gets hilariously schooled by the Dictionary for transphobic phraseChristine Hallquist is the first trans person nominated for Governor in the USBlack transgender woman Shantee Tucker shot and killed in PhiladelphiaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Democratic nominee for the Vermont gubernatorial race Christine Hallquist is receiving a significant amount of death threats. ‘We must – as a society – do better to combat anger and violence,’ he said.‘I’m hopeful Vermonters will join me in ensuring everyone – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or other characteristics – are treated with dignity, respect and acceptance.’Elliot Imse, a spokesman for The Victory Fund, a political action committee for LGBTI candidates, also came to Hallquist’s defense.‘While the people of Vermont know Christine as the intelligent executive with a clear vision for their state, her courage in running as an openly trans woman cannot be understated.‘It takes guts to be a trailblazer because with it comes opening yourself to attacks from the most hateful among us – it is what the leaders of social change nearly always encounter.’GSN reached out to HRC for further comment.More from Gay Star NewsOver 78,000 transgender Americans might not be able to vote this NovemberRecord high number of LGBTI people running for public office in USIt’s 2018 and a gay couple in New York was denied a marriage licenseGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Local news outlet The Burlington Free Press first reported on the matter.‘Early on when our team assembled I said ‘the more successful we are, the more vitriol and threats we are going to receive,’ Hallquist said. ‘It’s kind of a natural outcome of our divided country.’Hallquist is the first openly transgender person to win a major party nominaton for governor.She said the threats and harassment began before the primary, when people first began to pay attention to her campaign. Since her win, however, the negativity has increased to a steady stream. Most of them come via social media or phone.She and her team have now begun to take more safety precautions. Going forward, Hallquist is not giving advanced notice of her appearances nor giving out the location of her headquarters.‘We take any threat against a Vermonter seriously and are doing what we can to work with her campaign to make sure the threats are taken seriously and are investigated,’ said police spokesman Adam Silverman.People speaking outHallquist’s Republican opponent, Phil Scott, condemned the threats. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Vermont’s Democratic candidate for Governor | Photo: Facebook/Christine Hallquist Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

  • Scholar knocked down in Meena Place

    first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A Ladysmith Secondary School (Lasec) Grade 12 pupil was knocked down this morning (Thursday) in Meena Place.According to bystanders, a vehicle was taking the corner when two schoolgirls ran in front of the car.One of the girls made it safely across the road, but the other girl was hit by the car.Police, Sharaj Ambulance Services and Public Safety responded to the scene.Residents from the neighbourhood gathered around the girl and tried to comfort her as best they could as she lay there in agony.On arrival, Sharaj paramedics treated the 17-year-old for moderate injuries before transporting her to hospital.Police and Public Safety officers found that the driver had a learner’s licence which had expired and that the vehicle’s number plates were not valid.The driver was arrested and charged for reckless and negligent driving, and falsely displaying number plates. 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  why not join us there?last_img read more

  • Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

    first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Chandler Jones is proving to be one of the best pickups of the offseason for any team. He has been arguably the league’s best edge rusher through seven weeks of the season, and almost single-handedly shut down the Seattle offense this past week by abusing their left tackle(s). Jones has exceptional length, which allows him to get into the pads of tackles, giving him the chance to win with strength more than speed (compared to a rusher like Miller). It’s an unusual skill-set, though, and Seahawks LT Bradley Sowell, for one, had no answer, routinely ending up on the floor as Jones hit him with his push-pull move to defeat the block.Campbell, now in his ninth season with the Cardinals, has been consistent with his performance so far in 2016. The veteran has accumulated 18 combined tackles and two sacks, both of which came from the 33-21 win in San Francisco.The quirk of this season is that Calais Campbell is a very good pass-rusher, but probably one that would be several spots lower on this list in a typical year. He has two sacks and 19 total pressures so far, and by far his best performance has come from beating up on the hapless Seahawks’ offensive line. Campbell is a player that can change games with his ability to collapse pockets from the inside.Though both pass-rushers have had off-games, last week’s dominance of Seattle’s offensive line showed how much of a force the duo can be when they are on top of their game at the same time. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) recovers the fumble by New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals’ (3-3-1) defense has been highlighted as of late by stellar pass-rushing. Two players of note have had especially good seasons.Pro Football Focus ranked Chandler Jones (No. 3) and Calais Campbell (No. 5) in its list of the NFL’s best pass-rushers through Week 7.The Cardinals traded for Jones in the offseason in order to bolster their dominant defense from last season. So far, he has yet to disappoint with two forced fumbles and a team-high five sacks. Jones has garnered at least one sack in five of Arizona’s seven games.last_img read more

  • The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

    first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo David Johnson broke out in 2016, tallying 1,239 rushing yards and 879 receiving yards to go along with 20 total touchdowns.He was a hard-nosed back that could transition into a quick receiver from play to play, a formula that was almost unstoppable, as Pro Football Focus points out.His use as a receiver made him one of the most unique players in the NFL — to the point Pro Football Focus named him the top receiver in the NFL for 2016. Take his rushing completely out of the equation, and Johnson would have tied for No. 39 in fantasy scoring at the wide receiver position. And he did that with a lower average depth of target (aDOT) than any qualifying wide receiver.Johnson was a gold mine for any fantasy owner that drafted him, scoring 407.8 points in ESPN fantasy football, or more than 27 more points than the next-best player.Johnson’s usage in 2016 doesn’t match any other running back’s usage in the last decade. There have been 67 qualifying running backs with an aDOT of 3.0 yards of higher in that time (Johnson’s was 4.6, 12th-highest). Of those, none have come within 35 of Johnson’s 107 targets, and only 12 players have had even 50 targets at that aDOT.His 2016 season turned into an anomaly, his 80 receptions tied for 20th among all players and his 293 rush attempts ranked third in the league, numbers that would him make him among the upper echelon of players at both positions.Running backs who see that depth of target don’t see a lot of targets. Running backs who see a lot of targets don’t have that depth of target or that many carries. Running backs who see that many carries don’t have that many receiving yards. Take out Johnson’s receiving, and he’d have been the No. 8 fantasy running back. Take out his rushing, and he’d have been the No. 39 wide receiver.Put them both together, and that season hardly even makes sense.Johnson will look to improve upon his stats from a year ago as he enters his third NFL season in 2017, his first since gaining newfound motivation in the birth of his son. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs from San Francisco 49ers linebacker Nick Bellore, middle, and defensive end Taylor Hart (96) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more