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Sir Hilary: Protect Ja’s sporting tradition

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first_imgJamaican sport has reached a pinnacle of excellence which all Jamaicans have a collective responsibility to maintain and sustain.That was the message from Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who was guest speaker at Friday night’s RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.”This extraordinary nation has made a most incredible contribution to sport,” Sir Hilary told the audience at the ceremony to honour Jamaica’s best in sport for 2015.Sir Hilary, who has an affinity to cricket in particular, noted that Jamaican sport history was unique in its style, quality, and performance, and its capacity to establish gender equality in the process.”Jamaica has done what many countries have aspired to do in many areas, but especially in sporting culture. This phenomenal achievement has been recognised and it has been respected,” he said.”There is a tradition of excellence in Jamaica, and this excellence has to be maintained and it has to be sustained. It must be institutionalised and it must be industrialised,” the Barbados-born educator said.some societies”If it is not institutionalised and industrialised it will be lost. I have seen how many nations have lost that excellence they have achieved,” Sir Hilary added.Sir Hilary used West Indies cricket as an example of a sport which had at one stage been excellent but later deteriorated dramatically.”In some societies it is considered a crime to lose that excellence,” he said.”This must never happen to Jamaican sport. I don’t wish to be writing in the closing stages of my career about the fall of Jamaican sport,” he added.”Every child in Jamaica must grow to see that things are designed in Jamaica, patented … exported from Jamaica, representing the legends in Jamaican sport. We are here to celebrate this monument. It must not fall.”Sir Hilary, who gained tenure at age 37, said the University of the West Indies had an important role to play in ensuring that Jamaican sport does not lose its value.”Research, innovation, bringing culture, manufacturing, finance, and technology together to sustain this incredible achievement,” he said.”We all have a responsibility. There has to be accountability. It must not be taken lightly. The efforts of generations must not be dashed overnight.”last_img read more

People on the Move 040309

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first_imgFutue US appointed Marty Cortinas editor-in-chief of the recently-launched World of Warcraft Official Magazine. Formerly, Cortinas served as a managing editor at Wired.com. Former Reader’s Digest vice president and group publisher Tracey Altman has been named senior vice president of food development at Parade. Altman left Reader’s Digest late last year as part of a restructuring.The Atlantic named John Jameson Gould to the newly-created position of deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. Most recently, Gould served as managing editor of U.S. politics and policy site Washington PowerMap.Lori O’Connor was promoted to publisher of TV Guide magazine. Most recently, O’Connor served as advertising director.Nick Matarazzo is returning to Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. as CEO of its Jumpstart Automotive Group. Matazazzo left the company last summer as executive vice president and group publishing director of the Men’s Enthusiast Network. In his new role, Matarazzo replaces Dillon McDonald, who will be leaving the company.Star Magazine named Annabel Vered senior executive editor. Previously, Vered served as executive editor at In Touch. last_img read more

Across Age Groups Print Lags Far Behind Digital and TV as a

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first_img While the chart below does show a generational divide, as the title suggests, there are two clear winners when it comes to serving consumers news—the internet and TV. Meanwhile, print and radio are clearly niche mediums that don’t come close to stacking up against the other two. By now, it’s not much of a surprise that print is no longer a popular choice for news. However, what is surprising is exactly where it ranks across demographics compared to other mediums. The largest consumer demographic that looks to print for news are those who fall in the 55+ range. Yet, only 12% of that segment is getting their news from print, whereas 53% of them look to TV and 25% go online. A recent study by Reuters Institute shows that very small margins of global news consumers look to print to stay informed. The study surveyed 52,225 consumers across 26 countries and found that the internet and TV combine to dominate every age demo. And while print fared better than radio, the numbers are weak across the board. Millennials, who supposedly love print, like to get their news mostly online. Only 6% of respondents in both the 18-24 and 25-34 demo indicated that print is a source they look to. So perhaps everyone should pump the brakes just a bit when they talk about how much this demographic loves print. last_img read more

AMD Radeon RX 5700 series battles for 1440p gaming

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first_img 336 14Gbps/256 bit 6.5 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super 9.1 2,560 The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 $399 GPU Our E3 breakdown: Microsoft’s Project Scarlett looks… 8GB  2,176 40 1,465/1,725 Memory bandwidth (GB/sec) $399 Stream processors Post a comment Lori Grunin/CNET The battle rages on. A week before AMD was scheduled to deliver the details about its new Navi-generation midrange graphics cards, the Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT, rival Nvidia announced bumped-up “Super” versions of its directly competing RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 at slightly lower prices than AMD had publicly revealed for its new cards. So two days prior to its rollout, AMD dropped the prices on its cards to match: $349 for the 5700, $399 for the XT version and $449 for the 50th anniversary edition version of the 5700 XT.While 1080p gaming remains the most popular resolution, 1440p (2,560 x 1,440) is the next enthusiast frontier, and both companies want a piece of it — so much so that they’ve entered into a price war before their cards have even shipped. The 5700 series is available now. 448 GPU clock speed (MHz, base/boost) $499 0 448 Memory (GDDR6) 2,560 Memory data rate/Interface 180w TGP 1,920 $349 9.8 Editor’s note: updated 1:48 p.m. ET. with correct availability date.  8GB  Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super 30 AMD Radeon RX 5700 Price 14Gbps/256 bit 8GB  36 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 40 14Gbps/256 bit 448 Computers Components Gaming Accessories Gaming 7.2 1,605/1,905 34 1,605/1,770 Share your voice 160w Tags 1,470/1,560 225w FP32 (teraflops) 215w $349 But AMD’s entering the battle with a revamped processor architecture, hoping to break the perception of being the “value” option rather than the performance leader. And based on our preliminary testing, the RX 5700 does seem to deliver better frame rates across various benchmarks than the RTX 2060, at least at 1080p. Unfortunately, we don’t have an RTX 2060 Super yet for comparison. While the Radeon VII remains the flagship card in AMD’s gaming line, its technology straddles generations — it’s built on AMD’s 7nm process, but it doesn’t have the upgraded memory architecture, PCIe 4 support, more efficient compute-unit design, lower power draw, quiet operation and more that comprises AMD’s “RDNA” architecture for the Navi generation. With Navi, AMD moves from using HBM2 (high-bandwidth memory) to the more widely used GDDR6 for its consumer products.AMD positions both cards as 1440p contenders, but the extra $50 buys you the ability to play at a higher-quality setting. Across the board, we saw roughly a 10% increase in frame rates from the 5700 to the 5700 XT at 1440p, and both delivered average frame rates of more than 70fps overall.amd-radeon-rx-5700-xt-8You get 3 DisplayPort and 1 HDMI connection. Lori Grunin/CNET And the cards are very quiet. They are bigger and do require more power than the RTX 2060 — it uses similar connections to the 2080 Ti, and they’re both bigger than the 2060 — but the 2060 Super has increased power requirements as well. In addition to differences in the number of compute units (the rasterization engine of a graphics processor)  and clock speeds, the 5700 and 5700 XT differ by look. The 5700 XT has a less featureless surface and the logo glows red, plus only part of the internal circuit board peeps out; the 5700’s entire underside is exposed.They do have the same connectors on the back, however, 3 DisplayPort 1.4 and 1 HDMI 2.0b. I do miss having a USB-C port back there like on an Nvidia card since they’re still pretty rare in desktop systems. Along with the cards, AMD revved its Adrenalin utility software with a few new features, most notably Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) and Anti-lag. RIS does what Nvidia’s DLSS is intended to (without the AI), provide a better image when playing at higher resolutions — e.g., displaying in 1440p while the graphics card is only working with 1080p, to minimize the performance hit of a higher resolution. (My testing was interrupted by a network outage in our lab, so I was unable to download some games I wanted for visual comparison.) Specifically, RIS uses a technique called contrast-adaptive sharpening to improve detail on textures with less-defined edges. (CAS is similar to what the new Texture tool in Lightroom does.) There are two flavors: game developers can integrate support or you can toggle it in Adrenalin to apply it on the fly for unsupported games. The former will deliver better results. As far as I could tell, there was no performance penalty for applying it in the driver.Anti-lag essentially works to better sync the CPU and GPU so there are fewer wasted cycles between the time you click the mouse and the display responds — AMD claims about 30% improvement. 448 8GB  1,365/1,680 6GB  Now playing: Watch this: 8.0 4:22 14Gbps/256 bit Comparative specifications CUDA cores/ compute units 14Gbps/192 bit 175w AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 2,304 17 Photos AMD Nvidialast_img read more

Ather Energy funding secures 51 million Flipkart cofounder plays lead role

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first_imgAther Energy, a Bengaluru based electric vehicle manufacturer, has raised an investment of $51 million in its latest round of funding led by Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal’s investment of $32 million. As a part of this funding, Hero MotoCorp has also converted its Convertible Debt of $19 million whereas InnoVen Capital has extended an $8 million venture debt.Prior to this, Bansal was an angel investor for Ather Energy dating his investment of $500,000 in 2014. Ather Energy launched its flagship scooter Ather 450 in 2018 and opened for pre-orders in Bengaluru in June 2018 with deliveries beginning in September the same year. With an order backlog of about five months, the EV company will be utilising this fund for expansion of capacity to 25,000 units per annum and expand the business to other cities. The company will start taking pre-orders in Chennai in the coming weeks and the firm has planned to expand the business to 30 cities by the end of 2023.In the coming years, Ather Energy is planning to install a new manufacturing facility which will be designed to produce 1 million vehicles a year. The startup also plans to set up 6,500 Ather Grid fast charging points across the country over the next 5 years with a projected investment of Rs 130 crore. L-R – Mr. Sachin Bansal, Tarun Mehta, CEO and Co-Foun … r. Swapnil Jain, CTO and Co-Founder, Ather EnergyAther EnergyOn the latest round of funding, Tarun Mehta, Co-founder & CEO of Ather Energy, said, “Sachin has been a part of our growth journey and this investment is a strong endorsement of the momentum we’ve built over these years.””Post the successful launch in Bengaluru, we are eager to reach out to consumers in other cities and to build more products that will excite consumers to switch to electric vehicles. The changing landscape of personal transport has also offered us more opportunities and you will hear about the new business models that we are investing in very soon,” Mehta added.Bansal said that conventional automobile industry is in a transition phase and it is up for a redefinition.”Watching Ather closely since my early investment in 2014, I am convinced that the ecosystem that Ather is building with their products is the future of urban mobility. Their focus on end to end customer experience will open up new revenue opportunities and accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in India. The future is electric and I am excited to be a part of this journey in shaping the future,” Bansal said. Ather Energy has been priced the 340 at 1,09,750, on-roadAther EnergyIn the past 6 months, Ather 450 owners have clocked more than 6 lakh kms in Bengaluru and the company has installed 31 fast charging station, called Ather Grid, across the city along with 7 fast charging points in Chennai. Ather is the first in the country to offer innovative purchase options like lease, with monthly payments as low as Rs 2,517.Under the ‘Ather One’ subscription, a post-service plan, the company has been providing services like doorstep pick up and service, 24X7 roadside assistance, free charging at home and in public etc. If we talk about Ather 450, it is designed for city riding conditions, the scooter has a top speed of 80 km/hr, a range of 75 km and one of the quickest in the scooter category with an acceleration of 3.9 seconds from 0-40 km/hr. Did you know these 4 ‘desi’ startups working on exciting electric vehicles in India? Closelast_img read more

OnDemand Companies Disrupted Entire Industries Now They Are Being Disrupted

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first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free market forces reliably do one thing very well: they crush weak companies. That is good for the economy and scary for entrepreneurs. Thankfully there are a million books for entrepreneurs about how to cope with failure, but that is not what this article is about.Creative destruction.Creative destruction is changing the on-demand landscape. Creative destruction is the innovation mechanism by which old business models and products are replaced by newer, more efficient models. Creative destruction replaced Blockbuster Videos with Netflix and digital cameras with smartphones.Related: 10 Traits of the Most Innovative EntrepreneursBut it is not always so obvious that the process is taking place. Most often, the transition is iterative, taking a million small, nearly invisible steps. I draw our attention to the on-demand landscape because just a few years into the market-wide adoption of the model, it is already experiencing significant alterations that are hard to miss.Related: Is a Pivot Imminent? These 5 Signs Say “Yes.”These are three changes to the on-demand business model to watch:1. EmploymentAmerica’s love affair with Uber is on the rocks. That is not to say Uber is going away, but the days of eagerly waiting for a clean car with nice air freshener and free bottles of water to pull up to the curb seems like a distant memory. Now the phrase “experiences may vary” seems more appropriate.Related: 5 Entrepreneurial Lessons From Uber on Its 5-Year AnniversaryOne major contributing factor is that Uber uses independent contractors, people working on 1099 contracts, to deliver their service. That practice may be going away. Scot Wingo, founder and CEO of Spiffy, an on-demand car wash service that was recently funded with $5 million. Wingo W2s all of their workers, conducts background checks and trains them to deliver better service. “If you look at the short history of on-demand companies, you can see how much damage has been done to various brands because of subpar service,” explains Wingo. “It is hard to foster an engaged and professional workforce if they are independent contractors.That is why many of the on-demand companies are changing the model and using full employment contracts. Some VCs are calling this a ‘full-stack’ model.”2. Targeted consumers.Many on-demand services have failed to understand who their best clients really are. That challenge is understandable. You can imagine anyone using any number of services — house cleaning, food delivery, pet grooming — and that is what an on-demand smartphone app is for. But just because it is an app that can be on anyone’s phone does not mean that everyone is equally likely to use it.Related: 10 Tips to Find and Win the Best ClientsModern on-demand companies are positioning their brands to micro-target consumers. Instead of food delivery for everyone, brands are focusing on corporate clients, events, specific kinds of cuisine, and so on. This makes them the logical go-to in specific situations and prevents them from being lost in the litany of apps that clutter smartphones.3. Focus on service.Of course, the worst thing that can happen to a brand is an extremely negative interaction between an employee and a consumer. While not worth describing in detail, the horror stories are out there. And those stories are difference makers for many companies fighting to survive in a very competitive field.That is why one of the changes occurring in the on-demand world is an increased focus on who is providing the service. “Background checks are ubiquitous in most service industries that require people to visit clients in their homes or at their place of work,” says Wingo. “And that is for good reason.””The client trusts the company to send a reputable individual to perform a service. On-demand companies should operate the same way and increasingly, they are. The old breed of company that only wanted to run a sexy Uber-of-something type of company is quickly dying out.”These changes are happening just a few years into the lifecycle of on-demand-model companies. It could be a signal that major shakeups are coming or that the industry is simply finding its feet.Related: 4 Essentials for Growing an On-Demand CompanyEither way, the creative destruction that is taking place is good for consumers because it is empowering real entrepreneurs to build quality businesses that deliver real value. That is how the free market is supposed to work.  August 14, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min readlast_img read more

New Fairmont Raffles resorts offer luxury stays in Europe US Mexico

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first_imgNew Fairmont, Raffles resorts offer luxury stays in Europe, U.S., Mexico TORONTO — Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Raffles Hotels & Resorts properties are popping up all over the globe, from Europe (Warsaw’s Raffles Europejski in 2017), to the U.S. (Fairmont Austin in 2017) and Mexico (Fairmont Costa Canuva in 2018).The new 250-room Fairmont Costa Canuva is slated to open in picturesque Riviera Nayarit in late 2018, within the new master-planned seaside community known as Costa Canuva. Set on kilometres of pristine beach, just north of Punta Mita and approximately 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport, the development complements Fairmont Mayakoba on Mexico’s opposite coast.In Poland, the new Raffles Europejski is scheduled to open in late 2017, bringing a new luxury hotel to this up and coming European destination. Located in Warsaw’s historic district, next to the Presidential Palace, the 103-room hotel will be a significant restoration of a landmark building.In Texas, the new Fairmont Austin, the first hotel providing direct access to the Austin Convention Center, recently unveiled the first look at its guestroom design. The US$350 million concept now accommodates additional upscale features reflective of Fairmont’s luxury design and service aesthetics, including pillow top mattresses with crisp French duvets, premium thread count linens and floor-to-ceiling windows. The property is set to open August 2017.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureMeanwhile over a dozen iconic properties across the Americas are undertake significant refurbishment projects. Victoria’s Fairmont Empress has undertaken a large-scale two-year renovation to renovate all guestrooms, featuring modern luxury and upscale design inspired by Vancouver Island’s nature of gardens and the sea. And Bermuda’s iconic harbourside resort, Hamilton Princess & Club, recently celebrated the completion of the third and final phase of its $100 million restoration. The two-year process has completely transformed the 400-room property. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Travelweek Group Tags: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Mexicolast_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

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first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 3 AugustRACING2.30 NottinghamGoodknight Percy 9/2 > 5/24.15 RiponImtiyaaz 2/1 > 6/45.15 RiponCasila 6/1 > 4/17.30 WindsorDiamond Lady 20/1 > 12/1(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img