CCTV Steering Committee to be established

first_img Related Items:cctv may be coming to TCI, meeting held to see what other jurisdictions are doing in terms of cctv Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 29, 2016 – A steering committee will be formed and CCTV is finally closer to coming for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  In the fifth National Security Council or NSC meeting, held on Tuesday July 26, it was determined that a committee will explore what other jurisdictions are doing.  This committee is to be chaired by Director of the Premier’s Office, Althea Been.   At the meeting were:  the Governor, Premier, Police Commissioner, Minister for Border Control and the Attorney General. last_img read more

City of Chula Vista considers legalizing marijuana sales

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 6, 2018 Posted: February 6, 2018 Updated: 10:46 PM Sasha Foo center_img City of Chula Vista considers legalizing marijuana sales CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — The City of Chula Vista is considering a proposal to make marijuana shops and other businesses legal.A draft proposal of the ordinance was presented to city councilmembers on Tuesday night.Last November, KUSI showed viewers that many unlicensed, illegal dispensaries are flourishing in Chula Vista.Under the proposed ordinance, Deputy City Manager Kelley Bacon says the city would restrict the number of retailers to a maximum of three in each council district.That could mean a combination of storefront and delivery services with no more than two storefronts in each district. Businesses involved in the cultivation, distribution, manufacture or testing of cannabis products would only be allowed in the city’s industrial zones.Any operator who had an illegal business in Chula Vista would be barred from applying for a license. The future of marijuana in the county’s second largest city hinges on passage of a sales tax by voters. Revenue from the sales tax will be applied to the costs of hiring additional staff to enforce the new regulations.In a separate vote later this month, the City Council will decide if a sales tax initiative should be presented to the voters in June.Although City Councilmember Mike Diaz is not a big proponent of bringing commercial cannabis into the city, he said it’s better if the city crafts its own set of regulations, instead of allowing the marijuana industry to pass its own regulations through a citizens’ initiative.A group called the Association of Cannabis Professionals is campaigning in several cities in San Diego County to legalize marijuana sales through the initiative process. Diaz said the initiative backed by the cannabis industry may not be stringent enough.“If you don’t regulate it enough, it’s bad for the community,” Diaz said.He said the goal is to work with city staff and other councilmembers “to come up with a plan that eliminates the black market portion and also protects the community.” Sasha Foo, last_img read more

Strategic Repositioning of Playboy Coming

first_imgFlanders declined to comment on the specifics of the repositioning other than to say he expects to make a separate announcement sometime this year.“Having a president to manage day-to-day operations will go a long way in enhancing efficiencies and avoiding duplication of efforts,” Flanders said of Vaickus’ appointment. “I’m confident he can help unify our often disparate operating units. We’re in every segment of media, internationally. The complexity is significant.”Vaickus will continue to oversee Playboy’s licensing business—what Flanders has described as the company’s fastest-growing segment. Playboy also named Playboy Digital executive vice president Scott G. Stephen executive vice president of the recently combined print/digital group. Reporting to Vaickus, Stephen’s responsibilities will expand to print publications, the company said.“Absolutely Committed” to PrintThe print edition of Playboy, the company’s flagship product, has had a difficult 2009. Of the more than 30 big-circ. consumer magazines—including AARP, Reader’s Digest, Maxim and Newsweek—only Playboy fell short of fulfilling its rate base through the first half of the year, delivering a total paid and verified circ. of 2,453,266, compared to its 2.6 million rate base, according to ABC’s most recent FAS-FAX report.In terms of advertising pages, the magazine saw a decline of 30.2 percent compared to the same period last year, according to PIB figures.Despite those losses, Flanders said the print edition of the magazine will survive the company’s forthcoming strategic repositioning. “I am absolutely committed 100 percent to keeping Playboy in print,” he said. “The magazine is the cornerstone of what we do, it’s what the brand was built on. “That doesn’t mean we won’t continue to expand in other segments of the business that might grow faster,” Flanders added, “but print isn’t going anywhere.” SEE ALSO: What to Expect of a Playboy RepositioningRecently-appointed Playboy Enterprises CEO Scott Flanders said he is planning to announce a “strategic repositioning” of the company before the end of the year. As part of that plan, he promoted Alex L. Vaickus from executive vice president and president of global licensing to the newly-created position of president, overseeing all of the company’s business operations.“We are in the process of reviewing all of our go-to market strategies,” Flanders told FOLIO: Tuesday. “We see opportunities for growth that will only be brought about with change.”last_img read more

In Vader Immortal Episode II Darth Vader is a mean Mr Miyagi

first_img Post a comment 0 Share your voice Concept art for Vader Immortal II shows Darth Vader getting his rocks on. ILMxLAB Memorably in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker travels to Dagobah to train under Jedi Master Yoda. The training challenges Luke physically, emotionally and psychologically, and Yoda is as fair as he is tough. But imagine if Darth Vader had trained Luke instead. He definitely wouldn’t win any “teacher of the year” awards, but I’d definitely want to see what the old Dark Lord could teach someone who is new to the Force. In the new Star Wars virtual reality experience Vader Immortal: Episode II, the Dark Lord of the Sith is here to teach you a few tricks. And when I say here, I actually mean it because one of the amazing aspects of this VR game is the ability to show scale and presence. Vader is no small potato.I met with the creators of the upcoming game and watched the first few minutes on Friday at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. and the footage isn’t available online, but I can tell you it looks insane. The full title of the game is Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series — Episode II. In this VR sequel, you meet a pre-Rogue One powerful and strong Lord Vader who’s taken a liking to you and wants to personally train you in the ways of the Force. I know, both awkward and amazing, right?At D23 I talked to Jose Perez III, a senior experience designer at ILMxLAB, creative executive Matt Martin and Ben Snow, who directed the game. They discussed how the galaxy’s greatest villain shapes up as a teacher. “It’s good to hang out with Vader,” said Snow. “He can’t really be a Yoda-like mentor to you. He’s going to be more the bad dad or the hard-ass coach that chucks a medicine ball at you.”To which Perez replied that Vader is like a really mean Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid.The game picks up right where Vader Immortal: Episode I left off. You’ve mastered combat with a lightsaber, and now it’s time to learn to use the Force to fight. You get to sharpen your skills in the upgraded Lightsaber Dojo II that not only forces you to fight with a light sword but also master using the Force to move and grab and throw things. Best of all, you can hurl your lightsaber at an enemy, watch it cut them in half and have it return to your hand like a boomerang. And this is all done with a single button along with moving your hand.  “I look at something, I point, I can pick it up and I can pull it towards me. I can throw it,” said Perez. “And it’s all the way you would think it would work.”vader-immortal-episode-ii-darkghast-concept-artThis is concept art for the Darkghast which hides beneath Darth Vader’s castle. ILMxLAB It wouldn’t be Star Wars without creatures and boy does ILMxLAB, the maker of the VR game, have a doozy for you. It’s called the Darkghast and in the concept art shared at D23 Expo, it looks like a cross between a Rancor from Jabba The Hutt’s palace in Return of the Jedi and the Mind Flayer from Stranger Things 3. Apparently, the Darkghast has a mouth that is the size of you (hint, hint) and yes, you’re going to have to fight her.”You want to talk about cool VR, when you’re dealing with this giant Rancor-like thing right in your face that is incredible,” said Perez.There’s no release date yet for Vader Immortal: Episode II, but as Martin reminded me we’ve already been waiting for something like this VR game for decades.Vader Immortal: Episode II is “what people have been wanting for the last 40 years – the idea of stepping into Star Wars. This is really the best opportunity to do that.” Virtual Reality Disney Star Warscenter_img 50 Photos 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Mobile Tagslast_img read more

Zomato in advanced talks with Alibabas Ant Financial to raise 200 million

first_imgSign board of Ant Financial is seen at its office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China September 21, 2016.ReutersOnline food ordering firm Zomato is in an advanced level of discussions with Ant Financial — an affiliate company of China’s Alibaba — to raise funds.If the deal fructifies, Zomato will raise up to $200 million from the online payment service provider.The deal is yet to be finalised and may put the value of the company at about $900 million. The value may also exceed $1 billion, according to the sources of Mint.Zomato received another round of funding from Info Edge, Vy Capital, Sequoia Capital and a Singapore government-owned investment company in 2015.The company is growing fast and has expanded its operations worldwide within a short span of time. Its revenue has doubled in the past one year, and its revenue from advertising is growing at 11 percent.Zomato’s performance so farZomato started its delivery business in 2015, which incurred losses. The 2016 financial year was a tough time for the company. Investors like HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) Pvt Ltd also slashed its valuation by about half to $500 million.”We make Rs 20 profit on every delivery fulfilled by restaurants, while losing Rs 2 on every delivery we undertake,” said Zomato’s Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Deepinder Goyal.The company had also withdrawn its operations from nine countries last year out of the 23 where it was present in order to maintain its cash burn rate.Besides scaling back its operations and facing valuation markdown last year, the company had also trimmed its workforce. ZomatoFacebook/ZomatoHowever, the food-ordering platform now seems to be on the path of recovery as its March 2017 revenues alone have touched the $5-million mark. The company crossed 2 million orders in March 2017 – a move that gave it a 23 percent month-on-month growth.At present, besides being on talks with Ant Financial, Zomato is also planning to bank on the more high-margin advertising business this year along with its food-ordering business.Over and above, the company is still fighting for a leadership in the food delivery space that is right now dominated by startup competitor Swiggy in India.last_img read more

Sensex tanks 355 points on global growth concerns

first_imgIndian pedestrians watch as a digital broadcast presents the rolling share price information and national election results news coverage on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai on May 16, 2014. India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on track to win the first parliamentary majority by a single party in 30 years, two television channels projected on May 16 based on preliminary results.PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesFollowing a steep decline in the Asian and other global markets, Sensex tanked 355 points on Monday over concerns of a global slowdown.Except for oil and gas and power sector stocks all the sectors on both BSE and NSE ended in the red led by finance and banking stocks.”Lingering concern on global economic slowdown dragged down the domestic indices. US bond yield has fallen as risk appetite of investors to equities reduced due to fear of US recession,” said Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services.The BSE Sensex declined 355.70 points or 0.93 per cent to 37,808.91, while Nifty shed 102.65 points or 0.90 per cent.Following the decline in the US equity markets last week, all eastern markets also slipped 1-2 per cent on Monday. European markets too were in the red, said Joseph Thomas of Emkay Wealth Management.”The lower manufacturing PMI in Germany, and contraction in Germany and France, and recession already having set in Italy, markets may progressively test lower levels.”The top gainers were ONGC which surged close to 4 per cent followed by Coal India, Power Grid, NTPC and Bajaj Finance up in the 1 to 2 per cent range.Among the losers were Vedanta, Tata Motors, Yes Bank, and Mahindra and Mahindra which declined up to 4 per cent.last_img read more

Chinas Bilibili Pitches Itself as International Production Partner

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The company claims 92 million monthly active users and 450 million page views per day. Users are typically Generation Z, or China’s post-millennials, who tune in for a mix of live streaming, gaming, and short-form content.Bilibili considers content under one of two headings: professionally user-generated video (brands and creators who may be remunerated through donations and sponsorship) and user-generated video content.But the mix is changing. The company says it has been a buyer of factual content for the past two years. And it is now increasingly looking to produce and co-produce its own shows. It has worked with National Geographic on “China’s Hidden Kingdoms” and with NHK on the “WHK” anime show. With the BBC it has adapted car-themed men’s lifestyle show “Top Gear” as both a “Borrowed Gear” show and as a fan event which attracted a claimed 400,000 visitors over three days before the premiere of “Top Gear” season 25.China’s authorities have this year fined Bilibili and other streaming companies for content infringements. But the company appears to be finding favor with investors. It is one of the few Chinese tech stocks to have risen this year, from $11.50 at flotation to $14.97 per ADR at the market close on Monday. At that price it is valued at $4.19 billion.Regulators are seeking greater control over live streaming, user comments and user-generated content. Increasingly, that means more self-censorship by the platforms themselves. Executives in Brisbane declined to reveal how many staff are involved in compliance, but they confirmed that the company has teams in the Chinese cities of Wuhan and Shanghai involved in filtering comments and content.The company believes that it can minimize such occurrences not jut through real-name registration, but also by requiring users to take a web citizenship test before they can start to feed back into the site. It also operates a graded warning system before users see their accounts suspended.center_img Bilibili, a specialty Chinese video platform best known for animation and games content, is setting out a stall as a viable and attractive partner for international co-productions.A presentation of so-called bullet comments (real-time audience feedback that overlays on-screen content) drew gasps from an audience of executives at the World Congress of Science & Factual Producers in Brisbane, Australia, on Monday. It was unclear whether the intakes of breath were in horror or awe at this glimpse of the future and such huge levels of interaction with video content.Bilibili, which was founded in 2009 and earlier this year earned itself a share listing on the NASDAQ, followed up Monday’s surprising demo with a more select lunchtime presentation Tuesday. Its executives took turns to tout the company’s jaw-dropping numbers and to tease glimpses of its business deals with top-tier international TV groups, including U.K. and Japanese public broadcasters BBC and NHK, respectively, and a six-year corporate relationship with Discovery.last_img read more

Pamper your mom this Mothers Day

first_imgGive your mother a break from routine, pamper her with a breakfast in bed or a spa hamper for Mother’s Day, which falls on May 13 this year. Experts have shared ways which can help you bring a smile on your mother’s face:A day free from the ‘Mom Routine: Mothers never get a day off from their daily routine and they never complain too. Every mother always has a list of things she needs to do, so why not do it for her? Let her relax at home while you do the grocery shopping, run to the post office, pick up dry-cleaning or whatever else Mom needs you to do. She will definitely appreciate the gesture! Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBreakfast in bed: The first part of Mother’s Day should be her breakfast. A meal ordered from her favourite restaurant. Let her relax and not think about breakfast for everyone at home, because you have already taken care of it.Sparkle up the home for her: Cleaning the house is a huge task for every mother. On this day, help her out by cleaning it before she starts her day. Fix those things that she always wanted to be repaired and make her day.Home decor makeover: Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Mothers always want to make a change in their house, but they never really get the time for it due to their daily chores and work. This Mother’s Day, make her dream come true by doing what she has always wanted to – could be a vegetable garden, or a mini library or a music library or even revamp the sitting room.Pamper her with a spa hamper: Everyone loves a massage, some of them crave for a fresh manicure and pedicure. Some of them have not had a good haircut and colour since a long time. So here’s a chance to pamper your mother with a spa hamper and let her have a relaxing day and look pretty as she always should.A photo family tree: Everyone loves to see their old photos. It brings back memories and family tree of photos is the best way to see everyone you love right there. Create a family tree of photos on a wall at home as a surprise for her as she has always wanted to do it but never had the time.Let her pick: All of the above ideas are thoughtful and unique, but remember that sometimes she just wants (and deserves) to choose what she wants on the day that is actually about her. So before you make plans for her, simply ask what she would like to do.Enroll her in an interesting class: Is there something she says she has always wanted to try, but would never actually sign herself up for? Treat your mother with not only signing her up, but with you joining her to go to the class.Help her plant a garden: May is the perfect time to be in the garden when all the beautiful flowers and vegetables are growing. Take a few hours out of your day by spending that precious time with your precious mom creating not only beautiful scenery, but unforgettable memories.Keep it simple: To her, the best idea of a perfect Mother’s Day may just be spending time with you. If that is what she is asking of you or from you, then give her the best gift she could receive… the gift of time.last_img read more

TV ad measurement company iSpottv is seeking to b

first_imgTV ad measurement company iSpot.tv is seeking to bolster the adoption of its TV advertising analytics technology with an additional US$30 million of investment capital.Sean MullerThe new money brings investment in iSpot.tv to US$57.8 million since the company started to offer real-time TV advertising analytics at scale in 2012.iSpot, which delivers actionable analytics to a wide range of US brands, says it has grown its annual subscription base to more than 200 blue-chip brands, and increased revenues 100% or more year-over-year for five years running.It says this rapid market adoption is down to iSpot’s ability to measure TV advertising with digital precision and help brands definitively attribute TV ad exposures to business outcomes.“We have entered a new era of TV advertising measurement that looks a lot more like digital, except on a medium not hampered by digital’s fraud challenges,” said iSpot founder and CEO Sean Muller.“The most important thing isn’t exactly how a TV ad gets on a screen or what programme or service it runs against. What matters is which factors are driving actions from customers. We’re helping brands take ownership of these insights to make greater impact on their business.”iSpot says it has built the consistent and actionable measurement required to support a shift from GRPs (Gross Rating Points) and rough estimates of age and gender to an audience and business outcome-based approach.Companies endorsing its approach include T-Mobile. “We trust iSpot and have partnered with them to push the envelope on how our TV advertising investment is deployed and how its effectiveness is measured,” said T-Mobile EVP marketing Nick Drake.last_img read more