Moving Towards Modular

first_imgIt can be a tough transition. “The challenge is creating a site that really anticipates and reflects the critical points in the workday of your community of readers,” says Alison Johns, vice president, e-media, business information group at Access Intelligence. “For example, my products, as they evolve out of monthly magazines and into daily Web sites, have never been news-led. We’ve focused our build-outs on appealing to our readers’ needs for how-to and tutorial information.”News is an easy target for publishers that desire a consistent level of content turnover, but in Johns’ case, news was not what users were looking for on her site, Studiodaily.com. “We did grow at first in the direction of news but realized that where we could offer the most to our community was by giving them rich media tutorials.”Content for Studiodaily.com has coalesced around what the users are interacting with the most. “The number-one destination on the site is the blog, not the news,” says Johns. “Now what we do is present the areas that we think will be the most engaging in the first scoop and that is still blogs, training and news.”Fluid NavigationCategories and taxonomy certainly matter, particularly since magazine publishers often cover markets that contain a variety of vertical niches. Forbes.com, for example, which has 15 million to 20 million uniques per month, has a navigation system crafted around nine main verticals, with a number of subcategories under each. Tracking visitor patterns helps determine what content users are interested in.“We’ll track on a very direct basis our high usage pages like the index pages for the channels and the home page for the site,” says Jim Spanfeller, president and CEO of Forbes.com. “And we certainly will look at page views per session, page views per unique, time per session, time per unique, and so on.”But some publishers are finding that a much more fluid presentation of content is gaining popularity among users. Particularly when content means anything from text to video to audio. “Navigation, when you used to design it, was set in stone,” says Johns. “But now there’s much more flexibility.”While you want to make sure that visitors can use multiple techniques to find what they’re looking for—navigation bars, search, related content, and others—relying on a rigid hierarchy may backfire. “A lot of us have a tendency to get carried away with the need for identifying a ton of content buckets on the site,” says Scott McKenzie, vice president and editorial director of Nielsen Business Media’s digital division. “But you’re actually doing a huge disservice to the audience. If you think about how you use sites that you visit every day you tend to do two things: You use the home page or you use search.”Accordingly, McKenzie is leading a redesign of most of Nielsen’s Web sites. Billboard.com, for example, now has a modular, three-column design that incorporates a variety of content types while still offering a tabbed navigation scheme across the top of the page.The home page displays a mix of every content type, giving users a variety of ways to interact with the site. It’s a strategy that’s particularly important for what’s essentially the gateway. “The home page is like a mini TOC,” says Eric Shanfelt, vice president of e-media at enthusiast publisher Aspire Media. “It’s giving you a preview into everything that’s going on in the site.”To illustrate, McKenzie’s redesign of Billboard.com brought video to the forefront, which used to be clicks away. “We had a lot of video content that we were producing and had it in a sub-navigation area and people were just not finding it. When we re-skinned, the video usage went up 300 percent.”Keep It in the FamilySo content types are blending under content categories, but they should also be accessible in standalone “media centers.” This is all part of giving users redundant methods of finding what they want. “Every piece of content really winds up being categorized in one of two ways,” says Shanfelt. “It’s defined by the kind of content it is and the category or categories in which it fits. So if I’m navigating by topic I’ll find it or if I’m navigating by type I’ll find it.”There’s also huge importance in arranging and attracting related content subjects, especially from the search function. “People are lazy. They don’t want to browse,” continues Shanfelt. “They want to search and bring up all the results. When I search, I’m not just looking for an article. Show me everything that you have that’s related to this question, whether it’s a forum thread, a video, an article, whatever.”Navigation used to reflect taxonomy but it doesn’t anymore, adds Johns. “Nor should it,” she says. “You need to have the ability to pull that information of what’s associated so people can go deeper into a particular topic.”So, when constructing, or even rebuilding, a site, what comes first—taxonomy or navigation? The taxonomy may come first, but navigation is not far behind, and often merges with it as the site build progresses. “I start with the database,” says Johns, referring to building the taxonomy into the CMS. “I start with what the community wants now and how we can differentiate from the competition. It’s about how you’re going to taxonomize the information your community needs and then how you prioritize it—what you float to the top and what you put off to the edges. You have to understand their needs and then you map that to your database and then map your navigation to that.”Web Site Architecture and Navigation: 6 Tips1. Start with the database (taxonomy) by focusing on what your users want, then build the navigation scheme on top of that. 2. Content categories should have their own mini-homepages, or information centers, where users have access to content associated to that one category. 3. If you’re rebuilding your site, examine the old site’s search logs. This will provide insight into not only what users are looking for, but the language they use. Categorize your content accordingly. 4. Don’t skimp on internal search functionality. You may have great content in a variety of formats, but if people can’t find it and link to related content, it’s useless. 5. Integrate all content types—video, audio, text, etc.—that belong to a certain category. Don’t isolate your video content on a video page, for example. 6. Weed out or de-emphasize short, one-off posts from search results. Users are typically looking for substantial content, not a two-sentence blog post that might have had value in its day, but no archival value. Site design and architecture changes almost as quickly as the Internet technology that drives it. As publishers work their way through site rebuilds, developers must keep a sharp lookout on the horizon for changing trends. When it comes to organizing content, however, publishers can all agree on two things (for now): There’s content type and content topic. No longer simply concerned with arranging text-based content, publishers have a buffet of multimedia assets that must be displayed and arranged—often under myriad vertical niches—in a way that facilitates the best user interaction and navigation. Trends are pointing toward simple, easy-to-use, modular architectures that blur the lines between content type—text, video, audio—while simultaneously corralling it into defined information centers.The Experience MattersThe first thing to recognize, says Jakob Nielsen, principal of the Nielsen Norman Group, a Web site design and usability consultancy, is that user needs are different online than they are in print. It’s an obvious distinction but one that forms the foundation of an online experience. “In print, people are very issue-oriented and it’s also a more immersive experience where they’ll sit and leaf through the whole issue,” adds Nielsen. “Online is the opposite. It’s much more goal-driven and solution-oriented.”Building a Web site’s information architecture springs from the way the audience will use it, and fundamentally, this originates from a need to solve a problem or answer a question. “That then begs the question of what the proper hierarchy should be,” says Nielsen. “There is no specific answer to that because it depends on the market but think of it from a problem perspective and try to structure it around answers to those problems.”last_img read more

EMedia Events Are Fastest Growing Revenue Streams for Consumer Publishers

first_imgE-media is the fastest growing part of the business for consumer publishers in 2010, according to the FOLIO: 2010 Consumer CEO Survey. While that isn’t much of a surprise (e-media has been the fastest growing revenue stream in the survey since 2005, the second year FOLIO: started offering the survey) the second fastest growing revenue stream may raise some eyebrows: events. Live events have long been part of the consumer-publishing stable, but have typically been positioned as value-adds designed to boost or lock-in the print buy. While events are the second smallest revenue stream, in front of only data and market information sales (which actually lost ground as a revenue generator in 2010), consumer publishers are finding success in converting their events to a sponsored model. Print advertising has fallen to an average of 40 percent of overall revenue for consumer publishers, but it remains the third fastest growing revenue stream. While publishers such as The Atlantic and Financial Times earn headlines for their aggressive digital push, both publications are seeing surprisingly large print gains as well. 2010 Revenue Ratios for Consumer PublishersPrint Advertising: 39.8%Paid Subscriptions: 21.5%E-media: 11.6%Newsstand sales: 9.2%Events: 6.6%Data/Market Information sales: 0.6% [Source: 2010 FOLIO: Consumer CEO Survey] However, 55 percent of respondents say print growth is coming from new advertisers in 2010, compared to 36 percent of respondents who say growth is being driven by existing print advertisers. For a full look at the 2010 Folio: Consumer Survey, including specific revenue breakdowns, technology investment and executive salaries, look for Folio:’s October issue, available October 1. Consumer Publishers Top Lines for 2010RevenueIncreased: 29%Decreased: 36%Stated the same: 29%Newsstand Sales Increased: 21%Decreased: 6%Stay the same: 31%Distribution CostsIncreased: 30%Decreased: 12%Stayed the same: 51% Market ShareIncreased: 38%Decreased: 9%Stayed the same: 46%Number of Direct CompetitorsIncreased: 14%Decreased: 31%Stayed the same: 49%Paper QualityIncreased: 5%Stayed the same: 78%Decreased: 8%Staff SalariesIncreased: 14%Decreased: 24%Stayed the same: 57%Staff SizeIncreased: 12%Decreased: 43%Stayed the same: 40%Travel/Entertainment BudgetIncreased: 9%Decreased: 47%Stayed about the same: 39%CEO CompensationIncreased: 6%Decreased: 30%Strayed the same: 58%[Source: 2010 FOLIO: Consumer CEO Survey]last_img read more

Marine Corps Realignment on Guam May Be Tipping Point in Drive for

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The prospect of accommodating a Marine Corps base appears to be pushing sentiment among Guam residents toward seeking greater rights from the United States, through either statehood or independence.Guam, a U.S territory, already is home to Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Station Guam. Starting in 2022, 5,000 Marines and 1,300 dependents will be moving from the Japanese island of Okinawa to Guam, a 30-mile-long island of 160,000 people. Local opposition prompted the United States to scale down its original plan to relocate 10,000 Marines to Guam.Even with the smaller buildup, the island’s residents, who are U.S. citizens, are starting to reconsider their status as a territory.“The prospect of the military buildup caused a crack in the facade of American-ness on this island,” Michael Lujan Bevacqua, who teaches at the University of Guam, told the Washington Post. “Being independent and having the ability to determine our own policies is much better for us,” said Bevacqua, a fervent advocate for breaking free from the United States.Next month, a decolonization commission will recommend to Gov. Eddie Calvo whether to go ahead with a vote on changing Guam’s status as a territory. The measure would provide three alternatives: statehood; free association with administrative power, like Palau and the Marshall Islands; or independence.The vote would only be symbolic as an act of Congress would be required to change the island’s political status.LisaLinda Natividad, who sits on the decolonization commission, points to the Marine Corps realignment as the latest evidence that Guam does not enjoy the democratic rights it deserves. “The whole Guam buildup was set in motion because we’re a U.S. colony, and they think they can do whatever they want with our land,” said Natividad.The issue of Guam’s status is not clear cut. While residents favor greater independence, many would be hard pressed to give up their U.S. passports, and a successful fight for statehood would mean sending their taxes to Washington.Calvo favors statehood, according to the story. “Anything is better than being an unincorporated territory,” Calvo said. “That’s just another word for colony.”last_img read more

Goodyears newest tire is for flying cars

first_img Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Geneva Motor Show 2019 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box reading • Goodyear’s newest tire is for flying cars The Goodyear Aero concept unveiled at the 2019 Geneva auto show functions as a narrow, non-pneumatic tire when on the ground, then acts as a propeller when rotated and spun up to high RPM in a tilt-rotor application. Given the amount of recent hype around autonomous flying cars, its a concept worth looking at.Goodyear’s Aero concept can function in the vertical plane as a road going tire/wheel assembly, and in the horizontal plane as a tilt-rotor propeller. Goodyear The most clever part of Aero is how the wheel’s “spokes” are also the propeller’s blades. Pitched, curved and manufactured precisely, they would seem to save a lot of space, expense, and articulation headaches on a flying car.The rubber that wraps around those blades would be solid, rather than an air-filled tire that would deform and disintegrate at aeronautic RPM. But without a pneumatic cushion Goodyear’s material scientists will have to pull some all-nighters to formulate a material compliant enough to cushion the ride on ground while also tough enough to protect the critical wheel/propeller structure. I wouldn’t want to get aloft only to find out I have a cracked prop blade because I curbed it downtown an hour before.aero-2The interior of the Goodyear Aero would be a sophisticated turbine-style fan for aerial propulsion, while the outside would be a narrow non-pneumatic tire that provides cushioning and grip. Goodyear Goodyear imagines this Aero assembly being spun by magnetic propulsion and controlled by AI, both of which are the sorts of things you just have to say in 2019. But more realistic is their vision that Aero would be monitored by a fiber optic sensor package to make sure it’s in perfect condition and performing properly in its two critical missions. That jibes with an exploding trend of smart monitoring technology in the auto business, from Porsche’s new Wet Mode that listens for the audio signature of wet pavement, to millimeter wave in-car monitoring tech from Texas Instruments that seeks to revolutionize awareness of who’s in the car and their state. Maybe the most interesting part of these “tires” is that we’re talking about the components needed for self-flying cars. We’ve seen Goodyear concept tires and wheels that grow moss in their middle or that roll every direction like a billiard ball with English on it, but this time they’re taking flight. Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Tags • More From Roadshow 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: The most extreme midsize off-roader you can buy See All 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Geneva Motor Show 2019 Cooley On Cars 1:26 Goodyear’s Aero tire is for flying self-driving cars Comment 1 Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Share your voice Roadshowlast_img read more

Lasith Malinga bowls a no ball umpire doesnt see it and RCB

first_imgVirat KohliIANSHe struggled to get going in the first match against Chennai Super Kings, there were question marks over his fitness and form, and when AB de Villiers walked out to bat against Mumbai Indians, the target was stiff. He was dropped by Yuvraj Singh in the slips when he was not even off the mark, but then the man found his groove.After knocking around in the initial few overs, he found his range, he enamoured Chinnaswamy just like the way he has always done in his career so far. Kohli departed, the chase was getting tricky, but de Villiers stuck to his guns. He screamed to his 50, breached 4000 IPL runs and then took down Hardik Pandya in the 18th over.ABD chants reverberated around the ground as he took guard against Jasprit Bumrah. And Bumrah was absolutely brilliant in the 19th over, mixing his lengths and pace and it even bamboozled a marauding de Villiers. The fast bowler got rid of Colin de Grandhomme in the process.Malinga bowled the final over, he defended 17 runs and even though, the final ball was a no ball which was not spotted by the umpire, MI won the match by 6 runs. This is how Twitter responded:Peak IPL #RCBvMI— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 28, 2019Kohli has started #IPL2019 by losing to teams led by his former captain and current vice captain #RCBvMI— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 28, 2019Sorry.. but umpires are missing too many no balls these days.. time for another umpire on the ground to call no balls! #fedup— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) March 28, 2019Brilliant from Bumrah. No bowler in the world like him in the ‘death’— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 28, 2019Kohli was not pleased after the match and said, “We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball. If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening.”Drama ? #RCBvMI— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) March 28, 2019Technology should be used much more often in cricket … so many front foot no-balls missed all the time in all formats and only checked on dismissal. Should be as simple as 3rd umpire telling the umpire through ear piece that a no ball has been bowled.— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) March 28, 2019Candid post match talk by @ImRo45 with @sanjaymanjrekar on poor umpiring. Can’t have 3rd class umpiring in a high class tournament. Raise your standards umpires!— shishir hattangadi (@shishhattangadi) March 28, 2019Talking about the game, the RCB captain said, “They should have been more sharp and careful out there. When they were 145 for 7, we should have done better. The last few overs were brutal for us. A few more strikes apart from AB could have done the job for us. We need to be smarter at death bowling. Sure they guys will take a lot of learnings from the game. I think the way they bowled, we can learn from their game. The onus is always on each and every member of the team. I got out at a wrong point of time. Shivam was good as well.”The Indian captain also reserved praise for his international teammate Jaspirt Bumrah when he said that the Mumbai Indians pacer is the best bowler in the world at the moment. “I mean Jassi is a top-class bowler. A bit of a mistake from me to take him on at that stage. Mumbai is lucky to have him. And also Malinga. And if Jassi is in good form, it is good for India,” Kohli said.last_img read more

Key accused of Holey Artisan attack detained

first_imgThe police arrested four persons, who are said to be members of banned militant outfit ‘neo-JMB’. from Shibganj in Chapainawabganj early Saturday.The law enforcers gave the identity of one of them as Sohel Mahfuz, one of ‘masterminds’ of Holey Artisan Bakery attack in 2016 that claimed 22 lives.Three others were described as associates of Sohel. They were named as Hafiz, Jewel and Jamal.The Chaipainawabganj police arrested them during a drive which was assisted by the counter-terrorism unit of the police.”The militants are changing their shelters from time to time. They were taking preparation to hold a meeting and the police caught them based on information,” PM Muzahidul Islam, superintendent of the district police told Prothom Alo.Sohel Mahfuz was being sent to Dhaka, he added.last_img read more

BNP activists clash with police AL men

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) activists have locked in clashes with BNP activists escorting BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to a makeshift court in Bakshibazar of the capital.As the former prime minister reached the Moghbazar crossing, several hundreds of BNP activists joined her motorcade, slowing the pace of Khaleda’s vehicle.But just as the motorcade crossed the Moghbazar crossing, it was met with a stones hurled from one side of the road. BNP activists retaliated and clashes ensued.Details of the clashes were not known immediately.BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia left her Gulshan residence to appear in the make-shift court in Old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar that is set to deliver its verdict in a graft case against her today.Khaleda Zia started around 11:45am from Gulshan as the city witnessed massive presence of law enforcement.The authorities have strengthened security around the court on the Alia Madrasa ground in Bakshibazar area for the announcement of judgement in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The court on 25 January set 8 February to deliver the verdict in the case that implicated Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, her son and senior BNP vice chairman Tarique Rahman and four others.The ACC filed the graft case, during the quasi-military regime of Fakhruddin Ahmed in July 2008, accusing them of misappropriating Tk 21 million that had come as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.The four other accused are former BNP lawmaker Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary to the prime minister Kamal Uddin Siddique and nephew of late president Ziaur Rahman, Mominur Rahman.last_img read more

2 men crushed to death by train in Rajshahi

first_imgMap of RajshahiTwo men were crushed to death by a train at Belpukur level crossing in Putia upazila of Rajshahi on Wednesday afternoon, reports news agency UNB.The deceased are Korban Ali Mondal, 75, of Belpukur village, and Shamsul Alam, 65, of Tatalpur village in the upazila.Korban tried to cross the rail tracks carelessly around 4:00pm when a speedy train was approaching him. Sensing impending danger, Shamsul rushed in to save him, said Kabirul Islam, Inspector (Investigation) of Belpukur police station.However, both of them were crushed under the wheels of the train, leaving them dead on the spot, he said.The bodies were sent to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital for autopsy.Rajshahi Railway police station officer-in-charge Sayeed Iqbal said a case was filed over the accident.last_img read more

US observers urge steps for free poll in Zimbabwe

first_imgParty delegates listen to Zimbabwe main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president Nelson Chamisa giving his remarks during the launch of his party`s manifesto ahead of the July 30th general election on 7 June 2018 in Harare. Photo: AFPUS pro-democracy groups have urged Zimbabwean authorities to take steps to ensure a free and fair election in July and break from a history of flawed elections under long-time ruler Robert Mugabe.”Changing Zimbabwe’s electoral trajectory will require pro-active and concerted efforts to instil public confidence,” the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute said in a statement late Friday after a week of pre-election observation.Zimbabwe holds a general election on July 30, the first without Mugabe who was forced out of office after a brief military takeover last year.David Dreier, a former United States Congressman and member of the IRI-NDI monitors, told reporters in Harare that while the observers have “found several notable improvements in the political environment and electoral preparations as compared to prior elections, a number of significant opportunities to break with the past have been missed.””As a result, we still have concerns about the fairness of the process.”The group said while Zimbabweans welcome President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s public commitments to hold credible elections there were concerns whether the military will accept the outcome of the presidential polls.They called on senior military officers to make “public and unambiguous statements” that the army will loyally serve whoever wins the elections.The statement came days after the main opposition staged street protests to pressure the authorities to adopt a slew of reforms to ensure a fair poll.The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party wants to observe the printing of ballot papers, that Zimbabweans based abroad be allowed to vote and the removal of military personnel seconded to the electoral commission.Mnangagwa will square off with former student activist Nelson Chamisa leading a coalition of opposition parties under the MDC-Alliance.A new pre-poll survey by Afrobarometer published this week showed the ruling Zanu-PF would attract 42 per cent of the vote compared to 31 per cent for the MDC, meaning the election could go to a run-off.last_img

Black Owned Music Venues

first_imgBy Nyame-Kye Kondo, Special to the AFROWith the D.C. fall art season in full swing, Black musicians and patrons alike are getting amped for a chilly season made warm by good music. Historically known for its soulful vibes, the development of Go-Go and hardcore punk music, Washington D.C. has a legacy of Black musical excellence. One important aspect that enabled these movements to be successful, is Black owned music venues.Providing Black musicians with consistent work, and the opportunity to display their art in a familiar and often times welcoming environment, the foundation for live music in D.C. would be nothing without Black owned music venues such as the now closed Bohemian Caverns which gave jazz greats like Duke Ellington a platform.Wale held a secret concert at Smith Public Trust, a Black owned music venue in Northeast, D.C. last year. (Courtesy Photo)The reality is that in recent years most of the Black owned music venues have been shut down, or bought out by bigger corporations that are not focused on protecting the musical traditions that attracted them to D.C. in the first place. However, the few remaining venues, still impactful, have become musical oases for Black musicians because they are the last of their kind.Below are some of the Black owned live music venues in the area.Avery’s Bar and LoungeA happening addition to the H Street seasonal rooftop club. Avery’s is one of the only Black owned establishments on the newly renovated H Street Corridor, and a chill hangout for D.C.’s local Black millennial crowd. A snug little hub on the second level of a Rowhouse styled building, Avery’s is known for its intimate live music setup, and for the low key party vibes it denotes on a regular basis, but its the weekends that are the most lively.1370 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002Ben’s Next DoorFounded by the same family who owns the famous D.C. landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl, Ben’s Next Door is the alter ego of the longstanding restaurant known for its hot dogs, chili and celebrity appearances. Sitting right next door to its predecessor on the illustrious U street. Ben’s Next Door touts a different food flair, and a different experience. Featuring a performance area, a warm ambiance, and a weekly lineup of musical guest, Ben’s Next Door is lowkey enough to be intimate, and live enough to be a happening hangout.1211 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009Bensnextdoor.comBin1301 Wine BarOne of the newer additions to the live music scene in the city, Bin1301 states on its website that it is a “café and bar in Washington, that  “offers cocktails, coffee and cake, light dishes, an interesting atmosphere and varied schedule of events.” While the food is a very appealing aspect of the venue, it is the live music and atmosphere that draws the people into its snug den like environment. Featuring free form Jazz trios, husky toned vocalist and eclectic crate digging DJ’s, Bin1301 Wine Bar is definitely the epitome of urban cool on the U street corridor.1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009Bin1301dc.comSmith Public TrustSmith Public Trust is described as a “Rustic-modern tavern with American fare, beer, drinks & a bar fashioned from a shipping container” but in actuality, it is so much more. Located in the heart of Brookland, the exterior is non assuming, its not fully clear what is happening behind the establishments dark windows. As inconspicuous as the exterior is, once inside the building it becomes clear that Smith, is not only a fully functioning restaurant, but a music venue as well.  With unique artistry on the walls including images of Sun Ra, Meek Mill and a number of others, Smith has the ambiance of an old boutique, library and grandma’s house mashed into one. On the flip side it has a nice sized stage that has featured a slew of artist ranging from the known to the lesser known.  Perhaps the only establishment of its kind in the area, Smith Public Trust is a vibrant hotspot in the quite community.3514 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017Smithpublictrustdc.comTakoma StationTakoma station is a well known establishment in the area. A District staple, Takoma Station is one of the grooving spots that reminds people of pre-gentrified D.C. because of its commitment to Go-Go music and its patrons. Located in a quiet neighborhood, Takoma Station has been able to maintain its identity in the midst of all the changes, and to native Washingtonians, it’s an old familiar. A pub, with a full bar and a food menu touting American fare, Takoma station is also known for its live Jazz and Soul music. Housing a medium sized stage, live music sets happens throughout much of the week.6914 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012takomastation.comlast_img read more

Uganda looks for new avenues with KVIC

first_imgA six-member delegation led by Goodwill Ambassador of Uganda to India Renu Varun, recently met Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena at his Gandhi Darshan office in Rajghat here and thanked him for the Gandhi Charkha gifted by KVIC – for the Gandhi Heritage Site at Jinja in UgandaTalking with the Chairman, the Goodwill Ambassador also invited him to visit the site in Uganda, where the Gandhian Charkha had been displayed. “In the backdrop of the ‘Gandhi Charakha’ that arrived for the first time ever on the East African soil on the shores of River Nile where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were sprinkled and the fact that Uganda is a fine cotton producing country, the Uganda Government underscores the need to support the development of the private sector to become an engine for growth.Since Uganda has an extensive micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sub-sector which accounts for approximately 90 percent of the private sector, innovative KVIC programmes like ‘Honey Mission’, ‘Kachchi Ghani oil,’ Tailoring, candle making, spinning and weaving activities can be a vehicle through which the rural poor and the jobless Ugandans can transform themselves tomorrow,” she said, adding, “Uganda eagerly waits to collaborate with KVIC, to fetch some productive output as it can add value to the economy of Uganda.”Meanwhile, the Corroborating similar views, the other delegates including Sheba Kyobutungi (Head, Implementation Youth Desk), Lucy Nakyobe (Permanent Secretary), Lillian Ester Sebedduka (Head, Security Forces Desk), Seruyange Susan (Ministry of Defence, Senior Social Development Officer) and Faridah Nassali (Manager, Presidential Initiative) also said that they were overwhelmed to see the KVIC programmes and its impact on job creation, particularly for women.The delegates, selected by the Ministry of External Affairs, have been invited to India to study the various women empowerment projects being run by KVIC. The delegation also visited the multi-disciplinary training centre of KVIC and spoke to the trainees at incense stick making, tailoring, designing and other units.last_img read more

Telefónicas Movistar is launching a new flagship

first_imgTelefónica’s Movistar+ is launching a new flagship channel brand today. Canal #0, replacing the former Canal+.The channel, which will be available exclusively to Movistar+ customers, will launch at 20:30 local time today and will carry a mix of exclusive entertainment programming, series and factual programmes, produced by Telefónica.Canal #0, aimed at a general audience between 18 and 54 years old, will include a new flagship show Late Motiv, fewith interviews and humour, hosted by Andreu Buneafuente.Other shows on the channel will include Likes, Diario Vice and sports-focused show Movistar Arena.The launch of Canal #0 is Telefónica’s latest move to drive forward its dominance of the pay TV space. last week the company began offering free access to Mediapro’s beIN Sport channel to its Movistar Fusión+ customers, following its recent deal with the Catalan broadcaster.last_img read more