City Council president sides with union, urges visitors: Boycott LAX-area hotel

first_imgEscalating the city’s battle for a living-wage ordinance for hotels near Los Angeles International Airport, City Council President Eric Garcetti has urged potential visitors to boycott the LAX Hilton because of ongoing labor problems. In a seven-paragraph letter addressed to “hotel patrons” and obtained Thursday by the Daily News, Garcetti details workers’ calls for a boycott amid labor disputes and urges visitors to book at locations in the city away from the LAX area. Garcetti also notes worker unrest at other Century Boulevard hotels and says: “The hotels have taken a strong stance against paying their workers a living wage. “To protect your event and support workers, I urge you to honor the boycott and avoid booking at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel until the dispute is resolved,” Garcetti wrote in the letter dated Feb. 27. “This is one of those examples in our organization where we have good people of good will on both sides of this issue,” Collins said. “Having said that, there is nothing good for us that comes from a labor dispute. “What this letter does is heighten attention to the issue, which is what I’m sure is the intention. But I do have to say, I wish it weren’t there.” Tourism big business Tourism brings in more than $13 billion a year to the local economy – the largest for the region. Meanwhile, the long-struggling downtown Convention Center has only recently begun to show a profit after years of running annual deficits in the $20 million range. The city has agreed to heavily subsidize a luxury hotel near the center in hopes of boosting convention business. Matt Szabo, a spokesman for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said the mayor had not seen the letter and was unavailable for comment Thursday. Villaraigosa is headed for Miami and a U.S. Conference of Mayors panel on poverty. Garcetti would not comment on the letter. His spokesman, Josh Kamensky, said it was provided to the union to send to potential LAX Hilton customers. “This is an endorsement of the workers at the hotel,” Kamensky said. “Eric was very involved in the hotel battle, and he was asked to write this letter of support of the boycott. He felt it would be inappropriate not to respond.” The letter was requested by UNITE Here, the union that represents hotel and restaurant workers, as part of its effort to pressure change at the Hilton hotel. On its Web site, the union calls for a boycott of LAX Hilton. James Elmendorf of the Living Wage Alliance, which has supported workers’ efforts, said Garcetti’s letter helps the union highlight the issues. “We don’t know if it really affects their business, but it lets potential customers know what’s going on here,” Elmendorf said. Elmendorf said the union has sent copies of the letter to companies that have done business at the Hilton in the past. Grant Coonley, general manager of the LAX Hilton, said the letter will have a ripple effect. “We don’t just compete in Los Angeles,” Coonley said. “We compete across the country. I have a 1,200-room hotel, and if someone receives this letter, I think they’re going to say, `Why bother coming to L.A.?’ It doesn’t just hurt us. It hurts the whole region.” Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., called it an unusual move by an elected official. “It’s an interesting development when you have a labor dispute,” Kyser said. “Usually, it’s just the union trying to block business. It’s rare to have an elected official send out a letter. I think people might step back and say we’ll just stay away from L.A. for the time being.” Kamensky said Garcetti made clear in the letter that there are a number of alternatives to the LAX Hilton in the city. Debating implications The letter provides information on contacting the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau as well as referral to a union-backed Web site for more information on the labor dispute. “We want people to come to L.A. and have a good time,” Kamensky said. “We just think they will have a more enjoyable time if they are at a hotel where there is not any labor strife.” But Harvey Englander, a spokesman for the LAX-area hotels, said the letter has broad implications. “This is a labor dispute, and the government should not be sending out letters like this,” Englander said. “The last time I looked, the convention and tourism business brings in a lot of money to the city. I don’t see how it is responsible for a city official to get involved like this.” The LAX Hilton is one of a dozen hotels in the area that is in court with the city about a proposed living-wage ordinance. Under the ordinance, 13 hotels along the Century Boulevard corridor would be required to increase workers’ pay to $9.39 an hour with health insurance, or $10.64 an hour without health benefits. The business community has strongly opposed the ordinance since the City Council first approved it in November. Council members have argued that the city can require the higher wages because the hotels directly benefit from their proximity to LAX and city-sponsored airport modernization. But the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce teamed up with hotels and spent $800,000 to gather more than 103,000 signatures to put the ordinance on the May ballot, with the hope that voters would overturn the law. To head off an expensive election, the City Council repealed the ordinance and introduced a new law in mid-February that kept the living-wage requirements but also promised $1million for street improvements near the hotels and $50,000 to develop a marketing plan for a new Airport Hospitality Enhancement Zone. But hotels and the business community argued that the ordinance was essentially the same and challenged it in court. Earlier this month, the business community won the first round in its legal challenge. A judge ordered the city to delay the law’s implementation until she has a chance to consider the issue in May. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Labor disputes about unionization and wage issues have roiled the hotels in recent months, but the direct involvement by a city official drew outrage and concern Thursday from business, hotel and tourism officials. “In my 32 years of Chamber of Commerce experience, it is unprecedented for an elected official to communicate with out-of-town visitors discouraging their patronage of a local business,” said Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and a vocal opponent of the living wage ordinance. “The LAX Hilton pays $5.6 million a year in taxes. The Hilton operations include 10 hotels and its global headquarters in Los Angeles. “A letter like this sends the wrong message about Los Angeles and to Los Angeles businesses that are trying to attract customers to this region.” Michael Collins of L.A. Inc., the agency responsible for luring conventions to the city, said he worries that the letter could discourage some people from visiting the city. last_img
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It’s a nonsense to say Mourinho is finished and the club must back him

first_imgManchester United must back manager Jose Mourinho, Gary Neville believes.It has been a turbulent start to the season for the boss, who has overseen two defeats in the first four Premier League games and has already seen former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane linked with his job.However, Mourinho’s time has not gone, the former Old Trafford defender says. Most popular Premier League news shining “I always remember something Tony Adams said to me at Euro ’96 and I took these words with me through my career,” Neville told The Times.“I asked him what was the worst mistake and he said, ‘Gary, if you are in football long enough you will know tough times when your confidence goes, you make mistakes, everyone writes you off. Expect it.’“Even Sir Alex Ferguson, from 2003 to 2006 when we didn’t win the league and people said he had lost it, end of an era, he’s finished.“I think Jose is a brilliant manager and, in a 25-year career, young managers will emerge, people will ask questions if you aren’t successful. He’s having a more difficult time, but finished? I genuinely think that’s a nonsense.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings no dice England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Jose Mourinho has been in an argumentative mood for most of the summer and new season Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars silverware Since being appointed in 2016, Mourinho has won the League Cup and Europa League to add to an impressive haul of silverware at Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid.When it was put to Neville that the manager’s public outbursts can have a negative effect, Neville revealed he’d recently watched Brian Clough give talkSPORT’s John Motson an uncomfortable interview when the late manager was in charge at Nottingham Forest.“It’s the best ten minutes of TV I’ve seen,” Neville said. “Clough calls Motson an idiot, he’s contemptuous, he’s aggressive like you wouldn’t believe. And we all think he’s a genius.” Mourinho won the Europa League in his first season 2 REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker REVEALED tense huge blow last_img read more

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THE RATHMULLAN HARVEST FESTIVAL REALLY IS CHILD’S PLAY!

first_imgThe 2010 feast which was a huge success!The Rathmullan Harvest Feast is set to return on Sunday, October 5th and it really is all a bit of child’s play but for a wonderful cause.Having successfully taken place in 2010, efforts were put in place to revive the feast with this year’s proceeds supporting the development of an Accessible and Inclusive play area in the lovely seaside village.The feast comes in the form of a communal lunch and dinner in a vintage marquee on the site of the pier hotel on Sunday October 5th. The wonderful Rathmullan playground.This year’s bountiful menu includes oysters, Swilly fishcakes, Pat Patton’s shoulder of lamb and much more. Refreshments will be on hand to quench any resulting thirst. Each meal can be complemented by a pint of Kinnegar Beer or a bottle of wine – with half the proceeds of beer sales and €7.50 per bottle of wine being donated towards the play area.The net result of these contributions will be the provision of an Accessible and Inclusive extension to the existing play area in Rathmullan. This will ensure that all children, local or visiting, can have the opportunity to play together as children should.An inclusive play area is one which provides the means for all children to have the opportunity to play, through the provision of appropriate space and equipment to cater for whatever needs they may have. The ability to play is essential to children’s development, and the contributions made by those attending the feast will see that no child is denied this right.To add to the occasion a free program of events has been put in place to follow lunch or precede dinner including Sailing, Kayaking and Paddle Boarding Taster Sessions, Boat Trips on the Enterprise, Walking tours with Deirdre Friel, Tours of Kinnegar Brewing, visits to the Walled Garden at Rathmullan House, as well as music in the pubs. While these activities are free, any contributions towards the play area would be welcomed. The scene is set for some guilt free indulgence with tickets available for a lunch or dinner sitting at €25, with €15 of this going towards the play area. Tickets can be purchased in Rathmullan at the White Harte Pub, Belles Kitchen and Rathmullan House or by calling 074 915 8188. Further details of the feast and the day’s activities can be found via Rathmullan Information’s facebook page.The Rathmullan Harvest Feast is a joint initiative of the White Harte Pub, Belles Kitchen, Salt-n-Batter, Rathmullan House, Kinnegar Brewing, and the Taproom, organised with the generous support of Scarpello & Co, Pat Patton, Alfie’s, JGK Construction, and the Garvin O’Doherty Group. THE RATHMULLAN HARVEST FESTIVAL REALLY IS CHILD’S PLAY! was last modified: September 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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House OKs tax breaks to revive Gulf Coast

first_img The tax breaks would not extend to leisure industries, including country clubs, casinos, hot tub facilities, liquor stores, massage parlors, golf courses, racetracks and tanning parlors. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., led the effort to carve those businesses out of the bill. He said Congress should not allow “our constituents’ hard-earned tax dollars, in these kinds of record deficits, to subsidize the rebuilding of a massage parlor, a liquor store or a casino.” Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., said she was “astounded” and “angry” that Wolf won on gambling establishments, an industry “that employs thousands of people in the region and generates millions of dollars in tax revenue.” The Senate passed $7 billion worth of business incentives for the Gulf Coast. It makes no exceptions for any businesses, and the exclusions face opposition from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and others. The House separately voted 414-4 to keep the alternative minimum tax from hitting more than 17 million individuals and families with higher taxes next year. “It’s been called the stealth tax, a ticking time bomb for the middle class, and even the Darth Vader of the tax code,” said Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y. The bill keeps in place a temporary measure, which otherwise expires at the end of the year, that prevents the tax from ensnaring additional people in 2006, saving them more than $31 billion. Democrats said there’s not enough time to complete the bill before the existing fix expires at the end of the year. They speculated that Republicans wanted to put themselves on record against the tax before next year’s midterm elections. “It’s my impression that we’re just going through this for political reasons,” said Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee. The House also passed a bill extending a few other tax breaks that expire at the end of the year, including one that allows soldiers to apply their combat pay to the calculation of earned income tax credits, a benefit for low-wage earners. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The House approved a multibillion-dollar package of tax breaks on Wednesday that are intended to revive Gulf Coast businesses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. But the tax relief excludes the casinos and country clubs that underpin the area’s leisure economy. Lawmakers hurried to finish the long-promised tax breaks as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour testified that congressional failure to approve emergency money for roads, schools and housing construction was stalling rebuilding efforts. Approved 415-4, the tax incentives for aiding the recovery faced better odds in a late flurry of activity than did a measure, also passed Wednesday by the House, that would protect millions of people from higher taxes next year because of the alternative minimum tax. That tax was designed to prevent wealthy individuals from avoiding taxes, but now falls on an increasing number of middle-class families. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals House Republicans today planned to advance their tax priority, an extension of reduced rates for capital gains and dividends. Those tax cuts “significantly helped us rebound in this economy,” said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif. Democrats have criticized capital gains and dividend tax cuts, which expire at the end of 2008, as worsening budget deficits to benefit the wealthiest taxpayers. The incentives for Gulf Coast commerce include tax credits for low-income housing and rehabilitating commercial structures and historic buildings. Businesses could claim an additional 50 percent depreciation deduction for software, equipment and other expenses, and small businesses could write off more of their new investments. Other tax breaks would help businesses recoup cleanup and demolition costs and aid small timber operations with reforestation. The Bush administration has expressed concerns about a proposal to provide a 50 percent federal guarantee of municipal bonds, because it would not directly benefit hurricane victims and could increase federal borrowing costs. last_img read more

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Sir Gerry delighted to be living in “one of the best places in the world”

first_imgOne of Ireland and Britain’s leading businessmen told a gathering of tourism providers in east Donegal he was delighted to be promoting, and living in, ‘one of the best places in the world.’Sir Gerry Robinson was speaking at the weekend at the launch of Donegal East Tourism, an initiative to promote one of the lesser spotted areas of the county as a tourist destination.Only formed last year, the organisation showcased the area – from Fintown to Burt – to an audience of tens of thousands at the prestigious Holiday World Shows in Dublin and Belfast January. Their bright new full-colour brochure and website were officially launched by Mr Robinson at Oakfield Park, Raphoe, where he now lives with his wife Heather.Sir Gerry Robinson, Cllr,. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and Cronan Scanlon, Chairperson Donegal East Tourism. Photo Clive WassonPhoto Clive WassonThe park has been a huge success since opening to the public, with more than 50,000 visitors expected in 2018.The former Chairman of Granada Television told representatives of local businesses and community groups within the tourism sector that the area had ‘huge potential’.He also paid tribute to the new tourism group and hoped it would go from strength to strength. “This is a wonderful initiative for this part of Donegal and indeed all of Donegal. The new brochure and website also have the potential to promote all that is that is great about this part of the world,” he told those present.“Generally, the history of voluntary bodies is that they get off to a great start and then they die away. I hope that will not be the case here.“In fact, I hope Donegal East Tourism will be something that will steadily and logically build on this launch and that it will go on to produce something of real value – not in a year, not in five years, but in the next 20 years – to promote an area which is probably among one of the best places in the world.”Cllr,. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council speaking at the launch of Donegal East Tourism. Photo Clive WassonThe Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, who was at Oakfield Park for the launch, said after seeing the brochure, he was hugely impressed with what the area has to offer.“I’m both delighted and honoured to have been invited here today for the launch of what is a major initiative for the east of the county and, indeed, all of Donegal,” he said. Cronan Scanlon, Chairperson Donegal East Tourism, Sir Gerry Robinson and Cllr,. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and at the launch of Donegal East Tourism. Photo Clive WassonChairman of Donegal East Tourism, Mr Cronan Scanlon, stressed that the group was not just about promoting the area as a tourist destination. He said it was also its aim to make locals more aware of what they have on their doorstep, take pride in it and to boast about where they come from.“We would argue that, in terms of tourism promotion, this part of the county has been kept a secret for far too long,” he said.“This is despite it being home to one of Europe’s best salmon fishing rivers, the Glenfin Gaeltacht, Bluestack Mountains, McElhinney’s Stores, Oakfield Park, Dunmore Gardens, Beltany Stone Circle, Lifford Old Courthouse and An Grianan of Aileach. The region also has a strong tradition of Irish music, an Ulster Scots heritage and much, much more.“Donegal East is also the perfect base from which to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, and we should be constantly reminding ourselves of that. “I would urge you not just to distribute the brochure to potential visitors, but to give it to your friends and family. Let them know what a wonderful place they’re living in and that it is something to be immensely proud of. Don’t be shy about coming from Donegal East – boast about it.”He also appealed to tourism providers, and businesses and community organisations, to assist the group in its efforts to build the area as a strong tourist destination.Sir Gerry Robinson with Cllr,. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cronan Scanlon, Chairperson Donegal East Tourism local businesses and guests at the launch of Donegal East Tourism.The new Donegal East Tourism brochure can be picked up for free from various outlets, including Letterkenny and Donegal Town Tourist Information Offices, The BASE in Stranorlar, Kee’s, Jackson’s and Villa Rose hotels, Lifford Old Courthouse and Oakfield Park.For further information on the latest initiative, visit www.donegaleast.ie ,log on to the Donegal East Tourism Facebook page or email eastdonegaltourism@gmail.comSir Gerry delighted to be living in “one of the best places in the world” was last modified: April 18th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaleast Donegalsir gerry robinsontourismlast_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 6 February 2010

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 16 April 2010: Mountain View, CaliforniaUnder the Radar: CloudUnder the Radar: Cloud is must-attend event for dealmakers and heads of IT from large enterprises, SMBs, service providers, carriers and media companies who are responsible for helping their companies leverage new technology and innovation in the fast-evolving IT ecosystem. Join us for the 15th Under the Radar conference, featuring a hand-picked selection of the world’s most innovative cloud startups among 350 top tech, media, telcom and finance executives. For ticket and more information, visit http://undertheradarblog.com. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Looking for conferences this month in warm locations? We’ve got a bunch of ’em in Florida and California. Tired of your hometown’s balmy winter weather? We’ve got you covered, too, with events in New York City. Look at that – who says you can’t make everyone happy?How do you like your ReadWriteWeb events guide? As a world map? As a downloadable iCal (and Google Calendar-importable) file? You can even import individual events using the link beside each entry. Know of something cool taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.8 February 2010: Tampa, FloridaSocial Fresh TampaThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Tampa will have 30+ speakers, including Chris Barger of GM, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.10 February 2010: New York CityOnline Community Unconference Eastcenter_img ReadWrite Sponsors 16 – 17 April 2010: Royal Oak, MichiganFutureMidwestFutureMidwest is the region’s largest technology and knowledge conference. Founded by Adrian Pittman, Jordan Wolfe and Zach Lipson, FutureMidwest is the fusion of two successful conferences held in Michigan in 2009 – the Module Midwest Digital Conference and TechNow.Both conferences highlighted how technology and digital tools have dramatically changed the way we do business and the effect this transition has had on companies. FutureMidwest kicks things up a notch with presentations, group breakout sessions, relationship-building opportunities and influencers who are taking action to redefine business in the digital age. Register here.11 May 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaFinovateSpringFinovateSpring 2010 will again showcase the most cutting-edge financial and banking technology innovations to Silicon Valley and the world. With Finovate’s signature mix of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) from handpicked companies and intimate networking time with their executives, this conference packs a ton of unique value into a single day.Come see the cutting edge of banking and financial technology and network with hundreds of the leading financial executives, venture capitalists, press, industry analysts, bloggers and fintech entrepreneurs. Early bird registration rates are available.5 October 2010: New York CityFinovateFallFinovateFall will return to Manhattan on Tuesday, October 5 to showcase dozens of the biggest and most innovative new ideas in financial and banking technology from established leaders and hot young companies. The Fall event is the original and largest Finovate and features a single day packed with our special blend of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) and intimate networking time with top executives from the innovative demoing companies.FinovateFall is a unique chance to see the future of finance and banking before your competition and find the edge you need in today’s market. Early bird registration rates are available.Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only7 – 9 April 2010: Sydney, AustraliaConnectNowConnectNow brings together international specialists and thought leaders in social media, emerging technologies and their intersection with business. Learn how the realtime web, location based services, augmented reality, ubiquitous computing and personalised services are changing marketing and communications. Understand the importance of trust in relationship marketing and what is “social currency”. For more info email info@connectnow.net.au. Tags:#Events Guide#web The Online Community Unconference East is a gathering of online community professionals – managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors – to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities. As we have found with our past events, the best source of information on all of these challenges is other knowledgeable practitioners. The event runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Digital Sandbox.11 February 2010: New York CityNYC Venture Capital and Angel ShowcaseFundingPost is hosting a VC showcase where 20-plus VC funds and angel groups will be exhibiting their firms during a great cocktail party setting. Each fund will have their own table setup for the sole purpose of meeting great new companies.Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The cost to participate in the workshop will be $400. This workshop includes the $125 ticket to the event, and a 1/4 page listing in the Venture Guide Magazine. This event is sponsored by Credit Suisse, and takes place at One Madison Avenue, from 6-9:15 p.m.18 February 2010: Silicon Valley, CaliforniaFuture of FundingActive limited partners, top rated venture capitalists, and successful entrepreneurs are invited to Silicon Valley on February 18, 2010 to discuss the Future of Funding. The venture capital bubble has burst, and change is coming. Now is the time to have a constructive dialog about the future with all of the stakeholders at the table.Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in this exclusive event hosted by TheFunded. Please visit www.futureoffunding.com to see speaker and event details.ReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get 10% off.22 – 24 February 2010: Miami, FloridaThe Future of Web Apps MiamiThe Future of Web Apps Miami is a three day event for Web application developers and entrepreneurs, and includes tutorials, inspiration and workshops taught by leading figures at the cutting edge of today’s Web. Companies at the event include Twitter, Facebook, Mint.com, Palm, FreshBooks, Reddit and Mozilla. Topics include HTML5, jQuery, online marketing, funding strategies, measuring the success of your Web app, and Facebook Connect. Find more information at http://carsonified.comReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get $50 off.25 February 2010: Miami, FloridaMiami VC and Angel EventAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.4 March 2010: Silicon ValleySilicon Valley VC and Angel ConferenceAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.11 March 2010: Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles VC and Angel EventAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams:last_img read more

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5 Ways TV Will Evolve in 2013

first_imgRelated Posts john paul titlow 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout If you were expecting the Internet to upend TV like it mangled the print media business, you may have noticed by now that things aren’t so simple. The Web is very good at delivering text and static images, but when it comes to TV-quality video content, it turns out that cable providers are still much better at that. Internet TV has two serious handicaps: content and the user interface. In 2012, the status quo crept forward in both areas, albeit slowly. Next year, TV will continue its gradual evolution toward something completely different from what we grew up with. Social TV Grows Up The term “social TV” has bounced around tech blogs and media conference halls for a few years now. Next year, the intersection between TV and social media will mature beyond stats and fads and evolve into something that makes a real impact on viewers and show producers alike. The most telling sign that social TV is coming of age arrived just before the close of 2012, when Nielsen announced the first official Twitter-based rating system. It’s not every day a technological force comes along that causes Nielsen to change what it’s been doing since the 1950s. But research has shown that social chatter about TV shows actually correlates with ratings and Twitter itself has been taking its role in television more seriously through media partnerships and launching promotional campaigns for new shows. The concept of the second screen, where additional content can be viewed on a tablet or smartphone, will also evolve in 2013. Nearly 90% of tablet owners use them while they watch TV, but content companies and app developers have had a hard time figuring out exactly how to capitalize on this. Apps like Zeebox and iTV are well-positioned to serve as digital companions to TV viewers, while services like GetGlue and Miso will evolve past the social check-in and move toward content discovery. Meanwhile, we’ll see more social media-fueled content discovery. Personalized “Flipboard-for-video” apps like Showyou, Frequency and Vodio are already changing the way early adopters find and consume Web video and technologies like Apple’s AirPlay puts those socially-curated, lean-back video experiences on the TV. Expect to see this category mature in 2013 as new users flock to these apps. Apple Advances The Internet TV Interface Whether you’re an Apple fan or not, it’s hard to deny the sizable impact they tend to have on most markets they enter. Next year, television will go from being the “hobby” Steve Jobs talked about to an “area of intense interest” for Tim Cook and Apple’s executive team. Apple’s HDTV won’t sell at a rate comparable to the iPad’s explosion. Any expectation to the contrary would be silly, considering Apple is entering a well-established market, not inventing a new one. Whatever they come up with, it will set a new standard for how Internet-based video content is displayed on a TV screen and crucially, how that content integrates with tried-and-true TV programming from traditional providers.  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Apple#Apple TV#Hulu#Netflix#television#YouTube Internet TV’s Original Programming RevolutionOriginal, Web-first TV programming from Internet companies was a big trend in 2012. Hulu, Netflix and YouTube all made major investments in original content, with each one experimenting with Web-only TV shows. Google has already begun weeding out the weakest offerings in an effort to fine-tune its TV-style content offering. The biggest test for the viability of Internet-only TV content will come next year when Arrested Development returns not to the Fox network on which it originally aired, but exclusively to Netflix. This will be the first time a popular show makes the transition from broadcast to Internet-only distribution. Will the new season live up to months of eager hype? How well will the one-season-at-a-time release schedule of Netflix work compared to the staggered airing of a real TV show? Will Netflix see a bump in sign-ups? The success of Arrested Development’s new season will influence future decisions about Internet TV content, especially when it comes to beloved but off-the-air shows. If Netflix scores a big hit with the Bluth family, expect Hulu and YouTube to try and emulate its success. Remote 2.0: The Evolution of User Controls As imperfect as the user interface is for Internet TV, traditional television and cable set-ups aren’t exactly known for their ease-of-use. Just ask my mother when she’s faced with a coffee table full of remote controls.  Apple will likely lead the charge here, but either way, expect the way we interact with TV content to get simplified. Fewer buttons and a more intuitive design are coming to a remote control near you, while on-screen menus get some polish of their own. One company experimenting with simplified remote control design is Bose, whose VideoWave entertainment system has a remote that sports a touch pad and six buttons, shifting most of the commonly-used buttons to the TV screen itself. The remote works with just about any external device, from Blu Ray players and XBox 360 to Roku and Apple TV. TV interface controls will also expand beyond pointing a remote control at the screen. In the future, we’ll interact with TV content using our voices and gesture-based controls. We’re already seeing a glimpse of how this will work thanks to the Kinect on XBox, the iPad and the various Siri hacks developers have created. Indeed, the inclusion of Siri is one of the most frequently-mentioned features of the rumored Apple HDTV. Meanwhile, Google has been baking its ever-more-effective voice search into more of its mobile apps. The Convergence of Mobile and TelevisionIn 2013, expect your TV to look more like your smartphone. The convergence of television and mobile platforms will continue next year, as TV software designers rethink the user interface and AirPlay-style functionality grows more mainstream. As mobile video apps mature and consumers get used to the idea of wirelessly beaming their tablets to their TVs, the line between mobile and TV will blur. Ease-of-use is key here. Hassle-free connectivity of the sort offered by Apple’s AirPlay will enable even the least tech-savvy consumers to connect their tablets to their TVs. The couch is already where tablets get used the most, according to research conducted by Google. And watching video is already one of the most popular activities for which people use their tablets, according to Google, the Online Publishers Association and just about everybody else who’s studied tablet usage behavior. The only missing link was the wireless beaming technology now provided by Apple’s AirPlay and an eventual Google equivalent. Adoption of that feature is dependent on the growth of set-top streaming boxes or, better yet, connected TVs.Top image courtesy of Shutterstock. last_img read more

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Pro-jallikattu group protests Soundarya Rajinikanth’s decision to join animal welfare board

first_imgA pro-Jallikattu group staged a protest today in Trichy against superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth becoming a member of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).Soundarya Rajinikanth was recently appointed an AWBI ambassador. AWBI is one of the primary organizations responsible for the ban on Jallikattu, a traditional sport of bull fighting in Tamil Nadu.Upset over Soundarya’s decision, protesters burnt her pictures and caused commotion near the Trichy bus stand.Soundarya retreated an explanation clearing the doubts about her post in AWBI.SAUNDARYA TO MONITOR USE OF ANIMALS IN FILMSSoundarya Rajinikanth,who is well versed in animation and computer graphics is honoured as the brand ambassador of animal welfare board of India and also as a part of performing animals sub committee.She is receiving praises for this credit and her job is to monitor and survey the use of animals in the films.She will ensure the safety of animals used in the films. She will also monitor the use of graphics in the film and will say whether the makers have used graphics or shot with real life animals.This is completely apt for her as she has in-depth knowledge in animation and she has also directed “Kochadaiyaan” which is an animation film. ALSO READCentre allows Jallikattu despite massive protests Jallikattu duel not over yet: The culture vs cruelty debatelast_img read more

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Kyrie-markable: Irving’s 42 Carries Cavaliers Past Celtics

first_imgTOM WITHERS, AP Sports WriterCLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet.The pain couldn’t stop him. The Celtics couldn’t either.Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the NBA Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat Boston 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.With James in foul trouble, Irving was forced to do more than ever and he delivered, scoring 19 in less than five minutes and 33 in a 19-minute stretch.“The kid is special,” James said. “I was happy to sit back and watch him. He was born for these moments.”The defending NBA champions, who shot 71 percent in the second half, opened a 3-1 lead in the series and can wrap up their third straight conference title — and a “three-match” against the Warriors — with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston.But if Games 3 and 4 are any indication, it won’t be easy.Fighting to keep their season alive, the Celtics aren’t giving an inch despite playing without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who may need surgery on a hip injury.The Cavs, meanwhile, wouldn’t be on the cusp of the Finals without Irving.Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) goes up for a shot against Boston Celtics’ Al Horford (42), from Dominican Republic, during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)With Cleveland in jeopardy of dropping its second game in a row after James followed an 11-point Game 3 debacle by picking up four first-half fouls, Irving put on a breathtaking one-man show.Freezing Boston defenders with his dribble and driving to the basket whenever he wanted, Irving made six layups, two 3-pointers and a free throw in a dizzying span of 4:48. He capped his blistering 19-point outburst with a 3 in the final second of the quarter and celebrated at mid-court by pretending to put two pistols back in his holster.“He saw Bron went out and he wanted to put the team on his shoulders,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “He did that.”Irving said he was driven by the thought of the Cavs seeing their series lead vanish.“In the back of my mind, I thought, ‘They can’t tie up the series,’” he said. “We can’t go back to Boston tied 2-2. We needed everything tonight.”Irving put a scare into the Cavs and their fans when he stepped on Terry Rozier’s foot and rolled his ankle. He stayed on the floor for a few moments before sitting up and re-tying his sneaker. Nothing was keeping him out.“It was one of those games we had to fight through and we had to earn it,” he said.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) celebrates with J.R. Smith after defeating the Boston Celtics 112-99 in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Celtics coach Brad Stevens was disappointed with his team’s defense on Irving, who was able to spread the floor while surrounded by shooters.“There’s choices,” Stevens said. “I’m not sure there are good choices. When he gets going like that, he’s tough to stop. The ones we gotta look at are the ones he got at the rim.”Kevin Love added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Cavs, now 11-1 in the postseason.Avery Bradley scored 19 and Jae Crowder 18 for Boston.ANKLE GRABIrving did not show any noticeable limp following the game as he walked down the hallway, stopping to hug and kiss friends and family following his performance.Irving, who has had a history of injuries, said he’s rolled his ankle enough times to know when it’s serious.“My adrenaline is still going,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I’ll be sore when I get home.”BOSTON BOUNDCrowder and the Celtics are looking forward to going home and redeeming themselves after the blowout losses in Games 1 and 2.“I feel like we’re humble enough to know we haven’t played well at home,” he said. “We want to give our home crowd a better outing than we put out the past two games.”FOUL TROUBLELue paused for several seconds before responding to a question about the third and fourth fouls called on James, who was whistled for barely touching Marcus Smart on a jumper and then was called for a charge.“They called them,” he said of the officials. “We had to do what we had to do.”TIP-INSCeltics: Thomas spoke to coach Brad Stevens and told him that he has visited one hip specialist and plans to see more before it’s decided if he needs surgery. Thomas initially injured his hip in March and played the final two months of the regular season before aggravating it during the playoffs. … Stevens started Kelly Olynyk, who had 15 points. … Before the playoffs began, the Celtics were 22-5 at home since Jan. 1. They’re 5-4 in the postseason so far.Cavaliers: The 42 points were a career playoff-high for Irving, who scored 41 in Game 5 of last year’s Finals. … Cleveland improved to 35-5 against Eastern teams in the playoffs since 2015. … J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel, brought their daughter home after more than five months in the hospital following her premature birth. Smith posted photos on his Instagram account of the couple leaving Hillcrest Hospital with their baby in a stroller. “We Walked In Together We Walked Out Together!!” Smith wrote. … Deron Williams played 18 minutes after sustaining a shoulder “stinger” in Game 3.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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