Two Ontario men are on their way to Houston to help a family member who has been forced from her home by flooding in the hurricane-battered city.Bill Hamilton and Pat Quirk left Guelph, Ont., on Monday night after buying an extreme terrain vehicle capable of driving and floating on water, and are on their way to Quirk’s sister.The pair plan to pick up Quirk’s sister from the hotel where she has taken refuge, check on her home, and work out a plan to find her a safe place to stay.Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Gulf Coast on Friday night as a Category 4 storm and moved northeast along the Texas coast over Houston. The storm has dumped more than 76 centimetres of rain in parts of Texas and authorities have rescued thousands of people left stranded by the storm.Quirk’s 47-year-old sister, who has lived in Houston for a year, was initially stuck in her Houston home, where the ground floor had flooded, Hamilton said. She was helped from her home by a passing motorist and taken to a hotel, but staff have warned guests that the building will likely lose power soon, Hamilton said.Quirk’s sister sent her brother pictures of the hurricane’s aftermath early Monday, Hamilton said. Those photos alarmed Quirk and made the 52-year-old decide to go to the city to help his sister, Hamilton said.When Quirk called Hamilton to tell him of his plan, Hamilton, a 47-year-old landscaper, said he wanted to help out.“It kind of hit close to home with his sister being there, so I thought I’d give (him) a hand,” Hamilton said in a phone interview as he and Quirk made their way to Houston in a pickup truck.By early Tuesday afternoon, Hamilton said he and his friend were driving through Arkansas, and expected to be in Houston late Tuesday.“We’re in contact with (Pat’s) sister now and trying to make a plan as to what part of the city we head for first,” Hamilton said.With numerous streets in and around Houston flooded, Hamilton and Quirk decided to head to the city well prepared for the conditions.Quirk, a retired banker, bought a $25,000 extreme-terrain vehicle from a snowmobile dealership south of Guelph just for the trip, Hamilton said.“It’ll go pretty much anywhere,” said Hamilton, noting that the vehicle can get through mud, rocky terrain, or even across a lake.While the pair are heading for Quirk’s sister, Hamilton said they’ll try to help others who need a hand if they can.“I’m thinking we’ll probably be home by the weekend, but who knows?” Hamilton said.On Tuesday, a pair of 70-year-old reservoir dams that protect downtown Houston and a levee in a suburban subdivision began overflowing, adding to the rising floodwaters from Harvey that have crippled the area after five consecutive days of rain that set a new U.S. record for rainfall for a tropical system.Forecasters expect the storm to linger over the Gulf before heading back inland east of Houston sometime Wednesday. The system will then head north and lose its tropical strength.— with files from the Associated Press.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is scaling up food assistance to more than 220,000 people displaced by fighting in southern Mindanao between Philippine Government troops and forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The agency is delivering nearly 1,000 metric tons of rice – around one month’s ration – to civilians caught up in the conflict, it announced in a news release.“WFP is responding to a request from the Government to provide food assistance to meet urgent needs among the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the sudden upsurge in violence in southern Mindanao,” said Stephen Anderson, WFP Philippines Country Director. “We have rice stocks at a warehouse in Cotabato, close to the affected area, and we’ve acted quickly to move food out to where it is most needed,” he added. WFP has so far dispatched some 650 metric tons of rice to 160,000 displaced families from Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato. Another 250 metric tons of rice is being delivered to some 60,000 people in the provinces of Maguindanao and Shariff Kabunsuan, who have been newly displaced by the conflict. Staff from the agency’s sub-offices in Iligan and Cotabato City are assessing the areas affected by the conflict to figure out a long-term and targeted response to the upsurge in violence in Mindanao. 28 August 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it is scaling up food assistance to more than 220,000 people displaced by fighting in southern Mindanao between Philippine Government troops and forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Initial reports by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) indicate that about 19,000 civilians have fled into North Darfur state, and up to 15,000 into Central Darfur state, following fighting in the mountainous Jebel Marra region that straddles three Darfur states.According to a statement issued by the Africa Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), these figures represent more than a 52 per cent increase in just 24 hours, reportedly caused by intensified aerial bombings carried out on Monday.“The protection of civilians remains our paramount concern during conflict,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Marta Ruedas, in a separate statement.“While it is encouraging that some humanitarian assistance is being provided, clearly much more is needed and we are working with our national and international partners on the ground to ascertain how the vulnerable can be helped during this time. We are therefore advocating for safe and unfettered access to provide timely assistance to those in need,” she added.OCHA indicated that some humanitarian assistance, including nutritional supplements for children, medicine and purified water, has been provided in North Darfur to some of the newly displaced people – the vast majority of whom are women and children. The humanitarian community is also working to provide emergency relief to those displaced in Central Darfur, but the lack of access is preventing the immediate provision of aid.“While the exact number of civilians who have fled the Jebel Marra is yet to be confirmed, there are also unverified reports of other civilians having sought refuge deeper into the Jebel Marra area,” Ms. Ruedas noted.Yesterday, UNAMID received information that 19 villages near Rockero, north Jebel Marra in Central Darfur, were burned down during fights. Most residents of these villages are reported to have fled to Sortoni, Kabkabiya and Tawila, while others have sought shelter in surrounding mountains. Many children have also been reported missing.
Incoming-freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan (center) talks to the media on National Signing Day Feb. 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorAt first, Raekwon McMillan wasn’t sure how to handle the attention.Cameras snapped, he was peppered with constant questions and recorders beeped as reporters and photographers formed a circle around the crown jewel of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s 2014 recruiting class.“Just for the first day, (we) had a hard day of workouts, (and) coming in after hours to do interviews — it’s pretty crazy,” the true freshman linebacker said on National Signing Day Feb. 5, hardly looking up as he spoke.Hailing from Hinesville, Ga., McMillan was rated the nation’s top-rated linebacker by Rivals.com and ESPN and received offers from perennial powers like Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Clemson, OSU and others. After ultimately choosing to become a Buckeye Dec. 16, he quickly became the guy everyone wanted a piece of on National Signing Day.McMillan represents one-fourth of the group of players faced with the responsibility to help fill the void left by first-team All-American and All-Big Ten conference performer junior Ryan Shazier, who declared for the 2014 NFL Draft Jan. 4. He was also the first player’s name Meyer mentioned on Signing Day.OSU’s head man did not sugarcoat how McMillan — along with other incoming freshmen linebackers Kyle Berger, Dante Booker and Sam Hubbard — are to be depended on during what Meyer called an “overhaul” at the position.“Far too many mistakes have been made either in lack of development or whatever, and it’s just not where we need to be,” Meyer said of OSU’s defense. “I’m putting pressure on them, (defensive coordinator and linebackers) coach (Luke) Fickell and myself to get ready for next year. They have to play for us, in addition to the players we have on our roster already.”Those currently on the roster in the linebacker position who saw significant playing time last season include sophomores Joshua Perry, Joe Burger and Camren Williams and junior Curtis Grant. Perry is the only returning player who played in all 14 games last season, finishing fourth on the team in tackles with 64. Grant and Williams both played in 13 games and Burger saw action in five.Shazier, who led the Big Ten with 143 tackles, will be difficult to replace, but the fact that Meyer recruited four linebackers for 2014 makes it clear he is looking to lean on them for production.McMillan said Meyer told him that he would have a chance to play early in his career when he was recruiting him, but the future linebacker knows nothing is guaranteed.“Coach Meyer, he always tells us that he wants incoming freshmen to play early. He wants us not to sit back and relax and wait for the next guy to leave out. But to practice every day like you’re competing for a job and attack every drill like it’s your last drill … (playing early) was implemented, but I know that nothing is given at Ohio State and I have to come in and work just like everybody else,” McMillan said.McMillan is listed at 6 feet 2 inches tall and 242 pounds, leading co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash to comment on his stature.“He looks like a big-time linebacker. It’s what he looks like,” Ash said on National Signing Day. “Now, we’ll see what he plays like, but he looks the part.”McMillan racked up 159 total tackles during his senior year at Liberty County High School, to go along with 16.5 sacks, three interceptions and 10 forced fumbles. That kind of production caused an explosion over where he was going to choose to play in college, something McMillan called “crazy.”“Coming from a small town like Hinesville, Ga., you don’t expect a lot of people to come around there and see you play football,” McMillan said. “It was very fun, but high school’s over with now man, it’s time to get on to 107,000 people.”The excitement was merited though, as McMillan even said himself that it could have gone “either way at the end,” regarding where he was going to play football in 2014. In the end, he said OSU felt right.“I mean every time I visited Ohio State, I felt like it was the place for me. Everything about it was great, Coach Meyer and the coaching staff … he’s put together one of the best coaching staffs in the nation and I really like working with these guys,” McMillan said.OSU finished 47th in the country last season in defense, giving up an average of 377.4 yards per game, but on the other end of the spectrum, was 112th in the country in pass defense, giving up 268 yards per game.At times, the criticism from fans fell on the shoulders of Fickell, something McMillan said he didn’t understand.With the expectation that OSU should compete for championships at the end of every season, Ash said the team cannot accept mediocrity.“You have to be able to play great defense to be able to win it all,” Ash said. “You don’t have to be the best defense in the country, but you’ve got to be pretty darn solid to be able to say you’re going to win 14 games in this league to win it all. You can’t have an average, to subpar defense to get that done.”Whether or not the Buckeye defense will improve enough for national title aspirations to come to fruition is likely to fall on the broad shoulders of McMillan — but if that’s the case, it appears the freshman is up for the task.“I mean, the linebackers are the quarterbacks of the defense,” McMillan said. “Coach Fickell, he’s coached some of the greatest linebackers in college football. I could start naming them: A.J. Hawk, James Laurinaitis, Bobby Carpenter, the list goes on and on. But in the last three or four years, they haven’t had that solid guy in the middle who can run the whole show. Yeah they’ve had some great linebackers who’ve come through and got drafted, but he’s looking for that one guy who can run that whole show on defense.”McMillan’s first opportunity to show what he can do is Aug. 30, when OSU is scheduled to take on Navy at M&T Bank Stadium.
Other types of manslaughter covered by the guideline are unlawful act manslaughter, where someone dies after being assaulted but the attacker had no intention to kill or do them serious harm.There is also manslaughter by reason of loss of control, where the killer would have been guilty of murder but suffered a loss of control, for example from a fear of serious violence.And manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, where someone has a recognised mental condition that prevents them being convicted of murder.Sentences for these three types of manslaughter are not expected to increase.Sentencing Council member Lord Justice Holroyde said: “Manslaughter offences vary hugely – some cases are not far from being an accident, while others may be just short of murder.”While no sentence can make up for the loss of life, this guideline will help ensure sentencing that properly reflects the culpability of the offender and the unique facts of each case.”The guideline will come into force in courts on November 1 2018. Justice minister Rory Stewart has welcomed the new guidelines Jail sentences for people convicted of gross negligence manslaughter are to be increased amid concern that offenders have been getting off too lightly.Judges are being advised to consider life in prison for the most serious culprits, with a recommendation they serve at least 18-years before being eligible for parole.It is the first time guidelines have been set out for judges dealing with manslaughter cases, in the hope of ensuring that the punishments reflect the severity of the crimes.Gross negligence manslaughter, which involves the breach of a duty of care towards a victim, is being considered by investigators examining the Grenfell Tower fire which resulted in the deaths of 72 people.Prosecutors have also charged Hillsborough match commander, David Duckenfield, with gross negligence manslaughter in connection with the deaths of 95 Liverpool football supporters who died in the 1989 disaster. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Under the law at the time, there can be no prosecution for the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland, as he died more than a year and a day after his injuries were caused.Under the new guidelines judges are being offered a range of sentencing options for those convicted which vary from one to 18-years.Penalties for gross negligence offences are expected to increase, because the advice is to focus more on the blame that should be placed on the offender, rather than the wider circumstances of the case.It is believed that in the past sentences in these cases have been too low, relative to other offences and the new guidelines are to address that and usher in some consistency.Justice Minister Rory Stewart said: “Manslaughter is an extremely serious offence, causing immeasurable pain to families who lose their loved ones.“So it is vital our courts have clear, consistent guidance in these often complex cases – such as when both individuals and employers are involved.“These guidelines will make sure sentences reflect the severity of the crime, helping protect workers and keep communities safe.” Gross negligence manslaughter allegations are being considered as part of the Grenfell investigationCredit:AFP
But we have a very strong influence in it. The day we come to the conclusion that our influence is not strong enough is the day we walk out of government.Howlin also commented that while it was rare in modern history for a government to win a by-election, the current government had won both by-elections held during its term – Labour’s Patrick Nulty winning in Dublin West, and Fine Gael’s Helen McEntee in Meath East.“Anybody who looks at the performance in by-elections understands that they bear no relationship to the general election,” Howlin said, claiming that most by-elections were contested by “a favoured candidate of government and a favoured candidate of opposition”.“Just as Fine Gael were fourth in the Dublin West by-election, I don’t think anybody wrote them off immediately at that stage,” he said.Read: ‘There’s no point in pretending that this is a Labour Govt’ – Labour TDMore: Labour conference to be held in November despite calls for earlier date http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNBfWFLzo70A LABOUR MINISTER has said his party will “walk out of government” if it feels its influence in the coalition is not strong enough – but insisted his party remains influential in the running of the country.Brendan Howlin told TheJournal.ie he was not concerned about any public anger at Labour over its actions in government, dismissing opinion polls in which his party’s share of the vote has halved since the 2011 election.“A lot of people will criticise Labour anyway,” the minister said, “but I think there is a robust base for understanding that Labour’s role in this government is to make the difficult economic adjustments in as fair a way as possible.”Howlin said some would only ever treat a policy as ‘fair’ if it did not personally effect them – but that “in the cold light of day, when people examine it, the very real input of the Labour Party in ensuring that our economic recovery is constructed in a fair way to those who have a fair mind to look at it.”Asked if he felt Labour was acting as a strong enough brake on Fine Gael’s power, Howlin said Labour only accounted for a third of ministers and a third of the government’s Dáil representation, “so I don’t want to say we dominate economic policy”.He added:
Take me to Fora ‘Kildare, here we come’: A top architect says Dublin’s sprawl has to stop Hugh Wallace, a judge on RTÉ’s ‘Home of the Year’, says high-rise buildings are needed. Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 7:30 AM Short URL 46 Comments 31,635 Views “My proposition is that our social responsibility to (our) living environment can only be delivered by height and density,” he said.“This leads to sustainability of communities by delivering proper public transport, schools, retirement homes and everything else that’s required.” Hugh Wallace Source: Youtube10 and 12 storeysHe added: “I would like to see more sites considered for 10- to 12-storey developments in identified zones within the cities and suburbs of this country. If we can achieve this we can create sustainable development to support proper infrastructure.”In the capital, apartment blocks in the inner city can currently be 19 metres in height, or six storeys, and offices are allowed to be 28 metres, or seven storeys.However, taller buildings can be developed in certain areas, such as in the docklands. Developer Johnny Ronan recently lodged plans for a 22-storey Tara Street tower, which has drawn objections from An Taisce, while two US-based Irish brothers are planning the nation’s tallest building in Cork.Wallace pointed to the redevelopment of St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin 8, where a series of flats are being demolished and rebuilt, as a site suited to higher-density housing.“This is currently a four-storey development because we’re retaining the existing properties, but we should be looking at a minimum of 12 storeys in any future phase of this development,” he said. St Teresa’s Gardens flats Source: Google MapsHe said that several key areas around the city centre and suburbs “should be master-planned to quadruple the residential population and deliver height and density”.“Supported by proper public parks, (there should be) real ground floor uses which can only be viable if the density increases and delivers people,” he said.“What is the fear of using of height and density when using great architecture? Great architecture makes the difference.”DemandWallace also noted the slow delivery of new housing units. The government claims that about 15,000 homes were completed last year, although this figure has been disputed by many experts.This is still well below the level required to meet market demand and the country’s housing stock barely increased between 2011 and 2016.“Our population continues to increase, but our ability to deliver new housing stock is non-existent,” Wallace said.“Yet we are about to undertake a major housing programme which is based on the principle … of low density housing. Beware Kildare, here we come.”Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Jun 24th 2017, 7:30 AM A SENIOR EXECUTIVE at one of Ireland’s leading architecture firms has said that Ireland needs to construct higher buildings to stop urban sprawl.While the housing crisis across the country, and particularly in Dublin, has grown more acute over the past year, most of the residential building taking place remains low-density.Housing Minister Simon Coveney recently said that he would like to see high-rise developments in Dublin, “in the right places”.Leading architect boss Hugh Wallace has now echoed this call for more high-rise developments in the capital.Wallace is a partner at architecture and design company Douglas Wallace Consultants and is well-known for his role as a judge on RTÉ’s ‘Home of the Year’.Speaking at the National Construction Summit in the RDS in Dublin, he said that Dublin’s fondness of low-density developments is going to create problems. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Share24 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/3460207 By Fora Staff Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
GLOW Season 3 Hits Netflix Aug. 3 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five Taylor Swift Red Carpet at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards The Rock on Hollywood Walk of FameVariety is reporting that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony next week on December 13.The article notes Johnson will be recognized and honored by Hollywood “for his status as a global box-office powerhouse.”A true true honor. What a full circle journey. So grateful and so many people to thank. See everyone there! Tequila on me. https://t.co/sBEIZhMDlC— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 6, 2017“GLOW” nominated for Critics’ ChoiceVariety has also revealed nominations for the 2017 Critics’ Choice Awards, with Netflix’s “GLOW” series receiving four nominations this year.The show is currently up for Best Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Alison Brie), Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Marc Maron) and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Betty Gilpin).https://twitter.com/GlowNetflix/status/938542896323600384Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThe Fabulous MTV VMA 2019 Red CarpetVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:38/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 7.98%0:00Remaining Time -1:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The Rock marries his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian on August 18 in Hawaii Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Queen Latifah Now Playing Up Next Rick Ross Now Playing Up Next Marc Maron Teases Season Two Of Netflix’s ‘GLOW’ The Fabulous MTV VMA 2019 Red Carpet Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook Videos Articles WhatsApp Red Carpet at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes Magazine’s Highest Paid Actors of 2019 list Pinterest Google+
The current Gunners coach is doing his best at the club, which is currently sitting in the fifth position of the standingsSpanish coach Unai Emery has been with Arsenal since the summer after Arsene Wenger finished his 22-years reign at the club.And after 12 matches, the team is currently in fifth place in the English Premier League, eight points behind leader Manchester City.But the Arsenal boss is backed up by managing director Vinai Venkatesham.“It is not going to be easy, but I absolutely, 100 percent believe that Arsenal can get back to where it needs to be,” Venkatesham told The Independent.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The first step we need to do is get back into the Champions League and then we need to start competing and then we need to start winning the biggest trophies in the game.”“I believe we can do that. Equally, I also am not naive enough to know that is going to be challenging and that this isn’t a difficult and competitive environment,” he added.“His energy is just absolutely extraordinary. I remember that he said in his first press conference that the one thing he would promise to the fans is that he would work hard.”“Obviously, everybody just thought it was a throwaway comment but he is always on it – his work ethic is extraordinary,” he concluded.
All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Urban landscaping gets smart. Chris Monroe/CNET A windowless Las Vegas ballroom is perhaps the last place you might expect to find upon a leafy bower. But that’s exactly what happened to me at CES 2019 on Sunday.The green and pleasant oasis I encountered amid a sea of plastic and metal electronics was a downsized version of French startup Urban Canopee’s vision for making our cities greener — both in color and in terms of environmental impact.With the threat of climate change and global warming becoming increasingly urgent, more solutions are needed to help reduce temperatures and improve air quality. Trees and plants can help with both of these things, as well assisting with restoring urban biodiversity and improving quality of life. And as our cities become smarter and more connected thanks to the deployment of sensors and 5G, there are even more opportunities to ensure plants and trees are playing their role in the best and most efficient way.Any city dweller knows how dearly-appreciated green spaces in urban environments are, but it’s not always convenient or possible to plant trees in city streets. Urban Canopee wants instead to retrofit cities with plants by growing them over the roofs of buildings or other spaces.Canopies of climbing plants are grown over lightweight, adaptable and flexible frames, which either stand alone or can be placed together in modules to allow the plants to weave together to form a leafy ceiling. Sensors within the frames and the plant pots allow the hydration levels of the plants and the temperature under the canopy to monitored remotely via an app. A solar kit and an intelligent, connected irrigation system operate autonomously to water the plants.Urban Canopee currently has a test project underway in the French city of Toulouse, and two patents pending for the technology. The long-term goal is to make cities more resilient against climate change as well as allowing them to meet new green regulations and support the wider fight against climate change. 85 Photos CES Products CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Tags Post a comment Share your voice CES 2019 Sci-Tech 0
Google has taken over enterprise development platform startup “Bebop” and made its founder Diane Greene the head of Google’s enterprise cloud business, CEO Sundar Pichai, announced in his blog post on Thursday, 19 November.Greene is no stranger to Google, being on the company’s Board of Directors for three years. She is also the founder and former CEO of VMWare.”Bebop is a new development platform that makes it easy to build and maintain enterprise applications. We think this will help many more businesses find great applications, and reap the benefits of cloud computing,” Pichai wrote.He said that over 60% of the Fortune 500 relies on Google cloud penetration. In fact, apart from their own businesses that operate on cloud infrastructure too, “Google has significantly larger data centre capacity than any other public cloud provider â€“ part of what makes it possible for customers to receive the best price and performance for compute and storage services,” he wrote in the blog post.However, Pichai cautioned that as of now only a little fraction of the world’s data uses cloud penetration while majority of the businesses and applications aren’t cloud-based yet.”This is an important and fast-growing area for Google and we’re investing for the future,” he added.Regardless of being one of the first cloud companies that even made great advancement in gaining popularity among its consumers, Google has struggled to keep up with Microsoft, IBM and Amazon Web Services.To catch up, Google had tried to promote the work versions of its cloud services â€“ Google Docs, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Play, as well. However, earlier in July the company received a major blow when Google Apps customer General Electric (GE) chose Microsoft Office 365 over Google for its whopping 300,000 employees, TechCrunch reported.Greene will direct a new team looking after Google’s cloud businesses, including Google for Work, Cloud Platform, and Google Apps.Upon the close of acquisition, both Bebop and Greene will join Google’s cloud business platform.
There are seemingly an infinite number of mobile games in app stores these days. So much so that finding good games is often a struggle for consumers. While ranking charts and app store recommendations help, it’s easy to create a game and have it get lost in the sea of options before getting a single user. Some game developers have hacked the process and established suites of successful titles, while others have created one-off hits. Whatever the method, achieving success in gaming will depend on how the market develops in the coming year.Related: Infographic: The Gaming IndustryMarket research found that there are more than180 million mobile gamers in the U.S. as of 2016, and that number is projected to grow by at least another 12 million in 2017. With so many gamers, the opportunity to grow gaming franchises is significant. There are also countless opportunities to leverage the popularity of mobile gaming for marketing efforts, brand development and educational interests.Data shows that market penetration for mobile gaming is only at 55 percent, which means there are plenty of opportunities for developers and gaming companies to reach new consumer segments with successfully targeted games. There are a few proven strategies that have been successfully implemented by established gaming companies.“The app stores have changed significantly over the years and are now more competitive than ever before,” says Ilya Nikolayev, founder and CEO of Tapinator (TAPM), a mobile gaming company. “To control your own destiny, your game’s metrics need to be good enough to allow you to profitably acquire users for your title.” That is the goal of any gaming developer — to create titles that support long term growth. The following strategies will help any company in the mobile gaming space grow in 2017.1. Quantitative approach before creative.Games are a creative and recreational outlet for most players. Most people play for a chance to suspend reality and enjoy experiences they would not otherwise have time for. Many game companies start the development process with a creative approach in mind. If they want to create games that generate value, however, they would do better to start with a quantitative approach.Related: Has the Mobile Gaming Frenzy Caught in India Yet? This Entrepreneur Says Yes.The challenge is assessing whether or not the investment in development will result in the expected financial outcomes. Nikolayev explains how to engage with this problem. “This is a quantity-driven business where each engine allows us to quickly release new titles while minimizing additional development work for each game,” he says. “The main challenge here is building an install base for each game that is sufficiently large so as to monetize the product via advertising.”2. Create fast, iterate often.Another way to accelerate growth is by developing games quickly and making constant improvements. Nikolayev says that Tapinator has worked to develop two key categories of games — full-features and rapid-launch. Full-feature games are titles that keep people engaged with longer form content, while rapid-launch games tend to entice users by capitalizing on current trends.With the ability to make upgrades and additions over time, developers can deliver a simple gaming experience and improve it with time. This is not to say that you should develop a substandard game and improve it as you go. Everything has to start at a high quality. Otherwise, you risk upsetting users. Developing methods for creating games fast, however, helps maintain your competitive advantage.3. Create an ecosystem of apps for marketing.While some games start as singular successes, it is much more common for games to succeed as a part of a larger collection or franchise. Examples like PokemonGo are a rarity, and it is important to note that most one-off hits come from existing entertainment franchises. To ensure the success of a game, it is best to develop and release a series of similar titles under the same developer. In doing so, anytime a player enjoys one of your games, there is another waiting for them to try.“For rapid-launch games, the calculation is much simpler,” Nikolayev says. “We do not utilize paid marketing here and rely exclusively on our own cross-promotion network.” Brands looking to expand offerings in 2017 would benefit from a similar strategy.Related: This Entrepreneur Quit His Job to Start a Company — Any Company — After He Held an iPhone for the First Time. Now His Weight Loss App Has 30 Million Users.Whether you are a developer, marketer, gaming entrepreneur or something in between, these strategies will help you launch more successful brands in 2017. Focus on your audience, their unique needs and what kind of games will keep them engaged. Develop games with their revenue potential in mind, and you are more likely to create sustainable titles that deliver value in the long term. Always consider to how your existing users can inform the development process to ensure future games are just as successful. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 17, 2017 5 min read Register Now »
Fix Excel 2016 opening a blank document by Martin Brinkmann on November 30, 2017 in Misc, Tutorials – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 18 commentsFor about a week now, I experienced an issue when double-clicking on Excel spreadsheets to load them in Microsoft Excel 2016. Excel would open as expected, but instead of loading the selected spreadsheet, the application opened a blank document instead.More precisely, it did not open a spreadsheet at all, not even a blank one, but displayed no document in its interface.I tried different documents stored in different locations, and opening a document after loading one manually, but all efforts returned the grayish no-document loaded interface. Most interface options are disabled in that mode on top of that.Excel functioned normally afterwards. I could drag and drop spreadsheets, even the one that Excel 2016 would not open, and it would display fine, and file load operations worked as well.It was clear that “something” was blocking the selected document from being loaded correctly.Fix Excel 2016 opening a blank documentAs is the case with troubleshooting, there is no single fits-it-all solution available. This guide lists multiple solutions. I suggest you apply one after the other, and check each time you made a change whether it resolved the blank document issue in Excel 2016.The solutions are sorted by simplicity and likeliness.Option 1: Enable DDEDynamic Data Exchange (DDE) is not a new feature, as it was introduced by Microsoft in Windows 2.0 back in 1987. It has been superseded largely by other features, but it is still a part of any version of Windows.The main functionality of DDE is the sharing of data between Windows programs. When users double-click on an Excel spreadsheet document in Explorer for instance, a DDE message is sent to Excel provided that Excel is the associated with the file type.If DDE is disabled in Excel, Excel won’t open spreadsheets that you double-click in Explorer, even if it is the default file handler.Here is how you check the setting:Start Microsoft Excel.Select File > Options.Switch to the Advanced section.Locate the General group of preferences on the page that opens. You find it near the end of the page.Make sure that “Ignore other applications that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) is not checked. If it is, remove the checkmark and select ok.Option 2: Hide/unhide, and fullscreenThese two options are rather easy to check. You can hide Excel documents in Excel, and when you do, all you see is a blank document panel instead of the actual spreadsheet document.To check this, select View from the menu, and make sure the “unhide” option under Window is not enabled.You may also want to try and enable fullscreen mode with a click on the Excel window icon, and return to regular mode afterwards.Option 3: Check add-insExcel add-ins may interfere with the loading of documents. You can check whether that is the case in the following way:Select File > Options to open the Excel options.Select Add-ins from the sidebar panel.Check any active add-in listed on the past. You may want to disable those to test whether they are responsible for the blank document issue. You can enable them again if they are not.Option 4: Disable hardware accelerationThis is another option that is easy to check.Select File > Options.Load the Advanced options page.Scroll down until you come to the Display Group. Locate “disable hardware graphics acceleration”, and check the preference.Option 5: Reset file associationsResetting Excel’s file associations is another fix that may work for you. How you do that depends on the operating system that you run.Windows 7Select Start > Control Panel.Click on Default Programs.Select “Associate a file type or protocol with a specific program”.Select Microsoft Excel Worksheet, and then change program.Under Recommended Programs, select Microsoft Excel. If it is not listed, use browser to find and pick excel.exe.Windows 8 and 10Open Start, type Control Panel and load the result.Select Default Programs, and then Set your default programs.Click Excel, and select choose default for this program.Select All on Set Program Associations and click Save.Option 6: Repair OfficeMicrosoft Office 2016 comes with two repair options. The first runs a local (quick) repair attempt, the second an online repair. Please note that you may be asked to re-enter the Office product ID and authenticate the product again if you run an online Office repair.I suggest you start with the quick repair and see if it resolves the document loading issue in Excel. If it does not, you may try the online repair option, but remember to have your product key at hand when you do as you may need it.Closing WordsThere are a couple of other things admins and users may try to resolve the issue. One is to find out if any recent software installation or update of Windows happened around the same time the issue started.SummaryArticle NameFix Excel 2016 opening a blank documentDescriptionThe tutorial provides Microsoft Office users and administrators with methods on fixing Excel if spreadsheets are not opened correctly anymore.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
<< Previous PostNext Post >> REYKJAVIK — Is WOW air heading to Asia? It’s definitely a possibility now that the airline has purchased seven new aircraft, four of which are jumbo-jets.According to Iceland Magazine, Iceland’s budget airline is stirring up speculation that it will soon launch service to Asia with the newly purchased jets, although CEO and owner Skúli Mogensen has refused to confirm the rumours.However, he did tell local news sources that the company was “very interested in Asia”. He also noted that the cost of flying from Asia to Iceland was “unnecessarily high”, with passengers typically having to make one or two transfers en route.Last year, WOW air received its first jumbo-jets, which enabled the airline to launch direct flights to destinations on the U.S. West Coast.With these new additions, WOW air’s fleet now comprises a total of 24 planes. Mogensen said that the company aims to double the number of passengers from three million this year to six million by the year 2019. WOW air purchases new jumbo jets – could Asia flights be next? Share Friday, April 7, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Asia Pacific, WOW air Posted by
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