The Scorpio lovers in the country now have more reason to fall in love with the iconic SUV of Mahindra. The Defence Land Systems, a Mahindra owned company has introduced a bulletproof kit for its Scorpio to give a safety ride to the customers.The bulletproof kit is being offered in three variants – Executive, premium and VVIP at 12.67 lakh, 16.07 lakh and 18.33 lakh respectively and is available for booking in the country with advance payment of 75,000 at the e-retailer Snapdeal.Talking about the features of the new Bulletproof kit for Scorpio, it can safeguard the passengers inside the car, if a shot is fired at 90 degree angle from a 9mm pistol from a distance of 5m and come with a real time tracking device.While the Executive kit packs bulletproof glass, fire proof fuel tank, real time vehicle tracking device and bulletproof body panels, the Premium kit offers bulletproof panel and run flat system in addition to the features offered in the Executive kit. The third variant VVIP comes with blast proof carpet and bulletproof glass with power windows in addition to the features in the Premium kit.The iconic SUV Scorpio, one of the top selling SUVs in the domestic market is sold with the 2.2 liter turbo diesel mHawk engine and 2.5-litre m2Di. The car which has been sailing in India since 2002 is expected to get a new version in coming months. Scorpio facelift which has been spied testing numerous times in the country is expected to pack the same 2.2 liter four cylinder turbocharged mHawk diesel engine, which powers the current model and is likely to offer a power of 120 bhp and peak torque of 290 Nm. The new Scorpio might also get 6-speed automatic transmission for improved performance.(ED: AJ)
Sales of multi-million dollar homes have surged across the US as wealthy investors hope on cashing in on the bullish upscale property market of the country.Sales of luxury homes priced at a million or more were up 9% nationwide and those priced above $5 million were up 18%, according to property firm Redfin’s latest data. However, sales fell 1% overall.Prices in the luxury property market have also been competitive as inventory gets tighter due to high demand. For the third quarter of 2014, inventory of homes priced above a million dollars was down 13% and of those priced at $5 million and more was down 47%.Luxury properties are selling like hot cakes right now. A prior report cited by The Wall Street Journal found that homes priced above $30 million spent lesser time on the market, selling 30% faster than their average-priced counterparts. The luxury real-estate market was perhaps the fastest to rebound from the 2008 housing market crash.Experts attribute the robust growth in the segment to wealthy investors and their choices.”It’s the investor and the wealthy individual that’s keeping the market alive,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics had told The New Zealand Herald in an interview earlier.”The wealthy buyers, in particular, are fully engaged now. The stock market is up and times are good for them,” he added.Moreover, banks are more willing to lend jumbo mortgages at the existing low rates and investors are rushing to take advantage of this attractive financing option. US banks approved more than 15,000 home loans in the price range of $1 million to $10 million in the second quarter of 2014 alone.”Many people are finding out by accident that they can often get a better rate on a $700,000 mortgage than a $400,000 mortgage. The opportunities for wealthier borrowers are now better than they’ve been in a decade as far as rates and terms,” Guy Cecala, publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance, told The Washington Post.While the US luxury market is showing no signs of a slowdown, the global upscale property segment is growing at a decelerating speed. According to Knight Frank’s latest luxury market report, prices in the World’s leading cities rose just 0.2% in the three months ended September improving just 4% on a year over year basis.Jakarta, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv topped the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index, Q3 2014 list.
Kapil Sharma Show castTwitterKapil Sharma will soon be embracing fatherhood. His wife Ginni Chatrath is currently in her second trimester and recently, the couple had flown to Canada for their babymoon. And now, his co-star, who plays an important role on The Kapil Sharma Show, is also planning for a baby. Rochelle Rao, who played the role of Chingari on The Kapil Sharma Show, had recently pariticipated in the celebrity dance show Nach Baliye 9 along with her husband Keith Sequeira. However, the couple were eliminated from the show after they received the least number of votes from the audience among other celebrity couples.Their elimination surely came as a shock to their followers but the couple has now a given their fans a reason to rejoice. Keith, who married Rochelle last year in a beach ceremony, has now revealed that they will be planning for a baby soon.Though the couple is excited to extend their family, Keith said that he is always into two minds whenever he discusses about the topic with Rochelle.”Every time I bring up the topic, I am like into two minds. I am like well let’s travel some more, let’s relax some more. But actually, I know it’s going to be really soon. We will be planning to extend the family soon. It’s about that time,” Keith Sequeira told The Times Of India. Rochelle Rao, Keith SequeiraInstagramRochelle and Keith’s romance bloomed like a flower when they entered the Bigg Boss 9 house in 2015. By the end of the show, they realised that they are meant for each other. They soon got married and are currently in a happy phase in their marriage.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a function marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDRecalling the role of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib in country’s independence, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangamata in all critical times in different phases of the national history helped Bangabandhu to take right decisions.“Bangamata was a source of inspiration, strength and courage for father of the nation. Like Bangabandhu, she worked with dedication for the people, making her perfect accompaniment to shape the political thoughts of Bangabandhu,” she said.The prime minister said this while addressing a reminiscence meeting organised by the women and children affairs ministry marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at city’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.“My mother used to live very simple life, even when Bangabandhu was in the office of the prime minister after liberation. But, her thinking was very high and very prudently she dealt with everything with patience, courage and wisdom when Bangabandhu was in jail,” she also said.Bangamata will remain in the heart of Bangalee nation and be remembered for her sacrifice, patriotism and love for the people, Sheikh Hasina said, reports BSS.The premier said “My mother always used to encourage Bangabandhu to do politics for the people….never cared about her own interests. She never thought what she would get in her personal life.”But, the anti-liberation force killed the noble lady brutally on the fateful night of 15 August 1975,” said Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu.“There were many crucial times in different phases of the nation’s history. During those times, my mother helped Bangabandhu in taking right decision… and my mother guided the party leaders and workers like a leader and guardian as well when Bangabandhu was in jail,” she said.Sheikh Hasina particularly mentioned the role of Bangamata in two important events saying she (Bangamata) played a big role in persuading Bangabandhu in delivering speech ‘as he wishes’ before millions of people on the historic 7 March 1971.Bangamata also played role in denying the parole of Bangabandhu granted by Pakistani rulers to join the roundtable conference in Pakistan when movement for six-point rose to its peak after 1968, she said.“Independence of Bangladesh would have never come if Bangabandhu went Pakistan in parole,” she added.Recalling the sacrifice of Begum Mujib in her whole life for the people of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina said, “Bangamata as a woman and a wife had no demand in her life. She always led a simple life like the common people of Bangladesh and taught us it.”Bangamata was always loyal to all political decisions of Bangabandhu and ready to face any situation amidst political repression of Pakistani juntas throughout the political life of Bangabandhu, she also said.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a function marking the 88th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDThe premier said Bangamata even used to serve the families of the detained leaders in their economic hardship, children’s education and illness when Bangabandhu was in prison.“My mother was like a guerrilla rebel,” she said, adding that denying the restriction of Pakistani rulers she used to come out of her home frequently changing her attire and shoes to reach information of Bangabandhu to the party leaders.The prime minister said Bangabandhu wrote in details about Bangamata in his biography published as ‘Unfinished Memoir of Bangabandhu’.From the book, many unknown aspects of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib including her mental strength, sacrifice, courage, wisdom and sufferings came to light.Bangamata, stood beside Bangabandhu, established rehabilitation centres for the suppressed women who were violated and tortured during the liberation war, she added.The prime minister urged the party leaders and workers to nourish the ideals of Begum Fazilatun Nesa in their life to materialise her dream and build a happy, prosperous and peaceful Bangladesh.“Now Bangladesh has no crisis for food…. but we have to go a long way to fulfil the dream of Bangabandhu and Bangamata,” she said.On the occasion, speakers paid glowing tributes to Bangamata recalling her crucial and prudent role in all the activities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and movement for nation’s independence.Terming Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa one of the most courageous, intelligent, dedicated, loving and affectionate ladies in the country’s history, they said the history would certainly remember the contribution of the highly politically conscious and great patriotic lady along with remembering Bangabandhu.State minister for women and children affairs Meher Afroze Chumki presided over the function while Fazilatunnesa Indira, MP was the keynote speaker.Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on women and children affairs ministry Rebeka Momen and chairman of Jatiya Mohila Sangstha Momtaj Begum were present as special guests while secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum gave welcome address.A video documentary on the life and works of Bangamata was screened on the occasion.On this day in 1930, Begum Fazilatun Nesa, wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was born in a noble Muslim family in Tungipara of Faridpur district. She was assassinated along with Bangabandhu and most of her family members on 15 August 1975.
Afghan volunteers transport an injured man on a stretcher to a hospital following a bomb attack in Taloqan in northeastern Takhar province on 13 October 2018. A motorcycle carrying explosives blew up among supporters of an Afghan election candidate on 13 October, killing at least 12 people, officials said, in the latest attack on a political rally. Photo: AFPThe death toll in a bomb attack on an Afghan election rally has risen to at least 22 people, officials said Sunday, as the country braces for more violence ahead of the 20 October poll.Dozens of people were killed or wounded in parliamentary election-related attacks across Afghanistan on Saturday as militants step up attacks on the ballot.A motorcycle carrying explosives detonated among supporters of Nazifa Yousefibek, a female candidate for the northeastern province of Takhar, provincial governor spokesman Mohammad Jawad Hejri told AFP.Most of the 22 killed and 36 wounded were civilians, he said.Provincial health director Hafizullah Safi put the death toll slightly higher at 23.In the western province of Herat, two gunmen attacked the campaign office of a candidate in Injeel district, killing two people, provincial governor spokesman Jailani Farhad said.A nine-year-old boy and a security guard died in the attack and two others were wounded.Violence related to the long-delayed legislative vote has killed or wounded hundreds of people in recent months.At least nine candidates have died so far, most of them in targeted killings, according to the Independent Election Commission.
Share Here’s a look at some specific proposals, along with the page number where the items appear in the bill.Autistic children: A measure called “Kevin and Avonte’s Law” funds grants aimed at education and prevention to stop autistic children from wandering off unsupervised. Pg. 1,937.Abuse of young athletes: This measure in the bill provides grants aimed at preventing sexual and other abuse of athletes. It encourages education on the issue as well as oversight of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Pg. 1,968.Animal waste in the air: A measure known as the FARM Act exempts animal waste particles that enter the air from some environmental regulations. Pg. 2,023.Baseball team owners: The bill contains a one-page provision that would exempt minor league baseball team owners from having to pay their players minimum wage. This could end several players’ lawsuits that are currently underway. Pg. 1,967.The CLOUD Act: This highly significant cyber measure sets new standards for when a government seeks data held in a location outside of that country. That could affect U.S. citizens’ data that is stored overseas. It’s a complex measure that has strong industry supporters, as well as consumer advocate opponents. Pg. 2,201.Child worker background checks: Camps and organizations that work with kids, the disabled or other vulnerable populations will have a new background check system that will give them increased access to the F.B.I. fingerprint database. Pg. 1,959.Fighting wildfires: In a particularly big win for Western states, the omnibus sets aside a fixed pot of money, between $2 billion and $3 billion each year, to address wildfire prevention and disasters. Recent fire efforts had no clear funding source and occasionally were paid for by borrowing from other programs. Pg. 1,780.Flood Insurance: A win for House Republicans, the bill funds the National Flood Insurance Program through July of this year. That could force a discussion about longer-term reforms. Pg. 684.Giant building photos: The bill blocks the Capitol architect from using federal funds to create and hang a giant photo or drawing of any Capitol Hill building outside of that building when it’s being renovated. (This was done when the Supreme Court building was renovated.) Pg. 1,077.Grain glitch (farm) fix: A fix for an unintended problem caused by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the omnibus rewrites a tax benefit that went to farmers who sold goods to cooperatives. Pg. 2,047.Guns: The bill has three significant measures on guns: 1) The ‘Fix NICS’ measure will push agencies to submit more data to the current background check system; 2) The STOP School Violence Act funds grants for schools to increase security and learn how to identify potential threats; and 3) The bill clarifies that federal dollars can be used to research gun violence, reversing the existing de facto ban on federally funded gun research. Pg. 1,971.H2B Temporary Workers: This measure allows the secretary of Department of Homeland Security to increase the number of H-2B visas, which allow temporary guest workers into the country. Pg. 1,760.Israel and the Palestinian Authority: The bill includes the Taylor Force Act, which freezes aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops compensating families of those convicted of terrorism against Israeli or U.S. citizens. Pg. 2,011.Opioids: Approximately $3.6 billion dollars would go to fight the opioid crisis. Pg. 939.Workers earning tips: The omnibus blocks a proposed Trump administration rule that would have allowed employers to keep or pool some of the tips earned by servers and other workers. Pg. 2,025.Lisa DesjardinsBy — Lisa DesjardinsLisa Desjardins is a correspondent at PBS NewsHour. Photo by REUTERS/Joshua RobertsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2018. Lawmakers are moving forward with a massive omnibus spending bill.It is a Tyrannosaurus Rex of a bill. And it’s poised to become law in two days.At 2,232 pages long, the omnibus appropriations billreleased late Wednesday is nearly too long for members of Congress to read from cover to cover before the scheduled vote Friday.The bill includes funding for big-ticket items like pay raises for troops and border security. But it also includes funding on programs that have received less attention during the spending debate this week.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will hold a meeting of the task force to ensure that prices of essential commodities do not go up in the state.The meeting is scheduled to be held on June 6 at Nabanna, the state Secretariat and all the concerned ministers and officials have been asked to be present.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister has already expressed her concern apprehending a hike in prices of essential goods after the arbitrary increase in the fuel prices. She had earlier tweeted: “We are very concerned about the rising prices of petrol and diesel. This will certainly affect prices all around. Common people, farmers and many will suffer.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Chief Minister had also attacked the Centre for its “indifferent” attitude towards the issue and urged all anti-BJP political parties to go for a statewide agitation. There were also protest rallies across the state against the abnormal hike in prices of petrol and diesel.The state government had always taken steps to check the rampant increase in the prices of essential goods in the past and there is also a task force that maintains a strict vigil to oversee that the commoners are not harassed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNow, the state government is going to hold the meeting in which all the aspects in this connection will be discussed in detail.A few days ago there was a hike in potato prices. It was sold at around Rs 20 per kg at various markets in the city. The state Agriculture Marketing department took necessary and immediate measures after identifying that the price of the potato had shot up just for a particular section of middlemen.With the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, the cost of transportation of goods has also gone up. It is leaving an effect on prices of vegetables, rice and other essential commodities.In such a situation, the state government is chalking out a plan to take necessary steps to give respite to the common people as much as possible. There would also be discussions in the meeting to ensure that prices of essential goods do not go up ahead of the forthcoming festivals in the state.
Hashtags like #Pray4Nepal, #NepalEarthquake, #CandleLightVigil, #Dharahara and #earthquake trended through the day with millions of tweets and posts appearing on social media. PM Narendra Modi’s tweet promising help to Nepal was retweeted more than 2,100 times and ‘favourited’ by around 2,200 users.“Spoke to PM Sushil Koirala, who is in transit in Bangkok on his way to Kathmandu. Assured all support & assistance during this tough time,” Modi had tweeted. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also took to the microblogging website, where she tweeted, “My prayers with the people of #Nepal and across India after the massive #earthquake. Hope everyone is safe. Stay calm.” Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdulla, too, sent out a message. “Heart wrenching imagines coming out of Nepal. #NepalEarthquake #PrayForNepal Can’t help but remember 2005 in Kashmir. Terrible memories,” posted Omar. Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan tweeted the picture of a damaged temple in Nepal and wrote, “O! God .. this is Nepal earthquake ..!!! I shot a song here for ‘Mahaan’ with Zeenat Aman .. pray all well.” Shahrukh Khan wrote, “May Allah look after all… Prayers with all in Nepal.” The first pictures of the destruction that were shared on Instagram went viral across online platforms.A person with the username ‘harbrapper’ posted a picture of a devastated house in Kathmandu and wrote, “Terrible site, brick and stones lying everywhere.” That post drew comments from people in countries like China, Japan and the US, who said they were praying for the “ill-fated” victims.
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5 min read Entrepreneur is on the ground at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Check back for highlights from the event as well as insights from thought leaders and innovators. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has become one of the most anticipated events of the year, drawing technology enthusiasts from around the globe. It’s also become one of the most derided. As the conference has grown, it has become unwieldy, to put it mildly. All of the sessions and crowds overwhelm professionals, leaving them unsure how to best use it as a networking opportunity or as an avenue to learn more about whatever field they’re in. Some executives have even opted to skip the event altogether in favor of smaller, less formal events where they can enjoy more one-on-one interaction.Instead of staying at home, though, savvy professionals redirect their approach to CES. With a little planning and effort, you can make lasting connections at this year’s event, just like you can at other, more manageably-sized events. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of CES as it takes over Sin City.Set appointmentsWell in advance of the conference, spend time researching who else is going to be there. This includes reviewing the full schedule and paying close attention to the scheduled presenters. Watch your social media feeds for existing connections discussing the event. Experts recommend using CES as an opportunity to impress contacts you’ve been trying to keep happy or to win over for a while. People sometimes forget, but Las Vegas actually offers some of the best restaurants in the world, so wine and dine your contacts. It’s important to set these appointments and make reservations before you arrive, since many top establishments are fully booked during the days of the conference.Related: 5 Steps to Secure New Business at CES and Other Big EventsPlan your sessionsWith so many sessions and exhibits, it can be tempting to spend the entire conference taking in information. To ensure you get to see all of these things without sacrificing the goal of making or nurturing connections, plan the sessions and exhibits you want to see in advance and carve out a schedule that optimizes your networking time. This site lists most of the parties that will be happening in conjunction with CES. Be sure to mix these events into your time at CES and even when you’re attending sessions, focus on the connections you can make in addition to the information you can learn.Related: CES Has Become an Innovator’s Pre-Crowdfunding Launch PadBe boldCES isn’t the time to be shy. Force yourself to interact with others, introducing yourself at every opportunity. Even the person seated next to you on the plane on the way to the event could be a valuable potential contact. Practice your introduction ahead of time and make sure it properly conveys your message. You likely want to sell your business rather than yourself, so you should have your elevator pitch perfected before you leave.Related: A Tech Entrepreneur’s Insider Tips for Exhibiting at CESListenOne of the biggest mistakes you can make at any networking event is spending all of your time talking and no time at all listening. If nobody’s listening, everyone’s networking efforts are wasted. When you let people talk, you learn more about potential business partners who can help you. Also, consider that people are naturally drawn to those who show genuine interest in who they are and what they do. Instead of focusing on your sales pitch, come up with some questions to ask that will get the other person talking. The pressure will then be taken off of you to talk. Once you get to know the person a little and you both feel more comfortable, you can bring up your business. They may even bring it up for you!Related: Why Many Tech Execs Are Skipping the Consumer Electronics ShowFollow UpAll of those connections you make will be useless if you don’t translate them into a post-CES relationship. In the days after you return home, send a quick email to follow up on your introduction. If you recall specifics of your conversation with a particular contact, mention those in the email, as well. Follow each contact on social media and make a note to follow up again in a few weeks if you don’t get a response. You may not form lasting connections with everyone you meet, but by following up, you’ll likely at least add a few new people to your professional network.Oh CES. Just the thought of you brings up images of long taxi lines, incredibly crowded showroom floors, and nights with too many parties for any one person to actually attend. It may have gotten too big for its own good, but it does indeed bring prime opportunities for networking with professionals across many industries. Before arriving in Vegas though, it’s important to plan what you’ll do to ensure you get the most out of your attendance. Otherwise, you may find you’ve spent several days learning about tech products with not much benefit to your own business’s growth. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 3, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA mountain rescue team were deployed after a couple and their dogs became stranded on sheet ice near the Staffordshire Moorlands/Derbyshire border as Storm Deirdre hit the UK. Buxton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) were called for after the pair, who live locally, left the A53 at Axe Edge and tried to return to their home in the Brandside area at around 3.30pm yesterday (Saturday December 15). The couple, and their dogs, were helped by rescuers wearing microspikes who took them to stay with relatives in Whaley as bad weather hit the region. A spokesman for BMRT, an independent charity which relies on fundraising, said: “Due to being unable to reach home, the lady was left without her prescribed medication. Read MoreHow YOU can help Chester Zoo after major fire breaks out “The team called into Clowes Chemist on Cavendish Parade in Buxton, who was more than happy to help and issued an emergency prescription.” A Met Office Amber Weather Warning for Ice was in force across a large swathe of the area but expired at 6am this morning (Sunday December 16) – with a yellow weather warning for snow and ice also no longer in force. A number of vehicles were involved in accidents or became stranded on ice in the Staffordshire Moorlands on Saturday, with police in the area warning of extreme weather in areas including Morridge Top. Brown Lane in Flash was also closed briefly but has now reopened. Read MorePlans for £42m road development in town revealed Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the A54 remains closed between Buxton and Bosley due to ice – with a number of accidents reported on the route on Saturday and fallen trees reported elsewhere in Cheshire East. At around 9.30pm on Saturday night Cheshire Police confirmed the nearby A537, known as the Cat and Fiddle Road, remained open. A police spokesman said: “On the high ground of the A537, there is still a lot of ice. The road is clear at the time of writing, but travel with care. The A54 will remain closed overnight as sections of the road are covered in ice. The A54 remains closed due to ice (Image: Cheshire Police) Staffordshire County Council and Cheshire East Council both said yesterday that their gritters would be out overnight. Outdoor markets in Leek were cancelled yesterday – although today’s Sunday Supplement event in the town is set to go ahead as planned. The annual Star Bikers Charity Toy Run in Stoke-on-Trent is also set to take place as scheduled. Read MoreStolen Range Rover hit motorbike, car, two police vehicles and telegraph pole… and now three people have been arrested The latest Met Office Weather forecast for North Staffordshire states: “Early fog patches will possibly be slow to clear this morning. “Then mostly dry with sunny spells before a band of showery rain arrives from the southwest later in the afternoon.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
[photo: Sue & text: Jeff Stein]Walter Parks solo is one thing; Walter with Swamp Cabbage is more like this:“Here is your recipe for making Swamp Cabbage: Get out a big mixing bowl and put in equal parts of ZZ Top, John Campbell, Tom Waits, Leon Redbone, Canned Heat, Otis Taylor and John Lee Hooker. Then add a little water moccasin venom, the heart of an alligator and some miscellaneous toad fluids. Leave this mixture out in the wild of the north Florida swamps for about 10 years with the lid slightly ajar and, you know… see what happens.” Whoah![photo: Sue & text: Jeff Stein]What happened at Arcosanti was a truly electric set, and not just because the instruments were plugged-in. From the very first notes, it was hard for most of the audience to sit still, and by the concert’s end a conga-line of a quarter of the crowd had made its way onstage to dance. All in all, a fantastic evening at Arcosanti on the high desert.Catch Swamp Cabbage as they headline the Ogden, Utah, Music Festival this coming Friday night, June 1. And please plan to visit Acosanti for our next concert, the Juneteenth Jazz Fest, June 16 and 17.[photo & text: Jeff Stein] May 30, 2012Radio WNYC describes Walter Parks, soloist, this way: “A listen to Parks’ soulful Americana rock is to be immersed in warm guitar melodies, smoky vocals and troubadour narratives that gather strength with age.” Aahhhhhhh. [photo: Jagoda, Walter Parks and Jim Devito] [photo: Sue & text: Jeff Stein]This past Sunday night was Walter Parks’ fifth appearance at Arcosanti, the first ever with Swamp Cabbage, the band he formed in 2001 to explore his Southern musical roots.[photo: Scamp Cabbage at practice in the afternoon] [photo: Sue & text: Jeff Stein]After a cookout in the vaults, and in perfect weather, a crowd composed of Arcosantians and many Walter Parks fans from around central Arizona gathered in the Colly Soleri Music Theatre to hear Jacksonville, Florida native, Walter on guitars and vocals; the totally calm and efficient Brooklynite, Jagoda on drums; and from somewhere in between, longtime producer and extraordinary guitarist Jim Devito on bass.
ARRIS has just released a new paper on several opportunities that await service providers at the intersection of television and Big Data, and how collecting the right information and deploying the right systems for analyzing data is crucial.Designing a Big Data approachToday’s changing television landscape is creating vast new opportunities for service providers to apply Big Data techniques and technologies to improve the subscriber experience, streamline operations and enhance the value of their content. This paper explores the many new data sources within the television delivery ecosystem, presents several applications for Big Data, and highlights several information-driven insights derived from a real-world nDVR deployment.