Twitter Analytics Outfit Topsy Extends Its Tweet Index Back To The Beginning

first_imgTags:#analytics#data#now#Topsy#twitter Topsy, a social analytics platform for searching and analyzing tweets, announced today that its data history will now include public tweets dating back to Twitter’s hatching in March 2006. Users will be able to track the number of times an account was mentioned, how many users a given tweet potentially reached, and the general location and sentiment of tweets on particular topics throughout the history of the service. Prior to this update, Topsy’s data index only extended back to July 2010. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img readwrite Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img

CCTV footage emerges of Chandigarh stalking

first_imgHaryana ‘stalking’ case: CCTV cameras along route ‘non-functional’, say police  Informed sources said the Chandigarh police had got footage from at least five CCTV cameras that shows the victim’s vehicle being chased. But whether the feed is from private cameras or from those installed by the administration is yet to be confirmed by the police.The police have been facing flak for not invoking Sections 365 (kidnapping) and 511 (attempt to commit offences punishable with imprisonment) of the IPC. But they have been maintaining that they are in the process of gathering and analysing the CCTV footage.AIDWA demandMembers of the All India Democratic Women’s Association led a march against the police for allegedly diluting the charges against the two accused. AIDWA members marched from Yavnika Garden in Panchkula towards the residence of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar but were stopped by the police.“Police should add non-bailable sections in the FIR against the two men. Besides, the accused’s father, Subhash Barala, should resign as president of the BJP’s Haryana unit. As his party is in power at both the Centre and Haryana, Mr. Barala could influence the case and investigations,” said Subhashini Ali, national vice-president of AIDWA.Ms. Ali condemned the BJP for shaming the victim on the social media by using her old photos and questioning her lifestyle. Statements by BJP leaders on Beti bachao beti padhao was hollow.Later, an AIDWA delegation met Mr. Khattar and gave a memorandum demanding inclusion of charges of kidnapping and outraging the modesty of a woman in the FIR.All India Mahila Congress representatives met Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and submitted a memorandum, to be sent to the Prime Minister, and demanded the immediate arrest of the accused.“First the Chandigarh police dropped the serious charges of attempt to kidnap and outraging the modesty of women. Later, the CCTV on the route of the incident went non-functional, but yet the police are silent on the issues, which indicates that the BJP leaders are trying to influence the probe,” said Shobha Oza, president, AIMC.Women members of the Indian National Lok Dal ( staged a protest and shouted slogans against the BJP and its Haryana president in Chandigarh. They demanded the arrest of the accused and resignation of Mr. Subhash Barala.Mr. Barala said, “The law would take its own course and there was no attempt to influence the probe” After CCTV footage of a white sports utility vehicle following the victim’s car in the ‘Chandigarh stalking case’ emerged on social media on Tuesday, the clamour against the police and BJP leaders has intensified. Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, whose son Vikas is involved in the incident broke his silence, saying there was no attempt to influence the investigation, and the victim was like his own daughter.Members of several political parties staged protests in Chandigarh and Haryana demanding the arrest of Vikas and his friend Ashish, who are facing charges of alleged stalking and harassment of a young woman, daughter of an IAS officer.The two were released soon after their arrest on Friday night.Even after the CCTV footage surfaced on Tuesday, which apparently could corroborate the charges of kidnapping by the victim in the complaint, the Chandigarh police are silent on the progress in the case.Also Readlast_img read more

India can aim for athletics medal in 2020:High Performance Dir

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) Indias newly-appointed Athletics High Performance Director Derek Boosey feels the country has a realistic chance of winning an elusive track-and-field medal in the 2020 Olympics provided the focus is on “talented” juniors. The 73-year-old, who was born in Pune and has an ancestral connection with India, became the first High Performance Director for Athletics in October last year. “We need to focus on juniors. There is a lot of talent among the juniors in this country. In the 2020 Olympics, we can seriously plan for a medal and we can plan on juniors. That is the objective,” the 1968 Mexico City Olympian told PTI in an interview. “You need to plan. We can win medals in 2020, why not? For that we need very good Indian coaches, many more than we have now. And we need all-weather (Indoor) facilities in four -five cities in the country,” said the former triple jumper. India has not won a single athletics medal in the Olympics though a few athletes have reached the finals. Elaborating on the need for a bigger pool of internationally qualified coaches, Boosey said, “We need to have domestic coaches who have passed IAAF coaching levels 1, 2, 3 or 4 etc. The foreign coaches we have now are very good but we need domestic coaches in the long run. “It will take some time to have internationally qualified domestic coaches in large numbers. But we have to start,” said Boosey, who holds citizenship of the USA, United Kingdom and Canada, though he currently uses the American passport. Asked if he felt that India lacks in athletics infrastructure, he said, “The infrastructure is good and the Sports Authority of India has done well. But we cannot depend on the government alone. “We need indoor centres in New Delhi, Patiala, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram and may be in Pune. We need all-weather facilities so that athletes can train throughout the year in the country. “There are good facilities at Ooty and a Center of Excellence will be coming up at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi,” he said. Boosey has worked in several capacities in various countries as head coach and consultant of national teams, as top administrator of major Games and marketing head of national athletics bodies and companies like Nike. He has also published coaching manuals which were approved by the IAAF for its development programmes throughout the world. MORE PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane receive Arjuna awards

first_imgSports Minister Vijay Goel gave away Arjuna Awards to cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane at a function held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Friday.Rohit Sharma was given the Arjuna Award for the year 2015 and Ajinkya Rahane for 2016. Sharma and Rahane could not earlier receive the Arjuna Awards from the President as they were participating in international tournaments, a Press Information Bureau release said. (Also read: Cheteshwar Pujara should play ahead of Rohit Sharma: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Speaking on the occasion Goel said that while there is no doubt that cricket is among the most popular games in India, the current government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to promote indigenous and other sports as well.He added that the recent successes of athletes at the ongoing Rio Paralympics have made every Indian proud. (Also read: Defence will be the key against Kiwi spinners: Ajinkya Rahane to India Today)The Arjuna Awards, instituted in 1961, are given to sportspersons for consistently outstanding performance for four years preceding the year of award and who have also shown qualities of leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline.The awardees are given a statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress and award money of Rs.5 lakh.last_img read more

Winter Olympics: Kim Jong Un’s love of sport could be making of Games

first_imgAs Olympic officials try to persuade North Korea to join what they hope will be a peaceful winter Games in the South in February, leader Kim Jong Un has a weakness that may help them: He loves sport.Kim has traded insults and nuclear threats with U.S. President Donald Trump for months, raising concerns that the Games, due to be held at an alpine resort 80 km (50 miles) from the world’s most heavily fortified border, could be marred by political tensions, or worse.Economic sanctions on the reclusive nation are mounting but the sporting world and South Korea are doing everything in their power to try to coax Pyongyang to accept an invitation to the Games and relieve geopolitical tensions that have hurt ticket sales.”We are doing our utmost for the North’s participation,” said Song Ki-hun, a lawmaker with South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s party. “But Kim Jong Un is very unpredictable,” added Song. He is based near the Games venue and sits on a special parliamentary committee to support the Pyeongchang Olympics.Kim, a basketball fan who counts former NBA star Dennis Rodman as a friend, has boosted spending on sports as part of his ambition to turn the North into a “sports power.”If the North joins the Games, it would mark the first time in post-war Olympic history that a country has hosted a team from a nation with which it is officially at war. The Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice, not a peace treaty.advertisementThe last time South Korea hosted the Olympics, the 1988 summer Games in Seoul, North Korea’s founding father, Kim Il Sung, boycotted them after a plan to co-host them fell apart.”With North Korea there, things will be smoother,” said a European official from a winter sports federation, asking not to be identified because of the political sensitivity of the subject. “The Games will only be really successful if they are smooth. If the United States, North Korea and China all have their teams in South Korea then that will be a success.”The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the prospect of U.S. athletes competing with North Korea, a country Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” if provoked.North Korea missed an Oct. 31 deadline to accept invitations from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and South Korea to join the Games. But Games officials have said the North could wait until shortly before the Games to say whether it will join.The IOC said its help so far has mainly been with travel and competition costs, and it will consider wild-card entries for those who do not meet qualification standards.Seoul has said it is even open to forming a unified North-South ice hockey team. Pyongyang’s IOC representative dismissed that idea in a recent media interview, but a South Korean culture ministry official said Seoul had not abandoned it.Seoul’s other gestures include a rare proposal for North Korean athletes to enter the South by walking across the border at Panmunjom, the tense and heavily guarded “truce village” where the 1953 armistice was signed.GOING FOR GLORYKim Jong Un, grandson of founder Kim Il Sung, has made sport a major focus of his plan to improve living standards. Since he assumed power in 2011, spending on sport in the nation’s annual budgets has risen faster than most other areas, according to state media reports.The reports, which only give percentage data, include a record 17 percent jump in funding in 2014 when Kim set out his ambition for sports in an open letter to his Workers’ Party.He urged the party and athletes to help make sport part of daily life and uphold “the party’s plan of building our country into a sports power, sweat more in training in order to bring glory to the country by winning gold medals.”He also had school textbooks revised to say that he began shooting a gun at age 3, was off-road driving before turning 8, and had twice beaten foreign master mariners in ship races, according to the Institute for National Security Strategy, the think tank of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service in Seoul. Reuters could not verify that report.Simon Cockerell, head of Beijing-based Koryo Tours, which has brought competitors to the North for events ranging from the Pyongyang Marathon to Frisbee-throwing and cricket, said he had noticed an increasing focus on sports under Kim.”More events seem to be happening, DPRK sports teams are travelling more than ever, and success is celebrated more than before,” said Cockerell, using the North’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.advertisementAt the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, North Korea’s athletes won 11 gold medals, ranking sixth, and were welcomed with a victory parade and a banquet with Kim who thanked them for validating the “party’s plan for building a sports powerhouse.”The North is developing sports grounds and arenas, according to Curtis Melvin, of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, where satellite imagery is used to map the North’s economic development.”Satellite imagery shows lots of park renovation and construction of skate and sports parks, even in very remote areas,” Melvin said.Kim Jong Un, who studied in the Swiss capital Bern and according to former classmates went on school ski trips in the Alps, has already built a ski resort.HOCKEY STICKS So far, only two North Korean athletes have qualified for the Games: figure-skating pair Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, whose routines have been set to music by The Beatles and Ginette Reno’s “Je ne suis qu’une chanson.”An IOC official said others could qualify for cross-country skiing, and possibly speed skating and biathlon, a combination of skiing and shooting.Even if they do not, Games organising committee chief Lee Hee-beom told Reuters athletes may be invited to compete – a common Olympics practice to encourage participation by underdogs, for instance athletes from a tropical country in a winter sport. One famous example brought a Jamaican bobsleigh team to Calgary in 1988. That inspired a movie based on their exploits.An extra problem for North Korea could be sanctions. In March last year, the U.N. Security Council added “recreational sports equipment” to a list of luxury goods banned from export to the state. North Korea’s National Sports Guidance Committee has accused Washington of using the United Nations to stretch “its tentacles deep into the area of sports.”When the North Korean ice hockey team arrived in New Zealand last April for the World Championships, the sport’s international body arranged to equip them with 50 new sticks which it would be impossible to export to the North, a New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation official said.The team handed back the sticks at the airport on their way home, a New Zealand Customs Service spokeswoman said.last_img read more

DFDS Buying Ferry Duo to Service New SwedenBelgium Route

first_imgzoomSource: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; Image by: Alicia Fagerving Danish shipping and logistics company DFDS has reached an agreement to purchase two freight ferries that will service its new route between Gothenburg, Sweden, and Zeebrugge, Belgium. The company said that the ferries in question are the 2000-built Slingeborg and Schieborg, featuring around 12,500 dwt. The units would be acquired from third party owners for DKK 270 million (USD 40.5 million).VesselsValue data shows that the vessels are operated by the Netherlands-based Wagenborg Shipping.In addition to the two newly-acquired units, DFDS will transferred one freight ferry to the new route from its existing route between Gothenburg and Ghent that currently deploys four freight ferries.The connection between Gothenburg, Sweden, and Zeebrugge, Belgium is expected to begin operating mid June, 2019 and reach revenue in excess of DKK 300 million in 2020, according to the company.DFDS will open the route on the back of a 5-year agreement with the provider of renewable solutions Stora Enso to annually carry around 700,000 tons of paper and board products between Gothenburg and Zeebrugge. Stora Enso has the option to extend the agreement by three years.Separately, DFDS released its first quarter of 2019 financial report, in which it said its revenue and EBITDA increased, while outlook for 2019 remains unchanged with regard to revenue and earnings.Revenue was up by 11% to DKK 3.9 billion driven by the expansion in the Mediterranean and stockpiling in UK ahead of the initial Brexit-date end of March. EBITDA before special items rose by 13% to DKK 677 million driven by the Mediterranean expansion and strong performance in North Sea.Profit for the period dropped to to DKK 120 million, compared to DKK 157 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.“The continued expansion of our network drives DFDS’ growth in 2019 and beyond. Despite current headwinds in some markets, we are on track to deliver on our outlook for the year,” Torben Carlsen, CEO, said.last_img read more

Air Canada risks a boycott after it refers to Taiwan as being

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Canada could face a boycott from Taiwanese travellers after the airline joined a growing list of air carriers that have reportedly bowed to Chinese pressure by listing the capital of Taiwan as a part of China on its booking website.The Montreal-based airline started a route between Vancouver and Taipei last June. On Tuesday, its customer site listed flights to Taipei, CN, rather than to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as Chinese territory.In addition to referring to Taipei as part of China during the booking process, a page on Air Canada’s website trumpeting new international destinations refers to Taipei, China.However, Taiwan is still called a country in results from a web search of the route from Vancouver and on its flight timetable effective May 24 to Aug. 26.China’s Civil Aviation Administration has demanded the change from 36 foreign airlines, including some American carriers, according to the White House.Malaysia Airlines and British Airways are among the carriers that have added CN to Taipei on its websites.The government of Chinese President Xi Jinping has been increasingly assertive about its claims to Taiwan, which it regards as a renegade province and has threatened use military force to bring under its control.Air Canada declined to respond to questions about the company’s decision or whether the country affiliation had been recently changed, but published reports say the Chinese government wrote letters to several airlines requesting the change.“Air Canada’s policy is to comply with all requirements in all worldwide jurisdictions to which we fly,” spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said in a statement.Canada’s other major air carrier, WestJet Airlines, doesn’t fly to Taiwan or mainland China and the destinations are not searchable on its website.The president of the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in B.C. said Tuesday he believes Air Canada agreed to make the change because the airline is eager to have new routes to China. Air Canada is in the process of negotiating a joint venture with Air China, which the Canadian airline said was expected to be completed in the spring.“If they treat the Taiwan people so unfriendly I think most of the people from Taiwan will choose other carriers instead of Air Canada,” said Charles Chang.Chang, who is also general manager of Formosa Travel, said he believes Air Canada made the change one or two days ago. It is ridiculous that Air Canada refers to Taiwan in this way, he said, adding that he plans to send a letter of protest to the airline.A spokesman for Global Affairs Canada said by email that it was up to the company to determine its policy.“Air Canada is a private company and responsible for the contents of its website. Canada’s long-standing position on this issue has not changed.”Delta Air Lines, hotel operator Marriott, fashion brand Zara and other companies have apologized to China for referring to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet as countries on websites or promotional material.The U.S. clothing retailer Gap apologized Tuesday for selling T-shirts with a map of China that didn’t include self-ruled Taiwan, the latest example of corporate kowtowing to Beijing.The company took action after photos began circulating on Chinese social media of a T-shirt showing a map of China which appeared to omit Taiwan, southern Tibet and the disputed South China Sea, the state-owned Global Times said, adding that it drew hundreds of complaints on China’s Weibo microblogging platform.The White House has condemned China’s efforts to control how U.S. airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, saying the push to make them comply with Chinese standards is “Orwellian nonsense.”China dismissed that criticism, saying companies operating in the country must respect its sovereignty.Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters that China pressuring companies like Gap to change how they refer to Taiwan was “rather unfortunate in terms of cross-strait relations” and would push its residents “further and further away” rather than winning their “hearts and minds.”— With files from The Associated PressFollow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)last_img read more

Staterun UAE firm inks longterm agreement for base oil sales in India

first_imgDubai: The UAE’s state-run oil company ADNOC has signed a long-term sales agreement with the Indian Oil Corporation for its high-quality base oil ADbase. Indian Oil will use the ADbase oils to manufacture high end engine oils for India’s growing automotive sector, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) made the announced on Tuesday. “The signing of this important sales agreement with another major base oil consumer in a large and growing market is testament to the quality and reliability of ADNOC’s Group III base oil ADbase,” said Ahmad Bin Thalith, Acting Senior Vice President of Refined Products Sales, in ADNOC’s Marketing, Supply and Trading directorate. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We look forward to working with IndianOil and to increasing the supply of ADbase to the Indian market, which continues to see strong demand for high quality base oil and finished lubricants,” Thalith said. Indian Oil is the largest seller of finished lubricants in the Indian market with approximate volume of 450,000 tonnes per annum. The total Indian market for finished lubricants is two million tonnes and is growing at the rate of 2.4 per cent per annum. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSubimal Mondal, Executive Director (Lubes) at Indian Oil said: “Indian Oil is a long-standing partner of ADNOC and we look forward to building on and strengthening the links between our two companies. The high quality of ADNOC’s ADbase product, combined with strong logistics support and the proximity of the UAE to India, was key in our decision to sign this agreement”. The signing of this agreement follows a recent signing with Xiamen Sinolook Oil Company to supply ADbase into China, and the 2017 and 2018 exclusive agreements with Penthol C V, and Chemlube for the supply of ADbase into the US and Europe. ADNOC Refining, an ADNOC subsidiary, produces up to 500,000 metric tonnes per year of Group III base oil and around 100,000 metric tonnes per year of Group II base oil, at its Ruwais refinery. Murban, Abu Dhabi’s light, high paraffinic crude is used as feedstock for ADNOC’s Base Oil plant, which ensures a consistent, high quality product. ADbase has a high Viscosity Index (VI) making it an ideal lubricant component, ensuring efficiency and fuel economy for high performance engines, while meeting ever stringent environmental regulations.last_img read more

UN calls for action in Lanka

S.B. Divaratne, Secretary to the Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security particularly commended the contribution and teamwork by the humanitarian relief workers, international community and donors “with absolute gratefulness” for assisting the Government of Sri Lanka in providing speedy recovery and resettlement for the people affected by the armed conflict and natural disasters.He anticipates continuing and strengthening that team effort through conducting a joint needs assessment to identify the residual humanitarian needs in the country. (Colombo Gazette) The United Nations says it is time for less talk and more action In Sri Lanka.The UN Resident Coordinator for Sri Lanka Subinay Nandy, said the humanitarian community together with the Government of Sri Lanka provided timely action to resettle over 480,000 IDPs within four years from the end of armed conflict in 2009 and provided necessary humanitarian and early recovery assistance. “it is time for less talk and more action”. he said. He said this to mark World Humanitarian Day today which was commemorated in Sri Lanka by the United Nations and the broader humanitarian community together with the Government of Sri Lanka, members of the diplomatic corps and the people of Sri Lanka at the UN compound. Senior government officials, heads of missions, heads of UN agencies and INGOs attended the event. read more