first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – At the last minute before the nominations closed on Friday, Trenten Laarz put his name in for the position of mayor and will now take on the incumbent Dale Bumstead for the position.Bumstead has been mayor since 2013.  According to nomination papers, Laarz is an employee at Jocks Restoration in Dawson Creek.There are six seats open for the rest of Dawson Creek City Council. Incumbents Charlie Parslow, Shaely Wilbur, Cheryl Shuman, and Paul Gevatkoff are officially running for re-election.  New candidates include former mayor and former MLA for Peace River South Blair Lekstrom. Lekstrom previously served two terms as mayor of Dawson Creek prior serving as the South Peace MLA from 2001 to 2013.Jerimy Earl, former Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce President and current Marketing Manager at Lakeview Credit Union has also put his name forward along with Johanna Martens, the owner of Myanna Consulting and Amy Kaempf who is a manager at the local Safeway and David Griffith who manages Richardson Pioneer.The municipal election will take place on October 20, 2018, with the first advanced voting opportunity happening on October 10.last_img read more

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – RCMP responded to a Motor Vehicle Crash East of Chetwynd on Hwy 97 S. On Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 5:05 AM.According to the RCMP, when the police arrived, the driver of the vehicle had left the scene. After a thorough investigation police discover that the vehicle involved had been reported stolen out of Mackenzie BC.With help from members of the community, Chetwynd RCMP was able to track down the driver of the vehicle. The driver, who is well known to police, is a prolific offender from Prince George, the Peace Laird Area and into Alberta. The suspect remains in police custody, pending a future court date and could face charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Break and Enter Tools, and leaving the scene of an accident.The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with information on this matter to call the Chetwynd RCMP at 250 778 9221 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477last_img read more

first_imgThe deadliest cyclone to affect India in recent times was two decades ago which hit Orissa’s capital city Bhubaneswar with a wind speed of over 250 kmph on October 29, 1999. The mighty cyclone caused a storm surge of up to 8 meters onto the coast and torrential rains that followed leading to extensive flooding, killing around 9,658 people. And here’s Fani — the strongest storm in India in two decades, which has hit Odisha on Friday morning and has started making its impact felt. Strong winds swept through Bhubaneswar and the temple town of Puri which also witnessed heavy rain. In the past 30 years, only four extremely severe cyclonic storms have made landfall on Odisha and the Bengal coast. If Fani maintains the intensity as has been predicted by the IMD, it might be the fifth. The cyclone might turn out to be the strongest to hit the eastern coast since ‘Hudhud’ that made landfall on the east coast near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh killing around 100 people and causing damage worth 21,000 crores to that state alone. So, how is the preparedness to combat Fani? The cyclone is being continuously monitored ever since it developed near Sri Lanka and repeated warnings have been issued for the past one week. After every few hours, alerts have been issued for the fishermen and people living in coastal regions and massive emergency preparedness has been put in place. Odisha government has moved over 11 lakh people, including at least 542 pregnant women, to safety in the last 24 hours and advised the public to remain indoors. More than three lakh people have been evacuated from Ganjam district alone and 1.3 lakh from Puri. About 5,000 kitchens are operating to serve people in shelters. Relief commissioners and District Collectors are leading the operations on the ground. Trucks are ready with relief material, including essential supplies such as food, drinking water and medicines. Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik is personally monitoring the situation. Trains and flights have been cancelled. Around 900 cyclone shelters have been set up in Odisha to house the evacuees. Adequate preparations to ensure the maintenance of essential services such as power, telecommunications in the event of damages have also been made. Railways, Civil Aviation and Shipping Ministries have been advised to review their preparedness well in time and ensure the quick resumption of their services in the event of any disruption. The Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations. Army and Air Force units in the three states have also been put on stand-by. Nevertheless, Fani is strong because of the route it has adopted and has been termed as an “extremely severe cyclone”. Fani originated very close to the Equator and has spent a lot of time over the sea that has helped it to gather more moist air from the warm sea which has added to its heft. Over the years, India has learnt to prepare well for such calamities. Especially after ‘Phailin’ that swept through Odisha in 2013, the then head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction lauded the state’s efforts and called it a “landmark success.” Just hope this ‘Fani’ (pronounced as ‘Foni’) as the name has been suggested by Bangladesh which roughly means the hood of a snake, is just not too powerful to trample the spirit of those millions who have woken up to the impending calamity today.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Irrfan Khan, who is currently shooting for a film after a year-long break following his neuroendocrine tumour diagnosis, says he is on the road to recovery but still needs space to heal. The 52-year-old actor received treatment in a London hospital and returned to the country early this year. In a statement, addressed to his “friends in the media”, the actor said he has been getting requests to share his story but needs more time to process it. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”Last few months have been on a road to recovery a period to heal to fight the fatigue and face the reel and real world.” “I am aware of your concern and request to talk to you, share my journey, but I am fathoming it myself inhaling and internalising, taking baby steps to merge my healing with work and trying to experiment the amalgamation of both,” Irrfan said. The actor is currently shooting for Angrezi Medium, the much-anticipated sequel to his 2017 blockbuster Hindi Medium. Irrfan said he was grateful for all the well wishes he received from media.last_img read more

first_imgAlso involved in the program will be recently-named fashiondirector Nina Garcia-the former Elle fashion director and “Project Runway”judge, a Hearst spokesperson tells FOLIO:. When asked about the program’srevenue model, the spokesperson declined to comment.The eight-episode series is set to debut in March 2009. Hoping to tap into the booming reality TV market, Hearst’sMarie Claire has partnered with the Style Network to produce “Running inHeels,” a weekly series chronicling the lives of Marie Claire editors, writersand interns.”This is the first docu-series in the history of themagazine,” Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles said in a statement. Theseries will “offer unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to Marie Claire andthe stylish, smart women who put the magazine together each month,” Coles said.In addition to covering their workdays, “Running in Heels”will capture staffers’ personal lives in an attempt to “uncover what it meansto be a working woman in the cut-throat, exhilarating world of a top fashionand beauty magazine,” Hearst said in the statement. last_img read more

first_imgNEWTON, MA — In partnership with Regis College, Lasell students premiered a production of Footloose: The Musical on Thursday, November 15.The theatrical collaboration paired students from both colleges for a five-show run at Regis’ Eleanor Welch Casey Theatre under the direction of Lori L’Italien, assistant professor of music and program director of performing arts at Lasell.Kyra Walsh, a Wilmington native and member of the class of 2021, was one of 22 Lasell students cast in the show. Walsh played the role of Vi Moore.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Lasell College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Lasell CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Lasell CollegeIn “Education”Wilmington’s Kyra Walsh Enrolls At Lasell CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

first_imgThey may have parted on a bad note but Salman Khan and Sangeeta Bijlani continue to be good friends. A picture of Salman Khan, Mohnish Bahl, Aarti Bahl, Iulia Vantur and Sangeeta Bijlani has been doing the rounds on social media.As per reports, Salman Khan had hosted a hush-hush birthday party for former girlfriend Sangeeta Bijlani. Mohnish Bahl’s wife, Aarti shared a picture from the event on her Instagram handle and since then the picture has received massive comments and likes.Former Indian captain Mohd Azharuddin and his love-life with model-turned-actress Sangeeta Bijlani remained under the spotlight for a very long time. The fact that Sangeeta Bijlani had left superstar Salman Khan and was finding solace in the cricketer was too much for many to digest. It was reported that after dating for a long period, Sangeeta Bijlani and Salman Khan were all set to tie the knot in 1994 but owing to his adultery and non-committal attitude, Sangeeta called off the wedding a few days before the function.As per a report in India.com, Sangeeta had caught Salman Khan red-handed with Somy Ali. Not willing to listen to any of the convincing, Bijlani called off the wedding with a heavy heart. It was during the same phase that Sangeeta Bijlani and Mohd Azharuddin came together for an ad shoot. While Sangeeta had been told that Azhar is a man of very few words, when they met, something in them triggered and the duo got along like a house on fire.Despite having parted ways under not-so-amicable circumstances, the duo continues to remain on cordial terms. While Sangeeta is a constant fixture at all the events by Salman Khan and family, same is the case for Salman Khan when it comes to events hosted by Sangeeta.last_img read more

first_imgIsraeli military launch a missile from the Iron Dome air defence system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, from a position in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on 29 May 2018. Photo : AFPIsrael’s military struck more than 30 “military targets” in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to a barrage of rocket and mortar fire from the Palestinian enclave, the army said.Army spokesman Jonathan Conricus told journalists the rocket and mortar fire at Israel was the most extensive since a 2014 war as was Israel’s response.”We just concluded a significant aerial strike where we struck more than 30 different military targets belonging to terrorist organisations,” Conricus said.”Amongst those a tunnel and different components of military infrastructure belonging to Hamas and to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”Early Tuesday, a barrage of mortar shells from the Gaza Strip were fired at Israel. Most of the some 28 mortar shells were intercepted by Israeli air defences and no injuries were reported.Later in the day, Israel said it intercepted further projectiles fired from the Gaza Strip.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but there was speculation the mortars were fired by Islamic Jihad in revenge for a recent incident that left three of its members dead.Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, said in a statement “what the resistance carried out this morning comes within the framework of the natural right to defend our people”.Tuesday’s incidents came after weeks of deadly demonstrations and clashes along the Gaza-Israel border, beginning on March 30.They peaked on May 14, when at least 61 Palestinians were killed as tens of thousands of Gazans protested and clashes erupted on the same day of the US transfer of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.No Israelis have been killed.last_img read more

first_imgBangladesh Road and Transport Authority (BRTA) launches a 10-day-long training for bus drivers in Dhaka on Monday. Photo: UNBBangladesh Road and Transport Authority (BRTA) on Monday launched a 10-day-long training for bus drivers in Dhaka, reports UNB.Road transport and highways division secretary Nazrul Islam inaugurated the training workshop at BRTA office in Banani aiming to reduce road accidents and raising awareness among drivers.At least 100 bus drivers started training in the first phase and another 100 will attend in the 2nd phase. Gradually drivers from inter-bus services will attend the programme.Transport expert and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) professor Shamshul Huq spoke in the first day of training.BRTA chairman Moshiar Rahman presided over the training where BRTA director Sirajul Islam, Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity (Road Transport Owners Association) general secretary Enayet Ullah, Dhaka Sarak Paribahan Malik-Shramik Oikya Paribahan member secretary Sadiqur Rahman Miah were present.last_img read more

first_img Share Craig LemoultGarbage and debris pile up outside of homes damaged from flooding.Driving around Greater Houston in recent days, you’ve surely seen the debris piles. Heaped at the curbs of many homes and businesses, residents are cleaning out their flood-damaged properties.You’ll see soggy furniture, appliances, stripped-out sheetrock, and countless other belongings destroyed by the murky floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. And then multiply those contents by the thousands of homes affected by the storm and you can’t help but wonder where all this trash will go – and how?Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s making debris collection a priority throughout the city, but he doesn’t know how long that’ll take.“What I’ve said is that we will operate with the highest degree of urgency, that we will expand our capacity, trucks, contracts,” he says.San Antonio has sent contractors to Houston to assist with the effort, and the cities of Austin and Dallas plan to join in as well. With the additional help, the mayor says Houston’s landfills will have no problem accommodating it all.“One thing about Houston, you know, we’re a big city we have capabilities other cities do not have,” he says.The flood damaged 126,000 homes. Houston’s solid waste department says it’ll take on average one large garbage truck per household to remove all the debris.To learn more about efforts to clean up debris in one particular neighborhood, we talk with News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter, who’s been covering this story. She recently talked with a family in southeast Houston that’s trying to clean out their flooded house. And she talked with a supervisor with the city’s Solid Waste Department who’s working the neighborhood.last_img read more

first_img Share APThis undated artist rendering provided by the Galveston Police Department shows a depiction of a boy that police are asking for the public’s help to identify. The young boy’s body was found on a beach in Southeast Texas. Galveston police say the boy, aged 3 to 5 years, was found Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Police are sifting through hundreds of tips and leads to discover the name of the little boy whose body was found on a deserted beach in Southeast Texas last week. (The Galveston Police Department via AP)The mother of a 4-year-old boy whose naked body was found on a South Texas beach last year admitted to authorities that she beat him and denied him medical care after he suffered a head injury from running into a wall, then drove to Galveston in the middle of the night and dumped the body in the water, according to court documents.Galveston police identified the child as Jayden Alexander Lopez. Authorities had named him “Little Jacob” after no one came forward to report him missing.Galveston police chief Vernon Hale announced Wednesday that the child’s mother, Rebecca Rivera, and her girlfriend Dania Amezquita-Gomez, had been arrested and charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence.An affidavit says Rivera, in an interview on Tuesday, told authorities she woke up in the middle of the night after her son had died, carried his body to her vehicle and drove to Galveston with her other young child and Amezquita-Gomez.According to an affidavit, she said she put her dead son into the water because he went to the beach previously and he liked the water.Last month, in an interview with authorities, Amezquita-Gomez acknowledged being in the vehicle but did not give any other details about where they went or about the dead child being in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. She reported being too drunk to remember the details.APThis undated photo provided by the Galveston Police Department shows Rebecca Rivera. Galveston police on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, announced that the unidentified 4-year-old boy whose body was found eight months ago washed ashore in South Texas had now been identified as Jayden Alexander Lopez, and his mother, Rivera, and her girlfriend have been arrested and are charged with fabricating or tampering with physical evidence. Investigators say they’re trying to determine whether the mother was connected to her son’s death. (The Galveston Police Department via AP)Rivera admitted that she abused the boy, saying “she was stressed out and took this out on Jayden by striking him with ‘whatever I could find,’” according to the court documents.Rivera told authorities that about two weeks before the boy’s death, he had bumped into a wall, causing a head injury. Rivera told police she used alcohol to clean the injury but she and her girlfriend began to argue, causing the alcohol to spill onto the child’s face.According to the court documents, she said her child’s face started to swell, and over the next two weeks his health “deteriorated.” He reportedly complained of stomach aches and became visibly more lethargic, the mother told police.Rivera also told police her girlfriend blamed the child for problems in the couple’s relationship, the affidavit says.Jail records did not list attorneys for either woman.Bryan Gaines, a supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI, called the crime “appalling” at a press conference Wednesday announcing the arrests.“No one reported Jayden as missing. No one was looking for Jayden. Jayden had no advocate other than us,” he said. “Someone took a beautiful, innocent child and discarded him in the ocean as if he was a piece of trash.”Investigators made the unusual move of releasing a photo of the face of the dead boy earlier this year, hoping it would generate new leads about his identity. Authorities had previously released a sketch of the child with a phone number to call with tips. Police on Wednesday said tips led to a possible name for the boy and a DNA comparison led to the positive identification.Lois Gibson, the forensic artist who created the sketch, said she was at home when she heard news of a break in the case.“I cried, I cried with relief,” said Gibson, who works as forensic artist at the Houston Police Department.last_img read more

first_imgA collaborative production inspired by the stories, struggles, dreams and hopes of a motley group of teenagers titled Walk! was staged at Studio Safdar on May 22 – 23. The show was born out of a four month intensive arts-for-social-change curriculum, in which 12 teenagers, cutting across barriers of caste, class, gender, religion, and nationality, came together to teach each other about the social issues that affect them most deeply as well as the changes they dream of.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Walk! was based on the lives and stories of the cast members; while no one plays their own part, the stories are all true. Facilitated by Tasawwur, a collective of artistes and educators, the show brought together song, choreography, tableaus, and stories to take the audience through the world these young people inhabit and the more inclusive world that they dream of.Tasawwur was started by Delhi based poet and educator, Aditi Rao. Tasawwur brings together a diverse group of teenagers to explore and transform some of the most complex social issues they grapple with. Using creative writing and performing arts to support these young people on their explorations, Tasawwur helps them discover their unique voices and stories, while creating an atmosphere of care and respect for the voices and stories of others, and ultimately using their collective voice to effect positive change in the world.last_img read more

first_imgOctober 21, 2009 2 min read This story appears in the November 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Wireless internet access, for all its charms, remains a fickle friend. Not everyone can afford a 3G mobile broadband-equipped laptop, and Wi-Fi hotspots are neither ubiquitous nor always reliable. (When Wi-Fi access runs slow at the coffeehouse, count the accusing stares that shoot back and forth over the lattes as everyone tries to figure out who is watching Hulu.)Like so many things, wireless internet would be better if you could have it to yourself. You may be able to with the MiFi 2200 Wi-Fi device being offered by Verizon Wireless and Sprint. The MiFi is a pocket-sized router/modem made by Novatel Wireless that converts a 3G signal to Wi-Fi. That allows Wi-Fi devices within 30 square feet to link to the internet, provided it has the MiFi’s network access code.Michael Ross, director of business distribution for Verizon Wireless, says the MiFi could be valuable when a business needs a temporary office. “For example, if a small-business construction customer needs to be on the job site, a MiFi set up in an administrative trailer could mean the administrative assistant is accessing company e-mail, the project manager is using a laptop to get to the internet for information, and the operations manager is reviewing behind the firewall inventory shipment schedules,” he says. (Presumably, no one here is watching Hulu.)The MiFi costs $100 from Verizon Wireless and Sprint, and the monthly service plan is similar to what you would get from a 3G plan: 250 MB for about $40 (some 3G plans offer only 50 MB for that price), or 5 GB for about $60. It offers about five hours of full internet use, and 40 hours on standby before needing a recharge.Capable of supporting as many as five connections, the MiFi can be a bridge for all those with multiple Wi-Fi accounts, mobile broadband accounts and devices to be connected to the internet at the same time. You could even share the signal with someone you don’t know at all, if that’s how you roll. –D.O. Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happenslast_img read more

first_img Listen Now 6 min read January 25, 2011 The secret to surviving this Great Recession may turn out to be how you manage working capital–the difference between the money you’ve been paid and the cash you owe.The good news is that clever startups are coming to market with big new ideas intended not only to change the way small businesses handle money, but in some cases to also cut out big, bad, TARP-grabbing traditional banks altogether.”The market is beginning to understand how much value there is in unlocking what is not working in the financial infrastructure,” says Aaron Patzer, vice president of the Personal Finance Group at Intuit and founder of Mint.com, the online personal finance site Intuit purchased last year.Here then, is how to get the most out of next-gen working capital.1. Put future sales to workThe old-school small-business dynamic of paying a bill by the agreed-upon due date or face usurious late fees is disappearing. BillFloat, based in San Francisco, is launching micro-credit for small business. Using investment and tech backing from online giant PayPal, BillFloat will provide as much as $1,000 of unsecured credit for 30 days to pay any bill.BillFloat charges a flat rate for each micro loan. Fees during the current beta period, for example, are $4.99 per bill for a $50 loan and as much as $14.06 to pay a $225 bill. This fee combines a 3 percent monthly interest rate and a flat service charge per bill. Lendees have 30 days to repay and can extend terms as long as they notify BillFloat. Interest continues to accrue while the balance is outstanding.Traditional banks also are morphing into financing innovators. Capital Access Network has created a product called AdvanceMe that provides working capital based on a company’s estimated future credit card transactions. The outfit also reviews other factors–including whether a company has a minimum monthly credit volume of $5,000–before agreeing to provide a lump sum. The Scarsdale, N.Y., company says the approach lets firms with lower credit scores qualify for loans.Clearly, new financing options like these will strain some small businesses. For example, as low-cost as BillFloat might be compared with charges for bounced checks, 3 percent per month works out to a near-Sopranos level of 36 percent annually. And financing tools like those offered from Capital Access Network require sophisticated accounting because, technically, the cash is not a loan, but a form of accelerated sale. Companies will need to think through options to be sure these deals make business sense.2. Get your money fasterConsidering all the innovation in digital technology and the web, small-business billing is still almost ludicrously old-fashioned snail-mail paper bills and paper checks or fast but pricey web-based billing and payment services. Now third parties are offering new ways to expedite inbound cash.Invoicera, based in New Delhi, provides services like international billing, multiple payment gateway support, fiscal team management and automatic billing. Basic tools are free, and $10 a month buys access for as many as 25 users and more features. The system requires at least a working knowledge of accounting to use properly.Bill.com in Palo Alto, Calif., offers a near-enterprise-grade billing and invoicing tool that extends to managing payroll and billing options via the web. “Small-business owners are beginning to demand the kind of controls they have in their personal banking tools from the business tools,” says Jeff Schultz, Bill.com’s vice president of marketing.Traditional financial service firms are not far behind. Charge card giant American Express is betting on a new payment service that ties web payment options, financing and other services to small-business invoices.The rub with all these is cost. American Express charges to manage receivables. Fees are complex and vary by amount and product used, but entry-level accounts cost 2.89 percent of each bill, plus 15 cents per transaction. Bill.com’s service starts at $20 per month, plus 99 cents per check and 49 cents per electronic transaction. So firms must be careful not to get buried by these costs.3. Lose the payroll, the paper and even the branchBankSimple is angling to offer all the services of a bank without the actual building. The Brooklyn, N.Y., firm is establishing a web-based financial system that will offer free ATMs, automated money management, smartphone bank deposits and free online bill payment with what the firm claims are no hidden fees and far lower costs than traditional banks.New banking hybrids are springing up fast. Austin, Texas-based MPOWER Ventures, through its prepaid debit card brand Mango Financial, recently opened its first “Mango Store” in Austin. A lower-cost alternative to high-priced check cashing, Mango’s new retail location provides prepaid MasterCards, mobile money transfers and free alternatives to many financial transactions. The service gives small businesses not only new payroll options, but also lets their employees cash checks less expensively. Mango will offer payment options for small businesses looking to pay employees in cash. It hopes to open stores across the country on a march to become the Starbucks of next-gen banking.PayNearMe is looking to do away not only with paper checks, but paper money, too. The Mountain View, Calif., company has pioneered the use of bar-coded vouchers, which any desktop imaging device can produce and which can be used to pay for anything from goods at 7-Eleven stores to rental cars from firms like Avis.There are risks for these services. Fees are higher for working through third-party ATMs, and the tax implications are significant. The IRS likes to know where your money is.4. Smarter point-of-sale For sheer innovation, it’s tough to beat the changes coming at the point-of-sale. One of the most cutting-edge is Palo Alto-based Bling Nation, which is trying to deploy a system that lets small firms create on-the-fly loyalty programs. The cash-back and points system works through BlingTag, a fob that attaches to the back of any mobile device–no cash or credit card needed. The BlingTag lets merchants track purchases, reward customers and offer discounts almost automatically.Firms like Plastic Jungle, meanwhile, are in the $30 billion market of uncashed gift cards. The San Jose, Calif., firm buys the remaining balances on unused or unwanted gift cards both from users and businesses, then resells this purchasing power to buyers using its Gift Card Exchange. Spreads range from 30 percent to 92 percent of face value, depending on the retailer and value of the gift card. “If you have gift cards on your books, this is a new way to get working capital,” says Bruce Bower, CEO of Plastic Jungle.Again, there are drawbacks. Bling Nation must work with existing credit card vendors, which can be challenging. And gift cards face steep competition from prepaid debit cards that replicate the gift card experience but can work with any retailer.”All this activity does bring excitement to the market,” says Patzer of Intuit, in Mountain View, Calif. “But getting from a good idea to a good business takes awhile.”Corrections & Amplifications: An earlier version of this article misidentified the maker of AdvanceMe in its second reference. It is Capital Access Network. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. This story appears in the February 2011 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

first_imgVoddler has launched a movie streaming service with Dolby’s Digital Plus audio for certain smart phones.The Scandinavia-based video-on-demand operator said the service, which at launch is available on Nokia smart phones, is the first of its kind and delivers cinematic surround sound to the mobile devices.last_img

first_imgOn-demand TV software specialist Espial is acquiring IPTV technology company ANT.Espial will acquire all outstanding shares in ANT in a deal that values the company at £5 million (€6.1 million). The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2013.Espial said it hoped the acquisition would lead to increased revenues and customer base, an expanded customer footprint in Europe, North America and Asia along with additional intellectual property including client and user experience products, technologies and patents.“Multiscreen video services on set-top boxes, smart TVs, tablets, PCs and smart phones are quickly becoming the new expectation for today’s consumers. Delivering a superior user experience across these devices is a critical element to the success of TV service providers” said Jaison Dolvane, CEO of Espial. “The acquisition of ANT provides Espial with the increased scale, resources and depth of experience to extend our HTML5 market leadership. ANT provides rich expertise in delivering HTML5 user interfaces and applications as well as delivering complex vertically integrated client software solutions. We believe the acquisition of ANT will extend our capabilities to establish Espial as a clear market leader as TV service providers aggressively move to IP video delivery. We’re excited about this combination and are committed to continue working with ANT’s existing customers and partners to ensure their ongoing success”.last_img read more

first_imgTechnology firms and device manufacturers ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG aim have agreed to set up a smart home software platform consortium in Germany. The firms have signed a memorandum of understanding and, subject to antitrust approval, said they plan to develop an open architecture for data exchange that will allow different devices and services – ranging from security to entertainment – to exchange information with each other.The firms said that a common platform like this has not been available before now and that they aim to make different devices compatible with each other and able to communicate over WiFi and wired connections.“This consortium represents an opportunity to bring together a variety of business ecosystem partners, all working together to help make the ‘internet of things’ for the home a reality. Cisco is looking forward to participating in the consortium and creating a standard that allows consumers to experience a connected home,” said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Software & Solutions Group.last_img read more