Journalists continue to be harassed in different ways throughout the Middle East

first_img News SYRIAReuters television producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were released on 28 March after being held for two days but Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that two other journalists were arrested on 27 March. The London-based Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre identified them as Doha Hassan, who works for Orient TV and several websites, and Zaher Omareen. Reporters Without Borders has been told they are being held at the General Directorate for State Security in Damascus.Reuters announced on 28 March that Basma and Baltaji were in good health and back in Lebanon, their country of origin, after being held by the Syrian authorities for two days. A Syrian official said they were arrested because they did not have work permits and were filming in an area where no filming was allowed.As previously reported, the Syrian authorities have also withdrawn the accreditation of the Reuters correspondent in Damascus, Khaled Ya’qoub Oweis, accusing him of filing “unprofessional and false” reports, and have banned the media from visiting the southern city of Deraa (http://en.rsf.org/syria-reuters-news-agency-targeted-by-28-03-2011,39894…).JORDANAt least 10 Jordanian journalists were physically attacked when the security forces used batons and tear-gas to clear the camp that the young protesters of the “24 March Movement” had established in Amman’s Abdel Nasser Square (also known as Dakhliyeh Circle):- Firas Nassan, the editor of the newspaper Al-Ghad’s website, was injured when his ankle was hit by a stone and had to be taken to hospital.- Aziza Ali, a woman journalist who works for Al-Ghad’s arts and culture section, also had to be hospitalized.- The photographer Saher Guidara sustained an injury to a foot from by stones thrown by thugs. He said he was surprised by “stones raining from the sky.”- The head of Al-Ghad’s photo department, Mohammed Abu Ghosh, and the Chinese agency Xinhua’s photographer, Numan Al-Qazaa, were prevented from filming and were threatened with being beaten.- Thugs armed with sticks attacked the photographer Mohammed Hanoun and a cameraman working for the satellite TV station Al-Quds.- A Reuters photographer was attacked by members of the security forces.- The regional director of the satellite TV station Al-Arabiya, Saad Silawi, was attacked by members of the security forces as he was covering their use of force to disperse the protesters. His video camera was broken.- His colleague, Ghassan Abou Louz, was prevented from filming.Nidal Mansour, the head of the Centre for Defending the Freedom of Journalists, issued a statement condemning the government’s silence about the attacks on demonstrators and journalists and the scenes of violence that had taken place in full view of the media’s cameras.OMANTwo programmes hosted by the journalist Salim Al-Amri on state-owned Oman Radio – “Li-Kul Maqaal Maqaal” and “‘Anayen Faniya” – have been suspended by the authorities. Al-Amri said he received a letter from the information ministry telling him to stay at home. No reason was given. In an interview for Muscat Daily on 28 March, he linked the suspension to his refusal three weeks before to interview Hussein Hamoud Al Abry, a doctor working for the health ministry, about protests in the Sohar region because he was told not to ask certain questions. Another reason he gave was his participation in a demonstration outside the information ministry on 8 and 9 March calling for media freedom.Despite the information ministry’s denials, journalists and intellectuals have begun circulating a petition condemning the information ministry’s decision and other free speech violations and calling for the resumption of Al-Amri’s programmes and respect for the right to protest.GAZA STRIPMohammed Maher Abdul Nabi, the correspondent of radio Sawt Al-Quds, was theatened by members of the security forces on 27 March for reporting on the air that doctors at Kamal Adwan Hospital in the north of the Gaza Strip had been negligent after an Israeli raid.Reporting live from the hospital, Nabi said that the relatives of victims and journalists were at the Beit Lahiya morgue when someone noticed that one of the supposedly fatal victims was still alive. This victim was rushed back to another wing of the hospital where he died 30 minutes later. Nabi interviewed a relative accusing the doctors of negligence.Six plainclothes policemen accosted Nabi and asked him to accompany them to the health ministry. When he refused, they forcibly escorted him to a room in the hospital where the director threatened to file a complaint if did not retract the story.YEMENNew York Times reporter Robert Worth was denied entry on 25 March. Worth, who had come to cover the anti-government demonstrations that have been rocking the country since mid-February, was detained at Sanaa international airport for about 12 hours and then put on a flight to Dubai.The Qatar-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera announced the closure of its Sanaa bureau on 25 March following the withdrawal of all of its journalists’ accreditation. Two days before the announcement, an Al-Jazeera cameraman was attacked by soldiers while covering a sit-in in Taiz province and had to be hospitalized with a fractured hand.As already reported, Al-Jazeera’s Sanaa bureau was attacked at dawn on 22 March by around 20 gunmen who ransacked its equipment. Three days before that, two of its correspondents, Ahmed Zidan and Abdulhaq Saddah, were expelled on the ground that they were “working illegally in Yemen” and “inciting violence.”LIBYAReporters Without Borders continues to be concerned about four Al-Jazeera journalists – Mauritanian reporter Ahmed Vall Ould el-Dine, Tunisian reporter Lotfi Messaoudi, Norwegian photographer Ammar Al-Hamdane and British photographer Kamel Ataloua – who are still held by the Libyan authorities, despite their promises to release them.The organization is nonetheless relieved to learn that Tunisian journalist Fatma Ben Dhaou of the newspaper Le Quotidien is back in contact with her editors and relatives,BAHRAINThere has been no news of the blogger Ali Abdulemam since 16 March when around 40 gunmen raided his sister’s home, where he had been holed up since the arrests of several government opponents. His niece has described the incident on Facebook. Since then, his Twitter blog has been silent, aside from a message saying he was turning off his mobile phone, “which isn’t like him,” relatives say. He was released under a royal pardon on 23 February after several months in prison.Fellow blogger Abduljalil Al-Singace, who was also one of the government opponents freed in February, did not escape the wave of arrests on 16 March. He has not been allowed to contact his family since his arrest. As he was tortured during his previous spell in prison, Reporters Without Borders is concerned at the possibility that he is being mistreated again.The blogger and human rights activist Sayid Yousif Al-Muhafdah has also been missing since 19 March, when the authorities arrested two activists and four doctors in a series of nighttime raids. The police have threatened his family, telling them they will return every night if he does not report to the police station.Reporters Without Borders calls for an immediate halt to the harassment of Bahraini Internet users and for the release of bloggers who are being held in violation of the right to free expression. RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes to go further RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information March 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists continue to be harassed in different ways throughout the Middle East June 3, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalistscenter_img PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Organisation PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News News May 28, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Palestine May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

#BREAKING River searches to resume for man in his 30s

first_imgLinkedin Print Email WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Fireswift, The Limerick City Fire and Rescue boatAndrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up SEARCHES are to resume for a male who was seen entering the water at the River Shannon during the early hours of this Monday morning.The alarm was raised shortly after 01:45 when Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to a report of a male in his early 30’s seen entering the water at Thomond Bridge.Theee units of the service attended the scene.Within 4 minutes of receiving the call, The Fire Service launched their Rescue Boat – “FireSwift” with 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technicans on board.Limerick Marine Search and Rescue members were also on scene to carry out searches.An extensive search was launched involving all responders including Fire Service SRT ground crews, Gardai, Paramedics and Coast Guard including the Shannon based R115 Helicopter and Limerick Marine Search and Rescue which lasted over two hours, however the person was not located.Searches will recommence this Monday morning. Advertisement NewsBreaking news#BREAKING River searches to resume for man in his 30sBy Staff Reporter – January 25, 2016 632 Previous articleChallenging times for international class Limerick Jazz SocNext articleGAA – CLUB Limerick Draw 2016 is up and running Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Hagland Shipbrokers Completes Rebranding

first_imgHagland Shipbrokers, a merger of the Norway-based RG Hagland AS and Denmark’s North Sea Shipbrokers, has completed the rebranding of all offices.After 18 months of cooperation between the offices in Norway and Denmark, the German and UK offices have been incorporated and rebranded to Hagland Shipbrokers.The company said it will now consist of 27 brokers in total, with 17 working in the offshore and renewables market.RG Hagland and North Sea Shipbrokers agreed to combine their shipbroking activities within the renewables market at the beginning of 2018.As part of the agreement, Hagland acquired 49% of the shares in North Sea Shipbrokers through a combination of share purchase and subscription of new shares.last_img

Arteta predicts ‘many more’ COVID-19 cases in Premier League

first_img Loading… Mikel Arteta highlighted the fact that Saturday’s Community Shielf clash comes ‘right in the middle’ of Arsenal’s mini pre-season Read Also: BOXING: Tyson Fury reveals why Anthony Joshua fight won’t happen “Yes, and I think we are going to have many more cases in the future, unfortunately. “You are just planning to do something and then that player tests positive, and that positive was a false-positive. We are trying to get used to it, get around it, and trying to manage the situation as well as we can. There is not much we can do and we know that there are some uncertainties we cannot control at the moment.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Top 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocketcenter_img Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes that the 2020-21 Premier League season is likely to face considerable challenges based upon the recent rise in COVID-19 cases among PL players. The spike in PL players testing positive is particularly worrying to Arteta, given they were only away from their respective club’s structured environment for a short period between the end of the 2019-20 season and the start of preseason. Paul Pogba is the highest-profile individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19, but he’s not the only one. According to a report, at least four Chelsea players are thought to have contracted the virus during their rest period with a number of other players currently undergoing periods of quarantine rather than joining their teammates in training. Arteta himself was one of the first high-profile cases connected to the PL back in March, prior to the league shutting down for three months. Asked on Friday, ahead of Saturday’s FA Community Shield against Liverpool, whether or not the uncertainty makes his job more difficult, and whether or not that uncertainty means the season walks a very fine line between being possible and impossible, Arteta explained why that is exactly the case — quotes from the Guardian:Advertisementlast_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Roundup in Jackson County August 26 and 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) invites all who have an interest in Ohio’s cattle industry to Jackson County, Ohio for this year’s Roundup, August 26-27, 2016. This year combines two great events, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) annual beef and forage program and the OCA Roundup. It will feature a beef and forage night, farm tours, sessions with industry leaders, great food, and time with fellow cattlemen.Roundup begins Friday evening, August 26, at the Jackson Agricultural Research Station in Jackson. Registration will occur from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and OCA Allied Industry Council (AIC) representatives will be present to talk with cattlemen. Dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m. Following dinner at 6 p.m., the program and tour will feature speakers from The Ohio State University and OSU Extension Beef Team Members. Justin Kieffer, Clinical Veterinarian, Professional Practice, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, will discuss the impacts of the upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive that is effective in 2017 and what producers should be doing to plan ahead. Scott Payne, JARS Manager and OSU Extension Beef Team Member, will review the management and economic considerations associated with raising replacement females from within the herd. Steve Boyles, OSU Animal Science and OSU Extension Beef Team Member, will address the importance of proper heifer nutrition from weaning through breeding season as a yearling until she calves as a two year old. Last, Tony Parker, OSU Animal Science and OSU Extension Beef Team Member, will review the increased nutritional demands of a first-calf heifer that will allow her to deliver a healthy calf, lactate, rebreed, and continue to mature to her genetic potential. Roundup speakers are sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America.At the conclusion of the program Friday, all attendees are invited to attend the Roundup Social at Rowdy’s Smokehouse in Jackson. The social will include music, food, drinks, and a shuttle service. The Friday evening social is sponsored by: United Producers, Inc., Boehringer-Ingelheim and Frazier Farms.Saturday morning registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Jackson Agricultural Research Station.Henry Zerby, Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences, with The Ohio State University, will start things off with a department update and introduce new faculty that are focusing on beef cattle research and outreach programs for cattlemen. He will also update attendees on plans for the new OSU beef facilities.An overview of policy and event updates will be provided by Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). He will provide an election update and discuss the importance of trade and the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the beef industry and other issues important to cattle producers. An auction to benefit the NCBA and OCA Political Action Committees will take place on Saturday morning and will feature Ohio State football tickets and Coach Urban Meyer signed items.A ribeye steak sandwich lunch will be provided and prepared by the Jackson Co. Cattlemen and is sponsored by Union Stock Yards. Following lunch, attendees will load the buses for the farm tours. At approximately 4:30 p.m., attendees will return to OARDC and depart for home.Farms included on the tour are:• The Spurlock farm located near Oak Hill is operated by father and son, Bob and Tyson Spurlock and their families. The farm was established in 1954 and consists of 650 acres. It features a 175 head cow-calf operation. In addition, the Scurlock’s operate a fertilizer and ag lime business. The farm markets their calves as feeders and purchases only replacement females and bulls. The operation feeds mostly round bales and wet-wrapped hay.• The Sonny Russ Farm is a family cattle backgrounding operation started in 1970. The farm featured as one of this year’s tour stops is located near Jackson and is predominantly a stocker operation. Each year Russ Farms backgrounds over 1,000 calves and grazes about 750 to 800 stocker calves. They also operate a small cow-calf herd. Their marketing system includes direct marketing, feeder calf sales, and retained ownership. The farm stockpiles fescue to extend their grazing season and uses frost seedings to improve the farm’s forage base.Registration deadline for this event is Aug. 15, 2016. Friday night is $10 per person for OCA members and non-members. The cost on Saturday is $25 for OCA members and $35 for non-members. All registrations at the door will be $35. For more information about the Roundup or to register call the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or email [email protected] A full description of the schedule of events, online registration and a downloadable registration form can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org/Events-and-Programs/roundup.OCA appreciates the support from sponsors: Armstrong Ag & Supply, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Farm Credit Mid-America, Frazier Farms, Union Stock Yards and United Producers, Inc.last_img read more

Weekly Wrapup: Microsoft-Yahoo Deal, Twitter Re-Design, Internet Fridges, And More…

first_imgReadWriteEnterpriseOur channel devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. Sponsored by Socialtext.OpenID for Google Apps is Here, But Not Everybody’s Happy Google announced this week that everyone using Google Apps enterprise or education editions can now use their organization’s domain as a federated single sign-on. That means that millions of schools, businesses and other organizations can now use their Apps accounts as an OpenID. However, a few prominent developers and advocates feel that Google’s approach is not entirely acceptable. They are critical of the use of vendor-specific extensions and APIs instead of the open standards that are so important to OpenID.ReadWriteStartOur channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.BakeSpace: An Unlikely Startup Success Story from TwiistupThis post is part of our ReadWriteStart channel, which is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs. The channel is sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark. To sign up for BizSpark, click here.BakeSpace might not be the sexiest concept on the startup block. A recipe swap community, said founder Babette Pepaj, strikes many in the tech community as “touchy feely” or “a chick site.” Nevertheless, the site was named a 2009 Webby Award Nominee for Best Social Network and continues to drive traffic and ad revenue with strong content and a great roadmap for mobile and offline integration. Purchase The ReadWriteWeb Q2 2009 VC Funding ReportOur Second Premium Report for BusinessesWe’re excited to announce the availability of ReadWriteWeb’s Q2 2009 VC Funding Report, our second premium report powered by data from ChubbyBrain. We have been tracking early-stage investment in Internet, mobile and SaaS since the financial crisis in September 2008 and we believe that this report is unlike anything else you’ve seen. Investors, bankers and advisers involved in the funding of digital innovation will get the facts on the deal-by-deal basis that they need to make decisions. Our Report gives you the facts on 240 deals closed in April, May and June – who invested, in what company, how much they invested and when. Read on to see what’s included in the guide and how to purchase it.Web TrendsYahoo’s Bing Deal Puts Delicious, BOSS & More at Risk This week Microsoft and Yahoo announced a deal (details below) whereby Microsoft’s Bing will become the new Yahoo! search engine and Yahoo! will sell ads against those search results on its site. There’s a whole lot of money in play, but as users we don’t think that’s the most interesting part of this story. There may be some very interesting consequences, both positive and negative, for innovation – our favorite part of the online experience. Our guess is that it will be a net negative for forward-looking web users.Report: Social Networks Growing while Other Social Media Sites Stagnate and DeclineUniversal McCann has released a new report that looks at the state of social media today. Apparently, this trend is showing no sign of slowing down. In fact, it’s still growing. From posting photos to writing blogs, the desire to share has become a universal phenomenon. However, the latest report shows that internet users are beginning to now center their digital life around social networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Orkut, choosing to share their content within these sites instead of on services with a single focus, like Blogger or Flickr.Internet Fridges The Internet fridge is probably the most oft-quoted example of what the Internet of Things – when everyday objects are connected to the Internet – will enable. Imagine a refrigerator (so the story goes) that monitors the food inside it and notifies you when you’re low on, for example, milk. It also perhaps monitors all of the best food websites, gathering recipes for your dinners and adding the ingredients automatically to your shopping list. And that’s just part of the sci-fi story of the Internet fridge. RFID: State of the MarketRFID is an emerging standard for identification and tracking of goods. It’s one of the key underlying technologies for the Internet of Things. Some big names in the retail industry have climbed on board the RFID freight train. Notably Wal-Mart, which has not only adopted RFID big time, but pressured its suppliers to do so too. For Ask.com, Becoming #3 In Search Must Be Bittersweet If Microsoft’s Bing takes all of Yahoo’s US search engine market share then it will be at 26% to Google’s 70%, according to traffic analysts Hitwise. Such consolidation would put the venerable Ask.com in third place, with a mere 2.46%. That would mean that the next spot on the ladder will have 10X as much market share as Ask. That can’t make the company happy. 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Tags:#Features#web#Weekly Wrap-ups SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELWeb ProductsIt’s Official: Microsoft and Yahoo Announce Search Deal A few months from now, Yahoo’s search engine will be “powered by Bing.” After months of back and forth between Microsoft and Yahoo, the two companies finally announced a deal this week that will bring Microsoft’s search engine to Yahoo’s properties, while Yahoo will become the sales force for both companies’ premium search advertisers. Barring any roadblocks from industry and government regulators, this deal will grant Microsoft an exclusive license to Yahoo’s core search technologies for 10 years. Yahoo expects that this deal will increase the company’s cash flow by about $275 million.Apple Flip Flops on “Mature” iPhone App Policy Last week, iPhone developers were taken by surprise when Apple unceremoniously removed their ability to promote their “mature” applications (ages 17+) using promo codes. These codes allow application creators to raise awareness about their work by sending out free copies of apps to select individuals, such as those working in the media, in the hopes of having their new app reviewed. Now it seems that Apple has reversed this earlier, controversial decision and is allowing promo codes once again. But we have to wonder: why were they ever removed to begin with?Twitter Redesigns As Streaming Trends SiteTwitter announced this week its new home page redesign, complete with trending topics and search. Twitter has over the years evolved into a multifaceted real-time tool. The community has given timely updates on earthquakes, the Iran election and we’ve even seen professional poker players bluff in real-time Tweets. It has evolved into a community where users can discover breaking news and trends; and the new home page complements that.Why Do You Tweet? eMarketer reports that, according to the “Consumer Internet Barometer,” the majority of Twitter users (42%) use the service to communicate with their friends. About 29% use Twitter to update their status, 26% to find news, and 21% for work-related reasons. Oddly, only 0.3% said that they use Twitter for fun. Significantly more women use Twitter to keep in touch with friends than men (48.4% vs. 33.6%). Will Apple’s “Interactive Album” Cocktail Inspire Better Bands? In an unsurprising move, Apple is said to be working with major record labels to provide an “interactive album” to consumers. The company is rumored to be working with EMI, Sony, Warner and Universal to bundle photos, lyric sheets, liner notes and videos with album purchases in the iTunes store. According to the FInancial Times, the move is meant to increase album sales. Nevertheless, a number of critics have already argued that the attempt will be ill-fated. SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week – we analyze the deal to bring Microsoft’s Bing search engine to Yahoo, check out the latest social media and Twitter statistics, investigate the state of RFID tags and Internet fridges, look at Apple’s “interactive album” concept, and more. We also check in on our two new channels: ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products) and ReadWriteStart (dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs). Note: this week ReadWriteWeb released our second premium report: our Q2 2009 VC Funding Report. Full details below…The Weekly Wrapup is sponsored by Raptivity, create interactive websites:Subscribe to Weekly WrapupYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapup by RSS or by email (form below).RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Big Data: Overhyped And Overpaid?

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Big Data#DataSift#Gartner#Hadoop#Ovum#twitter Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Matt Asaycenter_img Related Posts Gartner research director Svetlana Sicular thinks Big Data is about to plummet off the “peak of inflated expectations” into the “trough of disillusionment.” Perhaps. But other data from Twitter and job trends suggest a much more complicated picture.Sicular reaches her conclusions about Big Data based on a series of conversations with IT professionals over the past few weeks, in addition to a roundtable with Hadoop vendors Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR. In discussing Hadoop, the vendors suggest that “MapReduce has always been Hadoop’s bottleneck or that Hadoop is ‘primitive and old-fashioned,’” apparently disillusioned with the state of Big Data’s poster child/elephant. This could be chalked up to the Hadoop vendors simply acknowledging that despite being an excellent technology, Hadoop still has a ways to go. But Sicular’s conversations with enterprise business analysts are more damaging:My most advanced… Hadoop clients are also getting disillusioned. They do not realize that they are ahead of others and think that someone else is successful while they are struggling. These organizations have fascinating ideas, but they are disappointed with a difficulty of figuring out reliable solutions… Formulating a right question is always hard, but with big data, it is an order of magnitude harder, because you are blazing the trail (not grazing on the green field).And yet, these same companies don’t seem to be giving up on Big Data. For example, DataSift plowed through 2.2 million Twitter mentions by more than 981,000 authors, as Ovum analyst Tony Baer reports, finding that positive mentions of Big Data vendors outnumber negative mentions by 3-to-1. And while Baer acknowledges that “Twitter streams are not a scientific focus group for detecting brand awareness, they provide a valuable window on market thinking.” Indeed, given the levels of Big Data hype, it’s surprising that the overall mood about Big Data remains overwhelmingly positive.So much so, in fact, that enterprises are paying a premium to hire job candidates with Big Data-relevant technology skills, as Dice.com’s 2012-2013 annual salary survey reveals. Job candidates with Big Data technology expertise command an average salary of $100,000, while other hot technologies like cloud/virtualization ($90,000) and mobile ($80,000) yield lower salaries. As Alice Hill, managing director of Dice.com, asserts, “We’ve heard [Big Data] is a fad, heard it’s hyped and heard it’s fleeting, yet it’s clear that data professionals are in demand and well paid.”While Gartner clearly has a valid point that Big Data’s outsized expectations are sure to crash into reality at some point, it’s also clear from jobs data, in particular, that enterprises see enough value from their data that they’re willing to pay up for expertise that can analyze it. Will they be disappointed? Possibly. But the jobs data indicates we have yet to plummet into Gartner’s “trough of disillusionment.” IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

‘Our Neighbourhood’ Grants

first_imgApplications are now open for the Australia Post Our Neighbourhood grants which are aimed at funding community projects that build a more healthy and inclusive Australia.Applications for the grants close on Friday, 28 June 2013, with one-off cash grant payments of between $1000 and $25,000 on offer, with grant amounts based around how strongly the community project or initiative includes and supports disadvantaged groups in Australia.The initiative is aimed at giving services that met these criterions a needed boost, in order to provide all Australians with necessary services, maintain and support diversity, grow community spirit and help areas recover from previous crisis.If you believe your community project or initiative may be eligible for a grant or to find out more information, please visit http://ourneighbourhood.com.au/grants/community-grants.html.Related LinksOur Neighbourhood Grantslast_img read more

A year after bringing us Moonlight TIFFs Platform has a few more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When TIFF created its Platform program of lovingly curated and modestly competitive films two summers ago, it did so without serious consideration of the Oscars.The whole point of the exercise was almost anti-Oscar. The program is a showcase for quality international cinema, featuring a dozen great films that might otherwise escape attention during the awards-season frenzy.But last year’s Platform crop yielded Barry Jenkins’ lyrical coming-of-ager Moonlight, which scored eight Oscar nominations and three wins, Best Picture among them. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The section also had Pablo Larrain’s Camelot tragedy Jackie, which received three Oscar nominations, including a Best Actress nom for Natalie Portman. And both films won many other industry prizes and kudos.So where does Platform go after hitting the heights and striking gold? I put the question to Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director, as the festival this week announced the 12 films for the program’s third edition, running during the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 7-17). Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more