Sponsored: Klay Thompson’s memorable, record-setting year with the Warriors

first_imgWarriors star Klay Thompson turns 29 today. We’re proud to have him return as our brand ambassador this year with a special offer and free Warriors championship book for new subscribers! To return the love, we thought we’d look back at some of our favorite moments from his past year.When he paid little attention to Lakers fans chanting “We want Thompson”As Thompson stepped to the free throw-line, Lakers fans began a loud chant from the upper deck of Oracle Arena on Saturday. “We want …last_img

USDA expanding water quality efforts in Lake Erie

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In August Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $5 million to help Ohio, Michigan and Indiana improve water quality in the western Lake Erie basin. These investments will enable the region’s farmers to reduce the amount of nutrients entering the watershed, one of the sources of disruptive algae blooms.The announcement expands on the substantial efforts already underway to help farmers implement conservation practices that benefit water quality. Already this year, NRCS has devoted approximately $7.6 million in financial assistance for producers in the Western Lake Erie Basin across a range of conservation practices like cover crops and nutrient management.“USDA is committed to helping farmers do their part to protect and improve water quality in Lake Erie, and this targeted funding will allow for solutions to be expanded and delivered more quickly,” Vilsack said. “A problem as complex as this one will demand wide attention, from agriculture to municipalities, and we will continue to work with the Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership and other partners across the region to find common ground to address water quality issues in the basin.”The funding announced today is being made through the Farm Bill’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and will allow NRCS to help farmers apply selected conservation practices shown to help water quality, such as planting cover crops, adding gypsum to soil, implementing conservation tillage or no-till systems on crop fields, installing agricultural drainage water management systems, and implementing nutrient management plans. On average, farmers and ranchers contribute half the cost of implementing conservation practices.Between 2009 and 2014, NRCS has invested approximately $57 million through Farm Bill Programs in the Lake Erie Basin. Studies are showing that between 2009 and 2014, the new steps farmers are taking with NRCS assistance have reduced annual nutrient and sediment losses by approximately 7 million pounds of nitrogen, 1.2 million pounds of phosphorus, and 488,000 tons of sediment in the Lake Erie Basin.The cause of algae blooms is complex; water temperature, lack of agitation, rainfall and runoff from farms and lawns, zebra mussels, and the impacts of climate change can all contribute to the problem.In addition to this targeted funding, NRCS is also leveraging partner investments through the new nation-wide Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) through a project benefiting water quality by reducing the runoff of phosphorous into the waterways in the western Lake Erie basin. NRCS is investing $17.5 million into this project — the largest investment in the first round of RCPP — which is joined by state governments and other partners.last_img read more

Microsoft Joins Coalition Opposing Google’s Acquisition of Flight Search Provider ITA

first_imgMicrosoft has joined a coalition of travel sites that want to make their opposition known to Google’s acquisition of ITA Software. Google announced its plans to buy ITA back in July, but the acquisition likely faces regulatory scrutiny as ITA technology powers the organization of price and schedule information for the major airlines, travel booking companies, and search engines. And the Fairsearch.org coalition argues that if Google buys ITA that competition and innovation surrounding the online travel industry will be stifled.Microsoft uses ITA software to help power Bing, and the fear of Microsoft and others is that by acquiring ITA Software, Google will control the software that powers most travel-related searches. The $700 million price-tag for ITA points not just to the strength of its technology and predominance in the industry, but also to Google’s desire to make its search data better – more accurate, more real-time.But Microsoft, along with the UK search engine Foundem, the French online travel agency Level…com, and the Singapore-based travel agency ZUJI, join existing Fairsearch.org members Expedia.com, Hotwire, TripAdvisor, and Kayak in urging the Justice Department to challenge the acquisition deal. “Competition in online travel search over the last decade has not only created more choices and innovation for travelers, but has also driven prices lower around the world for consumers,” says ZUJI president Roshan Mendis. “We are concerned that less competition in flight search in the U.S. will result in less innovation in travel search globally, and more importantly, less pressure on travel service providers to offer the lowest price for consumers regardless of where they are located.”For its part, Google has said it has no plans to sell airline tickets or set prices. The purchase is aimed to “provide better results for our users,” says Google. audrey watters Tags:#search#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Why Blockbuster’s Streaming Collapse Won’t Hurt Netflix

first_imgRelated Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… cormac foster After backing out of plans to compete with Netflix, Blockbuster is all but done. That’s not great news for the streaming-video space, and Netflix is in a rough spot. But Blockbuster’s latest stumble toward oblivion isn’t necessarily the final nail in NetFlix’ coffin.On October 4, Dish Network scrapped its plans to revamp the Blockbuster brand and launch a subscription-based streaming-only product to compete directly with Netflix. Dish ran the numbers, evaluated its options, and (correctly) assumed it didn’t have the assets to make a Netflix competitor work.That leaves Blockbuster on the ropes again, with just 900 of its former 3,300 retail stores and no clear digital strategy. But don’t assume that the math will work the same way for Netflix.The Bad News For Netflix Dish’s decision confirms what I’ve been saying for some time: the flat-rate streaming market isn’t a very profitable place. As I noted in Netflix Deathwatch over the summer: expensive bandwidth, second-rate content and strained relationships with content providers are par for the course for the entire industry.Paul Sweeting, Principal at Concurrent Media Strategies, told E-Commerce Times that “…studios have long been leery of subscription-based streaming of movies because it produces the lowest per-view/per-capita return for the rights holder of any business model, and it cannibalizes higher margin businesses like pay-per-view rentals and even purchases.” In the same article, another analyst predicted that flat-rate streaming may have only another five or six years of life.The market is obviously sick, and it needs to change.The Good News For NetflixTroubled or not, Netflix still owns the streaming video market, and that brings advantages Dish and Blockbuster couldn’t match. Most importantly, Netflix has existing content relationships that, while strained, put it in a better position than a startup.In an October 8 analyst note, Morgan Stanley’s Scott Devitt estimated that Amazon, which already has relationships with most studios, would need to spend an additional $1 billion to $1.2 billion in licensing rights to launch a similar service.If that price is too steep for Amazon, it’s probably beyond most competitors. Barriers to entry don’t validate the streaming-video business model, but they do buy time for Netflix to try to sort out its problems.In the long term, Netflix has an infrastructure advantage, since it owns its own Content Distribution Network (CDN), and its massive user base should help it secure content from overseas and underexposed independent sources. It’s also developing original content with headliners like Kevin Spacey to hedge against expiring contracts and differentiate from competitors. Netflix’s margins per customer may not be fantastic, but with all those users, it has cash to invest in programming.Eventually, though, Netflix needs to balance cheap back-catalog offerings with enough premium and custom content to create a profitable offering “good enough” to justify its prices. It also needs to keep an eye on Hulu, HBO and other content providers looking to ramp up their streaming businesses.Put it all together, and I wouldn’t want to be in Netflix’ shoes. Blockbuster’s implosion is a reminder of how tough things have gotten in Netflix’ core business, but at least Netflix still controls its own destiny.Blockbuster and Kevin Spacey images courtesy of Shutterstock. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Analysis#business#film#Multimedia#web last_img read more

Modi launches projects worth ₹4,500-cr in Odisha

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a number of central government projects in Odisha worth more than ₹4,500 crore. The projects were unveiled during Mr. Modi’s second visit to the eastern state in less than a fortnight. He had unveiled some projects in Bhubaneswar and addressed a BJP rally near the historic Khurda town on December 24. Describing the projects as a new year gift to the people of Odisha, the prime minister expressed hope that 2019 will steer the state on a path of rapid development. The projects inaugurated by Mr. Modi are related to road highways and transport, petroleum and natural gas, railways, culture, tourism and passport services.Some key projects include four-laning of three major national highways in Odisha, laying of a section of a key LPG pipeline and doubling of an important railway line. The prime minister also flagged off a new passenger train on a route, unveiled multi-modal logistics hub in Balasore as well as a project for restoration and conservation of historical site of Haripurgarh.Mr. Modi also inaugurated passport sewa kendras at post offices in Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jajpur, Aska, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal through video conferencing. Currently, people have to go to the regional passport office at Bhubaneswar, officials added. Foundation laying and inauguration of a host of projects by the prime minister comes ahead of general election, which is due in a few months’ time. The assembly polls in Odisha are also slated to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls. During his last visit to Odisha on December 24, Mr. Modi had unveiled a number of projects worth more than ₹14,500 crore.last_img read more

LeBron wants teammate Rose to be ‘happy with whatever decision he makes’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Fight breaks out as Lady Warriors beat Tigresses for last finals slot View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH This is the second time that Rose has requested a leave of absence due to personal matters, the first being when he was with the New York Knicks last season.His repeated actions have given life to speculations that the 29-year-old star could be possibly retiring from the sport.“We hope this ain’t the end, but if it is, I was happy I got an opportunity to spend a couple months with him and watch him be the great point guard that he once was,” James said.“But at the end of the day, a clearer head, there’s no substitute for that. We want the best for Derrick. … No matter if he comes back, no matter if he doesn’t, we want him as an individual, as a man, as a father to be just happy with whatever decision he makes.”Joining the Cavs as a free agent this season, Rose has only managed to suit up for seven of the team’s first 18 games, and has missed the past seven games due to a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next As of writing, he has yet to give out a statement regarding his decision.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Earlier today, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue advised the injury-riddled guard to “take all the time he needs,” and it looks like LeBron James wishes the same for his troubled teammate.“We want, whatever he decides to do, we want the best for him,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shortly after the team’s 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday (Saturday in Manila).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: James has triple-double, Cavs beat Hornets for 7th straight“At the end of the day, you can’t substitute nothing for happiness. And obviously, we know the injuries that he’s been going through his whole career,” he added. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)The NBA world was once again abuzz, as former NBA MVP Derrick Rose announced he’d be once again taking a leave of absence from basketball due to personal concerns.READ: Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matterADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more