8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro When most of us hear the words, “For as little as 50 cents a day…” our brains conjure up solemn images of Sally Struthers. For as little as 50 cents a day MixMatchMusic is offering starving and made musicians a chance to reach their fans via a customizable iPhone app maker. Between now and tomorrow morning, MobBase will offer musicians with no programming skills the ability to build sleek-looking band apps. Features will include videos, images, bios, band news, streaming playlists, concert schedules and perhaps most importantly, links for music purchases. Best known for its web-based remixing service, MixMatchMusic is expanding to help bands further engage their fans. The company is offering a drag-and-drop interface with a number of different app templates. Musicians customize application designs by switching out page backgrounds, buttons and even features. FeaturesAlthough products are created using the template tool, no two applications look alike. Some of the available features include: 1. Music: Artists can offer samples of their collections and connect fans to album artwork, liner notes, lyrics and download links. 2. Videos: With MobBase, artists can pull in their YouTube video streams as well as encourage fans to tag their video content. From here bands can aggregate videos from a fan’s point of view. 3. Photos: Band accounts on Flickr and Picasa can be instantly streamed to the photo feature. This way concert pics and backstage exclusives automatically upload as new events occur. 4. News / Info: Artists can create biography pages and pull in related RSS feeds from blogs and traditional media sources. They can also integrate multiple Twitter accounts and import fan tweets based on a band’s designated hashtag. 5. Shows: The tool also allows bands to import concert event streams from MySpace and MixMatchMusic’s ArtistData tool. From here concert listings are automatically updated including ticket purchase links and Google maps. Approval and Pricing While a number of DIY-app platforms may appear on the horizon, part of the MobBase service is that MixMatchMusic handles the App store approval process. In the event that you’d like to change your app, co-founders Charles Feinn and Alan Khalfin assure us that there is no need to resubmit your app for approval. You simply log-in to the MobBase dashboard and change your pages. The company currently has 32 pilot apps pending approval including customized products for bands like Pepper and Everclear. MixMatchMusic also has partnerships with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance and a number of other indie labels. The company will look to forge deals with web 2.0-related service providers like Bandcamp and Topspin Media in the coming months. As for fees, applications are $20 dollars to activate. Free apps are priced at $15 dollars a month for the first 500 installs with $5 dollars per additional 1000 downloads. Meanwhile, paid apps cost $20 dollars per month for the first 500 installs and $6 dollars per month for each additional 1000. MobBase does not take any application sales fees in regards to revenue share. As per the standard iTunes affiliate music program, the company receives 5% of purchased music downloads. To get started visit MobBase.com for details. For a sneak peek at the design process check out the below screenshots: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
The city police on Tuesday lodged a first information report (FIR) against the wife of Marathi film producer Atul Tapkir, who committed suicide by consuming poison at a city hotel last week on Sunday.Mr. Tapkir, who produced the 2015 box-office flop Dhol Taashe, uploaded a sensational suicide note on Facebook before taking the fateful step, accusing his wife Priyanka and her kin of repeated mental and physical torture following the failure of the picture.Two of Priyanka’s brothers, Kalyan and Balu Gavhane, and her cousin, Bapu Thigale, have also been booked for abetment of suicide.The FIRs were registered on Monday after the police recorded statements of Mr. Tapkir’s mother, father and other family members.Detailing in details his turbulent relationship with his wife, Mr. Tapkir, in his note accused her of separating him from his children and not standing by him during his battle with depression.In his note, Mr. Tapkir had recounted that his wife, at one point, had lodged a complaint against him and his father [Atul Tapkir] was forced to bribe a policeman with a sum of ₹10,000 in order to allegedly evade arrest.Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla has ordered an inquiry into this charge made Mr. Tapkir in his suicide note.
Rajasthan has sought establishment of an Inter-State Basin Authority with the powers to resolve disputes among different States on sharing of river waters. The desert State does not agree with a proposal to set up an integrated group of watershed agencies, which it says will not serve any meaningful purpose.Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said at the 13th meeting of the Inter-State Council’s Standing Committee in New Delhi last week that since several Boards were already functioning for management of inter-State basin waters, there would be no utility for the integrated group of watershed agencies.The Boards include Bhakra-Beas Management Board for Indus basin, Upper Yamuna River Board for Yamuna river waters, Narmada Control Authority for Narmada river waters and the Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan Chambal Inter-State Board for Chambal river waters.Mr. Kataria said the practice being followed for distribution of water on the basis of catchment areas of rivers went against the interest of a State like Rajasthan because it had very little such areas. “Rajasthan should be exempted from the rules framed on the basis of catchment areas,” he said.More allocation soughtWhile seeking allocation of more Central funds for expansion of forest areas to meet the national targets, Mr. Kataria sought a special status for Rajasthan in view of its “scattered environmental status” with the presence of the Aravalli hills range and the vast Thar desert. Rajasthan was geographically the biggest State in the country, he pointed out.
Despite poor voter turnout in the recently-concluded civic bodies’ elections in J&K, State Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra on Monday announced the schedule for the panchayat polls. “The elections to 316 blocks in 4,483 panchayat halqas comprising of 35,029 panch constituencies will be held from November 17 to December 11 in nine phases,” he said.The last panchayat elections were held in 2011 after a gap of 10 years and completed its term in July 2016. The elections were repeatedly deferred due to volatile situation in the valley in the past three years.A total of 58,54,208 voters were registered for the polls, “In Kashmir division, 29,91,128 voters are registered, while in Jammu Division the number is 28,63,080 voters,” said Mr. Kabra.Migrant Kashmiri Pandits would be provided facility to vote in panchayat elections through postal ballot.“All critical events will be video-graphed and concerned deputy commissioners will arrange sufficient number of video and digital cameras and camera teams for the purpose,” said the CEO.The announcement came despite two main regional parties, Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference, deciding against participating in these polls.Due to boycott by the regional parties and separatists boycott call, the recently-concluded civic bodies elections saw just 35.1 percent in the State. In Kashmir, the voters turnover was less than eight percent.
Chelsea striker Giroud: Cesc a great opportunity for Monacoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud has no doubts former Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas will be a success with AS Monaco.Cesc left Chelsea last week for ASM and made his debut in last night’s 1-1 draw at Olympique Marseille.Giroud told Telefoot: “Cesc is a great player, he has this quality of vision of the game, of intelligence of passes. “He’s one of the best players I’ve played with. “This is a great opportunity for Monaco.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce: England will happen for Longstaff brothersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce says the Longstaff brothers are capable of playing for England.Sean, 21, and Matty, 19, have never been involved with the national team at any level and, until recently, were not part of the list of young players being tracked inside St George’s Park.But Bruce said: “I think they just have to be given time. They will find their way if they’re playing regularly.”I would think in the next few weeks, if they’re both going to be in the team, then they will come under the spotlight. Gareth has a blueprint of putting young players in and changing it, which is quite refreshing.”So if they keep playing to a certain level, everything will find them, whether it’s international call-ups, new contracts, new cars, the whole lot will fall into place.”
These include development of the 2009 to 2012 Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF) 2013 marked the fifth year of the Plan’s implementation The Secretariat has piloted several activities since the implementation process commenced in 2009 The Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat, located at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), is reporting steady progress in the implementation of Vision 2030 Jamaica, the country’s long-term National Development Plan.Vision 2030 Jamaica is intended to position the island to achieve developed country status by 2030 and, in the process, make it “… the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”Programme Director for Vision 2030 Jamaica, Richard Lumsden, tells JIS News that the Secretariat has piloted several activities since the implementation process commenced in 2009.These include: development of the 2009 to 2012 Medium Term Socio-Economic Policy Framework (MTF), which was tabled along with the National Plan in Parliament in 2009. This is the first of seven consecutive three-yearly implementation frameworks for the priority areas for development up to 2030.Mr. Lumsden says the Secretariat has also completed the 2012 to 2015 MTF, which sets out the priorities for the second three-year period. Cabinet, he adds, has approved the new MTF which the Secretariat has now completed for printing and dissemination to key stakeholders, including the public. Additionally, he informs that the progress report on the first three years of implementation “will be ready shortly.”On completion, the Programme Director says the report will be available in various formats to all stakeholders, to facilitate “full discussion and understanding of where we are in the process.” This, he adds, will be supported by a comprehensive public education programme.Mr. Lumsden points out that 2013 marked the fifth year of the Plan’s implementation. He recounts that planning for Vision 2030 Jamaica commenced in 2006 and was undertaken up to early 2009 when the Plan and accompanying MTF 2009-2012 were completed.He informs that during the Plan’s formulation period, stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society, and the country’s international development partners collaborated through a number of task forces, in preparing the sector plans for each of the economic, social, and environmental areas of national development, which were then integrated to create the overall Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.The Programme Director says consultations were held in various communities islandwide to solicit feedback and input in the Plan’s development by the wider public.Mr. Lumsden asserts that based on the extent of public education activities, aimed at streaming the Plan’s objectives into the public domain, that have been undertaken, there is “increasing awareness” about Vision 2030 Jamaica, its importance to national development, and required involvement by all stakeholders.These efforts, he outlines, have incorporated the inputs of stakeholders, including: the Ministry of Education, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Social Development Commission (SDC), and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).Mr. Lumsden informs that these agencies have partnered with the Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat to stage workshops, expos, and other events, “where we have been able to distribute educational and informational material, and engage the public in dialogue to communicate the Plan and raise awareness of the goals and outcomes.”“We have also worked very closely with the Ministry of Education in terms of facilitating the distribution of thousands of copies of the Plan’s shorter version in all schools across the island. Education Officers in all the Regions have been sensitized about the Plan and how to mainstream it within school activities,” he adds.Mr. Lumsden reminds that the Plan was developed during the most challenging period in recent history – the global economic downturn of 2008 and 2009 – and “we have seen progress in a number of areas.” This, he notes, is in relation to the approximately 46 indicators used to measure progress in the areas of health, education, social protection, national security, the environment, and the economy.With reference to the four national goals and relevant national outcomes, he says there has been improvement in some of the educational indicators. “We have seen improvement…in the level of certification in the labour force; we have seen an increase in the adult literacy rate; we have seen significant improvement in national security, with a sustained decline in the level of homicides and other (major) crimes. We have also seen an increase in the use of renewable energy,” he notes.Mr. Lumsden points out that up to the end of 2011/12, approximately 25 per cent of the targets outlined under the Plan for 2012 had been met, while significant progress had been made in another 25 per cent.“We review the targets every three years, (and) we have done considerable revision of the indicator framework for 2015, removing indicators where it has proved difficult to have adequate data to measure progress (and) introducing some new indicators. We will be able to report on those shortly,” the Programme Director says.Indicators that have been removed include: incidence of public order infractions per capita; the percentage of change in gross sales of registered firms in the distribution sector; and loss of lives due to disasters.Mr. Lumsden advises that new indicators have been introduced to measure the growth rate of recreational, cultural and sporting activities; case clearance rate in the Resident Magistrate’s Courts; and Grade Four literacy rates.In relation to the provisions/stipulations of the new US$932.3 millionfour-year International Monetary Fund (IMF) Extended Fund Facility (EFF), Mr. Lumsden says there has been a “very high degree of convergence” between the Government’s current economic programme, the EFF, and the MTF on outcomes, particularly over the next four years. He notes that the economic programme and EFF focus on a number of priorities which are also reflected in the MTF for 2012 to 2015.The Programme Director points out that the PIOJ was part of the Government’s team that negotiated the new EFF with the IMF, and that the concurrence between the government’s economic programme and the EFF, and their alignment with Jamaica’s national development goals, were a central part of the discussions that preceded the agreement’s conclusion.“So, the framework is designed to address some of the key challenges in terms of the macro-economy and the business environment, and offer us the opportunity for enhanced performance, once we are able to successfully implement key projects for growth which have been identified (some of which are currently underway),” he tells JIS News.Additionally, Mr. Lumsden says the EFF also stipulates minimum provisions for maintaining a social safety net to protect the society’s most vulnerable citizens during the period of economic consolidation.“So (it) comes down to effective implementation and constant monitoring to make sure that we remain on track, not only in terms of the macro-economic targets, but also in terms of our broader national development targets as well. That process is ongoing,” he adds. Story Highlights
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Kolkata: Visitors to the National Library of India and the Metcalfe Hall here can now acquaint themselves with the inspiring lives of four Bengali icons — Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose and Syama Prasad Mookerjee — and the sights and sounds of the City of Joy. The newly opened experiential museum “Icons of Nationalism: From the Soil of Bengal” in the National Library at Alipore celebrates the essence of Bengali nationalism and Bengal’s icons who dedicated their lives to India’s freedom from the colonial rule. The museum has been set up by the Union Culture ministry. The museum, equipped with reciprocal installations like interactive walls, immersive projections, touchscreen panels and audio-visual installations, is an attempt to inspire the youth. One can visit the museum between 10 am and 6 pm. “While the flame of nationalism was ignited all over the country, Bengal was the main theatre of the struggle for freedom from the British imperialism. The soil of Bengal nurtured many nationalists and certain personalities became the flag bearers of freedom, and thus the ‘Icons of Nationalism’. “Whether through their pen, paintings, music or actions, they often charted a path for the independence movement,” the developing companies Tagbin and Expression said. At the digital museum, on view is archival material like original letters written by these personalities, literature, newspaper clippings, documents and archival footage, Tagbin said. The materials have been sourced from the National Archives of India, the Nehru Memorial Museum Library (NMML), Bankim Sangrahashala and the Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, among others. The Metcalfe Hall at the crossing of Hare Street and Strand Road is also hosting an experiential exhibition titled “Ami Kolkata” (I am Kolkata), which sheds light on Kolkata as the city of stories, surprises, memories, cultures, celebrations, influences and confluences. Each aspect is detailed out as a zone. The exhibition contains a 70-feet hand-painted walkway with traditional “alpana” showcasing Kolkata’s iconic scenes, old photographs, posters, advertisements, signboards and other memorabilia. A selection of vintage prints and paintings on the bond between the Hooghly river and the city’s contemporary scenes, inspired by traditional Patachitra art, are also on view. In the “City of Celebration” zone, a traditional Durga idol building scene and installations of a Bengali wedding can be viewed. A gallery of paintings, music, cinema, dance, theatre, visual culture and literary art also await visitors as well. The last zone presents soundscapes from streets, an ever-present backdrop to the life in the city. Both the exhibition and the museum were opened by the West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday.