Hello, Dolly! Ad Pulled from The New York Times

first_img Hello, Dolly! View Comments Dolly Levi wants you to put on your Sunday pantsuit, but The New York Times was not keen to have a political Hello, Dolly!  ad in its pre-election coverage. The paper declined to publish an advertisement for the Scott Rudin-produced revival on the front page of the November 1 special section. The ad would have featured the phrase “It Takes a Woman” underneath the Times’ profiles of presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.The proposed strip ad featured the classic lyrics in bold letters with ticketing and show information below. Though the ad seems to be in agreement with the Times’ endorsement of the Democratic candidate, the paper ultimately decided the placement was too political.An ad for The Humans, another Rudin production, ran in its place, with a full-page ad for Hello, Dolly! featured further in the section. Both shows’ advertising is handled by SpotCo.The production, headlined by Bette Midler (a vocal Clinton advocate herself) and directed by Jerry Zaks, is set to begin performances on March 15, 2017, at the Shubert Theatre.This isn’t the first time Dolly Levi has played a part in a presidential campaign. In 1964, less than a year after the musical premiered at the St. James Theatre, original star Carol Channing performed a reworked version of Jerry Herman’s title song in support of Lyndon B. Johnson at the Democratic National Convention. This was after producer David Merrick had Republican nominee Barry Goldwater cease his own usage of the tune as part of his campaign. Check out Channing’s performance below. Related Showscenter_img A proof of the proposed ad’s placement (left, courtesy of DKC/O&M) and the published version (right) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2018last_img read more

Robert Brinkmoeller

first_imgRobert Brinnkmoeller,74, of New Alsace passed Thursday, September 28. He is survived by his nephew, David Joseph Brinkmoeller of Cleves, his “adopted” family: Dan and Denise Beckedahl of New Alsace, Josh and Mckenzie Beckedahl of New Castle, IN, Adam and Brittany Beckedahl of Vineland, NJ, and Grandkids: Jacob, Mckaela, Kayla, Lexi, Damien, Benjamin, Colton (on the way).Robert was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Rosina Brinkmoeller andhis brother David Brinkmoeller.He was a member of American Legion Post 452, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Aurora, Lifetime member of NRA, Disabled Americans, and All Saints Parish.Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, October 5, 2017 at St. Paul Church, All Saints Parish at 11:00. This will be followed with lunch at the American Legion in New Alsace.Memorials to American Legion Post 452.last_img read more

Giants reportedly ‘making fun of’ Bay Bridge Trophy

first_imgThe Bay Bridge Trophy, an object of ridicule? Say it ain’t so.Henry Schulman, veteran Giants beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, has no problem speaking the cold, hard truth.The trophy, formally known as The Bridge, was introduced in 2018 by NBC Bay Area and NBC Sports California. Fabricated from steel from the demolished eastern span of the Bay Bridge, it was envisioned to be a venerable, meaningful symbol to be awarded to the winner of the Bay Bridge interleague series between …last_img

Gauteng matric results best in South Africa

first_imgAlexander Johannes, Gauteng’s topachiever, with former principal Tony Reeler. Some of South Africa’s top achievers. MEC Barbara Creecy (middle) said theirturnaround programme worked. Parents jubilant for their children’s results.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Charles PhahlaneHead of CommunicationGauteng Department of Education+27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496RELATED ARTICLES• SA matrics excel despite hardships• SA matric results up by 7%• Top marks for IEB matrics• Poor schools score textbooksBongani NkosiGauteng has for the first time achieved the best matric marks in the country, beating the long-time results champion, the Western Cape.Schools in the inland province achieved a 78.6% pass rate for 2010, a 6.8% increase from 2009.But the Western Cape didn’t do too badly either: it accomplished a 76.8% pass rate, up from 75.7% in 2009. It had the highest pass rate after Gauteng.Gauteng’s results victory has earned the province much praise.“For the first time ever, Gauteng is the top-performing province in the country. We do indeed have a great deal to celebrate,” said Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy.“This [78.6% pass rate] means that we are only 1.4% short of our 2014 target of an 80% pass rate.”Creecy announced the province’s results on 6 January 2011 at Wits University, where she was joined by the top matriculants and their parents. The youngsters were honoured with certificates of recognition and bursaries.The students, who will soon enrol at universities, scored several distinctions each and are eligible to register for bachelor degrees of their choice. They have all been awarded bursaries worth R40 000 (US$6000) by the provincial government.Some 43% of matriculants in Gauteng obtained a university entrance pass.Alexander Gerhard Johannes from Pretoria Boys High School is Gauteng’s top achiever – he notched up nine distinctions for his final exams.Pupils at state schools across the country have been applauded for their efforts – especially in light of last year’s teachers’ strike and the Fifa World Cup. All schools were closed for the month-long tournament, and this took away valuable learning time.“Despite all the difficulties, these young people really came to the party,” said Creecy.Gauteng owes much of its success to the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), which was implemented at the beginning of 2010. The programme targeted 276 underperforming schools in the province and gave them more attention and resources.“We identified those schools that were underperforming and gave them more time and invested in them,” said Creecy.Mosupatsela Secondary School, one the beneficiaries of the programme, turned out one of the province’s top performers, Neo Modimokwane.Modimokwane obtained four distinctions in accounting, economics, mathematics and business studies.Her school was one of the top five achievers in the programme with an 85% pass rate. Inqayizivele Secondary School was the overall champion with 94.8% of matriculants passing.The others are Lethukuthula Secondary with 88%, Zitikeni Secondary with 81% and Lesiba Secondary School, which achieved a pass rate of 75%.More than 200 of the schools in the programme improved their results. “This programme involved extra classes on Saturdays starting from the second term in April, during the World Cup and during the September holidays,” said Creecy.“The classes were expanded into a catch-up and exam preparation programme after the strike.”Although not part of the SSIP, Beverly Hills, another Gauteng school, grew its 2009 pass average of 55.1% to 86.9%.About 300 schools will be involved in the programme in 2011. Now that the provincial government is confident about the performance of 60 schools that were part of the initial SSIP, they will no longer be part of the scheme.Pretoria schools shineAs in previous years, schools from Pretoria performed well in 2010. Students there scored the top marks in Gauteng.Pretoria Boys High School is one of a number of schools in the province that achieved a 100% pass rate. Principal Tony Reeler is proud of his school, attributing its success to a good work ethic.“There’s no magic ingredient. It’s only hard work, there’s no substitute for hard work,” Reeler said.The school has improved on its previous pass rate of 99.7% and has set a benchmark, which it aims to reach every year from now on.“If a child gets to matric, I don’t see a reason why that child should not pass,” said Reeler.The overall pass rate in South Africa was 67.8%, the national Department of Basic Education announced. Results have improved significantly across all nine provinces.last_img read more

We look up to you: Ibrahim

first_imgDr Mamphela Ramphele and Dr Mo Ibrahim, two distinguished world leaders. The ZK Matthews auditorium at Unisa in Pretoria was the venue for this year’s lecture. The annual Nelson Mandela lecture has featured prominent leaders such as former US president Bill Clinton, former Irish president Mary Robinson, and Nobel laureate, the late Wangari Maathai.(Images: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello HatangCEO, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory+27 11 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• A nation of paradoxes: Robinson• ’The infinite gardens of Mandela’• ’Befriending the mistakes of the past’• Madiba’s legacy is forever• Scholarship builds future MandelasSource: Nelson Mandela Centre of MemoryDr Mo Ibrahim, businessman, academic and philanthropist, delivered the 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Pretoria on 17 August 2013. He joins luminaries such as former US president Bill Clinton, former Irish president Mary Robinson, and Nobel laureate, the late Wangari Maathai, who have all shared their opinion on important social issues through the annual event.This year’s lecture was attended by guests that included deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, academic and political party leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Professor Mandla Makhanya, the Unisa vice-chancellor, struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada, former Pan Africanist Congress president Mostoko Pheko, and Prof Njabulo Ndebele, chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Singing superstar Lira sang the national anthem, to the delight of the attendees.Mandela spent much of his 27 years in prison studying law through Unisa and on 17 May 1989, while still imprisoned at Victor Verster Prison, he graduated in absentia with an LLB from the institution.The theme for this year’s lecture was Building Social Cohesion and was a call for all South Africans to work towards a united, cohesive, democratic and national society. The address was directed at all African nations, however.According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which monitors development in Africa, South Africa moved up from 31st in 2000 to 22nd in 2012 in terms of rural development, but there is still a lot to be done.Overall South Africa is number five in terms of governance, according to the foundation’s survey. However, the gap between the rich and the poor is still stark.“South Africa is the least equitable country in the whole world, and it’s only legitimate for us to ask after 20 years of independence, why is that? It’s a challenge our friends in South Africa need to face up to,” the Sudanese national told guests.He touched on policy issues, including the subject of land: “You tried the system of willing buyer, willing seller and it didn’t work. Isn’t it time to find a solution within the Constitution to deal with this issue?” he asked.Another sacred cow, he said, was the matter of black empowerment, aimed at bridging the gap between the rich and the (mostly black) poor. “Did it help?” he asked. “If so, why are we at the bottom of the Gini table?”Ibrahim did not leave young people out of his address. “What are we preparing (young people) for?” he asked. “Are we producing the kind of people that future jobs will require? I am not sure.”He referred to the millions of young Africans who are about to enter the job market as “a tsunami”.“Where will the jobs come from?” he asked. “Without jobs, there will be no hope for the youth … and this is a major problem.”Ibrahim also urged African leaders to address the issue of education. A united Africa?On the need for African integration, Ibrahim cited another statistic: only 11% of trade in Africa takes place between its 54 states. Travelling between countries is hampered by strict controls and visa requirements.“Getting visas is a major problem,” he said, before confessing to using his British passport, and not his Sudanese one, to travel within Africa. A British passport, he said, is welcome across the continent. Women in Africa“We cannot talk about social cohesion without talking about women, the pillar of the African economy – 70% of the population is dependent on the land, and women do agriculture, not men,” Ibrahim pointed out.Violent crimes committed against women, he said, represent a serious threat to the African economy.“One cannot afford to lose this vital production element of society essential for social cohesion,” he said.He commended the South African government for being one of the most progressive in the world in terms of female representation in leadership, but pointed out that this is not reflected in society. “Cultural issues are difficult to face and it takes everyone in society to address them.” South Africa does matterIn conclusion, Dr Ibrahim called on South Africa to live up to its promise and to show the type of leadership that is fitting of the most advanced economy on the continent.“South Africa really matters to us Africans,” he said. “We look up to you. We look with admiration at the wonderful struggle for freedom, your founding fathers, especially Nelson Mandela, who is an African icon.In a frank rebuke, Dr Ibrahim said the African community expected more of us.“You are not doing your job,” he said. “We expect more of you. We expect leadership – we have a serious deficit. South Africa needs to step up and play a better role in Africa.“We are waiting. Don’t keep us waiting for a long time.” Read Ibrahim’s full speech below:I am really honoured to stand here before you today to deliver this lecture. I must confess l looked up the list of previous speakers and found out they fell mostly under categories of either presidents or Nobel Prize laureates, l am neither. l wish to congratulate the trustees in opting for a commoner like me to present this lecture – brothers and sisters, please manage your expectations.Building social cohesion is our topic today. I believe social cohesion is really about really holding our society together.It is about building a national identity that transcends ethnic, religion, class and gender. It is more than just a passport or an ID, it is where we achieve common purpose as citizens and when we really feel that we have equitable access and participation in the political, economic, social and cultural life of our country.It’s not about entitlement, but about equal opportunities and hope. It is about dialogue, listening and talking the Madiba way.Nelson Mandela is gifted with many extraordinary qualities, but for me the most potent quality he has is his ability to build bridges; to search for and find that common ground with others. And then use that common ground to build on understanding and find solutions. That is Madiba’s way.There is no doubt that great progress has been achieved in this country over the past 20 years. We do publish every year, my foundation, an index of governance, the African Index of Governance.We measure the 88 indicators of performance of each government in all aspects of their activities. South Africa ranked, in the year 2000, as number 31 in rural development out of 54 countries in Africa. Last year it was 22nd. There has been much improvement from 31 to 22nd. It is not a fantastic score, but it is a market improvement. It also tells us that a lot still has to be done about rural areas.I must say also that overall, South Africa is number five, it comes fifth in our overall index of governance. It’s a remarkable score to be number five out of 54. It is not bad at all. It is really good. However, the gap between rich and poor people in this country is still remarkable.The Gini table, which l admit is not the perfect measure but is a very important indicator, lists South Africa right at the bottom.This is the least equitable country in the whole world, and is it only legitimate for us to ask, after 20 years of independence, what exactly is really going on here? That’s the real challenge that our friends here in South Africa need to face up to. I think what we need is to have a good conversation about our policies on what worked and what did not work. We need to be brave, really, and have that kind of discussion.If we start with the issue of land, a very important issue, this country adopted a policy of willing seller and willing buyer. I think, and you would probably agree, it did not work.Isn’t it time for people to seek other solutions? Isn’t it time to find a solution within the Constitution that offers an equitable solution to all parties to address that issue? It is a very important issue for our people in the rural areas. And the government needs to have the courage in order to deal with that. Governance is never easy, but it has to be faced and this is a very important issue and it has not been addressed in the past 20 years.Black empowerment, the adopted black empowerment policy, was the objective of bridging the gap between the rich and the poor. Isn’t it the time to check what really happened with black economic empowerment? Did it help really bridge the gap between the rich and the poor? And if it did, why are we at the bottom of the table? I think we really need to have a conversation about that – at least for the sake of social cohesion. Talking about social coherence, we must also talk about young people, the youth. The youth are the largest constituency in our continent.Not only in South Africa, but in our continent. Half of the African population is below 19 years old. This is the largest constituency in Africa. This can be wonderful news but it can also be a major problem for us. It can be wonderful news because our democracy in South Africa and in Africa is the inverse of that democracy in Europe, China and Japan. There are no young people really in China or Japan. There have stopped having babies for some reason. Can Africa dream of being the future factory of the world instead of China? China is going to have a crunch in the next 10 or 20 years. Can we do that? What a wonderful prospect for us to have, that huge productivity of such young people can bring to our factories, our land and work place here. But in order to do that, we need to do two things:The first thing will have to be attention to education and training of that group of young people. What are we preparing them for? Is our education system matching our business needs? Are we producing the kind of people that future jobs will require? Are we doing that? I am not sure. I was having a conversation an hour ago with the vice-chancellor here and we both agreed that 2% of African students are studying agriculture, yet 70% of our people are living off the land. So we have an issue here of matching educational and training programmes to the job market. How many business people are involved in the educational process? I think none. That’s the first issue.The second issue is African economic integration. Only 11% of our trade is amongst the Africans. We refuse to let our people travel from one country to another. We always need a visa. And l also say, sadly, although being Sudanese, whenever l travel in Africa l always carry a British passport, because l am welcome.My colleague here, a member of our board, had huge trouble in getting a visa to be able to join me here. He was a secretary-general of the UN, a board member, but just to get a visa here is a major trouble. But with my British passport l am welcome here through your immigration lines. Is that acceptable?And let us take this further, as 54 countries, we are all subscale. We only have 14 exchanges, stock markets. Only six or seven of them have any liquidity. How can anybody start a business in a country which does not have a liquid stock exchange? If you are looking to invest money, you are looking at the dollar, you are looking for the exits. We have countries that have farming, we have countries that have tomatoes rotting because we cannot move tomatoes from here to there. There is no scale.If China was 54 different countries, would China have been where it is today? So let us get it clear in our heads that for us to move forward, we need to understand the important economic integration of Africa. We need freedom to move people, goods and capital across our borders. That is essential. So l think these are the two prerequisites. Simple. It’s not difficult. We need to get that in order for us to move forward. And we have an amazing future. We are a very rich continent. But what happens if we fail? We have a tsunami of young people, millions of young Africans coming for jobs every year. Where will these jobs come from? This is a recipe for a serious upheaval.Millions of young people without jobs and more important without hope, is a major problem. If you haven’t locked up your doors and called the army, that is a bleak future to face. That is a very serious issue. l hope that our leaders, and not only South Africa but all across Africa, can help us sleep tonight knowing that the tsunami of young people is coming, which we need to deal with. Our future depends on how we are going to deal with those young people. That is the mother of all social cohesion issues we face.Still on young people, given what is happening, given the demography of Africa, the majority of African people are under 19 years old. Below 25 years old is over 60% of the population. How much space do they have in the public arena? Who is listening to them? Are they invited to the table? The future they deserve is there. They understand the future better than us, and maybe they have better solutions than us. Have we had space for young people to come forward and join us in this process of thinking about what needs to be done? That is the challenge we need to deal with.Let’s go back to the numbers, l love the numbers, I am an engineer. I say half the population are around 19 years old. Do you know what the medium age is for African presidents? If you just compare the two numbers, you can see how divided we are. Where is the social cohesion here? This may be very interesting to note, Obama became president at 47 years old. Clinton at 46 years old. So people in their 40s are being elected to run a country that is not only the greatest super power, but it has a GDP economy of 15-trillion dollars a year – 15 times the total economy of Africa, which is about a trillion dollars.And those guys who are 40 years old are deemed to be able to run the US. Here we have somebody in our neighbouring country, who at 90 years old, is about to start a new term. So what is wrong with us? And the other day l was thinking, if Obama senior decided to take the young Obama back to Kenya, where would the young Obama be today? You may guess, l know, he will never be president of Kenya.We cannot talk about social cohesion without talking also about another important thing in our society, women.Women are actually the pillar of the African economy.  Seventy percent of our population depend on land, on agriculture. Who does agriculture? Women do agriculture. They do agriculture, family and kids and also schools. And yet women have not yet been allowed the dignity they really deserve in our society. There still is this male dominated xenophobia about women and we have to admit that.We have a problem here in Africa. And we really need to face the real problem. Rape is a terrible crime. Somehow it is widespread in Africa and widespread here in this country. That is not acceptable. So we cannot afford to lose what is vital productive element in our society, one essential for our social coherence.One thing l have to say here, is that l really wish to commend the government and the people of South Africa, l note that you have quite a good number of women in government, in parliament, as heads of state, companies and parastatals. Actually you have a high percentage of women, higher than any African country, actually higher than any country in the world and that is a wonderful achievement. So we have great tolerance and acceptance of the role of women and they do amazing jobs, really, but in the rest of society we don’t see that respect being reflected. We have a cultural issue and that is something we need to work on because culture is very difficult to change unless everybody is willing to work on that issue.Just to mention in figures, Africa in general improved a lot on ratings over the past 10 years on gender issues. We moved 37% up so that’s a great achievement over the past 10 years. But we are coming from a very low base so we should not pat ourselves on the back, not yet. There is a lot of work that needs to be done.Now finally I would really like to say that South Africa matters. Of course it matters to you as South Africans; it also matters to us as Africans. We look up to you. You are the most advanced – economically, industrially – country in Africa. We look in admiration to your wonderful struggle to freedom. We look at your founders, founding fathers, the great Mandela, he is our hero. He is an African icon. Not only for you, he is our hero too. So we expect a lot from you. And we will not refrain from being critical when we see you wavering and misbehaving because you matter for us. You are the locomotive. You are supposed to pull this region forward, economically, socially and culturally. We expect more from you.Unfortunately we have a deficit in leadership in Africa. In all of our 54 countries, you will understand exactly what l mean.We have a serious deficit in leadership. South Africa needs to step up and really play a better role in working with Africa. Leadership is not about bossing people around. Leadership is not about securing a seat on a security council on behalf of Africa or chairing the African Union.The leadership we are looking for is true engagement with Africa. We need a cohesive voice for Africa and that cohesive voice you can really help formulate. We need a cohesive voice on the issues of transparency, tax evasion and a lesser transfer of funds, a lot of issues really important for Africa, where we really need your strong voice to be there.You have a role to play in Africa by understanding Africa, by engaging with Africa. That is what we are looking for. We are waiting, don’t keep us waiting for a long time. As transcribedlast_img read more

Dan Uetrecht, Nov. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished up last Thursday, Nov. 8 with the double-crops and put the combine away for the year. There are still quite a few beans out around here. It has been a struggle to get the crops in. To finish up on the double-crops we were running them at 16% or 17%. We put them in a corn bin with Stir-Ator. I’m glad we have done that because they are calling for more rain and snow.I know two people who have over 1,000 acres of beans yet to go. Sometimes you have to just get out and do it. They ran well, they were just wet. We just have to keep them in condition and dry them down.Since we finished up the first crop the only thing we have been able to do in the field was to finish up the double-crops. It has been too wet. The way the ground is right now, guys may still be running but it won’t be pretty.We ran some stuff early and got some cover crops in. We had some really warm weather and this year the cover crops really benefitted. I think it is too wet and cold now and I think the time for planting cover crops is over.The wheat looks really good. Last year we kind of mudded it in and it never got a good start. It didn’t yield very well. This year we got a good start and it came up fast and is looking healthy.We had some forward contracts that will be pretty good. I think there will be opportunities in corn. I’ve already started selling $4 Dec new crop for next year. I think we have got to take advantage of that. There may be some bullish news for the corn. I have lowered my price that I’ll start selling at for beans. They are going to be tough. The last couple of years have been heavy beans and I think we’ll be heavy on corn next year if we have any kind of good planting weather in the spring.It has been a good year, but we had some trying moments, some tough things and we learned a lot.last_img read more

Yahoo Releases YQL-Powered Meme API

first_imgjolie odell Tags:#web#Yahoo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As an example of what YQL allows developers to do, Atlassian CEO Mike Cannon-Brooks told us in May, “YQL… allows you to build tables of data from other sources online, using Javascript as a programming language and run it on Yahoo!’s servers, so the infrastructure needs are very small.” Also from our May coverage:According to Yahoo Chief Technologist Sam Pullara, the idea behind YQL (launched in October 2008) was to create an agnostic query language similar to SQL, a language familiar to most developers, and let developers use that language to use the Internet as a huge database. “If you make it universally and simply accessible so every application developer doesn’t have to learn every API, it’s be easier for developers to create apps from the data users have taken so much time to make available on the Internet.”Although YQL looks a lot like SQL, it treats the info on the web as a virtual table that developers can manipulate in a standardized way, regardless of the API that data came from. Developers only had to know how to use YQL to quickly create simple mashups.Interested developers can check out the Meme documentation. The API, the site says, “is intended for developers who are familiar with RESTful Web services.” In addition to offering superior support for multimedia content and simple access through YQL, Meme also has an excellent built-in repost function, an asymmetrical friendship model, and OAuth compliance. Yahoo Meme, a rich-media microblog that originally started as a Portuguese-only web app and has since expanded to Spanish and English language versions, is often mistakenly called a Twitter clone.However, in stark contrast to the 140-character wunder-app, Meme has proven in the months since its release to be a much better platform for multimedia sharing and cross-platform content curation. Now, the Tumblr/Twitter/Posterous hybrid is offering an API built on top of YQL, Yahoo!’s query language that we covered back in May, when we were impressed with its power, versatility, and uniqueness. The Yahoo team has already used the API to develop a version of Meme for smartphones.According to the Yahoo Developer Network post announcing the release, “Developers can use this open API to create new applications based on Meme as well as easily create mashups with other products through YQL.” Related Posts last_img read more

No Free Tethering: AT&T Blocks BlackBerry Bridge From PlayBook

first_imgThe BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was released today and devoted fans of Research In Motion rushed to test out the features on the long-awaited device. Many were disappointed though as PlayBook users with BlackBerry smartphones on AT&T were prohibited from downloading one of the key features of the device, the BlackBerry Bridge.BlackBerry Bridge is the PlayBook application that allows users to connect information on BlackBerry smartphones to the tablet and enables the use applications on the tablet through the phone such as email, contacts and calendar, all of which are not yet native to the tablet. The application can also, theoretically, be used for tethering the PlayBook to a cellular network through the smartphone’s data plan since the first version of the tablet are Wi-Fi only.See also:RIM Confirms PlayBook Will Run Android AppsJust in Time for PlayBook’s Launch, New SDKs from RIMMixed Reviews for BlackBerry PlayBook, But Will It Be A Good Enterprise Device? This is where AT&T probably had an issue with RIM. The carrier is not fond of letting consumers use its bandwidth on its network for free and that is precisely what the BlackBerry Bridge allows users to do. AT&T charges customers that want to use their smartphone data plans to tether to laptops and tablets $20 per month (as does Verizon).In the past several months AT&T has been cracking down on users that have been working around the tethering fee, sending letters and text messages that say AT&T will automatically begin charging them the $20 fee if they do not stop using their smartphones as modems. Without Bridge, the PlayBook loses a lot of its value. If there is one killer enterprise application for the BlackBerry tablet, it is the ability to ability to seamlessly transfer information from a BlackBerry phone. By blocking the application, AT&T has not just stopped users accessing its 3G network through the tablet but also from accessing functionality that RIM has said differentiates its tablet from other tablet devices on the market.CrackBerry, the popular site dedicated to all things RIM, was the first to report the AT&T block. It has also posted a workaround for frustrated BlackBerry AT&T customers that, for now, seems to be working. RIM has announced that it will release versions of the PlayBook in all the various “4G” (WiMax, HSPA+, LTE) flavors coming later this year but no launch date has been set. One official carrier partner – Sprint – has said it will partner with a WiMax version of the tablet, due sometime this summer. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Our 10 Favorite Demo Reels (Fall 2015)

first_img5. Showreel 2015 – Tobias FreiCreated By: Tobias FreiWhy It’s Awesome: A clear mastery of secondary animation. 4. Brikk Showreel 2015Created By: BrikkWhy It’s Awesome: Great use of stylized 2D animation and texture. 2. Animation Reel 2015Created By: Eduard GrigoryanWhy It’s Awesome: Fantastic animation movements and texturing. 9. Ben Luce Demo Reel 2015Created By: Ben LuceWhy It’s Awesome: Wonderful hand-drawn animation. Need a quick creative boost? Get inspired with these ten amazing demo reels!Above image from Nicke Jacobsson showreel.It’s super important for creative professionals to always stay inspired. One of the best ways to stay constantly inspired is to watch demo reels. For your inspiration needs, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite demo reels from around the web. If you know of any other awesome demo reels, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.1. Perpetual.tv Showreel 2015Created By:  Marko MrvicWhy It’s Awesome: Marko has a beautifully simple design aesthetic that features great color theory.  7. Demo Reel 2015Created By: Ryan DeCarlo, Inc.Why It’s Awesome: A wide variety of design styles. All of these amazing demo reels can be found on our curated Best Showreels and Demo Reels group on Vimeo. If you’re looking for more inspiration — or simply want to share your demo reel with the world — go check it out!Know of any other awesome demo reels? We’d love to see them. Please share in the comments below. 10. Showreel 2015Created By: Mikael PettersénWhy It’s Awesome: Great particle work. 8. Marco Huertas – Director’s Reel 2015 (HD)Created By: Marco HuertasWhy It’s Awesome: Fantastic fashion/lifestyle cinematography.  6. Seb Chort / Demo 2015Created By: Seb ChortWhy It’s Awesome: Big-time VFX work. 3. Nicke Jacobsson – Colorist Reel 2015Created By: Nicke JacobssonWhy It’s Awesome: Beautiful color work that is highly stylized.last_img read more

Old School Tools Deserving of a Comeback

first_imgWhen I first started working in the professional world, I was asked to do a number of tasks that, at the time, were difficult for me. Only later did I recognize the value.The Vision BoardAnother leader had me make a vision board. Because this idea has gone out of fashion, I’ll share what a vision board is for you here. It’s a giant piece of poster board on which you glue pictures of the things that you want in your life. It might be a house, or a car, or a vacation. You placed your vision board right in front of you as a reminder of what you wanted in your life.Most people don’t spend the time to decide what they want their life to look like, drifting on the currents as the world pushes them this way and that. The vision board deserves revisiting.A Mirror and a ScriptVery early in my career, I was required to make cold calls while looking at myself in a mirror that was provided for me. My company also provided me with a script. The mirror helped you understand the level of energy and enthusiasm you were bringing to the call. Your low energy sounded like a lack of interest on your part—and it showed in the mirror. Simply smiling when you make a call changes the energy of the call, improves how you are perceived, and increases the chances you gain the commitment for time, i.e. a meeting.The script was tight, focused only an appointment and a value proposition. It included the five objections you were certain to here, and those objections never failed to appear during the call. Knowing how to deal with them provided a higher level of confidence.Recording a Sales CallOne assignment I was required to complete was difficult and intimidating. I was required to find a prospect willing to record my sales call with them. As if it wasn’t difficult enough to get a meeting, I also had to sell the fact that I was going to record the interaction. I found a prospect who was willing to allow me to record my sales call, and the call seemed to go well—until I watched it back with my manager and my peers.I was unfocused, off point, and trying way too hard to make something happen. Some of my poor performance was due to the camera, but the real cause was my lack of preparation and control. It would have taken me a lot longer to correct these things had I not had the pain of reliving the call in front of my peers.These tools that were lost should be found. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more