Via Rail wont require minimum Canadian content for its new trains

first_imgMONTREAL – Via Rail won’t establish minimum content requirements for the new trains it plans to order for Canada’s main railway corridor that transports millions of passengers annually.“As Via Rail is a Crown corporation, the procurement process must be compliant with laws and international treaties,” spokeswoman Mylene Belanger wrote in an email.The national passenger service said Monday that it will launch a request for qualifications, followed by a request for proposals that will take about a year to complete.Via said it expects the 32 new trains that will run between Quebec City and Windsor will maintain capacity for 9,100 seats. The first trains are scheduled to enter into service in early 2022, with the remainder delivered two years later.Belanger said the railway plans to conduct a “fair, open and transparent bidding structure process” accessible to all qualified companies. An independent fairness monitor will follow the procurement process.Long-term maintenance over the next 30 years will be completed in Canada.The lack of minimum content levels recently ruffled some feathers, especially with Bombardier workers, when the Caisse de depot awarded the rolling stock contract for its $6.3-billion electric train project in Montreal to a consortium involving Alstom Transport Canada and a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin.A spokesman for Bombardier Inc.’s railway division called the Via Rail project interesting.“The idea that the government wants to introduce elements that will allow this contract to take into account future electrification brings the Bombardier portfolio to the fore,” Jacques Tetrault said in an interview.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced funding Monday included in the recent budget to help Via Rail which he said has been playing an important role for decades in the lives of Canadians that rely on the train.He said the government has no choice but to have an open bidding process to anyone around the world.“I hope that there will be local content but we will conform to rules that guide us regarding international commerce,” he said in Ottawa.About 94 per cent of the nearly four million passengers Via Rail carries annually travel on the Quebec City to Windsor corridor.Via Rail declined to put an estimate on the required funding to replace its fleet but published reports have pegged the amount at up to $1.5 billion.The trains promise to reduce environmental emissions with more fuel-efficient engines, enhance accessibility for visually, hearing and physically impaired passengers and improve on-time performance from reduced mechanical breakdowns.The diesel engines will be able to operate on electricity as the infrastructure becomes available.Via Rail president Yves Desjardins-Siciliano said the funding will improve service by ensuring uninterrupted access along the busy rail corridor.“A new modern fleet will provide our travellers with safer, faster, more frequent, more accessible and environmentally friendlier service,” he said.Some of the old railway cars will be modernized and deployed on transcontinental and regional routes, while others would be sold or recycled, said Belanger.Ottawa also earmarked $8 million for Transport Canada to conduct economic analysis on a proposed high-frequency rail project between Quebec City and Toronto that would operate on dedicated tracks.Federal funding would also be used to explore the potential role for the Canada Infrastructure Bank in the project.Via Rail was created by the federal government in 1977 to take over intercity passenger service provided by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway.The company has struggled in the past after being forced to cut staffing and reduce service when its operating funding was slashed in half in 1990.A decade later, the government provided $402 million five years to purchase new cars.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP, TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

BJP drops old warrior MP Shatrughan from Bihar LS list

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after the Mahagadbandhan announced the seat-sharing pact and names of its candidates for phase 1 polls, the the BJP on Saturday announced 102 more candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, including national spokesman Sambit Patra from Puri, Odisha, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar (Morena, MP), Jayant Sinha (Hazaribagh, Jharkhand) and Shripad Naik (North Goa). Anurag Thakur has been renominated from Hamirpur.The party dropped four sitting MPs to fight anti-incumbency in Maharashtra. The party has dropped Pune MP Anil Shirole who has been replaced by Maharashtra Minister Girish Bapat. In Bihar, the BJP has dropped longtime “party warrior” Shatrughan Sinha from the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency and fielded Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from the Kayastha-dominated seat. Sinha is a two-time sitting MP from Patna Sahib but he has been unhappy with the BJP for the past couple of years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSinha has been seen aligned with the Opposition parties in targeting the Narendra Modi Government over issues ranging from demonetisation, GST, farmers’ distress, unemployment and allegations of corruption in Rafale deal. In the NDA list, Union Minister Giriraj Singh has been moved from his Nawada seat to Begusarai parliamentary constituency. Notably, Singh had expressed his displeasure over contesting from a new seat. The Nawada Lok Sabha seat has gone to the LJP as part of the seat-sharing pact and the LJP has fielded Chandan Singh (nephew of strongman Surajbhan Singh) from here. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh was named NDA candidate from Purvi Champaran. He is the sitting MP. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe NDA’s list for Bihar has also taken care of caste equations as the party has fielded 13 candidates from the general category, 12 candidates belonging to the backward community and seven candidates belong to the extremely backward classes. The NDA has fielded three Bhumihar candidates while seven candidates belong to the Rajput community. In Uttar Pradesh, Pradeep Choudhary will contest from Kairana, which the BJP had lost in the by-polls while Yeshwant has been fielded from Nagina and Bhola Singh from Bulandshahr. Octogenarian party leader and sitting Kangra MP Shanta Kumar has been dropped. Kishan Kapoor will replace him. With Saturday’s 102 names, the party has announced 286 candidates.last_img read more

EverBank Field Rating the sight of the Gator Bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It wasn’t the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and it wasn’t the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., but the EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., site of the 2012 Gator Bowl, was the best bowl game location Ohio State football could do this season. The stadium, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, holds more than 77,000 fans and was home of Super Bowl XXXIX between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. The mostly-full stadium held 61,312 fans for Monday’s Gator Bowl, and The Lantern was there to cover the game, and rate the quality of the venue. Here is our rating of EverBank Field, should Buckeyes, Browns or Bengals fans find themselves there in the future. All categories were rated on a five-point scale, with a five being the highest. Sight lines/seating: One of the most important factors when shelling out big bucks for an NFL game or a college football bowl game is your proximity to the field and the sight lines. Luckily for those in attendance for Monday’s Gator Bowl, the Buckeyes’ and Gators’ sideline areas were narrow. The front row of seats was quite close to the playing surface. The stadium was not particularly tall, and the higher the row you sat in, the farther you were from the action, kind of like the Rose Bowl. Upper deck seats might not have been the best vantage point, but the expansive lower bowl would be well worth the price of admission. Lantern rating: 2 Access to stadium/location: Though the stadium wasn’t at full capacity, traffic to the game was manageable — a 15-minute cab ride from downtown Jacksonville. Public transit is an option, as is an elevated, light-rail train that runs right past the stadium. Very convenient. The stadium location is also quite nice. The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, home of the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, is a beautiful, red-brick ball field adjacent to EverBank Field. Lastly, and perhaps best of all, the stadium is located on the banks of the St. Johns River, which makes for a picturesque scene. Lantern rating: 4 Aesthetics of the stadium: EverBank Field is comprised mostly of large concrete ramps that run up to the upper levels of the stadium. It isn’t very colorful or particularly eye-grabbing. The open-air facility was very open indeed, and probably not conducive to allowing crowd noise to reverberate and bother the team you’re rooting against. Lantern rating: 1 Gameday atmosphere: There was a large tailgate party situated on a lawn outside of the stadium. Hundreds of fans attended, ate, drank and watched college football on a jumbo-sized television screen. The cost of admission to the tailgate was $10, but your “ticket” to enter was the official Gator Bowl patch — worn by both teams during the game — attached to a lanyard. The patch was a fine souvenir and the tailgate grounds gave fans the opportunity to meet and get pumped for the game. Lantern rating: 4.5 To visit or not to visit: All categories considered, EverBank Field garnered a 2.875. A trip to EverBank Field, which was built in 1995, could be justified for a college football bowl game. A trip to see the Jaguars, which finished the 2011 season with a 5-11 record, though? Probably not. read more

Achraf reveals his lack of relationship with Julen Lopetegui

first_imgBorussia Dortmund’s left-back spoke to El Larguero about the lack of relationship he had with Julen Lopetegui, Real Madrid’s former manager.Now that Julen Lopetegui is out and Santiago Solari is in at Real Madrid, Moroccan left-back Achraf Hakimi has a bigger chance to play for Los Blancos due to his good relationship with the new boss.This Monday evening, the Dortmund player offered an interview to El Larguero ahead of his squad’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid at the Metropolitano Stadium.The Colchoneros lost their first match against the vibrant German squad that is filled with young players such as Achraf, but this will be a very special match for him because of his past as a Madridista and he will certainly try to enjoy it.The last time these two squads faced a few weeks ago, Atletico painfully lost 4-0 at Signal Iduna Park with a staggering three assists from the young Real Madrid product.This impact he is making in German football is a perfect way to convince Los Blancos that he needs to return to the club as soon as possible, everybody thought that he was already in talks with the club due to the fantastic season he is having with Borussia Dortmund.But to everybody’s surprise, Achraf is actually not even planning on a return yet because he only had contact with Lopetegui once.📻 @AchrafHakimi en @ellarguero, sobre su salida del Madrid: “Lopetegui tampoco sabía mucho lo que iba a pasar, a quien iban a traer y demás. Le dije que prefería tener minutos y él no sabía si iban a traer algún fichaje y demás. No, no fue decisión suya” https://t.co/JD2CAggxTj pic.twitter.com/DSYry7pK9l— El Larguero (@ellarguero) November 5, 2018This revelation is nothing but another main reason why Julen Lopetegui was clearly not the ideal man to coach Real Madrid, his lack of understanding of the environment was too great to ignore and his inability to recognize that the young players are the club’s best bet for the future is what doomed him in the end.Achraf is already getting all the recognition he deserves in Germany, and he is also getting all the attention he needs from the club because Santiago Solari is currently in charge.The Argentine manager coached Achraf during his time at Castilla and all he needs now is for Santi to stay as the boss, the player is aware that the opportunity is there and this Tuesday will be key for him to finally convince Florentino that he needs to return and become the next great left-back who can help Marcelo retire with grace and without worrying about leaving his position unprotected.Because of Borussia Dortmund’s visit to Madrid where they will play against Atletico this Tuesday, Achraf agreed to do an interview with El Larguero and spoke about the possibility of going back to Real Madrid and his lack of relationship with Lopetegui.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.#UCL mood ⚽ pic.twitter.com/MXxVRUNQVV— Achraf Hakimi (@AchrafHakimi) November 5, 2018“I didn’t really have a lot of contact with Lopetegui. I only had one phone call with him before the season started to see what my situation was and that’s it,” said Achraf to Cadena Ser’s El Larguero.“He didn’t really know what was going to happen because he was going through his first days at Real Madrid and he had no idea who the club was going to bring. And well, I also told him that I preferred having more minutes and he didn’t know if the club was going to sign a player in my position or not.”“Things are very difficult at Real Madrid right now, but I think the club will come out on top in the end. I’m happy for Solari because he has the chance to coach the first squad and he will prove his worth little by little.”“I love the intensity he transmits in every practice, in every match, you can see how it shows on the pitch.”“I’ve been a Madridista since I was a little kid and I would love to succeed in the club of my life.”“But I’m only thinking about the present for now, which is to succeed in Dortmund and make things go well for me. Then we will see what happens later,” he concluded.Achraf: “No hablé mucho con Lopetegui, él tampoco sabía muy bien lo que iba a pasar” https://t.co/BDeFYze18k pic.twitter.com/IkjGixacBv— El Larguero (@ellarguero) November 5, 2018When do you think is the best time for Achraf to return to Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Hasan Salihamidzic reacts to Bayerns UCL draw

first_imgBayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic insists the team’s UEFA Champions League second round which pits them against Liverpool is a tough one.The German champions who were seeded for the draw which took place on Monday morning, will face Jurgen Klopp’s team over two legs when the knockout stages begin in February.“They’re the team of the hour, they’re the league leaders in England.” Salihamidzic said, according to the club’s official website.“They play good football, they’re very physical and they’re full of energy. You need two good days. They were in the final last year, they’re a top side, it’s a tough one but these are the challenges that you look forward to as a player and that you have to overcome in your career.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Andres Jung, another board member of the German club, said:“Liverpool are one of the strongest teams we could’ve got. We’ll prepare well and certainly have no fear. It’ll be a great away game but the stadium isn’t that big, so we won’t have many tickets for our fans. We have respect for every team, and certainly for Liverpool. They’ll be two great games.”last_img read more

50000 donated by Wine Cellar

first_img Related Items:fishing, golf, tournament, youth, youth center This year’s 6th Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament attracted 12 golfers and six fishing teams to compete in events which raised major money for the two youth charities. More than eighteen thousand dollars was presented in prizes and it was announced that twenty percent of proceeds would be split between The Youth Center and the Sailing Club. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA super $50,000 in donation cheques was presented to the Edward Garland Youth Center and TCI Sailing Club yesterday by the Wine Cellar.  With $25,000 going to each organization and some $163,000 donated over the past six years, event organizers were pleased and expressed gratitude to everyone who showed support and allowed these sizable contributions to be made in the development of young people. Youth Department spearheading anti-violence workshop for Boys Skippings says Youth needs respect, not concerts Tax Hikeslast_img read more

Klopp defends Salahs current form

first_imgJurgen Klopp has defended the form of key player Mohamed Salah despite critics questioning the Egyptian’s recent displays.Salah’s form is in stark contrast to the standard he set last season with only nine goals in his 20 games so far compared to the 15 goals he notched in at this stage last term.However, Klopp has come out to defend the form of the winger even after taking him off in the Merseyside derby.“I don’t have to repeat that,” he told the Mirror. “How people judge it, you or whoever, I have no influence on. That’s how it is. It’s a free world and we can judge things, however.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It’s all good. I think he has scored seven so far in the league. Who has scored most? Aubameyang? And he scored twice in the last game. So nobody is 15 goals away from him.“The season is like it is, and we all have to start new. You can take nothing for granted and think things will be easy.“He could have scored more with the chances he’s had, but there is nothing else to say. Just try and get yourself ready for the next game, try to do your best and then after the season, you will get judged, not during the season.“You can do that, but for us that’s not really important.”last_img read more

Merson Torreira has transformed Arsenal

first_imgArsenal great Paul Merson feels that Lucas Torreira has filled the void left by Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva over a decade ago at the clubThe 22-year-old midfielder arrived in the summer from Serie A side Sampdoria for a £26m transfer fee.After a difficult start to life in London, Torreira has become a key part of the Arsenal squad that have gone their last 22 matches without defeat following Thursday night’s 1-0 Europa League win against Qarabag FK.“They’ve been crying out for someone like him since Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira,” Merson told Sky Sports.“He gets around people, closes players down, gets everybody fighting. He’s not a natural passer, but he sets the tempo.“I’ve said all along, for years and years; Arsenal are one of the best teams in the world with the ball. But for the last four or five years they’ve been one of the worst in the world without the ball. He has changed that.“When Torreira gets around people, it’s a domino effect, and everybody else rallies and gets around the opposition players.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“And his attitude is great; he leaves nothing on the pitch and gets stuck in. He gets people going. He’s done absolutely outstandingly well, and came up with two massive goals in the last couple weeks.”Despite expecting Torreira to improve though, Merson doubts any of Arsenal’s rivals will be in a hurry to sign him.“Liverpool wouldn’t buy him tomorrow morning, I wouldn’t have thought any of the top four would. He can and will get better, but he’s done great,” added Merson.“They needed it, we all knew that, Arsene Wenger knew it but he was too stubborn to go and get someone.“He could be playing at Southampton and wouldn’t get a mention, or Burnley. No-one would mention it. It’s just that Arsenal needed it so badly.”Arsenal will next take a trip to St Mary’s to face Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.last_img read more

Huawei says US ban will significantly harm American jobs companies

first_imgUS actions against Huawei will “affect tens of thousands of American jobs,” according to the company. Alain Jocard/Getty Images Chinese tech giant Huawei says its blacklisting by the US will harm jobs, industry and economics in the states.”This decision is in no one’s interest,” Huawei said in a statement Thursday. “It will do significant economic harm to the American companies with which Huawei does business, affect tens of thousands of American jobs and disrupt the current collaboration and mutual trust that exist on the global supply chain.”Huawei added that it will immediately seek remedies against the decision and “find a resolution.”The company had been added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List late Wednesday, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks. Among other things, the Entity List applies to companies engaging in “activities contrary to US national security and/or foreign policy interests,” according to the bureau’s website. Post a comment 0 Share your voice The Huawei controversy: Everything you need to know Weighing Huaweicenter_img Tags The core issue with Huawei has been concerns over its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. The CIA has reportedly warned intelligence officials that Huawei receives funding from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network.Trump’s executive order declared that foreign adversary threats to communications networks, technology and services are a national emergency. Huawei has repeatedly denied that its products pose a security threat, following Australia banning Huawei from 5G in August.In its statement Thursday, Huawei called itself “the unparalleled leader in 5G” and said the US ban would lead to the states “lagging behind” in deployment of the next-generation networking technology.”We are ready and willing to engage with the US government and come up with effective measures to ensure product security,” Huawei said. “Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives.”Read: Samsung has the most to gain from Google putting Huawei on iceIs the threat real?Huawei denies it has strong ties to the Chinese government. But even if the allegations were true, company officials told CNET in an interview that the security threat is still minimal simply because of the way communications networks are built. “We don’t control the customer network,” Andy Purdy, Huawei’s chief security officer, said in an interview with CNET. “The carriers do. China can order us to do whatever the hell they want. But if we don’t have access to the customer data, we can’t send it back to China.”He went on to explain that mobile operators source their equipment from multiple vendors, which isn’t only a good cyber security practice but also makes good business sense. Francis Dinha, CEO of the security software company OpenVPN, agrees that operators use equipment from multiple vendors and said it’s the wireless operators who are ultimately responsible for securing their networks. “You shouldn’t trust any equipment manufacturer, no matter where the company is from, in terms of security,” he said. “Operators are not stupid. They know they need to build a different layer of security to really cope with these problems.”Still, Dinha acknowledges that lawmakers and national security policy experts have valid concerns about Huawei’s relationship with China, even though the company says it can’t be compelled to spy for the Chinese government. “I’m not saying that you should trust China and simply take their word that they can’t be ordered to do something malicious,” he said. “You shouldn’t. But there are ways to mitigate these risks by building in layers of security.”Huawei’s Purdy said that the company is open to discussing how it can work with US officials to ensure that 5G networks are protected, but so far no one is willing to talk. “Because of the hostility against Huawei, there is a lack of willingness to let the experts talk about the facts,” he said. “There are new standards in risk mitigation capabilities that are out there, we can address the risk.”He said he’s hopeful those lines of communication will open soon. The cost of not doing business with HuaweiDon Morrissey, head of Congressional, State and Local Government Affairs for Huawei, said it’s in the best interest of the US to find a way to work with Huawei. He said that limiting access to an important 5G vendor for equipment will limit competition, which will raise costs for building these networks. Providers will ultimately pass those costs on to consumers. He also added there are other economic concerns as Huawei sources some of its components from US companies.  “We spent $11 billion with American companies last year,” he said. “That’s American companies in Idaho, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan, Arizona, California and New York.”CNET’s Steven Musil contributed to this report.Updated 2:44 pm PT: Added comments from Huawei executives and Francis Dinha of OpenVPN. Mobile Phones Politics Huaweilast_img read more

Tata Sons plans to become private limited Mistrys look to scuttle move

first_imgA man walks past a Tata sign outside their offices in London, Britain March 30, 2016.Reuters fileTata Sons sought shareholders’ approval to amend its memorandum of association and articles of association to convert itself from a public limited company to private limited.It has also sought to change the name of the company from Tata Sons Limited to Tata Sons Private Limited, Business Standard (BS) reported on Friday.Cyrus Investments — one of Shapoorji Pallonji family’s holding companies — has already objected to Tata Sons’ attempt to convert to a private limited company, saying it amounts to oppression of minority shareholders, BS reported.”The proposal to convert Tata Sons from a public company to a private company constitutes yet another act of oppression of the minority shareholders of Tata Sons at the hands of the majority shareholders,” said Cyrus Investments in its letter to Tata Sons’ board of directors.Two investment firms of the Shapoorji Pallonji family own 18.4 percent equity stake in the company. On the other side, 66 percent stake is owned by the Tata Trust, while the rest of the shares are mostly held by the Tata family and group companies.The Board of Tata Sons had earlier in August, under the chairmanship of N Chandrasekaran, ordered its group to snap all ties with Cyrus and Shapoor Mistry’s SP Group.”As the promoter and principal shareholder of your company and as the custodian of the ‘Tata’ brand, Tata Sons does not support any businesses dealing in any form, whether directly or indirectly, through contracts or subcontracting arrangements,” Tata Sons had said in a directive signed by FN Subedar, chief operating officer. In picture: Cyrus MistryReutersTata sons requires 75 percent votes in favour of the resolution to change its corporate structure. The holding company’s annual general meeting (AGM) is scheduled for September 21.Other than shareholders approvals, the company also needs clearance from National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to change its corporate structure.When asked why Tata Sons was being converted into a private limited company, a spokesperson told BS: “The reinstatement of Tata Sons as a private company was considered by the board to be in its best interest.”Corporate law experts have mixed opinions on this, with many of them believing that converting to a private limited concern would entail lesser compliance requirements for Tata Sons.There is no mandatory requirement of independent directors when a company goes private. “This could be construed as detrimental to the status of minority shareholder,” BS quoted a corporate law expert as saying.last_img read more

Apple Music Passes 50 Million Subscribers Including Free Trials

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Apple Music’s streaming service now has more than 50 million users via paid subscriptions and free trials, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during an interview on Bloomberg TV.While the number seemingly marks a huge jump for the service — which announced 36 million subscribers in February, 38 million in March and 40 million in April — Cook’s decision to include free trials, which were at 8 million at the time of the 40 million announcement and not included in that figure, keeps it on the more modest but still very impressive 2-million-paid-subscriber-per-month track it has posted throughout this year.The service still lags behind Spotify, which announced that it has reached 75 million mark in its first earnings report as a public company earlier this month, but its subscriber count is actually growing at a slower rate than Apple’s; it shows a monthly growth rate of 5% versus Spotify’s 2%, per a recent report in WSJ.center_img Last month Apple also announced the promotion of Oliver Schusser to lead Apple Music Worldwide. His new title is vice president of Apple Music & International Content. Schusser has led efforts outside the U.S. related to the App Store, iTunes’ movies and TV portals, iBooks, Apple Podcasts, and more. He has worked closely with Apple svp of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, who hired Schusser some 14 years ago.Schusser will relocate from London to California, splitting his time between Apple Park in Cupertino and Apple’s offices in Culver City. While in the U.K., he played a key role in the acquisition of Shazam, which has yet to receive European regulatory approval. He will continue to lead international teams in 38 different offices.With Oliver’s promotion, Apple marketing executive Tracey Hannelly will lead International, which services 155 markets. She joined the company in 2007 beginning in Australia and New Zealand. While working as a director in the international sector, Hannelly was instrumental in identifying emerging markets.The appointments have no impact on the current standing of Jimmy Iovine, says an insider. Schusser, who previously held positions at Bertelsmann, Universal, Napster and Vodafone, will report to Cue, and Hannelly to Schusser.last_img read more

New model for social marketing campaigns details why some information goes viral

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Marketers dream of finding ways to get something to “go viral” on the Internet. Indeed, viral marketing, whether it be through email, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter, has become the Holy Grail of online marketing campaigns. With viral marketing, it is possible for the message to reach millions in a matter of hours. Marketers and scientists alike have been studying this phenomenon in the hopes that it will yield information about human dynamics. “There has been a lot of research done on social networks,” Esteban Moro tells PhysOrg.com. “However, until now it has been rare to get feedback from an actual performed experiment. Most research on social media is done with data that is inferred. But we have real experimental data for the basis of our model.” Moro is a scientist at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences at Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain. Along with José Luis Iribarren at an IBM division based in Madrid, Moro devised a viral marketing experiment that provides some quantitative conclusions about how something goes viral online. Their work appears in Physical Review Letters: “Impact of Human Activity Patterns on the Dynamics of Information Diffusion.”“Most models of information diffusion through social media are based on the idea of homogeneity in human response,” Moro explains. According to Moro, most models are based around the average time that it takes for a person to respond to a request and then to pass it on. This model, while it might be useful in predicting some aspects of online marketing campaigns, does not adequately account for the reasons that some rumors, advertisements, content and even viruses suddenly explode worldwide in what is known as “going viral.”“Humans respond differently,” Moro continues. “We performed a viral marketing experiment and used the response to build a different model, based on the heterogeneity of human response.” The experiment consisted of seeding a campaign over the Internet that rewarded participants for passing it along via email to friends and colleagues. The email messages reached more than 30,000 individuals in 11 European countries, and Moro and Iribarren were able to track the spread of the piece of information through social networks. “Collectively, most information moves at a slower pace through networks than expected,” Moro says.But, if information moves slower than expected through social networks, how does one explain some information that “goes viral” quickly? Moro says that there is a tipping point of information spreading through social networks. The ability to surpass that tipping point and reach most of the collectivity is determined by those who are more actively involved in social media. “Some people respond to email within a couple of minutes. They are more active on social networks. If these people find something compelling, they respond quickly and propagate the information through their social neighborhood,” Moro says. “It’s about a difference in the way we schedule priorities, and differences in the way humans send information.” Time dynamics of the biggest viral cascade, from Spain. Each “snapshot” represents the process at different times. The circles represent participates and the arrows describe the propagation of the message. Colors are meant to help you keep track of different stages of the message propagation. Image credit: Esteban Moro and José Luis Iribarren. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. On the other hand, if information does not reach the tipping point needed to “go viral,” it is because that information is at the mercy of those who take longer to respond. Instead of capturing the interest of the fastest responders, some information merely moves slowly through social networks, sometimes lasting months or years as it continues to be pushed through social media channels as people get around to it after days or weeks. “Even though our experiment lasted only a couple of months,” Moro says, “we were still receiving responses after finishing it. People were still responding. It was just taking them longer to get around to it.”The model offers interesting insight into human dynamics. “Our work shows that there is no such thing as a typical time scale in human dynamics, and the impact of this fact in information diffusion,” Moro insists. “This sharply contrasts with current information diffusion models that base information spread on homogenous response time.” He also points out that this work could also be helpful in tracking the spread of fads, hoaxes, opinions or rumors. Moro says that IBM has a patent to detail a model for viral marketing campaigns. “Our model allows us to predict how many people get the campaign message the first day, and how long it will take the message to go through social networks. The model provides a mathematical framework for modeling efficiency in social networks.” More information: José Luis Iribarren, Esteban Moro, “Impact of Human Activity Patterns on the Dynamics of Information Diffusion,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.038702 . Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Citation: New model for social marketing campaigns details why some information ‘goes viral’ (2009, August 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-social-campaigns-viral.html The Physics of Friendship Explore furtherlast_img read more

Happy 170th birthday to Staffordshires ticket to ride

first_imgDave Barrett and Robin Mathams In 2017 the busy services take 56 minutes to travel from Stafford to Rugby – travelling at up to 125mph. But back in 1847 the stopping passenger service would have taken two and a quarter hours – longer than most journeys between Stafford and London nowadays. At first the line was used for through goods traffic and local stopping passenger services only, but Victoria, husband Prince Albert and their-then five children were aboard the first through train of passenger coaches to use the line, on their way from Fleetwood to London, on an unscheduled passage of the Royal Train. Robin and Dave said: “The train had hastily been laid on because the Royal Family had experienced a severe delay due to a storm on their sea voyage from Scotland. “The line was due to be opened on June 26 1847, for which a sumptuous luncheon for around 600 guests was held at Tamworth, but because of the recent disastrous collapse of Robert Stephenson’s bridge over the River Dee at Chester, the opening was delayed whilst six bridges of a similar, but upgraded design, were subjected to additional tests and found to be fit for purpose – they lasted some 50 years. An engraving of Rugeley Station published in the London Gazette “Sir Robert Peel was the principal speaker at the luncheon and Sir Robert’s brother, Edmund, was Chairman of the Trent Valley Railway Company.” The Trent Valley Railway Company had been formed in April 1844 by a group of mainly Manchester businessmen, to build a line to bypass Birmingham giving a more direct line to the north, Robin and Dave explained. This timber trestle bridge at Baswich spanned the River Penk and Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal before it was destroyed by fire in 1858. “Theirs wasn’t the first proposal for such a line, but they succeeded. They later sold their company and the line – still under construction – to the London and Birmingham Railway Company in April 1846, it becoming part of the mighty London and North Western Railway which was established three months later on July 16. “The railway was initially surveyed by Robert Stephenson. It was constructed by Thomas Brassey and partners with construction starting in November 1845, the same month Sir Robert Peel ceremonially cut the first sod of earth at Tamworth. It took 18 months to build and cost £1.177m (around £160m today). Volunteers give Longton railway station ‘a spring clean’ “Of the 11 original stations – Milford and Brocton being opened 30 years later – Nuneaton, Atherstone, Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley and Rugeley Trent Valley remain open today. At Polesworth only the northbound platform remains open, with one train per day calling at 7.23am. Villagers call on HS2 plan for Whitmore and Madeley to be revised – with residents told to have their say “Atherstone Station retains its original, magnificent Trent Valley Railway building designed by John Livock, but rest of the buildings have long since been demolished, apart from Station House at Colwich and the level crossing keeper’s lodge at Mancetter, Atherstone.” Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA RAILWAY line that provides a vital link to London for Staffordshire passengers celebrates its 170 anniversary today. The Trent Valley Railway, a 50 mile section of the West Coast Main Line between Stafford and Rugby, was opened on September 15 1847 – 10 years into the reign of Queen Victoria. Little Haywood residents Robin Mathams and Dave Barrett have spent the past eight years researching the detailed history of the line, which passes through Rugeley, Lichfield, Tamworth, Atherstone and Nuneaton and is currently served by London Midland trains. A photograph of the approach side, courtesy of Mrs Margaret Neal, showing the half-timbered Rugeley station building designed by John Livock and built by Thomas Brassey.last_img read more