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Rates drop Thursday for NW Natural gas

first_imgPortland – NW Natural customers will pay about 7 percent less for their natural gas starting Thursday.The typical residential customer who uses 57 therms per month will save about $3.81 per month, according to a news release from the company.The decrease is due to the Purchased Gas Adjustment recently approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.Commercial customers will save about 7.7 percent, or pay $16 less for those using an average of 244 therms per month.Actual savings may vary.NW Natural serves about 2 million people in Oregon and Southwest Washington.last_img read more

Jill Herzig Named EditorinChief of Dr Oz The Good Life

first_imgThe magazine is set to open with a 450,000 rate base, and will complement Oz’s syndicated television talk show.”He’s convincing America that a healthy lifestyle is the bedrock of happiness,” says Herzig in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working with him to create a rich, imaginative editorial package for that transformative message.” Hearst Corp. president and CEO Steve Swartz and Hearst Magazines president David Carey looked inward in recruiting Redbook editor-in-chief Jill Herzig for the same position at Dr. Oz The Good Life.Her hiring, announced Wednesday, comes after word that the magazine will go to a 10X frequency with the Aug./Sept. 2014 launch after successful test releases in January and April. They were under the editorial direction of Alison Brower, but she is leaving Hearst Magazines to return to California.In terms of magazine seniority, Dr Oz is quite a change for Herzig because Redbook is 111 years old. However, shaking up the norm isn’t something Herzig is shy about doing. She did upgrade the beauty and fashion portion of Redbook content from 30 to 50 percent in April 2013 while ending such former editorial mainstays as parenting and relationships. When she was at Redbook she told min that her role was “a never-ending process of keeping Redbook fresh.”From 2003-2010, Herzig was Glamour executive editor and top lieutenant to editor-in-chief Cindi Leive. Earlier career stops included SELF, New Woman and Cosmopolitan under the late editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown.last_img read more

Walmart snags Google and Amazon alum as CTO

first_imgWalmart is pushing further into tech. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Walmart has named former Google, Amazon, Microsoft and IBM exec Suresh Kumar as its chief technology officer, a newly created position. Kumar will use his experience in e-commerce, cloud and machine learning for the role, Walmart said in a blog post Tuesday.First spotted by CNBC, Kumar will report directly to CEO Doug McMillon, who said Kumar “has a unique understanding of the intersection of technology and retail.””The technology of today and tomorrow enables us to serve our customers and associates in ways that weren’t previously possible,” McMillon added.At Google, Kumar served as vice president and general manager of display, video, app ads and analytics. At Microsoft, he was corporate vice president of cloud infrastructure and operations. He spent 15 years at Amazon, including as vice president of technology for retail.Walmart has been pushing more into tech, last week launching a range of Walmart tablets running Android Pie.They come in 8-inch and 10-inch varieties costing $64 and $79. Both run on the Android 9 operating system, have a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM storage.Walmart is also selling a 10.1-inch tablet with detachable keyboard for $99.They all have a 2-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2.5D touchscreen, and a resolution of 800×1,280.Walmart, looking to compete more with Amazon, launched one-day shipping this month. Walmart Amazon Google IBM Microsoft Share your voice Mobile Tech Industry Online 0:55 Android Pie Preview • Android Pie works like the iPhone X these two ways Tags How To • Android Pie 9.0: 4 settings you need to change Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 What Amazon’s one-day shipping means for youlast_img read more

Rangetopping Porsche Taycans overboost function will push power past 700 hp

first_img Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow 42 Photos Porsche 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss 19 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Enlarge ImageFor a few moments, the Taycan will put down over 700 horsepower. Yowza.By this time next week, we’ll finally have seen Porsche’s long-awaited Taycan electric sedan. Ahead of time, there are new details still spilling out about the electric car, and this tidbit is one for the power-hungry driver.Per a drive preview from Autocar, the range-topping Porsche Taycan supposedly sports an overboost function that will help the car produce over 700 horsepower for a period of time. That’s Dodge Challenger Hellcat territory, minus any engine emissions. Reportedly, this range-topping car will be split into Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S designations — a goofy nomenclature considering there are no turbos onboard, but I digress.The overboost function activates for 2.5 seconds to unlock 700-plus horsepower and supposedly helps send the electric car from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds. Porsche has long been keen to point out the Taycan will absolutely house the company’s spirit and performance, and so far, the German marque appears to be delivering.It’s likely the overboost function played a key part in the car’s 7:42 Nurburgring Nordschleife run. While the lap time didn’t set any overall lap records, it is the fastest four-door electric car around the 12.8-mile circuit. Porsche also showcased the fact its upcoming electric sedan can go from 0 to 124 mph and back in just 10 seconds — multiple times in a testament to the battery-electric powertrain’s grunt.Without the overboost, we’re likely looking at around 600 hp for the range-topping Taycan along with a 300-mile range. Expect other models to fill the lineup with less performance and shorter ranges. We’ll have the full details when Porsche is ready to show the car off in September. Tags Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Electric Cars Performance Cars 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Share your voice 1:29 Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan More From Roadshow Share your voice Goodyear Oxygene is a living, connected tire 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Electric Cars Auto Tech 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Porsche,Sono calls the moss-filled dash BreSono and uses it to filter incoming air. Sono Typically, if you had moss in the interior of your car, that would be considered a bad thing. That’s not necessarily the case for this small, solar-powered electric vehicle from German startup Sono.The Sono Sion uses the moss, which is covered with a transparent panel, thankfully, and according to a report Thursday by Electrek, it’s part of the Sion’s cabin air filtering system. Unlike the moss inside Goodyear’s Oxygene tire concept, this moss has kicked the proverbial bucket, but because of its structure, it’s still a good filter.The Sion was conceived as a low-cost EV and debuted back in March with a 35 kilowatt-hour battery and a body covered in solar panels, but this is the first we’re seeing of its interior. The rest of the passenger cabin is pretty sparse, with a small digital instrument binnacle in front of the driver and a Tesla Model 3-like central screen sprouting from the dash.sono-motors-sion-side-profile-frontEnlarge ImageIn addition to the mossy dash, the Sono Sion is slathered in solar panels to help keep its 35 kWh battery topped up. Sono The Sion was initially marketed for the low, low price of $18,000 but — and this might be a little shocking (pun intended) — the battery pack costs extra. That is estimated to cost an additional $10,500 if bought outright, or there would be a monthly fee. I know that sounds weird, but it’s not unheard of in Europe — the Renault Zoe is sold this way.It’s unlikely that we’ll ever see the Sono Sion on our roads here in the US, but the company says it should enter production for Europe sometime in the latter half of 2020. Goodyear’s Oxygene tire is actually alive 0 Tags 5:27 Post a commentlast_img read more

India Pins Hopes on Budget 2015 Will it be the Harbinger of

first_imgThe year 2015 will see the Narendra Modi government bring in major reforms in micro- and macro-economic sectors, which would reflect in the Sensex and the GDP growth numbers.Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2015/16 would address the reforms needed.In 2014, the Sensex rallied 30%, even as overall economic growth remained rather subdued. A woman speaks on her phone as she walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai.ReutersThe reform push and investments in infrastructure will give a massive fillip to the valuations of companies — ranging from construction, cement and steel to those dealing with housing and finance.Modi emerged onto the national scene in 2014 with a promise to deliver collective growth and has been instrumental in structuring the necessary reforms to act as a base for further reforms.India and the world are looking at Budget 2015 as the harbinger of growth. India has perennially been promising, but has rarely had the chance to deliver on those promises. The budget would also act as an indicator of future growth planning.However, alongside the focus on reforms, another crucial area that needs immediate attention is revenue leak. India struggles to achieve direct and indirect tax targets. The fall in collection of projected revenue exerts severe pressure on the fiscal deficit.Even as Modi government gears up for an improved retail spending, it needs to concentrate on bringing in the section of the population that has historically paid an un-proportionately lower tax.Jaitley has reinforced his commitment to working towards a non-adversarial tax regime, for the corporate sector. Experts expect the bourses to go up by about 15-20%, as the fundamentals get stronger. Since October, the government has gone ahead with reforms on incremental basis; the diesel price deregulation, the auction of coal blocks, etc, with the economic growth remaining muted.The quarters October to December 2014 and current quarter January to March 2015 would see tepid growth numbers, with the momentum unlikely to gain pace on the back of stalled investments, keeping resources locked up. However, the momentum is expected to receive a boost post-Budget, says an HSBC report. ReutersThe bank expects growth to pick up in 2015-16 and 2016-17, fuelled by the revival in investment and increased reforms. It expects the economy to expand by 5.9% in the current quarter.In 2015, the Goods and Services Tax Bill, Land Acquisition Bill, Insurance Bill and the Coal Ordinance will be tabled in the Parliament. The passage of the Bills is critical for the Indian economy. The Winter Session of the Parliament was a complete washout, with the Opposition managing to scuttle the entire session over the reconversion issue.UBS head of India research Gautam Chhaochharia expects 2015 to also be the year where macro- and micro-economic data matters more for the markets. He expects the reforms to be rolled out over the next three- to six-month period, with at least the major ones the market has been banking on, read Economic Times.The Market index acts as an indicator of economic growth, reflecting the economic growth in positive returns, and therefore the stock constituting the index.last_img read more

Bengaluru Bulls start title defence with victory over Patna Pirates in PKL

first_imgIANS In a match where the defence of the defending champions came to the party, defending champions Bengaluru Bulls recorded an impressive 34-32 win over 2017 champions Patna Pirates. What made the match special was the great performance by the defenders of the Bengaluru side who inflicted as many as four Super Tackles in the match on the raiders of Patna despite the presence of superstar Pardeep Narwal in the team. This match was regarded as a battle between the two star raiders in each side – Pardeep for Pirates and Pawan Sehrawat, the star of last year’s season, for the Bulls. While both did play their part and Pardeep scored 10 points while Pawan 9, in the end it was the solid defending team of Amit Sheoran, Ashish Sangwan and Mahender Singh which produced the main ingredient of the win. It was in the second half that these players showed their mettle as they kept foiling Patna’s attempts to increase their lead through Super Tackles after Super Tackles. Even the might Pardeep, otherwise an unstobbale force had a lean time for most part of the second half. Sehrawat, expected to deliver a big performance struggled in the first half and first part of the second half but then came into form and started to score important points. This sealed Bulls’ victory.last_img read more

Fiction returned to the fore in 2017

first_imgFiction was almost lost from Indian publishing at about this time last year. With about three non-fiction titles releasing for every novel, it was clear who ruled the roost in 2016 – just as it did in 2015. In 2017, however, book lovers had a lot to chew upon as some really strong novels made their mark both in the market and among readers. Their numbers again may have been fewer than non-fiction, but it was the utter magic of some strong novels that stole the show. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCall it the return of Arundhati Roy or the magic of Jeet Thayil, but most readers would agree that 2017 has been a fantastic year for Indian publishing when one looks at the fiction space.Poulomi Chatterjee, the dynamic Editor-in-Chief and Publisher at Hachette India, agreed that 2017 was a good year for fiction in Indian publishing but also highlighted that non-fiction continued to rule the market. Subroto Bagchi’s “Sell”, Muhammad Yunus’ “A World of Three Zeros”, Alan Rosling’s “Boom Country” and Ankit Lal’s “India Social” were among the better-selling books from Hachette India this year. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The year 2017 has seen a good mix of releases across genres from all publishers in India. While non-fiction categories have remained the better-selling ones, there have certainly been strong fiction titles that have found their readership and made their mark. Publishers will always strive to publish strong fiction because this, after all, is the soul of a publishing list,” Chatterjee told in an interview.She elaborated that on the “great fiction list across a range of genres” that Hachette published this year are Pradeep Sebastian’s dream of a book on books, “The Book Hunters of Katpadi”; Arunava Sinha’s excellent translation of Moti Nandy’s short stories “Kick-Off”; Sanjay Bahadur’s kick-ass military thriller “Bite of the Black Dog”; Komal Bhanver’s “The Mauryan”, featuring the story of a young Ashoka; and Swati Kaushal’s delightful year-end read, “A Few Good Friends”. “And that’s just a few – there’s much more fiction to come next year, all of it exciting,” Chatterjee added.Having published some of the most talked-about literary novels in 2017 like “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” by Arundhati Roy, “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid, “The Golden House” by Salman Rushdie, “A State of Freedom” by Neel Mukherjee, “A Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma and “We That Are Young” by Preti Taneja, Penguin Random House India Editor-in-Chief, Meru Gokhale, said that 2017 was “the year of literary fiction” for his company.”Each of these books won critical acclaim and pretty much all of them were seen on award listings and bestseller charts. Above and beyond all of these quantifiable measures, what these books did was to capture the imagination in a year that saw tumultuous political change across the globe.””I think every publisher in India will agree that, in times like these, of alternative truths and cultural shifts, fiction – at least good fiction – grants us insight and escape, a way of understanding our dark new age, and an unapologetically provocative worldview,” Gokhale told.While most publishers agreed that 2017 was a good year for Indian fiction, Udayan Mitra, Publisher – Literary, Harper Collins India, pointed out that Indian fiction has been really strong over the past few years. He, however, agreed that there were some strong novels in 2017.”I think it’s been a great year for literary publishing – we’ve seen some very good books being published, and more are on their way. I wouldn’t say there was any need to reclaim fiction as such, since Indian literary fiction has been really strong over the past several years. But yes, we have had some very strong novels coming out, and some great new voices making their presence felt too.””What is particularly interesting to me is the way in which fiction writers in India are reacting and responding to the environment that they live and write in – it has brought a sharp edge to many of the books that have come out this year. Another notable trend is the re-emergence of short fiction – the ability of a novelist to tell a good story well in a space of 200 pages or less – which I believe has something to do with the sensibilities of both readers and writers being shaped by the age of social media,” Mitra told in an interview.Other publishing houses that published strong fiction during 2017 include Aleph (“The Book of Chocolate Saints”); Juggernaut (“When I Hit You”; and Niyogi Books (“Without Prejudice”).last_img read more

Dance that connects inner spirit with soil

first_imgGet ready to witness a spectacular dance and theatre show inspired by Kalaripayattu – the oldest martial art in the world. The extravaganza titled ‘Bhu’ is being organised by Alliance française de Delhi on May 13 at ML Bhartia Auditorium. The performance showcases journey of a man who discovers his deep union with Mother Earth (Bhu). Beyond a story, this show invites the audience to an itinerary, accessible to everyone. India has a deep and ancient tradition of connecting with the Bhuthas (Five Elements): earth, water, fire, air and ether. Through connecting with them, humans can reconnect with the origin and cradle of consciousness that is the source of all matter. In this show, the idea is to invoke the spirit of the BHU element (earth). The Kalari warrior carries, in his body, the memory of the earth. Through this process, one is able to reconnect to the pure origin that keeps him in motion with the heartbeat of the earth. A dialogue is created between the earth and the body of the performers, music and the audience. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLed by Philippe Pelen Baldini and Thierry Moucazambo, and guided by the master of Kalaripayattu Guru Lakshman Gurukkal, Bhu is an experimental play that uses both modern theatrical, choreographic tools and the traditional form of kalaripayattu to create an organic dance. The performers are Kalaripayattu warriors/dancers/ healers/masters in energy. With them, one can experience the origin of movement and theatrical act. The experience of the body “becoming all eyes” as they used to say in Kalaripayattu wisdom is incredible. This happens when all the body is fully connected with his environment and nature. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArtists who will be performing includes, Nikhil Varagiri (Indian) Kalari artist and dancer, Thierry Moucazambo (French, Auroville) dancer, singer and actor; Prakash (Indian) musician, kalari artist and dancer; Swaroop Kannan (Indian), kalari artist and dancer; Madhu Jayamurthy (Indian, Auroville), musician, kalari artist,and dancer; Aurelio C. Hammer (Austria, Auroville), sound and music advisor; Suresh Kaliyath, musician, kalari artist and Jean Legrand, light designer.last_img read more

The New Era of IM

first_img This story appears in the May 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » April 10, 2009 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Instant messaging has come a long way since the days of in-network AIM chatting. Check out these new features that make IM a fully featured business tool. Enroll Now for Free IM-to-textSkype isn’t the only big player in computer-to-phone communications anymore–and it isn’t always the cheapest, either. AIM, Google, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo have added SMS support, so you can text your colleagues for free.Multimedia messagingPlenty of IM apps now offer multimedia voice and video chat, like AIM, Google Chat and Yahoo Messenger. Many more offer instant file sharing, and some even let you do a screen share, like Apple’s iChat and Skype 2.8, which is great for troubleshooting.Embedded conversationsInstead of downloading a desktop app, a lot of IM clients let you chat right in the web page you’re using. Google Chat works across many of your Google pages, from Gmail to iGoogle. And Facebook and MySpace’s IM apps work anywhere within their respective sites.IM aggregatorsIf you have multiple IM accounts, you can use an app that’ll get your contacts in one place. Top players are web app Meebo, desktop apps Adium and Digsby, and mobile and multiplatform apps Palringo and eBuddy. The only problem is you may not get the full video, audio or texting functions available on your individual accounts.center_img 1.  The situation: A client asks you to write a LinkedIn recommendation, but you have nothing nice to say.What to do: Hit the “Archive” button. Don’t write a referral you can’t stand by. 2.  The situation: Your intern adds you on Facebook.What to do: Use your privacy settings–if you don’t want him seeing all your activity, give him a limited view.3. The situation: A colleague confronts you for dropping her as a “friend.”What to do: Pre-empt the situation by “un-friending” sparingly-you don’t want to lose business over pruning your network.4.  The situation: You get an uncouth comment.What to do: Delete! If it’s a minor offense, call the person out on it. If it’s major, cut him out of your network. 5. The situation: An employee is annoying you with inane updates on Facebook.What to do: No need to un-friend–just set your newsfeed options to see less about that employee.6. The situation: An associate posts and tags a less-than-classy photo of you.What to do: “Un-tag,” if possible, then ask the associate to take the photo down. 3 min read Read the writing on the wall Handle these sticky social networking situations with a careful click of your mouse. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

JFrog acquires DevOps startup Shippable for an endtoend DevOps solution

first_imgJFrog, a leading company in DevOps has acquired Shippable– a cloud-based startup that focuses on Kubernetes-ready continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), helping developers to ship code and deliver app and microservices updates. This strategic acquisition- JFrog’s fifth-  aims at providing customers with a “complete, integrated DevOps pipeline solution”.The collaboration between JFrog and Shippable will allow users to automate their development processes right from the time the code is committed all the way to production. Shlomi Ben Haim, Co-founder, and CEO of JFrog, says in the official press release that “The modern DevOps landscape requires ever-faster delivery with more and more automation. Shippable’s outstanding hybrid and cloud native technologies will incorporate yet another best-of-breed solution into the JFrog platform. Coupled with our commitments to universality and freedom of choice, developers can expect a superior out-of-the-box DevOps platform with the greatest flexibility to meet their DevOps needs.”According to an email sent to Packt Hub, JFrog, will now allow developers to have a completely integrated DevOps pipeline with JFrog, while still retaining the full freedom to choose their own solutions in JFrog’s universal DevOps model. The plan is to release the first technology integrations with JFrog Enterprise+ this coming summer, and a full integration by Q3 of this year. According to JFrog, this acquisition will result in a more automated, complete, open and secure DevOps solution in the market. This is just another victory for JFrog. JFrog has previously announced a $165 million Series D funding. Last year, the company also launched JFrog Xray, a binary analysis tool that performs recursive security scans and dependency analyses on all standard software package and container types. Avi Cavale, founder and CEO of Shippable, says that Shippable users and customers will now “have access to leading security, binary management and other high-powered enterprise tools in the end-to-end JFrog Platform”, and that the combined forces of JFrog and Shippable can make full DevOps automation from code to production a reality. Read Next Spotify acquires Gimlet and Anchor to expand its podcast servicesMicrosoft acquires Citus Data with plans to create a ‘Best Postgres Experience’Adobe Acquires Allegorithmic, a popular 3D editing and authoring companylast_img read more