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BusinessWeek Disregards Twitter Virgins for Obamas Inauguration

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgRELATED: How Newsweeklies (and Some Monthlies) Covered the InaugurationI read (OK, scan) all the electronic newsletters that clog my inbox. This one, via BtoB’s Media Business, caught my eye:”‘BusinessWeek’ Atwitter About Inauguration” The full story was about how BusinessWeek’s Washington bureau chief, Jane Sasseen, would be covering Barack Obama’s inauguration by posting via Twitter (“Tweets” to the uninitiated), beaming her Twitter feed to the BusinessWeek.com Web site throughout the day. The story pointed out that Jane had been introduced to Twitter only last week.I’ve been getting a lot of “nudges” lately from old media friends urging me to get on Twitter, so I figured this might be a nice introduction.A quick visit to Businessweek.com found … nothing. A more extensive, deeper look found … nothing still.I couldn’t find Jane’s Tweets anywhere on the site. (She is apparently Twittering away, though, as you can see from her Twitter page.)“This is stupid,” I thought. “They’ve got her doing this, some PR flack alerted the media, which picked up the story, and got my attention, so where is it?”I fired off an e-mail to Businessweek.com editor-in-chief John Byrne. It read, in part: “Went to Businessweek.com, but DAMNED if I can find Jane Sasseen’s ‘Tweets.’ Looked all over, too. Frustrating, but not nearly as much as it must be for you (at this very moment). Here you have an interested party, looking for your new content, and then giving up. How many OTHER folks did the same, but didn’t take the time to drop you a note about it?  Shoulda been a HUGE banner, or box, or SOMETHING that says, ‘HERE IT IS.’”I know he’s busy Twittering, but I hope to get an e-mail back from Mr. Byrne. (I suppose a tweet would be acceptable, too.) UPDATE: He did respond, via e-mail, saying there is, in fact, a link on the BW homepage; well, it certainly isn’t prominent. I guess you can file this under “Cautionary Web 2.0 Tale.” If you’re going to make the foray into the digital world, assume that there are a lot of newbies out there who need some clear direction. There are too many choices online to make any of us WORK to find your content.Welcome to the new reality.last_img read more


Bentley teases tech for new Flying Spur ahead of June 11 debut

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img More about 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible Not everything on the Flying Spur will be a carbon-copy carryover from the Conti. Bentley’s upcoming sedan will feature all-wheel steering, the first Bentley to do so, improving the low-speed turning radius while improving handling at higher speeds. It’ll also carry rear-biased all-wheel drive, only powering the rear wheels until it detects slippage. Adaptive suspension will also make an appearance.That’s about all we know for now. But we don’t have to wait too much longer to learn more — Bentley confirmed that it will introduce the world to the new Flying Spur on June 11 at 11 a.m. BST, or 6 a.m. ET.flying-spur-teaser-002Enlarge ImageWe’ll see the whole thing (without stickers) in just a couple weeks. Bentley Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer The 2019 Bentley Continental costs a packet, but it’s… More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible first drive: 207-mph toupee shredder Comment 2020 Bentley Bentayga Hybrid first drive: One posh plug-in 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise insidecenter_img 12:21 Enlarge ImageIf you’re wondering why it looks so much like the old one, that’s on purpose. Its new look is being disguised by stickers meant to resemble the outgoing Flying Spur. Bentley The third-generation Bentley Flying Spur is just around the corner, but before it makes its official debut, Bentley saw fit to offer up some teasers and a bit of information about the car’s new tech.Bentley on Wednesday put out two new teasers for the upcoming new Flying Spur. The pictures still show the car in camouflage — look closely enough, and you’ll see stickers over all the lights. Expect to see the same kind of design changes first implemented on the new Continental GT, including slimmer lights and a bit more expression from the body panels. The automaker also put out a video teaser on YouTube, offering up some surprisingly grumbly exhaust notes alongside a similarly camouflaged vehicle. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Tags 1 Bentley Superluxury Cars Sedanslast_img read more


Sri Lanka beefs up tourist hotspot security after violence

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgAn elephant plays basketball during a show at the national zoological gardens in Colombo, Sri Lanka March 21,2018. File photo : ReutersSri Lanka announced Friday it would establish new police posts and step up patrols at popular resorts after a spate of sexual attacks and violence targeting foreign tourists.Police chief Pujith Jayasundara said 20 new stations would be established at holiday hotspots to protect visitors from touts and criminals, despite concerns his force was already overstretched.”I wish we had more men and resources for this job, but we are making adjustments to our deployments to ensure better productivity,” Jayasundara said.He added the measures were decided after a Dutch tourist was sexually harassed and several other tourists were assaulted by a gang at a hotel in the southern resort town of Mirissa last week.Five Israeli tourists were beaten up in the same area this week and 14 men have been arrested over the two incidents, police said. Local media reports have catalogued several sexual harassment complaints by foreign tourists, with many reluctant to make official complaints for fear of drawn-out court proceedings.Tourism Minister John Amaratunga appealed to victims to come forward and promised to cover the expenses of those who return to the island to help identify perpetrators.The US State Department warned last year that sexual crimes against women were on the rise in Sri Lanka.While most reported incidents involved non-physical acts such as cat calls and verbal harassment, there were several serious incidents of sexual threats, groping and rape.”Incidents have also occurred at tourist beaches and smaller hotels in the Southern province,” the travel advisory noted.In 2014, a Sri Lankan court sentenced a local politician and three of his supporters to 20 years in jail for the 2011 murder of British tourist Khuram Shaikh on Christmas Eve and gang rape of his Russian partner.Shaikh, a 32-year-old Red Cross worker, had tried to stop a brawl at a southern beach resort when a gang attacked and killed him.His girlfriend, who was knocked unconscious in the brutal assault, returned to Sri Lanka in 2014 to give evidence and identified one of her attackers in court.last_img read more


A display of culinary expertise

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgFood critics, bloggers and enthusiasts are in for a treat as they can witness the expertise of culinary geniuses along with getting a chance to explore various facets of Indian cuisine. Indian Culinary Forum along with the Hospitality First and ITPO hosted the ‘Culinary Art India 2016’ on Tuesday at Pragati Maidan. The event, which is a part of Aahar International Food and Hospitality fair, will see culinary exhibitions, competitions and live cooking contests apart from stalls of food products from around the globe being held at the venue. It is a platform to create awareness about the profession of chefs and felicitate the achievers. The five-day event will go on till March 19.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event has around 300 chefs exhibiting their skills under one roof and participating in various categories of competitions. All the jury members for the competitions are WACS (World Association of Chefs Societies) certified chefs and renowned food critics.Chef Shanli Ong Beng Yew from Malaysia, who is presiding as the chairperson of the jury, said, “We are evaluating the preparations on the levels of creativity of the chefs through taste, proportion and presentation of the dishes. First the eye appeal and then the taste matters, that is the whole idea of culinary art. So far I have seen that the young Indian chefs are very innovative and creative with their methods of cooking.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe event started with chefs showcasing authentic Indian regional cuisine. Other categories of competitions include artistic pastry showpiece, fruit and vegetable carving, petit fours and pralines, three-course dinner menu, three tier wedding cakes, plated appetisers and pralines, dress the cake, artistic bakery showpiece, plated desserts and mocktails.Chef Devinder Kumar, President, Indian Culinary Forum said, “The overall participation has increased this year. We evaluate them based on the merits and maintain total transparency. Only the best of the best are awarded for specific categories. It is also a very good platform for visitors, as they also get to see the latest trends in cooking.” The winners of the competitions will be announced on March 19, at the end of the event.  Chef Lukesh Bajaj, one of the participants in the category of authentic Indian regional cuisine said, “North Indian cuisine is my specialty. I have put up two main courses, including vegetarian dishes and non-vegetarian dishes, rice, chapattis and two desserts-‘phirni’ and chocolate ‘gulab jamun’. I had a great experience participating in today’s competition.” Among several stalls of processed food and beverages were Tops, India Gate, and many foreign brands from around the world. The Aahar International Food and Hospitality Fair is not only a forum for exhibiting culinary skills but also a large platform for entrepreneurs and food brands to showcase their products and stimulate business-to-business and business-to-customers sales.last_img read more