iostat and NVMe block drivers for Intel PCIe SSD – what you need to know

first_imgThis blog is relative to Linux 2.6 kernel architectures and higheriostat is arguably the most popular monitor for I/O that exists for *nix based systems, and it certainly has a long history since it goes back to pre-Linux days. iostat provides a great summarization of the driver layer data, and even blends in CPU statistics to give you more information at a system level. But remember it is a monitor and not a debugger or tracer, that would require strace (system calls) or blktrace (block subsystem) tracers. iostat is the best tool to figure out what is happening on a drive or across a logical set of drives over the course of a workload run. Especially when you want to save off data in Excel or use a parser and plotter tool, which gives you something that is repeatable.Let’s look at a layer diagram to understand where the iostat monitor receives data. Where data comes from is especially important in the layered world of I/O and networks. The arrow in the figure below shows the location where data is collected and here we use the nvme block driver location as an example. iostat will also optionally provide some CPU statistics which makes it more valuable as a system level monitor for your I/O constrained workloads.This diagram provides a Layer diagram that depicts the NVMe driver and where iostat pulls data. It gives you a good picture of where you are pulling data. How might you run iostat?Two modes exist, the simple “on the fly” mode is just to use extended disk stats to see what might be wrong, it’s the simple approach. You can add the –t switch to get critical timestamps especially when you compare one thing to another, and start collecting data into files below.iostat –x –m –t 5An accurate syntax example for nvme since we are no longer in scsi land is here:iostat –xtm /dev/nvme0n1 5-x is for extended disk statistics-t timestamp the monitoring records-m is for megabytes, or k for kilobytes since storage is so capable now, especially high bandwidth PCIe SSD’s5 is the second interval of how the data is provided to the terminal windowSo maybe for longer scripted collections you should try something like this for your scripting.iostat –xtm /dev/nvme0n1 1   >  `date +%b%d-%H%M`.iostat.out &Now you have the extended statistics plus a timestamp to work from for a large analysis in Excel. Now if you want to know where the raw driver stats that iostat reads from, those are posted to a file called “stat”. So an example of this file is: /sys/block/nvme0n1/statThe 11 columns from left to right in the stat file are the following and this information comes from the document that our device driver team here at Intel follows:Name units         description—- —–         ———–read I/Os requests      number of read I/Os processedread merges requests      number of read I/Os merged with in-queue I/Oread sectors sectors       number of sectors readread ticks milliseconds  total wait time for read requestswrite I/Os requests      number of write I/Os processedwrite merges requests      number of write I/Os merged with in-queue I/Owrite sectors sectors       number of sectors writtenwrite ticks milliseconds  total wait time for write requestsin_flight requests      number of I/Os currently in flightio_ticks milliseconds  total time this block device has been activetime_in_queue   milliseconds  total wait time for all requestsI hope this helps you figure out your drive and what it’s doing. Thanks for reading.last_img

‘A New Planet Beyond Neptune’: The year we discovered Pluto

first_imgThe news headline in the 21 March 1930 issue of Science was simple and muscular: “A New Planet Beyond Neptune.” And so was the three-page story beneath it. Astronomers at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, had spotted an unknown planet close to where the observatory’s founder, funder, and eponym, Percival Lowell, had predicted before his death 14 years earlier. Lowell had based his forecast on Herculean calculations involving glitches in the orbit of the planet Uranus. Earlier researchers had also “discovered” far-out planets by crunching numbers, but their work had fallen by the wayside. Lowell’s had stood the test of time—and his own successors had borne it out.Then the “yes, but”s began. By mid-April, “Planet X” was looking disturbingly unplanetlike. Observations showed that it was a lot smaller than Lowell had predicted, and its orbit was strangely oblong. “[I]t is now thought that it may be proved to be a unique asteroid or an extraordinary comet-like object,” Science reported. No worries, the director of the Harvard College Observatory rejoined: Such a weird, far-flung object could be “perhaps of greater importance in cosmogony” than another run-of-the-mill planet would.Things got even murkier in May after an astronomer analyzed Lowell’s original calculations and concluded that they would have given the same result even if “Planet X” didn’t exist. In short, the discovery had been an accident. Still, a reviewer pointed out, the accident was still a discovery, too: “The value of a scientific hypothesis is not to be judged by its truth but by the impulse which it gives to the search for truth.” (He also speculated that other small trans-Neptunian bodies might turn up—as indeed they did, more than 60 years later.) 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By 13 June, “Planet X” had a name, chosen in a worldwide contest. The winner, submitted by the astronomically well-connected 11-year-old daughter of a University of Oxford professor: Pluto, the Roman god of the underworld—like the outer solar system, a place of Stygian gloom. (A popular runner-up in the contest, Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, was already the name of an asteroid.) Pluto, the Lowell Observatory astronomers proclaimed, was definitely a planet and definitely Percival Lowell’s—or close enough on both counts. “This remarkable trans-Neptunian planetary body,” one wrote, “has been found as a direct result of Lowell’s work, planning and convictions and there appears present justification for referring to it as his Planet X.” That “all’s well that ends well” consensus held sway for the rest of the century.Now to see what’s really there …*See Science’s full coverage of Pluto, including regular updates on the New Horizons flyby.last_img read more

Academies needed in every state to catch up China: Prakash

first_imgBy S S Ramaswamy Mumbai, Dec 15 (PTI) India needs to set up a badminton academy in every state to hone the amount of talent the country has and bridge the huge gap that exists currently with powerhouse China, feels shuttle legend Prakash Padukone. India, currently, has two renowned academies – the two-decade-old Prakash Padukone Academy in Bengaluru and the P Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad run by the national coach, plus an academy in Lucknow, according to the 1980 All-England mens singles champion. “But we need more. We need 30 academies in the long run in order to compete with China. Thats the sort of talent we have. Each state should have one academy, run by dedicated and properly qualified coaches who are prepared to put in the hard work,” the 60-year-old told PTI in an interview here. “Players come from all over the country, but theres no academy in the north barring the one in Lucknow. The government is also spending on foreign coaches. “If each state cannot have an academy, SAI (Sports Authority of India) should have one in each of the six zones including north east. But the key is to find the right personnel to manage them. There are good SAI coaches. The need is to identify them and give support and recognition. Thats the key,” said the 1978 Commonwealth Games champion. Prakash said that these zonal academies can act as feeder lines to his academy, the academy of national coach Gopichand and the one in Lucknow which can be treated as national academies. “SAI has centres. Some are doing well and some are not. Once they produce results its important to give recognition. From there (the zonal or state academies) we can pick up talent to be further trained Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Lucknow which are like national academies. Thats the right way (to go about),” he said. (More) PTI SSR DK AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Commonwealth Games officials see post-Brexit boost

first_imgBritain’s eventual exit from the European Union can boost the stature of the Commonwealth Games as the quadrennial event seeks new host cities in different regions, organisers said on Wednesday.Peter Beattie, chairman of the organising committee for the 2018 Games in Gold Coast, Australia, told reporters Brexit would add weight to the Commonwealth, whose 52 members are mostly former British colonies and include India, Canada and Nigeria.”The reality is that Brexit makes the Commonwealth more relevant,” he said at a media presentation of the next edition of the Games.”In my view the Commonwealth is more relevant than it was 20 years ago. After Brexit the Commonwealth has to forge a new relationship (with Britain) and the Commonwealth Games are an integral part of the new Commonwealth, the new relevance.”David Grevemberg, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive who previously led Glasgow’s 2014 Games, agreed that the changing landscape could be “a great positive opportunity”.”We are focused right now on ensuring the Commonwealth family is strengthened by whatever challenges and opportunities are hitting our world right now,” he added.The American was speaking days after the CGF announced that the South African city of Durban had lost the right to host the 2022 Games after failing to deliver on bid promises.Durban, which would have been the first African host city, missed contract deadlines last November and failed to establish an organising committee or make agreed payments to the CGF.Britain and Australia have hosted four of the last five Games, with New Delhi marking a first for India in 2010.advertisementCOMMITMENT TO AFRICAThe absence of Chinese, U.S. and European athletes has meant the Commonwealth Games have a far lower international profile than the Olympics, despite a strong following in sporting rivals Australia and Britain.The British cities of Liverpool and Birmingham have already expressed interest in replacing Durban. The Gold Coast has ruled out hosting two Games in a row.Grevemberg said the CGF wanted more countries to host the Games, adding they had to be accessible and value for money.”We are absolutely committed to a Games for Africa,” he said. “That is unwavering. Africa is a major player and a Games needs to come to Africa.”He rejected comments by South Africa’s Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, who said on Tuesday that the CGF’s financial demands were excessive.”We have simply looked to enforce the bid documentation and what was committed to,” he said. “There has been no changing of the goalposts or any additional demands (made).”last_img read more

Virat must have felt strongly to make ‘no longer friends’ statement: Viv Richards to India Today

first_imgVirat Kohli, branded a villain in Australia, has found support from West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards. Virat remains in the news after he brought his friendships with Australian cricketers in question following a bitterly-contested series between the two sides. (India can enter ‘great category’ if they succeed overseas, says Viv Richards)In an interview to India Today, Richards wonders if the Aussies would have crossed the line in targeting Virat for him to make the strong statement. Richards also agreed Australia took to the sledging route too often despite having great sides over the years. Excerpts from the interviewQ. You must have been quite often asked about your swagger, your walk on to the crease, your body language. Did all of this come naturally as part of your personality or you cultivated it to tell the bowler who is the boss before a ball was bowled?A. Not really. If you have the package and you think you belong to that particular environment itself, well, then you do all the necessary things. It’s all about confidence and how you feel about yourself. It isn’t about any pre-match stuff that you can do to intimidate the opposition. It’s about believing that I am a competitor and believe that I know this particular house and I will show you exactly that.Q. Since your time, have you come across batsmen who have such aura about them?A. Quite a few of them. Everyone does things in their own ways. If all horses were to run the same type there would be nothing to bet on. But there are many in modern game. Guys like Indian captain Virat Kohli, Joe Root who does it in his own style, Williamson who does with his own laidback attitude. There are lots of players who I would pay money to watch at present.advertisementQ. Virat Kohli’s stroke play is very different to yours.A. I would like to think so. He is a modern-day sort of player. But what I like is that he brings a certain attitude, that feeling that I know I am talented enough, I know I have the ability and he brings the will which I think is as important. Those two things I think are the most important to have in your corner that you know you are good enough and mentally you are good to fulfil that will. That’s all part of the competitive game.Q. We saw in the recently concluded India-Australia series there was a lot of chatter. By the end of the series, Virat said he cannot say he would be friends with Australians again. Some thought he was being naive. Some also believe there could have been a lot more said that we don’t know for him to react that way.A. Hmmm. I am just hoping that maybe what’s been said, it is something that he feels very strongly about and I am just hoping it’s not because. We as men and women have obligation to conduct ourselves in the best way possible. If we cross the boundary and he is the only one who can give evidence if any of these players crossed the boundary. If so the governing body should step in.Coming back to your question there isn’t anything wrong in the competitive and confrontational stuff that goes around. This isn’t the first or will not be the last time. Was something said in derogatory manner where someone’s colour was brought into play? I am not quite sure why Virat would have made such a strong statement. Maybe he feels strongly in his mind. But if those borders are crossed, then certainly it’s no good. It’s totally idiotic. We have an obligation as sportsmen. Confrontation can be healthy but one should not cross the line. These are the things that will be in question.Q. Sledging can also be counterproductive. How can one forget what West Indies and Viv Richards did to England and Tony Grieg in 1976?A. And there is nothing wrong in that. It’s nice to have that pleasant memory. There is nothing wrong with such stuff so long as you can reply. What I think looks useless if you talk and cannot walk. Then don’t get involved.Q. Australia has had great sides over the years but many think they sometimes overdo the sledging stuff?A. That is maybe fair to say. Anything that’s within the border line is cool but when you start pointing a finger that’s what I take offense to. Someone questioning my colour, to be fair that’s when things can get into a war. And I would be quite willing to be in war if that were to be the case.advertisementQ. We don’t really know how bad things were in the middle. But with the bat it was a rare failure in the series for Virat. He would be hungry to make up the next time he runs into the Aussies?A. Every great player or potentially good player does have a bad time. This is what makes you a player you can go on to become. If you have a bad time and you can see through that and come and play again. To be fair one has to take into consideration that he was in Australia’s backyard and got four centuries. In my opinion it’s just a blip in his magnificent career.Q. There is not a thing you want him to change?A. No if you have to talk you have to walk that and I guess he has proven that. This is just a mini blip in a career which is going so well.Q. And you think he is doing alright with captaincy as well?A. Ya. What I was pretty much impressed with is even if he was not doing much with the bat he was still leading from the front. There wasn’t any sense that because he doesn’t have many runs he felt belittled. That’s why you have so many team members in your team to come in. When your captain is not getting it right people like Rahane who stepped in as captain. That’s what any good lieutenant would do. So did Pujara. That’s what it is all about. That’s what is called team work.Q. India is no.1 in the Test rankings. Do you think they can stay there for long?A. Let’s see when they go abroad. That’s the real test. It’s good to get the job done at home. But when you travel abroad in different conditions, that’s what separates the great from good teams. When you go to someone’s backyard and deal with them the same way. So I guess the gauntlet has been laid down.last_img read more


first_imgThe first total solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. coast to coast in nearly a century has come to an end in South Carolina.Americans across the land watched in wonder Monday as the moon blocked the sun, turning daylight into twilight.Around 400 people gathered at the Sioux City Museum Plaza at 4th and Nebraska to watch the event.7th grader Sadie Engel who attends Sgt. Bluff-Luton was among those seeing the spectacle for the first time:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………exciting to see. ;04Museum director Steve Hansen says a long line of people showed up in the morning, hoping to get free glasses to safely watch the eclipse:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..fair to them. :14The eclipse reached 95% of totality here, when the sun was almost completely obscured by the moon, around 1pm.Totality lasted just two minutes or so in each location along the narrow corridor stretching all the way across the U.S., from Oregon to Nebraska to Charleston, South Carolina.It took about 90 minutes for total blockage to cross the country.AP contributed to story content & photolast_img read more

Mel Kiper Reveals Major Update For Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The past week provided plenty of emotion for Ohio State fans around the country. Ohio State won the Big Ten this weekend with an impressive performance over Northwestern – but wasn’t selected as one of the four best teams in the country.Just days later, Urban Meyer announced his impending retirement from the program. In a few weeks, the Buckeyes will face off against the Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl.It might be the last game in an Ohio State uniform for star quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Despite having two years of eligibility left, now might be the perfect time for Haskins to leave the Buckeyes.Why? Well, according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., Haskins could very well be the first quarterback off the board in the 2019 draft.In a recent video posted to ESPN, Kiper was asked who could supplant Nick Bosa as the No. 1 pick.“Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State is a one-year starter, but so was Mitchell Trubisky and Dwayne Haskins finished so strong. With the arm strength that he has and the talent level he has with that consistency: never had equal interceptions and touchdowns. He was touchdowns over interceptions in every game.”Kiper suggested Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams and Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert could also fight for the No. 1 spot.However, Haskins’ strong close to the season may have netted him a significant contract should he chose to leave.last_img read more

NYK Presents ICS with Scale Model in Honour of Chairmanship

first_imgzoom The International Chamber of Shipping was last night honoured to be presented with a model of the award-winning NYK car carrier ‘Auriga Leader’ to mark the Chairmanship of Mr Masamichi Morooka.The scale model of the world’s first solar-assisted vessel to be put into commercial service was formally presented to ICS by Mr Yasumi Kudo, President of NYK, in the presence of the ICS Chairman.The 60,000 tonne vessel is fitted with 328 solar panels which can generate as much as 40 kilowatts of power. The car carrier first set sail in December 2008 and since then engineers have further developed energy saving techniques to enhance her hybrid power. Large nickel hydrogen batteries can now store and capture the solar power, helping to minimise output fluctuations from the diesel power generator to produce a more stable and steady supply of energy throughout voyages.The ‘Auriga Leader’ was further updated to use low sulphur fuel oil to reduce air pollution and fitted with a ballast-water management system to prevent aquatic pollution. Mr Kudo told guests: “We at NYK would like to honour the ICS and commemorate Mr Morooka’s chairmanship by presenting the gift to ICS of a specially designed NYK model vessel, the Auriga Leader.” He added: “We very much hope that the model of the Auriga Leader will serve as a reminder of what can be achieved through collaboration and inspire further environmental innovation within the shipping community.”ICS, November 18, 2013last_img read more

Truecaller crosses 1 mn paying subscribers globally

first_imgBengaluru: Swedish caller identification app Truecaller on Tuesday announced that it has crossed one million paying subscribers globally and has added a series of new features to its paid subscription service, Truecaller Premium. “We are happy to see this growth and it makes us proud that users value the benefits of our Premium features. We are also excited to announce these new upgrades that would help us add even more value to our growing Premium users and help them make their communication more safe and efficient,” said Co-founder and CEO Alan Mamedi. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Rolled out globally, the premium subscription service would now incorporate several advanced and more powerful spam blocking features that include automatically updating and blocking top spammers in your region The spam-blocking features are currently available to Android users across all global markets of Truecaller. Truecaller’s other recently launched subscription service, Truecaller Premium Gold, would also offer the upgraded features under its plan.last_img read more

Unprecedented Entertainment Industry Access For Auction On Charitybuzzcom

first_imgThis year’s Charitybuzz entertainment-themed auction is offering insider industry access like never before.Want a meeting with Aaron Sorkin? Or to go bowling with Paul Rudd? Dine with Al Pacino, Jeffrey Katzenberg or maybe Norman Lear? Want to hang out with Mariska Hargitay on her SVU set? What about a dinner with power couple Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy?

All of these and many more high-profile, exclusive experiences are available for auction on through October 11th, with the high bids benefiting a variety of non-profit organizations:

The Charitybuzz entertainment auction is full of unique opportunities for bidders to advance their careers and network with industry game-changers, while giving back to charitable organizations doing important work. For example, writer and producer Liz Sczudlo is offering a night out with her and fellow writer Beth Padden, to benefit the California Southland Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – an organization that helped save Liz’s own sister’s life years before.

Matthew McConaughey is raising funds for both his own j.k. livin’ foundation and One Drop, by inviting the high-bidder and a guest to walk the red carpet and take a photo with him at the premiere of his film Serenity, and attend the premiere’s exclusive after-party in LA.

One of the industry’s most recognizable producers, Brian Grazer, is joining fellow heavyweights Jeffrey Katzenberg, Larry Miller, Richard Lovett, Mellody Hobson and more, for Communities in Schools Los Angeles’s “Lunch With a Leader” auction, as part of the Charitybuzz entertainment campaign.

And the list goes on!

To learn browse the full auction and bid now, please visit by October 11th.last_img read more

Time Has Come to Put Water at Heart of Climate Change…

Marrakech – Ministers and international officials specialized in water issues stressed, Wednesday in Marrakech, the need to put the problem of water scarcity at the heart of debates and discussions dealing with climate change.Participants in a conference on water, held at Bab Ighli site, which hosts the COP22 meetings, called for implementing programs and initiatives to preserve water resources, especially in countries suffering from drought and shortage of water resources.In this context, Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment, High-Level Climate Champion, Hakima El Haite, said that climate change and drought threaten the right of many countries worldwide, especially in Africa, to drinkable water, adding that water is a matter of climate justice, which is at the heart of development. Time is ripe to deal with this global and vital problem without delay and at the highest level, she said, adding that the Moroccan Presidency of COP22 insisted to give this issue all the interest it deserves.For her part, Minister Delegate in charge of Water, Charafat Afailal said that water is a key factor in human development and public health. It also impacts access to energy and food security and encourages children’s access to education, she added.After recalling the programs and initiatives undertaken to raise awareness of the importance of water, Afailal said that access to water is a human and social right and an absolute necessity for achieving sustainable development particularly in Africa. read more

UK to watch NPC polls

He said that Britain, which is part of the Commonwealth, will keep a close watch on the elections. The British Government says it will have a close eye on the elections for the Northern Provincial Council later this month.British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt noted that the Commonwealth has been invited to monitor the elections in the North. The elections for the Northern Provincial Council as well as the Central and North Western provinces will be held on September 21.Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma confirmed this week that the Commonwealth has been invited to monitor the elections in Sri Lanka. “UK consistently pushes for progress on the LLRC, humanrights, and free access to CHOGM. The NPC elections this month will be closely monitored. UK consistently urges progress in SriLanka on wide range of issues, as William Hague (UK Foreign Secretary) made clear in Parliament this week,” Burt tweeted. A Commonwealth observer team is currently in the Maldives to observe Saturday’s Presidential elections. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Alumni share career advice with upandcoming grads

Danielle Cini (BA ’10), Chris Giles (BA ’10), Patrick McCrudden (BA ’11), Emily McCaffery (BA ’13), Alicia Merry (BA ’01), Rachel Mills (BA ’10), Owen Deveney (BA ’08)Public speaking is nerve-racking and sometimes it’s hard to feel like an expert in your field. But, Brock University graduates have a lot of successful career wisdom that current students are anxious to hear about.In October, seven young professional Brock alumni spoke to Communications, Pop Culture and Film (CPCF) students to share some of their thoughts on career trajectory after graduation.The Q & A panel, hosted by the CPCF Society, featured graduates from 2001 to 2013 working in various fields such as public relations, event management, film production and even a local brewery. The graduates were encouraged to share their stories and tips of the trade with the students, while Career Services and Alumni Relations shared the tools available to them.“You are part of a network of over 80,000 grads,” said Meaghan Moore, Alumni programs officer. “Use that network and make connections before and after graduation.”Danielle Cini (BA ’10), a graduate from the media and society stream in Communications, explained that her degree provided the backbone for her professional success, while experience has shown her the value of positivity and authenticity.“I can teach anyone about beer,” said the retail and experience manager at Niagara Oast House Brewers, “but I can’t teach them how to make a customer feel amazing, or how to remain positive even during stressful situations.”A common thread throughout all of the panelists presentations? Network, make connections, and then network some more. Each graduate had at least one story of how one connection led to another important connection, which eventually led to an amazing job.The CPCF Grad Night was full of quotable quotes and useful information that came directly from graduates who once sat where many of the students now sit. The success stories represented the diverse and transferable experience of these grads, from a grad with a degree in Pop Culture now working in public relations for Big Brothers Big Sisters to a cinematographer and managing director of a production company who leveraged his Film degree.Would you be willing to share your story? Students are always grateful to hear from industry professionals and successful graduates at alumni mentoring events, graduating student conferences and in-class conversations. To learn how to get involved, email us at and takeaways for studentsBuild a portfolio.  Samples of projects you completed demonstrate to a potential employer that you have proven experience in a specific area. Writing samples and creative videos, for example, indicate you are serious about your craft. Be prepared to provide details on these projects.Network. Network. Network. Students should attend networking events in the community, such as This is my Niagara’s Connect Event on Nov. 12, and get to know people they would never otherwise meet. Who should be in their network? It might include people they never considered: co-workers, professors, friends, social media contacts – it’s a long list.Use services available through Brock. The University has extensive services to help students develop and strengthen the skills needed in today’s competitive job market. There are so many services available to students and alumni, from meeting with academic advisors to visiting Career Services for resources and resumé help.Build your resume early – and keep building.  There is no time like the present. Use every job to showcase your range of skills. Take on volunteer positions or internships that will give you practical experience in your career. Volunteer positions and clubs are great experiential learning opportunities for students to take advantage of and enhance their portfolio.Have a great attitude about the journey. Careers take time to develop; it is a journey.  Sacrifices are part of the journey and it takes perseverance to accomplish one’s dreams. Enjoy the trip and recognize that every new opportunity has the potential to become something much bigger. read more

Longtime Marketer Conjures Online Social Buzz

first_imgThe amount of things to do in Washington, D.C. can be overwhelming. That’s why Nels Cephas founded DC Now Events.Maryland local Nels Cephas uses social media build interest in D.C. event. (Courtesy Photo)After being part of the social scene for over 10 years, the West African native knows what’s going on and how to get to into the most interesting events in the city.Raised in Silver Spring, Md., Cephas has been promoting clubs for more than 10 years.Cephas attended Prince Georges County Community College in Largo, Md. in 2006 before transferring in 2010 to Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.“I was exposed to a whole new world,” Cephas told the AFRO. “Living in the Montgomery County area was like day and night compared to P.G. County.”Ironically Cephas did not like attending clubs at the time but enjoyed going out to Go-Go’s, D.C.’s popular music sub-genre. But a high school friend, who is now his business partner, Dauda Kondeh Jr., turned his distaste into a potential hustle once he noticed how profitable it was to get people to come out for a good time.“He brought me on,” said Cephas. “Without him, I wouldn’t know how to market…I wouldn’t have the mindset to know how to be the entrepreneur that I am now. We learned so much marketing skills at that time because back then online marketing wasn’t as heavy.”For seven years, Cephas worked for a promotions team called Mass Movement Entertainment, which focused on the D.C. nightclub scene. In 2012 he and Kondeh founded a marketing agency called ItsMcube.In 2016 he expanded his portfolio by starting DC Now Events, an events platform.“One thing that I’ve noticed that was missing in the area was you have a lot of locals who feel like where they are currently at is taken by a new group of people,” Cephas said. “Gentrification is at an all-time high.” On the other hand, “Tourists feel very boxed in because all they know is the typical touring spot. As a tourist, you want to maximize your time spent to come out here. So why not create a platform where tourists can feel like locals and locals can feel like tourists?”Cephas uses his Snapchat and Instagram KingofKingz17 to market DC Now Events. Primarily on the weekends he promotes events unless a major celebrity is in town during the week.He provides a list of events that will occur before the weekend starts or early that morning. Not only will he keep you on high alert on what events are happening, but he also attends at least three of the events that he promotes. Therefore, his viewers on social media can see what exactly the event is like before they go.Later this year Cephas plans to launch a DC Now Events website that focuses on areas such as art, music, restaurants, day parties and family fun activities.In the spring, Cephas will start broadcasting interviews with event planners and behind the scenes antics from his events.“What separates me from other event platforms is I’ve been a part of every niche,” he said. “I’m not just showcasing it from one point of view…I’ve experienced multicultural, Caucasian, Hispanic and urban events, concerts, festivals, you name it. I’ve had the luxury to be able to attend, be a part of and do business with many events to now be able to showcase it on one platform.”last_img read more

Mob attacks man in Cooch Behar cops rescue him

first_imgKolkata: Local residents brutally beat up a man suspecting him to be a cattle thief on Saturday night at Kotwali in Cooch Behar. Later, police rescued the injured person and rushed him to Cooch Behar Medical College and Hospital.Since the past few months, criminals were stealing cattle at Kotwali. Despite security measures, none could be arrested. Late on Saturday night, some local residents noticed a person roaming aimlessly at Lankabar on Kalighat road in Cooch Behar. On suspicion, some of them detained him and asked what he was doing there at that time. As he could not give them a reasonable answer, local residents started beating him. Meanwhile, Kotwali police station was informed about the incident. Upon getting information, the officers rushed to the spot to rescue the man. When police officers tried to rescue him, local residents opposed the police for taking necessary action. Even, police personnel who went to the spot to rescue the man were detained later. A distress message was sent to the headquarters. Later, a large force led by senior officials went to the spot and managed to rescue the injured man along with police personnel. Till Sunday night, the police could not establish the man’s identity as officers could not talk to him because of his unstable health condition.last_img read more

A Shortcut for Building Mobile Local Guides

first_img Register Now » January 25, 2011 This story appears in the February 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Local Knowledge: Stacy & Dan Guidice.Photo© Kevin GarrettPickens County, located against the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia, isn’t exactly a tourist hot spot, especially with metropolitan Atlanta only about an hour’s drive away. Dan and Stacy Guidice want to change that.In late 2010 the couple, who live in Big Canoe, Ga.–the Pickens region’s county seat–launched NGAtops, a website and iPhone app spotlighting the people, places and things that set the area apart. Optimized for visitors and natives alike, the app includes an events calendar, photos, videos and local listings for hotels, ranches, golf courses and eateries, complete with GPS-enabled maps and directions. If it’s happening in northern Georgia, it’s happening on NGAtops.”Before we launched, there was [no] single resource to aggregate all the wonderful things we have here, like kayaking and hiking and fishing and all the good restaurants,” says Dan, who oversees ad sales for NGAtops while Stacy supervises editorial. “It’s a beautiful spot, but we tend to be isolated up here. When people drive through town, we have to give them a reason to stop.”The Guidices rolled out NGAtops in partnership with TownWizard, a software provider in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., that supplies web and mobile app templates that let small-town entrepreneurs build guide services previously limited to major urban areas. The concept grew out of, a site developed by co-founder Mike Ragsdale to promote attractions along Florida’s Gulf Coast.”I started the 30A website as a personal tool. I wanted to remember all the neat places I wanted to take [visitors],” Ragsdale says. “From there I developed an iPhone app that includes the same content. I knew people on vacation would use this app–people aren’t bringing their laptops and PCs when they travel, but they all have smartphones.”The TownWizard software platform costs $495 to launch, with a monthly license fee of $195. TownWizard helps its partners get their websites and applications up and running, including submitting each app to Apple’s App Store.”We teach you how to operate the content management system and how to enter information,” Ragsdale says. “Most of all, we help you understand how to grow your brand. You’re not building an app–you’re building a brand that defines entertainment and dining in your community.”Once TownWizard signs up a partner from a given locale, that area is off the board: “You own that market–we won’t compete with you,” Ragsdale says, adding that each partner can designate a ZIP code they wish to serve, with all adjacent ZIP codes included in their exclusivity deal. TownWizard has signed up more than 30 regional partners so far.”What we’re doing is so different from national travel apps,” he says. “You just can’t automate this stuff. It’s got to be authentic–otherwise you’re not going to know about that great local place. Even more important, you have to know about the local personalities. That’s why each app has a unique flavor.”Just like Pickens County itself, NGAtops won’t thrive if it remains little more than a well-kept secret, so the Guidices are marketing the service throughout northern Georgia, meeting with local businesses and handing out promotional decals at regional festivals.”You have to build it, then you have to go out and sell it,” Dan says, adding that NGAtops made more than $7,000 in advertising sales its first two months after going live. “Our pitch to customers is that we’re all in this together.” 4 min readlast_img read more

RECAP A50 now fully open following emergency pothole repairs in Staffordshire

first_imgYou name worst roads for potholes Does your street have more potholes? Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.Key EventsApproximate location of closure15:1017:08Road reopens Slow traffic due to earlier emergency repairs on A50 Westbound between B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout) and A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean).Road was closed. 16:32Emergency services at scene of serious accident in StaffordshireA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:We’re currently at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the A460 Main Road, between Hednesford and Rugeley. The road is currently closed in both directions from the junction with Slitting Mill Road. Please avoid the area and take alternative route. Updates to follow..” 16:23Road now only partially blockedA50 Westbound partially blocked due to emergency repairs between B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout) and A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean).Sensors show traffic is now using the stretch. Highways teams were filling in pot-holes and temporarily closed the road.15:38Busy road set to be closed for six hours resurfacing workThe A50 Newcastle Road will be closed in Cheshire on Saturday April 21. More here.15:10KEY EVENTApproximate location of closureThe closure has taken place on the westbound carriageway near Uttoxeter, between points A and B on the map below. The A50 was closed due to emergency repairs in Staffordshire this afternoon. Traffic data company Inrix reported the westbound carriageway was shut between the B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout) and the A522 (Uttoxeter/Upper Tean) near Uttoxeter. The road had reopened fully by 5pm. Highways England were reported to be filling in potholes in the area. Inrix reported Staffordshire Police were at the scene and temporarily closed the carriageway for safety reasons. The A50 closure was reportedly in place between the McDonald’s restaurant and the Shell Garage. The carriageway was first reported shut shortly before 3pm. We’ll bring you more updates on this story as they become available. For the latest traffic and travel updates from across the area today (Friday April 20), visit our daily live news service here. Read MorePotholes in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshirecenter_img What you can do about pothole damage The worst road in Stoke-on-Trent?last_img read more

Qantas union discuss Canberra terminal safety

first_imgQantas is working with the union representing workers at Canberra Airport to address and eradicate safety concerns.The Transport Workers Union (TWU) said the recently completed terminal has had a number of safety incidents that need immediate attention, ABS News reported.  “Canberra Airport Group and Qantas have realised that members concerns are legitimate and warranted and they’ve acted on those concerns,” TWU spokesperson Ben Sweaney said.“They’re agreed to implement processes that will reduce those risks that are unacceptable from an occupational health and safety view for the day to day operation of an airport.”TWU said that while recent talks with Qantas proved valuable with the two parties reaching an agreement, there are still many issues that have yet to be discussed.“We hope that within a seven day period that members will receive a response that’s satisfactory to them for reducing the immediate risk to their health and safety while undertaking the important duties of operating an airport on a day to day basis,” he added. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Taxi drivers to protest expansion of air shuttle service

first_imgTaxi drivers on Wednesday will be holding a two-hour work stoppage to protest against the expansion of the airport shuttle service.Set to start at 8:30am, the move was instigated by taxi drivers in Larnaca but will be supported by colleagues across Cyprus until about 10:30am.According to deputy head of the Larnaca taxi drivers’ association Andreas Katsikides, the issue is airport shuttle buses that offer direct routes from airports to other cities.The government is planning to licence a shuttle bus service from Larnaca airport to Ayia Napa and Protaras and taxi drivers argue the direct service from the airport is not necessary due to the availability of state supported Intercity buses.Katsikides argued there are local buses from Larnaca airport to the city centre that allow travellers to then take the Intercity bus on to other towns.“The intercity buses are funded from the government with the taxpayer’s money. By allowing the use of shuttle buses, they are wasting the public’s money.”“In no other country in the world are there buses offering direct routes to other cities. Just in Cyprus.”Although the association has not said this outright, the benefit to taxi drivers if people were to only use the local and intercity buses, is that they stop running too early for many travellers. The last intercity bus from Larnaca (starting at Finikoudes) to Nicosia is at 8pm and 8:30pm to Limassol.This means people without a ride have to use a taxi to get to another city.Katsikides said the association has a lawyer advising them who argues the law does not specify anything about buses leaving “from” the airport but only going “to” the airport.“Shuttle buses also have an office inside the airport. Taxi drivers don’t.”Katsikides argues that the starting point for the shuttle buses could be a few kilometres from the airport – Dromolaxia for instance, so that taxi drivers could offer rides to passengers.Taxi drivers has threatened to escalate measures such as closing roads if the government doesn’t heed their requests.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more