So far TV was the most popular medium chosen by advertisers in the United States, given its widespread reach and long standing reputation for accountability. In 2019, TV advertising spending in the U.S. reached 70 billion U.S. dollars.
Television ad spending, however, is projected to lose its top position in the industry soon. Digital advertising spending has seen an unprecedented growth in the last few years, and is expected to become the biggest ad medium in the U.S. Digital advertising spending was forecast to surpass 200 billion U.S. dollars by 2023, with the pandemic only slightly slowing it down. What is more, mobile advertising spending is set tor drive digital growth; in 2019 ad expenditures on mobile were in the lead compared to video and social. This gap was projected to increase even further from then on.

Parallel to television and digital advertising, more traditional media, such as radio and

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Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Jurisdiction Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Headquarters 73/1 Galle Road, Colombo 3
6°55′10″N 79°50′56″E / 6.919315°N 79.848821°E / 6.919315; 79.848821
Annual budget
  • LKR 2 billion (2016, recurrent)
  • LKR 3 billion (2016, capital)
Minister responsible
Deputy Ministers responsible
Ministry executives
  • Chinthaka S. Lokuhetti, Ministry Secretary
  • W.M.K.S.D. Vijayabandara, Secretary to the State Minister
Child agencies
  • Ceylon Sugar (Private) Limited
  • Consumer Affairs Authority
  • Co-operative Employees Commission
  • Co-operative Wholesale Establishment
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Co-operative Development
  • Department of Food Commissioner
  • Department of Measurement Units, Standards and Services
  • Department of Textile Industries
  • Elephant Pass Saltern
  • Hingurana Sugar Industry Limited
  • Industrial Development Board
  • Internal Trade Department
  • Kahatagaha Graphite
  • Lanka Ashok Leyland Limited
  • Lanka Cement Limited
  • Lanka General Trading Company Limited
  • Lanka Mineral Sands Company
  • Lanka Salusala Limited
  • Lanka Sathosa Limited
  • Lanka Textile Mills Emporium Limited
  • Manthai Salt Limited
  • National Crafts Council
  • National Design Centre
    • National Enterprise
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HBO’s acclaimed finance drama is worth investing in now.

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HBO’s finance drama Industry, which followed a group of fresh-faced recruits at the fictional investment bank Pierpoint & Co, was one of 2020’s best TV surprises. Packed with sex, drugs, and business jargon, the UK-based show, which debuted on HBO in November and wrapped up right at the end of last year, sucked you in with its soapy spin on the high-stakes workplace drama while also providing a barbed critique of its often toxic subject matter. Each episode was more exciting and visceral than the one before.

But now, like the characters blinking through a day of work after a ketamine-fueled night of debauchery, we’re left looking around at the wreckage and wondering what’s next. Will the company’s ever-buzzing open-plan office, where everyone’s trying to make a deal for “half a yard” and planning to grab a “bevy”

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One of the most surprising shows of the year had one final twist.


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When HBO’s sex-and-drugs-filled finance drama Industry debuted back in the beginning of November, the series immediately drew both acclaim and derision for its chilly remove. The synth-driven score, the jargon-heavy dialogue, and the transactional nature of show’s key relationships signaled a willingness to portray its subject—the ketamine-fueled professional lives of young investment bank recruits in a perpetually gray vision of London—with a dead-eyed lack of sentiment. But there in the season finale was Rob, the coked-up party boy salesman played by Harry Lawtey, delivering a surprisingly hopeful message to his superiors: “There’s still romance left in this business.” 

In Industry, that romance often takes the form of cruelty. Over an eight episode first season, which has been fully available on HBO Max for weeks but finished its run with two final episodes, “Pre-Crisis Activity”

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The “Smart Parking Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026” report has been added to’s offering.

The global smart parking market to grow at a CAGR of around 14% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

A smart parking system (SPS) optimizes parking spaces through automated access control systems, parking guidance systems (PGS), parking reserving barriers and ticketing systems.

It utilizes mechanical arrangements to transport cars from one parking space to another and eliminate the wasted space in a multistory or single-story garage. It uses vehicle counting equipment, video cameras, automatic number plate recognition readers (ANPR) and pavement sensors to determine the occupancy of a parking lot and transmit the data to the control center in real time. It aims to assist in the smooth flow of traffic in congested areas and provide a systematic parking operation.

It also guides users to available

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Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman (The Jakarta Post)

Jakarta   ●  
Mon, June 7, 2021


The information and communications technology (ICT) sector is expected to lead economic growth in Indonesia both this year and in 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic has induced a faster-than-expected takeup of digital services.

The ICT sector will grow by between 9.1 and 10.1 percent this year and 9.8 to 10.3 percent in 2022, according to a Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) projection.

“Other sectors look even, but the sector we have generally been focusing on, namely information and communications, is performing really well,” BKF head Febrio Kacaribu said at an online briefing on Friday. “We also see it continuing to improve in 2022.”

While the pandemic has battered contact-intensive industries, the ICT sector has benefited from the increased digitalization of people’s daily activities, such as work and school, as the government

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When the banking drama Industry blared on to our screens earlier this month, one name towered above all others. The first episode was directed by Lena Dunham which, when coupled with its workplace setting, led to a flurry of lazy it’s-Girls-meets-Mad-Men comparisons.

But as the series wears on – and the entirety becomes available to stream today in the UK and the US – this is looking less and less accurate. Sure, Lena Dunham is involved, but only as a hired hand. This is not her show. And there is none of Mad Men’s languid style here, either. Industry is a show where people hurry through their tasks under the glare of unforgiving strip lights. You cannot imagine anyone ever having an Industry theme night, for example, unless looking stressed to the point of exhaustion suddenly becomes aspirational.

Which isn’t to say that Industry stands on its own, though.

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I t didn’t take long for the optimism of a new decade to wear off. By the end of Q1 2020, companies everywhere were reeling as they reckoned with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, the impact of the virus was
too much for many firms, leaving millions of workers unemployed and driving thousands of businesses to close their doors. Those companies that stayed afloat had to act quickly in order to enable their remote workforce and maintain operations.

Heading into 2021, there is little precedent for projecting the future. The economy is showing some signs of stability, but there are lingering fears over continued challenges or further surprises. Add in uncertainty around the U.S. political landscape,
and there are more questions than answers.

Through all the confusion, though, there are still some basic concepts that will shape the year to come. Digital operations are more important than ever,

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Many businesses may have gone under during the pandemic, but many more have been created and have zero intention of closing up shop once restrictions are lifted.

This is according to a new report from The Accountancy Partnership, an online accounting service for UK businesses, which states that there were a “record number” of new businesses started in 2020.

These businesses will create thousands of jobs in the coming years, including IT consultancies, in which industry one in four new firms plan to hire at least one person. 

The report states that a quarter of new IT consultancies (some 2,200 of them) will be hiring more people in the coming years, expanding employment opportunities for UK workers.

Almost three-quarters (71 percent) of retail entrepreneurs who set up shop during the pandemic want to grow their consultancy’s revenue, with almost half (46 percent) wanting these companies to become their only source

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