EU steps up fight against Russian fake news ahead of vote

first_imgBRUSSELS — European Union authorities want internet companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter to file monthly reports on their progress eradicating Russian-backed “fake news” from their platforms ahead of elections next year.EU officials unveiled the measures on Wednesday as part of an action plan to counter disinformation in the lead up to the continent-wide vote in the spring.The internet companies will have to submit their reports from January to May, when 27 EU member countries are scheduled to vote.Officials from the EU’s executive Commission said they’ll add a “rapid alert system,” beef up budgets and add expert staff and data analysis tools to help combat fake news.Google, Facebook, Twitter and browser maker Mozilla signed up in September to a voluntary code of conduct on fighting disinformation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ministry of Health Gives Al Hoceima Hospital 5 Ambulances 20 Tons

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Al Hoceima’s Mohammed V Hospital received five ambulances and 20 tons of medicines and medical supplies from the Ministry of Health on July 25, destined to all medical centers in the surrounding areas.Minister of Health El Hossein El Ouardi paid a visit to the Al Hoceima province on July 24 to check on projects set up to improve health conditions in the area. El Ouardi said that several medical centers are currently under construction, while 28 hospitals undergoing renovations in numerous areas in the Rif, including Lmzouren and Ait Youssef Ou Ali, a small town and rural commune in the Al Hoceima province.A budget estimated at MAD 374 million was allocated in order to equip a general hospital in Youssef Ou Ali.The minister also inaugurated an extension to the Mohammed V Regional Hospital in Al Hoceima. With a MAD 43 million budget, the building was equipped with several medical sections, including a maternity section, a surgical facility, a special care room for newborns and preterm infants, and eight incubators.The minister also promised to provide the Al Hoceima province, home of protests since late October, with seven additional ambulances in August.Protests in the region started after the death of Mouhcine Fikri, a local fish vendor, who was fatally crash by a garbage truck on October 28. Since then Al Hoceima province witnessed demonstrations and marches by activists who have been urging the government to respond to their economic and social demands. read more

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Solid earnings reports push US stock indexes broadly higher

NEW YORK — Stocks moved higher in early trading on Wall Street Thursday as investors focused on several solid earnings reports after a late bout of selling the day before.Investors are nearing the end of a busy week that included Wednesday’s widely anticipated quarter-point cut to the Federal Reserve’s key interest rate. The market reacted with disappointment over the central bank’s caution over future rate cuts. Major indexes are now headed for weekly losses.The steady flow of corporate earnings continued and several big-name companies reported surprisingly good results. The latest round of reports has been better than Wall Street initially expected just a month ago.Technology stocks led the early gains. Microsoft rose 1.8% and Apple rose 1.2%. Verizon rose 1.4% and helped lift communications stocks.Consumer product makers rose broadly following a solid earnings report from cereal maker Kellogg. Surprisingly good results from General Motors and Yum Brands sent consumer-oriented stocks higher.Concho Resources plunged 21% after releasing a disappointing quarterly report. A 2.5% drop in oil prices also helped push the broader energy sector lower. Financial and industrial stocks also fell.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.99%.Investors still have some key financial reports to look out for this week. Oil companies Exxon and Chevron will report results on Friday. The government will also release its employment report for July on Friday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.5% as of 10:16 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 124 points, or 0.5%, to 26,986. The Nasdaq composite rose 1%. Overseas, European markets were mixed and Asian indexes closed broadly lower.CHIPPED CHINA: Qualcomm fell 3.1% after the chipmaker gave investors a surprisingly weak profit and revenue forecast because of problems in China. A ban on exports to China’s Huawei, which is part of the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, is hanging over the company. Meanwhile, demand is lower in China as the company’s customers temper new phone launches for the remainder of 2019 and focus on the launch of faster 5G phone technology next year.SWEET AND SAVORY: Kellogg rose 9.7% after the maker of breakfast cereal and other food products beat Wall Street’s second quarter profit forecasts. The company reported growth in its key North America market on sales of Pringles, Pop Tarts and Eggo waffles.LOADED TACOS: Yum Brands rose 5.1% after the company reported surprisingly good second quarter profit on sales gains for its KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants. Sales at existing locations for each restaurant rose more than Wall Street had forecast.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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Two plans presented to Security Council for next steps in disarming Iraq

The President of the 15-nation body, Ambassador Gunter Pleuger of Germany, told reporters that during its closed-door consultations, the Council received a “memorandum” from France, Germany and the Russian Federation calling for continued UN inspections, as well as a draft resolution co-sponsored by Spain, the United Kingdom and United States that referred to “serious consequences” mentioned in resolution 1441 if Baghdad did not comply.He said the Council will hold further consultations Thursday on the two documents after delegations have had a chance to consult with their capitals.The text introduced by the UK would decide that Iraq “has failed to take the final opportunity afforded to it in resolution 1441,” which was adopted unanimously last November acknowledging that Iraq “has been and remains in material breach” of its disarmament obligations and gave the country a last chance to comply.“There needs to be United Nations action if there is serious doubt about Iraq’s cooperation,” Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom told reporters.US Ambassador John D. Negroponte said it was now apparent that instead of seizing this opportunity, Iraq has tried to continue business as usual. “We have not seen what this Council has insisted on seeing, a strategic decision by Iraq to disarm,” he said. “That is the bar set by resolution 1441, and Iraq is immensely far from reaching that bar, and we all know it.”The document circulated by France notes that the conditions for using force against Iraq have not been fulfilled since, while suspicions remain, no evidence has been given that Iraq still possesses weapons of mass destruction. The text also stresses that the Council must step up its efforts to give a “real chance to the peaceful settlement of the crisis.”Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France told reporters there is no reason for the time being to discuss or to adopt a new resolution. “Our common goal, which is a goal very clearly identified in resolution 1441, is that Iraq should be disarmed,” he said. “And it is very clear that the priority is that Iraq should be disarmed peacefully. Now, the time has not come to discuss if all of these options have been exhausted. The time has not come to discuss a military option.”For his part, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation said he did not think that the chance for the peaceful disarmament of Iraq has been lost or missed. “We are convinced, on the contrary, that the inspections are proceeding effectively and that Iraq is responding to the demands of the international community and to the pressure exerted on it,” he said. “We think that this should continue on the basis of the unity of the Council, which we very strongly support.” read more

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DR of Congo UN trains army officers on humanitarian principles

Those benefiting from the effort earlier this month were commanders of platoons, sections, companies and battalions, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which carried out the initiative with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Child Protection Division of the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).Training focused on international legal instruments and norms pertaining to the involvement of children in armed forces, as well as the role of armed forces in the protection of children and women against sexual violence. During the training workshop, the participants identified opportunities for raising awareness among the troops they command, and how to apply these principles in the field.Ten humanitarian actors, based in Ituri and representing UN agencies, international and national NGOs, also received the training on humanitarian principles and the absolute necessity to abide by them, particularly as the country gears up for elections, to better guarantee the neutrality and impartiality of humanitarian action.“The humanitarian community and MONUC call on the Government of DRC to fulfil its responsibility in respecting the internationally established humanitarian principles and in ensuring the protection of civilian populations, including internally displaced people,” OCHA said. read more

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Are NBA Steals Born of Bad Defense

Although unlikely, it’s delightfully possible that the extra value provided by players who get a lot of steals is mostly just a result of their willingness to try to get them.Finally, if you think that steals come with considerable risk, you still have to account for their predictive value somewhere, and I think your route to a plausible explanation is harder than mine: Perhaps they actually correlate to other (immeasurable) skills so strongly that it overwhelms their individually negative nature? It’s theoretically possible, but it’s not an easy case. My article “The Hidden Value of the NBA Steal” sparked a lot of debate. I’m responding to several comments and questions in four parts. We posted Part 1 on Monday; here is Part 2:My initial article explored how and why steals are underrated as a box score stat. Despite the constant focus on points per game in popular discussion of players, steals are actually a better indicator of value than points. Way better.One of the most common responses to the article was the suggestion that we should consider the amount to which steals are a product of “gambling” on defense. In the comments, reader Kyle Pulek succinctly expressed the concern:I think something that you have to consider is the “risk” of attempting a steal. In a way, steals are valuable but if you try and miss you end up out of position and increasing your opponent’s ability to score on that possession. If you racked up 5 steals a game, it wouldn’t be beneficial if the other 45 possessions that you played you swung and missed and ended up behind the ball.I was a little surprised with the frequency and intensity of this objection, as I didn’t consider it a big issue. Indeed, I raised the same point in Footnote 7 (although I don’t blame anybody for not reading every footnote):Steals come at a cost as well: By gambling on defense, you sometimes give up a better shot if you fail. But, all things considered, they are probably closer to being “free” than points.The reason this didn’t concern me is that the part of the analysis that establishes the value of steals relative to other box score stats is completely oblivious to the costs and benefits of a particular stat; the analysis only cares about the corresponding increase or decrease in the team’s chances of winning.Indirect “with or without you” analyses are meant to avoid the thorny and often intractable causal complexities that lie between a thing and its effect on the bottom line. Of course, this approach has its limitations. For example, we don’t know whether steals predict a player’s impact because steals are more important than other things, or because the type of player who tends to get steals just happens to be better at helping his team win games than a similarly situated player who doesn’t. But we do know that steals predict a player’s impact extremely well, so if we’re concerned with making empirical predictions, they’re something we should pay attention to.This question usually comes from the opposite direction: When discussing the predictive value of steals with statsy-types, one of the most common responses I get is that it’s probably because steals are a defensive stat, and thus one of the only windows into a player’s defensive ability that box score stats provide. One of the more surprising side-findings in my analysis was that steals don’t seem to predict much about defense at all. If there is any contrarian element to my analysis, it is my argument that their value may stem mostly from their irreplaceability instead.Moreover, though some heavy hitters apparently disagree, going for a steal doesn’t immediately strike me as a very bad gamble. A player’s reward is ending his opponent’s possession and getting an even more valuable than normal possession for his team, while his risk is possibly giving up a better shot. Even if some of those shots are layups, the overall difference in expected value of a failed steal attempt from no steal attempt is going to be much smaller than the value of the successful attempt vs. no attempt.The one big thing we don’t know is how many attempts a player needs to get a steal. This “stealing efficiency” may vary considerably from player to player, just as efficiency-focused metrics for other box score stats do. But the observed predictive value of steals suggests that the ratio is not so dire. If anything, I could see it going in the opposite direction: read more

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Enda Kenny is now the most popular political leader in Ireland

first_imgTHE LATEST OPINION poll assessing the government has revealed an increase in support for the Fine Gael-Labour coalition.The Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes survey saw the satisfaction rating for the ruling parties leap by 11 points – up to a two-year high of 35 per cent.It was good news all around for Taoiseach Enda Kenny who also saw his own personal ratings jump 10 points to 34 per cent, edging Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin off the top spot.His Labour counterpart, Eamon Gilmore, also experienced a surge in popularity with his rating of 32 per cent – an increase of six points.Their parties performed adequately too with Fine Gael climbing by five points to 30 per cent and Labour unchanged at 11 per cent.The newspaper notes that the poll was taken after the official exit from the IMF/EU bailout last week.In a turn-around, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams received his lowest ever rating with his personal satisfaction rating falling eight points to 33 per cent. His party also dropped behind Fianna Fáil in terms of popularity. Fine Gael: 30 per centFianna Fáil: 21 per centSinn Féin: 15 per centLabour: 11 per centIndependents: 21 per centGreens: 3 per centWhat do you think? Are you satisfied with the coalition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. Developing the ‘hard neck’: TDs on death threats, abuse, and their coping strategiesVideo: Crown doubles down on St Vincent’s claims in the SeanadTaoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next electionlast_img read more

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Nintendo is allowing a 26 iOS Pokédex to launch next week

first_imgOn November 16, The Pokémon Company will release a Pokédex app for iOS. Dubbed Pokémon Zukan, the app will imitate the actual in-game Pokédex, and provide a comprehensive list of Pokémon along with detailed information about each one. Unfortunately for some Pokénthusiasts, this app is currently only releasing in Japan, with no mention of release in other regions. The app will cost 170 yen (around $2).Perhaps a little obnoxiously, the vanilla app only comes with 150 entries, and requires four DLC purchases priced at 500 yen ($6) each in order to complete the other missing 500 or so entries.The bigger story is that — aside from the occasional CD-i Zelda game — Nintendo has always stood staunchly against putting their characters and franchises onto other devices that directly compete with their own. They refuse to release games for phones and tablets because that would directly compete with their portable gaming hardware. The Pokémon Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo, so it might seem odd that Nintendo allowed them to push out an iOS Pokédex, especially since Nintendo’s own 3DS already has a Pokédex. However, The Pokémon Company has the authority to use the franchise however they think would help promote the brand.It’s also possible that the higher total pricing of the iOS app could be a reason why Nintendo didn’t fight its release, as it costs a total of $26, whereas the 3DS Pokédex only costs $15, so Nintendo might’ve gotten yen signs in its eyes. The release of the iOS app could also signal Nintendo loosening up on its usual stance and testing the iOS waters, but only time will tell on that front.last_img read more

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Jussie Smolletts lawyers deny claims that he plotted an attack on himself

first_img Empire Actor Jussie Smollett. Source: PA ImagesTHE ATTACK ON American actor Jussie Smollett prompted an outpouring of sympathy and outrage from the worlds of celebrity to politics, with even presidential candidates speaking about the young star’s hospitalisation. Now, those who spoke out are holding their judgment amid a lack of clarity over what happened and claims that the actor himself may have played a role in the attack on him. Smollet’s lawyers have said there is no truth these reports and added that he feels “victimised” by them.So what do we know so far?On 29 January in Chicago, Smollett was hospitalised after being assaulted in the early hours of the morning in what police began investigating as a suspected hate crime.Smollett said he was physically attacked by two masked men shouting “This is MAGA country!’, as well as racial and anti-gay slurs.Smollett said the attackers looped a rope around his neck and poured a chemical substance over him. The attack prompted celebrities and politicians to come out in solidarity with Smollett, including Democratic candidates Senator Kamala Harris and Cory Booker who both compared it to a modern-day lynching. Source: Twitter/KamalaHarrisOver the weekend however, the narrative around the story changed when police said the investigation had “shifted” after detectives questioned two brothers about the attack and released them without charges.  Police also said they’ve requested a follow-up interview with Smollett.The two brothers have been named by US media as Ola and Abel Osundairo and CBS News has reported, citing police sources, that they told detectives that Smollett paid them to participate in the alleged attack.The report further stated that the men left Chicago to go to Nigeria on the day of the attack before returning last Wednesday when they were arrested. At least one of the brothers worked as an extra on Empire, the show Smollett starred in.On Saturday, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CBS that the pair were released and that the investigation had changed. Smollett’s lawyers said on Saturday that he would continue to cooperate with police and that he felt victimised by the suggestion he played a role in his attack. “Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,” the statement said.The response from Smollett’s celebrity supporters has ranged from silence to disbelief to those who are urging caution. Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 1:31 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share89 Tweet Email Short URL While we are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what’s been unofficially released, there are some developments in this investigation and detectives have some follow-ups to complete which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident. pic.twitter.com/b9GgXbSUt9— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 17, 2019 Jussie Smollett’s lawyers deny claims that he plotted an attack on himself, so what do we know so far? Smollett was hospitalised last month and said he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. 28,550 Views 55 Comments center_img Senator Harris said she won’t comment again on the investigation until it is completed. Speaking yesterday during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Harris said that “the facts are still unfolding” and said she is “very concerned” about Smollett’s initial allegation and added that it should be taken seriously.After reports that Smollett was due to meet with investigators, lawyers representing him said yesterday that there were currently no plans for him to meet with Chicago detectives.A spokeswoman for Smollett’s lawyers told the Associated Press in an email that his legal team “will keep an active dialogue with Chicago police on his behalf.”- With reporting by Associated Press By Rónán Duffy Source: Anthony Guglielmi/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/4500878 Source: Ava DuVernay/Twitter Feb 19th 2019, 1:32 PM We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.In a follow-up tweet on Sunday, Guglielmi acknowledged that there were further reports in the media about the case and again repeated that Chicago Police were seeking to speak to Smollett.“We’re not confirming, denying or commenting on anything until we can talk to him and we can corroborate some information that we’ve gotten,” the spokesperson told reporters.  Despite the inconsistencies, I can’t blindly believe Chicago PD. The department that covered up shooting Laquan McDonald over a dozen times? That operated an off-site torture facility? That one? I’ll wait. Whatever the outcome, this won’t stop me from believing others. It can’t.— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 17, 2019last_img read more

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A taste of Maryhills new waterfront digs

first_img People were pressed together like grapes in a winemaker’s vat as 300 media and industry people filled Maryhill Winery’s new 4,890-square-foot tasting room on Vancouver’s waterfront at the April 11 preview before the following weekend’s grand opening.Guests mingled in the exclusive Premium Wine Club member section of the tasting room. Inside were some round tables and chairs (exactly like the ones in the main tasting room) and a bar made of reclaimed wine barrels that normally serves special wine flights to members. For those who are curious, and don’t want to pay for a premium wine club membership, there are windows all around the wall that allow for peering in from the main room.In the main tasting room, guests sampled a tasting of albariño, rosé, cinsault, mourvedre, merlot and cabernet. The albariño and rosé were released that evening and were my favorites. They are the wines I look forward to drinking on the outside patio in warmer weather. The albariño was a pale white, almost the color of water, with green apple notes, a tropical pineapple body and a dry finish. The rosé is a provencal-style blend of cinsault, mourvedre and grenache. It was a dry rosé with a nice, light body that could make you hunger for the food of Southern France — luscious seafood that tastes freshly plucked from the shores of the Côte d’Azur (but more likely from the Pacific Ocean) or a fresh, crispy salad bathed in a tangy vinaigrette.The main room was so packed with a tangle of bodies that it was hard to navigate. I found an empty chair at a small, round table with travel writers Elizabeth R. Rose (@southwestliz) and Wendy Bumgardner (@locavoregon). Rose has written for EaterPDX, Northwest Travel and Life Magazine, and Sunset Magazine. She commented, “My luxury travel readers love when I write about wine.” Bumgardner, who writes about travel, food and fitness, said, “Vancouver is where you want to come to see the waterfront.”Also in attendance were a variety of local media and food-and-drink-industry people curious to see this new tasting room. Among them was Leah Jackson, who opened Niche Wine Bar in downtown Vancouver in 2010 before there were any craft breweries in the area. She was pleased to see more places to drink wine in Vancouver. She explained, “There are a lot more opportunities to try wine. There have been a lot of beer opportunities.” Her dream is to see people riding bikes from one wine tasting room to another. Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at couveeats@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats.last_img read more

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Medical researcher and DACA recipient faces loss of job permit

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIn 247 days, Karen Bahena will lose her work permit because of President Trump’s elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Bahena graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in public health and nutrition. She currently works as a research coordinator at the UCSD School of Medicine and is pursuing a medical career. She hopes to one day help underprivileged communities meet health care needs.More than 17,000 “dreamers” have lost their DACA protections — which include a driver’s license and a work permit — since President Trump eliminated the program in September 2017.Democrats hoped to send a message to President Trump by inviting more than a dozen undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to attend his first State of the Union address. Congressman Scott Peters invited Bahena to attend the address.Bahena told us more about her story on Good Morning San Diego. Medical researcher and DACA recipient faces loss of job permit Updated: 8:01 AM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: DACA, dreamer, Immigration, karen bahena, medicine, research, sdsu, UCSD FacebookTwitter Posted: February 19, 2018 , February 19, 2018last_img read more

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Family looking for stranger who saved choking baby

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A good Samaritan saved a choking baby’s life and left before the child’s family could thank him.Shari Palladino was driving along State Road 84, Tuesday, when her 1-year-old granddaughter, Jaelyn, started choking in the back seat.Palladino, her daughter and granddaughter were on their way home from a swimming pool when the child started choking on a pretzel.“She wasn’t coughing, she wasn’t doing anything. She was just blue, and her mouth was open. She was just shaking her head,” said Danielle Palladino, who was sitting in the passenger seat at the time.“So many things were going through my mind. It was the worst feeling in the world,” said Jaelyn’s grandmother.Jaelyn’s grandmother quickly pulled over to the side of the street and was able to flag down a retired police officer.The officer started CPR and got the baby to breathe again. He quietly left after paramedics arrived. Sunrise Fire Department Lt. Chris Russo said, “Think that made a world of a difference in the outcome of that child, that early abdominal thrust that the child was able to receive to dislodge the object.”However, the good Samaritan left before the family could thank him.“Thank God for this guy. He grabbed her, and he was doing CPR on her, and her saved her. He saved her life,” said the elder Palladino.Jaelyn’s family hopes they can meet the retired officer again.“You’re our hero. I want you to meet the baby that you saved,” said the grandmother.Jaelyn’s mother said she believes parents with small children should learn CPR.“I definitely recommend getting the class because we’re looking into it now,” she said. “Because when you don’t know what to do, it’s even scarier.”  Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Hearst Taps New International CFO Amid Reports of Impending Cuts

first_imgAs Hearst Corp. inches closer to completing its acquisition of Lagardere’s international magazine business (including the Hachette Filipacchi titles in the U.S.), the company has named Simon Horne-CFO and general manager of The National Magazine Company, a Hearst subsidiary in Great Britain-to the same role for Hearst Magazines International. The move comes as Hearst and Lagardere signed a share purchase agreement for the approximate $917.7 million sale of Lagardere’s magazine properties. The deal is currently undergoing regulatory approval in 15 different countries.The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011.  While the sale will probably be the largest magazine deal of the year and demonstrates Hearst’s faith in print (particularly for international editions), the merger could result in downsizing of 30 percent or more of the workforce, according to The New York Post.last_img read more

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Report Three Demand Media Founders Out

first_imgPerhaps in part to appease its critics, Demand improved wages for its writers in May 2011. Feature writers are now compensated $80 to $350 for their contributions; previously, they earned roughly $15 per article.Upon closer inspection of Demand’s executive roster, I also noticed a rather odd title: EVP, people operations, held by Courtney Montpas. This appears to be a human resources role, and it’s a shrewd move by Demand to include “people” in this title, almost as if to say, “We really do recognize our employees as human beings!” Demand Media has lost three of its founders. According to a report from paidContent, Larry Fitzgibbon, Joe Perez and Steven Kydd are leaving the company. Fitzgibbon was EVP of international operations; Perez was executive vice president of products; and Kydd acted as EVP of studios. All three have already been removed from Demand’s masthead. A rep for Demand said the exits were “just coincidence”, and departed execs will “pursue separate opportunities and new business ventures”. EVP of media & marketplace Michael Blend will assume the majority of the responsibilities left open by the staff changes. Demand Media has been dubbed, less than affectionately, as a prime example of a “content farm” in the publishing industry. A company churning out piece upon piece of SEO-enhanced, freelance-produced copy may be successful, but its model is not viewed as an admirable strategy, especially among publishing vets (see one reaction here). While not much is known about why the trio left, or where they are headed next, it is interesting to watch a company so scrutinized in its industry move forward. Three founders, Richard Rosenblatt, Shawn Colo and Montpas, remain with Demand. The company’s video division is set to partner with YouTube in 2012 for its premium content video launch (other partners include Warner Bros. and the Shine Group). Demand is expected to announce fourth quarter and fiscal 2011 results on February 16.last_img read more

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TAPS kicks off 40th year with a little more oil than expected

first_imgThe Trans-Alaska Pipeline System’s Pump Station 3. 2016 saw the first increase in production since 2002. (Photo courtesy Alyeska Pipeline Service Company)For the first time in over a decade, the operator of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System announced a year-over-year increase in the amount of oil moving through the pipeline.Listen nowLast year, according to the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, the pipeline moved about 517,500 barrels per day. That’s a 1.8 percent increase from 2015. Alyeska president Tom Barrett said he’s happy to kick off the pipeline’s 40th year with the announcement.“Every barrel that either stops the decline or slows it, or, as in the last year, increases, is very positive for us as an operator,” Barrett said.Oil flowing through the pipeline peaked in 1988 at 2 million barrels per day. It has declined steadily ever since, with small upticks in 1991, 2002 and now, 2016.Alaska Department of Natural Resources deputy commissioner Mark Wiggin said he can’t point to a single factor behind the increase. There was a full year of production for ConocoPhillips’ first development in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska at the CD5 drill site. The private company Hilcorp was also more active on the North Slope, drilling 10 wells at Milne Point. And, Wiggin said, fewer North Slope facilities were shut down for maintenance last year.But Wiggin said the state isn’t predicting that TAPS will return to its glory days, at least not anytime soon.“The uptick that we witnessed in 2016, while very positive, and it’s the direction we want it heading, surely does not suggest that we are heading back to the peak year in 1988,” Wiggin said.In December, Alaska’s Department of Revenue predicted oil production from the North Slope would continue its decline. By 2025, the state forecasts production could dip below the 350,000 barrels-per-day.If oil flows go even lower than that, below 300,000 barrels per day, Alyeska doesn’t know if the pipeline can keep operating safely. Slow-moving oil and a cooler pipeline causes wax that exists naturally in the oil to build up. It’s also likely that ice accumulation will become a bigger problem. Barrett said pipeline workers are already dealing with problems caused by slow-moving oil and cold weather.“We’ve installed new pumps, we’ve installed methanol injection points, we’ve used [direct] fire heaters to manage at this lower speed — which is really not what we were designed for,” Barrett said.Barrett said he’s hopeful production will increase this year, too, but Alyeska has to plan for all scenarios — including a continued decline in production.last_img read more

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CoU teacher relieved of duty for quota remarks

first_imgComilla UniversityA teacher of Comilla University has been relieved of the duty of house tutor on Thursday for posting remarks on Facebook in favour of ongoing quota reform movement.A group of students of Nazrul hall, including leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), filed a written complaint against Akbar Hossain, house tutor of the hall, for posting remarks in support of quota reform movement on 3 July, reports UNB.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).Following the complaint, the authorities concerned took the action against the teacher.A four-member committee headed by Arts Faculty dean GM Moniruzzaman was formed to investigate the matter on Thursday.”The committee will start their work in this regard next week,” said Gm Moniruzzaman.last_img read more

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Episcopal Church Leaders Protest Trump Immigration Policy Outside Detention Center

first_imgMegan Castellan, a reverend from Ithaca, New York, said as she prepared to come to Texas for the convention, she felt it wasn’t right to stay in Austin and just talk about the Church’s priorities. So, she and other church leaders from around the country planned a service and rally outside of the facility.CREDIT JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUT “It seemed un-Christian to come to Texas and sit in lovely air-conditioned ballrooms and make pronouncements about the state of the world, when such horrific crimes were being committed in our name just miles away,” she said.The event came together in a matter of hours, she said because many fellow church leaders felt visiting the center would provide an opportunity to practice their beliefs.“The Jesus we believe in called us to side on the part of the oppressed and the suffering,” Castellan said. “When God came to earth, God came in the person of a refugee.”James Wilson, a reverend from Minnesota and a Liberian immigrant, says the group passed a resolution condemning the policy during the conference. “All the church leaders of the Episcopal Church are supporting this resolution that what is going on right now – separating children from their parents – needs to stop,” Wilson said. JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTResponding to calls from Episcopalians across the church to act on behalf of families seeking asylum at the southern U.S. border, a team of concerned leaders held a prayer service outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Detention Center in Taylor, Texas.Hundreds of Episcopal Church leaders from around the country protested the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy outside a detention center in Taylor on Sunday.CREDIT JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTAfter concluding their convention in Austin, church leaders and parishioners sang hymns, marched and prayed outside the T. Don Hutto Detention Center.The center houses some women who have been separated from their children at the border after the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policy went into effect in April. That policy led to the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents before President Trump halted the policy last month.CREDIT JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTPresiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael Bruce Curry addresses hundreds who gathered for a prayer service.center_img Sharelast_img read more

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Darkerthanblack metamaterial could lead to more efficient solar cells

first_imgWhen a hyperbolic metamaterial is corrugated, its reflectance is greatly reduced and it becomes “darker than black.” Image credit: E. E. Narimanov, et al. Bending light with better precision Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — If typical black paint absorbs about 85% of incoming light, then a newly designed metamaterial that absorbs up to 99% of incoming light may be considered “darker than black.” By taking advantage of the unique light-scattering properties of metamaterials, researchers have discovered that a hyperbolic metamaterial with a corrugated surface can have a very low reflectance, which could make it promising for high-efficiency solar cells, photodetectors, and radar stealth technology. Citation: ‘Darker-than-black’ metamaterial could lead to more efficient solar cells (2011, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-darker-than-black-metamaterial-efficient-solar-cells.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: E. E. Narimanov, et al. “Darker than black: radiation-absorbing metamaterial.” arXiv:1109.5469v1 [physics.optics]via: Physics arXiv Blog The researchers, E. Narimanov, et al., from Purdue University and Norfolk State University, have posted their study on the radiation-absorbing metamaterial at arXiv.org.In their study, the researchers fabricated a hyperbolic metamaterial out of arrays of silver nanowires grown in alumina membranes. They found that this material absorbed about 80% of incoming light. Then, they ground the surface of the metamaterial to produce corrugations and defects, which they predicted would dramatically reduce the light reflection, increasing the absorption. Their measurements showed that the corrugated metamaterial absorbed up to 99% of incoming light, and that the radiation-absorbing capability is applicable to all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.As the scientists explained, the metamaterial’s very low reflectivity results from one of its hyperbolic properties: an infinite density of photonic states. This “super singularity” greatly increases the amount of light scattering from surface defects and corrugations in the metamaterial. The defects and corrugations scatter light primarily inside the material, basically “sucking” photons inside the hyperbolic medium.The researchers predict that the new metamaterial will provide a new route toward designing radiation-absorbing materials. As light absorption plays a key role in solar cells and many other applications, the researchers plan to investigate these possibilities in the near future. 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.last_img read more

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Ohio mans obituary lists cause of death as the Browns

first_imgOhio native, and long time Browns fan, Paul Stark passed away on Wednesday, and the Browns killed him.Stark’s obituary says he “passed away on December  27, 2017 of complications from a brief illness, exacerbated by the hopeless condition of the Cleveland Browns.”Paul was mercifully spared from witnessing the culmination of the Browns perfect “defeated” 0-16 season, which should become a reality on Sunday against the Steelers’ JV team.The obit also sarcastically states, ‘Paul passed just before the Browns were prepared to turn the corner.” Advertisement Like many Browns fans know all to well, sometimes all you can do is laugh. Thanks to Paul and his family for giving us one laugh on the way out. He won’t be the Browns’ last victim. Here’s a link to the full obituary.In honor of Mr. Stark, here’s our song dedicated to the Browns’ quarterback graveyard. RIP.last_img read more

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