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Panama Canal Cuts Maximum Draft for Neopanamax Locks

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has decreased the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks at the beginning of January.Precipitation registered in the Panama Canal watershed during December 2018 was around 90 percent below the historical average, causing water levels in Gatun and Madden Lakes to drop below the expected levels for this time of the year.As a result, the Panama Canal has deemed it necessary to implement water conservation measures to delay implementation of seasonal draft adjustments and to minimize the adverse effect that these may.Despite these efforts, the weather forecast for the upcoming weeks indicates that the first seasonal draft of 14.94 meters (49 feet) TFW is required effective February 11, 2019, for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks.The authority said that vessels arriving with drafts over 14.94 meters (49.0 feet) TFW may be allowed to transit past this date depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo to transit.last_img read more

Panel Makes Recommendations on Natural Resources

first_imgNova Scotia is another step closer to having a new strategy that will protect its natural resources, while supporting jobs and the economy. Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell received a report today, May 7, that recommends how the province should manage its parks, minerals, forests and biodiversity. The report, A Natural Balance: Working Toward Nova Scotia’s Natural Resources Strategy, was prepared by the minister’s steering panel, and gives direction to write a new strategy to manage natural resources. Forest policies will be developed by late summer, the rest of the strategy will be completed before the end of year. In receiving the report, the minister said a new natural resources strategy supports government’s commitment to make life better for Nova Scotians in every region. “This report provides us with the evidence we need to develop a new strategy, one that will protect our natural resources for generations,” said Mr. MacDonell. “The new strategy will ensure families can continue to enjoy our parks and trails, and our forests and minerals can continue to support and create good jobs and grow the economy.” The submission of the report completes the second phase of a three-phase process to develop a new natural resources strategy. The first phase incorporated information collected through public consultations held in 2008, and culminated in a report written by the Natural Resources Citizen Engagement Committee supported by Voluntary Planning. The final phase is writing the strategy. “We have proposed a vision of a Nova Scotia in which healthy diverse natural resources are nurtured and sustained for the economic, environmental, and social benefit of all Nova Scotians today and in the future,” said Constance Glube, steering panel chair. “We have asked Minister MacDonell to direct his department to use our report as the framework for the natural resources strategy document.” “It’s time to define a new legislative relationship with nature,” said Joe Marshall, steering panel member and executive director, Union of Nova Scotia Indians. “Hundreds of years ago, the Mi’kmaq were a nomadic people. Biodiversity was our lifestyle. But, now, Nova Scotia’s biodiversity is at risk. Biodiversity needs an act, a home, and accountability within government.” Mr. MacDonell has asked the steering panel to review the forthcoming strategy to ensure it accurately reflects what was heard in the first two phases. “As we write the strategy, the values of Nova Scotians will be become the touchstones for the department,” said Mr. MacDonell. “When we implement our strategy, the five citizen values identified during phase one – sustainability, diversity, collaboration, transparency, and informed decision making – will guide department policy and program decisions in the future.” The report contains the advice of technical experts who spoke with dozens of stakeholders to closely examine the diverse issues concerning Nova Scotia’s natural resources. The report and information about the natural resources strategy is available on the Department of Natural Resources website, .last_img read more

UN and USbased agency to seek renewable energy sites in poor countries

Continuing its bid to pinpoint the most promising sites for renewable energy in some of the world’s poorest countries, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a new collaboration with one of the world’s leading “green energy” research centres. The new joint project with United States-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory widens the ambit of UNEP’s current project to create high-quality solar and wind maps for 13 countries by adding the Maldives to that list. It also broadens the existing plan to map Bangladesh. UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer welcomed the agreement, which will expand the Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment programme. “Delivering cleaner and less-polluting forms of energy to poorer parts of the world is absolutely crucial for fighting poverty and helping to reduce emissions of pollutants linked with global warming,” he stressed. The programme is part of a “Group of Eight” initiative to provide renewable energy to a billion extra people in an attempt to limit environmental damage since “those without access to electricity are forced to fell trees for firewood and cooking fuel, accelerating impacts such as soil erosion and the loss of the world’s wildlife,” explained Mr. Toepfer. “While the costs of renewable energies like solar and wind have been tumbling in recent years, obstacles remain to their widespread deployment, particularly in developing countries,’ he said. The programme will also “bridge the knowledge gap so that potential investors can know, with a great deal of accuracy, the locations where they can secure a good and reasonable return.” read more

New chief for UN internal oversight officially takes office

Hailed by a senior United Nations official as a remarkable woman of vital integrity, the world body’s new chief watchdog met the press for the first time in her new capacity today, saying she was pleased to be at the UN during a time of such far-reaching changes.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Chief of Staff, Mark Malloch Brown introduced veteran Swedish inspector and auditor Inga-Britt Ahlenius as the new Under-Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).Previously the former Auditor-General of Kosovo, she succeeds Dileep Nair, who has been cited for misconduct by the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) led by former United States Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker probing alleged irregularities in the UN Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq.OIOS submits reports to the Secretary-General and the Assembly on protecting the organizations’ assets. It also does worldwide audits of UN operations and provides consulting services to UN funds, programmes and tribunals.Ms. Ahlenius was also a member of the Committee of Independent Experts established by the European Parliament with a mandate to examine the ways in which the 20-member Commission detected and dealt with fraud, mismanagement and nepotism. Its report in 1999 led to the resignation of the entire Commission and its later reform.Calling Ms. Ahlenius “a remarkable woman,” of vital integrity, Mr. Malloch Brown said that she exhibited “exactly the values and priorities that we want to see in the oversight function here at the United Nations.”For her part, Ms. Ahlenius said that she was happy to be at the UN during this time of change. She had officially only been on the job for three days, but was already looking into the various recommendations that had emerged during the Volcker investigation.When asked by reporters if she would be more open with the press than her predecessor, she said that while she had been in regular contact with the media in other positions she had held, an internal audit, by definition, was an interior undertaking. Still, she was aware that the Assembly had asked for more disclosure of reports and would be looking into the matter.She added that she had been in the position to make “tough” decisions regarding the disciplining of and/or firing of staff. “While no one enjoys that sort of thing, the hope is that such decisions are taken with a view to preserving the integrity of your organization,” she said. read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 6 February 2016

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Teenager scarred for life as stranger bites her face after putting her

first_imgA woman was left with permanent scarring after being bitten on the face by a stranger in a “savage attack”, police said.The 18-year-old victim had left a nightclub in  Kingston, south-west London, when she was approached by an unknown male, who put her in a headlock and then bit her face.The woman required immediate medical treatment and her injuries have resulted in a permanent scar, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.There have been no arrests and the assault is being treated as grievous bodily harm. Police are appealing for help to 'urgently find the person responsible' for the attack on the teenager Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened at around 3.30am on Sunday, 25 June, after the woman left Pryzm Nightclub in Eden Street.Officers revealed details of the incident on Tuesday and released a picture of the unnamed woman’s large scar.The man who attacked her is described as white with blond hair.Detective Constable Robert Wise said: “This was a savage attack that has left a young girl with a permanent scar; we urgently want to find the person responsible.”There would have been many people who witnessed this horrible assault and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact police.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police are appealing for help to ‘urgently find the person responsible’ for the attack on the teenagerCredit:Metropolitan Policelast_img read more

Alkane to kick off Tomingley UG gold operation with RCT autonomous solution

first_imgRCT says it has entered into a project with Alkane Resources to commission autonomous technology at its Tomingley gold operations in New South Wales, Australia.The work involves installing and commissioning ControlMaster® Guidance Automation on two Caterpillar R2900G LHDs to operate at the company’s underground gold operation at Tomingley, just south of Dubbo.RCT will also supply a Tele Cabin including operator chair, LCD monitors and laser guard containment control with the option to operate from the mine’s surface via the ControlMaster® Fibre Optic Control Station.“Guidance Automation removes operators from machine cabs, which improves safety while the technology enables faster tramming speeds and eliminates machine damage from operator errors, thereby significantly reducing unplanned maintenance works,” RCT said.The technology will be installed by mid-2019 with operator training to be held simultaneously.Back in September, the Alkane board approved the development of underground mining operations at Tomingley. This would see 93,000 oz of gold recovered over a 40- month development, with development commencing in early 2019 and first ore expected in mid-2019.last_img read more

HELP SERBIA Plock and Wisla to help Loznica

City of Plock and Orlen Wisla Plock Handball club will help Serbian city of Loznica, who suffered a disaster due floods last week. Citizens and Wisla’s fans will collect clothes, many and every other kind of help for the people who lost their homes and families.Two Serbian players from Wisla, Petar Nenadic and Ivan Nikcevic called for the action which will be organised from Friday till Monday… ← Previous Story Sven-Soren Christophersen to join Hannover-Burgdorf! Next Story → SLOVENIA: Celje PL smash Gorenje to win 18th title! read more

Epilepsy Ireland extremely frustrated about drug substitution

first_imgEPILEPSY IRELAND HAVE expressed disappointment that The Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill that was passed in the Dáil today does not exclude anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) from substitution.While the bill has been viewed as a largely positive measure, the group had hoped that it would be amended due to the fact that AEDs are tailored to the needs of individuals and that a change in this balance could result in a breakthrough seizure.The CEO of Epilepsy Ireland, Mike Glynn, said that government had failed to consider “the needs of over 37,000 people with epilepsy in passing this Bill.”Given that we are legislating for generic substitution and the evidence that exists in favour of specifically exempting AEDs within it, it has been extremely frustrating to see a series of amendments voted down which would have offered safety and reassurance to people with epilepsy.Believing that an opportunity had been missed to “enshrine the rights of people with epilepsy”, Glynn said that the group would now begin a campaign to ensure that the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) would not designate AEDs as being interchangeable with generic drugs.The group want those with epilepsy to insist that their prescribers now write their AED prescription using the regular brand name as opposed to the generic (active ingredient) name, while also ensuring that the pharmacist writes ‘do not substitute’ on their prescription.Read: A man, woman or child dies from heart disease and stroke every hour in Ireland >last_img read more

Return to austerity

first_imgGreece took a major step towards meeting its obligations in order to receive the agreed €86bn ($128bn) bailout, after its parliament passed a second set of reforms in the early hours of Thursday morning.Despite fears of a rebellion by SYRIZA MPs, in the end Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gained the support he required easily, with 230 votes in favour and 63 against. Almost half the dissenting MPs were members of his own party.Unlike last week’s vote, this time around Yanis Varoufakis voted with the government; the former finance minister declaring that he felt it important “to protect the unity of SYRIZA” even though he believed the program agreed with the creditors was “designed to fail”.The reforms passed include changes to the banking system to protect savers’ deposits of less than €100,000 ($150,000) and the introduction of rules to ensure shareholders and creditors – not taxpayers – cover the costs of a failed bank.Meaures were also taken to overhaul the judiciary system.During the debate Mr Tsipras told the parliament once again that he was not happy with the measures that the lenders had imposed.“We chose a difficult compromise to avert the most extreme plans by the most extreme circles in Europe,” he told MPs, adding that the deal was the only way Greece could remain in the eurozone.Negotiations will now begin with the creditors on agreeing the detailed terms of the bailout. Due to be completed within a month, a likely scenario is that once concluded, the full agreement will usher in early elections.However major sticking points are still possible. The most contentious measures – including the phasing out early retirement and tax hikes for farmers – have been pushed back to August.Meanwhile Greeks this week faced a new era of austerity. They woke on Monday able to enter banks for the first time in weeks, but with Value Added Tax increased from 13 per cent to 23 per cent, the cost of the bailout deal was immediately felt in their pockets. Many everyday supermarket basics have increased in price. Services hit by the increase include restaurants and cafes, funeral parlours, taxis, and the much used tutorial schools – held precious by tens of thousands of parents trying to give their kids a better start in life.To get a sense of the mood across the country this week Neos Kosmos spoke to a handful of those affected.27-year-old Stav Balafas in Athens was shocked by price increases to the most basic necessities.“We’d get coffee and sparkling water every day for €4 and the next day we were surprised to pay €5. They listed coffee and sparkling water under luxury goods. Even tea is seen as luxury goods. No joke.“People are concerned about public transport tickets prices, taxis and petrol getting more expensive. Air, bus and even boat fares are up. The internet and phone calls got a top-up.”Valia Evangelatou (26) in Chios thinks the imposition of higher tax rates for virtually identical products is confusing.“Normal bread stays the same, bread with olives gets a hike. Normal milk stays the same, chocolate milk goes up. You need to have a masters degree in advanced economics to figure it all out,” said Ms Evangelatou.Despina Varsami (21) on holiday in Chania was bemused by the jump in price of that modest staple – the souvlaki.“I swore to eat one a day while I’m here. It used to be €1.80 and now it’s €2.30. I wonder if they taxed each ingredient separately!”Ilias Katrakis in Chalkidiki says the VAT hike will not get to the root of Greece’s economic problems but instead hit the poorest.“The increase will once again hurt the little man when we should be looking at tax evasion. “I say increase the VAT to 28 per cent for cash transactions but keep it at 18 per cent for card transactions. This will offer the incentive to move away from our outdated cash system, which is a huge part of the problem.”Kosta Karageorgiou in Mykonos echoed his sentiments. “People need to start paying taxes, yes, mainly the rich, but not on basic commodities and tourism. Tourism is what keeps this country alive and right now the prices are unappealing even to holiday makers from abroad.”Panagiota Stamou (26), a single mum living in Thessaloniki, sums up the mood of most Greeks who expected more from a government that vowed to fight austerity.“I’m struggling to make ends meet on a salary of just €400 a month. If the price of food, electricity and water goes up, but my wage stays the same there is absolutely no way I can survive, “says the 26-year-old Ms Stamou.“My child and I are already living on the absolute bare minimum. I didn’t vote SYRIZA for this. I voted for change. I voted ‘No’ This is far worse than anything I expected from them”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Discovery la navette ne décollera pas avant le 17 décembre

first_imgDiscovery : la navette ne décollera pas avant le 17 décembreCap Canaveral, Etats-Unis – Déjà reporté à plusieurs reprises suite à la découverte de fuites dues à des fissures, le lancement de la navette spatiale Discovery n’aura pas lieu début décembre comme l’espérait la Nasa. Selon l’Agence spatiale américaine, il n’y aura pas de tentative avant le 17 décembre.  “Clairement, nous ne sommes pas prêts pour un lancement dans la fenêtre de tir du 3 au 7 décembre”, a annoncé lors d’une conférence de presse John Shannon, le directeur du programme de la navette. Ce dernier précise que la Nasa envisage une possible tentative entre le 17 et 20 décembre prochains.À lire aussiApollo 11 : À quoi la conquête spatiale ressemblera-t-elle dans 50 ans ?Discovery devait décoller le 5 novembre dernier, pour effectuer avec à son bord six astronautes, son ultime vol vers la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Mais une fuite d’hydrogène lors du remplissage du réservoir externe a conduit la Nasa à annuler le tir. Les techniciens de l’agence ont dans les jours qui ont suivi, découvert plusieurs fissures sur des soutiens en alliage d’aluminium de la navette, et tentent depuis de comprendre la gravité du problème, et de trouver un moyen de réparer ces craquelures. Un type de réparations qui n’a jamais été réalisé auparavant sur le pas de tir, mais seulement durant la construction en usine du réservoir.Alors que la Nasa espérait pouvoir tenter un lancement début décembre, la décision de reporter ce tir a été prise suite à une réunion du bureau de contrôle technique de l’agence. La prochaine réunion de ce groupe se tiendra le 2 décembre, et c’est là que sera confirmée ou non la tentative du 17 décembre.Le 25 novembre 2010 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Environment Legislation to be laid

first_img#MagneticMediaNews#EnvironmentLegislationComingToBahamas Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 21st 2017: Moves to make the Ministry of Environment the chief overseer for the environment will be the focus of two pieces of legislation government intends to bring forward soon. The bills titled the Ministry of Environment Bill and the Environment Planning and Protection Bill, 2017, will ensure the environment is monitored and protected.  Minister, Romauld Ferreira presented it as part of his Contribution to the Budget package in the lower house. It’s expected that the legislation will establish the process for environmental impact assessments under his ministry.This year’s budget makes the landfill issue at New Providence a priority, with short term measures seeking to follow the model of waste disposal used in Grand Bahama. It also makes the landfill at Family Islands a priority as there is need to ensure limestone is available to cover waste.Other projects include advancing a loan agreement for the completion of the Geomatics Capacity Enhancement for Disaster Risk Management for the Bahamas National Geographical Information Systems Centre, addressing the institutional needs of the of department to enhance operations and to host the Geospatial Advisory Council’s inaugural meeting at a date to be set.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Revisiting Rex Hammocks 1996 Folio Cover Story

first_img Another thing: A short time after that 1996 Folio: cover story, I decided that we would work with clients on a fee basis for the content services we provide, not by marking up printing and paper and other pass-through costs. That was a pretty radical thing to do since we had a client with a magazine that had a circulation of 500,000 and marking up the print and paper was a good deal. But in hindsight, it was a good thing for us to decide to charge a fee for where we brought direct value and not to charge for marking up hard costs. Today, that 500,000-circulation magazine doesn’t exist. Rex Hammock: For the context in which the article appeared in 1996, custom publishers had more of a gut-instinct of their opportunities, even though most didn’t realize it for many years. Just think, Amazon launched in 1996 and it would be three years until they made their first acquisition, which, by the way, was not a retailer, but a pure-play media platform, (Shouldn’t Billboard have purchased it?) 1996: Can I expect my print clients to look to me for online services? 2017: What’s the revenue mix for your company today, or a typical company in your peer set? 1996: What kind of technical know-how does my staff need? 1996: What steps can I take to prepare for online publishing? The article asked several custom-publishing sources to provide answers for each question. The most prominent of those sources was Rex Hammock, owner of an eponymous custom-content agency, and one of the pioneers in a nascent market — using high-quality content in a magazine format as a communications vehicle for marketers. Hammock is also the founder of, which goes back to the year 2000, and has been consistently and faithfully maintained in all those years — a rare accomplishment by itself, without even considering that it’s also been a media-business thought leader all that time.  I felt then (and still do) that marketers and those who serve them should be “agnostic” about custom publishing (or content marketing). By 1996, we had already produced some CD-ROM products and were managing a couple of Compuserve forums for clients. These days, I have to explain that Compuserve was a dial-up online service before the internet had a browser. Hammock: History’s definitely on the side of those who say this was a bad question. But I think I answered it in 1996 the way I would today. The medium must match the role it plays in the life of the reader, listener, viewer, engager. There are no pat answers or solutions. Those who didn’t embrace fragmenting their business in 1996 are no longer around. Hammock: We still use the desktop publishing analogy because it’s the same evolution we are passing through again. Desktop publishing gave marketers the false impression that using a fill-in-the-blank template can transform an administrative assistant into a graphic designer. It’s a bit like thinking if you have cheap table saw, you can make a Windsor chair. Without talent and experience, even great tools can easily cut off a finger. Looking at the questions (and my 1996 answer), there is the recognition that as digital media evolved, the tools used would also evolve. However, the incredible evolution of the web and other internet channels have created the need for dozens of new types of skills, on the business side, and the editorial and creative sides as well. Hammock: The question is as hard as it ever was to answer. Today, there’s little chance for a purely content company to create a corporate website. We focus on developing and supporting an array of content that helps companies teach customers how to use their products. If you want to use analogies to the past, we focus on branded media of all types that add value to the products or services our client provide their customers. 2017: What does the typical mix of channels and projects look like for your company? Is there still a residual reliance on print? On the client side, are print and digital communications segregated? 2017: What’s the 2017 version of this question — and how would you answer it? 2017: What’s the baseline tech capability needed for a company like yours? Hammock: We have several major digital clients. And we have several print magazines and 70-plus print monthly newsletters. However, at this time we don’t have a media brand that is both print and digital. I wish we did, but the reasons are each unique to the client and make sense. 1996: What is the initial investment required? In 1996, I thought marketers would see that IT people could be great engineers, but they aren’t marketers who understand the role of content in building long relationships. I made the mistake of thinking it would not take long for marketers to figure out that technology and content were not the goal, but tools. Over the past two decades I have seen people spend massive amounts of money on software and technology that they thought would solve their digital marketing challenge. After all of that investment, they still don’t grasp what goes into creating recurring media or how people develop relationships with products. 1996: Will online offerings pull in more print business? View scans of the original story here. So, in 1996, we were already trying to think of other ways to use the internet. We view ourselves as a media business and a creative agency. But we’re also a company that must stay abreast of new opportunities and trends; new technologies and usages of data. At the end of the day, technology is a tool; helping support our clients’ efforts to build long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with their customers is what we do. 1996: How much do I charge to create a website?center_img Hammock: Every client we have has in-house capabilities. Most have ad agencies and web development teams and resources for just about everything. The first thing we do with any new or potential client is to explore the capabilities, strengths and needs of their team. We know what our most valuable contributions will be and may have opinions we want to share. But the first thing we want to do is stress collaboration and flexibility. 2017: Do agencies like yours even look at things in that way anymore? What channels and methods drive the most revenue in 2017? Hammock: We are organized in a team approach that is based on our client’s needs rather that our corporate structure. We still use the title “publisher” to designate what others might call “account service.” And having 25 years experience in publishing magazines has provided us a comfort level in working with talented creators and developers both in-house and freelance. We’ve worked with more than 500 such independent partners in the past five years. In September 1996, nearly 21 years ago, Folio: published a cover story on the state of custom publishing. The article was organized as a quasi-Q&A, posing 10 questions custom publishers were asking themselves at the dawn of the digital age as their businesses were fracturing. Suddenly alien ideas like HTML — and alien platforms like Compuserve and America Online — were emerging, and print-based media-services firms were worried about the impact on their business. Today, we are an agency. More specifically, we are a customer media and marketing content agency. Unlike many in the “content marketing” field, we are a full-service agency. We provide everything from video to print magazines. We manage content-rich websites that are updated daily, and ebook series that are distributed monthly. We also help manage social media. 2017: In retrospect, bad question? Recently, Rex suggested to me that we revisit that Q&A, and try to make sense of the questions and answers from the nineties and seek their corrolaries for 2017. The frequently fascinating results follow. Companies like Hammock Inc. have always been focused on the strategy of using media to develop long and loyal relationships with association members or customers, both B2B and consumer. While I love magazines and feel privileged to have spent most of my life publishing them, my obsession is about the role of media in relationships, not the business model of magazines. Hammock: The 2017 version is the same, and here is my answer. In 1996, “custom publishing” was the Rodney Dangerfield of the media landscape in the eyes of the media companies that dominated both the consumer and business-to-business world. I was one of the founders of the Custom Publishing Council of the Magazine Publishers Association (it has a different name today) and we were politely encouraged to spin-off into something. Despite the decade or longer I spent on the board of what became the American Business Media, my first attempt at joining was turned down because Hammock was a custom-publishing company. We were let in the following quarter when I sent them a list of all the members who were engaged in custom publishing. My answer is to focus on the goals of the services you provide and stop trying to define what your company is by its business model. 1996: Should custom publishers consider adjusting their media mix? 1996: What percent of my business should come from online ventures? 1996: But won’t offering online services fragment your business? Hammock: We describe ourselves as a customer media and marketing content agency. The media and marketing services a company like Hammock provides dwarfs companies that limit themselves to being defined as a content-marketing company. We help clients create branded media that adds value to their products and relationships. We manage several million dollars in ad sales each year. We publish ebook series and event guides that are hundreds of pages long. We sell event space and sponsorships. We oversee the creation of how-to videos for customers or employees. Yes, they are all content. But some of this content is more about operations than marketing. And the business model can be quite a bit different. 2017: Same question. How has it changed from 1996? Also, is comparing the emergence of the internet really analogous to the desktop publishing revolution? 2017: In 1996, the story focused on website development, not on using the web as just another communications channel. Was that an erroneous framing of the situation? 2017: How would you answer that same question today? 1996: Can custom publishers hope to lure clients away from web developers? Hammock: First, I wish I knew who our peer set is. There are thousands of “content marketing” companies that sound like they do what we do. But if you asked them what their revenue mix is, most would say 100 percent is online services. And more than 50 percent of that group would likely be focused on content that is focused on SEO or lead generation, both of which are fine and necessary and things we do. However, we are still focused on working with clients for the long haul. We’re finding it hard to get much above 60 percent in our non-print revenues. However, that’s a good thing. It just means there are still a lot of marketers who understand the value of print and the role it plays in the relationship with their customers or members. 2017: Do you have a web-development business separate and distinct from content creation?last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S10 The 7 best deals right now

first_img Best Buy’s deal is all about the trade-in: It’s good for up to $550. The exact amount, of course, depends on the brand and age of your current phone. An iPhone 8, for example, fetches the full $550. An LG V30 would net you $300.However, the trade-in must happen at a Best Buy store, and it must accompany an S10 activation on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. (All three carriers also have buy-one-get-one-free promotions you can leverage as well.) The bigger caveat is that your trade-in is good for a Best Buy gift card, not cash.Where’s the missing $100 in the “up to $650” headline? You’ll save an extra $50 if you activate your S10 with Verizon or $100 if you go with Sprint. The Samsung Galaxy S10 has arrived, and although it’s a premium phone that’s priced accordingly, there are deals to be had. In fact, whether you’re looking for the S10E, the S10 or the S10 Plus, you may be able to find a discount that works for your budget. Although there are a few exceptions, many of these US promotions require you to trade in a phone and/or sign up for lease agreement and/or service contract. Read more: How to buy a Galaxy S10 phone But here’s the good news: Just about every preorder deal includes free Samsung Galaxy Buds. Samsung’s answer to Apple AirPods makes an especially cool S10 companion, because the phone can wirelessly recharge the earbuds! You may also qualify for six free months of Spotify; the app will come preinstalled on the new phones, and new subscribers can get a six-month trial. Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve Best Buy: Save up to $650 The Cheapskate Like other carriers, Xfinity Mobile offers lease deals on the Galaxy models: $31.24 per month for the S10E, for example, $37.49 per month for the S10 and so on. When you choose one of those (or an earlier Galaxy, including the S9 or S8), activate a new line of service and port your number to Xfinity, you’ll receive a $250 prepaid Visa card.Not right away, though: The card will arrive 16 to 18 weeks after activation. The offer is good for up to five phones. 10:36 US Mobile: Save $200 when you bring your phone See at Samsung Samsung: Get up to $550 back with a trade-in Galaxy S10 Plus is an everything phone Xfinity Mobile: Get a $250 rebate CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Share your voice See at Sprint Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Sam’s Club See at Xfinity Mobile Sam’s Club: $200 gift card 64 Photos 6 See at Best Buy Sprint: Get a Galaxy S10E free with any Galaxy S10 When you buy any one of the three new models — the Galaxy S10E, Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10 Plus — you’ll get a 128GB Galaxy S10E for free. Alternately, you can apply $750 toward the purchase of a more expensive model.To get the deal, you’ll need to activate a new line of service and sign up for Verizon’s monthly payment plan instead of buying the phones outright. The 24-month plan features a zero-percent APR, however, so there’s no interest tacked on. Read more about Verizon’s BOGO deal here. Samsung Now playing: Watch this: At the price club, the Galaxy S10E starts at $750. Preorder it and you’ll get a $100 Sam’s Club gift card. Preorder the S10 for $900 or S10 Plus for $1,000 and you’ll get a $200 gift card (and, as noted above, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds).Those are the starting prices for the respective models. If you opt for more storage, the prices jump accordingly. To get any of these deals, you’ll have to sign up for service with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon or US Cellular. Tags See at US Mobile Comments Originally published on Feb. 25, 2019.Update, March 8: Added Best Buy and Verizon. Sprint’s preorder deal offers lease-one-get-one goodness: You’ll score a Galaxy S10E when you lease another S10E, or an S10 or S10 Plus. Whichever option you choose, the free Galaxy Buds are in it for you as well.The cheapest option is the S10E, which requires $0 down and costs $31.25 per month (not including service, of course; Sprint’s unlimited plans start at $60 per month for a single line). After 18 months, you can return it and upgrade to a new model or buy it outright (for one lump sum or over another six months).The “free” phone comes in the form of statement credit, meaning you’ll start by paying for two phones but then (after two months) see a credit that covers the cost of one of them. Make sure to read all the fine print for further details. See at Verizon Verizon: Buy one Galaxy S10, get a Galaxy S10E free Phones Prefer to buy your new Galaxy phone outright (which you can do from Samsung)? You can defray the cost by $200 if you bring it to US Mobile for service.It works like this: You buy a US Mobile SIM card, then sign up for the service plan of your choice. Every month you stay with US Mobile, you’ll receive a $16.67 discount on that plan. Total savings after 12 months: $200. When you buy a Galaxy S10E, S10 or S10 Plus from Samsung, you have the option of getting a trade-in credit of up to $550 — potentially giving you the single best deal on the new phone.The amount varies depending on the make and model of your old phone, of course, but just by way of example, any iPhone 8 or later is good for the full $550 amount. At the other end, something like a Motorola Z3 would net you $150.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly November 11 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioAlaska Division of Elections Begins Counting Absentee, Questioned Ballots Alexandra Gutierrez, APRNAfter a week of collecting and reviewing absentee ballots, workers at the Division of Elections are now running 17,000 of those uncounted votes through machines.Claman increases lead in House District 21 race Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageDivision of Elections workers have counted all of the reviewed ballots they had for House District 21. The West Anchorage race between Democrat Matt Claman and Republican Anand Dubey was too close to call on election night, Claman was winning by 35 votes. An additional 942 votes from the district were counted today. New numbers put Claman ahead by 86 votes.Archaeological Findings Could Shed Light On Alaska’s Early Residents Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAn archeological site southeast of Fairbanks continues to yield information about the Native people who lived along the Tanana River thousands of years ago. The site, first identified in 2005 during reconnaissance for a railroad extension project, has been the subject of major archeological excavation, and yesterday (Mon.) researchers announced the discovery of skeletal remains and other materials dating back to the end of the last Ice Age. The finds are helping to broaden understanding of Alaska’s early residents.The Job Hunt Is On As Military Members Transition Back To Civilian LifeZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageIt’s veteran’s day, and as military forces continue drawing down from deployments abroad, more service members are transitioning back into the civilian workforce. A job fair on Friday in Anchorage is one of the ways the state is spending resources matching vets with employers in the public and private sectors.BC Official Says Mine Concerns Heard, Critics Disagree Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauBritish Columbia officials say they understand why Alaskans are concerned about new mines planned for transboundary rivers. But critics on this side of the border say they’re not doing anything about it.Filmmaker Documents Emotional Toll Of Caring For Alzheimer’s Patients Lori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageLocal filmmaker Mary Katzke of Affinity Films, has taken on the subject of family members caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease. Katzke says she started out documenting friends in the sandwich generation: Those with careers, children at home and also caring for aging parents but she focused in on five families dealing with Alzheimer’s because of the emotional toll of caring for a family member who may not recognize you. One of those caregivers is Janet Burts, who has been caring for her mother since her father passed away in 2010. Katzke says in a state with the fastest growing elder population per capita of any other, exploring the individual decisions that each family has to make is timely.Tlingit Code Talkers Honored At Veterans Day Ceremony In Juneau Casey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauSoutheast Alaska Native Veterans honored Tlingit code talkers at a Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday morning in Juneau. The families of five men who served during World War II received medals and Congressional certificates recognizing their service.After 70 Years, WWII Dog Tag Discovered on Bering Sea Coast is Returning Home Jenn Ruckel, KNOM – NomeAfter 70 years, dog tags that belonged to a World War Two soldier who was stationed in Nome are on their way home to his family.last_img read more

Houston City Council Approves Bike Plan But Not Every Member Is Sold

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:19 X Courtesy: Houston Bike PlanOne of the main goals of the Houston bike plan is to expand the high-comfort network to more than 800 miles.The Houston City Council finally approved a new bike plan for the city on Wednesday.Currently, Houston has 270 miles of high-comfort bikeways, which means they provide an adequate separation from traffic that makes cyclists feel comfortable and safe.One of the main goals of the plan is to increase that network to more than 800 miles.The City’s Planning and Development Department estimates the project could cost around 50 million dollars over the next 10 years.Mayor Sylvester Turner thinks it is important for Houston’s growth and highlighted during the council’s meeting that the plan “provides an idea of where we are going and the status quo is not acceptable.”Council Member Greg Travis represents District G, which includes neighborhoods located in west Houston.Among other reasons, Travis opposed the project because the city hasn’t designated specific funding sources.“If we’re going to do this, let’s just say: ‘Folks, we are going to set aside 10 million or 20 million and this is where it’s coming from’. Let’s do that, let’s be upfront and honest with people today and if we are not going to do that, then we don’t have a plan,” Travis said during the council’s debate about the project.Travis, along with Council members Michael Kubosh, Mike Knox and Steve Le, ultimately voted against the plan.Turner said the project doesn’t commit any city revenue, but noted that the federal government, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) are some potential sources of funding, as well as the City’s Management Districts and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones, better known by the acronym TIRZ. Sharelast_img read more

Netflix Orders DocuSeries on Anitta Brazilian Music and Social Star From Shots

first_img Popular on Variety Anitta (born Larissa de Macedo Machado) also has the largest social-media following of any woman in Brazil: She has 29.4 million Instagram followers, 9.2 million YouTube subscribers, 12.6 million Facebook followers and 7.3 million Twitter followers, in addition to 13 million monthly Spotify listeners. She’s repped by WME.For Netflix, “Via Anitta” is another sign of its global content strategy — in this case, it’s betting that the popular singer has appeal not just in Brazil and Latin America but worldwide.The series marks Shots Studios’ first pact with Netflix. The L.A.-based production and management company was founded by brothers Sam and John Shahidi. The company’s talent roster includes social stars Lele Pons, Rudy Mancuso, Anwar Jibawi, and Hannah Stocking and Swedish DJ Alesso.Netflix Brasil tweeted about the upcoming Anitta docu-series Thursday: Anitta, currently Brazil’s biggest pop star and social-media personality, will be the subject of a Netflix original unscripted series set to debut globally in 2018.“Vai Anitta” (“Go Anitta”) promises “unrestricted and uncensored” access to the 25-year-old international superstar, going behind the scenes at her shows in Brazil and traveling around the world, following her interactions with fans on social media, and providing a glimpse into her personal life. The series will be produced for Netflix by Shots Studios CEO and co-founder John Shahidi, who manages the Brazilian singer.The singer-songwriter-digital-influencer has had three chart-topping albums released by Warner Music Brasil, with hit singles including “Downtown” — the first song by a Brazilian artist to be featured on the Spotify’s Top 20 — “Paradinha” and “Vai Malandra.” She’s worked with music figures from around the world including Major Lazer, Iggy Azalea, J Balvin, Alesso, Poo Bear, and Maluma. In 2016, Anitta sang with Brazilian artists Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso in the Olympic Summer Games opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

The Daring Broad Daylight Jailbreak of Wyatt Earp

first_imgThe wild west was a period of extraordinary and legendary figures, perhaps none more so than Wyatt Earp. From the criminal antics of Billy the Kid, the shooting skills of Annie Oakley, to the heroics of Wild Bill Hickok, there were many impressive people who achieved greatness in the western era. Yet, among these figures, one lawman stands out for being one of the most famous and influential individuals of the wild west – Wyatt Earp.Wyatt Earp.Earp’s life was a rough and tumble one, a life of fighting against crime, doling out justice and making tough decisions. He would be one of the men who participated in the shootout at the O.K. Corral and put to rest three members of the Cochise County Cowboys.The Northern, Wyatt Earp’s saloon in Tonopah, Nevada, c.1902. Josie Earp may be the woman on the horse at left.Indeed, the man would become quite famous due to the variety of the activities that he was involved in. Not simply just a lawman, Earp was a gambler, a boxing referee and buffalo hunter, among a few other pursuits.Wyatt Earp at age 21.But for all of the upstanding acts of enforcing the law and keeping the peace, Wyatt had some skeletons in his closet, namely that he had once been thrown in jail — a jail that he then promptly escaped from.Urilla Sutherland was married to Wyatt Earp on January 10, 1870. She was pregnant and about to deliver their first child when she died from typhoid fever later that year.In 1871, Wyatt Earp was having a rough time in his life while living in Missouri. His wife had died of typhoid fever two years ago, he had been sued for falsifying documents and he was suffering financially for it. To make matters worse, he and his two associates, Edward Kennedy and John Shown, were all arrested on the charges of stealing two horses.Wyatt dealt faro at the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas.According to the accusations by John Shown’s wife, Earp and Kennedy had gotten Shown rather drunk and then threatened him so he would join them in a horse theft escapade.They were all arrested and thrown in jail, to await their hearing. Thanks to Shown’s wife, he was acquitted. But Earp and Kennedy were both indicted, meaning that they would have to await their trial.Peace Commissioners, Dodge City, Kansas. Wyatt Earp, 2nd from left.At the time, the legal system was relatively corrupt. Deputy Marshals would often make arrests just so that they could charge the state for their services.By arresting people on any charge, they would be garnering more fees for themselves, giving them incentives to make arrests when they weren’t necessary. The courts would eventually sort out the innocence of the arrestee, and the marshals would walk away richer. As awful as this might seem, it was a commonplace practice in the west at the time.Wyatt Earp .44 caliber Schofield and receipts from Tombstone, Arizona displayed at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. Photo by David CC BY 2.0Wyatt Earp wasn’t looking forward to the idea of standing before a trial for his supposed crimes. Had he actually stolen horses or was this just another trumped-up charge by the deputy marshals to enrich them?  Well, since at the time Wyatt Earp was a lawman, a justice of the peace, it seems rather out of character to participate in such a crime.Related Video:Yet at the same time, a lawsuit had led to him suffering financially and the horses were worth $100 each. Selling them would have quickly solved his financial problems.Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, 1876.It is equally possible that Earp was simply a victim of a corrupt justice system or that he had been the one to steal the horses himself. Either way, Wyatt wasn’t about to stick around and wait for a felony conviction to be handed out.Wyatt Earp, 1870s.The penalty for horse theft at the time was about 5 years in prison.Wyatt had zero interest in spending the next five years of his life pounding rocks, so he decided to make a break for it.The escape was rather daring, happening in broad daylight. The jail cell where he was being kept, along with ten other men, was on the second story of the jailhouse, giving them access to the roof.Third St. in Tombstone, Arizona in 1909 from the roof of the Cochise County Courthouse. The O.K. Corral was located on Allen St., the first right turn off Third St. The white building at the center right is Schiefflin Hall on Fremont St.So, he and a few of the other prisoners began to work together to pry open the roof and create ropes out of blankets. After some time, they were able to get access to the outside world and used the rope to lower themselves out of the jailhouse. All ten men escaped and they quickly went their separate ways.Wyatt Earp would get out of town and then proceed to head to Illinois, far enough from the reaches of the law. He would continue his career, recovering from this mishap and eventually rising up to the ranks of deputy sheriff in Tombstone, Arizona and then participating in the famous O.K. Corral gunfight.Read another story from us: Was Jack the Ripper Really a Woman?He would go on to become a towering figure of western history and the case of his horse theft would quickly be forgotten in favor of his more famous exploits.last_img read more

Lenders are Addressing TRIDRelated Defects

first_img Whereas the inaugural ACES Risk Management (ARMCO) Mortgage QC Industry report covering Q1 found that TRID-related loan defects were trending upward since TRID launched in October 2015, the latest ARMCO report covering Q2 found that actions taken to correct these defects are showing positive outcomes.Although the Legal/Regulatory/Compliance category was still the top defect category, there was a substantial drop in this category as a percentage of total loan defects from Q1 to Q2 (from 50 percent down to 34 percent, the first decline in nine months). There was little change in the Loan Package Documentation from Q1 to Q2 (held steady at 26 percent), according to ARMCO.“While TRID-related defects are still driving the majority of Legal/Regulatory/Compliance defects, we’re seeing a decline in defects in this category as a result of corrective action planning lenders undertook through the first six months of 2016,” said Phil McCall, COO for ARMCO. “As lenders determine the most effective strategies for addressing TRID-related defects, we expect to see this category decline further.”What corrective actions are lenders taking? Based on input from the lenders who contributed, the most reported corrective action taken was “working diligently with their loan origination system (LOS), internal personnel and external providers during the first six months post-TRID to implement automated solutions to mitigate many of the common data errors seen earlier in the implementation phase,” according to ARMCO. “An example of this collaboration is the concerted effort to standardize the naming conventions of all loan fees to provide consistency in how fees are disclosed from the initial LE thru the final CD.”Also, according to ARMCO, other strategies lenders are employing are the utilization of ad hoc training in order to address process errors and the implementation of best practices to “mitigate errors identified during early implementation.”The overall critical defect rate peaked in Q1 at 1.92 percent, but fell to 1.63 percent in Q2, according to ARMCO. This rate had been on an upward path since TRID went into effect in October 2015, from 0.77 percent in Q3 2015 up to 1.21 percent in Q4 2015 and 1.92 percent in Q2 2016.The ACES dataset includes quality control data from more than 60 lenders covering more than 60,000 loans. Click here to view the full report. Compliance Loan Defects TRID 2016-12-01 Seth Welborn December 1, 2016 817 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Lenders are Addressing TRID-Related Defects Sharelast_img read more

Cabinet approves purchase of land from UK for new port

first_imgCabinet approved on Wednesday a proposal by Transport Minister Marios Demetriades to sign an agreement with the United Kingdom to acquire a piece of land near Vassilikos, in Limassol to construct an industrial and energy port that could be used by the hydrocarbon industry.Following the cabinet meeting, Demetriades said that the approval of his proposal was “of great importance” for the country, and opened great prospects for development. He said the decision is part of the government-integrated plan for port infrastructure and the wider policy of making Cyprus a regional infrastructure management centre.He said that his proposal concerns striking an agreement with the UK to acquire a piece of land also known as “the land of the antennas”.According to media reports last week, the deal is set to be signed on December 1 and Britain will be returning the land to the Republic that it holds in Zygi for €8.6m.The land, on the Zygi-Vassilikos border, is not part of the British bases and hosts a number of short-wave transmitters of the British East Mediterranean Relay Station.The new port, Demetriades said, “will be an important addition to our country’s infrastructure”. The government has ready commissioned a study for the facility, he said, and the Ports Authority has announced tender competitions for the project, which is expected to be ready by 2020.“There have been discussions on an additional port in the area for 40 years,” Demetriades said and proper financial planning had now made it possible.The cost of the construction is estimated at €130m, not including landscaping and storage spaces.“We have submitted a proposal for European funding of project because the port can also be used for transfer of natural gas in our country,” Demetriades said.He added that the construction of the port is a separate project to a possible liquefied natural gas terminal which is planned in the same area. 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 AdsUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more