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Phone lines in Kashmir to be restored over weekend schools to reopen


first_imgSrinagar: Most phone lines in Kashmir will be restored over the weekend and schools will reopen next week, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam said on Friday while announcing the easing of restrictions in a phased and “orderly way”. Offices of the Jammu and Kashmir government in the Valley functioned normally on Friday and the attendance in many offices was “quite high”, Subrahmanyam said at a press conference. He said there has been no loss of life or major injury since restrictions were imposed on August 5, when Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 was revoked and the state bifurcated into two Union Territories. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “…There will be easing of restrictions in the next few days in an orderly way,” Subrahmanyam told reporters here, adding that steps would be taken keeping in view the evolving situation as well as the cooperation of the people in maintaining calm and peace. “Schools will be opened after the weekend area-wise so that children’s studies do not suffer,” he said. Telecom connectivity, a major point of concern, will gradually be eased and restored in a phased manner keeping in mind the constant threat posed by terrorist organisations in using mobile connectivity to organise terror actions, Subrahmanyam said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Asked about the restoration of telephone lines, he said, “You will see gradual restoration from tonight and tomorrow onwards. You will find a lot of Srinagar functioning tomorrow morning. BSNL takes a couple of hours to get back to action. Exchange by exchange they will be switching it on. Over the weekend, you will have most of these lines functional.” Twelve districts in Jammu and Kashmir out of 22 were functioning normally while there was limited night-time restrictions only in five districts. “After today’s Friday prayers, immediate reports suggest that things have gone off quite peacefully right throughout the state,” he said. “We have prevented any loss of human life despite concerted efforts by terrorist organisations, radical groups and continuing efforts by Pakistan to destabilise the situation,” he said. As restrictions on the movement of people are removed area by area, movement of public transport will be allowed in these areas too, the senior official said. “It is expected that over the next few days as the restrictions get eased, life in Jammu and Kashmir will become completely normal. This is already visible on the roads as the roads are full of regular traffic and we expect to an increase in the coming days,” he said. Preventive detentions, he said, are being continuously reviewed. Appropriate decisions will be made based on law and order assessments, he added. Subrahmanyam said the administration appreciates the fact that the cooperation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is critical in helping maintain peace and public order. “Focus is that, at the earliest, normalcy returns while ensuring that terrorist forces are given no opportunity to wreak havoc as in the past,” he said. The chief secretary said the government had taken steps to ensure there was no shortage of essentials and medicines during the period of restrictions. The free movement of Hajj pilgrims was also ensured. He answered only a few questions before ending the press conference.last_img read more


Metal producers see relief in tariff dodge but grapple with unknowns


first_imgCALGARY – Canadian steel and aluminum producers have dodged U.S. President Donald Trump’s global tariffs but continue to grapple with the uncertainty the debate has created.Aluminium Association of Canada president Jean Simard says the indefinite exemption announced Thursday on the 10 per cent aluminum tariff is a reprieve, but that there’s still too many unknowns to attract any new investment.Simard says he also worries about the fallout of the tariffs in the U.S., which will become the most expensive place to buy aluminum, and how that will hit the buyers of Canadian metal.Canadian Steel Producers Association president Joseph Galimberti says there’s been uncertainty ever since Trump initiated the national security-based tariff investigation and there continues to be concerns over the fallout of the 25 per cent global tariff.He says there’s some comfort in Canada being exempt, but that companies will need to be in close contact with customers as they adjust to the new reality of unpredictability.Peter Warrian, a senior research fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, says the uncertainty could disrupt both short-term sales and long-term investments in an industry that seeks stability.last_img read more


Public Health Agency probes matter at National Microbiology Laboratory


first_imgOTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada says it is looking into an “administrative matter” at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg after it advised the Mounties of possible policy breaches.The laboratory is Canada’s highest-security facility, designed to deal safely with deadly contagious germs such as Ebola.The agency says it alerted the RCMP of the issue on May 24, adding that no employee of the lab is “under arrest or confined to their home.”A spokeswoman for the RCMP in Manitoba says the force can confirm it received a referral from the health agency, adding it will not speculate on the potential outcome of the investigation.Cpl. Julie Courchaine says the RCMP has assessed there is no threat to public safety based on information it received.Public Health echoed that it assure Canadians there is no risk to the public, adding that the work of the lab continues.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Monsanto firstquarter profit climbs 86 per cent on sales of new insectrepelling


WASHINGTON – Monsanto reported better-than-expected first quarter earnings Wednesday on higher sales of the company’s biotech soybean seeds and its signature herbicide Roundup.Its earnings rose 8 per cent, and its shares rose more than 2 per cent in morning trading.The St. Louis-based company said it earned $368 million, or 69 cents per share in the three months ended Nov. 30. That compares to earnings of $339 million, or 63 cents per share, in last year’s quarter.Revenue climbed 7 per cent to $3.1 billion, driven by sales of its Intacta soybean seeds to farmers in Argentina and Brazil. The biotech engineered soybean, which is the company’s first product designed for a non-U.S. market, repels caterpillars and withstands Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. Soybean sales grew 16 per cent to $267 million for the quarter.The company’s performance beat the average estimate of analysts polled by FactSet. The consensus estimate was for earnings of 64 cents per share on sales of $3.069 billion in revenue for the quarter.Its shares rose $3.26, or 2.9 per cent, to $116.07 in morning trading.Monsanto reiterated previous expectations of earnings between $5 and $5.20 per share for fiscal 2014. Analysts expected earnings of $5.25 for the year.Monsanto, which has dominated the bioengineered-seed business for more than a decade, expects earnings growth in the “mid-to-high teens” for fiscal 2014, based largely on international seed sales in Latin America, Asia and other emerging markets.The company’s biotech seeds have genetically engineered traits that the company says benefit farmers enough that they come out ahead, despite the seeds’ higher cost.Total seed and seed license revenue declined to $1.68 billion from $1.76 billion, due to lower sales of the company’s bestselling product, biotech corn seeds. Lower seed sales were offset by higher sales for the company’s herbicide division, which increased $283 million to $1.47 billion.While the vast majority of Monsanto’s business comes from genetically enhanced seeds and herbicide, the company is making investments in computer-based farming tools.On Wednesday the company announced a new agreement with U.S agricultural distributor WinField to explore collaborations on agriculture-based information technology. Monsanto recently acquired The Climate Corporation, a Silicon Valley startup that uses weather forecasting and data analysis to help farmers increase their yield each season. WinField markets its own so-called “precision farming” system that uses satellite imagery to help farmers plot out their planting strategy.Monsanto executives have touted the Climate Corp. purchase as part of a broader strategy to combine Monsanto’s seed biotechnology with the emerging field of computer-assisted farming.Analysts say it could be years before Monsanto’s investments in the space become profitable.Monsanto reported an 18 per cent increase in research and development spending in its first quarter to $409 million. by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2014 6:34 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Monsanto first-quarter profit climbs 8.6 per cent on sales of new insect-repelling soybeans read more


After assault on staff UN in South Sudan calls for its workers


The UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) “remains concerned about incidents, including assault, detention and harassment of its staff, that have recently occurred and exposed its personnel to serious security risks,” a UN spokesperson said.The incidents, reported recently in Juba, occurred despite public reassurances from President Salva Kiir, who met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this month, and told the UN chief the Government was committed to cooperating with the Mission.UNMISS has been protecting tens of thousands of civilians on its peacekeeping bases for months since political infighting between President Salva Kiir, and former Vice President Riek Machar turned into a full-fledged violence.“These acts are illegal and in clear violations of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA),” the UN spokesperson said referring to the agreement which regulates relations between UNMISS and the Government. The Mission has asked the Government to immediately investigate these violations and bring the perpetrators to justice.Meanwhile, the number of cholera cases has continued to rise in Juba, the UN today reported.At least 266 cases were confirmed since 20 May, 13 of them fatal. The majority of cases are treated at the Juba Teaching Hospital Cholera Treatment Centre, which is also monitoring water quality, water treatment and provision of clean drinking.“UNMISS engineers and humanitarian partners are working hard to improve hygiene, water and sanitation inside the UN bases and are clearing drainage systems,” a spokesperson said.The UN is also working on “decongestion of the overcrowded UN bases” especially in Bentiu, Bor and Malakal. Civilians are either being relocated to new sites or onto widened areas at present bases.Among other precautions, cholera vaccination is ongoing in Bentiu with 13,219 people inoculated this week. In Jonglei state, cholera preparedness and response measures are also in place, including a cholera treatment centre, the spokesperson said. read more


The Nationals Yankees Dodgers And Cubs Cant Possibly Be This Mediocre …


The 2018 MLB season may not even be a month old, but it’s never too early to start overanalyzing how teams have looked so far. That’s especially true this season, when many of the clubs slated to be favorites going into the year have stumbled a bit coming out of the gate. Most of these teams will probably be fine in the end — seriously, it is still very early to know anything about how the season will play out — but just the same, it’s worth checking on which aspects of their struggles should disappear in due time and which might be cause for real anxiety.Washington Nationals (10-12)What’s gone wrong: For a team supposedly built around pitching, Washington currently ranks fifth-to-last in the National League in adjusted ERA — though it hasn’t been the fault of the Max Scherzer-led starting rotation. No, the blame rests with a bullpen that collectively boasts a 5.78 ERA and has performed even worse in clutch situations. (Witness the Nats’ epic meltdown against the Mets last Wednesday.) Some bad early-season defense isn’t helping either, and despite Bryce Harper’s raw feats of power, the offense isn’t hitting enough to make up for the 4.6 runs Washington is allowing per game.Cause for concern? Maybe. The Nats’ bullpen and defense were nothing special last season, either — they ranked 19th and 17th, respectively, in wins above replacement.1Averaging together the versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. Closer Sean Doolittle has been fine so far, however, and setup men Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler are not as bad as they’ve looked in the early going. This lineup should get on track, too, when Daniel Murphy and Adam Eaton return from injury — or when Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman break out of their April slumps. (We’ve seen Zimmerman hit poorly before, but he rebounded last season and has been hitting the ball hard in 2018, despite his bad results so far.)New York Yankees (11-9)What’s gone wrong: For all their immense hype going into the season, the Yankees have been pretty “meh” starting out, scoring only 13 more runs than they’ve allowed (113 vs. 100). Prized new left fielder Giancarlo Stanton is striking out constantly, particularly in front of the home fans at Yankee Stadium, while the team’s pitching has been average at best. They’re wasting a great start to the season by shortstop Didi Gregorius; he’s looked like an MVP over the past three weeks, but the Yankees barely have a .500 record to show for it.Cause for concern? Probably not. Although Stanton is pressing at the plate like some batters have been known to do in the pressure-packed New York media market, swinging at more pitches overall and whiffing on fastballs over the plate especially, he’s simply too good a hitter to not adjust eventually. (The ball he smoked at home on Friday might be a sign of things to come.) Likewise, scuffling starters Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray should be better than the 7.22 ERA they’ve combined for so far, and a bullpen that ranked second in MLB in WAR last year is due for an improvement. Regression to the mean can work both ways, of course — Gregorius probably hasn’t fully made the leap to MVP level, for instance — but the Yankees should also benefit from better luck going forward: According to BaseRuns, which smooths out differences in the timing of offensive and defensive events, New York has been baseball’s fifth-best team so far, despite its record.Los Angeles Dodgers (10-10)What’s gone wrong: For one thing, Los Angeles’s offense is down this year, dropping from second in the NL last year to sixth in 2018, according to adjusted on-base plus slugging percentage. The Dodgers miss the production of third baseman Justin Turner, who fractured his wrist in spring training and has missed the entire season, and many of their other top hitters (Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, the now-injured Logan Forsythe, etc.) are off to subpar starts. But an even bigger problem has been L.A.’s bullpen, which ranks 22nd in WAR a year after finishing fifth. Closer Kenley Jansen, usually the best reliever on the planet, sports a 6.23 ERA, and he’s already blown twice as many saves this year as he did all of last season.2Granted, Jansen only blew one save last season. But it was in 42 chances! This year, he’s blown two in five tries.Cause for concern? Sort of. The Dodgers’ hitting issues should sort themselves out eventually — they’re still projected by FanGraphs to score the fourth-most runs per game in the NL over the entire season, and they ought to be even better than that once Turner comes back in May. The bullpen question may be longer-lasting, however, given Jansen’s struggles. Although he brushed off early concerns about his performance (and he recorded a pair of scoreless innings over the weekend), there were questions about Jansen’s velocity in the spring, which have only amplified a month into the season. According to BrooksBaseball.com, Jansen’s sinker is averaging only 93.6 mph this April, compared with 95.7 mph last April and 94.9 two Aprils ago. We know that unexplained changes in velocity may indicate the kind of injury or mechanical problem that leads to cold streaks or prolonged absences, and we also know how important Jansen was to the Dodgers’ bullpen last year (he accounted for 48 percent of their relief WAR by himself). If Jansen suffers a down season, it would seriously affect L.A.’s chances of returning to the World Series.Chicago Cubs (10-9)What’s gone wrong: The Cubs are scoring plenty and they’ve already enjoyed a few memorable moments in 2018 so far, including this ridiculous eighth-inning comeback against the Braves the Saturday before last. But their starting pitching and defense — i.e., the twin cornerstones of Chicago’s 2016 World Series run — have been surprisingly mediocre thus far. Although veteran lefty Jon Lester has basically been his usual solid self, none of the other rotation members have lived up to their previous track records, from club mainstay Kyle Hendricks to newcomers Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood and second-year Cub Jose Quintana. And if Cub pitchers used to generate easily fieldable balls in play, that’s no longer the case: The team is below average in defensive efficiency and ordinary in various other fielding metrics. (When even Jason Heyward is showing up as a negative in the field, your defense has problems.)Cause for concern? Defensively, not really. Heyward may have lost a step in the field — which is worth keeping an eye on — but Chicago started slow on defense last season, too. They eventually managed to finish near the top of the advanced-metric leaderboards when all was said and done. But there might be real cause for concern in the subpar performance of the Cubs’ rotation, even after taking defense out of the equation. Chicago’s starters rank seventh-worst in fielding-independent pitching so far this season, continuing a three-year slide from fourth-best in 2016 to 10th-best last year, and now 24th-best in 2018. The optimist’s case is that this group is too talented to keep pitching so poorly — and walking so many batters, specifically — but the Cubs will have a hard time fending off the Cardinals and Brewers in the NL Central (much less reclaiming their superteam status) if they don’t start getting a lot more out of their rotation soon. read more


Defence secretary says fight against Isil is by no means over after


The Defence Secretary says the fight against Isil is “by no means over” as the Royal Air Force reveals it has had its busiest month over Syria and Iraq since February.British air strikes from RAF Tornado jets and Reaper drones destroyed a significant number of Isil “command posts, tunnel networks and weapons caches” in September, hitting targets at a rate of more than one per day, the Ministry of Defence said last night.Gavin Williamson, using an Arabic name for Isil, said: “The fight against Daesh is by no means over and we must continue to stand up for our people and our partners, to ensure their abhorrent and poisonous ideology does not spread to our streets.”He added that strikes against militants would continue “as long as they pose a clear and immediate threat to our national and international security.”Isil has lost large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria since the start of the year, and from around 50,000 fighters in 2014, the insurgents are thought to number around 2,000.But the group is still launching brutal attacks on civilians including beheadings, burning people alive and dragging victims behind motorbikes. 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. RAF strikes have continued to take place against militants in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks, including a strike by Tornado jets against an ISIL command post and a Reaper drone strike in support of SDF fighters battling insurgents near Abu Kamal in Syria, one of the last remaining pockets of ISIL-held territory in the east of the country.Insurgents were observed on 18 September firing a machine gun and throwing grenades near a Syrian village, but the Reaper’s operators were able to guide a Hellfire missile very accurately to strike them, the Ministry of Defence said. Typhoon jets bombed a nearby ISIL command post on the same day. Earlier this this Mr Williamson warned that Britain must be prepared to fight a future insurgency against the group unless it is fully wiped out in Syria. read more


The Estonian journey to Australia


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Under the auspices of the Estonian Archives in Australia, Sydney school teacher Vasilis Vasilas presented his latest book, Across Lands and Oceans … to Freedom; Stories and Photographs of the Estonian Journey to Australia and New Zealand, to the president of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, Don Harwin, to be placed in the Parliamentary Library. Members of Sydney’s Estonian, Greek and Ukrainian communities attended the special presentation, which was initiated by the Hon. Sophie Cotsis MLC, and celebrated both Vasilas’ achievement with this book and the journey of one of Australia’s first post-war migrant groups – the Estonians. While NSW Senator Sophie Cotsis highlighted how personal stories bring history alive, referring to some specific stories throughout the book, both Consul General Katrin Kanarik and Consul General Stavros Kyrimis pointed out how important it was to capture the personal stories of the war/post-war generations before it passes and how this publication has brought Estonia and Greece closer together. The writer himself emphasised the common threads that run through personal stories, such as war, exile, displacement and poverty, allowed us empathise with the stories from different nations and that the most important thread, that connects all migrants in Australia, was the embracing nature of their adopted homeland as Australia accepted them and they subsequently became part of Australia’s history. Members of the Estonian community, Boris Lees and Tiiu Hoile, presented the president of the Legislative Council, Don Harwin, who reiterated Australia’s acceptance of migrants from all over the world and pointed out how the migrants’ security, and subsequent success, was based on Australia’s principles of liberty and equality. President Harwin concluded with his anticipation of Vasilas’ next publication on the Ukrainian journey to Australia and wished him well in this endeavour.last_img read more


Les migraines seraient sans conséquence sur le cerveau


first_imgLes migraines seraient sans conséquence sur le cerveauSi les migraines importantes et répétitives provoqueraient de petites lésions au cerveau détectables par IRM, elles n’augmenteraient pas le risque de déclin intellectuel précoce.Après étude du cas de 780 personnes âgées de plus de 65 ans qui ont été suivies durant dix ans, l’équipe de Christophe Tzourio est aujourd’hui en mesure d’indiquer que les migraines et maux de tête importants seraient sans conséquence sur le risque de déclin intellectuel. Ainsi, le chercheur-neurologue explique à l’AFP : “J’ai vu beaucoup de migraineux et la première questions qu’ils posent est ‘Est ce que ça va abîmer mon cerveau ?’ (…) Pas d’inquiétudes à avoir”. Cette conclusion est le résultat d’un travail conjoint de l’Inserm (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) et de l’Université parisienne Pierre et Marie Curie.Pour autant, il est vrai que les migraines auraient tendance à provoquer de petites lésions des micro-vaisseaux du cerveau, ce qui correspond souvent à la détérioration des petites artères cérébrales qui ont pour fonction d’irriguer la substance blanche cérébrale. D’autres études ont montré que ce type de lésions pouvait augmenter le risque de détérioration cognitive et de maladie d’Alzheimer. Mais Christophe Tzourio se veut rassurant : si les victimes de migraines ont plus de lésions cérébrales que les personnes ne souffrant pas d’importants maux de tête, des tests de mémoire, de raisonnement et d’orientation opérés sur des sujets migraineux et non migraineux n’ont montré aucune différence de résultat. Et le médecin de conclure : “Nous n’avons donc pas observé de conséquences négatives de la migraine sur le cerveau”. L’AFP précise de son côté qu’il y aurait dans notre pays 11 millions de migraineux dont 550.000 à 1.100.000 d’enfants.Le 20 janvier 2011 à 15:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Port of Vancouver approves $50K to combat milfoil at Vancouver Lake


first_imgThe Port of Vancouver will contribute $50,000 to control Eurasian milfoil in Vancouver Lake, a decision that should allow chemical treatment of the lake this summer.Port commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday to provide $50,000 at the request of Friends of Vancouver Lake, which is working to raise about $175,000 to combat the invasive species strangling the lake in a tangle of aquatic weeds.“We are being asked to be kind of a Band-Aid at this time,” Commissioner Don Orange said. “And I think it’s probably the right thing.”Friends of Vancouver Lake also announced Tuesday that the Ed and Dollie Lynch Fund will match up to $25,000 in donations to control milfoil at Vancouver Lake.“The Ed and Dollie Lynch Fund is very pleased to be able to help save our Vancouver Lake,” the fund’s administrators said in a statement. “Our lake is a special part of the community. Rallying around doing what it takes to make it safe and healthy for all to enjoy today, as well as tomorrow, is simply the right thing to do.”last_img read more


Shark sighting prompts Oceanside beach closure


first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:37 PM Posted: November 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img November 9, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A spate of sightings of a roughly 12-foot shark near Oceanside Municipal Pier Friday afternoon prompted a temporary closure of a two-mile stretch of beach in the area.Fishermen on boats began spotting the sea predator 100 to 500 yards from shore about 12:30 p.m., city lifeguard Sgt. Gregory Trebbe said. Soon, about a half-dozen sightings had been reported.As a public-safety precaution, lifeguards cleared everyone out of the surf a mile to the north and south of the pier, made announcements to beachgoers about the closure and posted signs along the shoreline in the affected area.On the rare occasions when sharks are sighted off the coast of Oceanside, they “are typically just passing through our waters,” posing no active threats to swimmers and surfers, Trebbe noted.“Barring any other reports or incidents, the water will reopen (Saturday) morning,” he said.It was unclear what type of shark was cruising in the area. Shark sighting prompts Oceanside beach closurelast_img read more


Press Talk How would you write day after election story lead And


first_imgWASHINGTON (Nov. 7) President Obama has earned four more years in the White House as voters backed him in Tuesday’s election.Yep. You heard it here first. That’s the lead I expect to see eight months from now unless the Republicans can get their act together.Quickly.And by the way, that’s not an endorsement. That’s an observation.Many months down the road The Columbian — not me — will endorse someone for president. An editorial is our institutional voice. My column is a voice in the breeze.The last time around we endorsed Obama. But before that we endorsed George W. Bush. Twice.So institutionally, we’re not locked into one party or the other. We make a choice based on whom we think would be best for the country.When I write this column I believe in being an equal opportunity examiner. Unlike most bloggers, you’ll see me on both ends of the political spectrum.So if I were making book (excuse the sports betting term) why do I think the Republicans are 3-1 dogs in this high-stakes race?last_img read more


Three hospitalized after crash on Highway 14


first_imgA vehicle collision on state Highway 14 in west Skamania County sent three people to the hospital Sunday morning, after one driver stopped to avoid a tree on the highway, according to Washington State Patrol.Shortly before 10:15 a.m., Dakota Holmgren, 20, of Salem, Ore., was driving a dark green 1999 Kia Sportage east on the highway at Milepost 26 when he stopped to avoid a tree in the eastbound lane, according to State Patrol. The Kia was being followed by a white 2005 Subaru Legacy driven by Destiny Kilburg, 19, of Milton-Freewater, Ore.According to State Patrol, Kilburg failed to stop her car when Holmgren stopped, and her car struck Holmgren’s vehicle.Kilburg, Holmgren, and Holmgren’s passenger, Kathleen Holmgren, 62, of Salem, were injured and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. All three were treated and released Sunday.Kilburg’s passenger, Ida Saether, 17, of Milton-Freewater was not injured.Both vehicles were totaled and impounded. Kilburg was cited for following too close, according to State Patrol.last_img read more


People on the Move 012508


first_imgThe Atlantic’s Justin Smith has been promoted to president of Atlantic Media. Previously, Smith served as president of the company’s consumer media division. He will now also oversee the National Journal and Government Executive groups.Randy Siegel was named president of local digital strategy for Conde Nast parent Advance Publications. Previously, Siegel served as president of Parade Publications, publisher of Parade magazine.The McGraw-Hill Companies appointed Terri D. Austin vice president of diversity and inclusion, to be responsible for implementing a company-wide diversity strategy. Most recently, Austin served as chief diversity officer for AIG. Time Inc.’s Fortune named Robert Festino design director. Previously, Festino served as art director at Bon Appétit and art director at ESPN the Magazine.Sacramento, California-based e.Republic promoted Marina Leight to the newly-created position of vice president for strategic initiatives, working closely with recently acquired Governing magazine. Previously, Leight served as vice president of education for e.Republic’s Converge platform and the Center for Digital Education.New York Magazine named Claude Brodesser-Anker West Coast editor of NYMag.com’s Vulture blog. Brodesser-Anker has written about media and entertainment for Variety, Wired and TMZ. Kristen Schultz Dollard was named digital director for Conde Nast’s Self.com. Most recently, Dollard served as digital editorial director for Rodale International.Hearst named Kassie Means associate publisher of Country Living magazine. Most recently, Means served as vice president and associate publisher at Cooking Light. Her appointment is effective February 1.Philadelphia Inquirer executive online editor Chris Krewson was named editor of Variety.com. Krewson replaces Dana Harris, who will serve as editor of Variety’s paid information product, the company said.The Reader’s Digest Association appointed Piper Goodspeed Eastern account manager at Taste of Home. Most recently, Goodspeed served as executive director of food and beverage at Self magazine.Time Inc. named Jennifer Mirsky was named managing editor of realsimple.com. Mirsky recently served as editor-in-chief of women’s lifestyle at Meredith Interactive.Former Time Inc. and Conde Nast regional director Andrew Davis was named executive vice president of sales and marketing at b-to-b media company NetWorld Alliance. Davis also served as the founding publisher of Modern Luxury’s The Atlantan and Atlantan Brides.last_img read more


Inside the worlds first Google Shop


first_img Google has launched what it calls a world-first smartphone experience in central London as the search giant looks to cement its presence on the high street.The Google Shop will see customers able to experience devices ranging from Nexus smartphones and tablets, Chromebooks, Chromecasts and Android Wear smartwatches as well as experience some of Googles other online services.The store allows customers to experience an interactive Google Maps experience on a large curved display, as well as creating their own Google Doodles on an interactive wall.The first Google Shop will be located in the Currys/PC World store on Tottenham Court Road with two similar installations planned for later this year. The shop is seen as a step-up from the current partnerships the company has in place with retailers in the UK where it has a limited presence within over 400 stores across the country.Retail storesSpeaking to IBTimes UK at the launch Google UKs marketing director James Elias said this was the biggest and boldest evolution of [Googles] store-in-store strategy to date but when asked if this was just a gateway to building its own standalone stores, Elias said the company had no plans along those lines.Apple announced earlier this week, on 9 March, that the company now had over 450 retail stores worldwide with aggressive plans to expand that number in China in particular. The company saw some 120 million people pass through the doors of its stores in just three months to the end of December, giving some idea of the revenue generating potential of the stores.Google is a very different business and while it has some hardware in the form of Nexus devices, these are built in partnership with the likes of HTC and Motorola and therefore the potential revenue gain for the search giant is not as instantly obvious as for Apple.Elias said that while the company was hoping the new Google Shop would help drive some revenue, it was as much about the experience, adding that the store wants to become part of the community with classes about how to stay safe online being held at the store in the future. Closelast_img read more


DIG Mizan arrested on charges of bribery


first_imgSuspended DIG Mizanur Rahman in the court. Photo: AsaduzzamanSuspended deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman was shown arrested in a case over bribing an official of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), reports UNB.Dhaka senior special judge AKM Emrul Kayesh passed the order after accepting a petition filed by the ACC.On 16 July, ACC director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah submitted a petition for showing DIG Mizan arrested in the case.Lawyer Ehsanul Haque Samaji stood for DIG Mizan while Mosharraf Hossain Kajal and Tapash Kumar Pal represented the ACC and the state respectively.ACC director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah filed a case against suspended DIG Mizanur Rahman and ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir with Dhaka-1 coordinated district office under the Anti-Corruption Commission, over Tk 4 million bribery scandal on 16 July.A private TV channel reported recently that Mizan gave Tk 4 million to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director Khandaker Enamul Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case.DIG Mizan was an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He was withdrawn on 9 January last year following the allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked the 25-year-old woman up in July, 2017 and then forcibly married her.He had also implicated her in a false case whereby she was arrested and remained in jail for three weeks.The ACC on 24 June filed a case against four people, including DIG Mizanur Rahman, for amassing illegal wealth and concealing information.According to the case statement, the ACC found that DIG Mizan accumulated wealth worth Tk 32.8 million while he concealed information of wealth worth Tk 3.7 million in his wealth statement.last_img read more


Texas Manufacturers Thriving Under NAFTA Brace For Uncertain Future


first_imgAndrew SchneiderPresident Trump has called NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, a “job killer” for American manufacturers. It’s a message voters in the industrial Midwest seemed to buy. But with the U.S. now renegotiating the treaty with Mexico and Canada, we found that manufacturers here in Texas are becoming deeply concerned.Daniel Allford is one of those manufacturers. We talked with him on the floor of his factory, ARC Specialties, on Houston’s west side. Allford started the company in his garage in 1983.“My whole life, all I’ve ever done is build things,” said Allford. “When I was a kid, I built catapults, flamethrowers, steam engines, and I’ve always been a computer geek. So if you add manufacturing and computers together, you get robotics.”ARC Specialties now employs more than 50 people to build robots, largely for the oil and gas industry. The company sold few machines to Mexico or Canada its first decade. Then NAFTA came along.“It was quite seamless to me. All I knew was all of a sudden exports became easy and greater quantity. It fluctuates, but last year 30 percent of our business was overseas, and half of that was Canada and Mexico,” said Allford.Allford said those gains came when NAFTA eliminated tariffs on his products, making them cheaper for foreign buyers. So when President Trump threatens to pull the U.S. out of NAFTA if Mexico and Canada don’t agree to revisions, he’s aiming right at Allford’s bottom line. “So far, I can’t say that it’s affected me,” said Allford, “but I’m sure it will if tariffs are placed.”Allford is hardly alone in his fears. Jeff Moseley is CEO of the Texas Association of Business. He recently testified before a Senate subcommittee hearing on NAFTA in San Antonio.“Since 2006, Texas exports of goods to NAFTA signatories have grown 71 percent,” said Moseley. “An undermining of the tariff policies that have allowed that growth would have huge detrimental effects in most sectors of the Texas economy.”Governor Greg Abbott and Senator John Cornyn have made that point to President Trump often. But the message doesn’t seem to be having much effect. Stephen P. Vaughn, general counsel in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, testified at the same hearing.“Of course, there are Americans who benefit from NAFTA, and we want to avoid harming them,” said Vaughn. “But USTR must look at trade deals from the perspective of the country as a whole, and from that perspective, there are serious problems with NAFTA.” Vaughn said that over the past decade, the U.S. racked up a $500 billion trade deficit with Mexico and a $100 billion deficit with Canada.George Y. Gonzalez, a partner at the law firm of Haynes and Boone, said that may be true, but it misses the point.“Regional trade was at $290 billion in 1993 among the three countries. In 2016, it’s at $1.1 trillion,” said Gonzalez, arguing that jump in North American trade created more jobs than it cost. “It’s the very opposite of what the rhetoric is, in fact. The implementation of NAFTA has preserved jobs and has maintained a vibrant and competitive U.S. manufacturing position.”Daniel Allford at ARC Specialties said he doesn’t have to imagine what will happen to his sales if the U.S leaves NAFTA. “In the countries that NAFTA doesn’t cover – for example, in Brazil, there’s 40 percent tariffs on my equipment,” he said. “What this means is I have yet to sell a machine to a Brazilian company.”President Trump has set a deadline of March to wrap up the NAFTA talks. Any longer, and they risk bumping up against the Mexican presidential election and campaigning for the U.S. congressional midterms. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:59 Listen Sharelast_img read more


Sunset Overdrive The Last Xbox One Exclusive Probably Coming To PC


first_img Before Insomniac Games was making awesome licensed Yuri Lowenthal Spider-Man open-world video games exclusively for Sony, they were making awesome original Yuri Lowenthal open-world video games exclusively for Microsoft. 2014’s Sunset Overdrive was a radical bright spot in the Xbox One’s early library. It combined Crackdown-esque cartoon open-world shenanigans with an extreme sports approach to flowing player movement with wacky guns you’d expect from the people behind Ratchet and Clank.And in case you missed out on this energy drink zombie cult classic the first time around, you may soon have another chance on PC.Head over to the ESRB website and you’ll see the gaming ratings board has a listing for Sunset Overdrive on PC. This follows a similar Korean listing for a hypothetical PC version of the game. We don’t know when this would happen. Maybe a last-minute holiday surprise? Releasing another colorful open-world game on PC so close to Crackdown 3 next February seems not ideal, especially since both games are from Microsoft. Maybe this would be the killer app for the forthcoming PC version of Xbox Game Pass?Sunset Overdrive is really underrated. Its edgy attitude is way funnier and less obnoxious than it could’ve been. And if this PC release includes the Mystery of Mooil Rig expansion than there will be plenty for players to grind rail through cleaning up soda companies’ mess with a vinyl-launching machine gun. We can’t wait to see how much better the sunny and colorful punk apocalypse looks on beefy PC hardware.But Sunset Overdrive is one of the last Xbox One exclusives that hasn’t found its way onto PC. When it does make the jump, it’s further proof Microsoft doesn’t really care what particular box you play its games on.We also don’t care where you play Sunset Overdrive. Just play it, it’s good. Give us a sequel. For more on Xbox, before it becomes redundant, check out the best original Xbox games and how to connect an Xbox controller to PC. Stay on target Hands-On: ‘New Super Lucky’s Tale’ Is Your Next Xbox Game on SwitchPlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Project Scarlett: Everything We Know last_img read more


700 cannabis plants found next to Berlin subway station


first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BERLIN (AP) — It wasn’t the world’s best-hidden marijuana plantation.Berlin police say they were were called to a subway station Monday morning by a street cleaner who reported finding “numerous small plants that seemed suspicious to him.”Officers found 700 small cannabis plants growing among weeds on a traffic island outside the Kottbusser Tor station in the capital’s Kreuzberg district. They pulled up the plants. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img It wasn’t immediately clear who planted the cannabis but police are investigating.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories last_img read more


Tackle Omans Wahiba sands through Dune bashing


first_imgThe Wahiba Sands in Eastern Oman, also called Sharqiya Sands, are a huge swathe of uninhabited land. Taking up 12,500 square kilometres the copper coloured dunes, where you can jump into a 4×4 and tear around them, provides a thrill of a lifetime. It is s an exciting way to plummet down the 300 feet high sandy hills.Source: BBClast_img