In light of the recent rainfall from Hurricane Sandy which affected the island on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse is urging persons to be vigilant and look for and destroy mosquito breeding sites. “Remember that the country is experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever. In order to reduce the mosquito population, we need the assistance of members of the public to look for and destroy mosquito breeding sites that may have been created after the passage of the hurricane. Mosquitoes can breed in anything that collects water. The rainfall would have created even more opportunity for containers to collect water and become mosquito breeding sites,” she said. She added that persons should look for things such as old cans, tyres, flower pot saucers and anything else around their homes, schools, churches and business places that may facilitate mosquito breeding and properly dispose of them. The Ministry of health will continue to inspect premises where the teams will search for mosquito breeding sites, fog and spray communities and carry out work to reduce mosquito larva. Jamaica is currently experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever and has recorded an increase in the number since the start of the year, with the Ministry reporting a total of 2,198 suspected cases of dengue fever as at October 20, 2012, compared to 458 for the corresponding period last year and 2,709 for the same period in 2010 which was an outbreak year. Contact: Tel: 537-6233; 1-888-ONE-LOVE; Fax: 754-5798
zoom The board of directors of Denmark’s shipping and oil giant A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S has decided to initiate the second share buy-back program of up to DKK 6.7 billion (approximately USD 1 billion) to be executed during a 12 months period.The share buy-back program is initiated pursuant to the authorisation granted to the board of directors by the annual general meeting in 2015, which authorizes the company to acquire treasury shares at a nominal value not exceeding 10% of the share capital at the market price applicable at the time of acquisition with a deviation of up to 10%.The purpose of the share buy-back program is to adjust the capital structure of the company. At the company’s annual general meeting in 2016, a resolution will be proposed that shares acquired be cancelled.The share buy-back will be carried out in a number of phases, with the first phase running from September 1, 2015 to November 30, 2015.A.P. Møller Holding A/S has agreed to participate in the share buy-back program by selling A and B shares pro rata to its ownership on a daily basis at the volume weighted average price paid in open market purchases of A and B shares.The company will appoint a bank to act as lead manager, which will execute the purchase of shares on behalf of the company and will make all share purchase decisions independently and without the involvement of the company.Shares at A.P. Møller – Mærsk jumped by 8.6 percent today, following the company’s announcement of its second-quarter profit which beat forecasts, and the USD 1 bn share buy-back program.
zoom New York-listed Ship Finance International Limited revealed its plans to offer USD 200 million aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due 2021. Net proceeds from the offering would be used for general corporate purposes, including working capital and the repurchase of all or a portion of its existing 3.25% convertible notes.The notes will pay interest quarterly in arrears, have a term of five years, and will be convertible into the company’s common shares.Upon conversion, Ship Finance will pay or deliver its common shares, or a combination of cash and the common shares, at the company’s election.Jefferies LLC, ABG Sundal Collier, Inc. and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC will act as underwriters, Seaport Global Securities LLC and Clarksons Platou Securities, Inc. will act as co-managers, for the offering of the notes.Ship Finance International’s fleet of more than 70 vessels is split between tankers, bulkers, container vessels and offshore assets.
Former world heavyweight champion turned acclaimed entertainer and devoted family man, Mike Tyson is giving back to the community with the launch of his charity, Mike Tyson Cares Foundation.The charity, whose mission is to “give kids a fighting chance” by offering innovative centers that provide for the comprehensive needs of children from broken homes, will kick off with a star-studded gala at Las Vegas hotspot TABU on December 7th, 2012. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Shade Tree Foundation as well as Awakenings both of which benefit needy and at-risk children in the Las Vegas area.Mike, who has had stunning success as an entertainer in recent years both in the “The Hangover” series and with his critically acclaimed, one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife and children, and is thrilled to give back to the community that he calls home.“I am very proud to launch Mike Tyson Cares Foundation,” said Tyson. “I want my legacy to be about charity and helping children. This is my start.”The Mike Tyson Cares Foundation launch event goes from 7pm-10pm at Tabu in Las Vegas ’ MGM Grand. Media check in is at 6:30 and red carpet arrivals are from 7pm-8pm. To purchase your tickets, click here.To further benefit Mike Tyson Cares, Mike is also auctioning off the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sit ringside with him at the December 8, 2012 Pacquiao vs. Marquez Fight in Las Vegas on CharityBuzz.com. Proceeds from the auction will go directly to the charity. To bid, click here.Find out more about Mike Tyson Cares here.
26 March 2010United via videoconference, hundreds of students and teachers around the world gathered today to conclude a week of United Nations events commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. United via videoconference, hundreds of students and teachers around the world gathered today to conclude a week of United Nations events commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.“This is a great opportunity to share with your fellow students the diversity and similarities of peoples of African descent, and the spirit of African culture,” Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information (DPI), told a UN Headquarters hall in New York filled to capacity with 500 students and teachers.Additional students joined virtually from Banjul, Gambia Accra, Ghana Kingston, Jamaica St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago and Wiltshire, United Kingdom. In Havana, Cuba, students took part from the helm of a replica of the ship Amistad, which is retracing the route of the slave trade.“History has shown us that culture is one of the most poignant and powerful ways in which slaves and their descendents have overcome the cruel legacy of slavery,” Mr. Akasaka said, highlighting this year’s theme, “Expressing Our Freedom through Culture.”He added, “as importantly, the power and energy of these ideas, words and music from Africa to the New World not only survived, but influenced and enriched the cultures of all societies in which the victims of slavery and their descendents live.”In addition to sharing in the films and listening to speakers, who included educator and filmmaker Sheila Walker, students sent questions and comments remotely.“What can the average ‘world citizen’ do to get rid of racism?” a 13-year-old student from the United States asked.“The offspring of the enslaved Africans in the USA, are they discriminated against?” asked a secondary school student from Gambia, while one student from Bermuda simply wrote, “GREAT PROGRAMME, THANKS!!!”The event was organized in collaboration by DPI, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the State Department of the United States and US-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The General Assembly designated the Transatlantic Slavery Day in 2007 to honour the 28 million estimated Africans who were violently removed and cast into slavery, mainly in colonies in North America, South America and the West Indies.Throughout the week, the UN honoured the Day with speakers, music recitals, films and a food fair. In a message marking the occasion, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that slavery has mutated and re-emerged in modern forms – including debt bondage, the sale of children, and the trafficking of women and girls for sex – and called for its eradication.“We must create a climate in which such abuse and cruelty are inconceivable,” he underscored.
The Los Angeles Kings were the top team in the NHL this season, according to the most predictive team statistic hockey’s analytics movement has to offer. Now they’re down two games to none against the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs, and in real danger of being eliminated in the first round. How rare is it to see a “fancystats” darling like the Kings fail this early in the chase for the Stanley Cup?First, a bit of background is in order. One of the major breakthroughs in hockey analytics came within the last five years, when analysts realized that instead of relying on conventional indicators like winning percentage or even goal differential, a team’s future performance could be more effectively predicted by its rate of puck-possession. One proxy measurement for this comes under the silly-sounding name “Fenwick close,” which measures the percentage of all even-strength shots taken by a team in its games, after adjusting for score effects. (Overall Fenwick looks at a team’s shots directed at the goal — including missed shots but excluding blocked shots — expressed as a percentage of the total shots in the game.)Since Fenwick became widely available in the 2007-08 season, the close measure has had an impressive résumé in the NHL postseason. From 2008 to 2010, two of the league’s top regular-season Fenwick close teams have won the Stanley Cup (Detroit in 2008 and Chicago in 2010) and a third came within a game of winning the trophy (Detroit in 2009). The track record for Fenwick close leaders after that is more spotty, with zero league finals berths among them, but those teams still advanced to the conference finals twice in three seasons. So in recent years, it’s pretty unheard of for a team like the Kings — this season’s Fenwick close No. 1 — to fall in the first round.But that’s only a six-season sample. What about similar teams before that? Unfortunately, we don’t have the data to compute Fenwick prior to 2007-08, but we can estimate it for older teams using regression analysis. As I and others have shown before with historical plus/minus in the NBA and historical QBR for NFL quarterbacks, if you want to estimate a newer metric for years before it was tracked, you have to find statistics that were tracked at the time and are correlated with the advanced metric in question (assuming the data meets the requirements for regression).After performing such an analysis on hockey stats website BehindTheNet’s Fenwick close sample from the 2007-08 through 2012-13 seasons, I found three conventional metrics that together explain roughly 88 percent of the variance in team Fenwick close:Shots-per-game differential: This one’s pretty obvious: Fenwick is, at its most basic level, a measure of how much a team outshoots opponents.Point percentage: This variable works as a proxy for score effects, which cause a team in the lead to go into a defensive shell, artificially suppressing its shot differential.Power-play goals-per-game differential: This factor essentially measures whether teams are getting more power plays than their opponents, in addition to the quality of a team’s power-play unit — both of which will affect SPG differential without affecting Fenwick.*(* Note: I didn’t use actual PP goals allowed when calculating the differential — the model works best when it uses the team’s real number of PP goals scored on the offensive side, but on the defensive side multiplies the league’s average PP percentage by the number of PP chances allowed by the team per game.)Here’s a plot of our estimated Fenwick close versus actual Fenwick close for the years in which Fenwick was recorded (the NHL average is always exactly 50 percent):As you can see, the results of the model track very closely with reality. That means the model can also give us a “most likely” Fenwick close for teams in seasons before BehindTheNet’s data was available (going back to 1987-88, which is as far back as NHL.com lists shots per game by team). We can also compute the probability that any given team would have been the NHL’s Fenwick close leader if the statistic had been kept during the season in question.Here’s a table summarizing the yearly league leader in Fenwick close each season going back to 1987-88, along with that team’s number of playoff wins. For years before 2007-08, I list the three teams most likely to have led the league in Fenwick close, as well as the probabilities that each in fact did. For pre-2008 seasons, the playoff win totals are weighted by the likelihood that a team was the NHL’s actual leader in Fenwick close.If the Kings do fall to the Sharks after only picking up a win or two, it would be a historically low performance for a Fenwick close leader. In just seven postseasons was it likely that the league’s Fenwick close leader won fewer than four playoff games, which would be indicative of a first-round series loss. And only one playoff year (1993) saw the weighted mean of likely Fenwick close leaders drop below 2.4 playoff wins. (If we assume the Kings and Sharks are evenly matched and the home team has the NHL’s standard 55 percent home-ice advantage in each remaining game, Los Angeles should only expect to win 1.8 games over the rest of the series.)Meanwhile, the median and mean number of playoff wins for Fenwick close leaders going back to 1988 is eight, enough to win a couple series.While leading the league in Fenwick close isn’t necessarily a guaranteed path to the Cup, Fenwick close leaders usually go relatively deep into the NHL playoffs. The Kings are hoping to keep that trend alive, but the odds are pointing to LA becoming one of the most disappointing advanced-stats favorites in a long time.
The Metropolitan Police could struggle to mobilise officers during a terrorist incident because so many live outside the capital – with some based as far afield as Cornwall and the South of France, a new report has warned.Less than half of the Met’s 18,000 borough officers now live in London, with soaring house prices giving rise to a phenomenon known as commuter cops”.According to a report by the Policy Exchange think tank, the trend could make it harder to deploy officers in a major emergency such as a terrorist attack or riot. Many officers insist they cannot afford to live in the capital We have tried and tested plans to allow us to respond at pace and effectively to a range of critical incidents and do not believe that these are in anyway jeopardised by the places officers currently live.Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey There is concern Scotland Yard will not be able to mobilise enough officers if there is a riot or terror attackCredit:Getty Images Having a police force that lives outside London affects the ability of the Met to mobilise sufficient numbers of officers to deal with terrorist incidents or civil disturbancesGlyn Gaskarth of the Policy Exchange But Met Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey insisted contingency plans meant the force was well placed to deal with major emergencies.He said: “We have tried and tested plans to allow us to respond at pace and effectively to a range of critical incidents and do not believe that these are in anyway jeopardised by the places officers currently live.” House prices emerged as the main reason officers said they chose to live outside the capital, with most saying they would happily live in London if they could afford it.The report suggested that the Met should work with housing associations to convert underused police properties into housing and make it available to officers at discounted prices.Another suggestion was that Scotland Yard should provide low-interest loans and top-ups to help officers get in the capital’s extremely competitive housing ladder. Researchers also found that living outside the community they policed meant officers were not as connected as those who were based in the capital.The report stated that even when off-duty, police officers stabilised communities and deterred criminals, adding: “Londoners would benefit from having more police officers as neighbours.”The commuting cops phenomenon was also said to be against the interests of policemen and women given the anti-social hours and the unpredictability of their work.Officers interviewed spoke of having to sleep on the floor after they missed their last trains, according to the research by Policy Exchange’s Capital City Foundation unit. Researchers found that while a large number of officers preferred to live in the leafier Home Counties, such as Surrey and Hertfordshire, some were based hundreds of miles away with some in Cornwall and others in the South of France.Shift patterns which allow officers to work a set number of days and then have longer periods off, mean they are able to base themselves long distances from London. 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. Such has been the Met’s concern over the problem of commuter cops that in 2014 it introduced a policy stating that all new recruits should have lived in London for at least three of the past six years.But the policy does not prevent them moving out once they have joined the force.Mr Mackey acknowledged that housing costs were a problem for many officers, but said having faced swingeing budget cuts in recent years the force was not in a position to support staff financially.He added: “We also recognise that for those connections to be maintained, officers need to have access to affordable housing, but equally we do not believe we are best-placed, as a police service, to be a housing provider – this should be left to specialists in the field of affordable and key-worker housing whilst we concentrate on keeping our capital safe.” The report found that in September last year, just 8,896 of the Met’s 18,179 officers lived in the capital full time.One officer interviewed for the report said: “Eleven years ago we sold and moved to Cornwall, which is where I live at the moment. I do not commute daily”.The officer explained that she kept a small London flat where she stayed while on shift.Another explained that some officers even “live in the South of France because they work 14 days on in a row, so they work 14 days in a row and then they go home for the remaining two weeks of the month”.The report’s author, Glyn Gaskarth, said: “Having a police force that lives outside London affects the ability of the Met to mobilise sufficient numbers of officers to deal with terrorist incidents or civil disturbances.”
Sandvik continues to invest in South Africa by setting up local manufacturing capabilities to build high quality load and haul equipment close to its customers. In addition, Sandvik is introducing Sandvik LH115L, a reliable and robust 5-t low profile loader designed for demanding African conditions.Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has almost 70 years’ history of servicing the South African market. During this time, it has become well-acquainted with the challenges facing its mining industry and understands the important modernizing role that private investment and local manufacturing can play in extending mine life, skills development and employment and the achievement of sustainable, inclusive growth. Sandvik has identified the opportunity to support local industry through local manufacture of Sandvik products and localization of machines, supporting both employment and local suppliers. The organization has therefore decided to establish its own local manufacturing facility for the complete production of Sandvik LH115L 5 t LHDs for the African market. This highlights Sandvik’s commitment to meaningful contribution to the South African economy. In addition to the LH115L, Sandvik’s Product Area Load and Haul is bringing its global standards and processes in high quality manufacturing to this new facility. “We are creating knowledge transfer to set up the proven processes and systems that we already have in our other manufacturing locations around the world so that we can be in a position to add other Sandvik products to this manufacturing site when needed”, says Mats Eriksson, President for Product Area Load and Haul at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.Having made the decision to invest, the South African manufacturing facility began prototype operations in July 2017 and will initially produce LH115L machine. “Facility operations will follow a staged approach, with capacity ramping up based on customer demand,” says Steve Greisiger, Production Manager Jet Park, Product Area Load and Haul.Sandvik’s current overall workforce totals 1,400, based at the regional hub in Jet Park, seven main branches and multiple mines and workshops across the country. “This latest local manufacturing facility represents an exciting new chapter in the company’s development and underscores our desire to play a part in the skills development and local manufacturing capabilities,” concludes Simon Andrews, Vice President, Sales Area Southern Africa, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.The Sandvik LH115L five-tonne low profile loader is a new product that Sandvik will be launching in South Africa. Both cost-efficient and durable, the loader has been developed and optimized for local mining conditions. It is also the first product to be manufactured locally, using local suppliers, locally-sourced components and local employees, with training programs in place. Sandvik LH115L machine builds on the proven capabilities of its predecessor, the EJC115L, with the latest safety features. The new LH115L loader has high availability and is easy to maintain, resulting in optimized lifetime operational costs. In addition, Sandvik provides the full low profile portfolio offering of underground drills and bolters to ensure matching sets of equipment.It complies with the latest safety requirements and, with its powerful drivetrain, robust frame designed for low profile operations and simplified electronics, is optimized to provide high levels of availability and unequalled productivity in the harshest African conditions.
92% des Français favorables à l’euthanasie activeSelon un sondage réalisé par Harris Interactive et paru dans VSD, 92% des Français seraient aujourd’hui favorables à l’euthanasie dans le cas de maladies incurables.Alors qu’un sondage Ifop révélait récemment que près d’un Français sur deux seraient favorables à une loi autorisant les médecins à mettre un terme à la vie de personnes atteintes de maladies incurables, un nouveau sondage réalisé cette fois-ci par Harris Interactive et publié dans VSD, indique que 92% des Français y seraient à présent favorables. À lire aussiLe syndrome de Cotard, l’étrange maladie qui fait croire à une personne qu’elle est morteCependant, une majorité des sondés (54%) souhaite que cette pratique soit conditionnée par “l’existence de souffrance que la médecine ne peut plus soigner”. Confrontés à une telle situation, 83% des Français demanderaient ainsi un recours à l’euthanasie pour eux-mêmes, précise France Soir. Quand, 38% des personnes interrogées ne posent pas de condition à l’application de cette loi. La mise en examen du Docteur Nicolas Bonnemaison, le 12 août dernier, a relancé le débat sur l’euthanasie. Le docteur urgentiste à l’hôpital de Bayonne est soupçonné d’avoir abrégé la vie d’au moins cinq patients âgés au cours des cinq derniers mois. Sur la Toile, cette affaire a déclenché un grand mouvement de soutien pour le médecin, alors que l’illégalité de l’euthanasie active est très discutée. Depuis octobre 2010, le nombre de personnes qui se disent favorables à l’euthanasie, du moins dans certains cas, est en constante augmentation.Le 26 août 2011 à 12:44 • Maxime Lambert
8Bitdo’s SN30 Wireless Gamepad is a Perfect Controller for the SNE…8Bitdo SNES Classic Edition Wireless Controller Now Available for Pre-Order Stay on target In just a few months Nintendo will grace us with the Super NES Classic Edition, a $80 miniature version of its beloved 16-bit console packed with 21 absolutely incredible games. It’s like last year’s NES Classic but it has EarthBound and the unreleased Star Fox 2 instead of bad games like Castlevania II. It’s sure to be a hot item this fall so if you want one you better check out our tips for making sure you can get one (spoilers: there’s not much you can do, so maybe get an alternative?).The SNES Classic doesn’t launch until September 29, but at a recent event here in New York I got to go hands on with the cute little retro box. No, I couldn’t actually plug it in and play any of the games. But I could physically put my hands on it, hold a tiny SNES in my palm, admire the recreated controllers (with longer cords), and take some pictures. So enjoy these new snapshots of the SNES Classic in “action.”View as: One Page Slides1/81. Aside from some boring cables, here’s what comes in the box for the Super NES Classic.2. A SNES you can hold in the palm of your hand. What a world!3. Classic box art for a classic console.4. Remember when they used to put games on the boxes for game consoles? The Super NES Classic wants you to know what you can play on it.5. The recreated Super NES controller, in all its purple-and-gray glory. It feels pretty good.6. The controller cord is longer than the infamously short NES Classic cord.7. Plug in both included controllers for retro multiplayer delight.8. It may not look it, but I love the Super NES Classic.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 40th season with an all-American lineup that features popular works by two big names, Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein, plus a brand-new piece by composer Nicole Buetti, a member of the orchestra’s bassoon section. Barber’s Violin Concerto has an interesting history. In 1939, Samuel Fels, who made millions selling soap, such as the popular laundry soap Fels-Naptha, commissioned Barber to write a concerto for his violin-playing son. Fels gave Barber a down payment of $500 with another $500 due upon completion of the piece. Barber created two movements with gorgeous, lyrical passages, but the son wanted something really flashy. Barber responded with an exciting finale that put the soloist in constant motion. The heir thought the finale was unplayable. So Barber brought another violinist who demonstrated to the father that it could be performed. The father agreed with Barber, paid him the rest of the money, and informed his son that another violinist would perform the world premiere. Afterward, Barber liked to refer to the concerto as the “Concerto da Sapone,” the Soap Concerto. It has become one of the most famous violin concertos of the 20th century. Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio, who electrified the audience with a stellar performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto two years ago, will be the featured soloist in Barber’s Violin Concerto. The 32-year-old virtuoso vaulted into the limelight when she won the gold medal of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition at the age of 21.
In the publishing industry, those who make it to the executive level are not only accustomed to change, but often introduce it. Thomas Haines, senior vice president and editor-in-chief with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has led a media career spanning almost three decades. At the upcoming FOLIO: Show, he will discuss how the publishing industry changed during his tenure, and what the executive suite expects from staff now. Here, Haines shares some thoughts on the topic.FOLIO: What’s your background?Thomas Haines [TH]: I have a journalism degree, and have been in publishing since I got out of college. I’ve been in media my entire career, 28 years now. I’ve been at AOPA for 23 years. FOLIO: What position did you hold when you first joined AOPA? TH: I first started off as associate editor; at the bottom of the rung, in most cases from an editorial standpoint. I was then senior editor, executive editor and then vice president; then I became editor-in-chief and senior vice president in 1994. FOLIO: Can you reflect on what was expected from editorial staff 10-15 years ago, and compare to what is expected now?TH: When I became EIC, we had one monthly magazine. We had an annual airport directory, too. The magazine was usually around 125-128 pages long. Over the years, we’ve added another monthly magazine. Now, we have something around the order of 18 different media properties that carry advertising in one sort or the other. Many are online; two weekly and a daily newsletter, and multiple other newsletters serving different segments. We’ve got multiple websites, now we’re into video: we do live webcasting from some of the larger aviation shows, including ours last week. We have video on demand as well. It’s become a large multi-media operation. Of course, like everyone else, now we’re focusing on the mobile market. We introduced digital magazines earlier this year, and are just now coming up with an optimized iPad app.FOLIO: With this diverse portfolio of products, would you prefer your staff to have more general capabilities or more specialization when it comes to editorial?TH: More general. I look for people to go cross-platform at any time. Most are focused, more or less, on one area or the other. We’ve got a team of people who primarily work on digital products, and we’ve got a team who primarily work on the print; each is expected to help out with the other. People have to be able to make that switch pretty easily and capable across all platforms.Traditionally, editorially was divided from the advertising and publishing portion of the industry. FOLIO: Can you share some insight into how editors now have to be more business-savvy, be it through SEO or other ways to get more eyeballs on content?TH: We have people who specialize in creating the pages in a way that are SEO, and make that really friendly for search engines. We’re installing a new content management system in the next year, and our editors may get roped into that a bit more. Blogs are one area where I really challenge them, and social media stuff, but particularly in our blogs. It’s one area where we can see what works well, what doesn’t work well and make adjustments easily. If you write a news story for the website, it’s a little harder to fare it out. Did one story really have impact? Maybe I’ll get some letters or an email about it; but with a blog, you get an instant report on how many people read it and view the comments instantly. You can see if what you wrote is being well received, and I encourage them to focus on that. What works there will probably work in other channels, so we reapply those kinds of subjects in other ways.
Meredith’s National Media Group had an active 2015, buying several properties, partnering with others and cutting costs through layoffs, but the net effect of those moves was relatively minor. Ancillary businesses like brand licensing and Meredith Xcelerated Marketing both posted higher profits in FY 2015 as well. Overall, Meredith Corp. boosted revenue 9 percent to $1.6 billion. The company’s stock was up about half a point, as of press time Thursday. Circulation, tallying about a third of the group’s revenue, fell 4 percent over the past 12 months. The additions of Shape and the MSLO titles weren’t enough to completely offset the losses from Ladies Home Journal, which moved to a quarterly last year, the company says. “We’re pleased with our growth in operating profit, led by contributions from our newly acquired businesses, along with record digital and brand licensing performance,” says Meredith National Media Group President Tom Harty, in a statement. “We will continue execution of the innovative and successful strategies that are driving rapid growth in our digital operations, and actively explore opportunities to add to our portfolio.” Total advertising revenue was up 3 percent on the strength of acquisitions of Shape, Selectable Media and Mywedding.com, and a partnership with Martha Steward Living. Digital continues to play a larger role at the company as well, up 50-percent from last year, and now accounting for almost a quarter of the company’s $500 million in ad sales. The company announced results for its fiscal 2015 on Thursday, noting flat revenue ($1.1 billion) and an 8-percent increase in profit ($123 million), though just a 3-percent increase excluding special items.
Senator Mark Begich last week visited the three lower Yukon River villages of Marshall, Alakanak, and Emmonak. He heard from dozens of people about infrastructure needs, and issues such as the importance of subsistence and the need for local law enforcement.Download Audio:Democrats have the majority in the U.S. Senate by just six seats. So the race for Senator Mark Begich’s spot is being closely watched across the country. And many rural Alaskans know he’s counting on their votes to win reelection. Here are two employees of the Yukon Fisheries Development Association chatting as they left a public meeting with Begich held in Alakanak, a village of about 700 people. Offshore Fisheries Director Eric Olson comments on the significance of the election to General Counsel Gerry Davis:“It’s pretty interesting to think that the votes that could control, that could decide, control the U.S. Senate could have been in that room”… “I know.”… “It’s just amazing.”At a community meeting in Emmonak, city administrator Martin Moore praised Begich for coming to hear about local concerns, while reminding him of the importance of addressing Emmonak voters’ concerns:“There are over a thousand people here in Emmonak. Of those thousand people, we have four hundred people that will vote. That’s important for you and for me to know and to understand that. So your trip here is very important both for you and important for the people who believe in your work,” Moore says.But even though Begich, and Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, both serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Begich says because Congress no longer allows earmarks, it’s hard for the Alaska delegation to get funds inserted in the budget for specific projects. Plus, he says, Congress has tightened its purse strings:The national deficit’s been so bad but in the past six years, we’ve gone down from 1.4 trillion dollar deficit per year down to about half a trillion, moving in the right direction. And the economy is much stronger now in the lower 48. So everybody is feeling better about budgets this year. We bumped them up a little bit, budgets overall. So now we’re having some window where we can probably look at these programs again and see what we can do.As residents talked about the need for erosion control, ports, housing, and water and sewer projects, Begich said the Alaska delegation has been able to get some laws changed to set aside money for places like Alaska, and is working to do more:You know when you go to a city like Seattle and there’s housing needs for thousands of people, and here we’re looking for 10-15-20 units, we get kind of lost in the mix. So what we want is to try and separate us out a little bit.Begich outlined work he’s already done to reduce energy costs, increase job training, and help with projects such as roads, runways, and a rock quarry project in Marshall. He described his support for subsistence, and the Senators and Cabinet officials who are learning about Alaska’s special needs by visiting, at his invitation.Still, the rural vote for Begich isn’t assured, as Robert Andrews, the head of a boat-building shop in Emmonak made clear. He told Begich he could do more to help fishermen, saying “If I vote for you, you better think about us back here.”Sen. Mark Begich and Robert Andrews, head of a boat-building shop in Emmonak. Andrews told Begich, “You’re helping a little bit now and then. Sometimes you deny the CDQs, but sometimes you agree with them … If I vote for you, man, you better think of back here.” Photo by Joaqlin Estus, KNBA.
A skateboarder kickflips over a bike-rack inside a chilly underground parking garage with patches of ice and snow on the ground (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)Alaska doesn’t come to mind as an incubator for skateboard talent. Even properly urban patches are mired in cold, dark and variable weather for the majority of the year. But in-spite of challenges, the skateboard scene in Alaska’s largest city is thriving.Listen nowStill, winter is struggle season for a small, hearty band of diehard skaters. And the recent closure of Southcentral Alaska’s lone indoor skatepark has driven skaters underground. Literally. A group of enthusiasts has started taking over a subterranean parking garage, breathing extra life into a scene that’s usually hibernating this time of year.In a densely populated part of town one recent afternoon, it was slightly below freezing inside a small parking garage, with clumps of snow and veins of ice dotting the smooth concrete ground. Outside of normal business hours the private garage tends to be empty but for the deafening din of up to a dozen skaters throwing themselves at curbs, a metal bike-rack and small ramps they sometimes drive in right past a “No Trespassing” sign.“There’s nothing to skate in the winter besides this,” Zack Crater explained. At 34, Crater is on the older side of the skaters in the garage, a mix of teenagers, 20-somethings and proper adults (full disclosure: this reporter has recreationally skateboarded for many years, in many places, including Anchorage.)The terrain itself is unremarkable save that it is lit and covered from the elements. It certainly isn’t heated. If the weather is prohibitively cold, or if the private security guards who patrol the area after hours kick everyone out, Crater sometimes hosts a small crew at the tiny ramps inside his home garage.“It’s probably the best thing in Anchorage to skate. Besides this place,” Crater added.Zack Crater doing a backside tailslide on a curb inside a parking garage that’s gained more popularity among local skaters this winter (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)Crater is supremely confident on his board, charging into difficult tricks with the enthusiasm of a yellow Labrador engrossed in a game of fetch. He grew up around some of the world’s most famous professional skaters in Southern California’s Huntington Beach, home to some of the skateboard industry’s top talent. But he tired of the crowds and, wanting a change, moved to Anchorage five years ago. To his surprise, he found a weirdly strong skate scene.“I wasn’t skating as much when I moved up,” Crater said. “But meeting a bunch of homies up here and seeing how hyped everybody was just got me more hyped to skate.”Anchorage — and Alaska more generally — is an anomaly in the world of skateboarding, which was born of California’s warm climate and abundant asphalt. Neither feature applies to Alaska. And yet small skateparks are scattered improbably around the state, from Sitka to Fairbanks, Nome and Unalaska, even Kwethluk by the Kuskokwim River.Anchorage taxpayers support five outdoor skateparks between Birchwood and Girdwood, with one of them set for a major expansion in the near future, according to Joshua Durand, a division director at the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. From about April through October, the facilities are used extensively, some until late hours under the midnight sun. But like playgrounds or tennis courts, for about half the year the skateparks are useless, enveloped in ice and darkness.“It hasn’t changed that much,” Brian Adams explained of the perennial hunt for places to skate during winter.A skateboarder launches off a small handmade ramp into a wall-ride inside a parking garage that has grown increasingly popular with local skaters (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)Adams is a professional photographer who grew up skating around the streets of Anchorage and taking pictures of his friends, chronicling the scene over the last 15 years in a zine he put out this fall. Winter has always been an obstacle for skaters in Anchorage. There’s never been a real solution, only coping. It is also one of the reasons the Railbelt skate scene so vigorously cross-pollinates with the snowboarding scene.In recent years, one of the winter-time escape valves was an indoor skatepark at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Skaters would look for soldiers to befriend in order to get base access in the winter. But this year, the ramps were removed. According to base spokesman Jerome Baysmore, the facility wasn’t getting enough use to justify keeping it open.“Because we still have never had an actual, long-term indoor skatepark in Anchorage, it hasn’t changed,” Adams said of the scene’s calendrical challenges. “We’re still skating the same old spots.”In spite of the parking garage’s rising popularity this year, it’s been a semi-secret winter spot since Adams was a teenager.An Anchorage skateboarder doing a crooked grind on a bench brought into the parking garage in the bed of his truck. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)Durand with Parks and Rec said that while privately run indoor skateparks have come and gone over the years, he’s not familiar with any model where one is run by a municipal entity. Heating, real estate and insurance costs are a challenge. Still, he doesn’t believe those obstacles are insurmountable, just policy decisions that haven’t been made.In Adams’s telling, the strength of the skate scene in Alaska has fluctuated over the years, but the overall technical caliber of skateboarding keeps progressing.“It’s amazing what they’re doing today,” Adams said. “It blows my mind.”Generally, the status of skateboarding along the Railbelt is tied to whether or not there’s a locally owned snowboard or skate shop. Right now, that role is filled by Blue and Gold Boardshop, run by a former professional snowboarder, and nestled, like so many other Anchorage enterprises, within a sprawling strip mall. This fall, the small business put out “Evoke,” an impressive 30-minute video edited and produced by filmographer Kris Marshall, which showed off the current crop of local skate and snowboard talent. It’s the first such “shop vid” made in Alaska in more than a decade.Tim Blevins standing at Blue and Gold Boardshop where he works (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)One of the star skaters is 30-year-old Tim Blevins, who works at the shop, and one recent morning rattled off all the Alaska towns he’s gone to explore for skate missions.“Anchorage, Girdwood, Seward, Homer. I have skated in Kodiak, there’s not much there,” Blevins rattled off as he mended a snowboard boot. “We don’t really have much, man.”Blevins recalled once driving five hours so a friend could try riding down a long, steep paved road inside Denali Park, ultimately succeeding by achieving a terrifying velocity.Blevins grew up in Fairbanks, which has an even smaller, scrappier skate scene than Anchorage. He’s quick to expound on why his passion is less of a sport than a lifestyle or an ethic.“It’s like contemporary art: you take ten dudes and put them in front of a spot and they’re all going see something different,” Blevins explained. “People try to emulate their favorite skateboarder, whether it’s through clothes or through tricks. But you’re never going to be that guy. You’re only gonna be yourself. So you have to be yourself on a skateboard and do what you want to do.”For the thin band of skateboarders in Alaska who are at Blevins’s level of talent, there’s a stark choice to make. If they want to achieve industry recognition and make enough money to live on from skating alone, then they have to leave Alaska. Blevins did live in the Lower 48 at one point and, in his younger years, seriously weighed trying to make it as a pro. But the lifestyle required didn’t mesh with what he loves most about skateboarding.“I think guys up here that skate are… real skateboarders,” Blevins said. “It doesn’t matter where it is, what it is. It could be a curb, a piece of plywood on the flat ground, but they have so much passion for skateboarding that they will do it no matter what.”For Blevins and others, the same environment that forces skaters into frigid garages is what has causes a gritty creativity to thrive in spite of it.
Nampally: As part of its diamond jubilee celebrations, a 3-day national seminar on ‘Oriental Libraries in Deccan’ (erstwhile Hyderabad State) will be organised at Abul Kalam Azad Oriental Research Institute at Public Gardens from August 24 to 26. Researchers from Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh will present their papers on the subject. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India, chairperson of Institute, Prof Ashraf Rafi informed that 21 research papers from different districts of erstwhile state of Hyderabad were received. The inaugural address on August 24 will be presented by Prof Suleman Siddiqui, former VC of Osmania University, while A K Khan (retd IPS), advisor to State Government on Minorities Welfare will be the chief guest, and Prof Naseemuddin Farees will deliver keynote address. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The chairperson informed that the next two days will see the researchers presenting their papers on the issue and on August 26, a concluding session will be held where the participants will pass a resolution on the condition of libraries. “This will be the first time that this kind of subject is being discussed, as the libraries despite having treasure-trove of knowledge are facing apathy. There are thousands of books in Urdu and Persian which are facing neglect. It is high time it becomes subject of debate and discussion, as inheritance will be lost forever,” observed Ashraf Rafi. On Thursday, Ghulam Yazdani, Prof Ashraf Rafi and Ahmed Ali addressed the media about the diamond jubilee celebrations.
Stay on target Stranger Things is coming back to Netflix in 2019, and the show’s new Season 3 teaser might give some clues on what’s to come for Eleven, Mike, and the rest of the Hawkins crew.On Sunday, Stranger Things’ Twitter account unveiled a Season 3 teaser trailer, which showed upcoming episode titles. The trailer starts off with, “In the summer of 1985, the adventure continues,” and then lists all eight episodes of the season.In the summer of 1985, the adventure continues… pic.twitter.com/m3s6hyJL8k— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) December 10, 2018Episode title names are in the following order: “Suzie, Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” “The Sauna Test,” “The Source,” “The Birthday,” “The Bite,” and “The Battle of Starcourt.” Similar to Season 2’s teaser, the titles here don’t reveal too much about the plot. However, it appears that Starcourt Mall, a local shopping center, will play a role in the Season 3 storyline.Will the gang fight a giant monster at this ’80s-themed mall? Stranger Things enthusiasts will have to wait until next year for more Season 3 details.More on Geek.com:Telltale is Making a Stranger Things Game, Bringing Minecraft to NetflixWe Want More ‘Stranger Things,’ but Not Too Much More361K People Had Nothing Better to do Than Binge ‘Stranger Things’ What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies
The man made homophobic and misogynistic slurs according to a witness (Pixabay) The unnamed couple say they started hurling abuse on the flight, which continued on the airport bus to the terminal.The tourists, aged between 25 – 28, were arrested by Spanish police earlier in the month and taken before a judge.British Tourists committed ‘A crime against fundamental rights’The men were charged with ‘committing a crime against the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution’. Three British tourists have been arrested for allegedly ‘mocking’ a gay couple on a flight bound for Gran Canaria earlier in February. Puerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!LGBT tourists now welcome with open arms in SeychellesFears of LGBT crackdown in Indonesia as 12 women evicted from their homeRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/british-tourists-arrested-gay-couple/ GAYSTARNEWS- According to reports, the couple gave the Civil Guard a detailed description of the suspects.However, it was not specified if the three suspects were male or female.They were found staying in the holiday resort of Playa del Inglés.The three were arrested on Friday 9 February but details of the case have just been released by the police.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Seven countries have banned one of the world’s most popular video games, The Sims, because of LGBT content. GAYSTARNEWS- A representative of EA – the company that makes The Sims – told fans in a forum that a mobile version of the game would not reach some countries in Asia.The Sims: Freeplay has been banned in China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt.EA did not specify why the game would not be available in those countries. They simply said the game could not be released because of ‘regional standards’.LGBTI SimsBut fans were quick to presume the ban happened because of The Sims’ pro-LGBTI features, according to Pink News. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Sims is regarded as one of the most LGBTI friendly games. The game removed all gender barriers for avatars, people can form relationships regardless of gender, male characters can become pregnant and characters can sit or stand to pee regardless of gender.‘We’ve always been proud that our in-game experiences embrace values as broad and diverse as our incredible Sims community. This has been important to us, as we know it is to you.’ the EA spokesperson wrote on the forum.People who had already downloaded The Sims: Freeplay can continue to use it but will not be able to make in-app purchases. They will all be prevented from updating the app.It is also not known if the ban would extend to the computer version of the game.The Sims pro-LGBTI features date back to 2000, when it was one of the first games to include same-sex couples.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Sims removes all gender barriers Old tensions brew between Taiwan & China in lead-up to Gay GamesScottish football teams sign LGBT Sports Charter to tackle homophobiaThis New York Times journalist had her article censored in QatarRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-content-get-the-sims-banned-in-china-and-the-middle-east/
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