October 12, 2019

British Olympic Medallist Faces Backlash after Posting Islamophobic Video

Rabat – In a leaked video to the British newspaper “The Sun” the British gymnast was videoed mocking Islam.The 3-time Olympic medallist chanted “Allahu Akbar” whilst in a drunken state.He was not alone, however, in this mockery. The now retired gymnast, Luke Carson, was seen pretending to take a rug from the wall to perform his “six o’clock prayers”. The video did not end there, the pair further videoed themselves talking about “60 virgins.” A passer-by reprimanded the pair, commenting: “You’re not funny…you’re taking the p**s actually.” The 27-year-old gymnast responded, “Yes it is,” and then carried on filming.Their actions have been widely criticised on social media, with some Twitter users even joking that his comments made him ripe for the position of leader for UKIP.36 hours after the incident Smith took to Twitter to issue an apology which read:“I am deeply sorry for the recent video you may have seen. I am not defending myself, what I did was wrong. I want to say sorry for the deep offence I have caused and to my family who have also been affected by my thoughtless actions. I recognise the severity of my mistake and hope it can be used as an example of how important it is to respect others at all times. I have learnt a valuable life lesson and I wholeheartedly apologise” – @louissmith1989His actions have not gone unnoticed by British Gymnastics who were “appalled” by Smith’s behaviour, they furthered pledged to investigate the allegations made against the gymnasts. They further added that any members who violate the code of conduct could face expulsion from the organisation.The organisation has concluded its investigation and will present their findings this week. Smith’s punishment could range from a fine, to suspension or even a permanent ban from the team.After the incident, Smith has worked to do some damage control, taking to the chat show “Loose Women”, where he was criticised for his actions but also heralded as brave for confronting the situation.He further told BBC Radio Five Live that he has received death threats since the video has been posted.In order to try and rebuild relations with the Muslim community, Smith accepted invitations to two mosques in London instead of joining his fellow Olympic athletes at a celebration event to mark their achievements at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. read more

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October 4, 2019

Exports point to revival in signal economy set for a strong second

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2013 11:23 am MDT Exports point to revival in signal economy set for a strong second half AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada’s export sector began to exhibit signs of a rebound in June, posting a 1.4 per cent gain that analysts said sets the economy on the road to stronger growth in the latter half of the year.The bottom-line trade performance was mildly positive — the deficit narrowed to $469 million in the last month of the second quarter, but May’s negative balance was revised to $781 million from the previously reported $330 million.The consensus for June had been for a weaker month with a deficit of about $600 million based on the expectation that difficulties in the United States stemming from the budget sequester program cutbacks would dampen consumption in the spring and early summer months.But Canadian exporters posted a strong month. In dollar terms, shipments rose 1.4 per cent to $39.6 billion with metals, motor vehicles and aircraft recording significant increases.In volume terms, the gain was even bigger at 2.1 per cent, which bodes well for economic output.Meanwhile, imports increased 0.6 per cent in June to $40 billion, pushed higher by imports of oil and bitumen and aircraft. Prices of imports grew 1.1 per cent, while volumes decreased 0.5 per cent.Analysts responded positively to the news although they noted the revision of the May data means net trade will be a slight drag on growth in the second quarter, which most now expect to be in the neighbourhood of one to 1.5 per cent.But with the sequester drag starting to fade, the rebound in exports — including a 1.5 per cent improvement in shipments to the U.S. — suggests the growth path of the economy is proceeding as anticipated.“Going forward, this sort of sets us up well in terms of the hand off and that’s what everybody is looking to,” said Francis Fong, an economist with the TD Bank.“Everything is focused on the second half of the year, and hinging on the U.S. economy picking up and us included. This is consistent with that whole story of the second quarter, maybe not so great, but looking forward it does look more positive.”As if on cue, the U.S. also posted a strong trade performance in June, with the deficit narrowing to a three-and-a-half year low to $34.2 billion.The Canadian dollar moved slightly higher on the Tuesday morning trade reports, inching up 0.13 of a cent to 96.38 cents US prior to the opening of stock markets.Economists were looking for a tell in the June numbers as to whether the Alberta flooding would disrupt shipments and activity, an impact the Bank of Canada predicted could — along with a short-lived Quebec construction strike — drain 1.3 percentage points from second-quarter growth.But there was little in the numbers to suggest the flooding played a major role.Economist Jimmy Jean of Desjardins Capital Markets pointed that energy exports did fall 1.4 per cent, but other commodities saw a surge — metals rose 11.6 per cent and metal ores 3.4 per cent.Exports of farm products also fell by 9.4 per cent, but it was the sixth consecutive decline in the sector, Jean noted.On the positive side, exports of motor vehicles rose 5.5 per cent, and aircraft shipments lifted by a massive 24.2 per cent.Overall, exports to the U.S. were up 1.5 per cent to $29.4 billion, while shipments to other countries rose 1.4 per cent to $10.2 billion. Imports from the U.S. fell 0.8 per cent to $25.6 billion, while exports to countries other than the United States rose 1.4 per cent to $10.2 billion. read more

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October 2, 2019

Track and Field Ohio State sending nine athletes to NCAA indoor national

Ohio State redshirt sophomore sprinter Kendall Sheffield (middle) competes in the 60m with teammates Nick Gray (right) and senior Zack Bazile (left) during a meet in the French Field House on Feb. 16. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State track and field teams will send nine athletes will be starting spring break early with a trip to College Station, Texas, for the NCAA indoor national championship Friday. Senior Zack Bazile currently has the farthest long jump in the country at 8.14 meters. Bazile is the only athlete in the NCAA to jump farther than eight meters twice.This is Bazile’s first time going to the indoor national championship. Bazile has gone to the NCAA outdoor championship every season of his collegiate career.Senior Nicholas Demaline will be return to the NCAA indoor championships in shot put. Last season Demaline finished sixth at this meet. This year, he is coming in with the fifth-farthest throw in the NCAA at 20.24 meters.Junior Nick Gray is tied for the second-fastest collegiate time in the 200-meter dash at 20.45 seconds. Gray is tied with South Carolina’s senior Ncincilili Titi.Junior Sade Olatoye qualified with the fourth best weight throw in the NCAA at 23.84 meters and has faced off against the top three weight throwers in the country at least once. Olatoye finished fourth last year and will be facing off against the defending national champion, Cincinnati’s Annette Echikunwoke.Olatoye also qualified in shot put as the top-ranked Big Ten thrower.The Ohio State men’s 4×400-meter-relay team made up of sophomore Asa Burke, Gray, senior Drelan Bramwell and freshman Andre Jeff will also make the trip to Texas. The team broke the school record with a time of 3:05.09 at the Big Ten Championship meet. Senior Maggie Berrie qualified in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.82 seconds and also grabbed a spot down at College Station. She qualified by a very thin margin, while Tennessee Tech’s D’Airrien Jackson did not qualify with a time of 52.84 seconds. Senior Cole Gorski qualified in pole vault with a jump of 5.47 meters, set at the Music City Challenge earlier this month. Gorski was tied for 16th place, the last spot to qualify. Junior Coty Cobb was just one spot below Gorski and barely missed the cut. read more

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September 28, 2019

Can Derek Carr And The Raiders Make The Most Of Antonio Brown

After reports late last week that Antonio Brown was heading to the Buffalo Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers will instead reportedly trade their star receiver to the Oakland Raiders for a third- and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft. When the deal is finalized on Wednesday, Brown will have a restructured contract from the Raiders — adding $30 million in guaranteed money — which will make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. In a trade largely about money, the Raiders get perhaps the best receiver in the NFL for a pair of low-value draft picks, and the Steelers get to move on from a relationship that had become toxic and untenable for all involved.Brown will land atop an Oakland receiving corps that is sorely lacking in playmakers, and he’ll surely become the focal point of the passing attack. But how exactly will the Raiders deploy their new weapon? Under head coach Jon Gruden, the Raiders used West Coast passing concepts extensively in 2018. Quarterback Derek Carr’s average depth of target fell from 8.2 yards in 2017 to 6.9 in 2018 as Gruden reshaped the offense into one built on shorter curl, flat and slant routes that did not try to stretch the field. Under Gruden’s system, Carr’s completion percentage rose to a career high of 68.9 percent, padded in part by the bevy of high-percentage passes he was tasked with throwing. But when we adjust for the shorter, easier passes, Carr still recorded a completion percentage 3 percentage points higher than what we would expect, the first time in Carr’s career that he ascended into positive territory in completion percentage over expected (CPOE).1CPOE adjusts for depth of target by comparing a player’s completion percentage at each depth with league average. The short game under Gruden seems to be under control; instead, where Oakland can use help in the passing game is deep, with patterns like the go route that attack the defense vertically downfield.According to Sports Info Solutions, Antonio Brown was exceptional on go routes last season, catching four touchdowns and accumulating 216 receiving yards on 15 targets on the route. Meanwhile, the Raiders were atrocious targeting go routes over the same period, with Carr throwing two interceptions on just nine attempts. While Carr lacked receiving weapons after the trade of Amari Cooper to Dallas last season, it’s not clear that — even with good receivers — he has the ability to throw a reliable deep ball. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Carr ranked 26th in Raw QBR on passes thrown 15 yards deep or greater in 2018. On go routes in particular, just four of Carr’s nine pass attempts were deemed catchable. Brown is likely to command more than nine targets on his own next season based on his past production, but Carr will need to do his part delivering the ball to him.There is some hope for Carr deep. He was excellent when targeting seam routes, a type of deep route that is run vertically up the hashes near the middle of the field. According to charting by Sports Info Solutions, 13 of Carr’s 17 pass attempts on seam routes were graded as catchable, and three of those throws went for touchdowns. Carr also threw zero interceptions when targeting players deep up the hashes. However, it’s hard to measure how much Brown offers in Carr’s go-to route: He was targeted on only one seam last season — though he caught it for a 17-yard touchdown.If we look at routes that the Raiders employed frequently and Brown did run more often in Pittsburgh, the new Oakland receiver doesn’t compare that favorably to the production offered by Oakland’s 2018 receiving corps. On slant routes — short patterns run across the middle of the field at an angle — his expected points added (EPA) per play relative to the Raiders’ receivers was pedestrian. Oakland was collectively more than half an expected point better per play on slants than Brown was in Pittsburgh — with Jordy Nelson, Jared Cook and Seth Roberts all more productive on the route. Cook may end up leaving in free agency and could free up some of those targets, but Brown may not be able to make much of an impact in the short-area portion of the Raiders passing game. route nameRaiders receiversAntonio BrownEPA Diff. Seam+0.94+1.80+0.86 Antonio Brown can help the Raiders most on deeper routesExpected points added in the 2018 season by route type for wide receivers on the Oakland Raiders and for Antonio Brown Positive EPA difference reflects routes where Antonio Brown was more productive than the Raiders receivers collectively.Source: Sports Info solutions Dig+0.29-0.20-0.49 Slant+0.61+0.05-0.56 Go-0.11+0.85+0.96 Post+0.27-1.03-1.30 Comeback-0.52+1.27+1.79 Fade-0.17-0.31-0.14 There are also other concerns. Brown was ineffective in the middle of the field in general in 2018, posting negative EPA on digs and posts — two other in-breaking routes. He increasingly ceded targets over the middle to Juju Smith-Schuster, who is bigger, younger and perhaps more eager to put his body on the line for a reception. With no guaranteed money in Brown’s contract, self-preservation could have been a contributing factor to his seeming unwillingness to catch balls over the middle last season. At least that’s what the Raiders are hoping is the case: The alternative — that Brown is declining and no longer able to produce over the middle — is slightly terrifying for a team that just made Brown the highest-paid receiver in the league.Ultimately, how Oakland chooses to optimize around its new weapon will define its 2019 season. The Raiders are a team between homes and lacking a coherent identity. It’s unclear if they are in the midst of a long-term rebuild or if they believe they can field a team that will contend with Kansas City for a division title. Brown is still in his prime, but entering his age-31 season, he’s a player with more productive years behind than in front of him. His final years are probably not best spent with Carr throwing to him. Instead, Gruden and rookie GM Mike Mayock could use their fourth overall pick in the draft on a QB like Kyler Murray — a player who actually can throw deep with accuracy. Such a move would make sense for a franchise looking to build and would leverage Brown’s talents with an eye toward the future. After all, there are few things better for a young QB’s development than the luxury of throwing to a player who is a likely future Hall of Famer and who remains one of the league’s greatest receivers. Flat+0.08+0.40+0.32 Curl+0.20+0.40+0.20 EPA per target Out+0.20+0.52+0.32 From ABC News: read more

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September 25, 2019

Brutal attack on London police officers caught on video

Police have released video footage of a “despicable” attack on two officers which resulted in one of them being fly-kicked in the head. The Met said the two police constables had stopped a vehicle in Kingswood Road, Merton, south-west London when the three occupants ran off.It said the PCs managed to detain Martin Payne before Kursan Euell and another person returned and attacked them.Body-worn camera footage shows the officers managing to get one of the men to the ground when he calls for the others not to leave him.It then shows another attacker running towards a female officer before appearing to leap. She then falls to the ground with a cry of pain.The force said the officer was left with head injuries and narrowly missed being hit by a double-decker bus while her colleague was left with cuts and both needed hospital treatment.Payne admitted one count of actual bodily harm at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, December 14. Martin Payne, 20, of Brighton Road, South Croydon, pleaded guilty to one count of actual bodily harm (ABH) at Kingston Crown Court Credit:PA The 20-year-old of Brighton Road, South Croydon, also admitted driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a licence.Euell, 20 of Penerley Road, Catford, admitted two counts of actual bodily harm.Payne was jailed for two years and nine months and Euell for three-and-a-half years at the same court on Monday, for the attack which took place in November last year. Martin Payne, 20, of Brighton Road, South Croydon, pleaded guilty to one count of actual bodily harm (ABH) at Kingston Crown Court  In a joint statement Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, commander for roads and transport policing, and Chief Superintendent Sally Benatar, south west commander said the jail terms showed how seriously the courts take assaults on police officers.They added: “Anyone who thinks it is acceptable to attack an officer should expect to face the consequences of their actions.”The impact of this despicable assault has been considerable, not only on the two officers involved but on their families, friends and colleagues.”Whilst police officers are rightly expected to handle difficult and hostile situations on a regular basis, we do not accept that assaults are part of the job, and we feel that our officers deserve the protection of the law in order to do their jobs effectively.” 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. read more

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September 21, 2019

Dark Knight Rises teaser trailer leaks UPDATED

first_imgUpdate – 4:43pm – The video was pulled by Warner Bros.The highly awaited final release in the Dark Knight trilogy will not be out until July 2012, but information has come out about the film. The official site, The Dark Knight Rises, has a poster available and an image of Bane, as portrayed by Tom Hardy. That’s not a whole lot but fans are in luck–the teaser trailer has leaked and it is viewable online (though finding it might be hard).We’ve embedded the teaser, so you can watch the 98 second clip here for as long as it’s available. After that you’re on your own…We’ll leave the dissection up to the fan sites, but you can see Gordon lying in a hospital bed, pleading for Batman to return to his duties. Not much else is revealed, but we do get a tone for the movie, which is quite bleak, but that’s what we expected from the “epic conclusion” to the trilogy.The video is short, the audio is poor (some Youtubers have posted transcriptions) and it all leaves us wanting much more, but at least it’s something. There will more trailers, commercials, posters, interviews, and teasers in the next year, hopefully we won’t be kept waiting too long for the next installment.last_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Legendary Irish scrumhalf Peter Stringer announces his retirement aged 40

first_img LEGENDARY IRISH SCRUM-HALF Peter Stringer has opted to retire from rugby at the age of 40.Stringer won 98 Ireland caps between 2000 and 2011, in addition to appearing over 200 times for Munster.In more recent years, he has represented a number of Premiership clubs including Sale Sharks, Bath, Newcastle and Saracens before finishing his career with Worcester Warriors in December.“From the age of five all I ever dreamed of doing was playing rugby,” he said in a statement. “I cannot describe how it feels to have lived that dream for nearly all my life.“The journey has been an uncompromising obsession filled with memories I will cherish forever.“To the coaches who never saw my size as disadvantageous, thank you. To my team-mates who motivated and inspired me, thank you. To my parents and brothers, I could not have reached my goals without you.“Thank you to my clubs in England – Saracens, Newcastle, Bath, Sale and Worcester who gave me an opportunity to continue playing the game I love.“However, my proudest days on a rugby field came from wearing the red of Munster and the green of Ireland and will remain with me for the rest of my life. To those supporters, you are incredible people who stood by me and cheered for me no matter who I played for and for that, I will be forever grateful.“Lastly, thank you to Debbie my wife, for the last 10 years when I faced some difficult decisions, you were there for me and backed me every step of the way. Here’s to the next chapter.”Goodbye pic.twitter.com/nd7hNW7Xfm— Peter Stringer (@stringer9) June 26, 2018 By Paul Fennessy Follow us: the42.ie Short URL http://the42.ie/4092454 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 31,546 Views Legendary Irish scrum-half Peter Stringer announces his retirement aged 40 The ex-Munster star has finally opted to hang up his boots. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO 47 Comments Peter Stringer earned 98 Ireland caps. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Peter Stringer earned 98 Ireland caps. The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share849 Tweet Email3 Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 12:57 PM Jun 26th 2018, 12:57 PM 2019 World Cup a thrilling prospect for Schmidt’s superb Ireland>‘Without any hesitation that was the biggest game of my career by miles’>last_img read more

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September 17, 2019

SD sheriffs Department to reevaluate investigation of Rebecca Zahaus death

first_img April 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA task force from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department will determine whether to re-open the investigation into the death of Rebecca Zahau.Two weeks ago, Adam Shacknai was found responsible for her death in a civil trial.After the trial, Sheriff Bill Gore met with the Zahau’s family attorney Keith Greer and agreed to take a second look at the evidence.According to Greer, Zahau’s family is determined to remove the stigma of suicide from her death. Posted: April 17, 2018 SD sheriff’s Department to re-evaluate investigation of Rebecca Zahau’s death KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Coronado, Keith Greer, Rebecca Zahau, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Bill Gore, Zahau FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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September 16, 2019

Vancouver sets rules for marijuana gardens

first_imgCollective medical marijuana gardens will be allowed in certain city zones, as the Vancouver City Council voted 6-1 on Monday to approve them.Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt acknowledged that the ordinance isn’t going to please everyone, as people who testified Monday said the zoning rules were too restrictive.“We can take that up and evaluate it over the next year,” Leavitt said. “We always have the option to amend our ordinances.”While more than two dozen people showed up at City Hall, only six testified. Five spoke in favor of the ordinance and one person — who works for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office — remained neutral.Sgt. Shane Gardner, speaking as a neighborhood association leader, said he understands that the city councilors were in a difficult spot as they are caught between conflicting state and federal laws. He said he appreciated the code restrictions, such as the fact that gardens must be at least 1,000 feet from schools, community centers, public parks, licensed day care facilities and other collective gardens.James Barber, who has sued the city over the extended moratorium on collective gardens, said medical marijuana shouldn’t be treated differently from other prescription drugs.“Do you want to get into people’s medicine cabinets?” Barber asked.Vancouver resident Matt Wood said he feels people who grow medical marijuana for terminally ill patients get lumped in with people who abuse the system.last_img read more

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September 16, 2019

Oil terminal plan foes pack hearing

first_imgTesoro, Savage officials address concernsAs state regulators prepare to vet a controversial plan to build the region’s largest oil-handling terminal in Vancouver, hundreds of opponents on Tuesday delivered an overwhelming message:The damage and risk from such an operation would reach well beyond Vancouver and Clark County, opponents said.More than 300 people filed into Clark College’s Gaiser Hall. The vast majority of them — many clad in red shirts — oppose the project for a variety of reasons. An hour and a half into the hearing, not a single person had spoken in favor of the proposal.But Tuesday’s hearing wasn’t a popularity contest. The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council held the hearing as part of its “scoping” process, during which the group will decide what should and should not be included in the environmental review of the project.Attendees urged council members to make that review as broad as possible, considering everything from local air quality affected by emissions from the facility itself, to compounding the implications of global climate change by eventually burning oil that’s extracted from North Dakota. Opponents also highlighted environmental risks to the Columbia River ecosystem, and to the communities along the railroads that would bring oil through the region.Among those against the plan are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4, who have voted to oppose the terminal, said President Cager Clabaugh. That’s despite the fact that the union would benefit from some of the jobs the facility promises.last_img read more

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September 15, 2019

Balfour Beatty moves staff eyecare online

first_imgInfrastructure group Balfour Beatty has moved its employee eyecare benefits online with the introduction of e-vouchers. Over 1,000 employees have access to these vouchers, provided by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare, which cover safety eyewear, sight tests, driver eyecare and DSE eyecare.The vouchers can be purchased and distributed electronically via the new online managment system. Redemption reports and eye examination due dates are also stored on the system.Stuart Logan, buyer at Balfour Beatty, said: “We have been using Specsavers Corporate Eyecare for our eyecare provision for some time, and were keen to experience the benefit of the online vouchers.“We place our orders on the secure portal on the Specsavers website and make the payment there and then. This means we have instant access to the vouchers.”We can email the E-vouchers straight to each relevant individual and they can even present them at the Specsavers store on their smartphone.”last_img read more

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September 15, 2019

Swim advisories issued for Crandon Park Key Biscayne Beach Club

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County have issued swim advisories at several beach sites.The advisory was issued Thursday and will affect Crandon Park’s North and South beaches on Crandon Boulevard in Key Biscayne.Key Biscayne Beach Club near Ocean Drive is also affected.Samples collected at the beaches did not meet recreational water quality standards, indicating a very high bacteria level that is unsafe.The advisory recommends that people avoid swimming at either site for the time being.No word has been given on when the advisory is expected to be lifted.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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September 14, 2019

When Selecting a DigitalMagazine Provider Think Ahead

first_imgChoosing a digital-magazine supplier starts with the publisher having a clear understanding of current needs and long-term goals. Is the purpose simply to get a digital edition up and running online to displace the cost of print? Is it important to expand the advertising opportunities and grow the audience with rich media experiences? Or is it important to be flexible and “future-proof”—prepared to deliver enriched digital content on emerging output channels?The digital magazine industry has matured in the last couple of years, and the number of suppliers has grown. Hundreds of solutions are on the market today, ranging from posting a simple PDF online or a page-flipping brochure-type of publication at the low end to top-of-the-line products with all the rich media bells and whistles and flexible formats available from full-service suppliers. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a publisher simply converting print content into a PDF or page-flipping digital brochure. It’s not a particularly exciting product, metrics can’t be tracked and reported to advertisers, and the content probably won’t be available to search engines. For a publisher with a small budget and few expectations, though, it can be a start. But it is what it is, which is not much.A publisher that plans to begin with a very simple solution, though, should think ahead. Publisher needs, and particularly the opportunities available, could be quite different in just six months or a year. So it generally makes sense for the publisher to select a vendor—a partner—that can meet or exceed current expectations and grow as the next steps in digital magazine publishing occur or are invented—especially considering the reasonable cost of service. Prices for converting a print magazine to a digital edition range from zero for free services (Warning—you get what you pay for!) or a few dollars per page for a simple conversion to an average of $1,000 to $1,500 per issue for a full-service partnership with a high-end supplier. The difference per unit between the endpoints of the range is minimal in terms of cost but significant in terms of service.Below are three basic areas of need and/or interest to consider as you go therough the due diligence of selecting a digital-magazine partner:1. Full-service or self-service. A full-service partner provides the digital magazine, along with rich media options, tracking and reporting services, marketing services, and consultation on circulation- and revenue-enhancement strategies. A self-service solution might work if the publisher has staff with the time, talent, and expertise to produce a digital magazine in-house.2. Digital rights management. Should the digital magazine be open to the world or locked down in one way or another? The answer to that question will influence whether a simple solution might work or whether it requires the expertise of a supplier who understands the wide variety of DRM capabilities that are available.  3. Rich media enhancements. Enhancing a digital magazine with rich media to appeal to advertisers requires energy and expertise; examining those needs will help determine which type of supplier is best.BACK TO MAIN PAGElast_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Reducing Paper … With Paper

first_imgSupermarkets across the country are calling on shoppers to be more green. They say we should buy environmentally-friendly products. We should buy reusable bags to carry our groceries. Some are even charging fees for their paper or plastic bags.In the Northeast, the Big Y supermarket is no different. In fact, it has gone ahead and launched Going Green, a free magazine it says will help shoppers “make lifestyle choices that will benefit the environment and themselves.” Distributed at all of Big Y’s 56 locations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut, the 37-page print magazine will feature money saving tips to help save the planet, a guide to eco-friendly purchases and information on reusing and recycling.Isn’t it a bit ironic for Big Y to promote green practices by producing a printed magazine? Could they have printed “green tips” on their paper bags instead?last_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Could Time Name Twitter Person of the Year

first_imgAfter a more than hour-long debate, six panelists were split between two candidates they thought should be named Time magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year. Neither, for the record, were actually human beings.Three panelists voted for Twitter. Three voted for the economy.“Twitter affects a lot of people, but not as many as the economy,” said former New York City mayor and debate panelist Rudy Giuliani. “From the wealthy to the poor who are out of jobs, the economy affects us all.” Other panelists included Barbara Walters; cardiac surgeon and newly-named television show host Dr. Mehmet Oz; O the Oprah Magazine editor-at-large Gayle King; restaurant founder and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio; and Luke Ravensthal, the 29-year-old mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A number of highly deserving, and living people also were talked about Thursday night on the eighth floor of Manhattan’s Time/Life Building. Here’s a quick look at who made the conversation:Nancy Pelosi, in relation to Obama’s proposed healthcare bill (suggested by Walters); “patient zero,” the first person who contracted the H1N1 virus (Dr. Oz); U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke (Colocchio); recently-named associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor (King); General David Patraeus and Chesley “Sully” Sulenberger, the US Airways pilot who successfully carried out an emergency landing of an airplane in New York’s Hudson River in January (Giuliani). Giuliani, of course, also couldn’t help but nominate longtime New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. OK, the Yanks won the World Series, but he hardly qualifies as the most significant global influencer of the year.But between Twitter and the economy, which has the better shot at unseating president Barack Obama as Time’s Person of the Year (he was named last December)? Both arguably are relevant and have had significant global influence this year.But is there a clear winner? I don’t think so. And how much stock does Time actually put into these annual debates?But if not for the social implication, I for one enjoyed another of Barbara Walters’ suggestions for the business aspect: despised Ponzie schemer-turned-jailbird Bernie Madoff. “If you want to sell some magazines, you name someone like Madoff,” Walters said. “People would pick up those issues and say, ‘How dare you?’”last_img read more

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September 12, 2019

Galt MacDermot OftSampled Hair Composer Dies At 89

first_img Galt MacDermot, Oft-Sampled ‘Hair’ Composer, Dies At 89 Email News The GRAMMY-winning composer’s impact on the music community stretched from Broadway to hip-hop and beyondNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 17, 2018 – 5:09 pm Acclaimed composer Galt MacDermot, known for his work on the music of Hair and Two Gentlemen Of Verona, has died. He was 89 years old. MacDermot’s memorable compositions for Broadway also played a key role in the early days of hip-hop sampling. Born Dec. 18, 1928, MacDermot won his first two GRAMMY Awards in 1961 for the Cannonball Adderley recording of his piece “African Waltz,” which took home both Best Instrumental Theme Or Instrumental Version Of Song and Best Original Jazz Composition at the 4th GRAMMY Awards. MacDermot had studied African music in South Africa, receiving his Bachelor of Music from Cape Town University.After moving to New York City in 1964, MacDermot penned the now iconic music for Hair. The show’s Broadway cast album won Best Score From An Original Cast Album for the 11th GRAMMY Awards, earning MacDermot his third career GRAMMY win. Four years later he’d be nominated again in the same category for Two Gentleman Of Verona, which also won the Tony for Best Musical in 1972.In the hip-hop world, his work was repurposed by many hip-hop artists and producers, including Gang Starr, Madlib, MF Doom, Busta Rhymes, Run D.M.C., J Dilla, and DJ Premiere, who called MacDermot an “Incredible Icon Of Original Music” in a tribute post on Twitter.GRAMMY-winning producer and Roots drummer Questlove also honored the late composer via social media, writing, “King Galt. The broadway community is mourning his passing this morning… but best believe he was the hip hop community’s too,” before naming a few of the many artists who tapped into MacDermot’s mastery.MacDermot was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. His spirit lives on through his work as it continues to find new relevance and influence.In a statement, the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said, “Three-time GRAMMY winner Galt MacDermot was a highly regarded composer best-known for co-writing the hit Broadway musical, Hair. He earned five GRAMMY nominations and won three GRAMMYs for his composing—most notably for Best Score From An Original Cast Show Album for Hair, at the 11th GRAMMY Awards.”MacDermot’s music also made a significant impact on the hip-hop community, with notable artists such as Public Enemy, Faith Evans and Busta Rhymes sampling his work. The music and theater communities have lost an extraordinary talent. MacDermot will be dearly missed, but his compositions will continue to influence music for years to come.”Read More: “Hair” Will Become A TV Musical In Spring 2019Read more ‘Hair’ Composer Galt MacDermot Dies At 89 galt-macdermot-oft-sampled-hair-composer-dies-89 Facebook Twitter last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Pokemon Go adds more AR photo options

first_img Share your voice My Lugia checks out the bandstand at London’s Arnold Square. Sean Keane/CNET Niantic added a more robust photo mode to Pokemon Go that’ll let you feel like you’re playing a sequel to Pokemon Snap. (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York should be pleased.)The Go Snapshot feature, which was added to the Android version last week and the iOS one over the weekend, lets you take photos of Pokemon you’ve already caught, using the mobile game’s AR+ mode. img-4095Raichu wanders in CNET’s London office. Sean Keane/CNET “Select a Pokemon and tap on the screen to throw its Poke Ball to that spot. Once your Pokemon is situated in the ideal spot, you can then move around it to find the best angle for your photo,” Niantic said in a statement Feb. 12.”Is your Pokemon distracted or looking the wrong way? Brush across it to get its attention, and it will be sure to face you.”So you can basically get the Pokemon you’ve caught to do your bidding beyond battling, by having them pose for photos. The shots you take will be automatically saved to your device.”We’ve been inspired by the incredible photos Trainers have taken in AR+ mode and exploring new ways to further bridge the digital and physical worlds through Niantic’s enhanced AR technologies” Ryuta Hiroi, Niantic’s product manager, said in the statement. The augmented reality game was released in July 2016 and has been adding features ever since. It grossed more than $68 million in January, according to Sensor Tower. In September, it hit $2 billion in in-app purchases. Niantic on Tuesday is also adding the ability to switch teams. You’ll be able to purchase a Team Medallion from the in-game store for 1,000 Pokecoins to change between Team Instinct (yellow), Team Mystic (blue) or Team Valor (red, clearly the best).First published Feb. 12 at 10:04 a.m. PT.Update Feb. 25 at 7:22 a.m. PT: Reflects that the feature’s been added and highlights the team-switching features.CNET en Español: Get all your tech news and reviews in Spanish.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Tags Video Games Phones Post a comment 0 Pokemon Go Nintendolast_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Honor 20 with four cameras holepunch display leaked in full glory

first_img Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skills Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei, is set to get new flagship smartphones under new Honor 20 series. Honor is expected to unveil the new phones on May 21, but the first look of the Honor 20 is already out, which confirm the Honor 20 to feature a hole-punch display and four optic sensors at the rear.The official-looking renders were leaked by WinFuture. The images offer a glimpse at the front and back side of the Honor 20 smartphone. The punch hole on the top-left corner is a house for the 32MP front camera. Honor 20 will likely feature a 6.26-inch with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels and a pixel density of 412 ppi.In the leaked images, two colours – Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue – can also be seen. As per the leaked specifications, the phone will sport a 48MP main camera (second from the top) which will be a Sony IMX586 1/2-inch sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 1.6μm pixel size and 4-in-1 Light fusion technology. It will be accompanied by a 16MP super wide-angle lens with 117-degree field-of-view (f/2.2 aperture), a 2MP depth assist sensor (1.75μm pixel size, f/2.4 aperture) and a 2MP (on the right of the depth sensor) macro lens with f/2.4 aperture and 1.75μm pixel size. Honor 20 leakedWinFutureRecently, Honor 20 has been spotted on Geekbench, which reveals that it will be powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset with at least 6GB RAM, 128 GB of internal flash memory. The Kirin 980 chipset takes on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and features 4 power saving cores with a maximum of 1.8 GHz, 2 high-end cores with a maximum of 1.92 GHz fast cores and two other faster cores with up to 2.6 GHz maximum clock rate, which ensure good performance.Honor 20 is expected to come with 3750mAh battery with 22.5W SuperCharge technology and it will run on Android 9.0 Pie with the skin of Magic UI 2.1. This UI has only been seen in limited Honor phones, mostly high-end, as most phones still use Huawei’s EMUI software. Honor 20 teaser confirms launch dateHonor TwitterIt is widely speculated that the company will also unveil a Pro version of Honor 20, which will be just a bit higher than the standard version. Closelast_img read more

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August 27, 2019

FDA Clears Icometrix Image Quantification Software to Monitor Neurological Disorders

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Related Content News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School October 12, 2016 — The health tech company Icometrix obtained 510(k) clearance in September from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their image quantification software, icobrain. The software quantifies key features of clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans, which enable clinicians to monitor how their patient’s brain changes over time.As the only software currently available that has been scientifically validated and clinically approved for longitudinal measurements, according to the company, icobrain offers clinicians unrivalled access to unique information about disease progression and the effect of treatment upon brain structure.”MRI biomarkers are becoming of vital importance in the clinical care path for various pathologies, including neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and stroke. It is of paramount importance that the biomarker measurements are extremely reproducible and sensitive enough to detect relevant clinical changes”, said Max Wintermark, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at the Stanford University Medical Center. “The icometrix methods have been published in several scientific journals and validated by top centers worldwide, demonstrating the accuracy that is needed to translate measures from a research setting to routine clinical practice,” Wintermark added.Icometrix’ analysis services help radiologists and physicians worldwide to improve and personalize the care of patients with a neurological disorder, such as multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury or dementia. Accessing the U.S. market is an important step and will lead to more evidence-based medicine by bringing automated MRI reports into clinical practice.For more information: www.icometrix.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more center_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | October 12, 2016 FDA Clears Icometrix’ Image Quantification Software to Monitor Neurological Disorders Software quantifies key features of MRI brain scans to help monitor brain changes over timelast_img read more

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