Colorado city adopts 6-month delay for scooter, e-bike firms

ASPEN, Colo. — A Colorado city has enacted a waiting period for companies that provide scooter and e-bike services.The Aspen Times reports that the Aspen City Council approved a six-month delay for dockless mobility companies Monday.Officials say the city wants to work with businesses and the public to develop a management plan.Dockless mobility companies provide e-bikes, trikes and scooters that can be collected and returned at several places to allow customers to rent the devices for short periods without going to a central location.Some Aspen councillors say the city needs a plan to meet the growing transportation trend, which they say raises issues including right-of-way management, safety, vandalism, city oversight, and local business impact.Current regulations require operators to obtain an Aspen business license and a temporary encroachment license.___Information from: The Aspen Times, Associated Press read more

Pakistan UN agencies redoubling efforts amid still unfolding flood crisis

20 August 2010With the situation in flood-stricken Pakistan still unfolding, United Nations agencies said today they are redoubling their efforts to provide assistance to the millions of people affected by the disaster. “The international community is mobilizing to provide aid to help the victims of the floods,” Elisabeth Byrs of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told a news conference in Geneva. “The situation is still unfolding… in some areas the flood waters are receding to reveal the utter destruction left behind, while in other areas the flood waters continue to rise, destroying homes, villages and crops.” She added that the $460 million emergency response plan launched last week is now 55 per cent funded, with an additional $42 million in pledges. Thanking all those who have contributed to boost relief efforts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the generosity of countries and individuals will make a real difference in the daily lives of millions of people. “We must keep it up. This is not just Pakistan’s hour of need – Pakistan is facing weeks, months and years of need. Now is our chance to turn the tide towards hope and a better day for all of the people of Pakistan,” he said in a statement issued today, following yesterday’s special General Assembly meeting on the issue.UN Member States on Thursday voiced their solidarity with Pakistan, as they adopted a resolution calling for international assistance in support of the Government’s efforts to address the crisis, which is believed to have left 15 to 20 million people in need of shelter, food and emergency care. The head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the humanitarian tragedy in Pakistan has reached “tragic proportions,” but that serious shortfalls in funding are limiting the agency’s ability to save lives as the crisis worsens. “The consequences of the flooding for Pakistan’s poorest and most vulnerable people are very serious,” Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement, adding that the most vulnerable of all, the children, are at the greatest risk. “Unless the world responds immediately, more and more of the 3.5 million children affected by the floods will be at risk of contracting deadly water-borne diseases like dysentery, diarrhoea and cholera,” he said. The World Health Organization (WHO) also voiced concern about the increased risk of outbreaks of communicable diseases due to unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation and personal hygiene, food insecurity, lack of shelter, overcrowding and decreased access to health care. The risks for many of the diseases could be reduced substantively by basic preventive measures, including access to clean water, appropriate sanitation and hygiene and ensuring food handling in a correct fashion as well as vaccinations, Daniel Lopez Acuña, WHO Acting Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises, told reporters in Geneva. In the midst of the crisis, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern about some Afghan refugees who are being pressured to repatriate by speculators around Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkwa, seeking to develop land that until now has been occupied by refugee settlements. “UNHCR is increasingly concerned about the plight of flood-affected Afghan refugees in Pakistan,” spokesperson Adrian Edwards said. There are 1.7 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, more than 1.5 million of whom are in the flood-affected provinces. In Khyber Pakhtunkwa province alone, more than 12,000 dwellings in refugee villages have been swept away, leaving almost 70,000 people homeless. “UNHCR welcomes the assurances from federal authorities that all people affected by the floods should be able to return to their homes to rebuild, including Afghan refugees,” said Mr. Edwards, adding that he hoped that moves by land speculators will be blocked. The floods, which began late last month in the wake of particularly heavy monsoon rains, have so far claimed 1,200 lives and destroyed homes, farmland and major infrastructure in large parts of the country. In addition, millions of livestock have been affected by the floods and are in need of food and medicine, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Around 200,000 cows, sheep, buffalo, goats and donkeys have already been confirmed as dead or missing, but the agency said that the final numbers will be much higher, possibly into the millions. “If you count poultry losses, then millions of animals have already died with the entire poultry stock wiped out in some areas,” FAO stated in a news release, adding that millions of surviving animals are now facing severe feed shortages, threatening generations of livestock, which make up about half of the Pakistan’s agricultural gross domestic product (GDP). “Livestock in this country are the poor people’s mobile ATM,” said David Doolan, who is in charge of FAO programmes in Pakistan. “In good times people build up their herds and in bad times they sell livestock to generate cash. Every animal we save is a productive asset that poor families can use to rebuild their lives when the floods finally pass.” read more

NewsAlertOSC rules SinoForest defrauded investors and misled investigators

TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission has ruled that Sino-Forest and several of its top executives including former CEO Allen Chan, Albert Ip, Alfred Hung and George Ho defrauded investors and misled investigators.The regulator dismissed allegations of fraud against Simon Yeung, but ruled he misled staff during their investigation.More Coming.

Ryan Shazier first Ohio State player with 20 tackles in a game

Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier tackles the running back during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOn a night dedicated to honoring the seniors on the No. 3-ranked Ohio State football team (11-0, 7-0), a junior linebacker was the center of attention.Ryan Shazier built on his career-high 16-tackle game the week before against Illinois by tallying another career-high against Indiana Saturday, this time recording 20 tackles in a game in which OSU clinched the Big Ten Leaders Division Title and a spot in the Big Ten Championship game Dec. 7. It was the first time since former Buckeye linebacker AJ Hawk’s game against Wisconsin Oct. 9, 2004, that an OSU player had 20 tackles in a game.After the game, Shazier said he wasn’t playing to have a big game, and just wanted to secure the victory against Indiana (4-7, 2-5).“I felt like I had a pretty good day, but I was just going and doing what I had to do,” Shazier said. “I didn’t know it was 20 tackles till the end of the game — I was just trying to do my job.”The five tackles for loss Shazier recorded, including a sack, ties a Buckeye record for tackles for a loss in a game, set by four players, most recently by John Simon Oct. 6, 2012, against Nebraska.The big motivation for Shazier against Indiana — and for most of the season — was senior safety Christian Bryant, Shazier said.“Lately, I’ve been playing for Christian. I feel like me and him are both out there together, so I’ve been playing for him,” Shazier said. “Today with the seniors (being honored), so I was playing for Christian and the seniors tonight to make sure they go out with a bang.”Bryant went down near the end of a 31-24 win against Wisconsin Sept. 28 with a broken ankle, and has been forced to sit out every game since.Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said a performance like Shazier’s isn’t something that can be coached.“Players make plays. You’d like to say you coach them up to do those things, but the reality is players make plays and he did a great job,” Fickell said. “We go back and watch the film and see those things but down on the field, it’s hard to really see those things, see a lot of things. I had no idea … hearing some of the offensive coaches come and say, ‘Wow, man, he really, he really was all over the place.’ And somebody says what he has in tackles, and I’m oblivious to it at times but he’s a special kid and he brings a lot to us.”Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby, who was honored as a senior Saturday after his decision to leave school early for the NFL, said he wasn’t surprised by Shazier having such a big game.“That’s what we ask him to do, we put him in the middle of the field and tell him to play center field,” Roby said. “He is able to move around and he’s fast, I think he did a very good job. He had like 20 tackles or something like that, so any time that happens it’s perfect.”Currently, Shazier is tied for second in the country with senior linebacker Shaquil Barrett of Colorado State with 20.5 tackles for loss and ranks 16th in total tackles with 109.Coach Urban Meyer said Shazier is playing very well, and is using emotion to drive his play.“He’s playing at a very high level. A very emotional guy … his heart is everything,” Meyer said. “He’s very, like I said, he wears his feelings on his sleeve and the players love him for it. And so do I. Very emotional player that plays that way on the field. Playing great right now, too.”Senior running back Carlos Hyde, who became the first running back coached by Meyer to run for 1,000 yards in a season, said Shazier is just playing like he always does.“He’s the best linebacker in the nation to me,” Hyde said. “And that’s how he plays every week, in and out. That’s how Shazier plays. I’m proud of him.”Despite OSU allowing two late touchdowns, Indiana failed to reach its season average of 36.8 points per game.Shazier said a big part of the defensive performance was the mentality of making sure the Hoosiers couldn’t find their way back into the game.“We were just talking about ‘Don’t relax, don’t settle down because they have a wonderful offense,’” Shazier said. “They can get back into a game like (that). So we have to keep pushing the pedal.”Next up, OSU is slated to take a trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., for The Game against Michigan Saturday at noon. The Buckeye defense will hope to shut down a Michigan (7-4, 3-4) offense that is scoring an average of 33.1 points per game this season. read more

Your call is valued is the most annoying thing a customer service

first_img 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. Sad man on phone Around half (48 per cent) said that classical music was their preferred sound while waiting. More positively, one in three said that being told how long they would have to wait was the most useful information while on hold, followed by where they were in the queue (32 per cent) and the offer of being called back if they left a number (30 per cent).The watchdog also found that the vast majority of people are prepared to wait no longer than five minutes for their call to be answered.Richard Headland, editor of Which? magazine, said: “Waiting on hold is a waste of time, but some organisations make the experience needlessly annoying through objectionable messages and music.“If these drive you round the bend, vote with your feet and take your custom elsewhere. The best companies know the value of answering your call quickly.” Being put on hold can be made worse by the musicCredit:Alamy “Your call is valued” is the most irritating phrase to hear while on hold to speak to a company, a survey has found.Almost half (47 per cent) of those polled by Which?, the consumer group, said they found the message the most annoying, followed by being told to go to the company’s website (28 per cent) and apologies for all operators being busy (11 per cent).An engaged tone was judged the most annoying sound, named by 29 per cent of those polled, followed by rock music (22 per cent) and background music with no specific tune (21 per cent). Waiting on hold is a waste of time, but some organisations make the experience needlessly annoyingRichard Headland, editor of Which? Which? surveyed 2,260 members between July 14-29.Last month The Daily Telegraph revealed customers faced a wait of up to an hour to get through to the taxman. A July report by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee found that in October 2015 on average taxpayers were still waiting for 35 minutes for officials at HMRC to answer the phone.An HMRC spokesperson said: “We are sorry that in the past we have not provided the standard of service which people are entitled to expect. We have made progress and we are now consistently answering more than 90% of calls first time, with average waits of five minutes over the past six months.”last_img read more

EGAs Guinea bauxite mining project reaches 50 construction completion

first_imgEmirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, reports its project to develop a bauxite mine and associated export facilities in the Republic of Guinea has reached 50% construction completion. More than 4,000 Guineans, 90% from the Boké region, are currently working to construct the Guinea Alumina Corp project. GAC has a total budgeted project cost of approximately $1.4 billion. First bauxite exports are expected during the second half of 2019.Once full ramp-up is achieved, the project is expected to produce some 12 Mt/y of bauxite and employ some 1,000 people directly and as contractors.GAC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EGA. The project is one of the largest greenfield investments in Guinea in the past 40 years and will be a new global source of bauxite supply.EGA reports that Guinea has more than 7,000 Mt of bauxite resources, over a quarter of the world’s known total. “Much of Guinea’s bauxite is amongst the highest quality worldwide.”GAC’s mining concession covers an area of 690 km2 and contains one of the largest bauxite deposits in Guinea. The concession is located in the Boké region of northwest Guinea, close to existing mines that are operated by other companies.Bauxite is found close to the surface of low plateaus in the mining concession. Mining is planned to be a drill-and-blast operation within open pits, with plateaus developed and remediated sequentially during the life of the mining operation.Extracted bauxite will be transported by rail to Kamsar port, some 70 km away, using existing railway lines that are already used by other mining companies. GAC is building rail loops and spurs to connect its mine and loading facilities to the existing railway line.At the port, bauxite will be transported by a 5.3 km-long conveyor system along a jetty and loaded onto barges. Kamsar is located on the river Nunez some 17 km from the open sea and is inaccessible for the world’s largest vessels. The ore will be trans-shipped to ocean-going vessels at a floating transfer point.EGA is also building the UAE’s first alumina refinery at Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi. First alumina is expected during the first half of 2019. Al Taweelah alumina refinery is expected to meet 40% of EGA’s alumina needs once full ramp-up is achieved.EGA has signed an agreement with Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée for the supply of bauxite for Al Taweelah alumina refinery.GAC is also investing to support communities near its operations in Guinea, opening community health centres, installing water wells, building schools, providing adult literacy and vocational training, and assisting with agricultural development.last_img read more

Company in business over 75 years to close with 47 job losses

first_imgTHE WEXFORD BASED company Irish Driver-Harris is to close its doors after 75 years in business, resulting in 47 people losing their jobs.The company manufactures electric cables in New Ross, supplying the construction industry around the world.Worldwide suppliersIrish Driver-Harris supplied cable in Ireland, UK, Northern and Central Europe, Middle East, Far East and North America and has supplied cable to various high profile landmarks all over the world, such as the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.Some workers have been working with the company for more than 40 years. It is believed that unions representing some of the employees are due to meet today to discuss the situation.Read: The Liberties chosen as site for new €10 million whiskey distillery>Read: More jobs for Cork as digital research firm opens European HQ>last_img read more

Windows 8 has a highend PC user interface called Wind

first_imgBefore the dust has even settled on Windows 7, Winrumours, via the Italian Windows8italia site, has discovered that Microsoft’s next-gen OS will be 32-bit and 64-bit with two separate interfaces. The main interface will be codenamed “Wind” and will initially only support high-end notebooks and desktop PCs with dedicated video cards with at least 170MB of video memory. Wind’s interface will only activate on 64-bit copies of Windows 8 and will be fully 3D compatible.The report also revealed that the OS will be dynamic meaning that it can adapt to user’s habits, so icons and shortcuts will adapt to what you are doing and help speed up operation of daily tasks. Additionally Window 8 will feature deep cloud integration and deploy a fast hibernation system which takes around three to six seconds to save all open documents and running tasks.Of course these are all rumors at the moment, but the speculation followed due to a recent release of one of NVIDIA’s Quadro 265 drivers which referenced a new kernel that mentions Windows 8:NVIDIA Windows Vista / 7 / 8 (64 bit) Display INF fileDiskID1 = NVIDIA Windows Vista / 7 / 8 (64 bit) Driver Library Installation Disk 1 NVIDIA_WIN8 = NVIDIA Next year should reveal more news on when the beta version of the operating system will appear, with our initial predictions of a 2012 release date for the finished product.Read more at Winrumourslast_img read more

LCD on the front EInk on the back Handson the dualscreen Yotaphone

first_imgWhen someone says “smartphone” but doesn’t mention a specific model, it’s pretty easy to come up with a mental image. While there are subtle differences between them, most smartphones right now are flat slabs of black plastic and glass. Yota has opted to try and offer a unique perspective on how a smartphone should work with their YotaPhone prototypes.Having been in development for almost a year now, and soon entering the final stages before mass production, the YotaPhone was built by mobile industry veterans who have spent most of their time on the other side of the fence. Yota has been producing mobile radios for broadcast over the last few years, including many WiMax receivers. In the past, Yota has worked with HTC in including their technologies in consumer products, but have now stepped out into their own smartphone. In an attempt to make sure the phone stands out, however, the company has seen fit to equip the phone with both a LCD display and an E-Ink display on the back.Yotaphone’s slightly curved plastic frame sports Gorilla Glass on both sides. On the front of the phone you have an average quality LCD display, while on the back you have the E-Ink display. This black and white display is designed to serve many purposes. The first is to act as a notification tray for when your phone screen is off. When a notification arrives, the display updates with the notification and it sits in plain view while consuming very little power. APIs are available for developers interested in pushing their own content to the display, as well as a few features that Yota has made themselves.The phone has special gestures that allow you to effectively send a screenshot of the color display any time you need. If you’re a more creative type, you can send whatever image you choose as the wallpaper on your E-Ink display when it is not in use.The phone includes a few other curious design choices. The Android navigation panel, for example, have been replaced by a touch sensitive area off the screen for gestures. Instead of pushing the home button, you swipe from right to left and the phone goes home. To use the app switching feature you just hold your finger in the middle of this area and the function will become active. The same gesture are exists on the back of the phone as well, and it is used for some basic controls over what is displayed on the back of the phone. If you want to switch to the last image, for example, you use the same swipe gesture on the back of the phone from left to right and the screen will update and move to the next screen on the list.The SIM slot and camera are interesting as well. Yota has combined the power button and the SIM tray slot into a single area. If you want to wake the phone, you just press in on the SIM tray and it will wake the phone. When you need to remove your SIM, the pinhole button will eject the tray and make the power button unusable until you replace the tray. Even with the tray in, the power button is flush with the phone which makes it hard to press unless you are staring right at the button.The camera on the Yotaphone is actually at the bottom of the screen, instead of the top. When asked about this design decision, Yotaphone CEO Vlad Martynov explained that most users rotate their phones landscape to take photos, and the placement didn’t affect users who shot photos this way.None of the specs that make up the current Yotaphone prototype are expected to be relevant in the final build of the product. The prototypes that were used in this hands-on were early reference models, designed to show off the E-Ink display and the form factor. Mr. Martynov explained that the production versions of the phone will have a processor that was on par with current generation hardware, but wouldn’t commit to official specs.As a concept, the E-Ink display on the Yotaphone is well done. As a low power alternative to the notification tray, it is an exciting idea. Having gesture areas in the same place on the phone as well as the camera placement means you have to be careful about how you hold the phone and whether or not you’ve got fingerprints all over your camera. If you look past the gesture areas, Yotaphone is an Android 4.1 phone with a clever twist, but the final specs and pricing have a lot to do with whether or not the phone makes it off the shelf.Read more about the YotaphonePhotography by Chris Sewelllast_img read more

Ridgefield man killed in threecar crash on I205 onramp

first_imgA Ridgefield man died in a three-vehicle crash as he was pulling onto southbound Interstate 205 in Vancouver Thursday afternoon, when he was rear-ended by another vehicle as traffic slowed for ducks in the roadway.According to the Washington State Patrol, the driver, Michael R. Felton, 51, was turning south from Mill Plain Boulevard westbound shortly before 12:30 p.m., as were John R. Mead, 53, of Portland, and Lorie A. Pattee, 61, of Dexter, Ore.Troopers said Pattee had stopped for ducks in the roadway. Felton was slowing down behind her when Mead’s pickup rear-ended Felton’s sedan.The impact sent Felton’s car into Pattee’s, the state patrol said.Felton died at the scene. An ambulance took Pattee to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for her injuries. Her condition was unavailable Thursday evening.Mead was unhurt, according to the state patrol.The state patrol blamed inattention on Mead’s part for the crash, but said it was still under investigation.last_img read more

Stronger Protocols for food safety coming for TCI says Minister Ewing

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Apr 2015 – As the planet marks World Health Day today, the Department of Environmental Health and Department of Agriculture teamed up for a food safety workshop; this time on the island of South Caicos. The Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Premier Rufus Ewing explained that this theme selected by the WHO is fitting and advised that the country will see stronger protocols for food safety: “…commitment to food safety and the protection of the health of our population will be further demonstrated in the tabling of a food safety bill to the House of Assembly within the next few weeks. This food safety legislation, once enacted will strengthen our capacity to educate and certify food handlers in the safe production and preparation of food, the early detection of potentially contaminated foods and rapid interventions thereby reducing the risk of illness, death and major disease outbreaks that can have devastating health and economic consequences.” According to the World Health Organization, unsafe food and water are linked to the deaths of an estimated two million people annually, including children. Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:food safety, premier rufus ewing, world health day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

JAST commended for contribution to sugar industry

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, November 8, 2016 – The Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists (JAST) has been commended for its contribution to the sustainable development of the sugar industry over the last 79 years.Addressing the opening of the 79th Annual Conference of JAST at the Riu Hotel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on November 3, Mr. Samuda said the association continues to play a fundamental role in endorsing technology in the industry. “I want to congratulate the Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologists for having survived over these many years and for the tremendous and significant contributions you have made to the development and survival of the sugar-cane industry. Your role is, therefore, critical as we seek to reposition the sugar industry,” the Minister said.Mr. Samuda emphasized that now more than ever, the efforts of JAST must be doubled in order to save the industry. “We are grappling with the challenges that confront Jamaica’s sugar industry every day and now we have to position not only the existing players in the industry, but we have to introduce new ones. We must also seek to make the industry very attractive for new investments,” the Minister said.He pointed out that the sugar industry is the second largest employer of workers in the country, hence it cannot be allowed to die. “Because of this high level of integration and the fact that the industry is so integral to people’s lives and livelihood, we must remain committed to its success and so ensure its viability,” Mr. Samuda told the large group of participating members of the farming community.He informed that efforts at reforming the sugar industry were successful, as the Government assumed temporary operations of the Long Pond Factory in Trelawny and immediately initiated plans to attract new investment for the industry in that parish. The Minister invited investors, both local and foreign, to come forward and take part in the sugar industry.last_img read more

Humane Society for Southwest Washington names Graham executive director president

first_imgStacey Graham has been named the executive director and president of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.Graham began Feb. 4. She takes over for Stacey Waddell, who was involved with the Humane Society for nearly five years and served as interim director for more than a year. Spokeswoman Erin Griffin said she could not release Graham’s salary.Graham is former chief strategy officer at First Independent Bank and a former executive at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.last_img

Local events pay tribute to military veterans

first_imgThe community’s annual Veterans Day ceremony shifts to a new location Monday, with an 11 a.m. observance at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St.Monday’s ceremony, presented by the nonprofit Community Military Appreciation Committee, will be one of several events over the next few days honoring our nation’s veterans.The local commemorations range from federal programs to hometown thank-you lunches.Fort Vancouver High School is marking the weekend with a salute to a century of service by students who attended Fort and its forerunner, Vancouver High. A display of 58 steel crosses honors 58 students who have died in conflicts dating back to World War I.Those WWI casualties would have attended Vancouver High, which opened in 1913 at 26th and Main streets. When Fort Vancouver opened in the 1950s, it inherited the Trapper name and other elements of VHS heritage, said Dave Richards, whose welding students built and installed the commemorative steel crosses.The events:• Saturday parade.The Fort Vancouver National Trust is hosting the 27th Annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the east end of Officers Row at East Reserve Street.last_img read more

Reports Of A Suspected Overdose Victim At The Kenai Airport

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Fire Department and Kenai Police Department are responding to the Kenai Airport for the report of an individual found unconscious in the bathroom of the upstairs bar.Update:Sergeant Alex Prins with the Kenai Police Department said that the police are investigating a suspected drug overdose.Updated information:According to reports- the initial call to police was for the report of a deceased individual found- upon arrival Kenai Police determined the individual had a pulse and began life saving measures.The individual has been transported to Central Peninsula Hospital and receiving medical attention.Original Story:Limited details are known at this time. According to on-scene sources the individual was found in the bathroom of the Upper Deck Bar.Responders and emergency personal are currently on scene investigating the incident. Details regarding the individual are not known at this time. Updates will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

Monetizing Digital Editions Can AutoServed Ads Work

first_imgAs adoption of digital editions grows, so too do the attempts to monetize those editions. The publishers of Used Boat Watch, a new buyer’s guide published on the Blue Toad platform, said the digital edition is generating just shy of $1,000 per page on its listings and that advertisers seem to be willing to pay about 10 percent of what they pay for print ads.Another digital magazine platform, iMirus, is rolling out iMirus Dynamic Ads, a service that automatically serves ads from online ad networks into the digital edition, potentially creating additional revenue for the publisher. The program is generating interest among iMirus clients, but other vendors in this space claim to offer similar services and question whether the CPMs and type of ads generated by an auto-serve system are worth it for publishers. How it WorksThe iMirus Dynamic Ads program delivers advertising to digital editions in three ways: IAB-compliant ads can be pulled from ad networks and placed in the digital edition; ads can be pulled from the publisher’s Web site and delivered to the digital edition via an invocation code that determines placement; and publishers can upload ads directly into iMirus’ AdBox server. The dynamically served ads can run as a leader board on top of a page within the digital edition or flow directly into a new page.For ads culled from ad networks, iMirus splits a revenue percentage with the ad network and then shares 50 percent of the remainder with the publisher. For ads sold by the publisher and then either pulled from the Web site or placed directly into AdBox, iMirus takes a $2.00 CPM service charge. “Publishers may ask, ‘If I’m selling the ad, why should I share the revenue?’” said president and CEO Chris Riggs. “We’re providing a vehicle to extend more ad impressions that the publisher otherwise wouldn’t have.” So far, iMirus has one client—Business Traveler—committed to using the Dynamic Ads program with its next issue with interest from others. What About CPMs? Other vendors in the hyper-competitive digital magazine space say they offer similar services for auto-served ads but advise publishers to be aware that the CPMs generated with auto-delivery aren’t typically impressive and that they should instead focus on package buys, sponsored issues and ads sold directly into the issue. “IAB or other sized ‘inserted ads’ are another way to increase revenue and weoffer this too,” said Cimarron Buser, Texterity’s senior vice president of marketing and business development. One of Texterity’s clients, Driver’s Republic, features IAB ad units served inside the digital edition; another, Chain Store Age, has ads served “around” the digital edition with IAB units such as leaderboards and skyscrapers. “But the CPMs are typically lower,” Buser said. “If you get a $10.00 CPM with a dynamically served ad, I’m impressed. If it’s $1.00 or $2.00, I’d say that’s more like it.” Nxtbook has demoed similar technology in its media kit but questions whether dynamic ads are a good fit for publishers. “The ad network medium is one that relies on CPMs, yet the one area where digital magazines usually fail against Web sites is in CPMs,” said Nxtbook marketing director Marcus Grimm. “Digital magazines deliver engagement time and click-throughs better than Web sites, but not CPM’s. It’s like putting snow tires on a Ferrari and wondering why it doesn’t perform in the snow. We do have many publishers that are curious about using the technology, but they want to use it for their own niche advertisers so they can charge premium rates and track the ads. Giving up that space to an ad network is a great way to give up ‘digital dollars’ for ‘digital dimes,’ in my experience.”Riggs said there is a big difference between the earning potential of ads pulled from networks and those sold directly by the publisher. “CPMs for ads from the ad network are most likely between $1.00 and $5.00,” he said. “If the distribution of the digital edition is not that high, it won’t create the page impressions which create ad impressions that generate revenue. If you’re looking at a typical cost of say, $1,000 per issue, you would need a certain open rate and number of impressions to generate a high enough CPM to at least break even. But publishers that have the ability to sell bundled packages or sell directly into the digital edition should realize CPMs anywhere between $10 and $15.” And that requires publishers to change the way they look at their digital edition, according to Riggs. “Most publishers look at their digital edition as a cost center when they should look at it as a profit center,” he said. “Some publishers really don’t know how to get their arms around the ad selling end of this. We’re trying to help provide a framework for what to sell and how to sell.”last_img read more

Breaking Eoin Morgan brutalises Afghanistan with a world record 17 sixesfilled innings

first_imgReutersEoin Morgan unleashed a brutal assault on the Afghanistan bowling attack by playing a blistering innings of 148 off just 71 balls. But what distinguished the knock were the 17 sixes that the English captain hit – the world record for most sixes in an innings by a batsman. The sheer brutality of the assault by Morgan had to be seen to be believed. Targeting the area from square leg to long off, he picked off Afghan bowlers with utter contempt and lack of mercy. His hundred came off just 57 deliveries, the fastest by an English batsman in World Cups, overtaking the mark set by Jos Buttler earlier in the tournament. Along with 17 sixes, Morgan managed just 4 fours, a testament to his desire for hitting maximums and clearing the ropes.last_img read more

Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church Celebrates Red Dress Sunday

first_imgGillis Memorial Christian Community Church is celebrating Red Dress Sunday on Feb. 12 at the 9:30 a.m. service. Come, be educated and share your support. Red Dress Sunday is an faith-based health education and outreach program designed to raise awareness of the devastating effects of heart disease. For more information visit or call the church at (410) 466-2800. Gillis Memorial is located at 4016 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Md. 21215.(Google Photo)last_img

Costa Rica The Quiz How much has your adopted country changed you

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica, The Quiz: How much has your adopted country changed you? A love letter to Costa Rica’s second language The real secret of the world’s happiest country: grapes and MacGyver The bird who rules Costa Rica, and the language of rain See also: You can’t speak Spanish without huevosWhat’s the sound of one hand clapping?In Costa Rica, it’s a delicious little snap-snap-snap made by holding the hand nice and limp and flicking it from the wrist in a rapid, practiced way that makes the fingers smack together. Together, the gesture and snapping sound have a range of meaning roughly located where hilarity and astonishment overlap – in the neighborhood of, depending on the context, “Ooooh, close call!” or “Ooooh, you got TOLD!” or “Ooooh, no WAY!” Ever since my first foray into Costa Rican culture I’ve tried, and failed, to do it properly, and no dice. I guess my fingers, like my hips, are just genetically stiff, immobilized by more New England ice than a decade of tropical sun has been able to melt.When a person (or action, or neighborhood) is overly influenced by the United States, he or she or it is agringado/a. And while Gringos are generally met with benevolent tolerance or even affection in many parts of Costa Rica, agringado is not a compliment, betraying as it does an unfaithfulness to one’s roots. Certainly, U.S. culture is like a highly contagious disease here, peppering the landscape with Mickey Ds and the language with little bullet holes of Spanglish.But there are many foreigners who swim against the tide. We become, and actively seek to become, the opposite of agringado. We are the costarriqueñados, so to speak, and proud to be that way. We relish our little achievements, swapping our stories with our friends the way a Girl Scout might show off her badges. So I thought it was high time we had a little formal measure of our Costa Rican-ness, similar to the famous polómetro, a quiz that tells you how polo/a (a word often translated as tacky, but with some of the stigma and connotations of white trash) you are – do you have a CD hanging from your rearview mirror? Do you blare music from your cellphone in your pants pocket as you walk down the street? Here, thanks to many friends who sent me suggestions, is a special quiz for those of us who live in, or have lived in, Costa Rica.This is inevitably imperfect, incomplete, and full of generalizations. To paraphrase the Bard, if what follows should offend, think but this, mae: It was written with love and admiration. Picture a whole bunch of Gringos sitting around, unsuccessfully snapping their hands, trying to join the club.THE COSTARRIQUEÑADO QUIZDouble points on EVERY QUESTION if you no longer live in Costa Rica (because in that case your continuing devotion to these habits demonstrates extra commitment).Section 1. Transportation-Have you done any of the following within the past week? Emitted a preventive automatic honk as you approached an intersection at full speed (5 points). Used your hand extended through the window, as driver or passenger, to signal another driver (5 points). Ridden three to a bike (10 points). Ridden home on a skateboard while holding onto the back of a bus (50 points, but also, what would your mother say if she could see you doing that? Stop that immediately!).-Is a stop sign an indication that you should slow down (1 point)? A meaningless roadside decoration (5 points)? Or an indication to come to a full stop while looking both ways (subtract 20 points)?-Is passing on a double yellow line acceptable in certain situations (1 point)? Illegal (subtract 10 points)? What is this “double yellow line” of which you speak (20 bonus points)?-Can you describe the life story of the busker on the last bus you took (10 points)?-One point if you give your home address in reference to another point. Five if that other point is a bar. Ten if it is a plant or tree of some kind. Twenty if it is something that no longer exists.-One point for every minute in your last cab ride before the taxista s Uber driver asked you where you were from.Section 2. In the kitchen-Five points if you put ice in your beer. Double if you if you also do it on visits to your home country, occasioning horrified looks. Triple if you are also British or German.-Five points if you have personally prepared any of the following during the past month: gallo pinto, olla de carne, your own chilera.-Leche Pinito is: A) Powdered milk (0 points). B) A national treasure (5 points). C) Something you have carried across international borders to give as gifts (15 points).-You have eaten a tamal (1 point). You have helped make them (5 points). You have organized, directed and executed the tamal-making (500 points and honorary citizenship). You’ve done all this using a woodstove (1,000 points and would you please have us over next time?).-You drink your coffee: A) With food, always. Otherwise it’s café con lengua and completely sin gracia (5 points). B) You don’t drink coffee (subtract 25 points). C) In a to-go cup while walking down the street (subtract 50 points).-You make your coffee using a chorreador (5 points).-You keep your eggs on the counter instead of the fridge (5 points). Double if you bought them from the egg man. Triple if you and the egg man are on a first-name basis.Section 3. Gestures and Language-Quick! Without thinking, pronounce the following: Imperial, rice and beans, Popeyes, ice. Five points for each word you automatically pronounced como Dios manda: imperiAL, RICE-an-beans, Pop-EY-ess (three syllables, middle one rhymes with hey). Ten points if you pronounced ice, EEE-say (yes, I wrote it in lowercase letters, but we’re setting the bar high).-One point for every way you can spell Michael Jordan.-When you want to signal someone to come here, do you wave your hand in a downward fashion (10 points), make a “ssst! sst!” sound (also 10 points), or beckon (subtract 5 points)?-Two points each if you regularly use any of the following sounds: O-pa, Upe!, Uuuuuuy!, jueeeee….-Five points if, when texting, you write Jajaja instead of Hahaha.-Do you regularly use any of the following gestures? Sliding one hand quickly out of the other (let’s go!), the one-handed finger snap described earlier (10 points each).-If you correctly use vos, 15 points. Exclusively usted, 10 points. Tú, subtract 10 points (yes, there is a pro-tuteo movement in Costa Rica, and if you can convincingly describe said movement, you can have your points back, although in defense of national linguistic idiosyncrasy we won’t reward you any additional points).-Five points each if, on visits home, you have unwittingly spoken in Spanish to a non-Spanish-speaking and very confused taxi driver or waiter. Double if you did this to a family member.Section 4. Miscellany-Complete the following phrase: Verás a tu pueblo valiente y viril, la… (10 points).-Five points each if you have been to any of the following: a rezo, a ride on the Tagada, a bullfight. Triple if you have been inside the bullring (and please see the comment for riding your skateboard behind a bus).-Twenty points if you have a toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse/backpack/office desk drawer right now.-One point for every member of the 2014 Men’s National Team you can name. Five points for every member of the 1990 Men’s National Team you can name. If you need clarification as to which sport, subtract 100 points.-Five points if you kiss your female Gringa friends on the cheek (or friends from whatever your country/culture of origin, if it is non-cheek-kissing).-Five points if you automatically clear your agenda for the day whenever you have a trámite of any kind.-Subtract 20 points for any of the following: Walking through downtown San José dressed as if for a Chirripó hike. Punctuality. Drinking tropical drinks with little umbrellas at the beach (unless done occasionally with a sense of deep irony). Wearing a Hawaiian or Pura Vida Imperial shirt. Speaking Spanish with other Gringos unnecessarily (very good for language development but generally intolerable after initial entry).-You know you’re not going to add up the points at the end because that’s just too obsessive-compulsive for you. Mae, qué pereza (25 points).Your score: 0-50 points – Don’t give up your first passport just yet. 50-100 points – Intermediate pura vida. Over 100 points – Mae, mas Tico que el Güipipía. (My score: 100. I have a ways to go.)More importantly, what did we leave out? Let me know! Facebook Commentscenter_img Originally published on Feb. 2, 2015. Read previous Maeology columns here.Katherine Stanley Obando is the editor of The Tico Times and the author of “Love in Translation: Letters to My Costa Rican Daughter,” a book of essays about motherhood, Costa Rica’s unique street slang, bicultural parenting, and the ups and downs of living abroad. She lives in San José. 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Late Bee Gee Robin Gibb hailed in Britain

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Comments Share BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, who has covered the music scene for decades, said the Bee Gees have left an enduring musical legacy.“The Bee Gees are second only to (John) Lennon and (Paul) McCartney as the most successful songwriting unit in British popular music,” he said. “Their accomplishments have been monumental. Not only have they written their own number one hits, but they wrote huge hit records for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion, Destiny’s Child, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. The list goes on and on.”Gibb was also committed to helping the Bomber Command Association establish a memorial for the veterans.“Without his devoted support and commitment we would not be where we are today,” the group said in a statement Monday. “It is a tragedy that Robin will not see the finished article. But Robin did his bit for all who served in Bomber Command and on the behalf of the veterans and the relatives of those who died in World War II, we would simply like to say, thank you.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressLONDON (AP) – One day after he succumbed to cancer, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was hailed in his native Britain Monday as a master musician whose interests went far beyond the recording studio.The distinctive singer, who wrote and arranged numerous hits for other major artists, was also recognized for his work on behalf of British veterans and his interests in politics, history and the Titanic.Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, a longtime friend of Gibb, said the singer had a “wonderful open and fertile mind” and offered condolences to Gibb’s widow, Dwina, and their family. Top Stories “Robin was not only an exceptional and extraordinary musician and songwriter, he was a highly intelligent, interested and committed human being,” Blair said.Gibb suffered a lengthy illness and had appeared extremely gaunt in his rare public appearances during the last year. He was forced to cancel most of his engagements after he suffered an alarming weight loss and required emergency intestinal surgery.He did find the energy, however, to compose “The Titanic Requiem” with the help of his son, RJ. But Gibb lapsed into a coma and was too sick to attend the gala premiere last month.The classical composition about the loss of the Titanic marked a new direction for the multi-talented Gibb, who along with his brothers Barry and Maurice created an enduring performing and songwriting team.Casual listeners knew them best for the innovative disco sound they created with the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, but music industry insiders viewed the brothers Gibb as extremely versatile music makers. Songs they wrote for other artists include “Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, “Heartbreaker” by Dionne Warwick and “Woman in Love” by Barbra Streisand.last_img read more