As winter’s cold temperatures continue across the U.S., award-winning actor Taraji P. Henson is heating things up with a steamy new PETA campaign, in which she appears dressed in a short gossamer gown and a pair of synthetic, cruelty-free wings next to the words “Be an Angel for Animals.”The ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Don Flood, goes on to stress that “chained dogs suffer day in and day out. They are cold, hungry, thirsty, vulnerable, and lonely. Keep them inside, where it’s safe and warm.”As part of the winter campaign, Henson also appeared in a video that encourages people to sponsor PETA doghouses for dogs in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina — where some dogs have no shelter at all — and sat down for an exclusive interview, in which she opened up about her costar in the campaign, her beloved dog, Uncle Willie. “I never thought that I could be so in love with an animal until I had Willie,” she says. “He’s our family. … He’s just the best companion. Dogs to me are like children … they’re the closest thing to God. They’re so pure in their love, and all they do is aim to please.” Henson also discusses her rewarding experiences volunteering at animal shelters with her son.Dogs who spend their lives at the end of a chain ache for companionship and have to endure all weather extremes, including frightening thunderstorms, bitter cold, and blistering summer heat. They are also often deprived of basic veterinary care. Chaining dogs poses a safety risk as well: Chained dogs become aggressively protective of their tiny territories, and hundreds of people—mostly children—have been mauled and even killed after wandering within reach of chained dogs or encountering dogs who had broken free from chains.This is Henson’s second campaign with PETA. She first posed nude in the organization’s famed “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign to protest the cruel fur trade.
TORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Never-ending NAFTA: The seventh round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations commence in Mexico City on Monday, where fallout from the recently signed Trans-Pacific Partnership is likely to cause tension. Ottawa has said TPP is likely to curb U.S. imports into Canada by $3.3 billion, mainly in automotive products, a gap U.S. negotiators may seek to close in a renegotiated NAFTA deal.Canada’s first feminist budget: Finance Minister Bill Morneau tables the federal budget on Tuesday, which will feature the economic success of women and gender equality as major themes. A briefing note prepared for Morneau estimates that closing the labour-market participation gap between women and men by half over 15 years would raise the country’s potential long-term economic growth by an average of 0.25 percentage points per year over that period.Banks look to the black: BMO, Scotiabank and TD are all set to release first-quarter results this week. While analysts expect one-time writedowns due to a reduction of deferred tax assets south of the border, the broader picture for the banks looks sunnier thanks to U.S. tax reform and higher interest rates, although domestic mortgage demand and ongoing tensions over NAFTA could cloud the long-term outlook.Valeant earnings: Valeant Pharmaceuticals discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday. A U.S. District Court judge gave Canada’s largest publicly traded drug company preliminary approval in January for a $368-million settlement of lawsuits stemming from the unsuccessful attempted hostile takeover in 2014 of Botox maker Allergan Inc.Have you checked the mail room? Bakery goods and grocery giant George Weston releases fourth-quarter and year-end results on Friday. The CEO of rival grocer Sobeys said earlier this month that George Weston and Loblaw Companies “should keep checking the mailroom” for upcoming legal action after they implicated Sobeys in an alleged industry-wide bread price-fixing scheme that goes “right to the heart of the trust” between Canadians and their grocers.
The four-member Board of Inquiry, led by Ian Martin of the United Kingdom, began its work in New York today and is expected to travel to the region shortly, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The body will review and investigate several incidents in the Gaza Strip between 27 December 2008 and 19 January 2009 and “in which death or injuries occurred at, and/or damage was done to, United Nations premises or in the course of United Nations operations,” it noted.The Secretary-General said that he expects that all parties will fully cooperate with the Board, which also comprises Larry Johnson of the United States, Sinha Basnayake of Sri Lanka and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Eichenberger of Switzerland.Upon completing its investigation, the Board will report to Mr. Ban, who will then, upon reviewing the findings, decide what steps to take. 12 February 2009A United Nations investigation into events incidents involving death and damage at the world body’s premises in Gaza during Israel’s recent three-week offensive kicked off today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
12 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will make a one-day visit to Haiti on Sunday, his second to the Caribbean country since the 12 January earthquake, his spokesperson announced today. While in the capital, Port-au-Prince, Mr. Ban will meet with President René Préval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, as well as with the leadership of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and UN agencies working on the ground, Martin Nesirky told reporters. The Secretary-General will also visit a camp housing some of the estimated 1.2 million people displaced by the 7.0-magnitude quake.Meanwhile, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has announced that the $1.44 billion revised humanitarian appeal for Haiti is only 49 per cent funded. Two months after the earthquake, the humanitarian work is picking up speed, OCHA noted, with more than 4.3 million people having received food assistance, 1.2 million people receiving daily water distributions, and more than 300,000 children and adults vaccinated against a range of infectious diseases, including measles, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.Despite the progress made, emergency shelter and sanitation remain the main priorities ahead of the rainy season. Emergency shelter materials have been distributed to more than 650,000 people who comprise about 56 per cent of those left homeless by the quake. Preparations are now starting on two sites identified by the Government for the relocation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from high-risk settlement sites. The first site for relocation will have its official inauguration tomorrow. Planning for longer-term shelter has brought on a new challenge. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Haiti is deforested and the necessary timber to create transitional shelter for up to 500,000 people for two years will have to be imported with support from the international community.On sanitation, 3,673 latrines of the required 13,000 latrines have been installed, but there are space problems due to debris in the streets, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which is leading the sanitation effort.Millions of tons of debris from fallen buildings – not just concrete, but plastic, metal and clothing – need to be cleared.The traditional system of separating trash by hand in Haiti has raised concerns about contamination from healthcare waste given the burst in medical activity. “It is estimated that the volume of healthcare waste had tripled,” Andrew Morton, UNEP Programme Manager in Haiti, told a news conference in Geneva.UNEP has brought in a large number of containers for segregation of waste, and purchased additional fuel for trash incineration. The World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned about the increased risk of water-borne diseases with the upcoming start of the rainy season. Malaria cases had already started to increase, WHO spokesperson Paul Garwood told the same briefing. Aid officials are also concerned about an expected increase in malnourished children due to the current living conditions and the start of the rainy season.An estimated 500,000 children under five year of age and approximately 200,000 pregnant women or with infants had been affected by the earthquake, according to UNICEF.The agency is working with WHO and other partners to send mobile psychosocial teams to speak with families in settlements throughout the region. The therapeutic activities include the traditional Haitian concept of “lakou,” a place where families gather and chat.Comprehensive psychosocial first aid is expected for some 150,000 individuals and follow-up counselling for up to 10,000 distressed individuals over the next five months.In addition to counselling, aid officials hope that going to school will help normalize the lives of some children. Some 1,400 tents are being set up for approximately 200,000 children to start attending school in a shift system starting on 1 April.
Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Wednesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Wed Tue 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2794 1.2920 1.3273 1.3030 British Pound 1.6487 1.6610 1.6632 1.7267 Japanese Yen 0.0113 0.0113 0.0122 0.0124 Euro in U.S. 1.1422 1.1435 1.0658 1.1062 Euro in Cdn 1.4613 1.4774 1.4147 1.4414Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada
Halliburton 4Q tops Wall Street expectations; sees number of rigs declining slightly in 2013 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HOUSTON – Halliburton’s net income for the fourth quarter fell 26 per cent because of a decline in North America, where drilling activity slowed and the company has been forced to charge lower prices for its services.Still, the results beat Wall Street expectations and shares rose 5 per cent.The world’s second-largest oilfield services company earned $669 million, or 72 cents per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31. That’s down from $906 million, or 98 cents per share, a year ago. But excluding one-time items, earnings were 67 cents per share, 6 cents above the forecast of analysts surveyed by FactSet.Halliburton is a major provider of the pressure-pumping technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which has enable drilling companies to unlock vast supplies oil and natural gas from underground shale deposits in the U.S. Natural gas production in the U.S. rose by about 20 per cent between 2007 and 2011, according to the Energy Department. Halliburton’s revenue rose more than 60 per cent in that same period.But now supplies of gas are plentiful and the price has dropped sharply. Natural gas futures prices averaged about $2.83 per 1,000 cubic feet in 2012, down from $4.03 in 2011. The number of rigs drilling for natural gas has fallen off, and some of Halliburton’s pressure-pumping equipment is sitting idle, although a boom in oil drilling in North Dakota and Texas has offset some of the slump in the natural gas business.Halliburton’s North American operating income fell 58 per cent. Schlumberger, the world’s biggest oilfield services company, was able to offset the decline in drilling on land with increased revenue in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, Schlumberger has bigger operations overseas.While Halliburton had traditionally kept its focus closer to home, it is looking increasingly abroad. And it’s expertise in the epicenter of hydraulic fracturing could give the company cache in countries desperate to use the same technology to ease their energy dependence.During the fourth quarter, revenue rose in Latin American, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.Overall revenue increased 3 per cent in the quarter to $7.29 billion from $7.06 billion. Halliburton said the quarterly revenue performance was the highest in its history.Halliburton’s stock rose $1.91, or 5 per cent, to close at $39.72 Friday.“The company’s international growth strategy continued to benefit the top and bottom lines,” said Scott Gruber, an analyst with Bernstein Research. “In fact, following spectacular 20 per cent (year-over-year) revenue growth abroad and 39 per cent income growth, Halliburton generated 57 per cent of its income abroad.”While the final quarter of the year was exceptionally slow, company officials indicate the environment in North America will remain subdued this year.“In 2013, we anticipate the North America rig count will improve from fourth quarter levels but will be down slightly compared to 2012,” said Chairman and CEO Dave Lesar in a statement.For the year, the Houston company earned $2.64 billion, or $2.84 per share. In the prior year it earned $2.84 billion, or $3.08 per share.Earnings from continuing operations were $2.78 per share.Annual revenue rose 15 per cent to $28.5 billion from $24.83 billion. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2013 6:30 pm MDT
President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and several Government ministers were detained on Wednesday by elements of the Régiment de sécurité présidentielle while they were at a meeting in the capital, Ouagadougou.“The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the coup d’état in Burkina Faso. He reiterates that all Burkinabé officials under detention must be released immediately and demands the resumption of the country’s political transition, in accordance with Burkina Faso’s Constitution and Transitional Charter,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.“The Secretary-General deplores the violence reported in the country and calls on the Burkinabé defence and security forces to exercise restraint and ensure respect for the human rights and security of all Burkinabé citizens. Those responsible for the coup d’état and its consequences must be held accountable.”High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement that he is “extremely concerned” at the military coup in Burkina Faso. “The arrest and detention of the President, the Prime Minister and two ministers of the Transitional Government by members of the Presidential Security Regiment is unacceptable.”He stressed that the detainees should be treated with dignity and humanity, and released immediately. “I also urge the coup leaders to avoid any use of force, particularly in the context of anti-coup demonstrations, and to respect the rights of the population to demonstrate peacefully.” The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, is presently in Ouagadougou and working closely with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and other international partners to support and safeguard the transition in Burkina Faso.The UN, ECOWAS and AU issued a joint statement in which they demanded that the defense and security forces submit themselves to the political authority and in the current context, to the transitional authorities. They also reiterate their full support to the transition in this crucial period ahead of the elections scheduled for 11 October, and reaffirmed their determination to support the national authorities to ensure the successful completion of the transition process.The members of the Security Council, in a statement issued to the press, condemned the detention “in the strongest terms” and demanded that the leaders be released safely and immediately. “The members of the Security Council expressed their strong support to the transitional authorities of Burkina Faso and urged all actors to comply with the transitional calendar, notably the holding of free, fair and credible elections, scheduled for 11 October 2015.” Meanwhile, the Security Council, which was briefed on the latest developments by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman in a closed-door meeting, issued a statement to the press in which it strongly condemned “the unconstitutional and forceful seizure of power.”“The members of the Security Council urged the perpetrators to restore constitutional order and return power to the civilian transitional authorities without delay,” said the statement.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin and his wife Lyudmila have announced their divorce after three decades of marriage, in a stunning revelation that ended years of speculation about their union.The pair, who have two daughters in their late 20s, made the announcement side-by-side in a joint interview with state television after watching a ballet performance inside the Kremlin.Persistent rumours have swirled for years around Putin’s marriage and even alleged mistresses but until now there has been a total taboo over discussing his private life in mainstream Russian media.“It was a joint decision,” Putin said in the interview with Rossia-24 television which appeared to have been carefully choreographed in advance. “We are always going to be very close to each other. I am sure, forever.”“Our marriage is over, really because of the fact that we practically never see each other,” added Lyudmila, who has been almost invisible in public in recent years.“It really was our joint decision. Vladimir Vladimirovich is completely drowned in work, our children have grown up and they are living their own lives,” said Lyudmila.“I really do not like publicity. Flights are difficult for me and we practically do not see each other,” she added.Standing ‘in guard’Putin echoed that, unlike him, Lyudmila deeply disliked publicity and praised her for her devotion in “standing guard” for so many years.“We have very good relations,” said Lyudmila. “I am very grateful to Vladimir Vladimirovich that he still supports me. And the children, he really cares for them. And the children feel this.”“You can say it is a civilised divorce,” she added.Putin also rejected rumours that their daughters Maria and Ekaterina were living abroad. “They received their education in Russia and live in Russia all the time,” he said.The pair made the revelation after together watching the classical ballet “Esmeralda” performed by the State Kremlin Ballet company at the State Kremlin Palace.The ballet, a rarity in the West but popular in Russia, is based on Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and tells the story of the hunchback Quasimodo’s hopeless love for the gypsy Esmeralda.Bizarrely, the state television journalist asked the pair about the ballet before daring to pop the big question about divorce. Putin praised the ballet as “perfect, great music, production, performance.”His spokesman Dmitry Peskov, contacted by AFP, confirmed the divorce. In the interview, neither Putin, 60, nor Lyudmila, believed to be 55, gave any clues over their current private situations.- © AFP, 2013
Feb 7th 2017, 7:51 PM 1 Comment We’ll Leave It There So: Erasmus denies Springboks link, Leicester back Ranieri and today’s sport Meanwhile, it’s been a busy day in the Fitzgibbon Cup. Short URL Adam Lallama 😂 pic.twitter.com/bkBBX5ouf9— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) February 7, 2017 Share4 Tweet Email Home DIT’s John Walsh battles for possession with Eoin Quirke of Mary Immaculate College. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOReigning Fitzgibbon Cup champions Mary Immaculate made light work of Dublin IT, securing a 32-point victory and ensuring they get a home quarter-final.Ireland’s U20s will be without captain and fullback Jack Kelly for this weekend’s clash with Italy through injury, and possibly for the rest of the competition.UCC, UCD and IT Carlow booked their places in the quarter-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup with victories today.Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus insists there is no chance of him leaving the province to take over as head coach of his native South Africa any time soon.Clare’s Bobby Duggan and Tipperary’s John McGrath scored 1-20 between them today as University of Limerick cruised home against DCU St Pat’s in Group B of the Fitzgibbon Cup. By Alan Waldron Ireland flanker CJ Stander speaks about the impact the late Joost van der Westhuizen had on his rugby career.The Fixture ListThere are three Sigerson Cup quarter-finals on tomorrow’s calendar: Ulster University v UCD, Jordanstown, 2pm; DCU v St Mary’s (Belfast), DCU Sportsground, 2pm; and IT Carlow v UCC, IT Carlow, 6pm.Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is hoping his side’s fortunes begin to turn, starting with tomorrow night’s FA Cup fourth-round replay against Derby County (19.45, BBC One).Showbiz, Baby!It seems ‘Adam Lallama’ has come to life on the left leg of a Liverpool fan. The good people over at ‘Tattoo Fixers’ could well have another customer in a few years’ time. Dublin stars Ali Twomey, James McCarthy, Sinéad Aherne and Eoghan O’Donnell at the launch of AIG’s new home insurance offer today. Source: Seb Daly/SPORTSFILEAway Sweden’s Kajsa Kling clears a gate during the women’s super-G at the Alpine Ski World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Source: Alessandro TrovatiThe All Blacks have expressed surprise over news that one of their security consultants has been charged with bugging their hotel before a Bledisloe Cup match against Australia.The Leicester City board have backed Claudio Ranieri to turn things around at the King Power Stadium, insisting the Italian manager has their full confidence.Two New England Patriots players have said they will boycott a team visit to the White House if the traditional invitation to the NFL champions comes from US president Donald Trump.Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has called time on his football career and will now focus on his work as a DJ.New Zealand fullback Ben Smith, who had been linked with a move to Munster, has opted to remain at Super Rugby side the Highlanders.The Best Thing We SharedBeing three points down with time almost up isn’t a problem when you’ve got LeBron James on your side. An incredible shot from the Cleveland Cavaliers star tied the game against Washington Wizards last night and ultimately led to an overtime win.On The RecordIt’s tough because for my first professional start with the Bulls, he gave me my jersey, so I’ve got a bit of a connection with him. Everyone knew the time was coming but I think he’s in a better place. He’s going to be missed. Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 7:51 PM The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Source: Empire of the Kop/Twitter 8,659 Views Add us: the42.ie The42 Rugby Show: how Ireland can get their campaign back on track after Murrayfield defeatJVDF takes disappointment on the chin as he pushes extra hard for starting place in Rome http://the42.ie/3227903 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Pep Guardiola believes that while a departure from Paris Saint-Germain this summer for Neymar is unlikely, he refused to rule it out as in football “everything is possible”The Brazilian star moved to PSG in a world record fee last summer for €220m, but has since been linked with a switch to Real Madrid amid reports that he is unhappy at the French capital.While acknowledging that a shock transfer to Madrid cannot be ruled out, Guardiola believes that it will not be easy for Neymar to just leave PSG.“Madrid? Yes, I’ve seen that, but I don’t know, I don’t know,” said the former Barcelona boss, according to Goal.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I know that it’s not easy to leave PSG. Leaving PSG will not be easy because PSG are PSG, but in football, we know that everything’s possible.”However, Guardiola was able to deny the speculation linking Neymar with a surprise transfer to Manchester City.“Will he sign for Manchester City? I’m not going to PSG and he’s not coming to Manchester,” he said.Neymar was crowned Ligue 1 Player of the Year, despite missing a large part of the season, with the forward scoring 19 goals and contributing to 13 assists as PSG won the league title by 13 points from last year’s winners AS Monaco.
Both teams will face off tonight in Matchday 8 of the 2018-2019 Spanish La Liga tournament but Abelardo Fernandez believes his team can do wellAlaves will host Real Madrid tonight in what many have said it could be the return of goals for Los Merengues.The Spanish La Liga team hasn’t scored in the last three matches, including two Spanish tournament games.But for Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez, Los Blancos are not invincible.“They can’t play with more intensity than us,” the coach said as quoted by Football España.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The beauty of being in the Primera is being able to enjoy matches like these, but it’s not a special game, it’s one more. We’ll prepare for this one like any other.”“Madrid didn’t play poorly in Moscow. It’s true that they’ve gone three games without scoring a goal, but they’re the third highest scorers in the League,” he added.“They need a period of adaptation under Julen Lopetegui, although they’ve improved in many areas, such as when applying pressure after losing the ball.”“They remain one of the best teams in the world. They’ll need to have a bad day and us a perfect day to be able to win,” he commented.“Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid are above everyone else and it’ll be very difficult to take points off them when they find their best form.”
NAPLES, Fla. (WSVN) — A camera captured the removal of an alligator from outside a home in Naples.The 8-foot gator was found in a garage at the country club home.A neighbor said he noticed the unexpected visitor when he was pulling into his driveway.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission acted quickly to remove the gator.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers received a call shortly after 11am, on Saturday of a man who had injured his knee on Camp Island Lake. Troopers and EMS got to Thompson on foot and by snow machine. Life Med then transported Thompson to Central Peninsula Hospital for further treatment. Hunter Thompson, age 19, of Soldotna reported he was too injured to walk back to his truck on Swanson River Road, approximately 2 miles away, according to an online Trooper dispatch.
It’s a problem many city and regionals are facing as they ramp up in print and increasingly, online. “Like every publisher, we’re feeling stretched to establish ourselves as an online presence without a whole lot of revenue there,” says Jamie Trowbridge, CEO of Yankee Publishing. “We’re using existing staff, some dedicated to existing Web sites, and we’re trying to get an umbrella organization of people working on the Yankee brand because we want extensions with direct connections to the core business. It cuts both ways—if you ask someone to divide their time between too many different priorities, they don’t know where to focus. But if we say we’ll spare you this distraction and bring in staff so you don’t have to worry about this, they might feel left out.”Berkshire Living has launched two spin-off titles in BBQ: Berkshire Business Quarterly and Berkshire Home & Garden. Each publication has a dedicated editor while salespeople tag-team all three publications and custom publishing. “We’re selling an idea that you’re buying a demographic with Berkshire Living, and you can achieve that through multiple levels of platforms,” says publisher Michael Zivyak. “Having only one rep to deal with makes things much easier for you.”Even larger city and regional publishers are feeling the pinch. “Almost all city and regional magazine publishers are now looking to expand,” says Chris Schulz, vice president and publisher at Freedom Specialty Media, which publishes Coast and other titles. “With the core product, your growth is going to slow. Your only chance to grow is to provide new products. In the old days, that could be as simple as a special section—if that was successful, you could spin it off into its own publication. The challenge is with how to staff it and sell it. If it’s a publication with annual or quarterly frequency, you can’t afford a separate staff—the economics don’t add up. You end up having the same staff stretched a little thinner and that pressures all aspects of the business—editorial, advertising, circulation, etc.”Meredith’s Midwest Living is another publisher with deep pockets that is expanding its offerings, including having editors on the road participating in events such as The Best of the Midwest. The magazine also produces a broadcast program allowing consumers to stream the show. “On the edit side, we are asking people to do more,” says publisher Brian Kightlinger. “We’re asking editors to think as content providers, not as editors. On the marketing side and on the sales side, it’s changing as far as communicating what the brand has to offer and then illustrating for marketers all the assets we have. It is asking people to do more than they’ve done before but at same time it’s more exciting than it’s ever been before.”Regardless of company size, getting staff buy-in is key. “We’re not just the little regional magazine that could, we’re the little regional magazine that does,” says Newman.Online: The Missing Link?Thanks in part to their continued print success, city and regional titles have largely trailed the rest of the magazine industry (and perhaps more importantly, the newspaper market) when it comes to online strategy. While many Web sites still serve as a glorified brochure for the print magazine, may publishers are ramping up. Down East has overhauled its Internet strategy from a focus on selling tourist chachkis to offering dedicated content. Regional publisher DLG Media has even launched a dedicated online unit that helps clients build their Web presence.But most are just starting to take the next step and it’s an opportunity they should consider seriously. “When we were introduced to Palm Springs Life, the light bulb went off,” says Tim Sullivan, CEO of Godengo, an online firm that serves more than 50 city and regional publishers. “Here is a business with the building blocks of a profitable Internet presence already built in. They have high-end advertisers already on board, a large constituency of readers and subscribers who’ve already bought into the brand, and they have unique content.”The biggest obstacles for city and regional publishers with online is a lack of resources and a lack of understanding of how to sell online compared to print, as well as how to build traffic. “A lot of folks will invest in a Web site and a year later nobody is coming to it,” says Sullivan, who says his clients on average see an 82 percent jump in traffic the first year. “You need a search engine optimization strategy and you need to structure content so it is friendly to search engines.”Yes, launching online is cheaper than print but you still get what you pay for. While the range can vary wildly, Sullivan says most city and regionals should expect to budget between $50,000 and $100,000 to set up their site (and that doesn’t include staff). “The publishers we’ve seen be most successful have at least one dedicated resource to manage the online property,” says Sullivan. “The magic number seems to be a three-person team—someone leading the charge, someone acting as a producer, and someone working with the sales team to make sure online is a component of every proposal that goes out.”Magazine content can be an important component of the Web site but shouldn’t be the sole focus. Many publishers are finding ways to extend their magazine content in new ways online—Palm Springs Life turned a cover shoot with actor Dennis Hopper into an online video shoot. Chicago Magazine took a controversial feature about a high profile murder in Chicago and made a video interview with the writer talking about his experience with the story, which sparked hundreds of comments at Chicagomag.com.Sullivan also recommends blogging as a way to break up the typical 30-day publishing cycle between issues. Chicago Magazine has made a dramatic transformation with its Web site and blogging has led the charge. The centerpiece of the site is no longer magazine content but a blog network called Radar, which includes a nightlife blog called Last Girl Standing, a real estate blog called Deal Estate and an arts and entertainment blog called Coda.“We still publish lot of content from the magazine, but the goal of the new site is to give people something to come back to each day,” says site manager Bill Oakes.Chicagomag.com has seen traffic increase over the last year from 40,000 unique visitors and 200,000 page views per month to 100,000 unique visitors and 500,000 page views per month. That’s enabled Chicago to start charging for online ads rather than simply offer them as value-added to existing customers. Among the new programs sold was a sponsorship of a special 10-day blog during the Paris Fashion Show.“The biggest challenge is keeping content fresh,” says Oakes. “Our online editor knows what works online and how to repackage content online.” The city and regional magazine market continues to flourish—from large urban markets to suburbs and small towns—even as competition grows rapidly and even though they are largely focused on print. But to continue to grow, they’re branching out with new products, typically in print, but increasingly online. Existing staffs are carrying the load but now it’s time to invest.In FOLIO:’s 2007 City & Regional Magazine Survey, city and regional publishers on average saw 86.6 percent of their revenue come from print advertising. Meanwhile, 58 percent of publishers with more than $5 million in revenue and 16 percent of those under $5 million say they have launched spin-off products. Thirty-six percent of those respondents—in this case the largest number—say they invested less than $25,000 in their startups.That means city and regional publishers are expanding, often relatively cheaply and their existing staffers are bearing the burden. They may soon need to start investing back in their staffs. Southern Breeze offers dedicated regional titles but also publishes more than 30 annual titles, including the Alabama Vacation Guide and Mississippi Travel Guide, as well as copy for magazines such as Southern Living and Budget Travel. Much of it counts as custom content. “Since I got here in July 2006, we’ve gotten four pieces of new business and we’ve increased the editorial department by one,” says Mark Newman, editor of Southern Breeze and editorial director of Compass Marketing.For Southern Breeze, juggling so many projects comes down to tight planning. “It’s not unusual for deadlines to be the same month, the same week, the same day,” says Newman. “A project may come in at the last minute that needs editorial that you didn’t know needed editorial. We have a great director of production and we plan to within an inch of our lives to keep our heads above water.”
.The law stipulates that the land administration and the police department of the three hill districts will be in the hands of the respective district councils. It is clearly stated in the three separate yet almost similar amended laws for the hill districts.The three laws – Rangamati Hill District Council Act 1989, Bandarban Hill District Council Act 1989 and Khagrachhari Hill District Council Act 1989 – were enacted after the signing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord 1997.But, for all practical purposes, these two very important departments of the administration are still under the control of the government. As a result, the three district councils cannot play any role in containing the law and order situation, nor in solving land disputes in the hill districts.Leaders of the hill people said police from others areas do not know the local languages, culture and topography. According to the district council act, members of the local tribal communities will be given priority in the appointment of district police. If this provision had been followed, it would have been easier to uphold law and order. The local residents would be able to rely on the police more.Bandarban Hill District Council chairman Kyaw Shwe Hla Marma told Prothom Alo that intruders are grabbing thousands of acres of land in his district. Hill dwellers along with many Bengalis are becoming landless. If the council was assigned to look after the land, according to the hill tract accord, the situation would be different.Beside this, important departments for the hill areas like forest, local government engineering, roads and highways, are not yet transferred, he added.State minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bir Bahadur, claimed that the authority of the district councils had been considerably increased.Talking to Prothom Alo, he said, “Several inter-ministerial meetings were held to solve the procedural flaws in transferring departments to the council. Police and land administration transfer is a lengthy process and this will be done gradually. A few problems that surfaced during the task are being solved.”Bir Bahadur held a meeting with the finance ministry to enable the hill district councils to receive their development budget allocation directly from the ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts affairs.According to Section B of the district council act, 23 departments of the government (stated as institution and working council) are to be transferred to the district council. About 33 functions of the district council (including improving the law and order situation, solving social problems in keeping with local customs, expanding education, agriculture development, forest preservation, social services, etc.) are defined in the act. But the section does not include anything on the number of transferring government departments.According to section 62 of the council law, sub-inspectors and below of the police at Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban districts, shall be appointed by the councils in a manner laid down by regulations and the respective council may transfer and take action against them. In these functions, police regulations must be followed. In addition, officials and members of the district police will account for their functions to the district police. According to the section 63, any crime committed in the district must be reported to the council chairman. According to sections 64-65, management of land administration is vested with the council.Nirupa Dewan, former member of the National Human Rights Commission, points to a lack of government’s will, opposition of certain quarters and bureaucratic complications, as the reasons behind the failure to transfer land and police to the district council.She told Prothom Alo, “Several meetings were held at Rangamati to transfer police department. Certain quarters then call for strikes as soon as any discussion begins. These are instigated by influential persons.”She added that the district council is rendered institutionally powerless due to several reasons including elections not being held.The Rangamati hill district council has a chairman and 33 members. Of them, 20 are indigenous, 10 are non-indigenous and 3 are women members of the reserved seats. The council term is 5 years. Khagrachari and Bandarban district councils have the same tenure and number of members including reserved seats for women. But the ratio of the number of indigenous to non-indigenous members is different from Rangamati district council.Debasish Roy, the king of the Chakma Circle, said the district council was run by unelected persons who were failing to operate the transferred departments and offices properly. He said the council could meet not more than 40 percent of the residents’ demands. He demanded separate voter lists for these three districts and setting an election date soon.Brisaketu Chakma, the chairman of Rangamati Hill District Council said, there were systematic errors in transferring the departments and because of that they were facing difficulties while working in different sectors. The council pays the officers and staffs’ salary and allowances. The council also has the authority to recruit or control the grade-3 and grade-4 staffs of the transferred departments. But they don’t have authority over grade-1 and grade-2 government officers. “These officers get their remuneration from the district council but work for the ministry,” said Brisaketu Chakma. Different ministries implemented their district annual development programmes through these officers and thus they were not accountable to the district council for their job, he added.Brisaketu Chakma said, with lump sum allocations from the ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts affairs, the district council undertook some small development initiatives as per the transferred departments’ needs. But the concerned ministry does not provide any support for project-based initiatives. Although the district council was formed to ensure equal development for the ethnic people, it did not achieve that target yet.The ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts affairs allocates an average of 450 to 460 million for development assistance every year. But the ministry neither provided the annual development allocations through the council nor informed them about the total amount of allocations.Thanjama Lusai, former chairman of Bandarban district council said, there was an imbalance between the capacity of council and ministry including the officers of transferred departments. The council failed to coordinate with the ministry during policy-making and planning of development programs.Khagrachari district council member Abdul Jabbar thinks the marginalised ethnic people are being benefited by the district council gradually. He said the council has worked to expand classrooms in primary education sector and developed some small roads. But due to lack of coordination of the transferred departments with the concerned ministry, the council could not undertake any big projects.On the other hand, Goutam Dewan, the president of Chittagong Hill Tracts Citizen’s Committee thinks not having specific rules and regulations is the main reason the council is facing difficulties.He said, no election was held in three district councils for the last 20 years.The members and activists of ruling parties were selected for the council’s different positions which, in the long run, hampered the efficiency and capacity of the council, further said Goutam Dewan.Retired brigadier general M Sakhawat Hossain, the brigade commander of Bandarban in 1989 during the formation of district council, told Prothom Alo yesterday, “As far I can remember, land sector, local administration and security forces were among the 20 to 22 sectors that were to be handed over to the council at that time. It was said that the district council would not be able to work freely and properly without the control over these sectors. It was also promised that the election would be held every five years. It is sad that the council is yet to be given the responsibilities.”The former election commissioner feels that the district council should be given all responsibilities as soon as possible, otherwise the councils of three hill districts will not be able to function properly. *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat and Nusrat Nowrin.
Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board will soon have two new members and will be required to hold during the year, at least four of its monthly meetings in locations around the city, rather than at police headquarters downtown.Senate Bill 882, sponsored by Sen. Joan Conway (D-Baltimore City), passed the General Assembly and will require Baltimore’s Civilian Review Board to add two new members, one each from the ACLU Maryland and the Baltimore City NAACP. Both members are to be selected by the mayor of Baltimore City.The bill originally aimed to place all law enforcement agencies operating in Maryland under the jurisdiction of the review board, but the Maryland Transit Administration and the police agency of the University of Maryland system, both state agencies, were ultimately exempted from the bill, according to Dr. Marvin Cheatham, head of the coalition which sought to have the bill passed.“We would have preferred [those agencies] being in [the law], but as a result of that . . . the [Maryland Transit Administration] has agreed to meet with [our coalition] and get from them what are their guidelines for people filing complaints, where do people go, and we will be encouraging them to do a stronger public relations piece, so people will know what to do,” said Cheatham.The Civilian Review Board has been in danger of not reaching a quorum at its monthly meetings because four of the five seats on the board are not currently filled, said Cheatham. The two new members should help address this issue.Del. Nathaniel Oaks (D-Baltimore City), who sponsored the House version of the bill, said that, in an ideal world, he would have liked to see the University of Maryland police system placed under the jurisdiction of the Civilian Review Board, since they have arrest files in Baltimore City.“There were some things that we wanted that I got [in the bill] so I’m pleased with that,” said Oaks. “Not necessarily satisfied, but I’m pleased.”firstname.lastname@example.org
From survivor’s guilt to the action girl, Doctor Who‘s cup runneth over with repetitive motifs.Each week, I’ll tackle another trope, examining its use, effectiveness, and relevance to the long-running BBC show. Motley crew, assemble!RAGTAG BUNCH OF MISFITSMeaning: An odd mix of hastily assembled or second-rate characters Usage in Doctor Who: The Doctor habitually acquires plebes with whom he travels across space and time, repeatedly saving the worldThe Tenth Doctor and his ragtag team (from left): Sarah Jane Smith, Mickey Smith, Jackie Tyler, Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Captain Jack Harkness, Donna Noble (BBC)When Amelia Pond first meets the Doctor in “The Eleventh Hour,” he is the literal definition of ragtag: shabby, mangy, tattered; wearing clothes ravaged during a violent regeneration.But her Raggedy Man more often epitomizes the other meaning of the term.A sort of anthropological pack rat, the Doctor travels through space and time, amassing a random collection of friends and allies to help fight evil and defend humanity.A literal star-gazer, he stole a time machine and ran away from home, along the way indiscriminately picking up space pilots, 18th Century Scottish Highlanders, journalists, cavewomen, flight attendants, shop assistants, lunch ladies, and even a weaponized robot dog.Historically, the phrase “tag and rag” was commonly used in the 16th and 17th Centuries pejoratively, referring to members of the lower classes. By the 18th Century, the expression broadened to mean the lower classes or “the entire lot of something” (as opposed to just its more desirable parts), according to Merriam-Webster.Eventually shortened to “ragtag,” the adjective now usually describes a motley crew of sorts.Like the one, the Eleventh Doctor assembles to rescue Amy, and her baby in “A Good Man Goes to War.” The 900-year-old time traveler is joined by companion Rory Williams, a 2,000-year-old Roman Centurion; Commander Strax, a Sontaran nurse; Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint, a Victorian crime-fighting interspecies couple; and Dorium Maldovar, a large, blue, immoral humanoid. Oh, and there were space pirates, too.The Time Lord similarly recruits companions, Amy and Rory, along with Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, Edwardian big-game hunter John Riddell, and (inadvertently) Rory’s father Brian, for a mission in “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.”Despite decades of adaptations—the Marvel and DC cinematic universes, The Mighty Ducks, Pitch Perfect, The Dirty Dozen, Little Rascals, Legends of Tomorrow, every Dungeons & Dragons party ever—the trope has persisted, often with hilarious, charming results.After all, who wants to see a special team of experienced, skilled professionals save the day when a group of undisciplined low-lifes can do it instead?Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target
Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Local commerce is the epitome of a simple, common human interaction. Images of the flour-covered baker taking hot buns out of a brick oven or the mustached barber sliding a gleaming blade over a man’s cheek are ingrained in our collective minds. Despite few of us having grown up with those experiences, many still hold up that model of local commerce as it was “meant to be.”But consumer behavior has shifted, with 90 percent of consumers relying on mobile while out shopping. Perhaps even more indicative of our new reality, 58 percent prefer to use their mobile device over talking to a customer service representative.Related: 7 Ways to Get Your Customers to Actively Promote Your BrandToday’s market is built for personalized automation.While major enterprises have plenty of resources to throw at the problem of keeping up with customer behavior, the average business owner might not have the time, money or savvy to learn digital and mobile marketing on the fly. The biggest challenge to maintain an effective relationship is avoiding batch messages (spam) and engaging in the right conversation at the right time. The goal is to make customers feel as if you’re talking specifically to them, with personalized content that makes sense based on who they are and what they’re doing. This is especially true among millennials. As digital natives, they expect personalization in all branded interactions.The good news is artificial intelligence (AI) has made it easier and more impactful for businesses to personalize their content. Early data suggests AI interactions are outperforming their human-triggered counterparts. Across a sample of 1,500 businesses leveraging the flok customer engagement platform in Q1 2016, we saw contextual, AI-driven push messages perform 3.8 times better than messages sent by humans. In that same span, AI-triggered visit reminders performed 1.6 times better than humans, and requests for online review sent by AI performed more than five times better than those sent by an actual person. Related: Personalization is Giving Customers What They Want Before They Demand ItTiming isn’t everything, but it’s close.How is AI besting humans in managing relationships? Message timing and context are common themes across all AI engagements. Push messaging allows businesses to perfectly time personalized messages, which could lead to better engagement rates. Visits for store reminders often are proximity-based, making them more contextually relevant than a static message.Review requests could be a simple matter of AI sending the message after the store visit. This frees the business owner from remembering to send it. It also means the request can go out right away, not hours later when the owner has time to catch up on digital marketing and the experience no longer is fresh in the customer’s mind. In each case, AI and automation improves the timing, engagements are personalized and businesses avoid “blasting” all customers with one batch message.Related: 4 Techniques to Expand Retail BusinessSmart software helps build brand loyalty.Software-based automation systems and the ambient intelligence they add might not be as glamorous as in science fiction — yet — but AI now governs many aspects of our lives. AI is helping businesses fight against the commoditization of commerce, keeping relationships alive and building brand loyalty over time. In the early going of this brave frontier, it appears AI’s immediate and personalized touch is resonating nicely with customers. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read August 10, 2016
Emirates adds fourth daily A380 service to BangkokEmirates, a global connector of people, places and economies has announced its fourth daily A380 service between Dubai and Bangkok with the up-gauge of its current services from 1 December.The new two-class A380 service will operate daily as flight EK376 from Dubai to Bangkok and EK377 from Bangkok to Dubai. The up-gauge from its current Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will see an increase in capacity of 255 seats per flight and 3,570 seats per week to and from the Thai capital city.Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations East, said: “Thailand is an important market for Emirates, and the A380 has been extremely popular with travellers since we first started the double-decker aircraft service to Thailand in 2009. The addition of this two-class A380 passenger service will give even more travellers the chance to experience this revolutionary aircraft first hand.“For business and leisure travellers, the Dubai-Bangkok route is a popular choice and this additional A380 service will be instrumental in helping us meet growing passenger demand, as well as deliver substantial economic benefits through travel connections and inbound seats.”Emirates’ two-class A380 is capable of carrying 615 passengers across its business and economy cabins – accommodating 58 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 557 seats in Economy Class.Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the spacious A380 aircraft, with 64 in the fleet and 76 on order. An industry benchmark for onboard innovation and comforts, Emirates’ A380s serve 34 global destinations of which 11 are in the Far East: Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai and Sydney.EK376 will depart Dubai at 0330hrs and arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 1235hrs the same day. This flight connects seamlessly with European and African destinations, and is especially popular with northern European travellers from the UK and Scandinavia heading to Thailand’s capital city.The return flight, EK377, a popular flight for residents of countries in the Gulf, will depart Bangkok at 1600hrs, offering a convenient departure time that suits hotel check-out times, and arrives in Dubai the same day at 1955hrs, a flying time of 6 hours and 55 minutes. Fly EmiratesSource = Emirates
by Liam Casey, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2019 2:40 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2019 at 3:05 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE: A collapsed stage is shown at a Radiohead concert at Downsview Park in Toronto on June 16, 2012. A judge in Toronto has stayed the charges stemming from a fatal Radiohead concert stage collapse in 2012 due to delays. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette TORONTO — The father of the man killed by a collapsed stage at a Radiohead concert in Toronto in 2012 hopes an inquest into his son’s death provides a blueprint to avoid such tragedies in the future.Ken Johnson is fresh off a tour of the Office of the Chief Coroner to get his bearings before the inquest into his son’s death begins on Monday.“I hope the outcome of the inquest will identify any gaps that existed and create new guidance to make sure these things don’t happen,” Johnson told The Canadian Press in a phone interview on Sunday.RELATED: New trial ordered in deadly stage collapse at Radiohead concert in TorontoScott Johnson, Radiohead’s drum technician, died on June 16, 2012, when a massive scaffolding structure crashed down on him just hours before the British band was set to take the stage at Downsview Park in Toronto. Three others were hurt in the collapse.About a year after the collapse, 13 charges were laid against the show’s promoter, Live Nation, contractor Optex Staging and engineer Domenic Cugliari under provincial health and safety laws.The subsequent trial was derailed when the presiding judge declared he had lost jurisdiction over the case given his appointment to a higher court. That decision led to a senior justice declaring a mistrial, and a new hearing was planned. In September 2017, those charges were stayed after a judge ruled the matter took too long to get to trial.The development shifted the focus to a coroner’s inquest, an independent investigation designed to bring public attention on the circumstances of a death, rather than to assign blame. The jury may make recommendations, which are not binding.“The inquest is not about whether the engineer or the contractor or the promoter were wright or wrong, but what they can do to prevent it,” Johnson said. “I’m still a bit worried that they will be defending or trying to explain the situation rather than coming up with methods to eliminate any doubt and come up with solutions.”Johnson, from the village of Doncaster, England, flew to Canada on Saturday. His wife did not want to come, he said, because she doesn’t want anything to do with Canada.“Life is different now, and as my wife says, I’m as good as it gets,” he said.RELATED: Radiohead singer responds to fatal stage collapse in TorontoScott Johnson’s head was crushed, his skull fractured and his brain pressured when the scaffolding fell on him, his father said. And though his son was killed instantly, the pain of the loss “doesn’t go away” for him and his wife.“They say time heals, but it doesn’t appear to be. You can’t deal with things as you would have done (in the past),” he said.The couple have struggled since their son died, said Johnson. They’ve both dealt with depression, with his wife still on medication to treat her mood seven years later. At 67, Johnson still works, ironically, as a scaffolding inspector. The work keeps his mind busy.“It’s when we’re alone and quiet that it hurts,” he said, choking back tears. “We used to holiday in Greece, the beach during the day and the bar at night, but we can’t sit on a beach now. We’ve not been for seven years now. You can’t sit still because your mind comes to Scott.”He said they no longer spend much time at their village’s pub, because they became known as the couple who lost their son, rather than the couple whose son was part of the Radiohead team. And while Johnson still cries whenever he talks about his son, he refuses to stay quiet.“We talked about him all the time when he was here, so we should still talk about him all the time,” he said.“We think we’re OK. We’re not going to jump off a bridge and we’re not yet in the crazy house.”Of course they long to see their son, if only for a moment. A few weeks ago the couple were talking about their boy and Johnson’s wife said she wished she could hold her son’s hand at the end of his life and continue to hold it into the afterlife.“You don’t wish your life away, but to some degree, I understand what she’s saying,” Johnson said.Liam Casey, The Canadian Press ‘It’s when we’re alone and quiet that it hurts:’ stage collapse victim’s dad Related Stories Radiohead singer responds to fatal stage collapse in TorontoUnreasonable delay arguments brought in Radiohead stage collapse caseNew trial ordered in deadly stage collapse at Radiohead concert in Toronto collapse|fatal|inquest|Radiohead|stage|toronto