UN agencies highlight climate changes impact on human security health

The heads of two United Nations agencies today marked World Environment Day with calls for decisive action to address climate change, warning of its potential risks on human security and health. In his message for the Day – commemorated every year on 5 June – Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), observed that climate change is “magnifying existing disparities between rich and poor” and “aggravating tensions over fragile or increasingly scarce natural resources” such as productive land and freshwater. “It increases the potential to create a new class of displaced people known collectively as environmental refugees,” Mr. Steiner warned.He stressed that collective and decisive political will is “the final – and still missing – piece in the jigsaw puzzle.” While many sectors of society are moving to deal with climate change – including local authorities, industry, the financial sector and civil society – the collective political process, he said, is moving “frustratingly slowly.”Referring to this year’s theme, Melting Ice: A Hot Topic?, Mr. Steiner urged people everywhere to ask their political leaders and elected representatives: “Just how much hotter does this topic need to become before Governments across the globe finally act?”Meanwhile, the head of the UN health agency highlighted in her message the close relationship between health and the environment, noting that 60,000 deaths from climate-related natural disasters occur every year, the majority in the developing world.“Limiting the impact of climate change is about saving lives and livelihoods, as much as it is about protecting the natural environment,” Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said. She stressed the need to strengthen public health systems, the “first line of defence against climate-related health risks.” Also, noting that prevention is just as important as a cure, she said many of the actions that are necessary to reduce the impact of humans on the global climate can also reduce pollution and save lives now. “Reducing our impact on the global climate requires individuals, communities and governments to make the behaviour and policy changes – such as cleaner energy and more sustainable transport systems – that will also bring immediate health benefits.”World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to raise global awareness of the environment and boost political attention and action. 5 June 2007The heads of two United Nations agencies today marked World Environment Day with calls for decisive action to address climate change, warning of its potential risks on human security and health. read more

New transparency initiative launched at UNbacked global trade review

The Transparency in Trade Initiative (TNT), launched in Geneva today by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank, the UN Statistics Division and other UN agencies, is “a joint project aiming to eliminate the transparency gap resulting from the lack of access to data on country-specific trade policies,” according to UNCTAD. “Free access to data will make it easier for exporters and policy-makers to meet relevant standards and requirements,” the agency stated. “Increasing transparency in trade will improve the trading environment in Africa and in Africa’s export markets; it will facilitate the continent’s exports to both regional and international markets,” said Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank. The two-day Global Review of Aid for Trade, which opened today, is aimed at assessing what has been achieved since the launch of the Aid for Trade Initiative in Hong Kong in 2005. Aid for Trade aims to help developing countries, particularly those classified as least developed countries (LDCs), acquire the trade-related skills and infrastructure to implement and benefit from WTO agreements and to expand their overall trade.The participants at the global review include senior officials from the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), as well as dozens of international trade organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private corporations. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to address the group tomorrow.Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the WTO, opened the meeting by detailing some of the results of Aid for Trade implementation activities on the ground worldwide.“This covers projects and programmes from countries as geographically and alphabetically distant as Azerbaijan and Zimbabwe – and most countries in between,” he said. “Results range from increased export volumes to more employment, to faster customs clearance times and impacts on poverty.” 18 July 2011Several United Nations agencies and their partners today launched an open information initiative designed to eliminate the “transparency gap” in world trade, as a global review of the six-year-old Aid for Trade initiative got under way in Geneva. read more

UK concerned over Grandpass

The temporary Mosque which was attacked on Saturday is to be closed and the old Mosque in the area will operate once again.The bo-tree was removed in order to give more space to the old Mosque. (Colombo Gazette) He also said that the government must ensure that all are able to practice religion without fear. Britain has raised concerns over the attack on a Mosque at Grandpass over the weekend.Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said that it is vital that the Sri Lankan government investigates the incident. After two days of tensions a solution had been reached on the Mosque issue yesterday (Sunday) and as part of that solution a bo-tree near an old Mosque in the area was cut down today.

Tour operator Thomas Cook in race to avoid bankruptcy

LONDON — Thomas Cook, one of the world’s oldest and largest travel companies, is facing a race against time to stay afloat.The debt-laden British-based company has confirmed it is seeking 200 million pounds ($250 billion) in extra funding to avoid its collapse.The company says it is in talks with stakeholders such as leading Chinese shareholder Fosun to bridge the funding gap and stave off entering administration.Thomas Cook said in a statement on Friday that the money required would be a “seasonal stand-by facility” and come on top of the 900 million pounds it had already raised from Fosun and its lenders.If the company goes under, an estimated 180,000 people could be stranded abroad. Thomas Cook employs 22,000 staff members around the world, including 9,000 in its home market.The Associated Press read more

In final report Annan hails UN mission in Guatemala as model of

Current and future United Nations operations can take away valuable lessons from the world body’s recently-closed mission in Guatemala, which stands as a successful example of multidimensional peacebuilding, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his wrap-up report on the mission’s work.The UN Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) officially closed shop at the end of December, after 10 years of verifying human rights and helping the country implement its far-reaching peace accords. The accords, signed in 1996, ended 36 years of conflict that killed an estimated 200,000 people, most of them civilian victims of massacres, and the majority Mayan indigenous villagers.In his end-of-mission report to the General Assembly, Mr. Annan hails the operation’s accomplishments as a model to be emulated elsewhere. He summarizes the Mission’s work on each of the agreements and outlines its two-year transition programme designed to ensure continuity in the peace process beyond the end of the mandate.Mr. Annan chronicles the evolution of MINUGUA – which faced “tough criticism” from some conservative elements early on – through the decade, spanning four government administrations, and over a vast subject area contained in the accords. The accords attempted not only to end the conflict and disarm the parties, but to address the root causes of the war through long-range public policies on human rights, justice reform, demilitarization, the fight against racial discrimination and against poverty.“Perhaps the most difficult challenge for MINUGUA was to operate in the complex multi-ethnic, multicultural and multilingual environment of Guatemala, with its deeply entrenched racism and abandonment of the nearly two dozen Mayan, Xinca and Garifuna indigenous communities that comprise at least half the population,” Mr. Annan says, adding that the Mission made use of national indigenous staff and translators able to explain the peace accords and the mandate.Although the Mission verified continuing abuses during that first period, some very serious, its presence generally had a dissuasive effect, contributing to a steady decline in violations from the time of its arrival through a ceasefire and the final signing of the peace agreement. According to the report, human rights activists and members of rural communities who had been targeted during the conflict saw the Mission as a source of protection.The signing of the Agreement on Firm and Lasting Peace on 29 December 1996 marked the end of 36 years of conflict and signalled a new phase in the life of MINUGUA. Its mandate expanded beyond human rights to the verification of a wide-ranging package of accords designed to overcome the economic, social, political and cultural root causes of conflict. MINUGUA also expanded and broadened its expertise, adding specialists in indigenous affairs, macroeconomic and fiscal policy, labour issues, land rights and agrarian policy, military and public security reform, and gender issues, among others.The Mission dedicated its final year to ensuring that peace priorities were reflected in the policies of the new administration, while continuing, through its transition strategy, to build national capacities to promote and monitor peace accords implementation after its departure.The centrepiece of the transition effort during the final year was the National Transition Volunteers Programme, through which 60 young Guatemalan professionals received special on-the-job training within MINUGUA as verifiers and promoters of the peace accords. “That was one of the most successful initiatives undertaken by MINUGUA which could potentially be replicated in other missions,” Mr. Annan says.Also during the final period, each MINUGUA field office prepared an in-depth analysis of the state of peace implementation in its respective region, for use by newly elected authorities, civil society counterparts and regional staff of international cooperation agencies.Finally, Mr. Annan notes that MINUGUA’s closing marks not only a milestone for Guatemala, but also ends a long chapter of UN involvement in Central America, where it also helped Nicaragua and El Salvador emerge from civil wars, and adds: “With the end of international verification, the Guatemalan peace process has matured into a new and important phase in which national actors area assuming fuller responsibility for monitoring and promoting the goals of the peace accords.” read more

Katherine Ryan announced as after dinner speaker for the 102nd SMMT Annual

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Comedian, writer and actress Katherine Ryan has been confirmed as the celebrity guest speaker for the 102nd Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Annual Dinner, to be held on Tuesday 27 November 2018 at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.Well known for her appearances on Live at the Apollo, Katherine’s other TV credits include Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and the Radio 4 institution The News Quiz. She’s been a regular on comic challenge show Taskmaster and music quiz Bring the Noise, and has also appeared in Channel 4’s comedy Campus, BBC2’s Episodes, and has hosted BBC Two reality contest Hair.More than 1,000 guests from across all sections of the UK automotive industry, government and media will be attending, making the SMMT Annual Dinner one of the most prestigious and highly anticipated events of the year.The 102nd SMMT Annual Dinner will be hosted by SMMT President Tony Walker CBE, Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office, who will be giving a keynote address to discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by the industry in the coming year.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The SMMT Annual Dinner is one of the most highly anticipated events in our industry’s calendar. We are delighted that Katherine Ryan will be joining us to add some extra star appeal to what is shaping up to be another must-attend occasion.MSX International (MSXI) will return as the event’s headline sponsor. MSXI (www.msxi.com) is a business process outsourcing company that provides technology-based services to enterprises in more than 80 countries.Patrick Katenkamp, CEO Retail Network Solutions, MSXI, said,MSX International is proud to once again sponsor the SMMT Annual Dinner. As the world leader in delivering retail solutions to OEMs and their dealer networks, we are committed to the global automotive industry and the success of all its stakeholders. The SMMT Annual Dinner provides an excellent opportunity to network and build a stronger community, as our exciting industry continues to evolve and innovate.Tickets for the dinner are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.smmt.co.uk/events/annualdinner read more

Medical records of thousands of patients were handed to US firms connected

first_imgIt is feared the company could use the anonymised data in legal cases minimising the dangers of smoking, or fighting regulation. The medical records of British cancer victims have been handed to a controversial American firm working for one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies, the Daily Telegraph can reveal. The data covering almost 180,000 patients – every case of lung cancer diagnosed in England over a four year period – was given by health officials to a firm which has acted to cigarette giants Philip Morris International for almost three decades. The sensitive information, taken from NHS records, was taken without the consent of any of the cancer sufferers or their families. An investigation…last_img

SKF at Bauma new lubrication controller and optimised bearings

first_imgSKF has announced the introduction of the LMC 301 controller for lubrication applications where sophisticated control and feedback are required. Designed for use with pumps that have no internal controller, the LMC 301 is very suitable for mining and large process industries.Compatible with single-line, dual-line and progressive lubrication systems, the LMC 301 can operate three different pumps, and each of those pumps can control up to three zones. Because one unit manages up to nine separate zones, fewer controllers are needed, which reduces system investment. Also, each pump can function as a different system type.The versatile LMC 301 is an efficient solution for systems that have lubrication points requiring different lubrication intervals or varying types of grease. This controller can handle multiple greases and diverse temperature ranges, and is ideal for critical bearings where it is essential to know that they have been lubricated properly.SKF also demonstrated a comprehensive range of solutions designed to extend the service life of machinery, improve productivity and reduce unplanned downtime and maintenance in mining.A featured bearing solution is the upgraded SKF Explorer spherical roller bearing. With improved heat treatment, the upgraded SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings can have a service life twice that of the previous industry leading SKF bearings, especially under contaminated or poor lubrication conditions. The upgraded bearing is also available in a sealed version. This protects the bearing from contamination during assembly into the machinery and during operation with considerably less maintenance.In addition, with a new design in the smaller sizes, the sealed SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings have up to 50% less seal friction, resulting in reduced operating temperatures by up to 20 °C, enabling doubled operating speeds.Another solution for the mining and construction industry is the range of SKF Explorer steel/steel plain bearings. With improved corrosion resistance and heavy-duty sealing, these bearings now have a dynamic load rating 50% higher than conventional steel/steel bearings. These bearings can operate maintenance-free and can last significantly longer than even regularly relubricated conventional bearings in applications with low to moderate contamination levels.“SKF continues to improve our products to provide OEM and end user customers increased reliability and reduced maintenance” says Keith Meyers, SKF’s Global Industry Manager Mining, Mineral Processing and Cement. “This improves their productivity and the safety of their workers.“last_img read more

Match of the Week – Kielces win in Veszprem

With majority of the votes, Handball-Planet.com fans on Facebook decided that clash between MKB Veszprem and Vive Targi Kielce was the best match of the EHF CL Round 8 (64 votes). Second place won the match between Ademar Leon and Montpellier (8 votes), followed by important win of Fucshe Berlin over Russian Bears (6 votes). The fourth place took the Balkan derby between Cimos Koper and Metalurg, while the last one from nominated matches was the win of Barcelona in Chambery. ← Previous Story Baltic Handball League: Estonian Kehra leader after 10 Rounds Next Story → Bosna Sarajevo saved – BH Telecom new “last name” Best handball matchMKB VeszpremVive Targi Kielce

The iKit Chrome Flip iPhone 4 Case Has a Shiny Kickstand

first_imgThere are enough cases out there with kickstands now that if you plan to do any traveling with your phone or like to watch video on it, there’s no reason to buy a case that doesn’t have one on the back. The new iKit Chrome Flip case for the iPhone 4 adds a little style and color to your iPhone, leaves the ports and buttons open for use, and has a kickstand on the back so you can prop your device up when you’re ready to watch video or do a FaceTime video call. The Chrome Flip is available in blue, silver, and pink metallic shades, and is made of polycarbonate to protect your phone from drops and falls. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for that iPhone owner who just won’t get a case, this one will set you back $34.95 list.last_img

97inch Ectaco Jetbook Color Reader ships January 499 for you 350 for

first_imgGrayscale eReaders offer crisp, highly readable displays in a featherweight package. They don’t, obviously, pack the same visual punch as a full color tablet. Devices using color E Ink displays — like the ones Mirasol promised for many moons — have been slow to arrive, though they’re starting to show up and offer the best of both worlds. If the six inch Kyobo model was a bit too pint-sized for your tastes, maybe the new 9.7-inch Ectaco jetBook Color will be more to your liking.It’s based on the Hanvon C920, which utilizes a 1600 x 1200 Triton color E Ink display that’s capable of interpreting two-finger touch gestures. Wi-Fi support is built in, and there’s a stylus onboard for those who want to take advantage of the jetBook’s handwriting recognition abilities to leave notes in the digital margins of their books. The jetBook can handle loads of different file formats, including EPUB, PDF, MOBI, DOC, XLS, and HTML — JPG and PNG photos are also supported, as are MP3, WAV, and WMA audio files. Opera’s web browser is included, as is a text-to-speech engine, and there’s a microSD expansion to hold your ever-expanding library.Loads of educational content is included on the jetBook, like illustrated dictionaries, an SAT course, scientific and graphing calculators, crossword puzzles, interactive periodic tablet, and even a translator app with support for 180 languages and speech recognition.When the jetBook begins shipping on January 15th, 2012, it’ll sell for $499 to the general public. Schools, however, will get a 30% break and score what looks like a fantastic learning tool for just $350. A lot of money, sure, but it’s a heck of a lot less than a pile of textbooks costs.More at Ubergizmo and Ectacolast_img read more

Why Would Anyone Launch a Print Magazine Today

first_img“This is the craziest time ever to launch a magazine, except for all the other times,” wrote Rex Hammock, founder and CEO of custom publisher Hammock, Inc., in a recent post on FOLIOmag.com.Hammock succinctly captured the prospects facing print publishers. On one hand, print advertising is down (ad pages in consumer magazines fell 9.5 percent to 164,125 in the first nine month of 2009 according to MPA’s Publishers Information Bureau, while Macy’s reportedly cut its entire print budget for the first half of 2009). Advertisers are clamoring for “measured media” (even if many are more concerned with a stripped down, commoditized buy than understanding the results). The newsstand, with 70 percent of copies unsold, is obviously broken. Postage and distribution costs are becoming insurmountable for many small and mid-sized publishers (especially those that don’t qualify for cost savings programs like co-mailing). Reader habits are shifting away from print to online (and not just for Gen Y) and print titles from PC Magazine to Financial Week are ditching print and going digital-only. Magazines may also be becoming something of a luxury item. A recent Forrester Research survey found that while 77 percent of consumer respondents will hold steady with their current level of print magazine subscriptions in 2009, 18 percent expect to cut back and just 4 percent plan to boost their number of subscriptions.“Five out of every 10 magazines and newspapers will go out of business, scale down their frequency or move entirely to the Web,” predicts Andy Cohn, vice president and group publisher, Fader Media. “This will not just be survival of the fittest, rather survival of the most willing and able to adapt to the changing media paradigm and throw all of the old rules out the window.” There were 335 new magazines launched in 2008, according to MediaFinder.com, an online database of U.S. and Canadian magazines. Or 634, according to University of Mississippi professor Samir Husni. Or 191, according to Magazine Publishers of America. What these observers do all agree on is that the number is down significantly from 2007. Husni says that the number of new magazines with frequency of four or more issues per year was 191 in 2008, down from 233 in 2007. On the other hand, print has faced hard times before and the right publication can still find success. Many people claim a downturn is the right time to launch to catch your competition off-guard (Fortune famously launched just four months after the stock market crash of 1929). The Atlantic, fresh off a redesign and a July/August issue that sold 83,300 copies, one of the top five in its 150-year history, announced it will raise its rate base from 400,000 to 450,000 with the January 2009 issue. Reader’s Digest is set to debut three new magazines in the first quarter of 2009 (after launching five new titles in 2007), including The Purpose Driven Connection, which borrows from the celebrity-driven model of Everyday With Rachel Ray to team with Dr. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life. The quarterly magazine is part of a multimedia platform including DVDs, downloadable discussion guides and a social networking Web site. Despite the odds, print still has a place for publishers with the right audience. This article looks at how publishers are approaching the process of launching a print magazine today, from identifying the opportunity to getting funding to rightsizing the launch to dealing with costs and revenue.Is Print Still Viable? Just like no smart publisher launches a new print product without a digital component (which increasingly is becoming the primary component), no smart publisher believes that any one revenue stream is coming to the rescue. Online ad revenue continues to grow, but expectations are being reigned in. Online ad spending grew 7 percent in the third quarter of 2008 according to TNS Media Intelligence, which sounds good until you realize that’s less than half of the 17.2 percent growth online advertising posted in the third quarter of 2007. Digital publishers are starting to feel the squeeze as well, including TechTarget, which laid off 76 people in December (and shuttered its only two print titles).Trade shows, the purported savior of b-to-b media, posted the first revenue drop as a category in seven years for the first three quarters of 2008, down 3.7 percent according to American Business Media’s Business Information Network. Not only are slashed travel budgets affecting show attendance, but with those remaining employees now taking on the jobs of the two or three other colleagues who weren’t as lucky, who can take time out to attend a show?And while CEOs may talk digital publicly, privately they’re still looking for print to come through. New print advertisers were the second-fastest growing revenue stream (after online) for both consumer and b-to-b publishers in 2008, according to FOLIO:’s Consumer and B-to-B CEO Surveys. In 2008, 52.5 percent of consumer publishing CEOs and 61 percent of b-to-b CEOs said they expected increased revenue from new print advertisers. The cost of selling print advertising has declined in recent years, according to ABM’s Financial Trend Report and a recent Slate.com article said that the typical online CPM is worth between one-seventh and one-tenth of print CPM. (Although some publishers are entrenching in old models too much—Conde Nast recently cut more than three dozen online staffers as well as most of its Portfolio.com staff). “We’re not hearing anybody walking away from print,” says Roberta Garfinkle, senior vice president and director of print strategy at media buyer TargetCast. “Advertisers are looking to us to be more vigilant about how we spend print dollars and really scrutinize ABC or BPA statements. We’re talking to magazines more about their plans for the coming years—including changes in circulation and the editorial product in the down economy, but we’re not hearing anybody say, ‘We’re not doing print, print is in trouble.’ In fact, we have one client who hasn’t done print in a while who’s coming back to magazines. They think it’s a viable medium and the message they want to convey for 2009 is a perfect fit for print.” New launches can get on an advertiser’s radar—if they offer the right fit. “What attracts the advertiser is what has always attracted advertisers—edit synergy,” says Garfinkle. “How is this advertiser’s message going to fit in the edit environment? We do a deep dive on numbers, audience, circulation. That’s not changing in any way. Convince me you’ve done your homework and you’ve got enough money to support this magazine.” Health titles posted 41 new launches in 2008, according to MediaFinder.City and regional magazines posted the second-most new launches, thanks to a lower barrier to entry in building lists and creating distribution than for national publishers. “We are in the process right now of surveying regional publishers to find out what’s going on in two specific areas, and in the course of that, what we’ve found is that not only is print far from dead, it’s quite the contrary,” says Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, a firm specializing in strategic assessments and mergers and acquisitions for regional magazines. “A few publishers have used this timeframe (smartly), to launch the new print products that they’ve wanted to do, which they know will work, and which as yet have no competitors,” continues Mac Leod. “Launching a business in a recession can be good business, because it allows the new magazine time to develop recognition in the marketplace, so that by the time the advertising market starts to come back strongly, the new product has already established a foothold.”Food titles were the third biggest category for launches. (According to Garfinkle, Food Network Magazine, the collaboration between Hearst and The Food Network, is the one new title generating significant buzz among major advertisers.)New Role for PrintThe role of the magazine is changing. Weeklies are disappearing and while monthlies still work, annuals and bi-monthlies are becoming Web-based supplements. Costs are changing as well—personnel expenses are being streamlined while some publishers are intentionally boosting paper quality for magazines, with good results. “Magazines are still a great way to declare community and build a bond between audience, author and advertiser,” Federated Media founder and chairman John Battelle told FOLIO: recently. “But given the reality of the economics, only certain kinds of magazines make sense anymore. High-end production value? Yes. The reverse? Yes. In the middle? Not so much.”Most publishers have shelved plans for new print launches in 2009—or at least those as multi issue standalones. “I would not consider launching a magazine in 2008-2009,” says Access Intelligence CEO Don Pazour. “On the other hand, I would support single-themed print extensions of our e-businesses and events. There is something enduring and attractive about print that cannot be matched with events or online businesses but I believe it will and must take on a different role than the periodical publications.” Some titles prove print can still connect with a younger audience. WWE launched WWE Kids in April 2008 as a way to build its fan base. “Research shows that the earlier the introduction to the brand, the more likely people are to stick with it,” says publishing director Bob Lee. “When we went out to introduce the kids magazine, we spoke to some of our partners and the question wasn’t why, it was more like ‘Why have you waited so long?’”Still, WWE is a bit under the radar for media buyers, many of whom just think of the brand as live events, according to Lee. “We have 2.6 million 6 to 14-year-olds who watch the show weekly as well as attend the events,” he adds. “The numbers are there.”Initial circulation out of the gate was 75,000, but the WWE is now estimating to do about 100,000 at a $3.95 cover price. “We had Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us buy in out of the gate,” Lee says. “Walmart eliminated over 1,000 magazines in 2008 [including SI Kids], but we were one of the ones they added.”To drive subscriptions, WWE submitted one four-page insert in one issue of WWE Kids and got 10,000 sign ups. The introductory offer is six issues for $20. WWE Kids was bi-monthly in 2008 and the company plans to take it to nine times in 2009.“I feel as though the goal for launching a magazine in this climate is to try and break even,” says Lee. “That was our goal but we were able to surpass it and we will make a profit on it in its first year.”In October 2008, WWE launched WWE Kids UK and in early 2009, the company will debut WWE Kids Mexico and WWE Kids Spain. “We’ve got four to six others in the works that we anticipate launching at some point in 2009,” says Lee. When Print is the Right ChoiceIn March 2009, Advanstar will debut Optometry Times, but executive vice president Steve Morris is quick to downplay the role of print. “The reality is that we aren’t really excited about opening more print publications in this environment,” he says. “Our strategy has clearly moved to digital with the launch of [online hub] modernmedicine.com. Our strategy isn’t about launching more print; it’s about primary and secondary targeting with more accountability, more syndication and more reach for clients. However, it became financially easy to make this decision [to launch Optometry Times] even in a tough print environment, since the financials are very good.” Optometry Times will call on the strong readership and successful platform of Ophthalmology Times for a 33,000 controlled circ. “We want to make sure that we have three legs of the stool on the optometry side,” says Morris. “It’s very easy to make the decision to tap into optometry in print, the same as we are doing in events and digital. The optometry market is 33 percent larger in print than ophthalmology.”In the ophthalmology market, Advanstar sees 50 percent of its revenue from print and 50 percent from digital and events. Optometry is a more mature market. “Market research tells us that 55 percent of respondents prefer to read optometry journals in print, 3 percent prefer to read online, and 43 percent would like to have both print and online,” adds The Ophthalmology Times group publisher Lauri B. Jorgensen. “By and large, this community, like many other specialty areas, still prefers print. Another critical element we took into consideration is the fact that online search and e-media education are still largely driven through print magazines.”Publishers have long dealt with the fact that their print and online audiences are often separate (part of the reason, at least on the b-to-b side, is that print products are qualified while online products are typically open to anyone who registers). When Wired launched, the magazine attempted to get online readers’ physical addresses by offering to send them a free report. “The presumption was that a large percentage of people would also be print subscribers and vice versa,” says Greg Jones, co-owner of consultancy Granite Bay Media. “Not only was there not a big overlap—less than 5 percent—but a very large percentage of online readers weren’t even aware of Wired’s print product.” While many existing magazines are focusing more on digital, Success, which relaunched last March under new owners VideoPlus, saw print as essential. “Success has been a print product for 116 years, that’s where the heritage is,” says publisher Darren Hardy. “There is a different audience for print and online. I live online all day. When it comes to long narrative, I don’t read it online. It’s a lean-forward experience on your computer. The same guy who will sit on his couch for three hours will have incredible ADD on the computer. There will always be a place for print. Will it shrink? Yes. Can you serve both audiences now? Yes. Success as a magazine is a branding effort for us. There’s credibility in a print publication, on the newsstand, that you mail out, in living color. I think Success would be a tenth of its value if we just brought it back as a digital edition.”McGraw-Hill’s new HQ, which was announced in December, targets building owners and developers as well as design and construction professionals. The magazine will be published twice per year to start, while a Web site will serve a different audience more frequently. “The print and online audiences are complimentary,” says Norbert W. Young, president of McGraw-Hill Construction. “Our research shows that when the CEO sees something they’re interested in, they will go to the corporate real estate people to find out more. That’s where the Web comes in, to serve as a resource for that real estate person.” MORElast_img read more

Fear looms over Sylhet polls too

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury (L) and Awami League mayoral candidate Badaruddin Ahmad Kamran in the roundtable. Photo: Prothom AloFollowing the recent city polls in Khulna and Gazipur, candidates of opposition parties and members of the civil society have also expressed their concern about holding free and fair elections in Sylhet city.The mayoral candidate of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), however, has expressed his confidence in a fair election.These views were expressed at a roundtable, ‘Sylhet City Corporation: What Kind of Elections We Want’, organised by Prothom Alo at a restaurant in Sylhet on Tuesday.Six of the seven mayoral candidates, local government expert Dr. Tofail Ahmed, six representatives of civil society and two young voters took part in the roundtable.A crisis of confidence in the institutions has been created among the people, the opposition candidates and the civil society representatives said.It is the responsibility of the election commission (EC) to create an environment of confidence, they said.AL mayoral candidate Badaruddin Ahmad Kamran expressed his full confidence in free and fair polls.I have been in politics since 1973. All the elections held in Sylhet were fair, he said.Principal opposition BNP’s candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury disagreed with the views of Kamran.“The signs are saying the Sylhet city election won’t be impartial and fair… Policemen are threatening my probable agents. Details of the polling agents and presiding officers are being taken,” he said.I’ve submitted my allegations to the election commission but to no avail. There is no assurance of a level playing field for all the candidates, Ariful added.Read More: All but AL candidates fear Gazipur-Khulna like polls in BarishalBNP’s rebel and independent candidate Md Badruzzaman Selim said he put up some 50,000 campaign posters, but all of them are removed. However, the posters of ruling party candidate remain untouched, he alleged.Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) nominated mayoral candidate Md Abu Zafar said, “Once Sylhet was a green city. Trees have cut down in the name of beautification.”Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sylhet city unit Ameer and an independent candidate Ehsanul Mahbub Zubayer said something good cannot be expected in a country where 153 lawmakers are elected uncontested.Independent candidate Ehsanul Haque Taher said the law enforcement and the election commission have to play a neutral role to hold a fair election.Local governance expert Tofail Ahmad said currently a culture of fear prevails due to the authoritarian system from union parishad to the city corporation. This needs to be changed.Faruk Mahmud Chowdhury, the Sylhet unit president of Citizens for Good Governance, a civil society platform better known Shujan, said, “We want the election commission to play a role like a referee of the World Cup football but we can’t expect this.”National women lawyers’ association Sylhet division unit president Syeda Shirin Akhtar, Sylhet district lawyers’ association former president Emdad Ullah Shahidul Islam, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology professor Nazia Chowdhury, poet Tushar Kar and Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) Sylhet unit general secretary Abdul Karim Chowdhury Kim, new voters physician Tayef Ahmed Chowdhury and SUST student Nafisa Kabir, among others, spoke at the roundtable.Prothom Alo joint editor Sohrab Hasan moderated the event while its deputy editor Lazzat Enab Mahsi delivered the opening statement. Prothom Alo’s staff correspondent in Sylhet Uzzal Mehedi introduced the discussants.last_img read more

NASA Astronaut at ISS Will Chat With MD Anderson Kids Today

first_img Share NASASome childhood cancer patients will chat Friday with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station wearing a hand-painted spacesuit they helped decorate.NASA says astronaut Kate Rubins will wear the suit, dubbed “Courage,” during a 20-minute chat Friday afternoon with patients from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Rubins has a degree in cancer biology. NASA says she will answer questions from the patients.Three hand-painted suits have been created through the project that NASA says is designed “to raise awareness about the benefits of pairing art with medicine.”Click here to view the Earth-to-space call live on NASA Television at 2:55 p.m.last_img

Researchers replace the genes of E coli bacteria with synthesized genome

first_img © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: Julius Fredens et al. Total synthesis of Escherichia coli with a recoded genome, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1192-5 Citation: Researchers replace the genes of E. coli bacteria with synthesized genome (2019, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-genes-coli-bacteria-genome.html The genetic code is the program of life—its arrangement leads to protein creation that controls the functions inside cells. The genome of any given organism is quite complex, yet it is based on just three sets of DNA bases. Each of the three can hold just one of four bases, which means there are just 64 possible combinations. But there are only 20 amino acids, which means there must be some codes in a given genome that are not needed. Prior research has shown that at least some of those codes are used as backups (redundancies) while some are used for other purposes, and many are not yet understood. In this new effort, the researchers had two goals: The first was to synthesize the genome of an E. coli bacterium in their lab—all four million letters of it. The second was to find out what would happen to such a specimen if some of its DNA redundancies were removed.The researchers report that they achieved both objectives by recoding the E. coli DNA on a computer with multiple redundancies removed. Once the desired genome was redesigned, it was split up and sent to a DNA synthesizer. The output from the DNA still needed tweaking, however, which meant the team had to stitch together smaller pieces into longer ones before it could be put into a living E. coli bacterium—they named it Syn61 because only 61 of the 64 possible codes were used.The researchers report that it took longer for the special bacterial specimen to grow, but other than that, it behaved just like unedited specimens. They suggest that in future efforts, it might be possible to replace the redundancies they removed with other sequences to create bacteria with special abilities, such as making new types of biopolymers not found in nature.center_img Journal information: Nature Researchers design and partially assemble a synthetic Escherichia coli genome A team of researchers at Cambridge University has replaced the genes of E. coli bacteria with genomes they synthesized in the lab. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes replacing the genome and removing redundant genetic codes. Escherichia coli. Credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIHlast_img read more

The Technology which Allowed the Vikings to Rule the Seas

first_imgRecently, Professor Andreas Hennius of Uppsala University in Sweden published a paper which indicates that the production of pitch increased many-fold just at the time when the Scandinavians were beginning their expansion in the early Middle Ages. Pitch was a crucial ingredient in the crafting of wooden sea-going vessels. It coated the wood, and along with other various elements, such as straw and/or leather, was used to fill the cracks and seams that came with ship production. Without pitch, the long voyages of the Vikings would have been impossible.One of the large tar-production pits from a forested area to the north of Uppsala, and the section drawing from the excavation. Photograph courtesy of Upplandsmuseet; drawing by Hennius et al. CC BY SA 4.0Not only did the Vikings perfect almost completely water-proof pitch, but they made it on an industrial scale.In recent times, historians, economists, and archaeologists have been putting together a picture of an incredibly advanced culture – radically different from the image of the uncivilized savages that were held before the latter part of the last century.In the time before the Viking Age, known as the “Scandinavian Bronze Age,” the Northmen began to develop sleek vessels for crossing the North and Baltic Seas to raid the coast of close territories.Schematic section of a tar kiln with a tar outlet pipe in the bottom, used in Scandinavia in historical times (letters I and J are not used) (translation from Bergström 1941: part II, p. 57). CC BY SA 4.0These were smaller vessels, and we know what they look like because those who sailed in them left stone carvings throughout the North and Baltic Seas’ coasts. Between 100 AD and 600 AD the pitch was made in small pits, each capable of producing enough for a small local fleet.In the 700s, the Vikings began to sail their famous long-ships. They probably sailed in small groups, representing their local chieftain. They banded together for safety, for though the Vikings had little to fear from the other cultures of the area, they did prey on each other — earls and warlords fighting each other for control and riches.Viking Ship Museum – Oseberg ship. Photo by Vassia Atanassova – Spiritia CC BY SA 3.0As territories became larger, the fleets and armies grew, as did the need for protecting what had been won. By the time the raids on England, France, and Russia began in earnest, those fleets sometimes contained hundreds of vessels. Viking influence was set so deep in the British Isles that many Viking words are still used in the English language today. Check out the video on this topic:Think of what it took to build and coordinate this type of invasion. Timing, sourcing, means of production, skilled and unskilled workers (slaves) – sometimes in areas hundreds of miles apart, all had to be coordinated with each other.Funnel-shaped feature used for tar production in the Roman Iron Age and a schematic reconstruction drawing (amended from Kurzweil & Todtenhaupt 1998). Photograph courtesy of Upplandsmuseet CC BY SA 4.0One thing Scandinavia had in absolute abundance is wood. Wood on a monumental scale had to be found, cut down, transported, crafted and put together. Cloth sails: linen and other cloth had to be either imported or produced, then made.For example, the size of the Great Heathen Army which invaded England in 865 AD is estimated at anywhere between six and fifteen thousand (Viking historians are still hotly debating the question). The largest of the Viking long-ships carried somewhere between sixty and eighty men. Assuming a force of ten thousand men, and an average of sixty-five men per ship means a fleet of over 150 ships. A much larger capacity than most ships at the time.Modern replica of a Viking Knarr.This does not include the possible use of the “knar,” the Viking version of the cargo ship. The production of this fleet must have involved a majority of the population. It’s possible food producers and blacksmiths were also Vikings, but either way, tens of thousands of people supported the fleets and their construction. And then there’s Professor Hennius’ discovery of pitch production.Professor Hennius and his colleagues found remnants of tar pits big enough to make 300 liters of pitch at a time. Again much more efficient than most other ships at the time.They dated the larger pits they found to the years between 680 and 900 AD, the period of the great Viking raids. Initially, the pitch pits were close by the Viking settlements on the coast, but as more of the pinewood needed to make pitch/resin were cut down, the production moved farther and farther away from settled areas.Read another story from us: The Key Role Vikings Played in the History of IrelandThis would have added another wrinkle in the Northmen’s pitch production – wood had to found and pitch made – both needed to be transferred to the coast.last_img read more

If Golden State Didnt Work For KD How Will The Nets

first_imgAlso:-Lakers/Raptors/Clippers Kawhi backup plans-Colin’s top 10 sports villains-Surprise guest: Earthquake <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>If the Warriors didn’t work for KD, how will the Nets?Reports are emerging that Kevin Durant didn’t care for Steve Kerr during his time in Golden State, and Colin thinks it shows that KD is at least partly responsible for the divorce and breakup of the dynasty.Kerr is one of thee most well liked – and respected – people in the league, and KD’s inability to get along with him shows he’s just difficult to please in general. If winning titles with one of the premier organization’s in sports doesn’t make him happy, how will the Nets and flaky Kyrie Irving? Guests:Ric Bucher, Cuttino Mobley, Cousin Sal, Todd Fuhrman, and Jason McIntyrelast_img read more

Global DNS Service Market worth 600 million by 2025

first_imgDNS Service Market The global DNS Service market is predicted to reach 600 million  by 2025 and is projected to grow with a striking growth rate of 12% over the forecast period 2018-2025, divulges a latest research report presented by Big Market Research.  The DNS Service Market is continuously growing across the world over the coming years. The major driving factor of global DNS Service market are increasing awareness to safeguard the websites from various attacks, growing number of internet user and low cost associated with DNS service. In addition, rising E-business and increasing DNS communications in the association to progress the streamline management and performance among others.Request for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2866286?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe major restraining factor of global DNS service market are availability of free DNS providers and high installation cost. Domain Name System (DNS) it is way which the domain names of the internet are sited and are converted into internet protocol addresses. The process of DNS resolution involves converting a hostname into a computer-friendly IP address. Domain Name System (DNS) offers various benefit such as it can browse the internet worldwide, no need for memorizing IP addresses, security enhancement and DNS servers have fast internet connections. Moreover, this allow users to memorize URL address and also allows private servers made by home users to be freely available yet somewhat shielded from having their IP address publicly known.This report is a professional and comprehensive research of the global DNS Service industry based on the major regional market situations, key driving factors, major competitors, and size & scope of the market. Firstly, the report introduces the DNS Service market basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials, and so on. The report also presents Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis. Furthermore, the competitive scenario in different regions is outlined in the report to assist leading market players, new entrants, and stakeholders determine emerging economies.Global DNS Service Market: Regional Segment AnalysisNorth America– U.S., CanadaEurope– UK, Germany.Asia Pacific– China, India, JapanLatin America– Brazil, Mexico, Rest of the WorldThe report also presents detailed information about the major players as well as some minor players of the DNS Service sector.The Key Players mentioned in our report: AWS, Cloudflare, Google, Oracle, Verisign, Akamai Technologies, Cdnetworks, DNS Made Easy, IBM, Microsoft, Neustar, NsoneAvail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2866286?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe research reveals the performance of each player active in the industry. In addition, the report offers an overview of recent developments of each player in the market. All these insights provided in the report are valuable to anyone interested in investing in the DNS Service industry. These insights may help them in determining the strength of their competitors and take the required steps to gain a dominant position in the industry.Additionally, the research report delivers a complete analysis of the key segments of the DNS Service sector with the help of charts, graphs, and tables. An overview of each market segment such as type, application, and region are also provided in the report. Investors, stakeholders, product managers, marketing officials, and other professionals in search of detailed data on supply, demand, and future predictions would find the report beneficial.This research report is prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market by expert analysts. The insights provided in the report would help stakeholders determine investment suitability and market players to take hold of opportunities for partnerships, collaborations, and agreements.Buy Now @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/checkout/sales/914?utm_source=SHASHI Table of ContentsChapter 1. Executive Summary1.1. Market Snapshot1.2. Key Trends1.3. Global & Segmental Market Estimates & Forecasts, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.3.1. DNS Service Market, by Type, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.3.2. DNS Service Market, by Vertical, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.3.3. DNS Service Market, by Region, 2015-2025 (USD Billion)1.4. Estimation Methodology1.5. Research AssumptionChapter 2. DNS Service Market Definition and Scope2.1. Objective of the Study2.2. Market Definition & Scope2.2.1. Industry Evolution2.2.2. Scope of the Study2.3. Years Considered for the Study2.4. Currency Conversion RatesChapter 3. DNS Service Market Dynamics3.1. See Saw Analysis3.1.1. Market Drivers3.1.2. Market Challenges3.1.3. Market OpportunitiesAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct: +1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll-Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Ramadaan Tarawie circuit for Ladysmith

first_imgAs the holy month of Ramadaan is a day away, special arrangements have been made at all mosques of the town for offering ‘Tarawie’ prayers. For this, ‘hafiz’ (persons who have memorised the Quran) have been appointed in mosques to lead this special prayer.Tonight will be the first Tarawie, whereby billions of Muslims will perform this special prayer after the last daily prayer, which is Esha Namaaz.The word ‘Tarawie’ comes from an Arabic word which means to rest and relax. The prayer can be long (well over an hour), during which one stands upright to read from the Quran and performs cycles of movement (standing, bowing, sitting). After each cycle, one sits for a brief period for rest before continuing.This is why the prayer is called Tarawie (rest prayer).In Tarawie prayers, the hafiz recites the Quran and the ‘namazis’ listen to its verses with rapt attention. All 30 chapters of the Quran are recited in the Tarawie prayers.During the offering of prayers, the person should be calm and composed and attentively hear the lines of the Quran which are recited.In keeping with a trend that the late AK Panchbhaya started decades ago, I will endeavour to update the local Muslim community as to who will lead the Tarawie prayers in Ladysmith during this month of Ramadaan.It is my fervent prayer that AKP be granted the highest abode in Paradise.Central Musjid: Qari Muzammil Hoosen, Mohamed Ismail Asmal, Riyaad Goolam Hoosen Hansa. Soofie Musjid: Mohamed Ebrahim Moola, Mubashir Omar Farouk Khan, Moosa Mohamed Asmal.Acaciavale Jamaat Khaana: ML Mohamed Atiqullah, Omar Farouk Khan, Naeem Goolam Kader, Shuaib Bashir Khan. Al Kibriya: Tahir Moola, Irshad Arbee, ML Abdullah Vawda. Darul Quran: ML Ahmed Limbada, Zubair Patel, Ayoob Patel. Dadabhay Residence: ML Ahmed Dadabhay, Darul Uloom Qadria Ghareeb Nawaaz: Qari Izhar, Darul Khair: Azhar I Vawda, Muhammad Y Vawda.Musjid-ud-Dawah (Poona Road): Qari Ashif Padalya, Musjid Maseeullah Khan (Rose Park): ML Ahmed Seedat, Talha Seedat. Madressa Maseeullah Khan (Rose Park): ML Muntasir Ismail, Adam Panchbhaya, Abdullah Seedat.Steadville Musjid: Mohammed Ballim,Yusuf Desai, Abdulla Omarjee. Platrand Jamaat Khaana: Ashraf Asmal, Mohammed Asmal, Zaheer Jogiat. Tsakane Musjid: Zaheer Asmal, Hassan Asmal, Ebrahim Peer.Al Islamiya Musjid (Acaciavale East): Junaid Khan, Arif Shaikh, Istiaaq.Sincere appreciation to various individuals who supplied the above information.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 22 2019 7

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2019 7:59 am PDT LONDON — The younger brother of the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester has been kept in custody at a bail hearing.Hashem Abedi appeared at Oxford Crown Court on Monday via video-link from Belmarsh Prison in southeast London.Judge Nigel Sweeney ordered the 22-year-old to be placed in custody before a preliminary court hearing at the Old Bailey in London or in Oxford on July 30.Abedi travelled to Libya before his older brother detonated his suicide vest on May 22, 2017. He is suspected of helping plan the attack.He faces almost two dozen counts of murder for the attack’s victims, one count of attempted murder for those injured and one count of conspiring with his brother to cause explosions.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Manchester concert bombing suspect kept in custody Undated photo issued Wednesday July 17, 2019, by Force for Deterrence in Libya, showing Hashem Abedi, the brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi. British police said Wednesday that Hashem Abedi, a key suspect in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people, has been arrested at a London airport after being extradited from Libya. (Force for Deterrence in Libya via AP) last_img read more