This fall, teens participating in a safe driving program have the opportunity to help their high school win a $100,000 grant and a private concert from acclaimed indie-pop siblings Echosmith, known for their hit single ‘Cool Kids’.State Farm and Echosmith team up for Celebrate My Drive and offer high school students a chance to win a private concertDuring the 2015-2016 high school year, State Farm is collaborating with Echosmith as part of its annual Celebrate My Drive program. The program, which initially began in 2012, emphasizes the positives of safe driving and celebrates teens across the country for their dedication to safe driving habits, like Drive2N2 – 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel. In 2014, more than 6 million safe driving commitments were made by teens and their communities.Video: Celebrate My Drive® 2015 Overview featuring Echosmith“It was only a few years ago that some of us were getting our driver’s licenses and we remember that exciting time,” said Sydney Sierota, lead singer of the LA-based Echosmith. “Safety for teen drivers is a major issue today, so we’re thrilled to be working with State Farm on Celebrate My Drive to encourage safe driving during teens’ first years behind the wheel. We hope through this program, we’ll bring awareness to this important issue and potentially help save lives.”This year’s celebration puts teens and their high schools front and center. From Oct. 12 starting at 7:00 a.m. CT through Oct. 25 ending at 12:59 p.m., high school administrators will submit their high school’s creative proposals addressing teen driver safety issues in their communities via www.celebratemydrive.com. Submissions are to include creative elements showcasing the key program message, #Drive2N2. High schools that submit a proposal will be in the running to be the top 100 Finalists for public voting and the chance to win one of the 22 $100,000 grants available. The 22 winners will include 11 small high schools and 11 large high schools, based on student enrollment. In addition to the grant, one high school will win a private Echosmith concert at their high school.Once creative proposals, including photos and videos, are submitted and finalists identified, the public will vote on their favorite entries. The voting process is open to any U.S. resident (ages 14 and up) beginning at 12:01 a.m. CT on Nov. 9 and will remain open through 11:59 p.m. CT on Nov. 13.“Getting a driver’s license is an awesome opportunity for a teen, but is also a huge responsibility for themselves and others they share the road with”, said Ed Gold, Advertising Director for State Farm. “Building this relationship with Echosmith allows us to connect directly with the young adult audience to remind them to #Drive2N2. As the leading Auto Insurance company in the U.S. for over 70 years, we want all teens and all drivers to drive safely. Our Celebrate My Drive program encourages teens to understand that driving safely is cool and can save lives, while they celebrate the opportunity and the freedom that comes from learning to drive.”The Celebrate My Drive program engages teens and the adults who influence them to have supportive and positive conversations about safe driving. Sadly, for more than 30 years, car crashes have been the leading cause of teen deaths. For official rules, visit www.celebratemydrive.com.
LANSING, Mich. — The Latest on Michigan’s new minimum wage and paid sick time laws (all times local):2:55 p.m.Republican lawmakers are asking the Michigan Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of their unprecedented strategy to preemptively approve citizen-initiated minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements and then water down the laws after the election.The move Wednesday comes a week after a Democratic senator requested Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel’s legal opinion on the manoeuvr. If she determines that the tactic was illegal, the more generous minimum wage and earned sick day laws could take effect March 28, though a lawsuit would likely be filed.It is rare for the high court to issue an advisory opinion, which could pre-empt any court challenge against the laws.Republicans say getting a high court opinion soon would avoid lengthy litigation and clear up the matter for businesses and workers.___10:25 a.m.The Republican-led Michigan Senate is asking the state Supreme Court to rule on the legality of an unprecedented manoeuvr by which citizen-initiated minimum wage and paid sick leave laws were watered down.The Senate on Wednesday sought an advisory opinion from the justices, an attempt to bypass what could be lengthy litigation. The move comes after a Democratic senator asked Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel to advise whether the strategy was constitutional.To prevent the measures from going to the electorate in November, after which they would have been much harder to change if voters had passed them, Republicans legislators preemptively approved them so they could be pared back with simple majority votes and the signature of then-Gov. Rick Snyder.The minimum wage and leave laws take effect next month.The Associated Press
OSHAWA, Ont. — GM Canada says it will invest $850-million in Canadian research and development at its complex in Oshawa, Ont., as part of its obligations under the 2009 bailout.Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who attended the announcement, says the money represents “exciting future implications” with ripple effects that will be felt “far and wide.”Hardworking people, the company and government worked together to solve an enormous problem and now here we are today, looking forward with hopeThe federal and Ontario governments invested a total of $10.5-billion in GM Canada in 2009 as the automaker struggled to survive the economic downturn.“We did what was necessary to support and stabilize Canada’s economy,” Harper said Tuesday.“This is a good story. Hardworking people, the company and government worked together to solve an enormous problem and now here we are today, looking forward with hope.”The investment, which GM said will be made between 2009 to 2016, is aimed at meeting R&D spending commitments GM made under the bailout.“Today’s announcement honours that promise and it demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to value-added manufacturing in our country,” Harper said.[np-related]“Over the years GM’s massive knowledge investment will permeate Canadian centres of learning and industry. The ripple effects will be felt far and wide.”Harper, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty were among the politicians attending the event.Flaherty said the investment “will continue to build on our advantages and help strengthen Canada’s automotive sector to remain competitive on the world stage.”GM says the investment in R&D at the Canadian Engineering Centre will make the facility an integral part of its global engineering and R&D networks.The money will also go toward enhancing partnerships with automotive suppliers, including “new co-development projects and greater opportunities for start-ups to access funding through GM Ventures.”GM said it would also focus on further developing technology relationships with Canadian universities, institutes, suppliers and manufacturers.The Oshawa plant builds many GM models — from the Impala and Camaro to the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Regal — and employs more than 4,500 people.Last August, the company announced a $117-million investment at the assembly plant to prepare it to build the new Cadillac XTS.The Oshawa assembly plant has had major changes in the last two years, with new vehicle models and expanded production that has added two new shifts and 1,300 jobs.In Canada, the company shut down a truck plant in Oshawa and a transmission plant in Windsor, Ont., and cut its workforce.Since the restructuring, GM has eliminated all but four of its brands and has transformed itself into a much leaner, more profitable company.GM Canada employs about 10,000 people at its Ontario-based operations. The company operates assembly plants in Oshawa and Ingersoll and parts plants in St. Catharines.
As the most senior UN Official in the country, Ms. Singer will lead the UN Country Team of 22 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies and act as the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka. She has close to 3 decades of experience with the UN.A national of Egypt, Ms. Singer holds a Master’s degree in Political Sociology and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. (Colombo Gazette) Prior to this appointment, Ms. Singer held several senior management positions in UNICEF offices across the world, including Associate Regional Director UNICEF Geneva, as well as, Country Representative for UNICEF Syria, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. She has led humanitarian programmes in Burundi and Haiti, and managed cross border humanitarian operations to Afghanistan and Iraq among other areas. The new United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, Hanaa Singer, assumed duties in Sri Lanka, the UN office in Colombo said today.Hanaa Singer presented her credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at his residence and also called on Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs, earlier this week.
Brock University is saddened by the death of Vladislav (Victor) Tomovich.Tomovich taught sociology at Brock for 30 years and was a visiting professor at many universities around the world.Tomovich died Aug. 1 after a lengthy illness. He will be remembered for his passion for life, his energy, his story telling, his love of travel and his award-winning photography.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Brock’s Department of Sociology.
The children – 69 boys and 13 girls between the ages of 8 and 17 – had reportedly been recruited during the past six months by elements of Mayi Mayi Bakata Katanga, according to a news release issued by the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO).They were identified and separated through concerted efforts by child protection agencies working together in Kibwela, Moba Territory, and Kayumba, Manono Territory – all in Katanga province. About half of the children were immediately reunited with their families, while the others are receiving interim care pending reunification. “We are extremely concerned by continued reports of active recruitment by Mayi Mayi Bakata Katanga and other armed groups in eastern DRC,” said Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MONUSCO. “Children face unacceptable risks when they are recruited for military purposes,” he noted. “The recruitment of children, particularly those under 15 years of age, could constitute a war crime and those responsible must be held to account.” The mission stated that, since the beginning of the year, 163 children have been separated from Mayi Mayi Bakata Katanga by MONUSCO and child protection partners.
‘We were pleased to host the event, especially for something as fundamentally important to the British motor industry as this diesel engine’, said SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘If we are to address environmental issues in a sustainable manner, this type of approach has to be the way forward.’ The ULCCC is a two year, government-supported programme looking to develop an affordable, five-door vehicle with well-to-wheel CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km. The resulting vehicle must retain all the features of a conventional car in its class, whilst delivering equitable performance. Working within a UK government initiative, British engineering consultancy Zytek has developed an economical and environmentally friendly diesel engine which can be used in most popular vehicle sectors. Launched in early December at Forbes House in the presence of Dr Stephen Ladyman, minister of state for transport, this new technology means that vehicle owners could drive across London‘s extended congestion charge zone for just four pence of fuel. The demonstration vehicle was built for the UK government’s Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge (ULCCC) and has exceeded all targets set for the programme, emitting an exceptional 85g/km CO2. At the launch, Dr Ladyman commented, ‘If we are going to cut carbon emissions from road transport we need innovative new technologies. This launch shows that there is the potential dramatically to reduce emissions from cars.’ The under 100g CO2 engine debuts at SMMT HQ Stephen Hart, transport programme manager with the EST, commends the development. ‘This is a considerable achievement. There is currently no production diesel hybrid and nothing that meets comparable cost targets. With Zytek’s technology, I can see this changing fairly soon.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Updated, 16:48CATHOLIC CARDINALS will begin their conclave to decide the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church next Tuesday, March 12.The decision to begin the conclave on Tuesday was made at a meeting of the 115 voting-age Cardinals this afternoon.The decision affirms the cardinals’ wishes to hold the conclave earlier than usual, in accordance in with one of the final acts of the previous pontiff.Church law previously dictated that the conclave had to begin 15 days after the papacy became vacant, but one of Benedict XVI’s last acts in office was to change this so that the conclave could be held earlier if all of the voting cardinals were already in Rome.Today’s vote follows days of meetings between cardinals which have actually doubled as informal pre-conclave talks on the problems of the church, and who might best address those problems if appointed to the papacy.Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?Glossary: Some of the terms you’ll hear during the Papal election
Apr 16th 2017, 7:00 PM Share Tweet Email 24,574 Views “So we keep on working.”This article was supported by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund. All photographs by Michael Sheils McNameeRead more from Michael’s reporting in Nicaragua:‘Even going to the gynaecologist might be seen as cheating’: Changing how one country views its women “Well, in our factory, if a woman is good looking she gets treated differently” A generation of women in Nicaragua are working to improve their lives in a society that isn’t always friendly to women. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3339084 12 Comments By Michael Sheils McNamee Michael Sheils McNamee reports from Nicaragua on some of the difficulties facing women there – and what they’re doing about them. THE CONFERENCE HALL and adjoining courtyard of the Holiday Inn in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua is teeming with 700 women who have travelled to the city to attend a gathering of factory workers.The attendees are waiting for the evening session of talks and discussions to begin, and in a departure from anything you might see at a union event in Ireland, a band playing traditional Nicaraguan music takes to the stage and some conference attendees launch into impromptu dancing.The event has been organised by women’s rights group Maria Elena Cuadra (MEC), which although not strictly a workers’ union, hosts this event to bring together female workers from the country’s maquilas (the word used to describe the foreign-owned factories based in Central America that often exist in areas with tax exemptions) on the first Sunday of March each year. Source: The Maria Elena Cuadra conference in Managua’s Holiday InnNicaragua’s government seeks out foreign direct investment and promotes the large amounts of unskilled or semi-skilled workers available in the country – but once these factories are established, the country’s officialdom is much less concerned with the treatment of these workers.During the morning sessions the workers attended workshops and shared their experiences of the conditions they have to endure, including having phones confiscated, only being allowed to use the toilet during prescribed times and even being given a limited amount of toilet paper by their managers.With a lack of support from the Nicaraguan government, groups like Maria Elena Cuadra have taken on a responsibility for the empowerment and advancement of female workers, who – in a country where a third of all children are raised by single-parent families – find themselves facing a unique set of challenges.‘If a woman is good looking she gets treated differently’Gathered in the courtyard next to the conference hall during the break for lunch, the women are keen to share their experiences.“They want the same amount of production, but a production line that might have had 14 women working on it previously now only has seven. They’ve gotten rid of a lot of staff,” says Katie, a factory worker in her 30s from the Tipitapa region in the north of the country. She says that some of her coworkers have fallen sick from stress and that in her factory they also had issues with using the toilets.“Well in our factory, if a woman is good looking she gets treated differently. They’re allowed to do different things. They’re not equal to everyone else,” says Ivania, who works in a factory in Managua. One of the discussion groups at the conferenceNext a middle-aged woman called Olga explains that the South Korean company that owns the factory she works in outmanoeuvred staff when a change in legislation meant it would have had to give them an increase of 200 cordobas a month (around €6).“So in January of this year there was a change that meant that we should receive the increase in pay,” she says, “So what happened was, we used to receive an allowance that we would use for transport and things like that for about the same amount.“So they put the extra money into the salary – and got rid of the allowance.”On average, most women said they were earning between 5,000 and 7,000 cordobas a month (€160 – €220).The majority of workers in the maquila factories are female, and three years ago at the same conference organised by Maria Elena Cuadra a document endorsed by 11 women’s organisations and two national trade unions outlined a list of demands that included the right of a woman not to lose her job for taking time off for maternity leave; companies to be prevented from forcing women to take a pregnancy or HIV test as a condition of employment; and the establishment of better mechanisms for reporting sexual harassment and violence.‘What’s the social result of all of this?’The mistreatment of the maquiladoras that staff the internationally-owned factories is happening against a backdrop of an economic upsurge for Nicaragua. In 2005 the country’s GDP was $6.3 billion, a figure that more than doubled to $12.7 billion by 2015.“But what is the social result of all of this? A lot of cheap labour,” says Sandra Ramos, the founder and director of Maria Elena Cuadra. Sandra Ramos at Maria Elena Cuadra’s offices in Managua“A lot of women are working like slaves for transnational textiles companies. And that is the thing that we want to change. The economy base in this country is the thing that we have to change.”More than 20 years ago Ramos was involved with the trade union affiliated with the government Sandinista party, but these days she has no faith that the party – led since the 1970s by Daniel Ortega, whose second spell as president started in 2007 – will make any meaningful advances for women.Nowhere is Ramos’s pessimism more justifiable than with the case of Law 779.This piece of legislation was the result of campaigning by her organisation and came into effect in June 2012. For the first time, the law criminalised violence against women – something that had previously been legislated for in other parts of Nicaraguan law – while simplifying and strengthening the process for a woman to report violence.Sensing a threat to the traditional family unit, conservative religious and political groups fought back, and in September 2013 the country’s legislature stripped key protections out of the law – meaning that mediation between victim and attacker was a possibility for crimes that included psychological violence, sexual harassment and assault either at home or in the workplace.Although participation in mediation is voluntary, financial pressure – like that piled on maquila workers struggling to cover basic living costs – could push women towards accepting mediation.In 2012, the year that Law 779 was introduced, there were 85 women killed in cases of femicide, which is defined as the murder of a woman when the motivation is gender based.Of these, 13 had agreed to mediation with the men who eventually murdered them.‘It is not something you can achieve in two or three years’“The life in Managua is more difficult, more than here,” says Fatima Ismael, the head of SOPPEXCCA, an group of coffee cooperatives based around the rural outpost of Jinotega in the north of the country.Like Maria Elena Cuadra, SOPPEXCCA is a female-headed organisation that is pushing for gender equality and has policies that aim to empower women. Fatima Ismael“Life in Managua is getting harder and there is more risk – in the rural community things are quieter,” she says.Sitting in the coffee shop next door to her organisation’s offices, she explains that the baristas working behind the counter are the sons and daughters of the farmers that grow the coffee in the surrounding areas.SOPPEXCCA was the first coffee organisation in the country to introduce a gender policy where members attended workshops on the subject, and currently 195 of the 650 farmers involved are women. It even funds primary schools in the local area, and children in these schools go through their education learning about gender equality.“The gender programme started because the coffee-growing sector in Nicaragua was in the hands of men. The land was in the hands of men. And there were so many problems with violence and discrimination against women,” explains Ismael.Coffee is Nicaragua’s biggest agricultural export, generating more than $400 million a year, (€376 million) and while women do around 70% of the labour involved in its harvest and cultivation, they only own 23% of the land, facilities and products.“The work to have gender equality is a long road. It is not something that you can achieve in two or three years,” says Ismael.“Really you are talking about a life’s work. We’ve had two centuries of oppression against women and it is not something that we can get rid of in 20 years. It’s a process.”‘Sometimes with this gender-based work with the co-op that focuses on gender there can be a lot of pain’The clearest example of SOPPEXCCA going beyond its remit of helping coffee farmers and working to empower women is with the health centre that it provided the funding for that serves the local community.“Up to this point we’ve had 4,000 women who have had smear tests with the doctor, but to put it that way it sounds so cold. It is more than just that. It is the story that we have with these women. We have have to advise them, we have to accompany them,” says Ismael.“Even when some of them are sitting outside of the office of the doctor, some of them get so nervous that they start crying.”Ismael tells us that once they started to administer the tests there were five women they found with cancer at too advanced a stage to be prevented; she pauses and tears come into her eyes.“Sometimes with this gender-based work with the co-op that focuses on gender there can be a lot of pain. Sometimes we feel a lot of pain when we think that we started so late with this programme.”‘So we keep on working’ Most of what the SOPPEXCCA leader had to say reflected on the big strides that her organisations had made for farmers, and with 32 other cooperatives around Nicaragua following their example and implementing similar gender policies, it seems that their message is spreading.This attitude of self-empowerment was also evident at the San Expedito Cooperative, a group of female entrepreneurs who produce a type of black pottery distinct to the region that is sold in SOPPEXCCA’s coffee shop in Jinotega.Situated around thirty minutes outside of the town, the facility has two pottery wheels, an oven where they can fire the products, and an area where they process the clay brought down from the surrounding mountains.A style of pottery production unique to the area means that the products have a distinctive glossy black colour that is achieved without chemicals or paint.Sazayda Kania Herra and Ana Herrera are two of the co-op’s 11 female members, and Herrera explains that most of the women have kilns in their homes so they are able to alternate the days that they come in and do work on the wheels. Ana Herrera (left) demonstrating how their pottery is madeThe idea of making pottery for a living in such an idyllic setting seems quite appealing, and both women find it amusing when asked if they think the men in the local area are jealous.“Probably! But they keep it to themselves,” says Kania Herra.She explains that her husband is a farm worker, and works in the field all day while she is responsible for the domestic chores.“No, my husband doesn’t help in the house because he is out working in the field all day and I don’t want to bother him doing domestic chores,” she says, “but he helps me with the other things, like with the pottery.”This didn’t seem to bother her, explaining that it worked well with them only having one child, and her having free time during the day.Herrera’s situation is different. She’s a single mother that lives with her parents. She has a pretty simple explanation about where the father of her child is.“I only have his child, he went away with another woman,” she says.“Everybody here has their own experience and different experiences. So, she is married,” she says, pointing to her colleague, “but I am a single parent and I live with my parents. My father works in agriculture in the field and my mother does domestic chores. Everybody has their role. My role is doing domestic chores, working here and also spending time with my kids.”“I am a single mother, but it’s up to me to continue to raise my children doing dignified work. Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 7:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
A Changed Deal MarketMac Leod says she’s seeing more distressed properties on the block. “The market is different not so much in that multiples have declined—which of course they have—but deal structures have changed,” she adds. “There is almost a requirement that deals need to be constructed without the aid of financing—it’s so tight, deals are getting done in spite of the banks. Buyers and sellers are creating deal structures that are much more creative than they’ve had to be in the past. There’s more willingness to mitigate the risk on both sides.”Still, multiples are down significantly from two years ago. “That’s not a blanket statement. We’ve done a couple deals this year at full value because the property warranted it and the buyer had the cash,” says Mac Leod. “But as a general rule, multiples are one to two times reduced. If they were 6x, they are now 4x.” Strategic buyers have replaced private equity. “None of the buyers are private equity—all are strategic,” says Mac Leod. “It’s about bank avoidance—avoiding any situation where you have to go to a bank and borrow money. That means less cash at closing and more protracted or deferred payment structures.” Zivyak Media Group, publisher of Berkshire Living, purchased the assets of San Jose from Renaissance Publications. San Jose folded in December 2008 and Zivyak plans to relaunch the magazine in 2010 with distribution of 30,000. Regional Media Advisors represented Zivyak in the deal.Some publishers are selling properties to employees. In July, The Providence Journal Co. sold 42,000-circ. Rhode Island Monthly to the magazine’s longtime president and publisher, John J. Palumbo.“While initially we were a standalone to ensure consistency for internal auditors, controls and expense allocations continued to grow,” says Palumbo. “These were smothering the business by being more than 10 percent of gross revenue budget.” Under independent ownership, the magazine will save more than $500,000, according to Palumbo. 2010 Initiatives: Themed Issues, New Launches, Digital PackagesEven the traditional stars of the city and regional market endured a tough year. Oklahoma Today finished 2009 down 9 percent in ad revenue. However, that’s partly because 2008 was so good, according to publisher Joan Henderson. “We had a phenomenal 2008, due largely to the production of our special Oklahoma City issue which was our best ad sales issue in the history of the magazine,” she adds. “We knew we wouldn’t be able to duplicate that success, so our 2009 numbers came in just about where we thought they would.”Oklahoma Today had difficulty selling ads for its September/October 2009 issue, which was a regular issue with no particular focus (the magazine closed with 84 pages, compared to 204 in 2008). In response, Oklahoma Today will run themed issues throughout 2010. “Colleges and Main Street have already been published and Travel, Sustainability, and the American Indian are on tap,” says Henderson. “This seems to be an effective way to maintain our ad sales.”Missouri’s Inside Columbia saw ad revenue drop 20 percent in 2009. “Based on the war stories I’ve heard from CRMA meetings, I’m okay with those results,” says publisher Fred Parry. “Our biggest hit came from residential developers and builders, which has been a very big category for us. Our October 2009 issue was 72 pages smaller than our October 2008 issue.”Inside Columbia has tightened up operations without laying off any employees. The publisher also launched two titles (Prime, a monthly targeting high net worth baby boomers, and quarterly CEO Magazine, as well as an e-newsletter for wine and food enthusiasts). The magazine also generates more than $400,000 from special events (or about 30 percent of the brand’s overall revenue). Events include a Wine and Food Festival, a National Speakers series and a Culinary Adventures trip, with sponsorships ranging between $1,500 and $15,000. “In a year like 2009, we had a mediocre June and July in the magazine but the Wine and Food Festival made up for a couple months of revenue,” says Parry.Maryland Life sold integrated packages with “Eat, Drink, Buy Art,” which highlights local food and cultural attractions in nine communities on the state’s eastern shore and generated revenue in the mid-five figures. The program included a brochure in the magazine, a dedicated Web site and a contest in which readers should get a passport stamped at local galleries and restaurants.Meanwhile, one publisher is expecting growth: Sactown, which covers Sacramento, California, has relocated offices, upgrading from a 2,000 square foot facility to another that’s 4,100 square feet and plans to hire more staffers. While ad dollars are flat, Sactown had its best year on the newsstand in 2009, with sales up 33 percent. “I’m very optimistic about city magazines,” says co-owner Rob Turner. “We’re different than national titles. I can’t imagine city and regionals going away.” SIDEBARCracking the Code of Hyperlocal By May 2009, seven major newspaper companies were in bankruptcy or had papers that closed. But San Diego News Network, which launched in March to compete with the San Diego Union-Tribune, has an online model that may have figured out the economics of local news, according to founder Neil Senturia. SDNN has seven journalists, with 600,000 page views and CPMs greater than $11. “This is real money, not 30 cent Google ads,” says Senturia. The early days weren’t without challenges. SDNN blew a few hundred thousand dollars setting up the network and making mistakes. “By May 2009 two things occurred—we fixed the bus and we got the right people in the right seats,” says Senturia. “There’s a certain cost to doing this. You need people and technology. You need to isolate fixed costs, such as journalists, salespeople, freelancers, etc. But if you can do it once, you can do it 100 times. Our goal is to build a national network of local online news sites. I think we’ve cracked the code for the economics.”While SDNN isn’t profitable yet, it’s pulling in $30,000 in revenue each month, according to Senturia, who says local online news must have scale. “If you only open one little site, you have a reasonable chance of going broke,” he adds. “If you open 100, you have a decent chance of becoming a large, successful company.”Since launching SDNN, Senturia has also debuted a network for Southwest Riverside and partnered with the Los Angeles Times to launch an online network for Orange County in January. Senturia hopes to have four or five additional strategic partners around the country by spring. n While 275 new magazines debuted and 427 folded in 2009, according to MediaFinder.com, city and regional magazines were the single largest category for launches with 21 new titles including Maine (a relaunch of Port City Life) and B-Metro Birmingham.However, city and regionals were also the single largest category for shuttered publications, with titles like Atlanta Life and Denver Living folding. Larger city and regional publishers weren’t immune, with Greenspun Media reducing its workforce by 10 percent and Emmis Communications cutting more than 40 jobs (about 4.5 percent of its workforce) and slashing salaries 2 percent for remaining staffers.Shelter titles are the third most common spin-off (luxury titles were first) for city and regional publishers. However, the real estate crash has taken a toll on both consumer and b-to-b local publications. In December, Washington Post Co. subsidiary Greater Washington Publishing folded 80,000-circ. Washington Spaces. Meanwhile, ALM’s Real Estate Media Group folded four regional titles: Real Estate Florida, Real Estate New Jersey, Real Estate New York and Real Estate Southern California, laying off one-third of its staff. Elsewhere, Palm Beach Media Group shut Tampa Bay Illustrated, which launched in January 2003. “It’s less that one category has done better or worse than individual markets have done better or worse,” says Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, an M&A company for the regional market. “There are very specific hot spots and cold spots around the U.S.”
A teenage boy allegedly raped a five-year-old girl at her Dhunat residence in Bogra on Friday. According to family members and police, the girl was playing near her house. The 14-year-old boy took the girl at her house, and raped her. At that time, no one was at the house.The boy, however, managed to flee the scene.Hearing her screams, neighbours and victim mother rescued the girl and rushed to Bogra Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital for treatment.Hours after the incident, police detained parents of the boy at 11:00pm on Friday.Police later detained the boy from one of his relatives’ house.Victim mother filed a case with Dhunat police station on Saturday morning.After filing of the case, the boy, and his parents were shown arrested.The girl mother said, My husband stays abroad. My daughter lives in my parent house. She came to me few days ago. Hearing her screams, I went to my house and found my daughter bloodstained lying on the floor. I saw the boy flee away.Officer-in-charge of Dhunat police station Mizanur Rahman said measures have been taken to carry out medical test of the victim.The boy confessed to raping the girl, OC added.
BNP men attack prison van, snatch away two activists. Photo: Saiful IslamA total of 200 people have been arrested in three cases filed with Shahbagh and Ramna police stations in connection with the ‘attack on the police’ and snatching of two people from prison van in front of the High Court, reports UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia on Sunday revealed the number of arrestees while briefing newsmen after inspecting the overall security of the on-going Ekushey book fair premises in the capital.Earlier on 31 January, police filed two cases against 700-800 people in connection with snatching of two BNP activists from a prison van on 30 January.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and its standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy were also sued in the cases.The DMP chief also said police will be in a strict position to protect people’s security and maintain order in the capital.He said all out preparations have been taken to maintain the law and order in the capital on 8 February, day scheduled for pronunciation of verdict in a graft case filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.DMP Commissioner added that all the DMP units including Detective Branch and Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit have been working in coordination.The DMP commissioner alleged that attacking on the police and snatching two people away from the prison van were arranged to create an unstable situation in the country. Those who have been found involved in the incident must be brought under the laws, he said.About the aftermath of 8 February verdict, he said, nothing will happen.No anarchy will be allowed centering the verdict.
Former soldier Chelsea Manning one day after being released from a top-security US military prison. AFP file photoTransgender whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is seeking election in the US state of Maryland, a document seen on Saturday says.The Federal Election Commission document, filed Thursday, lists Chelsea Elizabeth Manning of North Bethesda, Maryland, as a Democratic candidate for the United States senate.Manning, now 30, was an army intelligence analyst sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for leaking more than 700,000 classified documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.The revelations by Manning, then known as Bradley Manning, exposed covered-up misdeeds and possible crimes by US troops and allies.Her actions made Manning a hero to anti-war and anti-secrecy activists but US establishment figures branded her a traitor.Then-president Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence, leading to her release in May.During her incarceration, Manning battled for, and won, the right to start hormone treatment. On Twitter, she identifies herself as a “trans woman,” and carries the slogan: “Make powerful people angry.”The Democratic Senate incumbent is Ben Cardin, who was first elected in 2006 and is the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.In elections last year, transgender candidate Danika Roem was elected to the Virginia state House of Delegates, becoming the first openly transgender lawmaker in the United States.US President Donald Trump has labeled Manning a traitor.He also tried to bar transgender personnel from the military, but federal courts ruled against that ban.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X 00:00 /01:14 The campaign for Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton’s opened its Houston regional headquarters to fanfare over the weekend. But the office still appears less than fully functional.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016The opening comes as her rival–Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump–comes to Houston on Saturday for a fund-raiser and rally.The new office is based in a union hall for the Communications Workers of America, just a few blocks from the Toyota Center. The presidential campaign shares the space with those of several local Democratic candidates.Nata Koerber is a volunteer with the Clinton campaign. The sole operative on the scene, Koerber declined to allow News 88.7 to view the new headquarters, even though it officially opened two days earlier.“We use some of this area,” Koerber said. “We use certain offices upstairs. But we haven’t, we’re still in the process of getting everything totally up and running.”Asked when the site would be fully operational, she said:“Well, we actually had everything set up for operations this weekend, and we’re going to be continuing to add things like the equipment. There are going to be people that are going to want signs and literature. And so all of that is in progress.”She said the campaign gave away all the signs it had over the weekend.Koerber deferred to the campaign’s regional director, Trey Daniels, to arrange a tour of the headquarters. Daniels is currently traveling out of town and had already referred us to Koerber for the interview.According to Trump’s website, there is a field director in Houston, but the official campaign headquarters are in Austin. However, Trump’s official website shows an error message for the Texas page. Gage Skidmore/FlickrFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a “Get Out the Caucus” rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Taken on January 24, 2016.
What about you? Have you discovered Magikarp flopping around in any unexpected locales? A couple days ago, we showed you where some folks have turned up the brawny Snorlax in Niantic’s runaway success augmented reality game, Pokemon Go. Since then, Magikarp has become the butt of quite a few jokes among Reddit and Twitter users.For those unfamiliar with the Pokemon character, Magikarp is famous, perhaps infamous, for being completely and totally useless. In the show, one is sold off for $500 as part of a scam. In the games, Magikarp can’t do anything other then splash about ineffectually for quite some time. And even then, it’s one of the weakest characters around. All of that applies until the floppy fish evolves, then it transforms into the mighty Gyrados. A dragon of terrible power. Again, the show depicts Gyrados causing massive storms and widespread destruction.Because of that, the running gotcha with Magikarp is that it’s a wimp until it’s not. So seeing Magikarp in a gym bulking up, or flopping around a frying pan are both foreboding warnings about what it’ll do to you when it grows up. In Pokemon Go specifically, players need to catch more than 100 Magikarp before they can transform their pathetic fish into a mighty Gyrados. So some players have been on the hunt for days and the results have yielded some hilarious screenshots. ‘Karp in a frying pan…<><>
Advertisement “If Michael Jordan’s shot wasn’t falling he was still the best defensive player on the floor.”Colin compared Curry to the famous prop comic Carrot Top.“Like in comedy, there’s Ricky Gervais and there’s Louis C.K. They’re smart, they’re fearless. It’s almost academic. They talk about social issues. You do realize Carrot Top has a net worth greater than both? $75 million. He’s a prop comic.‘Here’s a ski mask and a toilet seat. Laugh everybody!’Among comics, despite his wealth, despite his popularity, he’s a prop comic. And in comedy, you know who’s respected.”Larry Holmes was boxing’s heavyweight champ for seven years. The third longest title reign ever. When people discuss the greatest heavyweight champs ever, Holmes isn’t mentioned. Holmes won with jabs, not knockouts. No boxers feared him.Former Mets Pitcher R.A. Dickey won the Cy Young. He was a knuckleballer, not a flamethrower. Players in the league aren’t intimidated by him.Former NBA player, and current Celtics analyst, Brian Scalibrine joined The Herd and agreed with Colin that Curry isn’t as respected around the league other superstars.“The common NBA player around the league thinks Steph Curry’s a media darling.”Scalibrine said players around the league harbor resentment towards Curry because he didn’t come up through the AAU ranks like most players. His father Dell played in the NBA, and Curry grew up shooting in NBA gyms.Players don’t feel like he’s paid his dues. Scalbrine said that an accurate assessment of Curry is somewhere in between the media’s fawning obsession and the players’ criticism. In the post game press conference following the Thunder’s 120 – 111, Game 5 loss to the Warriors last night, Russell Westbrook was asked if Steph Curry was an underrated defender. Westbrook audibly laughed at the question. Westbrook has largely dominated Curry for most of the series. He clearly isn’t intimidated by Curry.Today in The Herd, Colin said Curry doesn’t get the same respect around the league as other superstars, because he isn’t physically dominant or imposing, and doesn’t affect the game in ways other than shooting. In the NBA, players respect physical dominance above all else.“They look at Steph and see a small 6’2, 180-pound athlete who can just hit 38 footers.”Steph Curry is maybe the best shooter in league history, but if he isn’t making threes, he can’t take over a game. Curry was named to the All NBA Defense team and led the league in steals, but he isn’t a dominant defender.
British Airways signs new codeshare agreementBritish Airways signs new codeshare agreementThe new agreement, which comes into effect on 1 September when Loganair begins operating as an independent airline, will enable customers from the Highlands and Islands to book directly onto services on British Airways’ global network at London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and City Airports, serving more than 200 destinations..Loganair customers will be able to connect onto British Airways domestic services at Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, flying on a “through ticket”, with the facility to check in hold baggage at their departure airport straight through to their destination.Loganair flights between the Highlands and Islands airports and Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness under the new codeshare agreement will be eligible under the Scottish Governments Air Discount Scheme.The new Loganair services to and from Manchester will also be included in the codeshare parthership, enabling customers to take advantage of new connections from points including Glasgow, Inverness and Norwich onto the growing family of British Airways services at the north-west hub.Under the new agreement, British Airways is operating a codeshare with Loganair for the first time as an independent airline, although the two companies have had a business relationship that has stretched over a quarter of a century. The airlines operated as franchise partners between 1994 and 2008 and have operated a code share agreement under the Loganair/Flybe franchise..Rishi Kapoor, British Airways’ Head of Alliances, said “We are delighted to be strengthening our business relationship with Loganair with an agreement that will benefit the customers of both airlines. “We believe the new codeshare agreement will bring enormous benefits to the Highlands and Islands, significantly boosting the region’s economy by extending the global reach of the area’s businesses and communities through British Airways’ world-wide network with flights serving more than 200 destinations from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City airports. “Additionally, it will boost the region’s inbound tourism sector by making it even easier for visitors from all over the world to travel to some of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland”.Loganair’s Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles said: “Today’s announcement marks a new and welcome development in the long-standing partnership between British Airways and Scotland’s airline, Loganair.This agreement will offer new travel options to customers connecting via Inverness and Manchester, together with excellent connections between British Airways’ global network and Loganair’s extensive services in the Highlands and Islands.” Source = British Airways – Loganzir
Changi Airport named ‘World’s Best Airport’ at Skytrax 2019Singapore Changi Airport has been voted ‘World’s Best Airport’ by international air travellers for the seventh consecutive year, maintaining its position as the only airport to have received the accolade for seven years running.It is a significant achievement for Changi and the past 12 months have seen a number of enhancements and initiatives at the airport, including:The official opening of the newly renovated Terminal 4, which is the most technologically advanced terminal at Changi, using an end-to-end, fully automated departure process to improve check-in efficiency for passengers and fast track their departure journey. This process uses facial recognition technology to offer self-service at check-in, baggage drop, immigration and when boarding the flightA refreshed Terminal 3, including a community event space ST3PS, an indoor garden, new shops and restaurants, as well as weekend family activities for travellers and local Singaporeans alikeA first of its kind takeover with Warner Bros. Singapore to bring JK Rowling’s pop culture phenomenon, Harry Potter to Changi with a Wizarding World of festive cheer for airport passengersGreen initiatives such as the installation of sunlight sensors on the airport roof for optimum natural lightMr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of Changi Airport Group said, “Changi Airport is honoured to be named World’s Best Airport. This achievement was made possible by the strong support from our airport partners. At Changi, we are fortunate to have a large community of immensely dedicated and passionate airport workers who strive to deliver the best experiences to our passengers every single day.“We thank our passengers for their continued support. Their vote of confidence motivates us in our pursuit of service excellence and pushes us to continue redefining what an airport can be. As we launch our newest icon Jewel Changi Airport next month (April 2019), we look forward to sharing with passengers and airport visitors the unique Changi Experience in a new way, with an expanded range of world-class facilities, offerings and experiences.”About Changi Airport GroupChangi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) (www.changiairportgroup.com) was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.Changi Airport is the world’s seventh busiest airport for international traffic, managing a record 65.6 million passenger movements in 2018. Changi Airport has 400 retail and service stores, as well as 140 F&B outlets. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 400 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 7,400 flights every week, or about one every 80 seconds.Source = Singapore Changi Airport
Prince Harry, Meghan visit mountain school in Morocco AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2019 3:31 am PDT ASNI, Morocco — Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are visiting a school high up in Morocco’s rugged Atlas Mountains.Harry and Meghan landed in the mountain town of Asni on Sunday morning on a whirlwind official visit to Morocco. They arrived by helicopter from the capital of Rabat and were welcomed by pupils from a school run by a Moroccan foundation that emphasizes education for all.The school provides education for girls from rural communities whose parents would not typically be able to afford secondary education.The brief trip is expected to be Meghan’s last international trip before she gives birth to the couple’s first child in April.The visit also includes a chance to observe horses that provide support to children with special needs.The Associated Press
By Jean ChristouTHE planned new rules for reforming the energy market in Cyprus need to be urgently put in place, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said yesterday.The minister was speaking at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) and its Austrian counterpart, E-control.The urgency, Lakkotrypis said, was down to two reasons; “firstly, to facilitate the entrance of new players in the generation and supply of electricity and, secondly, to allow for renewable energy sources to compete on equal footing with conventional electricity generation.”He added that recognising CERA’s need to have in place the necessary human resources in order to effectively exercise its tasks, the cabinet had recently decided to exempt the authority from the general restriction of the governmental and semi-governmental sectors on hiring new personnel.Lakkotrypis said the EU was currently facing various challenges and member states were being called upon to proceed with coordinated actions to increase the Union’s energy security, to agree on a transition to a low carbon economy by 2030 and to take measures to improve energy efficiency.Referring to the MoU, he said: “Obviously, the exchange of best practices and the transfer of valuable know-how from experienced and established regulatory authorities, such as Austria’s E-control, are supplementary to our efforts and demonstrate, in practical terms, solidarity between member states.”Lakkotrypis said the energy sector in Cyprus was undergoing fundamental transformations concerning its structure and organisation, its institutional framework and the diversification of its energy mix from fossil fuels to renewables to natural gas.The island has been working with the International Renewable Energy Agency to develop a ‘renewable energy roadmap’ which is due to be completed by the end of this month, the minister said.CERA chairman George Shammas said that under the MoU, both the Cypriot and Austrian bodies would work together in several spheres including exchange of information relating to dispute resolutions, regulatory development and regional energy markets to bring forth potential. They will also collaborate to improve the performance of their institutional functions in market monitoring, competitive market structures, market integration of renewable energy sources, natural gas market, energy efficiency and smart metering.E-control’s Executive Director Walter Boltz said Cyprus had a number of advantages such as its good weather, which boosted photovoltaic production more than most member states. “That’s a strength that you have to capitalise on without jeopardising security of operation,” he said.Commenting on the island’s natural gas discoveries, he said: “You have to make best use of those natural resources which is maybe an even bigger challenge than you might think.”He warned that many countries in the world had exploited such resources only to find years down the line that they had neglected to develop their energy sectors as whole.“You should make use of gas resources as they come available for enabling a more competitive and more cost effective electricity production and maybe also industrial gas use,” he added.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola