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2,000 Aadhaar cards dumped on river bank

first_imgThanjavur: About 2,000 Aadhaar cards have been dumped near the Mulliyaaru bank in Tiruvarur district, according to revenue officials. The cards meant for distribution to the owners had not been apparently delivered by the post office concerned, the officials said. Some of the local people in Thiruthurapoondi managed to get their Aadhar card from the dump, they said. The cards, bundled in jute bags and abandoned, were found by the children playing in the riverbed.last_img

Easing of Gaza blockage helps but humanitarian concerns persist – UN official

A spokesman for the main United Nations relief agency in the Middle East today welcomed the recent easing of the total blockage of the Gaza Strip by the Israel Defense Forces but warned that the humanitarian situation there remains serious, with supplies still unable to reach those in need and the lack of adequate sanitation portending a health crisis. Matthias Burchard of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) told journalists that the lifting of some restrictions had averted, for now, a possible humanitarian catastrophe. At the same time, he said there were no stored quantities anymore in the Gaza Strip and there was still a huge backlog of supplies to be delivered. UNWRA alone had 8,000 tons of food, or some 410 containers, waiting in the Israeli port of Ashdod because since 4 June, and Israel was not allowing containers to enter Gaza.The Agency is providing food aid in Gaza to nearly 900,000 persons out of a population of about 1.4 million, he said. While UNRWA has been able to continue many of its activities despite military operations, it was particularly concerned about the water situation since access remained sporadic throughout the Strip, and chlorine supplies for purifying water would run out in 15 days.Electricity supply also remained erratic and sewage was becoming widespread in the streets, with children playing in it, presenting a looming health crisis, he said. UNRWA urged the international community to be forthcoming in funding the Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territories. While the agency has sought $170 million, just over half is covered with pledges.Damien Personnaz of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pointed out how the electricity crisis is affecting health; vaccines must be kept refrigerated with 24 hour-a-day electricity but Gaza, which is very hot, only has electricity for 3 to 8 hours a day. For the time being, the vaccines were safe, but there was only fuel available for one week, so that the situation remained extremely precarious. read more

New UN report urges boosting nationallevel investment to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Scaling up investment to tackle leprosy, dengue fever, sleeping sickness and other neglected tropical diseases will improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, launching a new report stressing that countries must make firm and sustainable budgetary commitments if they are to meet the agency’s targets and accelerate progress.Neglected tropical diseases cause blindness, disfigurement, permanent disability and death, particularly among the poor. WHO’s new report, Investing to overcome the impact of neglected tropical diseases, outlines an investment case and essential package of interventions for these diseases.“Increased investments by national governments can alleviate human misery, distribute economic gains more evenly and free masses of people long trapped in poverty,” says WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan in a press release, which explains that investing in measures to tackle 17 diseases tropical would represent as little as 0.1 per cent of current domestic expenditure on health in affected low- and middle-income countries for the period 2015-2030.The report highlights progress made in recent years, largely attributed to a scale-up of control interventions in reaching the poorest. For example, in 2012 alone, more than 800 million people were treated for at least one neglected tropical disease. In 2014 there were just 126 cases reported of Dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), compared to almost 1800 in 2010 and 3.5 million in the mid-1980s. Eradication of this disease is achievable with continued effort and investment.A key feature of the report, spotlighted by Dr. Chang in the documents’ foreword, is that for the first time, it sets out financing needs, options, and targets for meeting WHO Roadmap goals by 2020, but also for reaching universal coverage of all people in need by 2030. It sets targets for ending catastrophic health expenditures and, as part of the drive to strengthen health systems, for getting services closer to where people live.The agency also notes that in the face of climate change, countries need to strengthen their ability to anticipate and meet new challenges in terms of vector ecology and management. Diseases spread by insects are on the move because of rapid and unplanned urbanization, population movement and environmental change. Dengue is one of them: it is now present in more than 150 countries.“Some of the neglected tropical diseases are no longer strictly tropical,” says Dr. Dirk Engels, Director of the WHO Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases Department. “The potential for spread provides yet another strong argument for making the needed investments – while ramping up research and development efforts – to bring all these diseases under control and eliminate as many of them as rapidly as possible.”Many countries have recognized the importance and cost effectiveness of investing in preventing and treating neglected tropical diseases. More than 70 countries are already implementing or ready to kick off national plans for accelerated control, according to WHO. read more

Time is of the essence for refugees on Greek islands – UN

With winter approaching and more refugees arriving, the agency is reiterating its call for emergency measures to alleviate the strain on local shelters.In Samos, the Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) currently hosts around 4,000 people, six times its capacity of 650. Some 2,000 asylum-seekers on Lesvos have resorted to sheltering in a nearby olive grove as the island’s RIC is overcrowding with 6,500 people – three times its design.  New arrivals have been forced to buy flimsy tents from local stores, which offer little protection from cold weather without basic services like electricity, running water or toilets, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR).The number of broken facilities has resulted in open sewage near people’s tents, and a rat population that is thriving amid uncollected waste.Urging that transfers to the mainland be speeded up for the 4,000 people eligible to go, the agency noted that though the Government has planned an additional 6,000 mainland accommodations, more than 11,000 people have arrived on the islands in the last three months – outpacing departures.Many come in need of urgent medical assistance, shelter and information, but the reception services and procedures are falling short of demands. A single doctor per shift provides medical attention to the entire population, leaving less urgent cases unattended, the agency reported.Deteriorating weather is likely to exacerbate the need for shelter, already at a premium, as asylum-seekers will more urgently need space within RIC borders to avoid freezing temperatures, like the ones that killed a number of refugees and migrants last winter.Conditions on neighboring islands like Chios and Kos are only marginally better, with centres at double their capacity. Only at Lepida RIC, on Leros Island, is the facility working within capacity.UNHCR has assisted 5,300 asylum-seekers transfer to the mainland since the beginning of September, and is providing some 400 containers to boost Greece’s hosting capacity, as well as delivering some 19,000 relief items to the islands, including winter kits, sleeping bags and hygiene items.The agency is calling on the European Commission and Member States to continue preparations for emergency support and relocation measures at the request of the Greek Government. read more

Football Chris Worleys versatility provides Ohio State with additional linebacker depth

Ohio State senior linebacker Chris Worley (35) sacks in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhen outside linebackers Jerome Baker and Dante Booker were announced as inactive Saturday morning, just before kickoff of Ohio State’s game against Michigan State, the only known replacement on the outside was sophomore Malik Harrison. Beyond that, speculation emerged as to how the rest of the lineup would look. As it turned out, redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley shifted outside from middle linebacker and redshirt freshman Tuf Borland started in the middle, where he had filled in earlier in the year when Worley was out with a foot injury. Moving outside was not a challenge for Worley, however. The linebacker had previously played outside during the 2016 season, so shifting back was hardly a daunting task.“I’m pretty comfortable at all the linebackers. I know them all inside-out,” Worley said Tuesday. “The thing about last week was the game plan was pretty strengthened a little bit and everything was just focused on do your job and go out there and win. That’s what we were based on. We got back to that this past week. And not just me, everyone looked better last week.”While everyone looked comfortable at their respective positions, Worley, in particular, appeared to settle into his old spot. Though he finished with only five total tackles, including one sack, Worley overall performed well in the role of outside linebacker while opening up the middle for Borland, who seems the more natural fit at the position. Worley said it took time to re-adjust to his old position, but eventually got his feet back under him. The same could be said for the entire linebacking group that came out for the first drive. Michigan State’s second play of the drive was a 20-yard rush, and three plays later, quarterback Brian Lewerke was able to scramble for a 16-yard gain. “Actually, early on, I was looking in the right places, but I was kind of still figuring it out,” Worley said. “It was different playing in the game and really know practice, you know, everything is scripted. In the game, you don’t know where they’re coming at. As the game started going along, it just started to flow better.”But as the game wore on, Harrison, Borland and Worley found their rhythm and turned in one of the best performances from the linebacker unit this season, despite missing two of its three starters. The unit’s effort brought about questions as to whether the same trio would start Saturday against Illinois, or at the least, would Worley remain outside.Worley insists he is just as happy and just as comfortable playing all three linebacker positions — strong-side, weak-side and middle. “I prefer to play all three and rotate,” Worley said. “Even though I would be in a rhythm that would make some other linebackers probably not be in a good rhythm. It’s tough to play that way, especially in college. You see a lot of linebackers doing it in the league and change from different packages, but it’s kinda tough to do it at college because you gotta make sure everyone stays in a rhythm.”Knowing Harrison and Borland are capable of stepping up and providing depth to Baker and Booker, assuming the two are healthy, means that Worley could shift around to other positions when one of the other starters needed to take a break and rest. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said having a guy like Worley who is not only capable, but willing to play all three linebacker spots is invaluable to the team.“When you have an experienced guy that can play all three positions, it not only gives you flexibility how to start the game, but within the game more flexibility,” Schiano said. “And it’s hard because it’s not like the positions are identical in any way. But he’s a bright football player and he’s an experienced football player, so we’re fortunate.”The health of the linebackers remains in question. Though Baker has been cleared to play Saturday against Illinois, Booker was still listed as questionable by head coach Urban Meyer on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday. Harrison was listed as the co-starter with Booker in the depth chart. But with Baker making his return, the team will at least be making progress towards returning a fully healthy unit.Harrison is still learning the position and would be asked to make only his second start while Baker is just coming off an injury. Having Worley available to shift outside to spell Harrison or Baker from time to time could help alleviate some pressure on Harrison or Baker, in his first game back from his injury.If he’s called on to go and spell Harrison or Baker outside, Worley said he will be ready.“I’m just here to help the team anyway I can,” Worley said. “Whatever my coaches tell me to do, that’s what I’ll do. I’ve graded out basically a champion every week. Inside, outside, only thing I can do is go out there and play my best.” read more

Queen turns winemaker producing 3000 bottles of fizz from her Windsor Great

first_img16,700 chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier vines were planted in 2011Credit: By opening her own vineyard, Her Majesty followed in the footsteps of her ancestors as Henry II first cultivated grapes in the 12th Century at Windsor Castle.Once picked, the grapes were made into wine at the Ridgeview estate in Ditchling, East Sussex, where chief executive Tamara Roberts praised it as “delicious” and a “superb example”.She added: “As the vineyard matures, the wines will get better and better.”It’s speculated that most buyers snapped up the stock online to keep as an investment, although it is recommended people drink it by 2025.The Duke of Edinburgh is said to have kept a close eye on the development of the vineyard in his role as the head ranger of the Great Park.And the Royals are no strangers to English sparkling wine having enjoyed it on special occasions, with the tipple being served at William and Kate’s wedding in April 2011.Julia Trustram Eve of the English Wine Producers trade body said: “It is fantastic to see another home-grown success.“I have not been fortunate enough to taste any myself, but I have dropped a monumental hint with the maker that I would very much like to do so.”With over a 1000 bottles of Wine to choose from, visit The Windsor Great Park Vineyard's 2016 harvest It underwent fermenting and blending and then spent two years ageing in the cellars. It boasts of offering both “richness and finesse” and having an aroma of “delicate toasted brioche, apricot and citrus notes”.The fizz was bottled at 12 per cent and was available as a three-bottle gift set online for £75 through wine retailer Laithwaite’s, but soon sold out.However, a second batch is expected to be released later this year priced at £35 a bottle, with production expected to soar to 20,000 bottles a year within six or seven years. The Queen has latched onto the English sparkling wine craze by producing 3,000 bottles from vines grown on her estate – and they were soon snapped up.The industry is booming with the tipple becoming so popular that the UK is currently shipping out to 27 countries and boasts annual sales of about £100million.Her Majesty has tapped into that success with her own her vineyard on the Windsor Great Park estate, where 16,700 chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier vines were planted on a seven-acre patch back in 2011.The English Quality Sparkling Wine is made from grapes harvested two years later in October 2013 and was only released three months ago.center_img 16,700 chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier vines were planted in 2011 The Windsor Great Park Vineyard’s 2016 harvestCredit: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

NMA applauds approval of bill to unlock US mineral potential

first_imgThe following statement was released last week by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn applauding the House Natural Resources Committee’s mark up of Rep. Mark Amodei’s (R-Nev.) National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015. Quinn noted that Congressman Amodei’s bill, approved by a key House committee on July 9, “will bring the permitting system for US mining into the 21st century.“While few countries can rival our abundance of mineral resources, even fewer have a permitting system as inefficient as the US. Our duplicative and time-consuming permitting process destroys value, discourages investment and jeopardizes the growth of downstream industries, related jobs and technological innovation that all depend on a secure and reliable domestic mineral supply chain.“The staggering toll placed on the viability of mining projects by the existing permitting system was recently confirmed in an independent study we commissioned by SNL Metals & Mining. SNL found that chronic permit delays lasting a decade or more on average reduce the mine’s value by a third. And the increased costs and risks posed by these delays could, in turn, cut the expected value of a mining project by half.“These findings largely explain why our country’s dependence on mineral imports has doubled over the past 20 years. Today, less than half of the mineral needs of US manufacturing are met from domestically mined minerals. These trends will only worsen if we do not advance policies that enable US mining to perform to its potential.“Without compromising our rigorous environmental standards, this legislation carefully addresses the inefficiencies of our underperforming permitting system by incorporating best practices for improving coordination among state and federal agencies, clarifying responsibilities, avoiding duplication, setting timeframes and bringing badly needed accountability to the process.“America’s manufacturing CEOs have expressed growing concerns over the complexity and security of their mineral supply chains and overwhelmingly agree we need to improve the timeliness and efficiency of the permitting system for mines.  Competing countries are acting boldly to secure use of these minerals. It is time our government acted accordingly and support responsible development of domestically sourced materials. NMA urges continued bi-partisan support for American minerals and this far-sighted legislation.”Picture courtesy of Hecla Mining.last_img read more

Suspected drunk driver arrested tot found under seat

first_imgWashington State Patrol troopers arrested a suspected intoxicated driver on southbound Interstate 5 Thursday morning following a brief scuffle. And then they found a toddler — alive — under the passenger seat of the man’s truck.Troopers had pulled over another vehicle on the freeway when they noticed a Ford pickup truck weaving on the road. One of the troopers tried to flag down the truck and get it to pull over, but it kept driving, said WSP spokesman Will Finn.The law-enforcement duo hopped back in their cruiser and pursued the truck, which initially stopped in a lane of travel before the troopers were able to instruct its driver to the right side of the freeway, Finn said.“The man turned out to be impaired, and there was a short struggle,” Finn said. The man did not want to exit his vehicle. No one was injured when the man allegedly resisted, he said.After the man was handcuffed, the troopers noticed scrapes on his hands. The injuries were inconsistent with the fight that just occurred, so the troopers made some calls. It turned out the man had allegedly been involved in a domestic violence incident prior to his arrest, Finn said.last_img read more

Dreamer survivor ready to graduate from Clark College

first_imgJonathan Dutson long dreamed of moving to the Pacific Northwest, where its lush greenery offered a respite from the scorching Arizona sun he grew up beneath. But Dutson was looking as much for a new home as he was looking for an escape.Dutson is one of 700 expected to walk in Clark College’s graduation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, 17200 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield. Dutson will graduate with a degree in machining technology, and is working at Howser Steel in Portland.But the journey here for the 32-year-old was long.Dutson suffered years of sexual abuse by a relative as a child. His abuser was never prosecuted, and Dutson said he felt shamed into not talking about what he was experiencing at home for years.As a child at school, meanwhile, he was struggling and frequently got into fights.“I never felt safe,” he said. “Everywhere I went there was some form of abuse.”But Dutson always looked forward. After a trip to the Pacific Northwest when he was 13, he knew he’d end up in the region.“I’ve always been a dreamer,” he said.After years of working what he described as dead-end jobs in Arizona and the death of a childhood friend, Dutson packed his bags in 2014 and moved to the area.last_img read more

Keita fires warning to Torino

first_imgNew Inter Milan signing Keita Balde Diao has fires a warning to Torino ahead of their clash this weekend.The Senegal international was presented to the media on Thursday after joining the club on an initial loan move with an option to buy from AS Monaco.The 23-year-old spoke about his versatility upfront and his teammates readiness to get back to winning ways after losing their first game of the season to Sassuolo away from home.“We are ready for the game against Torino. The defeat in Reggio Emilia doesn’t change anything in terms of our objectives,” Balde said, according to Goal.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We are a great side and we’re aware of our ability. Fighting for the Scudetto? We must think about doing well for ourselves and winning each match, then we’ll see where we are at the end of the season.”“In terms of my position, I can play anywhere along the front; on the wing, or as a second or leading striker”Prior to his departure from Monaco, Balde scored eight goals in 23 league games and will be looking continue with the form for Inter.last_img read more

KPBSD Contract Negotiations Still Ongoing

first_imgKPBSD Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff: “So, after a full day of bargaining an agreement was not reached, but everyone agreed to reconvene next Wednesday for another day of bargaining.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association still remain without a contract after their last bargaining session which took place on Thursday. Contract negotiations are set to reconvene next Wednesday with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Erkeneff: “As both sides recognize the outstanding issue is a formula to apportion the cost of health insurance between the district and the employees, that is the sticking point. The health insurance costs required by the offer by the associations to be paid by the district would require at a minimum to deplete the anticipated unassigned fund balance.” Both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association have been in negotiations with the District since February of 2018.center_img Kenai Peninsula Borough Superintendent John O’Brien issued a letter to parents and guardians regarding the potential threat of a strike due to unresolved contract negotiations. The associations voted on May 22 to authorize a strike over rising healthcare costs. The strike would take place on September 16 at the earliest.last_img read more

The End of Wend

first_imgIn the second category are publications concerned not with vacations but with travel as a transcendental bridge between cultures. These mags are different from their cousins in that they privilege “authenticity” above style and are conscious of the serious social and environmental issues facing our planet. Also, they are probably going to fail.One such magazine was the adventure-travel journal Wend, which quietly expired almost a year ago, but has yet to receive a proper eulogy. Founded in 2006 and independently published in Portland, Oregon, Wend was a not-altogether-intuitive combination of formats both old and new. Like a magazine, it was printed on paper. Really nice paper, in fact, made from locally sourced and sustainably harvested trees, covered in biodegradable soy ink. Like a blog, however, Wend welcomed contributors who weren’t necessarily professional writers or photographers. “Real people” were at the heart of each issue, explained the magazine’s media kit, “writing real stories about real adventures and real environmental issues.”And at the outset, Wend got off to a real good start. Founder Ian Marshall was a former ad and marketing guru for the short-lived, but much-beloved Blue, another indie adventure-travel mag that ran for 33 issues around the turn of the aughts. Marshall and his skeleton staff at Wend put out a handsome, photo-heavy quarterly with an emphasis on “human-powered adventure.” Early features followed climbing expeditions in China, river-surfers in Namibia, and adventure-racers in Patagonia. A few key motifs resurfaced throughout every issue: the sacredness of various landscapes, the willful abandonment of carbon-fueled transport, the search for enlightenment abroad. Wend covered transformative, long-distance bike rides like People covers Kardashian weddings—freewheeling rides across Bhutan, Australia, Mexico, Iran. Often as not, the central feat of any given story was performed under the banner of “awareness-raising.” Kayakers circled Newfoundland to raise awareness of oil slicks in the Atlantic; hikers traipsed the globe to call attention to HIV in Africa.Profiles were rare to non-existent, and service-writing (like destination round-ups or “Best Of” lists) had no business in the feature well. The quintessential Wend story was, above all, first-person diaristic—light on reportage and heavy on personal reflection.Whether despite or because of this idiosyncratic formula, Wend quickly acquired a small, passionate audience. The magazine’s revenues doubled annually in its first three years. By 2009, it was available on newsstands and checkout racks at every REI, Whole Foods, and Eastern Mountain Sports across the country, not to mention the usual slate of chain and indie bookstores. In early 2010, its print circulation topped out at a respectable 135,000 readers per issue. To hear Marshall tell it, though, this is where things plateaued. Circulation and ad dollars faltered over the next two years while the magazine’s costs kept rising. In 2011, Wend became a magazine without an office, its dwindling staff camped out in various Portland coffee shops. That year’s summer issue didn’t hit newsstands until October. Then, last January, Wend put out one last issue, updated its website for another few months, and finally went dark, leaving contributors unpaid and subscribers uninformed as to the mag’s fate. (The website, scrubbed of any mention of the magazine, re-launched in December as a newsy blog to very little fanfare.)Full disclosure: I wrote for Wend on two occasions and was paid for my work each time. What’s more, I liked the magazine. I liked that the food column had nothing to do with restaurants and didn’t shy from gastronomic taboos like Amazonian tree grubs or stewed dog in China. I liked the clever, Harper’s-esque “Wendex” on the opening pages, which managed to drop some startling eco-stats in a format that was piquant rather than preachy. I even liked the relentlessly contemplative nature of the feature stories. Every issue was like Chicken Soup for the Gnarly Eco-Nomad’s Soul. Sure, the broth was a bit thick with profound personal revelations, but with other publications dishing out only a thin gruel of glorified itineraries, the earnest reverence of Wend’s authors for their surroundings was genuinely comforting.Still, I can’t help wondering what the demise of Wend says about the conscious-activist-adventurer niche to which the magazine tried to lay claim. Wend had a conflicted relationship with the more mainstream, consumer-oriented aspects of travel and the outdoors. Its average feature story tended to fall on a spectrum somewhere between commendably self-reflective and irritatingly navel-gazing, as the authors both reported on their far-flung exploits and wrung their hands over the same exploits’ impacts on the environment. A world-class heli-skier bombs an Alaskan peak while contemplating the petrol-powered vehicles that enable her lifestyle. Slackliners in Scotland bolt a new route on a locally beloved spire, then brood over whether their actions constitute vandalism. The conventional goal of a travel or adventure publication is to inspire its readers to get up and go (and thereby spend). As the tagline of yet another defunct glossy, National Geographic Adventure, once urged, “Dream it. Plan it. Do it.” Wend’s message, by contrast, seemed something along the lines of, “Plan it minimally. Do it without fossil fuels. Think very, very hard about what it meant.” Is there a whole magazine’s worth of audience out there for this kind of moral cud-chewing? Do armchair travelers really want to ponder the consequences of their actions, or are they simply wondering Where to Kayak in Ecuador Now?For that matter, are the possibilities for “human-powered” adventure sufficiently inexhaustible as to keep the soy ink flowing, issue after issue? I’m the first to speak up for the limitless horizons of travel, but from a reader’s perspective, might not all those epic bike rides blend together after a time? Wend’s talented former editor Kyle Cassidy says that while he sometimes turned down a pitch on the basis of its carbon footprint, the magazine never wanted for content. All the same, the occasional Wend story was edited to downplay the necessity of motorized transport. Mentions of car travel, for example, were cut when possible, and in one of my own pieces, a gas-powered motor launch became a more ambiguous “boat.” That’s a legit editorial call, of course, but it also suggests that every so often, the pursuit of a good yarn required expanding the boundaries of the mission statement. The frontiers of travel and adventure, moreover, can seem decidedly non-human-powered—consider Virgin Galactic’s space tourism, micro-submarines in the Mariana Trench, or Austrian guys jumping out of high-tech capsules in the stratosphere. Might devotion to eco-principle so narrow the scope of acceptable content that it alienates potential readers?Not in Wend’s case, insists the magazine’s founder. In Marshall’s view, ironically, it was actually the broadness of Wend’s vision that did the magazine in. According to him, much of Wend’s later inability to attract new advertisers stemmed from companies’ decisions to concentrate their limited ad budgets on vertical campaigns. In marketing-speak, a “vertical” ad campaign is the sort that focuses only on a targeted niche of consumers. So Trek advertises in a bike magazine, even though the New Yorker’s readers also ride bikes, and Cuisinart buys a banner on a foodie blog, even though Gawker’s readers also eat food. Wend’s ads were heavy on outdoor clothing, footwear, and beer, but bigger-fish clients like ski brands and kayak manufacturers were harder to land. Snowboarding and whitewater paddling are exploitable vertical niches. Simply wandering the world in a way that minimizes one’s ecological footprint is not.It’s a conundrum that’s bigger than just Wend. In an era of specialization, travel media appeals, by its nature, to an audience of passionate generalists. The world may not have been ready for an eco-conscious, obstinately self-aware adventure magazine, but Wend won’t be the last ambitious venue for travel writing that struggles to find a foothold in a fractured media landscape. The arc that Wend followed is likely to keep playing itself out—in print, on monitors, and on tablet screens—until some publication or another discovers the magic formula: How to make a sustainable venture out of sustainable adventure. [Editor’s Note: This post is reprinted with permission, originally appearing on World Hum, a site dedicated to travel storytelling.]Back before there were travel blogs, there were travel magazines. In a nutshell, these were blogs made out of paper that came in the mail each month, glossy pages covered in ads that didn’t pop up, but instead just kind of sat there, hoping impotently that you’d look at them. A few of the most stalwart are still in circulation, of course, piling up in doctor’s offices and the foyers of small-town libraries, and those travel mags that remain can be sorted into two basic categories.Magazines in the first category feature a woman on the cover who enjoys traveling the world in her bathing suit. These publications are intensely focused on the present moment, forever proclaiming “Where to Eat in Shanghai Now,” “Where to Sleep in Toronto Now,” and “Where to Buy Something to Cover Up That Bathing Suit Now.” It’s no use consulting such magazines about where to eat or sleep later on. They will not be able to tell you.last_img read more

Wilmington Seniors Invited To Free Early Thanksgiving Dinner At Elks On November 1

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington seniors are invited to a FREE Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street, Tewksbury).Doors open at 5pm. Dinner begins at 6:30pm. This annul event, sponsored by the Elks, will also feature raffle prizes and dancing.Interested seniors should reserve their free tickets at the Senior Center’s Front Desk.The Elks are holding a similar event for Tewksbury seniors the following week.(NOTE: The above information was announced at the recent Wilmington Elderly Services Commissioners Meeting.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Seniors Invited To Free Early Thanksgiving Dinner At Elks On November 2In “Community”Wilmington Seniors Invited To Free Early Thanksgiving Dinner At Elks On November 3In “Community”12 Things You Need To Know In Wilmington Today (November 3)In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

9 bodies of Rohingyas washed ashore in Coxs Bazar

first_imgRohingya refugees get off a boat after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip. ReutersNine more bodies washed ashore of Saint Martin Island and Teknaf coast in Cox’s Bazar after the overcrowded boat of Rohingyas capsized off Shaha Porir Dwip in Teknaf.Earlier on Monday bodies of 14 fleeing Rohingya refugees from Myanmar were recovered in the latest tragic boat capsize.The authorities concerned said the boat carrying more than 50 people, including children and women, sank in Shah Porir Dwip area around 9:00pm on Sunday.Read more: Death toll in Rohingya boat capsize rises to 14Teknaf Model police station officer-in-charge Md Main Uddin Khan told Prothom Alo that the nine bodies were recovered from Saint Martin Island and two spate areas of Sadar upazila of Teknaf.last_img read more

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first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD July 24, 2012 — Mevion Medical Systems announced today that it has delivered the superconducting synchrocyclotron for the Mevion S250 Proton Therapy System currently under installation at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., the flagship cancer hospital of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principle teaching hospital of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. This is the second Mevion S250 proton therapy system was delivered in the past six months, both installed at NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.Powered by a TriNiobium Core, the Mevion S250 is a modern and first-of-its-kind proton therapy system that provides the same precise, non-invasive treatment capabilities and advantages of complex, large and costly proton therapy systems but with a significantly reduced footprint, improved reliability, more advanced clinical systems, and lower implementation and operational costs. The Mevion S250 has recently received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and CE mark enabling Mevion customers to treat patients. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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Valves Steam Play Beta uses Proton a modified WINE allowing Linux gamers

first_imgTo provide compatibility with a wide range of Windows-only games to all Linux users, a Beta version of the new and improved Steam Play is now available. It uses Proton, a modified distribution of Wine, to allow games which are exclusive to Windows to run on Linux and macOS operating systems. Proton is an open source tool, allowing advanced users to alter the code to make their own local builds. The included improvements to Wine have been designed and funded by Valve, in a joint development effort with CodeWeavers. In order to identify games that currently work great in this compatibility environment and solve the issues, if any, they are testing the entire Steam catalog. The list of games that they are enabling with this Beta release include: Beat Saber, Bejeweled 2 Deluxe, Doki Doki Literature Club!, DOOM, Fallout Shelter, FATE, FINAL FANTASY VI, and many more. Using Steam Play the gamers can purchase the games once and play anywhere. Whether you have purchased your Steam Play enabled game on a Mac, Windows, or Linux, you will be able to play on the other platform free of charge. What are the improvements introduced? You can now install and run Windows games with no Linux version currently available, directly from the Linux Steam client, complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support. Improved game compatibility and reduced performance impact is facilitated by DirectX 11 and 12 whose implementations are now based on Vulkan. The support for fullscreen games is improved allowing them to seamlessly stretch to the desired display without interfering with the native monitor resolution or requiring the use of a virtual desktop. The support for game controller is improved enabling games to automatically recognize all controllers supported by Steam. Improved performance for multi-threaded games as compared to vanilla Wine. They have mentioned that there could be a performance difference for games where graphics API translation is required, but there is no fundamental reason for a Vulkan title to run any slower. You can find out more about the Stream Play Beta, the full list of supported games, and how Proton works in the Steam post. Read Next Facebook launched new multiplayer AR games in Messenger Meet yuzu – an experimental emulator for the Nintendo Switch What’s got game developers excited about Unity 2018.2?last_img read more

Young Indians driving Indian travel landscape MakeMyTrip

first_imgMakeMyTrip released a report highlighting the travel behaviour seen among Indian travellers from January 2016 to June 2016. The finding of India Travel Report 2016 is based on the bookings seen on MakeMyTrip platform(s) during the said time period. The study provides consumer behaviour trends in the travel space and compares the same with last year.Rajesh Magow, Co-Founder and CEO-India, MakeMyTrip, said, “With this travel report, we wanted to study the travel behaviour of our customers to gain insights about how India has been travelling and the factors that shape a significant trend. Given the phenomenal consumer traction we see on our platform(s), this report will be reflective of the trends being seen in the industry at large and the findings will help us tailor our offering in line with emergent travel needs in our endeavour to be the perfect travel companion for the new-age traveller.”According to the report, a major trend observed is that Indian travellers have now become increasingly younger. Smartphone penetration and adoption led by the young travellers is driving the shift from offline to online in the travel industry.The other top trends observed this year include higher spending on luxury travel experience within India and abroad by travellers, the rise in solo women travel amongst others. With higher disposable income, people have started spending more time on their holidays (12-14 nights) by clubbing multiple destinations in their itinerary. The average holiday frequency has also gone up due to extended weekends and average vacation time period is up by 10%.The mobile saw a high usage with more than 8 million out of the total 23 million downloads of the MakeMyTrip app (till June 30, 2016) happening between January 2016 and June 2016. Mobile transactions saw a growth of 313% and constitute for 54% of the total transactions, versus 25% last year. For MakeMyTrip, mobile now accounts for over 73% of the total transactions in the strategically important online Standalone Indian Hotels segment in Q1FY17.last_img read more

by David Friend The Canadian Press Posted Apr

first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 10, 2019 8:37 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — James Renald was known to many as the blond-haired singer in Montreal pop duo Sky during the late 1990s — but to his friends he was a complex songwriter who struggled to balance his desire for marketable endeavours against an unmistakable dislike of fame.The La Tuque, Que.-born musician, whose silky vocals helped make “Love Song” a No. 1 single in Canada, split from the successful pair near the peak of their fame. Soon after, he embarked on a multifarious production career in Los Angeles with artists including Mandy Moore.Renald died at 47 of suicide on Aug. 11, 2018. He was staying in Quebec at the time.Few people beyond his closest friends and family knew details of his passing, Renald’s sister told The Canadian Press. The family chose to “deal with the terribly difficult circumstances on our own,” considering Renald was an intensely private person who battled anxiety.While Renald’s insular personality invited few people into his life, back in 1993 he caught the attention of one classmate at Montreal production school Musitechnic. Antoine Sicotte, who became the other half of Sky, says he was intrigued by Renald’s unusual style.“He had a flannel shirt and a big-ass beard — he looked like a lumberjack,” Sicotte remembers.“We realized we had (similar) taste in music,” he said, pointing to Steely Dan, jazzy R&B and ’70s pop. “It was like, man, there’s definitely something we can do together here.”The pair wound up roommates and Sicotte was impressed by the sheer number of unfinished, quality songs in Renald’s stockpile. For several years the musicians experimented with rock and rap-metal, though by 1997 they found a pop sound that was “something more spontaneously us.”Adopting the name Sky, they began producing demos in hopes of securing a distribution deal.Sky’s recordings landed on the desk of Bonnie Fedrau, an EMI Music Canada talent scout at the time, who remembers how persistently the duo’s manager pushed the act.“They kept sending demos, literally on a weekly basis,” she said.“Finally I just said, ‘Look, I’ll pull them out of the pile and listen to them now.’”She was instantly struck by “America,” a deceptively optimistic hook laid over lyrics of broken dreams co-written by Renald. Wasting little time, she herded a few EMI colleagues and set off from the Toronto area to Montreal to witness Sky perform live. They inked a record deal with the label not long after.But even before Sky was signed, Sicotte saw hints of the troubles ahead. Renald’s anxiety creeped up in times of public pressure, like when they performed for executives at music industry events.“You would see he was very uncomfortable with all these social situations,” Sicotte said.“I knew then (Sky) was bound to eventually collapse — sooner than later.”The runaway success of Sky’s label debut “Piece of Paradise” didn’t help matters. The album’s first major single, “Some Kinda Wonderful” was an instant hit on Quebec radio, which led MuchMusic to put the video into rotation. The song topped out at No. 4 on the Canadian charts.“Love Song,” was their biggest single, becoming one of the most-played songs on Canadian radio in 1999, and charting in the U.S. Top 40. The cheerful production veils Renald’s abstract lyrics, which seemingly explore the weight of depression on a romantic relationship.Renald struggled in those days of Sky’s success, Sicotte said. Fans swarmed their tour bus, crowded at an autograph session in the West Edmonton Mall and gathered in droves overseas when the album took off in Asia and parts of Europe.“He’d always say how much he hated it,” Sicotte said.“The adoration and people looking at him — he was very uncomfortable with that… he wanted his songs to be popular, but I guess he didn’t want the attention related to it.”Those moments eventually became too much to bear.One day in L.A., Sicotte says his manager broke the news over the phone that Renald had made a pivotal decision — he was quitting Sky. They played a single concert to mark the year 2000.“And that was it,” Sicotte said. “We never got to talk about these things afterward.”When Sky won best new group at the Juno Awards in 2000, Sicotte accepted the honour by himself. He eventually repackaged Sky twice, with fellow Montrealers Anastasia Friedman and later Karl Wolf.Meanwhile, Renald settled in L.A. where he signed a record deal for a solo project, called Mackenzie, B.C., which never saw the light of day.Around the same time, he forged a creative partnership with Mandy Moore, a rising pop artist whose singles “Candy” and “I Wanna Be With You” were favourites on MTV’s Total Request Live. Renald wrote “Cry” for the singer, which appeared on the 2002 soundtrack for “A Walk to Remember,” Moore’s first leading film role.They continued working together for several years with Renald lending his production skills to Moore’s “From Loving You,” written by Diane Warren. He also penned two songs for Moore’s 2007 album “Wild Hope.”“He had the ability of writing on command,” said Alexis Dufresne, one of Renald’s closest friends, who collaborated on some of Moore’s tracks.“He was never short of inspiration, especially when people needed him to be inspired. He could just do it, over and over again.”In his later years, Renald largely gravitated away from pop, finding interest in scoring Hollywood movie trailers and commercials. His work appeared in previews for “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and “Rampart,” as well as a Funny or Die spoof of “Field of Dreams” starring Taylor Lautner.Renald drifted away from many friends as he focused on learning computer graphics programs. He was passionate about the evolving world of virtual reality, and shortly before his death, he planned to create a VR program that harnessed elements of storytelling in an interactive world.While years had passed since Sicotte spoke with his old bandmate, he often wondered how Renald was faring in L.A., and if they’d ever rekindle the friendship that led to Sky.“I dreamt about him many times over the years, and those dreams were always about us reconnecting,” he said.“So there’s a lot of sadness that feels like this has ended.” James Renald, of Montreal duo Sky, remembered for writing lyrical pop hitscenter_img Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Press James Renald is shown in a 2001 handout photo. Renald was known by many as the bleach-blonde haired co-writer of Montreal duo Sky’s upbeat pop tunes in the late 1990s – but to his friends he was a complex individual who struggled to balance his desire for marketable endeavours against an unmistakable dislike of fame. 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