Addis Ababa: Ethiopia’s army chief and the president of a key region have been shot dead in a wave of violence highlighting the political instability in the country as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to push through reforms. The latest unrest in the Horn of Africa nation flared on Saturday afternoon in Amhara, one of nine autonomous regions, when a “hit squad” attacked a meeting of top officials, Abiy’s office said Sunday. Spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told journalists the attack was led by Amhara’s security chief Asaminew Tsige, and resulted in regional president Ambachew Mekonnen and another top official being shot. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonThe men were “gravely injured in the attack and later died of their wounds,” she said. “Several hours later in what seems like a co-ordinated attack, the chief of the staff of the national security forces Seare Mekonnen was killed in his home by his bodyguard” in the capital Addis Ababa, she added. Also shot dead was a retired general who had been visiting him, Billene added. The bodyguard has been apprehended while Asaminew is still on the loose, sources said. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorThe link between the two attacks were not immediately clear. The internet has been cut nationwide since Saturday evening, after being severed for much of the previous week. A journalist in the regional capital Bahir Dar told AFP shooting had begun shortly after sunset and continued for several hours before ceasing. The United States embassy issued alerts about reported gunfire in the capital Addis Ababa, and violence around Amhara’s main city Bahir Dar. An analyst said Saturday’s incident showed the seriousness of the political crisis in Ethiopia, where efforts by Abiy to loosen the iron-fisted grip of his predecessors and push through reforms has unleashed a wave of unrest. “These tragic incidents unfortunately demonstrate the depth of Ethiopia’s political crisis,” said International Crisis Group analyst William Davison. “It is now critical that actors across the country do not worsen the instability by reacting violently or trying to exploit this unfolding situation for their own political ends,” the expert said. Amhara in Ethiopia’s northern highlands, is the homeland of the ethnic group by the same name, and is the birthplace of many of its emperors as well as the national language Amharic. The Amhara are the second-largest ethnic grouping after the Oromo, and both spearheaded two years of anti-government protests which led to the resignation of former prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Abiy, an Oromo, took power in April 2018 and has been lauded for a string of efforts to reform a nation which has known only the authoritarian rule of emperors and strongmen. He has embarked on economic reforms, allowed dissident groups back into the country, sought to crack down on rights abuses and arrested dozens of top military and intelligence officials He also sealed a peace deal with neighbouring Eritrea, a longtime foe. However the loosening of the reins has also unleashed a wave of unrest. Ethiopia’s 1995 constitution, written by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) after it unseated the Derg military junta in 1991, partitioned the country into nine autonomous regions with borders following ethnic lines. The EPRDF itself is a coalition of four parties from Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region. Observers say that Abiy’s plans to hold an election in 2020 has stirred up resentment in local politics, with other regional parties contesting the hold of those within the EPRDF, and seen a rise in ethno-nationalism. At the same time, longstanding tensions in a country of more than 80 ethnic groups have burst into the open, often over land and resources in Africa’s second most-populous nation. Over a million people have been displaced by ethnic clashes, which analysts attribute to multiple causes, such as the weakening of the once all-powerful ruling EPRDF and different groups trying to take advantage of opportunities presented by the political transition. In other regions, dozens of people have been killed in the last few months in clashes between residents of northern Benishangul Gumuz and Amhara states. The security chief Asaminew, accused of being behind the attack in Amhara, was in 2018 released from prison after being held over a 2009 coup plot by the armed opposition group Ginbot 7 and Davison described him as an Amhara hardliner. The coup attempt comes a year after a grenade explosion at a rally Abiy was addressing left two people dead.
Foreign Ministry officials in Burkina Faso have confirmed a Canadian mining company employee has been found dead after being kidnapped in the west African country’s northern Sahel region.They say Kirk Woodman, a Halifax man who worked for the Vancouver-based Progress Mineral Mining Company, was found dead late Wednesday in Oudalan province.West Africa’s Sahel region has seen a number of abductions of foreigners in recent years by extremists linked to al-Qaida or the Islamic State organization.More to come…The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsEvery year contests are held to measure a person’s worth, based all too often on appearance.But that’s not the type of competition one young Nunavut resident is entering.She’s been asked to represent her territory in a contest where worth is based on a little bit more than fashion.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers met with this young hopeful.
SASKATOON – Shares of Nutrien Ltd., the company created by the merger of Agrium Inc. and Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc., started trading on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges today.The company traded under the ticker symbol NTR.The merger saw shareholders receive 0.40 Nutrien shares for each common share of PotashCorp they owned and 2.23 Nutrien shares for each Agrium share they owned.The companies first announced the deal in 2016 but did not receive the final regulatory permission required to complete the deal until last week.Chuck Magro, Agrium’s chief executive, assumed the same role at the merged company, while PotashCorp chief executive Jochen Tilk became executive chairman.Shares in the company (TSX:NTR) were up 74 cents at $65.19 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The six-day meeting offers participating experts an opportunity to compare best practices and explore whether the legal economy can successfully challenge and replace illegal economies, according to UNODC. The event, which is taking place in the town of Chian Rai, was organized by Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the UNODC, and Phongthep Thepkanjana, the Thai Minister of Justice.Thailand, which has a high level of success rate in alternative development, is the first country in the world to succeed in the sustainable elimination of opium cultivation, according to the UNODC. “The heart of the Golden Triangle sends an important message out to the rest of the world that alternative development is the only way ahead to combat illicit activities from inside, working on farmers’ well-being rather than on their fears, in a sustainable way,” said Mr. Costa in a statement.”Unless alternative development initiatives are launched, these farmers risk hunger and then humanitarian disaster. Now is the moment for nations and counter-drug agencies around the world to join together in the kind of global partnerships we need to bring alternative development projects to regions and people still held hostage by narco-economies,” he added.Thailand’s victory of opium cultivation was the result of 30 years of developing projects in the nation’s highlands, when UNODC and the international community worked hand in hand with the Thai Government to offer poor ethnic minority villagers and farmers economic alternatives to drug crops, UNODC said.The country has been opium-free since 1993. In less than a decade, both Laos and Myanmar (the two other members of the so-called Golden Triangle) have reduced opium production by 74 percent.The UN estimates that about 4 million people worldwide depend on income derived from the cultivation of illicit drug crops, including coca and opium. In most cases, these growers live below the poverty level, with 50 percent of their income earned from drug-crops cultivation.
Ohio gas station glitch lets drivers fill up for pennies TOLEDO, Ohio – A computer glitch led to a brief price war between two gas stations in northwest Ohio, allowing some drivers to fill their tanks for pennies per gallon.WTOL-TV reports that a computer malfunction dropped prices at one north Toledo gas station, and another across the street lowered its prices to stay competitive early Sunday.Customer Taylor Kline told the station he filled his empty tank for just 26 cents. The extra-low pricing lasted at least three hours before returning to normal.Ohio’s average price for a gallon of regular gas was $1.55 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down from $2.29 a year ago.The national average Monday for regular gas was $1.70.___Information from: WTOL-TV, http://www.wtol.com by The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2016 11:48 am MDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Ohio State guard Carmen Grande (1) dribbles the ball up the court in the second half of the game against Indiana on Jan. 10. Ohio State won 55-50. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State had not found success from 3. Through three quarters, the Buckeyes had made only one of 11 attempts from deep — a buzzer-beater 3 by freshman forward Dorka Juhasz to end the first quarter. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Ohio State instead shifted its focus on what head coach Kevin McGuff had previously said makes his team perform well: a stingy defense and taking care of the basketball. After recording three consecutive possessions with a steal, each ending with three fastbreak layups, Ohio State (5-8, 1-4 Big Ten) set the tone for a fourth quarter, ultimately defeating No. 25 Indiana (14-2, 3-1 Big Ten) 55-50 for its first conference win of the season and the Buckeyes’ first win against a ranked opponent.Ohio State has been in this position before against a ranked team: going into the fourth quarter against No. 4 Maryland Friday with a 58-57 lead. This time, redshirt senior guard Carmen Grande wanted to use momentum created to come through with a win. “I think we just looked at each other and we were like ‘Guys, we can win this,”’ Grande said. “We want to win a game. We are always right there and we never knock it down, so we were like ‘Come on, let’s do it.’” Taking a 38-36 lead with 8:19 left in the game after scoring eight unanswered points, the Buckeyes and the Hoosiers traded leads for much of the final quarter. But freshman guard Janai Crooms scored five points in a 7-0 run for the Buckeyes, giving the Buckeyes 51-46 lead with 1:26 left in the game. Crooms finished the game with 12 points, making 55.6 percent of her shot attempts, but only 2-of-6 attempts from the free throw line. This was something that plagued Ohio State all game, as the team combined to make 56.3 percent of attempts from the charity stripe. Despite allowing a 5-0 run for the Hoosiers, bringing the game to within one with 20 seconds left, Grande hit four free throws to secure the five-point victory. In the second half, the Buckeyes missed only two of 10 attempts from the line. Ohio State recorded 11 steals against Indiana, five of which were in the fourth quarter, scoring 24 points off turnovers with 11 fastbreak points. “Everything starts with the defense, so if you are able to steal the ball or get good stops, you are always going to get easier baskets,” Grande said. “We just saw that three stops could get us the win, so let’s keep it rolling.” McGuff said the success of the team hinges on the success of its defense and rebounding, bringing them in a lot of close games. In this case, the head coach said it was vital to not only record those steals, but to have those turnovers lead to scores. “We were also struggling a little bit to score,” McGuff said. “Not only were we getting stops, we were turning those turnovers into points and just a really critical point in the game that I’m really proud of the kids for stepping up and making those plays.” The Buckeyes began the game with a 14-2 deficit to overcome, making only one of its first 11 shots, turning the ball over five times. “We weren’t getting enough good shots and weren’t making the ones we got,” McGuff said. “We settled for tough quick shots in the first half, and that’s not going to do it for us.” Then Ohio State began to heat up, shooting 46.7 percent in the second half as Grande led the team with seven points, making 3-of-5 shots from the field. Ohio State, outscoring the Hoosiers 15-10 in the quarter, cut its deficit to 24-20 at halftime. Grande had a rough start, missing each of her first four shots from the field, including one 3-point attempt in the first quarter. However, as Ohio State started to heat up offensively, so did she, shooting 54.5 percent from the field for the remainder of the game. She led the team with 19 points.In the post, Indiana redshirt junior forward Brenna Wise, despite being four inches shorter than Juhasz, recorded 12 rebounds, with the Hoosiers recording 10 more rebounds than Ohio State on the game. Ohio State has its first win in conference play, its first win since Dec. 16. Crooms wants this win to bring momentum to a team that she feels is improving. “We know we can play together and we are good when we are all clicking together,” Crooms said. “I feel like in the next game we will all just come with that momentum because people are doubting us.” Ohio State will try and continue to build off its first Big Ten win of the season at home against Michigan State Monday at 7 p.m.
An independent investigation by the Welsh government, ordered by the first minister, has stalled due to Mr Sargeant’s family being granted a judicial review over how it will operate. Carl Sargeant’s wife Bernie, left, and his son Jack, rightCredit:The Telegraph/Andrew Price The note said: “You deserve none of this adverse publicity because of my acts. I have failed you.”That aside, I love you more than you will ever know and I’m sorry I’ve taken the easy way out, leaving you with my s—.”Family members including his son Jack, who replaced his father as Alyn and Deeside AM, were at the hearing. Mrs Sargeant – known as Bernie – is due to give evidence later on Monday. A Labour politician accused of sexual misconduct left a note for his family apologising for “taking the easy way out” and “letting them down”, his inquest has heard.Welsh Assembly member Carl Sargeant, 49, was found hanged by his wife Bernadette at the family home in Connah’s Quay, North Wales.His death, on November 7, 2017, came four days after being sacked from his role as cabinet secretary for communities and children.The father-of-two was also suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of “unwanted attention, inappropriate touching or groping”, seen at the time as the latest wave of MeToo allegations.At the first day of his inquest at Ruthin County Hall on Monday, coroner for North Wales (East and Central) John Gittins read a statement from police constable Siwan Hughes, who was called to Mr Sargeant’s home after paramedics certified him dead at 11.30am.Pc Hughes said Mrs Sargeant told police she had found a note on the door of the utility room, where Mr Sargeant was found, telling her not to go in and to call the police.Another note, left next to his body, was addressed to his wife, children and family and friends, the court heard.In it, he apologised for letting them down and asked them to forgive him. His family say he was not told the details of what he was accused of and was unable to properly defend himself.It is understood details were withheld to protect the identity of the complainants involved, but Mr Sargeant’s family and solicitors say being kept in the dark caused him mental anguish.Mr Gittins said the inquest would be a “full and fair examination” of relevant matters and would not be a “trial by Press, politics or personality”.He said: “There is no place in my courtroom for accusation or speculation, simply evidence.”Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones is expected to give evidence to the inquest on Wednesday and a statement from Ian McNicol, now Lord McNicol – the then general secretary of the Labour Party, will be read. 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.
Siemens has expanded its range of ATEX certified hearing instruments “to provide exceptional sound quality to those working in explosive environments.” Five of Siemens Hearing Instruments products have been cleared for use in potentially explosive atmospheres such as mines, factories, agricultural silos, rigs, oil and gas platforms, water and chemical processing environments. The certified products will benefit people with hearing loss that work with flammable gases, mists, vapours or combustible dusts.ATEX is the European Directive for controlling explosive atmospheres. Any electrical or mechanical device used in such environments must be certified. Siemens’ portfolio of ATEX certified products includes a range of hearing instruments that cater for a variety of individual requirements. This includes Behind-the-Ear (BTE) instruments that “offer the highest comfort and usability” such as the Motion XCEL range and the versatile Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) instruments such as the Pure Carat XCEL.The only waterproof digital hearing instrument in the world, Aquaris, is also now certified for use in explosive environments. In addition to being waterproof it is also dust and shock-proof, making it an ideal solution for those who require a robust hearing instrument that does not compromise on sound quality. Combined with a sports clip, Aquaris stays on the ear in any situation and takes away the challenges of working in industrial environments. Siemens’ Life, a compact hearing solution, also joins the ATEX certification list, alongside Nitro, a high power device designed to enrich the lives of those with severe to profound hearing loss.“One in six people suffer hearing loss so we’re delighted to offer a wide range of solutions to match the lifestyle and occupations of people working in industrial and potentially explosive environments,” said Wendy Davies, National Sales & Audiology Manager at Siemens Hearing Instruments. “This certification will provide extra confidence and comfort for a huge sector of the workforce.” ATEX certified hearing instruments can be provided by all Siemens dispensers. On asking for the ATEX version of the products, users will receive the appropriate certificate, validations card and ATEX user guide.
TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN has launched an investigation after reporters from one of the university’s student newspapers planted a recording device outside a student’s on-campus apartment where an alleged society hazing event was taking place.Editors of the University Times are now facing a petition calling on them to step down over the “bugging incident” but the paper says it stands over its reporting. Last Friday, the University Times published a story about the initiation ceremony of an elite, invite-only sporting society and admitted it planted a recording device outside the apartment of the society’s president.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, Trinity College Dublin confirmed that an investigation is progressing which is being conducted by the Junior Dean.The university added that a separate investigation was also underway into the alleged hazing incident reported by the University Times (UT). Its integrity has been destroyed. It can only be restored if those responsible apologies for their actions, step down, and allow the culture of the paper to change.The Knights of Campanile told TheJournal.ie that it would not make an official comment on the incident until the investigation by TCD is complete. Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 6:22 PM 45,127 Views By Adam Daly 29 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4552190 Image: Shutterstock/Kit Leong Share84 Tweet Email3 Mar 20th 2019, 6:22 PM Image: Shutterstock/Kit Leong Trinity launches investigations after furore over alleged ‘bugging’ of secret society ‘hazing’ The University Times used a recording device while investigating an alleged on-campus hazing event. Trinity takes matters such as these very seriously and absolutely condemns such practices. We are fully investigating the alleged incidents.‘Bend over’The UT had reported that on 27 February the Knights of Campanile held an initiation ceremony on campus which started in the main square, moving on to the apartment of the all-male society’s president. Reporters who waited outside the apartment said they heard members being hazed inside. Members were allegedly being told to “bend over”, to “get in the shower” and that “it’s gonna be a long night boys”. “The reporters placed a recording device outside the apartment and proceeded to wait upstairs out of sight for over an hour and a half,” the UT reported. The device was discovered when society members left the apartment and moved to another location. UT has said that the device is still in the possession of the society and therefore any quotes used in its article are from reporters on the scene and not from the device. The paper’s editor, Eleanor O’Mahony, told TheJournal.ie that on the night in question they had not planned on using the recording device but did so because “one of our reporters had it on hand”. O’Mahony added that those involved in the report have no intention of stepping down and continue to stand over their work. “We take our work seriously. We’re happy to stand over our reporting,” she said. ‘Integrity destroyed’Earlier today, Trinity News reported that a petition had been launched to remove the funding for the University Times editor’s salary and accommodation from the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union constitution. O’Mahony said that the petition was “personally very disappointing”. “The aftermath of controversy like this is not the time to make decisions about the long-term future of the paper,” she said. In a recent editorial, Trinity News – a separate college publication – called for the students involved in the story to face consequences as it claims their actions have “breached any code of journalistic ethics worth the name”.“If UT escapes this situation with no consequences, and believe, as both the current and incoming editors who wrote the story seem to, that secret recordings are acceptable news sources, then students should be worried,” Trinity News said in an editorial this week. The paper argues that the UT will be tainted if the editors remain in their positions. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
A bipartisan group of 24 Washington senators led by Jesse Salomon, D-Shoreline, introduced a bill Friday that requires ending the practice of using non-tribal gill nets to harvest salmon in the Columbia River.Senate Bill 5617 would also expand harvest reforms statewide, including in Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor and Puget Sound. It requires an end to gillnetting by 2023.“At a time when Washington’s two most iconic creatures, orca and salmon, are at critically low levels, this bill represents an important part of the solution.” said Salomon, chief author of the legislation.The Columbia River harvest reforms were put into place to provide enhanced conservation benefits to the 13 endangered stocks in the Columbia Basin, while maximizing harvest of abundant hatchery and healthy wild stocks and the economic benefits of healthy fisheries for the region.It took years of negotiation between Columbia River salmon stakeholders to craft the reforms. They were set to be fully implemented by 2017, but a key conservation component, a buyout of the gillnet fleet, has languished.
JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines “The final vote counting took place today (Sunday) under monitoring from Macau auditing firm EY and I can tell you it was very exciting. The red envelopes with the winners names on them are currently locked away in a safe until Tuesday night.”Scott continued, “It has truly been a joint effort by IAG and Reed Exhibitions — IAG has taken care of the Awards process, the judges, the website, the vote counting and that sort of thing while the dinner has mainly been arranged by Reed Exhibitions, the entertainment, menu, seating arrangements, trophies and so on.”“These awards are by the industry for the industry, and I can only see this event rising in stature next year and in the years that follow.” RelatedPosts Load More The highly anticipated inaugural G2E Asia Awards have sold out on the eve of the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. There have been 338 tickets sold across 32 tables — including a head table of 20 and two VIP tables of 14.CEO of co-organizers Inside Asian Gaming, Andrew W Scott, said, “We’re absolutely thrilled the event has sold out, it seems we need to add capacity next year. We have no less than eight Macau legislators attending, as well as Paulo Martins Chan, Helena Fernandes and Chan Tzi Wai, the Directors of the DICJ, the MGTO and the Macau Economic Bureau respectively. There will also be numerous very senior industry figures attending. 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau
From magazine shutterings, to fire sales to Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings, the effects of the tumultuous U.S economy continue to spill over into magazine publishing. So much so, in fact, we’ve recently seen top executives leave some of the biggest publishing companies in the country.While there were others this year, the resignations have added up in recent weeks. First it was Jim Spanfeller, who said in July that he will be leaving Forbes.com as president and CEO sometime this month. Less than two weeks later—on the same day—Rodale president and CEO Steven Pleshette Murphy and Reed Business Information U.S. CEO Tad Smith resigned from their chief executive posts.Do these departures represent a natural changing of the guard among top management, or were these longtime chief executives pushed out amid declining ad pages and dwindling revenues? Quick TurnaroundIn the case of Tad Smith, a pair of fellow b-to-b CEOs speculate he was bound to leave RBI as London-based parent Reed Elsevier put most of its U.S. properties back on the block. “He couldn’t have relished the thought of going through another sales process on the heels of the earlier failed attempt,” one CEO said. “I don’t think his leaving will have much effect on the sales process, its outcome or what happens next. Management knows what it wants, which is out of the b-to-b publishing business.”Two weeks after resigning from RBI, Smith landed at Cablevision Systems Corp. as president of its newly-created local media group. “Tad was never a b-to-b guy,” another CEO said. “The fact that Tad landed this as soon as he did likely means he has been looking for a while. I would expect that this is an interim position until Tad gets his own deal running a media company.”At RBI, executive vice president and CFO John Poulin was appointed acting CEO, replacing Smith and reporting to RBI Global CEO Keith Jones—who conducted the company’s portfolio review. According to one b-to-b CEO, the person who replaces Smith full-time will depend on the buyer. “I would venture it will be somebody from outside b-to-b media,” the CEO said.‘That’s Just Crappy Reporting’When Forbes announced that Jim Spanfeller was stepping down as president and CEO of Forbes.com, news reports immediately speculated that the longtime online chief was pressured to leave by Forbes investor Elevation Partners. “That’s just crappy reporting,” Spanfeller told FOLIO: at the time. “Unless Elevation Partners has the ability to stick thoughts in my head, they had nothing to do with my decision to leave.”Spanfeller— said he plans to launch a media management firm this fall to manage and build up publishers’ online businesses—also dodged reports that he was pushed out due to declining traffic at Forbes.com. “Anyone with any tenure in the online space knows that different sources you go to for traffic numbers are problematic at best,” he said. “Even if one says we’re down slightly over a couple of months, the truth is that Forbes.com is up from half a million unique in 2001 to 18 million to 20 million today.”Getting While the Getting Is Good?In announcing his resignation as Rodale CEO, Steven Pleshette Murphy said he decided not to renew his contract “to take time off to pursue my own creative interests.” Chairman Maria Rodale, granddaughter of founder J.I. Rodale was tapped to succeed Murphy as CEO.Murphy joined Rodale in 2000 and was named CEO two years later. During his tenure as chief executive, the company said it experienced its most profitable period in its history. But today, with advertising spending drying up, ad pages across Rodale’s six magazines tracked by the Publishers Information Bureau were down a collective 17.92 percent through the first half.“That so many CEOs are leaving or are being asked to leave isn’t surprising—it’s a time of turmoil and very limited success,” said one publishing CEO who wished to remain anonymous. “Almost every company is on a losing streak and, just as in sports, owners fire managers and coaches, not the players.”
Tuesdsay’s announcement that Forbes is buying entrepreneurial journalism site True/Slant may be a small deal, but the event will have a pretty significant impact on both brands going forward.PaidContent estimates the deal in the “low single digit millions.” The site launched just a year ago, after all, and True/Slant founder and soon-to-be chief product officer Lewis Dvorkin [pictured] told me Tuesday that monetization efforts only kicked in once the site reached one million uniques. “We used the first round of money to build a product, scale the contributor base and scale the audience. We only started monetization when we hit a million uniques, which was in December and January.”Yet the deal is not a bolt-on for Forbes. True/Slant’s content production and ad models will be assimilated into Forbes and will kick off a significant rebuild of both the magazine and Forbes.com. The Web site is up first, says Dvorkin. “There’s going to be a total re-architecture of Forbes.com—meaning a re-architecture of how it’s produced, its structure, its UI and its design.” Sounds pretty much like a complete overhaul.Dvorkin intends more than cosmetic changes for the magazine, as well. “I used to say that redesigns are more than a fresh coat of paint, you have to look at the foundation. How is content produced for the magazine? How is it produced for the Web site and how might those two play together?”In the meantime, Dvorkin says the deal will close today, with a “good part” of the five-person team making the move over to Forbes (he wouldn’t say who’s going and who’s not). Of the three-hundred or so contributors who get paid on a flat-fee basis with monthly bonuses when traffic hits certain trigger points, it’s “business as usual” through June, he says. However, Forbes and Dvorkin will be scaling down the contributor network as the site transitions into Forbes. Daily Finance’s Jeff Bercovici, who is also a True/Slant contributor and sat through a contributor conference call with Dvorkin, has more on this. And, according to WWD, it appears Dvorkin might be doing some scaling down at Forbes as well. He’s reportedly scrutinizing the masthead for some high-level cost cutting.
WILMINGTON, MA — During the summer, the Wilmington High School Athletic Department will be sponsoring a series of sports clinics for children in Grades 1-8.The clinics will be held at the Wilmington Middle School (25 Carter Lane). Please note this is a change from last year’s high school location.All clinics will be run by WHS Coaches, Alumni and Athletes.The cost of each clinic is $175 per child per clinic with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, which has a cost $150 per child. Additional clinic enrollment is discounted $25 per clinic. (I.e. Siblings attending camps are $175 each; the next camp is $150 per child per clinic).Here is the summer sports clinic schedule:June 17 to June 21: Boys Basketball, Field HockeyJune 24 to June 28: Girls Basketball, Flag FootballJuly 1 to July 5 (no clinic on July 4): Boys Soccer, TrackJuly 8 to July 12: All SportsJuly 15 to July 19: Girls Soccer, VolleyballAll clinics, with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, will run 8:30am-2:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am -12:30pm on Friday. Boys Soccer and Track will run 8:30am – 2:30pm Monday- Friday (no session on 7/4).The focus of each clinic is the development of skills through activity based drills and scrimmages. The ultimate goal of the clinics is to develop children who enjoy participating in athletics.For additional clinic information and registration forms, click HERE.(NOTE: The above information is from Wilmington Public Schools.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”2019 Wildcat Summer Sports Clinics AnnouncedIn “Education”
Idaho’s 2016 Pioneer Fire is one of an increasing number of wildfires in national forests. The cost of fighting such blazes is cutting into other U.S. Forest Service programs, including those in Alaska. (Photo courtesy National Forest Service)Wildfires in the Lower 48 are affecting what the federal government can do in the Tongass and other national forests.Listen nowU.S. Forest Service Associate Deputy Chief Chris French told Southeast Alaska leaders his agency is spending more and more money on firefighting.“We’ve seen 8,000 positions across the agency that we have essentially shifted from either providing services, forest management (or) recreation management to fire suppression,” French said.French said firefighting is expected to use up about 60 percent of the Forest Service budget within a few years. That’s three to four times what it was 15 years ago.French said his agency is also spending more time and money responding to floods, droughts, diseases and insect infestations. He didn’t speak about climate change, but many scientists have said that’s the reason behind such extreme events.French addressed the Southeast Conference Mid Session Summit in Juneau earlier this month. He also said he’s looking at ways to speed up the agency’s permitting process. He said it has a backlog of more than 6,600 special use permits.“This includes permitting outfitter guides, folks that are coming to us asking for access to mines or permitting ski areas or even range allotment permits” French said.French said the agency is looking at excluding more types of projects from extensive environmental assessments. That will include an analysis of prior reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Bengaluru, Aug 15 (IANS) Gaiety, patriotic fervour and spirit of freedom marked the 73rd Independence Day celebrations across Karnataka on Thursday amid tight security. The day-long fete began in the southern state’s capital with Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa unfurling the Tricolour at the sprawling Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw parade ground under a cloudy sky with a gentle breeze wafting. Also Read – Delhi court acquits former coal secretary H.C. Gupta Advertise With Us Around 8,000 people, including women and children, joined the Chief Minister and other dignitaries in singing the national anthem, rendered by the police band, after a hovering military chopper showered rose petals on the gathering. Before delivering his I-Day address, Yediyurappa, clad in a white safari suit, inspected the guard of honour in an open jeep and took the salute from the Army, Navy and Air Force personnel and the state police forces. Also Read – Trouble brews on Congress turf, meeting underway at Rahul Gandhi’s residence Advertise With Us Contingents of the three defence services (Army, Air Force and Navy), state reserve police, fire brigade force, National Cadet Corps (NCC), Home Guards, Bharat Scouts and Guides and boys and girls from about 100 state-run schools across the city staged a march past in their immaculate uniforms and colourful dresses. After the Chief Minister’s address and the parade, about 2,500 school children re-enacted many scenes from the war of Independence and the freedom struggle, including non-violent protests and clashes with the colonial police. Advertise With Us Attired in traditional dresses, about 100 young artistes staged cultural programmes, including folk dances and songs, depicting the supreme sacrifice of the martyrs to the tunes of patriotic songs, including the famous “Sare Jahan Se Achha, Hindustan Hamaraa,” and “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo”. Through song and dance and short plays, the youth relived the lives of freedom fighters, including Sangoli Rayanna and Kittur Rani Chennamma of Karnataka who fought against the British Army in the 19th Century. Martial arts, daring feats and acrobatics on motorcycles by the military as well as the state police teams left the crowd spellbound. Later, Yediyurappa presented President’s medals and gallantry awards to the selected police officers and distributed prizes to the participating organisations. According to the reports from across the state, the Deputy Commissioners hoisted the national flag, received salute and inspected guard of honour from the police and other security forces in their respective places. The I-Day events were, however, subdued in the flood-hit districts and in towns and villages where monsoon rains were still active.
Donald TrumpDonald Trump on Thursday announced his first foreign trip as president will include stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican—the spiritual centers of Islam, Judaism and Catholicism.Trump will add the three stops to an already announced visit to NATO and G7 summits in Brussels and Sicily later this month.“My first foreign trip as president of the United States will be to Saudi Arabia, then Israel, and then to a place that my cardinals love very much, Rome,” Trump said in a Rose Garden announcement.Aides described the decision to travel to Saudi Arabia first as an effort to reset relations with the Muslim world.There, Trump will meet with leaders from across in the Gulf and broader Middle East in the hope of curbing jihadi terror groups and Iran’s growing regional clout.“Saudi Arabia is the custodian of the two holiest sites in Islam,” said Trump, who has frequently been accused of fueling Islamophobia.Trump said in Saudi Arabia he would “begin to construct a new foundation of cooperation and support with our Muslim allies to combat extremism, terrorism and violence and to embrace a more just and hopeful future for young Muslims in their countries.”The aim, one senior administration official said, was to reverse a trend “of America’s disengagement from the world and some of its biggest problems.”During president Barack Obama’s tenure relations with the Gulf States, and Saudi Arabia in particular, were strained over his administration’s engagement with Iran.Trump’s administration—which includes generals who have had bitter personal experience with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Lebanon—has vowed to push back against Iranian influence across the region.Peacemaker -The visit also comes as Trump wades into Middle East peacemaking, trying to reach a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, a goal that has eluded his predecessors and countless diplomats.Trump is expected to meet both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on the trip.A senior aide did not rule out the possibility of a presidential stop in the West Bank, but that is likely to be contingent on security and Abbas taking concrete steps toward peace.Trump on Wednesday hosted Abbas at the White House, pledging to help end the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.“It is something that I think is frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years,” Trump said, exuding his trademark bravado.From there Trump will travel to the Vatican, where he will be received by Pope Francis on May 24.Trump’s attendance of a NATO summit in Brussels will be closely watched. The new president has demanded allies pay more for collective security, but has backed away from his early declarations that the alliance is “obsolete.”A G7 summit in Sicily will offer Trump the chance to sit down face-to-face with leaders of the world’s largest economies.
Sperm whales return to Mediterranean Sperm whale. Image credit: Ocean Footage Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — In a recent study published in Animal Behaviour by Dalhousie University biologists Hal Whitehead and Shane Gero, the concept that sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are individuals is being learned. Researchers have known for years that other cetacean species use vocalizations for communication, however they have only been studied in bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales, and even that research is still in its infancy. Because sperm whales usually travel in large groups and over great areas, researchers have had difficulty studying and distinguishing their vocalizations. Researchers in the latest study were able to focus on a sperm whale family located in the waters around Dominique. These particular whales tend to stay in this local area enabled the researchers to conduct a long term study on their communication, as well as isolate individual whales and their distinct sounds. These researchers studied the pattern of clicks, or “codas” (this is the technical name given to a distinctive series of clicks), that the whales use for communication. These high-frequency clicks are created by air that gets pushed through the skull of the whale. It is the difference in skull size between each whale that seems to create the different reverberation rates in the clicks, thus enabling researchers to distinguish which whales are making which sounds.While the study of these codas is just beginning, researchers have discovered that they seem to fall into one of two different patterns, with the exception of the one mother whale within the group who had a separate set of vocalizations researchers believed to be a form of communication designed solely for the calf.The first pattern that researchers have distinguished is that of two slow-paced and consecutive clicks, followed by three rapid clicks. This distinct pattern has only been reported within the groups of sperm whales in the Caribbean. The belief of the researchers is that this pattern may be used to identify a particular family, or group of sperm whales, letting the others know that they are part of the family.The second pattern is heard from sperm whales all over the world and is composed of five regularly spaced clicks. It is this pattern that researchers believe could eventually point to way of individuality for each whale; in essence an individual name.While this study is preliminary, it does show the possibility of these sperm whales having a more complex knowledge and understanding, as well as a method of real communication. In other studies we have seen the social behaviors that show more background n culture rather than instinct, so this continuing research may open the doors to a better understanding of these large animals. Researcher Shane Gero believes that the research is just beginning and their understanding of these whales and their communication is nowhere near complete, but that the assumption that these whales have a sense of self can be made. More information: Individually distinctive acoustic features in sperm whale codas, Animal Behaviour, by Ricardo Antunesa, Tyler Schulzb, Shane Gerob, Hal Whiteheadb, Jonathan Gordona and Luke Rendell, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.12.019via Wired Citation: Sperm whales have individual personalities (2011, March 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-sperm-whales-individual-personalities.html (c) 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
14.1Though the Cardinals made the switch to Byron Leftwich as the new playcaller and offensive coordinator to help develop Rosen and get Johnson more involved, the offense finished the season ranked worst in the league in average points scored at 184.108.40.206The rushing attack was non-existent in Wilks’ first season with the team. The Cardinals’ 3.8 average rushing yards per attempt ranked worst in the league. Johnson finished with 940 total rushing yards on 58.8 yards per game.83.9The Johnson-led rushing attack for the Cardinals ranked last in rushing yards per game at 83.9. He had one 100-plus yard rushing game all season, which came in Week 11 at home against the Oakland Raiders.154.9The Cardinals’ rushing defense under Wilks was among the worst in the league as well. The defense gave up 154.9 rushing yards per game, ranked last.25Last season, Arizona finished in the middle of the pack in rushing touchdowns given up with 12. That number has more than doubled this season at 25, ranking last in the league. Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley rushed for three touchdowns in Week 2 against the Cardinals in their 34-0 blowout. Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) Wilks’ passing defense was average this season, but the rushing defense, much like the offense, ranked toward the bottom in the league.Related LinksArizona Cardinals fire head coach Steve Wilks after one yearCardinals’ Steve Wilks joins list of one-and-done NFL coachesNFL head coaching job tracker: Cards hire Kingsbury as next head coachStandout quotes during Steve Wilks’ season as Cardinals head coachHere’s a look at Wilks’ first and last season as the head coach of the 3-13 Cardinals.241.6The Cardinals ranked last in the league in total offense, averaging 241.6 net yards per game. The team ranked No. 22 last season in Bruce Arians’ last season as the head coach as they finished 8-8.26:33Running back David Johnson was poised to have a solid comeback season after battling a wrist injury in which he suffered in Week 1 in 2017 and missing the rest of the season. After signing a three-year contract in September, it appeared that the Cardinals offense would run through Johnson.But the fourth-year pro could hardly establish a solid running game which led the Cardinals to rank worst in the NFL in time of possession.29.7Arizona’s punt team was one of the busiest in the league due to three-and-outs. The Cardinals ranked last in third down percentage at 29.7.225Wilks’ offense managed to score only 225 points this season, ranking last in the NFL. That’s 94 points fewer than the second-to-last team ranked in that category. In seven games, Arizona had finished with 10 or fewer points in a game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 2 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo First-year head coach Steve Wilks is known to have a defensive-minded approach, but the Arizona Cardinals were ranked among the worst offensively.Just how bad was the offense during his tenure? For one, then-offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was fired in Week 7 following a 45-10 loss at home against the Denver Broncos.Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen got his first start in Week 4 after it seemed like he would spend the season developing under starter Sam Bradford, but Bradford was benched in Week 3 and released in November. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories