Top stories: The origin of life, a new drug for Crohn’s, and chemical weapons

first_imgResearchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrumThe origin of life on Earth is a set of paradoxes. Now, chemists report that a pair of simple compounds, which would have been abundant on early Earth, can give rise to a network of simple reactions that produce the three major classes of biomolecules—nucleic acids, amino acids, and lipids—needed for the earliest form of life to get its start. Although the discovery does not prove that this is how life started, it may eventually help explain one of the deepest mysteries in modern science.Speaking a second language may change how you see the worldSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Speakers of two languages put different emphasis on actions and their consequences, influencing the way they think about the world, according to a new study. The work also finds that bilinguals may get the best of both worldviews, as their thinking can be more flexible.Scientists may have solved mystery of dwarf planet’s enigmatic bright spotA mysterious bright spot on Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, is looking more and more like ice—and could even be emitting water vapor into space on a daily basis.House approves EPA ‘secret science’ bills despite White House veto threatDefying a White House veto threat, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved two mostly Republican-backed bills that would change how the Environmental Protection Agency uses scientific data and advice in writing its regulations. Many Democrats, scientific organizations, and environmental groups have called the bills thinly veiled attempts to weaken future regulations and favor industry.New drug for Crohn’s disease targets RNAA new drug, constructed with building blocks like those of RNA and DNA, seems to alleviate the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, a condition that can devastate the intestines. Still, there are lingering questions about how successfully the drug beats back the inflammatory illness, and researchers are now looking to launch a much larger clinical trial to address them.New compound quickly disables chemical weaponsOne roadblock to chemical weapons disposal is that heat and humidity quickly break down enzymes that can disable the deadly chemicals. Now, researchers have developed a highly stable compound that can inactivate nerve agents such as sarin in a matter of minutes.last_img read more

Pune Football Club wins Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tourney

first_imgPanaji, Jun 4 (PTI) Pune Football Club beat local favourites Dempo Sports in the final to lift the Bandodkar Gold Trophy.Pune became the sixth away team to lift the coveted trophy, played for the first time in more than two decades.The last few days of the football calendar season saw teams battle it out for the prestigious trophy gifted to the Goa Football Association by the states first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar in 1970.In an effort to revive the legacy and glory of the traditional tournament, Goa Football Association (GFA) stepped in to organise the Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament 2016, supported by the Bandodkar family andmarketed by Zest Concepts, a sports marketing firm based in Goa.The Bandodkar Gold Trophy 2016 was rebranded and repackaged in a new avatar, as an Under-21 tournament this year, with the aim of becoming Indias premier U-21 football tournament in due course.The tournament kicked off in the third week of May and saw six teams from Goa — which included the big four of Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Dempo SC, and Churchill Brothers SC as well as two from Pune — DSK Shivajians and Pune Football Club.The matches were played at Duler Stadium, Mapusa in North Goa and Navelim Football Ground in South Goa.Buoyed by the success of the tournament, saidElvis Gomes, president, Goa Football Association,”TheBandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament is a crucial part of the history and legacy of Goan football. GFA has revived this traditional tournament of significance with the support and encouragement of the Bandodkar family.advertisement”The Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament will be an annual fixture on the states football calendar and we are looking to better it with each passing year.”We have ambitious plans and will look to roll them out next year. We have been approached by international teams and we will begin work on the same right away.So many tournaments we have grown up on have ceased to exist, such as Rovers Cup, Stafford Cup, etc.” PTI MCS SDL PM PMlast_img read more

Raptors Get Even, Beat Nets, 100-95

first_imgTORONTO — DeMar DeRozan put his playoff jitters aside and turned in an All-Star performance for the Toronto Raptors.DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on April22, evening their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.A first-time All-Star this season, DeRozan struggled in his postseason debut on April 19. He went 3 for 13 from the field and scored 14 points in Toronto’s 94-87 loss.On April 22, DeRozan eclipsed that total in the fourth quarter alone, scoring 17 of Toronto’s 36 points.“We knew he was going to bounce back from the first game,” Brooklyn’s Deron Williams said. “He took over the game, hit some crucial shots, some tough shots. We’ve got to do a better job of stopping him, especially late.”DeRozan made nine of 21 shots and went 12 for 14 at the free-throw line, hitting nine of 11 attempts in the final quarter.“He bounced back, refocused,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Making those free throws down the stretch was huge. For him to come through after a tough first game and everyone doubting him, I was really happy with that.”So was Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. “Tonight he showed what he can do,” Lowry said of DeRozan. “He did an unbelievable job of attacking, being aggressive.”Amir Johnson scored 16 points and Lowry had 14 for the Raptors, who outrebounded the Nets 52-30. It was Valanciunas’ second straight playoff double-double.“There was no way we were going to lose that game,” Amir Johnson said. “It was a must-win for us.”Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Williams had 15 and Mirza Teletovic 14 for the Nets, who will host Game 3 on April 25.“There’s a lot of positive things that we’ve done in these first two games,” Netscoach Jason Kidd said. “Now we’ve got to go home and protect home.”Hampered by foul trouble throughout the game, Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce went 2 for 11 from the field, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range. He finished with seven points.Pierce was upset that the Nets failed to take a 2-0 stranglehold on the series. “We had them on the ropes,” Pierce said. “Definitely.”Kevin Garnett scored 13 points and Shaun Livingston had 12 for the Nets, who led 66-64 heading into the fourth and couldn’t take advantage of 21 Toronto turnovers. “They did a better job of executing and we just couldn’t stop them,” Williams said.Pierce converted a three-point play on his first field goal of the game to tie it at 83 with 3:48 left, but back-to-back jumpers by DeRozan on either side of a missed shot by Pierce gave the Raptors an 89-85 lead with 2:11 remaining.Garnett cut the deficit in half with a pair of free throws, but Lowry scored a driving layup, and then forced a steal that led to a Patterson foul shot that gave Toronto a five-point edge. Pierce answered with another three-point play, and the Nets trailed 92-90 with 59 seconds remaining.A turnover by DeRozan gave possession back to Brooklyn, but Pierce missed a 3 and the Raptors grabbed the rebound. DeRozan was fouled and made both with 20 seconds left, giving the Raptors a 94-90 lead.Joe Johnson made a layup but Amir Johnson replied with a thunderous dunk, delighting the crowd of 20,382. Pierce missed again, DeRozan grabbed the rebound and sealed it with four free throws in the final 12 seconds.“It’s everything you dream about, especially when you become a professional athlete, to be at the highest level and have the trust of your coaching staff and your teammates to have the ball in your hands and win a game for them,” DeRozan said. “That’s big.”(IAN HARRISON) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

No pressure, hoping to do well at World Championships: PV Sindhu

first_imgNo pressure, hoping to do well at World Championships: PV SindhuIndia’s campaign at BWF World Championships 2019, starting August 19 will be led by the country’s top-ranked women’s singles shuttler PV Sindhu. Having reached the podium in the last 2 editions, Sindhu will be hoping to win an elusive gold in Basel this year.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 13:50 IST PV Sindhu will be hoping to win the elusive gold at World Championships 2019 (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu has been seeded 5th at World ChampionshipsSindhu may face compatriot Saina Nehwal in the semi-finalI been working on my defence, physical fitness and also on-court skills: SindhuOlympic silver medallist P V Sindhu said on Friday that she has been working on improving her fitness and defence in search of an elusive gold in the showpiece World Championships next week.Sindhu has been the most consistent performer in the World Championships in the last few years with two silver and as many bronze medals but a gold has still eluded her.The 24-year-old Indian ace will once again be the biggest hope as she spearheads the country’s challenge at the World Championship which begins in Basel, Switzerland on August 19.She lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan and Carolina Marin of Spain respectively in the summit clash of the last two editions of the World Championships in 2017 and 2018.Asked if she is hoping to make it third time lucky, Sindhu replied: “Well, I have trained hard and I hope I can do well. I have to perform well but there is no pressure.””I been working on my defence, physical fitness and also on-court skills. We do have all kinds of strokes but to improve we have to keep training. So I have to do it all the time to make myself perfect,” Sindhu told PTI in interview.”It is important to know which strokes to play at the right time, sometimes you can get tired and you can go blank but as a player you need to know which strokes to play in tough situations,” she said.Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi was the one player who stopped Sindhu twice with an aggressive game plan in the last two tournaments of the year in Indonesia and Japan.advertisementAsked if the new World No. 1 Yamaguchi will be the biggest threat to her World Championships gold hope, Sindhu said: “I don’t think so. I played well against her in Indonesia but she was good. She was attacking well and she is also a rally player.”I was not surprised by her aggression. I was ready but it happens, may be had I won the first game, things could have been different,” Sindhu said.Sindhu, who has been seeded fifth, received a bye in the first round and will open her campaign against either Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri. If she wins, Sindhu is likely to meet Beiwen Zhang of USA in the third round while Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying is likely to wait for her at the quarterfinals.”At World Championships, it will not be easy from the first round itself. If you see the draw, I am playing a Chinese Taipei player and then Beiwen Wang, she is not an easy players and if I can win, I will be against Tai Tzu Ying in quarters. I have to focus on each match, because you never know.”Sindhu happy working under South Korean coach Kim Ji-HyunSince claiming the World Tour Finals in December last year, Sindhu has not been able to win another title this year. Two semifinals finishes at India Open and Singapore Open are all she had to show before she produced a superlative display to finish runners-up at Indonesia Open last month.On her rigorous training under new South Korean coach Kim Ji-hyun, Sindhu said, “It has been good. I am happy with my performance. With Kim, I have a good communication and I hope to do well in World Championship.”She pointed out a few mistakes that I was doing at the net, and overall, so I had to improve on that aspect. I got almost a month time before Indonesia, so had a good training and it showed at Indonesia.”Her mindset and thinking is different and she motivates me a lot. Every coach has a different approach and I got used to her quickly. She joined after All England, so it took some time to get used to her way. Now we understand each other well.”Asked about her plans for the Tokyo Olympics, she said, “There is still time. It is important to play all the tournaments because the qualification is important. So till April next year, I plan to play and then we will take a call depending on how my game is, my fitness levels and how training goes.Also Read | Sindhu, Saina could face each other in semis after redraw at World ChampionshipsAlso Read | Shetty-Rankireddy pair pulls out of Badminton World ChampionshipAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow BWF World ChampionshipsFollow India badminton newsFollow Akane YamaguchiFollow Tai Tzu YingFollow Saina Nehwal Nextlast_img read more

Private Security Regulations Authority Stages Annual Conference March 16

first_img Executive Director of the PSRA, Rick Harris, told JIS News that the conference intends to reaffirm the importance of security personnel to Jamaica’s landscape and to share information and garner feedback from various stakeholders. Story Highlights The event, under the theme ‘Securing Your Health and Well-Being’, will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Private security companies and security guards from across the island are expected to converge in Kingston for the fifth annual Private Security Regulations Authority (PSRA) conference on Saturday, March 16.The event, under the theme ‘Securing Your Health and Well-Being’, will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, beginning at 9:00 a.m.Executive Director of the PSRA, Rick Harris, told JIS News that the conference intends to reaffirm the importance of security personnel to Jamaica’s landscape and to share information and garner feedback from various stakeholders.Explaining the decision to focus on health, he said that “we want the security guards to see their health and well-being as their greatest asset. Once they understand that, they will be better able to offer the kind of service that is expected and they will be able to do so consistently”.“If they get proper exercise, rest and nutrition and have regular check-ups for early detection for any kind of illness, then certainly, they will be better able to carry out their functions,” he added.Mr. Harris pointed out that the mental wellness of security guards is critical in ensuring that they can operate effectively.“The hours of uninterrupted service that guards offer… mean that they have to be vigilant and mentally sharp and aware. The job can be very stressful depending on where the guard is stationed, so they need to know the coping mechanisms and skills that they can employ, and that is what we are trying to emphasise through this conference,” he told JIS News.Mr. Harris is urging security firms and practising security guards to attend the conference.“We encourage any guard or company that is registered to come to the conference, because it will be very informative. There will be a lot of information about our self-contributory health scheme and about mandatory life insurance. There will also be other types of information, including the protection and support that the PSRA provides,” he said.The main speakers are Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr Horace Chang; Psychiatrist Dr. Wendel Abel; and motivational speaker, Michael Maragh. Private security companies and security guards from across the island are expected to converge in Kingston for the fifth annual Private Security Regulations Authority (PSRA) conference on Saturday, March 16. last_img read more

Shell in LongTerm Charters for 14 New LNGFueled Tankers

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Unsplash/Shaah Shahidh Oil and gas major Shell has reached agreements to charter a fleet of up to fourteen new liquefied natural gas-fueled crude oil and products tankers, as part of its drive to decarbonise shipping.Namely, Shell Tankers (Singapore) agreed a long-term deal to charter 10 LNG dual-fuel Aframax crude oil tankers from Sinokor Petrochemical. The units were ordered from South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries and are scheduled for delivery in 2021.Separately, Shell has agreed long-term charters for four new LNG dual-fuel oil products tankers, from institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, with delivery of the vessels expected from 2021.“LNG is already a commercially competitive way to reduce emissions from ships, including those delivering oil to our customers,” Mark Quartermain, Shell’s Vice President for Crude Trading and Supply, said.The International Maritime Organization has set an ambition to reduce total annual greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008. Compared to some marine fuels, LNG can cut greenhouse gas emissions from ships by up to 21%, Shell cited a “well-to-wake” emissions study by consultants Thinkstep.last_img read more

15th Rhyason Contractings Light a Moose Fundraiser

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -Rhyason Contracting and Moose FM have come together to raise funds for the FSJ Hospital Foundation with this years goal being $63,000.With Pembina Pipeline matching donations up to $25,000 the Fundraiser hopes to raise the funds needed to purchase a Portable Ultrasound Machine that uses F.A.S.T technology to be used in the Hospitals ER Department.Known as the ‘Golden Hour’, the first hour after the occurrence of a traumatic injury is considered the most critical for successful emergency treatment such as understanding the internal injuries from a highway accident, assessing cardiac patients with chest pains and getting a picture of what is going on inside of the patient. The Portable Ultra Sound Machine is an asset to the ER Department by helping to reduce patient wait times and giving an accurate diagnosis.  Being able to assess a trauma injury in under a minute makes this machine vital to physicians being able to make fast decisions in a variety of Emergencies.Moose FM is set up, live on location at Murray GM. Every donation received, adds a light to the ‘Light a Moose’ sign. Come down and make a donation as an individual or as a business in person.  You can donate online at or or phone (250)787-7100Thank you to Peace Country Rentals for the use of the heater that is keeping the Announcer’s warm and to C&V Sales and Rentals for the use of their trailers while on location.last_img read more

Producer of antiIslam film performs pilgrimage to Mecca

first_imgTafraout- Newly-converted Arnoud van Doorn, a former anti-Islam film producer and a member of the Dutch right-wing Freedom Party, performed a pilgrimage to Mecca this year. Upon embracing Islam, Arnoud indicated that he intends to produce a film in order to defend Islam and the prophet Mohamed.Arnoud has stated that he experienced a number of enjoyable, spiritual, and uplifting moments during his recent pilgrimage to Mecca. He also reportedly shed some tears of repentance and glee, according to Okaz outlets. “Islam has filled the emotional void I have long desperately felt. I missed many things before I converted to Islam,” Arnoud was quoted by Okaz as saying. “My previous life was futile and aimless.”” Now with Islam, many things have changed in my life,” he added. Arnoud decided to perform the pilgrimage to seek repentance and implore Allah for forgiveness and absolution , reported the Yahoo news website.During his previous visit to the Holy Land, he performed “Oumra” and acquainted himself more closely with the rituals of Islam. “I find tranquility inside my heart when I am near the Prophet Mohamed’s tomb,” he said.Since he embraced Islam, he has been curious to read and learn a great deal about Islam, the religion of peace.Despite the fact that Arnoud’s political party was infamous for attempting to tarnish the image of Islam and Muslims, the new convert has surprised many by his relentless new dedication to supporting the religion.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Moroccan Woman Steals MAD 360 k from Saudi Man She Met

Rabat – A Moroccan woman is accused of stealing MAD 360, 000 from a Saudi man she met online. According to daily newspaper Asabah on Monday, the woman met the Saudi man on a social media website and took the whopping amount of money from him. The woman, a Masters student, claimed the money was intended to finance a project in Morocco.The student invited the Saudi man to invest in a poultry farming project in a farm located between Kenitra and Sale. To finance this project, she asked the Saudi investor to send her MAD360, 000. However, the Saudi man, apparently sensing something fishy, decided to fly to Morocco to check the project. When he arrived in Morocco, the Saudi investor discovered the bitter truth.The accused spent the money intended to finance the poultry farming project on herself. She booked holidays to luxury destinations, bought a car, and she even gave some to her family.The woman was arrested on Friday in Sale following a complaint lodged by the victim. At first, the young student denied doing anything wrong. However, she later confessed to everything when faced with evidence that she received the money from the Saudi investor.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN official says resources policies and leadership key to achieving antipoverty goals

1 September 2010Countries can make headway on slashing hunger, poverty and a host of other socio-economic ills over the next five years, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today, stressing three essential elements for progress. Countries can make headway on slashing hunger, poverty and a host of other socio-economic ills over the next five years, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today, stressing three essential elements for progress.“With sufficient and predictable resources for development, the appropriate policies, and strong leadership and capacity, we do believe that the MDGs and other internationally agreed development goals can be met,” Helen Clark stated, referring to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.“There is not only a moral imperative to strive to meet them. It is also an important part of our quest to make our planet more just, secure, and peaceful. That is in the best interests of all of us,” the UNDP Administrator told a meeting of the agency’s Executive Board in New York. Later this month Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene the high-level MDG Summit at UN Headquarters. The gathering is expected to result in concrete national action plans for realizing the Goals, which include targets for slashing poverty, boosting school enrolment rates, improving maternal health and increasing access to clean water and decent sanitation. “This is a not-to-be missed opportunity for Member States to agree on an action plan to drive progress towards reaching the Goals by 2015,” said Miss Clark.“At UNDP, we believe that there is a range of tried, tested, and proven policies which, adapted to national contexts, will ensure progress where there is the leadership, political will, capacity, and resources to implement them.“What is important now is for all development stakeholders to focus on what works, and support replication of proven interventions tailored to national circumstances. We also need to innovate and bring fresh ideas to the table,” she added.In June Miss Clark highlighted eight priority areas which should ideally form part of action plans for the next five years to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.They are: the need to support country-led development; foster inclusive economic growth; improve opportunities for women and girls; target investments in health and education, in clean water and sanitation, and in the professionals who run these services; and scale up social protection and employment programmes and other targeted interventions.Other priorities are expanding access to energy and promoting low-carbon development; mobilizing domestic resources to finance the MDGs; and the international community delivering on the official development assistance (ODA) commitments it has made and improving the predictability and effectiveness of aid.She pledged that UNDP will continue to “sharpen its tools” and work closely with a wide range of partners within and beyond the UN system to support the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people and communities and to help countries meet their development goals. read more

Mannar accident injures 12

A bus accident in Mannar this morning injured 12 passengers, the police and media reports from the north said.The stater owned passenger bus was heading to Mannar when the accident took place. The police said that 4 men and 8 women were injured in the accident and admitted to hospital for treatment.The police are conducting further investigations.

Codebreaker who broke Nazi Enigma code given posthumous pardon

first_imgTHE CODE-BREAKER who helped the allies break the Nazis’ enigma code has been given a posthmous pardon. Despite his theories laying the foundation for the computer age and his work, Alan Turing, who was gay was punished for his sexuality with a criminal conviction, intrusive surveillance and hormone treatment meant to extinguish his sex drive.Now, nearly half a century after the war hero’s suicide, Queen Elizabeth II has finally granted Turing a pardon.Brilliant mind“Turing was an exceptional man with a brilliant mind,” Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a prepared statement released today. Describing Turing’s treatment as unjust, Grayling said the code breaker “deserves to be remembered and recognised for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science.”The pardon has been a long time coming.Turing’s contributions to science spanned several disciplines and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.He’s perhaps best remembered as the architect of the effort to crack the Enigma code, the cypher used by Nazi Germany to secure its military communications. Turing’s groundbreaking work — combined with the effort of cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park near Oxford and the capture of several Nazi code books — gave the allies the edge across half the globe, helping them defeat the Italians in the Mediterranean, beat back the Germans in Africa and escape enemy submarines in the Atlantic.Code-breaker“It could be argued and it has been argued that he shortened the war, and that possibly without him the Allies might not have won the war,” said David Leavitt, the author of a book on Turing’s life and work. “That’s highly speculative, but I don’t think his contribution can be underestimated. It was immense.”Even before the war, Turing was formulating ideas that would underpin modern computing, ideas which matured into a fascination with artificial intelligence and the notion that machines would someday challenge the minds of man. When the war ended, Turing went to work programing some of the world’s first computers, drawing up — among other things — one of the earliest chess games.Turing made no secret of his sexuality, and being gay could easily lead to prosecution in post-war Britain. In 1952, Turing was convicted of “gross indecency” over his relationship with another man and he was stripped of his security clearance, subjected to monitoring by British authorities and forced to take estrogen to neutralise his sex drive — a process described by some as chemical castration.S. Barry Cooper, a University of Leeds mathematician who has written about Turing’s work, said future generations would struggle to understand the code breaker’s treatment.“You take one of your greatest scientists, and you invade his body with hormones,” he said. “It was a national failure.”SuicideDepressed and angry, Turing committed suicide in 1954 and Turing’s legacy was long obscured by secrecy.“Even his mother wasn’t allowed to know what he’d done,” Cooper said. But as his contribution to the war effort was gradually declassified, and personal computers began to deliver on Turing’s promise of “universal machines,” the injustice of his conviction became ever more glaring. Then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued an apology for Turing’s treatment in 2009, but campaigners kept pressing for a formal pardon.One of them, British lawmaker Iain Stewart, told The Associated Press he was delighted with the news that one had finally been granted.“He helped preserve our liberty,” Steward said.  ”We owed it to him in recognition of what he did for the country — and indeed the free world — that his name should be cleared.”Read: Hundreds attend 99-year-old man’s funeral after appeal goes viral> Read: Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were ‘necessary’>last_img read more

English FA ends all sponsorship with betting companies

first_img THE ENGLISH FOOTBALL Association (FA) has decided to end all sponsorship with betting companies.After a board meeting in May, the FA agreed to end all sponsorships with betting companies from the end of the 2016/17 season, despite an ongoing commercial relationship with Ladbrokes.However, the company mutually agreed that its current partnership with the FA could be terminated this month.Martin Glenn, chief executive of The FA, said:“We would like to thank Ladbrokes for both being a valued partner over the last year and for their professionalism and understanding about our change of policy around gambling.”While Jim Mullen, CEO of Ladbrokes Coral, said:“We understand the FA’s decision regarding their commercial partnerships on gambling.“Football is a passion of ours, and our customers, and we remain committed to working with the FA to ensure the integrity and trust of the sport is maintained for the fans of the game and the millions of customers who enjoy betting on it week in and week out.”Despite the announcement, which comes following a high profile gambling case involving Joey Barton, the FA and betting companies will continue to work together to share information on suspect betting patterns around games.Boost for Cork City as Delaney extends his stay with league leaders‘Marcus Rashford wanted to be like Andrea Pirlo’ English FA ends all sponsorship with betting companies Ladbrokes had an existing deal but agreed to end it immediately. Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 3:08 PM 19 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The English FA won’t have betting sponsorship going forward. Image: Jeff Holmes/PA Images Share34 Tweet Email1 center_img The English FA won’t have betting sponsorship going forward. Short URL Jun 22nd 2017, 3:08 PM Image: Jeff Holmes/PA Images 16,861 Views By Steve O’Rourkelast_img read more

An incredible young woman Tributes paid to HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan

first_img Incredibly sad to hear about Laura Brennan today. It is hard to overstate how much good she has done for women and girls in this country by so courageously using her voice. We owe her such a debt. #ThankYouLaura— The Rotunda Hospital (@RotundaHospital) March 20, 2019 By Hayley Halpin Source: Marie Keating Fndtn/Twitter Mar 20th 2019, 5:17 PM Laura Brennan Our hearts are so heavy to hear that Laura Brennan has passed away. All through her illness, Laura was an activist an an advocate for the HPV vaccine and the girls of Ireland. She will be missed. #ThankYouLaura— THE SHONA PROJECT (@shonadotie) March 20, 2019 Short URL Share9218 Tweet Email4 And thankfully, not only did they listen, they have started to act and that is the only reward I need – that parents agree to get their girls and boys vaccinated against this virus that is so common, so destructive and so preventable.“This vaccine saves lives. It could have saved mine but it can save yours.”The human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to a number of cancers, including cervical, penile, throat and anal cancers in men and women.Every year in Ireland, 300 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer – of that number 90 women will die of the disease.With reporting by Gráinne Ní Aodha 47 Comments Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 9:42 PM It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of women’s health advocate Laura Brennan. She showed great strength and bravery in supporting the health and lives of women in Ireland. Our thoughts are with Laura Brennan’s family and friends at this difficult time. #RIP— Womenscouncilireland (@NWCI) March 20, 2019 We are all incredibly proud of the work she did in the last 18 months to help protect other young women like herself from the cancer that has taken her life today.  Source: THE SHONA PROJECT/Twitter Image: HSEcenter_img Source: Vicky Phelan/Twitter Laura Brennan Image: HSE Updated Mar 20th 2019, 9:42 PM TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to Laura Brennan, one of Ireland’s leading HPV vaccine campaigners, who died earlier today.Brennan was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 24. Since then, she became involved in the campaign to raise awareness of the HPV vaccine to try to save lives.The HSE confirmed that she died at University Hospital Limerick today. Although Laura Brennan went through treatment for her condition, and was predicted to have a good chance of recovering, the cancer spread to her lymph nodes. This meant that there was no treatment for her condition, other than palliative chemotherapy that would prolong Laura’s life.The Brennan family said:  Source: Womenscouncilireland/Twitter ‘An incredible young woman’: Tributes paid to HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan Brennan was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 24. #ThankYouLaura I am only now finding out about Laura’s death. I have no words, just tears & emptiness at the loss of another young woman who used what was left of her time to campaign so that others would NOT suffer her fate. Please, please vaccinate your children #HPVvaccine— Vicky Phelan (@PhelanVicky) March 20, 2019 Clare County Council has confirmed that it will open a book of condolence in memory of Laura Brennan tomorrow at 10am in the public foyer of Áras Contae an Chláir. Brennan spoke at and was honoured at many events over the past year, receiving the inaugural Patient Advocate Medal from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, and most recently being named Clare Person of the Year.She was conferred with an honorary doctorate by UCD in acknowledgment of her advocacy work.She spoke at the time about how she wanted to use her voice for the good of others:I found my voice about a year and a half ago when I felt compelled to join the campaign to increase the number of girls receiving the HPV vaccine. When I did so, I joined the voices of all the HPV advocates in the country, along with the HSE and the HPV alliance, and together – our voices became louder. Loud enough so that people could hear us. 101,368 Views Minister for Health Simon Harris said he is “deeply saddened” to hear of Brennan’s passing, adding that “the State owes her a debt of gratitude”. “Laura was an incredible young woman and a powerful campaigner,” Harris said. “As a person, she was kind, funny and full of life. Her enthusiasm was infectious. Every time I met Laura or spoke with her, I was inspired by her. Amazing doesn’t do justice to her or her courage. I want to extend my deepest condolences to her family and friends,” he said. President Michael D Higgins echoed the words of Harris in his tribute to Brennan. “I am sure that I was among very many who were greatly saddened on hearing that Laura Brennan has died. Laura impressed so very many with her campaigning and her work as a patient advocate has had a real and positive effect on countless young women across the country,” Higgins said. On behalf of the people of Ireland, I send my condolences to her family and friends, and to all of those who have shared Ms Brennan’s journey. Many other campaigners, organisations, politicians and members of the public took to social media today to pay tribute to Brennan. Laura used her voice, her generosity and her energy to help parents to make informed choices and protect their daughters from cervical cancer.  The family said she “wanted to make a difference, and use the time that she had to right what she felt was a great wrong”.Interim HSE director general Anne O’Connor has expressed her sincere condolences to the family and friends of Brennan. “We are all deeply saddened to learn of Laura’s death, and we feel immense gratitude and admiration for her and her family.  Laura has defined courage and generosity as she supported our work to ensure girls get the HPV vaccine, and are protected from this terrible cancer,” O’Connor said. “We know that Laura has made a difference, and will have saved lives through her great effort and her tremendous generosity of spirit,” she said. Campaigner Vicky Phelan paid tribute to Brennan on social media today. “I have no words, just tears and emptiness at the loss of another young woman who used what was left of her time to campaign so that others would not suffer her fate. Please, please vaccinate your children,” Phelan wrote. Source: The Rotunda Hospital/Twitter We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Laura Brennan & extend our sympathies to her family & friends. Laura showed such strength & courage over the last year talking about her cervical cancer diagnosis and encouraging young girls and parents to take up the HPV vaccine.— Marie Keating Fndtn (@MarieKeating) March 20, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Laura was a light in the life of everyone who knew her; a wonderful daughter, sister and friend. We are lost without her.last_img read more

ECCV to reflect on multiculturalism

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Just two months before the Victorian state election, multiculturalism, population and identity politics are on the agenda for the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria’s (ECCV) biannual conference. My personal view is that whether you are new arrival or an older arrival, I believe it is relevant because multiculturalism is a framework that sets the vision and guides government to set programs that are relevant to the whole community.ECCV Executive Member Eugenia Grammatakakis said the conference, to be held this week, is an important platform for discussing multicultural policy. “It’s a conference that will explore the prospects and priorities of multicultural Victoria,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to bring together community groups, government agencies and those who have a commitment and a passion for multiculturalism, to have a conversation and a discussion around multiculturalism heading into the future and the challenges.” The conference features addresses from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Rt Hon Robert Doyle, as well as state politicians such as Greens MP Colleen Hartland and Liberal MP Nick Kotsiras, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship. Ms Grammatakakis said there were a number of Greek community groups who were active members of the ECCV, a state advocacy body representing the needs of ethnic communities in Victoria. She said she didn’t agree to the argument that multiculturalism wasn’t relevant to older migrant groups, such as the Greek community, who have developed their own structures. “My personal view is that whether you are new arrival or an older arrival, I believe it is relevant because multiculturalism is a framework that sets the vision and guides government to set programs that are relevant to the whole community,” she said. Ms Grammatakakis said it was important to maintain a distinction between the hot-button debates of population and immigration. “The debate ought to be focusing on population and immigration as separate, and multiculturalism and social cohesion as separate, although they’re interrelated,” she said.last_img read more

Frank Leboeuf understands Pogbas postWorld Cup struggles

first_imgFrance’s 1998 World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf sympathises with Paul Pogba struggles to rediscover his form after the glory he experienced with the national teamThe 25-year-old midfielder played a key role in France’s second World Cup title in the summer.However, upon his return to Manchester United, Pogba has appeared to be a mere shadow of the player that he was at Russia.This has put Pogba in the firing line with United also struggling for form this season.But former Chelsea defender Leboeuf knows full well what Pogba is going through and urged fans to remain patient with the star.The 50-year-old reckons that Pogba needs time to rediscover his “big appetite” after the glory he tasted over the summer.“It was very hard to come back to Chelsea, to the training ground, to start running, to think we had to play the first game away to Coventry,” Leboeuf told ESPN.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“As Paul said, you touch the stars. For thousands of people it wasn’t a dream, it was a fantasy.“Suddenly you win it and you have to find the goals to make sure you still have a big appetite in football.“You go through a kind of a depression where you have to find what you’re fighting for.“Maybe that’s what Paul is living right now with all the players.“You have to find back the pleasure of being back with your friends and liking sweating and suffering for the sake of it.“It comes little by little. You have to work hard to try and win trophies, it’s the only way to make sure you’re still concerned about your sport.”Pogba has managed five goals and four assists in 15 appearances for United this term.last_img read more

Glamours Leive Dont Be Mean to the Reader

first_imgTAMPA, Florida—Speaking at the Magazine Publishers of America’s 2008 Retail Conference, Glamour’s editor-in-chief Cindi Leive talked about the importance of the magazine’s editorial voice, particularly in an era that’s been defined by war, disasters and recession. Admitting to being an “obsessive” reader of reader mail, Leive noted that this is an important way to stay on top of what the reader wants. “It all comes down to never be mean to the reader. It has to do with what’s going on in the world right now. You want a magazine that is going to make you feel better about yourself. Women have intense personal relationships with their magazines.”To that end, Leive and her edit staff have been particularly careful not to embarrass, condescend or humiliate their readers. Headlines and coverlines tend to be upbeat and constructive. “Headlines don’t talk down or blame or accuse women,” she said. “Most are complimentary and positive messages.”Despite the positive cover lines, Glamour’s single copy sales (747,014) dropped 13.2 in the second half of 2007 compared to second half 2006, according to ABC Fas-Fax numbers. Overall paid and verified circulation, however, rose 2.3 percent to more than 2.3 million.last_img read more

The State of Publication Printing Technology

first_imgVirtual proofing. Ad portals. Automated workflows.Even as the print workflow becomes increasingly digitized, the fact remains that most of what we’re dealing with is mature technology for a mature business. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t new services saving the day (and chronic problems yet to be resolved). Here, production and manufacturing executives weigh in on the tools that have been the biggest benefits to their jobs—as well as problem areas where they want to see more from their printer partners.Quebecor World executive vice president of market development Sean Twomey says technology only matters if it drives client benefits. “While press and bindery technology continue to advance, it’s how you use the state-of-the-art equipment in a networked fashion that makes a difference,” he adds. The four areas of importance according to Twomey are manufacturing flexibility; color management; speed-to-market and creativity. “We have launched our Web-based, High Impact Showcase to show multiple examples of creative and technical print solutions that drive consumer interaction, consumer recall and consumer action,” he says.  For b-to-b giant Advanstar, co-mailing and closed-loop-color have had the biggest positive impact. “Co-mail has made a significant decrease in our postage costs,” says corporate director of media operations Keith Hammerbeck. “This has worked very well for standard size books that do not polybag. It has not worked very well for tabloids and polybagged issues. Our printer, however, is now coming out with a much better solution for handling polybagged standard size publications.”Meanwhile, closed-loop-color is helping with some challenges. “It’s made a big improvement in color consistency and improved color reproduction,” says Hammerbeck. “It has also helped reduce paper spoilage. There are still some challenges in getting information out of the closed-loop systems in regard to what percentage of the run stayed within plus or minus of the specific color target.”Several publishers  cited B.Direct—Brown Printing’s integrated version of DALiM MiSTRAL’s project management and job tracking system—as a step forward. “I’ve been using InSite for years and recently started working with B.Direct,” says Jodie Wennberg, associate manufacturing director at Dwell. “It has an added benefit of providing form inlines with thumbnail images. This has allowed us to discuss inline scenarios with our printer in advance and troubleshoot problems. We may not be able to change the situation, but we can provide detailed information for the pressman regarding what to focus on or favor.”Trade title Dentistry Today previously used Quickcut before turning to B.Direct. “[Quickcut] was charging us so much per inch for the advertising and another rate per inch for our editorial content, it cost us somewhere between $2,500-$3,500 per month,” says production manager Jan Marie Nigro. “We now have the ability to upload, print-off-proof and okay the magazine in one day.” The Ups and Downs of Digital PublishingA novelty just a few years ago, soft-proofing has gone mainstream. “Sending ad materials digitally has allowed us to extend our materials deadlines and accept ads later in the process,” says Eileen Rhine, production director at Outside. “Soft proofing has also given us more flexibility in our editorial workflow.”Still, issues remain. “I believe that some of the costs associated with supplying ad materials have been transferred from the agencies/advertisers to the pubs/printers. Cost savings have been partially offset by additional expenses,” adds Rhine. “Fewer ad proofs are being supplied, and occasional errors in supplied materials are more difficult to identify and correct.”In-house pre-press has had a positive impact on Travel Weekly’s production workflow by allowing the publisher to accept digital material via the Web or FTP site and then immediately process that material to place on page dramatically cuts down time. “Recently I received an ad and was processing it to send to the printer and I noticed some copy was extremely close to the trim,” says production supervisor Michele M. Garth. “I was able to contact the advertiser, receive a replacement file, process the file and send the page to the printer all within the hour. A problem like that would have taken days to resolve in past workflows.”Hearst, which uses Adobe InDesign, InCopy and K4, has done its own edit pre-press for the past five years, eliminating the editorial production department. The publisher has reworked its pre-media department within the larger production and manufacturing department to include staff with edit production experience. “This is a four-person department that processes all final edit pages for 15 titles,” says director of editorial operations Ellen Payne. Kodak’s Prinergy and InSite pre-press portal have had the most significant impact for Hearst’s editorial production.“We’ve really customized Prinergy to our workflow using their rules-based automation,” says Sean Keefe, director of editorial products at Hearst. “That’s enabled us to roll out virtual proofing both on the press side and at the magazines. Half of our magazines are already virtual on the press side and two to three are virtual internally.” This enables Hearst to deliver PDF-X4 files rather than PDF-X1s. “This is a huge advantage for us because the final PDF files are no longer being flattened,” says Keefe. “‘Rasterization’ goes away and our printers use the Adobe Print Engine to process final files. Because we don’t have to flatten files on the edit side we can take advantage of layering InDesign to automate more tasks.”  Hearst also uses a plug-in called MadeToPrint that automates tasks that normally would be manual. “We usually make our contract proof and final proof PDFs and it splits these pages into singles, which are required on press,” says Keefe. “It renames files to what the printers require names to be so they can easily place it into their imposition software. It takes advantage of the fact we use auto numbering and InDesign to rename these files, and  eliminates the potential on our end or our printer’s end to have errors.”Meanwhile, Rodale’s Women’s Health works with QuadGraphics and a process called Smart Create. “We print to a print server or export a PDF with a low res image,” says production manager David Cardillo. “It eliminates all pre-press people. Some have argued that it puts the onus of pre-press on us, but I’m making sure my file is okay before shipping. I’ve  had issues with people trying to fix things they thought were wrong in the layout. This has eliminated that. It’s also much faster; we usually get a page proof the next day.” What Publishers Want To SeePublishers have a long wish list for printers and that includes process as well as hardware. “We feel that printers need to be more pro-active in the exchange of data,” says Hammerbeck. “For example, all of our print instructions are re-keyed at the printer. Publishers should be able to send the printer digital instructions that flow directly into their systems. These systems could also help make it easier for the publisher to produce their folio, place ads, etcetera. There are a few systems that a publisher can buy that will allow them to do this to a certain extent but a publisher shouldn’t have to buy software to make the printer’s job easier and help them reduce errors.”Hammerbeck also wants to see a change with invoices, which could mean more revenue for the printer. “It would be nice if printer invoices could be coded so that the costs could flow into the publisher’s financial systems and reduce the amount of manual intervention,” he adds. “We have been working very hard to give our magazine printer more non-magazine business but it has been a struggle because they have not been as competitive as commercial printers.”Garth agrees. “I think the printers and service vendors are doing a great job of creating efficiencies to help smooth workflows but I’d like to see the same improvements made in the areas of keeping track of paper, pricing and insertion orders.”Outside’s Rhine would like to see industry organizations address guidelines for advertising submission. “I know that individual printers and vendors offer ad uploading software solutions, which represent another cost to publishers,” she says. “I’d like to see AAAA and GATF  form a task force of some kind to create universal specifications for ad submission, including insertion orders and billing information.”Easy, economical and foolproof verification of advertiser supplied proofs is Wennberg’s wish. “We have several ways we review the proofs supplied, but we inevitably receive proofs that the printer cannot match. This results in wasted time on press and potential quality complaints.”Dwell wants to know how quickly and easily it can verify a proof that  is (or is not) SWOP compliant with 100 percent accuracy. “For us, this solution should be practical for use in an office environment,” says Wennberg. “It should provide us detailed information that we can discuss with the client.”Be Careful What You Wish ForStill, publishers need to be aware that each new change can bring a set of unintended consequences.  “I recently saw an article about paper manufacturers adding more calcium to the mixture for whiter sheets, and now that’s affecting the press by putting more sediment in the ink and it’s getting into the plates and rollers,” says Cardillo. “Even the pressman isn’t sure. Once they think they’ve got it, someone else throws something into the mix. Yes, it’s the same brand of paper but it’s got a different composition and it hits the paper differently so they have to readjust everything.” Don’t dismiss Cardillo as just another legacy print publisher who’s afraid of change. “My big thing about any technology is that it does make some things easier but they all come with their own set of problems,” he says. “I’ve got a decade of experience in IT and I say digital is not the answer. It’s faster but not necessarily better. Ultimately, this is still a 400-year-old technology. Maybe it requires a 400-year-old process to get it right.” SIDEBAR #1Five Tips for Reducing Production CostsPrinters weigh in on how magazine publishers can save. By Jason FellWith postal, paper and distribution costs all on the rise, and no economic rebound in near sight, it’s more important now than ever for magazine publishers to save money where they can. Here, we’ve collected five tips—some tried and true, some less conventional—from printers Publishers Press and Transcontinental for how magazines can save on production costs.• Update your mail list: The U.S. Postal Service has started taking away discounts for Standard and First-Class mailers whose lists have not been updated. Maintaining a current list also reduces the number of over-prints and wasted copies.• Switch to a proofless workflow: Virtual press side proofing enables publishers to view and manage intricate color proofs online and increases the probability that the final output will mirror approved content. This is a big cost saver in terms of eliminating the need to ship proofs back and forth.• Use paper from your printer: Maybe it’s a plug, but Publishers Press recommends that publishers find out if their printer offers a private label paper. If this option isn’t available then perhaps switching to a lower grade weight will be more cost-effective.• Examine all co-mailing options: More printers are offering co-mailing, co-palletization and drop shipping services. Transcontinental and Publishers Press recommend asking your printer for an analysis of your list and determine a co-mailing strategy. “Remember that your goal is to get more of your mail onto pallets to qualify for additional drop shipping and postal worksharing discounts,” Transcontinental says.• Consider producing a specialty cover: Although the production process might cost more up front, the possibility for generating additional advertising revenue, especially for consumer magazines, are greater. The printers suggest options like stamping, embossing and reflective. SIDEBAR #2 The Printer As Match-MakerPrinters negotiate deals between publishers and digital vendors.In recent years, many printers have offered ancillary digital services such as digital editions and ad portals. While some still do, others have decided they are better suited to serving as a representive for their print clients in researching and negotiating with dedicated digital vendors.   Cummings acts as a digital go-between for its print clients. So does Lane Press, which serves more than 400 smaller titles. “Most of our competitors are launching their own proprietary solutions for things like ad portals and digital editions that are typically tacked onto the production process,” says vice president of sales and marketing Charlie Shelley. “We are not software or technology vendors. Technology changes so quickly and the rule is the costs of technology halve every year while functionality doubles.”Instead, Lane identifies vendors that are best suited for its clients. “We conduct research on the vendors in this space on behalf of our customers, then we negotiate a price and step out of the way,” says Shelley. “We may have three or four vendors in-pocket for a digital solution and each is designed to address different levels of complexity. There may be a very inexpensive provider that a publisher can use for a rudimentary application or a high-end solution that can help increase their rate base.”This strategy helps reduce the cost of sale for the vendor while giving Lane ammo to compete with other printers who are offering those solutions in-house. “One of our customers came up for renewal and our competitors were offering a digital solution,” says Shelley. “We hooked them up with Zmags and they’ve been very happy.”Lane has negotiated similar agreements with co-mailing and ad portal services and claims that being the match-maker gives the company flexibility that competitors with proprietary solutions don’t have. “If you go with an in-house co-mail solution you have to live with their limitations, like not co-mailing a magazine with less than a certain number of issues,” says Shelley. “Because we offer multiple solutions, we’re not hamstrung by a particular logistics provider.”last_img read more

MatSu Salvation Army gets 1200 gold coin in red kettle

first_imgFile photo of a gold Krugerrand (Creative Commons photo)Salvation Army staff in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough got a big surprise while counting change from their red kettles Friday. You know the ones, staffed by bell ringers seeking donations at store entrances.An anonymous donor dropped a gold coin, which the Salvation Army says is worth $1,251, into the kettle at the Three Bears store on Knik-Goose Bay Road in Knik.“This is so unusual, we were just thrilled,” said Janet Kincaid, who chairs the Mat-Su Salvation Army board and serves on the Anchorage Salvation Army Board.Kincaid realized the coin was special — it’s a gold Krugerrand from South Africa — as they were counting out lower-denomination change.“And I looked at it and I thought, ‘Oh whoa! This is one of those!”Gold coins show up in the Salvation Army’s kettles every year, usually anonymously and in other parts of the country. This is the first Krugerrand believed to have been dropped into one of the red buckets in Alaska.Kincaid said she thought the earthquake might’ve had something to do with the donation, because the area where it was given was hit hard. The quake shut down the Three Bears store for a couple of days, she said.And while Kincaid said people have been especially generous this year, the coin is a random gift that tops all others.“We find all sorts of things, like washers and screws. All other kind of coins. Sometimes we find and alcoholics coin that’s a symbol of their sobriety,” Kincaid said. “You know, men in particular, they just clean out their pockets and drop it in.”The gold Kruggerand was likely not the result of someone cleaning out their pockets, or an accident, she said. That’s because it was in a plastic sleeve and came with a note in memory of someone.Kincaid said she doesn’t want to reveal the name, because it was given anonymously, and she doesn’t know if the person wants their loved one’s name made public.last_img read more