Athabasca Chipewyan the tar sands are making us sick

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:In October leaders, Elders, members and supporters of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) rallied at the Federal Court in Vancouver.Today, they’re waiting for the court’s response on a judicial review.They want federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s decision to allow expansion of the Alberta tar sands, quashed.In addition to ACFN’s argument that their section 35 Constitutional rights were violated in the process, they also have results of an environmental health study on their side.The study links contaminants from the tar sands to incidence of illness in their community.Video courtesy: One River News (

Pipelines and broken promises fill Trudeaus Kamloops town hall

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first town hall of 2019 was just a nine hour drive from the Unist’ot’en camp where hereditary chiefs were negotiating a peaceful end to a decade long barricade of the Wet’suwet’en territory.Despite being that far down the road, the issue of pipelines, and broken promises sounded throughout the night from Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples at the

Next US moon landing will be by private companies not NASA

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies — not NASA.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete in delivering experiments to the lunar surface. Bridenstine says NASA will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there.The goal is to get science and technology experiments to the surface of the moon as soon as possible. The first flight could be next year. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.The announcement comes just three days after NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars. NASA wants to see how it goes at the moon before committing to commercial delivery services at Mars.Marcica Dunn, The Associated Presslast_img

Market volatility mortgages loom over upcoming earnings of Canadas big banks

TORONTO — Canada’s biggest banks are set to report on what has traditionally been the strongest quarter of the year, but market volatility and slower mortgage growth during the period could weigh on their latest results.North American markets saw a sharp selloff at the end of 2018 amid a trade skirmish between China and the U.S. and political uncertainty with a partial shutdown south of the border, potentially hampering the banks’ related earnings.“With markets falling through much of the fall and recovering through much of the winter so far… Everything from mutual fund fees to underwriting revenues will likely have been down,” CIBC analyst Robert Sedran said in a note to clients.“Trading, as ever, is a wildcard but we do expect a sequential decline as well.”The Royal Bank of Canada is the first lender to report its results for the three-month period ended Jan. 31 on Friday, followed by the Bank of Montreal and the Bank of Nova Scotia on Feb 26. National Bank of Canada reports its latest quarterly earnings on Feb. 27, followed by the Toronto Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on Feb. 28.During the earnings conference calls to discuss the banks’ results during the previous quarter, lenders expressed optimism for the coming financial year but some said the bumpy stock-market ride could add downward pressure.“We expect to see some weakness year-over-year in our wealth and wholesale businesses, given the recent market volatility… However, our above-average net sales and strong investment banking pipeline will position us well for growth throughout the year,” said RBC’s chief financial officer Rod Bolger on a conference call with analysts in late November. Investors’ concerns about the strength of the Big Six banks market-related earnings in the latest quarter are “overstated” given the market rally in January, said Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities.“The reality is that market-related revenues should have actually held up better than most investors’ fear, especially in the wealth business where the Canadian banks’ fiscal calendar should have helped as the Q1 numbers would have captured a very healthy stock market rally in January,” he said in a note to clients.The financial first quarter has historically been the most robust period for capital markets and trading revenues and “could save the day” for the banks, said John Aiken, an analyst with Barclays in Toronto. Over the past nine years, Canadian banks have seen an uptick in capital markets revenues in the first quarter, up an average of 15 per cent from the previous quarter, he added.While the macroeconomic environment is becoming increasingly challenging, the banks are expected to continue benefiting from the five central bank interest rate hikes since July 2017, Aiken added in his note to clients.Those hikes have padded the banks’ net interest margins, which is the difference between the money they earn on the loans they make and what they pay out to savers.“We anticipate NIMs will remain a positive story for much of 2019,” Aiken said. “That said, amidst rising rates, the slowdown in household and mortgage credit continues, with annual residential mortgage credit growth of 3.1 per cent in December, marking the slowest rate since May 2001 and roughly half of the growth rate from two years ago.” Residential home sales in Canada in January were the weakest since 2015, down four per cent from the previous year, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. In December, home sales slipped for the fourth month in a row to cap off the weakest annual sales since 2012.CREA attributed the drop in December to a rush of buyers at the end of 2017 who moved to lock in home loans before a new stress test for uninsured mortgages took effect on Jan. 1, 2018.In turn, Canadian banks also saw a surge of mortgage lending during the financial first quarter one year ago — setting a high bar for comparison for quarterly results this year.Some banks reported increases in mortgage originations of as much as 20 per cent during the first half of fiscal 2018, said Gabriel Dechaine, an analyst with National Bank of Canada Financial Markets.“‘Pull forward’ uninsured mortgage originations were surprisingly high… As such, we could see a larger-than-expected slowdown in new originations during H1/19, simply due to the ‘tough comps’ effect,” he said in a note to clients. Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:BMO, TSX:BNS, TSX:NA, TSX:TD, TSX:CM) read more

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower has book deal

NEW YORK — The former Cambridge Analytica employee who spoke out on alleged ties between the data firm and the Brexit campaign for Britain to leave the European Union has a book deal.Brittany Kaiser’s “Targeted: My Inside Story of Cambridge Analytica and how Trump and Facebook Broke Democracy” comes out Oct. 22, HarperCollins announced Tuesday. Kaiser will share “the dramatic and disturbing story” of her time at Cambridge Analytica, the British company where she was the business development director. Last year, she told Parliament that Cambridge had worked with Brexit supporters. She also co-operated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.According to HarperCollins, she will reveal “the unsettling truth” or how private information is exploited, and how Cambridge interacted with Brexit and Trump officials.The Associated Press read more

Business Highlights

___Fed cuts key rate for first time in more than a decadeWASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter the impact of President Donald Trump’s trade wars, stubbornly low inflation and global weakness. Yet Wall Street seemed disappointed that Chairman Jerome Powell signalled at a news conference that the Fed might not cut rates much more.___US to set up plan allowing prescription meds from CanadaWASHINGTON (AP) — With consumers complaining over high prices for prescription drugs, the U.S. says it will create a way Americans can import cheaper medicines from Canada. The drug industry, which has blocked imports of prescription drugs, is warning that their safety can’t be guaranteed. But Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the modern supply chain allows for safe importation. It’s unclear how soon such a system could be in place. President Donald Trump campaigned on lowering drug prices.___US officials say key rail safety technology 90% completeWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal railway officials say the railroad industry has installed safety technology on nearly 90% of tracks where it is required, but “significant work” is needed to ensure the technology is completely installed by a December 2020 deadline. The Federal Railroad Administration chief says technology known as positive train control, or PTC, is in operation on more than 50,000 route miles of the nearly 58,000 route miles where it is required.___US says new round of talks with China were ‘constructive’SHANGHAI (AP) — The White House says U.S. and Chinese envoys have held “constructive” trade talks, after President Donald Trump rattled financial markets by accusing Beijing of trying to stall in hopes he will fail to win reelection in 2020. The meeting, aimed at ending a tariff war over trade and technology, ended about 40 minutes ahead of schedule. But the White House said in a statement hours later that talks are expected to resume in Washington in September.___Stocks sink as Powell dents hopes for multiple rate cutsStocks fell and bond yields rose after the Federal Reserve lowered its key interest rate for the first time in a decade but left investors feeling uncertain about the likelihood of future cuts. At a news conference, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said there could be more rate cuts, but that the central bank was not intending to embark on a long cycle of lowering interest rates. That roiled markets, briefly knocking the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 470 points.___Billionaire, friend taking plea deal in Las Vegas drug caseLAS VEGAS (AP) — California billionaire and crime victim rights advocate Henry T. Nicholas III and a friend are taking a plea deal sparing them prison time in a Las Vegas Strip hotel room drug case. Their attorneys said Wednesday that Nicholas and co-defendant Ashley Fargo will enter a so-called “Alford plea” to felony drug possession and make a $1 million donation to a drug treatment program. Their pleas do not admit guilt. Nicholas co-founded Broadcom and Forbes estimates his net worth at more than $4 billion.___Drug industry warns importing meds riskyWASHINGTON (AP) — The drug industry lobby says the Trump administration’s plan to let Americans import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada is “far too dangerous.” Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America says there’s “no way to guarantee the safety of drugs” coming from outside the U.S. It also says law enforcement has repeatedly warned that importation schemes could worsen the U.S. opioid crisis.___Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economyLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has met political leaders in Northern Ireland, where he faces a doubly difficult challenge: restoring the collapsed Belfast government and finding a solution for the Irish border after the UK leaves the European Union. Northern Ireland’s 1.8 million people have been without a functioning government since it collapsed in 2017. Johnson, who in the last week has been booed in Scotland and Wales, faced more protesters Wednesday in Northern Ireland.___The S&P 500 index dropped 32.80 points, or 1.1%, to 2,980.38. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 333.75 points, or 1.2%, to 26,864.27. The Nasdaq composite fell 98.19 points, or 1.2%, to 8,175.42. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies slid 10.99 points, or 0.7%, to 1,574.61.The Associated Press read more

GuineaBissau spotlights threats of organized crime Sahel terrorism in speech to UN

Although criminal gangs have used the country as a transit point for illicit drugs, she reported that recent police operations have resulted in record seizures.“This demonstration of our Government’s political will and determination to combat this scourge has deeply affected the political structures that sustain these businesses,” she said.“It is clear that organized crime takes advantage of the fragility of our State with respect to entrenched local interests. In this regard, it is essential that we strengthen the mechanisms that our main partners use to monitor the political process in Guinea-Bissau.”Following legislative elections held in March, a new Government was inaugurated in July under Prime Minister Aristides Gomes.Prior to the vote, Guinea-Bissau had been caught in a constitutional crisis which began in 2015 when President José Mário Vaz replaced the Government of Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira. As a result, there had been seven different Heads of Government.Ms. Barbosa outlined the current administration’s priorities, which include promoting inclusive dialogue to consolidate political stability and consensus around key issues such as institutional reform and revision of the Constitution.“In addition to strengthening the democratic legitimacy of our political institutions, we intend to build the foundations for a better structured and more united society,” she said.Guinea-Bissau will hold a Presidential election in November, and the Foreign Minister underlined the need for technical and financial assistance. The UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) is working to ensure the smooth completion of the electoral process.Support counter-terrorism in the SahelTurning to the wider region, Ms. Barbosa appealed for international financing for the G5 Sahel to ensure its operational readiness.The joint force brings together five countries – Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad – committed to combating jihadist groups in the region.“The Sahel region is a perfect illustration of the devastating danger that terrorism poses to the world,” she said. “More than a regional threat, it affects the whole continent and may adversely impact world peace.”Appeal for African representation in the UN Security CouncilMs. Barbosa joined other speakers who advocated for greater African representation in the UN Security Council.Currently, only five countries – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – are permanent members of the body, possessing the right to veto.Ten countries are also appointed as non-permanent members, serving two-year terms.Ms. Barbosa called for the Council to be expanded so that Africa would have two permanent seats “with veto power” as well as five non-permanent seats. read more

ThyssenKrupp merges Polysius and KH Mineral assets in France

first_imgThe industrial and technology group ThyssenKrupp is strengthening its plant technology capabilities in France by merging the formerly separate entities Polysius and KH Mineral to become ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France). The step comes into effect as of October 1, 2015. The company said that this strategic move “is another milestone for the plant engineering and construction specialist of the ThyssenKrupp Group in its efforts to further promote the integration and regionalisation of its plant technology business worldwide. It pursues ThyssenKrupp’s overriding goal of integrating its businesses more closely to create sustainable value as a diversified industrial group.” As of today, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France) employs around 300 employees at two locations in Aix-en-Provence and Sarreguemines.Samir Abi Ramia, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France): “On the basis of decades of experience in EMEA markets, excellent engineering skills and proven technologies, we can now offer tailor-made solutions for the cement, mining and raw materials industries in general from a single source. Joining our forces in France while at the same time benefiting from the global network of one of the world’s leading engineering and construction specialists will enable us serve our customers’ needs even better.”By combining the French operations, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions is taking the next step to becoming a leading provider in the areas of plant engineering, procurement and construction for clients in the region across the cement, minerals, bulk materials handling and processing, and mining industries. The turnkey contract experience of the former Polysius will be a major asset for ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France) which will be extended to the management of important mining and quarry projects, while the experience of the former KH Mineral contributes expertise in the management of short-term projects and in reinforcing the single machine business.Under the roof of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, plant technology operations worldwide are managed by the two business units Process Technologies and Resource Technologies. Process Technologies is focused on engineering, procurement and construction for chemical, refinery and other industrial plants, while Resource Technologies offers a comprehensive product portfolio and a wide sales and service network to customers in the mining, cement, mineral processing and materials handling industries.last_img read more

Alleged Air Corps chemical exposure victims call for investigator to be replaced

first_img 10 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 9,763 Views Share25 Tweet Email1 Alleged Air Corps chemical exposure victims call for investigator to be replaced Christopher O’Toole was a senior advisor to the Attorney General – a body named as the defendant in court documents. AN INDEPENDENT ASSESSOR appointed to investigate claims of chemical abuse in the Air Corps is a former senior advisor to the Attorney General, a body being pursued in court by the alleged victims.Six current and former members of the Air Corps are currently going through the State Claims Agency after they alleged they were exposed to toxic chemicals while working for the Corps between 1991 and 2006.Christopher O’Toole was appointed by Junior Defence Minister Paul Kehoe to independently assess the claims.However, the claimants have been left frustrated after finding out that O’Toole is a former senior official at the Office of the Attorney General, one of the bodies which they are taking the case against.Some of the Air Corps members now want O’Toole replaced.The claimants feel his presence compromises the balance of the investigation.The Air Corps members allege that they were subjected to a wide range of problems, including:Zero chemical risk assessmentsZero health surveillanceSick staff accused of malingeringZero chemical trainingStaff ordered to climb into trichloroethylene tanks without breathing apparatus to clean sludgeAll named parties said they suffered serious injuries from chemical exposure when they were working at the Casement Aerodrome, Dublin, in the 90s.They claim that Air Corps personnel contracted cancers, cardiovascular illnesses as well as serious gastrointestinal problems due to the exposure.In a statement to, The Department of Defence has defended Minister Kehoe’s actions.“The independent third-party appointed by Minister Kehoe to investigate the protected disclosures is Christopher O’Toole.  Mr O’Toole is a former senior official of the Office of the Attorney General. Therefore, the Minister is satisfied that no conflict of interest arises.  In addition, you may wish to note that as the Minister informed the Dáil on Wednesday, the State Claims Agency is the body managing the 6 claims taken by former and current members of the Air Corps for personal injuries alleging exposure to chemical and toxic substances whilst working in the Air Corps in the period 1991 to 2006.”The cases of the soldiers, as first covered in the Irish Examiner earlier this month, are being supported by a number of TDsOne is Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh who said “it is worrying that the concerns of personnel were dismissed when first raised with the Air Corps doctor in the 1990s and the potential dangers of working with these chemicals were not explained nor more robust measures put in place to minimise the risk”.Read: Investigator in Sean FitzPatrick trial shredded documents in ‘calamitous error’ >Read: Autopsies ordered on bodies of six teenagers who died after party in Germany > Jan 31st 2017, 6:10 AM Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 6:10 AMlast_img read more

Un arrêté ministériel autorise labattage de 24 loups dans lannée

first_imgUn arrêté ministériel autorise l’abattage de 24 loups dans l’annéeSelon un arrêté, signé hier par les ministres de l’Écologie et de l’Agriculture, il sera autorisé d’abattre au maximum 24 loups dans les 12 prochains mois afin de protéger les troupeaux.Les ministres de l’Écologie et de l’Agriculture, Delphine Batho et Stéphane Le Foll, ont signé le plan national loup 2013-2017 et “trois arrêtés nécessaires à sa mise en œuvre”. Il s’agit, d’une part, de protéger les loups et d’autre part de poser les conditions dans lesquelles il sera autorisé de les abattre.À lire aussiQuand des hommes viennent en aide à un loup pris au piège dans une clôtureAinsi, un des arrêtés “fixe à 24 le nombre maximum de loups dont l’abattage pourra être autorisé pour la période 2013-2014”. Ils pourront être abattus dans certaines zones dans la mesure où ils représentent une menace avérée pour les troupeaux.Protéger les troupeauxLe chiffre de 24 a été déterminé en mars, en accord avec les associations écologistes et les éleveurs de moutons. Ce chiffre “a été déterminé pour garantir la progression de l’espèce, mais une progression faible parce qu’actuellement, les loups progressent de 19% par an, ce qui est assez spectaculaire”, a indiqué le député des Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Christophe Castaner, président du Groupe national loup.TV5monde rappelle que  le  plafond autorisé en 2012-13 était de 11, bien qu’entre 2008 et 2012, seuls sept loups aient été tués.Le 18 mai 2013 à 08:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Pokemon Pikachu Holiday Sweater

first_img Yeah, it’s a sweater. Yeah, it’s absurdly off-season for a holiday sweater. It gets chilly in the lab. Also, all this Pokemon ‘Let’s Go Pikachu’ stuff means this is some timely holiday wear, so let’s check it out.ThinkGeek’s Pokemon Pikachu Holiday Sweater is exactly what it sounds like: a tacky Christmas sweater with Pikachu on it. Well, I say tacky because that’s the joke of this genre of clothing, but the reds, yellows, and whites all compliment each other with geometric patterns that look every bit as festive as they do license by The Pokemon Company.I’ve seen a lot of themed holiday sweaters over the last few years, and a lot of them have been total trash. I don’t mean terrible designs, but terrible materials. If you walk into a store looking for a hilariously ugly sweater, odds are you’re going to walk out with a sweatshirt with an ugly pattern painted on it. Not so with the Pikachu Holiday Sweater! This is a proper sweater, made entirely of cotton yarn knit together to produce its patterns. It’s warmer, softer, and better made than the cheating sweatshirt holiday “sweaters” you’ll find in some places.That’s probably why the Pokemon Pikachu Holiday sweater has a list price of $49.99. Fortunately, because it’s so ridiculously off-season, ThinkGeek cut the price to 40 percent of that. You can order this sweater for $19.99. Whether you ironically or unironically like the look, this sweater is definitely worth $20. I know I’m going to keep it by my desk for when the air conditioner in the lab reaches hilarious extremes, which is more often than you’d think.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Trump is Time magazines Person of the Year

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Time magazine on Wednesday named Donald Trump its Person of the Year, bestowing what the president-elect called an “honor” even as he derided the idea that he’ll lead “the Divided States of America.”That was a reference to Time’s cover line — “Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America” — that was positioned next to the cover photograph of the president-elect sitting in his private residence at Trump Tower.“I didn’t divide ’em,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today” show. “We’re going to put it back together and we’re going to have a country that’s very well-healed.”Time editor Nancy Gibbs said the publication’s choice was a “straightforward” choice of the person who has had the greatest influence on events “for better or worse.”Trump climbed from fiery underdog in the race for the GOP presidential nomination to winning the White House and defeating Clinton in the Nov. 8 election. Trump won 306 electoral votes, easily enough to make him president when the electors meet on Dec. 19. Clinton won the popular vote.last_img read more

Maine mom fights state over noresuscitation order

first_imgPORTLAND, Maine — A teenage mother is fighting a do-not-resuscitate order imposed on her brain-damaged daughter, saying she should be responsible for medical decisions. Child welfare officials who intervened after the baby was severely injured say life-saving measures in the event she stops breathing would only prolong her suffering.The mother, Virginia Trask, 18, originally agreed to the do-not-resuscitate order. At one point, the infant was removed from life support and placed in her arms to die, then opened her eyes and began breathing.The Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine and Christian Civic League of Maine are joining the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based conservative legal group, in supporting the mother’s request to lift the judge-approved order.“Everyone deserves a fighting chance to live,” said Steve Aden, from the Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief. “All she’s doing is fighting for her baby.”Maine’s supreme court will hear arguments this month.The case is unusual. Art Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, said he’d never heard of a similar case in which a do-not-resuscitate order was imposed against a mother’s wishes.last_img read more

Implementing a Mobile Strategy as an Independent Publisher

first_imgOn some site platforms such as WordPress and others, there are plug-ins that can be installed and configured to add custom CSS styling to site content and strip out most everything except for main post entries and simplify the navigation menus for easier mobile browsing. The plug-ins detect the agent and automatically displays the mobile style and framework. This makes for mobilizing a site a very simple process. For other platforms more custom css and coding strategies maybe needed to do a clean mobile conversion. The Design World site was built custom on .NET / C# and in our case presented substantially more work to do a clean mobile version in parallel to the main site development. In this case we build a stand-alone site ( for mobile content. This also provided more control in cross linking other site content and custom advertising options. On special campaigns or product launches, a mobile microsite is very effective as the site is build basically from the ground up to be optimized for mobile devices. Overall the open source communities have provided an abundance of good mobile tools and plug-ins to ease the mobile conversation process.The challenge with mobile re-direction is with devices such as the iPad, directing to a mobile version of your site might be sub optimal, as the real estate and function of a tablet is a much different experience. Fortunately the agent varies slightly on tablet devices and code on a site can direct a tablet browser back to the main site, or even another custom coded site specifically for tablets.App Versus Site?There are multiple versions of your website to accommodate mobile users, smartphone applications bring up even more considerations. With Design World Magazine and network of over 25 websites, we decided an app would be an excellent way to aggregate select content from across many sources. In early 2010 we surveyed our audience and BlackBerry devices came back at the top of use list and the decision was made to start there first. We then contracted with a developer that ended in a compete failure based in large part on the complexity in app creation for RIM devices. The proliferation of different RIM devices and different programming requirements for the devices convoluted our efforts. In addition the developer indicated they could program for Apple iOS and the Android platform, so there was some level of distraction.From our first setback, we took a quick look at the market and decided to hit the iPad / iPhone first. The decision was based on where things were going versus the past behavior, and also at the advantage of the touch capabilities and real estate of the iPad. We also decided to just focus our efforts on one platform going forward at a time. Developing for multiple platforms was simply a resource issue, and doing one at a time made more sense as a start. When we started we did not anticipate how high the iPad consumption would be, but then no one did. To date Apple claims over 15 million iPad have been sold. We also decided to do a + App, meaning it would run native for both iPad and iPhone. In the end, our early mistake proved to be a good decision and enabled us to make the right bet with the iPad app development project. Further, we decided against a digital version of the print magazine (PDF conversion of pages) for several reasons. Our research (and others) shows that users consume digital in a vastly different way that in print. So the psychological engagement of picking of the print magazine and browsing articles does not translate to well to the digital space. We also produce content daily and did not want to limit content to a single, outdated update every month. The whole idea of online content is timely, relevant and interactive – meaning you can read, watch video, save for later, comment on a post and share digitally across your preferred social networks. You can do many of these things in principal with page-turn digital editions, but the navigation, layout and timeliness is the overriding disadvantage.WIth the Design World + App we decided on a 3rd party (Mutual Mobile) team as we lacked the appropriate coding experience internally and Apple has a fair amount of requirements on optimizing applications for audio and video streaming over cellular networks, functionality and other features that we needed guidance on from an experienced team of programmers. Internally we have enough software development expertise to manage the process, but this too can be challenging in writing the specification and keeping features locked in a schedule. Otherwise feature creep will kill deadlines and budget.While managing our ipad app, in parallel we also internally decided to build our own app for our community site, The platform for this site uses a public API (application programming interface), so data can be passed to and from the site via the API. In conjunction with another SaaS site, we were able to spin up a lightweight App for the iPhone using the EngineeringExchange API along with feeds form the site around blog posts, forums and video. So we were able to give members the ability to log into their accounts, update their status and blog post from their iPhones. It took three submissions to the App store to get approved, thereby validating our decision to use an experienced 3rd party on the iPad App. However, we were able to mitigate a rather large expense while continually build a better user experience and capture some intellectual capital. To contrast, the Engineering Exchange App took a total of 2 months, a fair amount of fixed overhead and a minimum monthly fee to launch and maintain. This also based on having the API and many RSS feeds ready to roll into the app to use as the conduit for data transfer. The Design World + App took over 7 months to develop, lots of project management time and so far over $25,000. This is just for version 1.0 and version 1.1 is under development. As we look to Android and now Microsoft devices, its apparent there is substantial fragmentation but also opportunity. The costs for a publisher to produce apps starts to look overwhelming, but key is evaluating your user base and possible advertising opportunities. For now, we are on the sidelines with Microsoft and Android is an important player, but code developed for the iPad is not very portable to Android ‘Honeycomb’ apps. The notion of HTML5 may alleviate some issues, but its hard to see convergence anytime soon. HTML5 promises the idea of “develop once, distribute to many” and HTML5 has very media rich features to produce app-like native performance from a web based protocol. Apps however are firmly entrenched and offer performance advantages, offline advantages and act as a kind of ‘pay-wall’ (for paid apps) that a lot of publishers are seeking.QR CodesPrint is a key part of the Design World mix and the efforts of mobilizing become apparent when considering Quick Response (QR) code use and integration. A QR code is a two-dimensional bar code developed in 1994 and their use is on the upswing. Designed for dedicated QR readers, QR codes can also be read and processed easily with mobile cameras and an QR code reader app. Its a perfect fit then for print integration where a reader can simply take a photo of the code and be taken to a specific website, app, video, contact information or utilize location-based technology for various purposes. Mobile content is key to provide if using QR codes as a majority of those devices are smartphones. Tablet cameras and apps bring up the same issue mentioned with mobile versus non-mobile resources, but again correctly coding for the agent can help optimize the user experience. Design World Magazine has rolled out QR code integration in print on featured content that links directly to mobile versions of those articles online. QR codes can easily be generated through many online paid and free services.Putting QR codes into print required some workflow modifications. First we had to ensure timing of online placeholders for featured print content prior to the print deadlines. Internally we developed a tool to auto- generate a QR code based on URL input. The system would also generate a short URL along with the QR code. The QR graphic itself could then be auto-sent to production for inclusion into the print article. We include the short URL with the QR code for our audience that may want an online reference, but do not have a smartphone or QR reader. We also tested a lot with the size of the QR code. The initial outcome was 1.5″ x 1.5″, but found that most QR readers, we could reduce down to about .75 x.75. There is a fair amount of tolerance in QR codes which makes them ideal for this process.By including a clean mobile friendly version of your website and smart re-direction based on agent is the overall foundation of any mobile strategy. Custom stand-alone mobile specific sites can be key for product launches, promotion and contests. Looking at applications across various platforms if they fit your business model is essential as the technology is moving fast on this front. Finally, if print is still part of your mix, utilizing QR codes can bridge print to online in an efficient way.For WTWH Media, delivering a mobile strategy is a must have for remaining relevant to our users. With a solid mobile strategy all publishers can offer users content on their terms while providing advertisers new opportunities. Its no wonder special services are becoming important to publishers as many customers need more expertise and guidance through these fast emerging technologies. The more publishers can reduce risk for the advertiser and help guide them in best practices, the better the user experience and everyone gains. A solid mobile strategy will pay off in the both the short term with immediate growth opportunities while being optimally positioned for new developments in software, hardware and processing power on next generation mobile devices that more and more people favor as their primary network device. Marshall Matheson is SVP of online media at WTWH Media. Mobile advertising in the United States by several estimates will reach a total of $5 billion in 2015. While a large share goes to b-2-c publishers, the trend represents opportunity for b-2-b publishers as well. The proliferation of smart phones and tablets with the consumption of applications lends to the advertising opportunities and its growth. ‘In-App’ purchases shows great commerce possibilities and tablets are fast becoming a preferred tool for sales presentation. A tablet device or smartphone can be loaded via an app or direct custom website, with company brochures, product configuration and contain immediate feedback to send data back to the home office for processing. In the engineering space, these devices can monitor and pull back data from the factory floor or individual machine or point source monitoring. So with all the potential (and potential for confusion) here are a few tips on implementing a mobile strategy especially if your just now evaluating your mobile plan. The following explores a tactical approach to implementing your mobile strategy by looking at your websites, smartphone apps and QR codes.Mobilizing your WebsitesOne of the first area to address with your mobile strategy is with your current web site. Depending on your site platform(s) and content, this process is relatively simple. As a visitor arrives on your site, you can install code that reads the agent of the visitor. The agent is basically which web browser, spider or otherwise is hitting the site. If the agent is a web browser associated with a mobile device, a re-direct to mobile content can be implemented. While the web browsers on smart phones continue to get better, the real estate presents the limiting factor. So while on the iPhone a standard website may look good, browsing, clicking and zooming to find can present challenges. In addition, Flash based advertising will not display correctly on iPhones and iPads and certain javascript functionality can be compromised. Video is another important consideration, as the video itself must be coded to be mobile friendly or potentially your video will not playback properly on certain mobile devices. Many 3rd party providers that deliver video will have smart delivery of sort to ensure that if the agent is mobile, as mobile version, both size and codec, are delivered versus video delivered to a PC.last_img read more

2012 Maggie Award Winners Named

first_imgThe Western Publishing Association (WPA) announced its 2012 Maggie Award winners at the 61st annual banquet held last Friday at the Westin Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport.Roughly 400 attendees gathered to celebrate winners in 78 editorial and design categories, chosen among more than 1200 entries from titles published west of the Mississippi River. The banquet followed this year’s WPA Media Publishing Conference 3.0: Navigation. Innovation. Growth., which drew about 100-120 attendees after a couple of years on hiatus.Future US’s Maximum PC won best overall publication in the consumer category, as well as best special interest title. International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) magazine topped the trade sector for best overall title and also won for best overall design, as well as best web or digital edition article. Mother Jones took home four awards: among consumer magazines, the 200,199-circulation title won for best news story, best feature, and best politics & social issues publication; among both trade & consumer publications, it won for best use of social media.Other multi-award winners include Diablo—best overall design/consumer and best series of articles/trade & consumer—and American Way—most improved publication/trade & consumer and best travel & in-transit publication/consumer & trade.A full list of winners is available here.last_img read more

Nach Baliye 9 This is what Govinda truly feels about choreographer Sanam

first_imgPRActor, dancer and choreographer Sanam Johar who has been on various dance reality shows was also seen with his lady love Abigail Pande on Nach Baliye 8. While in the last season he was a participant in the show, this time he has taken up the challenge to choreograph an ex-couple on Nach Baliye 9. And oh boy looking at the heated arguments on stage between Vishal Aditya Singh and Madhurima Tuli, we must say its surely not an easy task!In last weekend’s performance, the duo was seen dancing with their legs tied by a band, depicting their conflicting relationship. Judges were so impressed with the concept of the act, that Sanam by popular demand was brought on to the stage and praised for thinking out of the box. In fact, actor Govinda who happened to be a guest on the show this week, couldn’t stop raving about Sanam and even said, “Sanam bahut sufi type ka ladka hai and woh uske act main dikhta hai.”While it’s difficult to get a real couple to match their beats, judges felt that Sanam has literally tied the ex-couple together and brought the intricacies of their relationship on to the stage, which is quite a challenge!Sanam and Abigail had performed on hot air balloon for the premiere of this year’s Nach Baliye. Talking about it, Sanam had said, in a statement, “Our performance had a hot air balloon as a part of it! After years of experience, I have reached a level of confidence. However, Abigail got a bit nervous as we had to perform with the hot air balloon being suspended from the top of the stage. I am sure that the audience will love our act more than the fun we had while performing”Previously, the couple was seen performing on an LGBT act, which too was appreciated by everyone. Looks like Sanam definitely knows how to turn challenges that come his way into his strength!last_img read more

Some OCs DCs think they are all in all HC

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Tuesday criticised former Sonagazi police station’s officer-in-charge Moazzem Hossain for asking Nusrat Jahan Rafi irrelevant questions during interrogation and capturing the incident on phone.”Is it the OC’s job to capture video? We don’t see the relevance of the questions,” the court said while hearing Moazzem’s bail petition in a case filed under the Digital Security Act.Moazzem will now have to spend more time in prison after the bench of justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and justice Khizir Hayat threw out his petition.During the hearing, the court noted how some OCs and deputy commissioners “consider themselves landlords” and think that they are “all in all”.Moazzem is accused of unlawfully interrogating Feni madrasa girl Nusrat and recording the incident on phone. Supreme Court lawyer Syeddul Haque Sumon filed a case against Moazzem under the Digital Security Act on 15 April after the video went viral on the social media.Moazzem’s lawyer Ahasanullah told the court that the case is baseless and insisted that his client captured the video “as part of discharging his duties”.The former OC had summoned Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa’s principal Sirajuddoula and Nusrat, who accused the teacher of sexually harassing her, to the police station.Nusrat’s mother filed a case with Sonagazi police over her daughter’s sexual harassment. The OC interrogated Nusrat in the absence of her lawyer or any other woman and used inappropriate language. He recorded the episode on phone and used indecent language.Ahasanullah claimed that the video from Moazzem’s phone went to a journalist. “We fear it was leaked from there,” the lawyer said.The court noted that the girl might not have died if everyone was conscious.Nusrat was set on fire on 6 April at an exam centre, reportedly by people loyal to Sirajuddoula. She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Attorney general Mahabubey Alam pointed out that Moazzem captured the video and made it go viral even after being a responsible officer of the government. “What massage will the people get if he is granted bail? If he is sick, the jail authorities will provide him treatment.”He also criticised the vile language Moazzem used during Nusrat’s interrogation.Alam then posed a question whether the questions asked were relevant. To which the court said: “We don’t see any context of asking such questions. Can an OC ask questions this way?”The attorney general told the court that the OC cannot. He slammed Moazzem’s activities as irresponsible. The court noted that Nusrat would not have died had she been given protection.”We won’t give bail to Moazzem,” the bench said.Ahasanullah insisted that the case had been filed to damage the image of police but the court pointed out: “A person is involved in this but not the police.”Moazzem was withdrawn and later suspended on 10 May. A tribunal ordered his arrest on 27 May after investigators found allegations brought against him to be true. He was arrested on 16 June from Shahbagh.The next day, the Cyber Tribunal rejected his bail plea and sent him to jail. The police officer later sought bail from the bench of justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and justice Ashraful Kamal on 2 July.last_img read more

Thanksgiving 2017 Where to dine in Costa Rica

first_imgOn Thanksgiving Eve, we’re happy to share a selection of dinner options awaiting you tomorrow to help you celebrate along with your loved ones. Don’t miss out on these delicious meals on Thursday Nov. 23:The Sheraton Hotel will serve dinner at the Ivory Bar with various appetizer options such as a mixed salad with citrus, pumpkin seed, sundried tomatoes and olives; vegetable phyllo tart with arugula bouquet; veal and pork country pate with escarole and cranberry compote; and onion and almond cream with prosciutto tuile. After the appetizers, choose from a rosemary maple-glazed salmon with wild rice; scallop and shrimp risotto with spinach and saffron cream; turkey breast stuffed with corn bread, chorizo, pine nuts and dried cranberries and carrot puree; or beef tenderloin with gorgonzola dolce sauce and fig sauce, and brussels sprouts and sage sautéed potatoes.For dessert, enjoy a delicious traditional pecan tart served with vanilla crème fraiche; pumpkin crème caramel with Vodka fig syrup; apple cranberry and walnut crumble with red wine sauce; or caramel semifreddo with roasted pears and apricot sauce. ($45 per person, tax included. Make reservations at 4055-0500 or The dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. with music by Mali.)The Barceló Hotel will offer a special dinner at its Anfora Restaurant, with an epic menu featuring a variety of appetizers, various meats served with accompaniments and dessert. ($45 per person, tax included. Make reservations at 2220-2034 x 715.)The Hotel Alta will offer a traditional dinner with a spectacular view in Escazú, including Waldorf salad, roast turkey, vegetables and sage served with red cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potato and mashed potatoes with gravy, and lemon or pumpkin pie for dessert. It includes a glass of wine per person. ($40 plus tax. Reservations at 2282- 5248, by email at or at this link 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.)Denny’s, with locations around the Central Valley, will offer a full turkey and dressing dinner, turkey stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce with two side servings of your choice and bread. This can also be served with a cup of wine and pumpkin or pecan pie. (₡15,850 /approximately $25, or ₡10,150/$20 for just the turkey plate.) As a special menu, Denny’s will be offering a pumpkin cream pancake breakfast that includes two pumpkin pancakes with creamy pumpkin sauce served with two eggs and hash browns and two bacon strips or two sausages (₡6,950 / approximately $13). If you only want dessert, you can ask for a slice of pecan or pumpkin pie (₡4,700 / approximately $9) or an entire pecan or pumpkin pie (₡18,000 / approximately $36).The final holiday offering is in Quepos, on the Central Pacific coast, at the Marina Pez Vela’s Runaway Grill. This meal by the sea will feature roast turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, fresh vegetables, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. (Reservations recommended at 2519-9095.) Facebook Comments Related posts:Thanksgiving feasts, festivities abound in Costa Rica 2016 Delicious eats for your holiday celebrations Dining options for your New Year’s celebrations ‘Tunnel of Science’ dazzles in Desamparadoslast_img read more

UN panel warns of climate credit market collapse

first_img Sponsored Stories But prices for climate credits have dropped recently because of uncertainty about countries’ commitments to future emissions reduction.The Bonn, Germany-based UNFCCC said Monday the CDM has helped cut about 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions and resulted in huge investments to poor countries over the past decade.___ Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project BERLIN (AP) – A U.N.-appointed expert panel says international efforts to encourage investment in green technologies could collapse if countries don’t boost the market for `climate credits.’The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change says governments need to restore investors’ faith in so-called carbon markets, including the U.N.’s Clean Development Mechanism.The CDM allows developing countries to earn credits from measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They can then sell the credits to rich nations seeking to meet emissions reduction targets. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist How men can have a healthy 2019last_img

Go back to the enewsletter This week LATTE chats w

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThis week LATTE chats with acclaimed designer Bill Bensley. Since 1984, Bensley has been designing resorts throughout Asia and the world. He was the Head Designer for an American company based in Singapore and Hong Kong until 1989, when he established his own business, Bensley, in Bangkok.Bensley has designed over 200 resorts and hotels in more than 30 countries, the most recent being the Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild in the South Cardamom Wilderness in Cambodia which debuted in December 2018. What was the first hotel project you worked on, and is it still in operation and bearing any of your hallmarks?It was 1984 and at the Bali Hyatt, in Sanur Bali that I designed the pool and surrounding gardens alongside a big Australian personality named Made Widjaya, or Michael White. He was a self taught gardener and a damn good one. Recently this property has gone through a big face lift but I heard that my poolscape has survived. 👍👍What has been your most ambitious project to date and why?Shinta Mani Wild. Cambodia. Nine years to erect 15 tents? Without cutting a tree. We hired poachers and illegal loggers to work there.You’ve been quoted saying you believe “luxury is dead” and that you don’t like beach resorts and you don’t like big hotels. Can you explain what you mean?Among the the highest end traveller the idea of classic luxury, like 4,000 count bedsheets, is dead. Those folk are looking for bragging rights. We have plenty of them at Shinta Mani Wild!You don’t like beach resorts? I much prefer historical places or the mountains… I have no time or interest to sit on the beach. There is too much to learn in this world.And you don’t like big hotels? Who does? So what’s your niche? If I am to design a big hotel I break down the scale to make it seem like a small one, for example the JW Marriott Phu Quoc in Vietnam.What is luxury these days, in your opinion?Luxury is experiencing something for the very first time. Luxury is comfortably enjoying a jungle environment all by yourself. Luxury is waking up to the roar of birds of the jungle. Luxury is being loved by dogs. But a real luxury is the ability to help others, as my Dad said….”Charity begins at home.”How important do you think sustainability is? It is paramount to our existence on our planet. I was born in California to English immigrants. My family had a small farm where we were pretty much self-sustaining. I raised bees, quails, chickens, ducks, rabbits, mushrooms, a huge variety of veggies and of course a compost heap. We would travel with our little family trailer almost every weekend to a camp spot close by and in the summers we would travel all over the states. So, you see, I grew up with a great love for the wilderness and certainly learnt how to sustain our family with food. It makes me smile to hear the word sustainability used so frequently these days as though it is a new idea.Have you always been interested in sustainability within the luxury hotel industry?No, not specifically as sustainability applies to the luxury hotel industry. When I first started practicing in Asia 35 years ago only a handful of people in hospitality knew what a landscape architect was, let alone sustainability.Do you think sustainability is a trend or here to stay?I think the use of the word is trendy and we will move on to better and bigger words, but I think the general public’s understanding of the importance of the stewardship of our planet is here to stay, and will increase exponentially.How has living and working in Asia shaped your design journey?I am so glad I made that big leap across the Pacific to Asia in the early 1980s when hospitality development was in its infancy.  Doors were opened easily and the opportunities to build were many… still are.  My designer friends operating today in the USA tell me horror stories of insane building codes, insurances, rules and regulations, and everybody suing everybody else to such a degree that it is hard to build anything nice.I have found that Asia, especially Thailand and Indonesia has given and given and given. At an early age I learnt to speak both languages…that helped a great deal to get ideas across. To this day we maintain design ateliers in Bangkok and Bali.It has been said that you have mentioned your best work is yet to appear. And yet critics call many of your properties iconic. How do you set about creating an ‘iconic’ hotel? If this isn’t something you try to do per se, then what do you think it is that by popular opinion makes your hotels iconic, do you think? There are many nice things that folks say about our resorts. My fear is if I start believing them I may become complacent and satisfied. I genuinely want to stay hungry and work hard to destroy the boundaries of today’s field of hospitality. I honestly don’t know how to do that … but I am trying by way of experimentation on each and every one of the projects we have on our design boards.Are there any fun ideas for future properties on your mental drawing board that haven’t been done yet that you can share with us?Yes! So damn many… I am working on a super cool project in China, on a huge track of land, where I am designing a wild animal park. The animals run free while people are caged up… stay tuned.I am working on fantastic UNESCO protected wilderness park, again in China, with just 45 rooms in total. There is a three night stay minimum because travellers stay the first night over an estuary in a stilted Chinese home. The second night is on a houseboat with a butler and a cook and one sails a long river valley to a Ming Dynasty village where guest spend their third night. My wheelhouse is migrating from architecture to the designing of experiences… And they tend to be those that I would love to do myself.  There are too few projects in China that are low impact (environmentally) high yield. I want to change that.Is there anywhere in Southeast Asia you think people still haven’t fully discovered? Anywhere you’d really love to design something?In Asia I would love to design smalls hotels in Pagan, Kyoto and Galle. Looking further, I would love to design a safari camp anywhere in Africa.What’s on your travel bucket list?I have been to 95 countries but the more I travel the more my travel bucket list grows. Top of the list as of today is Pulau Widi,  Georgia, Romania, Uzbekistan, Nubia, Sudan, Eritrea, Mali, and Alaska. I could go on here for several pages as I have already written and exhaustive list that get lengthened and edited every year.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more