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Governments of Canada Nova Scotia Sign Gas Tax Agreement

Governments of Canada Nova Scotia Sign Gas Tax Agreement

first_imgPrime Minister Paul Martin and Premier John Hamm were in Sydney today, Sept. 23, for the signing of an agreement that will result in $145.2 million of federal gas tax revenues invested in communities across Nova Scotia. Joining the prime minister and the premier at the signing ceremony were the federal Minister of State for Infrastructure and Communities, John Godfrey, federal Fisheries and Oceans Minister Geoff Regan, and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet. The signing was officially witnessed by the president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM), Charles Crosby, on behalf of Nova Scotia’s 55 municipalities. The municipalities will receive $145.2 million over five years, for environmentally sustainable municipal infrastructure. “Today’s agreement will help ensure the long-term sustainability and vitality of cities and communities in Nova Scotia,” said Prime Minister Martin. “We have made the New Deal a top priority, and these gas tax funds demonstrate our commitment to ongoing infrastructure improvement to meet Nova Scotia’s priorities, while achieving national goals.” “This is good news for all Nova Scotia municipalities, both big and small,” said Premier Hamm. “This agreement is a major investment in strong communities, in opportunities for Nova Scotians. It will help ensure better infrastructure for today and in the future. Together, we are helping Nova Scotia communities prepare for future development and prosperity.” “This is an important day for Nova Scotia cities and communities, large and small, urban and rural,” Mr. Godfrey stated, “and is an example of the New Deal at work. I am proud to work with our partners to strengthen the economic, environmental, social and cultural base for all of Nova Scotia’s communities.” The New Deal is about building new relationships, including with the UNSM, which played a key role in reaching this agreement. Mr. Crosby commended the initiative, noting that, “the New Deal funding will benefit all communities throughout Nova Scotia. It will help ensure that we will have more efficient, effective and environmentally sustainable infrastructure.” Gas tax funds will be invested in environmentally sustainable municipal infrastructure. Eligible project categories include public transit, community energy systems, water, wastewater management, solid waste management, and roads and bridges, where it can be demonstrated that they will enhance environmental sustainability outcomes. Funding can also be used by municipalities to help them develop long-term plans for improving local quality of life. These investments will result in significant environmental benefits, such as cleaner air, cleaner water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. An Oversight Partnership Committee, with representatives from the federal and provincial governments and the municipal sector, will monitor the program and develop new directions and initiatives. The provincial government will administer the distribution of the federal funds to municipalities and has committed to continuing to invest its own money into municipal infrastructure. Funds from municipalities will be allocated for eligible projects according to a formula based on population, the number of dwellings in the municipality and municipal expenditures. A municipality must enter into an agreement with the province and submit a capital budget before funds are released, and municipalities will be able to carry over gas tax funds to future fiscal years. The New Deal promotes the economic, social, environmental, and cultural sustainability of Canada’s cities and communities. It is focused on establishing a long-range vision for Canada’s communities, building new relationships among all orders of government and other partners, strengthening the connections among federal programs that benefit cities and communities, as well as helping municipalities secure predictable and stable long-term funding. Federal gas tax funding builds on other government of Canada infrastructure funding, including the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF), the Border Infrastructure Fund (BIF), and the Infrastructure Canada Program (ICP). The federal budget 2004 gave municipalities the goods and services tax (GST) rebate worth $7 billion over 10 years for their areas of greatest need, and accelerated the $1-billion Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF). Budget 2005 provided $5 billion over five years in gas tax funds, ramping up to $2 billion in year five and indefinitely thereafter. In addition, budget 2005 committed up to $800 million over the next two years for transit funding, of which Nova Scotia’s share is over $23.4 million. Budget 2005 also committed to the future renewal of CSIF, BIF and MRIF. As of today, eight gas tax agreements have been signed, including British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut and Saskatchewan. The government of Canada expects to sign agreements with remaining jurisdictions in the coming weeks and months.last_img read more

Sydney to Welcome Canadas Best Curlers

Sydney to Welcome Canadas Best Curlers

first_imgSydney is set to host Canada’s top female curlers in 2019 after being awarded the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championship. The event will deliver significant national exposure and generate revenue for businesses throughout Cape Breton. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine announced a $150,000 investment today, Nov. 3, to support Sydney during a joint event held by Curling Canada and the host committee at Centre 200. “Being selected? to host this prestigious event underlines Sydney’s ability to host national and international events as well as its skillful volunteers and its outstanding facilities,” said Mr. Glavine. “The community is ready to put on an amazing spectacle of the finest in women’s curling, local entertainment and Cape Breton hospitality and the province is proud to be part of it.” The 2019 tournament will be held from Feb. 16 to 24 and features a 16-team field including the 14 provincial and territorial champions along with defending champion Team Canada. The 16th team will be determined in a wild-card, play-in game the day before the round-robin action begins. “Hosting the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Nova Scotia creates significant profile around our sport,” said Virginia Jackson, executive director of the Nova Scotia Curling Association. “We look forward to growing our sport through inspiring the next generation of female curlers as well as developing our coaches and officials.” Nova Scotia last hosted the Scotties in 1992. “To receive the confidence of Curling Canada to host the country’s top women curlers has instilled a sense of pride in our community,” said Paul MacDonald, vice-chair of the Sydney Host Committee. “We are ready for this opportunity and are looking forward to hosting the best Scotties event ever.” Investment in community and cultural organizations and developing a government-wide strategic approach to events are vital parts of Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan?. The plan is online at novascotia.ca/culture/.last_img read more

BJP MP Lekhi protests against water shortage

BJP MP Lekhi protests against water shortage

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP MP from New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi Tuesday protested outside the Delhi Jal Board’s R K Puram office against “water woes” being faced by the people of her constituency. She claimed that even municipal areas are facing water shortage and many places in her constituency lack piped water supply. The DJB, however, said the utility has been supplying water beyond its capacity and the BJP is “politicising the issue” instead of helping people. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”Lady Hardinge staff quarters, and upper regions of Anand Parbat and Baljit Nagar lack piped water supply. Then there are areas like Naraina, Krishna Nagar and Arjun Nagar which have piped water supply, but there’s no water for the past 10-15 days,” Lekhi claimed. “There are regions that complain of pathetic water quality. This is all across R K Puram and every other place. There are places, such as Munrika village, where sewage water get mixed with potable water,” she alleged. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”I think the Delhi government’s priorities are misplaced. Most women in Delhi are suffering due to water paucity and Kejriwal wants to give them free rides in the Delhi Metro,” she said. Lekhi claimed that women waste hours standing in queues to collect water from tankers and ugly fights take place. The DJB’s water distribution system is old and ailing and no work has been done on this for 30-35 years, she claimed. DJB Vice Chairman Dinesh Mohaniya said, “In many areas, such as in Anand Parbat, geographical constraints don’t allow the DJB to lay water and sewer pipelines. They always tell half truth,” he said. “It’s not that only Delhi has been facing issues. The entire country is reeling under a severe heatwave and facing water shortage. We have been supplying water beyond our capacity. Our supply hasn’t declined, but the demand has been increasing due to the oppressive heat,” Mohaniya said.last_img read more

Dicks to stop selling assaultstyle rifles in its stores

Dicks to stop selling assaultstyle rifles in its stores

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Dick’s Sporting Goods will immediately end sales of assault-style rifles in its stores and won’t sell guns to anyone under 21 years old following the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.Dick’s Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said on “Good Morning America” Wednesday that after the shooting the company “felt it needed to do something.”Stack says that the gunman, Nickolas Cruz, had purchased a gun at a Dick’s store, but not the one used at the school shooting, even though all existing rules were followed. Stack says that the system that’s in place won’t stop sales to dangerous people and said lawmakers must do something.Stack said Dick’s is prepared for any potential backlash, but will not change its policies on gun sales.last_img read more

Kushnerlinked firm targets richer areas in program for poor

Kushnerlinked firm targets richer areas in program for poor

first_imgWASHINGTON — A real estate investment firm founded by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner is betting big on the administration’s Opportunity Zone tax breaks.But New York-based Cadre isn’t that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize.Cadre tells investors in marketing materials that it doesn’t plan to look for development deals in most of the Opportunity Zones because of their “unfavourable growth prospects.”Cadre says it’ll target a “small subset” of zones where both populations and incomes are on the rise.Kushner holds at least a $25 million, nonmanagement stake in Cadre.It’s a high-profile example of how early investor interest in the program appears focused on wealthier zones that already have attracted plenty of investment.Jeff Horwitz And Stephen Braun, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Addressing AIDS conference in South Africa Ban calls for scaling up global

Addressing AIDS conference in South Africa Ban calls for scaling up global

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) during the luncheon hosted in his honour by Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (fourth from left) in a group photo with participants at the opening press conference of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) with Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at a luncheon hosted in his honour by Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ › The UN chief called for AIDS2016 to mark the commitment to a new era – the era of a fast-track response, which seeks to achieve the 90-90-90 targets by 2020: 90 per cent of people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90 per cent of people who know their HIV-positive status are accessing treatment and 90 per cent of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads. AIDS 2016, which runs through 22 July, will focus on the work that remains to be done if the world is to achieve the global goal of ending AIDS by 2030. Earlier today, Mr. Ban addressed the media about his high-level panel on access to medicines launched last year. Mr. Ban said that 16 years ago, when the AIDS conference was last held in Durban with participation from former President Nelson Mandela, less than 1 per cent of all people living with HIV in poorer countries had access to treatment and many died waiting for drugs. At AIDS2000, Mr. Mandela had urged access to treatment, equity and human rights, calling the AIDS conference a “gathering of human beings concerned about turning around one of the greatest threats humankind has faced.” Mr. Mandela’s son, Makgatho Mandela had died of AIDS in 2005. Today, the world has proven that when we come together, we can transform lives, Mr. Ban said, noting that more than 17 million people receive treatment. In addition medicines are more effective and less toxic, technology allows diagnosis in 20 minutes or less, generic medicines reduced the cost of treatment to just a dollar a day, and greater international finance has been made available. “But the gains are inadequate – and fragile,” Mr. Ban warned, noting that more than half of all people living with HIV still lack access to treatment. He said he looked forward to their report as its recommendations could affect millions of people. “When we give them the best possible global response to AIDS, they will help build our common future,” he said. Also today, Mr. Ban met with Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy-President of South Africa. In addition to discussing the state of HIV and AIDS in South Africa, they discussed also the situations in Burundi, Lesotho, Mozambique and South Sudan, as well as the impact of the El Niño climate phenomenon on the region and the need to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change. “I call for Durban 2016 to mark the commitment to a new era when we finish what we started: the era of a fast-track response,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an opening press conference of AIDS2016. “To end this epidemic, we must close the gaps that keep people from accessing services and living with dignity. We have to expand resources, science and services,” he added, stressing the need to protect and promote the rights of people living with HIV, gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs and prisoners. “When we do this, we can end stigma and discrimination, prevent the spread of HIV, and save lives,” he added. The International AIDS Conference, the largest on any global health or development issue, and which meets this year on the theme of Access Equity Rights Now, was first convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985. The global AIDS response has since evolved, with the number of people with access to life-saving HIV treatment reaching 15 million by 2015. From 2002 to 2012, expanded access to HIV treatment averted 4.2 million deaths globally and contributed to a 58 per cent reduction in new HIV infections, according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a co-organizer of the AIDS conference. However, many of the obstacles that impeded effective HIV prevention and treatment programs in 2000 still exist, with more than 60 per cent of people living with HIV remaining without antiretroviral therapy. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to journalists following his meeting with with Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, on the opening day of 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd right) meets with Cyril Ramaphosa (centre), Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa. Also pictured: Michel Sidibé (left), UNAIDS Executive Director; Aaron Motsoaledi (right), Minister of Health of the Republic of South Africa. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening press conference of the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), in Durban, South Africa. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas read more

SEUHD Reports Human West Nile Virus Case in Carbon County

SEUHD Reports Human West Nile Virus Case in Carbon County

SEUHD Press ReleaseCARBON COUNTY—The Southeast Utah Health Department (SEUHD) has announced the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Carbon County this year. This follows three other confirmed cases in the district, all of which were contracted in Grand County. The infected individual is an adult living in Carbon County diagnosed with West Nile virus infection. Due to medical privacy laws, SEUHD cannot release additional information about the individual except that this is not the neuroinvasive form of the disease.Although not all mosquitoes carry WNV, people should avoid mosquito bites after dark by wearing long sleeves that are brightly colored, long pants, and repellent. Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the following active ingredients DEET: Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and Icaridin outside the US), IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), Para-menthane-diol (PMD), 2-undecanone. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It is especially important to prevent night mosquito bites by having good window screens and by using a screened tent if sleeping outside. Additionally, drain all the standing water around your property, keep roof gutters clear of debris, ensure that door and window screens are in good condition, and keep weeds and grass cut short.If a person is infected by West Nile virus, the risk of serious disease is low. Most of those affected will have a mild to severe flu-like illness with muscle aches, fever, rash and headache that usually lasts a few days but can last months. In rare cases, those infected may get meningitis or encephalitis. Those at greatest risk of serious disease are those with weakened immune systems, diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney disease. The elderly are at greatest risk for severe complications. The overall death rate is about one for every one thousand infected individuals.There is no specific treatment for WNV infection other than to treat symptoms. If you think you have WNV infection, contact your healthcare provider. read more

Penn State Losses 2 More Incoming Freshmen

Penn State Losses 2 More Incoming Freshmen

Dorian Johnson will not attend Penn State.The NCAA harsh sanctions against Penn State continue to impact the program. Wednesday, Nittany Lions’ No. 2 recruit, Dorian Johnson, withdrew his commitment to attend the college in Happy Valley, while receiver Zach Bradshaw elected to go to Virginia..These two losses hurt the incoming class of a program trying to overcome the stench of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has left the school, football program and community in shambles.Johnson, from Belle Vernon, Pa., was No. 27 in the ESPN 150 and a Penn State commitment since June. Johnson, the No. 2 offensive tackle nationally and No. 2 overall player in Pennsylvania, said he would not rush to a decision on where he would enroll.In June, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle committed to Penn State over Ohio State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.Johnson was the second highest-rated commitment in the Lions’ class behind quarterback Christian Hackenberg.Bradshaw, from Damascus, Md., told Penn State coach Bill O’Brien by phone over breakfast Tuesday morning the he planned to  go to Virginia. He rode with his mother to Charlottesville, where  met with the coaching staff and told them he wanted to become the Cavaliers’ 17th commitment.“The decision didn’t have anything to do with schools trying to poach him,” Mike Bradshaw, the player’s son, said. “It didn’t have anything to do with other kids de-committing. It had more to do with, ‘What will the next four years or five years feel like at Penn State because of the sanctions?’“The deciding factor was the magnitude of the sanctions,” With the loss of scholarships, PSU will be competing in the Big Ten against some of the best teams in the country with 65 scholarship players. The class Zach would be a part of would really bear the brunt of the sanctions.”Bradshaw and Johnson became the fourth and fifth Penn State recruits to de-commit since the release of the Freeh report.The snowballing list of de-commitments includes defensive tackle Greg Webb (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek), cornerback Ross Douglas (Avon, Ohio/Avon) and receiver Will Fuller (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic), who verbally committed to Notre Dame on Sunday. Webb recently committed to North Carolina, and Douglas switched his pledge to Michigan.Bradshaw’s father said his son was also seriously debating whether to accept offers from Northwestern and South Carolina — but ultimately decided to choose where he felt most comfortable. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver already knows two players on Virginia through Damascus High School, so building relationships there was never an issue.“What tipped it toward UVA was really a couple things,” his father said. “First, it’s a great academic school. Second, it’s closer to home and third — and most importantly — he felt a great amount of comfort and rapport with the coaches.” read more

Dominique Maraninchi lAfssaps cest fini

Dominique Maraninchi lAfssaps cest fini

first_imgDominique Maraninchi : “l’Afssaps, c’est fini”Le directeur général de l’agence du médicament, Dominique Maraninchi, a indiqué que l’Afssaps n’existait plus. Elle sera remplacée par une nouvelle institution, prochainement. Le directeur général de l’agence du médicament, Dominique Maraninchi, a indiqué que l’institution qu’était l’Afssaps a été dissoute. L’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé n’est plus et sera remplacée par une nouvelle institution qui se mettra en place prochainement a indiqué M. Maraninchi dans un entretien accordé au journal Le Monde.M. Maraninchi a expliqué que “des membres du groupe de travail sur les infections respiratoires ont présenté début décembre leur démission après le refus du directeur de l’agence de publier en son nom des recommandations, en raison de liens d’intérêts de plusieurs experts avec des firmes pharmaceutiques.” Il a ensuite ajouté : “la crise que nous traversons actuellement est une crise institutionnelle et non plus une crise morale ou de sécurité sanitaire, comme au moment du Mediator.”Le Professeur Maraninchi explique que l’agence renforcerait l’expertise interne indépendante nécessaire. Il pense qu’il est possible de faire appel à des experts externes dénués de liens d’intérêt avec l’industrie pharmaceutique. M. Maraninchi a en effet déclaré : “ce sera peut-être plus long mais nous y parviendrons en restant simples.” Il souhaite par ailleurs favoriser la recherche publique indépendante.L’Assemblée nationale votera lundi la réforme du contrôle des médicaments. Le 19 décembre 2011 à 20:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Driver in fatal SR 14 crash accused of vehicular homicide

Driver in fatal SR 14 crash accused of vehicular homicide

first_imgA Vancouver man appeared in Clark County Superior Court Tuesday on suspicion of negligently killing his friend, Daniel D. Alexander, in a single-car crash late Sunday on eastbound state Highway 14.Kenneth L. Jones, 29, allegedly was under the influence of the drug Clonazepam when he drove his 1995 Honda Accord off the highway around 8:40 p.m. between Mileposts 7 and 8, about a mile west of the 164th Avenue exit. The vehicle rolled and landed upside down, killing Alexander, 46, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and pinning Jones in the driver’s seat, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.Jones faces charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence at his Oct. 11 arraignment. Judge Barbara Johnson held him on $50,000 bail.Clonazepam is a habit-forming drug often used, in combination with other medications, to control certain types of seizures, as well as panic attacks, according to the National Institutes of Health.It’s unclear why Jones was using the drug.Jones was convicted in Clark County in 2007 of unlawfully manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance, according to court records.Washington State Patrol troopers said when they found Jones late Sunday inside the totaled Honda, he showed symptoms of impairment: slurred speech, a flushed face and bloodshot, watery eyes, according to the affidavit. Jones admitted to taking Clonazepam, the affidavit says.A blood test was conducted on Jones at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center to confirm the admission, the affidavit says. Jones also was treated for bruised ribs and chest and back pain, according to court records.last_img read more

Is MS Word No Longer the Preferred Content Platform

Is MS Word No Longer the Preferred Content Platform

first_img“The Web editors have K4 plus the internal digital CMS. If some copy was written in-house for the Web, it may be routed through K4. It’s simplified but it’s an effective way of tracking stories before it gets uploaded into the CMS,” Payne continued.Best of Both Worlds?Boardroom Inc., a publisher of consumer newsletters and books, recently adopted Nuqleo, an enterprise content publishing system based on the Adobe InDesign server. Boardroom can still start the story in a Word container and send it back to an e-mail address, which the system processes and sends to a unique location. An editor is notified that the story has been received. From there, if story is in good enough shape, the system will convert it from Word into XML and staff can use the Web-based Nuqleo editor. “If you can have a Web browser that allows you to set type, that’s pretty darn good,” says Ken Sevey, manager of desktop publishing. “The interface is not ideal for editors because they keep thinking in terms of Word, especially all those years working in Word and getting instant gratification when you bold something. It doesn’t work that way. But to be able to search for things by name by date, or by full text right in the editor is powerful.” Six years ago, ThomasNet eliminated Microsoft Word from its editors’ desktops. “It was one of the best things we ever did,” says ThomasNet director Paul Gerbino. As a digital-only publisher, ThomasNet had more incentive than most to dump Word. “When you try to incorporate any kind of word document, there’s a lot of coding that creates some challenges,” says Gerbino. “We needed to database all of the content editors were creating. We started looking at the flow by which editors create stories.” Since then, ThomasNet has migrated to a hybrid approach with open source. “If you ask me today, Would I buy off-the-shelf or build?, I’d do it somewhere in the middle,” says Gerbino. “At the time these were more document management systems than content management systems. We had to bite the bullet but the savings in terms of reducing number of servers and maintaining servers made it a lot easier for us.”At Hearst, in-house copy is written in Adobe InCopy while most freelance work is submitted in Word. The complication, according to director of editorial operations Ellen Payne, is the print side uses K4 as a CMS while the online side has their own CMS they built themselves. “It would be logical if everyone was in the same CMS but K4 does not meet the needs of digital media,” says Payne. “We were already a K4 shop and what digital media does isn’t conducive to a print workflow. last_img read more

paidContent Moving to Gigaom Indefinitely

paidContent Moving to Gigaom Indefinitely

first_imgKrazit justifies the shift by pointing to a recent reader survey, in which 75 percent of respondents say that they are seeking more coverage on emerging technology. Of course, those narratives are already native to Gigaom, so the decision is practical from an editorial standpoint.Staffing and the organizational structure will remain status quo. And from a business perspective, CEO Paul Walborsky, says it came down to efficiency and strengthening the Gigaom brand.”The decision that we made was based on building one brand,” he says. “Are you building a house of brands or a branded house? We have a very strong brand in Gigaom, and as a company we want to be able to put all our effort behind it. For us its better, and more efficient and effective.” It’s also worth mentioning that the paidContent name will live on (at least through 2014) through its cobranded live spring event with Gigaom.In terms of advertising and traffic, the company is not concerned about the possible impacts of consolidating brands.”At the end of the day we are just redirecting our content into the media channel, therefore we probably won’t lose any unique visits or page views.”That still leaves some questions about who the paidContent and Gigaom audiences are, and whether the migration will be seamless. According to Walborsky there is about an 18-20 percent overlap in readers between the two sites. Still, he doesn’t find that to be problematic.”When we talk about technology and media it’s not a zero sum game,” he says. “When people read a story on one site they don’t stop reading. There is always some overlap.” Rafat Ali, current CEO at Skift, founded paidContent in 2002 to report on the economics of digital content and how technology was disrupting traditional media. The brand later became a property of Ali’s ContentNext Media along with the now defunct mocoNews.net and contentSutra.com. Ali left ContentNext Media in 2008 after selling the company to Guardian News & Media. paidContent’s readers learned on Tuesday that the brand is migrating its content onto parent site, Gigaom.com. And the site will cease to exist within the next few weeks.Last year, Gigaom Inc. purchased ContentNext from Guardian News & Media. After the deal, paidContent remained a mostly-independent brand. The initial aim was for the site to operate as Gigaom’s East Coast arm. However, that independence and strategy changed Tuesday when executive editor, Tom Krazit, writes in a blog post that paidContent is being absorbed into Gigaom’s Media vertical, and his blog is the last piece of content the site will post.He points out that Gigaom is undergoing a rebranding effort and it is looking for a return to its roots–blogs and themes with editorial consistency.”We want to be a unified company presenting one vision of the future of technology to our readers, and that involves aligning the way we present our content around a single brand,” Krazit writes.last_img read more

Gregg Allman Neil Young Headline New Music Friday

Gregg Allman Neil Young Headline New Music Friday

first_imgAnticipation for several of today’s leading releases has been intense, examples of New Music Fridays creating a center of attention. For example, GRAMMY winners Gregg Allman and Neil Young dropped new albums of past recordings today.Allman’s death on May 27 of this year was one of our tragic losses, and now Southern Blood caps his career with a final look at the true rocker’s personal landscape, produced by Don Was. Multiple GRAMMY winner and 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year Young recorded today’s release Hitchhiker in 1976 and it’s been awaited since he revealed its existence in 2014.While some indie artists avoid the industry-wide conformity of releasing music on a certain day, a megastar like Taylor Swift can really leverage the attention, as she proved on Aug. 25, having released “Look What You Made Me Do” strategically the day before. The song’s official YouTube video was posted that Sunday — the day of MTV’s Video Music Awards — and has since received more than 274 million views.Music has always relied on creative promotion to get its message across, but the streaming music environment has bent time. Days of the week don’t mean what they used to, and the focused attention on when physical CDs become available strikes some as old-fashioned.New Music Fridays will continue to bring us new worlds of musical experience worth exploring, whether or not artists avoid it or their promotional campaigns produce hits. This weekend, consider sitting back and exploring some of these old and new musical landscapes that have just been released.Neil Young On The Making Of His Lost 1976 Album, “Hitchhiker”Read more Twitter Gregg Allman, Neil Young Headline “New Music Friday” Classic Rockers Headline New Music Friday gregg-allman-neil-young-headline-new-music-friday News Email Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 16, 2015 – 10:00 am Allman Brothers Band: Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Take a look at how New Music Fridays are working out two years after their implementationPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 4:53 pm International music organization IFPI kicked off New Music Fridays two years ago in more than 45 global markets, and Forbes has taken a penetrating look at how New Music Fridays is alternatively a center of attention or something to be avoided, especially in today’s 24/7 streaming music culture when “going viral” can demand standing apart from the crowd.last_img read more

Usher Chris Martin More Honor Nelson Mandela At Global Citizen Festival

Usher Chris Martin More Honor Nelson Mandela At Global Citizen Festival

first_img Usher, Chris Martin & More Honor Nelson Mandela At Global Citizen Festival Usher & More Perform At Global Citizen Festival usher-chris-martin-more-honor-nelson-mandela-global-citizen-festival Twitter News Email A stellar lineup of GRAMMY-winning artists went all out at the special event honoring the late South African leader’s legacyAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 3, 2018 – 4:26 pm With a lineup including GRAMMY-winners Usher, Pharrell, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, Kacey Musgraves and Eddie Vedder, one could only expect to be wowed. That was definitely the case for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, held Dec. 2 in South Africa to honor the late iconic activist Nelson Mandela’s legacy 100 years after his birth. The celebratory event was hosted by South African comedian Trevor Noah and featured powerful speeches from the likes of Oprah Winfrey plus plenty of breathtaking performances from the aforementioned big-name musicians as well as several rising African artists, including South African DJ/producer—and underground house music favorite—Black Coffee and Nigerian singer and producer—and recent Drake collaborator—Wizkid. If you missed the event’s livestream on YouTube yesterday, you’re in luck. The majority of the event (although only a small part of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s epic closing) is available online, along with several clips of the speeches and performances, including Usher’s mashup of his “Without You,” a 2011 collab from GRAMMY-winning DJ/producer David Guetta, with Black Coffee’s 2001 dance-club jam “We Dance Again,” joined on-stage by Black Coffee himself. As reported by Billboard, Usher, alongside the South African Indigenous Dance Academy, performed a traditional South African style of dance, the Gwara Gwara. Other stars such as Childish Gambino and Rihanna have showcased this dance over past year, the latter star showing off her moves on none other than the 60th GRAMMY Awards stage, during her performance of “Wild Thoughts.”Usher talked to the significance of the collaboration with Black Coffee, IDA and Global Citizen:”In the process of working on music in L.A., we started talking about what we could do at the festival to celebrate the culture, to make everyone there feel like they saw something special. So we developed this and we reached out to IDA to come onstage and perform with us.” Usher told Billboard. “You see how artists can fulfill their duty to give back. The celebrity aspect is a treat for their time, for people who are advocating for these goals.”The R&B megastar also pointed to the exciting prospect of releasing material with Black Coffee: “We’re working on music for the future. The song we worked on so far is incredible.” The 10-hour event also included an above-and-beyond almost-90-minute concert from the ultimate power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z similar to their global stadium-filling On the Run II Tour, complete with a closing act of their tear-jerking duet rendition of “Young Forever.” Their set also brought some of the evenings other special guests onstage, including Ed Sheeran and Pharrell.”I can feel so much light and beauty in here,” said Beyoncé during their performance.In addition to joining the Carters onstage, Pharrell also had Coldplay frontman Chris Martin join him to perform their new song “E-Lo.” The song was recently released as part of the four-song Global Citizen Ep 1, under Coldplay’s apparent new pseudonym, or perhaps side-project, Los Unidades. Usher and Martin also joined Pharrell to back him as he sang his joyful GRAMMY-winning hit “Happy.”Other standout performances included Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder singing his group’s classic “Better Man” backed by South Africa’s powerful GRAMMY-winning Soweto Gospel Choir. Nigerian singer and producer Wizkid, who has collaborated with Drake on several tracks including “Come Closer,” also performed several songs, including a mashup with the Choir.Global Citizen reports the event led to 5.6 million social media actions by online participants around the world. Participants with enough points were entered in a lottery to win tickets to the event. In all, the event helped raise over $7 billion including commitments from organizations such as the World Bank, all towards helping “fulfill Mandela’s vision of ending extreme poverty.”Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers, GRiZ & More Make Stacked Hangout Music Fest LineupRead more https://twitter.com/Usher/status/1069450534870904832 Facebook last_img read more

OBITUARY John C Hergenrother 76

OBITUARY John C Hergenrother 76

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — It is with great sadness that the family of John C. Hergenrother announces his passing on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the age of 76 years. John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Patricia and his children Lisa (Bill) and Debbie (Dave). John will also be forever remembered by his grandchildren, Gunnar and Jessica.John served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring from service as a Chief Petty Officer. John worked at Massachusetts General Hospital for over 30 years and was Operations Manager for Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT at the time of his retirement. John and his wife Patricia lived in Wilmington, MA for over 30 years.Visitation and funeral service in memory of John were held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 beginning at 10:00 AM at John Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills, MA 02648. Burial will be private.Those who so desire may make a donation in John’s memory to support sarcoma research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Donations may be made online at giving.massgeneral.org.John C. Hergenrother(NOTE: The above obituary is from John-Lawrence Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John H. Nee, 93In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Alaska stops Medicaid providers inflationlinked increases

Alaska stops Medicaid providers inflationlinked increases

first_imgThe Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will not increase rates for Medicaid providers, citing an underfunded budget.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that DHSS announced Monday that it filed emergency regulations to freeze rates that customarily rise a percentage point or two every year to account for inflation.Starting Wednesday, Alaska’s Medicaid program will see a drop of $51.9 million in state funds. Since the federal government matches state expenditures, the total loss of funding for the Medicaid program will be around $100 million.Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson says Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year included a $20 million cut to Medicaid, and the Legislature cut an additional $31.9 million.Freezing inflation-based rate increases will save the state $8 million in its general fund.last_img read more

Black Owned Banks In Danger

Black Owned Banks In Danger

first_imgBy AFRO StaffAfrican-American owned banks were established at the end of the 19th century with the opening of the Capital Saving Bank in 1888 in Washington.They were mainly meeting the needs of the freed slaves who were excluded from the mainstream financial system.The economic empowerment of a community necessarily involves the management of their financial resources within their own banking establishments.(Stock Photo)Thus, from 1888 to 1934, more than 134 banks were founded by African-Americans.Often located in the heart of black districts such as Harlem in New York, they aim, first and foremost, at helping and supporting families and entrepreneurs.In 2014, 47 % of black entrepreneurs benefited from funds borrowed from banking institutions compared with 76 % of their Caucasian counterparts.Today, more than 53 % of the community members are either unbanked or underbanked.These financial bodies are therefore a solution for these people who often have a restricted access to credit.However, these organizations are becoming scarce. Indeed, there were 44 in 1986, then 41 in 2007 and the number has fallen to 23 today.But, how can those closures be explained?These banks were severely impacted by the mortgage crisis of 2008 as their customers were the first ones affected by job losses and foreclosures.Furthermore, a handful of them benefited from the federal funds provided to save big Wall Street institutions.This decline is also due to the anti-segregation laws of the 1970s which urged traditional financial bodies to open their doors to the African-American community. Consequently, many members of the middle class closed their bank accounts in black owned organizations.This current situation may prevent the poorest members of the community from having access to banking services. Some experts even predict the disappearance of these institutions by 2030.United we stand, divided we fallTo cope with this tragedy, some artists have joined forces. Among them, rapper Killer Mike who posted a video on social networks in which he recommended opening savings accounts in black owned financial bodies.The results were immediate. Over the past few months, some of these banks have acquired many new customers.Since July 2016, the #BankBlack movement has resulted in more than 60 million dollars being transferred to these establishments.Teri Williams, president of the One United Bank, one of the largest black owned financial institutions in the United States, revealed in an interview that African-Americans spend on average 1.2 trillion dollars a year and that 98 % of that funding happens outside the community.At the end of 2016, six black-owned banks chairmen met in New Orleans to try to find solutions to save the last financial institutions. According to Michael Grant, president of the National Bankers Association (NBA), the African-American community, itself, has to do more to support their businesses, including banks because, according to him, they helped facilitate their integration. Consequently, he believes that it is time now for the community to return the favor.last_img read more

Disordered skyrmion phase stabilized by magnetic frustration in a chiral magnet

Disordered skyrmion phase stabilized by magnetic frustration in a chiral magnet

first_img More information: Kosuke Karube et al. Disordered skyrmion phase stabilized by magnetic frustration in a chiral magnet, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7043 Temperature-field phase diagrams in Co7Zn7Mn6. The field-decreasing runs from the induced ferromagnetic region down to the zero-field cooling (ZFC) depicted. The phase boundaries of conventional SkX phases are seen in green circles. The equilibrium phase, which is the metastable state in the field decreasing processes of novel DSKs is indicated in the red region. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7043 Journal information: Science Advances In the field decreasing process that was subsequently observed, the new phase was quenched as a metastable state down to zero field cooling (ZFC). The findings in the study were substantiated by summarizing the relation between the real-space magnetic structures with the corresponding SANS patterns recorded in the study.Real-space observations were conducted with Lorentz transmission electron microscopy (LTEM) measurements. In the field-increasing run at 135 K from zero field cooling (ZFC), the transition from a helical state (H) to a conventional SkX state was observed. At 50 K, a disordered helical state was observed, and in contrast at a magnetic field of 0.2 T, several closed, dot-like objects assigned to skyrmions were clearly observed. The observation of DSKs in the LTEM images was explained as an inherent feature of the material, consistent with the corresponding SANS patterns observed in the study. Explore further Skyrmions can be typically observed by small angle neuron scattering (SANS) and with microscopy techniques in real space. In chiral magnets, the effect of DMI gradually twists ferromagnetically coupled moments to form a helical ground state. In the study, the authors reported similar behaviour for a spin glass phase symptomatic of frustrated magnetism existing at low temperatures across a wide range of Mn compositions for Co-Zn-Mn alloys. The glass phase invaded the helical ground state to display typical metal-insulator transition indicating the microscopic co-existence of the two phases. To investigate the mechanistic influence of frustrated exchange interactions on the helical and topological spin structures, the authors focused on Co7Zn7Mn6 with Tc ~ 160 K and spin glass transition temperature Tg ~ 30 K. In the study, further measurements were performed of SANS, magnetization, alternate current (ac) magnetic field susceptibility and Lorentz transmission electron microscopy (LTEM) of the material.The scientists summarized their findings in a phase diagram to show two distinct, equilibrium skyrmion phases. A conventional SkX phase slightly below Tc and a novel disordered skyrmion phase (DSK) phase near Tg. In classical mechanics, particles are represented by point masses or rigid bodies, and in field theory by wave-like excitations or vibrations. Magnetic skyrmions are small, vortex-like spin textures of topological origin found in a variety of magnetic materials, and characterized by long lifetime. They were first discovered in 2009. In chiral magnets, skyrmions and skyrmion crystals (SkX) show unique physical properties due to their stability at ultralow current density. Explaining the stability of such particles is nontrivial; however, the particles can be described as topologically protected against small perturbations and decay. These properties can be advantageous for potential applications of skyrmions as information carriers in magnetic memories for storage and processing. Skyrmions are formed in magnetic systems via a variety of mechanisms, some of which work together. © 2018 Phys.org The mechanisms include the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI), frustrated exchange interaction, long-ranged magnetic dipolar interactions and four-spin exchange interactions, characterized by the diameter of the resulting skyrmion structure. For instance, chiral magnets with an antisymmetric interaction between the spins, known as the DMI, can form a triangular-lattice skyrmion crystal (SkX). Specifically, a finite DMI can arise due to broken inversion symmetry at interfaces of thin film layers or in bulk materials with chiral or polar structures. In metallic systems, the existence of a chiral interaction was first demonstrated for disordered alloys. Skyrmions based on DMI were recently observed in Co-Zn-Mn alloys with the β-Mn-type chiral cubic structure, where the unit cell contains 20 atoms distributed across two inequivalent crystallographic sites. Now writing in Science Advances, Kosuke Karube and co-workers report the intermediate composition system Co7Zn7Mn6 as a unique host of two disconnected, topological skyrmion phases. Second skyrmion phase found in Cu2OSeO3 According to the report, one phase is a conventional skyrmion crystal stabilized by thermal fluctuations and restricted to exist just below the magnetic transition temperature (Tc), whereas the second phase is a novel three-dimensionally disordered skyrmion crystal phase that is stable well below Tc. The stability of this new disordered skyrmion phase was attributed to a cooperative interplay between the chiral magnetism with the DMI and the frustrated magnetism inherent to the β-Mn structure. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. LTEM measurement on a thin-plate sample of Co7Zn7Mn6. A) underfocused LTEM images at 135 K and at 0 T and 0.05 T. B) Underfocused LTEM images at selected fields at 50 K and at selected temperatures in the subsequent zero-field warming (ZFW) process. For the image at 50 K and 0.2 T (highlighted in blue) the corresponding ‘overfocused’ image is seen at the right-hand side. The following notations were included; H- helical, SkX – Skyrmion crystal, DH – disordered helical, DSK – disordered skyrmion, F- ferrimagnetic, DSK + DH – mixed state. The observation of DSKs at 50 K was explained as an inherent feature of the material. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7043. Temperature-field phase diagrams in Co7Zn7Mn6. Magnetic-field (T-H) phase diagrams in Co7Zn7Mn6 determined by ac susceptibility and SANS measurements. Field-increasing runs after zero-field cooling (ZFC) depicted. The conventional SkX field is indicated by green circles. The equilibrium phase of DSKs is indicated in the red region. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7043 The study collectively investigated the possible origin of the novel DSK phase, since skyrmion phases are generally stabilized by quantum critical or thermal fluctuations. Two types of fluctuations were found in the present study to promote topological phase stability in Co7Zn7Mn6, including thermal fluctuations and frustration-induced fluctuations. In this way, the skyrmion governed by DMI demonstrated a novel mechanism for topological stability in Co7Zn7Mn6. Citation: Disordered skyrmion phase stabilized by magnetic frustration in a chiral magnet (2018, September 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-disordered-skyrmion-phase-stabilized-magnetic.html Zero-field magnetic phase diagram with temperature (T) and Mn composition (x) connecting Co10Zn10 and β-Mn according to (Co0.5Zn0.5)20−xMnx. A spin glass phase is found to exist at low temperatures and across a wide-range of x. For 3< x <7, the spin glass phase invades the helical phase, displaying a microscopic existence of the two states. The diagram inset shows a schematic of a β-Mn-type structure viewed along the [111] axis. T is temperature and x is the Mn composition. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7043last_img read more

Man climbs cellphone tower in Birbhum sends cops in a tizzy

Man climbs cellphone tower in Birbhum sends cops in a tizzy

first_imgKolkata: Police were sent into a tizzy when a middle-aged man climbed up a mobile phone tower at Mohammadbazar in Birbhum on Wednesday morning.Police said that local people found the man at the top of the 100 metre tall tower and asked him to come down.Having failed to convince him to come down, they informed the police. Policemen from the local police station went to the spot and initially tried to bring him down.But the person was not at all ready to listen to the police and continued making different gestures at people. Police then sought help of the state Fire and Emergency Services department. Fire fighters reached the spot and initiated work to rescue the man. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe man had threatened to jump when he found firefighters trying to climb up the tower. The firefighters took around five hours to bring the person down.Hundreds of people had gathered in the area, which made the task more difficult for the firefighters. The area was finally cordoned off and the firefighters somehow managed to convince him to come down from the tower. The police have also taken steps to provide necessary treatment to the man.This is the first time when such an incident has taken place in the area and the police have asked the concerned authorities to take necessary steps so that people from outside cannot enter the area where the tower is situated, without permission.last_img read more

Eric Radford takes gold and Adam Rippon bronze in team skating

Eric Radford takes gold and Adam Rippon bronze in team skating

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Adam RipponWhen he was selected to go to the games last month, Rippon became the first openly gay US athlete to be selected to participate in the Winter Olympics. He has since continued to build himself a large social media following with this witty postings and LGBTI advocacy.He has also got into a high-profile spat with Vice President Mike Pence over the latter’s views on LGBTI rights.After the event, he said, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous at 10 a.m. in my life,’ reports USA Today. ‘I said I want to go out there and I want to skate really strong. I felt it was important to come out here and skate a very strong performance for the US team.’Watch Rippon’s performance on the tweet below.ADAM RIPPON. Because he slays. #WinterOlympics https://t.co/fmMl0C4Amf pic.twitter.com/fkG1KgiTb0— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 12, 2018Among the first to congratulate Rippon on his performance was fellow gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy. He tweeted a photo of the two of them with the message, ‘v proud of this guy’.v proud of this guy pic.twitter.com/rlTk6is3Cy— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 12, 2018 Eric Radford (left) with fiancé Louis Fenero, and Gus Kenworthy with Adam Rippon (Photos: @Rad85E/@guskenworthy/ Twitter) The Team Free Skating event at the Winter Olympics saw two gay athletes going head to head. Eric Radford skated with partner Meagan Duhamel for Canada on the weekend, while Adam Rippon skated solo for the USA this morning. In the end, it was Canada which triumphed. Its team took gold with 73 points, OAR (Olympic Athletes of Russia) took silver with 66 points, and USA took 62 points for third place.This is Radford’s second Olympics, but his first as an openly gay man. Radford came out in 2014 in an exclusive interview with Outsports. He went on to win the World Championships with Duhamel in 2015.Eric RadfordCanada’s triumph makes Radford the first openly gay athlete to win a gold medal at the winter Olympics.YES!! #Gold #Olympic #Pyeongchang2018 #TeamCanada #Figureskating #Pride pic.twitter.com/ZiF8Ch92Bd— Eric Radford (@Rad85E) February 12, 2018 Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Winter Olympics 2018: Eric Radford has become the first openly gay athlete to ever win a gold medalWinter Olympics 2018: Bisexual speed skater Ireen Wüst misses out on a medal in dramatic fashionWinter Olympics 2018: Bisexual ice skater Ireen Wüst tears up as she breaks huge record with gold medalRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/eric-radford-adam-rippon/last_img read more