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TransCanada expands NGTL System export capacity


first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — TransCanada Corp. announced Monday that it will move forward with a proposed $140-million expansion of its NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. System following the completion of an expansion capacity open season in March.TransCanada said that shippers have executed binding agreements for 280 million cubic feet per day of incremental firm delivery service that will commence in November 2021. The company said that the average term of the contracts that were awarded is 22 years. “The successful open season for incremental export capacity demonstrates the significant continued interest of parties in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to secure access to high-value downstream markets,” said Tracy Robinson, TransCanada’s senior vice-president and general manager, Canadian Gas Pipelines. “TransCanada remains firmly committed to providing our customers timely and reliable access to these markets through appropriate facility expansions and competitive service offerings.”last_img read more


Chowkidar Narendra Modi PM flaunts prefix


first_imgNew Delhi: A day after launching the “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign on social media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday changed the title of his Twitter account to “Chowkidar Narendra Modi”. BJP President Amit Shah followed with “Chowkidar Amit Shah”, and tweeted: “The one who made cleanliness a moral value… he is called Chowkidar #MainBhiChowkidar. Say with all your heart #ChowkidarPhirSe (watchman again).” Shah’s remarks came after senior BJP leaders and Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, J.P. Nadda, Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan followed suit, changing their names similarly on Twitter accounts. On Saturday after Modi launched his party’s “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign ahead of the general election that begins in April. He posted a video with the same title on Twitter, saying: “Your Chowkidar is standing firm and serving the nation”. The campaign counters Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s repeated attacks on Modi and his government over various alleged malhandling of economic and defence deals and situations, with the slogan, “Chowkidar Chor Hai (watchman is a thief)”. “Five years ago, chowkidar said he wanted to fight corruption. He said he wanted to make it a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’. Today, the slogan of ‘Acche Din Aayenge’ has changed to ‘Chowkidar chor hai’,” Gandhi has been repeating at rallies. Gandhi latched on to the word “chowkidar” as Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha campaigning promised to work as a “chowkidar” to guard people’s money and their trust once elected.last_img read more


Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets


TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,461.24 up 53.55 points):Westaim Corp. (TSX:WED). Insurance. Unchanged at 2.5 cents on 27,541,768 shares. The financial sector advanced 0.36 per cent to 183.52 points.Celtic Exploration Ltd. (TSX:CLT). Oil and gas. Up $8.17, or 45.09 per cent, at $26.29 on 17,699,819 shares. The Calgary-based oil and gas explorer received a friendly takeover offer valued at $3.1 billion from Canadian affiliates of U.S. energy giant Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM). The total price includes debt and spending obligations that the buyers would assume.Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE). Oil and gas. Up 21 cents, or 11.86 per cent, at $1.98 on 6,411,016 shares. The energy sector led all the advancers, rising 1.43 per cent to 266.48 points. The November crude contract inched up three cents US to $92.12 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT). Grain handler. Down six cents, or 0.37 per cent, at $16.05 on 6,215,207 shares.Perseus Mining Ltd. (TSX:PRU). Miner. Up three cents, or 1.08 per cent, at $2.80 on 5,833,525 shares. The metals and mining sector rose 1.40 per cent to 941.01 points.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up six cents, or 1.61 per cent, at $3.79 on 4,604,160 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,304 up 4.22 points):Prodigy Gold Inc. (TSXV:PDG). Gold. Unchanged at $1 on 15,489,584 shares. The Vancouver-based company closed at its highest level in four years for a second day in a row. Toronto-based Argonaut Gold (TSX:AR) announced earlier in the week that it will acquire Prodigy for shares and cash in a friendly deal valued at $341 million.Sintana Energy Inc. (TSXV:SNN). Oil and gas exploration. Up 1.5 cents, or 8.11 per cent, at 20 cents on 14,650,249 shares.Companies reporting major news:Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT). Oil and gas. Up 19 cents, or 1.39 per cent, at $13.85 on 2,393,564 shares. The Calgary-based company agreed in principle to sell $1.3-billion worth of its non-core properties. Penn West will use funds from the sale to repay a portion of the money drawn on its credit facilities.Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Up two cents, or 0.05 per cent, at $41.12 on 2,839,735 shares. Canada’s largest fertilizer producer said delayed sales in China and India will result in a 2012 profit miss. Earnings for the full financial year will fall below even the lowest previous estimate of $2.80 to $3.20 per share. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2012 5:30 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets read more


Stronger protections needed for refugees stateless and displaces – urges UN agency


In a major speech to the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) Executive Committee, the agency’s Director of International Protection, Volker Türk said first and foremost, those individuals must be “able to enjoy the widest possible array of human rights and fundamental freedoms without discrimination.”While noting that such a focus is “challenging,” Mr. Türk said that it must “permeate all our interactions with persons of concern.”UNHCR’s focus on protection of individuals must be incorporated in every aspect of its work, he said, from providing education to ensuring refugee camps are located away from threatening borders and designed so women do not face dangerous routes to collect water.“To be effective, we need to understand their particular needs, not as homogenous groups, but as individuals with specific backgrounds, aspirations and hopes,” he said. Part of that means providing prompt, quality services, such as care to victims of sexual violence, legal assistance and support for the voluntary return home of refugees or their resettlement to third countries, he said.“It also means advocating for and intervening on behalf of refugees and other persons of concern when they are at risk, for example when in detention or in danger of refoulement,” Mr. Türk said referring to a term for forced returns.The Executive Committee, which Mr. Türk was addressing, began meeting Monday as part of its annual review of policy for the refugee agency. In his overview of the UN agency’s goals, Mr. Türk said the 1951 UN Refugee Convention remained the cornerstone of international refugee law, but new challenges – such as broader migration flows, treacherous crossings of seas and human trafficking – also needed to be addressed through additional channels, including human rights law.“UNHCR is committed to exercising our supervisory role in relation to relevant international treaties,” he said, calling on delegates from some 80 countries in attendance to act in support of the UN agency policy.“Let’s strive to reduce the number of refugees and IDPs in protracted situations further over the next three years through a wide range of creative solutions options,” Mr. Türk urged.Nearly 6.5 million persons, more than half of the refugee population under UNHCR’s mandate, remained trapped in exile for five years or more. Protracted refugee situations are found in 25 countries, according to UN figures.The UNHCR official also called for more efforts to end the problem of stateless people which affects an estimated 10 million people. “Would it not be a major achievement if in a decade from now statelessness was but a faint memory of a bygone era and our mandate rendered redundant?” Mr. Türk asked.The Executive Committee is due to wrap up its annual session tomorrow. read more


Burundi UN Chief welcomes launch of electoral monitoring mission


The UN Electoral Observation Mission (also known by its French acronym MENUB) is headed by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Mr. Cassam Uteem of Mauritius. MENUB is mandated to follow and report on the presidential, parliamentary and local elections in Burundi that are scheduled between May and September 2015. In a note released by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General noted that “peaceful and credible elections are critical for the people of Burundi”. Mr. Ban also said he hoped that all Burundians will seize this opportunity to establish peace and stability in their country.


OSUs Dominic Clarke arrested wont play at Illinois


Ohio State football sophomore cornerback Dominic Clarke will not travel with the Buckeyes for Saturday’s game at Illinois after being arrested Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct during an on-campus incident involving what a witness described as a “compressed air” gun. An OSU student called the university police department and said that three black males were sitting on top of the roof of Marketplace, a campus eatery, “firing a paintball gun down at people.” The student said he looked out his window and saw the men on the roof.  “I can’t totally tell if it’s an Airsoft or a paintball, but it’s using compressed air,” the student said. The OSU police department report identified Clarke, as well as football freshman offensive lineman Chris Carter and men’s basketball freshman Sam Thompson. Both Carter and Thompson gave statements to police but were not arrested. In an email to The Lantern, OSU football spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Clarke would be suspended. “The individual was involved in a university rules violation,” Emig said in an email. “The issue is currently going through the university process, and head coach Luke Fickell has announced that he will not be traveling with the team to Illinois this weekend.” Basketball team spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an email, “We have no issues with any basketball student athletes.” The police report said that the incident is still under investigation. read more


SMARTS™ II has dynamic realtime scheduling improved usability 3D graphics and web


first_img•Resource shift schedule planning across complex multiple heading rapid developments•User or machine based physicals capture for production management and reporting•Interactive real-time shift optimisation based on simulation using actual machine and location data•Concurrent parallel simulations for comparative analysis of scenarios for bottleneck scheduling•Full integration into the Minetec Trax+Tags for real-time machine and vehicle movement monitoring and status•Web based interface provides system control from any location.By automating tasks that are typically handled manually, SMARTS II enhances efficiency, increases safety, reduces costs, and improves work quality in mining operations. Minetec has introduced SMARTS II, an enhanced version of its flagship mine management and control system. Minetec says SMARTS II brings an entirely new level of productivity to underground mining operations through improved 3D graphics and reporting capability, dynamic scheduling of real-time events, and easy-to-import mine planning formats. Minetec has improved the intelligence inherent in the SMARTS II modules to address the mining cycles for literally any mining method and associated scenarios,” said Andy Sheppard, Executive General Manager, Minetec. “The core of the SMARTS II system is an optimisation engine that interfaces to the recently released Trax+Tags™ II system as well as a unique scheduling and simulation interface. The efficiencies that result from a SMARTS II implementation result in a more accurate alignment between planned and actual scenarios, providing real time data from the face of the mine.”SMARTS II provides a collection of intelligent software modules which can be used either independently or as an integrated mine management and control solution to give excellent visualisation, control and optimisation capabilities including:last_img read more


Judge urges dentists working out of the same building to solve toxic


first_img 23,253 Views By Aodhan O Faolain No Comments Image: Shutterstock Jun 29th 2018, 8:04 AM Image: Shutterstock Judge urges dentists working out of the same building to solve ‘toxic’ working environment One of the dentists claims a camera was installed to spy on his staff. Short URL A JUDGE HAS urged two dentists who operate their practices out of the same premises to consider resolving their differences through mediation rather than the courts. Ms Justice Caroline Costello made the suggestion in respect of dentists Michael Maguire and James Hiney, who operate their separate practices from a building they co-own at Market Point, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.While they had worked well alongside each other for some years the High Court has heard that the working environment between the two is now “toxic”. In proceedings that came before the High Court earlier this week, Mr Maguire has claimed his staff were put under surveillance by a secret camera installed in a hole in the ceiling by Mr Hiney.Mr Hiney claims the camera was put in for security reasons and not used to spy on Mr Maguire or his staff. Mr Maguire does not accept that explanation and now seeks various injunctions against Mr Hiney including one preventing the defendant from monitoring and surveillance of his employees. Mr Maguire also seeks orders that all data including patient lists be returned to him as well as an order for damages that his patients are not solicited and any proposed construction works at the premises be halted. Ms Justice Caroline Costello granted Mr Maguire, represented by Stephen Byrne Bl, permission to serve short notice of injunction proceedings, on an ex parte basis, against Mr Hiney.When the matter returned before the Judge yesterday afternoon Mr Byrne told the court that the case could be adjourned to late July after the parties had reached an intermediate agreement. Undertakings had been agreed, on a without prejudice basis, including that Mr Hiney would not carry out any surveillance on Mr Maguire and his staff, that no construction would take place at the shared premises, and there would be no soliciting emails or texts sent to Mr Maguire’s patients.The court also heard that Mr Hiney never intended to have any construction works carried out on the shared premises as long as Mr Maguire’s business was operating out of the building. The Judge in adjourning the case said it would be better for all concerned of the dispute was resolved through mediation rather than in Court 3 of the Four Courts. In a sworn statement to the court seeking the injunctions, Mr Maguire said there have been a host of issues between the dentists, ranging from petty complaints to serious allegations of criminal behaviour between the two. He said Mr Hiney has made allegations against him, including assault defamation, harassment, vandalism, the withholding of information from insurers about the building they share, which Mr Maguire rejects. Friday 29 Jun 2018, 8:03 AM http://jrnl.ie/4098494 Share4 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Greek Community of Melbourne looks to boost tourism between Greece and Aus


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Statistics published by the Greek Ministry of Tourism, show Australia as a clear standout when it comes to tourist arrivals in Greece.Not only do Australians spend the most out of all tourists globally, they also opt to stay in Greece for longer periods in comparison to their fellow travellers from around the world.Building on these tourist connections between Australia and Greece has been at the forefront of the Greek Community of Melbourne’s (GCM) program.Most recently, the iconic Myconian Collection Hotels & Resorts team undertook a two-week visit to Australia, which was full of meetings and events across the countries, involving distinguished travel agents, tour operators and Australian media.The visit coincided with the decision by Qatar Airways to commence direct flights to Mykonos, with GCM President Bill Papastergiadis invited to present at the official function held by the airline in Melbourne.One of the most important talking points during the visit Down Under was the new property that the Greek family-owned group is set to add to its Mykonos stable, debuting in May 2019. The new addition will, like its nine sister properties, be part of a global hotel collective.“Mykonos saw a marked increase in Australian visitors in recent years, particularly so through the introduction of Qatar Airways’ direct service from Doha to Mykonos which launched in May 2018. Americans and Brits are the top two international markets entering Mykonos, with Australia hovering around the top five source markets,” Myconian Collection’s President and CEO, Vangelis Daktylides said.“As a genuine Mykonian family, we welcome guests with warmth and attentiveness, and our service comes straight from the heart. Every detail we have created is our way of bringing people closer and building long-lasting relationships.”Reflecting on the visit, GCM Secretary Costas Markos was impressed.“The Myconian Collection’s strong offering and leading presence on the Greek hospitality and tourism ecosystem left the best impressions on the Australian and Greek Australian travel community,” he said.Meanwhile, in a show of support to the Greece’s tourism sector and a move to build on Australian arrivals in Greece, Mr Papastegriadis revealed that in the community’s recent meetings with the Greek Ministry of Tourism, they offered to lease an office located in the Greek Centre free of charge, as an opportunity to set up an Australian Headquarters for Tourism.last_img read more


Le séisme au large de Sumatra a fait au moins 5 morts


first_imgLe séisme au large de Sumatra a fait au moins 5 mortsSelon des sources officielles, le puissant séisme survenu hier au large de Sumatra aurait fait cinq victimes, dont deux au moins décédées de crise cardiaque. Une alerte au tsunami avait été émise dans tout l’océan Indien avant d’être levée. Les pays de l’océan Indien ont frôlé la catastrophe hier suite au séisme survenu au large de l’île indonésienne de Sumatra. Peu après la puissance et longue secousse de magnitude 8,6, une alerte au tsunami a en effet été émise dans toute la zone, s’étendant même bien plus loin jusqu’à la Réunion et le Kenya. Toutefois, alors que les vagues n’ont pas dépassé les 80 centimètres, l’alerte a finalement été levée. Bien qu’il semble qu’il y ait donc eu plus de peur que de mal, les autorités ont annoncé que le séisme avait tout de même fait cinq victimes, dont deux au moins ont eu une crise cardiaque. Les trois autres ont succombé à un choc sans qu’on en sache plus sur les causes de leur mort, a indiqué Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, porte-parole de l’Agence nationale de gestion des catastrophes. Cité par l’AFP, celui-ci a également indiqué que le bilan faisait état d’une personne grièvement blessée et de six autres souffrant de blessures légères.Le représentant national a ainsi contredit des informations données peu auparavant par un représentant de l’agence locale des catastrophes naturelles de la province d’Aceh, la plus proche de l’épicentre, qui avait indiqué que cinq personnes avaient succombé à une crise cardiaque, toutes âgées, à l’exception d’un homme de 39 ans. La personne grièvement blessée est un enfant qui est tombé d’un arbre, a précisé Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. Un retour à la normale À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le séisme a provoqué un véritable vent de panique parmi les habitants des villes touchées sur lesquelles plane encore le spectre du tsunami qui avait fait 220.000 morts sur les rivages de l’océan Indien le 26 décembre 2004, dont 170.000 sur la seule île de Sumatra. Néanmoins, jeudi matin, la vie était revenue à la normale à Banda Aceh, capitale de la province d’Aceh, située non loin de l’épicentre, a constaté une journaliste de l’AFP. Les paysans étaient retournés à leurs rizières et les élèves à l’école, tandis que les commerces étaient ouverts comme à la normale. On n’apercevait aucun signe apparent de dégâts, mis à part le mur d’une prison qui s’est partiellement écroulé, sans faire de blessés, a t-elle encore témoigné. Le 12 avril 2012 à 11:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Every Super Nt System Comes Bundled With Super Turrican Directors Cut


first_imgLast week, Analogue revealed the Super Nt. Engineered with a field-programmable gate array (FGPA), the Super Nt is essentially a replica of a Super Nintendo console. It can play both Super Nintendo and Super Famicom cartridges and features a wide variety of resolutions (including 1080p). The Super Nt is not only as good as the original Super Nintendo, but it is arguably better. This console certainly gives the SNES Classic Edition some stiff competition. The Super Nt alone is worth the $189.99 asking price, but it also comes bundled with something truly special.Every Super Nt console has a digital version of Super Turrican: Directors Cut. Super Turrican was released on the SNES in 1993. The original version of the game was 6Mbits, but was cut down by 33% to 4Mbits by the publisher before it was released on Nintendo’s system. The director’s cut restores the title to what it was originally intended to be. Today’s press releases says that this edition features “a new level with new music, more enemies, better sound effects and graphics, and even a new way to use the beam weapon.”In addition to Super Turrican: Directors Cut, the Super Nt also comes with a digital version of Super Turrican 2. Also included is a SNES-style cartridge box for Super Turrican: Directors Cut. The box doesn’t have a physical game inside of it, but it’s nice to have regardless.Like we said in our previous report about the Super Nt, this looks like it will be the ultimate clone console. In fact, calling it a “clone console” isn’t exactly doing it justice given all it has to offer. If you’re really into retro gaming, then you owe it to yourself to grab a Super Nt.You can pre-order the Super Nt for $189.99 from Analogue‘s website. There is no set release date, so stay tuned for more information on that when it becomes available.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


UCSD researches find method for treating certain chronic inflammatory diseases in mice


first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 11, 2019 April 11, 2019 UCSD researches find method for treating certain chronic inflammatory diseases in mice study Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of researchers, including almost a dozen from UC San Diego, announced today that they may have found a method of treating certain chronic inflammatory diseases by disposing of damaged mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell.Inflammation is a natural biological response to eliminate foreign irritants in the body, but can harm healthy cells when not kept in check.Inflammation is generally regulated in the body by a molecule called the NLRP3 inflammasome, which triggers an inflammatory response when a cell’s mitochondria is damaged or attacked.Overactive NLRP3 inflammasomes can lead to certain inflammatory diseases like gout, osteoarthritis and fatty liver disease. In a study of mice, UCSD researchers were able to circumvent this issue by using an enzyme inhibitor to force cells to begin their waste removal process, mitophagy, to eliminate damaged mitochondria before a cells’ NLRP3 inflammasome can be activated.The researchers published their study in today’s issues of the journal Cell Metabolism. Their previous research also revealed that damaged mitochondria trigger NLRP3 inflammasome response.“After that, we wondered if we could reduce harmful excess inflammation by intentionally inducing mitophagy, which would eliminate damaged mitochondria and should in turn pre-emptively inhibit NLRP3 inflammasome activation,” said pharmacology and pathology professor Michael Karin, the study’s senior author. “But at the time we didn’t have a good way to induce mitophagy.”The enzyme treatment reduced the mice’s acute inflammation, caused by uric acid, and reversed inflammation associated with a genetic disorder known as Muckle-Well Syndrome.The researchers found that the enzyme treatment works to quell the release of two pro-inflammatory molecules, interleukin-1 beta and interleukin-18. Some drugs that are currently on the market can block IL-1 beta but not IL-18, but the use of the enzyme inhibitor blocked both.“There are several diseases, including lupus and osteoarthritis, whose treatment likely will require dual inhibition of both IL-1 (beta) and IL-18,” Karin said.Karin, first author Elsa Sanchez-Lopez and researchers from UCSD, completed the study with researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and the Hospital Universitario Fuenlabrada in Madrid, Spain. last_img read more


The Rapid Rise of The News Group


first_imgThe breakneck growth of The News Group in 2009, thanks largely to its acquisition of Anderson News’s assets, has given it close to 50 percent market share—almost double its previous footprint—and unprecedented leverage with retailers. The impact of the wholesaler’s size and influence will be a major factor in the years ahead.The News Group U.S. is the Smyrna, Georgia-based division of the Canadian distributor and part of the massive Vancouver, BC, Canada-based Jim Pattison Group, which had sales of $6.7 billion in 2009 with holdings in the automotive dealership, packaging, food sales and distribution, and export and financial industries.The News Group entered into the U.S. in the late 1990s by partnering with several regional wholesalers and grew its footprint in the country with a model based on limited partnerships. “[The U.S. Group] was created that way to service the U.S. without having to invest in the infrastructure,” said David Parry, president of The News Group U.S. “It gave us the ability to go to national chains and service those locations in a broad sense.” Now, the Pattison-owned portion of the group is 65 percent, with 35 percent representing LP-agencies. Those distributors are separately-owned and operated with their own P&Ls, said Parry, who added that Pattison has first right of refusal. In other words, if one of the LP agencies wanted to break away, they’d need to go to Pattison first.The limited partnership model gives The News Group a shared resource structure and fixed-cost efficiencies. “It’s a marketing, promotions and accounting joint venture,” said Parry. “We can work with our retailers on a national basis and bid with them. It’s the same thing with purchasing—we’re one voice to the publishers. We can consolidate our data and look and feel as one entity to simplify the process.”The Anderson FactorIn February 2009, wholesaler Anderson News abruptly shut its doors, blowing a chunk of the supply chain right off the rails and brought, for several months, magazine distribution to a standstill. About 25 percent of the market was suddenly up for grabs. The event spooked everyone—from publishers to retailers—and highlighted in stark relief the frailty of the distribution channel.The News Group quickly stepped into the void and hammered out a deal to purchase what was left of Anderson. That action is widely credited with mending a fatally broken supply chain after the Anderson implosion.The News Group picked up 15 of Anderson’s major distribution centers, 60 depots, 1,300 trucks and hired 4,000 employees. “We hammered out the deal in about 48 hours and did the rest in about 60 days,” said Parry.All told, Parry said The News Group spent in the high seven figures, with investments ongoing in scan-based trading and other infrastructure.Bigger Size, More LeverageNow, however, we’re left with a very different distribution landscape with The News Group commanding a 46 percent market share, according to Parry. That size gives the wholesaler some obvious benefits, but those benefits trickle back to publishers, too, he said.Along with Anderson’s assets, The News Group took over distribution into 10,225 stores.News Group’s new size and the shock of the near-collapse of the distribution chain helped the wholesaler negotiate more favorable terms with retailers, which have historically been the 900-pound gorilla in the room. Parry said he struck new, multi-year contracts with retailers, and confirmed rumors that he shaved a “couple of points” on the terms in his favor.“The fragmented nature of the business was the biggest point of leverage,” said Parry. “The fragility of our business was our greatest asset to reworking the deals. The retailers had to reconsider the margins they were getting in the category.”Those terms may be favorable now, but what happens when contracts are up for renewal in a few years? “They’re sustainable,” reassured Parry, who seemed to think there was only one direction to keep moving in. “It’s human nature to try to get more,” he said, referring to retailers who might try to negotiate terms back in their favor. “That might be the situation, but the question back to the retailers is how steadfast they are in maintaining profitability. I can say we will not go back. We were 12 years with losses.”Over the last several years, those losses have been diminishing. The News Group, prior to Anderson’s closure, had already been working on improving its deals, consolidating its infrastructure and distribution centers, and reorganizing management. “We saved $10 million to $15 million in operational expenses,” said Parry.Those actions will result in a projected profit in 2010. “It will be a mild profit, but it’s better than losing money,” said Parry.Going forward, Parry said that they’ll continue to look at operating costs and try to keep them as low as possible without impacting service levels. He said the company will turn to publisher accounts and examine them for efficiencies, promotional involvement, cover pricing and “which ones pay their way and which ones don’t” in an effort to adjust margins wherever possible.“There’s no way around the fact that they took on so much business that costs skyrocketed,” said Rodale’s senior vide president of retail sales Richard Alleger. “In my view they must have looked at every account and how valuable it is and how many resources they could put against it. As a publisher I applaud that. Anything they can do to make themselves more financially solid is a good thing.”SBT Still on the TableScan-based trading is still a looming and contentious issue. Parry said fully 60 percent of News Group’s volume—driven by Wal Mart, Target, Safeway, Kroger, and others—is handled with SBT, noting that represents “millions of dollars sitting on wholesalers’ books. We’re taking all of that inventory as a receivable and creating a liability. The banks look at it as debt, not equity. That’s where, in the future, the wholesalers are going to need help from the publishers.”Yet publishers, who’ve long used their national distributors such as Comag and Time/Warner Retail Sales and Marketing, as a shield-like go-between in deals with the wholesalers may not be ready to get directly involved. “‘Publisher’ is an open-ended term,” said Alleger. “While I’m a publisher, I don’t have a contract with the News Group, my national distributor does that. Any discussion on that line will have to go through the national distributor, regardless of how I feel. That is where the discussion is going to have to happen.”Keeping Product on ShelvesWith all the business that The News Group picked up, publishers are concerned over its ability to merchandise magazines consistently. Rife with turnover, merchandising requires bodies in stores to make sure titles are stocked and restocked. “[The News Group has] to find all these folks to merchandise on a regular basis,” said Alleger. “Most of those jobs are the most difficult in retention. I can’t even imagine the juggling they have to do.”Parry, however, is confident the merchandising end is taken care of. “With the addition of our Select Merchandising team and our partners, we have over 7,000 merchandising employees working our retailer displays today. We have never been in a better position to service and execute on behalf of the publishers.”last_img read more


Rowing against the current


first_img Aug 28 • In pursuit of perfect ice Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown on voicing a not-always-perfect pig Along with Hurley and some others, he pitched in to help Tori rebuild. “Everybody thought she was crazy, but she’s got her mind set that when she starts a project she’s gonna finish it,” Hurley says. “And so we all kind of figured if the boat came back, she’d do it again.” Tori and Mac began dating as they worked to rebuild the American Pearl. He was extremely particular about the construction of the boat. They once broke up during a fight over the daggerboard, a hunk of wood that looks vaguely like a kickboard kids use when they’re learning to swim. It sticks up from the deck like a tongue and helps stabilize the boat. They reconciled the next day and continued building. Along with the new daggerboard, they made the cabin taller so she could sit up in it more comfortably. Tori added foam rubber to the inside, too, so it would hurt less when she got knocked around during storms. And this time, she brought more communications systems. Tori Murden McClure in her rowboat near her final destination in Guadeloupe, after rowing 3,333 miles over 81 days.Tori nears her final destination in Guadeloupe, after rowing 3,333 miles over 81 days. Courtesy of Spalding University Back to the beginning On Sept. 13, 1999, Tori set out again across the ocean in the American Pearl, this time from Spain’s Canary Islands heading for the Caribbean to take advantage of the trade winds. She had better luck with technology and the weather this time around, although she did run into Hurricane Lenny along the way, which brought 30- to 40-foot waves with it. She was afraid, but that storm paled in comparison to Danielle’s 125-foot waves the previous year. The cover of CNET Magazine's fall 2019 issue, featuring actor Adam Scott.See more great stories from CNET Magazine. Mark Mann Her daily routine was highly regimented on the American Pearl. She rowed for 12 hours a day and took 5-minute breaks. If she took a “too-long” 6-minute break in the morning, she took a 4-minute break that afternoon to stay on track. On her best days, she could travel 80 to 90 miles. When she wasn’t rowing or fixing things, she was sleeping in a watertight chamber in the back of the boat or recording video footage. She filmed sea turtles and dolphins. On camera, she made breakfast and dinner, freeze-dried packets from a company called Natural High. She used her solar-powered desalinator often to make fresh water. She ate a lot of granola and pasta primavera, aiming for around 5,000 calories per day to offset the physical toll of rowing for hours straight. One day she ate a peanut butter and chocolate “pie” that looked like dirt mixed with gravel. Tori checked in with friends back home and talked with Mac regularly via her Iridium satellite phone. He describes periods of synchronicity where he’d randomly want to talk to her and she’d answer, despite it being via a battery-powered phone that she’d only turn on occasionally. “It was one of those of unusual, faraway connections,” he says. During one of their calls, Tori proposed to him. “When I get out of this boat, will you marry me?” Mac recalls her asking. “Sure, why not?” he replied. A Motorola Iridium satellite phoneTori used this Motorola Iridium satellite phone to talk with friends back home. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Shortly after, on Dec. 3, 1999, Tori set foot on Guadeloupe in the Caribbean after rowing 3,333 miles and 81 days. Mac was waiting for her. “She got out of the boat and got into my arms, and that’s basically where we’ve been for coming up on 20 years,” Mac says. I ask Mac if Tori’s bad at anything, only half joking. He just smiles and says that knowledge is everything to her. “She has the capacity to help 6,000, 60,000 or 600,000 people because that’s who she is.” He was just glad to have her back, but for Tori, it was something she had to do. “What you’re willing to suffer for is what you’re passionate about,” she says. Nowadays, Tori is focused on helping other people achieve their dreams. She gave two people the rights to adapt her book into a musical called Row, because “they’re young people with a dream.” One of the songs addresses a question Tori gets a lot. “Why did you row across the Atlantic?” The lyrics simply answer, “Because it’s there for me.” Tori really likes that.  antarctica-ky-editIn addition to her solo rowing trip, Tori was also the first woman and the first American to ski to the South Pole.  Courtesy of Spalding University This story appears in the Summer 2019 edition of CNET Magazine. A record of dubious merit When she set out, she had food rations for 100 days, not expecting the trip to take longer than 80 days. But roughly a week into the trip, the boat capsized and salt water leaked into her boat’s electronics compartment, knocking out her primary and backup long-range communications equipment. “I’d have had better communications if I’d gone to the moon than I did in the middle of the ocean,” Tori says. She continued to row for another 78 days without any long-range communications before encountering a series of bad storms, including Hurricane Danielle. Hurley and everyone else back home could track Tori’s location on the tracking beacon and saw the storm coming, but couldn’t get in touch with her. “It’s kind of like watching a car wreck when you can’t do anything about it,” he says. “You just hope for the best.” Her boat was designed to self-right, but Danielle tested its limits. Tori capsized 11 times in one day, and at least twice the boat flipped end over end. During one capsize, she dislocated her shoulder; during the next capsize, it was knocked back in place. Tori recorded a lot of video footage during the storm, as it was her only means of communication with the outside world, even though she had no way to send it. On Sept. 5, at 6:30 a.m., she recorded this on her camera: “I’m definitely in something big, bad and ugly. I’m really hoping I live through this. And if I don’t, I really love you guys.” Tori Murden McClure sits in front of the boat she rowed across the Atlantic in 1999.Tori sits in front of the boat she rowed across the Atlantic, 20 years after her 1999 trip. Tyler Lizenby/CNET After weathering several more capsizes, Tori set off an emergency beacon called an EPIRB, an emergency position-indicating radio beacon. A Royal Air Force plane circled over her location in the North Atlantic Ocean to confirm someone was alive and in need of rescue. She was roughly 1,000 miles from her goal of reaching Brest, France. The aircraft then signaled a nearby container ship called the Independent Spirit to pick her up. She’d spent a total of 85 days at sea, setting a record for the longest amount of time anyone had spent alone on the ocean. Tori calls it “a record of dubious merit,” since it shouldn’t take that long to cross an ocean, alone or otherwise. (In 2007, Charles Hedrich would set the record for the fastest solo rowing trip across the Atlantic. It took him 36 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes.) An emergency position-indicating radio beacon, or EPIRB.Tori held onto a lot of the tech she took across the ocean. This is the EPIRB she used to signal for rescue. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The interim The Independent Spirit dropped Tori off in Philadelphia, and she headed back home to Kentucky without the American Pearl, injured and unsure of her next steps. Two and a half months later, she received a call that an oil tanker had found the American Pearl about 80 miles off the coast of Portugal. The tanker’s crew recovered the rowboat, and it was shipped back to Kentucky. Mac McClure called Tori soon after with an offer to help her rebuild the boat. Now her husband, at the time he was only an acquaintance. They worked in similar circles for local government and had attended some of the same events around town. Around the same time she also began working for heavyweight champion boxer and Louisville native Muhammad Ali to develop the Ali Center, a multicultural center and museum that opened in the city in 2005. In the course of working for Ali, they became close. Today a picture of her with Ali hangs in her office. He told her, “You don’t want to be known as the woman who almost rowed across the Atlantic.” It was true. She didn’t. “It was the first time she had ever failed at anything in her life,” Mac says. Now playing: Watch this: One woman’s quest to conquer the ocean CNET Magazine Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan 26 Photos reading • Rowing against the current Share your voice Tech at sea: All of the gear one rower hauled across an ocean 12:44 See All Fitness Tori Murden McClure’s office tells a hundred stories. The countless books crowding the walls are a natural fit for her role as the president of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. But look closer and there’s much more to see here. Rather than a collection of dry academic journals, titles like Ladies First: 40 Daring American Women Who Were Second to None; If Winning Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It; and Lessons in Leadership from the Ground Up: Turning Dreams Into Success all speak to a deep-seated drive. Elsewhere the room is covered in mementos hard-earned from an adventurous life. Tall white boots from a 1989 ski trip to the South Pole rest on the top of a bookcase. On a nearby windowsill sits a miniature replica of the boat she used 10 years later to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Tori was the first woman and the first American to ski to the South Pole and to row alone across the Atlantic, but she doesn’t keep the mementos just to show off. Instead they’re there as a personal reminder of what people can overcome, proof of her abilities after a difficult childhood where she was told girls shouldn’t play sports, be intellectually curious or stand up for themselves and others. “It was clear to me that the whole ‘lady’ thing was an evil conspiracy designed to keep girls incompetent and helpless,” Tori wrote in her 2009 book, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean. But rather than accepting them, she fought against those stereotypes to achieve her dreams and has spent her life inspiring other people to do the same. A solo trip Tori started rowing as an undergraduate at Smith College in 1982. She was on her way to attend the USRowing trials ahead of the 1992 Olympics, but a car accident forced her to drop out. She became a fixture at the community boat club in her hometown of Louisville and never stopped rowing. In 1997, she attempted an ocean crossing with a rowing partner during the Atlantic Rowing Race, but they had barely started when food poisoning and other delays forced them to stop. The next year, when Sector Sports Watches reached out to her asking if she was interested in attempting a solo trip, she jumped at the chance. A few people pitched in to help her get ready. Rowing coach Bob Hurley was one of them. He had some experience with building boats, but he wasn’t an expert. None of her circle were. “If she bought the kit, could we build the boat here?” he remembers her asking. “I told her, ‘I don’t know, but we can look at it.'” The critical electronics were the hardest part, Hurley says. No one had direct experience with solar panels or batteries, which meant they were basically winging it. The initial boat kit cost about $10,000, and the electronics and other equipment added another $10,000 to $15,000. Tori’s rowboat weighs 1,800 pounds and measures 23 feet long and six feet wide. She built it over several months with friends in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Courtesy of Spalding University Hurley, who’s been coaching rowers for 24 years, says Tori had a slow, consistent pace — something that’s important for rowing, especially long distances. Her experience rowing at sea during the previous attempt would only help. Equally important is the mental aspect of rowing alone for months on the open ocean. On a solo trip, Tori would have only a small watertight chamber to sleep in at night — or to retreat to during bad weather. “I told her to go home and live in her closet for a week. That’s what it takes,” Hurley says. Tori wasn’t worried about the solitude. “You don’t spend two and a half months alone in a rowboat if you’re not an introvert,” she tells me. She set off from Nags Head, North Carolina, on June 14, 1998, with her rowboat, the American Pearl. The boat clocked in at 23 feet long, 6 feet wide and about 1,800 pounds. She lowered it into the ocean with a trailer hitched on the back of her Ford F-150. Sector, her sponsor for the trip, gave her a video camera when she left and told her it would be her “best friend” as she crossed. She was doubtful, but they were right. • 0 Post a comment Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ CNET Magazine Tags Fitnesslast_img read more


Alaska News Nightly Tuesday April 11 2017


first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowPebble project granted land use permitDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamAfter months of delay, the Pebble Limited Partnership was granted its land use permit by the state’s Department of Natural Resources today. But taking into account the concerns raised through a public comment period, DNR is adding more oversight to Pebble’s activities and adding some new stipulations to the permit.Oil tax credit bill on its way to the Senate, with ultimatum from HouseRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauAfter hours of debate on the state House floor, an oil tax credit bill is on its way to the Senate.Following majority departure, Dunleavy to lose committee seatsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauWhen Senator Mike Dunleavy left the Senate majority last week, he knew it meant he would lose some of his official positions of power.Body of man recovered in Turnagain Arm off Beluga PointAssociated PressThe body of a man has been recovered from Turnagain Arm near Beluga Point. Alaska State Troopers say the man has been tentatively identified as 36-year-old Kevin Thibodeu of Anchorage, who was the subject of a search last week.Alaska’s congressional delegation sticking by Sea GrantElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauWhen President Donald Trump’s blueprint budget came out in March, it included eliminating funding for the Sea Grant program for next year. But Alaska’s congressional delegation doesn’t want it to go away.Anchorage Assembly unveils public transportation overhaulZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageToday officials in Anchorage unveiled an overhaul of the municipality’s public transportation system. It’s the first big redesign of the troubled bus system in nearly two decades, and planners will spend the next six months preparing residents and visitors for major changes.State economists publish a “Where are they now?” for Alaska high school gradsCaroline Halter, KTOO – JuneauAccording to federal data, about one in four high schoolers in Alaska doesn’t graduate, giving Alaska the sixth lowest graduation rate in the country.Most of Alaska should see normal winter breakup this yearDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA more normal winter across much of Alaska bodes for more normal river breakup conditions this spring.King salmon trollers to have lower harvests this yearRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaKing salmon fishermen in Southeast Alaska will see a significant reduction in their harvest this season.Fish and Game predicts more Chinook fishing openings this summerAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelKuskokwim river subsistence fishermen should receive more fishing openings for Chinook salmon this summer than they had last year.Unalaska receives surprise visitor from the deepZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaWhat has eight arms, two tentacles and washed ashore on a beach in Unalaska Monday night? A more than six-foot long squid.last_img read more


Cow that can predict future


first_imgNew Delhi: Expressing his love for the diversity and versatility of India, businessman Robert Vadra on Sunday shared pictures and a video chronicling his experience of an outing on the streets while talking about a ‘cow which tells the future’. “Love India for its diversity and versatility!! “You can go out in the streets and learn soo much … help people, and see the appreciation in their large genuine smiles and get roses in return…” wrote Vadra alongside three pictures of a group of smiling children, apparently selling roses. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Vadra also narrated about meeting a cow, who apparently predicts the future through a nod of its head. “You could also know your future by a sacred cow, who nods its head in agreement. Love being part of this amazing country”, he wrote while sharing a picture and video of the cow. In the short video, Vadra can be heard having a conversation with a priest who is seen tugging the cow along. Also Read – Odisha’s Conjoined Twins To Return Home 2 Years After Separation Advertise With Us “Will she tell me everything”, Vadra is seen asking the priest. The priest responds with: “Yes, she will tell everything and will bless you. This is the sacred month of Sawan” He then urges the cow to go towards Vadra who is seated inside his car. “Hello darling, hello baby,” says Vadra, affectionately petting the cow.last_img read more


BGB man killed in city road crash


first_imgRoad Accident logoA member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was killed near Bijoy Sarani of Tejgaon police station in the capital on Saturday morning.The deceased is lance nayek Ropon Deu, 45, reports UNB.Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost duty officer said the accident took place around 7:00am when a bus knocked down Ropon’s motorcycle leaving him critically injured.Ropon was rushed to the DMCH immediately where physicians declared him dead around 8:00am, the duty officer added.last_img


Making PEACE posting ONLINE


first_imgTouchtalent.com, an online community of Creative Individuals is organising a one-week long online art exhibition. The theme of the exhibition is Friendship, focusing on cultivating warm ties that strengthen our common humanity and promote the well-being of the human family. This exhibition revolving around International Friendship day, would be live from1 August to 8 August. We have heard many instances of war and blood like Israel- Palestine, Russia-Ukraine, India-Pakistan. On this International Day of Friendship, let us encourage humanity and friendship and spread happiness all over the human folks in the form of art. Touchtalent strengthens the imaginative tradition of bringing people together through creativity with an inspired exhibition on friendship. This exhibition is beyond the barriers of social status, culture, religion and race.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Art is not something what you see, but what you make others see, Touchtalent is working on this path only through the medium of art by making others see, peace and art deprived under the blanket of war all over the nation. It is an ingenious way of saying ‘Make friends, Not War.’ They are looking for entries that can celebrate the power of camaraderie within nations and human race.Touchtalent connect creative users in over 192 countries. It has thus far organised more than ten global online art exhibitions with each generating around a million page views. This exhibition is expected to touch number of page views with peace not war.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnkit Prasad, CEO Touchtalent.com said, ‘This is a grand opportunity for creative users to be part of friendship and peace exhibition. Artistes can upload their innovative work on www.touchtalent.com with #Friendship before 3 August. Through this exhibition we want to celebrate International day of Friendship in harmony.’Touchtalent.com is a community of creativity individuals who create original and imaginative content. It puts the hands together for the originality of individuals at a global level. With half a million monthly visits on web and equal number of downloads on Android, Touchtalent.com has stretched its vision of understanding and monetizing creativity at the global level. Everyday users from more than 100 countries visit Touchtalent to pitch their creative content in four diverse formats (visual, textual audio and video) under an assortment of categories (photography, painting, sketching, sculpting etc.)last_img read more


Big Ben Speaks Publicly For The First Time On His Fallout With


first_img Brown obviously has a different account of the situation, but therein lies the problem. Advertisement Probably the biggest storyline from the NFL offseason has been Antonio Brown’s falling out with the Steelers, and his long-time QB Ben Roethlisberger, which resulted in “Mr. Big Chest” forcing a trade to the Raiders.While the Roethlisberger/Brown feud has dominated internet headlines, and Brown has had plenty to say about it, Big Ben had yet to speak publicly about what went wrong. Until now.He spoke with the Pittsburgh local news station KDKA at at length and said he was caught off guard by Brown going nuclear because things seemed fine as until the last week of the season when Brown began publicly voicing his displeasure. Roethlisberger also mentioned that he tried to reach out to AB on numerous occasions to speak face-to-face, but Brown refused to return his calls.He did acknowledge that he regrets comments he made on his radio show that were perceived as critical of Brown, and apologized if that’s what led to things falling apart.last_img read more


Unchecky 10 Stable is out


first_imgUnchecky 1.0 Stable is out by Martin Brinkmann on August 21, 2016 in Software – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 39 commentsUnchecky 1.0 is the first stable version of the popular unwanted software blocker for the Microsoft Windows operating system.It is also the first version released after the program has been acquired by Reason Software.So-called unwanted programs are a huge issue on Windows. While some are delivered installed on factory fresh PCs, others come bundled with software installers.The issue is widespread that major Internet companies such as Oracle or Adobe are participating in this by bundling Java or Flash with third-party offers.The main issue for users is that they may install programs on their computer that they don’t want. Worse, these applications may modify system settings, installer browser add-ons, change browser settings, or do other things that users usually don’t want and need to recover from once they detect the change.Unchecky 1.0Unchecky 1.0 is the latest version of a program designed to block these third-party installations from taking place.The program blocks a wide variety of potentially unwanted software, with more being added with every release.Unchecky handles unwanted software in several ways. First, it unchecks offers in installers automatically to reduce the chance of you not noticing the offer.Unchecky 1.0 is the program for you if you happen to click next next next during software installations.While that is useful on its own, it also warns you if you are about to ignore options that will install potentially unwanted software on the PC.Last but not least, several known services that distributed software modules, opencandy for instance, are blocked in the Windows hosts file.Some installers connect to these sites during installation to pull offers from them. Since these connections are blocked by Unchecky, no offers are displayed during installation.Unchecky videoIt is still a good idea to check the installation dialog to make sure every bit of unwanted software has been disabled even with Unchecky running in the background. The main reason for this is that Unchecky uses a database of known installers and offers, and will take care only of those.Unchecky ships with a couple of options included. You may disable warning tooltips and the notification area icon in the general settings. A click on advanced settings enables you to turn off auto-updating, and to disable use of the hosts file by the program.Unchecky 1.0 is stable enough for every day use according to the release notes. While it ran stable whenever I used it, that’s reassuring to know.Now You: Do you run Unchecky?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 9 votes Software Name UncheckyOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://unchecky.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more