With the recently released 136 Indian fishermen, the Sri Lanka Navy has assisted the repatriation of 174 Indian poachers within this year alone. Thirty-eight Indian fishermen released from Sri Lankan custody were repatriated at the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) on Tuesday, the Sri Lanka Navy media unit said in a statement.The fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy in March on the charge of poaching in Sri Lankan waters and illegally entering Sri Lankan territory by violating the international maritime law, Xinhua reported. At the IMBL, the fishermen were received by the Indian Coast Guard Ship “Ayush”, the navy said.
A last-minute attempt to defer a tax break for local farmers fell short at Norfolk council this week.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman asked for the deferral Tuesday but was denied in a 7-2 recorded vote.For many years, agricultural land in Norfolk has been taxed at 25 per cent of the residential rate. At its meeting May 21, council reduced this to 23 per cent.Council did so because the value of agricultural land – and thus the taxes it generates – has been increasing in recent years much faster than other property classes.Huffman wanted the matter deferred due to what she said is the current unstable political environment in Ontario. It might be prudent, Huffman said, to revisit the matter during Norfolk’s consolidated budget deliberations next January.Simcoe Coun. Ryan Taylor agreed with Huffman.“I support looking at this during the budget,” he said. “This is not the appropriate time.”Huffman and Taylor received push back from Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen. Prior to his election in 2018, Van Paassen had spoken to Norfolk council about the rising tax burden on farmers and the need for relief.At Tuesday’s meeting, VanPaassen said he was not surprised someone wanted to revisit council’s decision May 21. He was not expecting, however, that a colleague would want to reset the tax burden on local farmers to its previous level.“I’m assuming someone is going to throw a resolution out there to get it down to 20 per cent because that’s what it was (compared to today) in 2016,” VanPaassen said.The instability Huffman referred to moderated somewhat May 20 when the Ford government announced it would defer planned reductions in municipal transfers to 2020.In any event, Mayor Kristal Chopp suggested the tax break was warranted given that agriculture is a prime driver of the Norfolk economy and that the financial climate for farmers at the moment isn’t the best.Chopp noted that local farmers were getting nearly $4 a bushel for their corn in 1980. This compares with current prices in the range of $3.60. This despite 40 years of inflation driving up every input cost farmers must contend with.“For many farmers, a tax increase is not sustainable,” Chopp said.The reduction shifts $440,000 in farm taxes to residential and other property classes. Van Paassen says this is a big help to the 1,500 farming households in Norfolk County.Conversely, the impact on residential taxpayers is comparatively mild. Norfolk treasurer James Johnson said the shift works out to a $12 annual increase on the typical residential tax bill.In a recorded vote, Huffman and Taylor voted to defer the tax break to next year’s budget talks. The rest of council affirmed the reduction approved May 21.Norfolk County collected $3.8 million in farm taxes in 2016. Due to reassessments arising from the strong market for farmland, the county’s take this year was poised to rise to $5.8 million before council approved the reduction.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
Inadequate funding is “seriously hindering” the work of the United Nations principal scientific body studying the effects of radiation, which provides critical information for both government programmes and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which establishes health standards, officials have warned.The funding crisis for the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) dominated discussions on Thursday in the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee, which deals with special political and decolonization issues. The Fourth Committee will meet on the issue again on Monday.Malcolm Crick, UNSCEAR’s secretary, said there must be more funding for the Committee and a high-level post, that had been abolished, should be reinstated.There was strong support among Member States for boosting funding – which comes from the UN’s general budget – and some discussion of possibly creating a trust fund.Established by the General Assembly in 1955, the Committee’s mandate is to undertake broad reviews of the sources of ionizing radiation and its effects on the health of humans and the environment. UNSCEAR has scientists from 21 Member States and is relied upon by Governments and organizations throughout the world as the scientific basis for evaluating radiation risk, establishing radiation protection and safety standards, and regulating radiation sources, according to its website.
FILE – In this Oct. 7, 2014, file photo, the container ship Zim Istanbul makes its way up the Savannah River past historic River Street in Savannah, Ga. On Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for June. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File) US trade deficit fell in July WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit fell in July as imports declined slightly and exports rose to the highest level in 10 months, a possible sign that global demand for American products is starting to rebound.The deficit declined to $39.5 billion, 11.6 per cent lower than June’s $44.7 billion deficit, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Imports dropped 0.8 per cent to $225.8 billion, reflecting in part lower oil imports. Exports climbed 1.9 per cent to $186.3 billion, the highest level since last September, led by increased sales of American farm products.The politically sensitive deficit with China increased 1.9 per cent to $30.3 billion, the highest level since November. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has accused China of engaging in unfair trade practices which he says have cost millions of American jobs.The trade deficit is the difference between what America exports for sale abroad and imports for consumption in the United States. A smaller deficit helps to boost overall economic growth because it bolsters domestic production. The deficit last year rose 2.1 per cent to $500.4 billion, trimming 0.6 percentage point from overall growth of 2.6 per cent in 2015. Growth this year is expected to be even slower given a weak start which has seen the economy barely expanding at an anemic rate of 1 per cent in the first half of the year.However, analysts believe growth will rebound in the second half as continued solid gains in employment help to boost consumer spending. They are looking for a declining trade deficit to support growth in the current quarter.The rise in the deficit with China in July reflected higher imports of Chinese-made toys, clothing and cellphones.President Barack Obama is travelling to China for a weekend summit of the Group of 20 major economic powers with administration officials saying Obama will press the other countries to do more to support global growth.Even with the July increase, exports through the first seven months of this year are running 3.4 per cent lower than the same period in 2015. American exporters have been struggling with a stronger dollar, which makes U.S. goods more expensive on overseas markets, and global economic weakness. But economists believe the drag from the dollar’s rise may be lessening.Trump, seeking to tap into the economic anxiety of Americans who have seen jobs disappear in an increasingly global economy, has accused the Obama administration of failing to protect U.S. workers from unfair trade practices in China and other countries.Trump has said he would exit from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico if it is not improved and will kill the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement between America and 11 Pacific Rim nations.Both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have attacked the TPP agreement which the Obama administration negotiated and the president still hopes to get through Congress in a lame duck session after the November election.While oil prices plunged at the beginning of the year, they have been rebounding more recently. The average price of a barrel of imported oil rose to $41.02 in July, its fifth consecutive monthly increase. However, even with the price gain, total oil imports dropped by 5 per cent to $12.6 billion in July.America’s deficit with the European Union fell 4.4 per cent to $12.3 billion while the deficit with Mexico was down 11.7 per cent to $4.7 billion. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2016 6:40 am MDT Last Updated Sep 2, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
He was asked if the military escalation by the Syrian government and the Russian bombardment have “basically bombed your talks.” “I’m not referring to military activities, I’m saying to an impossibility through military activities and other reasons for the fact that the humanitarian signals which are meant to be sent to the Syrian people – for instance lifting of the sieges, for instance the access for all the places which are at the moment unreachable – should be seen,” he said.“The whole matter is, again, are we here to have another Geneva conference without any result for the Syrian people, or are we serious about what we have been saying, that while we are having a conference, talking about the future, and political future of Syria, and the new constitution, and the new elections, the Syrian people will see and expect me and they expect all of us to produce something while we are talking. “Since I am not seeing that, I have to be honest and say with myself, it is time now to have a pause only a pause and give time for this to happen.”Mr. de Mistura declared the official start of the talks on Monday after meeting for two hours with the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) at the UN’s official Geneva headquarters in the Palais des Nations. He met Government representatives yesterday.The talks between the sides are not face-to-face but indirect, involving ‘close proximity diplomacy,’ with the UN envoy shuttling between them in different rooms.Both Government and opposition are reported to have denied that the talks have officially started but Mr. de Mistura said today: “They are talks, and the talks have started, you can call them as you want, but they were talks, but there is more work, more work, to be done. “Not only by us, we have done our part. but by the stakeholders, who have been telling us ‘go and start this initiative,’ while in fact they, the Security Council and the ISSG, are now expected to address some of the issues pending, one in particular, what are these talks going to make as a difference to the Syrian people.” The ISSG – the International Syria Support Group comprising the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries including the United States and Russia – laid the groundwork for the Geneva talks at a meeting in November. “I have been asking even before issuing the invitations that there is an immediate implementation of a humanitarian initiative, even before the talks start,” UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told journalists, citing such issues as lifting sieges and providing access for humanitarian aid to all the places which are at the moment unreachable.“I was told and reassured that they were going to take place during the talks. Well, I have been hearing from the Government that they had some procedural issues before talking about humanitarian side. I have been hearing from the opposition that they are urgently feeling the need for the Syrian people.”He stressed that the suspension was only “a temporary pause” and not the end or failure of the talks, noting that both sides insist they are interested in having the political process begin. He set 25 February for the next session. Mr. de Mistura has made clear from the start that he is under no illusions about the difficulties in ending a war that has killed over 250,000 people, sent over 4 million fleeing the country, displaced 6.5 million internally, and put 13.5 million people inside the country in urgent need of humanitarian aid.“There will be a lot of posturing, we know that, a lot of walk-outs and walk-ins because a bomb has fallen or because someone has done an attack, and you will see that happening,” he said last week. Today he was asked how he felt. “I’m not frustrated, I’m not disappointed, I have been long enough with the UN to know that when you have a five-years war and have had so many difficult moments, you have to be determined but also realistic,” he replied.“When you see things going in a certain direction, you take – we are the convener, we manage the conference, we decide when the conference producing results or not and if they don’t produce results we need to go deeper, that’s what we are doing,” he said, dismissing the idea of holding talks just for the sake of holding talks.“The UN cannot allow simple procedural matters to actually become more important than actually the results of humanitarian situation of the Syrian people who have been waiting for us to deliver this time, not a conference, but something concrete for them.” Special Envoy de Mistura (2nd left) with Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari (3rd right) of the Syrian Arab Republic during on the Intra-Syrian Geneva Talks (29 January 2016). UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
Ohio State senior midfielder Nikki Walts tracks a ball during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 9 Ohio State women’s soccer team (15-4-1, 9-2-0), the top seed in the Big Ten tournament, had their conference championship dreams fall short in a 1-0 double-overtime loss to No. 15 Penn State (11-4-4, 6-2-3 Big Ten) in the Big Ten semifinal Friday in Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana.Nittany Lion midfielder Laura Freigang hit the back of the net in the 109th minute for the game’s lone goal, leading Penn State to a dramatic 1-0 victory.Ohio State’s offense was absent nearly the entire match, only attempting four shots, none of which was on frame.Penn State finished the game with 24 shots, nine on goal. The Nittany Lions also held a 9-0 advantage in corner kicks.An early scoring threat by Penn State began in the eighth minute, when Freigang missed the Nittany Lions’ first Nittany Lions’ first shot on goal as it was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr. Penn State dominated time of possession and shots on goal with seven shots, compared to Ohio State’s zero. That defensive slugfest continued through the second half, sending the game into overtime. After the first overtime period, the score was still tied, and the game advanced to a second overtime. Finally, Penn State got on the board with a goal in the 109th minute, ending the match. The Buckeyes will await their next opponent as an at-large team in the NCAA tournament Monday when the field of 64 teams is announced. If Ohio State is a top-16 seed, it will host the first round at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPassport application services now available in Region 10August 12, 2016In “latest news”New redesigned machine-readable passport to be introduced this yearJanuary 2, 2015In “Business”New machine readable passports to be issuedApril 8, 2014In “Crime” The current 32-page Guyana passportGuyanese business owners and frequent travellers will have the option to choose a 46-page machine-readable passport, at a cost of $10,000 as against the country’s current 32-page passport.Monday, during his Budget 2019 presentation in the National Assembly Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan announced the new introduction.The minister explained that the new passport will reduce both the cost and the time spent to renew the document once it has expired.“[With] the introduction of a 46-page, machine-readable passport, business persons and other frequent travellers would find this new passport both attractive and convenient. It is priced at $10,000. The 32-page passport remains available at the current price of $6,000,” Minister Jordan said.The Department of Public Information (DPI) spoke to persons at the Central Immigration Passport Office, about this new measure.Collin Chung, a Venezuelan by birth with Guyanese parentage, said as a frequent traveller this new introduction is quite convenient for those, who are too busy to undergo such processes and should be embraced.“I think the 46-pages passport would be beneficial because we are entering industrialisation through our exploitation of petroleum in the country, so it would open a lot of doors and break down barriers to expand on tourism within the country.”Expressing her view, Gloria Giddings said that though she is simply visiting the country, she can appreciate how the new measure will benefit the regular air traveller. “This new introduction is beneficial to those who are frequent travellers especially business owners… it would beneficial for them… they would be paying less. Despite it costing a bit more, they will benefit because there are more pages, more time given, so it is definitely a plus for them.”An elated Dennis Garraway said that he is, “so happy that we (Guyana) got that materialised… I know that this would be a great boost for someone like me who travels a lot due to my religious obligations and those who frequently travel, so this would be a great boost.”Guyana’s passport has, recently, increased in value shown on the Henly and Partners Passport Index 2018. The index shows that Guyanese can now travel to 88 countries visa-free/visa-on-arrival, moving the country up four places on the index’s rankings, to 55 in the world. According to the 2017 index, Guyana’s passport allowed Guyanese to travel to 81 countries without requiring a visa or with a visa granted on arrival.
Linux users have always been a big part of Firefox‘s vocal fan base, and today a group of Mozilla developers has repaid their devotion with some good news. Mozilla’s Mike Hommey reported this morning that his team of coders finally managed to get both 32 and 64-bit Firefox builds for Linux to compile with GCC 4.5. The updated compiler has been available since April 2010, but Hommey’s team tried twice last year without success to make the switch. Now that they’ve been able to pull it off, Firefox on Linux should perform every bit as well as it does on Windows — with the possible exception of hardware acceleration, where Firefox’s utilization of Direct2D still gives Windows Vista and 7 a performance edge.Hommey also states that users of older Linux OSes should now be able to use the GCC 4.5 compiled builds, so long as they include the GNU standard C++ library from GCC 4.1.If you’re wondering when the changes will arrive in your stable Firefox build, it’s going to be a few months. Hommey’s blog post says they’re targetting Firefox 6, and Firefox 5 is set to be released on June 21st. Based on Mozilla’s new release schedule, that should mean the new Linux build should go stable sometime this fall.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek born Dimitris Mitch Moras lost the battle with leukaemia on Fiday 17 July, after a year of treatment in Australia and Greece. The 34 year old arrived in Melbourne in March 2014, to visit his family and friends. Two weeks after his arrival, Mitch was brought down with fatigue and was feeling unwell. He was taken to Alfred Hospital, where he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.Mitch completed chemotherapy cycles and received a bone marrow transplant by his brother Vangelis Moras, a Greek international soccer player. Vangelis had to travel to Australia, as the health risk for his sick brother to return to Greece was too high. In June 2014, the members of the Greek community launched the ‘Save Moras campaign’ raising money to pay for his chemotherapy and hospital stay.However, after Mitch competed his rounds of treatment in Australia, he returned to Larissa, Greece where he succumbed to his illness after a 15 month-long battle.
The 26-year-old was seen as the future of Los Blancos when he joined them in 2015, but he couldn’t shine and he wants revenge.Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva started playing professionally in 2012 with Cruzeiro.He was loaned to Nacional Minas Gerais in 2012 but didn’t play a single game.The Brazilian was then bought by Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid, he was seen as a big youth promise.But he only played in eight matches, three of them as a starter, and was quickly loaned off to Marseille in France and now to Cruzeiro in Brazil.And now, Lucas Silva spoke to Marca on how he wants to return to La Liga giants.“I left Europe thinking about resuming my career and having more consistency and rhythm in matches,” he explained.“I didn’t achieve it in my first season, but last year was very good because I played regularly and I was winning titles.”“It was a very good year. The most important thing is that I’m back playing at a high level,” he said.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I have contact with the [Real Madrid] board, but you end up distancing yourself and that’s normal.”“I also still have a relationship with some players, but I have to thank the club for everything and their understanding,” he commented.“They were always concerned about my career and wanting me to play. They have taken good care of me.”“I have a contract with Cruzeiro until the middle of the year and I intend to fulfill it.” Lucas Silva said.“From there, we’ll have to see. I dream of playing in Europe again, but I feel happy and at home with Cruzeiro.”Parabéns @Cruzeiro! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🔵⚪🦊 Muita honra por ter sido criado nesse grande clube do futebol brasileiro e mundial e vestir essa camisa!!! Enorme satisfação estar na história com títulos e conquistas!!! Vamos com tudo para 2019!!! 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 #Cruzeiro98AnosDeGlórias #Cruzeiro98Anos pic.twitter.com/e5uJoS0nkS— Lucas Silva (@16LucasSilva) January 2, 2019
Holders Chelsea will host Manchester United in the standout tie of the fifth round of the FA Cup in a repeat of last season’s final.The Blues will be fired up to secure victory at Stamford Bridge as they aim to go all the way in the competition again.Elsewhere, League Two side Newport County will host Manchester City if they are able to get the better of Middlesbrough in a replay.FA Cup Fifth Round Draw:Chelsea will face Man United 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KtevSnLvoe— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) January 28, 2019Full draw:AFC Wimbledon v MillwallDoncaster v Crystal PalaceVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Middlesbrough/Newport v Manchester CityChelsea v Manchester UnitedSwansea v Barnet/BrentfordPortsmouth/QPR v WatfordBrighton/West Brom v DerbyThe fifth-round ties will take place between February 15-18.Chelsea vs Manchester United in the Fifth Round!!!!!!Another trip to London and Stamford Bridge in the cup, confident Reds?#MUFC #FACupDraw pic.twitter.com/GKojIt75sd— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) January 28, 2019
ASA Vice President Bob Worth recently shaved his head as part of a fundraiser for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA). Through a progressive auction to shave his head, Worth raised more than $4,500 for MSGA legislative activities.Each contribution of $500 or more earned the bidder a swipe at Worth’s hair. This was part of the evening entertainment at MSGA’s Beano & Vino Casino night during the 2014 MN Ag EXPO held Jan.8-9 in Mankato, Minnesota.
Savers have received flexible pension payments worth a total of more than £6.1 billion since the introduction of the pension flexibilities in April 2015, according to data from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).Its Flexible payments from pensions: July 2016 statistical bulletin found that between April and June 2016 approximately 159,000 individuals took advantage of the pension flexibilities to access a total of £1.7 billion of their pension savings.In comparison, 74,000 individuals accessed their pension funds in this way between January and March 2016, and 84,000 individuals received flexible payments in April-June 2015.Some 256,000 flexible pension payments were made in April-June 2016, with a total of 772,000 made since April 2015.The figures are based on data reported to HMRC. Compulsory reporting came into effect in April 2016, so prior figures are not fully comprehensive.Tom McPhail, head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The data illustrates how popular this type of retirement income planning has become. For many people, for now at least, drawing cash directly from your pension fund is the new normal.“The start of the new tax year is also an obvious trigger for withdrawals for prudent tax planning. Back in 2015, awareness of flexible payments was not as high and not all pension providers were ready in time to meet the demands of their customers.“From a policy point of view, there are a couple of issues here. It is important to track not just what people are doing but why they are doing it and what they have got left behind in terms of pension provisions for later years.”
Dave Schankweiler, CEO and publisher of Journal Publications Inc., a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania regional publisher, remembers the day he became not just a publisher, but a vendor to publishers too. Back in 2004, the company, which publishes the Central Penn Business Journal, Central Penn Parent, and NJ Biz, launched a new survey, called Best Companies in Pennsylvania. It used an outside survey firm to do the first report. The night the winners were presented was a huge success. “That night,” Schankweiler remembers, “it was loud, and there was a countdown and a lot of excitement. And that’s exactly when we decided to change the company, because we were coming down from the high of the event. We said, ‘Why don’t we take this out into the market and do it as a service to other publishing companies?’ ” Magazine publishers are by nature entrepreneurial types. They like to tinker with their businesses. They’re incessantly launching all kinds of media products, from Web sites to custom publishing, events, databases, books, supplements, spinoffs. But there aren’t a lot like Dave Schankweiler. Most media companies tend to stick to their knitting and limit their creative impulses to media products. Some companies, though, are transforming themselves into a different kind of hybrid, media companies that have branched out into businesses traditionally occupied by publishing-industry vendors. Gulfstream Media, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based regional publisher is one. Gulfstream is the parent company of Magazine Manager, a popular ad-sales management software. UBM’s TechWeb is another. Its sister company UBM Studios develops in-house virtual events for tech publisher UBM as well as for external clients. The advantages are obvious. Non-traditional activities offer fertile areas for new revenue growth. Publishers have a built-in understanding of what publishing companies need, and a great network of their peers. The challenges of the approach are classical: Why get into a non-core business? Why distract, and possibly risk, your company by trying to be something you’re not?In this report, we take a look at several of these new hybrid companies. Journal Publications Inc.Harrisburg, PennsylvaniaMedia products: Central Penn Business Journal, Central Penn Parent, NJ BizNon-media products: Best Companies Group, Black Rhino Web design services, PageTurnPro, a digital-magazine serviceFor Schankweiler, the Best Companies Group is where it got started, and he hasn’t looked back yet. The company, with 105 employees and about $20 million in revenue, attributes about a third of that revenue to non-publishing sources. “We thought that with the recession and with print, we said, ‘Let’s hedge our bets and see what else we can do,’ ” Schankweiler says. “The best thing it’s done is we went through the recession with no layoffs, and we continue to be very profitable. That revenue really helped us keep doing the things we like to do.”Best Companies, says group president Peter Burke, has 36 publishing clients across the country and in Canada. “What made us appealing to other publishers is that we were publishers,” Burke says. “I ran the day-to-day operations of a business journal for seven years, and we know what publishers are looking for. They want good content and they want something that will generate revenue for them. We can do the sales, the Web site, the program, the promotional advertising, the registration system, for our clients.”Equally important for the business to succeed, Burke says, is the network of publishing relationships that only a fellow publisher can tap. “The growth was purely me going to other publishers and other organizations,” he says. “We started adding them by going to our publishing buddies from the Association of Area Business Publications. We also had other states who knew we were doing this and reached out to us.”Also significant, he adds, were non-publishing prospects and partners, such as human-resource associations and state chambers of commerce. Alongside the Best Companies Group came different non-media businesses, including the Black Rhino Web-development firm, which serves state associations, state agencies and advertisers in the Journal Publications magazines. Black Rhino has about 30 clients. The PageTurnPro digital-magazine product has 300 clients, Schankweiler says. Internally, the various business units are arranged as separate silos, with each division head reporting to Schankweiler. Only 15 of the company’s 105 employees are working in the non-media businesses, with just six in the Best Companies Group, which Schankweiler describes as having “nothing to do with publishing.”Are there lessons to be imparted? Yes, decidedly so, Schankweiler says. “The key is to look at the scale. You don’t want to do something if you’re going to generate $100,000k or $150,000. Don’t do it for $50,000. You can do that with a supplement. Think big.”Summit Media GroupChicagoMedia Products: Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Greener Package, Shelf Impact, Contract Packaging Non-media products: Mediadroit and LeadWiseOne of the hottest new lines of business for media companies is lead-generation, where e-media advertising and communications is converted into specific leads for advertisers. This is done through now “traditional” products like Webinars and white-paper downloads, and increasingly, through automated response-based software, which serves information to Web users based on their prior browsing activities. Many publishers have lead-generation programs and protocols in house, but few have built a lead-gen solutions business that they market to other publishers. Summit Media Group is one company that has built such a business. It created Mediadroit in 2008 to sell its in-house technology to other publishers. Mediadroit president and Summit Media Group vice president David Newcorn built all three generations of lead-generation technology, and leads the effort to market Mediadroit’s main products, LeadWise and AccelaWorks. Newcorn describes the genesis of the business: “For years, publishers had come up to us at conferences asking if we could somehow license our lead-gen technology to them,” he says. “But it wasn’t until we were at a point a couple years ago looking at rebuilding our lead generation from scratch that we could make this a reality. Our thinking was, as long as we were rebuilding it, let’s add the extras necessary to make it work for any publisher, regardless of ad server, content-management system, circ vendor, and other variables. Then we can bring it out into the market as a platform designed by publishers, for publishers.”The result was LeadWise, into which Summit baked several years of lessons it had learned about running a lead-gen business. The platform is built from the ground up on Drupal, Newcorn says. “We’re big fans of the platform because it goes beyond CMS, and allows us to do things that wouldn’t be possible with other open-source content-management systems,” he says. “LeadWise has been out for a couple years now and is mature and stable. We’ve learned a lot about what we’d like to incorporate in the next version. We have plans on the drawing board to make the product even more flexible.”Newcorn declined to say how many publisher-customers Mediadroit has, but he described the evolving revenue model, and how the first iteration was a major misfire. In the beginning, he says, publishers were charged a fairly hefty start-up fee of $10,000, with a monthly fee that started at $1,500. Those numbers actually went up depending on how many brands a publisher had. “Publishers who looked at LeadWise loved the product, but the pricing was too much for what essentially was an unknown,” Newcorn says. “The responsibility of creating a new lead-gen business was entirely squarely on the shoulders of our customer.”The combination of the high pricing, the recession, and the state of publishing in general, prevented the business from gaining as much traction as had been hoped, so Newcorn look at the vendor community for some ideas. The result was a brand-new revenue model that requires no up-front fee, no monthly fee, no annual fee, and no out-of-pocket fees. “Instead, it’s a revenue share on the back end for all new revenue that came in as a result of products the publisher can sell powered by LeadWise,” Newcorn says. “And to ensure that there’s revenue to share, we now include templates that allow publishers to begin making money immediately out of the gate with new lead-gen products. Publishers who have looked at the new model love it.”Newcorn says he’s given a lot of thought to how the new business differs from traditional publishing. “It’s completely different in that we are more like a software company than a publishing company,” he notes. “But since we’re still a publishing company, we think we understand publishing better than any vendor ever could. It’s in our DNA. I admit it’s a bit schizophrenic. In a perfect world we’d have some cloning machines around here so we can put more effort into the sales and marketing end of Mediadroit. But once we sign up a client, they love the software and stay. We continually refine the product for Summit’s use, and any improvements we make get rolled out across the platform for all our customers.” One area where both businesses are similar is in customer service, Newcorn says. “We bend over backwards for our media customers in our Summit Media business, and that same level of service is present in our Mediadroit business.”IDG EnterpriseFramingham, MassachusettsMedia products: CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, ITworld, Network WorldNon-media products: LeadAccelIDG, the technology-publishing giant, has a long history of creating non-publishing businesses, including a venture-capital firm and, in 1999, Accela Communications, marketing technology company that provides software and services to produce, deliver and measure interactive video communications.Now, its IDG Enterprises unit has created a new business called LeadAccel, a lead-production business that includes finding the leads, scoring them and nurturing the leads once they’re found. Unlike the other two companies above, which are targeted at other publishers, this service is aimed at IDG Enterprise advertisers. But certain characteristics of the business are similar to Mediadroit and Journal Publications. For example, says Brian Glynn, SVP, Digital, and publisher of IDG Enterprise. “Part of this is viewing IDG Enterprise not as a publisher but as a digital-centric organization,” he says. “The database is the focal point of our business. As we spend more time with clients, and get deeper into their businesses, it became a sales management role and us helping to fill the sales funnel for a marketing organization.”And IDG’s status as a media company is “hugely valuable,” Glynn adds. Lead-generation businesses succeed or fail on the basis of quality content, and media companies are best equipped to deliver that content. “It’s what brings users to our sites,” Glynn says. “It all dovetails.”Sales of LeadAccel will be handled by existing IDG Enterprise sales professionals and it will be sold as part of the marketing continuum that includes print, events and a variety of e-media products.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:NoneSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:Senator Markey Asks Homeland Security and HHS If Separated Children and Families Are Being Detained in MassachusettsSenator Markey Decries U.S. Withdrawal From United Nationals Human Rights CouncilSenator Markey Praises Supreme Court Decision Requiring Warrants To Track An Individual’s Mobile Phone LocationSenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Warren, Brown Call For CFPB Director Nominee To Turn Over Documents On Involvement In Trump Administration’s Separation Of Children From Their FamiliesWarren, Markey Passes FEMA On Providing Stable Housing For Hurricane Maria Victims and Reconsidering Denied ApplicationsSenators Introduce Bill To Strengthen Oversight Of Antibiotic Use In AnimalsLike 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest from Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”
Yesterday evening residents from Kobuk, Shugnak and Ambler gathered in the Kobuk community school for meetings about the status of a state-backed industrial road that would pass through the region.Download AudioEven getting there presented some challenges, however. Lesley Lepley works with Dowl HKM, the company contracted by the state to handle logistics for moving the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Road project along. Lepley said days of rain and seasonal runoff left the Kobuk River swollen, with soft ground making the Ambler runway unusable.“We had charter flights arranged to bring people from Ambler, and unfortunately both runways got shut down in Ambler,” Leplet said. “Our Caravans couldn’t land, so we had to rely on people boating.”The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, or AIDEA, organized the meeting. Leaders from all three communities came together first for a question and answer session with AIDEA representatives. Afterwards, the public gathered in chairs and bleachers for a presentation on the road’s development status, first in English, then translated into Inupiaq.Perspectives on the proposed road continue to be mixed. Many who spoke at the meeting support the potential for jobs from road work and at the eventual mining district.Miles Cleveland lives in Ambler, and said the region needs jobs to survive. “We need jobs to continue to pay for our light bills, our water and sewer—those take money.”Like many other aspects of the proposed road, however, there is very little hard data on just how many jobs it would bring, and to whom.AIDEA is currently selecting a contractor to begin work on the massive Environmental Impact Study that’s an essential part of the Federal approval process for any road project. Fred Sun, from Shugnak, is on the board of directors for the NANA regional corporation. He spoke at the presentation’s close about the need to wait until environmental data is collected to make a decision on whether or not to move forward with the road.“Whether or not your decision is to support this road or go against it, I think it’s just as important you support the EIS process,” he said, “because not only is it going to be helpful for the construction of this road, but it’ll be helpful for other projects in the future.”While a complete environmental impact study wouldn’t be a green light for the road, others feel like the project is advancing toward a point of no return. It’s not clear how frequently AIDEA or the state’s different permitting agencies have shut down development projects after conducting the EIS process.Jill Yordy is in charge of mining and clean water programs at the Northern Center in Fairbanks. She said even at this point, the rhetoric from the state is shifting.“One of my big concerns related to that, is that the conversation will then be framed to be ‘what route should the road take,’ not ‘whether or not there should be a road.’ And I think that’s a really important conversation to have. We need to decide whether or not a road in this region is really acceptable before we try to figure out what route it should take.”AIDEA is hoping to start the EIS process this summer. They’re holding a public board meeting in Anchorage on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to call in with comments.A link to AIDEA’s public board meeting agenda, and instructions for submitting public comment, can be found on on their website.
Medak: Minister for Animal Husbandry Talasani Srinivas Yadav said that the TRS government had been striving for the uplift of the suppressed sections. He was the chief guest for the ‘Gopala Mitra’ programme organised here on Tuesday. Srinivas Yadav appreciated Gopala Mitras for the opportunity of serving animals. He said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had been focussing on developing traditional occupations to boost rural economy. He said that the distribution of sheep to the Golla Kurmas was successful and the second phase will commence within 15 days. Also Read – Minister distributes clay Ganesh idols in Suryapet Advertise With Us Local legislator Padma Devender Reddy requested the Minister to grant funds for the development of veterinary hospitals in the district along with fish market. Secretary of Animal Husbandry Sandeep Kumar said more funds have been allotted for the rearing of sheep, buffaloes, fish in the state. The state is in top position in milk production with 170 million tonnes. Earlier, the Minister inaugurated exhibition and stalls organised by the animal husbandry department. Later, he launched the manual, training schedule, reliance voice message system for Gopala Mitra were inaugurated by him. TSLDA Chairman Rajeshwara Rao, CEO Manjuvani, animal husbandry statistics Dr Ramchander, Joint Collector Nagesh, ZP Vice Chairaman Lavanya Reddy, Municipal Chairman Mallikarjun Goud, District Chairmen of all animal husbandry statistics department, 1343 Gopal Mitras, 65 supervisors were present.
Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on target As much as people seemed to like them as big dumb fantasy action-adventure open-world games, there’s been a lot of debate over how well Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War hold up as faithful Tolkien adaptations. I don’t care at all about Lord of the Rings and even I could tell something wasn’t right about turning a big spider into a hot lady and having you just make your own ring, dammit. Not to mention all the orc slavery.For all of its epic grandeur, Lord of the Rings always seemed like it cared more about humbler perspectives like little hobbits. And no character seems lower on the totem pole, while also being super popular and recognizable, as Gollum. So it only makes sense this scrawny little nude paranoid man is finally getting his own video game.While Gollum was shoe-horned in as a quest-giver in the recent AAA Middle-Earth games, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum sounds like a much more appropriate use of both the character and the mythos. The game is a prequel, showing Gollum’s life before meeting Frodo. This will also be a new Gollum, not a Peter Jackson/Andy Serkis Gollum.Gameplay details are sparse, although we do know the character’s warring split personality will come into play when making decisions. Also considering developer Daedalic Entertainment’s history of point-and-click adventures, expect lots of depressing puzzles about pixel hunting for a precious ring that just isn’t there.The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is scheduled for 2021 to release on PC and whatever next-gen consoles are around by that point. But there’s plenty of other Middle-Earth material to chew between now and then. Here’s the trailer for the upcoming Tolkien biopic. Get hyped for Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series. And check out the most epic Lord of the Rings toys.
Space-Time is SpinorialSparling’s spinorial theory is based on Einstein’s general relativity and Elie Cartan’s triality concept, which can link space-time with two twistor spaces. Twistor spaces are mathematical spaces used to understand geometrical objects in space-time landscapes. Sparling explains spinors in the following way:“In physics, the idea of a spinor stems from the finding that spectral lines of atoms seem to behave as if the angular momentum of the particles radiating photons was in half-integral units of the quantized spin (whose size is determined by Planck’s constant). This was fully explained by Dirac’s famous theory of the electron, which led him to successfully predict the existence of the positron.” Some spinorial particles include the electron, muon, tau, proton, neutron, quarks, neutrinos, and all their anti-particles, which are called fermions and have half-integer spins. There are also non-spinorial particles, called bosons, such as the photon, graviton, pion, mesons, the W and Z bosons, the Higgs, (if it exists) and so on, which have an integer spin, Sparling explains. “The key difference between spinors and non-spinors is their behavior under rotations: typically, non-spinorial (integer-spin) particles return to their initial value under a 360-degree (or 2π-radian) rotation; however, the spinorial (half-integer-spin) fermions actually change sign under a 360-degree rotation, requiring a full 720-degree rotation to get back to their initial values. This is completely foreign to our naive idea of how rotations work, and yet it is a basic part of reality. “Consider this analogy: if you take a plate and hold it in one hand horizontally whilst twisting it under your arm backwards through 360 degrees, your arm ends up in the air after one rotation, and it needs another 360 degree rotation to get it back to the beginning,” he said. Twistors, then, are a special kind of spinor first introduced by Penrose (Sparling was a PhD student of Penrose). In Sparling’s theory, the two twistor spaces are each six-dimensional, forcing space-time to also have six dimensions, in accordance with Cartan’s unifying triality. Because the twistor spaces’ geometry is ultra-hyperbolic, the extra dimensions are time-like.“My work has three six-dimensional spaces which at one level are on an equal footing and which are bound together by a new transform, which I call the Xi-transform,” Sparling said. “Two of these spaces can be understood at the space-time level as twisters. Then the third space can be given a space-time interpretation, but only if we have two extra dimensions: so it is the requirement of symmetry between the spinor spaces and the space-time that dictates that the extra dimensions be there.”A Harmonious ConcinnityWhile the concepts of twistor theory and spinors have been previously investigated as an alternative to space-time, Sparling explains how his new proposal is slightly different because it’s not a complete replacement of space-time. Rather, the guiding principle of his idea is that of a harmonious combination of three entities, or a “trinity.” Each part of the theory reinforces the other parts. “If one accepts that there are these three spaces [space-time and two twistor spaces] that are central to my theory, one looks for a theory which unifies them; this would be the ‘concinnity’,” he explained. “An indicator that there might be such a theory comes from the theory of Jordan algebras, which naturally unifies the three spaces into a twenty-seven dimensional whole, called an exceptional Jordan algebra.” Sparling’s student Philip Tillman and ex-students Dana Mihai, Devendra Kapadia and Suresh Maran also played a significant role related to this work. “A second indicator is that there are two radically different descriptions of massless particles, such as the photon: the standard one uses Fourier analysis in space-time and another uses twistor theory and sheaf cohomology,” he added. “The mathematical formalisms used in these two different descriptions are so different that it is simply amazing that they are describing the same basic physics. The concinnity would provide an explanation for this. This would then unify twistor theory, space-time theory and string theory—this is very tentative, however.“A very interesting aspect is that Newton fought strongly against the idea of the trinity (in a religious context),” Sparling noted. “It is ironic that I am invoking that very same idea in the context of gravity: perhaps Newton saw that the concept could be used in physics, but because he could not think of such a use he rebelled strongly against it (of course, I have no evidence for this!).”Although the theory is not definitive, Sparling explains that several major ideas in current physics would likely play a role (such as condensed matter physics, category theory, non-commutative geometry, string theory, and the structure of superfluids). Such connections might also point the direction to a unified theory, though currently speculative.“My work can be seen as a strong antidote to the present air of pessimism surrounding modern fundamental physics,” Sparling said. “As is well-known, string theory has been roundly criticized for its lack of predictive power. String theorists have been reduced to an absurd reliance on the anthropic principle, for example. Here I have a clear-cut prediction, which goes against the common wisdom, which gives experimenters a target to go for: first find the extra dimensions, then decide their signature (a very tough homework assignment!). Of course I could be proved wrong, but the effort to decide is surely worthwhile.“Actually, in the area of philosophy, I am in opposition to string theory,” he said. “It is a top down theory: dream up something that works in some high dimension and then try to finagle some way of reducing to fit in with the lower-dimensional theory. My approach is bottom up: take the existing four-dimensional theory seriously and try to build up from it. This is very tough to do. Hopefully my ideas work. Note that my work only constitutes a possible beginning at a more inclusive theory.”Sparling continues to explore the ideas of this 6-D time-like spinorial theory of space-time, with support from a workshop at the BIRS Institute in Banff, Canada, and ideas from philosophers including Alexander Afriat, Steve Awodey, Jonathan Bain and Rita Marija Malikonyte-Mockus. He predicts that experimental investigations in the near future—such as the Large Hadron Collider—might uncover the extra dimensions. Citation: Sparling, George A. J. “Germ of a synthesis: space-time is spinorial, extra dimensions are time-like.” Proc. R. Soc. A. doi:10.1098/rspa.2007.1839.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Proposed Spacetime Structure Could Provide Hints for Quantum Gravity Theory The analytical structure underlying the spinorial theory can be represented visually. The structure is a Xi-transform, which moves between the three spaces in the directions given by the bendings of the upper case Greek letter Xi. The distorted squares represent the wave operator. The product of a wave operator and a Xi transform, taken in any order, is zero. Image credit: Erin Sparling. 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. Cartan’s triality symbol links two twistor space and space-time. Image credit: Erin Sparling Explore further Sparling’s paper, which was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, lays the groundwork for his theory. He explains how spatial dimensions contain positive signs (e.g., Pythagoras’ 3D space is expressed as the sum of the squares of the intervals in three directions, x, y, and z). Minkowski’s time-like dimension, on the other hand, combines these three dimensions with the square of time displacement, which contains an overall negative sign. “In three dimensions, the formula reads s2 = x2 + y2 + z2,” Sparling explained to PhysOrg.com. “Our standard spacetime has four dimensions, but the formula has a critical minus sign: s2 = x2 + y2 + z2 – t2. The Lithuanian Hermann Minkowski invented this idea, which was published just six weeks before he died. Indeed, [Sir Roger] Penrose, for one, says that special relativity was not a finished theory until Minkowski’s famous Raum und Zeit [‘Space and Time’] paper.”Up until now, Sparling explains, most theories concerning extra dimensions have dealt with space-like rather than time-like dimensions, which results in a “hyperbolic” rather than an “ultra-hyperbolic” geometry. However, Sparling notes that there are no a priori arguments for a hyperbolic geometry, and he looks into the possibility of a “spinorial” theory of physics, where six dimensions of space-time arise naturally. “In general dimensions, we say that the space-time is hyperbolic if there is only one minus sign in the formula for s2,” he said. “So, for example, in the ten dimensions of superstring theory, there are nine spatial dimensions with plus signs and one minus sign. Only in that situation is there a clear-cut distinction between the future and the past.” “In my case, I am led to the conclusion that the ordinary four dimensional space-time extends naturally into six dimensions: the four dimensional space is hyperbolic as usual, but in the surrounding space there are equal numbers (3 each) of space and time dimensions, so the formula for s2 reads something like s2 = x2 + y2 + z2 – t2 – u2 – v2, where u and v represent the new time variables. I call this structure a (3, 3)-structure (mathematicians call it ultra-hyperbolic).” In a recent study, mathematician George Sparling of the University of Pittsburgh examines a fundamental question pondered since the time of Pythagoras, and still vexing scientists today: what is the nature of space and time? After analyzing different perspectives, Sparling offers an alternative idea: space-time may have six dimensions, with the extra two being time-like. 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Dwyane Wade is taking his talents to Lake Shore Drive. Last night, Wade dropped the latest NBA free agency bombshell, announcing that he’s leaving the Heat after 13 seasons to join his hometown Bulls on a 2 year, $47 million deal. Wade’s accumulated resentment toward Pat Riley and the Heat organization for their unwillingness to repay him for years of sacrificing salary during title runs was reportedly the driving factor in his departure.Wade reportedly declined a 2 year contract for $40 million with the Heat in Favor of signing a $47 million contract with the Bulls. The gap between the contracts is considerably less, because a large portion of the additional $7 million will be gobbled up by onerous state and city taxes of Chicago.Additionally, Wade’s move to the Bulls is at best a lateral one from a competitive standpoint. The Bulls only won 42 games last year, and now have an oddly configured roster that now boasts Wade and Rajon Rondo as key pieces to surround superstar shooting guard Jimmy Butler. No reasonable person could conclude that the Bulls will present any threat to the Cavs in the East.Wade released statement explaining his decision and thanking the City of Miami and the Heat organization for the 13 year run.Dwyane Wade’s letter to the Miami Heat organization and fans. pic.twitter.com/1ItQHis5iB— NBA Free Agency (@nbafreeagency) July 7, 2016Pat Riley sent a text message to the Miami Herald in reaction to Wade’s announcement, which, in context, reads like written crocodile tears.“SADDDDDDD!!!! SO saddddddd! I will never forget the sixth game in Dallas in 2006. DW rebounded the ball, and threw it to the heavens and the Heat universe was perfect for that moment. Our first world championship. Our universe is not perfect today. It will be fraught with anger, judgment, blame instead of THANK YOU!!! Ten years ago. Ten years older. Ten years wiser. Ten years changed. All of us. Dwyane had a choice, and he made it. He went home. Bad, bad summer for us. But there will be another 10 years, and it will be someone or something else in 2026. Move on with no blood or tears. Just thanks. I truly loved Dwyane, but families grow, change and get on with another life. He will always be a part of us. ALWAYS! And no more bruises and enough fighting. Let’s just fly above it if we can and never forget. I feel his pain and pride for what pushed him over the ledge. Been there. Forever, for always, your coach I will be. FOREVER!”Shockingly, Miami Herald Heat insider Ethan Skolnick is reporting that Riley never even called Wade during free agency.While you’re watching Kelly Ripa, one more nugget: Pat Riley never called Dwyane Wade during the entire process.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 7, 2016 Advertisement In the end, Riley was simply unwilling to extend the same type of massive “thanks for your service to the franchise” contract that the Lakers gave Kobe Bryant at the end of his career. Riley has seen the devastating long term damage that Kobe’s burdensome contract has had on Lakers attempts to rebuild post-Kobe. With Riley it’s always business over personal. The Wade move was good business for the Heat.