In a Twist Harvards 02138 Sold to New York Publisher

first_imgThe founders of 01238, the irreverent lifestyle magazine for Harvard alumni launched in 2006, have sold the title to Manhattan Media, a community newspaper publisher and owner of Avenue magazine. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Atlantic Media, which had owned a minority stake in 02138, sold its interest, too. Sandow Media, the publisher of Worth magazine, had been close to a deal to buy the magazine, according published reports and a source with direct knowledge of the talks.While Sandow failed to acquire the magazine, the company managed to hire away 02138 executive editor Richard Bradley as Worth’s editor-in-chief. Bradley’s hiring was announced today. The owners of Manhattan Media, which also publishes the New York Press, plan to increase the quarterly’s frequency to six times per year in 2009, as well roll out similar magazines for all eight Ivy League universities. The so-called “Ivy League Media” will also launch social networking Web sites for each of the schools and a live events division.01238 has a controlled circulation of about 100,000.last_img read more

AIM Ends Skiing Magazines Print Run After 70 Years

first_img “We are really focused on the total audience and the growth is in mobile and video,” Clurman tells the Denver Post. “In some cases, if there is less in print in the form of Skiing, there is more content going out to more people in total and that’s really the whole mission.” The quarterly magazine catering to passionate skiiers, in circulation since 1948, will maintain its digital presence but have much of its print content and resources redirected to its bimonthly sister title, the more family-friendly and broadly appealing Ski magazine. Despite ending the magazine’s seven-decade print run, it doesn’t appear that AIM has plans to lay off any of its staffers. Sales, marketing, support, and much of Skiing’s content creation was handled by a shared staff, all of whom will remain, a company spokeswoman tells Folio:. The brand had one full-time editor, Kim Beekman, and one full-time designer, Signe Higgins, both of whom will remain with the company moving forward, although their exact roles remian unspecified. The move bears a number of striking resemblances to rival enthusiast publisher TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s decision, two weeks ago, to shutter Surfing magazine in favor of its more widely read sister title, Surfer — part of a parallel pivot at that company toward a greater focus on digital and video. “The advertising market in traditional publishing is contracting, especially in areas where your’e dealing with younger demographics,” TEN CEO Scott Dickey told Folio: at the time. “The idea that brands were going to support multiple titles within a vertical doesn’t make sense anymore.” Active Interest Media has shuttered the print edition of Skiing magazine, the Boulder, CO-based enthusiast publisher revealed this week. With an emphasis on devoting greater resources to digital content, particularly video, the closure of Skiing’s print edition is part of an overall repositioning of both AIM’s Mountain Group, which also includes production studio Warren Miller Entertainment, and it’s greater Outdoor Group. Part of that repositioning, says president and CEO Andy Clurman, involved Warren Miller managing director Andy Hawk’s promotion, a month ago, to managing director of the Mountain Group.last_img read more

Forget the Galaxy Fold wheres the Galaxy Home smart speaker

first_imgSamsung originally said the Galaxy Fold would launch April 26. Now it will hit the market in September. Waiting to release a product until it’s essentially perfect is the right move for customers and for Samsung. In times in the past, the company rushed to sell devices before the bugs had been worked out, all in a quest to be first. It has taken a more measured approach in recent years, but Samsung still gets ahead of itself. The Galaxy Fold is evidence of that. After using the device for only days — or,  in some cases, hours — during a short review period in mid-April, several technology journalists had issues with their devices. Some peeled off a thin top layer on the display, which was an essential protective coating, not a removable screen protector. Others had detritus get under the screen itself, causing bumps and bulges. Samsung canceled the release date to explore what happened. “It was embarrassing,” Koh told reporters in Korea. “I pushed it through before it was ready.”samsung-developer-conference-9891The Galaxy Home draws on expertise from Samsung and Harman, the audio business it purchased.  Angela Lang/CNET On Wednesday, 89 days after the Galaxy Fold was to go on sale, Samsung said it has addressed the issues experienced by those reporters. It extended the screen’s protective top layer beyond the bezel, “making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure.” It added “reinforcements” to keep debris from getting under the screen, while new “protection caps” strengthen the top and bottom of the hinge area. Samsung also added reinforcements beneath the Infinity Flex Display, likely to make the plastic screen stiffer, and it reduced the air gap between the Fold’s body and hinge.Samsung doesn’t need another big delay or more problems with the Galaxy Fold. It said it took “the time to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests to validate the changes we made.” But this wouldn’t be the first time Samsung’s had multiple problems with a new device. Remember the Galaxy Note 7? Shortly after the phablet went on sale in August 2016, users started reporting overheating problems. Samsung originally tied the issues to a battery flaw and recalled all the Note 7 phones on the market. That didn’t fix the problem, however, and the replacement devices also overheated. Samsung launched a rare second recall in October 2016 and stopped manufacturing the Note 7.Samsung has repeatedly said that it’s learned from that experience. Presumably the tests it’s conducting on the Galaxy Fold, which are ongoing, will head off any issues people could see with the device. We won’t know, though, until reviewers and consumers get their hands on the revamped phone. Then the focus turns to the Galaxy Home. We hope.  Samsung Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 60 Photos Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Galaxy Fold: Samsung will relaunch the foldable phone in September A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show Samsung goes all in on its Bixby digital assistant Forget foldable phones. Samsung’s Bixby assistant is about to get smarter 8:07 Global smart speaker sales should reach 147.7 million units this year, up 71% from 2018, Strategy Analytics predicted in May. Amazon and Google will each control nearly a third of the market, while the rest will be split between more than a dozen other voice OS platforms, including Apple’s Siri, Alibaba’s Ali Genie, Baidu’s Duer OS and Xiaomi’s Xiao AI, the research firm said. There was no mention of Bixby. When Samsung announced its first smart speaker a year ago, there were already concerns that the device came too late. Even Apple has struggled in smart speakers. Its Siri-powered HomePod has regularly been placed on sale, and Apple in April even slashed the price by $50 to $299, an unusual move for the company. So far, consumers haven’t been willing to shell out more money for better sounding smart speakers.”I struggle to see Samsung really succeeding in bringing an alternative,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. The situation might have been different a year ago, she said, “but seeing how little progress they’ve made from a Bixby perspective makes me really doubt that they will ever be able to compete with Alexa in the US.”Shaky reputation?Samsung may be starting to develop a reputation for delayed products. Even my un-tech-savvy parents in Iowa know about the Galaxy Fold’s delay. The company worked on foldable displays for years before showing anything to the public. It demonstrated a flexible OLED screen at CES 2013 and gave the first glimpse of the Galaxy Fold at its developer conference late last year. It officially unveiled the Galaxy Fold at the beginning of its Unpacked Galaxy 10 launch in February. The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch display when folded, and a separate 7.3-inch display when unfolded into a tablet. It starts at $1,980 (about £1,500 or AU$2,800) and comes in four colors: cosmos black, space silver, martian green and astro blue. Users can start using apps like Flipboard on the small, front display and then pick up where they left off when moving to the big, inside display.  Galaxy Fold set for September relaunch (The Daily Charge,… Share your voice Tags 0 Then at the Galaxy S10 launch in February, Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh told CNET the device would go on sale by April. (Samsung PR said it would launch in the first half of 2019.) But it’s now late July, and there’s still no sign of the Galaxy Home. The latest update from Samsung was in the form of comments by another co-CEO — Hyun-suk Kim, the head of the consumer electronics division — who told the Korea Herald in early June that the Galaxy Home would launch in the third quarter. For those of you keeping score, that’s at least three missed launch dates. If the third-quarter timing is true, it could make sense for Samsung to unveil the launch date at the Galaxy Note 10 event in two weeks. It also could wait for the IFA electronics show in Berlin the first week of September. Samsung on Thursday said it didn’t have anything to add at this time. While a smart speaker may not be as flashy or as novel as a phone with a folding screen, it’s a device that has more universal appeal. People would be more likely to buy the Galaxy Home this year than the Galaxy Fold. The foldable device — soon to be the first like it on the market — is more experimental and expensive than other phones, limiting its appeal largely to early adopters. Smart speakers are becoming so common even children know how to use them. Amazon in June said it’s launching an Echo Dot aimed at kids. The company, with its Alexa voice assistant, dominates the smart speaker market in the US, followed by Google.  See also Smart Home Mobile Foldable Phones Smart Speakers & Displays Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Home a year ago but still hasn’t started selling it.  Angela Lang/CNET Late Wednesday, Samsung finally gave us news three months in the making: the revised launch date for its Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone. But there’s another product with an even more complicated and prolonged timeline: the Galaxy Home. Samsung started talking about the smart speaker in early 2018, and it showed off the device during its Galaxy Note 9 unveiling last August. The cauldron-esque speaker is powered by the company’s Bixby digital assistant, which was initially geared as an interface to control 2017’s Galaxy S8. Samsung has expanded the technology into its various appliances and televisions. The Galaxy Home would be Bixby’s first appearance in a smart speaker. We don’t yet know exactly what the speaker will do or how much it’ll cost. When Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Home a year ago, it said it’d go on sale in the second half of 2018. It showed the smart speaker again during its developer conference in November but didn’t specify the launch date. 2018 turned into 2019 with no sign of the Galaxy Home. last_img read more

Doomsday Biblical plagues back Invasive swarm of locusts in Saudi Arabia sparks

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsPaul Begley, a popular Christian evangelist, has claimed that the invasive swarm of locusts in Saudi Arabia is fulfilling Biblical prophecies. As per Begley, swarms of locusts that were seen descending Saudi Arabia and Jordan this week are tied to doomsday prophecies predicted in the Bible. The firebrand Christian preacher also made it clear that humans are already living in the end times and that an apocalypse is imminent.On May 3, Locust Watch, the official locust swarm tracker of the United Nations (UN), had warned that springtime locust breeding has intensified over the past few weeks. Later, on May 6, the situation became intensified and it compelled Jordanian authorities to deploy the Air Force to spray pesticides.”Are you serious? Locusts? Biblical plagues have returned. What? Well, just like something out of the Bible folks, swarms, and I mean swans of millions of locusts have darkened the skies in Saudi Arabia, creating a scene out of the Bible. It’s a plague of biblical proportions. It’s cataclysmic even,” said Paul Begley, Express.co.uk reports.As per Begley, in the Bible’s Book of Exodus, a plague triggered by devastating locusts will rain down as a punishment for enslaving Jewish people.Even though Begley is quite sure about the imminent apocalypse, experts believe that this is a purely natural phenomenon. United Nations states that locusts are the oldest migratory pest in the world and can cover vast distances in swarms. Fully matured adult locusts eat their own weight in crops, and if uncontrolled, it will cause severe consequences on the world’s full security.In the meantime, a section of conspiracy theorists has started claiming that apocalypse in the world will be triggered by the arrival of Nibiru, a rogue space body that is allegedly lurking at the edge of the solar system. These conspiracy theorists believe that earth will soon face a pole shift and an increase in seismic activities as Nibiru makes it close approach.last_img read more

Is global economy slipping into a recession Key indicators paint glum picture

first_imgBeijing has released a white paper on trade consultations with Washington and accused called the US an unreliable negotiation partner. Investment banker Morgan Stanley says the world could slip into a recession as early as this year if the US-China trade war continues and cautions investors to modify their investment strategy for a prolonged slowdown.Xinhua/twitterThe global economy is probably in recession; with most cyclical indicators showing business, activity is flat or falling. Recessions become obvious only once they are well established given the lagging nature of most economic data.And end-of-cycle recessions are usually impossible to distinguish from mid-cycle slowdowns until well after the slowdown has started.The arrival of a recession is always controversial at the time and usually missed by most forecasters, as the leading business-cycle economist Victor Zarnowitz noted.Policymakers are reluctant to announce a recession for fear of harming consumer and business confidence and worsening the downturn (“Business cycles: theory, history, indicators and forecasting”, Zarnowitz, 1992).But almost all the main economic and industrial indicators that provide a reliable guide to the business cycle confirm the economy has already slowed severely.Global manufacturing surveys, industrial output, new orders, business investment, construction activity, motor vehicle production, and freight volumes are flat or down compared with a year earlier.The most comprehensive numbers show manufacturing production and trade flows were essentially flat in May compared with a year before.More recent data from purchasing surveys and industrial production indicates the slowdown worsened in June and July.By most measures, the global economy is in the midst of the deepest slowdown since 2015, and in many cases since 2009.MARKET INDICATORSFinancial markets and commodity prices show a high probability the economy is in a recession or will be soon.The U.S. Treasury yield curve has been inverted for more than two months and signals the highest probability of recession since April 2007.Major equity indices are flat or down compared with a year ago, despite the sharp reduction in government bond yields and risk-free interest rates since then.Cyclical bellwethers such as Germany’s giant chemicals company BASF and U.S. heavy equipment maker Caterpillar have seen their shares fall sharply over the last year.Oil prices have sunk more than 22% since the end of April, and are down 20% compared with August 2018, despite severe U.S. sanctions on oil exports from Iran and Venezuela.Brent’s six-month calendar spread has collapsed, despite the extension of production restraint by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the OPEC+ group and signs of a slowdown in new well drilling in the United States.Non-oil commodity prices have also been falling or flat since the middle of 2018, as consumption growth has decelerated.POLICY MISTAKESFormer Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has quipped that expansions do not die of old age, they are murdered – most often because of policy mistakes.In recent decades, most recessions have been brought on by mistakes in some combination of fiscal policy, monetary policy, and financial supervision.In this case, however, the problem has stemmed from trade policy, which has turned sharply protectionist and attempted to remake global supply chains.The resulting economic warfare between the United States and China has heightened business uncertainty and disrupted investment plans in both countries, with spillover effects across Europe and Asia.Policymakers around the world have taken growth for granted, piling on a plethora of tariffs, anti-dumping duties, sanctions and investment restrictions that have finally put the expansion in jeopardy.If a global recession is confirmed, it will be because policymakers were more concerned about other objectives and forgot the need to provide a stable and predictable climate for business.Recession would be a painful reminder and force them to turn their attention back to the economy.(John Kemp is a Reuters columnist)last_img read more

Provocation was there Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks a reception accorded to her by ruling Awami League at the Dhaka airport on her return from United States after attending the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday expressed confidence that Dhaka would be able to resolve the Rohingya crisis by mounting international pressure on Myanmar and through dialogue.The international community has stood by the Rohingyas once Bangladesh has sided with them, she told a reception accorded to her by ruling Awami League at the airport on her return from United States after attending the United Nations General Assembly.Dwelling on the violation of Bangladesh airspace by Myanmar air force during the initial days of the current crisis, the prime minister mentioned that Naypyidaw had instigated Dhaka in a variety of manners.I have alerted the army about this so that they do not fall into the trap of provocation by Myanmar, said Hasina.She pointed out that the Rohingyas were leading inhuman life and that they were being subjected to repression. Quite naturally, we had to give them shelter. The people of Bangladesh have shown humanitarian attitude and we did not wait for anyones assistance she added.The prime minister, however, said talks on how to resolve the crisis began at different parts of the world. Myanmar has started negotiation, she said.Sheikh Hasina, also the president of AL, was accorded the reception by her party for giving shelter to more than half a million Rohingyas and for drawing attention of the global community through her speech at the United Nations General Assembly recently.She earlier left the United States after attending the UNGA and her surgery for London from where she arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the morning.last_img read more

France on edge ahead of presidential vote

first_imgFrench municipal policemen observe a minute of silence in the courtyard of the town hall in Bordeaux, southwestern France, to pay tribute to the police officer who was shot dead by an attacker on the Champs-Elysees the day before in Paris. Photo: AFPFrance was on edge Saturday on the eve of its most unpredictable presidential election in decades, which will take place under heightened security after the jihadist killing of a policeman.The shooting on Paris’s world-renowned Champs Elysees avenue on Thursday, claimed by the Islamic State group, thrust questions of security to the fore of campaigning after nine months of relative calm.On Saturday, police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris’s Gare du Nord station, briefly causing panic as some passengers rushed out of the way.The French consulate in New York, where expatriates were casting ballots, was also briefly evacuated late Saturday after a suspicious vehicle raised fears of a bomb threat. The situation returned to normal after less than an hour and voting activities resumed.France goes to the polls on Sunday in an election seen as crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and the beleaguered European Union.Surveys suggest that nearly a quarter of voters are still undecided and that until now the French have been more concerned about jobs and the economy than terrorism.But analysts said the policeman’s shooting could shift opinions, perhaps handing an advantage to candidates seen as taking a hard line on security, such as far-right leader Marine Le Pen.‘Don’t give in to fear’Le Pen and 39-year-old centrist former banker Emmanuel Macron are leading the polls but the race has tightened in the final days and any one of four candidates could reach the runoff on May 7.Conservative Francois Fillon and hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon are both just a few points behind the frontrunners.Around 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers will be deployed to protect voters on Sunday, with the contingent boosted in Paris after the Champs Elysees shooting.The killing of policeman Xavier Jugele by 39-year-old gunman Karim Cheurfi was the latest in a string of terror attacks in France since 2015 that have claimed more than 230 lives.US President Donald Trump tweeted that he thought the shooting “will have a big effect” on the election.“If it were to benefit someone that would clearly be Marine Le Pen who has dominated this issue throughout the campaign, or Francois Fillon,” said Adelaide Zulfikarpasic of BVA pollsters.Le Pen moved quickly after the shooting to present herself as the strongest defender against Islamist extremists, calling for France to “immediately” take back control of its borders from the EU and deport all foreigners on a terror watchlist.Socialist Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve accused Le Pen of attempting to exploit the killing, “as she does after every tragedy”.Macron described the shooting as an attack on democracy, urging voters: “Do not give in to fear.”As well as in the US, voting began Saturday in several overseas French territories such as Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.Adrien Gontier, an expat voting at the French embassy in Washington, said he was fulfilling his duty as a citizen.“In the United States, you can see what happens when people don’t vote, or vote badly,” he said. “We don’t want there to be a Trump in France.”A BVA poll conducted on Thursday and Friday showed Le Pen and Macron tied on 23 percent, ahead of Melenchon with 19.5 percent and Fillon on 19 percent.A total of 11 candidates are in the running, most of them in single digits.14 years in prisonA clearer picture was meanwhile emerging of the Champs Elysees gunman’s violent past.Cheurfi was arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill police officers but released because of a lack of evidence.A serial offender, he spent nearly 14 years in prison for a range of crimes including attacks on police. He had shown “no signs of radicalisation” while in custody, said France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins.Three of his close associates were released after questioning late Saturday.“Their interviews notably allowed us to gather certain elements on the attacker’s profile and personality,” a source close to the inquiry said.Cheurfi’s former lawyer Jean-Laurent Panier described him as “very solitary and introverted”.The shooting came days after two men were arrested in Marseille on suspicion of planning an imminent attack and follows a series of deadly strikes around Europe in the past month, targeting Stockholm, London and Saint Petersburg.By sad coincidence, slain policeman Jugele had gone to the Bataclan concert hall—one of the targets in November 2015’s Paris attacks—on the night of its reopening, as an ordinary concert-goer.“I am here with my friend to celebrate life and to say no to terrorism,” he had said in a BBC radio interview that emerged Saturday.Some 200 angry wives of police officers held a protest near the Eiffel Tower on Saturday, demanding better protection for their spouses while on duty.last_img read more

Suicide bomber kills 50 in Nigeria mosque

first_imgMap locating attack in Mubi, Nigeria. AFPAt least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital Yola.It was the biggest attack in Adamawa since December 2016, when two female suicide bombers killed 45 people at a crowded market in the town of Madagali.Security analysts said Tuesday’s bombing again underlined the threat posed by Boko Haram, despite an overall decline in deaths from attacks by the group last year.Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP that at least 50 were killed in the Mubi attack.”It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers.”It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives.”Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said: “We all know the trend. We don’t suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.”- Roof blown off -The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north local government area, both confirmed the attack.They gave lower death tolls but both said the number killed was likely to rise.Another emergency services official described the blast as “devastating” and said there were “high casualties”.Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, said he was present during the rescue operation and that 40 people died on the spot while several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries.”The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.”This is obviously the work of Boko Haram.”Yan St-Pierre, a counter-terrorism specialist at the Modern Security Consulting Group in Berlin, said the bombing fitted a pattern of previous attacks.”It fits with the increasing lethality and potency of suicide attacks of the organisation’s current ‘hot streak’, which started approximately four weeks ago,” he said.The latest Global Terrorism Index, published last week, said that deaths attributed to Boko Haram in 2016 fell by 80 percent.But St-Pierre said despite this “Boko Haram remains an extremely potent and dangerous organisation” which was far from being “on the back foot”, as the military has claimed.- ‘Operational presence’ -In October 2012, at least 40 people were killed in an attack on student housing in Mubi that was widely blamed on Boko Haram.In June 2014, at least 40 football supporters, including women and children, died in a bomb attack after a match in the Kabang area of the town.Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its fighters rampaged across northeastern Nigeria, seizing towns and villages in its quest to establish a hardline Islamic state.The town’s name was changed temporarily to Madinatul Islam, or “City of Islam” in Arabic, during the Boko Haram occupation.But it has been peaceful since the military and the civilian militia ousted them from the town, which is a commercial hub and home to the Adamawa State University.Yet in recent months, Boko Haram activity has been concentrated around Madagali, in the far north of Adamawa near the border with neighbouring Borno state.There have been repeated raids and suicide bombings, blamed on Boko Haram remnants pushed out of their camps in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno.Boko Haram fighters are also said to be hiding in the Mandara mountains, which forms the border of Adamawa and Nigeria with neighbouring Cameroon, where there has also been more attacks.Ryan Cummings, from security analysts Signal Risk, said the attack suggests Boko Haram “has an active operational presence in Adamawa” and retained the capacity to hit hard.”It appears that despite open calls for Boko Haram to desist in such acts of mass violence against Muslim civilian interests, that these have not been heeded,” he added.last_img read more

Arrest business by cops takes serious turn

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged that the ‘arrest business’ by law enforcers has now become routine tasks as a reign of terror has been established in the country, reports UNB.”The evil tricks to arrest and harass opposition activists have now taken a serious turn. The Awami League government has continued inexpressible repressions on opposition leaders and activists after usurping power by force through stanching people’s voting rights,” he said.In a statement, the BNP leader further said, “A reign of terror has been established in the country through repression on leaders and activists of BNP and other opposition parties after arresting them in false case. The arrest business by law enforcers has now become an order of a day.”Fakhrul alleged that BNP leaders and workers are passing through miserable time in fear of arrest in ‘fabricated’ cases.The statement was issued protesting and condemning the arrest of BNP national executive committee member Sheikh Mohammad Shamim.The BNP secretary general said Shamim was subjected to the government’s political vengeance.He demanded the government immediately release the BNP executive committee member after withdrawing ‘politically motivated’ cases filed against him.last_img read more

Baltimores MLK Day Parade Returns

first_imgOn Jan. 15, Baltimore will celebrate the life of an iconic civil rights leader with the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade.MLK Parade Image-Dunbar High School Marching Band (Courtesy Photo)More than 70 groups will participate in the annual celebration including high school and community bands, color and honor guards, equestrian groups, fraternities and sororities, dance troupes and civic organizations, such as the Baltimore Ethical Society, Baltimore Green Party, and Healthcare is a Human Right. The grand marshal of this year’s parade is “The Voice” finalist and Baltimore native Davon Fleming. The parade will be emceed by a personality from Radio One. The parade was initially cancelled after Mayor Catherine Pugh initiated her inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. After receiving backlash from the community, she reversed her decision on Dec. 13, 2017, tweeting, “I’ve heard from residents who would like to continue the tradition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade & those who’d like to participate in a Day of Service. Why choose – we can do both!” According to the press release sent by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service welcomes city residents to emulate Dr. King’s leadership and compassion for others by volunteering in their communities. “We thought about what Martin Luther King, Jr. would want us to do on this particular day and that he was a man of service, he was a man of God, he wanted to share with other people,” Mayor Pugh said. The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Eutaw St. and ends around 2 p.m. at MLK Blvd. and Baltimore St. Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at the intersection of MLK Blvd. and Franklin St.last_img read more

Members of 3 Burned Churches say Fires Wont Stop Worship

first_imgBy The Associated PressOPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Members of three historically African American churches that burned in recent weeks in Louisiana say fires won’t stop them from worshipping.KATC-TV reports members of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church gathered for a joint service Sunday in Opelousas (ah-puh-LOO’-sihs).The burnt ruins of the Greater Union Baptist Church, one of three that recently burned down in St. Landry Parish, are seen in Opelousas, La., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)With congregants all in white, Mount Pleasant’s pastor told them the church “is alive and well.”The Rev. Gerald Toussaint says “the devil don’t realize what he’s done” by giving him a bigger platform to preach.The first fire occurred March 26 at St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, and the second happened April 2 at Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas. Thursday, Mount Pleasant caught fire.The churches were vacant, and no one was injured.Federal agents and the state Fire Marshal are investigating.last_img read more

New Si based photovoltaic cells may be the light of the future

first_imgThe problem of forming an uniform polysilane film was solved by carefully examining controlled parameters and optimizing the burning conditions of the polysilane film and reduced the density of the unattached hands to 1 x 1016/cm3. More details of the development process were not made public. The pin-type amorphous Si PV cells were put on the glass substrate by using a new coating process, which allowed the p- and n-layers to be formed by using the chemical vapor deposition method. The conversion efficiency of the cell that has their p-, i- and n-layers formed by using this coating process was 0.51%. This is tempered by the fact that the thickness of the new cell’s i-layer is 120nm. This makes them significantly thinner than the amounts found in existing amorphous Si PV cells, which have a thickness of 250nm.Researchers at JAIST believe that if this thickness is increased the efficiency will improve. Citation: New Si based photovoltaic cells may be the light of the future (2011, February 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-si-based-photovoltaic-cells-future.html 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. Sharp Develops Mass-Production Technology for Triple-Junction Thin-Film Solar Cells (PhysOrg.com) — A team of scientists at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, or JAIST for short, led by Tatsuya Shimoda, a professor at the JAIST School of Materials Science, has created an amorphous silicon photovoltaic cell by applying a liquid Si. This world’s first inphotovoltaics has a conversion efficiency of 1.79% which, when applied to a pin-type cell whose i-layer was made with the coating process, according to JAIST researchers. They also have hopes that when the efficiency of the amorphous silicon photovoltaic cells improves in the future, it may become possible to mass-produce the Si PV cells by using a roll-to-roll method.The research group started with cyclopentasilane, a liquid Si, but they did not reveal any further specifics of the liquid Si. We do know that it was developed by emitting ultraviolet rays at CPS in a carbon hydrogen solvent in order to polymerize part of the CPS to make a polysilane. This Liquid Si was developed during the period between 2006 and 2007. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Information in Japanese: translate.google.com/translate … news/2011/02/10/011/ Explore furtherlast_img read more