No Bull at IMAG

first_imgEVANSTON, Illinois—Day two of the MPA’s IMAG conference opened here today with a promise from David Lusterman, publisher of String Letter Publishing and IMAG conference chair, to “take the level of candor to new heights.” Lusterman then laid down two rules for speakers and audience members: No “bullshitting,” and no withholding.The agenda was focused primarily on making the jump from a print to a multi-platform publisher—an imperative underscored by session speaker Cia Romano, CEO and founder of Web consultancy firm Interface Guru, who warned that publishers who don’t make the turn are “not going to survive what’s coming.” (Attendees appear to understand that the threat is real, as evidenced by how the crowd fell silent during Wednesday’s award dinner following mention of the recently shuttered country music magazine No Depression.)When Romano asked how many people have identified the three primary users of their Web sites, only a pair raised their hands. “That’s not good,” she said. “If you’re not user-centric then you have no strategy.” Janet Ludwig, president of Allured Publishing—which serves the spa, fragrance and cosmetics care markets—says her company took this approach as far as naming their “types” of users, such as “Esther the Aesthetician,” during the Web redesign process. “’We would say, ‘Is this for Ophelia or is this for Esther?’”Changing the MindsetFor Bryan Welch, publisher and editorial director at Ogden Publications and IMAG board chairman, building a successful multi-platform business means changing mindsets. “I hear a lot of my peers—and the voice inside my head sometimes—saying, ‘I have this medium or I have this revenue stream’ or some business school commodity,” Welch said during a session called “Successful Multi-Media Publishing Strategies. He says publishers need to move away from mission by medium and move toward mission in terms of building communities—in his case of registered users who want to consume the products his company is selling.“We have about a million paid subscribers to all our print publications and about 400,000 registered users online,” Welch said. “We believe this is backwards. We should have 10 million registered users. Once we have them in the community, I don’t know what we’re going to sell them, but I know damn well we’re going to sell them a bunch of stuff.”[EDITOR’S NOTE: Check throughout the week for news and posts from the IMAG conference.]last_img read more

Robert Downey Jr wants nanotech robotics to save the planet IRL

first_img 0 Post a comment Tags Share your voicecenter_img As if we didn’t already love him 3000.  Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images In true Tony Stark fashion, Robert Downey Jr. took the stage Tuesday and introduced a high-tech plan to save the world. Downey, speaking at Amazon’s Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, said the Footprint Coalition will launch in April 2020, Variety reported.”Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” said Downey, who played Tony Stark/Iron Man for more than a decade.  A website for the Footprint Coalition is live with a sign-up form to receive newsletters, though there are few details out yet about the group or its plans. Downey told the crowd that he’s alarmed at the state of the environment and that even making a small dent would be important.  Tech Industry Culturelast_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, 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

India grants Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccine in blow to aid group

first_imgIndia grants Pfizer patent on pneumonia vaccineReutersIndia has granted Pfizer Inc a patent for its powerful pneumonia vaccine Prevenar 13, in a blow to some health groups that said this would put the treatment out of reach of thousands in poorer nations.The decision by India’s patent office bars other companies from making cheaper copies of the vaccine and allows Pfizer to exclusively sell it in India until 2026.It’s a big victory for the U.S. drugmaker in a market that has the world’s largest number of pneumonia cases, a lung disease that kills nearly a million children a year globally.The decision also has international implications, as several poorer nations rely on India’s robust drugs industry to supply cheaper copies of medicines and vaccines.It also comes at a time of ongoing U.S. pressure on India to tighten its patent laws. The United States Trade Representative expressed concerns about India’s intellectual property laws in a report in June, and listed it among countries whose IP laws unfairly favour local companies.Pfizer’s vaccine protects children and adults from 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria, and a full vaccination course costs about $170 on India’s private market.India started giving out the vaccine for free under its national immunisation program earlier this year, but the rollout like that of most vaccines in the program, is in phases, so only about 2.1 million of the 25 million eligible people in the country will get it this year.The patent grant means Indian companies won’t be able to make the vaccine for domestic use, or exports.”Manufacturers will have to find new routes to develop a non-infringing (pneumonia) vaccine, which may delay the availability of competing products in the pipeline from Indian producers,” the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said in a statement. ( filed an objection to Pfizer’s patent request last year on the grounds that a patent would deprive many developing nations of cheaper copies. ( least one Indian company, Panacea Biotec Ltd, is developing a cheaper form of the vaccine, and had also filed an opposition to Pfizer’s patent request last year.A source familiar with the matter said Panacea is considering filing a post-grant opposition. Separately, MSF said it was reviewing its legal options in the matter.Pfizer’s patent on the same vaccine was revoked by the European Patent Office last year, and is being challenged in South Korea and the United States, MSF said.The pharmaceutical giant has made the vaccine available at discounted prices under the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) – an international public-private partnership to improve access to vaccines in the world’s poorest countries. More than 50 countries are eligible to procure the vaccine through GAVI, according to the organization’s website.Following criticism over the high price of Prevenar 13, Pfizer reduced the vaccine price to non-governmental organisations last November, seeking to protect vulnerable people from illness in humanitarian crises.Pfizer welcomed the granting of the patent, saying Prevenar 13 took two-and-a-half years to produce, and was launched in India in 2010.”Pfizer remains committed towards further enhancing access of this vaccine in India, both in the market as well as through partnership with the Government to expand introduction in the public program,” a spokeswoman in India said.last_img read more

Nach Baliye 9 This is what judge Raveena Tandon has to say

first_imgPRFilled with power-packed performances, masti and some high-end drama, the second episode of Nach Baliye season 9 has left us wanting some more of all that high energy.While each couple had something unique to offer with their own chemistry and dancing style, Shantanu Maheshwari and his baliye Nityaami Shirke set the stage on fire with their sensuous and fun-filled performance on ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’.Dressed up as a don and a detective in their stylish and sexy costumes, the couple showcased their oomph factor with the retro feel. In sync with each other, they put up a fantastic act with some amazing choreography, which got the judges and other contestants grooving. They were dancing along and cheering them both!Judge Ahmed Khan, who is known to be quite a taskmaster when it comes to dancing techniques, was highly impressed with their overall act, and called it a brilliant one! Raveena Tandon loved how the two complimented each other and told the story of the act through their dance so well! She was even heard telling Shantanu that his energy was so good throughout the performance that it seemed like he had springs in his legs.Adding in the freshness to the show with their cute budding love story, amazing youth appeal and dance moves which can get anybody moving and grooving, this couple is already a hot favourite out here!   Anita Hassanandani – Rohit Reddy, Rochelle Rao – Keith Sequeira have also been grabbing the spotlight for their phenomenal performances. With the competition starting at such a fierce note, it would be interesting to see who ends up winning the trophy.last_img read more

Quota reform protester Ashiqur shot by BCL men

first_imgPolice in action on Dhaka University campus to disperse quota reform protesters on 8 April. File Photo: Prothom AloA quota reform protester and Dhaka University student, Ashiqur Rahman, is undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital after being shot allegedly by activists of ruling Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).A fourth-year student of the public administration department of DU, Ashiqur sustained bullet injuries in front of Gurdwara Nanak Shahi on campus early 9 April when a group of BCL activists chased the quota protesters, said his friends.They categorically alleged that BCL activists opened fire on Ashiqur.A classmate of Ashiqur who was present with him that day told Prothom Alo that around 2:00am a group of BCL activists chased the protesters from TSC (Teacher-Student Centre) to the DU vice chancellor’s residence, repeatedly opening fire.Ashiqur was shot, he added.Asked about the shooting, BCL general secretary SM Zakir Hossain told Prothom Alo, ”This allegation is baseless. No activists of BCL opened fire during the chase and counter-chase.”Then who shot Ashiqur as there were no police deployed there? Zakir Hossain said that the Dhaka University authorities can investigate the matter and find this out.Ashiqur has been under treatment of DMCH casualty department’s physician Faruq Hossain.Talking about Ashiqur’s condition, he said, ”The bullet is lodged inside his body. He also has injuries in his liver and lungs, but is now out of danger.”Besides Ashiqur, two more quota reform protesters have been undergoing treatment at DMCH.One of them, Mohammed Shahriar Hossain, a third-year student of DU’s chemistry department, sustained a total of eight rubber bullet wounds in his back. The other, Mohammed Tanvir Hassan, a fourth-year student of DU’s theatre and performance studies department, was baton charged by police.Shahriar Hossain told Prothom Alo that he was hit in the back when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas early 9 April.Tanvir, also a central committee member of BCL, was beaten by police as he was trying to save the protesters from rubber bullets and tear gas fired by police.”I’m first a student and then a leader of BCL. I took part in the protest as I support it ideologically.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.Read more:’BCL opened fire on protesters’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

Rohingya crisis consequence of social hatred Amnesty

first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamThe crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.The human rights group said in its annual report covering 159 countries that “hate-filled rhetoric” by leaders was normalising discrimination against minorities.”We saw the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities laid bare in the horrific military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Myanmar,” said Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty.Last week, the United States urged the UN Security Council to hold Myanmar’s military accountable for what it said was the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and taken refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on insurgents at the end of August, according to the UN.More than 6,500 Rohingya are currently trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between Myanmar and Bangladesh.Amnesty said the international community had failed to respond robustly to “crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen”.It said that leaders in countries such as the United States, Russia and China were not standing up for civil liberties and instead were “callously undermining the rights of millions”.Amnesty said president Donald Trump had taken backward steps on human rights that were setting a dangerous precedent. Shetty described his move to ban people from several Muslim-majority countries in January last year as “transparently hateful”.Last year’s report accused Trump of “poisonous” rhetoric.Free speech will be a key issue for those concerned about human rights this year, the report said.Amnesty said its staff were arrested at an unprecedented rate in Turkey in 2017, which along with Egypt and China was also among the biggest jailors of journalists.Two Reuters reporters in Myanmar were arrested while investigating the killing of Rohingya Muslims. Court proceedings are ongoing.”In 2018, we cannot take for granted that we will be free to gather together in protest or to criticise our governments. In fact, speaking out is becoming more dangerous,” Shetty said.Read More: Myanmar ‘bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence’last_img read more

10 Things To Know for Thursday

first_imgAP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, FileFILE – In this Monday, March 13, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. 1. TRUMP’S ABOUT-FACE ON NAFTAHours after the administration threatened to pull out of the trade pact, Mexico and Canada agreed to renegotiate the deal to “the benefit of all three countries.”2. LAWMAKERS NEAR DEAL ON SPENDING BILLA breakthrough seems possible after the White House backs off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans under “Obamacare.”3. UNITED MAKES ‘BUMPING’ CHANGESThe embattled airline says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees.4. HOW NORTH KOREA HAS MASTERED BRINKSMANSHIPThe technique over the years has won the country a grudging respect from Washington and its allies, while sometimes filling Pyongyang’s coffers with aid by relieved rivals.5. AS TRUMP CALLS FOR WALL, A LOOK AT WORLD’S BARRIERSWhile the structures are effective at protecting borders, they’ve also destroyed city neighborhoods, harm the environment and prevent innocent victims from reaching safety, an AP examination finds.6. ANN COULTER’S BERKELEY SPEECH CANCELEDStill, the liberal California university is bracing for possible violence and protests whether the conservative pundit comes to the campus or not.7. STANDOFF CONTINUES IN DELAWAREA man suspected of shooting and killing a state trooper outside a convenience store remains barricaded — and trading fire with officers — inside his house.8. SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE TAX BREAK WISH LISTSBut owners don’t plan a hiring binge if the Trump administration’s plan to lower tax rates becomes law.9. ‘YEP, I’M GAY’Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out.10. WHERE THEY PLAY FOR PAYNow that the NFL draft is here, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is one of several college stars ready to cash in. Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore Ceasefire Far From a Failure

first_imgOne of the goals of the Baltimore Ceasefire, which concluded this past weekend was for no murders to happen during the 72 hour span from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6. We fell short of that goal because there were two homicides on Aug. 5.However, Erricka Bridgeford, one of the movement’s main organizers gave the violence that occurred during the Ceasefire perspective in a Facebook post. “41 hours of peace from Friday-Saturday+26 hours of peace Saturday-Sunday=67 of 72 hours without murder,” she wrote. Further, one of the other main organizers of the Ceasefire, Ellen Gee calculated that Baltimore has averaged a murder about every 19.5 hours in 2017, a staggering number.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Yet, there have been news outlets (‘Nobody Kill Anybody’ weekend ceasefire collapses as two are shot dead,” was the headline in the London based Daily Mail), and individuals who have suggested the Ceasefire was a “failure.” In fact, there were trolls on social media who hoped people would be killed in the days leading up to the Ceasefire.What shall we then say to these people?’ to paraphrase Romans 8:31.We should mourn the tragedy of two more young, Black men, Lamontrey Tynes, 24, and Donte Johnson, 37, who were gunned down on Aug. 5 They were the 210th and 211th victims of homicide in 2017, within the 72 hour window of the Ceasefire (the Ceasefire movement is actually raising money for the families of the victims to help pay for funeral arrangements).However, the argument that the Baltimore Ceasefire movement was a failure because two people were killed in 72 hours, is flat out stupid and petty.“The goal was 72 hours, no murder and the goal also was to raise the vibration of the energy in Baltimore City, to spread love…to plug people into the resources they need, to create space for people to have conversations about things that they thought about people that weren’t necessarily true,” said Gee. “So, doing outreach in Baltimore City helped to bridge a lot of communication gaps. It helped to show people that people in Baltimore City, they’re not just thugs…they’re human beings,” she added.Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS), the Baltimore based Black, grass roots think tank engaged people directly on the streets of East and West Baltimore during the Ceasefire.“Friday night we were on the Eastside at Belair and Erdman and we stayed out all night, and we had food available for people…and we had lawyers, human and social service workers and the goal was to make sure that people could get their records expunged and…we were trying to show communities there are Black people here in Baltimore that are working on your behalf, that can assist you with changing your condition,” said Adam Jackson, CEO of LBS.“Saturday, we were at Frederick and Collins on the Westside. In the course of the time that we were there, because we spent from 6 p.m to 6 a.m., so, 12 hours each day…through the early morning…I think about 170 people total were able to get their records expunged,” Jackson explained.“It was about embracing anti-violence and also uplifting the spirit….and changing the vibration and lifting the vibrations of Baltimore. And I know for me personally…if you were at Belair and Erdman at midnight, that Friday it was electric,” Jackson added.“Because everyone was just like, we were talking about anti-violence and how in 24 hours there were no murders and everyone was just so hyped off of that. And embracing the idea that that’s not normal, murder is not normal and we should feel okay to express that we want to stop it…it’s not normal to embrace violence.”“You had people coming from East Baltimore to Edmondson and Wildwood (in West Baltimore) Friday night for the Stop the Violence rally, and how often does that happen in Baltimore?” said Gee. “And it was all love…at the height of the rally there were probably about 45 people with Ceasefire signs…and created like a party on the corner of Edmondson and Wildwood in the name of stopping the violence,” she added.“And for people to try to downplay that, or to minimize it and make it seem like, `that’s not a big deal,’ I don’t want to say I feel sorry for them, but I wish that they had the ability to see the vision and see the glory of it the way that we do. Because it is a beautiful thing to witness.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img

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

Apparent roadblock in the development of quantum lithography

first_img © 2010 ( — Just when it began to appear that scientists had found a viable way around the problem of the blurring that occurs when using masks to create smaller and smaller silicon wafers for computer chips, a previous study on beam splitting optics showed that the new approach would not work, at least as it has thus far been proposed. A group of researchers explain why in a paper in New Journal of Physics. Quantum electronics: Two photons and chips Currently, the silicon wafers that make up computer chips are made by the process of lithography, whereby optics are used to create an image on a piece of wafer. To create the channels that make up the transistors, masks are used to prevent some of the photons directed towards a wafer from arriving. When the wafer is then immersed in special chemicals, the parts that were struck react differently than those that weren’t, creating the channels. The problem is in the clarity of the image produced on the other side due to the use of optic lenses to focus the photons, as some degree of blurring will always occur due to the nature of lenses. As researchers try to make smaller transistors, the blurring eventually becomes a roadblock, which is why some are looking for alternatives.One such approach is to take advantage of the unique properties of entangled photons; those wily quantum particles that for some inexplicable reason, tend to mimic the behavior of one another, without any apparent means of communication, and at a rate faster than the speed of light. Because they are correlated, the thinking went, they’d always arrive at the same place at the same time (in this case a sensor) creating a near perfect image; so if say a mask were made, in this case a simple one with just two slits in it; it would make sense that the pair of entangled photons would interfere with one another as they tend to do, as they pass through the slit, then arrive together on the other side at exactly the same place and time, which is just what you’d need if you wanted to impact the material on the other side to create your wafer the way you intended. Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out quite that way, because as it turns out, while you can expect a pair of entangled photons to do their thing simultaneously, you can’t rely on them to arrive at the same target, or again in this case, the same sensor, while they are doing so; which of course is a big problem if you’re trying to make a wafer where the photons have to hit their target not only at exactly the same time, but in exactly the right place or you’ve got nothing to show for your efforts.Even so, researchers hoped that enough photons would arrive in the same place at the same time by chance to allow for the process to work; but this meant adding in an exposure time (waiting for enough of the photons to arrive at the same place) which as it turned out rose too rapidly as the feature size requirements went up, making the process unfeasible.While it appears the original idea for using entangled photons for the development of quantum lithography won’t work, researchers aren’t giving up hope just yet; the stakes are too high. The hope now is that some other new imaginative way can be thought of to get around the problems encountered, allowing for the creation of almost unimaginably small chips. Citation: Apparent roadblock in the development of quantum lithography (2011, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: On the efficiency of quantum lithography, Christian Kothe et al 2011 New J. Phys. 13 043028 doi:10.1088/1367-2630/13/4/043028AbstractQuantum lithography promises, in principle, unlimited feature resolution, independent of wavelength. However, in the literature, at least two different theoretical descriptions of quantum lithography exist. They differ in the extent to which they predict that the photons retain spatial correlation from generation to absorption, and although both predict the same feature size, they vastly differ in predicting how efficiently a quantum lithographic pattern can be exposed. Until recently, essentially all quantum lithography experiments have been performed in such a way that it is difficult to distinguish between the two theoretical explanations. However, last year an experiment was performed that gives different outcomes for the two theories. We comment on the experiment and show that the model that fits the data unfortunately indicates that the trade-off between resolution and efficiency in quantum lithography is very unfavourable. Explore further When sending two photons through a double slit they will produce an interference pattern on a detection line after the slits. Denoting the arrival position of the photons with s and t one can plot the detection probability where lighter colour indicates higher probability. If the photons are constrained to arrive at the same place the left figure applies; if they propagate independently the right figure applies. Image credit: New J. Phys. 13 043028 doi:10.1088/1367-2630/13/4/043028 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.last_img read more

Time found to be fixed to terrain for Papua New Guinea tribe

first_imgIn interviewing many of the people that live in Gua, the researchers found that when asked questions about the past or the future, their responses were almost always relative to their position along the river. The past was downriver, the future was upriver, regardless of which direction the river happened to be flowing.Interestingly, the perspective of time changed for the villagers when inside their homes. There the past was represented by the doorway, and the future away from the door, which might seem counterintuitive until noting that for those that live in Gua, the doorway is always seen as downhill which is likely to promote drainage after rains; both water and time, flowing away when viewed from the vantage point of those sitting safely inside their homes. The Yupno people live in a village called Gua. There are no roads leading in or out and the only other people the villagers see are the occasional missionaries, researchers or governmental health workers. Thus, their way of life hasn’t changed much, as most of the rest of the world marched into what we now perceive as a very modern society. And because of that, the Yupno people have retained their own interpretation of time, and for them, it’s all about the river. And because of that, time for them can be construed as running straight, as it does for us westerners, but only where the river runs straight. Where it kinks, so too does time. Future is uphill; past is downhill. Image (c) [i]Cognition[/i], DOI:10.1016/j.cognition.2012.03.007 © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Cognition 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. More information: Contours of time: Topographic construals of past, present, and future in the Yupno valley of Papua New Guinea, Cognition,, an everyday yet fundamentally abstract domain, is conceptualized in terms of space throughout the world’s cultures. Linguists and psychologists have presented evidence of a widespread pattern in which deictic time—past, present, and future—is construed along the front/back axis, a construal that is linear and ego-based. To investigate the universality of this pattern, we studied the construal of deictic time among the Yupno, an indigenous group from the mountains of Papua New Guinea, whose language makes extensive use of allocentric topographic (uphill/downhill) terms for describing spatial relations. We measured the pointing direction of Yupno speakers’ gestures—produced naturally and without prompting—as they explained common expressions related to the past, present, and future. Results show that the Yupno spontaneously construe deictic time spatially in terms of allocentric topography: the past is construed as downhill, the present as co-located with the speaker, and the future as uphill. Moreover, the Yupno construal is not linear, but exhibits a particular geometry that appears to reflect the local terrain. The findings shed light on how, our universal human embodiment notwithstanding, linguistic, cultural, and environmental pressures come to shape abstract concepts. Citation: Time found to be fixed to terrain for Papua New Guinea tribe (2012, June 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — For most of western history, people have assumed that what is true of “us” in most cases, must be true for “them,” i.e. other groups about which we may actually know little. One example is the concept of time. In virtually all western societies, people envision time in the same abstract way; as a line moving from the past, through us, and on into the future. We speak of back in the past, or moving forward into the future. And because our way of thinking about time is so ingrained in us it’s difficult to imagine that others might really see time in radically different ways. And yet, some do, as evidenced by a remote tribe of people currently living in Papua New Guinea. The Yupno, a team of researchers has found, relate time to the river that dominates their life. The past is water that has already flowed by, while the future is represented by its source, which for them, lies uphill. Rafael Núñeza, Kensy Cooperridera, D Doana and Jürg Wassmannb studied the Yupno and found, as they report in their paper published in Cognition, that some people living in circumstances far different than that seen in the western world, really do see time in a completely different way. Explore further Learned, not innate human intuition: Study finds twist to the story of the number linelast_img read more

Slew of measures to help speciallyabled voters

first_imgKolkata: Election officials of the North Kolkata Parliamentary constituency segment have initiated various steps to reach out to the specially-abled voters under its jurisdiction and encourage them to exercise their electoral franchise.Braille-enabled Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) will be arranged for visually-impaired voters, officials are visiting the homes of the specially-abled persons to know about their disabilities and locations, a ramp will be put up on the ground with handrail so that wheelchairs can be rolled on the them and some of them will picked up from home and dropped back after the voting process. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe North Kolkata will go to poll in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections on 19 May. The district election officer (DEO) of North Kolkata, Dibyendu Sarkar, has already directed the other election officials to make all the necessary arrangements to ensure a pleasant voting experience for all the specially-abled voters. The officials have also been asked to chalk out a detailed plan to help differently-abled voters to exercise their franchise without any difficulties. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe office of the DEO has already carried out a survey to identify these voters and their locations in order to make special arrangements for them on the day of poll. The poll personnel have started visiting their homes to know about their disabilities and what kind of assistance they would need to reach polling booths to cast their votes. They have been asked to collect details of the locations and contact numbers of such voters. According to district election officer Dibyendu Sarkar, there are altogether 1,500 differently abled voters in North Kolkata. The election officials have prepared a list of these voters with the data provided by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the office of the commissioner for persons with disabilities. “We are making necessary arrangements for the differently-abled voters at the polling stations. A ramp will be put up on the ground with handrail so that wheelchairs can be rolled on the ramp. Voters with physical deformities need not to stand in the queue and they will be allowed to cast their votes the moment they step into the booth,” Sarkar said. Sarkar further said: “Braille-enabled Electronic Voting Machines will be arranged for visually-impaired voters. There will be special arrangements for elderly voters as well. We have decided to arrange 150 wheelchairs in North Kolkata. Vehicles and wheelchairs will be arranged for persons requiring special assistance. We have already spoken to various organisations and NGOs to arrange for wheelchairs. Arrangements will be made to pick up these individuals from their homes and drop them back after voting.” An audio-visual documentary for specially-abled people has been released by the District Election Officer where these voters have been urged to cast their votes. The video will encourage the specially-abled people to take part in the election process, said a senior election official.last_img read more

Cricket betting racket busted in Beniapukur 2 held

first_imgKolkata: A cricket betting racket was busted by Kolkata Police on Thursday night.During the raid by the officers, two persons were arrested. According to the police, on Thursday, during the India-West Indies cricket match, cops from Detective Department came to know from their sources that a cricket-betting was running somewhere in Beniapukur. In the evening, cops came to know about the place from where the racketeers were functioning. Around 7 pm on Thursday, a team from DD of Kolkata Police raided a house located at 14, Tantibagan Lane in Beniapukur and found a person identified as Md. Inam alias Guddu. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe was operating a betting racket through mobile phone. Cops seized two mobile phones from him and arrested him. A case has been registered at the Beniapukur police station under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and three sections of West Bengal Gambling and Prize Competition Act. After interrogating Inam, sleuths came to know that the actual culprit of the gang is operating the racket from Tiljala area. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said a person identified as Rajkumar Shaw of Chowbaga Road was controlling the racket from 1, Topsia 1st Lane in Tiljala area. After Inam gave his statement to the police, cops raided the house he mentioned about in Tiljala and arrested Shaw. Police seized a computer, one mobile phone cash worth Rs 4,600. Sources informed that the police suspect that a big racket is operating in and around Kolkata due to the ongoing World Cup. The duo arrested on Thursday night are being interrogated to find out the other members of the racket.last_img read more

Challenging times for Florida with travel intent down 15 Allianz Global Assistance

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Allianz, Florida, Zika Posted by RICHMOND, VA — Florida and specifically Miami are being hit hard by fallout from the Zika virus. An analysis of travellers’ booking intent by Allianz Global Assistance shows the number of Americans planning to travel to Florida over the peak fall/winter season dropped by almost 15% following the discovery of locally-transmitted Zika virus in Miami.On Aug. 1 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel warning for people heading to South Florida after finding that Zika was being spread by mosquitoes in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami-Dade County, and later in a section of Miami Beach.  The warning for Wynwood was recently lifted.Allianz Global Assistance reviewed more than 940,000 Americans’ travel plans made during the month of August for the peak fall/winter vacation season from mid-November 2016 to mid-April 2017 and compared the results with the same period last year. The number of travellers planning to book flights to Miami was down 29.11%, while the state of Florida as a whole was down 14.84%.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsExcluding Miami, which has been hardest hit by negative publicity surrounding Zika, the remainder of the state recorded a 12.4% decrease in travelers that intended to book flights during the fall/winter season. Other areas that have recorded locally-transmitted cases of Zika virus also experienced a decrease in booking intent at nearby airports, including Tampa (-32.79%) and Palm Beach (-15.51%). Sharecenter_img Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Challenging times for Florida with travel intent down 15%: Allianz Global Assistance << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Tesla Offers 28 Billion for SolarCity in No Brainer Deal for Musk

first_img Elon Musk, chairman of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks at SolarCity’s Inside Energy Summit. Tesla Offers $2.8 Billion for SolarCity in ‘No Brainer’ Deal for Musk Image credit: Reuters | Rashid Umar Abbas 4 min read June 22, 2016 Next Article –shares Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Tesla Reuters Elon Musk on Tuesday sought to build a clean energy powerhouse as his electric car maker, Tesla Motors Inc., made an offer to buy his solar installation firm SolarCity Corp. in a stock deal worth as much as $2.8 billion.Tesla shares plunged more than 13 percent to $189.99 in extended trading — amounting to a loss in value of about $4.3 billion, or more than the value of the offer for the other company. Shares of SolarCity rose about 18 percent to $25.02.Musk, who is the chairman of SolarCity, CEO of Tesla and the largest shareholder of both companies, described the deal as a “no brainer” in a call with reporters. The company could sell customers an electric car, a home battery and a solar system all at once, he said.”Instead of making three trips to a house to put in a car charger and solar panels and battery pack, you can integrate that into a single visit,” Musk told reporters. “It’s an obvious thing to do.”Tesla investors punished the company’s shares, however.”Ideally you want to see Tesla focus on Tesla — building Teslas and expanding the cars,” said Ivan Feinseth, an analyst at Tigress Financial Partners. “Maybe the feeling is that this takes away focus, and it could financially strain Tesla, which is going to continually need a lot of cash.”SolarCity has about $6.24 billion in liabilities, including debt.Tesla executives said its predictable cash flow in the form of payments for its solar systems pays for the debt.Although it is the U.S. market leader in residential rooftop solar systems, it regularly posts quarterly losses and the stock has fallen nearly 60 percent so far this year, pummeled by investors who see its business model as too complex in a market that has become increasingly competitive.Musk said Tesla did not know how many of its customers have solar panels, but guessed that most of them were likely interested in solar. In a blog, Tesla described the deal as a way to expand both companies’ markets.The solar systems will be sold under the premium Tesla brand, which is seeking to expand its target market with a $35,000 electric vehicle called the Model 3 that it will begin delivering late next year.Musk, who owns 19 percent of Tesla and 22 percent of SolarCity, said he would recuse himself from voting on the deal. He could not say how soon shareholders could vote on the deal, as due diligence needs to take place first.SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, Musk’s first cousin, said he supported the deal but would also recuse himself from voting. Rive’s brother, Peter, is also a founder of the company and its chief technology officer.Musk and Lyndon Rive hatched the idea for SolarCity during a trip to the Burning Man desert festival in 2004. Over a decade later, SolarCity has become the top U.S. residential solar installer thanks to a no-money-down financing scheme that allows homeowners to pay for their solar panels through a monthly fee that is less than what they would pay their local utility.Tesla said it offered $26.50 to $28.50 per share for SolarCity, which represents a premium of about 25 percent to 35 percent to the company’s Tuesday close of $21.19. That values the deal at about $2.6 billion to $2.8 billion overall.In a statement issued late Tuesday, Tesla said its management will host a conference call to discuss the ‘rationale’ surrounding the offer to buy SolarCity. The conference call is scheduled to take place Wednesday morning before U.S. markets open.(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik and Aurindom Mukherjee in Bengaluru, Paul Lienert in Detroit and Nichola Groom in Los Angeles; Editing by Bill Rigby, Peter Henderson and Sunil Nair) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queuelast_img read more

Bright Pattern Contact Center Now Available on Microsoft AppSource

first_imgBright Pattern Contact Center Now Available on Microsoft AppSource PRNewswireMay 27, 2019, 6:29 pmMay 27, 2019 Bright Patternline-of-business solutionsMarketing TechnologyMicrosoft AppSourceMicrosoft Dynamics 365News Previous ArticleBraze Hires Former Bazaarvoice Executive as CMO, Former Marketo Chairman and CEO to Join Board of DirectorsNext ArticleKey Social Media Monetization Tactics for Mobile-First Gaming Brands Bright Pattern, a leading provider of omnichannel cloud contact center software for innovative companies, announced the availability of Bright Pattern Contact Center on Microsoft AppSource, an online cloud marketplace providing tailored line-of-business solutions.Bright Pattern provides simple and powerful contact center software for innovative midsize and enterprise companies. Offering a true omnichannel cloud platform, Bright Pattern allows companies to offer an effortless, personal, and seamless customer experience across channels, including voice, text, chat, email, video, messengers, and bots. Bright Pattern integrates with Microsoft Dynamics 365 to help Microsoft customers manage increasing contact volume, provide better service to your customers, and increase agent productivity and performance.Bright Pattern Contact Center integration for Dynamics 365 features includes:Blended voice and chat — Agents can handle customer inquiries over the phone, chat, and SMS/text simultaneously from within Dynamics 365.Click-to-call — Agents have easy-to-use click-to-call icons within Dynamics 365, helping brands drive tickets to resolution faster.Microsoft data access — Bright Pattern Contact Center taps into the Microsoft database to identify customers, update records, and automatically log real-time interaction with customer tickets.Put tickets in context — Agents can view notes and context from all previous customers interactions regardless of the channel, improving agent productivity and boosting customer satisfaction.Screen pop — Agents can instantly identify customers with screen pops from Dynamics 365, including useful information such as contact details forms, recent activities, webpages, and previous tickets.Single sign-on with Microsoft Azure — Utilizing Azure, agents are able to log in faster with single sign-on.Marketing Technology News: Seven Tech Data Executives Named 2019 CRN “Women of the Channel”“Bright Pattern shares Microsoft’s strategic vision for a mobile world of customer engagement with the strongest mobile capabilities, including in-app messaging, SMS/text messaging, and social messenger channel support,” said Michael McCloskey, CEO of Bright Pattern. “Our availability in Microsoft AppSource brings together the rich data from Microsoft Dynamics 365 with the power of the Bright Pattern omnichannel call center solution to provide a context-rich and personal experience.”Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics SolutionKirsten Edmondson Wolfe, Senior Director, AppSource Product Marketing, Microsoft Corp., said, “We’re excited to welcome Bright Pattern to Microsoft AppSource, which gives our customers access to the best solutions available from our extensive partner ecosystem. Microsoft AppSource offers partner solutions such as Bright Pattern Contact Center to help customers enhance the efficiencies of their contact centers and improve customer satisfaction.”Marketing Technology News: Cint Appoints SVP of Asia Nicholas Antram to Continue Strategic Expansion Across the Regionlast_img read more