Gender Affairs and the MOE to host two workshops aimed at violence

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos Islands Government is joining efforts with Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to eliminate violence against women. The Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs will host two workshops aimed at awareness of the convention for violence against women. One workshop is set for Dillion Hall on December 4th in Grand Turk at and on December 5th on Providenciales at the Social Services Conference room both at 9:00am. last_img

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1105 Media Shutters Print Magazine

first_imgAccording to RDN’s 2009 media kit, the magazine carried paid circulation of 25,000 and was published 18 times per year. Visual Studio has a circulation of 85,000.Both magazines are part of the Redmond Media Group, which is a division of 1105’s Enterprise Computing Group. 1105 Media has decided to shutter the print edition of Redmond Developer News and fold the content into Visual Studio magazine, the company said today.As part of the move, RDN editor-in-chief Michael Desmond will transition to Visual Studio as content chief.  Also making the jump are RDN executive editor Kathleen Richards and news editor Jeffrey Schwartz.It was not immediately clear is any layoffs were associated with the move. Desmond did not return a request for comment.1105 will continue to produce the RDN Web site, reddevnews.com, the company said. last_img read more

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Leveraging Audiences Through Vertical Content Channels

first_img“As for what kind of metrics we need to justify launching a new channel, I’m afraid I don’t view it in quite those terms. The question for me is whether the subject is editorially compelling and fits within the overall mission of The Atlantic. Certainly Health qualifies there,” says Cohn. “But it is also the case that we expect each of our channels to attract at least one million unique visitors each month. Health, in its first three weeks, already has exceeded one million unique visitors.”TIME is set to relaunch its Style & Design supplement (which folded roughly 18 months ago) in March of this year. The renewed section, to focus on international travel, cooking, decorating and more, will have a semiannual print version; a Style & Design channel will live on TIME’s website. The supplement and channel will be run by managing editor Rick Stengel. In response, major media outlets are creating easily found channels devoted to topics particularly relevant to their reader base. Here, FOLIO: speaks to The Atlantic, TIME and New York about how these opportunities were identified, and then how they were brought to fruition. Where the Traffic Goes The returning edition of Style & Design has a guaranteed rate base of 500,000, and the average reader will have a minimum household income of $125,000.Style & Design content will be updated daily on TIME.com. Kelleher tells FOLIO:, “This gives the high-end content that is distributed throughout the site a home; in the same way Swampland gives our political coverage a home, or Business gives our business coverage a home. It expands our vertical strategy on the website.” For many publications, finding a home for content can present a conundrum. Discoverability and relevancy are vital, as is shareability. Whether publishers convert to the new model, or choose to only pay lip service to fast-forming conventions, readers are still less than willing to conduct search after search for a topic. Immediate gratification is a necessity, not a luxury, of the digital age. Cross-promotion is integrated into the editorial channels, but audience behavior often depends on the user’s relationship with the publication. “Our most loyal readers typically consume across multiple channels,” says Silberman. “But for newer users, we find people will consume in the vertical they came in.” New York Magazine launched “Early & Often” in December. The idea for the channel, a vertical space focused exclusively on political coverage, began to form in summer 2011. The opportunity was solidified when NYMag.com experienced its largest traffic day on November 21, “…with nearly 800,000 daily unique visitors, thanks to several strong political stories,” according to the company.center_img The team at TIME counts audience, as well as advertiser, opportunity among reasons to give Style & Design another shot.“We wanted to cater to a very specific audience, targeting the global thought leader, the traveler, someone who’s taking on the world,” says TIME worldwide publisher Kim Kelleher. “This gives us an opportunity to work with not only new advertisers in the prestige market, but also a new outlet for our international advertisers that support TIME in our European and Asian editions looking to dip their toe in the brand in the United States.” Cohn maintains that expanded advertising opportunity was “important, but not a driving factor” in the decision to launch the new vertical. Reviving Strategy to Better Serve Audiences (and Advertisers)The Atlantic recently debuted it Health Channel, a vertical site comprised of content previously rolled into its now defunct Life Channel. The Health Channel went live on December 13, with its editorial operations led by Nicholas Jackson (who was previously involved with the Life Channel, and helped start the Technology Channel). It is the seventh vertical content site now living on Theatlantic.com.Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital with Atlantic Media, says the choice to form the Health Channel was more than just a rebranding. “The Life Channel had some great topics under it, but because it was a somewhat vague channel name, there wasn’t a clear sense of how people were going to get there, and it ended up being a catch all,” says Cohn. “Health was one of the focus areas of the Life Channel.”Content living in the Health Channel will also be featured on the main page. Atlantic staff, as well as freelancers, will create content; partnerships, such as the one in place with MedGadget in “The Cutting Edge” promotion module on the Channel, will also provide content.“There’s every expectation that Health content will rotate as often or more often than other topics on the homepage. We’re hoping to drive traffic,” Cohn says. “Like most sites, we get the preponderance from our side doors, but the home page can still drive traffic.” Other influential metrics include the 50 percent traffic increase year-over-year in September 2011 from September 2010. Its News & Features section (which includes political stories, among others) had three million unique visitors. Its October 2011 News & Features traffic also spiked from October 2010, up 29 percent to 2.8 million unique visitors.New York’s online general manager Michael Silberman says, “We start by paying attention to areas where we’re seeing traction, whether it be editorial traction in terms of audience growth and interest, or advertiser traction, in terms of sponsor interest, or a combination of the two. Then we say, ‘There is an opportunity here, what can we do to further exploit it?’”An advertising opportunity also presented itself with the launch of “Early & Often” when The Economist Group broached a potential partnership through its Ideas People Media Channel. The transparent ad network is home to 50 plus sites relevant to The Economist’s, and now New York’s, audiences.“This brings in new advertisers that we aren’t necessarily calling ourselves in our normal ad sells efforts,” says Silberman.Current New York staff (which includes Frank Rich, John Heilemann and Noreen Malone) is supplying content for “Early & Often”. Silberman says social media for the channel is managed by an internal team that handles all of New York’s properties.“Early & Often” finds itself in the company of other NYMag.com verticals like Vulture and Grub Street, and the recently launched Wendy Goodman’s Design Hunting channel. “This is part of an overall strategy that we have identifying vertical content areas where we are starting to see some traction, and deciding what is the best way to take advantage of that; how big is the opportunity in terms of audience and advertising, and how much resource we should put against it,” says Silberman.last_img read more

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Thirtymillionpage backup of humanity headed to moon aboard Israeli lander

first_img A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy The top layers of the archive disc can be viewed with an optical microscope. Arch Mission Foundation/Bruce Ha On Thursday night, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Israeli-made spacecraft named Beresheet beyond the grasp of Earth’s gravity and sent it on its way to the surface of the moon. On board Beresheet is a specially designed disc encoded with a 30-million-page archive of human civilization built to last billions of years into the future. The backup for humanity has been dubbed “The Lunar Library” by its creator, the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF).   “The idea is to place enough backups in enough places around the solar system, on an ongoing basis, that our precious knowledge and biological heritage can never be lost,” the nonprofit’s co-founder Nova Spivack told me via email.The AMF also placed a small test archive on Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster that was launched in the direction of Mars aboard the first Falcon Heavy demonstration mission last year. That archive consisted of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy encoded in a disc made of quartz silica glass made to last millions of years as the Roadster orbits the sun. The AMF has also placed a solid-state copy of Wikipedia on board a cubesat from SpaceChain in low-Earth orbit.graphic-1-space-ilThe little lander Beresheet hopes to make history in multiple ways this year. SpaceIL Part of the motivation for the far-out project is to leave a copy of humanity’s knowledge not just in the cloud, but far beyond the clouds, should the impacts of climate change or a potential nuclear war do us or the planet in at some point in the future. “While I am optimistic that humanity will rise to the challenge and develop a multinational  planetary defense initiative to mitigate these planetary risks, it is also prudent to have a plan B,” Spivack said. “Instead of one backup in one place our strategy is ‘many copies, many places’ — and we plan to send updates on a regular basis.”The AMF has already signed on to an additional planned moon mission, with startup Astrobotic, to send another Lunar Library installment to the moon in the next few years. There are also plans in the works to send archives to Mars, LaGrange points around Earth and deep underground caves on our planet. “The interplanetary network of backup locations we have started may even help to enable an interplanetary Internet. As we become a spacefaring civilization, we are going to need ways to move big data around the solar system, and protect it in transit, and at each location,” Spivack said. 17 Photos Tags Share your voice Sci-Techcenter_img 8 Space Comments The disc aboard Beresheet is about the size and thickness of a DVD, but consists of 25 stacked thin nickel films that AMF insists can resist radiation, extreme temperatures and other harsh conditions found in space for billions of years. There is, of course, no way to test how long it will last, but if it survives as long as hoped, the disc may even be around longer than the moon itself. The top four layers are actually filled with 60,000 pages of tiny analog images that can be viewed with optical microscope technology that’s been around for centuries. The images include a sort of users’ guide explaining human language, the contents of the disc and how to access the deeper layers containing compressed digital data. The digitized layers include a full copy of Wikipedia, more than 25,000 books and data for understanding over 5,000 languages. But if humans — or perhaps someone else — is ever going to get a chance to use the Lunar Library, it has to first get to the surface of the moon. Beresheet is now just beginning a long, complicated journey that will involve a handful of swings around Earth to increase the size of its orbit before jumping into orbit around the moon and eventually attempting a landing.The first window of opportunity to land comes on April 11.  So if all works out, Wikipedia will touch down on the moon almost exactly 50 years after man first showed up there. Any aliens who come across it in the future will surely be baffled by a few choice entries, like “moon-landing conspiracy theories,” “flat Earth” or “Tide pod challenge.” But at least they’ll help illustrate why we needed a backup.  last_img read more

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Senate demands Google CEO answer for hidden Nest microphone

first_img 2 Share your voice Tags Comments Google Alphabet Inc. Tech Industry The Nest Secure home security system Tyler Lizenby/CNET The US Senate Commerce Committee wants explanations from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recent controversy at Nest, the smart-home device company Google owns. Last week, the search giant drew criticism because its Nest Secure hub, a web-connected home security system, includes a microphone, but it was never disclosed in hardware specs, marketing materials or on Nest’s website. The microphone’s existence became apparent after Google announced earlier this month it was bringing its Assistant software to the Nest Secure. The Assistant, which lets people check flight information or turn off the lights in their houses, relies heavily on voice commands — and a microphone — when its on devices without screens. At the time, Google said it was an “error” that the microphone was omitted from the product specs. The company also said the mic has never been activated. But that hasn’t satisfied committee members, who wrote a letter to Pichai demanding more information. “Google’s failure to disclose a microphone within its Nest Secure product raises serious questions about its commitment to consumer transparency and disclosure,” the letter dated Feb. 25 says. “As consumer technology becomes ever more advanced, it is essential that consumers know the capabilities of the devices they are bringing into their homes so they can make informed choices.”  The letter demands Pichai follow up with the committee by March 12. The committee also wants an “in-person briefing” on the issue by March 29. The letter was written by Senate Republicans Roger Wicker of Mississippi, John Thune of South Dakota and Jerry Moran of Kansas. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the letter. The controversy comes as Google — and the rest of Silicon Valley — deal with broader scrutiny over privacy and data collection. Google has gotten blowback from lawmakers and the public for its use of data location on its Android phones, as well as the access it gives third-party software makers to read people’s emails on Gmail. The committee wants Pichai to specifically address six questions:Has a microphone always been a component of the Nest Secure home security and alarm system device?When and how did Google become aware that a microphone was not listed on the Nest Secure’s technical specifications available to consumers?What steps has Google taken to inform purchasers of Nest Secure devices that the device contains a previously undisclosed microphone?Please describe Google’s process for developing technical specifications for its products. At what stage of this process did the error take place that resulted in the omission of the microphone’s presence in the Nest Secure device? Has Google taken steps to prevent such an error from reocurring in the technical specifications for other Google products?Is Google aware or has Google ever been aware of any third party using the Nest Secure microphone for any unauthorized purpose?Is Google aware of similar omissions in the technical specifications for any other Google products?The Senate also points out that the undisclosed microphone leaves consumers vulnerable to spying from hackers.”Moreover, even if Google was not using the Nest Secure microphone to record any information or it was turned off by default, there is still risk that hackers or other outside entities could have activated the microphone to illicitly record information,” the letter says.  Nest has suffered other privacy controversies recently. Last month, a hacker infiltrated the Nest Cam security camera of a San Francisco Bay Area family by using a password obtained from a third-party breach. The hacker convinced the family that the US was under nuclear attack from North Korea. In December, another hacker took over the camera of a man in Arizona to warn him of security vulnerabilities. In another case that month, a hacker told a couple through the device that he’d kidnap their child.last_img read more

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Undocumented Population Up In Texas Despite Nationwide Decline

first_img Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:03 U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionUndocumented immigrant children at a U.S. Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas.Texas’ undocumented immigrant population grew 5% over the last seven years, according to information provided by the Center for Migration Studies. Nationwide, however, the undocumented population decreased by 9%, according to a new report by the center. Though the state’s undocumented population now includes 75,000 fewer Mexicans, more people are coming from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and India.“The entire undocumented population living in Texas, including Mexico and every other country, actually increased by 95,000,” said Center for Migration Studies researcher Bob Warren.Center for Migration StudiesThe report also showed that nationwide 62% of undocumented immigrants came to the U.S. by overstaying their visa.Researcher Bob Warren said that’s why solutions to illegal immigration should address both the border and visa overstays. “More people overstay visas than come across the border illegally and what that means is that more attention should be paid to the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, which issues immigrant visas,” said Warren. In 2016, 320,000 people overstayed their visa, according to the report.  Xlast_img read more

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How This Company Is Helping Entrepreneurs Use 3D Printing

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 2, 2015 This story appears in the March 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Chicago’s 3D Printer Experience is aptly named: It aims to educate and engage the public by offering a relaxed setting to learn about a beneficial new technology, as well as playful activities like the ability to scan and print one’s own head.  Founded as an LLC in late 2012 and converted to a benefit corporation in 2014, the 3D Printer Experience offers design and manufacturing services for both first-time and experienced entrepreneurs. Founder and CEO Julie Friedman Steele walked us through the process. Who is your ideal client?People who are driven by new ideas. We like to see clients who are ready to embrace change. Because not only do we focus on 3-D printing as a democratizing agent of manufacturing, but also on the effects of other futurist and open mindsets. The accelerating rate of technology is affecting our world in ways that most people aren’t even thinking about. Those things are going to radically change our world, and we want to make sure that as many people as possible get to be a part of that and understand what’s happening. My favorite ones are always the social entrepreneurs; not only are we helping them, but we are also making a difference in the lives of others. One company, Portapure, worked with us to create a piece of a water bottle with a filter inside to provide clean drinking water to people in Haiti.Julie Friedman SteelePhoto courtesy of 3dpxWhich of 3D Printer Experience’s services might be of specific interest to entrepreneurs?We offer consulting, which involves project feasibility and recommendations. We offer design and manufacturing. We have industrial-grade 3-D printing and laser sintering capabilities in-house. And we offer continuing education and private events. Our site functions as a full-service event space during hours not open to the public. Entrepreneurs love to have a place available to them that isn’t a typical banquet facility and to be around future technologies.Through our experiences, education, and ideation sessions, we work with many entrepreneurs to understand not only how 3-D printing functions today, but how it will impact our future as well. After working with us, most of our clients come back with even better ideas. Also, we are very encouraging to first-time entrepreneurs by supporting their ideas and by teaching them how to use 3-D printing to develop their concepts. My favorite thing to tell them is how 3-D printing is democratizing manufacturing. This means that they have the same access that large corporations have. Supply and demand: A sample of the variety of materials that can be used in 3-D printing.Photo (C) Kevin AntnenHow do your design services work?We take an individualized approach with our clients and are willing to go back and forth to ensure that the finished object exceeds their expectations. The steps we follow include ideation, 3-D modeling, prototyping, manufacturing and post-processing.Many clients are very sensitive about their intellectual property, and we make sure they get to keep that. We are in the business of helping them succeed, not putting up roadblocks that would prevent them from seeing their vision come to life.Is there anything about 3-D printing that you wish more entrepreneurs understood?I want more entrepreneurs to know that they can raise funds through means like crowdfunding and compete with the big guys. It’s hysterical to me to see publicly traded companies putting their projects on crowdfunding sites masquerading as independent entrepreneurs. However, it’s also very telling that there is slowly becoming very little difference between them and any entrepreneur with a new idea.I also let entrepreneurs know that if they love what they do, they don’t need to have an exit strategy. It’s possible now to launch financially sustainable businesses on their own and make an impact on the world. last_img read more

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