No mechanical issues with plane that crashed at Springbank Airport killed two

first_imgA training plane didn’t hit even reach 300 feet in the air before a steep dive into the terrain at the Springbank Airport that resulted in the death of two people on Oct. 26, 2017.The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released an updated report on its investigation into the incident that left an instructor and a student from the Springbank Air Training College dead.The Piper PA 34-200T Seneca II was in the air for about 54 seconds before it lost speed and altitude.“The aircraft speeds and altitudes that were captured on radar data were not normal for an aircraft of that type on departure,” Western Regional Manager Jon Lee said. “What we were looking at was the rate of climb, the takeoff and after it got to a certain altitude it didn’t climb anymore. That is of great interest to us still.”The TSB determined there were no mechanical failures based on wreckage from the scene that was analyzed. The impact of the crash sparked a fire and it destroyed the plane but parts were recovered. Lee said the Board is also waiting on toxicology and autopsy reports from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.“Those reports are yet to come, definitely something that we do look at. Now, unfortunately, both occupants died so we can’t interview them to find out the exact details about the human factor side of it like how they were feeling,” he said.The TSB is still conducting interviews, examining radar data and working with Piper Aircraft Inc. to look at the plane’s performance. Its report said the aircraft was fit to fly and the instructor, who was seated on the right-hand side, had logged over 2,100 flight hours before the incident.Weather was not a factor in the crash and the investigation continues.last_img read more

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How Ban Kimoon Missed a Golden Opportunity to Solve the Western

New York – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has begun a tour of the Maghreb region with the intention to breathe new life into the stalled political process to achieve a resolution to the Western Sahara conflict. The tour, which will not include Morocco, comes nine years after Ban Ki-moon assumed his post as UN Secretary General. The trip also comes nine years after the UN Security Council called on the parties involved to strive to reach a mutually acceptable political solution to the territorial dispute.Nine years after the Security Council adopted Resolution 1754 in April 2007, the dispute is at a standstill, and no progress whatsoever has been achieved since Ban Ki-moon came to office. Observers are wondering what effect this trip, which comes during the last year of Ki-moon’s term as UNSG, will have on the political process. Can we expect him to achieve in the coming months what he failed to achieve in nine years? What prevented him from helping the parties reach a political solution? And what is the path his successor at the United Nations should take in order to avoid a repeat of the same scenario?Ban Ki-moon’s missed opportunity to breathe life into the stalled political process   Most observers doubt that this trip will lead to any progress in the political process. Many think that it is a routine trip that Ban Ki-moon felt obliged to make in order to give the impression that he has tried his best to put to an end to the conflict. The statements that the UNSG has made in his visits to Mauritania, the Tindouf camps, and Algeria  echo the same monotonous statements that he has made over the past nine years.An analysis of the conflict since Ban Ki-moon assumed office will show us that the UN chief has lacked the courage, clairvoyance and determination to help the parties reach a political solution, as called for in several Security Council resolutions since 2007. In fact, the South Korean diplomat missed a golden opportunity to be remembered by future generations as the UN chief that helped put an end to the 40-year-old conflict.Over a year after the Security Council called on the parties to bring innovative ideas that would pave the way towards reaching a political solution, Peter Van Walsum, the former UN Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, said in April 2008 that the establishment of “an independent state in Western Sahara is not a realistic proposition.” This statement was a timely gift from the Dutch diplomat to the UN chief, prompting him to break free from the UN fixation on self-determination as leading necessarily to the independence of the territory from Morocco.Walsum’s statement was a blow to the aspirations of Algeria and the Polisario, and was in line with the autonomy proposal that Morocco presented to the Security Council in April 2007. The Moroccan proposal offers one of the three options provided for in UNGA resolution 2625 (XXV) of 24 October 1970. According to this resolution, “The establishment of a sovereign and independent State, the free association or integration with an independent State or the emergence into any other political status freely determined by a people constitute modes of implementing the right of self-determination by that people.”The statements made by the former UN Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara were understood by observers as a call on the UN to change its approach on the conflict. The UN mediator had, in fact, the courage to express out loud what most countries had only been thinking. Walsum’s conclusion came after he chaired four rounds of direct negotiations between Morocco and the Polisairo in Manhasset, a New York suburb.But instead of taking Walsum’s conclusions seriously and bringing new ideas to help the parties reach a political settlement, Ban Ki-moon gave in to the pressure placed on him by Algeria, the Polisario, and their allies, and pushed the Dutch diplomat to resign.Ban Ki-moon has locked himself in deadlock since 2009 In January 2009, Ban appointed American diplomat Christopher Ross as his new Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara. As a result, Ban Ki-moon locked himself in a situation that would eventually prevent him from bringing any innovative ideas to the table.Rather than building on the work done by his predecessor, Ross chaired nine rounds of indirect talks between the parties from when he assumed his new office until 2012. None of these talks proved useful in advancing the political process. Instead, at the end of each meeting, media and observers were dismayed to hear the same statements made by the UN mediator, that none of the parties were willing to accept the position of the other as a basis for negotiations.In addition to bringing the political process to a standstill, the new UN envoy has been perceived by Rabat as being “sympathetic” to the thesis of the Algeria and the Polisario. This “bias” was on display in the annual reports presented to the Security Council in recent years. In the reports, instead of suggesting new ideas, Ross echoed the allegations made by Algeria and the Polisario regarding the alleged systematic violations of human rights in the territory. This new twist diverted the political process from its main path, which stoked the ire of Rabat and caused Morocco to withdraw its trust in the UN envoy in 2012.Although they renewed their trust in the American diplomat a year later, Moroccan authorities were convinced that he was either unable or unwilling to fulfill his role as a neutral mediator and come up with new ideas that would pave the way towards helping the conflicting parties reach a political settlement.After seven years at the helm of the UN political process, Ross has not been able to achieve even minimal progress in his mission. His failure ultimately is the failure of Ban Ki-moon. In fact, a mere comparison between the work done and the efforts exerted by his predecessors will give a clear understanding as to why the UN chief failed in his mediation efforts and why there will be no solution as long as the same approach is adopted.In 1997, Kofi Anan, the former UN Secretary General, appointed James Baker, the former US Secretary of State, as his Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara and tasked him with mission of helping the parties reach a solution away from the “winner-take it all” approach. After four years of strenuous efforts to work out the principle of the referendum, Baker came to the conclusion that this solution was unworkable, because of the irreconcilable positions of the parties on voter eligibility.Therefore, in 2001 Baker presented the “Framework Agreement” (Baker Plan I). The proposal provided for a period of five years for the territory’s autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty, to be followed by a referendum in which all people living in the territory would participate. The proposal offered voters the choice between integration with Morocco or independence, with autonomy being a third option. While the proposal was accepted by Morocco, it was rejected by the Polisario and Algeria.Two years later, Baker came up with a reworked version of his plan, called Baker Plan II. This time around, Morocco rejected it, arguing that it merely reflected the failed UN settlement plan of 1991, which had proposed a resolution by a referendum with the option of independence. In June 2004, realizing that his efforts had resulted in a deadlock, Baker presented his resignation to Kofi Anan.After entrusting mediation efforts to Alvaro De Soto, who was at the time Special Representative of the Secretary General in charge of MINURSO, Kofi Anan appointed Peter Van Walsum as his new envoy in July 2005. Following in the footsteps of James Baker, Walsum strove to steer the parties towards a mutually acceptable solution. The statement he made in April 2008 was a sober and realistic conclusion that could have paved the way towards breaking the deadlock had the UN chief had the courage to follow his strategy.While James Baker and Peter Van Walsum, two personal envoys appointed by Kofi Anan, strove to work out innovative realistic approaches. In contrat, the only envoy appointed by Ban Ki-moon failed to bring any fresh ideas to the negotiating table. In addition, instead of replacing him with a bolder and more courageous mediator, the UN chief chose to keep him.The way forward after Ban Ki-moon leaves office As Ban Ki-moon’s tenure as UN chief is nearing its end and the prospects of reaching a political solution under his auspices are nearly impossible, there is hope that his successor, who will take office in January 2017, will have enough courage and vision to bring the conflict to an end. However, for the new UN Secretary General to succeed in his or her mission, he or she will have to reshuffle UN policy and its approach on the conflict. The new UN chief well also have to determine what the new UN seeks to obtain from its mediation efforts, as well as set a timeframe for reaching its goals. Clinging to the same stubborn approaches that proved to be failures will not lead anywhere, and we might find ourselves still talking about the same subject in the next five or ten years.One of the first elements that should be taken into account is that there was a procedural flaw in the 1991 UN Settlement Plan, on which the UN has built its approach for the past 25 years. Contrary to common belief, the Settlement Plan approved by the Security Council was not agreed upon by Morocco and the Polisario, nor did it take into account the reservations of both parties.In his book entitled Western Sahara, Anatomy of a Stalemate, Erik Jensen, Representative of the Secretary General in charge of MINURSO from 1994 to 1998, shows that Morocco and the Polisario never accepted the Settlement Plan fully. Though they agreed to carry on with it in principle, they had reservations that were not taken into account. The main fault line of the plan was the electoral roll, determining  who was Saharawi, and who was eligible to vote in the referendum. But instead of taking the parties’ reservations into account, the Security Council ignored them and proceeded to adopt it.In a letter to the Secretary General in July 1990, King Hassan II expressed his frustration that the plan submitted to the Security Council did not take into account Morocco’s reservations. However, this letter was never conveyed to the Security Council nor to the task force in charge of the drafting the settlement.According to Erik Jensen, Morocco and the Polisario “agreed to differing and incompatible interpretations of what was proposed.” But the Security Council adopted the proposal on the premise that the parties will be willing to cooperate to implement the plan.In addition, former Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuellar said he “was never convinced that independence promised the best future for the inhabitants of the Western Sahara,” according to his memoirs.Before the adoption of the Settlement Plan, the former UN chief was also convinced that the plan could not meet all the concerns of the parties and that a compromise solution should be sought.Need for the UN to rethink its priorities and to work out a win-win solutionBased on the foregoing, there is an acute need that for UN to break free from its fixation on the concept of self-determination as necessarily leading to the independence of the territory. The UN cannot keep ignoring the multiple studies published in academia in recent years, most of which point out that the principle of self-determination should focus more on internal self-determination, especially in cases that are outside the era and the context of decolonization of the 1960s.The geopolitical situation of the world in 2016 is different than the one that prevailed in the 1960s when the concept of self-determination was promoted. The UN should not only take Morocco’s historical rights to the disputed territory into account and the efforts it has made to build full-fledged cities out of nowhere, but it should also learn from other instances where independence was granted to new states that have failed to provide security, prosperity and well-being to their citizens.The case of South Sudan, which obtained independence in 2011, should be present in the minds of the new UN leaders when trying to find a solution to the Western Sahara dispute or other conflicts. The independence of this failed state did not bring peace or prosperity to its citizens. It only brought war, ethnic cleansing, hunger, disease, and a lack of prospects for a bright future. In less than two years after independence, the civil war that erupted caused 1.5 million people to be internally displaced and pushed 700,000 people to flee to neighboring countries. In addition, more than 2.4 million people face hunger in the conflict-affected areas, according to a study conducted by Oxfam International.Instead of striving to favor the independence of ethnic minorities or territories just for the sake of applying the narrow-minded concept of self-determination, the UN should make sure these territories have the ability to establish successful and strong states.As the world is in a new era marked by the growing threat of terrorism and organized crime, the United Nations should rethink its priorities. Is it seeking to promote international peace and security and to avoid a worsening of the situation in Middle East and North Africa? Or is it seeking to help establish more failed states as long as the principle of self-determination as leading necessarily to independence is implemented, thereby creating more instability and unrest?If it is seeking to ensure international peace and security, the road is clear. This can only be achieved through efforts that aim to strengthen established states that contribute to international peace and security, and steer away from any attempt to promote the establishment of tiny, failed states. In addition to the tremendous efforts it has made over the past decades to provide the population of the Saharan provinces with the necessary means to lead a decent life, Morocco has proved in recent years to be a pivotal player in promoting stability in the entire Maghreb region and in fighting against the destabilizing effects of terrorism. Focusing on independence for Western Sahara could undermine Morocco’s stabilizing position.Given the worsening security situation in Libya, where the so-called Islamic State has managed to have a foothold in large swath of the territory, the world cannot allow the establishment of a new failed state in the region. A new state in the region — as many pseudo-advocate of human rights, who have no clue of the geopolitical complexity of the region or the history of the conflict have called for — would be a disaster for the international community and a gift to terrorist and criminal organizations to take advantage of another large, unstable territory to thrive and use it as their training base. This scenario would have a disastrous destabilizing effect not only on the Maghreb, but also on Europe. The fight against the plague of terrorism necessitates the existence of strong established states, which have proven track records in effectively preventing terrorist groups from expanding their territorial scope. In recent years, Morocco has proved that the international community can count on the expertise of its security apparatus and the foresight of its holistic strategy to fight terrorism.The future UNSG must show leadership and steer the UN towards a new realistic approach that would enable it fully to discharge its mission in helping reach a political solution to the territorial dispute pitting Morocco against Algeria and the Polisario. This approach should seek a solution that excludes the “winner take-it all” approach, thus giving due consideration to the Moroccan autonomy proposal, which is in line with international law and the concept of self-determination. Additionally, any UN effort should be based on the premise that Algeria is a full-fledged party in the conflict. There is unanimity among observers and diplomats that any decision made by the Polisario is, in fact, decided in Algiers. Therefore, the UN approach should take this fact into account.Samir Bennis is the co-founder of and editor-in-chief of Morocco World News. You can follow him on Twitter @Samir Bennis © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Unions Heathrow Airport hold talks to avert midnight strike

LONDON — Heathrow Airport officials and union leaders are holding last-ditch talks in hopes of averting a strike at Europe’s busiest airport.Security guards, firefighters, engineers and drivers at Heathrow plan to go on strike at one minute after midnight if Sunday’s negotiations fail. The airport cancelled more than 170 flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in preparation.Members of the union Unite have voted to reject an offer Heathrow officials said provided a 7.3% pay increase over 2 1/2 years.The union says it is focused on disparities between workers doing the same jobs and an “unacceptable” pay gap between workers and Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye.Heathrow says it will remain open on strike days but security lines will likely be longer than normal. The airport advised passengers to contact airlines for updated flight information.The Associated Press read more

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DR Congo UNICEF rushes aid to 10000 people displaced by fresh fighting

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has provided emergency relief items to over 10,000 newly displaced people in three camps, north of Katanga province.“This immediate emergency response has helped ensure that the vulnerable populations are able to cope with the present crisis with dignity,” UNICEF said of the supplies, including plastic sheeting, blankets, soap and cooking utensils, which have been distributed to the displaced families by the non-governmental organization (NGO) MSF-Holland. Tens of thousands of people fled their homes earlier this month in fear of fresh militia attacks in the Katanga region, where the Congolese army, backed by the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), is trying to oust militias that have tortured, raped and killed civilians across the eastern part of the vast country ever since a five-year civil war ended in 2002.More than 10,000 displaced people are presently living in three camps managed by MSF-Holland in the district of Pweto. MSF reports indicate that about 300 to 400 newly displaced persons arrive in the camps every day, the majority of them women and children. UNICEF’s medium-term emergency aid will cover additional essential supplies for primary health care and nutrition and assistance to local organizations working to reintegrate children released from armed groups into their communities, as well as providing educational supplies and materials for the displaced. The UN World Food programme (WFP), working with Caritas, a local NGO, is urgently mobilizing food aid and said earlier this month that it needs $20 million in additional funding. read more

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UN humanitarian chief urges sustained funding to assist millions of Iraqis in

Addressing reporters in Baghdad, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos highlighted the very serious humanitarian crisis resulting from the surge in violence between armed groups and Government forces which has left 1.8 million people internally displaced and hundreds of thousands in need of assistance.“Some families have been displaced multiple times and have been left terrified by what has happened to them,” she stated. “Winter is fast approaching and there is a huge amount of work needed to ensure that families have protection from the cold.”During her visit to the country, Ms. Amos visited the Khanke camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Dohuk, one of the largest in the country.“I heard horrendous stories of violence and brutality from ‘Da’ash’ on ordinary children, women and men,” she said, using another name for the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).She added that as the international community works together with the Government to tackle the rising levels of conflict and brutality across Iraq and also Syria being meted out by ‘Da’ash’ and other armed groups, it is important to also remember the humanitarian impact.Ms. Amos, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, noted that the Kurdistan region of Iraq has now received more than 850,000 IDPs since the beginning of the year. One in every four Iraqis displaced since January has sought refuge in Dohuk Governorate.“The influx has created a massive shelter crisis, with more than half of these families sheltering in parks and other open areas, on the sides of highways, in unfinished buildings, in religious buildings and in schools,” she said. “With more than 650 schools in Dohuk Governorate now hosting IDPs, thousands of Kurdish school children did not start school on 10 September as scheduled.”In collaboration with the Kurdish Regional Government, the UN is finalizing an operational plan to meet urgent shelter and other needs over the next two months, said Ms. Amos.She pledged that the UN and all its partners – including local civil society organizations – will continue to focus on providing life-saving assistance ahead of the winter.“The needs are enormous. A key factor in covering a significant part of the needs in this humanitarian crisis will be: the restoration of payment of salaries; the dispatching of medical supplies through the central system and; and the resumption of the Public Distribution System for food.“These actions will greatly contribute to stabilizing the humanitarian situation. Sustained funding and support will be needed in the months ahead.” read more

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Meghan Markle distraught after beloved dog breaks two legs

first_imgPrince Harry and Meghan Markle Meghan Marklehas been left “distraught” after her pet beagle broke two legs, it has been claimed.Ms Markle, who brought one of her two pet dogs with her to London from their Canadian home, has taken beagle Guy to be treated by vets, according to the Mail on Sunday.The accident is understood to have happened shortly after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced at the end of November.The newspaper has reported that the dog is being treated by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, described as a “world-class orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon” and known for his work on television.  Meghan Markle makes her first public appearance in NottinghamCredit:AFP Ms Markle has previously spoken of her deep love for her two dogs, Guy and Bogart. Bogart,  a labrador-shepherd cross , has been left behind with friends in Toronto after he was considered unfit to fly with the former actress to her new home at Kensington Palace. Speaking to the BBC after the engagement was announced, Ms Markle said: “One [dog] is now staying with very close friends and my other, little Guy, he’s in the UK, he’s been here for a while.”I think he’s doing just fine.” Meghan Markle makes her first public appearance in Nottingham Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in their engagement photos Prince Harry’s fiance has previously described her dogs as “my boys” and “my loves”, and said that they “mean the absolute world” to her. “I think Kate and William are a bit absorbed in having young children and keeping the work show on the road. “There are always tensions about money and who’s going to do what and I’m sure they’ll go on. They won’t necessarily get any better or worse.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Meghan Markle with Guy and Bogart in TorontoCredit:Instagram Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:PA Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in their engagement photosCredit:Alexi Lubomirski Meghan Markle with Guy and Bogart in Toronto He told the Sunday Times: “It’s a great story at a time when the whole country is wrestling with issues of diversity. “The idea that Harry is marrying a strong, mixed -race campaigner for human rights …” Asked if he has met her, Bradby added: “I have. She’s incredibly likeable and warm.I’m sure she’s got her flaws, like all of us, but it’s difficult to see what they are. “She’s got a feeling of zen around her, and if you look at Harry over the past year and a half, he’s really calmed down.  “The only thing he gets exercised about now is protecting her from the media.” The Mail on Sunday reported that Guy is receiving treatment at a facility in Surrey, with Prince Harry travelling with a “very upset” Ms Markle to support her. A spokesman for Kensington Palace has not yet commented.Ms Markle was described this weekend as having a “feeling of zen” around her by broadcaster Tom Bradby, a former Royal correspondent and friend of Prince Harry.  Asked whether there might be concern among other members of the Royal Family that Ms Markle will claim their spotlight, Bradby said: “There are bound to be tensions — there just will be, but they’ll probably be between the generations.last_img read more

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The 12 stages of going to bed early

first_imgThe inception Source: ShutterstockThe minute you wake up you think, ‘that’s it, I’m going to bed early tonight’.The commitment Source: ShutterstockYou spend the day talking about the fact that you’re going to bed early.  Could be as early as 8pm. WHO KNOWS?The resistance Source: ShutterstockPeople invite you to go to the cinema, or for an after work drink.  No, no, you say, I’m going to bed early tonight!The outfitYou go home, put your pyjamas on immediately, because you won’t be up for long.The delayYou watch some telly while you eat your dinner, thinking, I’ll go to bed after this.The denialYou watch another episode, telling yourself that if you go to bed straight after this one, it’s still an early night.The processYou brush your teeth and wash your face, make yourself a chamomile tea and change your sheets.  You want to have a really good night’s sleep, so it’s worth the extra effort.The update Source: ShutterstockYou’ll just check your phone before you go to sleep, make sure that you haven’t missed anything important.The realisation Source: ShutterstockCrap!  It’s 11!  Is that still early?  Are you still having an early night?!? Probably not.The denial Source: ShutterstockYou turn your lamp off, lie down and calculate how many hours of sleep you’re going to get.  Still eight hours!  That’s ok!The acceptance Source: ShutterstockYou lie there watching the minutes tick by and recalculating the amount of sleep you’re going to have until eventually, at around 6 hours you fall asleep.So much for an early night.The inceptionThe minute you wake up you think, ‘that’s it, I’m going to bed early tonight’.Miley Cyrus poses with a monkey dressed as a cowboy on her back>iPhone users fooled by fake ‘waterproof’ update>last_img read more

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Vancouver Parking Advisory Committee seeks applicants

first_imgThe city of Vancouver is seeking applicants for one mid-term vacancy on the Parking Advisory Committee.The committee is a seven-member advisory body that serves to advise the Vancouver City Council and city staff on both parking policy and implementation.Committee members need to either be city residents, own a business or property within city limits, or be an officer or partner in business located in downtown Vancouver.The open term ends Jan. 1, 2022.The committee meets quarterly or as needed at 7:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Feb. 22.To apply or for more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/boards. Questions can also be directed to Michelle Bartley with the City Manager’s Office at michelle.bartley@cityofvancouver.us or 360-487-8607.last_img read more

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Marti Buscaglia

first_imgThe launch of Duluth~Superior Magazine, a regional Minnesota niche, may never have happened if it weren’t for its founder’s rocky start.When former Duluth News Tribune publisher Marti Buscaglia decided to leave the newspaper to take a position at the Orange County Register in California, she suffered a devastating career blow when an anonymous reader tipped off her new employer to ask for a copy of Buscaglia’s college diploma.Buscaglia, who never finished her degree, says she made the “rookie” mistake of writing it on her resume. “The CEO asked me, ‘Well, do you want to come on board anyway and ride out the storm?’ and I told him that I didn’t think it was fair to his readers—they needed a publisher they could trust.” Buscaglia picked up the pieces, finished her college degree in Minnesota (graduating summa cum laude), and took the summer of 2007 to write the business plan for her dream of producing a niche city and lifestyle publication for the area.“I had a vision and I understand demographics. We really set out to give people a sense of pride of living in this region,” she says of the underserved market.After launching in the winter of 2008, Buscaglia’s brainchild has a 10,000 circulation for a market area of less than 250,000 people. While other area magazines tout PDFs to display content online, Buscaglia has created a Web presence with online-exclusive content, unique media partnerships and a comprehensive arts and events calendar. The Web site draws 165,000 page views from 10,000 visitors monthly.“We didn’t have a lot of ads, but enough to make it worthwhile, with five full-page advertisers with yearlong contracts, and a few smaller ones,” says Buscaglia. The magazine, now 68 pages, is down from its launch of 96 pages. Buscaglia admits anticipating a page reduction. “Readers are just as happy. Many say it’s better.”VITAL STATS: After only a year, Duluth~Superior Magazine has 10,000 circulation for a market area of less than 250,000 people.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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For Best Debutant Sara Ali Khan this is the most important thing

first_imgSara Ali KhanPR HandoutThe promising actress who emerged as the best debutant with her first film, Sara Ali Khan is also one of the most sought after actresses currently where her films have charted smashing records at the box office. With the beginning of a successful acting journey, this is what Sara has to say about what the most important thing is for her.With many things happening simultaneously, the most important thing for Sara for her career as an actor is conviction. Talking about it Sara shares, “I look at my career as a new chapter and it gets extremely important to act. I think it’s extremely important to do good work and it’s extremely important to remember that fame. So one thing that I look for sure is conviction. Either in my role or in my director, or in my script, or in the world, there needs to be a conviction.”The actress seems to be grounded even after seeing success early in her career, owing to the values she has inculcated throughout her life and a testimony of the same is the gestures of the actress at various instances. Sara created immense buzz much before her debut and is a Paparazzi favourite which surely makes her the ‘Buzz girl’ of the industry.Sara chose the unconventional path as she made her debut in the Hindi film industry right after she finished her education where she studied abroad. Only after the release of her films, Sara chose to get featured on the covers of the leading magazines. Spotted always with a smile and greeting everyone the actress comes across as the warmest celebrity.Sara Ali Khan who is just 2 films old in Bollywood, has become the sensation within such a short span of time with marketers betting big on her and filmmakers seeking to sign her.The actress already has 11 brand endorsements in her kitty, with an estimated annual revenue of over 30 crores, this year alone and the brands range right from a sports brand to a jewellery brand.The actress will be next seen in recently announced Imtiaz Ali ‘s next alongside Kartik Aaryan and with Varun Dhawan Coolie No. 1 both of it slated to release next year.last_img read more

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16 Rohingyas detained in Cumilla

first_imgPolice detain 16 Rohingyas from Cumilla district. Photo: UNBPolice detained 16 Rohingyas from Brahmanpara upazila of Cumilla district on Thursday.The detainees are Hamida Begum, 60, Sabbir Ahmed, 30, Sabbir’s wife Hasina Begum, 30, Sabbir’s four children — Jabed, 12, Saber, 10, Majid, 6 and Sadek, 2, — Hamid Nur, 25, Hamid’s wife Fatema, 23, Hamid’s two sons -Faruk, 3 and Khaiyam Nur, 1 — Nur Haba, 28, Abdur Rahim, 10, Shahida Akter, 5 and Ismail, 6.Tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area and detained them, said SAM Shahjahan Kabir, officer-in-charge of Brahmanpara police station.All of them will be sent to Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camp, Shahjahan added.last_img

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Minni admits her part in Rifat murder

first_imgAysha Siddiqa MinniAysha Siddiqa Minni, wife of slain Barguna youth Rifat Sharif, confessed to her involvement in Rifat murder, claimed superintendent of Barguna police Maruf Hossain on Thursday.The police official came up with the statement at a press conference organised after they arrested Rashidul Hasan Rishan, 20, another accused in the much talked-about murder case.”Minni, herself, admitted her involvement in Rifat murder. She kept close contact with Rifat’s murderers. She even held several meetings with the murderers before and after the murder,” the SP told the press conference.Earlier on 17 July, Minni was arrested after nearly 12 hours of interrogation.In a statement, superintendent of police in Barugna, Maruf Hossain, said the investigation officer’s interrogation of Aysha Siddiqa Minni and analysis of the information she provided him appeared to show her involvement in the murder.On 14 July, Minni addressed a media conference at her father’s residence, where she claimed herself innocent.She defended herself saying those who created ‘Nayan Bond’ and the terrorist group ‘Bond 007’ in Barguna are trying to divert the murder case to a different direction by accusing her.Superintendent of Barguna police Maruf Hossain presents accused Rashidul Hasan Rishan, 20, in Rifat murder at his Barguna office on Thursday. Photo: Prothom Alo”By uploading negative posts, doctored images and comments, a vested quarter has been plotting against me since Rifat’s murder. Their main intention is to direct the case to a different course. Because, those who created 007 Bond group are very influential and rich,” she told the press conference.She made the claim after her father-in-law Abdul Halim Sharif, on the earlier day, told a media conference at Barguna press club that Minni was involved in the Rifat killing.He also demanded her arrest.On 26 June, Rifat Sharif was killed in broad daylight in front of Barguna Government College.On the following day, victim’s father Abdul Halim Sharif filed a lawsuit with Barguna police station against 12. Besides, four-five others unnamed people also were made accused in the case.Main accused in the case Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond was killed in what police called a gunfight with them on 2 July.As of Thursday morning, 15 people have been arrested in connection with the murder.last_img read more

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Five Tips On How To Watch A Debate Without Bias

first_imgPatrick Semansky | AP via NPRTechnicians set up the stage for the Sept. 26 debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.By Tania Lombrozo*The first of three debates between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will take place tonight.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016The debates, sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, have the stated mission of offering “the best possible information to viewers and listeners” in the lead-up to the general election.There’s just one problem.Decades of research suggests that voting decisions are influenced by quite a few factors beyond the “best possible information.” For instance, people’s perceptions of politicians can be influenced by their height: Taller men are, on average, perceived to be more competent. Using data from past U.S. presidential elections, one analysis found that candidates who were taller than their opponents received more popular votes and were more likely to be re-elected. (They were not, however, more likely to win initial elections.)Sensitive to the influence of height, some debates have allowed a sort of prosthetic: In the 1976 debate between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, lectern heights were selected such that neither candidate would appear taller than his opponent. For this year’s debates, the commission has apparently allowed for a custom-made podium that will accommodate the candidates’ difference in stature.As viewers or listeners, most of us won’t have a say in podium heights — let alone the structure of the debates or the questions posed to candidates. We can, however, take other measures to help ourselves overcome some of the biases that could distort our perceptions of the candidates and the debates. Consider these cognitive correctives — five tips from the psychological sciences for watching a debate without (quite as much) bias:1. On Election Day, our opinion of how each candidate performed in the debates won’t be shaped directly by what they said or did, but by our memories and impressions of what they said or did. And memory is a funny thing. We tend to remember what came first and last better than the bits in the middle, and our overall impression is especially influenced by an event’s peak (the point of maximum intensity or salience) and its end. Subsequent media coverage is likely to exaggerate these existing tendencies by focusing on a small number of “peak” points. But a lot of the less salient middle will undoubtedly contain important information about each candidate’s adequacy for the job.Tip No. 1 is not to reduce the debate to its sound bites, neither those the media provide us with nor the ones our own memories tend to produce.2. Political issues can be pretty complex, yet we often think we understand them better than we do. Trying to explain them, it turns out, can be a valuable corrective, helping us appreciate that we don’t know what we thought we did. For instance, many people have opinions about issues like cap-and-trade systems for carbon emissions, but don’t actually understand what they are or what their implications would be.When it comes to evaluating each candidate’s policies, solid understanding is an important prerequisite to clear judgment.Tip No. 2 is to help yourself overcome illusions of political understanding by explaining a given issue or policy to someone else — or even to yourself. The next step is to become better informed, so you know what your vote will really be supporting.3. Stereotypes about men and women can inadvertently affect the way we perceive individuals. For instance, several studies have found that women are judged differently than men for exhibiting the same behaviors. What is taken as a sign of competence and leadership for a man might be judged overly aggressive or blunt for a woman. At the same time, conforming to more nurturing female stereotypes can make a woman better liked, but deemed less fit for a position of authority. Biases about men and woman can be subtle. They can manifest even in those who hold explicitly egalitarian views, and women can exhibit them to the same degree as men.Unfortunately, gender bias isn’t like height: There’s no simple corrective to counteract gender bias in our evaluations of political candidates. However, there’s reason to believe such biases play a greater role when we consider general impressions in an unstructured way. If we judge Clinton and Trump by the first debate examples that come to mind, for example, there’s plenty of room for nonconscious processes to influence what we come up with. If we instead engage in more structured recall — by, for instance, comparing what was good and bad about each candidate’s performance, or by comparing what each proposed with regard to a particular issue and evaluating the proposals along predefined dimensions — we can potentially help mitigate the influence of gender-based biases.Tip No. 3 is to recognize your gender bias. This isn’t always easy to do, but evaluating the candidates in more structured and concrete ways is a strategy worth trying out.4. There’s lots of evidence that all else being equal, we judge confident people more competent and reliable. For instance, we’re more likely to believe the testimony of a confident eyewitness, even though the correlation between confidence and accuracy can be low. Research in domains including medicine, geopolitics and finance has also found that expert confidence can be a very poor guide to accuracy.Both presidential candidates are likely to appear confident in the debates. But both their absolute and relative levels of confidence shouldn’t be treated as good evidence for the quality of their arguments or the viability of their policies.Tip No. 4 is to go with content over confidence.5. The final tip comes from a large body of research on a phenomenon called confirmation bias. In many contexts, we selectively expose ourselves to observations that will support what we believe. If liberals follow only liberal debate commentary and conservatives follow only conservative debate commentary, no one is likely to end up with a full understanding of what transpired. Beyond selective exposure is a phenomenon known as biased assimilation: A Democrat and a Republican exposed to the same evidence might respond in very different ways. For instance, people tend to be less critical of arguments that support conclusions they endorse, and they correspondingly subject arguments that yield opposing conclusions to greater scrutiny.Tip No. 5 is to be nonpartisan in your debate-related media consumption and to be extra critical of the arguments supporting positions you favor. Doing so will help ensure that you’re evaluating the candidates on their merits — and not simply reinforcing what you already believe.*Tania Lombrozo is a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She writes about psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, with occasional forays into parenting and veganism. You can keep up with more of what she is thinking on Twitter: @TaniaLombrozoCopyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis Disputes Objections over Political Signs in Baltimore

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s top lawyer is pushing back on a neighborhood’s attempt to invoke city law to remove signs posted by residents welcoming immigrants and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis (Courtesy Photo)The Baltimore Sun reported Monday the Roland Park Civic League told residents in its community association newsletter that “sign clutter” was a nuisance to neighbors and violated the Baltimore City Zoning Code.City Solicitor Andre Davis says that interpretation of city law is wrong, and the signs are protected by the First Amendment.Baltimore zoning law prohibits portable signs, and calls for the “prompt removal” of temporary signs after the event or campaign with which they’re associated, but these signs aren’t tied to specific events.Civic League President Hal Cooper says the intent was to address the signs’ appearance, not message.___Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.comlast_img read more

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HP Lovecraft Meets Dr Doolittle on Kickstarter

first_img Fall is in the air and a favorite geek holiday, Halloween, is just around the corner! There are so many ways to celebrate Halloween this season with all the horror movies, games, and comics out there. Another great way to celebrate is by checking out the spooky projects running on Kickstarter right now.One stand out project up on Kickstarter right now is Doctor Cthulittle, a prestige oversized hardcover, fully colored and illustrated book by authors G.D. Falksen and Mark Wheatley. It’s like Doctor Doolittle with an H.P. Lovecraft twist. Doctor Cthulittle himself is a strange character that has sacrificed his sanity to save the universe from the elder Gods that Lovecraft tried to warn us about. Joining up with the Doctor is his traveling companion, Zenobia, and his dog-man servant, Farnsworth. Together, they travel through space and time in a bathysphere protecting the universe. So yes, if you’re a fan of another Doctor, you definitely want to check out this book.Mark Wheatley has painted some absolutely gorgeous covers for the Doctor Who comics in addition to being a multi-award winning legendary artist and designer working in comics, television, and music with clients including Lady Gaga, Square Roots, and 2 Broke Girls. G.D. Falksen is a well-known steampunk author, public speaker, as well as being the model Disney used for Hans in Frozen. Don’t worry though, G.D. is not actually a villain in disguise. I mean, probably not.It’s only going to take $10,000 to fund Doctor Cthulittle with it’s 64 gorgeous painted pages and wildly inventive story harkening back to old Victorian adventure novels. They’re well over halfway past their goal and still have two weeks left to meet it. Help G.D. and Mark bring this story to life by backing this project for great rewards including digital and physical copies of the book, patches, prints, and even original art! The more they go over their goal, the more stretch goals they can unlike increasing the value of your pledge.Don’t let the eldritch horrors win! Back Doctor Cthulittle today! Stay on target Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Dont Expect Any More Nintendo Classic Consoles

first_img If you’re itching to play some Nintendo games these days you’ve got a lot of options. The Nintendo Switch is the hottest console on the market with recent hits like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. The 3DS is still somehow kicking around with its absolutely massive library of great games for all ages. You can even play a couple of decent official Nintendo games on your phone.However, if you want some classic Nintendo games on your television, your best option is to pick up an NES Classic or SNES Classic soon. Not just because these little retro console are a great blast from the past, but because after this holiday shopping season they’ll also just be distant memories as Nintendo won’t be making them anymore.“These products are going to be available through the holiday season and once they sell out, they’re gone. And that’s it,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.Granted, we’ve been through this before. The NES Classic was infamously difficult to track down in 2016 and many criticized Nintendo for apparent artificial scarcity tactics. The SNES Classic was much more widespread when it launched last year. That combined with a resupply of NES Classic stock made both retro consoles much easier to get your hands on.However, apparently that’s no longer going to be the case. But frankly, we’re happy about that. We’d much rather Nintendo continue adding retro games to the Nintendo Switch, a device that also plays new Nintendo games, instead of selling these emulator boxes DIY dudes can crack open anyway. Just put Super Mario 64 on the Switch instead of trying to convince people to buy new N64 controllers in 2019 for nearly $100. Plus, the disappointment of the PlayStation One Classic has probably taken some of the sheen off of these products in general.So if you want an NES Classic or SNES Classic you better pick one up now before its too late. Or just buy a Switch. For more on Nintendo read our interview with Virtuos on ambitious Nintendo Switch ports and play with powers thanks to these Nintendo toys.NES ClassicSNES Classic. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Meet the Rosehip Cell a New Kind of Human Neuron

first_imgTamas Lab/University of SzegedThe discovery was a team effort. Lein’s group at the Allen harvested frozen tissue from two donated human brains and isolated individual neuronal nuclei onto a plate—one per well. Then they sequenced the RNA inside each one. If DNA is like the blueprint for a car, RNA is like the parts list. Using clustering algorithms, the researchers identified several unique gene expression patterns and matched them to 16 different cell types: 11 inhibitory neurons, one excitatory neuron, and four non-neural cells.While they were coaxing nuclei into 96-well plates, their partners in the Gábor Tamás lab at the University of Szeged in Hungary were analyzing live tissue samples from patients who had undergone brain surgery. By using traditional techniques like filling the cells with a special dye and then recording how they reacted to different electric stimuli, Tamás’s group spotted a group of hippy, well-connected neurons—whose molecular markers matched up almost perfectly with one of Lein’s cell types. When they went looking to see if a similar molecular profile existed for any cells in the mouse brain, they came up empty-handed.“It’s too early to say that this is a completely unique cell type because we haven’t looked in other species yet,” adds Lein. “But it really highlights the fact that we need to be careful about assuming that the human brain is just a scaled-up version of a mouse.”Because live human brain tissue is so difficult to get, the vast majority of work characterizing the electrophysiology and connectivity of neurons happens in mice. A transcriptomics approach, though, can be applied to frozen tissue. There’s plenty of that just sitting in biobanks all over the world. It’s been more than a century since Spanish neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal won the Nobel Prize for illustrating the way neurons allow you to walk, talk, think, and be. In the intervening hundred years, modern neuroscience hasn’t progressed that much in how it distinguishes one kind of neuron from another. Sure, the microscopes are better, but brain cells are still primarily defined by two labor-intensive characteristics: how they look and how they fire.Which is why neuroscientists around the world are rushing to adopt new, more nuanced ways to characterize neurons. Sequencing technologies, for one, can reveal how cells with the same exact DNA turn their genes on or off in unique ways—and these methods are beginning to reveal that the brain is a more diverse forest of bristling nodes and branching energies than even Ramón y Cajal could have imagined.On Monday, an international team of researchers introduced the world to a new kind of neuron, which, at this point, is believed to exist only in the human brain. The long nerve fibers known as axons of these densely bundled cells bulge in a way that reminded their discoverers of a rose without its petals—so much that they named them “rose hip cells.” Described in the latest issue of Nature Neuroscience, these new neurons might use their specialized shape to control the flow of information from one region of the brain to another.“They can really act as a sort of brake on the system,” says Ed Lein, an investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science—home to several ambitious brain mapping projects—and one of the lead authors on the study. Neurons come in two basic flavors: Excitatory cells send information to the cells next to them, while inhibitory cells slow down or stop excitatory cells from firing. Rose hip cells belong to this latter type, and based on their physiology, seem to be a particularly potent current-curber. “What will happen over the next five to 10 years or so is that these transcriptomic methods are going to speed ahead, because they’re much more high throughput than traditional approaches,” says Richard Scheuermann, a director at the Craig J. Venter Institute and immunologist at the University of California at San Diego. “So we’ll get this atlas based on the parts lists that cells are expressing, then as we learn more about their functions we can link that information back in.”Scheuermann was one of the original architects of something called the Cell Ontology, a reference for how scientists represent different cell types. It’s more than just a common set of definitions. It also captures the relationships between cells—in time and space and function. Now that scientists are letting cells define themselves by the genes they turn on and off, he’s working to create a cell-ipedia for this new era.That movement extends beyond neuroscience. In October 2016, hundreds of scientists across the globe banded together to launch the Human Cell Atlas—a massive project to compile transcriptomic data on all the cells in the human body to understand how they organize into tissues, how they talk to each other, how they age, and how things can go wrong. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has been one of the primary funders of the project. Scheuermann snagged one of the organization’s grants to build software that can identify marker genes used to define different cell types. Another tool automatically translates the genes along with other data into a machine-readable classification system.Lein’s brain cell data was the tool’s first test case, which the two groups published in March in Human Molecular Genetics. But they’re just getting started. They’ve already submitted another paper to Nature that defines 75 cell types by their transcriptome alone. Neuroscientists don’t agree how many cell types they might find, but it’s likely to be in the thousands if not tens of thousands. Santiago Ramón y Cajal might have defined the field of neuroscience, but these days, it’s algorithms that are doing the defining, with a little help from the neurons themselves.last_img read more

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Mormon Church doubles down on their antigay policies

first_imgThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has quietly doubled down on their controversial anti-gay policies. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) According to Jenkins, the November Policy completely removed any grey area.‘If you want to be gay and Mormon, okay, but you have to be Mormon. And you can’t really be gay,’ Jenkins told NPR Utah.Jenkins once served as an LDS missionary in Madagascar. According to him, Preach My Gospel is ‘everything a missionary needs to know to teach someone and baptize them into the LDS Church.’Jenkins believes the Church is now permanently cementing their anti-gay policy into place. While he sees the Church taking a more positive stance on LGBTI individuals in some of its messaging, in terms of actual policy, he said it feels like there ‘isn’t really a place’ for him.Anything else?With the Church’s confusing stance on LGBTI rights, some members have left. One such person is Jamey Jesperson, a non-binary individual who was raised Mormon. Another is a woman named Sarah. At age 13, Sarah protested LGBTI rights for the LDS and now lives freely as a gay woman.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Tell me moreKnown as the ‘November Policy,’ these guidelines were released in November of 2015 — shortly after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. The Policy labeled same-sex couples as ‘apostates’ and disqualified their children from Baptism without special permission.Though these policies were released three years ago, back in June of 2018 the Church included the November Policy in their latest Preach My Gospel guide. This guide is given to all Mormon missionaries — about 70,000 across the globe.Addison Jenkins, an openly gay Mormon student at Brigham Young University, said the November Policy was a ‘watershed moment’ for the LGBTI members of the Church.  Jenkins noticed, before the November Policy was introduced, the LDS stance on homosexuality tended to be more flexible. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Church of Latter Day Saints in Utah Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mormon-church-lds-anti-gay-policies/last_img read more

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Introducing Coil an opensource Android image loading library backed by Kotlin Coroutines

first_imgYesterday, Colin White, a Senior Android Engineer at Instacart, introduced Coroutine Image Loader (Coil). It is a fast, lightweight, and modern image loading library for Android backed by Kotlin. Currently, there are a number of image loading libraries for Android such as Glide, Fresco, Picasso, Mirage, among others. However, the Instacart team aims to introduce a new library that is “more modern and simpler” with Coil. Key features in Coil Backed by Kotlin Coil offers a “simple, elegant API” by leveraging the Kotlin language features like extension functions, inlining, lambda params, and sealed classes. It provides strong support for non-blocking asynchronous computation and work cancellation while ensuring maximum thread reuse with the help of Kotlin Coroutines. Leverages modern dependencies Coil relies on dependencies that are standard and recommended such as OkHttp, Okio, and AndroidX Lifecycles. Square’s OkHttp and Okio are by default efficient and enables Coil to avoid reimplementing things like disk caching and stream buffering. Likewise, AndroidX Lifecycles is a recommended way for tracking the lifecycle state. Lightweight Coil’s codebase consists of 8x fewer lines of code as compared to Glide. It adds approximately 1500 methods to your APK, which is comparable to Picasso and significantly less than Glide and Fresco. Supports extension The image pipeline of Coil consists of three main classes: Mappers, Fetchers, and Decoders. You can use these interfaces to augment or override the base behavior and add support for new file types in Coil. Supports dynamic image sampling Coil comes with a new feature, dynamic image sampling. Consider you want to load a 500×500 image into a 100×100 ImageView. The library will load the image into memory at 100×100. But, what if you want the quality to be as the 500×500 image? In this case, the 100×100 image is used as a placeholder while the 500×500 image is read. Coil will take care of this automatically for all BitmapDrawables. The placeholder is set synchronously on the main thread preventing white flashes where the ImageView is empty for one frame. It also creates a visual effect where the image detail appears to fade in with the help of the crossfade animation. To know more in detail about Coil, check out its official documentation and GitHub repository. Read Next 25 million Android devices infected with ‘Agent Smith’, a new mobile malware Mozilla launches Firefox Preview, an early version of a GeckoView-based Firefox for Android Facebook released Hermes, an open-source JavaScript engine to run React Native apps on Androidlast_img read more

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