Stars Step Up For New York Following Hurricane Sandy

first_imgA number of stars have shown they care for the people of New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.Lady Gaga has announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross with the following message: “Today I pledge 1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. If it wasn’t for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today. New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours. Sincerely, Lady Gaga and The Germanottas.”Also donating money to charities helping victims of the superstorm was Jack Johnson, who has pledged $50,000 to be distributed between Food Bank For New York City, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Save the Children, Waves for Water, GlobalGiving and Direct Relief International.“After years of touring and surfing along the East Coast, I have made so many great friends,” said Jack. “It is heartbreaking to see the images and hear their stories. I just made donations to help recover and relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. If you can’t donate money, you can donate food, supplies or your time. Our East Coast family, friends and neighbors need our help.”Rachael Ray has donated $500,000 to the ASPCA to assist with pets affected by Sandy. Her pet food brand, Nutrish, is donating 4 tons of pet food to victims, and her charity Yum-o! has donated $100,000 to City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City.Rihanna has also donated $100,000 to the Food Bank for New York City, as well as 1000 sleeping bags.Justin Bieber has announced that $1 from every ticket to his NY concerts will go to Sandy relief: “For every ticket sold on the #BELIEVEtour we donate 1 dollar to charity,” he tweeted. “So after talking with the team I am proud to announce that for the 4 NYC area shows… The Jersey Show, Brooklyn Show, and 2 MSG’s We are going to donate $1 to HURRICANE SANDY Relief. thanks for helping us #GIVEBACK.”Newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were spotted out-and-about in New York during the weekend, volunteering to help victims in Queens by helping to hand out emergency supplies.On Friday, Molly Sims donated all proceeds from OpenSky.com to the Red Cross.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Senior UN official briefs US Congressional panel on advances in UN reform

Briefing the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington on the recent World Summit, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s chief of staff, Mark Malloch Brown, said the negotiations on many issues fell short of UN hopes, having been hampered by unresolved differences between Member States and “a regrettable amount of mistrust.“In March, when the Secretary General proposed an agenda for the summit, he deliberately set the bar high, since in international negotiations you never get everything you ask,” he said.Mr. Annan also presented the reforms as a package – development, security, human rights and UN reform – not because he expected them to be adopted without change, but because States would be more likely to compromise on some issues if they received concessions on the issues to which they assigned a higher priority, Mr. Malloch Brown said.“To be quite specific, the US and others who share the same reform agenda were not going to get what they wanted on management reform, on human rights, or on terrorism unless they showed sensitivity to the views of those many governments for whom development is the overriding priority – and vice versa,” he said.For the first time, he said, the entire UN membership has accepted “the responsibility to protect” populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity and the funding for the UN’s human rights machinery would be doubled from 2 per cent of the Organization’s budget.“I believe one important consequence of the reforms must be to allow Israel to play its full part as a member state in all the UN’s affairs and no longer to be judged by harsher standards than those applied to other Member States,” he added.He noted that the US House of Representatives had passed a bill bearing the name of Committee Chairman Henry Hyde to ensure UN reform. “But I hope you might now also understand why we respectfully disagree with the method that you adopted, which mandates withholding of US dues from the United Nations if certain benchmarks and deadlines are not met.”“I fear that this would provoke a backlash among other Member States, whose effect would be not to advance but to set back the priorities that you and we share – such as an effective Human Rights Council, the extensive reform of UN management, a clear definition of terrorism – because it would shatter the pro-reform coalition among UN members,” Mr. Malloch Brown said. The key to success was broadening that coalition. “In this effort, the US is an essential player, but by no means the only one,” he said.On the recent hurricanes that have struck the Gulf Coast, Mr. Malloch Brown commiserated with the many Americans who have suffered bereavement, injury, or hardship, and noted that apart from the humanitarian and logistical assistance given by the UN itself, 136 Member States had offered help out of solidarity and concern.Turning to management reform, he gave the committee a long list of major actions that the Summit expected to be accomplished in a short time. He said they included a clear instruction to apply existing standards of conduct scrupulously and to develop a code of ethics that would extend beyond the Secretariat to the entire UN system, while Mr. Annan’s intention to create an independent ethics office was recognized “and I’m glad to tell you that just yesterday he formally approved this.”In the next few weeks, “we will be working hard to review almost 60 years of mandates and all the budget and human resources rules and regulations. Amazing as it may seem, such reviews have never before been done in the history of the UN,” Mr. Malloch Brown said.He added that he doubted that the majority of Member States would have accepted the urgency of management reform without the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal and the various investigations into it. read more

Russell Loving lead Buckeyes to blowout of No 16 Maryland 8056

OSU fans wear Shredder masks based on the archenemy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during a game on Jan. 29 against Maryland at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 80-56. Credit Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerAnother slow start and another ink-drying night for D’Angelo Russell.It’s become the norm for the Ohio State men’s basketball team as the freshman guard filled up the box score and led the Buckeyes to a 80-56 win against No. 16 Maryland on Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center.Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate said the victory was a result of OSU’s best performance of the season.“We had great energy from the start. I think this was the best start we’ve gotten off to in a while,” Tate said after the game. “Great energy off the bench, everybody just played hard and played their role.”Russell totaled 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Sophomore forward Marc Loving chipped in with a career and game-high 19 points in the win.“Everybody brought something to the table,” Russell said after the game. “I feel like we’re going through our stride, playing the best basketball we’ve played all year. No stopping now.”OSU coach Thad Matta said he saw toughness from the Buckeyes, and added that he felt each player stayed within their role on the court.“For the most part, I thought guys did what they’re supposed to,” Matta said after the game. “We rebounded the ball well, we rebounded out of our area and I thought we did a good job of the rotations defensively and walled guys up.”Days after OSU (17-5, 6-3) fell behind early before storming back to beat then-No. 23 Indiana by 12 on Sunday, the Buckeyes turned a cold-shooting opening 10 minutes into a 34-26 halftime lead. That lead ballooned to 16 less than four minutes into the second half before OSU pulled away for its third win in a row.Tate said the Buckeyes can’t take their recent success lightly, but have to keep working to build on the streak.“We just gotta still continue to get better, we can’t rest on our laurels, we can’t rest on these three wins in a row,” he said. “Every week we just gotta go out there and try to play better than we did the last week.”After losing three of their first six Big Ten games, Russell said the Buckeyes’ rough patches have helped them grow into a winner.“I credit the losses, I feel like the losses that we had at the beginning of the year make us who we are now,” he said. “And like I said I … feel like everybody brings what they’re suppose to do to the table, there’s no turning around, we just keep going forward, keep getting better every day.”While slow starts in recent games have turned into early deficits for the Buckeyes, their matchup with Maryland (18-4, 6-3) strayed slightly from the script.OSU and the Terrapins combined to miss four field goals in the first minute of regulation before Tate — starting for the third straight game — made it 2-0 for the Buckeyes. Neither team scored again until Maryland freshman guard Melo Trimble made one free throw with 17:05 on the clock.Despite struggling to score early on, Matta said his players had a good attitude in the game’s opening minutes.“Even with the start, 3-1, at the 16-minute timeout, guys didn’t panic, we stuck with it,” he said. “I told ‘em when they got to the bench, I said, ‘Hey, good news bad news. We’ve finally outscored somebody to start the game, but it’s only 3-1.’ But that’s a good start for us, so we’ll take that.”Trimble, who was averaging 16.3 points per game going into the matchup, didn’t score again until the second half and didn’t register a single point from the field.The Terrapins didn’t tally their first field goal until the 12:29 mark, and the Buckeyes never lost the lead throughout the game.Maryland coach Mark Turgeon kept it simple when detailing why his team couldn’t get back into the game.“We didn’t have it, didn’t have it all night, we could never get it going,” Turgeon said after the game. “I’ll take the blame for that.”Russell poured in three of five first-half 3-point attempts on his way to 12 points before the break, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.OSU stormed out of the gates in the second half as senior forward Sam Thompson’s 3-pointer with 16:10 to play gave the Buckeyes a 16-point advantage.Maryland edged closer, but Loving’s shooting kept the Buckeyes ahead by double digits. He finished the game 5-of-5 from 3-point range. Russell made the lead 20 with a jumper with less than five minutes on the clock, all but ensuring the outcome.Loving has come off the bench the past three games after starting OSU’s first 19 outings, but he said that hasn’t changed his mindset on the court.“My role didn’t change on the team, and it was a good night. I was able to knock some shots down,” he said after the game. “At the end of the day, it was about the victory and that’s what we got, and I’m proud of my team.”Tate added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes and the team finished 10-of-17 from deep.Matta said the play of Loving and Tate was “the difference in the game.”“We need him (Loving) to shoot the basketball, he was set to shoot it tonight,” Matta said. “Jae’Sean’s activity, and he’s got just such great footwork and he gets it down there and he’s finishing well … You love his energy, I thought all these guys played with some great energy tonight.”Senior guard Dez Wells led Maryland with 12 points while junior forward Jake Layman added 10.The Buckeyes are scheduled for a two-game road trip starting with Purdue on Wednesday in West Lafayette, Ind. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State plays in survival mode during win streak

Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young (25) questions the referees after he was called for a foul in the second half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana had already made its comeback against Ohio State. After trailing by nine points with 6:29 left in the game, the Hoosiers managed to tie the game, hitting three 3s in the next three possessions. Trading baskets with Ohio State with the game tied at 49, Indiana junior guard Devonte Green hit a deep 3, a supposed dagger, causing an eruption from the 17,000-plus in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. With the arena buzzing with an excitement, creating a momentum that seemed impossible for the Buckeyes to overcome, redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods passed the ball to senior guard C.J. Jackson, who, after holding it for three seconds, threw up and made what head coach Chris Holtmann called “a prayer.” “How many times has he done that in his career?” Holtmann said. But this shot, this prayer that secured an eventual three-point victory for Ohio State, tied the game the Buckeyes had in its grasp for the majority of the contest, first losing the lead with Green’s 3 with 1:46 left in the game. Throughout the contest, it was prototypical Ohio State basketball: inconsistency ruled in Bloomington. In the first half, the Buckeyes struggled offensively, making 10-of-26 attempts from the field, and struggled to keep possession, recording nine turnovers and allowing 11 points off those mistakes. Jackson said these are the kind of games that unite teams: to be able to beat a team on the road, but do so with things to work and improve on, knowing there is still a lot of work to be done. But the senior guard said there is momentum on Ohio State’s side after a win like this. “It feels like we are kind of getting our stride back that we had earlier in the season,” he said. But this stride, according to Holtmann, is a different kind of stride than the one the Buckeyes were on in nonconference play. This is a stride in which, he said, players and coaches can take time to appreciate the process of team building and going through trials as a group. “When you live in the valley a little bit, you tend to appreciate the climb to the mountaintop,” Holtmann said. “Maybe it’s just going through what we went through in that stretch that kind of forces you to appreciate this journey we are on and appreciate winning a game and enjoying the moment because that can get lost a little bit when you are 12-1.” The head coach said it takes a group of players that have been through rough stretches and tough times to set the tone on what the process should look like. He looked to junior forward Andre Wesson, who, scoring a team-leading 15 points, put down a dunk with 20 seconds left to secure the victory, setting up the play solely for the veteran. But this process is something Holtmann has tried to ingrain within his coaching from Day 1. “I don’t know if that’s just something you can turn on in the middle of February, this idea of just playing to the next play and staying with it,” Holtmann said. “You know you get so frustrated, coaches get frustrated, players get frustrated, but it’s a fast game, and if you let it get the best of you, then you got no chance.” That’s an improvement Ohio State saw in the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field, making 5-of-9 from 3 and recording six turnovers. Ohio State is focused on what’s next. But it’s what is immediately next: the next play, the next game, not the Big Ten tournament or whether the team will earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Because Holtmann knows how this game could have gone, mentioning what could have been the game-winner for Indiana — a 3-point attempt by freshman guard Romeo Langford that rimmed out late in the second half. “It was a fight to the finish,” Holtmann said. And it’s the immediate fight that he and Ohio State are focused on. read more

Latest underground wireless solution from Cobham

first_imgThe NetNodeIS, Intrinsically Safe, is the latest adaptation of Cobham’s COFDM (Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) wireless communications product range. Developed specifically for deployment in underground coal mines, the system can remain active and uninterrupted even when an explosive atmosphere has been detected, leading to improved production efficiency and miner safety, according to the company.The design of the NetNodeIS is based on proven Cobham COFDM technology currently used in demanding environments by military, government and broadcast organisations worldwide. The wireless mesh system is now offered with the European ATEX and the International IEC Ex M1 certifications, ensuring its intrinsically safe design and build quality. These standards permit its use in underground coal mining environments.Cobham states that NetNodeIS gives Operations Managers in coal mines another valuable tool to ensure continual access to critical production data and to maintain situational awareness from the coal face to the control room. The product can be used in combination with other Cobham wireless COFDM nodes and other existing third party IP-based systems placed outside the mine, or in the areas where a potentially explosive atmosphere does not occur.NetNodeIS can be combined in a fluid self-forming, self-healing mesh which continually optimises the routing of IP traffic such as voice, video and control data over multiple redundant communication paths around the network. This is particularly important in the eventuality of unplanned obstructions occurring which may arise from mining operations or accidents.last_img read more

Danish invasion of Malmo WC 2011

← Previous Story EURO 2012 Qualification (Round 1): Lucky draw for Germany Next Story → France wants Men’s WC 2015! The Danes are not wasting time, and are already actively preparing for the World Championship that is to take place in Sweden, from 13th to 30th January 2011. According to the statistics, so far 8,000 tickets have been sold out for the game against Croatia, and another 6,000 are sold for the game against Serbia. The fact that Malmo (where Denmark play their games) is very close to Copenhagen (35 minutes by train), makes this World Championship very attractive for the Danish, and even greater number of Danish people are expected there for the games, to support the team of Ulrik Wilbek.In Preliminary group in Malmo are playing also Algeria, Australia and Romania.Denmark started with a win over Belarus 41:33 qualifications for EURO 2012. read more

Celtic will be the toughest test so far – Johnstone

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club midfielder Derek Johnstone will be the tougher test so far this season for Steven Gerrard’s side.The Gers are unbeaten so far in 12 games in all competitions and are also through to the group stages of the UEFA Europa League after failing to make it past the first qualifying game last season.“For the first time in years, it looks as though the Rangers supporters have a team that knows what playing for the club is all about, and players who have caught the Rangers bug themselves representing the club,” Johnstone said, as quoted by EveningTimes.Lennon insists Celtic will seal its Europa League Manuel R. Medina – August 28, 2019 The team’s manager, Neil Lennon, believes his team is ready to take advantage of its 2-0 lead against AIK Stockholm and qualify to the group stage.“The supporters are fanatical about the team and you can see the players are buying into it too. And the reaction of Gerrard himself was brilliant to see.”“There seems to be a realisation that this team could be on the brink of something special, and what would be more special than a win over Celtic this Sunday?”“If Rangers can go to Russia and get a result with nine men, then they will believe they can go to Celtic Park and get a result too. It certainly won’t be easy, because in my book Celtic are a better team than Ufa.”last_img read more

Warnock confident despite West Ham loss

first_imgDespite losing 3-1 at West Ham on Tuesday, Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock believes his team can win games away from home and pick up points.Warnock remains defiant as the loss leaves them just two points outside the relegation zone.Joe Ralls missed a penalty to put Cardiff City ahead in the first half as Lucas Perez netted a brace to help West Ham to a 3-1 victory at the London Stadium.“Tonight showed we can win away games from home,” Warnock told Sky Sports.I pulled Manuel Pellegrini in the technical area and said: ‘how can we be losing 3-0’ – it was a mad 12 minutes, then the penalty miss.“If that goes in then you could sense the crowd was beginning to think it wasn’t going their way.“I refuse to criticize Ralls – he’ll get some stick from the fans but it takes guts to take a penalty. I can’t even watch one. I wouldn’t criticize him.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“How can you legislate for two lads going for the same ball, there’s not a lot we can do. We work on these things in training.“It’s frustrating to concede goals that we’ve done all season not just tonight – you think we don’t work on it, we probably shouldn’t bother. It might work better than that.“We’ve shown we can compete. Tonight we looked a decent side. After we weathered the storm in the first 10 minutes, we played some good stuff.“It would have been interesting to see the penalty go in. It’s another disappointment for me, but I’m going to get those at my age.”last_img read more

Boil water notice lifted for Oakland Park residents

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials have lifted a boil water alert for residents of Oakland Park who were affected by a water main break.The boil water notice was issued after an independent contractor broke a water main at Northwest Second Avenue and 66th street in Fort Lauderdale, Friday.Water was initially cut off to over 4,000 residents and businesses between Northeast 45th Street to 69th Street and North Andrews Avenue to North Dixie Highway.However, service was eventually restored, and the boil water notice was issued.Laboratory samples have returned, and late Monday morning, officials confirmed the water was now safe to drink.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

TSA intercepts python hidden in computer at MIA

first_imgTSA Officers at MIA intercepted this Ball or Royal Python artfully concealed inside a hard drive. This organic mass was not explosive, but it shows you can’t hide any threat from us. pic.twitter.com/mmCIQmOKxQ— TSAmedia_SariK (@TSAmedia_SariK) July 9, 2018 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – TSA officers are no strangers to thwarting smuggling attempts in luggage, but they may not have expected this slithery surprise.Agents at Miami International Airport discovered a python wrapped in nylon material and concealed inside a computer tower on Sunday, the TSA announced. The equipment was found in a checked bag headed for a flight to Barbados.“This organic mass was not explosive, but it shows you can’t hide any threat from us,” wrote TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz on Twitter.U.S. Fish and Wildlife took possession of the snake, and the TSA said the passenger will be fined.“Neither the passenger nor the snake flew to Barbados yesterday,” Koshetz said.Though the discovery was not an imminent danger, the agency said wildlife pose a very real threat on aircraft, noting animals of many species have been known to escape and chew through wires.The TSA identified the reptile as a Ball or Royal Python, which is considered a non-native species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “While they can be confused with Burmese pythons, adult ball pythons rarely grow longer than 4 feet,” the FWC said on its website.last_img read more

BSFR rescue cat from burning building in Deerfield Beach

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A cat is lucky to be alive after it was saved from a burning building after a warehouse caught fire in Deerfield Beach.Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue responded just after 4 p.m., Thursday, to the scene of a fire at the business along Northwest 40th Court and Powerline Road.Around 60 firefighters were in the area working to put out the flames.One of the firefighters managed to save a cat from the burning building.The cat was administered oxygen and is expected to be OK.The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Week In Review 11261130

first_imgMonday 11/26Audio PlayerJennifer-Monday-1126.mp3VmJennifer-Monday-1126.mp300:00RPdBorough Mayor’s Office Attends FERC Meeting In D.C., Soldotna City Council To Tour Proposed Site For New Visitor Center, 2018 Toys For Tots Is Underway On The Kenai Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 11/27Audio PlayerJennifer-Tuesday-1127.mp3VmJennifer-Tuesday-1127.mp300:00RPdQuick Appointed Commissioner of the Department of Administration, Borough Approves Lease Of Anchor Point Parcels To Hilcorp, Redoubt Elementary Students Donate 1,300 Pounds Of Food To Local Food Bank Wednesday 11/28Audio PlayerJennifer-wednesday-1128.mp3VmJennifer-wednesday-1128.mp300:00RPdDon’t Miss The Klimpke Christmas Lights In Nikiski, Local Law Enforcement Warn Of Increase In Thefts Over Holiday Season, Kenaitze Among Alaska Native Tribes Suing Drug Companies Thursday 11/29Audio PlayerJennifer-Thursday-1129.mp3VmJennifer-Thursday-1129.mp300:00RPdBorough Mayor Names New Chief Of Staff, Credit Union 1 Now Offering Financial Services To Marijuana Businesses, Soldotna Advances To Next Round For Levitt AMP GrantFriday 11/30Audio PlayerJennifer-Friday-1130.mp3VmJennifer-Friday-1130.mp300:00RPdBack-To-Back Earthquakes Shake South Central Alaska, Kenai Spur Highway Near South Miller Damaged In Earthquakelast_img read more

Soldotna Man Arrested For Driving Excavator Into His Home With Family Inside

first_imgAccording to the online Trooper dispatch, Leadens was found to have driven an excavator into his house which his family was in. Leadens was intoxicated. Leadens was arrested, transported, and ultimately remanded to Wildwood Pretrial for one count DV Assault 3, one count Assault 3 non-DV, DUI, and DV Criminal Mischief 3. Troopers did not respond for comment on whether or not there were any reported injuries nor describe the level of damage the house sustained. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Soldotna man was arrested over the weekend for driving an excavator into his house which his family was in. The Alaska State Troopers responded on Saturday to the disturbance. Troopers arrived on scene and contacted the Matthew Leadens, 40, Soldotna.last_img read more

Putting the Ad in iPad

first_imgSome have referred to the current marketplace as the ‘golden age’ of online advertising, with the advent of 3G technology and the iPad craze. But the publishing industry seems to be missing out on at least part of what could be a $50 billion ad spend. Time spent with print media accounts for 12 percent of users’ consumption and 26 percent of ad dollars while Internet usage accounts for 28 percent of user consumption at just 13 percent of ad dollars, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker.That’s the story at Hearst’s Popular Mechanics. Online advertising is up 46 percent over last year, outpacing print which is up 25 percent. But print represents 89 percent of the magazine’s total revenue. Most advertisers take an integrated approach of using both print and online advertising. “With any advertising—online, in print, on mobile platforms—you strive to engage the reader or user,” says publisher Bill Congdon. “If they aren’t connecting with your message, that’s a misstep and a lost opportunity.”These days, publishers and advertisers are trying to make content and advertising available for all devices— desktops, iphones, androids and the iPad. Advertisers want to be able to create a campaign and execute it across the widest universe of devices to get the highest possible reach of the targeted audience, says Boris Fridman, CEO of Crisp Wireless, a rich media platform provider used by Popular Mechanics. “There’s a convergence now with online and mobile as mobile devices become more sophisticated with rich media,” he adds. “The difference certainly gets blurry. Rich media is almost a must.”The rich-media ads that ran on Popular Mechanics’ iPad issue, which was released over the summer, performed well against the goal to engage users by providing additional value, Congdon says. The interactions were not created for the sake of novelty, but rather for deeper information related to an advertiser’s message, he says. The model the magazine used was to take the print ad as the foundation and build interactivity into the ads, based on what the marketer wanted. For example, for Inifiniti, the advertiser had multiple pictures of a vehicle for the iPad. The History Channel ran an ad with embedded video from its upcoming series, “Ice Road Truckers.” For Stanley tools, the publisher built in ‘hot spots’ that when clicked on, would provide more information. One overriding component of the ads, which all performed well, according to Congdon, was the easy option to pull out of the interactivity. “All of the ads linked to the advertisers’ Web sites, but most importantly, we built that function so that once done browsing, the user clicks a ‘done’ button and is directed back to the ad in the application,” he says. “The application itself never closed, so there was not a chance of getting lost in cycberspace.”The Next Big ThingWhat’s quickly growing as the device of choice is the iPad. In fact, after selling a million devices of its new tablet computer in less than a month, Apple’s iPad is one of the fastest-growing new consumer computing devices ever.  There are three types of advertising on the iPad: the desktop Web site ads displayed in the browser; then the iPhone-style ads and banners on applications, and there’s another advertising opportunity that is totally unique to it—interactive print, says Fridman. This new opportunity is generally the same print ad seen in a magazine, but the ad is converted to an interactive ad displayed as a page within the iPad, he explains. “The iPad is an interesting device because it opens advertising to a new type in a different fashion,” Fridman says. “This is exactly what we’re doing, delivering ads in digital magazines.” Mobile devices have the added benefit of being able to capture a user’s location to deliver a geographically relevant ad, such as an ad for a restaurant in the area of the user. There are certainly best practices and pitfalls. Congdon says that one of the most critical elements of an online or mobile ad is its placement proximity to relevant content. “Our auto aftermarket clients—Pennzoil, Bridgestone—perform well because they are surrounded by useful auto DIY content, which is the reason the online user is in that content area,” he says.As for pitfalls, there are several. In the early days, pop-ups quickly became the advertising ‘don’t’,  but those largely went away after the advertising community and the IAB together established some rules, Fridman says. In fact, the IAB Pop-Up Task Force found that 90 percent of users found pop-ups to be ‘annoying’ and more than 50 percent cited a ‘very negative affect’ to brands using pop-ups. These days, concerns surround advertiser transgressions with mobile applications. “There are things in mobile that advertisers need to care about,” Fridman says. “Mobile is a personal device, and if I see advertising that’s completely irrelevant to me, I’ll be displeased. If it interrupts what I’m doing and takes me away from that application, that’s a huge problem for me. When I get a text message, it had better not be from any promotions in my inbox. I’m not happy when that happens. But at the same time, if done right, mobile ads can be engaging and deliver value.”SIDEBARPopular Mechanics’ Most Popular Ad SpecsPopularMechanics.com recently switched over to the Hearst Magazines Digital Media platform and got an online redesign as part of the process. Here’s a look at some of the magazine’s top online advertising performers, according to publisher Bill Congdon:ONLINE 1) 500×500 Interstitial2) 1000×124 (Master Masthead, actually a custom oversized leaderboard)3) 336×280 (LREC, or large rectangle)4) Sponsorships. 100% Share of Voice of all banners in targeted sections (i.e., Combining/running at same time the Master Masthead and LREC). IPAD1004×768 pixels132 dpi/ppiRGB color specs, layered PSD fileslast_img read more

Naknek Museum Opens Fishing Nostalgia Traditional Culture On Display

first_imgNaknek celebrated the grand opening of its new museum last Saturday. The museum showcases artifacts from the Bristol Bay fishing industry and traditional culture. The Bristol Bay Historical Society hopes the museum will give local tourism a boost and connect residents to the region’s history through objects.The new museum is housed in an historic building across from the library in downtown Naknek.Several intricate model sailing schooners are on display.Credit Hannah Colton/KDLGLaRece Egli is a Naknek artist who led efforts to set up the collection. She says the building has come a long way.Artist LaRece Egli unwraps several glazed ceramic plates that came from old canneries. The plates were donated to the museum by Naknek resident Rod Cyr. Credit Hannah Colton/KDLG“Three weeks ago the floor wasn’t yet finished, the walls were dirty, none of the artifacts had been moved in and cleaned, the cases were still sitting in crates in Anchorage… so it’s been a complete transformation.”The items in the collection mostly came from the old Naknek museum, which was closed for years. There are model sailing schooners, cedar corks, old cannery equipment, and a hand-sewn fur parka.With help from Anchorage Museum conservationists and local volunteers, Egli spent many hours moving, cleaning and installing these artifacts.She says this painstaking work was all worth it to hear the stories people have about the objects in the collection.“I mean, even that coffee can sitting right over there that we’re accepting donations in… in the last 24 hours I’ve heard 2 stories about how those cans were valued because they’re square, I guess they were coveted for berry picking because they could be mounted onto a frame of a backpack easily.. And that’s just a coffee can!”A beautiful fur parka, handcrafted by Annahook Thompson, is one of the most eyecatching pieces upon entering the museum.Credit Hannah Colton/KDLGAmong the visitors on opening day was Tim Troll, who wrote a book about the sailing days of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Troll says he was amazed by one item in particular – a gear list from an old cannery.“It’s a board that has sailboat numbers from 1 to 37 along the vertical, and along the horizontal it has gear, like your stove, your tent, your water beaker… so that every fisherman they checked off their particular gear for the fishing boat, and then the cannery sent them out there,” says Troll.” I’d never seen anything like that. You know, it gives you a real feel for those guys out there…. That really does tell the story right there, once you understand what it is.”The museum’s collection will continue to grow. Bristol Bay Historical Society President Fred Anderson says the Society is planning outbuildings to showcase old planes and vessels.“We have a growing collection of wooden boats, all the way from a sailboat conversation, up to the last wooden boat made before they went to fiberglass,” says Anderson. “it’ll be very nice and interesting.In the coming weeks, the Historical Society will hammer out the details of running the new museum. They’ll set regular hours, charge admission, and open a coffee shop next door.They expect the fundraising, and the story gathering, will be ongoing indefinitely.A hand-sewn children’s toy is one of Egli’s favorite pieces in the collection. “What really gets me is the little ptarmigan feet!” she said.Credit Hannah Colton/KDLGlast_img read more

Taiwanese delegation visits Sri City

first_imgTirupati: A 14-member business delegation from the Taiwanese CNC Machine Tools manufacturing sector, headed by TJR Precision Technology CEO Chen Ying-Chu visited Sri City on Tuesday. Sri City Foundation’s President Ramesh Subramaniam has welcomed the delegation while Senior Vice President (Marketing) R Shivasankar gave them a presentation on the unique features of the integrated business city. He also highlighted the slew of incentives offered by the Central and State governments to the prospective investors coming forward for investment. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Stating that performance of Sri City is perfect, Chen Ying-Chu said that they were all impressed. He was confident that some of the Taiwanese companies from the CNC Machinery manufacturing sector would be keen to invest in Sri City. The purpose of their visit was to have a first-hand information about the mega industrial park and explore the feasibility of setting up manufacturing units. Annotating on the visit, Sri City MD Ravindra Sannareddy said that the facility hosts more than 185 companies in various sectors, from different parts of the globe, and ten per cent of them are in engineering sector. “We are confident, their visit will pave way for investments from the Taiwanese CNC Machine Tools manufacturing sector too,” he stated.last_img read more

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Launches Watch Out for Snakes Tour

first_img GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Round Logo MatJoel Hodgson Talks MST3K Live, Eegah! and Returning to Riffs It’s the joke that spawned a thousand callbacks. An awkwardly dubbed-in line in the 1962 caveman horror flick Eegah! became a favorite punching bag on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Is there a wilderness shot with nobody talking? “Watch out for snakes!” It never got old, and was still funny when Jonah and the bots (with new voices) yelled it out in Netflix’s revival of the series. It’s only fitting that the new cast name their first live tour after it.The MST3K Watch Out for Snakes Tour will be the first ever Mystery Science Theater 3000 live show. Unlike Rifftrax Live or the Cinematic Titanic live shows (all of which featured former cast members of the original MST3K), it seems like these shows will take place in the universe of the show. Jonah Ray will perform as Jonah Heston, and will appear onstage with Tom Servo , Crow and Gypsy. The tour’s promo video notes that the robots’ voice may change depending on the show. Pearl’s clone Synthia (played on the show by Rebecca Hanson) will also be there along with her skeletal ska-playing henchmen. The Mads, Felicia Day’s Kinga Forrester and Patton Oswalt TV’s Son of TV’s Frank, will have some pre-recorded bits where they check in on their captors via video. Check out the wonderfully low-budget promo below featuring Day and Oswalt.All cities on the tour will see Jonah and the bots riff on the b-movie classic Eegah! with new riffs. That alone is cause for excitement. I can’t wait to hear what new awkward shaving sequence jokes they came up with in the 24 years since the original episode aired. Some cities will also feature a second screening of a secret bad movie. You can see when, where and what is showing in your city at MST3K.com/tour.If you’ve ever been to one of the Rifftrax or Cinematic Titanic live shows, you know how fun it is to watch people riff on a movie with a crowd. The live audience adds a different energy to the show, that gives it a more spontaneous feel. (Even when, in the case of Rifftrax Live!, they’re reading from scripts.) This new incarnation of MST3K is perfect for a live show like this, given its heightened sense of theatricality. I’m only sad that Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt won’t actually be there. I desperately want to see a Broadway-style staging of the new intro. Stay on targetlast_img read more

More Research Needed on Evaluation of Dense Breasts

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Researchers discovered as many as 19 percent of women are re-categorized as dense rather than non-dense or vice versa from one mammogram to the next. The study also found that supplemental diagnostic screenings for women with dense breasts find additional breast cancers but also greatly increase false positive results.The review of 24 studies among 2,067 citations examined the evidence on the consistency of breast density category assignment and on supplemental screening beyond standard mammography for women with dense breasts. The review, supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.“The number of states mandating that breast density information be reported to patients is increasing,” said Joy Melnikow, who directs the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis and was first author on the paper. “But the assignment of breast density is not terribly consistent. The policy may be out in front of the science.”Breast density has been categorized through the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS). Breasts are defined as: a) mostly fatty, b) scattered density, c) consistent density and d) extremely dense. Higher breast density modestly increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer and decreases the sensitivity and specificity of screening mammograms. Women classified with dense breasts (categories c and d) may be offered supplemental screening with ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, the study shows this approach may not be supported by strong scientific evidence.The first problem is the inability to accurately assess whether a woman has dense breasts to begin with. One study showed that different radiologists assigned the same BI-RADS category to an individual woman only 82 percent of the time. Other data showed that as many as 22 percent of women were reclassified from dense to non-dense (on vice versa) on consecutive mammograms.“It is important to be clear who actually has dense breasts,” said Melnikow. “Also, when patients are told their breasts are either dense or not dense, they need to have confidence in that assessment.”Additional diagnostic tests for women thought to have dense breasts will find some additional breast cancers; however, there were no studies that examined women’s long-term health outcomes after supplemental screening beyond diagnosis.“It’s clear from our review of ultrasound and MRI that if you go beyond mammography to try to find breast cancers you can find them,” said Melnikow. “But whether there’s a benefit to women’s health from looking is not established. At this point, there are no studies on clinical outcomes.”Melnikow believes the best solution for these problems is to conduct long-term, rigorous research to better standardize breast density classification and determine whether supplemental screenings provide actual health benefits for women. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, in their recommendation statement published in the same issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms for supplemental screening of women with dense breasts with ultrasound, MRI or other modalities.“It’s important that policies come from the evidence,” said Melnikow. “It’s also important that women not overreact to information about their breast density.”Other authors included: Joshua J. Fenton, Diana L. Miglioretti and Meghan S. Weyrich at UC Davis; Evelyn P. Whitlock and Jamie H. Thompson at Kaiser Permanente Northwest; and Kunal Shah at Columbia University.This research was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (HHSA-290-2012-00015I).For more information: www.annals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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Costa Rica counts for 40 percent of CAFTA exports to the US

first_imgNo related posts. Looking back on the previous five years after the passing of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), Costa Rica and the United States are enjoying the biggest fruits from the then-controversial free trade agreement, according to a World Bank report presented on Monday.Costa Rica accounts for 40 percent of CAFTA’s exports to the United States, far outpacing its Central American neighbors. Thanks in part to CAFTA, Costa Rica has significantly diversified its exports, including computer processors and medical supplies, as well as more traditional goods like coffee, bananas and pineapple, valued at just under $4.5 billion in 2012, according to statistics from the Foreign Trade Ministry.“The growth and development of a country like Costa Rica is inexorably tied to its integration in the global economy. That’s why we should continue working hard to eliminate obstacles both foreign and domestic that restrict our capacity to compete,” Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González said.    During the conference, hosted by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas in Escazú, World Bank’s Director for Central America Felipe Jaramillo said that CAFTA found “fertile ground” in Costa Rica, celebrating the country’s ability to attract foreign direct investment from the U.S., diversify its exports and increase its competitivity.Jaramillo said that Costa Rica’s policy of “smart globalization,” investing in its human capital, has allowed it to succeed under the once-controversial trade agreement.Costa Rica ratified CAFTA-DR, a free trade agreement with the United States, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic, in 2007. A national referendum at the time passed with 51 percent voting “yes” after a protracted national debate. The vote was similarly close in the United States, where the House of Representatives voted 217-215 in favor of the regional free trade agreement.Just under 75 percent of businesses surveyed said that CAFTA had a positive impact on their operations. Only 26.6 percent surveyed said that the trade agreement had “no effect” on their business. Possible shocks to state monopolies, and consumer services and prices were at the core of critics’ concerns about CAFTA, but the World Bank director observed that some previous state monopolies have not been as hard-hit as some CAFTA critics feared.The erstwhile state insurance monopoly, INS, has retained a 95 percent market share in life insurance policies since the market opened to outside competition three years ago. In other insurance markets INS still holds roughly 90 percent of the policyholders, according to the director’s comments.The same could not be said for the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), which had a monopoly on the country’s telecommunications sector pre-CAFTA. ICE lost roughly 30 percent of its mobile market share to outside competition and 80 percent of its mobile broadband customers between 2010 and 2012.Christopher Padilla, who was U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce during the CAFTA negotiations, reflected that there are limits to what a trade agreement can achieve.“One thing that didn’t happen was the strengthening of democratic institutions,” Padilla said. “CAFTA was a necessary but not sufficient mechanism to strengthen democracy. [Nicaraguan President Daniel] Ortega has not messed with the agreement because he sees the benefits he gets from it, and that might have stopped certain actions like those seen in Venezuela, or Bolivia or Ecuador,” the trade negotiator observed.Padilla seems to have overlooked a report last week from Nicaragua, which indicated that Ortega’s Sandinista government plans to overhaul no fewer than 39 constitutional articles – roughly one-fifth of Nicaragua’s Magna Carta. Key amendments would give Ortega additional powers to govern by fiat, empower the military’s role in government by allowing active officers to hold civilian posts, eliminate the already disregarded constitutional ban on presidential re-election, and give Sandinista party structures, known as “Family Councils,” a legal mandate to meddle in the private lives of Nicaraguans. Nevertheless, Jaramillo said that Costa Rica must continue investing in infrastructure and education (a recent budget proposal by Laura Chinchilla’s administration would actually cut education spending), while encouraging innovation and a flexible regulatory framework to continue getting the most out of the trade agreement.As speakers trumpeted the successes of CAFTA, González looked forward to the next major trade agreement in the wings, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is a growing free trade alliance between several countries in the Asian-Pacific region. Costa Rica is one of several countries that have expressed interest in joining the TPP.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Waiting for the weekend

first_imgRelated posts:Just another manic Monday… The Last Supper, Caribbean-style To the streets we go, bearing lanterns Spotted in Cahuita It’s Friday and this Aracari bird knows it! While appreciating the sunrise at the Caribbean side of the country, the early bird glances into the horizon and awaits the weekend joyfully as we all do so.For more stories and photos from Kristel, visit her blog, The Tiny Travelogue, or follow her (and her dog’s) adventures in the tropics and beyond on Facebook or Instagram. Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Commentslast_img read more