Kolkata: Two youths have been arrested for allegedly eve-teasing two women late on Thursday night, after a distress call was received at the police control room. According to sources, on Thursday night two young women were returning home after watching a movie at South City mall at around 2 am. When they were waiting for a cab, a blue hatchback car blocked their way. It has been alleged that two youths sitting inside the car used derogatory words and abusive gestures towards them. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaInitially, the two women did not react to their words and tried to move aside. After a few minutes, the accused youths left the spot in their car. However, they came back after a while and started doing it again. Sensing danger, one of the women called the police control room and sought help. As soon as the call was received, a mobile patrolling van in the Lake police station area was instructed to reach the spot urgently. But before the arrival of police, the duo fled the scene. After police reached the spot, the women narrated the incident and also provided the registration number of the car. Immediately, the number was circulated through wireless transmission and the car was intercepted in front of M R Bangur Hospital after a while. Later, the women were taken to the police station, where they identified the accused persons. Both the accused youths were subsequently arrested.
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. – Researchers say they believe another endangered orca has died off British Columbia’s coast.The Center for Whale Research, based Friday Harbor, Wash., says a southern resident killer whale known as L92 is presumed dead.The loss of L92 brings the total number of southern resident killer whales down to 75, which is the lowest count since the early 1980s.The population has dropped by eight members since 2016, despite a baby boom at that time that gave some researchers optimism about their recovery.L92, also known as “Crewser” and estimated at 23 years old, has not been seen with his pod for two months.The research centre says the whales have been spending fewer days in inland waters in recent years, a trend that parallels a decline in the abundance of Fraser River chinook salmon runs.
Companies in this story: (TSX:HBC)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. activist investor Land and Buildings Investment Management LLC is attacking the Toronto-based retailer’s board again for failing to take decisive action to unlock value for shareholders.In a letter sent to shareholders, Land and Buildings says it believes HBC could double or triple its share price and find benefits by selling Saks Fifth Avenue to a luxury department store company, its remaining 50 per cent interest in its European business to Signa Holding GmbH, and Lord and Taylor to a mass merchant.It also believes HBC should pursue real estate investment trust status for its Canadian real estate and sublease excess space at its Bay department stores.Land and Buildings says it plans to soon discuss with investors the possibility of adding “fresh perspectives” to HBC’s board and could do so through a special meeting of shareholders.The investor previously agreed last December to cease opposing an investment in the retailer by private equity firm Rhone Capital, but has since kept arguing that HBC is really a real estate company and that it should take its Toronto Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue location at Yonge and Queen streets and build condos above them.HBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
30 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has added his voice to those of other United Nations officials expressing deep sadness at learning of the news that more than 140 people have reportedly died when a boat capsized in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this week. “The Secretary-General sends his sincere condolences to the bereaved families and to the people and Government of the DRC,” his spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists today.General Assembly President Ali Treki yesterday also expressed deep sadness about the tragedy.Media reports state that the boat capsized on Wednesday as it was transporting passengers and goods along the Kasai River, a tributary of the Congo River, from the town of Mushie to Kinshasa, the national capital. There are indications that the boat was overloaded. Many Congolese travel by boat, even when the vessel is overcrowded, as the country has few functioning roads and railways.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jon Gruden knows he sometimes went over the top in his praise of quarterbacks in his old job as an analyst at ESPN.It seemed like any time a quarterback went to “Gruden’s QB Camp” or was picked in the draft, Gruden was always full of compliments. The praise for Kansas City’s second-year star Patrick Mahomes is on an even different level.“His overall skill set is sickening. It really is,” Gruden said. “He’s double-jointed. He can throw the ball from any platform possible. Running to his left, fading backward. He can get out of trouble. I compliment everybody, I’ve been accused of that, but this guy has off-the-chart arm talent. Skill level is unbelievable.“He has a playing style that reminds me of (Brett) Favre. He’s a young Favre. I think that’s why Andy Reid went and got him. He won’t quit on any play. He makes a lot of plays when there’s nothing there. I don’t have time to talk about him anymore.”Gruden now must devise a plan to slow Mahomes when his Oakland Raiders (2-9) host the Chiefs (9-2) on Sunday in what appears to be a major mismatch.Led by Mahomes’ 37 touchdown passes — the third most ever through 11 games — the Chiefs have been a nearly unstoppable force on offence. Coach Andy Reid’s squad ranks second in the NFL with 404 points and is on pace to become the first team since at least 1960 to average more than 7.0 yards per play.But everything hasn’t been perfect for Mahomes, who committed five turnovers in Kansas City’s last game, a 54-51 loss to the Rams on Nov. 19.“Every experience, bad or good, you have to learn from,” Mahomes said. “You take the positives. We had a lot of successful plays and successful things happen in that game, but you have to find ways to win them in the end.”Here are some other things to watch:EB’S BACK, MAYBEChiefs safety Eric Berry returned to the practice field this week for the first time since the early weeks of training camp, when he became sidelined by a heel injury. But considering Berry has not played at all since August, it is unlikely he will be available for Kansas City’s trip to Oakland.“It’s a great thing to see him back healthy,” Reid said. “This is killing him to watch. He loves to play. It tears him up not to be out there, but at the same time we have to do it smart.”FAST START, SLOW FINISHOne thing the Raiders have done well this year is start games fast. Their 34 points on the opening drive rank fifth best in the NFL this season. What’s happened after that has been the problem. Oakland has the third-worst offence the rest of the game, averaging just 1.32 points per drive after that.STREAKING JONESChiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones was the AFC’s defensive player of the month, another line to a resume that could land him a big contract extension this off-season. Jones has nine sacks this season, including at least one each of the past seven weeks. He had a pair of sacks against the Cardinals and the Rams prior to the bye week, and he had a season-high three tackles for loss in Los Angeles.DANGEROUS RETURNSOakland was burned last week by a poorly placed punt by rookie Johnny Townsend that led to a 70-yard touchdown return by Baltimore’s Cyrus Jones. Townsend, a fifth-round pick, has struggled this year, ranking 30th out of 32 qualifying punters in net average (37.7 yards), last in gross average (43.5 yards), and last in percentage of punts downed inside the 20-yard line (18.4 per cent). That could be an issue against Tyreek Hill, who leads the NFL with four punt return TDs since entering the league in 2016.“We have to do a better job than we did last week,” Gruden said. “The one punt return we’ve given up, we didn’t hit our landmark. We gave them a low hanging punt that gave him a two-way go, and that’s hard to defend. If we do that against this guy, we’ll have very little chance to win this game. This guy is really unique. Tyreek Hill, he’s a unique skill set. You have to limit his opportunities every way you can.”REUNION WEEKThe relationship between Gruden and Reid goes back decades to when they spent three years together as offensive assistants on Mike Holmgren’s staff in Green Bay from 1992-94. That’s where the two really started to build the foundation of the offences they’d eventually run for years as successful head coaches in the NFL.“We were both young and we were able to learn a ton from a great head coach,” Reid recalled. “Jon and I spent a lot of time together, along with Steve Mariucci, we were the youngest guys on the staff. We all kind of bonded and did our thing. We did a lot of the go-fer work, which we loved. Great learning experience and great foundation to build on.”___AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta contributed to this report___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJosh Dubow, The Associated Press
Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) gets ready for a serve during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe upcoming schedule for Ohio State women’s volleyball is anything but orthodox.The matches are scheduled to start Wednesday as the No. 17 Buckeyes take on Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., kicking off a three game road trip.Coach Geoff Carlston said he sees the “weird” schedule as a blessing. The Buckeyes play three games over the course of seven days, contrary to their norm of lacing up for just two contests over the weekend.“It’s kind of nice actually that these last two weekends we played back-to-back against teams that had rest and days off,” he said.After a 2-4 start to Big Ten play, a different schedule is not the only change Carlston wants to see.“Really it’s about the offensive rhythm, finding a nice offensive rhythm and just getting up in our defensive energy, defensive attitude,” Carlston said.Since starting the season on a 13 game winning streak, OSU has lost four of its last five matches, including being swept by Michigan State, Purdue and Minnesota.Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said she wants the team to bounce back and do more than just what gave it success at the start of the season.“It would say so much about us as a team if we were able to overcome this and be able to come out of it even stronger than we were to start preseason,” Kacsits said.Senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo said part of returning to the team’s non-conference form will be eliminating mistakes.“Right now, I think we just need to become more knowledgeable about the game,” she said. “We’re making aggressive mistakes but some mistakes we’re making are just, the bonehead, dumb mistakes.”Mandolfo said since Big Ten play has started, the Buckeyes “just need wins.”Junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said if the team wants to win, it will have to put recent struggles behind them.“(It’s important) not to hang our heads over the loss on the weekend,” she said. “We just need to make sure that we stay positive and look at this as a learning experience.”The match against Northwestern is set to be televised on the Big Ten Network, while an Oct. 23 date with Penn State will be broadcast on ESPN2.Carlston said he does not expect the televised play to effect his squad in any way.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to St. John Arena Oct. 25 as they host No. 8 Nebraska.
Around half of parents adopt because of fertility issues, a charity has revealed, as increasing numbers of people want to support children who have “had a tough start”. Researchers at Adoption UK, questioned 3,500 people about what their motivations for adopting were. In response to the statement: ‘I was unable to have birth children’, 58% of respondents agreed with this, meaning that for 42% of parents, infertility was not a primary… For the first time, a UK survey asked thousands of parents what motivated them to adopt. It found that, contrary to popular belief and what is thought of as “the status quo”, women struggling to get pregnant and expensive IVF treatment were not the only reason.s
Implicit modelling technology is one of the highlights in the release of MineSight Version 7.8, a bundle of new software destined to improve Mintec clients’ productivity. The company says the “MineSight Implicit Modeler is unique as part of a general mine planning software package, allowing geologists to rapidly build models and grade shells directly from drillholes.” Also new is MineSight Reserve, which consolidates the power of MineSight’s specialised reserve engines. Easier to use and with superior reporting capability, MineSight Reserve improves on the former engines with several enhancements. These include a completely integrated reserve calculation and reporting engine. The Unified Reserves Engine (URE) can be leveraged as a reserve calculation tool for scheduling tools throughout MineSight.MineSight Version 7.8 features enhanced products, too, including MineSight Haulage. MineSight Haulage users can now enjoy the robust reporting and charting functionality of ARC – MineSight’s Advanced Reporting and Charting tool. Included in today’s release of MineSight Haulage Version 4, ARC offers a wide range of reporting and charting options, including pivot reports, detailed reports, pre-defined templates, and custom templates.MineSight 3D Version 7.8 integrates with Autodesk’s RealDWG toolkit, propelling the convenience of sharing data between AutoCAD and MS3D to another level. The release updates the software’s DXF import/export to the latest standard and adds the full DWG import/export capability. The inclusion of DWG support means convenience for clients exchanging large projects between AutoCAD and MS3D. DWG, a native, binary format, is more efficient than the open, ASCII, DXF. DWG yields files that are several times smaller than DXF formatted data.The complexities of drill hole and blasthole data are further simplified with a new version of Mintec’s ever-improving database manager, MineSight Torque. In the bundle you’ll also find the following:• MineSight Data Analyst 2.80-04• MineSight Economic Planner 2.60, which includes the highly anticipated Auto Pit.• MineSight Basis 12.50, which includes 64-bit versions of the interpolation programs.• MineSight Database Manager 1.3“Today’s release sets the stage for an amazing year of Mintec innovation and killer MineSight applications,” said Mintec President, John Davies. “Just around the corner is release of our short term planning software, MineSight Atlas, plus MineSight Performance Manager, our reporting and analytics technology. As a general mine planning software package, MineSight is the smartest solution.”
The Indonesia Tin Forum hosted by ITRI in Pangkalpinang, Bangka attracted more than a 100 local and international delegates. Attendees included industry, authorities and civil society in this unique event which provided an opportunity for a wide range of interests to be considered and discussed. Participants were in general agreement that tin is an important resource that should be exploited for the maximum benefit of the people of Bangka Belitung and Indonesia, but that the current situation of limited transparency of source and control on production must be addressed.A presentation by ITRI set the scene by explaining the continuing importance of Indonesian tin production to the international market, as well as the current situation with the ICDX exchange, and this was supplemented by a presentation by Budi Prastowo, Assistant Head of the Bangka Belitung Provincial Bureau of Statistics (BPS) providing information on the trends in the economic contributions of a variety of sectors in the Province, including tin mining and smelting.From the downstream end of the tin supply chain, Carolyn Duran, Materials EHS Manager of Intel Inc highlighted the growing requirements for transparency in supply chains of end product manufacturers and why tin users intend to drive improvements in the materials production sectors to satisfy increasing expectations from investors, consumers and NGOs alike. Issues of particular interest are not only health and safety, absence of child labour and environmental management but also good business management systems and integrity.The complexity of the regulatory systems at the national, provincial and district levels was presented by consultant Dyah Paramita who highlighted areas of overlapping requirements and confusion that reduce the possibilities for good governance and enforcement and lead to difficulties in understanding the position of, and opportunity for formalisation of unconventional miners – of which there are many thousands in Bangka Belitung.There appeared to be general agreement with the point of view presented by Marwan Batubara of the Indonesian Resources Studies Centre (IRESS) that the value of the unrenewable tin resource should be maximised by proper application of governance and laws, that while the legality of many unconventional artisanal miners is questionable, strict and rapid enforcement measures would not be an appropriate response until further success in building alternative opportunities for income generation had been achieved. Many were therefore encouraged by the medium to long term objectives of the local planning system presented by Yan Megawandi of the Regional Development and Planning Agency (BAPPEDA) which aims to take actions that will supplement income from sustainable tin mining, with increased tourism and fishery revenue, as well as infrastructure to support economic growth.Local Indonesian speakers, including Pius Guiting from WAHLI and consultant Erwiza Erman, provided their perspective on the impacts of tin mining in Bangka Belitung; both the positive economic benefits and growth in a range of associated businesses, as well as environmental and social changes and concerns. One key issue of concern appeared to be the limited extent of land reclamation observed at the moment, whether this was a result of repeated re-mining of the same areas, or to the lack of contributions to the cost of reclamation from unconventional small scale miners. The discussions brought forward several ideas in this regard including a suggestion by Johan Murod of ASTRADA that exporters should pay Rp 200,000 per tonne into a new reclamation fund possibly organised through ITRI and the ICDX.In summing up, Kay Nimmo, Manager of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at ITRI, listed a number of suggestions arising from the discussion such as for education or co-operation initiatives (for example relating to community and supervisor awareness of the legal situation), as well as other follow up activities and further research (for example on accident rates among TI miners).While there can be no rapid change to the circumstances of tin mining in Bangka Belitung that have such a long history, all the staff of ITRI who have been visiting the province for several years are very encouraged by recent discussions with a range of stakeholders recognising the need to change and keen to work together to achieve that, as well as the strong actions from the Indonesian Government to drive improvements in the sector. ITRI plans to continue their engagement with all stakeholders and support positive changes in the coming months.
June 1887 the O’Halloran girls fought furiously against attempted eviction. @clarelibrary http://t.co/vYno2K6zdU pic.twitter.com/6YnxFSDiPH— National Library of Ireland (@NLIreland) June 19, 2014 Source: Nat Library Ireland/Twitter INCREDIBLE THOUGH IT might seem, this photograph tweeted out by the National Library of Ireland today was taken in 1887.It shows the O’Halloran sisters from Bodyke, Co Clare, who came out fighting when their homestead was threatened with eviction.The whole dramatic episode was captured in a newspaper report from 15 June 1887, as related by a brother of the girls, Frank O’Halloran, and has been published online by ClareLibrary.ie.The NLI found this crystal-clear photo of the girls in the Lawrence Collection. The detail in the photograph is astonishing – from the freckles and keen eyes of the girl wearing a small posy of flowers at her collar to the direct and challenging stare of her sister standing beside her in a delicate lace blouse.The sisters were named Annie, Sarah and Honoria and – as their brother Frank tells it – they were to the fore of the defence of the family home.Frank tells how the sisters threw cans of scalding water to ward off bailiffs who tried to attack the corner of the house with picks and axes. Frank and his brother also fought off the would-be evictors. His sister Honoria emerges as a particularly courageous figure.She managed to grab the “sword-bayonet” of one of the policemen who was trying to come through a window. Frank helped her to fight off that policeman, and says: My sister was then in full possession of a rifle, bayonet and all, and sure she did use it. She rushed to the window and scattered the police outside right and left, and cleared the ladder outside, which was crowded.Read what happened next to the family on ClareLibrary.ie. Thanks to the National Library of Ireland for sharing this brilliant photograph. Makes you wonder which one was Honoria, doesn’t it?Read 90 letters James Joyce wrote to his family>Hidden History: The guide to preserving your family archive>
Robert DeNiro previously defended an anti-vaccine documentary. Share Tweet Email4 ACTOR ROBERT DE Niro has backed a discredited anti-vaccine campaign that has offered a $100,000 reward for scientific evidence.The campaign is led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who claims that mercury in childhood vaccines in the US can cause a number of conditions including autism.The US Center for Disease Control has unequivocally refuted the claims and has a section on its website entitled: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.As part of his World Mercury Project, Kennedy argues specifically against the use of vaccine preservative Thimerosal.Again the CDC refutes the claims, pointing out that Thimerosal has long since been reduced to trace elements in US vaccines.The websites further states that at least nine studies have proven that there is no link between Thimerosal and autism.Despite this, at an event in Washington yesterday, Kennedy and DeNiro offered $100,000 for anyone who can “find a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that Thimerosal is safe”.It is not the first time DeNiro, who has a son on the autism spectrum, has lent support to “anti-vaxx” campaigners.Last year he included the controversial documentary Vaxxed at his Tribeca Film Festival before an outcry from the medical community saw DeNiro pull the film.The film is by disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield who was previously accused by the British Medical Council of acting “dishonestly” for faulty research he published about the MMR vaccine.The Vaxxed documentary has just been released on DVD in Ireland and the UK and Wakefield was present at a screening of the film in London on Tuesday.Anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists in Ireland have invited Wakefield to speak here but as yet no appearance has been confirmed.Read: ‘Hearsay on social media’ being blamed for falling vaccine rates >Read: The amount of young girls getting the HPV vaccine has dropped significantly > http://jrnl.ie/3242529 Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 11:07 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 16th 2017, 11:07 AM Robert DeNiro backs $100k reward pushed by anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists It comes as a controversial documentary is released in Ireland. 240 Comments By Rónán Duffy 49,678 Views Robert DeNiro previously defended an anti-vaccine documentary. Image: Richard Shotwell/AP Short URL Image: Richard Shotwell/AP
Une nouvelle espèce de mammifère carnivore découverte à MadagascarMadagascar – Une nouvelle espèce de carnivore a été découverte. Ce mammifère, de la taille d’un chat, appartient à la famille des mangoustes, qui se trouvent uniquement dans l’océan Indien. La mangouste Salanoia durrelli a été découverte à Madagascar et fait très certainement partie des espèces de carnivores les plus menacées au monde. Ce nouveau mammifère a été découvert près du lac Alaotra, le plus grand de l’île. Le fait qu’il s’agisse d’un animal carnivore mérite d’être souligné puisque le dernier carnivore découvert remonte à 1986.Il y a si peu d’individus vivant autour de ce lac malgache que cette espèce pourrait rapidement entrer dans la catégorie des espèces éteintes, comme l’explique Frank Hawkins de Conservation International : “Il s’agit sans doute de l’espèce de carnivore qui compte le plus petit nombre d’individus et qui est l’une des plus menacées. Les zones humides du lac Alaotra ont subi une pression considérable. Seuls de rapides efforts de conservation pour faire de cet animal un symbole permettraient d’éviter son extinction”.L’habitat de cette mangouste a en effet souffert de l’introduction de poissons, de l’ensablement et de la pollution par les engrais et les pesticides. Bien que l’état de conservation de l’espèce nouvelle reste soumis à évaluation, celle-ci est susceptible d’être menacée en raison du faible nombre d’individus, de sa distribution restreinte et de l’impact de la dégradation de son habitat.Le 17 octobre 2010 à 11:11 • Emmanuel Perrin
BELLINGHAM — A Christian organization has fired a Bellingham teenager from his job as a camp counselor because he is gay.The Bellingham Herald reports Jace Taylor says he was terminated Tuesday after being hired last month by THE FIRS to be a Fir Creek camp counselor.The non-denominational Christian organization confirmed that Taylor’s sexual orientation was the reason for his firing.Executive Director Tom Beaumont says when it became evident that Taylor didn’t personally align with their statements of faith they determined they could not use him in the role.Under state law, an employer cannot discriminate against anyone based on sexual orientation.QLaw Foundation executive director Denise Diskin says religious nonprofit employers are not defined as employers under the law.Taylor says he intends to picket on the first day of camp to inform people there of the situation.
PORTLAND (AP) — Northwest beer brewers have joined a national outcry over a proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration which they say would make it prohibitively expensive for them to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers.The FDA is trying to tighten the country’s food safety network.The proposal would classify companies that distribute spent grain to farms as animal feed manufacturers, imposing new sanitation requirements and possibly forcing them to dry and package the material before distribution, The Oregonian reported.“This proposed regulation would help prevent foodborne illness in both animals and people,” the agency said in a statement last month.But brewers say the new requirements could cost millions and force them to raise beer prices.“That would be cost prohibitive,” said Scott Mennen, vice president of brewery operations at Widmer Brothers brewery in Portland. “Most brewers would have to put this material in a landfill.”For centuries, brewers have provided spent grain to dairy farmers, giving the farmers a low-cost or free source of high-protein, high-fiber feed for their cows. That means farmers don’t like the proposal either.One gallon of beer yields about a pound of spent malted barley husks. It’s a food-grade product and heated to about 170 degrees Fahrenheit during brewing, which would kill any contaminants.
Alaska Oil and Gas Division Permitting Director Graham Smith credits the rise in activity to ‘legacy fields’ picking up rigs, a high-level of exploration activity and a lease sale that took place in November. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The North Slope’s rig count will reach a 20-year high this year, and the industry saw an increase in oil-field jobs for the first time since 2014. Moriarty: “If you want to talk locally for the Kenai Peninsula there’s about 5,000 jobs on the Peninsula that can be contributed back to the industry, and about 400 million in salary. That’s about 20% of private sector jobs on the Peninsula, and about 25% of the wages.” About 9,250 people worked in the industry in November and December, a year-to-year increase of 100 jobs, according to CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, Kara Moriarty. In FY18 the Oil and Gas Association paid over $2.7 billion in both state and local oil revenues. Alaska ranks 5th overall in the nation among oil producing states. Moriarty: “Now we need more investment in Alaska, we aren’t going to have production without investment. Fortunately, we do have some companies that have been investing, they’ve made some new discoveries and want to move forward with these projects.”
As publishers are quickly realizing, the digital conversion does not end with tablet-ready editions. 2011 was deemed “the second year of the iPad,” but 2012 is shaping up to be the advent of the mobile content focus (read: both tablet and smartphone-ready Web content). HTML5, with its device-agnostic and Flash-free capabilities, is seen as a way to fast-track this mobile jump.Some publishers, like Hearst, are bullish on the HTML5 transition; others, such as Rodale and Atlantic Media’s Government Executive, are stepping more carefully into the arena.Moving ForwardHearst began its HTML5 conversion in September, moving Good Housekeeping to the new platform. The publisher said it would complete the HTML5 transition of its magazine portfolio by the end of 2012. According to Hearst Digital Media’s vice president of programming and product strategy Mark Weinberg, the publisher is on track to meet that goal.“We relaunched Woman’s Day in December, and that was effectively the same approach that we used with Good Housekeeping,” says Weinberg. “We took a number of the basic applications we had developed for Good Housekeeping and fast-tracked them to a number of our other sites. The promo players on all the sites are now HTML5; meaning that the primary advantage is that they work on iOS devices, as they were Flash before and didn’t work.” Other updates include a “light refresh” of Delish.com and a new version of Hearst’s Flipbook. The improved Flipbook is now live on Esquire, Popular Mechanics, Country Living, Harper’s Bazaar and Real Beauty; at time of print, Weinberg said Marie Claire and Hearst’s other sites would be updated to include the new Flipbook by early March.According to Weinberg, Hearst’s early arrival to the HTML5 platform is paying off in audience numbers. He would not share exact metrics, but says since Good Housekeeping.com’s redesign, the site has experienced record monthly traffic, unique visitors and page views.Weinberg and his team now face a new set of challenges going forward. “How do you create new programming?” he asks. “This is going to be the challenge of the next two to three years: How do you deliver experiences that are unique, valuable and differentiating on different screen sizes while maintaining brand unity and integrity? Just because it fits on a small screen doesn’t mean it’s useful.”Looking Around, and Planning AheadIn b-to-b, Atlantic Media’s Government Executive is just beginning to map out its HTML5 route. The news source serving federal managers recently revamped its website using its parent company’s homegrown CMS, and was on the brink of releasing a slew of apps at time of print.Krystle Kopacz, digital product manager of the Government Executive Media Group, says the new coding language caught the attention of her staff.“For us, and for many b-to-b companies, we’re lean; every media company wishes they could have more development resources. Having to develop all of these different platforms, it’s weight on your team,” says Kopacz. “We’re looking at how we can apply it and have it work in every browser, in every device in a way that makes the reading experience better.”Kopacz highlights the morphing capability of HTML5 as the biggest draw. “As the browser changes width, rather than crunching as it does now, it really files into whatever the width is. Elements move around to make it better for the reader in a smaller screen experience.”Like Government Executive, Rodale has watched as other publishers go all-in with the HTML5 switch. “We’re keenly following The Financial Times, who moved their print product onto HTML5,” says Matt Bean, AVP of mobile, social and emerging media with Rodale. “It would give us a great level of control over how we would interact with our customers. HTML5 is front and center as we look to re-platform our devices or look to new projects that are going to help broaden our reach across platforms and help us maintain a uniform user experience across platforms.” Bean identifies another attraction of the coding platform. “HTML5 brings advanced level functionality into a mobile experience. In the past you weren’t able to access geo location; now you can.”Bean also touches upon the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ infamous aversion to Flash (a problem now eliminated by HTML5), as well as the responsive design layout the coding platform provides. “In the past, a cross-platform development project meant trying to find efficiencies across Apple and Android, and that’s difficult. It should be about developing a native app. With HTML5 you can do that in a way that’s more seamless, and with a less heavy lifting,” says Bean.Despite the excitement, Bean provides a grounding view of the “next big thing.” “HTML5 in practice is different than how it is viewed as a buzz term. It’s simply a revision of HTML4, which is a revision of HTML3, going back to the original hypertext markup language. It’s possible to incorporate HTML without ‘launching’ a huge HTML5 project. Most new sites created nowadays take advantage of HTML5 tags.”The glitter of HTML5, like many other technologies, social networks and ideas currently catching fire in the publishing industry, is bound to diminish as it becomes simply another Web standard. Then, publishers will turn back to the most pressing issue of all: What their audiences want.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Washington, D.C. — The Army’s utility privatization program has produced enormous financial benefits, as well as improved reliability and reduced consumption for utilities that have been transferred to the private sector, Curt Wexel, utilities privatization program manager for the Army’s assistant chief of staff for installation management, told the DOD Energy & Water Forum Friday. For the 152 utility systems that have been privatized, the service estimates the net present value of its savings, compared to continued Army ownership, is $3.4 billion. On average, the service experiences a 29 percent cost avoidance for each utility system that is privatized. Other benefits include improved reliability, a 16 percent net reduction in water use and a 35 percent net reduction in natural gas consumption.To date, the Army has privatized 43 percent of the utilities across its U.S. installations, covering electric, gas, water and wastewater systems.The Army considers utilities privatization one of its primary tools for enhancing the resilience of its installations. The service has invested more than $1 billion in energy resilience projects, with $490 million allocated to utilities privatization. Given the investment required to transfer assets to the private sector, the service can only privatize utilities when it is cost effective, Wexel said. Officials focus on the most critical missions, he said. “We can’t afford to do UP [utilities privatization] everywhere.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, shown here at a 2012 meeting with Russian president Vladmir Putin. At the time Tillerson was the CEO of ExxonMobil. (Photo courtesy Government of the Russian Federation)United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be in Fairbanks next month during the Week of the Arctic. Fairbanks Borough Mayor Special Assistant Jeff Stepp broke the news at a Borough Assembly meeting Thursday night.Listen now“Today at a conference in Virginia the Ambassador, David Balton, announced the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will in fact be in Fairbanks,” Stepp said.The Week of the Arctic is a series of events, workshops, and presentations tied to the Arctic Council, an international body representing eight circumpolar nations. The United States is concluding its chairmanship of the council and, following tradition, will host a meeting as the next country takes over. That meeting is scheduled for Fairbanks the week of May 8. Finland is taking over the chairmanship. Stepp said all the circumpolar nations will be represented, including Russia.“The ministry of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation has also confirmed that Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov will also attend,” Stepp said. “In fact, all eight foreign ministers of the Arctic Council are expected to be present in Fairbanks.”Stepp, who is part of a local team preparing for the Week of the Arctic, told the Assembly the eyes of the world will be on Fairbanks during the event.A State Department official declined to confirm that Tillerson would be attending.Spokesperson Nicole Thompson wrote in an e-mail, “If there are plans for the Secretary to travel to Alaska, they would likely be made public in coming days/weeks.”
Factfile on South Africa ahead of legislative elections on 8 May. Photo: AFPTwenty-five years after the end of white-minority rule, South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world and is held back by corruption and crime.Ahead of 8 May elections in which the African National Congress (ANC) is seeking to retain power, here is some background:Decades of apartheidThe radical race-based system of apartheid that favoured the white minority over the black majority became official government policy in 1948.It governed all aspects of life, restricting non-whites to unskilled jobs and inferior education, services and living conditions.Whites controlled politics, the economy and the land.The system was dismantled nearly five decades later, after a long and bitter struggle, its demise sealed by the April 1994 elections in which blacks were able to vote for the first time.MandelaThen ANC leader Nelson Mandela, who was jailed for 27 years for his efforts to overthrow apartheid, became South Africa’s first black president in 1994.His release in 1990 heralded the transition to democracy for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize with the last white president, F.W. de Klerk.Mandela committed to only one term, stepping down in 1999. Internationally respected as an icon of reconciliation, his death in 2013 was met with an outpouring of emotion worldwide.Later, in-fighting and graft scandals within the ANC peaked in 2018 when Jacob Zuma was forced to step down as president.’Rainbow Nation’ tarnishedThe optimism of the post-apartheid “Rainbow Nation” has waned amid widespread complaints of weak governance, poor delivery of public services, corruption and crime.The number of regular houses, as opposed to makeshift shacks, increased by a quarter since 1996, as did access to electricity (61 per cent), according to a Centre for Risk Analysis survey in 2019.But some 20 per cent of black households are classed as living in extreme poverty compared to 2.9 per cent of white households, the Institute of Race Relations says.With a population of 56.7 million (2017), the country still has “one of the highest inequality rates in the world,” the World Bank says.Most of South Africa’s arable land, meanwhile, remains in the hands of white farmers.Economic woesThe second-strongest economy in Africa behind Nigeria, South Africa is the world’s top producer of platinum and a leading supplier of gold, diamonds and other minerals.However, mining has shed about 300,000 jobs, now only making up about seven per cent of gross domestic product from a peak of about 20 per cent in the 1980s.Having seen sharp gains from 1994 to 2006 with annual growth above five per cent, the economy crashed in 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis.Growth was just 0.8 per cent in 2018 and is projected to be 1.3 per cent for 2019, the World Bank says.Official unemployment is at 27.1 per cent, reaching 53 per cent for people aged under 35 — among the highest in the world.Sunny SAWith unspoiled beaches, vineyards and animal reserves, the country was the continent’s leading tourist destination behind Morocco in 2017, according to the UN’s tourism authority.There were more than 10 million visitors in 2017, and the sector contributed 10 per cent to the economy.The country hosted Africa’s first World Cup in 2006 and is also the sole nation on the continent to allow gay marriage.But crime remains persistently high, the murder rate rising in 2017 to about 57 a day.South Africa also has the biggest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world, with 7.1 million people living with HIV, the UN says.