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Ireland BasingerBaldwin to Question Canada Goose at Annual Meeting

first_imgModel Ireland Basinger-Baldwin will speak out against Canada Goose during its online annual meeting on Friday by calling on the company to stop selling jackets made with coyote fur and down feathers.Submitting the question on behalf of PETA, Basinger-Baldwin — who recently starred in an anti-fur campaign for the group — writes, “Canada Goose uses fur from coyotes who are often immobilized in steel traps that can cut deep into their flesh, crush their limbs, and cause animals to languish for days before being crudely killed when the trapper finally returns…. Down production is also inherently cruel…. So my question is, when will Canada Goose stop using fur and down?”PETA has released a video exposé revealing that workers at a Canada Goose down supplier rounded up terrified geese who piled on top of one another in an attempt to escape, causing suffocation and death. Coyotes used for Canada Goose’s fur trim can suffer in traps for days before they’re shot or bludgeoned to death. Trapped coyote mothers desperate to get back to their starving pups have even attempted to chew off their own limbs to escape.PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear,” notes that a wide variety of brands — including HoodLamb, Save the Duck, Vaute, and Wully Outerwear — sell warm, stylish, cruelty-free coats.last_img read more

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Senator Murray Sinclair appointed investigator to look into Thunder Bay police board

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National NewsSitting Senator Murray Sinclair was appointed as an investigator and tasked to look into the administration of the Thunder Bay police board.Sinclair, who also chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was named to the job Monday by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC).The OCPC investigation will look into “serious concerns” the OCPC has regarding the board, specifically their ability to address matters related to the deaths of Indigenous youth, public statements from the board that there is no basis for public concerns of systemic racism within the service, and the recent criminal charges laid against the police chief.The OCPC is a provincial tribunal with a mandate that includes ensuring police service boards are providing efficient oversight of police services.Sinclair was the first lndigenous Judge in Manitoba, working in the justice system for 25 years before chairing the TRC and then being appointed as an independent Senator in 2016.In May, First Nations leadership including Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Grand Council Treaty #3 called on the OCPC to intervene in what they were calling a policing crisis after the bodies of two First Nations youth were found in Thunder Bay rivers.Tammy Keeash, 17 years and Josiah Begg, 14 years, were both reported missing the same night on May 6. Keeash’s body was found on May 7 and Begg’s on May 18.The families of both Keeash and Begg are looking for answers as to how their children ended up dead in the river.Under the direction of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, the York Regional Police are now working on both death investigations.There has been heavy criticism and concern over the city’s death investigations of First Nations people, particularly young First Nations. It was a focus of the student inquest that examined the deaths of seven First Nations students attending high school in the city between 2000 and 2011. Five of those students were found dead in city rivers. In that inquest, a jury could not conclude how they ended up in the rivers, just that they had drowned.The troubles for the police service haven’t stopped. Last November, the province’s police watchdog, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director started its investigation of the service for systemic racism and how it deals with Indigenous people in the city.This was sparked by a complaint filed by the family of Stacey Debungee over the way the police handled the death investigation after the man’s body was found in the river in 2015. Police ruled out any suspicion of foul play within hours of his death, prompting concerns over the quality of police work when investigating Indigenous deaths.Hours before Begg’s body was found, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeilly said the city’s police service was “in a bit of a crisis”.It’s a claim that has been shared by First Nations leaders and families but adamantly refused by the city’s police service and its administrating board.As if the deaths of two First Nations teens wasn’t harrowing enough for a city already in the national spotlight for crime and racism, the Chief of Police J.P. Levesque was then charged with breach of trust and obstructing justice for allegations he disclosed confidential information about the city’s mayor Keith Hobbs. Just last week, Hobbs and his wife Marisa were charged with obstructing justice and extortion in what the city called a “personal matter” not related to city business or issues.In June, the board and service held a joint press conference to say they believed they were going through “challenging times”, but not a crisis. Acting Chief Sylvie Hauth said despite the troubling list of concerns which include the OIPRD investigation, criminal charges against the police chief and concerns over death investigations, it was “business as usual” for the service.According to a tbnewswatch report in May, Board co-chair and city councillor Brian McKinnon said there is no evidence or facts to back up accusations against the police service in the OIPRD investigation.Five days after that news report was published, the OCPC advised the police board of its investigation.Last week, a First Nations man died after being locked up in a Thunder Bay police jail cell. The province’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) is investigating.OCPC said its investigation is not punitive but in the public interest of ensuring the board is meeting its obligations.Both the board chair and acting chief have said they will cooperate with both investigations and implement any recommendations it receives.On Friday, Mayor Keith Hobbs, and two others were charged with extortion. Hobbs is a former police officer in the city. And in May, JP Levesque, the city’s police chief was charged with obstruction of justice.The OCPC says an interim report will be completed by the end of October 2017 and a final report of their investigation will be completed by March 31, 2018.The OIPRD final report is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.Contact Willow here: wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

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Royal Dutch Shell to sell its stake in Canadian Natural Resources

first_imgTORONTO – Royal Dutch Shell is selling its stake in Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. for about $4.3 billion.The sale of more than 97 million shares represents Shell’s entire interest in Canadian Natural, a roughly eight per cent stake in the company.Shell said in a statement Monday night that proceeds from the sale will contribute to reducing net debt.The sale, which is being underwritten by Goldman Sachs, RBC Capital Markets, Scotiabank and TD Securities, is expected to complete on Wednesday.The energy sector on the Toronto Stock Exchange has gained strength in recent weeks as the price of oil has also climbed.Canadian Natural shares were down $1.45 at $43.85 in late-morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday.Shell acquired the shares last year when it sold most of its Alberta oilsands assets to Canadian Natural for $11.1 billion in cash and stock.The company said at the time that the deal would allow the company to focus on assets such as deepwater oil and gas that offer higher returns on capital. It said that oilsands mining and in-situ operations were no longer a strategic fit for Shell.In Canada, the company remains focused on its shale oil and gas properties in B.C. and Alberta, along with its refining and chemical businesses near Edmonton.Other foreign companies that have reduced exposure to the oilsands include Norway’s Statoil, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil and France-based Total SA.Cenovus Energy bought most of the Canadian assets of Houston-based ConocoPhillips last year.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNQ) (TSX:CVE)last_img read more

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India notes Sri Lanka wants end to bottom trawling to reach deal

India says Sri Lanka has sought an undertaking that Indian fishermen will not engage in bottom trawling in order to reach an agreement to end the dispute between fishermen from both countries.Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh told the Rajya Sabha that the main reason for frequent arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan authorities was due to the allegation that they indulge in bottom trawling and there being no physical demarcation of international maritime boundaries, NDTV reported. Asked why an agreement is not put in place despite three rounds of meetings between fishermen associations in which governments are involved, he said “Sri Lankan fishermen have said that you all are involved in bottom trawling. Till the time that is stopped we cannot have an agreement on fishing in each other’s waters. That is the main reason that is stopping a proper agreement to come into place between two countries.”Singh said bottom trawling is considered very bad in fishing circles as it wipes out the complete marine life and the Sri Lankan authorities say that “if you give an undertaking that your fishermen will not be involved in the practice, then they can take a different view.” “As on date there are only 34 fishermen and 19 boats which are in custody of Sri Lanka. From time to time, government secures the release of Indian fishermen. The last release that took place was of 99 Indian fishermen on April 9 in exchange for 9 Sri Lankan fishermen,” he said. Singh said this problem was “acute till we achieve some sort of an understanding between fishermen of both sides … The understanding has not been reached even after three rounds of talks between the two fishermen associations.” He said the Indian Government accords highest priority to the safety and security of Indian fishermen and provides regular consular access to those detained in foreign countries and secure their early release by intervening at the highest level. read more

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Indian and Russian officers hold talks with Defence Secretary

Military Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Defence, Maj Gen DAR Ranawaka and senior Army officers of the Indian Army were also present at the occasion.Meanwhile, the Military, Air and Naval Attaché of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Colonel Dmitry A Mikhaylovskiy met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne PC at the Ministry today. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command of the Indian Army, Lieutenant General P M Hariz paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne PC at the Ministry premises today.A Cordial discussion was held between the Secretary and Lieutenant General Hariz during the meeting. Mementoes were also exchanged during the occasion. A cordial discussion was held between the Secretary and Colonel Mikhaylovskiy during the meeting. Mementos were also exchanged during the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Metrolinx to slap Bombardier with financial penalties over late LRT car delivery

Metrolinx plans to impose financial penalties on Bombardier Inc. after the Quebec train maker delivered only half of a promised six vehicles for Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT by the Friday deadline.“Our contract clearly outlines financial penalties on Bombardier for delivering vehicles late. Metrolinx will enforce the contract and the financial penalties will be applied,” Phil Verster, chief executive of the provincial transportation agency, told The Canadian Press in a statement.The Montreal-based company was supposed to supply the first six of 76 cars to a Metrolinx facility by Feb. 1, according to a $392-million contract signed in 2017. New York City tells Bombardier to get its act together, halts new train deliveries until defects are fixed ‘Incomprehensible’: Bombardier CEO blasts Siemens win in Canada Bombardier’s venture in China wins $453-million state rail contract “The three remaining LRT cars are expected “over the course of the next couple of weeks,” Verster said.“While Bombardier’s delivery times have improved, we are holding them to account, to protect the interests of riders and taxpayers.”A Metrolinx spokesman declined to specify the financial penalties.Bombardier, which declined to comment, told The Canadian Press on Jan. 25 it was expecting “four more cars to be delivered…over the next week or so,” with two of the light-rail vehicles already delivered from its Kingston facility at that time.Difficulties have plagued the vehicle order tied to the $5.9-billion light rail line now under construction along and underneath Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue, with legal battles leading to a reduced car order in 2017.The initial contract from 2010 was for 182 cars at a price of $770 million.Last month, three large public transit agencies opted to stop taking trains from the company until it fixes the ones already in service.Swiss Federal Railways cited doors that don’t close properly, putting the brakes on deliveries under its US$1.9-billion contract for 62 trains.The head of the New York City Transit Authority, Andy Byford — former CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission — halted subway car deliveries last week, citing HVAC software system defects and claiming “deja vu” over issues with Bombardier trains. Deliveries to New York resumed this week.On Thursday, the French National Railway Company announced it would stop train car deliveries, pointing to an “unacceptable situation of non-quality” with some of the 32 trains it had received, adding that 42 were supposed to have arrived by the start of the year. read more

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More policewomen have tattoos than male officers but the public dont mind

first_imgLaura Millward of Leicestershire Police She said they conducted the study because of the inconsistency across the country in the way forces treat officers with visible tattoos and to ensure policy reflects the views of the public.“It is clear from the findings that the vast majority of people do not have a problem with police officers having visible tattoos,” she said.“Having a design inked on your body, even if it is clearly visible, has no bearing on someone’s ability to carry out their duty to serve the public and as our survey found in some cases it can act as a great icebreaker and a way of breaking down barriers, particularly with young people.” It is not a huge surprise to find that so many officers, particularly women, have tattoos  because this simply reflects modern society and the people they serveVictoria Martin Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. This is despite the fact that many forces, including the largest, the Metropolitan Police, ban visible body art on duty. The Police Federation is calling for people who have visible tattoos, such as on the neck and face, still to be  allowed to join the service.With only a third of British adults thought to have tattoos, the greater propensity among police officers is thought to be because many are recruited from the Armed Forces, where tattoos are popular. Many forces ban visible tattoosCredit:Alamy Policeman with tattoo  Laura Millward of Leicestershire PoliceCredit: Andrew Fox In the 102 years since the first policewomen took to the beat, much has changed in their outward appearance.Heavy ankle-length skirts have given way to more practical trousers and there is now little to distinguish their uniform from that of male colleagues.But one surprising area where  female officers are setting themselves apart is in the field of body art, with a survey finding that more than half of policewomen now have tattoos. The Police Federation – which represents rank and file officers – found that 52 per cent of female officers had at least one tattoo, compared to 47 per cent of their male colleagues. There is no consistent tattoo policy across the countryCredit:Allan Milligan  Not all members of the public are convinced that tattoos are in keeping with the professional image of the police.Almost a quarter of those who took part in the survey said they would not feel comfortable dealing with an officer with a tattoo on display. That rose to 37 per cent among the over-65s. But the overwhelming majority of the public questioned in the survey did not object to seeing police officers with body art.Sixty per cent said they supported the Police Federation’s call for the ban on visible tattoos to be lifted. National guidelines published in 2011 stated that the police service should consider candidates provided visible tattoos were not offensive. But in 2012, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, took a harder line, ordering all visible tattoos to be covered while on duty.In a strongly worded statement, he told his 31,000 officers: “All visible tattoos damage the professional image of the Metropolitan Police.”Victoria Martin, who led the Police Federation study, said: “It is not a huge surprise to find that so many officers, particularly women, have tattoos  because this simply reflects modern society and the people they serve.” Policeman with tattoolast_img read more

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Atlas Copco buys Swedish drilling equipment company

first_imgAtlas Copco has agreed to acquire Geawelltech, which sells, rents out and manufactures well- and geotechnical drilling equipment. Gruv Entreprenad Anläggning Welltech System, based in Jonsered, Sweden, has for many years been an Atlas Copco distributor of well- and geotechnical drilling equipment, and the majority of revenues are generated from this business. The company also manufactures drilling rigs suitable for a wide range of applications and has annual revenues of about SEK 90 million.“Geawelltech has a strong position in Sweden as a one-stop-shop supplier for customers within well- and geotechnical drilling,” said Johan Halling, Business Area President, Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique. “Ground engineering is a strategic segment for us, and this fits perfectly with the existing Atlas Copco product portfolio.”The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter. The acquired business will become part of Atlas Copco’s new Surface and Exploration Drilling division in the Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area.last_img read more

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RSA le système de cryptage le plus sécurisé a un défaut

first_imgRSA : le système de cryptage le plus sécurisé a un défautLes échanges de données et notamment les paiements en ligne ne sont plus tout à fait sécurisés. En effet, deux séquences cryptées sur mille ne sont pas sécurisées. L’algorithme de cryptographie asymétrique, baptisé RSA, a été mis au point par Ronald Rivest, Adi Shamir  et Leonanrd Aldeman dans les années 70. Le RSA a ensuite été breveté par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology en 1983 avant de tomber dans le domaine public en 2000. Avec l’augmentation permanente des échanges sur Internet, il est très utilisé pour sécuriser les données confidentielles, notamment pour le e-commerce. Or, les logiciels de cryptage fonctionnent avec deux clés. Une clé publique permet de chiffrer, grâce à une suite de chiffres générés de manière aléatoire par le système, et une clé privée permet de déchiffrer. Le site Atlantico précise ainsi que ce n’est que lorsque des mathématiciens européens et américains ont décidé de tester la sécurité de ces clés que les failles sont apparues. Leur étude a porté sur 11,7 millions de clés publiques et a révélé que 12.720 d’entre elles étaient défaillantes. Dans la plupart des cas, le problème se situe dans la manière dont les clés ont été générées car les numéros ne seraient pas toujours choisis de façon aléatoire. Ils ont affirmé que “la majorité des clés publiques fonctionnaient comme prévu. Ce qui est plus déconcertant, c’est que deux algorithmes sur mille n’offrent aucune sécurité”. C’est-à-dire que dans 0,2% des cas, les informations confidentielles sont décryptables. Les chercheurs n’ont pas été en mesure d’expliquer ce phénomène mais “le manque de sophistication de nos méthodes nous fait penser que ceci n’est pas nouveau”. En effet, n’importe quel attaquant peut ainsi utiliser une clé publique défectueuse pour deviner la clé privée correspondante.RSA assurerait quand même une sécurité à 99,8% À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si la proportion est réduite, cela compromet néanmoins la fiabilité du commerce sur internet, d’autant plus que des millions d’achats se font en ligne chaque année. Cet algorithme est utilisé pour protéger les services de banques en ligne, de commerce en ligne, d’e-mail et de transactions en ligne. En pratique, si un utilisateur se connecte à un site de e-commerce, les transactions sont cryptées par la clé publique du site. Et elles ne peuvent être déchiffrées par le propriétaire du site que si ce dernier possède la clé privée correspondante. Les clés publiques sont émises par les autorités de certification, intégrées dans le certificat numérique. Et, en théorie, il est impossible de deviner le code d’une clé privée et, de plus, aucune paire de clés identiques ne jamais fabriquées. D’après le site Network World, la division de la sécurité de RSA aurait répliqué en affirmant que les résultats de l’étude n’indiquait pas un défaut fondamental dans l’algorithme. En effet, leur propre analyse leur a révélé que “les données ne pointent pas vers une faille dans l’algorithme, mais souligne plutôt l’importance de sa bonne mise en œuvre”. L’équipe a tout de même précisé que “RSA assure au mieux, la sécurité à 99,8%”.Cependant, la chercheur Nadia Heninger tient à rassurer les acheteurs en ligne et les banquiers. Selon elle, pas besoin de paniquer : “le problème touche principalement les systèmes embarqués comme les routeurs ou les dispositifs VPN, mais pas les serveurs web”. Le 17 février 2012 à 16:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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This Lego Prosthetic Arm is StarkLevel Tech

first_imgStay on target One of the reasons Lego remains one of our favorite toy #brands is because the sheer creative freedom the plastic building blocks allow can actually lead to real, useful, Objectively Good results. Lego toys can provide more than just profit for Lego shareholders. Lego Education shows how Lego can improve your brain, and now here’s a heartwarming story of using Lego to improve your body.Check out this awesome Lego prosthetic arm!This Deus Ex-eque marvel was constructed by David Aguilar. A young Lego fanatic from Andora, Aguilar was born with a deformed right arm. Although he’s been able to perform many tasks throughout his life, including a starting a DJ side hustle as “Hand Solo,” only having one fully functioning arm obviously presents a lot of challenges.So Aguilar put his Lego skills to use building complex prosthetic arms not out of cutting-edge medical equipment but out of toys you could pick up at Target. Like Tony Stark, it took a few attempts over the course of nearly a decade to build the perfect piece of armor. The original models he built as a child simply weren’t strong enough. The fact that the design originally started as a boat also probably didn’t help its structural integrity.But as David grew older and more skilled, his Lego arms became more complex, incorporating advanced Lego Technic pieces and fishing cable and a battery-powered bicep. The very impressive current model he wears is strong enough to open doors and support push-ups while also allowing for finesse like gripping objects or doing elaborate friend handshakes.Like Iron Man, we hope David keeps tinkering with his designs until he inevitably makes a Lego arm capable of flying him to space. How will he get the money? Just sell the designs for this arm to Lego itself.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind last_img read more

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Timo Werner aiming for World Cup win

first_imgTimo Werner is aiming to emulate Germany’s 2014 World Cup success by firing in the goals for the upcoming tournament in Russia this summer The RB Leipzig forward has produced another impressive campaign this season with his 19 goals and eight assists in his 39 appearances having played an integral part of the club’s success in both the Bundesliga and the Europa League this season.At just the age of 22, Werner is expected to lead the front line for Germany in the World Cup this summer. In an interview with FourFourTwo, the young forward recalled being just a mere spectator back at home in the country’s glorious 2014 World Cup win.“I was with my friends, watching the game and just thinking ‘please win, please win!’” said Werner, according to the Bundesliga.“Everybody’s part of it when Germany win – everybody says ‘we won the World Cup.’ Four years ago I said it like that, but this year I hope my friends will be watching the tournament without me.”rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Werner has already proven himself at the big stage with Germany with the forward having won the Golden Boot during their triumph in last summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup. The 22 year-old has currently scored a total of seven goals in 12 appearances at international level.“If it turns out that I’m the main striker for Germany at the World Cup, there’s no pressure for me. I’m very young and I just try to enjoy the moment,” he said. “To imagine winning the World Cup in 2018… it would be the best year of my life,” said the German.While acknowledging the strength of their fellow competitors, Werner is feeling optimistic over Germany’s prospects at winning the World Cup for a record-equaling fifth time alongside Brazil.“I think we have a good chance of doing it, even if it will be extremely difficult,” he said. “We have a great team, we have a really good mentality and we’re a tournament team – we save our best for the major competitions.”last_img read more

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Edit 08 Content or Traffic Bigger Budgets or Outsourcing

first_imgNews-media gossip site Gawker caused a stir at the beginning of 2008 when owner Nick Denton sent an internal memo saying that bloggers will be compensated for traffic generated, rather than for the number of posts they make. That set off a firestorm in the blogosphere, with pundits ranging from Valleywag (which published the memo) to Publishing 2.0’s Scott Karp debating whether this is part of a trend in which editorial is being valued less for legitimate content and more for flashy, gossipy pieces that drive hits. The debate also focuses on whether a lot of “hits” are necessarily preferable to the “right” kind of traffic. Still, this isn’t a phenomenon limited to new media companies like Gawker. Ziff Davis Enterprise has focused on traffic-driving for a while. “From a journalism perspective, there was a new imperative to rationalize: Grow traffic,” Mike Vizard, senior vice president and editorial director of Ziff Davis Enterprise told FOLIO: last year. “Our editors are always keeping an eye on the site traffic and if a story is hot, they’ll understand and have five follow-ups.” For ZDE, that includes sitting down every month to develop big-idea stories that are going to drive traffic-such as The Top 100 People In IT. Meanwhile, facing a revenue fall and a cost crunch, publishers are splitting on the value of edit. Many are re-investing in editorial, especially as they try to build up a fledgling online business. Business-to-business publisher Hoyt Publishing is starting to pay editorial sales-type money. “The equation overall has shifted,” says president Peter Hoyt. “Instead of paying the salespeople big money, now we’re paying the editors and have kids on the phone selling.” Consumer enthusiast publisher Gearhead Communications has doubled its edit budget for the last six months and plans to keep doubling it for the foreseeable future. However, b-to-b media consultant Paul Conley thinks U.S. editorial jobs will increasingly be farmed out overseas, and he’s backed up comments made for FOLIO:’s 2008 industry predictions by Peter Goldstone, president of Hanley Wood Business Media. “I predict at least one major b-to-b publisher will outsource some or all of its editorial overseas,” Goldstone says. “The most likely scenario is that one of the dozens of magazines that have launched overseas editions in Vietnam, China, India and elsewhere will ask their overseas staff to take over U.S.-focused beats. Once a publisher comes to understand that the work being done overseas is as good as what’s done in the home office, it’s inevitable that he’ll move more work offshore.”last_img read more

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Hachette to Reorganize Production Manufacturing Systems

first_imgAs part of a realignment that began months ago, the teams involved with systems leading to the printing process—including pre-press operations—will become part of the IT department, the company says. Last year, HFMUS’ editorial systems team was moved from manufacturing and distribution to IT. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. this week announced plans to restructure its production and manufacturing systems, following the retirement of manufacturing and distribution senior vice president Tony Romano, who had been with the company for three decades.According to an HFMUS spokesperson, Romano’s retirement created an opportunity to break the manufacturing and distribution process into its “natural” two areas: the functions leading to the printing process, and the actual printing and distribution of the magazines. The reorganization includes the creation of a new consumer marketing and manufacturing department, which will comprise areas involved in the printing and distribution process, including the consumer marketing, production and cost control, traffic, postal and photo studio teams. The department will be led by Tom Masterson, who adds manufacturing to his previous title of senior vice president of consumer marketing. Another new department, dedicated to vendor management, will also be created. The department will include the paper purchasing team and will be headed by a senior vice president and chief officer. That role is expected to be filled in the next few weeks, the company says.last_img read more

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Cost Reductions Help Curb Playboys Losses Through First Quarter

first_imgWhile Playboy’s domestic magazine revenues declined 48 percent to $7.1 million from $13.5 million in last year’s first quarter as a result of these measures, the company says its first quarter results showed an improvement “due to the resulting reduction in manufacturing and shipping costs, as well as lower subscription promotion costs and the implementation of other expense-control measures.”Playboy says it has resumed publishing 12 issues annually and expects to record revenues for three issues during the second quarter this year.Digital revenue was $8.3 million, down about $ 1 million from the previous year’s quarter, reflecting reduced pay site sales, the company says. Licensing profits grew 17 percent to $6.5 million based on $9.9 million in revenue.More Outsourcing to Come?Flanders says the company’s goal, essentially, is to transition Playboy to a brand management company. “Our first priority is to outsource, partner or license those of our operations that can be more efficiently handled by other companies,” he says. “Already we have completed two major deals, and we are pleased with what we are seeing from our partners thus far.  “The outsourcing model not only streamlines our organization,” he adds, “it also allows us to reduce our focus to strengthening our core competencies and to growing the high-margin, high-potential businesses that we will continue to operate.” About five months after farming Playboy magazine’s advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production and all other business operations to American Media Inc., parent company Playboy Enterprises reported a net loss during the first quarter of $1 million. That’s compared to a $13.7 million net loss during the same period last year.Total net revenues for the period were $52.1 million, down about 15 percent from $61.6 million last year. “We are clearly making progress in our efforts to more effectively monetize the Playboy brand and return the company to sustained profitability,” CEO Scott Flanders says in a statement. “The extensive cost-reduction initiatives implemented over the last 18 months were responsible for the improved first quarter results and contributed to the significant narrowing of losses in our domestic magazine, the increase in Entertainment Group operating margins and the Licensing Group returning to its highest level of profitability since mid-2008.”Playboy’s print/digital segment reported a $1.1 million loss through the first three months, down from a $3.6 million loss during the same period in 2009. “The group’s revenues were down 30 percent in the same time periods to $18.2 million from $26.1 million, reflecting the company’s decisions to lower Playboy magazine’s rate base and to combine the first issue of 2010 with the last issue of 2009 into one editorial package, which was recorded in the 2009 fourth quarter,” the company says.last_img read more

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Oculus Rift S gets May 21 release date in Microsoft Store

first_img Mentioned Above Oculus Rift + Touch The Oculus Rift S VR headset apparently has a release date. Oculus The Oculus Rift S virtual reality headset will go on sale May 21 in the Microsoft Store for $399. A page in the Microsoft Store listed the VR headset as available for preorder Tuesday, then listed it as out of stock. And then the page became “unavailable.”oculus-rift-s-pageThe Microsoft Store page listed the release date before the page became unavailable. Screenshot by CNET Neither Oculus nor Microsoft immediately responded to a request for comment. It’s possible more information will be revealed at Facebook’s F8 developers conference, which starts Tuesday.Facebook announced the Oculus Rift S at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March. The headset adds self-contained tracking, a higher-res display and a new design to the original PC-connected Oculus Rift headset. The company also introduced the Oculus Quest, a new standalone, self-contained mobile VR system.Originally published April 30 at 7:36 a.m. PT.Update, 7:45 a.m.: Added details on Oculus Rift S. Update, 8:10 a.m.: Added that Microsoft Store link is no longer working. First look at Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 $740 Now playing: Watch this: Oculus Rift Review • Oculus Touch: The best VR controllers evercenter_img Preview • Oculus Rift review: Welcome to the future Gadgets See it News • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? Post a comment Oculus Microsoft Share your voice 3:16last_img read more

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first_imgYou remember them for Laila and the Channel V Launchpad and then well frankly you would not have heard too much about them except a few concerts here and there. But then these guys are all set to change that! The band is about to launch their next studio album Phir Se. Armed with their signature hooklines and brand of ‘confused pop’, these guys are raring to go with a six-city tour that includes Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and of course – Delhi.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Phir se is an Electronic album produced through Rock N Roll sounds with as the band members say, ‘nostalgic ideas of the future’. With this album, Faridkot for the first time features five guest artists namely, Aditi Singh Sharma (Vocal Duet on Gulz), Suhail Yusuf Khan (Saarangi solo on Aaina), Gyan Singh (Tabla on Jats), Subadhra Kamath and Sonam Gaychen Wangdi (Background vocals).  The album was mixed in LA, California and mastered at the coveted Mastering Palace in New York, USA. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe album features ten tracks that sway between the many emotions: From introspection in Aaina, realisation of the energy source that makes us who we are in- Bijli, to love for the natural and cosmic beauty around us captured in Gul and Suno, Phir Se encapsulates many shades of wonder.The basic idea behind the second  album is to evoke a variable take on trance – in musicality. Faridkot seeks to create a sort of repeating and evolving musical trance with their songs, similar to electronic music.  Except that the album is made of organic elements such as vocal harmonies, guitars and drums. ‘All of these elements and ideas were combined to make songs with inherent pop structures which we love. We love pop-music because it doesn’t reflect a type of music or a particular sound. It reflects the timeline of the society we live in. Everything is verse/chorus/bridge like all pop-music, except we wanted to make it a little interesting this time around’, says IP Singh, vocalist Faridkot.Do not miss this one. And this article works best because we are reminding you today! Head over.last_img read more

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Bollywood has to be more adventurous Ketan Mehta

first_imgDirector Ketan Mehta feels Bollywood should attempt making adventurous films. “There are all kind of filmmakers and all kind of reasons of a making a film. The Hindi film industry has to be more adventurous and make all kind of films. I start working on a script first and then think who should be cast,” Mehta told a media person. Mehta is looking forward to the release of Manjhi – The Mountain Man, an upcoming biographical film based on the life of Dashrath Manjhi. A poor labourer from a village in Bihar, he spent 22 years carving a path through a mountain. Mehta is happy with the response he is getting for the film, which will hit the screens on August 21. “The moment the trailer was released it was heartening to see an amazing response. It was surprising to see an overwhelming response from the youth. They identified with the spirit of the man,” the filmmaker said.last_img read more

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Raksha Bandhan Festival and Debs Ball

first_imgThe Young Hindu Cultural Service Society hosted a Raksha Bandhan Unity Festival last night at the SDS Temple in Forbes Street. A variety of performances entertained the guests but the highlight of the evening was the Raksha Bandhan Debs Ball in which seven beautiful young girls participated.The ladies and young girls dressed up in beautiful, colourful saries and punjabies to signify the affectionate bond they share with their brothers.  The money raised will be used to complete the building of a community hall which is situated at 69 Kandahar Avenue, Ladysmith. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Serena Ryder says Christmas album opened doors to play jazz music TORONTO — Serena Ryder is checking off one wish on her Christmas list — recording a jazz album. The Peterborough, Ont.-raised musician says she’s wanted to dabble in the genre for years, but it took acclaimed Canadian producer Bob Ezrin to make it happen on her holiday album “Christmas Kisses.”The veteran songmaker who’s worked with Pink Floyd, Lou Reed and the Tenors, suggested Ryder consider revisiting classics like “Blue Christmas” and “Santa Baby” with a blues twist.Ryder says the offer was impossible to refuse, partly because it gave her an opportunity to channel the spirit of Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. She considers both women major influences, even though Ryder herself is better known for pop and rock music than jazz.“By definition as an artist you create your identity so solidly that sometimes it’s so hard to go against,” she says.“But I feel the more you try that is new, the more it lets you open up to different things and new possibilities.”Ryder doesn’t want to stop there either. She hopes to record a country album at some point too, and maybe look at even broader possibilities.“I’d love to do a musical one day — be in one,” she adds.“Be in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ or ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ It’s like, why not?”Ryder brings her Christmas album to Halifax with two shows (Dec. 5 and 6), Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Dec. 7) and Moncton, N.B. (Dec. 8). by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2018 5:58 am PDTcenter_img Serena Ryder gestures as she sings the Games’ official anthem “Together We Are One” during the closing ceremony at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Serena Ryder is checking off one wish on her Christmas list, recording a jazz album. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch Follow @dfriend on Twitter.David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Paolo Soleris retrospective exhibition opened in

first_img Paolo Soleri’s retrospective exhibition opened in Rome few months ago produced this exhibit catalogue. Only the soft cover edition was sold at the exhibition sites. Now the hardcover edition is available through our website.[Photo & Text: T] February 3, 2006 Paolo Soleri’s urban concept is outlined in the book “Arcology: The City in the Image of Man” originally published in 1969. Now available in special edition, this beautifully bound book is autographed by the author.[Photo & Text: T]last_img

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