Vancouver Park Board urges pot event organizers to cancel 420 rap event

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Vancouver Park Board has passed a motion asking organizers of an annual marijuana festival to cancel a recently announced headline act, fearing the performance could draw even more people to the unsanctioned event.The 4-20 festival, held annually in Vancouver on April 20 as a celebration of cannabis culture, attracted about 40,000 people to Sunset Beach last year, defying Park Board regulations requiring permits for large events.Organizers have hired rap singer Cypress Hill to headline the 2019 festival, prompting Commissioner John Coupar to make a motion calling for cancellation of the concert.Park Board commissioners have also requested an urgent meeting with Vancouver Police, Fire and Rescue Services, as well as officials from Coastal Health, to discuss safety concerns.The 4-20 event has been held at Sunset Beach since 2017, after lack of space squeezed it out of its original location on the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Coupar worries the concert and added attendance will mean even more damage to the green space. He’s hopeful the motion will encourage the organizers to scale back but is skeptical because it’s the 25th anniversary of 4-20 in Vancouver, it falls on the Easter long weekend and it’s the first event since marijuana was legalized in Canada.The addition of Cypress Hill is an unacceptable escalation, Coupar says.“It’s almost like they’re saying, ‘Okay, you think it was big last year, we’re going to really make it bigger and there’s nothing you can do about it.’ ““If you compare it to, say, Celebration of Light, they pay all the fees, they pay all the policing. We don’t allow 250,000 people to come down to English Bay and drink openly on the beach,” he says.The request to cancel the rap concert is reasonable and Coupar says 4-20 organizers should consider the consequences of refusal.“We’re sending a message. If they want to work in the future with any of the agencies of the city, I think they should consider a reasonable request from the Vancouver Park Board. I’m hoping they step back and take a reasoned look at it.”Supporters of the event have defended the move to Sunset Beach in the past, calling allegations of damage to the fields “smear messaging” against the marijuana movement.Organizers covered grass fields with plywood last year to protect turf that was churned to mud during rainy celebrations in 2017, but they have refused to pay policing costs estimated at about $200,000, and also defy park board restrictions against smoking in city parks.  (News1130)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Martinrea to shut Ajax automotive plant when GM ends Oshawa production

first_imgTORONTO — Martinrea International Inc. says it will be forced to close an automotive factory when General Motors winds down production at its Oshawa assembly plant next year in one of the clearest indications of the knock-on effects of the closure on suppliers.Rob Wildeboer, executive chairman of manufacturer Martinrea, says the company will have no choice but to end operations at its Ajax, Ont. plant and offer relocation to the 77 people who work there because the site is entirely dependent on GM’s Oshawa assembly line.The closure of the Oshawa plant and the nearly 3,000 jobs that will be lost have raised concerns of ripple effects through the supply chain, with Unifor estimating every job represents seven spin off jobs in the local economy.Parts manufacturers and other suppliers have, however, downplayed the overall impact of the closure thanks to diversification efforts after the global economic downturn that helped lead GM into bankruptcy.Automotive manufacturer Linamar Corp. says it expects to see minimal to no impact from the closure since most of its GM parts are exported to assembly plants in the U.S.Smaller operations have also diversified, including packager Tec Business Solutions, which says it has reduced exposure to the automotive industry while still having faith in its long-term strength.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Players need support says Prince William

first_img– Footballers need support to help them handle the pressure that comes with their high-profile, Britain’s Prince William said Saturday.William, president of the Football Association, the game’s governing body in England, said players needed training in how to cope with being role models.The prince, second in line to the throne, was speaking at a gala dinner to mark the FA’s 150th anniversary. “Our national players are role models for millions of young people and I think we need to give those highly pressured and driven players the support and training they need to live up to their rightly exalted status,” he said.“We were as a nation so proud of our Team GB athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics, for their success on the field but also for the way they conducted themselves in interviews and with their competitors.“It is perfectly possible to say the same about our national teams — they are good people, ambitious for success and to a man and woman aware of their status as role models.”The 31-year-old also praised the global footballing family and was keen to thank the founders of the game and those who have helped develop the sport.“Tonight is not just an English celebration,” the Duke of Cambridge said.“Football is international in every possible way and I believe that the game’s constantly evolving spirit and appeal is a consolidation of all its global influences.“Every nation should be proud of their contribution to 150 years of football.”He praised efforts to boost England’s fortunes in international football — their only major trophy being the 1966 World Cup — but added: “I would also encourage us to make sure we retain sportsmanship at the heart of this energetic drive for success.”With racism remaining a thorny issue, including unsavoury scenes in matches during the week preceding the FA gala, William also praised the work of those attempting to rid football of discrimination.“There is sadly more work to do but it is heartening to see how seriously the FA takes stamping the blight of racism and discrimination out of football,” he said.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo Flies to Morocco Defies Real Madrids Travel Ban

Rabat – Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly travelled to Morocco on Sunday defying orders from Real Madrid President Florentino Perez who had banned his travels to the North African country.Following Real Madrid’s match against Espanyol on Sunday night, Ronaldo jumped onboard his private jet to Marrakech, according to Moroccan and Spanish media.After Zinedine Zidane the Spanish football club’s head coach gave his players Monday and Tuesday off following their win against Espanyol, the striker allegedly took advantage of the opportunity to revisit Morocco. Earlier this month both Florentino Perez and Real’s new coach prohibited their players from making trips during football season, claiming that it would affect their performance on the pitch. During the last three months of 2015, it was reported that Ronaldo was flying to Morocco four days a week, leaving Madrid for Rabat and Marrakech on his jet after his training sessions at 3:00 p.m. and returning the same night.Following Real Madrid’s poor performance that led to the sacking of its former coach Rafael Benitez, the club’s directors decided to put a stop the team’s constant recreational travels in order to refocus their game.“Many voices inside Bernabeu suggest that Benitez and many of Real Madrid’s highest paid players, including Ronaldo, have begun a standoff without a happy ending, especially with the ongoing CR7 trips to Morocco in his brand new jet,” Spanish newspaper Extra Confidencial stated last November.Furthermore, according to the same source, the Spanish club’s leadership believes that the friendship between Ronaldo and Moroccan kickboxer Badr Hari could hurt the Portuguese man’s reputation and privacy.Last year, following back-to-back trips that the Ballon d’Or winner made to Morocco with the ‘Golden Boy’ Hadri, Spanish media criticized their outings and called their relationship “controversial.”It is not yet clear whether Perez allowed Ronaldo to fly to Morocco or if the footballer made the trip against presidential orders. read more

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Morocco Eight Other Arab countries Withdraw from ArabAfrican Summit

Rabat – “Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, Jordan, Yemen and Somalia withdrew from the 4th Pan Arab-African Summit held in Equatorial Guinea, because of the presence of the emblem of a puppet entity in the meeting rooms,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said.Morocco and eight other Arab countries were forced to withdraw from the summit over the non-respect of the principles of Arab-African action, the source added in a statement, noting that participation in the activities organized by the two parties should be restricted to the United Nations member countries, which was not the case with the presence of the emblem of self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in the meeting rooms.Most countries have supported this position, “which is consistent with the principles of international law, including the respect of the sovereignty and the territorial unity of states,” the source went on. Morocco and the other Arab countries that announced their withdrawal from the summit have always “been fully aware of the importance of the Arab-African partnership and of the role of these two groups in maintaining international peace and stability,” the ministry pointed out, adding that the “commitment of these countries to these principles has always been and will remain strong.”The Kingdom of Morocco and other Arab and African countries have sought to provide all the support needed to ensure the success of this summit held in this friendly African country and hail the great efforts made by the president, the government and the people of the republic of Equatorial Guinea in this regard, the statement said. read more

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Rex Tillerson Declines to Host Traditional Ramadan Event

Toronto – Just days following his statement extending Muslims a message for “a peaceful and blessed Ramadan,” it has come to light that US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, declined to host a customary Ramadan event at the State Department.In an apparent break with a nearly 20-year-old tradition, Tillerson refused to host a Ramadan event at the State Department. The events have been hosted by both Republican and Democrat secretaries of state since 1999.The request of Tillerson came from the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs. According to two US state officials, who spoke under the guarantee of anonymity, the State Department sent Tillerson a memo on April 6th, recommending that he host either an iftar meal, to break a day’s Ramadan fast, or an event to mark Eid al-Fitr, a celebration which marks the end of the holy month.A State Department official told Reuters that “We are still exploring possible options for observance of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. U.S. ambassadors are encouraged to celebrate Ramadan through a variety of activities, which are held annually at missions around the world.”The event is usually attended by members of Congress, Muslim leaders and diplomats and senior US officials. It has become a symbol of US efforts to build bridges with Muslim countries and people.In his Ramadan message on Friday, Tillerson asserted that “Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection. Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to gather and give charity to those who are less fortunate,” he wrote. “This time reminds us all of the common values of harmony and empathy we hold dear.”While Muslim activists have been highly critical of the Trump administration’s track record regarding their attitude toward Muslims and Islam, White House officials are now being quick to point to his recent Saudi Arabian love-in as proof to the contrary. read more

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Mayor wants to ban new glass skyscrapers to cut emissions

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to introduce a bill banning new construction of glass skyscrapers as part of his efforts to reduce citywide greenhouse emissions by 30 per cent.In announcing his Green New Deal on Monday, the democratic mayor says all-glass facade skyscrapers are “incredibly inefficient” because so much energy escapes through the glass. He says buildings are the No. 1 cause of greenhouse emissions in New York.De Blasio says the bill would require existing glass buildings to be retrofitted to meet new stricter carbon-emissions guidelines.The mayor’s Green New Deal effort also includes plans to power all of the city’s operations with clean electricity sources like Canadian hydropower, mandatory organics recycling, and the phasing-out of city purchases of single-use plastic food ware and processed meat.The Associated Press read more

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Top UN human rights official to visit Pakistan on final trip

24 June 2008The United Nations human rights chief will be travelling to Pakistan on Wednesday in what will be her last official mission overseas before stepping down on 30 June. This will be the first visit to Pakistan for High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, who has visited nearly 55 countries during her four years in office.During her three-day visit, Ms. Arbour will be meeting with top Pakistani government officials, members of civil society and other actors to discuss a range of human rights issues. Ms. Arbour, a Canadian Supreme Court justice and ex-prosecutor of UN war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, assumed the post of High Commissioner in 2004 after her predecessor, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was killed in a terrorist attack in Baghdad the previous August.The selection process for her successor is still ongoing. read more

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Duke of Sussex cant wait to introduce Duchess and Archie to second

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. The Duke of Sussex says he is looking forward to introducing the Duchess and his son Archie to his “second home” Africa during an upcoming official tour.The young family will make a visit during their autumn tour of Africa while the Duke will carry out solo visits to Angola, Malawi and Botswana.Prince Harry revealed his “excitement” in a post on the couple’s Instagram account which also highlighted organisations “working towards positive change” on the continent.The post on Sunday said: “In just a few weeks, our family will be taking its first official tour to Africa, a region of the world that over the past two decades has been a second home to me.”Our team has helped create a meaningful programme that we’re so excited to share with you. On a personal note, I can’t wait to introduce my wife and son to South Africa! “We’ll see all of you very soon.” Botswana is a place Harry loves and knows well after whisking his wife to the southern African country in 2017 to mark her 36th birthday.Speaking during their engagement interview, Harry said: “I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana.”And we – we camped out with each other under the stars… she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.” Baby Archie will be around five months old when his parents take him on his first official overseas trip.Harry and Meghan, who both share a passion for Africa, are said to be looking forward to deepening their knowledge of the continent’s rich culture and history. The Duke of Sussex took part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day in July.Credit:James Whatling The couple asked people to consider following more than 20 Instagram accounts, including Sentebale which was founded by Harry and Prince Seeiso of the Basotho Royal Family.Other organisations listed are the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, African Wildlife Foundation, The Halo Trust and National Geographic. The Duke of Sussex took part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day in July. During the visit to Africa, the duke is likely to champion the work of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales who famously walked through a cleared landmine field in Angola to highlight the devastating injuries military munitions can cause.The duke’s charity Sentebale was founded in Lesotho, a landlocked country within South Africa, and has recently expanded its work into Malawi.Prince Harry also has a passion for African wildlife and is president of African Parks, patron of Rhino Conservation Botswana and spent part of his summer in 2016 working on conservation projects in Africa. read more

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RPMGlobal launches first maintenance cost budgeting solution

first_imgRPMGlobal has delivered a Maintenance Cost Budgeting (MCB) solution which it says is “unlike anything the mining industry has seen. RPM’s MCB solution fills a gap that the industry has struggled with for many years. MCB is not a product but rather a process and capability unlocked through RPM’s Enterprise solutions that provide the ability to connect information from disparate systems.”MCB is about continually reforecasting throughout the year, not simply preparing a budget and forgetting about it. Commenting on the process, RPM’s Executive General Manager of Product Strategy, Michael Baldwin states, “The whole point of a budget is to measure and control costs through a defined time period. Without an accurate budget you have nothing to control.” MCB lets you continually measure against the budget and reforecast as it changes. Budgeting is a control mechanism, how do I control my part of the business so that it fits within the company’s strategic plan? Well in maintenance, I make minor changes very frequently that correct my course and steers me to the right destination.”RPM’s solutions are SAP certified and are being used with PI, Hana Cloud and other cloud services as well as major enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems all over the world. The solution, which is SAP certified and capable of integrating with other ERP’s, is currently being used at a variety of sites following successful implementation.Maintenance planners use these solutions to provide accurate forecasts for not only each machine but the entire operation at the click of a button. Corporate management then have confidence that the numbers being used have repeatable, consistent logic behind them that is 100% in sync with their ERP and not simply a spreadsheet from someone’s desktop.MCB is a process that starts from a zero base to build a budget and continually updates as changes occur. Non-zero-based budgeting uses historical trends to determine future spend but in the maintenance world, future spend cannot be determined historically. Maintenance costs can change month to month and week to week, as the usage, age and condition of assets change.MCB provides zero-based budgeting for a maintenance department by using live maintenance plans and strategies. Any changes to any maintenance activity automatically update the maintenance cost forecast so it is always live.“There are still a lot of operations that take last year’s numbers and add a percentage to determine next year’s budget. Even if you apply some rudimentary calculations to more accurately forecast an amount, the strategy is still fraught with danger as the technique uses disconnected summaries of data to make an assumption that could have a massive impact on your bottom line,” said Baldwin.MCB also takes budgeting accuracy a step further by incorporating departmental overheads such as workshops, employees, management and training, all of which are typically very difficult to track and budget within a specific department. RPM’s solution provides these costs and when you combine this with zero-based strategy tasks you start to get a very accurate picture of the future. The solution allows you to forecast not only planned strategy tasks (those with a defined frequency and date) but also those without a frequency. These are the tasks that will occur, but at an unspecified time.The final piece of the puzzle is linking machine hours back to the mine plan. If the mine’s production plan is not being used to determine machine hours and therefore maintenance events, then it is effectively an assumption as to how that machine will be used. RPM’s scheduling solutions provide the expected usage of each machine through each period of the plan.In the connected world, it is important to use connected data to improve and make our lives easier. MCB connects the required data sources and combines this information with a combination of preventative maintenance strategies to provide a live and realistic view of the maintenance world. Maintenance Cost Budgeting is a process using several tools that ultimately provides maintenance cost management for any operationlast_img read more

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Ticket prices revealed for 2015 Rugby World Cup

first_img“We have a range of ticket prices for every budget – for fans and families who want to come to one of the world’s greatest sports events. Our ticketing programme is built for fans who support the Game week in week out, whilst encouraging a new generation of Rugby fans through Rugby World Cup 2015.”IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper added: “This announcement represents a fantastic opportunity for fans around the world to experience what promises to be a very special Rugby World Cup. It is the day that they can start to plan. There are affordable and accessible options to suit every need.”The first batch of these so-called “affordable and accessible” tickets will start to be distributed via clubs in May, with tickets going on general sale the following September. Here’s the run-down of the distribution schedule:January 1, 2014 – Travelling fan packages go on saleFebruary 2, 2014 – Hospitality packages go on saleMay/June  2014 – Tickets on sale to Rugby fans through Rugby clubsSeptember 2014 – General sale application process beginsNovember/December 2014 – Real time sale of remaining ticketsGet more ticket pricing information here.Additional reporting by AFP.Canada first up for Ireland in 2015 Rugby World CupSimon Hick column: Ireland were right to gamble all on black… even if it didn’t work TICKET PRICES FOR the 2015 Rugby World Cup final in England will range from £150 (€180) to £715 (€854), organisers announced this afternoon.The match at Twickenham on October the 31st will kick-off at 8pm local time, with group games ranging from 12pm to 8pm, quarter-finals taking place at 2pm or 5pm, and semi-finals kicking off at 5pm.The organisers England 2015 have announced that over one million of the total 2.3 million tickets will go on sale at £100 (€120) or less, with 500,000 retailing for £50 (€60) or less.Ticket prices for adults will begin at £15 (€18), with £7 (€8.30) tickets available for children at 41 of the 48 matches.For the Ireland fixtures, tickets range from £15 up to £175 (€209) for the Canada, ‘Europe 2′ and Italy matches while a chance to catch the final Pool D game against France will cost from £15 to £250 (€299).“We want the tournament to be a celebration of Rugby, encouraging more people to support and enjoy the Game,” said England 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans.last_img read more

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9 things wed like to see in Facebooks new News Feed

first_imgTOMORROW FACEBOOK IS set to announce changes to how its News Feed works.It will more than likely have something to do with how the pages and information you’re subscribed to appear on your homepage, and almost certainly have something to do with the way companies pay to have their information displayed.According to Techcrunch the new filters will allow for a Photos Feed, a Music Feed while larger images in general are on the way.But in an ideal world, what would the Facebook News Feed offer us?1. A filter for superfluous baby/cat/dog  pictures/information (delete where appropriate)Image: Lamebook Image: SomeEcards.com3. A heads up that there’s a grammar fail in the postImage: FolkingMetal.com Image: Lamebook 4. A tip off that someone has been stalking youIf a friend of a friend of your ex-boyfriend knows that you’ve been on holidays, you want to know about it, right?“Dude, she is TOTALLY hanging out with your other ex. DANGER BAY!” (Shutterstock.com) 5. A safe stalking mode for ex-boyfriends/girlfriends or potential boyfriends/girlfriendsWe’re not quite sure how this would work in conjunction with number 4, but dammit Facebook , sort it out.Image via: HudsonHorizons.com6. A filter for “if this photo gets a million likes” photosImage: Imgur7. Except ones like these 8. A similar filter for inspirational status updatesPlease copy and paste this as your status if someone you know has been affected by cancer/diabetes/heart diseases etc ect… 9. Except ones like thesePlease copy and paste this as your status if you know someone, or have heard of someone who knows someone that may know someone who knows anyone. If you don’t know anyone, or even if you’ve heard of anyone that doesn’t know someone then still copy this. It’s important to spread the message. Oh and the hearts. <3 <3 <3 For crap’s sake, don’t forget the hearts. <3 <3 <3center_img The 11 people that wreck your head on social media>The 10 jobs we’d REALLY like to see at Facebook> Please put this as your status if you know someone or are related to someone who has been eaten by dragons. Dragons are nearly unstoppable, and in case you didn’t know, can also breathe fire. 93 per cent of people won’t copy and paste this, because they have already been eaten by dragons. 6 per cent of people are sitting in the shower, armed with fire extinguishers. The remaining 1 per cent are awesome, and will re-post this. I think my cat fancies me LOLImage: FunnyCatPictures.net2. A warning when a cryptic ‘poor me’ post is on the waylast_img read more

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Modern Warfare 3 sells for 1725 on eBay 4 days before release

first_imgGames in the Call of Duty and Battlefield series have a pretty hardcore following. Maybe not as hardcore as World of Warcraft players, but they will still line up waiting for a midnight opening to get the latest game in each series.We reported earlier today that Kmart messed up and started selling copies of Modern Warfare 3 a few days before its official release. Microsoft confirmed that if you manage to get a legitimate copy before next week then you wont get banned as that only happens for pirated versions.So the good news is you can play the game now and start practicing your multiplayer skills ready for when thousands of other players log on next week. But some early buyers decided not to play, and instead put their copy up for sale on eBay. One of those copies has just sold for an unbelievable $1,725.This game is not months early or even weeks early, it goes on general release in four days time for $60 or less. Why would anyone pay $1,665 more than they needed to just for a few days extra play time? The premium paid equates to $416 for every pre-release day they get to play the game. Or to look at it another way, that cash could have been put towards a pretty fantastic TV on which to play a $60 game.Crazy? Yes. But then I am probably underestimating how intense the desire is for some gamers to own this title, and I really hope it was worth it for the guy/girl who won. I’m also pretty sure the seller recoilgamerz is laughing all the way to the bank and his local video game store next week when he buys another copy at the RRP.More at eBay, via Joystiqlast_img read more

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Microsoft is blocking Start Menu resurrection apps from Windows 8

first_imgIn the Windows 8 Developer Preview, Microsoft killed off the Start Menu. It wasn’t hard to get back, however, and there were a variety of ways to do it — including a simple registry hack. That hole was plugged when the Windows 8 Consumer Preview arrived. Fortunately, some third-party apps and hacks could still resurrect the venerable menu if you just couldn’t get by with the Metro Start Screen.But now it appears that Microsoft is taking things a step further. According to Paul Thurrott, Microsoft has been busily yanking out all sorts of legacy code from Windows 8 in the run-up to its launch. And that legacy code includes every last bit of the Start Menu. With that code uprooted, you might have no other choice than to get used to the Metro experience.Thurrott notes in his post that “several well-known UI hacks” that functioned with the Consumer Preview no longer work after upgrading to the Windows 8 Release Preview. He doesn’t specifically mention Stardock’s Start8, which is a slightly different beast than most. Instead of shoehorning the Windows 7 Start Orb and Menu back into place, Start8 adds the Orb and inserts a scaled-down version of the Metro Start Screen that floats above your desktop. It’s obviously not the exact same experience you’d get with the old menu, but it’s a nice compromise if you’re not quite ready to make the jump to Metro. At the very least, it prevents the Windows key on your keyboard from sending you back to the Start Screen when you tap it.Once the Release Preview download links are posted (possibly as soon as today), you’ll have the chance to see if Start8 still does the trick. If it does, there may be other third-party options forthcoming. If not, you’ll have to quit the menu cold turkey or stick with Windows 7.More at Supersite for Windowslast_img read more

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How I approach online privacy Whats in it for me

first_imgThe internet is no longer a scattering of disparate websites and services that have little to do with each other. Today your digital life is interconnected with plug-ins, links, and massive caches of personal data that follow you around. The social web is the glue that holds the modern internet together, and that has made online privacy more relevant than ever. It occurred to me recently that in this brave new world, my trust can hinge on one thing: how useful a service is.This became apparent after I noticed how differently I treat Facebook and Google. I feel like I implicitly trust Google, and that’s not the way I approach most companies. You could make the argument that both Facebook and Google do similar things. They track you around the web, aggregate data about you, and advertise against that data. However, I stay logged into Google as much as possible, but I log out of Facebook and clear cookies the instant I’m done using it (or I just use Incognito Mode).I’ve thought about why I’m willing to pour data into Google, but am innately distrustful of Facebook. The distinction that comes to mind first is that Google offers me incalculable benefit in exchange for looking at ads and sharing data. Facebook? Not so much.I run my life through Google, and rely on it (indirectly) for a good portion of my living. I actually like to stay logged into Google. My email, documents, photos, and so on are more accessible and useful when I’m logged into Google — so I stay in Google’s world and don’t worry about the data collection that’s going on. It’s the same story with Dropbox, which provides me with such a great service that privacy concerns take a backseat.On occasion, I’ve explained to a “normal person” how Google does location tracking with mobile devices. This usually creeps them out, but I feel like I get some of the most significant benefits from these features. Google knows my local haunts, it knows where I live, and it can use that data to alert me to heavy traffic or make my local searches smarter. Some of the location-based features in Google Now blow me away and I’d never dream of giving them up out of some misguided concern for privacy.The problem with Facebook is that the benefits it offers are not as attractive to me. So I can click Like buttons, use Facebook-connected apps, and get down with frictionless sharing? Okay, I guess that’s fine, but it’s nowhere near as useful to me as what Google is offering. That’s why there is a trust gap. Facebook is all stick and no carrot. I can get what I need from the social network by logging in, and then getting the hell out.I’ll be the first to admit that this is not a completely rational policy. You shouldn’t go around using personal benefit as the sole measurement of trustworthiness. What I’m laying out here is the the visceral feeling I have for privacy online. A company can make awesome things, but still engage in sleazy dealings to the point that common sense dictates that I move on.Maybe I give Google too much credit. It is a business like any other, and could someday do something with my data that I find upsetting. That hasn’t happened yet, though. The search giant is transparent about its data collection and provides me complete control over what it gathers. For now, I’m only getting more cozy with Google as time wears on.last_img read more

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Vibe Enlists Eminem to Boost Traffic Users

first_imgMeanwhile, it’s a marketing play for both sides.Eminem is a key component to the title’s June/July “Real Rap” print issue, which coincides with his new album, Relapse (the above is a 2006 Vibe cover). “He’s a friend of the [Vibe] brand, so we want to support his release,” Vibe Media Group associate publisher of marketing Olivia Scott-Perkins said. (Eminem’s lastest album, 2004’s Encore, has sold around 5 million units in the U.S., a far cry from its earlier album, The Eminem Show, with upwards of 9 million U.S. sales.)But with Vibe’s paid and verified circulation sliding 8.6 percent during the second half of 2008 according to the ABC and ad pages falling 17.7 percent, according to PIB, can the Real Slim Shady boost Vibe’s print?While its June/July print issue may already have competition—like XXL’s recently debuted June cover—Scott-Perkins told FOLIO: that “no one else has a contest featuring [Eminem] and a quote [from him] thanking Vibe for bringing the battle off of the street corners and to the online space.” Last week, Vibe launched Vibe Verses, its third annual online rap battle (think American Idol meets hip-hop). This year’s installment features the “No. 1 Stan Contest,” giving aspiring rappers a chance to be judged by artist Eminem.While Vibe has produced a number online events and promotions—such as its recent online experiment, the Vammys—the magazine is banking on Eminem’s popularity to boost traffic, users to its social network  and, yes, subscriptions to the magazine.So far, the contest is on track to have three times the number of user sign ups, Vibe says. Likewise, VIBE.com page views have increased by almost 300 percent compared to what it averages in a “non-contest” month.last_img read more

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Magazines OntheGo MPA Summit Examines Mobile Media

first_img “Give them clear metrics up front,” he said. “We guarantee this will get x-number of views, and then we always over-deliver.” Schaaf then likened the current status of mobile advertising to that of desktop advertisign in 1999, saying that there’s a lot of room for improvement, and things will only get better. Weintrob emphasized the need create content that’s specific to the platform, a sentiment echoed throughout the day. Kelleher agreed, saying that our audiences are intelligent; they know marketing when they see it.  “Measuring Mobile Audiences” featured Adam Shlachter, chief investment officer at DigitasLBi, Josh Chasin, chief research officer at comScore, Scott McDonald, president of Nomos Research and Kevin King, senior VP of mobile product management at GfK MRI. Shlachter illustrated the difficulties in measuring mobile exposure and engagement, most of which happens through apps, because of a lack of standards across the industry. King described mobile audiences as a “moving target,” but identified potentially useful data such as location. Chasin agreed, stating that the mobile environment is somewhat inhospitable to measurement. Schaaf described most of the mobile ad inventory, for lack of a better term, as “shit,” stating that the industry is attempting to “take the firehose of technology and fit it into the garden hose of mobile.”  The panel agreed that retargeting was becoming a poor practice, because consumers find it creepy. Moderator Matt Prohaska, CEO of Prohaska Consulting, stated, “When The Onion publishes a spoof story about a woman who bought a pair of shoes online and gets retargeted, we know we’ve jumped the shark.” “We have to think differently about the way creative content manifests itself in the mobile space,” Schaaf added. There were 10,137 different mobile advertisers in Q3 2015, Wilga reported. Only 11 percent of those were exclusive to mobile devices. Furthermore, 26.6 percent advertised across mobile, desktop and print, while 62.1 percent advertised across both mobile and desktop. 25 percent of all desktop advertisers are also buying mobile. Jen Wilga, MediaRadar, then described trends in mobile ad placement, with a particular focus on cross-device ad placement. When asked if big data was the solution, as opposed to panels, Shlachter responded, “Each person uses mobile differently. You can cluster people by behavior, but we each represent different opportunities for marketers based on who we are and the way we personalize our devices. I’m not saying panels are dead, but in this day and age, you can look at people as people and get a much different read based on the behaviors they exhibit, particularly on mobile devices.” “We’re all good at telling stories,” Madden added. “Why not tell stories for our advertisers?” Buehler described Rodale’s experimental approach to aggreagtors such as Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News, learning what works with those audiences and what doesn’t, and pulling back as necessary. The Atlantic takes a different approach, Lau said, adding everything it can to aggregators, time permitting. “For a long time, we’ve all been hearing that mobile is coming,” Wilga said. “The exciting thing is, that time is here.” “It’s a little scary not to own the data, but its not necessarily something you need in order to engage with consumers,” Romano said. “The more you engage with your audience, the more you can monetize your content.”center_img The program began with a greeting from Eric John, Digital Strategy and Initiatives at the MPA, who put into context the importance of mobile devices as a medium. Mobile ads comprise 30 percent of digital spending, John reported, and that figure is estimated to climb as high as 70 percent by 2019. “Mobilizing Video” brought National Geographic’s VP of product management Jim Kelleher, Hearst Digital Media VP of audience Brian Madden, Capture Inc. founder and CEO Jordan Osher, and Condé Nast Entertainment VP and head of digital video production Jed Weintrob to the stage. Weintrob described one of the 3,000 videos that Condé Nast Entertainment produces each year, “Shower Thoughts” with actress Anna Kendrick, which saw tremendous engagement on Facebook. Madden then described his approach when creating video content with a partner. In the afternoon, Beth Buehler, senior VP of digital operations at Rodale, Paul Canetti, founder and CEO of MAZ, Kimberly Lau, VP and GM of The Atlantic Digital, and Sharon Bailey Romano, director of the Hearst App Lab, composed a panel titled “App vs. Web: The Latest on the ‘Walled Garden’ Debate.” Lauren Hendricks, VP of publisher partnerships for Kargo, then presented “Mobilegeddon,” a glimpse into the future of mobile media. By 2020, Hendricks said, people across the globe will have an average of more than four internet-connected devices, and “wearables” will increase 246 percent to 600 million over the next four years. Other key insights included the idea that consumers often consider advertising on smartphones to be an invasion of personal space, advocating native advertising because it does not disrupt the user experience. Hendricks then demonstrated the difference between the user experience on Facebook and that of The New York Times, saying that people scroll faster on Facebook and thus see more ads, but they spend more time with each ad on The New York Times. John then welcomed Forrester Research senior analyist Susan Bidel to the auditorium stage. Bidel gave the audience a breakdown of the mobile consumer, both by demographic and mobile device. Among Bidel’s key points were the fact that Generation X, those born between 1960 and 1980, still represent the largest online population. While millennials may be more tech-inclined, Generation X has far more disposable income to spend on connective devices. Additionally, while tablets may fade away as smartphone screens grow larger and larger, internet-connected television could be a space for growth. Smartwatches are another technology to watch, Bidel said; while many smartwatches consist of little more than a “glorified pedometer,” 21 percent of online adults in the U.S. sport “wearables,” such as the Apple Watch or Fitbit. As the magazine industry and the audiences it strives to reach constantly evolve, it is clear that mobile devices represent increasingly vital channels through which readers access content. With that in mind, the MPA brought together leaders from across magazine media at the Hearst Tower in New York for Mobile Matters, a day-long conference examining the fastest growing audience platform—and the largely untapped engagement and monetization opportunities it holds. Next up was “Capturing Attention in the Micro-Mobile Moment,” a panel discussion hosted by John with Time Inc.’s Ian Orefice, senior executive video producer, and Callie Schweitzer, editorial director of audience strategy. The discussion explored ways in which publishers can get the most out of their mobile content in terms of audience discovery and engagement. Orefice and Schweitzer described various success stories from Time Inc., including Southern Living’s wildly successful “Oreo Cookie Balls” instructional video, Tom Hanks’ Tumblr (Tom-blr?) takeover in conjunction with Entertainment Weekly to promote his film Bridge of Spies, and Time’s ongoing “A Year in Space” documentary series with astronaut Scott Kelly. Lau went on to describe The Atlantic’s app, stating that it has a small but monetized audience with paid subscribers who are, in some ways, the publication’s most loyal readers.  Next, Scott Cunningham, senior VP of technology and ad operations at IAB; Mike Smith, senior vp, revenue platforms and operations, advertising platforms and core audience, Hearst; and Jonathan Schaaf, president of digital investment at Omnicom Media Group presented “The Future of Mobile and Native Programmatic.” Smith began by emphasizing the importance of audience development, much of which has taken place in mobile. Hearst has “cracked the code” on both monetization and traffic growth, Smith declared, before tactfully avoiding any futher disclosure. Despite certain drawbacks like a lack of accessible audience data, the panel generally agreed that embracing aggregators was both necessary and inevitable. “We do feel that the user who takes a real deep dive comes in through the app,” Buehler agreed. “Native apps represent the only way for magazines to compete with the aggregator experience,” Canetti concluded.last_img read more

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AK Didgeridoo

first_imgPhoto by Emily Files, KRBD – Ketchikan.You might not expect an ancient Aboriginal instrument from Australia to find its way to Alaska. But walk around downtown Ketchikan on a warm day and you may hear 15-year-old Kinani Halvorsen playing her didgeridoo. She’s played the unusual instrument for three years. And she hopes to bring the didgeridoo into the mainstream band practice.Download AudioHere’s the response Kinani Halvorsen got from a boy in her 7th grade band when she played the didgeridoo a couple years ago.“What the heck is that? And his jaw literally dropped. ‘Cause you wouldn’t expect that sound to come out of a little tube thing like this.”The tube thing is actually not so little. Kinani is a tall girl, and the didgeridoo is a tall instrument. It comes up to her shoulders, at about 5 feet.You can’t exactly play any Katy Perry or Macklemore on something like this. So why is a high schooler here in Ketchikan playing this ancient Aboriginal instrument? It all started with an Australian substitute teacher in Kinani’s fourth grade class at Houghtaling Elementary School.“He brought in his didgeridoo and I thought, ‘Wow! That is coolest thing I’ve ever seen,’” she said.Fast forward a few years. It’s 6th grade, and Kinani has been playing the trombone for a year.  She walks into McPherson’s, a local music store, and there on the shelf, is a didgeridoo.“It’s really interesting to hear and see someone play such an intriguing thing like the didgeridoo,” Kinani said. “And it’s a memory that really sticks in your head. So when you see one, and you’re like hey, maybe I could play that, it’s a want you really get.”“I said no, no, no,” Krissy Halvorsen, Kinani’s mom, said. “Because she likes to pick up things like that and of course, they end up in the closet or elsewhere.”Kinani swore to her mom that she wouldn’t throw the instrument in the closet. She brought it home and started practicing. Her older brother, Keelan, was upstairs.Keelan: “I rushed downstairs because I thought it was a wild animal. Saw her with a long tube and was even more confused.”Emily: “And then after you found out what it was and what was happening what did you think?”Keelan: “I was entirely amazed. It was a beautilfulish sound coming from a stick, and I didn’t know how it worked so I asked a lot of questions.”Kinani has been playing her didgeridoo for three years now. She’s had to teach herself, because there isn’t anyone else she know in Ketchikan who plays the didgeridoo. Her brother is impressed.“She’s definitely improved a lot,” Keelan said. “It went from a semi obnoxious noise, to be honest, to something we all enjoy hearing.”Photo by Emily Files, KRBD – Ketchikan.The didgeridoo is over 1,000 years old. It’s still used to accompany song and dance in the Arnhem Land region of Australia.“What really motivates me to keep playing is it’s such a unique instrument, unless you’re in Australia, you really don’t get a chance to see, hear, or play something like this,” Kinani said.Kinani is in four bands. Three at Ketchikan High School, and one other outside school, called Sound Waves. She’s been on a mission to incorporate the digeridoo’s sound into more traditional music.“We haven’t had occasion or any particular reason to hear her play it in here, because this is a big band that is mostly saxophones, trumpets, trombones, rhythm section,” Roy McPherson,  director of the Sound Waves band where Kinani plays trombone, said.The didgeridoo is nowhere to be seen at a recent practice here.But in a couple weeks, that’s going to change. Kinani has a didgeridoo solo in the band’s upcoming show, during “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book.And she’s going to keep trying to play her didgeridoo in different settings. She’s attending the Sitka Fine Arts Camp this summer.“And so I’ll bring it and I’ll talk to whoever’s running the class and I’ll say, ‘Hey I have a didgeridoo, is there anything I should bring it in for?’” Kinani said.And If Kinani keeps spreading the sound of the unique instrument, maybe she’ll get fewer “What the heck is that?” responses, and more people saying, “Oh, that’s a didgeridoo.”last_img read more

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Anantapur MP plans to develop burial grounds

first_imgAnantapur: MP Talari Rangaiah has revealed his plans to develop burial grounds with all modern amenities. Speaking to The Hans India here on Friday, Rangaiah said that all basic amenities will be provided at burial grounds of all religions including Hindu, Christian and Muslims. Stating that successive governments had neglected the development of burial grounds and crematoriums, he said that his pet project was development of burial grounds in all villages, towns and cities in the Parliamentary constituency. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Rangaiah said that he would order for a survey of number of burial grounds and the necessary amenities apart from construction of compound walls and water bores. He would also make efforts to free burial grounds from encroachments. The MP called upon the public to suggest a good name for burial grounds and the best name will get a cash award of Rs 10,000. The suggested name can be conveyed to the committee on mobile number 9849254712. He also called upon philanthropists to donate liberally for the burial ground development project.last_img read more

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