People may tolerate corruption, but not arrogance: Goa BJP Chief

first_imgPanaji: Citing arrogance as the reason for the BJP’s debacle in the February 4 State Assembly elections, Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Vinay Tendulkar on Wednesday said, “People may accept corruption, but they will never tolerate arrogance.”Speaking to reporters, Mr. Tendulkar said the loss of connect between people and BJP MLAs, including Ministers, had caused the downfall. The party’s seat tally had slipped to 13 from 21 in the 40-member House in the Assembly polls.He also recalled party veteran L.K. Advani, who, as per Mr. Tendulkar, had warned party leadership in Goa years ago that people may tolerate corruption, they would never tolerate arrogance.Mr. Tendulkar said, “We have accepted the loss. We are in the process of analysing it. Our MLAs have spoken, our Chief Minister has also said that the relations between some MLAs and people were not right. In Goa, no one keeps [a politician] close if he turns arrogant.”In an interview with The Hindu on Wednesday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar indicated that the party’s seat tally declined in Goa due to manifestation of people’s anger against some individuals, the magnitude of which he had failed to gauge.last_img read more

Polar bears turn to seabirds for sustenance

first_imgAs Arctic sea ice melts earlier each year, polar bears in some parts of Norway and Greenland are abandoning ice floes for dry land and their favorite meal—seals—for seabird eggs. The shift in diet could sound a death knell for popular nesting grounds of barnacle geese, eider ducks, and glaucous gulls, researchers warn this month in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.Calling the results the “cascading effects of climate change,” the team of European researchers found that over the course of the past 10 years, dramatic increases in summertime nest predation correlated with diminishing sea ice coverage in the Arctic Ocean. Their research combined NASA satellite imagery with on-the-ground observations at one seabird nesting site in northeast Greenland and four in the Svalbard archipelago of Norway. “[At our site] we had the first polar bear predation in 2004,” says Jouke Prop, an ornithologist from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, who was a principal author and led observations at Nordenskiöldkysten, one of the Norwegian sites. “In most of the years since, predation has been really severe.” He has observed polar bears eating more than 200 eggs in 2 hours, and last year no chicks or eggs of any species—barnacle geese, eiders, and glaucous gulls—survived.According to Prop, several dozen of Svalbard’s polar bears have learned when and where to return each year for the best meals. Although they compose a small percentage of the total bear population, their impact is catastrophic. Prop has calculated that a hungry bear can raid 50 nests in just an hour and a half, consuming enough for a 20-kilogram omelet—before sleeping for 12 to 16 hours and then awaking for another meal. Polar bear cubs also get in on the action, rolling eggs on the ground like balls before eating them.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)As their hunting behavior shifts from ice to land, the polar bears “have progressively arrived earlier and earlier to have access to more eggs,” says biologist Børge Moe, another principal author of the study who works at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research in Kongsfjorden, where seabird egg predation is just beginning to increase. At sites in southern Svalbard, bears are showing up at the nesting sites as early as mid-June. But as bears vie to be first on the scene, they will eventually arrive during the critical period when birds are just settling in, usually in early June, Prop predicts. And that may force birds to abandon their breeding colonies.“This paper ties it all together and shows a very clear relationship between the disappearance of sea ice and increasing predation intensity on seabirds,” says Andrew Derocher, a polar bear specialist and Arctic ecologist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. In the long run, he says, the seabirds may outlast the bears. “What we’re seeing is probably a very transient effect on these seabird populations,” he says. As sea ice disappears, polar bear populations will crash harder than the seabirds.Meanwhile, the scientists are proving as adaptable as the bears. “We really had to get accustomed to this,” says Prop, a specialist in barnacle geese. When the bears started raiding the colonies he had been studying his whole life, he and other researchers were torn. Should they chase the bears off, as did another team he heard of in Canada? Or should they continue their observations, interfering with the colonies as little as possible? Eventually, they settled on the latter.“Initially the bears were destroying our main object of study—lifetime reproduction of geese. It was a blow, but then we realized bears were becoming part of our study,” Prop says. He marvels at what has happened since. “Ten years ago I would never have believed the situation we are now in, and it’s impossible to make predictions. Three or four years more, and then we are at the really critical point to see how the birds will react.”last_img read more

Avian botulism caused bird deaths in Rajasthan

first_imgThe Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, on Thursday confirmed that avian botulism — a neuro-muscular illness caused by a toxin that is produced by a bacterial strain — was the cause of the recent mass mortality of birds, at Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan. More than 18,000 carcasses of birds have been removed from the lake and its catchment area so far, raising concern among environmentalists.Laboratory tests conducted on samples of carcasses collected from the lake confirmed the nature of the disease that had afflicted the birds, backing what veterinarians in the State had said was the most likely cause. The illness, caused by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, affects the nervous system of birds leading to flaccid paralysis in their legs and wings, and in the neck touching the ground.More than 18,000 carcasses of birds have been removed from the lake and its catchment area so far, raising concern among environmentalists and ornithologists. The scientists at IVRI found the samples infested with maggots of third stage with a clear indication that the avian mortality had occurred over a period of time.Animal Husbandry Minister Lal Chand Kataria said the IVRI report had approved the regimen of treatment adopted for birds recovered from the lake’s shores. “The rescue centres established near the lake have treated 735 birds, of which 368 are alive and 36 have been released to their natural habitat,” he said.Located 80 km south-west of Jaipur, Sambhar Lake is India’s largest inland saline water body and has been designated as a wetland of international importance as it attracts thousands of migratory birds during winter.A Bhopal-based laboratory had earlier ruled out avian flu as the cause of death of the birds after examining the viscera. The post-mortem of two bird carcasses by a Bikaner-based research organisation had concluded that bacterium Clostridium botulinum had entered from the soil into the meat of some dead birds.The toxin produced by the bacterial strain infected the non-vegetarian birds feeding on maggot-infested carcasses, according to the experts at the College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Bikaner. Those species which did not feed on carcasses, such as flamingos, were not affected and only the cadaver-eating birds had died.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has sought the Centre’s assistance for controlling the disease and saving the birds. “The expertise rests with the Centre… we have limited resources. We expect the Union Environment and Forest Secretary to visit the lake and order an extensive scientific research to prevent the birds’ mortality in future,” he said.The species affected by the illness included shelduck, plover, common coot, black winged stilt, northern shoveler, pied avocet, mallard and crake.last_img read more

India vs West Indies: Batsmen let the team down, says Sanjay Bangar

first_imgIndian batting coach Sanjay Bangar has admitted that although the wicket at Antigua was difficult for shot making, it was the batting line-up’s failure to perform to their potential that led to their 11-run defeat at the hands West Indies in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Sunday.After West Indies eked out 189 for nine wickets off their 50 overs, India failed to counter West Indies’ bowling attack and were eventually bundled out for 178 in 49.4 overs.Conceding that it was an extremely gettable score, Bangar said that it was his batsmen that let the team down, especially middle order’s failure pushed the team back.”The wicket kept getting slower and slower and shot making wasn’t really easy. Those have been the nature of wickets we have seen so far. We were playing on the same track just two days ago. So, wicket kept getting slower and slower, but we batted really badly to our potential because it was a gettable score. Just felt that the batsmen let the team down,” Bangar told the reporters.It was skipper Jason Holder whose five-wicket haul sealed the crucial win for West Indies and kept them alive in the series heading into the fifth and final match.He dismissed Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami in the space of just four balls to finish with the figures of five for 27, his best-ever ODI figures as India folded for 178.”Yes, we encountered the situation even in the previous games when we lost couple of wickets in the first ten. But we still managed to get close to 260 on the wicket which was very damp. When we play consecutive games on the same wicket it tends to get slower and slower, shot breaking was a bit difficult. But credit to them that they bowled and executed their plans really well. But, I just felt it was a very gettable score,” Bangar said.advertisementFor India, Ajinkya Rahane (60 off 91 balls) and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (54 off 114 balls), were the only players who provided their side with some fight back.And Bangar admitted that his side was on the course of victory till the time Rahane was on the field.”The plan was definitely somebody to bat deeper in the innings and that is what Ajinkya did till the time he was given out. Till that time we were on course, but suddenly we lost couple of wickets. Those wickets in the middle order actually pushed us back and run rate kept on getting higher and higher,” he explained.India, who are still holding a 2-1 lead in the ongoing ODI series following their comprehensive wins of 105 and 93 runs in the second and third match respectively, will play the series-decider on July 6 in Sabina Park, Jamaica.last_img read more

Capital Product Partners to Fit 14 Ships with Scrubbers

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek shipping company Capital Product Partners has decided to equip part of its fleet with exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS).Namely, the partnership said it is planning to install scrubbers on up to 14 of its larger vessels, including ten containerships, three crude tankers and one bulk carrier.The final decision for certain of these vessels is expected to be reached within the coming months and the installation of the scrubbers is expected to be completed throughout 2019 and 2020, the company informed.“We believe that this move can help increase the appeal of the partnership’s larger vessels to period charterers post January 2020, but also potentially allow us to capture meaningful premiums, such as that negotiated with one of our charterers for five of our vessels,” Jerry Kalogiratos, Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership’s General Partner, said.In connection with the deals to equip five 5,000 TEU container vessel series with scrubbers, Capital Product Partners has agreed with Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), the charterer of the vessels, to increase the daily charter rate by USD 4,900 for each unit. The ships in question are the Hyundai Prestige, Hyundai Premium, Hyundai Paramount, Hyundai Privilege and Hyundai Platinum.The increase will be effective from January 1, 2020, or, if later, the installation date of the scrubbers until the expiry of each charter in 2024 and 2025, as applicable. The HMM vessels are currently earning USD 23,480 gross per day following a restructuring agreement with HMM dated July 15, 2016.Under the restructuring agreement, the charter rate is set to be restored to the original daily gross rate of USD 29,350 from January 1, 2020 and will increase further to USD 34,250 once the scrubbers are installed in accordance with the scrubber deals.Capital Product Partners revealed its decision as part of the company’s financial report for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.The partnership’s net loss for the period was USD 22.6 million, compared to a net income of USD 9,6 million. The result includes a non-cash impairment charge of USD 28.8 million from the sale of the 159,982 dwt crude oil carrier M/T Amore Mio II.The 2001-built unit was sold to an unaffiliated third party for the amount of USD 11.2 million. The vessel was delivered to an unaffiliated third party on October 15, 2018.Total revenue for the third quarter of 2018 was USD 73.4 million, corresponding to an increase of 17.1% compared to USD 62.7 million reported during the third quarter of 2017. The increase was primarily a result of the rise in the average number of vessels in the company’s fleet and the higher number of voyage charters performed by its vessels.last_img read more

Two militants killed in Shopian gunfight

first_imgSrinagar: Two militants were killed on Saturday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said. “Following a brief shoot out in the orchard area of Gahand village the two militants were killed. Their exact identities and affiliations are being ascertained,” an officer said. The gunfight broke out when militants fired on the security forces was they were conducting a cordon and search operation.last_img

Saudi to send Egypt two free butane shipments

first_imgCAIRO – Saudi Arabia this month plans to send Egypt two shipments of butane gas – worth a total of $75 million – “for free,” an official at the state-run Egyptian General Petroleum Company (EGPC) said Friday.The first of the 700,000-ton shipments is due to arrive in the Port of Suez on Tuesday, to be followed by a second in late November, the official, requesting anonymity, told Anadolu Agency.The shipments are expected to ease the current nationwide shortage of butane gas, he added. Millions of Egyptian households rely on butane gas for most of their cooking needs.Following the July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely-elected civilian president, Saudi Arabia pledged $5 billion in aid to Egypt to shore up the latter’s faltering economy.That aid includes $2 billion deposited at the Central Bank of Egypt, $2 billion worth of petroleum deliveries, and a $1-billion grant.EGPC head Tarek al-Mula told AA last month that the two butane shipments would bring total Saudi energy aid to Egypt to $1.6 billion.The aid is part of a $12-billion aid package to Egypt pledged by Saudi, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.Egypt imports 2 million tons of butane gas from Saudi Arabia every year.Every month, Egypt – the Arab world’s most populous country – imports some $1.3 billion worth of petroleum products from various producers.The government sells these products on the local market at subsidized prices, yielding a petroleum subsidy deficit of some $18.6 billion as of the end of the 2012/13 fiscal year.last_img read more

Tim Hortons raises price of muffins sandwiches

TORONTO — Tim Hortons says it has raised the prices of certain baked goods and lunch items this week due to higher operating costs, including the rising price of ingredients.The coffee and doughnut chain says the price of a muffin is five cents higher, while sandwiches have gone up by about 10 cents.The price of coffee has not changed.[np-related]Tim Hortons says higher commodity prices are one factor in the hikes, which will affect most locations.The price increases come just after Maple Leaf Foods Inc. warned this week that drought conditions will inflate food prices well into next year and maybe beyond.Based in Oakville, Ont., Tim Hortons is Canada’s biggest restaurant chain and the fourth-biggest in North America with more than 3,700 restaurants.The Canadian Press read more

Ohio State wrestling bounces back with wins against Indiana Wisconsin

The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team improved to 9-2 over the weekend after victories against Big Ten rivals Indiana and No. 19 Wisconsin. The Buckeyes followed a 36-3 trouncing of the Hoosiers last Friday by defeating the Badgers, 29-10, Sunday, improving their conference record to 3-2. Although proud of the victories, OSU coach Tom Ryan said in a phone interview that the team is still not where it needs to be. “You know, I don’t think we’re wrestling our best right now, but we’re in the middle of the Big Ten season and we need to pick up our intensity,” he said. OSU rallied behind nine wins to cruise past Indiana, dropping the Hoosiers record to 6-5 and 0-3 in the Big Ten. The road to victory was a bit different for the Buckeyes against Wisconsin, though the outcome was the same. The Badgers got off to a quick 4-0 start after Wisconsin redshirt junior Tyler Graff defeated OSU redshirt freshman Kyle Visconti, 25-11, in the opening bout between the 133-pound weight class. The Badgers’ momentum was stopped, however, when OSU sophomore Hunter Stieber pinned redshirt senior Tom Kelliher in 1:22, extending his record to 23-0 and giving the Buckeyes a 6-4 lead. Wisconsin went back on top 7-6 when redshirt senior Cole Schmitt defeated OSU sophomore Cam Tessari, 8-7, in a close-fought battle of the 149-pound weight class. Despite the early deficit, the Buckeyes went on to win five consecutive matches. Winning the next three bouts were redshirt sophomore Josh Demas at 157 pounds, freshman Mark Martin at 165 pounds and redshirt junior Nick Heflin at 174 pounds. OSU redshirt freshman Kenny Courts dominated his match in the 184-pound weight class, going up 16-0 before winning the match by a technical fall in the second period. At 197 pounds, sophomore Andrew Campolattano followed with a narrow 3-2 victory over Wisconsin’s redshirt junior Jackson Hein. The streak ended when redshirt junior Peter Capone suffered a 5-2 defeat to redshirt freshman Connor Medbery in the heavyweight class. For the Buckeyes, though, the match concluded on a high note when OSU senior Nikko Triggas of the 125-pound weight class pinned his opponent, redshirt sophomore Matt Cavarllaris, in 45 seconds. With the loss, Wisconsin slipped to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Ryan said that in order to finish the Big Ten portion of the schedule strong, the team needs to improve in several areas. “There’s plenty of technical stuff, little conditioning things, but we have to get ready for Illinois and we’ll have to put in some hard work for next week,” he said. The Buckeyes look to continue their winning ways when they take on Illinois on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in Oak Harbor, Ohio. read more

RAW on 12/22 was the most talked about TV show on Twitter

first_img WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Streaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz Says Google+ Velvet Sky Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itcenter_img Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Facebook Last week’s 12/22 WWE RAW on the USA Network was the most talked about show on TV last week on Twitter according to the Nielson Twitter TV ratings. RAW generated a total of 123,000 tweets and reached 1.6 million users.Smackdown on 12/26 also came at No. 9 on the list on Syfy.TVbythenumbers: Monday Night RAW Tops Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for the week of Dec. 22-28Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitterlast_img read more

In the red zone: WSU aims to pay off athletics debt

first_imgSPOKANE — The athletics budget at Washington State will continue to run deficits for the next four years, growing to $85.1 million, but the deficit is expected to stop growing by 2023, school officials said Thursday.New athletic director Pat Chun and chief budget officer Joan King will present a deficit-reduction plan to the school’s Board of Regents, as required by a new state law, next week.The athletic department will focus first on getting its budget balanced, then build up reserves and finally repay the accumulated deficit in the future, they said.The plan relies on increasing revenue by 27 percent in five years while continuing to contain expenses. The debt is expected to reach $85.1 million by the 2022 fiscal year. But the school projects it will stop growing by 2023, when the budget would be balanced. They could not say how long it would take to pay the accumulated deficit.“We are not here to make excuses,” said Chun, who was hired in January to replace Bill Moos after Moos departed for Nebraska. The deficits were created under Moos’ leadership when the school invested heavily in new facilities and high-priced coaches.last_img read more

Dont Let Succession Planning Scare You

first_imgAs Halloween approaches, we are inundated with scary movies and costumes—but the real horror story is not having a succession plan to protect your farm. Don’t let the thought of succession planning scare you, ASA, in partnership with eLegacyConnect, is conducting Succession Planning Workshops titled “Five Keys to Effective Succession Planning,” and can help you ghost bust those demons.Through the five keys, you’ll learn about the planning process, good communication strategies, and how to overcome obstacles. Utilizing tips from this session will help ensure the farm remains in the family, provides financial security and offers career opportunities for generations to come. Succession Planning Workshop Dates and LocationsDec. 4, 2014 – Moline, Ill.Jan. 15, 2015 – Columbus, OhioThe Succession Planning Workshops are sponsored by Farm Credit and AGCO, Illinois Soybean Association, Michigan Soybean Association and the Ohio Soybean Association and are open to all soybean producers. Workshops have a registration fee of $50 for the first person in a family and $30 for each additional family member for ASA members. For non ASA members, the registration fee for the first person in a family is $90 and a $70 fee is charged for each additional person. To register, click here and choose which city/session you want to attend.The workshops are taught by Kevin Spafford, founder of Legacy by Design. Legacy by Design is a firm dedicated to succession planning for farm families and agribusiness owners. Over the last 10 years, he’s spearheaded initiatives to improve the way farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners engage in the succession planning process.For more information about these workshops, visit ASA’s website. For more information about eLegacyConnect click here.last_img read more

BtoB Ad Revenue and Pages Down in 1Q 2012

first_imgABM released its first-quarter 2012 BIN report Tuesday, and print advertising reversed course from 2011 and event revenue, while remaining a bright spot, appears to have slowed its growth when compared to the first quarter last year.Ad pages for the quarter were down 7.25 percent and revenue was down about 3.5 percent to $1.8 billion when compared to the same period last year, which saw pages relatively flat from 1Q 2010 and revenue up by about 3 percent.The downward direction on print is an about face on 2011, when b-to-b print advertising closed the year on a high note with almost 4 percent growth. And the first quarter 2012 numbers interrupt what had been three straight quarters of growth across both pages and revenue, according to BIN numbers. Month-by-month, performance declines were accelerating: January pages and revenues were down 6 percent and 3 percent; February pages and revenues were down 7 percent and 4 percent; and March pages and revenues were down 11 percent and 5.5 percent.The big page decliners by category for the quarter include computing (-22 percent), pharma (-16 percent) and healthcare (-12 percent).In all, 15 of the 22 categories tracked showed declines in revenue, while 18 showed declines in pages for the quarter. Page and revenue figures are supplied to ABM by Inquiry Management Systems (IMS).Event revenues according to the report, which gets its figures from CEIR, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research, edged up slightly by 1.5 percent compared to first quarter 2011.That’s slower growth than 2011’s first quarter, which jumped 5 percent over 2010’s 1Q. Nevertheless, other key metrics in CEIR’s report are also up: Attendance is up 4.5 percent; net square feet is up 3.4 percent and exhibitors were up 1.5 percent. Of those metrics, revenue, exhibitors and net square feet showed slower growth than same period last year.last_img read more

Facebook explains why its AI didnt catch New Zealand gunmans livestream

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: Since the shooting in Christchurch, which left 50 dead, Facebook, Google and Twitter have also had to answer questions about how to control the spread of the gunman’s livestreamed footage. On Monday, Facebook said that fewer than 200 viewers saw the live broadcast and that the video reached about 4,000 views before it was taken down. The first user to report the video did so 12 minutes after the livestream ended. In the first 24 hours after the event, Facebook purged 1.5 million uploads of the video, 80 percent of which were blocked before going live on the social network. Facebook has rules against expressing support or praise for terrorists.Some social media experts have argued Facebook should delay live videos like TV stations sometimes do, but Rosen argued it wouldn’t fix the problem because there are millions of live broadcasts on Facebook every day. “More importantly, given the importance of user reports, adding a delay would only further slow down videos getting reported, reviewed and first responders being alerted to provide help on the ground,” he said. Thursday’s post also outlined steps Facebook still plans to take, including improving its matching technology, figuring out how to get user reports faster, and working further with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.Originally published March 21, 7:09 a.m.Update, 10:45 a.m.: Adds more background Tech Industry 1:23 Share your voice Facebook 8 Facebook deletes 1.5M videos after shooting, Democrats… A gunman in New Zealand live streamed his attack on two mosques.  NurPhoto/Getty Facebook says its artificial intelligence systems weren’t prepared for an event like the livestreamed massacre at two mosques in New Zealand last week.The world’s largest social network has been criticized for the failure of its AI technology to detect video of the terrorist attack automatically. In a blog post Thursday, Guy Rosen, vice president of product management, said that in order for AI to recognize something, it has to be trained on what it is and isn’t. For example, you might need thousands of images of nudity or terrorist propaganda to teach the system to identify those things. “We will need to provide our systems with large volumes of data of this specific kind of content, something which is difficult as these events are thankfully rare,” Rosen said in the post. In addition, he noted that it’s a challenge for the system to recognize “visually similar” images that could be harmless like live-streamed video games.”AI is an incredibly important part of our fight against terrorist content on our platforms, and while its effectiveness continues to improve, it is never going to be perfect,” Rosen said. Facebook’s AI challenges also underscore how the social network relies on user reports. The social network didn’t get a user report during the alleged shooter’s live broadcast. That matters, Rosen said, because Facebook prioritizes reports about live videos. Tagslast_img read more

Starz Is Coming to YouTube TV as a 9 AddOn

first_imgAfter initially focusing on mobile playback, YouTube TV expanded to smart TVs and game consoles last fall. YouTube’s base package costs subscribers $40 a month, and the service has also been offering Showtime as well as Fox Soccer Plus as premium add-ons. However, HBO is not yet available via YouTube TV.Before teaming up with YouTube TV, Starz also struck similar distribution deals with other online TV services, including Directv Now and Sling TV. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 YouTube TV subscribers can now add Starz to their channel line-up, if they’re willing to pay a little more: Starz announced the launch of its family of premium channels on the Google-owned online TV service Tuesday.The channels, including Starz, Starz Encore and Starz Encore Westerns, are available to YouTube TV subscribers for a monthly premium of $9. Altogether, YouTube TV is getting 14 Starz channels as part of the pact.“The addition of STARZ on YouTube TV offers consumers another exciting new way to subscribe to our channels and access the breadth of top quality original programming and content with the freedom to watch it anywhere, anytime,” said Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch in a statement.Google launched YouTube TV as a “skinny bundle” online TV service a little over 2 years ago. The service has since expanded its line-up to over 60 channels, including the big broadcasters ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC as well as select cable networks.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Entertainment One to Enlist Wattpad Superfans for Feedback on Scripts Based on

first_imgIn an unusual move, Entertainment One plans to share TV pilot scripts for two Wattpad stories it’s adapting as series with the most passionate fans of the original tales — bringing them into the development process.Under its partnership with Wattpad, the Toronto-based production and media company is developing shows based on dystopian drama “The Numbered” by MJ Gary and time-travel romance “Kairos” by Leigh Heasley. EOne moved forward on the pair of projects after looking at dozens of potential candidates, flagged in batches of 10 per month by Wattpad out of the 500 million-plus stories on the story-sharing community. Those were culled based on eOne’s criteria centered around YA and sci-fi genres and female-driven dramas.To adapt the stories, eOne is bringing in its own scriptwriters — which is a standard Hollywood practice. For “The Numbered,” it has tapped Sabrina Sherif (aka Sabrina Nouadir), whose credits include Netflix’s “Another Life,” the CW’s “iZombie,” and the company is looking to line up a writer for “Kairos.” What isn’t standard operating procedure: eOne wants to take the scripts for each TV show to superfans of the original Wattpad stories to get their opinion on what works — and what doesn’t — at various stages in the development cycle, said Jocelyn Hamilton, president of eOne Television Canada. Starting later this summer, the company in partnership with Wattpad hopes to assemble groups of about two dozen fans each of “The Numbered” and “Kairos” to help shape the storylines before shopping the shows to networks and streaming services this fall.“This is different and experimental,” Hamilton said. While such early audience focus-group testing often happens for kids’ TV shows, “in adult television we don’t do that.” Part of the reason is that producers don’t want plot details — which are subject to change — to become public in the development phase. Hamilton said eOne will ask Wattpad fans it consults with “to sign something that says they won’t leak it.”For eOne, tapping into the user-generated stories on Wattpad is “just another arm of finding new voices,” Hamilton said. “It’s finding a needle in a haystack.” But, she said, the Wattpad partnership has yielded stories “we wouldn’t find elsewhere. The concepts are new and interesting and fresh. If we want to be in that younger-skewing arena, there aren’t many places to find things of that nature.”Wattpad provides an entirely different way for TV and movies producers to benchmark audience engagement with a story, given the company’s reams of data, said Allen Lau, co-founder and CEO. Using audience data via Wattpad’s commenting feature, it can pull the exact moments in the story that inspired strong, neutral, or weaker reactions. It also looks at the different ways users interact with a story, including the number of reads attached to an individual story, reading time, commenting and sentiment, and shares.“We are providing insights that didn’t exist before,” Lau said, noting that Wattpad users submit upwards of 500,000 comments on the service every day. “The Numbered,” first published in 2013, has 4.9 million reads on Wattpad with users spending more than 20 million minutes reading the story. It’s set in an alternate world where everyone is assigned a genetic rating at birth that determines their capabilities, opportunities, and rights — except for five teens who were mysteriously mis-numbered. In analyzing data for “The Numbered,” Wattpad found dramatic spikes of engagement at certain points, particularly in chapter 24, which included the revelation that one of the characters introduced is gay. That clearly indicated that eOne’s adaptation should highlight that story arc.Meanwhile, “Kairos,” first published in 2017, has relatively fewer reads (almost 525,000) and time spent reading (nearly 600,000 minutes) but had seen stronger-than-average engagement over the entirety of the story. Set in a near future where time travel isn’t just possible but commonplace and commercialized, protagonist Ada Bloom signs up for temporal matchmaking service Kairos, which lets clients travel back in time to date suitors of bygone eras.In chapter 41 of “Kairos,” Ada accepts a proposal from one man over another — which sparked a vicious debate on Wattpad between the two choices. In chapters 81-91, the love complications only get more twisted, which resulted in a flurry of commenting activity. That reader reaction can inform how characters should be depicted, information eOne is incorporating into its adaptation.The eOne pact is one of several Wattpad (which also is based in Toronto) has struck in its push into the entertainment biz. The company has similar development deals with Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Prods., as well as with France’s Lagardère Studios, Germany’s Bavaria Fiction, Singapore’s Mediacorp, and Huayi Brothers Korea.In addition, Wattpad produces teen thriller “Light as a Feather” with Viacom’s Awesomeness and Grammnet for Hulu, with season 2 slated to debut July 6. Netflix’s romance movie “The Kissing Booth” started on Wattpad, where the story by Beth Reekles accumulated over 19 million reads, and a sequel is in development. And the film adaptation of “After,” based on Wattpad writer Anna Todd’s One Direction-inspired YA romance story and subsequent best-selling novel, has grossed over $67 million at the global box office (including $12 million domestically). A sequel to the movie with stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin reprising their roles, in currently in the works. To be sure, eOne’s deals with Wattpad for “The Numbered” and “Kairos” are just a small slice of the 40-some TV projects it has in development. Hamilton said that even armed with the data about how the Wattpad stories have connected with readers, pitching series from unknown writers is a challenge. “In today’s world, people are looking for [intellectual property] that is known,” she said. “It’s a different hill than walking in with a Margaret Atwood novel.”At the end of the day, adapting the Wattpad stories is not solely data-driven, Hamilton noted. “We read [the stories] the same way you would when you option a book,” she said. “It is more labor intensive because you’re taking amateur work and doing the heavy lifting to take it to a place where you can say, ‘Wow, this is great.’” Related Popular on Variety Mary J. Blige to Produce Drug Queenpin Drama in Development at USA Network Hasbro Acquires Entertainment One in $4 Billion All-Cash Deal ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Paintings Attributed to Hitler Fail to Sell at Auction

first_imgFive paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler failed to sell at an auction in the German city of Nuremberg in February 2019, but doubts about their authenticity may have scared off bids as much as the identity of the artist. High starting price points ranging between $21,000 and $50,000 also played a part. The Nürnberger Nachrichten newspaper reported recently that no bids were received on the paintings, said to have been produced during Hitler’s early days in Bavaria as an aspiring artist. The Weidler auction house did not comment on the reasons. However, the paintings could be sold at a later date.Auctioning of Hitler water colour painting. Photo by Daniel Karmann/picture alliance via Getty ImagesAmong the items that failed to sell was a painting of a mountain lake view and a wicker armchair with a swastika symbol.The Nuremberg mayor said the entire auction was in “bad taste.”Despite commercialization of Hitler and the Nazis being widely condemned in Germany, dozens of works attributed to Hitler have been sold over the years.Hitler, twice rejected by the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, is known to have sold his artwork while living close to poverty before the outbreak of World War One. The future dictator is believed to have painted as many as 2,000 pictures as a young man as he unsuccessfully tried to make it as an artist.Portrait of Adolf Hitler. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H1216-0500-002 / CC-BY-SAIn 2015, Weidler auction house sold more than a dozen paintings attributed to Hitler for almost €400,000, according to the BBC. Bidders then reportedly came from Germany, China, France, Brazil, and the United Arab Emirates.Related Video: Hitler’s Mercedez-Benz heads to AuctionThe Guardian reports, “According to Stephan Klingen of the Central Institute for Art History in Munich, Hitler had the style of ‘a moderately ambitious amateur’ but his creations did not stand out from ‘hundreds of thousands’ of comparable works from the period – making their authenticity especially hard to verify.”Hitler painting on auction. Photo by Daniel Karmann/picture alliance via Getty ImagesFake Hitler paraphernalia is a continuing problem, one that law enforcement tries to crack down on. Several days before the auction, prosecutors seized 63 other paintings attributed to Hitler from the same auction house in order to investigate allegations they were fake.Nuremberg-Fuerth prosecutor’s office said it had opened an investigation against persons unknown “on suspicion of falsifying documents and attempted fraud”, chief prosecutor Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke told the AFP news agency.Vienna State Opera House, Adolf Hitler, 1912“If they turn out to be fakes, we will then try to determine who knew what in the chain of ownership,” she said.Sales of alleged artworks by Hitler – whose campaign of extermination led to the mass murder of at least 12 million people during the Second World War – “frequently spark outrage that collectors are eager to fork out high prices for Nazi memorabilia,” said The Independent.Watercolors owned by one of Hitler’s photographers Heinrich Hoffmann stored at the Army Center of Military History. The paintings were cited in Price v. United States.Some buyers insist they are making these purchases for historical reasons, but campaign groups warn items are also purchased by far-right group members who idealize Hitler and the Nazi Party.Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, in the Upper Austrian border town Braunau am Inn, located about 65 miles from Munich. In 1898, the Hitler family moved to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria.Adolf-Hitler as an infant c. 1889–90Hitler dropped out of school at the age of 16 and wanted a career as an artist, which his father opposed, saying his son should enter the Habsburg civil service. After his father’s death, Hitler pursued his goals.Read another story from us: When Groucho Marx Literally Danced on Hitler`s GraveFrom 1908 to 1913, Hitler lived in Vienna. He had little money, and painted watercolor scenes of Vienna to earn a subsistence living. In 1913 he moved to Munich, and eagerly volunteered to serve in the German army at the outbreak of World War One.last_img

Ladysmith Gazettes pick of the top 5 local and international news stories

first_img1.  Egg prices to go upThe South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has warned consumers to brace themselves for an increase in the price of eggs. The association said that 2016 was a difficult year for egg producers in the country, as local farmers saw the feed price increasing by a minimum of R1000 per ton between January and August due to the drought.Read full story: Price of eggs to go up2. Rapist to serve hefty sentence after two months of hell for 13-year-oldBetween February and March last year, a 13-year-old girl from the Burford area in Ladysmith suffered a terrible ordeal. She was raped twice by a family member who lived in her own homestead.Read full story: Rapist to serve hefty prison sentence after two months of hell for 13-year-old girl3. Measles outbreak a major concern The occurrence of 17 confirmed cases of measles in Gauteng has officially been classified as an outbreak, Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa said.Read full story: Measles outbreak: Mass vaccination campaign for Gauteng4. Breast feeding Aussie senator in political firstA breastfeeding senator has made Australian political history by becoming the first woman to nurse her newborn baby in the nation’s parliament.Read full story: Breastfeeding Aussie senator in political first5. Brazil’s ex-president Lula faces corruption courtBrazil’s former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, backed by hundreds of red-shirted supporters, was due in court on Wednesday for a corruption trial that could end his storied career.Read full story: Brazil’s ex-president Lula faces corruption court WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Repsol profits down sharply on inventory effects

first_imgIt calculated the effect of oil prices on its inventory value at (EURO)328 million.Repsol said that, measured at current cost of supply and excluding the inventory effect, net income for the first half of 2012 rose 3.1 percent to (EURO)894 million.Repsol shares were up about 0.4 percent at (EURO)11 in early trading.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family MADRID (AP) – Spanish energy company Repsol says its second quarter net profits fell 45 percent from the same period of 2011 to (EURO)274 million ($332 million), due in the effect of lower oil prices on the value of its inventories.Repsol S.A. said Thursday this figure does not include earnings at YPF, its former Argentine unit nationalized by the Argentine government in May.Repsol said that for the first half of the year its profits were down 14.6 percent to (EURO)903 million. Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more