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Bahamians Celebrate National Labour Day

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianews#nationallabourday#sirrandolfawkes Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nationallabourday, #sirrandolfawkescenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamians, June 2, 2017 – Nassau – The week of May 28 – June 3 is being observed as Labour Week in The Bahamas, with the official Randol Fawkes Labour Day being celebrated on June 2.As part of the holiday tradition, members of the labor unions from different organizations, as well as political parties and Bahamians will participate in the annual 2017 Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade that have started in Nassau this morning. Local bands and a few Junkanooers will lead the parades, providing lively music for the marchers and spectators. The parade will end at the Southern Recreation Grounds, where union leaders will deliver speeches.National Labour Day in the Bahamas was established in 1961 by late Trade Unionist and Politician, Sir Randol Fawkes. In 2013, then Government Leader in the Senate, Attorney General and Minister ofLegal Affairs the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson introduced the renaming of the holiday to honour the man who fought for justice and safety of workers.last_img read more

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Jamaicas Health Minister commended for setting up Food Industry Task Force

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, January 29, 2018 – Kingston – The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is commending Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, for setting up the National Food Industry Task Force (NFITF) in 2017.Executive Director of the Foundation, Mrs. Deborah Chen, told a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on January 24, that the organisation is pleased with the work of the NFITF, on which a representative of the Foundation serves.  Mrs. Chen, who also spoke on the upcoming observation of Heart Month in February, pointed out that members of the Task Force are food industry stakeholders.  “These are the leading persons in their industry, and they are being encouraged to reformulate their products, not just in terms of sugar, but in terms of the nutrients,” she said.She added that they are also looking at labelling, because many labels are not easily read or understood.  “I know there is a move afoot globally to make the labels simpler, and that is part of the mandate of the NFITF, so we commend the Minister and the Ministry of Health for that move.  We think that from a policy level, that will go a great way in assisting to deal with obesity and will impact the cases that we see on a daily basis at the Heart Foundation,” Mrs. Chen said.The NFITF was established to support the response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or ‘lifestyle diseases’.  With obesity, caused by poor nutrition, being a leading risk factor of developing an NCD, and that two out of every three deaths yearly result from NCDs, the NFITF has been engaging the Jamaican food industry in addressing the unhealthy eating habits of Jamaicans.  The Task Force is focusing on product reformulation, food labelling, marketing of foods, and education, communication and advocacy.Heart Month will be observed under the theme ‘Healthy Nutrition: Know Your Labels’.Release: JISlast_img read more

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Missing Cello Returned All Strings Attached

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first_img Updated: 9:12 PM KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Last week, a one-of-a-kind cello belonging to the famous musician John Walz went missing from his hotel room.RELATED STORY- Rare $100,000 cello stolen from Mission Valley hotel roomThe 100 thousand dollar instrument was then found by another musician in Downtown San Diego on Friday night.The Chula Vista man who found it saw the instrument lying under a bush and took it home, not knowing the backstory.His mother said she recognized the cello and found a way to reach John. When he found out, he made sure to get the cello back to Walz without a scratch. Missing Cello Returned, All Strings Attached August 13, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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New Opportunities in Magazine Manufacturing

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first_imgSEE BELOW: From Back-End Support to Revenue Partner (sidebar)Magazine production has changed dramatically in the last few years. Tools and standards that have come to the forefront—ad portals, virtual proofing, online insertion orders, PDFs—which weren’t exactly new, still gained significant ground.Today, publishers and printers know there’s no single solution. Digital asset management and metadata are all being used, but what’s old is new again, with old standbys such as “printing to the numbers” and gray component replacement being resurrected to find cheaper, faster ways to create the final print product.The publisher/printer relationship often boils down to one factor: Price. Financial pressures have grown significantly over the last year and it’s unlikely to change in the near future. But publishers may want to look at the bigger picture and assess whether the cost savings they’re seeing are necessarily worth a corresponding drop in service. Color ManagementColor management continues to be one of the industry’s most vital topics, since improvements in color not only improve the finished product, but can yield production efficiencies and savings through reduced waste.City and regional publisher Niche Media works with its printers to calibrate to the profiles of the presses. “Our make-ready’s are faster, we’re up to color instantly and consistently because of the closed loop color on the presses,” says director of manufacturing Shawn Lowe. “You’ll see more publishers partnering with printers as we all fight to keep clients happy and coming back.” His goal is to reproduce a common ad better than his competitor, while being consistent across all of its publications so that an ad in Gotham is identical in quality to an ad in Michigan Avenue, for example.Gray component replacement (GCR) is a technique for replacing gray tones otherwise made from yellow, cyan and magenta separations instead with black ink. Adopted in 1987 by Newsweek, today Time Inc. sees a broader adoption of GCR ink efficiency software with publishers. “The cost savings are substantial and economic forces should speed adoption,” says Guy Gleysteen, senior vice president of production at Time Inc. “Similarly, virtual proofing has been in the marketplace for several years, but it seems likely that wider adoption in 2009 is inevitable as publishers focus on viable cost reduction technologies. Both are widely deployed at Time Inc.”Tighter press controls will also play a larger role. “What is needed now is the ability of presses, especially Web presses, to have tighter color control,” says Connecticut Cottages & Gardens art and production director Matthew Hageman. “It’s the final piece of the puzzle on the way to printing to the numbers. The front end controls are there, the closed-loop color technology is there. The new generation of presses is getting close, so I think it’s only a matter of time.” One of Quebecor World’s primary technical initiatives in 2008 was assisting with the roll-out of G7 qualification to the Web offset process (the printer claims its Dyersburg, Tennessee plant became the first G7 Qualified Web offset facility in North America). Quebecor World partnered with IDEAlliance to extend G7 Qualification, which began as a sheet-fed process, to Web offset technology.Is Virtual Proofing Taking Off Or Behind The Times? Digital workflows enable printers to combine production services once considered distinctly separate, such as pre-press, printing and distribution. Now they’ve been combined to create a seamless manufacturing process to save time and money without sacrificing quality and service. “It starts with offering a digital and proofless prepress workflow, moves to a lean, but flexible printing and bindery operation, and goes out the door through multi-faceted distribution systems to cover all channels,” says Dan Drake, director of print operations at IPC Print Services. “This allows the publisher to keep advertising open longer because they can submit files later and still get the publication in the hands of the reader faster.”While virtual proofing has existed for years, just 61 percent of publishers used it in 2008 (up from 52 percent in 2007), according to Folio:’s 2008 Manufacturing and Production Trends Survey. “While we have offered it for many years, I believe 2009 will be the year everyone takes a hard look at soft proofing,” says Drake. The systems offer more than just proofing capabilities and more stable PDF formats, he says. “It’s just like the evolution of computer-to-plate, it took some time, but now the process can be trusted.” In  2009, Hearst will continue to implement virtual proofing with its printers, conduct further tests for fully compliant PDF/X-4 files, and “continue to raise the awareness  among the ad community about the importance of including the ISO 12647-7 Digital Control Strip on their supplied proofs for better print predictability,” says William McGuirl, quality assurance director at Hearst Magazines.One production department, which wishes to remain anonymous, tested the concept that when printing with a printer that has calibrated monitors in the press room, provided the front-end calibration matches that of the printer and the front-end set up converts to a profile that matches the paper stock (instead of converting to generic CMYK), the need for proofs is eliminated. “We ditched virtual proofing over the summer. I realized that as long as my monitors were calibrated, and as long as my front end set-up was the same as the premedia set-up at our printer, virtual proofing was unnecessary,” the source says. “The department only uses scatter proofs for the well, which they don’t ultimately send to the printer. They went on press with a number of hard proofs, but didn’t bring them out until the  press was up to color. It was dead on.”Eliminating A Few StepsBlood-Horse Publications has implemented an automatic e-mail notification for when a file is uploaded to an FTP site. “There’s no more watching the site for files. It’s watching for us,” says print operations manager Lisa Coots. Blood-Horse is also using DALiM TWiST, a premedia job processing system, for all of its files. “This allows us to automatically send the files to our printer, Publishers Press, who is also using DALiM,” she says. “As a result, we can view uploaded pages and easily identify pages and forms that aren’t complete.“They can also send a new file as a replacement for a previously sent file, and as a result, “can monitor their system to make sure the new file will get printed,” says Coots. “We‘ve taken advantage of electronic approvals for some print projects. It’s fast, efficient and paperless.”Coots says Blood-Horse is in the process of upgrading the in-house electronic tracking system where “we currently cannot attach digital files to the e-ticket,” which will make the system user-friendly for print and digital, and allow them cross-platforming on some projects. Blood-Horse is investigating an ad system that would allow clients to upload a file, attach it to an insertion order and automatically send it though the DALiM TWiST system. “This will reduce man-hours and make for a more efficient workflow,” she says. Connecticut Cottages & Gardens has seen time-saving benefits from Brown Printing’s Web-based workflow.  “Since we need less time to ship and proof, we’ve been able to extend in-house deadlines. This has given our ad sales team more time to sell,” says Hageman. “It also allows last minute changes that previously would have caused 12 hours worth of chaos to be dealt with in less than half the time at a fraction of the stress.”Ad Portals Draw Small PubsWhile ad portals—which allow advertisers to submit advertising materials electronically and allow the publisher to place the materials into the correct workflow—were once the realm of larger publishers, smaller publishers like Connecticut Cottages and Gardens have begun to use them (although ad portals overall showed little growth over the last year, with 22 percent of publishers using them in 2008 versus 21 percent in 2007).“I think ad portals are going to become big business,” says Hageman. “They save so much time and aggravation. We’ve logged more hours than we can count troubleshooting files for people…I think it can even deter smaller advertisers who can’t afford an agency from advertising at all. The idea that an advertiser can drop a file on a Web site, have it preflighted in seconds, and upon approval be placed into the printer’s workflow, is phenomenal.”  Niche Media’s success with ad portal SendMyAd makes Lowe think that “ad portals will continue to grow and prosper. Anything that will save time, both in allowing for more ad pages, and in delivery speed to the plant, is important.” However, Lowe says that portals can be a double-edged sword. “You have to keep the books open later, but you still have to make your press date and deliver books on time. There’s little margin for mistakes, so the first shot has to be dead on.” Niche Media started experimenting with ad portals more than three years ago, and believes that they will “continue to grow and consolidate,” says Lowe. “Advertisers are also looking for the speed and additional time to get last minute creative to press.” Niche is also starting to convert to InDesign and Acrobat, particularly “after seeing the industry shift to Adobe, to the point where Quark now has a publishing system that is file agnostic and will take ID files,” says Lowe. “The goal is to first reproduce the supplied creative perfectly, since many advertisers are pushing back on poor reproduction.” Postal and Co-MailingPublishers have been adjusting for mailing rates, as Periodicals, Standard or First Class postage will rise by just about 4 percent in May. But as publishers know, that’s not a given. IPC’s Dan Drake says the Intelligent Mail Barcode—the next generation of USPS barcode technology for sorting and tracking letters and flats—could be as big as co-mailing in terms of cutting costs and boosting efficiencies. “The incorporation of the full-service Intelligent Mail Barcode into magazine distribution systems will be huge,” he adds. “It will be mandatory in 2010, but the U.S. Postal Service is expected to raise rates for magazines that do not incorporate it sooner. If you wait until late fall, you could find yourself scrambling.”Traditional WorkflowOvid Bell emphasizes “lean manufacturing” to cut costs, and is pursuing paper deals with vendors that will have an immediate effect for customers. The printer has installed a new perfect binder, which provides a 143 percent increase in production capacity, and is recasting one of its presses as a cover press, including a sheeter for perfect bind covers.  “We’re also working on shorter turn around schedules,” says president John Bell, primarily with monthlies that can maintain production schedules. “In the short-run production arena, there aren’t many.”The industry may see more manufacturing partnerships between publishers in the same market. “Smaller publications may lean on other publishers to help create, print and distribute their magazines and newsletters, due to reduced staff and increased manufacturing costs,” says Coots. “We are all in this together.” Just as publishers are realizing with edit and marketing, there’s only so much that can be cut from the manufacturing process. Lowe says that Niche Media is still  “one of the few publishers who run 50/50 splits. Investments in technology are necessary just to stay in the game today.”SIDEBAR:From Back-End Support to Revenue PartnerPublishers today aren’t just looking to printers for print solutions, but also for revenue generating opportunities. Increasingly, that comes in the form of digital solutions such as digital magazines, but also support (or even full providing) of core disciplines such as content develop and advertising administration.Many publishers are looking to printers to help them connect print and online, with services ranging from digital editions to Web development. “One of the most important trends coming out now are e-books, and yet the newsstand and subscription copies are just as important,” says Shawn Lowe, director of manufacturing at Niche Media. “I think you will see a new co-existence between Web and print where print will drive content on the Web and then the Web will take that content and drive consumers deeper to advertisers. E-books are ready instantly, and will draw attention to the magazines that are coming out soon and drive newsstand sales.”“Content Portability” is one of the new paradigms in a digital age. Intellectual property has its maximum value when it can be repurposed into multiple channels, each of which can generate new revenue streams. That prompted Quebecor World to form The Publishing Services Group in June 2008 by merging the company’s magazine, book and directory businesses. “There is a meaningful opportunity to demonstrate to clients how they can expand their offerings cheaply and efficiently by taking advantage of the Publishing Services Group and certain of its new digital tools including its digital asset management solutions, digital editions, ad and edit portals and electronic communication systems,” says Sean Twomey, executive vice president of The Publishing Services Group. “They create new subscription and direct sales opportunities, as well as advertising upsell possibilities.  They also allow for a more efficient way of versioning editorial and advertising.” In additional to digital editions, Fry Communications offers online video, which can be packaged with digital editions and online directories. “This offers direct contact with the advertiser,” says vice president of sales Steve Grande, who says that the price is “several hundred dollars per unit.” Fry also offers a Web-based infrastructure for creating online yellow pages directory as well as variable data services which helps clients target personalized messages to their audience. “Our role is to move forward to an information distribution company in print, direct mail and online,” says Grande. “More of the requests we’re getting from publishers are related to the work functions the printer can take over and provide as a service and run the gamut from dealing with digital advertising management and providing help desk support for advertisers to dealing with pagination and book makeup. With our direct mail operation, we’re now talking to certain customers about mailing their invoices for them.”last_img read more

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Jon Stewart Plays Drums To Benefit Suicide Prevention

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first_img Jon Stewart Drums For Suicide Prevention jon-stewart-plays-drums-benefit-suicide-prevention Former GRAMMY host records with New Jersey-based band No Wine For Kittens to benefit charityRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 10:37 am GRAMMY winner Jon Stewart may have left the airwaves after retiring from “The Daily Show” in 2015, but he’s found a new way to entertain himself — drumming.The former GRAMMY host told TMZ last year he had taken up drumming as a hobby from New Jersey-based drum teacher Andy Bova, who happens to be a former member of the band No Wine For Kittens.The band entered indie music blog Speak Into My Good Eye’s fourth annual 24-hour songwriting challenge this year benefiting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and they enlisted Stewart as their drummer. Their song is titled “Catastrophes,” with Rick Barry on vocals/guitar, Emily Bornemann on vocals, Andy Bova on keys, and Justin Bornemann on guitar.The full songwriting challenge album will be released Nov. 17. Those who pre-order the album via Speak Into My Good Eye’s website can get one track now. All proceeds benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, with a dedication in honor of the late Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington.3 Ways You Can Support Someone With A Mental Health IssueRead more Email News Jon Stewart Plays Drums To Benefit Suicide Prevention Facebook Twitter last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For April 15 2018

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, April 15, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of rain and sleet before 7am, then sleet likely between 7am and 5pm, then freezing rain and sleet likely after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Northeast wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For February 25, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Sweden arrests suspected driver of Stockholm attack

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first_imgDamage to a store is revealed after the stolen truck, which was driven through a crowd outside a department in Stockholm. Photo: AFPFlags flew at half-mast across Stockholm on Saturday as the city slowly returned to normal a day after a truck attack that killed four people, as police said they had the suspected driver in custody.A stolen beer truck ploughed into a crowd of people at the corner of the bustling Ahlens department store and the Drottninggatan pedestrian street on Friday afternoon, above ground from Stockholm’s central subway station.Fifteen people were injured, nine of whom remained in hospital on Saturday.It was the third terror attack in Europe in two weeks, coming on the heels of assaults in London and St. Petersburg, although there has been no immediate claim of responsibility.Previous attacks using vehicles have occurred in London, Berlin and the southern French city of Nice, all of them claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS).”Terror hits the heart of the city,” Sweden’s biggest broadsheet Dagens Nyheter headlined its front page above a picture of the truck with its front end smashed into the store.Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said he had strengthened the country’s border controls, as flags flew at half-mast at parliament, the royal palace, the government offices, and City Hall.”Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behaviour, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is what we’re going to do. So terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never,” Lofven said.City streets were empty early Saturday, slowly filling as the day wore on as things began to return to normal — apart from a heavy police presence, a rare scene in this normally tranquil country.A swelling crowd milled by the security barrier erected around the scene, many placing flowers on the ground or in the security fence.Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria, 39, was one of those laying down a bouquet, wiping tears from her cheek.”I feel an incredible sadness, an emptiness,” she told reporters.But, she said, “society has demonstrated enormous strength and we stand together against this.”Suspected driver in custody Swedish police said a man arrested on “suspicion of a terrorist crime” was probably the truck driver.”We suspect that the man who was arrested is the perpetrator,” Stockholm police spokesman Lars Bystrom told AFP.The man was arrested “on suspicion of a terrorist crime through murder,” Karin Rosander, spokeswoman at the Swedish Prosecution Authority, said.The man was detained on Friday in Marsta, a suburb north of Stockholm. According to several media outlets, he is a 39-year-old of Uzbek origin and an IS supporter.Prosecutors did not disclose his identity, but police said his appearance “matched the description” of a photo they released of a suspect wearing a dark hoodie and military green jacket.Intelligence agency Sapo said meanwhile it was hunting for “possible accomplices or networks that may have been involved in the attack.” ‘Terrifying’ Witnesses described scenes of terror and panic on Friday.”A massive truck starts driving … and mangles everything and just drives over exactly everything,” eyewitness Rikard Gauffin told AFP.”It was so terrible and there were bodies lying everywhere… it was really terrifying,” he added.Passerby Hasan Sidi told Aftonbladet he saw two elderly women lying on the ground.He said people at the scene urged him to help one of the women who was “bleeding to death”.”One of them died… I don’t know if the other one made it,” Sidi said.The truck was towed away in the early hours of Saturday. ‘It was expected’ An attack on Stockholm was just a matter of time, the head of the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defence College, Magnus Ranstorp, told AFP.”It was pretty expected, the police and intelligence agency have practised for this several times the past year… We just didn’t know when it was going to happen,” he said.Friday’s attack was the latest in a string of assaults with vehicles in Europe.The deadliest came last year in France on the July 14 Bastille Day national holiday, when a man rammed a truck into a crowd in the Mediterranean resort of Nice, killing 86 people.In December, a man hijacked a truck and slammed into shoppers at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people.In London last month, Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old convert to Islam, killed five people when he drove a car at high speed into pedestrians before launching a frenzied knife attack on a policeman guarding parliament.In 2014, IS called for attacks on citizens of Western countries and gave instructions on how they could be carried out without military equipment, using rocks or knives, or by running people over in vehicles.Friday’s attack was the second terror attack in Stockholm.In December 2010, a suicide bomber blew himself up, also on the Drottninggatan pedestrian street, lightly injuring several passersby.last_img read more

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Jordan PM resigns after mass protest

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first_imgJordanian King Abdullah II (L) and replaced prime minister Hani Al-Mulki attend an official lunch meeting at the Royal Palace in Amman. File Photo: AFPJordan’s King Abdullah replaced his prime minister on Monday in a move to defuse the biggest protests in years over IMF-backed reforms that have hit the poor.Government plans to lift taxes have brought thousands of people onto the streets in the capital Amman and other parts of Jordan since last week, shaking a U.S.-allied Arab country that has remained stable through years of regional turmoil.King Abdullah appointed Omar al-Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, to form the new government after accepting Hani Mulki’s resignation, a ministerial source said. Razzaz was education minister in Mulki’s government.While some celebrated the change of government, the head of the Professional Unions Association said a strike planned for Wednesday would go ahead unless the draft income tax law was withdrawn.Police chief Major General Fadel al-Hamoud said security forces had detained 60 people for breaking the law in protests so far, and 42 security force members had been injured, but protests remained under control.”Rest assured, Jordan is a safe and secure country, and things are under control,” said Major General Hussein Hawatmeh, head of the Gendarmerie security department, appearing along with Hamoud at a news conference.Jordan, which has a peace treaty with Israel, has navigated years of instability at its borders, including wars in Iraq and Syria and conflict in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.But the instability has hit the economy of a country that is poor in resources and hosts close to 700,000 Syrian refugees. Unemployment among Jordanians stands at 18.4 percent, according to Jordan’s department of statistics.Public anger has grown over government policies since a steep general sales tax hike earlier this year and the abolition of bread subsidies, both measures driven by the International Monetary Fund.In a sign the tax hikes could be shelved, the official Petra news agency, citing the speaker of parliament, said lawmakers were on course to ask the king’s permission to hold an exceptional session, with a majority demanding the changes be withdrawn.”For us, our cause is the draft income tax law. The individuals (in government) do not concern us if they change, we want to change the approach of the government,” said Ali al-Abous, head of the Professional Unions Association.Demonstrators who have converged for nightly protests near the Cabinet office have said they would disband only if the government rescinded the tax bill it sent to parliament last month.TIME FOR “MIDDLE GROUND”Razzaz is a Harvard-educated economist who served with the World Bank in both Washington and the region.Officials said he had been an opponent of reforms that hurt the poor. His appointment nevertheless sends a positive message to foreign donors that Jordan will press ahead with reforms, though in a gradual way, they said.”I believe they have time to amend the law, to withdraw the law and make a new one that is more of a middle ground between the public demands and what the government wants,” said Mufleh Aqel, a prominent Jordanian banker.The IMF approved a three-year extended arrangement with Jordan in 2016 to support economic and financial reform to lower public debt and encourage structural reforms.Jordan has backed down on reforms in the past, fearing a social backlash. Until Mulki’s government, the lifting of bread subsidies and tax changes have been pushed back repeatedly.Jordan was rocked by unrest in 2012 when the IMF told the government to lift gasoline prices.Mulki, a business-friendly politician, was appointed in May 2016 and given the responsibility of reviving a sluggish economy and business sentiment. The tax increases had caused his popularity to plummet.The protests widened on Saturday after Mulki refused to scrap a bill increasing personal and corporate taxes, saying it was up to parliament to decide.The government says it needs more funds for public services and argues that the tax changes reduce social disparities by placing a heavier burden on high earners. Opponents say a tough IMF-imposed fiscal consolidation plan has worsened the plight of poorer Jordanians and squeezed the middle class.Jordan’s economy has struggled to grow in the past few years in the face of chronic deficits, as private foreign capital and aid flows have declined.last_img read more

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Study Mortality Rates for White MiddleAged Americans on the Rise

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first_imgMortality rates for White middle-aged Americans are on the rise, while mortality rates among middle-aged Blacks remain the same, according to a Princeton University study released last month.Researchers blamed the increase in White mortality on drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.“Self-reported declines in health, mental health, and ability to conduct activities of daily living, and increases in chronic pain and inability to work, as well as clinically measured deteriorations in liver function, all point to growing distress in this population,” researchers wrote.Researchers found that from 1978 to 1998, the mortality rate for Whites ages 45 to 54 dropped by about 2 percent per year. However, after 1998, death rates began to rise, while mortality rates for non-Hispanic Blacks of the same age dropped 2.6 percent each year since that time.The study, titled “Rising Morbidity and Mortality in Midlife Among White Non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st Century,” can be found in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.last_img read more

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Baltimores Living Classroom Uses Hands On Education to Empower

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first_imgThe Living Classrooms Foundation has a been a gem in Baltimore for over 30 years. What started as one program in Baltimore has expanded to dozens of programs across the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area including Living Classrooms’ Target Investment Zone (TIZ). The TIZ is a comprehensive community initiative to eliminate the cycle of poverty across neighborhoods in East Baltimore. The TIZ accomplishes this through multi-generational educational, workforce development, and health and wellness programs across East Baltimore, including The Crossroads School, the POWER House, and the UA House.Living Classrooms at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Meyers Maritime Park (Photo credit: Michael Vergason)TIZ is home to 35,000 people, 18 schools, and approximately 2,500 public housing units, including Perkins Homes and Pleasant View Gardens. These neighborhoods struggle with high poverty and unemployment, high crime and chronic health problems.The programs and services are implemented according to the needs of the community using Living Classrooms Stat, which measures, monitors and evaluates these needs. A lot of this would not be possible without generous donations from several corporations throughout Maryland, including the financial giant Legg Mason. Legg Mason has recently pledged $1 million to help finance the programs and services offered at the POWER House for the next four years.Legg Mason has been a financial partner of Living Classrooms for decades.The POWER House is a hub for Perkins Homes—Baltimore’s largest public housing community—and serves the residents with educational, job training and other services.The POWER House is an acronym for Providing Opportunities to Work, Expand, and Rise.“As Legg Mason extends its commitment to investing in Baltimore, it was natural to build on that success,” said Joseph Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of Legg Mason. “Our mission, ‘Investing to Improve Lives’ means we are dedicated to improving the lives of the multiple constituencies with whom we interact: clients, financial stakeholders, employees and communities.   That’s a high standard and one to which we are proud to be accountable.  We cannot succeed without the leadership and commitment of partners like Living Classrooms.  Through true partnership with multiple committed stakeholders, we can build a foundation for the young people of this neighborhood to succeed and contribute to the success of this vibrant city.” James Piper Bond, president and CEO of Living Classrooms Foundation, thanked the company for its commitment. “We are very grateful to Legg Mason for providing generous support of our mission to disrupt the cycle of poverty in East Baltimore by becoming the Champion of the POWER House Community Center and investing significant funding and volunteer engagement,” said Bond. “Partnerships like these, incorporating the investments of the public and private sectors, empower the success of the children and families in Perkins Homes, the Target Investment Zone, and beyond.”The POWER House offers exemplary educational resources with a focus on higher academic achievement, graduation rates, and readiness for post-secondary school. This community hub also provides adults with GED testing services, financial literacy, English as a Second Language, and job training skills. Another community hub within the TIZ is the UA House, a $5 million facility funded by Cupid Foundation, a private foundation of Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour.The UA House boasts a field house, a yoga and dance studio, recording studio as well as a neighborhood kitchen—providing meals for those in need.The site is also a Maryland State Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center. Also in the TIZ is the Crossroads Schools, which finally received a permanent home this school year. The Crossroads School is a top-rated middle school now located in Harbor East. The new building was made possible through a generous $800,000 donation from the Edward St. John Foundation. After 12 years of operating out of temporary trailers, the new school has 12 classrooms serving 162 students who have benefitted from increased technology such as smart boards. “We are proud to support the great work of the Living Classrooms’ Crossroads School,” said Edward St. John, chairman and founder of St. John Properties.  “I firmly believe that education has the power to transform lives and strengthen communities.  It provides the foundation for success.  Through this new middle school, the students will now have the advanced learning and teaching space that they deserve.”In its 13 years of operation, Crossroads has maintained its status of being one of the top performing middle schools in the city and state. In 2002, when Crossroads first opened its doors, it welcomed some of East Baltimore’s most disadvantaged students, many failing below in reading and math. Now deemed as a Strand I school, Crossroads students outperformed every district on the PARCC tests in 2015 and has the highest scores in Baltimore City for eighth grade math. One hundred percent of its graduates are accepted either into public or private college preparatory schools. “I would not be the student or person I am had I not attended The Crossroads School,” said Najee Rollins, Crossroads alumnus and recent Denison University graduate.  “Coming from a rough neighborhood in Baltimore City, I appreciate the attention I received from Crossroads’ teachers who nurtured me as a student and prepared me for the rigor I have faced academically since then.”Living Classrooms Foundation’s mission is to strengthen communities and inspire young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job-training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.”last_img read more

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Camila Cabello Reveals Podcast Obsessions Teases New Album at Cannes Lions

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first_imgHow does Cabello find the time to listen? She finds it. “You’re on a drive or brushing your teeth, it’s nice to take even 10 minutes out of your day to listen to something that’s inspiring. It kind of shifts your mood for the whole day. It really expands your mind, makes you grow and makes you have more things to talk about with your friends. It just makes you a more well-rounded person. It’s a good investment to just do that for 15 minutes of your day.”Ostroff says audio is bigger than ever because “we’re all about multitasking these days … and audio is very intimate. Whether it’s a song or a podcast, the intimacy of the medium is what I think is really taking people by surprise. You feel like you’re a part of something or that somebody is speaking or singing directly to you. It is a personalized experience — that’s where I think [podcasts] resonate with a lot of people.”The Spotify executive was the main driver in recruiting former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the platform. “Both the President and Mrs. Obama have incredible voices in terms of what they want to say,” says Ostroff. “And the two of them, to their credit, both decided that they want to do a podcast each in addition to producing a podcast series for us. The topics have not been determined yet but we’re in discussions.” Cabello could hardly contain her excitement at the prospect of listening to the Obamas — she’s currently reading Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” book in print — but Ostroff notes that “young people aren’t reading as much as they were when I grew up; when we’d use your imagination. And what’s great about audio is it allows people to use their imagination in storytelling.”Storytelling is a key component of Cabello’s new music, too, which is expected imminently. “I’m itching to just get back out there,” she says. “I feel like I’m pretty much done with this album and the great thing about being able to have a career in the arts is that you grow along with your craft and it teaches you so much about yourself.” Those self-discovery experiences contributed to writing new music. Says Cabello: “When I was into [my first] album, I was kind of living in my little bubble of life. I had crushes on people that I would write about from afar. I was very shy and introverted. With this album, it’s not really my imagination, it’s me writing about real things that are happening in real time. So I think that there is a level of detail and emotion that you get. I’m so excited because I feel like it’s captured my essence. … I’m ready to bare my soul.” Music Moguls of the Year: The Weeknd Manager Sal Slaiby Swears He’ll Be ‘The Greatest Immigrant’ Trump Ever Saw As for what Cabello has been listening to lately? Her Spotify consumption has mainly involved “early 2000s music,” she reveals. “Like Paramore and Coldplay. … When I’m making an album, I don’t like to listen to anything [contemporary]. I like to listen to what made you want to do this in the first place– what made you get that feeling of, ‘I need to write a song right now.’ That’s where it all started for me — early 2000s — and also sometimes Disney songs.” She then broke into song herself, revealing that “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” was a favorite of hers “in the shower.”Spotify has been a key partner in Cabello’s music career, helping to launch her international hit “Havana,” which broke in multiple territories beyond the U.S. The notion of music without borders is key to the platform’s popularity, and to Cabello personally.“As an artist, it’s really inspiring because I get to discover music from all over the world that I couldn’t discover on pop radio,” she says. As for writing music for a global audience? Cabello says she doesn’t necessarily think that way. “To be honest, I just kind of write whatever feels good to me,” she says. “Because if you to try to make something for everybody, you end up making something for nobody. So I approach songwriting a little bit selfishly because for me it’s just about making something that honestly feels like whatever an experience felt like for me. That’s my favorite part of writing music. Especially with this next album, experiences in my life over the past year that are now tangible I can literally listen back to and capture how I felt at the time. So I really just make music that I like and that I’m passionate about.” Camila Cabello was the featured speaker at a Tuesday afternoon panel at Cannes Lions, the annual gathering of marketing, design and entertainment professionals in the south of France. Joined by Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, the talk, moderated by Variety editor Shirley Halperin, was centered around the theme of the golden age of sound — specifically, Spotify’s entry as the second largest podcast platform in the world.Cabello revealed that she is herself an avid podcast listener. Among her favorites are Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and Oprah Winfrey’s Sunday Soul Sessions. “Life is … a lot sometimes,” said Cabello. “Especially in your twenties, there’s so much learning, self discovery and self exploration.” The former Fifth Harmony singer credits podcasts as a way “to grow as a person … you’re more well-equipped to deal with whatever life throws at you. I love hearing people being vulnerable and honest and talking about the experience of being human.”center_img Camila Cabello Says Shawn Mendes Duet ‘Señorita’ Was Months In The Making Relatedlast_img read more

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Rumor Microsoft to possibly release a Windows 8 tablet

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first_img Microsoft to release a tablet OS in 2012 While some reporters and bloggers are speculating that this may be part of Windows attempt to create an iPad killer, few are pointing out the holes in that theory. First is the fact that Windows current model of licensing out the Windows 7 operating system to third party tablet makers is relatively low risk and highly profitable for Microsoft. Few companies are willing to rock the boat on a profitable business model. The second reason that Microsoft trying to make their own iPad killer would be unlikely is that history is not on their side. Many of us remember the ill fate of the Zune, which at the time was launched as competition to the now ubiquitous iPod family of device. Then there is the Kin, a Microsoft phone, which failed to take a bite out of the iPhone popularity. It was pulled from the market after failing to sell. If Microsoft has learned it lesson about coming late to market against Apple in mobile devices, they’ll stick with their profitable licensing agreements and let their partners with stronger track records in mobile, like Motorola, try to make an iPad killer. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: via Digitimes Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Rumors are circulating around that Microsoft may be bringing a Windows 8 tablet to consumers in 2012. Reporters over at Digitimes have been theorizing, based on information from a chip-supplier, that the Redmond, Washington, based software giant may be putting out a tablet of its own in the near future. As is expected with a rumor of this nature, the company has declined to comment. Windows 8 screenshot Citation: Rumor: Microsoft to possibly release a Windows 8 tablet (2011, June 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-rumor-microsoft-possibly-windows-tablet.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Tabbys star dims again

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first_img Alien megastructure not the cause of dimming of the ‘most mysterious star in the universe’ Citation: Tabby’s star dims again (2018, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-tabby-star-dims.html © 2018 Phys.org The team of astrophysicists studying KIC 8462852, more well known as Tabby’s star, has reported that the star recently dimmed again, and did so quite dramatically. The group, led by LSU’s Tabby Boyajian who discovered the odd behavior of the star back in 2015, has been documenting their findings on their web site. Explore furthercenter_img Tabby’s star has been under study for many years, as one of a group of stars known to dim—space scientists are interested in such stars, because in most cases, they have planets transiting them, dimming their light. But KIC 8462852 is different, Boyajian noticed—it dimmed a lot more than other stars did—at one point, as much as 20 percent. That was too much to chalk up to a planet blocking its light. Also, the star tended to stay dim for longer periods of time than other dimming stars. So she and others wondered what could be causing the dimming.Researchers advanced many theories, such as aliens building a Dyson sphere, but most were shot down. The most likely explanation, Boyajian has suggested, is dust. She and her team found earlier this year that the light that makes its way to us from the star is of different wavelengths at different times, which, she notes, suggest that it is passing through something translucent, casting serious doubts on the Dyson sphere theory. She and her team have proposed several theories regarding the nature of the dust, most involving the idea of planets or other objects colliding. One notable exception is the possibility of a comet that was torn apart as it approached the star.In this latest report, the star was seen to dim on March 16—a dip that Boyajian reported was the largest observed since 2013 (she and her team went back and looked at old Kepler data after the star was found to dim abnormally). By the March 22, the star was nearly back to its normal brightness. In the same blog post, she reminded readers that the observation was made possible by donations to the Kickstarter campaign set up for just this purpose, and while that project has ended, she is still requesting donations. Credit: wherestheflux.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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