Of mastering internal triggers and more

first_imgWhat would life look like if we followed through on our intentions? A former Stanford lecturer and behavioural designer, Nir Eyal spent over a decade researching the psychology behind habit-forming products. The result was his international bestseller, ‘Hooked’. Now, the man who identified the habit has delivered the cure in ‘Indistractable – How to Control your Attention and Chose Your Life (Bloomsbury)’. The Israeli author describes how to manage the discomfort that drives distraction and explains why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off your devices. With a four-step, research-backed model, ‘Indistractable’ lays bare the secret to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of you. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAmong the chapters are Master Internal Triggers, Make Time for Traction, Hack back External Triggers, Prevent Distraction with Pats, How to Make Your Workplace Indistractable. “Empowering and optimistic, this is the book that will allow you to control your time and attention – and live the life you really want.” Eyal has taught courses on applied consumer psychology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and Fortune 500 companies.last_img read more

Yukon battle heating up over Peel watershed

first_imgAPTN National News‘The fate of Yukon’s Peel River watershed remains in limbo.The watershed is made up of wilderness stretching 67,000 square kilometres across the northeastern part of the territory.Miners are demanding access to the area, but they’re opposed by First Nations who say the Peel is among the last pristine eco-systems in the world.As APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean reports, the latest set of recommendations to manage the region are being rejected by the Yukon government.last_img

Monetary economics in emerging markets needs a rethink RBI Guv

first_imgWashington: Observing that the global financial crisis has exposed several limitations of conventional and unconventional monetary policy tools, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday said monetary economics in emerging markets needs a rethink.This includes challenging the conventional wisdom of modern central banks to hike or reduce their interest rates by 25 basis points or multiples thereof, Das said in a special address delivered on the sidelines of the annual Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Highly appreciated by the audience for his call for out-of-the-box thinking to address monetary policy challenges of the 21st century, Das said the unconventional monetary policies of advanced economies have resulted in “risks and spillovers” for the emerging markets. In his speech titled ‘Global Risks and Policy Challenges facing Emerging Market Economies’, Das observed that the global financial crisis has exposed several limitations of conventional and unconventional monetary policy tools. In despair, some have turned to the heterodox evolution of ideas that are being practiced as modern monetary theory, he noted. In the end, monetary policy must touch the real economy, spur investments, and maintain monetary and financial stability, he asserted. The time has come to think out of the box, including by challenging the conventional wisdom, he told the packed auditorium. Typically, modern central banks with interest rates as their main instrument move in baby steps — 25 basis points or multiples thereof — and announce a stance of tightening, neutrality or accommodation to guide the markets and the public on the likely future course of policy, he said. “One thought that comes to my mind is that if the unit of 25 basis points is not sacrosanct and just a convention, monetary policy can be well served by calibrating the size of the policy rate to the dynamics of the situation and the size of the change itself can convey the stance of policy,” the RBI Governor said. For instance, if easing of monetary policy is required but the central bank prefers to be cautious in its accommodation, a 10 basis points reduction in the policy rate would perhaps communicate the intent of authorities more clearly than two separate moves — one on the policy rate, wasting 15 basis points of valuable rate action to rounding off, and the other on the stance, which in a sense binds future policy action to a pre-committed direction, he said. Likewise, in a situation in which the central bank prefers to be accommodative but not overly so, it could announce a cut in the policy rate by 35 basis points if it has judged that the standard 25 basis points is too little, but its multiple, that is 50 basis points, is too much. “This approach can also be useful when the central bank is on a tightening mode and potentially help avoid policy turnaround from forward guidance via stance too far into the future, which in a highly volatile global scenario, may not even be a year,” Das said. Stating that management of global spillovers poses a formidable challenge to emerging market economies, Das told the audience that a truly global financial safety net remains elusive as in this age of mobile capital flows, consequences of their arrivals, sudden stops and reversals are to be borne nationally. As a result, emerging market economies (EMEs) are typically at the receiving end when global spillovers flare up, he said, adding that they have no recourse but to build their own forex reserve buffers. Paradoxically, the accumulation of reserves has become stigmatised, including with labels such as “currency manipulation”, he rued. “As I see it, we may be unintentionally setting the stage for several EME currencies to break out and challenge the hegemony of the dominant reserve currencies,” he said. “There is a need for greater understanding on both sides. In the meantime, so far as the Reserve Bank of India is concerned, we will continue to play by the extant rules of the game,” Das said in his special address. Das also said central banks have to interact closely with financial markets for transmission of monetary policy impulses. “In this context, ensuring a sound and efficient payment and settlement system is a pre-requisite,” he noted.last_img read more

Tetchy moments a feature in first British Columbia election debate

by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. NDP leader John Horgan, left to right, Liberal Leader Christy Clark and B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver pose for a photo following the leaders debate in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Tetchy moments a feature in first British Columbia election debate VANCOUVER – It wasn’t long before Liberal Leader Christy Clark put her hand on the arm of her main rival, John Horgan, and told him to calm down during Thursday’s first debate of the B.C. election campaign.The New Democrat leader’s icy response: “Don’t touch me again, please.”The exchange captured the sometimes chippy tone of the 90-minute live debate as Horgan interrupted and spoke over Clark every time she picked apart the NDP platform. It was a departure from the positive, take-the-high-road approach adopted by Horgan’s predecessor in the last election, which the New Democrats lost despite a large lead in the polls at the campaign’s outset.A more restrained and smiling Clark stuck to a similar refrain by emphasizing her party’s jobs-first platform and warning that the health of the provincial economy would be jeopardized under the leadership of another party.“In these last four years British Columbia’s really gone on a roll,” Clark told listeners of News 1130 in Vancouver, which also livestreamed the debate online and broadcast it on City television. “We’re just getting started and we don’t want to end that.”Horgan accused the Liberal leader of governing in the interest of corporations, high earners and those “in the first-class lounge.” He also said she is falsely claiming the NDP hasn’t accounted for how it will pay for its platform promises.“Whenever she gets in the corner she makes stuff up. This is why British Columbians have no confidence in the B.C. Liberals,” Horgan said.“Mr. Horgan, we didn’t make up five balanced budgets,” Clark replied.Horgan said the NDP platform is based on the financial figures in the government’s spring budget.The Liberals have said the New Democrats’ plan is too costly. The NDP is promising to bring in $10-a-day child care and eliminate tolls on two busy bridges in Metro Vancouver, but the party says a new tax on housing speculators and raising taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations will help balance the budget.Clark chided the NDP’s intention to roll out its affordable child-care program over 10 years.“You’re not going to deliver it until most kids have their driver’s licences,” she said.Andrew Weaver of the B.C. Green party resorted to holding up his hand to get the attention of the moderator, and when he did it was mostly to criticize Clark’s record.“We’ve had 16 years of mean-spirited policies that have put corporate donors and those who have ahead of those who do not have,” Weaver said when asked about housing costs.Weaver condemned the Liberals for pushing forward with Site C, a hydroelectric megaproject in northeast B.C., as well as the government’s promise of revenue from the liquefied natural gas industry, which has yet to develop.“Trying to squeeze water from a stone doesn’t work, even if you squeeze it harder. And that is the Liberal approach,” he said.The next debate in the May 9 election is Wednesday night.Weaver described the confrontations in Thursday’s debate between Clark and Horgan as petty, saying afterwards the people of British Columbia deserve better.Clark accused her opponents of supporting policies that would bring B.C. back the economic stagnation of the 1990s, when the New Democrats were in power.Asked about Clark touching his arm after the debate, Horgan suggested there is a double-standard.“What would the response have been if I had laid my hand on the premier?” Horgan responded. “That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”Clark later said she didn’t mean to offend Horgan, describing him as a colleague.“I’m a little bit surprised he took it that way,” Clark said. “It certainly wasn’t how it was intended.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitter read more

UN agency urges Southeast Asian countries to strengthen efforts to combat people

“Through various sources we’ve been alerted that there could be more such boats in the region that still need to be located and helped,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told journalists today during the regular briefing at the UN Office in Geneva.The first priority, he stressed, is humanitarian relief, followed by the identification of those in need of international protection.While hailing the recent rescue of hundreds of people off the coast of Indonesia, UNHCR encouraged governments in the area to beef up efforts to save lives and keep borders open. “We are appealing to governments to continue their life-saving operations to find and safely disembark the passengers,” said Mr. Edwards.Several thousand passengers, mainly Rohingya and Bangladeshi nationals, are thought to be adrift at sea after smugglers abandoned them to avoid crackdowns in Thailand and Malaysia, according to UNHCR’s partner the Arakan Project.In addition, the UN refugee agency noted that many of the passengers are in a weakened state after days, possibly weeks with little food and water.“UNHCR urges against indefinite detention of those rescued, who should be given access to basic rights and services including family unification, shelter, healthcare and where possible, the right to work while longer-term solutions are sought,” Mr. Edwards underscored. Meanwhile, the UN agency has been on the ground talking to survivors in support of government efforts. For example, in Thailand, UNHCR teams are distributing aid and providing counselling to over 230 smuggling victims, who have surrendered themselves to the police recently after escaping or being abandoned in smugglers’ camps.In Indonesia, UNHCR has sent a team to Lhoksukon in northern Aceh to assist the Government in interviewing groups rescued by the Indonesian navy over the weekend and protect them.According to Mr. Edwards, UNHCR staff is currently in Langkawi, Malaysia to meet with the authorities and local contacts. 1,093 people, mostly Rohingya, arrived by boat in Langkawi on Sunday night. They are in fair condition and have been seen by doctors, given their ordeal.“We are aware of the challenges of managing such a humanitarian emergency, and we have offered our assistance to the government,” said Mr. Edwards, adding that “we stand ready to participate with the authorities in providing humanitarian assistance.” read more

New guide on mining and Indigenous Peoples from the ICMM

first_imgThe International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released Good Practice Guide: Indigenous Peoples and Mining to help members and other mining companies navigate through the complexities associated with mining near indigenous communities. The guide aims to help companies achieve constructive relationships with Indigenous Peoples and to help ICMM members implement their commitments stated in ICMM’s Position Statement on Mining and Indigenous Peoples.It highlights good practice principles, discusses the challenges in applying these principles at the operational level and provides real-world examples of how mining projects have addressed these challenges. It also explores the cost of getting it wrong.“This guide has been designed for companies to navigate through the complexities associated with mining near indigenous communities,” said Aidan Davy, Senior Program Director at ICMM. “But it was also produced with the aim that other groups, like investors and mining affected communities, will find it a useful tool”.The guide is not intended as a one-size-fits-all but is designed to provide useful information and direction for both companies and indigenous communities when considering issues around engagement and participation, agreements, impact management, benefits sharing and dealing with grievances.While recognising the role of traditional decision-making structures, the guide urges companies to be sensitive to those sections of the community who are frequently excluded from these structures, such as women and young people.“This publication is a milestone rather than an end point,” said Anthony Hodge, ICMM’s President. “It will form part of ICMM’s ongoing engagement on these issues and will be reviewed in light of practical experience”.To request printed copies of the report, please e-mail to info@icmm.comlast_img read more

DENMARK 2015 Battle for quarterfinals is battle for RIO

← Previous Story Serbia without Ilić and Vujin at EHF EURO 2016! Next Story → Montenegrian queens let by wonderkid Jauković put Herning on silence Denmark 2015Rio handball 2016 International Handball Federation announced official schedule for the eight-finals and President Cup at 22nd IHF Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark:EIGHTH-FINALSSunday 13 DecemberHerning – Denmark vs Sweden (20:45)Naestved – Netherlands vs Serbia (20:45)Kolding – Brazil vs Romania (20:30)Frederikshavn – Germany vs Norway (20:30)Monday 14 DecemberKolding – Spain vs France (17:45)Herning – Poland vs Hungary (18:00)Kolding – Russia vs Korea (20:30)Herning – Montenegro vs Angola (20:45)PRESIDENT’S CUP (opening matches)Sunday 13 DecemberHerning – Tunisia vs Cuba (15:30)Kolding – Japan vs China (15:30)Herning – DR Congo vs Kazakhstan (18:00)Kolding – Argentina vs Puerto Rico (18:00) read more

Pensioners demand fare go

first_imgGreek pensioners around Victoria rallied this week, demanding that the Baillieu government stay true to their key election promise of reducing the cost of living.Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing, Jenny Mikakos said the Baillieu government have “failed older Victorians” by not meeting their promises. However, the Baillieu government told Neos Kosmos that “Labor’s claims are false and misleading”. In March last year, the Coalition delivered on its election commitment to introduce year-round concession on electricity bills for Victorians who hold pensioner concession cards, health care cards or Veterans’ gold cards. Addressing the ‘Fare go for Pensioners’ rally, alongside Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living Lily D’Ambrosio, Ms Mikakos said it was clear the welfare of older Victorians was not a Baillieu Government priority. “In opposition, Mr Baillieu promised to cut the cost of living, particularly for older Victorians and pensioners, but since taking office 18 months ago, he has done almost nothing,” Ms Mikakos said. “Labor has recently held a series of meetings with pensioner groups, and we’re acutely aware of the issues facing older Victorians and the impact Baillieu Government policies are having. “Mr Baillieu must stop ignoring older Victorians. I call on the Premier and Minister for Ageing, David Davis to immediately meet with pensioners and hear their issues first hand.” Theodosis Nomicos, President of the Federation of Greek Elderly Citizens Clubs of Melbourne and Victoria, told Neos Kosmos “they are demanding that pensioners have a better life – an easy life, so if they want to buy something they can do so without a struggle.“The majority of pensioners are suffering as the money they are receiving just isn’t enough,” Mr Nomicos said. But the Baillieu government said pensioners are benefiting from the year-round reduction on their electricity bills, saving up to 17.5 per cent a year. They also said the concessions that the Victorian Government has made available now double what was previously available under the Brumby Labor Government. However, Mr Baillieu has yet to meet with the advocate group ‘Fare go for pensioners’. Ms D’Ambrosio told the rally that because the Labor Government has met with the advocate group, they have become informed “on the issues that are facing older Victorians and the impact the Baillieu Government’s policies are having on their lives”. “Mr Baillieu can start by meeting with ‘Fare go for Pensioners’ and getting their views on the cost of living pressures he was promised his government would tackle,” said Ms D’Ambrosio. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nos ancêtres appréciaient les habitats à forte activité tectonique

first_imgNos “ancêtres” appréciaient les habitats à forte activité tectonique Publiée dans le Journal of Human Evolution, une étude internationale établit un lien entre l’activité sismique ou volcanique de certains sites, le type de paysage qui en résulte, et leur occupation par des hominidés fossiles.Des chercheurs de l’Université de Witwatersrand (Afrique du Sud),  de l’Université d’York (Royaume-Uni) et de l’Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (France) ont étudié durant 4 ans la géomorphologie de sites archéologiques sud-africains très anciens. “Le Pr Geoffrey King et moi avons découvert la preuve que les sites à hominidés comme Taung, Sterkfontein et Makapansgat, montrent des combinaisons de caractéristiques du paysage qui ne sont pas aléatoires, mais bien le résultat de mouvements tectoniques, tels que des tremblements de terre”, explique le Dr Sally Reynolds, paléoanthropologue.À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne pense”Ce lien entre tremblements de terre et habitat humain, nous le soupçonnions depuis longtemps. Dans les régions vulnérables aux séismes et à l’activité volcanique, se créent souvent des paysages présentant des avantages à long terme pour l’établissement d’humains. Mais les événements tragiques de Christchurch sont une illustration du risque inhérent à ces endroits”, explique le Pr Geoff Bailey, de l’Université d’YorkDécoulant de l’activité tectonique, des paysages combinant eau potable, falaises abruptes offrant des abris contre les prédateurs, et un éventail de ressources alimentaires, constituaient des habitats idéaux pour nos “ancêtres”. Le 4 mars 2011 à 20:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Duolingo un outil de traduction et dapprentissage des langues

first_imgDuolingo : un outil de traduction et d’apprentissage des languesS’il existe déjà de nombreux services de traduction en ligne, l’outil Duolingo a de grandes chances de se faire une place parmi eux. Car ce service ne se contente pas d’aider les internautes à traduire des pages web, il se veut également outil d’apprentissage des langues étrangères.Duolingo, c’est le nom du nouveau projet développé par Luis von Ahn, l’un des créateurs de CAPTCHA, ce système qui demande aux internautes de retranscrire des codes pour s’assurer qu’ils ne sont pas des machines. Comme l’explique Ubergizmo, cet outil se distingue d’un simple traducteur, comme ceux de Google et Yahoo, puisqu’en plus de nous aider à traduire des textes, il se veut pédagogique, et participatif. Les utilisateurs pourront par exemple obtenir de l’aide pour mémoriser des mots et expressions.Il s’agit pour Luis Von Ahn de régler le problèmes des traductions en ligne qui manquent souvent de sens. Il sera proposé aux internautes d’apprendre la langue de leur choix, et en échange de ce service, l’utilisateur sera invité à contribuer à la traduction de pages web écrites en cette langue, en fonction de son niveau de compétence. Selon les estimations de Luis Von Ahn, si un million d’utilisateurs apprennent l’espagnol sur son site, l’intégralité de Wikipedia pourrait être traduit en cette langue en seulement 80 heures. Les utilisateurs pourront en outre évaluer la qualité des traductions d’autres internautes.En phase de développement, Duolingo est pour l’heure disponible en version beta privée. Pour participer au projet et tester ce nouvel outil de traduction, rendez vous sur son site Internet. Le 16 décembre 2011 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Olimar

first_imgStay on target Olimar Crash Lands!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Olimar. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… center_img Who Are They?Captain Olimar is the player character in Pikmin, the whimsical Nintendo take on a real-time strategy game and maybe Nintendo’s most successful attempt a fresh new franchise prior to Splatoon. Obviously the focus in Pikmin is on the elemental little ant plant creatures themselves, directing their hordes to ensure everyone’s survival in the harsh tiny wilderness. But Olimar, a kind of salaryman astronaut, has plenty of character as well.Smash HistoryAs a launch title for Gamecube, Pikmin wasn’t really a thing yet when Melee launched. So Olimar was pretty much a shoe-in for Brawl. Really the mystery was just waiting to see how his Pikmin-management mechanics would transfer over into a fighting game. It worked out though because Olimar has appeared in every Smash Bros. game since. He even now has an alternate costume based on Alph, the player character in Pikmin 3.What Looks New in Ultimate?It turns out when you can summon minions to fight on your behalf in a fighting game, you wind up being a pretty great character. Olimar is fantastic at keeping himself out of the fray, peppering you from afar with Pikmin that set you on fire or electrocute you. In Ultimate he retains his three Pikmin limit, down from six in Brawl, along with his Flying Pikmin recovery. He mostly benefits from the game’s overall speed increase and reduced lag.Our Hopes?Just as Pikmin 3 spent a weirdly long time in limbo, shifting from Wii to Wii U, Pikmin 4 is also a game that apparently exists but we know nothing about. If Pikmin 4 does ever come out though, and presumably brings some new varieties of Pikmin along with it, we’d be curious to see how those creatures could one day augment Olimar’s moveset menagerie.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidelast_img read more

KPBSD Salmon Celebration Scheduled For May 9

first_imgThe coho salmon fry were reared from eggs the students collected in an October ADF&G “egg take” and placed in classroom aquariums as part of the “Salmon in the Classroom” program. The celebration will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Johnson Lake State Park Campground in Kasilof. Approximately 900 elementary school students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will help release hatchery-raised rainbow trout catchables into Johnson Lake. Students will also be releasing coho salmon fry into Arc Lake that same day. Hands-on salmon-related activity booths including juvenile and adult salmon identification, salmon life-cycle displays, a macroinvertebrate touch tank, information on catch-and-release fishing, spin and fly casting practice stations, the salmon “wheel of misfortune,” water quality testing, water and wildlife safety, waterfowl identification, stream flow demonstrations, and many more activities will also be setup for students to visit. Students will need approximately two hours to complete all the activities. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish Soldotna office will hold its 19th Annual Kenai Peninsula Salmon Celebration on Thursday, May 9. The salmon-related activity booths are part of the ADF&G Aquatic Education program, which helps increase awareness of salmon and fosters a sense of stewardship toward our valuable natural resources. This event is made possible by the volunteer assistance of Sterling Elementary students, ADF&G staff, Alaska State Parks, and the Kenai River Professional Guide Association, along with many other agencies and community volunteers.last_img read more

The 2014 BtoB CEO Survey

first_imgDespite the best guesses of b-to-b publishing CEOs, print revenue isn’t going away and digital dollars aren’t stacking up as fast as they thought (or, maybe, hoped) they would.Print advertising still accounted for more than half (52.5 percent) of total revenue last year for
the 100-plus respondents
 to FOLIO:’s 2014 B-to-B CEO Survey. Remarkably, that’s actually higher than it was in 2010 (52.4 percent).
 And it’s even more surprising when you look at what’s been expected from print advertising on a year-by-year basis.In each of the last five surveys, respondents have underestimated the following year’s revenue
from print (last year, for example, the
 group thought print advertising would make
up 49.5 percent of total revenue in 2014—3 percentage points less than what it turned out 
to be). The gap between expectation and reality has run anywhere from less than 1 percent to more than 6 percent since 2010, but always lower.Digital media, while growing, has seen the opposite effect. B-to-b media CEOs are consistently overrating its revenue potential-last year, by 3.7 percent. CEOs specified exactly where they see spending headed in the verbatim responses. Not surprisingly (and in line with the numerical responses) digital media and events were popular investment areas.”Investment to meet digital content demands,” “move to digital media,” and “creating new online offerings” were a few specific comments that seemed to echo the feelings of many. “Adding apps,” was also mentioned.”Events have exploded for our company,” one comment read, while another noted that “trade show event start-up expenses” made up a significant portion of their budget. Several said “upgrading events” would be a reason for overall increases in spending.Many also described increased spending in sales departments in order to leverage their growing digital and experiential assets.And despite a lack of investment moving forward, print still does loom as a large cost center. “Higher costs for printing, production, paper and distribution,” as well as “higher postage” were common refrains.A less obvious answer? “Health care.”With a large, stable revenue stream in print, and three small, but promising businesses in digital media, live events and data and market information, there’s reason for optimism.METHODOLOGYThe survey sample of 1,000 was selected in systematic fashion by FOLIO: and Readex Research from all of FOLIO:’s domestic subscribers with executive management job titles who classified their company’s primary focus as either b-to-b publishing or a mix of b-to-b and consumer publishing on the FOLIO: subscription form. The survey closed March 14, 2014 with 125 usable responses—a 13 percent response rate. Eight percent of those surveyed invested $500,000 or more in technology last year, while 44 percent crossed the $25,000-mark—both 5-year highs. How many didn’t make significant investments in tech? Just 9 percent-a 5-year low and half of what it was only a year ago. Some of those investment dollars are going toward non-media infrastructure improvements, but a majority are aimed at bolstering digital media capabilities through upgrades to websites, CMSs, webinars, social media and video.Respondents are investing in human capital around digital products as well. A quarter of the CEOs surveyed say they’re planning to add digital media staff in 2014.It’s a different story with print. Despite the revenue stability, only about one third of respondents’ companies will make anything more than a minimal investment in print products this year. A quarter of them will shift resources away from ink and paper.There are obvious qualifiers—the sample changes slightly from yearto year, and there may be different patterns based on company sizeand market, for example—but the trend of overvaluing digital andundervaluing print is noteworthy given the rhetoric and investment priorities.DIGITAL ISN’T DEAD THOUGHOverrating digital’s growth potential doesn’t mean it’s failing though. In fact, consistently and overwhelmingly, it’s been labeled the fastest growing part of respondents’ businesses since 2010.Digital media has also been the most profitable piece of business over that period, reliably generating margins above 16 percent. (Digital media was actually supplanted by data/market info sales as the most-profitable area in the last 12 months though. More on that later.)Not surprisingly, CEOs are expecting digital media to continue driving growth in 2014—more respondents are expecting increased revenue there than from any other source—but their enthusiasm has been tempered. Revenue forecasts are close to 3 percent lower than they were last year. Why? There’s a significant difference
 in mobile strategy between companies generating at least $5 million in revenue and those falling below that threshold though. Mobile adoption is almost universal for large publishers now (only 7 percent say they haven’t opted for a responsive or mobile site yet), while more than 40 percent of smaller publishers have stuck with desktop-only sites to this point.It’s a similar breakdown for tablet publishing. Two-thirds of respondents’ companies are putting out an edition specifically for the devices. But again, larger companies tend to be more aggressive in tablet publishing than their counterparts at smaller b-to-b media firms.THE BIG PICTUREOverall, b-to-b media appears to be on solid ground. Profitability hit a 5-year high, with just 4 percent of respondents’ saying they finished 2013 in the red. More respondents reported margins of above 30 percent than at any point since 2010.Looking ahead, 85 percent of the CEOs surveyed think they’re headed for revenue increases in the next 12 months—another 5-year high—compared with just 12 percent who think earnings will stay flat and 1 percent who believe they’re headed for a downturn. The majority of those increases are expected to be in the 10- to 19-percent range.Companies are looking to spend as well with 69 percent saying they’ll add staffers in 2014—again, a high point compared with previous surveys.center_img In a vacuum, the differences don’t really matter—they’re undershooting digital and overshooting print by similar amounts; the bottom line ends up the same. It could have a bigger impact over time
 though. For better or for worse, respondents are putting their money where their mouths are: into digital platforms. EVENT MOMENTUM CONTINUESThere’s evidence that b-to-b media company CEOs are now turning to a new golden goose: live events.As a percentage of total revenue, event earnings have ticked
up 2 percent in each of the last two years, even though expectations have called for less than half of 
that growth (events made up 12.2 percent of total revenue in 2014). One-third of respondents also claimed live shows as one of their fastest-growing business segments last year, only trailing digital media. Profit margins have been above 17 percent since 2011.Companies are riding the momentum forward with more events on the way. Of changes anticipated for 2014, 46 percent of respondents say they’re planning on launching
a new event-that’s up from just 32 percent last year and almost double the next most-commonly anticipated change, the launch of a digital startup. Additions to event staffs highlight the emphasis even further, with a quarter of the companies surveyed planning to add event professionals in 2014.Perhaps most notably, almost
a third of the respondents called creating live events one of their Top 3 priorities for the year, behind only increasing profitability and growing revenue.Events aren’t anything new for b-to-b media companies, but they are becoming a more critical component. BIG DATA MEANS BIG DOLLARSThe other increasingly important segment in b-to-b media? Data and market information.While still a small piece of the revenue pie—3.9 percent last year and expected to be 4.3 percent in 2014—sales from data and market in- formation are growing steadily while revenue from marketing services and paid subscriptions—6 percent and 5.3 percent of total revenue last year, respectively—have each trended downward recently.Despite the low volume, there’s reason to be optimistic about the segment’s potential. Average profit margins were at 19 percent for data and market services at respondents’ companies-well above it’s 5-year average and the highest of all business units at b-to-b publishers. Close to 20 percent of the CEOs surveyed expect higher revenue from data and market services this year.This could just be an aberration though. Data and market information sales were actually the least profitable business last year with average margins of 13 percent.MORE MOBILEWhile no one’s figured out how to optimize for mobile devices yet, most of the industry’s taking a shot at it, according to a new series of questions aimed at tablet and mobile publishing for the 2014 survey.Two-thirds of respondents’ companies have rolled out a responsive design site, a dedicated mobile site
or both, with the crowd evenly split between the two main option—39 percent have opted for responsive design; 36 percent have developed sites specifically for mobile.last_img read more

Relive The Return of Doctor Mysterio on DVD Bluray

first_img Every day is Christmas Day when you own the Doctor Who 2016 Christmas special “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”Released Tuesday on DVD and Blu-ray, the holiday romp follows the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and companion Nardole (Matt Lucas) as they join forces with a journalist and masked superhero to protect New York City from brain-swapping aliens.From showrunner Steven Moffat, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” (named after the program’s Mexican title) also marked the return of Doctor Who after a year off the air.In 2015’s Christmas special, “The Husbands of River Song,” Moffat introduced a new race that move from planet to planet, supplanting the bodies of the original population.Little more than a disembodied brain with creepy eyes, The Shoal of the Winter Harmony appropriate human bodies by removing and replacing the person’s brain with themselves. The Shoal are characterized by a diagonal slash across the face.BBCIn “Return of Doctor Mysterio,” the Doctor and Nardole arrive in New York to nose around multinational research company Harmony Shoals—also under investigation by news reporter Lucy Fletcher (Charity Wakefield). After discovering the firm’s sinister secret and putting themselves in danger (duh), the trio is rescued by a masked superhero.Introduced in a flashback to 1992, then-eight-year-old Grant mistakenly swallows the Doctor’s wish-granting gemstone, which bestows upon him superhuman powers. Now, more than 20 years later, when Grant (Justin Chatwin) isn’t playing nanny to unrequited love Lucy, he’s fighting crime as the Ghost.As you can expect, Grant eventually gets the girl, and the Doctor eventually shuts down Harmony Shoals (unaware an alien brain escaped with one of the UNIT soldiers).Nardole, meanwhile, reminds the audience that the Doctor is still mourning the loss of River Song (they enjoyed one final date on Darillium in “The Husbands of River Song”)—before cementing his role as the Time Lord’s latest companion.US shoppers can buy “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” on DVD ($9.96) or Blu-ray ($14.99) from Amazon, or watch instantly with Amazon Video for $4.99.The Doctor and Nardole return to BBC and BBC America with new companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) on April 15. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Germany Broke a Renewable Energy Record in April

first_img Thermal Battery Could Power Solar Systems OvernightFirst-Of-Its-Kind Device Creates Electricity From Falling Snow Germans have set their sights on powering their country from renewable sources exclusively by 2050. They’re already well on their way, and just over a week ago they celebrated a major milestone.According to an update from Patrick Graichen, director of the Agora Energiewende Initiative, 64% of the power consumed in Germany over the final weekend in April came from renewables. Sunny, breezy weather gave solar, and wind farms a big boost, and biomass and hydro plants also helped out.Just last year, deal weather conditions created a very brief window one afternoon where renewable energy met 87% of demand. There was a surplus of electricity as a result, which resulted in negative billing. Germans actually got paid to use electricity. The same thing happened again this year, and peak renewable production — which hit 85% — lasted several hours longer.In a post about this year’s record-breaking weekend, Graichen said that most of Germany’s coal plants weren’t operating on Sunday the 30th, and nuclear stations didn’t have to contribute much to the effort, either.That’s part of a larger trend: Germany plans to completely phase out nuclear power within five years. It doesn’t look like that will pose a problem given the country’s renewable energy capabilities — and the desire to generate 100% of its power from renewable sources by 2050.Fossil fuels and nuclear are being pushed aside elsewhere in the EU. Three years ago in Spain, for example, wind power became the country’s top energy source. Next door in Portugal they managed to run for three whole days last year without having to fire up its coal or natural gas plants. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Police rid the streets of drugs stolen property and firearms

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite On the same day at about 6.20pm, Ladysmith police received information relating to a suspected stolen cell-phone. Police traced the suspect to Alexander Road and once the suspect spotted police, he ran off. Police gave chase and the 26-year-old was arrested. He was found to be in possession of a cell-phone, which was later found to have to have been stolen.On Friday last week at about 10pm, Besters police arrested a 27-year-old suspect for possession of stolen diesel. This after security personnel spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle at the Ingula Pump Station and stopped the vehicle. Inside containers on the vehicle, they found 130 litres of diesel. Police were called and the suspect was arrested. The diesel was later found to have been stolen at Ingula.Two other suspects were arrested for possession of dagga in Estcourt.On Saturday at about 1.30pm, a 29-year-old man was arrested in Alfred Street, Estcourt, after he was found in possession of a few grams of dagga. On the same day, a second suspect, aged 35, was arrested in Harding Street, Estcourt. He was found in possession of 39 small parcels of dagga, weighing a few grams each. The estimated street value of all the seized dagga is around R1500.Yesterday morning at about 3.45am, a suspicious-acting 26-year-old man was spotted by Ladysmith police in Agra Road. Upon searching the man, police found 10 pieces of ceramic spark plug which can be used to break into vehicles. The man could not give police a reasonable explanation for having the items and he was arrested for being in possession of house or vehicle-breaking implements. Police will be checking to see if the suspect cannot be linked to theft out of motor vehicle cases in the area. 15 suspects appeared in various courts across the Uthukela Cluster yesterday (Tuesday) for offences relating to drugs, stolen property and firearms. The arrests were made during the weekend as police cracked down on crime.Four of the suspects were arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.On Sunday at about 4.30am, Ezakheni police arrested a 39-year-old man for possession of an unlicensed pistol. Police were following up on information received, which led them to the Machibini area, where they arrested the suspect and seized a 7.65 pistol and six rounds of ammunition.On Monday at about 4am, Public Order Policing officers working in the Weenen area were following up on information which led them to the Vumbu area. There, they arrested a 36-year-old woman for possession of a 9mm pistol and 13 rounds of ammunition.This was followed by a second arrest in the same area when a 38-year-old man was found in possession of a .38 revolver. Tactical Response Team (TRT) officers who were working in the Amangwe area added to the arrests on Monday evening at about 7.45pm when they arrested a 35-year-old man. He was found in possession of an unlicensed 7.65 pistol and seven rounds of ammunition.Eight other suspects were arrested for possession of suspected stolen property and theft.On Sunday at about 9am, Ladysmith police and K9 Unit officers arrested six suspects for theft of diesel. Police were following up on leads concerning suspected stolen property, which led them to Fairclough Road, where the six suspects were found in possession of 1000 litres of diesel. The diesel was found to have been stolen from a nearby business. The suspects are aged between 28 and 33 years old.last_img read more

Ethicon Launches Global Liver Lesion Ablation Registry

first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more center_img News | Interventional Radiology | April 10, 2019 Ethicon Launches Global Liver Lesion Ablation Registry Multicenter observational registry will collect real-world data from 1,500 patients who have liver lesions ablated with Ethicon’s Neuwave Microwave Ablation System Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more April 10, 2019 – Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies announced Ethicon has launched a new global registry to collect and analyze real-world data on patients with soft tissue liver lesions ablated with the company’s Neuwave Microwave Ablation System. The company made the announcement at the annual meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR 2019), March 23-28 in Austin, Texas.The multicenter, observational registry will follow approximately 1,500 patients worldwide for a total of five years from the date of their first liver ablation procedure with the Neuwave System. The minimally invasive microwave ablation technology uses heat transmitted through image-guided needle-like probes to destroy soft tissue lesions.Real-world data will be collected from up to 30 centers throughout the world on the technical aspects of the procedure including ablation time under varying liver tissue and lesion conditions. Efficacy and other outcome data will also be documented and assessed at various time points over the course of the study.“The goal of the registry is to systematically and comprehensively develop ablation parameter guidance for the microwave ablation of liver lesions with the Neuwave System,” said Paul Laeseke, M.D., Ph.D., interventional radiologist, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, who consulted on the design of the registry. “Microwave ablation is an important treatment option that is increasingly being utilized throughout the world, and this data may provide new insights into factors that are critical for successful outcomes across a range of patients, clinical settings and health care providers. The registry will be an important contribution to our understanding of microwave ablation and support its further adoption.”The registry will also include data from consenting patients enrolled in other Ethicon-sponsored studies on microwave liver ablation with the Neuwave System in Korea and China, and a multicenter study that is evaluating the device using Neuwave’s Ablation Confirmation Software, which helps physicians identify ablation targets, assess appropriate probe placement and confirm the technical success of each procedure.For more information: www.ethicon.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. Brightwater… read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read morelast_img read more

Flower export company relocates to Guatemala

first_imgRelated posts:A whopper of a decision: Burger King closes its operations in Costa Rica Gallito candy, chocolates won’t be ‘Made in Costa Rica’ anymore Costa Rica’s restaurant franchise sector plans new openings, more jobs San José tops rankings of most competitive cities in Latin America Costa Rican flower company Flores de Exportación (Florexpo) announced in a public statement that it will move its operations to Guatemala in March 2016. The company will be dismissing all of its 400 employees in the coming months.Company manager Fernando Altmann Weston said that complications with Costa Rican agencies regarding legal requirements and local regulations made the company’s owners decide to leave.“It’s not just a cost issue,” Altmann said, adding praise for Costa Rica’s workforce. “It is a matter of excessive red tape and frequent delays by government agencies responsible for issuing permits.”He said permits are quicker to get and valid for longer time periods in Guatemala.The Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters (CADEXCO) lamented Florexpo’s decision in a public statement, confirming company exec’s problems with red tape.The Cartago-based company will deliver its last shipment of unrooted cuttings from Costa Rica on April 1, 2016, which Altmann hopes will give employees enough time to find new jobs. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

A group of TravelManagers Personal Travel Managers

first_imgA group of TravelManagers Personal Travel Managers (PTAs) recently spent a day with representatives from six boutique, small ship and river cruise suppliers, including Wild Earth Travel, Buffalo Tours and Uniworld, at Rydges World Square in Sydney. Participating suppliers were each allocated a 45-minute slot to update the 27 attendees on latest product offerings as part of the TravelManagers training day. L-R: Julianne Gazal-Rizk, Katia Mora, and Chantel AddisonExecutive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says product training days are organised by TravelManagers’ seven state-based Business Partnership Managers (BPMs), and each training day has a different focus, with plans already under way for USA & Canada, Luxury Ocean Cruises and Groups days.“It’s important that our PTMs are able to get together in a format that not only enhances their product knowledge, which helps them to provide a better service to their clients, but also that we nurture the camaraderie and the practice of mutual help and respect that is an important part of TravelManagers’ culture.”L-R: Lyn Tyson, Maria Furnari, Danielle Goncalves, Beverly Burt, Alma Araullo, Sue Kuti and Teresa ReyesLyn Tyson, representative for Pymble, NSW, said the latest training day was ‘excellent’. “The number of suppliers and the length of presentation were both spot on,” Tyson said, adding that she finished the day with an increased awareness of unique cruising opportunities that she is looking forward to sharing with her clients.L-R: ) Kerrie Baguley, Janice Lee, Diane Craig, Mamita Mishra, Kelly Chapman, Lana Kanchik agentstrainingTravelManagerslast_img read more