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New Brunswick village lowers straight flag after public backlash

first_imgCHIPMAN, N.B. – A New Brunswick village has taken down a “straight flag” after a single day, following a public backlash locally and beyond.Chipman’s village council issued a statement Monday afternoon saying the flag was raised as a sign of support for all groups in the community, but it was removed as a result of “unintentional attention,” and based on residents’ feedback.“The straight flag is being seen as a flag of privilege and anti-minorities which our community and our council does not support,” Mayor Carson Atkinson wrote.“This flag distraction is a lesson for us and for other rural communities such as our own.”The statement said “no harm or hate was intended,” and that the village of 1,200 remains “an open welcoming community.”The flag was raised Sunday afternoon with Atkinson saying it met the village council’s criteria because it “recognizes, accepts and respects the rights of individuals under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”Atkinson said it was important to celebrate everyone in Chipman, and said the council previously voted to raise the rainbow flag representing the LGBTQ community.“Whatever your personal persuasions, political or religious views, or country of origin, we welcome you in our community and ask for your volunteer efforts to help make Chipman a more open, dynamic and attractive community for all citizens,” Atkinson said in a Sunday speech.Comments have poured in on the village’s Facebook page from residents and neighbours criticizing the decision as harmful towards the LGBTQ community and urging the town to take down the flag — three black stripes over a white background.By Monday afternoon, the flag had been removed from its spot beside a main road.Chipman’s office assistant, Janette Fanjoy, said on Monday that the rainbow flag had been raised for the week of June 24, and the straight flag had also been scheduled to fly for one week.Faith Kennedy, who works with youth in the community, said she was surprised the council approved the straight flag.Kennedy was one of a number of residents who requested a rainbow flag fly for the village’s first pride celebrations this year, although requests for a rainbow crosswalk were not approved.Kennedy said she had read in the local newspaper about the idea of a straight flag being presented to council, but didn’t expect the mayor and councillors to approve it.“Heterosexuals have never had to fight, we’ve always been accepted,” said Kennedy.“I personally hope that this doesn’t represent the better part of our village. I was raised here and I would like to think that this isn’t really what our village is about.”Justin Smith, who grew up in the neighbouring village of Minto, N.B., said in an email Monday that he sees the raising of the straight flag as a “display of hate” that sends a disappointing message.“There has been a lot of emotions that come with seeing community leaders act in this blatantly insensitive manner,” Smith wrote.As a member of the LGBTQ community, Smith said he celebrates pride after years of living with disrespect and bullying, and said he sees it as a way to honour those who have been killed over their sexual and gender identities.Smith said he hopes the council will issue an apology and resign.“The LGBT pride movement wasn’t born out of a celebration of sexuality, it was to bring visibility to an oppressed and marginalized people group,” Smith wrote.“The sad irony here is that raising a so-called ‘straight pride’ flag … is a prime example of the discrimination that we have faced and still face today.”Helen Kennedy, executive director of human rights group Egale Canada, said she wasn’t familiar with the straight flag — and Sunday’s ceremony was the first time she had heard of it being raised in Canada.Kennedy said the council’s decision to raise the flag was “unfortunate and unnecessary,” and said it likely stems from a lack of understanding of the real symbolism of the pride flag, as well as a lack of understanding about the hardships faced by Canada’s LGBTQ community.“When the LGBT community recognizes an event like pride or sees the pride flag flying, it is an indication that their community is potentially a safe space for them to be and to live,” Kennedy said.“I think it’s really unfortunate that the community has done this because it further marginalizes LGBTI people and it makes them feel really unsafe in their communities.”Kennedy said the incident in Chipman highlights the importance of educating the public about the realities faced by many LGBTQ people in Canada, such as lack of access to health care, housing and employment, was well as high incidents of homelessness.She said she hopes the village will take the opportunity to discuss the realities of being a marginalized person in a small community, and the message that raising a “straight pride” flag sends.“It really flies in the face of those who are the most marginalized in our society.”-By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.last_img read more

Last Quebec schooner of its kind threatened after grounding in Cuba

first_imgMONTREAL — Cuban authorities have backed off a threat to seize the last surviving St. Lawrence River schooner, which ran aground on a beach in the Caribbean country on Jan. 27.But the danger remains very real for the Grosse-Ile, the last seaworthy vessel of its kind and an important piece of the province’s maritime heritage.The ship’s owner, Didier Epars, and his son Vincent were forced to ground the ship to avoid sinking after its engine failed during an intense storm.“We deliberately ran aground at Maria la Gorda Cuba to save our lives,” Epars wrote in a message to The Canadian Press, describing how he and his son swam ashore wearing life-jackets after the ship hit bottom.His son has since left Cuba, but Epars remains “in custody” — albeit at a holiday resort that he said is actually run by the Cuban military. The resort is close to his ship, which he monitors from a distance when he can. The ship has nonetheless been repeatedly pillaged by thieves, he said.“The Cuban army wants the boat in exchange for my freedom,” Epars wrote. The Canadian Press obtained a handwritten letter bearing an official Cuban seal in which a military representative tried to bargain for Epars’ release in exchange for the Grosse-Ile.The vessel ideally would have been towed and repaired weeks ago, but Epars has encountered problems with his insurer. Concept Special Risks of the United Kingdom, the agency representing insurance company Great Lakes Insurance SE, says the insurance policy covers salvage costs up to a certain limit, but it wants Epars to arrange the towing and then seek reimbursement. Epars says he is not able to and is asking the insurers to make arrangements.Last Friday, a Cuban tugboat that had not been requested by Epars or the insurer showed up. But in the end it turned back without dislodging the Grosse-Ile, saying only that “the negotiations failed.” Information obtained later revealed that the salvagers had demanded 270,000 euros  — approximately $410,000 — to extract the ship.Adding to the precariousness of the situation, the insurance policy expired Feb. 26, although the insurer recognizes its responsibility for incidents that occurred while the policy was still in force.The British company has told Epars it is looking for a towing firm outside Cuba, but it asked him to pay up front the amount of the deductible, US$140,000. The firm blames the delays on problems obtaining the necessary permits for a salvage operation in Cuba and insisted that the search for a tugboat was Epars’ responsibility.Built in 1951, the Grosse-Ile was used to provision the island east of Quebec City after which it was named. Epars bought it in 1992, but it needed to be almost entirely rebuilt. It took him 20 years to get the necessary permits to take on passengers, and in 2015 the schooner returned to the water, sailing between Quebec City and Montreal.Global Affairs Canada had little to say when asked if it planned to intervene on behalf of Epars and his schooner. A department spokesman said “consular services are provided to a Canadian citizen who is in Cuba following a boating accident” and “consular agents in Cuba are in contact with local authorities to collect additional information.”In Quebec City, the Department of International Relations said it has contacted Global Affairs Canada and is monitoring the situation from a distance. The provincial Culture Department said the Grosse-Ile does not have a legal heritage status. Despite several requests by Epars, the authorities have refused because the restoration modified the hull and added sails.Even if the ship had heritage recognition, it would not provide protection outside Quebec.Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Carma Foundation To Host Annual Geminis Give Back Event

first_imgMelky Jean’s Carma Foundation will hold its annual Geminis Give Back event on Sunday, June 22.Among the special guests expected at the event are Mona Scott-Young, actor Marc John Jefferies, former NY Knicks John Starks, 103.5 The Beat’s K. Foxx, NY Jets Donald Strickland, musical sensation Wyclef Jean, comedian Von Decarlo of Centric TV’s According to Him + Her and cast, ThisIs50.com’s Young Jack Thriller, comedians Dane Cook and Rip Michaels, Vinnie and KaGee of Naughty by Nature, & Miguel Nunez.Celebrity friends and lovers of everything Carma will come out to enjoy an evening of light hors d’oeuvres by Haiti’s own Chef Lucman Pierre, mingling, and entertainment. The venue is The Griffin, 50 Gansevoort Street, Manhattan, NY 10014.The Carma Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Melky Jean. The mission of Carma is to measurably improve the health of poor and vulnerable women and children in the Caribbean and Inner Cities of the United States.Carma has built its legacy and reputation on solid initiatives and successful projects since its inception in 2007. After the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Carma was one of the first foundations already on the ground and ready to address the needs of the people. Carma’s shoe program has distributed over 70,000 pairs of Crocs shoes and hundreds of donated shoes. From the reconstruction and development of an orphanage/child care center to beauty makeovers, scholarship programs and community outreach programs, the Carma Foundation has remained steadfast in its efforts to restore and give back. Melky Jean’s unyielding commitment and love for her homeland, has inspired an annual tradition; The Geminis Give Back Event, where she dedicates her birthdays to holding fundraisers where in lieu of receiving gifts, donations are made to the Carma Foundation benefiting Haiti. Geminis Give Back is always a highly anticipated event which has garnered the support of various celebrities such as Patti LaBelle, Vivica Fox, Lynn Whitfield, Anderson Cooper, John Legend, Hip Hop Artist Trina, Wyclef Jean, John Starks, 2010’s Miss America Rhima Fakih, Mike Williams from the HBO’s Wire, Al B Sure, VH1’s Basketball Wife Royce Reed, and the Carma Foundation’s own ambassador Hot 97’s Kay Foxx.Find out more here.last_img read more

Meryl Streep and Gloria Steinem Address Pivotal Movement in Workplace Culture

first_imgWith high-profile sexual harassment scandals proliferating and millions joining the viral #MeToo social movement, speakers at the 13th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women took on this major social tipping point.Meryl Streep and women’s rights pioneer Gloria Steinem discuss the nation’s pivotal shift in workplace cultureCredit/Copyright: Marla Aufmuth/Getty ImagesAcademy Award winning actress Meryl Streep announced that she and other women in the entertainment industry plan to soon issue “non-negotiable” demands to improve the American workplace, including equal representation in board rooms, entertainment and other industries. “We are after 50/50 by 2020,” Streep said. “Equal means equal. And if it starts at the top, none of these shenanigans would have filtered down and it wouldn’t have been tolerated.”The two-day event, attracting a record audience of 16,000, started on the day TIME Magazine featured “The Silence Breakers” on the cover of its annual “Person of the Year” issue, recognizing those who are stepping forward to confront their harassers.“It’s such an interesting moment, because this conversation about why this is so widespread, this is really worth having and it’s fantastic,” Streep said. “I can’t help thinking it’s just a door that’s opening to a better world.”Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh also addressed the Conference. Other keynote speakers included stage, television and Academy Award-winning actor Viola Davis, fashion designer, philanthropist and author Diane von Furstenberg, and Adam Grant, top-rated Wharton Professor and best-selling co-author, with Sheryl Sandberg, of “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy,” also headlined the event.Themed “The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice,” the annual nonpartisan, nonprofit Conference, brings together thousands of professionals to connect, renew, and find inspiration in community. The event features more than 150 thought leaders and industry experts from across the country in the fields of leadership, building networks, branding, philanthropy, finance, work-life balance, happiness and civility in the workplace and life.For the third year, the Conference presented its Workplace Summit, designed to promote gender partnerships and advance equity within workplaces, featuring Adam Grant, cultural innovator Verná Myers, and other thought leaders. The third annual Opening Night at the Conference, on December 6, featured Gloria Steinem, Bethenny Frankel, Skinnygirl founder, author, and branding guru; Barbara Lynch, restaurateur and award-winning chef; Cindy Guerra Robbins, President, Chief People Officer for salesforce.com; and spoken word poet Sarah Kay.“We are proud to have become the must-attend event for women, men and anyone who advocates for societal, workplace and political equality for women,” said Gloria Larson, President of the Massachusetts Conference for Women Board. “We are confident that attendees will take the extraordinary experiences and learnings from the Conference, the Workplace Summit, and Opening Night, and apply them to their lives and in their communities all year long.”The Massachusetts Conference for Women is presented by: State Street Corporation. It is generously sponsored by Dell; Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany; Cisco; Boston Scientific Corporation; Fresenius Medical Care; Hologic; Johnson & Johnson; Johnson Controls International; Liberty Mutual; National Grid; Raytheon; Akamai; AMAG Pharmaceuticals; Bank of America; Bentley University’s Center for Women & Business; Bose Corporation; Boston Children’s Hospital; Harvard Business School Executive Education; Mastercard; MFS Investment Management; Ocean Spray; Poo-Pourri; Rapid7; Reebok; Riverbed; Salesforce; Thermo Fisher Scientific; TripAdvisor; Bain Capital Community Partnership and Crimson Lion Lavine Family Foundation; Acadian Asset Management; Amtrak; Applied Materials; BJ’s Wholesale Club; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Bonterra Organic Vineyards; Comcast; Erin Condren; John Hancock; Kate Spade & Company; Merck & Co., Inc.; Staples, Inc.; Suffolk Construction; United Airlines; Vertex; Weber Shandwick; Wells Fargo; and media sponsors AMP Radio 103.3; Mix 104.1; WBZ 1030 News Radio; The Boston Globe; and WCVB-TV Boston.“We are honored once again to support this remarkable event where women are encouraged to explore possibilities, make new connections, and find their voices,” said Kathy Horgan, executive vice president, chief human resources and citizenship officer for State Street Corporation. “The mission of the Massachusetts Conference for Women to promote and amplify the influence of women in the workplace and beyond aligns perfectly with our values at State Street.”To learn more about the 13th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women, visit www.maconferenceforwomen.org.last_img read more

Dene Nation chief urges Trudeau to pressure candidate into stepping down from

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA—A senior Assembly of First Nations chief has written a letter urging Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to ask one of his candidates to step down from her role as regional chief in British Columbia.The letter from Bill Erasmus, the regional AFN chief for the Northwest Territories, asks Trudeau to pressure Jody Wilson-Raybould into stepping down from her role as AFN regional chief for B.C. so she can focus on her campaign.“This is of great concern to us in the north because she cannot have ‘two masters.’ If she is a Liberal candidate she cannot be a regional chief at the same time,” wrote Erasmus in the Feb. 6 letter. “If she is a Liberal candidate she cannot be a regional chief at the same time. Therefore we request that you approach her and ask for her resignation as the regional chief of British Columbia so she can be a full-time candidate in your party.”Erasmus wrote in the letter he met with Trudeau on Jan. 11 in Yellowknife.“Our brief meeting did not allow me to bring up the issue of (Wilson-Raybould),” wrote Erasmus, who is also national chief for the Dene Nation.Wilson-Raybould has the full support of B.C. chiefs for the time being to keep her regional chief position while holding the Liberal candidacy for Vancouver Granville.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Poll campaigning ends for Srinagar seat

first_imgSrinagar: The campaigning for prestigious Srinagar Lok Sabha seat here, going to the polls on April 18 in the second phase of elections, came to an end Tuesday. Srinagar Lok Sabha seat comprises three districts of Jammu and Kashmir — Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal. It was relatively a low key campaign here with only National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, who is seeking a fourth term in the lower house of Parliament from here, making his presence felt as a candidate. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Abdullah is pitched against political greenhorns Aga Moshin of the PDP, Irfan Ansari of the People’s Conference and Khalid Jehangir of the BJP. An election official said there were only 46 rallies in Srinagar district, a city of over 12 lakh residents, during the campaign period. “The campaign period remained by and large peaceful,” he added. He said 16 complaints of the violation of model code of conduct were received and the action was taken in nine of them. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The polling on Thursday will be keenly watched within and outside Kashmir as the constituency recorded an all-time low of 7.2 per cent voter turn out in 2017 bye-election, marred by violence on polling day that left nine persons dead and scores of others injured. This will be first major election since a shawl weaver from Utlipora in Budgam district was used as a human shield by an army officer to save his men from a stone-pelting mob on the election day. Stringent security measures have been put in place for the polling as additional security personnel have been deployed across the Srinagar constituency to ensure peaceful and smooth conduct of elections, the official said. As many as 12,90,318 voters are eligible to cast their votes with authorities having set up 1,716 polling stations in the constituency. For migrant voters of the constituency, 26 polling stations have been set up with 21 in Jammu, one in Udhampur and four in New Delhi. Farooq Abdullah is among 10 candidates in the fray and is seen as the front runner to enter the Lok Sabha for the fourth time from Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.last_img read more

Toronto man charged in St Catharines drug investigation

A Toronto man is facing a slew of charges in a drug investigation by Niagara Regional Police.Police say members of the St. Catharines Street Crime Unit and Guns, Gangs and Grows Unit have been investigating since last month.A Toronto man was believed to be selling cocaine and fentanyl from various address in St. Catharines.Police executed a search warrant for a home and motor vehicle on Collier St. Thursday afternoon.Officers found a loaded 45 caliber handgun along with crack cocaine, heroin laced with fentanyl and over $3,000 believed to be the proceeds of drug sales.Kenneth McCalla, 24, is facing several charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking, carrying a concealed weapon and unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm.Police say McCalla was already bound by a firearms prohibition because of previous criminal convictions. read more

Ohio State mens soccer looking to get back on track against Michigan

Junior midfielder Yianni Sarris (6) advances the ball in a game against IPFW Aug. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-6-3, 0-2-0) began Wednesday’s practice half an hour earlier than usual with an impromptu scrimmage organized by the players in the hopes that it would help it put a stop to a seven-game winless streak.Senior defender Sage Gardner said keeping the mood of the players up is vital in preparing for the team’s next match against the No. 18 Michigan State Spartans Sunday.“Keeping everybody with the passion and enjoying the game is important,” Gardner said. “Before practice starts, we go out and have fun, making the younger guys remember why they play this game, and hopefully that will bring out confidence and the playing for the love of the game — which I think will bring good results.”On top of a seven-match winless streak, OSU has failed to find the back of the net in four straight matches and will have to find a way to capitalize against a stingy Spartan defense that has only given up six goals all season — good for first in the Big Ten for goals allowed.The Buckeyes are set to finish off a five-match stretch against teams who participated in the 2012 NCAA tournament. Currently, OSU is 0-3-1 in the stretch, after a tie with then-No. 17 Louisville and losses to in-state rival Akron and conference foes Indiana and Michigan.Buckeye coach John Bluem said the team will look to change up the lineup in hopes of turning the season around.“Over the next three days, we’re going to be looking at positional changes with people,” he said. “We’re going to be giving some people who haven’t been playing an opportunity to play. In training sessions over the next three days, we’re going to give guys opportunities to play in different positions than they may be used to playing, or considered playing, to see how they do. We will then gather information from the training sessions to make our squad selection for this weekend to travel up to Michigan State.”The Spartans (7-1-1, 1-0-0) enter Sunday’s match on a three-game winning streak and are coming off a victory over the then-No. 5 Northwestern Wildcats. MSU earned the victory after Spartan junior forward Adam Montague scored a goal in the final minute of double overtime, giving the team a 3-2 victory.Buckeye redshirt-senior defender Ben Killian said the team needs to make sure it is strong defensively and hopes it will start getting some different results.“We’ve been in every game, we just got to start finishing on our chances,” Killian said. “I feel like we haven’t gotten any lucky breaks yet this season, and there have been a lot of bounces that haven’t gone our way. It’s been a little bit frustrating, but I like what guys have been doing in practice this week and I think we’ll turn it around.”The match is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich. read more

2015 NFL Preview What To Expect If Youre A Packers Lions Vikings

13Miami Dolphins8-869.3 This is particularly relevant to Minnesota, since the youngest 20 percent of the teams in the study averaged 6.9 wins (the Vikes won 7 a year ago) and had an average age of 26.2 (Minnesota’s was 26.3). The next year, those teams won an average of just 7.7 games — slight progress, but nothing as dramatic as Vikings fans are hoping for. 2nd Best302.94.12.3 30Indianapolis Colts11-553.2 Youngest656.926.27.7 In preparation for the 2015 NFL season, FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight division previews, each highlighting the numbers that may influence a team’s performance (including projections and rankings based on ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index). To start things off, we head to the NFC North, a division that’s still the Packers’ to lose — but one that could get interesting if the Lions’ defense stays elite, the youthful Vikings improve or the Bears repair their once-proud D. 8St. Louis Rams6-1072.0 32Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-1446.1 6Atlanta Falcons6-1072.8 21Arizona Cardinals11-559.8 10New England Patriots12-470.9 29Chicago Bears5-1154.1 Oldest657.128.57.8 2Pittsburgh Steelers11-585.1 22Detroit Lions11-558.3 12Carolina Panthers7-8-169.8 14San Diego Chargers9-767.3 25New York Giants6-1056.5 3Dallas Cowboys12-479.9 2nd Youngest667.026.97.5 26Jacksonville Jaguars3-1356.2 18Buffalo Bills9-762.4 20New York Jets4-1259.9 Worst30-2.54-0.3 Green Bay Packers2014 Record: 12-4 | 2015 Projected Wins: 10.6 | Playoff Odds: 83.5%Offensive Rank: 1st | Defensive Rank: 23rd | Special Teams Rank: 28thAn anomaly within the NFL, Green Bay is known as the only small town with a pro football team. And given the provincial nature of small towns, perhaps it’s fitting that the Packers of recent vintage boast a roster with few interlopers from other teams.Last year, only two of the Packers’ regular starters — outside linebacker Julius Peppers and defensive lineman Letroy Guion — had begun their NFL careers outside of Green Bay. Fullback John Kuhn, who began his career with the Steelers, is the only other player who started a game for last year’s Packers after playing for a franchise other than Green Bay.Using the Approximate Value (AV) metric developed by Pro-Football-Reference.com, we can try to quantify exactly how “homegrown” a team is relative to the rest of the NFL. For example, the Packers produced 249 points of AV last year, only 18 of which came from players who did not begin their career with the club.To put that another way: 93 percent of Green Bay’s AV last year came from players who began their NFL careers in Green Bay. That was the highest percentage in the NFL; Pittsburgh was the only other team with more than 80 percent of its AV classified as “homegrown”: GROUPTEAMSWINS, YEAR NAVERAGE AGEWINS, YEAR N+1 DEFENSIVE SRS 11San Francisco 49ers8-869.9 Middle291.54.21.5 2nd Worst300.24.11.4 28Oakland Raiders3-1354.6 4Cincinnati Bengals10-5-177.9 16Baltimore Ravens10-663.3 GROUPTEAMSPREVIOUS 2 YEARSPEAK YEARNEXT YEAR 2nd Oldest667.227.77.5 TEAM2014 RECORDPERCENT HOMEGROWN Detroit Lions2014 Record: 11-5 | 2015 Proj. W: 7.8 | Playoff Odds: 29.6%Off. Rank: 13th | Def. Rank: 15th | S.T. Rank: 32ndThe “D” in Detroit doesn’t usually stand for defense. In the 30 seasons leading up to 2014, no NFL franchise allowed more points than the Lions, with the team’s defense finishing below average by Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) in each of the final 13 years of that three-decade block. As a result, Detroit fans may have been the most surprised of all by their team’s excellent defense last year:In 2014, the Lions ranked among the NFL’s top five defenses according to DVOA,3This stands for defense-adjusted value over average. Expected Points and SRS — a stunning break with the franchise’s dismal tradition. But the pressing question for Detroit now is whether its defensive makeover can persist.To help answer that, I looked at all teams since 1970 with defensive SRS ratings roughly similar to the Lions’ +5.2 mark last year.4Specifically, ratings between +3.2 and +7.2. Then I broke those teams into five groups based on their aggregate defensive SRS ratings in the two seasons before their strong defensive year. (For Detroit, these seasons would be 2012 and 2013, when the team posted a putrid -2.5 defensive SRS.) Historically, how did teams with similarly meteoric defensive improvements fare the next season? Minnesota Vikings2014 Record: 7-9 | 2015 Proj. W: 7.5 | Playoff Odds: 24.3%Off. Rank: 17th | Def. Rank: 19th | S.T. Rank: 20thIf you want optimistic predictions for the 2015 Minnesota Vikings, don’t look to traditional sources. Summer power rankings from both ESPN and NFL.com peg Minnesota for the bottom half of the league, as does the most recent set of Las Vegas win totals. It’s not hard to see why, either: Over the past two seasons, Minnesota has endured the 10th-worst record in football.But others think the Vikings can be a sleeper playoff pick — if not more. For instance, after taking stock of Minnesota’s “wave of young talent and a promising head coach-quarterback combination entering its second season,” the statistical website Football Outsiders projected the team to rank sixth in the league in DVOA, a metric that measures team performance on a play-by-play basis.Here’s another quantitative reason to think the Vikings could be on the verge of a breakout: Minnesota had the NFL’s fourth-youngest team last year. Between 22-year-old quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and an emerging defense whose best performers5Namely Sharrif Floyd, Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr and Xavier Rhodes. were taken in the first rounds of the past few drafts, Minnesota might be poised for a big improvement this season as its players mature.The history of similar teams, though, appears to be more in line with the traditionalist predictions. I looked at all teams since 1978 that finished 6-10, 7-9 or 8-8,6The NFL adopted a 16-game regular season in 1978. This gives us 328 team-seasons, excluding 1981, 1986 and 2014 because the data for the following season was either disrupted by labor strife or does not exist yet. grouping them into five tiers based solely on age.7Specifically, Approximate Value-Adjusted Age, as described here. In general, the relationship between age and improvement is loose: 24Kansas City Chiefs9-756.7 This isn’t exactly a new development for the Packers. In every season since 2008, when they traded away Brett Favre and installed Aaron Rodgers as starting quarterback, at least 85 percent of Green Bay’s team AV has come from players who began their career with the Packers.Not much will change in 2015, either, as Peppers, Guion and Kuhn once again figure to be the only notable Packers who started elsewhere.A team has to draft well to achieve Green Bay’s level of success without acquiring many players from other teams. Between Rodgers and Clay Matthews, the Packers have done that in the first round, but they’ve also found a lot of value deeper into the draft. For instance, they’ve snagged elite skill-position talent in the second round1Wide receivers Jordy Nelson in 2008 and Randall Cobb in 2011, and running back Eddie Lacy in 2013. and quality offensive linemen in the fourth.2Three of the Packers’ O-line starters were drafted in that round: left tackle David Bakhtiari and guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang.It may not be a sustainable strategy for every team, but the Packers have used it to build the most homemade — and, arguably, best — roster in football. 19Philadelphia Eagles10-660.7 7Minnesota Vikings7-972.5 31Tennessee Titans2-1452.2 Best304.94.22.6 Not well, as it turns out. The worst group of teams in defensive SRS over the previous two years — i.e., the cohort most similar to the 2012-15 Lions — regressed significantly the next year. In Detroit’s case, there are additional reasons to expect a defensive regression, between an aging secondary and a handful of important personnel losses headlined by the departure of DT Ndamukong Suh, who signed with Miami as a free agent.After more than a decade of ugly defenses, Detroit fans finally got to watch a first-rate defense last year. But the Lions’ chances of repeating that feat likely left with Suh. 9Houston Texans9-771.5 23Denver Broncos12-458.0 27Washington Redskins4-1255.8 17Cleveland Browns7-962.8 15New Orleans Saints7-963.7 1Green Bay Packers12-492.8% 5Seattle Seahawks12-476.0 Middle667.327.37.7 Chicago Bears2014 Record: 5-11 | 2015 Proj. W: 6.5 | Playoff Odds: 11.5%Off. Rank: 18th | Def. Rank: 31st | S.T. Rank: 7thThe Chicago Bears are a franchise defined by defense.The team’s last two championships, in 1963 and 1985, were earned on the backs of historically dominant defenses. Eight of the franchise’s top nine players (according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Approximate Value) are defenders. And — at least through the 2012 season — Chicago had allowed the third-fewest points per game of any NFL team in the Super Bowl era,8Which began in 1966. trailing only the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys.9Among the 28 teams in existence during the majority of that period.In the two seasons since 2012, though, the Bears have fielded arguably the worst two defenses in franchise history. Over that stretch, they ranked 31st out of 32 teams in yards allowed and dead last in points allowed, reaching historic levels of futility against both the run and the pass.In 2013, the Bears allowed 2,583 rushing yards — the most in team history10Granting that, on a per-game basis, the 1973 rush defense was even worse.; 5.4 yards per rush — the most by any Bears defense since 1951; and 22 rushing touchdowns — the second-most in franchise history.11Trailing only the 1975 team. Then, last season, the pass defense fell apart, as Chicago opponents set new franchise highs for completion percentage (66.8%), passing yards (4,230) and passing touchdowns (34).By SRS, Chicago’s defense was 5.8 points per game worse than average over the past two seasons. Never before in its history had the franchise produced a defensive SRS so poor in a two-year span:This season marks the 30th anniversary of the fabled 1985 Bears, winners of the franchise’s only Super Bowl title. That year, Chicago’s defense allowed 65 fewer points than any other team in football, still the largest gap between the top two teams in points allowed in any season since 1970. Whenever a “best defense of all time” ranking is constructed, whether subjective or objective, it’s a good bet that the ‘85 Bears will show up at or near the top.Unfortunately, Chicago’s 2015 defense bears little resemblance to that team, or even the last good Bears defense. In 2012, Chicago ranked third in points allowed, and the only defensive starter remaining from that team — cornerback Tim Jennings — was just released. And if the Bears’ defensive ranking of 31st in ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index is any indication, this will be another trying year for a franchise that badly needs a return to defensive glory. Read more: How The Salary Cap Is Shaping The Falcons, Saints, Panthers and Buccaneers read more

Teen feared drowned after swimming in Berbice River

A 16-year-old boy has reportedly drowned in the Berbice River. Commander of ‘B’ Division Paul Langevine confirmed that police are aware of the incident.Inews understands that the boy, known as “Hard Ball”, was out with a group of persons along the Berbice River on Thursday.He reportedly informed them that he was going for a “last swim”.However, after some time elapsed, the teenager did not return. He is feared to have drowned. Up to late last night, his body was still missing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan, 58, feared drowned in Demerara RiverApril 25, 2019In “latest news”Pomeroon man feared drowned – after boat hits Ballahoo he was travelling inApril 27, 2016In “Local News”Security guard pulled from Demerara River drowned – PMApril 26, 2019In “Internet” read more

Priest assaulted and locked in bathroom by youths

first_imgA PRIEST WAS locked into a bathroom during an incident in South Armagh last night.The PSNI said that detectives in Newry are investigating an aggravated burglary which occurred at a Parochial House in Jonesborough Village on Wednesday 30 October.They said that at around 11.30pm, the local priest disturbed three youths in the office of the Parochial House.The youths assaulted the priest and left him locked in the bathroom of the property, before making off with a small sum of money.The priest was able to escape from the bathroom by climbing out the window. He was later taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.The PSNI said that inquiries are ongoing and police are asking anyone who was in the area and who may have noticed any suspicious activity or who has any information to contact CID in Newry on 0845 600 8000.Information can be given anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.last_img read more

In case you missed it Sergey Brin uses skydivers to demo Google

first_imgIn possibly the coolest tech demo ever, Google’s Sergey Brin employed the use of skydivers, bikers, and a rappeller to deliver a package to him on stage during the keynote at Google I/O. Brin interrupted Vic Gundotra’s presentation on Google+ as the keynote was running a little behind schedule and the skydivers needed to jump from a plane that was conveniently passing over the Moscone Center at the time.Each of the skydivers had their own Google Glass headset on and the built-in cameras were being used to conduct a live Hangout for everyone to see on the big screen. The divers proceeded to land on the roof of San Francisco’s Moscone Center (where I/O is being held) and passed Brin’s package on to some BMX bikers who were also wearing Google Glass and taking part in the Hangout. They road along the roof and one did a backflip before handing off the package. Sergey’s Glass was then rappelled to street level and passed to another biker who navigated his way through the startled people milling around outside where the keynote was being held and delivered into the hands of Sergey up on stage.Overall, it was pretty epic and extremely unexpected. Google has certainly set a new bar for keynote stunts as well as risk-taking.Check out the video above, it’s an incredible way to demo the tech and really show off the benefits of Google Glass.last_img read more

Earth Hour le monde prêt à éteindre ses lumières pendant une heure

first_imgEarth Hour : le monde prêt à éteindre ses lumières pendant une heureLe 27 mars, 100 jours après l’échec du Sommet de Copenhague, une centaine de pays du monde entier éteindront leurs lumières pendant une heure. Lancée par WWF, cette “Earth Hour” est, d’après le secrétaire général de l’ONU Ban Ki-moon, “la plus grande manifestation en faveur de la lutte contre le dérèglement climatique”.Quelque 1.616 villes d’une centaine de pays seront invitées à éteindre leurs lumières samedi de 20h30 à 21h30. Pour la première fois, l’Arabie saoudite, le Cambodge, l’Équateur et l’île de Madagascar participeront à cet événement initié par WWF afin de mobiliser les populations du monde autour de la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique.À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne penseEn France, ce sont 237 villes qui participeront à l’Earth Hour qui mobilise chaque année de plus en plus de pays, et d’après l’association écologique, 11 millions de Français se joindront à cette manifestation, la plus grande jamais organisée en faveur du dérèglement climatique a estimé Ban Ki-moon en mai dernier.240 monuments français tels que le Louvre, l’Hôtel de Ville, Notre Dame, le Panthéon, ou la place de la Concorde seront plongés dans le noir samedi soir. Quant à la Tour Eiffel, elle sera privée de lumière pendant cinq minutes.Le 26 mars 2010 à 08:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les épidémiologistes réclament un dépistage chez lhomme des infections à Chlamydiae

first_imgLes épidémiologistes réclament un dépistage chez l’homme des infections à ChlamydiaePlusieurs épidémiologistes demandent à ce que le dépistage des infections à Chlamydiae soit effectué également chez les hommes, afin de réduire les risques de contamination de leurs partenaires féminines, alors que cette maladie sexuellement transmissible peut se traduire par une infertilité de la femme.Mardi 5 avril, le Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire a publié une enquête dans laquelle ses auteurs expliquent : “Le dépistage des hommes permettrait de réduire la contamination de leurs partenaires féminines et donc des complications sur leur fertilité”. En cause, les infections sexuellement transmissibles dues aux bactéries Chlamydiae qui peuvent alors se traduire avec le temps par une infertilité touchant les trompes de l’appareil reproductif féminin, des grossesses extra-utérine, et des douleurs chroniques.À lire aussiDu beurre de cacahuète pour dépister la maladie d’Alzheimer ?Ce type d’infection passe souvent inaperçu tandis qu'”avec un dépistage précoce, elle peut être traitée en quelques jours par un traitement antibiotique efficace”, explique la co-auteur de l’étude, Véronique Goulet. Celle-ci précise à l’AFP que le dépistage des hommes “serait idéal, mais il faudrait déjà le proposer aux femmes à risques chez le généraliste et le gynécologue et pas seulement dans les centres spécialisés”.L’enquête qui a été effectuée a été baptisée “NatChla” et avait pour but d’estimer la fréquence de l’infection à Chlamydia trachomatis chez les hommes et femmes âgés de 18 à 44 ans, ainsi que les facteurs de risques liés à l’infection. La fréquence de l’infection sur la population serait la même en France que dans les autres pays développés, précise le Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire. Concernant les 2.580 personnes qui ont été testées, la fréquence de l’infection est de 1,6% chez les femmes et 1,4% chez les hommes de 18 à 44 ans, mais elle est plus importante chez les 18-29 ans avec 2,5% des hommes touchés et 3,2% des femmes touchées. Les facteurs de risques identifiés pour la femme : avoir eu récemment un nouveau partenaire, avoir eu plus de deux partenaires dans l’année, avoir eu des partenaires du même sexe, résider en Île-de-France ou encore être non-diplômée.Le 6 avril 2011 à 18:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Quelle alimentation adopter en cas de chaleur

first_imgQuelle alimentation adopter en cas de chaleur ?Lorsque l’été pointe enfin le bout de son nez avec des chaleurs importantes, l’hydratation devient cruciale. Aussi, il ne s’agit pas seulement de trimballer sa bouteille d’eau partout avec soi, on peut également s’hydrater en mangeant. Mais quels sont les aliments riches en eau qui permettent de tenir sous la chaleur ?Au cours de la journée, l’homme perd 2 à 2,5 litres d’eau via la transpiration, ses besoins naturels ou encore la respiration. Sachant que l’hydratation est un élément fondamental du bien-être, les experts estiment à au moins 1,5 litre les besoins en eau par jour pour un adulte. Mais l’été et les grosses chaleurs augmentent considérablement ces besoins. Il faut ainsi penser à s’hydrater encore davantage. Toutefois, boire à la chaîne des verres d’eau ne constitue pas la seule solution. En effet, certains aliments sont eux aussi riches en eau et en fibres, offrant une alternative variée et ludique.Les fruits et légumes, star de l’hydratationSans surprise, ce sont les fruits et légumes qui sont les plus riches en eau. Ils sont respectivement constitués de 80% et de 95% d’eau en moyenne. Parmi les légumes, le concombre est le plus gorgé d’eau avec 97%, vient ensuite la salade à 95% ainsi que les tomates et les courgettes à 94%. Consommés en salade par exemple, ils apportent ainsi une touche de fraicheur rapide en cas de grosses chaleurs.Pour ce qui est des fruits, les champions sont évidemment les fruits à jus, le melon et la pastèque (91%), ou encore les agrumes, pamplemousse, orange, citron (85%). Mais les fruits plus sucrés peuvent également hydrater, l’abricot ou la pomme notamment contenant 86 et 85% d’eau. Les noix, avocat, châtaigne ou dattes sont, sans surprise, plus riches en calorie et moins emplis d’eau. Les bannir serait toutefois une mauvaise idée puisqu’ils fournissent des sucres lents utiles pour l’effort. Quel que soit la forme consommée, crue ou cuite, les fruits et légumes sont donc des alliés indispensables. Néanmoins, il est tout de même à noter que la cuisson réduit un peu la teneur en eau des végétaux. Quand c’est possible, mieux vaut donc les manger crus.Des laitages, mais pas tropD’après les spécialistes, le lait est également une bonne alternative à l’hydratation, contenant entre 80 et 91% d’eau (encore plus dans le lait écrémé). Les yaourts écrémés (88%) et fromages blancs (0% de matières grasses et 86% d’eau) entrent aussi dans le tableau. Ils peuvent donc aussi permettre de s’hydrater en mangeant. Cependant, les yaourts à boire eux, ne contiennent que 79% d’eau. On peut de la même façon se tourner vers les fromages frais, la ricotta ayant la plus forte teneur (72,7%). Les laitages présentent l’avantage d’être frais, un élément important de l’hydratation et du plaisir gustatif sous les fortes chaleurs. Cependant, mieux vaut tout de même ne pas choisir des laitages trop riches en matières grasses.Viandes et poissonsÀ lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Le poisson contient aussi une quantité non négligeable d’eau, de 65 à 80%. Les viandes elles, contiendraient entre 50 et 70%. Toutefois, ceci dépend évidemment de la cuisson et la sensation d’hydratation est plus discrète qu’avec les autres aliments. Par ailleurs, ils peuvent receler des quantités relativement de matières grasses. Si vous désirez vous hydrater par les protéines, sachez qu’un œuf entier cru contient 75% d’eau, constituant ainsi une bonne alternative.Bien évidemment, l’alimentation ne doit toutefois pas se substituer à l’eau pure, elle permet simplement de mieux se sentir sous la chaleur. Par ailleurs, il est a rappeler que les sodas et autres jus (non frais) ne désaltèrent que de manière temporaire sans hydrater. Mieux vaut donc les éviter et privilégier l’eau pure. Enfin, pour les glaces, qui séduisent facilement en cas de chaleur, il convient de préférer le sorbet à une crème glacée. Le 9 juillet 2013 à 12:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Doctor Who Episode 6 Team TARDIS Cant Save This Family Reunion

first_img This article contains spoilers for “Demons of the Punjab,” episode six of Doctor Who season 11.The Doctor has a message for all of us: Our similarities are more important than our differences.In this tale of Yaz’s family tree, writer Vinay Patel weaves a moving story of fiction and reality in the young police officer’s first headlining episode.“What’s the point in having a mate with a time machine if you can’t nip back and see your gran when she was younger?” Yasmin asks the Doctor, wary of mixing family history and time travel.She eventually gives in—with a stern reminder about interfering with the past—and Team TARDIS lands in 1940s Punjab farmland for an unexpected adventure.Yaz (Mandip Gill) finally gets her day in the Asian sun (via BBC)A chance meeting with Prem (Shane Zaza), the Hindu man about to marry Yaz’s Muslim grandmother Umbreen (Amita Suman), sets the story in motion.When Yaz realizes this isn’t the same man she recognizes from family photos (we are to assume she’s never met her late grandfather), the spunky Millennial takes matters into her own hands.But those hands are dangerously close to being erased from time (Back to the Future-style) if she meddles too much in the lives of previous generations.“Tread softly. You’re treading on your own history,” the Doctor warns Yaz.The Assassins of Thijar are no longer assassins (via BBC)This episode, which introduces at least three new “main” characters, could easily have felt overwrought and crowded. But somehow Patel manages to corral everyone—including the red herring-esque Assassins of Thijar—into a digestible, educational, exciting tale of hope and love.(And he produced my favorite laugh-out-loud moment of the series so far: “My references to body and gender regeneration are all in jest. I’m such a comedian.”)Never before has a single series of Doctor Who been so transparently diverse—in cast and crew.Things are getting tense for Team TARDIS (via BBC)Credit goes to Chris Chibnall, who appointed the first female Doctor, and hired the only two writers of color this show has ever seen to pen timey-wimey accounts of racial struggles in the US and Asia.Like Malorie Blackman’s “Rosa,” “Demons of the Punjab” thinly veils factual prejudice with fictitious villains.“We’ve lived together for decades—Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh. And now we’re being told our differences are more important than what unites us,” Prem muses, while traipsing through the forest with the very folks who may be his enemy now.I wonder if the Doctor is available for my wedding next year (via BBC)Probably news to most Americans, the 1947 partition split British India into two independent dominions: India and Pakistan.As the Doctor so desperately points out, the division of three provinces—Assam, Bengal, and Punjab, based on district-wide Hindu or Muslim majorities—displaced more than 14 million people along religious lines.Large-scale violence (only alluded to in the BBC’s family-friendly show) created an atmosphere of hostility and suspicion that still exists today between India and Pakistan.I can’t help but wonder if it’s a coincidence that this episode aired on Remembrance Sunday, the UK’s version of Veteran’s Day.Missed episode five of Doctor Who? So did we. But, you can check out our recap of fourth installment “Arachnids in the UK,” as well as a lineup of 15 real-life historical figures who appeared on the show.Doctor Who glossary (for all your British-to-American English needs):Ta: Thank youWell [up for it]: Very, largelyPunt: Bet on somethingWobble: A feeling of not being certain about somethingGobby: Tending to talk too loudly and in a blunt, opinionated wayKeen: Very interested, eagerOi: Cockney slang for “hey”Bagsy: To claim something for yourself, or the other way aroundStag night: A man’s bachelor partySchoolboy on maneuvers: Someone who looks like a child sent to war HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

When Corporate Cultures Break They Cant Be Easily Fixed

first_imgIt doesn’t matter anymore who’s in charge. CEOs come and go, and always talk about how “thrilled they are to lead a company with strong assets and proven brands.” That’s called whistling into the wind, my friends. Job one should be fixing the culture. It’s scary that so few of these leaders recognize that, especially given the profoundly unsettled condition of the print-based media industry these days. Let me take you through some of the evidence. I’ve elected to use recent examples only from Cygnus, but it could easily be one of the others. A few weeks ago, the latest CEO, John French, announced a management restructuring. Three senior executives departed. The story, as all Cygnus stories do, generated an avalanche of comments. Consider these verbatim snippets:• “What goes around comes around. I agree about the Interactive and IT divisions. With few exceptions, they are a total disaster. Unprofessional, unskilled, mired in red tape and playing favorites. Zero help from these groups. Zero leadership, zero communication. Got what they deserve.”• “He [Edit note: I removed the person’s name.] was in over his head certainly and he knew it. He fell into the Idea of protecting his turf rather than working for everyone else. Although the team was mismanaged when he got it, he didn’t know how to restructure. His political tactics were designed to punish everyone else and he cut himself off from the world to avoid further exposure. For Cygnus, the mistake cost dearly in time and resources. Too bad it took so long.• “You are so on the money. The culture that [he] and others represents is one of mistrust. They literally came on board and said “we don’t trust you.” Everything they did said “we don’t trust you.” How can you build a team without trust? Theirs was a culture of intimidation! Yes, HR got behind this negative culture—and so did the sitting President! This culture was destined to fail.”Then, back a bit earlier this year, Cygnus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Here is a bit of what some of what the commenters thought:• “The System Works? Wow, what a great system: A bunch of fools invest (throw away) tons of money buying b2b magazines, proceed to strip them bare, lay off as many editors and sales peoples as possible, eliminate middle management so that the magazines have no relationship to their industries, and then try and sell them off another bunch of losers. Then failing that, they declare bankruptcy. Wow, what a system. Glad it’s dying.” • “We’ll know when they emerge from this, if they are serious about their business: Get rid of the dead-weight management, bring actual talent back, re-establish the core values that have been lost some time ago, and do business based upon principals that leave room for integrity and ethics, as well as profits. The only thing that seems to be certain is this: If they leave the two clowns [a reference to the co-CEOs whom French replaced] in place, it will continue to be a circus, and we’ll sit in the cheap seats and listen to the drum rolls as they perform another high-wire act without a net.”• “Cygnus properties were third-tier when they bought PTN. They’re still third-tier unless they’ve re-defined the tiering system to add a fourth tier.”As part of the bankruptcy process, Cygnus released financial projections, which foresaw a 35-percent revenue decline in 2009, and which FOLIO: wrote about. The reaction:• “Hah! I love it. Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization…and RENT! How about EBITDARS—add salaries in there too! What, isn’t rent a REAL operating expense? Finally the air gets let out of this poor old balloon full of fourth-tier, under-funded, properties (that’s not to blame the hardworking staff that has been bled to death for years). So what is “interactive” revenue—oh, I remember, back in 1998 that’s what we called online revenue. I’d like to see Cygnus increase “interactive” revenues by TEN MILLION dollars next year as it is projected above – sure, no sweat. It’s dollars to dimes people and when we get right down to it the dimes are becoming pennies.”• “Cygnus’ tipping point was the moment the owners brought in [the former co-CEOs] to save the company. The two whiz-kids from out East “streamlined” Cygnus by firing a lot of experienced, talented, knowledgeable people, and then what did they do? They created countless high-paying upper management positions for each and every one of their little friends. Suddenly rank-and-file employees were inundated with orders and commands from people they had never heard of before, with jobs that never existed before, and it all went to crap. The mammoth effort to “go interactive” has been a textbook study in mismanagement. The CEOs really thought that replacing $5,000 print ads with $500 Web ads would save the company. A lot of good people have been screwed over, are being screwed over, and will be screwed over before the dust settles. Note to businesses everywhere: Never hire two CEOs who share one brain.”When Cygnus hired John French, the commenters—presumably the same people who beat up the former co-CEOs, went crazy. A few samples:• “Why don’t these old publishing houses start looking at younger more experienced, Web-oriented publishing professionals that are capable to pull a company like Cygnus out of the rut and into the future? Look at the people outside the inner circle for example? There a many highly qualified, forward looking, quick successful B2B publishers that can manage to the bottom line and create good morale which translates into success. Every time.” • “John French “left” Penton a year ago. Now, he returns, a savior, to Cygnus, using the same “skills,” to “stabilize” Cygnus? Wow.”• “The last we heard from John French, in B to B’s “Who’s Who,” July 14, 2008: “Earlier this year, when French saw that Penton would not hit its year-end revenue goal, he acted quickly to make some difficult and unpopular choices, including instituting salary and hiring freezes in April and eliminating 42 positions in June. In memos, he told staffers the moves would help position Penton for future growth.” B to B, three days later, said this: “Penton Media, one of those troubled B2B media companies, is seeing more upheaval: John French, the CEO, is resigning. He will continue to stay on Penton’s board and will work with Wasserstein and MidOcean, the two joint PE owners of the company, on new media opportunities.”• So, can we expect the same kind of behavior? Come in, lay off people, exit? Expect another wild ride at Cygnus.”In these difficult times, you need vision, adequate resources, and especially, motivated, talented people who support each other, believe in each other and their managers. At many traditional media companies, that’s gone. And so, those companies themselves might be gone too. The corporate culture at Cygnus Business Media is toxic. So, perhaps, is Advanstar’s. And Nielsen Business Media’s. The Prism part of Penton Media used to be.These places and many others have become nasty cauldrons of resentment. It gets expressed every time FOLIO: writes a story about them—expressed in the hundreds of comments from past and present employees. I’m not blaming the employees. The reasons for their unhappiness are obvious. These companies have been through too many cycles of change in ownership, changes in management, downsizings, layoffs, salary cuts, loss of talent, loss of spirit, loss of camaraderie.last_img read more

Cardinal DiNardo Continues Recovery After Mild Stroke

first_imgCourtesy of the Archdiocese of Galveston-HoustonCardinal Daniel DiNardo (center) attended a dinner at St. Mary’s Seminary on April 10. Father Jeff Bame (left) and Auxiliary Bishop George Sheltz (right) accompanied him.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo is recovering after suffering a mild stroke on March 15, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said on Friday.DiNardo was released on April 5 from an inpatient rehabilitation program following two weeks of therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann.DiNardo will continue outpatient therapy in the coming weeks and will gradually return to his duties.The cardinal had been hospitalized, after partially collapsing during a Lenten Stations of the Cross service. The archdiocese later confirmed he had experienced a mild stroke, and said he was expected to make a full recovery.  The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is the largest Roman Catholic diocese in Texas and the fifth largest in the United States. DiNardo is also the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, placing him as the top Catholic official in the United States.  Sharelast_img read more

Google pulls emulators from the Android Market

first_imgThe open nature of the Android Market is becoming diminished as Google realizes it needs to take a more active role in its policing it.Over the weekend developer Yong Zhang, known on the Android Market as yongzh saw his Android developer account revoked and all the apps he offers removed from the Market. The apps he was offering were all emulators for popular older systems including the NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, Atari, Game Gear, and Game Boy. But Google has seen fit to remove all of them ( including Nesoid, Snesoid, Gensoid, N64oid, Ataroid, Gearoid, and Gameoid).The issue for Zhang is this move by Google has suddenly removed all his revenue streams from Android Market without warning. It also causes a problem for Android users who purchased the apps as they can no longer receive updates or re-download the emulators.The removal of the apps and developer account is most likely due to a complaint from one of the companies who own the rights to those systems. Sega complained last month and a couple of the emulators got removed. This complete ban is most likely a further complaint, we would hazard a guess it has come from Nintendo.Just as the App Store has Cydia as an alternative, unofficial app store, Android Market has alternatives too. One of those is SlideMe which Zhang is now using to host the emulators. They are free at the moment so that existing owners can get access to them.Zhang has not receieved any information from Google as to the specific reasons why this sudden move was taken. We don’t expect to be seeing any of the apps return to Android Market, though.Read more at Engadgetlast_img read more