Andrea Bocelli Brings Celebrity Fight Night Back To Italy

first_imgAfter finding success in its first year, “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” with Andrea Bocelli will return for a second turn, this year taking philanthropic donors and special guests through Florence and Rome, where they will be treated to the very best arts, entertainment and culture in the region.Celebrity Fight Night, a star-studded annual charity event, has raised nearly $108 million for many charities throughout its 21-year history, most significantly the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.Upon arrival in Florence on Thursday, September 10, guests will be treated to a cocktail reception and live entertainment from the renowned chamber musicians of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at the new boutique of Florentine watchmaker Officine Panerai adjacent to the iconic Il Duomo Cathedral. Then, Andrea Bocelli will welcome guests to the Panerai sponsored dinner in the Accademia Gallery under the gaze of the most famous sculpture in the world, Michelangelo’s David. Award-winning Italian pianist and singer Raphael Gualazzi will provide musical accompaniment for the evening.On September 11, after a day of personal exploration in Florence, guests will leave for the scenic drive to the coastal resort town of Forte dei Marmi, where Andrea and Veronica Bocelli welcome everyone into their home for an unforgettable night. Recognized for its history of sales to celebrities and royalty, world renowned fine jeweler Cartier will present this evening that includes a beach sunset aperitif at Bagno Annetta, a gourmet dinner, and memorable entertainment. David Foster will lead performances by Andrea Bocelli, Reba McEntire, The Band Perry, Ronnie Dunn, Chris Tucker, Leona Lewis, Jackie Evancho, and others.The pinnacle of this seven day experience is the featured gala on September 13, where guests will walk the red carpet in the historical Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. This massive Romanesque fortress-palace is one of the most impressive town halls in all of Tuscany; and it will open exceptionally to host the gala. Andrea Bocelli, along with the extraordinary orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of the greatest living conductor Maestro Zubin Mehta, will headline the evening. Reba McEntire and Sharon Stone will receive the Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Awards on stage during the evening.The following day, guests will be welcomed into the Antinori nel Chianti Classico winery, where they will become part of an adventure that winds through six centuries of a passionate history of producing wine. This unique winery, which proudly recognizes Antinori’s social value, was built with local materials and with great respect for the environment and the Tuscan landscape. Dinner will be presented in the stunning underground aging area call Barriccaia under terracotta high vaults, and will feature a live performance by The Band Perry.The five day experience is sponsored by Keep Memory Alive, PEAK6 – Best Marble, Cartier, Officine Panerai, Ermanno Scervino, Stefano Ricci, Antinori, Jeep, Nikki Beach and Ca’ del Bosco.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

College towns feel pinch from rental sites like Airbnb

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Time was when renting an apartment in one of this college town’s funky triple-deckers or two-family homes wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg.Now, renting in Cambridge can feel like that — something critics say is made tougher by short-term rental websites like Airbnb, through which property owners can make more money renting out apartments or homes by the night instead of a yearlong lease.The debate over services like Airbnb — often criticized for essentially turning apartments into hotel rooms, putting upward pressure on housing costs and driving out longer-term tenants who can’t afford rising rents — has raged for years in major cities. But it is also keenly felt in event-heavy college towns, particularly ones that also are tourist destinations or are near them, like Cambridge, next to Boston.Jennifer McConnell, a high school Spanish teacher who rents out rooms in her Cambridge brownstone through Airbnb, said she’d otherwise have trouble covering her expenses.“It’s been a game changer both financially, because it’s allowed me to stay in my home, but also emotionally because it’s filled up my home with guests,” said McConnell, whose guests included a woman from Germany who stayed for seven weeks while taking a graduate course at Harvard.Short-term rentals have caused enough concern in Cambridge that the city council last month approved new regulations requiring people offering short-term rentals to live in the same building and undergo an inspection once every five years.Picturesque Boulder, home to the University of Colorado, last year began requiring property owners to have a license to rent to visitors. Evanston, Illinois, a Chicago suburb that is home to Northwestern University, also has beefed up rules on rentals of less than 30 days.Massachusetts Lodging Association President Paul Sacco hailed the Cambridge rules, saying they’re needed to prevent “illegal hotels” in the city.Airbnb said it is not to blame for spiking housing costs. Only a small percentage of the Cambridge housing stock — about 140 homes or apartments — are rented through its website for more than 172 nights a year, it said. That’s Airbnb’s estimate for someone who is effectively doing short-term rental as a business.Interest in renting rooms through Airbnb often jumps during graduation or a big football game, said Will Burns, public policy director for Airbnb.Visiting scholars and families of college students also fill rooms. In Cambridge, an annual rowing event on the Charles River also creates demand.In the past 12 months, Airbnb said, there have been 90,000 guest arrivals in Cambridge through its service in the city of about 110,000.Kirsten Rulf, a 36-year-old research fellow at Harvard Law School, said she used Airbnb for two weeks in August 2015 before finding permanent housing. The small, furnished room in a larger apartment cost her $1,500 for 14 nights, she said.“For me that was the best option, because hotels are super expensive, especially in August,” said Rulf, who hails from Mendig, Germany.A tour of Airbnb’s website reveals how much of a draw colleges are — at least according to those trying to rent out rooms.“Perfect spot to visit MIT, Harvard, BU (Boston University),” reads one ad. “The house is within walking distance to the Princeton University Campus,” reads another ad. A third boasts, “Great ‘shotgun’ style apartment on a nice street in New Haven which is a short ( 5min) walk to Yale.”Some institutions, including Boston’s Emerson College, have even busted students for trying to rent out dorm rooms.An agreement on graduate housing at Yale University states that while students are allowed to have guests for short visits, “Guests who pay rent and/or guests found through Airbnb or similar arrangements are prohibited.”In Cambridge, the median rent has soared to a daunting $3,000 a month, according to real estate data provider Zillow. In Boston, which sees its population swell every September when students flock back, the median rent is $2,700.According to Zillow, the median monthly rent in Evanston is nearly $1,700. The rent in Ithaca, New York — hub of the touristy Finger Lakes region and home to Cornell University — is about $1,600, according to the real estate firm Trulia.A 2014 report by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found “private short-term rentals displaced long-term housing in thousands of apartments” in New York City.McConnell, the Cambridge resident who opens her home to Airbnb clients, said she’s OK with the city’s regulations but isn’t thrilled about the inspections. She said she also doesn’t fault Airbnb for the city’s soaring housing and rental costs.“The middle class person has a hard time finding a place,” she said. “I don’t blame that on Airbnb. People couldn’t afford to rent those places anyway.”last_img read more

Swedens Ambassador to the US elected president of next General Assembly session

Mr. Eliasson currently serves as Ambassador of Sweden to the United States. He is a former State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and a former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. From 1988 to 1992 he was Sweden’s Permanent Representative at the UN.All 191 UN Member States are represented in the Assembly, which, as the world body’s main deliberative organ, tackles issues ranging from global security and development concerns to UN budgetary and administrative matters.This year it will focus particularly on negotiating Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s UN reform proposals and reviewing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) designed to eradicate or reduce a host of socio-economic ills by the deadline year, 2015.The outcome of the negotiations on reform so far has been put together by the current Assembly President, Jean Ping of Gabon, in a draft declaration to be voted on during a world summit, set for 14-16 September.”At a time when the UN has entered a crucial phase of history, your long experience and diplomatic skills will serve you well in leading the work of the sixtieth session of the General Assembly and in pursuing the work begun the fifty-ninth session, notably the implementation of the various aspects of the current reform process,” Mr. Ping told Mr. Eliasson after the vote.Thanking the Assembly, Mr. Eliasson said its support took on special significance because “the legendary Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld was born in Jönköping, Sweden, this year 100 years ago.”Mr. Hammarskjöld died in a plane crash in what is now Zambia as he was trying to negotiate a truce in a civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on behalf of the UN.Mr. Eliasson said his Presidency would be guided by values and principles which are the pillars of Sweden’s foreign policy: “belief in multilateral cooperation; the imperative of prevention; respect for the rule of law and human rights; solidarity with the poor and persecuted; and concern for the rights of women, for the children and for the health of Planet Earth.”The world was now facing a test of multilateralism, Mr. Eliasson said. “Will we develop the concepts and methods to deal with global problems in this age of rapid globalization? Will we be able to make the UN system a more effective actor on the world scene? These are major, even historic, tasks for our peoples, societies and governments, as well as for all of us here at the UN – we, the practitioners of multilateral diplomacy.” read more

On World AIDS Day UN leaders underline need for accountability

“The latest global AIDS figures give us reason for concern and for some hope,” said Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, (UNAIDS), in one of a series of messages today by the heads of UN organs and agencies.Almost 40 million people live with HIV and another 4.3 million will be infected this year, while at least 25 million others have died from AIDS-related diseases in the 25 years since the first case was reported. The pandemic is now the leading cause of death among both men and women aged between 15 and 59.Yet the number of countries providing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to sufferers and the breadth of access to HIV testing, counselling services and health care have also continued to expand, including in sub-Saharan Africa, the region hardest hit by AIDS.“However, we must increase the scale and impact of HIV prevention activities, including those directed at the drivers of the epidemic,” Dr. Piot said. “New data show that HIV prevention programmes have better results if focused on reaching people most at risk and adapted to changing national epidemics.”General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa said the theme of accountability applied to everyone, from world leaders who have previously vowed to improve reproductive health care services and information, particularly for women, to individuals who can help establish healthy behaviour when their children are young.“The challenge for all of us is to make good on our commitments and work in closer partnership towards our common goal. Civil society, NGOs [non-governmental organizations], the media, private sector and faith groups have an important role in promoting public awareness and holding leaders to account for their promises,” she said.Anders Nordström, Acting Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), said the international community had reached “a critical juncture” and needed to become smarter and more adaptable as it responded to HIV/AIDS.“We have to be… aware of which approaches are successful, and flexible enough to adapt our resources accordingly,” Dr. Nordström said. “We do not just need ‘more.’ We need to commit to clear-sightedness about what is working and what is not – and quickly apply that knowledge.”Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), warned against the stigmatization and marginalization of people living with HIV/AIDS, especially women, young people, injecting drug users, prisoners and victims of human trafficking – all groups that are particularly vulnerable to the pandemic.The UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Executive Director, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, saw signs of hope among the young, noting that HIV prevalence rates among youth have fallen in several countries because of increased condom use and other behavioural changes.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said it was vital that Member States are made to live up to their earlier commitments to eventually provide universal access to comprehensive prevention programmes, treatment, care and support by 2010.Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said it was important to recognize that combating HIV/AIDS is linked to resolving other key global challenges, from promoting economic development and fighting poverty in poorer countries to encouraging gender equality to supporting environmental sustainability.Numerous events are being staged around the world today to draw attention to the pandemic and to some of the ways that individuals can help to reduce or ameliorate its impact on communities.In New York, Drawing IT Out, an exhibition of 300 cartoons drawn by artists, in 50 countries opened at UN Headquarters. The event is sponsored by UNAIDS, the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. read more

Canada faces risk from potential housing correction Moodys report says

Canada faces risk from potential housing correction, Moody’s report says by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2017 11:44 am MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Moody’s Investors Service has released a report that identifies Canada as one of four Aaa-rated countries that are exposed to a potential housing market correction.In addition to Canada, the report lists New Zealand, Sweden and Australia as countries that have seen the largest increases in home prices and household debt among advanced economies over the last three years.Residential construction accounted for 7.6 per cent of GDP in Canada and 7.5 per cent in New Zealand, Moody’s noted.“In Canada and New Zealand, a housing downturn would involve sizable spillovers to the broader economy through the supply chain and impacts on employment and consumption,” the agency said in its report dated Monday.However, Moody’s said that unless reversals in house prices are accompanied by other long-lasting negative shocks, they would not fundamentally undermine the sovereigns’ credit profiles.The debt rating agency said all four countries have strong banking systems with high capitalization levels, conservative business models and strong liquidity.“Banking systems in the four countries are among the strongest that we rate,” Moody’s said.The housing sector has been identified as a risk for the Canadian economy as housing prices have marched higher and household debt has soared.Low interest rates have made borrowing cheap for Canadians, but some have expressed concerns about what could happen when rates rise or if there is a shock to the economy that results in a large number of job losses.Last week, Royal Bank CEO Dave McKay raised concerns about the repercussions that high house prices in Toronto and Vancouver could have on the country’s economic growth. He called on all three levels of government to work together in devising an intervention. read more

In techdriven 21st century achieving global development goals requires closing digital gender

These are among the key takeaways from the inaugural report of the EQUALS Research Group, led by the United Nations University (UNU), which puts structural issues and core concerns that women and girls face online at the centre of efforts to understand the gender digital divide.Equality in ICT access involves more than mere availability and use of mobile phones. To what extent do women have equal access to devices other than mobile phones, as well as control over those devices and the ability to use the technology in beneficial ways?With women and girls making up the majority of the more than three billion people offline, closing the gender digital divide has the potential to empower women both online and off, in various facets of their lives including their economic and social conditions.Gender gap in mobile internet use in low and middle income countries by regionGSMA Mobile Gender Gap Report 2018Gender gap in mobile internet use in low and middleincome countries by region. KEY FINDINGS The report, released in connection with the current session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), which opened at UN Headquarters on Monday and will run through 22 March, finds, among others, that while gender gaps are observable in most aspects of ICT access, skills and leadership, the overall picture is quite complex.For example, there are large regional variations: some countries are close to parity or have even reversed the gender gap on some indicators, while others still have persistent gaps. Moreover, individual countries can have both large and small gaps, depending on the indicator being measured. Interpreting the gaps requires careful and contextualized analysis.These and other complexities spotlight the fact that there is no one conclusive strategy for eliminating gender digital inequalities. The report finds that recommendations generally call either for targeting specific contributing factors of gender digital inequality (such as affordability or recruiting practices), or for reshaping deeply ingrained social norms and practices (such as gender stereotypes) that are at the root of gender inequalities. Gender digital divides are not all the same. The gender digital divide persists irrespective of a country’s overall ICT access levels, economic performance, income level or geographic location. Cultural and institutional constraints help shape how the gender digital divide manifests itself in a country. A one-size-fits-all approach to the issue will not be effective.The gender digital divide widens as technologies become more sophisticated and expensive, enabling more transformational use and impacts.Basic digital access and literacy are necessary but not sufficient conditions for women to meaningfully use ICTs.Use is not the same as ownership. As ITU begins to collect gender-disaggregated data around mobile phone use and ownership, the disparity between the two indicators appears to be key to understanding women’s disadvantages in access to ICTs.The potential of mobile phones is under-realized. Despite its lower cost as compared to using a computer, the number of women using mobile internet remains substantially low relative to men. In the report’s foreword, UN Secretary-General António Guterres agrees that ICTs have the potential to alleviate many of the steep barriers faced by women, and to ensure the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is achieved by all, but says to reach those goals, the international community needs the data and evidence that demonstrate the extent and implications of the gender divide.“This [report] fulfils that need by providing comprehensive insights on gender digital inequality, highlighting the implications of persistent gaps and the reduced, unequal and even dangerous digital experiences of women and girls compared to men and boys,” he explains.The report outlines the state of gender equality in access to information and communication technologies; differences between men’s and women’s digital skills; and the extent of women’s participation in digital technology industries as employees, leaders and entrepreneurs.“Its findings should urge us to make urgent investments in digital gender equality, as a foundation for all our work,” says Mr. Guterres, adding that it also highlights the importance of gender-disaggregated data to identify and monitor inequalities, without which it is impossible to assess progress and the achievement of development goals. read more

Steve Agi found safe

first_imgUpdate: 11pm (AEST) 31/01/2013Police have confirmed that missing publisher Steve Agi (Anagnostou) has been located. The 41-year-old was found in Mildura around 6.30 this evening. Update: 6pm 31/01/2013According to OPA! Magazine and other social media sources, Steve Agi has been found safe. His family are on their way to see him.  Victoria Police have yet to confirm this information. He is safe and well and is expected to be re-united with his family later on tonight.center_img Original story: 9:42am 31/01/2013OPA! magazine publisher Steve Agi(Anagnostou) has been missing since yesterday, and Victoria police are seeking the public’s assistance to help locate him. The 41-year-old was last seen at his office in Ingles Street, Port Melbourne around 9:15 am Wednesday morning. The alert was raised when Steve missed an appointment booked in for 9:30 am, as he is usually very punctual and keeps all appointments. Steve is described as being around 183cm tall with a solid build and brown hair.He was wearing a black and white chequered shirt, black jeans and black boots. Anyone who sees Steve is urged to call triple zero (000) immediately. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

For 170000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car

first_imgStay on target Tesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in MoscowToyota’s Electric Vehicle Will Transport 2020 Olympic Athletes, Visitors If you’re shopping for an EV right now, you’ve got a lot of great options. One of the newest is the Lightyear One, which stands out for one big reason. It’s solar powered.Most EVs can recharge their cells while driving thanks to features like regenerative breaking, but Lightyear’s massive solar panels take things to a whole new level.They don’t just cover the roof, either. The hood and the trunk are topped with solar cells as well. In total the Lightyear One sports nearly 54 square feet of cells that produce an extra 12km/hr of range. Overall, the company says that the battery and solar array provide up to 800 km (over 450 miles) of range.That’s the top end estimate, naturally. Even in winter with the heat cranked and the defrosters keeping your view clear Lightyear promises at least 400km at highway speed.Lightyear did a number of things to squeeze out as much range as possible. As with any vehicle design, two keys are aerodynamics and weight. The One’s profile helps it slice through the air.(Photo Credit: Lightyear)Its curb weight has been kept down through the use of high-tech materials, and the One’s battery adds less to the total than some of its plug-in competitors. That’s because it doesn’t have to be as large, what with the solar panels recharging it all the time.Being one of the first people one the planet to own the first mainstream solar car doesn’t come cheap. Material costs are high in the early going, notes Lightyear, which pushes the starting cost of the One to around $170,000.(Photo Credit: Lightyear)That’s around $40,000 more than a top-end Tesla Model S. Whether the bump in sticker price is enough to justify the convenience of never having to plug in, never having to pay for power (you can do both in a pinch, the One does have a charging port), and the price of admission to an exclusive club is up to you.So far, Lightyear has racked up 100 pre-orders.Watch: Elon Musk Has Some Advice About Charging Your Tesla BatteryMore on Geek.com:Nissan’s Newest EV Is an Ice Cream TruckWorld’s First Five-Seater Air Taxi Completes Test FlightBehold: The World’s First Fully Electric Classic Ford Broncolast_img read more

Liquor store robbed in Nassau three suspects for construction site shooting

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Nassauconstructionsiteshooting, #Nassauliquorstorerobbed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Nassau – A Friday armed robbery of a wholesale liquor store and two customers has police on the hunt for the suspects in that case.   It happened around 8pm at a store on Blue Hill Road in Nssau.  Both men were armed.Three men are being questioned in connection to the Shirley Street murder at the construction site say Police.   The men were taken into custody since Wednesday for the shooting on December 10, where one man was killed, two others hospitalized in a reportedly botched armed robbery.#MagneticMediaNews#Nassauliquorstorerobbed#Nassauconstructionsiteshootinglast_img read more

FOLIOs 2009 Manufacturing and Production Trends Survey

first_imgManufacturing and production  executives may rarely make the news, but their decisions have the potential to impact the future of their print publishing companies. While 2009 spending has taken a significant dip—like most everything else in the industry—with many opting out altogether, industry execs are forced to get back to basics and make savvy decisions when it comes to which technologies are worthy of investment dollars, and which fall short.FOLIO:’s 2009 Manufacturing and Production Trends Survey reports what tools—like ad portals, virtual proofing and XML workflows—continue to come into their own and save publishers valuable dollars, as well as those areas that manufacturing and production execs are avoiding. Facing so many challenges this year, it appears that decision makers are remaining status quo and investing only in upgrades that will save big in the long run.Most Investment Under $5,000Thirty-three percent of those surveyed report not investing at all in 2008, and of those who did, 22 percent say that new technology investments were  less than $5,000 (the lowest price bracket). Most technology investments stuck to the basics, with survey verbatims resoundingly fixed on “computer hardware and software”; “printers, and software” and “hardware upgrades.” Other areas of minor investment include online development through digital magazines and newsletters, pre-press technology and Web development and hosting. Nearly half of those surveyed (49 percent) report no change in spending on manufacturing and production in 2008 over the previous year, while 15 percent cite an increasing investment in 2008 from 2007. However, this is down 6 percent from 2007 versus 2006. Within this diminishing category, 3 percent of respondents say that their investment is in the “30 percent or more” and “less than 10 percent” ranges, with 9 percent between a 10-29 percent increase. Twenty-three percent of respondents cite a decrease in investment—up from 5 percent last year—particularly in the 10-29 percent category. Virtual Proofs Aren’t ‘Interim Technology’FOLIO:’s 2009 survey shows publishers streamlining many manufacturing and digital production processes with in-house resources increasing by 7 percent from 53 to 60 percent this year over last. Respondents also reported that both outsourcing and in-house pre-press sources have decreased by 7 percent and 2 percent, respectively, since 2008.A bright spot in this sector is the number of publishers using virtual proofing, up 7 percent, and for good reason. Industry executives report bigger savings from the process, with 14 percent saving $20,000-$49,999 (up from 6 percent in 2008). Savings in the less than $4,999 category, however, have decreased since 2008. In a recent FOLIO: story, Time Inc. director of digital technology, Kin Wah Lam, says he continues to be quite happy with virtual proofing since beginning with it in 2004. However, at this year’s PRIMEX conference, industry vets projected whether no proofing, or print to the numbers, could be next in the evolution of more efficient proofs. While Lam thinks that this process—running a press without any reference proof to guide the operator—has some potential down the road, he considers that “current print-by-numbers alone isn’t good enough to eliminate any form of hard or virtual proof.” Lam doesn’t consider virtual proofing to be an interim technology; if anything, he considers it a complement to the print by numbers process.In addition to virtual proofs, ad portals are also experiencing growth, with a slightly higher number of those surveyed using a portal system (26 percent versus 22 percent in 2008); the number of respondents not using an ad portal has also decreased by 5 percent (from 76 percent in 2008 to 71 percent now). While many continue to use Web-based ad portals to manage their ad traffic (a small percentage over last year anticipate implementing one in less than six months), Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia developed an in-house, open source platform in June for more efficient delivery and receipt of advertising materials. “We can push ad material extensions even closer to press time than we have in the past, which allows us to provide more flexibility for our salespeople and our clients,” says Dora Cardinale, executive vice president of print production. The argument for portals has also gone green. “This process is also environmentally friendly since it allows for the elimination of thousands of discs that, after a single use, literally become landfill,” she adds.Digital Workflow FormatsThe need to automate has become a no-brainer for many publishers, particularly when it comes to PDF workflow technologies. Twenty-two percent of respondents are using an XML workflow, up from 18 percent last year. The number of manufacturing and production execs using XML for every stage of the process has also grown 7 percent (from 2 percent to 9 percent in 2009). Unfortunately, fewer respondents reported big savings with XML in the $5,000-$9,999 range, but 8 percent more than last year reported smaller savings between $1,000-$4,999.While XML saw a slight increase, the outlook continues to be bleak for JDF (Job Definition Format) files, a production standard that enables publishers and printers to describe the intent of the printed piece, as well as each process step required to achieve that intent. Respondents say they are less likely to use JDFs (4 percent this year versus 7 percent in 2008), and those who will never use JDF has increased over the past two years—from 23 percent in 2007 to 30 percent in 2009. In 2007, Hachette Filipacchi experimented with using a subset of JDF as an e-commerce message set to allow more automated delivery of materials for pre-press, but ended up abandoning the effort. “Decisions are changing so rapidly that we put a stop to it and haven’t picked it up since,” Hachette’s director of digital technology, John Dougherty, said at the time. Online insertion orders have also decreased in popularity, with almost 10 percent fewer reporting use from last year, and 7 percent more citing that they do not use this technology.Production Sees a RenaissanceThe 2009 respondent profile reports that the “types of magazines published” have remained flat with the exception of  city and regionals, increasing by 11 percent. While the number of dedicated production pros saw a decline in ‘08 (down 54 percent from 73 percent in ‘07), they experienced a resurgence in 2009, increasing to 70 percent. And despite a bleak outlook, a growing number of high revenue publishers—$75 million plus—expect to meet revenue numbers this year.last_img read more

In Other News Dayton Sues Firefighting Foam Manufacturers U of Alaska Campus

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Dayton, Ohio, is suing a handful of manufacturers of firefighting foam — including the 3M Co., Buckeye Fire Equipment Co., Chemguard, Tyco Fire Products L.P., and National Foam — in response to the discovery of low levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the municipal water supply. Local water officials believe the contamination stems from the use of firefighting foam, and they have identified Wright-Patterson AFB and a city fire training center as possible sources, reports the Dayton Daily News. “Right now, the city of Dayton is on the hook for the cost of making sure these chemicals do not endanger our water supplies,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. … The University of Alaska Fairbanks celebrated its designation as a Purple Heart campus last week, a recognition that the school has taken extra care to support its military and veteran students during and after their time on campus. The event also celebrated the creation of the school’s Department of Military and Veteran Services, reports the Daily News-Miner. “This is a military town, and this is an organization, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, that supports its military,” said Jackie Morton, director of the new department. Fort Wainwright is adjacent to Fairbanks; Eielson AFB is about 25 miles from the university.News-Miner photo by Eric Engmanlast_img read more

Mars crater looks like a winter wonderland

first_img $155 at Google Express $999 43 Photos Share your voice 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Post a comment Enlarge ImageThis view of Korolev crater combines data from ESA’s Mars Express with a digital terrain model. ESA/DLR/FU Berlin Pack your ski boots. Grab a warm jacket. Don’t forget the hot cocoa. The European Space Agency released a set of images on Thursday of a very interesting Mars crater, and the views are perfect for the holiday season. The views of Korolev crater come from images and data collected by Mars Express, an ESA orbiter that’s studying the planet’s atmosphere and geology while looking for traces of water. plan-view-of-korolev-craterThis top-down view of Korolev crater is a mosaic made up of observations from ESA’s Mars Express orbiter. ESA/DLR/FU Berlin “This image shows what appears to be a large patch of fresh, untrodden snow — a dream for any lover of the holiday season,” ESA says. But that’s not snow. The crater is located near the northern polar cap and it’s filled with ice that’s about 1.1 miles (1.8 kilometers) thick near the center. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Comments Read Google Home Hub review Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $520 at HP Amazon $60 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 0 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See it Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Angela Lang/CNET The Cheapskate $6 at Tidal Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Read the Rylo camera preview Tags Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET $210 at Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read the AirPods review Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. NASA view of Mars looks like a ’70s shag carpet See NASA’s InSight lander play the claw game on Mars $59 at eBay See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview Turo Rylo $999 Boost Mobile Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Amazon An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $299 at Amazon Marvelous Mars Korolev gets its icy appearance from acting as a cold trap.”The air moving over the deposit of ice cools down and sinks, creating a layer of cold air that sits directly above the ice itself,” ESA explains. This layer of cold stabilizes the ice and prevents it from warming up and fading away.The crater stretches almost 51 miles (82 kilometers) across, which is like putting two marathons back to back. While it looks inviting, don’t expect to go cross-country skiing there anytime soon. We’re far away from even setting a human foot on Mars, but we can still dream. See It Sci-Tech Tags Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7last_img read more

Fish billed as local isnt always local

first_imgSurrounded by ice, commercial fishing boats are docked in their slips after more than a week`s worth of frigid weather froze the harbor in Lake Montauk in Montauk, NY, on Sunday, 7 January, 2018. Only a few commercial boats remain in Montauk harbor during the winter months fishing for species such as porgy, tilefish, monkfish and black sea bass. Photo : APEven after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country’s top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York.But it was just an illusion. No tuna was landing there. The fish had long since migrated to warmer waters.In a global industry plagued by fraud and deceit, conscientious consumers are increasingly paying top dollar for what they believe is local, sustainably caught seafood. But even in this fast-growing niche market, companies can hide behind murky supply chains that make it difficult to determine where any given fish comes from. That’s where national distributor Sea To Table stepped in, guaranteeing its products were wild and directly traceable to a US dock – and sometimes the very boat that brought it in.However, an Associated Press investigation found the company was linked to some of the same practices it vowed to fight. Preliminary DNA tests suggested some of its yellowfin tuna likely came from the other side of the world, and reporters traced the company’s supply chain to migrant fishermen in foreign waters who described labor abuses, poaching and the slaughter of sharks, whales and dolphins.The New York-based distributor was also offering species in other parts of the country that were illegal to catch, out of season and farmed.Over the years, Sea To Table has become a darling in the sustainable seafood movement, building an impressive list of clientele, including celebrity chef Rick Bayless, Chopt Creative Salad chain, top universities and the makers of home meal kits such as HelloFresh.”It’s sad to me that this is what’s going on,” said Bayless, an award-winning chef who runs eight popular restaurants and hosts a PBS cooking series. He said he loved the idea of being directly tied to fishermen – and the pictures and “wonderful stories” about their catch. “This throws quite a wrench in all of that.”As part of its reporting, the AP staked out America’s largest fish market, followed trucks and interviewed fishermen who worked on three continents. During a bone-chilling week, they set up a camera that shot more than 36,000 time-lapse photos of a Montauk harbor, showing no tuna boats docking. At the same time, AP worked with a chef to order fish supposedly coming from the seaside town. The boat listed on the receipt hadn’t been there in at least two years.Reporters also tracked Sea To Table’s supply chain to fishermen abroad who earn as little as $1.50 a day working 22-hour shifts without proper food and water.”We were treated like slaves,” said Sulistyo, an Indonesian fisherman forced to work on a foreign trawler that delivered fish to a Sea To Table supplier. He asked that only one name be used, fearing retaliation. “They treat us like robots without any conscience.”Sea To Table owner Sean Dimin emphasized his suppliers are strictly prohibited from sending imports to customers and added violators would be terminated.”We take this extremely seriously,” he said.Dimin said he communicated clearly with his customers that some fish labeled as freshly landed at one port was actually caught and trucked in from other states, but some chefs denied this. Federal officials described it as mislabeling.____A century ago, small-scale fisheries dotted America’s coasts and fed the country’s demand for seafood. But as time passed, overfishing, strict government regulations and outsourcing to developing countries changed the industry, making it nearly impossible for local fishermen to compete.The US seafood market is worth $17 billion annually, with imports making up more than 90 percent of that. Experts say one in five fish is caught illegally worldwide, and a study last year by the University of California, Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University found nearly half of all sushi samples tested in L.A. didn’t match the fish advertised on the menu.Sea To Table offered a worry-free local solution that arrived from dock to doorstep by connecting chefs directly with more than 60 partners along US coasts. While its mission is clear, scaling up to a national level while naming specific boats and docks is currently unrealistic. Still, the company is predicting rapid growth from $13 million in sales last year to $70 million by 2020, according to a confidential investor report obtained by the AP.As its business expanded, AP found Sea To Table has been saying one thing but selling another.For caterers hosting a ball for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who had successfully pushed through a law to combat seafood mislabeling, knowing where his fish came from was crucial.The Montauk tuna arrived with a Sea To Table leaflet describing the romantic, seaside town and an email from a salesperson saying the fish was caught off North Carolina. But the boxes came from New York and there was no indication it had been landed in another state and driven more than 700 miles to Montauk. A week later the caterer ordered the Montauk tuna again. This time the invoice listed a boat whose owner later told AP he didn’t catch anything for Sea To Table at that time.”I’m kind of in shock right now,” said Brandon LaVielle of Lavish Roots Catering. “We felt like we were supporting smaller fishing villages.”Some of Sea To Table’s partner docks, it turns out, are not docks at all. Their seafood was advertised as “just landed” from wholesalers and retailers like Santa Barbara Fish Market – which also has imports – and Red’s Best in Boston. Both collect seafood at harbors and companies up and down their coasts.Sea To Table also promoted fresh blue crab from Maryland in January, even though the season closed in November. In addition, the company said it never sells farmed seafood, citing concerns about antibiotics and hormones. But red abalone advertised from central California are actually grown in tanks – it’s been illegal to harvest commercially from the ocean since 1997. Rhode Island and Washington state also supply aquacultured seafood, such as oysters and mussels.Dimin said farmed shellfish “is a very small part of our business, but it’s something that we’re open and clear about.” When asked to provide evidence that the company has been transparent about its use of farmed shellfish, he paused and then replied, “There’s nothing to hide there.”However, days later, he said he decided to drop aquaculture from his business because it contradicts his “wild only” guarantee.Private companies that mislead consumers, clients and potential investors could face lawsuits or criminal liability. Both the Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are charged with enforcing laws to prevent fish fraud. Sellers who know, or even should have known, that fish is mislabeled could be found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the US government, mail fraud and wire fraud. The crimes carry potential fines and jail time.Carl Safina, an award-winning author and leading marine conservationist at New York’s Stony Brook University, said companies that prey on consumers’ good intentions “deserve to be out of business immediately.”A half dozen commercial fishermen and dealers in various regions of the country voiced concerns and, in some cases, anger about Sea To Table. Others have lashed out in the past using social media. Most spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern for their safety and their businesses in an industry where relationships often overlap.Eric Hodge, a small-scale fisherman from Santa Barbara, said he considered partnering with Sea To Table a few years ago. He quickly changed his mind after seeing canary rockfish on the distributor’s chef lists when the fish was illegal to catch. He also learned Sea To Table was buying halibut from the fish market, which relies heavily on imports. He said he spoke to the company about his concerns.”Honestly, they know. I just don’t think they care,” Hodge said. “They are making money on every shipment, and they are not going to ask questions. And in seafood, that’s a bad way to go about it because there is so much fraud.”___The idea for Sea To Table began with a family vacation to Trinidad and Tobago more than two decades ago. Following a fishing trip there, Michael Dimin and his son, Sean, eventually started shipping fresh catch from the Caribbean nation to chefs in New York. Later, they shifted their model to work exclusively with small-scale American coastal fishermen.Restaurants and other buyers demanding sustainable products were drawn to the company by a marketing campaign that provided a story not just about where the fish came from, but the romantic image of an American pastime. And they were willing to pay a lot – sometimes more than $20 a pound – for high-end species.The New York Times, National Geographic, Bon Appetit magazine and many others singled out Sea To Table as the good guys in a notoriously bad industry. Larry Olmsted, author of the bestselling book “Real Food, Fake Food,” recommended it as an answer to fraud in a Forbes article.After learning about the problems, Olmsted said he was disappointed, and that it made no difference to him if part of the business was legitimate: “It either is reliable, or it’s not.”Sea To Table partnered with sustainability giants such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Marine Stewardship Council and the James Beard Foundation, which collaborated on events and referred to the distributor as an industry favorite. They expressed concern that suppliers who knowingly mislabel catch will damage the movement.Sea To Table’s products are sold in almost every state, reaching everywhere from Roy’s seafood restaurants to Tacombi taco chain. It can be found at eateries inside the Empire State Building in New York and Chicago’s O’Hare airport, direct to consumers from its own website and even on Amazon for home cooks to order. In addition, more than 50 college campuses such as Yale, Ohio State and the University of Massachusetts have signed up. So have some of the biggest make-it-yourself meal kits, including Home Chef and Sun Basket, a rapidly growing market that Sea To Table says generates a third its revenues.Whether they know it or not, a company spending money at any point in a long chain that begins with an abused fisherman and ends with a diner is inadvertently supporting the problem. Customers who responded to AP said they were frustrated and confused.”Not ok,” Ken Toong, who is responsible for UMass Dining, said of Sea To Table. “We believed them.”____AP’s investigation began with one of Sea To Table’s nearby suppliers. Located on New York’s eastern coast beyond the posh Hamptons, Bob Gosman Company opened in Montauk as a mom-and-pop clam shack more than six decades ago.Now run by cousins Bryan and Asa Gosman, it is a small empire sitting on a multi-million dollar property. Oceanfront restaurants, shops and motels bustle with tourists in the summer. And its fish market, where 70 percent of the tuna is imported, has become one of the biggest wholesalers in the area.Gosman’s gets most of its tuna along with other species from a place in the state where fish can always be found, regardless of the season: The New Fulton Fish Market. The nine-acre refrigerated warehouse just outside Manhattan is the second-largest facility of its kind, moving millions of pounds of seafood each night, much of it flown in from across the globe.Beautiful maroon slabs of imported high-grade tuna were on display for several nights in December, January and February, as well as other times throughout last year, when AP reporters roamed the market. The frigid building buzzed with workers on forklifts zigzagging across slick concrete floors, stacking orders waiting to be picked up.In the early hours, often between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., boxes of fish bearing foreign shipping labels from all over the world were arranged into piles with “Gosman” scribbled across them in black marker. They were later hoisted onto a waiting truck with the same name.After a three-hour drive east, the AP watched the loads arrive at the company’s loading dock in Montauk, just as the sun was rising on the tip of Long Island.The tuna, swordfish and other species were then ferried inside Gosman’s warehouse. They came from Blue Ocean in Brazil, Vietnam’s Hong Ngoc Seafood Co., and Land, Ice and Fish in Trinidad and Tobago. Occasionally, boxes showed up from Luen Thai Fishing Venture and Marshall Islands Fishing Venture, part of a Hong Kong-based conglomerate that’s a major supplier of sushi-grade tuna. Despite recent conservation partnerships, Luen Thai has a checkered past, including shark finning and a bribery scandal that resulted in the jailing of a former Cook Islands marine resources minister in 2016.Bryan Gosman said Sea To Table stressed it would not take imports. But with no yellowfin tuna landed in New York during the coldest winter months – which a federal official confirmed – it was impossible to provide high-quality loins from Montauk.”So in the beginning, there were times when we were trying to hustle around fish,” Gosman said. “Buying fish at different places, so it could be a legitimate business plan that they’re trying to follow.”Eventually, with Dimin’s blessing, Gosman said he started getting fish from as far away as North Carolina and trucking it up to New York. They stopped that arrangement in March. Gosman said it wasn’t profitable. Dimin said they wanted to avoid the “complexity of communicating” their sourcing.Meanwhile, in the dead of winter, AP had turned to a chef to order $500 worth of fish on their behalf. Sea To Table provided a receipt and verbal assurances that the seafood – which arrived overnight in a box bearing the company’s name and logo – had been landed in Montauk the day before.The invoice even listed the “Standin Up” as the boat that caught it. But the vessel’s owner said it was in another state at the time, hundreds of miles away.”I know my name is being used,” said Robert Devlin, who was upset by the news. “A lot of people do fraud that way.”The AP also shipped tuna samples supposedly from Montauk to two labs for analysis: Preliminary DNA testing suggested the fish likely came from the Indian Ocean or the Western Central Pacific. There are limitations with the data because using genetic markers to determine the origins of species is still an emerging science, but experts say the promising new research will eventually be used to help fight illegal activity in the industry.Bryan Gosman said they keep Sea To Table’s fish separate, but acknowledged there’s always a chance some imported tuna can slip through with domestic.”Can things get mixed up? It could get mixed up,” he said. “Is it an intentional thing? No, not at all.”___The investigation didn’t end in Montauk. One of the boxes in Gosman’s stack at the Fulton fish market was stamped with a little blue tuna logo above the words “Land, Ice and Fish,” out of Trinidad and Tobago.This is where the AP traced companies in Sea To Table’s supply chain to slave-like working conditions and the destruction of marine life.The global seafood industry is known for providing cheap fish that comes with another price. Unscrupulous foreign companies operate with virtually no oversight in vast swaths of international waters, as AP reported in a series of stories in 2015. Those reports helped free more than 2,000 enslaved fishermen in Indonesia.Though it’s nearly impossible to tell where a specific fish ends up, or what percentage of a company’s seafood is fraudulent, experts say even one bad piece taints the entire supply chain.On learning that Sea To Table’s supply chain could be tracked to businesses engaged in labor and environmental abuses, Dimin said it was “abhorrent and everything we stand against.”He said he was temporarily suspending operations with two partners to conduct an audit.During the investigation, reporters interviewed and obtained written complaints from more than a dozen current and former Indonesian fishermen – including Sulistyo – who were connected to companies in Sea To Table’s supply chain.Sulistyo said his trawler plied waters between Africa and the Caribbean. Occasionally, it stopped in Trinidad and unloaded swordfish, yellowfin and bigeye tuna at Land, Ice and Fish.Some crew members who docked there said they were beaten and forced to work when they were sick or hurt. At times, they said, migrant workers died on board and were tossed in the freezer with their catch while the boat continued to fish.”You are out 500 miles or a thousand miles from shore, he is the law at that point,” John Duberg of Land, Ice and Fish said of individual captains. “And if he feels he has a misbehaving crew member, he may have to take disciplinary actions.”Marine life was treated with even less respect. Some men said they were ordered to pull in as many sharks as they could catch and slice off their fins, which are a delicacy in Asia. The bodies were tossed back into the ocean, a practice banned by many countries.Whales also were killed, their heads sometimes chopped off and their teeth extracted as good luck charms. The workers showed photos and videos of fishermen posing with mutilated sharks and whales. While some men appeared to celebrating, others said it left them feeling sickened.Sulistyo endured the abuse and long hours for a year before jumping to another ship in 2017, demanding to be taken to port. He returned to Indonesia and was classified as a victim of trafficking by the International Organization for Migration.After hearing that just 30 pounds of tuna could be sold in America for more than $600 – the amount Sulistyo earned during his entire year of work – he stared at the ground in disgust.”I want to say to the Americans who eat that fish, please appreciate what we did to catch this fish with our sweat, with our lives,” Sulistyo said. “Please remember that.”last_img

The Struggle to Find Purpose After Prison

first_imgSeveral District agencies are pushing efforts to educate and administer constructive change for former inmates in Washington, D.C., also known as returning citizens. The National Association of Returning Citizens (NARC) headed by President Eric Weaver, in conjunction with the Office of D.C. At-large Council member Robert White (D) and various sponsors recently held a screening for the documentary, “Returning Citizens.”D.C. At-large Council member Robert White along with the National Association for Returning Citizens recently held a documentary screening on adjusting to life after prison. (Courtesy photo)The screening of “Returning Citizens” narrates the challenging transitions former inmates have when returning to their lives. The event was held at the R.I.S.E Demonstration Center in Southeast D.C. on Nov. 2. Guest speakers included Charles Thornton, Lashonia Thompson, Brittany Floyd and Eric Weaver, each a resident who was once incarcerated. The screening was followed by a roundtable discussion dissecting the various perils of citizen re-entry after prison.Panelist told the audience about their transitions after serving time. Each speaker said they experienced adversity from different angles, including lack of employment opportunities, lack of emotional support and missing large periods of life.Brittany Floyd, who was a senior in high school when she was incarcerated, spoke about the social challenges she faced during her transition and the gaps in support for residents with criminal records.“We do have a lot of youth services in the District, but you do not find a lot of intimate youth services where it’s intimate settings where people can come and trust and really know this is a safe place,” she said. “A lot of youth services that’s offered [for] youth come at a time where you’ve been entered into the justice system, you’ve been arrested, or your parents for some reason neglected you and you were introduced to child and family services.”White helped to direct the conversation to an often-ignored prospect of mental health and the role it plays in the District’s disaster of crime and mass incarceration. District resident and returning citizen Eric Weaver provided his insight on the mental and emotional scarring that accompany prison life, as he compared his 22 years in prison to a “war zone” where one becomes numb to the emotions and happenings of the outside world.“I remember coming home and my mother hugging me. I hugged her back because I knew that was the right thing to do but I felt nothing,” he said. “After being gone twenty-something years and coming home hugging my mother, I had no feelings at all. None at all. So, I think it’s nothing in jail that prepares you to come out there and have to deal with those type of emotions.”The District of Columbia Police Department previously faced a backlash for jailing mentally ill residents and was tasked by agencies within the city to find more humane and fair ways of handling prisoners with mental health issues.“We just can’t arrest our way out of this,” White told participants. “I think in the city we tried this in the 80s and 90s. We tried this as a way to deal with the crack epidemic and what it left was a generation of fatherless and motherless children who, I think, lack the supports that they needed and then these folks are still coming back into our city without college degrees, without the majority of the time, almost half the time, without high school diplomas or GED’s, and finding it very difficult to get back on their feet and to support themselves which results in higher costs for our city.”Newly appointed D.C. Chief of Police Peter Newsham agreed that arrests should not be the first and final solution. “I have been saying it since I’ve been assigned as the Chief of Police that we cannot arrest our way out of the crime problem that we have in the District of Columbia. We have done a number of things in Washington, DC as a police department to move the focus away from arresting people, in particular who have substance abuse or mental health issues, because when you introduce folks like that into the criminal justice system, it doesn’t change the behavior,” he said.last_img read more

Swan EGGs in the sky Astronomers conduct radio observations of freefloating evaporating

first_imgCygnus OB2 image at 325 MHz; the synthesized beam is 7.81” × 6.60”, P.A. = 88.6 degrees, the rms is 0.2 mJy beam−1, and the intensity peak is 0.270 Jy beam−1. The boxes in the figures show the regions where the proplyd sources studied here lie: source WDDGGHK 10 in box a, WDDGGHK 7, 8, 9 in box b, WDDGGHK 6 in box c, WDDGGHK 2, 3, 4 in box d. The white stars mark the position of putative ionizing agents. Credit: Isequilla et al., 2019. Citation: Swan EGGs in the sky: Astronomers conduct radio observations of free-floating evaporating gas globules in Cygnus OB2 (2019, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-swan-eggs-sky-astronomers-radio.html Externally illuminated photo-evaporating protoplanetary disks, or proplyds for short, are ionized circumstellar disks around young low-mass stars the size of our solar system. Their ionized material is known to form a thermal disk wind with a cometary structure. Most proplyds identified so far have been spotted in the Orion nebula, the closest region of massive star formation to our planet.FrEGGs are proplyd-like objects isolated from their parental molecular clouds. The are also externally ionized and present extended cometary morpologies. However, they are at earlier evolutionary stages than proplyds, with protostars still undergoing strong accretion and with larger molecular masses when compared to ionized protoplanetary disks. Moreover, frEGGs are are about 10 times larger than proplyds, which suggests that they can contain not just one but even several young protostars.For astronomers and astrophysicists, frEGGs are perceived as possible accelerators of cosmic rays, and perhaps even putative gamma-ray sources. Therefore, these objects could serve as new laboratories for the investigation of particle acceleration processes in slow flows, and in addition as counterparts of unidentified gamma-ray sources.FrEGGs were first spotted in the Cygnus OB2 association—one of the most massive stellar associations in our Milky Way galaxy, located some 4,700 light years away from the Earth. In a new study, a group of astronomers led by Natacha Isequilla of the National University of La Plata in Argentina, has focused on radio observations of eight such objects in this association, designated WDDGGHK 2-4 and WDDGGHK 6-10. The observations, conducted with GMRT at frequencies of 325 and 610 MHz, allowed them to learn more about physical properties of these proplyd-like objects.”We present 325 and 610 MHz GMRT continuum observations toward the Cygnus OB2 region and report on the characteristics of the population of externally ionized proplyd-like objects also known as frEGGs,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Based on GMRT observations, the scientists estimated the studied objects’ electronic densities, ionized mass, optical depth and the amount of photons needed to be ionized. They also compared the properties, mainly the ionizing photon rate, with those of other massive stars in the neighborhood. All in all, this resulted in the conclusion that the stellar systems Cyg OB2 #9 and Cyg OB2 #22 are probably responsible for the ionization of the observed frEGGs.”Using their geometry and the photoionization rate needed to produce their radio-continuum emission, we find that these sources are possibly ionized by a contribution of the stars Cyg OB2 #9 and Cyg OB2 #22,” the paper reads.Furthermore, the astronomers found that the main contribution to the continuum radio-emission in the studied frEGGs is thermal, while also regions with non-thermal emission could exist in these objects. In the case of one object, designated WDDGGHK 7 (dubbed the Tadpole because of its morphology) they assume that its emission is not of non-thermal origin. More information: N.L. Isequilla et al. Radio observations of evaporating objects in the Cygnus OB2 region. arXiv:1904.08317 [astro-ph.SR]. arxiv.org/abs/1904.08317 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), astronomers have carried out radio observations of the so-called free-floating evaporating gas globules or (frEGGs) in the Cygnus OB2 region. Results of this observational campaign, presented in a paper published April 17 on arXiv.org, provide more details about the properties of these peculiar objects. © 2019 Science X Network ‘Proplyd-like’ objects discovered in Cygnus OB2 Explore furtherlast_img read more

Tamangs widow to go on indefinite fast

first_imgBharati Tamang, widow of slain All-India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang, has threatened to go on an indefinite fast to press for immediate arrest of the 23 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders against whom a court in Kolkata issued a warrant of arrest.Bharati made the threat on Tuesday, but till this date no action has been initiated after the issuing of arrest warrant, AIGL General Secretary Pratap Khati said today. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”No stay order has been issued as yet against the warrant of arrest. So why is the CBI delaying?” he wondered and gave the apex probe agency a 24-hr deadline to initiate the arrest.”The court has directed the execution of the warrant of arrest. We do not know why the CBI is delaying in making the arrest. Since there are no other options with us, I have decided to go on fast onto death,” Khatin quoted Bharati Tamang as saying.  The AIGL has also written to the CBI director and joint director to apprise them about the delay and gave the agency 24-hour time failing which the fast will begin.last_img read more

VIDEO Mountain Man Sammy Scaff almost got his face ripped off by

first_imgThere have been many boxers that have put together better careers than Mike Tyson, but none was more dominant at their peak than Iron Mike. Before he derailed he skyrocketed to the top of the heavyweight division and won the title at 20 years old.Among the trail of bodies Tyson left in his wake were some all-time tomato cans, including ‘Mountain Man’ Sammy Scaff. Scaff had the unfortunate luck of running into a 19-year-old Tyson in 1985 and whoever sanctioned the fight should probably be in prison.Scaff looks like he should be doing security detail, not fighting Tyson, and he just gets plowed. Mike turns Scaff’s face into a pile of bloody hamburger meat in about 30 seconds before the fight eventually gets called. At one point, the announcer asks if Tyson partially tore Scaff’s nose off his face.Good god vintage Mike Tyson was a monster.Throwback: Michael Jordan losing a game of one-on-one to a 45-year-old mutual fund CEO at his 2003 fantasy camp is an all-time upsetlast_img read more

Death toll jumps to 331 in Yangtze River capsizing

first_img JIANLI, China (AP) — The death toll in the Eastern Star capsizing rose to 331 on Saturday as disaster teams searched the now-upright ship bobbing on the water for more bodies, making it China’s deadliest boat disaster in nearly seven decades.Authorities have attributed the overturning of the cruise boat in the Yangtze River late Monday to sudden, severe winds, but also have placed the surviving captain and his first engineer under police custody. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The Eastern Star disaster could become the country’s worst since the sinking of the SS Kiangya off Shanghai in 1948, which is believed to have killed anywhere from 2,750 to nearly 4,000 people.___Associated Press writers Louise Watt and Ian Mader and news assistant Henry Hou in Beijing contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, rescuers work on the top of the capsized Eastern Star after being righted by cranes on the Yangtze River in Jianli county of southern China’s Hubei province Friday, June 5, 2015. Top-deck cabins poked out of the water from the capsized river cruise ship on the river after disaster teams righted the vessel to quicken the search for the missing people. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES Comments   Share   Passengers’ relatives have raised questions about whether the ship should have continued its cruise after the storm started in a section of Hubei province and despite a weather warning earlier in the evening.Heavy rains in the Yangtze area over four days beginning Monday have killed 15 people and left eight others missing, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.State media outlets said hundreds more bodies from the Eastern Star were found overnight and Saturday, bringing the death toll to 331.The state broadcaster CCTV and the official Xinhua News Agency earlier Saturday morning put the death toll at 345, but they both later revised the number downward to 331. More than 100 remain unaccounted for.The boat had more than 450 people aboard, many of them elderly tourists, for a cruise from Nanjing to the southwestern city of Chongqing.Fourteen people survived, including three pulled out by divers from air pockets in the overturned hull on Tuesday.Disaster teams put chains around the hull and used cranes to roll the banged-up, white and blue boat upright and then gradually lift it out of the gray currents of the Yangtze on Friday.China’s deadliest maritime disaster in recent decades was the Dashun ferry, which caught fire and capsized off Shandong province in November 1999, killing about 280. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

House GOP leaders call on Obama to fire OPM director

first_imgBoehner says he has no confidence in the current OPM leadership. He says too much trust has been lost, with the administration saying hackers stole Social Security numbers from more than 21 million people and snatched other information.Scalise says the president’s response to the security breach has been “nothing short of breathtaking in its inadequacy.”McCarthy calls the latest news “absolutely inexplicable.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories center_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home WASHINGTON (AP) — The top three Republican leaders in the House are calling on President Barack Obama to fire the director of the Office of Personnel Management after the latest disclosures of the security breach of government computer systems.House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Whip Steve Scalise say director Katherine Archuleta should go — and they want the president to “take a strong stand against incompetence.” Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The vital role family plays in society 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

Related Aberdeen Airport braced for October getawa

first_img RelatedAberdeen Airport braced for October getawayAlmost 43,000 passengers are expected to pass through Aberdeen AirportAberdeen Airport braced for October getawayAlmost 43,000 passengers are expected to pass through Aberdeen AirportMore flights to Amsterdam will take off from AberdeenKLM will increase its number of flights to Amsterdam from Aberdeen next summer. Almost 43,000 passengers are expected to pass through Aberdeen Airport over the next five days as the traditional October getaway begins.This is according to official airport figures, with London, Amsterdam and Paris set to be the most popular destinations among travellers flying from Scotland’s third-largest city.Also in Aberdeen’s top-ten list is flights to Manchester, Dublin and Palma de Mallorca, with today (October 7th) set to the busiest of the getaway period.Some 10,700 passengers are due to jet away today, while a total only slightly smaller will travel on holiday from Aberdeen tomorrow.Derek Provan, Aberdeen Airport’s managing director, said it is “great” to see so many airlines offering flights to winter sun destinations during October.”Over and above our regular programme we expect an influx of passengers heading out to destinations including Dalaman and Tenerife, both charters that have been put on by the airlines to meet the specific needs of the Aberdeen holiday makers,” he commented.According to a report compiled by York Aviation in July, Aberdeen Airport could contribute as much as £620 million to Scotland’s economy over the next 30 years.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more