OTTAWA – “Every single transaction of this sort is subject to a national security review. This is a multi-step assessment process, and that process was followed. We take advice and feedback from our national security agencies very seriously, and based on that advice, we proceeded with this transaction. In this particular case, our security agencies consulted with key allies, including the United States, and I can reassure the member and this House that we will never, ever, compromise on national security.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, June 13, 2017.___Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been under fire for the way he has been answering questions about a potential takeover of Vancouver technology firm Norsat International by Hytera, a privately owned communications company based in China.Unease about the acquisition deal stems from concerns that even privately owned businesses in China can still fall under the influence of the Chinese government, as well as the fact that the United States, whose military is a major client of Norsat International, which makes radio systems and transceivers, has been raising its eyebrows over the move.The Liberals say the deal triggered a requirement in the Investment Canada Act that brought it under security-agency scrutiny, but their political rivals say that’s not the same as ordering a full national security review.Conservative MP Tony Clement has said the Liberals, in saying all transactions go through a national security review, are conflating that formal process with a preliminary analysis. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair went so far as to say Trudeau’s claim is “demonstrably false.”Both are accusing the Liberals of putting their desire for closer relations with China above the interests of Canadians. Who’s right?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below)This one earns a rating of “some baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSOn June 2, Norsat said Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains had served notice that the Liberal government would not be ordering a review of the transaction under the Investment Canada Act, which can happen if the minister decides the move could be a threat to national security.The Conservative government added the national security test in 2009, but faced severe criticism three years later when they allowed a takeover of Nexen Inc., a Calgary-based oil company, by CNOOC Ltd., a state-controlled Chinese firm, without a formal national security review.After the backlash, former prime minister Stephen Harper placed strict limits on state-owned enterprises investing in the Canadian oilsands, allowing them only in exceptional circumstances.Karl Sasseville, a spokesman for Bains, said Trudeau was being accurate, because the deal, as in all cases, was still examined through a national security lens.Sasseville said that in all cases, security agencies are given at least 45 days to go over the transaction in order to figure out whether it has the potential to impact national security. The Liberal government then issued a notice to Hytera that would prevent the deal from closing until those agencies had an additional 45 days to finish going through the application.Sasseville said those security agencies said there were “no outstanding concerns” that would necessitate triggering the formal review.“Throughout this process, security agencies have access to all the information and intelligence necessary,” Sasseville said.“They could also consult with our allies, if appropriate, to determine if an order under the Act is necessary to protect national security, which in this case, they did.”THE EXPERTSGus Van Harten, an international investment law professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, said it was wrong for Trudeau to say that all transactions go through a national security review, as most people would understand that to mean it went through the full process.“If we understand all transactions to mean all foreign investments that are subject to review under the Investment Canada Act, then the statement is not accurate, or at least highly misleading,” said Van Harten.Ward Elcock, a former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said the difference between a preliminary review and a formal review ordered by cabinet is exactly as it sounds.“The reality is, a full review is more onerous,” he said. “If you are doing a review to decide whether there should be a formal review or not, it’s more cursory.”Peter Glossop, a Toronto lawyer and international trade expert, said there is a way to interpret what Trudeau said as true.There is a lot of information that a foreign investor like Hytera would have to submit to Bains on its application for review, including whether a foreign state is involved, or whether that foreign state has the authority to direct its operational or strategic decision-making.“That filing contains information that can enable the government to review the transaction on a national security basis,” he said.Glossop suggested Trudeau could have been clearer.“All investments by non-Canadians require disclosure of information to enable us to conduct a national security review if we choose to do so,” said Glossop. “Something like that, technically, I think, is what he meant to say, but he is obviously not choosing his words as selectively as I just did.”THE VERDICTGlossop, who said he found it surprising the Liberal government decided not to launch a formal review, said the fact that the process is so secretive — usually because it has to be — makes it hard to say exactly what went on, or why.“People are kind of left scratching their heads as to what happened.”Van Harten said Bains, like any minister, is always free to consult without triggering a formal review, and that doing so was likely a political choice.“It seems to me to come down to the government seeming to want to have its cake and eat it too,” he said.“(They can) tell a Chinese company or the Chinese government that there has been no national security review of the takeover, which would be true in a formal sense, while also telling the Canadian public that there has been such a review — avoiding the detailed point that the designated statutory process for national security review has been skirted.”For this reason, Trudeau’s statement contains “some baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney – the statement is completely accurateA little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney – the statement is completely inaccurateSources:— http://www.norsat.com/news-releases/investment-canada-notice-regarding-acquisition-by-hytera/— http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/I-21.8/FullText.html— https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ica-lic.nsf/eng/lk81190.html— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands’ spy service broke into the computers used by a powerful Russian hacking group and may be sitting on evidence relating to the breach of the U.S. Democratic National Committee, a Dutch newspaper and television show jointly reported Friday.Reports carried in the respected daily Volkskrant and by the current affairs show Nieuwsuur said hackers working for the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service penetrated the computers used by the group, often nicknamed Cozy Bear, in mid-2014 and watched them for at least a year, even managing to catch the hackers on camera.Dutch Interior Minister Kajsa Ollongren, interviewed by reporters in The Hague before the government’s weekly Cabinet meeting, declined to address the report, saying only that she was “very happy that we have good security services in the Netherlands that do their work well.”President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he had yet to see any official comment from the Dutch intelligence services on the matter.“If the Dutch media want to fuel anti-Russian hysteria in the U.S., it’s an activity that can’t be called honourable,” he added.Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur said that the Dutch spies used their access to help oust Cozy Bear from U.S. State Department computers in late 2014. Volkskrant said American spies were so grateful they sent the Dutch cake and flowers.Ko Colijn, a researcher at Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, said the report may indicate a levelling trend in which small but tech-savvy countries like the Netherlands “can compensate their military inferiority with cyber quality surpluses.”The news drew particular attention in Washington, where Cozy Bear has been identified as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke in to the DNC ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The other group is usually called Fancy Bear.Unmasking the Cozy Bear hackers would provide key evidence for investigators trying to unravel the DNC breach, but it may not dispel the mystery surrounding the leaks that followed.A recent AP investigation found that all but one of the two dozen or so officials whose emails were published in the run-up to the 2016 election were targeted by Fancy Bear, which cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike said operated independently from Cozy Bear.The Kremlin has denied meddling in the U.S. presidential vote.___Satter reported from London. Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.___Online:Volkskrant report (in English): https://www.volkskrant.nl/media/dutch-agencies-provide-crucial-intel-about-russia-s-interference-in-us-elections~a4561913/Niewsuur report (in Dutch): https://nos.nl/nieuwsuur/artikel/2213762-hackteam-aivd-gaf-fbi-cruciale-info-over-russische-inmenging-verkiezingen.html
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the United National Party (UNP) will use the August 17 Parliament elections to bury former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s reign for good.He said that despite Rajapaksa losing the January 8 Presidential election, there is a push to bring him back to power through the Parliament election. Wickremesinghe however said he is confident the UNP will win the election and defeat any attempt by Rajapaksa to form a new Government. Speaking in Nawalapitiya today, Wickremesinghe said that the UNP will not be contesting the Parliament polls with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The UNP leader noted that his party will look to continue with the good governance concept used at the last Presidential elections.He said that the public however me be allowed to decide who they feel is best to govern the country. (Colombo Gazette)
Flanked by two fortified towers, the single hump-backed Ottoman arch – four metres wide, 30 metres long and constructed of 456 white stone blocks between 1557 and 1566 – collapsed into the waters of the Neretva River after being hit by heavy shells in November 1993 during the fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Old Bridge was destroyed for its symbolic value and for this same reason the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) pledged to rebuild it. Just four months after the span’s collapse UNESCO launched an appeal for its reconstruction. Next Friday, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will be in Mostar to represent the UN, in the presence of national leaders from southeastern Europe and other top European political figures, as the chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency, Sulejman Tihic, inaugurates the restored structure. “We are present in Mostar in order to breathe fresh life into an exceptional heritage which, after having been used as a target, needs to become a rallying sign, a sign of recognition, the powerful symbol of a plural identity founded on mutual trust,” Mr. Matsuura said in remarks released in advance of the ceremony. In 1998, UNESCO, the World Bank and municipal authorities launched a joint appeal for the reconstruction, which was answered by five donor countries – Croatia, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey – as well as the Council of Europe Development Bank. While the World Bank was responsible for the financial part of the project and the city of Mostar handled the disbursement of the funds, UNESCO’s main task was to ensure the technical and scientific coordination.
DBT has signed a contract to supply a fourth automated plow longwall system to the Tiefa Coal Mining Group located in Liaoning Province, China. This will bring the total to nine automated plow systems sold into China since delivery of the first system, which commenced production in January 2001.The new package takes a further step in the application of DBT’s state of the art systems by using the PMC®–R roof support technology, the lowest version of the Gleithobel plow capable of operating to an extracted height as low as 800 mm and also the latest standard of AFC drive frames and sprockets. The package also includes significant upgrades to the second and third systems to increase their face lengths to 240 m each; same as the fourth system sold.A spokesperson from Tiefa at the contract signing ceremony held in Beijing stated that the DBT automated plow longwall system has been proven as the most productive, safe and efficient method of mining China’s thin coal seams, while also maximizing extraction. He added that now 26% of Tiefa’s thin seams reserves are mined using the DBT automated plow system and the company’s plans include extending this approach to all of its thin seam reserves. He added that the successful operation of the DBT plows had considerably extended the life of mines by allowing them to access and profitably mine reserves which otherwise would have been uneconomic.The success of the automated plow systems operating in China has sparked interest and sales of the systems in a number of other countries where thin seams with high quality coal are prevalent and the operators wish to eliminate the need for mining costly and unwanted rock in the run of mine product, DBT reports.In China DBT automated plow longwall faces hold all the production records for coal seams of 2 m and below.As normal, part of this latest system will be manufactured in DBT’s Chinese facility in Langfang, which also serves as customer service centre to support DBT longwalls in China.
Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share136 Tweet Email1 This is one of those things we must not fall for. The EU says this is EU law. It is holy writ. Moses has brought it down from the Alps, when he was not busy in the Sinai, and therefore it must be obeyed. Whenever it is convenient to the European Union, European law is adjusted. It is political rather than legal.Sinn Fein’s Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane said he believes Brexiteers like Rees-Mogg are “trying to pretend they can have their cake and eat it too and also trying to pretend the EU can essentially break the rules of the customs union”.“Rules exist for a reason and once you’re in the customs union you have to abide by those rules – if not you are subject to checks and tariffs. He knows that.“Nowhere in the world is there an a la carte approach to customs arrangements where you can ignore the rules, he’s scraping the bottom of the barrel.”TD Lisa Chambers, who is Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Brexit, told TheJournal.ie she found the Tory MP’s language “unhelpful”.“The Irish government has been trying its best to ensure the UK gets a good deal. There is a large amount of trade back and forth and we are very close neighbours, we have a lot of history. We appreciate that a bad deal for the UK is a bad deal for Ireland.“But we are remaining inside the club and Mr Rees-Mogg is missing the point that it cannot be better to be outside it than inside it.”She said his comments about simply telling the EU there will not be a border displays “a lack of understanding” of what his own government agreed to last December in the backstop agreement. This is a fallback clause that would see the UK remain in alignment with the EU’s customs union rules in the absence of another solution after the two-year Brexit deadline has passed.Without the backstop agreement, there could be no withdrawal treaty and this would see the UK crash out of the European Union.“That may be okay for him with the privileged position of no financial concerns but for many of his citizens in the UK that would be hugely detrimental in terms of the damage to the economy and financial hardship.“Perhaps that is not a concern for Mr Rees-Mogg because he won’t be one of those people.”When asked for its response to the Tory MP’s statements, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it did “not have any comment at this time”. Jun 15th 2018, 5:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Wire/PA Images Friday 15 Jun 2018, 5:55 PM By Michelle Hennessy https://jrnl.ie/4073122 Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tory MP’s ‘call Ireland’s bluff’ comment is just ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel’ TDs said today that Jacon Rees-Mogg’s comments were unhelpful and showed a lack of understanding of the issues at hand. 86 Comments TDS HAVE CRITICISED comments made by Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said the UK should call Ireland’s bluff on the issue of a border.Speaking to the Irish Times, he said he believes British Prime Minister Theresa May should “simply make it clear that we will not put up a border and that is our position”.“And what would the Irish do if the EU insisted? I think that is a really interesting question. I think we should call that particular bluff.”He also dismissed the EU’s argument that its rules demand it should police its external borders and protect the integrity of the single market and the customs union. He suggested that the European Union could ignore its own rules and make an exception in this instance. 47,424 Views
February 7, 2017 at 10:50 pm goddessroleplay Lindsay Lohan 3 COMMENTS Yep, she’s rehabbing after neck surgery Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Tre Zen Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced via Instagram on Tuesday that his Seven Bucks Production company is teaming with WWE Studios and Film 4 to produce a new movie about WWE star Paige and her family being involved in the pro wrestling industry.Rock noted that the project first came to light when he was shooting another “Fast and Furious” film in London back in 2012 and came across a documentary on a UK station about Paige’s family being in the wrestling industry and her journey to WWE.Paige commented on the news via Twitter that you can view below.Dream come true! I’m extremely happy for myself but mostly happy for my family.. they deserve everything and more #TheKnights pic.twitter.com/1AJPwgdWCw— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) February 7, 2017 Now Playing Up Next Vin Diesel February 8, 2017 at 1:29 am These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker Pinterest …the Rock may have just made Paige untouchable in wwe for the time being. Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker O. T. Fagbenle Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR inFAMOUS Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 52.47%0:05Remaining Time -1:53 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list The Rock marries his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian on August 18 in Hawaii Now Playing Up Next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announces “Ballers” to end on HBO with Season Five Facebook Is Paige even still with WWE??? Videos Articles Google+ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tops Forbes Magazine’s Highest Paid Actors of 2019 list Comments are closed. February 8, 2017 at 1:19 pm WhatsApp Dwayne Johnson pens touching post on Paul Walker’s birthday
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 24, 2018 – Nassau – The Minnis Administration will channel resources into areas such as education, healthcare, social development and economic opportunities – including jobs and opportunities to become entrepreneurs and businesspersons – as part of its commitment to provide Bahamians with the resources and opportunities they need “to build a good life and a better Bahamas.”“That is my vision and commitment as Prime Minister,” Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said while addressing the 17th Jones Communications Network’s (JCN) Person of the Year and Civil Society Awards Ceremony held at Jones Communications Media Centre, University Drive.“We will only truly achieve success as a nation when more of us succeed. This is why I am committed to the redevelopment of Over-the-Hill and to providing training and other opportunities for entrepreneurship for young Bahamians. This is why I am also committed to Family Island development and to a rebound and renaissance for long-struggling Grand Bahama,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Prime Minister Minnis, who was named Jones Communications Network’s Person of the Year for 2017, used the opportunity to further explain the path his Administration will take in order to “build a better Bahamas while providing greater opportunities for Bahamians – especially our young people.”The Prime Minister said his Administration will use the tools of education and the internet to “help our young Bahamians succeed and flourish.”“This is why I have an emphasis on improving pre-school and introducing more technology-based learning into our schools. This is why my Government will introduce an ambitious programme for the development of young entrepreneurs. This is why I have insisted on introducing free WiFi to communities Over-the-Hill.”Recalling the story of the legendary German Printer/Inventor Johannes Gutenberg (Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg his full name) who has been credited with being the first European to use movable type, Prime Minister Minnis said Gutenberg’s introduction of mechanical movable type-printing began the Printing Revolution and is regarded as a milestone of the second millennium, ushering in the modern period of human history.“Gutenberg played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment and the scientific revolution and laid the material basis for the modern, knowledge-based economy, and the spread of learning to the masses.“Gutenberg’s accomplishment helped a mass of people to realize their talents and imaginations,” Prime Minister Minnis continued, “this included the great inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci who had around 300 books in his library.“Today, the tools that will help our young Bahamians to succeed and flourish are education and the internet,” Prime Minister Minnis added in driving home his point about his Administration’s decision to provide free WiFi to Over-the-Hill communities and the introduction of more technology-based learning in schools.“The Internet is like the Gutenberg Press, enabling the mass of people to use it for learning and personal development. The internet is one of the greatest learning tools in human history,” Prime Minister Minnis added. The Prime Minister said as a “son of Bain Town” he knows the value of education.“I could never have dreamt of being here to receive such a award. But through education, I was able to develop my talents and gifts. My commitment is to help our young people realize their talents and gifts so that they can contribute to our Bahamas in a meaningful way. Who knows from whence will come our own Leonardo da Vinci, or the next Max Taylor, or Brent Malone,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis – ‘Person of the Year’ for 2017 addresses the 17th Jones Communications Network’s (JCN) Person of the Year and Civil Society Awards Ceremony at Jones Communications Media Centre, January 19, 2018.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, Photographer/Social Media) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
For any publisher, online and mobile are rapidly gaining on their print magazine counterparts in terms of significance. The Internet already accounts for 41 percent of people’s media consumption, according to the Online Publishers Association (OPA), and that will only continue to grow. And advertising has become a big part of the overall online experience.The important factors in today’s ad realm are context—where an ad sits within the content layout—size and placement. While banner ads are widely used and still considered effective, ads that incorporate interactivity and capture the experience of the Internet seem to perform best.“Ad units with deep levels of engagement work well,” says Matthew Yorke, president of IDG Strategic Marketing Services. “This means that I can take several actions within the ad units before being forced off the publisher site to the advertiser site.”For example, HBO had a successful online ad campaign promoting its “Big Love” drama series which ran on Reed Business Information’s sites. It used flip art where the user would have to click on something to figure out who the three different characters of the show were. “It used online as a more interactive opportunity as opposed to a flat experience,” says Karthik Krishnan, vice president of interactive media and sales management for Reed. “You don’t want to just push information, but involve the user. It gives insight into how the person is thinking.” Krishnan sees that as an area where most advertisers are not effectively using the Internet today. Video is also becoming an important online advertising tool. For example, the U.K. unit of Reed did a campaign for European carmaker Skoda for its new Octavia model. The ad featured a 30-second video online that talked about the Skoda Octavia. When users finished watching the ad, people could sign up for a test drive. Krishnan says about 125 people signed up for the test drive and out of that group, about 25 purchased the car.Bigger is BetterNo matter what type of online ad, today’s mantra has become “bigger is better,” according to research by the OPA. In June, the organization launched three new ad formats that are larger than typical online ads. They include: the Pushdown ad unit: 970 pixels wide by 418 pixels tall, it opens to display the ad and then after seven seconds, it rolls up to 970 pixels wide x 66 tall; the Fixed Panel: 336 pixels wide by 700 tall, it remains constant as user scrolls to top and bottom of page and the XXL Box: 468 pixels wide by 648 pixels tall, it opens for seven seconds to 936 pixels wide by 648 tall.“Based on these dimensions, these ads are twice as big as ads usually found on the Web,” Krishnan says. Reed implemented the Pushdown ad model with Verizon. The publisher may consider trying the other two new models when it revamps some of its Web sites, Krishnan says.One area that isn’t performing very well are display ads, according to Krishnan. “Overall, display advertising is the weakest link in advertising,” he says, noting that it’s where the b-to-b sector spends the maximum amount of ad money. “Display advertising has a significant role to play in a marketer’s arsenal, and we can’t discount that. But the thing for us publishers is to figure out the best way to make it work. What tactics are we using today? We’re switching to larger ads and psycho-graphic profile also enhances the value of these opportunities.” Platform-Specific AdsAds should be tailored to the media platform for optimal performance. In most cases, mobile devices only show one ad at a time. The large-image banner—216 x 36 pixels—works well because it flushes out the whole page and occupies the entire width on a Blackberry screen, for example, which is great for branding, Krishnan says. But don’t expect people to click on ads on a mobile device, he warns.Mobile advertising can also incorporate location-based functionality. Publishers can use SMS or text messaging as marketing tools as well, Yorke says.As for digital magazines, the advertising is typically a scanned print ad and not a specific ad unit, Krishnan says. He notes that full-page ads and spreads perform better in digital mags. Ad formats differ depending on the campaign. Kevin Gentzel, president and group publisher of Forbes Media, breaks advertising into two different sectors: “demand creation” and “demand fulfillment.” Demand creation seeks to increase awareness, preference and purchase intent for brands, Gentzel says. “These campaigns require a balance of reach and frequency against an audience target, enhanced by thematically appropriate and contextually relevant content. Demand fulfillment is all about direct response where context is less important and lower frequency is better.”The majority of all digital advertising is now focused on transactional-based performance metrics, whether it be clicks, leads or direct sales, Gentzel says. “Direct response advertising on the Web has been, as we know, overly focused on the ‘click’ metric, despite the fact that research shows it to be of dubious value. In fact, recent research from comScore and Starcom point to the fact that not only are ‘click’ metrics down by 30 percent over the past year, but that just 8 percent of the Internet population accounts for 85 percent of all clicks.”Krishnan uses different metrics for different objectives. For branding campaigns, reach is the most important factor because you’re going after a broad audience. With a transaction campaign—a traffic-driver—click-throughs are important, he says. Creative will automatically change to have a strong call-to-action component. With lead-gen, click-to-conversion is most important.Lead generation works very well with text links and sponsored posts and can also work well as part of a bigger rich media ad unit, such as an expandable interactive marketing unit (IMU), Yorke says. Banner performance is steady and strong creative and video can positively impact click-through rates, he says.The one area where IDG is seeing high engagement is around social ads, also known as “earned media,” whereby a user can comment within an ad unit and then share it with their social graph. In May, IDG launched IDG Amplify with a set of ad products that offer just this. “It plays to the age-old desire to share but also that we trust information from friends/colleagues more than from advertisers,” Yorke says. “We’re seeing high engagement around social ads—45 second dwell/interaction time with an ad unit before the click.”The cost of different online ads varies based on the brand, purpose and the amount of bells and whistles. For retail, CPMs average about $35 for Reed, but if the ad targets a high-end audience, say the CEO of Comcast, the rates can run as high as $100 CPM. Rich media requires a 20 percent premium, as does any kind of targeting, from geo-targeting to content targeting.For Forbes, CPMs range from $8 for its owned and operated site network ads to $100 for its “welcome ad,” Gentzel says. The “welcome ad” is a full-screen ad coupled with Forbes’ thought-of-the-day content served once to every visitor. That particular ad happens to have extraordinarily high click-through rates, he adds.
Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Pray …’ Hits No. 1 panic-discos-pray-wicked-hits-no-1 Twitter Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Watch: Brendon Urie on the GRAMMY red carpet Email Riding high on the new album’s success, the band is sharing the love. On June 28, lead singer Brendon Urie announced that $1 from every U.S. ticket sold will be donated to his newly created Highest Hopes Foundation.”Every single day, all of you show me strength, courage and motivation, and as a result it felt important to create something to show you that I see all of wonderful things you’re doing out there in the world,” Urie said in a statement. “I want to join in on the fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Today I present to you the Highest Hopes Foundation, created to support the efforts of non-profit organizations that lead, develop, and advocate support for human rights. This is dedicated to all people + communities who are subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation + gender identity.” https://www.instagram.com/p/Bks5u7nARWy News Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Pray For The Wicked’ Hits No. 1 Notching their second straight No. 1 album in the U.S., Brendon Urie’s band is headed out on tour, accompanied by his new philanthropic projectPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 2, 2018 – 12:00 pm Panic! At The Disco’s June 22 release, Pray For The Wicked, is on top of the Billboard 200 chart dated July 7, their second consecutive album to reach No. 1 with 180,000 units including album-equivalents. Traditional sales reached151,000 while vinyl accounted for 26,000. That’s the fifth largest vinyl sales week since the chart began in 1991. The band’s previous studio album was 2016’s Death Of A Bachelor, nominated at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Best Rock Album.Lead single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” became Panic!’s first trip to No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart dated June 30. The band’s U.S. tour kicks off on July 11 in Minneapolis and goes international in late August. Last summer was Urie’s Broadway debut playing the lead in Cyndi Lauper’s musical Kinky Boots, winner of Best Musical Theater Album at the 56th GRAMMY Awards. Can he top that this summer? It looks like Panic! is going to jazz up summer 2018 and chart success is only the beginning.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
Firozabad: Four persons were killed and six others injured when the tempo they were travelling in collided with a truck on the Karhal road near Singhmai village here, police said on Saturday. The accident occurred on Friday night, killing one person on the spot while three others succumbed to injuries at a hospital, SSP Sachindra Patel said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us The six injured were rushed to the district hospital from where three of them were referred to another facility in Agra where they died, the SSP said. Rajesh Kumar (42), Raksha (35), Vimlesh (40) and Ajmesh (25) were killed in the accident, he said. The truck driver fled the scene leaving his vehicle, which had overturned during the collision, the SSP added.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Rachael GlaznerResearchers survey evidence of erosion and plant damage after Hurricane Harvey.More than $2 million of a $5.3 million National Science Foundation grant award went to researchers in Texas. Many of those researchers are in the Houston area.Anna Armitage is a part of a team at Texas A&M Galveston studying wetlands, mangrove trees, and their use in coastal protection. “Literally the storm was still over Houston,” as she realized the research potential, she said. “It was still raining at our house and I was on the phone with my collaborators and the NSF program officer.” Within two weeks of the storm, Armitage had the funding she needed, a turnaround somewhat unusual for scientists.With an NSF program that Armitage calls “fast-track,” natural disasters like Harvey can be a major opportunity for scientists, and an important one as well. Jen Figus is studying how barrier islands responded to the storm.“After disaster, when things happen, physical processes, if you don’t measure immediately after the event happened, the data won’t be available anymore,” he said.Figus says getting that data while it is still there can help the region better prepare for future storms. 00:00 /01:01 Listen
By Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFROA quarter of the District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) educators lack the proper certification required to teach the district’s students. This discovery was reported by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) last winter.Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), chairperson of the Committee on Education, issued a statement on the unlicensed teachers saying, “I am again frustrated with D.C. Public Schools over this most recent failure to properly follow established laws and regulations. These licensing requirements were put in place to ensure that our students are safe and that we have quality educators in our schools.”(Courtest Photo/dcps.dc.gov/)While D.C.’s teachers all have college degrees and have undergone criminal background checks and drug tests, teachers do not need a license to apply for DCPS according to the school district’s website. Teachers only must be “eligible for a DC teaching license in [their] subject area before working in DCPS.”In an interview with The Washington Post, interim chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, Amanda Alexander said, “we do believe in the value of licensure. Licensure is just one of many components when we look at whether our teachers are meeting a high standard of excellence. Before they receive an offer, we do a background check. Our selection process is rigorous.”The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law in 2015 by President Barack Obama, removed federal requirements on professional teaching certification. Since this time, jurisdiction has been given to the states.Details on next steps Alexander, Grasso, and others are taking to ensure all students in the nation’s capital are taught by licensed teachers are forthcoming.
Stay on target Watch: Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Is Departing the ISSSpaceX Postpones CRS-18 Mission Launch Due to Bad Weather The International Space Station turned 20 this week, and ESA celebrated with a stunning timelapse video from outer space.The European Space Agency on Monday released a 15-minute movie, featuring more than 21,000 images of Earth.Captured by German astronaut and current station commander Alexander Gerst, the photos have been stitched together and sped up 12.5 times.AdChoices广告“Join us as we celebrate 20 years of international collaboration and research for the benefit of Earth with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s longest timelapse yet,” the agency wrote in a video description.The beautiful clip, set to a score by LA-based musician Matt Piper, takes viewers on a journey from Tunisia, across Beijing, and through Australia in two round trips.Follow the station’s location using the map in the top right corner of the screen, alongside annotations on the images themselves.Two years after the ISS was born, NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev became the first crew to live on board.In the decades since, a rotating catalog of crew members have taken spacewalks, conducted experiments, and made history.“Since the very first module Zarya launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Nov. 20, 1998, the International Space Station has delivered a whole new perspective on this planet we call home,” ESA said.The three astronauts who call the ISS home, meanwhile, commemorated the 20th anniversary with a special video dispatch, released Monday by NASA.In a joint message from Gerst, Roscosmos flight engineer Sergey Prokopyev, and NASA flight engineer Serena Aunon-Chancellor, the astronauts share a vision of progress and hope.“Seven billion humans live on planet Earth, three humans live in space right now,” Gerst said. “We are from different continents, we are friends. We are here for you. We are your eyes, looking down on this beautiful planet.“Here we are in the most complex machine that humanity has ever built. But this didn’t just happen by itself,” he continued. “Humans built this with their visions and with their hands. And we could not have built it if we didn’t throw international discrepancies aside and get together [at] a global level.”Participate in ISS celebrations on social media using the hashtag #SpaceStation20th.More coverage on Geek.com:NASA Builds Spider-Like Lander, Launches Strange Science to ISSAstronaut, Cosmonaut ‘In Good Condition’ After Emergency LandingDrew Feustel Says Goodbye to ISS With Stirring Song
Citation: Decoding early Martian weather: Analyzing carbonate minerals in meteorite Allan Hills 84001 (2011, October 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-decoding-early-martian-weather-carbonate.html More information: Carbonates in the Martian meteorite Allan Hills 84001 formed at 18 ± 4 °C in a near-surface aqueous environment, Published online before print October 3, 2011, PNAS October 11, 2011 vol. 108 no. 41 16895-16899, doi:10.1073/pnas.1109444108 Explore further Led by Itay Halevy (currently at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel), along with Woodward W. Fischer and John M. Eiler, the research team faced a number of challenges. “The main challenge,” Halevy says, “was making an isotope clumping measurement on a precious, low-carbonate-abundance material.” Isotope clumping in carbonates denotes the tendency of heavy carbon and oxygen isotopes in carbonates (and in CO2) to bond with each other rather than with the elements’ lighter isotopes. This temperature-dependent tendency is the basis of multiply substituted (clumped) isotope thermometry. Clumped isotope thermometry is based on the tendency of heavy carbon and oxygen isotopes to bond with each other rather than with the lighter isotopes of these elements in a way that is effectively independent of the material’s isotopic composition: However abundant or rare the heavy isotopes are in a sample, they will still prefer to form bonds with each other, and this preference will always depend on temperature – and the colder it is, the higher the preference. “Other isotopic thermometers are based on the temperature dependence of the difference in chemical or isotopic composition between the aqueous solution and the carbonates that precipitate from it,” notes Halevy, “so to derive temperature one must know the chemical or isotopic composition of both the carbonates and the parent fluid. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know the composition of ancient fluids and so one must make some assumptions about their composition. Any temperature determined in this way is always dependent on these assumptions.” Clumped isotope thermometry avoids this because no matter how abundant the heavy isotopes are, they will always tend to bond in a temperature-dependent way.“The clumping measurement, developed by John Eiler and his students and postdocs at Caltech over the last seven to eight years, is itself challenging to make,” Halevy continues. The natural abundance of C-O clumps is only a few tens parts-per-million, which means you have to measure a lot of material to get a precise and accurate result – and we didn’t have a lot of material. ALH84001 is a 4-billion-year-old, originally 2 kg Martian rock; we had 5.5 grams, using 3 grams in the analysis – and of these 3 grams, only about 1% was carbonate minerals.” 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. While that was an appreciable amount of carbonate for a single clumping measurement, the researchers wanted to cut the gas into three measurements to get an internal stratigraphy (the study of strata, or layers) of the carbonate concretions. “To this,” Halevy comments, “add the increased risk of sample contamination associated with long acid digestion times – up to 12 hours for the more recalcitrant magnesium-rich carbonates – and you have the makings of an analytical challenge.”To overcome the low abundance of carbonate, the team performed a microvolume measurement. “Basically,” Halevy explains, “we froze the sample of CO2 gas released from the carbonates by acid digestion into a very small volume, shut it off from a lot of dead volume in the plumbing of the mass spectrometer, and thawed it in the small volume alone. The high pressure achieved by compressing the gas into a small volume allowed us to make the measurement under conditions that are close to the way the clumping measurement is typically made. Still, there are some important differences from a typical clumping measurement, so it took a lot of experimentation to map how the microvolume affected the results and to figure out ways to minimize these effects – or at least account for them.” As for the increased risk of contamination, the team performed extra purification steps to remove miscellaneous contaminants and again experimented extensively to convince themselves that the measurement was in no way compromised by the long reaction times.There are other innovations that could be applied to the protocol, mainly having to do with instrument improvements. “As mass spectrometers become more sensitive and are able to better differentiate between molecules of slightly differing mass,” Halevy explains, “low sample abundance and contamination will cease to be issues. A clumping measurement would be easier to make on small amounts of sample and any contaminations would be easily distinguishable from the CO2 molecules of interest. This would increase confidence in the measured temperature. “Halevy also points out that they developed the aquifer hypothesis on the basis of isotopic variability within the carbonate concretions and in light of the new insight that the temperature hovered around 20 °C. “Basically, given the temperature, the isotopic variability can only be explained by the drying-out of an aqueous reservoir that did not exchange CO2 freely with the atmosphere. The only environment we could come up with that meets these requirements is a subsurface aquifer. Increased confidence in the measured temperature would translate into increased confidence in this model for the formation environment of the carbonates.”Regarding computer modeling, Halevy says that while computer models are important for developing a quantitative understanding of analytical results, such as those presented in the paper, they can’t replace the measurements. “The measurements provide the physical constraints,” Halevy states, “and we can then use computer simulation to try and tease out information about process and environment.” In the team’s study, for example, measurements yielded the temperature and isotopic composition of the aqueous solution, while computer simulations allowed a quantitative estimate of how much of the water had to have evaporated, depending on the conditions of evaporation.In terms of applying their findings to exoplanetary exploration, Halevy stresses that “The mass spectrometers on or rovers, as well as the means for sample preparation and purification, would have to improve dramatically for a carbonate clumping measurement to be made in situ. Nevertheless, this may not be beyond the realm of possibility and may teach us much about aqueous processes on other planets. In addition, the ability to make a carbonate clumping measurement automatically implies the ability to measure clumping in CO2 and, therefore, the ability to explore certain atmospheric processes. Finally, clumping in molecules other than CO2 – such as organic molecules – may hold information not only about temperature, but the processes that formed them as well.”Halevy’s research will continue to include an analytical/experimental component and a modeling/simulation component. “Providing quantitative constraints on chemical processes on modern and ancient Mars will continue to feature prominently in my research,” Halevy concludes. “These same approaches will also be applied to understanding the geochemistry of Earth’s early oceans and atmospheric evolution.” (PhysOrg.com) — While geological evidence points to the presence of liquid water on Mars during the Noachian epoch (the period from 4.5 to 3.5 billion years ago), determining the temperature of that water – a factor critical to the probability of its ability to support early life – has hitherto been impossible. Recently, however, researchers at California Institute of Technology Geological and Planetary Sciences have derived a precipitation temperature of 18 °C from carbonate minerals found in the 4.1 billion-year-old Allan Hills 84001 (ALH84001) meteorite. Although this ancient aquifer’s temperature was relatively mild, the researchers note that their findings do not necessarily demonstrate habitability. Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Model for carbonate formation in ALH84001. (A) Physical model of a shallow subsurface aquifer. The depth of carbonate formation is constrained by a combination of the cosmic ray exposure pattern of ALH84001 and Martian meteorite ejection models (48, 49). (B) Reduction of the physical model to a geochemical model of carbonate precipitation and CO2 degassing driven by gradual evaporation of water in a confined volume, coupled to loss of the vapor phase. Copyright (c) PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1109444108 Wet and mild: Researchers take the temperature of Mars’s past
This story appears in the July 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 29, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Carter Maslan’s idea for a smart security-cam app came about after he spent four-plus years at Google. As director of product management working on the Google Street View project, he learned through usability tests that people wanted the ability to access real-time video and search footage for noteworthy events.“From the beginning, the idea was to make video smart and super-responsive,” he says. The result was an app called Camio. “We like to think of it as an ad hoc security camera that gives you exactly what you want.”What distinguishes Camio from a basic webcam is that the app, which works with images gathered via a smartphone camera, leverages proprietary algorithms to be selective about what it uploads to its cloud-based storage. According to Maslan, the algorithms can differentiate between “ordinary” events (such as lighting changes) and “extraordinary” events (such as a rock thrown through a window).Camio’s algorithms can also analyze footage to detect humans; users can then search archived video by keywords. Earlier this spring, the San Francisco Bay Area company unveiled Camio Daily, an email digest of still shots that the algorithms predict customers will find most interesting.Maslan says that by reducing the total amount of data uploaded and stored, Camio can use significantly less bandwidth than a traditional webcam. He adds that because the service encrypts its video, all footage is safe behind a password-protected login.“We see this as a different spin on the Internet of Things,” he says, referring to the trend to connect everyday devices to the internet and equip them with sensors to collect data. “Instead of giving you every possible second of footage, we’re giving you only the stuff you might actually use, and we’re giving it to you in a way that puts you in charge of how you might use it.”Maslan has been developing the technology since he left Google in June 2011. Over the next 18 months, he kicked in $240,000 of his own cash to keep the project rolling. By 2013, a number of former Google colleagues came onboard as angel investors. Last year, Maslan closed a $1.6 million seed round led by Freestyle Capital, which helped him bring the app to market and his staff up to 12.So far, the majority of Camio customers are individual users—dog owners, nanny employers, even moms and dads who want to keep an eye on sleeping babies. But Maslan says small and midsize businesses represent a growing segment of the customer base. And why not? The first smartphone setup is free (additional setups start at $9 per phone per month), and Camio stores 30 days’ worth of searchable video in the cloud.That’s what got Maura Joyce, office manager for a dental practice in San Francisco, to try it. In April she spent $49 on an Android smartphone, downloaded Camio, then set up the device to monitor a back stairway at the office, 24/7. She figures that compared to installing a dedicated security-cam system, Camio’s repurposed smartphone will save hundreds of dollars per year.“We have formal security on the doors and windows, but we wanted to add this for cheap,” she says. “Price and the fact that the system automatically alerts you when something happens were the two main reasons we decided to move in this direction.” Register Now »
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