Ouarzazate – All eyes were on Jay Batchen as he began unpacking his bag to show a cluster of runners what he would be using to survive the Sahara Desert for a week while running the Marathon des Sables (MDS) in Morocco.The 49-year-old’s bruised rib throbbed as he tugged out a venom extractor, knife, signal mirror, compass, and an assortment of other tools. Each item Batchen pulled from his bag came with a story from one of the 14 times he had run the MDS.“You can never pack too much toilet paper. It’s a lot less embarrassing to throw it out than ask other runners on the side of the trail for some of theirs,” Batchen said, speaking from experience, as he showed-off a four-pack of toilet paper. As the US representative of the MDS, Batchen’s job is to make sure each of the 32 runners, who were in the US just days ago, were ready to tackle the world’s longest desert race.Before the start of the Marathon des Sables, Jay Batchen gives US participants a pre-race bag-check on Thursday, April 4. The group will be spending a week running, eating and sleeping together in the Sahara Desert. Photo by Anton L. Delgado/Morocco World News.But the veteran runner knew that tools and gadgets could only get you so far—what mattered the most was attitude.“Your goal should always be just to finish,” Batchen said to the runners attending his pre-race bag-check. “Do what works best for you. Learn from each of your mistakes and try not to make them again. And if you ever think about quitting, tell yourself you’ll quit tomorrow.”The first time Batchen finished the MDS was in 2000. Since then he has earned 13 finisher medals. But that’s not why the race has changed his life.In 1999, Batchen attended the MDS as a documentarian for Discovery Channel. He was following the story of Lisa Smith, a female participant of MDS, who that year became the first American to win the women’s race.Several years later she became Lisa Smith-Batchen.“This race has become a part of who I am,” Batchen told Morocco World News. “I’m not the same person I was when I first came. And in a few days, when I hopefully finish this race, I won’t be the same person I am right now—it changes you.”Behind the starting lineThe MDS was founded in 1984, after Patrick Bauer spent 12 days alone crossing 350 kilometers of the Sahara Desert on foot. Bauer wanted to share his experience with any willing to join him.“The MDS is a powerful inner journey, a true introspection and a life path where you will find answers to questions you had never even thought of asking yourself before the start,” Bauer said in a press release.The MDS’s inaugural race in 1986 had just 23 runners. More than 30 years later, the race has had more than 20,000 participants. This year during the 34th MDS, there will be nearly a 1,000 people representing 51 countries running the marathon. Many, like Batchen, keep coming back for more.Which is why Bauer spends months charting a new race course each year. No two MDS routes are ever the same.“This is really a course that pays tribute to the great diversity of terrains of the Marathon des Sables. We will cross all the wonders the region has to offer…” Bauer said in a press release. “…And the icing on the cake: two brand new stages, capable of satisfying those competitors who are returning again and again.”In keeping with tradition, the course is kept a closely guarded secret until the day before the starting pistol goes off.The 250-kilometer race is broken down into six timed stages, each stage ranging from 30 to 90 kilometers. At the end of each stage, runners spend the night in tents together.“Tent time” each night is Batchen’s favorite part of the MDS.“Every night in the tent is spent bonding as a family. There are people from all over the US, coming from very different walks of life sharing the same highs and lows as you each day,” Batchen said. “The fact that you help pull each other through is what separates this ultra-marathon from other running events. You rely on them to make you laugh and keep you going.”Another unique aspect of the race is its last leg, known as the “solidarity stage.” This section is timed, but does not count in the overall ranking of the race, allowing the fastest and slowest runners to tackle the end of the MDS together.Batchen believes the way the race is structured allows elite marathoners and weekend runners to share the same experience of pushing themselves to their limits.Read Also: Moroccan Runner Rachid El-Morabiti wins Marathon des Sables for the 5th timeEach person running the race inspires their loved ones at home, and, according to Batchen, this is a huge source of motivation during the hardest days of the marathon.“When I’m running up the highest dunes or facing the hottest days, I just keep reminding myself to be a good example to my kids,” Batchen said. “Just by being here, I am showing them that with perseverance and dedication you can do anything you want.”Day before the desertPlacing the venom extractor neatly into its pouch and burying it back in his bag, Batchen wrapped up his pre-race bag-check. Early the next morning, the group would be taking a six-hour bus ride to the still-unknown location of the race’s start.As he continued packing up, all the runners split off to buy some last-minute items and double check their equipment. All but one.Despite being an experienced ultra-marathoner, Juliet Brundige wanted to perfect how to use a compass before entering the desert and starting her first MDS—she asked Batchen to help her practice.Her first attempt failed. Her second followed suit.As Batchen took the compass to demonstrate again, he reminded Brundige of how tricky compasses could be. Especially when running in the dunes of the desert.“The important thing is to stay relaxed and not to give up,” Batchen said. “We will all make mistakes out there. But if we keep learning from each mistake, eventually we’ll stop making them.”He gave Brundige back the compass.“Now, try it again,” he said.
BURNABY, B.C. – Kinder Morgan says it will not continue court action against protesters who demonstrated against the proposed expansion of a pipeline while survey crews drilled on Burnaby Mountain.The company has filed a discontinuance of its B.C. Supreme Court civil lawsuit against five people who protested at the site last November and December.It says it approached all the defendants last month and offered to stop its proceedings and that two of the defendants agreed but discontinuing the court action doesn’t require agreement from all the activists.In late November, a judge tossed out civil contempt charges against dozens of activists who were arrested after Kinder Morgan admitted it provided incorrect GPS co-ordinates when it sought an injunction.The injunction kept away protesters, and the company wanted to extend it beyond a Dec. 1 deadline.A judge refused to grant that request, forcing Kinder Morgan to pack up before it completed the work. Kinder Morgan stops pursuing B.C. court action against anti-pipeline protesters by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2015 4:59 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) looks across the line of scrimmage during the game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 27-30. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorFor a third consecutive day, a member of Ohio State’s defense announced his intentions to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, the soul of OSU’s defense, said in a tweet that he will forgo his final season in Columbus and enter the draft.“Everyone around me molded me to become who I am today, that is why it was a difficult decision but I have chosen to forgo my senior season and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft,” he said in a tweet.The two-year starter and 2016 team captain was a leader in the middle of a defense that ranked sixth in total defense. He led the team with 102 tackles in 2016, including 31 against Michigan and Clemson combined, and 275 total tackles in his three year career at middle linebacker for coach Urban Meyer.McMillan was a factor in the run defense as well as getting to the quarterback. He had seven tackles for loss and two sacks this season, totaling 17.5 and six for his career. As the key member of former coach Luke Fickell’s linebackers, McMillan was responsible for all pre-snap reads, directing each and every member of the defense in the 20-25 seconds before the snap of the ball.The Hinesville, Georgia native is rated as the No. 4 linebacker in the 2017 draft class by Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley also turned pro.https://twitter.com/Kwon_daTRUTH/status/816713621308702720
Photo by Getty Images.Massachusetts state police have located the gun that could link former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez to the double murder from last year, according to CBS 3 of Springfield, Mass.Police discovered the gun following a June 21 car crash on Interstate 91 in Springfield, Mass., during an inventory of the wrecked car. The car belonged to Jailene Diaz-Ramoz of Bristol, Conn.A .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was in the car’s trunk inside a briefcase. Ballistics testing matched the gun with the bullets fired in the death of two men in Boston in 2012.Hernandez is already facing a charge of murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, and that case led them to the as-yet-unsolved July 2012 double homicide of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado.Hernandez’s possible connection to the murders of Abreu and Furtado remains under investigation. On July 16, 2012, Hernandez and his associates were allegedly involved in a fight with Abreu and Furtado at Cure, a Boston nightclub. Soon afterward, the two men were gunned down in their vehicle when an SUV with Rhode Island license plates pulled up alongside them and opened fire. Police believe that an SUV towed from the home of Hernandez’s uncle was the one used in the homicides.CBS 3 of Springfield reported that the gun belonged to a friend who Diaz-Ramos called “Chicago.” She said “Chicago” is a football player, and that he and his friends wanted to leave the gun with her so that they didn’t have to bring it with them.Diaz-Ramos was arraigned in Springfield District Court on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and was later released on $1,000 bail.
THE TROIKA MAY have officially completed their final review of Ireland’s bailout programme but they weren’t slow giving some advice as they finished up.“The implementation of the programme, which will expire in the coming months, has been steadfast, ” an official statement issued by the European Commission, the ECB and IMF said today.The Troika sounded one major warning, however, and it focused squarely on the health service. They say that budget figures remained on track to October but that “spending control must be maintained, in particular in the healthcare sector.”Echoing the continued debate surrounding the feasibility of saving in the Department of Health, the Troika sounded a note of concern, “Realising the proposed savings in health expenditure, while protecting core services, will require particular attention”.The second area of continued concern for the Troika was a call for a durable resolution of mortgages in arrears. They called on the banks to do more:The introduction of a target regime for arrears resolution has been helpful, but greater efforts are required by banks to find long-term sustainable solutions for borrowers in genuine mortgage distress. In other arrears cases, there is a need to restore full debt service payments.Credit facilityThe Troika were giving very little away about post-bailout financing options for Ireland, merely saying that “discussions continued” on “related options following the expiry of the current EU-IMF arrangements.”The conclusion of this twelfth Troika review would allow for the disbursement to Ireland of the final €1.4 billion of loans under the bailout arrangement.The Troika issues a positive not on Ireland’s growth prospects saying that Ireland’s economy has been growing above the euro area average since 2011 and is on target to record low growth in 2013.Read: The reviews are over but we may not leave for “a number of years” — IMF Mission Chief >Read: After 12 reviews and at least a few “discordant words,” Noonan and Howlin bid farewell to the troika >
There is one day a year that NORAD let’s its hair down so to speak to provide an important service to the citizens of the world. On December 24th, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) uses all the tools at its disposal to track the progress of Santa Claus and his reindeer!NORAD will once again be teaming up with Google to allow users to watch Santa as he travels around the globe, all in 3D thanks to the Google Earth service. Guided by Rudolph’s famous red nose, Google Earth will have Santa’s location on lock and will offer a visual play-by-play as St. Nick flies over various landmarks around the world. The jolly elf’s progress will also be available on Google Maps in both its mobile and desktop forms so no one has to miss any of the action if they are travelling.Acting as a strong piece of evidence for the existence of Santa, the NORAD and Google tracking partnership has become a Christmas tradition for families, and can warm the heart of even the most grinchy of non-believers. Starting at the international date line and traveling West because of the different time zones, Santa gets going promptly at midnight, and zooms to all the homes in the world by 6am (local to each child’s house of course).All the fun starts at 2am EST on the 24th, as Santa begins his journey around the world to bring happiness to all! Make sure to mark your calendars! You can check out the archive of last years tracking below.Read more at Google’s Lat Long blog
Image: Peter Byrne By Daragh Brophy Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 1:06 PM Share1337 Tweet Email Image: Peter Byrne http://jrnl.ie/3300601 Mar 22nd 2017, 1:06 PM Short URL Operations are continuing but are weather dependent.No bodies have been recovered.The remotely operated vehicle being used to search the waters off Black Rock has cameras, sensors and grabbers that can be used at depths of up to 3 kilometres. It was briefly deployed yesterday, before being put into use again today.It was sent to the area where signals from the black box recorder were found last week.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was found in the initial search and rescue operation after contact was lost with the helicopter on Tuesday last. She later died in hospital.Her crewmates Captain Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith remain missing.Investigators said on Monday night that the helicopter may have hit rocks at Black Rock lighthouse.Poor weather conditions have hampered the search over the past few days. It’s hoped conditions will improve by the end of the week.Read: Underwater device with cameras and grabbers used in search for Rescue 116 >Read: Snow and ice grip the country as weather warning in place on frosty morning > Wreckage of Coast Guard helicopter located off Mayo coast A statement has been issued by investigators this afternoon. 14 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated at 1.10pm THE WRECKAGE OF the Rescue 116 helicopter has been found off the coast of Co Mayo, investigators have confirmed.According to a statement from the Air Accident Investigation Unit, the discovery was made by teams working near Black Rock island earlier today.Here is the statement:The AAIU in consultation with An Garda Síochána, the Navy, the Coast Guard, the GSI and the Marine Institute wish to advise that following initial Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) operations the wreckage of R116 has been positively located on the sea bed on the Eastern side of Black Rock, at a depth of approx. 40m. 82,163 Views
Doesn’t kill, doesn’t wound, doesn’t maim. But I’ll tell you what it does do: It is very good at opening doors.The Doctor’s trusty multi-functional tool, the sonic screwdriver is second only to the TARDIS regarding iconic Whovian technology.But how exactly do you explain the lock-picking, laser-pointing, sound-wave-amplifying, matter-scanning, glass-shattering flashlight/microphone/lighter, which also happens to tighten and loosen screws?According to its new entry in the Oxford English Dictionary: “a (hand-held) electronic device which uses sound waves to perform various mechanical and technical functions.”The OED recently announced the addition of “sonic screwdriver” to the revised, third edition text, expected this June; the term will join existing definitions for “TARDIS,” “Dalek,” and “Cyberman.”The Eleventh Doctor baits a fish with his sonic screwdriver (via BBC America)Introduced by the Second Doctor in 1968 serial “Fury from the Deep,” the gadget was used twice more during Patrick Troughton’s tenure (in “The Dominators” and “The War Games”), and became popular with the Third (Jon Pertwee) and Fourth (Tom Baker) Doctors.Despite being written out of the show in 1982, the screwdriver was featured briefly in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, before making a prominent return in the 2005 reboot.And, much like the TARDIS and Time Lord himself, the Doctor’s favorite utensil has been through various redesigns and refits. The Twelfth incarnation caused an uproar among fans when he replaced his lost screwdriver with a pair of sonic sunglasses.Clara Oswald and the sonic screwdriver (via BBC)The out-of-this-universe tool even inspired a real-life attempt to mimic the Gallifreyan technology: Researchers at Dundee University in 2012 unveiled a machine that uses ultrasound waves to turn objects, rather than just push them.“The sonic screwdriver won’t get you out of every tricky situation (as the Fourth Doctor had to admit). But it [is] definitely worth having in your TARDIS toolbox, and, pretty soon, it’s going to be available in that other big blue cabinet of endless curiosity, the OED,” Jonathan Dent, a senior assistant editor on the Oxford English Dictionary, wrote in a blog post.
Stay on target Ask a human to hang a mug by its handle on a hook, and they won’t hesitate.Ask a robot to carry out the same task, and you’ll be waiting a long while.Unless you’re at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), where researchers developed an automated system of pick-and-place tasks.“Whenever you see a robot video on YouTube, you should watch carefully for what the robot is NOT doing,” MIT professor Russ Tedrake, senior author of a paper about the project, said in a statement. “Robots can pick almost anything up, but if it’s an object they haven’t seen before, they can’t actually put it down in any meaningful way.”The two most common approaches to picking up objects are “pose-based” systems that estimate an object’s position and orientation, and general grasping algorithms.But these methods, according to MIT, are flawed: Pose estimators often don’t work with objects of significantly different shapes, and grasping approaches can’t place objects with much subtlety.In contrast, CSAIL’s kPAM (Keypoint Affordance Manipulation) approach detects a collection of coordinates (keypoints) on an object—establishing a sort of visual roadmap.Keypoints naturally handle variation among a particular type of object, like a mug or shoe; these coordinates provide all necessary information for a robot to determine what to do with an item.Trial and error (via MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory)“Understanding just a little bit more about the object—the location of a few key points—is enough to enable a wide range of useful manipulation tasks,” Tedrake said.In the case of a mug, the system requires only three keypoints—the center of the mug’s side, bottom, and handle. For a shoe, kPAM needs six points to pick up more than 20 different pairs of footwear, from slippers to boots.“This particular representation works magically well with today’s state-of-the-art machine learning perception and planning algorithms,” Tedrake added.Moving forward, the team hopes to teach their system to perform tasks with even greater generalizability—like unloading a dishwasher or wiping kitchen counters.More on Geek.com:Meet the Buddhist Robot That Gives Sermons at an Ancient Japanese TempleThis Weird Robot Can Fold Your Laundry at a Snail’s PaceMIT Removes Inherent AI Facial Recognition Bias Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain
Parked vehicle, four businesses shot at with BB gun in College Area Broken Glass Everywhere!!! Several Businesses Are Vandalized By Punks In College Area Of San Diego. Windows Shot Out By B.B. Gun? Reaction Tonight On KUSI pic.twitter.com/BjCq7porQv— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) July 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A BB gun was used to shoot out windows at four businesses in the College Area along with a side window of a vehicle parked nearby, police said Monday.The damage was reported around 9:35 p.m. Sunday in the 7100 block of El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said.Officers arrived and found windows shattered at four businesses in the area as well as the driver’s side rear window of a parked vehicle, Hernandez said.No injuries were reported and no suspect descriptions were immediately available. Updated: 5:19 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom July 8, 2019
Support for a Multi-Platform PublisherTo stay in the game, printers have been forced to add value to their offerings, especially for multi-platform publishers. “Printers have emerged as a resource for publishers with the advantage that they bring both digital infrastructure and technical knowledge,” says Marilynn Jacobs, vice president of marketing, magazine business for Quebecor World. These services include anything related to the automation of workflows and the taking of files and repurposing across print, Web and mobile platforms in order to get the most out of files and “reach multi-age and cultural audiences,“ says Quebecor’s director, technical sales offset and gravure, Gina Sigmon. But some publishers aren’t ready for all this. “We’re at the inflection point currently in terms of the adoption of these technologies,” Jacobs says. “Some customers are much farther along than others. We customize our options to match the customers’ needs and culture.”Cut Costs or Drive Revenue?For publishers, one of the most important facets of their “partnership” with printers is cost-cutting. “We are always looking for more efficient and less costly ways to enhance our workflow,” says Elizabeth Graham, head of production at Haymarket Media. “We are definitely keeping the pressure on the vendors to help us in this area.”“We have always expected our printers to partner with us on cost management,” says Steve Johnston, director of manufacturing at Summit Business Media.According to Clay Hall, CEO of Aspire Media, “Today more than ever, pricing is a real difference maker for publishers, especially in light of exorbitant increases in the cost of paper and postage and migration of readers and advertisers to online products.” In contrast, some are more concerned with what printers can do to help drive revenue. “What I need from a printer is one that can offer me creative solutions to ‘special’ customer requests,” Bret Kealy, publisher at Penton Media, told FOLIO:. “If I get a request for an unusual insert I need someone who can figure out if there is any way to accommodate the request or give me some viable alternatives if the request is impossible to print or is too expensive.”An example of something like this is a new premium technology called MetalFX recently released by Transcontinental Printing. It allows for metallic color options, which can be used to add value to advertisements or create covers that “make publications jump out at the newsstand and cut through the clutter in stores and in the mail,” according to the printer’s Web site. Still, as Johnston at Summit says, “costs are always a pressure.” For him, “one of the current areas of opportunity is co-mailing. We expect our printers to stay on top of this and continue to help us in a way that both reduces costs and improves delivery.”Distribution WoesDistribution is a huge cost center for publishers, and postal rates have been a major culprit in this for some time. To offset mailing costs, publishers look to printers for solutions like co-palletization, where bundled magazines are grouped on the same pallet with others going on the same route, and drop shipping, which moves freight closer to its destination without using the U.S. Postal Service. But arguably the most popular postal savings technique is co-mailing, which allows different titles to be bound and mailed together in the same mail stream, making them eligible for deep postal discounts. Co-mailing can save publishers between 10 and 15 percent on postal costs, which makes a printer who offers this service—the larger printers like Quebecor World, Brown, Publishers Press and R.R. Donnelley—more desirable, especially for a small publisher without enough volume to create bundles of its own.Co-mailing saves Cygnus Business Media more than $350,000 a year, according to Tom Martin, the company’s vice president of manufacturing. It’s a good thing, too, since the publisher saw an increase of about 13 percent starting with its August issues last year. Still, postage accounts for about 40 percent of Cygnus’ operating cost, with an annual total of about $9 million.Paper accounts for about 45 percent of the production costs at Consumer Reports, according to senior director of publishing operations and business affairs Lou Malani, followed by distribution at 35 percent and printing at 20 percent. “We’re co-mingling our mail and running different publications in a bindery together—not bound together but they’re in the same mail stream so we get the sortation,” he adds. “We do more and more personalization of the magazines. We have house ads and there’s no use in certain ads going to the wrong people. We used to have one issue of Consumer Reports—now there might be four or five or eight versions. That’s where in the bindery area and distribution area printers are doing more of the work.” That’s also where digital editions step in for some publishers, and printers are seizing the chance to be part of it. Publishers Press, for example, offers an e-PubXpress service, which allows publishers to create and distribute digital versions of their magazines, while Brown Printing has teamed with digital magazine vendor iMirus. While the mailing cost of a direct mail piece might be $50,000 through the Postal Service, Brown might do it for $6,000 to $8,000 through e-mail blasts and a digital edition. Digital Workflows DeliverImplementation of digital workflow tools like virtual (or soft) proofing and ad portals have been one of the most revolutionary trends in magazine manufacturing for a while now, and they continue to gain ground as publishers look to cut production costs. In the process, many publishers have been able to eliminate or drastically downsize their prepress operations.United Business Media’s U.S. operation (formerly CMP) is one example. As Folio: reported in February, it eliminated its West Coast prepress operations and downsized its East Coast operations to handle just weeklies and saved $400,000 last year, according to Peter Tomski, the company’s senior director of premedia and manufacturing. Haymarket Media is another example. “We have taken several magazines that were utilizing a prepress house to prepare the print-ready PDFs and prepare our ‘bluelines’ and we now upload the PDFs direct in-house to an online proofing system [R.R. Donnelley’s InSite],” says Graham. As a result, Haymarket is saving approximately $25 a page. For the 800 to 950 pages Haymarket prints per month, that leads to savings of between $20,000 and $23,750 every 30 days.The other advantage of making this transition, Graham says, is that it utilizes the soft proofing tool that Haymarket was paying for—as it was automatically linked to the printer’s workflow—but not using, as Haymarket‘s staff would let the system know that the files had been pre-approved. ”Using online proofing instead of hard proofs from the printer was initially scary, especially for color sensitive pages,” Graham says. But after making the transition, “we have had virtually no problems and find the soft proofing to be just as reliable or better.”The hesitation is common. “In the last few years, we have migrated to a 100 percent digital workflow and online PDF proofing [Publishers Press‘ SimonXpress],” says Johnston of Summit. “The editorial staff was reluctant to give up hard proofs but became comfortable within a few issues.”Transcontinental continues rolling out an online job submission, preflight and approvals management system (dubbed The Job Assistant). The service has shrunk NJ Family’s turnaround time—from file delivery to delivery of finished product—from 11 days to eight, according to Stephanie Hoare, creative director at the magazine. “We’ve been able to implement the Job Assistant program without requiring any new hardware or software, which is a huge benefit,” says Hoare.Blood-Horse Publications switched to an all-PDF workflow in 2006. “One of the first steps was to change the layout software from Quark to InDesign,” says print operations manager Lisa Coots. “We also purchased TWiST software from DALiM, which processes our files and enabled us toincrease our productivity and give us a more efficient workflow.” TWiST helps Blood-Horse check color bills and file dimensions. Blood-Horse’s printer, Publishers Press, uses a DALiM module as well. “Our systems communicate well together,” says Coots. “It’s a faster process on their end as well.” Blood-Horse has invested about 1 percent of annual revenue into the DALiM software (and that doesn’t include additional investment in InDesign and desktop publishing software). “It will pay for itself quickly in the man-hours we’re saving,” says Coots. Another plus, on top of cost and time savings, is the ability to check proofs remotely. “If a last minute change happens in the evening on press night we can view the page at home as [it] is is Web-browser based,” Graham says.The ability to work remotely is apparently a big selling point for many publishers. “Allowing local or remote users to approve pages provides disaster recovery and business continuity in allowing for remote, off-site continuity in the event of natural or geographic interruptions,” says David Tompkins, preflight operations director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which publishes Science. Tompkins helped switch Science to an automated workflow, based on PDF/X-1a, in 2001 and estimates savings of about $300,000 a year. He worked closely with Brown Printing, which uses a system based on DALiM MiSTRAL software. “The system automatically performs most of the tasks associated with a CSR (Customer Service Representative), all done in real time and for multiple publications,” says Tompkins. “At any time we can deliver files for any current or future issue and check the form or page status. It really allows us to remotely administer our publications.”Tompkins’ next endeavor is a move to a full round-trip XML workflow in the coming months which he says will likely cut production time for Science in half.The Next Step for Ad PortalsAd portals are an integral part of the digital workflow and, according to some, DALiM MiSTRAL is helping to take them to the next level. Niche Media, publisher of luxury regional magazines such as Gotham, Hamptons, Vegas and LA Confidential, recently launched an ad portal called SendMyAd, also based on the system. One of the biggest advantages of this portal, according to Niche’s director of manufacturing, digital imaging Shawn Lowe, is that it works in real time. Niche had originally installed a portal that preflighted files but not live in front of the advertiser. “If you were an art director and sent an ad, the system basically said, ‘We have your ad,’ but, what if you had five jobs on your desk and you’re told later, ‘Your ad failed’? The art director had no idea of what ad failed or why it failed. We ultimately had to answer a lot of questions and had to pay for multiple uploads,” Lowe said when the new portal launched. “It was taking too much time from our staff and confusing our advertisers.” Now, according to Lowe, Niche won’t have to add more than one or two people to its production staff even though its ad pages have tripled due to recent acquisitions.Further upstream in the workflow, the portal integrates with Niche’s external ad booking systems to receive ad insertion orders automatically. Down the road, Niche is hoping to be able to drop ads delivered to them directly into Brown Printing’s b.direct system without intervention.Hearst Magazines also recently announced the launch of an end-to-end portal, from graphic arts service provider HudsonYards, which it hopes will make the advertising process more efficent.“The print system gives us lots of control and oversight of the entire ad trafficking process and makes for a very streamlined, easy-to-use workflow,” said Hearst Magazines vice of production Laura Reid.What Does It Take?Advanced technologies are great for saving time and money, but what do they take to implement?For Guy Gleysteen, senior vice president of production at Time Inc., implementation takes a willingness to challenge existing business norms and demand new terms from printers. “If you can’t see the wider business case, these technologies look to add to your cost.”But demanding new terms isn’t necessarily simple, as printers are also investing heavily themselves. According to Johnston of Summit, it’s important to be aware of what your printer is working on. “They explore and invest in technologies that will improve workflow. These have to be communicated with us, the customer, so that we can take advantage of these technologies,” he says.Sometimes, finding the capabilities that work best for your business may mean moving things around. Haymarket Media recently moved some of its publications to different plants while still working with R.R. Donnelley. “We evaluated the average print runs at the plant, their capabilities to tip, polybag, etc., against the magazine specs. It has helped us realize where maybe the publication wasn’t a right fit for that plant,” says Graham. Now, she adds, the process, quality and service are much better than before because each Haymarket publication is in the best place for its specific needs.The Need for FlexibilityScheduling continues to be one of the greatest challenges in magazine production. “Lead times are shorter than they have ever been, but publishers still need to meet shipping schedules,” Kealy of Penton recently said. “A good printer needs to accommodate last minute changes.”“Time is the enemy,” Summit’s Johnston says. “There is a continual push to delay ad closings to accommodate sales, delay editorial close to get in last minute stories and edits and still get final files to the printer on time to hit our mail schedules.”According to Graham, this can be especially problematic for co-mailers. “With changes to page count, supplements and even internal staff vacation and sick time, our schedules can be very tight and require constant communication with our print customer service rep to make sure we are always on the same page.”Swapping ResponsibilitiesLebhar-Friedman has completely undergone a PDF/X-1a workflow and assumed many of the functions that its printer used to handle. “In the past year and a half, we’ve integrated all fractional ads on pages, which is something we used to outsource to our printer and we’re archiving our ads internally,” says executive director of manufacturing Rich Zweiback. That means a new round of responsibility for the publishing staff. “The challenge is training our internal production staff to handle some of those functions as well as changing the culture of the company to rely on some other departments for the integration of the fractional ads,” says Zweiback. “We’ve had to involve our edit desks to a point with that. Changing the culture to have those print functions become part off their responsibilities.”It may have been a dramatic move on the staff level but it’s paying off for the company: Zweiback says that by doing so Lebhar-Friedman has saved well over 50 percent of its former prepress costs. There’s no resisting the trend. To survive, magazine businesses are compelled to diversify beyond the printed page, whether they want to—or know how to—or not. They’re also compelled to stare down the harsh realities of rising paper, ink and distribution costs, as well as increasing competition from online-only and other competitors. So where are publishers who are combating these challenges successfully turning for help? In many cases, to vendors known mostly for putting ink on paper in the first place—their printers.“A good printer is your partner, not just your supplier,” former DLG Media Holdings COO Dana Spain-Smith recently told FOLIO:. This is a common sentiment among publishers, but what exactly does that mean? What makes a printer a partner, not just a supplier?For Jonathan Moffly, president of Moffly Publications, it’s a printer that changes “as fast as us and the marketplace,” he recently told FOLIO:. It means tools and ideas—advertising ideas, editorial product ideas, efficiency ideas and best practices from other publishers. Also, “we look for tools, many online, including in-house efficiency-oriented tools (pagination, media library, automated page layout), advertiser aids-oriented tools (streamlined uploading and processing of ads, ads repurposing for Web and other formats), readership aids (online delivery of the magazine, online circulation promo, fulfillment) and research tools,” says Moffly.That’s a mouthful but also an indication of what publishers are grappling with and looking for from their partners. Here, Folio: breaks down the evolving relationship between publisher and printer and looks at emerging technologies, tools and ideas that are changing the way magazines are printed—and, in some cases, not printed. SIDEBAR:Redefining the Role of PrintOutgoing ABM Chairman: “The current magazine model won’t take us into the next five years, let alone the next 100 years.”The tagline for American Business Media’s Spring Meeting last month was “New Paths To Success” and while much of the conversation revolved around the expected topics of video and social media, the changing role of the print product accounted for much of the conversation as well. “There’s a lot of talk about Web 2.0 but there is very little talk about Magazines 2.0,” said Hanley Wood CEO and outgoing ABM chairman Frank Anton. “If the magazines published two or three years from now aren’t different, we’re in trouble. The current magazine model won’t take us into the next five years, let alone the next 100 years.”Magazines need to be re-thought from editorial to circulation to folio size, according to Anton. “We need to let readers decide the content—instead of one version for 100,000 readers maybe we do a lot of custom versions,” he added. “Circulation needs to be reviewed. It’s bloated—in some cases by 60 percent or more. Maybe we need to move away from controlled circulation and have people pay for products.”Nielsen chairman and CEO David Calhoun said magazines have to be approached in terms of how they complement other media. “I don’t believe publications are going away but if they don’t understand their role in relation to other media, they will lose,” he said. “I hate reading about one form of media losing out to another and print is always thought about in terms of competing with other media. In the evolution of the magazine, print will have to assume a role in the bigger scheme. What are its interactions with other media? Each reinforces the other.”Limiting Magazine Size and SponsorshipsThick magazines may indicate publication health but they may not be serving time-pressed readers, according to Anton, who says publishers should start thinking about limiting folio size.“Our biggest magazines going forward will be 96 pages,” says Anton. “Publishers should consider exclusive sponsorship to one advertiser rather than selling many window advertisers.”
Tourism firm Thomas Cook India on Friday announced it will acquire the Kuoni Group’s travel business in India and Hong Kong for Rs.535 crore.”The transaction remains subject to regulatory approvals as required,” Thomas Cook said in a statement. “As part of the acquisition, Thomas Cook (India) will take on all of the approximately 1,800 employees of Kuoni’s business unit in India and Hong Kong tour operating, and will continue to run the business activities as an independent company,” it added.The board of the company in its meeting on Friday approved purchase of Kuoni’s travel business in “one or more tranches, financing the deal through a mix of funds from earlier equity infusion, internal accruals, debt funds (for Hong Kong) and or other permissible modes.”Prem Watsa, chairman of Fairfax Holdings, the controlling share holder of Thomas Cook India said: “Acquisition of Kuoni’s tour operating and retailing businesses in India and Hong Kong as well as the Indian inbound business reaffirms our belief in the India market potential, as also our strategic intent to explore viable geographies, including the larger Asia opportunity.”Kuoni Group chief executive Peter Meier said: “With the sale of the tour operating activities in India and Hong Kong, we have completed the sale of the outbound business, as announced. I’m very pleased that we found forward-looking solutions for the units in India and Hong Kong.”Thomas Cook India has its footprint over 232 locations in 95 cities across India, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, the company said.
US secretary of state Michael R Pompeo. Photo: AFPUS secretary of state Michael R Pompeo has emphasised the importance of advancing good governance, transparency, and democratic values, as Bangladesh continues its emergence as a key partner in the Indo-Pacific.Pompeo on Monday met Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen in Washington and discussed increasing economic, security, and counterterrorism cooperation.The US secretary of state underscored that the responsibility for resolution of Rohingya crisis rests with Myanmar, which must create the necessary conditions for voluntary repatriation.Pompeo emphasised how they will work with the international community to increase support for Rohingyas and host communities, while addressing the root causes and conditions in Myanmar.He lauded Bangladesh’s generosity in continuing to host over one million Rohingyas from Myanmar, said US state department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.
Kolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP and president of the party’s youth wing has categorically said that stern action will be taken against those involved in the murder of Trilochon Mahato in Purulia’s Balarampur if the BJP can prove his party’s involvement of any sort. Banerjee said that his party workers are not involved in the murder of Mahato. “He died due to infighting or it was the sequel to a family feud,” he maintained. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA tweet of BJP’s national president Amit Shah said: “Deeply hurt by the brutal killing of our young karyakarta, Trilochan Mahato, in Balarampur, West Bengal. A young life full of possibilities was brutally taken under state’s patronage. He was hanged on a tree just because his ideology differed from that of state-sponsored goons.” The body of 18-year-old Mahato was found hanging from a tree a day after the Panchayat election was declared. There was a poster which was found near the tree that read because of his involvement with the BJP at such an early age, he had to pay the price. Trilochan’s father Panu Mahato is a BJP worker as well. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that in a recent interview to a vernacular television channel, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had said that 13 party workers had been killed by the Opposition. She had said as the Trinamool Congress was confident of its victory then why should the workers take recourse to violence. Abhishek said his party did not believe in violence. “BJP is creating trouble everywhere and then trying to put the blame on the Trinamool Congress.” The police is investing the matter. Partha Chatterjee, TMC secretary general, has also denied the involvement of his party workers in the murder. “We do not believe in the politics of hate and murder. Our workers had been killed but we have never retaliated to take revenge.”In Balarampur, the BJP has bagged two Zila Parishad seats. Out of 17 Gram Panchayat seats, BJP secured 17 while the TMC had got three seats. In Gram Panchayat, out of 92 seats BJP got 70 while the TMC got 22 seats.The Trinamool leaders said BJP had got only 22 seats in 822-member Zilla Parishad in Bengal where elections were held. It bagged 5,747 Gram Panchayat and 752 seats in Panchayat Samity. Under such a situation the BJP is no threat to the TMC and so there was no question of resorting to violence, the TMC leaders said.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Electronically sharing documents between users may be necessary for office workflow, but searching for the correct version of a file can drain productivity and cause frustration. According to a 2012 study by Harris Interactive, a Rochester, N.Y.-based market research firm, 83 percent of employees say they waste time every day tracking, sharing or finding the correct version of a file.”Documents are like rumors — once they’re shared, you don’t know what they’ll look like when they come back,” says Christopher Seiwald, CEO of Perforce, an Alameda, Calif.-based productivity software company.Working from the wrong version of a file can lead to missed business opportunities, damaged reputations and poor impressions on colleagues and customers.Related: 5 Techniques to Tame Your Overflowing Email InboxSeiwald says a few small steps can help everyone in your company keep track of shared documents. 1. Adopt a smart naming scheme.Don’t label documents “new” or “final,” says Seiwald, as they are never really new or final for long.”You’ll end up with file names like: ‘sales_presentation_final_draft8_sally_reallyFINAL’ and nobody can understand that,” he says.Instead, Seiwald suggests adopting a company-wide naming scheme that uses version numbers or dates and initials of the person who created or edited it. For example, that sales presentation might be named: sales_presentation_ver5 _SV.2. Reconsider using email for document sharing. Email as a document-sharing method can cause a lot of problems. People end up wasting time trying to find the right email, and risk not sending it to everyone who should contribute, says Seiwald. Email also can’t accommodate large file sizes, which means that businesses might share large files in one place and small files in another, creating potential content chaos. “Use email for conversations about a document,” says Seiwald. “But don’t use it as a document management option.”3. Find a system that works for your staff.Be warned, if you try to implement a new file management system, your staff might find a way to work around it. The Harris Interactive study found that 92 percent of employees use email even when there is another file management system in place. Choose a method that’s flexible enough to let employees work the way they want to.”Web-based file-sharing systems, such as Dropbox, make it easy to share files by emailing a link,” says Seiwald. The downside is that the document exists outside the company’s firewall, making it vulnerable to hackers. Another option is a system such as Google Docs. However, collaboration can be challenging because multiple people can make changes at the same time, he says.Companies can also use document-collaboration software, which addresses issues such as security and versioning. Commons, a software package offered by Seiwald’s company Perforce, allows employees to safely share and collaborate on documents without overwriting someone else’s work. It’s free for up to 20 users. Another option is Sharepoint by Microsoft. Starting at $3 per user per month, it allows companies to organize and share documents online.Whatever you do, don’t just outsource your decision to your IT department. “Try different systems and get feedback [from your employees], Seiwald says. “It doesn’t do any good to put a process in place if no one is going to use it.”Related: How Long Do You Really Need to Keep Your Financial Documents? Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 1, 2013 Register Now »
News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Image courtesy of BarcoNovember 10, 2015 — Healthcare imaging specialist Barco has been granted a patent for its I-Luminate technology, a luminance boost method and system specifically developed to improve detection of fine details in breast images.I-Luminate was first introduced to the market in 2010 with Barco’s Mammo Tomosynthesis 5MP display system. This technology has now also been incorporated into the Coronis 5MP mammography display and Barco’s latest flagship product, Coronis Uniti, which allows for picture archiving and communication system (PACS) as well as multimodality breast imaging (i.e. breast tomosynthesis, digital mammography, breast magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound) on a single screen. The idea behind I-Luminate is that by increasing the display brightness, the number of Just Noticeable Differences — the threshold at which a change on the screen is perceived — increases, enabling faster inspection and detection of smaller objects. This also reduces windowing and leveling time, which has a huge impact on workflow efficiency and clinical productivity. I-Luminate maintains compliance to the DICOM GSDF and has no impact on the lifetime of the display. For more information: www.barco.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Breast Imaging | November 10, 2015 Barco Receives Patent for I-Luminate Breast Imaging Technology Display technology increases visibility of subtle details in medical images
Titi Conservation Alliance would like to thank everyone for making the 2012 fundraiser a success. The alliance exceeded its goal, with proceeds of more than $4,000, which will go towards the Environmental Education Program. Congratulations!The Festival Nacional de Cine y Video Aguirre began Aug. 23. It continues until Sunday, Aug. 26. For more info, call 8340-5425 or email email@example.com. The Chamber’s Downtown Council met to discuss homelessness in Quepos, and brought key parties together (Municipality, Law Enforcement, the Health Ministry and the Church of the Vencedores) who have pledged to help homeless people roaming the streets of Quepos. Thanks to you all.Thank you to Trees That Feed (TTFF), a nonprofit organization that donated 305 trees to our area. TTFF feeds people from trees and benefits the environment by creating food forests. Food from trees is an excellent way to create a sustainable planet. The organization has planted 12,000 trees in Jamaica and 2,000 in Haiti. The trees are donated to poor farmers, schools and orphanages. The website is www.treesthatfeed.org. PBS filmed the tree-plantings for a documentary on volunteering.–Jennifer Ricejennifer@kidssavingtherainforest.org Facebook Comments No related posts.
FIFA’s ethics watchdog is seeking a lifetime ban against two disgraced Central American former football executives, Guatemala’s Brayan Jiménez and Costa Rican Eduardo Li, over bribery and corruption, according to a statement released Wednesday.Both men have already pleaded guilty to racketeering in the United States as part of the Justice Department’s massive investigation of fraud across world football.Li had been the head of the Costa Rican Football Federation from 2007 until his arrest in Zurich in May of 2015 by Swiss police acting on a U.S. warrant.Jiménez, Guatemala’s former football chief and an ex-FIFA executive, was detained in January 2016 in a suburb of Guatemala City and extradited to the United States in March.The judicial arm of FIFA’s ethics committee said it had opened cases against the pair after investigators finalized their probe and requested a lifelong ban from football.Investigators claim to have evidence of conflict of interest, as well as bribery and corruption, against both Li and Jiménez.At a New York federal court in October, Li admitted to extortion and fraud related to taking more than $500,000 in illicit payments for steering match marketing rights to a private firm.Jiménez pleaded guilty to negotiating and accepting bribes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for marketing rights for his country’s qualifying matches for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Both Li and Jiménez will be given the right to present their cases in front of the ethics committee after FIFA’s investigation is concluded. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s ex-football chief Eduardo Li gets house arrest Woman records video of man reaching down her shirt on bus; receives no help from driver Men caught with one ton of drugs in Costa Rica allowed to walk free, police say FIFA suspends Eduardo Li for life
Bette Midler apologizes after her tweet causes backlash FILE – In this June 11, 2017 file photo, Bette Midler arrives at the Tony Awards in New York. Midler is apologizing for a tweet that caused a social media backlash when she compared the struggle of women with the history of racism. The singer and actress wrote that women “are the n-word of the world” and “They are the most disrespected creatures on earth.” Midler was quoting the title of a 1972 song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bette Midler is apologizing for a tweet that caused a social media backlash when she compared the struggle of women to the history of racism.The singer-actress wrote that women “are the n-word of the world” and “They are the most disrespected creatures on earth.” Midler was quoting the title of a 1972 song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.The comment drew sharp criticism from many who said it erased the atrocities committed against black people and the struggle of black women in particular.Midler tried to defend the tweet before deleting it altogether and apologizing a few hours later, saying to black women: “I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologize.” by The Associated Press Posted Oct 5, 2018 8:25 am PDT Last Updated Oct 5, 2018 at 9:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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