Conde Nast To Put All 18 Titles on NOOK Tablet

first_imgLast week Barnes & Noble announced the NOOK Tablet with storage room of 16 G, video capabililty and battery life of 11 hours. Targeting Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the NOOK Tablet is priced at $249 and hits the market this Friday.  More on this topic All 21 Time Inc. Magazines To Have Tablet Editions By Year-End Publishers Continue to Look for Tablet Relief Outside of iPad Conde Nast Strikes Subscription Deal with Apple Meredith Introduces iPad Subscriptions for Better Homes and Gardens, Parents and Fitness Digital Edition Briefs | Publishers Sidle Up to Apple Barnes and Noble Debuts 7-Inch NOOK Tablet for $249Just In This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered by Conde Nast announced today that all 18 of its magazines will soon be available on the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color. Seventeen of those magazines will be available on NOOK by the end of November while Vogue will join the platform in early 2012. Single copies and monthly subscriptions will be available. Current print subscribers will access digital editions for free while new monthly subscribers will get a 14-day trial to the digital editions. Conde Nast titles on the NOOK will include Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Brides, Conde Nast Traveler, Details, Glamour, Golf Digest, Golf World, GQ, Lucky, Self, Teen Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, W and Wired. Conde Nast has aggressively pushed into a variety of digital publishing platforms and claims more than 242,000 digital downloads of its tablet editions since signing on with Apple in May; but as WWD cites, production of a digital edition can cost $20,000 to $40,000 per issue.last_img read more

Winning the Paywall Debate

first_imgThough it may seem anti-climactic to you, given the rigorous discussion and testing around other publications’ paywalls, this is giant for us. We’ve finally moved from discussion to doing, and I, for one, could not be happier. Movement and experimentation, not standing still and hiding, is how smart business decisions are made.Previously, half of our content was behind a paywall that pushed people to subscribe. Now, the majority of our new content will be paywalled for at least a day or two, as it’s released. Editors will gradually rotate all pieces in front of the paywall during the week, so that every single piece will get its chance to circulate for free. This allows editors to better control the timing and PR strategy surrounding the release of content, but especially helps the efforts of the marketing team. Because our issues go live each week, the impact of our paywall is to encourage people to pay for instant access to our content.One of the most unanticipated pushbacks has been not from readers, but from writers who worry about cutting off eyeballs to their page. Our editorial staff has done a good job of communicating the necessity of testing, and I hope that my points below help other publications open a constructive dialogue about paywall strategy with their writers.1. Our financial vitality is necessary in order to further our editorial mission. Being a subscription-based publication, we rely on money from our readers in ways that other places do not. I’m not giving away free copies of The Nation at the dentist’s office; our basic annual rate for a printed magazine is $79 (a pittance compared to $138 for The Economist). We are not beholden to advertisers or a ratebase, leaving us to refreshingly cover what we want how we want. News media across the board have been fighting an uphill battle against free news on the web for years; The Nation is not immune. But I sense a shifting of the tides, and the industry has been teaching readers, little by little, that good, factual journalism costs something. Sending a reporter to Egypt or Russia or a photo-essayist to Detroit costs more than travel fees—these reporters are in Syria or Russia or Detroit, and readers should expect to have to pay people for the work that surrounds these issues. Believe it or not, solid, rigorous reporting isn’t done from a desktop or pieced together from a bunch of Wikipedia facts. Real journalism, like a crane operator or a chef, requires nuanced skill, time, and expertise. Writers know this. But it’s easy for them to lose sight of this in a vacuum—especially in an era we’ve created where we make clicks and pageviews count more than actual content, which practically demands a reversal. What needs to be reiterated is how, in order to avoid becoming a slogfest of half-truths and online “facts,” we need money to fund their work. If we’re not relying on advertising, then we need to rely on circulation. And in this day and age, a paywall is just another type of circulation.2. Our readers, not our advertisers, are our future. I liken our readers to Packers fans. Green Bay is the only community-owned sports franchise in the country. Cheeseheads are rabid about their Packers because they have a psychological stake in the team (no dividends are paid out; extra monies go to a variety of non-profits throughout Wisconsin). The structure is different, but the sentiment is similar: The Nation’s writers give readers a point of view they don’t often read. We need them both on board to continue our work. As long as we push affordable business initiatives to a new audience, we can build said audience with a greater psychological investment in our content provided by the writers. The readers and writers work in tandem, walking along a tightrope of limited funds, and without those funds, both will falter.3. Leverage the exclusionary aspect to inspire a bigger audience. It’s not rocket science: the glut of crap on the internet is astounding, and we all read it, but we don’t remember it (when was the last time you quoted a Yahoo News statistic at a meeting?). Everything has been bit.ly’ed to the point where news has become trivia questions, not actual substance. But the writers can fight that, with their own followings and via their own audiences, by talking about their “exclusive” content on The Nation. It’s a way to leverage money for the paywall, but also for readers of their content. They want more eyeballs, not less; their resistance is to the general idea that a paywall will reduce eyeballs. This may be accurate on the outset. But the ownership is on everyone at the magazine—from the PR team to the writers’ own connections—to emphasize the importance of their pieces, offer teasers, and establish a firm stance that there is a reason we are asking you to cough up some money (in our case, $9.50) to read content. We’re like an exclusive club that costs next to nothing to join.4. Finally, this too shall pass. This is only temporary. This is only a test. Remember: it will either work or it won’t. If it works, then you’ve got the eyeballs, and we’ve got money to pay you. If it doesn’t, we experiment with something new and try a different angle. I promise you, it’s not in my interest to pour money into a continually failing strategy. Trust that your business staff is doing the best they can in your interest and in the publication’s, and that we won’t do something that will hurt the future of magazine. We’re doing something revolutionary at The Nation: we’re finally testing different paywall strategies. Sharing this is like dumping my purse on the table of a restaurant—it’s a mixed bag of embarrassment and pride. Why haven’t we done this sooner?It’s a little tricky, of course, being a subscription-based publication with a 150-year history of an audience allied to very strong editorial content. We have become increasingly forward-thinking with our approach to advertising, but at the core of it, our subscribers fund the magazine. At The Nation, Editorial Rules. We’ve been slower to test for all the reasons you think: less money; limited staff; an audience of truth-seekers who find paywalls a moral hindrance if nothing else; a founding prospectus that emphasizes our role to engage open, critical discussion of political and social issues; a staunch belief in the freedom of the press.last_img read more

DEI Briefs 42914

first_imgEngineering News-Record has released its first digital edition using the Mag+ platform. Additionally, ArchRecord is also now available as a digital edition. The content in both instances will be replica copies of their print versions. Compounding that is the app size, which is 957MB, meaning not only will the issues be larger than many native digital editions, but so, too, are the apps that house them. Look Magazine Upgrades Digital Edition with NewsfeedLook magazine has upgraded its digital edition with a newsfeed that updates readers on the latest news from the fashion world. The app also enables users the luxury of in-app shopping,. The app is available for iOS, Android and NOOK products. Grocery Retailer Enters the Digital Magazine SpacePublix has launched a digital magazine titled Publix Gather & Share. The title borrows its name from the company’s sales brochure, however the magazine experience is aimed to inspire its shoppers to innovate in the kitchen. The branded magazine will be free to readers and will publish monthly. Yahoo! Reimagines Its Travel VerticalYahoo! Travel has been relaunched as an “immersive digital magazine.” The vertical has been part of Yahoo!’s stable since 1997, however the new iteration mirrors a digital magazine with interactive features and more visually engaging content. Also, the new vertical is leveraging sponsored content. McGraw-Hill Rolls Out a Pair of Digital Editionslast_img read more

Dashboard Confessional Return With Anthemic New Single We Fight

first_img Dashboard Confessional Return: First LP In 8 years dashboard-confessional-return-anthemic-new-single-we-fight News Facebook The heartfelt emo stylings that helped Chris Carrabba & Co. build the indie scene of the early aughts mature toward more anthemic songwriting on new singleBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2017 – 1:16 pm Open your heart up and pull your feelings back down off that dark corner shelf, Dashboard Confessional are back in business. Today, the soul-baring emo rockers dropped a brand-new single and announced their first studio LP since 2009.”We Fight,” the lead single from Dashboard’s forthcoming Crooked Shadows, sees a turn toward a more anthemic, universal brand of songwriting than we’ve previously seen from frontman/chief songwriter Chris Carrabba.”Every album is personal, but as this album was coming together I realized, especially as the world’s political climate was rapidly changing, that ‘personal’ did not necessarily mean ‘mine,'” said Carrabba via a press release.  “Suddenly, ‘Me’ became ‘We’ and that realization was empowering, comforting and terrifying all at once.” Email center_img Twitter Dashboard Confessional Return With Anthemic New Single, “We Fight” On the topic of the band’s new single, Carrabba revealed that the song’s meaning has evolved in his own mind since first penning the track.”I thought it was just about the music scene that I came up in — a place where people who’d never quite fit in anywhere felt they actually belonged,” he revealed.  “When we began playing the song live on our summer tour, I realized … it’s a song for people who, in spite of their differences, can find common ground in their convictions and foster those into something bigger than themselves. That, to me, is something worth fighting for.”Dashboard Confessional’s Crooked Shadows is due out on Feb. 9, 2018. The band will embark on a radio tour of the U.S. starting Nov. 16. The tour will kick off with a free “No Dough” show in Chicago, and will run through early 2018, wrapping in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Jan. 28. Tickets are available now.See Björk’s New Ethereal Music Video For “Blissing Me”Read morelast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday December 10 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, December 10, 2018:#1) WCTV Fundraiser at Red Heat TavernWant some good food while supporting a great cause? Wilmington Community Television (WCTV) is hosting a fundraiser at Red Heat Tavern (300 Lowell Street) from 4pm to 10pm. All you need to do is bring the flyer below (print it out or show it on your phone) and 10% of your check will go to WCTV. This is for dine-in or take-out. It’s an easy and delicious way to support the station.#2) Family Holiday SingalongThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a holiday sing-along on Monday, December 10 at 6:30pm! David Polansky, an award-winning singer, musician and composer, will present a repertoire of classic holiday songs and original compositions that will encompass Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa! All ages. Register HERE.#3) Wilmington Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:30pm.) The North Wilmington Train Station, Butters Row Bridge Replacement, the Woburn Street/Lowell Street Intersection, Russell Disposal, and more are on the agenda. Read the full agenda HERE. The meeting is open to the public.#4) Wilmington Housing Authority Meeting MeetingThe Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. The Capital Improvement Plan and Vacant Land With Development Potential are on the agenda. Read the full agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington Job Seekers Network MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a meeting of its networking group at 10am. Find out what the new tax code is all about and how it may affect you. Beth Logan is an Enrolled Agent with a tax practice and business consulting in Chelmsford. She teaches classes on taxes to laypersons and other Enrolled Agents. She is a nationally published author including articles and two books on taxes.  She has an MBA from the University of Maryland and two engineering degrees. Register HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, September 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, September 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

HKEx looks to more mainland China links

first_imgHKEx looks to more mainland China links1.2K viewsHKEx looks to more mainland China links1.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00HKEx looks to more mainland China links1.2K viewsBusinessEDITORS’ NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIALS Hong Kong may already be the financial powerhouse of Asia, but the city’s stock exchange has more ambitious plans for the future of theVentuno Web Player 4.50EDITORS’ NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIALS Hong Kong may already be the financial powerhouse of Asia, but the city’s stock exchange has more ambitious plans for the future of thelast_img

Randhir Kapoor finally declares Rishi Kapoor is almost cancerfree now

first_imgRishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Randhir KapoorInstagramAfter maintaining suspense around Rishi Kapoor’s illness for the last few months, Randhir Kapoor has finally confirmed that the veteran actor was indeed suffering from cancer while giving an update on his current health condition.None of the member of the Kapoor family had disclosed the kind of disease Rishi Kapoor has been suffering from until filmmaker Rahul Rawail shared that Rishi Kapoor is now cancer-free on his recent Facebook post.Validating Rawail’s statement on Rishi Kapoor becoming cancer-free, Randhir Kapoor told PTI, “He is undergoing treatment, he is much better. He is almost cancer free. He will take some time to come back as he has to finish his course. He will be here in the next couple of months. Very soon.”This is time that a member of the Kapoor family has disclosed the nature of Rishi Kapoor’s illness. Earlier, Neetu Kapoor has posted a cryptic message about Rishi Kapoor’s health in her Instagram post suggesting that the veteran actor has indeed been diagnosed with cancer.A few days ago, Rishi Kapoor too had broken his silence on his current health condition and said that he is much better now and looking forward to working again.Rishi Kapoor had left to the US along with his wife Neetu Kapoor in September, last year to undergo the treatment for his cancer. Randhir Kapoor too had said that they have been doing medical tests and will update the media about Kapoor’s current health condition without revealing the nature of the disease.And now that Rishi Kapoor has finally battled the deadly disease and has been announced cancer-free, his fans along with the industry people are waiting for his return to India.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh expected to announce retirement today

first_imgYuvi is likely to end his international career todayOne of India’s most successful batsmen in ODI cricket and winner of the man of the tournament award in the 2011 Cricket World Cup Yuvraj Singh is expected to announce his retirement from international and domestic cricket later today. The all-rounder has arranged an interaction with the media today at a hotel in Mumbai, where he is expected to make this declaration. There has been speculation about Singh calling it quits for some time now and the prospect of participating in tournaments such as Euro T20 Slam, to be played in Ireland, and GT20, to be played in Canada, may have served as an additional motivating factor.Indian players are barred from participating in overseas T20 leagues and as long as Yuvraj remains an active player in the Indian circuit, he cannot ply his trade in T20 events outside the country. By retiring, he could not only play these tournaments but other popular leagues across the world as a freelancer.Yuvi’s exploitsYuvraj Singh started his international career with a bang in 2000 during the ICC Knockout Trophy in Nairobi. In only his second match and the first innings of his career, the left-hander struck a brilliant 84 to help his team defeat the world champions Australia. Yuvraj was a key part of India’s 2011 World Cup victoryINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesHe then went through a patch of bad form which saw him losing his place in the team. But when he returned to the Indian side during the home series against Zimbabwe in early 2002, he reasserted his class by rescuing his team with an innings of 80* and taking it to victory. After that he became a regular member of the ODI team.In all, Yuvraj played 304 matches and batted in 278 innings to score 8701 runs with 14 centuries and 52 half-centuries. He also took 111 wickets with one five-wicket haul. He was one of the best fielders in the world at the beginning of his career and started the trend of good fielding in the Indian side.However, Yuvraj couldn’t replicate his success in the longest format and despite playing 40 Tests, only scored 1900 runs with an average of 33.92, though he did manage three hundreds with a highest score of 169. As a bowler also, he got just nine wickets in his entire Test career.In T20Is, a career of 58 matches produced 1177 runs and 28 wickets and included his brilliant performance in the inaugural World T20 of 2007 which India won. His record in the IPL is mixed and this year, his team Mumbai Indians kept him on the bench after the first four matches of the season. This may have further prompted Yuvraj to consider retirement as his prospects in the IPL also are not looking that bright.last_img read more

SC stays HC order staying law secys contractual appointment

first_imgThe Appellate Division of Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed for eight weeks the High Court order that stayed for three months the contractual appointment of ASSM Zahirul Haque as secretary to Law and Justice Division of law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry.Appellate Division chamber judge Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said with the SC order there will be no bar for Zahirul Haque to perform his duties for the next eight weeks.Earlier in the morning, HC bench of justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan stayed for three months the contractual appointment of ASSM Zahirul Haque.The court passed the order after hearing of a writ petition filed by the Supreme Court lawyer Md Ashraf-Uz-Zaman challenging the legality of the contractual appointment of judicial officer Zahirul as law secretary without consulting with the Supreme Court.Lawyer AJ Mohammad Ali stood for petitioner while attorney general Mahbubey Alam stood for the state.Zahirul Haque, who took charge as the law and justice secretary in February 2015, was scheduled to retire on 7 August.The government on 6 August appointed him to the same post on a two-year contract.Zahirul had been serving as the law secretary for the past three years.He had served for five years as deputy secretary and joint secretary, being additional district judge.last_img read more

Rushanara records landslide win in UK polls

first_imgRushanara-AliAnother Bangladeshi origin Labour Party leader Rushanara Ali has won his seat again in the Britains snap polls.Rushanara Ali recorded the landslide victory in the Bethnal Green and Bow seat for the third consecutive time.The first Bangladeshi origin British MP, Rushanara bagged 42,969 votes while her rival Conservative Party candidate Charlotte Chirico got 7,576 votes.In 2015, Rushanara received 32,387 votes while her Conservative Party candidate Mathew Smith was voted 8,070, marking a 24317-vote victory for Rushnara.The Sylhet-born UK politician was first elected in 2010.last_img

Richest 1pc made 82pc of all wealth created in 2017 Oxfam

first_imgThe world’s richest one per cent raked in 82 per cent of the wealth created last year while the poorest half of the population received none, Oxfam said Monday, as the world’s elite prepared to mingle at the World Economic Forum in Davos.A new report from the charity also found that the wealth of billionaires has grown six times faster than that of ordinary workers since 2010, with another billionaire minted every two days between March 2016 and March 2017.Oxfam used its findings to paint a picture of a global economy in which the wealthy few amass ever-greater fortunes while hundreds of millions of people are “struggling to survive on poverty pay”.”The billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a failing economic system,” Oxfam executive director Winnie Byanyima said in a statement.Oxfam also emphasised the plight of women workers, who “consistently earn less than men” and often have the lowest paid, least secure jobs. Nine out of 10 billionaires are men, it added.The report, titled “Reward Work, not Wealth”, used data from Credit Suisse to compare the returns of top executives and shareholders to that of ordinary workers.It found that chief executives of the top five global fashion brands made in just four days what garment workers in Bangladesh earn over a lifetime.”The people who make our clothes, assemble our phones and grow our food are being exploited to ensure a steady supply of cheap goods, and swell the profits of corporations and billionaire investors, “said Byanyima.To fight rising inequality, Oxfam called on governments to limit the returns of shareholders and top executives, close the gender pay gap, crackdown on tax avoidance and increase spending on healthcare and education.The study was released on the eve of top political and business figures meeting at a luxury Swiss ski resort for the annual World Economic Forum, which this year says it will focus on how to create “a shared future in a fractured world”.”It’s hard to find a political or business leader who doesn’t say they are worried about inequality,” said Byanyima.”It’s even harder to find one who is doing something about it. Many are actively making things worse by slashing taxes and scrapping labour rights.”last_img read more

List of razakars to be displayed in every union Minister

first_imgLiberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huq. File PhotoLiberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huq on Friday said a list of razakars as well as freedom fighters will be published and displayed in every union parishad by December, reports UNB.He said this while speaking at a meeting on approving the design of Mujibnagar Parjatan Motel in Meherpur.The meeting was jointly organised by liberation war affairs ministry and the Meherpur district administration.Housing and public works deputy chief Asifur Rahman Bhuiyan showed the main design of the Mujibnagar Smrity (Memorial) Centre.Minister Huq said the construction will start before 17 April next year.He said the government also plans to name roads, bridges and culverts after freedom fighters.Farhad Hossain, state minister for the ministry of public administration, attended the meeting as the special guest.Meherpur deputy commissioner Ataul Gani, superintendent of police SM Morad Ali and liberation war affairs ministry secretary SM Arif-ur-Rahman were also present.last_img read more

City Of Houston Proposes Expanding Eligibility For Repairs Of Homes Of Harvey

first_imgGail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaThis file photo shows a flooded garage in Woodland Heights, near White Oak Bayou, on Aug.27, 2017.The City of Houston announced this week it is proposing to expand eligibility for Hurricane Harvey survivors to receive federal funds for housing repairs.The city explained in a news release its programs for long-term housing recovery from previous disasters have only been available to households below 120 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).“Recognizing that some of the worst flooding from Harvey occurred in higher-income areas of Houston, the program guidelines have been revised to remove the income cap for a portion of Homeowner Assistance Programs (HoAP) funds from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD),” the news release said.The city’s proposed guidelines have been updated from the version posted on October 16, 2018 to expand eligibility for the reimbursement program, one of five programs included in the HoAP guidelines.Public comment period The public comment period closes on November 30, 2018. The draft guidelines and associated public notice are available at http://houstontx.gov/housing. The guidelines will be submitted for City Council approval in December.“With our limited resources, our highest priority must continue to be helping the most vulnerable and lowest income Houstonians to recover,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “But Harvey hit hard for Houstonians at every income level. So, while 80% of the more than $1.17 billion in recovery funds will be available for families who are low- and moderate-income, we are also making $150 million available for families above this threshold.”The City of Houston will receive $1.17 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for assisting in long-term recovery from Hurricane Harvey.Potential agreement with the Texas GLOThe City expects to sign a grant agreement for these funds with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) by the end of 2018.To receive this funding, the City submitted a Local Action Plan, approved by City Council, to the GLO, which has been incorporated into the State of Texas Plan for Disaster Recovery: Hurricane Harvey. The plan was the subject of extensive public input and comment and is available at http://houstontx.gov/housing.The City of Houston’s Local Action Plan includes $392 million for five programs under HoAP:Reimbursement: Homeowners who have completed partial or full repairs on their home may be eligible for reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred prior to application to the program, for work performed to minimum program standards.City-managed Rehabilitation and Construction: The City will manage and complete the construction process for the rehabilitation or reconstruction of Harvey-damaged homes on behalf of homeowners.Homeowner-managed Rehabilitation: The City will assist homeowners who have started the process, or who can manage a contractor, to navigate program compliance requirements and funding processes.Acquisition: Owners of substantially damaged homes may be eligible to exchange their homes for a newly constructed or rehabilitated home built to flood resilient standards.Interim Mortgage Assistance: Interim Mortgage Assistance (IMA) may be provided to homeowners being serviced under the HoAP who are making both a mortgage and a rental payment.Affordable housingThe primary purpose of these funds is to support the expanded availability of affordable housing in Houston for low- and moderate-income (LMI) people.An individual or family is considered LMI if its household income is less than 80 percent of AMI.The draft guidelines identify four priority populations: 1) elderly or disabled LMI households; 2) LMI households with young children under age 5; 3) very low-income households (below 50 percent AMI); and 4) households under 80 percent AMI.The city has found that low-income households have been the least able to recover from Harvey, with the highest risk for households still living in mold or otherwise dangerous conditions more than a year after the storm.The primary program area for non-LMI households will be reimbursement. To maximize the number of individuals and families assisted under these programs, the draft guidelines cap individual awards for non-LMI households.Public comments on the draft guidelines may be submitted by email to: Kennisha.London@houstontx.gov or by mail: HCDD, ATTN: Kennisha London, 601 Sawyer, Suite 400, Houston, TX 77007. View the draft at:HCDD website http://houstontx.gov/housingMain Public Library – 500 McKinney, 77002HCDD Office – 601 Sawyer, Suite 400, 77007 (copies may be obtained at this location upon request) Sharelast_img read more

State Rep Carol Alvarado Wins Special Election for Senate District 6

first_img Share Democratic State Representative Carol Alvarado won the special election for Texas Senate District 6. Alvarado polled just over 50 percent of the vote in the four-way contest, avoiding a runoff that would have stretched well into the new legislative session. State Representative Ana Hernandez managed a distant second place with less than a quarter of the votes cast. Alvarado will now succeed Sylvia Garcia — the woman who beat her five years ago, when she ran in the last special election for S-D 6. Garcia resigned from the Texas Senate last month, after winning election to Congress.The outcome means that, come January, there will be an empty seat in the lower chamber of the Legislature. Governor Greg Abbott will have to call for another special election — this one for Alvarado’s House District 145. last_img read more

District Launches Reading Program For Kids

first_imgCouncilmember Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) joined D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan Feb. 4 to announce the official launch of the city’s “Books From Birth” early childhood literacy program.The program was unveiled at the Children’s National Medical Center in Northeast D.C. “Books from Birth” is designed to foster early language skills and a love for literacy that follows children into adulthood. Calling books the direct building blocks for learning, Allen, who spearheaded the bill for the program, more than a year ago, said the District is trying to close the shortcomings of literacy among school age children.“This marks an important step forward for early childhood literacy in the District,” Allen said.  “Our support for ‘Books from Birth’ shows we are serious about confronting the District’s literacy and achievement gaps at their starting point, well before those gaps show up in the classroom.”The Books from Birth program will mail a book to each child in the District every month from birth through age five, while also working to connect families with the full range of D.C. Public Library resources and educational information, including adult literacy assistance and the library’s Sing, Talk, & Read early literacy program.Two parents on hand for the kickoff, Aisha Melvin and Serita Govan were excited to find the city taking an active role in the literacy of its youngest residents.  For Melvin, who works two full-time jobs, finding time to go to the library with twin toddlers to pick up books is near to impossible, she said. “My husband works nights and weekends and even though the children love books, we are often too exhausted to make reading all that it should be,” Melvin told the AFRO. “Having the books come directly to the house was a stroke of genius because this one small gesture will ensure they have what they need.”Mayor Bowser said the initiative helps to support her “Pathways to the Middle Class” agenda by encouraging early literacy and engagement. “Parents that use books and who sing, talk and read with infants play a crucial role in giving their children a strong education foundation,” she said at the event. “I encourage parents and caregivers to sign their children up for the ‘Books from Birth’ program and jumpstart the development process for their children.”Books from Birth” works with famed country singer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to close achievement gaps caused poor literacy. “So many of the successful people in the world talk about the one book that changed their lives, gave them perspective, or encouraged them to do better,” Govan told the AFRO. “If you can imagine how powerful the written word is and life-altering it can be, not having access to books is like cutting off access to the world from your children.”Families may sign up online by visiting dclibrary.org/booksfrombirthlast_img read more

Female termites found to clone themselves via asexual reproduction

first_img © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A pair of researches with Kyoto University has found how the queen of one species of termite, Reticulitermes speratus, ensures her genetic lineage continues by creating duplicate copies of herself. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Toshihisa Yashiro and Kenji Matsuura describe the study they carried out that showed how queens in such colonies reproduce themselves. 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. Birds do it, bees do it; termites don’t, necessarily Explore further A soldier termite (Macrotermitinae) in the Okavango Delta. Credit: Wikipediacenter_img Scientists have known since 2009 that R. speratus queens created fatherless offspring which became queens themselves, but until now, the mechanism by which that came about has been a mystery. In this new effort, the researchers took a new look at the structure of the eggs laid by the queen to discover the difference between future queens and ordinary termites. Close inspection revealed tiny channels through the outer lining of the eggs called micropyles. The channels serve as an entry point for sperm, which the queen deposits on the eggs (after obtaining it from a male). Interestingly, the research pair found that the number of micropyles for any given egg appeared to be random, from one to more than thirty—the average was nine. Even more interesting was that the team soon learned that sometimes there were no micropyles at all in some eggs, which would of course mean that no sperm could enter to fertilize its contents—and the egg still matured and wound up in the creation of offspring. That offspring, because it had no DNA from a male, grew into a new queen. Such a process means that the females are fully in control of both sexual and asexual reproduction.Further study revealed that the queen only produces eggs with no microplyes when she gets older (females live on average for 11 years) thus, they serve as a means of queen replacement in a colony. This form of asexual reproduction called parthenogenesis is not unheard of in the animal kingdom—several other types of insects, lizards and even sharks use it as a form of reproduction. But this was the first time it’s been seen in termites as a form of self-cloning. The authors note that because the offspring that are born as clones eventually reproduce themselves too, and so on and on, the original queen can be considered genetically immortal. More information: Termite queens close the sperm gates of eggs to switch from sexual to asexual reproductionб Toshihisa Yashiro, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1412481111AbstractMales and females are in conflict over genetic transmission in the evolution of parthenogenesis, because it enhances female reproductive output but deprives the males’ genetic contribution. For males, any trait that coerces females into sexual reproduction should increase their fitness. However, in the termite Reticulitermes speratus, queens produce their replacements (neotenic queens) parthenogenetically while using normal sexual reproduction to produce other colony members. Here, we show that termite queens produce parthenogenetic offspring in the presence of kings by closing the micropyles (sperm gates; i.e., openings for sperm entry) of their eggs. Our field survey showed that termite eggs show large variation in numbers of micropyles, with some having none. Microsatellite analysis showed that embryos of micropyleless eggs develop parthenogenetically, whereas those of eggs with micropyles are fertilized and develop sexually. Surveys of eggs among queens of different age groups showed that queens begin to lay micropyleless eggs when they are older and thus, need to produce their replacements parthenogenetically. In addition, we found clear seasonality in new neotenic queen differentiation and micropyleless egg production. This micropyle-dependent parthenogenesis is the first identification, to our knowledge, of the mechanism through which females control egg fertilization over time in diploid animals, implying a novel route of the evolution of parthenogenesis in favor of female interests without interference from males. Citation: Female termites found to clone themselves via asexual reproduction (2014, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-female-termites-clone-asexual-reproduction.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

Oprah had the time of her life on HAL Alaska cruise and

first_imgOprah had the time of her life on HAL Alaska cruise and these photos prove it Tags: Holland America Line Thursday, July 27, 2017 Travelweek Group SuperSoul 100 Member Angela Davis had guests on their feet and moving to her empowering words during a spiritually enriching performance. Another SuperSoul 100 Member, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter India.Arie, took to The Mainstage for her powerful SongVersation performance.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWhile sailing to Victoria, British Columbia, breast cancer survivor Jayne Jamison (Senior Vice President/Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer, O, The Oprah Magazine) led more than 150 walkers on a non-competitive 5K walk on deck to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Holland America Line, O The Oprah Magazine, and cruisers raised more than $10,500 for five international cancer organizations.After viewing scenic Glacier Bay, Oprah Winfrey took to Eurodam’s Mainstage to host A Conversation with Oprah. Speaking at two full-house engagements, Winfrey shared her journey to success, her self-proclaimed Year of Adventure and the desire for this cruise to be the start of something meaningful for those on board. Sharecenter_img “We are in the business of trying to expand the way people see themselves and their lives, and that’s what travel does,” explained Winfrey. “I want it to be more than just a trip. I want it to be the start of something big that started with this adventure of a lifetime that fuels and feeds in a way that is grand and deep and wide.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesOn what it meant for Holland America to be part of the event, Orlando Ashford, president of HAL, said: “The first cruise in our partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine was tremendous. The energy and inspirational atmosphere on Eurodam was felt by all and truly something special. The incredible caliber of talent and performances on the Share the Adventure Cruise exceeded expectations, and we leave this week with a lifetime of memories and lessons on how to live your best life.”The July 15 cruise was the first of several special cruises with Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine. Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises with SuperSoul 100 Members (to be announced) will set sail as follows:Nov. 29, 2017 – 11-Day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms KoningsdamMarch 3, 2018 – 7-Day Tropical Caribbean roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw AmsterdamAug. 11, 2018 – 7-Day Alaska roundtrip from Seattle on ms EurodamOct. 28, 2018 – 7-Day Eastern Caribbean roundtrip Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam Posted by SEATTLE — Oprah Winfrey is all for living your best life, which is exactly what she did while sailing onboard Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam to Alaska.Holland America Line and ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’ Share the Adventure Cruise set sail from Seattle to Alaska on July 15, bringing together renowned visionaries for a week of ‘O-mazing’ talks and activities.Throughout the voyage, guests took part in morning meditation with yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe and learned about healthy eating with ‘Impatient Foodie’ founder Elettra Wiedemann. ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’ editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin and editor-at-large Gayle King shared a peek behind the scenes of the award-winning magazine, while books editor Leigh Haber led conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout for the first-ever O’s Reading Room. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Breathless Tulum Resort Spa slated to open in 2021

first_img Share MEXICO CITY — AMResorts and Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe are bringing Breathless Resorts & Spas to Tulum, Mexico.AMResorts will oversee brand management, sales and marketing of the resort.“Our strong relationship with Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe demonstrates ALG is the right resort brand management partner for owners seeking to maximize their investments through our powerful distribution channels,” says Javier Coll, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of ALG.“As Tulum welcomed more than 300,000 visitors this summer alone, we are excited to expand our presence in one of Mexico’s top travel destinations.”Breathless Tulum Resort & Spa is expected to open in 2021 with 300 suites and gourmet dining, 24-hour room and concierge services, an unlimited premium beverage program, daily refreshed mini bar, daytime activities, live nighttime entertainment and included taxes and gratuities. A “stunning” beach club will raise the bar to a new level in the entire region, says the company.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“Breathless is the perfect match for Tulum, as it is the first to offer all the services and amenities of a Grand Tourism category property in the area, which will allow more sophisticated travellers to reach this destination,” said Francisco Zinser Cieslik, Executive Vice President of Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe.The companies first announced their partnership earlier this year, co-branding three resorts in Punta Cancun, Los Cabos and Nuevo Vallarta under AMResorts’ new brand, Reflect Resorts & Spas and Krystal Grand.AMResorts has 54 resorts in its current portfolio, plus 10,000 rooms under development. Meanwhile with this deal Group Hotelero Santa Fe’s portfolio will reach 28 hotels and 6,932 rooms in 18 cities across Mexico, including hotels currently in construction or expansion. Breathless Tulum Resort & Spa slated to open in 2021 Posted by Tags: Breathless Resorts & Spas, Openings & Renovations, Tulumcenter_img Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Rep LaFave votes in favor of right to carry legislation

first_img State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today voted on the House floor to support a four-bill package allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without a permit.“Legal gun owners shouldn’t be required to obtain special permission from the government to exercise a right guaranteed in both the state and federal constitutions,” LaFave said. “I’m proud to support this common-sense legislation, and I urge the Senate and Gov. Snyder to do the same so we can give law-abiding citizens back the fundamental right our Founding Fathers laid out in the Second Amendment.”The legislation does not give criminals more access to pistols, LaFave said, because it retains the current requirement that a background check be completed before a handgun purchase is made.Under the plan, the current CPL permitting structure will remain in place to allow Michigan residents an option to obtain a CPL to continue to carry and receive reciprocity in states that recognize Michigan’s permit. A CPL will also continue to allow people to carry openly in certain restricted zones.House Bills 4416-19 now move to the Senate for consideration.### 07Jun Rep. LaFave votes in favor of ‘right to carry’ legislation Categories: LaFave News,Newslast_img read more

Study outlines research priorities for improving pediatric patient care and safety

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 23 2019Collaboration of the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving patient safety in children’s hospitals identifies the most important patient safety research topicsIn the first study to comprehensively evaluate research priorities for patient safety in pediatrics, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital researchers and collaborators from other children’s hospitals outlined 24 research priorities for improving pediatric patient care and safety.Using multiple research methods, investigators gathered data from parents, clinicians and hospital leaders. Topics identified as most important included how organizations use high reliability principles, create and improve their safety culture, communicate about patient care, and use early-warning systems to proactively prevent and detect patient decline.”Children, especially those with catastrophic diseases, have unique characteristics that may require different approaches to improve patient safety, and this study sets a research agenda for pediatric patient safety,” said James Hoffman, Pharm.D., St. Jude chief patient safety officer and the study’s first author.Related StoriesOlympus launches next-generation X Line objectives for clinical, research applicationsAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTSurvey results should enable health system leaders and patient safety experts to dedicate resources to areas that will improve safety and clinical outcomes in pediatric health care. Stakeholders, including parents, identified the most important research priorities that could further improve success.The study, published today in the journal Pediatrics, took place within the Solutions for Patient Safety network. The network includes more than 130 children’s hospitals with a mission to achieve a zero-harm environment for pediatric patients.”As a group, SPS network hospitals care for about half of all hospitalized children each year,” said senior author Kathleen Walsh, M.D., M.S. associate professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Director of Research in the hospital’s James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. “That means we are in the unique position to be able to have an immediate effect on pediatric patient safety.”Embracing high-reliability concepts and a culture of safety receive great attention within the SPS network and hospitals in general, but the research was a clear signal that more must be learned for pediatric institutions to become highly reliable in health care delivery.By defining a stakeholder-driven research agenda, the study relies on those best positioned to determine the high-priority issues unique to each facility.Parents of patients were an integral part of the research process.”Engaged parents helped us throughout the process, and their input was critical,” said Nicholas Keeling of the St. Jude Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. “What we’re left with is something pediatric health care organizations can review, decide key areas of concern, and immediately begin their research into improving pediatric patient care.”Source: https://www.stjude.org/media-resources/news-releases/2019-medicine-science-news/collaboration-offers-research-road-map-to-improve-pediatric-patient-care.htmllast_img read more