Video: This Is The Worst-Looking Punt Of The College Football Season

first_imgNebraska fans celebrate during game.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Student fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrate a stop against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Things are not going well for Scott Frost and the Nebraska football program this afternoon.The Huskers, still searching for their first win of the 2018 season, are getting crushed by Purdue, 27-7, in the third quarter.The game – and, really, the season – can be best summed up by Nebraska’s most-recent punt:Check it out:Let’s check in on Nebraska pic.twitter.com/gI7g5kltbH— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) September 29, 2018It doesn’t get much more embarrassing than that.Nebraska and Purdue are playing on BTN.last_img read more

Over 2,000 Machines Registered Under BGLC Amnesty

first_img Over 2,000 previously unregistered machines were licensed during a Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) licensing amnesty late last year. Story Highlights Over 2,000 previously unregistered machines were licensed during a Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) licensing amnesty late last year.“That was an important breakthrough in terms of bringing the kind of control we want to the industry,” said Chief Executive Officer at the BGLC, Vitus Evans, at a recent JIS Think Tank.He said that the amnesty was undertaken in preparation for the new licensing period, which begins in February.“We knew that there were a number of illegal operators out there, and so we tried to engage them to get them to register,” he noted.He said it is important for the industry to be regulated, as there are various stakeholders, as well as the Government, whose interests must be protected.The amnesty, which took place between November 15 and December 31, resulted in the BGLC discovering more than 3,000 illegal gaming machines at over 1,000 locations across Jamaica.“It is $10,000 to license each machine, so the illegal machines found would have represented $30 million in lost revenue to the Government in the gaming machines sector alone,” said Director of Licensing at the BGLC, Maurice Thompson.He noted that the illegal operators were identified by the compliance team in the field, noting that they were mostly found in community bars, hairdressing parlors and restaurants.Mr. Thompson urged persons with unregistered machines to get regularised, as they could face penalties such as seizure of the machines, and operators could be arrested and charged.He warned that players could also be arrested and charged, and will have no redress if they have difficulty getting payout from winnings on these illegal machines.All licensed machines have a disc at the front, indicating the year it is licensed, similar to a motor vehicle.The gaming industry is a major revenue source for the Government, with $6.5 billion generated in 2018.Four per cent of BGLC’s revenue goes to the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, and Education (CHASE) Fund. “That was an important breakthrough in terms of bringing the kind of control we want to the industry,” said Chief Executive Officer at the BGLC, Vitus Evans, at a recent JIS Think Tank. He said that the amnesty was undertaken in preparation for the new licensing period, which begins in February.last_img read more

Contracts Awarded to New Home Oxygen Service Providers

first_imgThe province will save more than half a million dollars a year through a new process for choosing home oxygen providers, while ensuring the same quality service for clients. The Department of Health and Wellness issued a request for proposals earlier this year to save money and to make the process of contracting with vendors more open and transparent. The province will save $340,000 this fiscal year and about $590,000 a year, beginning in 2012-13, as a result of setting a competitive price, decreasing the cost for services rendered. “We want Nova Scotians to receive good health care at an appropriate and reasonable cost to taxpayers,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Home oxygen is a vital service to many seniors in this province and we want to be able to continue providing it to them.” As a result of the new process, some clients will change home oxygen providers, and all clients will have a minimum of two choices of providers. All clients will continue to receive the same quality and level of service at no additional cost. Nova Scotia has about 1,200 home oxygen users, mostly seniors. Many are fully publicly funded, and saving money without affecting patient care is a vital condition of providing service. The successful bidders were chosen based on meeting program requirements and financial arrangements as outlined in the request for proposals process. All companies who bid were expected to provide a plan for patients to change providers.The following are the successful bidders in each district: South Shore Health: Rana Respiratory Care Group and Respiratory Therapy Specialists South West Health: Family 1st Medical and Medigas Annapolis Valley Health, Rana Respiratory Care Group and Respiratory Therapy Specialists Colchester East Hants Health: Rana Respiratory Care Group and Respiratory Therapy Specialists Cumberland Health Authority: Family 1st Medical and Medigas Pictou County Health: Respiratory Therapy Specialists and Vitalaire Healthcare Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority: Medigas and Vitalaire Healthcare Cape Breton Health Authority: Family 1st Medical, Medigas and Vitalaire Healthcare Capital Health: Medigas, Rana Respiratory Care Group and Respiratory Therapy Specialistslast_img read more

WikiLeaks says Assange is ill he misses brief court hearing

first_imgLondon: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has missed a court session, apparently due to health problems. Assange had been expected to appear from prison via video link at a brief extradition hearing Thursday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. He is in Belmarsh prison serving time for jumping bail in Britain while fighting extradition to the United States, which accuses him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. Sweden also seeks him for question about an alleged rape. Judge Emma Arbuthnot said a more substantive extradition hearing set for June 12 may be moved to a court next to Belmarsh prison for convenience. WikiLeaks says it has “grave concerns” about Assange’s health. The anti-secrecy group says he has been moved to the prison health ward.last_img read more

F-21 will give India ‘significant edge’, says Lockheed Martin

first_imgWashington DC: The F-21 multi-role fighter jet will give India a “significant edge” with greater standoff capability, American defence giant Lockheed Martin has said and claimed that producing it locally will also strengthen the country’s integration into the world-wide network of advanced fighter aircraft technology. Lockheed Martin during the Aero India show in Bengaluru in February unveiled the F-21 multi-role fighter jet for India, to be produced locally. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Maryland-based company, which had earlier offered its F-16 fighter jets to India, said the F-21 addresses the IAF’s unique requirements and integrates India into the world’s largest fighter aircraft ecosystem. Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems would produce the F-21 in India. Vivek Lall, vice president for strategy and business development, Lockheed, said, While it is inappropriate for us to compare specific capabilities, the F-21 will give India a significant edge with greater standoff capability, greater staying power with less fuel burn, and network data linking capabilities across all platforms. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe tactics India employs with the F-21 will also be different – uniquely developed by the Indian Air Force, he said. “The F-21 will meet all of India’s performance, capability and advanced technology requirements – the same requirements all other 4th generation competitors are offering. As we pursue cutting-edge technologies for the F-21, some capabilities may be evaluated as discrete, integrated functions, Lall said. Refuting reports that the F-21 fighter jet is rebranding of the F-16, Lall said that while aircraft structures may look familiar, the differences become clear when looking at the unique capabilities of the F-21. This includes an Advanced APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, which has detection ranges nearly double that of previous mechanically scanned array radars and the ability to track and attack more targets with higher precision, he said. It has an Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) System, developed uniquely for India, that provides enhanced survivability against ground and air threats; Long-Range Infrared Search and Track (IRST), enabling pilots to detect threats without detecting them and Triple Missile Launcher Adapters (TMLAs) allowing the F-21 to carry 40 per cent more air-to-air weapons, he said. The F-21 proposal is unique in that the F-21 production line will be in India, and Indian industry will also be integrated into the global F-16 production and sustainment ecosystem. Approval by the US Government for such an important strategic move signals a significant development in US-India relations, Lall told PTI in an interview. “The unmatched ecosystem we will partner with Indian industry and Lockheed Martin’s top suppliers to develop will further strengthen India’s integration into the world-wide network of advanced fighter aircraft technology and cutting-edge production and sustainment, he said. The F-21 also demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment to India: to deliver an advanced, scalable fighter to the Indian Air Force that also provides unrivaled industrial partnership opportunities, he asserted. PTIlast_img read more

Akhannouch Distributes 80 Fishing Boat Engines in Taghazout, Morocco

Rabat – Aziz Akhannouch, the Moroccan minister of agriculture, fisheries, rural development, water, and forests, has overseen the distribution of  a tractor, crane, and of 80 engines with 15 horsepower, for traditional fishing boats to 240 fishermen in the Taghazout association of traditional fishermen north of Agadir., which along with the engines cost MAD 1.96 million.According to Akhannouch, “This is the end product of an agreement with the association of traditional fishermen; the boats will be equipped with the appropriate gear that would provide these fishermen with the best working conditions.”The initiative aims to improve the working conditions of traditional fishermen, raise incomes, and maintain the durability of boats. Akhannouch emphasized that the agreement, signed on October 5, is part of the Halieutis project, which is designed to restructure and improve the fishing sector. Mohamed Bouhriz, president of the community of Taghazout, said, “We finally achieved our dream. This fishing community will benefit from two projects, the first of which was achieved today with the distribution of 80 engines, along with a tractor and a crane.”Bouhriz asserted, “This equipment will facilitate the lives of the fishermen in Taghazout.”Taghazout took in 46.4 tons of fish in 2018, and made an estimated revenue of MAD 3.9 million.The minister, accompanied by Mabarka Bouida, the state secretary in charge of sea fishing; the governor of Souss Massa; the labor agency of Agadir Edautan; and the head of the regional council, presented information on the fishing center in Taghazout.After distributing the engines, Akhannouch headed to Imsouane beach, 90 kilometers north of Agadir, where he was briefed on the conditions of the fishermen in the area. read more

Astral Media profit and revenue climb in second quarter

MONTREAL — Astral Media Inc. (TSX:ACM.A) (TSX:ACM.B) says it had $41.2-million in net earnings in the quarter ended Feb. 28, up 8% from the year earlier period.The profit amounted to 73 cents per share of diluted earnings, up from 69 cents a year earlier.Revenue also increased slightly, rising to $237.1-million from $233.5-million while cash flow from operations rose 9% to $54.7-million.The Montreal-based radio, television and outdoor advertising company is seeking regulatory approval to be acquired by BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE).The quarter included $4-million of costs attributed to the friendly deal between BCE’s Bell and Astral.The two companies submitted a revised deal during the quarter that included plans to sell some assets under an agreement with the Competition Bureau.The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission rejected the original deal, citing the high level of market penetration the two companies would have in some markets. read more

Canadian temples fined for sending LTTE money

Each temple has since signed a compliance agreement in which it pledged not to “engage in activities or use its resources in any manner to promote or support Tamil independence or the creation of a Tamil state.”The fines are the latest sanctions imposed by Ottawa against non-profit groups over suspected financial links to the now-defeated Tamil Tigers, who raised millions in Canada during their unsuccessful fight for independence.In 2010, the CRA shut down the Tamil (Sri Lanka) Refugee-Aid Society of Ottawa, a charity affiliated with a Canadian convicted of trying to buy missiles and AK-47 assault rifles for the Tamil Tigers in 2006.The government outlawed the World Tamil Organization, which had offices in Toronto and Montreal, in 2008 after a police investigation found it was operating as a fundraising arm of the Tamil rebels.The National Post reported in 2001 that, during a visit to the Richmond Hill temple, a reporter had seen collection jars and youths selling Tamil Tigers flags, photos and videos of rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.The lawyer representing the Mississauga temple, Hari Nesathurai, said the fine was unfair and would be appealed. He said the disputed donations had paid for housing and humanitarian relief for tsunami victims.“It was mainly because we wanted to give relief to the north and the east,” he said. “And our research indicated that the TRO was recognized by the government of Sri Lanka and in fact received an award from the government of the day for its efforts during the tsunami relief.”The CRA said it could not comment on the cases for privacy reasons. (National Post) The Canada Revenue Agency has fined two Hindu temples in the Toronto area for sending money to a suspected front organization for Sri Lankan rebels following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.The Richmond Hill Hindu Temple and the Hindu Mission of Mississauga, both registered charities, have been hit with $140,000 and $300,000 fines over money they sent to “non-qualified donees,” the CRA said. In letters to the temples, the Charities Directorate wrote that “the use of a registered charity’s resources to sustain the objectives and operations of the LTTE, either directly or indirectly through organizations that operate as its support network, is inappropriate.” The CRA said it had stopped short of revoking the temples’ charity status because of “extenuating circumstances,” including the tsunami disaster and the fact that both had agreed in writing to comply with federal charity regulations in the future.The fines stemmed from the massive fundraising efforts that followed the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that devastated coastal Sri Lanka. While Ottawa matched contributions to two dozen humanitarian organizations, the temples instead sent donations directly to the TRO in Sri Lanka. The federal charities regulator said the temples had donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization, which it called “part of the support network” of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE. Directly funding the TRO was the only way to get assistance to the Tamil areas, he said. “The people, spur of the moment, contributed the money to TRO. And TRO was recognized by United Nations and USA, Canada at the time.” But the TRO has been publicly linked to the Tamil rebels since the late 1990s, and the Charities Directorate wrote that the temples were “likely to have been fully aware of evidence pointing to the TRO’s relationship to the LTTE.”Documents released Monday by the revenue agency show the Richmond Hill temple sent $118,000 to the alleged rebel front group in 2005 and 2006, while the Mississauga temple donated $85,000.“Providing support to organizations operating in association with the LTTE is not charitable,” the CRA wrote. “First, political objectives, including the achievement of nationhood or political autonomy for those of a particular ethnic or religious identity, are not recognized in the law as charitable purposes. In addition, it is well established that an organization will not be charitable in law if its activities are illegal or contrary to public policy.” At the time, there was widespread concern among Canadians of Sri Lankan origin that international relief funding was not getting to the island’s rebel-held north and east, where the ethnic Tamil minority is concentrated.Manick Ambikapathy, secretary of the Richmond Hill temple, said the Sri Lankan government was diverting foreign aid to areas in the southwest inhabited by members of the ethnic Sinhalese majority.“The Tamils all over the world don’t trust the Sri Lankan government,” Mr. Ambikapathy said. “Seventy percent of the affected areas are Tamil areas but 80 percent of the funds went to the southwest. That’s not fair.” read more

After 45 years G7 endures despite the Trump tweets

BIARRITZ, France — For the 45th year in a row, seven of the most powerful people in the world will get together for an informal summit that has weathered everything from the Cold War through the global financial crisis to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed.Despite ups and downs, the Group of Seven remains a key forum for tackling issues that cross borders: the economy, trade, financial crises, terrorism, money laundering, climate change and diseases like AIDS and tuberculosis.Here are key things to know ahead of the summit Saturday through Monday in the resort town of Biarritz in France’s southwestern Basque country.___INFORMAL, WELL-OFF, DEMOCRATIC AND POLITICALThe G-7 is an informal club of rich democracies that aim to enhance their friendship and synchronize their views. Countries take turns chairing the annual summit, which typically ends with a final statement expressing financial and political commitments. It has no charter, rule book or bureaucracy of its own. The summit’s decisions are only enforceable through peer pressure and leaders’ desire to follow through on their promises, yet that can be significant. The G-7 Research Group at the University of Toronto says that countries complied with 76% of their commitments from last year’s summit in Canada, despite its somewhat ignominious end in a Trump Twitter storm.The members are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.___FRIENDS IN A TURBULENT WORLDThe G-7 was originally a response by leaders of Western democracies to the economic shocks and recession of the mid-1970s. Those included the collapse of the post-World War II exchange rate system in which currencies were pegged to the dollar and an oil boycott by Arab countries that led to soaring energy prices and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing hosted the first one at Rambouillet, outside Paris, in 1975.The idea was to get past the bureaucracy and slow decision-making that hobbled larger international organizations to achieve a fast, coherent response to trouble.___WHAT THEY DISCUSSThe agenda typically reflects the big issues of the moment: the host sets the agenda while leaders often meet one to one and can discuss anything else.The global economy was the original focus for the G-7. But it has expanded to tackle security, terrorism, human rights and the environment. Initiatives have included supporting global trade negotiations, agreeing on economic stimulus and avoiding protectionism, figuring out debt relief for poor countries, and setting up a fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.___SHARED VALUESAs democracies, the G-7 have a unity of purpose and trust hard to duplicate in other forums such as the larger Group of 20 leaders’ summit, which started in 2008 and includes states such as China and Russia presenting different models of politics and economic development that don’t necessarily include free speech or an emphasis on human rights.“The co-operation among the G-20 is much less routine,” says Henning Riecke, head of the transatlantic relations program at the German Council on Foreign Relations. “The states are more different and there is more friction to be expected. I would not expect the same amount of unity and direction when it comes to influencing world affairs, when it comes to setting norms, when it comes to influencing conflicts.”John Kirton, director of the G-7 Research Group, says that “if you need a group of democratically committed powers, the G-7 is the only place in the global village to go.”___ARGUMENTS CAN GET HEATEDTrump has shaken up the assumptions of close co-operation, particularly by rejecting the support by the other six for the Paris climate accord. He has also gone his own way by calling for Russia’s readmission to the group and caused a stir after the 2018 summit in Charlevoix, Canada, when he tweeted criticism of host Justin Trudeau and repudiated the final joint statement.Trump’s approach makes the summit outcomes less predictable, and could narrow the scope for co-operation.Yet the G-7 has seen conflict before and survived. U.S. President Ronald Reagan and French President Francois Mitterrand clashed in 1982 at Versailles, France, over trade with the Soviet Union and officials from both countries afterward dismissed key parts of the final statement.While the differences between Trump and the others are real, Kirton said “that tweet (at the Canada summit) actually changed nothing in the real world of the G-7. It’s not as if the American officials stopped working on G-7 stuff.” Additionally, it is Trump’s turn to host the summit next year, and he may wish to earn some goodwill to ensure a summit that burnishes his image ahead of the U.S. presidential election.___WHY IS IT SEVEN?The initial group was six, with Canada added in 1976. Russia joined in 1998 but was suspended over its occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014. The seven members have reached out to outsiders in several ways. One way is including top officials from the European Union as an eighth participant, giving the other EU member countries a voice. This year, France invited India, Chile, South Africa and Australia as important regional democracies, plus four African nations: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Senegal, and Rwanda.___IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, JUST KEEP TRYINGA two-day summit is too short to find definitive solutions to complex issues. The G-7 puts its collective clout behind projects carried forward by national governments or in other international forums such as the International Monetary Fund or the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.An example would be debt relief for poor countries.Partial relief was agreed at the 1988 Toronto summit, but the leaders wrestled with the issue until the 2005 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, where they finally settled the matter — after a total of eight summits.David McHugh, The Associated Press read more

US federal budget deficit rose in December to 144B running ahead of

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 13, 2016 12:23 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US federal budget deficit rose in December to $14.4B, running ahead of last year’s pace WASHINGTON – The federal budget deficit increased in December and for the third month is running ahead of last year’s pace.The deficit totalled $14.4 billion in December, the Treasury Department reported Wednesday. That compares to a small surplus of $1.9 billion in December 2014.For the first three months of this budget year, the deficit stood at $215.5 billion, an increase of 22 per cent over the same period a year ago.For the entire year, private economists are forecasting a slight improvement from last year’s deficit of $438.9 billion, which had been the lowest annual deficit in eight years. Continued gains in employment are expected to boost federal tax receipts.Economists at JPMorgan Chase are predicting that the deficit for this budget year will total $425 billion. The Congressional Budget Office, which will update its forecast later this month, had predicted in August that the deficit this year would shrink even more to $414 billion but then begin rising for the rest of the decade and will top $1 trillion again by 2025.The higher deficits will be driven by growth in Social Security and health care benefits as more baby boomers retire.Last month, Congress approved a budget package that increased spending by $1.14 trillion this year and will provide $680 billion in tax cuts over the coming decade as part of a compromise agreement between Republicans and Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration.The measure included many of the domestic spending increases that President Barack Obama had been seeking, while Republicans won greater funding for the military and permanent tax cuts for business investment. The government had been operating under a stop-gap spending measure that gave Congress and the administration time to find a compromise on a number of budget and regulatory issues.In the budget deals struck late last year was an agreement to suspend the limit on government borrowing, allowing it to increase without any cap until March 2017, two months after the next president takes office.So far this this budget year that began on Oct. 1, receipts have totalled $765.6 billion, an increase of 3.5 per cent from the same period last year. Government spending has totalled $981.2 billion, up 7 per cent from a year ago. read more

Ohio State wrestlings Logan Stieber to return to the mat against Illinois

Navigating through the minefield that is Big Ten wrestling might be difficult enough, but pushing through the toughest part of the conference schedule without arguably your best wrestler – a reigning national champion – is an entirely different challenge. The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team, however, has dealt with this problem the past five matches, emerging at a respectable 3-2 in the conference, but dropping tough decisions to No. 4 Minnesota and No. 3 Iowa. “Unfortunately, we didn’t fare as well as I thought they would,” said OSU coach Tom Ryan. “Overall, some individuals handled it really well … the others didn’t handle it so well, but we’re in the middle of a hard training period getting ready for the end, so we’re looking forward to it.” And here comes the calvary. Redshirt sophomore and team captain Logan Stieber, the reigning 133-pound NCAA Champion, will make his return to the OSU lineup Friday against No. 8 Illinois in a pivotal, late-season Big Ten showdown after a lower leg strain kept him off the mat. “I’m excited, you know it’s hard watching everybody and not being able to help,” Stieber said. “Illinois is a (top-eight) ranked team, so it should be a good match. I’m excited to come back.” Some OSU wrestlers said with Steiber’s return, the team can get back on track. “We should have handled it better,” said sophomore Hunter Stieber, Logan’s teammate and younger brother. “It didn’t help that we didn’t have Logan with us, but still, he’s one person, everyone needs to step up and be a leader, but we did an OK job with it.” Illinois poses a tough challenge for the Buckeyes, but the prospect of Logan Stieber’s return has helped infuse some confidence in the team. “I think the team’s excited,” Ryan said. “Fired up to have a solid unit in there, 10 guys, shoulder to shoulder, so I think it’s going to be great to get him back.” Logan Stieber’s return likely means OSU can refocus on its team goals instead of worrying about the 2012 All-American and Big Ten Champion’s absence. “I want to win a national title again,” Logan Stieber said. “We can bring home a team title.” His coach agreed. “We have to improve,” Ryan said. “We got a shot at winning a national tournament, but we got to get way better to do that. We can be a much better team than we are now, but everyone’s got to do the right things when nobody’s looking.” OSU is set to take on Illinois Friday in Oak Harbor, Ohio, at 7 p.m. read more

Voting for the Best player of EHF CL PrRound Day 3 Jurecki

← Previous Story Vladica Stojanovic joins Aix en Provence Next Story → Next three years Bojan Beljanski in FA Goppingen EHF CLMichal JureckiVoting for Best Handball Player After two and a half days our Voting Contest for the Best Player of the Velux EHF Champions League Preliminary Round got the big support of handball community all over the Europe. More than 4200 fans already voted and these are current results (based on 4245 votes):MICHAL JURECKI 1705 (40.16%) KIRIL LAZAROV 1016 (23.93%) GABOR CSASZAR 667 (15.71%)DARKO STANIC 387 (9.11%)FRANTISEK SULC 225 (5.30%)MIKKEL HANSEN 112 (2.65%)ZLATKO HORVAT 70 (1.64%)FILIP JICHA 30 (0.70%)LASZLO NAGY 17 (0.38%)HANS LINDBERG 16 (0.36%)You have time to vote for your favorite player until Sunday!LINK FOR VOTING read more

Want a Successful iPad App Impress the Reader Not Yourself

first_imgThe magazine mixed those models into a dual navigation system. Users swipe right and left to change an article and swipe vertically to read it. “That navigation model really drives the overall content experience,” Dadich says. “Once you drill down to the content layer you need to be careful about a call-to-action.” For Wired, that includes calls-to-action in point size or design display that’s a little smaller than a headline but clearly and instantaneously messages to the reader what they’re supposed to do, such as “Tap the number to read the writeup,” or “Touch image to learn more.” “Finger friendly” directional arrows and blinking buttons also serve as calls-to-action.Nobody is saying just dump the magazine onto a tablet. The appeal of the iPad obviously is to offer a much richer experience than print. Consumers WANT this–a survey from Harrison Group, digital magazine provider Zinio and mobile device display manufacturer Qualcomm–says owners of tablets and other e-readers spend 50 percent more time reading magazines than those who don’t own such devices. But as these devices go mainstream, so do end-user tastes. This is just as new to many readers as it is to us, and early frustrations are often not forgiven. The Atlantic is going back to the drawing board on its idea for a premium iPad App (dubbed The Atlantic Premium). The original concept would have offered a daily bundle of its online content for a monthly fee (The Atlantic sells single issues on the iPad for $4.99). However, publisher Jay Lauf tells paidContent that “We felt that we missed that first wave of iPad magazine releases and we wanted to do something a little different, a little more special.” As of now The Atlantic isn’t sharing any details but they aren’t the only ones rethinking their approach. With the flood of magazine apps hitting the market and many titles seeing downloads drop after the initial splash, publishers are looking at ways of standing out both to readers and advertisers. iPad-only editions are gaining traction, such as Bonnier’s launch of Parenting Seasons but user experience (quick downloads, easy navigation) remains the key. As publishers we can thump our chest about Apple’s strong-arm tactics and the lack of a workable digital newsstand, but the fact is long downloads and an emphasis on the one-time “wow-factor” (as well as treating the iPad like a closed environment, similar to a print magazine) rather than giving readers reasons to come back are even more dangerous. Wired blazed the trail for magazines on the iPad but also received some knocks for excessive download times as well as a “compromised reader experience” due to an over-reliance on multimedia (it’s a trap many new magazine apps continue to fall into–Project, Virgin Media’s iPad magazine, debuted in November with frustratingly long download times and the second issue–out now–was delayed six weeks as the team worked out the bugs). Wired spent the better part of last year working with Adobe to drive its iPad navigation model. “The convention of magazine reading is a single axis experience-flipping pages right and left along the X axis,” former creative director-turned-Conde Nast executive director of digital development Scott Dadich told FOLIO: last fall. “We felt like it was time to expand that navigation model and embrace the digital conventions we’re used to on the phone where reading is more of a scrolling or vertical experience.” last_img read more

IITMadras researchers working on power from estuaries

first_imgChennai, Aug 16 (IANS) Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) are working on ‘Osmotic Power’ or power from estuaries, an alternative source of power, it was announced on Friday. “Osmotic power generation is, as name suggests, based on the osmotic pressure that is generated when a semi-permeable membrane separates salt water from fresh water. This pressure can be converted into electricity,” Vishal Nandigana, Assistant Professor, Fluid Sytems Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, was quoted as saying in a statement from IIT-M. Also Read – Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, drones in focus of Modi govt for better e-governance Advertise With Us “The first osmotic powerplant was built in 2009 in Tofte, Norway, and produced 4 kilowatt of power, which, while sufficient to perhaps run a clothes dryer, is inefficient for any large scale use,” the Institute said. In 2016, a team at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, found that membranes made of extremely thin layer of molybdenum di-sulphide were able to generate osmotic power of 1 MW per square metre. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Nandigana was also part of the University of Illinois team. In a recent study published in the Nature Review Materials, Nandigana takes the research further and presents a detailed discussion of the membrane’s potential with comparisons and pointers to go forward. “Our molybdenum sulfide membrane produces higher power density than other membranes studied so far and is much better than its nearest competitor boron nitride nanotubes, which have been shown to produce power density of only 1 kW/m2,” Nandigana said. Advertise With Us “The increase in power generation compared to earlier studies is because of the use of single atomic layer of molybdenum di-sulphide, which is ion-selective, and the osmotic pressure generated voltage is augmented by the ionic current produced,” he added. According to the statement, the IIT-M team is trying to first produce membranes in the scale of square centimetres rather than square micrometres that are currently possible, with future plans to increase size further. This is based on the calculation that a single membrane, roughly one square meter wide, would generate enough power to light up 50,000 energy-saving light bulbs, IITM said.last_img read more

Louisville Hits Course Monday at Moon Golf Invitational

first_imgFor the latest information on Louisville women’s golf, log on to GoCards.com, or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow the team’s Twitter account at www.twitter.com/UofLWGolf or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UofLWGolf. Print Friendly Version Story Links The 16-team, 90-player field features six teams ranked inside the top 50 in the most recent Golfstat rankings. Eight other teams are ranked among the top 100. Play begins with 36 holes on Monday with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m., and concludes with the final 18 holes on Tuesday with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. Moon Golf InvitationalFormat: 54 holes (36 on Monday, 18 on Tuesday)Tee Time: Monday (8:00 a.m. shotgun start), Tuesday (9:00 a.m. shotgun start)Location: Melbourne, Fla.Course (Par/Yardage): Duran Golf Club (par 72/6,309)Tournament Field (in order of Golfstat ranking): No. 24 Oklahoma, No. 30 Louisville, No. 31 Campbell, No. 32 Kennesaw State, No. 42 Old Dominion, No. 50 Augusta, No. 56 Maryland, No. 57 Michigan, No. 59 Kansas, No. 65 UCF, No. 70 Texas A&M, No. 72 Notre Dame, No. 87 South Florida, No. 89 Florida International, No. 120 Minnesota, No. 1 (JC) Seminole StateLive Scoring: Golfstat.comLOUISVILLE, Ky. – Coming off a victory over Kentucky in the Battle of the Bluegrass, the Louisville women’s golf team returns to the course on Monday and Tuesday at the Moon Golf Invitational. The tournament is being played at Duran Golf Club in Melbourne, Fla. All eight Cardinals will compete in the tournament Monday and Tuesday. Lauren Hartlage, Mairead Martin, Lauren Thibodeau, Olivia Cason and Linda Trockel make up the Louisville lineup. Margot Bechadergue, Meghan Nay and Delaney Shah will compete as individuals.center_img The Cardinals were playing some of their best golf of the year at the conclusion of the fall, finishing up the fall season with a third-place showing at the Cardinal Cup and a victory at the Alexa Stirling Intercollegiate. Louisville, who is serving as the host of the tournament, enters the event ranked No. 30 in the Golfstat rankings. The Cardinals took down in-state rival Kentucky in a match play event last Sunday. UofL won four of the five counting matches for a 4-1 victory. Hartlage, Martin and Shah all hold top-10 finishes this season. Hartlage leads the team in stroke average at 72.6 and was victorious 2 & 1 against ANNIKA Award candidate Leonie Bettel of Kentucky. Shah also picked up a 2 & 1 win in her match, while Martin is second on the team with a 73.6 average. Live results will be available on Golfstat.com.last_img read more

Creating a Responsive Email Design Infographic

first_imgLooks like this on a mobile device: Listen Now June 5, 2014 Mobile email use is increasing, with about 50% of email being opened on a mobile device. The majority of mobile email opens are on iPhone, with Android and iPad remaining relatively equal.It’s crucial that marketers understand this shift and adapt accordingly. Why? Because even if you write a perfect email with beautiful images and flawless copy, it still doesn’t mean it’ll get read. A survey conducted by BlueHornet asked users what they would do if a mobile email didn’t look good. 80.3% said they would delete it, and 30.2% saying they would unsubscribe.If your email doesn’t look good, people will delete it. Every email you send needs to look perfect, regardless of device.So how do you send the same email to everyone on your subscribership list and ensure that it formats well?By using responsive design practices.A “responsive” email (or website) means that it provides optimal design across devices. It “responds” to the device being used. When viewing on mobile, a well designed responsive website ensures the user doesn’t have to pinch and zoom. A responsive website is a usable website.Responsive emails ensure that what looks like this on desktop: 2 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics The design of the email changes to fit on a mobile device. The images adjust to the appropriate size and the CTA moves from being made for a click to being made for a tap. Also notice the copy change on the CTA. When on mobile, the CTA says “Get the app and try it now”. It’s a much more appropriate and targeted CTA.Want to learn how to make your emails like this? Check out this infographic, courtesy of the folks over at Litmus:Click to Enlarge+last_img read more

Youve Got Cloud Now What

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read So, you’ve managed to sell the idea to your CEO that your company should move to the productivity and efficiency heaven that is the cloud. And he or she agrees.Related: Why Cloud Technology Is the Smart Move Right From Start UpAnd, why not? No longer just a cost -cutting solution, the cloud today, with its many facets, has become a business enabler, offering companies large and small the ability to be fast, agile and innovative.But while multi-cloud adoption is through the roof, many businesses realize too late that the real battle begins only after the cloud has been adopted. From not sizing bandwidth needs to assuming the cloud is secure just because someone else is handling it, these unsuspecting companies’ failure to define the cloud has taken a toll on many of them.Don’t let your company be one of them. Make sure that you get the best bang for your buck by using the following suggested four strategies to make your cloud experience the best one yet …Use server-less computing.Don’t let the name fool you: “Server-less computing” still requires server (all cloud computing does), but hides server management from the operators: hence the name. Server-less computing is simply a cloud-computing execution model that dynamically allocates resources based on demand.Also known as “function as a service,” server-less computing breaks up applications into individual functions which are performed as individual tasks; these tasks can be scaled to any limit, as needed. So, even as you work in traditional cloud computing, you rent space in a server or container that is constantly running, in FaaS, and pay only when your function runs.Server-less computing presents numerous advantages over regular cloud usage, including a faster time to market, incredible scalability and even more reduced costs. These advantages make it an ideal addition to your cloud strategy.Add data de-duplication to the mix.Companies that rely on a high number of redundant operations always have to deal with managing server space and bandwidth. Traditionally, every time a new version of a file is created, both versions are stored, resulting in wasted storage.Data deduplication gets around this storage efficiency problem by storing only unique pieces of information instead of the whole group of files. So, if the same 1MB file has been sent as an attachment 100 times over email, your backup will need 100MB of space to save them all. With de-duplication, your system will store only one instance of the file and point back to it for every other instance, thereby reducing the total demand to just 1MB.Data deduplication can be performed on the client side or server side and can reduce storage space requirements by 80 percent.The advantages of such a system cannot be overstated. Storing and transferring less data over a network means greater security, as your disaster recovery can cover data that was previously not stored. Sending less data to backup also means less cooling will be required, which reduces a company’s carbon footprint.Use SaaS business intelligence.While most companies will be tempted to have their own set of data-analytics tools in-house, cloud analytics tools can help you do everything your own hosted software can, without any of the drawbacks.The cloud-based analytics solution offers substantial benefits over on-premise analytics. First, you don’t have to bother with a data center, upgrade and patching. All maintenance is handled by the service provider. Since cloud-based business intelligence (BI) is usually deployed as a pay-as-you-go model, you can forgo the licensing and maintenance fees of a traditional BI software. In fact, it’s easy to shell out 300 percent to 500 percent of a software license’s ancillary cost when going for an onsite setup.Cloud-based business intelligence systems can automate everything from data discovery to report generation. Greater data security, more configurable options and enhanced agility are all points squarely in favor of using a SaaS BI.Use a multi-cloud architecture.Since clouds are not an all-or-nothing sort of affair, companies can go for different services and technologies depending on their budgets or requirements. In the past, a multi-cloud strategy was used to avoid redundancy and vendor lock-ins.Related: 4 Reasons Small Businesses Should Migrate to the CloudToday, however, companies opt for a multi-cloud approach to help them accomplish their business goals. These can include two advantages: 1) harnessing more features, capacity or speed of certain providers over others; 2) and obtaining greater redundancy and more price options to explore. By opting for a multi-cloud approach, you can distribute your resources across the different service providers that best suit your needs.Such an approach offers many benefits. For instance, certain cloud providers might provide better data warehousing while another might have a more efficient sales-support setup. Your developers might also prefer the virtual environment of one cloud service. A multi-cloud approach can also help you scale effortlessly in the future.Related: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of the CloudConclusionCloud computing is all about scaling hardware and software to the tasks at hand; so it’s best not to think of it as a start-all, be-all. Keeping your options open will help you not only to cut costs, but add (or subtract) services as — and when — they are needed. Doing so will help you manage some of the risks inherent in cloud computing while keeping your organization secure and future proof. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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first_img Related Content May 12, 2010 – Increased detection and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) will drive the U.S. peripheral vascular device market to over $5.3 billion by 2016, according to a new report by iData Research.The U.S. peripheral vascular device market is worth $2.8 billion. The stent-graft and peripheral vascular stent segments will lead growth is in the market. Nearly two million people have aortic aneurysms in the U.S., but only 20% of cases are detected. If left untreated, approximately one-third of AAAs will rupture, causing death in 75 to 90 percent of patients. Improved AAA screening will also lead to increased detection of thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs). The report states that the market for peripheral stents, used for treating PAD, has seen strong double-digit growth since 2005, and is expected to grow much faster than the coronary stent market through 2016.iData’s global three-report series on the “Markets for Peripheral Vascular Devices 2010” covers stents, PTA balloon catheters, atherectomy devices, CTO devices, stent-grafts, surgical-grafts, AV access thrombectomy devices, inferior-vena-cava-filters, catheters, guidewires, introducer sheaths and VCDs. For more information: www.idataresearch.net/idata/registration.php FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | October 06, 2009 FDA Clears Boston Scientific’s Biliary Stent October 6, 2009 – Boston Scientific Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | May 11, 2010 AAA Detection to Drive Stent-Graft Market to $1 Billion center_img News | May 02, 2011 First Patients Enrolled in Study of Self-Apposing Coronary Stent May 2, 2011 – The mid-point for enrollment was reached in of the international APPOSITION III study of Stentys self-… read more Technology | April 29, 2009 Gore Releases Larger Diameter, Small Profile AAA Endoprosthesis April 29, 2009 – W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) will release on a 31 mm diameter version of the GORE EXCLUDER AAA… read morelast_img read more