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Football Ohio State announces hiring of Alex Grinch to coaching staff in

Former Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. Credit: Courtesy of Ezekiel Nelson | Daily EvergreenOhio State announced it hired former Washington State defensive coordinator and secondary coach Alex Grinch, who joins the staff in an undisclosed role. The university said “his responsibilities will be announced at a later date.”Grinch will be the 10th assistant coach on Ohio State’s staff. The NCAA instituted a rule allowing football teams to expand their coaching staffs from nine to 10 assistant coaches.“I am pleased to announce the addition of Alex Grinch to our coaching staff,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. “I am very impressed with his body of work while at Washington State, as many others were, and am happy he chose to come home to Ohio to become a part of our Buckeye coaching staff.”A Grove City native who graduated from Mount Union in 2002, Grinch spent the past three seasons coaching Washington State.During his final campaign with the Cougars, Grinch’s defense allowed the 16th-fewest average yards per game (323.3) and was tied for the 56th-fewest yards per game (25.8). Prior to his hiring in 2014, Washington State’s defense ranked 114th in points allowed per game in the country with 38.6.Prior to his time coaching to Cougars, Grinch coached the secondary at Missouri (2012-14), Wyoming (2009-11) and New Hampshire (2005-08).Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports first reported Grinch would be joining Ohio State on Thursday. He reported Grinch would assume the role of co-defensive coordinator with Greg Schiano, but Ohio State did not mention what title Grinch will have. read more

Rode expects BVB to have a new coach

first_imgBorussia Dortmund’s season hasn’t been an easy one as they failed to succeed in both Champions League and Europa League and they have to gain at least a point against Hoffenheim to secure the Champions League for the next season.Sebastian Rode insisted that Borussia Dortmund are likely to enter the next season with a new coach as especially Lucien Favre has been heavily linked with this position and Peter Stoger is about to leave the club after this season.The former Bayern Munich player spoke about the coaching and his own situation as he said, according to Sports Keeda:borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“That’s what we assume. The way he expresses himself in the locker room, we fully expect to have a new coach next season.”“We didn’t go as far as saying [that I should fulfil my contract]. First, it’s about me getting healthy again.”“The plan is to be fit again for the summer preparation and then it’s about presenting myself to the new coach. If I manage to get back to my old level then he will count on me.”last_img read more

Solari Nobody guaranteed a starting spot at Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari insists there are no undisputed starters amid the uncertainty surrounding Isco’s role in the teamLos Blancos will be back in action on Thursday night, where they will host the second leg of their Copa del Rey tie with Spanish third division side UD Melilla.Real head into the game with a 4-0 lead from the first-leg after goals from Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola and Cristo.Therefore, with such a strong advantage, Solari is expected to rest some of his key players with the out-of-favour Isco set to get the nod for Thursday.The Spain international is yet to handed a start by Solari in his seven games in charge after making a 10-minute cameo in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Valencia.“There are 24 players in the squad, plus the Castilla kids who can play,” said Solari on ESPN, when asked about Isco’s lack of starts.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“They all have to work with intensity and motivation and spirit. That is what we all want, to see that reflected on the pitch.“I don’t believe in the concept of undisputed starters — I didn’t as a player, either. I think it’s great that everything is disputed, up for grabs.“In football, players can have a dip in form or be in fantastic form. The coach’s job is to choose well, and try not to make mistakes.“Of course there are players who play very well always, so they are starters for 10 years in a team. But no player is indisputable for their name.”Gareth Bale (thigh) and Toni Kroos (knee) are sidelined for Real this week, although Solari suggested that the Welshman will turn up for this Sunday’s La Liga game at SD Huesca.last_img read more

No details from Premier on Connolly termination as Education Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 21, 2017 – Providenciales –  The Premier and PDM party Leader will not be divulging exactly why she revoked the ministerial portfolio of Josephine Connolly.  Sharlene Robinson explained to media Tuesday in a press conference held at her office that it is against her party’s constitution and cabinet protocol to break confidentiality.One week prior to the termination of Connolly as Minister of Education, Premier Robinson had said that her government was intact, implying strongly that rumors about the former Minister Connolly being fired, Karen Malcolm being made the Education Minister, and other apparent character attacks were not true.  Therefore the removal of Josephine Connolly came as a surprise and seemed to represent a change of mind by the Premier.The Premier when questioned about this, did not say what changed her mind but did say what didn’t.   “I wouldn’t say that beause there is a lot of street talk, there’s a lot of nonsense on social media, and if we were to be guided by street talk or what is on social media, many people would not be standing in the Turks and Caicos.   So for any leader to sit here and acknowledge that what is on social media  or street talk would have influenced the decision of this magnitude would not be someone that you should put trust in.”When Hon. Connolly spoke to media last week, she said the Premier had bypassed a party constitution requirement for there to be a vote after hearing all sides.Yesterday Party Leader Robinson said, that the PDM at the NGC level endorsed her decision.  When asked about if there was a future for Connolly in the PDM party, the Premier said yes.  “Of course she does, she has not resigned from the People’s Democratic Movement, I think she has made it abundantly clear that she will continue to serve.”#MagneticMediaNews#HonKarenMalcolm#neweducationministerforTCI#terminationofJosephineConnolly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#HonKarenMalcolm, #magneticmedianews, #neweducationministerforTCI, #terminationofJosephineConnolly TCI: Malcolm says Royal Robinson misinformed, promises to pray for himlast_img read more

Miles McPherson addresses racial tension in his book The Third Option

first_img Sampson Ochotorena, September 4, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings“When it comes to addressing racism in America, not enough is said, so not enough is done.” -Miles McPhersonSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Senior Pastor and founder of The Rock church here in San Diego has released a new book.In the book, Miles McPherson describes how racial tension is widely recognized, yet rarely acknowledged. He goes on to suggest people in our society feel obliged to choose sides; for example: Us vs. them, Cops vs. protestors, and Blacks vs. whites.Miles McPherson joined us Tuesday afternoon with more on his book, The Third Option Posted: September 4, 2018 Miles McPherson addresses racial tension in his book, The Third Optioncenter_img Sampson Ochotorena Updated: 10:11 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Magazine Job Report 2008

first_imgWith today’s struggling economy, magazine publishers are trying to do more with less while their businesses change dramatically—two facts that take their toll on those who work hard to keep these businesses running and thriving. But with these new frontiers that publishers are compelled to embark on come bright spots for those working in—or looking to enter—the industry. New jobs emerge, old jobs become fresh, and opportunities arise for individuals with unique talents and skills.NOTE: CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF VERSION (INCLUDES CHARTS) Here, FOLIO: takes a look at the current state of magazine-industry jobs—at hiring trends, compensation levels, new jobs emerging, the positions and skill sets in highest demand, the jobs becoming obsolete or changing most drastically, recruiting approaches, and everything related to the most vital resource a magazine business has—its staff. From hiring trends to salaries, and from advancement opportunities to the very real threat of outsourcing.Hiring Forecast Just as FOLIO: was putting it’s March issue to bed, Time Inc. announced that it will cut around 100 jobs in the first quarter, affecting positions “across a variety of functions and geographic areas,” according to a Time Inc. spokesperson.It was another stark reminder of the precarious nature of magazine industry employment. In January, McGraw-Hill cut 3 percent of its workforce, or 611 jobs (observers say that move was due more to a volatile subprime market hitting its financial services business and a declining stock price than the performance of its information and media division. However, that’s small comfort if you were one of the 611).Despite the gloomy scenarios, job security was just the third largest job-related concern for respondents to a recent survey of FOLIO: readers conducted last month (for the methodology, see page 34), after a desire for more pay and the number one concern, an ever-increasing workload. While 81 percent of the respondents said they do not fear losing their job within the next year, 31 percent of respondents said their company was downsized in the past year. With rising costs and the threat of recession looming, publishers want to stay as lean as possible. Hiring is likely to be very selective going forward, with some departments that affect the bottom line, like circulation and production, losing staff while others, like sales and online jobs that bring in revenue, gain.In the survey of FOLIO: readers, 53 percent said their company was doing the majority of their hiring in the online department, compared to 24 percent who identified print as receiving the most hires. Similarly, 88 percent of the respondents say their company is emphasizing online for growth, as opposed to 34 percent who said print was the main growth vehicle.Eliot Kaplan, editorial talent director at Hearst, says it’s a “great time to enter the industry,” as job descriptions broaden and employees gain marketable experience well beyond the printed page. But the ability to do so may be getting tougher and tougher, as publishers look to spread the extra work around to current staff instead of new hires. “We’re not adding a lot of bodies, we are doing all this with existing staff,” says Kaplan. Even with print, “We try to get fewer people touching the page without affecting the quality and making it as good as or better than ever,” Kaplan adds.Hearst is not alone in this mentality. “It is more a matter of thinking about how to get things done versus bringing in more people,” says Claudia Malley, publisher of National Geographic. However, this mindset affects some disciplines more than others.“The jobs that are going away are in production,” says Henry Donahue, Discover Media’s CEO. “Now service providers are taking on services to differentiate themselves and you can shift lots of responsibilities from the production department to the vendor.”Donahue adds finance to the list of departments seeing contraction as companies look to cut overhead and cost. On the flip side, Donahue says he did a great deal of hiring in 2007 and expects it to continue in 2008—mostly in online and editorial. “It is mostly an investment in content creation,” he says.Dick Ryan, president and CEO of ZweigWhite, has a similar perspective: “We can’t have enough editors, analysts and research associates on staff because we generate all our own content.” But ZweigWhite is somewhat unique in that 80 percent of its revenue comes from subscription and research report sales. Only two out of the company’s 75 employees are in advertising sales—a burgeoning field for lots of companies today.National Geographic’s Malley expects sales to be a hiring hot spot this year. She says she’d also love to hire a strategic marketing director to focus on creative solutions for clients that move beyond advertorials to be more like “complex units,” with several components like wall maps and pull-out inserts. Ideally, she’d like to see this develop into something like a small agency within the department, organized by categories such as technology, electronics, imaging, and so on.Gary Rubin, chief publishing officer of the Society for Human Resource Management, says his organization has added approximately eight positions to its Web staff alone. “Web is where the future is,” he says, “and we need to be sure we are staffed appropriately.” He expects to do even more Web hiring in 2008.Sales and online project management are the top jobs to be filled at Interweave, a division of Aspire Media, according to Aaron Wilmot, the company’s HR director.Still, some are holding back in 2008, especially in light of economic concerns. “There’s been a downturn in the construction market,” says Ryan. “We will be cautious with respect to hiring at the same pace as last year at this time. We got in front of the curve and had to react as the market turned.”Sylvia Lewis, director of publications at the American Planning Association, says, “Planning keeps on pumping out more pages, but only once in the past seven years have we added more staff.” She says the magazine will soon need more editorial help but doesn’t expect to get funding for a full-time staffer and will probably outsource.NewBay Media is focused on revenue people. “We’re looking for individuals who can generate revenue and have diverse experience in multimedia,” says CEO Steve Palm. “The person who will have a difficult time moving forward is just a print-seller or someone who can’t handle multiple offerings and closes simultaneously. Those times are gone, although there are a lot of people who still haven’t embraced online or events.”Palm says he’s satisfied with the current levels of edit and IT staffers at his company and has no plans to expand in 2008. “We’re pretty lean, everyone has a role. I do think less about positions and more about individuals. We’re looking for people with a multimedia focus, who are able to handle a lot of different closes, a lot of different media types. If we find those people, the good news is they are able to do a lot of heavy lifting for us.”Business-to-business publisher Vance Publishing is focused on a digital push. “We have been expanding our hiring in the area of digital for the past 18 months and plan to continue,” says president and COO Peggy Walker. “We are hiring Web developers, digital sales, e-product management and Web editors. Positions that are becoming obsolete are print-centric—whether in editorial, sales or audience development. The skills we are looking for include those inherent in the positions mentioned plus smart, agile, flexible, creative and entrepreneurial.”Enthusiast publisher Future US is adding to online and senior management. “We are actively recruiting. We’re placing a job right now for an online person and we’re looking outside the traditional circulation market for that role,” says COO Tom Valentino. “The recent hiring we’ve done is in a senior capacity. We’ve hired an events director who in turn hired a couple more event people to extend that into a proper business. If you look through the list of jobs we’re recruiting for, you’re not seeing many in the traditional print area.”Hanley Wood is investing in digital, including $2 million in personnel and an additional $5 million in Cap Ex, even as CEO Frank Anton admits his company is getting “hammered” by the current downturn. Endurance Business Media offers franchises—of its 360 magazines, 320 are franchises. As the franchises expand, the company is hiring several new people in each new market. But president and CEO F. Blair Schmidt-Fellner says he’s expecting a challenging year with magazines in the real estate space, and is budgeting “just a couple hundred thousand dollars” for new hires in 2008.“Like everyone else, we’ve grown a bunch with the Internet,” says Schmidt-Fellner. “We have a full-blown consumer site, not just b-to-b. We focus on search engine optimization and things that may not be a b-to-b concern and that takes up some positions. We will hire fewer people in ’08. We still have a couple Internet positions to fill, and we do a lot of it with consultants. We’ve been cutting way back on pre-press—we have close to 400 people at two printing plants, and we print millions and millions of these magazines, and every year there seems to be more systems that allow you to touch the paper less and be less involved in the actual production process.”Sales and marketing positions are the primary focus right now for consumer luxe publisher CurtCo. “We scaled up toward the end of last year,” says group publisher David Arnold. “We’re hopeful that if this year continues as it started, we’ll be able to add a couple people, probably one on the marketing side and one in sales.”Euphemisms Or New Positions?For the most part, no particular jobs are becoming obsolete—but dated job descriptions are.During his keynote presentation at the FOLIO: Publishing Summit last month, Meredith Publishing’s Jack Griffin said, “We don’t hire editors anymore, we hire content strategists.”That comment spawned a wave of vehement protests at Foliomag.com, as many editors expressed their objection to what they perceived as a cheapening of the editorial role with a euphemism. Others think the debate over job titles misses the point. “Perhaps everybody here should focus more on delivering content that’s exactly what the consumer demands rather than worry about what astute title you’re assigned for your work,” wrote one reader.However, the fact is, job descriptions are changing and they reflect a multimedia approach. Former Time Out New York editor Brian Farnham recently resurfaced on LinkedIn, looking for possible candidates for a “production manager” position at his online news and information startup Polar News. The position seems to combine editorial, marketing and circulation responsibilities and the job description says, “This person will OWN a specific vertical in a new online news and information site—conception, development, execution, reporting, and measurement.”Last year, Government Computer News editorial director Wyatt Kash gave FOLIO: his wish list for new positions he’d like to see to help accelerate online growth, including online graphic designer, multimedia asset manager, metrics analyst, and community editor. “My sense is we’re leaving new products on the table because we aren’t seeing how it can be used,” said Kash.The pure-play ad salesperson is one of the most obvious changes. “Salespeople need to be much more creative,” says National Geographic’s Malley. “They’re not just selling pages but programs.”In April 2007, Entrepreneur Media eliminated its print publisher position, replacing it with two new vice presidents of integrated sales. “We think the traditional publisher’s role is kind of disappearing,” president Neil Perlman said at the time.PART II: Jobs Not Becoming Obsolete, But Some People ArePART III: Digital Age RecruitingMethodologyThe survey sample of 12,270 was selected by FOLIO: from FOLIO:’s domestic circulation. Data was collected via an email survey from February 4 to February 7, 2008. The survey was closed for tabulation with 885 usable responses, a 7% response rate. Margin of error for percentages based on 885 usable responses is 3.2% at the 95% confidence level.last_img read more

A 125YearOld Magazine Relaunches its Voice

first_imgToday, Ladies’ Home Journal announced a “dramatic” redesign (isn’t it funny how all magazine redesigns are called “dramatic”?) and, in a somewhat unusual move, said the magazine will have a “bold new voice” and editorial philosophy.Ladies Home Journal will now be “modern, clean, approachable and uplifting,” says new editor Sally Lee. (A statement like that makes you wonder what, exactly, the magazine was before—“medieval, dirty, unapproachable and depressing”?)It’s the second redesign in roughly a year for LHJ, the last one coming under former editor Diane Salvatore in 2008.Lee, who was appointed editor by Meredith in July, has repositioned the 3.8 million circulation LHJ with new sections and columns to promote a “look good, do good and feel great” philosophy. Coverlines “will convey positive messages and the photography will be fresh and relatable.” While some of these editorial refreshers may be welcome—like a new technology section and a modern “Answer Lady” column—some of the new editorial “franchises,” like “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman” and “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” seem pretty dated, particularly for a magazine that was founded 1883.last_img read more

Gold prices fall 11 silver down 12 since PM Modis demonetisation decision

first_imgGold and silver prices have been falling consistently over the past few weeks amid weak demand since the currency ban decision of November 8 and the continued spotlight on gold traders. Gold prices have dropped 10.69 percent while silver is down 11.97 percent, since demonetisation.Gold prices closed Rs 250 lower on Monday at Rs 27,550 per 10 gm, marking an 11-month low. Silver also shed Rs 210 to end at Rs 38,600 per kg in the Delhi bullion market.Budget 2017: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may lower import duty on goldOn November 8, gold and silver prices had closed at Rs 30,850 per 10 gm and Rs 43,850 per kg, respectively.Subdued demand from jewellers has kept gold and silver prices under pressure even as the Income Tax Department continues to seize huge quantities of gold in raids at various places, as part of the crackdown on those who are holding black money.Gold worth Rs 77 crore was seized in raids between November 8 and December 16 in addition to Rs 393 crore in cash and admission of undisclosed income of Rs 2,600 crore.The tip-off based raids have been continuing, resulting in the seizure of the yellow metal, as recently as on Sunday when the Mumbai police seized 2.5 kg of gold and arrested six people. The most sensational of all in the past few weeks has been the seizure of 177 kg of gold from Shekhar Reddy (also referred to as Sekar Reddy), a Chennai-based industrialist with highly placed connections, including those with politicians.last_img read more

UNDP Norway ink deal to promote peace in Rohingya camps

first_imgKutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. AFP File PhotoThe Norwegian government on Thursday signed an agreement with UNDP for the period 2019-2021 showing its commitment to foster peace and harmony in Rohingya camps and host communities in Cox’s Bazar district.Sidsel Bleken, Norwegian ambassador to Bangladesh and Sudipto Mukerjee, resident representative, UNDP Bangladesh signed the agreement worth 6.5 million Norwegian Kroner on behalf of their respective organisations.Under this agreement UNDP will do a research to understand drivers of social tensions in Rohingya camps and in host communities in Cox’s Bazar district affected by the Rohingya crisis since August 2017.The research findings will better inform and support UN programming on early warning of any conflict and prevention and partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, says UNDP.During the signing, Sudipto Mukerjee said Norway has always been a vital partner in UNDP’s mission to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”This initiative will strengthen our development work in Cox’s Bazar after Rohingya crisis and help us to promote peace and tolerance in the camps and host communities.”Sidsel Bleken said they continue their support for implementation and monitoring of SDG 16: peace, justice and strong institutions around the world.”After the Rohingya crisis in 2017, Norwegian government has been working closely with Bangladesh government along with the international community for resolving the issue,” she said.”The agreement we signed today, hopefully will pave the way for a peaceful and inclusive society in Cox’s Bazar.”The agreement is a part of UNDP’s broader “Partnerships for a Tolerant, Inclusive Bangladesh” (PTIB) project, which promotes diverse and constructive narratives already present in the country in support of tolerance.Among others Morshed Ahmed, senior adviser, Royal Norwegian Embassy and Robert Stoelman, senior programme manager, PTIB project of UNDP were present in the signing ceremony.last_img read more

Dhakas rail link with northern southern districts snapped

first_imgDerailment halts communication between Dhaka with northern and southern districts. Photo: UNBRail communications of Dhaka with the northern and southern districts halted since Friday noon following the derailment of Khulna-bound Sundarban Express at the eastern side of Bangabandhu Bridge, reports news agency UNB.Derailment halts communication between Dhaka with northern and southern districts. Photo: UNBMasum Ali Khan, master of Bangabandhu Bridge Station (East), said two wheels of the Sundarban Express derailed around 1:30pm.A salvage train is coming from Dhaka, he said, adding that it would take a while to restore the communication.Train get stuck at the eastern side of Bangabandhu Bridge due to the derailment. Photo: UNBThe accident left Rajshahi-bound Dhumketu Express stuck on the eastern side of the bridge.Harunor Mazumder, officer-in-charge, Sirajganj railway police (GRP), said Dhaka-bound Silk City Express was also stranded on the western side of the bridge.last_img read more

Eight protesters injured restrictions reimposed in Kashmir

first_imgProtesters shout slogans at a rally against the Indian government`s move to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy and impose a communications blackout, in Srinagar on 16 August. Photo: AFPEight people have been injured during weekend protests in Kashmir’s main city with authorities reimposing heavy restrictions to quell unrest in parts of the troubled region, officials said.Tensions remain high in the disputed Himalayan territory following New Delhi’s decision to strip its semi-autonomous status on 5 August.Authorities were gradually easing a massive movement and communications lockdown imposed two weeks ago.But clashes in a dozen locations around Srinagar on Saturday saw restrictions brought back in some locations, the Press Trust of India reported, citing unnamed officials.Authorities have previously denied or played down reports of any violence and stressed that most of the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley has been peaceful.Jammu and Kashmir government spokesman Rohit Kansal told reporters late Saturday that eight people had been injured in the clashes but did not provide further details.A woman weeps inside her house after her household goods were allegedly damaged by Indian security forces following clashes between protesters and the security forces on Friday evening, during restrictions after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the government, in Srinagar on 17 August. Photo: ReutersA senior government official told AFP earlier Sunday that more telephone exchanges would return to normal operations “by the evening”.Schools in some areas will reopen on Monday, officials said.In the Hindu-majority city of Jammu, authorities cut mobile internet services and warned locals not to circulate messages or videos on social media that they said were fake, PTI reported.Kashmiri women shout slogans at a protest after Friday prayers during restrictions after the Indian government scrapped the special constitutional status for Kashmir, in Srinagar on 16 August. Photo: ReutersThe Indian army also confirmed that one soldier was killed when it exchanged “heavy” cross-border fire with Pakistan on Saturday.Kashmir has been divided between the two countries since independence, and has been the spark for two major wars and countless clashes between the two nuclear-armed arch-rivals.A Kashmiri woman shows her hands with messages at a protest after Friday prayers during restrictions after the Indian government scrapped the special constitutional status for Kashmir, in Srinagar on 16 August. Photo: ReutersNew Delhi’s shock decision to strip the special constitutional status of the part of Kashmir it controls and impose a lockdown has sparked public anger and frustration.There have been several rallies in Srinagar over the past few days attracting thousands of demonstrators.last_img

Activision Blizzard Q2 Beats Outlook But Not Last Years Second Quarter

first_imgDown may not be the new up after all: Activision Blizzard celebrated its Q2 2019 earnings as a success story Thursday, with CEO Bobby Kotick saying: “Our second quarter results exceeded our prior outlook for both revenue and earnings per share.”But while the results were considerably better than the company’s previous outlook for the quarter, they were still down significantly from last year’s Q2 results. Investors weren’t entirely happy about that trend, and sent Activision Blizzard’s share price down as much as 3% in after-hours trading.During the quarter ending June 30, Activision generated revenue of $1.4 billion, compared to $1.64 billion during the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share for the quarter were $0.43, compared to $0.52 a year ago.Analysts had expected earnings of $0.26 per share on revenue of $1.19 billion. However, analysts generally report the company’s revenue and earnings per share numbers without GAAP adjustment, as an Activision Blizzard spokesperson clarified in an email sent to Variety. Activision Blizzard Hires CAA Veteran David Messinger as CMO ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Popular on Variety “As a result, if you would like to compare our reported figures and consensus on an apples-to-apples basis, you would add the impact of deferrals to our GAAP revenues and non-GAAP EPS,” the spokesperson continued. “In this specific instance, Q2 consensus revenue of $1.19 billion can be compared GAAP Net Revenues $1.396 plus the impact of deferrals of negative $189. Q2 consensus EPS of $0.26 can be compared to our reported non-GAAP EPS of $0.53 plus the impact of deferrals of negative $0.15.”Across its franchises, the company had some 327 million monthly active users. That’s down from 352 million in Q2 of 2018, despite the fact that “Candy Crush,” the company’s most popular mobile game, grew its number of players year-over year. Executives attributed much of the user decline to the company’s split with “Destiny” developer Bungie, which was announced earlier this year.Also earlier this year, Activision Blizzard announced the layoff of around 775 people, or around 8% of the company’s total workforce. On Thursday, executives said that they were growing the teams for core titles like “Call of Duty,” “Candy Crush,” “World of Warcraft,” “Overwatch” and “Diablo.”Update: This article was updated with an Activision statement on GAAP vs. non-GAAP results. Blizzard Co-Founder Frank Pearce Exits After 28 Yearslast_img read more

Organic catenane selfassembles in acidic water

first_img Metal-organic framework with a fixed composition despite initial concentration of components © 2015 Phys.org More information: Hao Li et al. Quantitative self-assembly of a purely organic three-dimensional catenane in water, Nature Chemistry (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2392AbstractSelf-assembly by means of coordinative bond formation has opened up opportunities for the high-yield synthesis of molecules with complex topologies. However, the preparation of purely covalent molecular architectures in aqueous media has remained a challenging task. Here, we present the preparation of a three-dimensional catenane through a self-assembly process that relies on the formation of dynamic hydrazone linkages in an acidic aqueous medium. The quantitative synthesis process and the mechanically interlocked structure of the resulting catenane were established by NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography and HPLC studies. In addition, the labile hydrazone linkages of the individual [2]catenane components may be ‘locked’ by increasing the pH of the solution, yielding a relatively kinetically stable molecule. The present study thus details a simple approach to the creation and control of complex molecular architectures under reaction conditions that mimic biological milieux. (Phys.org)—There are many naturally-occurring supermolecular structures. Among them are catenanes. From the Latin for “chain”, a catenane is comprised of two interlocked molecules, and have been found in the mitochondrial DNA of HeLa and leukemia cells. Researchers are interested in synthetically deriving catenanes using naturally-occurring conditions in an effort to understand how they formed in natural as well as exploit their unique architecture for biological and technological uses.Catenane chemistry is typically done in organic solvents, but biological applications are predominantly in aqueous environments. Hao Li, Huacheng Zhang, Aaron D. Lammer, Ming Wang, Xiaopeng Li, Vincent M. Lynch, and Jonathan L. Sessler from Zhejiang University, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and Shanghai University have isolated and characterized an organic catenane that was made using a one-step synthesis in an aqueous acidic solvent and in relatively high yields. Furthermore, they demonstrated that their catenane is environmentally tunable and highly stable. Their work appears in the recent edition of Nature Chemistry. Structural formulae of precursors A13+, H1 and the [2]catenane C6+. Credit: (c) 2015 Nature Chemistry (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2392 Explore furthercenter_img 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. Li, et al. built their catenane by employing organic functional groups that were not only water soluble, but would also promote self-assembly. They combined an aldehyde compound with a hydrazine in D2O and trifluoroacetate to produce a hydrazone (-C=N-N) linkage. This synthesis was carried out over eight hours at 70oC, and evidence from HPLC-MS indicated that the resulting [2]catenane was produced in near quantitative yields.In order to verify that they made the target [2]catenane, C6+, Li, et al. used NMR, X-ray diffraction, and mass spectrometry. NMR studies of the product compared to the starting materials demonstrated the expected proton shift for an aldehyde-amino condensation reaction. Additionally, shifts in the tetraphenyl protons indicated that they are more shielded than in the starting materials, providing evidence for placement within the cavity of the catenane.Crystal studies confirmed the three-dimensional structure of C6+, as well as provided insights into which parts of the interlocked structure were likely stabilized by pi-pi interactions. Two different crystals were grown based on differing counterions, C6+ •6CF3CO2- and C6+ •6Cl-. Both are made using the same synthetic procedure except for using DCl instead of trifluoroacetate. C6+ •6Cl-produced a better crystal and was used to determine structural characteristics. This study confirmed that the structure is comprised of two interlocking cage-structures. Additionally, ESI-MS showed distinctive mass peaks for the [2]catenane.The high yield and relative stability of C6+ indicates that it is thermodynamically favored over the non-interlocked molecules, likely due to hydrophobic effects and pi-pi donor-acceptor interactions. To see how C6+ behaves in differing environments, Li, et al. added DMSO to their reaction mixture in varying ratios of water-to-DMSO. They found that as DMSO increased, the catenane dissociated into oligomers. Precipitating these oligomers and re-dissolving them in D2O and trifluoroacetate retrieved the [2]catenane. They also determined that C6+ is stable at room temperature for eight hours in neutral and weakly basic solvent.This research shows, for the first time, the synthesis and characterization of a purely organic three-dimensional catenane in aqueous media using self-assembly methods. Furthermore, the pH tunability of this catenane opens the door for biologically relevant studies in water using mechanically interlocked molecules. Journal information: Nature Chemistry Citation: Organic catenane self-assembles in acidic water (2015, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-catenane-self-assembles-acidic.htmllast_img read more

HSC16aay is a Type IIn supernova study suggests

first_imgThe g, r, and i composite HSC images before (left) and after (right) the explosion of HSC16aayt. Credit: Moriya et al., 2019. HSC16aay was first identified by the Subaru/Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) transient survey as part of Subaru Strategic Program (SSP) during observations conducted between November 2016 and April 2017. Subsequent observations of this transient have shown that its light curve evolved very slowly and that the apparent nearest galaxy on the sky had a photometric redshift of 1.45. Taking into account these two facts, the researchers believe that HSC16aay may be a high-redshift supeluminous supernova (SN).In order to verify this assumption, a group of astronomers led by Takashi J. Moriya of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) has performed follow-up observations of HSC16aay using the HSC instrument and the Gemini South telescope in Chile. The results provided more evidence suggesting the supernova nature of this source.”Spectra of HSC16aayt show a strong narrow emission line and we classify it as a Type IIn supernova,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.This conclusion of Moriya’s team is due to the fact that Type IIn supernovae are a subclass of hydrogen-rich SNe showing narrow emission lines in their spectra. Astronomers assume that these narrow lines originate from the interaction between ejecta from supernovae and dense circumstellar media (CSM) formed by the progenitors before their explosion.In particular, when it comes to the properties of HSC16aay’s light curve, the researchers found the peak optical magnitude at likely around −19.9 mag, which is common for Type IIn supernovae. The transient shows a very slow photometric evolution with a rise time of over 100 days, and the optical magnitude change in 400 days remains within 0.6 mag. The redshift of HSC16aay was measured to be approximately 0.68.In general, the astronomers noted that overall properties of HSC16aayt (which received supernova designation SN 2016jiu) are similar to those of the other Type IIn supernova known as SN 2008iy, but HSC16aayt was found to be more luminous.Furthermore, the location of HSC16aayt was calculated at about 16,300 light years away from its host galaxy center. According to the authors of the study, such a relatively large distance may indicate that the object is an isolated Type IIn SN, however, other explanation cannot be excluded.”HSC16aayt might be another example of isolated Type IIn supernovae, although the possible existence of underlying star-forming activity of the host galaxy at the supernova location is not excluded,” the astronomers concluded.They added that at the moment it is difficult to determine the shape and orientation of the host galaxy. Therefore, the star-forming activity scenario remains plausible if these properties are uncertain. More information: Takashi J. Moriya et al. Slowly evolving interacting transient rising for more than 100 days arXiv:1907.01633v1 [astro-ph.HE]: arxiv.org/abs/1907.01633 HSC16aayt Citation: HSC16aay is a Type IIn supernova, study suggests (2019, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-hsc16aay-iin-supernova.html New research presented by an international team of astronomers suggests that a recently detected transient, designated HSC16aay, is a Type IIn supernova. A research paper reporting the discovery and detailing the finding, was published July 2 on the arXiv pre-print server. © 2019 Science X Network Study reveals properties of a Type Ib supernova in NGC 4080 Explore further 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.last_img read more

Thailand confirms Zikalinked birth defects following CDC travel advisory

first_img Share Tags: Asia, Travel Alert, Zika Thailand confirms Zika-linked birth defects following CDC travel advisory Travelweek Group Friday, September 30, 2016 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — U.S. health officials has advised pregnant women to avoid nonessential travel to 11 destinations in Southeast Asia due to the potential risk of Zika infection.According to Time magazine, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) listed 11 countries in its latest advisory: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Vietnam.The CDC said Zika is endemic to Southeast Asia, which means many local residents are believed to be immune. However, it is believed that travellers are most likely not.“Pregnant women travelling to Southeast Asia could become infected with Zika virus,” said the CDC. “The level of this risk is unknown and likely lower than in areas where Zika virus is newly introduced and spreading widely.”Authorities in Thailand have confirmed that two cases of babies with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads, were caused by the Zika virus, the first such cases found in Southeast Asia.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalDr. Prasert Thongcharoen, a senior Health Ministry official, said in a statement Friday that the linkage to Zika was confirmed by laboratory tests in two of three cases of babies afflicted with microcephaly. The results were inconclusive in the third case.The World Health Organization urged countries in the region to take stronger measures to contain the virus. The U.N. agency said the cases are the first of Zika-associated microcephaly in Southeast Asia.Statistics issued by Thai health officials show more than 300 confirmed Zika cases since the start of the year.“Zika virus infection is a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Countries across the region must continue to strengthen measures aimed at preventing, detecting and responding to Zika virus transmission,” WHO Southeast Asia regional director Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh said in a statement.With file from The Associated Presslast_img read more

HALs Nieuw Statendam more staterooms and an even bigger Pinnacle Suite

first_img SEATTLE — Holland America Line’s newest 2,666-guest Pinnacle-Class ship will have eight more staterooms than its sister ship, a redesigned Pinnacle Suite – the largest on the ship – as well as reconfigured Family Staterooms.Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam is set to debut in December 2018. While much of the ship’s design will be similar to sister ship Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle Class ship, Nieuw Statendam will have exclusive public spaces and its own style, says the cruise line. Meanwhile Nieuw Statendam will still offer all the stateroom innovations introduced on Koningsdam, including single-cruiser accommodations, as well as a wider range of suite configurations. “As with every new ship, we’ve listened to guest feedback and made our own assessments that have led to exciting changes to Nieuw Statendam that will enhance our stateroom experience across every category,” says Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford. Nieuw Statendam adds five more ocean-view and three more interior staterooms, bringing the total stateroom count to 1,339. More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe ship has 103 oceanview and 280 interior staterooms ranging from 225 to 266 square feet. The ship will also have 851 verandah or verandah spa accommodations, bringing the total staterooms that have a verandah, including suites, to 912.The 32 family oceanview staterooms range from 222 to 231 square feet and have been reconfigured for more living space. The family staterooms accommodate up to five passengers and have two bathrooms and extra closet space. The 12 single ocean-view staterooms for solo cruisers range from 127 to 172 square feet and are located on the forward main deck.Meanwhile the Pinnacle Suite is an expansive 1,290 square feet with a bedroom, living room, dining area, dressing room and private verandah with whirlpool. Nieuw Statendam’s Pinnacle Suite was reconfigured to offer an open-concept design with the living room and dining area in one large space. Forty-three Neptune Suites and two Neptune Spa Suites range from 465 to 855 square feet. Guests in these accommodations as well as the Pinnacle Suite have access to the exclusive Neptune Lounge with the personalized service of a concierge. More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe 14 Signature Suites are up to 400 square feet in size, and the 104 Vista Suites range from 260 to 356 square feet. Special amenities, include oversized bath towels, fresh flowers, a pillow menu, mini bar and one-touch phone concierge service.Spa Suites or Verandah Spa, Outside Spa or Inside Spa staterooms are located near the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, and come with yoga mats for use during the voyage and an iPod docking station. Friday, March 16, 2018 Posted by Share HAL’s Nieuw Statendam: more staterooms and an even bigger Pinnacle Suitecenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Holland America Line << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Minister says 8 tourism deaths in DR not unusual

first_img Monday, June 24, 2019 SANTO DOMINGO — The D.R.’s tourism minister has weighed in on the deaths of eight U.S. tourists in the D.R. this year, saying the deaths are not part of a mysterious wave of fatalities but a medically and statistically normal phenomenon that has been lumped together by the U.S. media.Autopsies show the tourists died of natural causes, Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia told reporters. He said five of the autopsies are complete, and three are undergoing further toxicological analysis with the help from the FBI because of the circumstances of the deaths.With some 3.2 million U.S. tourists visiting the D.R. last year, he said, it’s not unusual for eight people to die while on vacation over any six-month period. Dominican officials say they are confident the three deaths still under investigation were also from natural causes.“We want the truth to prevail,” Garcia said. “There is nothing to hide here.”More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaThe Dominican government has been criticized for not being more forthcoming about the details of the death investigations.They “probably have some indication of what it could be or what it might not be,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious diseases and critical care doctor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. But officials have been “very opaque” about their findings.“The longer they keep everybody in suspense, the worst it’s going to be for the Dominican Republic, especially when they’re so dependent on tourism. Because the longer this goes on unexplained, the longer people are going to be leery of going there,” Adalja said.Garcia said the number of U.S. tourist deaths in the D.R. dropped 56% from 2016 to 2018, although he did not provide further numbers or details. The U.S. State Department also discounted the idea of a surge of tourist deaths, saying the agency had not seen an uptick in the number of U.S. citizen who died there.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoGarcia showed reporters a summary of pathologists’ findings in each death but declined to share the autopsy reports, saying they are not public records and that only the families could authorize their release.In response to public concerns, authorities are increasing internal security measures at hotels as well as increased control over food and beverages, but only as a preventive measure, Garcia said.“We’re very sorry for the families’ grief,” he said. But “there is no wave of mysterious deaths.’Meanwhile CNN reports that at Hard Rock Resort Punta Cana, where two of the deaths took place, liquor dispensers are being removed from guest room mini-bars. At least one of the deaths in the D.R. occurred after a guest had a drink from the mini-bar. Share By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Minister says 8 tourism deaths in D.R. not unusual Tags: Dominican Republiclast_img read more

While Guatemalan president visits Costa Rica a volcano forces massive evacuation back

first_imgAlejandro Maldonado, head of the Disaster Relief Network, said in a statement that the Fuego Volcano, located 40 kilometers southwest of the capital, is spewing lava and ash 600 meters below, forcing the evacuation of communities close to the base of the volcano. The number of evacuees is estimated to be close to 33,000 people.  Volcano Fuego is one of the most active in Central America, but a local volcanologist said eruptions are rarely this powerful.“This type of eruption is abnormal, and we have not observed it for years,” said Gustavo Chigná of Guatemala’s Volcanology Institute.Chinchilla and Pérez Molina will have a joint press conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. to discuss their meeting. No announcement has been made yet about whether the volcano will affect their plans.AFP contributed to this report Facebook Comments Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina met with President Laura Chinchilla at the Foreign Ministry in San José. Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina had some bad timing with his visit to Costa Rica on Thursday.While meeting in San José with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla about regional security this afternoon, a volcano erupted in Guatemala, forcing a “massive evacuation” of thousands people. Alberto Font No related posts.last_img read more

Swisscom has chosen Harmonics ProMedia Live multi

first_imgSwisscom has chosen Harmonic’s ProMedia Live multiscreen transcoding platform and NMX Digital Service Manager to provide high-definition video streams for its web TV and mobile TV services. The deal will enable Swisscom to increase the number of live channels it delivers.The ProMedia Live application features Harmonic’s H.264 codec technology, allowing Swisscom to transcode and deliver SD and HD video in various mobile and internet formats. It transcodes baseband SD and HD or MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 content to multiple H.264 streams optimised for adaptive bit-rate streaming formats, including Apple HTTP Live Streaming, Microsoft Smooth Streaming and 3GPP.The ProMedia Live transcoders are managed by Harmonic’s NMX Digital Service Manager, a software-based network management system that provides control over the complete network. This enables Swisscom to create, modify and manage service lineups.“Over the last two years, our web and mobile subscribers more than tripled to beyond 300,000, and our IPTV subscribers skyrocketed to 600,000 users – compelling us to adopt a high-performance solution to handle the increased volume of streaming video,” said Volker Dietzel, head of TV and portal development at Swisscom. “Harmonic’s scalable solution allows us to keep pace cost-effectively with the explosive growth in subscriber numbers and streaming sessions by delivering more high-quality live channels to mobile viewing devices than any competitor in our market.”last_img read more