Reliance says its main gas fields in KGD6 block in late life

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Industries has said its flagship natural gas fields in the KG-D6 block in the Bay of Bengal are in “a late life stage” with output plummeting to an all-time low. The company, beginning mid-2020, will bring to production three sets of new discoveries in the block that will reverse the years of decline in production. Dhirubhai-1 and 3 — once the country’s highest gas producing fields — are “in a late stage and affected by low pressure and water ingress related challenges,” the company said in an investor presentation post announcing June quarter earnings. The fields produced an average of 1.76 million standard cubic metres per day of gas during April-June, the firm said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalRIL has till date made 19 oil and gas discoveries in the Krishna Godavari basin. Of these, MA — the only oil discovery in the block — began production in September 2008. D1 and D3 fields went onstream in April 2009. MA field ceased to produce in September last year and now D1 and D3 are in their last stage. KG-D6 had hit a peak of 69.43 mmscmd in March 2010 before water and sand ingress shut down wells. This peak output comprised 66.35 mmscmd from D1 and D3, the largest of the gas discoveries on the KG-D6 block, and 3.07 mmscmd from MA field.last_img read more

Appoint Aboriginal judges to tribunal Atleo

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The country’s most prominent First Nations leader is calling on the federal justice minister to appoint Aboriginal judges to a land claims tribunal.The Specific Claims Tribunal faced criticism after an Ontario judge who jailed six First Nations people for blocking an exploration company from entering their territory was appointed to adjudicate claims.In a recent letter to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said First Nations leaders in Ontario had expressed concerns about the “composition” of the tribunal which includes Ontario’s Justice Patrick Smith.In 2008, Smith sentenced the chief of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, four band councillors and one member from the northern Ontario community to six months in jail for blocking an exploration company from entering their traditional territory. Smith’s sentence, however, was overturned by a higher court which found it “too harsh.”In the letter, Atleo urges Nicholson to appoint Aboriginal judges to the panel to enhance its credibility among First Nations leaders.“In order to address the reasonable expectations of First Nations from across Canada about the composition of the (tribunal), I want to reaffirm a strong desire to see the appointment of Aboriginal jurists to the tribunal, particularly as the roster of judges available for appointment expands,” said Atleo, in the Nov. 29 letter obtained by APTN National News.Atleo received a phone call from Nicholson to discuss the reappointment of the tribunal judges, according to the letter.The tribunal currently has three judges, including Smith, Justice Harry Slade from the B.C. Supreme Court and Justice Johanne Mainville from the Quebec Superior court. Their one-year terms expired at the end of November.In the letter, Atleo also asks for more time for consultation before the government decides on who should be appointed to the tribunal. The national chief states that a political agreement on the tribunal signed in 2007 requires the government to include First Nations leaders in the decision.“I believe it would be more appropriate that the approach and timeframe provided for consideration of these matters be broadened to ensure that meaningful engagement around this process can take place,” said Atleo.The tribunal has recently come under criticism for taking too long to get going. Initially announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 12, 2007, it is still not ready to accept claims.Indian Affairs assistant deputy minister Patrick Borbey simply shrugged after he was asked by Senators during a committee hearing whether he had any idea when the tribunal would be ready to accept its first claim.The Specific Claims Tribunal was created to cut into the backlog of specific claims. It has been mandated to handle claims of $150 million or less.Specific claims usually stem from historic grievances such as the federal government selling never-surrendered reserve lands, the mishandling of First Nations band money held in trust or the destruction of land as a result of projects like hydro dams.last_img read more

Dubais DP World acquires Danish Unifeeder for 748 million

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Global port operator DP World says it has acquired Danish logistics firm Unifeeder for $748 million, about 660 million euros, helping the Dubai-owned company expand its foothold through the largest feeder and shortsea network in Europe.DP World’s full acquisition of Unifeeder Group from Nordic Capital Fund VIII was announced in August, but finalized on Thursday.DP World says Unifeeder’s smaller vessels and connectivity to approximately 100 ports will enhance the port operator’s presence in the global supply chain and broaden its services. While DP World’s core business remains in container terminals, the company says this latest acquisition is part of a wider strategy to diversify revenues.DP World’s profits last year climbed to $1.2 billion with revenue reaching $4.7 billion.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Moroccan opposition party proposes draft law to criminalize accusations of apostasy

first_imgTaroudant- The Party of Modernity and Authenticity, a Moroccan opposition party, has submitted a draft law that aims to criminalize accusations of apostasy and incitements to violence.In the light of the ongoing debate taking place in Morocco following the circulation of a video of a Salafist sheikh on YouTube accusing some Moroccan intellectuals and Driss Lachgar, the head Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), an opposition party, of “apostasy”, the PAM submitted a draft law to the House of Representatives with the view to outlawing any form of “Takrfirism”.The proposal presented by the PAM plans to punish all offenses mentioned in Articles 707-712 of the Penal Code, even if committed outside the national territory by a Moroccan or a foreigner residing in Morocco. For the PAM “Moroccan society witnessed the emergence of several dangerous phenomena threatening the security of individuals, including the call to jihad abroad preached by extremists who run counter to the principle of democracy, pluralism and modernity.”In response to the video posted by a Salafist sheikh, Abdelhamid Abounaim, on YouTube, the Executive Office of the Forum of Authenticity and Modernity for professors of Higher Education and Scientific Research issued last Sunday a communiqué in which it denounced the acts of Takfirist ideology in Morocco and abroad.Last Monday, the Union of Writers in Morocco also condemned what it described as “a discourse of Takfiri ideology circulating on social networks, targeting some of the symbols of Moroccan culture, and contradicting democracy and human rights.”The National Constituent Assembly in Tunisia approved on Sunday an amendment to article 6 of the draft constitution banning “accusations of apostasy and incitement to violence.”Takfiri is an Arabic word used to denote a Muslim who accuses another Muslim of apostasy. The accusations are generally made by Muslims who adopt the ideologies of Islamic fundamentalist groups.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Morocco ITFC Sign MoU to Enhance Trade Investment Cooperation

Rabat – ITFC, which is a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), signed an agreement with Morocco to develop bilateral and regional cooperation.ITFC CEO Hani Salem and Morocco’s Secretary of State for the Ministry of Industry Rokia Eddarham signed the agreement during  the first meeting of the Governing Board of ITFC’s Arab Africa Trade Bridges (AATB) program in Rabat on November 1-2.The agreement aims to support trade infrastructure via a set of programs, including AATB, according to Saudi Gazette. The convention also seeks to facilitate funding and the development of international trade.Salem, according to the Saudi news outlet, said that the agreement will foster cooperation between ITFC and Morocco and will include several programs to enhance trade in the member countries. He also emphasized Morocco’s role in the organization’s commitment to contribute to the development of Africa.Eddarham said that Morocco has been supporting AATB and “will continue to work together towards strengthening economic partnerships between Arab countries and African countries.”Eddarham said that the agreement, which supports Morocco’s strategy to increase trade between Morocco and other African countries, will reinforce this partnership.Launched in 2017 under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, the AATB program is a 3-year regional trade promotion program that was designed with the ultimate objective of leveraging new trade partnerships, strengthening existing ones, and increasing trade flows between the Arab and African regions, according to ITFC.The program also aims to develop trade and investment across the two regions. read more

UN human rights expert calls on DPR of Korea to clarify abductions

The UN Commission on Human Rights last year appointed Thai law professor Vitit Muntarbhorn as Special Rapporteur to examine human rights in the DPRK, including the abduction of Japanese nationals in past decades.Japan claims 15 people were abducted, five of whom have now returned to Japan. Of the remaining 10, the DPRK claims that only eight were taken into the DPRK and these have died. Pyongyang says it has returned the remains of two of them to Japan, but the authenticity of these remains has been contested by Tokyo.Mr. Muntarbhorn, who ended a nine-day visit to Japan today, also called on the DPRK to ensure “reliable and objective verification” of its claim concerning the alleged deaths, “clarify related ambiguities and discrepancies” and ascertain whether other Japanese had been abducted.He urged the DPRK to respect and guarantee family unity and reunification, particularly for those who have suffered from the abductions, and to rectify the discrepancies and enable the victims of abductions and their families to access justice and seek redress “effectively and expeditiously,” including bringing to justice those responsible for the acts. read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

A taxi across Bay Street in Toronto’s financial district in Toronto in a 2012 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:Closed for holidays: Stock markets in Toronto and New York will be closed Monday, The United States will be marking Presidents Day while many Canadians will be off for various provincial holidays, including Family Day in Ontario.Economic data: After a relatively sleepy week, Canadian economic data begins flowing again. Statistics Canada will release the latest wholesale trade figures on Monday, retail trade figures on Wednesday and the consumer price index on Friday.B.C. budget: What goodies await British Columbians when the provincial government delivers its budget come Tuesday? Premier Christy Clark is on record saying it’s time for the province give back to taxpayers. The fiscal plan comes three months before she seeks re-election in May.The bottom line: It’s another heavy earnings week. Some of the heavyweights include Loblaw, CIBC and Royal Bank.Rail and drug talk: Two Canadian corporate titans are giving talks in the U.S. on Thursday. Keith Creel, CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway, speaks at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami Beach. In New York, Valeant Pharmaceuticals CEO Joseph Papa will give a speech at the 2017 RBC Capital Markets’ Healthcare Conference. read more

Damon Stoudamire reflects on Raptors amazing journey to NBA Finals

The Raptors are in uncharted territories for the franchise. As every fan knows the Raptors are in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Who better to have a conversation with about the growth of the team than the Raptors first draft pick in 1995 and team first Rookie of the Year winner Damon Stoudamire?You will always be part of the Raptors history as their first Rookie of the Year and first draft pick back in 1995. What’s it like to watch the team you were with on day one come so far?Damon Stoudamire (DS): It’s exciting! It’s exciting to watch from the standpoint as basketball fan but it’s also just so exciting to play for that franchise and being connected with them as the first draft pick. I don’t think at times we over here in the States really understand what it means to Toronto as a city to have success in basketball. It really has come full circle.It’s been almost 25 years since you started with the team. A lot has changed including where they play. How have you seen the franchise grow especially with the fandom?DS: It’s change a lot! I think I was able to help open eyes and give awareness to basketball and bring people to it. I think Vince Carter took it to another level but once he left it kind of died of a little. But, I think as the team went on with DeRozan and Kyle and those guys they did a good job of growing it. But I think the addition of Kawhi has taken them to a whole other level. I think he has helped them become a national brand.Do you think the fact the Raptors have made that final hurdle and are now in the NBA Finals that it’s going to make Toronto a more attractive destinations for players to come here? I know there has been concerns over taxes when players come here.DS: To me when you get talking about the money guys get paid now it’s just really an excuse of them not wanting to come. At the end of the day you are in a tax bracket of your own anyways, you are talking about nickels on the dollar of what people would miss out on. I think Toronto as a city is one of the best sports cities in the world and I think at this junction with the momentum that the team has moving forward it should be attractive to them.We are seeing on the sidelines right now Drake giving massages and giving high fives, do you remember someone doing this back in the Sky Dome days?DS: {Laughs} I don’t remember getting no messages on the sidelines! For the most part though with the acceptation of a few people, when I watch the games on TV the people sitting courtside for the most part are the same people sitting courtside when I was first there. It looks like the Day 1’s have never given up.Now the big question on everyone’s minds, how do the Raptors stack up against the defending Champions the Golden State Warriors?DS: The Warriors have won the last three Championships so let’s be honest the Raptors have to come out and play the best basketball to win let’s not sugar-coat it. To me the Raptors have some advantages right out the gate with Kawhi Leonard but I would love to see Marc Gasol have some good games because he has an advantage at centre. Then you have Steph Curry. Steph Curry is going to be Steph Curry so that is always going to be an issue. It is going to take a concerted effort by everyone of the Raptors that steps foot on the court to beat them, but they have the team to do it. BROWSE Damon Stoudamire | nba finals | raptors | sports read more

Odell Beckham Isnt Satisfied with Being HighestPaid Wide Receiver

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t satisfied being the NFL’s highest-paid receiver.The three-time Pro Bowler for the New York Giants wants much more than the $95 million deal the team agreed to pay him Monday. The 25-year-old wants to be one of the best to play in the NFL.TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 01: Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the New York Giants looks on during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs defeated the Giants 25-23. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)“Like I said, before I was even in the NFL, I wanted to be legendary,” Beckham said Tuesday. “Yeah, the money is great, you can take care of your family, you can take care of kids one day that you’ll possibly have. But my goal was always to be in the Hall of Fame, to win trophies, to be able to leave a legacy that will be remembered way past any money that you make.”In a wide-ranging interview, Beckham said the broken left ankle that sidelined him most of last season might have been the best thing to ever happen to him. It forced him to struggle to get back on the field and helped him mature after many slipups off the field.That new-found maturity and his willingness to work while his contract issues were being settled went a long way in convincing co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch to open up the vault for Beckham.“I think he’s matured quite a bit,” Mara said after practice. “I think that stuff hopefully is in the past. I think he’s ready to go on and be the type of player and citizen that we expect him to be, and I think he will be.”Beckham, who was in the final year of his rookie contract, never doubted a new deal would be done before the start of the season.Mara also said reports that the Giants were listening to trade offers for Beckham in the offseason were blown out of proportion. He said it would have been irresponsible not to listen.“There was always an intention that he’d be a part of this team,” Mara said.The major concern was his ankle. The owners wanted to make sure he was fully recovered from the Oct. 8 injury that limited him to four games.After watching him practice against the Detroit Lions in mid-August, Mara knew the 2014 first-round pick was ready and a deal had to be reached before the start of the season on Sept. 9 at home against Jacksonville.“It’s not like it’s going to change the way that I want to play and the way that I want to perform,” Beckham said of the contract which includes a $20 million signing bonus and $65 million in guaranteed money.Beckham said he stayed away from the negotiations, letting his agent Zeke Sandu and the Giants’ hierarchy handle the talks.“It just was a matter of when,” he said. “I knew that I was already taken care of before this happened, and like I said, I was just happy that it happened.”What Beckham has done in his first four seasons is remarkable. He has 313 catches for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns in 47 games. He is already tied for second among all-time Giants’ receivers with three 1,000-yard seasons.“You kind of dream about this moment all your life,” Beckham said. “In fact, you’ve dedicated everything, you sacrifice weekends, your parents have sacrificed weekend after weekend traveling, doing this and that just to be able to get to this point, so it is a relief. It’s a wonderful opportunity for myself and my family.”There were many who worried about Beckham because of his off-the-field problems. After the Giants made the playoffs in 2016, Beckham went to Florida with a number of fellow receivers and took a boat trip.It did not go over well and it hurt Beckham when he played poorly against the Packers.His reputation took another hit when a video was posted with him in a room where a hand-rolled cigarette was visible.Beckham is not proud of those things.“It wasn’t the best thing to happen to me to date, but what I got to learn and take and grow from, was everything that I needed in my life and now I’m able to take that and keep going forward and just be the best me that I can be,” he said.Giants coach Pat Shurmur has been cautious with Beckham in the preseason. He has not played in any of the three games, and it is unlikely he will see action in the finale at home against New England on Thursday.“There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be ready to go against Jacksonville,” Shurmur added. read more

Irish car buyers shopping abroad as figures show drop in number of

first_img By Stephen McDermott Image: Shutterstock/Minerva Studio Share45 Tweet Email1 Irish car buyers shopping abroad as figures show drop in number of new vehicles taxed during 2018 It has been suggested that drivers are buying from the UK on the back of a strong Euro. Image: Shutterstock/Minerva Studio Friday 29 Mar 2019, 5:50 PM THE NUMBER OF new cars licensed in Ireland fell last year as more consumers  registered vehicles imported from abroad, official Government figures have confirmed.New statistics from the Department of Transport back up figures compiled by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry earlier this year, when it was suggested that more drivers are buying from the UK on the back of a strong Euro.According to the Department’s latest bulletin of vehicle and driver statistics, 157,865 new vehicles were taxed in Ireland on 31 December 2018, a decrease of 3,975 on 2017.However, 125,874 imported used vehicles were taxed in the Republic of Ireland in 2018, an increase of 7,856 (6.65%) on the figure for 2017.The total number of taxed vehicles recorded on Irish roads at the end of last year was 2,717,722, an increase of 41,843 vehicles (1.56%) on the previous year.The figure included 2,106,369 private cars – an increase of 40,257 (1.95%) compared with 2017 – as well as 355,273 goods vehicles, 75,196 agricultural tractors and 40,198 motorcycles.In total, 36% of all taxed vehicles use petrol and 62% operate on diesel.There were 32,083 electric and petrol vehicles taxed last year, an increase of 51.9% on 2017, and 4,825 vehicles using electric only, an increase of 65% on 2017. Meanwhile, 2.9 million people had current driving licences on 31 December, 2018, 91.7% of which were full licences.An additional 240,064 people held learner permits, a decrease of 6,084 on the 2017 figure. 26,746 Views 55 Comments Mar 29th 2019, 5:50 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La Google TV sinvite dans votre télévision

first_imgLa Google TV s’invite dans votre télévisionÉtats-Unis – Google prévoit de lancer son service de télévision dès l’automne prochain. Google TV, c’est son nom, veut donner de nouvelles fonctions aux téléviseurs.Google lance son service de télévision. Google TV est une plate-forme tournant sous Android, qui a pour objectif de donner des fonctions nouvelles aux téléviseurs, de la même façon qu’Android a diversifié les possibilités offertes par les mobiles qu’il équipe. Il sera ainsi possible de regarder une émission grâce à un moteur de recherche parcourant les chaînes, de visionner des photos, d’écouter de la musique, d’enregistrer un programme ou même, de le regarder en streaming sur Youtube. Sony, Logitech et Dish Network seront les premiers fabricants à proposer des appareils supportant Google TV. Le service devrait apparaître en 2011 en Europe.Le 21 mai 2010 à 11:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

McKenna makes campaign stop in Vancouver

first_img Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna rolled through Vancouver on Tuesday morning as part of a 29-stop campaign tour aimed at getting out the vote in the final days before the Nov. 6 election.“This voter turnout effort is absolutely crucial,” he said, encouraging his campaign volunteers to continue their voter outreach efforts. “That’s what we need to do in Clark County. … When we do that, we win. And when our voter turnout is low, we don’t win.”He spoke to a crowd of about 45 supporters who had gathered in a Republican call center in Hazel Dell. McKenna, who is traveling in an RV for eight days straight, also planned to make stops Tuesday in the cities of Carson, Goldendale and Yakima.In front of the Vancouver crowd, McKenna highlighted the importance of education reform in Washington state.“We need to put a new team on the field in Olympia,” he said. “Education reform has been blocked again and again and again by the governor, who says: ‘Hey, the teachers union hasn’t approved it. I’ll veto it.’ That’s not acceptable.”McKenna also threw his support behind several Southwest Washington candidates, including U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver. Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna addresses a rally Tuesday morning in Vancouver.last_img read more

Weather Eye This week will be reminder why we love the Pacific

first_imgA pleasant week is on tap in the great Northwest, with summery weather shining through. The Washington Coast will be at its peak warmth today and then be back to the coastal low clouds with partial afternoon clearing and brisk northwest winds.In our area, east winds that began Monday in earnest will strengthen and push temperatures into the 80s through Thursday. We could even see 90 degrees Wednesday and Thursday. The overnight lows will be warmer as well, making for pleasant evenings and early mornings. The Climate Prediction Center’s extended outlook for May through July calls for above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation, although May could have above-average rainfall. An early summer maybe?After this summery week, the upcoming weekend looks similar to last weekend, with cool and damp conditions. Could this be a wet year for the Hazel Dell Parade? As the week goes on, we will check the timing of any precipitation. Stay tuned.Weather-wise, how are we doing so far this month? Rainfall for Vancouver stands at 1.42 inches, about three-tenths of an inch above average. The average mean temperature is 56.5 degrees, pretty close to normal. By week’s end, we will be solidly in a warmer, drier month. But then again, we have the last half of the month to deal with. Surprises? Maybe.last_img read more

The Deteriorating Economics of Small Magazines

first_imgThe ongoing debate about the future of media, the potential for legacy media and the viability of content models on the Web incorporate two different issues: whether content-creating institutions can survive and how content-creators can earn a living.The issues are fundamentally different. I’m a lifelong consumer of newspapers and magazines: the romance of the printed page was a big factor in what I decided to do with my life. I love the smell of printer’s ink, the organic process that occurs when the inks mix and are then absorbed into the paper to create an indelible, high quality experience.But, I’m also a huge consumer of information—about just about anything that captures my interest and that seems to relate, however tangentially, to one of my passions.My allegiance, ultimately, is to people who can gather, process and clearly communicate new things about complex information. Those are the content creators, the people who have the interest, passion and need to spend many hours of their life gaining expertise and insight into specialized topics. Let’s take a look at the economics of the content-creator and the economics of the institutions that give them haven. Then let’s postulate a little about what the next generation of content creation might look like.Specialty Magazine EconomicsOf the thousands of magazines that exist, the vast majority have revenue of less than $3 million a year.The primary source of revenue is advertising; a secondary source of revenue for most is subscriber payments. There are also all sorts of ancillary revenue that comes from being a creator of content in the market: books, seminars, products, internet advertising and sponsorship at events.On a $3 million magazine, cash profits will run between $300,000 and $600,000 on average. So, it takes something like $2.4 million to $2.7 million to produce and distribute the product that will generate $3 million in revenue.Those costs are in printing, distribution and compensation to the people who create the content, sell the advertising, put the magazine together and run the business.At the core of a great magazine is great content. Yet, on a $3 million magazine, around 8 percent to 15 percent of the total revenue is likely to be spent on content generation.What Content Creators MakeFor the past 20 years, I’ve been involved with various different companies that have employed talented specialty journalists. The common thread among the people who worked at these publications was their passion for the industry they covered.As a manager, one of my biggest concerns was how to keep the social quality of these people’s work whole in the face of any change. It wasn’t always possible, and sometimes what felt like solid business decisions were horrible social decisions, but it was always a consideration.The most engaged, embedded and passionate participants in the community were the content creators—the editorial staff.So, when we look at the disruption in the market and think about the future of content, we have to acknowledge that these people, these content creators, are driven as much by passion as the desire for a job. If they can earn a fair and living wage, they are going to find a way to keep working at their passion. The best of them (and these are the ones who drive quality content) will find a way.So it’s useful to look at what wages they need to replace, and what the other opportunities are for them.An editor at a consumer magazine makes an average of $60,800 a year, while a senior editor or managing editor will make $57,100, according to FOLIO:. In my experience, a staff writer will make between $30,000 to $40,000 a year on a specialty publication. FOLIO:’s research shows business-to-business editors make $60,800, while a senior editor will make $50,700. For magazines under $3 million in revenue, the average salary for an editor is $57,800 and for a senior editor it’s $52,200. That’s the cost of content creation for the magazine: the cost of an editorial team to generate the pages, along with the fringe expense of benefits and offices and supplies (typically another 30 percent) above the salary of the staffer.What does the content creator need to replace, if they are making a shift? For the senior editor or specialty writer (who, despite their lower compensation are typically generating the most unique and long-lasting content) they need to take home about $3,000 to $3,500 a month, after solving the problem of health care.What They Make on the WebWhen you look around the Web, there’s no shortage of specialty content and a large audience ready to consume it. According to Comscore, more than 10 billion videos were watched online in 2008. According to eMarketer, 94 million people read 22.6 million blogs in 2007.The challenge for a writer in this broadly distributed environment is to find a large enough audience on the right kind of platform to make a living.According to a survey by Problogger, 16 percent of the respondents made $2,500 or more a month, or better than $30,000 a year, from their blog. There were even 495 respondents who claim to be making more than $240,000 per year from their blog platform. (Who knows how reliable that number is, but they reported it!)This is a viable and alternative economy that has developed to support creators of special interest content. These individuals have spawned blogging networks that exist to aggregate and leverage audience against a broader sector of advertisers. And they’re doing it with significantly less overhead than traditional special interest media. And many are likely doing it with a much higher level of profit — both financial and personal—than they would in a more traditional content job.The impact is an erosion of the traditional hegemony of the special interest media brand. The drain has been an inexorable force in the deteriorating economics of small magazines.The business of small magazines isn’t over by a long shot, but a much greater premium is being placed on finding out ways to use the power of the brand to bring together advertisers and consumers in order to justify the strength of the platform.[EDITOR’S NOTE: You can read a longer version of this post on McCarthy’s blog here …]last_img read more

How Vogue Brings Unique Video to Instagram Behind the Screens

first_img As Vogue prepared for its photoshoot with cover star Dakota Johnson, the magazine gathered b-roll of silly moments with the actor and turned it into a successful Instagram video. The 20-second post teases a two-minute video and article on, which is monetize with an ad for Johnson’s new movie. What does this mean for smaller magazines? Use original content in multiple formats, reference back to the print book in your social posts, and channel your unique voice into your digital brands. Audiences read your magazine because you say it better than anyone else, and it’s that voice which will help you stand out on Instagram. Caption: How does @DakotaJohnson get into character for a Vogue cover story? It turns out she takes the method approach, embodying the role of model before posing for a big shoot. Watch the full behind-the-scenes video in the link in our bio.  Most magazines do not have this access or budget, but the lesson remains: print production and photoshoots are great resources for social media posts, which don’t need to be as refined or curated as the images used within the magazine. Magazine:  Vogue //  Instagram: @voguemagazine //  Social Media Manager: Lucie Zhang // Director: @cassblackbird // DP: @tylerkohlhoff // Post Production: Views: 646,090 (as of 1/23) // Likes: 69,990 (as of 1/23) // Comments: 435 // Followers: 14.2 million  Vogue social media manager Lucie Zhang tells Folio: that she considers a post successful when it has high views and engagement, two things her team achieves by posting unique content. “They tap into the insider, expert perspectives our audience has come to expect from Vogue and While this video in particular was tied to the magazine’s cover, we create videos exclusively for digital/social as well to offer our audience unique experiences,” Zhang says. PRO TIP: Use outtakes and runners-up from the print issue ​to bring original content to your social channels.last_img read more

Judge Declares Mistrial In Trial Of ExDeputys Husband

first_img Share Photo: Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeA Harris County grand jury issued a murder indictment for Terry Bryan Thompson on June 8th.A Texas judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of a former deputy’s husband charged in the death of a man he and his wife confronted outside a restaurant.The Houston Chronicle reports District Judge Kelli Johnson declared the mistrial in Terry Thompson’s case Saturday after jurors deliberated more than 26 hours over three days.Thompson and his wife, Chauna, were charged in the May 2017 death of 24-year-old John Hernandez. Chauna Thompson was a Harris County sheriff’s deputy at the time but was later fired. Her trial is scheduled for October.Prosecutors this week told jurors Terry Thompson held Hernandez in a chokehold for up to 15 minutes. But Thompson’s attorney said his client was acting in self-defense and only trying to subdue a man who had attacked him.Prosecutors have not yet announced whether they will re-try Thompson.Photos provided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO)Thompson and his wife, Chauna, were charged in the May 2017 death of 24-year-old John Hernandez.last_img read more

TMC tastes victory in Raghunathpur after recount

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has come out victorious in seat number 38 of Raghunathpur block of Purulia Zilla Parishad, where re-counting was held on Sunday. It may be mentioned that when the results of this Zilla Parishad seat was announced on Thursday, it was found that BJP had won by 550 votes, following which Trinamool had sought re-counting, alleging loopholes in the counting process.The state Election Commission had ordered re-counting of the seat and it was found that TMC candidate Anath Bandhu Majhi had won the Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsseat, securing 1,029 votes more than BJP candidate Ganesh Singh. The results were announced on Sunday afternoon.State Election Commissioner A K Singh, in reply to a question on this stark contrast in results, said, “There has been re-counting in the seat. It is still not clear. We have sought a more detailed report from the district administration.”It may be mentioned that when Singh was announced winner in the Raghunathpur seat of the Zilla Parishad, he was also handed over a winning certificate. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe re-counting on Sunday was held at Raghunathpur College in Purulia, under strong security cover to prevent any untoward incident. However, BJP had boycotted the process, alleging that it is a plan on part of the district administration, to make the Trinamool candidate win in the seat.It may be mentioned that out of 38 seats in Purulia Zilla Parishad, Trinamool Congress had bagged 25, while BJP had managed to win just 10.last_img read more

by Jake Coyle The Associated Press Posted Dec

first_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2017 6:48 am PDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2017 at 7:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shame mingles with self-congratulation in Oscar season NEW YORK, N.Y. – In nearly every major Academy Awards category this year there’s some trace of the sexual misconduct allegations that have swept through the movie industry.Best supporting actor? That’s where Kevin Spacey was once considered a contender. Now he’s been scrubbed from Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” his performance replaced with one by Christopher Plummer.Best animated feature? The favourite is “Coco,” the latest from Pixar, the animation studio co-founded by John Lassater. He’s currently on a “sabbatical” following his admission of inappropriate behaviour.Best director? With only four women ever nominated, no category better illustrates the industry’s ingrained gender equality issues — the same systematic imbalance that made it easier for Harvey Weinstein and others to act with such impunity for so long.And even best actress, a category where you might expect a moment’s reprieve, is — if tradition holds — to be presented by last year’s best-actor winner, Casey Affleck. He settled two sexual harassment allegations filed against him in 2010.Weinstein, who for so long craved omnipresence on Oscar night , may finally get his wish. Even though the former Weinstein Co. co-chairman has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and his company’s name has been erased from its best Oscar shot this year (Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River”), Weinstein will be ubiquitous in absentia.The ongoing sexual harassment scandals have colored every phase of awards season, but whether they will ultimately shape who wins is another question. The season is just getting into the swing of things, with a number of critics groups announcing their awards in the past week and the Golden Globe nominations coming Monday. But in this year’s Oscar race, the Weinstein effect is already playing an unpredictable role.With so much disgrace to go around, is Hollywood still in the mood for self-congratulation?At last week’s Gotham Awards, the usually bubbly atmosphere was somewhat subdued, or at least Nicole Kidman thought so when she accepted a lifetime achievement award and urged the crowd to loosen up. Joana Vicente, executive director of the Independent Film Project, which puts on the Gothams, was one of the few to directly address the elephant in the room.“This has been a tough year for our industry and for the world,” said Vincente. “We would like to take a moment to recognize and to honour those women and those men who have stepped forward.”But at the same time, the movies have given plenty to celebrate. From “The Florida Project” to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” this year’s awards favourites are a formidable bunch, rife with timely social commentary. Many of the most celebrated filmmakers, from Greta Gerwig to Jordan Peele, are young, giving an awards season once dominated by Weinstein what many now long for: new voices.The continuing fallout has made sexual harassment a commonly discussed topic on red carpets, at press junkets and on late-night shows — places that are typically reserved for more frothy banter. Sometimes, it has made for awkward interactions like a recent episode of NPR’s “Fresh Air ,” in which Gerwig was questioned by host Terry Gross about Noah Baumbach, her boyfriend, casting Hoffman. The interview, for which Gerwig was widely praised, exemplified how the conversation around sexual harassment in Hollywood can overtake the spotlight reserved for the year’s best films.Even the most trusted staple of Oscar season — screening Q&As and panel discussions — are now potentially fraught territory. At an anniversary screening of the film “Wag the Dog” moderator John Oliver grilled Dustin Hoffman over an earlier allegation that the actor groped a 17-year-old on the set of 1985 TV film “Death of a Salesman.” Hoffman, who has denied the allegation, is a possible supporting-actor contender and Gotham Awards honoree for his performance in Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories.”One veteran publicist of the season, who spoke on the condition on anonymity so as not to influence any campaigns, acknowledged that some clients have been coached to be ready to discuss sexual harassment issues. But the publicist said that the impact of the scandals on the Oscar race has been overstated.The film most perfectly poised for the post-Weinstein moment is Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards,” in which Frances McDormand stars as an outraged mother out to revenge the rape and murder of her daughter. The director has even imagined a face-off between McDormand’s wrathful protagonist, Mildred Hayes, and Weinstein. “We all know who would win,” says McDonagh.Yet, in the early going, two lively and precise coming-of-age tales — Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” and Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” — have been cleaning up the most. Tom O’Neil, the veteran awards analyst of Gold Derby , said the early love for these “little movies with a big heart,” as he called them, has forced him to re-examine his initial prediction of glory for “Three Billboards.”“Three Billboards” won the highly predictive audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. And many have viewed McDormand as the overwhelming best-actress favourite. But early wins have gone to Saoirse Ronan of “Lady Bird,” Meryl Streep of “The Post” and Sally Hawkins of “The Shape of Water.”“It still may do very well. It’s going to do extremely well with the Golden Globe nominations about to come out,” said O’Neil. “But ‘Three Billboards’ may just be too negative for these Oscar voters looking for uplifting messages.”Other films can legitimately claim the mantel of “the movie of the moment.” ”Lady Bird,” Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, stands apart, as one columnist wrote , for “so genuinely reflect(ing) a woman’s experience and viewpoint.” No film captured the zeitgeist like Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” a movie that cleverly rendered the realistic horrors of being black in America. Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Pentagon Papers drama, “The Post,” is both a celebration of a free press meant as a rebuke to President Donald Trump, and a tale of female empowerment led by Streep’s Katharine Graham. Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” is a sunny fable that burrows inside the lives of the hidden homeless.The bigger-budget wildcard, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” has received few nominations so far, including a best picture Critics’ Choice Awards nomination on Wednesday. It could yet emerge as a heavyweight on the merits of its big-screen craft.But there’s no question that the normal rhythms of Oscar season have been upset. Amazon, which last Oscars steered “Manchester by the Sea” to a best-picture nomination, is this year pushing the Kumail Nanjiani comedy “The Big Sick,” even while Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned on the heels of sexual harassment allegations . Angelina Jolie, whose Khmer Rouge family drama “First They Killed My Father” is Cambodia’s Oscar submission, was among the many women who spoke out about her experience with Weinstein.Between now and the March 4 Academy Awards, to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, there may be more developments, too. Given the pace of revelations thus far, there will be.As a platform for bringing attention to gender inequality in Hollywood, the Academy Awards is far from perfect. Despite overhauling its membership in recent years, the film academy remains 72 per cent male and 87 per cent white. The changes have still been enough to make some ponder if the traditional notion of an “Oscar-friendly” movie have shifted, as they seemingly did last year when “Moonlight” upset “La La Land.”Ronan Farrow, who penned the New Yorker’s Weinstein exposes , was among those who in February contemplated whether #OscarsSoMale was the more fitting hashtag after several years of #OscarsSoWhite online protests. As has been noted, Oscar, himself, is male, naked and clutching only his sword. This year may be cause for, at the least, a change of attire.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: This Nov. 22, 2017 photo shows crowds lining up at the El Capitan Theatre for a screening of the Disney Pixar film “Coco” in Los Angeles. The film, a contender for an Oscar for best animated feature, is the latest from Pixar, the animation studio co-founded by John Lassater. He’s currently on a “sabbatical” following his admission of inappropriate behavior. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) last_img read more

Girl stabbed and killed brother believed guilty update 2

first_imgA nine-year-old girl died early on Tuesday evening after police said they believe she was stabbed by her 13-year-old brother in Larnaca.Police were alerted to the incident at around 5pm and upon their arrival at the family home in the Ayios Ioannis area of Larnaca found the girl there with knife wounds. She was then taken by ambulance to Larnaca general where doctors pronounced her dead.The girl was allegedly stabbed by her 13-year-old brother while they were both at home. Her injuries were reportedly in her back.She was found in a pool of blood by her father.The boy reportedly faces psychological problems and was expelled from school last year due to delinquent behaviour.He reportedly stabbed his sister during an argument.According to the daily Politis, the 13-year-old was being questioned by the Larnaca CID but was not arrested as he is under 14, which is the age of criminal responsibility.The two children were staying with their father after their parents’ separation. They have been living in the same Larnaca neighbourhood for the past three years. The family moved to Cyprus from Romania several years ago.The father does not have stable employment and the family lives on welfare, the daily said.Neighbours told the media that the nine-year-old, who was in fifth grade, was a very bright girl.A neighbour told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that he was at home when he heard the father yelling and ran outside. “I saw the father carrying the girl outside,” he said, before he called the police and an ambulance.“I touched the girl to check if she had a pulse, but she didn’t have one, and she started turning blue,” he told CNA.While the father was trying to resuscitate the girl, he said, the boy sat outside in the yard.The man said that the two siblings argued often.State pathologists Sofoclis Sofocleous and Nicolas Charalambous examined the scene, which was cordoned off by police.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more