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first_imgAll the variables in the recent newsstand supply chain fiasco are beginning to fall into place, but perhaps not as the wholesalers hoped.National distributor Curtis Circulation said its publisher clients will not comply with the Anderson’s 7-cent price increase. Comag, however, has extended its contracts with both Anderson and Source Interlink—without the price increase.Major retailers, however, could end up deciding wholesalers’ fate. Yet the retailers remain a wildcard. One source with direct knowledge of the situation said Friday that major retailers fully intend to stick with their current wholesaler configuration. “They don’t like being dictated to,” said the source. “This disruptive event certainly doesn’t help our cause as a category.”Other industry observers also think it’s the retailers that have the upper hand in the channel. But for now, some tough decisions are being made. “At this point Anderson is no longer receiving Curtis product(s),” said Dennis Porti, Curtis’ executive vice president. “And I wouldn’t say that Curtis cut them off. Because of their unilateral mandate, they more or less cut themselves off. The publishers simply cannot afford that kind of money.”Curtis’ decision could be a major setback for Anderson, which announced a 7 cents per copy distributed price increase on January 14.Not Playing Ball Reports this week said Time Inc. won’t play ball either. Time Inc.’s decision—not to mention Curtis’—not only erases a major revenue source for the wholesaler, but also denies it a newsstand lynchpin: People. That fact alone could prove damaging to the wholesaler-retailer relationship.To get a sense of Time Inc.’s leverage, a loose, back-of-the-envelope estimation of total sales for 20 of its newsstand titles is approximately $550,921,963, per first-half 2008 ABC statements. The wholesaler slice of that pie is estimated at 15 percent, or almost $83 million. Anderson and Source are said to have a combined 50 percent share of market.As for Curtis, the distributor is the largest, in terms of billing, with a 40 percent share of market, according to John Harrington, publisher of the New Single Copy newsletter. According to his Web site, clients include Rodale, Forbes, AMI, Hachette, Johnson, Taunton, Newsweek, the Atlantic, the Economist and F+W.How all of this will shake out next week remains to be seen. But at this point, publishers are not only taken aback by the unilateral price hikes—despite the significant financial pressure wholesalers themselves are under—say they simply are not in a position to pay, citing tight finances themselves. “All I can say is our company, just like most, can’t afford the money that these wholesalers are asking for,” said Will Michalopoulos, VP, retail sales and marketing for Hachette Filipacchi.last_img read more

first_imgHere, FOLIO: checks in with Nick Thompson (pictured below), editor of NewYorker.com, to get the details on the new science vertical and why it was launched. FOLIO: Why is NewYorker.com launching a specific science and technology vertical?Nick Thompson: Science and technology coverage is something that The New Yorker has traditionally been very good at. If you look at something like Josh Rothman’s piece, “Nine Decades of Science in The New Yorker,” you can get a sense of the breadth and depth of our long-time science coverage. But, it’s something that didn’t have a real home on the website. We’ve had a bucket for our news stories, a bucket for our culture stories and a blog for our books essays. There wasn’t a natural place for science and tech stories to fit.I have a tech background and I had been blogging on it, and some of them were running on the news desk while others ran with the culture desk. It is something we’re good at and we can give a unique, New Yorker take on, and it’s something the website hasn’t done. We proposed it, got corporate support for it, went out and hired our science and tech editor Matt Buchanan and launched it.FOLIO: There are a ton of other tech blogs and science sites out there. How will The New Yorker compete with them?Thompson: The same way that The New Yorker has traditionally competed with other publications on other topics. We’ll try to cover it in a more literary way, to the extent you can, and we’ll try to cover it in a deeper way. We’ll try to bring the kind of writer that has been on staff or written for The New Yorker to these subject areas. We’re going to try and take The New Yorker’s DNA and use it in covering science and technology. We want readers to sort of feel the way they do after they read the magazine after reading a blog. We’re not going after another blog; we’re trying to do it the way The New Yorker does things. FOLIO: Did you find that the site was getting more traffic to science and tech columns?Thompson: We had seen for a while that people liked our science and technology coverage. There has also been a large surge in traffic to the site in general due to our increased ambitions and the number of things we’ve added. We did notice that our science coverage tends to do quite well. FOLIO: What are your plans going forward? Will you be tying any of this coverage back to the print magazine?Thompson: We’ll certainly be taking stories that run in the print magazine and we’ll be putting them online. We’ll also be taking topics that might have been in a long print story and we’ll add follow up blog posts on it, or special extra additions. What makes a piece perfect for print is different from what makes a piece perfect for the Web. I don’t think things will run the other way, turning a blog post into a magazine post, but we’ll certainly see a lot of overlap in that the people who write for the magazine will be blogging a lot. The editors that work on the print and Web sides will be talking about people and ideas to cover, so there will be certain kinds of overlap. We’re going to keep trying to live up to the standards and ideals that the magazine has had for so long, and do that while engaging with the rest of the Internet on the conversations of the moment.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! The New Yorker today added another category to its main nav bar—Science & Tech. The vertical is the latest in a series of new content features added to the site in the last year, including the Humor Channel and the Political Scene hub.With all the new content—including audio, video, photography, cartoons and at least a dozen new articles each day—the site’s traffic hit 9.6 million unique visitors in January 2013, up 111 percent from the prior year. Pageviews jumped 74 percent to 33 million in the same month.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Language in the House version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill requiring DOD to trim its headquarters budgets and personnel by 20 percent over five years garnered a strong objection from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which claimed the provision was unnecessary.The bill stipulates that the streamlining initiative generate $10 billion in savings and calls for the department to prepare an accurate baseline accounting of defense headquarters budgets and personnel, and detailed information on planned reductions in management headquarters.The department, however, already is carrying out a plan to reduce headquarters personnel, according to OMB’s “Statement of Administration Policy” issued Tuesday for H.R. 1735. That effort should be implemented by FY 2019, but has projected savings of only $5.3 billion.OMB also said the proposed language is “overly restrictive” because it targets the national capital region and exempts DOD civilians whose salaries are funded through the defense working capital fund, which collects funding through user fees. “This could have a profound impact on personnel and cause arbitrary across-the-board cuts,” the agency said.The bill would preclude the department from slashing personnel through a superficial accounting exercise.“Any reduction in personnel should not be implemented as an across-the-board cut, but rather should be strategically designed to retain critical functions, capabilities, and skill sets — including but not limited to depots and the acquisition workforce — and eliminate unnecessary or redundant functions or skill sets that do not benefit or support mission requirements,” the legislation states.The Pentagon also cannot claim savings by moving employees or responsibilities to other sections within the agency, reported Federal Times.“Such reductions shall be strategically designed to retain critical functions, capabilities, and skill sets. Management, functions, programs, or offices shall be moved to the lowest appropriate organizational level,” according to the bill.The headquarters streamlining language was one of dozens of provisions the administration objected to that collectively triggered a veto threat from the White House.last_img read more

first_img WWDC 2019 Tags 4:19 Share your voice Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon Apple WWDC 2019 null Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Best Buy $249 $249 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad $329 Apple iPad See It $249 See It Apple’s new two-player AR arcade game at WWDC is crazy See it 0 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now • reading • What Apple’s new AR bowling game taught us about the future See All See It Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? A giant bowling game showed us the best features of ARKit 3. Screenshot by Chris Pavey/CNET I’m scrambling around a wooden floor, trying to fend off a giant virtual ball with my iPad Pro. It’s a bowling alley, but it feels like a basketball court. A crowd cheers. Eli faces off across from me, pushing his iPad Pro forward, launching the ball at my face. I lose my footing. The ball shoots past me. I run after it. Too late. The pins were knocked down. I lost. Again.But we’re on a big court that’s totally empty, except for us and our test iPads. We see the big ball, bowling pins, and us, running around among these things as if they’re in our shared space. Welcome to Apple’s imminent AR future: fast-paced, collaborative, and… still, headset-free.While Microsoft has HoloLens 2 and Magic Leap has its magic AR goggles, Apple — like Google — is exploring augmented reality through flat screens. But while Google’s recent AR efforts focus on utility and quick assistance, Apple is pushing even more realistic graphics and effects. Apple unleashed a number of AR tools at its WWDC developer conference that are coming this fall, including a whole AR-making toolkit called Reality Composer. ARKit 3, which needs a recent A12-equipped iPhone or iPad to do its most impressive effects, is what Swift Strike is meant to show off. And it shows how far things have come in a year. Tablets Mobile Now playing: Watch this: It’s a multiplayer AR game, much like the one I played in this same space a year ago that had me knocking down blocks on a table with a ball. But that game last year was pretty stationary. This time, I ran around a far larger area, and so did my opponent (Eli Blumenthal, who’s never played an AR game quite like this before).I came away thinking that all I was really missing was the convenience of wearing a pair of AR glasses so I would not have to worry about looking down at an iPad all the time.arkit3-wwdc-bowling-2What the game looked like in reality: empty space, two guys with iPads. Scott Stein/CNET Occlusion is the coolest magic trick that Swift Strike offers. If people pass in front of AR things on an iPhone, like a virtual IKEA sofa, the illusion is shattered. But now ARKit 3 lets people walk in front and block the objects, as if they’re really behind in the distance. It can layer virtual objects among real people… or layer real people into virtual AR things in a landscape. Minecraft Earth will use this trick, and so does Swift Strike.While used for demo purposes, it’s unclear if Apple will ever release this game to the masses. To see it in action, check out the video in this story. Occlusion wasn’t perfect, and sometimes objects flickered between being behind and in front of us. Sometimes objects became semi-transparent, either by game design or something else. But the realism that was added by occlusion was significant. Coupled with haptic vibrations on the iPad every time we hit the ball, iIt suddenly started to feel like we were stepping into the game.But again, we’re on an empty court, looking around for things on an iPad screen. That’s fine when the ball is right in front of me, but really hard when the ball gets pushed past me and I try to find it again. I think I scored an own-goal when I backed up and pushed the ball when it was behind me. A 3D AR headset could help, obviously. Apple’s not there yet, nor have any plans been announced, but one will reportedly arrive as early as next year.wwdc-arkit3-swift-strike-apple-3Eli and I are holding our ground against the giant virtual ball (we feel haptics in the iPads). Screenshot by Chris Pavey/CNET CNET’s Eli Blumenthal, who played with me, sees it as a stepping stone toward immersive arcade attractions, too: “When we stepped onto the wooden floor to play Swift Strike, a demo of a bowling-like app built using the company’s ARKit 3 software, the experience was different. It was interactive and engaging,” he said. “The iPad Pros Scott and I were holding tracked our movements running around to push a virtual ball into stacked virtual bowling pins. The game registered the force with which we exerted ourselves to move the ball and tracked us even as we ran across the space.””As companies like Sandbox VR and VR World NYC open up virtual reality arcades around the world, it’s not hard to imagine this technology expanding to malls, parks and events, providing a new medium for people to come together and interact.”While multiplayer AR became available last year on iOS 12, bigger steps have been taken this year that should make games like this be a lot more possible. Shared maps are possible, where players scan a real space and collaboratively build a map that is shared between devices. Anchored objects, that are meant to stay in space and be seen by multiple people, can stay persistent. I think about Minecraft Earth, which I haven’t played yet. It aims to unleash a lot of these ideas at once. Multiplayer AR games could finally start becoming the norm instead of the exception.Eli and I both agreed that this isn’t AR, perfected. This is only a demo, and it’s well in advance of the release of ARKit 3 inside iOS 13 and iPadOS this fall. But it’s a sign of a faster, more fluid AR world to come.I need to get better shoes. Google Microsoft Applelast_img read more

first_imgA gold worker holds a 1 KG gold bullion at Istanbul Gold Refinery (IGR) on January 13, 2015, in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/OZAN KOSEOZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]Gold prices slipped on Thursday as the dollar steadied and equities climbed on signs of easing trade tensions between the United States and China, while palladium rose to a record high, trading at a premium to the bullion.Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,243.91 per ounce, as of 0415 GMT, while U.S. gold futures were 0.1 percent lower at $1,249.3 per ounce.”Market sentiment is neutral today… We’ve got a little more positive sentiment than we anticipated from U.S.-China trade tensions, which is weighing on the topside,” said Stephen Innes, APAC trading head at OANDA in Singapore.”Dollar hasn’t made many moves and that’s the real signpost for gold as they are still highly correlated.”The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major rivals, was steady at 97.069, after retreating from a near one-month high overnight.Meanwhile, Asian shares advanced on signs of easing trade tensions between the world’s top two economies, and expectations that China will step up efforts soon to support its cooling economy.China appears to be easing its high-tech industrial development push, dubbed “Made in China 2025,” which has long irked the United States, while it also made its first major U.S. soybean purchases in more than six months on Wednesday.Investors seem more interested in equity at this point in time than in gold, said Ronald Leung, chief dealer at Lee Cheong Gold Dealers in Hong Kong.However, analysts see uncertainties around the Brexit deal and expectations of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s dovish tone at its meeting next week, supporting the yellow metal.”We are still gonna have a lot of noise coming out of Brexit and that should definitely keep a gold bid for a while,” Innes said.Markets are not expecting more than one rate hike from the U.S. central bank next year, after a likely interest rate increase at the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on Dec. 18-19.Spot gold looks neutral in a range of $1,240-$1,253 per ounce, and an escape could suggest a direction, said Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao.Among other precious metals, spot palladium was down 0.2 percent at $1,258.90 per ounce, having touched a record high of $1,264.25 earlier in the session.Palladium rose strongly on the news that China would be reducing tariffs on U.S. imported autos, raising hopes that the sector would be boosted by additional demand, analysts at ANZ said in a note.Silver was up 0.1 percent at $14.75 per ounce, while platinum climbed 0.3 percent to $800.49.last_img read more

Youth found dead in Bbaria

first_imgThe police recovered the floating body of a young man, who went missing five days ago, from a waterbody at Chandalkhil village in Brahmanbaria district town on Saturday morning.The deceased was identified as Rana Miah, 22, son of Abdul Kuddus, reports UNB.Locals spotted the body of Rana in the morning and informed police.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, said Nabir Hossain, officer-in-charge of sadar police station.last_img

Are Home Buyouts Threatening Affordable Housing In Houston

first_img Share Charlie Riedel/APHomes are surrounded by water from the flooded Brazos River in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Freeport, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Home buyouts have long been in the toolbox of the Harris County Flood Control District and more have been approved after Hurricane Harvey.This is to remove houses from the floodplains in case of another flooding event.But Christof Spieler, project manager for the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, said there are several issues with home buyouts as they are handled in Greater Houston.One issue is the impact on affordable housing.“A lot of our affordable housing is in floodplains,” Spieler said on Houston Matters. “If you buy that, if you tear all of that down, where will those residents live and what happens to the overall affordable housing supply?”He said home buyouts should be addressed alongside a housing plan.The Harris County Flood Control District has applied for grants to buy out up to 1,100 properties, according to an agency spokesperson.So far, Harris County has purchased 27 structures as part of its home buyout program after Harvey.last_img read more

Researchers propose new kind of MOF to clean coal burned in power

first_imgNanoporous structure of 1. Credit: Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500421 As the researchers note, most of the effort currently put into making coal a cleaner fuel source revolve around capturing the carbon dioxide that is released when coal is burned. They suggest a better alternative might be to separate out the carbon dioxide as part of the burning process, leaving clean hydrogen gas as the actual fuel used to heat water to turn turbines.The new MOF proposed by the team involves the use of nickel and isonicotinic acid as a sponge to pull the carbon from the coal. It would be part of a process that involves burning the coal with steam under cycles of high and low pressure. They claim their approach is twice as efficient as other sponge methods and that it is also simpler, faster to make and is not harmed by moisture, making it easy to store and transfer materials.The big catch with the process is what to do with the carbon dioxide that is separated out—capturing it, holding on to it, transporting it and ultimately storing it would represent a substantial cost outlay for any given utility, which at this point, would appear to be prohibitively high for plants that are attempting to keep electricity costs down in places where locals could not afford higher rates, such as is the case in parts of India, China and many third-world countries.In speaking with the press, one of the researchers, Ramanathan Vaidhyanathan, suggested that this might be an issue to be brought before an international forum such as the recent Paris Climate Change Conference. He notes that rather than storing the carbon dioxide, it might be used in industrial applications, such as oil extraction or for creating new compounds. More information: S. Nandi et al. A single-ligand ultra-microporous MOF for precombustion CO2 capture and hydrogen purification, Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500421AbstractMetal organic frameworks (MOFs) built from a single small ligand typically have high stability, are rigid, and have syntheses that are often simple and easily scalable. However, they are normally ultra-microporous and do not have large surface areas amenable to gas separation applications. We report an ultra-microporous (3.5 and 4.8 Å pores) Ni-(4-pyridylcarboxylate)2 with a cubic framework that exhibits exceptionally high CO2/H2 selectivities (285 for 20:80 and 230 for 40:60 mixtures at 10 bar, 40°C) and working capacities (3.95 mmol/g), making it suitable for hydrogen purification under typical precombustion CO2 capture conditions (1- to 10-bar pressure swing). It exhibits facile CO2 adsorption-desorption cycling and has CO2 self-diffusivities of ~3 × 10−9 m2/s, which is two orders higher than that of zeolite 13X and comparable to other top-performing MOFs for this application. Simulations reveal a high density of binding sites that allow for favorable CO2-CO2 interactions and large cooperative binding energies. Ultra-micropores generated by a small ligand ensures hydrolytic, hydrostatic stabilities, shelf life, and stability toward humid gas streams. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Researchers propose new kind of MOF to clean coal burned in power plants (2015, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-kind-mof-coal-power.htmlcenter_img Explore further (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with members from India, Canada, the U.S. and Germany has come up with a new kind of metal-organic framework (MOF) to keep carbon in coal from entering the atmosphere when it is burned in power plants—thus reducing pollution and problems with global warming. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their new technique, and what hurdles need to be overcome for it to be used in commercial plants. 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. Britain indicates phase-out of coal power plantslast_img read more