Advocate questions historically harsh sentence for Winnipeg homeless killer

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsThe sentence given to a serial killer is raising concerns.John Paul Ostamas was handed three consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole for 75 years.An advocate for rehabilitating inmates thinks the sentence is ushering in a new era of harsh punishment.last_img

Economic stimulus package must be used to launch longterm green revolution –

17 February 2009United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former United States Vice-President Al Gore today called on the world to use the coordinated economic stimulus urgently needed to tackle the global economic crisis to launch a long-term 21st century revolution of green growth. Such a stimulus package would not only jump-start the economy on a path that leads away from the use of global warming fossil fuels by eliminating their subsidies in developed countries, but would also help poor nations develop social safety nets and culminate in a new deal to curb climate change at a meeting in Copenhagen at the end of the year.“What we need is both stimulus and long-term investments that accomplish two objectives simultaneously with one global economic policy response – a policy that addresses our urgent and immediate economic and social needs and that launches a new green global economy,” they wrote in a joint opinion piece in the Financial Times of London. “In short, we need to make ‘growing green’ our mantra.”Warning that continuing to pour trillions of dollars into carbon-based infrastructure and fossil-fuel subsidies would be like investing in sub-prime real estate, the trigger for the present crisis, all over again, the two statesmen said eliminating the $300 billion in annual global fossil fuel subsidies would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as six per cent and would add to global gross domestic product. “Leaders everywhere, notably in the US and China, are realising that green is not an option but a necessity for recharging their economies and creating jobs,” they said, urging all governments to adopt coordinated green stimulus elements, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, mass transit, new smart electricity grids and reforestation. They noted that in much of the developing world, governments do not have the option to borrow or print money to cushion the devastating economic blows, and industrialised nations must therefore reach beyond their borders and invest immediately in those cost-effective programmes that boost the productivity of the poorest.“This means increasing overseas development assistance this year. It means strengthening social safety nets. It means investing in agriculture in developing countries by getting seeds, tools, sustainable agricultural practices and credit to smallholder farmers so they can produce more food and get it to local and regional markets,” they wrote.As the third plank of the programme it is essential that a robust climate deal be reached in Copenhagen in December to replace the Kyoto Protocol limiting the greenhouse gas emissions of industrialized nations, which expires in 2012.“A successful deal in Copenhagen offers the most potent global stimulus package possible. With a new climate framework in hand, business and governments will finally have the carbon price signal businesses have been clamouring for, one that can unleash a wave of innovation and investment in clean energy,” they declared.“Copenhagen will provide the green light for green growth. This is the basis for a truly sustainable economic recovery that will benefit us and our children’s children for decades to come,” they concluded.“With so much at stake, governments must be strategic in their choices. We must not let the urgent undermine the essential. Investing in the green economy is not an optional expense. It is a smart investment for a more equitable, prosperous future.” read more

German exports grow in July offering some relief to economy

BERLIN — German exports grew in July compared with the previous month, a performance that provided some relief for Europe’s biggest economy after poor industrial data.The Federal Statistical Office said Monday exports rose 0.7% on a calendar- and seasonally adjusted basis, following a 0.1% decline in June. In year-on-year terms, they rose 3.8%. Imports were down 1.5% on the month and 0.9% on the year.Data released last week showed a sharp drop in factory orders in July and a smaller decline in industrial production. Germany’s economy contracted slightly in the April-June period and is considered likely to shrink again in the third quarter, putting it in a technical recession.The BGA exporters’ association said trade with Britain is suffering from Brexit worries but business with the U.S. is “very satisfactory.”The Associated Press read more

Jean Machine to close all 24 of its stores by the end

VANCOUVER — Canadian apparel retailer Jean Machine Clothing Inc. will close down all of its stores by the end of winter because of losses.Jean Machine’s president Lisa Hryciuk announced in a letter posted on the company’s social media channels that 20 of its locations will be shuttered by Jan. 31 and another four will be gone by Feb. 28.All of Jean Machine’s locations are in Ontario and it stocks apparel from Guess, Levi’s, Jack and Jones and Buffalo David Bitton.How Lululemon helped turn America into a nation of yoga pantsSears’s last gasp could breathe life into rivalsSears, once a retail titan, files for bankruptcy protection, mired in debt and deserted by shoppersHryciuk says Jean Machine’s e-commerce offerings will remain open, but there will be no exchanges permitted for purchases made since Nov. 1.Jean Machine filed for bankruptcy protection in January amid increased competition in the denim space from Uniqlo, H&M, Nordstrom and other newer retail chains.Jean Machine has been around for 42 years and is owned by Vancouver-based Stern Partners Inc. through Comark Service Inc., which also owns apparel brands Bootlegger, Ricki’s and Cleo.Comark’s chief executive officer Gerry Bachynski tells The Canadian Press that the company’s poor performance, despite recent restructuring, is to blame for the closures.“We continued to experience losses that ultimately we were reluctant to continue with,” he said. “The other thing that forced our hand was 10 of the 24 leases were terminating at the end of January and up for renewal, so if there was a time to wind the business up, it was the best possible timing.” read more

Security Council welcomes Annans planned trip to Cyprus urge progress in talks

“Members of the Council warmly welcomed and supported the Secretary-General’s intention to visit the island in the near future in pursuance of the mission entrusted to him by the Council in its resolution 1250,” said the President of the 15-member security body, Kishore Mahbubani of Singapore, in a statement to the press following a closed-door briefing on Cyprus by Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto.The President added that the members “hoped that this would enable decisive progress to be made in the face-to-face negotiations in the period before the June target date for agreement which the Council once again endorsed.”Council members regretted that it had not proved possible to make more progress during negotiations held over the past month, the President said. “They expressed the view that the time had now come to set down on paper areas of common ground between the two sides with the aim of establishing the component parts of a comprehensive settlement which takes full consideration of relevant UN resolutions and treaties, and, where differences remain, to narrow and remove those through a process of negotiation focussed on compromise formulations,” he noted.Council members “urged both sides, and in particular the Turkish side, to cooperate fully with the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser in such an effort,” Ambassador Mahbubani said.In a separate statement, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said Mr. de Soto had informed the Council that the Secretary-General would meet with the two leaders in Cyprus “in furtherance of his mission of good offices.”The Secretary-General “hopes to see decisive progress in the talks between the two leaders in the coming period” and “plans to call on them separately and to meet them jointly,” according to the spokesman’s statement.Direct talks in Cyprus between the two leaders have been in progress since January. read more

World tourism must play full part in sustainable development says Ban

“At last year’s Rio+20 (United Nations) conference on sustainable development (in Brazil), world leaders recognized that tourism can make significant contributions in all three areas,” he said in a message to the Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, delivered by UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.“But realizing this great potential requires common efforts and strong commitments,” he added, urging the over 1,000 international delegates to join the UN family by working with UNWTO, the specialized agency for tourism. “Together, we can make the global movement of people called tourism change millions of lives and help us build the world we want.”Noting that tourism employs millions of people across the world, generates commerce and trade and lifts communities out of poverty, Mr. Ban stressed that the industry “can and must play a role in our shared efforts to build a more sustainable world. “Each time you plan a new hotel, buy a fleet of airplanes or make other big investments, I urge you to take greater account of the local and global environment. Greening the industry is crucial to its future, and the planet’s” he said.“Last year we reached an historic mark: more than one billion tourists crossed international borders. We must ensure that these movements are a transformative force – a force that builds peace, stimulates the economy, preserves the environment and promotes universal values.” read more

International Development Week celebrates worldwide presence

As part of International Development Week, Leigh Pritchard, PhD student and academic co-ordinator in ESL Services, describes her four-month internship at South Africa’s North-West University last year. The internship was supported by the Government of Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency.The Brock community can take a trip around the world this week without ever leaving campus.International Development Week, a national celebration highlighting the work of Canada’s development community, is offering a variety of events from Feb. 7 to 11, including lectures, presentations, a photo exhibition and workshops.“My special interest has always been development,” said John Kaethler, director of International Services and Programs Abroad, “and trying to get Canadians to know more about the world.“I like to celebrate the students and the cultural dimension they bring. Nowadays, if we don’t know about the world, we’re in big trouble.”That explains why International Development Week is the highlight of the school year for the department.Among the events planned:Thursday, Feb. 10: 12 noon Sankey ChamberProf. Thomas Tieku will give a presentation on “The Future of Sudan: After the Referendum.” Tieku, of Ghana, received his MA in Political Science from Brock and is now director of African Studies at the University of Toronto.Monday-Friday, Feb 7 to 18, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre gallery“Kandahar Through Afghan Eyes” photo exhibition, courtesy of the Canadian International Development Agency.Wednesday, Feb. 9, 12 noon, WH 304Prof. David Butz will give a presentation on “Disaster and Development in Northern Pakistan”For a complete list of events, visit are 1,280 international (visa) students in degree programs at Brock from 78 countries, with China, Saudi Arabia and Germany leading the way. Not only do the students bring a cultural dimension to Niagara, but an economic benefit as well.The Study Abroad program, administered by International Services and Programs Abroad, brings international students to Brock for a semester. This year, the program is contributing $100,000 to Brock’s financial picture.International students spend more than $10.2 million in Niagara for food, accommodation and clothing. This figure does not include summer expenditures, tuition or other university fees.The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) hosts 2,000 international students spread over four terms. They spend about $5.2 million a year in Niagara for food, accommodation and clothing, not including tuition and IELP fees.In total, international students at Brock spend more than $15.44 million in Niagara. Using a 4.5 economic multiplier effect, the total soars to about $69.5 million.There are four international offices at Brock:International Services and Programs Abroad assists international students and administers student exchange programs on six continents, as well as short-term experiential learning programs in Ghana, Namibia and Botswana. The new Global Transitions Program will see incoming high school graduates spend their first term in Ghana or Nicaragua taking part in experiential learning programs.Brock International administers the Visiting International Professor and Visiting International Scholar programs, as well as the new Confucius Institute.English as a Second Language Services hosts students from around the world, many who take ESL and then gain entry to Brock.International Market Development is responsible for international market development and joint ventures.Following hard on the heels of International Development Week festivities is a planned reading week trip to Ghana. With associate director Geeta Powell, 12 students will visit various businesses and attend lectures at the University of Ghana.There is still space for members of the Brock community to take part in the three-week experiential learning program this August in Botswana. For more information, contact Kaethler at read more

Record Boxing Day spend expected as consumers wait until after Christmas for

Analysts have predicted a record £4.75 billion of transactions amid price cuts of up to 90 per cent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Industry experts say shoppers, aware of the high street’s flagging fortunes, are increasingly delaying the purchase of “big-ticket” presents, such as computers and household appliances. Retailers are expecting the biggest ever Boxing Day spend on Wednesday as savvy consumers wait until after Christmas to buy their presents at discounted prices. It follows what some data suggests was the first “£1 billion Christmas Day”, involving approximately… The expected rush comes towards the end a disappointing month for high street vendors, who are now offering record bargains in a bid to rescue profits. read more

Govt appoints Dr Patrick Chesney to replace Joe Singh on State

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has announced that Cabinet has approved the appointment of Dr. Patrick Chesney to replace Major General (Rtd.) Joe Singh on the Board of Trustees of the Protected Areas Trust, as well as the National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI), the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.Major General (Rtd.) Joe Singh had tendered his resignation from both boards in October 2017.Programme Specialist of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Dr. Patrick Chesney.Dr. Chesney is a trained tropical agroforestry specialist with more than 25 years of research and development experience in the Americas. He currently serves at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as Programme Specialist and Assistant Resident Representative / Programme, with responsibility for Environment, Extractive Industry, and Energy.Meanwhile, according to DPI, Cabinet also approved the reappointment of the Board of Directors for the Guyana Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Attorney at Law, Kessaundra Alves remains the Chairperson of the Board, along with other members including Dr. Holly Alexander, Collette Adams (representing the Ministry of Public Health), Sonya Roopnauth (representing the Ministry of Finance), Cleopatra Barkoye (representing the nurses) and Kempton Alexander (representing the Guyana Public Service Union). Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GPHC, Allan Johnson will continue as an ex officio member of the board.The boards will serve for one year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMajor General (rtd), Joe Singh resigns from State positionsOctober 24, 2017In “latest news”NAREI Chairman fired after attempts to dismiss CEODecember 16, 2018In “latest news”Gov’t says key elements of land rights addressed – as Amerindian Land Titling Project winds downMay 4, 2016In “Local News” read more

RPM releases latest version of haulage and loading software

first_imgRungePincokMinarco (RPM) has released the latest version of the TALPAC 10.2.1 software, used for helping mine planners work out the ideal size of their fleet and decipher which pieces of equipment are most compatible for open pit mining. Alun Philips, Product Manager – Miner Planning for RPM said “TALPAC is one of our most popular software products and has become and industry icon.”“The shifting focus from production at any cost to efficient production also means TALPAC is more relevant than ever. As an equipment productivity simulator, TALPAC’s proven logic lets you model real haulage situations, letting you study the measurable factors that affect productivity and how your fleet will react to them. It has the industry’s most comprehensive equipment database that is updated regularly, directly from the latest manufacturer specifications” said Philips.“The latest release sees a lot of work behind the scenes, many of which are focused on ensuring that TALPAC continues to be compatible with the constantly changing IT environments of our clients, including new operating systems such as Windows 8 which is now supported” Philips continued.Alun Philips went on to talk about the TALPAC family of products, saying, “As the industry’s respected name in equipment productivity simulation, we’ve welcomed two new products into the TALPAC family this year. “HAULNET and Underground Coal TALPAC are the latest members of the TALPAC family, each helping mines to simulate equipment productivity to validate their plans and ensure they are achievable in practice.”last_img read more

Croatia and Macedonia clinch eightfinal stage

Croatia secured the place in TOP 16 of the World Handball Championship in Qatar after beating Iran 41:22 (19:13). Macedonia won the tickets for the knock-out stage with a victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina 25:22.Two other places for eight-finals will be decided in the last two days of preliminary round.Tonight, Austria and Tunisia played 25:25 in an interesting clash in front of 4,000 spectators in Ali Bin Hamad Al Atiyya Arena in Al Sadd.STANDINGS:Croatia 6Macedonia 6Austria 3BIH 2Tunisia 1Iran 0 ← Previous Story Group A: Spain and Qatar in TOP 16 – Brazil beat Belarus Next Story → Group C: Sweden, France and Egypt to eight-finals

Man hospitalised with stab injuries in Wexford

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a man was stabbed in Wexford town today.Officers were called to a flat at South Main Street at around 4pm, and found a 59-year-old man with puncture wounds to his leg.The man was taken for treatment to Wexford General Hospital, a garda spokesperson confirmed this evening.An investigation is under way, and gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to get in contact.There have been no arrests in connection with the case.Read: Remains in Dublin mountains are those of missing Elaine O’Hara >last_img

Noonan named as Europes Finance Minister of the Year by The Banker

first_imgMICHAEL NOONAN HAS been named as Europe’s Finance Minister of the Year by the Financial Times’ ‘The Banker’ magazine.Noonan was awarded the accolade because of his “extraordinary progress” since taking the job in 2011 according to The Banker (subscription required).The magazine lauds Noonan in particular for the promissory note deal announced last year which it says has allowed the Government to “roll over” debts to the Central Bank “until 2038, with a much-reduced coupon payment”.It also referenced Ireland’s bailout exit last month and says that “key to this transition was Ireland’s successful re-entry into global capital markets”.The editorial also noted how Noonan and the Government “remain committed to returning the banking sector to full private ownership” and said that strides have already been made to achieve this, including its says the sale of the life and pensions operations of Irish Life and Permanent.Despite the optimism, the magazine also says that “no one is under any illusion about the challenges still facing Ireland” and referenced non-performing loans in the banking sector and high unemployment levels as reasons for this.Three years ago the Financial Times named Brian Lenihan as Europe’s worst finance minister.Explainer: What happened last night? Why was IBRC liquidated? What happens now? >Read: ‘We’re only barely getting off the ground’: Noonan dismisses boom suggestions >last_img read more

Free satellite TV trio caught

first_imgThree people have been arrested in the northeastern Athens suburb of Aghia Paraskevi on suspicion of breaking the encryption codes used by the Greek digital satellite pay-TV platform Nova and offering free viewing to people around Greece. The three men, who have not been named, are alleged to have sold to their clients, for a one-off fee of 300 euros, a special decoder imported from South Korea, which, when connected to the internet, would break Nova’s codes and allow viewers to watch all the platform’s channels without paying the monthly subscription fee. According to police, some 100,000 people bought decoders from the three men, which is roughly one-third of the number of Nova’s regular subscribers. Authorities estimate that over the last two years, the satellite TV platform and the Greek state missed out on 31 million euros in unpaid subscription fees and taxes. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Richard III un nouveau visage pour le roi dévoilé plus de 500

first_imgRichard III : un nouveau visage pour le roi dévoilé plus de 500 après sa mortLe roi Richard III se révèle sous un nouveau jour. Après que son squelette a été retrouvé, des spécialistes lui ont donné un nouveau visage, moins sinistre que celui dépeint par William Shakespeare.C’est une véritable renaissance que connait Richard III, le dernier roi de la dynastie des Plantagenêts mort en 1485 au cours de la bataille de Bosworth. Lundi, les experts de l’université de Leicester ont annoncé qu’il était parvenu à identifier le squelette retrouvé sous un parking de la ville : il s’agit bel et bien de celui de Richard III. Or, si cette découverte a déjà de quoi combler une partie de l’histoire, les spécialistes sont allés encore plus loin pour dévoiler le souverain sous un nouveau jour.Ils ont scanné en trois dimensions le crâne du squelette retrouvé et se sont servis de cela pour créer un modelage du visage du monarque. Celui-ci a été présenté mardi à Londres par la Société Richard III, qui œuvre depuis 1924 pour réhabiliter la mémoire du souverain et qui a financé le projet. Plus que de montrer simplement la forme du visage de Richard III, le modelage a été peint et s’est vu rajouter des sourcils et des cheveux bruns mi-longs, flottant sur les épaules à la mode médiévale, pour “l’humaniser”.Un visage calme et pensif, loin de l’aspect sinistre qu’on lui prêtait Réalisé par une équipe d’experts de l’université de Dundee en Ecosse, la réalisation donne ainsi à voir un homme jeune, aux traits plutôt réguliers, malgré un menton prononcé. Un aspect loin de la sinistre figure qu’on lui a prêté pendant des siècles notamment grâce à l’oeuvre de William Shakespeare qui l’a dépeint sous les traits d’un bossu et tyran sanguinaire ayant fait trucider deux neveux qui lui barraient l’accès au trône. “Pour tous ceux qui avaient en tête les multiples portraits qui le représentent avec un corps et des traits déformés, ce visage calme et pensif va être un choc”, assure la Société Richard III qui revendique plusieurs milliers d’adhérents dans le monde. Selon elle, les peintures du roi réalisées après sa mort durcissent ses traits et rapetissent ses yeux, sans doute influencées par la sinistre réputation que le monarque a conservé. Les ossements découverts ont confirmé que Richard III souffrait d’une scoliose, en revanche il n’avait pas un bras atrophié et n’était pas bossu, comme le prétendait la légende. “C’était un jeune homme, et les portraits réalisés à l’époque des Tudor le représentent toujours comme un quinquagénaire”, alors que le monarque est mort à l’âge de 32 ans, note Philippa Langley, une des initiatrices de cette reconstitution citée par l’AFP. Le point de départ d’autres recherches ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Convaincue qu’il n’était ni “un serial killer”, “ni un psychopathe”, celle-ci ajoute que le modelage dévoile un Richard III qui “semble sur le point de sourire et nous savons par les documents historiques qu’il avait le sens de l’humour”. Les historiens et partisans du souverain espèrent que la découverte de sa dépouille permettra de revisiter l’histoire de ses deux années de règne et de faire crédit à tout ce qu’il a réalisé durant cette période, notamment dans le domaine de la justice.Mais ces recherches n’ont pas profité qu’à Richard III puisqu’elles ont même suscité les envies d’autres archéologues. Des spécialistes ont ainsi demandé l’autorisation d’exhumer d’une tombe anonyme à Winchester des ossements qui pourraient être ceux du roi Alfred le Grand (871-899), célèbre pour avoir organisé la défense du royaume contre les Vikings. Le 6 février 2013 à 16:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shred your ex on Valentines Day and get free Hooters wings

first_imgThe Valentine’s Day deal of “buy 10 wings, get 10 boneless wings free” will be available on Feb. 14 for dine-in guests only.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Best Valentine’s day ever! #ShredYourEx— F.S. Monster (@MMAFANZ0NE) February 15, 2017 If Valentine’s Day is a touchy holiday for you, Hooters may have a tasty solution to help ease your heartbreak.The restaurant chain is offering 10 free wings to visitors on the love-filled holiday, but there’s a catch! You will need to bring in a picture of your ex, to shred and forget.center_img @Hooters definitely time to #ShredYourEx from Jeffersonville Indiana— David Chemosky (@jtblue1980) February 14, 2017This is the second year Hooters is giving customers across the country the chance to #ShredYourEx. last_img read more

Editor Out FW Looks to Expand Role at Print

first_imgSEE ALSO: Multichannel-Bent Publishers Give Longtime Print Staffers the Cold ShoulderEarlier this week, Emily Gordon was let go as editor-in-chief of F+W Media’s 70-year-old Print magazine. It was a position she held since fall 2008, after replacing Joyce Rutter Kaye.When contacted by FOLIO:, Gordon—who started at Print as a senior editor in early 2006—said her ouster came after helping relaunch the magazine’s Web site last year and managing the award-winning magazine’s editorial content with a staff of only five. “I’m proud of our awards, our beautiful and thought-provoking issues, and the stellar staff and family of contributors and friends who never stopped working their tails off for Print and for print as a medium,” said Gordon. “The most farsighted people in media know that audiences—particularly design-minded and literary ones—want to embrace both print and digital media; the question is how to profit from both, or allow the two to be complementary forces that will probably not equal each other in revenue.”In terms of a replacement, F+W says it is seeking a content director who will be responsible for Print’s content development strategy across media platforms, including digital, social media, e-commerce, books, events as well as the print magazine. “A lot of publishers are facing the challenge of how to inspire legacy editors to think and act on building value across platforms beyond only print,” said F+W Media president David Blansfield. “We’re excited about the opportunity to work with a new leader of the brand—someone who embraces the idea of multiplatform first and wants to inform and grow our design community.”In addition, the incoming content director will collaborate with F+W’s audience development team to create and leverage social media tools to grow its audience of graphic designers, and work with the company’s book team to develop and sell a Print-branded book imprint.Blansfield said Gordon was the magazine’s only staffing change and that there are no frequency and/or circulation changes immediately planned. F+W’s design community, which also includes HOW magazine, is one of the company’s best performing properties, Blansfield said. Print generates roughly $2 million annually in revenue (with a “significant” portion of those revenues coming from subscriptions) while HOW pulls in more than $7 million in revenue, across platforms,  per year.Last month, F+W closed I.D., another magazine in its design group. Blansfield said the title was making roughly $1 million annually based almost solely on advertising, which had fallen “precipitously,” down 44 percent since 2007.last_img read more

New Republic Editor and Part Owner Steps Down After 37 Years

first_imgIn 2009, Peretz and a group of investors bought The New Republic from Canada’s CanWest Global Communications. CanWest acquired a 30 percent stake in TNR in 2006 and bought the remaining assets in early 2007 on behalf of its subsidiary, CanWest Media Inc. (formerly CanWest Media Works International). Peretz had been a part owner of the magazine for more than three decades. Marty Peretz, the editor-in-chief of The New Republic for the past 37 years, is stepping down and taking the title of “editor-in-chief emeritus.” Editor Richard Just takes over as editor-in-chief.Peretz, who wrote a blog called The Spine, will continue to write a column for In a post announcing his decision, Peretz says,”About a year ago, I first contemplated giving up the editor-in-chief moniker. It seemed especially right now that, past 70, I had given up constant contact with the office, even by phone and e-mail. I had taken a perverse liking to blogging. But that also wore me down, although it was gratifying to be able to comment on the news of the moment momentarily. The Spine was not the most popular feature on the website. But it got the most response from readers, much of it angry, some of it inane.The fact is that I haven’t done a serious and long article for the print edition in perhaps half a year. That’s what I want to do with some regularity now. (I am keenly aware that articles from the print edition are also served up on the electronic edition.) I suppose I want to have my cake and eat it, too. So I will be writing a weekly column for TNR online but I will indulge in doing a blog post when the spirit moves me.”last_img read more

Increase InApp Purchases The Trick Used by Spotify Dropbox and Hulu Plus

first_img Read Now: Increasing Magazine App Revenue With Timed Access [Sponsored Content] Publishers are always looking for unique ways to increase mobile app subscribers—especially paid ones. The freemium strategy, which entices readers with a limited amount of free content before asking them to pay, is one way to do that. The model popularized by apps such as Spotify, Hulu Plus, Dropbox and Candy Crush is being adopted by magazine publishers on a regular basis. Read this infographic to learn how more than 300 magazine apps increased their in-app purchases by applying the freemium model.last_img

As Trump Digs In GOP Set to Defy Him on Border Emergency

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Republican-led Senate is expected to pass a resolution Thursday disapproving of President Trump’s emergency plan to divert military construction funds to build a southern border wall.Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) floated a proposal to change the National Emergencies Act to allow emergency declarations to expire after 30 days, but both Trump and Democrats publicly shot that down.Lee later became the fifth Republican to say he would vote for the proposal disapproving of the emergency, and several others are on the fence. Only four Republican votes are needed to pass the resolution if all Democrats vote together.Trump has vowed to veto the resolution.“I told Republican senators, vote any way you want. Vote how you feel good,” he told reporters Wednesday. “But I think it’s bad for a Republican senator.”President Trump with Utah Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee at the Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base in Salt Lake City in 2017. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Annie Edwardslast_img read more