Trunk 6 Tatamagouche Closed

first_img Local Area Office: 902-890-1538 Fax: 902-657-9254 COLCHESTER CO. Trunk 6, Tatamagouche Trunk 6 between Maple Avenue and Church Street in Tatamagouche, Colchester Co., will be closed Thursday, April 24 from 8 a.m. until noon to install wiring for overhead crosswalk lights. Signs will indicate the detour route. -30-last_img

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More bodies found as Hungary lifts sunken tourist boat from river

first_imgBudapest: Hungarian police recovered more bodies on Tuesday as they lifted a sightseeing boat that sank in the river Danube in Budapest last month in an accident that has claimed at least 24 lives. Police were seen removing another four bodies from the vessel while four people are still missing about two weeks after the tragedy, the worst such incident in Hungary in 75 years. The lifting operation began at around 6 am (0400 GMT) and six hours later the Mermaid tourist boat was almost entirely out of the water. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Early on in the operation, police were seen by an AFP photographer at the site removing four bodies from the vessel. Several dozen rescue workers could be seen taking part in the operation, including members of a team sent from South Korea. The Mermaid was carrying mostly South Korean holidaymakers when it capsized and sank on the evening of May 29, just seconds after colliding with a bigger river cruise boat on a busy stretch of the river. Those on board included a six-year-old girl travelling with her mother and grandparents, and the Mermaid’s Hungarian captain. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaOnly seven of the 35 people on board are known to have survived the accident, with the prospect of finding any more passengers alive seen as practically zero. Hungarian police, who are leading the salvage operation, initially estimated the lifting operation would take around six hours, but work is expected to continue well into the afternoon. Temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and strong river currents have slowed the operation, which has been stopped several times. At one point, one member of the rescue crew fell into the fast-flowing water and had to be rescued after almost being swept away. Divers have periodically been entering the vessel to search the bodies of any victims still inside. Damage was visible to the rear part of the Mermaid where the collision occurred. Since the accident divers had been unable to enter the submerged boat due to the strong current in a river swollen from weeks of rain. The salvage crew instead focused on fixing wire harnesses underneath and around the vessel to prepare it for hoisting by a crane mounted on a barge.last_img read more

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Yukon family hopes new cold case unit solves fathers murder

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewThere have been 35 homicide investigations in the Yukon since 2000 with 12 remaining unsolved.One family is hopeful they will soon have justice in the killing of their father as a new RCMP cold case unit opens in the territory.“Our dad was taken from us May of 2014 from this community and we really don’t have answers about what happened and were still waiting,” said Dawn Waugh of her father Allan.The RCMP hasn’t told the family how their father died but did rule it a homicide.The unknown weighs on them.“Unfortunately your mind can be pretty cruel to you you’ll sit there and imagine of what could have happened. I have different scenarios in my mind,” said Theresa Waugh.The Yukon government announced earlier this month it will provide funds to the RCMP to develop a new three-person investigative unit to focus on cold cases over three years.“Were really hopeful that with this new money that has been announced and the new position that more energy be put back into these older cases,” said Dawn.smclean@aptn.calast_img read more

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Rio Tinto investing 250 million to extend life of Vaudreuil alumina refinery

first_imgSAGUENAY, Qc – Rio Tinto says it’s investing $250 million in its Vaudreuil alumina refinery in Quebec to extend the life of the operation past 2022.The company says work on the refinery, located in the Saguenay region of the province, will include construction of a filtration plant and optimization at a site to manage bauxite residue.The residue, also known as red mud, is what’s left over after extracting the alumina from the bauxite and can include small amounts of toxic metals like arsenic and lead.Rio Tinto says it’s also looking to identify ways of getting value out of the residue, which in general is mostly made up of iron oxide, titanium dioxide, silicon oxide, and undissolved alumina.The company says the Vaudreuil refinery, built in 1936, supports more than 1,000 jobs and generates about $135 million in annual regional economic benefits.The investment announcement in the Vaudreuil refinery comes as a strike continues at the ABI aluminum smelter in Quebec, 75 per cent owned by Alcoa and 25 per cent by Rio Tinto.last_img read more

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Financial market highlights on Friday SPTSX 1517303 up 031 of a point

Highlights at the close Friday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,173.03, up 0.31 of a pointDow — 22,268.34, up 64.86 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,500.23, up 4.61 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,448.47, up 19.39 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 82.09 cents US, up 0.11 of a centPound — C$1.6541, up 2.21 centsEuro — C$1.4564, up 0.58 of a centEuro — US$1.1955, up 0.63 of a centOil futures:US$49.89, unchanged(October contract)Gold futures:US$1,325.20 per oz., down $4.10(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Daily quote unavailable from source; office closed on Fridays(Thursday: $22.552 per oz., $725.05 per kg.) read more

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Cairn to quit petroleum exploration in Lanka

According to the website of the Cairn Lanka, the pact, called Petroleum Resources Agreement, was signed in July 2008 between the government and the Cairn India. It is that easy to get investors for gas development project in a deep area such as the Mannar basin due to the prevailing price slump in the world market.Keeping this in mind, the terms and conditions of the existing agreement will broadly be retained, according to the document. An agreement between the Sri Lankan government and Cairn Lanka, an entity coming under the umbrella of Cairn India and holding the license for petroleum exploration in the Mannar basin, will come to an end by October, The Hindu newspaper reported.On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan Cabinet decided to float fresh global bids to choose an investor for commercially developing natural gas deposits in the Mannar basin. An official document states that the termination of the agreement has been necessitated by the “policy decision” of the Cairn India not to go ahead with further exploration, after drilling four wells, three in 2011 and one in 2013. Natural gas was discovered in two wells, which were estimated to have the recoverable volume of around 60 billion cubic metres. The Cairn Lanka had spent $ 230 million for the exploration. A negotiation committee would also be constituted, Dr. Senaratne added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Over 2200 HIV cases reported in Lanka this year

As per surveillance data, 167 new HIV cases and 39 new AIDS cases have been identified during this year. In 2014, there were 229 new HIV cases and over 50 AIDS cases, National AIDS Control programme data showed. 21 AIDS infected deaths have been reported for the first nine months of this year against 26 deaths reported for the entire year of 2014. Sri Lanka has reported 1,405 males and 836 females with HIV by September this year, National AIDS Control programme latest data showed.From them 405 males and 182 females have been reported as AIDS infected, data showed. 2,241 cumulative HIV cases and 587 AIDS cases have been reported at the end of the third quarter of 2015. Cumulative AIDS deaths reported so far is 357 and HIV zero-positivity rate for last year is 0.03 percent. The health ministry has carried out 899,277 HIV tests during 2014.The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a subgroup of retrovirus) that causes HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). (Courtesy Lanka Business Online) read more

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Pakistan reiterates continued support to Sri Lanka in field of education

Sri Lankan Minister for City Planning and Water Supply Rauf Hakeem in his remarks said that Pakistan government’s support in the education of the needy Sri Lanka students shows its commitment toward the bilateral cooperation between the two countries. He said Pakistan is a close friend of Sri Lanka and has helped Sri Lanka in times of crisis throughout the history.The Government of Pakistan is awarding Jinnah Educational Scholarships since 2005. So far 45 million rupees worth of scholarships have been awarded for promoting bright Sri Lankan students. (Colombo Gazette) The High Commissioner underlined that Pakistan seeks to expand its cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of education. Pakistan has reiterated its continued support to Sri Lanka in enhancing younger generation’s nation building capacities with better educational opportunities, Radio Pakistan reported.This was stated by Pakistan High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Shakeel Hussain while speaking at award of educational scholarships to 160 bright Sri Lankan students under Jinnah Educational Scholarship Programme of the Government of Pakistan. read more

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China sees free trade with Canada as way to avoid future Norsatlike

China’s Ambassador to Canada Lu Shaye participates in an interview at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada, in Ottawa on Thursday, June 29, 2017. The Trudeau government should spend less time bowing down to Canadian journalists preoccupied with human rights and get on with negotiating an important free trade agreement with China, says the country’s ambassador. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang by Andy Blatchford and Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 5, 2017 2:30 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – China is hoping a future free-trade deal with Canada will help it avoid future controversies such as the national security concerns that surfaced over a Chinese takeover of a Canadian satellite technology company.Lu Shaye, China’s ambassador to Canada, said in an interview that he believes a free-trade agreement would help alleviate some of the unknowns for Chinese investors in future deals like the contentious takeover of Norsat International Inc.Public unease and political criticism erupted after the Trudeau government allowed the takeover of Norsat by Chinese-based Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. without a full national security review. Vancouver-based Norsat makes radio systems and transceivers used by the American military and other NATO partners.Lu pointed to free trade as a way to avoid similar waves of uncertainty down the road for Chinese investors, whom he said have since become more prudent.“This case has stirred up quite a big reaction in Canadian society,” he told The Canadian Press through an interpreter in an interview at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa.“The signing of the (free-trade agreement) is to provide a stable and anticipated institutional arrangement for mutual investment, so that investors won’t worry (that) their investments may encounter some difficulties or problems.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sought to assuage fears about the Norsat takeover, insisting Canada’s security agencies consulted fully with important allies, including the United States.He said an initial government review of the takeover, required under the Investment Canada Act, found “no significant national security concerns” and that the agencies involved recommended the deal be allowed to proceed.Opposition MPs have repeatedly raised security concerns about the deal.The takeover also fostered unease in the U.S. Congress about allowing the Chinese firm access to sensitive defence technology. Because of the deal, the U.S. Department of Defense has said it is reviewing its business dealings with Norsat.Norsat (TSX:NII) makes satellite communications systems used for national security and defence purposes. It has a number of government customers in Canada and internationally, including the Pentagon.The issue could find its way into trade discussions between Canada and China.A third round of exploratory trade talks is scheduled to start this month and Lu hopes formal negotiations will follow at an “early date,” Lu said.However, the spokesman for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said the government is still waiting on the results of its public consultations with Canadians.If the exploratory talks lead the government to conclude that formal negotiations should take place, Ottawa might launch another round of consultations, said spokesman Joseph Pickerill.Overall, Lu insisted Canada’s far smaller market stands to benefit much more from any deal than China, which is the world’s second-largest economy.“We are also not in a rush — it is totally up to the Canadian side,” Lu said, offering a reminder Canada is home to 36 million people while China is home to 1.3 billion.“The earlier the Canadian side signs the FTA, the earlier you get the benefits.”When asked what makes a bilateral pact attractive for China, Lu declined to discuss specifics because exploratory talks had already begun.He did say China would like to open the markets up a little more and facilitate mutual investment.But Lu insisted there are few enticing opportunities for Chinese investors in Canada, aside from advanced technologies and products.And even those types of investments are at risk of gradually losing their appeal, he warned.“If the Chinese investors encounter more obstacles, they would lose their interest and in a few years those technologies and products won’t be that advanced.”The Trudeau government has been proactive in trying to develop closer ties with China and in pursuing a bilateral trade deal. However, a full-fledged trade pact is likely years away.Ottawa has said human rights and labour standards will be part of any trade agreement with China.China, however, doesn’t think issues like human rights and democracy belong in an economic deal.“I have stated many times that we’re not afraid of discussing the issues, such as democracy and human rights,” he said. “FTA is FTA itself — we just don’t want to add too many non-economic or non-trade factors into it.”Lu added that he believes the Liberal government is only asking for these issues to be included in a trade deal because of pressure from the “influential” Canadian media. He also blamed the Canadian news outlets for painting a ill-informed, negative portrait of his country that depicts it as an abuser of human rights and lacking democracy.While many Canadian business executives favour the idea of free trade with China, political rivals like Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer oppose it.Scheer told CTV last month that Canada would continue to have a “dynamic” trading relationship with China under a Tory government.But he argued a free-trade deal would put Canadian manufacturers and workers at a disadvantage because China has different standards in areas like the environment and labour.On the Norsat deal, Scheer warned it threatens Canadian security and it risks alienating the country’s U.S. ally.“And what I’m worried about,” he said, “is that these are steps that the Liberals are doing to appease the Chinese government before free-trade negotiations even start.” China sees free trade with Canada as way to avoid future Norsat-like uncertainty read more

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Bucyrus extending life of face conveyor components

first_imgOne way of solving the problem of continual replacement of both chains and chain sprockets in face conveyors is to increase the contact surface, thus reducing surface pressure and wear. Bucyrus, a leader in high productivity mining equipment, has done exactly this with its new Power Chain. Using modern chain production methods, the design almost halves surface pressure at contact points. These production methods involve hot-forming of chain links, combining the use of round-steel and forged elements, or rolled profiles and forged elements. The Power Chain is currently available in three sizes namely 34 x 110 mm, 42 x 140 mm and 52 x 175 mm. The latter is designed to be used with up to 3 x 1,200 kW. Another Power Chain is under development which will be suitable for up to 3 x 1,800 kW. It completed testing in November 2007. The arc-shaped broad cross-section of the flight bars allows a low-profile line pan, while the special shape of the chain provides a large running surface. This drastically reduces surface pressure and wear at chain joints – resulting in significantly longer service life of chain and drive sprocket than conventional systems. Reduced contact pressure also means minimum friction and lowest power requirements. It features a patented method for attaching the flight bar and higher chain breaking force to allow greater loading of conveyor, increasing conveying capacity. The Power Chain can be retrofitted to existing face conveyors to increase their capacity and service life. Power Chains are currently being prepared for several installations in Australia and USA.last_img read more

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32GB Nexus 7 spotted again could arrive before Christmas

first_imgThe 8GB Nexus 7 is a steal at $199, but that’s not a lot of storage if you’re planning on loading up some HD videos or a healthy library of games on your Android tablet. The 16GB is a decent upgrade, but as is always the case with storage bumps on gadgets it comes at a steep premium considering you get nothing but a bit of additional NAND.But how about a push all the way to 32GB for the same price — or a few dollars less, possibly? It looks like Google and Asus are indeed getting ready to offer up a 32GB Nexus 7, and it may just sell right around the current 16GB price.The upgraded model has been spotted in a pair of new leaks. One comes from the UK, where retail giant Argos has included it in the annual Christmas Gift Guide at a price of £199.99 (VAT included, naturally).  The second comes from none other than office supply king Staples, whose web-based Staples Advantage system for business account holders shows a 32GB Nexus 7 in its inventory listings.And perhaps best of all, Staples has listed the 32GB variant at just $248.37 — around $3 less than the current price for its 16GB sibling. Now, it’s possible that the Staples Advantage listing is just a placeholder and that the price is an estimation. Then again, we know Google wants the Nexus 7 to continue selling at a steady pace, and we also know that Apple might have a competing iPad mini to show off next week.The time is right, then, for a spec bump. The downside is that early adopters who picked up the Nexus 7 16GB Best Price at Amazon model just a few months ago are going to feel slightly stung… but hey, at least it was only $250 and not $499, right?More at Android Police and The Vergelast_img read more

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Le mécanisme daction dun gène suppresseur de tumeur en partie élucidé

first_imgLe mécanisme d’action d’un gène “suppresseur de tumeur” en partie élucidéCette semaine, une équipe de chercheurs français ont annoncé avoir en partie découvert le mécanisme d’action d’un gène identifié il y a une dizaine d’années et soupçonné d’avoir un effet suppresseur sur les tumeurs colorectales. Chaque année, près de 7,6 millions de personnes décèdent des suites d’un cancer dans le monde, selon les chiffres de 2008 de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS). Ceci représente 13% de la mortalité mondiale mais certains cancers sont bien plus mortels que d’autres. Ainsi, le cancer colorectal figure à la quatrième place des cancers les plus dangereux avec 610.000 décès par an, devant le cancer du poumon, celui de l’estomac, celui du foie et celui du sein. D’où l’importance de la découverte qui vient tout juste d’être publiée dans la revue Nature. Les auteurs de ces recherches, installés au Centre de lutte contre le cancer Léon Bérard (CLB) de Lyon, sont parvenus à élucider en partie le mécanisme d’action d’un gène baptisé DCC pour “Deleted colorectal carcinoma”. Celui-ci a été découvert en 1990 par des scientifiques qui ont observé qu’il n’était pas ou peu exprimé dans une “majorité de cas de cancers colorectaux en stade avancé”, selon la lettre publiée par l’équipe du chercheur français, Patrick Mehlen cité par l’AFP. Mais le mode d’intervention du DCC a été l’objet de “nombreux débats ces quinze dernières années”, rappelle les scientifiques. Pour répondre aux nombreuses questions posées, les chercheurs ont donc mené en laboratoire des expériences sur des souris et en ont déduit “l’importance du DCC en tant que rempart tardif qui limite la progression de la tumeur”. Autrement dit, “les résultats actuels fournissent la démonstration définitive que le DCC est un véritable suppresseur de tumeur dans l’intestin”, induisant le mécanisme d’apoptose, à savoir de “suicide” programmé, pour les cellules cancéreuses. Une conclusion d’autant plus importante que l’expression du gène DCC est manquant ou affaibli dans les cancers colorectaux, mais aussi dans une grande variété d’autres cancers tels que celui de la prostate, du sein, des ovaires, des testicules, etc.Une nouvelle piste de traitement pour tuer les cellules ?  À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilos”On sait que le gène DCC est éteint dans la majorité des cancers”, commente le chercheur français dans un communiqué publié par l’Inserm, estimant qu’il serait “intéressant” d’analyser le rôle du DCC pour ces pathologies. Au vu du potentiel de la découverte, Patrick Mehlen et ses collègues espèrent donc que leurs travaux déboucheront dans un futur proche sur un traitement ciblé visant à réactiver le processus de mort programmée des cellules cancéreuses, afin de pallier du moins chimiquement le travail défaillant du gène DCC.”Notre groupe a d’ailleurs développé plusieurs candidats médicaments qui réactivent la mort cellulaire induite par le récepteur DCC dans des modèles animaux et nous espérons être capables de tester ces candidats médicaments en essai clinique chez l’homme d’ici trois ans”, a ainsi ajouté le chercheur français.Le 15 décembre 2011 à 17:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Facebook la Timeline disponible fin janvier sur iPad

first_imgFacebook : la Timeline disponible fin janvier sur iPadLa mise à jour de l’application Facebook pour iPad devrait être disponible fin janvier sur l’Appstore. Celle-ci corrigerait quelques bugs et surtout, intègrerait la nouvelle Timeline.Voilà de quoi réjouir les propriétaires d’iPad et utilisateurs de Facebook. L’application du réseau social devrait en effet faire l’objet d’une importante mise à jour en janvier sur la tablette d’Apple. Comme l’explique le site logiciel.net, elle devrait être disponible d’ici une dizaine de jours sur l’Appstore et apportera quelques petits changements. Mais aussi et surtout, elle permettra l’apparition des nouveaux profils Timeline. L’application Facebook pour iPhone bénéficie déjà depuis peu de ce changement, tout comme les modèles de smartphones équipés d’Android. C’est donc désormais aux possesseurs d’iPad de profiter de cette nouvelle présentation sous forme de journal chronologique. En outre, la mise à jour corrigera au passage quelques bugs et permettra d’améliorer la fluidité de l’application. Selon 9to5mac, la Timeline devait arriver un peu plus tôt mais des bugs de dernière minute décelés sur la version test de l’application ont causé un léger retard, ajouté au délai de validation d’Apple…Le 30 décembre 2011 à 11:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Source Reps and Warranties Slow Cygnus Deal

first_img“You have to represent that they’re accurate and disclose all,” the source said. “Maybe it’s what’s on the schedule and the strength of the representation. It is a guarantee or is it, ‘To the best of my knowledge.’”The source said that if the snag was a threat to kill the deal, it would have been killed already. A lot of the coverage of impending mergers and acquisitions is speculative. Nothing is official and confirmed, until it is. Still, the magazine industry is a pretty small place, and people who talk to the press often know people who know things.  Such is the case with the much-talked-about attempted sale of Cygnus Business Media by owner ABRY Partners. Since co-CEOs Carr Davis and Tony O’Brien announced a couple of months ago that they were approached about a sale and would pursue it, the process has generated a lot of interest, partly because of the internal drama at Cygnus and partly because it would represent a major successful transaction in a slow year for M&A.Last month, credible sources indicated that an agreement has been reached with Wasserstein and Co., which owns Penton Media among other holdings. The deal was said to have been set to close by the end of August.Today, a knowledgeable industry source told FOLIO: that the delay is related to a hitch in “reps and warranties.” Those, the source said, are the legal documents where the seller vouches for various “schedules”-contracts, ownership of assets, litigation, employee issues and more. last_img read more

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How to Choose and Apply Social Media Tools

first_imgSince social media was identified as a relevant tool to the publishing industry, magazine publishers have devoted many resources and an abundance of energy to finding and implementing the best strategies to solidify a presence in the sphere. Here, Michael Grover, UBM TechWeb’s director of content operations & syndication, and Patricia Cesaire, the director of digital PR & marketing with Black Enterprise, share tools, strategies and observations of their successes (and a few missteps) in social media.The ToolsBefore entering the social media sphere, Michael Grover of UMB TechWeb believes it is of utmost importance to hone in what a company intends as a result from participating in the conversation. “Registrants? Traffic? Are you trying to build a third party community with third party credibility? You need to sluice out the different things you want, and hopefully you’ll find one that will rise to the surface as the prime directive.”According to Grover, there are 700 million Facebook users, 106 million on Twitter and 100 million members on LinkedIn. This is an extremely large audience, and one with a diminishing attention rate as the marketplace crowds with competitors selling similar wares. Once a publisher has established initiatives and joined the social media community, tracking campaign success and content sharing is often the next step for publishers. These results then become part of a base strategy for content production and distribution, as publishers get to see what is catching on among users.At UBM TechWeb, with products that include magazines, websites and social communities such as the newly launched BrainYard, Grover says a content tagging strategy has been important in guiding the social media strategy. An RSS feed is integrated into all UBM brands, so staff can track what brand is being promoted and to what channel it’s being promoted to on the back end.In order to keep team members in sync, Grover reiterates the importance of keeping a consistent strategy when tagging and tracking content. “It needs to be immediately understandable not just by you, but by other people in your organization, which will reduce the number of questions. Data is only good if you can track it historically; if you change your tagging, data becomes unusable.”UBM also utilizes a free online tool called Twitter Feed, which helps manage flowing information into Twitter. Grover says that while there is a similar service for Facebook from the Twitter Feed group, it is not efficient; instead, UBM uses RSS Graffiti for Facebook posting.While the latest gadgets and tricks may seem appealing, Grover makes it top priority “to be vigilant to see if they’re performing and how they’re performing. I’m always testing products as they come up. [ A product] may seem very promising, and then it stops working.”For posting on Twitter, UBM TechWeb worked with URL shortener Bit.ly to produce Twb.io, a custom URL shortener that allows the company to fit an entire headline into a tweet. Twb.io also supplies real-time tracking of tweets, and maintains branding that the standard Bit.ly shortener does not.To monitor the social scene, UBM TechWeb utilizes Omniture, which is used to collect stats from UBM’s web properties to track what social media hubs users are coming from.Over at Black Enterprise, Patricia Cesaire says Omniture is used to generate reports concerning hot topics on Facebook, Twitter and its own social community for entrepreneurs (called Ning). Then, content in alignment with these topics is generated by BE editorial staff.UBM has also created a central wiki that is used throughout the company, which feeds to about 6,000 users, half of these log in to the wiki on a daily basis.The StrategiesAs both Grover and Cesaire point out, the two-way engagement opportunity that social media provides is key to building relationships with users. “You have to watch what happens when the content is out there and see what people do with the content. You also have to have the bandwidth to understand it,” says Grover.The BE editorial staff is consistently engaged in conversations about trends in relevant content categories. Cesaire says that the constant evaluation of this dynamic is a big tool in the success of her company.Cesaire also identifies the individualization of social media channels as a key to Black Enterprise’s successes in the space. “Particularly with Ning, the audience (called the BE Insiders) behave as if they’re neighbors and they have storefronts. Facebookers sound off in a one-off fashion, not necessarily engaging in dialogue with each other. We try to engage according to user behavior on each platform.”Businesses find that users are eager to share the good and the bad of company behavior. Grover discovered this after a Facebooker commented that UBM “was clogging their feed”; when users “like” a company’s fan page, company content is automatically updated to their home page.Grover’s team put out a survey asking users whether UBM was providing too much or too little information, “We got feedback that we were being too aggressive, and that we needed to tone it down a little bit.”Successes in the SphereIn the custom-built Ning community, Black Enterprise developed a rewards program that’s resonating well with the BE Insiders. Cesaire details a contest dubbed “The Elevator Pitch Contest.” Black Enterprise hosts an annual entrepreneur conference, and its sponsors give five winners $10,000 each to put towards their respective businesses. Sponsors also work with the winners to make sure the money is properly invested in the businesses.Contestants were encouraged to submit their “elevator pitch” via video format on the Ning platform. Cesaire says the Ning platform allowed for user comments and a more seamless experience than YouTube.“Folks not only returned to the Ning platform at a rate of three to five times more weekly, it became a user-generated video hub and a platform for folks to converse and network prior to, throughout and after attending the conference,” Cesaire notes of the contest.Grover says that one of the brightest areas for UBM in the social media community is the ability to integrate media. BrainYard, a community for business and technology leaders focused on social enterprise, is constantly fed with content from UBM’s Twitter feed. UBM relates this community back to the Enterprise 2.0 conference, “piggybacking on registration around the conference.”In other UBM social communities, it may be more difficult to grow a larger audience with narrower content feeds, but Grover says that these smaller sites often mean a more attentive audience, “TechWeb Security, which is just our security content and has 800 followers, consistently go deeper into our content when they link to our site.”last_img read more

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Which 6 Wilmington Educators Are Retiring At The End Of This School Year

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The following six Wilmington Public Schools employees have declared their intention to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year:Janet Cronan, Woburn St. Educational Assistant, 22 years of serviceDonna Dube, Middle School Foreign Language Teacher, 18 years of serviceDarleen Duggan, Shawsheen Educational Assistant, 27 years of serviceJoan Grady, Middle School Special Education Reading Teacher, 19 years of serviceThomas Kenney, High School Math Teacher, 18 years of serviceAndrea Wickwire, High School Educational Assistant, 14 years of serviceThese dedicated individuals — with a combined 118 years of service to Wilmington Public Schools — will be honored by the Wilmington School Committee at its Wednesday, June 13 meeting.  School Committee Chair Julie Broussard will present each with a plaque.The meeting will be telecast live at 7pm by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-E — Channel 99 on Comcast and Channel 39 on Verizon.  The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related14 Wilmington Public Schools Teachers & Staff Set To RetireIn “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”last_img read more

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NEW STEW Meet Renowned Music Critic Author Barney Hoskyns On Octobers Book Stew

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the October episode of Book Stew, host Eileen MacDougall interviews Barney Hoskyns, a renowned music critic and author of books on The Band, Steely Dan, The Doors, Glam Rock, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and more. He’s also the organizer of the website rocksbackpages.com, a remarkable resource and repository of rock music reviews going back to the 1950s.Watch the episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/6/4/b/0/7/a/64b07ac8-9b20-4719-9ce6-7c5f3f82cdd91538068780.678%2B42851479.721%40castus4-wilmington%2B15380719891538070795087995.vod.720p.180927_Book%20Stew_Episode%2061.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/6/4/b/0/7/a/64b07ac8-9b20-4719-9ce6-7c5f3f82cdd91538068780.678%2B42851479.721%40castus4-wilmington%2B15380719891538070795087995.vod.720p.180927_Book%20Stew_Episode%2061.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEW STEW: Meet Author Ben Berkley On September’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Children’s Author Ioana Hobai On August’s Book StewIn “Videos”NEW STEW: Meet Author Renee Simms On June’s Book StewIn “Community”last_img read more

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Kasigluk students creating winter survival packs

first_imgDownload AudioA sad story re-tells itself every winter in rural Alaska—people go out on the tundra and they don’t come back. A group of Kasigluk students are working to change that story by creating affordable winter survival packs for their community. The packs could save lives and win thousands of dollars in prizes for their school.last_img

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The complex role of faith in the womens suffrage movement

first_img Share This! Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Elizabeth Evans Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — This week marks 100 years since Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote.Passed in the wake of a cataclysmic world war, it wasn’t ratified until 1920.Many of the women who had lobbied for it (it was first introduced in Congress in 1878), including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, were dead.Faith played a key role in the fight for women’s suffrage. Religious convictions compelled many to campaign on behalf of women’s suffrage — and many to fight hard against it.“Religion comes up quite a bit and in many different ways,” according to journalist Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.”The battle for voting rights, according to Weiss and other experts, drew together women across a spectrum of religious practice, from Quakers to women active in the holiness movement who saw social reform as a means of testifying to their pursuit of holiness.Elaine Weiss. Photo by Nina SubinMany women’s suffrage proponents, including campaigners such as Lucretia Mott, emerged from the abolitionist movement. They saw suffrage as a matter of divine justice as well as human rights, Weiss said.Other women viewed the right to vote as not only a political and social but a moral issue — as did their opponents.“The movement to win votes will see many clergymen on both sides, and they will use biblical arguments to bolster their side,” said Weiss, who noted that many denominations, including Methodists, Presbyterians and Catholics, were divided on the issue of suffrage.Women’s suffrage was a divisive issue for Jewish clergy as well.Reform Rabbi Stephen S. Wise traveled around the country giving lectures in support of women’s right to vote, according to Weiss. Wise, who at the time was rabbi at New York City’s Free Synagogue, was a founding member of the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage and cut a 78 record to promote the issue.“He had a huge rivalry with a rabbi (Joseph Silverman) from Temple Emanu-El, a large synagogue in Manhattan,” she said. “They fight from the pulpit about this for years, each giving his own religious spin.”One of the icons of the suffrage movement was Anna Howard Shaw, a physician and minister who became president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and led it from 1904-1915 (she died in 1919, before the amendment was ratified).A 1915 women’s suffrage postcard countering the rhetoric that voting would make a woman masculine by taking on masculine roles. Image by Katherine Milhouse/Creative CommonsErin Sears, a rising second-year student at the Candler School of Theology and a United Methodist, said she’s studied Shaw while in college. But she said she wasn’t always aware that faith played a role in the fight for the right to vote.“It’s really important that women know that other women were standing with them for years and years in their fight to be treated fairly. As a woman seeking ordination (myself), it’s really humbling and inspiring to be in a line of women who put their faith into action,” said Sears. “It’s a witness that faith goes beyond church buildings and that we spill into the world.”Other supporters were drawn into the battle for women’s suffrage as part of the temperance movement led by educator and evangelical social reformer Frances Willard.In 1879, when the Methodist Willard became president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, she began to align domestic virtue with social change, according to Calvin College historian Kristin Du Mez.For women affected by their husbands’ drinking, powerless to protect their own children, voting became a means to acquire political power and do good at the same time.“Willard strategically draws more and more women into women’s rights activism, cautiously and incrementally,” said Du Mez. “Wives and mothers needed to vote. It’s a good Christian woman’s duty to vote. The needed to vote to protect their families.”By the end of the 19th century, said Du Mez, suffrage had become a respectable cause in which Christian women could be engaged.Men read signs at the headquarters entrance of the National Association Against Woman Suffrage. Photo courtesy of LOC/Creative CommonsAt the same time, those who opposed the voting campaign amped up their own faith-infused rhetoric, said Weiss.They “use religion as a cudgel to beat the suffrage movement,” said Weiss. “If women vote, the moral health of the nation will be in danger.”Using arguments based on biblical texts and accusing suffragists of being immoral, opponents said that Eve’s subservience to Adam in Genesis was divinely ordained, she said.African American women such as Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Mary Church Terrell and Harriet Forten Purvis also were deeply involved in women’s suffrage, but they are not as well known.“Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton believed that white women ought to be given the vote before black men,” said Episcopal priest and scholar Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary.  “It came down to this matter of race, of white women feeling that they had a prerogative and privilege over black people. ”Weiss agreed.“The 19th Amendment was colorblind,” said Weiss, adding that leading suffragists felt they needed to reach out to white racists to gain their votes. “The way it was implemented was not.”Like abolitionism, the campaign to gain black men and women the vote was always rooted in the black faith community, said Douglas, and was defined by the quest for racial justice, rejecting the Christian narrative of slave-holding whites.On the other hand, she added, the role of white American churches, including her own denomination, has been more complicated: sometimes advocating for racial justice and sometimes for the structural privileges that come with being white in America.Women’s suffrage advocates march down Fifth Avenue in October 1917, displaying placards containing the signatures of more than 1 million New York women demanding the vote. Photo courtesy of The New York Times Photo Archives/Creative CommonsWhat can be gleaned from this historical moment?This anniversary, Douglas suggested, can become a catalyst to reflect upon the historical record and resolve to act to remedy the racial wrongs that still plague today’s America.“I think repentance is always due,” she said. “Churches have to tell the truth about their own history and to ask the question, who have we been and who are we in the struggle for social and racial justice.”Though much has changed since Willard’s death at the end of the 19th century, Christian feminists like her, who drew “average” American women into a burgeoning social movement and empowered them, may provide inspiration for those who want to create alliances between feminists of faith and secular ones, she suggested.“How can we have better conversations, big-tent coalitions, and include women of faith?”An agenda that excludes women of faith is likely to be less successful, she said.“I think Frances Willard would be heartbroken at the division between most of American Christianity and Christian feminism. That would cause her grief,” said Du Mez. “I wonder if our polarized framework right now isn’t hiding a quieter sphere worth holding on to.”But Weiss, who is a member of the Jewish Conservative movement, said she is apprehensive about the thought of bringing God into the public realm.“Morality yes, religion no,” she said. “As a person of faith, I don’t believe religion has any place in the public sphere.”(This story was updated to reflect the kind of record cut by Rabbi Wise.) Tags19th Amendment Elizabeth Cady Stanton homepage featured Kelly Brown Douglas Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage National American Woman Suffrage Association right to vote Susan B. Anthony women’s right to vote women’s suffrage Women’s Christian Temperance Union,You may also like News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism By: Elizabeth Evans By: Elizabeth Evans Share This! 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