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Family of Liberal MP Arnold Chan invites public to Sept 23 funeral

first_imgOTTAWA – The funeral for Liberal MP Arnold Chan, who died of cancer last week, will be Saturday in Toronto.His family is inviting the public to attend the service at Bloor Street United Church at 11 a.m. Saturday.A visitation to be held in the chapel at the York Cemetery Thursday and Friday evening is also open to the public.Chan, 50, learned he had nasopharyngeal carcinoma not long after he won the Toronto-area seat of Scarborough-Agincourt in a 2014 byelection.The deputy government House leader began a difficult treatment regime of radiation and chemotherapy, but revealed in March 2016 that the cancer had returned.Chan had three sons, Nathaniel, Ethan and Theodore, with his wife, Jean Yip.last_img read more

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EMedia Reality Check

first_imgMost See Profit Margins of 10 PercentDespite favorable comparisons to the profitability of print, the majority of respondents—40 percent—said their e-media business has a profit margin of 10 percent or less [Chart 6]. Thirty-four percent say they have a profit margin of 20 percent or more, while 16 percent see profitability of 10 percent to 15 percent. Eleven percent see profitability of 16 percent to 20 percent. Digital Investment: Most Under $100KWhile publishers often cite the lower costs and higher margins associated with digital media versus print, building a digital business requires significant investment in hardware, services and personnel. According to FOLIO:’s 2009 B-to-B CEO survey, e-media accounted for the largest operating expense increase among b-to-b publishers in 2008, up 6 percent.Still, 51 percent of respondents to FOLIO:’s E-media Survey say they invested less than $100,000 in e-media products, services or personnel in 2008 [Chart 5]. Twenty-four percent say they invested between $100,000 and $300,000, while 12 percent say they invested $300,000 to $500,000.Five percent invested $500,000 to $1 million and another 5 percent invested $1 million to $3 million. One percent invested $1 million to $5 million, while 2 percent invested more than $5 million.Between open source solutions and existing staff taking on new responsibilities, many publishers are finding they don’t have to break the bank. In August 2006, the Web site for Reni Publishing’s Florida Real Estate Journal averaged 750 monthly unique visitors but after some basic tweaks and a $1,000 software investment, Reni had 50,000 unique visitors by the end of 2007.Online startup Knitters Review, which sees an average of 2.8 million page views and revenue in the low six figures, says its biggest expense is hosting a forum of 70,000 members, which requires a lot of bandwidth and storage—and costs about 10 percent of Knitters Review’s total revenue.On average, the majority of respondents (20 percent) spent between $10,000 and $24,999 on new technology last year (14 percent spent $100,000-$249,000, while just 2 percent spent $1 million or more).“We were in a unique position in that our company wanted to do it right and as a startup told me not to worry about revenue the first year; worry about building the product,” says Jeff Higley, editorial director of digital media for “For the actual costs of building the site itself, plus the back-end stuff, I would say the startup alone was about 70 percent of what it would have been for a print product from a start-up perspective.”Staffing: As Silos Break Down, Everyone Works On DigitalIn recent years, publishers have found that online staffers could command higher salaries than their equivalent counterparts in print. That’s starting to level out as digital skills become more commonplace (and as the separation between “print” and “digital” staffs crumble and one staff is responsible for everything).According to the FOLIO: survey, 57 percent of respondents spent less than $100,000 on staff dedicated to e-media (indicating that while many publishers may have a dedicated e-media or newsletter editor, the entire staff is generating content for the Web). Twenty-two percent say they spent between $100,000 to $300,000 on a digital media staff, while 9 percent spent $300,000 to $500,000.Many publishers have struggled with getting existing staffers to sell digital, since the commissions are typically smaller than print. However, 74 percent of respondents say their staff sells both print and digital, compared to 16 percent that have a dedicated e-media sales staff and 10 percent that outsource their digital sales. ROI Dominates Reasons for Digital; Interaction with Clients LagsAccording to the FOLIO: survey, 75 percent of e-media advertisers are existing accounts, while 25 percent are new business. Many have worried that online pricing started so low that publishers would have a hard time raising rates. However, 59 percent of respondents say that they have been able to raise the rates on e-media products.When it comes to why they’re buying online media, the majority—52 percent—of publishers say their clients cite ROI/measurability and deeper business intelligence as the top reasons. Twenty-five percent of publishers say their clients are turning to e-media for lead generation, while 23 percent say it’s because of an accessible price point. Interestingly, just 5 percent of respondents say their advertisers cite the ability to interact with their audience via digital media. Digital is the priority for most publishers, yet many executives have had to re-adjust their e-media forecasts just as they did with more traditional revenue streams such as print and events. Online ad spending in the U.S. dropped 5 percent to $5.5 billion in the first quarter of 2009 and 7 percent to $6.2 billion in the second quarter, according to market analyst IDC. Digital revenue remains relatively small, despite massive percentage growth in recent years (and massive slumps in traditional revenue streams). “Those who have been aggressively pursuing digital will likely see it between 8 percent and 15 percent of the overall revenue mix,” Deborah Esayian, co-president of Emmis Interactive told FOLIO: recently. Big Growth in Last Five YearsWhile the industry may still be falling short of where it should be when it comes to digital media, the revenue ratio has shifted dramatically in the last five years. Eighty-seven percent of respondents say they generated less than 10 percent of their overall revenue from e-media in 2004. In 2009, just 50 percent of those same respondents say they see 10 percent or less of overall revenue from e-media [Chart 4]. Meanwhile, 6 percent say they see between 20 percent and 30 percent from digital revenue, up from 1 percent in 2004, and a surprising 11 percent say they see more than 30 percent in digital revenue in 2009, compared to 4 percent in 2004.Earlier this year, Advertising Age estimated 2008 e-media advertising revenue for 11 of the leading consumer magazine publishers. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia came out on top, with digital estimated at $14 million, or 12 percent of total advertising revenue. Time Inc. and Hachette tied for second with e-media estimated at 10 percent of total revenue. And while many publishers vow they will “never be dependent on print advertising again,” just how well are they following through on that promise? FOLIO:’s 2009 E-Media Survey asks publishers where their biggest e-media successes (and set-backs) are coming from. Eighteen percent of respondents say they generate 10 percent  to 15 percent of total revenue from e-media (compared to 6 percent in 2004), while 16 percent say they generate 15 percent to 20 percent of total revenue from e-media, compared to just 2 percent in 2004. However, digital revenue for giants such as American Express Publishing and Condé Nast was estimated at 4 percent and 3 percent of total revenue, respectively, while Bauer was estimated to have zero digital revenue in 2008.“Saying we’re going to migrate consumers one-to-one, print to online, is naive,” Hearst digital manager Chuck Cordray told FOLIO:. “Customers will choose what they want to do. As publishers, we have to decide if we are going to compete in that media and succeed. Whatever happens in the traditional magazine business, we have to compete in digital as a business.”Reader’s Digest is attempting to change its perception as a legacy print brand by making SEO, social media and newsletter initiatives a priority. “That’s empowering our growth rather than spending $100 million on a big ad campaign,” says acting general manager Jonathon Hills.Next up is transforming the Reader’s Digest brand into a multi-platform experience. “We’re focusing on video,” says Hills. “Much of our content is perfectly suited for it, and it’s highly monetizeable. We’ll see action with mobile this year on the iPhone.” Smaller Publishers See Big GainsWhile smaller publishers (those generating $5 million or less per year in total revenue) have historically lagged behind larger publishers when it comes to e-media as an overall percentage, they’re catching up and in many cases surpassing larger publishers (of course, when you’re smaller overall, it’s easier to change the revenue ratio).As a publisher of five titles tied closely to the new home market in Orange County, California, Churm Media saw 20 percent of its revenue disappear over an 18-month period. As part of its response, Churm devoted $350,000 to Web development, including revamping Web sites and developing an aggressive newsletter strategy. In 2009, Churm expects 10 percent of its total revenue to come from digital. CEO Steve Churm says the company could be at 22 percent in 2010. “A year ago we were at 1 percent,” he says.Meanwhile, Phoenix Media Network says its online revenue grew by 25 percent last year. Atlantic Media says digital revenue is growing 55 percent in 2009. And while Incisive Media says print makes up 70 percent of its business with events around 15 percent to 20 percent and online at 10 percent to 15 percent, the potential for digital growth is greater, particularly for data and paid content. “We’ve seen the end-user part of the business (data) and even subscriptions grow faster than the advertiser portion,” says CEO William Pollak.As part of its Chapter 11 filing in August, Cygnus Business Media revealed that it expects interactive revenue to drop 14 percent to $8.6 million in 2009. By 2013, Cygnus forecasts overall revenue will be $75.5 million, with print accounting for 49.6 percent of total revenue, or $37.4 million. Events will account for 26 percent (compared to 15.4 percent of revenue in 2009), while interactive is forecast at $18.4 million or 24.4 percent of total revenue (up from 12.5 percent in 2009). In five years, print will remain the largest revenue stream accounting for nearly half of Cygnus’ total revenue.Banners Reign in Revenue, Not ProfitWhile the buzz around mobile and social media dominates much of the digital conversation, banner advertising and e-newsletters remain the most prominent e-media revenue streams with 90 percent and 78 percent of survey respondents saying they derive revenue from these two sources [Chart 1]. Custom Webinars and online directories tied as the third most prominent products, offered by 36 percent of respondents.However, several highly touted up-and-coming revenue streams remain fairly rare for magazine publishers. Only a quarter of survey respondents say they are currently seeing revenue from lead generation, while slightly more (28 percent) say they are seeing revenue from paid content (however, among those respondents who are offering paid content, 50 percent are seeing profit margins of 30 percent or more). Ten percent of respondents say they are seeing revenue from virtual events while just 6 percent are managing to drive revenue through social network sponsorships.When it comes to the largest and smallest revenue streams [Chart 2], banner advertising remains on top, with 37 percent of respondents saying that’s their largest revenue stream. However, banner advertising was also cited as the least profitable e-media revenue stream, with 32 percent of respondents saying they see profit margins of less than 10 percent from banners.E-newsletters (34 percent), Webinars (22 percent) and custom Webinars (19 percent) were also top earners.That seems to mirror what online-only publishers are doing as well. Eighty-one percent of traditional publishers say the primary revenue model for their online-only competition is advertising, followed by lead generation and subscriptions. According to a FOLIO: survey earlier this year, 74 percent of publishers said they launched at least one online-only product within the last two years.Meanwhile, companies such as GlobalSpec represent what publishers could be facing (and how they may want to structure themselves online). Originally positioned as a vertical search engine for the engineering market, GlobalSpec has evolved into a multi-format, multi-product model that includes databases and e-mail newsletters with more than $50 million in estimated revenue. “Our typical customer will spend between $10,000 and upwards of $1 million,” GlobalSpec CEO Jeff Killeen told FOLIO: recently. “We have many hundred thousand dollar-plus relationships.”VIN (Veterinary Information Network) is another online-only publisher that is neither sponsorship nor advertising-based; it’s membership based, with 42,000 members paying $55 per month.Hard Revenue NumbersIn 2008, FOLIO: surveyed readers on how much money they made from online media. At the time, 65 percent of publishers said they generated less than $500,000 in e-media revenue. In 2009, that number improved slightly, with 58 percent of respondents saying they generate less than $500,000 from e-media [Chart 3]. Still, in an industry used to individual magazines and events generating more than that, e-media is still a very small part of the overall plan. Thirteen percent of respondents say they expect to generate between $500,000 and $1 million in 2009, up from 10 percent in 2008. Sixteen percent say they generate between $1 million and $3 million (up from 9 percent last year) and 13 percent say they do $3 million and up. (No respondents say they are generating more than $50 million per year in digital revenue, although 1 percent says they generate between $20 million and $50 million).When compared to the last five years, the outlook indicates steady improvement. Seventy-eight percent of respondents report they generated less than $500,000 in e-media revenue in 2004. Nine percent generated $500,000 to $1 million, while the percentage of respondents generating $1 million to $3 million in revenue doubled over the last five years, from 8 percent to 16 percent.last_img read more

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Patton Oswalt shows Senate campaign why you shouldnt pick a fight on

first_img Hollywood Hegar & Vulgar Patton. The dynamic duo:— Team Cornyn (@TeamCornyn) April 23, 2019 Meanwhile, Oswalt responded with various jabs about Cornyn’s age (“you pointless fossil”) and called the tweets “unwitting promotion.” Now playing: Watch this: Hollywood Hegar supporter and video guest star, Patton Oswalt, has tweeted some offensive comments over the years, reply A or B to let us know which one is more offensive to you:— Team Cornyn (@TeamCornyn) April 23, 2019 Intern: This really isn’t playing well, sir. Cornyn: keep searching his tweets, whipper-snapper.Intern: But the Internet is laughing at you. Patton is not your opponent. Cornyn: But look at all the likes!Intern: Sir, those are comments… you’re being ratioed.— #SaveODAAT (@Danny__Gokey) April 23, 2019 Meanwhile, Twitter’s been trying to get a handle on issues like harassment on the platform. On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with President Donald Trump at the White House to discuss “protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 US elections” among other things, a Twitter spokesperson said.Originally published April 24, 7:33 a.m. PTUpdate, 9:05 a.m.: Adds that Oswalt declined to comment. Hegar and Cornyn’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Oswalt declined to comment further. Others on Twitters weighed in on interaction, finding it unusual and wondering how it came about, exactly.  Post a comment Over the next several hours, @TeamCornyn and Oswalt went back and forth as the political account tweeted out more censored screenshots of Oswalt’s tweets with comments like “Hollywood Hegar & Vulgar Patton. The dynamic duo.”  Comedian Patton Oswalt and the campaign account for Sen. John Cornyn got into a Twitter scuffle.  Gary Gershoff/Getty Sen. John Cornyn’s official campaign Twitter account got into a brawl Tuesday with comedian Patton Oswalt.The account for the Republican senator from Texas started posting screenshots of what it called offensive tweets after Oswalt appeared in a video supporting Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, a Democrat running against Cornyn. center_img Guys, if you’re offended by my “sailor talk” like the incel running the @TeamCornyn account is, put your outrage nickels in the swear jar below!— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 23, 2019 Tags Senators grill Twitter and Facebook over alleged political… Share your voice Gotta say, out of everything in the world that could have happened today, Senator @JohnCornyn randomly going after @pattonoswalt with some old tweets was not even in the top gazillion.— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) April 23, 2019 0 7:49 Culturelast_img read more

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Wahed Mansion owners accused over Chawkbazar fire

first_imgFire devastated Wahed Mansion building in Chawkbazar on Wednesday night. Photo: Galib AshrafThe relative of a Chawkbazar fire victim accused two owners of ‘Haji Wahed Mansion’ in a case on Thursday night, a day after a devastating fire claimed dozens of lives, reports UNB.The accused – Sohel and Hasan – are brothers, said sub-inspector Delwar Hossain, duty officer of Chawkbazar police station. He said inspector Muradul Islam is investigating the case.Sixty-seven people were killed and around 41 others injured in a fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse and raged through four other adjacent buildings in Chawkbazar on Wednesday night.A Dhaka South City Corporation investigation body said the fire spread fast as chemicals were stored in Wahed Mansion.Meanwhile, sub-inspector Delwar of Chawkbazar police filed a separate case against unidentified people on Thursday night over the fire incident, said SI Abdul Halim.last_img read more

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Bones found in Romanera grave in London may be Asian

first_img Museum of London curator Dr. Rebecca Redfern with a skull from the Written in Bone display. Credit: Museum of London 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. Prior to this latest find, only one instance of the remains of a person from Asia has ever been found in a Roman era gravesite, suggesting there was little to no immigration between people in Asia and Europe during the Roman Empire, despite the existence of the Silk Road. The prior find was a skeleton of a man of East Asian ancestry discovered in a grave in Vagnari in Italy six years ago—and unlike the tests done with the newly found skeletons, his ancestry was proven by DNA testing.In this new finding, the two skeletons were part of a group of 22 skeletal remains found buried in an ancient Roman grave in Southwark, a London borough. The bones have been dated back to a period between the second and fourth centuries, a time during which the Roman Empire was still going strong. The researchers have thus far analyzed oxygen isotopes from the teeth and carbon and nitrogen isotopes from the bones—doing so has helped to reveal the eating and drinking habits of the people buried there, which showed that many of them were from places other than London.They also conducted statistical modeling of the skulls and teeth—differences have been attributed to people of different ancestries. It is the same technology used by forensic experts to establish the ancestry of decomposed skeletal remains. It was this testing that suggested that two of the skeletons were likely of Asian descent—and that four others were likely of North African descent. The researchers acknowledge that the method is not nearly as clear-cut as DNA testing, and in this case, it was even less so because many of the bones used in the analysis were fragmented. To actually prove that the bones had Asian ancestry, they will have to find some DNA to test. (—A small team of researchers with Durham University, the Museum of London and the British Geological Survey has tentatively established that two skeletons found in a Roman-era grave in London are of Asian origin. In their paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the team describes the skeletons, the tests they conducted on them and why they believe they may be of Asian origin. Citation: Bones found in Roman-era grave in London may be Asian (2016, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from DNA testing on 2,000-year-old bones in Italy reveal East Asian ancestry Explore further Journal information: Journal of Archaeological Science More information: Rebecca C. Redfern et al, Going south of the river: A multidisciplinary analysis of ancestry, mobility and diet in a population from Roman Southwark, London, Journal of Archaeological Science (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2016.07.016AbstractThis study investigated the ancestry, childhood residency and diet of 22 individuals buried at an A.D. 2nd and 4th century cemetery at Lant Street, in the southern burial area of Roman London. The possible presence of migrants was investigated using macromorphoscopics to assess ancestry, carbon and nitrogen isotopes to study diet, and oxygen isotopes to examine migration. Diets were found to be primarily C3-based with limited input of aquatic resources, in contrast to some other populations in Roman Britain and proximity to the River Thames. The skeletal morphology showed the likely African ancestry of four individuals, and Asian ancestry of two individuals, with oxygen isotopes indicating a circum-Mediterranean origin for five individuals. Our data suggests that the population of the southern suburb had an ongoing connection with immigrants, especially those from the southern Mediterranean. Credit: Museum of London © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Canadas Trudeau expels two exministers from ruling party in bid to end

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday sought to quell a crisis that threatens his chances of re-election, expelling from party ranks two former Cabinet members he said had undermined the ruling Liberals.Trudeau said former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board chief Jane Philpott would no longer be allowed to sit as Liberal legislators. They were also barred from running for the party in the federal election this October.The Liberals have been in turmoil since Wilson-Raybould said in February that officials had inappropriately pressured her last year while she was justice minister to ensure that construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc escape a corruption trial.“The trust that previously existed between these two individuals and our team has been broken,” Trudeau told an emergency meeting of caucus.“Civil wars within parties are incredibly damaging because they signal to Canadians that we care more about ourselves than we do about them,” said Trudeau, 47, who took office in November 2015 and faces a tough re-election battle this autumn.Wilson-Raybould, who tweeted news of her ouster before Trudeau’s announcement, was demoted in January and resigned the next month. Philpott quit shortly afterward, saying she had lost confidence in how Trudeau was handling the matter.“If people can’t express trust in the party and the prime minister, then they need to find another political vehicle in order to advance their ideas. It’s as simple as that,” Justice Minister David Lametti told reporters.The expulsion represented a change of course for Trudeau, who said as recently as last week that the Liberals needed strong legislators with differing points of view.But increasingly angry parliamentarians had demanded both women be removed from caucus on the grounds they were undermining party unity.Opinion polls show the crisis has cut public support for the Liberals to such an extent that they could lose in October to the official opposition Conservatives.Trudeau, who came to power promising “sunny ways” and a greater role for women in politics, admitted it “has been a difficult few weeks.”The scandal also cost him the services of his closest aide, Gerald Butts, and Michael Wernick, the head of the federal bureaucracy.Wilson-Raybould said on Twitter: “I have no regrets. I spoke the truth as I will continue to do.”Last Friday, to back her case, she released the audio of a confidential conversation with Wernick, who did not know she was recording him. Trudeau said that was “unconscionable.”Philpott said on Facebook that she “did not initiate the crisis now facing the party or the prime minister … it appears that the caucus is intent on staying the current course, regardless of its short-term and long-term consequences.”Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing. The scandal is starting to hit his fortunes in the populous province of Quebec, where the Liberals say they need to pick up seats in October to remain in power.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said Trudeau’s decision sent a message that “if you tell the truth, there is no room for you in the Liberal Party.”WhatsApplast_img read more

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