For FOLIO:’s 2009 predictions feature (“117 Magazine and Media Predictions for 2009”), Raymond Roker, co-founder and publisher of Urb magazine, predicted that “former foes will share information on clients and prospects.”In the newspaper industry, on the editorial side, this is already happening.There was a story posted on Sunday by the Associated Press (itself a literal product of the idea of newspaper rivals sharing news resources) about how Texas’ Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram—former fierce rivals—have been sharing concert reviews.Their announcement was followed by another one in December, when the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun said they would share resources to cover Maryland. That once-bitter rivals would agree to forge an unholy alliance is a product of the economic downturn, the rise of the Internet, shrinking staffs and slashed travel budgets.Gary Wortel, publisher of the Fort Worth paper, told the AP: “I don’t look at us as competitors anymore.”It’s also a way for newspaper publisher to avoid additional, demoralizing job cuts (although having to make nice with your arch rival can’t be great for morale, either).If newspapers have been pushed to do this, could magazines not be far behind?We’ve seen plenty of magazines restructure to share internal resources (see Time Inc., Source Media, Nielsen et al) but have yet to forge the sort of unholy alliance we’re seeing in newspapers. (In fact, the only one I could come up with in magazine publishing is Fader’s recent pact with the Web site Pitchfork, and that one doesn’t really pool editorial, although it’s not out of the question.) But imagine, for a second, Time and Newsweek—two of the fiercest competitors I can think of in the magazine business, outside of the celebrity category—sharing a reporter covering Sarah Palin in Alaska, for instance (or, more realistically, a local election with national implications). They already link to other on the Web. Why not in print? Alas, I have a feeling both Time and Newsweek would fold before they agreed to share reporting resources. But for other magazines, it might be another concession on the path to survival.
Microsoft Cheapskates don’t use Microsoft Office. Or, at least, they don’t pay for it: Microsoft offers pretty decent freebie versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that live in your browser.And let’s not forget the various free alternatives, such as Google Docs, LibreOffice and WPS Office.All that being said, some people have a particular need for Microsoft’s suite — and if you’re one of them, you might as well try to score a deal. Like this one: Today only, Amazon is offering a $50 gift card when you purchase a 12-month Office 365 Home subscription for $99.99. That’s for a digital download.See it at AmazonThis version supports up to six users, and they don’t all have to be in your house. Each person gets a 1-terabyte OneDrive cloud account, which is definitely one of the bigger value-adds here.You also get Publisher, which is one of the few remaining desktop-publishing tools, and Outlook, one of the few remaining full-featured mail clients.The regular $100 annual price bugs me. I’d really like to see Microsoft drop it to $50 — but that would be unparalleled, so we have to settle for sales like these.Your thoughts?Blue Yeti USB microphone: $70 (save $49) Blue A good microphone is essential for everything from podcasting to Skype calling, and Blue makes some of the best consumer mics out there. They can be a little pricey, though.Ah, but this: For a limited time and while supplies last, BuyDig has the Blue Yeti USB microphone in Steel Red (drool) for $69.99 when you apply promo code MICD. Price elsewhere (including Amazon) for this color: $119. The black one can often be found for $100.See it at BuyDigThis attractive desktop mic works with PCs and Macs and supports four recording patterns. I haven’t used one myself, but the user reviews everywhere you look are overwhelmingly positive.Definitely Cheapskate approved.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tags 10 Share your voice Comments The Cheapskate Amazon Microsoft Office Microsoft Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Software Components
Chiranjeevi in Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterProducer Ram Charan is said to be quoting Rs 120 crore as the price for the global theatrical rights of Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and it is 25 per cent more than that of Khaidi No 150.Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is a historical war drama film, based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from Rayalaseema. The movie is directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan under his banner Konidela Production Company. It is 151st film of Chiranjeevi, who is playing the titular role in it.Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy features an ensemble cast of stars like Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Jagapathi Babu, Nayanthara, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty. Amitabh Bachchan will make a guest appearance. The film unit is in the last leg of its production and the maker is yet to announce its release date.The subject, ensemble cast and its amazing promos have generated a lot of buzz for Sye Raa. There is a huge demand for it’s theatrical, satellite, music and digital rights and the producer is said to be yet to start its pre-release business, which is expected to begin as early as possible.The buzz in the media is that Ram Charan has plans to quote Rs 90 crore for its theatrical rights for the Telugu states and another Rs 30 crore for the rights for rest of India and overseas. He is expecting a total of Rs 120 crore as the price for the global distribution rights of Sye Raa. If he is able to get these prices, the movie will set a big record for megastar Chiranjeevi.Chiranjeevi’s landmark 150th movie Khaidi No 150 has fetched Rs 89 crore from the sale of its global theatrical rights (Rs 66.50 crore from Telugu states and Rs 22.50 crore from other areas). Sye Raa is expected to earn Rs 30 crore more than that of the megastar’s previous out.But is that a huge amount for Sye Raa? Absolutely not! Ram Charan is shelling of nearly Rs 150 crore on its ensemble cast, extravagant sets and other stuff related to its production. The movie needs to get more money from its theatrical rights. But Ram Charan is not intended to earn profits from this project.Ram Charan has recently made it at the teaser launch of the Sye Raa. He had said, “Sye Raa is dad’s dream project. Hence we aren’t compromising in terms of the budget. We are making the film in a grand manner. If we get profits, we consider it as a Bonus but even if we don’t get, it will still be happy for us.”All Ram Charan wants is to fulfil the wish of his father Chiranjeevi, who dreamt of appearing in a costume drama. The producer had added, “When dad watched Magadheera, he said that he was jealous of me as I got to do a costume drama for my second film. My dad did not do any of such film in his career and this is his first film. So, we are not compromising in terms of budget.”
Faruq Hossain. Photo: Prothom Alo“I won’t spend excesively or buy expensive clothes. I’ll spend one fourth of my salary on education for children of poor families.” Armed with this oath, 32-year-old Faruq Hossain has been working in a remote area of Dinajpur sadar upazila for the last 10 years.Faruq is from Malipukur village in Auliapur union of Dinajpur sadar upazila. He is an assistant to a truck driver of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC).He spends 25 per cent of his monthly salary of Tk 14,900 for the education of poor people’s children. He takes care of his four-member family, comprising himself, his mother Sanwara Begum, wife Sabera Akhter and two-and-a-half-year-old son Sabbir Hossain with rest of the money.Faruq distributes education material among the students every Friday and Saturday. He also has set up a centre for educating adults at his house.In recognition of his initiatives, Faruq was awarded by the prime minister Sheikh Hasina on 13 March this year.The Malipukur village is 4.5 kilometres away off Dinajpur sadar upazila. On 10 February, the Prothom Alo correspondents visited Faruq’s home. He lives in a dilapidated mud-house. Relatives said Faruq’s father Mahbub Hossain passed away in 2006. He was a labourer at BADC. Faruq also joined as a labourer at BADC in 2002.All the labourers used to draw their wages with thumbprints as they were not literate and could not sign their names. Faruq studied up to the eighth grade. He started educating his fellow workers so that everyone would be able to sign their names to draw their wages.Saving his pocket-money along with some taken from his father, Faruq bought 200 taka worth of pens and papers for the labourers. Gradually he imparted basic literacy to all of them. Delighted, a driver Naresh Chandra taught Faruq how to drive. Faruq then joined as a temporary driver at the office of the deputy director of BADC in Rajshahi in 2007. Later on 16 July that year, he was appointed as an assistant to the truck driver and transferred to Rangpur BADC office. Since then, he is working as a driver of BADC joint director (seed processing centre) AFM Saiful Islam.Unlike others, Faruq did not stop there. “I had a dream to be self-sufficient after completing my studies. But poverty cut my dreams short when I was an eighth grader at Cheradangi High School. That’s why I decided to help those who could not continue studying due to poverty,” said Faruq to Prothom Alo.Faruq said the studies of Nur Islam from Kashimpur Mahanpara village came to a halt due to lack of education material and proper clothes in July 2008. He went to Nur Islam’s home and gave his mother 3000 taka. Nur Islam is now a student at Dinajpur Government College.In December that year, Faruq held a meeting with the seniors of the village. He told them he would not eat paan (betel leaf), smole cigarettes or buy expensive clothes. Instead he will help students from poor families. In 2009, he bought education material and clothes for 20 students with 25 per cent of his salary and admitted them to school. As of now, Faruq said, he has helped almost 2,000 students of the union.Ninth grader Zahid Hossain, eighth grader Amena and seventh grader Abdus Sattar at Cheradangi High School are some of the students from poor families who received Faruq’s help.When Sima Akhter from Malipukur village was a fifth grader, her father Samirul Islam went missing. Her mother arranged her marriage after three months. But the marriage was halted when Faruq pledged to take care of her education. Sima is now an eighth grader at Sikderganj Girls High School.“Faruq uncle has given me a new life. I want to be a physician,” Sima told Prothom Alo.Another student of Sikderganj Girls High School, Tanjila Khatun, showing her schoolbag, said, “Faruq uncle has bought this for me. He also has given me money for private tuition.”The school’s head teacher of Zakir Hossain said, “Faruq has been showing us the potential of dropout students. He also works to raise awareness to keep the village free of drugs and to ensure road safety. He also plants trees to keep the environment cool.”Kashimpur Government Primary School’s head teacher Jalal Uddin said, “Faruq distributes pens, pencils, papers and other stationery to students of different schools twice in a month. He also goes to the house to inquire if any student remains absent at school. This is why cent per cent children of Kashimpur attend school.”Faruq uses his bicycle to go from one school to another. There are several awareness raising stickers stuck to his bicycle against taking drugs, for road safety and against child marriage, etc.Mousumi Khatun was married off when she was an eighth grader. Her in-laws were against her studies. Faruq persuaded her in-laws to allow her to study and took charge of Mousumi’s education.“The dreams of many girls like me are being fulfilled thanks to Faruq uncle. Now I’m studying in college,” Mousumi said.Auliapur union parishad chairman Abdur Razzak considers Faruq a social welfare activist. He was recognised as such on 13 March this year when the prime minister Sheikh Hasina handed over a medal at a programme organised marking National Primary Education Week at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.Adult education centre at homeFaruq has opened an adult education centre at home where his wife Sabera Akhter teaches adults of the village.Faruq married Sabera of Boaldhar village in Baliadangi of Thakurgaon in 2010. She was a ninth grader then.“I resumed studies upon Faruq’s insistence. In 2011, I took up diploma in agriculture at KBM College in Dinajpur. Now I’m a bachelor degree student at Open University,” Sabera told Prothom Alo.An older woman Shirin Akhter said there was no one in the village who cannot write his/her name.“Maybe Faruq has not given us material wealth, but we’re living with honour for his efforts,” Sabera said.Faruq said he does not work for awards. “I started working so that no one of my area lives in the darkness of illiteracy. This will continue until the dropout rate comes down to zero.”*The report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump said on Friday he is planning changes to the H-1B program that grants temporarily visas to highly educated immigrants who work in specialty occupations such as technology or medicine.“H1-B (sic) holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship,” Trump said on Twitter. “We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US.”It was unclear what Trump meant by a “potential path to citizenship” for H-1B visa holders, who already are eligible to be sponsored by their employers for legal permanent residency, which would make them eligible to become U.S. citizens.The White House did not immediately comment on whether Trump was considering changes beyond those proposed in new rules issued in December by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Trump, a Republican, has embraced changes to the immigration system to favour educated or highly skilled people.Trump’s tweet on the visa program came amid his battle with congressional Democrats over spending legislation to fund the federal government. Trump wants to includes $5.6 billion for a wall along the border with Mexico, which he says will stem illegal immigration.Democrats call the proposed wall expensive, ineffective and immoral. The dispute has led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government that is now in its 21st day.Trump, who has also sought to limit legal immigration, in April 2017 ordered a reform of the U.S. visa program to benefit educated and highly skilled workers.Competition is tough for the temporary visas, which require a bachelor’s degree. In 2018, the United States hit the limit on the number of H-1Bs it could issue, 65,000, by the first week of April, according to the Department of Homeland Security.US companies often use H-1B visas to hire graduate-level workers in several specialized fields, including information technology, medicine, engineering and mathematics.When asked about Trump’s tweet, USCIS spokesman Michael Bars pointed to the administration’s proposed changes to the H-1B process, which are likely to become final later this year.The proposal is designed to increase the number of H-1B beneficiaries by 16 per cent, or 5,340 more workers, who hold advanced degrees from American universities. It would also entail a new electronic registration system meant to streamline the application process.
A boat of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard sails next to Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, at Bandar Abbas port on 21 July. Photo ReutersBritain was weighing its next moves in the Gulf tanker crisis on Sunday, with few good options apparent as a recording emerged showing that the Iranian military defied a British warship when it boarded and seized a ship three days ago.Prime minister Theresa May’s office said she would chair a meeting of Britain’s COBR emergency response committee on Monday morning to discuss the crisis.Little clue has been given by Britain on how it plans to respond after Iranian Revolutionary Guards rappelled from helicopters and seized the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday in apparent retaliation for the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier.Footage obtained by Reuters from an Iranian news agency on Sunday showed the tanker docked in an Iranian port — with Iran’s flag now hoisted atop.The British government is expected to announce its next steps in a speech to parliament on Monday. But experts on the region say there are few obvious steps London can take at a time when the United States has already imposed the maximum possible economic sanctions, banning all Iranian oil exports worldwide.”We rant and rave and we shout at the ambassador and we hope it all goes away,” said Tim Ripley, a British defence expert who writes about the Gulf for Jane’s Defence Weekly.”I don’t see at this point in time us being able to offer a concession that can resolve the crisis. Providing security and escort for future ships is a different matter.”A day after calling the Iranian action a “hostile act”, top British officials kept comparatively quiet on Sunday, making clear that they had yet to settle on a response.”We are going to be looking at a series of options,” junior defence minister Tobias Ellwood told Sky News. “We will be speaking with our colleagues, our international allies, to see what can actually be done.”Our first and most important responsibility is to make sure we get a solution to the issue to do with the current ship, make sure other British-flagged ships are safe to operate in these waters and then look at the wider picture.”Months Of ConfrontationThe Iranian capture of the ship in the global oil trade’s most important waterway was the latest escalation in three months of spiralling confrontation with the West that began when new, tighter US sanctions took effect at the start of May.Washington imposed the sanctions after President Donald Trump pulled out of a deal signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, which had provided Iran access to world trade in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.European countries including Britain have been caught in the middle. They disagreed with the US decision to quit the nuclear deal but have so far failed to offer Iran another way to receive the deal’s promised economic benefits.Britain was thrust more directly into the confrontation on 4 July, when its Royal Marines seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar. Britain accused it of violating sanctions on Syria, prompting repeated Iranian threats of retaliation.While Iran’s official line is that its capture of the Stena Impero was because of safety issues, it has done little to hide that the move was retaliatory. The tactics it used — with masked troops rappelling from helicopters — matched those the British had used two weeks before.Parliament speaker Ali Larijani spelled it out more clearly on Sunday, telling a parliament session: “The Revolutionary Guards responded to Britain’s hijacking of the Iranian tanker.”Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, blamed Washington and Trump’s hawkish national security adviser John Bolton for luring Britain into conflict.”Having failed to lure @realDonaldTrump into War of the Century … @AmbJohnBolton is turning his venom against the UK in hopes of dragging it into a quagmire,” Zarif wrote on Twitter. “Only prudence and foresight can thwart such ploys.”Radio MessagesIn a letter to the UN Security Council, Britain said the Stena Impero was approached by Iranian forces in Omani territorial waters, where it was exercising its lawful right of passage, and that the action “constitutes illegal interference”.Britain’s warship in the Gulf, the HMS Montrose, contacted an Iranian patrol vessel in an effort to ward off a boarding of the Stena Impero, according to radio messages provided to Reuters by maritime security firm Dryad Global.”Please confirm that you are not intending to violate international law by unlawfully attempting to board,” the Montrose said in the radio message.The Iranian patrol boat is heard instructing the Stena Impero to alter course. Responding to the Montrose, it says it intends to “inspect the ship for security purposes”.Defence expert Ripley noted that Iran’s choice of target appeared to have been calibrated to test Britain’s response without provoking a bigger crisis.Unlike the Iranian tanker seized a fortnight earlier, which was carrying a valuable cargo of 2 million barrels of oil, the Stena Impero was on its way to the Gulf and empty at the time it was seized. The 23 crew are mainly Indians and include no British citizens, the presence of which might have led to calls in London to take more drastic action, Ripley said.He added that Iran is likely to view any British response through the wider prism of its conflict with the United States.”If the Americans are going to continue to enforce this embargo, there’s no incentive for the Iranians not to take more tankers. What have they got to lose?” said Ripley.An Iranian official who asked not to be identified made a similar point.”Iran is displaying its power without entering a military confrontation,” the official said. “This is the result of America’s mounting pressure on Iran.”
Explore further Red Fox. Credit: Jonn Leffmann/Wikipedia/CC BY 3.0 Foxes cannot be tamed, the conventional thinking goes—you can raise them in your house, feed them like babies and try to cuddle with them, but their wild nature will eventually win out—they will become unruly and eventually unwelcome pets. But what if the wildness was bred out of them? That is what Belyaev wondered, so he set to work on a very long term project—one that was very simple. He and his intern, Lyudmila Trut, wandered around Russia searching for foxes to start their experiment. Foxes were chosen based on their behavior in the presence of humans. Those that showed slightly more tolerance of humans were brought back to their Novosibirsk lab to serve as the start group. From there, the foxes were mated, and once again, those cubs that showed the most tolerance for humans were kept as part of the experiment while the others went on to become fur coats. This process was repeated for a half-century—the research pair found that within just a few generations, the foxes had begun to lose their wildness and mistrust of humans. The fourth generation, they reported, showed traits that we see in modern dogs, such as tail wagging, seeking human contact and licking people. Over the course of 50 years, the foxes became friendly, their behavior nearly indistinguishable from domestic dogs. They changed physically, too; their ears drooped and their legs and snouts became shorter and their heads got wider. And it was not all on the outside—their adrenal glands became more active, resulting in higher levels of serotonin in their brains, which is known to mute aggressive behavior.Today, the foxes are still being bred, but they are also being sold as pets to help pay for the cost of the research center. Belyaev died back in 1985, but the program is still overseen by Trut, and by most standards, the long-term experiment has been a resounding success—most researchers who visit the lab have found that theories regarding how dog domestication came about were consistent with what has been observed in the novel experiment in Russia. Comfort dogs bring healing in times of tragedy Citation: Russian geneticist repeats dog domestication with foxes in just fifty years (2016, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-russian-geneticist-dog-domestication-foxes.html (Phys.org)—A Russian geneticist, the BBC is reporting, replicated the process that led to the domestication of the dog, with foxes, over the course of just fifty years. Curious about the means by which dogs became domesticated, Dmitry Belyaev began a breeding program in the late 1950’s aimed at replicating the process using foxes. © 2016 Phys.org 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.
Image Credit: BBC News Advertisement South Korean based conglomerate company, Samsung Corp. on Monday issued an alert to all it’s customers, asking them to immediately turn off their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones which have been spontaneously catching fire. The unprecedented move comes one day after the company halted production of the dangerously glitch devices.In a corporate statement, Samsung said it will also “ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7” while it investigates the cause of the fires.The company adds that, “Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device until further notice.”Samsung released the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 7 device in August in anticipation of Apple’s new iPhone 7. But customers immediately started complaining that their phones were catching fire. – Advertisement – The company explained that faulty lithium-ion batteries were overheating the device and causing it to ignite. In early September, Samsung recalled 2.5 million devices worldwide.Samsung offered replacement phones, but those burst into flames too.In the past week, an American user reported his replacement phone caught fire, even though it wasn’t plugged in. And on Wednesday, smoke started billowing from a replacement Galaxy Note 7 aboard a Southwest Airline plane before it departed, prompting the flight’s cancellation.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the incident on the plane.U.S. safety regulators and Samsung urged Galaxy Note 7 customers in early September to “immediately stop using and power down” the original Note 7 phones. Now, Samsung is issuing a similar warning for the replacement devices that were supposed to be safe.[related-posts]On Monday, Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot F. Kaye said Samsung made “the right move.”“No one should have to be concerned their phone will endanger them, their family or their property,” Kaye said in a statement.The Federal Aviation Administration issued a warning to air travelers last month, asking them to keep their Galaxy Note 7 phones turned off, not to charge them and “not to stow them in any checked baggage.” It updated its warning on Monday, saying it applies to the replacement devices, too.Samsung said that customers who shut down their phones can “take advantage of the remedies available.” According to U.S. federal regulators, consumers are entitled to “a full refund.”source: CNN news