The invisible problem in gun violence research

first_imgCheck out our full coverage of AAAS 2017. The invisible problem in gun violence research St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office via Wikimedia Commons By Rachael LallensackFeb. 20, 2017 , 10:15 AM A: One is funding, and there other is political will. The extremely limited federal funding in the past 2 decades has hampered researchers’ ability to address important policy questions. It creates a circumstance that deters the next generation of researchers from entering the field.  Q: What are some challenges in the field of gun research right now?  Women are less likely to be injured when a gun is involved in intimate partner violence. Gun violence expert Susan Sorenson.center_img BOSTON—What happens when guns are present at the scene of domestic disputes—but not fired? It’s a slice of gun research that’s “largely invisible,” says Susan Sorenson, a public health professor at University of Pennsylvania who specializes in gun violence. In a session here Friday at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science, she argued that—because medicine, public health, and law enforcement usually focus on physical injury—researchers are missing the psychological impacts of so-called nonfatal gun use. Sorenson sat down with Science to discuss her latest study and broader challenges to the field of gun research. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.  Gun use contributes to a circumstance that is called coercive control. Coercive control is at the heart of battering. If coercive control is present in a violent relationship, [methods of coercion] like psychological manipulation, limiting access to others, limiting movement, denigration, insults, and belittling all cause the woman’s worldview to shift to some degree. So if [the offender] were to hit her after all of this psychological, emotional, economic, and other kinds of abuse, she becomes more compliant—and less likely to leave.  Q: What is the relationship between guns and intimate partner violence? 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We found that fear is substantially higher when a gun is used to threaten a victim. When establishing credibility in a police report, fear is important to record in the absence of physical injury. Medicine, public health, and law enforcement usually focus on physical injury, so data on guns as threats have been largely invisible in those fields.  A: In 2013, there were over 137,867 calls to the Philadelphia [Pennsylvania,] police department for domestic violence assistance, which is a remarkable number in a population of 1.5 million. Of that, 35,413 incidents were between intimate partners, but only 576 involved a gun. We found that most of the incidents were verbal-only in nature. When there was a weapon used, it was most often a bodily weapon—hands, fists, or feet. When an external weapon was used, a third of the time it was a gun, and the remainder it was essentially whatever was within reach—a knife, a bat, ashtrays, you name it. The offenders were less likely to punch or kick the victim when a gun was involved. In other words, the victim was less likely to be injured when a gun was involved.  Connor Augustine last_img read more

Nomination to Rajya Sabha due to cricket, not politics: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgDressed in a smart pin-striped shirt and dark trousers, with a haircut that he joked would “make him look younger”, Sachin Tendulkar looked dapper as he spoke about his new role and responsibilities as a Parliamentarian and rubbished rumours of retirement.The 39-year-old cricketer-turned-Member of Parliament was in Pune to attend a ceremony to felicitate him on Maharashtra Day for scoring 100 centuries in international cricket. He sportingly confessed that the nomination to the House of Elders was a “bouncer”, but reiterated, “I am not a politician. I am a sportsman and will always remain one.”Last week, the celebrated cricketer was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President, a move that brought him bouquets and brickbats from across the country. Friend Raj Thackeray, chief of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, hailed the announcement, while Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray flayed the nomination as the Congress’s “dirty picture”.Yoga guru Baba Ramdev publicly condemned the nomination and even the cricketing community, as well as fans, was divided over the batsman’s decision to accept the honour.Stressing that the nomination wasn’t a political one, the master batsman pointed out that stalwarts such as Lata Mangeshwar and Prithviraj Kapoor were nominated to the House of Elders for excellence in their chosen field. “When you get nominated because of your contribution in your field, it’s an honour. I was excited to be nominated,” Tendulkar stated.Acknowledging that he now has “many responsibilities”, Tendulkar dismissed talk that he would retire from cricket to join active politics. “Cricket is my life and it will be so. Whatever I have achieved is due to my contribution to cricket,” he clarified.advertisementHe’s got his share of criticism and stress in the past as well, especially in the year between his 99th international century and the 100th ton, but Tendulkar casually commented that his family had taught him how to take the good with the bad. “The formula was just move ahead. Nobody got carried away with good performances,” he said.Sharing his mantra for success, Tendulkar said that he “never looks at the past or the future” but concentrated only on the present. “I look at problems as opportunities and approach them positively,” he stated.Speaking fondly about his wife Anjali, Tendulkar said that she had stood by him “through thick and thin.”The Bandra boy also revealed that despite the recent distinction of becoming the first cricketer in the world to score 100 tons, the World Cup victory was, personally, a more joyous moment for him.Apart from all the talk about cricket and family, Tendulkar rubbished rumours that he will join politics after retirement. “I am a cricketer first and will always remain a sportsman,” he said, adding that he would continue to contribute to the field of sports.last_img read more

Meet the U.S. Soccer presidential candidates

first_imgUnited States U.S. Soccer presidential candidates: Who are they and what are their platforms? Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 02:45 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Sunil Gulati US Soccer United States United States Ahead of Saturday’s election in Orlando, Florida, Goal has provided a breakdown of the eight candidates to replace Sunil Gulati The U.S. Soccer Federation will have new leadership this weekend, with the presidential election taking place Saturday at the annual general meeting in Orlando, Florida. Members of U.S. Soccer’s affiliated councils and organizations will cast their ballots to decide who the new president of U.S. Soccer will be.Current president Sunil Gulati announced in December he would not be seeking another term. Gulati had won all three of his terms running unopposed, but the U.S. men’s national team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and other issues surrounding the sport in the U.S. led to a flood of candidates. Eight received the necessary nominations to stand in Saturday’s election. We take you through all of them below:Paul CaligiuriPaul Caligiuri Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Who is he? The scorer of “the shot heard round the world” as the U.S. beat Trinidad & Tobago to qualify for the 1990 World Cup. He continued playing in Europe before returning home to finish his career in MLS, playing more than 100 matches with the LA Galaxy. In recent years, he has coached and provided television commentary.What’s his platform? Caligiuri’s platform lists “inclusiveness,” “parity” and “transparency” as his main focuses. The 53-year-old writes that the U.S. women’s national team’s push for equal pay should not be ignored, saying, “Salaries should be equal. Period.” Kathy CarterKathy CarterWho is she? Carter is the president of Soccer United Marketing (though she has taken leave during the election and would resign were she to win). She has been with the organization — which works to market and manage business partnerships for MLS, the U.S. and Mexico national teams, and major tournaments — since 2003 and became president in 2010.What’s her platform? Carter has a six-point plan that leads off with a need to “change the federation’s culture.” This includes streaming Board of Directors meetings and hiring a chief diversity officer. She also wants to “grow the adult game and integrate unaffiliated leagues,” add a general manager and increase scouting for national teams, and “go all in on the women’s game” with equal pay and short- and long-term goals for the NWSL.Carlos CordeiroCarlos CordeiroWho is he? Cordeiro has worked with the U.S. federation for a decade, serving as Gulati’s executive vice president since 2016. He also serves on the CONCACAF Council. He is now retired but worked at Goldman Sachs for decades, eventually becoming the firm’s vice president for Asia.What’s his platform? Cordeiro wants to grow U.S. Soccer’s budget over the next decade to invest in all levels of the game, with a three-part plan he’s titled, “Aim Higher.” He wants to “Grow the game at all levels,” “Develop world-class national teams” and “Ensure open, inclusive, transparent leadership.” That includes hiring general managers for the men’s and women’s national teams who report to the CEO, promote unity in youth soccer, and create a full-time position for a director of diversity and inclusion. Steve GansWho is he? Gans is a Boston-based lawyer who focuses on business, sports and employment law at Prince Lobel Tye LLP. He played soccer at all levels and also was involved in the 1994 World Cup organization committee, helping bringing games to Boston. Gans announced he would run for the presidency before the men’s national team failed to qualify for the World Cup.What’s his platform? Gans has his platform outlined on “Leadership,” “Fairness” and “Reform.” Gans is looking to “bridge the gap between the state associations, on the one hand, and U.S. Soccer and USYS, on the other hand.” “I think change, fairness, transparency and greater competence. That’s what’s going to happen here,” he told Goal in Ocober. “I do think this job also is not about star power, it’s about competency in many, many areas and it’s about getting it. That’s why I think I’m the most valuable candidate.”Kyle MartinoKyle MartinoWho is he? Martino played six seasons as a midfielder in MLS before moving into the commentary booth. He worked with NBC Sports on its coverage of American soccer and the English Premier League.What’s his platform? Change is the overarching theme with “transparency,” “equality” and “progress” the main points. Martino says he would step aside were the men’s national team to fail to qualify for the 2022 World Cup or miss the quarterfinals in 2026 and would do the same should the women’s national team fail to make the semifinals in any international tournament from 2023 forward. He also has proposed making the president role a paid position.Hope SoloHope SoloWho is she? A former U.S. international who won the World Cup in 2015 and Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. Solo saw her international career ended in 2016 when her national team contract was terminated following negative comments about Sweden’s style of play at the Olympics.What’s her platform? Solo has a plan with four highlights: “Create a Winning Culture at USSF,” “Become The Global Leader in Equality and Women’s Issues,” “Make Soccer Accessible to All,” and “Embody the Highest Standards of Transparency and Good Governance.””I’m the only candidate who has a track record where you can see I continue to push against the status quo, where I continue to fight for equality, where I continue to hold the federation accountable,” Solo told The Guardian. “Somebody has to really stand in the face of U.S. Soccer and demand change.”Michael WinogradWho is he? Winograd is an attorney who played college soccer and three years of pro soccer in Israel. He has been involved in local soccer governance since 2008.What’s his platform? Winograd has three strategic initiatives, naming “inclusive, merit-based and transparent advisory committees for critical decisions,” “equal treatment for women’s soccer,” and “take down cost barriers in youth soccer and coaching education.” “I will implement a governance structure that is inclusive, merit-based and transparent,” he wrote in a questionnaire from the American Outlaws. “Critical US Soccer decisions will reflect meaningful input from all parts of the US Soccer landscape that they affect. And absolute transparency will be imposed to ensure integrity and engender confidence and trust.”Eric WynaldaEric WynaldaWho is he? A former U.S. national team forward who earned more than 100 caps from 1990 to 2000. Since retiring, he has coached and also been a television commentator.What’s his platform? Wynalda is focusing on injecting development projects with money, which he’s branded a “Soccer Stimulus”; promoting transparency, including the creation of a full-time ethics, integrity and inclusion office; and changing the culture of the federation largely by establishing programs to support athletes during and after their playing careers.He also has said he supports promotion and relegation in U.S. leagues and a switch to the European calendar.”There’s been a lot made of the role that I’ve had in the last decade and a half being on television,” he told Goal in November. “What I’m experiencing now, and I think it’s been a great experience, is a lot of people are being introduced to the real me.”last_img read more

9 months agoSevilla target Moreno told he can leave Liverpool

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Sevilla target Moreno told he can leave Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlberto Moreno is looking to push through an exit from Liverpool after being told his contract will not be renewed this summer.The fullback has publicly slated manager Jurgen Klopp for being treated poorly this season.The Daily Express claims Moreno wants a return to Sevilla this month, but the Reds are not rushing to agree a deal.The 26-year-old has received lucrative offers from Turkey and Russia. However, he has his heart set on a return to his homeland. last_img

Wolf vs. Goat Does Menswear Right

first_imgAs much as we love heritage brands and heritage ‘inspired’ brands, it is always refreshing to find a company that is taking a fresh approach to menswear.Wolf vs Goat SuitingWolf vs Goat, founded in 2009, is just such a company. Owned by industry expert Mauro Farinelli, theirs  is an offering to men of beautifully tailored suits, button downs, pants, over coats and knits in a great array of colors and prints (loving the eskimo print!). Egyptian cotton muslin Henley’s? Yep. As Farinelli describes the line, it is sophistication without pretension. Amen! One amazing item is the ‘whole garment’ sweater that is knitted entirely in one piece, eliminating seams and stress points.Wolf vs. Goat FlannelThe brand is kept well edited with a tight roll out. Mauro keeps numbers small so clients will feel like their garment is not something everyone will have. In turn he is continually rolling out product, keeping guys on their toes.Another interesting aspect is the rewards program. For a one time payment of $100 you will receive 50% off all future purchases through a promo code. This has been bringing guys back to the site and keeping them looking fresh in Wolf vs Goat’s continual roll out of products. Mauro also makes items just for loyalty members, has great giveaways and allows them first dibs on new items.Wolf vs Goat Car CoatKeep a lookout for the newly launched lounge pant. It is another whole garment item that you may not be able to take off. Holiday printed shirts and new suits and chinos are appearing  next month too,  so sign up to know about them and get ready to be spoiled.WolfvsGoat can be found online as well as at specialty stores including Need Supply, Clothing Brigade and Warehaus.  Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style When to Take Your Suit in for a Cleaning, According to the Experts Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garments last_img read more

Damen Wraps Up Keppel Verolme Takeover

first_imgzoom Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), a part of the Dutch Damen Shipyards Group, has finalized the acquisition of the Keppel Verolme shipyard from Keppel Offshore & Marine.DSC’s acquisition of the yard follows an initial agreement made between the two parties in April of this year. From 1 July, the Keppel Verolme shipyard, including its 250 staff members, will continue operations under the Damen flag.“We look forward to joining forces with the Verolme yard and its people. The facilities and personnel are complementary to our existing organisation. This acquisition will enable us to serve our existing clients even better while opening up new opportunities,” says Durk-Jan Nederlof, Managing Director of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion.As disclosed, with three dry docks – the largest of which measures 405 x 90 metres – and almost 2km of quay capacity, the Verolme yard, located in Rotterdam’s Botlek harbour, will significantly expand DSC’s portfolio. DSC operates eight repair and conversion yards in the Netherlands and another eight abroad.Verolme yard has been active in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam since 1957.Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide.last_img read more

5yearold raped and murdered

first_imgKolkata: A five-year -old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by a middle aged person at Narendrapur in South 24 Parganas a week ago and the body was in a bushy area. The accused was arrested on Saturday and the body was recovered later.According to sources, on July 15, victim’s family members who are residents of Kheyadah in Narendrapur could not found their daughter for more than two hours in the morning. After searching for her till evening the tribal couple went to Narendrapur police station and sought immediate action. They also stated that from their neighbours they came to know that the girl was seen with a person identified as Azgar Ali, who is also a resident of the same area. After a missing diary was lodged and victim’s parents doubted Ali was their daughter’s kidnapper. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing the complaint lodged sleuths raided Ali’s house and found that he was not home. Thus the doubt grew more. During a check with the database, police found that Ali was arrested two years ago in a snatching case. At that time he was arrested from Park Circus railway station after a few days of search. Despite repeated searches, police failed to trace Ali and locals got furious. One day they even put up a road blockade protesting the police inaction. A few days ago sleuths decided to initiate strict vigil in and around the Sealdah South Section railway stations. On Saturday evening, police got a source information that Ali was seen in Sealdah railway station. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWithout wasting any time, police rushed to Sealdah railway station and arrested Ali. Later Ali shown the police personnel where he dumped the child’s body. During interrogation, Ali confessed that he lured the child by promising to give a guava and took her to a bushy area. There he raped the child and strangled her to death. Ali was produced before the Baruipur Court on Sunday and was remanded to judicial custody for one day as he needs to be produced before the Special Judge, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which remains closed on Sundays. He was again produced before the Special Judge, POCSO Act on Monday and was remanded to police custody.last_img read more

Serious glitches mean a fail in Quebec Ontario for emergency warning system

first_imgThe company operating Canada’s new national public alert system for mobile devices said it would investigate after a test of the system misfired in Quebec on Monday and was hit and miss in Ontario.Shortly after the test was scheduled to reach mobile devices in Ontario, at 1:55 p.m. ET, social media was flooded with messages from people confirming they had received the signal, others who had not and still others who appeared startled or even surprised by it.“I forgot that we were getting that emergency alert testing on our phones,” wrote one Twitter user, going only by Mary.“But I got forcibly reminded, all right. And there is not enough hot chocolate in the world to calm me down right now.”Another Twitter user, Brent Morris, wrote that some people at his office got the alert on their phones, but he didn’t.“I guess if the world ends, I’m the last to know,” he quipped.For those who did receive it the message read, in part, “This is a test of Ontario’s Alert Ready System. There is no danger to your health or safety.”In Quebec, where the test did not go as planned shortly before 10 a.m., the problem did not originate with cellphone service providers but appears to have occurred between emergency management in the province and Pelmorex Corp., which operates the system, said Patricia Valladao, a spokesperson for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.“The alerts are actually coming from the emergency management in the region and then it goes to Pelmorex,” Valladao said.In a statement emailed to The Canadian Press, Pelmorex blamed the Quebec problem on a computer programming glitch.“A space incorrectly included in the coding prevented the Alert Ready System from sending the Quebec test message to compatible wireless devices earlier this morning,” it read, adding the misconfiguration was quickly corrected.The statement also pointed out the Quebec test “did broadcast successfully on TV and radio.”In Ontario, the test alerts were also expected to be broadcast across TV and radio airwaves, but in some cases no messages were seen on TV screens.Pelmorex suggested it would take time to figure out what went wrong in Ontario.“All Alert Ready partners are working together to identify the cause,” it said in a separate statement.“We thank everyone for their patience as we investigate and work through the test alert results.”Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he expects federal, provincial and private sector experts behind the warning system to learn from Monday’s “serious glitches” and correct the problems quickly.“That consortium of experts has to learn from this experience and make sure that whatever went wrong today in the coding or in the launch, that all of that is corrected and that we have a system up and running as fast as possible,” Goodale said.“That’s what a test is for, to determine if the system works. Today, it didn’t. We need to make sure it’s fixed and that it is available to Canadians at the earliest possible moment.”Depending on settings, users with compatible devices connected to an LTE network were expected to hear a tone similar to an ambulance siren or feel a vibration for eight seconds. Devices that were turned off would not receive the signal but phone users receiving the alerts would have heard their conversations interrupted by a sound similar to a call-waiting tone.The tests were being conducted after the CRTC ordered wireless providers to implement the system to distribute warnings of imminent safety threats, such as tornadoes, floods, Amber Alerts or terrorist threats.A similar system is already used in the United States and made headlines earlier this year when an emergency official in Hawaii mistakenly sent an alert about a potential incoming ballistic missile.A report issued last month by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said the false alarm, which went uncorrected for 38 minutes after being transmitted and caused widespread panic across the Pacific islands state, was a result of human error and inadequate safeguards.“The CRTC has no insights with respect to what occurred in Hawaii, other than what has been reported in the media,” the regulator said.But it added that Canada has safeguards in place to prevent false signals from being distributed to mobile devices.Unlike wireless emergency alerts issued in the United States, Canada’s system requires a specific vibration cadence, alert tone and banner to notify users of an emergency.As well, the emergency alerts are not text — or SMS — messages, but are distributed using what’s known as cell broadcast technology. The messages can’t be tracked by service providers so they can’t tell who has or has not received the alert, the CRTC said.Here are the times for tests scheduled for later this week outside Ontario and Quebec. All times are local:Wednesday:Yukon 1:30 p.m.Northwest Territories 1:55 p.m.Alberta 1:55 p.m.British-Columbia 1:55 p.m.Saskatchewan 1:55 p.m.Manitoba 1:55 p.m.Newfoundland and Labrador 1:55 p.m.Nova Scotia 1:55 p.m.Prince Edward Island 1:55 p.m.New-Brunswick 6:55 p.m.last_img read more

HBC to shut down Home Outfitters brand, including four stores in Calgary

TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. is shuttering its Home Outfitters business and eyeing the closures of 20 of its Saks Off Fifth locations, in a bid to increase profitability.The Toronto-based company behind a handful of big-box and luxury retailers said its decision to shut down its household goods brand with 37 stores in Canada and review its roster of 133 Saks Off Fifth stores is part of a plan to “reduce costs, simplify the business and improve overall profitability.”“Further streamlining our retail portfolio enables even greater focus on our businesses with the strongest growth opportunities,” said Helena Foulkes, HBC’s chief executive officer, in a release. “The divestiture of (online retailer) Gilt, rightsizing of Lord & Taylor, the recent merger of our European retail operations in Germany, and today’s announcement exemplify the bold strategic actions we are taking to set HBC up for long-term success.”Foulkes, who was not made available for interviews, and HBC have faced scrutiny over the last year due to the company’s performance.The company has had to repeatedly defend itself against activist investor Land and Buildings Investment Management LLC, which sent a letter to HBC shareholders in late November, calling out the board for failing to take decisive action to unlock value for shareholders.Land and Buildings said it believes HBC could double or triple its share price and find benefits by selling Saks Fifth Avenue, its remaining 50 per cent interest in its European business to Signa Holding GmbH, and Lord and Taylor to a mass merchant.In its latest quarter, HBC’s net loss reached $164 million or 69 cents per share, including discontinued operations.HBC said it expects the Home Outfitters closure and Saks Off Fifth review to be “slightly favourable to adjusted EBITDA.”HBC said the shutdown of all 37 Home Outfitters locations will occur this year and most of the markets the brand is in will still be served by HBC.The company said the review will allow it to focus on its “best locations” and on its e-commerce offerings.Home Outfitters employed less than 700 employees.“We know this news is difficult for our associates,” Foulkes said. “We are grateful for their ongoing efforts to serve our customers and we will work to find opportunities within HBC for impacted team members where possible.” read more

Saddened at latest terror attack in Israel Annan says it must not

“No cause can justify deliberate acts designed to kill or maim civilians,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released in New York.The Secretary-General “calls upon Palestinians and Israelis to do their utmost to maintain calm at this difficult moment,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.“Those who ordered and carried out this attack must not be allowed to undermine democratic processes, or to derail efforts to promote peace between the parties.”

Meghan versus Kate how will their American and British parenting styles differ

Comparisons: poor Meghan’s been subjected to a fair few of those since she joined The Firm. And whether they’ve been to Diana, Kate, Wallace Simpson or – post £350,000 baby shower – Marie Antoinette, the Duchess of Sussex has always managed to shrug them off.  But as every woman knows it’s when you become a mother that the comparison game begins in earnest. And whereas the rest of us only have to endure the odd raised eyebrow and judgemental aside from any uber-mums in our extended families, Meghan will be in the unenviable position of having her LA-inspired “parenting path” compared to that of quintessentially no-nonsense British mum, Kate. Given how very different these two Duchesses are, there…

Facebook attaqué par le site Timelinescom

first_imgFacebook attaqué par le site Timelines.comLe réseau social Facebook est attaqué par le site américain Ce dernier redoute la confusion entre son nom et les contenus de son site, et la reprise du terme, timeline, sur Facebook.Dans le coin gauche, Facebook, qui vient d’inclure l’option Timeline sur le profil de ses millions de profils d’utilisateurs. Dans le coin droit,, une société américaine de Chicago, dépositaire d’un site à son nom et qui a porté plainte contre le géant des réseaux sociaux, au motif que la reprise du terme Timeline est illégale car il s’agit d’une marque déposée d’après ce qu’a pu en entendre le site a donc décidé de conduire une action en justice qui “vise à protéger Timelines, une petite entreprise dont le siège est à Chicago et qui existe depuis près de cinq ans et qui pourrait être touchée, voire éliminée par l’action illégale de la plus grande et la plus puissante société dans le secteur des réseaux sociaux, Facebook”. Mais surtout, redoute que son contenu (héberger des souvenirs) ne soit mélangé avec celui de Facebook qui contient aussi de nombreuses photos par exemple, selon Clubic.Facebook aurait esquivé avec adresse l’attaque et sa portée en restaurant “discrètement la page fan de”. Mais il est possible qu’une décision de justice intervienne prochainement. Le 3 octobre 2011 à 17:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

10 Essential Sketches from Portlandia

first_imgPortlandia returns tonight for its seventh season, and wouldn’t you know, there’s still a lot of material to be mined from the weirdest city on the west coast. This season, the show promises to get back to its roots with more of a sketch show format, rather than the long-form stories recent seasons have focused on. That makes it a great time to get back in. If it’s been a while for you, or if you’ve somehow never seen the show, we’ve put together a list of the ten sketches you have to watch before tonight’s premiere.1. The Dream of the 90sThe sketch that started it all. This song was the very first thing anyone saw of Portlandia and it did a wonderful job of setting the tone. Two minutes into the pilot episode and you know exactly what you’re in for and what kind of city Portland is. This is the sketch that cemented Portland in people’s minds as “the city where young people go to retire.” A place where you could hang out and work a couple of hours a week at a coffee shop.In season two, they updated the song to include a few details they missed originally. Specifically, they mentioned the trends of waxed handlebar mustaches, buying hyper-local, raising your own chickens and curing your own meat. Fred Armisen acknowledges that those things don’t sound too much like the 1990s and the song changes to “The Dream of the 1890s.” No matter what century it is, it’s always some kind of ’90s in Portland.2. Is It Local?Portlandia really knocked it out of the park with their first episode. Right after “Dream of the ’90s,” they give us this amazing parody of farm-to-table restaurants. The sketch is arguably even more relevant now, as farm-to-table isn’t just a Portland hipster thing. They are everywhere, as are the patrons who can’t just enjoy a meal without asking a million questions. While the sketch takes the idea to an absurd extreme, some of the jokes don’t seem that far-fetched. It isn’t hard to imagine that a restaurant would tell you the name and habitat of the chicken you are about to eat.This sketch also introduces Peter and Nance, two of the show’s funniest recurring characters. They are an insufferably cute couple who never want to say no to anything. They often don’t become aware of their situation until it’s too late and end up getting involved in Portland’s stranger communities. Like a cult on a farm run by Jason Sudeikis, for example.3. Air Conditioner (Women and Women First Bookstore)It was hard to choose one Women and Women First Bookstore sketch because they’re all hilarious. Toni and Candace run a feminist bookstore that remains open despite their apparent reluctance to sell customers anything. (They would like you to sign up for a class, though.) The air conditioner sketch that begins the compilation above is probably the best representation of these characters. The repairman just wants to do his job, but he can’t until Candace and Toni teach him why he shouldn’t use the word “unit” around them. It would have been easy to fall into lazy humorless feminist stereotypes, but Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein avoid them by creating two unique, fleshed-out characters. They realize they provide an important service and have let that go to their heads.On the other hand, the real-life bookstore that plays Women and Women First actually banned the show from filming there earlier this year. They cited lost profits and accused the show of contributing to the gentrification of Portland. Still, it does make you wonder if maybe the jokes began to hit too close to home.4. One More EpisodePortlandia is at its best when it’s making fun of something that’s not inherent to Portland. When this season two sketch aired, binge-watching was a relatively new thing. Now that it has become the way most of us watch TV, this sketch hits even harder. Doug and Claire start watching an episode of Battlestar Galactica (remember when we were all obsessed with that show?) and can’t stop. We’ve all been hit by that “one more episode” syndrome, which almost makes this sketch feel like a cautionary tale. Doug and Clair neglect every other part of their lives to watch more Battlestar and are devastated when it’s over. Five years later, this sketch is barely even satire anymore. It almost makes you want to reevaluate how much time you spend binging TV. Almost.Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani and Carrie Brownstein (Photo via IFC)5. Around the World in 80 PlatesAny time Kumail Nanjiani is on the show, pure gold starts coming out of the TV screen. Around the World in 80 Plates might be the best sketch the show has ever had. Sadly, no videos exist on Youtube, but the series in available on Netflix. This sketch occurs in the first episode of season two. Fred and Carrie (playing themselves) are on a mission to find a mixologist who has moved to Southern California. When they get there, they head to a restaurant for food only to discover that ordering isn’t so simple. Their waiter wants to guide them through the restaurant’s worldly cuisine and Fred just wants a hamburger. They don’t sell hamburgers; they sell Slamburgers. And of course, every item has a million different styles you can add, like super spiking. That’s where they pour Jack Daniels over your food. Nanjiani is hilarious as the particular waiter who wants to make sure his customers know about every menu item and special, no matter how long it takes.6. Spoiler AlertOne side effect of our collective binge-watching TV habit is that nobody is every on the same page when it comes to TV anymore. And since most of us want to be surprised, we’re all extremely wary of spoilers. That spoiler sensitivity is lampooned in this season three sketch about a group of friends who can’t talk about anything they’ve seen because nobody is completely caught up. It even ends with a nice callback to the Battlestar Galactica episode. Be warned, though: The sketch contains a fair amount of spoilers. If you don’t yet know that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father, this sketch will ruin it for you. Just looking out.7. 911 Beets EmergencySomewhere along the line, everyone decided to start eating beets, and with that came an unfortunate side effect. Yes, beets are very good for you. They lower blood pressure; they prevent heart disease, and they make your bones stronger. They also make your toilet look like a scene out of a slasher movie. This Portlandia sketch, depicting a 911 call center, is funny and scatological, sure. It also provides an important service: reminding everyone who just had beets for the first time in a while to calm down. That’s not blood in your stool. It’s just beets. No matter how serious it looks, it’s always beets.8. Social BankruptcyThis sketch satirizes the fact that we are so connected to our friends at every moment that we never get any personal time. Carrie, like most of us, is constantly on her phone. She has texts to answer, plans to make, statuses to comment on, and it’s driving her crazy. She just wants to escape. So, she declares social bankruptcy, completely wiping her online presence. As nice as that can sound sometimes, it’s not without its consequences. She is now forced to hang out with the only other people who aren’t on social media. It’s a hilarious sketch that only becomes more relevant with each passing year. Personally, I recommend the Seattle solution for social overload. Say “we should really hang out sometime” and never speak to another human being again.Still from “Seaworld” (Photo: Via IFC)9. Eco-Terrorists in SeaworldAnother great group of recurring characters are the most ineffectual eco-terrorists in existence. In season five, they try to organize a protest to save the whales and head to San Diego to fight Sea World. They didn’t count on San Diego being awesome and having tons of fun stuff to do. The big demonstration is constantly pushed back in favor of going to the beach, eating tacos and partying. By the time they do get around to it, they’ve lost sight of the actual goal a bit. It’s a great sketch that gets bonus points for the appearance of Jeff Goldblum, who is one of Portlandia’s funniest recurring guest stars.Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in “Weirdo Beach” (Photo: Via IFC)10. TSA Red CarpetProbably one of the funniest sketches of last season, and the one that feels the most plausible. TSA Red Carpet begins with a woman who is about to miss her flight due to the long TSA pre-check line. The agent tells her about the TSA’s new premium service, Red Carpet. After being subjected to a creepy-specific background check, members are allowed to breeze right through security on a red carpet. They’re also allowed to bring certain weapons aboard and tell jokes about bombs on the plane. The sketch feels loose and improvised, which makes it even funnier. Given that it comes from one of the more sketch-heavy episodes of last season, it’s a pretty good indication of the kind of humor we can expect from season seven. Portlandia is no longer primarily about making fun of hipsters. Now, it’s a broader, satirical comedy that parodies all aspects of modern life.last_img read more

Toy Tuesday 11 Nintendo Toys That Will Have You Playing With Power

first_imgStay on target Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long It’s Smash week and we’re celebrating the insanely deep roster of Nintendo characters and games. Seriously, they’re in the upper echelon of pop culture creative forces, with dozens of successful franchises under their belt. Not bad for a humble playing card company from Kyoto. Let’s beef up your toy shelves with some figures and more from Mario, Zelda and all of the rest.Medicom Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword Action FigureThere have been plenty of incarnations of Link through the years, and while the actual Skyward Sword game won’t rank as one of the franchise’s best, this Medicom figure is really nice. The company’s wild attention to detail is all over this one, with great painting, plenty of articulation and accessories including the Master Sword and the Shield of Hairia. Link comes with a few different faceplates so you can pick the expression that best suits the little elf boy.Get it at Amazon.comMimikyu PlushDozens of new Pokemon get introduced with every generation of the game, and let’s be frank: most of them are non-starters. But every once in a while the team at Game Freak will hit the jackpot and deliver a little monster that has crossover appeal, and in Sun and Moon it was Mimikyu. This Ghost-type creature disguises itself with a discarded rag to look like a Pikachu because it thought that would help it make friends. That’s sweet and also pretty creepy. Cuddle up with the little bugger in the form of this 8 inch plush stuffed animal.Get it at Amazon.comEarthbound Mr. Saturn Soft Vinyl FigureOne of the greatest cult classics of all time, Earthbound is a 16-bit RPG unlike any other, full of quirky humor and deep ideas. This Banpresto soft vinyl fig replicates Mr. Saturn, the odd androgynous creatures that populate Saturn Valley. The game’s unofficial mascot, Mr. Saturns are gentle, sweet individuals that are imprisoned into forced labor by Mr. Belch at the Fly Honey factory. The figure measures seven inches in every direction and is cast from soft, squishy vinyl.Get it at Amazon.comTamashii Nations Bowser Action FigureOr King Koopa if you’re nasty. The villain of countless Mario games finally gets an action figure that befits his majesty with this Tamashii Nations number from Bandai. If you’re not familiar with the line, these are smaller figures – Bowser is only five inches tall – but with a ton of incredibly fine detail and articulation. The fire-breathing reptile has subtle textures on his skin and shell and comes with a few accessories. He stands beautifully on his own and can be posed in a few different ways for maximum menace.Get it at Amazon.comMetroid Prime 3 Samus Aran Action FigureNintendo’s outer space bounty hunter Samus Aran delivered one of video gaming’s most iconic swerves at the end of the first Metroid when she doffed her helmet to reveal there was a girl under all that power armor. Since then, she’s starred in numerous all-time classics. We’re particularly hyped for the upcoming Metroid Prime 4, returning to the first-person spinoff that debuted on the GameCube. This gorgeous figure from Good Smile stands a little over six inches tall and comes with interchangeable arms and a morph ball for tunnel exploration.Get it at Amazon.comBoo Bean BagThis kind of skirts the boundary between “toy” and “furniture,” but it’s awesome so we’ll let it slide. The Boo ghosts – first introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3 – are some of the series’ most iconic enemies, shy spectres who only advance on our hero when his back is turned. If you’ve always wanted to get close and cuddly with the round white ghosts, now you can lounge out on a massive beanbag version that measures 38 inches in diameter and a little over two feet high. Of course, since it’s a beanbag those dimensions can shift a bit but what do you want from us?Get it at ThinkGeekAnimal Crossing K.K. Slider PlushEverybody’s got a favorite Animal Crossing neighbor, but one constant (besides that bastard landlord Tom Nook, cursed be his soul) is the itinerant musician K. K. Slider, who shows up every Saturday night to play his tunes in your town. The guitar-toting Jack Russell terrier is a master of many different genres and it’s always a pleasure to hear him. If you need a little music in your life, pick up this stuffed animal Slider and put him center stage in your collection.Get it at Amazon.comStackable KirbysKirby, the pink puffball created by HAL Labs for Nintendo, is a remarkably adaptable character – in fact, he’s capable of sucking up his foes and transforming to gain their powers. This irresistible desk toy consists of ten different little guys with varied expressions and poses, sculpted to stack and stand in dozens of arrangements. Throw in a star-shaped base for extra stability and this will keep your idle hands busy through even the longest conference call.Get it at Amazon.comGood Smile Pit Action FigureKid Icarus is one of the least-exploited Nintendo franchises, with a single 8-bit incarnation and then nothing for decades. Main character Pit has been a staple of the Smash Bros games, though, which has kept him from fading away. This really nice Good Smile action figure has all of the poseability you’ve come to expect from the line with smooth joints and just the right amount of detailing. Pit comes with two interchangeable faceplates and Palutena’s Holy Bow. Did you know “Palutena” was a weird mistranslation of “Pallas Athena?” I just learned that.Get it at Amazon.comWario & Waluigi Plush DollsLike a dark mirror from an evil universe, Wario and Waluigi stand as the nefarious counterparts to our beloved plumber brothers. However, the duo of miscreants have built a fan base of their own thanks to their all-out greed and larceny. Wario in particular has a rabid following from his sporadic appearances in games like Mario Tennis, with a whole fan-fic community establishing his canonical horniness. If you want to snuggle up with these nasty fellows, here’s a pair of plushes that will make you the meat in an evil sandwich.Get them at Amazon.comJapanese Super Mario Adventure Board GameThere are plenty of licensed Nintendo board game knock-offs of things like Monopoly and Clue, but if you really want to bring home something special order this intensely cool-looking Japanese Super Mario Adventure board game that takes cues from Mousetrap, Fireball Island and other hugely complex titles of the past. Guide marbles through pipes, tunnels and other hazards to confront Bowser in this fun little device.Get it at Amazon.comMore on Coolest Iron Man ToysThe Most Radioactive Fallout ToysThe Most Magical Harry Potter Toyslast_img read more

Two displaced in Washougal fire

first_imgA fire in a manufactured home in a Washougal mobile home park Sunday late afternoon displaced at least two residents.Camas-Washougal Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Villines said there were four total in need of a place to stay after the fire burned inside the double-wide home, at 4501 Addy St.Two people were inside the house at the time, he said, and there were reportedly two other residents who were away. The Red Cross responded, he said, but the occupants had found other lodging arrangements.No one was injured, he said.Firefighters took about 20 minutes to douse the fire, he said, which mostly burned in a bedroom and bathroom, but it also made its way into the attic.Villines said the Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating.last_img

For Print to Survive You Must Automate

first_imgThe media landscape has radically and permanently changed. And, a publisher’s normal means of bringing expenses in line with revenues is no longer enough. What publishers are missing is the right process automation software for magazine production (including all affected departments). That means using two-way, real-time integration between departmental systems and even your printer or standalone modules in the event that one or more departments do not have their own management information systems. This is an approach that can enable increased revenues through target marketing of readership (and its advertisers) while bringing significant reductions in both magazine operations overhead and manufacturing and distribution (M&D) expenses through your printer. Depending on how completely the system is implemented, the more you can leverage the software, the better the results will be for the company. Where to Start: The MapYour core process automation application needs to be an electronic version of the magazine map. The map can then become the hub for a central operations database  for overall process automation, two-way real-time integration of internal magazine operations and with your printer, and vastly improved communications. Besides the map, the production software also can cover:(1) Production schedules that also include complete yet automated tracking of content, components and materials; including timely alerts of impending deadlines, schedule conflicts or missing materials.(2) The map’s interface to the software’s print contract management module provides for manufacturing and distribution cost optimization (including geo/demo) while mapping; as well as separate functionality (e.g., M&D budgets for accounting).(3) Exporting the final issue plan’s M&D requirements to the printer can comprise much of the printer’s input for issue specifications; in turn, bringing the likelihood of shared savings by the printer to the publisher for offering the data feed.(4) If you don’t already have sufficient software systems for enabling process automation for advertising, editorial and circulation management, the software must still possess the abilities to provide a complete ad booking system as well as meet other departmental needs as covered herein.Target Marketing is the Answer to a Niche MarketplaceThe printed magazine that performs well today is likely covering a niche. Even with a more general interest publication, you can accommodate selective content for readers and niche advertisers through target marketing to your magazine’s readers by covering content of particular interest to that reader.Today’s map-based software achieves target marketing through geo/demo M&D optimization to minimize time and mistakes. In addition, it realizes the least M&D expense through cost optimization, such as selective binding, including optimization for the USPS to realize the lowest postal rates.Such software must minimally meet the following requirements:• The software must be both easy to use and complete. For example, where other departmental systems do not exist, the software offers standalone-modules. The software even offers Excel file exchange where useful, while providing timely, user-definable and general system alerts and flags to impacted parties in the event of violation of content placement (including locked content), schedule deadlines, or other irregularities.• The software should provide remote access through your Web browser to the map and related software modules.• The software needs to provide a user-customizable report generator to complement the map and other production modules: e.g., (1) for screen or print-out display (including PDFs) of the map and its variations (e.g., S/S ladder); (2) provide for user-definable reports including production schedules and M&D budgets and estimates; (3) automatically output the issue plan and its pre-bill for sending to the printer in the file format the printer requires; and (4) for accounting, the final invoice can be automatically broken out to meet the publisher’s chart of accounts. There should also be quick access to custom and standard reports by category; even allowing fast on-screen queries.In cases where there is limited or no content management systems, the software can even provide databases covering editorial/art requirements such as contributor databases for writers and art contributors including their specialties, contact information and contribution history and Web sites for stock digital assets for download. For digital asset management, the software should provide a current and historical database of specific in-house or printer-based digital assets and their file location for picking up ads for repeat insertions as well as editorial reprints.You should also be able to track production schedules by issue and the fiscal or calendar year, by magazine or magazine group and by magazine issue.Software should be able to create schedules customizable for meeting operational requirements. It should also continually monitor and alert the user to overall issue production status including their ongoing materials status, to ensure that all aspects of issue production are running on-time and otherwise ready for print. It can also catch overlapping schedule conflicts to minimize the possibility of running late.Incorporating a complete printing M&D cost optimization module including geo/gmo makeup is capable of providing:(1) estimates and forecasts (and updates) for accounting’s annual budget;(2) the ongoing cost of a magazine issue’s M&D expenses—even while developing the map—to determine the cost of expanding page count for an ad added at the last minute;  (3) ongoing verification that the issue plan can be produced by the printer, while ensuring that you are billed correctly according to your M&D pre-bill with the issue plan.Circulation and distribution modules are also included covering newsstand and subscriber copies, as well as miscellaneous shipments such as show copies. They work with the cost optimization module to optimize for the lowest postal costs, even geo/demo cost optimization. A complete rights management system can create logins and passwords by user and by workgroup  and stay attuned to their specific access needs as read-only and create, change and delete in terms of magazine workflow requirements. Users can even simultaneously work on the same job while the system prevents overwriting other data.Software FeaturesThe software should also offer continuous upgrades with 24/7 maintenance/support, which overall is critical to not only continuously improving the product, but even more so for improving time savings and error-free issue plans.Map software needs to be fast and easy for the user placing content by using drag-and-drop or with a combination of mouse, keyboard and object menus.  For example, the map should enable the user to quickly drill down or roll up for geo/demo sections and pages. Only a few measurements must be entered to reserve space for anticipated ads. In turn, the map must be easy to differentiate content elements by providing user-customizable page or other display options (e.g., an advertorial or geo/demo version). This is achieved through user-definable use of color, icons and other markers.You need to be able to access map revision history that can enable you to not only review the  development of the map, but also pick up recent revisions to eliminate changes that are no longer true.The software should even include a classified ad module to provide for entry/import along with automatic composition of classified ads by section or other criteria.The software must accommodate a user-customizable visual map including alternate views such as  complete or selective view of metadata vs. page images. The map can be displayed either as the complete issue map or by section or other component, as well as by geo/demo version. It can also provide press form impositions for correcting placement to avoid inline color conflicts on-press and other user-definable views, such as on-screen queries.The map must be able to accommodate all forms of content and their placement requirements, including: advertorials or other special sections; user-definable ad/edit sizes/shapes and standard or unique fractional ad placement; user-definable rules-based ad placement, including by competitive ad market as well as providing for competitive ad rotation from issue-to-issue.Managing Advertising For competitive ad placement, ads can be assigned ad market categories to accommodate the Publishers Information Bureau (PIB) categories, and enable you to customize for your magazine’s own competitive ad market categories. The publisher can transmit electronic reports after issue to PIB and other organizations.To set up each issue map, you can make use of magazine templates or issue job cloning to avoid issue-to-issue repetitive entry. And you also can set issue page count from either a targeted ad/edit ratio, minimum editorial page count, or both.Two-way interfaces to Quark Xpress and Adobe InDesign from the map save time by automatically producing then exporting back to Xpress/InDesign fully composed pages from your mapping software for any template-driven page content (including ads), relieving the art director of tedious follow-through.A Huge Return on InvestmentA product that meets the general requirements herein can provide the appropriate (and verifiable) ROI to senior management. For example, you might even be able to use your printer as an applications service provider (ASP) wherein you are granted login rights in order to safely access the printer’s hosting server and pay a reasonable monthly fee in return.Through accommodating work-share programs  such as PAGE Certification with the USPS, process automation can help to significantly reduce the expense of postage as well as reduce clerical handling by your staff and by the printer.Ease of use, along with process automation, are key deliverables. After the original setup, each magazine issue develops much more quickly and with fewer errors.The software can accommodate the most common architecture along with availability of state-of-the-art database systems like MS-SQL, Oracle and others.Process automation is the most effective solution to retaining your printed magazine The tools are here today. Use them! Bert N. Langford is U.S. technical representative and advisor for dataplan GmbH. He has comprehensive experience in printing and publishing, as well as consulting for magazine publishers. Bert can be reached at read more

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett Prepares To Leave Office January 1

first_img 00:00 /00:47 Emmett says one of his biggest concerns going forward is the trend of state government overriding local control.“I and other officials have failed to convince certain state leaders to leave local government alone,” Emmett said. That appears to be a reference to Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and State Senator Paul Bettencourt, all of whom favor limiting property tax growth. Property taxes are the chief source of revenue for county government.“We’re continuing to hear these things coming out of Austin that they’re going to restrict our revenue,” Emmett said. “And if you do that to Harris County, particularly if you restrict us to state population growth, which is part of the plan, that’s ludicrous. Because if the state grows 1 percent, Harris County’s going to grow 8, 9, 10 percent. And Fort Bend and those are going to grow even faster. So the inability to form a better working relationship with the state still troubles me.”Ed Emmett tells us about his upcoming new job teaching at Rice University:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Ed Emmett steps down as Harris County judge on January 1, after 11 years in office. Judge-elect Lina Hidalgo will be sworn in the same day.Ask Emmett what he thinks Harris County’s biggest accomplishment was under his leadership, and he points to the $2.5 billion flood bond passed in August. But as he told Houston Matters Friday, what he’s proudest of personally is his work on mental health.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaEd Emmett (right) granted one of his last interviews as Harris County Judge to Houston Matters host Craig Cohen (left) on December 21, 2018. During the interview, Emmett discussed his long tenure leading the largest county in Texas and the third most populous in the United States.“A very humbling experience: they named the Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center, so that people start getting help in a mental health setting rather than in the jail,” Emmett said. “That’s a great thing. But beyond that, we’ve just brought a lot of attention to the whole issue of mental health and the needs and made it more of a health care issue, as opposed to some stigma that you deal with.”But Emmett says it will take years, and a lot more state funding, before the jail is no longer Harris County’s biggest mental health care provider.Ed Emmett talks about how he wants to be remembered:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Emmett is preparing to take up several new responsibilities at Rice University, his alma mater. He’ll become a non-tenured professor, teaching a course this spring on the workings of the Texas Legislature. He’ll also serve as a senior fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and assist with the establishment of Rice’s new innovation center. Sharelast_img read more

Riri Williams is the great new Iron Man with the same old

first_imgMarvel Comics is making some changes in their currently running Civil War II event, namely that Tony Stark is stepping down as Iron Man to make way for a new Iron Man, black teenage female RiRi Williams. Even though it seems like a big change in the status quo, the official word from Marvel is that this is not a spoiler forecasting Tony’s doom at the end of Civil War II, simply a product of the character going through a lot of stress narratively.Williams is a product of Brian Michael Bendis, one of Marvel’s creative core and writer of many successful runs on Marvel comics. Bendis created Miles Morales, the black/hispanic Spider-Man that eventually ported over into the main Marvel Comics universe and Jessica Jones, who got the Netflix series adaptation treatment. Support the ELEMENTS anthology, all PoC creators, many black women. @heyelements #elementsanthology— Nilah Magruder (@nilaffle) July 6, 2016The tenor of the discussion from comics fans of color has managed to sidestep any arguments against Riri Williams simply because Brian Michael Bendis is at the wheel. Instead, fans have begun to speak up about places to find minority comic artists and stories elsewhere. Marvel is in the process of diversifying and, as always, sales factor in. Most of these pro-active changes have been successful and there’s no reason to dislike a Riri Williams Iron Man.But, maybe also search for some hashtags on the subject. I think you’ll find your fellow comics fans ready with suggestions. RiRi Williams… are beautiful!! @BRIANMBENDIS you do great work and I can’t wait to get to know Riri! #InvincibleIronMan #RiriWilliams— Chunky Girl Universe (@ChunkyGirlComix) July 6, 2016The Marvel representation initiative has paid off for the company and managed to bring a more diverse readership to the comic books, which is all worthy of praise. However, as some have pointed out, Riri Williams is the creation of and will be written by Brian Michael Bendis, who is neither black nor female (he isn’t a genius teenager either, though fans of his work on Ultimate Spider-Man – like me –  don’t care).The observation isn’t meant as an insult to Bendis or any of the other writers who portray comic book characters outside of their own race and gender, we’ve seen Bendis pull off this feat many times before. It’s simply an observation that we’ve seen these changes before and they’re usually not coming from comic book creatives mirroring their race or gender identities. I’m happy for all of these Black women leads in Marvel comics, but really wish the publisher would give Black women a chance to write them— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) July 6, 2016There are exceptions, right inside Marvel, like Ta-Nehisi Coates taking over writing duties on the Black Panther book. Black Panther #1 went to a third printing in June, and unlike Steve Rogers: Captain America #1, none of those copies were for frustration burning (it’s a Hydra joke). G. Willow Wilson kicked off the Ms. Marvel run as a female Muslim writing a female Muslim shape-shifter Inhuman, that also did big business, much of it on the ever-expanding digital front. When a beloved character is paired with a diverse writer.Jamie Broadnax, who hosts the Black Girl Nerds podcast, voiced this concern to Upworthy: “I think it’s important that black people are allowed to write black stories. I’m not saying that it should be exclusive to us, but I think that we should have those opportunities.” Broadnax also praised Marvel for their work in the comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe films.center_img That “white guy” writing new Iron Man Riri Williams? 1 Ethiopian daughter,1 African American.he created Miles Morales.. but ya’ll carry on.— War Machine (@00DeadlyVenom) July 6, 2016Riri’s taking over as Iron Man (and not becoming Iron Maiden) is the latest in Marvel Comics’ ongoing push for more representation among their heroes in the comics. Since the company has been finding financial success with titles like Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel, who is now a Muslim American teenager named Kamala Khan. The mantle of Captain America passed to Sam Wilson, a black man, and the title of Thor was given to Jane Foster, a female, Amadeus Cho, a Korean American, became the Hulk. Existing Marvel female characters and characters of color began stepping forward in the comic book plots while the Marvel Cinematic Universe was still casting white men named Chris. I’m a black woman comics writer giving opportunities for other black comic creators bc we have to do it to ourselves— #BlackComicsMonth (@MizCaramelVixen) July 6, 2016last_img read more

Researchers find evidence of quantum critical point in high temperature superconductivity material

first_img Journal information: Science A material’s QCP is analogous to the phase changes in ordinary materials, such as ice melting to water. In the quantum world, rather than occurring due to the ordering of atoms, they are based on electronic carriers, and come about as a result of interactions rather than organization. At the QCP, the properties of the material change suddenly, due to quantum fluctuations. Researchers have suspected that the reason materials with Tc are able to become super conductive (have no resistance to an electrical charge) is because they have a QCP, but thus far have not been able to prove it.In this new research, the team has come close. They worked with a Tc known as an iron pnictide, because of its location on the periodic table; in this case it was arsenic. To test the material for a QCP, the team first added a doping factor to provide an extra charge. When put in an extremely cold environment and adding just the right amount of the doping factor, the material becomes a superconductor.To test the material to see if it had a QCP, the team turned to a measurement method known as the London penetration depth, which measures the depth to which a magnetic field penetrates a given material. In so doing, the team was able to see a very noticeable jump in the penetration depth with their sample as the doping factor was tweaked to its optimal value.Unfortunately, while the jump is a good sign that the Tc sample does likely have a QCP, it’s not definitive proof, though it does come close. Close enough that it gives researchers a renewed belief that their theoretical models have been correct all along, likely leading to new research that might just uncover some other mysteries still surrounding super conducting materials. Physicists show standard ‘quasiparticle’ theory breaks down at ‘quantum critical point’ ( — In the seemingly never ending search for a superconductor that can operate at or near room temperature, researchers have discovered a lot of things about superconductors in general. One of these is that there appears to be two classes of them – those materials that only take on their superconductive properties when exposed to an environment just a few degrees above absolute zero, and those that do the same at somewhat higher temperatures. Those in the latter group are said to have high critical-temperature superconductivity (Tc). Unfortunately, researchers have made little progress in understanding how such materials are able to do what they do. Now, new research by a team of Japanese, British and American researchers has found that at least one of these Tc materials likely has a quantum critical point (QCP), which if true, would go a long way towards explaining why some materials are able to become superconductors at higher temperatures than others. They have published a paper detailing their findings in the journal Science. More information: A Sharp Peak of the Zero-Temperature Penetration Depth at Optimal Composition in BaFe2(As1–xPx)2, Science 22 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6088 pp. 1554-1557 DOI: 10.1126/science.1219821ABSTRACTIn a superconductor, the ratio of the carrier density, n, to its effective mass, m*, is a fundamental property directly reflecting the length scale of the superfluid flow, the London penetration depth, λL. In two-dimensional systems, this ratio n/m* (~1/λL2) determines the effective Fermi temperature, TF. We report a sharp peak in the x-dependence of λL at zero temperature in clean samples of BaFe2(As1–xPx)2 at the optimum composition x = 0.30, where the superconducting transition temperature Tc reaches a maximum of 30 kelvin. This structure may arise from quantum fluctuations associated with a quantum critical point. The ratio of Tc/TF at x = 0.30 is enhanced, implying a possible crossover toward the Bose-Einstein condensate limit driven by quantum criticality. Citation: Researchers find evidence of ‘quantum critical point’ in high temperature superconductivity material (2012, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further 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.last_img read more