Two fall asleep on railway track run over by train in UP

first_imgAmethi (UP): Two farmers sleeping on a railway track here were killed on Friday after they were run over by a train, police said.The incident took place on the Lucknow-Varanasi route in Ashrafpur village’s Shivratanganj area here, they said. Ajay Shankar Shukla (38) and Rajaram Passi (38), residents of Angoori village, had gone to water their fields near Ashrafpur in the morning. They fell asleep on the railway line adjacent to their fields and were run over by a train, Station House Officer, Shivratanganj, Bharat Upadhyay, said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem, the police said.last_img read more

Morocco among Best Destinations For Muslim Travelers

Rabat- Morocco has been ranked among the best destinations for Muslim travelers within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, according to the MasterCard and CresentRating’s 2015 Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI).With a score of 64.4 out of 100, the results saw Morocco take the ninth place on the list for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) destinations, right between Jordan (8th) and Brunei (10th). However, the kingdom had better results. It was ranked in the sixth place in the 2014 edition of the GMTI.Malaysia topped the list with a score of 83.8 out of 100 in the Index jointly conducted by US payment company MasterCard and CresentRating, the world’s leading authority on Halal-friendly travel. It is followed by Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Indonesia, and Oman. Singapore topped the list for non-OIC countries ahead of Thailand, the United Kingdom, South Africa, France, Belgium, Hong Kong, the United States, Spain and Taiwan.The ranking took into account several criteria to choose Muslim-friendly destinations including, suitability as a family holiday destination, safety for Muslims, the number of Muslim visitor arrivals, the level of services and facilities it provides for Muslim travelers (Halal dining options, availability of prayer spaces, accommodation, airport services), and the ease of communication.In 2014, 108 Muslim travelers spent an estimated $145 billion, according to the two companies. They represent 10% of the global travel economy and the numbers are expected to grow to 150 million travelers by 2020 and spend nearly $200 billion per year. The study aims to provide travellers, Governments, travel services and investors with comprehensive benchmarks across a number of important criteria to enable them track the health and growth of the Muslim travel segment.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Switzerland releases new version of banknote worth $1,000

BERLIN — It’s purple and yellow, and very valuable: Switzerland’s central bank has unveiled a redesigned version of its 1,000-franc ($1,000) note.The Swiss National Bank said Tuesday the overhauled version of its highest-denomination note is “smaller and thus easier to handle” than its predecessor, as well as incorporating “complex security features.” The note, featuring a handshake on one side and the Swiss parliament on the other, will go into circulation starting March 13.The 1,000-franc note is a longstanding tradition in cash-friendly Switzerland. Still, the country’s approach contrasts with that of the European Central Bank, which in 2016 decided to discontinue production of its 500-euro note — currently worth $567.The ECB dropped its biggest note amid concerns that it had become too popular among crooks and money launderers.The Associated Press read more

UNICEF hails moves by Egypt to eliminate female genital mutilation

Egypt’s Health and Population Minister has issued a decree fully criminalizing FGM and closing a previous loophole involving health professionals conducting the practice, UNICEF said in a news release issued yesterday in Cairo. The country’s highest Muslim authority, Al-Azhar Supreme Council of Islamic Research, issued a statement saying that FGM and cutting are harmful, have no basis in core Islamic law and should not be practiced. Egypt’s first lady, Suzanne Mubarak, has also launched a national campaign to raise awareness about the practice and to accelerate efforts to ensure it is eliminated, including by amending existing child laws. UNICEF Egypt Representative Erma Manoncourt said the amendments could allow people to report on violators who continue to conduct FGM, which in Egypt has largely been performed by trained medical personnel. “UNICEF will fully support the National Council of Childhood and Motherhood, the Ministry of Health and Population, and all partners to help fully implement the strengthened law and educate people on its meaning,” Dr. Manoncourt said. The changes in Egypt follow the death of the pre-teen girl in Upper Egypt last week. UNICEF estimates that 3 million girls and women are subject to FGM and cutting every year in Africa. 3 July 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed a series of moves in the past week in Egypt to stamp out the traditional yet gruesome practices of female genital mutilation (FGM) and cutting after a 12-year-old girl died following the procedure. read more

Stocks end lower on Wall Street after US reports an unexpected slowdown

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2013 4:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks end lower on Wall Street after US reports an unexpected slowdown in hiring last month NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street after the U.S. government reported a sharp slowdown in hiring last month.The Labor Department said hiring was the weakest in nine months.The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 40 points at 14,565, a loss of 0.3 per cent. It had been down as much as 171 points in the early going. The Dow ended flat for the week.The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell six points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,553. The Nasdaq fell 21 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 3,203.The S&P had it worst week this year, and the Dow Jones Transportation Average had its worst week since September.Slightly more stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was thinner than average at 3.4 billion shares. read more

Global partnership needs rejuvenation to achieve new sustainable development agenda – UN

“Despite gains towards a number of targets, major gaps remain in reducing vulnerabilities for developing countries, including least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a press conference in New York.Produced by the UN MDG Gap Task Force, an inter-agency initiative that includes more than 30 organizations, Taking Stock of the Global Partnership for Development monitors the recent achievements and challenges in the implementation of Millennium Development Goal 8.It also looks ahead towards the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted by world leaders at a special summit next week, and which will include the launch of a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“I look forward to working together to deliver on the unfinished MDG commitments, tackle inequality and meet the new challenges that have emerged across the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental,” Mr. Ban said. Key report findings reveal official development assistance (ODA) flows have increased remarkably by 66 per cent from 2000 to 2014. “The level of ODA committed did rise significantly during the lifetime of the MDGs,” Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), told the press.“In each of the past two years it has stood at over $130 billion. We must applaud those donors which currently meet or exceed the agreed UN target of allocating 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income to ODA. We thank others striving to reach that target, and the growing contributions of South-South development cooperation providers.”Also participating in today’s briefing was the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, who said ODA is necessary but is not enough.“In order to implement the sustainable development agenda, all available resources need to be mobilized in addition to the public financing,” he said. “I think we need policy guidance that will encourage the private sectors and the companies [to] come on board and support the implementation financially.”The MDG Gap Task Force report also covers the latest merchandise exports figures, showing that developing countries’ access to developed-country markets has reportedly improved from 30.5 to 43.8 per cent from 2000 to 2014. Furthermore, debt burdens have been reduced in most highly indebted poor countries, and mobile phone penetration in developing countries is estimated to reach 92 per cent at the end of 2015, compared to less than 10 per cent in 2000.“The digital divide between developed and developing countries, however, persists, as it also persists between women and men and between rich and poor within countries,” Ms. Clark noted, adding that only 35 per cent of people in the developing world are using the Internet.Mr. Ban urged partners across the world to embrace the ambition embodied in the new global goals, which will be the focus of the Sustainable Development Summit that will take place from 25 to 27 September at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

Colombia Security Council authorizes UN mission to monitor reintegration of FARCEP

According to a unanimously adopted resolution, the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia will, on 26 September 2017, replace the current mission, which is responsible for monitoring and verifying the laying down of arms by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) and the bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities between the Government and the FARC-EP.In November last year, the two sides signed a peace deal, ending a 50-year conflict. The new political mission, to be headed by a Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for an initial period of 12 months, is expected to verify implementation of several measures of the Final Agreement, including political, economic and social reincorporation of the FARC-EP; the implementation of personal and collective security guarantees; and comprehensive programmes on security and protection measures for communities and organisations in conflict-affected areas. The resolution calls on the current UN Mission in Colombia to start “provisional work anticipated by the Verification Mission…within its current configuration and capacity” up until the time its mandate ends on 25 September, and requests the Secretary-General to present detailed recommendations to the Security Council regarding the size and operational aspects and mandate of the Verification Mission, within 45 days of this resolution’s adoption. Read more on: Colombia: With arms laid down, focus now on reintegration – UN envoyJean Arnault, Head of the current UN Mission in Colombia, issued a statement from Bogota welcoming the decision, including the Council’s request that the Mission “begin these verification tasks as of the present date, within available resources.” He said the Mission stands ready to carry out these new tasks, and, as it has done for the ceasefire and laying down of arms, will: present an impartial balance on compliance with the commitments so far to the parties and to society; aim to propose solutions and combine forces for its implementation; seek to generate confidence and contribute to securing the support of the international community for the peace process in Colombia.“To fulfill these commitments, the Mission is reassigning a part of its resources and personnel to local sites and regional offices, without undermining the execution of its tasks related to the ceasefire and laying down of weapons,” added Mr. Arnault. read more

Showdown Sunday Not quite in NFLs Week 12

It’s not quite Showdown Sunday in the NFL in Week 12.Of the 11 games on deck, none involves two teams with winning records. The closest is the early afternoon visit by Seattle (5-5) to Carolina (6-4), while a pair of 5-5 teams meet later in the day when Miami visits Indianapolis.Elsewhere, the Jaguars visit the Bills, the Browns visit the Bengals, the Patriots travel to the Jets, the Giants are in Philadelphia, the 49ers head to Tampa Bay and the Raiders visit Baltimore.The Cardinals visit the Chargers and the Steelers visit the Broncos later in the day.Perhaps the most important matchup comes Sunday night, when the Packers (4-5-1) visit the Vikings (5-4-1) in a matchup of NFC North rivals competing for a wild-card playoff spot.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

EHF CL Pick Szeged beats Dinamo Minsk moves closer to TOP16 phase

← Previous Story Slovenian star Borut Mackovsek: I want to play for Flensburg! Next Story → HSV demolish Partizan for first place – Schwalb: We can reach F4! With today’s victory over Dinamo Minsk, Hungarian vice-champion Pick Szeged is now closer to reaching the TOP16 after beating Dinamo with 26:21. Now two points clear ahead of Kadetten Schaffhausen with just one round to go, the Hungarians are the team that is likely to play the TOP16.EHF CL scores: St Petersburg 14:32 Metalurg, Barcelona 35:25 RK Zagreb, Celje 24:19 HCM Constanta, Vive Kielce 36:32 Chambery, Partizan 21:42 HSV Hamburg read more

DKB Bundesliga Hannover wins in Berlin

An interesting weekend is behind us in DKB Bundesliga. The favorites in the strongest league in the world struggling to stay on the winning track even at home court. Fuchse Berlin lost home match against Hannover 28:29 for a headache of Dagur Sigurdsson, who obviously has a problem to find a form of his team at the start of a new season…MT Melsungen – HSG Wetzlar 28:28Bergischer – Minden 32:30TUS Lubbecke – HSV Handball 28:34Erlangen – Gummersbach 25:24HC Erlangen: Oliver Hess, Ole Rahmel (je 6), Nikolai Link (5), Christoph Nienhaus, Sebastian Preiß  (je 2), Bastian Krämer, Sigurbergur Sveinsson, Martin Stranovsky, Stanko Sabljic (je 1).VfL: Magnus Persson (5), Florian von Gruchalla (5/3), Raul Santos (4), Andreas Schröder, Julius Kühn, Simon Ernst, Alexander Becker (je 3), Christoph Schindler (2), Joakim Larsson, Gunnar Steinn Jonsson (je 1).Fuchse Berlin – Hannover Burgdorf 28:29Bietiegheim – Balingen 25:29STANDING: 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen12:2+40 0 8.VfL Gummersbach7:7+4 16.HSV Handball4:10-1 2.THW Kiel10:4+22 7.Bergischer HC7:5-1 19.SG BBM Bietigheim2:12-41 14.TuS N-Lübbecke5:9-8 13.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf5:7-3 10.SG Flensburg-Handewitt6:4+11 11.Füchse Berlin6:6+7 9.MT Melsungen7:7+3 3.SC Magdeburg9:3+12 15.TBV Lemgo4:6-7 5.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten9:5-9 6.HSG Wetzlar7:5+12 dkb bundesligaFuchse Berlinhannover handball 17.HC Erlangen3:9-30 ← Previous Story Sensation in Zagreb – Flensburg’s disaster in Kolding Next Story → VIDEO: EHF CL BEST 7 – Round 1 12.TSV GWD Minden6:8+4 4.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen9:3+7 18.TSG Lu-Friesenheim2:8-22 read more

Dijsselbloem Greece will not make it without aid

first_imgThe head of the Eurogroup said on Tuesday that a recent shakeup of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ negotiating team would not by itself resolve the impasse between Greece and its creditors, and Athens would need new loans to stay afloat.“Without further loans, Greece won’t make it, that’s the reality,” said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutchman who heads the group of finance ministers of countries that use the euro.Dijsselbloem said in a television interview it may be of some help that the Greeks have appointed a single contact person for negotiations, with Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis apparently sidelined.But he said there had been little progress in negotiations over the past two months, and signalled he did not think a Greek referendum on a deal with creditors would be a good idea.Tsipras has said he may submit an eventual deal to the Greek people for approval if its terms are contrary to the platform he campaigned on.“It would cost money, it would create great political uncertainty, and I don’t think we have the time,” Dijsselbloem said. “And I don’t think the Greeks have the time for it.”The Dutchman said it should not have come as a surprise to Greece’s government that the European Central Bank has not relaxed limits on how much Greek government debt its banks may use as collateral.“The Greek government gambled that if it negotiated with us the ECB would open its cashier windows, relax its rules,” Dijsselbloem said.But “there will be no easy access to the ECB’s windows until there’s a solid agreement with the Eurogroup,” he told RTL Nieuws. “That’s been made clear to them time and time again.” Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nappes phréatiques une sécheresse à craindre

first_imgNappes phréatiques : une sécheresse à craindre ?France – Le bilan des précipitations tombées au mois de mars dernier est très contrasté, et la situation des nappes phréatiques est, dans l’ensemble, sensiblement moins favorable que celle observée début avril 2009. Selon le BRGM (Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières), les précipitations ont été nettement déficitaires dans le sud de l’Aquitaine, dans le bassin Rhin-Meuse, en Artois, et en Normandie. La contribution des pluies à la recharge des nappes depuis le début de l’automne a été importante dans le Sud-Est, et encore très insuffisante dans le Roussillon malgré les apports de mars. En dehors des zones très arrosées, on note pour ce mois une faible évolution des ressources en eau souterraines. La durée inhabituelle de la période estivale 2009 et le report des précipitations qui en a résulté n’ont, en général, pas permis d’apport suffisant aux nappes pour compenser les déficits accumulés antérieurement, et ce même si les recharges ont été notables.      L’état de remplissage des aquifères est contrasté, inférieur à la normale pour près de la moitié d’entre-eux et très supérieur à la normale pour un quart. Les situations nettement déficitaires restent circonscrites au centre du bassin de Paris, au Roussillon et au Bas-Dauphiné. En contrepartie, les situations très excédentaires se confortent dans les régions particulièrement arrosées comme les Pays de la Loire, l’est du Languedoc et la région Paca (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur).Le 20 avril 2010 à 18:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The story behind Guardiolas curse from Toures agent

We give you more details about Toure Yaya’s agent and his controversial reaction after Pep Guardiola lost against Olympique Lyonnais with Manchester City.As Manchester City is currently going through a rough start of the season under Pep Guardiola, the Catalan manager’s failures seem to have caused an effect on Toure Yaya’s agent Dimitri Seluk. This is another infamous agent who is a lot like Mino Raiola in many aspects, he has always supported the notion that his player’s bad relationship with Pep Guardiola has a lot to do with racism, a narrative that Toure himself supported right after he left Manchester City last season. When asked about the controversial opinion that Yaya gave during an interview, Guardiola didn’t even feel like getting into it and dismissed the question because he doesn’t think it is of any use. But the bad relationship between coach and player hasn’t reached the end yet, there has been a new development this week where the agent is involved once again. And folks, what Seluk shared on his social media is truly surreal but it’s very interesting because people who believe in this stuff might think that Pep Guardiola’s career as a manager is being affected in a very dangerous manner. Dimitri Seluk released another very opinionated statement in the form of a cartoon, it was right after Manchester City’s defeat against Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League.Man City 1-2 Lyon pic.twitter.com/56gqqb1XNz— Dimitry Seluk (@dmitriseluk) September 19, 2018Seluk himself vowed to get revenge on Pep Guardiola after the manager dismissed Toure for the first time when the Ivorian midfielder left FC Barcelona, but what he expressed this Wednesday is at least something worth looking at because for many people this is very serious. Manchester City hasn’t been able to win the last four Champions League matches between this season and the last one, this is something that had never happened to Pep Guardiola in the past and we may have reached to the origin of the problem. Maybe you can see what we are about to show you as a joke, but the usage of dark magic is something very common amongst the African cultures and we have no idea what Toure Yaya actually believes about this. Agent Dimitri Seluk released a tweet in which the Ivorian player is depicted as a cartoon who is practicing Voodoo magic on a doll that is supposed to resemble Pep Guardiola, we also have Guardiola himself getting poked in the rear and hurting over it. Right after he released the image, it quickly became viral and it reminded everyone of a threat he made in the past about Pep Guardiola.Yaya Toure Agent Takes Pop at Pep Guardiola After Manchester City Loss vs. Lyon https://t.co/DOTytOaut0 pic.twitter.com/DeYWOj283iPremier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…— Manchester City fans in The World (@mancityfans2018) September 20, 2018The agent spoke to a Russia publication about the complicated relationship between the player and the manager, in that interview he revealed that shamans would tamper with Pep Guardiola’s chances to win the Champions League and the fans quickly pointed out at this interview from last June: “God sees everything. When you treat Yaya the way he (Guardiola) did, he quickly put all of Africa against him. Many fans will leave Manchester City. And I’m certain that many African shamans won’t allow Guardiola to win the Champions League. This will be like an African curse for Guardiola. Life will tell us if I’m right or not. What has Guardiola won throughout his career at City? He has won the same trophies that Mancini and Pellegrini won. Manuel even reached the semifinals and Guardiola didn’t. He has renewed his contract for three years and I can bet you that he will not win the Champions League regardless of how much money he spends,” predicted Seluk for Russian news media Sport 24. Now with this image that he published on his Twitter account, many of the most superstitious Manchester City fans are going after him because they feel like something really is going on.Toure’s agent slammed for sharing controversial picture of Guardiolahttps://t.co/IVAsCvLQbg pic.twitter.com/M2SC5zcv7N— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) September 20, 2018Do you believe Seluk about Voodoo on Pep Guardiola, or is it just a coincidence? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below. read more

What bills are local lawmakers backing

first_imgOLYMPIA — Here is a look at some of the bills being proposed by some Southwest Washington lawmakers.Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver• House Bill 1001: This bill would give the Liquor Control Board authority to permit theaters, including the Kiggins in Vancouver and the Liberty in Camas, to serve alcohol with children present. The bill applies to performing arts and concert halls as well as theaters under the current language, though the Liquor Control Board has expressed a desire to more strictly define what a theater is.Small or one-auditorium theaters cannot serve alcohol as Cinetopia or McMenamins do because they do not offer food service, nor do they have separate 21-and-older auditoriums.Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, said the liquor control commission has gone down to Oregon and looked at the McMenamins pubs to gather information. “I think we have a stronger bill” he said. “I haven’t had any organized opposition to it.”Many small theaters have reached out to Moeller in support of this bill. “They see the bill as an opportunity to have a more functional business plan” he said.• House Bill 1002: This bill has been pulled from the floor. It would have put a yellow dot on vehicles signifying that the individual in the car had a mental disease such as autism or schizophrenia. According to Moeller, he has had opposition from first responders who said it is unlikely to be of genuine help to them. Moeller is now working with first responders to come up with a new bill that would be more helpful for first responders.last_img read more

Memory care center taking shape in Salmon Creek

first_imgWhat: A development for seniors with memory issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.Where: 2305 N.E. 129th St., Vancouver.Cost: $8.5 million.Developer: Koelsch Senior Communities, Olympia.Opening: Fall 2013.On the Web: Koelsch Senior CommunitiesConstruction is well under way on a new memory care center set to open in the Salmon Creek area this fall near where Interstates 5 and 205 meet.Olympia-based Koelsch Senior Communities is developing the $8.5 million, 43-unit facility, called The Hampton at Salmon Creek.The company will operate the center, designed for seniors with memory issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.Demographics and a survey of Clark County residents helped determine the area’s demand for senior living with memory care services, say project developers. According to 2013 figures released by the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a number estimated to reach 7.1 million by 2025, as baby boomers age.In 2013, Alzheimer’s will cost the nation $203 billion, including $142 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid. The number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050, according to the association.Koelsch Senior Communities appears well-positioned to profit from the memory care industry. The Salmon Creek complex will be the 21st senior living facility owned by the family business, which was established in 1958 by Kelso nursing home owners Emmett and Alice Koelsch.Fourteen of its facilities are devoted to memory care, according to a list of centers on the website for Koelsch.The company operates centers in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Texas and Washington, where the Hampton at Salmon Creek will be its eighth complex.Developers say the new center will include 25 semi-private and 18 private rooms and will be built with extra-wide hallways and secure interior courtyards to provide a calming environment. Care will include 24-hour, on-site, licensed nurses and a comprehensive diabetic-management program.last_img read more

Establishing the Digital Rate Card

first_imgCharging on a CPM basis is risky, since digital editions typically have fewer readers than Web sites (although vendors claim readers are more engaged). When skateboard title SLAP went all digital, the publisher tried to get print advertisers to commit to spending the same monthly ad dollars based on a industry standard, impression-based CPM. “We had a huge amount of Web traffic already in place that easily ate up all those impressions,” wrote group creative director Kevin Convertito on FOLIO:’s mediaPRO social network earlier this year. “If you don’t already have a Web presence and active community, you probably can’t afford to go that route.”Pricing can also depend on the digital format, such as the flip-page style or a vertical scrolling HTML. “For high-traffic, HTML-based sites, you could sell a combo of impression-based, click-through, and time-based sponsored rates, but for smaller, niche stuff in the page-flip format you’d probably do better to try and sell added value like active links and embedded video for much higher CPMs,” Convertito added. Digital editions have been positioned as value-added for so long that first attempts at developing an advertising rate card can leave publishers at a loss.Some publishers don’t charge for ads but do charge for extra features (including making ad links live, something some digital vendors frown at). “It is very rare we will offer advertising in a digital edition only,” says Graduate Prospects sales director Allan Brown. “If the paper product is the lead we tend to add in the digital as part of the package at no cost (added value) for a straight replica of the ad. Then we up-sell features in the digital edition such as animation.”When digital editions are the lead, Brown says he can charge higher rates for that than other online products. ITEM Publications’ Interference Technology has several digital editions for the Asian market. All ads from the print product are featured in the digital edition but only those advertisers paying a 12 percent optional premium of the print are included in search results and receive reader tracking.last_img read more

Cosmo Hires a Unicorn Correspondent

first_imgFolio: How did you first become aware of Jake a.k.a. Glitter Fantasy the Unicorn and why was he right for Cosmo?Amy Odell: We had the idea to hire a unicorn correspondent when we noticed that unicorn products – food, beauty products, clothing, accessories, etc. – were becoming popular with our audience. This was well in advance of Starbucks launching their Unicorn Frappuccino, which was probably this country’s “peak unicorn” moment.I wanted an expert to report on unicorn trends, which clearly meant we’d have to hire an actual unicorn. Jason Ikeler, Cosmopolitan.com’s lead video producer, knew Jake, who is a professional dancer, and thought he’d be perfect for the job. He sent us a test video he shot on his phone, in which he talked at length about unicorns and unicorn culture. It was immediately clear that he’d be a perfect fit.Folio: Who came up with the “Glitter Fantasy” persona?Odell: Cosmopolitan’s Snapchat Discover channel featured a “Unicorn Name Generator,” which led to lots of lively discussion among Hearst staff — executives included — over our respective unicorn names. My husband, however, had the best unicorn name, which was Glitter Fantasy.Cosmopolitan.com contributor Laura Beck is the lead writer on the series. Jason and I offer input on the scripts as well. And when Jake gets to set, a lot of what we shoot is improvised under Jason’s direction. I have to say, Jake really brought the character to life — we always knew Glitter Fantasy would be sassy, but Jake took it to the next level. Jake also does his own makeup and styling. The makeup alone takes two hours!Folio: What are some of the ways you decide where to send him?Odell: It’s pretty simple – we send him to whatever location will be funniest. Recently, he visited a Mexican restaurant in New York to make a unicorn taco (the video is coming out soon) and Wall Street to talk about the economy and becoming someone’s second wife.Folio: What’s the response been like from your audience?Odell: The response has been enormous and incredibly positive. We run the videos across all of our platforms — the website, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube — and Glitter Fantasy performs incredibly well on all of them. Viewers completely get the joke and just think the character is hilarious. We’ve also had brands reach out to us to discuss sponsorships.Folio: How would you describe Cosmo‘s overall video strategy?Odell: Cosmopolitan.com is focusing now on long-form series that transcend service. Service videos are incredibly popular on social media, and we’ll continue making tons of those because our audience loves them. But we’re taking what we’ve learned from those videos and applying those best practices to talent development and more involved storytelling.Folio: What makes a video successful, from your perspective?Odell: Of course, we want each of our videos to be viewed and shared by millions of people. But we’re increasingly focused on watch time. I think watch time is the most important metric to look at for videos right now. There are so many videos media consumers can watch at any given second, and a view is only a few seconds. But if people stick around to watch, that showcases engagement, which makes your brand more valuable.Folio: Where would you like to send Glitter Fantasy next?Odell: It’s probably a toss-up between the White House and Mitch McConnell’s office. Cosmopolitan.comYou may have spotted him in Times Square, soliciting compliments from bewildered tourists. Perhaps you saw him at Coachella, making some celebrities more uncomfortable than others. If you’re one of Cosmopolitan‘s 15 million social followers, chances are your smartphone has increasingly played host to his adventures from coast-to-coast.His name is Glitter Fantasy, and he’s Cosmo‘s new unicorn correspondent — or perhaps unicorn-correspondent, since the brand’s newest recurring video series bills him as a literal incarnation of the mythical creature.Portrayed by professional dancer Jake DuPree, Glitter Fantasy’s intentions aren’t always clear. At times, he plays the role of a shimmery Jon Taffer, attempting to “rescue” an L.A. café. (“Today we’re visiting some shitbox in Los Angeles that really needs my help.”) Other times, he’s more of a goodwill ambassador, spreading “dancing, prancing, and sparkle” over unsuspecting passersby.In any event, Cosmo appears to be putting the full strength of its seven-member video team behind the series, and Folio: needed to know more. So we chatted with Cosmopolitan.com editor Amy Odell about how she’s capitalizing on America’s “peak unicorn” moment, and more on Cosmo‘s growing video presence.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Brent Sisters Graduate From Springfield College

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, MA — Springfield College congratulates its two graduates from Wilmington:Carli Brent has earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Springfield College for studies completed in 2018.Christa Brent has earned a bachelor’s of art degree in English from Springfield College for studies completed in 2018.About Springfield CollegeFounded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy-educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2018 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News & World Report, and is ranked one of the top schools in the North Region of the U.S.News Best Values report. It is also designated as a College of Distinction and a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. Nearly 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Springfield College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Lindsay Donahue Graduates From Springfield CollegeIn “Education”Bolis, Brent & Ferreira Named To Dean’s List At Springfield CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Springfield CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

3 killed 20 injured in road crash

first_img.Three people were killed and at least 20 others injured after a bus hit a stationary truck in Tarapur area on Dhaka-Rajshahi highway of Puthia upazila in Rajshahi district Friday.Two of the deceased are Rizu, 25, helper of the bus, and Jakir Hossain, 28, driver of the truck, reports state news agency BSS.Police and locals said the injured people were sent to different nearby healthcare centres and hospitals, including Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.The accident took place when a Dhaka-bound night coach of Shyamoli Paribahan from Chapainawabganj rammed into a sand-laden stranded truck on the road in early hours, Puthia police station officer-in-charge Shakil Uddin Ahmed told newsmen.On information, he said, police and members of fire service and civil defence rushed to the spot and conducted rescue operation with help of locals.last_img read more