NEW YORK — You might have heard of the three blind mice or the itsy-bitsy spider who went up the water spout. But have you ever heard of the little cold and hungry chicks?If you grew up speaking Spanish, the answer is probably yes. But Susie Jaramillo wants everyone to know “Los Pollitos,” a bedtime song about a hen taking care of her hatchlings that’s as familiar in the Spanish-speaking world as “Twinke, Twinkle, Little Star” is to English speakers.The song is the heart of Canticos, a series of bilingual books, companion apps and singalong videos that the Venezuelan-American mother of two dreamed up after she couldn’t find enough Spanish-language books to read to her children. The brand, which debuted in 2016, had its biggest breakthrough this year when Nickelodeon adapted it to develop a series for toddlers on its digital platforms.Canticos capitalized on a growing market for Spanish books in the United States, which the traditional publishing industry has addressed in fits and starts. Small companies are stepping in to fill the void, leveraging social media and strategic retail partnerships to target key customer bases, often ones they themselves belong to.“When I had my first child, I went online and thought: Where are all the board books of these songs that I grew up with?” said Jaramillo, a former co-founder of a Latino-focused New York advertising agency. “We’re always singing the American songs in Spanish, and our songs are great. Why aren’t people singing them in English?”Jaramillo teamed up with fellow mother Nuria Santamaria Wolfe, a former head of multicultural strategy at Twitter, to launch Encantos Media Studios, an entertainment company that released Canticos as the first of its planned bilingual brands.Two other mothers, Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, founded their own publishing company in 2014 when Rodriguez couldn’t sell mainstream publishers on her concept of a bilingual board book series featuring Latino icons and traditions. The company, Lil’ Libros, landed a partnership with Target just five months after publishing its first book, “Counting with Frida,” now the bestseller on Amazon among children’s counting books. The books are now sold at 1,300 stores nationwide.“We didn’t expect this reaction. We were doing it for love. If 100 kids picked up our books, we would have been happy,” said Rodriguez, a senior producer for the radio show “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.”Friends Chiara Arroyo and Celene Navarette were on the book fair committee of their children’s bilingual school in Los Angeles when they noticed the spotty Spanish-language selection. They persuaded Mexican publishers to send some titles, set up two tables and quickly sold out. They founded their business five years ago, selling books at other school fairs and then online.By 2015, they had opened La Libreria, a store in central Los Angeles and nationwide distributor of books from Latin America and Spain.U.S. sales of children’s Spanish-language books rose 6 per cent over the past year to 1.5 million units, according to NDP BookScan. Overall Spanish-language books jumped 15 per cent. But that still represents less than 1 per cent of the overall book market in a country with more than 41 million Spanish speakers.Major publishers and distributors have pursued the Spanish-language market for years with mixed results. Some closed or downsized Spanish-language imprints after sales fell short of expectations during the Great Recession, and as the industry struggled to adjust to the Amazon era that squeezed traditional booksellers.In an internet-driven age of fractured consumer markets, Jaramillo and Santamaria Wolf said strategic partnerships have been key, particularly with brands and retailers like Target, which considers Hispanic mothers a key customer base.Pam Kaufman, president of global consumer products at Viacom/Nickelodeon, said the company had been looking for a baby brand when she was introduced to Canticos at an industry conference. When she showed the videos to her Hispanic colleagues, some teared up.“I thought, OK, we have something here,” Kaufman said. “We are excited about it because it is authentic.”Nickelodeon, which also added a Spanish-language hub to its video subscription service NOGGIN in the spring, is planning a line of Canticos toys, clothing and decor for next year.With sales picking up, major players in the traditional book industry are expanding their Spanish-language business. HarperCollins launched a new Spanish-language division in 2015. Chicago-based distributor IPG, already a key distributor of Spanish-language books, added two publishers from Spain and one from Mexico to its list in November.Arroyo and Navarette, owners of La Libreria, said the rise of dual-language programs in schools is driving interest in children’s books originally written in Spanish.The trouble is keeping up with demand. Latin American and Spanish publishers tend to have printing cycles that are too slow and small for the U.S. consumer market. Often, by the time a school orders a title, the books will have sold out in the original country, Arroyo said.In the United States, a growing number of Hispanic authors are pushing for Spanish translations of their books or weaving the language into stories with bilingual themes.Juana Martinez-Leal wrote both the Spanish and English versions of her award-winning “Alma and How She Got Her Name” and insisted on a publisher that would release them simultaneously, said her agent, Stefanie Sanchez Von Borstel.Of the seven publishers who bid on the book, only two agreed. Candlewick Press released the two editions in April, and the English version is in its second printing. Von Borstel said sales of the Spanish edition have been a little slower, partly because bilingual and Spanish-language books face a tough battle for shelf space.Rodriguez and Stein understand that problem well. Once, they were once stunned to find Lil’ Libros — an American series — upstairs in the “foreign section” of an Oregon bookstore.Stein scooped them all up and marched them downstairs to the children’s section herself.Alexandra Olson, The Associated Press
Rabat – Jamila Moussalli, Delegate to the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training, announced on Sunday in Rabat that 260,000 students will benefit -starting from the next school year- from the Compulsory Health Insurance (AMO).Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th session of the Academy of Future Leaders, organized by the Executive Committee of the Organization of Renewal Students (OREMA), Moussalli said that this number is expected to exceed 460,000 beneficiaries over the next five years.The Minister added that this project, which costs nearly 110 million dirhams, is part of the initiatives taken by the Ministry in order to ensure social protection, improve university education and widen its scope to include students, as well as university staff. Meanwhile, Rachid El Addouni, President of OREMA, noted that the organization has launched several initiatives and projects to improve performance and develop students’ skills, taking into account the specificities of students of the various institutes and centers of higher education.Last March, Hossine El Ouardi, Minister of Health, announced that more than 60 percent of Moroccans have access to health coverage, including those under the Compulsory Health Insurance System which has been available since 2005.Despite several problems reducing its effectiveness, the Medical Assistance Plan known as RAMED, that initiated three years ago, has covered about 28 percent of the Moroccan population so far.On the other hand, unemployed, self-employed professionals working in the private sector and students comprise the 40 percent Moroccan population without medical insurance.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
The UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, was addressing a three-day High-Level Meeting in Kazakhstan on the role of multilateral organizations in implementing the Almaty Programme of Action (APoA) to secure access to the sea for these countries and reduce trade transaction costs.”Landlocked developing countries continue to face difficult transit problems that reduce their competitiveness in the world market. It diminishes export profits, and inflates the prices of imported inputs for manufacturing,” he said. “By making trade expensive, high transport costs can’t help but have an enormous impact on the overall economic development of landlocked developing countries.”The organizations for a cooperation programme to come up with solutions would include the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the World Customs Organization and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), he said, and the indicators of progress “would be few in number and easy in application.”
All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeDraft Day!It’s the first day of the NFL draft, meaning that enormous financial concerns are about to publicly gamble in prime time television, which is always pretty cool. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is the top running back prospect in this year’s draft and will likely go very early in the evening. But a team betting on a workhorse running back isn’t always the sure bet it was once considered. From 2006 to 2015, there were only three running backs drafted in the top five, and to some extent they never really panned out for their teams. Since then, we’ve had the phenomenal Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott going each at 4th. Barkley could join them if he joins the Giants at No. 2 or Browns at No. 4. [FiveThirtyEight]‘The Blind Side’ is overIn the aftermath of “The Blind Side,” which extolled the virtues of the left tackle position and lead to a commensurate skyrocketing to the value of those players, teams appeared to undervalue guards compared to tackles. In the 32-team era, 62 tackles were drafted in the first round of the draft compared to 14 guards. That may be changing, since 2013 the total value of draft picks for left tackles has been essentially in free fall since the post-2006 highs. [FiveThirtyEight]Oldest sport adapts to new realitiesThe International Association of Athletics Federations, which governs the world of track and field, will implement new regulations regarding testosterone levels for elite female athletes. Most women have testosterone levels ranging from 0.12 to 1.79 nanomoles per liter, while most men have 7.7 to 29.4 nanomoles per liter. The regulations — which will undoubtably fuel controversy from literally every angle, and that’s okay — will impact women who have testosterone levels above 5.0 nanomoles per liter, and would require them to choose between hormone therapy, not competing internationally, or competing against men. [The New York Times]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Winnipeg, city of miseryA new calculation for the quantified metropolitan sports misery score that counts not only the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL but also the MLS and Canadian Football League puts the Canadian city of Winnipeg over perennial sports drought cities like Cincinnati and Buffalo to have the most yearning-for-a-win fans. [The 10 and 3]Tsunami of corruptionA draft report published Wednesday by the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis follows up on earlier investigations from the BBC and BuzzFeed to find evidence of match-fixing in the sport, particularly at lower levels. The report found 20 unnamed high-level players who lost at least one suspicious match from 2005 to 2008. [BuzzFeed]World Cup getting called from statesideFox Sports is rolling out details about its play calling teams for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Given the lack of an American presence at the cup — the United States failed to qualify — Fox elected to pare back its footprint in Russia proper and will have only one of five announced crews actually in Russia. [World Soccer Talk, The Associated Press]Big Number(s)161.4Looking at a stat called five-year approximate value, the hoarde of valuable draft picks held by the Cleveland Browns is truly formidable. Overall, the Browns have a total draft expected value of 161.4, which is head and shoulders above their nearest competitors, the Bills (124.3), Colts (122.1) and Broncos (116.4). The Browns are poised for a guaranteed consequential couple of days, for better or for worse. [The Washington Post]Leaks from Slack: neil:MLB Now talking about 8 teams currently being on pace for 100+ losses…. wonder how that compares to other seasons via something more rigorous like Elo?natesilver:we have two teams projected for 100+, and 2 more for 99plus one at 97 and one at 95seems like a lot for this early in the seasonneil:TankFest ’18Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThe past few weeks of the Overwatch League have been outstanding We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions
According to a number of music industry sources, Google has reached a point where its employees are testing a Google Music service. Such a service would allow users to buy and store music in the cloud, making the songs accessible from just about any device including your PC, tablet or smartphone via streaming.Proof that Google Music exists was found a couple of weeks ago when a user on the XDA Developers forums did an update to the latest build of Android Honeycomb and a new music option appeared and started syncing with his collection.Such a service from Google has been talked about for years, and at one point we thought it may launch in the fall last year. But the main problem with launching such a service is getting the major music labels to sign up to licensing and royalty deals.iTunes has not moved to offer a cloud-based solution for streaming music yet, and that’s exactly what Google wants for its Music service. In both cases it’s new ground for the music publishers and therefore they are cautious of signing away their music to a large online database users can access forever.The fact that Google is thought to be testing Google Music internally does suggest progress has been made, though. If the service is working, then music publishers can see exactly how it functions and come up with a deal they are happy with, or changes they require. The issue then becomes can a deal be struck that both Google and the music industry is happy with?Read more at CNETMatthew’s OpinionAs CNET points out, the music publishers want Google to start selling music because then they have another large company to compete against iTunes. Just having iTunes dominating the market gives Apple a lot of power as it controls a big chunk of the music industry’s revenue. But Google would be a popular destination for music sales too, so the publishers would likely take a harder line with Apple in license negotiations knowing they have Google to fall back on and vice versa.As a consumer, I think Google launching a streaming music service and cloud storage for my tunes is a great idea. I really don’t like the iTunes experience on my Windows PC, and as we know from using other services, Google keeps things web-based so they will work on any device. That’s what I think a lot of music listeners are after for their digital music libraries. There’s also the competition aspect keeping music prices low.When Google Music launches seems to be in the hands of the publishers. If they won’t sign up to a licensing deal Google can never launch it as there won’t be any music on the service.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No (1610) http://jrnl.ie/3129442 12,004 Views 71 Comments Friday 9 Dec 2016, 8:44 AM Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Kevin Krejci via Flickr Don’t know (191) Share Tweet Email YesNoDon’t knowVote Image: Kevin Krejci via Flickr Yes (6367) Poll: Should Ireland ban junk food ads aimed at children from print and social media? Britain has recently announced a ban to come into force next year. BRITAIN HAS RECENTLY announced that it will ban junk food ads aimed at children from both print and social media from next year.The rules extend an existing ban on television ads for “high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) food or drink products”.In Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland introduced bans on junk food advertising during children’s programmes on either TV or radio in 2013.However health campaigners such as the Irish Heart Foundation have called for tougher rules around the targeting of children with ads for high-fat and high-sugar foods on social media here.So, what do you think? Should Ireland ban junk food ads aimed at children from print and social media? Poll Results: Dec 9th 2016, 8:44 AM
Of all the announcements from the recent Nintendo Switch presentation, the one that probably caused the most buzz was the debut of Super Mario Odyssey. The trailer showed Mario’s return to expansive 3D platforming for the first time in over a decade. But that’s not all it showed. Let’s talk about New Donk City.The most… polarizing aspect of Super Mario Odyssey comes right at the beginning of the trailer. We see a colorful but semi-realistic city, one that seems modeled off of New York. Sharp-eyed viewers may see several Donkey Kong references, but it’s unclear what the game actually is. Then Mario pops out of the sewer. Then Mario runs around New Donk City. Then Mario meets realistic-looking, racially diverse human beings while still being a cartoon. Then people lost their minds.Folks compared seeing Mario in the real-world to everything from the Mario/Grand Theft Auto mash-up from Robot Chicken to 3D Homer Simpson in the real world to the infamous Sonic 2006 (the one where the cartoon hedgehog kisses a human woman). Meanwhile, I’ve been laughing about the name “New Donk City” for days. The game looks great, but it also looks very, very weird, perhaps weirder than Mario has ever looked before. But you know what? That’s magnificent. Mario is supposed to be weird.Mario is the biggest gaming mascot on the planet. He’s the face of the medium. Therefore, his ubiquity over the past three decades has left us all numb to just how bizarre, illogical, and almost upsetting Mario’s world is. Let’s just state the facts. Mario is a working-class (24-year-old?!?) Italian plumber from Brooklyn who travels through pipes to a fantasy land full of mushroom people under attack from an army of turtles and walking mushrooms and squids and man-eating plants all led by a giant dragon-turtle thing who kidnapped a fairy tale princess. Mario eats good mushrooms to get superpowers like throwing fireballs. Plus, all the clouds and hills have eyes for some reason.And that’s just the first game! You could fill an encyclopedia full of the strange stuff that the Mario series expects players to accept without question. Mario rides on a dinosaur and gets trapped in paintings by ghosts. He visits vaguely Middle Eastern dream lands and fights frog kings in his own subconscious. He gets arrested on sludge-filled tropical islands. He plays tennis and races go karts with rivals like his greedy doppelganger Wario and an ape wearing a tie named Donkey Kong, who are both weird and fascinating in their own right. He’s a dwarf who jumps impossibly high and smashes bricks with his head. He’s a doctor and boxing referee on the side. Mario wears all sorts of magic animal costumes in stagecraft worlds, and he hangs out in space with sad goddesses who care for star chickens to distract from depression over dead moms.When you consider the sheer, dense insanity of the Mario franchise, you start to wonder how anyone on the outside could even begin to parse it. This challenged the creators of the Super Mario Bros. movie were faced with. That’s a really bad movie, but translating Mario’s nonsense to a mainstream film sounds literally impossible. Mojo Nixon as Toad? Makes as much sense as anything else.That brings us back to Super Mario Odyssey. People were taken aback by how weird the trailer was. But as we’ve demonstrated Mario has always been weird. The only difference this time is that by putting Mario in the real world, by having his cartoon body interacting with real people three times his height, it puts the weirdness right back in front of our faces. It resensitizes us to this strange little man and his ludicrous world we’ve all become accustomed to. Some find this alarming, but I love it. It’s the freshest Mario has felt in years.Super Mario Odyssey will probably be a fantastic game. The Mario team is operating at the height of its power using the most technically advanced hardware it has ever developed for. The visuals look gorgeous, and the new platforming moves using Mario’s hat seem like a ton of fun. But more importantly, the game is taking Mario back to his wonderfully weird roots. New Donk, I love you.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on target
Washington State University on Monday reported record fall semester enrollment, including a new high at its Vancouver branch campus.WSU has registered 27,008 students at the system’s four campuses, an increase of nearly 4 percent from last year.The jump reflects a significant spike (27 percent) in this fall’s entering freshman class, at 4,473 the largest such group in WSU history.Locally, WSUV enrollment reached 3,143 total students, part- and full-time. That’s nearly a 1.5 percent increase from fall 2010. Leading the surge were 625 new transfer students, the largest number entering the Salmon Creek campus in the past 11 years, officials said.There were 182 new freshmen registered at WSUV, with an average grade point of 3.39, officials said. Of those, 96.7 percent are Washington residents, the school reported.Systemwide, 85 percent of all WSU new freshmen are from the state of Washington.
But in recent years, if the magic number was traditionally 50 percent up front, for some brands it has reached 80 percent or more. Good thing, right? No. Because few advertisers have slush funds anymore. Which means opportunistic, spot buying is declining. Last-minute “remnant” buying is disappearing. So to use my hypothetical example, that $500,000 of booked business is on a declining annual total-maybe $800,000 instead of $1 million. That’s reality for many brands, and it’s not good.Social media is an area of opportunity, or so says Ted Bahr, who describes a program of doing lucrative marketing through sponsored tweets, Linked-In and other social networks. Get into these kinds of marketing techniques early, says Steve Davis, because publishers that are utilizing social media now to grab audience are doing the right thing: The acquisition costs are reasonable and will likely escalate soon.Perhaps the most troubling thing, even more so than what’s happening with annual spends, is business ethics. It’s true that we’ve always had ethical issues in b-to-b media, but as the industry matures, and print declines, many brands hear from advertisers that they “don’t care” about audits. Do WE care? And if we don’t do we nevertheless tell the truth and maintain pristine files?That’s a question worth asking of ourselves. We talked about the slippery slope of declining editorial ethics (I saw a magazine recently that featured on its cover a person it described as a mover and shaker in foreign markets. Then I flipped a few pages and saw that same cover subject listed on the masthead as a business-development director for the magazine, mining those same foreign markets for business. And then I flipped a few more pages and saw that the tourism bureau for that same region was the “sponsor” of the cover story).Not good. Are we still a noble profession? Here are some ruminations on trends, courtesy of my annual trip to the U.S. Open with three good friends, Ted Bahr, CEO of BZ Media, Steve Davis, president of SRDS, and Michael Forgash, an account executive at SRDS. We’ve been doing this outing for years, the four of us, and over that span, as a result of my exposure to the accumulated wisdom of my three industry colleagues, I’ve come up with countless terrific stories for FOLIO: and our other brands. And I’ve often changed the way I look at the business as a result of the conversations we have. This year, we discussed some especially timely things. One was an observation that annual booked business, in b-to-b media, at least, is increasing in recent years. On the surface, that’s a good thing. You want to be able to go into a new year counting on a base of committed business. If your budget is $1 million, it’s nice to have $500,000 locked up in January, knowing that you’re going to get the rest as the year unfolds.
Sass: This year’s race was a little different than a lot of the races that I’ve had in the past five years. You know, I had a real competitive team starting back in 2014 and ever since then, you know, my goal was to win the race. And so this was a little bit different because I took a year off last year and then I came into this race with a bunch of young dogs, a lot of dogs that had never raced before. Eleven of them had never been in the Yukon Quest before. I only had three veterans.So I went into this race with really no expectations. To have fun, have a clean race, take care of my dogs and just focus purely on my team. And you know, that’s obviously everyone’s ultimate goal, but as you get competitive, things become more and more, you know, difficult to do that, and that was my main goal. And I didn’t pay attention to my competition at all. And so we were just out running dogs, literally, and it was a miracle team.My whole crew there kind of sat down before the race and made a real clear plan. Based the second half completely on how that dog team looked when we got the Dawson, and — everything came together, is the short version of it. I stuck to that plan all the way to the finish line and and it brought us there in the first place. And you know, I mean, I had 14 at the finish line and they all could go run another thousand miles right now. It was it was definitely magic carpet ride.Grove: The last time you were in the Iditarod, had kind of a rough go at the end, and you said your dogs could have run another thousand miles and I guess I kind of remember back to 2015 and you know, you just won the Yukon Quest, and the Iditarod disqualified you over having an iPod, which is a rule that they’ve changed now to make that allowed — I’ve got to ask, are you thinking about coming back to the Iditarod at some point?Sass: Yeah, and there’s a really good chance that will happen next year. You know all that stuff, it’s all part of my past. It had its positives and negatives. You know, I definitely love the Iditarod Trail. The trail itself is an amazing trail to travel on, the conditions are awesome. The competition is obviously the best in the world. And so it’s going to be hard to keep me away from there. I mean I think they’re starting to get things straightened out there, the Iditarod as well.I mean, I got a good dog team, and these guys are all young, and they’re ready to rock and roll. I need to I need to seize the opportunity and race these dogs. I’m fired up and ready to go. I wish I was in Iditarod this year, but that’s not the right thing for my dog team. So it’s, again, it’s about being patient, doing what’s right for my dog team and I feel like right now I’m setting a goal to run the Quest and Iditarod next year.Grove: Do you think some of the issues with the Iditarod — that’s kind of like a few different things. There was what people are calling “dog-doping” with like Dallas Seavey’s team. And some of the stuff with the board and, I guess, conflicts of interest — do you think those kind of things, have they discouraged mushers from from racing in the Iditarod?Sass: Yeah, I think that definitely discourages people. I mean, it’s never a good thing when your peers are accused of doping their dogs and deny it and it turns into a big debacle. That’s never a good thing. But I think, like anything, we’re all going to get through it. I think that they’re making the positive changes that need to be made. I think that there’s still lots of work to do but I think we’re going to get through it, as a sport and as a profession. I think that all of us just want what’s best for the dogs. And I think that’s — we’re on the way to doing that in Iditarod. I think we all just as individuals have to support our sport and stand behind each other and be as positive as we can about the whole thing, because there’s a lot of naysayers out there that we have to make sure that we don’t give a give a window in.Grove: OK, well, last question. I don’t want to put you on the spot too much, but who do you think’s going to win the Iditarod this year?Sass: Oh man, you know, I don’t know. I think that it’s going to be a fun race to watch. I think the person who runs their own race is going to win the race, and there’s a lot of guys out there that are capable of doing that, you know, Nick Pettit Jesse Holmes, Joar (Leifseth Ulsom) obviously in the mix. I mean, there’s there’s so many I can’t even start mentioning the names that could be in the top spot, you know. Yeah, we’ll see what happens, but I have my money on one of those young guns, any of those guys are going to be, are going to be fighting for that spot. But I think the guy who runs his own dog team is going to, it’s going to end up prevailing. To be clear, that’s who I would have my money on! But I don’t have enough money to be putting money on dog races.Grove: Yeah me neither, me neither. Well, Brent. Thanks for being here. I appreciate talking to you, man.Sass: Yep. No problem. No problem at all. Brent Sass. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)He’s sitting out this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race — that starts March 2 in Anchorage — but Eureka musher Brent Sass just won the Yukon Quest again, after taking a year off from racing. Sass is a former Iditarod Rookie of the Year, and though he’s struggled in a couple other attempts at that race, he said his young dog team will likely be ready for an Iditarod run next year.Sass has some thoughts on how controversy has affected the Iditarod and who he thinks could win this year. But first, he talked to Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove about winning his second championship in the thousand-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race earlier this month.
Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories BERLIN (AP) — No climbers were allowed on Switzerland’s Matterhorn mountain Tuesday, as authorities declared a daylong ‘silence’ on the 150th anniversary of the first ascent to honor more than 500 climbers who have died trying to reach the top.A group of seven mountaineers led by Briton Edward Whymper became the first to scale the peak on July 14, 1865. Four members of the team died on the descent. Comments Share The solemn silence on the Matterhorn — underlined with the threat of a 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,290) fine — was part of a series of events marking the anniversary, which also included a light display along the route of the original ascent.Authorities have also taken longer-term steps to calm the crush of mountaineers trying to reach the iconic 4,478-meter (14,692-foot) Alpine peak that Switzerland shares with neighboring Italy. The Hoernlihuette base camp refuge, also reopened Tuesday, has been reduced to 140 beds from 170.An anniversary ascent by a team of climbers from Britain, France, Italy and Switzerland — reflecting the nationalities on the first ascent — is planned for Friday.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Lamps illuminate the path of the first ascent on the Matterhorn mountain, seen from the Hoernli mountain hut, in Zermatt, Switzerland, Late Monday, July 13, 2015. Authorities in Switzerland have declared the iconic Matterhorn mountain off-limits for a day on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, on the 150th anniversary of the first ascent. The so-called “Matterhorn silence” is intended to honor more than 500 climbers who have died trying to reach the top. (Dominic Steinmann/Keystone via AP) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like
According to a Sunday morning tweet from FOX’s NFL insider Jay Glazer, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer may be close to returning from his shoulder injury.Carson Palmer flew to Denver on Fri,worked w nerve specialist last 2 days & FINALLY think got nerve to … http://t.co/MP9Bq7WdAJ— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 5, 2014 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Palmer has been sidelined with a nerve problem in his shoulder for multiple weeks, only playing in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. 0 Comments Share According to Glazer, Palmer believes he was finally able to get the nerve in his shoulder to “release.” If there are no setbacks, Palmer hopes to play as early as next week at home against the Washington Redskins or the following week at his former team the Oakland Raiders. Glazer later reported that Palmer met with the Cardinals in Denver on Saturday after working with a specialist who also helped Peyton Manning recover from nerve issues associated with the QB’s third neck surgery. In Denver, Arizona Sports’ Paul Calvisi tweeted a photo of Palmer throwing during warm-ups.Yes — that’s Carson Palmer throwing from about 10 yards away here pre-game #AZvsDEN pic.twitter.com/DSVHDF1LuF— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) October 5, 2014 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Cardinals are a perfect 3-0, 2-0 without their starting QB. Drew Stanton has completed 51.6 percent of his throws for 411 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in two games as the starter. Arizona’s starting QB getting healthy is imperative as they play in the very tough NFC West with five division games remaining.
The proclamation of the Akamas National Park development plan by cabinet on November 2 set the stage for an arson-laden month, as individuals apparently took it upon themselves to erase what should be a protected area, making way for projects of private profit.In a period usually marking the end of the fire season, the first two weeks of November this year saw five fires in the Akamas area, burning six hectares of wild vegetation.Of course arson is nothing new. According to the forestry department, nine out of 10 fires are caused by people, while in the period 2010-2017, which saw a total of 1,001 fires across the island, 197 fires (26 per cent) of the 759 fires that had anthropogenic causes were deliberately set.In 2018, out of the 57 fires that the Paphos forest endured, which burnt a total area of 227 hectares, 43 or 75 per cent were set intentionally, forestry department statistics show.The underlying issue is the pervasive idea that environmental protection and the preservation of (endemic) species and rich biodiversity clashes with or limits financial prosperity. The truth is that the only clash is limiting the accumulation of profit for the few at the expense of the many.The many, which include the local communities surrounding the Akamas peninsula and who have been at the forefront of pressures for the development of the area at the expense of the environment, have nothing to gain from large-scale developments such as all-inclusive hotels and golf courses. They do, however, have much to lose if one of the sole factors of tourist attraction, the uniqueness of the environment, is stripped away.The apotheosis of this notion that ecological protection does not equal financial prosperity can be located in the period after the financial crisis of 2013 which brought about a state of exception where all parameters other than the financial one, such as the ecological and social parameters for example, were undervalued in the name of keeping the island afloat financially.The government’s environmental policy in the post-crisis period shifted into a profit-orientated frenzy with diminishing ecological concern.Pending projects such as the Akamas National Park and Limni Bay prove the persistence of this state of exception in the post-financial crisis period, where development is encouraged at the expense of invaluable ecological features in areas which are part of the EU-wide Natura 2000 network of nature protection areas established under the 1992 Habitats Directive. Yet this development is presented as being beneficial for local communities and the economy at large.The development plan for the Akamas National Park envisions eight entrances, 14 facilities, such as parking spaces and stands offering refreshments and snacks, three souvenir shops and eight roads totalling 85km, all in an area which is part of Natura 2000.According to the environmental group Terra Cypria, at the end of 1980s and beginning of the 1990s Akamas had a total protected area of 23,000 hectares. By 2018 this had shrunk to a meagre 10,000, of which 75 per cent or 7,762 is state forest land which will form the National Park. We are now debating the construction of a road as long as the Nicosia-Limassol highway, and buildings in areas of high ecological importance such as the Lara-Toxeftra area.In the same vein, the Limni Bay project, part of which is also in the Natura 2000 network, foresees the construction of two 18-hole golf courses, two clubhouses, a luxury hotel, villas and other housing units, leisure facilities, bicycle routes and a museum.While the project received a green light mid-August in the form of a planning permit, the development still required approval in environmental terms, as a European Commission infringement case against it requires the permits comply with the environmental recommendations set out by the commission.Limni bay is considered a major nesting site for the Mediterranean Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), which is an endangered species, along with the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) which nests in the Lara/Toxeftra area of the Akamas Peninsula.Major sources of concern are rooted in the cumulative effects of lighting impact and human disturbance, which are inevitable should development occur, though these were proven through the granting of the permit to be of secondary importance to financial gain, at least on a local level.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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