IAEA welcomes European contribution for African nuclear security

20 July 2007Africa’s nuclear and radiological safety will be reinforced thanks to a €7 million contribution form the European Union (EU) to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based body said today. Africa’s nuclear and radiological safety will be reinforced thanks to a €7 million contribution form the European Union (EU) to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based body said today.The donation is the largest ever made to the IAEA’s Nuclear Security Fund, established to bolster nuclear security globally in the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.“Nuclear science and technology offers great benefits but must be guarded against misuse,” IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said, thanking the EU for its contribution which “allows the Agency to continue to work with its African Member States to improve nuclear security in the region and beyond.”The recently received funding will support nuclear activities in 35 countries, including 27 in Africa, helping to upgrade the physical protection of nuclear materials and facilities, secure vulnerable radioactive sources and combat illicit trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials.The IAEA will work with Ghana, South Africa, Morocco and Nigeria, among other countries, to secure nuclear and radioactive materials and sites at risk of sabotage. South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia and others will receive IAEA assistance in boosting their capabilities to detect and respond to illicit trafficking. Azerbaijan, Cape Verde, Comoros, Croatia, Swaziland, and the Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia are among the countries to which the agency will provide support to strengthen national legislation and regulatory infrastructures related to nuclear and radioactive material.The latest contribution brings the total received to $53 million, but Mr. ElBaradei noted that “the IAEA’s nuclear security programme remained 90 per cent funded through unpredictable and heavily conditioned voluntary contributions.” read more

WatchTSX ends fourday losing streak heads higher on rising crude

TORONTO — A decline in U.S. crude stockpiles helped push oil prices and energy stocks higher as North American markets rallied at the close on Wednesday.Energy stocks were among the biggest gainers as the May contract for North American benchmark crude rose US$1.86 to US$37.75 a barrel.The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 42.80 points to 13,347.46 to end four straight days of losses, while the loonie gained 0.36 of a cent to 76.37 cents US.The U.S. Energy Information Administration said oil inventories fell by 4.9 million barrels last week. Analysts had been expecting a rise in inventory.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 112.73 points at 17,716.05, while the broader S&P 500 climbed 21.49 points to 2,066.66. The Nasdaq gained 76.79 points at 4,920.72.Elsewhere in commodities, the June gold contract lost $5.80 to US$1,223.80 a troy ounce, while the May copper contract was unchanged at US$2.14 a pound and the May natural gas contract lost four cents at US$1.91 per mmBTU. read more

Distributors pick up independent films at Sundance to bring them to a

This photo provided by the Sundance Institute shows Bill Hader, left, and Kristen Wiig, in a scene from the film, “The Skeleton Twins,” directed by Craig Johnson. The Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 16-26, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Sundance Institute, Reed Morano) Distributors pick up independent films at Sundance to bring them to a theatre near you PARK CITY, Utah – Most of the 117 feature films screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival were missing just one thing: Distribution.As a showcase for independent cinema, the Sundance festival shows movies made outside the studio system through private financing. Without studio distribution, the festival is often the only place to see these films.But distributors and exhibitors come to the festival in droves, looking for hot properties that will resonate with moviegoers across the country and around the world.Below is a list of some of the films that found distribution at Sundance and will be coming to theatres (or computer screens) near you:— “Whiplash,” director Damien Chazelle’s debut feature starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for distribution in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Germany.— “Wish I Was Here,” the film Zach Braff co-wrote, directed and stars in with Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad and Ashley Greene, will be distributed in North America, Poland and South Africa by Focus Features.— “I Origins,” an existential drama by writer-director Mike Cahill that stars Michael Pitt and Brit Marling, found worldwide distribution with Fox Searchlight Pictures.— “The Skeleton Twins,” which reunites “Saturday Night Live” alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, was acquired by three companies: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will handle U.S. distribution and Sony Pictures Worldwide is taking care of international territories.— “God’s Pocket,” John Slattery’s directorial debut starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro, was picked up by IFC Films for U.S. audiences.— “Calvary,” writer-director John Michael McDonagh’s dramedy about a well-meaning priest, will reach U.S. theatres and some international territories thanks to Fox Searchlight Pictures.— “Cooties,” starring Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood and Jack McBrayer, secured North American distribution through Lionsgate.— “Land Ho!” a road-trip comedy about Reykjavik nightlife, will reach worldwide audiences through Sony Pictures Classics.— “Dinosaur 13,” a documentary about the discovery of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex, was picked up by Lionsgate and CNN Films for North American distribution.— “Cesar’s Last Fast,” a documentary about Cesar Chavez’s 36-day water-only fast to draw attention to the plight of farm workers, will air on TV in English and Spanish thanks to Pivot and Univison News.— “Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars,” a documentary about an Iranian girl who wants to be an astronaut, is available in the U.S. and Canada on iTunes.— “MITT,” Greg Whiteley’s documentary about the former Republican presidential candidate, will premiere on Netflix on Friday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2014 6:16 am MDT read more

Celebrating our French connection

On March 22 the Brock Press student newspaper published a series of articles entitled “La francaphonie dans la region de Niagara”. Written in French by staff writer Melanie Pfaeffli, the series tells a story of culture and education in French in Niagara. Catherine Parayre, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, submitted the following item in recognition of the Brock Press publication.Brock Press publie en français pour la première fois !« Le 20 mars a été célébrée la Journée internationale de la francophonie à travers le monde ». C’est ainsi que commence l’article de Mélanie Pfaeffli dans la rubrique « Focus » de Brock Press dans son numéro du 22 mars 2016. Une double page rédigée en français et une belle réussite!Depuis ce matin, les éloges ne tarissent pas à l’égard de cette étudiante d’Etudes en français et d’Etudes classiques qui a décidé dans l’été 2015 de publier en français dans les pages (imprimées et en ligne) du journal estudiantin. Ce projet, chaleureusement accueilli par Steve Nadon, Rédacteur de Brock Press, est inédit en raison du choix de la langue. « La francophonie dans la Région de Niagara » retrace une histoire, donne sa chronologie, informe les lectrices et lecteurs de la culture et de l’éducation en français, mais aussi – et de manière très positive – du marché de l’emploi pour les étudiant-e-s bilingues d’ici.Pfaeffli est consciente des avantages du bilinguisme et, plus généralement, du multilinguisme, et parle d’enrichissement. Quand on comprend plusieurs langues, on « ouvre sa propre vision du monde » et on a « plus de choix dans la vie (travail, revenus, etc.) », confie-t-elle. Apprendre une nouvelle langue « facilite l’apprentissage d’autres langues » et, mieux encore, permet de « vraiment communiquer, de créer des liens ». La journaliste a une très belle phrase pour décrire le multilinguisme : « Je ne pense plus dans une langue ; je pense en images ». Elle, qui n’est pas francophone, souhaiterait continuer l’expérience à Brock Press et dans d’autres journaux, et remarque très à propos que l’inclusion d’articles en français dans la presse anglophone est une rareté parmi les journaux estudiantins du Canada. Un créneau à prendre…— Catherine Parayre, Professeure associée, Langues modernes, Littératures et Cultures + Etudes en Arts et Culture read more

The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_img Short URL The 5 at 5: Tuesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… No Comments Feb 27th 2018, 4:46 PM 10,071 Views Image: Shutterstock http://jrnl.ie/3875019 Share1 Tweet Email Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 4:46 PM Image: Shutterstock By Gráinne Ní Aodha EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #BEASTLY: The country is to be hit with “continuous snow” as polar Siberia air clashes with the incoming Storm Emma over the coming days. People are being advised on how to keep pets safe, ensure they’ve essential medicines, and how to travel safely to work (if offices are still open in the next few days).2. #BELFAST TRIAL: During interviews with police, Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding denied accusations he forced a woman to perform oral sex on him, a court heard today.3. #FERMANAGH: A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a house fire in Fermanagh in which three people died.4. #DO YOU EVEN GO HERE: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been criticised for saying the Irish border issue could be solved in the same way that people travel across different boroughs of London.5. #GOING, GONE: The head of Enet, the last bidder involved in the competition to roll out the government’s National Broadband Plan, has suddenly resigned.Comments have been closed for legal reasons. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

92 million raised for new childrens hospital

first_imgGenerous Queenslanders dug deep into their pockets, helping raise over $9.2 million for the Children’s Hospital Foundation in the inaugural Channel Nine Children’s Hospital Telethon held in Brisbane last Saturday night. Funds raised will go directly to the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, which will be the largest children’s hospital and research precinct in the southern hemisphere, set to open on November 20.The telethon was the first of its kind to take place in Brisbane in over 20 years, thanks to the persistence of John Lazarou, public relations director of franchise chain The Coffee Club. The Coffee Club Telethon Ball also took place on the night at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre, raising just under $180,000 for the charity.The Coffee Club has been raising money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation for the past 20 years, having raised over $8 million in total. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Officers douse pipeline protesters in subfreezing weather

first_imgCANNON BALL, N.D. — Authorities on Monday defended their decision to douse protesters with water during a skirmish in subfreezing weather near the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and organizers said at least 17 protesters were taken to the hospital — including some who were treated for hypothermia.The clash occurred late Sunday and early Monday as protesters trying to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway were turned back by authorities using tear gas, rubber bullets and water hoses. One officer was injured when struck in the head with a rock. One protester was arrested.Protesters and officers massed at the bridge again late Monday morning, but protesters dispersed a few hours later at the request of tribal elders after police warned the crowd that they’d identified firearms and that anyone with a weapon should leave.The Standing Rock Sioux and others oppose the 1,200-mile, four-state pipeline being built to carry oil from western North Dakota to a shipping point in Illinois because they say it threatens drinking water on their nearby reservation and cultural sites. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners has said no sites have been disturbed and that the $3.8 billion pipeline will be safe.The pipeline is largely complete except for the section under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota, and ETP Chief Executive Kelcy Warren said Friday the company is unwilling to reroute the project.last_img read more

Fictitious cases tarnish image of police HC

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Monday said the filing of fictitious cases against the leaders and activists of opposition parties tarnishes the image of the police and destroys their credibility, reports UNB.A HC bench of justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal came up with the observation during the hearing on a writ petition filed seeking investigation into ‘ghostly’ cases against the leaders of BNP and other opposition political parties.Placing the first information reports of seven cases before the court, Kamal Hossain, a counsel for the writ petitioner, said charges in all the cases are identical and obscure and things seized from different spots are also identical.Drawing court’s attention to the issue, he said, “Can you imagine that former Supreme Court Bar Association president Khandaker Mahbub Hossain has also thrown brickbats at police. The government is filing these cases out of political vengeance which is contradictory to the basic rights of the constitution.”After observing the FIRs of several cases, the court told the state counsel that Khandaker Mahbub Hossain is a lawyer. “He was accused of throwing crude bombs at police. This is ridiculous.”Mentioning that a criminal case has to be proved beyond any doubt, it said it is seen on many occasions that the incident is true but the case loses its merit due to the inclusion of political party leaders as accused.At this stage, deputy attorney general Ekramul Haq Tutul said Khandaker Mahbub Hossain is not only a lawyer but also a political leader.In reply, the court said there is nothing wrong in doing politics by a lawyer and there was a time when lawyers were more active in politics.Later, the court fixed Tuesday for passing an order after attorney general Mahbubey Alam sought time.According to the writ petition filed on 22 September, the law enforcers have filed 3,736 cases against 313,130 BNP and other political party leaders and activists from 1 September till 20 September.BNP vice-chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and Nitai Roy Chowdhury and its law affairs secretary Sanaullah Miah filed the writ petition.last_img read more

Rohingya still fleeing violence persecution in Myanmar UN

first_imgMuslim Rohingya continue to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state, many testifying about violence, persecution, killings and burning of their homes by soldiers and Buddhists, the United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday.Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his final remarks to the Human Rights Council before stepping down on Aug 31, questioned a top Myanmar official’s assertion that the government was committed to defending the rights of all, not those of any one community.”In my four years as High Commissioner I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity,” Zeid said. “Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.”The Myanmar official, Kyaw Moe Tun, director-general of its foreign ministry, did not reply to Zeid’s comments which closed the two-hour debate. After the session he could not be reached for comment.Earlier, Kyaw said during the debate that Zeid’s report contained information that was “distorted or exaggerated”. He blamed the violence on militants who attacked Myanmar government forces.”The root cause of the tragedy was terrorism and terrorism cannot be condoned under any circumstance,” Kyaw said.So far this year, 11,432 Rohingya have reached Bangladesh, where more than 700,000 have fled since an August military crackdown in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, Zeid said.”No amount of rhetoric can whitewash these facts. People are still fleeing persecution in Rakhine — and are even willing to risk dying at sea to escape,” he said.Many Rohingya refugees also report being pressured by Myanmar authorities to accept a national verification card that says they need to apply for citizenship, he added.The citizenship issue is at the core of discussions on their status, Zeid said, adding that the cards “mark the Rohingya as non-citizens, in keeping with the government’s characterisation of them as foreigners in their own homeland”.Authorities in mainly Buddhist Myanmar deny carrying out large scale human rights abuses, which the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing. Authorities say a crackdown in Rakhine is a necessary response to violence by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militant group, which attacked Myanmar security posts.Kyaw said a top priority for his government was to find a “sustainable solution” in Rakhine. It had agreed with Bangladesh in January 2018 that repatriation of refugees would be completed within two years, he said.last_img read more

As Port Covington Proceeds Affordable Housing is an Active Item on City

first_imgInclusionary Housing reform for Baltimore is in the pipeline at City Hall. This past week, the City Council’s Housing and Community Development Committee held its first public hearing on a new ordinance which would expand Baltimore’s Affordable and inclusionary Housing programs.City agencies, housing advocates and economic development representatives weighed in on the city’s first major attempt to expand the current inclusionary housing law passed in July 2007. Councilman Bill Henry, a co-sponsor of the new ordinance, has repeatedly noted the limitations of the current law, one that has yielded only 32 units of affordable housing.The first draft of Henry’s Inclusionary Housing ordinance includes the following: Reduces the affordable housing requirement from the current 20 percent to 10 percent for developments of more than 30 residential units that require major public subsidies. Eliminates the City’s legal obligation to provide additional subsidy to developers to meet inclusionary housing requirements and eliminates waiversCreates a Baltimore City Affordable Housing Fund, through a combination of general obligation bonds and an increase in the transfer and recordation tax.Replaces a developer’s option to substitute off-site inclusionary housing for on-site units and instead provides an option or payment of a substantial offset fee into the Affordable Housing fund if the developer chooses not to build inclusionary housing. Extends the time period for which affordable housing units provided under the new law must remain affordable from 30 to 40 years. Transforms the Inclusionary Housing Board into a Fair Housing Board.Both pro-development and affordable housing advocates expressed concerns about the proposed ordinance. Andrew Kleine, the City’s Budget Director said he opposes using an increase in transfer and recordation taxes to fund the proposed Affordable Housing Fund.Baltimore Development Corporation Vice President Kimberly Clark, who serves on the City’s Inclusionary Housing Task Force, submitted testimony expressing concern that the law should apply only to rentals and not sale housing.“While Baltimore Development Corporation has some concerns about the legislation in its current form, our objective is to work with the Task Force until we can establish a product that is supportive of development,” Clark told the AFRO.Also concerned about the proposed ordinance, however, were affordable housing advocates. “There are aspects of this bill that do plug some of the current loopholes,” said Barbara Samuels, Fair Housing Attorney with the Maryland ACLU, in testimony for the bill. “But it doesn’t plug all of them and in some ways takes a step backwards in lowering the percent affordable from 20 percent to 10 percent and omitting projects that benefit from zoning actions. Two steps forward and one step back.”Mary Pat Clarke, a co-sponsor of the bill, said she thought there was more work to do, but said the bill stood up to feedback expressed in the hearing.“It doesn’t sound fatal. It sounds like things we can work on in the next week,” she said.Henry said he wants the new inclusionary housing ordinance passed before this year’s council session is over. He wants to ensure the proposed Port Covington redevelopment project will have a legal mandate, rather than simply a memorandum of understanding, setting requirements for the inclusion of affordable housing as part of the project’s planned residential units.The city exempted the Port Covington Project from a requirement to build affordable housing because under current law, the city must purchase the affordable units built by developers receiving subsidies at market rate. Because the city’s Affordable Housing Fund can’t afford to pay for the housing, an exemption from the Affordable Housing requirement was given to the Port Covington project.Sagamore Development signed a memorandum of understanding with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake to voluntarily create a 10 percent goal for inclusionary housing if they can find funds from state or federal sources to pay for the housing.However, the Baltimore Business Journal, citing sources familiar with negotiations between the Sagamore developers and the city, reported Friday that Sagamore had agreed to provide 20 percent of the project’s residential units as affordable housing. The guarantee would be part of an updated memorandum of understanding with the city expected to be signed next week, the newspaper reported.last_img read more

Leaked specs reveal Nvidias dualGPU GeForce GTX 790

first_imgNvidia made choosing a top-end graphics card more difficult earlier this year when the GeForce GTX 780 Ti hit the market. It was $300 cheaper than the GeForce Titan, so surely couldn’t have been as good. But when I was researching building a new gaming rig, benchmarks revealed the 780 Ti was actually faster in most usage scenarios.With that in mind you’d expect Nvidia to update the Titan before long, but it’s not just a Titan refresh the graphics company has planned. Leaked specs have revealed a GTX 790 is in the works, too.The new Titan card is expected to be called the Titan Black Edition, and is basically just an upgrade to the 780 Ti. It will offer the same fully-enabled GK110 GPU, 2880 CUDA cores, 384-bit memory bus, and 250W TDP, but increases the GDDR5 memory from 3GB to 6GB. You’ll also pay $999 for that extra memory as well as getting a card with a back cooler.The GTX 790 is much more interesting, though. Nvidia is thought to be putting two 28nm GK110 GPUs on the card working across dual 320-bit memory buses. That will offer a rather ridiculous 4992 CUDA cores. It’s also combined with 10GB of GDDR5 memory. The GPUs are not expected to be fully-enabled parts as Nvidia wants to hit a TDP of 300W.If such a card has you salivating in anticipation, then get saving. A price of well over $1,000 is expected, but in return you’re going to get a graphics card that will run games for many generations to come.For now, these specs remain an unconfirmed leak, but we shouldn’t have long to wait to find out how realistic they are. The Titan Black is expected to launch in February, with the GTX 790 following in March.last_img read more

Online Lifestyle Retailers Are Turning Into Magazines

first_imgBut producing editorial content that rivals the output of top magazines — the standard to which Gilt aspires — is no easy feat. “People forget that to do this well you need to have the right team and you need to carve out the right ecosystem within a business that isn’t necessarily set up to do editorial,” says Thoreson. “If you just treat it as some sort of commodity, you’re likely not going to succeed here.”But with U.S. online retail sales expected to grow to $262 billion this year from $231 billion in 2012, it’s worth doing what it takes to claim a bigger slice of the ecommerce pie. And already this kind of content is becoming expected for companies who want to stand out. Over the past three years, he says, a commitment to quality editorial “has gone from something that’s a novelty [for ecommerce brands] to something that’s an essential.”But however important content marketing is for online retailers now, it is as merchants, not publishers, that Bureau of Trade and other new-wave companies will ultimately succeed or fail. The women behind Zady understand this. “At the end of the day, Zady is a wonderful and beautiful ecommerce site,” Darabi says.Related: Struggling With Online Sales? So Are the Big Guys Models present clothing from Frank & Oak’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week on September 8, 2013.Image credit: Brian Patrick Eha Lend us your earsFor brands that want to be more than mere online shops, maintaining a consistent editorial voice is paramount. The arch, worldly tone of the Bureau’s editorial — “more John Cleese than Gawker” — is “the reason we were able to raise any money at all,” Moskowitz says. (The Bureau raised $1.2 million in seed money in September 2012 from Foundation Capital and others.) “They want this voice. That’s what people had a visceral reaction to.”As for how he arrived at the proper tone for the Bureau’s emails and other editorial, says Moskowitz, “I wanted a buttoned-up sense of Fifties formality, because that’s what helps jokes land.” Case in point: a racy video, made in partnership with Esquire for the Bureau’s Japan Rising collection, which explains shibori, the ancient Japanese art of dying fabric. In the video, a dominatrix stuffs a shibori cotton pocket square into a client’s mouth to silence him. It’s an image not soon forgotten.Zady founders Maxine Bédat, 31, and Soraya Darabi, 30, say their editorial voice aims to be “an authentic voice for our generation.” Zady launched with an eye toward rescuing people from the soullessness of fast fashion, and its founders’ own sense of the zeitgeist is what determines the editorial content. The retailer produces two types of stories: brand stories, which Bédat says are fundamental to the company’s mission, and standalone features. The former are based on interviews that Bédat and Darabi conduct with every brand they sell, dissecting what makes them special. The latter have no direct connection to the products Zady sells. Whether they realized it or not, guests were holding in their hands the vanguard of a growing trend among ecommerce brands: the convergence of online retail and editorial content. Increasingly, digital retailers are finding value in weaving story elements around their products as a way of compensating for the lack of the sensory experience one finds in brick-and-mortar stores. And some are going even further, commissioning words and images with no obvious sales component.Fashion marketplaces Net-a-Porter and Gilt Groupe pioneered the trend, and over the past three years it has snowballed. A new wave of ecommerce startups is now getting traction in the marketplace by marrying high-quality editorial with online shops boasting fast delivery, excellent customer service and lust-worthy products.Related: In New Venture, Bonobos Co-Founder Reimagines the Way Men ShopIt’s a strategy that is paying off for Frank & Oak, which received $5 million last October from Lightbank and other investors. Some of that money was put toward editorial efforts. Right now, three of the company’s 100 employees focus entirely on researching and creating stories. While that may seem like a small fraction, it is a sign that the company is serious about educating and entertaining its customers.”Especially for guys, contextualizing clothing makes a lot of sense,” says Ethan Song, 29, Frank & Oak’s co-founder and creative director. “Clothing is not just clothing.”Narrative merchandiseMichael Phillips Moskowitz, founder of one-year-old startup Bureau of Trade, wants nothing to do with unmemorable junk. The Bureau, as it’s called, curates “narrative merchandise” — unique clothing and lifestyle items, even classic cars and taxidermied scorpions — for discerning men and makes the goods available for purchase online. “Precious pieces,” the 35-year-old Moskowitz calls them.His New York City-based team of five is supplemented by eight part-time curators in cities around the world, from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, all of whom are tasked with finding stylish clothes, interesting books, vintage watches, antique furniture and other desirables for the Bureau. Some are found on eBay and Craigslist; others are sourced from trusted boutiques. Moskowitz himself spends time overseas once a quarter, hunting in shops, bazaars and souks. When he finds a merchant with an item he wants for the Bureau, he talks him into putting it online. The Bureau gets a cut of every purchase made through its website.The goods are grouped by theme, often something au courant, though Moskowitz has also organized larger collections. Continental Rift, for instance, focused on Africa, with droll teaser videos released in the days before its launch. Either way, each item is tied to a larger story. “Storytelling and commerce are inseparable,” Moskowitz says. “Otherwise it’s just stuff.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Zady co-founders Maxine Bedat and Soraya Darabi want to put an end to soulless fast fashion with their venture-backed startup.Image credit: Zady September 13, 2013 On a warm Sunday in September, stylish men and women lined up on a street in New York City’s Meatpacking District to see a preview of the fall/winter collection of Frank & Oak, an ecommerce startup for menswear. It was the brand’s first presentation during New York Fashion Week, so it was something of a coming-out party.Inside, the bare industrial space evoked the workshop of famed inventor Nikola Tesla, complete with work table, assorted tools and a faux electricity machine. On plywood platforms, 12 models stood facing the crowd, dressed to ward off the winter chill. There was a green tweed suit, a double-breasted glen plaid blazer, a chunky white cable-knit sweater and, of course, the obligatory scarf or two.The crowd passed through in shifts. As they left the workshop, guests were each handed something unusual: a copy of the inaugural issue of Frank & Oak’s own quarterly magazine, The Edit. Printed on heavyweight environmental paper, issue No. 1 is 26 pages long, features actor and designer Waris Alhuwalia on its cover and is full of words and visuals designed to appeal to Frank & Oak’s customers. Along with a profile of Alhuwalia, there is a piece about Montreal-based furniture company À Hauteur d’Homme, which has designed a men’s valet for Frank & Oak, and a photo feature on what to pack for a fall trip to Portland. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img 10 min read One feature is an interview with a New York Times photo editor who produced a Kickstarter-funded documentary about horse-rearing customs in Iceland. It seems a strange thing to find on a fashion retailer’s website. “We think that the kind of customer who likes a story about denim made in North Carolina will also like a story about a beautiful documentary about wild horses in Iceland,” Bédat says. She admits it’s a hunch. “Time will tell us if that’s true or not.” For now, they can afford to experiment; Zady received $1.35 million in October 2012 from New Enterprise Associates and others.Where Frank & Oak is building a dedicated editorial team, Zady is using serious freelance journalists to create its content. A feature on work-life integration — as opposed to the impossible ideal of work-life balance — carries the byline of Melissa Wall, the founding editor of Newsweek’s iPad edition. “We’re trying to define where we are culturally,” Bédat says of the feature’s subject matter. “So far, our intuition seems to be on point.”A shopping community”You’re essentially trying to build a community of like-minded individuals around your brand,” Thoreson says of such efforts. Admittedly, the ROI picture is “murkier” with content that isn’t tied to products, but such editorial is “no less powerful” as a branding tool, he says.Since Frank & Oak’s founding in February 2012, 800,000 people have signed up for its members-only site, with the majority of customers living in the U.S., Song says. And many who have downloaded the Frank & Oak mobile app access the app every day. As Song sees it, that represents a major shift in how brands are built and how consumers interact with products. “You’d never walk into a store every day,” he points out.Fashion and style magazines, as Moskowitz is quick to note, have always excelled at narrative — and at the related art of cultivating desire. To hear him tell it, online retailers now have the chance to be like magazines, only better, because they can indulge the impulse to buy. “GQ isn’t shoppable,” he says. “Esquire isn’t shoppable.” Ethan Song, co-founder and creative director of Frank & Oak, collaborating with Ricardo Hinojosa, a Mexican artisan who has made wallets and cardholders for Frank & Oak. Hinojosa’s business partner, Jose Antonio Echeverria, looks on.Image credit: Samuel Pasquier Lend us your ears It isn’t surprising that a retailer who aspires to be “the merchandise equivalent of the Library of Alexandria” cares about the provenance of his wares. But he goes further, saying that as local and regional ties have loosened their hold over the past century, and racial and ethnic differences have become less contentious, our identities have come to be defined primarily by what we buy, where we eat, how we shop and other markers of cultural consumption.It’s an idea that has been voiced by Tyler Brûlé, founder of media brand Monocle, which serves the global cosmopolitan elite, and others: In today’s world, possessions evidence character. In its extreme formulation, it’s the idea that, at least in the eyes of others, we are what we surround ourselves with. By marrying shopping with storytelling, brands such as Bureau of Trade and Zady, a New York City-based fashion retailer that launched this month, charge what might otherwise be mere acquisitiveness with the primal human need for meaning.”Online shopping is increasingly about exploration,” says Tyler Thoreson, vice president of men’s editorial, creative and customer experience for Gilt. “It’s less transactional.”It’s a mistake to look for an immediate return on your investment in editorial, he says. Brand visibility, goodwill, excitement, customer loyalty — these are the things it achieves. “You have to ask yourself what your goals are. Is it [sales] conversion, or is it marketing and branding?”Related: The Family Behind Luxury Lingerie Business Cosabella Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Jungle Jam 2013 brings the beat dredlocks

first_imgJam band enthusiasts from far and wide descended on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast last weekend for the third annual Jungle Jam music festival. The event was held Jan. 17-20 at Doce Lunas Hotel and various venues around Playa Jacó and Playa Hermosa, and the line up included BK3 with Bill Kreutzmann (of The Grateful Dead), Max Creek, Oteil Burbridge (of the Allman Brothers Band), Zach Deputy, Viral Sound, DJ Matt Carey, Gin & Tonic, and Paul Damon Alford & The Tipsy Chicks.The festival was designed so that patrons could enjoy Costa Rica during the day and early afternoon, and then dance the night away with the talented musicians. Each of the acts performed multiple times over the four-day event, ensuring that everyone would have the opportunity to see them play at least once. Tico Times caught the talented Zach Deputy twice. We first saw him play at Doce Lunas on Friday night to a high-spirited audience, which included fire dancers and hula-hoopers among a backdrop of tropical trees draped in tie-dye tapestries and psychedelic light shows. The second performance took place during the middle of the day at beachfront Backyard Bar, and the hot sun didn’t stop the audience from getting its groove on. No matter the conditions, it is nearly impossible to sit still while Deputy plays.Zach Deputy is a one-man band with big, dynamic sound. On stage, he utilizes looping technology, though which he records various sounds – including beat boxing – one by one, synthesizes them, and then plays and sings over the rich mixture. He developed his style while he was growing up along the coast of South Carolina, listening to Calypso, R&B and soul. He calls it “Island-infused, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul.” Deputy told us “I am self-taught and started writing when I was 14 years old.”Deputy plays in more than 250 shows a year prompting references to him as a “touring powerhouse.” It’s a well-deserved moniker, considering that he has been on tour almost full time for four and a half years. There might be some R&R in his near future, though. When asked about future plans, Deputy said, “I am going on a bit of a hiatus this year, I want to take it easy.”There were a few hiccups in the Hermosa show in which the equipment stopped working and some adjustments needed to be made, causing Deputy to have to start over. He seemed amused by this. “It was so hot, I had to ice my board. We had to ice the equipment!” he said. Deputy seemingly had absorbed some pura vida. When asked what he thinks about the country, he replied “I love Costa Rica! I think the people are nice, it’s absolutely gorgeous. There is really never any pressure.”It’s a surprising statement from someone who has never been outside of Jacó. Zack Deputy: after your hiatus, please play the rest of Costa Rica. Facebook Comments Festival included fire dancers and hula-hoopers. Photo: Erin Morriscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

FHA to Insure Mortgages with Clean Energy Assessments

first_img“Today, we’re seizing the opportunity to shape a cleaner and more sustainable nation.”Ed Golding, HUD FHA to Insure Mortgages with Clean Energy Assessments July 19, 2016 623 Views The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on Tuesday announced it will ensure certain mortgages on properties with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) assessments in an effort to offer a range of financing options to homeowners seeking to add clean energy technologies to their homes.On Tuesday, FHA announced the guidance that outlines circumstances under which it will offer insurance on properties with a PACE assessment. The action announced Tuesday by the FHA is part of a broader effort by the Administration to offer clean energy technologies to every American family that is looking to cut their energy bills by switching to solar energy and making other energy-efficiency improvements.As part of this effort, FHA will approve purchase and refinance mortgage applications in states that treat PACE obligations as special assessments similar to property taxes, according to the FHA’s announcement.“Today, we’re seizing the opportunity to shape a cleaner and more sustainable nation,” said Ed Golding, HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing.  “Using PACE, families will be able to make their homes more energy efficient and sustainable in the long run, while still keeping their costs affordable today.  As PACE programs continue to develop across the nation, the positive impact on families, jobs, and the environment will only grow.”According to FHA, PACE has shown promise as an effective way to finance improvements to homes that focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation, among other improvements in such areas as heating and cooling systems, lighting, water pumps, and insulation. PACE financing pays for these home improvements and is repaid as an assessment added to the property’s tax bill, according to FHA; state and local governments sponsor PACE financing in order to encourage homes to add energy efficiency, which in turn promotes economic development.While the FHA has announced it will approve some purchase in refinance applications for properties with PACE assessments, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has taken the opposite stance. The FHFA forbids Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to purchase mortgages with a PACE loan, because the PACE program gives these loans first-lien status. FHFA has warned that programs attaching first-lien status to mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not push the first-lien status of those loans to the secondary position because of the risk they pose to taxpayers while the GSEs are under conservatorship.The guidance issued by FHA protects the Administration from risk by requiring lenders to escrow PACE assessment payments so that FHA would not be at risk of losing collateral in a tax sale. Also, FHA’s appraisal policy requires that appraisals take the PACE assessment and the value of improvements into account.center_img FHA Mortgage Insurance PACE Property Assessed Clean Energy 2016-07-19 Seth Welborn Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

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Man remanded over child pornography Updated

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