HP Discover 2014 – A Recap from Barcelona

first_imgHP Discover 2014 has officially come to an end, but we’re still basking in the glow of the exciting three days when IT leaders from across the globe gather to discuss the future of technology. Join us as we examine the highlights and takeaways from HP Discover’s second annual event in Barcelona.Day 1 – Disruptive Innovation“This is a time of relentless disruptive change for businesses and for governments. Think about it — ceaseless information flows, threats and uncertainty, constant connectivity, instant gratification, new channels, new markets, and new business models. No company survives without adapting. Without the ability to question, to rethink, to change, and to renew. Not your companies and not us.”HP president, chairman, and CEO Meg Whitman kicked off the event with an impactful keynote on the shift from traditional IT to a new style of IT. She emphasized the need for an infrastructure designed to support the needs of the business, as well as the necessity for agile, scalable technology solutions. With the converging forces of big data, cloud, and mobility, consumerization is poised to revolutionize operations and permanently change the way IT supports the business.Day 2 – Intelligent Business TransformationHP had several key product unveilings that reiterated the current focus on a new IT. New servers, storage, converged systems, and services were evidence of HP’s focus on re-imaging old technology while embracing emerging technology and future disruptors. Discussions ranged from HP Haven (currently the sole big data platform on the market) to The Machine, a computing model that will bear tremendous weight in the evolution of data processing and analysis. “Computers have basically been built the same way for the past 60 years. At HP Labs we want to rethink computing,” said Martin Fink, CTO and director of HP Labs. “This Machine, our goal — in effect — is to allow us to run Haven on steroids.”Day 3 – A New Style of ITThe Intel booth remained a mainstay for event participants for the duration of the event; luckily Ivana Jordanova, HP sales business development manager for Intel EMEA, was there to give those not in attendance a tour.This year’s HP Discover was an enthralling look into the progress of IT in business. The overall focus on big data, cloud innovation, cybersecurity, and mobility in the enterprise was very much a reflection of the SMAC stack — social, mobile, analytics, cloud — we’ve been prioritizing at Intel. Great things lie on the horizon for IT, and we’re happy to be a part of that.Until next year, adiós de Barcelona!last_img read more

Could the Outbreak Have Started in Canada?

first_imgIn keeping with the Canadian government’s apparently mistaken hypothesis that the origin of the swine flu outbreak likely had nothing to do with Canadian pigs, what if it did? On 2 May, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency had this to say about the A (H1N1) outbreak in an Alberta pig herd: “It is highly probable that the pigs were exposed to the virus from a Canadian who had recently returned from Mexico and had been exhibiting flu-like symptoms.” Now it turns out that the farm worker tested negative for the virus. 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Canada has 165 confirmed human cases out of a population of 33 million people. The United States, which arguably has similar testing capabilities, has 642 confirmed cases and a population of 304 million. So Canada has 2.3 times as many cases per million population as the United States. Mexico, in comparison, has 822 cases out of a population of 109 million, which means it has 3.5 times as many cases as the United States. Canada has reported that the virus infected 220 pigs, and no other country has yet found it in swine. Case numbers, of course, are affected by the numbers of samples tested and the capability of the country’s labs, but epidemiologists listen to the best data they have at the moment, and that’s what the numbers are saying right now.Back to my Canada-human-Mexico speculation. What if that hypothetical carrier infected Mexicans in a rural area—maybe he was a pig trader—and the virus then spread to Mexico City, which has a population of approximately 20 million, much larger than that of any Canadian city? An infected Mexican or Canadian might then have traveled to the United States and started the outbreak here.A fine line, of course, separates speculation—a dirty word in science—from hypothesis.And although this what-if may not be, as they say, “highly probable,” it’s as possible as many of the more-accepted theses making the rounds in scientific and public health circles alike.last_img read more

Sunil Chhetri: Indian dressing room is very disappointed

first_img As we moved closer to the half-time break, Uddin managed to get on to the end of a set-piece from the left flank, past an outstretched Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, to put Bangladesh in the lead. India head coach Igor Stimac rolled the dice in the second half as he brought on playmaker Brandon Fernandes in place of Mandar Rao Dessai, while winger Lallianzuala Chhangte came on for center-back Anas Edathodika. With less than two minutes of regulation time left, it was Adil Khan, who came up with the equaliser, as he glanced his header past the near post, and into the back of the net. India gave it an almighty effort in the closing stages of the match. Four minutes into injury time, Sunil Chhetri brought down an aerial ball for an unmarked Manvir Singh, who volleyed it wide. Both the teams ended the day with a point apiece, and India now remain on the fourth spot with two points in Group E of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Super sub Seiminlen Doungel saves India After 0-1 loss to Oman, India’s FIFA World Cup hopes almost over Kolkata: India football skipper Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday expressed disappointment with the team’s result against Bangladesh in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers. India had to settle with a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata and with this, the road ahead has gotten difficult for the Blue Tigers. Chhetri took to Twitter to express his disappointment and said: “We could not deliver a performance to match the atmosphere at the Salt Lake last night, and the dressing room is very disappointed about it. We could not capitalise on the chances we got, but this is a process on the pitch and in the stands. You turned up, we will keep attempting to”. In the match between both sides, Saad Uddin had put Bangladesh in front in the first half, but India center-back Adil Khan equalised late in the game to draw the home side level. The Blue Tigers were chasing the three points from the match. Chhetri had an early shot on goal saved by Bangladesh goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana. India’s Bheke had a chance to goal in the opening minutes of the match as he won a free header from a corner. However, his header flew over the barRelated News Sunil Chhetri is irreplaceable, says Igor Stimaclast_img read more

ICC Strategic Group report fears formation of rebel governing body

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, May 16 (PTI) A breakaway rebel governing body, the proposed T10 format and lack of interest from broadcasters are among “18 threats” that international cricket faces right now, according to a report of the ICCs Strategic Working Group (SWG) which will discuss these issues with the BCCI here tomorrow. The report, which is in possession of PTI, claims to be a SWOT analysis of the issues confronting world cricket. The SWG comprises Cricket Australias David Peever, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, Singapores Imran Khwaja, Cricket South Africas Patricia Karambami, West Indies Cricket Boards Dave Cameron and womens representative Clare Connor. The Group will update BCCI office-bearers — Acting President CK Khanna, Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry — on global strategy for cricket. “Yes, there has been threat to ICC. A very well-known former cricket administrator (currently banned) along with an Indian TV channel and an Australian lawyer had approached a lot of players and officials in order to form a parallel global body. They had named it Operation Watershed then,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity. “They wanted to form parallel associations in each country and were offering a lot of money to the players. The project didnt take off but theres no reason that it wont take off once again,” the official said. The ICC analysis does not take names. However, it is interesting to note that in 2016, there were reports of sacked IPL commissioner Lalit Modi approaching officials from England and Australia to form a parallel body, a speculation that dies down as qucikly as it took off.advertisement Another matter of concern is the proposed T10 format amid statements from stars such as former New Zealand skipper Brandon McCullum that Test cricket will not be sustainable in the long run. “The T10 league is also a matter of concern. More so, it was organised by Emirates Cricket Board (last December) with a lot of current players like Eoin Morgan, Shoaib Malik, Dwayne Bravo taking part,” the official said. These threats could be directly linked to point No.8 in the report which states: “Uncontrolled private investment into sports by commercial operators whose interests are aligned with short term financial gains rather than long term health and growth of sports.” Also, footballs growth in traditional cricket nations is also listed as a threat in the SWG analysis along with a “lack of competitive tension in broadcast market”. “In a way, it is true. Save Star and Sony (networks), there arent many who are ready to invest huge sums in cricket. So if its a two-horse race, then you know that there arent new broadcasters coming in,” the official pointed out. The report also speaks about “Collapse of traditional broadcast/sponsorship.” Add to this, the threat from unspecified “political uncertainties”. It is to be noted that India and Pakistan have not been not playing each other in bilateral series owing to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and the volatile diplomatic ties. PTI KHS AT PM PM PMlast_img read more

Pinkwash’s ‘Collective Sigh’ Out on Don Giovanni Records

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? Last Friday (May 13) Philadelphia-based prog-punk duo Pinkwash released their first full-length album, Collective Sigh, on Don Giovanni Records. Though Collective Sigh is the band’s debut full-length it is not their first release. In 2014, the band released an EP titled Your Cure Your Soil, and the next year released the “Cancer Money” 7″.Pinkwash’s name comes from a term that refers to two distinct but structurally similar practices. The organization Breast Cancer Action defines “Pinkwasher” as “[a] company or organization that claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon product, but at the same time produces, manufactures and/or sells products that are linked to the disease.” “Pinkwashing” can also refer to the co-opting of the language and culture of the LGBT rights movement for an otherwise unrelated organization’s own benefit.Singer/guitarist Joey Doubek and drummer Ashley Arnwine decided on the name after Doubek spent 14 months as his mother’s primary caregiver while she was dying of breast cancer. As he put it in a 2014 interview, “It’s like continuing the process of an overarching grief cycle: long after acceptance comes extreme bitterness, which is an easier state to be in to write angry, loud music.”Collective Sigh is out now through Don Giovanni Records and available on Amazon, iTunes, and the Don Giovanni online shop. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date last_img read more

Samsung Heavy Clinches Order for Crude Carrier Quartet

first_imgzoom South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has received orders to construct four crude carriers, the company said in a stock exchange filing.Under the agreement, signed with an undisclosed Asian shipowner, the shipbuilder is expected to deliver the vessels by July 2019.Samsung Heavy Industries informed that the contract has a value of KRW 378.4 billion (USD 334.8 million), with each of the ships priced at around KRW 94.6 billion.The deal was signed only days after the South Korean reported a jump in profit, joining the recovery drive of its two compatriots, DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries, having posted a 350.8 percent increase in its operating profit for the first three months of 2017 year-on-year.SHI’s operating profit for the quarter reached KRW 27.5 billion a considerable increase from KRW 6.1 billion in the corresponding period in 2016, while its net profit achieved a 269 percent increase, reaching KRW 58.7 billion against KRW 15.9 billion seen a year earlier.As of March 31, 2017, the shipbuilder’s order backlogs on delivery basis totaled in USD 26.5 billion, dominated by tankers, 34 of them, followed by 15 LNG carriers and 10 drilling rigs, among other units.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Sun Life Financial net earnings up on tax boost to beat analyst

TORONTO — Sun Life Financial Inc. says net income rose in the fourth quarter as it benefited from lower taxes in the U.S. and lower-than-expected expenses.The company says it had a net income of $580 million in the quarter ending Dec. 31, up from a net income of $207 million for the same quarter a year earlier when it was hit by a $251 million U.S. tax charge.The Toronto-based insurer says adjusted net income came in at $718 million, or $1.19 per share, compared with $641 million or $1.05 per share a year earlier.Analysts had expected adjusted net earnings of $697.75 million or $1.15 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company says earnings were negatively impacted by higher than expected costs in its insurance coverage of illness and death.Sun Life’s adjusted return on equity came in at 13.6 per cent, down from 12.7 per cent in the same quarter in 2017. Companies in this story: (TSX:SLF)The Canadian Press read more

Ban stresses preparedness as UN declares global flu pandemic

11 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today cautioned against undue alarm while stressing the need for preparedness, as the United Nations health agency announced that the world is experiencing an influenza pandemic caused by the new A(H1N1) virus. Earlier today, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said the agency has elevated its alert from phase 5 to phase 6, indicating a global pandemic outbreak.“The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters in Geneva. As of today, nearly 30,000 confirmed cases have been reported in 74 countries.Mr. Ban noted that the raising of the alert level is “a formal statement about the geographic spread of disease” and “not in itself a cause for alarm.” Speaking at his monthly news conference in New York, the Secretary-General said that though infectious, this new virus has so far not been as severe as had been feared and death rates have been low.” “But … we must be watchful. We do not know what picture will emerge in the coming months,” he stated. “The virus has hit mainly developed countries. That is likely to soon change – and it will have consequences. He noted that poorer countries have less developed health systems, people tend to seek health care later, and there is often a higher level of other diseases in the general population. In addition, the Southern Hemisphere is only now entering the flu season.“We must therefore be prepared,” Mr. Ban stressed. “Our best response is a firm demonstration of global solidarity.” The Secretary-General said he will convene a meeting of the Influenza Steering Committee in New York on Monday to “map out our immediate next steps.” This will be prior to the opening session of his Forum on Advancing Global Health in the Face of Crisis.He pledged to work with national governments and WHO to ensure that the response to the pandemic is as well-coordinated and as effective as possible.The Secretary-General highlighted that access to vaccines and anti-virals – in addition to antibiotics and other commodities – is crucial. At a meeting he convened with Dr. Chan last month in Geneva, more than two dozen pharmaceutical companies agreed to contribute part of their vaccine production to vulnerable nations, upon request by WHO. Manufacturing of pandemic vaccines has already begun, and the first doses will be available in September 2009, Mr. Ban noted, adding that, at the same time, virus samples and other information about the disease must also be widely and openly shared. It is also important to guard against “rash and discriminatory” action such as travel bans or trade restrictions, he stated, pointing out that the response to any pandemic must be grounded in science. Noting that the impact will be felt far beyond the health sector and will require coordination on every front, the Secretary-General stressed the need to safeguard the interests of those who are most vulnerable. read more

Obama to quietly kill off Keystone XL bill White House confirms

WASHINGTON — The White House says it intends to quietly kill off a forthcoming bill aimed at approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.A spokesman for U.S. President Barack Obama has reaffirmed that the White House plans to veto the bill, passed earlier this month by the Republican-controlled Congress.Congress plans to send the bill to the president on Tuesday, at which point Obama has 10 days to veto it by sending it back to Congress without his signature.Keystone XL pipeline bill heads to Obama as practical payoffs waneAn Obama veto won’t be the end for Keystone XL: PrenticeA spokesman for Obama says that’s exactly what he’ll do — and he’ll do it discreetly without making a public event out of it.The veto will be a blow to the pipeline’s prospects, but not necessarily a fatal one.The final White House decision on Keystone XL is expected soon, in a separate regulatory process controlled by the president. read more

4 new projects show Netflix interest in promoting documentaries

by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2014 12:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Netflix shows a scene from “E-Team,” a documentary film about human rights workers. Netflix is making a push into documentaries, with the subscription service announcing deals on Thursday, May 8, 2014, to premiere four new films, including “E-Team,” in the next few months. (AP Photo/Netflix) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Netflix is making a push into documentaries, with the subscription service announcing deals on Thursday to premiere four new films in the next few months.Netflix has always made non-fiction films available to subscribers, but until recently they have been projects initially made for theatrical release or on television networks. Netflix said it now wants filmmakers to make their work specifically for the service, or use Netflix to offer the first wide distribution.The first of the four new films to be released will be “Battered Bastards of Baseball,” about a defunct minor league baseball team. It will premiere on Netflix on July 11.“Mission Blue,” a documentary about marine biologist Sylvia Earle and her campaign to create a network of protected marine sanctuaries, is set for Aug. 15. Later this year the service will premiere “E-Team,” a film about human rights workers from the makers of the Oscar-winning documentary “Born Into Brothels,” and “Print the Legend,” about 3-D printing.Lisa Nishimura, head of Netflix’s documentary unit, said the service is intentionally trying to present films on a wide variety of topics. Its selling point to filmmakers is that Netflix will make the documentaries available on the service for a lengthy period of time. TV networks and theatrical releases can offer a bigger burst of attention, but the films are generally only available for a short period. 4 new projects show Netflix interest in promoting documentaries read more

Under fire – from GOP – Trump digs in on Confederate icons

by Jonathan Lemire And Darlene Superville, The Associated Press Posted Aug 17, 2017 3:02 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Under fire – from GOP – Trump digs in on Confederate icons U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, attending an event in Lewiston, Maine, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, speaks to reporters about President Trump’s recent comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va. “There’s absolutely no place in this country for hatred, racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry. The president should’ve spoken out far more strongly from the very beginning,” she said. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump on Thursday burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency.Out of sight, but still online, Trump tweeted his defence of monuments to Confederate icons — bemoaning rising efforts to remove them as an attack on America’s “history and culture.”And he berated his critics who, with increasingly sharper language, have denounced his initially slow and then ultimately combative comments on the racial violence at a white supremacist rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.Trump was much quicker Thursday to condemn violence in Barcelona, where more than a dozen people were killed when a van veered onto a sidewalk and sped down a busy pedestrian zone in what authorities called a terror attack.He then added to his expression of support a tweet reviving a debunked legend about a U.S. general subduing Muslim rebels a century ago in the Philippines by shooting them with bullets dipped in pig blood.“Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!” Trump wrote.Trump’s unpredictable, defiant and, critics claim, racially provocative behaviour has clearly begun to wear on his Republican allies.Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, whom Trump considered for a Cabinet post, declared Thursday that “the president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to” in dealing with crises. And Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska tweeted, “Anything less than complete & unambiguous condemnation of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK by the @POTUS is unacceptable. Period.”Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said Trump’s “moral authority is compromised.”Trump, who is known to try to change the focus of news coverage with an attention-grabbing declaration, sought to shift Thursday from the white supremacists to the future of statues.“You can’t change history, but you can learn from it,” he tweeted. “Robert E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson — who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish. …“Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” he tweeted.Trump met separately Thursday at his golf club in nearby Bedminster with the administrator of the Small Business Administration and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a longtime Trump supporter. Trump also prepared for an unusual meeting Friday at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland with his national security team to discuss strategy for South Asia, including India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.Vice-President Mike Pence was cutting short a long-planned Latin America tour to attend the meeting.Though out of public view, Trump sought to make his voice heard on Twitter as he found himself increasingly under siege and alone while fanning the controversy over race and politics toward a full-fledged national conflagration.He dissolved two business councils Wednesday after the CEO members began quitting, damaging his central campaign promise to be a business-savvy chief executive in the Oval Office.And the White House said Thursday that it was abandoning plans to form an infrastructure advisory council.Two major charities, the Cleveland Clinic and the American Cancer Society, announced they are cancelling fundraisers scheduled for Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, Florida, amid the continuing backlash over Trump’s remarks.Meanwhile, rumblings of discontent from his staff grew so loud that the White House had to release a statement saying that Trump’s chief economic adviser wasn’t quitting. And the president remained on the receiving end of bipartisan criticism for his handling of the aftermath of the Charlottesville clashes.On Thursday, he hit back hard — against Republicans.He accused “publicity-seeking” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina of falsely stating Trump’s position on the demonstrators. He called Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake “toxic” and praised Flake’s potential primary election opponent.Graham said Wednesday that Trump “took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency” between the marching white supremacists and the people who had been demonstrating against them. Flake has been increasingly critical of Trump in recent weeks.Pressured by advisers, the president had softened his words on the dispute Monday, two days after he had enraged many by declining to single out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis whose demonstration against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statute had led to violence and the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville.He returned to his combative stance Tuesday — insisting anew during an unexpected and contentious news conference at Trump Tower that “both sides” were to blame.Aides watching from the sidelines reacted with dismay and disbelief and privately told colleagues they were upset by the president’s remarks, though not upset enough for anyone to resign.The resignation speculation around Gary Cohn, head of the National Economic Council and a Jew, had grown so intense by Thursday that the White House released a statement saying reports that Cohn was stepping down were “100 per cent false.”But not all of Trump’s aides were unhappy with his performance.Adviser Steve Bannon’s job security in the White House has become tenuous — Trump offered only a “we’ll see” on Tuesday when asked if his chief strategist would remain in his post — but Bannon has been telling allies that the president’s news conference would electrify the GOP base.And in a pair of interviews Wednesday, Bannon cheered on the president’s nationalist tendencies and suggested that a fight over Confederate monuments was a political fight he welcomes.“The race-identity politics of the left wants to say it’s all racist,” Bannon told The New York Times. “Just give me more. Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can’t get enough of it.”___Lemire reported from New York. Associated Press writer Julie Bykowicz in Washington contributed to this report. read more

New UN report shows that urgent action is needed to end the

The report draws attention to regions where new HIV infections are continuing to rise, such as in eastern Europe and central Asia – where new HIV infections rose by 30 per cent between 2000 and 2014, mostly among people who inject drugs – and in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in the Asia–Pacific region.The report also emphasizes the necessity of repealing punitive laws and repressive policies that criminalize same-sex sexual relations, people who use drugs and sex workers, since they impede access to services. “We must reinforce rights-based approaches, including those that foster gender equality and empower women,” said Mr. Ban. “Access to services must be ensured for the people most affected, marginalized and discriminated against including people living with HIV, young women and their sexual partners in sub-Saharan Africa, children and adolescents everywhere, and gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers and their clients, people who inject drugs, transgender people, people in prison, people with disabilities, migrants and refugees.”The report gives strong emphasis to the links between the response to HIV and the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Finally, it urges countries to embrace the UNAIDS Fast-Track approach to ending the AIDS epidemic, which will require reaching an ambitious set of goals by 2020, including reducing the numbers of people newly infected with HIV and people dying from AIDS-related causes to fewer than 500 000 per annum and eliminating HIV-related discrimination.Targets to reach these goals include reaching the 90–90–90 treatment target for 2020, which calls for 90 per cent of people living with HIV to know their status, 90 per cent of people who know their HIV-positive status to access treatment, and 90 per cent of people on treatment to have suppressed viral loads. On the Fast-Track to end the AIDS epidemic reveals that the extraordinary acceleration of progress made over the past 15 years could be lost and urges all partners to concentrate their efforts to increase and front-load investments to ensure that the global AIDS epidemic is ended as a public health threat by 2030.“The AIDS response has delivered more than results. It has delivered the aspiration and the practical foundation to end the epidemic by 2030,” said Mr. Ban in the report. “But if we accept the status quo unchanged, the epidemic will rebound in several low- and middle-income countries. Our tremendous investment, and the world’s most inspiring movement for the right to health, will have been in vain.”According to a press release issued by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the review of progress looks at the gains made, particularly since the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, which accelerated action by uniting the world around a set of ambitious targets for 2015. “The progress made has been inspiring,” said Mr. Ban. “Reaching 15 million people with antiretroviral therapy nine months before the December 2015 deadline is a major global victory.” The report outlines that the rapid treatment scale-up has been a major contributing factor to the 42 per cent decline in AIDS-related deaths since the peak in 2004 and notes that this has caused life expectancy in the countries most affected by HIV to rise sharply in recent years.It also underlines the critical role civil society has played in securing many of the gains made and the leadership provided by people living with HIV. Community efforts have been key to removing many of the obstacles faced in scaling up the AIDS response, including reaching people at risk of HIV infection with HIV services, helping people to adhere to treatment and reinforcing other essential health services.In the report, however, the UN chief also calls the shortfalls in the implementation of the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS distressing, revealing that even as new HIV prevention tools and approaches have emerged, HIV prevention programmes have weakened in recent years owing to inadequate leadership, weak accountability and declining funding. He notes that new HIV infections declined by just 8 per cent between 2010 and 2014. Two HIV-positive women in Uganda sit on the floor while a Registered Nurse (RN) gives them anti retroviral drugs (ARVs). Photo: UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani read more

2014 NFL Preview Great Players And Gambling Problems In The NFC North

Last year, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers missing half the season due to a broken collarbone, the Packers finished with just an 8-7-1 record, and gave up more points than they scored. Despite all that, they still eked out an NFC North division championship for the third year in a row.In the eight games in which Rodgers played more than the opening drive, the Packers went 6-2 with an average margin of victory of 7.4 points. In the eight games that featured the smorgasbord1Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace all started games in Rodgers’s absence. of Packers backups, they went 2-5-1 with an average margin of defeat of 8.8 points. It’s difficult to disentangle a quarterback’s performance from that of his teammates (or his coaches), but the Packers’ 2013 results are perhaps the best evidence yet that Rodgers is the real deal.2Though not quite Peyton-esque.Since Rodgers took over for Brett Favre in 2008, the Packers have been one of the NFL’s best franchises. They’ve won the fourth-most games (they’re in essentially a four-way-tie behind the Patriots) and a Super Bowl (as many of those as anyone else over that period, and one more than the Patriots). ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) is one of the most all-encompassing quarterback rating systems out there today.3Note this isn’t necessarily a compliment. In a phenomenon I like to call “The Paradox of Quarterback Metrics,” beyond a certain point, the more information a QB metric takes into account, the less it tends to tell you about the quarterback. Rodgers’s QBR in the last six years is 72.9, second only to Peyton Manning’s 80.7. Rodgers performs fantastically well in a variety of other quarterback metrics.But that’s what happens when you a) play for a good team and b) don’t throw interceptions. These are strongly related. Most interceptions are thrown when the quarterback’s team is trailing (about twice as many as when it’s ahead), and they become more and more likely the more his team is down or the closer they come to the end of the game4Being ahead or behind one score is 0-8 points, two scores is 9-16 points, three scores is 17+ points.:Interceptions are often (even largely) a product of completely rational risk-taking by desperate quarterbacks. A logical implication of this is that if a quarterback is too conservative, he can throw too few interceptions, which can be just as bad as throwing too many.Despite his various successes, it’s possible Rodgers fits this description of an overly conservative quarterback. For example, with his team down by two or more scores (9+ points) he has thrown only three interceptions out of 354 passes attempted (0.8 percent) in his career. This is typically when quarterbacks throw the most INTs, because they’re trying to get their teams back into the game, and high-risk strategies often give them the best chance to win. Overall, quarterbacks throw interceptions about 3.5 percent of the time on average in those situations, with even most great quarterbacks breaking 3.0 percent. Peyton Manning, for example, has averaged 3.1 percent, Drew Brees has averaged 3.3 percent, and even Tom Brady has thrown 2.3 percent (slightly above his career average).5Based on play-by-play from 2001 through 2013.Being insufficiently willing to gamble even when circumstances are dire can be good for a QB’s stats, while bad for his team. And there’s evidence of this in Rodgers’s record as well: He has only engineered six fourth-quarter comebacks in his career — good for 149th all time (Russell Wilson already has eight).There’s nothing wrong with giving your team the lead and then keeping it.6I vividly but hazily recall this being Troy Aikman’s response when someone asked him about his lack of fourth-quarter comebacks back in the ’90s — and he had one about every 10 games. But Rodgers has averaged one fourth-quarter comeback every 14.5 games. This is staggeringly low, even for a player whose team isn’t behind that often. Brady has played for an even more consistently good team and has a fourth-quarter comeback once every 6.2 games. Both brothers Manning have averaged one every six games, Ben Roethlisberger has one every 6.2, Drew Brees and Joe Flacco have one about every eight. Favre (surprisingly) had one only every 9.9 games.But the good news for Packers fans is that Rodgers has some pretty low-hanging room for improvement: If he starts taking more calculated risks (likely sacrificing his stats a little in the process), the Pack may be even more dangerous.Chicago BearsExpected wins: 8.4Playoff probability: 39 percent (25 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 3 percent ­Editor’s Note: FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight NFL previews, one division at a time, to highlight the numbers that may influence each team’s season. America’s favorite weekly soap opera is about to begin; get prepped.Green Bay PackersExpected wins (using implied power ratings from Las Vegas point spreads): 9.4Playoff probability: 55 percent (41 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 6 percent This includes a record 13 touchdowns (the previous career record for any punt returner was 10). Hester also has five touchdowns from kickoff returns (good for eighth on the all-time list9Despite playing for a good defensive team for much of his career and not even returning kicks full-time for parts of it.) and is looking to break his present tie with Deion Sanders for most non-offensive touchdowns in NFL history.Kick and punt returns normally aren’t a big enough part of the game for a good returner to produce much value unless he also does other things well. But Hester is so insanely good he may be as close to an exception as you’ll ever see.Determining how much value Hester added on kick returns is relatively simple. Taken on a season-by-season basis, a typical NFL kick returner would have scored about 1.8 touchdowns on Hester’s attempts, while Hester had 6.0. This leads to about an extra .20 points per game.10Actually it’s .204 points per game, compared to .208 if you estimate the value of additional field position directly.But where things get interesting is with punts. With teams taking such crazy measures to avoid giving him the ball, Chicago’s punt return game benefited greatly whether Hester actually touched the ball or not.11Giving Hester credit for Chicago’s entire return game is neither an aggressive nor a conservative assumption. If the rest of the special teams squad was below average, it’s possible that Hester provided even more value than the squad as a whole.Since 2006, when Hester joined the team, Chicago has had the highest number of yards per punt return, resulting in the best average starting position, and has scored a touchdown on one of every 21 returns. The average for teams other than Chicago was one TD every 82 punt returns. And that’s not even counting all the times other teams punted short or out of bounds to avoid a return.According to ESPN’s “expected points added” metric, Chicago’s punt return game was worth about .15 expected points over expectation for each of the 668 punts they faced, or about .80 points per game total.Combining this .80 with the .20 Hester gained returning kickoffs, he was probably worth around 1 point per game overall.We’re obviously not talking Aaron Rodgers-type value here. But football is a 46-on-46 sport: It’s hard for any one player (aside from a quarterback) to matter much. A reliable 1 point per game is pretty significant.Chicago had an average margin of -2.1 points per game last year, so with Hester’s departure, let’s say the team is starting out in a 3-point hole. If the offense gets worse or the defense gets better, it could go either way from there.Detroit LionsExpected wins: 8.3Playoff probability: 38 percent (25 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 3 percent Last season, the Chicago Bears finished 8-8, fitting for a team with one of the best offenses (not led by Peyton Manning) and one of the worst defenses in football. That’s a good excuse to talk about their special teams.For as yet unknown reasons, Chicago let its best player7Relative to his position. go.While Devin Hester never developed into the double-threat for Chicago that the team hoped (much less the triple-threat he was at the University of Miami), he is almost certainly the greatest punt returner in NFL history.8Some of that field position is no doubt due to Hester’s reputation and the fact that teams went to great lengths trying to avoid kicking him the ball — so he probably grabbed the ball in better positions. But the average Chicago field position from a non-Hester return was around the 30 yard line. And the fact that Hester was able to take so many returns and still do so much with them is remarkable in its own right. Last year the Detroit Lions finished 7-9, the second-highest win total of quarterback Matthew Stafford’s career. Despite throwing for 4,650 yards and 29 TDs, Stafford now faces headlines like this one from Fox Sports: “Stafford needs to bounce back in a big way.”According to that article, Stafford “must cut down on his crucial mistakes when it’s make-or-break time.” Presumably, this refers to the six fourth-quarter interceptions Stafford threw in one-score games last year.But, see above: Interceptions are hard to interpret. Stafford also had seven touchdowns under those circumstances, and four of his six interceptions were with his team trailing.12Also known as the best time to throw interceptions. So let’s break down Stafford’s interception rate a bit further:With his team down 2+ scores, his interception rate is 2.5 percent. If anything, this may be too low.With his team down one score or less, his interception rate is 2.8 percent. This is probably just about right.With the game tied, his interception rate is 2.2 percent, which is below average.With his team up 2+ scores, his interception rate is about 3 percent, which is a little high, but not necessarily a problem considering the sample size.With his team up one score or less, his interception rate is pretty high: 3.8 percent overall and a whopping 6.7 percent in the second quarter.In other words, if there’s one spot where Stafford has been making an unusually high number of mistakes it hasn’t been “make-or-break time,” it has been earlier in the game, when his team is up one or fewer scores and most QBs would play it safe (league average interception rate is around 2.3 percent under those circumstances).Of course, while throwing interceptions with your team up one score isn’t generally wise, it could be worth it if it’s helping you gain a ton of touchdowns. Indeed, Stafford throws a good number of TDs in these situations.While that 4.5 percent is good, it’s only 0.5 percentage points better than average — in other words, it’s not a very good trade-off considering his interception rate under these circumstances is 1.5 percentage points higher than average.To generalize a bit, you can think of the sum of a player’s touchdown rate and interception rate as his “aggression level.” Stafford is a fairly aggressive quarterback overall, but his aggression level while ahead by one score or less in the second quarter is 10.4 percent, which is off the charts compared to the league average of 6.8 percent. This isn’t really the best time to get aggressive, and it isn’t really working for him.Minnesota VikingsExpected wins: 6.5Playoff probability: 17 percent (9 percent to win the NFC North)Super Bowl win probability: 1 percent Adrian Peterson now has more than 10,000 yards rushing and 91 touchdowns in his seven-year career, giving him over 2,000 more yards and 24 more touchdowns than anyone in the last seven years. Yet the Vikings finished 5-10-1 last year, their third 10-loss season in four years. They haven’t had a top-10 offense since Brett Favre’s miracle year, nor before that since the Randy Moss era.The utility of the running game in football is still an open question. While pass-heavy offensive approaches typically gain points (and wins) more efficiently than run-heavy ones, we’re nowhere near game-theoretical dominance. In other words, however marginal it may become, the running game still has its uses:The threat of the running game forces defenses to defend multiple strategies, which makes the passing game more efficient.It’s low-risk and eats up the clock: A team that is ahead may be willing to give up a small amount of per-play value in order to shorten the remainder of the game and decrease the chances of a costly turnover.Runs gain positive yards more consistently than passes, which can be useful in a number of ways beyond average yardage. For example, very good running backs (or running games) set up a higher number of second-and-short situations than passes do, and these can be better than first downs.Of course for Nos. 1 and 2 to work most efficiently, you have to run effectively. And running effectively mostly means No. 3.While Peterson breaks a larger share of long runs than typical running backs, he is neither a consistent gainer nor a producer of high-leverage situations.Obviously Adrian Peterson’s long runs are worth something: They’re worth a lot of yards. But yards are easier than ever to come by in today’s game. No matter how great a running back is at breaking long ones, he’s not going to be as efficient at gobbling up yards as his team’s passing game is (no matter how mediocre the team’s quarterbacks are).On the other hand, the better a team is at strategically maximizing the running game, the more valuable those “bonus” yards become — because the running plays that produce them are no longer taking the place of passes.In other words, if you can’t run consistently, it doesn’t matter if you can break a bunch of long runs, because you’d still be better off passing. But if you can run consistently, those long runs become gravy.None of this is to say that Peterson’s shortcomings necessarily reflect poorly on his running skills, no more than we can say the same for any running back’s underperformance. Peterson has simply produced a little below average at the bread-and-butter stuff that keeps the running game relevant, and this undercuts the value of his long runs considerably. With a better offensive line, or quarterback, Peterson’s value would improve doubly.Read more of FiveThirtyEight’s NFL season previews. read more

Ohio State offense makes progress in victory over Western Michigan

OSU redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) attempts a pass during a game against Western Michigan at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 26. OSU won, 38-12. Credit: Muyao Shen / Asst. Photo EditorThe Ohio State offense had not performed up to its expectations in its first two home games. In each contest, the defense dominated while the offense did just enough to preserve victory.But after the performance against Western Michigan on Saturday, it appears the offense is beginning to get its wheels in motion after the sluggish start.“I think we started to see some things come together today that were exciting,” co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said following OSU’s 38-12 win.The excitement Warinner mentioned was seen from the offense’s first time out onto the turf. It took the Buckeyes just three plays and 49 seconds to travel 65 yards for the game’s first touchdown.Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott was able to get to the edge and pick up 26 yards on the drive’s second play, which set up redshirt junior Cardale Jones’ connection with redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas for a 38-yard score.It was a much different opening drive than the last two weeks.Last week against Northern Illinois, Jones threw an interception, while a botched snap on the punt resulted in a turnover on downs the game prior versus Hawaii.“I felt like that was a great spark,” Thomas said of the first series.The opening drive alone featured two plays over 20 yards, which is the same amount the OSU offense had in the entire two previous games.Big plays — which coach Urban Meyer said were an emphasis for the team during his Monday press conference — ended up being a key part of the game, whether it be those OSU connected on or the numerous ones that were left unfulfilled.The Buckeyes finished with six plays of over 20 yards, but that number had the potential to be much higher had it not been for underthrown passes by Jones, which Meyer called “alarming.”Jones finished with a career-high 288 yards, two touchdowns and one interception — which came on an underthrown pass to redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall in the end zone.The Cleveland native said he was pleased with his performance — which Meyer called just “OK” — but knowing the amount of big plays that could have been bothered Jones.“Oh my god,” he said when asked about throws he left short. “We could have put up a couple more touchdowns, but just the simple fact that it was my fault for the underthrown ball.”To eradicate the missed long throws, both Thomas and Jones said it comes down to trust.Thomas said the quarterback needs to trust the receiving corps to track the ball down. But after showing they have the ability to get beyond the defense, he thinks Jones will now just “put it out there” for the receivers to go get.However, when Jones did trust the receivers, the results were there.Jones found Marshall deep early in the second quarter for a 37-yard touchdown to make the game 14-0.Later in the period, he completed a 40-yarder to sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel — who also had another big play on a dazzling 40-yard touchdown run in the second half that displayed his versatility.Despite the missed opportunities, the offense’s 511-yard performance could stand as a momentum builder for the Buckeyes.“The offense did make strides today. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times with some penalties, but we did make strides,” Elliott said. “We got some momentum and you kind of got a sneak peek of what the Buckeye offense could look like when we’re going.”The next glimpse at the OSU offense is set to be on Oct. 3 against undefeated Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. read more

Adventure on the line: Stream Girls film night focuses on women who fish

first_imgIf local streams seem darned frigid to you right now, it only means you’re not a coldwater fish. Thanks to pollution and deforestation, waterways like Salmon Creek and the East Fork of the Lewis River are generally too warm to meet state temperature standards for healthy spawning, rearing and migration of salmon and other aquatic life.Coldwater watershed conservation is the mission of Trout Unlimited, a national organization launched in Michigan in the late 1950s by fishermen who opposed artificially stocking lakes and streams in favor of nurturing wild trout in sustainably managed waters.But Trout Unlimited was quite limited in those days: all those fishers were men. That’s what the organization is trying to grow past now, according to local officials working to attract more women and more diversity in general.“Our board is trying to expand so it’s not just a fishing club with a bunch of older, retired, white men on top,” said Jarod Norton, who recently became president of the Clark County chapter of Trout Unlimited. “We really want more diversity.”“The Clark County chapter has been around for a good chunk of time, but in the last two years it’s really been reinvigorating,” said leadership development manager Lisa Beranek, who is based, appropriately, in Trout Lake. “We’ve been looking at opportunities to connect with people and fill in our gaps. There’s most definitely a need to engage with women and provide some female-specific youth opportunities,” she said. “There’s a lot of research out there that supports the single-sex experience for girls.”last_img read more

Blaise Matuidi admires Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgThe French midfielder believes the Portuguese is to be admired because he keeps working even when his teammates are resting31-year-old French midfielder Blaise Matuidi has revealed how he admires the way Cristiano Ronaldo prepares himself.The Juventus footballer talked to Football Italia how the Portuguese acts after a game.“We were all dead tired after the match against Manchester United and the day after, except Cristiano,” Matuidi said.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“He’s been working like crazy ever since he got here. He’s been at it more than anyone else and he told me he ‘had to’ behave like that.”“That’s why at 33, he’s been an example for all of us and given us an extra stimulus. His influence isn’t limited to his work during the week,” he added.“He’s also crucial over the 90 minutes. He can do things that others can’t help improve the team’s game.”“Everyone feels much stronger alongside him. He’s a leader in this sense,” he concluded.last_img read more

Road rage incident ends in suicide

first_imgAuthorities in Clark County are investigating a Sunday night road rage incident that ended in a man’s suicide.Kenneth Hartson, 42, of Vancouver allegedly shot himself after he was cornered by police at the edge of a driveway in Brush Prairie.The event that came to a fatal conclusion began at about 9:43 p.m., when Lindi Seifert, 24, of Vancouver reported she had been driving northbound along Northeast 117th Avenue in Brush Prairie when a driver in a newer Dodge pickup truck shot out two windows in her car near Northeast 149th Street, according to a news release issued by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. It is unclear what preceded Hartson allegedly firing shots at Seifert’s car.Seifert followed the truck to the edge of Battle Ground, taking down the vehicle’s license number.A short time later, a deputy spotted the truck on Northeast Padden Parkway near Northeast 152nd Avenue. The deputy followed Hartson as he waited for additional units to help stop the truck. Hartson, according to Sgt. Tony Barnes, ignored the deputy as he sped on northbound state Highway 503.Deputies used spike strips at Northeast 131st Street and SR 503, flattening the truck’s passenger side tires. Undeterred, Hartson continued, turning onto Northeast 149th Street. He traveled to the end of the narrow rural road to a dead end, where officers used a “PIT” maneuver to pin his truck against a tree. Hartson took out part of a white fence and left skidmarks in the mud. A chunk of bark was ripped off the cherry tree.With nowhere to go, deputies say Hartson killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No deputies fired their weapons.“I heard, Put your hands up,’” said Emily Stewart, 18, who was on the phone when she heard sirens and peered out her window at “six or seven cop cars.”The Clark County Major Crimes Unit is investigating.last_img read more

Driver escapes car fire in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A driver was able to escape from a car before it went up in flames in Miami.The person behind the wheel made their way out of the crashed car, located near Northeast 79th Street and 10th Avenue, at approximately 11:50 p.m., Sunday.Cellphone video taken at the scene shows the white car up in flames near a railing.Only one car was involved in the crash and the driver did not have to be transported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

MeritDirect Buys LDSGroup

first_imgThe first in a series of upcoming moves, direct marketing firm MeritDirect has purchased LDSGroup, another direct marketing firm specializing in list management and prospect generation for consumer publications.Terms of the deal were not released.The acquisition brings the client roster of Maryland-based LDSGroup, along with its full staff, to MeritDirect. “We’re in the process of a pretty rapid expansion,” says Rob Sanchez, CEO of MeritDirect, noting that the company is focused on adding to its online and consumer portfolios. “We’re looking to do strategic acquisitions that can add specific areas of strength. LDS is mainly a consumer customer acquisition company and it brings us some great talent and some blue-chip clients.”As a privately held company, Sanchez declined to give specific numbers related to funding for the expansion, or on LDSGroup’s client roster. He did say the acquisition will have a “sizable impact” on MeritDirect’s existing consumer publishing customer base though. LDSGroup counts Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Popular Science, Kiplinger and others, among its clientele.Sanchez, who was named CEO in October, adds that more expansions will be coming soon, including the launch of an international division of MeritDirect.LDSGroup’s entire staff will be absorbed into MeritDirect, including founders Jeff Kobil and Richard Vergara who will each join the company as vice presidents.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!More on this topic Rob Sanchez Named New CEO of MeritDirect MeritDirect The Good List IDG Acquires Online IT Network Special Report: List Management 2007 Value Up, Volume Down for Consumer Print and Online Media M&AJust In This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered bylast_img read more

MIT Technology Review Redesigns for the Greater Good

first_imgOne of many memorable covers over the long history of MIT Technology Review‘s various iterations arrived in October of 2012, in the form of a close-up portrait of Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin above the tagline, “You promised me Mars colonies. Instead, I got Facebook.”Six years later, we still don’t have condo’s on the red planet, but we do find ourselves in an increasingly fraught conversation about the positive and negative impacts of technological advancement—and a 119-year-old magazine wants to host it.“As the leader, I’m trying to get people rallying behind this vision of MIT Technology Review as the most authoritative, influential, and trusted media platform in technology,” says Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, who arrived from The Economist in 2015 before rising to CEO and publisher last summer. “That’s a very hubristic goal and vision.”A major step toward fulfilling that vision comes to fruition next week with the release of the magazine’s July/August issue, the first since a major redesign (and reinvestment), replete with an elevated paper stock, bolder graphics and typography, and a book-like, single-topic focus.Folio: sat down with Bramson-Boudreau to learn more about the redesign and the role of a technology-focused print magazine in 2018. Elizabeth Bramson-BoudreauFolio: I think it’s fair to say that for the last several years, the magazine’s core audience has probably fallen into that “makers” category. Is there any concern about turning an objective lens on those folks or alienating core readers?Bramson-Boudreau: It’s not a worry. The kinds of articles that we’re going to be writing will not necessarily be profoundly different. What we have done is hire a new editor-in-chief [Gideon Lichfield, from Quartz] who is extremely savvy about how to make a story acceptable to a broader number of people. It really is about expanding the tent. It shouldn’t be a different tent.We’ve always been saying that the people who are the makers have responsibility. In my view, we don’t even have enough of those makers in our audience. So I think we’ve got some things to do to improve how we tell the story to our traditional readers, too. So I really don’t see anything but growth.Folio: Was there anything specific you were hearing from your readers, or seeing in the market, that catalyzed this shift within the print product?Bramson-Boudreau: Any time you have a new leader come in, there’s a moment and a nice opportunity to think about why we are here, about what makes us special and what our purpose is. When I took this role, we engaged in a large market research project to understand better who we ought to be targeting and where the gaps were.There were a lot of things that we hadn’t really done to be unique and distinct. We were doing a lot of things that other publications were also doing, so it was a great opportunity to rethink a lot of things. Folio: The redesign is being rolled out as part of what’s been called a new mission for MIT Technology Review. What do you mean by that? Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau: It’s very popular to say that technological advances are good for everyone, but for some time, it’s been clear to us that technology has not always been oriented towards the good for the greatest number of people.We read about things like the power of large companies like Google and Facebook and Amazon, about risks related to cybersecurity and hacking, concerns about what might be going on with our democracy. There are a lot of things that technology purports to be able to improve about the world, but it hasn’t necessarily been oriented in that direction.Folio: So this is a new and important role to play for MIT Technology Review, in steering technological advancement in a way that serves the greater good?Bramson-Boudreau: I don’t think this is a changing of our mission so much as a rephrasing of it. What is different is that these things we’ve been talking about for years were read and experienced by far too few people, and that had to do with MIT Technology Review not really having a voice that was amplified properly in technology media. Our impact was low. So really this is about doing a better job with our core principles.Folio: That sounds like broadening the audience a bit. Are there certain types of readers who should be reading the magazine, but aren’t?Bramson-Boudreau: Absolutely. We think our readership ought to be anyone who cares about how technology is being made and being used and being shaped. We think of the makers, the users, and the framers, and there are an awful lot of those people—about 40 million of them in the United States, by our reckoning.center_img Folio: Was this rebrand in the works already at the time Gideon was brought in late last year?Bramson-Boudreau: We already knew that we needed to do these things. We came to Gideon and we said listen, we’ve got all of this stuff that we want to do. We need the right sensibility and the right voice, and he was so clearly the right leader for this moment.Folio: Let’s talk about the print redesign. The most notable change is this shift to a single-topic format with each issue. What was the rationale there?Bramson-Boudreau: Print in 2018 and beyond has a special role to play. I do think it has a role to play, but it’s not the same as it once was. There’s not enough of a reason for people to read you in print if they can read the same thing online. Those two things don’t complement one another.The first step meant asking whether we were going to continue doing print at all. Then it was a matter of how we do it in a way that’s special and enhances the value of the reader’s experience. It became pretty clear to us that—given that we publish six times per year and aren’t going to be publishing all the time, like The Economist or The New Yorker—that we needed to be a little bit more considerate about what we do in print. The ability to do a thorough job of communicating the societal and business impact of technology is going to be really important. So a really wonderful way of doing that is to take a tough issue like blockchain or artificial intelligence or the impact that tech is having on the economy, and treat it in a single issue from a whole bunch of different perspectives.Folio: So it affords you more real estate in each issue to explore topics to a level of depth that wasn’t possible before?Bramson-Boudreau: Absolutely. We’ll look at what this technology is all about, how does it work. That’s the “how.” Then there’s the “now,” which is how the technology is being used and what impact it’s having today. Then there’s the “next.” What’s coming. What’s possible. What could be the desired or unforeseen negative consequences of the way this technology is working out.Every one of these topics takes that “how, now, next” structure. At the same time, we’ve changed the paper stock so it’s a higher quality and more tactile reading experience. It gives people who want to spend the extra time digging into a topic a little bit more of an immersive experience when doing so.We’re excited about how this single-topic, lean-back reading experience accompanies and complements the always-on, constant, largely-mobile reading experience on the web. The two things are quite different, and the times in your life when you’ll consume one or the other are different.Folio: Do you need all of your print readers to be digital readers, and vice versa? Are you content to cultivate and serve two different communities in two different places?Bramson-Boudreau: We’d like you to be our reader everywhere, and we’d like you to attend our events. We don’t necessarily expect that. Our readers have different preferences, different appetites for how they want to digest their content. And that’s fine.However, we also think that we haven’t necessarily made a case for each of those groups to cross over. That’s the rationale for rethinking the way we do print. It’s a matter of taking into consideration what is unique and special about the print experience and leaning into that, and doing the same on the digital side. Together, it creates an offering that’s really formidable.We’ll continue to offer a print-only or a digital-only subscription, but we really think there’s a case to be made for this print experience that complements the digital experience, and vice-versa. Previously, we really didn’t give you any reason to.Folio: What other big changes can readers expect from the book going forward?There’s going to be a really nice, new way of treating infographics. We’re going to be doing a lot more of them in print. We haven’t traditionally used infographics to their best effects, and we’ve got a lot more that we aim to do there.In general, we’re treating our images a little bit differently. Previously, we kind of took things as they were, and I often felt that our photography and design were a little bit inconsistent in terms of style. We’re going to be more intimate in our photography. We spent a lot of time thinking about what type of mood we wanted to convey. It’s been really eye-opening for me, because it’s not intuitive. So it’s been fun to work with Pentagram and our creative director [Eric Mongeon] on that. It’s about connecting our readers to people and technologies that might have previously felt a little bit out of reach.Folio: Were there any advertising considerations at play in the redesign?Bramson-Boudreau: We’re excited to share it with our advertisers, and we’ve been giving them some sneak previews. Print is appealing to advertisers, but it’s not our leading advertising medium. Because our endemic advertisers are technology companies, they tend to be doing a lot more activations in live events and in digital. Hopefully a better looking book will mean that they want to add that on, but really the motivation that drove the design was about the subscription reader over the advertiser.Folio: You have the CEO in place. You brought in a new editor-in-chief. Was it a matter of convincing the rest of your stakeholders, both up and down the ladder, that this shift was a step worth taking?Bramson-Boudreau: Change is always hard. But I can say that the entire team is really excited and supportive and creative, and really ready for this. In terms of my stakeholders like the board, I really lucked out. The devil is in the details, of course, but I have tons of support. That doesn’t make it easy, but at least I don’t have to convince people that it’s worth doing.last_img read more