Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp NASSAU, The Bahamas, July 10th 2017:The annual Cat Island Regatta will be held this year in New Bight, Cat Island, on Emancipation Weekend during the holiday of August 4-7, 2017 the Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources announced, on July 6, at its offices. Parliamentary Secretary Carlton Bowleg, Permanent Secretary Rena Glinton, and the Regatta Desk’s Cindy Gay presented a cheque for $45,000 to the Cat Island Regatta Association Chairman, Pat Strachan.“The Cat Island Regatta is one of the oldest regattas in The Bahamas. Therefore, I would like to encourage all Bahamians to support this event generously this year as they celebrate the contribution of Ezekiel “Zeke” Taylor, one of the outstanding leaders who is at the helm steering the Cat Island Regatta to the major event we see today,” said Mr Bowleg.“This year’s regatta will feature A, B, and C class Sailing sloops and some of the best entertainers in the country. I’m advised the committee is anticipating a large crowd and made every effort to provide crowd pleasing events to make this year’s regatta enjoyable and memorable.”Mr. Bowleg also invited the public to join the North Andros/Berry Islands Regatta, taking place this weekend, starting July 7, 2017 at his hometown in North Andros. He added that regattas are known for generating economic stimulation to the Family Islands, so Bahamians are encouraged to support the local sloop sailing races.Story Courtesy: Gena Gibbs, Bahamas Information Services
Hearst’s House Beautiful magazine is taking advantage of the newest publishing technology trend—digital watermarks—to provide expanded content options and to tap insights about readers.“I see this Digimarc water mark as the next technology to be incorporated into the magazine experience,” says Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful. “This allows us to be able to deliver additional content and different content in ways that we haven’t been able to do before.”The November issue of House Beautiful will be one of the first magazines to feature a a digital watermark on its cover, placed in the lower right-hand corner (pictured). The watermarks allow the magazine to see what devices a person is using to access the content. “Whether it’s an Android device, an iPhone or an iPad 2, the watermark tells us,” he says. “We’re really interested in getting that information because it will be revealing in some ways.” Turner says digital watermarks are like QR codes in that they can enhance editorial content. However, he says, a digital watermark can do so without disrupting a publication’s style and format with a QR code graphic. Additionally, the editor says it can help engage younger audiences and expand demographics. “It’s all natural to them to be able to connect to different mediums,” he says. “This can be a seamless, obvious next evolution for them.” The editorial mission can be expanded—and keep people in-app longer—through utilizing the watermark to integrate features a traditional magazine could never provide. In the case of House Beautiful, which may photograph a beach home, capturing a view of the ocean out a window was difficult. Now within a photo placed next to an article, a watermark can be incorporated to provide readers with a 360-degree view.According to the most recent comScore figures, House Beautiful has 489,000 unique visitors and over 13 million page views. The average time spent on its website is 20 minutes. The group would not disclose how many users have download the magazine’s iPad app.Turner says the publication will commit to doing at least 5 digital watermarks per issue beginning with the October edition—he says the number was picked to create a minimum presence within the digital pages. An area in the table of contents of the digital magazine is also devoted to links that include all the watermarks in the publication.So far, readers seem to be engaged with the new watermark and product.Ambience Inspired Interiors wrote on the editor’s Facebook page, “I’m enjoying the highly interactive November issue! Thanks for taking HB to the next level—it is so enjoyable!!!”More on this topic House Beautiful Uses Watermark To Gain Visitor Info, Boost Engagement House Beautiful Steps Up Social Engagement Efforts House Beautiful Launches Integrated Marketing Campaign Using Digimarc Technology MediaNext Preview: Using New Platforms to Create Audience Revenue Hearst Launches Text-for-More Program Digital Magazine Leverages Facebook AudienceJust In Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered by
Today, Capital New York reported that Spin Media–to almost nobody’s surprise–ceased the print production of Vibe.The company acquired the suffering brand from Yucaipa Companies in April 2013 through an equity exchange with no cash on the table. At the time of the acquisition, many expected Vibe‘s print future to have the same fate as Spin, which shut down its print operation shortly after it was bought by BuzzMedia (later rebranded as Spin Media). In addition to the killing the print magazine, CEO Stephen Blackwell confirmed that the company also reduced its workforce by 14 percent, laying off 19 staffers who were mostly tied to Vibe. According to Capital New York, the video, photo and sales departments suffered most of the attrition. The magazine’s circulation was much smaller than its digital audience. At one time the magazine reached around a million readers but, as of late, that number has been reduced by about three-quarters. Online, however, Vibe still has a strong presence. Blackwell claims that the site attracts around six or seven million UVs every month, and its following on Facebook alone is north of one million. Vibe has had a tumultuous past. Quincy Jones launched the magazine in 1993 in a partnership with Time Inc. A few years later it was sold to Miller Publishing, then sold again in 2006 to The Wicks Group. In 2009 it shut down for a brief period until InterMedia Partners made and investment to resurrect the magazine, along with Magic Johnson and, eventually, Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies pitching in. A source who used to work for the magazine tells FOLIO:, “They should have never brought it back [from its 2009 hiatus]. To me, it’s like Weekend at Bernie’s, watching someone carry around a cadaver and pretending it’s alive.”
David LloydTwitterBefore cricket coverage on television became a common thing, it was radio commentary that ruled the roost. Commentators on the latter medium became legendary figures and their commentating style a rage. Among the commentators who gained great recognition for their distinctive style of analysing the game was the iconic English fast bowler Fred Trueman.Having had a very successful career as a pacer, Trueman became a regular on radio and a key member of the BBC cricket commentary show ‘Test Match Special’ team. What has come to be regarded as the trademark of Trueman’s commentary is his lack of false modesty in talking about his achievements.It is this quality that has often been referred to by various commentators in their stints. One man who fancies a good Trueman impression is the popular television commentator David Lloyd. On Saturday, August 17, using a unique application, Lloyd put out a funny video of himself mimicking the great English pacer. The video has the picture of Trueman with the microphone and only the moving lips of the person providing the voice.Poking fun at Trueman’s tendency of self-promotion, Lloyd depicts him brushing off Jofra Archer’s speed of bowling as something he could easily better. To add further comical touch to the impression, Lloyd also mispronounces Archer’s first name as Jefferey rather than Jofra. Here is the video:A word from Fred pic.twitter.com/74Tuo1GL6A— David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) August 17, 2019
A total of 410 congregations of holy Eid-ul-Fitr would be held in the capital this year.Of those, 230 congregations will be held in Dhaka South City Corporation (BSCC) and 180 in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) areas.Around 228 Eid congregations will be held in 57 wards under DSCC while 180 in 36 wards under DNCC.The main Eid congregation will be held at Jatiya Eidgah Maidan, adjacent to the High Court, this year like every year.Senior pesh Imam Hafez Maulana Muhammad Mizanur Rahman of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque will conduct the Eid Jamaat at National Eidgah.Separate arrangements would be made for women at the National Eidgah as around five thousand female devotees may join the congregation. Besides, mobile toilets, medical teams and places of ablution will be arranged.The venue of the main congregation will be shifted to Baitul Mukarram national mosque at 9:00am in case of inclement weather.A total of five Eid congregations will be held at Baitul Mukarram national mosque this year.The 1st congregation will be held at 7:00am, 2nd at 8:00am, 3rd at 9:00am, 4th at 10:00am and the 5th, the last, at 10:45am, said a press release of Islamic Foundation.Eid Jamaat would be organised at North Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 8am. Whips of the National Parliament, cabinet members, parliamentarians, officials and staff would take part in the jamaat.DNCC public relations officer Uttam Kumar Roy earlier said that the congregations will take place at the corporation’s own grounds, open fields, school or madrasha playgrounds or other familiar places.Stringent security measures will be taken around the National Eidgah as president Abdul Hamid, cabinet members, judges and diplomats will join the prayers there.Several congregations would be held on Dhaka University (DU) campus, including two at DU Central Mosque Masjidul Jamia at 8am and 9am.A congregation would be organised at 8am at Salimullah Muslim Hall ground adjacent to the main gate while another would be held at Shahidullah Hall lawn at the same time.Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) would organize a congregation at 8 am at its central mosque.Two congregations would be held at Gulshan Central Mosque and Eidgah ground at 8.00am and 9.30am respectively.Two congregations would be organised at Dhalpur Narikel Bagan mosque at 8am and 9am.City Corporation’s councilors have started preparations at their own initiatives in this regard. Places of congregations have been selected in such a manner so that devotees can join prayers at their nearest distances.
Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo during an interview with UNB — Photo: UNBChina and Bangladesh will emerge as “great partners of win-win cooperation” taking the relations to a next level through greater cooperation, according to the Chinese ambassador in Dhaka.Beijing, Zhang Zuo said, expects a stable political environment in Bangladesh.”I do hope Bangladesh will have a very smooth general election and the political situation will remain stable during the whole election process,” ambassador Zhang Zuo said in an exclusive interview with UNB.Apparently putting emphasis on the continuation of stable political environment, he said China would respect the choice to be made by the Bangladeshi people.”I also hope the friendship between China and Bangladesh will last forever,” he said adding that lots of opportunities have emerged in Bangladesh-China relations that can be explored through joint efforts.Referring to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to Bangladesh in October 2016, ambassador Zuo said the two leaders –prime minister Sheikh Hasina and president Xi — elevated the bilateral relationship to strategic partnership of cooperation with the historic visit.”This has created opportunities for greater cooperation…both the countries have opened a new chapter in their relations,” said the ambassador.He said efforts are on to take cooperation and collaboration between the two countries to core areas — economic and commerce, investment, cultural and people to people contact — to the next level.Ambassador Zuo, who arrived in Dhaka in February 2018 taking up his new assignment here, said since the visit of Chinese president to Bangladesh, the cooperation in commerce and trade between China and Bangladesh as well as people-to-people relationship have reached a newer height.Talking about the much-hyped Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), he said Chinese president Xi put forward the BRI in 2013 and it got a very positive response from all over the world.The BRI wants to promote the connectivity of Asian, European and African continents and their adjacent seas, set up all-dimensional, multi-tiered and composite connectivity networks, and realise diversified, independent, balanced and sustainable development in these countries.It aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea route.”In terms of development assistance and investment, we’re now in a very good shape,” said the ambassador adding that they look forward to fully availing of the opportunities created by the State visit of president Xi and bring more results for the people of the two countries.Stressing the importance of people-to-people contact, the Chinese envoy said enhancing people-to-people exchanges and connectivity is one of the key components of strengthening China-Bangladesh strategic partnership of cooperation.The ambassador laid emphasis on deeper cooperation among the media organisations of the two countries saying that the media have an important role to play in promoting the relations.”I would like to stress the importance of the role of media. I believe both the traditional and new media can help build a bridge between China and Bangladesh when we look at economic cooperation and many other aspects,” he said.Highlighting cooperation in education sector, ambassador Zuo said China wants to promote cooperation in the areas of education and scientific research.”Every year over 3,000 Bangladeshi students go to China for education. I believe this is an important part of our relations. I hope we can together promote collaboration in this area,” he added.Ambassador Zuo, who has a PhD in Management, said he also looks forward to promoting communication linking youths and women.The Chinese side invited 150 Bangladeshi youths to China for half a month youth camp and the programme went very well, he mentioned.”I hope we can have more communication between our female members,” said the ambassador.He also talked about initiatives to promote greater collaboration and communication in the areas of culture, arts and tourism.The Chinese ambassador laid emphasis on building an effective platform of discussion and sharing to further enhance the practical economic cooperation between Bangladesh and China.In 2017, the bilateral trade value reached US$ 16 billion, 5.8 percent higher than the last year, with China remaining the number one trade partner to Bangladesh; the engineering contracts signed between Bangladesh and Chinese companies reached US$ 10.4 billion, the second in the South Asian region.During the first half of this year, the bilateral trade value stood at US$ 9.35 billion, with a growth rate of 17.6 percent year-on-year; the contracts signed are worth US$ 3.57 billion, a growth rate of 8.6 percent year-on-year.Ambassador Zuo said Bangladesh is a very prosperous country that generated some world famous artists and writers, and recalled the rich works of great poet Rabindranath Tagore.”He (Tagore) is a very famous figure in China, too. Before I came here I had gone through his great poem the ‘Golden Bengal’. That piece of work gave me a deeper understanding about Bangladesh,” he said.
Share Courtesy of StarbucksStarbucks is opening it’s first deaf-friendly store in the U.S., where employees will be versed in American sign language and stores will be designed to better serve deaf people.Ordering a “grande four-pump, nonfat, no-whip, extra-hot mocha” is a mouthful for any hot beverage nerd, but for deaf people, it can be hard to order just a simple cup of black coffee. Global coffee behemoth Starbucks’ “Signing Store Project,” launching in Washington, D.C. in October, aims to change that.Adam Novsam, a deaf utility analyst at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, knows firsthand how frustrating it can be to accomplish even the most basic transactions in the hearing world.“Before I go into any store, I’m anticipating and figuring out how I’m going to order and communicate. Typically, it is not an easy or smooth experience,” Novsam says. “Sometimes I’ll try to lipread, and that often results in misunderstanding my order, especially if they have a question. Sometimes I will gesture for paper and pen and the person will appear annoyed with me or seem exasperated that it is taking extra time.”Novsam’s personal experience led him to become active in the Starbucks Deaf Leadership group and an advocate for the Signing Store Project’s launch in the United States. The new store will be modeled after the first — and only — Starbucks deaf-friendly location in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where ergonomic design, customized order forms and a new queue management system were among the changes that helped create an environment to better serve deaf customers and employees.“Starbucks has always hired the deaf at our stores even before we were planning the signing store,” says Rina Siew, Starbucks corporate social responsibility manager for Malaysia. “However, we could only give them very simple and menial tasks. After a while, we realized that we needed to give them a platform where they could actually thrive, and where we as employers can provide a better partner experience for them.”The Malaysian store’s employees, both deaf and hearing, were enrolled in a 10-week sign language course that also highlighted deaf culture; the Washington, D.C. store will actually focus on hiring staff who are already fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Deaf employees will don a special apron embroidered with ASL symbols, while hearing employees will sport a pin that identifies their proficiency in sign language. But fluency in ASL is only one piece of the puzzle: The physical space is equally important.“Our built environment, largely constructed by and for hearing individuals, presents a variety of surprising challenges to which deaf people have responded with a particular way of altering their surroundings to fit their unique ways of being,” says Ryan Maliszewski, director of the Gallaudet Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute at Gallaudet University, a four-year college for the hearing impaired in Washington, D.C., located just a few blocks from the planned signing store.Having to rely on their hands for communication, for instance, means that deaf people require more room to simply converse with their friends. Eye strain and what is known as “concentration fatigue” are also common problems, so low-glare surfaces can help create a more comfortable experience. “In addition to spatial and lighting design,” says Maliszewski, “mobility, color and acoustics are major elements to consider when identifying opportunities to reduce eye fatigue that can lead to loss of concentration and even physical exhaustion. This not only applies to deaf patrons, but to everyone — including the employees themselves.”Alisha Damodaran, senior manger of global corporate communications for Starbucks, notes that existing Starbucks stores already offer several accommodations for the hearing-impaired, including a coffee timer that flashes and vibrates, interpreter services, video remote interpreting and tech pads for writing and visual ordering. Still, she sees the signing stores as part of an ongoing journey, saying, “We plan to leverage these opportunities to gather insights that can apply to the rest of our operations, and over time may look to continued expansion.”For Starbucks’ employee Novsam, it’s also an opportunity to create an experience that is uniquely focused on the deaf community.“We deaf people are often handed Braille menus in restaurants. It doesn’t make any sense and you may laugh, but it is a consistent experience for many of us,” Novsam says. “I think it will be an awesome experience for hearing people to have a unique experience — having the tables turned a bit — and having the opportunity to be exposed to a new language and culture. I look forward to this store bringing people together.”Kristen Hartke is a food writer based in Washington, D.C.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.