Read-only Launch For Medium & Branch, But Twitter Founders Promise More

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market On first use, it’s not (ahem) obvious what Medium is. There is seemingly no way to navigate around collections, nor are there subscribe buttons – for anything, as far as we can see. However, Williams promises that this version of Medium is “just a sliver of what we’ve figured out.” So we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt at this early stage.Medium is also currently just a read-only experience for most users, even if you register. “Posting is limited to a small invited list of friends and family,” wrote Williams in his introductory post. They will be letting other registered users post soon – but when is unknown.If we had to sum it up on first impression, Medium is like a categorized Tumblr. But without being able to post, it’s difficult to get a proper sense of what Medium offers compared to Tumblr, Pinterest and other modern publishing platforms.What Branch IsLike Medium, Branch isn’t completely public yet. If you register using your Twitter name, you’re promised an invitation “soon.”Branch is easier to understand – it’s basically a discussion forum, where someone posts a topic and others comment on it. For example this “branch” about women in tech: You can start a discussion based on something you found on the Web, or an original thought. You then add people to the discussion via email or Twitter – so the discussion remains closed and you control who’s in it. However you can choose to publish the branch publicly elsewhere, such as on WordPress. Tags:#Publishing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone have been busy developing two new services, both of which were publicly launched this week by their incubator company The Obvious Corporation. Unfortunately, both products are read-only for most people right now. So first impressions will be muted – perhaps even mystified, since Medium has very little navigation. That said, Williams and Stone have an outstanding track record with Web publishing products, as co-creators of first Blogger.com and then Twitter. So let’s see what they’ve cooked up.The first launch was Branch, a kind of discussion forum that came out of private beta yesterday. Then today, Obvious Corp released a brand new publishing platform called Medium. In announcing Medium, Williams positioned it as the next evolution of Blogger.com – which was launched back in 1999 by Williams and Stone. Similarly, as a discussions focused product, Branch can be thought of as an extension to Twitter. The connections might not end there. What’s most intriguing about Branch and Medium is that the two products may eventually intertwine, although Obvious is calling them “completely separate products” for now.What Medium IsLet’s start with the newest product first. Medium is a blog publishing platform, where posts are organized by topic or theme into “collections.” Collections can be “closed” (private) or “open” (public). To receive an invitation to join Medium, sign in using your Twitter ID. Will Medium and Branch Connect Together in Future?Obvious Corp states that the two products are separate. However, the Branch Twitter team noted that “there’s lots more to build, though, so we’ll see where we end up.”One immediate feature that would make sense is the ability to post a branch onto Medium. For example, if there was a ‘women in tech’ collection in Medium, the branch above could be published there. But we’ll see how this plays out.Despite the two products being a read-only experience for the majority of us when we first encounter them, it’s worth being patient given the success Williams and Stone have had with previous publishing innovations. Maybe Branch or Medium – or a combination of the two – will be the next Blogger or Twitter. It’s too early to say, but let us know your first impressions in the comments.last_img read more

Ottawa judge takes province local jail to task over treatment of Ojibway

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn Ottawa judge vowed in December to personally find out how an Ojibway man waiting an extra six weeks in the local jail to get a Gladue report done was suddenly transferred to another jurisdiction before it was completed.Justice Heather Perkins-McVey said she was going to take the matter up with Legal Aid Ontario, a government agency that funds the reports, and the superintendent of the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.Perkins-McVey agreed to do so on the urging of the Ojibway man’s lawyer Ewan Lyttle who complained at the sentencing hearing Dec. 15 that it was unacceptable to have an accused agree to wait in jail for a report only to be shipped against his will to another jail in Lindsay, Ontario, over 300 km west of Ottawa.Lyttle said it was another example of “systemic problems” Indigenous people face in the Ottawa justice system.“I totally agree with the concerns that you have raised,” Perkins-McVey said according to transcripts of the hearing obtained by APTN National News.Lyttle said his client agreed to a six to eight week adjournment on sentencing based on a request from the sole Gladue report writer in Ottawa to get the report completed.“It is critical that jails recognize and respect the process and do not ship offenders to different institutions during the report preparation process,” Lyttle told APTN. “If offenders are shipped out before the preparation is complete, it throws a giant monkey wrench into the process and causes unnecessary and unacceptable complications and delays.”Lyttle believes his client was transferred around Dec. 6 which only left nine days to get the report done before his sentencing hearing.When his client was transferred, the writer had not completed the report. Lyttle was told the Ottawa writer wouldn’t complete the report because the man had been moved.Legal Aid Ontario pays for the reports in Ottawa but contracts Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto to write them.Earlier this week, APTN reported lawyers complained of long delays getting a report completed, including Lyttle who said waiting two months for a report is too long.With his client in another city, Lyttle was left to find a new writer. It turned out Aboriginal Legal Services had another writer in Lindsay but that person also declined to do the report because of time constraints.Lyttle, who at this point was scrambling to get a report done, asked Legal Aid to pay for the writer he had originally requested to do the report, Mark Marsolais, a First Nations man in Ottawa who owns a Gladue report company.Legal Aid initially rejected Marsolais to do the report saying all reports had to go through the sole writer it funds through Aboriginal Legal Services.Mark Marsolais stepped in and wrote a Gladue report in four days after Legal Aid was unable to.But with little time, and the courts expecting a report, Legal Aid approved Marsolais in the end.He got it done in just a few days.And Perkins-McVey said in court she was impressed by the quality.“It is a very well written report and it is very comprehensive,” said Perkins-McVey.Lyttle suggested to the court imagine if Marsolais had six to eight weeks.“But Mr. Marsolais, and I know that you appreciate his report, got this together in a matter of about three or four days,” Lyttle told Perkins-McVey. “If he had more time, I can’t imagine how more thorough it would have been.”A Gladue report digs into an Indigenous person’s history and what the effects of colonization, such as residential schools, may have had in them being in court.The report detailed how the Ojibway man suffered severe sexual abuse while in foster care as a young child in Manitoba, which is why APTN is not naming him.The local jail had been in the news for more than a year with overcrowding issues that reached the point it had inmates sleeping in showers.“I will also bring this to the attention of local authorities who are engaged in trying to improve the circumstances of Aboriginal persons in our justice system,” Perkins-McVey said in December.APTN is not aware of what Perkins-McVey’s efforts accomplished.As for the Ojibway man, the Crown abandoned its request of a six month sentence for assault and said based on the contents of the Gladue report, the Ojibway man should get time served, which was 83 days at the time.The judge agreed to time served and put him on probation for 18 months.Based on the Gladue report, she also urged the man to get into a number of addiction treatment programs.Before he walked out of the court a free man, Perkins-McVey had one request of him.“Do you have any objection to me attaching the Gladue report, in a sealed envelope, to the probation order so that the probation officer will be informed about your background and your circumstances?” she asked.The 36-year-old Ojibway man agreed and later that day walked out of the court with a copy of his life story.One he was reading for the first time.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

HOA Opens slew of Health Bills on Agenda Key questions to Border

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHouse of assembly is opened for business today and there will be six first reading of bills most of which come from the Ministry of Health & Human Services and include the Mental Health Bill and Health Appeals Tribunal Bill.There are eleven parliamentary questions including a request for update on the escaped detainees from the Detention Center; whether there will be more police added to the squad in South Caicos; how many new people were hired in the public sector and of the Border Control Minister, why he suddenly ceased processing of status documents for a month this past April, with less than a day’s notice.Top on the HOA agenda is the presentation by the Finance Minister of Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority Financial Statements for the year ended, March, 2015. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:HOA, house of assembly, Minister, ministry of health, politicslast_img read more

DDME ADVISORY PROCEDURE FOR DONATION OF RELIEF ITEMS

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – To all interested Parties: The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) takes this opportunity to appreciate your goodwill during this time for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).Please note, the established process for engaging the TCI Government to donate relief items is as follows:-1. An official letter providing the list of items, quantities, values, port origin and proposed schedule time for arrival in the Providenciales Port;2. An official letter providing the names of all persons, along with copies of his/her respective passport bio-data page;3. Any other supporting information.Upon receipt of the information, the DDME will process your documents and respond providing the necessary clearance.Please contact the DDME at ddme.tci@gmail.com should your require any additional clarification.Regards,Department of Disaster Management and Emergencieslast_img read more

People on the Move 61914

first_imgJacqueline Detwiler has been named senior editor at Popular Mechanics. She was previously senior editor at United Hemispheres.TV Guide has promoted Doug Brod to editor-in-chief, and Michael Schneider to executive editor. Brod moves from his role as executive editor, and Schneider from Los Angeles bureau chief at the magazine.InStyle.com has named John Darby as general manager. He was previously vice president of marketing at Streeteasy.Vendome Healthcare Media, publisher of Healthcare Informatics, has named Tony Carrini as its new director of digital and custom sales, East Coast. Previously he oversaw sales and marketing for Health Data Management and Information Management.Amanda Silverman has been promoted from managing editor to deputy editor at The New Republic.Good Housekeeping announced several hires and promotions:Melissa Geurs has been named deputy design director. She joined from Chatelaine, where she was design director.April Franzino returns to GH as beauty director. She started her career there as an assistant beauty editor in 2007, and most recently worked as beauty editor at Self.Rachel Rothman has been promoted to technical director from technical manager of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.Bloomberg Media Group has named Keith Grossman as publisher of Bloomberg Digital. He took this new role at the company after working as associate publisher for Wired and Ars Technica.Craig Marks has returned to SPIN magazine as editor-in-chief. He was an editor there from 1991-1999, and most recently worked as editorial director at BlogTalkRadio.Alyssa Mastromonaco has become contributing editor at Marie Claire. She was previously the deputy chief of staff at The White House. John Temple has joined First Look Media as president of audience and products. He has spent the last year at Stanford University as a senior fellow in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program.Lynne Segall has been promoted to executive vice president and group publisher at The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. She had been the senior vice president and publisher at The Hollywood Reporter.Condé Nast Traveler has named Jennifer Hicks as associate publisher of sales. She had been vice president of advertising at The New Republic.Stefanie Rapp has been promoted to associate publisher at Wired from her role as executive director of integrated sales.last_img read more

Massachusetts Agency Launches Economic Diversification Study

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) has launched an economic diversification study to help the state cope with cutbacks in DOD spending by becoming less dependent on defense contracting.The organization recently was awarded a $400,000 grant from MassDevelopment, a state agency that received a $1.5 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. MassMEP will help companies reposition toward commercial markets, Jack Healy, its president, told the Telegram. A large number of manufacturers providing critical systems to the defense industry will have a difficulty surviving when their customers diminish.The grant also will expand an initiative allowing undergraduates from Worcester Polytechnic Institute to teach a training curriculum to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.Of the about 87,000 jobs in the state supported by the defense industry, 43,000 are direct jobs, Healy said. The 87,000 positions do not include research and development or Small Business Innovation Research grant jobs. The study is expected to be completed in March 2016.last_img read more

Economic Output Shrinks for October amid Clamor for Rate Cut

first_imgIndia’s industrial output for October suffered a three-year low, even as inflation reduced, bringing back the clamor for a rate cut. ReutersThe industrial output unexpectedly shrunk by 4.2% year-on-year, due to a fall in manufacturing and capital goods output, states government data.Analysts point to the continuing weak growth while inflation pressure falls, and termed the drop a ‘one-off’ instance.Falling fuel and food prices have helped retail inflation drop to 4.38%; the trajectory of the retail inflation determines the RBI interest rate policy.Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank would consult with the government for an appropriate time to ensure that the economy is within a medium-term inflation target of 2-6%. ReutersFebruary would see Finance Minister Arun Jaitley present his budget, where the onus on a rate cut would be further reinforced to aid economic growth and to reduce the fiscal deficit.last_img read more

Deepika Padukone becomes Indias most trusted female actor in Bollywood

first_imgDeepika PadukoneInstagramDeepika Padukone has bagged yet another feather in her cap as she emerged as India’s most trusted female actor from Bollywood. According to TRA, when it comes to endorsements, Deepika is the most trusted female actress and the testimony of the same are the quality endorsements that the actress does.Being the most trusted female actress of Bollywood, Deepika tops yet another list which proves that the actress is surely one of the leading ladies of Bollywood.After making a strikingly impressive outing at the Met Gala 2019, Deepika dazzled at the red carpet of Cannes 2019 with a spectrum of silhouettes that got the world swooning.Deepika commands the title of being the most commercially viable actress in the industry, in addition to being one of the highest paid actresses.After bringing to screen the courage and valour of Rani Padmini, Deepika is also with personifying another tale of bravery and human spirit with Malti, an acid attack survivor. Drawing instances from the life of Laxmi Agarwal, Chhapaak is a story of the strength and integrity of a woman. Helmed by Meghna Gulzar, the film is all set to release on January 10, 2020.last_img read more

ECs dialogues with political parties begin Thursday

first_imgElection Commission logo. File PhotoThe election commission starts its dialogues with 40 registered political parties on Thursday to take their opinions over its preparation for the next parliamentary elections.The commission will first sit in talks with Sangskritik Muktijote at 3:00pm at the conference room of Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital city.Earlier, a 10-member delegation of Muktijote was invited to join the dialogue to be held with chief election commission KM Nurul Huda in the chair.As per the EC’s schedule, the EC was supposed to sit in the first dialogue with Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) at 11:00am on Thursday, but BNF has asked the EC to reschedule its dialogue saying that it would not be able to join the dialogue in the next one month due to the ongoing flood situation in different parts of the country.BNF president SM Abul Kalam Azad, MP said his party leaders are scheduled to visit the flood-hit areas in Jamalpur on Thursday and they would distribute relief items among flood victims there.“We’ve informed the EC that we cannot join the dialogue halting our relief activities for flood victims. We asked the EC to delay the talks with us at least by one month,” he told UNB.Director (PR) at the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman said the commission has yet to take any decision whether the talks with BNF will be rescheduled.“So far, 12 political parties have been invited to join the EC’s dialogue. Separate dialogues with two parties will be held in a day. The first talks will be held at 11:00am, while the second one at 3:00pm everyday,” he told UNB.As per the schedule, the EC will also sit with Bangladesh Muslim League (BML) and Khelafat Majlish on 28 August, Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party and Jagpa on 30 August, Bangladesh Islami Front and Islami Andolan Bangladesh on 10 September, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish and Islami Oikya Jote on 12 September, and Bangladesh Kalyan Party and Islamic Front Bangladesh on 14 September.The commission will seek opinions from the political parties over different issues, including electoral law reform and delimitation of constituencies, updating voter list, fixation of polling stations and awarding registration to new political parties.Earlier, the commission held talks with civil society members on 31 July, media representatives on 16 and 17 August as part of taking opinions of its different stakeholders over preparation of the 11th national election likely to be held in late December 2018.The constitutional body will also sit with election observers, women leaders and election experts.last_img read more