Webber shines again, Humboldt State football cruises to 48-3 win over Western State Colorado

first_imgThe main goal for the Humboldt State football team didn’t change from Burnaby, British Columbia, to Gunnison, Colorado.And if their head coach had some nerves going in, the Jacks didn’t take long to ease them significantly.Led by another big-time performance from senior quarterback Robert Webber, No. 17-ranked Humboldt State got up early and pulled away with plenty of time to spare for a 48-3 win over Western State Colorado on Saturday afternoon.HSU head coach Rob Smith wanted his team to …last_img read more

Darwinians Gloat Over Political Power

first_imgWith media behind them, they can spout their talking points without controversy, while weak politicians only appease their critics.If David Johnson is right, politicians put up with conservative efforts to put up anti-evolution bills only to appease their religious constituents. Johnson, a postdoc at Rice University, looked into the outcomes of  “anti-evolution curricular challenges” in various states. According to PhysOrg, only 25% of bills under consideration passed out of committee, and only two states–Louisiana and Tennessee—succeeded in getting laws passed.Johnson added that while increased conservative Protestant adherence does lead to increased anti-evolution attitudes and activity among creation science interest groups, these outcomes are statistically unrelated to consideration of anti-evolution bills in state legislatures. This led him and his co-authors to theorize that the low rate of success in turning anti-evolution education bills into laws suggests that legislators may continue to push these reforms not because they expect success, but to mollify religious constituents.Johnson’s own biases are clear from his statement:“There is no scientific debate about the fundamentals of evolution,” he said. “And the best social scientific research shows that religious and nonreligious individuals are, overall, quite similar in their orientation to science. There are better ways to represent the values of religious communities: These bills create a misleading impression of conflict between science and religion and threaten the quality of education in public schools.“Sound familiar? Those are some of the same arguments made by Bill Nye when he debated Ken Ham. No debate exists, he said, and creation threatens education.This is why you never let totalitarians gain control of anything. They offer you “one man, one vote, one time.” When the Darwinazis gain control of scientific societies, legislatures and school boards, they lock the doors behind them. Of course there is no scientific debate in their wholly-dominated institutions; you have to be a Darwinazi wearing a D-Merit Badge to get in. Who was for teaching both sides? The despised creationists!Here’s how to understand Johnson’s statement, “There is no scientific debate about the fundamentals of evolution.” What are the fundamentals of evolution? Mutation and natural selection. Mutation is chance, a word equivalent to “stuff happens.” Natural selection is chance, a phrase equivalent to “stuff happens” – because neither the environment nor “selection pressures” (whatever they are) have any direction, purpose, or plan. Let SH stand for “stuff happens.” According to the math for chance, SH + SH does not equal 2SH, it equals SH. Johnson’s statement reduces to this: “There is no scientific debate that stuff happens.” Of course that is true; nobody disagrees that stuff happens. But is that science? Is that a logical explanation for wings, eyes and brains? Is that what schools should teach? Of course not. His statement is a clear example of a meaningless talking point. If Johnson were concerned with the quality of science education, he would advocate ditching Darwin (see 10/03/15) and seeking true causes for phenomena that look designed.What about the “misleading impression of conflict between science and religion” he spoke of? It wasn’t Christians, Protestants, or interest groups that created the impression: it was Darwinazis like Andrew White and John Draper who started that meme. The Christian founders of science viewed their work as seeking the mind of God; no conflict at all. Posing “science” vs “religion” is a false dichotomy. To creationists, the conflict is between good science (intelligent design) and bad science (Darwin’s Stuff Happens Law that builds minds out of hydrogen). And it’s a conflict between good religion (trust in a Designer intelligent enough and powerful enough to bring the world into being) and bad religion (big-bang-to-man theory, with no causation, no purpose, and no meaning). By all means, don’t fall into the trap of framing the debate like they do as ‘science vs religion.’ If you do, you’ve lost before you started. Read this about “science” from Evolution News & Views.With these points in mind, you are ready to evaluate whether creation threatens the quality of education in public schools. Should children learn about adequate causes and effects, or throw up their hands like Darwin and say “stuff happens”? Should they learn about observable, repeatable, testable facts, or learn how to tell just-so stories? Should they learn logic, or imbibe self-refuting ideologies? That’s how you should frame the debate.Some “anti-evolution” groups like the Discovery Institute do not advocate teaching intelligent design at all, let alone creation science. They would be content to get schools to teach Darwinian evolution honestly, not the uncritical whitewashed version with the flawed icons used to illustrate it. They agree with Darwin: “A fair result can only be obtained by fully stating the facts and arguments on both sides of each question” (see Academic Freedom Day). Amen! (Too bad Darwin failed to do that in The Origin, a fact he admitted in the preface.) Hold this Darwin quote in the face of the Darwinazis and tell them to obey it. Tell them science is not about consensus. Tell them they are closed-minded bigots for refusing to consider challenges to their atheistic religion.Johnson is able to label Darwin skeptics as “interest groups” because his interest group has power. For the same reason conspiracies never prosper (because if they prosper, none dare call them conspiracies), interest groups never prosper, because when they do, they cease being called interest groups. They become The Consensus. “All scientists agree” that “there is no scientific debate” about the fundamentals of Stuff Happens. You have to get outside the fogma to see through this rhetorical trick.Darwinazi John Tyndall, one of Charlie’s X-club co-conspirators, said this to the British Association in 1874:“The impregnable position of science may be described in a few words. We claim, and we shall wrest from theology, the entire field of cosmological theory. All schemes and systems which thus infringe upon the domain of science must, in so far as they do this, submit to its control, and relinquish all thought of controlling it.”  [See James Clerk Maxwell’s poetic response to Tyndall’s insufferable chutzpah in our 8/10/2005 commentary.]That’s not science. That’s not education. It’s totalitarianism. It’s scientism pretending to be helping the children, but determined to rule the world. Don’t be fooled. The Darwinazis have had power for a long time, but that’s no reason to become a DODO like them, pushing DOPE. It took a long time to end slavery, too. Keep the heat on, and if your representatives put on the appeasement facade but won’t challenge the Darwinazis, vote the rascals out.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video: Team South Africa’s champions

first_imgThe International Marketing Council of South Africa’s latest television advert celebrates ordinary South Africans as the “champions” who will make the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup a success. Click arrow to play video.last_img

Walking for Eden, and elephants

first_imgHiking through South Africa’s uniquelybeautiful fynbos. The Eden to AddoMega-Hike straddles five distinct biomes:Afromontane Forest, Mountain Fynbos,Succulent Karoo, Savanna Grassland andAlbany Thicket. Enjoying the view.(Images: Galeo Saintz, Eden to Addo) Gareth Patterson’s new book, the result ofseven years of research, mainatins thatthere are still nine wild elephants livingin the dense Knysna forest.MEDIA CONTACTS• Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative+27 44 356 2825+27 82 888 8181galeo@edentoaddo.co.zahike@edentoaddo.co.zaRELATED ARTICLES• Slackpacking in the Cedarberg• The adventure starts here • Unforgettable SA hiking trails• Biggest nature park in the world • Holidays that save the world Jennifer SternWalking is much more than a way to get from A to B. It’s a meditation and a pilgrimage.The late Boudewijn Wegerif, a Swede who walked from Stockholm to Cape Town in 1999 to protest world debt, called walking “brain aerobics.” He maintained that the regular movement of your left leg and right arm followed by right leg and left arm – continued for a couple of hours – increased the connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. He would have known. Stockholm to Cape Town is a long trek.Of course, in this day and age, walking is probably the least efficient way to get from one place to another – unless they’re really close. So there has to be another reason for anyone deciding to walk the 400-odd kilometres between Kranshoek in the Knysna forest to Addo near Port Elizabeth. And there is. The Eden to Addo Mega-Hike is a pilgrimage – a pilgrimage to biodiversity.The hike is offered once a year, usually in September, as a “slackpacking” trail. What this means is that trailists carry only the essentials in a day pack, and all their gear is taken from camp to camp by a back-up vehicle. Added luxuries are the fact that your tents are erected for you, and meals provided. So like any good pilgrim, you can concentrate on the mission at hand.Natural migrationThe mission is to understand the need for, and importance of, conservation corridors in general, and this one in particular. In the past, conservation areas were established for a variety of reasons, mostly good. But often they were too small to allow for natural migration, so the pressure on the reserve’s resources would become excessive, and necessitate some rather creative management strategies.This has been recognised by conservation authorities in the last couple of decades so reserves in the southern Africa region – and indeed all over the world – are being consolidated.Successful local examples include the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, made up of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe, and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique; and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana.The hike traverses a unique corridor stretching from the tangled, green coastal afromontane forest biome of Knysna to the game-rich Albany thicket of Addo, passing through a range of farms and reserves belonging to about 60 different landowners.While all the stakeholders are in favour of the idea of a conservation corridor, it’s not that easy to implement. Which is why the mega-hike was established. As well as being a great way to spend about three weeks, it is also a fund-raising project, and offers participants the opportunity to interact with a variety of conservation specialists who share their knowledge on the trail. It really is about the conservation, not the walking. All profits go directly to the Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative, a non-profit Section 21 company.Going postalGaleo Saintz, who leads the hike, pioneered the route in 2005 with the specific purpose of finding out whether there was a hikeable route between Knysna and Addo.He set off alone and posted light, dehydrated food, spare camping gas cylinders and fresh socks to himself at post offices in towns he’d never heard of. He was joined on sections of the walk by friends – and even one complete stranger, who really liked what he was doing so decided to keep him company.The upshot was that he managed to track down his supplies in the tiny rural post offices, and found it was possible – if rather strenuous – to hike the route. The next year, 2006, the escorted Eden to Addo Mega-Hike was launched with 24 participants.“The long-term strategy,” Saintz says, “is to make it a self-guided trail, but it’s wild country and, with so many landowners, it will take a lot of planning.”The hike straddles five distinct biomes and links three major conservation areas. The existing parks and reserves are the Knysna Protected Area, the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. These together protect patches of afromontane forest, mountain fynbos, succulent Karoo, savanna grassland and Albany thicket. All these biomes are transition zones that overlap – and even shift from year to year with varying rainfall.The trail takes participants from one biome to another, linking seven mountain ranges and peaks over the 21 days. Daily walking distances average about 23 kilometres, with the shortest day being 12 kilometres and the longest about 35 kilometres, so this is not an easy hike. The terrain is mountainous and there is little flat walking, and where there is, it is far.The views are stupendous, the air is invigorating and the constant change in scenery and vegetation offers an intellectual challenge equal to the physical one.Some not-so pretty aspects of the hike include climbing over fences, fighting through thick stands of invasive alien trees, and coming across gin traps and other indications that the proclamation of this corridor really is a priority. Fireside debates are long, interesting and – while not acrimonious – can get quite robust.Mysterious elephants of KnysnaIt is surmised – with some good evidence – that the trail loosely follows old elephant migration paths. This raises an interesting issue, and some remarkable new research.The elephants of the dense Knysna forest, the only really wild elephants left in South Africa as there are no fences keeping them in a designated park – and certainly the most mysterious, elusive and endangered – were thought to be on the brink of extinction.Conservationists tried translocating a couple of elephants from the Kruger National Park to Knysna a few years ago, but those poor Lowveld animals took one look at the tangled forests and rushed to hide out in the much safer-looking surrounding farmlands. The plan was abandoned.So many believed there was no hope for the elusive elephants, with some conservationists claiming there was only a single elephant left in Knysna. But that was until well-known conservationist and author Gareth Patterson published The Secret Elephants in 2009, the result of an eight-year hunt through the forest.Based on observations such as spoor, branches recently snapped by trunks, dung and temporary tunnels created by the animals’ passage through the thick vegetation, Patterson’s book – and an hour-long documentary aired on Animal Planet – concludes that there are at least nine elephants still living in Knysna. DNA analysis of the dung has identified five females, all related to each other.Patterson says the elephants have adapted to human intrusion and hauled themselves back from the edge of extinction all by themselves, with no help from us. It’s an optimistic and romantic idea, but that’s what a pilgrimage is all about – faith. And hope. It’s about putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, for a cause, for a dream, and for a better future.last_img read more

Picnik CEO to Startups: The M&As Are Out There

first_imgThe big news from earlier this week was the announcement that Google would be acquiring online photo editing service Picnik for an undisclosed amount. This marks Google’s third acquisition of 2010 after buying Aardvark and reMail in February suggesting that the company could be going on an extended shopping spree much like in 2007 when it picked up 16 separate companies. Merger and acquisition (M&A) spending has floundered among tech companies in the last few years, but Google’s early purchases this year could signal a return of this kind of spending. Though the amount of the purchase has yet to be disclosed, Picnik’s employees undoubtedly walked away happy from the bargaining table with Google – an exit many startups strive for. Picnik CEO Jonathan Sposato recently spoke with the technology business blog Xconomy where he gave his advice to startups looking for a similar M&A pickup. Sposato says that even in a period where large companies are buying fewer startups, deals are out there for the top producers. “It’s not a complete doom and gloom scenario. I also think you can get very, very healthy, great valuations for your company as long as the fundamentals are sound,” says Sposato. “Focus on being profitable, having a viable business model, having a great product and great traffic–those are things that even in this down market can still translate to a very positive outcome.”Sposato also remarks that deals don’t happen out the blue; instead they are bred from developed relationships between companies. In his case, Picnik is the second company Sposato has had swallowed up by the Big G. In December of 2005, Google snagged Phatbits from Sposato, a widget engine which became Google Gadgets.“It behooves any small startup, if you’re focused on M&A transaction as your exit–and who isn’t?–to definitely manage your relationships very well with potential suitors,” says Sposato. “It’s always the result of some time and effort you’ve put in. For talks to get serious, you do have to put effort and time into managing those relationships.”Sposato mentions that part of the reason the Picnik deal went through was because of the speedy and efficient people at Google who convinced their fellow executives that company was worth buying. Sposato says that startups need to be careful which companies they choose to deal with, because not all companies are as nimble as Google. “We got very lucky. What typically happens is you get bogged down by bureaucracy, or you need approval from some senior VP, or corporate development doesn’t talk to the product people.”Many are asking questions about the purchase of Picnik, including those surrounding the service’s current partnership with Yahoo!’s Flickr photo sharing service. But for startups, the real question is whether or not 2010 will be the year M&A’s make a comeback. Google seems to be back to its buying ways, but we’ll have to wait and see if other companies follow suit.Photo by Randy Stewart, blog.stewtopia.com. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img chris cameron Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Video Editing Workflows: Premiere Pro and RED Footage

first_imgBringing your RED RAW footage into Adobe Premiere Pro? Follow these tips for success.Film and video productions are often based on fast turn arounds. Nothing can slow you down more than a rocky workflow. Luckily if you’re editing in Premiere you can natively work with RAW footage file types to help bring flexibility and stability to your workflow.Many filmmakers (myself included) delayed making the move from DSLRs to RED cameras because of the R3D RAW file type. There was a large amount of misinformation out there in regards to working with RED footage. However since the release of Premiere Pro CS6 Adobe has given filmmakers the ability to import and work natively with R3D RAW.In the past, working natively with RED footage would have been a challenge to say the least, but with the flexibility of Premiere Pro the days of transcoding are gone. The following resources should help all those wanting to make the move to RED cameras but are feeling weary about the workflow. Also we’ll share a few tips on shooting with RED cameras to save you time in post.IMPORT FOOTAGE USING PREMIERE PRO and REDCINE-X PROImporting R3D RAW footage into Premiere is actually a simple process. To help your learn this process Dan with RED.com has posted a quick tutorial on this very topic. He runs through the simple import process, editing the Source Settings as well as working with RED Meta Data (RMD) processing between Premiere and REDCine-X Pro.Also, here is a great video from Edit Cellar on the best way to import R3D RAW footage with extended clips into Premiere CC.SCRATCH-TRACK AUDIOThis quick tip can not be stressed enough: by capturing scratch-track audio your time in Premiere won’t be wasted by hand syncing audio (a very time-consuming process. Remember that RED cameras DO NOT record scratch-track audio natively like DSLRs, but they do however have mic inputs into the camera. You can effectively use these lines in to capture your scratch-track audio.UK based Director and Cinematographer Daniel John Peters has a great article on his website that gives you a little insight on what gear to use when you want to capture scratch-track audio with a RED Scarlet or Epic. Now with your scratch-track audio (and captured audio from a field recorder) you can use software like Red Giant’s Pluraleyes to automatically sync, streamlining your process.HAVING THE RIGHT HARDWAREWith Premiere Pro CS5 Adobe began using the Mercury Playback Engine (MPE). This engine enhances your render processing and playback options in Premiere, as well as After Effects. In order to run this engine you need the right hardware – check out this helpful system requirement guide from Adobe which includes a list of compatible MPE video cards. STORAGE, STORAGE, STORAGEThe final tip doesn’t directly relate to Premiere but it is incredibly important when working with R3D RAW – don’t underestimate your storage needs. When editing a film that is comprised of R3D RAW footage it’s going to require a LOT of data storage. In most cases double the size that you are accustomed to.Evan Luzi with TheBlackandBlue has a great article on the hidden cost of data storage when using a RED camera. Also, check out our previous post on the best external hard drive storage options for video editing.Have you been using Premiere Pro with RED? Leave your workflow tips in the comments!last_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 10

first_imgThe Final Four is complete with Ateneo, De La Salle, Adamson University, and Far Eastern University heading to the playoffs.That, however, wasn’t the only thing to happen at the end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo suffered its first defeat after going undefeated in its first 13 outings while University of Santo Tomas finally won a game after a 0-13 start.And with all that out of the way, here are the top players by position in the final week of eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCenter: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBig Ben Mbala exacted revenge on Ateneo in the final game of the elimination and he did it the only way a Ben Mbala does and that was to dominate. MOST READ In the two games Far Eastern University played this week, Tolentino was the unquestioned offensive focal point as he averaged 17.5 points and a respectable 7.5 rebounds.Forward: J-Jay Alejandro (National University Bulldogs)Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJ-Jay Alejandro played his last two games in the UAAP, and walked off the collegiate league leaving stellar numbers.NU’s heart and soul did what he does best in his final week with the Bulldogs and that is by filling up the stat sheets. Alejandro averaged 16.5 points, five rebounds, three offensive rebounds, and 8.5 assists on his way out of NU.Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines) Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio likes to score, and that statement is indisputable.And he did that in UP’s last week in Season 80.Desiderio matched his career-high of 30 points on Saturday when he lit NU up in the Fighting Maroons’ 106-81 win.And for his weekly average, Desiderio scored 23 points a game. Guard: Juan Gomez de LiañoJuan Gomez de Liaño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDesiderio isn’t the only one who likes to score for the Fighting Maroons.Rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño does too.In the two games UP played this week, Gomez de Liaño breached 20 points twice and averaged 21.5 points with 9.5 rebounds.Honorable mentionsSteve Akomo (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Steve Akomo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas won its lone game of Season 80 thanks in large part to its starting big man.Steve Akomo is the owner of this year’s highest single-game rebounding total of 20 boards, and he did that once more in UST’s 88-85 win over University of the East while also scoring 18 points and blocking six shots.And Akomo’s mark of six blocks is tied with Mbala and Issa Gaye’s record for most in one game. Ricci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers) John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt seems La Salle has settled with Ricci Rivero as its secondary offensive option.And although Mbala’s 20 field goal attempts against Ateneo were almost 30 percent of La Salle’s total output, Rivero still had plenty for him as he put up 13 and making seven of those. Rivero also got to the line for his fair share of charities as he went 5-of-7 from the stripe. Overall, Rivero finished with 21 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Elite rookie Jose vows to work hard after signing 3-year max dealcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With a second straight MVP in the bag, the La Salle center went crazy and dismantled Ateneo in every statistical category.Mbala registered 28 points, 19 rebounds, six steals, six blocks, and a big defensive stop down the stretch to preserve the Green Archers 79-76 win over the Blue Eagles.Forward: Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University Tamaraws)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino has often been an unassuming player, to the point of being lackadaisical that his head coach Olsen Racela repeatedly challenged him to give more effort. Well Tolentino may be lackadaisical, but his numbers aren’t.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Riding the rails a family affair

first_imgIn 1976, Tom Smith, a longtime locomotive enthusiast, rode an Amtrak train from Delaware to Chicago, mainly to absorb the sights along the way. The most consequential sight, however, was already inside the train — his future wife, Karen Smith.“I looked across the aisle and she was right there,” Smith said. “I asked her on a date, and here we are, in a nutshell.”The Smiths were some of the more than 100 people aboard a 1941 Alco diesel train as it chugged about seven miles along the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad south from Yacolt Station, 207 Railroad Ave., to the Heisson area. The annual Father’s Day ride — one of four throughout the weekend — typically involves a 1929 steam train. But the nonprofit organization that hosts excursions on the railroad hit a snag as it awaits a permit from the Federal Railroad Administration to operate steam engines, volunteers said.Tom Smith, now 73, of Camas, said his love of trains formed at a young age, when he could hear them passing his Delaware home. He worked as a freight conductor with Union Pacific Railroad for roughly 20 years, has been on a train in every state but Hawaii and even had his honeymoon on a locomotive.The couple’s son, Allen Smith, 36, sat next to his parents on the train Sunday along with his wife, Ruth Smith, 37, and three young children. Allen Smith, who also spent his honeymoon on a train, is part of a Lego train club in Portland.last_img read more

Spin Magazine Reduces Frequency Rate Base

first_imgMeanwhile, the brand is investing in digital roll-outs, including its SPIN Play iPad app. In June, SPIN shuffled its editorial and publisher ranks in an effort to capitalize on its cross-platform efforts. Editor-in-chief Doug Brod and publisher Malcolm Campbell were let go and Jeff Rogers was hired into the new position of digital general manager. Reflective of the ongoing shuffle magazines go through to zero in on the right print-digital formula, music magazine SPIN is reportedly reducing its frequency from monthly to bimonthly starting with the March 2012 issue. In addition, it will be adjusting its rate base downward from 450,000 to 350,000.Not all is contracting, however. The magazine is investing in heavier paper stock and a larger trim size—9.5 by 12 inches. The adjustments point to a refinement of the brand’s print and digital strategies into the familiar formula of relegating quick-hit, newsier content to the website and longer form writing for print.Issues will continue to pursue a theme approach. The October issue is the dance issue, September featured style, August was devoted to the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, and so on.last_img read more

HSBC says Bonus for Chairman Capped at 1 Million Pounds

first_imgBanking group HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA.L) has attempted to head off investor criticism over a new pay plan, capping any share bonus for its Chairman Douglas Flint this year at 1 million pounds ($1.7 million) and saying it would be a one off.Under new pay proposals set out in March, HSBC said it could have awarded Flint up to 2.25 million pounds worth of shares as an annual bonus in exceptional circumstances.The bank had said in 2010, when the former finance director became chairman, he would be paid his salary but no bonus and some investors were concerned about the change in structure.HSBC said it had met with investors ahead of its annual shareholder meeting on May 23 and had made adjustments to the plan.Simon Robertson, chairman of the remuneration committee, said in a statement if any award was made this year to Flint it would reflect changes to his responsibilities since his original appointment when salaries were set.”Any award would be made in recognition of the exceptional circumstances facing HSBC over the medium term of intense regulatory change, an increased focus on changing conduct and behavior and the implementation of enhanced banking standards,” Robertson said.He said the share bonus would be specific to Flint, and the bank did not intend to make such payments a feature of the chairman’s pay over the long-term.Flint was paid 2.4 million pounds last year. Under the structure announced in March, he could have received 4.7 million pounds, but the maximum he can now get is 3.4 million.HSBC, like many other banks, has changed its pay structure this year to meet new EU rules that cap bonuses at the level of their fixed pay, or double the amount with shareholder approval.Rivals Standard Chartered Plc (STAN.L) and Barclays Plc (BARC.L) have faced significant opposition to their pay policies at recent shareholder meetings.($1 = 0.5960 British Pounds)last_img read more