Imagination Award Winners Revealed at IMAG Conference

first_img Revenue: Atlantic Re:think & Netflix House of Cards’ “The Ascent” – The Atlantic A panel of 25 judges from various “independent” magazine companies—essentially, those titles not published by Hearst, Condé Nast, Time Inc., and the like—refined more than 100 entries for the inaugural awards down to winners across six categories, plus a special, “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” award. See the full list of winners below: “Counter to the meganormous companies who are trying to appeal to the largest audience possible, tonight’s awards demonstrate that you don’t have to be everything to everyone in order to be successful—and that’s a wonderful accomplishment to celebrate,” said Seymour. Why Didn’t I Think of That?: The Factory – Surfing Magazine Audience: Leveraging Online Engagement – Roadkill Magazine Lesley Jane Seymour, quipping about her own newfound independence, served as emcee. The winners of the inaugural Imagination Awards, recognizing the best work produced by independent magazine media brands, were revealed by the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) in San Francisco last night as part of the IMAG 2016 proceedings. Leadership: Catapult Creative Labs – Active Interest Media Digital: PORTER Shoppability: Enabling Real-Time Purchases Through Content – PORTER Magazine Content: National Park Service Centennial – Backpacker Projects completed between January 1 and December 31, 2015 were considered, but digital-only brands were not. MPA membership was not a requirement.  Active Interest Media took home a pair of awards: in the Content category for Backpacker’s National Park Service Centennial, and in the Leadership category for its content marketing unit, recently branded as Catapult Creative Labs. Accepting the award, Jon Dorn, AIM’s SVP of digital and creative services, gave reference to the upheaval and associated challenges that have consumed the independent space of the magazine media industry for the last several years, predicting, “If we stick with this, it’ll be the most fascinating and satisfying time of our lives.” Events (tie): Dwell Presents The Monogram Modern Home – Dwell and Gingerbread BLVD – Taste of Homelast_img read more

Farmers suffer as rice import continues despite surplus

first_imgStudents work in the rice fields, showing solidarity with farmers who fail to get fair prices for their cropsThe country’s rice reserves are in surplus and the boro harvest is around the corner. Prices are almost half the cost of production. Yet according to the food ministry, 200,000 tonnes of rice was imported through government and private channels over the past 10 months. Another 380,000 tonnes are in the import pipeline.After the haors (marshes) were flooded in May 2017, the government lifted import duty on rice to meet the estimated shortfall of 1 million tonnes of the food grain. But over the past two years, around 6 million tonnes has been imported.In order to halt this surge in imports, the government re-imposed the 28 per cent import duty. Imports slowed, but have not stopped. With surplus production and continued imports, prices are falling steadily.According to official and unofficial reports, there is a surplus of 2.5 million to 3 million tonnes of rice in the country at present. The agriculture ministry is even considering export. Economists are baffled at why, under these circumstances, rice is still being imported.Agriculture minister Abdur Razzak, speaking to Prothom Alo, said it is basically because of the surplus that the price of rice is not increasing. The boro harvest will come in over the next 10 to 15 days. If all goes well, the government will decide to export food grain. This may push prices up.Concerning the import of rice despite surplus, the minister said, the five-star hotels and the wealthy persons of the country only consume fine grain fragrant rice. Perhaps the imports are to meet their needs. But if imports are in excess, the government will consider increasing the 28 per cent duty.According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) on capital flight from Bangladesh, it was said that the rice imported by Bangladesh in 2013-15 cost 800 to 1000 USD per tonne, but in the international market the price was only 500 dollars per tonne. The CPD report indicated that this surplus revenue was illegally siphoned off abroad.CPD distinguished fellow Mustafizur Rahman told Prothom Alo that the the government should take speedy measures to procure food grain and to increase the stock. This may have a positive impact on the market. And duty can be hiked to discourage import.Also, he said, there should be an investigation to check whether money is being smuggled out of the country in the name of imports.No impact of govt procurement on marketThe government set the target to procure 1.3 million tonnes of rice from May this year, for three months. Half of May has passed, but so far only 1269 tonnes has been procured. Most of the rice mill owners have not even begun buying rice from the market.Almost all the 16,000 rice mills of the country are normally ready at this time of the year to meet the impending boro harvest. However, at present only around 1000 mills are operating. The owners say that they still haven’t sold the old stock and so are not purchasing paddy (dhan) anew.Economists explain the reason why the government procurement does not impact market prices, saying that they the government basically buys the rice from the rice mill owners. The government every year announces it will procure 100,000 tonnes directly from the farmers, but this never happens. So rice prices are always controlled by a group of the big rice mill owners.Former research director of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), M Asaduzzaman, told Prothom Alo, the government should have shown at this moment that they are actively endeavouring to increase rice prices. However, they haven’t even asked the rice mill owners why they are not purchasing paddy from the farmers. They should see whether these owners are intentionally not purchasing the paddy in order to decrease prices further.Bumper production and bumper lossThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA), in a report published this month about the global production of food grain, has said that Bangladesh rice production has increased by 7.2 per cent over the past year. This year its rice production may reach 35.6 million tonnes, highest among the world’s main rice producing countries.According to the agriculture ministry, 36 taka was spent on the production of 1 kg of rice in the boro season, but government procurement prices are lower than production costs. They have kept no profit margin for the farmers.BIDS director general KAS Morshed, speaking to Prothom Alo, said rice prices are low all over the world, not only in Bangladesh. Even a few months ago, rice prices were not so low. If the prices are high, the government can do a lot of things, but it is difficult to push prices up.”When rice was being imported in large volumes, they should have thought about prices dropping when the harvest comes in. The government should now take some quick steps to step up rice procurement, and then also take long term measures for procurement,” he added.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been re-written in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

New atomic magnetometer doesnt need to be shielded from Earths magnetic field

first_img( —Researchers from Princeton University in the U.S. together with colleagues from Zhejiang University of Science and Technology in China have developed a new kind of atomic magnetometer that is just as sensitive as others of its kind but doesn’t need to be shielded from the Earth’s magnetic field. The team reports on their new device in the journal Physical Review Letters. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters Devices that can measure magnetic fields—magnetometers—are very useful in a wide variety of scientific applications. In recent years, such devices have been made more sensitive by using superconducting materials but they have the drawback of needing to be cryogenically cooled. Another approach has been to use atomic magnetometers—they don’t have to be super-cooled, but they do need to have shielding put in place to prevent Earth’s magnetic field from interfering with their readings. They work by using a pump laser to polarize the spin states of atoms inside the device. A probe laser is then used to read the spin precession once the device is ready to read a specific magnetic field—it’s all based on the Zeeman Effect that is induced by an external magnetic field.The new atomic magnetometer the group developed works essentially the same way as others of its kind, with two notable exceptions. The first is that the team uses a multi-pass cell—the probe laser makes many passes while reading the spin of the atoms in the device—typically rubidium vapor—this enhances the signal. The second difference is the team uses a technique to allow the polarizing to take place very quickly (within 1ms of laser pumping)—before relaxation of the spin states occurs. Doing so has the added benefit of helping to eliminate noise in the system allowing for more precise readings. The end result is an atomic magnetometer that is able to measure magnetism that is one hundred billion times smaller than the Earth’s field, without the need for shielding.Such a magnetometer is expected to be useful for such applications as measuring biological fields, geological instrumentation, experimental physics and even in land mine detection. The team that developed the new device isn’t resting on its laurels, however, they are currently looking at ways to make the device smaller and more portable. Record measurement of extremely small magnetic fieldscenter_img More information: Subfemtotesla Scalar Atomic Magnetometry Using Multipass Cells, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 160802 (2013) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.160802AbstractScalar atomic magnetometers have many attractive features but their sensitivity has been relatively poor. We describe a Rb scalar gradiometer using two multipass optical cells. We use a pump-probe measurement scheme to suppress spin-exchange relaxation and two probe pulses to find the spin precession zero crossing times with a resolution of 1 psec. We realize a magnetic field sensitivity of 0.54  fT/Hz1/2, which improves by an order of magnitude the best scalar magnetometer sensitivity and exceeds, for example, the quantum limit set by the spin-exchange collisions for a scalar magnetometer with the same measurement volume operating in a continuous regime. Citation: New atomic magnetometer doesn’t need to be shielded from Earth’s magnetic field (2013, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 Credit: J. Shi/Princeton University/PRLlast_img read more