Vocativ Eliminates Entire Editorial Staff

first_img Employees were notified Wednesday morning that the company has begun a pivot to “focus exclusively on video content,” a Vocativ spokesperson tells Folio: in a statement that bears a number of similarities to the one given by Time Inc. CEO Rich Battista following that company’s own round of layoffs yesterday. A Vocativ spokesperson provided Folio: the following statement: Vocativ, the four-year-old digital media brand that made a name for itself by “mining the deep web” for original storytelling, terminated its entire editorial staff today, Folio: has learned. — Joe Lemire (@LemireJoe) June 14, 2017 It’s not clear at this time exactly how many staffers were let go, but a Google Sheet shared on Twitter indicates at least 21 “free agents” following the staff cuts. “Since its founding in late 2013, Vocativ has pioneered a new form of digital journalism using our proprietary technology to tell award-winning stories across a range of formats including on our website, social media and television. As the industry evolves, we are undertaking a strategic shift to focus exclusively on video content that will be distributed via social media and other platforms. The tremendous success we’ve experienced since our launch in both long- and short-form video has positioned us well for this evolution.” Vocativ has terminated its editorial team, and I am a free agent, effective immediately. I’d love to write for all of you. Email in bio. Founded in 2013, Vocativ primarily differentiates itself from other outlets through its use of a proprietary platform known as Verne, which the company has said allows it to scour the web to uncover stories other news agencies overlook. Vocativ scored its first TV deal, with MSNBC, in 2014, followed by an eight-part series airing on Showtime, “Dark Web,” which premiered last year. Getting laid off today, worked with an amazing team at Vocativ but now owners are “pivoting” to all video — Jessica Leber (@jessleber) June 14, 2017 A lot of wonderful and talented people got laid off at Vocativ today. Here’s all their contact info. Hire them: https://t.co/oQMun8JLJg— Ryan Beckler (@RyanBeckler) June 14, 2017last_img read more

NOW HIRING Wilmington Recreation Department Hiring Playground Leaders This Summer

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington seeks talented individuals to join the summer Recreation Department team for the following position. Employment application forms can be found on the town website at www.wilmingtonma.gov.Playground Leaders – approximately 25 hours per weekPlayground Leaders act as a role model and hero to campers entering grades 2 – 8. The primary responsibility is overall supervision, including the insurance of participants’ well-being and to make certain their Playground experience is as fun and rewarding as possible. Leaders plan, lead and implement programs and experiences for children in small and large group settings.The Playground Program will operate Monday – Friday from June 24 – July 31, no July 4, with staff on site from 8:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Playground Leaders must be available to work all days of the program.Working under the direction and supervision of the Playground Supervisors, duties include, but are not limited to: leading various physical and non-physical activities and enforcement of Playground rules.Qualifications at time of application: Must love working with children and having fun! Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.Hourly rate: $12.00We will accept applications until positions are filled.Application process:Please submit an employment application form to: Karen Campbell, Recreation Director, Wilmington Town Hall, 121 Glen Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887, or electronically as a PDF to kcampbell@wilmingtonma.gov. Please note “Summer Recreation Employment” in the subject line.(NOTE: The above job announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Recreation Department Hiring Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program Leaders This SummerIn “Government”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Rec Department Seeking Summer Playground Program Staff; Great Job For Teens (16 & Up)!In “Business”last_img read more

Fallstreak hole or real UFO Amazing shape spotted in UAE skies sparks

first_imgTwitter/UFO Sightings DailyA few days back, several photos and videos apparently taken from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) surfaced online, and these images featured a strange circular structure in the skies. Most of the users who posted the video on Twitter and Facebook argued that a hole had opened up in the sky, while some others alleged that weather control manipulation is going on.However, after analyzing the videos and photos, popular conspiracy theorist and extraterrestrial researcher Scott C Waring proposed a bizarre theory that may seem too tough for the human conscience to digest.Alien UFO in UAE?As per Waring, the gigantic circular hole-like shape spotted in the skies of UAE could be a cloaked alien UFO. The self-proclaimed researcher argued that aliens have visited the Arab country because of its rich oil and wealth.شوهدت هذه الظاهرة النادرة والجميلة صباح اليوم في مدينة العين تُسمى hole punch cloud أو ظاهرة fallstreak hole pic.twitter.com/NbOd9zofNk— إبراهيم الجروان (@ibrahimaljarwan) March 17, 2019″That’s easy to answer, its a clocked alien craft. They are over the UAE to observe one of the richest countries in the world for their oil and wealth. If you look closely at the hole, you will see an inner and outer ring. This means the UFO is still there right now as this photo was taken. That’s right, it hasn’t flown away, it is still there. Did you also notice that the centre of the circle has a pushed down lower area of clouds? Because the ships lower part shoved the clouds out of the way to make room for the UFO,” wrote Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.Waring also alleged that these UFO sightings should be investigated seriously as it is a matter of public privacy.”They are watching, recording and gathering more data on you than you knew existed. All without your permission to do so. That is a crime that has continued for thousands of years on Earth and still does. I call that a crime against humanity,” added Waring.Experts put forward convincing explanationHowever, experts who analyzed the UFO images and videos quickly dismissed the alien angle, and they made it clear that the structure appeared in UAE skies is nothing but Fallstreak hole popularly known as hole punch cloud. Weather experts revealed that this is a purely natural phenomenon, and it usually happens when the water temperature in the clouds below get frozen, but the water, in a supercooled state, has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation.last_img read more

Hate Crimes In Houston Go Underreported Rarely Prosecuted

first_img 00:00 /04:11 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: During the race for Harris County District Attorney, then-candidate Kim Ogg charged DA Devon Anderson with dropping the ball on prosecuting hate crimes. We decided to dig deeper, as part of News 88.7’s year-long initiative, DiverseCity.In 1998, three white men – John William King, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and Shawn Allen Berry – kidnapped a 49-year-old African-American man named James Byrd Jr., in Jasper, Texas. The three chained Byrd to a pick-up truck and dragged him for three miles, killing him. That crime led to the passage of Texas’s hate crimes law in 2001, as well as the federal hate crimes statute, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, in 2009. Both raise the level of punishment for any crime in which the victim is targeted because of prejudice.“If we have an aggravated assault, which is a second-degree felony, and we can prove it’s a hate crime, it gets bumped up to a first degree, and we get the higher range of punishment,” says Harris County DA Devon Anderson.Physical evidence alone – say, a bloodstain or a stray fiber – can link an attacker to a victim. But proving hatred as the motive for an attack is often much harder.“We have to prove that the reason that the person or the groups of people were targeted was because of their race, or their color, or their gender, or their national origin. That’s an added element we have to prove,” says Ruben Perez, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas.Even when an attacker makes finding such proof easy, victims aren’t always willing to cooperate.Conrad Alvin Barrett was driving through Katy in November 2013. He stopped when he saw an elderly black man named Roy Coleman. The following sound is from a video Barrett took on his cellphone, later released to the media:“The plan is to see, if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”“How’re you doing? Yeah? Yeah? Knockout!”When Coleman went to a senior’s center the next day, workers there saw he was in agony, his face deformed. They notified his daughter.“He was then taken to the hospital,” says Perez. “Turns out his jaw had been broken in two places. He was missing three teeth. He had not even reported it to the police.”Local and federal investigators got involved. When they took Coleman’s statement, they asked why he hadn’t reported the assault.“He said, ‘When I was growing up, if a white man did something to you, you didn’t say anything. Especially if the police were involved, you didn’t say anything, ’cause it could get worse,’” says Perez.Barrett was ultimately convicted under the Shepard-Byrd Act and sentenced to six years in prison.The Coleman case illustrates another point: some hate crimes are never prosecuted because victims are convinced that speaking up will only bring more unwanted attention, even more attacks.“All of us in this business have known for many years that it certainly appeared that hate crimes were being undercounted,” says Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center.Last year, Houston reported 27 hate crimes. That’s far short of what one might expect for a city of Houston’s size. Other large U.S. cities – such as New York, Los Angeles, and Phoenix – reported hundreds.“These crimes are all reported on the basis of individuals reporting to police departments, police departments reporting to the state, and then the state reporting to the FBI. So it’s a completely voluntary reporting system,” Potok says.The Justice Department decided to try to get a more accurate count through statistically representative sampling. Its model revealed that roughly 260,000 hate crimes are committed in the U.S. every year, between 25 to 40 times the number suggested by voluntary reporting. The department is still trying to determine how that breaks down by state and by city.One thing we can tell is how many have resulted in successful prosecutions. Harris County has brought hate crimes charges in six cases under the Texas hate crimes act since 2001. Four have resulted in convictions or plea deals. Two are still pending. Federal prosecutors have won convictions against nine individuals under the Shepard-Byrd Act, not just for Houston but for all of Southern Texas. X Sharelast_img read more

How The Stigma Against Obesity Harms Peoples Health

first_imgStigma can harm health in many ways. It can discourage people from taking part in healthy behaviors like exercise, which improves health regardless of whether it leads to weight loss, and it can erode mental health. One large study found that perceived weight discrimination is associated with a host of psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety, and another found that weight discrimination is associated with a shorter life, even after researchers controlled for body mass index in both cases. Even perceiving yourself as overweight when you aren’t is linked to poorer health down the line. If you’re one of the nearly 40 percent of Americans who are obese, you don’t need anyone to explain the associated stigma; you’ve probably experienced it in some form or another — jokes about your weight, teasing, bullying, employment discrimination (which is legal in 49 states), prejudice and unfair treatment. This kind of stigmatization doesn’t just create hurt feelings, it can harm your health. The research suggests that reducing stigma against obesity could give overweight people a health boost — even if they never shed a single pound. And stigma creates a vicious cycle. People who report experiencing weight stigma are more likely to gain weight in the future and attain a BMI categorized as “obese.” Behavior likely contributes to this trend: When people get stressed out, they tend to soothe themselves with comfort food and are more likely to fail at attempts to self-regulate — meaning that, among other things, they are less likely to stick to a healthful diet. But there is also some evidence that physiological factors contribute to weight gain among people who experience stigma. A. Janet Tomiyama, a psychology professor at UCLA, is studying the relationship between weight stigma and cortisol, a hormone that responds strongly to stress. Cortisol signals the body to store more fat, especially in the abdominal area, and it increases appetite and makes the brain’s reward centers more sensitive in response to treats like sugar and fatty foods. And that’s what makes weight stigma doubly pernicious, she said. In addition to the pain and stress it causes, “experiencing it makes the original condition more exacerbated.” Read the whole story: FiveThirtyEightlast_img read more

Ideal platform for talented artists

first_imgFor the artists who cannot afford to exhibit their masterpiece at private art galleries, Lalit Kala Akademi is going to organise an International Kala Mela (Art Festival). Artists and groups from any part of the world can showcase their art at this unique festival from February 4 to 18, 2018 at IGNCA, New Delhi. Administrator of the Akademi, CS Krishna Setty said, “This is for the first time that the Akademi has planned a Kala Mela on such a large scale.” He says that earlier it was organized only at the national level. “It is going to prove a boon to especially those artists who cannot afford to exhibit their works of art in the art galleries’. Setty, himself, is an artist of international repute who was recently honoured by the Russian Academy of Arts with its honorary membership. He further said that the Kala Mela shall not only showcase various art forms and precious work of art by the Indian artists but also endeavour to bring the best from around the world including some of the most prominent international galleries from Europe, Asia and the United States. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The International Kala Mela is coming at a time when there is a perceptible requirement in the art market for a wide-ranging, global platform for Indian art. Besides being one of the leading official platforms of Indian art, the Kala Mela is an attempt to be the first major event of international art in the country so far as the range and scale are concerned. The central objective of Kala Mela is to focus on the direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur and also education and raising awareness about art, which has been the mandate of Lalit Kala Akademi. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Kala Mela shall ensure that the contemporary art scene in India, in the sub-continent and the South Asian region gains visibility. It shall also offer an insight into the richness and diversity of these markets to the visitors from across continents. It will simultaneously allow the collectors and investors from this region to access global art in their backyard.The International Kala Mela shall exhibit the most assorted range of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography; mix media, prints, drawings and video art by celebrated and upcoming artists.last_img read more

Man arrested after woman sexually assaulted on train in Staffordshire

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA 30-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was sexually assaulted on a train in Staffordshire. British Transport Police issued an appeal in March after the woman was targeted on the railway between Stafford and Nuneaton on March 1. Today (April 1), police confirmed a man from Stafford had been arrested and continued to urge anyone with information to get in touch. A British Transport Police spokeswoman said:  “Officers investigating a sexual assault on board a train between Stafford and Nuneaton have made an arrest in connection.  “The incident was reported to British Transport Police on March 1. “A 30-year-old man from Stafford has now been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault by touching. He has since been bailed pending further enquiries and police investigation.  “Officers continue to ask for witnesses to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 547 of 01/03/19.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us   @SOTLive   or message us on   our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at   StokeonTrentLive  .center_img Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more