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Canadians get limited version of new CBS streaming app

first_imgThe CBS All Access app launched in Canada Monday, the streaming platform’s first expansion outside of the U.S., but the $5.99 per month service will be lacking some of its most buzz-worthy programming.That’s because CBS has already licensed high-profile content to Canadian broadcasters including the W Network and Bell Media, with the latter holding exclusive rights to The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek Discovery after the U.S. giant struck deals to maximize revenue from its original properties.Star Trek, which premiered in September in Canada on Bell’s CTV network, will not be available on the Canadian All Access service, although current season episodes of other prime-time CBS shows for which Canadian broadcasters have non-exclusive rights will be available, but with new episodes shown seven days after they are first broadcast. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Star Trek, which premiered in September in Canada on Bell’s CTV network, will not be available on the Canadian All Access service. (JAN THIJS / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Peace Villa receives a donation to complete new Salon space for the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Thanks to a donation by John and Marilynne Herron, these funds helped to complete the new Salon space in Peace Villa for residents to get their hair done.The Salon was in need of an upgrade and a change in design as the amount of need on the salon by residents has increased over the past 5 years. The Salon, run by volunteers, was hard to navigate and the shampoo sink was not set at a height that made it easy for the senior clients to use.Salon days are set for Thursdays running from 8:30 am to Noon, giving residents the opportunity to receive a free service including shampoo, cut and style as well as benefiting from this special time to feel pampered, cared for and the opportunity for social connection, shared Niki Hedges, Executive Director for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. “The original space for the Salon was set up in the Callahan Room where the washing sink was challenging and some residents were not able to access this sink comfortably due to the height and its location.  In order to care for the number of residents, it was important to install haircutting stations and sinks for all needs,” said HedgesThe Herron’s shared they are honoured to have been able to help with this special and important project.Jill Copes, a Volunteer for three years at the Salon comes in from Cecil Lake to help at the Salon every Thursday in Peace Villa. Copes said, “I was so happy to be asked to volunteer doing hair at Peace Villa as I enjoy coming to spend time with the ladies. Each one is special and they really appreciate some pampering”Copes shares, she knew how important this is to the residents in care as her mum got her hair done every week and knows how it was so special and important to her well being.It has a new and bright feel to create a space that provides a sense of wellbeing, a space to be cared for, to socialize and to have a connection, shared Hedges.last_img read more

Hariris Resignation Seeks to Escalate Tension in the Middle East Iranian

Rabat – Iran rejected on Saturday allegations made by Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri who accused Iran of spreading “fear and destruction” in several countries.On Saturday, Hariri announced his surprising resignation as prime minister during a televised speech from Saudi Arabia. The official said that there might be a possible assassination plot against him, recalling the murder of his father, Rafiq Hariri, former Lebanese prime minister.For its part, Iran rejected Hariri’s claims through Hussein Sheikh al-Islam, an adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The official said that Hariri’s decision to resign from his office is “a plot made by the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel.”   Bahram Qasemi, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that Hariri’s departure’s goal is to escalate regional tensions. “Hariri’s resignation was aimed at creating tension in Lebanon and the region,”  said Qasemi who was quoted by Irna News Agency.Qasemi said that Hariri’s claims against the Islamic republic is a “repetition of false and unfounded anti-iran accusations by the Zionist regime, the Saudis and the Americans.”For the official, Hariri’s sudden resignation and its announcement from another country “is not only a source of pity and wonder,” but also “indicates he is playing in a ground where the ill-wishers of the region have designed,” he stated. The Iranian spokesman added that “the winner of this ground is not the Arab and Muslim countries, but the Zionist regime that have defined its existence in tension among the Muslim countries across the region.” In a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia, Hariri severely criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shia ally Hezbollah, for “their meddling in Arab affairs.” “We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik al-Hariri,” the Lebanese resigned president said, adding that “I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life,” he added. read more

Ban Kimoon urges States to eliminate chemical and unexploded weaponry

Mr. Ban made his remarks in messages to two separate meetings: in The Hague on the Chemical Weapons Convention, and in Geneva on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons’ Protocol V, covering Explosive Remnants of War. A decade has passed since the Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force, and “today, it stands as a monument to the world’s determination to eliminate one of the most inhumane weapons ever conceived,” he said in a message delivered by Sergio Duarte, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. The Convention has 182 parties – almost universal membership and representing 98 per cent of the global population – but several key countries are not a part of the pact, he pointed out. “Their adherence to the Convention is critical to the success of this multilateral disarmament treaty,” Mr. Ban noted. He lauded Albania for its “landmark achievement” in its destruction of its entire stockpile of chemical weapons in July this year, and called on all States in possession of them to destroy them within already-established deadlines. Regarding the agreement on explosive remnants of war – munitions that have not functioned as intended or have been abandoned – the Secretary-General stressed that these weapons “continue to endanger lives long after hostilities have ended, and hinder the socio-economic reconstruction of societies struggling to emerge from the ravages of war.” To date, 35 States have acceded to Protocol V, which went into force in November 2006. The existence of these munitions is “of no military benefit,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered by Timothy Caughley, Deputy Secretary-General for the Conference on Disarmament. “It is in the interests of all to ensure that their pernicious hazards to people and the environment are minimized and, where possible, eliminated.” The Secretary-General appealed to those countries which have not ratified and implemented the Protocol to do so immediately and, pending their adherence to the agreement, to apply its provisions voluntarily. 5 November 2007Underscoring the horrific impacts of both chemical and unexploded weaponry on civilians and future generations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged States to ratify and adhere to global treaties banning these arms. read more

Stocks little changed in quiet trading Yield on 10year Treasury note climbs

NEW YORK, N.Y. – An early gain was mostly gone by midday on Wall Street as the market flattens out after six days of gains.Trading was quiet with many investors out on vacation.The Dow Jones industrial average was up a point at 16,481 as of noon (1500 GMT) Friday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down less than a point at 1,841. The Nasdaq composite edged down seven points to 4,160.General Motors fell 1 per cent after saying it would have to recall 1.5 million cars in China.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note climbed to 3 per cent.Bond yields have been rising since November as investors become more confident about the economy and as the Federal Reserve gets ready to reduce its bond purchases. Stocks little changed in quiet trading; Yield on 10-year Treasury note climbs above 3 per cent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 27, 2013 9:56 am MDT read more

ExBuckeye kicking away with Crew

Eric Brunner knows how to perform well for his team, past and present. Just two years ago, the starting Columbus Crew defender was leading the Ohio State men’s soccer team to the 2007 NCAA College Cup National Championship and its winningest season in program history as a senior team captain. Today, the native of Dublin, Ohio prepares with the rest of the black and gold for the CONCACAF Champions League matchup vs. Saprissa of Costa Rica in an 8 p.m. kickoff at Crew Stadium. A Crew victory will advance the team through group play into the quarterfinals of the International Championship League. Between the Champions League and MLS play, the Crew is in the process of completing seven matches in 21 days, and Brunner has done his part. Last Saturday, in MLS play, Columbus (12-4-10) defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0, in front of a sell-out crowd to remain at the top of the Eastern Conference and continue its MLS-record home unbeaten streak to 24 matches. En route to the Crew’s eighth shutout of the season, in the 59th minute, Brunner blasted an 80-yard ball down the left side where forward Emilio Renteria ran onto the pass and headed into the penalty area to set up the final goal of the match. “They’re a really good team,” Brunner, who has started 20 games for the Crew in 2009, said. “They’ve had some great results this year and only lost a handful of games this season and we knew they were going to come in tough. We just wanted to out-work them and let the ball do the work on a fast pitch.” Winning matches with a complete team effort has been the name of the game for the defending MLS champions. Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha’s plan coming into the final month of regular-season play is making sure his players are well rested and ready to compete when their numbers are called. “We have a very important game against Saprissa,” Warzycha said. “We don’t have a reserve on the team. Everybody here on this club is contributing. We have a very deep squad. I can go with any player and as long as we are playing as a team, we can be very successful.” This game is crucial for both teams. In the Champions League standings in Group C, the Crew (2-2-0) sits in second with six points, while Saprissa (1-2-1) follows in third with four points. Earlier this month, on Sept. 16, the Crew defeated Saprissa on the road 1-0, and look forward to continued success against its group opponent. The 23-year-old Brunner, a former first-team All-Big Ten and NSCAA first-team All-American with the Buckeyes, will consistently have an impact stopping opposing forwards, and as shown over the weekend can make game-changing plays for the offense. The Crew returns to MLS play 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the Seattle Sounders FC at Crew Stadium to complete a four-match home swing. read more

Free mine geohazard rules of thumb booklet

first_imgGeoStabilization International recently updated its Mine Geohazard – Rules of Thumb booklet that can be ordered for free from the website. It’s a great reference tool, full of geotechnical quick facts, risk assessment and guidance on mitigating geoHazards.http://www.geostabilization.com/services/mining-geohazard-services/last_img

Alan Shatter criticises High Court judge comments on pay

first_imgMINISTER FOR JUSTICE Alan Shatter has dismissed comments by a senior judge suggesting that the government is deliberately attacking judicial independence.In a strong rebuke, Minister Shatter said it was “unfortunate” if pay reductions for judges which were brought in by a referendum were seen as an attack on an organ of the State.The Sunday Business Post reported yesterday that Mr Justice Peter Kelly told a group of business people that judicial independence is being demolished ‘brick by brick’ by the government. He is reported to have cited the government’s handling of judges’ pay and pensions and the establishment of new courts as evidence.The Justice Minister said in a statement that he was “surprised” at the comments and warned that they could affect how Ireland is seen internationally.“The present government has not nor will it ever interfere in any way with the inviolable constitutional duty of the judiciary to independently hear and determine court proceedings,” he said in a statement. Judicial independence is a crucial and fundamental principle of the concept of the separation of powers. This concept is of central importance and requires respect by each organ of the State.“At a time when we are still fighting to restore our economic sovereignty and bring about sustainable economic recovery, we all have a duty when speaking to ensure that what we say has no unintended consequences and does not undermine international business confidence in the State,” he said.No one should have any doubt that the rule of law applies fully in this State and no question mark hangs over the independence of our judiciary or court system.In additional comments on RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland this morning, Alan Shatter said he was “sure it wasn’t [Mr Justice Kelly’s intention” to suggest that the government interferes with the courts.He said that some people are “uncomfortable” with the government’s “reform agenda”, including plans to bring in a new civil court of appeal as the High Court is overburdened.Mr Justice Peter Kelly was appointed to the High Court in 1996. He has been in charge of the Commercial Court since it began in 2004 and has presided over a number of high profile cases involving property developers and the recession.Read: ‘Unworkable’: Shatter rejects vetting idea from teachers > Read: Bethany Home survivors to meet Shatter for redress and apology >last_img read more

Microsoft lance un blog participatif pour Windows 8

first_imgMicrosoft lance un blog participatif pour Windows 8Microsoft lance un nouveau blog participatif Building Windows 8. Il offre la possibilité aux internautes qui testeront dans les prochains mois une version préliminaire de Windows, de donner leur avis et d’émettre des idées pour le développement du futur système d’exploitation. Après Windows 7 il y a deux ans, c’est au tour de Windows 8 d’avoir son propre blog avant même sa sortie. En effet, suite au succès du blog participatif Windows 7, Microsoft a logiquement décidé de reconduire l’opération pour parfaire les petits détails de Windows 8. Baptisé Building Windows 8, celui-ci propose aux internautes qui auront la possibilité de tester la version préliminaire au cours des prochains mois, de donner leur avis sur le futur et mystérieux système d’exploitation de Microsoft. Steven Sinofsky, patron de la division Windows explique : “Nous avons entendu la frustration quant au fait que nous avons jusqu’à présent très peu communiqué sur Windows 8. Au fil des années, nous avons tiré les leçons des risques qu’il y a à parler de fonctionnalités avant d’être certain de pouvoir les matérialiser”, cite Zdnet. Ainsi, grâce au blog Building Windows 8, les développeurs espèrent pouvoir travailler en étroite collaboration avec les utilisateurs du système d’exploitation, autant en matière de conception que d’utilisation du futur Windows 8, même si le projet est sans doute bien avancé.Selon les dernières informations, une version de test de Windows 8 sera montrée le mois prochain au cours de la conférence BUILD, en Californie, révèle ZDnet. Cette version bêta sera suivie d’une version release candidate (RC) en janvier 2012, précédant une version définitive, la release to manufacturer (RTM) annoncée pour avril 2012. Microsoft promettait justement il y a peu : “En 1995, Windows a changé le PC. BUILD montrera que Windows 8 a tout changé “, cite Generation-nt.Le 16 août 2011 à 15:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Westworld Begins the Robot Evolution in The Stray

first_img After episode two focused more on the guest experience and the behind-the-scenes workplace drama of the park, last night’s Westworld returned to the question posed the series premiere: What happens when the hosts start to remember?If you recall the events of the pilot episode, a recent update to some Hosts’ code allowed them to access memories of past events and even past “lives” (more like past stories, really). Usually, those memories are deleted and the Hosts continue going about their daily loops until a guest interacts with them. Now they, particularly Dolores, are remembering some of the terrible things the guests do to them.The episode begins with Bernard interviewing Dolores, trying to get to the bottom of the hallucinations and malfunctions the hosts are experiencing. He has her read a passage from Alice in Wonderland, and we learn that he has lost a son. He says perhaps that’s why he’s so fascinated with Dolores.When she wakes up, Dolores begins her routine and finds a gun in her drawer, bringing up memories of The Man in Black dragging her into the barn. During her loop, Teddy tries to teach her how to shoot a gun, but she can’t seem to pull the trigger. We learn that only certain Hosts are able to use weapons, as a safety precaution.Jimmi Simpson as William, Ben Barnes as Logan, Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)Meanwhile, William is warming up to Westworld. When he shoots an outlaw in the street, he starts to decide what part he wants to play. Logan would rather stay in the brothel until the “good stuff” comes along, but William drags him out into the desert to hunt down a wanted man. We also learn that while guests can’t be killed, getting shot still hurts enough to leave a bruise.Bernard and Elsie investigate the incident from the first episode, where one Host killed six others he wasn’t supposed to. Elsie says that he let three other hosts go and that the six he killed were characters that had killed him in past stories. It appears he has now remembered and was out for revenge. They also hear him talking to a voice in his head that he calls Arnold.When Bernard asks Ford if he’s ever heard of an Arnold, Ford reveals that Arnold was his partner and the co-creator of the park. Arnold wanted more from the Hosts. When one passed the Turing Test, that wasn’t enough. Arnold wanted to create real consciousness, indistinguishable from humans. Ford reveals that Arnold died in the park years ago.Shannon Woodward, Jeffrey Wright in Westworld (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)After receiving news of a stray Host wandering the desert, Elsie and Stubbs go after it. They explore the host’s tent and find strange carvings made by the Host, including one of the constellation Orion on a rock. Wondering what would cause a host to do that, they track it up a hill and find it stumbling around in a crevasse.Stubbs deactivates it and begins to cut its head off to see what went wrong when the Host wakes up. He stumbles towards Elsie, knife still stuck in its neck. It picks up a rock and holds it high and brings it down on its own head. The host committed suicide and we have no idea why. Perhaps it figured out its world was a fake and decided to end it all? We’ll have to wait and see.Finally, Teddy has been given a new backstory involving an outlaw named Wyatt who started a death cult as part of Ford’s grand new storyline. His backstory takes him out on a bounty hunt where he finds he can’t kill the cult members and is quickly brought down. What is Ford’s new story anyway? Does it really give guests the chance to join a death cult?James Marsden as Teddy Flood. (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)Teddy’s backstory means he isn’t there to save Dolores from the bandits that attack her farm. Just like every night, she rides to her house to see her father dead on the ground and a bandit drags her into the barn. This time though, because she remembers the night with The Man in Black, she has hidden the gun from the beginning of the episode in the hay. Her life in danger, she is able to fight her programming and pull the trigger, killing the bandit. She escapes the barn and runs into the desert where she falls into William’s arms.After episode three, we’re left with more questions than ever. What exactly is Dr. Ford working on? Was his “reveries” update that started the whole mess just to make the Hosts more realistic? Or does his grand new story require hosts to retain their memories? Can Dolores kill guests now?In one of Bernard’s conversations with Dolores, he brought up evolution. He knows allowing her to keep her memories, not resetting her back to her original state, was a mistake. But he says mistakes are how evolution happens. He also admits that, being deprived of a son, he wants to see his creation grow and change. Maybe that’s the goal of Ford’s new story. Maybe he thinks it’s time for the park to evolve. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more

61st Ordinary Session of African Commission Opens

first_imgBY Kebba AF Touray The 61st Ordinary Session of the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, has on Wednesday 1st November 2017, started in Banjul. The session is aimed at highlighting the performance and challenges of the Commission as well as further cement the respect and protection of fundamental human rights. The 61st ordinary session also coincided with the 30th anniversary of Commission since it came into being in 1978.Speaking at the historic event, Hanna Foster on behalf of the Non-Governmental Organization said, the day marks the 30 years since the inception of the Commission; that this is a milestone in the history of the Commission and serves as a unique time for all the sectors of the Commission to make superb plans for the successful execution of their sacred duties.She expressed thanks and gratitude to the government and the people of the Gambia for the warm welcome accorded to them. While thinking the outgoing Commissioners for their dedication to duty over the past years, she welcomes the incoming commissioners and urged them to emulate their predecessors.Madam Pansey Akula, the outgoing Chairperson of the African Commission, hailed the Government for its constant support to the Commission and urged for continuity. She thanked the Government for the bold step taken to remove the death penalty in the Gambia.“This is historic as for the first time we have the president in our midst and officially opening the session of the Commission”, she said.In his official opening statement, the President of The Gambia Adama Barrow, assured the Commission of his Government’s continuous cooperation and collaboration with the Commission. He said the people of the Gambia recognizes  the commitment and support of the African Commission in ensuring that human rights are respected in The Gambia, despite the uncooperative attitude of the former regime.‘‘The Commission never shied away from carrying out its responsibility even when it seems impossible in the country”, he said.He revealed that it is vital to note that human rights protection must not be about enacting laws on paper, but that concrete steps must be taken from institutions, policies and programs, for the full realization and enjoyment of human rights.He called on all the states on the continent to give their full support to the Commission and said he was confident that the session will open the platform for fruitful deliberations to assess and take step of achievements and challenges in the past decade. He extended his appreciation to all those who came from far and near, to come and grace the occasion and urged them to take time and explore the smiling coast of Africa. President Barrow also thanked the outgoing Commissioners for their dedication to duty over the past years, in the protection and promotion of human rights in the country and said he is of the conviction that the incoming Commissioners will continue the momentum.Other speakers who took the podium all expressed their resolve on the need to further cement the respect and protection of fundamental human rights and justice.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Countrywide changes employee share scheme for 8300 staff

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Property organisation Countrywide has amended its employee share scheme provision to launch a new sharesave scheme (SAYE) for 8,300 eligible UK employees.The new scheme, which was implemented in April 2018, has replaced the organisation’s previous share incentive plan (SIP). It offers eligible employees a three-year sharesave plan that enables them to purchase organisation shares at a 20% discount on Countrywide’s current share price at the conclusion of the three-year period. If employees do not wish to buy shares at the end of the three years, then they can receive back the money they have saved.To be eligible for the sharesave scheme, employees have to be employed by Countrywide on a permanent basis and have completed at least six months of service. There are approximately 8,300 eligible employees who can take up the scheme at Countrywide, compared to its total workforce of 11,000 staff.Countrywide introduced the new sharesave scheme in order to counteract a decrease in its SIP renewal rates. The SIP was originally introduced in 2013 and then improved in 2016 to offer employees more matching shares. However, from March and April 2017, the organisation observed that renewal rates on the plan were falling from the membership peak of 25% of eligible employees in 2016.The organisation sent out a bespoke benefits survey to employees in the summer of 2017 to understand the reasons behind the drop in SIP renewals. It found that they wanted an employee share scheme that provided more security for their savings.Neil Goodwin, reward director, HR at Countrywide, said: “[The bespoke benefits survey] was to establish why take-up was falling for the share incentive plan and the main reasons for that was people wanted more security for the money they were putting in each month. With a [sharesave scheme], whatever happens to the share price, [employees] can still take the money back that [they have] paid in at the end of the three years whereas with a share incentive plan, if the share price goes down, [it could potentially affect employees’ investment], so that was the main driver behind the changing plans, because employees said that they want more security for their savings.”To launch the new sharesave scheme, Countrywide undertook a variety of communications including writing to employees’ homes, posters, information on the staff intranet, online blogs and emails. The organisation also engaged senior managers within the business as champions of the scheme and utilised employee representatives, which are called Agents of Change, to help further promote the new plan locally across Countrywide’s 1,300 national branches.Madeline Howlett, reward manager at Countrywide, added: “The key to the success of the plan was engaging early on with our employees. In a business as dispersed as Countrywide, delivering a message can be a difficult task, therefore we engaged with SAYE champions across the business, made up of our senior leaders and employee representatives known as Agents of Change, to help promote the plan within their area.”More than 1,519 employees took up the sharesave scheme in its initial three-week launch window. The next window to join the plan will be next year.Goodwin said: “[Countrywide is an advocate] of having [a] relatively small number of benefits that have [a] very wide appeal [and] that are also aligned with business strategy. We’ve got Under One Roof, which is our employee discount scheme, which has been really successful and I see the [sharesave scheme] being another one of those core benefits that is available to everyone, with the exception of those with less than six months’ service, that really aligns and directly supports our strategy and gets people on side and bought into the business.”last_img read more

Senate NDAA Includes Raise in Military Pay Privatized Housing Reforms

first_imgThe GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee advanced its version of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act Wednesday, authorizing $750 billion in defense spending while departing from the White House on how some DOD funding is allocated.The measure aligns with President Donald Trump’s overall fiscal 2020 defense request, but notably reduced from $164 billion to $75 billion his request for uncapped overseas contingency funds, according to a bill summary released Thursday.The committee authorized a base budget of $642.5 billion and $23.2 billion for Department of Energy national security programs. It also authorized $8.4 billion in defense-related spending.Military construction accounts were also authorized $3.6 billion to replenish funding that had been redirected toward a southern border barrier.Other authorizations included:An additional 7,700 troops and a 3.1% military pay raise$40 million for educational agencies supporting children of military families and $10 million for schools supporting severely disabled military children.Military privatized housing reforms, including pulling some funding from private contractors and redirecting it toward installation housing improvements.Approval to move forward with creating the administration’s proposed space force.$10 billion for 94 fifth-generation Lockheed-Martin F-35s, 16 more than the administration requested.$948 million for eight Boeing F-15EXs, matching the Air Force’s request.$24.1 billion to buy 12 new battleships matching shipbuilding funding for fiscal 2019.The NDAA process next moves to the House where it will mark up its own annual defense policy bill in early June. It then moves to a House-Senate conference the second week of June.ADC’s 2019 Defense Communities National Summit, June 10-12, features a keynote and a follow-up NDAA Q&A session Tues., June 11, “Are We Ready: The State of Our Defense Readiness,” with Armed Services Readiness subcommittee chairman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and ranking member Doug Lamborn (R-Colo). ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly October 7 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload Audio:Federal Court Striks Down Gay Marriage Ban in Idaho, NevadaAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageThe 9th circuit court of appeals struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada today. The federal court also has jurisdiction over Alaska, where five same sex couples are suing to overturn the state’s ban on same sex marriage.Arctic Summit Tackles A Diverse Spread of IssuesMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeThe Institute of the North is in Nome this week for the fourth-annual Week of the Arctic—bringing together policy makers and local shareholders to discuss short- and long-term goals for America’s presence in the far north.Kuskokwim River May Meet Chinook Escapement GoalBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelUnprecedented closures kept fishermen this summer from targeting king salmon in an effort to bring more fish to spawning grounds after several poor runs. The drainage-wide results showing how well the management worked are now beginning arrive, and the state says the Kuskokwim may have achieved its critical Chinook escapement goal.In New Ad, Begich Embraces His Vote on ObamacareLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.For those who want to unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, one strategy has prevailed from the start: Bind him to President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. A new ad from Republican challenger Dan Sullivan is typical of that approach.Southeast Ballot Issues Cover Taxes, Infrastructure and MoreEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauCommunities across Alaska are voting in municipal elections today. They are electing city council and assembly members and weighing in on local ballot measures.‘Blood Moon’ Forecast Strong in Alaska TonightTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksPeople here in Alaska and in much of this part of the Northern Hemisphere will get a chance tonight to see a total lunar eclipse, weather permitting.At UAA, New Trees Sprout Alongside New ConstructionAshley Snyder, APRN – AnchorageOver a dozen people gathered at the Alaska Airlines Center on Friday with shovels, wheelbarrows and small potted trees in tow. All were on a mission and none were afraid to get their hands dirty. Their goal? To plant 300 trees to take the place of some that were cut down during the many construction projects on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.National Geographic Photographer Paul Nicklen Talks On Arctic EnvironmentsLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageNational Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen has traveled to some of the most remote regions of the globe to document the effects of climate change. He has plunged into icy water and floated on sea ice to photograph sea mammals that rarely encounter humans. This week he travels to Anchorage to share stories of documenting the Arctic.last_img read more

Man from Hyderabad killed in Kurnool road accident

first_imgHyderabad: A 22-year-old man hailing from Mehdipatnam was killed on Saturday while heading to Tirupati with his friends. Jagadeesh was dead on the spot while his friends Maheshwar, Rajasekhar from Uppal and Sumith from Jagital sustained serious injuries. The mishap took place at Shobhaghat in Allagadda when the car they were travelling in was hit by a TSRTC bus. The injured were shifted to a hospital in Kurnool for treatment. All the four had done their post-graduation from Matrusri college in Malakpet.last_img read more

TRAI recommendations on net neutrality coming soon

Reuters FileNet neutrality is the most debated policy issue in past two years. Finally the regulatory, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is all set to send its recommendations on net neutrality to the government in a month time.The regulator has completed the open house discussions held in three cities including Delhi on Wednesday, and has received views from various stakeholders since January after the consultation paper was issued, reported the Economic Times.”All stakeholders are actively participating in this debate. I think TRAI should be able to give appropriate recommendation to the government which they have asked for,” TRAI Chairman RS Sharma was quoted as saying by ET after the closing of the open-house discussions.Speaking on timeline for the recommendations, the chairman said: “It should not take more than a month.”On Wednesday’s event, content providers and pro-net-neutrality members said the regulator should to take a non-discriminatory approach to ensure neutral access for all, and telecom companies should focus on improving speed and services.Proponent of net neutrality and the co-founder of Internet Freedom Foundation, Nikhil Pahwa, said: “The (permission-based) approach that telcos are suggesting is pure and simple extortion.”On the other hand, companies such as Airtel, Idea and Telenor said TRAI should take a principle-based approach rather than a narrow approach on the concept, according to the ET report.”Economic opportunity should be given to telcos to monetise their investment into networks without violating principles,” said Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India.Before issuing the consultation paper, the authority had presented a pre-consultation paper in May 2016, in which it discussed issues like definition of net neutrality, scope of traffic management practices, importance of unrestricted access and transparency, need for preserving customer privacy and national security.Earlier, the telecom watchdog had favoured net neutrality and said no internet service provider should charge differential pricing and that they would not be allowed to launch prohibited packs or plans or vouchers. read more

Two killed in shooting at Swiss cafe

first_imgPolice collect evidence at the site of a shooting on early Friday in the city of Basel, north-west Switzerland. AFP photoTwo men shot dead two people and seriously injured a third on Thursday at a cafe in Basel, north-west Switzerland, police said as they hunt for the suspects.“Two men came into Cafe 56” around 8:15 pm local time (1915 GMT) “and fired several rounds of shots,” police said in a statement, without providing information on a possible motive.“Two customers were killed. Another is in a critical condition.”The assailants were on the run following the shooting, according to police, who said they had headed in the direction of the railway station after the attack.“The reason behind the attack is not yet known and will be investigated,” the Basel prosecutor’s office said in a statement.Police have asked anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward.The road next to the cafe has been cordoned off and traffic redirected.A bullet hole was visible in one of the windows of the establishment, a small cafe in a residential neighbourhood.An AFP photographer at the scene saw police dressed in white forensic garb collecting evidence at the site.“Cafe 56 doesn’t have a bad reputation,” a neighbourhood resident told local newspaper Basler Zeitung.“It was previously an establishment known for its links to the drug world, but since the owner changed several years ago it became an ordinary cafe,” the paper quoted another resident as saying.Gun crime is infrequent in Switzerland, even though the country has one of the highest rates of firearm ownership in the world.Citizens are allowed to keep their army-issue weapons at home outside periods of mandatory military service.This right has been controversial as sometimes weapons are used at home in domestic incidents.The number of weapons held at home is believed to be two million for a population of eight million, according to Swiss press.In January, a man clad in military clothing shot and injured two police officers as they searched his home in northeast Switzerland for a suspected cannabis plantation.The gunman fled but was eventually cornered and after a standoff lasting several hours, which included negotiations over the telephone, he shot himself dead.Police searching his home found gun publications.last_img read more

Algerian conservatives weigh in against pressure for Westernstyle democracy

first_imgAn Algerian man raises a placard as he takes part in a weekly demonstration in the capital Algiers on June 14, 2019. Demonstrations have continued since the ailing president stepped down, as protesters demand that regime insiders also exit as a precursor to independent institutions being set up. Photo: AFPWhile tens of thousands of Algerians have been gathering for four months in the capital to demand sweeping political reforms, former fighters who led the last confrontation with the establishment have been warning people not to rock the boat.In the 1990s, they drove an uprising against the military after it cancelled a landmark multiparty election that Islamists were poised to win. This time they say protests could bring a repeat of the chaos and bloodshed their actions unleashed.”I deeply regret what happened in the 1990s,” once such fighter, Sheikh Yahya, said at his home in Haizer, a village in the Kabyle mountains 120 km (75 miles) east of the capital Algiers where he now works as a butcher.”This is why I will never participate in any action that might end up violent.”Some 200,000 people died in Algeria’s decade-long civil war, leaving many Algerians fearful of radical change now that longtime President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has given into the pressure from the streets and stepped down.Following Bouteflika’s departure in April, the protesters have been pressing for the exit of the entire elite in control since the North African country’s independence from France in 1962 – the same cause the jihadists took up arms for in 1991.But Yahya and other former jihadists now support the army and other security forces, the strongest part of that elite. It also includes business tycoons and former independence fighters in Algeria’s ruling FLN party as well as labour unions in a state-dominated economy sustained by oil and gas production.The ex-fighters are Salafists, a literalist Sunni school of Islam whose adherents range from the radical jihadists of Islamic State to an overwhelming majority which shies away from politics.Salafi influence in Algeria is far wider than their numbers – an estimated one in 40 people – would suggest, analysts say. This makes their anti-protest messages a significant counterweight to calls for radical change.”Algeria has around 18,000 mosques, most of them are under Salafi influence,” said political analyst Mohamed Mouloudi. One Salafi cleric has a website with a million followers.By contrast leading Sufis, a more inclusive Sunni school that most Algerians belong to, have kept a low profile since the ouster of Bouteflika, their most high-profile member.Salafists are social conservatives heavily influenced by Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabis. They reject both political Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, which led Egypt in a 2012-2013 interlude from military-backed rule, as well as Western influence – from clothing to political systems.They were part of the reason the 2011 Arab Spring pro-democracy movement bypassed Algeria, after Sheikh Ali Ferkous, a Salafi icon, declared “unrest is forbidden in Islam”, and they continue to argue that stability is paramount.Military Chief, Conservative LeaderThe Army chief, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah, played a key role in toppling Bouteflika by saying the president’s poor health made him unfit for office.Upper House Chairman Abdelkader Bensalah became interim president but is now under pressure from demonstrators to quit, due to his links with Bouteflika and pledge on June 6 to stay in office until elections, which have been postponed indefinitely.A group of protesters and some Salafi clerics have suggested Bensalah hands over to former conservative minister Ahmed Taleb Ibrahimi, son of well-known cleric Bachir Ibrahimi who played a role in the independence war against France from 1954 to 1962.Ahmed Taleb Ibrahimi is a fierce opponent of Bouteflika, who did not allow him to set up a political party. Ibrahimi, 87, has promised to end of what he called “dirty money”, referring to corruption under Bouteflika, and introduce transparency.“Ibrahimi is one of the rare clean politicians in Algeria who can reconcile the youth with politics. We believe he can play a very positive role,” said Seif Islam Benatia, a dentist prominent among protesters who encompass a wide array of views.Yahya, who spoke to Reuters with two of his fellow former fighters Akli and Mohamed sitting alongside, also supports Ibrahimi, as well as army chief Salah. “We want stability to remain,” he said.Their village lies in what was known in the 90s as the “triangle of death” — the flashpoint of the civil war, which the army said it was fighting to prevent Taliban-style rule. The mountains with its caves and valleys were ideal hiding ground for fighters to store arms and prepare ambushes on the army.Yahya gave up the fight in 2006 after accepting amnesty from Bouteflika and persuaded others to make peace with the state.Algeria’s welfare state rewarded him with $6,000 in aid to build a modest house where the ground floor serves as his poultry butchery. Two sons got jobs at state firms — a livelihood they fear losing if chaos erupts.”Gift from god”Salafists have been quietly working to influence society, identifiable here, as elsewhere, by their long beards, white robes and short trousers emulating the Prophet Mohammad.Their clout can be seen in Haizer, where Yahya’s house is a gathering point for youth, neighbours and other ex-fighters he persuaded to lay down arms.”Marches, protests, unrest and all the tools used in democracies to topple leaders are illicit in Islam,” Yahya said.Such messages resonate in Algeria, analysts say, because many people fear protracted unrest would undermine a state that provides jobs, health insurance and housing.They also undermine Islamist political parties, which have struggled since the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), which almost took power in 1991, was banned the following year.”Salafi are influential because they focus on the youth, and society,” Mouloudi told Reuters. “Political Islam’s leaders are divided, fragmented and hold little influence politically.”In Algiers, some of the young protesters, who include many women and some children, oppose any kind of Islamist takeover.”We want radical change, but I don’t want to end up with Islamists ruling the country,” said Nadia Beigacem, 21, who studies English at Algiers University and does not wear a veil. “Western democracy is my model, not the Saudi Arabian model.”Rather than Ibrahimi, she wanted a young Algerian as leader, like former US president Barack Obama or French president Emmanuel Macron. “We are a young nation,” she said.Salafist leader Ferkous has not commented on recent protests but other followers have rejected them. “What is forbidden remains forbidden, even if everyone does it,” said Mohamed Al-Habib, a prominent Salafist in a video message.The weekly Friday protests have been continuing, but numbers have declined in recent weeks, indicating the resignation of Bouteflika and prosecution of his younger brother and closest former advisor Said and others have slowed their momentum.”After chaos and 200,000 people killed, we now have peace and stability, this is a gift from God,” Yahya said.”Let’s preserve it.”last_img read more

YouTubes New Premium Music Service Is It Worth It

first_imgYouTube Music is certainly a strong platform for streaming music, this I can’t dispute. However, the problem is that it’s just too late for the average listener. Most people have already carefully tailored their Spotify experience with curated playlists, that it makes the act of switching over to an entirely new platform for essentially the same experience a chore.Even its other feature, the Offline Mixtape, which downloads your favorite songs to your mobile device automatically, isn’t a unique feature, it’s the standard (even if “download” really means temporarily store the song on your device until you stop paying for our subscription fee and then we’ll take it back). Streaming is a hyper-competitive sector of the music business where, in an instant, the game could change completely. That means a long uphill battle for any upstart, even one owned by Google, and as far as YouTube Music is concerned, little truly sets it apart. On Tuesday, YouTube began rolling out early access to its revamped music streaming platform, YouTube Music, which will cost users $9.99 a month for the premium tier. As an avid music consumer, the concept of streaming an infinite number of songs is basically a god-sent miracle – and one that I’d willingly pay for. The ability to listen on-demand wherever I am in the world is the sort of futuristic dream generations of music fans before me could only dream of, and YouTube, which is owned by Google, is perhaps best positioned to forge ahead and innovate the space.But in order for YouTube Music to claim a spot in streaming’s new world order, it needs to have something to set it apart, especially considering that Spotify is king and Apple Music, in second place, is closing in on the Swedish company. (If you’re wondering, I’m a subscriber to Apple Music’s paid tier and a user of Spotify’s free service.) I gave YouTube Music a test drive on my laptop and the first thing I noticed was how the user interface looked incredibly familiar. A quick scroll through YouTube Music’s main page reveals curated playlists pretty similar to what I can find on Spotify, and even the cover art designs YouTube Music presents seem derivative.However, YouTube has the power of Google’s search algorithm behind it, and Today’s Biggest Hits is a good playlist if anyone’s curious about what’s trending in the music world that day. If you’re not down for listening to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” or Portugal the Man’s “Feel It Still” for the umpteenth time, YouTube Music has a series of “Hotlists,” their version of Spotify’s playlist, for whatever genre suits your fancy.As an avid hip-hop fan, I immediately took note of YouTube’s Hip-Hop and R&B Hotlist, featuring four hours of “the hottest songs in hip-hop and R&B.” Of course, I was curious as to how it would stack up to Spotify’s massively influential RapCaviar playlist.The verdict: It’s a pretty solid playlist, but I can’t see myself discovering a hungry mixtape master on it, at least not while it’s stacking Drake, Migos and Nicki Minaj back-to-back and then sprinkling in R&B megastars like SZA, Khalid and The Weeknd. Popular on Variety So what really sets YouTube Music apart? I expected the service to stick to its roots by providing more music video-based content, a sort of MTV for the 21st century (worth noting: Apple Music recently announced access to its own library of music videos, which also includes original content). With the Hotlist tab, the service took me to a list of the 20 top trending music videos on YouTube right now. After I clicked on Minaj’s “Chun-Li,” a video window opened and a track-list of songs popped up on the right of the screen. Dubbed “song radio,” this track-list utilizes YouTube’s curating algorithm to craft a music video playlist based on similar songs I might like.This is what I was looking for when I signed up for YouTube Music. With the Hotlist tab, I can set up my laptop on the coffee table and relax on my couch while I shut off my brain and enjoy some music videos for an hour or two. In fact, I did just that until my mellow got interrupted by Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” followed by Sam Smith’s “Pray.” Sporadically, the radio function would throw in Backstreet Boys’ “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and Camila Cabello’s “Sangria Wine” just to keep me up-to-date on songs that are currently popping. I really wish YouTube Music embraced the music video side of the service more, and I have to wonder how much more effort was spent on the platform’s “smart search.” This feature touts YouTube Music’s ability to find any song based on whatever lyrics you might have caught.With Google powering the tech, I wanted to test how strong the search engine was, and I’m happy to report it returned my “that one ninja turtles rap song” query with “Shell Shocked” by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign, just like I’d hoped. It’s a pretty fun tool to play around with, and it’s definitely quicker for me to use than asking Siri to listen to the nearest speaker at a crowded, noisy restaurant. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

How The Stimulus Bill Will Affect Smaller Businesses

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 17, 2009 Register Now » 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Jennifer MolineEvery day there is more news about the stimulus bill. And now that it’s been argued back and forth and is likely to be voted in, what’s left for smaller companies? Because business groups had been complaining that a lot of business-aimed breaks were scaled back or cut completely.But at least small businesses that are in the red will get tax refunds, businesses that buy equipment, such as a computer, will be able to speed up its depreciation through the end of the year, and companies restructuring their debt will be able to delay tax payments on the transaction for five years and then spread the payments over another five years.bMighty talked to Chas Roy-Chowdhury, who is head of taxation for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants about tax issues affecting smaller businesses in light of the economic stimulus bill. The ACCA is the global body for professional accountants, which serves 122,000 members and 325,000 students in 170 countries worldwide and is headquartered in London.bMighty: What’s the status of the stimulus package?Chas Roy-Chowdhury: There is clearly some horse trading going on. The president is trying to get it done ASAP or yesterday. There is a lot of goodwill, but as for a time frame, I suspect it will be a couple of weeks before the I’s and T’s are crossed. President Obama is trying to find consensus among the parties.bMighty: What does the stimulus package have for small and midsize companies?Chas Roy-Chowdhury: Smaller companies really need cash — the sooner the better. With the stimulus package, they’ll have enhanced help with health care. There are measures to help small and midsize businesses buy cars with tax deductibles, and there are sales tax deductions for that too.The way that write-downs work currently is you can get a 50 percent write-down on capital expenditures. You can take the write-down for tax purposes. And there’s a 100 percent write-down. The stimulus package will extend these write-downs.All that is to be welcomed in the current climate.bMighty: What size companies do those parts of the stimulus package affect?Chas Roy-Chowdhury: The tax cuts mentioned are not specific to small and midsize companies, but the tax cuts will benefit them more.bMighty: If the stimulus package is voted in, when can companies expect to see any benefits?Chas Roy-Chowdhury: I think this will all go into effect this year.bMighty: Are there any downsides to taking advantage of the stimulus package?Chas Roy-Chowdhury: The main problem is if they can take advantage of the stimulus bill. Small and midsize businesses are going to need to be propped up. They’re going to have a problem with lending institutions being able to lend again. It’s not just the big boys in New York and Detroit who need bailing out. Where are smaller businesses going to get the cash or line of credit to buy things like these cars that they can get tax breaks on?The smaller companies end up not winning at all from the package. I’m not entirely sure in what way these benefits could fit into the stimulus package, but my ideas for the bill would be sales tax holidays, payroll holidays, and extending better lines of credit.What we’ve seen in the U.K. is that our equivalent of the IRS acts like a bank. They allow businesses to reschedule their tax obligations and give them a lighter touch. We also have rates of interest and income tax and corporate tax that are lower. The government could do that here, too.It’s a bizarre system where a bill goes to House and another goes to the Senate, whereas in the U.K., it goes through the House of Commons and then the House of Lords. In the U.S., it’s a system that lends itself to a lot of confrontation. It seems a bit clear as to what the bill will look like.At the end of the day, if there is going to be sufficient cash injection, a lot of the measures are going to be “spend to save,” and a lot of smaller businesses aren’t in the position to spend at all. They need a handout rather than a hand-up.bMighty: What are your hopes for the stimulus bill?Chas Roy-Chowdhury: I think the five-year loss will be in there, and that will be a big help for smaller businesses. There’s also going to be a small package of measures that will help small and midsize businesses, like construction projects for rebuilding the Santa Monica Pier. A lot of expenditure will help get people back to work.Search bMighty for other Q&A Stories.Jennifer Moline is associate editor of bMighty.com.last_img read more