Jagdeep Dhankhar takes oath as Governor of Bengal

first_imgKolkata: New Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar took oath at a function at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday morning.Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court T B Nair Radhakrishnan conducted the oath-taking ceremony. Dhankhar becomes the 28th Governor of Bengal and succeeds Keshari Nath Tripathi. He arrived in Kolkata on Monday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the council of ministers, Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay and Abdul Mannan, the Leader of Opposition were present at the Central Hall of the Raj Bhavan where the oath-taking ceremony took place. Banerjee greeted the new Governor with a bouquet of 365 red roses and an Uttariya. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaState Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim and Finance minister Amit Mitra along with other dignitaries were also present. The new Governor, who is also a noted Supreme Court advocate, met the Vice-Chancellors of Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, Presidency University and Visva-Bharati University on this occasion. Dhankar was earlier the president of the Rajasthan Bar Council and a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He was an MP from 1989–1991. He joined BJP in 2003. The Centre decided to make him the Governor of Bengal at a meeting that took place in the house of the Prime Minister on July 19. Shortly after his name as the Governor was announced, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted him through her Twitter post.last_img read more

BC First Nations criticize Trudeau government for approving Site C permits

first_imgAPTN National NewsAbout 50 opponents and leaders from British Columbia were on Parliament Hill today to condemn Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for approving permits on the controversial Site C Dam and to talk to people about UNDRIP.The group ctravelled by bus from B.C. to Ottawa, making stops along the way to raise awareness about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and their opposition to the multibillion-dollar dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River.At the end of July, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans approved permits allowing construction to proceed on the dam despite ongoing court challenges.The department says this authorization followed extensive First Nations consultations.West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson strongly disagrees with the permit approval, saying the Liberal government shouldn’t have allowed it while the courts are still reviewing the project.Willson says the decision is not in keeping with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge for a new nation-to-nation relationship with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.–with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cremation trend holds steady

The trend in recent years toward cremation as the exit-of-choice has held steady at Oakwood Cemetery in Simcoe.Of the 122 interments at Oakwood in 2018, 76 (62 per cent) involved cremated remains while 46 (38 per cent) involved standard burials.There were another 120 interments in 2017. Of these, 85 (71 per cent) involved cremated remains while 35 (29 per cent) involved standard burials.“The trend throughout the industry has been a shift toward cremated burials,” Mark Boerkamp, Norfolk’s supervisor of trails and cemeteries, said Monday in an email.“In fact, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario – the governing body for cemetery operations in Ontario – says that, on average, the trend has been 70 per cent cremation burials versus 30 per cent full burials in most cemeteries. As you can see, Oakwood falls right in with the existing trend and 2017 was very evident of that.”To that end, Norfolk’s trail and cemeteries division is planning to increase its columbarium inventory at Oakwood.Norfolk council will consider a request Tuesday to allow the community services department to sole-source three columbarium units with 24 niches each. This would double the capacity at Oakwood, where a 75-unit columbarium was installed in 2016.In his report to council, Boerkamp said awarding the work to Nelson Granite Ltd. of Vermillion Bay, Ontario, is practical because this company provided the columbarium installed three years ago. The purpose of steering the work to Nelson Granite is to ensure uniformity of appearance.“The 75-niche unit is now over 60 per cent sold and the new units will help keep up to the existing trend toward cremation burials,” Boerkamp says in his report.Council set aside $30,000 for the columbarium expansion in the 2019 capital budget. Concrete pads were put down on the east side of Oakwood Cemetery before the current columbarium was installed. The new units will be situated in this location as well.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Security Council members welcome progress in DR of Congo peace process

The Council members reminded all parties of their obligation to ease the deployment of the United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC), particularly in the eastern part of the country, the current President of the 15-nation body, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, said in a press statement, adding that they called on the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD)/Goma and Rwanda to cooperate with the Mission in this regard. Ambassador Koonjul said Council members recalled the importance of the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, resettlement and reintegration (DDRRR) of armed groups, and encouraged the parties “to bring forward the disarmament and repatriation of the fighters gathered in the Kamina base.” The Council members expressed their concern for the continued fighting in the eastern part of the country, including fighting among rebel groups in which the civilian population are the first victims, and demanded an end to the fighting and respect for humanitarian law, Ambassador Koonjul said. The Council also reiterated its call for the total withdrawal of foreign forces, the stop to any support to armed groups and urged all Congolese to show real political will for their engagement to the Inter-Congolese Dialogue. Welcoming the recent improvement in relations between the DRC and Burundi, Council members invited all the parties to the conflict to intensify their bilateral contacts. “In this regard, they welcomed the outcome of the recent SADC [Southern African Development Community] Summit held in Blantyre [Malawi], which demonstrates the commitment of the SADC for peace in the region,” Ambassador Koonjul said.On the humanitarian front, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said today that its personnel and its partners are working to assist flood victims in the DRC river town of Mbandaka, where some 900 families have been displaced after floods washed away their homes.”Many of the victims of the floods are sleeping in the open because there is still a shortage of shelter,” said Therese Mbuaya, Officer in Charge of OCHA in MbandakaWorking with Médécins sans Frontières and the Red Cross, OCHA has provided tents and plastic sheeting to shelter families from the rain. When displaced families return to their homes after the floods have receded, OCHA will work with other UN agencies to coordinate the distribution of agricultural and fishing tools. read more

Old clunkers drive 5000 kilometres in UNbacked rally against hunger

“We hope the rally will help break the cycle of indifference, as it shows that everyone with care and determination can make a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of millions of people worldwide who are still unable to secure their basic food needs,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Jeme Abdelwahab said. “Nearly one thousand people die every hour because of hunger and related diseases. We hope that events like this rally can refocus public attention on this global challenge.” The “Drive against Hunger,” which began on 26 May in Oberstaufen, Germany, was organized by the Jordanian National Alliance for Combating Hunger and Enhancing Food Security in cooperation with WFP under the auspices of Princess Basma Bint Talal. Travelling over 5,000 kilometres through Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Syria and Jordan, the 250 motorists and their friends drove their old cars, stopping at historic sites to call for a stronger focus and support for efforts to end hunger. Only seven of the 120 starters failed to complete the drive.The only condition to join was that the market value for the car should not exceed 2,000 euros ($2,570). During the rally, participants distributed clothes and shoes to those who needed them and compiled food recipes from each country they toured. They intend to print recipe books and channel the proceeds to assist humanitarian projects in Jordan.The vehicles will be sold and the proceeds will go to the Alliance’s projects in Jordan. “You do not have to have expensive cars to have a world rally,” Princess Basma told the drivers in a welcoming speech. “And ending hunger is not so very expensive either. It just takes political will and determination to have the right policies and the right resources to implement them. After all, the world produces enough food for every child, woman and man to lead a healthy life.” read more

Over 40 of motorists have left car keys with a stranger as

New YouGov survey shows 43% of motorists have left their car keys with a stranger, compared with just 11% of Brits who have done the same with their house keys.Just 11% of drivers believe security is the most important factor when looking for a car park.Car theft has declined significantly, but following a recent rise in incidents a new initiative is encouraging drivers to remain vigilant of their vehicles and keys.Read 10 easy ways to safeguard your car here.Two in five car owners don’t appear to think twice about leaving their car keys with a stranger, despite the potential security risk, according to the results of a YouGov consumer survey published today by the automotive industry, government, police and insurance bodies.Car theft has fallen significantly since the mid 1990’s when, at its peak, up to 620,000 cars were stolen each year. Today that figure is below 80,000.1 However, responding to police figures showing reported incidents rose by 8% in the year to March 2016, SMMT, Home Office, Metropolitan Police Service and Thatcham Research, the motor insurers’ automotive research centre, have joined forces to understand the nature of modern day car theft and develop solutions to tackle it.Today, alongside the results of the survey, they are publishing a 10-point plan to help owners secure their cars to help beat the thieves.The survey found that in the past 12 months, 43% of British drivers have left their car keys with someone they don’t know, with 71% of them not checking whether the company or individual was a member of an accredited code of practice or other professional standard. In comparison, just 11% said they have trusted their house keys to a stranger.Meanwhile, just 11% of people said the first thing they look for in a car park is CCTV, gated entry or manned barriers. At home, respondents admitted to leaving their car keys in clear view or close to the front door on a hallway hook or sideboard, leaving them at risk of opportunistic thievesCars are more secure than ever before, with manufacturers continually working on new security features. Investment in new technology means that all new cars sold in the UK now have an immobiliser and many are fitted with an alarm and double locking as standard.Car owners can also play an important part in protecting their vehicles by taking simple preventative measures, including parking in well-lit and secure parking spaces, double checking your car is locked before walking away, and checking the credentials of any company with which you leave your keys.Sarah Newton, Minister for Safeguarding, Vulnerability and Countering Extremism, said, “With thefts significantly lower than they were 20 years ago and manufacturers using the latest technology to make our cars safer than ever, the public would be forgiven for putting vehicle crime to the back of their minds. But the recent rise in the number of reported crimes is a reminder that determined thieves are still out there and we should remain vigilant.“It is important that we all understand this increase, the changing nature of vehicle crime and the steps that can be taken to prevent further increases in these crimes. For many of us, leaving our car keys with a stranger is hard to avoid, but it is always worth checking whether they are a member of an accredited code of practice or other professional body.“Following a key commitment in our Modern Crime Prevention Strategy the Government has been working with police and industry to look at the methods being used by criminals to steal vehicles and how to stop them. I welcome the advice being delivered as part of the SMMT’s initiative to inform vehicle owners about the hidden dangers and the steps they can take to secure their vehicles.”Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT, said, “New cars have never been more secure and the latest technology has helped bring down vehicle theft dramatically. Manufacturers invest billions of pounds every year to stay one step ahead of the criminals, and the latest models include sophisticated immobilisers, smartphone-controlled tracking devices and random key codes to prevent cloning. Technology can only do so much, however, and while car makers, the police and government continue to work together to ensure that stealing cars is as difficult as possible, these latest figures show there’s more consumers can do to minimise risk.”DCI Sarah Staff of the Met’s Organised Crime Command, said, “Criminals are constantly seeking new ways to steal cars and organised criminals are using increasingly sophisticated methods. The Met’s central Organised Vehicle Crime Unit works closely with the car industry in an attempt to reduce vehicle crime; we have conducted several successful investigations in this area and continue to do so. Vehicle owners should be reassured that car theft is at its lowest level for many years, but they should not be complacent, it’s important to take sensible precautions and remain vigilant to avoid being a victim of car theft.”Andrew Miller, Chief Technical Officer at Thatcham Research, said, “Thatcham Research has worked for many years with vehicle manufacturers to drive continuous improvement in security as well as in safety, and the most recent vehicle theft statistics reflect the high level of security technology now found on most cars. As well as choosing the best-performing cars, consumers should make sure they are aware of best practice procedures to keep their vehicles secure.”In positive news, 93% of consumers responding to the survey said they always check their car is locked before walking away, whether by listening for the locking noise, watching for the lights to flash, waiting for the wing mirrors to fold in or simply pulling the door handle.Source: ONS Crime Survey of England and Wales, January 2016.Read the full survey results here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Process improvement services maximise operations efficiency

first_imgThis new service from ABB provides systematic approach to control plant processes at optimal levels. ABB is introducing a package of services that identifies performance gaps in open-pit mining processes and provides solutions to reduce process variations that will help lower operating costs, increase product quality, prevent waste and protect valuable equipment, the company says.The service called PRISE – Process Improvement Services – recognises the increasing pressures facing human operators who monitor multiple complex processes and predict and control their behaviour based on an overwhelming amount of data. The PRISE packaged offering removes the problem of operator overload by providing essential information while steering all processes in an optimal way. This new service is a good example of ABB`s Next Level strategy leveraging the Internet of Things, Services and People – see the article Garpenberg’s brain in the August issue of International Mining magazine.By first analysing existing processes, ABB experts will determine current levels of performance and deliver a report with an estimate of potential improvements. Because it’s critical to know what properties influence process performance, PRISE will also identify missing instrumentation and then provide detailed measurement procedures to ensure that you are measuring the right things.Since only well performing PID-loops will allow you to execute an optimal control strategy, PRISE uses tools and procedures developed by ABB to scan and tune critical loops, setting the foundation for increased overall performance.The final cornerstone of the service is advanced process control to first stabilize processes, then drive them to their performance limits in a consistent and permanent way.“Reducing variability, while pushing the process to its limits, is not something a human being can accomplish in the same way PRISE can,” said Dominik Groenveld, Global Product Manager for PRISE. “PRISE eliminates shift to shift variations by permanently and smoothly controlling plant processes at optimal levels – at all times and in all situations.”A long-term service agreement will ensure that the increased performance delivered by PRISE will always be sustained.PRISE can be applied to a variety of mining processes, including crushing, grinding, flotation, thickening, dewatering, leaching or stockpile management.ABB has been advancing technologies for the Internet of Things, Services and People for more than a decade via its control systems, communication solutions, sensors and software. Its technologies allow industry, utility and infrastructure customers to make more intelligent use of data to optimise their operations, increase productivity and flexibility.last_img

Momir Ilic presented in Veszprem

← Previous Story Bundesliga (Round 31): Flensburg win against Neuhausen, keep third place ahead of Fuchse Berlin Next Story → Portugal: FC Porto Vitalis defeats Benfica in direct duel for the title and are crowned champions Serbian captain Momir Ilic is officialy presented in his new team – MKB Veszprem. After winning DKB Bundesliga with THW Kiel on Tuesday, Serbian left back went to Hungary, where he solved administrative issues, looked possible house, get informed about club’s structure and signed four years contract.PHOTO: MKB VESZPREM handball players presentedhandball transfersMKB VeszpremMomir Ilic read more

Police Ombudsman to investigate 2001 killing of Sunday World journalist

first_imgUpdated at 4.47pmTHE INVESTIGATION INTO the 2001 killing in Lurgan of Sunday World journalist Martin O’Hagan has been referred to the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman after public prosecutors decided they were no longer in a position to ask for a review of the sentence of a loyalist Supergrass.O’Hagan, who specialised in in-depth reports on the activities of loyalist paramilitaries, was shot dead as he walked home from a pub in the centre of Lurgan on 28 September 2001.Neil Hyde was arrested as suspect in the case, and agreed to assist the authorities in their investigation in return for a more lenient sentence.He was sentenced to three years in prison in February 2012 for a range of offences in connection with the murder, including ‘conspiring to carry a firearm with intent to wound’. The judge in the case told him that his sentence would have been 18 years if he had not agreed to identify those involved in the murder.However, the case against eight loyalists alleged to have been involved was later dropped because Hyde’s evidence could not be backed-up independently.The Public Prosecution Service had been asking the courts to review Hyde’s sentence, but has confirmed today that is not in a position to make that request.According to a statement:[…] following further examination of the evidence previously made available by police, extensive police enquiries and PPS consultation with the relevant witness, it is considered that the evidence which is now available is not sufficient to establish a breach of the agreement by Neil Hyde to the requisite standard.Accordingly there is no longer a basis to refer the matter to the court. The court has therefore been informed that the PPS no longer seeks the review of the sentence.“The Director now intends to exercise his power under section 55 (4A) of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 to re fer the matter to the Police Ombudsman for investigation.”The Police Ombudsman has also confirmed that the PPS “referred to us a matter in which it is believed that a police officer may have committed a criminal offence or behaved in a manner which could justify disciplinary proceedings.”The statement continues: “The referral follows a decision by the PPS to no longer seek a review of the sentence imposed on a man for his involvement in the murder of journalist Martin O’Hagan and other offences”.Originally posted at 3.26pmRead: Anti-eviction activists vow to protect Kanturk home >last_img read more

Sony teases PS4 reveal at E3 with blurry shots of the console

first_imgIt’s been a few months since Sony first revealed the PlayStation 4, and at the time they didn’t show us what the console looked like. While that was frustrating, it also meant Sony could counter any announcements Microsoft made by revealing some juicy new details about the PS4 on a drip feed up until the launch of the machine.Sure enough, with Microsoft set to unveil the new Xbox tomorrow, Sony has released a new video teasing us with what the PS4 actually looks like. What this video reveals is that we will get to see the new machine in all its glory during E3, everything else is just a blur, quite literally.As you can see above, the video gives us a shot of the very square looking PS4, but it is also blurred out. We then get quick flashes of features on the casing. Things that look like the PS4 logo, a button, a vent for cooling, and a few of the lines from the corners of the machine. It’s all very unexciting, but at the same time acts as a clever reminder that the console being revealed tomorrow isn’t alone.What the video does suggest is the PS4 is much smaller than the original PS3, and that boxy shape should make it a lot easier to fit underneath or next to a TV. Considering the components being used, it could end up being only slightly larger than a Mini-ITX motherboard, which I don’t think anyone would complain about. We really need to see the controller sitting next to the case to get an idea of just how big it is, though.So, Microsoft will unveil the new Xbox in some form tomorrow, and then Sony will finally reveal the PS4 console on June 10 at 6pm PDT. I’m guessing Microsoft won’t show us the Xbox case tomorrow, instead joining Sony in a secondary reveal during E3.last_img read more

House of Lords approves bill to seek threemonth Brexit extension

first_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 6 Sep 2019, 3:50 PM Sep 6th 2019, 2:21 PM Opposition parties earlier confirmed that had agreed to block Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request for a snap general election until a no-deal Brexit has been prevented.Johnson is to table a second motion to dissolve parliament on Monday, after a vote on Wednesday failed to reach the required two-thirds majority (298 ayes to 56 noes). Yesterday Johnson said yet again that he didn’t want an election: “… But frankly I don’t see any other way. It’s the only way to get this thing moving.”“Boris Johnson is on the run,” Plaid Cymru leader Liz Saville Roberts told Sky News.“As parliamentarians whose priority is to stop a no-deal Brexit, our job is to make sure the Act [to stop a no-deal Brexit] – which is to be granted royal assent today or over the weekend – is put into effect and that we remain here as parliamentarians to make sure that the Prime Minister does his duty by the law.”The Labour Party, which has wavered over whether to back a snap election, a will not back Johnson’s bid for an election, according to Reuters News and the BBC.Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon said that an early election is “a question of ‘when’ not ‘if’ – but Johnson mustn’t be allowed to dictate the timing as a device to avoid scrutiny and force through a ‘no deal’ Brexit”.The SNP relishes the prospect of an election. But while our party interest might be served by voting for an election now, it is in the wider public interest to deny a PM threatening to defy the law any ability to cut and run in his own interests. We’ll act in the public interest.Layla Moran of the Liberal Democrats said that she’s not convinced that a general election would “solve anything”. “If you really want Brexit stop, you take it back to the people with the option to Remain and you vote to remain in the EU.”A Conservative Group for Europe carried out a 10,000-people strong poll of British voters indicated that a snap election would produce another hung parliament:The results indicated that the Conservatives would secure 311 seats (-6); Labour would win 242 (-20); the Liberal Democrats would increase their take to 21 (+9); the Scottish National Party would go up to 52 (+17); Plaid Cymru would get 4 MPs (no change); the Green Party would get 1 seat (no change); and one more would go to ‘others’. 47 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share18 Tweet Email House of Lords approves bill to seek three-month Brexit extension The legislation would ensure Britain does not crash out of the European Union if an agreement cannot be reached by 19 October. 45,274 Views Source: House of Lords/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/4798604 The #HouseofLords third reading of #EUWithdrawal6Bill has now ended. As both Houses of @UKParliament have agreed the final text, the bill now proceeds to royal assent.— House of Lords (@UKHouseofLords) September 6, 2019 Updated Sep 6th 2019, 3:50 PM THE UK HOUSE OF Lords has approved a bill that would force the government to seek a three-month extension on the Brexit deadline if there is no-deal with the EU by 19 October.The opposition in parliament and so-called Tory rebels succeeded this week in getting the Benn Bill debated, voted on and passed through the House of Commons.The bill was then sent to the House of Lords for examination and it will now proceed to royal assent – the queen’s agreement to make the bill into a law. It is expected to be signed into law by Queen Elizabeth on Monday. Short URLlast_img read more

Greeks and health survey launched

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An RMIT University research project is examining health attitudes and behaviour in Melbourne’s Greek community, one of Australia’s largest and rapidly ageing demographic groups. Volunteers from the Melbourne Greek community aged 18 or over are needed for the survey which can be accessed online or by post. The study is examining attitudes towards orthodox health care and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), with the intention of providing more efficient, effective and goal-orientated planning for future delivery of health-related services to meet the needs of the Greek community in Victoria. Dr Stavros Ktenas, who is conducting the research as part of his doctoral thesis in the School of Health Sciences at RMIT, said understanding inter-generational patterns of attitudes and behaviour was crucial to improving health overall. “There is currently no data for how and why Melbourne’s Greek community, across multiple generations, use different elements of the health care system,” he said. “While everyday medicine, offered in the main by general practitioners in the community, provides the backbone of health management for a large number of Australians, CAM therapies are gaining both acceptance and higher use. “It is estimated that $2.3 billion is spent annually in Australia on CAM-related health services, which are now an established and integral part of the broader health management landscape. “Attitudes toward and knowledge about health services largely drive the behaviours individuals undertake in managing their own health and wellbeing. “This study – in the context of a theoretical model for predicting behaviour based on individual and psychological variables – will provide valuable understandings for improving the health behaviours of Greek Australians.” RMIT Associate Professor Andrew Francis, who is co-chief investigator for the project with Dr Sophia Xenos, said: “This is an extremely important study, as it will inform the development of health care policy and structures for members of the Greek community in Australia.” Adult members of Melbourne’s Greek community are encouraged to complete a 40-minute online questionnaire which is available in English and Greek. The English survey online can be found at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/understanding_melbourne_greek_health. For more information or to request print copies phone (03) 9925 7782last_img read more

Education Minister says TCI Govt schools will be ready

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 30, 2017 – Grand Turk – Just days now left to get public schools ready for the start of the new academic year and during House of Assembly meeting last week, Education Minister Karen Malcolm not only congratulated student for their results for the CXC and CVQ but she update on whether or not government schools will be ready for the thousands of youngsters when they return.In Grand Turk there is reportedly good progress on the readiness of buildings, but in Provo, work will continue into this weekend and some equipment needed was due in this week.“We visited the schools here on Grand Turk and we can confirm that works are going well, and I’m sure that by the next weekend works will be completed.  We visited a few schools in Providenciales, the ones that we didn’t visit we spoke with the contractors and they confirmed that they are working and they are hoping to have all the AC’s etc. that they need on island this week.”There was also a report on the first set of students to transition from Long Bay High to Clement Howell High, as their classrooms are not yet ready for occupation.“The third formers will be going to Clement Howell this year, as the block is not completed and they will be there for the full year.  So starting next September the third formers will be at the LongBay High School.”School begins on Monday September 4 for most institutions in the TCI.  Related Items:last_img read more

CSM Editor News is Free Era is Over

first_imgAmerican Business Media, the b-to-b publishing trade association, produced its downsized Digital Velocity conference on Tuesday, a free event delivered almost entirely online. During the first keynote, Christian Science Monitor editor John Yemma called this the worst recession since the 1930s, the end of the Internet growth era, and the end of the notion that “news is free.” “The old watchdog function of the news media is being fundamentally challenged now,” said Yemma. “I hope this can be done by bloggers, but I’m not sure it can be.”CSM dropped its daily print edition in favor of a weekly, online daily model this past fall. “The decision to do this was about two years in the making,” Yemma said. “We took a deep dive into our financials and best practices, which included prototyping and market research. The tipping point came last summer when the obvious choice was digital.” He added: “Everyone talks multiplatform, but we couldn’t have made this decision if we hadn’t done the groundwork a few years ago.”The goal, Yemma said, was to make the move to the Web first, then develop robust social media. “The Internet isn’t just about paperless publishing, it’s about interactivity,” he said. Yemma said he hopes to grow page views 5-fold between 2009 and 2013, which would put the company at a break-even point. The half-day event, shot at ABM’s New York offices, had approximately 50 b-to-b live attendees and speakers, with participants viewing from 49 locations across the Web, ABM said. Digital Velocity concluded with an interactive roundtable from participants in the ABM offices focused on driving digital revenue, lead generation, and investing in new technologies where they discussed the challenges of monetizing video in the b-to-b market, the cost of content creation, and revenue through paid, subscription-based models.last_img read more

Jet Airways begins layoffs after monthlong lull asks 15 employees to leave

first_img JetBlue plane spins and skids off snowy runway at Boston Airport Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:38Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:37?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img India’s second largest airline company Jet Airways has reportedly let go at least 15 employees and asked them to leave by the end of October.Employees at the manager level and the general manager levels in engineering and security departments were given the pink slip, an unnamed source was quoted as saying by Economic Times.He added, “A few, but not all of them were aged. There was a lull in September but now the pink slips have begun again.” (Representational Image)Reuters fileA list of 100 employees to be let go was prepared a year back and 40 were fired till August, according to Economic Times. There have also been salary cuts of senior staff and in some cases, salaries have been delayed. Pilots and technicians refused the pay decrease.The report states that along with the laying off, at least eight flights have been grounded at Chennai and Mumbai airports. These include Airbus330, Boeing 777, Boeing 737 and ATRs in Chennai while one Airbus A330 was grounded in Mumbai with their engines removed.Earlier, the Naresh Goyal-led company was looking to sell and leaseback (SLB) 16 of its aircraft. Jet Airways recently acquired a new Boeing 737 Max and hopes to reduce fuel usage with the new addition, reports Economic Times.last_img read more

Emergency laws create climate of fear in Turkey AI

first_imgIn this file photo taken on January 14, 2015 an armed police officer walks past the Cumhuriyet daily newpaper building Istanbul. Photo: AFPAmnesty International on Thursday accused the Turkish government of creating a “chilling climate of fear” across society and curtailing the work of human rights activists since a failed 2016 coup.The rights group said freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial have been “decimated” under the state of emergency introduced five days after the attempted putsch on 15 July 2016.More than 1,300 associations and foundations have been shut down under the measures.In addition, more than 140,000 public sector employees have been sacked or suspended including judges over alleged links to putschists or Kurdish militants.Meanwhile, some 50,000 people have been taken into custody on terror charges.Last week parliament approved the seventh extension of the emergency laws which Amnesty said had undermined the country’s “once vibrant independent civil society”.The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) staged nationwide rallies to protest the extension, with demonstrators in Istanbul shouting “No to emergency rule” and “Rights, law and justice”.Ankara insists that it faces multiple terror threats and that the measures do not affect citizens’ everyday lives.In a report titled “Weathering the storm: Defending human rights in Turkey’s climate of fear”, Amnesty lambasted the authorities’ attacks on rights activists and their “abusive” use of the criminal justice system.“A chilling climate of fear is sweeping across Turkish society,” the report said.The group cited examples of individuals it believes were being targeted and unfairly imprisoned including that of civil society activist Osman Kavala, who has been in prison since October.Amnesty has come under pressure itself since Taner Kilic, then the group’s chairman in Turkey, was taken into custody last June.Kilic denies charges of belonging to the movement led by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of ordering the 2016 coup bid.“Under the cloak of the state of emergency, Turkish authorities have deliberately and methodically set about dismantling civil society, locking up human rights defenders, shutting down organisations and creating a suffocating climate of fear,” Amnesty’s Europe director, Gauri van Gulik, said in a statement.Amnesty also highlighted “unfair” restrictions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) events in Turkey, with a ban in effect in the capital Ankara since November.“The blanket bans on activities threaten the very existence of these organisations and reverse these recent progressive steps to counter prevailing homophobia and transphobia,” Amnesty wrote.last_img read more

Agents of SHIELD shows us what happens when the lights go out

first_img MCU News: Donald Glover’s Role, a Chris Stays On, & Ms. Marvel UpdatesJessica Jones Gets Another Round, Agent Coulson Returns & More MCU News Stay on target After more than two seasons of operating off the grid, it’s finally time for S.H.I.E.L.D. to come out of the shadows. And hey, as long as they’re going public, why not give them some literal shadows to come out of? The third episode of this season revolves around massive blackouts in major cities across the country.The first one happens in Miami, where Yo-Yo is attending her friend’s bachelorette party. Her friend initially jokes about there being no more blended drinks, but the situation proves much worse as a helicopter crashes into a building. Yeah, we already know we’re not going to like this person.Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, we learn that a group that calls themselves “The Inhuman Resistance” is taking responsibility for the blackouts and is demanding the Inhuman registry be destroyed. There’s also a senator, Rota Nadeer, stirring up fear of Inhumans on the news. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with Marvel’s stories knows actual Inhumans aren’t behind this. Fortunately, so does S.H.I.E.L.D. Mack, Fitz, and Coulson are sent to Miami to investigate the source of the EMP attack and determine whether it was caused by an Inhuman or not.Mack (Henry Simmons, Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), and Coulson (Clark Gregg) save the day with science! (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Fitz brings along all his high-tech detection gear, but as soon the team arrives in Miami, he discovers that the blackout is caused by a series of EMP pulses, not just one. None of his gear will work, so he has to break out the slide rule. Back at the party, an armed militia has stormed the building looking for an Inhuman. Yo-Yo uses her superspeed to steal a couple members’ guns but is caught by her “friend” who rats her out. Told you we weren’t going to like this person.Fortunately, just as Yo-Yo is about to get shot, Coulson, Mack and Fitz crash the party. It appears Marvel’s Netflix series have taught them how to direct action for TV because this season has really stepped up the quality of the fight scenes. After a fun beatdown, Fitz makes compasses out of wine corks and needles, using them to find the source of the EMP pulses. This was really a great episode for saving the day with old-school basic science. Who wants to bet there’s an elementary school science teacher out there already planning to use this episode in class?They find the origin of the pulses, which as we all guessed was a giant EMP emitter and not an Inhuman. Fitz shuts it down, just before the president decides to send troops into the blackout zones. Some damage is already done. People fear Inhumans more than ever. Coulson convinces Director Mace to go public as soon as possible to mitigate some of that damage.Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Radcliffe (John Hannah) try to save Agent May (Ming-Na Wen). (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)While all this is going on, Simmons notices that Agent May, in a facility in Upstate New York, is getting worse. Her blood pressure is rising rapidly, and when the Chinese gangster with the same condition dies, Simmons knows they don’t have much time. She takes May to Radcliffe and together, they discover that exposure to the ghostly figures from episodes past infects the fear center of the brain. It keeps the victim in a permanent state of fight or flight and essentially scares them to death. With May’s time running out, Radcliffe recommends killing May and bringing her back just as her brain is about to shut down. Essentially rebooting her like you would a computer.With no other options, Simmons agrees and stands by with a defibrillator. There is a surprisingly tense moment where just as they’re about to bring May back, the EMP blackout hits Radcliffe’s home. Simmons desperately performs CPR, but it doesn’t appear to be working. Obviously, we know the show wouldn’t kill May, but the scene is so well-directed that for a moment we forget that. It really does seem hopeless. That is until Radcliffe remembers that his powered-down Life Model Decoy, Aida has a shielded power source. He uses it to get the defibrillator working again, and May comes back to life, seemingly all better.There wasn’t a whole lot of Ghost Rider in this episode. Daisy and Robbie have some good moments, but the fiery skull didn’t show up this time around. When the blackouts hit L.A., they drive off to make sure Robbie’s little brother, Gabe is safe. Fortunately, Robbie’s car being “pre-1980” is not affected by the EMP pulse. Being partially powered by the fires of Hell might also have something to do with it, but that isn’t brought up.Don’t touch Robbie Reyes’s (Gabriel Luna) car. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)They find Gabe about to be attacked by some criminals looking to take advantage of the blackout and fight them off. Daisy’s arm is in a bad way, though, and when she uses her powers to save Gabe from one of the criminals, her arm snaps. After she doesn’t want to go to the hospital, Gabe figures out who she is and tells her to stay away from her big brother. That’s about all we get from Daisy’s storyline.Although Ghost Rider wasn’t really in this episode, it turned out to be a good thing. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proved that it could still produce a compelling episode without him. Even though the blackout plot didn’t really move the overall story forward, it still made for a fun episode of the show and drove up the tension in scenes that wouldn’t have otherwise had it.We also met Senator Nadeer, who we learn wants to kill Inhumans, blaming them for the death of her brother in the Terragenesis incident last season. Whether she has another goal beyond that isn’t certain, but for now, she’s doing everything she can to whip up fear of Inhumans in the general population. Have you noticed a lot of superhero shows this season feature a political figure convincing the public to hate people who are somehow different from them? Weird, right?last_img read more

Spyce Is A Restaurant Staffed By Robot Chefs

first_imgStay on target Ever wished you could sample food whipped up by a crew of robots? Head on over to Boston’s Spyce Food Co., which has a futuristic yet very casual-looking setup that features a full-fledged robot kitchen. It was born from four MIT grads and one talented Michelin-starred chef, all in a bid to automate the dining experience in a way that includes meaningful robotic contributions. And you can actually visit the restaurant to see all this wondrous food creation in action if you really want to. That’s the beauty of it all.The restaurant just opened, and you can currently get four different menu options, all based on “bowl”-type dishes, including Latin, Thai, and Indian food according to your tastes. It doesn’t particularly look like a haven for delicious robotically made food, however. It looks pretty normal. There are tons of countertops, seats for about 15 different customers, and more — but you’ll be interacting primarily with robots, of course, from checking out the menu, to ordering food, to paying for it and having your food prepared. These are some seriously talented robots.Video Playerhttp://www.spyce.com/wp-content/uploads/Spyce-Restaurant-Boston-Hero-Video-1080.mp400:0000:0002:30Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The robots end up grabbing all the ingredients needed for each dish, chop them up, cook them individually, and automate the entire process to make things simpler on the front end and for a low overhead at that. The bowls are priced at $7.50 apiece because of the low operational costs, and it only takes about three minutes to serve up one of the bowls. It’s fast, efficient, and low-cost, which is a win on all fronts.AdChoices广告It may sound like something you’d read about in a sci-fi novel, but don’t forget that in 2018 we’re getting even closer to an automated future where nearly everything is going to get to this level. If it sounds intriguing,  you can make a trip to Spyce on your own, which is open to the public now. Just know that you probably won’t have to make any complaints to the chefs this time around. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels last_img read more

SCUF Prestige Falls Short of Being a MustHave Premium Controller

first_img SCUF Gaming specializes in high-end customizable controllers. Its latest product is the SCUF Prestige for Xbox One, PC, and Android. Like all SCUF controllers, the Prestige offers players a variety of personalization options. While superior to a standard Xbox One controller, the Prestige fails to live up to the SCUF Vantage and Xbox Elite. Though a solid, dependable controller, the Prestige isn’t all it could be.The SCUF Prestige has most of the features you’d expect from the company’s controllers. This includes a removable faceplate, backpaddles, adjustable triggers, trigger stops, and interchangeable thumbsticks. It also has rubberized grips and Bluetooth connectivity. You’ll also get a 10-foot braided cord, two longer thumbsticks, a magnetic key, and a hardshell case. There is no real need for set up. You can start using the Prestige right out of the box.It is easy to remove the faceplate, even if you have short fingernails. While you can swap out the thumbsticks, you cannot remove the d-pad or rumble motors. The latter might be a sticking point for professional players who prefer to play without rumble. However, there is an option for a rumble-less controller. There is nothing wrong with the built-in d-pad, but it’s odd that you cannot remove it. The Prestige lacks the two extra buttons found on the left and right sides of the Vantage. I won’t fault it for that since those were unique to the Vantage and aren’t as essential as the back paddles.You can program the back paddles to act as any of the other buttons. This is one of the best features of SCUF controllers, especially for those with limited mobility. Programing the paddles is easy, though much different than before. Instead of flipping a switch on the back of the controller, you must now use the included magnetic key. Using the magnetic key is a straightforward process. You’ll just have to remember where you’ve kept the small key. If you don’t need or aren’t a fan of the back paddles, you can always remove them.The controller comes with another key used for adjusting the tension of the triggers. The quick-stop switches on the controller’s back make it so the triggers stop short. This is beneficial for players who want to get shots off quicker in FPS games. For racing games, however, you’ll want to disable the trigger locks.The Prestige functioned nicely when playing games like Forza Horizon 3, Cuphead, Doom, and Monster Hunter World on Xbox One and PC. The thumbsticks, face buttons, bumpers, and triggers all performed as well as you’d expect. I especially liked the rubberized grips which made holding the controller for long periods of time easier. The controller works great with a variety of game genres.At $159.95, the SCUF Prestige is a well-designed, if pricy, SCUF controller. It does everything it promises and is a cut above a standard Xbox One controller. Though limited, the customization options give players the chance to personalize their gaming experience.While great in its own right, it isn’t a controller I can fully recommend — not with the Xbox Elite 2 on the horizon. If you’re a pro gamer, you may want to wait and spend the extra $20 for Microsoft’s controller. Still, the Prestige is the best Xbox One controller available from SCUF. You won’t go wrong if you decide to purchase it. Just be aware there are better high-end controllers on the market.Get it at SCUFGaming.comMore on Geek.com:Apple TV Gets Real Video Game ControllersThe 8BitDo N30 Pro 2 Controller Is a Great SequelHow to Connect Xbox One Controller to PC Stay on target Apple TV Gets Real Video Game ControllersThe SCUF Vantage Is Easily the Best Controller Available for PS4 last_img read more

Britney Spears raises money for LGBTI charity with new Pride perfume

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Britney Spears is down for a Mickey Mouse Club reunion so now it needs to happen Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Britney Spears given GLAAD award for supporting LGBT rightsBritney fans to miss out on her Brighton Pride show after buying invalid ticketsDemi Lovato’s GLAAD fundraiser raises thousands of dollars in just hoursRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/britney-spears-pride-perfume-glaad-charity/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Britney Spears sings Elvis for her birthday. | Photo: Flickr/Rhys Adams Ahead of her sure-to-be iconic Brighton Pride performance tomorrow (3 August), the star has teamed up with Superdrug to release a Pride edition of her popular Fantasy scent.From that, £1 from every purchase goes towards GLAAD. The charity hopes to challenge the perceptions of LGBTI people by shaping the narrative in the media.Ahead of her performance at Brighton PrideWhile this news is being met mostly with ‘YAAS KWEEN’ from her countless stans, not everybody is happy with the decision.Some people are sad that it’s only available in the UK. But others have raise genuine concerns, flagging that only £1 from a total of £40 is going to charity. That’s only 2.5% of the revenue.Blood donation advocacy group Freedom To Donate founder Ethan Spibey Tweeted: ‘It’s £40 with £1 going to an LGBT+ charity, but I’m sure we’re all ok with that because we all “stan” her. Honestly.’He followed up with: ‘You think someone worth $220m dollar promoting a product in one of the UK’s largest high street shops is expecting £1 to be 90% of profits?’ Another user added: ‘Can you not afford to donate more and also to a UK based charity, you are after all ‘celebrating love and equality’ here in the UK.’But that doesn’t seem to be the only issue here. The original Fantasy perfume is also being sold at Superdrug… for £18. In fact, all versions of the Fantasy perfume seem to be less than £40.Regardless of what you think about the perfume, at least we can all keep freaking out that Britney Spears is performing at Brighton Pride.More from Gay Star News:Fans are screaming ‘WHO IS IT?!’ before Gimme More at Britney’s concerts and she loves it Britney Spears is helping the LGBTI community once again by raising money for media advocacy group GLAAD with the release of her Pride perfume.last_img read more