President hits out at HRCSL again and asks who it protects

However, today the President said that he stood by his original statement. (Colombo Gazette) He said that today he has the same question that he asked a few weeks back from the HRCSL and that is if they protect criminals or the general public. After the President first criticized the HRCSL, the HRCSL said that it was finding it difficult to carry out its duties independently.Local civil society had also written to the President raising concerns over the statement he had made on the HRCSL. The President slammed the HRCSL for questioning a decision taken earlier to deploy the Police Special Task Force to the Angunakolapelessa prison. President Maithripala Sirisena, speaking in Parliament today, again hit out at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), and asked if it protects criminals or civilians.Speaking during the debate on the Constitutional Council, the President reiterated a statement he had made earlier on the HRCSL. read more

UN to cohost regional conference on development for rural women in South

Recognizing that rural women in South Asia are among the poorest people in the world, two United Nations development agencies are teaming up to co-host a conference in New Delhi, India, to promote policies and programmes aimed at reducing gender inequality in that region.The increased need to address gender inequalities in development projects will be the focus of the three-day conference, set to open tomorrow and run through Thursday, organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.Gender inequality is considered the primary cause of persistent poverty and the main reason why many developing countries are off-track to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the conference, entitled “Development Effectiveness through Gender Mainstreaming,” will assess the progress that has been made in poverty reduction and gender equality in rural South Asia.About two thirds of the world’s 1.2 billion extremely poor people live in Asia; more than half of them can be found in South Asia. Women represent the majority of poor people in Asia, particularly in rural areas. This is largely due to the fact that rural women do not have equitable access to the productive assets and services they need to improve their lives.The goal of the conference is to promote development policies and programmes that can effectively reduce gender inequality and rural poverty in South Asian countries. Representatives from the UN, multilateral and bilateral agencies, women’s and community-based organizations will also meet to strengthen advocacy networks and partnerships and identify policy options which can support gender mainstreaming efforts. read more

Double whammy Google jars investors releasing disappointing 3rdquarter report prematurely

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – As far as unpleasant surprises go, Google hit Wall Street with a double whammy Thursday.The Internet search leader that prides itself on organizing the world’s information lost control of its own data when a contractor released its third-quarter earnings report more than three hours before the numbers were supposed to come out.As if that wasn’t jarring enough, the results alarmed investors because the company’s earnings and revenue fell well below analyst projections. The disappointment triggered an 8 per cent drop in Google’s stock price that erased about $20 billion in shareholder wealth.The stock lost $60.49 to close at $695.“This is a monumental failure of epic proportions,” said Michael Robinson, an executive vice-president for the Levick Strategic Communications, which specializes in financial crisis management. “This was bad news compounded by bad process. It came out in the worst way possible.”Google Inc. blamed printer R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. for filing the company’s quarterly statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission more than three hours ahead of schedule.“We are fully engaged in an investigation to determine how this event took place and are pursuing our first obligation, which is to serve our valued customer,” R.R. Donnelley said in a statement.The embarrassing mix-up prompted Google CEO Larry Page to preface his review of the quarter with an apology during a conference call with analysts.“I am sorry for the scramble earlier today,” Page said, still sounding hoarse from a mysterious throat ailment. The problem left Page unable to speak during the summer, causing him to skip Google’s second-quarter earnings call three months ago.Page went on to paint a bright picture, not only of the most recent quarter, but for the next few years. “Every day, I wake up and I am delighted about our opportunities to keep growing,” he said.The pep talk didn’t immediately resonate with investors.Google’s stock initially plunged more than 9 per cent after the early release of the results. Trading was then suspended to allow more time for the information to be digested. After a nearly three-hour break, investors decided the results weren’t quite as bad as they initially appeared, and the shares recovered slightly.The sell-off reflects a reversal of the optimistic sentiment that had propelled Google’s stock to an all-time high earlier this month. The stock had surged 27 per cent in the three months before Thursday’s unsettling developments.Google earned $2.18 billion, or $6.53 per share, during the three months ending in September. That compared with net income of $2.73 billion, or $8.33 per share, last year.The earnings would have been $9.03 per share, if not for Google’s accounting costs for employee stock compensation and the Motorola charges. Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting $10.63 per share, on average.Revenue climbed 45 per cent from last year to $14.1 billion. Excluding compensation for websites that generate traffic for Google’s ads, revenue was $11.33 billion. Analysts were expecting $11.86 billionMost of the trouble appeared to be concentrated in Motorola Mobility, a troubled cellphone maker that Google bought for $12.4 billion in May. Analysts have been fretting that Motorola Mobility would turn into a financial albatross, and some of those fears appeared to be realized in the latest quarter spanning from July through September.The device maker suffered an operating loss of $527 million, more than tripling from the same time last year when it was still an independent company.Google is trying to improve Motorola Mobility’s performance by laying off about 20 per cent of its workforce — about 4,000 employees — and closing one-third of its 90 plants and office. Those cost-cutting measures resulted in $349 million in charges during the quarter. But it still could take a few years for Google to turn around Motorola Mobility, Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette said on the conference call.The stronger dollar also hurt Google, just as it has many other U.S. companies that do a lot of business in other countries. That’s because overseas sales are now translating into fewer dollars than a year ago, resulting in less revenue. Excluding Motorola Mobility, Google said its revenue for the latest quarter would have been $557 million, or 5 per cent higher, if currencies had remained at the same levels as a year ago.But there were also some worrisome signs in Google’s main business of selling online advertising.Google’s ad revenue rose 16 per cent from the same time last year, the slowest pace in three years. The company’s ad revenue had climbed by at least 21 per cent in each of the previous 10 quarters.Advertising accounts for 77 per cent of Google’s revenue. The rest comes from Motorola Mobility and other products, such as Google’s recently released Nexus 7 tablet computer.As has been the case for the past year, the average prices companies pay Google for ads appearing alongside search results also fell. The year-over-year decline for advertiser’s “cost-per-click” on Google’s ads declined 15 per cent from the same time last year.The decelerating growth in ad revenue is likely being driven by the growing use of smartphones and tablet computers to access the Internet.The ads are more difficult to see on smartphones, in particular, so marketers aren’t willing to pay as much for those commercial messages as they do for ads that are seen by people on personal computers. And people relying on mobile devices tend to use specially designed applications that so far haven’t been set up to show as many ads as can be seen in Web browsers. People using mobile apps also have less reason to conduct searches on Google, depriving the company of opportunities to show ads.“I am not at all worried about this because I think we are better positioned than most companies,” Page assured analysts.Google is reaping more revenue from the rapidly growing mobile market, largely because of its Android software than now powers more than 500 million smartphones and tablet computers. The company gives away Android to device makers, but the software is fruitful for Google because it’s designed to drive up more traffic to its search engine and other services that show ads.Page said the mobile market is now generating about $8 billion in annual revenue, including sales of applications, video, books and music in its Play store. Not all of those, sales, though, are recorded in Google’s books because most of the money goes to developers, studios and publishers. A year ago, Google said the mobile market was generating about $2.5 billion in annual revenue, but that figure consisted entirely of ads, so it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison to the $8 billion.. Double whammy: Google jars investors, releasing disappointing 3rd-quarter report prematurely by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:29 am MDT read more

Spacecraft for tourists breaks up during test in another setback for commercial

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Brian Melley And Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2014 1:13 pm MDT MOJAVE, Calif. – A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere broke up during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo blew apart after being released from a carrier aircraft at high altitude, said Ken Brown, a photographer who witnessed the accident.One pilot was found dead inside the spacecraft and another parachuted out and was flown by helicopter to a hospital, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said.The crash area was about 120 miles north of downtown Los Angeles and 20 miles from the Mojave Air and Space Port, where the mid-morning flight originated.British billionaire Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, has been the front-runner in the fledgling race to give large numbers of paying civilians a suborbital ride that would let them experience weightlessness and see the Earth from the edge of space. Branson was expected to arrive in Mojave on Saturday, as were investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board.Branson released a statement Friday night saying it was “among the most difficult trips I have ever had to make” but that he wants to be “with the dedicated and hardworking people who are now in shock at this devastating loss.”“Space is hard — but worth it,” Branson wrote. “We will persevere and move forward together.”The accident occurred just as it seemed commercial space flights were near, after a period of development that lasted far longer than hundreds of prospective passengers had expected.When Virgin Group licensed the technology from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who put $26 million into SpaceShipOne, Branson envisioned operating flights by 2007. In interviews last month, he talked about the first flight being next spring with his son.“It’s a real setback to the idea that lots of people are going to be taking joyrides into the fringes of outer space any time soon,” said John Logsdon, retired space policy director at George Washington University. “There were a lot of people who believed that the technology to carry people is safely at hand.”Friday’s flight marked the 55th for SpaceShipTwo, which was intended to be the first of a fleet of craft. This was only the fourth flight to include a brief rocket firing. The rockets fire after the spacecraft is released from the underside of a larger carrying plane. During other flights, the craft either was not released from its mothership or functioned as a glider after release.At 60 feet long, SpaceShipTwo featured two large windows for each of up to six passengers, one on the side and one overhead.The accident’s cause was not immediately known, nor was the altitude at which the break-up occurred. The first rocket-powered test flight peaked at about 10 miles above Earth. Commercial flights would go 62 miles or higher.One difference on this flight was the type of fuel.In May, Virgin Galactic announced that SpaceShipTwo would switch to a polymide-based fuel — a type of thermoplastic. It had been fueled with a type of rubber called HTPB.Scaled Composites, the company building the spaceship for Virgin Galactic, had extensively tested the new fuel formulation on the ground, President Kevin Mickey said. He characterized the new fuel as “a small nuance to the design.”Officials said they had not noticed anything wrong before the flight. The problem happened about 50 minutes after takeoff and within minutes of the spaceship’s release from its mothership, said Stuart Witt, CEO of the Mojave Air and Space Port.Virgin Galactic — owned by Branson’s Virgin Group and Aabar Investments PJS of Abu Dhabi — sells seats on each prospective journey for $250,000. The company says that “future astronauts,” as it calls customers, include Stephen Hawking, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and Russell Brand. The company reports receiving $90 million from about 700 prospective passengers.Former NASA top space scientist Alan Stern has seats to fly on Virgin Galactic and isn’t rethinking his plans.“Let’s not be Chicken Littles here,” said Stern. “I want to be part of the opening of this future frontier.”Friday’s accident was the second this week involving private space flight. On Tuesday, an unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff in Virginia.Virgin Galactic plans to launch space tourism flights from the quarter-billion-dollar Spaceport America in southern New Mexico once it finished developing its rocket ship.Taxpayers footed the bill to build the state-of-the-art hangar and runway in a remote stretch of desert in southern New Mexico as part of a plan devised by Branson and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Critics have long challenged the state’s investment, questioning whether flights would ever get off the ground.SpaceShipTwo is based on aerospace design maverick Burt Rutan’s award-winning SpaceShipOne prototype, which became the first privately financed manned rocket to reach space in 2004.“It’s an enormously sad day for a company,” Burt Rutan told The Associated Press in a phone interview from his home in Idaho, where he lives since retiring.Friday’s death was not the first associated with the program.During testing for the development of a rocket motor for SpaceShipTwo in July 2007, an explosion at the Mojave spaceport killed three workers and critically injured three others. A California Division of Occupational Safety and Health report said the blast occurred three seconds after the start of a cold-flow test of nitrous oxide, which is used in the propulsion system of SpaceShipTwo. The engine was not firing during that test.___Pritchard reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writers David Koenig in Dallas, Susan Montoya Bryan in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Seth Borenstein in Washington, and John Antczak, Christopher Weber, Tami Abdollah and Robert Jablon in Los Angeles also contributed to this report. Spacecraft for tourists breaks up during test in another setback for commercial space travel read more

Suncor hopes to restart oilsands operations on Monday

Suncor hopes to restart oilsands operations on Monday AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Crystal Laderas Posted May 21, 2016 3:12 pm MDT Calgary-based oil company Suncor is hoping to restart its Base Plant and other operations in the oilsands as early as Monday.In a message posted on social media Friday night, Mark Little, vice president of upstream operations, said safety was the priority when a wildfire prompted a second mandatory evacuation of sites north of Fort McMurray earlier this week.He also set a tentative date for resuming operations at Base Plant, Firebag, MacKay River and the East Tank Farm.“We’re putting the plan together. It would be a fairly small team that would deploy on that particular day and then each day after we would move forward,” he said. “Our intent is to update that date daily. So if it holds, great. If it doesn’t, we’ll continue to slide it forward.”Suncor has cleared its sites twice in the last two weeks.“We are confident that all employees will return to work in a phased manner over the next few weeks. Employees who are not required to return to work will continue to receive their base salary until June 9th. Employees should be prepared to return to work when notified. Please make arrangements to be prepared for return to work,” Little said.The company plans to release more information for calling workers back to site Sunday night. read more

Harden scores 30 as Rockets beat Bulls 121105

HOUSTON — James Harden made six 3-pointers and scored 30 points to help the Houston Rockets to their second straight win, 121-105, over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.The victory comes a night after the Rockets snapped a season-high four game skid with a win 136-105 win at San Antonio.Houston was up by 12 entering the fourth quarter and used a 13-7 run to start the period and make it 100-82 with 8 1/2 minutes left. Eric Gordon made two 3-pointers in that stretch and P.J. Tucker added a three-point play. Chicago couldn’t cut into the lead after that and the Rockets were up by 20 with about three minutes left when coach Mike D’Antoni cleared the bench.Zach LaVine had 29 points for the Bulls, who lost their sixth straight game and for the 10th time in 11 games.Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen had 10 points and four rebounds in his season debut after missing the team’s first 23 games with a sprained right elbow he sustained in training camp. He entered the game with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter and played 26 minutes.Clint Capela added 18 points and 15 rebounds for Houston and Chris Paul had 12 points and tied a season high with 13 assists in his second game back after missing three with a sore hamstring.Houston led by 10 at halftime before the Bulls used a 12-6 run to open the third quarter and cut the lead to four. Parker led Chicago in that stretch, scoring eight points.The Rockets got back on track after that, scoring the next five points to push the lead to 67-58 with about seven minutes left in the third.Houston led by eight later in the third when Harden made a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired to make it 74-63 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.The Bulls added a layup seconds after that, but Houston scored the next six points, capped by a 3 from Harden with Jabari Parker in his face to make it 80-65 about 90 seconds later.LaVine scored all of Chicago’s points in a 7-2 run later in the third to cut the deficit, but Gerald Green made a 3-pointer with a few seconds left in the quarter to put Houston up 87-75 entering the fourth.TIP-INSBulls: Coach Fred Hoiberg said that he will limit Markkanen’s minutes in his first games back. … LaVine has scored at least 20 points in 20 games this season. … Justin Holiday, who had 11 points, has made at least one 3-pointer in a franchise-record 35 straight games. … Parker finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.Rockets: Nene had 10 points and four rebounds in his season debut after missing Houston’s first 21 games with a strained right calf. … Harden has scored 30 points or more in six of the last eight games.UP NEXTBulls: Visit Indiana on Tuesday night.Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Monday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsKristie Rieken, The Associated Press read more

Clemson wide receivers and Ohio State secondary a tale of strength vs

Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams (7) catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Deshaun Watson against North Carolina State at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of TNSSCOTTSDALE, Ariz — Ohio State redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett versus Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson is without question the main card in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. But one of the primary matchups is OSU’s surprisingly dominant secondary against Clemson’s star-studded receiving corps.When Clemson lost the national championship game to Alabama last season, 45-40, the Tigers were without wide receivers Deon Cain and Mike Williams. This time around, the two are healthy and have been nightmares for defenses all season. Williams has caught 84 passes and gained 1,171 yards with 10 touchdowns. Cain has 32 catches for 621 yards and nine touchdowns.The maturity of both Williams and Cain has made the difference in Clemson coach Dabo Swinney’s mind. He said that Williams and Cain are in the midst of their most productive season with the Tigers.It’s been great for (Deon Cain) to have Mike (Williams) there. It’s been great for Mike to have a guy like Deon there,” Swinney said. “For us to be able to roll those two guys in and out, it’s been a tremendous amount of production. If you just look at the production at that position and the amount of touchdowns, they’ve been a heck of a combination.”OSU’s secondary has statistically been one of the best in man coverage situations. Aside from the 19 interceptions and seven touchdowns off interceptions, cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley have excelled at defending the pass when put on an island. The Buckeyes rank fifth in the country with just 164.5 yards passing allowed per game.At safety, redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker and junior Damon Webb have been OSU’s security blanket. The two are responsible for seven of the team’s 19 interceptions and four of the seven pick-sixes — Hooker with six and three, respectively. OSU is second in the nation in yards allowed per passing attempt at 5.4.“They’re a great group,” Williams said. “They have guys that attack the ball in the air like receivers. They have hands like receivers. That’s probably one of the biggest differences.”Tigers’ tight end Jordan Leggett, who is third on the team with seven receiving touchdowns, said that OSU’s man coverage is challenging, but having four or five guys that have to be accounted for in the passing game gives the upper hand to Clemson in his eyes.“You just can’t leave (Williams) on an island with one of your corners because he’s going to win that matchup nine times out of 10,” Leggett said. “It’s just a matter of how (OSU) wants to play us. Whatever they do, they’re leaving someone else on an island with someone else. And any of our guys that we have here, they’re going to win that matchup no matter what.”Cain said that the receiving corps that has five guys with 30-plus receptions — Hunter Renfrow with 29 — has had so much success due to the play of Watson and the Clemson offensive line. The Clemson receiving corps has been able to win one-on-one matchups all season. The same can be said about OSU’s secondary. On Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, the two teams’ strengths, like they have all season, could define whose season ends and whose continues.“We have a lot of good, talented guys in our receiving corps and they have a lot of good DBs that can match up with us,” Cain said. “It comes down to who wants to win and who makes the best competitive plays. That’s what this game is going to be.” read more

Murdered 13yearold No proof that officers acted unprofessionally – Ramnarine

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedZero tolerance for unprofessional behaviour in Police Force – warns acting Top CopAugust 26, 2016In “latest news”Acting Top Cop says Force not accepting unprofessional conduct as 9 officers firedNovember 14, 2017In “Crime”GPF records 33% hike in robbery with violenceOctober 11, 2017In “Crime” The final investigations into the claims made by residents in the Brother’s Village, Berbice area, that the two men who were arrested in connection with the rape and murder of 13-year-old Leonardo Archibald were known pedophiles and police neglected reports, has revealed no proof to substantiate the accusations.This is according to acting Top Cop, David Ramnarine on Wednesday during a press conference with media operatives at the Ministry of Public Security.Raped and Murdered: Leonard Archibald“You will recall the school-boy murder in New Amsterdam…you will recall there was a public outcry [where] relatives and residents felt that we had been unprofessional is reports made against one of the suspects. You will recall that I had sent out a press release where we sent a senior officer in that area and to the credit of the police, we have not found evidence that we would call gross unprofessional conduct of the police in not responding to any reports made,” Ramnarine explained.Acting Police Commissioner, David RamnarineHe noted that according to the senior officer who had been sent to the location to investigate the matter –identified as Assistant Superintendent Oswald Pitt- no relative or resident in the village made any efforts to reach out to him.“It is unfortunate that, according to the officer, no relative or resident of the community called him on his cellphone, he didn’t see any private call, any number when he spent five days in the district to give him information to substantiate what they had said to the press,” he posited.Nevertheless, the final report is expected to be submitted to the Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan soon.INews had reported that the teenager, Leonard Archibald of Friend’s Village, Berbice went missing on September 10, 2017, after riding ahead of his three sisters he was accompanying home from a birthday party in the neighbouring village.Accused: Hillary EdwardsIt is alleged that one of the two suspects- Hillary Edwards, 29, and Omardai Christopher (Nicholas),19,- who is a relative of the now dead teenager, lured him into his yard to run an errand, promising the young lad payment.However, the child was instead captured and reportedly raped by the two men.Accused: Nicholas ChristopherReports further indicated that after Archibald lost consciousness, he was bound and thrown into the Berbice River along with his bicycle.The two suspects reportedly confessed to Police shortly after being taken into custody and related the horrific story.The bicycle was discovered in the Berbice River behind the suspects’ house about 40 feet from the high tide mark.Subsequently, the deteriorated body was discovered by a search party, some three miles from the child’s home.Archibald was recently laid to rest, while those accused of his rape and murder were on remanded to prison until December 8.Since then, relatives and residents of the village had lambasted the police, indicating to media operatives that several reports had been made against the suspects on numerous occasions, but no action was ever taken.Director, Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann GreeneChild Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) Director Ann Greene had spoken out against gruesome attacks on minors, noting that it was a wake up call for communities.This is as the Agency is of the belief that persistent intervention by residents in the area could have prevented the fatal outcome.Adding to her calls for intervention at the community level, the CCPA Director also urged families to be more vigilant as it regards the welfare of their children. In fact, she noted that they must not only go into protective mode for the females, but attention must be paid to the males as well. read more

Domestic squad ready for France 2017

← Previous Story FRANCE 2017: Olympic champions with only two players from Danish league! Next Story → Vive Tauron Kielce count on legends and fight for Janc! French team is ready to fight for the glory at historic event on home soil – World Championship 2017. Coaching duo Dinart-Gille will have a big debut on the biggest handball stage with the pressure of golden way until Paris Bercy final weekend.They choose 16 players plus one reserve on right wing Yanis Lenne.Benoit Kounkoud, Cyril Dumoulin, Nicolas Claire and Dika Mem stayed “under the line”.French squad for France 2017:Goalkeepers: Thierry Omeyer, Vincent Gérard.Left wings: Michaël Guigou, Kentin Mahé.Left backs: William Accambray, Olivier Nyokas, Tymothey N’Guessan.Playmakers: Nikola Karabatic, Daniel Narcisse.Right backs: Nédim Rémili, Adrien Di Panda.Right wings: Luc Abalo, Valentin Porte, Yanis Lenne (reserve)Line players: Ludovic Fabregas, Cédric Sorhaindo, Luka Karabatic. France 2017france 2017 handball read more

Apple officially kicks off App Store subscriptions

first_imgWe’ve heard mention of subscriptions officially coming to the App Store for a few months now, but today Apple has made them law. In a press release Apple announced that its App Store would make the subscription service available to all app publishers, just like it was on The Daily (you know, the iPad newspaper app). In their release Apple noted that the subscription service would work with all “content” apps, which includes newspapers, magazines, music, and so on.The service seems pretty simple from the buyer side–you download the app you want and then within the app you can sign up for a subscription. The publisher sets the price and length, and then you are automatically charged prior to each period. It’s just like a magazine subscription, though it should be a whole lot easier to cancel. Apple is giving customers a spot in their account page where they can manage subscriptions so you aren’t paying for anything you don’t want.AdChoices广告Interestingly, the release notes that “Publishers who use Apple’s subscription service in their app can also leverage other methods for acquiring digital subscribers outside of the app,” which means that publishers with existing businesses (think magazines and newspapers) can use their systems, they just need to get the publication in sync with their apps. Also, they won’t be able to offer any specials deals there that are not available in the app. So Apple is being somewhat flexible here, but they are not going to allow increased pricing when a publisher has to pay the rev share.Read the full release from Applelast_img read more

Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition phones updated to Android

first_imgJust over a week after the next version of Android was officially announced, the Google Play edition variants of HTC and Samsung’s flagship phones are getting an OTS update to 4.3.When Google’s Hugo Barra pulled a unique Galaxy S4 out of his pocket during their developer conference keynote, he explained that one of the benefits to this new variant of this flagship phone would be prompt updates. This statement was further enhanced by the appearance of a leaked Android 4.3 ROM for the Galaxy S4 GPe before the next version of Android was even announced.The whole point to this program was to offer Google vision for Android on something other than the Nexus program. There was some concern regarding the speed of updates when it was discovered that HTC and Samsung respectively would be responsible for delivering the software updates instead of Google, but those concerns were put to rest when Android 4.3 started rolling out to the Google Play editions of both the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One over the weekend.Even though the US variant of the HTC One is still stuck on Android 4.1.2, the GPe phones are now running the very latest version of Android. This update is a little more significant than a Nexus device going from 4.2.2 to 4.3, because it comes with a number of fixes that only applied to these phones.The initial release of the Google Play edition phones showed that there was very little in the way of performance differences between the vanilla Android and OEM “enhanced” variants of the handsets. A little bit of digging into the software revealed that, especially with the HTC One, this was because much of the Sense framework was still being deployed under the hood. The update to Android 4.3 does away with a great deal of that, meaning this update brings both of these phones much closer to a pure vanilla experience than the initial release.HTC One GPe users will also find that the IR sensor now works. While the phone does not come with an IR app, there are several in the Google Play Store that take advantage of the sensor. The BeatsAudio system is still onboard the HTC One, continuing to allow users to take advantage of the impressive front facing speakers offered with that hardware.Galaxy S4 GPe users will notice that Bluetooth tethering is enabled, where previously the feature was broken. The random TouchWiz fragments, like the all black background in the menu areas and the incorrect tabs in the mail app are now gone entirely. As Bluetooth 4.0 is enabled in Android 4.3, both phones are now capable of using the Low Energy modes that ironically were working just fine in their bloatware riddled manufacturer supported counterparts.If you have a Google Play edition phone and have not yet received the update, it is expected to continue tolling out all week. If you’ve been waiting for a reason to get a Google Play edition phone, now is the best time to consider it. What was clearly a rush job to deliver the first versions of each of these phone has now been replaced with what appears to be a polished release product worthy of the attention it received back when the phones were announced.last_img read more

Suarez Early goal wokeup Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona striker Luis Suarez feels SD Huesca’s early goal served as a wake-up call for the squad in Sunday’s 8-2 winBraces from Lionel Messi and Suarez along with further goals from Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Jordi Alba and an own-goal by Jorge Pulido ensured Barcelona of all the three points at the Camp Nou.But it was Huesca who took the lead in the game through Colombian forward Cucho Hernandez on the third minute.“What’s important is helping the team and winning the game, that’s what counts,” said Suarez, according to Sport.“Little by little we’re finding our rhythm,”“We were asleep a little bit at the beginning [when Huesca scored], although that forced us to react.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Suarez had to wait for a VAR review before his first goal was allowed.“When you score you want to celebrate it and the adrenaline of the goal’s lost a little bit with VAR, but it means there aren’t any mistakes,” he said.Barcelona lead Real Madrid at the top of the league table through a superior goal difference.“It’s always important to be at the top,” Suarez finished.“But things are just getting started and we have to be prepared for what is to come.”Barcelona will be back in action on September 15 away to Real Sociedad in La Liga.last_img read more

Koulibaly believes Napoli is improving

first_imgThe team is now third in the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season with three victories and only one defeatNapoli is climbing positions in the Italian Lega Serie A.The team was able to beat Fiorentina 1-0 last Saturday and is now set to start their UEFA Champions League season.Napoli is set to visit Serbian team Red Star Belgrade tomorrow.And footballer Kalidou Koulibaly believes his team is improving a lot.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We don’t need to change coach to understand that we have to improve our performance in the Champions League,” Koulibaly said at a press conference as quoted by Football Italia.“We also know how difficult it is to play at a feisty stadium like the Marakana. We must be able to win at this stadium.”“You [journalists] are talking about PSG and Liverpool, but we have to think about the Red Star because we want to move forward, even if the odds aren’t on our side,” he added.“We’re on the right track, even if we’re not at our best yet, but now we have to think about the Champions League, which is something else.”“Today we’re treating every competition with importance. We’ve started quite well in the League and now we face matches that we dreamed of as children. And we want to do well in them.”last_img read more

Police report vehicle vandal and ask for help in case of severely

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – Lots of likes and kudos from the general public for the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police as it moves to be more forthcoming with crime information… among the reports issued, is a disturbing series of attacks in Grand Turk from Thursday. At least two off duty police officers and two civilians reported their cars vandalized by who investigators believe may be the same culprit or culprits. Around 3am Thursday was when the vandal struck; using bricks and rocks the four separate incidents roused vehicle owners from their sleep with a loud noise and upon inspection outside they found their windshields busted. No one was injured and all of the incidents took place in Breezy Brae and information is needed to solve this one. More seriously, a young man – 27 was beaten near fatally and had to be airlifted out of the country on the weekend. The man was found on Aviation Drive around 12:30am Friday, when emergency services were called. There were head, chest and leg injuries according to the police report. Police say they have already begun investigations even as they ask the public for help in determining who is responsible for this violent assault. Kevino Smith protests to continue Thursday at Parliament Recommended for you Vehicle Break Ins escalating; fiends hot wire cars Related Items:breezy brae, cars, vandalized Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Car break ins still happening, residents not taking heedlast_img read more

Port of San Diego job fair and economic impact report

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCommissioner Rafael Castellanos join Good Morning San Diego to discuss the upcoming job fair for the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal construction projects and he will also talk about the economic impact report recently released.The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 101 at the San Diego Continuing Education Center.According to the Port of San Diego’s economic impact report in 2017, the Port’s overall economic impact on the San Diego County region was $9.4 billion, a 13 percent increase over two years, and a 22 percent increase over four years. There were more than 44,300 jobs on the Port’s waterfront, including shipbuilding and cargo handling, tourism and hospitality jobs. Through a multiplier effect, approximately one in 30 San Diego County jobs were generated by the Port.View the complete 2017 Economic Impact Report by clicking here. March 13, 2019 Posted: March 13, 2019 Port of San Diego job fair and economic impact report KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Alaska Fire Personnel Deploy To California

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska fire personnel made their way down to California over the weekend to assist with response efforts as the California wildfires continue. The assignments are for two weeks, but can be extended an additional week. The Northern California fire has wiped out the town of Paradise and killed 42 people. Two others have been killed in Southern California, where another fire is burning. According to Tim Mowry with the Division of Forestry Alaska firefighting crews disband for the winter, but some fire management professionals are available to fill a variety of response jobs in California.center_img Mowry said roughly half a dozen people headed down to California on Saturday and Sunday in response to a call that came Friday afternoon Photo courtesy of ABC Newslast_img read more

Making the Case For RecessionProof City and Regional Titles

first_imgOver the last few years, regionals have trended toward vertical launches—business journals, home/design magazines, luxury titles—that have a more narrow audience and cover smaller geographic regions. “Regionals are going through and will continue to go through their own normal consolidation, albeit for different reasons than national titles,” says Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, an M&A advisory company for the regional market. While much of the publishing industry grits its teeth in anticipation of a recession and national publishers reign in their print launches, the city and regional market remains hot, thanks to a low barrier to entry and a continued demand for print. The first quarter of 2008 alone has seen a flurry of regional magazine launches.“Local, local, local—that’s the key,” says Dan Shannon, publisher of Chapel Hill magazine and Durham, a bi-monthly title with 20,000 circulation set to launch this spring. “Everyone identifies with their own city or town and embraces the media that recognize that fact.” “When the economy tightens, as it is doing now, ad dollars become even more focused,” says Randy Thompson, co-publisher of Virginia Wine Lover. The quarterly magazine, with an initial circulation of 80,000, was set to launch May 1 with 84 pages—about 30 of which are ad pages. “Regional and niche publications can capitalize on that.”Regionals: An Optimistic MarketWhile regional magazines may not be recession-proof, a number of new publishers are optimistic that regionals are in a better cycle than their national counterparts. “If you have a strong product that people want and need then you can get through the economic cycles,” says Jonathan Weber, publisher and CEO of New West Publishing. After developing NewWest.net in 2005, Weber in February launched New West, a quarterly business and consumer magazine focused on growth and development in the mountain regions of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon.“We’re starting out fairly small, with the first issue at a circulation of 25,000, but we have a good circ strategy which we’re confident will get the magazine into the right hands,” Weber says. Of the 68 pages in the launch issue, Weber has 35 advertisers over about 20 ad pages.New publishers are finding also that there’s a lower barrier to entry in the regional market. “We feel like our situation is unique in that Alabama is overdue for a smart, articulate lifestyle magazine,” says Lee Hurley, co-publisher of Thicket, a bi-monthly lifestyle title with an initial 30,000 circulation, that launched in January.M&A Remains Strong, TooDespite the overall economic downturn, the market has seemingly valued regional magazines well. In May 2007, Modern Luxury sold to Clarity Partners for an estimated $250 million. In February 2008, Niche Media purchased DLG Media Holdings, publisher of lifestyle and fashion magazine Philadelphia Style.According to Chris Shannon, managing director at Berkery Noyes, national media companies will launch more regional products and more mid-size companies will to look to own “families” of regional titles. Mac Leod expects to see a number of regional titles, especially those that have been impacted by the declining housing market, put up for sale over the next year.“We anticipate that it will be a frothy market in the second half of the year,” Mac Leod says. “Also look to see even more buyers and sellers from the newspaper sector active in the regional magazine market.”last_img read more

Sensex Surges 300 Points Huge Inflows in Oil and Gas Investors Shrug

first_imgDespite concerns regarding Iraq crises, investors helped surge the prices of oil and gases on Tuesday. Brent crude futures closed at $113 per barrel on Tuesday, amid the deteriorating situation in Iraq.IndexIndexCurrentCurrentChange (in points)Change (in points)Percent changePercent changeIndexS&P BSE SENSEXCurrent25521.19Change (in points)+330Percent change+1.31IndexS&P BSE 100Current7750.84Change (in points)+106.73Percent change+1.40IndexS&P BSE 200Current3116.33Change (in points)+41.70Percent change+1.36 S&P BSE 1007750.84+106.73+1.40 Suzlon Energy29.50-1.55-4.99 “We have seen a minor correction, and it’s giving an entry point to people who were not part of the earlier rally. Markets are likely to trade range-bound till the budget and we may see some portfolio shuffling,” Reuters quoted Suresh Parmar, head of institutional equities at Khandelwal Jain Management Consultancy (KJMC).”It’s still a buy-on-dip market and the outlook is positive,” he added.Price of six stocks declined among 30 listed companies in BSE index. They include Bajaj Auto, Cipla Ltd, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Hero MotoCorp Ltd and Hindustan Unilever Ltd.Hang Sent Index closed at 23,203.59 points, with a decline of 97.08 points and a 4.02 percent change, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed at 14,975.97 points, with an incline of 42.62 points and a 0.29 percent change.Top Gainers:Name/SymbolName/SymbolPrice in INRPrice in INRChange (in points)Change (in points)Percent changePercent changeName/SymbolJPINFATECHPrice in INR33Change (in points)+3.75Percent change+12.82Name/SymbolIRB InfraPrice in INR209.60Change (in points)+15.20Percent change+7.82Name/SymbolIFCIPrice in INR40.20Change (in points)+2.15Percent change+5.65Name/SymbolHindustan CorpPrice in INR114.15Change (in points)+6.00Percent change+5.55Name/SymbolFederal BankPrice in INR125.10Change (in points)+5.95Percent change+4.99 Godrej Cons813.55-17.80-2.14 IndexCurrentChange (in points)Percent change 52 week High: 25,735.9052 week Low: 17,448.70 IFCI40.20+2.15+5.65 S&P BSE SENSEX25521.19+330+1.31 Bhushan Steel406.85-8.05-1.94 IRB Infra209.60+15.20+7.82 JPINFATECH33+3.75+12.82 INR strengthened at 60.1350 a dollar, with change of 0.0300 points and 0.05 percent. However, it opened weak at early trade at 60.3525 per dollar. Moreover, among 13 Asia-Pacific currencies, six currencies inclined among INR while the remaining seven declined.Top Losers:Name/SymbolName/SymbolPrice in INRPrice in INRChange (in points)Change (in points)Percent changePercent changeName/SymbolSuzlon EnergyPrice in INR29.50Change (in points)-1.55Percent change-4.99Name/SymbolSun TV NetworkPrice in INR434.10Change (in points)-9.80Percent change-2.21Name/SymbolGodrej ConsPrice in INR813.55Change (in points)-17.80Percent change-2.14Name/SymbolBhushan SteelPrice in INR406.85Change (in points)-8.05Percent change-1.94Name/SymbolMahindra & MahindraPrice in INR1180.80Change (in points)-19.90Percent change-1.66 BSE index ended up at 25,521 points with an incline of 330.71 points at 1.31 percent change, while Nifty reached 7631.70 points, surging 98.15 points with a 1.3 percent change.Day’s High: 52,545.90Day’s High: 52,545.90Day’s Low: 25,104.50Day’s Low: 25,104.50Day’s High: 52,545.9052 week High: 25,735.90Day’s Low: 25,104.5052 week Low: 17,448.70 Name/SymbolPrice in INRChange (in points)Percent change Federal Bank125.10+5.95+4.99 Mahindra & Mahindra1180.80-19.90-1.66 Sun TV Network434.10-9.80-2.21 Hindustan Corp114.15+6.00+5.55 Name/SymbolPrice in INRChange (in points)Percent change Day’s High: 52,545.90Day’s Low: 25,104.50 The standard and poor BSE index of oil and gas touched 11,690.27 at 324.86 incline and 2.86 percent change. The stock price of ONGC touched Rs. 444.55 with an incline of Rs. 17.40 and a 4.07 percent change. Besides, the stock price of Banks and capital goods surged on Tuesday. S&P BSE 2003116.33+41.70+1.36last_img read more

Teenager jailed for raping minor girl in Chandpur

first_imgFollowing the case, police arrested the accused on Tuesday afternoon. According to case statement, the seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped by Rakib Bepari, 12, son of Mostafa Bepari at Koila ghat in the district town on Monday. Officer-in-charge of Chandpur Sadar Model police station Waliullah Oli said that a court in Chandpur sent the accused to jail. A teenage boy was sent to jail on Tuesday on charge of raping a seven-year-old girl at Koila ghat in Chandpur district. Failing to settle the matter through arbitration, victim’s family filed a case on Tuesday.last_img

The Creepiest Video Game Cults

first_img This week sees the release of an indie title we’ve been excited about for some time, The Church In The Darkness, which lets you infiltrate a Jonestown-esque cult compound and try to save your brainwashed nephew while not getting found out and forced to drink some special Kool-Aid. Cults have been a popular choice for video game antagonists for decades, from role-playing to all-out action, but not all cults are created equal. In this feature we spotlight ten made-up religions that really push the evil.The Healing ChurchFrom Software’s Bloodborne takes place in a terrifying, decaying Victorian city called Yharnam that is infested with corrupted humans and eldritch beasts that will kill you faster than you can scream. Why is that? Thank the Healing Church, who discovered the hidden Pthumerian blood in tombs beneath the city and experimented with it, resulting in the entire population becoming addicted. They claimed the blood had healing properties, luring the sick and infirm to Yharnam. Things got so terrible there that the whole city was quarantined in a dream realm to keep the Old Ones awakened by the blood from destroying the world.Get Bloodborne at AmazonUnitologyMany religions start as an attempt to find meaning in the unknown, and Dead Space‘s Unitology is no different. In the world of the gory limb-severing video game, the crash at the Chicxulub crater brought the first sign of the Markers to Earth, and although most of the scientists at the site were driven to madness, one man, Michael Altman, was able to resist. He was murdered for his troubles and dubbed the “Reluctant Prophet” by the group that would soon be called Unitologists. The cult believes that all life is prologue for the “convergence” that happens after death, when human corpses transform into ravaging Necromorphs, and their end goal is to convince all of humanity to commit suicide and be reborn.Get Dead Space at AmazonChildren Of AtomCults thrive after tragedy, so it’s not surprising that the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 3 has some religious wingnuts. The Children of Atom, who you first meet in the ramshackle hamlet of Megaton, have built a whole belief system around the nuclear destruction that ravaged the Earth. In their doctrine, every time a nuke is detonated it creates an entire new universe, and the lingering fallout isn’t cancer – it’s “The Glow.” Members seek out heavily irradiated areas to build shrines to their deity, and stockpile and protect unexploded bombs to usher in even more glorious creation.Get Fallout 3 at AmazonThe OrderThere are few things in the gaming world that make us sadder than Konami keeping the Silent Hill series in limbo. It’s one of the survival horror genre’s keystones and the mythos behind the isolation and fear is top notch. Case in point: the Order, the malevolent cult behind so much of the series’ bad times. Founded in the early days of the American colonies, in the 1800s a quartet of pioneers entered a contract with a dark god from the Otherworld to overturn human civilization and create a new world “free of sin.” Over the years, the Order has splintered into numerous sects, each of with is creepy and abusive in its own way.Get Silent Hill at AmazonLos IlluminadosResident Evil 4 was a major turning point from the series, as Capcom moved away both from the slow-paced mounting terror of previous games as well as the long-running adversary in the Umbrella Corporation. When Leon Kennedy gets dropped into the mountains of Spain, he mets the Illuminados, the descendents of an ancient pagan group that believed forcible implantation with the Plagas parasites was the one true path to enlightenment. Led by Osmund Saddler, the group planned to kidnap the President’s daughter and infect her as a vector to seize control of the United States government and, eventually, the world. Having literal mind control parasites definitely gives them a leg up in the brainwashing game.Get Resident Evil 4 at AmazonCult Of KefkaAfter the malevolent jester ushers in the World of Ruin in Final Fantasy VI, the few survivors realize that Kefka has enough power to mess them up whenever they want so they decide to form a quasi-religious organization to worship him and hopefully keep his ego satisfied. The Cult operate out of a tower in the Serpent Trench that their leader has enchanted to forbid the usage of physical attacks within (unless you’re smart and bring Umaro), and at the top is the priceless Soul of Thamasa that lets a magic-user cast spells twice in a round. The Cult are so single-mindedly devoted to their evil master that they ignore all communication from outsiders, but rumor has it they can be raised from their trance if somebody closely related calls out to them.Get Final Fantasy Anthology at AmazonThe Mythic DawnA popular use for cults in gaming is to provide underlings for the player to smash through on their way to the Big Boss, and Oblivion‘s Mythic Dawn are a classic example. Formed to worship the demonic Mehrunes Dragon, their end goal is to bring down the sorcerous barriers that insulate Tamriel from Oblivion and let the Daedra run rampant over the land. What the point of enslaving the whole planet isn’t made clear, but this is one of the few cults on this list that you have the option of joining, but if you don’t eventually betray them you can’t, you know, finish the game. If that’s important to you.Get Oblivion at AmazonThe Order Of The Harvest Moon1996 cult classic Harvester is one of the goriest and most disturbing point-and-click adventures ever made. In it, you play an amnesiac man who wakes up in a small town and is told that all of his questions will be answered if he joins the Order of the Harvest Moon. The path to do so takes him through a series of increasingly illegal and amoral initiations. Once you’re in, you learn that the Order is actually an evil murder cult with a very terrifying mission: to transform you, the player of the game, into a serial killer by desensitizing you to brutality, pain and violence. The complicity you play in the cult’s actions is the big reason why they land in such a sweet spot on this list.Get Harvester at AmazonThe OroThe Condemned games start out pretty down to earth, with the player controlling Ethan Thomas, a FBI crime scene investigator on the hunt for a mysterious serial killer. As you progress, though, it becomes apparent that this is more than a lone nut — in fact, Metro City is under siege by a group called the Oro, an ancient cult of mutated humans who are born with an alteration of their vocal chords. Aided by metal implants, they can use their voices to plant suggestions in people’s minds and even cause physical harm. Ethan tracks the group to their lair and manages to destroy it, but in a final cutscene it’s heavily hinted that the tendrils of the Oro reach all the way up to the President of the United States.Get Condemned at AmazonTemple GateThe Outlast series is one of the shining lights in horror games right now, as they perfectly capture the feeling of helplessness and dread necessary to inspire true terror. The second game in the series puts you in the shoes of a cameraman investigating the murder of a young woman in Arizona, only to discover that the whole town of Temple Gate has been taken over by a violent, apocalyptic cult led by a man named “Papa” Sullivan Knoth. Knoth believes that your wife is pregnant with the Antichrist and pursues you in a nerve-wracking adventure that features tons of atrocity. The madness is eventually traced to a chemical leak that has driven the populace mad, but by that point it’s already too late.Get Outlast Trinity at AmazonWatch: Nintendo Reveals Portable Switch Device Called Switch LiteMore on Geek.com:PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 MillionHands-On: ‘Oninaki’ Is an Emotional Action RPG ExperienceReview: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands What Matters Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on targetlast_img read more