Its disheartening Teepees start to come down at Saskatchewan legislature

first_imgThe Canadian PressTeepees came down at the Justice for Our Stolen Children camp on the grounds of the Saskatchewan legislature on Monday, and protesters say more will be brought down on Tuesday.The Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism said in an email late Monday that teepees would be coming down throughout the day Tuesday, and there would be a round dance for supporters and campers at sunset.On Friday, a judge ordered that the camp be dismantled after the government applied for a court-ordered eviction.The campers have been protesting racial injustice and the disproportionate number of Indigenous children in care since late February.There had been 15 teepees in the camp at one point, but that number was down to 10 by Monday morning. At least two of the teepees came down after the court order, while others were taken down for the annual Treaty 4 Gathering taking place in Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask., this week.Regina police spokeswoman Elizabeth Popowich said in an email earlier Monday that the department had been in talks with the province and protesters, and Chief Evan Bray “expects a resolution in the near future.”No deadline was specified in Justice Ysanne Wilkinson’s order to take the camp down.Richelle Dubois said Monday it was “disheartening” to see the number of teepees shrink.“It shows the province’s true colours and how they feel about First Nation children and communities,” she said.Robyn Pitawanakwat, a spokeswoman for the camp, said earlier in the day that protesters were still undecided about where to go from here, and they held several meetings over the weekend to discuss their options.“We’re hopeful _ hopeful that there’s still a future for our cause and there’s still a future for our children,” Dubois said.Lawyer Dan LeBlanc, who represents the protesters, wasn’t immediately available for comment. A spokesperson for the provincial government declined to comment further on the future of the camp.Pitawanakwat said spirits have been good at the camp and people have been united since the court order. She said the focus should be on the issues they’ve brought forward, rather than bylaws and permissions.last_img read more

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Medical marijuana users set lobbying push on federal cannabis tax proposal

first_imgOTTAWA – Medical marijuana patients are bracing for an uphill battle in their bid to convince the federal government to exempt medicinal cannabis from excise taxes.Their lobbying effort will begin once MPs start debating the government’s budget implementation bill, which in its current form would apply the taxes to all but a small group of cannabis-based drugs.Patients and doctors groups fear that, as a result, those cannabis medications not exempted from the tax will be too expensive for patients who already struggle to make ends meet.They say they are planning to lobby federal officials to change the bill before it becomes law.Gerald Major, president of the Canadian Spondylitis Association, says he and other patient advocates plan to push federal officials for a change, even though the Liberal government has so far refused to budge.“What we can do, and what we will continue to do, is to continue to be at the table, continue to act reasonably and responsibly and try to look for solutions,” Major said.The government says exempting medicinal cannabis could lead to abuse of the existing medical marijuana system.The government wants to tax legal marijuana at either $1 per gram or one-tenth of a product’s price, whichever is greater.The February budget outlined plans to waive that new tax for some cannabis-based pharmaceutical products, including oils that contain low amounts of THC, the primary psychoactive element in marijuana.Jonathan Zaid, founder of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, said his advocacy group met ministers, department officials and various MPs to explain the merits of exempting all cannabis-based pharmaceuticals from the excise tax.Zaid said he believed the message had been heard.What was in the budget came as something of a surprise to Zaid and his colleagues.“There is still time before it’s implemented to work within the proposal to make it the best possible for patients,” he said.The Liberals heard concerns about the proposal to apply an excise tax to medical cannabis products through two separate consultations held last year — one by the Finance Department, the other by Health Canada. A summary report of the Health Canada consultations noted most respondents opposed applying excise taxes to medical cannabis products.Major said the taxation proposal could also create two classes of medical marijuana patients: those who can cover the extra costs, and those who will have to decide between their medicine and rent or hydro.“You’re really limiting patients to what they can afford, not what their condition requires,” said Major, whose condition forced him to give up his career as a hedge fund manager six years ago.last_img read more

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Coming to store shelves cameras that guess your age and sex

NEW YORK — Eyeing that can of soda in the supermarket cooler? Or maybe you’re craving a pint of ice cream? A camera could be watching you.But it’s not there to see if you’re stealing. These cameras want to get to know you and what you’re buying.It’s a new technology being trotted out to retailers, where cameras try to guess your age, gender or mood as you walk by. The intent is to use the information to show you targeted real-time ads on in-store video screens.Companies are pitching retailers to bring the technology into their physical stores as a way to better compete with online rivals like Amazon that are already armed with troves of information on their customers and their buying habits.With store cameras, you may not even realize you are being watched unless you happen to notice the penny-sized lenses. And that has raised concerns over privacy.“The creepy factor here is definitely a 10 out of 10,” said Pam Dixon, the executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a non-profit that researches privacy issues.At the National Retail Federation trade show in New York earlier this year, a smart shelf on display by Mood Media tried to detect “happiness” or “fear” as people stood in front it — information a store could use to gauge reaction to a product on the shelf or an ad on a screen. Cineplex Digital Media showed off video screens that can be placed in malls or bus stops and try to tell if someone is wearing glasses or sporting a beard, which in turn can be used to sell ads for new frames or razors.The screens can also be placed at the drive-thru. A minivan pulling into a fast food restaurant, for example, might get an ad for a family-sized meal on the video screen menu.For now, the cameras are in just a handful of stores.Kroger, which has 2,800 supermarkets, is testing cameras embedded in a price sign above shelves in two stores in the suburbs outside Cincinnati and Seattle. Video screens attached to the shelves can play ads and show discounts. Kroger said the cameras guess a shopper’s age and sex but the information is anonymous and the data is not being stored. If the tests work out well, the company said it could expand it into other locations.Walgreens, which has more than 8,000 drugstores, installed cooler doors with cameras and sensors at six locations in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Bellevue, Washington. Instead of the usual clear glass doors that allow customers to see inside, there are video screens that display ads along with the cooler’s contents.Above the door handle is a camera that can try to guess ages and track irises to see where you are looking, but Walgreens said those functions are off for now. The company said the cameras are currently being used to sense when someone is in front of the cooler and count the number of shoppers passing by. It declined to say if it will turn on the other functions of the camera.“All such enhancements will be carefully reviewed and considered in light of any consumer privacy concerns,” Walgreens said.Advocates of the technology say it could benefit shoppers by showing them discounts tailored to them or drawing attention to products that are on sale. But privacy experts warn that even if the information being collected is anonymous, it can still be used in an intrusive way.For instance, if many people are eyeing a not-so-healthy dessert but not buying it, a store could place it at the checkout line so you see it again and “maybe your willpower breaks down,” said Ryan Calo, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law and co-director of its Tech Policy Lab.“Just because a company doesn’t know exactly who you are doesn’t mean they can’t do things that will harm you,” Calo said.The technology could also lead to discriminatory practices, like raising prices when an older person walks in or pushing products based on your perceived mood such as ads for anti-depression medication if the cameras think you look sad, adds Dixon of the World Privacy Forum. .“We shouldn’t be gathering the emotional state of anyone,” Dixon said.At a Walgreens in New York, a sign above a rack of wines said the store is testing cameras and sensors that “do not identify you or store any images.” The sign doesn’t say where the cameras or sensors are, but it does have a web address for the privacy policy of Cooler Screens, the company that makes the doors.Calvin Johnson, who was looking for a Snapple, said he visited the store before, but didn’t notice the cameras until a reporter pointed them out.“I don’t like that at all,” Johnson said.Another shopper, Ray Ewan, said he noticed the lenses while grabbing a Diet Coke, but isn’t concerned since cameras are hard to avoid.“There’s one on each corner,” Ewan said.Not all retailers are keen on adding embedded cameras. Walmart’s Sam’s Club, which is testing shelves with digital price tags, is cautious about them.“I think the most important thing you do with tech like that is to make sure people know,” said John Furner, Sam’s Club’s CEO. “You don’t want to surprise people on how you use technology or data.”Jon Reily, vice-president of commerce strategy at consultancy Publicis.Sapient, said retailers risk offending customers who may be shown ads that are aimed at a different gender or age group. Nonetheless, he expects the embedded cameras to be widely used in the next four years as the technology gets more accurate, costs less and shoppers become used to it.For now, he said, “we are still on the creepy side of the scale.”_____Associated Press reporters Manuel Valdes in Seattle and Anne D’Innocenzio in New York also contributed to this story._____For all of AP’s tech coverage, visit https://apnews.com/apf-technologyJoseph Pisani, The Associated Press read more

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Ousted President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi dies in court

Mursi was elected to power in 2012 in Egypt’s first free presidential election, having been thrown into the race at the last moment by the disqualification on a technicality of millionaire businessman Khairat al-Shater, by far the Brotherhood’s preferred choice.His victory marked a radical break with the military men who had provided every Egyptian leader since the overthrow of the monarchy in 1952. Security sources said the Interior Ministry had declared a state of alert on Monday, notably in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, where the body was expected to be taken for burial.Mursi had been in court for a hearing on charges of espionage emanating from suspected contacts with the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which had close ties to the Brotherhood. (Courtesy Reuters) Mursi promised a moderate Islamist agenda to steer Egypt into a new democratic era where autocracy would be replaced by transparent government that respected human rights and revived the fortunes of a powerful Arab state long in decline.But the euphoria that greeted the end of an era of presidents who ruled like pharaohs did not last long.The stocky, bespectacled man, born in 1951 in the dying days of the monarchy, told Egyptians he would deliver an “Egyptian renaissance with an Islamic foundation”. The public prosecutor said he had collapsed in a defendants’ cage in the courtroom shortly after speaking, and had been pronounced dead in hospital at 4:50 p.m. (1450 GMT). It said an autopsy had shown no signs of recent injury on his body. Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi, the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt’s modern history, died on Monday aged 67 after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities said.Mursi, a top figure in the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, had been in jail since being toppled by the military in 2013 after barely a year in power following mass protests against his rule. Instead, he alienated millions who accused him of usurping unlimited powers, imposing the Brotherhood’s conservative brand of Islam and mismanaging the economy, all of which he denied. After decades of repression under Egyptian autocrats, the Brotherhood won a parliamentary election after a popular uprising toppled Mubarak and his military-backed establishment in 2011. read more

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Donor shortfalls threaten emergency food pipeline for Liberia UN warns

The World Food Programme’s (WFP) work is also being hindered in some areas by the worsening conditions of roads leading to food distribution sites. In Blamasee camp, for example, a food convoy got stuck in the mud for several hours before reaching its destination. Heavy rains might continue to affect the timely delivery of food to some beneficiaries this month.Last month WFP said more than 300,000 Liberians would be threatened by famine and that it needed another $11 million to buy food for the rest of the year for the West African country, which a UN peacekeeping mission is trying to help back onto its feet after 14 years of a devastating civil war.A UN humanitarian coordination meeting was held in Gbarpolu County this week where the issues of concern included the need for repairs in hand pumps and wells and the chlorination of open wells.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is providing technical assistance to farmers in several counties. Farmers have attributed delays in their agricultural schedule to late returns to their communities of refugees and internally displaced persons. FAO said that although more land is being cultivated this year than in 2003, only an estimated 10 per cent of all cultivated land is being used.Meanwhile vaccinations are continuing in Sinoe and Gbarpolu counties where some 75,000 children under the age of five will be vaccinated against measles and receive Vitamin A capsules.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners have provided 20 water wells with hand pumps and 36 drop-holes latrines to five districts. It is envisaged that 8,000 children and other community residents will benefit from these services. read more

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New Komatsu Training Academy established in Brisbane

first_imgLeading mining and earthmoving equipment supplier Komatsu Australia has moved into the vocational educational field, offering a range of high-level technical, operator and management courses throughout Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.It has established a new business unit, Komatsu Training Academy – a nationally registered training organisation (RTO) – to deliver vocational educational courses through what is one of the most advanced technical training facilities in the region.Komatsu Training Academy’s National Business Manager is Janine Temple, who has more than 17 years’ experience in training and management development roles at leading industry associations, including the Australian Mines and Metals Association, the Civil Contractors Federation, and the Housing Industry Association.Komatsu Training Academy (KTA) is headquartered at the Komatsu Technical Education Centre (KTEC) in Brisbane, which over the past few years has become the company’s primary training centre for operators and technicians in the region.KTEC is one of the region’s most advanced technical training facilities for a wide range of equipment – providing training not only for mining, earthmoving and utility products, but also equipment used by other industries, such as transport, warehousing and logistics.According to Temple, KTA has been specifically developed to deliver nationally recognised and customised training where customers need it. This includes training online, on-site, at customers’ premises or at the company’s dedicated facilities in Brisbane and other centres.“Our course offerings include a mix of fully accredited, nationally recognised courses and modules, along with purpose-designed training developed to meet customers’ specific needs,” she said.“Through our team of specialist industry-qualified trainers, we can deliver a broad range of customisable courses, including leadership and management training, operator proficiency development, and specialised technical training and skills development.”last_img read more

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Noonan rejects Tobin tax over fear of jobs losses

first_imgMINISTER FOR FINANCE Michael Noonan has rejected an EU financial tax plan over fears that it will lead to the loss of jobs to Britain.Earlier this year, Noonan said any financial transaction tax should be rolled out on a EU-wide basis, as Ireland would otherwise risk losing financial business to Britain – which has also rejected the proposal.Following the meeting in Luxembourg, Noonan said 33,000 Irish people worked in financial services – and that if the country accepted a financial transaction tax while Britain did not there would be a transfer of business and jobs to London.Eleven member states – led by Germany, France, Italy and Spain – have opted into the ‘Tobin tax’, which will see the introduction of a common tax on financial transactions with the aim of encouraging responsible trading and making the markets pay for decades of excess.“This is a small step for 11 countries but a giant leap for Europe,” Austrian Deputy Finance Minister Andreas Schieder said. “The way is now clear for a just contribution from the banking and financial sector for financing the burdens of the crisis.”The concept of such levies was first introduced in the 1970s by US Nobel laureate James Tobin, who advocated taxes on transactions to curb market volatility.The adoption of the tax by so many member states has raised speculation that it could be used to create a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB), which would establish a uniform tax base across EU countries and in turn potentially threaten the benefits of Ireland’s low corporate tax rate.However, Noonan dismissed such concerns – saying that the CCCTB is not a transaction tax but a corporation tax.Uploaded by AFPColumn: The financial transaction tax is a must for Ireland’s future>last_img read more

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Icelands Volcanoes Could Be Used To Power Europe

first_imgApproximately 80 percent of Iceland’s energy comes from geothermal power. And thanks to newly discovered underground lava, that number could continue to grow.In fact, Iceland could be producing so much geothermal energy that it’s considering building a giant undersea cable to help power countries in Europe. If the project goes through, clean burning energy could become the country’s number one export.According to Fast Company, the proposed cable could be up to 1,180 miles long and it would be used to export five billion kilowatt-hours of power on an annual basis. That amounts to several hundred million dollars worth of energy and enough to power over a million homes.last_img read more

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Elevage la surconsommation dantibiotiques chez les animaux pointée du doigt

first_imgElevage : la surconsommation d’antibiotiques chez les animaux pointée du doigtLe salon de l’Agriculture a fermé ses portes hier, et s’il a comme chaque année attiré des milliers de visiteurs, l’événement fut également l’occasion de nombreuses dénonciations concernant l’élevage. Outre les conditions de souffrance dans lesquelles vivent les animaux, le rapport annuel de l’Agence nationale du médicament vétérinaire (ANMV), a ainsi publié son dernier rapport, pointant du doigt les tonnes d’antibiotiques administrées aux bêtes, et leur impact sur la santé humaine.En 2009, ce sont plus de 1.000 tonnes d’antibiotiques qui ont été vendues en France pour les animaux, indique le rapport cité par 20minutes.fr. Ce sont les porcs qui ingèrent le plus de médicaments. 44% des antibiotiques vendus leur étaient en effet destinés contre 22% pour les volailles, 16% pour les les bovins, et 8% pour les lapins. Une consommation d’antibiotiques qui après avoir augmenté de près de 13% depuis 1999, accuse une baisse de près de 4% par rapport à 2008.À lire aussiUne incroyable vidéo montre une bactérie attraper au lasso un morceau d’ADNSi cette surconsommation de médicaments pour les animaux d’élevage est pointée du doigt, c’est parce qu’elle serait à l’origine de la résistance de plus en plus grande de l’homme à l’effet des antibiotiques. Des bactéries résistantes peuvent être transmises à l’homme par la viande qu’il consomme, mais pas seulement. “Elles peuvent être rejetées dans l’environnement avec les excréments animaux, être présentes dans l’eau, contaminer la viande lors de l’abattage et se retrouver dans nos assiettes si la température de cuisson est insuffisante pour les détruire”, alerte l’Institut de veille sanitaire. Patrice Courvalin, chercheur à l’institut Pasteur de Paris, déplore sur le site du Point la façon dont le recours aux antibiotiques est devenu en France un automatisme. “Aujourd’hui, on donne toujours des antibiotiques à forte dose pour traiter des maladies, mais aussi à dose moyenne pour prévenir les épidémies dans les élevages. C’est la facilité pour ceux qui ne sont pas assez attentifs à l’hygiène”, souligne-t-il. D’après l’Agence européenne du médicament, le phénomène d’antibiorésistance serait chaque année à l’origine de 25.000 décès, dont 4.200 en France, pays détenant le taux européen record de résistance aux antibiotiques.Le 28 février 2011 à 18:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Puel backs Maddison for Three Lions future

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has backed new signing James Maddison to have a bright future with the English National team.The England U-21 international signed for The Foxes this summer from Norwich City for a fee around £24million.The midfielder got his first goal for the club in their 2-0 home victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers last Saturday after he was watched by England head coach Gareth Southgate on opening night against Manchester United the week before.Southgate will name his squad for next month’s Nations League opener against Spain and friendly with Switzerland, which will be held in Leicester, next week.Puel said, as quoted by BT Sport: “James has a modern style and I hope he becomes an international player for the future. He has the quality but for the moment he needs to be focused, to keep the concentration with his club.”“He is at the beginning of his career and we’ll continue to develop him.”James Maddison left to reflect on missed opportunities Stuart Heath – August 18, 2019 Leicester City’s James Maddison has been left dwelling on missed chances. After watching his side come away with a point, in a dominant second…“I hope, like a lot of his team-mates, it will be a good reference for the national team.”“Maddison was a young player and a lot of teams wanted him. It was a good opportunity for us and him to come and make good progress.”“We tried to put in place a style of play on the ground with quality, with technical players. It is a good for him because he is not physical, tall or powerful but he has something different.”“When I spoke to him I tried to give him the truth. I like to analyse the player to give him my feelings and feedback and to ask questions about his feelings about his play.”“I like to tell him how he can develop. He has made a lot of progress without the ball already.”“I like to introduce the project of the club and when we look at Leicester it’s a club which develops young players.”last_img read more

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Sergio Ramos disappointed with Real Madrid display

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos felt that they were below-par in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Athletic BilbaoLos Blancos went a goal down at the San Mames after Iker Muniain’s 32nd-minute opener for Bilbao.However, substitute Isco netted a second-half equaliser to spare Real of defeat and maintain their unbeaten start to the new La Liga campaign.While acknowledging that Bilbao had done well, Ramos was left unhappy with Real’s lack of intensity at times during the game.“It’s a demanding place for visiting sides to come. We were well aware that this is one of the toughest away trips in the division,” he told the club website.“The fans here really get behind their team and, that aside, Athletic know exactly what their game is all about. We knew that we’d be in for a tough test”.“In the first half, we struggled to move the ball around but we improved after the break and that told in the final result.“It’s an underwhelming result because we would have liked to have put another three points on the board, but we’ve now got to focus on our next game”.? ¡Gracias, #RMFans! ¡Os esperamos el miércoles en el Bernabéu para el partido de Champions! ???#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/dvWNbokgCLJames Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 15, 2018Ramos’ teammate and fellow full-back Marcelo was a little more optimistic over Real’s performance on Saturday.“The draw is a bit disappointing. We were hoping for a fairer outcome, which would have been to win the game.“We gave it our all to do so and we improved in the second half but we have to move on from this game and think about the next.“We had a lot of the ball and created chances but it just wouldn’t go in for us. We’ve got a fantastic team, we played well, but we couldn’t win the game”.“We didn’t want to drop any points here. We also lacked a bit of patience. After going behind, we tried to get on top quickly, but that’s the way things go in football.“We came very close to getting the three points. We’re firing on all cylinders right now”.Los Blancos will now turn their focus on to Wednesday night’s opening group game of the Champions League, where they are hoping to win an unprecedented fourth successive crown.last_img read more

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Agriculture Energy Water Approps Bills Bring Positives Negatives for Soybean Farmers

first_imgWith the release of several draft appropriations bills yesterday, including the FY17 Agricultural and Energy & Water Appropriations language, the American Soybean Association (ASA) has analyzed both for the potential impacts on soybean operations across the country.“Predictably, there are positives and negatives in each of these drafts,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, who farms in Greenwood, Del. “While the Energy & Water Appropriations bill looks to be very positive with regard to soybean farmer priorities, there are some issues we’re concerned about in the Agriculture Appropriations bill that we hope will be ironed out in the long run.”Among the positives in the Energy & Water Appropriations bill is a prohibition on the use of funds to implement the controversial Clean Water Rule, also known as Waters of the United States. Additionally, the bill boosts funding for waterways infrastructure to record levels, including $6.1 billion in overall funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Included in that overall number is $1.946 billion for the USACE Construction account, $3.157 billion for the Operations and Maintenance account, and $1.263 billion for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.“The Energy & Water Approps bill is very positive for soybean farmers,” said Wilkins. “It prohibits the use of funds to implement the Clean Water Rule, while at the same time investing in the infrastructure improvement we need to get our products reliably to our customers.”In the agricultural appropriations bill, ASA is concerned with a litany of cuts to conservation programs authorized in the farm bill, including $300 million from the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), $113 million from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and a reduction in the funds available for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program to $46.5 million. The association maintains a policy position opposing cuts to any farm bill program, as well as opposing the opening of the farm bill to restructure such programs.“The cuts to CSP, EQIP and RCPP are not conducive to our farmers’ conservation goals on their farms,” said Wilkins. “We count on these programs to help us hit our conservation benchmarks, and we won’t support the significant cuts contained in the House proposal.”Wilkins did point to a significant positive in the agriculture language, citing the $3 million set aside for outreach and education on agricultural biotechnology as a step in the right direction.“We’ve heard the leading minds in food safety and agricultural bioscience attest time and time again to the safety of biotechnology, but we’ve not done a good enough job at communicating the proven safety and the benefits of this technology to consumers,” Wilkins said. “This investment is a great initial commitment to that effort, and we applaud the House for including it.”last_img read more

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HC asks EC to register Ganosamhati Anodolon

first_imgThe High Court on Thursday ordered the election commission (EC) to register Ganosamhati Anodolon as political party within 30 days, reports UNB.A bench of justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order after hearing a rule seeking explanation as to why Ganosamhati Andolon will not be registered as a political party.On 11 November last year, the rule was issued following a writ petition filed by the party’s convener Zonayed Saki.Lawyer Jotirmoy Barua stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general Ekramul Haque Tutul represented the state.On 31 December, 2017, Ganosamhati Andolon applied to the EC for being registered as a political party which was rejected by the EC.On 23 September,2018 a legal notice was served on the EC seeking review of their decision but they failed to respond to the notice.last_img read more

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Peter Thiel Ends Bid to Buy Gawker

first_imgHogan successfully won judgments for $140 million in damages in the case against Gawker, which had published a sex video showing the wrestler in flagrante delicto with his ex-friend’s wife. Under a bankruptcy court settlement for $31 million, Hogan — whose real name is Terry Bollea — is entitled to 45% of the proceeds from the sale of Gawker. (In addition, the article with the sex video of Bollea was deleted from the Gawker site.)Following the sale of six websites to Univision, the Gawker Media assets include the Gawker.com domain name, social-media accounts and an archive of almost 200,000 articles. Lawyers for Gawker Media had objected to Thiel’s proposal to buy up those assets, suggesting he wanted to purge articles that Gawker had published about him — or simply eradicate the whole thing.Thiel currently has a net worth of $2.5 billion, according to Forbes. He first amassed his wealth after co-founding PayPal, which eBay acquired for $1.5 billion in 2002. Thiel also co-founded and owns a significant stake in Palantir Technologies, a data-analytics and antifraud software company valued at $20 billion. He is currently a partner at venture-capital firm Founders Fund and a Facebook board member. Peter Thiel is no longer trying to get his hands on Gawker’s now-dormant website and its archive of articles — apparently to avoid a costly and embarrassing legal fight over his backing of the litigation that drove Gawker Media into bankruptcy.In a filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York Wednesday, Thiel and his investment firm, Thiel Capital, said they had reached an agreement with the firm handling the liquidation of Gawker Media’s remaining assets to withdraw the bid.In addition, Thiel’s agreement will provide a legal release for the eventual purchaser of Gawker.com as well as the writers of the articles on the site. He also agreed to not fund any legal action against Gawker Media going forward. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.In 2016, Thiel was revealed to have funded wrestler Hulk Hogan’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media, along with two other suits. Those led to Gawker’s filing for bankruptcy and the sale of most of its assets to Univision Communications for $135 million. Thiel, who said in a speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention that “I’m proud to be gay,” remained upset about a 2007 Gawker article that reported he was gay. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Developer creates augmented reality Angry Birds

first_imgThe most imaginative version of Angry Birds yet has been created, but it wasn’t made by Rovio. It was an Iranian software company called PendAR. As you might guess from that name, it specializes in augmented reality technology.PendAR came up with a game in which the classic Angry Birds playfield — complete with slingshot, green pigs, and various breakable items like boxes and blocks — appears in 3D and looks like you’re playing a game of Angry Birds in the middle of your living room or or wherever you happen to be at the time.At this point, it takes a lot to turn Angry Birds into something no one has seen before. It has made its way to virtually every device capable of playing games, as well as a bevy of spin-off products like board games, toys, and movie tie-ins.If you’re thinking there is no way PendAR could get away with something like this, you’re right. Sadly, there are no plans to actually publish this game. It’s just for the small company to get some attention, and not so it can be the subject of a lawsuit. Although Rovio could approach them and do a deal.PendAR, which is named after the Persian word “pendar” (meaning imagination), is trying to distinguish itself in a market that still hasn’t been truly established. Augmented reality is kind of in limbo right now, with questions surrounding whether or not it can actually expand beyond simple, casual game experiences. So far, it hasn’t truly bled into the mainstream.PendAR (Persian) via VentureBeatlast_img read more

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Top 10 MMOs revealed World of Warcraft still dominates

first_imgThe MMO market is cutthroat, and any developer deciding to enter the fray has to be a little bit crazy. But in the increasingly free-to-play world of online games there is a lot of money to be made with the top 10 making close to $2.9 billion a year.So which games fall into the top 10 and in what order? Thanks to SuperData Research Inc. we can not only rank the games, but tell you how much revenue they generate a year.Nobody will be surprised to see World of Warcraft at the top of the list. It has dominated pretty much since it launched and still enjoys a huge market share advantage over every other MMO. Games including The Old Republic, Lord of the Rings Online, and EVE Online are also expected entries.What’s more surprising is that Lineage sits in the number two position. The NCSoft game was launched back in 1998 and at one point had over 3 million players. It still remains very popular, but mostly in Korea. Even Lineage 2 manages to make it into the top 10.One game that doesn’t feature that you may have expected is The Elder Scrolls Online. It’s such a popular franchise among gamers, and one that Bethesda has pumped plenty of money into marketing, but it hasn’t made it into the top 10 (yet). The game currently has 772,000 subscribers, which is healthy, but it needs to grow further if this is an MMO that expects to be around a few years from now.SuperData points out that the free-to-play MMO market has reached saturation point and now expects subscription-based MMOs to stabilize rather than continue declining. It also points to a number of these MMOs embracing microtransactions and players are embracing them. Revenue from microtransactions has almost doubled in 5 years.With that in mind we could start to see more MMOs appearing that are subscription-based, but still incorporate a lot of microtransactions.last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi dares PM to jail him

first_img“You talk of a 56-inch chest. Probe me, then put me behind bars. I want to tell Modi ji and the RSS that I do not have the slightest of fear,” a combative Congress Vice President told the prime minister, hitting back at recent allegations questioning his nationality.”Modi ji, it is your government. You have the agencies. Get a probe done against me within 6 months and send me behind bars if you find something. Stop all this, the mud that you throw at me and my family through your cronies. You are not in opposition, you are in government now,” Gandhi said. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damAddressing a National Convention of the Youth Congress on the occasion of 98th birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi, he said amidst cheers from the gathering that “there is not an iota of truth,” in an apparent reference to the allegations levelled by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.Swamy had charged that Gandhi had claimed himself to be a British national in documents before the company law authorities of UK.Gandhi accused the RSS and the BJP of throwing mud on his family members. He had seen that ever since he was a child, asserting that he is “not going to be scared” by such things and that he will continue to fight against BJP.last_img read more

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Higher Secondary exam results on May 27

first_imgKolkata: The results of Higher Secondary Examination, conducted by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, will be declared on May 27. It will be announced by the president of West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education Mahua Das at 10 am during a press conference at the office of the council at Vidyasagar Bhavan in Salt Lake.The heads of institutions affiliated to the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education or their authorised representatives have been requested to collect the mark-sheets and other relevant documents from their respective distribution camps from 10.30 am onwards and accordingly hand it over to students. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to a press release issued by the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, the results will also be published on a few websites. The list of such websites will be announced shortly. More than 8 lakh candidates had appeared for the Higher Secondary Examination this year. The examination began from February 26 and concluded on March 13. Concrete steps were taken by the authorities to ensure strict vigilance at the examination centres. Eighteen mobile phones were seized from examinees during the examination. Stringent action was taken against the students who were caught with phones while writing the examination. The council decided to cancel their examination as it had issued strict instructions before the commencement of the examination that no candidate should enter examination centres with mobile phones.last_img read more

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