Paperwork keeping us from helping veterans case workers complain

first_imgOTTAWA — Case managers assigned to assist Canada’s most severely disabled veterans say they are being forced to spend more of their time filling out paperwork than helping patients.The complaints are contained in an internal review by Veterans Affairs Canada that says the majority of case managers spend more than half their working day filling out required forms and reports — with one in three spending 70 per cent of their time on such tasks.The findings follow long-standing concerns — and anger — about a shortage of case workers, whose job includes guiding injured veterans to the services and benefits they need to successfully transition back into civilian life after leaving the military.Underscoring their importance, the review found most veterans reported significant improvements in their physical and mental health during the time they had a case manager.The review also found there were certain populations falling through the cracks when it came to being assigned a case manager, including veterans with mental-health conditions and retired military personnel who had served on peacekeeping missions in the 1970s and 1980s.Yet it also found that while as many as 800 of the roughly 13,000 veterans with a case manager no longer need the service, many veterans are reluctant to move on.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mack Jack And McConaughey Will Return For A Third Year

first_imgESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, are excited to announce Mack, Jack & McConaughey will return for a third year.MJ&M will take place on April 16-17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Talent and a complete schedule of events will be announced soon.Over the past two years MJ&M has resulted in nearly two million dollars benefitting a handful of organizations that all reflect MJ&M’s goal to empower kids in their community.“We could not be more pleased with the outcome of MJ&M,” said Coach Brown. “Friends from across the nation came together to support this amazing effort for our kids and our community, all while having a great time that they will never forget. We cannot wait to make an even greater impact in 2015.”MJ&M continues to impact the lives of children throughout Texas, California, Louisiana, and more than 23 countries around the world. Every year, MJ&M supports select organizations that share the principals’ goal to empower kids. Funds raised through MJ&M have supported The Rise School of Austin, just keep livin Foundation, HeartGift, Cure Duchenne, and Grounded in Music. 2015 beneficiaries will be announced soon.Like the previous years, the MJ&M line up will include a gala and concert on April 16 hosted at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre. Previous MJ&M headliners include Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp.Ingram added, “We will have another great year of music this year. I always appreciate my friends being willing to step up and perform to help us make MJ&M the most impactful, fun event of the year. Two nights of non-stop talent – it is not to be missed.”The gala’s live auctions, known for being full of energy and spontaneity, have seen Vince Young, Colt McCoy, and many former UT and professional athletes jump on stage and really pump up the crowd – whether it’s autographing the 2005 Rose Bowl championship ring and display or Matthew and Camila McConaughey out in the crowd spontaneously adding once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to their red-carpet movie premiere experience. MJ&M is an energetic experience for a great cause.April 17 will be a jam-packed day with a celebrity golf tournament being held simultaneously with a once-in-a-lifetime fashion show chaired by model and designer, Camila Alves McConaughey. Badgley Mischka and Lela Rose were the featured runway designers the first two years. The 2015 designer will be announced soon.April 17 will conclude back at ACL Live at the Moody Theater for a singer-songwriter line up of talent unmatched by any other event. Little Big Town, Lyle Lovett, Bobby Pinson and dozens of the biggest names in music have participated over the past two years and year three promises to be the best yet.“Camila and I are proud to partner with our dear friends to raise awareness and money for these important charities,” said McConaughey. “We always have a great time and have made numerous new friendships over the past two years. That’s what it’s all about – coming together to help kids succeed.”For more information about Mack, Jack & McConaughey or to sign up to receive further announcements about the 2015 event, visit www.mackjackmcconaughey.org.last_img read more

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Eli Manning Leads March For Babies

first_imgTwo-time Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning, kicked off the 2015 March for Babies charity walk in Manhattan on Sunday, April 26.Eli Manning Leads March for Babies(R) in New York CityCredit/Copyright: Karlton B. WintManning joined over 8,000 New Yorkers who came out to support March Of Dimes’ largest annual fundraiser. The 3.5-mile walk started at 64th St. and Columbus Ave. and finished at 26th St. and Madison Ave.“It is an honor to support the important work March of Dimes is doing to improve the health of children,” said Manning, who has served as Celebrity Chair of the NYC event for the past 7 years. “March for Babies gives everyone in our community the chance to make a difference in the lives of millions of babies.” The New York City event is expected to raise $2.5 million.March for Babies Presenting Sponsor is Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Major sponsors include Toyota, Viacom, Standard Motor Products, Inc., diapers.com, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Innisfree M&A Inc., Latham & Watkins LLP, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Media partners are CBS2, WLNY10/55, WCBS Newsradio 880, fresh 102.7, CBS FM 101.1, WFAN Sports Radio, Time Warner Cable News NY1 and NY1 Noticias. National March for Babies sponsors include Kmart, Cigna, Famous Footwear, Macys, Mission Pharmacal, and United.The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Romania tax chief fired amid concerns about budget deficit

first_imgBUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s prime minister has fired the head of the country’s tax agency amid concerns about the European country’s spiraling budget deficit.Premier Viorica Dancila dismissed Ionut Misa on Thursday. The finance minister in Dancila’s government repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with tax collections under Misa.But critics of the government say Misa, who once served as finance minister himself, is being made a scapegoat for economic policies that resulted in a 26 billion lei deficit ($6.34 billion) during the first 11 months of 2018. The amount represents 2.7 per cent of Romania’s GDP and is more than double the figure for the same period in 2017.The deficit was even lower in 2016, before the Social Democratic Party came to power.Gelu Diaconu, a former tax chief, recently accused the government of manipulating figures to stay within the European Union’s budget deficit limit of 3 per cent of GDP.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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EU puts Government on notice over failure to repeal PTA

“The EU Parliament will want to know why there is no progress on the issue,” she said. However she also noted that Sri Lanka still has time to meet its commitments related to GSP plus. (Colombo Gazette) Lambert, who led an EU Parliament delegation on a visit to Sri Lanka said that the Government had promised last year that the PTA will be replaced with a new counter terrorism act. However she says, despite the assurance, the PTA is still in place and detainees arrested under the PTA are still behind bars.Lambert, who together with the EU Parliament delegation, had talks with the Sri Lankan Government and civil society during her just concluded visit, said that there was also slow progress on post war accountability. The European Union (EU) today put the Government on notice over its failure to repeal the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).EU Parliament member Jean Lambert told reporters that failure to repeal the PTA would see Sri Lanka coming under fire in the EU Parliament. She said the UN resolution on Sri Lanka which was passed by the UN Human Rights Council in March this year, must be fully implemented.Lambert, meanwhile she noted that the release of a national action plan on human rights by the Government this week and moves to draft a new Constitution were positive signs.With regards to Sri Lanka implementing the 27 conventions on the GSP plus trade concession, Lambert said that the EU Commission will submit a report in January and the EU Parliament will then need to see how far Sri Lanka has progressed. read more

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Brock student club on the Go

The Brock University Go Club is in the big leagues.The student club, with strong ties to the community, recently joined the exclusive American Collegiate Go Association and is competing against rival schools like MIT, Princeton and Rutgers University.The Brock club recently played their first game as part of the new league on March 3 and defeated Cornell University 3:2.What is Go? It is an ancient game of strategy developed in China more than 4,000 years ago. The rules of the game are simple and can be learned in 10 minutes. But the depth and complexity of the game and possible player tactics are endless.Brock Go Club members go head to head at their weekly Wednesday meeting“Go is a mix between chess, Othello and war,” says Justin Grossman, President of the Brock Go Club. “The goal of the game is to create areas of empty space that you control.”Grossman, an Interactive Arts and Science student who taught 300 people how to play Go at this year’s O-Week club fair, notes that they only had three days to prepare for their inaugural game in the Ivy League of Go.“Wolf told me just a few days before the first match ‘hey, we are in this tournament, get people’,” says Grossman. “We scrambled to pull ourselves together and managed to pull off a victory.”Thomas Wolf, a professor of mathematics at Brock who initiated the Go Club at Brock in 2006, has been instrumental in facilitating the growth and development of the club.“Different members of the club have different strengths,” says Wolf. “Some of us are good organizers, others are good at attracting new members, and others are good players and teachers. Together we are strong.”Under Wolf’s guidance, the Brock Go Club participates in various tournaments and leagues throughout the year. He also publishes research articles on mathematics and Go and has attracted international scholars and players to teach at the University.The Brock Go Club’s next competition as part of the Collegiate Association takes place March 17 against the University of Maryland. After that, their last two games of the season will take place on March 31 and April 14.The Brock Go Club is a community club and is open to players of all ages at Brock and in Niagara. They meet every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in MCJ434. read more

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Mica and Centaurea mine lighting solutions brought together under Teknopower

first_imgTeknopower Group, the owner of Ex-light manufacturer Mica Elektro, has now acquired Finnish company Centaurea Oy, a well-known specialist in portable Ex-protected lighting. Teknopower said that the change in ownership “will strengthen the position of both companies in the specialised lighting solutions market”, including the mining industry, and will enable and drive co-operation between them. The acquisition is part of the Teknopower Group’s growth strategy, and “it will strengthen the groups’s position in the field of demanding lighting systems”, said the statement. The move is also expected to strengthn Centaurea’s presence internationally by increasing its sales significantly.Cited advantages for Centaurea’s mining customers include a wider product portfolio to match customer requirements; diversified support through a larger sales and support organisation; and the possibility to offer larger tailored systems for customer needs, with the established customer-oriented service continuing. “There are many similarities in the philosophies of Centaurea and Mica Elektro, and we will achieve higher innovativeness by acquiring them” says Nina Arvonen, Managing Director of Teknopower Group. Centaurea Managing Director Johannes Leppihalme commented “Centaurea has grown for more than two decades by increasing the safety of professional workers with the most reliable world-class special lighting systems. We will continue this growth by offering our customers an even wider selection of lighting solutions for customer needs.”The wide selection of rechargeable flashlights from Mica includes ATEX / EX / IECEx -approved (Intrinsically Safe) models for hazardous areas. The company also supplies a range of helmet and cap lamps for mines. Centaurea is a leader in portable lighting  solutions for demanding conditions in the chemical, heavy industry, mining and other applications. Solutions include the CentaurSlam Hornet range of portable ATEX work lights.last_img read more

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Last Nights Once Upon a Time Was Not for Arachnophobes

first_img Once Upon a Time Builds Fun Lore Around a Seattle LandmarkOnce Upon a Time’s Final Battle Was the Happiest Ending Stay on target Last night’s Once Upon a Time featured three fun adventures that moved the plot along in significant ways. It was a must-see episode, provided you aren’t afraid of spiders. The flashbacks this time around tell us all about what Gideon’s life was like growing up with the Black Fairy. She’s about as good a parent as most Disney villains are. After kidnapping him as a baby, she brings him to a mine where all the miners are minors. She gives the baby to a woman with instructions to treat him differently. The woman is to raise the child as if she were the Black Fairy’s own child. The women find the book about a hero that Belle gave him, and the Black Fairy takes it away.As he grows older, we see that he’s stolen the book and is reading it to his friend in the next cell over. Yes, the Black Fairy keeps children, including the one that’s supposed to be her own, in cages. They hear the Black Fairy coming, and Gideon hides the book and promises his friend that he won’t let the Black Fairy hurt him. The fairy finds the book immediately and decides to punish Gideon by torturing his friend. Now that the time has come to fulfill his promise, Gideon backs down and lets the fairy take his friend away. What a hero.In the present, Emma isn’t responding so well to Gideon’s request for help. She force-chokes him, throws him against the wall and generally beats the hell out of him. We’re not even five minutes into the show, and we’ve already seen the most satisfying moment of the season. Who knew savior magic had so much in common with Darth Vader’s force powers? Gideon runs away, but not before warning Emma that the Black Fairy is the real evil here. He may be right. Rumplestiltskin reveals that the Black Fairy is his mother, and the source of all the darkness Emma’s ever faced. If she ever breaks free from the realm she’s trapped in, all of Storybrooke is doomed.Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison. (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)She and Gideon work together to find the book from his childhood. When they do, a giant spider steps out of a portal. It’s a pretty damn effective bit of CG. Even for someone who isn’t afraid of spiders, this is one creepy looking monster. Once Upon a Time doesn’t make a habit of giving its audience nightmares, but when it wants to, it spares no expense. To make things worse, magic doesn’t work on this thing. Gideon and Emma run around the house, dodging webs and trying to figure out how to defeat the thing. They actually work well together. Seeing them team up to take on the spider was the episode’s most fun and exciting scene. Pity, it doesn’t last.Back in the past, on Gideon’s 28th birthday, the Black Fairy is going to give him a key to her vault. She finds that it’s been stolen by one of the kids in the mine. He goes to the mine to threaten the group of children until they return the key. It turns out the culprit is Gideon’s childhood friend. He’s alive, and convinces Gideon to join him in standing up to the Black Fairy. The friend has heard of a Savior that can defeat the Black Fairy. If they can reach her, they can save everyone. The plan is cut short when the Black Fairy interrupts them. The whole thing was a test and Gideon failed. As punishment, she turns Gideon’s friend into a small spider and steps on him. Then, she steals Gideon’s heart. He’s under her control, which explains everything he’s done so far, and what he does next.Robert Carlyle and Emilie de Ravin (Photo by Jack Rowand/ABC)As Gideon and Emma are about to escape, he reveals that he summoned the spider, not the Black Fairy. He pushes Emma into the web and leaves her to die as he runs to the clock tower with the sword. As the spider wraps Emma in its web and drains the life out of her (nightmares for days), the sword is filled with her power. Gideon opens up a portal for the Black Fairy to come through. Thankfully, Rumpelstiltskin runs into the spider house and saves Emma. He’s devastated to learn that his son is working for the Black Fairy. It gets worse though. Emma was unconscious just long enough for the portal to open for a second. That was enough time for the Black Fairy to appear in Storybrooke.Meanwhile, Hook’s journey home also took a fun turn. Armed with a bag of jewels from Agrabah, he tracks down Blackbeard for a magic bean. He starts a game of poker, wagering his ship against a bean. He loses the hand but neglects to mention that his ship is back in Storybrooke. If Blackbeard wants to collect, they’ll both have to go to Storybrooke. Blackbeard uses the bean and Hook thinks of returning home to Emma. Unfortunately, Gideon’s curse means he can’t return to Storybrooke. Hook and Blackbeard end up in Neverland, being chased by the Lost Boys. They find a boat by the water and Blackbeard uses it to abandon Hook to the feral children.Lana Parilla, Jared Gilmore and Patrick Fischler. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Finally, while all this was happening, Regina was trying to break the sleeping spell placed on Snow and Charming. She’s about to send Henry out for some magic ingredients when his eyes go white, and he starts uncontrollably scribbling strange symbols on a piece of paper. Regina takes him to the last author, Isaac, who’s still in jail for trying to kill everyone. He says Henry’s author powers are taking over his body and he won’t help unless they agree to his terms. He wants to leave Storybrooke for New York, he wants a sports car and he wants Hamilton tickets. Regina allows him to go free, but he’ll have to get to New York in a station wagon with wood paneling. Also, no Hamilton tickets because even magic can’t get you those. As he leaves, he directs Henry to the back of the book to find the source of his troubles. He’s on the last chapter. The one containing the Savior’s final battle. He implies that no one wants to be around for that.This might be the best Once Upon a Time has been since it came back from its winter break. We finally have a formidable villain for the season, who will no doubt take more than a single episode to deal with. Gideon just never worked as a villain, and I guess now we know why. His heart wasn’t really in it (sorry). All three storylines moved the plot forward in interesting ways. Even if Hook’s was a little throwaway, it was at least fun watching him get one over on Blackbeard. Now, the show has a focus again. There is a strong villain, and the promise of a final battle to come. It’s an exciting place for the show to be, and I can’t wait to see what they do with it.last_img read more

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Closing Arguments in Rape Trial of ExNFL Tight End Kellen Winslow II

first_img VISTA (KUSI) – Ex-NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II “has proven himself to be a sexual predator” by raping three women and exposing himself to two others, a prosecutor alleged Tuesday, while a defense attorney said the encounters with the women were either consensual or never happened.The 35-year-old son of former San Diego Chargers legend Kellen Winslow faces life imprisonment if convicted of a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges.Winslow was initially charged with raping two women in Encinitas in early 2018, as well as exposing himself to another woman as she was gardening in her front yard. Another woman subsequently came forward to allege that he raped her in 2003 at a home in Scripps Ranch, when she was 17 and he was 19.Earlier this year, while Winslow was out on bail, he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a 77-year-old woman at a Carlsbad gym. Bail was revoked following his arrest in that case, in which he faces misdemeanor charges of lewd conduct, elder abuse and battery of an elder. The felony charges against him include rape, kidnapping, forcible oral copulation and sodomy by force.“Kellen Winslow took from these women what he wanted,” Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens told the jury in his closing argument. “Kellen Winslow took from these women again and again and again. This man took what he wanted from them and threw them away like trash because that’s what he thought of them.”Owens said none of the five women knew each other, yet their accounts yielded common details and similar physical descriptions of the suspect.Jane Doe 1, a 54-year-old hitchhiker, was allegedly lured into Winslow’s Hummer and raped on March 17, 2018, according to the prosecutor. He alleged that the defendant told her, “I’m going to (expletive) you and if you say anything, I’m going to kill you,” then drove behind a shopping center, where he raped her in his SUV.She went to police four days later and decided against a sexual assault — or SART — exam, but did provide police with the pants she wore during the alleged attack, which yielded semen samples that were a “one-to-one match” with Winslow’s DNA, according to the prosecutor.On May 13, 2018, prosecutors allege that the defendant picked up a 58- year-old homeless woman — Jane Doe 2 — who he knew from a prior encounter and offered to take her to have coffee. The defendant drove past several coffee shops and restaurants where the woman thought they might stop for coffee, but instead pulled over on the side of a roadway in a remote area and raped her near his vehicle, Owens alleged.When the victim screamed from the pain of the assault, Winslow said, “If you scream, I will kill you,” then choked her, the prosecutor alleged. Afterward, he threatened to kill her if she told anyone, according to Owens.Winslow was arrested on June 7, 2018, during a traffic stop while driving his Hummer, and a buccal swab was taken, which provided police with a DNA match to Jane Doe 1’s pants, Owens said. The prosecutor alleged that on the same day Winslow was arrested, he began working on selling his Hummer in an attempt to hide what was “essentially the crime scene” for the rapes of Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2. The Hummer was sold by June 11, though police later seized the vehicle and found evidence of Winslow’s semen in the backseat, according to the prosecution.Nearly two weeks after allegedly raping Jane Doe 2, Winslow took his pants off in front of a woman tending to her garden in Cardiff, according to the prosecution. Jane Doe 3 said a man riding a bicycle came by her home twice and on the second time, exposed himself to her. She screamed for her husband, and the defendant “nonchalantly” turned, got onto his bike and left, Owens said.The prosecutor said Jane Doe 3 didn’t positively identify Winslow, but that her physical description of the suspect was consistent with Winslow’s appearance and the statements from the other alleged victims. He also said GPS data from a phone app shows Winslow was in the area at the time of the incident, and a blue backpack similar to one that Jane Doe 3 described the flasher as carrying was found in Winslow’s house by investigators.Following his arrest last summer, news of the charges against Winslow prompted the third alleged rape victim — Jane Doe 4 — to come forward, Owens said. She alleged that in 2003, Winslow raped her at a house party while she was drunk and underage.Owens said she didn’t originally come forward because she didn’t think anyone would believe her. However, she not only told a female friend at the time about the alleged rape, but in the years following, told her current husband and an ex-boyfriend that she had been raped by a man named Kellen, according to the prosecutor.Winslow was out of custody on $2 million bail in connection with the felony charges when he was accused of touching himself at a Carlsbad gym on Feb. 13 and asking a woman — Jane Doe 5 — if she liked it, then masturbating while sharing a hot tub with her at the same gym on Feb. 22.Defense attorney Marc Carlos said Jane Doe 1’s encounter with Winslow was consensual and said her account of the event strained credibility.Carlos said that according to Jane Doe 1, after Winslow drove them to the shopping center and demanded sex, he first had her climb over a fence that separated the shopping center from the freeway, then changed his mind and had her climb back into the parking lot, where he forced her into the Hummer and raped her. After she climbed back into the parking lot, she was fully clothed, while Winslow was naked on the other side of the fence, which gave her ample opportunity to flee and alert others at the shopping center, Carlos said.The attorney also emphasized that after Winslow drove off, leaving her alone in the parking lot, she did not call attention to what happened to any bystanders and did not contact police for four days.“She wasn’t raped, nor was she in fear for her life,” Carlos said. “Every piece of evidence is consistent with a consensual encounter.”Carlos said there was similarly no evidence of a violent assault and rape with Jane Doe 2. The attorney said the sexual assault exam did not reveal any rape happened and there were no visible injuries on her neck stemming from an alleged stranglehold.In Jane Doe 3’s case, Carlos emphasized that she never identified Winslow as the flasher. He noted she did not identify him in a police photo lineup shortly afterward, nor did she identify him at last year’s preliminary hearing or when she testified during the trial.The attorney said Jane Doe 4 drastically changed her story in two separate accounts she gave to investigators. Her first account to a sheriff’s detective was that she was sexually assaulted by multiple men in a car Winslow was driving, and her second version was that Winslow raped her at a house, where some other people present filmed the rape, the defense attorney said.Carlos said those accounts were “entirely different other than Mr. Winslow being involved” and said Jane Doe 4, who had previously been in a consensual sexual relationship with Winslow, was “upset with Mr. Winslow and harbored a long-term resentment toward him.”In Jane Doe 5’s case, Carlos alleged that she recognized him from news accounts and made assumptions about his behavior based on pervasive media coverage. Regarding the alleged masturbation in the hot tub, he said she testified that she looked away because she did not want to see anything, and simply assumed Winslow was engaging in lewd behavior because of what she had heard in the news.Winslow II grew up in San Diego and attended Patrick Henry and Scripps Ranch high schools before heading to the University of Miami. He played for four NFL teams between 2004 and 2013. June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 4, 2019 Closing Arguments in Rape Trial of Ex-NFL Tight End Kellen Winslow II Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE Publishers Reach Quiet Settlement with Mygazines

first_imgA copyright lawsuit brought against a Web site launched earlier this year allowing users to share digital copies of hundreds of magazines has been settled.Lawyers representing a large swath of consumer and b-to-b publishers—including Time Inc., Hearst, Hachette, McGraw-Hill, American Media Inc., Reed Business Information, Bonnier, Ziff Davis and Forbes, among others—settled their case against the proprietors of Mygazines.com on September 8, according to court documents obtained by FOLIO:.Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.Davis Wright Tremaine LLC, the law firm representing the plaintiffs, declined to comment on the terms of the settlement. Clifford Lax, a lawyer for the defendant, refused to comment. But according to a source with knowledge of the terms, confirmed later by additional court documents, Mygazines has agreed to remove all of the publishers’ copyrighted content, review and screen uploads for any content not authorized by the publishers and open a channel to allow Mygazines to be notified when copyrighted content appears.Legal experts had speculated that a case against Mygazines, which lists its address as a post office box on the Caribbean island of Anguilla—a British territory—would be difficult to enforce outside of the jurisdiction of U.S. copyright law. But the firm representing the publishers identified a Canadian, Darren Andrew Budd of Toronto, as the site’s founder, and filed suit against Budd, Salveo Ltd.—the company to which the site was registered—its designers and hosting companies in the U.S. Southern District Court of New York on August 21, asking the court to shut down the site in the United States. (A separate suit involving even more publishers—including Meredith, IDG, Martha Stewart, U.S. News and Wenner Media et al—was filed simultaneously in Canada.)In the complaint [CLICK HERE for the PDF], the publishers said the “scope and audacity of the defendants infringing acts is breathtaking,” and that the site tried to avoid enforcement—switching its hosts (“variously located” in the Bahamas, Hong Kong, Russia and Sweden”) when one was served with a publisher’s cease-and-desist letter—in a “calculated effort to evade plaintiffs’ demands and detection.”The U.S. case was settled on September 8 [PDF]; an order upholding the settlement was issued in Toronto on September 9 [PDF]. On Wednesday, the Superior Court in Toronto ordered [PDF] Mygazines to remove content belonging to all members of the Magazine Publishers of America, including those not named in the original suit. (American Business Media, the b-to-b association, says it is investigating “the best way to protect all ABM members from infringement by Mygazines.”)‘Mysterious’ Business Model Mygazines is still live, although many prominent titles that were available for free download at the time of the launch—including People, Playboy, Dwell, Domino, Allure, Spin, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Martha Stewart Living, New York, Men’s Journal and Esquire—are no longer up. Currently, there are over 127,000 users registered on Mygazines.com.The site recently introduced a program offering publishers demographic statistics, “exclusive rights and control over your titles on mygazines.com” and “revenue sharing opportunities.”A person claiming to be the site’s founder wrote in a recent e-mail to FOLIO: that he was hoping to work with publishers to develop the site and, ultimately, share revenue. “We will reiterate we have every intention of working with the industry to fortify the future of magazines and the industry in general.”“The publishers we represent are open to new and innovative opportunities,” said Lance Koonce, one of the lawyers representing the publishers in the U.S. case. “But the defendants started by infringing on a massive scale, then refused to cooperate when our clients found them to be infringing. Only later did they allude to a mysterious business model. That is not seen as cooperating.”Related DocumentsOriginal Complaint [PDF]Plaintiffs’ Memo [PDF] Dismissal [PDF]Canadian Court Order #1 | #2 [PDF]MPA Order [PDF][EDITOR’S NOTE: The Salveo Ltd. named above should not be confused with a U.K.-based company of the same name that sells health and beauty products.]last_img read more

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In Other News Army Celebrates Opening of New Command Legislation Would Direct

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley paid tribute to Sen. John McCain Friday as officials formally activated its new Futures Command during a ceremony in downtown Austin, Texas. “He planted that seed that we had significant challenges” regarding acquisition three years ago, Milley said. The discussions that ensued eventually developed into Futures Command. Army leaders decided to locate the command’s headquarters outside of an installation and in an urban area so it would be close to tech companies, startups, academia and businesses with ideas on how to modernize the Army and prepare it to fight forces of similar strength, reported Stars and Stripes. The headquarters is expected to employ about 100 soldiers and 400 civilians. … The Government Accountability Office (GAO) would be required to report on the monitoring and remediation of lead, and verify compliance with lead exposure limits, in military housing, under an amendment to the two-bill spending package the Senate approved Thursday. The amendment — offered by Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) — follows a recent investigative report describing numerous cases of lead exposure by military children living in family housing at five Army installations. The fiscal 2019 minibus includes the defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending titles.Stars and Stripes photo by Rose Thayerlast_img read more

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Rangamati UPDF leader shot dead

first_imgA leader of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) was shot dead in an alleged gunfight in Bandukbhanga union of Sadar upazila in Rangamati early Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased is Anol Bikash Chakma alias Pluto Chakma, 42, a resident of Kawkhali upazila and the organiser of Bandukbhanga union unit of UPDF.Kotwali police station officer-in-charge Satyajit Barua said locals, who heard several gunshots in the dead of night, spotted the bullet-hit body of Pluto at Dhamoirchhara in the morning and informed police.On information, police and members of Bangladesh Army visited the spot.Earlier on 5 December, another UPDF leader Anoti Ranjan Chakma was shot to death by miscreants in Bogachhori area of Naniarchar upazila.last_img read more

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RebootBlocker block automatic reboots on Windows 10

first_imgRebootBlocker: block automatic reboots on Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on April 10, 2017 in Software – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 2 commentsRebootBlocker is a free program for Windows 10 that prevents automatic reboots after the installation of updates on Windows 10 systems.Windows may restart the PC automatically after the installation of updates. This can be highly problematic, especially if the PC is still used at the time.Think of rendering a video, using it during a presentation, or while work has not been saved yet.Windows 10 users may block the automatic installation of system updates to avoid these issues for the most part, or use third-party software such as Windows 10 Update Switch for pretty much the same effect.RebootBlockerRebootBlocker is a free program that blocks the automatic reboot of Windows 10 devices effectively. The program makes use of the new active hours feature that Microsoft introduced with the release of  the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.Active Hours allows you to specify a time of the day that you don’t want Windows Update to reboot the PC in. You may reserve a maximum of 18 hours as Active Hours in the Windows 10 Creators Update. The limit was 12 hours in the Anniversary Edition.Active Hours sounds like a good concept, but even the 18 hours may not be enough in some use cases. If you want to render a Gigabyte large video, or 3D sequence for instance, you may need all weekend or all week for that depending on your PC.Tip: The Windows 10 Creators Update comes with options to pause the update functionality for up to 35 days. It is also possible to defer quality and feature updates — for 30 and 365 days — or use the new schedule reboot option to set a custom restart time and date for updates that are already downloaded.RebootBlocker takes the feature, and modifies it by adjusting the time period of Active Hours each hour. Basically, what happens is that Active Hours are always active on the PC as the period changes automatically while the PC is running.The program achieves that by installing a service on the Windows machine that handles the changing of the time period of the Active Hours feature automatically.Please note that RebootBlocker is only compatible with Windows 10 Anniversary Update version, and newer versions of Windows such as the Creators Update version. Installations on unsupported versions of Windows are cancelled automatically.You can uninstall the service that RebootBlocker adds to the system anytime using the uninstall menu of the Settings application or Control Panel.Closing WordsWhile you can in theory change the Active Hours period of the day manually, it is a lot easier using RebootBlocker as it automates the process. Updates are only finalized when you reboot the PC actively.Now You: Did you ever run into issues with automatic reboots on Windows?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name RebootBlockerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://www.udse.de/en/windows-10-reboot-blocker?jjj=1491846535212 Advertisementlast_img read more

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SP revises Brazils outlook to negative

first_img Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 0 Comments   Share   SAO PAULO (AP) — Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said on Tuesday it has revised the outlook for Brazil’s foreign-currency debt from stable to negative.The ratings agency said in an emailed statement that it has kept Brazil’s BBB- long-term foreign-currency sovereign credit rating and the country’s BBB+ long-term local-currency sovereign credit ratingHowever, the ratings outlook was lowered to negative because of political and economic risks facing the country and the possible impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. The chief executive officers of some of Brazil’s top construction companies have been charged with money laundering, corruption, racketeering cartel formation and diversion of public funds.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories “We believe Brazil’s downside risks have risen. We revised the outlook to negative because despite the broad-based policy changes now under way, execution risks have risen. In our view, these risks stem from both the political and economic fronts,” the agency said.It added that it revised its outlook to negative to reflect “a greater than one-in-three likelihood” that policy corrections will face “slippage.”The agency said it expects Brazil’s gross domestic product to contract 2 percent this year “followed by no growth in 2016 and modest growth in 2017.”“The number of investigations of corruption among certain politicians and companies is increasingly weighing on Brazil’s fiscal and economic outlook, putting at risk effective policy implementation, particularly in Congress,” the statement said.Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras is currently engulfed in a corruption-kickback scandal that prosecutors have said involved at least $800 million in bribes and other illegal funds. Some of that money was allegedly funneled back to the ruling Workers’ Party and its allies’ campaign coffers. The scheme also allegedly included the payment of bribes to Petrobras executives in return for inflated contracts. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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More Homeowners Plan to Rent over Selling

first_imgMore Homeowners Plan to Rent over Selling Think home inventory will see a big boost as owners gear up for the spring shopping season? Survey results from Redfin suggest otherwise.In a poll of more than 1,900 homebuyers across 22 major metro areas, the online broker found 39 percent of homeowners have plans to rent out their existing home after buying a new place—limiting the number of supply coming to the market.The shift among homeowners stems largely from today’s lower mortgage rates, explains Redfin agent Taylor Connolly, who operates in Baltimore: “Many of my homebuying clients refinanced and locked in a very low mortgage rate in recent years. That low rate, combined with a strong rental market, means they can charge more in rent than they pay in mortgage each month, so they are going for it.”Connolly added that for some shoppers, it’s simply a matter of hedging their bets: “Keeping their old home means they won’t have to risk becoming temporarily homeless like those whose homes sell quickly, but can’t find a new home before they have to move out.”That’s a sentiment shared by 27 percent of those surveyed who said they plan to buy a home before selling their own.Chief among buyer concerns this quarter are “low inventory” (which attracted 61 percent of responses), “rising prices” (57 percent), and “competition” (53 percent).Overall, only one-quarter of survey respondents said now is a good time to buy a home, down from 40 percent at the same time last year. Fifty-two percent said it’s an “okay” time to buy, up from 45 percent at the start of 2013.Also ranking high among shopper complaints is the upward trend in mortgage rates—one that threatens to impact demand. More than a third (37 percent) of buyers said interest rates above 5.0 percent could make them reconsider buying right now.“No wonder the rental market is so strong,” said Redfin analyst Ellen Haberle.Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows the average 30-year fixed rate edging up to 4.37 percent as of February 27, and the company’s February outlook projects rates approaching 5.0 percent by year-end.In a survey conducted late last year, Redfin found the vast majority—83 percent—of respondents believe a “normal” mortgage rate should fall under 5.0 percent, with 42 percent saying they would be unable or unwilling to buy a home should rates climb further. Demand For-Sale Homes Mortgage Rates Redfin Rental Properties 2014-03-03 Tory Barringer March 3, 2014 467 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Sharelast_img read more

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Eye on the Industry Updates on Chase DocMagic and More …

first_imgEye on the Industry: Updates on Chase, DocMagic, and More … October 10, 2018 670 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News From education and technology to rewards and recognition, get the pulse of the mortgage industry in this weekly update.Chase unveiled its first Home Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. With the aim of being a one-stop resource for homebuyers, the center features listings, resources, virtual reality home tours and experts under one roof.According to a statement by Chase, the center provides highly accurate, advanced and complete home search tools under one roof to create a convenient experience for the homebuyer, plus a team dedicated to helping them discover and close on their ideal home. The Home Center’s concierge services are available for extended hours to answer all questions, like how to choose a neighborhood, how to choose a home, how do you start the mortgage process. The Home Center is also an ideal location for realtors to host clients and take advantage of the facility’s resources._________________________________________________________________DocMagic, Inc., a provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance and comprehensive eMortgage services, recently announced that Freddie Mac has implemented its SaaS-based eVault technology and SmartREGISTRY platform.DocMagic’s eVault provides a secure electronic repository for storing documents and performing automated eNote certification to Freddie Mac eMortgage lenders via Loan Selling Advisor. By automating the eNote certification process, Freddie Mac will speed the funding process, thereby improving liquidity in the mortgage markets and reducing lender’s warehouse line costs. _________________________________________________________________Gateway Mortgage Group, a full-service mortgage company founded by Kevin Stitt, announced accelerated recruitment efforts across the nation to support strong demand for its lending products. Gateway notes that this decision comes at a time when much of the mortgage industry is experiencing slowed or declining growth, and many of the nation’s lenders are announcing layoffs.Founded in 2000, Gateway has focused on profitable growth and acquiring market share.Gateway has an extensive franchise, with 170 retail offices in 40 states and the District of Columbia. The firm expects annual loan volume to exceed $8 billion in 2019. Gateway attributes its success to the talented team members who have built the firm and a strong culture. Growth would not be sustainable without a clear focus on a core set of values and purpose._________________________________________________________________Victoria GillespieThe National Association of Realtors (NAR) has announced changes to its senior management team. Victoria Gillespie now serves as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, and Shannon McGahn will become NAR’s SVP of Government Affairs beginning October 15.”The addition of Victoria and Shannon’s strategic leadership to our already powerful team will help us once again make real estate a topline issue,” said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. “Together, they will lead our strategic direction in Washington and around the country to better serve our members’ interests.” Chase DocMagic Freddie Mac Gateway Mortgage Group NationalAssociation of Realtors 2018-10-10 Rachel Williams Sharelast_img read more

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