Facebook Didn’t Snub Google With iOS Update

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img While the iOS update Facebook released Thursday was far superior than the Android update, it’s too soon to say Facebook has chosen sides in the Google vs. Apple mobile device war.Indeed, Facebook is reportedly asking, or even forcing, its employees to give up their iPhones for Android so they can see its shortcomings. The hope is that the social network’s engineers will move fast to create an Android app that gets just as much praise as yesterday’s iOS overhaul.“I doubt they are doing this to spite Google,” Terence Kam, founder of Internet business consultant eStrategyPro.com. “After all, Android phones commands a larger market share than iPhones. If Facebook ignores this large advertisement market, they will earn the ire of their shareholders.”The Facebook iOS upgrade makes progress on fixing two big complaints: The old app was slow and hogged memory. But it also addresses shareholder unrest over slack mobile revenue – the new Facebook app makes it much easier for the company to display mobile ads.It makes sense that Facebook would undertake the iOS app overhaul first, Ben Romberg of social-media marketing agency Tug said. iPhone owners also tend to be heavy Facebook users, and Apple doesn’t compete directly with Facebook the way Google does with its Google+ social network. “The potential backlash — which has been avoided by this recent release — comes from development of substandard apps that do not deliver the quality and optimisation that Apple consumers have come to expect,” Romberg said.What The Future May Look LikeExpect an Android app update in line with yesterday’s iOS update. Facebook will probably continue to work increasingly closely with Apple, in part because Google is a competitor of both companies. But neither company can ignore Google and the market demand for its products, so it’s unlikely any of the three will break off ties with either of the other two.For consumers, the latest update is just another push toward increased socialization. And despite a backlash against Facebook in the business and tech press, most Facebook members are pleased with the service, both Kam and Romberg said in separate interviews.“The vast majority of Facebook’s users remain loyal. It’s mainly digital insiders, rather than the general social media using population, that feel the fury,” Romberg said. “For consumers of Facebook and Apple products, this will mean that functionality will be dictated by the drive to ‘socialize’ your activity whilst being kept firmly inside Apple’s walled garden of pre-approved apps and innovative software development.” Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification dave copelandlast_img read more

The Teradek RT System: A Positive Change in Focus Pulling

first_imgThe Teradek RT is a Follow Focus System that lets filmmakers do more with easy-to-use tools and a more integrated camera system.On my Canon C200, I have 15 mm rails installed that hold a battery plate and a battery. In between the battery plate and the camera, I have the Teradek Bolt XT. This apparatus takes the SDI signal from the camera and broadcasts it to any receiver tuned to the same channel.The battery also feeds a unit on the side of the camera called a “receiver.” This, in turn, feeds power and a signal to a motor on the front of the 15 mm rails, which moves a gear that effects the lens. Depending on the receiver you get, it can be a single channel, which controls one motor (focus, for instance), or up to three channels, which can simultaneously control focus, iris, and zoom. Three channel receivers are more expansive, and are usually on crane or gimbal setups where the camera isn’t accessible. Some receivers can also trigger record on some cameras, and with RED cameras affects a variety of settings remotely.Because Teradek and SmallHD are owned by the same company, Teradek integrates controls and display into SmallHD monitors. The Focus 7 Bolt can receive the signal from the Teradek Bolt transmitter without the need to add a separate wireless receiver, as well as the new 1303 and 1703 production monitors.What is really interesting is a new feature called Teradek RT, which allows you to connect the follow focus to these monitors (via a USB cable) and see the corresponding focal distance of the lens on the screen. This means you no longer have to put marks on the focus ring while looking between the focus ring and the monitor as you pull focus. You get this wonderful, big, bright display on the screen itself.It doesn’t interfere with any other signals that the Bolt 500 is sending out. So, if you have the receiver, it can be on the director’s monitor, the video village, or on another Teradek SmallHD Focus 7 receiver. In fact, up to four devices can pick up this one transmitter, and only the focus puller needs these marks.It’s worth noting that this process doesn’t happen automatically. You have to calibrate each lens that you plan to use with its brand and focal distance. You can do this by entering the menu of the Teradek RT and specifying the brand and focal length of the lens. Then you designate all the different focus marks on the lens. It takes about two minutes per lens, and you can store over 100 lenses in the follow focus.Image via Teradek.When working on a film, most people only have a set of six lenses. By using this tool, you can essentially go in and predefine all of those. Also, once you change a lens, you simply go into the menu, specify which lens to put your focus on, and your marks will show up on the screen.This device is a game changer — not only is it compact and simple, it also gives you the image, focus marks, and ability to pull focus wirelessly. You don’t have to hover around on the camera and get in the operator’s way. Nor do you have to be fifty feet away next to the director’s monitor, or the video village, trying to work out where everything is, while being hidden from set. It allows the focus puller to be away from the camera — but still within reach — to see where the actors’ marks are. You also don’t have to look down at the focus ring. You can see exactly where your pointing focus is.Over time, we’re going to see larger camera groups and bigger film accessory groups combining different brands into the same products — granting us a more sophisticated camera system overall.Looking for more on video gear? Check out these articles.NLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — The CostCanon Announces an Affordable Full-Frame 24-240mm All-in-one Zoom LensProduction Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on SetBuilding A Low Budget Handheld Rig For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K3 Cheap, Underappreciated Cameras Filmmakers Should Considerlast_img read more

Key accused among two more held in Alwar gang-rape case

first_imgTwo more men, including the key accused, have been arrested in connection with the Alwar gang-rape case, police said on Thursday, even as Opposition parties held protests against the Rajasthan government for allegedly covering up the matter due to the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. IGP (Jaipur Range) S. Sengathir said judicial magistrate recorded the victim’s statement on Thursday under Section 164 of the CrPc. While Hansraj Gurjar was arrested on Wednesday night from Mathura, the key accused, Chhote Lal Gurjar, was arrested on Thursday from Pragpura in Alwar district, the IGP said. Chhote Lal, who was the sixth accused to be arrested, has a criminal history, he said. The IGP said that accused Indra Raj Gurjar was sent to jail for identification parade and others — Mukesh Gurjar, Mahesh Gurjar, Ashok Gurjar — were produced in court and sent for police remand till May 13. Hansraj and Chhote Lal will be produced in court on Friday. The gang rape evoked sharp criticism from all sections of the society, with political parties protests holding protests in various parts of the State, including Ajmer, Alwar, Swai Madhopur and Churu. They cornered the Rajasthan government for allegedly covering up the matter due to the Lok Sabha elections in the State. BJP leaders said they went to the Collectorate Circle on Thursday to present a memorandum to the district collector, but he was not available. “We had taken prior permission and time in written from the district collector to present the memorandum but he was not available. It is a serious issue. People want to know who had given the order to cover up the matter during elections,” BJP MP Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said.‘Blot on the State’ BJP State president Madan Lal Saini termed it a “gruesome crime” and a “blot” on the State. On April 26, the woman was going to a place from her village on a motorcycle with her husband when the accusedstopped them. They beat the husband and raped her in front of him, threatening them of dire consequences.last_img read more

Parupalli Kashyap knocked out of Japan Open

first_imgIndia’s campaign at the $275,000 Japan Open Superseries came to an end as world No.8 shuttler Parupalli Kashyap was knocked out in the men’s singles quarterfinal on Friday.The World No.8 lost 14-21, 18-21 to Chinese Taipei’s sixth seed Chou Tien Chen in just 42 minutes at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Kashyap was the lone Indian who entered the quarterfinals after Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy lost their respective second round matches on Thursday.With win over Kashyap, Chou Tien Chen levelled things up 2-2 in their career meetings.Chen was the aggressor right from the start as the sixth seed gathered five consecutive points in the first game compared to Kashyaps’s three. Among total 35 points played in the game, Chen grabbed 21 to go 1-0 up in the match in style.The Indian came back strongly in the second game but his opponent from Chinese Taipei was too good for him. With six consecutive points the sixth seed surged ahead into the semifinals winning 21 points out of 39 played.Chou Tien Chen will play the winner of the other last-eight clash between seventh seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and unseeded Korean Lee Dong Keun.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli, master chaser, decimates Bangladesh. Beware Pakistan

first_imgVirat Kohli once again proved his class with a fluent 96 not out to help India to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday.Kohli now averages 130.00 in successful chases in ICC tournaments. He also became the first player to aggregate 1000 runs in successful chases in the ICC eventsVirat Kohli becomes the first player to aggregate 1000 runs in successful chases in the ICC events (WC+WT20+CT).#INDvBAN #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) 15 June 2017Highest batting average in successful chases in ODIs (1000+ runs):97.36 MS Dhoni95.20 VIRAT KOHLI?????#INDvBAN #CT17- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) 15 June 2017The India skipper has so far scored 253 runs and has been dismissed only once in the ongoing tournament.The 28-year-old has 27 hundreds in One Day Internationals out of which a record 15 have come in successful chases. He also shares a record 17 centuries with Sachin Tendulkar in chases.Has to be the best chasing ODI Batsmen of all time @imVkohli !!!! #JustSaying #INDvBAN- Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 15 June 2017Set a victory target of 265 by a Bangladesh who were playing their first semi-final at an ICC event, India never looked in danger as Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 123 for his 11th ODI hundred and was accompanied at the finish by Kohli.Rohit shared an 87-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before the left-hander sliced Mashrafe Mortaza to point for 46, his second-lowest score in nine Champions Trophy innings, including the 2013 tournament.Kohli came to the middle and was also a joy to watch, hitting 13 fours in his 78-ball knock as Bangladesh’s bowling became increasingly untidy.advertisementRohit and Kohli had an unbroken 178-run partnership of 153 balls for the second wicket as Bangladesh’s bowlers were smashed around Edgbaston, with Kohli passing 8,000 runs in ODIs and becoming the quickest to reach that milestone.Few innings to 8000 ODI runs175 Virat Kohli 182 AB de Villiers 200 Sourav Ganguly 210 Sachin Tendulkar211 Brian Lara#IndvBan#CT17- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 15 June 2017Virat Kohli in ODIsChasing: 99 inns, ave 66.44, S/r 93.57, 100s: 17Chasing (wins): 62 inns, ave 95.20, S/r 97.71, 100s: 15#IndvBan#CT17- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 15, 2017The defending champions reached their target with 9.5 overs remaining, setting up a final to savour and one that is sure to be watched by hundreds of millions of fans on TV.India and Pakistan have only met in one ICC final – the 2007 World Twenty20 showpiece, which was won by India. Pakistan have never won the Champions Trophy while India are a two-time winners.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

India rise to 96th in latest FIFA rankings

first_imgIndia’s football team has achieved its best FIFA ranking since February 1996 — it has been placed 96th in the July rankings released on Thursday.India’s best ranking till date was 94, which was attained in February 1996, while 99 was India’s second-best (November 1993).India have risen by four spots in the past month after their impressive showing during the international break in June when they notched up a 2-0 friendly win over Nepal and a 1-0 win over Kyrgyzstan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers group match.INDIA CLIMBS 4 PLACES TO BE RANKED 96 IN THE FIFA JULY MEN’S RANKING. 2nd highest ranking ever. #BackTheBlue #IndiaAt96 pic.twitter.com/Xt3ix0yu2f- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) July 6, 2017 The national team have been on an upsurge with a string of good results leading to a climb of 77 places in FIFA rankings over the last two years.The Indians have now won 13 of their last 15 matches and are unbeaten in the last eight matches — including an unofficial match against Bhutan.India were ranked 171 when coach Stephen Constantine took over as national team coach for the second time in February 2015.The rank slipped further to 173 in March 2015 in the FIFA ladder even before Constantine could have his first game in charge against Nepal, which India eventually won 2-0 on aggregate.As far as Asia is concerned, India are the 12th ranked team while Iran continues to lead the chart at the 23rd spot.”When I took over, I had mentioned that my target was to bring India below 100. I am happy to have played a small part in this process. Kudos to the boys, the staff and a big thank you to my colleagues in AIFF for supporting us all throughout,” Constantine told the official website of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).advertisementSports Minister Vijay Goel said: “”We are going through a golden period of football and the best is yet to come.”AIFF President Praful Patel also congratulated the team. “It’s a giant leap of faith for Indian football. Two years back, we were 173 and now we have reached our second best FIFA ranking ever. The leap signifies the potential of Indian football. Congratulations to the National Team boys, the Coach, the staff and all in AIFF.”last_img read more

India in England: Suresh Raina to replace Ambati Rayudu for ODI series

first_imgSuresh Raina will replace Ambati Rayudu for the ODI series in England.Rayudu was dropped from the Indian squad after failing the Yo-Yo Test in Bengaluru on Friday. Ironically, both Raina and Rayudu played for Chennai Super Kings this summer.Rayudu forced his way back into the Indian team after a spectacular IPL season where he scored where he scored 602 runs. Raina, meanwhile, had returned to the Indian team for the T20I series in South Africa and has since been solid and impressive.Rayudu is now the third big name to have failed the yo-yo test. Before this, Mohamed Shami failed the test and was dropped from India’s squad for the one-off Test versus Afghanistan. Even Sanju Samson was dropped from India A’s squad for the England A tour and was replaced by Ishan Kishan in the touring squad. Shami was replaced by Navdeep Saini in the team but he didn’t get to plat as the hosts dismissed the visitors within two days by an innings and 262 runs to win the match.Barring the former Mumbai Indians batsman, there were no more surprises in the test. Kohli, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking the test in the first batch.Kohli did not look in any discomfort while taking the advanced beep test as he matched Dhoni step-for-step along with Bhuvneshwar, Kedar Jadhav and Raina.last_img read more

MRHD AWARDS OVER $1 MILLION IN GRANTS

first_imgMissouri River Historical Developement distributed over a million dollars in grants to 23 Woodbury County non-profit organizations Thursday.Mark Monson is the president of the non-profit license holder of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/MM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………projects are wonderful. :17The grants ranged from $22,700 to the Woodbury County Fair 4H program to $150,000 for renovations at Mercy Medical Center’s Child Advocacy Center.The city of Sioux City received $25,000 for improvements at the War Eagle Monument:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/MM3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………gotta happen. ;13Monson says the partnership with the Hard Rock Casino continues to pay greater dividends to the needs of the Siouxland community:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/MM2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..to the communities. :21This round of grants brings MRHD’s total awards to over $27 and a half million dollars distributed since 1994.last_img read more

A Chat with the Guys at Hotel 1171

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Alcohol Brands and B-Corp Certification: Who Is Doing It and Why? How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States We love it when a brand gets us. LA born Hotel 1171 opened the doors to its flagship/clubhouse last year and boy, has the brand read our minds. Hangout and store, founders Brett Baldwin and Ryan Bodman set out to create a totally awesome and chill space for customers to shop, relax and even skate around out front of.Feeling like old buddies from the first time we speak, The Manual caught up with co-founder Brett to see what’s been going down of late.We love the half clubhouse, half menswear store concept of the flagship. How did this come about?From the beginning of Hotel 1171 we always wanted to sell our own products in our own stores. We sold wholesale for our first year, but quickly realized that wasn’t the route we wanted to go, and went back to our original instincts. Being that our office was in The Arts District of DTLA and the quick growth and excitement in DTLA it was easy for us to decide this is where the home of our first retail store needed to be.  We like to call it the Clubhouse because it’s our first store, and our home base in California. It’s also a great place to have parties and events. Clubhouse is a lot more hospitable and fun than “Store”.There have been a lot of boutique/concept store openings in downtown LA lately. What’s the vibe like there at the moment?The vibe is great, it’s starting to feel a lot more like a big city. Lot’s of excitement and energy. There’s a ton of young artist’s and creative’s living in DTLA, which is probably the best part. We’ve met a bunch of really talented people since we’ve opened the Clubhouse! Everyone, even “competitors”, are very supportive of each other and have a lot of pride for the city.Do you get a lot of people just coming in to hang?Yeah, we always have friends coming by to hang, socialize and skateboard out front.  We love it.  We’ve been using the slogan/hashtag “Stay Awhile” a lot.  It’s very fitting for the brand and store, but sometimes people take it a bit too literally… haha! The best is when people come in and actually ask if we have any rooms available.What’s on your SS14 moodboard?My current mood board is for Holiday 14. Clean, Classic, and Timeless with unique details. I’m not a fan of a lot of the trends going on. A lot of the stuff on my mood board right now is vintage California vibes, The Wonder Years… stuff that is very timeless and nostalgic from my childhood.What’s next for Hotel 1171?We’ve been working really hard to set up domestic sourcing for our entire product line. Our goal starting FW14 is to offer American made at an attainable price. We will only be selling direct through our clubhouse stores and will have a large web presence. This way we can offer the best possible product at the best prices. We aren’t interested in selling our goods at extremely high prices just to come off as more “high-end”. We want to make sure our customers get the best product possible for their hard earned cash. With that being said, more stores. We plan on opening at least one new store every year and we have our sites set on another LA location or San Francisco next.Finally, if you could spend summer anywhere, doing anything, what would you choose?I would most likely spend it up at Lundy Lake in the Sierra Mountains fishing, camping, hiking and talking photos…living extremely simply, away from computers, phones and social media. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Maersk Bolsters Rules on Dangerous Goods Stowage

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard Following the fatal Maersk Honam fire that claimed the lives of five seafarers, Danish industry major Maersk has implemented new guidelines on stowage of dangerous goods to improve safety across its containership fleet of over 750 ships.The company said that it has developed a new set of principles called Risk Based Dangerous Goods Stowage, and is now calling on the industry stakeholders to conduct a comprehensive Hazard Identification study in order to validate them. The new guidelines have reviewed over 3,000 of United Nations (UN) numbers of hazardous materials, as well as different containership designs, resulting in the defining of six different risk zones.The principles have also been presented to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as well as the Danish Maritime Authorities.“All cargo aboard Maersk Honam was accepted as per the requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and stowed onboard the vessel accordingly. Despite this, as the fire originated in a cargo hold in front of the accommodation which held several containers with dangerous goods, it had an unbearably tragic outcome,” says Ole Graa Jakobsen, Head of Fleet Technology at Maersk. “This clearly showed us that the international regulations and practices with regards to dangerous goods stowage needs to be reviewed in order to optimally protect crew, cargo, environment and vessels.”As a result, Maersk said that cargo covered under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code will no longer be stowed next to accommodation and main propulsion plant which is defined as the zone with the lowest risk tolerance.Similarly, risk tolerance will be low below deck and in the middle of the vessel, whereas the risk tolerance will be higher on deck fore and aft. Utilising statistics on container fires in the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), Maersk defined which UN numbers can be stored in each risk zone.The company plans to continue to review its rules and policies for accepting dangerous goods and assess how to further improve them.Together with other members of the CINS, Maersk is seeking to channel these experiences into developing new industry best practices.“Containership fires are a problem for our entire industry and we intend to share and discuss our learnings from this thorough review within relevant industry forums. We very much believe that discussions, views and insights among container carriers can further improve fire safety in our industry,” says Jakobsen.In the coming months, a review aimed at creating best management practices for dangerous goods stowage will be undertaken with participation from ABS, Lloyds Register, the International Group of PandI Clubs, National Cargo Bureau, the TT Club and Exis Technologies.Once the project is completed the best management practices will be published and presented to the IMO.On Tuesday 6 March 2018, Maersk Honam reported a serious fire. The boxship was carrying dangerous goods in the cargo hold where the fire originated, however at this time, there is no evidence to suggest that dangerous goods caused the fire, Maersk indicated.Investigation into the root cause of the fire in the cargo hold is still underway.last_img read more

Provinces Boost Bay of Fundy Promotion in New7Wonders Campaign

first_imgThe Bay of Fundy is the only Canadian finalist in the New 7Wonders of Nature campaign and the premiers of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are doing all they can to encourage Canadians to participate and vote. Premier Darrell Dexter and Premier David Alward are ramping up efforts to get people excited about the contest with a new marketing strategy, in partnership with Bay of Fundy Tourism. “David and I are excited to lend our support to this exciting project,” said Premier Dexter. “I look forward to educating Canadians, and the world, about why the Bay of Fundy is a top natural wonder, why they should vote, why they should visit the area and, most importantly, why the Bay of Fundy should win this campaign.” “I am happy to champion the Bay of Fundy in my home province of New Brunswick but also at the national and international level,” said Premier Alward. “The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world and the beauty of the region is incomparable. Our Bay of Fundy is indeed deserving of designation as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.” Marketing plans in the revamped campaign include a national ‘Vote My Fundy’ day, a high-profile social media campaign and introducing text voting. The premiers also announced that they will use every opportunity at next month’s Canada Winter Games in Halifax to motivate Canadians to vote for the Bay of Fundy. “I will be meeting many people from across the country during the Canada Games and I plan to ask them to support Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to ensure that the Bay of Fundy gets formally recognized as a natural wonder,” said Premier Dexter. The Bay of Fundy is Canada’s only finalist among 28 candidates in the international campaign. All Canadians can “ride the tide” and support the Bay of Fundy’s bid to be one of the official New7Wonders of Nature by going to votemyfundy.com and casting a vote. The official New7Wonders of Nature will be announced Nov. 11.last_img read more

100 deficiencies found during night and evening police patrolling till May this

first_imgNew Delhi: Deficiencies during the night and evening police patrolling were reviewed at the meeting held in Delhi Police headquarters earlier this June. According to police, in the current year (till May), more than 100 deficiencies were noticed by gazetted officers (GOs) of Delhi Police.Police sources told Millennium Post during a meeting police visibility checking during evening and night including deficiencies were discussed. Police data of five districts revealed that as many as 59 deficiencies were noticed by district GOs during evening patrolling. “In the night nearly 61 deficiencies were reported by GOs in six districts,” added police sources. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”The deficiencies were related to the patrolling pattern, bad condition of light and reflectors, presence and number of police staff,” sources said. In the meeting, senior police officers discussed various issues, including curbing deficiencies and new techniques which can be implemented for more effective patrolling. “The focus of the discussion was to make patrolling more better,” added sources. Last year more than 300 deficiencies related to night patrolling pattern in different districts were noticed by district night (gazetted officers) GOs of Delhi Police. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAs many as 4,420 staff were deployed for evening patrolling and more than 3,000 police personnel were on duty for night patrolling. “Over 1,700 motorcycles were deployed for patrolling in various parts of the city,” data added. The data further revealed that as many as 203 robbers/snatchers were apprehended by evening police staff whereas in the night 153 criminals were nabbed. “Burglars/thieves-273, persons with firearms-171 and others-586 persons were nabbed during the evening,” added sources. In the night, police caught 243-burglars/thieves, 124-persons with firearms and 309-others. The city police, after analysing the crime trend in all districts and one unit, deployed 813 motorcycles for patrolling. In meeting, the discussion was held to curb violent crime in which firearms are used by criminals. The other points like pendency of CPGRAMS grievances, VIP references, NHRC references, LG’s Listening Post grievances, CMTS complaints were reviewed.last_img read more

1 killed 14 saved from Mumbai building blaze

first_imgMumbai: At least one person was killed and one critically injured while 14 others were rescued from a fire that broke out in a four-storeyed building in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon.According to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Disaster Control, the fire was noticed around 12.20 p.m. on the third floor of Churchill Chambers, behind the iconic Hotel Taj Mahal in Colaba area.Teams of fire brigade rushed to the spot and started fire-fighting operations. At least 14 residents, who were trapped, were rescued using fire-ladders and brought down safely.One person, Shyam Ayyar, 54, who was injured critically, was declared dead at the GT Hospital.Another seriously injured 50-year-old man, Yusuf Poonamwala, has been admitted to Bombay Hospital for treatment.The police have cordoned off the busy Mereweather Road after the blaze triggered panic among the locals and tourists.last_img read more

Top court set to hear case involving crotchgrabbing nuns sexual intent

first_imgTORONTO – An Indigenous man who was denied compensation on the basis that a nun had no sexual intent when she grabbed his genitals takes his case to Canada’s top court this week amid a tense power struggle between a judge overseeing implementation of the Indian residential school class-action settlement and the head of the process that awards payouts to victims.The man, identified only as J.W., was a residential school student in Manitoba as a boy. In a claim accepted as factual, he said he was in line for a shower when a nun grabbed and squeezed his genitals, causing him distress. J.W. sought compensation under the independent assessment process set up as part of a class-action settlement over the schools.An adjudicator turned him down because he had failed to prove the nun had a “sexual purpose.” J.W. argued he shouldn’t have needed to prove her intent but his attempts at redress through the assessment review process failed.J.W. turned to the judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench supervising the class-action settlement in Manitoba, who decided the original decision was unreasonable and the reviews overseen by the chief adjudicator had failed to fix the problem. The judge ordered a new compensation hearing.However, the Government of Canada successfully appealed to the Manitoba Court of Appeal by arguing the judges supervising the settlement have almost no authority to review the compensation decisions.J.W. appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, which takes up the complex case on Wednesday. The outcome could affect other victims as the residential school compensation process winds down.In submissions to the top court, J.W. argues the Manitoba Appeal Court ruling would place the chief adjudicator beyond judicial scrutiny — even if his decisions are unreasonable.“To be bound by rules is not to make an empty gesture of applying them, or to apply them in an irrational or absurd way,” J.W. argues in his factum before the top court.In response, Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro and the federal government argue it would be disruptive to allow the courts to second-guess compensation decisions — except in the narrowest of circumstances.J.W.’s fight has thrown into sharp relief the battle between the judges overseeing implementation of the settlement and Shapiro, who insists the courts have almost no jurisdiction to review his decisions.“The function of the courts in supervising the (independent assessment process) is not to review individual decisions for error or unreasonableness,” Shapiro writes in his Supreme Court factum.Shapiro’s stance has long angered Justice Paul Perell, the Ontario Superior Court judge who shares responsibility for supervising implementation of the multibillion-dollar class-action agreement.In a blistering order early last month, Perell accused Shapiro of taking partisan positions, of challenging decisions made by supervising judges, and of putting himself above judicial scrutiny in “open defiance” of the court.“The chief adjudicator’s actions amount to insubordination of the courts,” Perell wrote. “His conduct runs the risk of compromising his impartiality or of having the risk of an appearance of a compromised impartiality.”Perell ordered Shapiro to cease involvement in J.W.’s appeal as well as in two other appeals involving claimants in British Columbia.Shapiro balked at the judicial slap-down. Arguing Perell had been unfair by not first hearing from him, he won a stay of the order from Ontario Appeal Court Justice Robert Sharpe pending a full appeal hearing Nov. 23.“Of particular concern is the finding in the direction that the chief adjudicator is guilty of ‘insubordination of the courts’,” Sharpe said. “This is a finding of serious misconduct made against a lawyer.”The stay left intact Shapiro’s role in fighting J.W.’s claim before the Supreme Court, prompting J.W. to file a new motion. He wants the high court to force Shapiro to step aside, saying Perell’s reasoning was persuasive.Shapiro is strenuously resisting removal from J.W.’s appeal, saying he has behaved appropriately and the Ontario’s top court will deal with the Perell situation in due course.In the interim, Perell has rescinded his order and issued a new one. This time, he’s directing two other judges involved in the class-action settlement to take up the matter directly with Shapiro at a full hearing. Among the issues: “Has the chief adjudicator taken partisan positions before courts, including appellate courts?” Perell wrote late last month.Shapiro is appealing that order, too.last_img read more

Grassy Narrows teens ejected from Ontario legislature for protest

first_imgThe Canadian PressTORONTO – A group of teenagers from the remote Grassy Narrows First Nation were ejected from the Ontario legislature today for wearing T-shirts reading: “water is sacred.”The teens travelled 1,700 kilometres from the northern reserve near the Manitoba border to demand the province take action to clean up the mercury that has poisoned local rivers, lakes and fish _ and made people sick _ for decades.A report released earlier this week said it was possible for the mercury to be safely cleaned up, but the government is reluctant to take action without more study on what exactly should be done.Premier Kathleen Wynne told the legislature the government wants to make sure any remediation efforts won’t stir up more mercury in sediment and make the situation even worse.The teens from Grassy Narrows then put on identical T-shirts with their message that water is sacred, but that’s considered a protest in the legislature so the Speaker had them removed from the house.Sixteen-year-old Draven Kirkness doesn’t think the government could make the situation any worse and said he and the other teens just want clean water.The Grassy Narrows teens, some elders and their supporters are holding a rally outside the legislature this afternoon to demand help getting rid of the mercury that’s poisoning their community.last_img read more

Best Buy 4thquarter loss narrows adjusted data tops expectations no offer from

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2013 8:52 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Best Buy Co. lost less money in the fourth quarter as efforts by new CEO Hubert Joly to make the company more efficient showed glimmers of paying off.The struggling electronics chain also said Friday that it did not receive a buyout bid from its co-founder Richard Schulze by the deadline Thursday, ending one question mark that had been hovering over the Minneapolis company.The retailer’s fourth-quarter results beat expectations, but Best Buy gave a cautious outlook on the first quarter because it is ramping up investments and the timing of some sales has changed from last year.Best Buy has been working to turn around results as it faces tough competition from online retailers and discounters. The company has cut jobs, invested in training employees and started matching online prices. Results show that the changes are beginning to help.U.S. revenue in stores open at least 14 months rose 0.9 per cent, the best performance in 11 quarters, Joly pointed out in an interview with the AP.“We have momentum building. We’re at the beginning of a transformation taking hold,” Joly said.Results may give investors more faith in new management, including Joly, who joined the company in August, and CFO Sharon McCollam, who joined in December, said NBG Productions analyst Brian Sozzi.He said Best Buy is showing “striking positives,” including better-than-expected gross margin — the percentage of each dollar in revenue a company actually keeps — and an 11.2 per cent increase in U.S. online sales.“Every transaction online was essentially the equivalent of convincing groups of previously disenchanted customers that yes, Best Buy is finally price competitive,” Sozzi said.Earlier this week Minneapolis-based Best Buy announced 400 job cuts at its headquarters as part of a $725 million cost-cutting plan. On Friday the company said it expects to announce more job cuts later this year.The company also said it plans $700 million to $800 million in capital spending and $150 million to $200 million in other expenses in fiscal 2014 as it invests in its business, mainly online and mobile channels. It plans to revamp Bestbuy.com by fiscal 2015.“2014 is a year of transition,” Joly said in a call with investors. “Further investment will be required to advance our ‘Renew Blue’ transformation”Its loss after paying preferred dividends for the three months ended Feb. 2 totalled $409 million, or $1.21 per share, for the three months ended Feb. 2. That compares with a loss of $1.82 billion, or $5.17 per share, a year earlier.Excluding restructuring and other costs, adjusted earnings came to $1.64 per share. Analysts expected $1.54 per share, according to FactSet.Revenue was nearly flat at $16.71 billion, from $16.67 billion last year. Analysts expected $16.29 billion.U.S. revenue in stores open at least 14 months rose 0.9 per cent, helped by performance from Best Buy’s standalone mobile stores. International revenue in stores open at least a year fell 6.6 per cent due to weak results in Canada and China.Best Buy also absorbed restructuring charges of $203 million related to closing stores and severance. It took an $822 million impairment charge to write off worse than expected results in Canada and China as well as $44 million in asset impairments.“Renewed momentum in the domestic business more than offset continued softness in the International business,” Joly said.For the year, the loss totalled $249 million, or 73 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $1.32 billion, or $3.57 per share, the year before.Revenue edged down less than 1 per cent to $49.62 billion from $50.04 billion.CFO Sharon McCollam said she expects first-quarter results to be “under significant pressure” because there will be a week less of sales compared with last year. Also, people buying TVs before the Super Bowl helped the company in the fourth quarter this year, compared with the first quarter last year. That helped net income by 14 cents per share in the fourth quarter.The company is also making investments during the quarter in a price-matching program and revamping its websites.Schulze, who founded the company in 1966 and is its largest shareholder by far with a 20 per cent stake, had been considering a bid or selling his stake since resigning in June, following an investigation that led to the resignation of CEO Brian Dunn due to an inappropriate relationship with a female staffer.Schulze had until Feb. 28 to make an offer for the company, but no offer materialized, Best Buy said Friday.Shares rose 28 cents to $16.69 in morning trading. The stock has traded between $11.20 and $27.95 over the past 52 weeks. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Best Buy 4th-quarter loss narrows, adjusted data tops expectations, no offer from co-founder read more

Taseko requests Federal Court review of New Prosperity environmental assessment

by Dene Moore, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 2, 2013 8:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Taseko requests Federal Court review of New Prosperity environmental assessment VANCOUVER – The proponent of a once-rejected gold mine in the British Columbia Interior has filed an application for judicial review of a second critical environmental assessment that found the project would cause significant adverse environmental effects.Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) is asking the Federal Court to quash the federal panel findings and declare that panel members failed to observe procedural fairness at the hearings held earlier this year.The panel “based its decision on an erroneous finding of fact that it made in a perverse or capricious manner or without regard to the material before it…,” said the application filed in Vancouver on Monday.Taseko said the panel based its conclusions on faulty information — failing to account for a design feature intended to prevent seepage of contaminant material from a tailings storage facility.“Taseko had no choice but to file this application in order to comply with a 30-day time limit,” Taseko president Russell Hallbauer said in a news release.“But we remain of the view that the federal government should allow the project to proceed to the next stage of detailed permit-level examination and if so the judicial review would not need to proceed.”The latest application was the second attempt by the company to have the project approved.Taseko originally proposed draining a lake of significance to area First Nations, and using it as a tailings pond. In the revised proposal, the company said Fish Lake would be saved and a tailings pond built elsewhere.Following the second public hearing process, the report last month by the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency panel said it did not believe Taseko’s design for the project could avoid contaminating the lake.The assessment found the project would have “significant adverse environmental effects” on water quality, fish and fish habitat in the lake, on grizzly habitat and on First Nations traditional activities.Chief Russell Myers Ross of the Yunesit’in First Nation, a member of the Tsilhqot’in government that has vehemently opposed the project, said the application comes as no surprise.“The company really had few options left once the panel report came out,” he said.He said the design feature the company has singled out — a liner that would be installed at the tailings storage facility — does not change the findings of the panel on most of the issues, including traditional aboriginal activities.Myers Ross said the Tsilhqot’in are reviewing the application, and will likely apply to the court to take part in any review.The final decision on allowing the mine to proceed is in the hands of federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has said it is reviewing the information provided by Taseko concerning the information used by the panel. read more

Reyaad Khan was a prolific attack planner against UK before he was

first_imgHe added: “They provided practical instructions for the manufacture of bombs, and information on targets.”Hussain, 21, from Birmingham, died in a US air strike three days after Khan was killed.Another intelligence document describes how Khan was “prominent in attack planning on behalf of Daesh; directly inciting individuals to conduct attacks”.The committee’s report disclosed that Khan and Hussain were connected to several of seven major plots thwarted in the UK in 2015.It said: “It is to the agencies’ credit that their investigation of Khan’s activities revealed these plots which they were then able to disrupt, thereby avoiding what could have been a very significant loss of life.” Khan was killed by a strike from targeted by Reaper drone in August 2015 in the Raqqah area of Syria.The operation that killed the 21-year-old was the first time that the UK had conducted a lethal drone strike against a terrorist target outside of participation in a military campaign.While Khan was the target of the attack, two other individuals travelling in the same vehicle were also killed, including Ruhul Amin, another UK national.The committee’s report published on Wednesday provided the first detailed account of the evidence amassed on Khan before the strike. Dominic Grieve MP, chairman, said: “In terms of the severity of the threat posed by Reyaad Khan, it appears from the 25 intelligence reports and two formal intelligence assessments that we have seen, that Khan was a prolific recruiter and attack planner.”Alongside another plotter, Junaid Hussain, Khan “encouraged multiple operatives around the world to conduct attacks against the UK and our allies” over the course of nine months, Mr Grieve said. A British jihadi killed in an unprecedented RAF drone strike in Syria was plotting attacks that could have led to “a very significant loss of life” in Britain, MPs have found.Reyaad Khan was a prolific recruiter and attack planner for Islamic State, and intelligence reports indicated he posed a “very serious threat” to the UK.The former promising student from Cardiff “orchestrated numerous plots to murder large numbers of UK citizens and those of our allies, as part of a wider terrorist group which considers itself at war with the West,” according to the assessment from the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC). Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Help Flat Stan Lee get to New York ComicCon

first_img Kristen Gudsnuk Talks Inspirations and What Brought Henchgirl To LifeCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Stay on target  Follow Kevin Maher, (the man behind it all) and Flat Stan on: Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. <><> Face front, True Believers!This year marks Stan Lee’s final appearance at New York Comic-Con and we’re going to help him go out in a memorable way and help him hit all areas of the con.Help us celebrate “Stan The Man” by sending Flat Stan Lee to the Javits Convention Center and around the greatest city in the world. Here’s how it works:Print and cut-out your very own Flat Stan Lee.Bring him with you to NYCC. Take photos of Flat Stan.Post on Social Media (Twitter & Instagram)Use the hashtag #FlatStanNYCCWe’ll send a prize to whoever gets a photo of Flat Stan Lee with Stanley Martin Lieber himself. A gallery of our favorites will be shared with our Geekdom on Monday.  Here’s a complete schedule of Stan’s NYCC appearances. And for inspiration, here are some photos from Flat Stan Lee’s previous adventures. last_img read more