Aboriginal groups pull out of premiers meeting AFN official

first_imgEDMONTON – An Ontario chief says three national Indigenous groups have told Alberta Premier Rachel Notley they won’t be at a meeting with the premiers next week in Edmonton.Isadore Day, Ontario chief with the Assembly of First Nations, says he supports the decision by leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, the Metis National Council and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami not to attend the meeting on Monday, the day before the premiers hold their own talks.“Our participation needs to be meaningful,” Day said Friday. “Talk is cheap.”The leaders of the three groups have scheduled a news conference for Monday morning in Toronto, saying they “expect full inclusion in intergovernmental tables.”Day said holding separate talks for Indigenous leaders “doesn’t meet the test of reconciliation.”Notley’s spokeswoman, Cheryl Oates, said officials are continuing to talk with aboriginal groups about their attendance.“We would like them to come,” she said. “We’ll keep working to encourage them to come.”Five national aboriginal groups were originally scheduled to attend the meeting. The Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of Canada have not signalled whether they will be there.Day said Indigenous leaders are prepared to push harder if the provinces and territories don’t demonstrate a willingness to change their position on the meetings.“We are in troubled waters right now,” he said.last_img read more

Common Joins AdoptAClassroomorg And Burlington Stores To Support Teachers And Students

first_imgAdoptAClassroom.org, the award-winning national non-profit organization that helps teachers and students get the materials they need to learn and achieve in the classroom, is proud to announce its inaugural partnership with the national off-price retailer, Burlington Stores.COMMON Joins AdoptAClassroom.org and Their Partner Burlington Stores to Support Teachers and Students NationwideThe two have combined forces this back-to-school season to launch a national point-of-sale campaign in all 599 Burlington stores nationwide to raise funds for classrooms in need across the country. Joining their efforts is Oscar winning actor and musical artist Common and his mother, a 35-year educator and Chicago Board of Education member, Dr. Mahalia Hines. Together, with their relentless passion and activism for education, the mother-and-son duo have worked with hundreds of students in Chicago to provide opportunities, resources and tools to help them become future leaders.Ninety-one percent of K-12 teachers purchase classroom supplies out of their own pockets, spending on average $600 of their own money each year, with nearly twenty percent of teachers spending more than $1,000 annually. As a result of this campaign, Burlington hopes the funds raised will lessen this burden on teachers and help provide them with the support and classroom resources they need to do their job and make a real impact with students.The fundraising effort launched July 9th at all 599 Burlington stores across the country, encouraging customers to donate $1 or more at checkout to support AdoptAClassroom.org. The back-to-school campaign will run through August 19, 2017. All funds raised will be disbursed to teachers this fall in communities where Burlington operates stores. Additionally, for each new store Burlington opens across the country this fall and next spring, they will adopt all teachers in a school within close proximity to the new store. This is yet another demonstration of Burlington’s on-going commitment to giving back where their associates and customers live and work.Today, Common joined AdoptAClassroom.org and Burlington Stores to announce a surprise donation of $10,000 to adopt the Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem, New York. Each teacher will receive funding from AdoptAClassroom.org towards school supplies such as Chromebooks, calculators, book sets and science kits, amongst a multitude of other items, so that their students have access to what they need to learn and prosper in the upcoming school year.“Growing up, I watched how my Mother cared for her students, both as an educator and outside of the classroom. I realized very early just how important it is to have an adult in your corner, and for many kids that adult is often a teacher,” said Common. “I’m proud to support AdoptAClassroom.org and their partnership with Burlington to help provide classroom supplies to teachers and students in need.”“At Burlington Stores, giving back is a part of our culture as a caring company and we know the importance of supporting teachers and their students. This back to school season, we are excited to partner with AdoptAClassroom.org to be able to provide the necessary funding so that teachers can get the supplies they need for their students to succeed,” said President, CEO and Chairman of Burlington Stores, Tom Kingsbury.“We are thankful to Burlington and their millions of customers and thousands of associates nationwide for their support to help us further our mission. This initiative will help to fill the resource gap in classrooms across the country,” said Executive Director of AdoptAClassroom.org, Ann Ness. “We look forward to getting even more classroom materials into the hands of students through this meaningful partnership.”We encourage customers to shop Burlington for all their back-to-school needs this summer and donate $1 or more at checkout now until August 19th to help support teachers and their students locally and nationwide.For more information visit BurlingtonStores.com or AdoptAClassroom.org.last_img read more

UN campaign warns migrants about dangers of crossing Gulf of Aden

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is distributing colourful leaflets containing drawings and text printed in Somali and in three Ethiopian dialects throughout Somalia’s Puntland region, while radio spots have been broadcast since October.The advocacy campaign, which is currently being extended to South/Central Somalia and Ethiopia, also informs asylum-seekers coming from nearby countries that they can seek asylum directly in Somalia. In addition, it asks host communities to treat migrants humanely. So far this year, more than 1,400 people – or one out of every 20 – died in the Gulf of Aden, killed by smugglers or drowned at sea, while over 28,300 people made it ashore on 300 boats, UNHCR announced yesterday. This includes over 150 who lost their lives just this past weekend, UNHCR spokesperson Astrid van Genderen Stort told reporters in Geneva, noting that “once again, the Gulf of Aden has taken its toll.” Along with the campaign, the agency has stepped up its work in Yemen over the past year under a $7 million operation. It is also planning to expand its presence along the remote, 300-kilometre Yemeni coastline with the opening of two additional field offices next year. 19 December 2007With more than 1,400 people having lost their lives this year while illegally crossing the Gulf of Aden, the United Nations refugee agency has started a new campaign in the Horn of Africa to highlight the dangers of making the perilous voyage to Yemen. read more

House passes bill that could exempt trillions in foreign derivatives trades from

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House passed legislation Wednesday that would exempt the trading of derivatives from federal oversight if it occurs outside the United States.A bipartisan group of lawmakers supported the carve-out on a 301-124 vote.Supporters say the exemption is necessary to allow U.S. firms to remain competitive in foreign markets. But opponents say the regulations outside the U.S. tend to be weaker and the exemption would put the broader financial system at risk.Derivatives are investments whose value is based on some other investment, such as oil and currencies. The market was largely unregulated around the globe before the 2008 financial crisis and contributed to the meltdown.The legislation’s prospects in the Senate are uncertain. The White House has signalled it would veto the legislation.Opponents said its passage could pressure regulators to take a more lenient approach in writing rules for oversight of foreign derivatives trading.The White House said in a statement Tuesday that House passage of the bill “would be premature and disruptive” to the regulators’ ongoing efforts to write the rules.The legislation’s primary authors were House Republicans, who opposed the 2010 financial overhaul legislation, but many Democrats endorsed it. A key thrust of the 2010 overhaul was to put new regulatory reins over derivatives, traded in a $700 trillion global market that has largely escaped supervision until now.Derivatives are often used to protect an investor against future price fluctuations of an underlying commodity or security. But they also are used by financial firms to make speculative bets, and they have grown increasingly complex and risky.Five of the biggest U.S. banks — JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley — account for more than 90 per cent of total derivatives contracts. A large proportion of derivatives are traded outside the U.S., estimated by regulators at around 40 per cent to 45 per cent of the total.The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed putting under its supervision all derivatives trading, including trading overseas. But the Securities and Exchange Commission has taken a narrower approach, allowing overseas derivatives trades to escape U.S. regulation if the country in which they occur has a rules system that is roughly equivalent to that of the U.S.The bill would require the two agencies to issue a joint rule. And trading in the nine biggest foreign markets for derivatives would be exempt from U.S. regulation.That would “drag that activity back into the shadows,” said Rep. Maxine Waters of California, the senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, in debate before the vote.“We’ll be put in the position of bailing out failed institutions all over again,” Waters said. “We shouldn’t have to rely on foreign regulators to protect us.”Opponents pointed to the $182 billion federal bailout of American International Group Inc. at the height of the financial crisis — the largest for any company. AIG nearly collapsed because of its massive derivatives bets on the housing market. It has since repaid the bailout.The new legislation would undermine the 2010 financial overhaul and “create a loophole big enough to drive an AIG truck through,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat.But a supporter, Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, said the bill would “bring some certainty to a very uncertain process.”Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, the Financial Services panel’s chairman, said the nine countries where trading would be exempt from U.S. regulation have systems of rules for derivatives that are closely equivalent to the U.S.Having certainty in the rules would help companies that use derivatives to hedge against risks, Hensarling said, naming Coors, Southwest Airlines and John Deere as examples. That would help economic growth and jobs, he said. by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2013 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email House passes bill that could exempt trillions in foreign derivatives trades from US regulation read more

Syria UN cultural agency chief deplores rising violence damage to World Heritage

“Irina Bokova calls upon the perpetrators to cease the destruction immediately and urges all the parties to the conflict to take the necessary measures to ensure the safeguarding of this World Heritage site along with all of Syria’s cultural property,” the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a statement today citing its Director-General. Ms. Bokova also reminded all parties involved in the conflict of their legal obligations under the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, to which Syria is a signatory and which enjoins High Contracting Parties, to refrain from any act of hostility directed against cultural property. The UN agency added that it stands prepared to cooperate with all parties concerned in deploying “all possible efforts” to protect Syria’s cultural monuments to the extent allowed by the volatile security situation. The Crac des Chevaliers, which Ms. Bokova has called, along with the other damaged castle, Qal’at Salah El-Din, “outstanding examples” of the region’s fortified architecture developed starting in the 11th century, is among six sites in Syria recently inscribed to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger. ‹ › Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at El-Din. Photo: UNESCO/Silvan Rehfeld< UNESCO said the inscriptions demonstrated the serious concern of the international community over the threats facing the heritage of the country during the current civil strife and turmoil. “The danger listing is intended to mobilize all possible support for the safeguarding of these properties, which are recognized by the international community as being of outstanding universal value for humanity as a whole,” the UN agency had said in a statement. Members of the World Heritage Committee “urged all parties associated with the situation in Syria to refrain from any action that would cause further damage to cultural heritage of the country and to fulfil their obligations under international law by taking all possible measures to protect such heritage.” In an earlier statement, Ms. Bokova had said that “destroying the inheritance of the past, which is the legacy for future generations, serves no purpose except that of deepening hatred and despair and it further weakens the foundations for cohesion of Syrian society.” Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at El-Din. Photo: UNESCO/Silvan Rehfeld< Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at El-Din. Photo: UNESCO/Jean-Pierre Heim Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at El-Din. Photo: UNESCO/Silvan Rehfeld read more

Baleines le Japon demande un mandat darrêt international contre lun de leurs

first_imgBaleines : le Japon demande un mandat d’arrêt international contre l’un de leurs protecteursJapon – Le Japon va transmettre à Interpol une demande de mandat d’arrêt international à l’encontre du Canadien Paul Watson, fondateur de l’organisation Sea Shepherd. Ce dernier est accusé d’avoir entravé, en février dernier, des opérations de pêche menées par la flotte baleinière japonaise.Fondateur de l’association de défense de l’environnement Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson est le capitaine du Steve Irwin, l’un des navires utilisés par l’association pour gêner les baleiniers. Accusé d’avoir orchestré en février dernier une agression contre la flotte nippone en Antarctique, M. Watson aurait, d’après le Japon, ordonné le lancement de “produits chimiques” contre l’un des baleiniers. Lors de cette action, un marin japonais aurait été blessé.À lire aussiUn satellite destiné à faire pleuvoir des météores sur commande va être envoyé dans l’espaceLe Japon a alors décidé de transmettre une demande de mandat d’arrêt international à Interpol contre Paul Watson. D’après la chaîne de télévision publique NHK, les garde-côtes ont déjà obtenu un mandat d’arrêt à Tokyo et souhaitent désormais qu’Interpol le mette en application. “Nous ne devons pas laisser ces affaires en suspens. Peu importe qu’ils soient pour ou contre la pêche à la baleine, ce qu’ils ont fait est un crime”, estime Hirotaka Akamatsu, le ministre japonais de l’Agriculture.L’association Sea Shepherd dément fermement avoir lancé des produits chimiques contre un baleinier, assurant qu’il ne s’agissait que de beurre rance, utilisé en guise de bombe puante. Au cours de cette action, un trimaran de l’association a coulé après une collision avec un baleinier. Furieux, le capitaine du bateau naufragé, Peter Bethune, s’était introduit en pleine nuit à bord du baleinier pour protester. Le militant est aujourd’hui détenu au Japon, inculpé pour coups et blessures.Paul Watson se bat depuis des années contre la pêche à la baleine, menée par le Japon sous couvert de la recherche scientifique. Pour lui, aucun doute n’est permis : “Le mandat est juste entièrement politique”.Le 5 mai 2010 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Grippe des souris protégées des virus grâce à une thérapie génique

first_imgGrippe : des souris protégées des virus grâce à une thérapie géniqueUne étude récemment publiée montre comment une thérapie génique a permis de protéger des souris contre différents virus de la grippe responsables de pandémie.Alors que certains virus de la grippe, notamment celui de la grippe aviaire, continue de faire des victimes chaque année, des chercheurs pourraient avoir trouvé une piste intéressante pour s’en protéger. Une piste qui fait appel à la thérapie génique. En effet, grâce à une dose de virus adéno-associé, des rongeurs ont été immunisés contre une infection grippale.  D’après l’étude parue dans la revue Science Translational Medicine, une seule dose aurait suffi pour protéger totalement les souris et furets contre les virus H5N1 et H1N1, pourtant hautement pathogène et responsables de grippe mortelle. Les rongeurs ont même été immunisés contre la grippe espagnole (qui a causé la mort de 50 millions de personnes en 1918).Un virus pour protéger l’organismeComme l’expliquent les auteurs de l’étude menée au département de pathologie de la faculté de médecine de l’Université de Pennsylvanie, les virus adéno-associés, utilisés pour transférer des gènes sont non pathogènes et existeraient naturellement chez les humains et les primates. Ils sont donc extrêmement intéressants et prometteurs dans la protection des humains contre les virus grippaux. Une fois dans le corps, ceux-ci seraient capables d’activer un anticorps neutralisant les souches de virus grippaux. “Ce qui est nouveau dans cette approche c’est l’utilisation d’un virus adéno-associé pour acheminer aisément et efficacement un vaccin prophylactique dans les voies nasales” ajoute Maria Lambris, professeur adjoint à la faculté de médecine de l’Université de Pennsylvanie.”Les anticorps sont utilisés depuis longtemps contre le cancer et pour le traitement des maladies auto-immunes mais peu pour combattre des maladies infectieuses” rappelle-t-elle. De fait, “cette nouvelle technique permet de développer un vaccin prophylactique contre la grippe à moindre coût, facile à administrer et dont la fabrication est rapide”.De nouvelles perspectives de traitement À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Ces expériences “démontrent l’efficacité chez des animaux de cette approche, qui pourrait être utilisée pour combattre tout virus pandémique ou agent de bio-terrorisme pour lesquels des anticorps existent et qui peuvent être facilement isolés” souligne le Dr James Wilson, directeur du programme de thérapie génique de l’Université de Pennsylvanie cité par l’AFP.Reste maintenant à poursuivre les recherches sur l’animal puis sur l’homme. “Poursuivre le développement de cette technique génique est devenu encore plus urgent avec l’émergence récente en Chine du virus H7N9 (de la grippe aviaire) qui est mortel chez les humains”, précise-t-il. Mais cette recherche pourrait également ouvrir des voies dans le traitement d’autres maladies infectieuses virales.Le 31 mai 2013 à 18:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Steven Gerrard wants to sign a few more players

first_imgEven after making 10 signings this summer, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wants “a few” more players, saying “this will be a different team from last year”.The coach say he wants to sign another centre-half during this transfer window to bolster his team’s defence, although he had already signed Connor Goldson from Brighton and Nikola Katic from Croatian side Slaven Belupo.Rangers have had a bid of £200k rejected for Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty, however, Gerrard has refused to be drawn on their interest in the player.“We have tried to add players who are hungry, the idea was to have two quality players in each position,” said Gerrard, according to Sky Sports.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“It’s no secret we are still looking to add a few pieces to the jigsaw. This will be a different team from last year.“I can’t speak on last season but the mentality of my players will be there and we will have winners on the pitch and winners on the bench.“We don’t just want numbers, we want quality. We know our targets and who we will go after.”last_img read more

Barcelona Real Madrid talk is fake news – Neymar declares

first_imgEarlier, there was a rumour that PSG were willing to let their forward Neymar leave next summer for €220m, with Barca and Madrid among his suitors.However, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has declared that the speculation or talk of returning to Barcelona or joining Real Madrid is ‘fake news’ and doesn’t hold water.The 26-year-old forward used his Instagram story to call out AS and Mundo Deportivo for their front pages report about him and was seen shaking his head in the Instagram story where he denied the report.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Brazilian also described claims that he met an ex-girlfriend in Barcelona as ‘fake news’.“I’d like to be Superman, but I can’t be in two places at the same time. I can’t teleport,” he added.PSG has grabbed 10 wins out of 10 matches in Ligue 1 without Neymar on Saturday as they thrashed Amiens 5-0.last_img read more

Rare Ribbon Seal Sighting In Prince William Sound

first_imgA ribbon seal photographed in Prince William Sound July 9th, 2014. Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service boat crewed by Gloria Zager, Patti Sullivan, Karen Sinclair and Marty Reedy.A federal wildlife technician got a rare treat in Prince William Sound yesterday. Marty Reedy was driving a boat for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seabird and marine mammal survey when a colleague pointed out a seal that didn’t look quite right. Reedy, who has also worked in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, knew immediately what the animal was- a ribbon seal:Download Audio“I just could not believe my eyes. I kept thinking to myself, I must be seeing something wrong, but if you look at a picture of these guys, there’s no doubt what it was. We see a lot of wonderful stuff out in the sound but to see something like that, is pretty unique and special.”Reedy drove the boat closer and snapped a picture of a male ribbon seal hauled out on a chunk of glacial ice. He found the animal in the northwest section of the sound, but doesn’t want to give an exact location.Peter Boveng is a seal expert with the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle. He says ribbon seals spend their winters in the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk. But this time of year, they are roamers and have been spotted as far south as British Colombia and Washington. He’s not surprised one turned up in Prince William Sound, and says the seal is on the fringes of its summer range:“They go into a pelagic phase where essentially they’re in the water all the time. They seem to be mostly solitary. So people don’t see ribbon seals really anywhere this time of year with any frequency or commonness.”A ribbon seal was found in Cook Inlet in Anchorage in 2007.Boveng says if this seal is healthy, he should be able to find his way back north to the Bering Sea for the winter breeding season.last_img read more

Cops on alert as Bakrid nears

first_imgHyderabad: In view of Bakrid, City Police have taken all measures to ensure peaceful conduct of the festival without any clash between different groups regarding the illegal transportation of cattle into the city. In view of last year’s confrontations between different groups at several places in the Greater Hyderabad and the adjoining districts, they have set up integrated check posts across the city to check illegal transportation of cattle into the city. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us According to senior police officials hundreds of check posts are installed across the State and the staff of Animal Husbandry, GHMC and local police are manning round the clock checking of lorries and other big vehicles which can transport cattle illegally in large number. The teams will check illegal transportation of cattle into the city from the neighbouring districts. Special vigilance is going on at the border areas of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Warangal, Mahabubnagar, Nizamabad districts. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The staff at the city entry points stops the lorries and DCM vans and checks the certificates issued by the veterinarians at the cattle markets. To avoid confrontation among the cattle transporters and the other group members who are opposing the slaughtering of cows, calves and bullocks, the police will be escorting the cattle being legally brought into the city to their destination without any disturbances. Advertise With Us City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar has already clarified that if anyone has any issues or grievances regarding the transport of cattle they can directly contact the police for prompt action and seek clarity from them. He further added that Telangana Prohibition of Cow Slaughter and Animal Preservation Act, 1977, will be strictly implemented. To avoid confrontations during the nighttime City police has also set up a control room for inter departmental coordination. On the other hand, the GHMC officials have arranged two centres at Hayathnagar and Jeedimetla to feed the seized cows which were illegally transported by the meat traders. Meanwhile, South Zone police kept a special focus on the Old City area and intensified their patrolling in localities and colonies to prevent any trouble due to the sale of cattle there. DCP Amber Kishore Jha said that stringent action will be taken against those who try to illegally transport the cows and sell the cattle. Meanwhile, Bharatiya Prani Mitra Sangh (BPMC) alleged that the law enforcing agencies due to political pressures are conspicuously allowing the illegal slaughter of cows, calves and bullocks during Bakrid and violating the Telangana Prohibition of Cow Slaughter and Animal Preservation Act, 1977. Jasraj Srisrimal, BPMC president said last year about 10,000 cattle were slaughtered during Bakrid and the concerned officials did not take any steps to enforce the law. -M Yanadi Reddylast_img read more

115 Rohingyas stopped to reach Malaysia

first_imgRohingya file photoPolice have prevented 115 Rohingyas from being smuggled to Malaysia in rickety fishing boats, officials said Saturday, but no suspected traffickers were detained.The group from the Kutupalong camp near Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar — the biggest refugee settlement in the world — were stopped as they headed to boats in the Bay of Bengal.The operation, which took place late Friday, was the latest in a series involving Rohingya refugees seeking to leave squalid camps for Malaysia, a more prosperous Muslim-majority nation.”We stopped a convoy of 15 auto-rickshaws and rescued 50 men, 39 women and 26 children,” Bangladeshi police officer Anwar Hossain told AFP.”But we could not catch any traffickers.”The officer said the Rohingyas, who had already paid the traffickers some money, would be taken back to the camp.About 740,000 of the Muslim minority Rohingya fled Myanmar for Bangladesh following a brutal military clampdown in the Buddhist-majority nation in August 2017.They joined another 300,000 Rohingya who have already been living in the overcrowded camps in the Cox’s Bazar area following previous bouts of violence.Thousands have risked their lives travelling to Malaysia and Thailand by boat when the Bay of Bengal is calm before monsoon season sets in at the end of March.So far this year, Bangladeshi security forces have stopped more than 300 Rohingya from attempting the trip on small fishing boats, which experts say are not fit for deep-sea navigation.The group detained Friday was the third prevented from heading to Malaysia this week alone.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said the vulnerability of Rohingya to trafficking has increased enormously as livelihoods, support networks, and other fundamental systems are disrupted.”It is hard to comment on the scale of the activity, due to the clandestine nature of the activity,” UNHCR spokeswoman Caroline Gluck told AFP.”The community finds it difficult to speak up.”last_img read more

Twitter Names New Heads of US News Sports Content Partnerships EXCLUSIVE

first_imgTwitter has filled some key roles in its reorganized content partnerships group in the U.S. — promoting company insiders instead of outside hires.In June, Twitter’s global content partnerships group, led by VP Kay Madati, shifted to a regional management structure rather than one organized around content verticals.With the reorg, global video-partnerships head Todd Swidler and global head of news Peter Greenberger left Twitter. Laura Froelich — formerly global director of sports content partnerships — was moved into the new role of head of U.S. partnerships, while David Grossman, formerly Twitter’s global head of entertainment, is now head of U.S. entertainment (reporting to Froelich).Now Froelich has picked two other lieutenants: TJ Adeshola as head of U.S. sports and Nick Sallon as head of U.S. news. Popular on Variety Pictured above: TJ Adeshola (l.), Nick Sallon Adeshola (pictured above, left) will lead all U.S. sports partnerships at Twitter, after spending the previous few years managing Twitter’s partnerships with major U.S. sports leagues, including the NFL and the NBA. Before joining Twitter in 2012, he worked on ESPN’s digital sales and marketing team.Sallon (above, right) spent the previous two years as the GM of news for live video. He joined Twitter in 2015 with the company’s acquisition of Periscope, where he led content strategy. Sallon has focused on developing digital video strategies and revenue opportunities for news organizations, including working on programming for Twitter like Bloomberg’s TicToc and Buzzfeed News’ “AM2DM.” Prior to Twitter, he ran content acquisition and business development at Aereo (the Barry Diller-backed live-TV streaming startup sued by big broadcasters).In addition, Madati announced two other new members of the global content partnerships group: Stacy Minero as head of content creation, and Tyler Vaught as head of creators and Niche, Twitter’s branded-content program for creators.Minero, who reports to Madati, will focus on branded content. She’s spent the past four years at Twitter on brand strategy and agency development, where her team advised brands on content strategy and creative ideas to launch campaigns or win cultural moments. In 2017, she launched Twitter’s Fuel Team, designed to scale creative strategy to a broader slate of clients and offer in-house editing to optimize video for Twitter.Vaught is tasked with driving the global strategy around how Twitter partners with creators for branded and original content. He has been at Twitter for three years, previously as Niche’s head of West Coast business development. Vaught reports directly to Minero.According to Twitter, even though it dissolved the dedicated live-video team, video remains a strong strategic focus for the company.During the second quarter of 2018, according to Twitter, it continued to invest in video infrastructure, improving the quality of the video experience while increasing reach and engagement for content owners. Also in Q2, the company signed 50 new live-streaming, video-on-demand, video highlight, and Twitter Amplify video-ad deals, including with Disney/ESPN, NBCUniversal and Viacom. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Bethesda promises frequent updates to Fallout 4

first_imgFans and the industry alike love the Fallout series. However, everyone admits that the games can be a bit on the buggy side sometimes. This is something Bethesda has worked hard to address during the development of Fallout 4 to ensure that players had a relatively stable experience at launch. Today, the company revealed their plans on how issues will be handled moving forward.“Our process for updating the game will include releasing a beta patch on Steam, followed by full release on PC, then release on the consoles,” said Bethesda in a blog post. “This process has worked well for us in the past and allows us to get more fixes out faster. Expect to see more updates, that are smaller and more frequent, than a few big ones. This allows us to make sure each fix is working right, as any change can have unintentional side effects in a game this huge. We expect the first beta patch to be up next week.”While Fallout 4 is a relatively stable and solid release for many, some users have had less than pleasurable experiences, with the worst incidents involving game crashes. A game of this scale, with so many different systems working in conjunction with one another, is bound to have bugs and glitches that people will run into. It’s to be expected. However, Bethesda is being more vigilant than ever when it comes to addressing the bigger issues that have been reported. With the game’s popularity growing each day, Bethesda will surely have their hands full fixing any problems that users will run into.Fallout 4 was released last week for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and broke records for the series. Bethesda shipped $750 million worth of copies during the game’s launch, which accounted for 12 million copies of the title. It also met with great success on Steam, where it sold 1.87 million digital copies in just three days.last_img read more

Motorcycle duo shoots US businessman in Escazú suburb of San José Costa

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Following recent crime wave, Solís announces new investment in San Carlos police force Inept criminals sentenced to prison for attempting to steal a truck they couldn’t drive 7 injured in Limón bar shootout involving at least one AK-47 assault rifle Boozy bandit tries to steal $50,000 ambulance in Costa Rica UPDATE: March 19, 9:45 a.m. A spokeswoman from San Juan de Dios Hospital confirmed that the victim is still interned at the hospital and is in “delicate” condition. She said she was not authorized to give further details.—-A 42-year-old U.S. businessman identified as Noah was shot four times outside a restaurant near the Paco Commercial Center in San Rafael de Escazú Wednesday morning, according to initial reports from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).Noah, who lived in the upscale area, was seen leaving a restaurant and getting into his car when two men on a motorcycle pulled up next to him. One of the two reached into Noah’s vehicle and shot him at least four times in the chest.The U.S. citizen, who police said worked in real estate, was taken to the San Juan de Dios Hospital in San José for surgery at approximately 11:00 a.m. The Tico Times was unable to obtain an update on his health status on Wednesday afternoon.Criminals riding motorcycles have shot 45 people dead in the past year, officials say. The string of motorcycle-mounted attacks has led OIJ Director Francisco Segura to request new restrictions for motorcycles on the roads, including prohibiting more than one rider on a bike.In 2014, OIJ received 1,738 complaints of assaults committed by individuals driving motorcycles. So far this year they’ve received 251 complaints.OIJ is investigating the case.last_img read more

Waiting for the train

first_imgIt’s a day when planes, trains and automobiles are setting off on holiday journeys around the world. In Costa Rica, many families get to stay put altogether or have shorter trips ahead, like the ones made by the city’s urban train, which travels through the capital and to Heredia, Alajuela and Cartago. Here, a train waits for passengers at the Atlantic station in San José.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or a photo of your upcoming special event? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Comments Related posts:Name that beach A piece of paradise Luscious green Relaxing among Costa Rican cactilast_img read more

In an IS training camp children told Behead the doll

first_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories “I am terribly worried about future generations,” said Abu Hafs Naqshabandi, a Syrian sheikh who runs religion classes for refugees in the Turkish city of Sanliurfa to counter IS ideology.The indoctrination mainly targets Sunni Muslim children. In IS-held towns, militants show young people videos at street booths. They hold outdoor events for children, distributing soft drinks and candy — and propaganda.They tell adults, “We have given up on you, we care about the new generation,” said an anti-IS activist who fled the Syrian city of Raqqa, the extremists’ de facto capital. He spoke on condition of anonymity to preserve the safety of relatives under IS rule.With the Yazidis, whom IS considers heretics ripe for slaughter, the group sought to take another community’s youth, erase their past and replace it with radicalism.Yahya, his little brother, their mother and hundreds of Yazidis were captured when IS seized the Iraqi town of Sulagh in August. They were taken to Raqqa, where the brothers and other Yazidi boys aged 8 to 15 were put in the Farouq training camp. They were given Muslim Arabic names to replace their Kurdish names. Yahya asked that AP not use his real name for his and his family’s safety. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Yahya escaped in early March. Fighters left the camp to carry out an attack, and as remaining guards slept he and his brother slipped away, he said. He urged a friend to come too, but he refused, saying he was a Muslim now and liked Islam.Yahya’s mother was in a house nearby with other abducted Yazidis — he had occasionally been allowed to visit her. So he and his brother went there. They travelled to the Syrian city of Minbaj and stayed with a Russian IS fighter, Yahya said. He contacted an uncle in Iraq, who negotiated to pay the Russian for the two boys and their mother. A deal struck, they met the uncle in Turkey then went to the Iraqi Kurdish city of Dohuk.Now in Dohuk, Yahya and his brother spend much of their time watching TV. They appear outgoing and social. But traces of their ordeal show. When his uncle handed Yahya a pistol, the boy deftly assembled and loaded it.And he will never forget the videos of beheadings IS trainers showed the boys.“I was scared when I saw that,” he said. “I knew I wouldn’t be able to behead someone like that. Even as an adult.”___Jannsen reported from Dohuk, Iraq. Associated Press writers Salar Salim in Irbil, Iraq, and Vivian Salama in Eski Mosul, Iraq, contributed to this report. ___Follow Zeina Karam on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zkaram. Follow Bram Janssen on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BramJanssen .Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone “Then they taught me how to hold the sword, and they told me how to hit. They told me it was the head of the infidels,” the boy, renamed Yahya by his IS captors, told The Associated Press last week in northern Iraq, where he fled after escaping the IS training camp.When Islamic State extremists overran Yazidi towns in northern Iraq last year, they butchered older men and enslaved many of the women and girls. Dozens of young Yazidi boys like Yahya had a different fate: The IS sought to re-educate them. They forced them to convert to Islam from their ancient faith and tried to turn them into jihadi fighters.It is part of a concerted effort by the extremists to build a new generation of militants, according to AP interviews with residents who fled or still live under IS in Syria and Iraq. The group is recruiting teens and children using gifts, threats and brainwashing. Boys have been turned into killers and suicide bombers. An IS video issued last week showed a boy beheading a Syrian soldier under an adult militant’s supervision. Last month, a video showed 25 children unflinchingly shooting 25 captured Syrian soldiers in the head.In schools and mosques, militants infuse children with extremist doctrine, often turning them against their own parents. Fighters in the street befriend children with toys. IS training camps churn out the Ashbal, Arabic for “lion cubs,” child fighters for the “caliphate” that IS declared across its territory. The caliphate is a historic form of Islamic rule that the group claims to be reviving with its own radical interpretation, though the vast majority of Muslims reject its claims. He spent nearly five months there, training eight to 10 hours a day, including exercises, weapons drills and Quranic studies. They told him Yazidis are “dirty” and should be killed, he said. They showed him how to shoot someone from close range. The boys hit each other in some exercises. Yahya punched his 10-year-old brother, knocking out a tooth.The trainer “said if I didn’t do it, he’d shoot me,” Yahya said. “They … told us it would make us tougher. They beat us everywhere.”In an IS video of Farouq camp, boys in camouflage do calisthenics and shout slogans. An IS fighter says the boys have studied jihad so “in the coming days God Almighty can put them in the front lines to battle the infidels.”Videos from other camps show boys crawling under barbed wire and practicing shooting. One kid lies on the ground and fires a machine gun; he’s so small the recoil bounces his whole body back a few inches. Boys undergoing endurance training stand unmoving as a trainer hits their heads with a pole.IS claims to have hundreds of such camps. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented at least 1,100 Syrian children under 16 who joined IS this year. At least 52 were killed in fighting, including eight suicide bombers, it said. In this April 19, 2015 picture, Syrian boy Ahmad, 7, whose parents went missing in Syria, attends a class of religious lessons at an Islamic teaching center designed to counter Islamic State group indoctrination, near the Turkish-Syrian border city of Sanliurfa, southern Turkey. “They are planting extremism and terrorism in young people’s minds,” said Abu Hafs Naqshabandi, who runs the classes. “I am terribly worried about future generations.” (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)n Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SANLIURFA, Turkey (AP) — The children had all been shown videos of beheadings and told by their trainers with the Islamic State group that they would perform one someday. First, they had to practice technique. The more than 120 boys were each given a doll and a sword and told, cut off its head.A 14-year-old who was among the boys, all abducted from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority, said he couldn’t cut it right. He chopped once, twice, three times. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Genting Hong Kong announces keel laying for World Dream

first_imgSource = Genting Hong Kong Genting Hong Kong announces keel laying for World DreamGenting Hong Kong announces keel laying for World DreamExecutives from Genting Hong Kong and Meyer Werft shipyard celebrated the keel laying of World Dream, the second new ship for Asian luxury cruise line, Dream Cruises, during a special event held in Papenburg, Germany on Tuesday, January 10. A significant milestone in a vessel’s timeline, this traditional ceremony mark’s the formal recognition of the start of a new ship’s construction.“After the successful debut of Genting Dream last November and the wonderful reception the ship has experienced from our guests, we are excited to start the construction process on World Dream,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Genting Hong Kong. “World Dream will push the bar even higher for the cruise industry through her quality construction and customized design, best in class service and diverse range of entertainment, dining, leisure and recreation options – all complemented by Dream Cruises’ Asian at Heart, International in Spirit hospitality.”During the official ceremony, block number 3, one of 92 blocks that will eventually complete the 151,000 tonnage ship, was lifted into the building dock to officially start the block assembly for World Dream. In keeping with tradition, Thatcher Brown, President of Dream Cruises, laid the customary “lucky coins” under the keel block of the new vessel as a symbol of good fortune and to bless the ship.When World Dream joins her sister ship Genting Dream this November 2017, Dream Cruises will have the newest fleet, 100% dedicated to the Asia cruise market. “Genting Hong Kong is proud to build on its commitment to the Asian cruise and tourism industry. We are equally pleased to offer our valued travel partners and guests more destination choices and vacation experiences,” said Thatcher Brown.Being the first company to offer cruises in China over 20 years ago with Star Cruises, Genting Hong Kong conceived Dream Cruises as the first-ever Asian luxury cruise line featuring a fleet of state-of-the art vessels.Upon completion, the 21-deck World Dream will be able to accommodate over 3,300 guests in nearly 1,700 staterooms of which 70% have private balconies and over 100 offer connecting cabins. Special attention has been given to catering to the meetings and incentive market with spaces and services designed to accommodate group needs.World Dream will provide guests with an unparalleled choice of onboard activities, amenities and stateroom options with the latest features, including the popular “Dream Palace” exclusive ship-within-a-ship concept with European style butler service, Crystal Life Spa and Wellness facilities, over 1,000 square meters of luxury shops, six water park slides, and the renowned Zouk night club. The ship will offer numerous food and beverage outlets such as gourmet restaurants, bars and cafes specializing in Asian and international cuisines. Building on the success of Genting Dream, World Dream will enhance its Food and Beverage offerings with innovative culinary and lifestyle partnerships.World Dream is scheduled to make her debut in the Asia Pacific in November of this year.For more information about Dream Cruises, please visit www.dreamcruiseline.com, like us at www.facebook.com/DreamCruisesHQ and follow us at www.weibo.com/dreamcruiseslast_img read more

Interceptions thrown  T8th 12  T8th 12

first_imgInterceptions thrown T-8th (12) T-8th (12) Turnover margin5th (plus-8)13th (plus-3) Passing yards per game14th (238)19th (219.4) Points per game2nd (30.6)1st (31.3) That’s not to say the Cardinals don’t carry with them the sting of the 27-16 defeat they were dealt by the Panthers with them.Though the Arizona team that fell then was without quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Andre Ellington, among others, leaving the field with their season ended left a feeling they have no intention of replicating this weekend.“It motivated us; not only me, but this organization, this football team a ton because we felt that we were right there to win in that ball game,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “There were times in that ball game we had an opportunity to win that game, so it was a very, very disappointing moment leaving that stadium, but we knew that if we had a healthy quarterback, if we eliminated the turnovers, we thought we had a good opportunity of winning that ball game.“For the most part, this is a different team we’re going to face up there in Carolina and they’re going to face a different team as well. This is the healthiest we’ve been in a long time and to go into the NFC Championship with your starting quarterback, it gives you a little bit more relief.” Passing yards per game2nd (288.5)24th (224.3) Comments   Share   Turnover margin4th (plus-9)1st (plus-20) Sacks24th (35)T-13th (40) Interceptions4th (19)1st (24) Sacks allowed T-6th (28) T-20 (42) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Points per game24th (19.4)19th (21.2) 2014 StatisticCardinals rankPanthers rank Rushing yards per game31st (81.8)7th (127.3) SacksT-20th (36)6th (44) The NFL playoff seedings ended up looking accurate based on the teams’ abilities.Both the AFC and NFC championship games this weekend feature the first and second seeds in each conference. And for the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers, who clash Sunday at 4:40 p.m. in Charlotte, the statistics likewise hint toward their respective success over the 16-game regular season. Opponent points per gameT-7th (19.6)6th (19.3) Yards per game24th (319.8)16th (346.7) Yards per game1st (408.3)11th (366.9) InterceptionsT-7th (18)T-14th (14) Yards per playT-20th (5.2)T-20th (5.2) As you can see, both the Cardinals and Panthers are two of the best teams in the NFL in many important statistical categories, giving further evidence that while this is a rematch from last year’s postseason, these teams are very different from the versions that took the same field roughly one year ago.Those Panthers finished the regular season with a 7-8-1 record, hosting the game over the 11-5 Cardinals only because they won a rather pitiful NFC South. The Cardinals, on the other hand, may have had 11 wins, but the team that went to Carolina was barely a shell of the one that earned all those victories.“Yeah, there really isn’t anything to compare with last year, other than we played Carolina at their place,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “But they’re a different football team. We’re a totally different team.”Here’s where the 2014 versions of the Cardinals and Panthers ranked in the same statistical categories. Sacks allowedT-4th (27)T-11th (33) Opponent points per game5th (18.7)21st (23.4) 2015 StatisticCardinals rankPanthers rank Interceptions thrownT-17th (13)8th (10) Yards per playT-1st (6.3)T-12th (5.5) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Take-away fumbles3rd (14)T-1st (15) Take-away fumbles T-22nd (7) T-6th (12) Rushing yards per game8th (119.8)2nd (142.6) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more