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Nova Scotia court dismisses Victoria Henneberry appeal

first_imgAPTN National NewsVictoria Henneberry had her second-degree murder conviction appeal dismissed by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Thursday.Henneberry argued she panicked when she pleaded guilty to murdering Loretta Saunders two years ago.Saunders, an Inuk woman, was murdered inside her Halifax apartment in February 2014. Her body was later found along a highway in New Brunswick.Henneberry was arrested later in Ontario with her boyfriend, and accomplice, Blake Leggette, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.See related stories here: Loretta Saunders More to come …last_img

Northern Native Womens organization offers services outside of the MMIW inquiry

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN National NewsMany organizations across the country have voiced their frustration over the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.The north is no exception.In the Northwest Territories, one grassroots organization is launching resources for families looking for answers and healing.“The coordinator of the family information liaison unit will work with families to help them get families the information about the police investigation, coroners reports and court reports,” said Marie Speakmen, liaison coordinator.  “As family information liaison I will help families access counselling services.”cmorrittjacobs@aptn.calast_img

Canadas beef industry welcomes Mexico lifting import ban on older cattle

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2016 4:38 pm MDT CALGARY – Mexico’s lifting of a more than decade-long ban on some cattle imports will mean a big boost to Canadian exports, said the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.“When we get our production levels back up to where they used to be, we can be doing $250 million a year or more into the Mexican market, no problem,” said John Masswohl, director of government and international relations at the association.Mexico imposed a ban on Canadian beef imports in 2003 over fears of mad cow disease, and while some restrictions were lifted within a year, a ban on cattle over 30 months old is still in place.In the two years before the ban, Canada exported around $270 million to $290 million of beef to Mexico, with cattle over 30 months of age making up close to a quarter of the total.Meanwhile, Canadian beef exports to Mexico averaged $136 million annually between 2011 and 2015.Masswohl said Tuesday’s announcement that the Mexican government would lift the ban on Oct. 1 will mean Canada’s exports to the country can rebound.He said it also ends one of the few remaining global trade restrictions related to mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy.“It’s satisfying that something that you’ve worked on for years and years to finally be achieved,” said Masswohl. “We’ve been trying to get rid of all the BSE trade restrictions in all the markets, and it’s getting down to be a pretty short list of what’s left now.”He said Taiwan and China are the remaining holdouts, though China does allow some younger boneless beef imports. Canada’s beef industry welcomes Mexico lifting import ban on older cattle read more

The Viva Voce Choral Series welcomes back Avanti Chamber Singers

The Avanti Chamber Singers are coming back for another round with Brock’s Viva Voce! Choral Series Saturday, and this time around, they’re bringing special guests The Walker String Quartet.The ‘With Strings Attached’ concert, Saturday, Feb. 17 at St. Thomas Anglican Church, will feature Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul, Eric Whitacre’s Hebrew Love Songs and Telemann’s Laudate Jehovam, with other works of love by Lassus, Pearsall, Hassler and contemporary composers Laura Hawley, John Butler, Jared Tomlinson and Jonathan Quick. The group is conducted by Artistic Director, Rachel Rensink-Hoff, who is also Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Brock University.The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and advanced tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and $5 under the eyeGo program. They can be purchased at Thorold Music, Booksmart, or online. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students.Visit the Department of Music’s Concert Series page for more information. read more

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Routed by Baltimore Ravens in Preseason

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco started the preseason right where he left off last year. On his way to helping his team destroy the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he completed seven of nine passes for 57 yards. Ravens running back Bernard Pierce scored on a 20-yard run, and Baltimore’s defense pummeled Tampa Bay, forcing four turnovers in the 44-16 victory on Thursday night.“We’re a very different team than we were, so we were really anxious to get on the field and just see who we are, because we really don’t know in a lot of ways,” coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens said after Thursday night’s 44-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We suspect we have a chance to be a good team, but we’ve got a long way to go as far as being on the same page in a lot of ways, so it’s a good thing we’ve got preseason, obviously.”The Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw two TD passes, including a 21-yarder to LaQuan Williams, who also scored on a blocked punt recovery in the end zone.“It’s good to see him step up and make plays,” Harbaugh said of Williams. “Here’s a guy that just brings his lunch pail every single week, puts on his blue collar work shirt and goes to work. To see him make those plays, he’s got tremendous talent.”The Ravens are the defending Super Bowl champions, and by the looks of it, they may be a heavy contender for this season’s playoffs. Then again, it’s only preseason. read more

Man banned from having sex without telling the police first

first_imgBut on Friday Cheshire Police brought civil proceedings against him to impose an SRO after they said Mr Crawshaw was a “sexual predator”.Acting for the applicant, Elizabeth Heavey told the court the police accepted the verdicts of the juries but the order came from a “wholly unique and extraordinary” set of circumstances.She said: “The respondent has admitted sexual contact with six complainants out of 11. There appears to have been no previous relationship with these complainants.”He admitted in the course of criminal proceedings that he had sex with one complainant in a toilet in a nightclub. Many complainants he met in nightclubs or bars.”It is for that reason that the application has been drafted.” He admitted in the course of criminal proceedings that he had sex with one complainant in a toilet in a nightclubElizabeth Heavey, acting for the applicant The interim SRO restricts Crawshaw from contacting any of the complainants, from having sex in licensed premises, from having sex in public, from being in a licensed premises between 9pm and 6am and from having sexual contact with any person without giving the police notice beforehand as soon as practicable.Ms Heavey said the restriction on Mr Crawshaw’s sexual contact with other people was only the second case of its type, the other being a man called John O’Neill in York.Defending, Howard Jones said Mr Crawshaw “objects to the order in its entirety” but that he had no intention of contacting any of the women who made complaints about him and said he “didn’t want to have anything to do with them”.He said the order to stop him going into licensed premises between 9pm and 6am would stop him going to a “family dinner, to Sainsbury’s, or a local shop” and was disproportionate. 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. It will restrict his liberty. It does not particularly state what is meant by sexual activity. Is kissing a girl sexual activity?Howard Jones, defending Mr Jones said that as the hearing was about an interim order the bar for granting it was “low” but complained that the definition of sexual contact was “vague”.He said: “With regard to contacting the police before any sexual contact takes place I would ask you to give serious thought to that.”It will restrict his liberty. It does not particularly state what is meant by sexual activity. Is kissing a girl sexual activity?”What if he does meet a girl for the first time and the girl in question wants him to stay overnight. Then Mr Crawshaw is in a situation that he has to ring the police and he has to tell the person why he is calling the police when he has been acquitted of all charges. That would ruin his life.”Magistrates granted the interim order until a full hearing on November 2 at Chester Magistrates Court.A local newspaper and Mr Crawshaw successfully opposed reporting restrictions which Cheshire Police asked to be placed on the case.Cheshire Police argued Mr Crawshaw should not be identified to “maintain his privacy”. Mr Crawshaw said he wanted the case to be heard in public. A man dubbed a “sexual predator” has been banned from going into pubs after 9pm or having having sex without informing the police.Nicholas Crawshaw, 23, has been given an interim Sex Risk Order (SRO) by West Cheshire magistrates which restricts him from having sexual contact without telling the police beforehand.Mr Crawshaw was cleared by a Warrington Crown Court jury of six counts of rape, two of sexual assault and two of assault by penetration against eight different women.In February he was cleared of six counts of rape, one of sexual assault and one of assault by penetration against two women in a different trial and in 2015 he was cleared of one count of rape.last_img read more

Couples detained as Indonesian cities crack down on Valentines Day

first_img Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 3:30 PM 58 Comments 47,060 Views Feb 14th 2018, 3:31 PM By AFP Couples detained as Indonesian cities crack down on Valentine’s Day Authorities in the city of Surabaya briefly detained about two dozen couples. Share44 Tweet Email2 Short URL VALENTINE’S DAY HAS been banned in some Indonesian cities today – police have been tasked with rounding up amorous couples.The prohibitions come amid concerns that traditionally tolerant Indonesia is taking a sharp fundamentalist turn, by pushing to make pre-marital sex – including gay sex – illegal and punishable with jail time.Authorities in the country’s second-biggest city Surabaya briefly detained about two dozen couples today during a raid to sniff out any sign of Valentine’s Day celebrations.They were expected to be released with a reprimand.Mataram city on the tourist island of Lombok issued its own Valentine’s Day ban and ordered police to raid schools in the hunt for amorous student couples.Romantic parties at hotels and cafes were left alone, according to authorities.Syamsu Rizal, the deputy mayor of Makassar on the island of Sulawesi, said his city prohibited Valentine’s celebrations, while Depok on the outskirts of Jakarta followed suit.“It has never been declared by the government to be a celebration in the country” and the ban would prevent hanky-panky among students, Rizal said.Makassar has imposed bans on Valentine’s Day for the past several years.In 2017 city authorities raided convenience stores to seize condoms in a bid to stop teenagers from having sex on 14 February.At least 10 cities across the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation issued full or partial bans on Valentine’s Day celebrations.Aceh province, the only place in Indonesia that imposes Islamic law, issued a fresh Valentine’s prohibition, citing religious norms. It has ordered bans in previous years.“Valentine’s Day reflects a culture which is not in line with Aceh’s and Islamic law,” provincial governor Irwandi Yusuf said in a statement.Islamic clerics and some pious Muslims use the occasion to criticise what they see as Western decadence.But many Indonesians practise a moderate form of Islam and celebrate Valentine’s Day with cards, chocolates and flowers for their loved ones.© – AFP, 2018Read: Trump’s lawyer admits to paying $130k to porn star linked to president but doesn’t say why >Read: Protest takes place outside Leinster House against ‘new’ 1976 ferry service for Tory Island > http://jrnl.ie/3851505 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ubisoft Will Stop Selling Certain Types of DLC

first_imgStay on target Selling post-launch downloadable has become a standard in the gaming industry, but it appears that one of the biggest publishers is about to do away with it — at least partially. Ubisoft has announced that moving forward; it will no longer charge players for DLC that is essential to the core experience of a game. The company is seeking to support its titles for five to ten years via free downloadable maps and microtransactions.“The key is if it’s not adding something on top of the actual experience of the game, then it is no good. Because you’ll be asking for more money for the wrong reasons,” Ubisoft VP of live operations Anne Blondel-Jouin told GamesIndustry.biz. “Also, if the content is compulsory for the gamers, it’s no good as well. It is a way to deliver more fun to gamers, but they have a choice to go for that extra fun or not.”She added: “If I take an analogy of an amusement park, you can go through all the rides, but then you can also go to the shop to buy some food or merchandise or whatever… regardless of whether you spend in the shop, you’re still part of the whole experience.”As for an example of how Ubisoft’s strategy will work, one needs to look no further than the company’s own Rainbow Six: Siege. This game has released a decent amount of DLC maps since its launch, but none of these expansions cost gamers a single dime. The game does have microtransactions, but those are relegated to character and weapon customizations. If one doesn’t buy these items their core gaming experience is unaffected.This change in strategy is the second shake-up that Ubisoft has announced. Just last week, the company stated that it is moving away from scripted narratives and that it wants each title to be its own “anecdote factory.” Hands-On: ‘Ghost Recon: Breakpoint’ Has Something for EverybodyMake Your Own ‘Watch Dogs Legion’ Music With Ubisoft and JGL’s New Grift last_img read more

Elderly woman killed after being struck by van

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An elderly woman was struck and killed by a van in Miami Beach, Wednesday morning.According to Miami Beach Police, sometime just before noon, the woman was hit in the area of 41st Street and Sheridan Avenue. The elderly woman died after being transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. #TRAFFIC: All lanes closed at 41 Street/Sheridan Avenue. Elderly female has died after being struck by vehicle. pic.twitter.com/6JK3PkfADV— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) June 8, 2016According to Miami Beach Police, the driver was making a left-hand turn when the pedestrian was walking in the crosswalk. The driver failed to yield to the pedestrian, police said.Officials said the driver remained on the scene.All lanes were temporarily closed to allow for an investigation. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

IBM India refutes reports of mass layoffs in the coming months appraisal

first_imgReutersAmid reports of IBM India following in the footsteps of Infosys, Wipro, and others and planning the layoff of a large number of employees in the coming months, the IT giant has refuted the rumours and said that there aren’t such massive layoffs in the offing.”This is factually incorrect. We are not going to comment further on rumours and speculation,” NDTV Profit quoted a statement from IBM. The company has about 1,50,000 employees in the country and it was earlier said that about 5,000 of them were likely to be shown the door in the next few months.IBM has denied reports of the mass layoffs, but the ongoing performance appraisal may affect a few of the employees. Speaking of the same, a source told ET Now: “The process has started. Managers have been asked to identify underperformers,” and another revealed that the company is also not hiring anyone as of now.While the layoff reports may have created quite a buzz among employees in the IT sector, IBM explained that a few may be affected by the performance-based appraisal, which happens every year. “Re-skilling and rebalancing is an ongoing process as we accelerate the benefits of cognitive and cloud technologies for clients around the world,” the US-based firm said in a statement. Infosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileIn the last week, a number of IT giants have made headlines for the job cuts planned in 2017. Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, Capgemini, and many others were said to be laying off employees in the country. While some were accused of cutting jobs in India to hire workers in the US, others were said to be concentrating on cost optimisation.However, the companies later clarified through official statements that there were no mass layoffs in the pipeline and the sackings were on the basis of the employees’ performance. Sluggish global economy and automation were also said to be the reasons behind the job cuts. Hiring and headcount details based on company filings.Quarterly results and statements.Apart from laying off its employees, IT giants are also hiring a lesser number of employees each year as most of the companies now rely on digital services.”With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit. We are also looking at hiring very differential kind of people,” Indian Express quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying.Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and chief executive officer of PeopleStrong, noted that the job cuts due to automation may not show a drastic impact right away, but it will be visible by around 2020. “The change has started, with companies introducing bots for customer service, managing warehouses, etc.,” he told LiveMint.last_img read more

Whats Happening At The Border Heres What We Know About Immigrant Children

first_img Share Reynaldo Leal for The Texas TribuneImmigrant families seeking asylum in the United State wait on the Mexican side of the international bridge connecting Brownsville to Matamoros, Mexico.The attention of the nation has turned to Texas and its border with Mexico after the Trump administration enacted a policy that has resulted in undocumented children being separated from their parents. Here’s what we know:What’s happening at the border?In April, the federal government announced an immigration policy of “zero tolerance,” saying all adults who cross the border illegally between official ports of entry would be criminally prosecuted. Since children can’t be sent to jail, kids who were detained with their parents were being separated from them. While their parents went through the legal system, children were handed over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.In the last two months, at least 2,500 children were separated, The Washington Post has reported. The Trump administration tested the “zero tolerance” policy starting in October. The New York Times reported that, between October and April, more than 700 children were separated from adults claiming to be their parents. The reporting was based on data from the Office of Refugee Resettlement.As stories of children being separated from their parents have spread, outrage swelled across the political spectrum. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order saying the separations should stop. He directed that, “to the extent permitted by law,” immigrant families should be held together in immigration detention facilities run by the Department of Homeland Security.Soon after, the U.S. Border Patrol said it stopped referring migrants with children to courthouses for prosecution, effectively exempting families from the zero tolerance policy, according to the Washington Post. One possible reason: Under a legal settlement, children cannot be detained for more than 20 days, even if they are with their parents. But federal officials say it’s just a pause. The “zero tolerance” policy remains in play, they say. For now, the Trump order has brought an end to the practice of separating families and prosecuting migrant adults with children. But the president’s executive order asks the Department of Homeland Security to look for new ways to house immigrant families together and bypass the 2o-day detention limit.What will happen to the kids already separated from their parents?On June 26, a federal judge ordered immigration officials to reunite families within 30 days, according to the Washington Post. Children under 5 must be reunited with parents within 14 days and parents must be able to call their children within 10 days.ICE has released some plans that same day to reunite families so they “can be returned to their home countries together.” However, the government hasn’t outlined a plan to reunify parents and children who are seeking asylum and will stay in the country while their claims are processed.Some detained migrants were told they would be reunited with their children if they signed voluntary removal orders from the U.S. A Honduran man who spoke to the Texas Tribune on June 23 said he said a voluntary deportation agreement out of “desperation” to see his 6-year-old daughter.Southwest Key Programs, the Texas-based nonprofit that houses almost half of the undocumented children in federal custody, said it is keeping track of the location of parents. Children are allowed to be in contact with their parents, according to Alexia Rodriguez, the vice president of immigrant children’s services for Southwest Key.While children wait to be reunited with their parents, some immigrant toddlers are being ordered into court for deportation proceedings, according to Kaiser Health News. Requiring accompanied minors to go to court alone is not new, but the family separation policy means more young children are being affected.In what kind of conditions are the kids living?The shelters that house immigrant children have been accused of serious lapses in care, an investigation by Reveal and The Texas Tribune has found. In almost all cases, the federal government has continued to place children with the companies after serious allegations were raised.Allegations included failure to seek medical attention for children and “inappropriate contact between children and staff.”Federal authorities have let reporters and lawmakers into some facilities. Last week, federal authorities let a group of reporters tour a Brownsville center that used to be a Walmart.The number of kids staying at the shelter, which is called Casa Padre, doubled between April and May of this year, according to The Washington Post. The shelter houses about 1,500 boys, who attend school for six hours a day and spend two hours outside. The boys are allowed to make two phone calls a week. Officials who run the shelter say the average stay there is 49 days.Officials also let reporters tour a processing center in McAllen. U.S. Customs and Border Protection released video from the Central Processing Center. 2/ About 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the border, but the actual number is likely higher. https://t.co/EVAs1l8u5q pic.twitter.com/U3gbPKBbeX— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 18, 2018Lawmakers toured the temporary shelter in Tornillo, a border city about 40 miles from El Paso, last week. After the tour, state Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, said there are doctors and caseworkers in the facility.3/ This comes after the Trump administration announced a “zero tolerance” policy. That means all adults crossing the border illegally will be prosecuted. Since children can’t be sent to federal jail, kids who are detained are being separated from parents. https://t.co/EVAs1l8u5q pic.twitter.com/kVvQ6sp9qa— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 18, 2018U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, also toured the facility, and told Texas Monthly the temporary facility seems to be safe and well run.“They get three meals a day and snacks, it’s the same food that the staff eats,” Hurd told Texas Monthly. “There are fifty caseworkers that are working to get them placed with other family members.”What happens to families that cross the border now?Trump’s executive order made clear that he didn’t want to end the “zero tolerance” policy. But right now there is a lot of uncertainty about how those new cases will be handled. If the government wants to continue to detain families that crossed the border illegally, it will face logistical and legal hurdles. Right now, it isn’t referring those families for criminal prosecution.Migrant families can’t legally be detained for longer than 20 days. The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to amend the 2015 ruling that set the 20-day limit.If the Justice Department succeeds, the government will also have to find a place to house the detained families. Right now, there are three Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities — two in Texas, one in Pennsylvania — that can house families. Their combined capacity is only about 3,000.Why did the Trump administration do this?U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the “zero tolerance” policy in April.“If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you,” he said the following month. “It’s that simple. … If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.”The policy was meant to deter immigrants from attempting to cross the border illegally. Sessions said President Trump won the 2016 election in part thanks to his tough stance on immigration.“If you want to change our laws, then pass a bill in Congress,” he said. “Persuade your fellow citizens to your point of view.”Trump, meanwhile, blamed Democrats.In a tweet early on in the crisis, he said, “Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.”What are lawmakers doing to address this?Lawmakers have scrambled to come up with some kind of solution. But it wasn’t been easy.The U.S. House rejected two immigration bills addressing border security and the status of “Dreamers.” Neither bill had Democratic support.  Meanwhile, both U.S. senators from Texas were working on legislation — maybe together. On June 19, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, filed an emergency bill. A press release sent from his office says the legislation would double the number of federal immigration judges from roughly 375 to 750 and expedite review of asylum cases. In the meantime, temporary shelters would be authorized in order to house families together.The next day, Senate Republicans — including both U.S. senators from Texas — introduced the Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act, which would hold families together in detention centers run by the Department of Homeland Security as they await a court hearing.Lawmakers from both parties have said that legislative action is still needed, despite Trump’s order ending separations.   How are Texas lawmakers reacting?Many top statewide elected officials initially blamed Democrats for failing to work with Republicans on immigration reform. But as outrage swelled, they began to urge both parties to act.On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott wrote a letter to Texans in Congress, asking them to take action and end family separation.“This disgraceful condition must end; and it can only end with action by Congress to reform the broken immigration system,” he wrote.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, meanwhile, backed Trump’s actions.“The separation of families should never be a desired outcome and my heart goes out to these children being used as ‘pawns’ in a political debate… The Trump administration is following the law,” he said.Meanwhile, Democrats have been outraged. On Father’s Day, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso who is running for U.S. Senate, and former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar, who is running for Congress, led a protest at the Tornillo tent city. Six Democratic members of the Texas Legislature sent a letter to two federal agencies calling the tent cities “abhorrent and possibly illegal.”A growing number of Republicans are speaking out against the policy.Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, has opposed the policy from the start. He wrote a letter to President Trump asking him to end the “zero tolerance” policy.Laura Bush, the former first lady of the U.S. and of Texas, called the “zero tolerance” policy “cruel” in an op-ed published in The Washington Post.We asked every member of the Texas congressional delegation and other statewide officials if they support the “zero tolerance” policy. See how each one answered here.How did the Obama administration handle similar cases?The Obama administration drew criticism from immigration advocates for its 2015 policy of detaining mothers and children, but it released families from detention together.During a surge of undocumented immigration from Central America in 2014, a federal judge ruled that families were being held in “deplorable” conditions in Texas detention centers after crossing the border, according to previous Texas Tribune reporting. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee gave the Obama administration about two months to release women and children in centers in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas.Homeland Security officials initially said they were detaining families to deter immigrants from illegally crossing the border, according to The New York Times. In February 2015, a federal court ruled that the children had to be released. In 2016, a judge ruled that a 20-day detention limit for children applied to families, too. Federal authorities then released many of those families and told them to return for their court dates.As this story develops and we have more information, we’ll continue to answer your questions. To submit questions about what’s happening at the border, email texplainer@texastribune.org. Follow The Texas Tribune on Twitter or our list of journalists covering the policy for updates.last_img read more

Sony Shuts Down Crackle Latin America Business

first_imgSony Pictures Television is folding the Crackle Latin America subscription VOD service, which has 400,000 subscribers across 17 countries, after concluding the business isn’t economically viable.Crackle Latin America first launched in April 2012 as an ad-supported streaming service — like the U.S. version of Crackle — before switching in 2016 to a subscription video-on-demand model, distributed through pay-TV partners. Crackle Latin America will shut down effective April 30, 2019, the result of Sony Pictures’ company-wide strategic review of its portfolio to prune underperforming divisions.“After much consideration, we have decided that Crackle Latin America is not sustainable in the present highly competitive local environment,” Keith Le Goy, Sony Pictures’ president of worldwide TV distribution, wrote in a memo to staff Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by Variety. With the shutdown, 17 employees will be let go. Crackle Latin America has been operated out of Miami with staff spread across offices in L.A., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.Sony’s Crackle Latin America was run separately from Crackle in the United States. Last summer, SPT revealed plans try to sell a stake in the Crackle U.S. business to a strategic partner, after years of mulling various options — including a possible sale — for the ad-supported VOD streaming network. Meanwhile, Sony shut down the Crackle Canada AVOD service in June 2018. SPT still operates a free, ad-supported Crackle service in Australia.In the Latin American markets, the Crackle SVOD service carried Crackle original series produced out of the U.S. as well as in-language versions of Sony movies like “Hotel Transylvania” and Adam Sandler’s “Big Daddy,” “Grown Ups 2” and “Click.” Third-party content on the service has included “Captain America,” “Finding Nemo” and TV series “Scorpion.”Some Crackle originals will find a home on Sony’s Canal Sony and AXN channels in the region, which Le Goy described in the memo as “strong brands achieving solid growth” that “among the top cable channels in Latin America.” Pricing for Crackle Latin America services was around $5 per month but varied across the region, with cable operators and other affiliates setting the retail price.Read Le Goy’s full memo:SPT team –I wanted to make you all aware of an important upcoming change in our networks business in Latin America. As of April 30, we will discontinue the Crackle Latin America SVOD service.As you know, an important part of our reimagine efforts has been a top-down review of our current businesses to determine their strength and growth potential in today’s marketplace. After much consideration, we have decided that Crackle Latin America is not sustainable in the present highly competitive local environment.The decision to close Crackle Latin America is unrelated to the U.S. Crackle business, which is operated independently as an ad-supported AVOD service. We continue to explore potential strategic partnerships for Crackle in the U.S. and will share more information when possible. While we are closing the Crackle Latin America service, OTT/direct-to-consumer remains an incredibly important area for our evolving industry and we will persist in exploring other opportunities in the space. We also remain focused on our existing core business and channels in the region, Canal Sony and AXN. They are strong brands achieving solid growth and are among the top cable channels in Latin America. We will continue to think big, innovate and invest in these assets and other new prospects that we believe have great potential for our business and our viewers.We are proud of the accomplishments achieved in building Crackle Latin America into a service with more than 65 MSO affiliates across 17 countries and a loyal subscriber base from the ground up. I would like to personally thank our dedicated colleagues who have worked on Crackle Latin America over the past almost seven years. We greatly appreciate your hard work and contribution to SPT’s overall growth in the region.– Keith Popular on Variety ×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

GameStop expected to stop selling the Wii U Basic on June 18

first_imgNext week sees E3 kick off, with the big talking points being games for the PS4 and Xbox One, as well as Sony finally revealing what the PS4 looks like. But it’s also a key event for Nintendo because the Wii U is struggling, and they need to turn that around before the other next-gen consoles arrive at retail.One announcement we may get is that the 8GB Wii U Basic console is set to be discontinued. Evidence of that comes from an internal GameStop message that says the company will stop selling the 8GB Wii U on June 18. It’s true that may just be a GameStop decision, but it’s just as likely Nintendo has decided to focus on the 32GB Deluxe console at retail.For the moment, both Nintendo and GameStop are refusing to comment as this classes as just a rumor, but one coming from a source Kotaku trusts in the retail chain (meaning they’ve been right before). If Nintendo is discontinuing the 8GB model, we’ll most likely find out on June 11 when a Nintendo Direct broadcast is planned.If you look at the Wii U Basic and Deluxe side-by-side the Deluxe is clearly the better choice. The 8GB of storage on offer in the Basic model just isn’t enough, and it’s less than an extra $100 for the 32GB Deluxe if you shop around. With retail prices falling to help move units, Nintendo could also be considering a price drop. A 32GB Deluxe model for $300 would certainly help the console look more desirable.What the Wii U most needs is good games released regularly. They are coming, and with a refocus on the Deluxe Nintendo could have a good summer before the competition arrives in time for the holidays.last_img read more

Mesoscale eddies found to move far more ocean water than previously thought

first_img More information: Oceanic Mass Transport by Mesoscale Eddies, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1252418ABSTRACTOceanic transports of heat, salt, and fresh water, dissolved CO2 and other tracers regulate global climate change and distribution of natural marine resources. While the time-mean ocean circulation transports fluid as a conveyor belt, fluid parcels can also be trapped and transported discretely by migrating mesoscale eddies. By combining available satellite altimetry and Argo profiling float data, we show that the eddy-induced zonal mass transport can reach a total meridionally integrated value up to 30-40 Sv (1 Sv = 106 m3 s−1), and it occurs mainly in subtropical regions where the background flows are weak. This transport is comparable in magnitude with that of the large-scale, wind- and thermohaline-driven circulation. Three-dimensional structure of an oceanic mesoscale eddy and the fluid trapped by this eddy. Credit: Sergey Kryazhimskiy Journal information: Science Explore further First direct evidence that breaking waves cause horizontal eddies (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers, two from the Ocean University of China, and a third from the University of Hawaii, has found that mesoscale eddies—swirling masses of water that travel westward in the subtropics—appear to carry far more water with them than scientists have realized. In their paper published in the journal Science, Zhengguang Zhang, Wei Wang and Bo Qiu discuss the study they undertook of the water vortices using altimetry and data from ARGO submersibles to measure the size of the eddies and to track their movements over time.center_img Mesoscale eddies are spinning masses of water (50 to 300 miles in diameter) that fall between observable eddies such as those created by ships and very large ones known as gyres. Scientists have known about them for quite some time, but till now, very little was known about their size and movements. To find out more, the researchers analyzed data from both satellites and submersible probes.Satellites operated by NASA have radar onboard that is sensitive enough to measure the altitude of the Earth’s surface to within inches—and that includes the oceans. Mesoscale eddies can be detected due to depressions formed as they spin. The researchers collected a decade’s worth of such data allowing them to create an animated map that shows the movement of multiple mesoscale eddies across the oceans—always moving east to west, and generally in subtropical regions, where background flows are weak. The team also studied data from the more than 3,000 ARGO submersibles that have been deployed to various depths in the world’s oceans—that allowed them to create 3D renderings of the eddies as they exist beneath the surface.Putting all the data together, the team was able to see that such eddies can live for months, or even years—it also allowed for calculating how much water they carry, approximately 30-40 Sv (1 Sv = 106 m3 s−1), which is roughly equivalent to the amount of ocean water moved by wind or due to temperature variations. The amount is far more than most oceanographers had imagined, and stirs questions regarding the role they may play as the oceans grow warmer.The researchers plan to continue their research, focusing most specifically on how tightly the eddies hold on to material they capture, such as floating debris, pollutants, heat and carbon. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Mesoscale eddies found to move far more ocean water than previously thought (2014, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-mesoscale-eddies-ocean-previously-thought.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Made in India and for a cause

first_imgEmpowerment in association with Uttarakhand Artist Welfare Association are running Handloom clusters for tribal women artisans and weavers affected from Uttarakhand disaster. It motivated them to pick up the threads of their life using their craft to move on. This effort has resulted in many tribal women coming together and creating beautiful handmade and hand woven products.These products will be showcased in an exhibition Colours of Himalayas being organised on  December 12 at Artizen Art Gallery in the Capital. On display will be shawls, stoles, carpets, bamboo products, copper ware products, paintings and photographs depicting Uttarakhand and its crafts. All proceeds from the resulting sales of the products will directly go to these women artisans and weavers, motivating and inspiring them to come back to normal stream and move towards sustainable development. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Santosh Kumar Gangwar  Minister of State for Ministry of Textiles (IC) will be inaugurating the exhibition as the chief guest of the event. The exhibition will remain open till December 14.The exhibition is being curated by Sonika Agrawal and Kumar Vikas Saxena, who have closely watched these women going from being totally helpless and dejected to the spirit of wanting to move ahead and create a better living for themselves and their families. They say, “The immersion of the tribal women in crafts have given them a purpose of life and renewed their strength and courage, providing them with hope for the future.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEmpowerment, a sociocultural not for profit NGO, aims to preserve art and cultural heritage of India through promotion and revival of arts and crafts. A socially responsible organisation, Empowerment spreads its message and works through capacity building of women and youth. In June 2013, a cloudburst on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides becoming the country’s worst natural disaster. The aftermath of this tragic turn of events left many homeless and wanting. Though relief poured in from various sectors, a sustained effort is required so that people are rehabilitated and empowered through capacity building and work towards sustenance. Towards this objective of filling in the gap for a sustained efforts and rural development, Empowerment and Uttarakhand Artist Welfare Association are actively working with flood affected tribal women belonging to remote areas of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. This initiative has motivated the women to pick up the threads of their life using their craft to move on. It has also resulted in many tribal women coming together and creating beautiful handmade and hand woven products.Empowerment and Uttarakhand Artist Welfare Association are non-profit organizations, registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI, 1860 that actively advocates using art, culture and traditions as a tool for social change and emancipation, for creation of a sensitive, sustainable and peaceful world, for bringing nations closer and for forming a nexus between the citizens and governments.When: December 12-14Where: Artizen Art Gallery, Bahadur Shah Zafar marglast_img read more

Youth found hanging inside hotel room in Digha

first_imgKolkata: A youth had committed suicide at a hotel in Digha on Tuesday morning. His partner, a young girl, was found on the floor injured as the piece of garment which she had used to hang herself tore off.According to sources, the duo had rented a room at a hotel in New Digha, posing and husband and wife on Sunday. On Monday they stayed there. Early on Tuesday morning, hotel staff members heard the girl screaming for help. Some of the staff members rushed to their room and found the youth hanging from the ceiling fan, with the girl lying on the floor. Police were informed immediately. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSleuths recovered the body and sent it for autopsy examination. The girl was taken to a local hospital and was later discharged after treatment. Following this, she informed police that the youth hailed from Bagnan in Howrah while she is a resident of Jamalpur in Burdwan. They met each other on Facebook and got involved in a relationship. The youth reached Burdwan on Sunday morning on his bike and met the girl. Later, he parked his bike in a relative’s house in Burdwan and the duo then took a bus to Digha. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to sources, the youth had a relationship with another girl in Deulti who got pregnant. Following this her family had pressurised the youth to marry her on January 31. Police have found a suicide note from the youth’s pocket where he has claimed that the baby was not his. Police sources informed that the hotel owner had allowed the duo to stay, despite the girl being a minor. The hotel authorities, however, claimed that the room was given on the basis of the identity proof submitted by the youth. The deceased’s wife claimed that she knew nothing about her husband’s affair.last_img read more

US military could use Galapagos island for flights

first_imgTags: Galápagos By: The Associated Press Tuesday, June 18, 2019 U.S. military could use Galapagos island for flights QUITO, Ecuador — A plan by Ecuador to let the U.S. military use a Galapagos island for aircraft on anti-drug trafficking flights is drawing criticism that the agreement would damage the archipelago’s unique animal and plant life.About 30 people protested outside the main government office in Quito on Monday, calling the plan a threat to the environment of the U.N. world heritage site as well as Ecuador’s sovereignty. Protester Gloria Reinoso said she was concerned about the impact of the noise and infrastructure required to support a U.S. military presence.Last week, Defence Minister Oswaldo Jarrin said San Cristobal island could be a staging point for American aircraft flying surveillance missions aimed at stopping drug traffickers who transport illicit cargo by sea. Jarrin said flight crews would stay a week at most on the island and would be monitored by Ecuadorian authorities.The United States Southern Command, which is responsible for U.S. military affairs in the region, did not immediately comment.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe United States had a base in the Galapagos during World War II and operated it without the involvement of Ecuadorian authorities.Grace Jaramillo, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia, said more needed to be known about reasons for the recent plan with the U.S. military as well as the environmental costs for “our touristic jewel.”“What are the benefits? How was it negotiated?” Jaramillo said.Carlos Espinosa, an analyst at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, said it would be better to stage anti-drug flights from the South American mainland so as to safeguard Galapagos ecosystems.Another commentator, Farid Simon, gave a different view, saying that relatively brief stopovers by U.S. planes did not mean an airport in the Galapagos would become a military base.“We have an obligation to contribute to the fight against drug trafficking,” Simon said. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

US Comptroller Warns Banks of Risks From Subpar Underwriting Standards

first_img December 16, 2015 580 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Origination Careless underwriting standards is causing an influx of credit risk in bank lending portfolios, which could be a huge mistake for these lenders over the long-term.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), supervisor of the national banks and federal saving institutions, released its semi-annual Risk Perspective report on Wednesday, pointing out the growing risks among banks.In a clear warning, Thomas J. Curry, Comptroller of the Currency said, “In the area of credit risk, the warning lights are flashing yellow. Regulators and bank management need to act now to prevent those risks from becoming reality. We can’t afford to wait until the warning lights turn red.”The Comptroller emphasized in his prepared remarks for a conference call about the report  that jeopardizing “sound underwriting” by offering loans to just about anyone is not the route banks should take to grow their business.”As the economic cycle turns, we see banks and thrifts reaching for yield and growth, sometimes extending their reach at the expense of sound underwriting, strong risk management, and adequate loan loss provisioning. OCC examiners will be paying close attention to each of those areas in the coming months,” Curry stated.He also suggests that banks should compete responsibly in terms of their boosting their business as the pool of creditworthy borrowers shrinks and other investments remain limited in the low-interest rate environment.In order to fight these adverse conditions, the OCC points out that banks in their entire portfolio have “relaxed underwriting standards, layered risks in consumer and commercial lending products, and accumulated concentrations, particularly in commercial real estate,” therefore growing risk.Underwriting standards have fallen for the third consecutive year, according to the OCC.”Generally, we are seeing banks continue to make concessions on pricing, weaker or non-existent loan covenants, and maturities lengthening. We have also seen increases in underwriting exceptions and risk layering. All of which combine to introduce risk at origination. Bankers with long memories will remember the worst loans are made in the best of times, and the growing credit risk in their banks should be managed very closely,” Curry noted.The Comptroller also mentioned that they expect banks to assess their own interest rate risk exposure, particularly among the potential-slowing of large deposit growth.”Where depositors sought shelter from the storm, they may also seek to take advantage of rising rates. Banks should consider the long-term implications to earnings and capital in strategic planning when assessing their exposure to changes in interest rates,” he stated.Nondepository lending has also rose more than 217 percent over the last three years to a total growth amount of $53.8 billion over the last year. The OCC says “risk from these loans can be highly correlated to the banks’ risk and lead to concentrations.””Banks and thrifts can remain relevant and thrive in meeting the needs of the customers, communities, and businesses that depend upon them, but they must manage change carefully,” the OCC said.Click here to view the complete report.Click here to view Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry’s Remarks. Sharecenter_img U.S. Comptroller Warns Banks of Risks From Sub-par Underwriting Standards Banks Credit Risk Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Underwriting Standards 2015-12-16 Staff Writerlast_img read more

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is delig

first_imgThe Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong is delighted to announce the launch of its Most Stylish Presidential package. The package combines the exceptional comfort of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental with the unique opportunity to enjoy a shopping spree at two of the very finest luxury brands in the world.Guests booking the Presidential Suite package at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental can select an entire outfit with our compliments from Alfred Dunhill or Chloé.The Most Stylish Presidential Package includes:·Luxurious accommodation in the hotel’s Presidential Suite ·For each night of stay, guests can select from either Alfred Dunhill or Chloé an entire outfit up to a total value of HK $25,000 (approx. USD 3,225). Gentlemen can choose from the Alfred Dunhill collection, including a suit, shirt, tie and pair of shoes. Ladies can choose a pretty piece from the Chloé Ready-To-Wear collection or an iconic bag. ·Or, stay in an L900 Landmark Suite at the published rate of HK$9,300 (approx. USD 1,199) per night and enjoy a HK$2,500 (approx. USD 322) voucher for use at either Alfred Dunhill or Chloe for each night of stay.The Most Stylish Presidential package is on offer until December 31, 2009 and is subject to availability and 10 percent service charge. Terms and conditions apply; please contact The Landmark Mandarin Oriental for details. The above offer is valid only for shopping at designated Alfred Dunhill and Chloé flagship stores.www.mandarinoriental.com.last_img read more

January 30 2013The 2013 Arcosanti Resident Art Sh

first_imgJanuary 30, 2013The 2013 Arcosanti Resident Art Show is scheduled to open on February 9. until April 14. A range of original art pieces and crafts will be available for viewing and for sale from 9 am to 5 pm each day of the exhibit. On Saturday, February 9., from 1pm to 5 pm, the artists welcome the public for a special reception in the Arcosanti Cafe to mark the opening of the Art Show, including refreshments and an opportunity to discuss the pieces with the artists. This year, the exhibit will feature bronze sculpture, paintings, jewelry, fine woodworking, weaving, photographs, and more. For more information, please contact the exhibit curator, Cliff Hersted, at 928 632-6200.[photo: part of the 2012 Resident art exhibit]last_img