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first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – Closing arguments at the Lac-Megantic criminal trial enter their third day today as defence lawyers continue to make the case their clients should be found not guilty.Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre have all pleaded not guilty to one count of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people.On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying crude derailed in Lac-Megantic and exploded, killing the 47 and destroying part of the downtown core.The Crown presented its arguments Wednesday, Demaitre’s lawyer was front and centre Thursday and Labrie’s is expected to address the jury today.It is unclear if Harding’s attorney will come up later today or on Monday.Harding was the train’s conductor, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaitre the manager of train operations.last_img read more


10 February 2012West Africa is facing a significant increase in waste generated by electronic equipment which poses mounting health and environmental risks, according to a United Nations report released today. About 85 per cent of the waste produced in the region comes from domestic consumption, the report reveals. However, the problem is further exacerbated by industrialized countries importing used equipment which often proves to be unsuitable for re-use and end up being discarded.“Effective management of the growing amount of e-waste generated in Africa and other parts of the world is an important part of the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy”, said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report assessed the situation over two years in five countries – Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria – and found that they produce between 650,000 and 1,000,000 tons of domestic e-waste each year, which can have a negative impact in the environment and increase the risk of health issues.As for waste coming from other countries, the report notes that the United Kingdom is the dominant exporting country to Africa for both new and used electrical and electronic equipment, followed by France and Germany. According to UNEP, although the use of electrical and electronic equipment is still low in Africa compared to other regions, it is growing at a staggering pace as more people start using mobile phones and personal computers.The report, which was prepared by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal and partners, also documents the economic and environmental potential of building a resource recovery and waste management system for electronic waste, along with the risks of continuing on the present course.“We can grow Africa’s economies, generate decent employment and safeguard the environment by supporting sustainable e-waste management and recovering the valuable metals and other resources locked inside products that end up as e-waste,” Mr. Steiner said, adding that the report provides various strategies to limit damages and provide economic opportunities, something that is crucial for long-term sustainability.“E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream world-wide and a key waste stream under the Basel Convention,” said Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention. The convention’s secretariat is administered by UNEP.“Dealing with electronic and electrical equipment properly presents a serious environmental and health challenge for many countries, yet also offers a potentially significant opportunity to create green businesses and green jobs.” read more


However last month the Sri Lankan cabinet had granted approval for dual citizenships under the amended regulations, the statement said. The statement quoted External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama as saying the interview panel will look into the applicant’s professional qualifications, investment capability and the need to acquire dual citizenship.A Sri Lankan applicant having a passport of another country will initially be given permanent residency for five years after which he or she will become eligible to receive the dual citizenship status.Some 2,000 applications for dual citizenship are awaiting approval before the Immigration and Emigration Department while 4000 have already been offered the facility. Under the new regulation a pre-screening procedure will be adopted to check if a person applying for dual citizenship has the eligibility and the necessary requirements.This would involve a one-to-one interview with a panel, headed by Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The government is to offer dual citizenships for Sri Lankan expatriates from this year, a statement by the Presidential media unit said today.The statement said that the Immigration and Emigration Department will now restart processing dual citizenship applications from expatriate Sri Lankans under new regulations. The government had last year suspended processing dual citizenship applications in order to outline the new conditions. read more


In a ceremony tomorrow Bourha-Wango and Ndabakura and its surroundings will be turned over to Nigeria, while Cameroon will assume control of Narki. Observers of the Mixed Commission, set up by the UN in late 2002 to help settle the dispute, will be deployed in the area to reinforce the process.Last December, the two countries carried out the first transfer of authority in the Lake Chad area.As was the case in the Lake Chad area, UNOWA said, the populations of the cities and localities concerned speak the same languages and have constantly repeated their rejection of war. They expressed their support for the decision taken by Presidents Paul Biya of Cameroon and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria to implement the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) governing the settlement.In the next few weeks, talks on the withdrawal from the Bakassi Peninsula will carry on, to be followed by further discussions on the delimitation of the maritime border between the two countries, UNOWA said.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, noted that the two countries’ Governments seem determined to pursue a peaceful approach to settle their border dispute.”It is the right decision at the right time and for the right reasons,” he said. “The Nigerian Presidency of African Union and the upcoming elections in Cameroon encourage even more a speedy settlement of this old dispute.” read more


“The Secretary-General pays tribute to the courage and determination of the Iraqi people for participating in large numbers in this national election,” his spokesman said in a statement released in New York.Looking to the announcement of the final results, the Secretary-General called on all Iraqi political parties “to come together in a spirit of national reconciliation to form an inclusive and fully representative government that will serve all the Iraqi people.”The UN supported the IECI in conducting two national elections and a constitutional referendum last year under challenging circumstances, the Secretary-General noted, pledging the world body’s continued full commitment to backing efforts by the Iraqi people to build a peaceful, prosperous, democratic and united country.


Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Chaloka Beyani. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre “Internally displaced persons should be able to receive their pensions and social payments wherever they are in the country,” he stressed, warning that the combined effect of the registration system and the suspension of payments is causing secondary displacement as well as unsafe spontaneous returns. In the release, the UN rights expert also underscored that in the areas controlled by the Government, the authorities must ensure freedom of movement and choice of place of residence. He further emphasized that in Non-Government controlled areas, the leadership of the territories under the control of armed groups are also bound by the same obligations, to the extent proportionate with national and public security measures. “I have seen myself the issues around freedom of movement as I crossed the contact line: at the few available checkpoints along the contact line, people queue for hours or days, at great risk to their safety; there are no efficient special arrangements for the elderly, children, pregnant women or persons with disabilities,” he said. “With winter closing in, the situation is only bound to get worse,” the human rights expert warned, underlying the need for all parties involved to guarantee unimpeded access for humanitarian actors on the ground. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. “I urge the Government to intensify its efforts to protect the rights of IDPs from the conflict affected east of the country and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani, in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). According to the news release, Ukraine is among the countries with the highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world, and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes due to the ongoing conflict since April 2014. The release further noted that during his visit, Mr. Beyani commended the Ukrainian Government for its continued efforts to address the IDPs’ situation, including the adoption of a new law on internal displacement and the establishment of a ministry to deal directly with the issue. However, he also noted the challenges affecting IDPs’ welfare, including a system of payment of pensions and social benefits, which is based on verification of the place where they reside. In particular, the Special Rapporteur emphasised: “Payment of pensions and social benefits must be delinked from registration, as this has led to problems in the verification of the residence of IDPs resulting in a suspension of such payments affecting some 500,000 to 600,000 IDPs in eastern Ukraine and this needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.” read more


At the NHL’s annual awards show tonight in Las Vegas, the shiniest piece of hardware that will be given out is the Hart Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player deemed to be the most valuable to his team by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. The shortlist of nominees includes Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby, Oilers’ phenom Connor McDavid, and Blue Jackets’ goalie Sergei Bobrovsky — all of whom had terrific seasons. But no matter who wins, there’s an argument to be made that it will be the wrong choice. This is because the league’s most outstanding performance came from someone who wasn’t nominated.San Jose Sharks’ defenseman Brent Burns turned heads all season, and often for reasons other than his toothless smile, man bun and ZZ Top beard. His production was everything you could ask of someone on the blue line, notching 76 points, tied for the fourth-highest point total by a defenseman since the lockout of 2004-05. Of those 76 points, 29 were goals, which was 70 percent more than the second-best defenseman and the most by anyone at the position since 2008-09. Burns isn’t only a goal-producing machine—he also led the league in point shares, 1Point shares roughly translate to the amount of a team’s points one player is responsible for. A decent analog is Bill James’ win shares, a complicated formula popular among baseball statheads. accounting for more of his team’s success in the standings than any of the three (still very worthy) MVP candidates nominated above him. He’s also the only player in the NHL to finish in the top five in both offensive and defensive point shares. That’s pretty impressive stuff, but not impressive enough to be a finalist for the Hart, apparently.Despite Burns’s gaudy scoring numbers and clear impact on his team’s success, it shouldn’t come as a shock that the PHWA left Burns off its list: Defensemen, despite representing one third of the players on ice, have a long history of being overlooked. The last time a defenseman was nominated for the Hart trophy, we were all basking in relief that Y2K hadn’t destroyed civilization. Chris Pronger won the award after his brilliant 1999-00 season with the St. Louis Blues. In his MVP-winning campaign, Pronger notched 62 points and led the NHL with 14.2 point shares, both of which fall short of Burns’s numbers from 2016-17. On their own, Burns’s numbers are impressive. But when you compare them to those of his peers, they look downright heroic. Since the lockout — and excluding 2012-13, which was a half-season — the top-10 defensemen in the league each season2Ranked by points scored have scored an average of 58 points. This year, Burns scored 18 more points than that. The entire blue line corps of five teams failed to notch more goals than Burns, including the Washington Capitals, who had the best record in hockey. Other blue liners have been snubbed since Pronger’s Hart win. Most notably, Nicklas Lidstrom won seven Norris trophies as the league’s top defenseman, but he was never even named as a finalist for the Hart trophy.3Burns will likely win his first Norris tonight. It’s true that Lidstrom’s reign of dominance coincided with the rise of generational talents like Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, but it’s difficult to believe one of the five best defensemen to ever play hockey wasn’t good enough to at least be considered as one of the three best players in the NHL during that stretch.And if the dearth of defensemen nominated for the Hart since Pronger’s win in ‘99-00 looks suspicious, all you’ve got to do is look at the three decades preceding his win to understand it’s been something of an enduring trend: before Pronger, the last defenseman to win the Hart trophy was Bobby Orr in 1971-72.4Orr won the award three times consecutively between 1969-70 and 1971-72, scoring 376 points over that stretch. It’s the second-best three year span for a defenseman in NHL history. And before Orr? It was Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Babe Pratt, who won the Hart in 1943-44. Hockey writers—apparently—don’t have much love for defensemen.Although it ostensibly honors the best player on the ice, the Hart trophy is basically an award given to the top forward — and really just the top center 5Since Orr last won the Hart in 1971-72, 28 of the 45 winners have been center icemen. That Wayne Gretzky played in that span helped. — and every once in awhile the top goalie in the NHL. Until the Hart’s description reads, “Given to the league’s best centerman (and sometimes it’s best goalie, too),” it’s due time the PHWA begins taking the candidacy of the league’s top defensemen for the league’s top honors seriously. read more


A teenager appeared before City Magistrate, Judy Latchman on Monday and was remanded to prison for having cannabis in his possession.Travis DineroEighteen-year-old Travis Dinero of Bel Air Village, Greater Georgetown was represented by Attorney at Law, James Bond.He denied that on April 20, at Stone Avenue, Georgetown, he had 38 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Bond told the Court that his client was walking in the company of others and the narcotics, which was found in a clump of bushes by ranks, was pinned on Dinero.The Police Prosecutor however, revealed his facts which differed and suggested that Dinero was actually found with the drugs in his pocket. As such, he was arrested, taken to the Kitty Police Station where he was later charged for the offence.He was remanded to return on May 7, 2018 for report and disclosure. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan remanded for alleged possession of 2 grammes of cocaineJuly 9, 2015In “Crime”Man remanded for marijuana possessionOctober 24, 2016In “Court”Pineapple Street man remanded for ganja possessionDecember 13, 2017In “Court” read more


first_imgA NUMBER OF individuals from across Irish society have banded together in an attempt to save the Seanad.Democracy Matters! is calling for a “radical reform” of the second house of the Oireachtas – not its abolition. A referendum on whether to keep or get rid of the parliamentary chamber is due to take place later this year.The group, which launched its campaign this morning, argues for a strong Senate with new powers to “ensure we learn from the mistakes of a failed political system”.According to the campaign, a broken system of government and governance has failed Ireland. It has also “exacerbated the economic crisis, dramatically increased social welfare queues and hit hard pressed taxpayers and pensioners in their pockets”.“Abolition only strengthens the old political system, which has already failed us. It will silence dissenting voices, limit debate and give the government even more power to ram through legislation,” said Professor Gary Murphy, who chairs the group. “Abolition is not reform and true parliamentary reform in both the Seanad and the House is what Ireland needs today.”Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin, added: “A radically new type of Seanad could make a serious and meaningful contribution to the process of reforming and modernising an Irish political culture that is excessively centralised, closed and distrusted. Abolishing the Seanad instead of reforming it will just further erode democracy and copper fasten the interests and power of a tiny elite.”Members of the campaign steering group include John Dolan, Suzanne Egan, Michael McDowell, Joe O’Toole, Feargal Quinn, Noel Whelan and Katherine Zappone. The organisation says it has no affiliation to any political party.Last month, Quinn and Zappone launched a Bill which would mark the biggest reform of the Seanad in modern history. The proposals would also require the Seanad to retain a gender balance by ensuring that an equal number of men and women were elected from each of the five vocational panels – which are required to be retained under the current constitution.The legislation would impose a pay cut of nearly €20,000 for Seanad members – defining their pay as being half of that for a TD. This would mean the current wage of over €65,000 would fall to €46,336.The system for electing TDs could be about to face a massive overhaulMembers launch plan to reform Seanad and prevent abolitionlast_img read more


first_imgDoodle : Google célèbre la journée de la terre Aujourd’hui, dimanche 22 avril, n’oubliez pas d’avoir une pensée pour notre environnement; c’est la journée mondiale de la terre. Une célébration que n’a pas oublié de signifier Google, dans un Doodle particulèrement fleuri.Aujourd’hui, en allant sur le site principal du moteur de recherche de Google, vous aurez remarqué un Doodle animé, faisant apparaître des fleurs au-dessus de la barre d’occurences. Et oui, aujourd’hui, 22 avril, c’est la journée mondiale de la terre.Célébrée pour la première fois le 22 avril 1970, la journée mondiale de la terre est reconnue pour être l’un des évènements de sensibilisation à notre environnement les plus importants au monde, et surtout, l’un des plus populaires.Elle a été créée par le sénateur américain Gaylord Nelson (4 juin 1916 – 3 juillet 2005, 35ème gouverneur du Wisconsin) qui reçut, en 1995, la médaille présidentielle de la liberté pour l’ensemble de son travail et de son oeuvre en faveur de l’environnement.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, 500 millions de personnes dans 184 pays dans le monde fêtent cette célébration dédiée à la richesse et à la diversité des environnements de notre planète.Une échéance qui, au-delà des devoirs civiques qui nous incombent, rappelle et interpelle sur notre responsabilité sur ce qui nous entoure.Le 22 avril 2012 à 18:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgStay on target Microsoft HoloLens 2 Augments Reality AgainPut Women on U.S. Currency With Google’s AR App Move over, IKEA: My other favorite retail chain this week debuted an augmented reality service that lets customers visualize furniture in their home before making a purchase.Target on Tuesday rolled out See It In Your Space—a new AR feature on its mobile website.Folks shopping the new Project 62 line can now place three-dimensional versions of real home products within photos of actual rooms. Start by choosing a piece—a coffee table, for example.Click “see it in your space,” take photos of said space, then use your finger to move the item around the room. Pinch to scale and tap to rotate and see dimensions.“The process eliminates the hassle of ordering real furniture, only to discover that it doesn’t quite work in your home,” according to a company blog announcement. “And the best part? See It In Your Space doesn’t require any special apps or hardware to use—it’s available right on Target.com via any smartphone.”The function is currently applicable to 200 Project 62 home products; additional stock will be added through 2018.Target’s latest AR experiment follows its 360-degree virtual-reality-like experience, launched in May.Users can visit Target.com to choose one of the retailer’s “curated living room looks”—modern, farmhouse, mid-century, traditional. Browse 140 products (rugs, sofas, wall hangings, decorative throws, etc.) to visualize size and scale of items, and, if necessary, gather a few styling tips.“We’re constantly searching for new ways to inspire our guests and make shopping at Target an easy and inspiring experience,” Mike McNamara, chief digital officer at Target, said in a statement earlier this year. “There’s a ton of potential to create even richer, engaging digital experiences for our guests.”IKEA, home of flat-packing and meatballs, released a similar program last month, inviting iOS users to take advantage of Apple’s ARKit technology to experiment with interior design in their home.Dubbed IKEA Place, the augmented reality app makes it easy to see what will—or, more importantly, won’t—fit into any given space.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


first_img Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Pinterest Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Twitter Seth Rollins Preview courtesy of WWE.com:Itami’s Show of Shows JourneySee exclusive matches from WrestleMania Axxess and go behind the scenes as Hideo Itami prepares for his WrestleMania debut on WWE NXT tonight at 8/7 C, only on WWE Network! Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Cesaro Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roman Reigns is in Remission Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more


first_imgMondayBridgeview Housing Board of Directors, Vancouver Housing Authority board room, 2500 Main St., Vancouver.1 p.m., special meeting: Authorize the executive director to approve and sign funding documents related to the construction and operation of the Bridgeview Education and Employment Resource Center.Vancouver City Council, City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St., Vancouver4 to 5:30 p.m., workshop: joint workshop with Vancouver Transportation Benefit District, Accessory Dwelling Unit Standards Updates5 to 6:30 p.m., executive session: considering labor negotiation strategy and real estate transactions.7 p.m., regular meeting: bid awards for several construction projects, approval of final plats, approval of purchase of vehicles from Columbia Ford, approval of purchase of vehicles from Northsound Dwayne Lane, recognition of East Mill Plain Neighborhood Association, adoption of citywide complete streets policy, appointment to urban forestry commission, appointments to parks and recreation advisory commission, public hearing on the right-of-way franchise agreement with Mobilitie LLC.Camas City Council, City Hall, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.4:30 p.m., workshop: community survey, strategic plan, wireless communication facilities, interlocal agreement for street/stormwater debris processing and disposal and street project funding opportunities.Battle Ground City Council, City Hall, 109 S.W. First St., Battle Ground.6 p.m., study session: community vision on land use.7 p.m., public hearing: six-year transportation plan, capital facilities plan.Woodland City Council, Council Chambers, 200 E. Scott Ave., Woodland.6:30 p.m., executive session.7 p.m., regular meeting: authorize bid award to Lakeside Industries for Old Pacific Highway overlay project, authorize amendment for special testing at fire station project with Columbia West, authorize amendment to project management agreement with Johannson Architecture for fire station project.Yacolt Town Council, Town Hall, 202 W. Cushman St., Yacolt.last_img read more


first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Miami-based fast food chain Burger King is highlighting the problem in a unique way.Their video shows what Burger King calls a social experiment they conducted in one of their restaurants.The chain hired actors to act out bullying in front of actual customers, where several teens begin to bully another teen at their table.Real customers look on as one of the teens dumps his drink onto the boy’s food. Most of the diners don’t get involved — that is, until their own meal is served.Another actor portraying a cook in the kitchen is shown “bullying” a Whopper Jr., punching the sandwich until it looks visibly “beaten up” before serving it to customers.When the diners go to the counter to complain about their destroyed sandwiches, a manager asks the cook if he bullied the Whopper Jr., who uses excuses such as “it’s just for laughs” and “we don’t mean anything by it.” Similar excuses are often used with bullying, though the diners don’t seem to make the connection to the bullying they witnesses just minutes before with the group of teens.Burger King says only 12 percent of the diners intervened with the teens to put a stop to the bullying, while 95 percent complained about their beaten-up burgers.“The outcome was shocking, and unfortunately, not so shocking at the same time,” Burger King said of the result. “The Burger King brand is known for putting the crown on everyone’s head and allowing people to have it their way. Bullying is the exact opposite of that.”The chain says the point of the video is to show that “no Jr. should be bullied.”“The first step to putting an end to bullying is to take a stand against it,” said Nicholas Carlisle, the CEO and Founder of No Bully. “Our partnership with the BURGER KING® brand is an example of how brands can bring positive awareness to important issues. You have to start somewhere and they chose to start within.”For more information, visit www.NoBully.org.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgLike a lot of publishers, longtime Hollywood trade magazine Variety wants to know more about the habits and content consumption of its visitors online. To accomplish this, Variety.com adopted a service called Newstogram, a behavioral tracking and recommendation technology that  generates data on user’s interests to deliver visitors content, advertisements and e-commerce opportunities tailored specifically to them.“We’re looking for clues about how various segments of our audience—whether that’s film, TV, music or other executives—are navigating the site and leveraging our content,” says Jennifer Collins, online general manager at Variety. “Given our information-hungry audience is often busy and on-the-go, providing headlines tailored to individuals is a good fit with our service.”Newstogram was developed by tech company DailyMe and launched in December 2009. According to DailyMe founder and COO Eduardo Hauser, Newstogram accomplishes three things: It creates dynamic profiles about users’ interests, based on their engagement with a site’s content assets; it uses advanced statistical models to predict a user’s interests with assets not yet seen; and it uses matching functions to build personal recommendations for each user based on that person’s profile. For Newstogram to work, the publisher installs a tracking code, done by dropping a cookie on each user’s browser. From there, Newstogram processes all the site’s content either by crawling the site, ingesting a feed or integrating with the partner’s content management system. Newstogram does not collect personal information about users, it says. Other publishers using the service include the Boston Globe, the Dallas Morning News and Florida’s Sun-Sentinal.“Once these steps are in place, Newstogram gains a uniquely granular understanding of our partner’s audience and can shortly begin to make very accurate recommendations for each individual visiting a site,” Hauser says. “The personal predictive engine can recommend more content, hyper target advertising and connect the audience with commercial items for sale, such as concert tickets, electronics, etc.”In terms of creating and maintaining user profiles, Hauser says Newstogram combines data mining and machine learning techniques. To process the content, the service utilizes semantic analysis through entity extraction, concept mapping and editorial filters and rules.DailyMe has two revenue models for Newstogram. The first is a licensing payment plan for which payments are based on usage and can range from $500 per month to as much as $25,000 per month. The second is a revenue sharing model that’s based on advertising sales related to the data it collects or the sale of e-commerce products using the profile data.For Variety.com, which erected an online paywall late last year, Collins says she anticipates Newstogram will eventually help increase page views per visit, a “strong indicator” of user engagement. “In combination with our audience research, these types of data points are useful in guiding our product development and site programming,” she says.last_img read more


first_imgRoyal Enfield Interceptor 650 captures the essence of the classic bikes in 1970s.Royal Enfield”We are absolutely 100 percent focused on motorcycles”, says Eicher Motor CEOEicher Motors (parent of Royal Enfield) has no plans to venture into other vehicle businessNext big launches from Royal Enfield are the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650Eicher Motors, the parent company of Chennai-based niche bike maker Royal Enfield plans to fully focus on the motorcycle business after a premature end to its off-road vehicles joint venture with US-based Polaris Industries.Eicher Motors Limited in March 2018 announced closure of Eicher Polaris Private Limited. The duo launched the Multix in 2015 as India’s first personal utility vehicle while sales fizzled out after the initial excitement. This seems to have prompted Eicher to focus on its hugely profitable motorcycle business via Royal Enfield brand.”We are absolutely 100 percent focus on motorcycles, nothing else…Other than motorcycles we don’t have any intention to get into any other vertical,” said Siddartha Lal, managing director and CEO of Eicher Motors in a conference call. Siddhartha Lal, CEO of Royal Enfield astride Interceptor 650 at EICMA showRoyal EnfieldWhen asked about the Eicher Polaris Private Limited and plans to venture into new vehicle business, he replied, “Absolutely (we are) not open to anything…Of course, VECV is the only other part of our business, which is doing very well. We are in the process of winding up EPPL operations.” For uninitiated, Eicher Motors also has a 50:50 joint venture with Swedish commercial vehicle maker Volvo for trucks and buses (VECV) in India.Thrust on Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650Royal Enfield’s next big step to becoming the global leader in the middle-weight segment is the launch of new flagship bikes, the Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650. Revealed at the 2017 EICMA show in Milan, the new flagship twin will enter the market soon. Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 are brand’s new flagship motorcycles.Royal EnfieldThe Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 are the company’s debut bikes in higher displacement biking segment. Both bikes are powered by an all-new four-stroke, single overhead cam, and an air-cooled 648cc parallel-twin cylinder engine. It develops 47bhp of power and 52Nm of torque mated with a five-speed transmission. It is said to be the most advanced engine by Royal Enfield till date and first twin cylinder motor of the brand in the last 25 years.Among the two, the Interceptor 650 is expected to attract more buyers in India with its classic design. The rear set foot pegs, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, wide handlebar, sculpted single and long seat, twin shock absorbers, 18-inch spoke wheels as well as twin upswept exhausts – these are the features that celebrate the essence of the original Interceptor which Royal Enfield in 1970s when it was a fully British entity. Royal Enfield Continental GT 650Royal EnfieldThe Continental GT 650, on the other hand, is a true-blue café racer which is a quite popular biking style in Europe. The motorcycle gets an upswept exhaust and rear-set footrests in typical cafe racer fashion. A single long seat, the sculpted tank, and clip-on bars complete the look.last_img read more


first_imgStay on target Spring has barely sprung, but some folks are already prepping their summer essentials: bathing suit, fishing rod, portable underwater drone.Chinese company Robosea this week launched BIKI, the “world’s first bionic robot fish.”The unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV)—designed with advanced bionics tech developed for arctic research—earned more than triple its crowdfunding goal in just four days. As of press time, BIKI raised more than $79,000 (of its $20,000 target) from 140-plus backers.Boasting automated balance, obstacle avoidance, and a 4K camera, the fish-like device lets users “visualize the underwater world from a completely new perspective,” according to the Kickstarter campaign.via RoboseaDrop it into the pool, take it on a fishing trip, or go diving together with 90 to 120 minutes of video capture, at depths up to 196 feet. Moving at only 1.12 mph, BIKI looks and acts like seafood. But instead of gills it had a 150-degree wide-angle, 4K camera lens, able to capture videos and photos with the press of a remote button.The gadget’s 32GB internal memory stores 2.2 hours of 1080p video or 5,243 8-megapixel images.Underwater fun doesn’t come cheap, though: BIKI is expected to retail for $1,024. Early bird fish backers, however, can save a few hundred bucks by pledging $599 for one drone or $1,199 for a pair of two. The BIKI swarm comes with five devices, and is estimated to ship in September.via RoboseaThirty percent more efficient than other UUVs on the market, BIKI also comes with an infrared positioning sensor and a waterproof remote control. “BIKI can maneuver just about anywhere,” Robosea CEO Minglei Xiong said in a statement. “You can also design your own routes … and, if the transmission is somehow lost, it will automatically return to base—all the while sending its real-time location to your mobile device.”There are 57 days left to snag your own bionic robot fish, available in white/black, yellow/black, or red/black. Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter last_img read more


first_imgRainbow Taiwan flag at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. | Photo via Instragram (charlesc1025) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Loo is believed to have committed suicide earlier this month after years of battling with depression.Loo publically came out as gay at the Golden Melody Awards in 2017 and was a well-known advocate for LGBTI rights in both Taiwan and Hong Kong. She will be survived by her wife of two years, Taiwanese cinematographer Fisher Yu.In honor of Loo’s memory, the organizers have actively called on the public to sign two petitions calling for the legalization of same-sex marriage, and for greater levels of same-sex education by the state.Last year, Taiwan’s top court ruled that the current law which bans same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.The Council of Grand Justices decreed that unless an amendment is made to Taiwan’s constitution within two years of the date of their ruling, the current law should be updated to include same-sex couples.If this succeeds, Taiwan will become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Taiwan music awards cheers as singer Ellen Joyce Loo comes outLesbian singer Ellen Loo Joyce dies in fall from Hong Kong apartment buildingUgandan police raid and shut down queer film festivalRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/fifth-taiwan-international-queer-film-festival-gets-underway/ The festival will run until 16 September and will take place in multiple venues across Taiwan’s capital.This year’s theme is ‘Viva’, in honor of the LGBTI community’s ‘confidence and contribution’, The Taipei Times reports.The festival will feature 31 films, from both domestic and international directors.Singer LaLa Hsu, a festival ambassador, hopes that the festival and its films will help attendees better understand the LGBTI community and some of the issues it faces.But ultimately, the festival is a celebration of Taiwan’s LGBTI community. Taiwan is considered by many to be the most progressive country for LGBTI rights in Asia.RIP Ellen LooThe festival will also commemorate Hong Kong singer Ellen Loo.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Taiwan International Queer Film Festival kicked off its fifth year on Friday (24 August).last_img read more


first_imgIHG announced the partnership with Amadeus to help build up Amadeus’ goal of creating a ‘community of hotels’ just like it has helped form a ‘community of airlines’. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has joined with Amadeus in a strategic technology relationship. IHG will help Amadeus achieve this strategy by using its focus on consumer experience to help develop a new hotel management system. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale “We also have a long track record of investing in relevant technologies to support our brand promise and build a closer relationship with our guests,” Mr Pearson said.center_img IHG chief information officer, Eric Pearson said that IHG’s partnership with Amadeus would teach the company how to use technology improve its guests’ experience. “Partnering with Amadeus will help us continue to do just that.” The first phase of the partnership will focus on planning and development of technology that can be used by IHG.last_img read more


first_imgPolice are investigating after around 40 Apoel fans on motorcycles attacked the Omonia clubhouse in Lakatamia on Wednesday night, causing minor injuries to the people in the building, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said on Thursday.The motorcyclists had their faces covered with hoods and helmets, and threw Molotov cocktails, crackers and stones at the club.The attack occurred about an hour after the Cup Final which Apoel lost to Apollon. Angelides said the police had mobilised in a very short time after the attack.He also claimed that worse scenarios were avoided by the police’s preventive actions. “The night of the Cup Final ended smoothly, due to police’s redesigned plans after Tuesday’s incidents in Limassol,” he said.The Omonia Lakatamia club said through their official Facebook page on Thursday: “We cannot stay silent on the provocative attitude of the police which, when arrived at the club after the end of the incident, tried to arrest some of our club members! Once again, they made it clear that the police chief and especially the responsible minister are backing the fascists.”A passing driver was also injured while in his vehicle with his child, reports said. Police found an abandoned motorcycle without registration plates at the club, which is believed was used in the attack. The motorcycle has the emblem of the Nationalist Party, Elam.With regard to the Cup Final, Angelides said that police managed to preserve public order and safety both inside and outside the stadium.Specifically, Angelidis said that outside the northern block of GSP stadium, a large drum was found abandoned, inside of which were placed ten firecrackers and ten smoke bombs.“After a physical check carried out on a 22-year-old entering the southern stand of the stadium, a smoke bomb was detected in his possession,” he said.The 22-year-old was arrested and was brought before the district court of Nicosia on Thursday. The court convicted him and imposed a fine of €500. He was also banned from football stadiums for a period of six months.Meanwhile, Director of GSP stadium, Phivos Constantinides, published a statement followed by a video that shows Apoel fans shooting with a flare gun against Apollon fans.In his announcement, Constantinides wondered if someone has to die before the state and the competent authorities take action and kick the hooligans out of the stadiums.“Tolerance, coverage, funding, support, and protection of those who cause trouble, as well as the mocking of the public by the state, must  be stopped”, he added.Constantinides also accused the state of imposing penalties that reward the hooligans, obstruct the law and of being indifferent t what needs to be done.“Political parties serve the interests of teams which are in their sphere of influence. These phenomena are constantly increasing, people stay away from the stadiums and football clubs go bankrupt,” he concluded.  You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoMemory Care | Search AdsLuxury Memory Care Facilities Near Rowland Heights For SeniorsMemory Care | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more