Police arresting Ahmed from his Lucknow residence: Over-reactionFor some months now, the fratricidal political battle between Mrs Gandhi’s son and heir Rajiv and her rebel daughter-in-law Maneka has provided titillating fodder for cocktail and drawing-room conversations. So far, however, it has been largely treated as a sporting winner-take-all contest with,Police arresting Ahmed from his Lucknow residence: Over-reactionFor some months now, the fratricidal political battle between Mrs Gandhi’s son and heir Rajiv and her rebel daughter-in-law Maneka has provided titillating fodder for cocktail and drawing-room conversations. So far, however, it has been largely treated as a sporting winner-take-all contest with the eventual prize being the unruly gaggle of former Sanjay Gandhi followers and ruling party dissidents.Last fortnight, however, the battle suddenly took an ugly turn with the arrest of three of Maneka’s lieutenants: Akbar Ahmed, her aggressive commander-in-chief, J.N. Mishra, organising secretary of the Sanjay Vichar Manch and Kalpnath Sonkar, an MP and a top Manch functionary. Ahmed was arrested at 7 a.m. on September 25 from his Lucknow residence. Mishra and Sonkar were arrested in the early hours of the morning, Mishra in Delhi and Sonkar in Basti.The arrests were in connection with the controversial incident at the Gauriganj Dak Bungalow in Sultanpur a week earlier where Tikori Singh, a Manch member, had died of a gunshot wound. Manch officials say that Singh had been injured when a gun went off accidentally and died later in a Lucknow hospital. They also say that Singh had made a declaration before he died to police officials saying that the shooting was an accident and that nobody was responsible.But a week later, cases were registered against the three top Manch officials under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (murder), 380 (theft of a durri and blanket which have been recovered), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and 210 (causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information to screen an offender).advertisementConspiracy: That the arrests were a political decision and an over-reaction to Maneka’s recent successful storming of Rajiv’s electoral citadel, Amethi, was quite probable. For one, it seems improbable that the Manch officials would murder one of their own colleagues, and an important member of the organisation at that Manch officials also buttress their conspiracy theory with the fact that Uttar Pradesh Home Secretary R.C. Takru had rushed to Delhi on September 20, the daj that Mrs Gandhi left for Moscow. Further, Sonkar, the Congress(I) MP, who had defected to the Manch, had earlier been assaulted at New Delhi railway station by Congress(I) supporters shortly after his defection was announced.Maneka meets Muslim women in Amethi and Rajiv addresses the Nagpur rally When Akbar Ahmed was arrested, two companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) were posted outside his house while nearly 50 police officers and plainclothes policemen were employed. It is also curious as to why the police waited seven days before framing a charge sheet against the three Manch officials. As Amrendra Trivedi, one of the lawyers defending Ahmed, pointed out: “It is doubtful whether there can be a murder charge as Tikori Singh, in his dying declaration, has already stated that he met with an injury accidentally. There is no prima facie evidence to build a case against Dumpy who is being victimised for political reasons.”Ahemd himself told India Today just prior to his arrest: “It’s a political conspiracy to malign me and the Manch.” He has also lodged an fir in which he has stated that he fears physical and mental torture and even possible liquidation. “I will hold the Government responsible if anything happens to me.” he charged. Whatever the merits of the arrests, it will undoubtedly yield Maneka considerable political mileage and also add credibility to her claims that the ruling party is out to get her. But it remains to be seen how well she capitalises on the lever she has now been handed.The dramatic arrests came as a sequel to the political vaudeville act starring Maneka and Rajiv in which they have not just been crossing swords but directly crossing political paths as well. Rajiv Gandhi’s 14-hour visit to Nagpur on September 15 was followed three days later by his sister-in-law Maneka Gandhi’s exhaustive tour of his parliamentary constituency of Amethi, from where, she declared, she would be contesting the 1985 elections. The two trips, both highly successful in their own way, acquired additional poignancy from the fact that Nagpur was the venue of Maneka’s first successful public meeting in May.Not to be outshone by the Sanjay Gandhi Vichar Manch, the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress(I) Committee organised Rajiv’s Nagpur show with an all-out bravura and fanfare that made it an out of the ordinary event.Arun Nehru, his chief aide and MP from Rae Bareli, was found camping in Nagpur three days before Rajiv’s visit – ostensibly coming to address a study seminar organised by the Youth Congress(I) – to stage-manage the mammoth crowd, the overflowing cavalcade that choked the seven-kilometre route from the airport, and the bunting and banners that submerged the city.advertisementThe idea was clearly to outdo the Maneka precedent (she too had an unexpectedly warm welcome) and Nehru was reported to have warned worried organisers that he would scrap the whole show if Rajiv’s welcoming procession took less than two hours to reach the public meeting from the airport. The bundobust, in fact, was so elaborate that the same Rajiv who, early this year had snapped former Andhra Pradesh chief minister T. Anjiah’s head off for creating such a “tamasha” on his arrival in Hyderabad, seemed to lap up every minute of the Nagpur show.Royal Darshan: Arriving in a special Indian Air Force plane – apparently laid on for Union Deputy Defence Minister K.P. Singh Deo who travelled with him – the MP from Amethi took precedence over the minister in stepping out of it, was surrounded by half-a-dozen Union ministers including Vasant Sathe, Sitaram Kesari, CM. Stephen, N.K.P. Salve, Bhagwat Jha Azad, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ramchandra Rath and at least 20 Maharashtra MLA’s who whizzed down to Nagpur for the royal “darshan”. In fact, the pomp and circumstance of the visit was so great that the actual reason for Rajiv’s presence was almost overlooked. He spent precisely one minute addressing the study seminar that had brought him to the city.Maneka’s storming of her brother-in-law’s territory was, on the other hand, more aggressive and her statements considerably more barbed. For many of the people who trekked to her meetings in the Amethi-Rae Bareli region this was their first glimpse of Maneka. But her mannerisms were far from unfamiliar – they were faithful reproductions of Mrs Gandhi’s style.In the small township of Jais, dressed in a striped lemon sari, she spoke in the local dialect playing on the emotions of the crowd with tested expertise: “After many days I am here again. It’s like being back home, a home that I have missed.” In Amethi, her late husband Sanjay’s constituency, she moved the crowds to emotional frenzy from atop a blue and gold dais by declaring: “Maneka first came to you as a bride to seek your blessings but today I return to you again as a widow to seek your protection and refuge.”Fiery Rhetoric: Like a seasoned politician on the campaign trail she spoke about Sanjay’s desire to give Amethi schools, hospitals, colleges and factories and said scornfully that the only thing “the people of Amethi had got was a helipad” which could not be used or eaten.In an obvious reference to her ouster from 1, Safdarjang Road she said: “It was not the Supreme Court that either convicted or acquitted Mrs Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi, but the court of the people… I have come before the people’s court of Amethi to seek justice.”advertisementFrom this, a full frontal attack on the Congress(I) and the Central Government was but inevitable. At Jais she boldly charged: “The Congress of Gandhi and Nehru has now been turned into a party of goondas and hooligans.” Pulling no punches she went on to say: “Instead of developments and concrete projects the present Government is indulging in hooliganism and corruption unlimited. The young are being ignored, unemployment is on the upswing and rapists rule the streets.” In an echo of Mrs Gandhi stating in Lucknow that she had been lathi-charged during the Janata rule, she said: “Even I and my young son Varun were not spared while coming to Lucknow for the Manch convention. We had stones hurled at us.”But Maneka’s tour of the political heartland of the country had given the Manch the momentum it needed before appearing in its new avatar, that of a political party, in October. In Uttar Pradesh the Manch already has over 1 lakh followers and Maneka’s fiery rhetoric, emotional appeal and well-placed barbs have probably won it many more.All through the two-day tour and 15 roadside meetings she used Sanjay’s name like a talisman saying repeatedly that his dreams had been betrayed by the people at the helm of the country’s affairs. The speeches were peppered with insinuations that the person who had been elected on Sanjay’s name was the one doing the most to wipe his name from the memories of people and history.Common Grounds: In a statement to India Today she said: “We have political alternatives in mind and shall see that Sanjay’s promises are intact.” She also said: “We are not going to enter into any political alliances or have any working adjustments with any of the opposition parties whose leaders have sent several intermediaries to my back door.” One such leader is thought to be Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, leader of the Democratic Socialist Party and a sworn enemy of the prime minister.Added Ahmed: “As things stand today our emerging power base is Uttar Pradesh where already over a lakh, including many Congress(I) workers have joined our ranks.” Ahmed, who is also making a bid to project himself as a minority leader, declined comment on how much money had been spent by the Manch till now, but said in a startling disclosure: “Our funding sources are the same as the Congress(I).” If that is the case, then the Gandhi vs Gandhi battle should provide a great deal of dramatic entertainment in the days that lie ahead.MANEKA GANDHI: POISON PEN Maneka’s letter: Mysterious reappearanceOn the morning of September 15, the Times of India carried a news item with the heading: “Clarification by Maneka on letter to mother.” The story, which seemed to appear out of sequence, regarded a violent little letter written by Maneka to her mother 11 years ago which began: “Darling Ma, I hope Mina Uncle dies a gory death.I’ve run through all my schemes of kidnapping his children, poisoning his wife’s food etc and now I give up.” Even for its adolescent tone – Maneka was 15 when she wrote it – the letter carries a vicious sting: the “Mina Uncle” under attack is her mother, Amteshwar Anand’s older brother Mohinderpal Singh, now deceased.The next day after the story appeared, Mohinderpal’s widow, Ranjit Kaur, a middle-aged mother of four daughters, reacted in the same paper with surprise at being dragged into the controversy. Still, it was not clear as to how the letter had surfaced in the media and what degree of political motivation was involved.Maneka’s clarification, as it turned out, appeared in the Times of India four days after a photocopy of the letter appeared on the editorial page of the Goenka-owned Marathi daily Loksatta alongwith a lengthy, vituperative article against her. Now, Maneka has her own version as to how it got there: the letter, she says, was handed by her late uncle to her mother-in-law Mrs Gandhi soon after she became engaged to Sanjay.She claims that Mrs Gandhi was in possession of it all along and released it last month, via Ram Nath Goenka, owner of the Indian Express. According to Maneka, Goenka first took it to Dr J.K. Jain, editor of Surya who refused to publish it. Jain categorically denies any such thing. “Goenka never came to me with any such letter,” he says.Maneka’s story goes that after Jain had allegedly refused to publish the letter, Goenka circulated it among editors, and a staff reporter of the Times of India came to her with a photocopy asking for a clarification. No sooner did it appear in a national daily, than her political opponents took it up as an example of her scheming mind.Although no one can deny the violent tone of the epistle, Maneka dismisses it as something, “silly and childish – typical of the exaggerated language teenagers use”. But the letter’s contents have managed to uncap a long-standing and simmering dispute in Maneka’s mother’s family concerning ancestral property that is today tangled in complicated litigation. Apparently there was little love lost between Amteshwar and her brother Mohinderpal over their father’s (Sir Datar Singh) properties, among them a prime 250 acres of agricultural land outside Delhi.After Datar Singh’s death in 1973, Mohinderpal inherited his parents’ share to the chagrin of his sister Amteshwar. Mrs Anand, according to Mohinderpal’s widow, challenged their land holdings in court, imposing cases on him during her period” of political ascendancy when Sanjay was alive. “The mother and daughter (Mrs Anand and Maneka) made life hell for us. They intimidated, harassed and blackmailed my husband till the pressures broke him and he died in April 1981,” says Ranjit Kaur today.Meanwhile, the letter and its mysterious appearance in the media – though uncovering yet another sordid saga of family intrigue and victimisation – does not clarify one thing: whose purpose does it serve and what does it signify? – Sunil SethiRAJIV GANDHI: FIREWORKSBajrang Lal: Pulled upWhen a lire broke out, last fortnight, in a few furniture shops in the heart of New Delhi’s commercial district, the first visitors on the scene were not just the fire brigade and the police. The prime minister’s son, Rajiv Gandhi, got there almost sooner and created a fireworks display of his own. Arriving at the spot within an hour of the break-out with R.K. Dhawan. special assistant to the prime minister, Rajiv severely upbraided police officials, including Police Commissioner Bajrang Lal, for not being there fast enough and not discharging their duty efficiently.The toll of Rajiv’s tantrum was that two officials were suspended: Hari Dev, assistant commissioner of police and Bhoop Singh, a sub-inspector from the police control room received their orders from the prime minister’s secretariat the next day. Apparently Rajiv’s pique rose from the fact that the police commissioner was not at the scene of the fire immediately.Walking up to Lal he is reported to have snapped: “If you came to know about the fire two hours after it began then you ought to be sacked.” Minutes later, spotting Deputy Commissioner R.K. Sharma standing by, Rajiv went up, shook him by the shoulder and asked him to make himself useful.Delhi police officials have greatly resented this high-handed interference by a politician, and find no justification for the way the police commissioner – who holds the rank of a two-star general – was treated in public. Rajiv’s outburst has angered sections of the police force to such a degree that last week, the All-India Non-Gazetted Policemen’s Federation demanded an unqualified apology from him.Said a senior Delhi police officer: “It’s not customary for the police commissioner to be present at every outbreak of fire. As for Rajiv Gandhi’s claim that the police on duty were not controlling the crowds properly, he should have realised that it was he who was drawing the crowds and not the fire. He simply had no business to arrive, start insulting senior officers and throw his weight around.”Rajiv’s outburst in Delhi is. unfortunately. not without precedent. Already, his nice guy image is undergoing a rapid transition as other instances of his brusque behaviour in public are surfacing. Some examples:on October 24 last year, while addressing a public meeting in Patiala, Rajiv snubbed the then Union minister for railways Kedar Pande’s claim that an improvement was evident in the performance of railways;a few months later, on February 2 this year, he pulled up erstwhile Andhra Pradesh chief minister T. Anjiah for putting up a “tamasha” to welcome him at Hyderabad airport;in June, while travelling with Zail Singh, then home minister, to Chandigarh, he got off the plane to find various local ministers rushing up to the aircraft to garland him. Visibly annoyed at the spectacle. Rajiv sought out B.N. Mehra, inspector-general of police and gave him a dressing down for inadequate security arrangements;a month later the former chaiman of the Delhi Development Authority. V.S. Ailawadi, bore the brunt of Rajiv’s temper. In two separate incidents, he was upbraided in front of junior officers.Yet his most serious lapse has been the attack on the Delhi police. Rajiv Gandhi who has so far maintained a discreet public image, and whose greatest asset has been his quiet. amiable manner, is seen to be blotting his copybook. If such performances continue, it may be the first serious slur on his “good guy ” image.- Asoka Raina
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Elite MLS sides New York Red Bulls and LAFC will have a showdown this Sunday at the Red Bull Arena in a classic east-meets-west tie.This will be the first time the two sides will meet and will prove to be a thoroughly entertaining encounter, with stars such as Bradley Wright-Phillips and Kaku coming up against Carlos Vela and Adama Diomande.The Red Bulls are currently third in the Eastern Conference with their California counterparts second in the Western Conference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Here is everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s Major League Soccer game. Game New York Red Bulls vs LAFC Date Sunday, August 5 Time 11pm BST / 6pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US) the game will be shown live on television on FS1 and available to stream live online via FOX Sports GO . US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 FOX Sports GO In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports and online via the Sky Sports app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Sky Sports app Squads & Team News Position New York Red Bulls players Goalkeepers Louro, Meara, Robles Defenders Collin, Escobar, Kutler, Lade, Lawrence, Long, Murillo, Ndam, Parker, Politz, Redding Midfielders Adams, Casseres Jr., Davis, Etienne Jr., Ivan, Mines, Muyl, Gamarra, Royer, Rzatkowski Forwards Abang, Rivas, White, Wright-Phillips Midfielder Florian Valot and defender Kyle Duncan are both sidelined with injuries to the ACL, while Vincent Bezecourt is still recovering from an MCL sprain.Potential New York Red Bulls XI: Robles; Lawrence, Parker, Long, Murillo; Davis, Rzatkowski; Adams, Kaku, Royer; Wright-Phillips. Position LAFC players Goalkeepers Lopez, Lyon, Miller Defenders Beitashour, Blackmon, Ciman, Harvey, Jakovic, Moutinho, Silva, Zimmerman Midfielders Atuesta, Czornomaz, Feilhaber, Horta, Kovar, Mallace, Murphy, Nguyen Forwards Blessing, Brewer Jr., Diomande, Rossi, Saint-Duc, Urena, Vela Walker Zimmerman will need to be careful as he faces suspension if he earns a yellow card in this fixture. Goalkeeper Quillan Roberts is unavailable due to sustaining a right fibular fracture and midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye having fractured an ankle.Potential LAFC XI: Miller; Beitashour, Ciman, Zimmerman, Harvey; Nguyen, Feilhaber, Atuesta; Blessing, Diomande, Vela.Betting & Match Odds A Red Bulls win is priced at odds of 4/7 according to dabblebet, while a draw is available at 10/3. An LAFC victory is up for 15/4.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Sunday’s clash will not only mark the first time that the New York side meet with LAFC, but also the first instance in which manager Bradley faces Armas, who was a key figure of the Red Bulls manager’s Chicago Fire side in 1998.The ’98 Fire squad completed an unprecedented MLS Cup-U.S. Open Cup double in the team’s debut season, and followed it up with another U.S. Open Cup title in 2000.Teacher will meet former pupil at the Red Bull arena, and will mark an occasion of a new era in US coaching with Bradley having pocketed 20 more years of head coaching experience at the professional level than Armas – who, on Sunday, will see him register his seventh game in charge with the Red Bulls.The Red Bulls boss previously said he was Bradley’s “biggest fan” as he has emulated the LAFC boss’s career path, having followed his career abroad.”When I was 14 years old, [Bradley has] always been supportive of me, as my regional coach,” Armas stated.”And now these days, it’s just each of us showing support for the other one. Along the way, I’ve been Bob’s biggest fan, watching him coach here or overseas or the World Cup. I think just on that day [I was appointed Red Bulls head coach], Bob just offered the support back and the best wishes. It’ll be great to see Bob and his staff.”The New York side registered just their second home loss of the MLS season to Columbus Crew SC last Saturday in a 3-2 defeat.LAFC had to make-do with a 2-2 draw with rivals LA Galaxy (in a derby nicknamed ‘El Traffico’) last Thursday night at the Banc of California Stadium.Both Carlos Vela – who is currently on six goals in seven away games this season – and Lee Nguyen scored inside the first 20 minutes. They looked on course to leave with the win, but Romain Alessandrini and Ola Kamara netted in the final eight minutes to further frustrate LAFC fans.On Sunday against the Red Bulls, however, Bradley’s side might not be as complacent.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland — FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke acknowledged that it will take “years to rebuild our reputation” following the World Cup bidding corruption investigation.But Valcke insisted that Sony and Emirates airline are not ending their FIFA sponsorships to protest against allegations of bribery and favor-seeking that have engulfed world football in the four years since Russia was awarded the 2018 World Cup and Qatar was voted the 2022 hosts.Emirates has already announced it is not renewing its sponsorship and Valcke said he “would be surprised” if Sony extended its deal, which expires at the end of this year.“Both Sony and Emirates have nothing to do with the situation we are facing these last days,” Valcke said, referring to the fallout from the bidding corruption report compiled by prosecutor Michael Garcia.“I know that football is still a very strong product and I am not really concerned with FIFA’s finances for the future.”But, speaking in Belfast after a meeting of the International Football Association Board, Valcke acknowledged the immediate future is not bright for FIFA’s global standing while insisting “we are doing a great job.”“The image of FIFA is something I agree, over the last two weeks I would not say reached the bottom, but has reached a level which is definitely a level which we will not go lower than,” Valcke said.“Things are happening, things have happened, but we are still doing a lot of good things. We have to rebuild this image day after day. It’s easy to destroy the reputation. It takes one second. It takes years to rebuild our reputation, but that’s what we will do.”Sepp Blatter, the magnet for much of the criticism directed at FIFA, is seeking a fifth four-year term as President in May.Much of that criticism — particularly from FIFA’s own executive members — has centered on Blatter keeping Garcia’s full 430-page report into impropriety during World Cup bidding confidential. Blatter received a further demand for Garcia’s investigation to be released from the British government.Sajid Javid — the Culture, Media and Sport Secretary — wrote to Blatter, saying FIFA should be operating “with the highest ethical standards” and be able to find a way of publishing the report without contravening confidentiality assurances.“Without the disclosure of the full report, FIFA risks not just further damage to its own credibility, but now significant damage to the reputation of football as a whole,” Javid wrote.Valcke, FIFA’s top administrator, said the report must stay secret to “mainly to protect 75 persons who have made a deposition and were given confidentiality” including himself.The sense of disarray at FIFA heightened when Garcia objected to ethics judge Joachim Eckert’s interpretation of his investigative work, appealing to FIFA citing “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations” of his work.“It’s said it’s a bit FIFA vs. FIFA,” Valcke said. “It’s sad for FIFA definitely, and it’s sad for our reputation and for the image. It’s sad for commercial partners, it’s sad for all the people who are supporting football.”The Garcia-Eckert clash has led to Domenico Scala, the head of FIFA’s auditing committee, being allowed to review the full investigation findings.“I hope deeply the decision would be that this bidding process on ’18 and ’22 is closed,” Valcke said, hopeful Russia and Qatar will retain their hosting rights.But Switzerland’s Attorney General is looking into possible law-breaking by unnamed individuals highlighted in Garcia’s investigation.___(ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo How to Play Pool Like You Know What You’re Doing Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Denon is renowned for its audio gear — particularly its home audio products.And while the company has offered headphones for quite a while, it has been ramping up its efforts aimed at more active users of late. The latest example are the company’s AH-C160W wireless sport in-ears, which have been launched in the United States and the United Kingdom, ready for those in need of some extra motivation if their New Year’s resolutions are starting to slip.The AH-C160W in-ears are designed to be tough, with a sturdy mechanical structure and IPX5/7 certification, which means they are resistant to all sorts of moisture, including sweat. The electronics inside the headphones are protected by Nanofics liquid protection, and the included Comply foam ear tips are treated with SweatGuard to keep them clean. Over-the-ear hooks keep the headphones safely where they should be — on your head.Using 11.5mm drivers and the company’s own digital signal processing, the AH-C160W aren’t just meant to be tough — Denon is aiming for fantastic sound as well. While one of the main goals is great-sounding music, the company has also made taking and making calls a priority, with Clear Voice Capture noise reduction, which helps make communicating while in noisy environments easier.For connectivity, the headphones use high-power Bluetooth Class 1, which helps maintain a steady connection better than many other Bluetooth headphones. To make using the headphones easier, multilingual voice prompts are included to help you get connected. These prompts can also clue you in on battery life, meaning you should never have to worry about running out of juice while in the middle of a run or while you’re on your way home from work.The Denon AH-C160W sport headphones come with one set of Comply foam ear tips, four pairs of silicon tips, four types of foam rings, a USB charging cable, and a carrying case. The headphones cost $150, or 150 British pounds, and are available in black, white, and our personal favorite of the collection: Blue. Denon says the AH-C160W headphones are available from selected dealers now.A version of this article originally appeared at our “brother site,” Digital Trends. Editors’ Recommendations Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks
Sydney is home to a new international pilot training centre. Cape Breton Flight Institute will operate from the Sydney Airport. This professional training centre is filling the growing need for pilots in the expanding economies of China and other emerging markets. The company has participated in five trade missions to China and is in negotiations with major Chinese airlines. The flight school expects to begin training its first class of pilot cadets in September. Justice Minister Cecil Clarke, acting on behalf of Economic Development Minister Angus MacIsaac, made the announcement today, July 18, at Cape Breton Flight Institute’s hangar at the Sydney airport. “Cape Breton Flight Institute’s growth in Sydney will have a lasting economic impact on this community,” said Mr. Clarke. “This company is an example of the exciting opportunities in Nova Scotia’s dynamic defence and aerospace industry.” The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., is supporting the Cape Breton Flight Institute with a payroll rebate set at a maximum $746,550. The rebate is earned as the employer reaches yearly performance targets during the next five years. The company will create up to 70 new jobs over the term of the agreement. “The demand for pilots in China and other emerging markets has never been stronger,” said Bill Gardiner, president and CEO of Cape Breton Flight Institute. “The Flight Institute will put to use two of Nova Scotia’s best assets – infrastructure and talent – to train airline-ready pilots to meet this global demand.” Pilot cadets from China will live on campus at Cape Breton University where they will also receive their ground school instruction. Flight instructors, among the most experienced in Canada, will teach at the Sydney airport. “This is a great example of regional growth based on international opportunities,” said Pat Ryan, vice-president and chief operating officer of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “The flight institute is using assets right here in the community to help meet demand around the world.” In addition to the payroll rebate, the company is receiving a $710,000 loan from NSBI for startup costs. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is also providing a $750,000 loan. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the government of Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. For more information, visit NSBI’s website at www.novascotiabusiness.com .
SHERBROOKE, 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.
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.”
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
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”
A 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 abolition
Doodle : 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 Lambert
Stay 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.
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MondayBridgeview 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.
MIAMI (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.
Like 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.