What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … In a sign that Apple may be ready to drop its insane jihad against Android handset makers, Apple and HTC have announced they are dropping all legal claims against one another, ending a bitter two-year court battle that has involved numerous lawsuits in courts around the world.Apple and HTC have struck a 10-year global licensing agreement that “extends to current and future patents held by both parties,” an HTC press release said.Could this mean Apple is sick of being the world’s biggest (and least successful) patent troll? Let’s hope so.The two companies did not release terms of the settlement. The press release contained canned statements from Peter Chou, CEO of HTC and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. Chou said HTC “can focus on innovation instead of litigation,” and Cook said Apple “will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation.”Apple sued HTC in 2010 as part of a wider legal assault on Android phone makers. Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs had vowed to wage “thermonuclear war” against Android, which he considered to be a knock-off of Apple’s mobile operating system.An End To Apple’s Legal War?Does Apple’s settlement with HTC indicate that Cook doesn’t share Jobs’s hunger for vengeance? It certainly looks that way. Certainly Cook is more pragmatic and less emotional than Jobs was. And the truth is, Apple’s lawsuits are mostly ridiculous, and have mostly failed. In one case against HTC, all of Apple’s claims but one were tossed out, and the one that survived was so trivial that HTC created a work-around in a week.In other words, Apple has been wasting money and energy (not to mention harming consumers) by pursuing a quixotic crusade launched by its late founder and CEO.Cook seems to realize this. He might also realize that he is fighting the tide when it comes to Android. It’s worth noting that this settlement occurred not long after the latest damning IDC numbers came out showing that Android is now outselling Apple five-to-one in the smartphone market, and that Android is also surging in tablets.All We Are Saying Is Give Peace A ChanceThe biggest question is whether this settlement with HTC signals more settlements to come with rivals like Motorola and Samsung. Those fights, particularly the one with Samsung, have been more bitterly fought than the one with HTC.So in those cases it may be more difficult to bury the hatchet. But for the sake of customers, let’s hope Apple can drop the pointless warfare and do the right thing.Image coutesy of Reuters. dan lyons The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#Apple#HTC#iOS#mobile Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts
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brian proffitt Related Posts You could also use programs like Evernote or Remember the Milk in the same way.Otherwise, I followed Rarick’s system as recommended.The Inbox Zero ResultsAfter a solid month of using this system, I have to say I was impressed. I almost achieve Inbox Zero on a daily basis. Typically, there’s five or six messages sitting there at the end of each day that I would rather not make a task for – I’ll get to them in the morning.The process did not take a huge amount of discipline, which was nice, and I did find that I was compelled to check my Inbox less and less, because I knew there wouldn’t be 100+ messages waiting to haunt me. That was even better, because it noticably lowered my stress levels. There were some bumps. Occasionally I got a little overzealous with the (e) key and archived something on which I should have taken action. Eventually I learned to slow down a bit, and those hiccups soon faded.Traveling – or any disruption in my routine – seemed to throw me off a bit. Every time my daily schedule was interrupted, my Inbox would fill up and it would me a little more time to clear it out.Overall, I am very happy I achieved Inbox Zero, and it still seems to be working. I am even content with the occasional Inbox Five or Inbox Six, which are both a lot better than Inbox 10,534.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#email#Pause#productivity Once I finished the mass culling, I followed Rarick’s system to mute messages (press m), read and archive (press e), answer or take action in less than 30 seconds and archive (e) or star and archive (se) any messages that need more than half a minute’s work. Actually, I varied that a bit. Rarick suggests turning off the Priority Inbox in Gmail (which I recommend) and using the Starred list as a functional to-do list. Since I already use Omnifocus as a task manager, I decided to change this up a bit. Instead of starring and archiving, I press (option-l) to select the URL of the Gmail message, then open the New Action dialog in Omnifocus to start a new task and drop the URL for the message in the task’s Notes field. It’s a little extra work, but it keeps my tasks in Omnifocus and still gets my Inbox clear. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting I get email. A lot of email. Between my teaching and contract work, notifications from social media services, messages from friends and family, and all of the pitches I get from public relations and marketing people from around the planet, I average 5,500 incoming emails per month: which is something like 183 per day. My goal, to clear out every one of those emails from my Inbox. That’s right, Inbox Zero: an empty-and-stays-empty folder of incoming email.Some 95% of my email is handled with Gmail. I know I have expressed concerns about Google‘s commitment to its free services, but the fact is that I have not found another universal, multi-platform email service that gives me all the features and level of access I need on my phone, tablet and computers. The addition of two-factor authorization pretty much sealed the deal for me.Like many people, I have multiple email accounts. I have a ReadWrite address, a school address, my old Linux.com email, the user ID address from my Internet provider, my personal Google Apps account and my very first Gmail account, which I use to access the various new services that Google for some reason doesn’t let Google Apps users access.All of those accounts are shunted into one Gmail interface, which makes things pretty simple. I can reply from any one of these accounts, archive into helpful folders and (my favorite) use canned responses to politely inform PR people that no, I am not interested in following up on their pitch at this time. (This is important, as I learned from former ReadWrite colleague Jon Mitchell, because if you don’t answer, they’ll keep pinging you, thus increasing your inbox traffic.)For a long time I’ve had every intention of keeping my Inbox clear as possible, and have gone on massive delete and archive sprees to cull my Inbox down to 50 or so messages that must be dealt with. But then, invariably, things get away from me, and suddenly I have hundreds of emails – read and unread – sitting in my Inbox, demanding attention. Then, when they don’t get any, I’m forced to stare at their mocking reminders of my failures as a productive member of society.The Inbox Zero TheoryAbout a month ago, though, I stumbled on Kevin Rarick’s Inbox Zero for Life approach. It didn’t seem like that much extra work, so I thought I’d give it a shot. It should be noted that Rarick did not coin the term Inbox Zero – that honor apparently goes to Merlin Mann, creator of the 43 Folders productivity blog. In 2007, Mann gave an hour-long video presentation on Inbox Zero for a Google TechTalk.Mann’s basic idea is to go into your email system fewer times per day and once in there, to touch each message as few times as possible. Kill it, answer it right away or shunt it into a to-do system where it’s filed as a task. What Rarick added is a nuts-and-bolts guide to applying these ideas to Gmail.The overlap between Mann’s concepts and the Getting Things Done productivity system that I already like to use – plus the fact that Rarick has fashioned this system focused on Gmail – made it very attractive to me. So off I went.The Inbox Zero PlanThe first thing that you should know is that you don’t have to use Gmail. Any mail client will do, but it helps to be as familiar with it as possible. The less time you spend futzing around with menus and mouse gestures, the sooner you can clean out your Inbox.For Gmail, Rarick recommends turning on keyboard shortcuts for the user interface, which I initially thought was nuts. Not that I have a problem with keyboard shortcuts; I cut my teeth on emacs, so the keyboard is my friend. But using shortcuts on a Web-based service? Weird. But it’s actually a good idea, and if your email client has similar tools, use them.Another thing to try before you start the process: implement weapons of mass deletion. You can easily search for all email older than a certain date and archive it, but there could leave a lot of cruft taking up space in your Inbox file. Better to go in and kill it.Some friends recommended using the free beta service Mailstrom.co. Once you grant it access, Mailstrom will process your Inbox by sender, date, subject… nearly any way you can think of. Even though it took a week for my turn on Mailstrom’s waiting list to come up, it was well worth it.Using Mailstrom’s nicely laid out interface, I quickly highlighted messages from shopping or social media sites. With two clicks, I highlighted them all and archived or deleted them as needed. It was, frankly, beautiful. (The only issue is with Mailstrom is that once you move to Inbox Zero, you almost don’t need it anymore. At that point, Mailstrom’s daily reminder messages become a thing of irony, indeed.) Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… lauren orsini Tags:#business#Pinterest#Transparency Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Pinterest is poised to dip an extremely cautious toe into the water of promoted pins. According to an announcement by Founder and CEO Ben Silbermann, the company plans to experiment with promoting pins from select businesses.This move will be very different from last year’s Skimlinks debacle, in which Pinterest came under fire for not coming clean about monetizing pinners through affiliate links. “Nobody’s paying for anything yet,” wrote Silbermann. “We want to see how things go and, more than anything, hear what you think.” He also added that the pins will be “tasteful,” “transparent,” “relevant,” and influenced by users’ own feedback. Given that last brush with monetization, it makes sense that Silbermann would be more careful this time. And more transparent. In 2012, Pinterest users discovered on their own that the service had been manipulating their pins to make money through its partnership with Skimlinks, an automatic affiliate linking service.Pinner and tech blogger Josh Davis first put two and two together: “I, like many people, don’t have a problem with Pinterest making money off of user content,” he wrote. “[But] Pinterest likely should disclose this practice to users even if they aren’t required to do so by law, if only to maintain trust with their users.” The scandal drew criticism from the blogs and media outlets. Going straight to the source, Silbermann eventually called Davis in order to clear up, above all, that Pinterest had stopped using Skimlinks altogether. See also: How Pinterest Added 70M Users Without Overhauling Its Original CodebaseIn an interview with ReadWrite earlier this year, Jon Jenkins, Pinterest’s head of engineering, said the company wasn’t in any hurry to make money. “We’re extremely fortunate to be well funded right now,” he said. “It gives us to time to do this correctly. We don’t feel the pressure to monetize unnaturally.” In fact, with Pinterest currently working through $200 million round in funding from February 2013, there’s no reason to believe this new announcement will be anything like a quick grab for profit. And this time around, Pinterest is taking pains not to make the mistakes of last year. The process seems to be slow, and above all, transparent with users.Illustration courtesy of Pinterest. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Amul Thapar, a federal judge of Indian-origin, is on the shortlist of US President Trump’s nominees for the US Supreme Court following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announced on Wednesday.Read it at Times of India Related Items
Speedy investigations into sexual assault cases, a comprehensive security plan and improved security at railway stations will top the agenda of the 24th meeting of the Western Zonal Council, to be chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Panjim on August 22. The council, functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)’s Inter-State Council Secretariat, comprises Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The Central government has also asked the States to provide an update on the MHA’s refusal to give funds for modernisation of the police force in the absence of a comprehensive State security plan, said senior officials. The previous meeting of the council was chaired by former Home Minister Rajnath Singh on April 26, 2018 at Gandhinagar.The August 22 meeting will also discuss the implementation and mismanagement, if any, of the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme as well as forest clearances pending for construction of the third line in the Wirpur-Sirpur section of major train projects. Goa was finalised as the venue for this year’s meeting as the previous meetings were held in Gujarat and Mumbai, senior officials said. The eight items on the agenda were recently finalised by Sanjeev Gupta, Special Secretary, MHA. These include surplus land to be collected from various Central government organisations for the purpose of Housing for All schemes, and clearances under the Right of Way policy for freight corridors planned across the States. “The priority of the meeting will be speedy investigations into cases related to sexual assault and the conviction rate. The MHA is keen on knowing our (States’) response to its refusal to approve modernisation of police force unless we have put in place a State Security Plan,” said a State official.The five zonal councils created under the States Re-Organisation Act, 1956 are advisory bodies that will discuss and make recommendations with regard to any matter of common interest in the field of economic and social planning between the Centre and States, border disputes, linguistic minorities, inter-State transport or matters connected with the reorganisation of States under this Act. The Act provides that there shall be a zonal council for each of the five zones: North, Central, Eastern, Southern and Western.
Christmas is a time when most get into the festive spirit and bring out the ‘Santa’ caps to celebrate the year gone by. Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif did no different.What was different was the reaction to the picture he posted on Facebook with his family. Kaif posted a photo in which he is seen posing with his wife and his two children, all wearing red ‘Santa’ caps. He captioned the image “Merry Christmas ! May there be love and peace.”No sooner had the photo had been posted by Kaif, sections of the internet started bashing him for being ‘un-Islamic’, with some even going as far as to wish him death. Moula ki Khasam Tu Badi Zillat Se Marega Fail Cricketer Off All Formats.- Mohd Fasiuddin (@MohdFasiuddin10) December 25, 2017Bhaijaan mera dil dukh gaya ye post dekhkar delete kariye Aur ye tyohar hum musalmano ka nahi hai iski mubarakh baat bhi dena gunaah e kabira hai- MOHAMMAD Aftab Alam (@AftabAl79667292) December 25, 2017This is not the first time that Kaif has been at the mercy of internet trolls. He was attacked for posting a picture of himself playing chess with his son. Earlier, Kaif was also trolled for doing the Surya Namaskar.Other cricketers have also been subjected to multiple troll attacks on social media. Irfan Pathan posted a photograph of himself with a rakhi tied around his wrist and wished everyone on the occasion of Rakshabandhan. Trolls lashed out at him for celebrating a Hindu festival despite being a Muslim. A troll also targeted him saying that his father is a ‘moulvi’ yet he’s practicing un-Islamic things.advertisementPathan was subjected to trolls back in July as well, on religious grounds where his wife was shamed for revealing her arms and wearing nail polish while Pathan for posting the picture.Mohammed Shami was also attacked on social media twice. Recently, he was trolled for posting ‘un-Islamic’ pictures of his daughters birthday while back in 2016, Shami was slammed for posting a picture with his wife, who was wearing a sleeveless gown, and he was reminded by Muslim fanatics of his religion.
Los Angeles: Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed he was star-struck by his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” co-star Luke Perry. The actor said he grew up watching “Beverly Hills, 90210” and working with the late actor on Quentin Tarantino’s directorial was a delight. “(Luke was) the kindest, sweetest human being you could ever encounter. I grew up with him on ‘90210,’ looking up to him as literally the coolest dude on earth and honestly when I was on set I was star struck. “We got to sit down and chat, he couldn’t have been a more amazing human being. It’s a real tragic loss,” DiCaprio told Extra magazine. “Once Upon…” marks the last cinematic outing for Perry, who essayed the role of Scott Lancer, an actor in one of the shows Rick stars in. Perry died in March at the age of 52.
Ushering in Durga Puja, the biggest festival of Bengal, Acropolis Mall formally unveiled a unique shopping bonanza to make the shopping spree of denizens of Kolkata exciting. The offer will continue till September 30.At a star studded event at Acropolis, Sushil Mohta, Chairman, Merlin Group formally announced the exciting offer in the presence of Tollywood superstar, producer, entertainer, singer and film writer Dev. The Puja shopping bonanza was kicked off on September 1 for denizens of the city in true spirit of Durga Puja. The initiative has already caught the fancy of people. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe innovative offer would provide every customer an assured free gift of trolley bag worth Rs 8500 for purchasing products worth Rs 15000 and above on a single day. Customers can also find lucky gift coupons under this offer inside the trolley bag that can provide them an opportunity to win a foreign trip to Singapore, a Solitaire Diamond ring, an I Phone X and plethora of gifts. The lucrative offers under the Acropolis Puja Shopping Bonanza has augmented the curiosity quotient already among citizens of Kolkata. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAnnouncing the Puja special offer, Sushil Mohta, Chairman, Merlin Group, Developer of Acropolis Mall and leading real estate company of India, commented, “Durga Puja is the biggest festival when people enjoy their shopping spree as they give gifts to their near and dear ones and purchase for their families. Our Puja special offer would add to the excitement of shopping and would compel citizens of Kolkata to congregate at Acropolis Mall. We hope our innovative offers would also add to festive spirit of Puja”.
Madurai: A woman college teacher was on Tuesday granted conditional bail by the Madras High Court, nearly 11 months after her arrest in a sensational sex scandal case.Justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar of the Madurai Bench granted bail to suspended assistant professor Nirmala Devi, who has been accused of luring some girl students to extend favours to senior officials of the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) here in return for higher marks and money. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The government counsel submitted they had no objection to grant of bail. The judges directed her to fully cooperate with police in the investigation and barred her from giving any interview to the media that would harm the probe. Earlier, her bail petitions were rejected by the lower court and the high court as well. Devi, assistant professor at private Devanga Arts College in Aruppukottai affiliated to the MKU, was arrested on April 16 last year on a complaint by the college and a women’s forum after an audio-clip of her purported conversation with students went viral on social media. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn the audio-clip, she was purportedly heard advising girl students to “adjust” with some officials “for getting 85 per cent marks and money”, a suggestion seen as asking them to extend sexual favours. She was suspended by the college after an internal enquiry before her arrest. As the alleged luring of the girl students triggered an outrage, the case was transferred to the Crime Branch CID within days of it being registered. Based on interrogation of Devi, police arrested Assistant Professor V Murugan of the university and research student Karuppasamy for their alleged involvement in the case. The two were granted bail by the Supreme Court later after the high court turned down their pleas. The CB-CID had filed a 200-page final charge sheet in the case in the judicial magistrate court in Srivilliputtur in September last year. Earlier, it had submitted a 1,160 page preliminary charge sheet in July. In the final charge sheet, CB-CID altered the charges to include offences of trafficking, sexual harassment and conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and also under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act and the Information Technology Act. The fresh charges were included based on investigation, including voice test of Devi conducted at a high-tech laboratory in Chennai by police. During the proceedings in the Judicial Magistrate court at Srivilliputhur, Devi had denied the charges and alleged police “coerced” her to give a statement.
“The commissioners have a grave responsibility before them, but theirs is only one small part of the effort needed to heal the Honduran nation,” he said in a message sent to the Government and the head of the commission. “We encourage all of those in leadership in Honduras to take a sensitive, comprehensive and sustained approach to the task ahead. Truth-telling is a necessary but not sufficient basis for reconciliation.“Bringing the Honduran nation together will also require sustained efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and provide social and economic opportunity for all Hondurans.”The commission, headed by former Guatemalan vice president Eduardo Stein, was set up by Honduran President Porfirio Lobo after his election in November to investigate the events leading up to last June’s coup which ousted Mr. Zelaya seven months before the end of his term.“Honduras has gone through a difficult and divisive period in its history and the process of national healing must now begin,” Mr. Ban said. “I am heartened that Hondurans today are taking an important first step toward reconciliation. I am hopeful that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will contribute to mending the wounds of the recent past and to bringing the people of Honduras together once again.” 4 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the inauguration of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Honduras as “an important first step” toward binding the wounds in the Central American country opened by last year’s ouster of President José Manuel Zelaya.
Halton police are looking to identify break and enter suspects.The break-in happened in the early morning hours of September 2 on Bishop Court in Georgetown.Police say three suspects forced entry into a home and stole multiple game consoles and a Visa debit card.The three suspects are described as:Suspect 1 – A 6’2″ man, wearing a black hoodie, black hat (white logo), blue T-shirt, black pants and black and white shoes.Suspect 2 – A 6’3″ man, wearing sun glasses on top of his head, Camo jacket, Camo shirt, blue jeans and black and white shoes.Suspect 3 – potential man with dark hoodie, dark pants, white shoes, white scarf covering face and a red backpack.Anyone with information is asked to contact police immediately.
PIERRE, S.D. – Officials in three Canadian provinces and six northern U.S. states are launching an effort to brand the region as the potential provider of protein to the world.The “Protein Highway” project aims to encourage scientists to work together and share information on protein-rich crops, said Kevin Kephart, South Dakota State University’s vice-president for research and economic development.That could lead to research that would aid farmers and also help entrepreneurs take new food products to market, he said.“There’s no place on the globe that can produce as much protein as we can,” Kephart said.Canadian researchers David Gauthier and Larry Sernyk estimate the demand for animal protein will double by 2040 as the world’s population increases.That should result in more demand for high-protein plant products to feed the animals being raised for meat. More people also likely will need to get their protein from plants and fish.“There’s a lot of opportunity,” said Jamshed Merchant, the Canadian consul general based in Minneapolis.High-protein crops such as lentils, dry beans and dry peas have great potential throughout the “Protein Highway” region, which encompasses Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta north of the border and the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana and Iowa south of the border, the Canadian researchers said.Another project that could benefit is Prairie Aquatech, a company headed by a pair of SDSU scientists that’s looking for ways to use plant-based food to raise fish.The Protein Highway concept could also increase demand for farm products in the region and lead to a more diverse array of crops to choose from during planting season, according to Merchant.“Your choices become quite large,” he said. “It’s just like diversifying your portfolio.”Obstacles include a lack of processing facilities and the need to convince the government to offer insurance for new crops.“This is why we need to get to work,” Kephart said.___Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, http://www.capjournal.com Project hopes to brand provinces, states as ‘protein highway’ by The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2016 6:55 am MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
For months he has kept out of the public eye, his former star status languishing under a cloud of notoriety following numerous allegations of sexual assault.But now Kevin Spacey has broken cover, and in some style, to take part in a very pointed poetry reading about a wounded performer determined not to succumb to the blows he endures.Spacey appeared in front of the Greek statue Boxer at Rest in Rome, to read Gabriele Tinti’s poem The Boxer, about an exhausted fighter used for entertainment then left bleeding by the ringside.The poem contains the lines: “They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff. Life was over in a moment” and “The more you’re wounded the greater you are. And the more empty you are. I have endured no end of sleepless nights. I have spent hours and hours sweating to destroy and fall”. Standing beside the Greek bronze cast of the ravaged fighter, which dates from around 316 BC, Spacey, dressed in a tobacco-coloured suit, intoned the poem to a startled audience at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. Kevin Spacey and the writer Gabriele Tinti at the reading of “The Boxer – La nostalgia del poeta” (The Boxer – The nostalgia of the poet) at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, RomeCredit: Ernesto Ruscio /Getty Images Europe Kevin Spacey, reading The Boxer at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in RomeCredit:Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images Europe One observer, Rome-based writer Barbie Latza Nadeau, said: “He made eye contact with almost everyone in the first few rows of the standing crowd. It was as mesmerising as it was slightly terrifying. It was clear that while he may have fallen from grace for the alleged sexual assaults he did not feel any apparent remorse.”Spacey last year posted a bizarre video to YouTube, appearing in the guise of Frank Underwood, the Machiavellian US president he played in House Of Cards, saying: “I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn’t do.”Tinti said it was “an honour” to have the actor read his poem, writing on Twitter: “What a wonderful night! Everyone was so happy to celebrate art, it was an honor to have Kevin Spacey reading my poems, Rome loves you! A picture is worth a thousand words.” Mr Little had initially accused the actor of groping him when he worked as a then 18-year-old busboy at the Club Car bar and restaurant in Nantucket in 2016. Spacey denied the claims, but is still being investigated by officers from the Metropolitan Police over six allegations of sexual assault in the UK between 1996 and 2013.The Hollywood star was voluntarily interviewed under caution by Met’s Complex Case Team in May and Scotland Yard said on Saturday that “inquiries are ongoing.”Anthony Rapp, an actor, has also alleged he was 14 when Spacey, then 26, made a sexual advance to him in 1986. This was the first time Spacey has performed in public since sexual misconduct charges from 2017 were dropped by a Massachusetts prosecutor, after William Little declined to testify against him at a pre-trial hearing. Spacey, who was artistic director at London’s The Old Vic theatre between 2004 and 2015, said he did not remember the alleged encounter, but apologised for any “inappropriate drunken behaviour”.The theatre later found 20 people claimed they had been subjected to inappropriate behaviour from the actor.The star was sacked from the Netflix show House Of Cards and Sir Ridley Scott erased him from his completed film All The Money In The World, recasting Christopher Plummer in the role at a cost of millions.Spacey’s reading initially took place in front of around 50 museum goers and selected guests. But by the time he had finished a bigger crowd had gathered outside, and he read the poem over again. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
DETECTIVES IN NORTHERN IRELAND investigating the murder of Kevin Kearney have arrested a man.Detectives from the Serious Crime Branch arrested a 44-year-old man in the west of the city a short time ago.ArrestThe man has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.This is the third arrest in connection with the investigation.The body Kevin Kearney, a 46-year-old father of four, was found in a lake in Alexandra Park last week, having been shot just after dropping his daughter off at school.AppealYesterday, one week on from the murder, the police returned to the scene of the crime with an actor resembling Kearney, in a hope to jog the memory of witnesses who use the park regularly.Mr Kearney’s brother, Martin appealed to the community to help catch his brother’s killers. He said that Kevin’s family were distraught and destroyed by his murder.“It has torn us apart. We are devastated,” he said.Martin Kearney, brother of Kevin Kearney speaks about his brothers murder, at a police station in Belfast. Paul Faith/PA ImagesRead: Police return to Kevin Kearney crime scene with actor resembling the victim>Read: 45-year-old man arrested in connection with Kevin Kearney murder>
Port workers in Greece are set to participate in a 24-hour work stoppage on 1 May, as part of May Day. Delays and cancellations are expected and passengers are advised to contact their ferry company for further information.Rail services in Greece, including the Athens suburban railway, will be suspended for 24 hours on 1 May.Public and private sector trade unions have announced their participation in a 24 hour general strike later in the month on 11 May. Public transport may be disrupted as a result. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Soyouz : le pas de tir des fusées russes sera remis à l’ESA en maiAnatoli Perminov, le directeur de l’Agence fédérale spatiale russe (Roskosmos) a annoncé son intention de remettre en mai à l’agence spatiale européenne (ESA), le pas de tir des fusées Soyouz. Il se rendra lui même à Kourou, en Guyane, pour le faire, a-t-il précisé.”En mai, j’irai à Kourou pour remettre les clefs du pas de tir Soyouz aux responsables français”, a annoncé Anatoli Perminov au Conseil de la Fédération, rapporte RIA Novosti. Ce pas de tir, le Soyouz-ST, a été adapté aux normes de sécurité du Centre spatial guyanais et au climat tropical de la région. Mais alors que le premier tir d’une fusée Soyouz depuis la base de Kourou était prévu pour 2009, il a été reporté à de nombreuses reprises. Il est désormais fixé à l’été prochain.Les travaux de construction du pas de tir destiné aux fusées russes ont été lancés en 2007, dans le cadre d’un accord franco-russe signé trois ans plus tôt. Grâce à la proximité de la base de Kourou par rapport à l’équateur, le Soyouz-ST pourra lancer des satellites plus lourds que ceux orbités depuis les cosmodromes russes de Baïkonour, au Kazakhstan, et de Plessetsk, à Arkhangelsk. Alors que la base européenne était déjà équipée pour accueillir le lanceur lourd Ariane-5 et le lanceur léger Vega, elle pourra désormais assurer le lancement de fusées de toutes tailles.Le 23 avril 2011 à 17:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
With fireworks poised to go on sale next week, Clark County is reminding residents to pick up debris left over from the Fourth of July holiday.According to a news release, fireworks contain metals, nitrates and sulfur, along with paper, plastic and other materials. If fireworks debris isn’t picked up harmful pollutants can wash into creeks, rivers and streams.Clark County Public Works doesn’t provide extra street sweeping after the holiday and failing to clean up fireworks residue is littering, a violation of Washington law and Clark County ordinance, according to the release.“We all have the responsibility to reduce pollution,” said Dean Boening, Clean Water manager, in a statement. “If you use fireworks, you need to use them safely and responsibly, and that includes cleaning up afterward.”A list of legal discharge times can be found online at: www.clark.wa.gov/sites/default/files/dept/files/community-development/fire/fireworks-discharge-times.pdf.
Rugby Australia, the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) and Australia’s four Super Rugby teams have introduced a collective bargaining agreement that will equalise pay between male and female athletes.The new agreement, which is effective until 2020, ensures that entry-level, full-time minimum salaries for professional male and female Super Rugby and Rugby Sevens players are the same. The collective bargaining agreement also introduces a pregnancy police for professional female players to provide support and security around their employment.The agreement, for the first time, covers the Wallabies, Wallaroos, all Super Rugby players and both Australian Rugby Sevens squads. New minimum terms and conditions have been set for each group, with the revenue share model being retained. This allows players to receive 29% of the revenue generated by the professional game. In addition, Wallaroos players will receive test match payments for the first time from 2018.The new contracting model for Super Rugby, established under the collective bargaining agreement, will also increase the number of full-time Super Rugby contract opportunities at each team. All four teams can now contract a minimum of 36 full-time players, up to a maximum of 40. The overall Super Rugby salary cap has been adjusted to accommodate all full-time players, reaching a total of $5.5 million (£3.2 million). A 15% discount has also been built in to reward long-serving players.Ross Xenos, chief executive officer at RUPA, said: “This [collective bargaining agreement] ensures that every player’s core conditions of employment continue to improve with every new season, [while] prioritising performance and wellbeing through a range of initiatives which are designed to ensure that players are given every opportunity to thrive on and off the field.“We’ve been able to address long-term concerns held by players in improving leave and rest scheduling, adding flexibility to the Super Rugby contracting model and, importantly, embracing all professional players across all formats and genders in a new [collective bargaining agreement].“All players are committed to winning games of rugby, be they Rugby World Cup finals, gold medal matches, at a Super Rugby or NRC level, or back with their premier rugby clubs, and that commitment now includes players making a $250,000 (£144,115) direct investment into performance and wellbeing support services each year of this new deal.”Bill Pulver, outgoing chief executive officer at Rugby Australia, added: “We have struck a balance that will allow greater investment in the community game, while ensuring that our high-performance programmes are supported to deliver the on-field success that rugby fans demand and deserve.“The new [collective bargaining agreement] is the first of its kind to incorporate all professional programmes, including our Sevens teams and the Wallaroos, and importantly addresses key issues of pay equality and player welfare.”
NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing a North Lauderdale store at gunpoint.Officers arrested 36-year-old Timmy Anderson, Thursday afternoon.Officials said Anderson and two others held up a Farm Store, Wednesday.The other two suspects were quickly taken into custody. However, Anderson eluded police and managed to split past a SWAT team.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.