RCMP constable faces charge over alleged beating of teen

first_imgAPTN National NewsProsecutors have approved a charge of assault against an RCMP constable.Const. Andy Yung was accused by Abbotsford police of assaulting a woman who called 911 looking for help.The police force recommended a charge of assault against Yung.The assault charge stems from a complaint from a 17 year-old girl. She said that RCMP officers responded to her call for help by handcuffing her and putting her into the back of a police car.Yung allegedly jumped into the back seat of the car and struck her six times in the face, leaving her battered and severely bruised.The BC Civil Liberties Association says the family are pleased with the charges.last_img

RBI penalty Swift blames shortcomings in automated payment processes at banks

first_imgMumbai, Mar 7 (PTI) Global financial messaging cooperative Swift said Thursday blamed the shortcomings in banks’ automated payment processes and also reconciliations for the regulatory penalties on 19 of them over the past few past week and said it’s not their job to police the lenders. Over the past week, the Reserve Bank has penalised 19 banks, including SBI and ICICI Bank, for non-compliance with the Swift system– the virtual connection between India and the rest of the world when it comes to financial messaging. The penalty amounts ranged between Rs 1 and Rs 4 crore and the overall penalty totals Rs 40 crore. Alain Raes, Swift chief executive for Asia Pacific and EMEA, however, refused to comment on the penalised banks’ contention that such shortcomings are “minor” in nature. “It’s about STP (straight through processing) automation within a bank’s operations, which has nothing to do with us, and also reconciliation,” Raes told reporters here. He also stressed that none of these shortcomings are Swift’s own doing and expressed their inability to police all the members. Whenever we find a shortcoming in any member institution, we flag the same to the respective regulator and it’s up to the regulator to take a call on how to tackle the issue, he said. Raes, however, conceded that the aspects on automation are fairly expensive for the lenders, but its country head Kiran Shetty was quick to add that the cost of a fraud will be much larger. It can be noted that the modus operandi of over Rs 13,000 crore fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank, allegedly perpetrated by diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, rested on the abuse of the Swift system. In the absence of an integration between a bank’s core banking system and the Swift platform, a PNB official connived with the fraudsters to send several payment messages to dubious foreign entities, defrauding the bank. Raes parried a question on whether all the institutions served by them have their CBS platforms integrated with Swift but said they have been insisting on reducing manual intervention in transactions as much of the frauds have happened due to manual interventions. He also said it will be unfair to blame Swift for frauds being perpetrated at member-banks as their role is limited to flagging concerns as a “hygiene” policy. He said the agency has listed down 16 principles which are mandatory for every institution connecting with the world, adding all its Indian clientele are in compliance with them from a self-attestation perspective. It is also adding two more principles as part of its ongoing efforts to make the security architecture more robust, he said, adding these two are derived from the list of 11 principles which are a part of an “advisory” list at present. About data localisation, Raes said increasing instances of regulatory requirements in various geographies will push up costs of financial messaging. Shetty said SBI will soon be joining a list of 11 Indian banks using the modern GPI (global payments initiative) platform aimed at making payments more efficient, fast, transparent and cheaper. Swift India also recently appointed former SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya as the chairman of its board, he added.last_img read more

First phase rerun EC removes Malda SP 3 days before polls

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Saturday removed Malda Superintendent of Police Arnab Ghosh and resisted him from performing any poll duty. Ajoy Prasad, commandant of the State Armed Police (Second Battalion), was asked to take charge of the district, latest by 10 am on Sunday.The five Lok Sabha constituencies of Malda North, Malda South, Balurghat, Jangipur and Murshidabad will be going to polls on Tuesday, April 23. Incidentally, the Malda SP happens to be the sixth IPS officer to be removed, including the Commissioners of Kolkata Police and Bidhannagar City Police, after the announcement of polls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe removal of Ghosh barely three days before the polls in the district is reminiscent of a similar move by the EC just two days before the first phase of polls, when Cooch Behar SP Avishek Gupta was removed. Sources in the Commission said that BJP had raised allegation against Ghosh because he was just two months short of the ECI mandated ‘three years term in the same post’. Incidentally, in 2016 Ghosh – the then SP of South Dinajpur, was removed before the Assembly polls. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPrasad, who is taking charge of Malda, is a 2010 batch IPS officer and had served as Special Superintendent in the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the Commission is satisfied with the scrutiny of the first phase of polls in Cooch Behar and will write to the EC for holding re-poll in only one booth at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar. The BJP has demanded re-poll for 350 booths in Cooch Behar but the Commission, after two rounds of scrutiny, has disagreed. Meanwhile, Special Observer for Bengal Ajoy V Nayak said on Saturday that the condition of Bengal is similar to that of Bihar 10-15 years ago. “This is not good for democracy. The people and the political parties of Bihar had understood that the situation could not continue and so there was a change,” he said. When asked about the deployment of force, the Special Observer who was instrumental in conducting the 2015 Bihar election successfully, said: “At present we have a force that is enough to cover more than 92 percent of the booths. We have a target of making it 100 percent. But this not good for a healthy democratic situation,” he added.last_img read more

Terrifying Crane falls on busy Seattle street killing four

first_imgSeattle (US): A construction crane fell from a building on Google’s new Seattle campus during a storm that brought wind gusts, crashing down onto one of the city’s busiest streets and killing four people. One female and three males had died by the time firefighters had arrived Saturday afternoon, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said. Two of the dead were ironworkers who had been inside the crane while the other two were people who were inside cars, Fire Department spokesman Lance Garland said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportA 25-year-old mother and her 4-month-old daughter were in a car that was smashed by the crane on its passenger side, and both managed to escape with only minor injuries, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said, calling it a miracle. They and a 28-year-old man were taken to Harborview Medical Center. A fourth person also was injured and treated at the scene. The crane collapsed near the often-congested intersection of Mercer and Fairview Avenue just north of downtown in the South Lake Union neighborhood shortly before 3:30 pm, Scoggins said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe deadly collapse is sure to bring scrutiny about the safety of the dozens of cranes that dot the city’s skyscape. With Amazon, Google and other tech companies increasing their hiring in Seattle, the city has more cranes building office towers and apartment buildings than any other in the United States. As of January, there were about 60 construction cranes in Seattle. Durkan said the city had a good track record with crane safety but that officials would conduct a review. “It’s a horrible day in Seattle when something like this happens. But it’s a time when we come together because Seattle is a city that rallies around each other,” she said.last_img read more

Police ordered to crackdown on events held in support of LTTE

The State Minister noted that the LTTE is a banned organisation in the country and so if anyone violates the law by holding events in support of the LTTE, legal action will be taken against them. Meanwhile, the State Minister said that discussions are underway to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). “We will not allow the LTTE flag to be raised or any event to be held in support of the LTTE leader or LTTE cadres,” he said. Wijewardene said that the Government has not been notified of a monument being erected but added that if it is for the civilians then the Government will not block it.He also said that the Government will hold events to commemorate the soldiers killed during the war with the main event to be held on May 18.The main event will be held with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena at the War Memorial in Battaramulla. The police have been ordered to crackdown on events held in support of the LTTE, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said today.He said that while the Government has no issue with events being held in support of the civilians killed during the war, it will not allow events to be held in support of the LTTE. Some North based politicians have organised events commencing today to commemorate the victims of the final stages of the war.There have also been reports that a monument may be erected in remembrance of the Tamils killed in the battle. However he said that hardcore former LTTE members who are in police custody and who were arrested under the PTA will not be released. (Colombo Gazette) read more

CIBC raises dividend as profit climbs to 137 billion

TORONTO — Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce raised its quarterly dividend as it reported a third-quarter profit of $1.37 billion.The bank says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of $1.36 per share, up from $1.33.The increased payment to shareholders came as CIBC says it earned $3.01 per diluted share for the quarter ended July 31 compared with a profit of $1.1 billion or $2.60 per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, CIBC says it earned $3.08 per diluted share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $2.77 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.U.S. wealth management unit helps propel RBC to $3.1 billion profitCan another strong earnings season pull bank stocks out of their lull?Analysts on average had expected a profit of $2.94 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.CIBC chief executive Victor Dodig says the bank delivered solid performances across all of its businesses.“We are executing well on our strategy to build a relationship-oriented bank for a modern world, while delivering strong and consistent returns and growth to shareholders,” Dodig said in a statement.“We are pleased with the momentum that our North American platform is gaining as we find new ways to serve our clients on both sides of the border.”The bank said its Canadian personal and small business banking group earned $639 million in the quarter, up 14 per cent compared with the same quarter last year. Canadian commercial banking and wealth management earned $350 million, 20 per cent compared with a year ago.Meanwhile, U.S. commercial banking and wealth management earned $162 million, up $121 million compared with year ago, boosted by its acquisition of PrivateBancorp.CIBC’s capital markets business earned $265 million for the third quarter, up five per cent from the same quarter last year.Provision for bad loans totalled $241 million, up $32 million from the third quarter last year. The bank’s common equity tier 1 ratio or CET1 — a key measure of financial health — was 11.3 per cent compared with 10.4 per cent a year ago. read more

No more Peanut Butter DCup Porn maker to stop films spoofing Ben

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email No more ‘Peanut Butter D-Cup:’ Porn maker to stop films spoofing Ben & Jerry’s ice cream by The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2013 8:25 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The days of buying pornographic videos with names based on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavours are over.Caballero Video has agreed to stop marketing “Boston Cream Thigh,” ”Peanut Butter D-Cup” and other films spoofing the names of the venerable Vermont ice cream maker’s products.The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/16AKzzB ) reported Tuesday that the agreement settles a lawsuit Ben & Jerry’s brought against Caballero last year.According to the suit, 10 titles in Caballero’s “Ben & Cherry’s” series besmirched the ice cream maker’s name and infringed its trademark.Not only were the names similar to real Ben & Jerry’s products, but the films’ packaging also mimicked Ben & Jerry’s clouds-and-cows logo.The Los Angeles-based video company previously agreed to pull the titles until the suit was resolved. read more

UN Security Council adds individuals and groups to DPR Korea sanctions list

Unanimously adopting a resolution, the 15-member body also reaffirmed its decisions that the north-east Asian country should abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and immediately cease all related activities.In the text, the Council condemned “in the strongest terms” the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities, including a series of ballistic missile launches, dating back to 9 September 2016, which were conducted “in violation and flagrant disregard” of the relevant Council resolutions.So far this year, the DPRK has conducted nine ballistic missile tests, including one on Monday. In response, Council members have issued seven press statements, most recent one on 22 May, condemning the country’s actions and expressing its readiness to take further significant measures, including sanctions.Today’s resolution contains one annex with the list of the 14 individuals who are now subject to travel ban and asset freeze and a second annex with the list of the four entities subject to asset freeze. Those sanction measures are specified in resolution 1718, which was adopted in 2006. read more

Norways Kjetil Jansrud wins World Cup superG again in Lake Louise

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Kjetil Jansrud of Norway won Sunday’s men’s World Cup super-G in Lake Louise, Alta.Jansrud’s super-G victory was the third of his career and the second in as many years at the ski resort west of Calgary.He posted a time of one minute 33.52 seconds.Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria was second in 1:33.66. Mauro Caviezel of Switzerland placed third in 1:33.73.Dustin Cook of Ottawa was the top Canadian in 16th.The Canadian Press

Champions League Round 4 Review

The round 4 of the Champions League saw some interesting results… Kobenhavn beat Montpellier, while Ademar took one point from THW Kiel.. everything seemed to be as predicted..Vive Targi Kielce (POL) – Bjerringbro-Silkeborg (DEN) 37:29 (12:14)The Polish runners-up is back on track: Thanks to their second straight victory Kielce overtook Chekhovskie Medvedi in the table and is ranked fourth now, two points ahead of Medvedi. The Danes are still waiting for their first point after Round 4.The Poles had broken the resistance of Bjerringro already before the break, when they went to the dressing rooms with a seven goals margin. The Balkan duo Denis Buntic (nine goals) and Rastko Stojkovic (eight goals) were the key figures for Kielce, who had no problems to control the Danes in the second half.Füchse Berlin (GER) – Atletico Madrid (ESP) 33:37 (15:17)Atletico Madrid remain on top of this group after teaching a little lesson to the German debutant Füchse Berlin: Like on Saturday, when Leon tied against Kiel, the German sides could not beat the Spaniards in this Round. Madrid are still unbeaten with seven points, as the Foxes lost their first ever match of the VELUX EHF Champions League.8763 spectators saw a match on a high level with speed, dynamics and in total 70 goals in 60 minutes.Especially in the second half Madrid was one class better than the host. Until the break the match had been equal, as Füchse goalkeeper Silvio Heinevetter made some great saves.Thanks to their offensive defence system the Spaniards intercepted several passes after the break – one key to the clear success. But the host fought hard – and was close again at 28:31, before the individual stronger Spaniards decided the game.Top scorer was Berlin’s Polish international Bartlomiej Jaszka with ten goals, Madrid’s FYR Macedonian Kiril Lazarow scored six times.After Sävehof had taken their first points on Thursday the four top ranked teams met in two direct duels. FC Barcelona Intersport is the first team to win their fourth straight match and Chambery Savoie remain on the hunt with now six points.Chambery Savoie (FRA) – Kadetten Schaffhausen 33:29 (18:16)Due to this victory and the Zagreb defeat against Barcelona, Chambery are equal in points with the Croats and made a huge step towards the Last 16, as they are already four points ahead of Schaffhausen and Sävehof. For the third straight time a good match did not bring any point for the Kadetten, who remain with two points.The match was absolutely equal until the 12:12, before the French runners-up extended the gap to 18:16 at the break. Even in the second half Kadetten were close with the host. Eight minutes before the end still both teams could take both points at the score of 27:26, but then Chambery had the stronger will and defence in the final stage of this game on eye level.Thanks to the goals of Barachet and Detrez and three important saves of Dumoulin, Chambery took those highly important points.RK CO Zagreb (CRO) – FC Barcelona Intersport 30:31 (14:13)First defeat for Zagreb, lucky fourth victory for Barcelona: The high class match of two top teams was open until the final second, but the Croats missed a draw in the last attack after a misunderstanding of Balic and Kopljar.The fully pack arena Zagreb meant a great audience for this great match. The first half was equal with constantly changing leads. At halftime Zagreb was in lead with a one goal margin, but both teams were on the same high level.But after the break Barcelona’s Bosnian goalkeeper Danijel Saric (in total 16 saves) showed his world class – he was the key factor that the Catalans were still in the match and were leading most of the time with a low margin.After the 24:24 Barcelona steadily took the lead, as Zagreb equalized in their next attack. Two minutes before the end Barca went on the winner’s way as they were away with 31:28. But after goals of top scorer Horvat (in total ten hits) and Kopljar the game became a nail-biting thriller again. Barcelona missed their last attack, but with the final buzzer Zagreb failed, too. Best Barcelona scorers were Rutenka with seven, and Nagy and Garcia with each six goals.The whole game had been a tribute to Iztok Puc, who had died of cancer at the age of 45 on Wednesday. The former Zagreb player was honoured by the spectators for minutes.MKB Veszprem (HUN) – Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS) 24:22 (10:10)Veszprem is back on trackafter the defeat in Madrid, as the situation for the Russian champions is getting tougher as they still do not have a victory on their account and remain with only two points after four matches.But it was really tough work for the Hungarians to remain with a clean spot on home soil. Chekhovskie had the better start with a 7:3 lead in minute 15 as their defence stood like a rock.As their top scorer Marko Vujin was defended very tough, Veszprem needed some time to find their rhythm. Even as they had equalized at the break the Russian took back the lead in the second half at 17:15.But then the great show of Carlos Perez (40) started, who became top scorer of the game with seven goals like Sergej Shelmenko of Medvedi.The hall went crazy when first Perez equalized and then Gergö Ivancsik scored the 22:21. Veszprem- now with six points on their account – did not give the lead from their hands in the high tensioned final minutes.Statements after the match:Lajos Mocsai (coach Veszprem):  Two very well trained teams met in a close but great match. In the end we were the fortunate one thanks to Carlos Perez against a strong fighting Russian team. I am happy that we were able to win against a team with such qualities.Vladimir Maximov (coach Medvedi): We had a good chance to win, but we lost, as we made too many mistakes in attack. Another factor was the 40 year old handball diamond Perez against whom we did not know what to do. We will fight until the last moment to reach the Last 16.Reale Ademar Leon (ESP) – THW Kiel (GER) 28:28 (12:15)Carlos Ruesga was the Leon hero on Saturday. By scoring with a direct free throw after the final buzzer he secured a draw to his brave fighting lions. THW Kiel was in lead most of the match, but missed too many chances after the break to win this thriller.Even as the Germans were in lead with a three or four goals margin for a long time the Spaniards did not give up and showed a brilliant moral. Thanks to this victory Leon (5 points) remain ahead of the Kiel side (3), which have one match less – but are far away from their ambition to be the dominant team in their group.The Leon victory has even to be estimated higher, as coach Isidoro Martinez had to replace some injured players like Denis Krivoshlykov.Thanks to a strong start of Momir Illic Kiel led 11:7 and nearly kept this margin to the break. But in minute 33 Leon equalized at 16:16 – the start of a real thriller. Eight minutes before the end THW seem to be on the winner’s way at 25:22.But Leon fought back and equalized again at 26:26. Twelve seconds before the end Filip Jicha scored from the penalty line (28:27), but with their last action Leon receive a free throw from the left back side. As the Kiel wall jumps away Ruesga’s shot hits the back of the net – and the following minutes were nothing but Spanish celebrations.Before the game THW captain and two times CL winner Marcus Ahlm had extended his contract until 2013 –he will finish his career in Kiel.Cimos Koper (SLO) – HSV Hamburg (GER) 23:24 (10:17)Hamburg stumbled, but did not fall: In a game of two different halves, the German favourite was close to fail in the final stage, but remained without a spot in the end. Cimos Koper showed a brave fighting spirit after the break and would have deserved a draw thanks to this performance in the second 30 minutes.The first goal of the match was scored by HSV newcomer Renato Vugrinec whose family live only five minutes away from the arena in Koper. This was the starting signal for the Germans to remain in their favourite role until the break.After 20 minutes Cimos Koper took their time-out, as Hamburg was already in lead with a seven goal margin (13:6) – especially the Croats Lackovic and Duvnjak were unstoppable in this period. The guest kept this distance until the break and seemed to be on the way to their fourth victory.But everything changed in the second half: In 15 minutes Cimos Koper scored a 6:2 series to 16:19, and even a time-out did not bring back life to HSV. Cheered by the spectators Koper equalized at 19:19 and was back on track.But as the Slovenians could not take the lead until the end, HSV was the lucky winner. A penalty shot scored by Hans Lindberg meant the decisive goal for Hamburg, as goalkeeper Dan Beutler saved the last shot of Koper’s Uros Rapotec.Top scorers were Milorad Krivokapic (Koper) and Blazenko Lackovic (HSV) with each five goals.RK Partizan Beograd (SRB) – Pick Szeged (HUN) 23:29 (13:16)First points for Pick Szeged in this season of the VELUX EHF Champions League, fourth defeat for the youngster of Partizan Beograd: The match was like a little roller coaster, but in the end the more experienced Hungarians took the victory in Vrsac.Most of the time Pick were in lead including the clearest gap in the first half at the score of 15:9. But Beograd fought hard after the break. The Serbian champions first came closer, then equalized and even took the lead at 22:21. But thanks to six straight goals to 27:22 Pick decided the game.Top scorers were Sulc (Szeged) with nine goals and Mandic and Kostadinovic with each seven goals for Beograd.AG Kobenhavn (DEN) – Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA) 31:29 (21:12)It was a thrilling duel with two completely different halves: Kobenhavn took the lead of their group with now six points after beating the before unbeaten team from Montpellier. But the Danes had to be lucky in the end, despite a temporarily ten goals lead before the break.The match was imprinted by the currently two best handball players of the world: Mikkel Hansen, who was the decisive figure for Kobenhavn, and Nikola Karabatic who led his team to a great but unsuccessful catch-up chase. But both have not been the top scorers of their teams, as Ekberg and Sigurdsson each scored nine times for AGK and Kavticnik hit the net eleven times for MAHB.After their triumph at Kiel two weeks ago Montpellier was far away from their top performance in the first half. AGK was flying on the wings of their spectators and easily increased the gap to a sensational 20:10 margin before the break.But then Montpellier proved their strength, decreased the distance goal by goal and were close to turn the game in the final stage.Thanks to some saves of AGK keeper Steinar Ege, Montpellier could not equalize at the score of 29:28. In the very last minutes it was Mikkel Hansen who decided this high class duel – latest now Kobenhavn have arrived in the group of the European top teams.Text: EHF ← Previous Story Myrhol back to Lowen’s squad! Next Story → Women’s EC Qualification: Ukraine with two points from Iceland read more

Deal for new Portland baseball stadium calls for 55year lease up to

first_imgPORTLAND — A letter of intent between the Port of Portland and a group seeking to build a Major League Baseball-caliber stadium calls for the private group to pay up to $1.5 million over two years to exclusively negotiate redevelopment of a waterfront site. The group would then pay the Port at least $900,000 a year as they build out the property, according to terms spelled out in the letter.The Port signed off on the letter Nov. 28. The Portland Diamond Project, which is seeking to lure an MLB team to Portland, agreed the next day. The group released artist renderings of a new baseball stadium at the Port’s 45-acre Terminal 2 marine cargo site the same day.The terms of the agreement hadn’t been publicly released since the proposed site announcement. A copy of the letter of intent and its attachments were obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive through a public records request.Both sides have carried out due diligence since then. They have up to six months to inspect the property and complete any other feasibility analysis they feel is necessary, the letter said.During this period, the Diamond Project is required to inform the Port of plans related to the proposed venture, including the group’s ownership structure and other financial information that explains how it will be able to execute the deal. They’ll move to exclusive negotiations afterward, during which the project plans to pay $375,000 during the first quarter, $125,000 for the next three quarters after that and $187,500 each quarter over the next year, if necessary.last_img read more

Ad Portals Make Gains Among Publishers

first_img$1,000-$4,99916% Less than $25010% REVENUESAVINGS $50,000-$99,9993% $500-$9997% $250-$4992% $100,000-$199,9990% Smaller publishers are adopting ad portals, too, including regional publisher Connecticut Cottages and Gardens. “I think ad portals are going to become big business,” art and production director Matthew Hageman told FOLIO: recently. “They save so much time and aggravation. We’ve logged more hours than we can count troubleshooting files for people.“I think it can even deter smaller advertisers who can’t afford an agency from advertising at all,” Hageman added. “The idea that an advertiser can drop a file on a Web site, have it preflighted in seconds, and upon approval be placed into the printer’s workflow, is phenomenal.”Estimated Annual Savings by Using an Ad Portal System The percentage of magazine publishers using ad portals—Internet-based processing and delivery systems that streamline the online submission of ad files from advertisers and agencies to publishers and printers—grew just one percentage point to 22 percent in 2008, according to FOLIO:’s 2008 Manufacturing and Production Trend Survey. But there is evidence that ad portals are gaining favor among both larger and smaller publishers. Quad Graphics this week said Condé Nast adopted its AdShuttle technology to support the publisher’s online ad portal, Condé Nast Transmit, which launched last fall. Approximately 60 percent of Condé Nast’s advertisers and agencies are now using Transmit. Submitted files are available to Condé Nast as a jpeg image in Publishers Studio, a management system that features AdSync and Impoze. Jpegs can then be dropped into the electronic magazine layout. Quad Graphics says Publishers Studio goes beyond basic ad portals to incorporate advertising, editorial and advanced versioning functionality into one real-time operating tool. According to David Orlin, senior vice president, operations and strategic sourcing, Transmit “has enabled us to streamline the process of receiving and handling ad materials from our advertisers and to develop one unified workflow for all Condé Nast magazines.” More than $500,0002% $10,000-$19,99914% $200,000-$499,9999% $5,000-$9,99910% $20,000-$49,99910% SOURCE: 2008 FOLIO: Manufacturing and Production Trends Surveylast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera to greatly improve in next update Report

first_imgClose Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skills Samsung Galaxy S10-series set the benchmark pretty high for flagship smartphones, but for a price. Not too long after, chief rival Huawei changed the playing field where it crushed Samsung with the P30-series launch and left consumers wondering whether buying the Galaxy S10 was the right choice.Huawei P30 and P30 Pro greatly improved the camera experience like no other smartphone has, and one of the most-talked-about features include incredible zooming capabilities and extraordinary low-light photography. Samsung Galaxy S10 phones do fairly well when compared side-by-side, but they lacked a dedicated night mode – a feature that became the golden standard for comparing phone cameras since Google did its magic in Pixel 2 and Pixel 3-series.While most phones, including Huawei P30 Pro, Pixel 3 and even Pixel 2 series, offer a dedicated night mode, Samsung Galaxy S10 lacked the setting. That doesn’t mean the Samsung phones didn’t have the night mode in them, only that it works when the camera deems it necessary. Samsung Galaxy S10 seriesSamsung Mobile PressSamsung Galaxy S10-series come with Bright Night feature, which is supposed to offer a similar experience as Huawei P30’s Night mode and Google’s critically-acclaimed Night Sight. Not only the Bright Night feature lacked the precision with which Huawei and Google brightened a night shot. If the latest report is to be believed, Samsung is going to put an end to the criticisms.Noted mobile tipster, Ice Universe, is suggesting that Samsung is going to roll out a software update to its Galaxy S10 phones in April or May, which could add a dedicated night mode and also update the camera algorithm. This is Samsung’s best bet to put up with the challenge presented by Huawei P30 Pro as it cannot improve the hardware post-launch. With the right amount of software tuning, Samsung could get the results users want to see in their Galaxy S10 phones. Samsung Galaxy S10 to get camera upgrade soonSamsung Mobile PressSamsung has updated the biometrics apps on the Galaxy S10 to improve fingerprint unlock speed. The company had promised that the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S10 required users to simply tap and lift the finger to unlock the device, but then reality hit Samsung hard. Through a software update, Samsung seems to have addressed the problem.There’s no concrete evidence that Samsung will improve the camera as said above, but seeing it is taking customer feedback seriously, don’t lose hope just yet.last_img read more

Number Of People Getting MosquitoBorne Infections Is Rising

first_imgTexas is in the top 20% of states when it comes to the number of people getting diseases from mosquitoes, and the number of people infected by mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks has tripled in the United States since 2004. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) released a report Tuesday detailing the recent rise in cases of infectious diseases. Cases include long-known diseases, as well as nine new pathogens that have been discovered or introduced to the United States since 2004.While the C.D.C. report covers mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, it is mosquitoes that Texans on the Gulf Coast have the most to worry about.This Centers for Disease Control map shows Texas in the top 20% of states seeing diseases from mosquitoes.“We’re definitely in a climate that is very appropriate for mosquito-borne disease,” said Luis Ostrosky, M.D., a professor of infectious disease at UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School and Memorial Hermann. The Gulf Coasts’s humid subtropical climate makes the region particularly well-suited to mosquitoes and therefore disease, especially in warmer months.But even as the region faces a greater risk, Ostrosky says the Gulf Coast, and specifically Harris County, has fared relatively well. The C.D.C. points to a lack of resources at vector control organizations as a weak point in fighting disease, reporting 8 in 10 organizations “lack critical prevention and control capacities.” However, to Ostrosky, Harris County’s Mosquito and Vector Control division stands out. “In Houston and Harris County we have extraordinary mosquito control,” Ostrosky said, pointing to the rapid insecticide spraying done after Tropical Storm Harvey flooded the region. Harris County’s spraying has faced criticism from some groups, but county officials say they never spray unless mosquitoes in an area unless the bugs have been tested and found to carry a disease. Still, the C.D.C. and Harris County say the best way to prevent infections is through personal readiness.“We do need to change our train of thought,” Ostrosky said. “It used to be like, you get mosquito bites, not a big deal, you just get itchy and that’s all, but we do have mosquitoes that transmit diseases here in Houston.”To combat mosquitoes, officials recommend using an EPA-approved insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and checking for stagnant water outside homes. X 00:00 /00:47 Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4 Recap The Violence Continues Anyway

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Stay on target Hooray, the Night King has been defeated. Way earlier than anyone expected, the big scary threat that’s been creeping toward our heroes all season is dead. And he died in the absolute coolest possible way. Bonus, only a couple of the characters we cared about died too. Yeah, we know all that meant was that the real hardships are yet to come. Because that’s what this show does. It gives you a little bit of happiness and punches you in the throat for daring to smile. Because that’s the kind of story this show is telling. It doesn’t matter that humans beat the monsters. It’s the fact that humans are unrepentant dicks to each other that’s going to kill us all.During a somber scene where we really see the scale of lives lost in the Battle of Winterfell, Jon is looking more like a king than ever. Now, it’s possible that the Lord of Winterfell would give the funeral speech at a time like this anyway, but it’s super noticeable that Daenerys isn’t saying anything. She’s overcome with emotion at having to cremate Ser Jorah, sure, but she’s not inspiring anyone to fight for her here. Yes, since the wights are dead, it’s right back to politics. Even during a celebration for having survived the battle. Dany tries a few power plays here, but none are as effective as Jon’s mere presence. Sure, Dany’s dragons were useful. But Jon came back from the dead to save them from an army of fantasy zombies. Forget being king, whole religions have started for less.Jacob Anderson, Conleth Hill, Nathalie Emmanuel, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage (Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)Daenerys tries to get people on her side by giving Gendry a lordship and recognizing him as a true-born son. It’s both a nice thing to do and a shrewd political move. Sansa definitely sees the latter more than the former. Dany appeases a potential competitor to the throne and gains a lord that will be loyal to her. When everything you do is ultimately for your own personal gain, people tend to trust you less. Sansa still doesn’t want to be ruled by a queen in King’s Landing. Oh, and Gendry proposes to Arya, asking her to be Lady of Storm’s End. Everyone knew being a Lady was never in the cards for her. She lets him down easy though, which is nice.Man, the show royally botched Sansa’s story here, though. You’d think after more than seven years of the entire internet telling them not to do exactly this, they’d learn. But no. Sansa has the most infuriating conversation with the Hound. It’s starts out OK. He’s impressed that she fed her abuser to his own dogs. That’s a nice memory. Then he says if she’d escaped King’s Landing with him, she wouldn’t have had to go through all that. She says if she hadn’t she wouldn’t be who she is today. No. Stop. Wrong. Implying that rape is necessary character development is super gross, and this show really should know better by now. What? Watching your father die and being forced to live under Cersei wasn’t enough? Also, this conversation was entirely pointless in the grander story. You had 70 minutes of runtime, Game of Thrones. You could have filled it with literally anything else.Nathalie Emmanuel, Emilia Clarke, Conleth Hill (Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)Let’s cleanse our palate with another mistake that’s just funny. And what better to do that with than a nice refreshing cup of Starbucks? Yes, there is a very noticeable Starbucks coffee cup in front of Dany during the scene where everyone’s praising Jon. I knew their expansion strategy was aggressive, but damn! There are so many people on the internet claiming this as a sign that the showrunners don’t care anymore. That take is exhausting. Look, mistakes happen. In a production this size, even with this budget, things like this get overlooked. Everyone’s tired, they’ve been shooting all night every night for months at this point. If anything, that coffee cup is there because they care enough to do anything to stay alert enough to film this scene. Besides, if you think about it, it makes sense that a Starbucks cup shows up in Winterfell after Daenerys moves in. She is the ultimate gentrifier.But even the vaguely burnt taste of Pike Place Roast doesn’t calm Daenerys down. The way everyone in Winterfell looks at Jon makes her nervous. It won’t matter that he doesn’t want to be king. If all these people look to Jon instead of her, her rule will be threatened. She makes Jon swear never to tell anyone, especially not his sisters, about his true heritage. And of course, he does it the very next day. While they’re planning the coming battle, Sansa and Arya grow nervous about how little Jon pushes back against Daenerys’ plans. Even when it could lead to more North Men deaths. They try to convince him that they’re family and they need to stick together. That’s when he has Bran tell them the truth. He swears them to secrecy, though. Because we know how well he himself kept that secret.Rory McCann, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hemsptead Wright (Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)Just as we thought she might, Sansa tells Tyrion the secret at her first opportunity. As Varys points out, the amount of people who know means it’s no longer a secret, just information. They have a very deep, interesting discussion about who would make the better ruler. The fact that Jon doesn’t want it probably makes him the best possible king. Tyrion remains loyal to Dany, because he truly believes in her capacity to change the world for the better. God, why do I feel like this will be his downfall? Varys is more practical. His loyalties are to the people of the realm. If he sees a better ruler for them, he might try to make it happen. Their conversation is fascinating. I don’t know about you, but I could watch a full hour of Tyrion and Varys talking politics.Daenerys takes her army south, and we get some gorgeous shots of her dragons flying through the air. Which are suddenly interrupted by a dragon-piercing arrow. Euron Greyjoy has been hiding his fleet behind a rock outcropping. (Not entirely believable, but it doesn’t totally break suspension of disbelief.) The death of Daenerys’ second dragon is shocking. It feels like the huge blow that it is. The scene is horrific, but technically very well done. This battle doesn’t go as well as last week’s. Euron begins firing arrows at Daenerys’ fleet, sinking their boats and forcing them to swim to shore. What’s really infuriating though is that Dany has so many opportunities to set Euron’s ship ablaze, and she doesn’t because… reasons. The plot needs him to stay alive I guess? Even though he adds nothing of value. Yeah, he should be a hunk of charcoal right now, and I’m kinda pissed he isn’t.(Photo Credit: HBO)The show did pull off a fabulous bit of misdirection in this scene that gets us mad for the right reasons. It focuses on Tyrion, and makes it look like he’s about to die in the ship attack. You could feel the collective sigh of relief when the camera showed him crawling up the beach alive. Then immediately, we realizes that someone’s missing. Greyworm calls out for Missandei, and she’s nowhere to be found. She’s been captured, held prisoner by Cersei. Like this entire episode, it’s a moment of relief and happiness followed by a surprise gut-punch.By the end of this episode, I’m seriously not OK. I’m angry, and so was everyone in the room when the end went down. Tyrion convinces Daenerys to offer Cersei a chance to end things without bloodshed. She clearly doesn’t want to because it’s becoming increasingly clear she won’t be the benevolent ruler she envisions herself as. They offer a deal. Cersei surrenders the throne and releases Missandei, and nobody has to die. Not the people of King’s Landing, and not Cersei’s baby. (Which I’m still not totally convinced exists.) We’ve been watching this show long enough to know that’s not going to happen. Cersei orders the Mountain to behead Missandei. She gets one last word out before her death: Dracarys. Like a good wrestling promo, it fills us all with righteous fury. Greyworm and Daenerys are pissed. King’s Landing is about to go up in flames. The question is, who will be inside when it does?Emilia Clarke (Credit: Courtesy of HBO)Probably Jaime. He gets such a nice arc this time, admitting that he’s in love with Brienne, and the two of them drunkenly consummate their affections in Winterfell. Tyrion’s even happy for his brother and even happier to make tall person jokes. It all reminds me of Brienne’s knighting scene from two episodes ago. This time, we’re seeing Jaime get something that truly makes him happy. In a way that feels like a satisfying, happy end to his long character arc. But unlike Brienne, Jaime is ultimately a tragic figure. He has a fatal flaw: He can’t escape Cersei. Even when he finds love with someone else, he can’t separate himself from his sister. Because of what he’s done for her, he sees himself as a monster. So in his mind, he must return to her. Whether that’s to save her or kill her, we’ll find out soon enough. Either way, I don’t think he’s making it back alive. Brienne, standing in the cold, crying, in only a housecoat, knows it too.This episode had some problems, and they were all the more glaring after last week’s tense and satisfying battle. Even with those, it did most of its job well. We were all expecting another set-up episode, but this did more than that. It got its chess pieces where the story needed them, albeit a bit awkwardly, but it also made meaningful story developments. Political machinations have always been the most fun part of this show, and that remains true here. And with both Arya and The Hound headed for King’s Landing on their own, there’s so much potential for how these final two episodes play out. We’re almost assured a Clegane-bowl now, and I want nothing more than to see Arya kill Cersei. She is the one big name on her list. This episode though, was a reminder that Game of Thrones isn’t going to have a pure happy ending. As soon as we feel a little bit of hope, it and more are ripped away from us. Prepare for a lot more of that as we go into the final two episodes of the series.Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.Previously on Game of Thrones:Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 RecapGame of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 RecapGame of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 Recaplast_img read more

AFRs Most Innovative Companies

first_imgFlight Centre Travel Group AFR’s Most Innovative CompaniesFlight Centre’s Corporate Travel Division Named One of AFR’s Most Innovative CompaniesThe Corporate brands of the Flight Centre Travel Group are celebrating after being named in the The Australian Financial Review BOSS Most Innovative Companies list for 2019 last night in Sydney.The prestigious annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review and Boss Magazine, is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, Inventium, in conjunction with a panel of industry expert judges.The brands of FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveller and Stage and Screen combined are represented as Flight Centre Corporate in the Professional Services list and are recognised for bringing a revolutionary AI inspired online booking tool, Savi and smart assistant mobile application, Sam to the Australian Travel market.“We are thrilled to announce the first ever industry specific Most Innovative Companies List. What separated the most innovative organisations from the least, was the involvement of the customer the entire way through the innovation process. Leading innovators also had strong mechanisms in place to recognise the innovation efforts of their staff,” said Dr Amantha Imber, Founder, Inventium.Savi is an exclusive online booking tool which has been developed by our Corporate brands in conjunction with the company’s technology partner, Serko. It is available exclusively for customers of FCM Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveller, Stage and Screen Travel Services. Savi includes rich content, unique user modules and exclusive functionality that can’t be found elsewhere in the market. Savi and Sam together deliver an integrated superior travel experience.Executive General Manager – Flight Centre Travel Group Corporate Division James Kavanagh said that Savi was created in response to the poor user experience observed from many online booking tools in the corporate travel sector.“Savi was developed to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create a smarter, better and simpler user experience for the business traveller and travel co-ordinator,” Mr Kavanagh said.“Savi was born in response to a number of requests from customers to better streamline their business travel programs.“Engaging with our customers we identified opportunities to address inefficient and costly actions in the online travel booking process which led to the development of Savi and its exclusive modules that leverage the latest in AI capabilities.”The Savi Select, Savi Credits and Savi Voice modules help businesses and travellers make smarter decisions to maximise their travel savings.Mr Kavanagh said that customers were engaged with at all stages of the product development process to ensure that it was adequately meeting their needs.“For the first time Savi is bringing a leisure booking experience into the corporate world in Australia and New Zealand. It has saved our customers time with its intuitive recommendation engine and traveller engagement model to expedite the booking process with the widest range of products including exclusive rates for our corporate customers,” Mr Kavanagh said.“It is a leap forward as a customer-centric product and providing improved productivity.”Source = Flight Centre Travel Grouplast_img read more

R Kelly plans tour of Sri Lanka Australia New Z

first_imgR. Kelly plans tour of Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this June 30, 2013 file photo, R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. R. Kelly is announcing a new tour, but it won’t be in the United States. The embattled entertainer announced on social media Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, that he’ll be going to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2019 6:19 am PDT NEW YORK — R. Kelly is planning an international tour, but an Australian lawmaker wants the country to bar him from performing there.The embattled musician announced on social media Tuesday that he’ll be going to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.“See y’all soon” the post said, accompanied by a picture of Kelly and the declaration “The King of R&B.” No dates or venues were revealed.Kelly’s career has been stifled since a #MuteRKelly campaign gained momentum last year to protest his alleged sexual abuse of women and girls, which Kelly denies. Lifetime’s documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” last month drew even more attention to the allegations, and his record label has reportedly dropped him.Australia has denied entry to other foreigners on character grounds, among them troubled R&B singer Chris Brown, convicted classified document leaker Chelsea Manning, anti-vaxxer Kent Heckenlively and Gavin McInnes, founder of the all-male far-right group Proud Boys.“If the Immigration Minister suspects that a non-citizen does not pass the character test, or there is a risk to the community while they are in Australia, he should use the powers he has under the Migration Act to deny or cancel their visa,” senior opposition lawmaker Shayne Neumann said in a statement.Australia’s Home Affairs Department said it did not comment on individual cases. But the department said in a statement there were strong legal provisions to block entry to anyone “found not to be of good character.”Kelly is a multiplatinum R&B star who has not only notched multiple hits for himself, but also many high-profile performers.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sparks fly at House over state land swap

first_imgInterior minister Constantinos Petrides and MPs jousted on Thursday over a prior government decision swapping state land with a parcel of private property in Limassol, with the minister insisting that all actions were above board and rejecting accusations that the state got a raw deal.The case concerns a plot in Ayios Athanasios acquired by a developer in 2005 for the purpose of building seven blocks with 78 apartments.According to the ministry, because of the need to construct flood protection projects, the state had decided to create a water retention basin in the area, confirmed by the publication of the Limassol zoning plan in 2011.After the decision to create a retention basin, the state refused to issue the developer a building permit, “depriving the owners’ property rights protected by the constitution and the law.”In such cases, the owners are compensated, the ministry said.Eventually, the cabinet decided that this compensation be effectuated via a land swap, rather than the usual practice of paying monies.The private plot owners asked in 2013 for state land in another location with an area of 25,306sqm (two plots 21.627sqm and 3.679sqm) which had a lower building coefficient than their parcel.The owners valued their land between €4m and €6.8m while the land registry insisted the land was only worth €1m.The issue was settled in 2016, according to the ministry, after the owners accepted slightly over than 50 per cent of the larger plot of state land.But at the House watchdog committee, MPs piled on Petrides for the agreement, calling it scandalous and rife with suspicious details.It emerged, for example, that the retention basin in the land now owned by the state has not been built to date.Akel MP Irini Charalambidou suggested the cabinet – which decided on the land swap – had been tricked by officials at the land registry and the attorney-general’s office who greenlit the transaction.Reacting, Petrides said such allegations bordered on libel.Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides, who brought the case to light following an anonymous complaint filed to his office, said it should not be the state’s responsibility where a private entity buys land which turns out to require flood management improvements.He noted also that the government appeared to have baulked at litigation threatened by the developer, after he was denied a building permit for the land in Ayios Athanasios.The developer sued the state at the Limassol district court, demanding compensation for the delays in building.Faced with this, the government decided to avoid litigation which, if it lost, would involve paying the developer a big sum in compensation. This was when they came up with the alternative for a land swap.However, according to the auditor-general, the developer’s lawsuit was later thrown out by the district court, which cited lack of jurisdiction.The developer was represented legally by the law office of former deputy attorney-general Rikkos Erotokritou.But when it was subsequently filing papers on behalf of the developer, regarding the land swap being negotiated with the state, the law firm omitted to mention that their initial lawsuit had been rejected by the court.Michaelides moreover said that in March 2017 the same developer’s company was placed in receivership – yet the government was still negotiating with the company.It has since transpired that the state land – now privately owned by the developer – is currently valued at €2.2m, whereas the land in Ayios Athanasios is worth €927,800.The value of the land in Ayios Athanasios – which the state now owns – has since dropped because it cannot be developed due its morphology.The auditor-general concluded that the state has been left with a ‘lemon’ and that the government, through its inept handling, got a bad deal.Discussion of the matter will continue in parliament at a later date. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more