first_imgTORONTO – YouTube is putting a bigger bet on its most successful Canadian creators with a channel dedicated to promoting local talent.The video streaming platform unveiled “Spotlight Canada” on Monday, a curated page that highlights some of the nation’s standout videos. It’s the first time a country has been singled out with its own curated content section.The debut of the page features a selection of past viral hits, including astronaut Chris Hadfield’s collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies from space, the Tragically Hip performing “Bobcaygeon” in Kingston, Ont., last summer, and a selection of trending music videos from Canadian artists. There’s also a section highlighting indigenous musicians and one for “Canada’s favourite YouTube creators.”Another feature called “Creator on the Rise,” which debuts Wednesday, unearths the hottest Canadian clips on YouTube each week. The selection is chosen by algorithms that factor in view count and subscriber growth.YouTube says the entire page will be refreshed each month with a new slate of videos.It’s a pilot project, but Marie Josee Lamothe, a managing director at YouTube’s owner Google, says it makes sense to select Canada as the testing ground for championing homegrown content.Some of the world’s biggest YouTube stars, including breakout creators Lilly Singh, AsapScience and Gigi Gorgeous, transcended the country’s borders and racked up millions of views on their viral clips.“The objective is to showcase Canada’s top stars, but also to help discover emerging Canadian talent,” said Lamothe.“What we want to do is bring a focus to the diverse Canadian voices that create this content.”YouTube says recent data has shown a notable increase in viewership for Canada.In the first half of this year, the amount of time Canadians spent watching YouTube videos jumped by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.Within that same window, watch time for Canadian channels soared 230 per cent in India, 70 per cent in the U.S. and 60 per cent in Australia.Lamothe says for those reasons alone it makes sense for YouTube to invest more in content from Canada.Google has already opened a 3,500 square-foot facility at the downtown Toronto campus of George Brown College aimed at giving creators the tools they need to make their videos better, like green screens and other high-end technology.“It’s important to promote our own local talent,” added Lamothe. “(This is) a big, fast-growing fan base that is worth supporting.”—Follow @dfriend on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuebec Premier Jean Charest’s Plan Nord is getting a lukewarm reception in some Aboriginal communities in the province.On Monday, Charest launched his ambitious 25-year project to develop northern parts of Quebec where 27 per cent of the population is Aboriginal.Some Aboriginal communities, however, feel that plans for the development of their traditional lands pose some political problems.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette explains.last_img

Rabat – Moroccan and Tunisian women below the age of 40 will need the company of a close blood-related male kin known as “mahram” in Islam (brother, husband, uncle, or father) to be able to work in Kuwait.Kuwait’s Public Authority of Manpower announced the decision that women under the age of 40 will need to be accompanied by a close male relative, in addition to a security clearance in order to receive a work permit.The same source maintained that Kuwait’s decision came with the consent of the three countries, Morocco, Lebanon, and Tunisia. The new restrictions, which do not apply to women of other nationalities, have sparked online controversy as to why these three nationalities were singled out.Many social media commentators linked Kuwait’s new ban to stereotypes against Moroccan women, basing their judgment on those who have engaged in prostitution in the Middle East.Read Also: Marrakech Royal Mansour, Christian Louboutin Introduce MAD 8,650 Slippers“Why Morocco and Tunisia?” some commentators wondered, questioning why the country did not put restrictions on women from other nationalities such as Egyptians or Syrians.The new situation of women from these countries in Kuwait may become similar to that of women in Saudi Arabia. Women are not allowed to travel alone without the company of a mahram in the kingdom, not even while  performing the hajj pilgrimage. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndigenous wear matter being investigated, says subject MinisterMay 30, 2018In “Business”Mae’s issues public apology, ‘deeply regrets incident’June 6, 2018In “Business”Indigenous attire snub: Mae’s agrees to apologise to afflicted child, says APAJune 5, 2018In “Business” Several members of the Indigenous community stood in front of the Mae’s Private School on Tuesday morning, holding placards and calling for a public apology to be made to the child who was reportedly turned away from the institution last week for dressing in his Indigenous wear, which was deemed “inappropriate.”The picketers, some of whom were clad in their traditional Indigenous wear, have deemed the school’s action as “disgraceful.”Among parents, the protest demonstration consisted of members from the National Toshoas Council (NTC),the Amerindian People’s Association (APA) and Red Thread. The representatives all joined in criticizing the actions taken by the administration of Mae’s school to prohibit a student from displaying his Amerindian traditional outfit at the institution’s culture day event.“The National Toshaos Council condemns such an act by this institution,” Joel Fredricks, Chairman of the NTC told media operatives. Moreover, another commentator identified as Jude Da Silva said “I am very happy to be an Indigenous woman so I would expect that they issue an apology to us and to that little child…I hope they can do it, like now.”This matter first caught the public’s attention last week, when a parent vented her frustrations on social media explaining that her child was prevented from entering the school dressed in his indigenous outfit for the Schools culture, in commemoration of Independence Day.  Since then, Guyanese, have expressed their rage at the apparent unfair treatment.“This is a child who has come here to learn. A child who is paying you to teach him and this is what you’re teaching him? Disrespect? Indifference? It is not right and it’s totally unacceptable and we demand a public apology from Mae’s, to the child, and also to the Indigenous Peoples as a whole,” Michael McGarrel, a representative from the Amerindian People’s Association said. Furthermore, even the Department of Public Information’s Presenter, Natasha Smith joined the demonstration in front of the school. “That child represents an entire race of people. The first people of this country and you don’t have the decency to come and apologise or say ‘we made a mistake and we’re sorry’ and that is why we’re here because people have to stop disrespecting us. Mae’s school is just an example of the daily discrimination that we receive in this country,” she asserted.Unless an apology is issued, the protesters are calling for the complete banning of cultural day in schools countrywide if persons are not allowed to wear indigenous outfits to depict Guyana’s diversity.Others are also calling for indigenous education to be apart of the educational curriculum as a primary school student was allegedly mocked for his attire. When media operatives attempted to obtain an official comment from the school administrators, all that was offered was “no comment.”However, in a subsequent release, the administration of Mae’s Schools said that fact that this student is made the subject of national headlines is regrettable, since, according to them, “Mae’s has never, and will never, engage in discriminatory behavior.”In relating their version of what transpired at the school, the administration said that all children were told that plain t-shirts and tights/shorts should be worn under clothes that would otherwise expose them for their Culture Day.Moreover, Mae’s outlined that on the morning of the event, “the child, accompanied by his mother, came to the school dressed as has been portrayed. The mother was told at the gate that there MAY be an issue with the fact that he was exposed, but he was nevertheless allowed to enter the school as-is. The student then ascended the stairs to continue to his classroom.“However, we speculate that he may have been subject to gawking by students, because shortly after he exited the school building and met with his mother, who helped him don a t-shirt already in her possession. At no point was any teacher engaged on this issue either by the child or his mother. The child settled into his classes without incident. There was no crying or other discernible upset displayed by him that warranted the attention of the class teacher, Head Teacher or Administration of the school then or at any other time throughout the school day.”Moreover, the school outlined that “we recognize that our first duty is to look after the best interest of the children we serve. We are particularly conscious of fostering social cohesion and encouraging children to be proud of their heritage, as well as learning of the different ethnicities that make us one Guyanese family, hence the willingness to host Culture Day.”Nevertheless, the institution said that there is “no clear cut national policy that is consistently enforced  on what is acceptable in terms of exposure for BOTH boys and girls when representing our very diverse culture, especially in this climate where gender equality is being promoted, and specifically in a school environment. This incident lends itself to a larger discussion amongst schools and government entities about what truly is the acceptable social standard in our evolving country.” read more

first_imgPOST MORTEM RESULTS on the body of Patrick Halpin, who died while on a university trip to London, have found that he died as a result of brain injuries sustained during a fall.The 18-year-old was found dead near Leicester Square on 6 February after he had gone missing while on a DCU society trip.He was missing for about 40 hours before his body was discovered on a roof in an alleyway behind the Burger King near the main square.An initial examination had proven inconclusive but a Metropolitan Police spokesperson has confirmed that the final post mortem found that he died “as a result of brain injuries consistent with a fall”.Police had earlier ruled that Halpin’s death was not being treated as suspicious and the post mortem results will now form part of an inquest that will be held at Westminster’s Coroner’s Court.The young student was buried near his family just outside Loughrea in Co. Galway.Read: Cause of Patrick Halpin’s death ‘undetermined’ after initial post-mortem >Read: Body found in Leicester Square identified as missing student Patrick Halpin >last_img read more

first_imgUnannounced smartphones get leaked in all kinds of ways. For the slick Asus Padfone — the Android smartphone that can dock in a 10.1-inch tablet — it’s a benchmark site that has spilled the beans.A quick trip to the system information tab reveals that the Padfone a community user was benchmarking utilizes Qualcomm’s hot new Snapdragon S4 processor (MSM8960). It’s worth noting that the maximum and minimum clock speeds shown in the database are wide of the goalposts — the Padfone being tested was either intentionally kneecapped or these are just bogus numbers. The Snapdragon S4 supports clock speeds of 1.5 to 2.5GHz, according to Qualcomm’s official announcement.It’s also manufactured using a 28nm die, which is a substantial reduction from the Snapdragon S3’s 45nm. While shrinkage is a problem for George Costanza, it’s a good thing for the Padfone. It should make this a very fast and energy-efficient device. Qualcomm has reported a reduction in power consumption of 25-40% over its previous chips and “unmatched” performance — about 1.6 times that of the Scorpion chips. The S4 platform also includes an Adreno 225 GPU, which is nearly 50% faster than the Adreno 200.Since the Padfone utilizes the MSM8960 platform, this could also mean that it will ship with quad-core muslce. The S4 can be shipped in single, dual, and quad-core configurations. With the Padfone acting as both a phone and a tablet, it’d certainly make sense for Asus to make it competitive with the Tegra 3 tablets that are starting to come to market.More at Liliputing and GL Benchmarklast_img read more

first_img Poll Results: The new Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been under consideration by the government since late 2015 but has not yet been enacted. It is a far-reaching bill with new legislation on aspects such as minimum pricing, advertising and product labelling.Last week, we took a look at the impact the law’s advertising restrictions would have and, this week, we’ll look at the issue of minimum pricing on alcohol.SITTING ATOP THE lengthy Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is the provision that will allow the Minister for Health to increase the minimum price per gram of alcohol that can be charged in Ireland.Minimum pricing has support from across the political spectrum, but what would it actually involve? And how will it work in practice?So what’ll change? picked a supermarket at random, checking out its promotions to see if these prices would be possible when minimum unit pricing comes in.This 12-pack of cans of Heineken is on sale for €20. Source: TheJournal.ieUnder minimum pricing, this case of Heineken would need to cost at least €20.35.This bottle of Huzzar vodka, above the brands of Absolut is on sale for €19. Source: TheJournal.ieIt would need to cost at least €20 under the new legislation.And this 12 pack of cans of Guinness, at €18, would need to cost at least €19.90 under minimum pricing. Source: TheJournal.ieThese increases listed here are small, but minimum pricing would certainly have an effect on much cheaper alcohol.So what’s the big deal? Let’s take a look.What the legislation saysUnder the terms of the legislation, the minimum price per gram of alcohol would be set at 10 cent.To find the minimum price for a particular alcohol product, you find how much the drink weighs and multiply it by 10 cent.In practice, this would mean that the average pint of beer of two units (around 20g) would be required to cost at least €2.Anyone who has bought a pint of beer in a pub recently would say that there’s little chance of a pint costing less than €2, anyway. But it is the sale of beers at supermarkets and off licenses where this will have a major impact (more on this later).The rationale in implementing this measure is that, as the government continues to tax alcohol heavily, problem drinkers will increasingly opt for cheaper, and higher-purity, brands of alcohol.Unlike a tax increase which the retailer can choose to absorb themselves or pass onto the customer, this minimum price will be compulsory across the board.Also included in this part of the legislation is the provision that the Minister for Health can, three years after the legislation is brought in, increase the minimum price.The Minister will then be able to adjust the minimum price every 18 months.Any decision to increase this price will be required to take the latest up-to-date research available on societal figures such as the rate of alcohol consumption, patterns of alcohol consumption, the health related risks and societal harm.In response to a written question in the Dáil, Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, explained how the bill should work: “MUP is a targeted measure, aimed at those who drink in a harmful and hazardous manner, and designed to prevent the sale of alcohol at very cheap prices. Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Source: Sam Boal/“MUP is able to target cheaper alcohol relative to its strength because the minimum price is determined by and is directly proportional to the amount of pure alcohol in the drink.The MUP is set in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill at 10 cent per gram of alcohol, which equates to a minimum price of €1 per standard drink.In practice, the government hopes that this will reduce the effect of harmful drinking among those that drink the most.Corcoran Kennedy added that the measure will have a positive impact on rates of heart disease and cancer, and will also have some immediate effects on “health costs, crime costs and loss of productivity due to absenteeism”.The price of a pint?To find out how much an alcohol product weighs, for the purposes of this legislation, the following formula is used. Source: Oireachtas.ieSo, for a 750ml bottle of wine at 12% strength, you would derive its grams like this750 x 0.12 x 0.789 = 71.01 gramsTo then get the minimum price for that product, then you would multiply that figure of 71.01 by €0.10.Thus, retailers would be obliged to charge at least €7.10 for this bottle of wine.For a bottle of vodka, meanwhile, at 700ml and 37.5% volume, you would use the same method:700 x 0.375 x 0.789 = 207.11 grams.No matter what brand it is, this bottle of vodka would be required by law to cost at least €20.71 under the new minimum pricing laws.And, again, the same would apply to a 500ml can of beer at 5% alcohol volume.500 x 0.05 x 0.789 = 19.725 gramsEach can of beer would then be required to cost at least €1.97.Will this be a major change?Almost certainly, but not for every alcohol product and often not in a manner which drastically raises the price.Discounted alcohol is commonplace across every supermarket and off license in Ireland.Minimum pricing has the potential to hit the cheapest spirits, such as vodka, and some of the cheaper wines on the market but it doesn’t appear as if it will have an impact on some of the more popular beer brands, for example. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ieIn one of Ireland’s biggest supermarkets at the moment, eight cans of Guinness are available at a discounted price of €13.When you do the sums (for a 500ml can at 4.2%), this breaks down to a minimum pricing requirement of €1.65 per can.At the moment, the discounted price offers the Guinness at €1.62 per can. In this case, minimum pricing won’t constitute a major change.In a different supermarket, another special offer has a special offer with a 20 pack of bottles of Heineken for €20.Again, when you calculate the minimum price under the government’s proposed laws (330ml bottle at 4.3%) this works at €1.12 per bottle.This special offer would mean this promotion could not run its current state, as it is 12 cent a bottle over the minimum pricing threshold.While perhaps not a major change in these areas, it would affect cheaper brands the most.One brand of rum is currently being sold at a discount retailer at €12.29 for a 700ml bottle at 40% alcohol.Under minimum pricing, this would be required to cost at least €22.10.In that same retailer, a 750ml bottle of red wine (12%) is currently listed for sale at €4.99. This would be required to cost at least €7.10.Will minimum pricing work?It’s a big question with no clear answer.In the FactCheck referenced above, found that evidence put forth by Minister Corcoran Kennedy when citing a study from British Columbia in Canada as insufficient to show that minimum pricing has been “proven to work”.In fact, according to the 2013 study from British Columbia, the number of alcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions actually rose between 2002 and 2013.Another commonly cited study in support of these measures is a study from the University of Sheffield, which says that minimum pricing would lead to an “immediate reduction in consumption” of alcohol in Ireland, with moderate drinkers affected the least in terms of how much they consumed and spent on alcohol. Source: Shutterstock/val lawlessThe study estimated that the most harmful drinkers would be affected most by the measures.It suggests that minimum unit pricing would save the lives of 197 people per year who would have otherwise suffered alcohol-attributable deaths.It also estimates that it would save €1.7 billion over the next 20 years, through reductions in health, crime and workplace harms.Study co-author Professor Petra Meier said: “Our study finds no evidence to support the concerns highlighted by government and the alcohol industry that minimum unit pricing would penalise responsible drinkers on low incomes.”The problem with proving that minimum pricing will work at reducing alcohol-related harm is that there is not a great deal of research completed with actual real-life data to back it up.The Sheffield study used a statistical model to suggest that minimum pricing should yield better health outcomes for the general population, but that does not necessarily prove that the measure working in reality.In Ireland, the prevalence of alcohol use disorders is much higher for men than women. Source: StatistaOne Irish study, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Health Research Board, yielded similar findings to the Sheffield study, which said that minimum pricing of €1 per unit would target only the “heaviest drinkers”.It involved a national survey of 3,187 respondents who completed a diary of their previous week’s alcohol consumption.This report found that one in seven (14%) Irish adults who drink alcohol, purchase it at less than €1 per standard drink which is below the minimum unit price.The majority of this low-cost alcohol (69%) was purchased in supermarkets.Lead researcher Dr Gráinne Cousins said: “Some opponents of minimum unit pricing are concerned that consumers using alcohol in a low-risk manner will be punished with higher prices.Our findings do not support these concerns, as unlike tax or excise measures, the introduction of a minimum unit price would affect less than 14% of the population.However, with no definitive long-term study proving that without doubt proves that it works, minimum unit pricing remains open to criticism.Court CaseWhat does appear certain, however, is that it has the potential to face a legal challenge here after a case at the European Court of Justice had raised doubts it could be implemented at all.Last December, the European court decided that introducing such a measure proposed in Scotland was illegal, but left it up to the Scottish courts to make the final decision.With the judgement by the EU court in Scotland, Ireland is similarly open to a legal challenge on minimum pricing.Lobbyists for the alcohol industry, however, may be dissuaded from taking such action as the final decision from Scotland’s highest court ruled that minimum unit pricing does not contravene national and European law.However, the Scotch Whisky Association has not yet given up in its attempts to block minimum pricing and is bringing the case to the UK Supreme Court.Ross Mac Mathúna, from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), told that his group would have no desire to bring a similar case against the Irish government here.Having said that, the group are opposed to minimum unit pricing. He said: “We have seen no evidence to prove this works. We would propose bringing in a ban on low-cost selling as an alternative to this at the moment.”SupportIn terms of political support, minimum pricing has been largely welcomed.In the Seanad last week, Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer made the comment: “We all support minimum unit pricing.”Fianna Fáil TD Jack Chambers said that the provisions of the bill would be “very important” in addressing the currently “unsustainable” health impacts of alcohol in this country.Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone said: “Minimum pricing will help because there is a clear correlation between the price of alcohol and the amount people drink. Addressing price would be a step in the right direction.”Doctors are on side as well, with a statement from the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) expressing their support for the provisions of the bill last week.Its president, Dr Emmet Kerin said: “This is an important bill, legislating for the first time on alcohol consumption as a public health measure.Our health system is overwhelmed. Health promotion initiatives such as the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill are critical to reducing preventable diseases and keeping patients well.Groups raising awareness around the dangers of alcohol are also supporters of the provision.Alcohol Action Ireland reject the claim that a ban on below-cost selling would be more effective as it cannot “target strong, cheap alcohol” while MUP is “able to target cheaper alcohol relative to its strength because the price is determined by and directly proportionate to the amount of pure alcohol in the drink”.A statement from Alcohol Action Ireland said: “MUP sets a “floor price” beneath which alcohol cannot legally be sold, but will not increase the price of all alcohol products sold in Ireland, instead targeting the products that are currently very cheap relative to their strength in supermarkets.” Source: Shutterstock/Radu BercanOne issue of contention on MUP, away from the perceived health benefits, is the presence and proximity of Northern Ireland.Currently, there are no concrete plans to introduce a similar measure there, and with the falling price of Sterling already acting as an incentive to shop up North, Mac Mathúna said this could drive more consumers north of the border to access alcohol at lower prices.Labour Senator Ged Nash expressed similar concerns, pointing out that the synchronisation between the Irish government and the Northern Irish Executive on this issue is “extremely important if we are to achieve the ambitions of this legislation”.Mac Mathúna adds that there will be “unintended consequences” of setting a floor price for alcohol, as setting a floor price means that the floor can then be raised further.Indeed, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said he will not implement his planned sugar tax until the UK does the same – to ensure symbiosis between the two jurisdictions.ConclusionMUP will not raise the price of many drinks in supermarkets and off-licenses, but it undoubtedly targets some of the cheaper, stronger products on the market.The studies that have been completed to date suggest that it will benefit the health of the general population, without penalising casual or low-risk drinkers.Having said that, there is no definitive proof that it will reduce alcohol-related harm across society.With the government set to plough on with this top line provision of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, Ireland could be the first country to find out if minimum pricing works.Next week, we’ll take a look at the issue of alcohol labelling, the state of Ireland’s relationship with alcohol and how that could evolve under the new bill.What do you think?So, what are your thoughts? Do you support the introduction of minimum unit pricing on alcohol in Ireland? No (4676) Share377 Tweet Email7 Feb 12th 2017, 9:30 PM By Sean Murray Yes (1053) 117 Comments 58,233 Views center_img Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 9:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No interest/No opinion (228) YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote 12 cans of Heineken for €20? This is how minimum pricing could affect your pocket Each unit of alcohol will be required to cost €1 under the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. Short URLlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Andrew Liveris, 60, was born in Darwin, to Greek parents. He is one of Australias’s most successful businessmen, and for that he received an Order of Australia, which was announced on Australia Day, earlier this year. Liveris received his award during a subtle but emotional ceremony at Government House in Canberra, attended by his Australian born wife and two of three adult children. Dow Chemical Company chairman and chief executive is a man of great personal significance, with a heavy say on President Obamas’ Business Roundtable as co-chair, serving as a trustee for the United States Council for International Business, chairman of IBM, while being an active member of the Special Olympics’ International Board. Liveris makes sure Dow’s yearly revenues reach up to $60 billion, sky-rocketing the colossus in Fortune’s top 50 of US companies.His late grandfather migrated to Australia in 1915 and never left. Andrew Liveris grew up in Darwin, in a neighbourhood where he’d play on the streets amongst many children of different nationalities, something that helped him form his multidimensional personality. He grew up as a Greek, but as an Australian as well, and learned to respect and co-exist with different cultures; think outside the box. He managed to balance his Anglo-Saxon education with his Greek Orthodox upbringing and rise up the global ladder of success straight to the top, even if it wasn’t his original plan.Liveris started out as a clerk working for Dow, soon after completing his studies on Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland. It did not take him long to be offered a regional role in Hong Kong. He accepted the overseas job, which he thought would be temporary, hoping to return to Australia as General Manager of Dow Australia Operations. He began to get promoted within the company, which clearly meant his potential was being acknowledged and his ground-breaking views on free markets and low-cost manufacturing. He eliminated all other candidates he came across and became chief executive on 2004. Since 2006, he has been the chairman of the company, articulating and advocating on its behalf. Andrew Liveris knows the risks that lie with the commodification of innovations in the chemical industry, and always tries to be one step ahead of trends and investments. What his financial incentive in dealing with conglomerate enterprises has taught him, he is seriously thinking of sharing while pursuing a career in politics, which could follow his retirement from Dow. A return to Sydney, where he owns property, would add the silver lining to his success.last_img read more

first_imgIPhone devant Blackberry aux Etats-UnisSelon une étude du cabinet ComScore, Apple et son iPhone sont passés devant RIM et son Blackberry aux Etats-Unis. Ils détiennent désormais la quatrième place du marché américain.RIM et ses smartphones Blackberry ne se portent pas vraiment bien aux Etats-Unis. C’est du moins ce que révèle une récente étude du cabinet ComScore, relayée par L’Expansion. Celle-ci montre en effet que l’iPhone d’Apple est désormais plus utilisé que les smartphones de la firme canadienne. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Avec une progression de 1,2 point pour passer à 8,7% de parts de marché sur la période mars-mai 2011, Apple se classe désormais à la quatrième position sur le marché américain, derrière Samsung, LG et Motorola. De son côté, RIM a donc perdu 0,5 point (8,1%), même si la plus grosse chute concerne Motorola, qui a chuté de 1 point mais conserve 15,1% de parts de marché. Au niveau des systèmes d’exploitation, Apple est également passé à la deuxième place (26,6% de part de marché soit + 1,4 point), derrière le système Android de Google, qui a accru son avance (+ 5,1 points à 38,1%), mais devant RIM, qui a perdu 4,2 points à 24,7%. Le 6 juillet 2011 à 15:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Google+ Videos Articles Kanye West The 11/24 WWE RAW drew a final 3.07 cable rating with an average of 4.24 million viewers. The first hour drew 4.73 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.99 million viewers and the third hour drew 4.01 million viewers. This is up from last week’s show that drew a 2.75 cable rating with 3.69 million viewers.Source:, TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Twitter Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Leigh Sales and Lisa Wilkinson deserve gold Logies.center_img Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) The Tech Behind the First FDA-Approved Birth Control App WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win RuPaul plans to continue hosting Drag Race ‘indefinitely’ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver is building a new industrial building in hopes of attracting new manufacturing, warehousing and distribution businesses to the port.The Centennial Industrial Building is being constructed along Northwest 32nd Avenue, across from the port’s administrative office. It will be a 125,000-square-foot light-industrial building capable of being customized for up to five tenants.Abbi Russell, spokeswoman for the port, said the port’s leasable facilities have been 99 percent occupied for the last three years and the new building will create opportunities for more growth.“This is critical to achieving the mission of bringing economic benefit to the community,” she said.Mike Schiller, director of business development at the port, said staff has spoken with several interested parties about moving into the building, but as of yet there aren’t any committed tenants.Schiller also said an extra incentive for manufacturers is the port’s status as a federal foreign trade zone. That allows manufacturers to bring in raw materials — which ordinarily might be taxed individually and at different rates — and combine them into finished goods which are taxed after a sale is made. The zone is supervised by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Portland.The building is currently under construction and is set to be complete by sometime next summer. The port plans to rent the space at about $0.48 per square foot with a surcharge of $0.85 for per square foot for office space.The Centennial Industrial Park was partly funded with a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The Centennial Industrial Building is being funded through revenue bonds.last_img read more

first_imgMembers of trade union GMB working as ground handling staff at Heathrow Airport will receive additional annual leave entitlements as part of a pay dispute settlement.Eligible employees working for airport service provider Menzies Aviation at Heathrow Airport will receive one additional day of leave backdated at four points of service: three, six, nine and 12 years. Staff currently on Menzies Aviation contracts will receive the leave allowance they have earned so far on their next anniversary of employment.This agreement concludes a dispute over pay and terms and conditions between Menzies Aviation and GMB. Following talks that began in 2017, GMB members voted 97% in favour of rejecting a pay and conditions offer made to them by the organisation in September 2018; Menzies Aviation brought in the new terms, and attempts were made to reach a resolution via the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), which, ultimately, were unsuccessful.In February and March 2019, GMB held a consultative ballot among its members that resulted in support for an official vote on industrial action. Following this, an agreement was reached in July 2019.In addition to the supplementary annual leave policy, a working agreement is now in place to review the organisation’s wider benefits provision for staff at Heathrow. This will discuss, among others, elements such as sickness benefits and skill payments, with a view to implementing solutions by 31 January 2020.Trevlyn McLeod, regional organiser at GMB, said: “We are happy that, after so many months, Menzies sat down with us and we were able to resolve some of the issues that are of great concern to our members.“Our members felt that Menzies’ offer devalued the workforce and was an insult to all the staff affected and [it] was agreed despite a 97% rejection. 3.5% and 3% over two years is not ample reward for the daily and duress staff are forced to continually operate under.“We, as a union, represent all the workforce, and what we see as gains for some employees will lead to gains for all employees now and in the future. What we gain today cannot be taken away and should be built upon and enhanced so everybody can reap the benefits.“All our members should be proud of what they have achieved in the last two years.”Menzies Aviation was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

first_imgThe Senate on Wednesday stripped from the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill language directing the Defense Department to privatize up to five commissaries through a two-year pilot program.Lawmakers also passed a second procedural vote to end debate on the annual policy bill, setting up a final vote for passage which likely will take place Thursday. The 84-14 vote also signaled the Democrats’ decision not to filibuster the authorization bill over its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations account to exceed the Budget Control Act spending caps. Instead, Senate Democrats will resume that fight over the defense spending bill. The party is expected to block a vote, which could come today, to debate the spending measure in the Senate.Before voting to invoke cloture on the underlying bill, the Senate approved language requiring DOD to assess the costs and benefits of privatizing military grocery stores prior to launching a pilot program to evaluate privatization. The amendment was offered by Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), but it was modified to include the text of a related amendment from Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), reported CQ.“This amendment puts all efforts to prioritize commissaries on hold, requiring instead an assessment on privatizing before we make significant changes to our service member’s commissary benefits,” Inhofe said in a joint press release. “There are too many unknowns as to whether privatization could directly impact military members’ ability to provide for their families as well as the potential for it to affect retention,” he stated.The House bill does not include language requiring DOD to test privatization.On Tuesday, the Senate rejected an amendment from David Vitter (R-La.) that would have established a floor of 32 Army brigade combat teams (BCTs) in the active and reserve Army components. That is the number of BCTs the Army will have at the end of the current fiscal year when it reaches an end strength of 490,000. Officials shortly are expected to announce further cuts that would shrink the Army by up to 70,000 additional troops and 10 to 12 BCTs. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgGoogle announced a program to help people discard of opioids. Getty Google says it wants to give people information to help them beat opioid addictions. The search giant on Thursday said it will begin listing places on Google Maps where people can discard unused medications. Those places include pharmacies, hospitals and government buildings. The app will locate drug disposal centers. Google If you type in queries like “drug drop-off near me” or “medication disposal near me,” Google Maps will display local places that have drug disposal services year-round. In all, there are 35,000 locations on the app, with a focus on seven states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan and Pennsylvania. For the project, Google partnered with those state governments, as well as the Drug Enforcement Agency, Health and Human Services, and retail pharmacies Walgreens and CVS. Google said it eventually wants to expand the program beyond those seven states. The search giant said the data from the new Maps feature won’t be used to go after people for illegal drug possession. The company said the data from the DEA and other partners will only be used to show people drop-off locations. The disposals are confidential and no-questions-asked, Google said. The news comes as health professionals and government officials try to figure out how to deal with the opioid epidemic. More than 130 people die each day in the US from opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, the tech industry has been under intense scrutiny over the positive and negative effects its products could have on society. Google has been criticized for its policing of disinformation, data collection practices and abuse on its platforms. Lawmakers have also called upon tech giants to help contain the opioid problem. After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg traveled across the US in 2017 on a “listening tour” to get out of his Silicon Valley bubble, he said one of his biggest takeaways was the severity of the opioid crisis. At a hearing before the House of Representatives last April, David McKinley, a Republican from West Virginia, grilled Zuckerberg on why illegal opioid listings weren’t removed from Facebook. “There are number of areas of content that we need to do a better job,” Zuckerberg replied. In June, the social network said searches for opioids would be redirected to a federal crisis help line.  Tags 0 Tech Industry Google Alphabet Inc. Post a comment Share your voicelast_img read more

first_imgSenator Dan Sullivan speaks to public in Afognak building on Near Island, Kodiak. Kayla Desroches/KMXTRepublican Senator Dan Sullivan held a town hall in the city of Kodiak Saturday and attracted a sizable crowd. He dedicated the bulk of the meeting to the public’s questions, and most focused on healthcare.Listen nowOne commenter, Mike Milligan, said the United States has a health care system based on money.He connected his statement to Sullivan’s support of putting outside funds into political campaigns.“Other people have a healthcare system based on health and you have been a consistent supporter of [the] Citizens United [Supreme Court] decision, which keeps money in politics,” Milligan said. “How can you address this money associated with healthcare delivery when you’re such an ardent supporter of Citizens United?”In response, Sullivan told a story about a woman who approached him and his family at dinner. The person said she and her husband were paying $3,000 dollars a month under the affordable care act with a $10,000 dollar deductible.“Come on, that’s $33,000 dollars before you get any coverage,” Sullivan said. “That’s completely unaffordable. So, it’s complex, it’s very personal, as you mention Mike. I get it. And that’s why we’ve been trying to meet with everybody.”Sullivan said they’re working towards reform for the state.Scattered among the many comments on health care were several about protecting fisheries resources.Gina Friccero referred to an incident in 2014 where a massive flow of mining waste in Canada escaped into lakes that served as spawning grounds for sockeye salmon.“The residents of the great state of Alaska have made it clear across party lines that we do not want to put the salmon habitat at risk,” Friccero said. “After the failure of Mount Polley mine, it is obvious that there is no viable way to protect our watershed from the pollution caused by mining. We ask that you make us a priority and stand against mining in any area that threatens the ecology of salmon habitat.”Sullivan said he believes in responsible resource development and transparency. He discussed the ongoing issue of Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay watershed. The Environmental Protection Agency recently settled a lawsuit with the Pebble Limited Partnership that allows the company to apply for a federal permit for a mine in the area.“If that mine ever goes to permitting, which it’s not at permitting at all yet – state, federal permitting – it has to meet the highest standards,” Sullivan said. “And we shouldn’t trade one resource for another. We already know we have great resources, as you mentioned, in Bristol Bay.”He said the permitting process should be fair.At the town hall, Sullivan also spoke about some of the bills he’s started or contributed to, including one to bolster missile defense and another to encourage new entrants into the fishing industry and provide training for young fishermen.last_img read more

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoSenior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed on Thursday termed the trial of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia “nothing but an in camera proceeding”.Moudud, a senior lawyer and standing committee member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), made the remark referring to the trial process of the BNP chief in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case at Aliya Madrasa premises in Old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar area.”I don’t think Khaleda Zia is facing any public trial. The trial is being held not in presence of the general masses. This is rather an in camera proceeding,” he said alleging that even the lawyers are often being barred from entering the court.Moudud was placing his arguments following another senior lawyer and former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar’s defence arguments on Thursday.Dhaka special judge court-5 judge Md Akhtaruzzaman adjourned the hearing for the day and ordered to place the rest of the argument on 16, 17 and 18 January.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station on 3 July 2008, during the military-controlled caretaker government.The commission accused Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and four others allegedly for embezzling over Tk 21 million brought from abroad for using it in the welfare of the orphans.They were indicted in the case on 19 March 2014.Read More: ‘Khaleda pleads for justice’last_img read more

first_imgMexicoAt least 14 people were killed and 8 injured Tuesday night in northern Mexico when an armed group opened fire in a drug addiction rehabilitation center, local police said.In a statement security officials in the city of Chihuahua said “an armed group entered the Uniting Families rehabilitation center,” attacking those inside with assault rifles.First responders arrived on scene to care for the wounded in the center, where some 25 people were estimated to have been during the attack.The state of Chihuahua, which borders the United States, has endured some of the worst violence in Mexico’s decade-long militarized battle against drug trafficking.In the past decade at least half a dozen attacks have taken place in rehabilitation centers, and according to authorities are generally perpetrated by gang members settling scores with rivals hiding in the centers.Since the Mexican government launched its war on cartels in 2006, more than 200,000 people have died or disappeared amid the violence.last_img read more

first_img Share Eric Risberg/APA 2010 photo shows the interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif.In 2016, 30 people were sentenced to death in America, and 20 people were executed.Those numbers are the lowest in decades, according to a report by the Death Penalty Information Center, which collects data on capital punishment in the United States, and advocates against the death penalty.The 2016 numbers fit with a multi-decade trend. Death sentences and executions have been declining steadily since the mid-1990s.But 2016 also generated seemingly contradictory information about how the public views capital punishment. Even as jurors have increasingly voted for life in prison instead of execution, voters in three states rejected propositions that would have eliminated the death penalty.In California, Nebraska and Oklahoma — states with widely varying electorates – people voted by large margins to retain the death penalty.Geographic IsolationAnother trend is clearer than ever: for years, just a handful of states have accounted for most of the death sentences in America. In 2015 and 2016, Texas, Georgia and Missouri carried out 85 percent of executions.In fact, the geographical isolation of capital punishment in America goes down to the county level. This year, just 27 of the more than 3,000 U.S. counties are responsible for every death sentence this year.Even in states that impose the most death sentences, the overall trend away from capital punishment holds true. “Texas juries imposed only four new death sentences in 2016, and juries in Georgia and Missouri did not impose any [new death sentences] in 2015 or 2016,” the report notes.Death Row Numbers DownOverall, the number of people on death row – who are waiting to be executed after being sentenced to die – decreased this year, because the number of prisoners either dying in custody or having their sentences reversed outpaced the number of new death sentences.California has by far the most people on death row, with 741, followed by Florida with 396, Texas with 254 and Alabama with 194. However, when you consider each state’s population, Alabama rises to the top, with nearly 4 people on death row for every 100,000 residents. In Texas, which the Marshall Project has reported carried out more than a third of nationwide executions since 1976, that population-adjusted number is less than one per hundred thousand.The Marshall Project tracks the cases of those on death row in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.Sentencing Challenges2016 was also a busy year for court challenges related to the death penalty. In January, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death penalty sentencing system, which allowed judges to disregard the jury’s sentence to impose the death penalty even if jurors recommended life in prison.In October, Florida’s Supreme Court ruled that juries must vote unanimously in order to sentence someone to die. “It’s not clear how many people on Florida’s death row will get the opportunity to change their death sentence to life in prison,” as a result of the decision, Nick Evans of member station WFSU reported.At the beginning of this year, Delaware and Alabama were the other two states that allowed judicial overrides of jury decisions in death penalty cases. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Delaware’s court struck down its law, and this month the state’s Supreme Court said all 12 men on Delaware’s death row would have their sentences automatically converted to life in prison.In contrast, the Alabama Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the judicial override statute in September, reported Kent Faulk for The Marshall Project. If Alabama followed Florida’s lead, and required a unanimous jury decision to impose the death penalty, it could have a large effect on the number of death sentences in the state.“Of the 57 executions in Alabama since the death penalty was reinstated in 1983, 29 involved non-unanimous jury votes, ranging from 11 to 1 for death to 11 to 1 for life, according to an, Marshall Project review of each case,” Faulk reported.Lethal Injection Protocol States also struggled with challenges to lethal injection protocols, and with where to get the drugs used in executions.In May, Pfizer joined other drug companies in its decision not to allow its drugs to be used for lethal injections. Pfizer was the last open-market source for execution drugs, as we reported. More than 20 other U.S. and European drugmakers had already blocked their drugs from being used to kill prisoners.After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that using the sedative midazolam was constitutional in 2015, multiple states moved forward with executions using that drug as part of multi-chemical protocols for executing people.The Death Penalty Information Center says three executions used the drug this year – one in Florida and two in Alabama. As we have reported, the Alabama defendant Ronald Smith, “unsuccessfully argued that midazolam was an unreliable sedative and could cause them to feel pain, citing its use in problematic executions including the botched execution of an Oklahoma man in 2014. A federal judge dismissed the case in November.”Smith was executed in December. Witnesses said he, “appeared to be struggling for breath and heaved and coughed and clenched his left fist,” for 13 minutes after he was injected with midazolam. It took 34 minutes for Smith to die.On Tuesday, Arizona announced it would stop using midazolam for executions. In 2014, Arizona prisoner Joseph Randolph Wood died slowly, over the course of nearly two hours during which he gasped and snorted after he had been injected with the drug.And, after a botched execution in Oklahoma in 2015, a state investigation released this year found prison authorities had “ordered the wrong execution drugs” from a pharmacist.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit read more

first_imgThe process of forging a sword out of a hunk of steel is a complicated prospect, even if all you are doing is heating that steel up and drawing it out to a straight edge with a point and something to grip. Sword art gets exponentially more complex from there, and while modern tools have made a lot of the process a great deal easier there are still plenty of things that even the most talented blacksmiths will look at and laugh due to the complexity.One of the things that make the Man At Arms YouTube channel so incredible is their decision to take fantasy weapons, things that were drawn or designed with little to no respect for things like physics of functionality, and bringing them to life. The Man At Arms builds to date have all been fantastic and fun to watch, but their latest build is something truly special.The Fierce Deity Sword from Link’s time in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask looks positively massive in the game. It’s a two-handed weapon wielded by anyone rocking the Firece Deity mask, and despite the brief time you spend in that form the incredible look Link has while wearing the mask leaves a lasting impression. The sword itself, a double helix of two different powerful blades, isn’t something you’d see someone in real life wielding. Outside of being monstrously complicated to forge back when swords were the primary tool of soldiers, the lack of a central core to anything but a magical blade is a just plain bad idea in actual combat. Getting back to that first part though, even using modern tools the sword is just plain difficult to make.The sheer lack of corners cut in making this blade is more than a little impressive. The damascus half of the blade is flawless, and the end result is the spitting image of Link’s blade in Majora’s Mask. It’s a design worthy of the Man At Arms videos, but more than that it’s an impressive technical accomplishment to see the blade in action.As we learned from our recent interview with Matt Stagmer and Ilya Alexseyev, these blades head off to sit in beautiful cases at Defy Media HQ. If ever there was a blade to want mounted on a wall in your home, though, this would sit very high on that list.last_img read more