Video Moroccan Ottman Azaitar Wins Epic Fight

By Saad Eddine LamzouwaqRabat – When it comes to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and combat sports in general, Azaitar brothers (Abu Bakr and Ottman) are certainly among the best Moroccan athletes.The Cologne, Germany natives proudly represent their country of origin. They are famous for their aggressive style and fighting with a heart inside the cage.Last Saturday, the younger Azaitar, Ottman, was involved in an epic battle against the British fighter Charlie Leary in Abu Dhabi.In a back-and-fourth fight, Azaitar won with an incredible knockout in an insane first round, described by many professionals as one of the best in the history of the game. read more

Greater efforts needed to achieve gender equality Lithuanias President tells UN

23 September 2010Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite used her address to the United Nations today to call for much greater coordinated efforts to achieve global gender equality. “Gender equality issues are rarely associated with overcoming the economic crisis or stopping climate change,” she told the General Assembly on the opening day of its annual session, held at UN Headquarters in New York.“However, it has been estimated that the elimination of gender discrimination in the labour market could increase the GDP [gross domestic product] by as much as 30 per cent.”Ms. Grybauskaite stressed that gender equality on a global scale will only become possible when a certain level of security and economic development has been achieved.“Let us put all our efforts together to eradicate intolerance and discrimination which so often are the main reasons for so many conflicts in the world,” she said. “Security, environment and gender equality – all are interdependent. And all need to be adequately addressed on the international agenda. It is a prerequisite for ensuring sustainable development.”Steven Vanackere, Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Belgium, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union (EU), welcomed the creation of the new UN Women entity, combining the functions of several UN bodies entrusted with gender equality and the protection and advancement of women. “It has my country’s full support,” he said. “Of course gender will need to stay a mainstream theme influencing the actions of each and every UN institution.”Mr. Vanackere also called for the UN to become more representative and voiced the hope that negotiations on enlarging the Security Council will soon lead to concrete results.For his part, Slovakian President Ivan Gašparoviè told the Assembly that his country also welcomed the creation of UN Women.“We believe that this entity will help curb all forms of violence against women,” he said, adding that Slovakia also backs the work of the Secretary-General’s first ever Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict, Margot Wallström, who was appointed to the post near the start of this year. read more

UN and Uzbekistan agree on sending aid to Afghanistan through Termez River

Speaking to reporters in Tashkent, Kenzo Oshima, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said Uzbekistan had also agreed to the use of related barges, “which can carry up to 1,000 metric tonnes of food [and] offer tremendous potential for getting food into the northern part of Afghanistan.” Noting that he would soon travel to Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, Mr. Oshima stressed that it was in the best interests of Afghanistan’s neighbours “to do everything they can to facilitate the work of the UN in addressing this terrible vulnerability, this famine, this crisis.” Meanwhile, inside Afghanistan, the World Food Programme (WFP) began distributing 500 metric tonnes of food – enough to feed 60,000 people for a month – to internally displaced people in Kabul. In Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, is set to leave tomorrow for a one-week mission to Pakistan and Iran. Making his second trip to the region in six months, the High Commissioner hopes to get a “first hand look at UNHCR’s current state of readiness and preparations for a possible large-scale influx of Afghans,” the agency said. read more

Lawyer for California offroad race crash victims says 58M settlement reached

by Amy Taxin, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 1:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SANTA ANA, Calif. – A $5.8 million agreement has been reached to settle lawsuits over a 2010 desert off-road race crash that killed eight people and injured 12 on federally owned land in California, a lawyer said Wednesday.Attorney Katherine Harvey-Lee, who represents three injured spectators and the father of one person killed, said the deal was reached in mediation on Tuesday.The crash occurred when a truck competing in the California 200 race sailed off a jump and slammed into the crowd in the Mojave Desert.The agreement would settle lawsuits filed on behalf of victims and their families alleging the race was negligently managed and supervised.Under the deal, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would pay $4.825 million and race organizers and promoters Mojave Desert Racing Inc., and Mojave Desert Racing Productions Inc., would provide their $1 million insurance policy limit, Harvey-Lee said.An internal review in 2010 by the BLM, which owns the land 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, concluded the agency failed to adequately monitor the race or properly follow procedures in granting permits to race promoters.The review found that the race sponsor expected 200 to 300 people at the event, but at least 1,500 people attended.“When you get a lot of people out in the desert and you have vehicles operating in these races, it just makes sense that there should be some supervision to make sure people don’t get hurt,” Harvey-Lee said.The agreement still must be approved by the Department of Justice and by a judge in Los Angeles, she said.Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, declined to comment on the agreement. Dave Christy, a spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management, also declined comment.After the incident, the BLM said it began applying higher standards to issue permits for off-road races.A message left for lawyers representing Mojave Desert Racing was not immediately returned.The August 2010 event was part of a seven-race series in the California desert. Dozens of competitors entered to race their trucks along a 50-mile course. Lawyer for California off-road race crash victims says $5.8M settlement reached read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 5:59 pm MDT Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,524.82, up 78.27 points):Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PWT). Oil and gas. Down $1.37, or 13.78 per cent, to $8.57 on 11.7 million shares. Shares in the company fell sharply Wednesday after it announced it’s reviewing its accounting practices going back several years and will have to restate some of its past financial reports.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Up 26 cents, or 4.37 per cent, to $6.21 on 7.9 million sharesYamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down six cents, or 0.66 per cent, to $9.08 on 7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Up seven cents, or 1.94 per cent, to $3.67 on 5.4 million sharesNuinsco Resources Ltd. (TSX:NWI). Miner. Unchanged at two cents on 5.1 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up two cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $1.34 on 5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Amaya Gaming Group Inc. (TSX:AYA). Gaming. Down 12 cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $29.49 on 2.2 million shares. The company says its shareholders have approved a financing that’s key to its proposed acquisition of the world’s largest online poker company, operator of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.Amaya said Wednesday it has now obtained all the required shareholder and regulatory approvals and will move to close the deal.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Up 80 cents, or 2.44 per cent, to $33.61 on 3 million shares. The Calgary-based company has appointed a vice president of rail to its leadership team, as the major oilsands producer moves more of its crude by train. The company made its announcement as it posted a more than threefold increase in second-quarter profits and a 33 per cent jump in oilsands production.CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A). Information technology. Up 37 cents, or 0.96 per cent, to $38.82 on 1.8 million shares. The company saw its third-quarter net profit jump 26 per cent to $225.1 million, or 71 cents per share diluted. That compares with $178.2 million, or 56 cents per share diluted, in the same quarter of 2013.Sherritt International Inc. (TSX:S). Miner. Up 25 cents, or 5.73 per cent, to $4.61 on 2.3 million shares. The company reported a loss of $30.1 million in its latest quarter, mainly due to its Ambatovy joint venture nickel and cobalt mine in Madagascar. The loss amounted to 10 cents per share in the quarter. That compared with a loss of $10.7 million, or four cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013.Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B). Publishing. Down 45 cents, or 5.45 per cent, to $7.81 on 264,118 shares. The publisher of the country’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, reported a slightly higher profit in its latest quarter as it continued to feel pressure from falling print advertising revenues. The media company said Wednesday it had a profit of $19.7 million, up from $18.1 million a year ago, but revenue was lower due to a drop in print ads. Most actively traded companies on the TSX AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Syria Ban warns against targeting civilians after armed groups cut water supplies

A statement issued yesterday evening by a UN spokesperson in New York said Mr. Ban is concerned by reports that water supplies in the city of Aleppo were deliberately cut off by armed groups for eight days.“The Secretary-General notes that preventing people’s access to safe water is a denial of a fundamental human right,” said the statement, adding that deliberate targeting of civilians and depriving them of essential supplies is a clear breach of international humanitarian and human rights law. While water supplies have since been restored, the Secretary-General, according to the statement, urged all parties to ensure that the water supply in Aleppo – and everywhere in Syria – is permanently restored and to refrain from targeting civilian facilities and infrastructure. “He asks Member States and those with influence over all the parties to the conflict to remind them of their obligations,” said the statement. read more

UN General Assembly again calls for lifting US embargo against Cuba

In the resolution, the Assembly reiterated its call to all UN Member States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations under the UN Charter and international law, which reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.The Assembly “once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible,” the resolution added. The resolution enjoyed favorable votes from 191 of the 193 UN Member States. The United States and Israel opposed the text. Last year, these two countries, for the first time in the 25-year history of the annual review of the issue, abstained in the vote rather than rejecting the text. read more

With a Ring Comes Bell

The story of Vonn Bell’s recruitment ended with the five-star safety putting on a Scarlet and Gray hat and telling a nationally televised audience he will be attending The Ohio State University. Bell, a Rossville, Ga., native, held a press conference broadcast by ESPN in the Ridgeland High School gymnasium on National Signing Day, Feb. 6. With his family beside him and a sea of classmates in front of him, Bell announced he was picking the Buckeyes over the likes of Alabama and Tennessee, among other schools. Bell’s justification for choosing OSU was fairly straightforward. “I just felt more comfortable with coach (Urban) Meyer because I had spent more time with him and his staff,” Bell said. OSU’s journey to get the 6-foot, 190-pound safety to feel that way was arduous in its task, but simple in its nature. The Buckeyes’ lead recruiter on Bell – co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers – just outworked his competition. “I’ve seen some really good efforts,” Meyer said. “Everett Withers from start to finish, his effort on Vonn Bell, as good as I’ve ever seen.” The tale of Bell’s courting begins a little more than a year ago. Coming off a junior season in which he recorded 180 tackles and five interceptions, Bell was a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. His first scholarship offer came from the University of Georgia in early January 2012. After that, the offers started pouring in: Alabama (the reigning national champion). Tennessee (the hometown favorite). Florida. Notre Dame. Think of an elite college football team, and Bell likely had a scholarship offer from them, OSU included. “Literally he would get four to five (offers) a day,” Ridgeland football coach Mark Mariakis said in an interview with The Lantern Monday. The Buckeyes, though, didn’t become a serious contender until the hard-hitting safety visited Columbus over his junior year spring break, Mariakis said. Bell spent a day with Meyer, touring the OSU football facilities and getting to know the Buckeyes’ program. The visit to Columbus was part of a double-digit school tour by Bell and his family. When the group returned home to Georgia after the trek, OSU’s appeal was clear. “When he came back, (Bell and his family) realized that Ohio State was going to be in the forefront of the hunt,” Mariakis said. From there, Withers took over. The 49-year-old was like an “octopus” in his pursuit of the top-50 prospect, Meyer said. “The recruiting process is about relationships. You are going to try to find out as much as you can – whether it be good or bad about a young man – you want to try to find it all out,” Withers said. If there was a relationship to be made, Withers was there. OSU’s co-defensive coordinator, naturally, started with Bell himself. The pair “hit it off right off the bat,” Mariakis said. “They’re so like-minded,” Mariakis said. From there, Withers moved on to Bell’s family and coach. Withers talked to Bell’s mother, a teacher at Ridgeland, about what OSU could offer in terms of education. Withers connected with Bell’s father, a director of a few Boys & Girls Clubs in Northwest Tennessee, by discussing how to work with kids. “I got to know the entire family, grandma, the whole deal,” Withers said. “Spending the time with them was really good.” Withers might have burned the majority of his recruiting hours with Mariakis, who chuckled when asked how often he interacted with the Buckeye coach. “Me and him talked numerous times every week,” Mariakis said. “That’s not a stretch, either. It was literally all the time. “He’d call ‘How’s Vonn? How’s he playing? How’d the game go Friday?’ He took a real interest in him. If he could be here, what all the rules allowed him to do, he was here.” Mariakis has been coaching for 28 years. He has had dozens of athletes go on to play high-level college football. He’s been through the recruiting process more times than he can count. In his nearly three-decade long career as a high school football coach, the way Withers went about recruiting Bell is as good as Mariakis can remember. “He took every opportunity he had to build a relationship with Vonn and his family, and with me. He never missed a phone call. If I called him, he’d either answer the phone or call me right back. In visit time, he came and visited,” Mariakis said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recruiter do as good a job coach Withers did.” The respect goes both ways. “I would have to say in my 25 years of doing this, in this business, coach Mariakis and his staff at Ridgeland High School were probably by far the best group of people I’ve ever been around,” Withers said. The days spent with Bell and those closest to him paid off for Withers in more ways than one. Yes, OSU got the recruit, but also, Withers is now familiar with some of the best aspects of Chattanooga, Tenn., a place less than six miles from Rossville. “I have a new place in Chattanooga, Tenn., to get my haircut. I know where the best barbecue places are in Chattanooga, Tenn. I got around a lot of people,” Withers said. Withers made the strongest impression during the recruitment, but Meyer made his presence felt, too. When Ridgeland took on Sandy Creek High School in the Georgia Class AAAA State Championship Game Dec. 15, Meyer was in attendance. He sat next to Bell’s mother in the Georgia Dome stands during the game, and visited with Bell in the locker room after his team suffered a 45-10 loss. “That was really impressive to me, to stay there and just be in the mix of our community and Vonn’s family meant a lot,” Mariakis said. The story of Bell’s recruitment hits its climax the night and morning before Bell announced his decision. Withers said he thought he would be made aware of what school Bell was going to sign with at about 8 p.m. Feb. 5. That didn’t happen. Withers did receive an encouraging phone call from Bell’s father that evening, though. “(His) dad told me at the end of the night, he said, ‘Coach, live on your body of work because you’ve done all you can do. Sleep well,’” Withers said. Withers made a phone call of his own, too, with Mariakis on the receiving end. “I had talked to coach Mariakis … I said, ‘Coach, if it’s going to be a good phone call, make sure coach Meyer gets it.’ I said, ‘If it’s going to be a bad phone call, just call me,’” Withers said. The next morning, Meyer, Withers and the rest of the OSU staff were in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, anxiously waiting for what the equivalent of college football’s Christmas would entail for the Buckeyes’ program. At one point, shortly after the sun had risen, Meyer said he couldn’t contain his nerves, or be around his assistants, any longer. He separated himself from the rest of his staff and went into a private room to work out on a stationary bike. “I couldn’t take it anymore. Everett Withers was driving me nuts. I had to get away from him,” Meyer said. At about 9:50 a.m., 10 minutes before Bell was set to make his announcement on ESPN, Withers made his way toward Meyer. He heard a phone ring and Meyer answer. It was Bell. “You know I’m in, right?” Bell told Meyer on the phone. Meyer’s response was simple. “No, I didn’t know you were in. Congratulations,” Meyer said. Withers’ yearlong stretch full of time and effort had paid off. Bell, one of the crown jewels of OSU’s 2013 recruiting class that ranks in the top-three nationally, should help the Buckeyes’ defense right away. Bell’s decision to sign with OSU could also be a sign of more good stories to come for the Scarlet and Gray. Going into the land of sweet tea and tangy barbecue and prying a recruit away from the strong clasps of the Southeastern Conference – winners of the last seven national championships – is no easy task in college football. OSU did that with Bell in out-recruiting Alabama and Tennessee, Bell’s other favorites. The Buckeyes might be one of the few programs north of the Mason-Dixon line that can keep on doing it, too. “I think it goes back to the relationships that Ohio State staff is building,” Mariakis said. “When you get that combination of good football and the relationships with those kids, you’ve got something special.” read more

3000 bankruptcy applications expected in 2014

first_imgSOME 3,000 applications for bankruptcy are expected over the next twelve months, following the  commencement of new laws which came into effect from last month.In response to a parliamentary question, Shatter said that when the legislation commenced, there was a total of 189 people who had been declared bankrupt by the courts. Of that number, 73 have been bankrupt for three years or more.These people will be eligible for automatic discharge six months from the 3 December legislation commencement date.In 2013 there were 58 people declared bankrupt in Ireland.“I am advised that this calendar year, seventeen people were made bankrupt on their own application,” Shatter said. “Five of these self-adjudications were made following the recent amendments to the bankruptcy regime, namely the reduction in the bankruptcy term from 12 years to three”.Given the reduced term, the minister said he anticipated “that there will be a significant increase in the number of bankruptcy applications”.“A tentative estimate of the numbers expected to avail of bankruptcy over the next 12 months is 3,000,” he said.Read: New bankruptcy rules to be signed into law by Minister Shatter today>Read: Two more insolvency cases heard under new regime as 7,500 contact ISI>last_img read more

Fake news site Waterford Whispers is planning to create some real jobs…

first_imgWilliamson said the ‘rocket to the Sun’ story has been viewed almost a million-and-a-quarter times since it went live in the middle of last month.The site’s been running advertising since the start of the year, and he’s now receiving advice on how to land more clients over the coming months.As he dedicates his efforts to improving and expanding the company, Williamson is availing of the Department of Social Protection’s enterprise allowance scheme — which allows people to keep a percentage of their welfare payments for up to two years as they go about setting up a business.Despite that financial arrangement, there’ll be no staff memo from the editorial board advising the site ‘goes easy’ on Minister Joan Burton.“No, no — there’s a certain irony there alright,” Williamson laughed (Whispers ran at least six JobBridge themed stories this month alone).“She seems to be doing an alright job so as long as she keeps that up for the rest of the year, maybe she’ll be safe enough. REMEMBER WHEN NORTH Korea landed a teenage astronaut on the Sun? How about the time Michelle Obama said Irish people were all a bunch of “ugly m***f******s”?Neither of the above events happened, obviously. But even if you haven’t heard of Waterford Whispers — the site the reports originated on — they may still ring a vague bell.The Tramore-based site had its biggest viral hit yet this month as the North Korean story was picked up by outlets across the world (many of whom were duped by the ‘report’, and thought the official regime news service had made the claim).And readers of a conservative Facebook page were taken in by the Obama story last year, with one commenter branding the First Lady a “disgrace” for her reported remarks.“The stories that tend to do best are the ones that people get taken in by — the North Korean story was by far our most popular,” Waterford Whispers founder, editor and chief news reporter Colm Williamson told from Tipperary, Williamson has been running the site since 2009. It’s name is a play on ‘Chinese Whispers’: “Everyone has heard of that phrase, where a person tells a story and it gets lost in translation, but that there’s a grain of truth in there people recognise”.North Korea ‘announces’ its rocket to the Sun [Image: Waterford Whispers]After more than three years running the country’s “Number One Satire News Source” as a sideline interest, Williamson’s now taking the business full-time and is hoping to have “four or five” full-time staff by this time next year.A former bar manager, the 34-year-old father-of-one moved to Tramore from Dublin in 2009, and worked “off and on” in the bar trade locally before embarking on a one-year course in journalism at Waterford College of Further Education.When that came to an ended last summer, he had been hoping to take up a mature student place in college — but the plan didn’t work out, and he decided instead to listen to friends advice and move Waterford Whispers to a ’9 to 5′ operation.“It was a blessing in disguise.”“We would have been pretty popular before, but it’s really taken off in the last while — at the moment we’re averaging half a million readers every month.” The latest from the ‘Breaking News’ section [Waterford Whispers]The site has recently started running stories from a second writer, and Williamson’s been in contact with the Dungarvan Enterprise Board about the possibility of availing of grant money to take the service to the next level.The plan for the next 12 months is to extend the video aspect of the site, increase the roster of advertisers and “really just expand on what we’ve been doing well”.The editor-in-chief recently nailed down an advertising-for-office-space swap — and for the moment, can be found tackling the burning issues of the day Monday to Friday at Tramore’s Riverside Business Park.One of the week’s most popular Whispers headlines was “Priory Hall Developer Lands National Children’s Hospital Contract“.You can see what Williamson means by “that grain of truth people recognise”.Read: Whoops… Media outlets duped by North Korea ‘rocket to the sun’ storyRead: Does Michelle Obama think Irish people are “ugly m*****f*****s”?last_img read more

Sinn Féin wants a new election if theres no deal in the

first_imgSinn Féin wants a new election if there’s no deal in the North by weekend Michelle O’Neill has slammed the DUP and the British government as the deadline to agree a deal approaches. Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams. 55 Comments Monday 10 Apr 2017, 3:08 PM Source: Sinn Féin/Twitter 12,251 Views Share252 Tweet Email1 Apr 10th 2017, 3:08 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: PA Wire/PA Imagescenter_img SINN FÉIN’S LEADER in the North Michelle O’Neill has said there should be another election if no deal can be reached on resurrecting power-sharing by the weekend.Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has set a deadline of Easter for agreement between the parties.Sinn Féin and the DUP – the two largest parties – have been deadlocked on a deal in the wake of the March election.O’Neill again accused the unionist party and the British government of failing to address fundamental issues in current talks in a statement today.“We have been here five weeks during which time Sinn Féin has been fully engaged,” said O’Neill.Her strongly-worded statement made reference to “bigoted ministerial decisions”, arrogance and short-sightedness: By Daragh Brophy Short URL However, to date there has been no measurable progress. And at this critical period there is no prospect of a political agreement unless the British government and the DUP tackle the fundamental issues, which Martin McGuinness addressed in his letter of resignation. There can be no return to petty-minded and bigoted ministerial decisions; no return to the treatment of any group of people as second-class citizens; no return to the arrogant disregard for the squandering of public money; and no return to the short-sighted dismissal of the need for genuine reconciliation and peace-building. Those are the issues which need to be dealt with if we are to take this opportunity to fix what is broken and to move society forward on the basis of equal partnership government and rights for all. No prospect of political agreement unless British government and DUP address fundamental issues – @moneillsf— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) April 10, 2017 But time is running out. We are now in a critical period and there needs to be substantial movement from both the British Government and the DUP over the coming days. If they again fail to do so then the people should have their say.The UUP and SDLP reported little progress in talks in comments to reporters on Friday. Mike Nesbitt of the UUP told the BBC it was “deeply, deeply, deeply frustrating” while the SDLP’s Colum Eastwood said the parties were “miles away” from a deal.Arlene Foster, the DUP leader, said progress had been made in a range of areas but accused certain other parties of “holding up the process in terms of their political demands”. Nigel Dodds and leader Arlene Foster of the DUP. Source: Niall CarsonSinn Féin finished with 27 seats in the wake of last month’s election, which arose after the party called time on the last power-sharing arrangement due to Foster’s stance on the ‘cash for ash’ controversy.The DUP remain the largest party – but only just –  with 28 seats. The SDLP have 12 seats, the UUP 10 and the Alliance eight. The remaining five seats are divided between the Greens (2), smaller parties and independents.Some commentators in the North have speculated that both the DUP and Sinn Féin may want another election: the UUP – the main rival unionist party – is currently without a leader after Nesbitt stepped down from the role, and Sinn Féin may be hoping for an increase in support, in the wake of the death of Martin McGuinness and in-depth coverage of his role in the peace process.Brokenshire gave an Easter deadline for a deal last month. If one couldn’t be reached he said he would bring in legislation that would effectively ramp-up direct rule from London.Read: The DUP didn’t show up, Sinn Féin say they didn’t walk out. What happens now? >Read: Massive manhunt for ‘highly dangerous’ man who posted manifesto to Trump > Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams. Image: PA Wire/PA Imageslast_img read more

Un évènement Apple pour la fin janvier

first_imgUn évènement Apple pour la fin janvier ?La marque organiserait une keynote pour la fin du mois de janvier mais aucune annonce importante à prévoir. Elle serait centrée autour des livres numériques et des médias.Quand une pomme en rencontre une autre. Apple, selon des informations du site AllThings D, organiserait une conférence, ou keynote, à New-York, délaissant l’espace d’un jour sa Californie natale. Cet évènement, prévu pour la fin du mois de janvier, serait focalisé sur les médias.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Aucune annonce n’est pourtant à prévoir. La rumeur d’un iPad 3 dévoilé à cette occasion est quasi invenvisageable, si proche des fêtes de fin d’années qui ont vu de très nombreux exemplaires de la deuxième version sous les sapins. La télévision d’Apple serait elle aussi exclue de la présentation. L’évènement serait donc axé sur iBooks et Kiosque, les deux plateformes de livres numériques. Apple en profiterait pour dévoiler, selon diverses sources, des nouveautés à destination des éditeurs, comme des conditions d’utilisation plus souples (et réclamées à corps et à cris), une disponibilité des contenus sur Mac et/ou PC ou de nouvelles formes de contenus, plus enrichies et multimédia.C’est Eddy Cue, fraichement nommé responsable des services en ligne chez Apple, comprenant iCloud ou l’App Store, qui devrait assurer la présentation qui sera donc mineure pour les fans de la marque.Le 3 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Google Will Usher In Android Wear 20 With Two Flagship Smartwatches

first_img Geek Pick: Fitbit Versa Lite Is the Ultimate Intro to SmartwatchesMartians Can Now Communicate With Amazon’s Alexa AI Assistant Stay on target Smartwatches haven’t exactly taken off the way their manufacturers would like. Google’s not about to throw in the towel on them yet, however.Despite sliding sales figures in the wearables market, Google’s still confident that they’re more than a fad. Jeff Chang, who is Google’s product manager for Android Wear, told The Verge that “this is a marathon, not a sprint,” adding “this category of product is here with us to stay.”Bringing more compelling products to market could help sway consumers. They’re getting ready to launch Android Wear 2.0. That’s expected to happen sometime during the first quarter of 2017, and they’ll be bringing two hot new flagship watches along to show it off.These won’t be Google smartwatches per se. Google has been heavily involved in the design process, but they’ll both be manufactured by an unnamed OEM partner. They’ll also bear that partner’s branding. It sounds sort of like these will be “Nexus watches,” just without any Nexus branding.What does Android Wear 2.0 bring that might convince consumers that smartwatches are a worthwhile purchase? Google’s devoted a lot of time and effort to enabling them to function as standalone devices. Android Wear 2.0 watches will be able to run Google Assistant and Android Pay without being tethered to a smartphone, for example.Once these two flagship watches hit retail shelves, others will follow. Chang says you’ll see a few more Android Wear 2.0 products announced at CES next month.You may also see an upgrade for the smartwatch you already own. There’s a fairly long list of watches slated to receive the 2.0 upgrade, including the snazzy Huawei Watch, the Asus ZenWatch 2 and 3, LG’s Urbane, and the 2nd-gen Moto 360.last_img read more

All Church Picnic moving to Esther Short Park

first_imgAfter a one-year hiatus, Clark County’s All Church Picnic is back in business at a new spot, Esther Short Park.This year’s celebration of faith, fun and fellowship will be on Sunday, Aug. 4, at Vancouver’s downtown public square.The picnic drew more than 3,000 people from 75 local congregations the last time around, in 2011. Another edition was on the schedule a year ago for the Pearson Air Museum, but the 2012 picnic became part of a dispute between the National Park Service and a local nonprofit that had managed the museum.While Esther Short Park wasn’t their first choice, “We’re really excited about having it there,” said Ryan Hurley, one of the organizers.There will be a couple of differences with the move. There won’t be any sales booths in conjunction with the picnic this time.“We’ve eliminated vendors,” said Hurley, founder and director of Detour Ministries.The weekend Vancouver Farmers Market will be going on at the same time.“This year, we won’t compete. The weekend market will get 3,000 more people looking at their stuff,” Hurley said.The group is renting the entire park, which has a listed capacity of 6,500 people.The picnic scheduling brings closure to part of a simmering dispute that’s involved a prominent religious-freedom advocacy group.The All Church Picnic started as an annual event in 2009 but hit a regulatory wall during the run-up to the fourth event. The first three picnics were held at Pearson Air Museum, which had been managed until recently by the Fort Vancouver National Trust on behalf of the city. However, the museum grounds belong to the Park Service’s Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, which took over management of the museum in February.“Last year, about 30 or 40 days before the picnic, we were notified that the National Park Service required a permit. We hadn’t been required in previous years,” Hurley said. “We did fill it out, and were immediately notified that a number of aspects were not permitted. We tried to work it out; pretty much everything about our event didn’t meet their allowances.”last_img read more

Zinio Acquires Audience Media

first_imgMore on this topic Zinio to Enhance Global Newsstand with Audience Targeting Service Digital Magazines News Wire | 10.29.09 Digital Magazines News Wire | 01.29.09 Zinio Launches iPhone Magazine Portal Digital Magazines News Wire | 11.19.09 What About E-Paper? And Mobile Delivery?Just In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest RestructuringPowered by Today, Zinio announced that it has acquired mobile publishing app company Audience Media for an undisclosed amount. The deal will enable the digital newsstand to offer simpler print-to-mobile publishing solutions for a wider range of publishers.The company believes this acquisition will help position it as a dominant player in the digital edition space-which is now an $11 billion dollar industry that grew 34 percent in Q4 2013. More specifically, thanks to Audience Media’s proprietary CMS, Zinio can better leverage cross-platform publishing capabilities that deliver mobile-first solutions to its partners.”Mobile is the future of digital publishing and this acquisition reinforces our ability to work with more magazine publishers to deliver premium content to an expanded audience of users,” Joan Solà, EVP, chief global markets at Zinio says in a release. “Bringing the unique capabilities of Audience Media into our organization gives Zinio the opportunity to deliver the best mobile experiences for consumers seeking individual branded apps or Zinio’s aggregated ‘all in one place’ experience.”Currently, Zinio offers a selection of more than 5,000 digital edition magazines. The acquisition is poised to streamline digital publishing so its library could grow in line with the popularity of digital subscriptions, which is expected to reach a 25 percent share by 2016.last_img read more

3 killed in factory fire at Delhis Shahdara

first_imgNew Delhi: Three persons, including two women, were killed in a massive fire at a hardware factory in the national capital on Saturday, police said. According to Delhi Fire Services officials, the fire broke out at a rubber-plastic factory in Shahdara’s Jhilmil Industrial Area around 9 am. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said two women and a man were killed in the blaze. The deceased were identified as Manju, Sangeeta and Shoaib, she added. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he would be visiting the site, along with the industries minister. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Shocked to know about three deaths in a factory fire in Jhilmil Industrial area. Fire Services personnel tried their best to bring the fire under control in hostile conditions. Am visiting the site wid Industries Minister (sic),” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief said in a tweet. According to the fire officials, the information about the blaze was received at 9.25 am and 31 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The rescue operations were going on, they said, adding that efforts were being made to ascertain if more people were trapped in the building. In January last year, 17 people — 10 women and seven men — were killed in a massive blaze at a firecracker storage unit in outer Delhi’s Bawana Industrial Area.last_img read more

Bitcoin rings in new year with a bang

first_imgBitcoins extended their 2016 gains to scale a new high on Sunday, crossing the $1,000 in three years on the Bitstamp exchange, even as global headwinds and weak demand kept stock and currency markets on the tenterhooks.A digital currency that ensures seamless movement of money without being tracked, Bitcoin appreciated 2.5 percent to hit $1,022 on the Europe-based Bitstamp exchange on January 1, consolidating its 125 percent gain in calendar year 2016, reported Reuters. The all-time high for Bitcoin is $1,122 recorded in the latter part of calendar year 2013.Bitcoin hogged the limelight in India recently after the Narendra Modi government decided to ban high-denomination currency notes on November 8, 2016. ZebPay, the largest trader of the digital currency, currently adding around 25,000 new customers every month, registered 20 to 30 percent increase in queries about bitcoin after the Prime Minister announced the note ban decision.”The growing war on cash, and capital controls, is making bitcoin look like a viable, if high risk, alternative,” Paul Gordon, a board member of the UK Digital Currency Association and co-founder of Quantave, told Reuters.Besides ZebPay, another Bitcoin trader is Unicoin that raised $1.5 million in funding from a mix of Indian and US investors in September last year.An update on says the number of bitcoins is finite at 21 million, making it impossible to manipulate, as it happens in case of currencies.”Bitcoin payments are impossible to block, and bitcoin wallets can’t be frozen. Short of turning off the entire world’s internet, and keeping it turned off, the Bitcoin network is unstoppable and uncensorable,” the website said.last_img read more

Marvel Teams Up With Dreamscape Media for Superhero Audiobooks EXCLUSIVE

first_imgAudiobook publisher Dreamscape Media has struck a deal with Marvel Entertainment to distribute a few dozen of the Marvel’s iconic comic books as read‐to‐me style audiobooks. The titles will be made available for sale, and also added to the free library lending app Hoopla, starting in September.Some of the comic books covered by the agreement include “The Ultimate Spider-Man,” “The Ultimate X-Men,” “X-Men: Codename Wolverine” and “Daredevil: The Man Without Fear,” with works coming from author like David Michelinie, Tony Isabella, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman and Peter David. Around 2 dozen titles are being produced exclusively by Dreamscape Media as part of this collaboration, and an additional 20 titles haven’t been widely distributed before.“Marvel Entertainment has changed pop culture with its emphasis on character‐driven stories that bring out the superhero in all of us,” said Dreamscape Media publisher Tammy Faxel in a statement released Thursday. “We are proud to collaborate with Marvel Entertainment to give fans a new way to connect with their favorite superheroes.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Dreamscape Media is the audiobook publishing arm of Midwest Tapes, which will handle the distribution of the recordings, making them available for sale through Amazon, Audible, iBooks, Google, Overdrive and other audiobook platforms.In addition, Midwest will also distribute these Marvel titles via its Hoopla subsidiary, which is a digital media service that collaborates with local libraries. This means that library patrons will be able to listen to the books free of charge via the Hoopla app, provided that their local library has signed up for the service.Hoopla previously partnered with Marvel to bring 250 comic books to its app, which is available for phones, tablets and smart TVs.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Life May Be Lurking On Saturns Moon Enceladus

first_img Yesterday, NASA held a press conference today announcing that Enceladus may harbor life. That’s right; we may have alien life right here in our solar system.Scientists have confirmed that there’s plenty of chemical energy within the moon’s underground lakes to support life. Molecular hydrogen, for example, is evidence of hydrothermal vents, and it, alongside water, and a smattering of other minerals and compounds are all necessary for life. What’s more, every time we’ve found this cocktail of chemicals here on earth, we’ve also found life. It’s likely that if Enceladus has life, we’ll find it near the ocean floor where thermal vents provide an excellent source of energy and nutrients for life. This discovery officially makes Enceladus the most likely candidate for life outside of Earth we’ve yet found.The results were published today in the journal Science and expounded with a press conference at Washington’s James Webb Auditorium. To be clear — we haven’t found life yet, but we’re looking at a very similar set of materials to what we’d find on Earth’s own ocean floor. And while it might be dark and cold in the depths, it’s also home to vital ecosystems and thousands of species across the world.Enceladus is, notably, not Earth and there will be some big challenges to any search for life. For one, the ocean is a staggering 37 miles deep — a long way to go for a remote-controlled submersible. Enceladus also has an elliptical orbit around Saturn, meaning tidal forces keep the core and the ocean above it uncharacteristically warm. Parts of the massive ocean may be close to water’s boiling point, and there’s no telling how that might affect potential organisms.The announcement is also the culmination of more than a decade of study with the Casini probe as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2015, NASA used Casini to collect samples from massive plumes of water vapor erupting from the icy surface. Since then, the analysis suggests that there’s a litany of organic molecules as well as virtually all of the major ingredients for life.We still can’t say for sure that life is on Enceladus, but it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the closest humanity has yet come to finding life on another world. Molecular hydrogen, for example, is generally unstable and quickly binds to other chemicals. It’s also an important ingredient for life, and without a source to replenish it, the substance doesn’t stick around for long. Since Casini found loads of hydrogen, we know that something has to be making it. And that dramatically increases the chances that Enceladus has active hydrothermal vents, which could be feeding primitive microbes.It’s hard to overstate the significance of the discovery, but you can be sure that NASA, the European Space Agency, and others are probably eyeing Saturn’s medium-sized oceanic moon a bit more closely for future missions. Stay on target Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images last_img read more