Nunavut MLA charged with assaulting spouse

first_imgAPTN National NewsA member of Nunavut’s legislature is facing criminal charges from an incident earlier this week.Pangnirtung MLA Adamee Komoartok has been charged with assaulting his wife in Iqaluit last weekend.This is not the first time Komoartok has been in trouble while sitting in the legislature.In 2009, Komoartok was censured by his fellow MLA’s after he admitted to a drunken incident in Ottawa.Assembly officials have declined to comment on the case.Komoartok has not been seen in the legislature since Monday.last_img

UN agency urges action to address global mangrove loss

31 January 2008With 20 per cent of the world’s mangroves lost since 1980, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for urgent action to address the environmental and economic impacts caused by the destruction of these vital coastal forests. With 20 per cent of the world’s mangroves lost since 1980, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has called for urgent action to address the environmental and economic impacts caused by the destruction of these vital coastal forests. According to a recent assessment study, entitled “The world’s mangroves 1980-2005,” the total mangrove area has declined from 18.8 million hectares in 1980 to 15.2 million hectares in 2005. However, the rate of loss has slowed down in recent years, owing to greater awareness of the importance of these ecosystems. FAO is urging better protection and management of mangroves, given their crucial role in providing wood, food, fodder, medicine and honey, as well as habitats for many animals like crocodiles and snakes, tigers, deer, otters, dolphins and birds. Found in over 120 countries, these forests also protect coastal areas against erosion, cyclones and wind. “Mangroves are important forested wetlands and most countries have now banned the conversion of mangroves for aquaculture and they assess the impact on the environment before using mangrove areas for other purposes,” said Wulf Killmann, Director of FAO’s Forest Products and Industry Division, on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, observed on 2 February. “This has lead to better protection and management of mangroves in some countries. But overall, the loss of these coastal forests remains alarming. The rate of mangrove loss is significantly higher than the loss of any other types of forests,” he added. He cautioned that if deforestation of mangroves continues, it can lead to severe losses of biodiversity and livelihoods, and also negatively impact tourism. “Countries need to engage in a more effective conservation and sustainable management of the world’s mangroves and other wetland ecosystems.” The destruction of mangroves is mainly due to high population pressure, large-scale conversion of mangrove areas for shrimp and fish farming, agriculture, infrastructure and tourism, as well as pollution and natural disasters. The study notes that Asia suffered the largest loss of mangroves since 1980, with more than 1.9 million hectares destroyed, mainly due to changes in land use. By country, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Panama recorded the largest losses of mangroves during the 1980s. At the same time, a number of countries have had an increase in mangrove area over time, including Bangladesh. “Part of the largest mangrove area in the world, the Sundarbans Reserved Forest in Bangladesh is well protected and no major changes in the extent of the area have occurred during the last few decades, although some damage to the mangroves was reported after the recent cyclone in 2007,” said Senior Forestry Officer Mette Wilkie. FAO is currently working on producing a World Atlas of Mangroves to be published later this year. read more

WatchSteel aluminum tariffs negatively impacting onethird of Canadian exporters poll

Don MacKinnon/AFP/Getty Images Meanwhile, the U.S. and China’s trade war had been escalating until the two economic superpowers reached a truce earlier this month. But, the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities may imperil that reprieve.The federal agency, which supports export-oriented companies, conducted a telephone survey of 1,000 small-, medium- and large-sized Canadian exporters from Oct. 23 to Nov. 13, and found that the signing of the USMCA had a notable impact on their investment plans.With a deal reached, roughly 41 per cent of companies surveyed now say they have increased or are considering increasing investment — more than double the number of firms from six months prior when a continental trade agreement was still in limbo.As well, the percentage of companies saying they were delaying plans due to trade deal negotiations has shrunk to 35 per cent, down from 57 per cent of those surveyed six months earlier.However, 34 per cent of the exporters surveyed said they were negatively impacted by the steel and aluminum tariffs, more than EDC expected, said Hall.EDC said foreign tariffs or trade barriers were cited by respondents as the top challenge facing Canadian exporters, at 14 per cent. That was followed by obtaining financing and finding skilled talent, both at 11 per cent.Of the five components included as part of EDC’s confidence measure, it was exporters’ belief in world economic conditions that slipped the most.One-third of the companies surveyed said increased protectionism was affecting their global strategy.“It’s not just something that’s a fear, it’s actually impacting their strategy… They’re asking themselves, ‘What is my next move?’ And they’re really unclear about that at the moment,” Hall said. OTTAWA — More than one-third of Canadian exporters say they have been negatively impacted by steel and aluminum tariffs that are affecting Canada-U.S. trade, according to a survey by Export Development Canada.The Ottawa-based Crown corporation said Tuesday that among companies claiming to having been hit by these tariffs, 19 per cent have in turn raised prices and 18 per cent have found alternate markets and suppliers.And while the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, has eased uncertainty, the results of the federal agency’s latest poll show that exporters’ confidence has eroded amid broader global trade tensions such as those between the U.S. and China, said Peter Hall, chief economist at EDC.U.S.-China trade war distracting from talks with Canada on steel tariffs: Morneau‘This has been a battle’: Canada signs onto new NAFTA trade deal on sidelines of G20 summitDeal nears for end to U.S. metal tariffs, but Trump’s push to impose strict steel quotas could create fresh tensionsExporters’ expectations have now “come back down to earth,” said Hall.“Now we’re faced with arguably much more serious global protectionist measures… A battle between China and the United States where there are some very tangible tariffs in place that are global trade inhibitors,” he said in an interview.The federal agency’s semi-annual survey showed that overall trade confidence slipped to 73.8 per cent, marking a drop from 76.5 per cent on the previous questionnaire six months earlier when exporters’ spirits were buoyed by strong economic activity despite North American trade concerns.In September, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico finally reached a deal to replace the North American Free Trade agreement, ending months of uncertainty. However, punitive U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs slapped on Canada and Mexico during the strained negotiations remain in place.Steel wire products manufactured by the Tree Island Steel Company are seen in Richmond, British Columbia. read more

Deploring callous fanaticism of Casablanca bombings Annan urges sustained global fight against

“The callous fanaticism and intolerance of these acts is repugnant to all religions and to the great majority of humanity,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement which particularly deplored the deliberate targeting of civilians.”The Secretary-General considers that the recent wave of terrorist outrages, coupled with fresh warnings of further attacks being planned, underlines the need for the international community to give its full attention to the need for a broad-based and sustained campaign against international terrorism,” the statement said.Mr. Annan also conveyed his condolences to the Government and people of Morocco and to the families of the victims.

The importance of African heritage

Niagara Region played a significant role in the abolition of slavery. It’s home to an important terminus on the Underground Railroad. Abolitionist and freedom fighter Harriet Tubman rescued people from the United States slave trade and brought them to a BME church in St. Catharines.Her efforts firmly established St. Catharines as the last stop of the Underground Railroad for freed slaves from as far away as Philadelphia and beyond.The Niagara Region played a very important role in the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement.“Brock University is in the area where many stories took place and we want people on campus to know about the history and heritage of people of African descent,” said Associate Professor Jean Ntakirutimana, of the Department of Modern Languages and a member of the Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee (BAHRC).“The Niagara Region played a very important role in the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement.”He said a little-known fact is the role Niagara played in the civil rights movement when leaders held meetings in Fort Erie because it wasn’t safe to meet in Buffalo.Ntakirutimana said the committee is attempting to get Brock included as part of the UNESCO Slave Route Project to showcase the region’s history.In recent years, the committee has hosted keynote speakers and events exploring African heritage and bringing together black history scholars, which is a key objective of the Slave Route Project.The Dr. Wilma Morrison Speakers Series keynote event is planned for March 3 when Professor Joseph Menseh from York University, former deputy director of the Tubman Institute, will be at Brock.Ntakirutimana said it’s important to remember slavery and the Underground Railroad during Black History Month, also called African Heritage Month, because the echoes of the past are still felt today.“What happened during the slavery era still has impacts on people of African descent,” Ntakirutimana said, pointing to racism and the disproportionately high number of incarcerated African Canadians.It’s a liberation story. It’s how people came from nothing to make something of themselves.Merveilles Tshisuaka, a second-year student and member of ROOTS African Caribbean Society, said the portrayal of black people in the media is usually a one-dimensional stereotype.“When you see a black person in the media it’s because they shot someone or died,” she said. “I do feel black people are portrayed as a caricature.”Tshisuaka said racism exists and takes many different forms. In her life, she finds herself being guarded to avoid being seen as a stereotype.“We have to fight to prove we are not bad people,” she said.ROOTS member Francis Akpotu, a third-year international student from Nigeria, said celebrating Black History Month is an opportunity to educate the community about slavery, its impacts and the contributions of people of African descent.“It’s a liberation story,” he said. “It’s how people came from nothing to make something of themselves.”Akpotu said the month is a way to shed light on something that is too often ignored. He said if you go to a museum and see a tusk, it means nothing to you. But, if someone is there to explain the origins of the mammoth tusk and its history, it will then have value.“Black culture is rich and vibrant but since it doesn’t get much attention, people ignore it,” he said. “It’s like that tusk.”Black culture is being celebrated this month and throughout the year, with a number of events planned by various groups. Click the links to find out more about upcoming events: ROOTS, Brock East African Student Association, Young, Black and Educated and Brock University Ghana Association. Brock lecturer Richard Ndayizigamiye, a member of the Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee, said a focus of February is not only about the history of slavery and its legacy but also a celebration of the accomplishments of people of African descent.“Youth of African descent tend to be confused. They are growing up in North American culture that doesn’t value their history and the contributions of their elders,” he said.That can lead to unconscious feelings of inferiority rather than pride in their descendancy. The more everyone is educated about African heritage, the better relationships and understanding can be, he said.The following is a list of some of the events taking place this month:On Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Brock Associate Professor Tamari Kitossma will speak about the social politics of blackness and black cinema and the Spike Lee Film Do The Right Thingwill be screened at the MIWSFPA as part of the Black History Month Film Festival.On Feb. 27 starting at 1 p.m. the films Desert Flower and The Wiz will play at the MIWSFPA.Feb. 19 the African Association of Niagara gals is being held at Club Roma. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Okay Bakassi is the special guest and highlights include African drumming and singing. Tickets are $30 in advance.Feb. 24 from 2-4 p.m. in Pond Inlet there will be a panel on Uncovering Racial and Cultural Bias in Popular Culture.Feb. 22-26 the Black Love Campaign runs.Feb. 24 – Black Power Mixedtape movie screening.Feb. 27 is the Sofifran Festiv’ebene 2016 featuring an evening of entertainment starting at 4 p.m. at the Niagara Folk Arts Robertson Hall on Church St. in St. Catharines.Tshisuaka said the events are for everyone – not just the black community.“Black History Month, it already means a lot to black people,” she said. “It’s not just a black person’s story. It’s everyone’s story.” read more

US immigration agents target convenience stores to nab illegal Cbean nationals

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS immigration agents crack down on ‘sanctuary state’ CaliforniaFebruary 3, 2018In “World”US immigration sweep: Guyanese among C’bean nationals nabbed, facing deportationApril 6, 2017In “Regional”Letter: NY Guyanese edgy on Trump’s immigration round upFebruary 17, 2017In “Letters” US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven convenience store yesterday in Los Angeles. (Photo: AP)WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — US Federal immigration agents on Wednesday arrested several undocumented workers when they descended on dozens of convenience stores across the country, targeting illegal Caribbean and other immigrants.The agents descended on 7-Eleven convenience stores before daybreak, arresting undocumented workers and demanding paperwork from managers, in what the Trump administration described as its largest enforcement operation against employers so far.The sweeps of 98 stores in 17 states, from California to Florida, resulted in 21 arrests, according to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which signalled intensified efforts against businesses that hire unauthorised workers.“Today’s actions send a strong message to US businesses that hire and employ an illegal work force: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” said Thomas D Homan, the acting director of the agency, in a statement.Homan, the US’s top immigration-enforcement official, has promised more scrutiny of businesses that knowingly violate federal laws requiring employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of their workers.Under President Trump, ICE has significantly expanded immigration enforcement, arresting undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants in their homes or when they check in with US federal agents as part of immigration court cases.In a statement, 7-Eleven Inc, based in Irving, Texas, distanced itself from the situation, saying that the individual stores are franchises that belong to independent business owners, who “are solely responsible for their employees, including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States.”“7-Eleven takes compliance with immigration laws seriously and has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws,” the company said.If ICE hoped to make a bold statement, it could hardly pick a more iconic target than 7-Eleven, a chain known for ubiquitous stores that are open all the time and sell the much-loved Slurpees and Big Gulps, the New York Times said in a report adding that several 7-Eleven franchises have been steppingstones for new legal immigrants who want to own and run their own small businesses.ICE called its Wednesday sweep a “follow-up” of a 2013 investigation that resulted in the arrests of nine 7-Eleven franchise owners and managers on Long Island, New York and in Virginia on charges of employing undocumented workers.Several have pleaded guilty and forfeited their franchises, and have been ordered to pay millions of dollars in back wages owed to the workers.According to ICE, federal agents served inspection notices to 7-Eleven franchises in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington State and Washington, D.C.In all, 16 of the 98 stores visited on Wednesday were in the New York City area, according to an ICE spokeswoman, Rachael Yong Yow, who would not specify the locations.In Miami Beach, an employee at one 7-Eleven said that while no agents showed up at her store, her boss asked workers to make sure their employment records were up to date, in case ICE continued its visits, according to the Times.It said agents dropped in on 7-Eleven stores in seven cities in southeast Florida, including Miami Beach, according to Nestor Yglesias, an ICE spokesman; he, too, declined to identify specific stores.Wednesday’s raids were made amidst intense political battle about a US federal programme that shields from deportation young Caribbean and other immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children.Stating that the decision to kill the programme was improper, Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco wrote on Tuesday that the Trump administration must “maintain the DACA programme on a nationwide basis,” as the legal challenge to the US president’s decision proceed.President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme (DACA) in 2012 to also give young immigrants the ability to work legally in the United States.President Donald Trump moved to end the programme in September, saying that Obama’s actions were unconstitutional and an overreach of executive power.This has reportedly set off a fierce debate in Washington as Democrats and Republicans spar about how to provide relief for about 800,000 immigrants who could face deportation when the programme ends on March 5. read more

Hassan Moustafa about restriction of NT foreign stars We have to respect

The closing press conference of the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship in Doha took place in LUSAIL Multipurpose Arena. IHF president Dr. Hassan Moustafa showed his satisfaction for everything what handball fans could see in the last 17 days in three Doha’s venues. However, the most interesting question from the journalist’s was linked with possible future restriction of the number of foreigners per national team in order to avoid the „case of Qatar“, who is almost without domestic players:– We are IHF Council who has nothing with that. That is a question for IHF Congress, so you better ask your national Federation to make initiative and proposal for that issue. We have to respect decision of our Congress. I can’t tell you my private opinion. Otherwise, I have to resign if I don’t agree with Congress’ decisions – said Moustafa and adde:– We are very happy to promote our sport in this area. Not only Qatar, but whole Gulf. We need also UAE, Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, we need them. They have a lot of facilities. Why we should not use them? – concluded Moustafa. ← Previous Story IHF “Experts” announce “Rookie team of WCh 2015” with a few mistakes Next Story → France win fifth World Champion’s crown! read more

EC estimates 4 per cent recession

first_imgThe European Commission has revised its estimates about the rate of recession in Greece in 2013, from 4.2 per cent to 4 per cent. The Commission also estimates that the Greek GDP will increase by 0.6 per cent in 2014 and that unemployment will reach 27 per cent in 2013 and is expected to fall to 26 per cent in 2014 and 24 per cent in 2015. Regarding the deficit, the European Commission has predicted a 4 per cent rate for 2013, without taking into consideration the extensive recapitalization of the systemic banks. Including the bank refinancing, the rate is expected to be 13.5 percent of the GDP this year. For 2014 the deficit will drop to 2 per cent and in 2015 it will be 1.1 per cent. In relation to the debt and citing the forecasts the European Commission expects Greece΄s debt to reach 176.2 per cent of GDP this year versus the spring forecast of 175.2 percent. Debt will ease to 175.9 percent of GDP in 2014 but that is higher than the spring forecast of 175 percent. In 2015 Greece΄s debt is expected to decline to 170.9 percent of GDP. The EC expects that Greece would achieve a structural budget surplus of +1.2 percent this year, which will drop to +1.0 percent in 2014 and will return to a deficit of -0.1 per cent in 2015. Unemployment in Greece is projected to reach 27 percent in 2013 and decline slightly to 26% percent in 2014 and to 24 per cent in 2015. The European Commission clarified that these predictions are based on the assumption that all gaps for 2014 and 2015 will be covered by measures agreed upon with the troika during the scheduled reviews. Sources: tovima, capital.gr Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Les peintures rupestres nauraient pas été réalisées nimporte où dans les grottes

first_imgLes peintures rupestres n’auraient pas été réalisées n’importe où dans les grottesPubliant leurs travaux le 12 décembre dans le Journal of Archaeological Science, des chercheurs espagnols ont étudié l’acoustique d’une grotte ornée de la région de Valence et suggèrent que les peintures rupestres y ont été réalisées à des endroits précis, où l’écho permettait de donner une résonance particulière à d’anciens rituels.    Et si les peintures rupestres n’avaient pas été réalisées dans des endroits choisis au hasard ? Dans la lignée de recherches menées antérieurement par le mathématicien Iegor Reznikoff, des préhistoriens des universités de Barcelone et de Saragosse ont testé les propriétés acoustiques des abris sous roche de Valltorta, près de Valence. Des abris ornés d’un art préhistorique dit “levantin”, datant des débuts du Néolithique (il y a 6 à 10.000 ans). À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Tout comme leur prédécesseur l’avait fait sur des sites d’art pariétal situés en France et en Russie, Margarita Diaz-Andreu et Carlos Garcia Benito ont ainsi pu mettre en évidence un lien entre distribution des peintures rupestres et résonance acoustique. Autrement dit, ils ont remarqué que les voix, battements de mains et sifflements sont plus particulièrement répercutés par l’écho (de façon plus sonore, ou répétés un plus grand nombre de fois) lorsqu’ils sont émis face aux endroits où la paroi est ornée. A l’instar de Reznikoff, les chercheurs espagnols suggèrent ainsi qu’à ces points particuliers des cavernes avaient lieu des rituels mettant en scène à la fois les peintures ornant les parois – la dimension visuelle – et les incantations ou les chants lancés par l’assistance et répétés par l’écho – la dimension sonore. Une hypothèse qu’il sera évidemment bien difficile de confirmer.Le 22 décembre 2012 à 13:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Watch Glowing Fireball Illuminates Night Sky Along US East Coast

first_img On April 16, many people along the East Coast of the U.S. reported seeing what they believed to be a meteor speeding across the sky and bursting into a massive fireball late at night.The American Meteor Society has received 325 reports from various states, including Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia about a bright “fireball” lighting up the horizon a little before 11 p.m. EST on Tuesday night, NJ.com reported.The bizarre incident didn’t go unnoticed in New Jersey: Egg Harbor Township residents noticed a bright flash across the night sky, while Cape May County residents said they felt their houses shake as the “meteor” passed above them.Additionally, 45 people in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden reported a similar occurrence in the night sky, as shown in the American Meteor Society video above.Last Night #Fireball over Delaware– new video, now 360 reports –Nice video by Kimberly B, MarylandDetails: https://t.co/KWsHgKRcEa pic.twitter.com/JcXvfG8Wol— AMSMETEORS (@amsmeteors) April 17, 2019It’s unknown what caused the incident, however, astronomers say it’s unlikely that Tuesday night’s fireball was connected to the annual Lyrid meteor shower, which already started this week. It’s possible that this incident could have been a piece of rock from an asteroid.“The meteor appeared around 11 p.m. and the constellation Lyra is only just rising at that point,” Kevin Conod, an astronomer who manages the Newark Museum’s Dreyfuss Planetarium in New Jersey, wrote in an email statement to NJ.com. “Also the direction is wrong: The meteor was heading almost due south. Lyrid meteors would have been coming from the northeast.”For more updates on ‘”fireballs” and other strange sky happenings, visit American Meteor Society’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.More on Geek.com:Watch: Blazing Fireball Turns Night to Day in BrazilWatch: Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Florida, Stuns WitnessesScientists Find Tiny Fragment of Comet Inside a Meteorite Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

Capello spoke about Zidanes unexpected end

first_imgIt was one of the most shocking news of the day when Zinedine Zidane announced that he won’t continue as the Real Madrid coach but Fabio Capello claimed that he made the right choice by leaving the club.The Italian manager insisted that he was sacked by Real Madrid after a quite successful season and Zidane would be sacked as well if it wasn’t for the Champions League win – and this was the right choice to be made by him.The former Chelsea and Russia coach spoke about Zidane’s end as he said he would do the same in his place, according to 101 Great Goals:Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“This was Zidane’s choice and I think it was the right one.“He knew that Florentino would’ve sacked him if it wasn’t for that third straight UCL win.”“It was a matter of time. I was sacked from Real Madrid after a successful season…. I think Zizou made the right call.”last_img read more

Online dangers for the older less digitally literate population

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego-based nonprofit with a national and international reputation for providing life-changing services to seniors living in poverty is highlighting the online dangers for older, less digitally literate, lonelier, and importantly, more susceptible to scams and fake news.Serving Seniors CEO Paul Downey stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the online dangers senior citizens may encounter.Advice from Serving Seniors:• Don’t ever give your social security number, bank, credit card, or other personal information online to anyone who has asked for it unsolicited. Banks and other reputable institutions would never ask for this information without you approaching them first.• Do remember that if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.• Don’t assume that someone is who they say they are online.• Do remember: every time you like a post on Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media page, it tells advertisers more about you. That often means they can target you with tabloid-esque, sensational, and fake stories that they know will get a rise out of you. They make money off of it!• Don’t assume your political side of the aisle is immune to fake news. Lots of companies make money off of manufacturing fake or sensationalized stories (sort of like supermarket checkout tabloids), and they don’t discriminate – they make up stories that target both liberal and conservatives.• Do take advantage of free digital literacy classes offered by your local library, community center, or even technology vendors like the Apple Store, so you can learn how to use your devices. May 6, 2019 Updated: 8:24 AM Online dangers for the older, less digitally literate populationcenter_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 6, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

YouTube will let you watch Cobra Kai free this year

first_img Tags Cobra Kai has been one of YouTube’s most popular originals.  YouTube Google’s YouTube renewed its original show Cobra Kai for a third season and plans to make the new season and the first two available to watch outside its paywall this fall. From here on out, all of YouTube’s new originals will always have a free, ad-supported window of time to watch them, Robert Kyncl, chief business officer of YouTube, said on Thursday. YouTube made the announcements the same day at a presentation to advertisers in New York known as Brandcast. It was the so-called Newfront this year, a four-day series of events thrown by digital media companies to drum up advertiser interest.  The move means you won’t need a YouTube Premium subscription to watch the Google-owned video-sharing site’s original shows and movies, but you’ll have to sit through ads.It’s a plan YouTube outlined last year without providing many details. At the time, though, it indicated that previously released content like Cobra Kai would remain behind the paywall.  Comments TV and Movies Digital Media 2 Share your voice YouTubelast_img read more

DHFL default threatens to snowball into big crisis engulfing NBFCs mutual funds

first_imgThe crisis in the Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL) is threatening to draw in the whole mutual fund industry as about 160 MFs have exposure to the tainted DHFL papers, reports say.The non-banking finance companies (NBFC) crisis is threatening to draw in mutual funds (MF) into the vortex as plunging public confidence is threatening to worsen liquidity issues following Dewan Housing Finance Limited (DHFL) default, media reports say. Asset management companies (AMC) that face imminent payout on fixed maturity plans (FMP) are in trouble as finance costs soar throwing up a fresh challenge for new Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is busy preparing for the  Union Budget 2019 presentation next month.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das said on Thursday after announcing the repo rate cut that the central bank would do whatever it takes to ensure financial stability in the wake of the DHFL default. However, his failure to mention any special liquidity measures or backstop facility for stressed finance companies as the industry had requested has failed to raise public confidence.The RBI’s statement came after three major rating agencies — Crisil, ICRA, and CARE — cut DHFL to default grade. The downgrades have hit the MF industry hard as some estimates say as many as 160 MFs have exposure to DHFL, some of them with more than the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi)-mandated single scheme exposure limit of 10 per cent. The DHFL default and downgrade have come as a nasty jolt to the NBFCs and MFs that have been reeling under the liquidity issues set off by the defaults of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS). CobrapostThe State Bank of India has clarified that the overall quality of the NBFC asset portfolio in its books continues to be good. “Challenges faced by accounts like DHFL have already been factored in when we have given our estimate for the stress that the bank would have to deal with in FY20 and included in our estimates for slippage and loan loss-provisioning for the current financial year,” the bank said, according to media reports.Although housing finance companies (HFCs) like DHFL are regulated by the National Housing Bank, Das said the RBI was monitoring the situation closely as lenders have significant exposure to HFCs. Some AMCs with exposure to DHFL papers have stopped fresh intakes and begun the process of insulating their accounts from toxic assets, a report says.Industry observers fear that the tightening liquidity will offset any benefits from the RBI’s third successive repo rate cut of the year bringing interest rates to the lowest in nine years. Clouds started gathering over NBFCs and MFs from late last year after the shock defaults at shadow lender IL&FS group. Debt concerns at conglomerate Essel Group and troubles at mortgage lender DHFL have pushed financing costs higher.last_img read more

Why does every game controller look like an Xbox gamepad

first_imgRemember the days when you could just glance down at a controller and tell right away what game console it belonged to? Not because it was tethered to that specific console by a five-foot cable, but because it had an undeniably unique sense of character and layout?Those were the days.Over the last two or three years, the gaming industry has both grown exponentially and boiled down into a handful of basic elements. The greatest example of this is seen in the gamepad. Unless your controller connects to something with a Sony logo on it, there’s more than a good chance that it looks and feels like and Xbox 360 controller. Sometimes you find little differences, like the placement of the joysticks or the labels on the buttons, but the basic form-factor has spread to everything from little connected devices like the Ouya and Amazon Fire TV, all the way up to Nintendo’s Pro Controller for the Wii U.In many ways, this evolution of controller layout started with the Gamecube controller. The thicker center design with buttons that were comfortably spaced from the joysticks with wide-angled handles was around for three years before Microsoft unveiled the thoroughly refined Xbox 360 controller. Despite Nintendo’s initial push into this design, it’s more than a little obvious that everyone is now aping that flat black controller with the battery bulge on the bottom and the center menu controls at the top. Everything from the dual trigger layout to the matching D-pad-and-diamond-face-button layout is the standard, and it’s going to be that way for a while.Microsoft has already improved beyond the Xbox 360 controller with the existing gamepad, which supposedly cost the company $100 million in R&D to put together. While that figure certainly sounds outrageous, comparing the Xbox One and Wii U gamepads to the blocky Fire TV and Android TV dev kit gamepads reveals their differences in design philosophy. The same goes for Sony’s DualShock 4, which not only stands out in the crowd but is much sleeker and slimmer than anything anyone else is doing right now.There are a lot of good reasons to have similar gamepad layouts. We’re seeing multi-platform games where developers can publish to multiple stores with significantly less effort than in the past. This opens the door for indie game developers to seamlessly move between digital storefronts, like Steam and mobile app stores. It’s a great thing for developers and gamers, but it’s hard not to look at the landscape and feel like there’s a lack of gamepad improvement. Have we reached the pinnacle of gamepad design, or has this part of the industry slowed to appreciate the state of the market?Even future controller designs, like the Steam controller, are based on this same basic design. Valve claims to be doing some impressive things with vibration and touch with its upcoming controller, but it feels like the same basic formula is being followed. It feels like attempts to improve in this space, like Sony’s SIXAXIS controls and DualShock 4’s nuisance of a light bar, are quickly written off as gimmicks instead of being thoroughly explored by game developers.It’s hard to tell whether we should be cheering or mourning the fact that most of our gamepads look the same. On the one hand, you can pick up a gamepad for just about anything and quickly fall into a comfort zone, but on the other hand, the lack of forward momentum is a sign of the gaming industry as a whole right now. The lack of risk-taking, the never-ending push for sequels, and the ever creeping arm of the bro-shooter could very well be a symptom that we’re busy being told what to like. Whether or not that’s the actual case, it looks like things will be this way for a while.last_img read more

Connecting poles

first_imgThe Polish Institute in New Delhi is presenting the 2nd edition of the KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival with the aim of bringing acclaimed Polish movies to Indian audiences. The festval begins from 19 November to 12 December in Delhi and Mumbai. The Delhi edition will be hosted at the India Habitat Centre and the Alliance Française de Delhi. It celebrates the best of Polish cinema, including award-winning films from Poland’s great auteur and cutting edge, exciting work from a new generation of Polish film-making talent. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The Polish Institute is bringing new Polish films from the years 2012-2014 including the Oscar candidate from Poland Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski. We are also celebrating KrzysztofKieslowski’s Decalogue as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the series. ‘The great film maker’s retrospective will be shown at IFFI Goa as well,’ says Anna Tryc-Bromley, Director, Polish Institute, New Delhi.The Festival will kick off in Mumbai on 19 November and draw to a close in Delhi on 12 December. The two-city Festival is also split into two parts: the first, called Polish Cinema Now is focused on contemporary Polish cinema, and features some of the most recent film successes, including Andrzej Jakimowski’s highly-acclaimed Imagine, which opens the Delhi leg of Kinoteka in the presence of the director himself on 2 December, and that of his wife Ewa Jakimowska who worked on the film’s production design. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOther films in this section are also highly-rated such as Ida, which has been nominated for next year’s Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category . The second part of the Festival is a tribute to arguably Poland’s best known film director – Krzysztof Kieslowski. The Decalogue series, and on the occasion the first four episodes from it will be screened  as part of a Krzysztof Kieslowski Retrospective.Where: India Habitat Centre and Alliance Française de Delhi When : 19 November – 12 Decemberlast_img read more

Cubans bound for US inch closer arrive in Guatemala

first_imgRelated posts:Desperate Cubans mass at Nicaragua’s closed border After Central America slog, Cubans can expect US welcome First group of weary Cubans reaches US after long trek, long pause in Costa Rica Cuban migrants storm Costa Rica-Panama border demanding to pass GUATEMALA CITY — A group of 180 Cuban migrants took a step closer to their dream of a new life in the United States Wednesday after flying out of Costa Rica in a trial run designed to blaze a path for thousands of stranded compatriots to follow.The 109 men and 71 women are ultimately bound for the United States, which has a longstanding policy of accepting Cuban migrants.If their arduous plane-and-bus trip is successful, other flights will follow as early as next week, transporting more of the 7,600 other Cubans stranded in Costa Rica.The air bridge, organized by Latin American governments and the International Organization for Migration, became necessary when Costa Rica’s northern neighbor Nicaragua — a Cuban ally — closed its border to Cuban migrants in mid-November.The 180-strong group boarded a chartered aircraft in Liberia in northern Costa Rica, near Nicaragua’s border.They arrived just over an hour later at El Salvador’s international airport southeast of the capital San Salvador, disembarking with smiles and small bags.Accompanied by a police escort, they arrived in Guatemala later aboard four buses before dawn and kept going toward Mexico.After crossing Guatemala, the Cubans are to be dropped off at the border with Mexico with 20-day visas to make their own way to the U.S. border and to what they hope will be new lives in America.Joy and fearElation and trepidation gripped the Cubans ahead of their flight out of Costa Rica, where many have languished for weeks or even months.“I still can’t believe it. We could be arriving and I still won’t believe it,” said Liana Cabezas González, a 28-year-old interpreter who left Havana seven months ago, aiming to join her parents already in Miami.She and the others paid $555 for the trip from Costa Rica to Mexico’s border. The governments involved insisted the migrants bear the entire cost of their trip.But their joy was tempered by fears about running the gauntlet of Mexico’s fearsome narco-gangs.“We’ve heard a lot that in Mexico there are gangs like the Zetas that make attacks on roads and that there are dangerous zones,” said Yordani Casanova, a 33-year-old who left his herbal drinks business in Cuba to make the journey to the United States with his wife.Cabezas said she planned to minimize that risk by taking a domestic flight inside Mexico to a town close to the U.S. border.U.S. welcomeAt American border posts the Cubans can expect a relatively easy entry, despite not having American visas.Under a Cold War-era law, America welcomes Cubans under a scheme that gives fast-track access to permanent residency.Costa Rican officials were visibly relieved that there is finally movement to clear out some of the thousands of Cubans who have been piling up in shelters on its territory.Foreign Minister Manuel González said after the plane’s departure that the trip was organized for “humanitarian” reasons and he was confident of its success.But the chief of its migration service, Katia Rodríguez, told some of the migrants that those left behind and unable to pay for flights would have to wait for a solution.On Dec. 19 Costa Rica stopped giving visas to any more arriving Cubans and threatened deportation for any found entering clandestinely.As a result, some 2,000 other Cubans are now stranded farther south, in Panama. They have no access to the air bridge being organized and their fate has not been resolved.In shelters set up in churches and school grounds in northern Costa Rican towns, other migrants waiting for their own exit played with balls or washed clothes or relaxed on mattresses on the floor —  activities that have marked their long weeks in limbo.Read more about the Cuban migrant crisis in Costa Rica here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Video shows Turkish reporter held in Syria

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean On the video, Unal has bruises under his eyes. He says he crossed into Syria with foreign militants, and one image shows him holding a weapon. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Unal was coerced into making a statement and that Syria is responsible for his wellbeing.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ISTANBUL (AP) – Turkish television has broadcast a video of a Turkish journalist who is reportedly being held in Syrian government captivity.NTV television on Monday showed the video of Cuneyt Unal, a cameraman who was working for the U.S.-funded al-Hurra network when he and a colleague, Bashar Fahmi, were believed to have been captured while covering fighting in the northern city of Aleppo a week ago.Turkey’s Anadolu news agency says the video was first broadcast on a pro-regime television station in Syria. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more