Supreme Court dismisses appeal from Halifax man over dangerous offender status

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has decided not to hear an appeal from a Nova Scotia man fighting a ruling that labelled him a dangerous offender.Lloyd Eugene Bailey was convicted in 2010 of eight charges stemming from a December 2008 attack and sexual assault on a 19-year-old woman at a Halifax hotel, which was interrupted by a hotel manager responding to complaints of screams from Bailey’s room.A jury convicted him of three counts of sexual assault with a weapon and sexual assault causing bodily harm, and for trying to strangle the woman after drugging her.Crown attorneys applied at sentencing to have Bailey labelled a dangerous offender, which would keep him behind bars indefinitely, because of a history of assaults.A 65-page psychiatric report submitted during the dangerous-offender hearing concluded Bailey had a “markedly high risk” to reoffend.In 2017, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal upheld the trial judge’s decision to label Bailey a dangerous offender.Bailey then appealed to Canada’s top court, which has now dismissed his application.The court didn’t provide a reason for its decision, which is generally the case when announcing such rulings.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Algeria troops kill three suspected militants

first_imgAlgiers — Algerian troops killed three suspected militants on Wednesday as they pressed a sweep through mountains east of Algiers, which has now killed eight since March 11, the defence ministry said.The operation focused on an area of the mainly Berber Kabylie region close to the Mediterranean coast, ministry statements carried by the national APS news agency said.A commander of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has already been killed in the sweep through the Aghribs area of Tizi Ouzou province. In the 1990s, Algeria witnessed a decade of fighting between troops and Islamist fighters in which some 200,000 people were killed, according to official estimates.There has been a drop of violence in recent years, although groups affiliated with AQIM have remained active in the Kabylie region, as well as southeast of Algiers, usually targeting security forces.The deadliest attack took place in January last year when 37 foreign and Algerian hostages were killed in clashes with Islamist militants who had seized a gas complex deep in the Sahara Desert.last_img read more

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Scratch that itch and attend the Burlington winetasting event

By Emily Hutton (BA ’09) If you weren’t able to attend Brock Days Alumni Weekend or you’re itching at the chance to get together again with your friends and fellow alumni in the Stoney Creek, Burlington, Oakville area, well itch no more! On Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., there will be an alumni wine-tasting event at Appleby College in Oakville. This event will be hosted by two experienced alumni, winemaker Richie Roberts (BSc ’04) of Fielding Estate Winery and Kevin Ker (PhD ’10).Roberts was raised in the Niagara area and graduated from Brock’s prestigious Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), earned multiple awards and scholarships. He’s now the head winemaker at Fielding Estate Winery, using the unique characteristics of the Beamsville Bench terroir to his advantage to create extraordinary vintages.Kevin Ker (PhD ’10), on the other hand, is a recent Brock alumnus who found local and international success after graduating from the University of Guelph in 1980, speaking at conferences in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and China, just to name a few. Currently, Ker is a research associate for CCOVI as well as a part-time lecturer and professional affiliate.Together, they’ll teach you about the wine being poured as well as the wine industry, on both a local and international level. Perhaps you’ll find a new favourite wine as the holiday season begins mid-November.The last Burlington event was an etiquette dinner at the Paletta Mansion, which was a huge success. You won’t want to miss this wine-tasting event where hors d’oeuvres and different types of wines will be served.Tickets are $25 each. Register online. See who else is coming by responding and checking out the Facebook event.Event details:Date: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011Time: 7 p.m.Cost: $25 per personWhere: Appleby College, 540 Lakeshore Road W., OakvilleFor more information, please email Lynne Irion at lirion@brocku.caAlumni at last year’s Burlington Brock Alumni Network Etiquette Dinner read more

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US government to release decision on softwood lumber duties on April 25

MONTREAL – The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday it will announce on April 25 whether it will impose the first of two duties on Canadian softwood.A spokesman for the department said any countervailing duties would be applied on imports about a week later. A decision on anti-dumping duties is expected to be released May 5, but could be delayed.Analyst Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said he anticipates the Americans will impose “shock and awe” duties in the range of 30 to 40 per cent.“I wouldn’t be surprised if the preliminary rates come out really high,” he said from Vancouver.Softwood lumber prices have been rising sharply in anticipation of hefty duties. Quinn said he expects the prices will offset the combined duties as demand picks up during the peak home construction season.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in the House of Commons that she spoke about the softwood lumber issue Thursday with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.“We’ll not let the threat of countervailing duties weaken our negotiating position,” she said. “We’re looking for a good deal, not just any deal.”The U.S. Lumber Coalition formally petitioned the American government to impose duties last November complaining that Canadian lumber producers are unfairly subsidized — something softwood producers in Canada dispute.Forestry companies throughout Canada have said hundreds if not thousands of sawmill jobs are at risk if the U.S. imposes duties on Canadian softwood.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the U.S. Commerce Department spoke Friday. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 12:03 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. government to release decision on softwood lumber duties on April 25 read more

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Eastern European leaders at UN urge stronger cooperation to tackle threats to

Alyaksandr Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard “Poland actively participates among others in the international effort to arrive at a new climate agreement,” President Andrzej Duda said during his address at the annual debate. “We see the need for the permanent understanding to be reached in this field, one which will be joined by all states.”President Duda further highlighted Poland’s “impressive” track record in climate protection, noting that its economic transformation contributed to the lowering of CO2 emissions by 30 per cent in relation to 1990.He further stated that “mindful of the tragedy of World War II, and of communist times,” Poland also pledges to actively cooperate in building international order founded on law. Indeed, he said contempt of international law may turn out to be the “germs of war, ” explaining that this is currently visible in the Middle East where State institutions have been either excessively strained or replaced by private armies, terrorist militias, and self-proclaimed courts.“[The] international community has never had to struggle with a humanitarian crisis of such a scale as in the present day,” he declared. “At this point, I would like to mention with great satisfaction the outputs of Polish humanitarian organizations which lend active support to those in need.”The Polish leader stressed that women suffer twice as much during times of warfare and mass migrations. “First, when they lose their sense of security, knowing that warfare is raging around,” he explained. “And then, when they lose their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sometimes cannot even bury them. The tears of women distressed with war is the greatest charge against humanity in the 21st century.”President Duda also insisted that it is crucially important to continue the work on streamlining the effectiveness of the United Nations Security Council, the body responsible for protection of international peace. “In recent years, the right to veto led on many occasions to a total stalemate of the Council’s work on the most important security issues,” he warned. “This is why Poland supports the French proposal to adopt a code of procedure for refraining from a veto in the event when we are confronted with gravest crimes in the sense of international law, including the crime of genocide.”He recalled that the year 1945 is more than the end of World War II, noting that it is also the origin of the United Nations, which he described as the most fundamental mechanism for cooperation in international community for the sake of global peace and security.In his remarks, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus warned that the entire system of international security is going through a severe crisis. “Loss of mutual trust between global players, unwillingness to compromise and partial return to the ‘bloc-type’ confrontation have essentially put the world on the verge of a new war,” he told the General Assembly. “Efforts to impose upon other countries a certain development model continue unabated,” he said, stressing that foreign intervention regime changes have plunged previously stable countries into chaos and anarchy. “Do we feel better now that a number of national leaders were brutally murdered? Instead of promised democracy and prosperity people in these countries experience extreme suffering and are forced to flee,” he said.“This is why I am strongly convinced in the need to have a broad discussion in the United Nations about the principles of future coexistence of States and peoples.”Mr. Lukashenko decried “an artificial cult of individual rights and freedoms to the detriment of collective social interests” and called for “strong” States.“Of late, resounding calls for maximum freedom have put to test the basic foundations of human society, including the family, good morals and virtue,” he declared, voicing deep concern at the ongoing destruction of the traditional family in a number of countries where certain moral deviations and various social ‘innovations’ are called natural.“Under the guise of protection of human rights, overthrow of governments, destruction of States and wars over resources are being justified. Chaos and anarchy are proliferated. Predatory attitude to nature and pursuit of easy profit are cultivated.” read more

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The big question on National Fish and Chips day chunky or crispy

first_imgTODAY IS NATIONAL Fish and Chips day and over 200,000 people are expected to visit their local chipper to celebrate!The national day was created by the Irish Traditional Italian Chippers Association (ITICA) five years ago to celebrate the tradition of fish & chips.Over 180 ITICA members will offer half price fish and chips to mark the occasion.The association also carried out a survey to mark the day and find out more about our relationship with fish and chips.It found that 83 per cent of respondents are planning to mark today with a ‘one and one’ at their local ITICA chipper.When asked about the best part of the fish and chips experience over half of respondents said it was the ‘first delicious mouthful’ while 24 per cent love the ‘intoxicating aroma’ of vinegar soaked chips.A recount may be needed to find a winner between chunky chips soaked in vinegar or the crispy bits left at the bottom of the bag.Opinion was spilt with 40 per cent going for the chunky chips and 40 per cent for the crispy bits. One fifth were unable to choose between them!On the subject of accompaniments, 60 per cent claim they would never eat fish and chips without any salt, vinegar and/or ketchup.While 38 per cent said they would if they absolutely had to and a minority of 2 per cent claim that they’ve never added anything to their fish and chips.Read: 7 reasons the Irish chipper is a culinary marve>Read: Could you be the face of chippers in Ireland?>last_img read more

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French cardinal given sixmonth suspended sentence for helping to cover up child

first_img Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was given a six month suspended jail sentence today (file photo) Image: PA Images By Stephen McDermott Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 10:13 AM Short URL Mar 7th 2019, 10:13 AM https://jrnl.ie/4528193 24 Comments 10,711 Views center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share461 Tweet Email Image: PA Images Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was given a six month suspended jail sentence today (file photo) French cardinal given six-month suspended sentence for helping to cover up child abuse by priest Cardinal Philippe Barbarin failed to report the abuse of a child between 2014 and 2015. THE ARCHBISHOP OF Lyon has been given a six-month suspended sentence after being convicted of helping to cover up child abuse over a two-year period.Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was found guilty of failing to report the abuse of a child between 2014 and 2015.It follows long-standing allegations from victims’ groups that he failed to report a priest under his authority to police after learning of abuse that took place in the 1980s and 90s.However, prosecutors judged that those crimes were beyond the statute of limitations – meaning they were too old to prosecute – and declined to press charges.Barbarin becomes the most senior French Catholic cleric caught up in the paedophilia scandals that have rocked the church in recent years.The 68 year-old’s legal representatives said that he would appeal the judgement.“The reasoning of the court is not convincing,” his lawyer, Jean-Felix Luciani, told reporters. “We will contest this decision by all the means possible.”During the trial, victims accused Barbarin of being aware of the abuse allegations from at least 2010, and then trying to cover up the scandal under orders from the Vatican from 2015.Francois Devaux, who leads a victims’ group in Lyon, called today’s verdict a “major victory for child protection”.With additional reporting from – © AFP 2019last_img read more

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Following an ageold tradition Northern Greeces GoatMen kick in the new year

first_imgLegend has it that, during the Ottoman rule, no tax collector dared approach the village of Kali Vrisi was one of the few within the Greek mainland where people did not pay for the Haraç , the harsh tax imposed to non-Muslims. The reason? No tax collector dared approach the village, for fear of meeting the Babougera, the mythical beasts that lived in the area – or rather, the groups of men, dressed in animal skins, sporting goathead-like masks, who roamed the streets making noise, banging drums and cowbells. This was not the only time in history when Babougera were called to save the day. According to another legend, Alexander the Great had also employed the services of the cowbell-equipped animal-skin-clad men in order to scare the hordes of elephants Persian kings used in their army. Because the custom of men dressing up like goats is as old as time in the area. Believed to have started as a way to celebrate Dionysus, the god of wine, Babougera were the mainstay of fertility festivals, making noise in order to wake up the Earth, during winter. It was one of the many pagan traditions that passed on from the ancient religion to Christianity, and an annual revival is a staple in the calendar of the region, taking place after the blessing of the waters ceremony, during the Holy Epiphany. This year was no exception and last weekend, the Babougera parade brought mirth to the residents and visitors of Kali Vrisi, in a three-day celebration of wine, food, fertility and music which culminated, as always, with the ‘Dionysian Wedding’.Watch the video from Monday’s celebrations, courtesy of RuptlyTV. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Alexandria OcasioCortez quits Facebook says social media is a health risk

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags 7:49 Comments Share your voice 9center_img Senators grill Twitter and Facebook over alleged political… Facebook Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking a firm stance on Facebook and other social media. SOPA Images/Getty Images Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she’s quit Facebook even though the social media site was an important tool for her 2018 campaign. In an hour-long interview on Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery, the 29-year-old New York Democrat said social media poses a public health risk to everybody.”I personally gave up Facebook, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook. And Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time. I gave up on it. We still sort of have accounts on it,” Ocasio-Cortez told hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman in the podcast published Monday.Ocasio-Cortez said while screen time is particularly dangerous for children under three years of age, older people see negative effects like escapism and addiction. The congresswoman said she’s tried to establish social media rules for herself and set time limits on her Twitter and Instagram. “Like every once in a while, you’ll see me hop on Twitter on the weekends, but for the most part … when it comes to consumption and reading, I take the weekends off,” she said.Ocasio-Cortez joined the podcast to talk about the 2020 presidential candidates, how her term is going, President Donald Trump, Game of Thrones and more. Ocasio-Cortez’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Politicslast_img read more

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Vodafone UK Hackers broke into accounts of nearly 2000 customers

first_imgHackers had accessed the accounts of 1,827 of its customers this week, the second cyber attack on a British telecoms company this month, said Vodafone UK on Saturday.The attackers had potentially gained access to the victims’ bank sort codes and the last four numbers of their bank accounts, along with their names and mobile telephone numbers, a Vodafone spokesman said.”This incident was driven by criminals using email addresses and passwords acquired from an unknown source external to Vodafone,” he added in a statement.Only a handful of those affected in the Thursday morning attack had seen any attempts to use their data for fraudulent activity on their Vodafone accounts.”No credit or debit card numbers or details were obtained. However, this information does leave these 1,827 customers open to fraud and might also leave them open to phishing attempts,” the spokesman said.The company was contacting all those involved and that other customers need not be concerned, he said.Last week broadband, TV, mobile and fixed-line service provider TalkTalk said it had been hacked, potentially putting the private details of its 4 million customers into the hands of criminals.Less than 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes had been accessed. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with that attack.last_img read more

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6 held with 120 gold bars

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested six people along with 120 gold bars weighing 14kg from a bus on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Narsingdi’s Panchdona on Sunday, reports UNB. A team of RAB-3 raided the bus around 5:00pm and arrested the six people along with the gold bars, said assistant superintendent of police Abu Zafar, operation officer of RAB-3. Details of the raid will be revealed at a press briefing soon, said the official.last_img

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ICC decision on Rohingya atrocity offers real hope

first_imgRohingya refugee. File PhotoUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said the decision by the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) offers real hope for accountability for the crimes committed against Rohingyas in Myanmar, reports UNB.”Although the decision does not specifically address the crime of genocide, it offers real hope for accountability for the crimes committed,” she said while addressing the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday.She said support for the Court is indispensable for both justice and deterrence.”I urge all states to support the court, and in this, the year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of its founding with the Rome Statute, I call upon all remaining countries to sign or ratify the Statute,” said the UN human rights chief.She said genocide is always shocking but it is never committed without clear, multiple warning signs: a pattern of abuse against a group, intent to harm, a chain of command and finally a brutal and horrifying outcome.”In the case of the Rohingya, warning signs abounded: a people oppressed from birth to death, an army answerable to no one, and systematic, state-led human rights violations that went unpunished for decades, including arbitrary deprivation of nationality,” she said.Bachelet said states have the primary responsibility for prosecuting perpetrators, but the court’s use is wholly appropriate in cases where the state is unwilling or unable to deliver justice.”I welcome last week’s decision by the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court, which found that the Court has jurisdiction over the alleged deportation from Myanmar of Rohingya, and possibly other crimes,” she added.last_img read more

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EC unaware of attack on Kamals motorcade EC secy

first_imgHelal Uddin AhmedThe election commission (EC) on Friday said it does not know about the attack on Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain’s motorcade in the city.”We’re not informed about the attack on Kamal Hossain. None has so far complained with the commission regarding the matter,” said EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed while answering queries from newsmen at a briefing at Nirbachan Bhaban on Friday.Kamal Hossain’s motorcade came under attack allegedly by ruling party activists near the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur while returning after paying tributes to the martyred intellectuals, leaving at least 10 people injured, reports UNB.Kamal, however, managed to escape the attack unhurt.At a press conference on Friday, Kamal Hossain described the attack as a serious act of disrespect to martyred intellectuals.In the wake of repeated attacks on the opposition leaders and activists, election commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said that they have ordered the police not to harass ‘senior leaders’ of principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.About BNP’s allegation of mass arrest of the party’s leaders and activists, Helal Uddin said there were arrest warrants against many of them.“Police couldn’t arrest them in the past as they were fugitive. Now the police are arresting the warranted ones as they are coming out due to elections,” he said.  The EC secretary also said the army would be deployed for 10 days to maintain law and order situation.The armed forces would assist civil administration, Helal Uddin added.last_img read more

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RIP Panchayati Raj ministry

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered on his promise of “cooperative federalism”— getting the states involved in the country’s decision-making and overall development—through the Union budget. Just a few days before the budget, he accepted the 14th Finance Commission’s recommendation to increase the share of the states in the central tax pool from 32 per cent to 42 per cent. The budget also kept another promise—to give the states untied funds and letting them design their development programmes according to their priorities instead of the Centre imposing centrally-sponsored schemes. On the face of it, both the decisions are impressive and long overdue. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceBut Modi’s cooperative federalism, aimed towards a smoother Centre-state relationship, has almost smothered to death India’s third tier of elected governments- the panchayats. A year ago, while campaigning, Modi wanted the panchayat to be to the village what Parliament is to the country. But that commitment has not been reflected in his push for federalism.The budget has left the fate of ongoing development programmes in the hands of the state governments. These programmes include the Backward Regions Grant Funds, which is being implemented in 272 backward districts to fund their development deficit through the involvement of local governments, and the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyaan that aims to strengthen the capacity of Panchayati Raj institutions. Both the schemes, which come under the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, have not been allocated any fund. It has been left to the states to decide whether to continue with these schemes. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeQuite unbelievably, the budget of the Panchayati Raj ministry has been reduced to Rs 95 crore from last year’s Rs 7,000 crore. It is a death sentence for the ministry on its 10th anniversary. Technically speaking, the cut in the ministry’s budget does not mean panchayats will not get money. They are now supposed to get their funds from state governments. The 14th Finance Commission has allocated Rs 2,00,292 crore to panchayats for the next five years, starting April 2015, and the states will decide on how to transfer this fund to panchayats. The states have been demanding such an arrangement for a long time. Constitutionally, they are within their rights to make such a demand. But the fact is that they have never been proactive in helping panchayats. In India’s devolution index, the states have performed spectacularly low in devolving funds to panchayats.It is the most prominent stumbling block in making the world’s largest decentralisation experiment effective. Now that the states have been empowered to allocate funds, what would happen if they continue with their step-motherly treatment of panchayats?When the Union Panchayati Raj ministry had control over the budget, it could impose conditions on the states to devolve funds. But now the central government cannot do much if the states don’t hold elections to panchayats within the stipulated time period of six months after the local body completes its term. State governments, with all the funds and the control they now have, may further cripple the local bodies.Almost all the states have the power to terminate a duly-electedpanchayat. But the fear of being denied funds discouraged them from exercising this power. The new mechanism denies this security to panchayats. It is a distinct possibility that the states will now design and develop programmes where panchayats will just be implementing authorities. This kills the spirit of local governance to make people participants in their own development. DOWN TO EARTHlast_img read more

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Aereo Founder If We Lose We Have No Plan B

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 10 min read April 11, 2014center_img Enroll Now for Free Chaitanya “Chet” Kanojia is defiant. Losing isn’t even on his radar. He has no Plan B.Maybe he’s in denial, or maybe he’s just that unflinchingly confident. Either way, the serial entrepreneur is dead-set on expanding his controversial Aereo streaming TV service into 50 new coverage areas, even as he braces for a Supreme Court showdown later this month against the major broadcasters who claim the disruptive startup is illegally ripping off their copyrighted content.It’s almost as if he’s acting like it’s not happening, even announcing yesterday that Aereo subscribers, who can already watch and record live broadcast television on their smartphones, tablets, computers, and smart TVs thanks to him, will also be able to do so via Google Chromecast starting on May 29.Related: Aereo CEO: ‘We’re on the Side of the Angels’Kanojia’s already battled the old guard network TV Big Four (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) hell-bent to shut down his company — once in federal district court and twice in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals — and he won both times.Perhaps that’s why he thinks he stands a chance against them again in our country’s highest court, even despite the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent backing of the network and cable giants struggling to stay relevant. The feds also say Aereo is “clearly infringing” on the U.S Copyright Act by allowing its cord-cutting subscribers to snatch broadcast TV signals from the air and watch them online (for $8 to $12 per month) with its innovative micro antenna and DVR technology.   Meanwhile, several major players in the tech industry have filed Supreme Court briefs defending Aereo, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla, Yahoo and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They’ll all no doubt be watching, along with the rest of the media world, when the court delivers its final judgment in the watershed case, likely before the close of June.With so many, including Aereo investor Barry Diller, the media mogul who founded Fox with Rupert Murdoch, saying that the fight ahead is a win-or-die, the pressure is on.But Kanojia’s not sweating it. At least he’s not showing it if he is.Related: Aereo to Supreme Court: Our Service ‘Falls Squarely Within the Law’We spoke with Kanojia this week about the future of Aereo, and how he’s holding up as he counts down the days to the April 22 opening arguments in what promises to be a landmark Supreme Court case.Entrepreneur: Why do you contend that the big broadcasters are wrong, that what you’re doing is perfectly legal?Kanojia: For a very simple set of reasons. First, every consumer has the right to an antenna. Nobody disputes that. Every consumer has the right to make a recording for themselves of free to air television. Nobody disputes that either. And nobody disputes whether the antenna and DVR can be connected.So the dispute is how long can that wire be that connects the consumer to that equipment and there is nothing in the law that prohibits this idea that you can have remote equipment. In fact, there was an important Cablevision court case in 2008 in the second circuit in New York which concluded that the consumer had the right to have remote equipment and that was a case involving remote storage DVR technology as opposed to a set-top box home-based solution. So, you combine all of those reasons, and based on that precedent, we feel that what we are offering is an absolutely legal proposition.  This case, as much as it’s being sold as a copyright case, it’s not. It’s a case about trying to protect this idea of an integrated bundle that the media companies sell.Entrepreneur: Before you officially launched Aereo, did you consult with legal counsel to determine if what you were about to do would “fall squarely within the law”? Kanojia: Yes. I put a small team together, both from a legal and regulatory perspective, and also from an engineering perspective, to flesh out the idea for Aereo. We looked at whether A) Could we do this technically and at the right cost points? and B) Would it be legal? The answer was, yes, we can do it, and we will have challenges, but the law is on our side.Entrepreneur: Just two weeks before your company launched in beta mode (on March 1, 2012), broadcasters banded together and sued you for copyright infringement. Did you expect to go head-to-head with the broadcast TV titans — and to completely shake up “the entire TV industry” so incredibly quickly, though — even before Aereo’s launch?Kanojia: No, we didn’t. We went around and educated them first. Our hope was that they would see the light of the day and and realize that these are credible people that have built businesses before who are behind Aereo, that we had credible money and the concept behind it is based in real thinking and law. So they refused to work with us, as opposed to litigate, but unfortunately they chose the standard litigate-only path, of course.Entrepreneur: So far you’ve prevailed in the battle against the broadcast heavy hitters. Why and why do you think you stand a chance of beating the odds again?Kanojia: Because the law is on our side.Entrepreneur: What happens if you lose? To your company? To the streaming TV and cloud computing industries? To your current subscribers? Do you have a plan in place for the worst-case scenario?Kanojia: No, not really. Not really, we don’t have a plan for that.Entrepreneur: If you prevail in the Supreme Court, some of the broadcasters, like Fox, along with the NFL and the MLB, have threatened to move their programming to cable to skirt Aereo. Some of have said that they’ll reconsider what they offer for free over the air, effectively choking the supply of content to you. Do you think they’re bluffing? If they do choke their content off from you, what’s next for Aereo then?Kanojia: Consumers can expect an alternative to bundles from the cable system that’s their only option today. They can expect the company, as it always has, even in its short life, to continue to care about them more than just about making money, to care about creating and innovating and bringing new technologies to the forefront.Related: In Aereo’s Battle With Broadcasters, Justice Department Picks a SideRegarding the broadcasters choking off their content, that’s the rhetoric that gets used every time. And here’s the reality: 60 million people still use an antenna in some way, shape or form to watch TV, which is about 15 to 18 percent of households, and to say that what those 60 million people do is somehow bad for them, which is exercising their right to use an antenna, something they can do because it’s required to be a broadcaster… to offer the spectrum to them for free, it just doesn’t make any sense.  The impact of this case goes beyond just Aereo. It’s going to directly affect how cloud-based companies are allowed to operate in the future. Some of our friends of the court on our side, have very articulately expressed their concerns regarding this issue in front of the court because these statutes apply to everybody. This is not a case in front of the Supreme Court where people are debating if an antenna works or doesn’t work, or this or that. No facts are being appealed, right? It’s purely how does the statute work. It’s got some big, wide-ranging implications.  Entrepreneur: A lot of consumers want your product, but most providers don’t want to work with you. You would think that in order to be successful, all stakeholders have to see value in every link of the chain. Given that, where do you see your position in the value chain?Kanojia: Listen, you can’t take a monolithic view of this whole thing. Clearly consumers like this idea. They like what we’re doing. We have lots and lots of consumers signing up. (Note: We asked for the total number of current paying Aereo subscribers, but the company doesn’t publicly share the figure.)There’s also clearly an appetite for this model from new and emergent content creators who are looking for different ways to share their content and for eyeballs [viewers]. And, you know, not all broadcasters are against us. We have lots of people who have vast reach and are supportive of what we’re doing. We think that, ultimately, we will end up successful in creating a platform that will be useful to all types of constituents.  Related: Aereo to Broadcasters: Bring It OnNot every broadcaster hates us. A lot of independent, smaller broadcasters and media companies — anybody who’s not part of the cartel — likes us.  Entrepreneur: Aereo is a “new economy” business, but it’s constrained by the limitations of hardware: physical antenna, real-time encoders and limited bandwidth. Investing in physical infrastructure is expensive and risky. How do you plan to keep up with growth?Kanojia: Despite all of those clouds, we’ve put in $100 million into the company and I can assure you… [chuckles softly] there’s tons of capital sitting and waiting. All of these businesses, as you well point out, are easy to start, but difficult to scale because the capital requirements to scale are insane, right?Whether you look at a Pinterest or a Google or an Airbnb or at us, the amount of infrastructure we have to deploy in order to serve consumers in an effective way is pretty meaningful. I mean, you have companies that are spending several hundred million dollars, or billions of dollars, to build infrastructure up.For sure there’s money out there if you’ve got a business and I think that we’re demonstrating that the consumer appetite is there and our business dynamics are exceptionally good. As a technology company with very high margins made very, very quickly, and as a company that makes money, those barriers you listed are the least of my worries.  Entrepreneur: Are you still moving forward with your plan to majorly expand your service throughout the U.S., and to rollout Aereo 2.0, even in the face of this uphill battle?Kanojia: At this point, obviously we’re awaiting a favorable outcome at the U.S. Supreme Court in June. Still, Aereo 2.0 is the next phase for us, which includes the next generation of the product. We’re working pretty hard on it now, and it has some real advancements in terms of social features and better quality.The big business focus for us now is really the expansion into as many cities as we possibly can so we can start getting some scale.Entrepreneur: What’s the end game here? To sign up subscribers and quickly flip this? To redefine the law for a bigger play in the future? A patent play? Going up against the big broadcasters seems like a lot of work for such a huge business risk.Kanojia: The end game is this: We think that the ultimate model of content consumption includes choice, alternatives, and an open platform, and we hope to be the one to get that for people.Related: NFL, MLB to Supreme Court: If Aereo Wins, You’ll Have to Watch Sports on Cablelast_img read more

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This Is What Its Like to Strap a Microsoft HoloLens on Your

first_img Register Now » 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals July 10, 2015center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. So far Microsoft has been mostly tell and minimal show about its augmented reality HoloLens headset. Not any more. Today the tech giant finally revealed an extended glimpse into what it’s like to experience the world through its holographic-virtual reality hybrid wearable.Well, sort of, and it looks pretty awesome. That is if you don’t mind swallowing a load of gorgeous, computer graphics-enhanced “bullshot,” which the new HoloLens teaser video the company released yesterday is filled with.Basically, it’s an augmented take on Microsoft’s take on augmented reality. Wrap your mind around that.Related: How Microsoft’s HoloLens Could Boost the Race to Colonize Mars The two-and-a-half-minute highly produced promo, filmed at Microsoft partner Case Western Reserve University, features doctors and medical students exploring excellent visual effects simulations of human anatomy holograms. All of the users shown are, of course, wearing the highly anticipated innovative “mixed reality” face computer, which Microsoft first unveiled last January.In the video, the HoloLens users manipulate floating holographic “cadavers,” obviously spun by seriously talented computer graphics artists, in some really interesting ways. They peel away detailed chunks of muscle with waves of their hands and pinch their fingers in mid-air to move, isolate and examine specific bones, aortic valves and the like.  Check it out. The augmented fun starts at the 0:41 mark.Related: This New Virtual Reality Headset Tracks Your Eye MovementsThe idea is to use the HoloLens to make it easier, faster and more efficient for future doctors to better understand the ins and outs of the human body — without using real human bodies. For obvious reasons, fake holographic ones are easier to manipulate on the fly, anywhere, in and out of the lab or classroom.  Medical field academics aren’t the only demographic Microsoft is marketing the HoloLens as a game-changing teaching tool to. The Redmond, Wash.-based corporate colossus, which earlier this week announced another round of imminent mass job cuts, is also positioning the wearable as a simulation solution for the space industry. Last April, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory heralded its use of the translucent computerized goggles to simulate what it’s like to walks on Mars. Sign us up.Related: Does Virtual Reality Make You Feel Queasy? This Big, Fake Nose Might Help.Just last month, at the E3 video-game conference, Microsoft pulled off an eye-popping demo that showed how awesome it could be to play Minecraft in 3-D, with a fancy HoloLens snug on your mug.Promising peeks into a hologram-infused future seen through the lens of Microsoft’s mixed reality magic are cool and all, but what we really want to know is when and where consumer versions of the tech will be available for purchase and for how much. And will your average Joe be able to afford it…or even want one in the first place?Related: WATCH: Björk’s New Music Video Is a Dazzling Harbinger of VR Technologylast_img read more

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Plane carrying Canadians skids off runway in Guyana no major injuries

first_imgTags: Fly Jamaica, Plane Crash Friday, November 9, 2018 GEORGETOWN — Global Affairs says no Canadians were hurt when a Fly Jamaica airplane skidded off the runway at Guyana’s main international airport this morning.Spokesman Philip Hannan says 82 Canadian citizens were on board flight OJ256, which was travelling to Toronto.He says consular officials are ready to assist any Canadian impacted by the incident, which airline officials say took place less than 20 minutes after the plane took off from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.Fly Jamaica spokesman Carl Bowan says the plane experienced a hydraulic failure emergency and quickly returned to the airport, only to overshoot the runway.He says two elderly passengers were taken to hospital.The airport has set up a hotline for family members looking for assistance and information. By: The Canadian Press Share Plane carrying Canadians skids off runway in Guyana, no major injuries << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Wellington Corporate Travel Agency wins National Industry Award

first_imgWellington Corporate Travel Agency wins National Industry AwardTravel agency Orbit Wellington has been awarded ‘Best Brand Corporate Single Location’ at the TAANZ National Travel Industry Awards, which acknowledge excellence in the sector.Director and Business Owner of Orbit Wellington, Paul Rennie says the needs of the corporate travel market are rapidly evolving, and the recent honour acknowledges Orbit’s focus on the client and delivering the simplest, smartest business travel solutions.“Kiwi executives are travelling even more domestically and further afield than ever before, and with this business migration they have an increasing need for a 24/7 service, greater security while travelling and, rely more on technology to increase the efficiency of travel; whether it is managing their itinerary, tracking expenses or using the best booking systems available,” he says.Rennie says it is no longer just the domain of larger organisations with increasing numbers of SMEs requiring the agency’s services.Strong supplier relationships and preferred partner arrangements which benefit clients have also been key to the company’s ongoing growth, he says.“Our business approach is about providing our clients with a seamless service which means meeting their needs at all times – from thinking outside the box for providing travel solutions to our clients, to helping those stranded in emergencies – everything we do is done with the client top of mind”.Rennie says Wellington’s client focus extends to the company having created virtual offices which allow Orbit staff to work remotely during an outage, ensuring there is minimal downtime for clients needing essential travel services. “We even have the capability to set up remote offices around the world for clients that need business services during their own hours of business”.Orbit was also a finalist in the ‘Best Brand Corporate Multi Location’ category of the TAANZ Awards, and Orbit’s travel booking provider Amadeus won the ‘Best Technology Supplier’ Category.Source = Orbit World Travellast_img read more

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WTM London 2015 to be opened by Former Manchester United Boss

first_imgWorld Travel Market London 2015, the leading global event for the travel industry, will be opened by David Gill, Former Chief Executive of one of the world’s most valuable and well known football clubs Manchester United.Since joining the club as Finance Director in 1997, Gill lead the way to Manchester United becoming one of the world’s most valuable football clubs, now valued at USD 1.98 billion, overseeing four Premier League titles, three League Cups, one European Cup, one Club World Cup and an FA Cup since 2003.Gill stepped down as Chief Executive for Manchester United in 2013 but still remains a Non-Executive Director, and was responsible for the second highest-earning football club in the world, turning over annual revenue of Euro 518 million.Gill will open World Travel Market London 2015 on November 2 at ExCeL London at the WTM Leaders Lunch, which will host 200 of the industry’s most senior executives. This year’s lunch is organised in association with Mexico Tourism, WTM London’s Premier Partner.Last year’s event guest speaker was retail royalty Justin King CBE, Former CEO of J Sainsbury’s, and in 2013 Former Marks & Spencer Chairman and CEO Sir Stuart Rose took to the stage.World Travel Market, Senior Director, Simon Press said, “I am delighted David Gill has agreed to open World Travel Market London 2015.“Such a successful and well-known businessman, Gill’s knowledge of International business will no doubt offer transferable knowledge to the senior industry leaders of global travel brands sat in the room before him.“David Gill will kick off the four days of business deal negotiations between 5,000 exhibitors and 9,000 WTM Buyers’ Club members perfectly.”last_img read more

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Stocks Swell for Big Four as Construction Spending Rises

first_img May 1, 2012 407 Views Share Stocks Swell for Big Four as Construction Spending Rises Shares swelled for the nation’s four largest lenders Tuesday, with analysts crediting a rise in construction spending over March for a climb by the stock market to levels not seen in four years.[IMAGE]The Dow Jones Industrial Average cleared an important psychological hurdle by rising 65 points to 13,279, the highest in four years, according to several outlets.[COLUMN_BREAK]Shares rose for “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ by 2.47 percent accordingly, hitting $8.31 per share. “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ followed behind by 2.02 percent to reach $34.09 per share.””JPMorgan Chase””:http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm scaled to $43.79 per share on a 1.88 percent rise. “”Citigroup’s””:http://www.citigroup.com/citi/ shares went up 1.68 percent to end the day at $33.60 per share.Media outlets and analysts attributed the boon to a leap ahead in confidence for the Chinese and U.S. economies, with a slight rise in construction spending over March responsible for the latter.The “”Commerce Department””:http://www.commerce.gov/ said Tuesday that construction spending ticked up to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $808.1 billion, 1 percent more than revised estimates of $807.3 billion month-over-month and 6 percent above figures seen in March last year.Construction spending arrived at $171.2 billion, 6.7 percent above numbers seen in 2011.Private construction spending closed in on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $531.9 billion, 0.7 percent above February estimates, with residential construction at $244.1 billion in March and public construction at $276.2 billion.center_img Agents & Brokers Bank of America Citigroup Confidence Dow Jones Industrial Average Investors JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Private Construction Residential Construction Service Providers Shares Stocks Wells Fargo 2012-05-01 Ryan Schuette in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

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