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WWDC Update: Sony Signs On For Apple’s iRadio Streaming Music Service

first_imgnoah kravitz Tags:#Apple#Macbook Pro#streaming music#WWDC Apple has signed Sony Music on to its iRadio streaming music service, according to AllThingsD. The deal puts all three major music labels on board with Apple’s new service ahead of Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote address, where the service is now likely to be announced.Apple is also expected to unveil a redesigned iOS 7 mobile operating system with a “flatter” design and new MacBooks. Meanwhile, a hot new development house has released a note-taking app with a flat design thought to resemble the new OS. And there are also reports that Apple plans to update its Airport Extreme and Time Capsule routers with faster wireless connectivity.ReadWrite will have live coverage of the WWDC Keynote beginning at 10 AM Pacific, this Monday June 10.(See also WWDC Update: iRadio Signs Warner Music, Official App Hints At Flat iOS 7, New Macbook Pro Rumors.)Launching Monday, Available This FalliRadio, as reports have dubbed it, is thought to be a personalized online radio service that will be free to users, subsidized by advertising. Though an announcement may well be imminent, the service isn’t expected to be available to users until later this year, likely as part of Apple’s iOS 7 rollout in late Summer/early Fall.Reports over the last week pegged Universal Music and Warner Music as having signed on to iRadio, leaving Sony as the sole holdout Apple CEO Tim Cook wanted inked to the service ahead of any launch announcement. Apple has also already pivoted its iAd service to sign “big brand” advertisers to advertise on its new digital music service, which may be integrated into existing iTunes software or launch as a standalone software for mobile and desktop devices. Shares of would-be competitor Pandora fell 8% Monday on news that Apple had inked the Universal and Warner deals.(See aso iRadio To Be Free Free… With iAds.)Gruber’s Flat App, Refreshed RoutersQ Branch, a new iOS development house that counts noted Apple-centric blogger John Gruber amongst its co-founders, launched note-taking app Vesper yesterday. The app is notable in that it features a “flat” user interface design in line with the new visual direction Apple is said to be taking for iOS 7. Vesper generally eschews drop shadows and textures for a more minimalist design, as does Apple’s official WWDC conference app, adding fuel to the speculation surrounding the rumored iOS 7 design overhaul thought to be coming Monday.9to5Mac is reporting that Apple may also be prepping refreshes of its Airport Extreme and Time Capsule network routers for launch Monday. The report cites newly leaked SKU and pricing information that matches up with similar info for the current Airport Extreme and Time Capsule products, which are said to be in low supply. Both products would be upgraded to support the 802.11ac wireless networking standard, which supports faster Wi-Fi connections than do current versions of the devices. An earlier 9to5Mac report suggested that refreshed MacBooks with 802.11ac support will also be unveiled Monday.(See Also Expectations Lowered For Apple’s Big Developers Conference – WWDC – In 2013.)Image by Scott Schiller via Flickr. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

People, Plants and Partnerships – Extension Master Gardener Program

first_imgWith Spring here and gardening season now underway, we would like to talk about the Extension Master Gardener program through Cooperative Extension that helps Americans of all abilities to plant, grow, and harvest a garden. Extension Master Gardener programIn 1972, the Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program was created by the  Washington State Cooperative Extension in response to a high demand for urban horticulture and gardening advice. By the end of the decade, the EMG program had spread across the country.Master GardenerIndividuals who are passionate about horticulture and serving their communities can take a training through Cooperative Extension to become a certified Master Gardener (MG).  Though each community may have it’s own unique need, MGs across the nation share their time and expertise as volunteers; presenting workshops, answering gardening hotlines, planting demonstration gardens and teaching gardening through research-based information. There are more than 95,000 Master Gardeners nationwide, providing 5,000,000 hours of volunteer service annually.From National to InternationalComprised of MG state coordinators representing five geographical Cooperative Extension regions (Northeast, North Central, Northwest, Southwest, South Central and Southeast) and the directors of nationwide projects, the Extension Master Gardener National Committee (EMGNC) was formed in an effort to provide a national focus and contact point.In an effort to provide MGs and Extension specialists the opportunity to come together to learn and exchange ideas and concerns, an International Master Gardener (IMG) conference is held every two years.Junior Master Gardener for YouthThe Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program is an international youth gardening program through Cooperative Extension that was created and managed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.  Throughout schools and clubs, the JMG program engages youth in hands-on group and individual learning experiences,  providing an opportunity for kids to develop an appreciation for the environment,  find a love of gardening and cultivate the mind. Want to know more about the Jr. Master Gardener program? Check out: Extension Master Gardener Point of Contacts Florida Wendy Wilbergardening@ifas.ufl.ed(352) 392-1831 ext. 331IndianaJohn 496-7956MarylandJon 531-5572Alicia Bembenek, 531-1754MinnesotaTim 301-3482MississippiJeff 566-8019New MexicoKelly 865-7340OklahomaDavid 744-5158last_img read more

Naidu embarks on longest ever ‘padayatra’

first_imgFaced with a now-or-never situation to return to power in the 2014 assembly elections, former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday embarked on a marathon 2,340 km-long “padayatra” (foot march) to reach out to the people across the length and breadth of the state.Risking his health, 63-year-old Naidu began his arduous walkathon, “Vasthunna Mee Kosam” (I am coming for your sake), from Hindupur in Anantapur district. In the morning he offered floral tributes to the party’s founder-president N.T. Rama Rao at NTR Ghat in Hyderabad, besides Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his birth anniversary. He flew down to Bangalore along with his wife Bhuvaneshwari and son Lokesh Naidu and reached Hindupur by road.He offered prayers at the Suguru Anjaneyaswamy temple in Hindupur and started the padayatra after garlanding the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Jyothirao Phule and NTR and unveiling a pylon. On the first day, he would cover 8.7 km.The 117-day marathon yatra would cover as many as 13 districts, including Anantapur, Kurnool, Mahabubnagar, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam, East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and end at Ichchapuram in Srikakulam district on January 26, 2012, coinciding with the Republic Day.Sporting imported Duomax imported shoes, Naidu will walk at the rate of 12-15 km every day and is taking care to maintain his stamina and health. Besides the 1,000 party workers slated to accompany him all through the walkathon, party leaders have arranged a team of doctors, a personal cook and other paraphernalia. While Naidu is avoiding the special protection group security cover, the government is ensuring that he is provided with adequate security during the yatra.If completed without any hitches, Naidu’s padayatra is going to be the longest ever taken up by any politician. In 2003, former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy undertook the historic padayatra, Praja Prasthanam, of about 1500 km, starting from Chevella in Ranga Reddy district to Itchapuram in Srikakulam district in mid-summere; the yatra catapulted YSR to power in the 2004 assembly elections.For Naidu, the padayatra is going to be one last attempt to get back to power after a gap of 10 years. With the ruling Congress party in dire straits and his main rival YSR Congress party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy cooling his heels behind bars, the TDP president has found it an excellent opportunity to reach out to the people and win back their confidence.”It is my responsibility to call on the people who are in deep distress. There is absolutely no governance in the state and the people are suffering due to ever increasing prices of essential commodities, severe power cuts and drought. During my padayatra, I want to meet the people, understand their miseries and instil confidence among them. I am sure they will understand the difference between my rule and the present regime,” Naidu told the media before embarking on the padayatra.Naidu is confident that the people would repose confidence in him, as they were disgusted with the 10-year Congress rule. He is trying to convince the people that TDP is the only genuine opposition party in the state, while YSR Congress party would have to get merged with the Congress sooner or later.advertisementlast_img read more

Wasteful Mets Fall to Phils, 3-2

first_imgNEW YORK — The Mets had runners at second and third with none out in the fifth inning and came up empty. Only fitting on a night when they wasted chances in just about every way possible.New York left 15 on base and lost 3-2 in 11 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies on May 10 in a game full of missed opportunities.“You’ve got the infield back; they’re giving you a run,” Manager Terry Collins said about the fifth. “All we had to do was put the ball in play.”Time after time the Mets failed to get the big hit, going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.The Mets returned home after a 2-6 road trip that ended with a three-game sweep in Miami and a 23-inning scoreless streak. They quickly ended the drought on Curtis Granderson’s RBI double in the first but then reverted to their struggling ways until the eighth, when David Wright doubled in the tying run off Antonio Bastardo.New York loaded the bases in each of the first two innings against Roberto Hernandez. The Mets also put two runners on in three other innings, including the fifth when shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ errant throw on a potential double-play ball put two in scoring position.But Josh Satin, starting at first base because Lucas Duda was out with a stomach flu, struck out and newcomer Wilmer Flores also was fanned by Hernandez. Travis d’Arnaud then grounded out to end the threat.“He was amazing, phenomenal,” Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd said of Hernandez. “That’s what it’s about, picking up your teammates.”Byrd certainly did that, driving in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning with an opposite-field double down the right field line.Chase Utley had three hits and scored all the Phillies’ runs, two on singles by Domonic Brown, to help Philadelphia end a four-game skid and beat the Mets for the first time in six meetings.Carlos Torres (2-2), the seventh Mets pitcher, gave up a one-out double to Utley and intentionally walked Ryan Howard. Byrd, who played for the Mets last season, reached low and away to send a liner inside the foul line.“He’s got a great mentality for that. He’s always on the positive side and he’s always up there,” Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg said. “He’ll grind it out. He’ll grind out a game and that’s what he demonstrates.”After the big hit by Byrd, the Phillies left the bases loaded in the 11th, only fitting as the teams combined to strand 32 runners on a damp night in a game that took 4 hours, 39 minutes.Jonathan Papelbon earned his 10th save. Mario Hollands (1-1) got the win.While the Mets wasted opportunity after opportunity, the Phillies were hardly better in their first game since Toronto swept four from them in a home-and-home interleague series. Philadelphia stranded 17 at Citi Field and couldn’t capitalize on 11 walks — three intentional.Brown and Utley teamed in the third and fifth against Jenrry Mejia to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.Utley led off the third with a double and advanced to third base on Howard’s fly to left field. After a walk to Byrd, Brown fisted a soft liner the opposite way to left to tie it 1-all.Brown drove in Utley in the fifth with another hit dunked into left field.Mejia gave up two runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. He walked three, hit a batter with a pitch and struck out four.“He kept the damage to a minimum, even though he had deep pitch counts, even though he had walked some guys,” Collins said. “When he had to he made some pretty good pitches. They did not hit him hard.”Mets fans got excited in the third when Mejia’s weak fly to left looked as though it had a chance of dropping. Instead, a charging Brown made the catch to leaveNew York pitchers 0 for 59 this season.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Flight recorder analysis begins after Leicester City helicopter crash

first_imgLeicester news Twitter Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the son of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and players look at tributes left at the stadium. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters Leicester City players visit memorial to club’s owner at stadium – video Share on Twitter Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha 0:36 Facebook Reuse this content The Air Accident Investigations Branch has recovered the digital flight data recorder from the helicopter in which the Leicester City owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and four other people died in a crash. The AAIB said it would begin analysis immediately.The helicopter crashed on Saturday night outside the football club’s stadium. Leicestershire police have named the other people killed as Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, both members of Vichai’s staff, the pilot Eric Swaffer and another passenger, Izabela Roza Lechowicz.The AAIB said: “We recovered the digital flight data recorder (voice and data) on Sunday afternoon and one of our inspectors travelled back to Farnborough with the recorder the same evening. Today our inspectors in Farnborough will start working on the recorder, which was subject to intense heat as a result of the post-accident fire. Twitter Share on LinkedIn Read more “I was lucky to have known Vichai for several years,” he said. “He was a businessman of strong values who was dedicated to his family and who supported a number of important charitable causes. He made such a big contribution to football, not least through Leicester City’s magical 2016 season that captured the imagination of the world. He will be missed by all fans of the sport and everyone lucky enough to have known him.” The prime minister tweeted: Theresa May (@theresa_may)My thoughts are with those family, friends and supporters connected to the tragic crash outside Leicester City’s stadium on Saturday night. The outpouring of grief is a testament to how many people’s lives were touched by those on board.October 29, 2018 Schmeichel, said he was “totally devastated and heartbroken”. He said of Vichai: “Never have I ever come across a man like you. So hard-working, so passionate, so kind and so generous in the extreme. You changed football. Forever! You gave hope to everyone that the impossible was possible.”Vardy said on Instagram: “Struggling to find the right words, but to me you are a legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club. Thank you for everything you did for me, my family and our club. I will truly miss you.” Vichai’s wife, Aimon, and son Aiyawatt pray after laying wreaths outside the King Power Stadium. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Share on Facebook Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: King Power mogul who became Leicester’s king Support The Guardiancenter_img Share on Messenger Facebook Helicopter crashes Leicester City Facebook Earlier, Aiyawatt and his mother, Vichai’s wife Aimon, placed a wreath among the multitude of flowers, Leicester City shirts and flags.Since the confirmation on Sunday night that all five people onboard were killed, tributes have poured in from the world of football and beyond. On Monday, the Duke of Cambridge, who is president of the Football Association, offered his condolences to family and friends of the victims. Facebook Share on Pinterest Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy pays respect to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at the King Power Stadium. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Vichai, 60, was a hugely popular figure at Leicester, having bought the club for £39m in 2010. With his backing, the club won the Premier League in 2016 for the first time in its history, defying odds of 5,000-1 in a fairytale season.The self-made billionaire and father of four was also respected locally for his charity work, having donated £2m to Leicester children’s hospital. His surname, meaning “light of progressive glory” in Thai, was bestowed on him by the late King Bhumibol of Thailand in recognition of his corporate and social responsibility programmes.Witness reports indicated that the helicopter only just cleared the roof of the stands, stayed in the air briefly and then spiralled down to earth after reportedly developing a fault with its tail rotor. The aircraft crashed and burst into flames after impact where it lay on land owned by the club, near a car park used by Leicester’s staff, which was empty at the time.Witnesses praised Swaffer, who was at the controls when the helicopter crashed, as a hero for guiding it away from crowds on the ground. Play Video Since you’re here… Pinterest Topics Leicester players pay their respects at the sea of tributes to the victims of the helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Twitter Lucie Morris-Marr, who was friends with Swaffer for 18 years, told the Press Association: “It doesn’t surprise me that he would have done all he could to save lives and do everything in his power to avoid a worse outcome in those final moments. He was an incredible person and very focused when flying.”Lechowicz was also a professional pilot, and she and Swaffer lived together in Camberley, Surrey. She had moved to the UK from Poland in 1997 and was recently selected by her country’s embassy in London as one of 18 inspirational Polish women.Writing this year for the embassy website about her path to becoming a pilot, Lechowicz said she had been inspired by her partner whom she met shortly after coming to the UK. “He took me out for a few flights and that is how it all started,” she wrote. “I knew this is something I want to do from the moment I touched the controls for the first time.”The Polish embassy described Lechowicz as “a wonderful pilot” who “created a positive image of Poland in the UK”. Share via Email Pinterest Share on WhatsApp “Our inspectors are continuing to work with the police on site. We expect to be here until the end of the week, at which point we will transport the wreckage to our specialist facilities in Farnborough for more detailed examination. In the meantime, we are still gathering evidence as part of our investigation.”Among the mourners who paid their respects to the victims on Monday were the Leicester players and Vichai’s family. The manager, Claude Puel, and the team did a lap of the cordon placed around the flowers before standing in silence with fans for several minutes to pay their respects.Some had arms around each other’s shoulders and some bowed their heads. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who was seen at the King Power Stadium moments after the crash, wiped away tears as he stood next to his teammate Jamie Vardy and Vichai’s son, Aiyawatt.When the players, who were all dressed in black, finally departed the crowds started to applaud. Schmeichel put an arm around Aiyawatt, the club’s vice-chairman, known as Top, who then grasped his hands together in prayer. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

Young London Shipping Professionals Losing Confidence

first_imgzoom A new survey by The Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) has shown that young professionals are less confident about the markets in which they operate, with fewer of them expecting any major investments or significant developments over the next 12 months compared to the stats from the survey performed in 2013.The respondents working in the shipowning, shipbroking, ship management, chartering, advisory and associated industries in London recorded an overall confidence level of 6.2, out of a maximum possible score of 10, in the markets in which they operate. This compares with the rating of 6.4 recorded when the survey was run previously, in September 2013.On a scale of 1 to 10, respondents expressed an overall expectation of 5.8 when asked to gauge the likelihood of their business making a major investment or significant development over the next 12 months. This compares with the 6.4 recorded two years ago.”The level of confidence expressed by young shipping professionals working in the London market has declined over the past two years, since SPNL first canvassed their views. This is disappointing, although not surprising given the events of the past two years. But it is still a result which would please a lot of other industries,” Claudio Chistè, chairman of SPNL, said.Respondents were also asked for their opinion of likely rate movements in the tanker, dry bulk and container ship markets over the course of the next year. 35% overall thought that tanker rates were likely to increase, as against 50% in the 2013 survey. In the dry bulk sector, 35% of respondents overall expected rates to increase, down on the 45% recorded in 2013. 29% of respondents overall expected rates to rise during the next 12 months in the container ship market, compared to 31% in 2013.”Shipping faces serious challenges on a wide variety of fronts – from overcapacity, competitive pressure and environmental concerns, to political unrest and strict regulatory oversight. The industry has responded well, with its traditional blend of practicality and entrepreneurialism, and will doubtless continue to do so,” Chistè said.”There are reasons to be cheerful. The net sentiment gleaned from our survey in terms of the prospects for rate improvements over the next 12 months is positive in the three main tonnage categories. Over 45% of the young professionals who responded rated the prospect of their business making a major investment over the next 12 months at 7 out of 10, or higher. That is not an indicator of a moribund industry; rather it is a vote of confidence.”Respondents identified competitiveness, taxation and the ability to adapt to a fast-changing environment as the three leading challenges for London to remain a relevant global maritime centre, as they were in the 2013 survey.Some urged London to establish stronger partnerships with Asian maritime hubs such as Singapore and Hong Kong, and to use this as a springboard to the rest of Asia. At the same time, London was cautioned not to let its best, most experienced people migrate to Asian maritime centres, and to be aware of the effect on its competiveness of operating and employment costs.The survey, organised in conjunction with international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens, also revealed a broad consensus that London’s status of a a relevant maritime global centre would be strengthened by the U.K.remaining part of the European Union.last_img read more

Japanese Consortium to Develop Autonomous Shipping System

first_imgzoom Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism has selected a joint project led by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding to develop a technological concept for autonomous ocean transport system for its FY2017 Transportation Research and Technology Promotion Program.The research consortium of the project is comprised of MOL, Mitsui, the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), Japan Ship Technology Research Association, and Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) Inc.The consortium members will develop the technological concept for autonomous vessels, drawing upon the strengths of each participating company and organization, setting a course toward development of the technology needed to realize autonomous vessels that can provide reliable, safe, and efficient ocean transport, MOL said.In addition to promoting technology for autonomous ocean transport systems, the project will foster a movement to develop the required infrastructure and win public support for implementation of these advanced technologies by sharing the results with society and the maritime industry as the research progresses.The project will also examine ties to research and development on business concepts, systems, infrastructure, and societal implementation related to autonomous ocean transport, which is being planned by the Japan Ship Technology Research Association.last_img read more

Man who left partner after buying winning lotto ticket to get half

first_imgAn Ontario man who left his common-law partner after buying a winning lottery ticket has been awarded half the roughly $6 million jackpot while the rest of the prize remains in legal limbo.The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. has ruled on the dispute, saying it confirmed Maurice Thibeault purchased the ticket in the Sept. 20 draw and will pay him half the winnings around the end of the month.The agency says it will hold on to the other half for 45 days, during which Thibeault and his ex-girlfriend Denise Robertson, who argues she’s owed half the winnings, can still settle the matter privately or decide to take part in the OLG’s arbitration process.After that, however, it says the money will be turned over to the courts to rule on.Thibeault’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment. Robertson’s lawyer, meanwhile, says she is weighing her next steps.Steve Pickard says his client feels the OLG’s decision puts her in an unfair position because she’ll have to rely on her own resources to fight for the other half of the winnings while Thibeault will have access to millions of dollars from his payout.Thibeault and Robertson lived together in Chatham, Ont., for a few years and bought lottery tickets together every week, each taking turns to make the purchase, Pickard said. They always shared their winnings, he said.When it was announced that one of the winning tickets had been bought in their city, Robertson asked Thibeault if they had won, which he allegedly denied, her lawyer said.A few days later, Robertson came home from work to find that Thibeault had moved out and taken all his things, Pickard said. She then learned from mutual friends that Thibeault had won the lottery and quit his job, the lawyer said.But before Thibeault could collect the money, Robertson and her lawyers obtained an injunction barring the OLG from doling out the prize. The agency sent a letter to Robertson last week saying it had completed its investigation and would pay Thibeault around Dec. 30.Pickard said they could seek another injunction as they figure out how to proceed.In a statement, Robertson suggested she hoped to resolve the dispute out of court.“I keep hoping that Maurice will simply do the right thing and acknowledge our agreement to share, knowing that he would have expected me to share with him if I had been the one to go to the store that day,” she said.last_img read more

UN human rights experts call on US to halt todays execution of

Yesterday the Board of Pardons and Paroles in the state of Georgia declined clemency to Mr. Davis, 42, who is reportedly set to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. local time for the 1989 shooting death of a police officer.“Not only do we urgently appeal to the Government of the United States and the state of Georgia to find a way to stop the scheduled execution, but we believe that serious consideration should be given to commuting the sentence,” the experts stated. The experts – the UN Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns; the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul; and the Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Méndez – deplored that the case mainly relied on the testimonies of witnesses which contained “serious” inconsistencies. Many of the witnesses affirmed that they had been pressured or coerced into testifying against Mr. Davis, or recanted or changed their testimony, noted a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “We recall that the death penalty may only be imposed when the guilt of the person charged is based upon clear and convincing evidence, leaving no room for an alternative explanation of the facts,” the experts stressed. They reminded the US Government of its obligation to ensure that anyone under its jurisdiction receives a fair trial, as required under article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). “Given the irreversible nature of the death penalty, it is crucial that fair trial standards are fully respected in all judicial proceedings related to offences punishable with the death penalty,” said the experts, who all report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity. 21 September 2011Three independent United Nations human rights experts have called on the United States Government to stop the execution scheduled for later today of Troy Davis, amid concerns that he did not receive a fair trial. read more

Two Chinese arrested with cash and gems

They had attempted to take the cash and gems to New Delhi via a Srilankan Airlines flight when they were arrested last afternoon (Saturday).Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) Two Chinese Nationals were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport with US$ 50, 690.00 and Baht 133,400 valued at Rs. 7,372,626.00, the Customs Department said.A Customs Department spokesman said that the two Chinese, aged 26 and 59, also had in their possession 46 Gems (Garnet) valued at Rs. 452,800.00, all concealed in their hand bags. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse focused on not looking past Marquette

Returning home from a tough road trip to Jacksonville with a 2-0 record, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will set its sights on this weekend’s home matchup with the Marquette Golden Eagles. Led by senior attacker and captain Logan Schuss’ nine goals over the past two games, the Buckeyes’ offense has been flying high this season, averaging 11.5 goals per game in the first two games of the season. It also earned Schuss Eastern College Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. Sophomore midfielder Jesse King, who scored two goals Sunday against Jacksonville, said he looks to continue that trend against Marquette. “I think it’s our whole offense, we are slowly starting to come together and build that chemistry between us,” King said. “I know we have the first two lines, that everyone is very capable of scoring.” Two areas in which the Buckeyes struggled during the preseason were winning groundballs and turnovers, and coach Nick Myers said he put a heavy focus on those issues heading into the year. The coach’s message has apparently sunk in as OSU leads its opponents 59-45 in groundballs won. “Groundballs is a stat that speaks to extra possession, that speaks to an effort level, that speaks to a tenacity that certainly we pride ourselves on,” Myers said. “That’s a key component to our success.” A win Saturday is much needed for OSU, which hopes to capture as many wins as possible before what might be a touch stretch in the month of March. Five of the Buckeyes six games in March are against teams ranked in the top 11, including current No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 1 Loyola (Md.). Freshman attacker Carter Brown knows the schedule ahead will be rough, but isn’t overlooking an inexperienced Golden Eagles squad. “We got the board ‘beat Marquette’ in the locker room, just stick to our next game,” Brown said. “Coach has done a great job, telling us just don’t look past our next opponent.” For OSU it is harder to prepare for a team like Marquette, who is in its first season as a program. “I think people underestimate the ability with a first-year program,” Myers said. “It’s a little unsettling knowing they haven’t played and that we have no film. We have very little preparation, and I know they have film on us.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Golden Eagles at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

Football Marshon Lattimore declares for the draft

Thank you all!— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) January 11, 2017 OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) intercepts a pass during the first half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore announced in a tweet on Wednesday he will forgo his last two seasons with the Buckeyes and declare for the NFL draft.“With that being said, it’s been a pleasure playing at the best program in the country,” Lattimore said in a tweet. “I’m looking forward to continuing the Buckeye legacy on Sundays. I need all of you there for me as I go through this process of trying to become the best cornerback, thank you all! O-H!”Lattimore now joins redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley as players in the Ohio State secondary to declare early for the draft. Projections have Lattimore as a first-round pick and the No. 3 ranked cornerback in the draft class, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.Lattimore was able to make an impact in the passing game reeling in four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, plus nine pass deflections. Additionally, he made 38 total tackles in the 2016 season. In his final game against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, Lattimore had 3 total tackles. read more

Ohio State mens basketball set for homeandhome series with Connecticut

OSU coach Thad Matta looks on during a game against Bryant Dec. 11, 2013 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48.Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team is scheduled to play a home-and-home series against the University of Connecticut, coach Thad Matta announced Wednesday via a press release.OSU’s matchup with the Huskies is set to begin Dec. 12, 2015 when the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Connecticut. The Huskies are then scheduled to visit Columbus Dec. 12, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center.According to the release, the 2015 game will take place in one of two locations: the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., or the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.The Buckeyes hold a 3-1 all-time record against Connecticut, with the most recent matchup coming in 1992 when OSU beat the Huskies 78-75 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Connecticut’s lone win in the series came with a 72-67 victory against OSU in the 1988 NIT Championship Game. The Buckeyes beat the Huskies in Columbus in 1983 and in Hartford, Conn., in 1984.OSU’s 2014 season is scheduled to begin Nov. 14 against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Columbus. read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State falls to Lindenwood in four sets despite seasonhigh

Then-junior setter Sanil Thomas sets the ball during the second set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterSeason-high offensive production was not enough for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team on Friday night, falling to Lindenwood in four sets, 25-21, 30-28, 17-25 and 25-20. The Buckeyes (7-16, 2-7 MIVA) used the return of senior setter Sanil Thomas and junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss to attain a season-high 65 kills on the night, but their 42 total errors compared to 23 by Lindenwood (8-15, 4-6 MIVA) kept the Buckeyes from establishing a rhythm and winning more than a single set. “I thought at times our offense was really, really good,” Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said. “But it just seemed like there were crucial moments where an error would pop up when we could really separate ourselves from [Lindenwood].” The Buckeyes opened up an 8-5 lead early in the second set thanks to a three-point run, including a kill by Devilbiss, a combined block by Devilbiss and redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson and an ace by freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley. Ohio State extended its lead to as many as five, but a late 6-1 point surge by the Lions tied the match at 23. A kill by redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jake Hanes gave Ohio State set point, but a kill by Lindenwood freshman outside hitter Phil Swartz took the set to overtime. The Lions and the Buckeyes traded single-point leads, but an Ohio State attack error and a kill by Swartz pushed Lindenwood over the Buckeyes in the second set, 30-28. Swarts led the Lions with 14 kills and three aces, also contributing three digs. As a team, Lindenwood mostly had their way offensively tallying 47 kills on .404 hitting. Hanes led the Buckeyes with 17 kills, adding two digs, while Devilbiss finished with 14 kills and two aces, adding three digs and a block assist. Thomas accounted for 60 assists, a kill, two aces, three digs and a block assist. His 60 assists tie his career high for the Buckeyes, which he set in a four-set win over Loyola Chicago during the 2017-18 season. Thomas said the offensive production has a lot more to do with the hitters than his own play. “The 60 assists is a lot on the hitters,” Thomas said. “It’s a testament to them. I have good hitters around me.” Kills by Talley, Hanes and redshirt sophomore outside hitter Tyler Alter gave Ohio State a 13-9 lead early in the third set. The Buckeyes extended their lead to as many as eight points leading to a 25-17 third set victory, forcing a fourth set. The Buckeyes were firing on all cylinders in the third set, hitting at a .818 clip with zero attack errors and five service errors, their lowest error in a set all night. But the fourth set led to relapse, as Ohio State committed six attack and six service errors. Lindenwood jumped out to a 20-16 lead in the fourth set thanks to a four-point run including kills by Swartz and senior middle blocker Connor Hipelius. The Lions rode the four-point margin to match point, at which point Leeson committed his first and only service error, handing the Lions a 25-20 set victory and a 3-1 match triumph. Ohio State will try to split the weekend against Quincy at 7 p.m. on Saturday at St. John Arena. read more

Coal a major player in top 10 global energy trends by 2020

first_imgThe global energy industry is undergoing unprecedented changes. Rapid increase in energy consumption in the developing world will be the key driver of growth for the global energy market. China is becoming the world’s largest consumer. Huge demand for power will come from Africa and India as well, thanks to the development and electrification in rural regions. Market participants have to start preparing for the oncoming spike in demand. To help companies effectively navigate the market as well as successfully achieve growth objectives, Frost & Sullivan presents the Top Ten Global Energy Trends expected to dominate by 2020.Beatrice Shepherd, Frost & Sullivan’s Director CEE, Russia & CIS, in a presentation entitled Energy Policy of the Future: Top Ten Global Trends noted, “In today’s increasingly changing and competitive environment, market participants must continuously look for promising business opportunities. The energy industry, a key sector to the world economy, is particularly important and must be closely monitored in order to maximize investment returns by understanding what is impacting the market.”The main trend in the global energy industry is power demand growth, as the world energy consumption is projected to increase by 44% from 2006 to 2030, (Energy Information Administration, US, 2009). Europe, with its ageing fleet of power plants would require approximately 25 GW of additional generation capacity annually up to 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan estimation. Demand for power in Africa, China and India will rise with rural electrification efforts. Developed countries will significantly support the energy demand by endorsing expansion of the electric and hybrid vehicles. Global electrification will reach 80% by 2020.A new age of natural gas is coming with the massive boost in LNG availability. “The really interesting development is the quick rise in what is called ‘unconventional gas’ supplies,” says Shepherd. “The US has already overtaken Russia in 2009 as the world’s largest gas producer due to surging production of shale and coal seam gas.” The search for unconventional gas is developing in China and Europe; however the procedures of extracting gas are still being considered.Clean coal commercialisation is the next important trend listed by Frost & Sullivan. “Clean coal technologies will continue to play an important part in the coal power generation industry over the next few years with increased investments in the area,” notes hepherd. Technologies that have a long-term potential are carbon capture and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC).A global revival of the nuclear sector, mainly driven by China, India and Russia, is another significant theme in the energy industry. Nuclear energy is considered one of the most cost-effective technologies to meet the ever-increasing demand for electricity and also a crucial contributor to energy independence and security of supply. The number of partnerships and co-operation agreements is increasing along the entire nuclear value chain to keep pace with the strong global demand.Governments around the world have declared policies supporting renewable energy development – the EU plans to achieve 20% of energy generation from renewable sources in 2020, 22 of the US States have 10-20% renewable targets while China aims at generating 100 GW of renewable energy by 2020. These developments coupled with technology advancements will eventually result in “grid parity” – a point where cost of producing electricity from fossil fuels is equal or cheaper to the cost of producing energy from renewable sources. It is likely to happen in countries, where the renewable resources hold the important share in the energy mix. Countries with economies based on fossil fuels will reach this point in the much longer run.The demand for electricity has far exceeded existing grid capacity and coupled with the rising number of decentralised energy generation units is forcing most of the utilities to improve their measurement and monitoring network structure by implementing smart technologies. Smart meters form an integral part of the bigger movement towards the “smart grid”. USA and Europe have already started implementing smart meters, with Italy leading the race. “The smart grid is becoming a multi-billion dollar market, which is expected to scale unprecedented heights in the near future,” adds Shepherd.The next important drive in the energy sector is energy efficiency. Most developed countries are actively creating and implementing energy efficiency policies for appliances, regulating the minimum energy performance standards and associated labelling for a growing list of appliances. Technologies related to reducing fuel consumption and cutting carbon emissions such as energy management tools, green buildings and clean transportation are key enabling technologies that will bring about energy efficiency and cut down CO2 emissions.Electric and hybrid vehicles and also renewable energy require efficient energy storage systems, which is the key enabling technology under development, according to Frost & Sullivan. Among the factors affecting the future potential of energy systems are the fundamental properties and nature of the storage systems and also the type of materials used. The biggest potential is seen in fuel cells with their flexible capacity and flywheels for a specific, narrow set of applications. The global storage market was worth $43.5 billion in 2008 and expected to increase to $61 billion in 2013.The latest trend is the energy market is liberalisation, which is limiting the activity of large energy monopolistic utilities and opening up the energy market for competition. A customer should be able to choose an electricity supplier. In fact, the idea of cross-border trading of electricity,, supported by the European Commission and implemented worldwide, could help pave the way for a continental high voltage direct current electrical (HVDC) grid capable of easily transmitting renewable energy across borders.last_img read more

LNH Total domination of PSG Handball – Latest victim US Dunkerque

PSG Handball continued total domination in the French LNH! The latest victims of the “super-team” from Paris were champions from 2014, US Dunkerque, 34:24. New amazing performance showed Mikkel Hansen, who netted 14 goals in total (9/9 from 7 meter throws) followed by Mtima who scored seven. On his level between the posts was Thierry Omeyer with 18 saves.This was seventh win in a row for PSG Handball. The best example to show level of Serdarusic guys domination is goal difference after seven matches +57, which means that PSG beating their rivals with 8 goals per match…Interesting fact is that only team who is trying to follow the most expensive team in the world – Cesson Rennes have the smallest budget in the French league this season! 8.Dunkerque7304186:1896 4.St. Raphael7502194:18710 7.Chambery Savoie7313202:2057 13.Tremblay7106168:1862 Nimes33 – 29Montpellier Chartres27 – 29Nantes STANDINGS: 1.Paris SG7700239:18214 12.Ivry7205187:2104 2.Cesson Rennes7511188:18111 Creteil26 – 30St. Raphael 6.Creteil7322198:2038 9.Nantes7223210:2096 PSG Handball Tremblay25 – 28Chambery Savoie 5.Nimes7412220:2199 Toulouse31 – 21Ivry 11.Aix7133198:2165 ← Previous Story Kristianstad boss Ola Lindgren: Inspired by Malmo football team! Next Story → SC MAGDEBURG: Christiansen – Zelenović to replace Rojewski – Natek! Cesson Rennes23 – 23Aix 14.Chartres7007170:2140 10.Toulouse7223197:1876 3.Montpellier7502228:19710 read more

4 more workers allege racial bias at Daimler plant

first_imgPORTLAND — Oregon expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment. The four new civil rights complaints against Portland-headquartered Daimler Trucks North America bring the total to nine, all filed over the past few weeks. The state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries is investigating the complaints, which allege discrimination as far back as 1994.The four new complaints include allegations of racial discrimination against African-American employees. They also say a Native American worker faced harassment and threats of physical violence when his supervisor pushed him against a truck and challenged him to a fight. The four workers also claim unfair treatment based on race, national origin and age; use of racial slurs against black employees; retaliation; and failure of management to take action to improve Daimler’s workplace. At least one complaint says the person was forced to leave his position because of working conditions at the Portland facility. In a statement, Daimler Trucks said it doesn’t tolerate discrimination or harassment on any basis and is committed to diversity and inclusion. The company is fully cooperating with the investigation and has hired an outside investigator to look into the allegations, the statement from Daimler Trucks spokesman David Giroux said.last_img read more

Small airplane makes emergency landing at North Perry Airport

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A small airplane made an emergency landing, Wednesday morning, after taking off from North Perry Airport.7SkyForce flew over the scene, just after 9 a.m., where the plane was seen near the North Perry Airport runway. Witnesses said the plane took off and then began to produce smoke, which required the pilot to make an emergency landing in a grass field, near the runway.Fire rescue crews and police were seen on the scene.The pilot was not injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Growth of a Regional Magazine Company Open Sky Media

first_imgAfter the acquisition of San Antonio, Austin Monthly and Austin Monthly Home, Hadley Capital, a private equity firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, recapitalizations and add-on acquisitions, among other things, founded Open Sky Media in March 2011. That summer, Open Sky Media acquired an Oklahoma City title, Slice, and in November of that year it bought California-based Marin. Open Sky Media (OSM) is hoping to reach its goal of having 10 to 12 regional titles in its portfolio in the next few years. As of this summer, it appears to be on its way. In early August, OSM acquired several properties from Florida-based Gulfshore Media LLC, including monthly magazines Gulfshore Life and Gulfshore Business, and annual titles like Gulfshore Life At Home, Forever Young, the Southwest Florida Guide to the Arts and several custom publications for local Florida organizations.The opportunities for Open Sky Media will come in smaller markets within second-tier cities that give better pricing opportunities for the company. When looking to buy, OSM’s parent company, Hadley Capital, looks for properties that have a revenue between $5 million and $30 million, cash flow between $1 million and $3 million, and at least one of the following assets: a proven management team; a leadership position in a niche market; a quality brand name; an established, proprietary product line; a strong regional presence.The company is following a somewhat standard regional magazine formula with a print-first approach and a slower build out of digital. Here, FOLIO: checks in with OSM’s CEO, Dick Franks, who has a background in local news and was formerly the president and CEO of American Community Newspapers. Franks explains how OMS’ national advertising strategy was executed for his brands around the country, and the company’s plans for the local event space that will be used to compliment his print and digital assets. FOLIO: Describe the opportunity to acquire the Gulfshore Media properties. Dick Franks: We had been working with several magazine publication brokers in the industry and we also let it be known through the industry grapevine that we were interested in acquiring quality properties in quality places. We had the opportunity to speak with [Gulf Shore Media president] Dan Denton a year or so ago. At that time, he had decided he really wasn’t in a position to sell off the magazine, but we reestablished a contact several months ago and he said he’d like to consider things again. We were fortunate that he had other things he wanted to address so we were able to acquire the great stable of magazines there.FOLIO: In March 2011 Open Sky Media acquired several magazines in Texas. In August of that year you acquired another in Oklahoma. What is the company’s acquisition strategy—what markets are you looking to expand into and how do you identify them in terms of audience makeup, volume and/or brand revenue?Franks: In Texas we were very fortunate and that was our first acquisition. I come from the newspaper industry and I’ve had the thought for sometime that ink on paper is still a very powerful medium given the right product and right places. I’ve been interested in the city and regional magazine business—both as a subscriber, I get a lot of magazines, and as a business person for what I think are the opportunities for print going forward.We were able to acquire the Texas magazines because of a long-standing personal relationship I’ve had with the previous owner through the newspaper industry. That’s how we got the first one. The second one was Austin. Oklahoma City was brought to our attention by the brokers we had that were looking around the country for us.Our strategy is to acquire quality products in great markets. We’re not after what would be considered major markets, but we like second or third-tier towns and cities that have great magazines.FOLIO: When you’re shopping for a brand to buy, or a city you’d like to get into, what size are you looking at in terms of audience and volume? The same goes for revenue. Can you give us a sense of where the bar is set for your acquisitions?Franks: We don’t have, quite frankly, a set formula, not even in terms of circulation. The fact is that if circulation is in the right places and gaining the right audience it can be pretty broad and in some cases it can be narrow. We’re looking for the right locations in terms of markets. We don’t have a set formula in terms of it has to be X circulation or X revenue, quite frankly. We look at each one individually and see what we can bring to the business. We really don’t have a set criteria for meeting hurdles to look at or consider it. FOLIO: When you’re looking at acquisition targets, how do you value the mix between print, events, digital and other media properties? Are associated media properties a priority?Franks: No. In fact we’re just now developing, in some cases at the basic level, and others we’re taking it to a higher level, like assets on the digital side. While we appreciate that digital has opportunities, and in some aspects can work better for advertisers and readers, we still believe print is the primary medium. You do have to be in the digital world as well, and it plays and integrates very well together, but we do not see that as replacing quality print products. FOLIO: How do you plan to continue growing? Is there a broader national strategy to unify these titles? Are you trying to secure national advertisers across the brands?Franks: We think each market is very unique and each community is very unique. We have no intention of a classic cookie-cutter approach. We believe all of our magazines reflect the communities that they’re in and the interest and diversity. We feel very strongly that the magazines will continue to represent their local community in the style and manner in which they’ve done so.We also believe strongly in fact-based selling and presentations. We have conducted Mendelson studies, and we have done demographic mapping and segmentation studies to present to our sales team and our clients the best possible information we can have about our readership. We have a national rep, and we also just recently hired an account executive that will be focusing on national and major accounts. FOLIO: Does having a national advertising strategy help to drive your acquisition strategy?Franks: Sure, but the important thing is having the right markets and information available for advertising clients so they can see the quality of the readership and markets. In many cases it will match up very nicely. FOLIO: The live event space plays an important role for publishers in all markets. Do you have any plans to expand that segment?Franks: Naples has done events for a long time and they’ve done a terrific job. They do great events in the community—they run about 50 charity events and seven keynote events every year. We’re not that mature in our other properties, but we have a full-time events person in the central properties, Texas and Oklahoma, that will continue to develop those events. We have a few in California and would like to do a lot more and we’re trying to develop the staff in order to expand to all of our markets.FOLIO: Do you feel that city and regional magazine markets need to move more quickly away from a reliance on print, whether that be through an expansion of events or digital? Franks: We believe print can be done properly with the right products. It is a strong medium and will continue to be a strong medium. We believe that the digital and electronic worlds have a great complimentary relationship and you can make the connections very easily between print, digital and social media. But print still has a great ability to provide a terrific amount of information and research to people. That doesn’t just happen—it comes about from people working hard. You have to have quality people doing the right job and asking the right questions. I don’t think anyone does that better than people in the print medium.More on this topic Open Sky Media Buys Gulfshore Media Properties Gulfshore Media Buys Venice Magazine CurtCo Nearing Deals to Sell Several Magazines Former Owner Buys Back Sarasota, Gulfshore Life Magazines Open Sky Media Acquires Marin Magazine City and Regional Publisher SagaCity Media Acquires Sarasota MagazineJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry DivePowered bylast_img read more