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Twitter Might Make Some Noise With A SoundCloud Bid [Updated]

first_imgTags:#music#now#sharing#Soundcloud#twitter A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification selena larson Twitter is apparently again trying to engage our eardrums with a deal to buy audio sharing company SoundCloud, Recode reports. The deal would push forward Twitter’s music strategy, one that’s largely stagnated since the failure of Twitter #Music. SoundCloud, considered “YouTube for audio,” has 250 million monthly active listeners, a number comparable to Twitter’s user base. There’s undoubtedly some overlap there, but a SoundCloud acquisition could give Twitter an opportunity to diverge from its core product and provide a new sort of standalone social service without having to build it from scratch. SoundCloud is already the most popular music sharing service on Twitter, Recode notes. Twitter users share more links to SoundCloud than any other service, including Spotify. Both companies declined to comment. Update 5/20 1:30PM: The Wall Street Journal reports that Twitter backed out of the SoundCloud deal because “the numbers didn’t add up,” citing a person familiar with the matter.Image courtesy of Eric Wahlforss on Flickrlast_img read more

Product Announcement: Nikon D810

first_imgDisplay Screen3.2 inch LCD; 1,229,000 dots Nikon’s latest camera release focuses on video, but does it offer enough to justify the price tag?With 4K cameras sweeping the market and a camera that can shoot in near complete darkness, the camera world is extremely competitive. It will take a lot to impress modern day filmmakers, which brings us to the latest camera announcement from Nikon…the D810.The D810 OverviewWith over 50 new video features, the D810 was designed from the beginning with filmmakers in mind. The D800 serves as an updated version of the D800, however the camera lacks a few key features including RAW video recording and 4K, making it somewhat late to the party.Among the new video features, that Nikon is very proud of, is a new auto-ISO mode which locks off shutter speed and aperture while still allowing the ISO to automatically be adjusted by the camera. This new “feature” is said to help when going between different lighting scenarios.The D810 gives users the ability to shoot zebra stripes to help with peaking. Additionally, there is the inclusion of a brand new built-in microphone that can record in stereo. The camera also has the ability to change the audio EQ to focus more on voices or on the wider sound spectrum. Users can record dual audio channels, with one channel recording using the built-in mic and another using an external mic.The D810 allows users to record to one of two internal cards, while simultaneously outputting video signal to be recorded externally. This serves as a much needed improvement over the D800.The following video created by Nikon demonstrates some of the key new features:D810 Technical Specs View Finder17mm Pentaprism; 100% coverage FlashYes – Built-In Burst ShootingUp to 7fps Image StabilizationYes Sensor36.8 MP CMOS Sensor The following promotional film created by Nikon represents some footage shot on a D810. As a bonus, Nikon included a behind-the-scenes video as well. Video1080p @ 60,50,25,24fps, + 720p @ 60,50fps Shutter Speed30 Sec – 1/80,000 Autofocus51 focus areas, 15 cross type RAW VideoNo Sensitivity RangeISO 64-12,800 (Extended Mode to 51,200) Storage MediaCF, SD, SDHC, SDXC Pricing and AvailabilityYou can get your hands on a D810 for around $3,200 available today at most professional camera stores.What do you think of the D810? Is it worth the high price tag? Share in the comments below. Crop FactorNone (x1.0) BatteryEN-EL 15last_img read more

Ganjam lawyers strike work over ‘attack’ on colleague

first_imgCourts in Odisha’s Ganjam district could not function on Thursday due to one-day cease work call given by the Ganjam Bar Association in protest against alleged attack on a lawyer by a police inspector at Buguda police station on November 13.The Ganjam Superintendent of Police has ordered the inspector concerned, Rama Chandra Biswal, to be attached to the district police headquarters on administrative grounds.On Thursday, the GBA held an emergency general body meeting to discuss the incident. The members of the association condemned the alleged attack on the lawyer. Following the meeting, the GBA sent a memorandum to the Inspector General of Police, southern range, demanding immediate suspension and arrest of the “erring” police officer, said GBA president Mohan Singari. The GBA has decided to intensify its agitation in future if exemplary action is not initiated against the police officer concerned.According to Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Bhanjanagar, Utkal Keshari Dash, an initial inquiry report has been prepared while police investigation of this case is continuing. Three cases have been lodged in relation to the incident.One of the cases has been lodged on the complaint of the medical incharge of Buguda Primary Health Centre who had a tussle with lawyer Hara Prasad Das over construction of a boundary wall of the health centre on the land that the lawyer claimed to be his own. The tussle aggravated to exchange of blows and the matter reached Buguda police station on November 13. It was alleged that in the police station the inspector incharge attacked the lawyer.The second case has been lodged against the lawyer by the sentry of Buguda police station who was an eyewitness to the happenings on the day. Mr. Das has also lodged a case at Buguda police station regarding the incident.last_img read more

Gulf Airlines Plan Twice Daily Flights To Kerala’s New Airport

first_imgGulf airlines are likely to get special permission from the Indian civil aviation authorities to operate two daily flights to Kannur International Airport, the new international airport in the southern state of Kerala that starts operations from Sunday next.The flights, if allowed, will be outside the ambit of the bilateral rights on maximum number of airline seats currently agreed upon between India and countries in the Gulf region.Read it at Arabian Business Related Itemslast_img

Air India Gets Bailout

first_imgThe Indian government is infusing $423 million to bail out Air India, which is reeling under $8 billion in debt. The company has agreed to trim $412.7 million in costs and reduce its fleet from 146 aircrafts to 105 by March 2011. Related Itemslast_img

Team India coach’s selection not anytime soon, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer captain Sourav Ganguly today said Team India is unlikely to get a new coach anytime soon.(BCCI to advertise for post of Team India coach today: Anurag Thakur)Ganguly, a member of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee which is tasked with finding a suitable candidate for the top post, said the entire process might take another couple of months to complete.This means the team will be without a full-time coach during its tour of Zimbabwe beginning June 11. (Ricky Ponting backs Rahul Dravid for Team India coaching job)”It will happen in the next couple of months. I am not too sure if it happens before the Zimbabwe tour because it is not too far away,” said Ganguly, who is on the advisory panel, alongside Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. (Virat Kohli wants Daniel Vettori as next India coach)Post the short tour of Zimbabwe, India travel to the West Indies for a four-match Test series in July-August.Since Duncan Fletcher’s departure after the 2015 World Cup, India played under the guidance of team director Ravi Shastri, whose tenure ended with the World T20 in March-April. (Rahul Dravid plays down prospects of coaching Team India)Anurag Thakur, who has been elected as BCCI president , said the Board will advertise for the coach’s position today and the interested candidates can send their applications by June 10.  ‘DAY-NIGHT TEST A MUST’Talking about day-night Test cricket, Ganguly said it is a welcome change for the longest format. The BCCI has already announced that it will host its first-ever day-night Test against New Zealand in October-November.advertisement”Day night is a must and I think it will happen in India soon. I think Test cricket is the best form of the game. For any cricketer, it is the ultimate challenge and ultimate judgement of a player. It needs innovation and day night cricket is the best way forward,” said Ganguly.CHALLENGES FOR NEW BCCI PRESIDENTAsked about the timing of Anurag Thakur’s elevation as BCCI president, Ganguly said every job comes with its set of challenges. Thakur takes charge of the BCCI at a time when the board faces a huge challenge of implementing the Lodha Committee recommendations.Is it a crown of thorns at the moment? “I don’t think so,” said Ganguly.”Every job comes with challenges. I don’t think it is a crown of thorns, whether you open in a Test match against the best fast bowling attack in the world or you are the BCCI president or the association president. Every job comes with challenges. I think BCCI is in a great position in terms of the way the game goes around in the country. I am sure he will take the team forward,” he said.’BCCI IN GOOD HANDS'”We will have to wait and see what comes out with the judgement. Hopefully, the board can find a way to carry the good work done for such a long time. Whatever happens (judgement) we will have to deal with it. The board is in good hands, the players (both international and first class) are looked after well and you have a big tournament like the IPL. Every job in the world has positives and negatives,” he said.last_img read more

Infineon releases iMOTION motor control IC series

first_img Continue Reading Previous Infineon: connecting the real and digital worldNext ST: Sigfox software for STM32 MCUs boosts connectivity choices for IoT-device developers Infineon Technologies is releasing the IMC100 series, a new family of iMOTION motor control ICs. It provides a ready-to-use solution for the fast growing market of high efficiency variable speed drives. By integrating both, the required hardware and control algorithm, the IMC100 enables the shortest time to market for any motor system at the lowest system and development cost. Additionally, the next generation of Infineon’s Motion Control Engine further improves the performance of the motor algorithm and adds functionality like ready-to-use PFC algorithms. Key applications for the new iMOTION family are motors for major home appliances, air-condition, fans, and pumps.iMOTION IMC100 features Field Oriented Control for permanent magnet synchronous motors. It uses space vector PWM with sinusoidal signals to achieve highest energy efficiency and can utilize single or leg shunt current feedback. Infineon’s IC provides protection features like over- and under-voltage, over-current, rotor lock and others to safeguard power stage and motor. As a standalone motor controller it allows for maximum flexibility addressing drives across a wide voltage range, no matter if battery-driven or line-operated. The proprietary PC tools MCEWizard and MCEDesigner reduce the implementation effort for variable speed drive. It is boiled down to the simple configuration of the MCE for the respective motor.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Bajrang Punia signs up with JSW Sports

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 28 (PTI) Asian and Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning wrestler Bajrang Punia Friday signed up with athlete management firm JSW Sports. “Bajrang Punia will be supported by a dedicated team of experts to help prepare for upcoming competitions beginning with the World Championships in Budapest in October,” JSW Sports said in a statement. Since its inception in 2012, the company’s flagship Sports Excellence Program (SEP) has over 50 elite Indian athletes in six Olympic disciplines on its roster. Under the SEP, athletes are offered career planning, training, and a mentorship that includes medical, nutrition and psychological support; finance, equipment and logistical aid besides international exposure. Bajrang joins a list which includes CWG and Asian Games Champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, Olympic medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik, former junior world champion boxer Nikhat Zareen and the newest long jump national record holder M. Sreeshankar. “We have a dedicated team of experts with him and are committed to ensure he stays fit and competition ready leading into the Tokyo Olympics,” JSW Sports CEO Mustafa Ghouse said. “He will also be training at the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS), our high-performance centre in Vijayanagar, which would be a huge benefit for all young wrestlers training there,” he added. PTI PM PMlast_img read more

Paul Rhoads: ‘I Have so Much Respect for Mike Gundy’

first_imgThis humorously reminded me of Paul Rhoads’ most famous speech (more on that in a second). “I have so much respect for Mike Gundy and the coaching staff down at Oklahoma State as well as the football program,” said Rhoads earlier this week. “They have quietly but consistently moved right to the top of the league. They got everybody’s attention with the tremendous victory over TCU.”Everybody except the CFB Playoff committee.“They were dominating the football game.” Rhoads said of OSU’s performance against TCU. “There’s no question that they have talent, but they really executed and played well against what we already know is a very good TCU team.”Anyway, when Rhoads said “I have so much respect … “ I was reminded of his most famous “I am so proud” speech (he also did this after the 2011 OSU game but I just can’t bring myself to post that one).I freaking love college football.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Gareth Southgate sees fearlessness and fitness as key to England’s ambitions

first_img Coming through hard times has made me stronger and wiser, says John Stones Share on WhatsApp Topics Gareth Southgate features Share on Facebook “I’d rather go on the road and see people individually, sit with them, go through how their game is going, ask what they think and maybe get small groups together at the clubs where we have four or five players. We will be visiting them at their clubs. We’ve got the time to do that, Steve and myself. We can travel. I think it is more beneficial and rewarding that way.”As well as Gomez, five others players – Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Dominic Solanke, Jordan Pickford and Jack Cork – have made their debuts in the past two fixtures. How many will retain their places in the squad remains to be seen but Southgate’s policy of experimentation has made it clear the opportunity is there. “It’s given them an experience they will want to have more of,” he said. “They will go back to their clubs full of excitement, full of energy, wanting to impress even more.”As for the players who have made way, Southgate was asked whether those such as Jack Wilshere, Daniel Sturridge, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade‑Chamberlain could find a way back if they started playing more regularly. “Absolutely,” he said. “We have selected on form and what we think the players are capable of, physically. To play in these games you have to be at a really high level. You saw a lad like Eric Dier, who is a fantastically robust athlete, and he could hardly lift his feet a the end [of the Brazil match]. That is the intensity of the game now and to go into it you have to be at a super-high level of fitness. But if players are playing well, and we are seeing things we think will fit into the team, we will pick them.” Read more Fifteen years on, Southgate could probably have been forgiven for wondering whether the current group of players might have the same kind of inferiority complex when Brazil visited Wembley on Tuesday and Joe Gomez, to cite one example, was assigned to restrain Neymar on the day the young Liverpool defender was winning only his second cap. Southgate, not someone prone to exaggeration, described England’s opponents as being “as good as anything I have played against or seen” and needed a few moments when he was asked to name the other teams he would put alongside Tite’s team.“These [Brazil], before France 98, definitely were. There was Argentina, with [Gabriel] Batistuta and [Ariel] Ortega and people like that. But this Brazil side have some world‑class talents and for Joe Gomez to have played like he has against Neymar was phenomenal. Joe played as I saw him play in the [2014] under-17s Euros final. I saw him transfer that to another level and he has all the attributes to be a top defender.”Southgate was not getting carried away, readily admitting the Seleção still seemed “light years ahead” in certain aspects, but the performances against Brazil and Germany, back-to-back 0-0 draws against the two sides at the top of Fifa’s world rankings, have at least given his players some new encouragement.With England, it can feel sometimes like every silver lining has its own cloud but Southgate might have been on to something when he suggested, cautiously, that it felt very different to those unhappy occasions when the crowd’s discontentment had manifested itself in angry, mutinous outbursts. His team, he said, had “succeeded in changing the wind of public feeling” and that alone can be considered a success bearing in mind it was only two months ago England’s fans staged a mass walkout during the game in Malta.The problem for Southgate is how to keep that forward momentum when there is such a long gap until the next internationals. Roy Hodgson’s idea when he was the England manager was to arrange a get-together at St George’s Park but that had to be abandoned because of the logistics and opposition from several clubs. Southgate and his assistant, Steve Holland, plan to do it another way before the friendly against Holland in Amsterdam on 23 March and the game against Italy at Wembley four days later – two matches, ironically, that were arranged to give England high‑calibre opposition but will pit them against nations that have not qualified for the World Cup.“I am not certain of the value of one meeting, arranging to get everybody’s diaries to coordinate, and to cover what?” Southgate said. “It is really difficult and if we are going to bring everybody together there has to be a real purpose and benefit to doing it. Share on LinkedIn England’s World Cup wannabes: who should be on the plane to Russia?center_img England Share via Email Gareth Southgate tells a story, going back to his playing days with England and his last unhappy involvement in a World Cup, that probably sums up why he goes into the four‑month gap before the next international break in a much more confident mood about the psychology of the modern team.Southgate was part of England’s World Cup squad in 2002 and an unused substitute on the day Ronaldinho’s free-kick sailed over David Seaman’s head to put Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team out of the tournament. The previous day, England had trained at the stadium in Shizuoka and Southgate started fearing the worst when the Brazilians arrived for their turn.“I couldn’t help noticing that when the lads looked at them, it was with a touch of awe. Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos; it was like we saw them as superior to us. And when it came to the critical points in the match, we did not believe in ourselves. After their second goal, our self-belief just disintegrated, like we knew all along they were better than us.” Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Brazil Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

a month agoAston Villa boss Smith: Players sorted out Mings, El Ghazi incident

first_imgAston Villa boss Smith: Players sorted out Mings, El Ghazi incidentby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith has played down an incident between Anwar El-Ghazi and Tyrone Mings. El-Ghazi appeared to throw his head at Mings, who yelled at his team-mate for being out of position in Monday’s goalless draw with West Ham United.On the incident, Smith said: “I didn’t need to [intervene], the players dealt with it. That’s the group of players I’ve got. There’s a great togetherness and team spirit in the dressing room.”Looking at it, he went over the edge a little but I’m happy for the players to do that. It was a bit of a heat of the moment, that will happen.”That’s the end of it. It got dealt with very quickly, it’s a team sport. It happens. At half time they shook hands and did their best for their teammates in the second half.”No it’s not a concern. [El Ghazi] has got a little bit of red mist in him like most professional players have.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Merson: Teams will suffocate Chelsea without David Luiz

first_imgPaul Merson believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made a mistake in selling David Luiz to London rivals Arsenal, suggesting teams will now be able to ‘suffocate’ them as they attempt to play out from the back.The Brazilian defender, 32, forced his way out of Stamford Bridge to join Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium, filling the void left by the departed Laurent Koscielny.And, following Chelsea’s humiliating 4-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester United in their opening game, Merson has suggested that the options Lampard has to replace Luiz at the back are not able to break the press in the same way he could. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I go to Stamford Bridge a lot, and Chelsea’s defence are asked to play out nearly all the time,” Merson said to Sky Sports.“Kepa doesn’t kick anything long. Luiz was the best player on the ball by a million miles. Now all of a sudden, you’ve got players who can’t play out, and teams will suffocate them.“Frank Lampard has got to be careful. Chelsea have let their best ball-playing defender leave to go to their rivals, not just in London but in the top four. None of their defenders can play out from the back.“I can understand if Chelsea pushed everyone up to the halfway line, the goalkeeper kicks it, and they play in the other half, but if you’re asking them to start playing out from the back, they’re going to get beaten left, right and centre.“Kurt Zouma just didn’t look ready. He didn’t look ready before this, which is why he went out on loan. It’s a dangerous, dangerous game. The fans liked David Luiz. They need to get results quickly, because the fans won’t be happy watching them play out and lose the ball.“It looked like Frank looked at the situation and thought: ‘I need it quiet here, I can’t be having problems’, so Chelsea let Luiz go. Sometimes that’s the way it is, and great managers have a high-maintenance player and get them to perform.”Chelsea play Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup next, before taking on Leicester City when they return to Premier League action.last_img read more

Trudeau to visit BC to assess wildfire damage promises federal help

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to visit British Columbia next week to assess the damage wrought by wildfires that have ravaged the interior of the province.Trudeau says the federal government stands ready to do everything it can to help.First meeting with Premier @jjhorgan in Ottawa, focused on working together to improve the lives of British Columbians. pic.twitter.com/TegeYqi541— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 25, 2017The prime minister announced his planned visit after meeting for the first time with BC’s new premier, the NDP’s John Horgan.The two leaders say they used the introductory meeting to concentrate on issues on which they agree and can work together: helping victims of the wildfires, the opioid crisis, the softwood lumber dispute with the US and affordable housing.They are, for now, avoiding a showdown on a major issue on which they profoundly disagree: the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline.Trudeau’s government has approved the project but Horgan’s NDP government has vowed to use every legal tool available to block it.last_img read more

Saskatchewan police website hacked by apparent supporters of Islamic militants

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Police in Prince Albert, Sask., say no information or privacy breach occurred when their website was hacked by apparent supporters of ISIL.Staff discovered Wednesday morning that the website — papolice.ca — had been changed and the front page replaced.It displayed a message that read “Hacked by Team System Dz. I Love Islamic state” with a voice in the background that spoke in a foreign language.Information technology experts were called in to correct the problem and police said in a statement that the hack had a minimal impact on their operations, with the exception of the website being temporarily unavailable.The site has never been hacked before and the department said steps are being taken to prevent a similar incident from happening again.The statement also said the group responsible for the hack has been in the media before because of activity on other sites, but officials did not elaborate.“This incident serves as a reminder to the public that agencies and individuals can be vulnerable,” deputy chief Jeff Rowden said in the statement.He pointed to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or internet service providers as sources of help if questionable emails or content show up on computers or other devices.Prince Albert police Chief Troy Cooper said earlier that the hack was “merely website contamination.”last_img read more

Tom Cochrane and Red Rider Scheduled to Perform at the Grand Opening

first_img“We are thrilled and excited to welcome our guests and the community to the grand opening celebration and showcase the multi-million dollar redevelopment we have been focused on for the past twelve months. I am confident that with all the new offerings, Elements Casino Victoria will quickly become a major entertainment hub for the whole lower island marketplace,” said Chris Lynn, Executive Director of Vancouver Island Casino Operations, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.Tom Cochrane and Red Rider will be the first artists to grace the stage of the Platinum Room, a 500-person entertainment space that is equipped to host a variety of acts and performances. The 70,000 square foot gaming floor will feature approximately 800 slot machines, up to 25 table games and a variety of dining options that include: The Well Public House, Victoria’s newest local restaurant, pub and bar serving casual dining favourites and well-crafted drinks paired with live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights; The Diamond Buffet, a place for all the senses where delectable, fresh and local food selections are prepared daily; Chi Express, specializing in Asian cuisine with noodle bowl options and Chef’s statement dishes while 1708 Quick Bites, is made for those who enjoy great bites and burgers made their way.“For those who would like to get a sneak peek of the facility prior to May 5, Elements Casino Victoria will have gaming and dining amenities available by late March,” added Lynn.Elements Casino Victoria is owned and operated by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, a leading owner and operator of 25 gaming entertainment venues across Canada and Washington State.“Introducing Elements Casino Victoria to the Great Canadian family of properties will be a momentous occasion for us as the new venue will be in the ranks of River Rock Casino Resort, Hard Rock Casino Vancouver and Elements Casino in Surrey,” said Raj Mutti, Vice President Operations West, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.Tickets for Tom Cochrane and Red Rider go on sale March 16, 2018 and will be available for purchase at ticketmaster.com. For more information about the Grand Opening festivities, please visit elementscasinovictoria.com.Founded in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a BC based company that operates 25 gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Washington State. Fundamental to the company’s culture is its commitment to social responsibility. “PROUD of our people, our business, our community” is Great Canadian’s brand that unifies the company’s community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually invests over $2.5 million in our communities, and in 2016, over 1,500 charitable organizations were supported by Great Canadian. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter VICTORIA, March 7, 2018 – On May 5, 2018, Elements Casino Victoria will host a Grand Opening celebration featuring Canada’s iconic rock star and eight-time Juno Award winner Tom Cochrane and Red Rider.last_img read more

Nepinak Were born here first were born here free

first_imgAPTN National NewsLeaders from Manitoba took to their motorcycles to travel cross-country to educate communities about treaty rights.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

Russian TV network registers as foreign agent in US

first_imgWASHINGTON – Russian state-funded TV channel RT has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent after pressure from the U.S. government, documents released Monday show.The Justice Department announced the registration just hours after RT’s chief editor said the company had complied with the U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The move doesn’t restrict the channel’s content, but the network is required to publicly disclose details about its funding and operations as well as mark certain content distributed in the U.S. with labels.Many news outlets with ties to foreign governments are required to similarly register, but the pressure on RT has angered Russian officials who have said they will retaliate with unspecified restrictions on U.S. news outlets.On Monday, RT editor, Margarita Simonyan, said on the channel’s Russian-language website that “between a criminal case and the registration, we have chosen the latter,” adding on a sarcastic note that “we congratulate the American freedom of speech and those who still believe in it on that.”Simonyan said that failure to fulfil the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to register by Monday could have led to the arrest of RT’s American director and the freezing of its accounts.In a statement, Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente said that the Justice Department enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, “regardless of nationality.”“Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the U.S. government or public on behalf of foreign principals,” he said in the statement.Passed in 1938, the law applies to people or companies disseminating information in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments, political parties and other “foreign principals.” The law is most commonly applied to foreign lobbying efforts, but the Justice Department has also required registration by media outlets funded by foreign governments. For example, the English-language newspaper, China Daily, is registered due to its affiliation with the Chinese government.The filing for RT came through its U.S.-based production company, T & R Productions LLC. According to the filing, the Washington-based production company registered as a foreign agent of ANO TV-Novosti, the Russian government entity that handles the broadcast of RT worldwide.In the filing, the production company disclosed that it was paid $350,000 within the past 60 days by ANO TV-Novosti, which it notes is funded by the Russian government “to substantial extent.” It also disclosed several licensing agreements with the Russian entity for shows such as “News with Ed Schultz,” ”Redacted Tonight” and “Larry King Now.”T & R Productions owner, Mikhail V. Solodovnikov, also registered personally as a foreign agent, but he said he “respectfully disagrees that FARA should apply.”Solodovnikov, who reported a $670,000 annual salary, said the channel’s purpose is to produce “news, talk shows and entertainment programs that are designed merely to inform, not influence.” The programs are “not aimed to primarily benefit any foreign government or political party,” he added.The U.S. intelligence agencies have alleged RT served as a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin as part of its multi-pronged effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russia denies interfering.In response to the Justice Department’s pressure on RT, Russian lawmakers are drafting retaliatory measures. The Justice Department said Monday it is reviewing the filing for “sufficiency.”___Isachenkov reported from Moscow.last_img read more

Ban calls on Ukrainians to find peaceful way forward amid current turmoil

“He reiterates his call for non-violence and urges all Ukrainians to express their differences peacefully and through dialogue, and to seek a durable solution through compromise,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“He has remained in continual contact with key actors on how to support a peaceful way forward for Ukraine at this time of transformation.”On Saturday, Members of the Parliament of Ukraine – which has been witnessing mass protests since last November – voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovych, and an arrest warrant has reportedly been issued for his arrest. The move comes after more than 100 people were killed last week in the latest wave of deadly clashes in the capital, Kiev.Mr. Ban called for an inclusive political process that reflects the aspirations of all Ukrainians and preserves Ukraine’s unity and territorial integrity, said his spokesperson. “In order to bring about a stable and prosperous future for Ukraine, the Secretary-General calls for a firm commitment, by all concerned, to uphold the key principles of democracy and human rights and thereby create a conducive environment for free and fair elections.”The spokesperson added that, to assure Ukrainians of the support of the UN and the wider international community, Mr. Ban has sent his senior advisor, Robert Serry, to the country.“The Secretary-General expects all key international actors to work collaboratively to help Ukrainians at this challenging time in their country’s history.”In his meeting with the new Speaker of the Parliament, Oleksander Turchinov, Mr. Serry conveyed the Secretary-General’s solidarity with all Ukrainians and his commitment to assist a Ukrainian-led inclusive governance process. read more

Cooperation traditional and new critical to sustainable development UN officials stress

“The absolute size of the emerging economies and their populations and the interconnectedness of global challenges, such as climate change, suggest that the full engagement of both the North and the South is needed to pursue new development pathways which are sustainable and inclusive,” said Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).In her keynote address to the General Assembly’s high-level event on the “Contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation, and ICT for Development to the Implementation of the Post-2015 Agenda,” Miss Clark noted that strategies, policies, skills, and expertise are being exchanged through North-South, South-South, and triangular cooperation.“South-South cooperation, understood as a mutually beneficial partnership based on solidarity, equality, and shared development experiences, is growing fast. Innovations and experiences from the South are often seen as the most relevant to the challenges faced by other developing countries.”UNDP is working to strengthen South-South and triangular cooperation for the advancement of human development. An example is the agency’s facilitation of a visit by a delegation from the Ethiopian Government to Central America to acquire first-hand knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices, supply chain efficiency, and social participation in the coffee sector.General Assembly President John Ashe said that the rising power and might of countries of the global South opens the landscape of opportunities to include new forms of development cooperation. According to UN estimates, the share of South-South cooperation offers myriad benefits at all levels. Among them is the fact that developing countries can gain additional access to finance, technology and markets, and that South-South cooperation initiatives can lead to further national agricultural productivity, mitigate the impacts of natural disasters, combat climate change, and fight hunger and malnutrition.“South-South and triangular cooperation can contribute to the new global development agenda by strengthening national capabilities and resilience, as well as regional networks and mechanisms,” said Mr. Ashe. “At the same time, gaining a stronger voice in global negotiations and policy-making comes naturally when voices from the South join together.”Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, said it was important to recognize that the world has dramatically transformed. “South-South and triangular cooperation is growing fast, representing a great and growing potential to contribute to sustainable development.”South-South cooperation has proved its strength in boosting sustained economic growth; South-South trade represents over a quarter of all global trade; and thanks in part to South-South investment, foreign direct investment flows to sub-Saharan African have remained stable.“We should acknowledge and commend this progress,” said Mr. Eliasson. “But we also recognize that despite its growing contribution, South-South contribution cannot substitute for North-South cooperation.” He added that this reality must be addressed, in particular when dealing with financing of the global development agenda beyond 2015, the deadline for the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The three officials also highlighted the importance of information and communication technologies (ICT), which play a transformative role for economies – from providing real-time information on weather and market prices to small farmers to driving innovation and creativity. read more

Fifth person dies after Manhattan building collapse

first_imgA FIFTH PERSON has died and several are still missing after an explosion caused by a gas leak at a building in New York City yesterday.Two five-storey buildings were destroyed in the blast in East Harlem, which happened yesterday afternoon at around 2.30pm GMT (9.30am EST).Almost 200 firefighters were sent to the scene to battle the heavy blaze caused by the explosion, which took hours to extinguish. Reports say that the powerful explosion knocked out windows in nearby shops and apartments.There were 15 apartments within the two buildings that collapsed. (@FDNY/Twitter)The New York City Fire Department said another five people had serious but non-life threatening injuries, and 20 people had sustained minor injuries in the explosion.“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims,” a spokesperson for the FDNY said.The death toll is expected to rise as the search of the rubble continues. Nine people are still missing. (AP Photo/Jeremy Sailing) New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was a tragedy “of the worst kind” because the smell of gas had been detected “but there was no indication in time to save people”.An emergency Red Cross centre has been set up nearby to provide food, water and accommodation for people affected by the explosion.De Blasio praised the emergency services who arrived at the scene within 2 minutes of the explosion.“Once again we have been shown what our first responders are capable of under extraordinarily difficult circumstances,” said the NYC mayor.(Video: yourFDNY/YouTube)Top picture of firefighters at the scene via @BilldeBlasio/TwitterRead: Two killed, 18 injured in New York gas explosion and building collapse >last_img read more