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Amazon May Boost Its India Investment by $2 Billion: Report


first_imgAmazon is looking at infusing a further $2 billion in the Indian market to take on the challenge posed by the recent acquisition of Flipkart by Walmart, CNBC TV 18 reported. The Jeff Bezos-led American e-commerce firm had earlier increased the investment in India to $5 billion.“Amazon may start with increasing its investment target in India to $2 billion and increase it over a period of time,” the publication quoted a source as saying. However, no timeline has been decided for the investment so far, the source added, according to the report.Amazon’s plans to boost its presence in India come on the heels of the $16 billion deal inked by American retail chain Walmart to buy 77 percent stake in Indian e-tailer Flipkart last month. “India is one of the most attractive retail markets in the world, given its size and growth rate, and our investment is an opportunity to partner with the company that is leading transformation of eCommerce in the market,” Doug McMillon, Walmart’s president and chief executive officer, had then said in a statement.Amazon was also reported to have made an offer to buy 60 percent of Flipkart before the deal was clinched by Walmart.However, Amazon is still keeping its eyes firmly on the Indian e-commerce sector. “Amazon is betting big on the India market. It is evident that after Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart, Flipkart’s ability to increase market share and India presence will increase,” CNBC TV 18 quoted another source as saying in its report. “Amazon has had its eyes and ears firmly on the ground and has been carefully planning its strategy. India is one of its fastest growing geographies and Amazon will not be left behind,” the source added.In 2016, Bezos announced that the company will increase its $2 billion investment in India by another $3 billion.“Amazon will invest $3 billion more in India. This is in addition to the $2 billion announced in 2014,” Bezos had said during a USIBC meet in Washington in 2016, which was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We have already created some 45,000 jobs in India and continue to see huge potential in the Indian economy,” he had added.Of the $5 billion, Amazon is estimated to have already invested $3.3-$3.8 billion in India, the report added, citing industry experts.Amazon India’s online marketplace has been said to be spending $120 million every month — $75 million on ecommerce and $45 million on its Prime subscription service, the Economic Times had reported earlier this year, citing experts. The amount is much higher than its average monthly cash burn rate of $80-100 million in 2016, the report added.Amazon India is reported to have a valuation of $16 billion, with a market share of 30 percent.Meanwhile, on the occasion of the firm’s fifth anniversary in India, Bezos posted a letter to its consumers in the country on the Amazon India website.“On our fifth anniversary in India, I want to say thank you for your support and for making Amazon.in the most visited shopping site in India for the last two years,” Bezos said in the letter, adding that customers from 100 percent of serviceable pin codes in India have placed orders on the ecommerce platform, thanks to local innovations such as Udaan and I Have Space. “We’re five years into our journey, but as we say here at Amazon, it’s still Day 1, and I’m energised and humbled by the opportunities ahead. Amazon.in is ‘India ki apni dukaan‘,” he added. Related ItemsAmazoneCommerceWalmartlast_img read more


Neymar ankle issue doesn’t concern Coutinho


first_imgBrazil ‘Neymar pain normal’ – Coutinho unconcerned by ankle issue for Brazil talisman Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil Switzerland 2018 World Cup Getty Brazil Neymar Philippe Coutinho World Cup Brazil v Costa Rica Costa Rica The Paris Saint-Germain superstar limped out of training on Tuesday but is not considered a doubt for Friday’s World Cup showdown with Costa Rica Philippe Coutinho is not worried about Neymar after the Brazil star limped out of training with an ankle problem in Sochi on Tuesday.Neymar, who sat out Monday’s session, suddenly hobbled off the pitch in a worrying sight for Brazil ahead of their crucial World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica on Friday.Brazil announced Neymar was feeling the effects of a sore ankle after he was fouled 10 times in the surprise 1-1 draw with Switzerland on matchday one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Coutinho, however, played down any concerns over team-mate Neymar heading into the St Petersburg showdown.”I saw the same thing you saw. I haven’t talked to him,” Coutinho told reporters when asked about the 26-year-old leaving the open training session. “It happened almost at the end of practice. I think he felt something but that’s normal.”Coutinho, who netted a stunning goal to open the scoring against Switzerland, added: “Everybody goes after Neymar. When he’s playing, he gets a lot of fouls. They come strong.”Of course, our focus is on the collective. One or another player will have a highlight here or there but collective is important. It’s how we think. We will do what we have to do, each and every one of us.”Pressed to discuss the impact of Neymar possibly missing Brazil’s next match, Coutinho spoke like a player confident the Paris Saint-Germain superstar will be fit to face Costa Rica.”Neymar is one of the best in the world,” the Barcelona midfielder said. “Playing with him is very important resource. When he plays for us, it’s a huge help. He is a brave man who always faces opponents. Always trying to create. Important for us.”While Brazil were held in their opener, Serbia edged Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to Alexander Kolarov’s sensational free-kick, setting up a vital game for Tite’s side.Coutinho anticipates another difficult challenge, though the former Liverpool star is remaining calm.”It will be very important. We wanted to win the first game. But we ended with a draw. We have another opportunity,” Coutinho added. “I think it will be a great game. We have to be focused. Mentally strong so we can play a good game.”We have to play a happy game with responsibility because we’re in Brazil jersey. We have to be happy and daring.”last_img read more


Why Conte, not Pochettino, is the right man for Man Utd


first_imgMuch of the build-up to the game between Tottenham and Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday has been focused on Mauricio Pochettino. The Spurs manager is reckoned to be the heavy favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once his short-term deal expires this summer.Spurs fans have been pretty vocal over what they perceive to be disrespect in the tones in which their manager is being discussed. It’s been portrayed in many circles as a matter of formality that Pochettino would up sticks and move to Old Trafford. But it’s not so simple these days.This is not the Manchester United of 20 top-flight titles. This is not the Manchester United of three Champions League finals in four seasons between 2008 and 2011. This is a very different Manchester United, where history is the biggest selling point and the lay of the land does not necessarily lend itself to the empire building that Pochettino would need to thrive.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Make no mistake and do not let the recent run of results fool you. There may be harmony in the squad at present – as evidenced by a pleasant training camp in Dubai – but there is still wild dysfunction about Manchester United.The sacking of Jose Mourinho merely papers over the cracks, and the good start experienced by Solskjaer should not be mistaken for a revival or for the new normal. United have such a way to travel before they can legitimately call themselves a top club again that it is tough to know where to start.They can rip it up and start again but that will take decades. No one is going to get that kind of time. So, what they need to do is embrace the chaos, move quickly from one era to the next and discard the coaches who cannot keep up. And that is not the type of chaos that would suit the talents of Pochettino. His progression at Spurs has been gradual. He has mixed some of the talents already at the club with some newcomers in the market while also bringing through plenty of young talent to boot.He has had the space, the time and the right environment to do that. What he is achieving right now is the culmination of Spurs doing things properly.United have had plenty of managers since Pochetttino arrived in north London. Each one has left behind a hotchpotch of signings and the squad is lacking any sort of collective identity. There is simply no guarantee that Pochettino would not end up like David Moyes, Louis van Gaal or Mourinho and be discarded as soon as results start to go skew-whiff.Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham 2018That does not happen at Spurs, not that Pochettino has had to endure many nightmare runs of results. But he has built up enough credit with the chairman Daniel Levy over the years that his position is secure for the long-term.These are testing times for Tottenham with a lack of transfer activity in the summer and continued fan discontent surrounding the impending move back from Wembley to the new White Hart Lane. Through it all results have been consistent and performances of a high level.There have been thrilling individual displays from the likes of Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and, of course, the captain Harry Kane. And that is the team that Pochettino has created with his own two hands. Spurs are going places; right now they appear to be a far better long-term bet than United.The only downside at the moment is the contract situation of a few of their stars, not least Eriksen. If Spurs could somehow convince the Dane to commit his future to the club and to the new stadium then all would be well. Without that signature, there is the sense that Spurs are ready to be picked off – yet again.United is no place for Pochettino right now; there is simply no way he could replicate his project there and all he could do is damage his reputation, albeit with a very handsome payoff.What United need is a manager who can thrive despite the drama all around him. What they need is a manager who can roll his sleeves up on day one, make improvements to the players already on the books and set them out in such a way that they can climb the league table quickly.What they need is a man with a track record of delivering at top clubs with difficult structures that require a politician’s disposition and a thick skin. They need a man who can get in, get trophies and get out.Because Manchester United are that kind of club now. There will be no legacy builder. There will be managers coming in for short-term spells and what will define the success of their reigns will be the number of trophies they win.They need Antonio Conte.Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Manchester United ChelseaConte has proven at Chelsea that he has what it takes to succeed in the grind of the Premier League. He instilled a remarkable consistency and discipline in the Chelsea squad. It may not have suited everyone at the time – fallouts with David Luiz and Diego Costa were particularly ugly – but it scarcely mattered. He made Chelsea champions in his first season in charge.Conte picked up the pieces of Mourinho’s third-season botch and made the club as good as new. And, crucially, he is available.Conte, after his successes with Juventus and Chelsea, has earned the right to be fussy. He turned down Real Madrid earlier this season as he did not feel like taking over from Julen Lopetegui mid-season. He needs time to plan his own project, and considering the trouble Santiago Solari is currently experiencing it can be said he dodged a bullet.He will, however, be ready for his next challenge next summer, once the fug of the dispute with Chelsea has settled. And he will be coming to the market with a super club in mind. He would be interested in what United have to say, just like he would be interested in Real at the right time, or Bayern Munich. But it is United who would suit him down to the ground.The players that were good enough and hungry enough would stay. The rest would be frozen out. A couple of key additions would be identified. United would quickly have a recognisable style of play and would stick to it. They would be hard to beat and would be well-matched to the challenges of Manchester City or Liverpool.That is why United and Pochettino should stay well away from each other. The job suits Conte and Conte suits the job. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


DSME Inks MOU with AVEVA for Engineering Software


first_imgzoom DSME signed a memorandum of understanding with AVEVA for ship and offshore plant engineering software.Through this MOU, DSME and AVEVA will combine efforts to develop software that increases the efficiency of business activities. These two companies will release a software called DACOS-G (DSME Advanced CAD System for Offshore & Shipbuilding – Global). DACOS-G is the DSME self-developed engineering software which was based on the AVEVA Marine system.AVEVA is a CAD software company based in England. This MOU has incredible significance as the world’s top 2 companies in the shipbuilding and engineering software business have come together to penetrate the software market.DSME, April 1, 2014last_img


LNG Shipping Market Lulled in Q1, Recovery on the Horizon


first_imgzoom The first quarter of 2015 saw a material fall in demand and charter rates for LNG shipping, Golar LNG Limited said in a commercial review of LNG shipping and FRSU performance.Average spot rates during the quarter were USD 40-45,000/day for TFDE vessels and USD 30-35,000/day for steam turbine vessels. Activity was extremely limited across the market, with some vessels remaining idle for almost the entire quarter, Golar said.Spot charters which were concluded typically included ballast payments equivalent to fuel only. The most active charterer in the market during the early part of the year was RasGas, concluding a significant number of charters for “backhaul” voyages from Qatar to Europe. These were generally concluded with rates at a discount to perceived market levels.According to the performace review, April and May have seen a slight increase in the number of spot charters, although rates have fallen to even lower levels as a significant number of vessels remain open prompt.A number of term deals have been concluded in 2015 for firm periods between 4 and 12 months with options up to a further 2 years. Both Seper Tankers (ST) and Tri Fuel Diesel Electric (TFDE) vessels have been chartered for these requirements at rates in USD 20-30,000/day range.“The East-West arbitrage in LNG prices has been close to zero for most of 2015 to date as demand has remained flat amongst Far East buyers. As a result, LNG volumes moving from the Atlantic to East of Suez dropped by more than 50% from those seen in the preceding quarter. Demand has however been stimulated as new LNG importers have entered the market from Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan,” the review said.Golar posted a net profit of USD 24.6 million in Q1, driven predominantly by a provisional USD 100 million gain on sale of the Golar Eskimo which completed on January 20.  This offset a poor operating result and significant non-cash financial costs linked to mark to market valuation of interest rate and TRS swaps.The company has commenced discussions with partners Keppel and Black & Veatch aimed at exercising an option, under an existing framework agreement, for the ordering of a third GoFLNG unit similar to the Hilli and the Gimi.“Golar intends to pursue the third GoFLNG vessel on a similar contractual basis as the second vessel, preserving flexibility on design and delivery schedule, and including cancellation provisions. Although subject to business development uncertainty, further opportunities for deploying facilities similar to Hilli and Gimi are being pursued and work continues to mature these leads,” Golar added. Up to 40 LNG Carriers currently idle Speaking of the outlook, Golar predicts that it would take some time before the market fully recovers having in mind that there are up to 40 LNG Carriers currently idle. Utilisation, underlying revenue net of voyage expenses and consequently operating results are expected to deteriorate further during 2Q however, Golar believes that the bottom of this challenging shipping market has been reached.  “The first signs of an improved chartering environment, albeit from a very low base, are starting to become evident as new LNG production capacity is prepared for start-up and new markets for receiving LNG in Pakistan, Jordan and Egypt have started to receive their first cargoes,” the company said.  Golar hopes to see this manifest itself in a gradual improvement to utilisation, net revenue and operating results from 3Q onwards.In contrast to the market for LNG Carriers, the level of enquiry and interest for FSRU’s is the strongest it has been for some time. The company is therefore very optimistic that the FSRU Tundra will be contracted on terms that make it a suitable near-mid-term dropdown candidate to Golar Partners.last_img read more


INX Media case Chidambarams CBI custody extended till Sep 2


first_imgNew Delhi: A court here on Friday extended, till Monday, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s CBI custody in the INX media case. Additional Solicitor General K.M. Natrajan, appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation, sought five more days custody of Chidambaram, whose present remand ended on Friday, saying that extensive interrogation of the accused was conducted and he was confronted with documents and witnesses but further time was required to continue the investigation. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Chidambaram’s counsel opposed the remand application but both sides were apprised that if the remand order is challenged in the apex court, it would only be taken up there on Monday. In view of the submissions, the judge extended Chidambaram’s CBI custody till Monday. The CBI had, in 2017, registered a case alleging financial irregularities, to the tune of Rs 305 crore, in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media in 2007 when Chidambaram was Union Finance Minister. Following the FIR filed by the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate had filed a case of money laundering against him.last_img read more


Unmet need New program for men with prostate cancer shows promising results


first_imgHALIFAX — Five men with prostate cancer sit in a tight circle, speaking of the sadness that overcame them when treatments led to impotency, a lack of bladder control and bouts of anxiety.They’re sharing their experiences at the end of an innovative 28-day program that has dealt with some very sensitive issues.“I was depressed before … and this program brought me out of it,” Dane Berringer says during a recent gathering at Dalhousie University in Halifax.The new Patient Empowerment Program (PEP) is part of a broader effort by the health system to help the roughly 23,000 men diagnosed annually with prostate cancer.Developed by Dalhousie University researcher Gabriela Ilie and radiation oncologist Dr. Rob Rutledge, the program includes, among other things, pelvic exercises to reduce incontinence and counselling that teaches men how intimacy goes deeper than sex.While surgery, radiation and hormone treatments can lead to a cure, those treatments can leave wounds.For Berringer, the surgery caused nerve damage near his prostate, a walnut-sized gland above the genitals. The injury has limited the 60-year-old educator’s ability to have erections — a common side effect that often leads to feelings of guilt, loss and inadequacy.However, time spent with his wife in couples’ therapy has helped him accept “there’s more to life than penetrational sex.”When men lose sexual and urinary functions, many are left to cope on their own, according to Prostate Cancer Canada.“There is currently an unmet need in our health care system to identify and understand sexuality issues related to prostate cancer … both for heterosexual men and the LGBTQ community,” Stuart Edmonds, director of research at the non-profit group, said an email.Rutledge, who practises at the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre in Halifax, says it’s a “silent epidemic.”He says too many men turn inward and develop mental illnesses related to their distress.A recent survey of more that 400 prostate cancer patients in the Maritimes found 19 per cent suffered from depression and anxiety. Over 70 per cent reported challenges with sex and intimacy.Ilie says many men associate intercourse with how they connect to their partners. When impotency sets in, they lose “a navigation system.”“Men aren’t like women,” says Ilie. “They don’t go outward and seek advice. They go inward … It becomes crucial therefore to find tools that … bring their feelings to the surface.”Aside from couples counselling, the PEP program also teaches men how to find alternative forms of intimacy.“There’s 65 different ways they can connect (with their partners),” says Rutledge. “Go on a date with your partners, plan something. … Ask for a hug sometimes.”As well, a buddy system encourages the men in the group to keep in touch on a weekly basis.Mel Bartlett, 61, says daily exercises and better eating habits helped him lose ten pounds, and special pelvic exercises helped end urinary incontinence.“My prostate cancer is gone, but I’m not cured of the consequences … and the treatment of it,” says the retired actuary.“What this has done has treated the patient wholistically. It’s tied all the pieces together.”Meditation is also part of the program.When the men gathered at the beginning and end of the program, they were given small monitors to measure their progress in learning to quiet their minds.Ross MacDonald, a pastor at Grace Chapel, says the program has helped him cope with the emotional pain that comes with erectile dysfunction and the “hot flashes” caused by hormone therapy.“There’s a grieving that comes in terms of losing that aspect of our relationship,” he says.“(However), the fact that I’m exercising, I’m eating well, I’m meditating and practising quiet … It’s all been very helpful for me, but I know the depression is there.”Preliminary results from PEP program have been encouraging.After four weeks, the average weight and blood pressure readings for the men went down. Strength levels — measured by hand grips — “significantly improved,” Ilie says.“On average, our men reported fewer concerns about feeling a burden to others, feeling alone, having relationship difficulties, feeling sad (and) feeling angry.”Concerns about intimacy and bodily changes caused by medication were also reduced.The key to the program, says Berringer, is the close contact of the group.“If you just say, ‘Here’s an exercise system, go do it,’ you won’t recreate this,” he says. “The human aspect is what they’re seeing here.”— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Kiehls Since 1851 proudly announces a partnership with multiJUNO Awardwinning Canadian performers


first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement For over 165 years, Kiehl’s has always focused its efforts on the betterment of local communities by targeting philanthropic endeavors on the needs and concerns of its citizens. Over Kiehl’s long history of charitable giving, the company has supported three key causes: children’s wellbeing, environmental issues, and HIV/AIDS research. Since 2006, Kiehl’s has raised over $2.5M for children’s causes worldwide.Maintaining our mission of giving back to the community, Kiehl’s launched in 2014 charitable programs to help organizations across Canada helping children and youth.In 2017, Kiehl’s is happy to be working with Grammy nominated singers, musicians and songwriters Tegan and Sara. Tegan and Sara began their career at a very young age and received the many awards including Group of the year at The 2014 JUNO Awards.Through this year’s program, Kiehl’s will be supporting the Tegan and Sara foundation.Created in 2016, the Tegan and Sara Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ women and girls around the world. The foundation’s initial focus will be on improving economic opportunity, access to health services, and media representation for LGBTQ women.Theory of Change: We activate and unite influencers, fans and service providers to break down the cultural and institutional barriers that keep lesbian and queer women down, recognizing we are stronger together.Program Areas: Our initial work addresses economics, representation and health – three areas where LGBTQ girls and women face the biggest challenges.On the importance of the partnership, Tegan and Sara explain their long term relationship with the brand, “We have been enjoying using Kiehl’s products personally for over a decade, so it is with great excitement that we announce our partnership between The Tegan and Sara Foundation and Kiehl’s Canada. We created the Tegan and Sara Foundation to support LGBTQ. We want to ensure that girls and women live an empowered life, have equal opportunity, and the tools to succeed based on their gender and orientation. We have worked closely with Kiehl’s to design this national program, and we look forward to sharing ‘Kiehl’s Pride with Tegan and Sara.’” Tegan Quin and Sara Quin“We want to help support counseling and mentorship services for LGBTQ youth with the Tegan and Sara foundation ; it was a natural mix for Kiehl’s to give back to the community and help youth feel more comfortable in their skin,” says Alexandre Ratté, General Manager at Kiehl’s Canada “Staying true to our longstanding mission of supporting local initiatives, Kiehl’s and the Tegan and Sara Foundation will help ensure the LGBTQ girls and women have a happy upbringing, thanks to the power of music.”Customers and fans across the country are invited to participate in the Tegan and Sara Foundation partnership through the following initiatives:Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cleansers: a limited edition of the customer favourites; Ultra Facial Cleanser and the Oil Free Ultra Facial Cleanser featuring an original illustration by Tegan and Sara on the label will be available at Kiehl’s stores nationwide in January, with 100% of net profits donated to the Tegan and Sara foundation*Performance: Throughout the winter, Kiehl’s will host a secret performance with Tegan and Sara in Canada. Customers and fans will be invited to visit Kiehl’s stores to participate in an exclusive contest throughout the month of January. Then, winners will be surprised with an exclusive invitation to the special event. This unique experience is our way of giving back to those who help us support the Tegan and Sara foundation.*Through this campaign, our objective is to raise $50,000 for the Tegan and Sara foundation in Canada. Facebooklast_img read more


Dene National Assembly to elect new national chief for first time in


first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN NewsIt’s an important day in the Northwest Territories for politics.For the first time in three decades, there will be a new Dene national chief elected on Wednesday.APTN reporter Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs is in West Point First Nation for the 48th annual Dene National Assembly.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.calast_img


NAFTA unresolved steel tariffs hanging after Freeland Lighthizer meeting


first_imgWASHINGTON – To hear Chrystia Freeland tell it, NAFTA and steel are like apples and oranges.Canada’s foreign minister is in Washington this week to avert an economic storm that could see Canada sideswiped by crippling U.S. tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum — if President Donald Trump follows through on his latest threat not to extend an exemption for Canada and Mexico which is due to expire Friday.That is on top of the around-the-clock effort by Canada, the United States and Mexico to get a deal on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement — in time for the current iteration of the U.S. Congress, and ahead of what’s expected to be a turning-point election in Mexico on July 1.Freeland emerged Tuesday from a meeting with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer with the threat of both problems still hovering in the oppressive Washington humidity.She insisted the steel issue remains separate from the renegotiation of NAFTA, a deal that Trump has repeatedly blasted and threatened to rip up.“Canada has said from the outset, this is in our view entirely separate from the NAFTA negotiation,” she said after her two-hour, face-to-face meeting inside the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the site of intensive NAFTA talks over the last several weeks.American trade analysts say there’s an obvious connection, but Freeland may be downplaying it in an attempt to bargain effectively.“Everything in Trump world is linked, ultimately,” Eric Miller of the Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, said in an interview Tuesday.“In that context Minister Freeland is making a big push for aluminum and steel exemptions,” he added.“The Trump administration could well say we feel we have made enough progress on NAFTA in order to give an exemption to Canada and Mexico.”If Trump follows through with the tariff threat, then it will have been in Freeland’s interest to separate steel from NAFTA to increase the ability to move forward with an agreement on the continental pact later, said Miller.Freeland and Lighthizer continued their discussion later in the day by telephone, and she planned to return to Ottawa on Wednesday morning.Dan Ujczo, an American trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright PLLC, said the main focus on Freeland’s trip has to be securing the steel and aluminum exemption by Friday because NAFTA’s not getting through Congress this year anyway.Many people inside the Washington beltway are betting on Trump offering up a 30-day extension to the exemption, following a past pattern of threats and then, extension. But Ujczo said betting on that this time would be folly.He said Trump has to follow through, otherwise his broader trade agenda with China might suffer.“That leverage from the tariffs only works if you actually demonstrate a willingness to pull the trigger,” he said Tuesday.“The president is deploying that strategy with China. I believe that he may do the same with North America and Europe unless they come to the table with an offer.”In the past, Freeland has said Canada wouldn’t take NAFTA’s demise lightly, and she warned Tuesday that there will be consequences as well if Canada loses its steel and aluminum exemption.“Our government always is very ready and very prepared to respond appropriately to every action. We are always prepared and ready to defend our workers and our industry,” she said.“Canadian steel workers should absolutely know that the government of Canada has their back … We are very clear in making the point, which I think frankly is common sense, that in no way could Canadian steel and aluminum pose a national security threat to the United States.”Mexico was not at Tuesday’s meeting.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been talking by phone with Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in recent days, despite dwindling hope of reaching a deal on updating NAFTA.Trudeau telephoned U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence on Tuesday to discuss the continental trade agreement and the potential steel and aluminum tariffs, but the Prime Minister’s Office offered no additional details of the call.The rules surrounding autos remain a major NAFTA sticking point, which has left stakeholders and observers alike skeptical that Freeland will be able to accomplish anything substantial during her visit.Freeland said that was a major topic of the conversation with Lighthizer, and remains key to cracking a complex negotiation.“There is definitely a path forward and we are making progress,” Freeland said.“The intense engagements we had both at the ministerial and official level for the past several weeks is evidence of how hard everyone is working on this.”last_img read more


Police arrest 7 persons seize weapons ammo


first_imgKolkata: Howrah City Police have nabbed seven persons and seized many weapons on Monday night from two separate places.Two cases have been initiated at the Nischinda police station and Chatterjeehat police station in this regard. According to the police, on Tuesday night sleuths from Nischinda police station got a tip-off about a few persons, who were seen roaming suspiciously in the area. The police approached them, these persons tried to escape from the area on a yellow taxi and a private car. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBut, before they could give a slip to the police, sleuths surrounded them. All of them were immediately detained. During frisking of their vehicles, police found like one sword, bamboo sticks, one dagger, one country-made shooter firearm and two live ammunition mark 8 mm. All six of them immediately arrested under IPC Sections 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity), 402 (assembling for purpose of committing dacoity), and 25 (possessing of fire arms) and 27 of the Arms Act (punishment for using arms). Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn another case on Monday, sleuths from Chatterjeehat police station arrested a person identified as Saniar Hossain Khan alias Lalu from Dumurjala Ring Road area and seized one firearm loaded with one round of live ammunition. It is suspected that he might have been targeting someone over some issues. He has been booked under IPC sections of 25(i)(a) Arms Act (manufactures, sells, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale any arms or ammunition) and 27 Arms Act (punishment for using arms).last_img read more


Urban Meyer Buckeye offensive line one of the best in the country


Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort blocks a defender during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior quarterback Braxton Miller and senior running back Carlos Hyde were the offensive stars for Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) once again in the Buckeyes’ 63-14 win against Penn State (4-3, 1-2). However, five players who, on paper, appear to have made less of a dent in the win, also played a crucial role in OSU’s 686-yard offensive performance against the Nittany Lions. So well, in fact, that even a former Buckeye was impressed.Miller (252 passing yards, 68 rushing yards) and Hyde (147 rushing yards) accounted for 467 yards, or 68.1 percent, of OSU’s total offense in the victory.But in order to achieve that success, they needed effective blocking from the offensive line.The starting five offensive linemen — redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, senior left guard Andrew Norwell, redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley, redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall and sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker — were praised by their coaches and teammates following Saturday’s win.“I see an offensive line that’s one of the best in the country,” coach Urban Meyer said during a post-game press conference. “I’ll take my offensive line anywhere. Those guys are playing very well.”That offensive line led an effort that amassed 32 first downs, averaged 8.9 yard gains per offensive play and converted seven of 10 third downs.“Offensive line did a hell of a job,” Miller said of the unit’s performance Saturday.Miller said the offensive line was “aggressive throughout the week of practice,” and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the way OSU’s offensive linemen have practiced has led to their success this season.“When you practice the same way — high level — your fundamentals get better, your technique, your understanding and just the whole cohesiveness up front,” Warinner said.Through its first eight games, the OSU offense ranks eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense with an average of 517.3 yards per game and fifth nationally with a average 47.3 points scored per game.That offensive success has been a team effort, Warinner said.“(The offense) has the ability to horizontally stretch the field in the run game, and we do it in the pass game, and then vertically stretch you and so we’re putting defenses in a bind,” Warinner said. “They don’t know exactly where to try to load their defense. When you have good players at a lot of positions playing at a high level, which we do right now at receiver, quarterback, running back, O-line, tight end … we can be explosive. We are an explosive outfit right now.”The OSU rushing offense ranks ninth nationally with an average of 295.6 rushing yards per game. Miller said the offensive line’s ability to block on the perimeter has played a key role in OSU’s success running the ball, much like Hall did on a Miller scramble early in the game where he leveled a Penn State defender.“Getting guys the ball on the outside frees up the inside,” Miller said.Warinner said OSU’s success as a rushing offense has been a “credit to a lot of people.”“Running the football is important to us as a program, as a team,” Warinner said. “So that makes it important to the running backs, the O-line and all perimeter guys as well. And then we have the ability to run the ball outside as well as inside and we’re throwing the ball well so we’re just keeping people off-balance.”Norwell said the offensive linemen have “great chemistry” with one another.“We’re all on the same page,” Norwell said. “Coach Meyer knows how many reps we need to get in practice, and we just went hard every play.”One reason for that chemistry might be the experience the offensive linemen have with playing with one another. Mewhort and Norwell are both third-year starters on the offensive line. Hall came into the season with 18 career starts, while Linsley is also a second-year starter.Warinner said he thinks the experience of the offensive line has helped that unit play as well as they have this season.“That it’s helped us a lot, because we can lean on those guys when we need to and they can be productive when they need to,” Warinner said.Warinner said Decker, the only new starter on the offensive line, has fit in well.“His talent level is really high,” Warinner said. “Experience and confidence were the two things he lacked. Now that he’s played eight games and played well these last three or four games, his confidence level is high along with talent level.”Mewhort, Norwell, Linsley, Hall and Decker have each started all eight games for the Buckeyes this season, but with the result of Saturday’s game well in hand by the middle of the third quarter, OSU was able to get playing time for many of its backups, including the offensive line. Warinner said there were 11 offensive linemen in total who received playing time for the OSU offense Saturday.Current OSU coaches and players are not the only Buckeyes impressed by the play of OSU’s offensive line this season. Orlando Pace, who played left tackle at OSU from 1994-96 and was honored on the field during Saturday’s game for being selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, said the OSU offensive line plays “really well together as a unit.”“Those guys, they do a great job in protecting Braxton, and they run the ball well,” Pace said at halftime Saturday.Pace said he expects Mewhort to follow in his footsteps from being an OSU left tackle to playing in the NFL, in which Pace played for 13 seasons.“You’re definitely going to see him play on Sundays,” Pace said. “He moves well, footwork and hand placement and all those things, I think he’ll be fine.”OSU will be looking for another impressive effort from its offensive line when it plays Purdue (1-6, 0-3) Saturday at noon in West Lafayette, Ind. read more


Acer Iconia Tab A700 has a WUXGA display and sells for 450


first_imgIt’s not quite a Retina Display, but at 1920×1200 pixels the Acer Iconia Tab A700 comes pretty close to the pixel density of the new iPad. It’s also up for pre-order for about $50 less.Under the hood of the A700 you’ll find a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC and 1GB of RAM powering Acer’s ever-so-slightly-tweaked version of Ice Cream Sandwich. 32GB of internal storage comes standard, and that HD-friendly display gets paired with 5.1 channel Dolby Mobile 3 audio. There’s also an HDMI output so that you can easily watch on a bigger screen.Need more room for your HD content? No worries. Acer’s also included a microSD expansion slot that can handle cards up to 64GB.The A700 features a pair of cameras — 5MP on the back and 1MP on the front — as well as 802.11 b/g/n/ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR support. A 9800mAh battery pack provides enough juice to watch around 10 hours of HD video. Apart from coming very close to the iPad’s PPI, the A700 also nearly matches in thinness and weight, at just under 1.5 pounds and 10.9mm thick.Acer includes a handful of apps to give you a productivity boost right out of the box. In addition to Polaris Office 3.5, you’ll also find geek favorite Evernote preinstalled. Acer Print is also on board, providing hassle-free printing to almost 90% of the printers on the market (according to Acer).You can plunk down your $449.99 right now if you’d like to pre-order the Iconia Tab A700, and you can choose either silver or black.More at Engadgetlast_img read more


Facebook met un point dhonneur à Camera


first_imgFacebook met un point d’honneur à CameraLors d’une mise à jour, Facebook a décidé de remplacer le nom de son application Camera par Camera•.L’application Facebook, Camera change de nom et devient Camera•. Lors de la mise à jour vers la version 1.0.2, la firme a en effet décidé, certainement pour se distinguer d’autres applications, d’ajouter un point dans le nom de son application. Par ailleurs, elle offre une meilleure fiabilité pour le chargement de photo dans les albums ainsi que de meilleures performances et l’apparition d’une rubrique d’aide.Après le rachat pour un milliard de dollars de l’application d’Instagram, Facebook avait dévoilé sa propre application photo. L’application, réservée aux terminaux iOS, avait plutôt étonné, car elle ressemblait en beaucoup de points à Instagram. Facebook avait alors expliqué que le développement de Camera• était antérieur au rachat.Le 13 juin 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Marco Silva is happy at Everton but wants more


first_imgThe English Premier League manager wants his team to get out of the 11th position and start climbing in the 2018-2019 seasonEverton Football Club is currently sitting in the 11th position with 12 points.The club has been able to beat three English Premier League rivals while drawing with other three and losing twice.And its manager Marco Silva believes his team can do more, although he also admitted being enjoying time at the club.“Am I enjoying it? Of course. I am really happy. Believe me!” he told The Liverpool Echo.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Normally I can adapt fast and easy to the position wherever I am. But I am really happy, here. I know what I want, I know what the club wants but I don’t like to lose my focus if we win 3-0 or if the result wasn’t the best.”“It’s not easy to see big differences between the two. It’s my way and the players know that as well,” he added.“Inside Finch Farm, I am a little bit different with them. In some moments they can see a little bit more from the coach.”“I am happier with them sometimes, but I am really enjoying it here at the club,” he concluded.last_img read more


Long Bay High Opens today


first_img Recommended for you Long Bay High taking 180 students, will be ready says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Jan 2015 – It is back to school, back to work for thousands this morning in a brand new year as we transitioned from 2015 to 2016 over the weekend. While most will feel the excitement of newness despite heading back to their same physical environments, it will be different for at least 200 students and the faculty and staff of the new Long Bay High School. The institution, which represents a new era in education says Education officials, will receive its first formers at the school as the phase one roll out of LBHS begins. This morning students were picked up across the island from the various bus locations to support the children coming from Blue Hills, Five Cays, Glass Shack, The Bight, Chalk Sound, Kew Town and other eastern communities for an 8 am arrival at school. Principal of the school is former Education Minister, Dr Carlton Mills and so anticipation and expectations are high. During a ribbon cutting ceremony in November, Minister of Education and Deputy Premier Hon. Akierra Misick led her ministerial colleagues in breaking ground on the construction of phase two which was won by Jamalco; the contractor who designed and built the phase one of the LBHS. Long Bay High School launches as a first form only high school today, but will eventually be a full high school – going from form one to five by 2017. Premier to Open New Salt Cay Clinic Related Items:long bay hills high school, open Cabinet ‘ok’ with spending on upgrades and capital works Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


Rep Duncan D Hunter and wife indicted for converting campaign funds and


first_imgFederal Bureau of Investigation AGENCY Rep. Duncan D. Hunter and wife indicted for converting campaign funds and falsifying campaign finance records *The charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty. Updated: 10:22 PM FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were indicted Tuesday on federal charges that they used more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses that ranged from groceries to golf trips and lied about it in federal filings, prosecutors said.Hunter, a Republican, and his wife Margaret Hunter were named in a 48-page indictment filed in San Diego federal court.The indictment alleges the money was taken between 2009 and 2016. It says the couple concealed the misuse by falsifying campaign finance records, claiming the expenses as campaign-related.FILE – In this April 7, 2011 file photo, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill. A federal grand jury in California on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, has indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)“Throughout the relevant period, the Hunters spent substantially more than they earned,” the indictment said. “They overdrew their bank account more than 1,100 times in a 7-year period resulting in approximately $37,761 in ‘overdraft’ and ‘insufficient funds’ bank fees.”Asked for comment about the indictment, a representative for Hunter sent an Aug. 6 letter from Hunter’s attorney, Gregory A. Vega, to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein asking him to postpone the indictment.Vega contended that there was a “rush to indict” after a two-year grand jury investigation.There was “politically motivated” pressure to wrap up the investigation in order to tarnish Hunter before the general election after he handily won a June primary, Vega contended.Hunter, 41, an early supporter of President Donald Trump, won a fifth term in 2016 representing a heavily Republican San Diego-area district. His father represented the area for many years in Congress.The House Ethics panel had investigated allegations that Hunter improperly used campaign funds to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses, such as trips to Hawaii and Italy and tuition for Hunter’s children.The panel said in March that it was delaying the inquiry at the request of the Justice Department.His lawyers said in 2017 that Hunter and his wife repaid the campaign about $60,000.Hunter’s office said at the time that one of the charges he repaid was a $600 fee for flying a pet bunny with his family. There was no intent to stick donors with the cost, Hunter spokesman Joe Kasper said at the time. The congressman used airline miles to pay for his family’s travel and there was an assumption that bringing along the rabbit would not incur an extra charge, Kasper told The Associated Press.When Hunter found out his campaign had paid for the rabbit’s transport, he paid back the money as part of more than $60,000 in other questionable charges, Kasper said.Kasper pointed to the rabbit expense as an example of overreach by the congressional ethics office.FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2011, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, administers the House oath to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., as his wife, Margaret, looks on during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal grand jury in California on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, has indicted U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)_____________________________________________________________________________________Duncan D. Hunter’s campaign and his Attorney have issued the following statement in response to the indictments:Prosecutors in Hunter case attended Hillary Clinton fundraiser prior to pushing for prosecution of first Rep. to endorse TrumpThe U.S. Department of Justice has been requested to recuse two Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the investigation of US Rep Duncan L. Hunter.  The request was made in a letter to Brian A. Benezkowski, Assistant Attorney General.The request was made by Gregory A. Vega, the former United  States Attorney for the Southern District of California, a Democrat.“I do not write this letter lightly, states Mr. Vega, who then goes on to detail the attendance at then candidate Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign in La Jolla, California by First Assistant  U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson and Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily W. Allen.“Questions must be asked, including why were they in attendance having not made contributions, why were they at the event during work hours and did not take annual leave to attend?  Even if there are benign explanations, it is only logical to conclude that they attended primarily because they wanted to be at an intimate event with candidate Clinton, show their support for her candidacy and have an opportunity to meet her”, stated Vega, noting that the event required $1000.00 contributions and that the two prosecutors were accorded VIP treatment in having pictures taken with candidate Clinton, which required $2700.00 contributions.“Their subsequent conduct calls into question the impartiality of the investigation of Congressman Hunter and at a minimum creates the appearance of a conflict of interest”, continues Vega.The fund-raiser occurred August 27, 2015 in San Diego, Ca. according to Mr. Vega who states further,        “Within months of the fund-raiser, on February 24, 2016, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter became the first sitting member of Congress to publicly endorse the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for President. The investigation of Congressman Hunter by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California began shortly after his public endorsement of candidate Trump. Even more troubling than an investigation having begun is the fact that within weeks of Alana Robinson becoming the Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of California on January 5, 2017, and one month after President Trump’s inauguration, federal search warrants were executed on Congressman Hunter’s home, Congressional office, storage locker and the offices of his campaign treasurer during the week of February 22, 2017.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Allen and Acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson were intimately involved in the decision to seek the execution of the search warrants.”Vega continues:“The United States Attorney’s Manual provides that when a United States Attorney becomes aware of an actual or apparent conflict of interest that could require a recusal and the “CONFLICT OF INTEREST EXISTS OR THERE IS AN APPEARANCE OF A LOSS OF IMPARTIALITY’, the United States Attorney must notify the General Counsel of the Executive Office of the United States Attorneys. USAM 3-1.140.”“Here the appearance of the loss of impartiality cannot be clearer”, Vega states.“The former Acting U.S. Attorney and the Assistant U.S. Attorney actively investigating Congressman Hunter both attended a fundraiser for candidate Clinton during working hours and shortly thereafter were involved in initiating an investigation of the first Congressman to endorse candidate Trump. These facts alone warrant recusal”, continued Vega, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of CaliforniaVega continues, warning that a late indictment of Hunter which is being pushed by Robinson and Allen with only  3 months to go before the election and almost two years since they seized his records “reflects a loss of impartiality and appears to be an effort to de-rail Congressman Hunter’s re-election in the November 6, 2018 election.”To date, no recusals have taken place.________________________________________________________________________________________________Duncan D. Hunter’s Attorney letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein can be read here.The official press release from Office of the United States Attorney Southern District of California details the charges and can be read below.U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter and his wife, Margaret E. Hunter, were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges that they converted more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal expenses and filed false campaign finance records with the Federal Election Commission.A 48-page indictment details scores of instances beginning in 2009 and continuing through 2016 in which the Hunters illegally used campaign money to pay for personal expenses that they could not otherwise afford.  The purchases included family vacations to Italy, Hawaii, Phoenix, Arizona, and Boise, Idaho; school tuition; dental work; theater tickets; and domestic and international travel for almost a dozen relatives. The Hunters also spent tens of thousands of dollars on smaller purchases, including fast food, movie tickets, golf outings, video games, coffee, groceries, home utilities and expensive meals.To conceal their personal spending, the Hunters mischaracterized the purchases in FEC filings as “campaign travel,” “dinner with volunteers/contributors,” “toy drives,” “teacher/parent and supporter events,” “gift cards” for charitable donations, and “gift basket items,” among other false descriptions. Family dental bills paid with campaign funds were characterized as a charitable contribution to “Smiles for Life.” Theater tickets were mischaracterized as “holiday gift certificates.”  Tickets for the family to see Riverdance at the San Diego Civic Theater became “San Diego Civic Center for Republican Women Federated/Fundraising.”  And to disguise their children’s tuition payments to Christian Unified Schools in El Cajon, the Hunters provided a number of conflicting explanations, including that the payments were charitable contributions.The Hunters’ improper use of campaign funds for personal expenses occurred despite numerous warnings about the prohibition against using campaign funds for personal expenses and repeated inquiries from Duncan Hunter’s campaign treasurer about questionable purchases. According to the indictment, the Hunters knew that many of their desired purchases could be made only by using campaign funds, since they did not otherwise have sufficient personal funds to pay for their purchases.  The criminal investigation began in June of 2016, two months after the Federal Election Commission and the San Diego Union-Tribune questioned some of Hunter’s campaign expenses as potentially personal.“The indictment alleges that Congressman Hunter and his wife repeatedly dipped into campaign coffers as if they were personal bank accounts, and falsified FEC campaign finance reports to cover their tracks,” said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman. “Elected representatives should jealously guard the public’s trust, not abuse their positions for personal gain.  Today’s indictment is a reminder that no one is above the law.”The Hunters are scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo. They are charged with Conspiracy to Commit Offenses Against the United States, Wire Fraud, Falsification of Records and Prohibited Use of Campaign Contributions.This case was investigated by the San Diego Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Phillip Halpern, Emily Allen and Mark Conover.  The United States Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, Election Crimes Branch for their assistance in this matter.DEFENDANTS                                            Case Number 18cr3677                                Duncan D. Hunter                                           Age: 41                       Alpine, CAMargaret E. Hunter                                         Age: 43                       Alpine, CA AP center_img August 21, 2018 Conspiracy to Commit Offenses Against the United States – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 371Wire Fraud – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1343Falsification of Records – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1519Prohibited Use of Campaign Contributions – Title 52 U.S.C., Secs. 30109(d) and 30114(b)Aiding and Abetting – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 2 AP, SUMMARY OF CHARGES Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Duncan D. Hunter Posted: August 21, 2018last_img read more


Alaska News Nightly Wednesday May 10 2017


first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowRep. Eastman becomes first Alaska House member to be censuredAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauRepresentative David Eastman became the first member of the Alaska House to be censured on Wednesday.Murkowski, Sullivan diverge in statements on Comey firingLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Murkowski sees “serious cause for concern” in timing of President Trump’s dismissal of the FBI director. Sullivan sees “questions” there, and in the conduct of the Obama White House.Verdict looms in Sockeye Fire trialCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA half-dozen jurors are set to decide whether an Anchorage couple started a costly Willow wildfire in 2015, known as the Sockeye Fire.Walker tells Assembly he expects revenues in fiscal planZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageDuring a short trip to Anchorage, the governor used a brief window to tell the body he’s optimistic lawmaker’s will deliver a fiscal plan this session.Return to sender: Juneau pot business blocked from mailing tax paymentsJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauAlaska tax officials have set up a system to tax licensed marijuana businesses. Due to Alaska’s geography actually getting the revenue to the state isn’t always easy.Arctic representatives kick off Arctic Conference in FairbanksRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageSecretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to Fairbanks today, accompanied by both of Alaska’s U.S. Senators. Tillerson is preparing to meet with his counterparts from seven other Arctic nations tomorrow morning. That’s when the U.S. will formally hand over the two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council to Finland.After high-level Arctic talks, the party moves to AnchorageZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAs delegates, dignitaries, and stakeholders wind-down high level council meetings, the Anchorage Museum is hosting North By North, a first-time festival focused on issues specific to the Circumpolar North.Experts outline benefits of boosting Arctic broadband; but some cite cultural ‘concern’Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksParticipants in the Arctic Broadband Forum held this week at the University of Alaska Fairbanks got an update on the progress of a project that promises to bring high-speed internet to remote northern Alaskan communities.Ask a Climatologist: Alaska wins the daylight prizeAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAlaska is once again the land of the midnight sun. If you live in Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), the sun won’t set again until August 2.last_img read more


Glover Park Social A Variety Open Mic


first_imgGlover Park Social will be at Mason Inn, located at 2408 Wisconsin Ave NW, every Thursday night, from Feb.9, at 8 p.m. The event will feature some of the area’s finest comedians, musicians, and performing artists. The show is free. Artists can sign up by emailing gloverparksocial@gmail.com. Mason Inn opens at 6 p.m. and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. For more info, call 202-431-4704 or visit www.capitalcityshowcase.com.last_img


Apple May Sneak Subwoofers Into Future iMacs


first_imgStay on target Apple’s iMac is a fantastic all-in-one computer, but there’s always room for improvement. One particular feature that the company seems keen on tweaking is its sound system.Like most all-in-ones (and TVs, for that matter) on the market, the iMac doesn’t pack an especially large amount low-end thump. Based on a new patent that was granted yesterday, Apple has a pretty good idea how to go about changing that.They’re looking at packing a subwoofer into future iMac models. It’s pretty clear that such a tweak would bring a more full-bodied audio experience. That’s not the only motivation Apple has for cranking up the bass, however. The sub would do double duty as a cooling device.AdChoices广告If you’ve ever placed your hand near the port on a subwoofer cabinet then you’re well aware that pounding bass can move a good amount of air. Apple plans to stick the sub near the iMac’s internal power supply and direct the air it moves over those heat-producing components.There’s more to it, naturally. The patent also talks about embedded control circuitry that could “supply inaudible signals to the speaker that enhance airflow.” Those signals, it notes, would be triggered by current temperatures or even predictions about pending spikes.Apple’s speaker-driven cooling system could also reduce the overall amount of noise the iMac produces. Cooling fans are a bit of a nuisance, what with all the whirring and humming. A subwoofer, on the other hand, could move air by pumping out sub-audible frequencies.As for when you’ll see an iMac with built-in subs, that’s anybody’s guess at this point. The patent application was submitted way back in 2014, so Apple could be on the verge of making this a reality. Then again… Apple has a ton of patents in their portfolio that have never found their way into retail products.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters last_img read more