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Engineer murdered in suspected honour killing


first_imgIn a suspected case of honour killing, a 28-year-old civil engineer from Kerala was shot dead allegedly by his wife’s parents, who brought a sharpshooter with them to his house in the Jagdamba Vihar area here on the pretext of meeting the couple.The victim, Amith Nair, sustained bullet injuries on his neck, windpipe and chest and died of excessive bleeding. The parents tried to drag his pregnant wife, Mamta Chaudhary, out of the house, but they fled when she refused to leave.After the incident on Wednesday morning, Mamta’s parents have been absconding and the police have launched a manhunt to nab them. Amith’s body was cremated at Purani Chungi crematorium in the Sodala area here on Thursday in the presence of his relatives, friends and colleagues.Mamta, 30, belonging to the Jat community, had married Amith, a native of the Pathanamthitta town in Kerala’s Central Travancore region, two years ago, even though her parents were opposed to the match because of the caste difference. The couple settled down in Jaipur, where Amith was working as a civil engineer with a private firm.According to Mamta’s statement to the police, her parents had been insisting since her marriage that she leave Amith and return to them. Heated argumentsOn Wednesday, Mamta’s parents came to her house and after some heated arguments, called in a young man, who allegedly drew out a pistol and shot at Amith.As Amith collapsed on a sofa where he was sitting, the parents tried to drag Mamta out of the house. When the family raised an alarm and called the neighbours for help, they fled.Mamta is reportedly six months’ pregnant. Police said Mamta’s brother has been detained and a search launched to trace the absconding parents as well as the shooter. Barricades and check-posts were put up at several locations here on Thursday and on roads connecting the city with the national highways.People’s Union for Civil Liberties activists, who met police officers in connection with the case, demanded immediate arrest of the accused and action against two private hospitals which had refused to admit a heavily bleeding Amith. They also demanded that the State government pay a compensation of ₹1 crore to Amith’s family.PUCL State president Kavita Srivastava said Mamta, who studied in Mody University in Laxmangarh, was an intern with the organisation in 2014. She said it was high time the outstanding legislation on killings and crimes committed in the name of honour was enacted. “The couple shelter homes should also be established in all districts of Rajasthan on the pattern of Haryana,” she said.last_img read more


AFC presidential candidate pledges more cash to members


first_imgIn his manifesto, which was launched in Abu Dhabi, Al Romaithi offers a $10 million contribution to travel that could end the Champions League group stage being divided along western and eastern regions.Al Romaithi is a former commander in chief of the Abu Dhabi Police who previously led the UAE football federation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “The AFC has been very harsh and not treated everyone equally,” Al Romaithi told The Associated Press. “There is inequality in the treatment between the member associations. They listen to the strong MAs and don’t listen to the poorer MAs.”Sheikh Salman of Bahrain has led the confederation for six years but is yet to publicly discuss his plans for a new term. Saoud Al-Mohannadi, from 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar, is a third candidate in the April 6 election.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAl Romaithi is pledging to give each of the AFC’s 47 member federations at least $2 million per year, including $500,000 mandated for the development of the women’s game. According to a single-page financial statement published by the AFC, $20 million was spent on member association development, education and financial assistance expenses in 2017.For the 23 countries who fail to qualify for the 24-team Asian Cup, Al Romaithi is pledging to launch a new Associations Cup with a $7.5 million prize fund. The Women’s Asian Cup would also be doubled to 16 teams. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments MOST READ Messi returns to Argentina’s national team for friendlies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem FILE – Qatar’s team celebrates after winning the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)New and expanded competitions and more funds for member associations are being promised by Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi if he is elected president of the Asian Football Confederation.Al Romaithi, the chairman of the United Arab Emirates General Authority for Sports, is trying to unseat Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa in next month’s presidential election.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


Maha govt to partner HP to digitally empower 28,000 villages


first_imgMumbai, Sep 20 (PTI) The Maharashtra government is expected to join hands with Hewlett Packard Enterprise with an aim to digitally transform 28,000 villages across the state. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is on a two day tour to the USA, visited HP in San Francisco and had a meeting with CEO Meg Whiteman.”HP is keen to partner with Govt of Maharashtra for MahaNet-an ambitious program of GOM to take digital fibre to 28,000 Gram panchayats,” the CM said on Twitter.By digitally empowering these 28,000 villages, it will ensure efficient governance, best healthcare and education facilities, Fadnavis tweeted.The Chief Minister,who left for the trip on Sunday night, reached San Francisco late yesterday.He is in the US to participate in the Oracle Open World 2016. Fadnavis is the first CM invited there to deliver a keynote address before the global tech experts.Fadnavis on reaching San Francisco said the agenda of his visit was “Maharashtras economic growth and employment generation.”Oracle will sign an MOU with the state government to develop a comprehensive ecosystem for Smart City initiative (which includes funding and nurturing three smart cities of Kalyan-Dombivali, Mira Bhayander & Pimpri Chinchwad). PTI MR DK RCJ BASlast_img read more


ST: new SDK makes motor-control design faster and easier


first_img Continue Reading Previous Digi-Key: compact power measurement tool for IoT applications from QoitechNext Parasoft: support for microservice-specific protocols and message formats STMicroelectronics has further simplified development of advanced, energy-efficient motor drives on STM32 microcontrollers by harmonizing the latest STM32 PMSM FOC Software Development Kit with the STM32Cube ecosystem. The move extends opportunities for engineers to build sophisticated drives for equipment such as air conditioners, home appliances, drones, building automation, industrial machinery, medical devices, e-bikes, and many others, without needing specialized experience.Building on previous generations of ST’s Field-Oriented Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors SDK, the new version 5.0 firmware libraries align with the STM32Cube Hardware Abstraction Layer and Low Level architectures, which eases development, customization, and debugging. In addition, free access to source code gives developers extra flexibility, control, and customizability.New with MC-Workbench version 5.0, the Graphical User Interface leverages the STM32CubeMX workflow to set up the project, configure microcontroller peripherals, and generate initialization code automatically. It also lets users monitor and change control loop parameters in real time, as they develop or debug their projects.A rich selection of algorithms are included implementing popular PMSM-control techniques such as Maximum Torque Per Ampere to maximize efficiency and handle varying load conditions. Flux-Weakening control for extended speed range and feed-forward control for enhanced stability at high speeds are also included. Further features include “start-on-the-fly” to ensure smooth drive insertion when the rotor is already turning, which is often needed for outdoor fans such as in air conditioners or smoke extractors.Users can take advantage of proven, powerful SDK features including the Motor Profiler, which helps characterize most aspects of a motor quickly by automatically detecting the electrical parameters (stator resistance (Rs), inductance (Ls), and motor-voltage constant (Ke)), as well as mechanical friction and inertia. A variety of flexible motor-control strategies are also supported, including current sensing with single- or triple-shunt or isolated current sensors (ICS), rotor-position detection using encoder or Hall sensors, or sensorless control. The SDK also supports dual-motor applications, leveraging the rich analog features and multiple motor-control timers integrated in many STM32 variants.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software last_img read more


The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories


first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, Jan. 16———NORTH KOREA TOLD TO GIVE UP NUCLEAR ARMS: If North Korea wants freedom from sanctions and acceptance from the international community, it must end its nuclear weapons program, Canada and some of its closest partners insisted Tuesday as they kicked off a major international meeting aimed at ending Pyongyang’s ongoing “nuclearization.” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her counterparts from 20 countries — including the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Britain — began the meeting in Vancouver with a unanimous missive to the North Korean government: give up your nuclear weapons. “Our message is clear,” Freeland said. “The pursuit of nuclearization will bring you neither security nor prosperity. Investing in nuclear weapons will lead only to more sanctions and to perpetual instability on the peninsula.” Canada and the U.S. are co-hosting the one-day meeting, which was called in response to concerns about North Korea’s growing nuclear and ballistic-missile capabilities. The purpose, said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was to increase the “maximum-pressure campaign” on North Korea by clamping down on its efforts to evade sanctions through smuggling and other illicit activity.———LAC-MEGANTIC JURORS SAY THEY ARE AT AN IMPASSE: The jurors at the Lac-Megantic trial told the judge Tuesday they are at an impasse in their deliberations. Quebec Superior Court Justice Gaetan Dumas read a letter in which the jurors asked him what would happen if they couldn’t reach unanimity. The jurors are deliberating the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre. The three were charged with criminal negligence causing the 2013 tragedy that killed 47 people when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded. After receiving the letter, Dumas told the lawyers in the case he could “exhort” the jurors to resume their deliberations and to consider the possibility of delivering verdicts on one, two or all three accused. All three men can be found guilty of criminal negligence causing the death, while jurors have the option of convicting Harding on one of two other charges: dangerous operation of railway equipment or dangerous operation of railway equipment causing death. Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaitre the manager of train operations. The three men each pleaded not guilty.———TRUDEAU SAYS HE’S OPTIMISTIC ABOUT NAFTA DEAL: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remains optimistic that Canada, the United States and Mexico can strike a deal to modernize NAFTA that benefits all three countries. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Trudeau says he believes there’s a good chance negotiations will result in what he calls a “win-win-win.” Trudeau says his government isn’t worrying about contradictory signals from the U.S., which have periodically left the impression that the North American Free Trade Agreement is doomed. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened repeatedly to pull out of the continental trade pact. However, Trump last week calmed markets jittery about the potential demise of NAFTA, telling the Wall Street Journal that he’d “rather keep it” and telling farmers, who are overwhelmingly supportive of the pact, that he’s working hard to improve it. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has said Canada will bring some “creative” new proposals to the bargaining table later this month; Trudeau says his government will stand firm in defending Canadian interests and won’t sign on to “any old deal.”———YOUTH PROGRAM WON’T FUND ANTI-ABORTION PROJECTS: Activities and projects that are considered to be anti-abortion will be ineligible for funding as part of Canada’s revamped national youth volunteer program. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the first phase of the new Canada Service Corps program during a live Instagram video Tuesday, calling it an exciting opportunity to get young Canadians engaged in their country and community. The government is investing $105 million into the program over the next three years, and while it won’t be fully rolled out until 2019, there are already funding applications being accepted for the initial phase. And much like the Canada Summer Jobs program, the Canada Service Corps will not approve funding for any projects deemed not to “respect existing individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” including reproductive rights. Other values listed include the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.———LIBERALS TO ANNOUNCE FOREIGN BUSINESS OMBUDSMAN: The Liberal government is planning to make good on a campaign promise to create an ombudsman with teeth to oversee the conduct of Canadian companies operating abroad. International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champange is to announce the creation of a new position on Wednesday. Government sources say the new position will be a substantive upgrade to the “corporate responsibility counsellor,” which has been widely criticized as a toothless entity for dealing with misconduct complaints against Canadian companies, mainly in the mining industry. One source, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a matter not yet made public, says the new ombudsman will have jurisdiction over more than just the mining sector, but provided no further details. It is not clear how much power the newly created position will be given, such as whether it will be able to compel specific behaviour from companies.———BORDER-CROSSER HOPES TO KEEP FINGERS AFTER FROSTBITE: A 36-year-old man from the small African nation of Togo is waiting to find out whether he will be allowed to stay in Canada, and whether severe frostbite might cost him his fingers. Kangni Fiowole-Kouevi walked across the border near Emerson, Man., the night of Jan. 5, as temperatures dipped below -20 C. He says he paid $700 for a ride from Minneapolis to an area near the border, then walked for about four hours. He had winter clothing, but his gloves were not enough and he suffered severe frostbite before he called 911 and was picked up by police. Fiowole-Kouevi says he hopes his fingers will recover, even though he has bandages on his hands and doctors are still treating him. He says he left Togo to flee religious persecution as a Christian and had his refugee claim denied in the United States. His journey comes a year after two men from Ghana made a similar crossing over the Emerson border and lost their fingers to severe frostbite.———GIRL DIES AFTER BEING PINNED BETWEEN TWO VEHICLES: Grief counsellors were at a north Toronto school Tuesday to help students and staff cope with the news that a five-year-old girl had died after being pinned between two SUVs. The Toronto Catholic District School Board said the girl was walking with her father to their car after school on Monday when the incident took place just before 3:30 p.m. Const. Clint Stibbe said Tuesday that an SUV with no one inside rolled forward and pinned the girl against her father’s Mercedes-Benz SUV. The child was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries. The girl’s 42-year-old father was also struck by the rolling vehicle and was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said. The police traffic services division said the investigation was ongoing, and charges, if any, have not yet been determined. Toys and flowers were left in a snowbank near St. Raphael Catholic School on Monday morning.———FEDS TO GET BOOST FROM ECONOMY, TAX CHANGES: After months of battling controversies, Bill Morneau’s spring budget has the potential to blunt some criticism by showing that a return to balanced books could be within striking distance in just a few years. However, it will likely be up to the finance minister himself whether his next spending blueprint includes a long-awaited federal timeline to eliminate the deficit. Despite Canada’s more robust economy of late, the governing Liberals have long said they prefer to remain focused on lifting Canada’s long-term growth rather than rushing to balance the budget — even though they shattered their campaign promise to keep annual shortfalls below $10 billion. The government’s latest forecast projected a $14.3-billion deficit for 2019-20. But experts say a lot has changed since that October prediction, which was based on private-sector projections taken in September. Thanks in large part to the stronger-than-expected economy, forecasters are expecting Morneau’s budget — typically tabled in February or March — to show smaller deficits across the outlook than Ottawa had forecasted just a few months ago.———ICE DANCERS VIRTUE AND MOIR TO CARRY FLAG AT WINTER OLYMPICS: Ice dance darlings Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will carry Canada’s flag into the opening ceremony at next month’s Winter Games in South Korea. The Olympic gold medallists were introduced Tuesday at a news conference in Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was there to mark the occasion. Virtue, 28, and Moir, 30, made their Olympic debut eight years ago on home ice in Vancouver, where they captured a gold medal and became household names. They skated to a silver medal four years ago in Sochi. The duo then took two years off before deciding to make a run for one more Olympic title. They say they will retire after the Games in Pyeongchang. The Pyeongchang Olympics open Feb. 9.———AXE INCREASING BEER TAX, TRADE ASSOCIATION SAYS: A trade association for Canada’s beer industry wants the federal government to stop its plan to annually increase a tax on the alcoholic drink. Beer Canada has launched a new campaign calling on Canadians to sign a petition asking Finance Minister Bill Morneau to axe the escalating beer tax. In last year’s federal budget, the Liberal government announced it wanted to annually adjust the beer excise tax by indexing it to the consumer price index with the first inflationary adjustment coming this April. Beer Canada, which represents 50 brewers who make more than 90 per cent of domestic beer consumed in the country, says 47 per cent of the price of beer in Canada is already tax. The association says future tax increases would further hurt an industry facing challenging times as beer consumption is declining in Canada.———last_img read more


Police across Canada probing bomb threats as US authorities dismiss hoax


first_imgTORONTO — Police forces in major cities across Canada are investigating multiple bomb threats, as authorities in the U.S. say similar threats sent to dozens of locations appear to be a hoax.Police in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg, as well as several RCMP detachments, are all investigating multiple threats.One busy subway station in downtown Toronto was briefly evacuated this afternoon due to a threat received in the area, but was up and running again within hours.A spokesman for Toronto police says it’s not clear whether the threat, or any of the others received across the city, were related to those in other locations.Meantime, law enforcement agencies across the U.S. dismissed a series of threats, which they said were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money.Some of the email threats received in the U.S. had the subject line “Think Twice,” and a demand for a payment in Bitcoin. The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Grossly disproportional Ski resort appeals 2M fine for cutting trees


first_imgCALGARY — A world-renowned Alberta ski resort is appealing a $2.1-million-dollar fine it received for cutting down endangered trees five years ago.Lake Louise Ski Resort pleaded guilty last December to taking down a stand of trees, including 38 endangered whitebark pine, along a ski run in 2013.The fine, which was imposed last month for charges under the Species at Risk Act and Canada National Parks Act, amounts to roughly $55,000 per tree.“The sentence is grossly disproportional and demonstrably unfit given … the actual facts and background of the offence,” defence lawyer Alain Hepner wrote in the appeal notice filed Friday.The court will be asked to either stay the charges or reduce the penalty to $200,000.An agreed statement of facts said that in 2013 a trail crew, consisting of six employees including a supervisor, began cleaning up, doing fencework and trimming and removing some trees on Ptarmigan Ridge at the ski resort.The document said that in late September of that year, the workers cut down a number of trees, including endangered whitebark pine, without a permit.Judge Heather Lamoureux ruled Nov. 30 there was a “cumulative impact” on the whitebark pine with “potential risk of undermining the survival of the species in the decades to come.”She noted the trees were cut in a national park, the resort failed to ensure its employees knew the whitebark pine was endangered and the trees that were destroyed were all healthy.The five-needle whitebark pine provides food and habitat for animals, as well as helps stabilize steep subalpine slopes.The tree exists at high elevations in western North America at, or close to, the treeline. They have been growing on the continent for 100,000 years and can grow to be between 500 and 1,000 years old.But Hepner said the judge didn’t take into account remediation efforts the resort took after the trees were cut down or the “lack of impact of the loss of 38 whitebark pines to the population.”With 200 million whitebark pines in Canada, Hepner said the trial judge erred in finding the loss of 38 trees affected the species as a whole.A spokesman for the resort says steps have been taken to ensure no other whitebark pines are cut down. Staff are better educated and the 7,000 whitebark pines within the resort area are now marked, the resort said.— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Googles sister company to help build connected community on Toronto waterfront


first_imgTORONTO – One of Google’s sister companies will help build a high-tech neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront.Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, won a competition to partner with Waterfront Toronto to develop the project — named Sidewalk Toronto — as part of the Quayside neighbourhood.Tuesday’s announcement, headlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will see Google Canada move its headquarters to anchor the development in the city’s port lands area.“This will create a test bed for new technologies in Quayside,” Trudeau said. “Technologies that will help us build smarter, greener, more inclusive cities which we hope to see scale across Toronto’s eastern waterfront and eventually in other parts of Canada and around the world.”Few specifics of the development were available, but Sidewalk said the area will be a hub for urban innovation built “from the internet up” that will tap into Toronto’s tech sector to ultimately “improve the quality of city life.”Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, touted both Toronto’s multicultural population and Canada’s immigration policy as part of the reasoning for choosing the country’s most populous city for a US$50-million investment.“You guys are the home for immigrants — excellent,” Schmidt said. “Try to remember that technology is powered by immigrants. I need to tell some people in America, so please continue.”Schmidt said he met with Trudeau shortly after the 2015 federal election. He said Trudeau came to him and said Canada wanted to be the next Silicon Valley, the world’s leading technology hub in California.“I hear this a lot from politicians, but somehow I believed him,” Schmidt said.So Sidewalk Labs bid on the waterfront project.“This is the culmination on our side of almost 10 years of thinking about how technology could improve the quality of people’s lives in the ways that have been defined already, whether it’s inequality and access and opportunity and entrepreneurship,” Schmidt said.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said the development won’t just be another technology park. Mayor John Tory said the project will also allow companies to address problems such as housing affordability and mobility issues.Several months ago, the federal, provincial and municipal governments announced a $1.25 billion flood protection and waterfront revitalization investment in the same area.last_img read more


Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate target on hold at 125


first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold Wednesday, but noted the Canadian economy was a little stronger than expected in the first quarter, raising expectations that rate hikes are coming later this year.The central bank held steady its target for the overnight rate — a key financial benchmark that influences the prime lending rates at the country’s big banks — at 1.25 per cent.However, economists said the Bank of Canada’s decision to drop a reference to remaining “cautious” signalled a more hawkish tone and suggested that the next rate increase would be soon.“All told, the positives seem to outweigh the negatives,” TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto wrote in a note to clients.“Gone was the reference to ‘caution’ that typified the last few statements. Today’s statement instead chose the term ‘gradual’ to describe the approach to policy adjustments.”The loonie was up 0.74 of a US cent to average 77.54 cents US, thanks largely to the change in the bank’s tone, said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.“They did not raise rates this go round, but they basically gave an indication or at least a hint that they still believe that they need to raise interest rates in the future to combat an economy that’s heating up, to combat the fear of inflation.”The Bank of Canada’s next scheduled interest rate decision is set for July 11 when it will also update its outlook for the economy and inflation in its monetary policy report.In announcing its decision Wednesday, the central bank said exports were more robust than forecast as data on imports of machinery and equipment suggest continued recovery in investment, but also pointed to softer real estate activity into the second quarter as the market “continues to adjust to new mortgage guidelines and higher borrowing rates.”“Going forward, solid labour income growth supports the expectation that housing activity will pick up and consumption will continue to contribute importantly to growth in 2018,” it said.The Bank of Canada also said global economic activity remains broadly on track, but added that ongoing uncertainty about trade policies is dampening global business investment and stresses are developing in some emerging market economies.It noted that recent developments have reinforced its view that higher rates will be warranted to keep inflation near its target, but added that it will take a gradual approach and be guided by the economic data.“In particular, the bank will continue to assess the economy’s sensitivity to interest rate movements and the evolution of economic capacity,” it said.Alicia Macdonald, principal economist at the Conference Board of Canada, has been expecting since January that the Bank of Canada will raise its key interest rate in July.She said Wednesday that there’s now a possibility the central bank may also increase the rate in September or October, but that will depend on what happens with the trade talks with the United States and Mexico.“We think there’s reason to still think they might be cautious as they wait for these events to unfold,” she said.Macdonald also said she’ll be watching what happens with the housing market, which she said the Bank of Canada expects to rebound over the rest of this year.“We think that, yes, it won’t be as bad going forward, but we do see the possibility for some continued softness in housing market activity over the next few months and that could weigh on future rate increases,” she said.However, David Watt, HSBC’s chief economist for Canada, said he expects the Bank of Canada to keep its key interest rate on hold for the rest of the year.“In our view, the Bank of Canada’s hawkishness is premature,” he wrote in a report.Watt cited moderate job growth, lacklustre non-energy export growth, ongoing trade policy uncertainty, subdued capital expenditures and signs households are being squeezed by past rate increases and high gasoline prices as reasons the central bank would keep its rate unchanged.The central bank’s decision to keep its trend-setting rate on hold came as inflation sits above the two per cent midpoint of its target range of one to three per cent and core inflation has crept past the two per cent mark for the first time since 2012.It noted that inflation will likely be a bit higher in the near term than was forecast in its April monetary policy report due to recent increases in gasoline prices, but that it will look through the transitory impact of the fluctuations at the pump.The central bank has raised its key rate three times since last summer, increases that have prompted the big Canadian banks to raise their prime rates which are used to set the rates charged for variable-rate mortgages and other variable-rate loans.last_img read more


Video Atlas Lion Ayoub El Kaabi Gets Married in Casablanca


Rabat – The prominent football player, who turned 25 on June 25, found his soulmate at an early ageThe newly married young man has experienced difficulty in his life as he was a carpenter before becoming a professional footballer.El Kaabi began his career with Racing De Casablanca, which plays in Morocco’s second division, Botola 2, where he was the top scorer with 25 goals in the 2016-17 season. In the summer of 2017 he joined RS Berkane, a team based in northeast Morocco. This year El Kaabi propelled himself to the international arena after scoring two goals at his first appearance with the Moroccan national football team during a 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) match against Mauritania. Four days later he amazed Moroccans by scoring a hat trick against Guinea.In July 2018, El Kaabi signed a two-year contract with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune for €5 million. read more


Buckeyes set to tackle Bobcats for first time since 1994


Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) drives to the basket during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAn in-state rivalry that’s been dormant since 1994 is set to be reignited on the basketball court at the Schottenstein Center, hitting home with a Buckeye point guard and assistant coach.The Ohio State men’s basketball team (1-0, 0-0) is scheduled to take on the Ohio Bobcats (1-0, 0-0) Tuesday, the first time since the 1994 preseason National Invitational Tournament, which was taken by the Bobcats, 78-67.That game was played at St. John Arena, and saw current Buckeye assistant coach Jeff Boals pour in 14 points and collect eight rebounds for OU.“The thing I remember the most (from the win) is getting yelled at at halftime,” Boals said Monday. “Like every other team, (OSU) triple teamed (former Bobcat) Gary Trent, so I had wide open jump shots … I was wide open at the top of the key and Coach (Larry) Hunter said ‘If you’re not going to shoot the ball, we’re going to sit you down.’ So I started shooting every time I got the ball and scored 12 points in the second half.”Boals is entering his fifth season as an OSU assistant, and although he said the matchup with alma mater is “just another game” to him, it’s hard to hide that the game will be a big one.“What I’ve come to realize in my four years, starting my fifth year, every game’s a big game against Ohio State,” Boals said. “When I came here, I was an Ohio kid. Like everyone in Ohio, I wanted to come here, (but) I wasn’t good enough to play at Ohio State. I think you just try to tell your guys, ‘this is a huge game …’ I think our guys understand that.”The Bobcats have three players who went to high school in Central Ohio — senior guard Nick Kellogg (St. Francis De Sales), redshirt-senior forward Jon Smith (Grove City) and junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna Lincoln) — as well as five seniors.“They’ve got a very senior/junior dominant, lot of redshirts, guys that have been in the program for a long time,” said OSU coach Thad Matta Monday. “Guys that have won a lot of basketball games. I think that’s exciting for us in terms of what we’re going to be going up against.”Those Central Ohio ties coupled with the fact that the game is against an in-state opponent might bring OU supporters to the Schottenstein Center Tuesday, but Matta hopes the OSU faithful will come out strongly like they did Saturday for the team’s win against Morgan State.“I think Saturday, from our student section to our fans, what an incredible environment we had in here for Morgan State,” Matta said. “I’m sure there will be some green in here, but the scarlet and gray will outweigh that, I hope.”OSU senior guard  Aaron Craft said he’s had experience playing with Kellogg and other OU players during AAU basketball in high school and open gyms over the summer in Columbus when they’re back home.“We’ve played a couple open gyms when they’re back, in the summer when we’re here,” Craft said Monday. “Obviously, the better games you can play in open gyms (are) the best. They came back a couple times this summer and we got to play a little bit.”Craft added the Bobcats are “competitive and they want to win just as much as we do,” which Boals echoed.“Coming into the Schottenstein Center for them tomorrow, (OU’s) played in the big games,” Boals said. “They’ve won NCAA Tournament games. Obviously, with the three kids from Central Ohio coming back, it’ll be even more to it.”Tip off between the Buckeyes and Bobcats is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday. read more


Coalition leaders to hold final meeting ahead of Paris talks


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A meeting between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Premier Evangelos Venizelos will settle the government’s negotiating strategy for the talks coalition representatives are due to hold with the troika in Paris at the beginning of September.The meeting is the second the coalition leaders are holding this week as the government gears up for the September 2 rendezvous in Paris. They will be joined by Finance Ministry officials, as well as Development Minister Nikos Dendias, Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis, Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou, Deputy Administrative Reform Minister Evi Christofilopoulou and State Minister Dimitris Stamatis.The government officials will look at all the loose ends remaining ahead of the troika’s expected return to Athens in mid-September while also finalizing Greece’s main goals for the Paris meeting. The Greek side hopes to emerge from the discussion with a commitment from the troika regarding the moves that will follow the conclusion of the fifth review of the country’s adjustment program, particularly with regard to further debt relief and whether Greece’s lenders will insist on a third bailout package.However, the troika will also want to see signs that Greece is set to meet structural reform targets. These include speeding up the pace at which justice is delivered. It is estimated that there are some 400,000 cases currently outstanding at Greek courts, 100,000 of which are related to tax matters.Also, Greece has to fire another 6,500 civil servants by the end of the year. However, Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is facing resistance on this issue, particularly from coalition partner PASOK.The Socialists are also opposed to the changes to labour regulations being demanded by the troika, including the right for employers to refuse employees the right to work during a labour dispute, also known as a lockout.Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more


15 Unanswered Questions We Still Have About Twin Peaks


first_imgStay on target The 11 Weirdest ‘Scooby-Doo’ Guest StarsGive Some Damn Fine Gifts With This Twin Peaks Gift Guide We can’t think of a TV show that’s had a bigger gap between seasons than Twin Peaks. David Lynch’s breakthrough 1991 series brought his unique sensibility to the American airwaves and, it can be argued, changed the way dramatic television ran. While it certainly took inspiration from nighttime soaps and serial dramas, the way Twin Peaks flirted with horror, comedy, and melodrama while adopting unusual ways of establishing scenes and characters can be seen in some of today’s greatest shows.Part of the appeal of Twin Peaks was mystery, and Lynch and Frost left plenty of things up in the air throughout. We’re not expecting everything to get wrapped up in a neat little bundle like the idiotic end of Lost, but if we have a whole season to play with we’d like to see at least some of these things figured out.What Killer BOB’s Been Doing For 25 YearsThe third season is supposed to take place 25 years after the original went off the air, and the unforgettable last scene of the series – Dale Cooper returned from the Black Lodge with the spirit of BOB now riding his body like a bike – prophesied grim tidings to come. We’re going to assume that there wasn’t any kind of exorcism conducted in between and he’s been out there raising hell and murdering teenage girls this whole time. Throw in the part where Laura Palmer tells Cooper she’ll “see him in 25 years” and the stage is set for a confrontation.How Time Works In The Black LodgeIn exchange for BOB being allowed to wander the earth in Dale Cooper’s body, Coop’s essence was trapped in the Black Lodge, the mysterious extradimensional realm where spirits must pass through “on the way to perfection.” The show’s legends say that you encounter your “shadow self” there, and without courage, your soul is destroyed. It would be truly sadistic for the show to tell Cooper’s story without a hint of redemption, so we expect the man himself to bust out of the Lodge and back into his own body – or maybe somebody else’s?How It Connects To Lynch’s Other FilmsDavid Lynch has publicly stated that Twin Peaks takes place in the same fictional universe as his movies Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive. Both of those films deal with identity and transformation and share one of Lynch’s main obsessions: the externalization of emotions as physical forces and characters in the world. We’re not asking for a post-credits scene of BOB, Mr. Eddy and the goofed up burned creature behind Winkies all eating a shawarma together or anything, but it’d be neat to explore further into this idea.How Much Major Briggs KnowsOne of the most fascinating and nuanced characters in the show is Major Garland Briggs, the father of surly teen heartthrob Bobby. At first positioned as an uncaring authority figure who is clueless to the insanity going on around him, we soon learn that Briggs has some deep connections to the occult madness that has infected the town. In fact, the Secret History of Twin Peaks book reveals that he was assigned to the Air Force to be stationed there specifically to investigate the unusual goings-on in the place back in the 1970s. How much of Windom Earle’s plans and BOB’s mayhem was the Major privy to?What Happened To Audrey HorneAs played by Sherilyn Fenn, Audrey Horne was the raw libido of Twin Peaks, a predatory teenage seductress with a thing for Dale Cooper. After tying a cherry stem into a knot with her tongue, Audrey goes undercover at One-Eyed Jacks to investigate the murder of Laura Palmer and stand around in fancy lingerie. The show originally wanted to push a romance between her and Cooper, but Kyle MacLachlan shot the idea down. In the second season finale, Audrey chained herself to a bank vault to protest a forest being logged, only to presumably be killed when a bomb exploded. She’s scheduled to come back for the new season, so hopefully we’ll get closure here.How Nadine Got Superhuman StrengthI know, I know, “adrenaline,” but that doesn’t explain everything. When Nadine Hurley attempts suicide by overdosing on pills, she comes out of a coma believing that she’s eighteen again and eventually ends up going back to high school. She’s also nearly immune to pain and insanely strong. While adrenaline can certainly give you quick bursts of superhuman physical energy, it typically doesn’t last for weeks. And there was already something pretty off about Nadine even before the incident. Wendy Robie, who played Nadine, is back for the new season.Who The Father Of Lucy’s Baby IsThere was a lot going on in any given episode of Twin Peaks. One of the many subplots involved receptionist Lucy Moran’s pregnancy. While we first think Deputy Andy’s the man who made the little one, his low sperm count calls that into question and clothing salesman Dick Tremayne comes into the picture. Eventually, she makes the decision just to choose Andy as the father despite not knowing, but unanswered questions are heavy on the ground with this show, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the kid – who is now probably a grown up, terrifyingly – has some sort of role in the third season.Where James WentJames Hurley is one of the most polarizing characters on the show, a brooding bad boy second only to Bobby Briggs in obnoxiousness. And when he busts out a guitar and sings the bizarre “Just You And I” in a falsetto voice, it’s awkward as hell. But when James hopped on his motorcycle and rode out of town towards the end of the second season, the last we heard from him was a postcard from San Francisco. In that, he said he might head off to Mexico, but what kind of shenanigans could a young man with nothing to lose get up to in 25 years? And will his connection with Twin Peaks bring him back home?What Happened To Windom EarleAfter the murder of Laura Palmer was “solved,” the show had to introduce a new antagonist. It did so in the form of Windom Earle, a former FBI agent gone rogue who comes to Twin Peaks to bedevil Coop with a murderous game of chess. Earle’s endgame is to get entrance to the Black Lodge, where he thinks that he’ll be able to pierce the veil of reality and be rewarded with Agent Cooper’s soul in the bargain. BOB isn’t having any of that, though, and the last we see of Earle he’s having his head set afire by the killer. Actor Kenneth Welch isn’t on the list of people cast for the new season, but he hasn’t said he’s not on the show either, so Earle’s fate may still be up in the air.Where Josie Packard’s Spirit IsOne of the big themes of Twin Peaks is the transmigration of souls. Once you’re unmoored from your human body, you can wind up pretty much anywhere – like a log, for instance. When Josie Packard dies in the second season, a bunch of weird stuff happens – Cooper gets a vision of the Black Lodge and BOB, and when her body is found it weighs an impossible 65 pounds. Her face appears in a drawer pull at the Great Northern and then Pete says he sees her in the fireplace. One popular theory is that her spirit was pushed into the wood of the hotel. Joan Chen isn’t returning for the 2017 series, so we might not get closure on this one.What Garmonbozia Is ForIntroduced in Fire Walk With Me, the substance known as garmonbozia is one of the most perplexing elements of the show’s mythos. Manifesting visually as creamed corn, it’s a physical embodiment of pain and suffering that is consumed by BOB and other denizens of the Black Lodge. Much of their activity on this plane of existence is designed to make people produce it, and the town of Twin Peaks seems to be affected by it. We’re not looking for a midichlorians-like over-explanation of what the hell this stuff is, but it’s too tempting a plot device to be left hanging.How Many Spider Bites Leo GotTwin Peaks wasn’t much for feel-good moments, but when Leo Johnson gets tied up by Windom Earle with a cage full of tarantulas suspended over his head one of the show’s biggest dickheads finally got what was coming to him. Leo’s constant presence as a malevolent, perverted sociopath added some much-needed danger to the proceedings, and we’re sad to hear that actor Eric Da Re won’t be coming back for the third season. It’s probably fair to assume that the spiders fell sometime during those 25 years, but hopefully, we’ll get a little bit of closure so we can gloat about a bad dude coming to a bad end.How The Log Lady Talks To The DeadProbably the most iconic Twin Peaks character is Margaret Lanterman, better known as the Log Lady. The quirky widow is always toting around a chunk of wood, in which resides the spirit of her dead lumberjack husband. While the advice she gives Agent Cooper isn’t always pertinent, she’s responsible for the climax of the series when she gives him oil from Glastonbury Grove, allowing him to gain entrance to the Black Lodge. Although actress Catherine Coulson has passed away, she did film some scenes for the 2017 season, so hopefully we’ll learn more about her unusual bond.Who Diane IsAgent Cooper’s frequent tape-recorded narrations to “Diane” helped lead us through the show’s twisty plot, as he explained things for, presumably, review at FBI headquarters. But who is this Diane exactly and how much does she know. Frequent David Lynch collaborator Laura Dern is signed on for the new season of Twin Peaks, and some people are speculating that she’ll play Diane, who has come to town to hunt down Dale Cooper – or the man pretending to be him.How Annie IsThe introduction of Annie Blackburn towards the end of the series perplexed fans – a new female character comes out of nowhere and captivates Agent Cooper? To what ends? She was essentially an avatar of his lost love, Windom Earle’s wife Caroline, and when Earle kidnaps Annie to lure Cooper into the Black Lodge he trades his soul for her safety. We know she makes it out alive and is hospitalized, but the BOB-possessed Cooper’s last spoken words on the show – “How’s Annie?” – make us pretty afraid for her safety.last_img read more


Virginia governor clings to office, ignoring calls to resign


first_imgRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam clung to office Sunday amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, going silent after a bizarre 24 hours in which he first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it.The Democrat’s stunning about-face — at a weekend news conference where he also acknowledged putting on blackface for a dance contest decades ago and appeared to briefly entertain the notion of doing the Michael Jackson moonwalk for reporters — only seemed to make things worse.The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus declared that Northam “still does not understand the seriousness of his actions.” The photo shows someone in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.“I think he’s been completely dishonest and disingenuous,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ”He knew this picture was there, and he could’ve come clean and talked to African-Americans that he’s close to decades ago.”Northam worshipped at his home church, the predominantly black First Baptist in Capeville, but otherwise kept out of sight on Sunday as calls intensified for him to step down.last_img read more


Top Democrats call on Kitzhaber to resign governorship


first_imgSALEM, Ore.– Oregon’s top Democrats urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign Thursday, saying he cannot lead the state effectively amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant accused of using her relationship with the governor to land contracts for her business.Senate President Peter Courtney said he and House Speaker Tina Kotek asked Kitzhaber, a Democrat who recently started his fourth term, to step down.“I finally said, ‘This has got to stop,”‘ Courtney told reporters after he and Kotek met with the governor. “I don’t know what else to do right now. It seems to be escalating. It seems to be getting worse and worse.”The state treasurer also joined in the call to Kitzhaber to step down.“Unfortunately, the current situation has become untenable, and I cannot imagine any scenario by which things improve,” said Treasurer Ted Wheeler, another Democrat. “Oregon deserves a governor who is fully focused on the duties of state.”Their statements came hours after Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown said she had a “strange” and contradictory conversation with Kitzhaber about succeeding him as governor.last_img read more


World Duty Free Group discusses successful recognition schemes


first_imgEmployee Benefits Live 2015: Involving employees in a recognition scheme will help ensure that the programme is a success in bringing the intended results, says Karen Waterman from World Duty Free Group (WDFG).Addressing delegates at Employee Benefits Live 2015 in Olympia London, Waterman, UK reward and HR system manager at WDFG, explained the challenges involved in recognising and incentivising a diverse workforce. Employee surveys revealed that awareness of recognition schemes was low, and so the organisation began a review of its schemes.  In July 2014, WDFG began work on improving both its employee suggestion scheme and its service recognition scheme. In order to gather staff feedback, the organisation created benefits champions in multiple locations to work alongside other key stakeholders.Staff feedback gained through the benefits champions found that recognition was not timely, not consistent, and it did not recognise everyone.As a result, WDFG made changes to its suggestion scheme; it removed its online system and went back to using paper-based ballot boxes with additional thank-you cards to ensure that staff received instant recognition. The scheme has seen a 20% increase in the number of ideas submitted, and WDFG has saved £18,000 by going back to an offline scheme.The service recognition scheme was changed to ensure that more people were recognised each quarter; the old scheme rewarded one regional winner, but the new scheme recognises 12 to 16 winners.Waterman said: “We have found that people enjoy the recognition; it’s not about money, it’s about timeliness, consistency and fairness.”last_img read more


Local riders collect over 600 turkeys for homeless


first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Hundreds of motorcyclists rode for a cause in Miami-Dade County, Sunday morning.Riders from all over South Florida strapped turkeys to their hogs in a coordinated effort to help feed the homeless.Liberty Motorcycle Association, as well as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Riders, collected more than 600 turkeys to be distributed to those who need them most.“Everybody eats about 8 ounces of turkey, the national average, so we get 6,000 pounds,” said Alex Hernandez of Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Riders. “Twelve thousand people get to eat this time in Miami-Dade and Broward County, and Palm Beach. We’re working with Miami Rescue Mission; all the turkeys are going to be donated to them, and they’re going to distribute it to all the homeless.” Flip us pic.twitter.com/PINLneEwIk— Miami Rescue Mission (@No1isHomeless) November 20, 2016Almost one million meals were provided to hungry people last year, thanks to the efforts of Miami Rescue Mission and Broward Outreach Centers. last_img read more


Alaska News Nightly Thursday Aug 31 2017


first_imgDetails of kidnapped Anchorage man’s beating emerge as suspects still soughtCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThree of four suspects indicted in a brutal beating earlier this month in East Anchorage are still on the loose, and police say their victim, dropped at a local hospital in a dog crate, almost died.State budget cuts cause uncertainty for court system positionsEmily Files, KHNS – HainesRural towns in Alaska are adjusting to a court system hampered by state budget cuts. In the past couple years, as magistrate judges in small Southeast communities retire, the court system held off on filling some of the positions.State extends bid process for ferry TakuEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe state has pushed back the bid deadline for the ferry Taku – again. That’s because a potential buyer wants more time.After nearly two decades Bristol Bay Native Corporation reopens quarryAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamThe Bristol Bay Native Corporation is reopening the Snake Lake Quarry. The site closed 17 years ago.Hunters troll PETA in unusual campaign, but did it backfire?Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWhen the organization PETA [PEET-uh] — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — rolled out a new social media campaign, it caught on with an unexpected group. Hunters.,Stories 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 @aprnWalker calls for a fourth special sessionAndrew Kitcheman, Alaska Public Media-KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker said today (Thursday) that he will call the Legislature back for a fourth special session primarily focused on revenue. The session would convene on October 23rd in Juneau.Walker lends support to Trump in lawsuit over arctic drillingElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe state of Alaska is going to stand by President Donald Trump’s side in court to defend an order aiming to reopen large parts of the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling.Tillerson proposes scrapping arctic and climate envoysRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageSecretary of State Rex Tillerson wants to do away with special envoys focused on the Arctic and climate change, as part of his effort to overhaul the State Department.Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz files for re-electionZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz [BERK-oh-wits] will run for re-election. In a letter filed with the state’s Political Offices Commission today [THUR], Berkowitz indicated he’s planning to run again for mayor in 2018. Details of kidnapped Anchorage man’s beating emerge as suspects still soughtCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThree of four suspects indicted in a brutal beating earlier this month in East Anchorage are still on the loose, and police say their victim, dropped at a local hospital in a dog crate, almost died.State budget cuts cause uncertainty for court system positionsEmily Files, KHNS – HainesRural towns in Alaska are adjusting to a court system hampered by state budget cuts. In the past couple years, as magistrate judges in small Southeast communities retire, the court system held off on filling some of the positions.State extends bid process for ferry TakuEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe state has pushed back the bid deadline for the ferry Taku – again. That’s because a potential buyer wants more time.After nearly two decades Bristol Bay Native Corporation reopens quarryAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamThe Bristol Bay Native Corporation is reopening the Snake Lake Quarry. The site closed 17 years ago.Hunters troll PETA in unusual campaign, but did it backfire?Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWhen the organization PETA [PEET-uh] — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — rolled out a new social media campaign, it caught on with an unexpected group. Hunters. Download audioStories 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 @aprnWalker calls for a fourth special sessionAndrew Kitcheman, Alaska Public Media-KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker said today (Thursday) that he will call the Legislature back for a fourth special session primarily focused on revenue. The session would convene on October 23rd in Juneau.Walker lends support to Trump in lawsuit over arctic drillingElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe state of Alaska is going to stand by President Donald Trump’s side in court to defend an order aiming to reopen large parts of the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling.Tillerson proposes scrapping arctic and climate envoysRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageSecretary of State Rex Tillerson wants to do away with special envoys focused on the Arctic and climate change, as part of his effort to overhaul the State Department.Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz files for re-electionZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz [BERK-oh-wits] will run for re-election. In a letter filed with the state’s Political Offices Commission today [THUR], Berkowitz indicated he’s planning to run again for mayor in 2018.last_img read more


Tony DiSantos Allyance Media Taps Verizon Veteran Shawn Strickland as President EXCLUSIVE


first_img Movie Version of ‘Eat, Brains, Love’ Zombie Novel in Works at Van Toffler’s Gunpowder & Sky Related “Shawn is an incredible person to work with. He has the perfect mix of the business side and the creative side,” DiSanto said. “This moment in time feels so exciting as a content creator. It feels like the next iteration of the cable and home-video explosion in the ’80s.”Strickland said he first began working with DiSanto and DIGA Studios two years ago, when he was Complex’s EVP of development and distribution. “When Tony launched AMG to capitalize on the rapidly increasing demand for content, I had to be part of it,” said Strickland. “Among independent producers, AMG is uniquely poised to pair creative storytelling with innovative business models as a major point of difference for global distribution platforms.”AMG currently has three shows in development with Nest Seekers, including a real-estate show set in a beach community for a “global streaming platform,” according to Strickland. The pact was inspired by Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing” reality show from World of Wonder Productions, which has featured Nest Seekers power broker Ryan Serhant.The series with Nest Seekers are a form of branded content, a model Strickland said helps offset total production costs. AMG is currently in talks with brands in other categories about similar deals. “This lets us come to market faster and preserve the value of the intellectual property,” Strickland said.DiSanto said co-production partnerships with brands represent a potentially big new growth area for Allyance Media Group. “I felt for us to succeed as an independent production company… we wanted to be creatively fluid and diverse, but also fluid in terms of our business model.”The company’s other key personnel include Tommy Coriale, head of DIGA Studios, who was recently named AMG’s EVP of production and reports jointly to Strickland and DiSanto. The team also includes head of scripted A.J. Morewitz (who hails from Lionsgate Television); head of unscripted Nick Rigg, Stacey Altman, SVP of unscripted development; and Andrew Portnoy (formerly with Viacom) as SVP of production. Shawn Strickland, a veteran of Verizon and Complex Media, has joined Tony DiSanto’s Allyance Media Group as president. In the role, Strickland is heading up business operations and spearheading partnerships for the multiformat media and production company.DiSanto and financier Matthew Bruderman formed Allyance Media Group last year. The New York-based company encompasses DIGA Studios, the production shingle DiSanto and Bruderman acquired back from the U.K.’s ITV. DIGA, the company behind “Teen Wolf” and “Scream,” has multiple productions in development including “50 States of Terror” from executive producer Sam Raimi for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s Quibi.Strickland, who quietly started at AMG this past February, previously spent more than two decades at Verizon or Verizon-affiliated companies (including Complex Media, a joint venture between the telco and Hearst). He helped land Allyance Media Group’s financing and production partnership with real-estate giant Nest Seekers International. Under that pact, the companies are jointly developing and producing unscripted real-estate lifestyle formats, partially funded by Nest Seekers, for TV and streaming distribution. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img My Life Is a Lifetime Movie At Complex Media, Strickland led the commissioning of more than 300 hours of premium programming. Prior to joining Complex in 2016, he served in a number of leadership roles at Verizon, including head of product strategy and innovation and head of video products. He also led the original team that launched FiOS TV across the telco’s footprint and served as CEO of Redbox Instant by Verizon, the short-lived streaming-video JV with Redbox. Strickland holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia University.Pictured above: Shawn Strickland (l.), Tony DiSanto Popular on Variety last_img read more


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first_imgNews | October 01, 2008 InSite One Pens a Multi-Year Agreement with VHA News | Enterprise Imaging | August 09, 2018 Visage Signs Mercy for Visage 7 Open Archive Visage Imaging Inc. announced that it has signed a seven-year contract with Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health… read more Technology | Archive Cloud Storage | November 19, 2018 Intelerad Launches Nuage Disaster Recovery Platform November 19, 2018 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced the launch of the nuage Disaster Recovery (DR) Platform. read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 30, 2018 Children’s Hospital Colorado to Manage Medical Images Via the Cloud With Nucleus.io Platform NucleusHealth and Children’s Hospital Colorado’s (Children’s Colorado) Center for Innovation have formed a strategic… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more October 2, 2008 – InSite One signed a multi-year agreement with VHA Inc., the national healthcare alliance, to provide medical digital archiving, storage and disaster recovery services to VHA member hospitals across the nation. Through this agreement member hospitals will reportedly save money by using InSite One’s InDex managed suite of services to support archiving, storage and disaster recovery in their diagnostic imaging departments.The archiving and storage architecture is the center of the digital transformation, affecting performance, productivity, and growth of clinical information network. With expertise in both health care and technology, InSite One has created managed long-term archiving and storage services that deliver the functionality, quality, and absolute reliability healthcare requires.InSite One’s patented InDex storage management services deliver a suite of standards-based solutions that, according to the company, adhere to DICOM, HL7, and XDS (cross document sharing) protocols. The on-demand repository is designed to provide rapid retrieval of clinical information throughout the enterprise with retention for their legal-life in a tamper-proof HIPAA compliant environment. For more information: www.insiteone.com and www.vha.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | September 04, 2018 Novarad Highest Rated in Customer Satisfaction on Gartner Peer Insights VNA Category Novarad Healthcare Enterprise Imaging has taken the highest rated spot on Gartner’s Peer Insights technology review… read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay center_img News | Archive Cloud Storage | December 20, 2018 IMS Announces Integration of Cloud Image Viewing Platform With Google Cloud International Medical Solutions (IMS) recently announced it will provide Google Cloud account users with the ability to… read more News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | August 31, 2018 Greenville Health System Adopts Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging System Agfa HealthCare and Greenville Health System (GHS), South Carolina, announced the successful implementation of a… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more last_img read more