The Friday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Friday, April 28———FORCES SEEK TO OUST 77 OVER SEX CASES: Military officials say they have moved this year to force out 77 service members found guilty of sexual misconduct. Many of the cases are older and none of the members have been released yet, as their files go through what the military says is due process. But the figure is touted as a solid step toward defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance’s promise of eradicating sexual misconduct in the Forces. Officials also say military police plan to review more than 150 old cases of sexual misconduct reported between 2010 and 2016 but deemed unfounded.———FORMER SALVATION ARMY EXECUTIVE GUILTY OF FRAUD: A Toronto court has ruled a former Salvation Army executive diverted truckloads of donations made to the organization to a wholesaler as part of scheme to make money. David Rennie was found guilty this week of six charges related to the setup, including fraud, theft and trafficking in stolen goods, though he was cleared of a conspiracy charge after a judge found his co-accused not guilty. Justice Sandra Bacchus said in her decision that over two years, Rennie partnered with a wholesaler to cherry-pick the best donations and resell them for a profit, though it’s unclear exactly how much he benefited financially.———8 YEARS FOR B.C. DRUNK DRIVER WHO KILLED 3: A British Columbia man who killed three people while driving drunk along a winding mountain highway has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison. Samuel Alec pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court last month to three counts of impaired driving causing death after he mowed down two cyclists who were out for a weekend ride north of Whistler in May 2015. Alec’s friend in the passenger seat of the vehicle was also killed. The judge has ordered that Alec be banned from driving for 15 years when he is released.———N.S. LIBERALS PULL AD SUGGESTING MAY 30 VOTE: A campaign video posted to the Nova Scotia Liberal Party’s website Friday appeared to confirm a spring election is in the air. The video, which is no longer available, showed Premier Stephen McNeil posing next to a campaign slogan and the message “on May 30th vote Liberal.” It is the strongest hint yet that an election will be called in the coming days, although McNeil refused to confirm anything. “You saw an ad that was a mock-up of an ad, I wouldn’t read too much into it,” McNeil told reporters.———CLARK SAYS B.C. WOULD MOVE ON U.S. COAL SHIPMENTS: British Columbia’s Liberal leader says she would take steps to ban thermal coal shipments through the province if the federal government doesn’t act during a fight over softwood lumber tariffs imposed by the United States. On the election campaign trail, Christy Clark says Ottawa has not yet responded to a letter she sent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking for a stop to American thermal coal passing through B.C. ports. Clark says she expects Ottawa will act to keep “filthy” U.S. coal from reaching China in accordance with its climate-change agenda.———HOOPP CHIEF EXECUTIVE QUITS HOME CAPITAL BOARD: The chief executive of HOOPP has resigned as a director of Home Capital Group and its subsidiaries, citing a potential conflict of interest following the pension fund’s decision to provide $2 billion of credit to the mortgage company. The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan manages more than $70 billion of retirement funds and will receive a $100 million non-refundable fee plus 10 per cent interest on money provided to Home Trust through the agreement. HOOPP chief executive Jim Keohane had been a director of Home Capital since last year.———PROGRAM TO HELP SOLDIERS BECOME CIVILIANS: A Canada-wide research study is being launched with the aim of helping members of the Canadian Armed Forces and veterans transition to civilian life. The study, based around a New Brunswick-based program called Shaping Purpose, will examine the experiences of 84 Forces members and veterans. The research study and the evaluation of the program is expected to be completed in December 2018, with the intent to present the findings to the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada in the spring of 2019.———FEDS RUN $11.5b DEFICIT FOR FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 2016-17: The federal government ran a deficit of $11.5 billion over the first 11 months of its 2016-17 fiscal year, putting it well ahead of its spring budget forecast with one month to go. The result compared with a surplus of $7.5 billion during the April-to-February period a year earlier. Not counting a $3-billion contingency cushion, Ottawa’s spring budget projected a deficit of $23 billion for 2016-17. Robert Kavcic, senior economist at the Bank of Montreal, notes that the government generally runs a large deficit in March as Canadians file their tax returns and receive their refunds.———U.S. AND CHINA DIFFER ON NORTH KOREA: The United States and China offered starkly different strategies Friday for addressing North Korea’s escalating nuclear threat as President Donald Trump’s top diplomat demanded full enforcement of economic sanctions on Pyongyang and urged new penalties. Stepping back from suggestions of U.S. military action, he even offered aid to North Korea if it ends its nuclear weapons program. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China would adhere to past UN resolutions and wants a denuclearized peninsula, but he spelled out no further steps his government might consider.———TRUMP TELLS NRA IT HAS ‘A FRIEND’ IN WHITE HOUSE: U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that “the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.” Trump, the first sitting president to address the group’s annual convention in more than 30 years, assured the audience that he would defend their right to bear arms in a campaign-like speech reminiscent of his election rallies. “You have a true friend and champion in the White House,” he said.———last_img read more

Supreme Court of Canada rejects Saskatchewan hitman murder appeal

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the appeal of a Saskatchewan man convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in a planned killing gone wrong.Joshua Dylan Petrin was a high-ranking drug trafficker when he asked two of his associates to “take care” of his right-hand man, who was planning to walk away from their criminal enterprise without his permission.The hit men went to the wrong address and killed an innocent woman.Petrin was convicted in a Saskatoon court in 2016 and filed an appeal to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal a year later, which he also lost.Part of his failed appeal included new evidence of payments made to prosecution witnesses by police.As per its custom, the Supreme Court gave no detailed reasons for why it decided not to hear the appeal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebecor Media Group cutting 220 jobs

first_imgIn a changing industry environment, Quebecor Media Group is announcing changes to its organizational structure designed to balance its cost structure and enhance operational efficiencies. The initiatives will enable Quebecor Media Group to maintain its lead in news and content production and keep focusing on its flagship brands.“In Québec as elsewhere in the world, our industry is facing ongoing disruption,” noted Julie Tremblay, President and CEO of Quebecor Media Group and TVA Group Inc. “We have therefore taken a number of initiatives over the past two years to adapt to the changes, including the creation of Quebecor Media Group, an integrated media company, and the acquisition and sale of various properties. Today it is clear that we must continue our transformation in order to further adjust structural costs and become more agile.”Unfortunately, this transformation will entail the reduction of 220 positions at Quebecor Media Group, or nearly 8% of its workforce, mainly managers, professionals and administrative support staff, in order to bring staffing levels in line with the organizational changes and reduce operating costs. At TVA Group, 125 positions will be abolished. The staff reductions will have no impact on the newsrooms or on news coverage across Québec. Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Quebecor Media Group also announced that local sales forces, including those for the newspapers, will now be under the responsibility of the existing Advertising Network, which was already responsible for Quebecor Media Group’s national sales, media creativity and research units, and will now operate a fully integrated sales force. The new structure will better meet advertisers’ needs and enhance responsiveness in a changing industry.As well, TVA Publications will carry out an internal restructuring and cease publication of two magazines — CHEZ SOI and Tellement bon — in order to concentrate its efforts on its flagship brands and increase their reach. The Group will maintain a strong presence in the home decorating and cooking categories with brands such as Les idées de ma maison, Style at Home, Coup de pouce, Canadian Living and Recettes du Québec.“I sincerely thank all the employees who will, unfortunately, be affected by these decisions for their contribution,” said Julie Tremblay. “While staff reductions are necessary in view of the transformation, these decisions are always very difficult to make.”About Quebecor Media GroupCanadian leader in news and entertainment media, Quebecor Media Group comprises newspapers, books, music, TVA Group Inc., out-of-home, printing and distribution, while having its own advertising sales and press agency. Throughout its brands, Quebecor Media Group is committed to providing the best possible customer experience and to contributing to the spread of culture.About TVA GroupTVA Group Inc., a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is a communications company engaged in the broadcasting, film and audiovisual production, and magazine publishing industries. TVA Group Inc. is the largest broadcaster of French-language entertainment, information and public affairs programming in North America, one of the largest private production companies, and the largest publisher of French-language magazines. TVA Group Inc. also publishes some of Canada’s most popular English-language titles. The Corporation’s Class B shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TVA.B. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie wraps up mission to Ecuador

Actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie today ended a mission to Ecuador, where she visited Colombian refugees and got a first-hand look at the Western Hemisphere’s most severe humanitarian crisis.”I’m just now starting to understand this very complex situation,” said Ms. Jolie, who spent four days in the country. “People’s lives are truly in danger – not just in the sense that you feel your town is unsafe – their lives are actually being threatened and their houses are being burnt down.”Caught in a 40-year internal conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead and displaced close to 2 million people, the violence in Colombia is raising regional concerns, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Thousands have fled to neighbouring Venezuela, Panama and Ecuador, and many thousands more have sought asylum in Costa Rica, North America and Europe. In Ecuador alone, an estimated 7,000 Colombian refugees and asylum seekers have come seeking protection, with about 300 new arrivals every month.Ms. Jolie, who as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador has already witnessed massive refugee operations in Asia and Africa, said her first experience in the Andean region opened her eyes to the prevalence of the violence and displacement. “What was really shocking was that every individual person you meet will tell you that their immediate family was [affected],” she said. “Somebody’s child was killed, somebody’s husband, someone was beaten.”Ms. Jolie said she was impressed and thankful that Ecuador was so open to the plight of its neighbours. According to the Government, there are some 225,000 Colombians living in the country.”The majority of the people of concern to UNHCR are still inside [Colombia],” she said. “There are hundreds of thousands of people in trouble, but because we can’t see them crossing [the border], maybe that’s why the world isn’t talking about it so much.”An Oscar-winning actress who has starred in such movies as Girl, Interrupted, Pushing Tin and Tomb Raider, Ms. Jolie has been active with UNHCR for close to two years and has been a Goodwill Ambassador since last August. She has met with refugees in Sierra Leone, Namibia, Tanzania, Cambodia, Thailand and Pakistan, and has personally contributed generously to UNHCR programmes. read more

UN independent expert deeply disappointed over Bahraini postponements of visit

“This is the second time that my visit has been postponed, at very short notice. It is effectively a cancellation as no alternative dates were proposed nor is there a future road map to discuss,” UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez stressed in a news release. Mr. Méndez added that he is “deeply disappointed” with the decision to cancel the 8 to 15 May trip which was organized “in the spirit of cooperation” and expressed his compassion with the people of Bahrain who had expected the visit.The Government’s decision comes after yet another week of continued clashes between demonstrators and security forces and the release of several reports criticizing what they call Bahrain’s failure to hold senior officials accountable for torture since 2011.In a letter handed to the Special Rapporteur on 22 April, during a meeting in Washington DC, the Government said that the ongoing National Dialogue has unexpectedly taken much longer than envisaged and that a visit could be immensely damaging to the chances of the Dialogue’s success.Meanwhile, in a statement issued to the media, the Government claimed that Mr. Méndez “put off” the visit.In response, Mr. Méndez said that the decision to postpone the visit was solely that of the Government, “this was a unilateral decision by the authorities. Unfortunately, it is not the first time the Government has tried to avoid responsibility for the postponement of my visit, which was originally supposed to take place over a year ago.”He added that that an independent assessment of whether torture and ill-treatment indeed continues despite reforms, and whether obligations towards the rehabilitation of victims have been met “could have contributed to the National Dialogue and strengthened a culture of human rights.”Mr. Méndez urged the authorities to honour their commitments made to the UN Universal Periodic Review process in September 2012, among which was the acceptance of a recommendation to welcome a visit by the mandated expert on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. “I will continue to engage with the Government by considering violations submitted to my mandate and by closely monitoring the situation of torture and ill-treatment, including the right of rehabilitation for victims in Bahrain,” he stressed. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Ethiopias Tiki Gelana Wins Gold Sets New Olympic Womens

LONDON (AP) — Tiki Gelana felt the marathon slipping away when she tumbled on the rain-slickened street.Around the halfway point of the race, the Ethiopian was knocked down by another runner as she reached for her water bottle, a hard fall that bloodied her right elbow. Already aching, Gelana thought about pulling out. Instead, she found new motivation, and headed on down the road.Gelana recovered from the fall to win the Olympic marathon on Sunday in a race that began in a downpour, was briefly brightened by sunshine and ended in another drenching rain.She was soaked as she crossed the finish line, but she didn’t seem to mind, raising her hands high to celebrate after navigating the rainy course in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 7 seconds to hold off Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya by five seconds. Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia won the bronze in the typical London weather.“When I fell, I said, ‘Oh, wow, I’m not going to finish,”‘ Gelana said through an interpreter. “But I just concentrated on running. All of a sudden, I made it.”Gelana said she loved running in the rain. “I have been doing that since I was a small child,” she said, a bandage on her elbow. “I enjoyed my run.”There was a small group of runners in a bunched pack over the last three miles. But with the finish around the bend, Gelana made her move, grimacing as she surged to the front. With the rain picking up – going from a light drizzle to a deluge – she kept glancing over her shoulder to see if Jeptoo was gaining ground.She wasn’t. No one could catch Gelana as she easily coasted across the line to win the biggest race of her life and Ethiopia’s second Olympic gold medal in the women’s event.Read more: Sports Illustrated read more

Chris Coleman We belong to an industry where there is corruption ban

first_imgHe said: “What we are talking about, effectively, is people stealing money. Whether you are earning 50 grand a year or 50 grand a week, you are stealing money. Anyone caught doing that, they need to be removed from the game permanently. That’s it. Goodnight.”If you are earning 50 grand a year, to the average man in the street, that’s a good salary, so you shouldn’t be taking money.”If you are earning 50 grand a week, why are you taking extra money? Greed? Dishonesty? We all belong to an industry where there is corruption – lower level, higher level. It’s unforgivable.”Koeman supported the Football Association’s decision to sack England manager Sam Allardyce after he was filmed by The Telegraph advising how to circumnavigate rules on third-party player ownership. Sir Eric, the former Tory chairman Communities and Local Government Secretary, said several figures in the football world implicated in the Telegraph’s investigation appear to have broken the law.He told The Telegraph: “The Telegraph’s investigations have exposed serious misconduct in the world of sport…. Rather than leaving this to the Football Association, the police now need to investigate such potential criminal acts. Taking cash bungs is not acceptable in any walk of life.”The Bribery Act says that it is an offence to offer, promise or give a financial or other advantage with the intention of inducing “improper performance [by the recipient] of a relevant function or activity”.Dan Tench, a partner at Olswang solictors, added: “If a manager had accepted a sum of money specifically to sign a particular player, there would appear to be good grounds to believe that a criminal offence would have been committed under section 2 of the Bribery Act 2010.“This makes it an offence (among other things) ‘to accept a financial .. advantage intending that, in consequence, a relevant function ..  should be performed improperly’.”The acting chair of the Culture, Media & Sport select committee, Damian Collins, confirmed the findings would be investigated by MPs.“We are considering getting the FA in October to discuss the revelations exposed by the Telegraph’s investigation,” Mr Collins said.Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth manager now being linked with the international job, added: “It has been a difficult week for English football.”Roy Keane, the former Manchester United midfielder, now assistant manager with the Republic of Ireland, said: “It’s not been a great few days for the game. When there is so much money involved in the game now, there will be greed.” “He had the chance to be the manager of the national team and then this happened but the FA took the right decision,” Koeman said.“Of course if you like football and you like part of football then it is a bad story. For football in general it is a black mark and that is not good. That is my opinion.”Bilic, meanwhile, said those involved with football have a responsibility to be “totally clean”.”Make no mistake football is so popular – the number-one sport – and we should be role models, the players, the managers, there are no excuses for that,” he said.”Football should be clean, totally clean…. Unfortunately it’s happened and it shouldn’t have. We should be clean. But with so much money involved for everybody, it’s obviously hard for some of the people to stay clean.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Football has an “unforgivable” industry of corruption, Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, said as he called for lifetime bans against scandal-hit figures in the wake of The Telegraph’s investigation.As Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright was sacked for accepting a £5,000 cash “bung”, Coleman and other top flight managers said revelations of widespread financial wrongdoing had left a “black mark on football”.Police are now facing pressure from the Government’s anti-corruption champion to launch investigations into potential criminality. City of London police said officers are reviewing material “with a view to establishing whether any criminal offences have been committed”.Sir Eric Pickles, a former Cabinet minister, said The Telegraph had uncovered “clear evidence suggesting a breach of the Bribery Act”, while Gerry Sutcliffe, the former Sports Minister, added: “If [football] can’t put its house in order, then the government should.”Meanwhile, England players woke up yesterday to a postcard from sacked manager Sam Allardyce saying “the journey has begun”.It is understood the cards were sent out second class by the Football Association on Monday, just hours before officials were contacted by the Telegraph.Coleman, along with Ronald Koeman, the Everton manager, and Slaven Bilic, of West Ham, led calls yesterday a major clampdown on greed in the game.The Wales boss, who led his nation to the Euro 2016 semi-final, said anyone caught “stealing money” from football should be “removed from the game permanently”.last_img read more

REGISTRATION CLOSED 24000 persons now of age to cast ballot

first_img Constitutional requirement on General Elections explained Nomination Day in the Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 11, 2017 – Nassau –Approximately 24,000 persons will cast their first ballot come May 10th.  This as persons coming of the voting age of 18 since the last polls held in 2012 make up for an approximate 13.76 percent of the 170,000 registered voting list. And while last minute tallies at Voter Registration Centres across the Bahamas are currently ongoing, Parliamentary Registration Department Commissioner, Sherlyn Hall says he anticipates this figure to increase in the coming days as the count ends.The registration process is said to have closed off 11pm on Monday night, despite the 5pm deadline on Monday.  However, Commissioner Hall is also refuting claims that persons were turned away while standing in line before 5pm.   Initial reports suggested that some centres closed off registration at 3pm as opposed to the advertised closing time of 5pm.   Speaking to Magnetic Media News, Mr. Hall says persons in queue by 5pm were issued tickets to ensure they were able to get processed and registered, as accommodations were made for them. He adds that the centres were supported by members of the Police Service to ensure order was maintained.   The Parliament Registration Department Commissioner underscored that only persons who arrived after the 5pm close off were turned away.According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook, Bahamas population stands at 327, 316, of which 221,187 persons are said to be of the voting age and eligible to cast ballots in the General Elections 2017. Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#letsvoteBahamas#voterregistrationclosed Related Items:#LetsvoteBahamas, #magneticmedianews, #voterregistrationclosed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Long lines for Registration, Department ready for influx Recommended for youlast_img read more

Racist guests blacklisted by Seven Stars

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #racialrantsparksdisgust, #touristblacklistedbySevenStarsresort Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 13, 2017 – Providenciales –  Thousands of islanders have commented now on the racist rant by an American couple reported upon by Magnetic Media, including the resort at which they staying.   General Manager of the Seven Stars resort, Grant Nobel explained that the couple was never abusive to their staff and that Seven Stars would not permit them to treat their resort team in any derogatory manner.Nobel added that the resort also found the tirade disgusting and one of the worst displays of racism ever heard.  While Seven Stars was made aware that the cell phone was believed stolen at the Mango Reef restaurant, the pair did not share any information with the resort on their telephone conversation and behavior at the restaurant with the resort.Staff at Mango Reef recorded the telephone exchange, which is posted at our Magnetic Media Facebook page.  Concern is largely about the unfiltered racism of the couple, but there are others who also say the workers at Mango Reef crossed the line too.There were yet others who pointed to the fact that the tourist couple broke country laws, namely issuing of a death threat and discrimination.  Mr. Nobel confirmed that by the time anyone got wind of the racial slurs hurled at the Mango Reef workers, the guests were gone; they left Provo Tuesday morning.   Grant Nobel added, “These guests left yesterday morning and have been blacklisted from ever returning to the resort.”#MagneticMediaNews#racialrantsparksdisgust#touristblacklistedbySevenStarsresortlast_img read more

We have to concentrate on River Plate for now DOnofrio on

first_imgRiver Plate President Rodolfo D’Onofrio says the club is concentrating on the final on Sunday.Also there are no discussions on the future of midfielder Exequiel Palacios who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid recently.D’Onofrio who disclosed this in an interview with Marca said:“I wrote to Florentino Perez a few days ago to thank him for having us at the Bernabeu. We are not currently talking about Palacios but about twenty days ago Butragueno spoke to Enzo Francescoli about the player, but with a view to continuing negotiations later.”River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“The economic differences between Real Madrid and River are very large. It’s very difficult to retain a player, but history tells us that the player sees a future opportunity and we can’t cut his career. The club can’t be closed and must open themselves up to negotiation. That a player from River goes to Madrid is also prestigious for River.”On the readiness of Palacios to play at Madrid, he said:“He’s at a great level, but I think it would be good to play for one more year in Argentina. However, that is not my decision.”“We will negotiate, Madrid know that. He is very young but he is very serious, and seems older than he is. A very complete player. If they really love him, the move would be ideal for both the player and Real Madrid.”last_img read more

Man killed in Lauderhill shooting

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a shooter who left one man dead in Lauderhill.After shots were fired Thursday night near Northwest 19th Street and 42nd Terrace, police discovered the body of Bernard Jones riddled with bullets.“It was close to my window. It was pow, pow, pow, pow,” said Lorna Jones, the victim’s neighbor, “so I thought it was over on the other side, but when I realized it was close to me, it’s really sad. I’ve never seen this happen around here.”The victim’s body was found in the breezeway of the apartment complex.If you have any information on this homicide, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police investigate burned body found in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A burned body found in Southwest Miami-Dade has left police with a mystery on their hands.The burned body was found near Southwest 159th Avenue and 240th Street, Monday morning.Miami-Dade Police said it is unclear if the fire was started by the victim of if someone burned the victim to cover up a crime.Detectives could be seen in the residential neighborhood searching for clues throughout the day.If you have any information on this situation, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Kenai Peninsula Residents Come Out To Thank Swan Lake Fire Heroes

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula residents showed up in full force on Monday night at Soldotna Creek Park to say thank you to the men and women who have been tirelessly fighting the Swan Lake Fire. With the new team, residents should expect to see similar fireline operations.  Firefighters will continue to patrol and mop-up fire control lines near the west flank of the fire near Sterling, and on the east flank of the fire by Fuller Lake, Resurrection Trail, Sterling Highway and Skilak Lake. Crews will continue to cut down hazard trees, repair dozer lines, pull hose from the Skilak Road area and continue to reinforce the firelines on the east flank. Firefighters in Cooper Landing will continue to work on structure protection measures. The event was put on Senator Peter Micciche: “What I wanted to do was provide an opportunity for folks in the community to look the men and women in the yellow shirts and green pants in the eyes and say thank you for getting us through this.” The process is complete of transitioning from one Incident Management Team (IMT) to another. The Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 personnel have been working with their counterparts on Northern Rockies Team 4 over the weekend and team 4 has officially taken command of the fire as of Tuesday morning. The Fire remain at 163,686 acres, and is now at 34% containment.last_img read more

Consumer Mags Take Huge Ad Hit in 08

first_img“Like other ad-supported media, magazines have been affected by the economic slump, which deepened as 2008 progressed,” Ellen Oppenheim, the Magazine Publishers of America’s executive vice president said in statement.  “Advertiser decisions for the fourth quarter were influenced by a range of factors. For longer-lead time monthlies, consumers cut spending during the summer due to soaring energy prices, which caused advertisers to put buy fewer ads in year-end magazine issues.  In the fall and early winter, rising unemployment and steep stock market declines led to restrained ad spending in weekly titles.”The drop followed three years of flatness, and was by far the worstslide since before 2000, the earliest year comparative PIB numbers areavailable.And the hemorrhaging in 2008 was widespread. Each of the top 12 magazine advertising categories (which account for more than 85 percent of total advertising spending) declined in both full-year and fourth quarter 2008, and the declines were seen in both PIB revenues and pages. The most significant decreases were seen in the most beleaguered of sectors: automotive; home furnishings and financial, insurance and real estate sectors.No Silver LiningAmong individual titles and magazine categories there were few, if any, bright spots.Magazines that saw the biggest ad page declines in 2008 include Home (-37.9), the Sporting News (-34.2 percent), Saturday Evening Post (-33.5 percent), Soap Opera Digest (-31.5), Motor Boating (-31), Blender (-30.6) and More (-30.3).All seven of Sunday magazines tracked by PIB, including the Los Angeles Times (-15.8) and New York Times (-12.9) magazines, saw ad page declines. (The only one that showed a gain was Spry, which didn’t exist in 2007.)Ad pages at Meredith’s Ser Padres were up 42.2 percent, while Nexos (31.5), Scholastic Parent & Child (28), Mansueto’s Fast Company (23) and OK! (23) rounded out the top five.The Week and the Economist continued to buck the treacherous slide in the newsweekly category. The Economist posted a 4.4 percent ad page gain, while Time (-19 percent), Newsweek (-19 percent) and U.S. News & World Report (-32.4) posted significant losses. The Week was essentially flat.But even the magazines that did relatively well in 2008 were down significantly over the previous year. New York magazine, for instance, ran the third most ad pages among all U.S. magazines, but still finished the year down 6.3 percent.Overall, just 42 of the 241 magazines tracked by PIB showed ad page increases. Click here for the full list. 2001 vs. 2000-4.9 2008 vs. 2007-11.7 AD PAGE GROWTH% CHNG 2002 vs. 2001N/A 2000 vs. 199914.0 2006 vs. 2005-0.1 2005 vs. 20040.5 RELATED: Just 42 Magazines Saw Ad Page Increases in ‘08Many publishers would like to forget 2008 ever happened.Consumer magazine advertising pages dropped 11.7 percent in 2008 when compared to 2007, according to year-end figures released by the Publishers Information Bureau late Tuesday.The drop in advertising accelerated in the fourth quarter, as pages slid more than 17 percent. SOURCE: PIB[EDITOR’S NOTE: Check for updates to this story.] 2004 vs. 20033.8 2003 vs. 2002-0.7 2007 vs. 2006-0.6last_img read more

Everything we know about the Google Nest Hub Max

first_img Tags The basicsBoth the $229 price and 10-inch display dwarf the comparable numbers of the original Nest Hub (a 7-inch screen for $130, but it’s usually on sale for much less). The Hub Max is looking to be a premium alternative, and the stats match those of the main competition — the $230, 10-inch, second-generation Amazon Echo Show.As with other smart displays, you’ll primarily control the Hub Max with voice commands. It uses the same digital assistant (just called Google Assistant) as the Nest Hub and has the same voice enabled features as smart speakers like the Google Home Mini. You can ask questions, control your smart home devices, check the weather, play music, make a call, turn on the TV and much more with your voice.After you give a command, the touchscreen will show extra info when appropriate. Ask about the weather and you’ll see the forecast for the week. Search for restaurants in the area and you’ll see pics of the place and directions. You can use the screen to make video calls, watch YouTube and pull up a smart-home control panel. The touchscreen on the Nest Hub is particularly good at walking you through the steps of a recipe and acting as a digital photo frame. It has a light sensor that adapts both the brightness and color warmth of the image to match the room. These features and the well organized smart-home control panel help elevate it above the smart display competition from Amazon. The Nest Hub Max will start from this same strong base and offer a handful of unique extras. The Nest CamThe Amazon Echo Show has a built-in camera for making video calls while the Nest Hub doesn’t. The Nest Hub Max adds a cam with a 127 degree wide-angle lens and uses it to offer a variety of extra features. First, it doubles as a security cam. When you’re away, you can have your Nest Hub Max watch for motion and send you alerts via the Nest app if it sees something. If you have a Nest Aware subscription for cloud storage, you can set activity zones and customize notifications based on whether it sees a familiar or a strange face.Facial recognitiongoogle-nest-hub-max-15With facial recognition, the Nest Hub Max can show you personalized reminders when you enter the room.  Angela Lang/CNET In addition to Nest’s familiar face feature, you can opt into a feature that allows the Nest Hub Max to show notifications and personalize your home screen when you walk in the room. With the feature enabled, you’ll see your pictures and calendar on the screen. If it recognizes multiple people in the room, the Nest Hub Max will do its best to combine everyone’s info.Google representatives noted that this feature is meant more for convenience than security. You can’t make purchases verified by face match. The Nest Hub Max will also store all facial recognition data locally.Gesture controlsgoogle-nest-hub-max-25With gesture controls, hold up your hand and your video will stop.  Angela Lang/CNET Most smart speakers and smart displays struggle to hear you over loud music or background noise. The Nest Hub Max will try to solve this problem with basic gesture controls. Look at the camera and hold up your hand to pause whatever is playing. You can make the same gesture to resume your music or video. During my demo in May, the gesture recognition was easily fooled by a strong backlight, but it did pick up my hand gestures from a variety of angles in normal lighting conditions. The reliability of this feature will be one of the main areas we’ll look at once we get our hands on the device for a scored review. It could be quite handy if it’s polished.Video callsLike the Echo Show, you’ll be able to use the camera to make video calls. The Hub Max will even go one step further by taking a leaf from the Facebook Portal’s book. During a video call, you can have the camera pan, tilt and zoom automatically to follow the action. We really liked using this on the Portal. It’s particularly handy if you have small children and out-of-town relatives who want to keep up with the video calls, the Nest Hub Max will pan and tilt its camera to follow the actions.  Angela Lang/CNET The Hub Max feature doesn’t offer the same depth as the Portal. You can’t pick an individual to follow if multiple people are in frame; it always tries to follow everyone it can see. You’re also limited to using the company’s proprietary video chat software, called Google Duo. The Portal offers Facebook’s video chat software as well as WhatsApp (which Facebook owns). You can add silly hats and other augmented-reality adornments with Facebook, but not with the Hub Max. Still many of these deficits could be fixed with updates (or potentially added since we saw the demo in May) and the camera on the Hub Max already followed the action reliably. It brings most of the functionality, if not all of the extras. Comment Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display reading • Everything we know about the Google Nest Hub Max 14 Photos Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Share your voice Smart Home See All The Google Nest Hub Max soups up the smart displaycenter_img Juan Garzon/CNET The Google Nest Hub Max hits store shelves on Sept. 9. It will cost $229 (£219, AU$349) and have a 10-inch touchscreen. In many ways, it will be similar to the Google Nest Hub — formerly the Google Home Hub — only with more features, a bigger screen, a built-in camera and beefier sound quality. It could be awesome, and we have a good idea what to expect as Google debuted and demoed the device in May at the company’s developer conference. As the release date nears, here’s everything you need to know about Google’s premium smart display. Now playing: Watch this: 4:47 • 12 Photos CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions 1 CNET Smart Home Better soundDuring my demo, I was able to hear the Nest Hub Max play music. It sounded pretty good and much better than the original Nest Hub. Given the size difference, I expected as much. The Nest Hub is roughly on par with the Google Home Mini in sound quality. It’s fine for background listening, but it’s well below the music chops of the Amazon Echo Show. We’ll pit the Nest Hub Max against the Echo Show directly when we test it. In isolation, I couldn’t tell if it was better, but it did play a variety of genres of music at max volume with no distortion.Ready to test itGiven how much Google showed in May, I wonder if the Hub Max will debut with any surprises as far as features. I doubt it, as it has already a longer feature list than the similarly priced competition. In fact, it looks to be the most robust smart display on the market yet. If it’s polished and everything works as promised, the Nest Hub Max will be a tough act to beat. Nest Googlelast_img read more

Tailend lands in delta to get water Anil Kumar Yadav

first_imgVijayawada: Water would be supplied to the tail-end lands for cultivation during the present kharif season, said irritation minister P Anil Kumar Yadav. The Anil Kumar along with civil supplies minister Kodali Venkateswara Rao (Nani), transport and information minister Perni Venkataramaiah (Nanni) and endowments minister Velampalli Srinivas Rao released water into the canals of Krishna district from the head sluice of KE Canal for drinking and irrigation needs of the Krishna district. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us The irrigation minister said that there has been a delay in releasing water to the Krishna delta due to the delayed monsoon and low water level in Godavari river. The water would be released for the next 10 days. District collector Md Imtiaz said that water has been brought to Prakasam Barrage by opening 23 pumps of Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme after Godavari received flood water. He said that Prakasam Barrage received 0.8 tmc ft water in the last two days allowing the district administration to release 1,000 cusecs of water to Krishna delta on the advice of Irrigation Advisory Board. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Krishna delta needs 150 tmc ft water, of which 80 tmc ft would be drawn from Godavari and 60 tmc ft from Pulichintala and Nagarjunasagar. The rest would be compensated from Muneru and other rivulets. MLAs Jogi Ramesh, Malladi Vishnu, Simhadri Ramesh, Dulam Nageswara Rao, Engiener-in-Chief M Venkateswara Rao, Chief Engineer Santosh Kumar, SE K V L N Chowdary, KC division EE Swaroop Kumar, KE division EE Venugopal, Tirumala Rao, DE Babu, Joint Collector-2 Babu Rao, water users association representatives Alla Gopalakrishna, G Sivaramkrishna, Y Pullaiah Chowdary and others were present.last_img read more

Beto ORourke Visits Houston Matters Police Had Lupe Valdezs Missing Gun All

first_imgTuesday, August 21, 2018Top afternoon stories:Beto O’Rourke Visits Houston MattersAs part of its series of interviews with candidates running in major political races, Houston Matters interviewed U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke talked about a myriad of issues ranging from President Donald Trump to voting rights and the Texas economy.O’Rourke (D-TX) said he wants to work with Trump on topics such as increasing mental health care to veterans and expanding protected public lands in Texas. “Where I can find a partner in the White House or across the aisle, I’ll be there, with anyone, any place, any time.”“But we also have to be able to stand up against this President and his worst impulses where we must,” the Congressman added in reference to the critical comments the President has made about Mexican immigrants and asylum seekers, and his defense of some people who participated in the white supremacist rally that was held in Charlottesville last year.Click HERE to listen to the interview.  Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneLupe Valdez gives her victory speech after defeating Andrew White in the Democratic runoff for governor on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.Police Had Lupe Valdez’s Missing Gun All AlongDallas County authorities say a new inventory search has turned up former Sheriff Lupe Valdez’s gun that was reported missing after she stepped down to run for Texas governor.The Dallas County sheriff’s department Tuesday apologized to Valdez for “any distress and hardship” after the Democratic nominee for governor faced questions surrounding the whereabouts of her on-duty weapon.The 9mm Berretta was found in the department’s property room. Spokesman Raul Reyna says Valdez “did what she was supposed to do” in returning the gun.Valdez was sheriff for 13 years. She resigned in December to mount a longshot challenge against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Abbott’s campaign had attacked Valdez over reports of the missing firearm, tweeting that Valdez wants to run Texas “but can’t even keep track of her gun.” Dave FehlingThe Big Brown power plant in Freestone County burns coal mined nearby.Texas Could Soon Have More Authority to Regulate Coal Plant EmissionsTexas could have more authority to regulate coal plant emissions under a new proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, which would formally replace the Clean Power Plan.In the audio above, Houston Matters learns what the new rules could mean for Texas industries and the environment from Victor Flatt, director of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center, and Felix Mormann, professor of law at the Texas A&M School of Law._____________________Top morning stories:Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston responds to Pope FrancisJohn L. Mone/APIn this March 30, 2017 image taken from video, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo of the Archdiocese of the Houston-Galveston, speaks during an interview in Houston.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is adding his voice to calls against alleged sexual abuse within the Catholic church.Cardinal DiNardo was responding to Pope’s Francis’ letter. It addressed suffering caused by alleged abuse within the Catholic Church and failure to respond. Post Oak Little League team eliminated from World SeriesHouston’s Post Oak Little League baseball team is returning home from Pennsylvania after a stretch of games in the Little League World Series. The team lost 7-6 to a team from Peachtree, Georgia. Texas A&M adopts new sexual-assault policiesShelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneStudents on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.Texas A&M University officials say the school is creating tougher sanctions for students found responsible for sexual assault.The school was criticized over the summer for how it handles cases of sexual assault, with multiple women sharing their stories online. The scrutiny prompted an internal review of university policies.Officials say the changes include a streamlined reporting process, a predetermined range of sanctions and more investigators. Students found responsible for sexually-based violence or rape will have to serve a minimum one-year suspension, and if they return to campus, they would also be barred from receiving scholarships or representing the school. Attorney General moves to limit abilities of immigration judgesA decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making it harder for immigration judges to postpone hearings for immigrants while they wait for special petitions that would allow them to stay in the country legally.Lawyers say they expect, as a result, some immigrants will be deported while they wait on petitions that would have allowed them to stay in the country. Federal disaster assistance appears to widen the racial wealth gapWhites who live in counties badly damaged by natural disasters on average gain nearly $126,000 in wealth. Minorities, on the other hand, lose tens of thousands of dollars.This happens even when you control for income, education and a range of other factors, according to a study from Rice University and the University of Pittsburgh. Sara Tubbs/UHMusician Stephanie Rice performs at Houston Public Media. Rice appeared in the 12th season of NBC’s The Voice.Stephanie Rice: ‘If I Didn’t Perform I Would Die’When Stephanie Rice came out to her parents ten years ago at age 18, she received the one response she was most afraid of: rejection. They told her “they couldn’t choose their daughter over God,” and they’re estranged to this day.And, as she later recounted on her blind audition for season 12 of The Voice, she finds music is the best way for her to channel her emotions over that painful moment in her life.Rice graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in biology and worked for a time as a researcher at Baylor College of Medicine. She would often work 50-60 hours a week and then play a couple gigs each week.“It was a really crazy time in my life where I would go into work with a lab coat on and be running out and changing into my leather pants and going to a gig,” she said. Sharelast_img read more

Facebook Renews Three Univision Comedy Series for Watch Platform

first_imgFacebook has renewed three original scripted series from Univision Creator Network, Univision’s in-house network and studio for digital talent, for the social service’s Watch video platform.Coming back for second seasons are UCN short-form comedies “Las Kardachas” from Ana Alvarado (aka LipstickFables); “Mexican Survival Guide” from comedy group the Crazy Gorilla; and “Montoya’z Hollywood Break In” from teen twins Mya and Myka Montoya.Facebook is funding production of the shows, as it has done with several other content partners in order to feed new programming into Watch.“Mexican Survival Guide” (332,000 followers) purports to “teach” Mexican culture through comedy sketches. “Las Kardachas” (166,000 followers) is a parody of the Kardashian sisters; and “Montoya’z Hollywood Break In” (22,000 followers) is about twin sisters who leave behind small-town Texas to try to make it big in Hollywood through social media. Last fall, UCN launched the shows as part of five original comedies for Facebook Watch, with episodes running roughly 4-6 minutes. The shows generated 14.6 million video views in January 2018 alone. The two UCN shows that Facebook has not renewed are Josh Leyva’s “The Gaylo Show”: and Oscar Miranda’s “Bro-Mates.”“Working with Facebook’s Watch has allowed new audiences to discover our talented group of digital creators and their unique, authentic voices,” Isaac Rosales, manager of partnerships and operations for Univision Creator Network.The Hispanic media company launched Univision Creator Network in 2015. The division provides U.S.-based creators with support and resources, including access to experts, collaboration opportunities, and the potential to expand their audiences reach across TV, live music and sports events, radio and areas. Last year, UCN tallied 4.2 billion global video views across platforms.Pictured above: The Crazy Gorilla’s “Mexican Survival Guide” on Facebook Watch Popular on Variety center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Video shows Sean Payton and Dirk Koetter getting into an aggressive Week

first_imgThe Bucs and Saints got into a brawl in their first meeting of the year, and it seems like some of the bad blood was still lingering after Tampa’s Week 17 win over New Orleans.A video has surfaced showing head coaches Dirk Koetter and Sean Payton meeting at midfield for their postgame handshake, but things get awkwardly aggressive when the coaches won’t let go of the handshake and Payton slaps Koetter in the shoulder, which elicits a harder return slap from Koetter.After breaking, Payton doubles back and seems to reference the teams’ fight from earlier in the year as the reason he was so upset. Koetter awkwardly smiles the entire time, which makes it even weirder.Whatever the issue is, these guys don’t seem to like each other.Interesting exchange between Dirk Koetter and Sean Payton following the game. The shoulder pats getting a little aggressive. Sounds like unresolved matters from the week 9 scuffle involving Winston, Evans and Lattimore. (credit @JeffTewksFox13 for video) #Bucs— Scott Smith (@ScottSmithFOX13) January 1, 2018last_img read more