WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his government will enforce a cannabis retailers’ fee on First Nations store owners in the new year, setting up another potential clash with Indigenous leaders.The Progressive Conservative government is requiring all cannabis retailers to pay what it calls a social responsibility fee. The levy amounts to six per cent of each retailer’s total annual revenues, starting in 2019. The annual fee is to be paid within six months after the year ends.Stores on reserves will not be exempt, Pallister said.“Every Manitoban has a social responsibility,” Pallister said in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press.“And any company in Manitoba that wants to market cannabis — whether it’s on-reserve, off-reserve, on urban reserves, I do not care — shares that social responsibility.”Among the dozen or so private retail outlets that have opened so far across the province, two run in partnership with the Long Plain First Nation on urban reserves in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie.Long Plain Chief Dennis Meeches said the fee should not be applied on reserve land and he is considering legal action. Meeches said the levy appears to be much like the provincial sales tax, which does not apply to sales to First Nations consumers on reserves.“We’re just examining our options to see whether or not this is an attempt by the premier to skirt the PST (exemption),” Meeches said.Cannabis should be treated like tobacco, Meeches said. Through a rebate system, the province exempts tobacco sales on reserves to people with Indian status from its tobacco tax.“If this is allowed to go unchallenged, what else may come down the pike?” Meeches said.Pallister said the province has the right to impose a fee on businesses, whether on or off reserve.“We have the ability to establish a social responsibility levy.”Under a section of the federal Indian Act, any personal property of a First Nations member situated on a reserve is exempt from taxation. But taxes aimed at businesses are often applied.For example, Manitoba’s Health and Education Levy — a tax on companies with payrolls exceeding $1.25 million a year — applies on reserves as long as the company is incorporated and not that of a sole proprietor or band council.Pallister has been embroiled in disputes with Indigenous leaders on other fronts since taking office in 2016. He is facing opposition in some quarters over a plan to limit the use of spotlights for night hunting, and once said he feared it might become a “race war.”He is also facing a court challenge by the Manitoba Metis Federation over a proposed benefits agreement concerning Manitoba Hydro projects that was scuttled.Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press
The Reality of FASHION, The Reality of AIDS have announced their exciting reality star line up slotted to walk the runway on Saturday, February 9th 2013.The formal attire, red carpet event will take place at the Altman Building in New York City located at 135 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10001 with doors opening at 7:00pm. The featured designer for the evening will be Dominique Auxilly . A well-known NYC based designer who has dressed celebrity names such as Nicki Minaj, Adrienne Bailon , Coco, and Tamar Braxton. Known to pull inspiration from all aspects of life, Auxilly’s pieces most often reflect her love for old Hollywood, her obsession with architectural structures and her Jamaican roots. These elements and influences come together to create a label like no other. Created and produced by Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR), the first-of-its-kind philanthropic event has a fundraising goal of $300,000 for the evening to benefit this year’s charity of choice, AIDS United.The participating star lineup includes reality stars and celebrities that have appeared on reality shows such as Lil Kim of Dancing with the Stars and The Pussycat Dolls Present Girlicious, Vanessa and Angela Simmons, Draya Michele, Janice Dickinson, Brittany Brower, Keenyah Hill, Ramona Rizzo, Alex McCord, Adrienne Bailon, Aviva Drescher, Ramona Singer, Tiffany “New York” Pollard, Michelle Money, Courtney Robertson, Tracy DiMarco, Jessica Romano, Briella Calafore, Nikki Rae Walker and many more. The show will showcase anywhere from 20-30 reality stars gracing the runway in couture pieces that will be auctioned off two weeks following the show to also benefit AIDS United.“We are excited to work with each one of these stars and the additional names will grace the runway. With their help and the publics, we can raise funds that are much needed to assist in ending the AIDS Epidemic,” States Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR) CEO Monique Tatum.Tickets to attend the celebrity fashion fundraiser range from $450 for standing room, $800 for Priority Seating, to $1200 for VIP first and second row access with swag bags. Patron donations of $2500 or more receive priority row seating and VIP options such as backstage celebrity meet and greet access.Purchasers may use code HOLIDAY70 Between December 20th 2012 and January 1st 2013 for 70% off of Standing Room or Priority Seating tickets.To purchase tickets, sponsor or additional information on “The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS” please click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 877.841.7244.Source:PR Newswire
GTF also said that former UN High Commissioner Navi Pillai advocated for the UNHRC to mandate an international inquiry and instrumental in setting up an OHCHR investigation of Sri Lanka (OISL) under the guidance of eminent international jurists. GTF is a global diaspora organization of Tamils based in London. (Colombo Gazette) “In Sri Lanka, the UN system failed miserably in 2009 in preventing the deaths of tens of thousands, mostly Tamil citizens in the hands of the country’s security forces. However, the initiatives taken by the leading UN officials to address this failure are notable and praiseworthy. The then UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed a Panel of Experts to address accountability issues related to alleged war time abuses and an Internal Review Panel to prevent the repetition of the Sri Lanka-type failure,” GTF said. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) has called on the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to ensure accountability in Sri Lanka.The GTF congratulated Bachelet on her appointment as the seventh UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “The reports presented by the High Commissioner Zeid and the core group of countries during the UNHRC reviews for monitoring the progress on implementation unambiguously attest to this fact. Frustrated by the lack of will and slow pace of implementation by the Sri Lanka government he argued for the establishment of a specialized court supported by international practitioners and urging member states to act on their responsibility via universal jurisdiction,” GTF added.It is in this context GTF noted that the March 2019 session will be crucial in ensuring Sri Lanka continues to be under the purview of the UNHRC, with necessary arrangements to address the discrepancies between its promises and delivery.GTF warned that any failure on the part of the UNHRC will send a wrong message to countries with despicable human rights record that they can live out a resolution without consequences – an undesirable failure the UN system cannot afford and a major setback to promoting human rights across the globe. “The outgoing UN High Commissioner Zeid was key to monitoring accountability and reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka. The leadership shown by these UN officials and the support from several countries ultimately led to the passing of the UNHRC resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, in 2015 and 2017, respectively,” GTF added.GTF said that though Sri Lanka co-sponsored these resolutions, its commitment and will to implement them have not been demonstrated in the three intervening years.
TORONTO — Information technology and energy stocks helped lift Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading, while U.S. stocks were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 15.14 points at 16,501.08. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 52.33 points at 27,101.87. The S&P 500 index was up 1.59 points at 2,978.20, while the Nasdaq composite was up 36.96 points at 8,183.45. The Canadian dollar traded for 76.26 cents US compared with an average of 76.51 cents US on Friday.The September crude contract was up 22 cents at US$55.98 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up 5.1 cents at US$2.30 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up 70 cents at US$1,427.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 2.2 cents at US$2.73 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press
“Council members welcomed this agreement as a very positive step and as an act indicative of a strong political will and commitment on the part of the parties concerned,” Ambassador John Negroponte told reporters following a closed-door briefing on the agreement by a senior UN official. “They also commended the Government of South Africa for its role in facilitating the agreement.”According to Ambassador Negroponte, the meeting scheduled for Thursday would be to discuss with the Foreign Minister of South Africa, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as well as representatives of the DRC and Rwanda, the agreement signed on 30 July in South Africa and the issues surrounding its implementation.The Council is expected to hear statements in a public meeting from those officials, as well as Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Ambassador Negroponte said, before retiring into a private meeting in which Council members will have the opportunity to address questions to the parties and to the South African Foreign Minister about details regarding implementation.
In a statement released by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Ashraf Qazi said that the violence inflicted upon the people of Mahmoudiah, Kufa, Baghdad, Najaf and some other Iraqi cities represented the “greatest danger.”“It threatens to erode the government’s authority to enforce security and the rule of law without which no initiatives and no reforms can be implemented. The emerging phenomenon of Iraqis killing Iraqis on a daily basis is nothing less than a catastrophe and a national tragedy for the people of Iraq.”Mr. Qazi called upon Iraqi citizens to cooperate with the legal authorities, stressed the equal importance of “necessary restraint” in the conduct of operations by the MNF-1 and Iraqi Security Forces to avoid civilian casualties, and urged political, religious and community leaders to make it their “immediate and overriding priority to search for ways to end the spiralling violence and to address the issues that underlie it.”
Toronto Blue Jays players (from left) Esmil Rogers, Dustin McGowan and Todd Redmond speaking to a class of sport management students at Brock.More than 250 sport management students at Brock got a taste of the big leagues today when players and personnel from the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club stopped by the school for an in-class talk and Q&A with students.The stop, part of the team’s fourth annual Winter Tour presented by TD, was organized by Holly Gentemann, a Brock sport management alumna who now works for the Blue Jays organization as manager of community marketing and player relations.The event, moderated by Sportsnet analyst Jamie Campbell, featured Blue Jays players Dustin McGowan (pitcher), Esmil Rogers (pitcher), Todd Redmond (pitcher) and Brandon Morrow (pitcher).The panel also featured Jay Stenhouse, Vice-President, Communications; Danielle Bedasse, Executive Director, Jays Care Foundation; Anthony Partipilo, Vice-President, Marketing and Merchandising; Stephen Brooks, Senior Vice-President, Business Operations; and Assistant General Manager Andrew Tinnish, also a Brock sport management alumnus.Brock is the only university in Canada granting a specialized Bachelor of Sport Management degree. Now in its second decade, the program has a strong reputation within the sport industry for the quality of its students and graduates.(from left): Toronto Blue Jays Assistant General Manager and Brock SPMA alumnus Andrew Tinnish and Blue Jays pitchers Esmil Rogers, Dustin McGowan, Todd Redmond and Brandon Morrow.
Goodman MBA student Chenxu (Emily) Feng was on the winning team at the DeGroote MBA Case Competition last month.Hosted by McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business, the competition brought 16 MBA student teams together from across Canada. School teams were first split up and students were assigned to teams of four where they had 90 minutes to get to know each other and prepare for the case analysis before presenting their recommendations in a short pitch to a judging panel.Feng was grouped with students from the University of Winnipeg, Telfer School of Management and Schulich School of Business.Sponsored by 3M Canada, the case was interdisciplinary, allowing students to draw on each other’s strengths in various areas of business.In the second half of the competition, the Goodman delegation was reunited to compete as a school team, where Feng was joined by colleagues Diana Lombardi, Adeyinka Mojola Oduyemi and Brandon Vrysen.For Feng, a second-year MBA accounting (CPA/MBA) student, the best part of the competition was the networking opportunities it presented.“There were executives from 3M, KPMG and IBM on the judging panel so we knew we were contributing to a practical problem. It was a great learning experience and it was so valuable to be able to network with management from 3M. So winning the prize was like a bonus for me,” said Feng.The competition tested students’ business acumen and ability to create implementable recommendations to a specific business problem in a short period of time.“This was such a good way to test what we had learned in the classroom. It was great to be part of the process and to see how the industry deals with situations where there is no correct answer. Just like in the business world, we tried to get to the best solution and implementation that made sense after taking everything into consideration,” she said.Feng graduated with a Business English degree from Nanchang Hangkong University and worked for several years in marketing before deciding to pursue a Goodman MBA to achieve her dream of being an accountant.“Especially for a non-native English speaker, it means a lot to win this award for public speaking,” she said.
The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson of a new $100 million global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute as a tangible demonstration of global leadership in efforts to manage climate change. MCA Chief Executive Officer Mitchell H Hooke said: “This is the missing link in the suite of policies needed for a balanced, comprehensive and measured approach to a low emissions global economy. It is vital that Australia’s policy approach to managing climate change calibrates the three pillars of an effective response – an efficient and effective emissions trading system; a credible global agreement that covers all major emitters; and “breakthrough” technologies that can lower the emissions of existing energy sources.“This Institute will provide the necessary machinery to drive and integrate the global effort in clean coal technologies of which Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is critical. The MCA absolutely concurs with the Prime Minister that there can be no global solution to the challenge of climate change without clean coal technologies. We are encouraged by the prospect that significant revenues generated from the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme will be channelled into this Institute to accelerate the development and deployment of this critical greenhouse gas mitigation technology, in collaboration with research and development projects and policy initiatives around the world.“With coal-fired powered continuing to supply the vast bulk of Australia’s and the world’s energy needs for the foreseeable future, the development and deployment of clean coal and CCS technology will be the principal component of sustainable efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationally and globally.”Led by China and India, global demand for energy will grow by more than 50% by 2030, MCA reports. The International Energy Agency expects global coal demand to increase by 73% by 2030 – China and India will then account for 60% of total world coal demand, up from 45% in 2005.“Australia is the world’s largest coal exporter so it is clearly in our interest to contribute to the commercialisation of clean coal technologies, and the earliest possible adoption of that technology in the fastest growing regions of the world,” Hooke said.He said the commercial deployment of CCS would enable the world to make significant inroads into reducing emissions. “The European Union has estimated that CCS can contribute 14% of the global emissions reductions needed by 2030 to prevent dangerous climate change. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics has estimated that CCS can reduce Australia’s emissions by 3% by 2050.”There is a strong case for public support for research and development and major low emissions technology projects because of three key factors:The nature and scale of the task is beyond the resources of a single company, so government, industry and the research community will need to work together to undertake the pre-competitive Research Development and Deployment to bring these technologies to commercial realityAn Emissions Trading Scheme will work most effectively when there are alternate low emissions technologies available for deployment. Where technologies are either not available or inadequate in changing industrial behaviour, then an emissions trading scheme can only function primarily as a blunt taxation instrumentAlthough an Emissions Trading Scheme will provide a carbon price signal, this price may not be sufficient to divert investment in Research Development and Deployment projects.
Updated 7.11 pmA SUSPICIOUS DEVICE found in Edenmore Shopping Centre this afternoon has been deemed a hoax.Army bomb experts were called to the north Dublin suburb at about 3pm this afternoon and a cordon was placed around the device.The shopping centre is made up of a large grocery store and there is also a row of shops with The Concorde pub next to the complex at Edenmore Avenue.The Explosive Ordnance Team arrived at the scene and the device was destroyed.Read: Explosive device found outside house in Louth >Read: Army conducts ‘painstaking’ search for explosives at derelict building >
Although Apple habitually releases the latest model of iPhone in white, they’ve had a surprisingly difficult time delivering white iPhone 4s this year. In fact, we’ll soon be coming up on the 7th month of delays, as Apple struggles to correct a design flaw in the white iPhone 4 that causes like to leak through the case’s Gorilla Glass backing and onto the camera sensor, washing out photos.Apple’s biggest competitor in the mobile space, Google, doesn’t appear to be having any problem releasing white phones, though… at least not judging by a report suggesting that white Nexus S smartphones are coming soon.The leaked image comes from Germany and clearly shows the familiar, Samsung manufactured Nexus S with a white backplate while retaining its black front casing.To be honest, if the white Nexus S is a real product that Google will be offering, it looks a little half-assed, like they just slapped a new back casing on the handset at the last minute to give people a superficial color option. Still, at least it’ll be available to buy in a timely manner, which is something Apple’s been completely incapable of managing with the white iPhone this generation.Read more at Android
Debate: We need to tell pregnant women not to drink alcohol Although it’s accepted that binge-drinking poses significant risks to a foetus, health professionals and the public are divided on the effects of an occasional drink after 12 weeks. Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 8:00 PM Share154 Tweet Email Jan 19th 2017, 8:00 PM 50 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3193080 By Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Short URL A RECENT STUDY suggests that over 60% of Irish mothers drink alcohol during pregnancy. The research looked at more than 3,500 Irish maternal records from 1990 to 2011 and examined the rate of foetal alcohol syndrome, where the baby in the womb was affected.The official advice from the Department of Health is that women should not drink any alcohol during pregnancy. However there is no strong evidence that low levels of drinking is harmful. We asked two commentators to tell us their views.YES. Being American and growing up surrounded by health education and open diagnoses regarding substance abuse, I, of course, think everyone is an alcoholic and should go to AA.I admit, I love to diagnose (with no qualification) psychiatric and substance abuse issues, and that I have been influenced by what is an overzealous health care system (with severe issues of its own) and media culture in the United States.Before I was pregnant, I had plenty of interesting conversations about healers and home remedies with Irish colleagues and friends. I also had a few friendly debates about the merits of booze to cure my upset stomach, my flu, and of course my headache from drinking too much booze the night before.The same people that refused to take medication preferred to drink their remedies, and believed this was a healthier and more natural option than popping pills like Americans. Maybe it is healthier but what it definitely is to me, is the confirmation that popular beliefs about alcohol play a stronger role in many Irish people’s decisions than medical evidence or health education.In Ireland I felt a bit silly and paranoid for maintaining that doctors don’t know exactly what level of alcohol affects the foetus so it was safest to not drink. I had an odd drink or sip and didn’t feel particularly guilty because I knew I would never drink more than that but I was also aware of the public image a pregnant woman drinking alcohol presents and I wasn’t comfortable normalising that image.Since it is unknown what level of alcohol consumption causes Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and alcohol consumption is notoriously open to subjective and cultural interpretation, why believe that the average woman understands what a few drinks means? How much is “a few” drinks while pregnant?I heard a woman say that drinking a six-pack was fine once it was only West Coast Coolers. I also heard women and men agree that it’s safe to drink in the last trimester because the baby is already developed when in fact the liver is not developed. Most husbands and wives can’t agree on the definition of “having one” so why did the Irish government think the public could?I hope that the clear recommendation to avoid drink will make pregnancy easier for women in Ireland by presenting a consistent public health message and associated education that should result in a shift in culture around drink (without thinking everyone needs Alcoholics Anonymous).Colleen Hennessy is a writer and mother to two Kerry-born munchkins. She can be reached at colleenhennessy.com or @colleenhennessy4 on Twitter. NO. This kind of thinking opens the door to monitoring women’s behaviour in pregnancy. What about the binge eating mom who risks passing on diabetes? Or the cyclist who might fall off and injure herself? Or the vegetarian lacking iron?We all know that excessive drinking in pregnancy is very stupid and irresponsible. We know that drinking a lot of alcohol – six or more units a day – can cause foetal alcohol syndrome, which stunts the mental and physical development of a child, and can even trigger a miscarriage. We know that a baby’s organs can’t deal with alcohol in the way that ours can.However, there is no confusion about how much is safe. And – of course – many women who are not alcoholics drink too much before even realising that they are pregnant. But for the vast majority of women, discovering they’re having a baby switches on the overwhelming instinct to protect and nurture.We women are lectured to enough when it comes to our bodies. It’s time for us to take back control. Yes, we will listen politely to the advice. But then, as with all advice, we will make our own decisions as to whether to adhere to it or not.And so – with respect, health professionals, media and general busybodies – let us decide how to treat our body during the time we might be carrying that child. Which will be to the best of our ability – but we’re not going to beat ourselves up about a cup of coffee, a piece of blue cheese or a half glass of wine.Lorraine Courtney is a journalist.What do you think? Is it okay to leave it up to women themselves whether to drink very occasionally during pregnancy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancy> 1,615 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Pinterest WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television Google+ Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks Twitter If you missed the live broadcast on the USA Network, the tenth elimination from the new season of “WWE Tough Enough” went down live at Full Sail University in Orlando.Tanner was voted off via a live fan vote on Tuesday night receiving only 20% of the vote. Tanner was joined by Josh and ZZ in the bottom three.You can view a clip below. Wrestleview Post-RAW #49: King of the Ring tournament discussion, RAW review
MGM Macau was hurt by a lower win rate in VIP operations, down from 2.9% in 2Q17 to 2.3% this time around despite VIP turnover climbing 19.1% to HK$77.4 billion (US$10.3 billion).Mass table game win rate also fell but the presence of MGM COTAI helped mass table drop jump 57.8% to HK$14.9 billion (US$1.9 billion).Despite delaying the launch of junket operations at its new IR, MGM saw VIP turnover of HK$3.4 billion and gross VIP table games win of HK$101.2 million at MGM COTAI in 2Q18.The company said it expects junket room operations to commence before Golden Week in October, followed by the opening of the Mansion and the President’s Club – an exclusive gaming area for premium mass customers.“With the opening of our second integrated resort in Macau, we are excited to see a growth of our customer database and the ramping up of MGM COTAI,” said CEO and Executive Director Grant Bowie.“We focus on investing in our properties and offering unique MGM experiences for our customers. We continue to support our government’s vision to drive global tourism demand in Macau.”Adjusted Property EBITDA increased 1% to US$120 million compared to US$119 million in the prior year quarter. RelatedPosts 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More The February launch of MGM COTAI spurred MGM China to a 32% year-on-year increase in revenue to HK$4.4 billion (US$561.3 million) for the three months to 30 June 2018.MGM COTAI contributed HK$1.5 billion (US$184.7 million) in its first full quarter of operations, making amends for an 11.2% decrease in revenue at peninsula property MGM Macau to just under HK$3 billion (US$376.6 million). Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protests
Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments • Apple Sprint Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple iMac 2019 is a millennial trapped in the body of a baby boomer AirPower’s failure won’t hurt Apple. But these 3 things already are Apple’s origins: An oral history from inside the loop In other Apple news $999 Best Buy The canceled AirPower wireless charging mat. Apple Apple last week did something it rarely ever does: It canceled an already announced project. Specifically, AirPower, a wireless charging pad that would charge up the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods all at once. After 18 months, not a single AirPower device saw the light of day. The unexpected death of AirPower is an uncommon occurrence for Apple, which so carefully nurtures its buttoned-up public image. It’s rare for the company to announce a product so far in advance and even more rare that it publicly cancels a project before it ships.The AirPower misstep sticks out among Apple’s hit parade over the last 20 years. From iTunes, iMovie and FaceTime to the iPod, the iPhone, the Apple Watch and the MacBook Air, Apple has consistently rolled out great apps and devices for several decades. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It After AirPower’s death we highlight Apple’s other fumbles The iPhone 4’s stainless-steel frame and gap. Angela Lang/CNET Antennagate, aka ‘You’re holding it wrong’ (2010)The iPhone 4 employed a stylish stainless-steel frame that wrapped around the device and housed the phone’s antennas — and when gripped just right (or just wrong, as the case may be) reduced the phone’s signal strength when it shipped that June. Amid rumors of a recall and software updates, and even free phones bumpers from Apple to keep fingers off the frame and its gaps, Apple apologized and said iPhone 4 owners could return their phones if they wanted. The loneliness of iTunes Ping (2010)Ping was a social network designed to connect you to your friends and favorite musicians as part of a big iTunes update. Before its release, Apple showed Ping with hooks into Facebook, but when Ping shipped, Facebook integration had been pulled from Apple’s attempt at social networking. Without Facebook, finding your friends on Ping was challenging. And once you did find them, you often discovered their musical tastes were as bad as you feared.Wobbling MobileMe (2008)There was much to like about MobileMe, Apple’s collection of online services users could subscribe to for $99 a year. With it, you could sync your calendar and contacts. It offered online storage, Find My iPhone, a photo gallery and even an easy-enough-to-use web design tool called iWeb. Unfortunately, the service got off to a terrible start, with potential subscribers unable to sign up and then were unable to access it once they did subscribe. The service never quite recovered, and Apple replaced it a few years later with iCloud.MobileMe includes a handy web-publishing tool called iWeb. Apple iPod Hi-Fi sky-high price (2006)Intended to replace your home’s stereo system, the iPod Hi-Fi was a bulky, expensive speaker that lacked an AM/FM radio, came with a limited remote and a precariously docked an iPod on top. It sounded fine as an audio device, but potential buyers balked at its cost (at $349, it cost $50 to $200 more than competing products), its design and the inability to use it with non-Apple audio players.G4 Cube, cracks and all (2000)The striking G4 Cube. Apple The G4 Cube was arresting, housed in acrylic glass, worthy of being in a museum. The boxy Mac was also expensive, didn’t come with a monitor, required external speakers and could form cracks that marred the exterior of the Mac. It barely was around a year when Apple discounted it in 2001.Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997)An all-in-one design that seemed more oppressive than elegant, The Twentieth Anniversary Mac packed just about everything you’d want in a computer: An LCD display, FM radio and a TV tuner, a CD-ROM drive, a Bose sound system, and leather palm rests. It was also expensive, with a $7,500 price tag at launch, and didn’t quite look right. It didn’t sell, and Apple reduced its price by almost 75 percent a year later to $1,995 to clear out stock. Pippin, an all-in-one that never took off (1996)The Pippin gaming console. Apple It was going to be a gaming console, an internet appliance, a set-top box — a way for Apple to get into the living room. The Pippin, however, never caught on with buyers, software developers or the hardware makers that would license the multipurpose design. In 1997, Apple moved on.Attack of the clones (1995)For the Mac’s first decade, Apple resisted licensing the Mac OS to third-party manufacturers. But in 1995, as its market share dwindled, Apple signed up a handful of tech companies to license System 7 and manufacture and sell Macintosh clones, with the goal of growing the Mac market. The clone makers were scrappy and competitive (“You can take my Mac when you pry my cold dead fingers off the mouse!” read one Power Computing ad), but instead of growing the market, the clones mainly took sales from Apple. When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, he ended the cloning experiment for good, and Apple went back to tightly controlling its ecosystem. Copland, the star-crossed OS (1994)In the mid 1990s, the original Macintosh operating system was starting to show its age, so Apple began work on its replacement. Code-named Copland, the project would give Apple a modern system that it could use to compete against Microsoft’s Windows PCs. The Copland designs were ambitious and far ranging — it was rumored at one point that Copland would be able to run Windows apps — and for several years Apple worked to bring it all together. However, the plans for Copland were too ambitious, and Apple wasn’t able to release anything stable to developers or Mac users. In the summer of 1996, Apple management canceled the Copland project, deciding instead to release the usable bits of Copland piecemeal through updates to its existing Mac OS. The collapse of the Copland project, however, left Apple with an aging OS and no clear path going forward. Deciding that the faster way to replace the Mac operating system was to buy one instead of build it, in a “stunning move,” Apple bought NeXT Computer, the company Steve Jobs founded after leaving Apple. With the purchase of NeXT, Apple got its replacement operating system and next CEO, Steve Jobs.Newton shows the future (1993)The Apple Newton. Apple The Apple Newton — Apple CEO John Sculley’s defining project — pointed to the future of handheld devices. The pioneering personal digital assistant fit in your hand, came with task-management apps, and could recognize handwriting on its screen. It was also overpriced and suffered from various glitches, so instead of being seen as pushing the edges of technology, the PDA became an easy joke. Steve Jobs killed the Newton project when he returned to Apple but applied its lessons to the iPhone and iPad, and even reused its handwriting recognition in the MacOS.More Apple goofsCNET editors also remember these infamous issues from the distant and not-so-distant past.FaceTime bug. A glitch in Apple’s video-conferencing app allowed a caller to eavesdrop on a conversation on the other end before the recipient answered (2019).Butterfly switch keyboards. A keyboard flaw caused keys to stick or otherwise not work as expected on some 2015 to 2017 MacBook models (2015).Magic Mouse 2 charging port position. You needed to flip over Apple’s wireless mouse to recharge it, making it unusable while powering up (2015).Misplaced iPhone 4. Even before Antennagate the iPhone 4 was off to a rocky start, with an Apple worker accidentally leaving a prototype at a bar, which eventually found its way into the hands of Engadget (2010).Apple USB mouse caused repetitive stress. The translucent hockey-puck mouse looked great, especially when attached to the first colorful iMacs. It was also miserable to use (1998).Overpriced Macintosh TV. Apple’s first attempt at embracing television was too expensive and had too many design compromises to succeed (1993).The late and expensive Apple Lisa. It was groundbreaking inside and out, but the much-delayed Apple Lisa was overpriced and was eclipsed by the Mac when it shipped a year later (1983).Apple III, delayed and problematic. Meant to build on the success of the Apple II, the Apple III was instead Apple’s first serious flop (1980). Now playing: Watch this: See It $999 Boost Mobile $999 Steve Jobs Apple Apple iPhone XS But once in a while — as with the AirPower charging mat — the company stumbles with a product design or launch. Here are 15 times Apple probably wished it had a do-over.Apple did not respond to a request for comment.Apple cancels AirPower wireless charger before its release (2019)Announced in 2017, Apple’s wireless charging mat was designed to charge iPhones, Apple Watches and AirPods simultaneously, and the devices could communicate to ensure everything was charging efficiently. But the ambitious power mat missed its 2018 release date, and late last Friday Apple announced it was canceling the project.(If you’ve been waiting for AirPower, check out these alternative charging pads you can buy.)The AirPower, in action. Apple iPhone batteries, throttled; and MacBook batteries, exploding (2017)Following reports of older iPhones becoming unusually sluggish, Apple admitted it was slowing down older iPhones to conserve battery life. iPhone owners were, hmmm, displeased to learn that Apple had made that decision without their knowledge and consent. As a way to make good, Apple offers to replace affected batteries for $29.99, swapping in 11 million new batteries by the end of 2018. Along with iPhone batteries, Apple has had, over time, to deal with scattered reports of exploding batteries in MacBooks and Powerbooks.Bendgate warps iPhone 6’s upright reputation (2014)Shortly after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus shipped in late September 2014, YouTube seemed full of iPhone owners bending their Apple devices. It was shocking, and you couldn’t look away. Apple claimed only a handful of iPhone owner had flawed and bendable devices, but said it would replace phones that showed manufacturing defects. For a year or two after, the over-bendability of a new phone was a concern.The iPhone 6, under stress. Angela Lang/CNET iTunes spammed you with U2 (2014)To promote U2’s new album, Apple pushed the supergroup’s Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes libraries for free. Instead of thanking Apple and U2 frontman Bono for the gift, many felt imposed upon at best, or violated at worst. Stores that were counting on album sales became upset, as were other musicians who believe people should pay for music, not expect it for free. Then there was a good chunk of Apple’s 500 million customers, who felt Apple spammed them with an album they didn’t want or consent to.Apple Maps’ growing pains (2012)Designed to replace the preloaded Google Maps on iPhones, Apple Maps came as the default map app for iPhone and iPad in 2012. Unfortunately, Apple Maps also came with a collection of serious issues, from faulty directions to oddly distorted images. 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Banjara Hills: Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and ex-Governor of Tamil Nadu K Rosaiah heaped praises on artistes and media personnel for defying all odds and never-give-up spirit against the stream. He was the chief guest at the award distribution ceremony organised by Yuvakalavahini, a four-and-a-half-decades cultural organisation here at Prasad Labs on Monday. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us He presented the ‘Pride of Indian Cinema’ award to the veteran actress Sowcar Janaki, along with lifetime achievement awards to cine producer S Gopal Reddy and singer G Anand. Veteran actress Jamuna said Sowcar Janaki has been her role model throughout her career. She was surprised to see Janaki in her 80’s was still active in her career.Along with the major awards, Yuvakalavahini presented awards for TV and media personnel for their contribution. Dr Mohd Rafi, convenor of the award committee, explained the reasons behind selecting the people from various backgrounds. “TV serials now-a-days are competing with high budget films and the actors have become familiar in every household,” he said the importance of the media. “Though there is a hardcore criticism against media, there are still journalists who are rooted to their moors and still abide by their commitment. We want to felicitate them for their noble endevours,” Rafi said. A documentary about Sowcar Janaki were screened before the commencement of the event. Veteran actors Jamuna, Geethanjali, film directors Relangi Narasimha Rao, Muthyala Subbaiah, film producer N Anuradhadevi, Sealwell Corporation head Bandaru Subbarao, Prasad Film Labs head A Ramesh Prasad, writer Krishnakumari and others were present.
Nalgonda: District Congress Committee (DCC) president Shankar Naik stated that people are vexed with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government and dictator rule of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for the past five years. He along with other Congress leaders hoisted national flag at the residence of Bhongir MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy in Nalgonda. Speaking to media, he said the Congress party played a key role in leading the people during the freedom struggle and did lot of contributions for the development of country after it got freedom from the British rule. He explained the sacrifices of Gandhi family in the interests of nation. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us He called upon party leaders and cadre to get ready for another struggle like freedom movement to drive away anti people party like the TRS from the State. He urged the party cadre to strive hard to win the forthcoming Municipal elections to bring the lost glory of party and pave path to come to power in both State and Central in next general elections. ZPTC Vanguri Laxmaiah, party town president Gummala Mohan Reddy and other leaders also participated in the event.
Students protest, holding signs.Three teachers at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science charter school who claimed they were about to be terminated because they wanted to teach more Black history, resigned officially on Jan. 27.The school’s board of directors issued a statement verifying the resignations, but they denied the allegations that the teachers were blocked from teaching Black history.“The teaching of African and African-American history and culture was not a factor in the acceptance of the resignations. This curriculum includes a content strand centered on an enduring understanding of African cultural systems,” the statement read.The board also defended the school’s chief academic officer Angelicque Blackmon, who has been criticized for how she has handled the controversy. Blackmon, who was “recruited to Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science through a national search, has a long track record of engaging African American students and teachers in culturally responsive STEM education.”Adilah Bilal, president of Parents in Action, a parent group at the school, told the Washington Post the social studies teachers had told the group they were planning to resign. The teachers, she said, were upset the administration stymied their efforts to include more African history in a curriculum that focuses heavily on Greek and Roman history.Bilal said parents had planned to engage a mediator to help hammer out a solution, but before they could, the teachers were given termination papers in front of students, making them leave in the middle of the school day.On Feb. 2, about two dozen of the 300 students at the middle school walked out in protest, waving pan-African flags and holding signs. Some shared a list of demands, including “new social studies teachers … who will be treated with respect” and that the school “stop tracking students for school to prison pipeline,” according to NPR.
One more such award went to writer Dr Kusum Ansal. Ansal was felicitated with the prestigious Women of Substance award at the Kamani auditorium on Wednesday. Ansal was recognised for her outstanding contribution in the field of Indian literature. She was conferred with the award for her exceptional work that includes books like Beyond Silence and Widows of Vrindavan.Beyond Silence, her first novel, depicts the story of Indians in South Africa. It is a tribute to those who revolted against racial discrimination in the country. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dr Ansal has written about 25 books which include novels, short stories, poems and travelogues. One of her novels, Ek Aur Panchvati, has been adapted into a film Panchvati by Dr Basu Bhattacharya, with Suresh Oberoi, Deepti Naval and Farooq Sheikh as the lead actors. A couple of her novels have also been adopted into TV serials and three of her stories have been adapted into plays by Faizal Alkazi and others.Her books have been translated into Punjabi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Greek, Russian and French. Besides Hindi and English, she writes in Punjabi too.Apart from Ansal, a team of other women achievers were also felicitated. The cultural evening also saw a dance performance by yesteryear actress Vyjayantimala Bali. Her dance performance left the audience spellbound and was the perfect amalgamation of dance and soul.