first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a petition challenging s Bombay High Court judgment, allowing reservations for Marathas in jobs and educational institution. The matter will come up for hearing on Friday. The Bombay High Court in June upheld the validity of reservations in education and government jobs granted to the Maratha community under the Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) category but reduced the quantum from 16 per cent. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Bringing down the quota from the proposed 16 per cent to 12 per cent in education and 13 per cent in jobs, it observed that the higher quota was “not justifiable”. A Division Bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre also said that the government was entitled to create a separate category for SEBCs and grant them reservations. The verdict came on a bunch of petitions challenging the state government’s November 2018 decision granting 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community under the SEBC category. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC In his initial reaction, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis welcomed the court verdict and indicated that the new quota percentages recommended were acceptable to the government. Vijayalaxmi Khopade, the lawyer for one of the petitioners, said the court also endorsed the report of the nine-member M.G. Gaikwad Commission classifying the Marathas as a “Socially and Educationally Backward Class”. The judges said the reservations proposed by the Maharashtra government were based on justifiable data submitted by the Backward Class Commission, Khopade had told IANS.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing 10 per cent of its Sam’s Club warehouse stores — a move that a union-backed group estimated could cost thousands of jobs — on the same day the company announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses.The world’s largest private employer said it was closing 63 of its 660 Sam’s Clubs over the next few weeks, with some shut already. Up to 12 are being converted into distribution centres to handle online orders, the company said late Thursday.It did not disclose how many people would lose their jobs, but said some workers may be placed at other Walmart locations. Making Change at Walmart, a campaign backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, estimates that 150 to 160 people work at each Sam’s Club store, meaning the closures could affect about 10,000 people.Lauren Fitz, 22, said she was at her other job as a church secretary when a colleague texted to say that the Sam’s Club where they both worked in Loveland, Ohio, had closed. Fitz had been pleased earlier to read the news that Walmart was boosting starting salaries and offering bonuses.“I thought, ‘This is really cool.’ And then to find out that my store is closing,” said Fitz, who said she had worked as a sales associate in the jewelry department for two months. At home, she got a call from her manager and had a letter in the mail saying the store had closed and she could seek employment at another Sam’s Club or Walmart store.“It was very sudden and very shocking,” Fitz said. “I don’t think our managers had any inkling yesterday. It was a normal shift.”On Twitter, Sam’s Club responded to people’s queries by saying, “After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy.”Local news reports said Sam’s Clubs stores were closing in Texas, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana and Alaska, among other states.Earlier in the day, Walmart had cited the sweeping Republican tax overhaul that will save it money in announcing the higher hourly wages, one-time bonuses and expanded parental benefits that will affect more than a million hourly workers in the U.S.President Donald Trump cheered the announcement with a tweet, saying, “Great news, as a result of our TAX CUTS & JOBS ACT!” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said she would not comment on the Sam’s Club closings but that the wage increases were a sign that the tax measures “are having the impact that we had hoped.”Walmart representatives did not respond to a question about the timing of the dual developments.“This is nothing but another public relations stunt from Walmart to distract from the reality that they are laying off thousands of workers,” said Randy Parraz, a director of Making Change at Walmart.Rising wages reflect a generally tight labour market. The conversion of stores to e-commerce sites also illustrates how companies are trying to leverage their store locations to better compete against Amazon as shopping moves online.Walmart announced years ago that it would actively manage its store portfolio as it strives to put a dent in Amazon’s dominance online. With Thursday’s closing, that strategy is now extending to Sam’s Club.Online retailers typically pay warehouse employees who pack and ship orders more than store jobs pay. Job postings at an Amazon warehouse in Ohio, for example, offer a starting pay of $14.50 an hour.“This is about the evolution of retail,” said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute. “The rise of e-commerce is leading to higher wages.”Large employers also have been under pressure to boost benefits for workers because unemployment rates are at historic lows, allowing job seekers to be pickier.But the low unemployment has meant that retailers have had trouble attracting and keeping talented workers, experts said. Walmart employees previously started at $9 an hour, with a rise to $10 after completing a training program. Target had raised its minimum hourly wage to $11 in October, and said it would raise wages to $15 by the end of 2020.“They raised the minimum wage because they have to,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said about Walmart. “The labour market is tight and getting tighter.”While many department store chains such as Macy’s and Sears are struggling, retailers as a whole are still trying to hire. The retail industry is seeking to fill 711,000 open jobs, the highest on records dating back to 2001, according to government data. The longer those jobs go unfilled, the greater pressure on employers to offer higher wages.Walmart, which reported annual revenue of nearly $486 billion in the most recent fiscal year, said the wage increases will cost it an additional $300 million in the next fiscal year. The bonuses will cost it about $400 million in this fiscal year, which ends on Jan. 31.It joins dozens of companies including American Airlines and Bank of America that have announced worker bonuses following the passage of the Republican tax plan that slashed the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent. “Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S.,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Thursday.The company said the wage increase benefits all hourly U.S. workers at its stores, including Sam’s Club, as well as hourly employees at its websites, distribution centres and its Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters. A one-time bonus will be given to those Walmart employees who won’t receive a pay raise. The amount, between $200 and $1,000, depends on how long they worked at the company. Walmart said those being laid off at Sam’s Club will still receive a bonus.In all, Walmart employs 2.3 million people around the world, 1.5 million of which are in the U.S.Walmart also announced that full-time hourly U.S. employees can get 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave. Before, full-time hourly workers received 50 per cent of their pay for leave. Salaried employees, who already had 10 weeks paid maternity leave, will receive more paid parental leave.For the first time, Walmart also promised to help with adoptions, offering full-time hourly and salaried workers $5,000 per child that can be used for expenses such as adoption agency fees, translation fees and legal or court costs.___AP Business writers Michelle Chapman in Newark, New Jersey; Chris Rugaber in Washington, D.C.; and Joyce M. Rosenberg in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more

Rabat – While some congratulated and felt inspired by Yasmine Ouirhrane becoming this year’s Young European of the Year as a Muslim woman, others were too focused on her headscarf to notice her success, including Marine Le Pen.Yasmine Ouirhrane, 23, won Schwarzkopf Foundation’s 2019 European of the Year prize dedicated to young Europeans “who have worked in an honorary capacity towards the understanding between people or integration of Europe.”The fact that Ouirhrane is a veiled Muslim woman born to a Moroccan immigrant father and Italian mother did not please anti-Islamists or those against the “Islamisation of Europe.” The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen criticized the decision to award Ouirhrane, referring to the next elections to the European Parliament in France which will be held on 26 May 2019.She tweeted: “The European Union assumes its choices. On May 26, you’re the ones who will have to choose! For us, the promotion of radical Islam is a NO!”L’Union européenne assume ses choix. Le 26 mai, c’est vous qui devrez choisir ! Pour nous, la promotion de l’islam radical c’est NON !! MLP#OnArrive— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) March 6, 2019French politician and former journalist Robert Menard, the founder of Reporters without Borders (RSF) was not happy with the foundation’s decision to award  Ouirhrane.He tweeted on March 4: “Here is the young European model to the EU Parliament. Will the next one be behind a burqa?”Voilà la jeune européenne modèle pour le parlement de l’UE. La prochaine sera-t-elle derrière une burqa intégrale ?— Robert Ménard (@RobertMenardFR) March 4, 2019Many Twitter users replied to Menard’s statement, some of them saying that he failed to see the real picture.Nicolas Cadene, the General Rapporteur of the National Observatory of Secularism in France, also tweeted in responde to Menard saying: “you only see the headscarf. Yasmine is first and foremost a student who lives between France and Italy, speaks 5 languages, and works for social integration, empowerment of immigrants’ children, and fights against extremism.”Vous ne voyez que le foulard. @yasmineojay, c’est d’abord 1 étudiante de @ScPoBx vivant en France et en Italie, parlant 5 langues, dont l’action pour l’inclusion sociale, l’autonomisation des enfants d’immigrés, et pour la lutte contre l’extrémisme est reconnue de tous#StopHaine— Nicolas Cadène (@ncadene) March 6, 2019Ouirhrane speaks Italian, French, Arabic, English, and Spanish and has broad experience with the United Nations and other organizations empowering underprivileged youth and women and promoting education.She studied international relations at Sciences Po Bordeaux in Pessac, France and is an is an expert in peace and security at the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub, a multi-stakeholder initiative.She also works as an advocacy member at United Network of Young Peacebuilders, who led a delegation of 20 underprivileged students to attend the European Youth Event 2018. Ouirhrane also helped organize the European Youth Forum’s 2018 YOFest in Strasbourg. read more

Hilde F. Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, told a news conference in the capital, Juba, that President Salva Kiir’s address on behalf of the newest Member State was “the right message at the right time.”She said it included a commitment by the county to peaceful relations with Sudan, from which it gained independence in a UN-backed referendum earlier this year, as well as to establish a solid foundation for the new nation, based on political pluralism, good governance, transparency and accountability.“We need to remember that the eyes of the world now are on South Sudan,” said Ms. Johnson. “The management of these critical processes and the political milestones will be important for South Sudan’s standing internationally.”She commended the President for the steps he is taking in particular to end impunity against financial misconduct and to promote transparency and accountability. “It is unacceptable when money devoted to developing the new and independent South Sudan ends [up] in private pockets and foreign accounts,” she said. “Investigation and prosecution against those involved is a precondition for South Sudan to succeed in building a new, strong and stable nation.”Turning to security, Ms. Johnson noted that UNMISS has been supporting the Government in preventing a further escalation of communal violence, particularly in Jonglei state, where at least 600 people lost their lives in ethnic clashes last month.The fighting in Jonglei between the Murle and Lou Nuer communities followed large-scale cattle raids by members of the two groups which led to the theft of between 26,000 and 30,000 cattle.In the wake of the violence, UNMISS promptly deployed peacekeeping troops to defuse tensions and act as a deterrent. It also facilitated visits by religious leaders for conflict mitigation, and carried out “robust” ground and air patrols across the state on a daily basis, said Ms. Johnson.“What we are doing now is stop-gap measures and trying to get processes in place that can help resolve the issues over time,” said the Special Representative. “But it is only through a comprehensive, multi-pronged strategy that stability and peace in Jonglei can really happen.”To assist the Government carry out its security responsibilities, UNMISS will help to transform the South Sudan Police Service (SSPS) and to strengthen its institutional capacity.The UN has already begun training the country’s police officers in crime awareness and investigation. Earlier this week, UN agencies began a two-week course for 40 officers in Juba on issues such as identifying and investigating crime and reporting cases. The training is a partnership between UNMISS, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The latter is also developing a document on police reforms in South Sudan.Regarding the police force, Ms. Johnson highlighted the need for respect for human rights and training in human rights standards, noting there have been several cases of people reportedly being arrested, detained and beaten up. A major challenge in this area, she said, is the fact that almost 80 per cent of the police force is illiterate. “To educate illiterate police in human rights standards is not easy, but we are going to look at creative ways of being able to do so.” 28 September 2011The world will be watching to see that the commitments expressed by South Sudan’s leader last week before the General Assembly are translated into action, from the way the country manages its security and respects human rights to promoting transparency and good governance, the United Nations envoy to the country said today. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached a final agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that could settle a dispute over its $20.1 billion acquisition of the Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo.The world’s largest brewer has been trying since June to buy the half of Grupo Modelo that it doesn’t already own. The Justice Department sued to block the deal out of concern that a company that massive would stifle competition in the U.S.The companies involved in a complicated series of deals surrounding the acquisition have negotiated for months with Justice officials to try and clear the way. They submitted an agreement Friday to the court and if approved, it is expected to close in June.AB InBev originally sought to get access to all of Modelo’s business U.S. and abroad. But in an effort to appease regulators that blocked the deal, AB InBev later struck a side deal that gives control of the production of Corona and other Modelo beers sold in the U.S. to a competitor, Constellation Brands Inc.The agreement announced Friday is similar to the modified deal, but instead requires the sale of Modelo’s entire U.S. business to Constellation.That would give Constellation not just the licenses of Modelo brand beers in the U.S., but also brewing capabilities so that it is not relying on AB InBev at all. The agreement also requires the sale of AB InBev’s stake in a joint venture agreement and other assets, rights and interests so that Constellation can compete in the U.S. beer market independent of AB InBev.“This is a win for the $80 billion U.S. beer market and consumers,” said Bill Baer, assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ’s antitrust division. “If this settlement makes just a one per cent difference in prices, U.S. consumers will save almost $1 billion a year.”Baer said the deal as originally presented was potentially transformative in a bad way for consumers, but this agreement creates an independent owner of Modelo brands in the U.S. that will be positioned to provide consumers with more brands at competitive prices.Constellation will effectively replace Modelo as a competitor in the U.S. selling its Corona and other brands domestically.The company, based in Victor, N.Y., expects the deal will double its sales and solidify its place in the U.S. beer market.The settlement also will benefit AB InBev, based in Belgium, which will still add Modelo brands globally to its already expansive portfolio of beers that includes Budweiser, Stella Artois and others.The beer industry has always been fiercely competitive, but brewers have come under incredible pressure since the global downturn.Unemployment hit young men more than other populations and that took a toll on sales, as they represent beer maker’s key market.Domestic beer production, a key indicator of market activity, increased 1 per cent in 2012 after falling for three straight years, according to industry group the Beer Institute. Production hit nearly 194 billion barrels in 2012 but that is still down more than 4 per cent from 198.4 billion barrels produced in 2007.Anheuser-Busch earlier this year said profits fell nearly 5 per cent in the final quarter of 2012, and it forecast weak first-quarter sales for this year. The company posts results for the current quarter at the end of the month.Shares of AB InBev increased $1.27 to $98.84 by early afternoon. Constellation Brands shares increased 86 cents, nearly 2 per cent, to $48.20. by Sarah Skidmore, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 11:16 am MDT Anheuser-Busch InBev, DOJ and other beer makers reach deal on Modelo acquisition read more

first_imgShe’s paid respect to Cyrus in interviews, but told Complex magazine that she’s “not comfortable being sexy and dressing sexy – I don’t see myself ever becoming a sex symbol.”She’s worked with a Swedish super-producerGrande’s music career has been given a massive boost by her collaboration with Max Martin.The Swedish producer and songwriter is responsible for huge worldwide hits including Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl and Teenage Dream, Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together and I Knew You Were Trouble, Britney’s breakthrough single …Baby One More Time and Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way. Grande as Cat Valentine in Victorious Although Victorious left critics unimpressed, the show was one of Nickelodeon’s most popular, winning ratings of nearly six million when it first aired.It ended its run in 2013 but the young viewers wanted more, and Grande continued to play Valentine in a spin-off, Sam & Cat, another farcical sitcom in which two teenage girls become improbable roommates and run a babysitting business.Grande’s appeal among the under-13s and musical background led to an early, unsuccessful attempt at a singing career in 2011, with the release of pop single Put Your Hearts Up, which Grande has since poked fun at. Grande in the music video for Put Your Hearts Up Frankie Grande in 2016 On Monday night, 22 people were killed and at least 59 injured in a terrorist attack on Manchester.Police say a suicide bomber caused an explosion outside the city’s Manchester Arena, as thousands of people poured out of the venue after a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande.Who is Ariana Grande?Twenty-three-year-old Grande has been in showbusiness since her teens. Raised in Florida, she first appeared on Broadway in 2008.Two years later, when she was 17, she was cast as the ditsy Cat Valentine in Nickelodeon’s Emmy-nominated Victorious, which followed the hallway antics of Hollywood stage school students. Her brother inspired her showbiz careerHer older brother Frankie, 34, is an actor who has performed in ABBA musical Mamma Mia! on Broadway, and recently took part in the US version of Big Brother. Music producer Max Martin at the Grammy awards More recently, her third album Dangerous Woman reached number one in the UK chart last year. Although now better known as a singer than an actress, Grande made a return to television in 2015, with a supporting role in Fox’s horror comedy Scream Queens. She is a veganGrande is a strict vegan, and mostly subscribes to a raw food diet. “I vacillate between being raw and not-raw vegan,” she told the Telegraph in 2014. “Do I feel healthier? It’s the way to go, I have to say.” Nearly 40 of Martin’s songs have sold more than a million copies.Martin is responsible for the catchy horn riffs on Problem, which harks back to Nineties’ RnB – aside from Azalea’s reference to Jay-Z’s 99 Problems – with a big, octave-spanning verse and a whispered chorus.In support of all this Grande is a genuine vocal talent: her sugary-sweet voice spans four octaves and has been compared to Mariah Carey.It’s a voice that her producer, Kenneth Edmonds, who has worked with TLC and Beyoncé, describes as “one of those feel-good voices we haven’t heard in a long time”. “I adored and worshipped my brother, Frankie, as a little girl – everything he did was cool,” she told the Telegraph.”He’s 10 years older than me – he would kill me for saying that! But once Frankie got into acting in musical theatre and dancing, I was like, ‘OK, I guess that’s the cool thing now, so let’s investigate and watch old musicals.’ “My friends and I were huge musical-theatre geeks and we would go back and forth to New York whenever we had free weekends.”What’s her appeal?Many TV stars in the US have had successful pop careers, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Selena Gomez; Grande has followed in their footsteps.Not only does she have an enormous fanbase from her Nickelodeon days, but, like One Direction, her young fans know how to marshall social media to share their appreciation.Grande has nearly 50 million followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Even her dogs (Ophelia, Toulouse and Coco) have their own Instagram account, with more than 90,000 followers.center_img Grande as Cat Valentine in Victorious Show more Her online following shows the gap in the market for a fresh-faced popstar like Grande. The teen singers who proceeded her, such as Spears, Aguilera and Miley Cyrus, have grown up to try and connect with older audiences. Grande, meanwhile, maintained a relatively innocent image after making the transition into pop. Grande in the music video for Put Your Hearts Up Frankie Grande in 2016 She went on to sing on the third soundtrack for Victorious with her co-star Victoria Justice, and in 2012 performed a duet with Mika on his single Popular Song.But it wasn’t until 2013 that Grande’s pop career really took off in earnest. Bouncy nu-soul duet, The Way, which Grande recorded with American rapper Mac Miller, trumped both Justin Timberlake and One Direction’s sales figures in March, before her debut album Truly Yours reached the top 10 in nine countries, and number one in America.Problem, her 2014 breakthrough single, went to number one in the UK and number two in the US, making Grande a familiar name on both sides of the Atlantic. Music producer Max Martin at the Grammy awards The track was accompanied by a video in which she strolled around a chintzy vintage American town in a prom dress. It was an image which Grande told Rolling Stone was “straight out of hell”. 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.last_img read more

first_imgI am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world.Rob Delaney The actor previously said it would be bad parenting for him to return to the US, praising London, the BBC and the NHS in the UK Credit:Ian West/PA “The NHS nurses and doctors and the home carers and charity workers who helped our family survive Henry’s illness will be my heroes until the day I die. I am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world.”Thank you, beautiful Henry, for spending as much time with us as you did. We miss you so much,” Delaney added.Last year the US star, who lives in London, said it would be “bad parenting” if he moved back to the States with his children in the current political climate. “Our family would be in much worse shape right now if it weren’t for them. I would also urge you to take concrete and sustained action to support the NHS, however you can. Do not take it for granted. “I am astonished by the love-in-action displayed by Henry’s mom and his brothers.”They are why I will endeavour to not go mad with grief. I don’t want to miss out on their beautiful lives. I’m greedy for more experiences with them.”Delaney called Henry a “joy” and praised the NHS nurses and doctors, home carers and charity workers who helped during his illness.”He was smart, funny, and mischievous and we had so many wonderful adventures together, particularly after he’d moved home following fifteen months living in hospitals,” he added.He said he was “desperately sad” and urged people to help other families in the UK with sick children by supporting the Rainbow Trust or Noah’s Ark organisations. He said he was concerned about US President Donald Trump’s stance on healthcare, and will not return.”In the United States of America you could be denied healthcare if you have a pre-existing condition, which can literally include ‘has had a child’,” Delaney told the Radio Times.”It would be bad parenting for me to bring children back to that country.”He said: “I’m crazy about London, I love it so much. I love the NHS. I love the BBC. I love the Tube. I love the bus. I love tea. I love bacon sandwiches, I really do.” The actor previously said it would be bad parenting for him to return to the US, praising London, the BBC and the NHS in the UK  Catastrophe star Rob Delaney has revealed his two-year-old son Henry has died.The actor and writer, 41, said his family were devastated following the toddler’s death from cancer in January in a lengthy statement on Facebook.Henry had surgery and treatment to remove a brain tumour shortly after turning one in 2016 before the cancer returned last autumn.He had been left with significant physical disabilities by the tumour, Delaney said, but had “quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum”.”His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound,” he added. 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.last_img read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Stephen McDermott Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 2:02 PM Gardaí renew appeal for witnesses as Drogheda shooting victim remains in critical condition A man in his 30s was shot in a possible gangland-related incident yesterday. 8,535 Views Image: PA Images 3 Comments Feb 27th 2019, 2:02 PM Image: PA Images GARDAÍ IN LOUTH have issued a renewed appeal for witnesses to what investigators believe was a gangland-related shooting in Drogheda yesterday afternoon.A man in his 30s remains in a critical condition at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital after being shot at around 3.15pm at The M1 Retail Park in Mell.He was injured while sitting in the passenger seat of a white Vauxhall Astra with a 12 LH registration, which he got into after leaving a shop in the park moments beforehand.There were a number of young families in the area and the retail park was busy at the time, informed sources have said.Gardaí believe the suspected perpetrators left the scene in a black Volkswagen Passat with the registration 132 D 18498, which was later found burnt out at a car park at Seapoint, Co Louth at 7.15pm.Investigators have asked witnesses or anyone with information to contact the incident room at Drogheda Garda Station on 041- 9874200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.They are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who was present in the M1 retail park between 12.30pm and 3.30pm and may have seen the cars mentioned.Gardaí also urged anyone with mobile phone or dash cam footage and those who were in the Seapoint car park between 3.30pm and 7.15pm yesterday to come forward.With reporting from Garreth MacNamee. Share7 Tweet Email1 Short URLlast_img read more

first_imgBlackberry Messenger bientôt sur Android et iPhone ?RIM, le constructeur canadien de Blackberry, compte étendre son service Blackberry Messenger (BBM) aux smartphones fonctionnant sous Android et à l’iPhone.Une des spécificités des Blackberry risque de ne plus en être une très bientôt. Selon le blog BoyGeniusReports, RIM pense à étendre le service de messagerie instantanée propre à ses smartphones, Blackberry Messenger (BBM), aux appareils fonctionnant sous Android et à l’iPhone. Un changement de stratégie qui correspond à l’arrivée de nouveaux concurrents, tels que What’sApp et Kik. Soucieux de récupérer sa première place sur ce secteur, RIM voudrait donc étendre BBM à d’autres terminaux mobiles. Mais le pari semble risqué, certains acheteurs de Blackberry privilégiant la marque canadienne uniquement pour ce service. Avec une concurrence qui semble avoir une bonne longueur d’avance technique sur le tactile, étendre cette spécificité pourrait donc bien coûter cher à Blackberry. Le 4 mars 2011 à 11:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgA bill to transfer ownership of Pearson Air Museum from the National Park Service to the city of Vancouver has passed through the House Natural Resources Committee and will head to the House floor.On Wednesday morning the markup committee voted 20-14 to move HR 716 forward.Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat, had planned to introduce three amendments at the markup aimed at giving the city, the Fort Vancouver National Trust and the Park Service more time to come to a cooperative agreement about how to manage the museum.He withdrew them after saying he had been told meetings between the agencies were taking place.“The legislation should not have been necessary,” Grijalva said.Grijalva also voted against the bill because “I think more time would have been helpful,” he said.Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee, expressed his support for the bill at the markup, noting that the legislation “represents an abject failure of the National Park Service to work with a local partner.”He entered letters from the city and the trust into the record. Bishop voted in favor of the bill.HR 716 was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, on Feb. 14 after negotiations on a management agreement for the site broke down between the Park Service, the city of Vancouver and the trust, which had managed the museum for the city since 2005.Herrera Beutler said she was happy to see the legislation move forward.“On one hand, I’m glad that our bill to restore Pearson Air Museum is quickly moving forward in the U.S. House,” Herrera Beutler said in a news release. “Yet, I continue to hope that the Park Service will take a cue from the strong support that’s building in Congress and agree to a solution that is acceptable to our community.”last_img read more

first_imgThe borough Solid Waste Division will close a North Pole transfer site, at 2740 Old Richardson Highway, at noon Wednesday and reopen it at 7 a.m. Thursday after a cleanup and with greater on-site management. (Photo: PDC Engineers)Fairbanks North Star Borough officials plan to clean up a North Pole transfer site the same way they cleaned up the Farmer’s Loop East Transfer Site last month. They plan close the North Pole facility Wednesday and reopen it Thursday with Solid Waste staff on-site to survey users and prevent unsafe or illegal activity.Listen nowSolid Waste Director Bob Jordan said borough staff have been getting complaints from people who use the North Pole Transfer Site at 2740 Old Richardson Highway that sounded a lot what they heard a few months ago about another transfer site at the east end of Farmer’s Loop Road.“Individuals spray-painting the containers. A lot of drug activities, finding a lot of needles strewn all over the place. Unauthorized, abandoned vehicles left at these transfer sites,” Jordan said. “And also just some general safety concerns.”Jordan said those problems convinced borough officials to the same thing they did with the previously problem-plagued Farmers Loop Site: close it temporarily, clean it up, and reopen it with new hours.“The transfer site will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, all the way through ’til Friday, July 28th,” Jordan said.During that trial period, the borough will assign a staffer to work at the site to keep it neat, answer questions – and ask a few questions of their own. Others will help with on-site work, including workers with Alaska Waste, the borough’s solid-waste contractor, and the Fairbanks Youth Litter Patrol.“We’ll be taking surveys again, and any other types of comments and feedback from users,” Jordan said. Respondents will be directed to an online survey site.Jordan said the on-site staffer also will keep an eye out for the kinds of illegal and unsafe activities that have been going on at the site.“Just the presence of someone there seems to elicit much-improved behavior from our residents,” Jordan said.Jordan said the borough may extend the trial period, if it gets a lot of positive feedback on the arrangement from users. He concedes it’ll cost money. Borough officials last month decided to keep a staffer at the Farmers Loop site for 90 additional days, at a cost of around $20,000.Jordan said the borough spends a million dollars annually to clean up trashed transfer sites. And he said having a staffer on-site, even temporarily, should help reduce those costs.last_img read more

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:23 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share State of TexasTexas Attorney General Ken PaxtonThe Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday filed civil fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The charges stem from Paxton’s position on the board of directors of a high-tech startup while he was serving as a state legislator.The SEC charges that, in 2011, Paxton reached an agreement with Servergy Inc.’s then-CEO William E. Mapp III to promote the company to prospective investors. Paxton raised $840,000 in investor funds in return for 100,000 shares of stock. According to the complaint, Paxton never disclosed his commissions to prospective investors while recruiting them.“I think there are two principal possibilities here,” says Bruce McGovern, vice president and associate dean at South Texas College of Law. “One is that Mr. Paxton, if found to actually [have] committed the asserted acts, will have to pay back amounts that he received and possibly some penalties as well, and the second major possibility here is of damage to his reputation, given the nature of the charges involved.”Paxton is already under felony state charges related to his dealings with Servergy.“As with that criminal matter, Mr. Paxton vehemently denies the allegations in the civil lawsuit and he looks forward not only to all of the facts coming out, but also to establishing his innocence in both the civil and criminal matters,” says Paxton’s attorney Bill Mateja of the Polsinelli firm.Paxton has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges. You can read more on the SEC charges below. Xlast_img read more

first_imgWhatsapp co-founder Jan Koum confirmed Monday that he is leaving the company. The confirmation came after the Washington Post reported earlier Monday that Koum was getting ready to leave over disagreements over the company’s direction and issues like encryption.Koum didn’t make any mention of those disagreements when announcing his departure, and instead simply said that it ws time to move on after having worked on Whatsapp for close to a decade. “I’m leaving at a time when people are using WhatsApp in more ways than I could have imagined,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “The team is stronger than ever and it’ll continue to do amazing things.”Zuckerberg thanked Koum in a comment to this post, writing: “I will miss working so closely with you. I’m grateful for everything you’d done to help connect the world, and for everything you’ve taught me, including about encryption and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people’s hands. Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp.” That emphasis on encryption is notable, and in stark contrast to the Washington Post’s report. The paper reported Monday that Koum had clashed with other Facebook executives over Whatsapp’s use of encryption as well as plans to monetize the messaging app. Whatsapp introduced strong end-to-end encryption in 2016, which makes it impossible for anyone, including Facebook itself, to eavesdrop on any messages exchanged on the platform.The Post also reported that Koum and other Facebook executives disagreed over ways to monetize Whatsapp. The messaging app has become one of Facebook’s most popular services ever since the company acquired it for $19 billion in 2014.Whatsapp had 1.5 billion monthly active users at the end of 2017, and users were sending 60 billion messages every single day. During last week’s earnings report, Zuckerberg highlighted the fact out of all Facebook apps, Stories have been the most popular on Whatsapp.Koum’s departure comes just a day before Facebook’s annual f8 developer conference, where the company is looking to move beyond the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the associated privacy backlash. This announcement might just make those efforts a bit harder — especially since it brings back memories of Whatsapp co-founder Brian Acton and his departure from the company.Acton left Facebook in September. In February, he invested $50 into the encrypted messaging app Signal, which in many ways directly competes with Whatsapp. And in March, Acton told his Twitter followers that they should delete their Facebook accounts. 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

first_img © 2010 OLED Displays on Flexible Metallic Substrates Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — Flexible and translucent organic displays have been developed by TDK for use in “bendable” mobile phones and other gadgets, and the bendable display is expected to go into mass production by the end of 2011. Citation: Flexible and transparent OLEDs from TDK (w/ Video) (2010, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The displays, developed by TDK, use organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology, which means very low power use because they are self illuminating. Having no back light enables the displays to be ultra thin (at 0.3 mm), but TDK’s flexible display is also super light because it is manufactured using a film substrate rather than metal or glass.The resolution of the flexible screen is currently 256 x 64, and it can be up to 10 cm tall and installed on curved surfaces of less than 25 mm radius. Being flexible would make the display more resistant to cracks or breakages. Image credit: Tech on. The translucent display is 320 x 240 resolution, 50 percent translucent, and up to 10 cm tall. The display uses one-way light emission, meaning the user of the device is able to see the text or images displayed, but people on the other side cannot because the light output is set to the direction of the text, although they can see through the display. The translucent display uses a glass substrate, but a film transparent display is planned for 2012.Several other companies have previously demonstrated flexible screens, such as Sony, but TDK’s flexible display is expected to be in mass production by the end of next year, making it the first to actually reach market. The translucent screen is already being mass produced.The OLEDs were unveiled at the Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC) 2010 in Tokyo, Japan yesterday.last_img read more

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists face weeks of disruption in a town centre as roadworks pave the way for the opening of a new civic centre. Highways improvements began this week along the A527 Barracks Road, in Newcastle, with one lane of the ring road being coned off. It is enabling a new access to be created to Castle House, the £15.4 million building that is set to become home to Newcastle Borough Council’s HQ and a range of other services. It will include space for Staffordshire County Council staff, the town’s library and register office, Aspire Housing’s customer services team and Staffordshire Police. Read MoreSevern Trent to start work on expansion at Strongford Sewage Works – now residents can find out more Now the roadworks – which are expected to last for three weeks – will see an old lay-by removed and the entrance to the site resurfaced. Shabhbaz Khan, who works as a taxi driver in Newcastle, said: ““It does not directly impact on my work, but it does affect my customers. I have customers who don’t want to be stuck in traffic and having to pay. “I know the roadworks need to be done and they are difficult to avoid, but it’s a big problem for my customers that does make my job difficult.” Shoppers are also finding the roadworks irritating. Mary Bromley, aged 56, from Newcastle, said: “The roadworks are noisy and are making things difficult for drivers. I don’t know why the council are doing it, or why they need new offices, but they are doing it.” Read MoreNews, traffic and weather from North Staffordshire and South Cheshire on September 13 The county council is overseeing the highways work, which has also involved temporarily closing the footpath on the western side of Barracks Road. Councillor Helen Fisher, cabinet support member for transport and highways, said: “This is an important project for us, providing access and paving the way to the exciting Castle House development in the centre of the town. “The work is expected to take around three weeks to complete, with some lane closures to make sure the work can be done safely. Highways crews will be doing everything they can to minimise any disruption and I would like to thank people in advance for their cooperation and patience while the work is being done.” Castle House, between Queen’s Gardens and the bus station, is opening later this autumn. Read MoreBig Issue: Is it too early to think about Christmas? It will mean the borough council can move from its current Merrial Street base, which will then be demolished. The land will be packaged with the site of the former Sainsbury’s supermarket at Ryecroft, where developers are planning a £27.1 million development, with retail units and student accommodation.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:276 people arrested so far during Semana Santa Costa Rica’s Holy Week vacation off to a deadly start Costa Rica Holy Week deadliest in 10 years Woman records video of man reaching down her shirt on bus; receives no help from driver On Saturday, the night before Easter, Costa Rica marks the traditional “Burning of Judas,” where Catholics set flame to effigies of Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus and led to his crucifixion.Though rooted in religious lore, the tradition is upheld less by devout catholics and more by teenage pyromaniacs in Costa Rica. Last year police were called to 446 effigy burnings and arrested 54 people.For those out of town for the holidays, the Public Security Ministry also released warnings to residents to prepare for an increase in burglaries over the holiday weekend. Police will increase their rounds in urban areas for the Thursday and Friday holidays, Security Minister Mario Zamora told Spanish-language news site Amelia Rueda.According to Zamora, robberies generally increase during Semana Santa due to the high volume of people leaving the Central Valley for vacation. Data from the Judicial Investigation Unit (OIJ) says that there were 157 reported break-ins during last year’s holy week. To prevent robberies, the Public Security Ministry will have 660 cars and motorcycles patrolling the streets Thursday and Friday. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_img Share Census Bureau HUD New Home Sales 2014-10-24 Tory Barringer October 24, 2014 558 Views New Home Sales Up After Major August Revisioncenter_img Sales of newly built, single-family homes edged up in September, but a sharp downward revision to August’s sales figure put a damper on the good news.The Commerce Department and HUD estimate that new home sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 467,000 in September, according to a joint report from the agencies. September’s sales rate marks a 0.2 percent increase over August’s revised rate and a 17 percent jump above the September 2013 rate of 399,000.New home sales in August, originally reported at an annual pace of 504,000—a six-year high—were brought down dramatically in the government’s revised estimate. New homes that month are now estimated to have sold at an adjusted annual rate of 466,000.While the revision might be unwelcome, it wasn’t unexpected. In a forward-looking measure based on mortgage applications for new home purchases, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) predicted sales in September would come in at a rate of 425,000, forecasting a cut in August’s numbers.”Earlier this summer, and again last month, the first estimates from Census were significantly higher than the estimates implied from the applications data,” MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni said earlier this month. “However, the revised data from Census resulted in a much closer match to MBA’s estimates, and we anticipate that will be the case going forward, given the high rate of coverage in our survey.”Economists also forecast a sales rate of 460,000 in September, indicating they expected either a massive downturn month-over-month or a drastic change in August’s revised estimate.New home sales rose last month in two census regions: the Midwest and South, which posted monthly gains of 12.3 percent to 64,000 and 2.0 percent to 261,000, respectively. Sales were flat in the Northeast at a rate of 30,000 and down 8.9 percent in the West to a rate of 112,000.Annually, sales were up in all regions, climbing nearly 20 percent in the Northeast, South, and West.The seasonally adjusted estimate of new homes for sale at the end of September was 207,000, representing a months’ supply of 5.3 months at the current sales rate.The median sales price of new houses sold last month was $259,000, according to the Census and HUD, down substantially from August’s median of $286,800. The average sales price was also down, dropping more than $35,000 to $313,200. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

first_imgPolice on Wednesday said they arrested a 52-year-old man in Nicosia after guns and explosives were found in his home.According to a statement, the man’s house was searched on Tuesday where officers found a taser, handcuffs, grenade and gun.Further investigations on his property yielded another taser, an airgun with a scope, laser and silencer, a plastic air pistol, a paintball gun and 21 crackers.The items were seized and the man was held in custody.You May LikeIdealHer7 Human Foods That Are Toxic To DogsIdealHerUndoKiwiReportRemember Linda Evans? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowKiwiReportUndoHealthZapHe Donated His 80-Year-Old Monkey Toy To A Museum And Met His Long-Lost CousinHealthZapUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgThe attorney-general’s office (Law Office of the Republic) needs to put mechanisms in place to properly report payments overdue, the auditor-general has said, after it was found that some €2 million in unpaid legal costs awarded to the office had accumulated over a period of 24 years.In a special dossier compiled on the attorney-general’s financial reporting, for the year ended December 31, 2017, the auditor-general said the attorney-general was due €1.983m in legal expenses awarded.The amount owed concerned the period 1994 to 2017. It represents payments due to the attorney-general’s office for legal costs awarded to it by the courts. This related to 2,685 persons or companies owing moneys to the office.Although not part of the scope of this report, subsequent investigations – covering the period up to July 2018 – brought the moneys owed to €2.105m.The auditor-general said the attorney-general had failed to produce a detailed report on delayed payments, owed by individuals (Cypriot and non-Cypriot nationals) and corporations for cases that went to court.Moreover, the Law Office was displaying considerable delays in collecting amounts due or taking the necessary steps to collect.Although records are on paper, their transfer to an electronic system has not been completed. The computer system is still missing data on payments due, such as for the amounts and dates.For example, for the period 1995 to 2007, the dates of rulings awarding legal costs to the attorney-general were missing for 384 cases.In certain cases, the dossiers on appeals filed by the attorney-general could likewise not be tracked.The attorney-general said that his office has serious understaffing problems at the department in charge of collecting legal expenses; the department is currently manned by a single person. Measures are being taken to hire more personnel. You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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