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first_imgAPTN National NewsProduction is underway for a featured film called Empire of Dirt.The award-winning producer for Moccasin Flats, Jennifer Podemski takes on her feature film producing debut.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

Rabat – Lahcen Haddad, Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, explained the challenges and difficulties facing the tourism sector in the Kingdom.In an interview published in the weekly magazine Tel Quel in its July 10-16 edition, the Tourism Minister explained the slowdown in tourist activity and analyzed the causes leading to a remarkable decline in tourists visiting the Kingdom.When asked about his plans to address the 5.6% decline in tourism revenue, Lahcen Haddad refused to employ terms like “crisis” in the sector. Rather he referred to it as being a temporary slowdown, or “period of turbulence.” The Minister reassured the citizens that the difficulties observed in the first months of 2015 were anticipated in the projections.“The situation is complicated,” said the minister.“We hope to finish the year with a 1 or 2 percent increase against the 10 percent increase previously expected,” he added.On the other hand, the decline of Europe’s purchasing power “affects negatively on traditional tourism in Morocco,” the Minister said.According to the Minister, the number of French and Italian tourists, who constitute the largest number of tourists that visit the Kingdom, dropped significantly.However, despite the general decrease in the number of tourists, Haddad said that the sector “recorded a strong increase of German tourists (+ 18 percent), English (+ 6 percent) and Spain (+ 2 percent) tourists.”Haddad had previously said that the number of tourists traveling to Morocco had fallen in the wake of the terror attacks that targeted Tunisia. He called on tourists all over the world to make a difference between Morocco, the most stable country in North Africa, and other Arab countries. read more

22 September 2010Paul Tergat had so little to eat while growing up in rural Kenya that staying in class was a daily challenge. But when he was eight, the United Nations changed his life – and set him on the path to a glittering career in track and field that has brought him Olympic medals, global titles and a world record. The World Food Programme (WFP) began distributing free school meals in Mr. Tergat’s home district in 1977, giving him an incentive to go to school and the energy to make the daily three-mile trek from his home in Kenya’s Rift Valley.Now an Ambassador against Hunger for WFP, Mr. Tergat says he might have dropped out of school, like many of his classmates, and missed out on an education and the opportunity to nurture his athletic talent, but for the school feeding programme.“I would say that it is true by the time I was ready to go to school, many of the kids from my region were unable to go to school. They instead went out to look for something to eat because where I come from it is very dry and rocky,” Mr. Tergat, now 41, told the UN News Centre yesterday.Mr. Tergat, who won two Olympic silver medals and a record five consecutive World Cross Country Championships and set a world marathon record, has used his stature as one of the world’s best long distance runners to raise awareness and encourage support for the WFP’s school-feeding programmes.“It is important that we give opportunities to young people just as I was given the opportunity by WFP. I am now giving back to the community and I want to see more children reach their full potential in terms of developing their careers and contributing to the world in general,” said Mr. Tergat, who is in New York for the UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The MDGs range from halving extreme poverty and reducing the proportion of hungry people by half, to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.“It is important that we achieve the MDGs – we can achieve healthy and educated nations,” Mr. Tergat said, adding that his presence at the summit led him to believe that there was a general consensus that the world must achieve the Goals. “But everybody needs to play their part,” he said.According to WFP, $3.2 billion is required every year to feed 66 million schoolchildren worldwide. About $1.2 billion would enable the agency to feed 23 million children in Africa.“The most important thing is to create awareness as a living example of what support for WFP can achieve,” said Mr. Tergat, who now mostly participates in motivational races to encourage young people to take up sport. read more

Canadian stocks were lower Friday as rising tensions in Ukraine made for nervous investors going into the weekend.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 30.85 points to 14,523.4 amid another slate of corporate earnings. The Canadian dollar was up 0.01 of a cent to 90.69 cents US.U.S. indexes also retreated with the Dow Jones industrials down 99.34 points to 16,402.31, the Nasdaq dropped 40.33 points to 4,108.01 and the S&P 500 index slid 8.42 points to 1,870.19.There were scattered reports of violence Friday as Ukrainian forces try to end an occupation of government buildings by pro-Russian militia in more than 10 cities in eastern parts of the country. In turn, Russia’s foreign minister has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine and also announced military exercises near Ukraine’s border.At the same time, the economic cost to Russia for its stance toward Ukraine increased as Standard & Poor’s cut Russia’s credit rating to BBB-minus — one step above speculative or non-investment grade. The previous rating was BBB.S&P said it took the step because the tense situation “could see additional significant outflows of both domestic and foreign capital from the Russian economy.”The latest round of tensions came at the end of a generally positive week thanks to a series of better than expected corporate earnings in Canada and the U.S.On Friday, automaker Ford said first-quarter net income fell 39 per cent to US$989 million, or 24 cents per share, down from $1.64 billion, or 41 cents per share, a year ago and seven cents below estimates. Revenue rose slightly to $35.9 billion, beating analysts’ expectations for $34.2 billion and its shares fell 3.25 per cent to $15.79.After the close Thursday, Microsoft reported quarterly earnings per share of 68 cents, five cents better than estimates. Revenue of $20.4 billion narrowly beat expectations of $20.39 billion and its shares rose 1.15 per cent to $40.32.In Canada, business software provider Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) posted quarterly net earnings of $45.8 million or 33 cents per share, up from $25.8 million or 22 cents in the comparable year-earlier period as revenue rose to $442.8 million from $337.7 million. The company also upped its quarterly dividend by 15 per cent to 17.25 cents a share. Its shares climbed $2.69 to $53.50.In other corporate developments, Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (TSX:COS) lowered its production guidance for the Syncrude Canada oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., as a result of a breakdown at one of its cokers, which help convert heavy oilsands bitumen into a lighter type of crude. COS cut its production estimate for 2014 to between 95 million and 105 million barrels, compared with an previous estimate of 95 million to 110 million barrels. Its shares fell $1.11 to $23.02.The energy sector led decliners, down 0.66 per cent while June crude in New York gave back $1.27 to US$100.67.The gold sector was the leading advancer, up 1.2 per cent as geopolitical worries drove June bullion up $10.80 to US$1,301.40 an ounce.May copper was unchanged at US$3.12 a pound and the base metals group was ahead 0.55 per cent. read more

GTF says the Tamil people have given the TNA, and its leader R. Sampanthan, a strong mandate to negotiate a political solution. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) says it will seek the full support of the international community, including India, to help implement the legitimate demands of the Tamil people through a negotiated political solution.The London based leading diaspora group said  the Tamil people are anxious to see a political solution on the basis of the Tamil National Alliance’s manifesto commitments to the long standing Tamil national question “The Tamil people have also sent a clear message to the new Sri Lankan government and to the international community that they are firmly behind the TNA and its leadership.  It is clear that the Tamil people are anxious to see political solution on the basis of TNA’s manifesto commitments to the long standing Tamil national question, to ascertain truth and accountability through the full and honest implementation of the relevant UN resolutions and processes, and to address the matters of immediate concerns for the Tamil people without any further delay,” GTF said. The GTF noted that as an organization that has worked with the TNA for several years, it will seek the full support of the international community, including India, to help implement the legitimate demands of the Tamil people through a negotiated political solution.“The ‎citizens of Sri Lanka have once again voted for positive change in Sri Lanka, and to consolidate the progressive change that began with the January 8th 2015 presidential election.‎ GTF also congratulates Ranil Wickramasinghe, the leader of the United National Party, and President Sirisena on this remarkable election outcome and is hopeful that they will continue the progressive work of the last eight months with more vigour and purpose,” the GTF added. GTF reiterated its commitment to recognize and respect the wishes of the Tamil people, and to work with TNA and all other relevant stakeholders to achieve equality, justice, peace, respect and prosperity for Tamil people. (Colombo Gazette) read more

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is expected to announce his plans Monday for paying this year’s check to residents from the state’s oil-wealth fund.Dunleavy’s office says he will not hold a news conference, but instead will release a video.Dunleavy campaigned on a Permanent Fund dividend paid in line with a longstanding calculation that has not been followed since 2016 as the state has grappled with a budget deficit. Such a dividend would equate to checks of about $3,000 this year.Lawmakers instead asked Dunleavy to consider a roughly $1,600 dividend this year. Many say the calculation is at odds with a law passed last year seeking to limit what can be taken from permanent fund earnings for dividends and government expenses.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press

TORONTO – Strong sales of American Girl dolls and gift products like candles and blankets helped pushed up profits at Indigo Books and Music Inc. (TSX:IDG) to $33 million in the third quarter.The net earnings amounted to $1.28 per diluted common share for the three-month period ended Dec. 27, versus profits of $8.5 million or 33 cents per share in the same period a year ago.The country’s largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer says the profits were also helped by improved margins, lower operating costs and lower tax expenses.Revenue for the period was up two per cent to $339.4 million versus $332.4 million a year ago. The gain came despite the company operating five fewer superstores and one less small format store that in the year-earlier quarter.Indigo says sales from its Indigo and Chapter locations grew 5.5 per cent year over year, while sales its smaller Coles and Indigospirit stores were flat. Online sales grew 10.6 per cent.“We are pleased with these results which show both top line growth and improvements in profitability,” chief executive Heather Reisman said in a statement.“We’re confident these results demonstrate customer affection for our brand. Our entire team is focused on continuing to position this vibrant Canadian business for long-term growth and success.”Indigo is nearing the end of its five-year transformation from mainly a bookseller to a retailer that offers a variety of gift and toy products.Indigo first began making changes to its business model in 2010 as the popularity of ebooks and e-readers, like Kodbo and Amazon’s Kindle, grew. Since then, the bookseller has been dealing with intense competition for book sales from the likes of Walmart and online giant Amazon.Indigo operates 91 large format super stores and 130 small format locations under various banners such as Chapters and Indigo, Coles, Indigospirit, SmithBooks and The Book Company. American Girl dolls, lifestyle products boost Indigo’s Q3 results AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 3, 2015 2:54 pm MDT read more

“Where we stand is […] precarious. We cannot afford to lessen our focus or investment – despite the many competing claims for our attention in the rest of the world,” said Nicholas Kay, head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, as he briefed the Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in the country. Before going into some detail on political and security issues he began by answering the question he said that all the Secretary-general’s Special Representatives probably hear most: “Are you optimistic?”“The answer in my case is a resounding “yes,” he said, adding that behind the “twists and turns, the crises and the standoffs”, Somalia has the foundations for progress: the international community is united behind a credible, legitimate federal Government.“There are resources available to meet the most immediate needs; there is the political will to compromise and manage disputes without resorting to violence. And the Somali people I have met are tired of war and deprivation, fed up with brinkmanship and predatory politics,” said Mr. Kay. He said that the core of Somalia’s political challenge is simple to describe, “even if rather difficult to solve.” After 22 years of conflict, power and control of resources and revenue have fragmented. The strong centralist state has ceased to exist. Different regions and different people now hold different bits of power, he said, adding: “That’s why Somalis have decided a federal model is the only system that will work in this new reality.”Mr. Kay said that the task now is for Somalis to reconcile and agree among themselves exactly how federalism will work in practice. “How will they share power, revenue, resources and responsibilities in a way that benefits all Somalia? These are difficult issues: but ones which need political solutions,” he said.That is why in his first three months, he prioritized the need for progress on the Constitutional review and constructive engagement with the regions; travelling to Puntland, Somaliland and engaging closely on the Jubba question.He went on to tell the Council that the situation in the Jubba regions was one of the most serious issues to face the Federal Government. In early June, the risks were very high of a collapse in security and political stalemate in Kismayo, as well as between the Jubba parties and Mogadishu. “However, an agreement was finally reached on 28 August in Addis Ababa, under the active mediation of Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr Tedros Andhanom on behalf of IGAD, which set out interim governance, security and economic arrangements,” he said.To the north, the relationship between Somaliland and Somalia remains sensitive and fragile. Nevertheless, he said, there is progress to report. With the mediation of Turkey, the two parties have had two sessions of talks this year. The agreement on shared management of airspace could be a model for other areas of mutually beneficial cooperation. “We urge both sides to focus on solutions, however modest, not problems,” said Mr. Kay.As for other progress he said that in less than a week, another key building block of Somalia’s stabilization will be put in place as some 200 delegates will gather in Brussels on September 16, hosted jointly by the European Union and the Federal Government. “The New Deal Compact is a Somali-led and Somali-owned set of priorities, milestones to achieve them, making an architecture for international support to Somalia, coordination and funding,” he said, but stressed that the true test of the Compact will be in how it makes a difference in peoples’ daily lives. “The UN in Somalia will play its part to the full, especially in assisting the Government to coordinate international assistance,” he said.Finally, he said that in terms of rebuilding a shattered state and rescuing millions of people from conflict and poverty, “we are standing on the very edge of great success.” But, Mr. Kay urged the Council to remain vigilant, stressing that the “crisis” was far from over. “If we fail and Somalia slips back and Al Shabaab prevail, we shall feel the security impact from Bamako to Bangui, and beyond Africa. Their ideology respects no borders.”To get over the threshold and achieve great things, “we need more,” he continued, stressing that while much had been done, there are three areas in which the international community must boost its efforts: support for the Somali National Security Forces; enhanced capabilities for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM); and thirdly, an well-resourced and coherent UN role in the exit strategy for AMISOM. “Working in Somalia is expensive; keeping our staff safe costs real money. Ensuring success will cost more, but not very much compared to what the international community has spent in Iraq, Afghanistan and more recently Mali,” Mr. Kay said. read more

Vanderbilt University announced Thursday that it was canceling its football program’s 2013 trip to Columbus to play Ohio State because of scheduling reasons. OSU athletic director Gene Smith didn’t approve of the way Vanderbilt canceled the game – by letter – but he was promised an apology. Dave Williams, Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, said he takes full responsibility for informing Smith of the cancellation in a letter and plans to apologize. “I apologize to (Smith) for that. I’m sorry that he’s disappointed. Gene’s a good friend and a good (athletic director) and I’m sorry it was handled that way,” Williams told The Lantern. “I take all of the blame for that.” With less than a year until the teams’ originally scheduled Aug. 31, 2013, meeting at the Horseshoe, Smith and the OSU athletic department must seek a new opponent for the opening game of its 2013 season. Vanderbilt was to receive $1.2 million for its visit to Ohio Stadium, but coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus without a bowl ban will have to begin against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. In a statement provided to The Lantern earlier on Thursday, Smith said the communication between the two schools could have been better. “I am disappointed that we find ourselves in this position. I would have preferred a phone call from the administration at Vanderbilt,” Smith said in the statement. “Nevertheless, we will work diligently to find a replacement opponent for the 2013 season.” Williams explained that the decision to inform OSU through a letter was a matter of record keeping. “I do understand (Smith’s) disappointment and I apologize for that, but if you cancel something by phone, then you don’t have record for it,” Williams said. “It may just be my legal training that we cancel by paper. We make deals by letters and we cancel by letters. I understand his disappointment and it would have been nice if I talked more about it. “That’s on me. That’s my bad and I apologize for that.” Rod Williamson, Vanderbilt’s director for athletic communications, said the cancellation of the OSU-Vanderbilt fixture came about as a result of the need to accommodate the Southeastern Conference’s addition of Texas A&M and Missouri. Vanderbilt also canceled its 2013 home game against Northwestern. The cancellation of the OSU and Northwestern games were “casualties” of that process, Williamson said. OSU’s current home schedule for the 2013 season includes Florida A&M (9/7), Buffalo (9/21), Wisconsin (9/28), Iowa (10/19), Penn State (10/26) and Indiana (11/23). The Buckeyes are scheduled to continue play in the 2012 season Saturday against Purdue at the Horseshoe. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

first_imgThe events, set in the future, are fictionalised but are based on real members of the Royal family, with actors cast for their resemblance to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.King Charles is played by Tim Pigott-Smith, who died suddenly last month before the television version could be broadcast.Although well-received by critics on the stage, Goold conceded the BBC version would be more controversial.“The TV audience is much bigger and broader,” he said. “But I hope that people who think it’s going to be anti-monarchist will watch the whole thing because I think it’s nuanced.” Camilla, King Charles III, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry Credit:Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic The one-off drama, which is likely to appall staunch royalists, tells the story of King Charles III and his scheming family, as they embark on a constitutional crisis so extreme that a ruthless Duchess of Cambridge plots to depose him.Scenes include an opening shot of the Queen’s coffin, two appearances from the ghost of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall slapping Prince William in the face.Goold said the show contained issues of the “greatest sensitivity”, with some scenes altered for the BBC from the original stage version so as not to compromise the national broadcaster. Charlotte RIley plays Kate MiddletonCredit: Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic Camilla (MARGOT LEICESTER), King Charles III (TIM PIGOTT-SMITH), Kate Middleton (CHARLOTTE RILEY), Prince William (OLIVER CHRIS), Prince Harry (RICHARD GOULDING) Credit: Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic Prince Harry (RICHARD GOULDING), King Charles III (TIM PIGOTT-SMITH), Prince William (OLIVER CHRIS)  Charlotte RIley plays Kate Middleton Jessica (TAMARA LAWRANCE), Prince Harry (RICHARD GOULDING)  He added: “You have to remember that, even with the stage version, we’d been through long conversations with lawyers and certain actors refusing to be involved because of how it might affect their future relationship with the honours system.”Goold said the television film crew also made concessions to filming Diana’s premonition-delivering ghost at a distance, admitting: “The director of photography was resistant to even going as close as we did.”King Charles III, a 90-minute drama, has been adapted from a play of the same name, written by Mike Bartlett and staged at the Almeida Theatre in 2014.It went on to win an Olivier for best new play, as well as being nominated for numerous Tony Awards upon its transfer to Broadway. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Getting the play into the public domain in the first place, he said, had require “long conversations” with lawyers, with one scene involving Diana, Princess of Wales considered “too mocking” to air on the BBC.He added “certain actors”, whom he chose not to name, had refused to be involved in the production over fears it might jeopardise a future knight or damehood.Asked by Radio Times magazine whether there had been any “difficult editorial conversations” about King Charles III with the BBC, Goold said: “There was one.“The issue of greatest sensitivity was always how the funeral of the Queen would be presented and what that would mean for a BBC that covers such events for real.“But we also changed one line in Diana’s prophecy about Charles as King because it somehow felt too mocking.” The late Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles III Credit:Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic  Jessica and Prince Harry Credit:Robert Viglasky/Drama Republic  But John Whittingdale, a Tory MP and former Culture Secretary, said there was no need for anyone to be offended on behalf of the Queen.”It’s a drama, it’s not presented as fact,” he said. “It was extremely well reviewed and well received as a play.”Some of my colleagues get hysterical about this kind of thing. I don’t think the Queen is the least bit offended.”If the BBC has commissioned a production of a decent play how can one possibly object to that? High-quality drama is at the heart of public service broadcasting.”King Charles III will air on BBC Two on Wednesday, May 10 at 9pm. Prince Harry (RICHARD GOULDING), King Charles III (TIM PIGOTT-SMITH), Kate Middleton (CHARLOTTE RILEY), Camilla (MARGOT LEICESTER), Prince William (OLIVER CHRIS)  The BBC, which employs a Royal Liaison Officer, said only that Buckingham Palace was “aware” of the production, but refused to comment on whether they discussed the drama with advisors.Buckingham Palace declined to comment.King Charles III’s first review from the Telegraph, which awarded the play five stars, noted it would have caused heads to roll in a different era, with critic Charles Spencer concluding: “I would deferentially suggest that the Prince of Wales gives it a miss.”Sir Gerald Howarth, a former defence minister and outgoing Tory MP, said: “We have a sovereign who commands universal respect across the nation and the rest of the World. It is extraordinarily insensitive for an organisation which is so consumed with political correctness.”It is pure indulgence by the BBC to run a play featuring the demise of the sovereign and ascribing to a popular member of the Royal member [the Duchess of Cambridge] base motives.” The late Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles IIICredit:Robert Viglasky/ Drama Republic British actors refused to take roles in controversial drama King Charles III for fear it might jeopardise their knighthoods, its director has claimed. Rupert Goold, who directed the play and its new television adaption, said parts had been turned down by those who worried how it “might affect their future relationship with the honours system”.The role of King Charles III was taken by the late Tim Pigott-Smith, who has received an OBE, with Charlotte Riley joining the television version to play the Duchess of Cambridge.last_img read more

first_imgTHE CAUSE OF last weekend’s blaze at a west Dublin recycling plant is due to be investigated by the fire service, An Garda Síochána, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan confirmed to the Dáil last night that these probes will be launched as soon as the fire is completely extinguished.A review of the “criteria associated with storing toxic materials near residential areas” is also planned, once the investigations are complete.Smoke is still rising at the Oxigen plant at Ballymount, days after it was brought under control by fire services.“Once the situation on the site has been brought under full control, the EPA will take steps to commence a full investigation in the normal way,” the Minister said.It is too early at this stage to say what was the exact cause of the fire. The Garda Síochána and the fire service will be moving to commence their own separate investigations into the circumstances of the incident. 75 fire fighters were required at one point to battle the blaze, with TDs involved in last night’s debate commending their efforts.Fianna Fáil’s Enviroment Spokesperson Barry Cowen said local residents had been “terrified”.“The smoke that darkened the skies and shrouded Dublin in a toxic haze on Saturday terrified many local residents caught in the middle of it,” he said, with Sinn Féin’s Sean Crowe questioning the health effects it could have on these people.“Are they seriously suggesting that people stay indoors for a week or more? Do they believe that the noxious and dangerous fumes will not get into residents homes and lodge there?”This fire should be a wake-up call for the Government and the local authority.Labour TD Michael Conaghan called for a “rigorous review” to be carried out of all waste plants.The EPA are continuing to monitor air quality in the area.Read: Ballymount blaze rated a ‘Category 1′ incident by EPA >Effects: Some parcel delivery disruption as An Post depot remains closed >last_img read more

first_imgRate Change: To the extent that any major label agrees to any rates for the Google Services that are lower than the rates set forth in Exhibits C or D [percentage rate and per subscriber minimum], including with respect to bundling, Google will have the right to reduce Provider’s analogous rates accordingly, following thirty (30) days written notice (via email will be sufficient) to Provider.This would mean that the major record labels could negotiate an advance payment in return for lower rates. Indie labels are worried that they will be forced to accept the lower per-stream rates without receiving the advances the major record labels get.The other concern is the section entitled ‘Catalogue Commitment and Monetisation.’ which states that all artists provide Google with the same content on the same day it provides it to any other music streaming company. Catalogue Commitment and Monetisation: it is understood that as of the Effective Date and throughout the Term, Provider’s entire catalogue of Provider Sound Recordings and Provider Music Videos (including Provider Music Videos delivered via a third party) will be available for the Premium and Free services for use in connection with each type of Relevant Content… Further, Provider will provide Google with the same Provider Sound Recordings and Provider Music Videos on the same day as it provides such content to any other similarly situated partners.This causes problems for those artists who would want to withhold their music from YouTube, or has agreed an exclusive release on another platform.Last week, YouTube claimed that record labels representing 90% of the music industry had signed up to the service, which is expected to see a public launch later this year.Read: Stuck trying to find a parking space? This robot will park your car for you >Read: With Google’s developer conference coming up, here’s what you should look out for > THE PROPOSED CONTRACT that YouTube is offering indie artists before they join its upcoming music service has been published in full online.Digital Music News published the entire contract that YouTube is offering indie artists (with a less than complementary heading), containing the terms and payment structure it’s offering.One major areas that’s causing problems among artists is the power major labels have in payment rates. If a major label agrees to a lower rate than the ones described in the YouTube contract, Google will have the right to reduce the indie label’s rate accordingly.last_img read more

first_img By Paul Dollery 2 Comments Short URL Share20 Tweet Email ‘I’m back to doing what I love most’ – Former Brighton midfielder set for Munster Championship debut Dessie Hutchinson is a member of the Waterford panel for this evening’s game against Clare at Cusack Park. 29,331 Views center_img Subscribe Saturday 11 May 2019, 8:00 AM “IF I WAS being realistic,” says Dessie Hutchinson, “I probably thought my chances of being involved in games like this were gone.”It’s Monday afternoon, the beginning of Hutchinson’s first championship week as a senior inter-county GAA player. When the subject of Waterford’s Munster SFC quarter-final against Clare is broached, he’s unable to suppress his grin as he pours himself a cup of tea in a quiet corner of the bar in the Viking Hotel.   Bournemouth’s Jordon Ibe under pressure from Dessie Hutchinson of Brighton & Hove Albion. Source: Steven Paston“I used to always tell Dylan Barnett, one of the lads I lived with over in England, that I’d love to go back and play GAA again. Even though I was giving my all to make a career in professional soccer, the urge to play for Waterford never went away.”Hutchinson’s involvement with the Waterford football panel for tonight’s game in Ennis comes just shy of a year since his time on the books at a Premier League club concluded. After five seasons with Brighton & Hove Albion, he was released in May 2018.The irony of being discarded at that juncture was that his final season had produced the most tangible signs of progress. In addition to captaining the club’s U23 side and receiving his first Ireland U21 call-up, the midfielder impressed in his first-team debut as Brighton suffered a 1-0 extra-time defeat to Bournemouth in the League Cup.But in January of last year, his cause was hampered by the collapse of a loan move to Scottish side St Mirren due to the two clubs failing to reach an agreement over his salary. That was followed by an ill-timed two-month injury absence, which denied him the opportunity to make his case for an extension when his contract was about to expire.After the disappointment of leaving a club he joined at 16, Hutchinson moved home to begin his bid to salvage his career. He helped Waterford FC to achieve a top-four finish, but by the time the season drew to a close, his relationship with soccer had changed.The Hutchinson name is synonymous with GAA in Waterford. The origins of Dessie’s obsession with sport can be traced back to his early childhood, when he first donned the red and black hoops of Ballygunner, aiming to emulate his brothers Wayne and JJ.When he initially returned from Brighton last year, there remained a determination to defy the setback by becoming the latest player to use the League of Ireland as a springboard for a move back to the UK. However, the magnetism of his first sporting love was difficult to resist.  Wayne and JJ Hutchinson celebrate after Ballygunner’s win against De La Salle in the 2017 Waterford SHC final. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO“I kind of just fell out of love with soccer after last year, especially being back from England. It just didn’t feel the same when I came home,” the 22-year-old explains.“I had worked really hard for five seasons, but then it all seemed to fall apart in the space of two months. After getting my debut, I felt like the breakthrough was finally there. Then in January the loan move didn’t happen, I got injured and that was it, basically. You hear a lot about how football is a ruthless business, and I suppose I found that out myself then.“After coming home to play in the League of Ireland for Waterford, Alan Reynolds [manager] was keen to keep me on this year, but I had to be honest with him. I didn’t want to end up playing just for the sake of it. It wouldn’t have been right to go in and go through the motions.“I have great time for him and he’s doing a fantastic job at Waterford, but my heart just wasn’t in it. If I continued playing for him while feeling like that, it wouldn’t have been fair to me or him.”Late last year, Hutchinson dug his helmet out from the back of the closet, wrapped a fresh grip around his hurley and joined up with the Ballygunner senior panel for training as they prepared for another Munster Club Championship campaign after winning their fifth county title in a row. As a dual player, Hutchinson also represents Gaultier. He was the match winner on his championship debut for the club last month, scoring 0-3 — including a decisive late free — in a 1-5 to 1-4 win against An Rinn. By then, Waterford senior football manager Benji Whelan had already handed him his senior inter-county debut in a National League win over Antrim.  “When I was growing up, all I thought about was winning county titles with Ballygunner and playing for Waterford in Croke Park. I played for Waterford until U16 level before going away to England,” says Hutchinson, who was previously a team-mate of current Waterford senior hurlers such as Shane Bennett and Patrick Curran. Dessie Hutchinson in possession for Waterford against Shamrock Rovers. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO“All my family and the friends I hang around with are big GAA people, so it was hard to stay away from it. When the soccer season ended, I was training away with Ballygunner and it felt really good to be back at it.“Ballygunner won their fifth county title in a row there last year. It’s unreal to see the lads winning them but I was also wishing I was part of it. It was wicked hard, especially when there’s such a strong connection.“The level of professionalism that they have really surprised me when I came back. Even though it’s an amateur sport, it’s a professional environment in the dressing room, which I was used to from being away. But it’s so much more as well.“You have to do your own bit for yourself, but you’re doing it for the fella beside you too. When you’re playing soccer in England, sometimes it feels like you’re competing against the fella next to you, even though you’re on the same team. People were always mainly looking out for themselves. In the GAA it’s very different.“With soccer, you could also never really get away from the worry about whether you were doing enough to be kept on and to get a new contract. In GAA, whether it’s club or county, you’ll be in the team if you’re performing well enough. It’s as simple as that.“It felt like there was a lot more politics involved in soccer. A certain fella might have to play a certain amount of games for one reason or another, and then you might be the one to miss out because of that. I suppose things are different when money is brought into it. In the GAA, put in the work and you’ll be rewarded for it. That’s a breath of fresh air for me.“A lot of lads come back home after being with clubs in England, and it’s tough, but I consider myself one of the lucky ones. Most fellas seem to have nothing at all to come home to. It might not be a job, but I don’t know what way I’d be now without hurling and Gaelic football.” Front and centre, nine-year-old Dessie Hutchinson on mascot duty for Ballygunner in December 2005. Source: INPHO/Lorraine O’SullivanNow that sport is no longer a viable career path, Hutchinson is weighing up his options for third-level education. Teaching and sports science courses have piqued his interest. With the support of the Gaelic Players’ Association helping to ease the transition during a period of professional uncertainty, he’s optimistic about what the future has in store. “While I do wonder what I could have experienced with the GAA over the last few years, I have no regrets about going away to England. An opportunity like that is very hard to turn down and I took a huge amount from it,” Hutchinson says.“You can never say what’s going to happen down the line, but for the moment I’m not looking at going back to soccer at all. All my focus right now is on football with Waterford, football with Gaultier and hurling with Ballygunner.“Hurling probably is my number one, but I’m loving being involved with the Waterford footballers. Benji [Whelan] is building something good and he’s getting people interested in Waterford football, which doesn’t get the credit it deserves at all. I’ll be giving it everything I have for him.“I’m back to doing what I love most, which is being around the people closest to me and playing the games that I’ve always enjoyed since I was a kid. I don’t care how much money I have or what other people think as long as I’m doing the things that make me happy.“I want to live the kind of life that a normal 22-year-old should be living. Trying to sort out work and stuff like that is tough, don’t get me wrong, but for the moment I’m just so happy to be back playing hurling and Gaelic football.“It feels good to be in control of my own life and that’s the way I want things to stay.” Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: May 11th 2019, 8:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgEspèces menacées : en France, 26% des oiseaux nicheurs sont en dangerLe Muséum d’histoire naturelle et l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN) publient un bilan très inquiétant sur les oiseaux de France métropolitaine. Aujourd’hui, 26% des espèces d’oiseaux nicheurs sont menacées de disparition dans l’hexagone, tandis que quinze espèces migratrices sont considérées comme en danger ou vulnérables.La France métropolitaine abrite aujourd’hui 568 espèces d’oiseaux, dont 277 espèces de nicheurs et près de 300 espèces migratrices. Une biodiversité menacée par l’intensification des pratiques agricoles, l’urbanisation et le drainage des zones humides, indiquent dans un communiqué l’IUCN et le Muséum national d’histoire naturelle. La liste rouge nationale a été mise à jour avec l’aide de la Ligue pour la protection des oiseaux (LPO), la Société d’études ornithologiques de France (SEOF) et l’Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage (ONCFS). Et c’est un bilan alarmant qui est publié.73, soit un quart des espèces d’oiseaux nicheurs, sont aujourd’hui en danger. Un danger critique pour onze d’entre elles. C’est par exemple le cas de la Pie-grièche à poitrine rose, une espèce qui ne compte plus qu’une trentaine de couples en France. Ce chiffre est bien plus important que la moyenne mondiale qui atteint 12%, soulignent dans leur communiqué l’UICN et le Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. Quant aux espèces migratrices, quinze d’entre elles sont considérées comme menacées. Le Phragmite aquatique, par exemple, est victime de ladégradation des milieux humides, tandis que la Macreuse brune et le Cygne de Bewick sont affectés par le changement climatique qui entraine “le glissement vers le Nord des aires d’hivernage de certaines espèces non menacées à l’échelle mondiale”, explique le communiqué.Mais malgré cet inquiétant bilan, l’UICN et le Muséum d’histoire naturelle assurent que les efforts de conservation mis en place en France sont “encourageants”. La protection des rapaces, des hérons et des oiseaux coloniaux, par exemple, “a permis des reconquêtes encore inespérées il y a 40 ans”. Les actions de préservation des zones humides menées depuis trente ans ont quant à elles permis d’améliorer la situation de certaines espèces d’oiseaux d’eau. “Toutefois, concluent les deux organismes, la réduction des pressions et le renforcement des actions sont essentiels si l’on souhaite éviter de voir disparaître à l’avenir des espèces de notre avifaune, ou que d’autres ne deviennent menacées à leur tour”. Le 5 juin 2011 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Deoxyribonucleic acid is the ultimate multi-tool: forensic scientists exploit it to identify a perpetrator, geneticists rely on it to interpret evolutionary history, researchers employ it to store information.And soon, even trace amounts of DNA may be capable of envisioning an entire human face.DNA phenotyping—the process of reconstructing physical features from genetic data—is not exactly new.In 2010, forensic biology researchers Manfred Kayser and Susan Walsh developed IrisPlex, a system that uses six DNA markers to determine the shade of someone’s eyes; additional markers can now predict hair and skin color.A similarly cutting-edge program analyzed the genome of the UK’s oldest complete human skeleton (nicknamed “Cheddar Man”); results suggest the Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes.But while machine learning techniques have helped advance DNA phenotyping, “the extent of our current capabilities is still hotly debated,” University of Queensland research fellows Caitlin Curtis and James Hereward wrote in a recent article for The Conversation.Companies like 23andMe, which sell direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits, sometimes share genetic data that has been “anonymized” by removing subjects’ names.But, as Curtis and Hereward pointed out: You don’t need a name when you can simply predict the face of the genome’s owner.“Despite the controversy around what we can do now, the science of DNA phenotyping is only going to get better,” the authors said.“What the rapidly developing field of DNA phenotyping shows us is how much personal information is in our genetic data,” they continued. “If you can reconstruct a mugshot from genetic data, then removing the owner’s name won’t prevent re-identification.”Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs’ Snapshot DNA Phenotyping Service, for instance, creates composite sketches based on DNA samples. Based on a predictive model, the company claims it’s able to infer skin, eye, and hair color, freckles, ancestry, and face shape from a single specimen.Without open-source code or a peer-reviewed methodology, however, Parabon’s system has been subject to concerns about bias, error, and abuse.“As with any type of DNA evidence, there is a risk of miscarriages of justice, especially if the evidence is used in isolation,” the authors said. “The utility of DNA phenotyping at this point may be more in its exclusionary power than its predictive power.”Look no further than identical twins to see how much of our face is in our DNA; a pair of look-alike siblings share the same genetic code that establishes eye and skin color, among other traits.In the future, protecting the privacy of our genetic code—much like our online data—will require innovative actions: Curtis and Hereward tipped methods like genome cloaking, genome spiking, or encryption.“The more we understand about our genetic code the more difficult it will become to protect the privacy of our genetic data,” they added. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:jamaica, Tourist, Wykeham McNeill Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, April 14 (JIS): Jamaica continues to record increased stopover and cruise ship visitor arrivals, a trend which has carried over from 2014.Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says preliminary figures for January to April 7 show a 6.4 per cent increase over 2014. This, he notes, equates to an additional 35,000 visitors for the period which, along with December 2014, constitutes the 2014/15 Winter Tourist Season.The Minister was making his presentation in the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, today (April 14), under the theme: ‘Tourism Working for Jamaica’. As it relates to cruise ship visitor arrivals, Dr. McNeill said that already for 2015, “we are up 8.5 per cent” over the corresponding period last year. Additionally, he said Jamaica has recorded increases at “all three main ports,” – Montego Bay, Falmouth and Ocho Rios. Dr. McNeill said the “encouragingly” strong start for the winter season is underpinned by a “robust” 24 per cent increase in stop over visitor arrivals from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, combined with a “healthy” 8.2 per cent increase from the United States of America (USA), which is “our single largest market.” He said the USA market’s outturn largely results from that economy “doing well,” while experiencing decline in unemployment.Regarding Jamaica’s other markets, Dr. McNeill noted that challenges are being experienced with Canada, “as their economy has slowed down.” He pointed out that while Jamaica has enjoyed “phenomenal” growth in arrivals out of that market, “we must realise that some tapering off was expected.”The Minister noted that the Latin American market also tapered off, particularly over the summer months, “predictably” declining during the course of the FIFA Football World Cup, in Brazil.“However, we continue to diversify our source markets. Of note, the Scandinavian market is performing spectacularly well. In just two months, January and February of this year, we had over 6,000 arrivals…which is more than we got out of the Russian market at the height of their growth,” he added.Jamaica welcomed some 3.5 million visitors during the 2014 calendar year, representing a seven per cent increase over the previous year. Of this number, 2.08 million were stopover arrivals, while 1.42 million were cruise arrivals. “Importantly, for stopover arrivals, our three main source markets – the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom – all saw increases,” Dr. McNeill pointed out, while adding that “we are expecting to finish the 2014/15 Winter (season) with strong growth, overall.”Dr. McNeill said going forward, despite the fact that a number of the larger properties will be temporarily closed to do major refurbishing, including increasing the room complement, “we anticipate a strong summer.”last_img read more

first_imgThe areas around Jackson, Northwest 12th Avenue and 12th Street were closed while officials made the transport.Officers with weapons drawn swarmed the area, blocked streets and re-directed traffic.They were asked to wear riot gear and be armed with rifles while assisting with the transport.Some people in the area thought the worst was happening. Diane Pace was visiting the hospital when she noticed the heightened armed police presence. “I was like, wow,” she said. “Was that a prisoner escape or something?”“I thought something bad was going on,” said another woman who was not identified, “because there were so many police and fire everywhere.”David Pulliam saw the inmates arrive. “Crazy, man, crazy. Half of Miami is here.”The jail is currently on lockdown, as the investigation into what happened continued. MIAMI (WSVN) – Health officials are trying to figure out what caused several inmates at a Miami jail to to suffer seizures inside a cell.City of Miami Fire Rescue have transported four sick inmates from the Miami-Dade County Pre-Trial Detention Center, Tuesday.Miami-Dade Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue also responded to the call just after 12:45 p.m.According to the Miami-Dade Corrections Department, officers were called down to a cell holding 24 inmates were one had complained of feeling unwell.Officers called medical staff and evacuated the cell where four were found to be sick enough that they needed transport to Jackson Memorial Hospital.Two were transported in serious condition; the other two were taken as a precaution.Officers from both the county as well as corrections officers responded to the scene in order to escort the inmates. The officers have also been asked to wear their riot gear and be armed with rifles before assisting with the transport to the hospital’s secured ward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: The 8th batch of Margadarshak certification programme was held on Saturday at Rachakonda Police Commissionerate in Hyderabad. So far, 27 Margadarshaks of Infosys, Genpact, TCS, Cyient, Cognizant, CCMB etc underwent a three months training programme which includes experiential visits to the She Teams, Women’s Police Station, Bharosa, Shelter homes and other helpline centres. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat presided over the certification programme and congratulated Margadarshaks on the successful completion of the programme. He urged them to bring a positive change in the lives of distressed women and spoke in detail about the four family counselling centres of Bhumika, three centres of Sakhi and Ankuram under Rachakonda jurisdiction, which will provide the necessary counselling and help women in distress. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us He also shared the details of the women hostel audits held in the Rachakonda zone where 50 hostels were audited as per the predefined parameters based on safety and security. He stressed that women safety and security is the priority of the police force and spoke of the various safety measures like the cab and auto registration programmes – ‘My Cab is Safe’ and ‘My Auto is Safe’ that are introduced to ensure a safer city. Advertise With Us Pratyusha Sharma, Joint Secretary for Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) and Women’s Forum leader said the purpose of the training is to help the Margadarshaks experience in real time counselling of the women in distress and how to handle cases of domestic abuse, cybercrimes etc. She spoke about the SHE SAFE app which will be launched soon.last_img read more

first_imgRajinikanth vs Yash.PR HandoutFestive seasons are when Tamil TV audience will witness the clash of biggies on small screens. But this time, it has begun a week before the Tamil New Year (April 14). After Zee Tamil announced its plan for the premiere of Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s 2.0, Colors Tamil has decided to screen a biggie from its armour.It’s Chitti vs Rocky Bhai Yes, Colors Tamil is pitching Rocking Star Yash’s KGF against 2.0. Both the movies are multilingual films, which managed to do big business at the box office.Box Office Rajinikanth’s 2.0 had minted over Rs 625 crore from Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam versions at the worldwide box office. Whereas KGF had grossed over Rs 200 crore at the global box office. Although there are huge gap between the collections made by both the films, Yash’s film is considered a blockbuster as it reaped huge profits to the makers of the movie, while the Tamil film, despite the big names in the cast, could not become a profitable venture due to the huge budget.Coming back to the TRP wars, Rajinikanth’s popularity is no match to Yash, but the Kannada star’s film has created a lot of buzz. Hence, it turns out to be an interesting battle of the TRPs.Last weekend, the Kannada version of KGF was premiered on Colors Kannada and it is believed to have registered big TRP numbers.Timings of the Premieres: Rajinikanth’s 2.0 will be premiered at 6 pm on Zee Tamil, while KGF will be premiered at 4.30 pm, on Sunday.2.0 is a science-fiction, directed by Shankar. Akshay Kumar played the negative role in the flick, funded by Lyca Productions. Whereas KGF is a period drama about Rocky Bhai, who desires to become the most powerful person in the world.last_img read more

first_imgDescribing the seven murders of Narayanganj as a planned incident, attorney general Mahbubey Alam on Sunday said people’s confidence in the law enforcement agencies should be reinstated through the verdict in the cases filed over the incident.Taking part in the hearing on the death reference and appeals filed by the death-row convicts, he also sought highest punishment for the mastermind, Nur Hossain.The state completed placing the arguments on the death reference and appeals filed by 26 condemned convicts in two cases filed over the seven-murder incident.The hearing took place at the bench of justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and justice Mustafa Zaman Islam. The court fixed Monday for hearing the arguments from the defence lawyers.Earlier, on 22 May, the High Court started hearing on the death reference and appeals of the death-row convicts.The paper book and all documents related to the murder cases were sent to the High Court on 7 May.A court of Narayanganj on 16 January last sentenced 26 people, including three sacked Rab officials and ex-city councillor Nur Hossain, to death and nine others to different jail terms in the two cases filed over the sensational seven-murder incident.On 27 April 2014, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three companions and driver were abducted from Fatullah area of Narayanganj.At the same time, senior lawyer at the District Judge’s Court Chandan Kumar Sarkar and his driver were abducted on their way to the capital.Three days after their abduction, the bodies of six of them, including Nazrul and Chandan, were recovered from the Shitalakhya River. The following day, the body of Nazrul’s car driver Jahangir was recovered from the river.Later, Selina Islam Beauty, the widow of Nazrul Islam, filed a case against six people while lawyer Chandan Sarkar’s son-in-law filed the other case.last_img read more