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first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN News Saturday A new documentary chronicling the life of iconic Aboriginal musician Errol Ranville is debuting in Winnipeg at a local film festival.The Last Ride documents Ranville’s career that has spanned decades.As frontman of the country rock group C-Weed Bans the musician has released 19 albums and has received two lifetime achievement awards including one from the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.“The documentary is the story of my life but they’ve picked, of course, a very dramatic portion of my life where a deadly car accident happened,” Ranville told APTN News at an event promoting the documentary. “But they cover a lot of my life leading up to that- my music career and then carry on after the accident.”In 2010 Ranville’s life was forever altered after he was involved in a deadly car crash.He was the lone survivor. Five others were killed including his wife, Marcie Ranville, who was in the car with him.Ranville was driving along a highway near The Pas, Manitoba when he collided with another car. Four teenagers were in the other car. None of them survived.Ranville spent more than two months in the hospital recovering from his injuries.He was charged with careless driving – but the charges were eventually stayed.Rick Skene, the director of the documentary, says the film examines larger forces in Ranville’s life.“I was wondering where is the story? What is it?” said Skene. “It became a story of love, family, and community. And of the amazing power of music to heal.”Ranville says he spent the better part of the year after the crash in a deep depression. His journey of healing began when he picked up a guitar and a pen.“I started writing all the songs for [the album] Forever and just getting back to writing again I knew that I was whole again. I was functioning and I was ok,” he said.The film recently debuted at the Edmonton International Film Festival where it won best Canadian documentary short.The film is premiering in Winnipeg as part of the Gimme Some Truth film festival.The crew behind the film hope to turn the 15-minute piece into a full-length documentary.“We’d like to press forward and do a feature-length version of this story because it really deserves it,” said producer of the film Gary Zubeck. “So much of the interesting parts of Errol’s life aren’t even in the 15 minutes.” Contact Brittany here: bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more


first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia Business Minister Geoff MacLellan says word of 49 layoffs at Cape Breton’s Donkin coal mine is tough news for the families affected.However, MacLellan says the layoffs are a “temporary bump in the road” for the operation, which had grown to a workforce of 130 people since production began in March.He says while the mine has made tremendous investments in the operation, it has reached a point where its costs aren’t matching its revenues.MacLellan says the rising value of the Canadian dollar isn’t hurting Donkin, although the company had hoped to be further along in its production schedule and the amount of coal sold on international markets.He says he’s confident the mine will rebound because the long-term market for coal is viable and the mine’s product in terms of quantity and quantity is “top shelf.”MacLellan says Kameron Coal Management will be bringing in new equipment that will be subject to a regulatory process the province is willing to help with, although he stressed there would be “no back doors” used to speed things up.last_img read more


Washington – A partnership between Morocco, France and the Principality of Monaco with the aim of ensuring better protection of the Mediterranean Sea against climate changes was announced Thursday in Washington as part of “Our Ocean” conference, held on September 15 to 16.This partnership aims to strengthen the protection of the Mediterranean through the implementation of specific programs, minister delegate for the environment Hakima El Haite told the press.El Haite, who is also the special envoy for the COP22’s mobilization, made this statement at the end of a high-level meeting organized by the Presidency of COP21, and attended by the Ministers of the Environment of several Mediterranean countries, including Turkey, Libya, Malta, Palestine, Italy, Spain and Egypt and the European Union. The minister also said that this partnership was conceived as a “platform for debate” that will help set goals for the Mediterranean Sea and to exchange good practices in terms of protection of the Mediterranean, adding that this sea remains “vulnerable” to climate changes.In her turn, French Segolene Royal, President of COP21, said the partnership will strengthen the fight against pollution, noting that the goal is to set “rules of sustainable development “and to protect the Mediterranean Sea.The third edition of “Our Ocean” conference opened, on Thursday in Washington, with the participation of several countries including Morocco.This conference, initiated by US secretary of state John Kerry in 2014, brings together government officials, scientists, researchers and several NGOs. The event tackles key issues including marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean.With MAP read more


Rabat – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has said that closed-door negotiations on the Western Sahara dossier are more in favor of Morocco than the settlement brokers would like to admit. The statement is a challenge to the ongoing UN-led process, which the UN has placed under its traditional banner of neutrality and mutually agreed upon terms.In an interview with Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan, Aziz suggested that the most crucial deal brokers for Western Sahara would not like to see a Polisario-governed state in Western Sahara. Mauritania has recognized the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic..“The West, Europe and the US, do not want another state geographically separating Morocco and Mauritania,” President Aziz said. “Everything you hear outside of this frame is not correct.” The Mauritanian leader’s statement comes as Mauritania takes part in the UN-led political process. Under the auspices of Host Kohler, the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the region, Mauritania joined Morocco, Algeria, and the Polisario Front in discussing terms of a gradual trust building. There have so far been two roundtables in Geneva, with Kohler saying after both events that there is increased hope that the parties will incrementally make comprises for a lasting political solution.President Aziz’s “surprising” statements, Atwan suggested, are a veiled challenge to the UN process. By saying that powerful countries completely oppose a new state, the Mauritanian president is clearly hinting at perceived Morocco-friendly lobbying in the ongoing settlement debates.Read Also: Western Sahara: Kohler, UNSC Hope Parties Will Engage ConstructivelyBut President Aziz is hardly the first in recent weeks to suggest that Morocco’s recent diplomatic gains will result in a settlement more in tune with its position.Polisario demands ‘unrealistic’Citing a “diplomatic source” briefed on the UN process, Middle East Eye (MEE) reported on April 5 that the ongoing talks are “in danger of becoming a show” because the US, Kohler, and a number of European countries with a substantive say in the conflict’s prospects—an allusion to France—are pushing a pro-Morocco agenda.MEE’s source claimed that all the major sources of influence in the Sahara dispute are working against Polisario’s aspirations for a self-determined and independent Western Sahara. “A behind-the-scene intervention from the Americans” is threatening to “put an end to hopes of Sahrawi independence,” MEE claimed , based on its source.When Kohler met with the Polisario delegation in Berlin after the first Geneva meeting in preparation for the second roundtable, he allegedly told them that independence was unrealistic and “off the table.” “Take this plan and sell it to your people,” the source quoted Kohler as saying, an indirect reference to Morocco’s autonomy plan. Morocco calls for a negotiated settlement rather than self-determination through referendum.The statements may have been motivated by Kohler’s calls in recent weeks that settlement would only be possible if all parties show “a strong and genuine political will” to negotiate a “a feasible, realistic,” and compromise-based solution. As conflicting parties engage in diplomatic efforts to garner support for their Western Sahara claims, a more outcome-defining development has been the revelation from a US government document, written by a former Moroccan ambassador, claiming that Washington was the inspiration for and strongest supporter of Morocco’s 2007 Autonomy Plan. According to the document, Washington, which considered that a referendum was a “dead end,” called for a “political solution” based on a “negotiated, political solution to the problem” which would subsequently see “continued Moroccan sovereignty in the Sahara, but with the granting of a broad and substantial (by international standards) autonomy for the territory.”While the revelation is far from a vindication of the claims that Washington is set on skewing the Kohler-moderated process to Rabat’s liking, the language of the document is set to please Moroccan circles.In the meantime, Morocco, which sees in the UN’s settlement guidelines aspects of its own call for pragmatism, has been quick to argue that settlement will only be possible when all parties show genuine commitment to a politically-negotiated solution. read more


HONG KONG — All but a handful of protesters in Hong Kong have gone home, but the crisis that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to oppose an extradition bill is far from over.The way forward for both Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her opponents is uncertain because of the limits built into the city’s “one country, two systems” arrangement with Beijing after Britain ceded control of the former colony in 1997.The public is wary of seeing Communist Party-ruled Beijing wield still greater influence that would imperil civil liberties such as independent courts and the freedom to speak out against the local government, privileges not enjoyed in the mainland. Officials in Beijing back the unpopular extradition legislation. Lam is stuck in the middle.A look at some possibilities for the key players in this drama.___THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Many analysts expect Lam will eventually step down to take responsibility for the mess resulting from her effort to fast-track the extradition bill, which would allow some suspects in Hong Kong to be tried in mainland Chinese courts. On Tuesday, she apologized and said she needed to do better, but also insisted she wants to finish her 5-year term. Too abrupt a departure by the Beijing-appointed career bureaucrat would be a loss of face for China’s leadership. If her opponents keep up the pressure and she does leave, she might opt to spend more time with her husband and children, who are British citizens and live elsewhere.___THE PROTESTERS: The various pro-democracy groups that helped drive and organize the protests are pushing for Lam’s resignation and the permanent scrapping of what they call the “evil” extradition bill. Differences over strategy have emerged, but the groups dismissed Lam’s latest apology, saying she failed to respond to their demands. Some vowed to stage acts of resistance, perhaps using measures such as delaying subway trains, if their demands are not met by Thursday evening. But the protests have dwindled from the masses that turned out on Sunday to a handful of die-hard demonstrators. They could resume, especially on the July 1 anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China.___THE POLICE: At a late-night news conference on Monday, Hong Kong Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung sought to soothe anger over the use of forceful measures during clashes with protesters on June 12. He said only five of 32 people arrested in or around the protests were accused of rioting, a serious charge that can result in a prison term of up to 10 years. Local lawmakers were due to question the city’s secretary for security on Wednesday, and some are calling for an independent inquiry into complaints that police tactics were too aggressive.___THE EXTRADITION BILL: The proposed changes to Hong Kong law would expand the scope of transfers of criminal suspects to include mainland China, Taiwan and Macau. Lam said the legislation is needed to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a haven for fugitives and improve the ability to fight crimes including money laundering. China has been excluded from Hong Kong’s extradition agreements because of concerns over the independence of its courts and its human rights record. Since Lam has bowed to public pressure in shelving the bill indefinitely, it’s unlikely to become law anytime soon.___THE LEADERS IN BEIJING: China promised when it took control of Hong Kong from Britain to allow it to keep its civil liberties and independent legal system for 50 years. That special status has been compromised in a number of cases. Prosecutions of activists, detentions without trial of five Hong Kong book publishers and the illegal seizure in Hong Kong by mainland agents of at least one mainland businessman are among moves in recent years that have unnerved many in the city of 7 million. Beijing backed the extradition bill and said it fully supported Lam. It appears to have now bowed to public pressure. But analysts say both Lam and China are playing a game of “attrition,” betting that protesters will eventually grow weary of their struggle for greater democracy in a former colony that has never fully determined its own future.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more


At least one bomber had triggered the explosives when he was about to be arrested at the house in Dematagoda. Three policemen and two others were killed in the explosion.Suicide bombers had also triggered explosives at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel Colombo and Shangri-la Colombo. A bomb also exploded at the Kingsbury hotel in Colombo. Officials have now confirmed that the attacks carried out in Colombo and outside the city yesterday were by suicide bombers.The Government analyst has confirmed that six of the attacks were by suicide bombers. Three churches and three hotels were bombed while two other explosions also took place at an inn and a house. The Zion church in Batticaloa, St Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo were also attacked.


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil slips after US first-quarter growth trails expectations; still posts big weekly gain NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil rose more than five per cent this week, even with a decline on Friday, as traders concluded last week’s dive to a low for the year was overdone.The price of oil slipped Friday after a report showing that growth picked up in the U.S. economy last quarter, but not as much as expected. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for June delivery fell 64 cents to US$93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Still, oil rose $4.99 a barrel over the week, with the 5.6 per cent increase the largest weekly gain of the year.After oil hit a low of $86.68 last week, traders seemed to look for reasons to buy. They found a few: a sharp drop in U.S. gasoline supplies, positive data on U.S. hiring and increased speculation for a rate cut by Europe’s Central Bank.But the broad economic picture suggests that oil demand will remain constrained in the near term. The U.S. government on Friday estimated that the economy grew at annual rate of 2.5 per cent from January through March. But the markets were expecting growth of three per cent or better. The U.S. figure follows last week’s report of slower-than-expected growth in China.Brent crude, which is used to price oil from the North Sea used by many U.S. refiners, dropped 25 cents to US$103.16 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, gasoline rose two cent to US$2.83 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil was flat at US$2.90 a gallon and natural gas lost two cents to $4.15 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2013 4:00 pm MDT read more


“Based on thorough documentation and investigations, there are reasonable grounds to believe that gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law have been committed by both parties to the conflict,” warned a report prepared by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), which cites the conflict’s “devastating” impact on civilians, who have suffered mightily through attacks on hospitals and churches, and acts of sexual violence perpetrated against women of different ethnic groups.The report provides a comprehensive account of human rights violations and atrocities perpetrated during the hostilities that engulfed South Sudan since 15 December 2013 and follows up on the interim report released by the Mission on 21 February. Primarily based on more than 900 interviews with eye witnesses and victims, the report provides a succinct timeline of the conflict, which was sparked by a political dispute between President Salva Kiir, who belongs to the Dinka ethnic group, and former vice-president Riek Machar, who belongs to the Lou Nuer, and finds that “from the very outset…gross violations of international law…occurred on a massive scale.”These findings were echoed by UNMISS chief Hilde Johnson in an interview earlier today with UN Radio, in which she said “grave violations and atrocities” have been committed by both sides as the fighting has spread through the country’s four states. She cited two “particularly horrific” incidents covered in the report – a mass killing early on in the conflict in a police station near Juba, and the killing of some 200 people in Bentiu two weeks ago.In both instances, the killings were “clearly ethnically motivated,” she said, underscoring that “the need for accountability is absolutely essential…the perpetrators of such acts need to be held to account.”Ms. Johnson said the report also tells the story of the conflict’s impact on the civilian population. “It shows attacks against women, children, the elderly and disabled,” she said, decrying not only “the ferocity of the abuses but the fact that incidents have been perpetrated where these vulnerable are being targeted equally – if not more than – fighting forces.”“This is what is so sad and so enraging,” she said, reiterating the report’s call for an immediate end to the violence, and urging both parties to shoulder their responsibility to make this happen.The report goes on to note that South Sudan has never undertaken a comprehensive, independent, and effective accountability process since it attained independence. As such, long-standing impunity and failure to treat killings, sexual and gender-based violence, and other gross human rights and humanitarian law violations as crimes, reinforces the cycle of conflict. “Accountability is critical to end the legacy of impunity in South Sudan and prevent similar atrocities in the future. There can be no reconciliation without accountability. We call for a credible peace process that will lead to national healing and reconciliation,” said Ms. Johnson.The conclusions call for further investigations and UNMISS welcomes both national and regional initiatives along these lines. Such investigations must move quickly and lead to the arrest and prosecution of perpetrators. They must also be conducted independently and in a transparent manner consistent with international standards and principles, the report concludes. read more


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After the service Harry, Meghan and dignitaries walked the short distance to the Australian war memorial where the prince laid another floral tribute.Sir Jerry Mateparae, the high commissioner of New Zealand, who attended the service said later that Ms Markle was talked through the Maori elements of the service so she understood their significance and importance.He added: “She was very interested, also it’s her first Anzac service so we were explaining what it meant to us and the Australian memorial, so for her it was a new experience.”The thing that was special in a way was the prayers led by the children and certainly Prince Harry and Ms Markle were impressed by the young people and the confidence of their delivery but also the way they conducted themselves.” The couple were greeted at the service with the traditional hongi, the soft pressing of noses and the sharing of each other’s breath, by Te Ataraiti Waretini from the London Maori ClubCredit:Arthur Edwards “Australian and New Zealand forces joined together for the first time, and a new word entered the language: Anzac.”Remembering that so many died, we honour the bravery and determination of the men at Gallipoli. The memory of what became known as The Great War is with us as a warning and an encouragement.”We are warned that war involves suffering and death; we are encouraged by the spirit of national pride shown by the soldiers we remember this Anzac Day.”As the Union Flag and the flags of Australia and New Zealand are presented at the High Altar with the flag of Turkey in a sign of the reconciliation of old enemies, let us renew our own commitment to the causes of justice and peace throughout the world.” He added: “Today in thousands of communities throughout Australia and New Zealand people have come together to acknowledge and pay tribute to those who left our shores and particularly to commemorate those who gave their lives for our freedom.”Thousands of Anzac troops – Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – died in the ill-fated 1915 Gallipoli campaign. Prince Harry, who has served in the Army, with Meghan Markle during the poignant event in LondonCredit:Toby Melville /PA The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, told the congregation in the Abbey: “The landing of allied forces at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915 led to one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. Its legacy is the celebration of the “Anzac spirit” – courage, endurance, initiative, discipline, and mateship – shown by the Antipodean troops and today the Anzac Day service in London has become an important moment for thousands of New Zealanders and Australians. Ms Waretini said about Meghan: “She was amazing. I’m not sure if it’s her first time at a Maori ceremony, but she did very very well.”It was really lovely to meet her and share the breath of life and share our culture with her and Harry.” Kensington Palace said the Duke of Cambridge hoped to join Harry and Meghan at the afternoon Anzac Day service.William, who is taking a few weeks off official royal duties now his son has been born, has yet to announce the name of the latest addition to his family. Meghan Markle appeared close to tears during a moving Anzac Day dawn service where fiance Prince Harry honoured New Zealand and Australia’s war dead.During the poignant event staged as the sun’s rays broke over the London skyline, Ms Markle looked emotional as the hymn Abide With Me was sung by thousands gathered at the New Zealand war memorial.The US actress, who wore a grey coat and large brimmed hat, passed a cultural milestone when she, and Harry, were given a traditional Maori welcome.The couple were welcomed by Te Ataraiti Waretini from Ngati Ranana – the London Maori Club – with a traditional hongi, the soft pressing of noses and the sharing of each other’s breath.Ms Markle was making her first appearance at a service marking Anzac Day – April 25 – the anniversary of the start of the First World War Gallipoli landings, and a national day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand. The couple, who are getting married next month, listen during the service Prince Harry led the nation's tribute by laying a wreath at Wellington Arch Ms Markle may not yet be a member of the Royal Family but she has attended a large number of official events in the run-up to her Royal wedding on May 19.There were other Maori cultural elements during the dawn service including a haka performed at the end, a longer version of the one displayed by the famous New Zealand rugby team the All Blacks before matches. Later, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a traditional Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey.The service was the culmination of a day of events honouring Australia and New Zealand’s fallen, and those who have served in subsequent conflicts, which began with a dawn service and wreath laying. The Duke of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Westminster Abbey Prince William greets his brother Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle as they arrive for an Anzac day service at Westminster AbbeyCredit:HANNAH MCKAY /REUTERS During the service prayers were read by young school children and the Last Post was sounded by a bugler before a minute’s silence was observed by all. Dawn breaks over the London skyline during the serviceCredit:TOBY MELVILLE /Reuters Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a glance at the dawn service Prince Harry led the nation’s tribute by laying a wreath at Wellington Arch Trevor Mallard, speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, gave the address during the dawn service and said: “Today we remember 100 years have passed since the final year of the First World War. We honour the service of those who came half way around the world. A handwritten note from the prince, attached to a wreath of red roses, read: “For all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of our freedom. Thank you. Harry.” Prince Harry, who has served in the Army, with Meghan Markle during the poignant event in London Harry, a former Army officer who served for 10 years in the forces, led the nation’s tribute to New Zealand and Australia’s war dead by laying a wreath during the service at one of a group of metal crosses near Wellington Arch in central London. 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. Meghan Markle wore a poppy at the Anzac Day serviceCredit:Toby Melville /Getty The couple were greeted at the service with the traditional hongi, the soft pressing of noses and the sharing of each other's breath, by Te Ataraiti Waretini from the London Maori Club Waves of Allied forces launched an amphibious attack on the strategically important Turkish peninsula, which was key to controlling the Dardanelles straits, the crucial route to the Black Sea and Russia.But the plan backed by Winston Churchill, then first lord of the admiralty, was flawed and the campaign, which faced a heroic defence by the Turks, led to stalemate and withdrawal eight months later. Dawn breaks over the London skyline during the service Meghan Markle The couple, who are getting married next month, listen during the serviceCredit:TOBY MELVILLE /Reuters Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a glance at the dawn serviceCredit:TOBY MELVILLE /Reuters  Prince William greets his brother Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle as they arrive for an ANZAC day service at Westminster Abbey The Duke of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Westminster AbbeyCredit:Eddie Mulholland For The Telegraph  Meghan Markle at the dawn Anzac Day serviceCredit:Beretta/Sims/REX/Shutterstock  “Some with a deep conviction that they were fighting for king and empire, some fighting for peace and justice, others were young lads who saw an opportunity for adventure – none could have foreseen the hell on the frontline and in the trenches.” Meghan Markle wore a poppy at the Anzac Day service read more


first_imgHecla Mining Co is to sell its subsidiaries engaged in Venezuelan activities to Rusoro Mining (Rusoro) for $25 million, consisting of $20 million in cash and 4,273,504 shares of Rusoro common stock. The transaction is dependent upon regulatory approval. Hecla President and CEO, Phillips S. Baker, Jr., said, “The sale of our Venezuelan properties is part of our strategy to reduce the financing put in place to acquire Greens Creek. Prior to this transaction, Hecla repatriated approximately $39 million in cash that generated a $14 million foreign exchange loss. This transaction generates immediate cash from both the sale of the assets and the repatriation of $25 million of cash from our Venezuelan subsidiaries.”Hecla currently carries the Venezuelan properties at a book value of $39 million, so the transaction is expected to result in a pre-tax loss on the sale in the range of $10 million to $12 million, subject to normal post-closing adjustments. The $14 million foreign exchange loss will also be reported in second quarter 2008 results. Baker said, “Our operations in Venezuela were very important to Hecla in the early 2000s, during a time when precious metals prices were depressed. But more recently that operation has become a much smaller proportion of our company’s value, as revenues from our US silver properties grew. In fact, in 2007, the La Camorra unit contributed just 3% of our annual gross profit.”The sale of the La Camorra unit is expected to reduce Hecla’s 2008 gold production estimate to approximately 70,000 oz (from earlier guidance of 115,000 oz), with the majority of that production coming as a by-product from the Greens Creek mine. Baker said, “2008 is a transition year for Hecla as we see a reduction in gold production but an increase in silver production. And while we will not own a primary gold mine, we will continue to consider gold properties in politically secure countries that leverage our expertise as an underground miner.”last_img read more


first_imgWhile the global success of the iPhone has spawned an almost uncountable number of accessories and add-ons, there aren’t a whole lot of them that are as useful as they might seem. After learning about the JuiceBuddy, from Pacific Productions, we’re pretty confident you’ll find it as cool as we do. Produced to help you in the constant battle to keep your iDevice charged and ready for action, the JuiceBuddy is said to be the world’s smallest charger for the iPhone. It achieves the tiny size by plugging directly into a wall outlet, meaning no cables are necessary .Stored inside the frame of the device is a two prong plug, an Apple dock connector located at the top, and a hidden USB 2.0 port at the bottom so you can charge any device that has the capability of accepting power over USB.To charge your iPhone you would simply flip down the top of the device to reveal the dock that plugs into not only your phone, but also any iPod or iPod Touch. Then you simply plug the whole contraption into the wall and let it work its magic on your dead battery. Of course, we don’t recommend using this charger for your iPad, as we aren’t sure it could handle the weight of the tablet device.The JuiceBuddy is retailing at $24.95, which in the scheme of Apple products and accessories is an excellent price point for what it’s capable of. It comes in four different colors and is available to order immediately. If you end up buying one of these devices, or already are making use of one, let us know in the comments!Read more at Pacific Productions, via Gear Diarylast_img read more


first_img Riz Ahmed TMZ Sports is featuring a brief interview with WWE star the Big Show where he talks about recent wrongful death lawsuits being filed against WWE and why, in his opinion, the recent lawsuit filed by the family of the late Doink the Clown is wrong.“I think that everybody who steps through those ropes knows what could possibly happen. You gotta accept that responsibility as a talent if you step those ropes, whether you’re a boxer, ultimate fighter or sports entertainer. I’ve seen how much they’ve gone above and beyond to take care of the talent and do everything they can where no one ever did that before.”TMZ Sports: Big Show — STOP BLAMING WWE FOR DEATHS … Vince Takes Care Of UsRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer DiagnosisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:36/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso arrested on DUI charge Thursday morning in Pensacola, Florida Facebook Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Twitter Former WWE star Terri Runnels arrested at Tampa airport carrying a weapon, issues statementcenter_img Videos Articles Videos Articles Vince Mcmahon Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Netflix and WWE Studios announce The Big Show is getting his own comedy series Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Videos Articles WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ When Did Vince McMahon Find Out About Roman Reigns’ Diagnosis?last_img read more


first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 14 and 20 February 2019 were:Heal’s boosts wellbeing with puppy love on Valentine’s DayThree-fifths cite having more than 28 days of annual leave as an important benefitLegal action continues against Morrisons in equal pay caseLeonardo launches roadshows and employee networks for LGBT History MonthEXCLUSIVE: Learn about recognition and engagement at Employee Benefits ConnectTwo Philadelphia restaurants fined $1m for minimum wage and overtime violationsBlackhawk Network acquires Gift Voucher ShopTPR used enforcement powers 21,814 times to tackle auto-enrolment non-compliance in Q4EXCLUSIVE: Discuss health and wellbeing at Employee Benefits Connect in under two weeksA fifth of job hunters feel benefits and perks make offers more attractivelast_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, May 3, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A slight chance of showers between 10am and noon, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wilmington Public Schools Band Program holds its Vertical Concert in the WHS Gym at 7pm.At Town Hall: The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission will take a site visit to the Nassau Avenue Water Storage Tank at 5:30pm.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).At The Library: LEGO Building at 3:45pm. Pints & Pages at 7pm. Cod, Haddock & Bottom Fishing at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Computer Class at 9:15am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Stress Management at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm. … Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) beginning at 8pm.Go Wildcats!: 4 WHS teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more


first_img Amazon 1More Stylish True Wireless: $70 with code 1MORETWS Headphones Audio Bluetooth Headsets Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $144 7 Photos See 1More Stylish True Wireless review Tags See It Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET At their usual $100 price, the oddly named but great-sounding 1More Stylish True Wireless earphones are a good choice if Apple’s AirPods are beyond your budget. At their current sale price, the 1More Stylish True Wireless earphones cost less than half of what you’ll spend on a set of AirPods. Let’s get to the sale.Note CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Best Buy See It Apple Amazon Apple $144 • 0center_img See All Post a comment Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements See It reading • Great-sounding wireless earphones are on sale at Amazon Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 1More Stylish True Wireless See it Apple AirPods 2019 $159 To David Carnoy’s ears (pictured above), the Stylish True Wireless earphones produced excellent sound and fit comfortably while maintaining a reliable wireless connection. Thanks in part to a tight seal, the Stylish True Wireless earphones easily sounded better than the AirPods and produced accurate sound without being too bass-heavy. The treble had some nice sparkle to it, the bass managed to go pretty deep with good definition, and the midrange sounded natural and present without being too forward, according to Carnoy. Sure, the name is strange and not terribly fitting for a rather generic-looking set of earphones, but they certainly punch above their weight by outperforming Apple’s pricier AirPods. And the Stylish True Wireless earphones are even more affordable with code 1MORETWS, which knocks 30% off the price. At $70, they cost less than half of what you’ll pay for AirPods. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) $144 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Save $30 Applelast_img read more


first_imgIn the wake of the recent turbulence in global markets and slow progress on reforms, about a third of the BSE 500 stocks fell to levels that were witnessed during Manmohan Singh’s regime.Nearly 176 stocks in the BSE 500 index, which accounts for more than 90% of overall market capitalisation of BSE, have shed all the gains posted after the Narendra Modi-led government came to power in May last year.Besides, stock prices of over 10% of companies in the index have now been reduced to half in the past 15 months.”There was a bubble in many stocks that led to a big misalignment in their market valuations and underlying fundamentals. This is now getting corrected and the process could go on for some more time if the global financial environment remains choppy,” G Chokkalingam, founder & CEO of Equinomics Research & Advisory, told Business Standard.The major losers include companies in infrastructure, metal manufacturing, power generation, sugar, real estate, and oil & gas. Infrastructure companies, which are supposed to be the main “beneficiaries of the Modi government’s infra spending push”, have also witnessed losses.Stock prices of Bhushan Steel, the largest auto-grade steel maker in India, have declined by 87.5% as compared to prices on 26 May, last year. Similarly, share prices of Jaypee Associates are now trading at all-time lows of Rs 9.75, having lost 87% since the BJP-led government came to power.However, the benchmark indices’ performance are in contrast to the picture at the component level, as they are “still in the green” as compared to the levels before Modi assumed charge as PM of India.While the Sensex has posted a gain of 6.8% during the past 15 months, the NSE Nifty index rose by 8.7%.”Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) largely own the index and large-cap stocks; their selling explains the fall in benchmark indices. Mutual funds and retail investors, however, continue to accumulate mid-caps. If they begin to lose confidence or if MFs face redemption pressure, we can see more pain in non-index stocks,” said Nitin Jain, head of global asset & wealth management group at Edelweiss Capital.last_img read more


first_imgIn this file photo taken on 27 February 2015, former Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih (C) looks on as a supporter (R) speaks to the press in front of the District Court following the sentencing of her former employer Law Wan-tung in Hong Kong. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, a former Indonesian domestic worker in a high-profile abuse case, said on 22 November 2018 she was `sad and disappointed` after her employer, who was jailed for starving and beating her, walked free before finishing her sentence. Photo: AFPA former Indonesian domestic worker in a high-profile abuse case said Thursday she was “sad and disappointed” after her employer, who was jailed for starving and beating her, walked free before finishing her sentence.Erwiana Sulistyaningsih became the face of abused maids in Hong Kong, after pictures showed how she was imprisoned, starved and violently beaten by her former employer.Law Wan-tung was sentenced to six years in prison in 2015 for grievous bodily harm, assault, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages, and was ordered by a court last year to pay more than $100,000 in damages.But Law secured an early release from prison a few months ago, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday, citing a lawyer from the city’s justice department.Erwiana expressed her disappointment Thursday and said the six-year sentence was not enough “for the terrible crimes that she committed against me and the other victims”.”I feel very sad and disappointed when I learned that my former employer Law Wan-tung was released from jail earlier than the actual imprisonment that she had to serve,” she said.”She tortured me, held me captive, denied me rest and refused to pay me any wages,” Erwiana told reporters.”It is my hope that Law Wan-tung can admit to her wrongdoings, apologise to the victims and resolve to never do the same thing to anyone ever again,” she added.Tutik Lestari Ningsih — another former maid from Indonesia of Law — said the news made her feel “very unsafe” because Law had previously threatened to kill her.The Correctional Services Department said in a statement to AFP that due to privacy regulations they would not disclose specific details.Prison inmates can receive a one-third sentence reduction on good behaviour, although Law had not yet served adequate time of her sentence for this to apply.More than 340,000 domestic helpers work in Hong Kong — mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia — often performing menial tasks for low wages while living in poor conditions.last_img

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The couple, who recently announced their engagement, spent the day in the English city and met people living with HIV.They visited a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS day charity fair to encourage people to ‘See Red.’The @THTorguk event on #WorldAidsDay wants to encourage everyone to #SeeRed in solidarity with people with HIV/AIDS and fight the stigmas that surrounds the disease. pic.twitter.com/Qbdfuyjnsg— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 1, 2017Ian Green, CEO, Terrence Higgins Trust tells Gay Star News of his delight at welcoming the couple.‘World AIDS Day is an important day to remember all those lost to HIV since the start of the epidemic,’ he said. ‘Thankfully, incredible medical advances are being made in the fight against HIV since our namesake Terry Higgins lost his life 35 years ago.‘Today the UK is closer than ever to beating HIV, with the largest drop in new diagnoses reported this year. But we won’t get there until we stamp out HIV stigma for good.’Today Prince Harry and Ms. Markle learn how @THTorguk are working in Nottingham to provide support to people living with HIV and AIDS. pic.twitter.com/FJKUvhkROW eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mark World AIDS Day: ‘We owe it to this generation to eradicate AIDS’Prince Harry and Meghan will be the most pro-LGBTI royal couple everMeet Michael Curry, the pro-gay US bishop at the Royal WeddingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/prince-harry-meghan-markle-attend-world-aids-day-event/ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at World AIDS Day event (Kensington Palace | Twitter)center_img — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 1, 2017The couple spent the morning meeting fans and members of the public during a walk from the National Justice Museum in High Pavement to the Nottingham Contemporary.After their visit to the HIV event, they met students at the Nottingham Academy.Prince Harry’s charitable pastThe Prince of Wales is a long time supporter of charities helping to fight the spread, transmission, and stigma surrounding HIV.Last year, he even recorded a Facebook live video getting a rapid HIV test. And just last week, the young prince attended a pop-up shop in support of Terrence Higgins Trust.On the day, he said: ‘In today’s world, you’re going to be celebrated and included more than ever before.’Prince Harry at the Terrence Higgins Trust pop-up shop (Kensington Palace | Twitter)One of the people to meet Prince Harry today was 23-year-old Andrew Bates from Sunderland.He told Gay Star News: ‘Harry is so lovely and so genuine. He’s such a nice guy, you could talk to him for hours.’Prince Harry just wanted to have a casual conversation about Andrew’s life, including his coming out story and when he found out he was HIV positive.‘Hopefully this spurs on more people to get tested,’ Bates said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a World AIDS Day event in Nottingham today (1 December).last_img read more


first_imgLast year, at Google I/O, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, said: “We are moving from a mobile-first world to an AI-first world” Is it only applicable to Google? Not really. In the recent past, we have seen several advancements in Artificial Intelligence and in parallel a plethora of intelligent apps coming into the market. These advancements are enabling developers to take their apps to the next level by integrating recommendation service, image recognition, speech recognition, voice translation, and many more cool capabilities. Artificial Intelligence is becoming a potent tool for mobile developers to experiment and innovate. The Artificial Intelligence components that are integral to mobile experiences, such as voice-based assistants and location-based services, increasingly require mobile developers to have a basic understanding of Artificial Intelligence to be effective. Of course, you don’t have to be Artificial Intelligence experts to include intelligent components in your app. But, you should definitely understand something about what you’re building into your app and why. After all AI in mobile is not just limited to calling an API, isn’t it? There’s more to it and in this article we will explore how Artificial Intelligence will shape the mobile developer role in the immediate future. Read also: AI on mobile: How AI is taking over the mobile devices marketspace What is changing in the mobile developer role? Focus shifting to data With Artificial Intelligence becoming more and more accessible, intelligent apps are becoming the new norm for businesses. Artificial Intelligence strengthens the relationship between brands and customers, inspiring developers to build smart apps that increase user retention. This also means that developers have to direct their focus to data. They have to understand things like how the data will be collected? How will the data be fed to machines and how often will data input be needed? When nearly 1 in 4 people abandon an app after its first use, as a mobile app developer, you need to rethink how you drive in-app personalization and engagement. Explore “humanized” way of user-app interaction With so many chatbots such as Siri and Google Assistant coming into the market, we can see that “humanizing” the interaction between the user and the app is becoming mainstream. “Humanizing” is the process where the app becomes relatable to the user, and the more effective it is conducted, the more the end user will interact with the app. Users now want easy navigation and searching system and Artificial Intelligence fits perfectly in the scenario. The advances in technologies like text-to-speech, speech-to-text, Natural Language Processing, and cloud services, in general, have contributed to the mass adoption of these types of interfaces. Companies are increasingly expecting mobile developers to be comfortable working with AI functionalities Artificial Intelligence is the future. Companies are now expecting their mobile developers to know how to handle the huge amount of data generated every day and how to use it. Here’s is an example of what Google wants their engineers to do: “We’re looking for engineers who bring fresh ideas from all areas, including information retrieval, distributed computing, large-scale system design, networking and data storage, security, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, UI design and mobile; the list goes on and is growing every day.” This open-ended requirement list shows that it is the right time to learn and embrace Artificial Intelligence as soon as possible. What skills do you need to build intelligent apps? Ideally, data scientists are the ones who conceptualize mathematical models and machine learning engineers are the ones who translate it into the code and train the model. But, when you are working in a resource-tight environment, for example in a start-up, you will be responsible for doing the end-to-end job. It is not as scary as it sounds, because you have several resources to get started with! Taking your first steps with machine learning as a service Learning anything starts with motivating yourself. Directly diving into the maths and coding part of machine learning might exhaust and bore you. That’s why it’s a good idea to know what the end goal of your entire learning process is going to be and what types of solutions are possible using machine learning. There are many products available that you can try to quickly get started such as Google Cloud AutoML (Beta), Firebase MLKit (Beta), and Fritz Mobile SDK, among others. Read also: Machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS): How Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and AWS are democratizing Artificial Intelligence Getting your hands dirty After getting a “warm-up” the next step will involve creating and training your own model. This is where you’ll be introduced to TensorFlow Lite, which is going to be your best friend throughout your journey as a machine learning mobile developer. There are many other machine learning tools coming into the market that you can make use of. These tools make building AI in mobile easier. For instance, you can use Dialogflow, a Natural Language Understanding (NLU) platform that makes it easy for developers to design and integrate conversational user interfaces into mobile apps, web applications, devices, and bots. You can then integrate it on Alexa, Cortana, Facebook Messenger, and other platforms your users are on. Read also: 7 Artificial Intelligence tools mobile developers need to know For practicing you can leverage an amazing codelab by Google, TensorFlow For Poets. It guides you through creating and training a custom image classification model. Through this codelab you will learn the basics of data collection, model optimization, and other key components involved in creating your own model. The codelab is divided into two parts. The first part covers creating and training the model, and the second part is focused on TensorFlow Lite which is the mobile version of TensorFlow that allows you to run the same model on a mobile device. Mathematics is the foundation of machine learning Love it or hate it, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence are built on mathematical principles like calculus, linear algebra, probability, statistics, and optimization. You need to learn some essential foundational concepts and the notation used to express them. There are many reasons why learning mathematics for machine learning is important. It will help you in the process of selecting the right algorithm which includes giving considerations to accuracy, training time, model complexity, number of parameters and number of features. Maths is needed when choosing parameter settings and validation strategies, identifying underfitting and overfitting by understanding the bias-variance tradeoff. Read also: Bias-Variance tradeoff: How to choose between bias and variance for your machine learning model [Tutorial] Read also: What is Statistical Analysis and why does it matter? What are the key aspects of Artificial Intelligence for mobile to keep in mind? Understanding the problem Your number one priority should be the user problem you are trying to solve. Instead of randomly integrating a machine learning model into an application, developers should understand how the model applies to the particular application or use case. This is important because you might end up building a great machine learning model with excellent accuracy rate, but if it does not solve any problem, it will end up being redundant. You must also understand that while there are many business problems which require machine learning approaches, not all of them do. Most business problems can be solved through simple analytics or a baseline approach. Data is your best friend Machine learning is dependent on data; the data that you use, and how you use it, will define the success of your machine learning model. You can also make use of thousands of open source datasets available online. Google recently launched a tool for dataset search named, Google Dataset Search which will make it easier for you to search the right dataset for your problem. Typically, there’s no shortage of data; however, the abundant existence of data does not mean that the data is clean, reliable, or can be used as intended. Data cleanliness is a huge issue. For example, a typical company will have multiple customer records for a single individual, all of which differ slightly. If the data isn’t clean, it isn’t reliable. The bottom line is, it’s a bad practice to just grabbing the data and using it without considering its origin. Read also: Best Machine Learning Datasets for beginners Decide which model to choose A machine learning algorithm is trained and the artifact that it creates after the training process is called the machine learning model. An ML model is used to find patterns in data without the developer having to explicitly program those patterns. We cannot look through such a huge amount of data and understand the patterns. Think of the model as your helper who will look through all those terabytes of data and extract knowledge and insights from the data. You have two choices here: either you can create your own model or use a pre-built model. While there are several pre-built models available, your business-specific use cases may require specialized models to yield the desired results. These off-the-shelf model may also need some fine-tuning or modification to deliver the value the app is intended to provide. Read also: 10 machine learning algorithms every engineer needs to know Thinking about resource utilization is important Artificial Intelligence-powered apps or apps, in general, should be developed with resource utilization in mind. Though companies are working towards improving mobile hardware, currently, it is not the same as what we can accomplish with GPU clusters in the cloud. Therefore, developers need to consider how the models they intend to use would affect resources including battery power and memory usage. In terms of computational resources, inferencing or making predictions is less costly than training. Inferencing on the device means that the models need to be loaded into RAM, which also requires significant computational time on the GPU or CPU. In scenarios that involve continuous inferencing, such as audio and image data which can chew up bandwidth quickly, on-device inferencing is a good choice. Learning never stops Maintenance is important, and to do that you need to establish a feedback loop and have a process and culture of continuous evaluation and improvement. A change in consumer behavior or a market trend can make a negative impact on the model. Eventually, something will break or no longer work as intended, which is another reason why developers need to understand the basics of what it is they’re adding to an app. You need to have some knowledge of how the Artificial Intelligence component that you just put together is working or how it could be made to run faster. Wrapping up Before falling for the Artificial Intelligence and machine learning hype, it’s important to understand and analyze the problem you are trying to solve. You should examine whether applying machine learning can improve the quality of the service, and decide if this improvement justifies the effort of deploying a machine learning model. If you just want a simple API endpoint and don’t want to dedicate much time in deploying a model, cloud-based web services are the best option for you. Tools like ML Kit for Firebase looks promising and seems like a good choice for startups or developers just starting out. TensorFlow Lite and Core ML are good options if you have mobile developers on your team or if you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty. Artificial Intelligence is influencing the app development process by providing us a data-driven approach for solving user problems. It wouldn’t be surprising if in the near future Artificial Intelligence becomes a forerunning factor for app developers in their expertise and creativity. Read Next 10 useful Google Cloud Artificial Intelligence services for your next machine learning project [Tutorial] How Artificial Intelligence is going to transform the Data Center How Serverless computing is making Artificial Intelligence development easierlast_img read more