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first_imgStocks take a beating after iPhone sales slip; Dow falls 660NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled Thursday on Wall Street, with technology companies suffering their worst loss in seven years, after Apple reported that iPhone sales are slipping in China. The rare warning of disappointing results from Apple stoked investors’ fears that the world’s second-biggest economy is losing steam and that trade tensions between Washington and Beijing are making things worse. The sell-off also came after a surprisingly weak report on U.S. manufacturing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 660 points, or 2.8 per cent, and the broader S&P 500 index fell 2.5 per cent.___With slump in iPhone sales, are we post Peak Smartphone?NEW YORK (AP) — Behind Apple’s disconcerting news of weak iPhone sales lies a more sobering truth: The tech industry has hit Peak Smartphone, a tipping point when everyone who can afford one already owns one and no breakthroughs are compelling them to upgrade as frequently as they once did. Some manufacturers have boosted prices to keep up profits, although Apple’s shortfall in China may highlight the limits of that strategy___Waning iPhone demand highlights Chinese consumer anxietyBEIJING (AP) — Apple’s $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S. The company says demand is waning, and revenue for the last three months of 2018 will fall below projections. CEO Tim Cook points to China for the decrease. The Apple news shows how vulnerable many big U.S. companies are to a slowdown in China, especially as the world’s two biggest economies seek to settle a contentious trade dispute.___Bristol-Myers Squibb buying Celgene in $74B dealSUMMIT, N.J. (AP) —Bristol-Myers Squibb is spending $74 billion on fellow drugmaker Celgene in a deal aimed at stocking the combined company’s development pipeline with cancer, immunology and cardiovascular treatments. Bristol would gain the cancer treatment Revlimid in the cash-and-stock deal announced Thursday, as well as inflammatory disease treatments and several products close to launching. The combined company will have nine products with more than $1 billion in annual sales.___Apple drops iPhone bombshell on already reeling stock marketSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple acknowledged that demand for iPhones is sagging, a warning likely to roil financial markets. It confirmed investor fears that the company’s most profitable product has lost some of its lustre. CEO Tim Cook said that iPhone sales fell well below projections, especially in China, amid a trans-Pacific trade war and concern over global economic weakness.___Worries grow about impact of a prolonged government shutdownWASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump warning that it “could be a long time” before the partial shutdown of the government ends, concerns are rising about potential economic damage given that the shutdown is coinciding with other threats. Should it drag into February, the slowdown in government activity could shake confidence and cause businesses and consumers to stop spending.___Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angstSmartphones have been blamed for contributing to depression and suicidal behaviour in susceptible teens. But what if they could be used to identify kids at risk? That idea is the spark for a race to develop phone apps to detect impending mental health crises. Developers say as teens scroll through Instagram and Snapchat, tap out texts, or hole up in their rooms watching YouTube, they’re leaving enormous digital footprints that may offer clues to their psyches. Studies are underway to find out.___US factories expanded at slowest pace in more than 2 yearsWASHINGTON (AP) — American factories grew last month at the slowest pace in more than two years. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index dropped to 54.1 in December, down from 59.3 in November and lowest since November 2016.___No refuge for investors: Even “safe” funds fell in 2018NEW YORK (AP) — The past year felt dismal for investors. What’s worse, the gloom was all-encompassing as mutual funds of all types sank. Even those funds that are typically steadier during turbulent markets struggled through what became the worst year since the Great Recession for many investors.___Sign-ups steady as health law case goes to appeals courtWASHINGTON (AP) — The government says 8.4 million Americans have signed up for coverage this year under the Obama health law, even as supporters of the law appealed a court ruling declaring it unconstitutional. Thursday’s numbers underscore the unexpected staying power of “Obamacare,” which President Donald Trump failed to repeal after promising a better health plan. Also Thursday, Democratic-led states said they’ve appealed a ruling by a federal judge who recently declared the health law unconstitutional.___The S&P 500 lost 62.14 points Thursday, closing at 2,447.89. The Dow fell 660.02 points, or 2.8 per cent, to 22,868.22. The Nasdaq retreated 202.43 points, or 3 per cent, to 6,463.50. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 25.07 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 1,330.83.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Canadian Oil Sands claims victory calls for Suncor to disclose tender results

CALGARY — Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. is calling on Suncor Energy Inc. to disclose details of how shareholders reacted to its $4.3-billion hostile takeover bid for COS before a Jan. 8 deadline was extended by nearly three weeks.The Calgary-based company claims it won a resounding victory last week, which ended with Suncor  extending the deadline for its all-stock offer to Jan. 27 — but without changing what’s on the table.Suncor announced the extension on Friday as the original deadline passed at 6 p.m. Mountain Time, following more than a week of heavy publicity by both sides as they fought to win support from shareholders.Suncor extends takeover offer for Canadian Oil Sands until January 27Why Canadian Oil Sands investors snub Suncor at their perilWhere did the potential buyers of Canadian Oil Sands disappear to?Canadian Oil Sands has said Suncor’s offer is too low and its shareholders would do better if COS remains independent. Suncor argues crude’s decline to multi-year lows has made a higher offer out of the question and makes its offer less risky for shareholders than if they remain invested in an independent Canadian Oil Sands.The extension gives Suncor more time to make its case to shareholders. But Canadian Oil Sands concluded Monday’s statement by urging its shareholders to reject the takeover as it currently stands and hold onto their COS stock.“While only Suncor has access to all the tender results, the best information that COS currently has is that a strong majority of COS shareholders rejected the substantially undervalued and opportunistic Suncor bid,” Canadian Oil Sands said Monday.“COS believes that immediate disclosure of the number of shares tendered is required under Canadian and U.S. securities law in this situation as a material fact that would reasonably be expected to affect the decision of shareholders to accept or reject the Suncor bid . . . ”Suncor CEO Steve Williams said in an interview last week that he’d need to have a “high degree of confidence” that a deal would eventually close in order to keep up the pursuit. read more

UN environmental agency outlines plans to clean up highly toxic sites in

The highly polluted Al Qadissiya metal-plating facility south of Baghdad is one of five priority sites studied by Iraqi experts under a UNEP-managed project and detailed in a new report, Assessment of Environmental ‘Hotspots’ in Iraq, also released today. The six-month clean-up, for which $900,000 have been secured, may start next month.”If the country is to have a brighter and less risky future it is incumbent on the international community to help the authorities there deal with these pollution hot spots – a good and positive example of capacity building and technology support,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said. There is concern that children entering Al Qadissiya could be exposed via the skin or by accidental ingestion. The report concluded that the most pressing issue at the site, a complex of metal-plating and machining units for products including small arms, are the dispersed piles of sodium cyanide pellets used in hardening small arms such as rifles.It said the five sites, among a list of 50 presented to the Iraqi Ministry of the Environment for selection, were likely to be the tip of the iceberg in terms of environmental hot spots. Overall, close to $40 million is needed to meet the report’s recommendations in full, including cleaning contaminated oil industry sites and setting up a hazardous waste treatment facility.In previous such operations, for example in the Balkans and Afghanistan, the agency’s Post Conflict Assessment Branch did its own sampling and field studies, but the security situation in Iraq precluded direct work by a UNEP team and 30 Iraqis from various ministries were trained for the job, with the samples tested at laboratories in Europe.The four other priority sites are:Al Suwaira Pesticide Warehouses, containing a range of substances including mercury, zinc and calcium compounds, organo-chlorine and organo-phosphorous substances like Lindane, Heptachlor and DDT, which was looted after the war, with containers smashed and pesticides spread around the buildings.Khan Dhari Petrochemicals Warehouse, west of Baghdad, which contained several thousand tons of refinery chemicals until it was looted and partially burned down in March 2003.Al Mishraq Sulphur Mining Complex, south of Mosul, one of the world’s largest sulphur mines, where up to 300,000 tons of stockpiled sulphur were burned in a catastrophic fire in June, 2003.Ouireej Military Scrap Yard, a planned residential area 15 kilometres south of Baghdad, which in 2003 became a main dumping and processing site for military scrap and destroyed Iraqi weapons. The assessments of the five sites were conducted in April and funded by a contribution from the Japanese Government to the UN Development Group’s Iraqi Trust Fund earmarked for UNEP. read more

Dutch retailer pulls childrens colouring book with picture of Hitler

first_img 11,333 Views Dutch retailer pulls children’s colouring book with picture of Hitler The chain said customers who bought the book would be offered a refund. Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 9:57 PM A DUTCH RETAILER has said that is had withdrawn from its stores a children’s colouring book that featured Adolf Hitler, complete with Nazi salute and a Swastika on his arm.“Nice, your colouring book!” commented one customer on the Facebook page of the Kruidvat chain, posting a photo of the page that showed the Nazi dictator ready to be coloured-in.Kruidvat, which sells household goods, said on Facebook that it “deeply regretted this incident” and described the image, appearing in two different colouring books themed around football and castle towers, as “inappropriate”.“The colouring books went on sale on Monday April 3 and were immediately withdrawn from sale,” the retailer said, adding that it was investigating how the image ended up featuring in the books.“Despite various tests during the assembling of the content, the image concerned unfortunately found its way into the colouring book.”The chain said customers who bought the book would be offered a refund.- © AFP, 2017Read: Extremist who called Jewish people ‘subhuman animals’ jailed in London Read: Hitler’s personal telephone sells for €228,000 File photo File photo Image: Michal Fludra/NurPhoto By AFPcenter_img Short URL Share6 Tweet Email2 52 Comments Apr 5th 2017, 9:57 PM Image: Michal Fludra/NurPhoto Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le génome des cétacés dévoile les secrets de leur adaptation aux océans

first_imgLe génome des cétacés dévoile les secrets de leur adaptation aux océansPubliés dans Nature Genetics, le séquençage et l’étude, par des chercheurs coréens, du génome du petit rorqual et de celui d’autres espèces de cétacés, livre les secrets de l’adaptation de ces animaux au milieu marin.Cétacés à fanons comme le petit rorqual (la baleine la plus abondante) et le rorqual commun, cétacés à dents comme le grand dauphin et le marsouin aptère : autant d’espèces dont le génome a été passé au crible par des chercheurs de l’Institut coréen des sciences et technologies de la mer. Les résultats de ces recherches, récemment publiés, montrent les diverses adaptations de l’organisme de ces mammifères à l’écosystème océanique.Aujourd’hui, on sait que les cétacés bénéficient d’une résistance aux stress physiologiques causés par l’apnée et d’une concentration élevée en sel qui leur ont permis de s’adapter au milieu marin. Mais la nouvelle étude a également permis de déterminer que des gènes, liés notamment au métabolisme anaérobie, se sont modifiés par rapport aux mammifères terrestres et ont modelé le corps des mammifères marins.Ainsi, en réponse aux conditions hypoxiques (privation d’oxygène), qui peuvent entraîner, dans l’organisme, la production d’isotopes d’oxygène nocifs susceptibles d’endommager l’ADN, une production accrue de glutathion, un antioxydant ciblé, est génétiquement programmée. Autre exemple : chez les mysticètes (vraies baleines), des codons ‘stop’ inhibent les gènes ENAM, MMP et AMEL, impliqués dans la formation de l’émail dentaire et la bio-minéralisation.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ceci permet à ces animaux de développer des fanons – ces filtres à plancton ornant la gueule – et non des dents. Les gènes liés au développement des poils (notamment à la production de kératine), eux, sont ‘contractés’, notent les chercheurs.Des données précieuses “Le petit rorqual est le premier mammifère marin à avoir été séquencé avec une couverture du génome d’une si grande profondeur. Les données sur le génome peuvent non seulement nous aider à savoir beaucoup plus sur les mécanismes d’adaptation qui sous-tendent [la biologie du] petit rorqual”, explique Xuanmin Guang, directeur de ce projet scientifique.”Mais ils fournissent également des ressources précieuses pour les études futures sur les mammifères marins, telles que le contrôle et la prévention des maladies ou la protection et la conservation des espèces”, conclut-ilLe 30 novembre 2013 à 18:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Look Up Planetary Parade Continues Through September

first_img Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Stay on target The glow of summer is almost over. But the season’s astronomical phenomenon has not yet finished.There is plenty of time to join the planetary party, which continues through Labor Day.Multiple planets (and the Moon) recently met up to form a rare alignment that hasn’t occurred in more than a decade, according to Butler University.Venus, Jupiter, the Moon, Saturn, and Mars last week lined up across the sky, forming a stunning intergalactic parade, best viewed Friday and Saturday nights.Missed the stellar show? You should be able to spot a panorama of planets over the coming weeks, The Washington Post advised. Just grab a sweater, clean your glasses, head outside after sunset, and look south.Scanning west to east, second-planet-from-the-Sun Venus hangs low in the sky from dusk into the evening; gas giants Jupiter (observed this week in the constellation Libra) and Saturn follow. Our red neighbor Mars, meanwhile, climbs the early evening eastern sky, the Post said, citing Butler professor of physics and astronomy Brian Murphy.“This is not a one-and-done event,” he told the paper. “It’s going to be a slow transition … as the four planets are strung across the sky each evening.”In the days leading up to the Full Sturgeon Moon on Aug. 26, the brightening orb can be seen rising in the east about an hour before the Sun sets in the west.Some sky gazers may have already noticed a brighter-than-usual Mars: The second-smallest planet in July reached opposition with the Sun, offering Earth observers their closest view of the sphere since 2003.The next extra-close Martian opposition will occur in September 2035.“It’s an ideal time to get out and see the planets,” Murphy, director of Butler’s Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, said in a statement.”Usually we don’t have four planets visible at once in a good viewing location, along with a quarter Moon, which is the ideal time to view the Moon.“And they’re all evenly spaced,” he added. “If you ignore the Sun, these are the four brightest objects in the sky we’re talking about.”It’s hard to know exactly when this lineup will happen again, but Murphy expects something similar in two years—and then not again for a long time.A slightly modified version of this month’s procession lingers in September, when the waxing crescent Moon will appear to float above Venus in the west-southwestern sky (on the 12th).Earth’s satellite is set to visit Jupiter on the 13th, then Saturn from Sept. 16 to 17. By the time it reaches the waxing gibbous stage on the 19th, the Moon will be sliding past Mars.The autumnal equinox is Sept. 22 in the US; the Full Harvest Moon will be Sept. 24.Outer space has provided fodder for a number of recent breakthroughs, including news of water ice on the Moon, the discovery of the oldest-ever galaxies, and possible hiding places for extraterrestrials. Find out more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Portlands daylong call to boil water has many in community finding creative

first_imgPORTLAND — Merrick Monroe popped the tab on a Pabst Blue Ribbon, giggled and took a swig.If Portland’s boil order was going to forbid drinking tap water during Friday’s work hours, Monroe pledged to find an alternative. She discovered it in the back room of Bridge City Comics, where she passed an otherwise quiet Friday afternoon as cashier.“After I got into work, I was texting with my boss and we were joking about stuff, like, what are we gonna drink?” Monroe said. “He said there’s plenty of PBR and bottles of water in the back, so, I guess I’m drinking PBR.”On Saturday, the city lifted a 24-hour boil order, the largest in the city’s history. The news was welcomed by coffee shops, restaurants and bars that had to close or serve limited menus on Friday evening and Saturday morning.Tests discovered the presence of the E. coli bacterium in the city water supply over three days beginning Tuesday.Water customers were told to boil all drinking water for a full minute, avoid getting water in their mouths during showers and throw out anything made with tap water during the previous week.Two city reservoirs will be drained and cleaned. The city hasn’t yet identified the source of the contamination, and the water bureau advised customers to run all taps for two minutes to purge potentially contaminated water.last_img read more

RDA Holdings Names New Board of Directors

first_img*Heath Freeman, managing director of Alden Global Capital and a current board member of MediaNews Group, the second largest newspaper company in the U.S. by circulation. *Robert Guth, a member of the board of directors of the Nominating and Governance Committee at wireless provider Telos Holdings, Corp. *Keith Richman, CEO of Break Media, an Internet entertainment company that operates properties such as and WallstreetFighter. *Ryan Schaper, managing member of investment management firm Point Lobos Capital.*Doug Teitelbaum, managing partner of investment firm Homewood Capital LLC.*Martin Wade, chairman and CEO of telecom company Broadcaster, Inc. RDA Holdings Co. previously announced that revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010 dropped 15.9 percent to $521.8 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. Meanwhile, net income rose to $58.5 million in the fourth quarter, compared to a net loss of $26.7 million for the same period last year.Looking only at the company’s performance since February 2010, when RDA emerged from bankruptcy protection, it generated $1.5 billion in revenue, compared to $2.1 billion in calendar year 2009, with a net loss of $40.5 million, compared to a net loss of $921.4 million in 2009. RDA Holding Co., the parent company of Reader’s Digest Association, announced a new board of directors today (approved by the majority of its shareholders). RDA president and CEO Mary Berner retains her board seat. The new board includes:*Randall Curran, CEO of telecommunications company DELTACOM, Inc.*William Drewery, former chairman of media investments at private equity firm Diamond Castle Holdings.last_img read more

OBITUARY Patricia Anne Walsh Moulton 77

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Patricia (Pat) Moulton, a resident of Wilmington, MA and formerly of Peabody and Salem, MA, passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Sawtelle Family Hospice House, Reading, MA after a brief illness. Pat was born in Peabody on November 30, 1940, to the late M. Joseph and Ruth E. (McLeod) Walsh. She was a graduate of Peabody High School in 1958. During her high school years, Pat was employed by the Paramount Theater in Salem, which gave her the opportunity to spend many hours watching films when the concessions stand was closed. Throughout her life, she continued to share her enjoyment of films with her brother, children and especially her grandchildren. Following high school, Pat was employed by William Filene Sons Company at the North Shore Mall for several years, Verizon, the Jewish Community Center in Swampscott and the Hawthorne Hotel. In 1975, she joined the staff of Salem Hospital and retired as a computer operator in the laboratory in 2015 after 40 years of service.What brought Pat the most joy were her family celebrations on Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. She loved being surrounded by her daughters, their husbands, and all the grandchildren. Every Thanksgiving her family would spend several days at a New England resort; Pat’s favorite was the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Me. Her Christmas Eve buffet was a special treat for the family and friends who attended to enjoy the yuletide spirit.Pat is survived by her daughters, Toni M. (Moulton) Carmody and her husband Mark of Amesbury, and Tina E. (Moulton) Kinsella and her husband James of Wilmington. Her grandchildren include Shayne, Kaitlin and Ryan Kinsella and Declan, Conor, Skylyn and Sara Carmody. Pat is also survived by her sister, Mary E. (Walsh) Parry and her husband James of Groveland as well as a niece, several nephews, many grand nieces and nephews and one great grandniece. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Michael J. Walsh.Her family is grateful to Dr. Kristin O’Neil for the care and compassion she provided to their mother throughout the years. Pat was a gentle, caring woman who believed in the goodness of people and will be missed by all her knew her. In Accordance with Pat’s wishes, funeral arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Sawtelle Family Hospice, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867 in her memory. For Guest book, please visit the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home website at (Pat) Moulton(NOTE: The above obituary is from Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lawrence “Mike” Considine, 63In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Deborah A. Clark, 66In “Obituaries”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 4 Car Windows Smashed Teens Jumping In Front

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, May 4, 2019:Police came across a man walking in dark clothing on Ballardvale Street and gave him a ride to work. (12:42am)A Hardin Street caller reported his vehicle’s windows and tail lights were smashed. (11:23am)Officer requested a log entry be made that Kevin MacDonald was just removed from Town Meeting at the High School. (12:29pm)A walk-in party turned in cash found at the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility. (1:58pm)An Avalon Oaks caller reported her downstairs neighbors are talking negatively about her. Dispatch transferred her to the business line. Police drove around the whole building and did not observe anyone out on the balconies talking. (8:39pm)A caller reported a group of teens running in front of cars as they come around a turn on Glen Road. Police were unable to locate. (9:27pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 14: Missing Teen Located; Trash Left Behind At Yentile FarmIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Surveillance Video Shows Former Bethel Police Officer Slamming Man to Ground

first_imgSurveillance video shows a former Bethel city police officer repeatedly slamming a man to the ground in the parking lot of a grocery store during an arrest last summer. The man eventually pleaded guilty to harassing the officer. But with the new evidence, an attorney is trying to bring the case back to court.Download AudioThe camera is far away, and the video has no sound, but it shows a uniformed police officer repeatedly picking up and dropping a man to the ground in the parking lot of the Alaska Commercial Company store.A few people pause to watch the event unfold. The officer picks the man up and slams him down at least 9 times. Nobody intervenes, including the other officer at the scene.According to the video and police documents, the incident took place on July 12th, 2014 just after 9 a.m. A witness, Linda Green, a professor doing research in the area, reported what she saw to police and to the City of Bethel but got no response, so she went to the media. From her home in Arizona, Green says she’s relieved the video has come out to corroborate her reports.“I’m particularly glad because it hopefully will lead to some consequences for this kind of behavior,” said Green.The officer was later identified as Andrew Reid.KYUK requested a copy of the video from the Bethel Police Department on March 13th, about the same time that attorney Sean Brown, who represents Wassillie Gregory, the man being arrested, made the same request.“I’m glad to have finally obtained the video for Mr. Gregory and it reveals clearly what witnesses had told us had happened that day,” said Brown.The video was recorded as surveillance for the Alaska Commercial store. A police officer verbally denied KYUK’s request for the video but the department never sent a formal denial. Brown says the video should have been turned over to the Bethel District Attorney’s office.“I think it is upsetting and disturbing that even as of last week I’ve received written confirmation that the Bethel Police Department had never turned this video over to the District Attorney’s Office so that the officer himself could be investigated by the Bethel DA’s office or so that charges could be considered against the officer for the actions he took against Mr. Gregory that day,” said Brown.Derek Reimer is a spokesperson for North West Company, the parent company of the AC store where the video was captured. When asked about the chain of events regarding the handling of the surveillance video he said:“The North West Company has cooperated with the local law enforcement as they requested and we’re hopeful the that the matter will be resolved by them,” said Reimer.However, an email from an attorney for the company, obtained by KYUK, says the store manager provided the Police Chief with a hard drive containing the video. The email says when the manger requested the return of the hard drive from Bethel Police the video had been deleted. The manager took the hard drive to someone in Bethel who was able to restore the video. It was then turned over to the attorney who shared it with KYUK.The police record differs from the video and witness accounts. A police report says there was no call for police help, but Officer Reid, on July 12th responded because he observed Gregory, a quote, “Indian” male, at 9:18 am as quote, “clearly intoxicated”. The report says that Gregory made verbal threats to Reid and challenged him to a fight. The report says Reid was afraid that Gregory might be grabbing for a weapon.In an affidavit, Officer Reid says he quote, “kindly tried to assist Gregory into my cruiser for protective custody when he pulled away … ” end quote.The report says Reid then transported Gregory to the hospital where he was medically cleared and says he didn’t have any injuries other than a cut on his face. But a transcript from the initial court hearing quotes an Alaska State Trooper saying Gregory was at the hospital because of a dislocated shoulder and a possible broken collarbone.Charges against Gregory of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest were dropped in exchange for him pleading guilty to harassing Reid. Brown, the attorney for Gregory, is pursuing a motion to withdraw the plea because of the new video evidence.The City of Bethel and the Bethel Police Department referred KYUK to their attorney, Bill Ingaldson, who said he could not comment because of ongoing personnel action involving Reid and possible litigation.Officer Reid was fired from his job at the Bethel Police Department last month. About the same time, a protective order was issued against him by a court in a domestic matter. He was hired in July, 2012.last_img read more

Construction workers protest in Tenali

first_imgGuntur: The construction workers have staged a protest at Market Center in Tenali of Guntur district on Tuesday. On the Occasion, the workers expressed their anguish that due to lack of sand, their livelihood has been affected. They also said that the government decision had brought their families on the road. Over the protest, the police have reached the spot and shifted the protesters to the local police station.last_img

Yahoo Ropes in Top Executive from Rival Google Marissa Mayer is New

first_imgIn what seems to be a desparate attempt to bounce back from the bad phase, Yahoo! has appointed Marissa Mayer as President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors. She will officially take up the top post on Tuesday.Interestingly, Mayer was a well-known name in Yahoo’s rival company Google. She was the Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services at Google where she oversaw product management, engineering, design and strategy for the company’s suite of local and geographical products products including Google Maps, Google Earth, Zagat, Street View, and local search, for desktop and mobile.The 37-years-old internet expert expressed her happiness on being appointed as the Chief of Yahoo, replacing interim CEO Ross Levinsohn.”I am honoured and delighted to lead Yahoo!, one of the internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users. I look forward to working with the Company’s dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalized experiences to users and advertisers all around the world,” she said.”Yahoo!’s products will continue to enhance our partnerships with advertisers, technology and media companies, while inspiring and delighting our users. There is a lot to do and I can’t wait to get started,” she added.People at Yahoo are of the opinion that Mayer, who helped design the look of Google, would help the company bounce back with her experience.”Marissa is a well-known, visionary leader in user experience and product design and one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting strategists in technology development. I look forward to working with her to enhance Yahoo’s product offerings for our over 700 million unique monthly visitors,” said Yahoo! Co-Founder David Filo.”The Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Marissa’s unparalleled track record in technology, design, and product execution makes her the right leader for Yahoo! at this time of enormous opportunity,” said Fred Amoroso, Chairman of the Board of Directors.Mayer received her B.S. in Symbolic Systems and her M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, specializing in artificial intelligence for both degrees. She is credited as an inventor on several patents in artificial intelligence and interface design.last_img read more

Randstad India appoints Paul Dupuis as new CEO

first_imgRepresentational image for corporate appointments.PixabayRandstad India, one of the country’s leading HR service providers today announced the appointment of Paul Dupuis as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Paul is taking over the mantle from Dr. Moorthy K. Uppaluri, who served as the MD& CEO of Randstad India over the last 4 years.Paul Dupuis, a global leader with a commendable track record in hands-on business growth and organizational transformation management will now spearhead the next phase of growth for Randstad India. He comes with over 24 years of professional expertise and experience in Asia across Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong & Korea. Paul’s extensive industry experience and network has been gained from handling key leadership roles in recruitment, strategic planning and business development, spanning renowned organizations.Prior to joining Randstad India, Paul served as the Managing Director of Professionals (Search & Selection), Engineers (temp & perm), RPO and GCS of Randstad Japan from 2013, where he was inducted as a board member in 2014.Commenting on the appointment, Paul van de Kerkhof, Chairman, Randstad India and representative of Randstad Holding said, “Given the growth trajectory and market potential of India, it continues to be one of the most critical emerging markets for the Randstad Group. We are delighted to have Paul Dupuis on board as the new CEO, who has an illustrious track record and global expertise.He comes with a proven ability to create strategic priorities, drive innovation and methodical execution to deliver sustained results and make our Tech and Touch strategy a reality in India. I am sure his passion for results will help the organization remain at the forefront and realize its long term vision. Also, I would like to thank Dr.Moorthy for his dedicated service, which involved many significant accomplishments and for playing a critical role in the evolution of Randstad India over the last four years.”On being elevated as the new CEO, Paul Dupuis said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the Randstad India team as we enter a new phase of growth and expansion. I look forward to continuing what has been started and go full speed ahead on the path of success that the organization is on today to fulfill this tremendous responsibility of delivering meaningful outcomes for all our stakeholders”.Paul Dupuis is a graduate from The University of Windsor, has completed a Professional Development Program from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia and has also participated in executive training programs at INSEAD in France & Singapore. Additionally, Paul is the Chairman of HOPE International Sustainable Development Agency (JP), focusing on clean water projects and micro-credit programs, with a mission to help the neglected poor become self-reliant.last_img read more

PM leaves Dhaka for Germany

first_imgMinisters, advisers to the prime minister, cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials sees off prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka on Thursday morning for Germany in her maiden overseas tour in the third consecutive term in office which would take her to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well during the return journey, reports BSS.During the six-day two-nation tour Sheikh Hasina will join an international security conference in Germany’s Munich, and attend a defence exhibition in UAE’s Abu Dhabi, where she would also hold bilateral talks with the leaders of Middle Eastern nation.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage members took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Munich at 8:20am.Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials were present at the airport to see her off.The flight is scheduled to reach Munich International Airport at 1.15pm Munich time (6:15pm Bangladesh time).The two-day Munich Security Conference begins in Munich on 14 February, where the she has several other engagements including meetings with leading business conglomerates and health campaigners.Sheikh Hasina will visit Abu Dhabi from 17 to 19 February to attend the 14th International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) and hold bilateral talks with the UAE leaders.Hours after reaching Munich, Sheikh Hasina will attend a community reception to be organised by Bangladesh Mission in Germany at Hotel Sheraton where she would stay during the visit.She will attend the opening ceremony of the Security Conference tomorrow, deliver a statement and take part in a discussion on defence cooperation.Sheikh Hasina is also scheduled to join a roundtable titled “Health in Crisis-WHO cares” to be hosted by Centre for Strategies and International Studies and World Health Organisation (WHO).She will also hold a meeting with Noble laureate 2017 Beatrice Fihn, who is the executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and with Fatou Bensouda, a top Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC).In the afternoon the prime minister will hold meetings with Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG and Hans Wolfgang Kunz, CEO of Veridos.She will join a dinner to be hosted jointly by Borge Brende, president of the World Economic Forum, and Jared Cohen, CEO of Jigsaw.On 16 February, the prime minister will join a panel discussion on “Climate Change as a Security Threat”.From Munich Sheikh Hasina will arrive Abu Dhabi in the morning on 17 February and attend the opening session of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX-2019) at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).During the visit Hasina is likely to hold meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and bilateral talks with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and other leaders.Sheikh Hasina will have an audience with Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, Wife of Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founder and the Inaugural president of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi at Al Bahar Palace.The prime minister will join a community event to be held at St Regis Abu Dhabi Hotel where she will stay during the visit.Sheikh Hasina is expected to return home in the morning on 20 February.last_img read more

Pugh Lays Out Agenda for Baltimore

first_imgBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, left, with Sen. Catherine Pugh, D-Baltimore, the day after the Baltimore primary. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Catherine Pugh is planning for Baltimore’s future.  Even as Sheila Dixon, Pugh’s primary opponent in the Mayoral race publicly weighs her options for contesting the results of the April 26th Democratic election, Pugh is reaching out and moving forward.  “My campaign was about unity and bringing people together” Pugh said in an interview with the AFRO.Since being named the winner of the election on April 26, Pugh has been busy meeting with Baltimore’s business and educational leadership. She is working on strategies to transform Baltimore into the place where people will choose to send their children to school.  “We have to make sure Baltimore City Public Schools can provide an experience where our children are well educated. When parents begin to have children that are school-aged, they are not choosing Baltimore.  We have to figure out how to change that,” she said.Pugh spent her first post-election weeks meeting with Baltimore’s business and higher education leaders to discuss ways to make career opportunities available to the city’s college graduates and influence students to make Baltimore a permanent home after college.  “I came here as a Morgan State University student. Baltimore is the place where I grew up and became an adult, a business owner, a banker, a CEO, a public servant and state legislator.”   “I’ve spoken to Michael Cryor and we are working with The One Baltimore Committee on job opportunities.  I would like to see students have options in Baltimore during their junior year so more of them can consider staying in the city,” Pugh said.Pugh recognizes Baltimore’s college graduates aren’t the only ones who need viable employment opportunities.  She acknowledges great inequities in accessing opportunity threatening the basic stability of many neighborhoods in Baltimore. “I’ve also been talking about our vision to reduce overall unemployment in our city. We have 77,000 who are unemployed in Baltimore,” Pugh said. In addition to an unemployment rate in excess of 12%, Pugh also mentioned the systemic challenges and inequities created by the combination of high unemployment with Baltimore’s high incarceration and substance abuse rates.One-third of Maryland’s State Prison population hails from Baltimore, according to a February 2015 report by the Justice Policy Initiative (JPI).  25 of Baltimore’s 55 communities are considered “high incarceration communities.”  These 25 communities are home to most of Baltimore’s 7,795 state prison inmates.   Sandtown-Winchester/Harlem Park, the community Freddie Gray called home, has the highest rate of State Prison inmates from Baltimore.“High incarceration communities” are also plagued by higher rates of unemployment, substance abuse, more reliance on public assistance and public transportation, and the lowest income per-capita rates in Baltimore, according to the JPI report.Pugh recognizes that she will need a broad coalition of support to create the kind of long-term systemic changes needed to reach deep into Baltimore’s struggling neighborhoods. “I consider myself as one who does have the right approach to unite this city around issues of importance.”  Pugh acknowledges and welcomes ideas that have come from some of her opponents. “I plan to have a very big tent, welcoming and open to new ideas and new vision.  Great ideas came from some of our younger candidates, during this election.  People who are positive and understand that the glass is half-full rather than half-empty” she said.Scholars who closely examined the city’s primary election believe Pugh can deliver the change Baltimore voters want. Ann Cotton, Director of the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore, believes Pugh is a strategic choice for Baltimore in the aftermath of the city’s broad-based unrest.“In choosing Catherine Pugh as the democratic nominee for Mayor of Baltimore, voters are saying they want change, but they also want a seasoned leader at the helm. With her experience in Annapolis and understanding of the challenges facing Baltimore, Ms. Pugh is well-positioned to leverage Baltimore’s position in the national spotlight to launch bold initiatives to bring about major change in Baltimore,” said Cotton.Pugh said she understands that her administration must open city government processes and become more transparent. “The message for Baltimore is that we are going to be more inclusive. When we talk about boards and commission, we want the participation of more Baltimoreans.last_img read more

Third person nabbed in Nirmal Kundu murder case

first_imgKolkata: Another person has been arrested in connection with Nimta Trinamool leader Nirmal Kundu’s murder case on Thursday night from Hooghly.The accused, identified as Sanjay Das, was produced before the Barrackpore Court on Friday and was remanded to six days police custody. On the other hand, the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has taken over the Nimta murder case on Friday, following Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s instruction on Thursday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to sources, on Wednesday night two persons identified as Suman Kundu and Sujoy Das were arrested. After interrogating the duo, sleuths came up with Sanjay’s name. It has been alleged that he was riding the bike and Sujoy was sitting on the pillion rider’s seat, from where he had fired the shots at Nirmal. On the other hand, on Friday afternoon, CID sleuths went to Nimta police station and took over the charge of the investigation. All the documents including case diaries were handed over to CID team by the investigating officer of Nimta police station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSources have informed that the accused persons who were remanded to police custody will also be handed over to CID after maintaining legal procedure. Sleuths are trying to find out who else are connected with the planning of the murder. The CID team has already met with Nirmal’s family and will question the persons who were on the spot on Tuesday. Sleuths may also question the accused persons named in the FIR, apart from the arrested trio. Sleuths are also trying to know from whom the contract killers had got the one-shotter pistol, which was seized after arresting Sujoy. Earlier on Thursday evening, the Chief Minister had ordered a CID probe to solve the Nirmal Kundu murder case. She also alleged that BJP is behind the violence taking place across the state and pointed her finger at the saffron party for the murder as well.last_img read more

Frank Sinatra Almost Became an 80s Action Hero

first_imgBelieve it or not, there was a time when Frank Sinatra was wanted for the lead role in Die Hard. How had this happened? When the movie was in production, Bruce Willis’s reputation was somewhat different to what it is now.A 2014 Business Insider article wrote that “Willis was not exactly the kind of person the studio was hoping to cast in the role.”Frank SinatraIn the late Eighties he was best known for the romantic comedy TV show Moonlighting and Blake Edwards’ movie romp Blind Date. He was affable yes, resourceful, kind of tough… but an action hero? Forget it.Of course naysayers went on to eat their words. With Willis at its heart the film was a smash hit. Its self-contained, high concept premise of a skyscraper under siege made it dynamic and innovative. Put-upon central character John McLane became the most enduring part of his career to date.Bruce Willis in 2010. Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 3.0Based on the 1979 book Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp, the original flick took some time to reach the screen. And when producers were first mulling over a movie version, Sinatra’s name was top of the list.While this sounds strange, it makes sense in the context of the source novel. Nothing Lasts Forever was thought of by Thorp in a dream. He’d somehow managed to go to sleep during that other iconic skyscraper film, The Towering Inferno (1974).Bruce Willis running with automatic weapon in a scene from the film ‘Die Hard’, 1988. Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty ImagesHe wound up dreaming about Joe Leland, the hero of his previous book The Detective (1966), facing off against criminals in a high rise. This was the essence of Nothing Lasts Forever, a follow up to Leland’s debut story.The Detective had been filmed in 1968, starring none other than “Ol’ Blue Eyes.” This gritty police thriller, which tackled sensitive topics such as homosexuality, was a high point on Sinatra’s CV.Frank Sinatra in 1955.His acting chops were tested in this and other movies like The Man With The Golden Arm (1955), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Von Ryan’s Express (1965).A major factor that prevented Sinatra’s involvement was time. Die Hard began to take shape 2 decades after The Detective, and while Joe Leland had reached retirement age in the novel, the smooth crooner himself was way past that. At 73 he just wouldn’t have cut it.Photo of Frank Sinatra and Lee Remick from the film ‘The Detective’.Whether he’d have been required to run around in a vest, crawl through ventilation shafts and use foul language is unclear. Plus accounts of why exactly the Sinatra version didn’t happen vary.Business Insider claimed that “Because the movie was technically a sequel, they were contractually obligated to offer Frank Sinatra the leading role. He was 73 years old at the time and gracefully turned the offer down.”The Independent says “Producers had hoped Sinatra would return as Leland for the sequel.” Either way, the swinging “Chairman of the Board” put the brakes on.Sinatra as Tony Rome.Joe Leland switched his name to John McLane. Arnold Schwarzenegger was approached, in what might surely have been the most radical actor replacement in film history. Finally, Willis got the gig. It’s difficult to imagine anyone else in the part.Die Hard celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. A piece in The Independent refers to it being “nothing short of a phenomenon, spawning four sequels to date and a loyal fan base, many of whom claim it as their favourite Christmas film.”Yes, the mayhem occurs during the holiday season. The most wonderful time of the year is also the most explosive and swear-laden.Read another story from us: The FBI Files and Mob Ties of Frank SinatraA Die Hard with Frank Sinatra would have been an unusual affair. Yet the prospect of him asking Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber to “Come fly with me” before his death plunge is an entertaining idea indeed!last_img read more

Stablecoins Rather Than Cryptocurrencies Might Be the Future of Money

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 18, 2018 While the cryptocurrency market is trying to find a bottom after losing over 80 percent of its value since its year-to-date peak, stablecoins are getting more attention thanks to their ability to store value and smooth volatility noises. Currently, stablecoins represent the fastest-growing market within the cryptocurrency space, with several major coins of this kind being launched in the last few months.The payments industry is perhaps the key beneficiary of this emerging sub-market. Stablecoins enable merchants and consumers to rely on balanced prices that are not affected by the high volatility of the crypto market, as these coins are pegged to real-world assets, especially to the US dollar. Bitcoin was also designed as a secure and fair means of payment, but it has failed to bring utility in the context of payments. In the last few years, hundreds of new coins and tokens have been issued by various entities, but most of them have been prone to the same volatility risks.Are stablecoins worth the hype?Stablecoins are hybrid cryptocurrencies because they are blockchain-based units that are also backed by fiat currencies or commodities, which is why they provide the benefits of both crypto and fiat currencies. Thanks to their stability, stablecoins represent the ideal tool that can connect countless of internet and blockchain ecosystems with traditional economies. These coins help users streamline payments via automation while ensuring liquidity, security, and transparency.Most of the blockchain ecosystems are still struggling to become more interconnected with traditional banking, but the latter seems to have tough barriers in many jurisdictions. To avoid the hardships caused by banks, crypto firms can rely on stablecoins.This is also the recommendation of Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who recently spoke highly about stablecoins in a Lovin Malta article: “We’re obviously not going to intervene in banking policies because they have to deal with issues such as correspondent banking and risk assessments. Our job as a government is to create this new market and not allow a vacuum to form within it. Some platforms are already banking in cryptocurrencies and new sectors, such as stablecoins, are being set up that are being viewed as more secure.”Judging by the potential impact they can bring to blockchain ecosystems, stablecoins are definitely worth the hype — at this time it’s not just about speculators.USD-backed stablecoins are dominating this sector — you’ll find Tether’s USDT, Circle’s USDC, Paxos Standard Token or TUSD in the list of top cryptocurrencies by market cap. However, some firms choose to break the stereotypes and develop new forms of stablecoins that incorporate even more features.The concept of smart money remains a topic of conversation, for example, as discussed by Coinbase chief operating officer Asiff Hijri, who recently said on Twitter at the Money 20/20 conference that, thanks to stablecoins, money became programmable for the first time in history. “[Stablecoins] will unlock the ability to create programmatic money applications like we have not seen before because now money is truly programmable,” the COO noted.To substantiate the potential value of stablecoins, crypto exchange Binance just announced in rather breaking news fashion that Circle’s USD-pegged stablecoin USD Coin will now be listed on the exchange. It is a quote asset for several new trading pairs in its combined Stablecoin Market (USDⓈ) listing. The exchange announced this in an official post published in this article from the Binance support site.Stablecoins are yet another mega-trend these days, and they pledge to disrupt the payments industry, ecommerce operations, salary and rent payments, wealth management and lending markets among others. So the future of money might belong to stablecoins, rather than cryptocurrencies as everyone has speculated.  Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min readlast_img read more

Public Cancun bus crashes into car injuring several

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — At least five people were injured, one seriously, after a public bus rammed into a parked car in Cancun. The accident happened in on Puerto Juarez Avenue in Region 92 when a taxi became embedded under a Maya Caribe public transportation bus. The bus pinned the taxi against the side of a building. Firemen were called to the scene to prey open the taxi doors to free him. The reason for the crash remains unclear.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Several others, including a baby, were also injured in the crash. They were passengers from the bus. At the time of the impact, a driver was inside the taxi. He too, suffered injuries from being pinned inside his unit. The building, which belonged to the fabric store Modelorama, had one worker outside when the bus suddenly hit. The worker reportedly lost half of their foot. She was rushed to hospital.last_img read more