Women Filmmakers Honored at Toronto With Birks Diamond Tribute

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement CREDIT: 1996-98 ACCUSOFT INC., ALL RIGHTcenter_img Before walking the red carpet Sept. 11 for the world premiere of her third feature, the Sasheer Zamata-starring pic “The Weekend,” pictured above, Toronto-born writer-director Stella Meghie was feted with five other Canadian cinema artists at the sixth annual Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film, co-presented with partner Telefilm Canada at a splashy private event Sept. 10.Meghie, whose debut comedy “Jean of the Jones” screened here in 2016, and Quebec director Jeanne Leblanc, now at work on her second feature, “Les notres,” are honored in the Emerging Talent category, which was added this year. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Farmland now protected with government Legislation

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – February 22nd, 2019, Bill 52 has strengthened the B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) Regulations by enhancing food security and encouraging farming in the ALR.“I’m very happy to see this law come into full force and effect,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “This new law will encourage farming and better protect farmland by banning mega-mansions, stopping the illegal dumping of waste on farmland and reinstating the one-zone system. It’s a great step in our effort to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve so that British Columbians can count on a safe, secure supply of locally grown food on their tables for years to come.”According to the government the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, 2018 provides three key changes, including: Restricting the removal of soil and increased penalties for the dumping of construction debris and other harmful fill in the ALR.Directly addressing mega-mansions and speculation in the ALR by limiting primary residence size on ALR lands and empowering the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to approve additional residences if they are for farm use.Reunifying the ALR as a single zone, ensuring consistent rules with strong protections for all provincial ALR land.“At the same time, we’re supporting larger farming families by ensuring that those who need extra living space to support their farming operations have a path forward at the ALC to build a larger home,” said Popham. “Multigenerational farming families are the backbone of agriculture throughout B.C.”November 5th, 2018, Bill 52 was introduced and received royal assent three weeks later requiring regulation to bring the law into force. The government’s legislative changes make it clear that British Columbia’s ALR is for farming and ranching, not for building mega-mansions and dumping construction waste.Established in 1973, the ALR is administered by the ALC, an independent tribunal mandated to preserve agricultural land and encourage farming on agricultural land. The ALR includes over 4.7 million hectares of B.C. that are preserved for agricultural use – less than 5% of B.C.’s total land base.last_img read more

Gone in 6 minutes: an Ethiopian Airlines jet’s final journey

A preliminary report by Ethiopian investigators on the March 10 crash that killed 157 people reveals a minute-by-minute narrative of the gripping and confusing scene in the cockpit.Pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines flight encountered problems with their new Boeing jetliner from nearly the moment they roared down the runway and took off. For six minutes, they were bombarded by warnings from the plane as they fought for control.Thursday’s report found that a malfunctioning sensor sent faulty data to the Boeing 737 Max 8’s anti-stall system and triggered a chain of events that ended in a crash so violent it reduced the plane to shards and pieces. The pilots’ struggle, and the tragic ending, mirrored an Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air Max 8 off the coast of Indonesia.David Koenig, The Associated Press read more

Syria says it will allow Qatar Airways to use its airspace

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s transport minister says Qatar Airways’ request to fly through Syrian airspace has been approved. Airlines have avoided Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011, causing long detours.Ali Hammoud said Monday that the measure will save Qatar’s state-owned airline time and money.Qatar Airways did not immediately comment on the report.Hammoud said the detour around Syrian airspace had cost airlines up to 90 minutes. He said Syria agreed to Qatar’s request because it has not stopped Syrian airlines from flying to Doha.In a diplomatic row with its Gulf neighbours, Qatar had been banned from flying over Saudi and Bahraini airspace, costing the flagship carrier significant revenue losses. Qatar Airways has since been allowed over Bahrain because of waivers negotiated through the International Civil Aviation Organization.The Associated Press read more

BCs hourly minimum wage will rise to 1125 by Sept 2017

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2016 2:09 pm MDT Last Updated May 4, 2016 at 6:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C.’s hourly minimum wage will rise to $11.25 by Sept. 2017 VICTORIA – British Columbia’s minimum wage is set to increase twice over the next 17 months to $11.25 an hour, prompting concerns from business groups about covering the significant payroll hike.Premier Christy Clark said Wednesday the first increase will be 40 cents and will bring the minimum wage rate to $10.85 an hour, effective Sept. 15.She said she expected the second raise, due Sept. 15, 2017, to also be 40 cents an hour, increasing the minimum wage to $11.25.The 2017 wage would put the province about in the middle of Canadian minimum wages. Nunavut has the highest rate at $13 an hour.B.C.’s current minimum wage of $10.45 an hour is the lowest in Canada.Clark said the announced increases in B.C.’s minimum wage reflect the province’s strong economic growth compared to the rest of the country.“We want to make sure everybody shares in that dividend,” she said.It means full-time workers earning minimum wage in B.C. will receive an extra $1,400 in a year. Clark said this is the sixth time her government has raised the minimum wage since she became premier in 2011.Prior to Clark, the minimum wage was not increased for a decade under successive Liberal governments.The two minimum wage increases go beyond the government’s earlier plans to tie raises to the Consumer Price Index, which measures the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.Clark said the CPI numbers currently amount to 10 cents of the 40-cent increases in both years.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the B.C. Chamber of Commerce said the increases would have a significant impact the payrolls of businesses across the province.The chamber urged the government to return to its policy of linking increases with the CPI.“For our businesses, the bottom line is the need for certainty and predictability,” said chamber interim CEO Maureen Kirkbride in a news release. “Quite simply, we need to take the politics out of minimum wage increases.”Opposition New Democrat jobs and labour critic Shane Simpson said the increases do little to help people earning minimum wage in B.C. make ends meet. He said the government announced the increases after being embarrassed over having the lowest minimum wage in Canada last month.“What the premier did today was a response to being embarrassed by the fact we were last,” Simpson said.He said the New Democrats will announce plans for the minimum wage as part of their election platform next year. He said it will be higher than the Liberal wage, but did not directly endorse calls by labour groups for a $15 minimum wage.“I don’t necessarily want $15,” Simpson said. “What I want is an understanding of what it takes for somebody on minimum wage to be able to have a modest standard of living.” read more

Redblacks commit six turnovers en route to Grey Cup loss

Tim Cook, The Canadian Press EDMONTON — History shows it’s hard to win the Grey Cup while losing the turnover battle.When a team turns the ball over four more times than it takes it away, as the Ottawa Redblacks found out Sunday night, it’s pretty much impossible.Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris threw three interceptions, his teammates fumbled the ball away twice and there was a turnover on downs en route to a 27-16 loss to the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL final. “It sucks,” Harris said in the losing locker room after the game.“When it doesn’t go your way you feel like you let everybody down and it hurts man. It hurts.A week ago, in the Eastern final, Harris threw for a playoff-record six touchdowns.The Redblacks offence actually moved the ball better than Calgary on Sunday, amassing 379 yards of total offence to the Stampeders’ 339.Harris threw for more yards at 288 than his counterpart Bo Levi Mitchell at 253.But when it came to putting points, on the board Ottawa struggled.Running back William Powell rushed for 94 yards, but had a key fumble on the Calgary 28-yard line with 3:50 left in the second quarter and the score 14-3 Stamps.“Upset. Hurt,” Powell said after the game. “But you know, you’ve just got to keep your head up. We had a great season and try to get back.”In the last 30 years, only one team — Calgary in 2014 — has won the Grey Cup and lost the turnover battle.But it was more than just turnovers that sunk Ottawa on the night.A big play was also a factor. With only 20 seconds left in the second quarter and on its own 51, Ottawa elected to punt the ball to Calgary returner Terry Williams.Williams slipped at first, but then gathered a head of steam and blew through the Ottawa converge team for a 97-yard touchdown.Calgary went into halftime with a 21-11 lead.Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell was asked after the game why he elected to kick the ball to Williams with so little time left in the half.“Thinking it through, we could’ve been a little smarter with it,” Campbell acknowledged. “We should be able to cover any kick. It just didn’t happen. They made a play and obviously it was a big one.”Harris, who has two other Grey Cup rings but was starting for the first time in a final on Sunday, said the loss will sting for quite some time.“It’s dejecting,” he said. “I know it is a team game but man, it’s going to be a while before you get over this one.” read more

Farright fascists and Islamist terrorists are driven by same hatred Brendan Cox

first_imgSpeaking after a meeting with security officials and ministers in the Government’s Cobra emergency committee, the Prime Minister confirmed that police believe the attacker who drove into people near Finsbury Park Mosque had acted alone.The white van ploughed into pedestrians who were helping an elderly worshipper who had collapsed in an area that was busy with people who had attended Ramadan night prayers. 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. Far right facists&Islamist terrorists are driven by same hatred of difference, same ideology of supremacy&use same tactics.We’ll defeat both— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) June 19, 2017 “When islamist terrorists attack we rightly seek out hate preachers who spur them on. We must do the same to those who peddle Islamophobia.”Pathetic to see far right now try & portray their incitement to violence as simple commentary. You hear same excuses from islamist apologists”.A van was rammed into worshippers helping an elderly man who had collapsed in the early hours of Monday morning, before the driver is said to have screamed: “I’m going to kill all Muslims”.center_img The pensioner they were helping later died. Police said he had already been receiving first aid from members of the public and it is not yet known if his death was caused by the attack.A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over the incident in Seven Sisters Road. Ben Wallace, the security minister, said the suspect was not known to the security services. Brendan Cox, the husband of the late Jo Cox who was killed by a far-right extremist, has spoken out after the terror attack on a mosque that killed one person and injured 10.He said that Islamist terror and far-right extremism are “driven by the same hatred” in a series of tweets.He wrote: “Far right fascists and Islamist terrorists are driven by same hatred of difference, same ideology of supremacy and use same tactics. We’ll defeat both.last_img read more

For the first time Jeremy Corbyn is more popular than Theresa May

first_img Jun 23rd 2017, 5:37 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Image: AP/PA Images By Gráinne Ní Aodha http://jrnl.ie/3460811 11,661 Views Image: AP/PA Images Share276 Tweet Email2 center_img Friday 23 Jun 2017, 5:37 PM 49 Comments LABOUR LEADER JEREMY Corbyn is more favourable than Conservative leader and UK Prime Minister Theresa May for the first time, a poll has indicated.It’s the latest blow to the Tory leader, who called a snap election for this month in the hope of increasing the party’s majority in Parliament – and instead was hit with a devastating loss that now threatens her premiership.The YouGov poll, which asked readers whether they have a favourable opinion of both British leaders, showed that Corbyn’s support is on the increase since the election – with 35% of readers saying they have a favourable view of him.Theresa May has fallen behind to 34%, losing a lead of almost 40 percentage points recorded in a similar poll in April (15% compared to 54%). Source: YouGovThat makes May as unpopular as Jeremy Corbyn was in November last year.Corbyn overcame unfavourable media coverage and a lack of support from within his own party to surge Labour’s representation in the House of Commons in the 8 June vote – resulting in a hung parliament.Theresa May and the Tories are currently in negotiations with the DUP to try and strike a deal and form a government. But there’s been criticisms that this could endanger the peace process in Northern Ireland, adding to an already tumultuous political atmosphere at Stormont.And then there’s BrexitMeanwhile, the deal May offered in relation to the EU citizens residing in the EU has been criticised by many – including London Mayor Sadiq Khan – as woefully insufficient for the three million EU nationals living in Britain.Over dinner with her 27 EU counterparts last night, May promised EU citizens living in Britain that they could stay after Brexit, with permanent rights to healthcare, education, welfare and pensions equivalent to British nationals.But she said the European Court of Justice wouldn’t have oversight of their rights, causing concern for EU leaders and citizens.It was “a fair and serious offer” she maintained, that brought certainty to those affected, although European officials were distinctly underwhelmed in their responses.May said she expected any offer by Britain to be matched by the EU for the 1.2 million Britons living in the bloc.She insisted that Britain’s “highly-respected” courts were fully competent to adjudicate on any disputes.But EU leaders want their nationals to have recourse to the European Court of Justice if needed after Brexit, rather than being put in the same boat as non-EU foreigners, subject to Britain’s notoriously tough immigration rules.With reporting from AFPRead: What’s a ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ Brexit, and which one are we likely to get?Read: May says EU citizens living in the UK can stay – but without Brussels’ oversight For the first time, Jeremy Corbyn is more popular than Theresa May – poll Just about more people think the Labour leader would make a better leader than the Prime Minister. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

10 matches scheduled for 32nd annual SummerSlam tonight in Toronto Live Post

first_img Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Facebook Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ Now Playing Up Next Twitter Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Becky Lynch Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey WWE returns live tonight with the 32nd edition of SummerSlam live from Toronto, Ontario, Canada airing on the WWE Network.The event will feature 10 matches, with a Kickoff Show beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern/4:00 Central and the main show starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 Central.Scheduled for tonight’s card is Brock Lesnar defending the WWE Universal Championship against Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston defends the WWE Championship against Randy Orton, and Becky Lynch will defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Natalya in a Submission Match.Also scheduled is the return of Goldberg in a match against Dolph Ziggler, and Trish Stratus will take on Charlotte Flair in what is rumored to be Stratus’ last match.Here is the scheduled card for tonight in Toronto:WWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth RollinsWWE ChampionshipKofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy OrtonRAW Women’s Championship – Submission MatchBecky Lynch (c) vs. NatalyaSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipBayley (c) vs. Ember MoonUnited States ChampionshipAJ Styles (c) vs. RicochetIf Kevin Owens loses, he will quit WWEKevin Owens vs. Shane McMahonGoldberg vs. Dolph ZigglerTrish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Finn BalorWWE Cruiserweight ChampionshipDrew Gulak (c) vs. Oney LorcanWrestleview.com will have full coverage of WWE SummerSlam tonight starting at 7:00 p.m Eastern (6:00 CT) with live thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.Live Post-Show TonightWrestleview Live will also return tonight on YouTube immediately following the PPV. Be sure to subscribe to our channel! Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 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 Charlotte Flair WhatsApp Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

Beading part of April 7 museum art walk event

first_imgBead workers are invited to bring their projects to the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., from 5 to 9 p.m. on April 7.The session is part of Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk.The event is a social activity, not a class, and all are welcome. Beaders should bring their own lights.Visitors also can see some historic examples of the art via the museum’s exhibition “Making Beauty: Native Beadwork of North America.”Admission is waived for First Friday but donations are appreciated. For information, email info@cchmuseum.org or call 360-993-5679.last_img read more

Allegri backs Cristiano Ronaldo amid rape scandal

first_imgIn-trouble Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will continue featuring for the Bianconeri amid a police investigation of a rape allegation against him.The 33-year-old forward has been accused of raping Kathryn Mayorga, at the Palms Casino Resort in June 2009, and a criminal investigation is well underway in Las Vegas.However, Massimiliano Allegri went public to defend his headline performer ahead of Juventus’ Serie A clash with Genoa, with The States Man broadcasting his words.“He’s very calm and working well, and I’m not the one to respond to things that don’t concern me because they are personal,” Juve boss said.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Besides, he’s arrived here with great humility and settled in well, giving attention and a sense of responsibility to a side who have always had this.“He’s scoring goals too, which is what he does best, in addition to the assists.”The Portugal international has registered 8 Serie A appearances since his €100 million transfer from Los Blancos last summer, bagging four goals and providing five assists so far.last_img read more

Protesters close 3 St Louisarea malls

first_imgFERGUSON, Mo. — Demonstrators temporarily shut down three large malls in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday, as other rallies took place nationwide to protest a grand jury’s recent decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.Several stores lowered their security doors or locked entrances as at least 200 protesters sprawled onto the floor while chanting, “Stop shopping and join the movement,” at the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights a few miles south of Ferguson, where Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, who was unarmed, in August.The action prompted authorities to close the mall for about an hour Friday afternoon, while a similar protest of about 50 people had the same effect at West County Mall in nearby Des Peres. It didn’t appear that any arrests were made. Later Friday, the appearance of several dozen demonstrators led to the early closing of the Chesterfield Mall.The protests, along with demonstrations in Chicago, New York, Seattle and Northern California — where protesters chained themselves to trains — were among the largest in the country on Black Friday.“We want to really let the world know that it is no longer business as usual,” Chenjerai Kumanyika, an assistant professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, said at a rally at a Wal-Mart in Manchester, another St. Louis suburb.last_img read more

The HTML5 Question To App or Not To App

first_imgAs publishers puzzle over their tablet strategies, a larger question will complicate matters during the next few years. Since tablets and smartphones all have built-in browsers, why not skip native apps altogether and publish in HTML or its next incarnation: HTML5? The question has technical implications for magazine publishers and their production and IT staff. It also raises business issues to which publishers must pay close attention.Briefly, HTML5 is simply the latest version of the markup language for rendering human-readable content on the Web. Managed by a working group of the W3C, the not-yet-official standard* will address a host of functional and aesthetic issues common to Web sites using HTML 4.01 (the current standard) and XHTML. Another new aspect will be the specification of scripting APIs, including extension of the Document Object Model (DOM) and such things as offline storage and document editing. Other technologies relevant to mobile publishing, including geolocation and database interactivity, will remain separate.For publishers, HTML5 represents a marked improvement in visual layout quality over ordinary HTML. Combined with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 3 – also a pending Web standard – and JavaScript, it will provide greater typographic flexibility and control. It also, like other versions of HTML, is highly flexible and can re-flow at multiple screen sizes. The trade-off between typographic precision and flexibility is an important consideration, especially as the tablet market expands to devices other than the iPad – and as publishers consider the “other” mobile screen: the smartphone. HTML5 will also have native support for audio, video and other elements currently supported by plugins (like Flash), although video issues are not all resolved. High quality layout and media handling are not “givens” in HTML5. Significant programming is still required – although desktop tools are starting to catch up. HTML5 is currently at the Working Draft stage, and is not expected to reach Candidate Recommendation by 2012. Full W3C recommendation may be as late as 2022, however, according to the specification editor. Notwithstanding, many companies, including Adobe, are implementing stable parts of it now. Also, HTML5 is not fully compatible with all browsers, notably Internet Explorer, and must by definition remain backward compatible with older versions of HTML. What this means for publishers is that it won’t be a quick fix. Many typographic and multimedia niceties are still more easily achieved in the native app environment – at least for now.Some publishers and developers are not waiting. Both ZMags and Mygazines have largely turned away from branded apps in favor of HTML and HTML5 for their iPad editions. Under the hood, many branded apps already utilize HTML5, although some early efforts have created crash-prone publications. For many developers, the decision to choose HTML5 or a native app depends on the use case. If the publisher needs to take advantage of tablet-specific functions, like the accelerometer or camera, then an app is the obvious choice. Geolocation and media file access can in theory be better served with an app, as can offline reading, but much is also possible in HTML5. According to ZMags, the strongest apps are those that can aggregate constantly changing, need-to-know information, while HTML5 will ultimately be better for information distribution.In theory, HTML5 also gives publishers an alternative to Apple and the App Store, whose financial, subscriber data and content restrictions have been frustrating, to say the least. However, by foregoing the App Store, publishers would also be foregoing the benefits of Apple’s semi-captive app search and overall marketing presence. Publishers who insist on opting out of Apple’s universe must first learn how to market tablet apps without iTunes.Perhaps the most serious barrier to HTML5 adoption by publishers is the absence of a viable payment model. Magazines and advertisers who rely on in-app purchasing would be well advised to stay with the app model for now, despite the loss of revenue to Apple. This applies to advertising e-commerce as well. Although the app model may succumb to service provider greed in the short term, publishers need to have payment models firmly in place before seeking an alternative.What may ultimately decide the issue is the various tool sets for creating apps or browser-only publications. Although enterprise-level tablet projects will always be with us, the day-to-day work of providing magazine content will influence which platform is used more. Adobe is betting on both sides of the debate. InDesign and Digital Publishing Suite are among the many tools for creating apps for iOS and Android devices. On the other hand, Dreamweaver CS 5.5 (announced on April 11) will utilize both HTML5 and CSS3, creating browser layouts that can automatically adapt to desktop, tablet and smartphone browser screens. In the long run, it will be interesting to see whether familiar page layout tools will evolve as HTML5 generators, or whether Web design tools will become more adept at creating compelling tablet content.Another factor that will likely drive HTML5 publishing development along more quickly is social media. Even when native apps have well-integrated Twitter or Facebook functionality, the actual conversations occur on the Web, not inside the app “wall.” Despite the obvious revenue risks, publishers who want the benefits of social media will have to operate in the modern, open Web environment.Eventually, HTML5, along with CSS3, JavaScript, et al., will become a preferred approach for device-independent media — or even media that perform well on devices like the iPad. Design quality and e-commerce limitations, and even the difficulties of emulating page-like behavior or implementing touch/gesture recognition, will be overcome, and best practices will become clear. (The trend to separate content from presentation will also make the HTML5-vs-App debate increasingly moot.) For the next few years, however, apps still have significant benefits, outweighing even the difficulties of dealing with Apple and Google.John Parsons is the principal of Byte Media Strategies, a publishing technology and business consultancy. He is the former editorial director of The Seybold Report. He has written, researched and advised on such topics as digital/tablet/mobile publishing, e-books, print-to-mobile (QR) campaigns and digital print. John can be reached at 206-842-4154 or john@bytemedianews.com.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly May 9 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioTacoma Climber Dies On Denali Phillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaJust days into climbing season, a mountaineer has died in an an accident high on Denali.  Sylvia Montag, 39, of Tacoma Washington, became separated from her climbing partner before falling nearly 1,000 feet.Joe Miller Speaks Out In Favor Of Libertarian PartyAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThursday, Republican Senate Candidate Joe Miller did something unusual: He spoke out in support of a party that was not his own. The comments concerned the Libertarian Party, which could be in a position to gain from some dissent within the state GOP.YKHC CEO Releases Layoff DetailsDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelYukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Officials announced layoffs this week due to a $12 million budget shortfall. It’s the second round of cuts in less than a year.Sand Point Sees Progress In War On Drugs Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaA man allegedly carrying black tar heroin was arrested as he stepped off a plane in Sand Point last month. It’s the most recent development in the town’s fight against hard drugs.UAF Mining Extension Offering Basic Prospecting ClassLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageThe University of Alaska Fairbanks mining extension program will offer a basic prospecting class in Palmer tomorrow.AK: PlasticsJohanna Eurich, APRN ContributorSome say that after climate warming, plastic is the biggest environmental problem we face. And unlike climate warming, no one argues over who is responsible for the plastic in our oceans. We are.  After researching and reporting on it, Johanna Eurich wanted to do her part to reduce plastic trash.  The task is daunting. She started at home, in her tiny log cabin in Spenard.300 Villages: PelicanThis week, we’re heading to Pelican, in Southeast Alaska on Chichagof Island. Patricia Phillips is Mayor of Pelican.last_img read more

Final cannabis laws hammered out in Anchorage

first_imgAnchorage is just days away from finalizing local rules that will determine the shape of the state’s largest commercial cannabis market.Marijuana for sale at a dispensary in California. (Photo: Dank Depot via Flickr Creative Commons)During public testimony Thursday evening in front of the Anchorage Assembly, residents gave feedback on the finer points of the zoning and licence requirements nearing their final form. Many spoke of a positive shift in the Assembly’s willingness to adjust draft ordinances in recent work sessions.However, concerns remain that set-back limits, limited property options, and rules against on-site consumption will still place excessive burdens on potential businesses.The Assembly will vote on amended versions of the expansive changes to municipal code on Tuesday evening during it’s regular meeting. Once those laws are on the books, prospective operators can finalize business plans as part of application process required by state-law to have a commercial permit. Those applications open February 24th.Local governments across the state have been scrambling recently as that deadline approaches, with many issues like transport, banking, and testing requirements still unresolved.Dozens of people sat in the audience, but many fewer spoke. Though the Assembly was prepared to hear five hours of testimony, the meeting only lasted an hour-and-a-half.last_img read more

Tripura IPFT to meet Modi Shah over statehood demand

first_imgAGARTALA: Leaders of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the ruling BJP, will meet the Prime Minister, Home Minister and other central ministers in Delhi next week to press their statehood demand. “We would leave Agartala for New Delhi on Sunday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other central ministers on July 15 and 16,” a party leader said on Saturday. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Besides our main demand of statehood, we would press for other demands for the all round development of the tribals in Tripura,” IPFT General Secretary and Forest Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia told IANS. The IPFT, a tribal-based local party, has been agitating since 2009 for a separate state to be carved out by upgrading the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which has jurisdiction over two-thirds of Tripura’s 10,491 sq-km area, home to over 12,16,000 people. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Tripura’s oldest tribal-based political party, the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), as well as the dominant ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the opposition Congress and Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front have, however, been opposed to the IPFT’s separate state demand. IPFT spokesman and the party’s Assistant General Secretary Mangal Debbarma said that a 15-member delegation led by party President and Revenue Minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma would also urge the Prime Minister and Home Minister to give more autonomy and power to the TTAADC. Advertise With Us “The Central government had earlier constituted a high-level committee to recommend various measures for the socio-economic development of the tribals. We are in the dark about the implementation of the recommendations of the committee,” Debbarma told IANS. The IPFT’s other demands include the inclusion of tribals’ ‘Kokboroka’ language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India and introduction of the Roman script for ‘Kokborok’. The IPFT contested the recent Lok Sabha elections and the ongoing panchayat polls against the BJP. “We are contesting the elections separately to highlight our basic issues especially the statehood demand. Majority tribals are most backward in all respect, they need much more financial, social and administrative support,” the IPFT President told IANS. The IPFT had held agitations in Delhi and Tripura in support of its separate ‘Twipraland’ (full-fledged state for the Tripuris or indigenous tribals) and other demands.last_img read more

Big names behind Bangabandhu murder conspiracy CJ

first_imgSurendra Kumar Sinha at a voluntary blood donation programme on National Mourning Day at the Supreme Court premises on Tuesday morning. Photo: Ashraful AlamChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said big fish involved in the conspiracy of Bangabandhu murder could not be brought to book due to flaws in investigation. He said this while inaugurating a blood donation programme arranged on the occasion of 15 August National Mourning Day at the auditorium of the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning.The programme was organised jointly by the Supreme Court and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.Surendra Kumar Sinha said, “After analysing the case statements, I found many big names involved in the conspiracy of killing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It was clearly a criminal conspiracy, but the conspirators couldn’t be brought to book because of flaws in the investigation.”Addressing the event at the auditorium of Supreme Court, the chief justice said, “Today is a tragic day in our history. Two fathers of nations, Mahatma Gandhi and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were killed in the subcontinent.”Terming the murder of Bangabandhu an act of cowardice, Surendra Kumar said, “Bangabandhu could have been an enemy of anyone, but his four-year child Sheikh Russel, and his two newly-wed daughters-in-law had no enemies. His younger brother Sheikh Naser was not in politics. The killers wanted to wipe out the entire family from history.” “It is painful that the state formulated an indemnity ordinance to stop the trial of the killers. I feel proud being a member of the judiciary that created scope for the trial by scrapping the indemnity ordinance,” the chief justice said. Senior judge of the Appellate Division Abdul Wahab Miah said, “There is no doubt that Bangabandhu is the father of the nation.” Photo: Ashraful Alamlast_img read more

Victory for love and tourism Bermuda Supreme Court overturns samesex marriage ban

first_imgShare this: The Applicants expressed deep thanks to their attorneys Rod S. Attride-Stirling (ASW Law Limited) and Mark Pettingill (Chancery Legal), for their outstanding and expert work in the Court. They also expressed gratitude to Carnival Corporation for its leadership supporting their cause and for the affidavits in support of the litigation provided by Julia and Judith Aidoo-Saltus, Chai T, Wesley Methodist Church, Sylvia Hayward-Harris, Douglas NeJaime and by Carnival Corporation executive Roger Frizzell.OUTBermuda promotes and supports the wellbeing, health, dignity, security, safety and protection of the LGBTQ community in Bermuda by providing educational resources on issues of diversity, inclusiveness, awareness and acceptance regarding LGBTQ people. They seek generally to advance human rights, and the promotion of equality and diversity relating to the LGBTQ community in Bermuda. “All eyes on prize of equality” as Bermuda’s court takes up same-sex marriageBermuda’s government is appealing Supreme Court’s same-sex rulingBermuda legalizes same-sex marriage again, just days after banning itMore articles on eTurboNews click here Ferguson and Jackson offered a joint statement: “We all came to the court with one purpose. That was to overturn the unfair provisions of the Domestic Partnership Act that tried to take away the rights of same-sex couples to marry. Revoking same-sex marriage is not merely unjust, but regressive and unconstitutional; the Court has now agreed that our belief in same-sex marriage as an institution is deserving of legal protection and that belief was treated by the Act in a discriminatory way under Bermuda’s Constitution. We continue to support domestic partnership rights for all Bermudians to choose, but not at the expense of denying marriage to some.” BermudaToday, the Supreme Court of Bermuda agreed to overturn the nation’s same-sex marriage ban and decided in favor of OUTBermuda and its co-litigants. Speaking for the successful Applicants, Zakiya Johnson Lord and Adrian Hartnett-Beasley of OUTBermuda said, “Love wins again! Our hearts and hopes are full, thanks to this historic decision by our Supreme Court and its recognition that all Bermuda families matter. Equality under the law is our birthright, and we begin by making every marriage equal.”Johnson Lord and Hartnett-Beasley are Directors of OUTBermuda, one of the successful litigants in joint lawsuits brought by Roderick Ferguson and Maryellen Jackson with an aim to revoke sections of the recently enacted Domestic Partnership Act that removed marriage rights for same-sex couples. They were joined in their statement by Sylvia Hayward Harris and Dr. Gordon Campbell. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Like this:Like Loading…Relatedyahoo Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Two killed five injured in Puerto Morelos highway accident

first_imgVehicular traffic was closed in that section of the road in both directions while local and federal police agents arrived to tend to the accident. The accident happened along the Playa del Carmen-Cancun highway at the entrance to Puerto Morelos. There was no official word on what caused the accident. 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) Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — Two people were killed and five injured in a car accident Sunday night when two vehicles collided in front of Super Aki in Puerto Morelos. The occupants of both vehicles were trapped in the twisted metal of their vehicles due to the extensive impact. Firefighters from the municipality of Puerto Morelos were called to remove those inside. Photo: Policía Municipal Two cars, a Golf and an Aveo, were involved in the high-speed-lane accident that left two dead and five injured, one of which was a child. last_img read more

23 temblors shake Cartago starting Monday night

first_imgRelated posts:Earthquake jolts five provinces in Costa Rica Earthquake in Cartago damaged dozens of houses Two moderate earthquakes rattle Costa Rica Two strong tremors rattle Costa Rica Wednesday morning In a span of eight hours on Monday night and into early Tuesday, experts from theUniversity of Costa Rica and the National University registered at least 23 temblors with epicenters located north of the province of Cartago, some 22 kilometers northeast of the Costa Rican capital.Ronny Quintero, a seismologist at UNA’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reported that the temblors originated on local faults west of Irazú Volcano’s main crater. Experts said they are not directly related to the volcano’s activity.The first occurred at 8:19 p.m. with a magnitude of 3.1 and and an epicenter 10 kilometers northwest of Pacayas.Several minor earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.4 to 3.7 followed, mainly in areas north and east of Cartago in the cantons of Jiménez and Oreamuno. Most of the minor quakes went unnoticed by local residents.The strongest, at magnitude-4.2, was registered at 8:50 p.m. with an epicenter 9 kilometers northeast of San Rafael de Oreamuno.The most recent was reported at 7:09 a.m. on Tuesday with a magnitude of 2.4.OVSICORI received reports from residents throughout the Central Valley who felt at least three of the temblors, but there has been no significant damage or injuries. Facebook Commentslast_img read more