BlackBerrys Chen a delay of mass market driverless cars wouldnt be a

first_imgTORONTO – Mass market driverless vehicles may be ready for the road later than previous estimates, but BlackBerry Ltd. CEO John Chen said Wednesday he doesn’t consider that a problem for his company’s autonomous vehicle technology plans.“An awful lot of things have to happen between now and then to make that happen including, but not limited to, government policy on safety standards,” Chen said.Chen has heard, anecdotally, that the introduction of commercially available autonomous vehicles might come later than 2021, a stated goal of BMW and Honda.People “in the know” have been mentioning the year 2025 as a more likely date, he saidChen said it’s hearsay but “I believe 2025 makes quite a lot of sense.”BlackBerry’s QNX conducted a basic street test in Ottawa at the Kanata North Technology Park in October but its next step will be to participate in a test track trial in Toronto with its partner Renesas Electronics America Inc.Chen said it will be at least a year before BlackBerry’s ready for another autonomous vehicle trial on the streets of Toronto.Last week’s pedestrian fatality during a test of a Uber self-driving vehicle in a Phoenix, AZ., suburb has caused the ride-hailing company to suspend its on-road testing program, including in Toronto.Chen said BlackBerry isn’t a supplier to Uber or to Google-affiliated Waymo.The autonomous car market is currently a small part of BlackBerry’s revenue but an important part of its future, Chen said.BlackBerry is positioning itself to supply software components to Tier 1 automotive suppliers, including Canada’s Magna International, although it’s also working directly with Ford and, more recently Jaguar Land Rover.Earlier Wednesday, BlackBerry announced a net loss of $10 million or six cents per share under U.S. generally accepted accounting compared with a loss of $47 million a year ago. Analysts had estimated a net loss of eight cents per share.BlackBerry Ltd.’s revenue and adjusted earnings also came in above analyst estimates in its fourth quarter, as all three of the company’s main software divisions showed growth.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company, which reports in U.S. currency, had $233 million of revenue for the quarter ended Feb. 28. Its operating income was $19 million or five cents per share.Analysts had estimated BlackBerry would have $216.4 million of revenue for the quarter and break even on an adjusted basis, with zero cents per share of operating income, according to Thomson Reuters data.Chen, who has been BlackBerry’s chief executive and executive chairman since joining the company in November 2013, said he was pleased with the company’s progress since it decided to stop manufacturing smartphones.All three of its software divisions — focused on enterprise, intellectual property licensing and automotive markets — grew in the fourth quarter, both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter, he said.“Our strategy is working,” Chen said. “This gives us confidence that we could capitalize on the significant market opportunities available today as well as in the future.”The current opportunities include enterprise software and services that provide governments and regulated industries, such as banking, the tools to provide secure communication for their employees, partners and customers.“The heritage of BlackBerry gives us the right to play in this area, both from a know-how and a reputational point of view,” Chen said in an interview.He said there’s an opportunity to “upsell” to current enterprise customers with products and services such as the BlackBerry Bridge, announced last week, which is designed to provide heightened security to all Microsoft Office applications used by an organization’s workforce, suppliers and business partners.The Bridge product is currently in final customer trials prior to general availability.Besides its traditional vertical market segments, BlackBerry is seeing expanded opportunities within the hospital, pharmaceutical and energy markets. It’s also building its presence in China, Korea, and Japan, he said.For Chen, BlackBerry’s future includes opportunities for securely connected devices, such as its Radar hardware and service for the trucking industry, and for QNX software embedded in connected and autonomous vehicles.BlackBerry’s shares were little changed Thursday, trading at about $16. That’s up nearly 70 per cent over the past year.Two weeks ago, the company announced a five-year contract extension for Chen, which runs to November 2023 and is weighted toward long-term performance-based equity and cash awards, in addition to a time-based equity award. His base salary, short-term cash incentive and benefits won’t change.Companies in this story: (TSX:BB)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version failed to mention BlackBerry conducted a basic street trial in Ottawa in October.last_img read more

UK Cabinet to meet after Britain EU reach draft Brexit deal

first_imgLONDON — After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.’s smooth exit from the bloc.But the agreement faces major political hurdles starting Wednesday, when British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to win the approval of her divided Cabinet for a deal many ministers view with skepticism.The British government confirmed that the negotiating teams had reached a draft agreement and the Cabinet would hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to consider the proposal. Its support isn’t guaranteed: May is under pressure from pro-Brexit ministers not to make further concessions to the EU on the key issue of the Irish border.A spokesman for chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier urged caution, saying a deal wasn’t yet finalized and the bloc would “take stock” Wednesday.Ambassadors from the 27 other EU countries are also due to hold a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the U.K. leaves the bloc on March 29. The European Parliament also has to approve any agreement, as do all 28 EU nations.Officials have said for weeks that agreement on divorce terms and a framework for future U.K.-EU relations was 95 per cent complete, and for several days negotiators have been meeting late into the night in Brussels in a bid to close the remaining gaps.The main obstacle has long been how to ensure there are no customs posts or other checks along the border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit. Britain and the EU agree that there must be barriers that could disrupt businesses and residents on either side of the border and undermine Northern Ireland’s hard-won peace process — but they have differed on how to achieve that.Irish national broadcaster RTE said the draft agreement involves a common customs arrangement for the U.K. and the EU, to eliminate the need for border checks, with special provisions for Northern Ireland and a review mechanism to oversee its functioning.A sticking point in talks has been Britain’s insistence that any such customs arrangement must be temporary. The EU says that in order to guarantee an open border, it can’t have a time limit.The pound rallied on news of a deal, rising 1.5 per cent against the dollar to $1.3038.But May faces pressure from pro-Brexit Cabinet members and lawmakers not to agree to an arrangement that binds Britain to EU trade rules indefinitely.Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a staunch Brexiteer, said the deal was unacceptable and Cabinet ministers should “chuck it out.”May also faces growing opposition from pro-EU lawmakers, who say her proposed Brexit deal is worse than the status quo and the British public should get a new vote on whether to leave or to stay.If there is no agreement soon, U.K. businesses will have to start implementing contingency plans for a “no-deal” Brexit — steps that could include cutting jobs, stockpiling goods and relocating production and services outside Britain.Even with such measures in place, the British government says leaving the EU without a deal could cause major economic disruption, with gridlock at ports and disruption to supplies of foods, goods and medicines.On Tuesday, the European Commission published a sheaf of notices outlining changes in a host of areas in the event of a no-deal Brexit. They point to major disruption for people and businesses: U.K. truckers’ licenses won’t be valid in the EU, British airlines will no longer enjoy traffic rights, and even British mineral water will cease to be recognized as such by the EU.The EU said Tuesday it was proposing visa-free travel for U.K. citizens on short trips, even if there is no deal — but only if Britain reciprocates.Meanwhile, official figures suggest Brexit is already having an impact on the British workforce.The Office for National Statistics said the number of EU citizens working in the country — 2.25 million— was down 132,000 in the three months to September from the year before. That’s the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997.Most of the fall is due to fewer workers from eight eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004.Jonathan Portes, professor of economics at King’s College London, said the prospect of Brexit “has clearly made the U.K. a much less attractive place for Europeans to live and work.”___Raf Casert in Brussels contributed to this story.Jill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ending Supernatural was a community decision says Jared Padalecki

first_imgLos Angeles: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have said that it was a “community decision” to bring the curtains down on their hit show “Supernatural”. The series, which will culminate with its 15th season, features the two actors as the Winchester brothers who hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. Speaking at the “Supernatural” convention in Las Vegas, Padalecki said, “This was a community decision”. He further said that there was never any pressure from The CW network and the studio to wrap up show, reported Entertainment Weekly. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Ackles added that the show’s end was debated for months by both the cast and the crew. “Nobody wanted to see this show fizzle out. I think that it was everyone wanting to do the biggest service to the show that we could by going out strong. It just seemed like the writing was kind of on the wall as to when that was happening. “Everybody kind of felt that it was coming soon, and so it was just taking that leap of faith of going like, ‘Well guys, let’s get out the paint and paint that finish line because what we’ve accomplished is unlike any other’,” he said. The final season will consist of 20 episodes. The show is executive produced by Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Phil Sgriccia, Jeremy Carver, Eugenie Ross-Leming, and Brad Buckner. It is produced by Warner Bros Television, in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision.last_img read more

Tourists stunned as NotreDame cathedral statues fly above Paris

first_imgParis: Sixteen copper statues briefly took to the skies over Paris after they were removed from the Notre-Dame cathedral to undergo restoration work. Tourists at the world-famous landmark were left stunned on Thursday as the statues — representing the 12 apostles and the four evangelists from the New Testament — were lifted off the spire of the cathedral by crane. “What’s unique is that it’s the first time we’ve seen them up close since they were set up by Viollet-le-Duc in the 1860s,” Marie-Helene Didier, who is in charge of the renovation work, said. “It’s an exceptional event because we’ve brought the 16 statues down in a single day. It’s a magical moment for everyone,” she said. Built between the years 1163 and 1345, Notre-Dame is one of the most popular tourist sites in Paris, drawing around 13 million people every year. Its spire, like the rest of the gothic edifice, is undergoing an USD 12.4-million overhaul financed by the French state to repair damage inflicted by time, pollution and the weather. “Extraordinary,” said Sofiane, an onlooker from London, as the statues flew through piercing blue skies suspended from a giant 100-metre (300-foot) crane. “I’ll never see anything like it again.” The statues will be put on display inside the cathedral and will travel two-by-two to a specialised restorer in the Dordogne area of southwest France. Once all have been renovated, they will be put back to their position staring out over the City of Light in 2022.last_img read more

Hate Crimes Spike against Muslims in America

Kainoelani LeeRabat – Since the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the San Bernardino shooting, researchers and civil rights groups say reports and attacks against Muslims in the United States have rapidly increased, according to the New York Times.Reports from news media and civil rights groups indicates that the rate of suspected hate crimes against Muslims has tripled since the Paris attacks. In the months following both terrorist attacks, there has been a number of vandalisms on Islamic buildings and Muslim owned restaurants, fire damages, shooting, and threats, that surmounted to hate crimes towards Muslims.According to the Center On American-Islamic Relations, about 50 percent of Muslim students in the U.S. have been bullied by their peers, reveals an article from PBS News.Especially with Republican Party Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, who called to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.Current President Barack Obama says it is no surprise that “threats and harassment of American Muslims have surged,” according to The Intercept.The anti-Muslim rhetoric has even caused other political leaders to intervene, including a recent interview with the newly elected mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, stating that “Trump is ‘ignorant’ on Islam”, and that “it’s possible to be Western and be Muslim.” read more

The Latest Trump administration opposes health plan ruling

WASHINGTON — The Latest on a ruling striking down the Trump administration’s small-business health insurance plan (all times local):11:55 a.m.President Donald Trump’s administration says it disagrees with a federal judge’s ruling that a new type of health insurance plan for small businesses stretches federal law and must be set aside.Signalling a possible appeal, Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco says in a statement issued Friday the administration is “considering all available options.”U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled in Washington late Thursday that a Trump administration regulation creating the new small-business plans was “clearly an end-run” around the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare.” Bates says it also runs counter to longstanding federal laws that govern workplace benefits.Trump has been touting the plans as a tremendous value for small businesses and sole proprietors, but the plans do not seem to have had a major impact.___6:25 a.m.A federal judge is striking down the Trump administration’s highly touted small-business health insurance plan, calling it an “end run” around consumer protections.The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., is the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care initiatives. On Wednesday another federal judge blocked Medicaid work requirements for low-income people.At issue in the latest ruling are so-called “association health plans,” in which businesses and sole proprietors can band together to offer lower-cost coverage that doesn’t provide all the benefits required under the Affordable Care Act.President Donald Trump has hailed the small-business plans as a big success, but their impact is difficult to measure.Unable to repeal the Obama health law in Congress, the Trump administration has tried to use its rule-making powers to create room for alternatives.The Associated Press read more

Councilman seeks change to hookah bar liquor license rule

LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska city councilman says an ordinance that forces the Muslim owners of a new hookah lounge to serve alcohol in violation of their faith must change.The ordinance requires businesses in Lincoln that allow smoking indoors to have a liquor license. Those businesses must stock and serve booze.The Lincoln Journal-Star reports that Councilman Roy Christensen has been working with city lawyers to write a new ordinance that would allow businesses like 88 Hookah Lounge to operate in compliance with the owners’ faith and local rules.Cigar bars are legal in Nebraska under the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act as long as they do not sell anything else. City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick says the difficulty will be drafting a law that allows the hookah lounge to serve non-alcoholic beverages.___Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.comThe Associated Press read more

Sovietera masterpiece opens dramatic arts season

Nikolai Erdman’s satire The Suicide opens the Department of Dramatic Arts’ new season.Nikolai Erdman’s witty satire The Suicide is now on at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, kicking off the Department of Dramatic Arts’ new season.Described as “a spectacular mixture of the ridiculous and the sublime,” The Suicide tells the story of Semyon, an ordinary man who, while arguing with his wife about a sausage, accuses her of wishing him dead.A disastrous chain of misunderstandings is then set in motion with Moscow’s shadiest characters trying to recruit Semyon to kill himself for their own cause. He survives their lottery of death because of a tuba, drinking error  and a love for life.The Suicide was written just before Stalin seized power in Russia. Erdman’s mockery of the pretensions of pre- and post-revolutionary worlds ultimately led Stalin to ban the play and exile Erdman to Siberia. The script was smuggled abroad in various versions but Erdman never saw it realized. Today, The Suicide is recognized as a masterpiece of Soviet-era literature and drama.The play has been adapted by director Gyllian Raby and Anna MacAlpine in the Department of Dramatic Arts to emphasize Erdman’s love of slapstick, zany fantasy, and paradox by drawing on the improvised dialogue of the Italian Commedia dell’Arte.The Suicide is directed by Gyllian Raby with set design by Nigel Scott, costume design by Roberta Doylend and lighting by Ken Garrett.It’s also showcases for Brock’s production and design students and performers Marcus Schwan, Kaitlin Race, Cassandra van Wyck, Derek Ewert, Justine Benteau, Rachel Romanowski, Brianne Lidstone, James Lowe, Nikki Morrison, Brent Cairns, Ioanna al Khayed, Karyn Lorence, Evan Mulrooney, Kanthan Annalingan, Sean Rintoul and Evan Bawtinheimer.Performances happen Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 seniors and students and $5 for the eyeGo high school ticket program.Special Group rates are available from the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550, ext. 3257 or online. read more

Impaired driving on the QEW sends six people to hospital

A crash on the QEW sent 6 people to hospital and police have arrested a man for impaired driving.First responders are working carefully to free a man through the back of a vehicle after a crash that happened this morning. The damage is very severe that the SUV resembles a pick up truck. Police said it’s a shock that no one was killed.“It does appear that impaired driving was certainly a contributing factor in this collision”. “Those five occupants all went to hospital.”OPP have said the driver of the vehicle was arrested and is facing charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm and possibly additional charges of dangerous driving in a collision that caused serious injuries.Both the east bound and westbound lanes were closed for hours for the investigation only reopening at 11:30 this morning, causing major back ups. Debris from the crash was sent flying over the median to the other side of the highway and damaged several other cars. No one was hurt as a result of the debris.Police are still speaking to witnesses and continuing to investigate. read more

UN updates international guidelines on HIVAIDS and human rights

The key change pertains to a directive on access to prevention, treatment, care and support, stressing that such access is “fundamental to the realization of the right to health. The guidelines also note that international cooperation is vital in putting care, treatment and support within reach of all those in need.The revised text is part of 12 International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights published in 1998 by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). “With the advent of life-prolonging HIV treatment, and price barriers falling, access to treatment is now at the heart of realizing the human rights of people living with HIV/AIDS,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot. “Today’s unequal and limited access to treatment is unacceptable, with less than 5 per cent of people in the developing world who need HIV medicines having access to them.”The revision would “help governments and civil society focus on the need to scale up access to prevention and treatment,” Dr. Piot added.The revised guideline breaks new ground by calling for specific actions on the part of governments, including by asking them to establish concrete national plans with resources and timelines that progressively lead to equal and universal access to HIV/AIDS-related treatment, care and support. Countries are also called on to establish mechanisms that would enable people living with HIV/AIDS to challenge inequalities and discrimination in accessing HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support. In addition, States are encouraged to contribute to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Stressing the importance of funding for AIDS treatment, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson noted that under international human rights law, States are obliged to take concrete steps to advance the right to the highest attainable standard of health. “This commitment should be matched by resources, including from donors and the international community,” she said. read more

Black Deckers Sexy Shredder

first_imgA guy standing in front of me at the Black & Decker table said the words “finally, a sexy paper shredder.” The woman behind the table didn’t disagree. So there you have it, the company’s iShred Verticle may be the first paper shredder that can be accurately described as such.AdChoices广告The iShred has a fully enclosed shredder head, does six sheet crosscut, shreds stuff really small for security purposes, has easy emptying, and something the company calls “100 percent jam-free technology.” The thing can take on credit cards and staples and keeps it all at a noise level of 68dB and under.The iShred runs $99.99. A small price for sexy shredding right?last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab 101 videos emerge reveals Touchwiz scarcity

first_imgAt the Samsung “78910” event in Orlando during the 2011 CTIA tech show, it was announced that Samsung was planning to reveal two different Honeycomb tablets that were designed to outshine the iPad and the Motorola Xoom. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 offered up an extremely thin profile, lighter than the competition, and included unique accessories like the Bluetooth Stylus. Unfortunately, it also included what appeared to be the highly criticized TouchWiz UI improvements over Honeycomb. A closer hands on evaluation of the improvements showed that the “Samsung Experience” was significantly more limited than what has been seen on handsets so far. In fact, one such video can be found above.In fact it seems that TouchWiz is completely removable, as it was nowhere to be found in this video, allowing hardcore Android users the stock experience they shout about, while offering the integrated social offerings and various other features that Samsung has spent so much time developing for their customers.AdChoices广告As we approach the “late summer” release of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 WiFi models, it certainly seems that these tablets are the next must-have Android devices.via Business Insiderlast_img read more

Crime rate soars in Attica

first_imgThe crime rate in crisis-hit Greece is continuing to rise, with police recording more than 10 robberies from Sunday evening to Monday morning in Attica alone. In the early hours of Monday police arrested two Roma men, aged 17 and 18, in Ano Liosia, northwestern Athens, who robbed a 78-year-old woman in her house, with the assistance of two more youngsters who remain at large. They threatened her with a knife before taking flight with cash and jewelry. At Menidi in northern Athens, a man entered a flower shop on Sunday evening and stabbed the owner in the hands before leaving with an unidentified amount in cash. Three men broke into a house in Koropi, eastern Attica, late on Sunday and robbed a 62-year-old man of 3,000 euros in cash and a computer at knifepoint. At Artemida, also in eastern Attica, two men broke into the house of a 79-year-old woman through the window and, after attacking her, stole a gold chain at 3.30 on Monday morning. Three other men rang the doorbell of a 79-year-old man at Varibombi, northern Attica, and threatened him with a handgun, but could only find a pair of golden earrings to take with them. Around midnight, two taxi drivers fell victim to the same pair of men at Nea Ionia, northwestern Athens, who threatened them with handguns and took their day’s collections. Employees at the building of a foreign parcel-forwarding company were stunned to see two armed women threaten them with handguns on Sunday evening. They left with an unidentified amount of cash. At about 4 a.m. on Monday four hooded men threatened a gas station owner with handguns in Aegaleo, western Athens, and left with an unknown amount of cash in the vehicle of one of the gas station’s customers. Police reported two more robberies overnight, one at a patisserie in Peristeri, western Athens, and another at a kiosk in Kifissia, northern Athens. There was also a robbery reported on Crete, as a hooded man attacked a 47-year-old kiosk owner at Kato Gouves, near Iraklio, at 4 a.m. on Monday, and stole 5,000 euros and a cell phone. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tigre une bonne gestion territoriale pourrait faire tripler ses effectifs

first_imgTigre : une bonne gestion territoriale pourrait faire tripler ses effectifsUne étude publiée dans Conservation Letters par les scientifiques de plusieurs ONG montre que des corridors naturels reliant les réserves protégées pourraient permettre de tripler la population de tigres en Asie.Faire tripler la population de tigres sauvages d’ici 2022 : c’est possible, et c’est encore mieux que la doubler, comme s’étaient engagés à le faire, lors du sommet international de novembre 2010 sur ce sujet, les 13 pays d’Asie où subsiste encore le grand félin. C’est là une évaluation réalisée par divers scientifiques, notamment du WWF, travaillant sur la conservation de cette espèce.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuFaire passer l’effectif actuel de 3?200 individus à 10.500, dont environ 3.400 femelles reproductrices, serait possible en reliant les 20 principales zones d’habitat protégé actuelles par des corridors naturels, qui permettraient aux populations réduites et morcelées de tigres de circuler et de trouver des partenaires sexuels.L’étude s’appuie notamment sur des exemples historiques. Décimée lors d’un conflit entre 2002 et 2006, la population de tigres des plaines népalaises a pu se reconstituer grâce à l’arrivée d’individus venus de réserves contiguës situées en Inde. Même chose pour la Russie extrême-orientale, vidée de ses tigres dans les années 1940 et recolonisée par des félins venus de Chine. Au contraire, les populations des réserves de Sariska et de Panna (Inde), anéanties par le braconnage, n’ont pu se rétablir à cause de leur isolement.    Le 30 janvier 2011 à 18:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Penton Media to Evaluate Capital Structure

first_imgPenton Media is joining the growing list of over-leveraged trade magazine publishers trying to restructure their debt. In a memo to staffers this week, Penton CEO Sharon Rowlands said the company has hired global investment bankers Rothschild Inc. to assist with an evaluation of its current capital structure.  A review, presumably, is an initial step before Penton looks to renegotiate its debt structure with its major lenders. A Penton spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.  It’s no big surprise that Penton is reevaluating its capital structure.  Wasserstein & Co. acquired the company in 2006 for $194.2 million, plus assumption and payment of debt, putting the total value of the deal at $530 million. One media M&A observer contacted by FOLIO: estimated that Penton’s debt today could be “close to $1 billion.” A growing number of trade publishers have restructured their debt in recent weeks, including Cygnus Business Media, Advanstar Communications and Questex Media.Here is Rowlands’ memo:EVALUATION OF CAPITAL STRUCTUREAnnouncement for All Employees From CEO Sharon RowlandsOctober 7, 2009 TO PENTON EMPLOYEES:I wanted to make you aware that we have engaged Rothschild Inc., a leading global investment banking firm, to help assist us with the evaluation of our capital structure.This is good news for Penton. You have heard me say time and again that Penton’s priority right now is making sure we are positioned with the best products, structure, and resources to address the changing needs of our audiences to be the true heart of our markets, the must-have source of information, and to be the leader as the economy turns. And undoubtedly over the past months, we have made some strong strides—from our move to a market facing structure, to our new editorial optimization initiative, to our sales project, to large advancements in our online product structure and offering, we are putting in the necessary due diligence now to maximize our opportunity in the months and years ahead.A key factor in Penton achieving our long-term vision is ensuring we have a capital structure in place to allow us the flexibility to fully implement our strategies. This announcement will potentially result in the company substantially reducing the debt it has to service, which will allow us to better manage today and secure our future. Our shareholders have made a significant investment in the company and are actively working with management to ensure that we have the resources and support necessary to drive our business and value today and in the years to come.A review of our capital structure does not in any way affect changes in strategy, priorities, or focus. So please continue with business as usual, and I will keep you updated on any advancements. This action has no effect on our employees, vendors, or customers.Regards,Sharonlast_img read more

Rihannas Fenty Beauty Collection Now Available

first_imgNews Facebook Released on Sept. 7 at a live-streamed event from Brooklyn, New York, the extensive line of beauty products include primers, foundation, highlighters, powders, brushes, blotting paper, and lip luminizer, among others. Available colors range from light to dark skin tones so everyone will be able to find the perfect shade. All products are also cruelty free. Get Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Collection rihannas-fenty-beauty-collection-now-available GRAMMY winner takes her fashion icon status to the next level with her own line of beauty products, now availableRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 3:39 pm Long known as an icon of both music and fashion, Rihanna has taken her style status to a new level with her recently released and highly anticipated beauty line, Fenty Beauty. Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Collection Now Available center_img Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Rihanna: GRAMMY Audience Cam Email The beauty line is produced by Kendo Brands, an indie division of beauty giant Sephora, which also carries lines such as Kat Von D and Marc Jacobs Beauty. If you have to get your hands on this collection, you can find it at Sephora stores globally or online via Sephora or Fenty Beauty.With this beauty line, you’ll be ready to “Work, work, work” in no time.See Rihanna’s Crop Over Fashion In Barbadoslast_img read more

Dish launches 4K streaming stick AirTV Mini with access to Netflix Sling

first_img An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See it $6 at Tidal Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Post a comment $999 Share your voice Tags Sprint Best Buy Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 0 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $60 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Media Streamers $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Boost Mobile Read the AirPods review Review • Sling TV review: The best budget live TV streaming service Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read the Rylo camera preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $229 Share your voice I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tags See It $999 $299 at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET See it Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Comments $155 at Google Express CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mini Netflix,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Rylo $210 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review News • Sling TV review: The best budget live TV streaming service AirTV Mini integrates Sling TV, Netflix and over-the-air channels into one user interface. AirTV Mini AirTV, a subsidiary of satellite broadcaster Dish Network, on Monday introduced AirTV Mini, a 4K streaming stick that lets users access Sling TV, Netflix and over-the-air channels in one place. AirTV Mini is powered by Android TV and costs $79.99.Users can plug the device into their television’s HDMI port to access the Sling TV app, with which Netflix is integrated. They can also access apps from Google Play, as well as over-the-air channels when AirTV Mini is combined with the AirTV Wi-Fi-enabled network tuner and an over-the-air antenna.AirTV Mini features a button for accessing Google Assistant on the remote, as well as one for launching the Netflix app. There’s also a Sling TV shortcut button and voice search button. New and eligible Sling TV customers can get the AirTV Wi-Fi-enabled network tuner and indoor antenna for free after prepaying for three months of Sling TV.  Sling TV $59 at eBay See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Amazon Mentioned Above Sling TV Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo Apple iPhone XS Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $520 at HP The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 7 Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $90 at Daily Steals via Google Expresslast_img read more

Blood lines Sealaska studies Alaska Native descendant dilemma

first_imgDownload audioWhat makes a person Alaska Native?Jeremiah James learns to sew marine mammal furs at a workshop sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. (Photo courtesy Kathy Dye/Sealaska Heritage Institute)In some places, a regulatory definition–known as blood quantum– has superseded cultural ones.And a new study by the Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau tackles how that regulatory definition applies to marine mammal hunters.According to the federal government, Nathan Soboleff is one-eighth Tlingit and one-eighth Haida descent. He said he’s got some Norwegian and Russian mixed in there too. He identifies most strongly with his Tlingit roots.“My father’s and grandfather’s people have been here since time immemorial and my mother’s side of the family has been here seven or eight generations as Norwegian fishermen,” Soboleff said. “Juneau is my lifelong home.”Nathan’s family name is well known in Juneau. The Sealaska Heritage Institute is named after his grandfather, Tlingit elder Walter Soboleff.  His great uncle Vincent Soboleff is a Russian-American photographer who documented Tlingit life at the turn of the last century.“There aren’t a lot of Soboleffs in Juneau but we have left a bit of a mark,” Soboleff said.Soboleff also has deep ties to his culture. He’s on the board of directors for the Kootznoowoo village corporation for Angoon. And he’s an outspoken advocate of the importance of cultural heritage.But, in the lineage math used for certifying degree of Indian blood, Soboleff has a ¼ blood quantum. That means he’s got just enough of a blood quantum to qualify as a descendant shareholder of the Sealaska corporation. Of the regional corporations that enroll descendants, all but one require a minimum blood quantum.It also means that as a subsistence hunter in Southeast Alaska, he can harvest sea otters, harbor seals and Steller sea lions. But that right isn’t afforded to all Alaska Natives. They have to have a blood quantum of a quarter or more and live near the coast to subsistence hunt for marine mammals.Soboleff can hunt, but, he married a non-Native woman. And his kids?“My children are less than that,” Soboleff said.Soboleff’s daughter and sons can watch him hunt and harvest, prepare the carcasses for food or ceremony — but they can’t drive the boat or help him haul the dead animals on board. They can’t help him sew the hides or prepare seal oil.He said using the blood quantum interpretation as a requirement for harvest has limited his ability to teach his children their cultural heritage.“If you take that interpretation and move forward in time just a couple of years, you’re really preventing future descendants of the culture of learning their ways,” Soboleff said.And Soboleff’s family isn’t alone.According to the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s study, the number of Alaska Natives who meet the ¼ blood quantum threshold is dropping.In the last decade, nearly 20,000 Alaska Natives enrolled with the Bureau of Indian Affairs had less than that ¼ blood quantum, according to the agency. The heaviest hit are communities in the Gulf of Alaska where nearly 60 percent of newly enrolled Alaska Natives don’t meet the threshold.And, beyond the loss of subsistence hunting privileges, Soboleff said the blood quantum restriction is creating divisions within the Alaska Native community.“It creates a class of Native peoples. It separates them,” Soboleff said. “It specifically breaks them into two groups, those who can hunt harvest and use those marine mammals and those who cannot.”The study found most Alaska Natives would like to see the blood quantum criteria changed, and lays out several ways that could happen.It includes changing the blood quantum threshold to ⅛. Though, the same eligibility issue could pop up again in a few decades. Tribal enrollment, rather than blood quantum could be used, but some tribes require a minimum blood quantum.Rosita Worl is the President of the Sealaska Heritage Institute and an anthropologist who helped guide the research in the study.“I heard grandfathers talking about how they couldn’t take their grandsons out hunting.,” Worl said. “I heard other grandfathers talk about being able to take one child out who had the ¼ blood quantum, but not another who did not meet the eligibility requirements.”She presented the results of the study at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Fairbanks in October.It’s not the first time the issue has been discussed at the conference. In 2010, the Koniag regional corporation proposed changing the definition of Alaska Native to include lineal descendants with less than ¼ blood quantum.But Worl said it was controversial.“We didn’t know how many new members that would be,” Worl said. “Are we talking about a whole new population of 30,000 hunters coming into hunt? You know we just had absolutely no idea.”Now that the new study makes that data available, she says the next step is for tribal entities to take the research back to their regions and decide if, and how, they might want to change the hunting requirements.Once they’ve got consensus, they’ll have to take their request to Congress.last_img read more

No Sachin No MS Dhoni Virat Kohli only Indian on this list

first_imgIndian captain Virat Kohli is buzzing around after the heartbreak of the World Cup. The skipper is once again up and running, bouncing between his gym training sessions and turning up for different endorsements. During all of this, he doesn’t forget to keep all his social media followers extremely interested. It is, hence, no surprise that Kohli is the only cricketer in the Instagram top 10 sporting ‘Rich List’ for 2019 as he takes the ninth spot worldwide.Portugal and Juventus footballer Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way with Brazilian superstar Neymar and Argentina talisman Lionel Messi completing the top three. These results have been produced by HopperHQ.com (an Instagram scheduling tool), and it estimates that the Indian captain charges £158,000 (Rs 1,35,66,749) for every post and that makes him one of the highest-paid athletes on the picture-sharing social media portal.At the time of writing this article, Virat Kohli had 36 million followers on Instagram which makes him one of the most popular sporting celebrity on the platform. He is also the number one ranked batsman in both ODIs and Tests and recently helped India reach the World Cup semifinal in England and Wales.Cristiano Ronaldo has 173 million followers, and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the number one ranked athlete on the app. He charges a whopping £784,000 (Rs 6,73,49,082) per Instagram post.Instagram top 10 ‘Rich List’ Virat KohliICCCristiano Ronaldo (Football): Rs 6,73,49,082 per postNeymar (Football): Rs 4,98,24,576Lionel Messi (Football): Rs 4,47,35,925David Beckham (Football): Rs 2,46,43,398LeBron James (Basketball): Rs 1,88,04,544Ronaldinho (Football): Rs 1,76,88,293Gareth Bale (Football): 1,50,26,462Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Football): Rs 1,38,24,345Virat Kohli (Cricket): Rs 1,35,66,749Luis Suarez (Football): Rs 1,27,08,094Kohli will now lead the Indian team in the tour of West Indies and after the exit in the semi-finals of the World Cup, the skipper wants his side to be ready and believe in their abilities at all times. He also believes that he has learnt a lot from his failures and setbacks and that, these things make him strong. Kohli and teamGetty Images”I have learnt most in my life from failures and setbacks. The worst setbacks have not only motivated me but also improved me as a person, made me understand the importance of those times more than the success. It makes you sit down and think about what you need to do now, build a roadmap for yourself. Secondly, these moments show you the people who are going to stand by you in tough times and the people who will jump ship,” the skipper said in a recent interview to TOI.last_img read more

Libya detains scores of migrants including Bangladeshis

first_img.Libyan authorities have intercepted a boat carrying 96 migrants and detained them on shore in the port of Khoms, the country’s navy said Wednesday.”A coast guard speedboat…on Tuesday intercepted a dinghy with 96 illegal migrants on board,” the navy said.It said all those on board were men, mainly from Sudan and Bangladesh, and they were given medical treatment before being placed in a detention centre in the town some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Tripoli.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed that 96 migrants had been “returned” to Libya and that its local partner offered them medical screenings.”While we follow up to provide needed assistance in the detention centre, we reiterate that Libya is not a safe port and that arbitrary detention must end,” the IOM said on Twitter.Libya — wracked by chaos since the 2011 ouster of Moamer Kadhafi — has seen a surge in violence following the launch of an assault on Tripoli by strongman Khalifa Haftar 4 April.Haftar’s forces have clashed with fighters backing the internationally recognised unity government around the capital.The violence has killed 376 people and wounded 1,822, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday, while over 40,000 are estimated to have fled the fighting.Among the most vulnerable are about 3,500 migrants and refugees held in detention centres near the combat zone who are at “risk”, UN humanitarian coordinator for Libya Maria do Valle Ribeiro said Sunday.Libya, long a major transit route for people desperate to reach Europe, has around 6,000 migrants in official detention centres, according to the IOM.The UN and rights groups have repeatedly decried the conditions in which migrants are held in Libya.last_img read more