Nebraska approves TransCanadas Keystone XL pipeline in close vote

first_imgCALGARY – Nebraska’s Public Service Commission has approved TransCanada’s Keystone XL route in a 3 to 2 vote, clearing the last major regulatory hurdle for the controversial $10 billion project.The panel’s approval came with a tight margin of victory for the pipeline, which would transport about 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Hardisty, Alta. to Steele City, Neb. The vote comes as TransCanada continues to clean up a 5,000-barrel oil spill from its pipeline in nearby South Dakota that opponents have pointed to as reason not to approve Keystone XL.Among other concerns, opponents of the 1,897-kilometre Keystone XL project say the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region in Nebraska of grass-covered sand dunes, and would cross the land of farmers and ranchers who don’t want it.The commission, however, was specifically prohibited from evaluating safety considerations, including risk or impact of a spill, and will instead rule on issues including regulatory compliance, economic and social impacts of the project, the potential intrusion on natural resources, and whether better routes exist.Barack Obama rejected Keystone XL in 2015 after years of review, only for President Donald Trump to give the go-ahead to the project in March, saying the pipeline will bring jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil.last_img read more

Former Mulroney chief of staff Stanley Hartt dies of cancer at age

first_imgTORONTO – Stanley Hartt, who served as former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s chief of staff from 1989-1990, has died of cancer in Toronto at the age of 80.In a statement, Mulroney says he is deeply saddened by Hartt’s death, calling him one of the “most outstanding public servants of our country.”Mulroney describes Hartt as having an “extremely brilliant mind with a delightful sense of humour” and a remarkable capacity to analyze complex issues and produce policy options.Prior to joining Mulroney’s office, Hartt served as deputy finance minister under former finance minister Michael Wilson and was a key figure in the negotiations that led to the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement.According to his LinkedIn profile, Hartt had spent the last five years as a lawyer with the Toronto-based law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright.He also served as chairman at such companies as Campeau Corp., Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., and Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc.“I will always remember Stanley as a warm and highly valued friend of some 50 years,” said Mulroney.“Stanley played an important role in all the major initiatives of our government, from free trade to the GST, from Meech Lake to the movement to free Nelson Mandela.”last_img read more

Erin Weir to seek NDP nomination despite ousting over harassment complaints

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – Member of Parliament Erin Weir says he’ll seek the NDP nomination in his riding again despite being removed from the party’s caucus after an investigation upheld harassment complaints.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has stood firm in his decision to block Weir from returning to caucus or running in the 2019 election, but the Regina-Lewvan MP says local New Democrats should decide the nominee.Weir said he’s knocked on thousands of doors in the riding and has “overwhelming support.”“The real question is what does Mr. Singh intend to do? Will he simply ignore the more than 2,000 NDP members in Regina-Lewvan and appoint his own candidate?” Weir asked.He added that if he lost the nomination vote, he would respect the outcome, but if Singh simply appoints a candidate without a democratic vote, then he would have to consult local members about the way forward.Further, Weir said a “significant” number of NDP members of Parliament want to see him return to caucus, but they cannot speak out publicly because they are subject to Singh’s discipline.“There are lots of people in the caucus that want me to be part of it. It’s Mr. Singh who’s said he doesn’t want me to be a part of it,” he said.Weir was suspended from the caucus in February after fellow New Democrat Christine Moore sent an email to her caucus colleagues saying she had heard numerous complaints about Weir allegedly harassing staffers.A subsequent independent investigation upheld several complaints of harassment, which Singh described at the time as a failure to read non-verbal cues in social settings.However, it was Weir’s response to the findings — publicly dismissing one complaint as payback for a policy dispute he had with a member of former leader Tom Mulcair’s staff — that got him booted out of caucus permanently in May.Several female NDP activists applauded Singh’s decision in a letter posted online this week, countering a letter criticizing the move from 67 former New Democrat politicians in Saskatchewan.Singh was in Surrey, B.C., this week for a NDP caucus retreat and said Tuesday he wasn’t going to change his mind because people in a “position of privilege” want to intimidate him.Weir said it was disappointing that Singh dismissed dozens of long-serving NDP members of Parliament and the Saskatchewan legislature as privileged rather than addressing their concerns about a lack of due process.At the end of the retreat Thursday, Singh said he would not consider apologizing to the politicians, though he noted they do “important work” for their communities.“Using a position of privilege to do good work for the community is great, but to use that same position to try to have a change in position when it comes to harassment is not going to happen,” he said.He also described the investigation into Weir’s conduct as a “fair process” and denied he had made any mistakes in handling complaints against the MP.The party leader said he’s made it clear he won’t readmit Weir to caucus, though if he tries to seek the NDP nomination a vetting process will take place during which he will have “due process.”“He can run as an Independent. That’s up to him,” Singh added.The caucus retreat came at a difficult time in Singh’s tenure as party loyalists grumble about poor fundraising results and question his effectiveness as leader.During a closing news conference with his caucus gathered behind him, Singh said there had been tough discussions but they emerged united in their determination to “make people’s lives better.”“Sitting down around the table and sharing those stories and talking about the people that are depending on us … really brings us together as New Democrats to say, ‘Listen, we’ve got an important job to do.’ “Weir said he’s completed sensitivity training to better respond to non-verbal cues and has reflected on how to have frank political debates in ways that won’t make people feel intimidated or embarrassed.The investigation report has never been released, but Weir posted a letter from the sensitivity trainer on his website that he says summarizes the findings. The sexual harassment complaints involved Weir’s habit of standing too close and inserting himself into conversations with others, the letter says.Weir said he feels a tremendous obligation to the hundreds of people who worked hard in Saskatchewan to regain some federal NDP seats after the party was shut out of the province for a decade.He added he’s eager to return to Parliament next week and speak up for the people of his riding.“I’ve been active in the NDP since I was 15 and feel a deep affinity to the movement,” he said. “I never thought I’d be in this situation. It’s been a difficult process to navigate, but I try to be focused on the task ahead.”— With files from Janice Dickson in Ottawalast_img read more

Margaret Atwood Elisabeth Moss and the Women Behind the Disquietingly Vital The

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter In February of this year, a novel from 1985, by a Canadian author now 77, shot right to the top of the bestsellers lists. Though popular for decades, The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s chilling vision of a near-future dystopia in what was once New England—where a toxic environment, a cruel theocracy, and a plague of infertility have turned a sector of women into enslaved concubines—suddenly seemed all too timely. It was then that a trailer for the book’s upcoming TV adaptation aired during the Super Bowl, just a couple of weeks after Donald Trump was inaugurated and a nationwide spread of marches for women’s rights turned into the largest protest in American history.Atwood did not seem upset by the sudden renewal of interest in the single most enduring work of her back catalogue, despite the fact that she’s still churning out book after book today. “How could I be?” she said on a recent morning in Washington, D.C., in the historic Hay-Adams hotel not even a block away from the White House. “But on the other hand, the circumstances that have given rise to it having this sudden uptick are quite frightening. If I had a choice of two things—book not popular, circumstances not arise, or book popular, due to certain circumstances—I would of course pick the first one. But those were not my choices.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Groups seeks to improve Winnipegs Indigenous hospitality

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome say it’s ironic that the downtown core of Canada’s largest urban Indigenous community has often been hostile to Indigenous people.But now, thanks to an initiative by a group of business people and some Indigenous advisors downtown Winnipeg may just become a bit more inviting.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img

German FM calls on Syrian opposition to join Geneva II

first_imgBERLIN– Steinmeier underlines talks have now entered into a decisive week ahead of Geneva II peace conference which will be a ‘unique opportunity’ for peace in Syria.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on the Syrian opposition groups to join Geneva II peace conference scheduled for January 22.“Entering political talks will be nothing but gain for the Syrian opposition,” Steinmeier said in an interview with the German public broadcaster ARD. “But in the war field the number of victims will continue to rise, without bringing any favorable outcome for the opposition,” he said, following the Friends of Syria group meeting in Paris. Steinmeier has underlined that talks have now entered into a decisive week ahead of Geneva II peace conference and this conference will be a “unique opportunity” for peace in Syria.German Foreign Minister dismissed any possible talks with radical groups fighting in Syria, stressing that Syrian opposition has also distanced itself from those radical groups.“Syrian opposition has been fighting in two fronts, in one front against the Assad regime, and in the second front against the radical Islamists,” Steinmeier said.“For a solution, we have to win the hearts and minds of the Syrian people. Once these are achieved, the radicals would not have any chance.”last_img read more

Aquaculture growth now outpaces other food production industries UN reports

The agency’s State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2002 report (SOFIA) states that worldwide, aquaculture has increased at an average compounded rate of 9.2 per cent per year since 1970, compared with only 1.4 per cent for capture fisheries and 2.8 per cent for terrestrial farmed meat production systems. China remains the largest producer, with 71 per cent of the total volume and nearly half of the total value.The report will be presented next Monday when the 25th session of the agency’s Committee on Fisheries (COFI) – the only global technical forum for debating international fisheries issues – opens its weeklong meeting in Rome. It notes that global fish production remains pushed by aquaculture, with a contribution to global supplies of fish, crustaceans and molluscs that increased from 3.9 per cent of total production by weight in 1970 to 27.3 per cent in 2000. Amid facts and figures about aquaculture’s soaring worldwide production rates and, environmental fluctuations affecting capture fisheries, other, more sobering statistics reveal that global main marine fish stocks are in jeopardy, increasingly pressured by overfishing and environmental degradation, FAO says.The report warns that nearly half of the world’s marine stocks offer no reasonable expectations for further expansion. “About 47 per cent of the main stocks or species groups are fully exploited and are therefore producing catches that have reached, or are very close to, their maximum sustainable limits,” the report says.The report also warns against overfishing on the high seas. Although it is difficult to fully assess the situation because reports to FAO of marine catches make no distinction between those taken within the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and those taken on the high seas, the report reveals that catches of oceanic species – particularly the oceanic tunas – nearly tripled, from 3 million tons in 1976 to 8.5 million tons in 2000. read more

Pembina Pipeline looking to build West Coast terminal near Prince Rupert BC

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2017 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pembina Pipeline looking to build West Coast terminal near Prince Rupert, B.C. CALGARY – Pembina Pipeline Corp. (TSX:PPL) has signed a non-binding letter of intent to develop a liquefied petroleum gas export terminal on Watson Island, south of Prince Rupert, B.C.The Calgary-based pipeline operator signed the agreement with Prince Rupert Legacy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Prince Rupert.The company said it has started a site assessment for the West Coast project and engagement with stakeholders including aboriginal communities.Initial assessments indicate the development of an export terminal with a capacity of about 20,000 barrels per day of LPG at a capital cost ranging between $125 million and $175 million, Pembina said.The company said it expects a project timeline of two years from a final investment decision.The project is still subject to completion of design and engineering requirements, appropriate definitive agreements, environmental and regulatory permits and the approval of Pembina’s board. read more

Cyclone Komen further burdens thousands of displaced people in western Myanmar –

“But our teams, as well as other UN and non-governmental organizations, have so far managed to reach camps for internally displaced people in Rakhine’s provincial capital Sittwe, as well as in nearby townships such as Pauktaw and Myebon,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.“In 24 camps assessed so far, a quarter of the temporary shelters are damaged, and more than 21,000 displaced people affected as a result. Several years on from their construction, many of these shelters had become fragile and unable to withstand severe weather,” he explained. UNHCR and its partners are still assessing the impact on the existing displaced populations in Rakhine and Kachin states, with a view to identifying immediate needs and distributing relief. Rakhine state has been declared one of four ‘natural disaster zones’ by the Myanmar Government, alongside Chin state and Sagaing and Magway regions.Assessment teams also have been deployed to the camps for the internally displaced in Minbya, Mrauk-U and Kyauktaw, which are only accessible by boat, after humanitarian workers had to clear debris from waterways. UNHCR will distribute relief aid once the assessments are completed, Mr. Edwards said. It has already distributed aid such as tarpaulins, blankets, mats and buckets to those hosted in official reception centres, as well as others who have been affected.He also noted that parts of Buthidaung township remain underwater. UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff have reached 68 villages so far and found over 18,000 people displaced by the floods. “As assessments continue, we are distributing tarpaulins and mats to those affected,” said Mr. Edwards. UNHCR’s assistance to people affected by the cyclone and floods is part of a wider inter-agency response to support the Myanmar Government’s relief efforts. UNHCR continues to work with the authorities to find longer-term solutions to situations of internal displacement.The Myanmar Government reported yesterday that 39 people had lost their lives over the past week and over 200,000 people had been affected by heavy monsoon rains and flooding across the country. Those figures were likely to rise in the coming days as more areas became accessible, according to Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who also briefed reporters in Geneva. The Myanmar authorities, he announced, had today formally requested international assistance, although the UN and international humanitarian organizations had been working closely with the Myanmar authorities and supporting the humanitarian response since the beginning of the flooding on 30 July. read more

Property lawyer gets to keep home extension despite having no planning permission

Philip Galway-Cooper outside High Court Mr Justice Ouseley said expert engineering evidence revealed the likelihood that any restored wall “would fail”, that the construction job would be “exceedingly difficult” and it was “more likely than not that it could not be done”.The judge said he had “considerable sympathy for the predicament faced by the council” in dealing with a breach of planning control, and that the prospect of the unauthorised extension remaining in place was “troubling”.The council was ordered to pay Mr and Mrs Galway-Cooper’s £20,000 legal costs bills. Philip Galway-Cooper outside High CourtCredit:Paul Keogh At Highbury Corner Magistrates Court last year, the couple were acquitted in a criminal prosecution after claiming it was impossible to do the work demanded by the council.They argued that restoring the wall would mean removing a steel frame from the back of the building with potentially catastrophic consequences and the house, built on notoriously unstable London clay and sand, was already noticeably leaning, the court heard, raising fears of subsidence. The work, even if feasible, would have also cost over £360,000, and putting in pilings to support the house would add another £150,000 to the bill.The couple, who also have a home in Rutland, were acquitted after a district judge found that there was nothing they could do to comply with the notice – a decision now supported by the High Court. A barrister has been able to keep a three-storey extension to his £1.85m home despite having no planning permission after a judge ruled removing it could bring the house down.Property specialist, Philip Galway-Cooper, and his wife Wendy, were prosecuted for failing to demolish the three-storey extension.But a judge at the High Court has confirmed their innocence after the London Borough of Camden took them to court for failing to comply with an enforcement notice.Mr and Mrs Galway-Cooper have owned their detached Victorian house in Gayton Crescent, Hampstead, since 2007 – which they later extended.When the council demanded the couple completely demolish the extension in 2014, while also ordering them to restore the part of the rear wall to which the extension is attached to its original condition, the couple didn’t comply with the order. 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. read more

SPOILER: Note for tonight’s 6/15 WWE RAW in Cleveland

first_img Twitter WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Now Playing Up Next Paul Heyman Brock Lesnar Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Multiple wrestling media sources are reporting that both Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are in Cleveland and will be appearing on tonight’s live 6/15 WWE RAW.Lesnar is advertised for RAW next week (6/22) in Indianapolis, 7/4 in Tokyo (live event), 7/6 in Chicago (RAW), 7/13 in Atlanta (RAW), 7/19 in St. Louis (Battleground), 7/20 in Kansas City, 8/3 in San Jose (RAW) and 8/17 in Minneapolis (RAW).He’s expected to be booked for SummerSlam on 8/23 in Brooklyn as well.Sources:, The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 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 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bobby Lashley Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match 2018.05.08 Tenacious D Google+ Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Pinterestlast_img read more

Preventing child neglect through social networks

first_imgFoster care in Alaska is the state’s last resort for helping kids who have been abused or neglected—and the number of kids in the system is at a record high. Nearly 3,000 kids are in out of home care. One foster care worker says part of the solution is in prevention – helping families before maltreatment ever starts. A new program in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley is doing just that.Download AudioLast fall, Ana Maria Balcazar learned she needed to have a mass removed from her ovary. After the surgery she wouldn’t be able to lift anything for six weeks. Including her two-year-old daughter.“I talk to the doctor and say, ‘Can we wait maybe six more months or one more year?’ And she say, ‘No. Absolutely not. We have to do it now because it’s very dangerous.’”But Balcazar didn’t have anyone to take care of her two young daughters. Her family is in Peru, and her friends couldn’t help.“The few friends I have are in my same situation. They are single mothers with two, three kids and they don’t have nobody to help them. Working, go back to take care of the kids then pick up the kids, running, go to sleep.”Balcazar was desperate – she asked people at her daughter’s school, fellow church members she hardly knew. She even considered calling the Office of Children’s Services. Then her pastor told her there was a new program in town that might be able to help – Safe Families for Children.“The way that it works is very much centered on old school hospitality and people taking care of their neighbors,” explains Charity Carmody, who coordinates the Anchorage branch of the international organization.Here’s how it works: families volunteer to take in children for a short period of time while the parents work through a crisis, like homelessness or hospitalizations. The program started in Chicago in 2003 and has since spread around the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Kenya. According to the national program’s website, so far more than 20,000 children have been in the program in the United States. Ninety percent of them have returned to their parents.Carmody says the faith-based program helps families before a crisis leads to child abuse or neglect.“Most child maltreatment happens as a result of social isolation. Parents simply don’t have anybody to call in a time of crisis. So we’re trying to create an outlet that they know is safe. We’re just trying to give them the ability to make the call themselves before something happens and maybe they put their child in a harmful situation.”Ben Hemmila and his wife heard about the program through their church and decided to apply to be a host family. It took months to get background checks, home visits, and final approval. Hemmila says the program seemed logical.“If we had friends across the street or neighbors or somebody from church who needed help, we would watch their kids for them. So why wouldn’t we just help somebody in our community?” he asks. “Because they are part of our community and they are in need so obviously we would want to help out.”The couple took in Ana Balcazar’s two children for part of the six weeks. They don’t have kids of their own yet, and they say it was just as valuable a learning experience for them as it was a way to give back.Hemmila says he thought he was so on top of things one morning – he had the toddler in the car and was off to work on time. Then he reached into his briefcase and pulled out a squishy dirty diaper instead of his thermos of coffee.“Pride comes before the fall, right?” he says, smiling. “It’s just that respect for what parents go through each and every day. And you don’t think of that until you have kids of your own or you’re able to be around that.”The Hemmilas say taking in the girls wasn’t a burden. A network of people from Safe Families and their church donated diapers, toys, and dinners and helped pick up the kids from school.And all of the host families made sure the girls talked to their mom every day. Balcazar says she needed that.“They know my heart was broken because I don’t have them. And they tried to heal at the same time my heart. Like you know, make me call them and see them by FaceTime.”After six long weeks apart, Balcazar is reveling in having her kids back. She shows off her older daughter’s school binder full of completed homework and translates one of her younger daughter’s favorite books from Spanish to English.“And she love it because I have to say, ‘”Frooogy!” say mama. “Whaat?” say Froggy. “Come and brush your teeth!”’” She shouts and laughs as she reads, just as she would for the girls.Balcazar says her kids came home spouting instructions from their host families on behavior and parenting techniques – and she loved it. She was instructed on proper teeth brushing and the necessity of reading books together for 30 minutes at bedtime. Before, she told them stories from her imagination but now they read together.The program was a lifeline and a lesson for Balcazar and she says she’s ready to give back as soon as she can.Safe Families for Children currently offers help for families in Anchorage and in the Mat-Su Valley, though they hope to expand the program statewide.Fostering our Future is a five-part series. Listen to the rest here:Part One – Number of foster kids at record high, case workers overloadedPart Two – Changing what it means to be a foster parentPart Three – Reuniting families with community supportPart Five – Protecting a villagelast_img read more

The 2 billion bite Apple pays up huge settlement to Nokia in

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Apple iPhone 8 – Top 5 highly anticipated features Apple’s latest patent spat with Nokia has resulted in a $2 billion upfront payment from the iPhone maker, a colossal sum that seems to indicate Apple was eager to avoid a protracted and ugly dispute that could rival the one it had with Samsung.Details of the settlement, first announced back in May this year, without the disclosure of a financial amount or the new licensing terms, were spotted in Nokia’s second quarter earnings release by the blog Nokiamob. The company said that this will be a one-time payment.TechCrunch had said in a report on Friday, Nokia will not get $2 billion every quarter — this was non-recurring catch-up revenue and Nokia hasn’t said what it plans to do with all this cash.The patents row between Nokia and Apple had escalated in December last year and was settled in May. Nokia has received a $2 billion upfront cash payment from Cupertino-based tech company as part of the settlement terms.The spat began last year when the tech giants locked horns over patents, with Apple filing an anti-trust lawsuit against third-party companies Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) that act on Nokia’s behalf, and the Finland-based firm suing Apple directly.The Cupertino-based tech giant had accused Nokia of conspiring with PAEs patent assertion entity Acacia Research and Conversant Property Management in an “illegal patent transfer scheme” to wring money out of Apple because Nokia’s cellphone business was failing. Amid the escalating patents row with Finnish smartphone maker Nokia, Apple had also pulled all products made by Withings — a French company and now a Nokia subsidiary — from Apple Stores, be it online or retail.Nokia said on Saturday while announcing its results in an IRS filing that it has filed a suit directly against Apple in Europe and the US, claiming the company is still infringing on its patents.The lawsuit covers 32 patents, including display, user interface, software and video-coding technology. Apple supremo Steve Jobs launches the iPhone in January 2007. Apple and former market leader Nokia have been engaged in a pitched battle over what Nokia claims is infringement of its patents by the Cupertino-based manufacturer of the bestselling iPhone series.ReutersNokia’s losses pruned to €433 millionNokia in an IFRS filing on Saturday reported €5.629 billion in revenue and €441 million in profit during the second quarter of 2017. The comany had overall operating losses of €433 million on its books, which is a decrease compared to the loss of €667 million a year ago and €473 in Q1 2017. In Q2, Nokia acquired Comptel, had costs related to integration of Alcatel-Lucent, and paid €840 million to shareholders.Nokia Technologies reported €369 million in revenues, a 90 percent increase year-on-year (YoY)  and 49 percent increase quarter-on-quarter (QoQ), and €230 million in profits (158 percent up YoY, 98 percent up QoQ).The company said that revenues of Nokia Technologies were increased thanks to a the one-time Apple payment for patents, offset by lower licensing revenue from some partners. Nokia said that €70 million were catch-up sales from the previous quarter.Digital Health and Digital Media (OZO+Withings) posted €12 million in revenue, but HMD was just mentioned, with no numbers given. Nokia also announced that it expects to start receiving royalties from Xiaomi from Q4 this year, the blog Nokiamob reported.In its IFRS filing, the company mentioned “costs related to the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent and related integration, goodwill impairment charges, intangible asset amortisation and other purchase price fair value adjustments, restructuring and associated charges and certain other items that may not be indicative of Nokia’s underlying business performance”.In Q2 of 2017, the “Networks” business declined 5 percent to €4.971 billion year-on-year (YoY), but grew 1 percent quarter-on-quarter (Q0Q).Even though Nokia Networks revenues declined on a yearly basis, because of strong leadership in restructuring and optimisation of product portfolio, the company said that it decreased the “cost of sales” and increased the profitability of its core business, but the declining market definitely makes things harder. Evan Blass tweeted the leaked image of the Nokia 8 silver variant last month.Evan Blass via TwitterRelatedcenter_img Closelast_img read more

Netflix Stock Rises After Five Golden Globes Wins Upbeat Analyst Subscriber Estimates

first_imgInvestors rallied behind Netflix’s stock last Friday, when shares closed up 9.7% to $297.57 per share, helped by a bullish call from Goldman Sachs. The company’s shares are still well below their over-$400-per-share highs in 2018.Last September, Netflix shares rose after the streamer won 23 Emmy Awards, gaining 4.9% on Sept. 18.On Sunday night, Netflix won three Golden Globes for TV series and earned a best foreign film and a directing award for “Roma,” Cuarón’s black-and-white meditation on his childhood growing up in Mexico City. (“Roma” was ineligible for the top drama prize because the dialogue was virtually entirely in Spanish and Mixteco.)In the TV categories, Netflix’s “Kominsky Method” won the best comedy prize and best actor in a TV comedy for Michael Douglas, while Richard Madden, star of Netflix’s British “Bodyguard” series, won a best actor in a TV drama prize.In his acceptance speech, a stunned Lorre ended his thank-yous by saying “Netflix, Netflix, Netflix” — much to the delight of Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos, who was in the audience.Backstage at the Golden Globes, Cuarón defended Netflix’s model in challenging a journalist’s question about whether streaming services were contributing to the death of independent cinema.Pictured above: Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” Popular on Variety UPDATED: Netflix shares jumped 6% Monday, coming on the heels of the company taking home five Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night and another bullish Wall Street analyst call.The streamer took home Globes trophies in major categories for Alfonso Cuarón’s art-house-y film “Roma” and Chuck Lorre’s comedy “The Kominsky Method.”The rise in Netflix’s stock, which closed at $315.34 per share on the day, exceeded a more modest uptick in the broader market. Also Monday, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson issued a report predicting Netflix will beat Wall Street expectations for U.S. streaming-subscriber additions for the fourth quarter of 2018. Olson wrote in a research note that the firm’s model, based on an analysis of Google search trends, points to “directionally positive” domestic growth, “showing a high likelihood of a strong Q4 for Netflix domestic sub adds, with in-line int’l subs.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Darjeeling residents fall victim to postal parcel scam

first_imgDARJEELING: A racket has spread its tentacles in Darjeeling whereby people are being sent parcels with stones inside which they are being duped into buying (cash on delivery). Many have already fallen victim to the fraud while some unclaimed packages are still there at the Darjeeling General Post Office.Usually a person first receives a phone call where the caller says that the person has won a high-end cell phone in a lucky draw, which can be had against paying a nominal amount through cash on delivery system. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”Around 10 days ago, I had received a call from a lady introducing herself as Kavya. She stated that I had won a high-end cell phone costing around Rs. 40,000. Then I was asked for my address. I was reluctant and told her that I would spend any money on it. She maintained that I would have to pay a nominal amount after having received the cell-phone. I then proceeded to give her my address,” stated Bishal Rai, a resident. On Thursday, Rai received a call from the General Post Office, Darjeeling stating that a parcel has arrived in his name and that he would have to pay Rs. 3500 in order to take the delivery home. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedFollowing the call from the post office, Rai went and asked them to show the parcel. He was informed that if he opened it, he would have to pay the amount mentioned. However, the post office authorities warned him against it as in the recent past, many have been duped. People had found stones inside the parcels. On contacting Raju Singh, the Post Master of the Darjeeling General Post Office, he stated that the Post Office merely delivers whatever parcels arrive and are not aware or responsible for the contents. “However, people should be aware of fake companies and advertisements. Many such packages had come to the post office and remained undelivered, while many others had chosen to take it back home after paying under the Cash on Delivery scheme,” added the post master.He added that the parcels had different senders’ name. Some of them also had fake company names and addresses. Rai’s parcel was from Delhi. He tried to call back on the number but the number was not available. A person who had received a similar phone call and had landed up paying Rs 6000.last_img read more

Women dont make first move when it comes to online dating

first_imgAll men please take note! In the online dating world, women do not like to send personal messages to initiate contact and later mating and would rather send “weak signals” than making the first move, a team of Indian-origin researchers has revealed.According to Jui Ramaprasad, assistant professor of information systems at McGill University, they still see that women don’t make the “first move” online.“Weak signalling is the ability to visit or ‘check out’ a potential mate’s profile so the potential mate knows the focal-user visited,” she noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The offline ‘flirting’ equivalents, at best, would be a suggestive look or a preening bodily gesture such as a hair toss to one side or an over-the-shoulder glance — each subject to myriad interpretations and possible misinterpretations.Much less ambiguity exists in the online environment if the focal-user views another user’s profile and leaves a visible train in his ‘Recent Visitors’ list. The researchers also found that users with anonymous browsing viewed more profiles. They were also more likely to check out potential same-sex and interracial matches. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSurprisingly, however, users who browsed anonymously also wound up with fewer matches than their non-anonymous counterparts. This was especially true for female users: those with anonymous browsing wound up with an average of 14 per cent fewer matches.Men often take the cue. “Men send four times the number of messages that women do,” said co-author Akhmed Umyarov, assistant professor at University of Minnesota, adding that the anonymity feature doesn’t change things so much for men. The team examined the impact of anonymous browsing via a premium online browsing service where 50,000 users were given free access to the feature for a month, enabling them to view profiles of other users without leaving telltale digital traces.“Even though people are willing to pay to become anonymous in online dating sites, we find that the feature is detrimental to the average users,” noted professor Ravi Bapna, co-author and the Carlson Chair in business analytics and information systems at Minnesota. The study, published in the journal Management Science, could lay the groundwork for further academic analysis of online dating sites. Experiments of this sort could be used in a range of online-matching platforms to help understand how to improve the consumer experience — though it’s important that the experiments are done ethically, the researchers added.last_img read more

Army saves the day again rescues 200 stranded tourists

first_imgDarjeeling: On the heels of the successful rescue and evacuation operation of around 3,000 tourists from the Indo-China border of Nathula in Sikkim, the Indian Army has shown another instance of heroism, successfully rescuing and evacuating around 200 tourists from the far-flung areas of North Sikkim.Two hours of sudden and heavy snowfall had cut off the popular tourist destinations in Lachung Valley on Wednesday. The troops of Trishakti Corps immediately launched Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) including medical staff to locate the tourists in stranded vehicles, provide medical care and bring them to the nearest army camps. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalRisking their lives, the army soldiers reached out to all stranded persons in just four hours. Many complained of dizziness, breathlessness and other high altitude related symptoms. A lady had fractured her hand. Immediate medical attention was given to them. Many were shifted to lower altitudes. 42 persons including the elderly and children were kept in army shelters. “All rescued tourists were provided food, shelter and medical care at the army shelters, with the incessant snowfall and temperatures dipping down to minus 10 degrees. On Thursday afternoon, they were successfully evacuated to lower regions,” stated Col. Tiwari.last_img read more

Russian lawyers mom urges new look into his death

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – The mother of a whistleblowing Russian lawyer who died in prison made an emotional appeal Tuesday for a new inquiry into his death while testifying against a former prison doctor.Struggling to keep her composure, Natalya Magnitskaya _ whose son Sergei Magnitsky died in jail of untreated pancreatitis in 2009 _ demanded that prosecutors file new charges against several Russian officials she says are responsible for his death.center_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former prison doctor Dmitry Kratov is the only official to be charged with Magnitsky’s death. He denies the charges of negligent homicide, citing a staff shortage.Magnitskaya accused authorities of covering up for officials who denied her son’s hundreds of formal pleas for release on medical grounds. He died at age 37 before he could be brought to trial.“My son wasn’t a killer or a rapist, but they put him in a cage, and Kratov is out on bail,” she said. Magnitskaya said Kratov had allowed her son to be tortured in jail.Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 by the same Interior Ministry officials whom he accused of using false tax documents to steal $230 million from the state.An investigation by Russia’s presidential council on human rights concluded that Magnitsky was severely beaten and denied medical treatment while in jail.U.S. lawmakers have drafted legislation named after Magnitsky that would impose sanctions on Russian officials involved in human rights violations. The bill is not expected to come up for a vote before the end of the year.Russia’s government strongly opposes the bill and has vowed to retaliate if it is passed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Preparations  underway for leaders dinner

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday he hoped Sunday’s dinner with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Aknici would lead to the resumption of talks.In statements to US channel CNBC, on the sidelines of the European People`s Party Congress in Malta, he said: “We hope that after the referendum (in Turkey) we will have a new stance from Turkey,” he said.“I expect that the opportunity will be given during the social dinner on Sunday to have a resumption of the negotiations.”UN special adviser Espen Barth Eide will hold separate meetings with the two negotiators on Friday.According to the Cyprus News Agency, Eide will see Andreas Mavroyianis and Ozdil Nami before Sunday’s dinner between Anastasiades and Akinci who have not met since mid-February because of a controversial decision taken by parliament.Parliament had passed a regulation to commemorate the 1950 Enosis (union with Greece) referendum in public schools, prompting the Turkish Cypriot side to walk out of the talks.Akinci said he would not return before the mistake was corrected. Anastasiades conceded it had been a mistake, but suggested that the Turkish Cypriot side had overreacted.Parliament is expected to pass a bill on Friday rectifying the mistake, after which, according to Akinci, the talks could resume.The Turkish Cypriot leader said during Sunday’s dinner, they would try and have a roadmap for the next few months, which will be very important.“That is why, without losing more time, it is a precondition to define a roadmap,” he said.He sought to dispel the misconception that the dinner would be dominated by talk about confidence building measures.“This is wrong. To at least implement the decisions we took two years ago will be to the benefit of the two sides,” he said. “Not to implement these is sad and worrying.”Akinci stressed that talk about CBMs was not aimed at wasting time.“Let me be clear, with or without a solution these are necessary.”He was referring to the decisions to open two new crossing points, in Dherynia and Lefka, link the power grids, enable direct telephone communications between the two sides without having to go through Turkey, and the operation of a technical committee on education.Akinci reiterated that the interruption in the talks had nothing to do with the April 16 referendum in Turkey.“Unfortunately, the fact is the election campaign started early in the Greek Cypriot side. I hope this does not destroy us in the months ahead.”Speaking to US news channel CNBC in Malta, Anastasiades expressed hope that the dinner would pave the way for a resumption of the talks and that Turkey would be more flexible after April 16.“We hope to see a new stance from Turkey after the referendum,” he said. “In recent months we see a hardening of its positions and going back on convergences that have been achieved.”The president reiterated that the Greek Cypriot side was always focused on dialogue and committed to agree on a fair, viable solution where everyone would be a winner.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes?FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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