New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government has announced plans for a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the current tax system isn’t fair and there is a gap that needs to be closed.She said the proposed digital services tax would tax multinational online companies at about 2 or 3 per cent on the revenue they generate in New Zealand. She said the rate is in line with other countries considering similar taxes.Revenue Minister Stuart Nash said the tax could be implemented next year. He said New Zealand will continue working with the Organization For Economic Cooperation and Development to find an international solution to the problems of taxing big online companies.The Associated Press read more

Huffington Post applies to CRTC for Canadian television channel

TORONTO — An application has been filed with Canada’s broadcast regulator to add a Huffington Post channel to the English television lineup.The application filed with the CRTC was made by Toronto businessman Evan Kosiner on behalf of AOL Inc., which operates the HuffPost Live network.AOL Canada says the bid seeks to have HuffPost Live added to the list of non-Canadian programming and has obtained all necessary distribution rights.Does Arianna Huffington want to buy Huffington Post back from AOL?Huffington Post debuts in Quebec under a cloudThe online giant says three major and six mid-sized broadcast distributors “have expressed an immediate interest in carrying the HuffPost Live service.”The application also notes HuffPost Live currently does not have a program supply agreement with any Canadian service.HuffPost Live is billed as a network covering a “wide variety of topics and areas of interest focusing on the most popular sections and sites on HuffPost.’The application also says all programming is original and currently produced at the Huffington Post‘s New York studios by AOL.The CRTC says on its website that it is accepting interventions and comments on the bid until Jan. 19, 2015. read more

As Colombia talks open Annan urges respect for ceasefire

“These negotiations should result in the disarmament and demobilization of paramilitaries, with the ultimate aim of ending paramilitarism in Colombia,” a UN spokesman in New York, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement. “The process should not permit blanket amnesties or de facto impunity.”The Secretary-General “reiterates his belief that the rights of truth, justice and reparations for victims must be fully respected,” Mr. Dujarric added.The statement also recognized the important role of the Organization of American States (OAS) in the talks. read more

Valeant faces another takeover battle as Endo submits higher bid for Salix

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 11, 2015 5:20 pm MDT Valeant faces another takeover battle as Endo submits higher bid for Salix MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals faced another takeover fight Wednesday after Endo International submitted a higher bid for drugmaker Salix Pharmaceuticals.Endo said its cash-and-stock offer valued at US$175 per share is worth about 11 per cent more than the US$158 per share Salix agreed to from Quebec-based Valeant.It called its offer a “superior proposal” that will deliver a substantial premium and opportunity for Salix (Nasdaq:SLXP) shareholders to gain from taking a large equity stake in a specialty pharmaceutical company positioned for growth.Endo (Nasdaq:ENDP) said the transaction could close in the second quarter. The company said it is confident of obtaining regulatory and shareholder approvals.Valeant (TSX:VRX) wouldn’t say if it will consider boosting its cash offer.“We are firmly committed to our all-cash agreed transaction, which delivers immediate and certain value to Salix shareholders,” a company spokesman wrote in an email.The Montreal area stands to gain US$406 million in break fees and expenses if Endo ultimately triumphs.The tender offer is scheduled to expire at the end of the day on March 31, 2015, and Valeant expects to be in the position to close the transaction on April 1, 2015 — the largest deal in its history. It follows the US$400-million acquisition of oncology drugmaker Dendreon.They are the first major transactions since Valeant came up short in its hostile bid last year for Botox maker Allergan, which was eventually acquired by Actavis. Despite failing to acquire Allergan, Valeant pocketed a net gain of US$287 million after selling its shares in Allergan.Valeant expects Salix will contribute modestly to its 2015 cash earnings per share, but projects a 20 per cent boost in 2016. The company is banking on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granting approval for Xifaxan, a new Salix drug to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea.Analysts said the Salix deal was positive for Valeant by adding another specialty area that will eventually boost earnings.But Vicki Bryan of Gimme Credit said Valeant might be stretched to meet Endo’s “very credible offer.”“Endo is offering Salix shareholders a tidy US$45 per share in cash plus 74 per cent ownership in a combined company that (would have) significantly lower leverage versus Valeant and potentially higher profit margins.”On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Valeant’s share closed at C$247.51, down 3.1 per cent or $7.94. Salix share rose nearly seven per cent to $168.61 on Nasdaq while Endo closed down 1.39 per cent to $87.76. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN envoy strongly condemns terrorist attack in Somali capital

“I am appalled by this act of savagery and condemn it in the strongest terms,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay.“I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”According to media reports, a suicide bomber and a vehicle loaded with explosives detonated at the site of a restaurant popular with Government workers and journalists. The restaurant has been targeted before. Some 15 people were killed.“Such cruel and cowardly acts of terrorism serve to remind us that the people of Somalia desperately need peace,” Mr. Kay said. “Terrorism is a threat to Somalis, the people of the region and the world. It needs to be defeated militarily and politically.”Mr. Kay added that the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which he heads, is ready to assist in efforts to combat terrorism and stands by the people of Somalia.UNSOM, which began operations last month, is tasked by the Council with supporting the Horn of Africa nation as it seeks to build on hard-won gains achieved last year and emerge from over two decades of strife. read more

Give back during volunteer week

National Volunteer Week is coming up in April and Brock University is partnering with community outreach programs to support volunteer opportunities within Niagara.For the second consecutive year, Brock staff and faculty are invited to spend half a day volunteering with community partners April 13 and 14.If you are interested in participating, register on Focus on Learning by April 1. Please register for your preferred date and time:April 13 or 14 from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m.Last year, volunteers partnered with the following organizations: Alzheimer’s Society, Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, Community Care and Heartland Forest. read more

Publishers will drop authors if digital libraries continue Chocolat writer warns

Edinburgh author Alison Belsham’s debut novel The Tattoo Thief – which has been a bestseller across Europe – has been published on the site.Ms Belsham warned that the practice was “theft” and widespread, with multiple sites across the world regularly publishing books without the author’s consent.She said: “I would like to think that no one I know downloads pirate ebooks, because it’s nothing less than theft.”It’s hard enough as it is for the vast majority of writers to make a living from writing – to think that people are stealing something that you’ve worked so hard to create is absolutely heartbreaking.”Mr McCrea told Radio 4’s You and Yours programme on Monday that his site had been created “by authors for authors”, adding: “Mine is a digital library which holds a collection of ebooks. The website is not dedicated to copyright infringe.”The website is dedicated to helping authors.” The rise of “digital libraries” will see authors ditched by their publishers, the novelist Joanne Harris has claimed.The warning comes amid the growing popularity of sites such as the eBook Bike website, which allows readers to download titles for free.Travis McCrea, owner of eBook Bike, is a Vancouver-based businessman who publishes hundreds of books for readers to access online in what he describes as a “digital library”.But authors claim that many of the books available on his site have been put up without their consent – breaching copyright and depriving them of income from their work.Ms Harris, the author of Chocolat which was made into a hit film in 2000, has led the calls to have the website taken down.She said: “[Mr McCrea’s] current enterprise claims to be an online library, claims to pay authors, and also claims that authors are donating their books voluntarily.”None of this is true, of course. There are many self published authors who are never going to make a living out of writing books and this site is taking away their last validation.”This is not helping anybody. It means that mid-list authors who are already struggling for sales may be ditched by their publishers.” 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

Speak Greek in March campaign spreads across Australia and overseas

first_imgThe Speak Greek in March (SGM) campaign was conceived in order to stimulate the Greek community, the school system and government to give greater priority to the speaking, learning and teaching of the Greek language.This initiative was started in 2015 by individuals and representatives of literary and cultural organisations within the Greek community. The organising committee’s policy is to encourage the various stakeholders to initiate, develop and implement activities, appropriate to their own fields of endeavour, which promote the Greek language. For example, schools that teach Greek may organise during March (as well as throughout the year) competitions, celebrations, debates, lectures and special projects related to the Greek language.“We believe that learning another language enhances one’s competence in their primary language. As language and culture are interrelated, retaining our mother tongue will strengthen our ability to maintain our cultural identity in multicultural Australia. It will also benefit Australia, as multilingualism in our globalised world is acknowledged to have cultural, educational and trade advantages,” Mr Mike Zafiropoulos AM, the convener of the SGM committee said.The retention of our language in the diaspora needs constant support, otherwise it runs the risk of succumbing to the pressures of globalisation and assimilation to the dominant culture and language. There are many reasons for this, including the prevalence of intermarriage and the preference and ease for children born in Australia to become monolingual, speaking only English, the lingua franca of our adopted country.“Furthermore, our school system, that teaches Greek as a second language, needs new ideas and the ongoing support of the community in order to make the learning of Greek attractive to our youth,” Mr Zafiropoulos continued.The committee chose March for the campaign for a number of reasons. March incorporates a plethora of Greek cultural activities, it is the beginning of the school year, and includes the celebration of Greek National Day and the Antipodes festival.Of course, choosing one month for the campaign is only a marketing technique, as the objective of the organising committee is to encourage and promote the speaking of Greek throughout the year.For the 2016 campaign, an exciting concept has been developed to ensure a heightened interest on a daily basis on the campaign’s goals. It has identified 31 themes, one for each day of the month. The themes vary from simple topics like ‘the alphabet’, ‘arithmetic’ and ‘grammar’ to ‘philosophy’, ‘politics’, ‘economics’, ‘the Olympics’ and ‘mythology’ to name just a few. All the themes chosen are English words, which have their origin in the Greek language. On its new website, the campaign will include the theme for each day with resources and links for parents, students and the general community. People with expertise in any of the themes are invited to contribute brief content in the form of text, pictures, video or sound for inclusion on the website. These themes have been strategically placed on specific days to reflect the historical significance or appropriateness of the theme. For example, the ‘history’ theme is on 25 March, Greek Independence Day; the ‘philosophy’ theme is on 7 March, the date of Aristotle’s death in 322BC and the ‘theatre’ theme is on 20 March, which is the International Theatre Day for Children.While the campaign originated in Melbourne, it has quickly spread to other parts of Australia and overseas. The aspiration of the organising committee is that the campaign is embraced not only by the Hellenic diaspora, but also by other minority communities in Australia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

New Gremlins Animated TV Series Is Reportedly in the Works

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend Remember Gremlins? A new animated series based on the ’80s and ’90s sci-fi flicks is reportedly in development.On Monday, Variety reported that the Gremlins series will be a period piece that’s focused on Mr. Wing, the Chinese grandfather who’s played by Keye Luke in the films. The show is expected to highlight Wing’s early days, as he embarks on cool journeys with Mogwai Gizmo. The series, which will be produced by Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Television, doesn’t have a set release date yet.‘Gremlins’ Animated Series in the Works at WarnerMedia Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE) https://t.co/8eo6xkUD51— Variety (@Variety) February 25, 2019Tze Chun is allegedly writing and executive producing the Gremlins series: He previously directed Cold Comes the Night and Children of Invention. He’s also worked on other major TV series, including Gotham and Once Upon a Time. Chun is also the co-founder of TKO Studios, a comic book publisher.Gremlins first came out in 1984 and it was followed by Gremlins 2: The New Batch, a sequel, in 1990. The Gremlin films follow a boy, who acquires a weird creature as a pet, and breaks the rules of being a good critter parent. These little mischievous monsters then wreak havoc on a town, and must be stopped by the young man before it’s too late.Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Television didn’t provide comment on the Gremlin series, so fans will have to wait for more details on the show’s plot, cast, and premiere date.More on Geek.com:BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Series Trailer Teases Eerie Parallel Worlds‘Pennywise: The Story of IT’ Explores Stephen King’s Chilling Clown TaleNetflix Renews ‘Haunting of Hill House’ as Horror Anthology Series Stay on targetlast_img read more

Airbnb Will Send You On An AroundTheWorld Adventure for 5K

first_img Airbnb For Work Simplifies Business TravelAirbnb’s Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Rental Is a Hot Dog Lover’s Paradise Stay on target Six continents. Eighteen countries. One extraordinary adventure.Airbnb encourages guests to channel their inner Phileas Fogg and travel Around the World in 80 Days as part of its new Adventures platform.The $5,000 trip of a lifetime includes transportation (in a hot air balloon, of course!), lodging, meals, and activities.“All you have to do is make sure you have enough empty pages in your passport, buy a round-trip ticket to and from London, and get on that first flight,” the listing said. “When you land, the first chapter of your around-the-world adventure begins.”The expedition—which weaves through Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the South Pacific, North and South America, and Europe—departs on Sept. 1 and returns Nov. 19. Up to eight guests ages 21 and older can attend.And that’s just one option among many available to book through hosts on Airbnb, ranging from tracking lions on foot with Sabache Warriors in Kenya to hunting for UFOs in Arizona.“Airbnb Adventures is a new collection of bucket list-worthy multi-day experiences hosted by local experts that take intimate groups to epic, off-the-beaten-path locations and immerses them in unique cultures and communities,” according to a press release.Enjoy a six-day Galapagos Slow Food Safari, experience the wonders of Oman, or camp on a cliff in Colorado.“All you have to do is show up,” Airbnb said.More than 200 adventures are available globally, with many more to be added before the end of the year (via Airbnb)Ranging in price from $79 for an overnight trip to $5,000 for a 10-day trek, adventures are led by local experts and meet certain quality and safety standards, the hospitality service confirmed.At launch, there are more than 200 adventures from which to choose; more will be added before the end of the year. All events have a maximum capacity of up to 12 guests.“Like Airbnb Experiences, people can escape their day-to-day and put their screens and devices away,” Joe Zadeh, VP of Experiences at Airbnb, said in a statement. “But now instead of just a few hours, they have the option to be fully immersed off the beaten path, to push themselves out of their comfort zones and have experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”Plus, travelers booking an adventure before Dec. 31, 2019, will get $200 off a GoPro HERO7 Black Adventure Kit.More on Geek.com:‘Avengers: Endgame’ Fans Can Rent Tony Stark’s Rural Cabin on AirbnbSpice Girls Bus From ‘Spice World’ Movie Is Now an Airbnb RentalThis Massive Idaho ‘Potato’ Is Now a Cozy Airbnb You Can Stay Inlast_img read more

Weather Eye Expect a few cooler days before 90s again this weekend

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. The eclipse was fantastic. Now we are on to the last lazy days of summer. We expected some patchy low clouds for the early morning hours Monday, but winds aloft during overnight turned from the northeast and kept the marine clouds at bay.I watched the eclipse on the Long Beach Peninsula about four miles north of Ocean Park. It was foggy at 7 a.m. As the sun rose, the fog dissipated. At eclipse time, it was clear as a bell. Although from my view, I only saw 96 percent totality.Several things happened at its peak. It did get considerably darker outside. The temperature dropped from 59 to 53. And the fog rolled back in from the ocean waters. A reversal in a manner of minutes.Afterward, the sun was once again bright and the fog burned off quickly.It was a gorgeous day for the big kite festival in Long Beach. I watched for some time a variety of kites — what a show!The winds cooperated in earnest with a stiff north wind of 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph. This goes on all week into the weekend. Another sight to see in the skies.last_img read more

Ausilio Inter Milan are not interested in Mourinho reunion

first_imgInter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio insists they remain fully committed to their current manager Luciano Spalletti and will not pursue Jose MourinhoThe pressure on Spalletti has been growing this season following their Champions League group-stage exit and with Inter already 14 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus in third.Chinese owners Suning Holdings Group are understood to be determined to bring back the glory days for Inter, which has renewed talk of a possible return for Mourinho.The Portuguese coach was in charge of Inter between 2008 to 2010 and led them to becoming the first Italian club to win the treble after success in the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League.Despite the fact though that Mourinho’s available after his departure from Manchester United, Ausilio denies any interest in rehiring him.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“Mourinho? He is not a shadow,” Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.“It does not surprise me that we talk about him in a time when media and everyone need to say something.“We work in a more rational way. Our project has been ongoing for a year-and-a-half with Spalletti and will go on with him for many years.Inter defeated Empoli 1-0 on Saturday for their final match of 2018.last_img read more

Police searching for 3 in Miami MetroPCS store robberies

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating three men in connection to two cellphone store robberies in Miami.Surveillance video shows two of the three subjects robbing a MetroPCS store along the 1400 block of Northwest 17th Avenue, Saturday, at around 1 p.m. One of them is seen pointing a gun at a customer and clerk as the other stuffed his pockets with cash from the register.Police said the same duo who was caught on camera robbing another Miami MetroPCS store located on Northwest 29th Street and 22nd Avenue, Wednesday, at around 1:15 p.m. Investigators said the robbers pretended to be customers, and once they had the clerks distracted, they demanded money and merchandise.Investigators said the subjects then exited the store and got into a dark-colored, four-door Chevy Malibu that sped away from the scene.If you have any information on their whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Hispanic Magazine Ad Pages Down 17 Percent

first_imgSome of the largest Hispanic magazines reported severe declines in first quarter ad pages numbers. The sharpest came from Meredith’s Siempre Mujer, which reported pages were down 39.8 percent for the period. People en Español (-24.8 percent), Latina (-27.6), RDA’s Selecciones (-13.9) and Cosmopolitan en Español (-7.4) also reported declines.As a result of the economic crunch, a number of Hispanic titles—including AMI’s Mira!, Impremedia’s Vista and Meredith’s Ser Padres Bebe—have made strategic changes, such as reducing rate bases and frequencies. Meanwhile, titles like People en Español and Siempre Mujer raised rate bases in 2009.“I think we will see some additional magazines fold—especially smaller, marginal titles,” Pelay said. “I think those with a niche or more targeted audience are more vulnerable than larger titles with a broader audience.”Some Hispanic titles that folded or suspended publication since last year include Sports Illustrated Latino and Tu Ciudad Los Angeles. Hispanic magazines have been hit just as hard as the rest of the U.S. consumer magazine industry during the recession, according to a new report from advertising research company Media Economics Group. According to the report, ad page declines at Hispanic magazines were significantly steeper through the first two months of 2009 (-17.2 percent) than they were in 2008 (-11.8 percent). Estimated revenue through February was down 20.9 percent, compared with a gain of 1.9 percent last year.“Right now, every magazine is hurting, from the largest to the smallest,” Media Economics Group president Carlos Pelay told FOLIO:.last_img read more

Flood alert Jhelum river flows 18 feet above danger mark in Kashmir

first_imgPeople stranded on a bridge that was washed away in the floodReutersThe untimely rains and snow over the last couple of days in Jammu and Kashmir has inundated roads in Srinagar and other districts and swollen the Jhelum river where water is flowing above the danger mark of 18 feet. The authorities at the Irrigation and Flood Control Department have sounded a flood alert in Srinagar and other districts of South Kashmir as many tributaries of Jhelum river were reportedly flowing above danger levels.The temperatures have plummeted below 15 degrees Celcius in the summer month of June signalling climate change in Kashmir which is also the reason for the recurrent floods. The valley had witnessed the worst floods in 2014 which left nearly 200 people dead and more than 80,000 lost their homes.Authorities said that in North Kashmir areas of Tangmarg, Bandipora and Baramulla, bridges have been swept away by the overflowing water from the mountain and river streams whereas many apple orchards in Baramulla have reportedly received substantial damage. In the tourist spot of Sonamarg, nearly 100 cattle, mostly sheep, were killed lightning.”Flood alert was declared in the afternoon and we are monitoring the situation. So far water is coming from the flood spills and the levels are also increasing. We hope it will start receding later in the night,” the Chief Engineer of I&FC, Kashmir, Ashok Kumar Sharma, told Greater Kashmir.The Meteorological Department has predicted light to moderate spell of rains, thunder and snowfall in the next 24 hours throughout the valley.Many people living in low-lying areas of Srinagar and outskirts are facing problems due to water inundation and are unable to move of out their houses. The locals say that the claims made by the authorities of constructing better roads and flood banks lie flat as every year the valley witnesses the problem even after a brief stint of snow or rains.To others, an advertisement put out by the state Tourism Department of inviting tourists to enjoy the weather in Kashmir came in as a shock especially when the current temperature change in the valley signals an important concern of climate change which has been described as abnormal by geologists. An ailing woman is carried on a wooden plank to a safer place from her partially submerged house after incessant rains in Srinagar March 30, 2015.Reuters”On one hand, the locals here are suffering due to lack of proper infrastructure and we see the state government inviting others to enjoy here. This is insanity. From the last five years, we have seen no marked improvement in the flood management infrastructure and disaster relief in the valley,” said Irfan Ahmad, a Srinagar resident.last_img read more

Rupee recovers marginally after falling to record low

first_imgReuters/Vivek PrakashA wider trade deficit, along with outflow of foreign funds and global cues weakened the Indian rupee to a fresh record low during the morning session on Thursday.However, at 10.45 am, the rupee recovered to 70.23 after it had plunged to 70.32-33 — the lowest ever mark — against the greenback on the back of an apparent intervention by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).”While we celebrated our 72nd Independence Day and our foreign exchange and interest rates markets were shut, a lot transpired in global markets. This time it was not the Turkish soup, but rather the Chinese Dragon. China is a long-term theme for EMs… Chinese currency dropped to a fresh low for 2018 as 6.95 to a dollar on the CNH,” said Anindya Banerjee, Deputy Vice President for Currency and Interest Rates with Kotak Securities.”However, the technical trend remains firmly bullish for USDINR. Correction is welcome… Nevertheless, a close below 69 on spot would impair the bullish USD view. Resistance is around 70.50 and then 71 and 71.50-72 levels on spot.”On Tuesday morning, the Indian currency had plunged to 70.08 — its previous lowest ever mark — against the greenback.At the end of the intra-bank trade session on Tuesday, the Indian rupee strengthened by four paise at 69.90 against the dollar, compared to Monday’s close of 69.94 per greenback.As per the data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday, India’s merchandise trade deficit widened to $18.02 billion during last month as against $11.45 billion in the corresponding period the previous year.”India’s trade deficit has widened sharply… This is a trigger for today’s fall in the rupee. Even though the Turkish Lira has recovered, the dollar index continues to move higher. The rupee is expected to remain under pressure in the next few sessions,” Rushabh Maru, Research Analyst, Anand Rathi Shares and Stock Brokers, told IANS.”Even if the rupee appreciates, the appreciation won’t sustain for long due to global uncertainty.”Recent US sanctions and tariffs on Turkey has had an impact on its and other emerging market currencies over fears of further global protectionist measures.Apart from global cues, the outflow of foreign funds from the Indian equity and bond markets has had an adverse impact on the rupee.Investment-wise on Tuesday — the previous trade session — provisional data with exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold scrip worth Rs 378.84 crore.Even the Indian equity market was subdued as the rupee plunged.The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 37,852 points on Tuesday, opened lower at 37,796.01 points.At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader Nifty50, quoted at 11,390.35 points, down by 44.75 points or 0.39 per cent just after opening.The markets remained closed on Wednesday for the Independence Day celebrations.last_img read more

Media freedom never been as threatened as now Watchdog

first_imgPress freedom has never been as threatened as it is now, in the “new post-truth era of fake news” after the election of US President Donald Trump, Reporters Without Borders warned Wednesday.Its annual World Press Freedom Index warned of the “highly toxic” media-bashing of Trump’s election campaign and Britain’s Brexit referendum.The situation is at “a tipping point,” it said bluntly.Media freedom is being undermined by the rise in surveillance and of authoritarian strongmen across the globe, the watchdog said.The US and Britain both slipped two places in the index to 43rd and 40th, according to the Paris-based monitoring group, known by its French initials RSF.”Nothing seems to be checking” the erosion of liberty of the press in leading democracies, it said.”Media freedom has never been so threatened.”Liberty of the press is in peril or in a “very serious situation” in 72 countries including Russia, India and China, it found.”Attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms — especially in democracies,” the report said.”Donald Trump’s rise to power… and the Brexit campaign were marked by high-profile media-bashing, a highly toxic anti-media discourse that drove the world into a new era of post-truth, disinformation and fake news,” it added.Poland and Hungary came in for withering criticism in the report.The nationalist government in Warsaw was accused of “turning public radio and TV stations into propaganda tools” and of trying to throttle independent newspapers.- Turkish jails -“Media freedom has retreated wherever the authoritarian strongman model has triumphed,” it warned.Turkey “swung over into the authoritarian regime camp” after the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July, it said, adding bitterly that it “now distinguishes itself as the world’s biggest prison for media professionals.”Seven places ahead of Turkey, “Vladimir Putin’s Russia remains firmly entrenched in the bottom fifth of the index,” in 148th place, it added.”The rate at which democracies are approaching the tipping point is alarming for all those who understand that, if media freedom is not secure, then none of the other freedoms can be guaranteed,” RSF Secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.”Where will this downward spiral take us?” he asked.The RSF index found that in the past year nearly two thirds of the countries had registered a deterioration in their situation, while the number of countries where the media freedom situation was “good” or “fairly good” fell by more than two percent.North Korea ‘least free’Norway came out top of the index with the world’s freest media.It took over from neighbouring Finland which had held the title for six years.At the other end of the scale, North Korea took bottom place from another repressive closed state, Eritrea, which has propped up the table for a decade.North Korea continues to keep “its population in ignorance and terror,” RSF said.”Even listening to a foreign radio broadcast can lead to a spell in a concentration camp.”China, war-torn Syria — the deadliest country for journalists — and Turkmenistan complete the bottom five.Italy showed the biggest improvement, rising 25 places to 52nd place thanks to the acquittal of journalists tried in the Vatileaks II case, which exposed scandal at the top of the Catholic Church.Nicaragua registered the biggest fall of 17 places with the controversial re-election of President Daniel Ortega “marked by many cases of censorship, intimidation, harassment and arbitrary arrest,” the RSF said.Tanzania also saw a sharp decline. President John Magufuli “keeps tightening his grip on the media,” RSF said.last_img read more

Fullscreen Acquires InfluencerMarketing Firm Reelio

first_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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Fullscreen said Reelio will let it offer a full range of influencer-marketing services, including custom integrated marketing services and production, and curated campaign management, direct self-service transactions with creators.Fullscreen GM Pete Stein will oversee the Reelio operations, which the company said will be immediately integrated into Fullscreen.“The integration of Reelio’s platform into our network brings us one step closer to building a complete solution for the future of brand marketing, which we believe will be social-first and content-driven,” Stein said in announcing the deal.Pete Borum, Reelio’s CEO and co-founder, will join Fullscreen with the acquisition. “Reelio, like Fullscreen, has a focus on quality and relevance over quantity on our platform, ensuring that brands discover talent who are a natural fit for their campaigns and will provide the highest ROI,” Borum commented.Fullscreen has increasingly turned its focus to branded content and social-marketing services, after shutting down its subscription VOD service late last year. The company, whose divisions include Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Live, is owned by Otter Media (a joint venture of AT&T and Chernin Group). Fullscreen has acquired Reelio, an influencer-marketing platform described by its investors as “the Match.com of brands and creators on YouTube.”Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is designed to build out Fullscreen’s portfolio of services for brands to reach digital creators popular among younger audiences. Founded in 2012, Reelio has about 50 employees, all of whom will be joining Fullscreen.Reelio had raised $8 million in funding from investors including e.ventures, the VC firms of Philipp Schindler, Lorne Michaels, Tremor Video founders Jason Glickman and Andrew Reis, and former Sony Music president Thomas Hesse. The New York-based company says it has partnerships with clients including Hearst, Reader’s Digest (now known as Trusted Media Brands), and Specular Theory.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Nintendo adds Game Boy Advance classics to Wii U Virtual Console

first_imgCome April of this year, Nintendo will no longer be facing unmitigated disaster. You heard that right — Game Boy Advance games are coming to the Wii U Virtual Console. Nintendo is saved.While the above sentiment isn’t accurately representing the gravity of the GBA additions, which is very low, Nintendo adding GBA games to the Wii U Virtual Console is at least a nice treat for the four of us that own a Wii U and want to replay good games that released over a decade ago.Remember, the Game Boy Advance had some phenomenal games and series, such as the two Golden Sun games, a handful of Castlevania entries, a couple of Fire Emblem games, and some Metroid installments.Unfortunately, this is still Nintendo we’re dealing with, and the GBA games will release very slowly and in tiny groups, as is Virtual Console tradition. The first group will consist of Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Super Mario 3 Advanced: Yoshi’s Island. Those were all strong titles when they initially released — particularly Fusion — and likely hold up today. A Japanese graphic floating around the web also shows Advanced Wars, Golden Sun, and F-Zero.One of the ways Nintendo can inject some life into its flailing Wii U is by releasing a flood of classic quality games, rather than hooking the Virtual Console up to the slow drip of titles that is usually employed. Allowing people to play Golden Sun for the millionth time won’t save the Wii U more than developing fun original titles will, but it at least may get some people to actually turn the console on.Nintendo did not reveal the prices or specific release date of the games, but April is only a couple of months away.last_img read more

Louis Vuittons Tambour Smartwatch Is Receiving a Major Chip Upgrade

first_img Louis Vuitton’s luxurious LV Tambour Horizon Smartwatch is receiving a major tech upgrade.The company, which is known for its high-end goods, is adding Qualcomm’s new wearables chipset to this Wear OS product, Engadget reported.  The new LV Tambour Horizon Smartwatch will be powered by the Snapdragon Wear 3100, a chip that enables the smartwatch’s battery life to last one full day and up to five additional days if it’s only used to display time.This luxurious wearable will also have a better screen with high-definition imaging and a 24-hour ring that shows whether it’s day or night on the smartwatch’s rim. The 24-hour ring will be visible in ambient mode, a new Wear 3100 feature that shows time and information, including step count and heart rate, on the screen without using too much battery.AdChoices广告Unlike other luxury smartwatches, the new LV Tambour Horizon Smartwatch is great for wardrobe options. This smart wearable is sleek and doesn’t have the same bulky feel as other luxury smartwatches in the market.Louis Vuitton has not revealed how much this new smartwatch will be, however, it won’t come cheap: The company’s current version of the LV Tambour Horizon Smartwatch costs at least $2,490, so it’s likely that the new model will be just as pricey with the new chip update.More on Geek.com:US Newspapers Stymied By Cyber AttackNYPD to Deploy Drone Over Times Square on New Year’s EveLady Gaga Unveils Anime Cyborg at Her Las Vegas Show Stay on target Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 last_img read more