APTN National NewsThere is another twist in the case of the drunk-driving charges facing Chief Guy Lonechild.Lonechild is head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nation. Lonechild’s sentencing hearing has been moved back to Saskatoon.There was criticism when the hearing was moved to the rural community of Rosthern, Sask., a town where Lonechild has no connections. The sentencing hearing will now be held in Saskatoon.Lonechild also fired his original lawyer and hired Jeff Howe to handle his case.“We brought it to Saskatoon, in part (as a) response to the negative attention moving it to Rosthem was receiving. There were implications in the media and the public taht the chief was trying to keep the matter out of the public eye,” said Howe. “Bringing it back to Saskatoon is in part a response to that. The idea is to demonstrate complete transparency in the legal process.”
APTN National NewsDespite the empty halls of Parliament there’s been a development in the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian government.A Conservative MP’s private members bill to repeal outdated portions of the Indian Act is now law.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsNew cases involving alleged wrongdoing by lawyers and law firms handling Indian residential school claims continue to surface, according to an official involved with monitoring the file.Louis Zivot, counsel to the court monitor of the Indian residential school settlement agreement, said Tuesday the monitor had received “further complaints” for investigation. He said some of the complaints involved loans offered by a lawyer or law firm while others were “general complaints” from claimants upset about the handling of their files by lawyers or compensation payouts.Zivot said two complaints against lawyers over loans have been referred to law societies for investigation. He would not reveal any additional details on those cases.“We are examining those complaints and have, where appropriate, referred certain matters to the applicable law societies,” said Zivot, in an emailed statement Tuesday.Zivot said he could not reveal the exact number of new complaints or identify the lawyers and law firms involved. He said none are currently facing any court action as a result of the complaints.“We are not in a position to reveal to you who the lawyers and law firms are as we are looking into the validity of the complaints,” he said.At least seven complaints were referred to the court-appointed Independent Special Adviser for investigation as of September 9, 2014, according to minutes from an Independent Assessment Process (IAP) oversight committee meeting, which included representatives from the federal government, residential school survivors and the churches. The adviser has since passed on an unspecified number of claims to the court monitor.According to the meeting minutes, at least two cases involved a law firm that allegedly arranged loans for claimants with “criminal interest rates” ranging from 60 per cent to 100 per cent. Another case involved a lawyer who allegedly threatened to sue for a claimant’s settlement money to recover a debt owed by the claimant’s son.The IAP’s chief adjudicator said in his report to the committee that there were between eight to 10 complaints that had yet to enter the queue for investigation.Zivot said the court monitor has also received new information on Doug Keshen, a lawyer from Kenora, Ont., who is already under investigation. The court monitor was also examining new details about form-filling firms in Manitoba which charged fees for filling application forms on behalf of residential school survivors. The court put a stop to the practice.“We are interested in complaints that go to the integrity of the IAP,” said Zivot.The IAP was set up as part of the multi-billion dollar Indian Residential School settlement agreement. The IAP holds hearings to determine the amount of compensation owed to residential school survivors based on their experiences and time attending the schools.The process, however, is facing growing complaints that some lawyers are taking advantage of residential school survivors, many who are elderly and suffering health problems.One Calgary lawyer, David Blott, was kicked out of the IAP process and disbarred for scamming survivors through high interest loans that essentially drained payouts. Keshen and Vancouver lawyer Stephen Bronstein are currently under investigation for their handling of claims and loans offered to residential school claimants. Both those lawyers are under investigation by Crawford Class Action Services, which also probed Blott’s activities.The oversight committee is also contemplating posting performance reports on all law firms currently handling residential school claims. The recommendation came from a federal government representative on the committee “so that claimants could make informed decisions,” according to minutes from a Dec. 9, 2014, meeting of the oversight committee.A spokesperson for the Secretariat said no decision had yet been reached on the issue.During the committee meeting, the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat presented an analysis showing that 16 firms were “in danger” of failing to have all their cases heard by spring 2016. Two of those firms would need an additional year to finish their case load of claims, according to the minutes.“The Secretariat has been actively engaging law firms with large caseloads of IAP files,” said Michael Tansey, spokesperson for the Secretariat. “We are monitoring law firm capacity on an ongoing basis and following-up with law firms with large caseloads remaining to ensure that all first hearings in the IAP will be completed by spring 2016.”email@example.com@JorgeBarrera read more
Rabat – A young Moroccan man was photographed holding a banner reading “SORRY” standing in front of the embassy of Denmark in Rabat.The picture went viral on social media and received praise from millions of Moroccans who want to show empathy towards the families of the two Scandinavian tourists who were murdered on Monday.Millions of Moroccans took to social media, especially Facebook and Twitter, to express their condemnation and rejection of the heinous crime committed against Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway who were murdered in the village of Imlil near Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains. Moroccans also plan to stage a sit-in on Saturday, December 22, in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat to pay tribute to the two Scandinavian tourists and express condolences to the Danish and Norwegian peoples.Police in Marrakech have arrested four suspects linked to ISIS as documented in a video in which they give their loyalty to ISIS’ leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.The public prosecutor at the Court of Appeals in Rabat has just issued a statement announcing that the video was actually recorded last week, before the murder. read more
Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, a political leader of one of DRC’s Mayi Mayi militia groups, planned and the ordered mass rapes in Walikale territory the country’s North Kivu province last year.She said the decision by the Council’s sanctions committee concerning DRC “sends a clear and resounding signal that impunity for such crimes will not be tolerated and that the international community is prepared to use all means at its disposal to go after the perpetrators.“The worldwide travel ban and assets freeze imposed by Security Council resolution 1533 will limit the room for manoeuvre for Sheka and other commanders responsible for human rights violations.”Ms. Wallström said her office will continue to monitor sexual violence in the DRC and other areas and to stand in solidarity with survivors.The Council’s sanctions committee concerning DRC added Mr. Sheka to its travel ban and assets freeze list on Monday, saying he had also committed serious violations of international law involving the targeting of children.“Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka planned and ordered a series of attacks in Walikale territory from July 30 to August 2, 2010 to punish local populations accused of collaborating with Congolese Government forces,” the committee said in a press release.“In the course of the attacks, children were raped and were abducted, subjected to forced labour, and subjected to cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment. The Mayi Mayi Sheka militia group also forcibly recruits boys and holds children in their ranks from recruitment drives,” it added. 1 December 2011The United Nations official leading efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict today welcomed the decision by a Security Council committee to place a militia leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under sanctions for instigating acts of sexual assault, including mass rape, in the east of the country. read more
The police said that the boulder had gone through the house killing the two children.Further investigations are underway. A boulder from a landslide killed two children in Welimada, on the Nuwara Eliya road early this morning, the police media unit said.The police said that the two children aged 16 and 11 were sleeping in their house when the landslide occurred.
Cuvée weekend is fast approaching and guests this year will have the opportunity to sample the best VQA wine and food Ontario has to offer in a whole new way.Hosted by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), the Cuvée Grand Tasting is the largest celebration of Ontario VQA wine and food of its kind. This year’s event takes place Saturday, March 23 at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, with the Cuvée en Route passport program once again extending the wine celebration all weekend long at participating wineries.Nearly 900 people attended last year’s Cuvée Grand Tasting, with proceeds supporting scholarships for Brock’s Oenology and Viticulture students, as well as grape and wine industry-driven research initiatives at CCOVI.New this year, guests can experience Cuvée using augmented reality. CCOVI has teamed up with HoloEducate, an augmented reality company founded by students from Brock. The mobile application LifeAR will allow guests at the Grand Tasting to view wine selections and even purchase wine online.Guests can download the free app before and during the Grand Tasting and then use their phones to scan the large wine bottles found in the middle of each wine station. They’ll be able to see a list of the wineries, which wines they’re pouring and even purchase those wines immediately online.“It will be a unique and fun experience for our guests at this year’s event, allowing them to experience Cuvée like never before,” said Barb Tatarnic, Cuvée manager.The LifeAR app can also be used before the event to scan the Cuvée logo to view a video of last year’s celebration.At the Grand Tasting, guests will enjoy culinary delights from celebrated local chefs at live cooking stations and wines from 48 of Ontario’s top winemakers, who will present two of their favourite wines.The Grand Tasting is followed by the Après Cuvée after party, which features live music from the Associates, Icewine, sparkling wine, cider and local craft beer.The 2019 lineup of Niagara’s best chefs at Cuvée will include:Backhouse RestaurantBolete RestaurantBrushfire Smoke BBQCanadian Food and Wine Institute — Benchmark RestaurantChili Jiao Authentic Chinese RestaurantRavine Vineyard RestaurantRighteous MongerScotiabank Convention CentreThe Restaurant at Redstone WineryTide & Vine Oyster HouseCriveller CakesItalian Ice CreamA complete list of participating wineries can be found at cuvee.caTickets that include both the Saturday night Grand Tasting and the weekend-long en Route passport are available online at cuvee.ca/tickets for $200 per person. Tickets for the en Route passport only can be purchased for $30. read more
Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie GardCredit:PA Justices were told that without treatment, Charlie’s life expectancy was measured in months. Mr Gordon said the case was “so important”, yet there was “so little time”.Katie Gollop QC, who led Great Ormond Street’s legal team, said the case was “sad” but not “exceptional”.She said the couple seemed to be suggesting that “parents always know best”. But she said the paramount interest in such cases was the welfare of the child. Ms Gollop said Charlie’s condition “affords him no benefit”.She said some doctors thought that Charlie felt pain and some thought he did not.Barrister Victoria Butler-Cole, who was instructed by a guardian appointed to independently represent Charlie’s interests, said a trip to the USA was not in Charlie’s best interests and said life-support treatment should stop. Charlie Gard in Great Ormond Street Hospital The interim order will last until next Monday, but could be extended if the ECHR decide to hear the full case. Lawyers representing everyone involved in the case had spelled out arguments and counter arguments at the Supreme Court hearing.A barrister representing Charlie’s family said parents should be free to make decisions about their children’s treatment unless any proposed treatment posed a risk of significant harm.Richard Gordon QC said the case had implications for others.”(Charlie’s) parents have made a decision, it’s not a wish, it’s a decision, to try and keep all options open and retain life for their child,” he said.”We say Charlie is being deprived of his liberty at Great Ormond Street Hospital.”He said the couple were “model parents”.”They would not wish to do anything that would cause Charlie harm,” he added. “The State is not entitled to cause a child’s life to be extinguished.” 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. A couple who want to take their terminally ill baby son to the USA for treatment have been given a six day reprieve as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said that doctors must continue treating him. An interim order was extended from midnight tonight until midnight on Monday June 19 to allow lawyers to file a full case and for it to be considered by the court. Chris Gard and Connie Yates want Charlie Gard to undergo a trial of a therapy called nucleoside.They had asked European Court judges in Strasbourg, France, to consider the case after exhausting all legal options in the UK.A High Court judge in April ruled against a trip to America and in favour of Great Ormond Street doctors. Ms Gollop said Great Ormond Street specialists “listened intently” to Charlie’s parents and sought a number of second opinions from doctors at other hospitals.”Fundamentally, the parents don’t accept the facts,” said Ms Gollop. “They don’t accept that nucleoside therapy will be futile.”Ms Gollop said Charlie could not could see, hear, move, cry or swallow.She added: “He is on a machine which causes his lungs to move up and down because his lungs cannot go up and down.” Chris Gard and Connie Yates leaving the High Court after a previous hearingCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Three Court of Appeal judges upheld that ruling in May and three Supreme Court justices on Thursday dismissed a further challenge. A spokesman for the Strasbourg Court said: “Today, the European Court of Human Rights decided to continue to indicate to the United Kingdom Government that they should provide Charlie Gard, a baby suffering from a rare genetic disease, with such treatment and nursing care as may be appropriate to ensure that he suffers the least distress and retains the greatest dignity consistent, insofar as possible, with maintaining life.” Ms Gollop said the case was “particularly sad” and “particularly difficult for all those who care about Charlie”.But she said there were children who had illnesses which could not be cured.She said in such cases parents did not want to look back and think something else could have been tried and sometimes became embroiled in disagreements with doctors. read more
Apple’s display technology is expected to leapfrog the competition once again as a new report claims the iPhone 5S will pack 1.5 million pixels.While the “S” version is traditionally seen as a minor update, the iPhone 5S is going to need to be a substantial update this September. With phones like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 scooping up new users left and right, Apple needs something more than a faster processor and a better camera to keep smartphone buyers from wondering just how green the grass really is in Android land. While there’s been rumors of a UI refresh set to do away with iOS’ skeuomorphism, a new report has surfaced claiming an all new display coming to the iPhone 5S with a specific focus on doubling the pixel count from 730,000 to 1.5 million.The 1080p HTC OneAs 1080p screens in phones become increasingly popular, the myth that the Retina display is the perfect number of pixels (because your eyes can’t recognize any more) has been busted. Simply using an HTC One next to an iPhone 5 or a Nexus 10 next to an iPad will show you that our eyes can handle a couple more pixels here and there. The display has a lot to do with the overall experience of your phone, and Apple’s looking to jump back to the front of the pack with this new 4-inch display.Typically an “S” release phone uses the same case as the previous generation, but there have been reports that the bezel surrounding the new iPhone will be diminished slightly in order to more closely resemble the design found with the iPad Mini. If true, this phone may find itself names something other than the iPhone 5S, but there’s been no rumors stating that would be the case.In smartphone years, the wait for September is a long one. HTC and Samsung are going to gain a lot of positive attention for themselves over the summer, and Apple will really need to come out of the gate swinging this fall with a new iPhone that is ready to blow everyone away. read more
WASHINGTON — Have no fear: The White House says an asteroid more than 1 1/2 miles long poses no threat to planet Earth.The big rock called Asteroid 1998 QE2 was making its closest approach to Earth on Friday, keeping a safe distance of 3.6 million miles, or 15 times the distance between Earth and the moon.White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked about the asteroid during a briefing. He says scientists have concluded the asteroid “poses no threat to planet Earth.” He added, to laughter, “I never really thought I’d be standing up here saying that.”The asteroid is believed to be about 1.7 miles long.The White House was hosting a “We The Geeks” Google+ Hangout Friday, bringing together NASA’s deputy administrator and scientists to talk about asteroids. read more
Winter is officially only a few days old, but the region’s mountain snowpack already faces a sizeable deficit.Unlike last year’s slow start, the culprit isn’t an early-season dry spell. Low elevations have seen plentiful rain since October. But unusually warm temperatures have kept that moisture from producing abundant mountain snow. In Southwest Washington, for example, the Lower Columbia basin had just 23 percent of its normal snowpack for this time of year as of Tuesday, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Portland. That’s among the lowest in the state.“In a lot of cases, the snowpack was somewhat similarly low last year,” said Julie Koeberle, a hydrologist with the NRCS. “But we arrived at these low snowpack conditions differently.”Scientists only have to look to last year to find hope. After seeing dismal numbers in late December and early January, a series of storms helped snowpack across Washington catch up to normal or above-normal levels by the end of the snowy season. This early in the season, it’s still possible for conditions to change dramatically, Koeberle said.“We could still see a swing in either direction,” she said.Some places, such as northeast Washington and southeast Oregon, are off to a much better start than last year. Others are much worse. The Mount Hood area’s snowpack is just 10 percent of normal — a near-record low for this time of year, Koeberle said.Mountain snowpack is a major driver of the region’s water supply in the spring and summer, which affects ecology, agriculture and power generation, among other things. It also determines the fate of major ski resorts that are no strangers to uncertainty. read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Rudolph Technologies, Inc. recently announced that it has received orders for over $15 million of legacy and new process control systems from a memory manufacturer based in Asia. The systems will be used by a top-tier memory chip maker as they rapidly transition high-end DRAM (DDR4, DDR5) and HBM DRAM packaging from wire bonding to advanced packaging architectures. The shift from wire bonding is needed to achieve higher data speeds, superior power distribution and thermal properties using copper pillars, micro-bumps, and through silicon vias (TSVs) for stacked chip-to-chip interconnects.Delivery of systems will be completed by the end of the first quarter, with additional orders expected throughout 2019 as memory manufacturers transition their high-speed DRAM from wire-bonded architecture to advanced packaging.“Rudolph began working with our customers’ R&D teams nearly ten years ago to develop 2D/3D measurements of the emerging copper bump process. That long-term customer engagement has resulted in systems and software that we believe to be the industry standard for advanced packaging metrology,” stated Cleon Chan, vice president of global field operations at Rudolph. “Stacking die using TSVs and micro-bumps for HBM DRAM packages requires precise control of the copper features that will ultimately make the electrical connections between the stacked memory chips and the logic chip in the same package. After significant development in the package and the process control methods, these devices are now beginning high-volume manufacturing, which is being driven by the data speed and capacity demands from big data servers and graphics applications. These new, non-wire bonded memory architectures are creating a very healthy demand for our back-end process control systems. This customer is also using Rudolph systems for post-saw film-frame inspection looking for package defects.”A combination of Rudolph’s 2D/3D inspection systems and metal metrology systems provide a total process control solution to help assure that height, diameter, location and coplanarity of copper micro-bumps, pillar bumps, and TSVs are precisely controlled. After the packages are molded and separated by sawing, additional Rudolph inspection systems provide outgoing quality checks for sidewall delamination and/or hairline cracks, which are considered killer defects for advanced memory packages.About Rudolph TechnologiesRudolph Technologies, Inc. is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of defect inspection, lithography, process control metrology, and process control software used by semiconductor and advanced packaging device manufacturers worldwide. Rudolph delivers comprehensive solutions throughout the fab with its families of proprietary products that provide critical yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to drive down costs and time to market of their devices. Headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Rudolph supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.rudolphtech.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Rudolph Technologies via BusinessWire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Receives $8M Order From Leading Asian Memory ManufacturerIn “Business”Wilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Unveils New Inspection Suite For Semiconductor ManufacturingIn “Business”Wilmington’s Rudolph Technologies Receives $11 Million OrderIn “Business” read more
Those stories grandpa told of being a secret government spy after the Second World War may be true. Secret documents now made public reveal that Alaskan bush pilots and other civilians were recruited by intelligence agencies to be spies in the event of a Russian invasion. We’ll hear more about Alaska’s secret Cold War history on the next Talk of Alaska.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Katie Ringsmuth, History Curator, Anchorage MuseumAaron Leggett, Special Exhibits Curator, Anchorage MuseumCallers StatewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVE read more
The Anchorage Legislative Information Office, March 4, 2016. (Photo by Megan Ahleman)Gov. Bill Walker says he would veto the purchase of a legislative office building in Anchorage if that item remains in the state infrastructure budget.Download AudioWalker says the purchase is not compatible with where the state is financially right now.He says he thinks legislators should know as they put the budget together where he stands on that issue.The current Senate version of the capital budget includes $32.5 million for the building and land purchase of the Anchorage legislative information office. read more
Share Nicolas Henderson/FlickrTexas State Capitol in Austin.More than two dozen new Texas state laws took effect with the first of the year.Top of the list is SB 5, the latest version of the Texas voter ID law. The law’s supporters argue it is necessary to combat voter fraud. A federal court has already ruled that SB 5 discriminates against minorities, as its opponents contend. The law is now awaiting review by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to determine whether lawmakers intended to discriminate.“If it’s the case that it’s believed that Texas did so on purpose, it may pull Texas back into a specific provision under the Voting Rights Act, which would require federal supervision when Texas changes any kind of election law,” says Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston. “This process is what we call ‘preclearance.’”Another new law, SB 1381, aims to cut down on credit and debit card fraud by letting merchants ask for a photo ID. Al Pascual, Head of Fraud and Security at Javelin Strategy & Research, says the law would have been ideal about ten years ago.“So, it’s really only going to be for lost and stolen debit and credit cards,” says Pascual, noting that helps cut down on fraud against brick-and-mortar stores. “A lot of the fraud though unfortunately, now, because of EMV [chips] and just because criminals have gotten a lot better at it, has shifted online. So, instead of ripping off Walmart, they’re ripping off Walmart.com, and in that case you’re not going to check an ID.”While the law allows merchants to ask for a photo ID, it does not require them to do so.Several of the other new laws are targeted to specific industries or interest groups. SB 1383 increases the amount of milk a truck can transport from 80,000 lbs. to 90,000 lbs. SB 549 allows organizations that applied for a temporary bingo license from the Texas Lottery Commission to get a refund if they haven’t used it within a year of the date the license was issued.A complete list of Texas laws that took effect January 1, 2018 is available here. X 00:00 /01:09 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: read more
×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 Verizon Will Resell YouTube TV to Wireless, Broadband Customers Across U.S. Verizon Media Said to Be Looking for Tumblr Buyer According to Automattic, it has no plans to reallow porn or other NSFW content on Tumblr.“Today’s announcement is the culmination of a thoughtful, thorough and strategic process,” Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan said in a statement. He called Tumblr a “marquee brand” that has become “home to many creative communities and fandoms.”The Tumblr sale comes after Verizon began pruning the Yahoo-AOL portfolio last year. It sold photo-sharing site Flickr to SmugMug and offloaded Moviefone to Helios & Mathenson Analytics, the parent of struggling theater-subscription service MoviePass.There’s a natural fit between Automattic and Tumblr, which are both aimed at letting individuals and businesses create and manage online communities geared around content. “Tumblr is one of the web’s most iconic brands,” Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg said in a statement. “It is an essential venue to share new ideas, cultures and experiences, helping millions create and build communities around their shared interests.”The deal isn’t officially closed, still subject to usual closing conditions. Automattic’s businesses, in addition to WordPress.com, include WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, and Longreads.Under Gowrappan, Verzion Media is focusing on news, sports, finance and lifestyle content — as well as utilities like mail — to reach an aggregate base of nearly 1 billion consumers worldwide. Its brands include Yahoo, HuffPost, TechCrunch and AOL. Total Verizon Media revenue in the second quarter of 2019 was $1.8 billion, down 2.9%, as desktop ad sales continue to fall (an improvement over the group’s 7.2% drop in the year-earlier period). Gowrappan took over Verizon Media last fall with the exit of former CEO Tim Armstrong. Back when Yahoo bought Tumblr, then-CEO Marissa Mayer had seen blogging site, founded by David Karp in 2007, as a potential major source of new revenue growth and a way into the social-media space. But that never panned out and less than three years after buying it, Yahoo took impairment charges totaling $482 million for Tumblr. Popular on Variety Verizon Media (formerly called Oath) in December of last year decided to ban adult content from Tumblr — a last-gasp effort in trying to make it a safer place for advertising and coming a month after Apple removed Tumblr’s app from its App Store after child porn was discovered in the app. The move prompted Tumblr’s traffic to drop by nearly one-third. The site in July 2019 had 381 million total visits, down from 521 million in December 2018, according to analytics firm SimilarWeb. Related Verizon announced a deal to sell Tumblr — the blogging site Yahoo acquired for $1.1 billion six years ago — to Automattic, the company that owns and operates online-publishing site WordPress.com.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the price tag is clearly nowhere near what Yahoo originally paid. Automattic will about $3 million for Tumblr, according to an Axios report citing anonymous sources. Automattic will bring about 200 Tumblr employees on-board with the deal, per the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.Verizon, which bought Yahoo in 2017, had been looking to unload Tumblr for months, the Journal previously reported. Tumblr hosts some 475 million blogs currently, with a blend of text, images and video content, but neither Yahoo nor Verizon were ever able to figure out how to make it a significant revenue-generating destination. read more
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 3 Comments Share “It better help him a lot, alright? It better help him a lot because, obviously you guys saw what you saw, I saw what I saw and we were not pleased. And he knows and he’s not pleased,” Goodwin said. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who’s out there, they got to hold up. When you’re playing that pivotal position of left tackle, that’s the money side of the protection, you got to hold up. He’s got to be a better job. He knows that.”Robert Nkemdiche trendingDespite being limited for a second straight day in practice, defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (calf) is improving, according to Bettcher.“It looks like he’s trending in a positive way,” Bettcher said. Having quarterback Blaine Gabbert on the roster has also helped in the week’s preparation.Gabbert runs the Cardinals’ scout team, so he can give the defense similar looks should Brissett play.“He’s an athlete, so he can do a lot of things with some of these athletic quarterbacks and gives you a good picture,” Arians said of Gabbert. “Brissett’s not necessarily read-option, change of pace. He’s just a drop back passer who has good legs.”The uncertainty this close to gameday does present its challenges.“A little bit. I think they’re going to do pretty much what they do,” defensive tackle Corey Peters said. “Especially for a defensive lineman, we’re more focused on the run game and their protections … I’m not so sure that the quarterback really makes a difference for me.”Dinner among friendsWith left guard Mike Iupati missing a second straight day of practice Thursday, it appears the Cardinals may be without two of their starting offensive linemen. Left tackle D.J. Humphries isn’t playing after hurting his right knee at Detroit, while Iupati continues to be bothered by a triceps injury.If Iupati can’t go, then seven-year veteran Alex Boone, whom the Cardinals just signed last week, will start. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) and quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) throw during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) “I like Boone,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “The attitude he brings to the room has been great, it’s been awesome; and I feel comfortable with him.”Boone has been a quick learner of the offense, according to Goodwin, because of 1) his experience and 2) a recent dinner with center A.Q. Shipley at Fleming’s Steakhouse.“(Boone) paid for it,” Goodwin said.That’s true, Boone confirmed.“I’ve known ‘Q a long time. We came out (of college) together,” he said. “Just two guys having dinner, kind of talking about the offense.”Most of Boone’s time in the NFL has seen him play left guard. So, in that regard, he’s very comfortable if called upon Sunday. Boone acknowledged he’s never been in this type of situation, where he’s playing only eight days after joining a new team.“I don’t think I have a choice, do I?” he said. “I mean, in this league, does anybody really care if you’re not ready? So, I guess it’s better to be ready than not ready.”John Wetzel, too, needs to be ready.The backup left tackle struggled against the Lions after Humphries left the game in the first quarter. The hope is a full week of practice at left tackle — typically, Wetzel reps at multiple spots along the offensive line — will help avoid a repeat performance. Tolzien started the Colts opener, was intercepted twice — a pair of pick-sixes — and was sacked four times in a 46-9 loss at the Los Angeles Rams. Brissett played the fourth quarter and led the Colts to their one and only touchdown.Just because Luck isn’t playing, the Cardinals don’t expect to see a brand new Colts offense.“We don’t change our offense when Drew (Stanton) is playing,” head coach Bruce Arians said.No, the Cardinals are preparing for the Colts, not the quarterback, according to defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Their concepts are the same, the formations, for the most part, he said, are the same.Bettcher did admit, though, the Colts do some things a bit differently without Luck.“They’re going to give you things where it’s Wildcat,” he said Thursday. “They’re going to motion the quarterback out of the backfield and snap the ball to one of the running backs in the backfield and you’re going to have to be prepared for that. They’re going to line the quarterback out of the formation and motion him back in … they’ve had a gadget or two out of it as well. You got to be prepared for those things.”Tolzien is in his second season with the Colts, while Brissett just arrived prior to the start of the season in a trade with the Patriots. For that reason, Bettcher said, the Cardinals have watched some Patriots film to see what Brissett does well and what he may struggle with in terms of coverage. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. – Three days before kickoff and the Arizona Cardinals remain, as does everyone else, in the dark as to whom they’ll face at quarterback in Indianapolis on Sunday.This much is certain: It won’t be Andrew Luck. He remains out after offseason shoulder surgery. So, that leaves either backup Scott Tolzien or Jacoby Brissett.For the Cardinals defense, it’s not an unfamiliar spot.“I believe, the two times we played backup quarterbacks, we lost,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said, referring to a Week 1 loss last season against New England (Jimmy Garoppolo) and a Week 6 loss at Pittsburgh (Landry Jones) in 2015. “So, we understand the magnitude of this game facing a backup quarterback. We want to make sure that we’re going in there and preparing as if Andrew Luck is playing.” read more
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineCORUM, a key player in the sailing world, now establishes itself in all the major competitions on the circuit. After announcing a double in 2009, partnering alongside team Okalys-CORUM and giving its name to the CORUM Grand Prix (one of the major races of the Challenge Julius Baer), the independent watchmaker is continuing its conquest in 2010, recruiting the talented and charismatic Loïck Peyron and announcing its partnership with the Bol d’Or Mirabaud in April. A prestigious calendar echoing the 50th anniversary of the iconic Admiral’s Cup collection. The waters of Lake Geneva are now under the CORUM flag that today celebrates the 2010 season opening of the Challenge Julius Baer by launching a Grand Prix Corum 2010 limited edition timepiece.In 2010, it is aboard team Okalys-CORUM at the Grand Prix Beau-Rivage Palace that CORUM will begin its Challenge Julius Baer. From May 8 to May 9, 2010, twelve D35’s will compete on the waters of Lake Geneva in the vicinity of Ouchy (Lausanne) down to the heart of the great lake to inaugurate a season that will honor the best crew.Last year, team Okalys-CORUM, helmed by Loïck Peyron, came close to victory by winning a silver medal in the final of the Challenge Julius Baer. The winds have always been unpredictable at this event, which is usually the final race in the sailing season. This year the AMC (Association of Multihull Competition) has decided to reschedule the 2010 Challenge Julius Baer. Located between the Ouchy waterfront and Lavaux vineyards, the Grand Prix Beau-Rivage Palace now opens the season, heralding a wind that should be more supportive. Indeed, the Lausanne region is less favorable to thermal currents and the start of the season should provide a more sustained wind.Having concluded the 2009 season tied in points with Team Alinghi, we can expect that team Okalys-CORUM will stand out from the start of the season as an exceptional challenger. As for the ambitions of the crew, team Okalys-Corum has always started its season with a team which, by its characteristics and cohesion quickly finds its benchmarks. Nicolas Grange, owner, helmsman and skipper of the boat is aiming therefore for a victory. Year after year, each step gained is crucial in view of the tight gap remaining between the competitors in the final.As an official partner of the CORUM Grand Prix and the Okalys-CORUM team, the brand is this year launching an official Grand Prix 2010 timepiece with the Okalys-Corum team colors.In line with the Admiral’s Cup collection, this new timepiece joins the iconic models of the brand. With a titanium case and a dodecagonal bezel in rubber, the Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 48 provides a dial decorated with monochromatic nautical pennants contrasted by the hour markers, a second hand and two counter’s hands (minute counter at 3 o’clock and small second counter at 9 o’clock) enhanced with the Okalys-CORUM team’s iconic orange color.The Admiral’s Cup Chronograph 48 Grand Prix 2010 Corum houses the caliber CO753, a mechanical chronograph movement with an automatic winding COSC certified chronometer, a reference in terms of reliability and accuracy. This CORUM Grand Prix 2010 watch is perfectly suited to the technical performance of the Decision 35 OKALYSCORUM.Chief Executive Officer of Corum, Antonio Calce said: “Today Corum immerses itself in the sailing world by linking its name to sailors, its ambassadors and also to prestigious competitions. These great waters allow Corum to evolve in its element while evoking the historical connection of the brand to yachting. Today we participate in internationally renowned Swiss regattas, and this allows us to solidify the identity of the brand. These events anchored in Swiss territory; let us share with our markets and our customers our passion for watches and sailing. These moments are privileged ones that reinforce ties and unite teams. Sport competition as a backdrop, exploits, victories as goals, a new chapter will be written.Nicolas Grange, owner, skipper and helmsman of the Okalys-CORUM added: “After an outstanding 2009 season with Okalys-Corum finishing on the podium at every race – which allowed us to end the season tied on points with Alinghi, winner of the Challenge Julius Baer 2009 – the 2010 season promises to be another exciting year with very high-end participation, combining the best multihull sailors in the world, while the best of them are now participating in our world championship. My partnership with CORUM allows us to continue to place Okalys-CORUM on top of the ranking and our goal is clearly to finish on the podium of the Challenge Julius Baer once again and to win the Bol d’Or for the 3rd time, as this race has become THE Regatta everyone wants to put their name on, even after having already won it twice! In addition, Corum’s involvement in organizing this event will only increase our motivation to win this regatta which is usually successful for us as we have been on the podium for the last 5 years. Sailing is often the venue of great sporting and human stories and I am very proud to have helped Corum and Loïck Peyron to come close. With Loïck Peyron and Ben Ainslie on board, CORUM can be pride itself on having 2 exceptional ambassadors”!www.corum.ch read more
The defence ministry is to set up a military museum in Nicosia with a decision already taken by the cabinet, it said.The museum will gather up records and items pertaining to the military history of the island. It will be housed on Byron Avenue in the capital when it opens in the coming months.According to an announcement, the building has a suitable interior space and a large courtyard. It is also close to other small museums, the main Cyprus Museum and the Greek embassy.It will display military equipment such as portable weapons, machine guns, anti-tank guns, anti-aircraft systems, improvised armoured vehicles, radar, helicopters, ammunition, uniforms, flags, books and photographic material. Weapons on display will be inactive to prevent the items being used for crime in the event of theft.The National Guard already has 500 exhibits ready to go. Plans to build a military museum go back almost ten years but the idea was shelved in 2008 due to the high cost, so Plan B was to find an existing building.According to the cabinet decision “museums are non-profit institutions, open to the public, whose task is to collect, study, preserve history and other evidence of human civilisation. The purpose of the establishment of the Cyprus Military Museum is the gathering, preservation and exhibition of military items as well as the study and documentation of the military history of the Republic of Cyprus”.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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