Ontario judge blasts frustrating lack of resources as trial delayed for year

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario judge blasted the legal system’s lack of resources on Thursday while postponing for nearly a year the trial of five men accused of running a multimillion-dollar financial scam.No judge in the Toronto area has time to try the men until at least January 2019, nearly five years after they were arrested, Superior Court Justice John McMahon told a Toronto courtroom Thursday.“This case is very important, the gentlemen are presumed innocent, the public interest in a $14 million alleged fraud is important but the only way this case goes ahead before January is if there’s another case the Crown wants to pull (to free up a judge),” McMahon said.“It is frustrating, but we can only deal with what we have.”McMahon added that he had tried to find judges in neighbouring jurisdictions who would be available before January but had been unsuccessful.The case involves Vincent Villanti, Revendra Chaudhary, Andrew Lloyd, Shane Smith and David Prentice, all charged with fraud over $5,000 and conspiracy to commit a crime in connection with an alleged investment and tax avoidance scheme. All have maintained their innocence.The matter has already exceeded the 30 month time limit for criminal trials, established by the Supreme Court in 2016, and the accused applied last year to have their charges stayed on the basis they have been denied their right to be tried within a reasonable period.A judge denied their application in September, ruling the case fit certain exceptions built into the rules due to its complexity and the fact that prosecutors “mitigated” delays by making evidence more accessible and working with one defence lawyer’s illness.But all five accused, who are out on bail, indicated in court Thursday they would ask for stays in light of the new delay, Crown lawyer Michael Lockner said.“Facing a potentially additional 11 months … I think there’s really extreme jeopardy for this case,” Lockner told the court.The Ontario Superior Court, which handles all civil cases and serious criminal offences, has over 330 judges, of whom about 90 are assigned to Toronto.The court’s Chief Justice, Heather Smith, has made repeated calls for the federal government to increase the number of judges in Ontario and more quickly fill vacancies on the bench.The federal government’s recently-released budget for 2018 pledges to create six new judge positions for the Ontario Superior Court over the next fiscal year, though it remains to be seen how many of those positions will be in Toronto.Toronto, in particular, is in need of more judges, said Criminal Lawyers Association president Michael Lacy said.“The most serious cases get priority because of the requirement that cases be tried within 30 months in Superior Court, and then cases like a fraud case — which also raise serious issues — tend to get put on the back burner because there’s not enough judges,” Lacy said.McMahon noted that in Toronto, there are 44 murder trials scheduled this year.After Thursday’s court hearing, one of the accused noted that he was now representing himself to save money.“The financial resources don’t allow you to continue, when you’re looking at half a million dollars for a lawyer to step up and just be here to do this,” Shane Smith said. “I’ve lost two houses and had a heart attack or two.”The Crown claims Smith and his co-accused ran an investment program through two companies, raising over $13 million from approximately 5,000 people. Investors were allegedly told their money would be used as start-up capital for small businesses, and that they could claim any resulting business losses on their personal income taxes, the Crown said.The men allegedly used most or all of the investment money to pay their own salaries, expenses and company expenses, leading them to claim deductions on their taxes that were ultimately disallowed by the Canada Revenue Agency, the Crown said.A sixth man charged in connection with the alleged scheme pleaded guilty last year.last_img read more

Paul Simon Tour Reaches Halfway Point In Support Of HalfEarth Project

first_imgGrammy-winning singer-songwriter Paul Simon has reached the midpoint in his month-long tour to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the planet’s biodiversity.Last month, Simon plugged the tour on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Simon is inspiring audiences across the U.S. with new and beloved songs, and donating tour proceeds to the Half-Earth Project, an initiative of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.Simon first met E.O. Wilson at TED over a decade ago. In 2016, Simon reviewed Wilson’s book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight For Life, for The New York Times, saying, “Half-Earth is compulsory reading if we care about the lives of our children, our children’s children and all of the species alive today.”Simon has talked about Half-Earth at each of his shows, often donning a Half-Earth cap. According to the CincyMusic website: “Throughout the show, a baseball cap with a small ‘e’ rested on his mic stand. Simon returned for Encore No. 2 with it atop his head for the first time. He explained, ‘This cap that I’m wearing…it represents an organization called Half-Earth that was started by a scientist, E.O. Wilson… his book, Half-Earth – which I recommend to anyone who is interested in ecology and the planet and saving what we’ve got – had a great effect on me.’”Wilson said of the tour: “I am delighted that Paul Simon is helping raise awareness of Half-Earth. Paul believes strongly in our work to save the planet’s biodiversity.”“Species are the basic units of biodiversity, yet we are driving them to extinction up to 1,000 times faster than before the coming of humanity,” said Wilson. “If we do not move quickly to reverse our negative effects on the rest of life, its diversity will be diminished drastically to our loss and even endangerment.”Remaining concert cities include: Billings, Missoula, Spokane, Bend, Lake Tahoe, Denver and Milwaukee.The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation fosters stewardship of our world through biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide preservation of our biological heritage. The Half-Earth Project has science at its core and our moral obligation to the rest of life at its heart. To learn more about Half-Earth, visit www.half-earthproject.org.last_img read more

PMO silent on Brazeau Galipeau comments about Spence First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper so far has refused to address comments made this week by a member of his party and a Conservative senator he appointed that mocked Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence and First Nations.MP Royal Galipeau and Sen. Patrick Brazeau teamed up at a Conservative fundraiser in Ottawa Tuesday to attack Spence and her 44-day fast on behalf of First Nations.After explaining he was lost five pounds because he had the flu Brazeau had this to say.“I’m sorry. I’m not a comedian, but I look at Miss Spence when she started her hunger strike and now? he said and then someone in the audience yelled out, “she’s fatter.”The room was full of laughter from the crowd.The speech was tape recorded by Ottawa reporter Nevil Hunt of Metroland Media and provided to APTN National News.He then said her community suffered from poor leadership.“It undermines his office as a senator, but it shows how retrograde this, this senator is,” said Ottawa NDP MP Paul Dewar Friday. “That’s really sleazy, it’s unbecoming and I can’t believe that the government hasn’t called them out yet. I saw Mr. Galipeau sitting on the front bench during Question Period feeling very comfortable today. I don’t think he should feel very comfortable.”The Prime Minister’s Office said they had no comment.Galipeau represents the Orleans riding and said he met with Spence in December in her teepee. He mocked her manicured finger nails, saying his wife couldn’t afford them.When reached by APTN National News Thursday Galipeau refused to comment on his speech but said what was published in the media was a matter of public record.Neither Harper or Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan would comment on the speeches during Question Period Thursday when pressed by the opposition saying only the federal government continues to provide jobs for Canadians, including First Nations.Dewar wasn’t the only one calling on Harper to address the comments Friday.Grand Chief Murray Clearsky wrote a letter to Harper saying PMO’s silence is deafening.“(It) shows your disdain, disregard and utter ignorance for the concerns of First Nations in Canada,” said Clearsky. “I am demanding that your government give Chief Spence and all First Nations people across Canada an unequivocal apology and exercise the respect for the cultural diversity of this country and hold your appointee and elected official to the higher standard.”Brazeau went on to put down the Idle No More movement stopping short of suggesting First Nations should assimilate and move on from past grievances.“Because it would have been easier for me to listen to my leaders, sit back, wait for the government to give me handouts, maybe get on welfare, maybe drink, maybe take drugs,” he said. “I, as an Algonquin person, is living proof that nobody will colonize me. I’m gonna participate, I’m gonna integrate, I’m gonna take advantage of the opportunities just like all of you will.”Dewar said Brazeau was being borderline racist.“He was at a fundraiser. So he’s using these frankly, I would call racist kind of epitaphs, in the way he’s describing First Nations,” said Dewar. “It brings us back to those stereotypes that many of us grew up with, that you know, lazy, they don’t want to work, all that. And for him to use that to raise money for Mr. Galipeau is cheap, it’s sleazy and it’s something that should be called on, not just by me and others, but by the prime minister because we, all we’ve had really is silence.”More to comelast_img read more

Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament Moustapha Cissé Lo Honored at Crans Montana

Rabat – On Saturday, the Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Moustapha Cissé Lo, received the 2018 Crans Montana Foundation Award.The international forum which is being held in Dakhla presented Cissé Lo with the award during an official ceremony attended by several renowned international figures and numerous attendees of the Crans Montana Forum.Cissé Lo was presented with the award in recognition of his work as head of the parliamentary body which includes 16 member countries.In February 2017, Morocco announced its desire to join the ECOWAS, as part of its vision to strengthen and deepen the cultural, economic and diplomatic links uniting Morocco and the ECOWAS member countries, as well as to advocate regional integration as a vector of economic acceleration in Africa. The kingdom’s announcement came just a month after its return to the African Union after 33 years of absence.Several other participants were honored at the Crans Montana Forum, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).First Lady of the Republic of Palau and Michel Martelly, former President of the Republic of Haiti, were also honored during the ceremony.Saturday’s ceremony was chaired by Jean-Paul Carteron, Honorary President and Founder of the Crans Montana Forum.During the ceremony, Carteron received the Global Leadership Award which was presented by American civil rights activist Jesse Louis Jackson.The Golden Medals of the Crans Montana Forum were received by Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, Economic Adviser for the African Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Former Vice President for Africa for the World Bank and Sun Xiansheng, Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum. read more

Tickets on sale for Souper Star lunch

Tickets are on sale for the annual Souper Star lunch, an event that raises money and awareness for Brock’s United Way campaign.At the lunch, five Sodexo chefs pair up with “celebrity” guest chefs – usually deans and presidents of Brock students’ unions – to serve five original soups. Attendees try each of them and vote on their favourites.This year’s campaign goal will also be announced at the lunch. Last year, Brock met its goal of $112,000.Tickets are going quickly and are more than half sold. The lunch is Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 12 noon. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Centre for the Arts box office.Related story:• Soups dished out for a good cause

Security Council members voice concern over current unrest in Madagascar

Following a closed-door briefing by a senior UN official, the current President of the 15-member body, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, said in a press statement that the Council had taken note of the results proclaimed by the High Constitutional Court of Madagascar and the ensuing decision to call for a second-ballot runoff between President Didier Ratsiraka and Marc Ravalomanana, Mayor of Antananarivo. “The Security Council called on both candidates to comply with all constitutional, electoral and legal requirements and requested that the elections be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner, in the presence of international observers,” Ambassador Koonjul said.The Council members also called on the supporters of both candidates to refrain from violence and appealed to the Malagasy people “to remain calm and to respect the results of the next round of elections,” Ambassador Koonjul said. read more

US probes Jeep Cherokee engine fires and slowdeploying air bags in Nissan

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2015 12:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US probes Jeep Cherokee engine fires and slow-deploying air bags in Nissan Rogue DETROIT – U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn’t inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday that the Cherokee probe covers 50,000 of the SUVs from the 2015 model year.One owner in California told the agency he smelled oil from under the hood while driving on Jan. 4. Shortly after the Cherokee was parked at home, white smoke came from under the hood. “Within seconds the entire car was engulfed in fire, flames 20 feet high. Burning oil or fuel ran down the street over 50 yards,” the owner said in the complaint. The other owner complained of smoke from under the hood while driving 60 mph, also on Jan. 4. Both Cherokees had less than 100 miles on them.No injuries were reported.A spokesman for Fiat Chrysler, which makes Jeeps, said the company is working with the agency.NHTSA opened the Rogue probe after two complaints that the air bags on 2013 models deployed up to a minute after crashes and either inflated slowly or didn’t fully inflate. The investigation covers about 195,000 vehicles. No injuries were reported from the air bag problem.A Nissan spokesman says the air bags were not made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp., which has had problems with air bags inflating with too much force and spewing shrapnel into drivers. The company is working with NHTSA on the investigation, the spokesman says. read more

Heres An Idea Falcons Throw To Julio Jones In The Red Zone

Julio Jones is unlike most other star receivers. He doesn’t scream at his quarterback or sulk or throw a tantrum when passes don’t come his way. He’s happy to share the wealth with his teammates. In short, he’s no diva.But if any NFL wide receiver has earned the right to complain on the sidelines, it’s Jones. The Falcons star hasn’t scored a touchdown this season — and in fact has underperformed his whole career when it comes to scoring. His touchdown rate has never come close to matching his outsized production everywhere else on the field. So maybe the Falcons — who have scored just 17 points in each of their past two games (both losses) heading into their Super Bowl rematch with the Patriots on Sunday — would actually benefit from Jones flipping a Gatorade cooler or two.Since 2014, Jones has been nothing short of unstoppable. He’s been the NFL’s most productive receiver when measured by yards per game, the second best in terms of receptions per game and the third best in yards per target.1Among all wide receivers and tight ends who have averaged at least 50 yards in at least 25 games since 2014. In those three-plus seasons, he’s averaging 104.8 yards but a ho-hum 0.4 touchdowns per game, which is roughly the same as less-heralded wideouts such as Allen Hurns, Emmanuel Sanders and Jordan Matthews. For an elite receiver, Jones is solidly middle-of-the-pack in touchdown production: Last Sunday, Atlanta lost to the Dolphins in the final minute when Ryan forced a pass in double coverage to second-year tight end Austin Hooper (36 career catches) instead of giving Jones a chance to make a play. The result was a game-ending interception at the Miami 6-yard line. While Jones said nothing, head coach Dan Quinn made it clear that he wasn’t pleased with bypassing his team’s best weapon.Atlanta’s strange unwillingness to use its best receiver has now spanned three offensive coordinators. When the current one, Steve Sarkisian, was handed the keys to the offense that in 2016 led the NFL in scoring, he saw one major area where the unit could improve.“Is there a way to get Julio more touches in the red zone and finding those matchups?” Sarkisian said at the time.The answer, apparently, is “no.”Check out our latest NFL predictions. The 51 receivers on the chart above average a scoring strike every 157.1 yards. Jones averages a TD for every 262 yards he accumulates, which is the third most extreme discrepancy in the sample.2Only Vincent Jackson and Willie Snead have Jones beat here, with 343.6 and 270 yards per touchdown respectively. The Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, meanwhile, leads all receivers in fewest yards per touchdown, 92.7, but that’s probably no accident: Bryant has long made it clear that he expects a big portion of the touchdown glory — or someone, possibly everyone, is going to hear about it.Jones’s scoring woes almost defy explanation. Receivers who thirst for touchdowns are generally undersized players who do their damage between the 20s. But Jones is one of the game’s largest targets at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. He’s also one of the position’s best athletes, crushing his scouting combine in speed, jumping ability and agility. It’s tough to imagine a better receiver his size on the NFL boundaries when it comes to getting both feet down inbounds and defying gravity in the process. If an NFL quarterback were to design a perfect red-zone weapon in a lab, he would look a lot like Jones.Incredibly, Jones’s lack of scoring seems to be by design. His percentage of QB Matt Ryan’s targets drops steadily the closer Atlanta gets to the goal line: from 32.8 percent of passes when the Falcons are at least 80 yards from the end zone to just a little more than half that — 16.7 percent — when they’re in the red zone. read more

Shopping complex evacuated as Army are called in to deal with suspicious

A shopping complex in the centre of Reading is on lockdown after the Army were called to deal with the reported discovery of a bag with wires protruding from it. Police evacuated hundreds of people from The Oracle and ordered those in nearby buildings to stay indoors and away from the windows at 9am Tuesday.Roads have been sealed off to allow an Army bomb disposal squad to investigate the suspicious package, which was reportedly found in the shopping centre toilets. The local council offices are also within the police cordon and the public were prevented for entering the building.Several hours after the discovery was made, a spokesman for Thames Valley Police said that they were continuing to treat the object as suspicious and advised workers in nearby officers to remain inside their buildings. The Oracle complex had 90 shops, a 12 screen cinema and restaurants which line the banks of the River Kennet which flows through the shopping centre.The retail unit covers two storeys of mall and includes Debenhams and House of Fraser there was multi-storey car park. Restaurants include Jamie’s Italian, Wagamama and Pizza Express. Bridge Street is currently locked down as The Oracle is evacuated. #rdguk pic.twitter.com/g55PFoJeW8— Gemma Davidson (@gemdavidson23) June 12, 2018 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. Sources told the Reading Chronicle the bag containing wires was reported to police by a member of the public.The River Kennet runs through the centre of the Oracle Centre which is popular with shoppers from across the south of England.The police spokesman said: “Officers were called to the centre at 9am and have since cordoned off the area from the public as a precaution. “Nearby restaurants have also been evacuated as officers work to establish the nature of the item. Our officers remain at the scene at the Oracle shopping centre, Reading as we deal with a suspicious item. We’d like to thank everyone for their continued patience as we deal with the incident. pic.twitter.com/X72FCI5Snp— Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) June 12, 2018 “A cordon has been put around the large shopping centre, with the huge multi-storey car-park also being closed.”A spokesman for The Oracle said: “The safety of our staff and customers is our priority and we are working to support the police with their investigations.” read more

55 million babies are born and die each year without being recorded

first_img“In reality, these deaths are nearly all preventable. Counting and naming every newborn is a statement that we expect that baby to survive and receive the care he or she needs, especially around birth,” she said.Newborn deaths now account for a larger proportion of under five child deaths – 44 per cent in 2012, compared to 36 per cent in 1990. In most regions of the world, more than half of child deaths are among newborns.Countries like Germany, the UK and the US are among high income nations showing the slowest progress in reducing their neonatal mortality rates. However it is in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa that there is the highest burden of newborn deaths.Researchers said the greatest opportunity for saving lives is to invest in high impact care during the time just before and immediately after birth. Quality care at birth accounts for 41 per cent of the estimated 3 million lives saved.Family planning services and high coverage of interventions before conception are also key in driving down the number of fatalities.This week, at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, governments will review the Every Newborn Action Plan. The plan is based on a series of measures that are already proving effective in keeping women and children healthy. The authors of the papers said today is an “unprecedented opportunity for progress”.Read: The first baby born in Ireland in 2014 is called…>Read: Nutrition a “desperately neglected” aspect of mother and baby health> EACH YEAR, 5.5 million babies enter and leave the world without being recorded and one in three newborns – that’s over 45 million babies – do not have a birth certificate by their first birthday.Babies who are stillborn, born too early, or who die soon after birth are least likely to be registered, even in high-income countries. Figures show that just three per cent of livebirths are registered by a child’s first birthday.Findings in a series of academic papers published in The Lancet today paint a picture of a newborn’s chance of survival and the steps that need to be taken to end preventable infant deaths. New analyses as part of the papers indicate that three million maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths can be prevented every year with proven interventions like the promotion of breastfeeding, neonatal resuscitation and prevention and treatment of infections.The research was led by a team in London with collaboration with 55 health experts around the world. Commenting on the findings, Professor Joy Lawn of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said:Every day, 15,000 babies are born and die without ever receiving a piece of paper. The lack of recording reflects the world’s acceptance that these deaths are inevitable. This fatalism, lack of attention, and lack of investment are the reasons behind lagging progress in reducing newborn deaths – and even slower for progress in reducing stillbirths.last_img read more

The €116 billion Project Ireland 2040 Where is the money coming from

first_img 94 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Gena96 The €116 billion Project Ireland 2040: Where is the money coming from? Who pays for all of this great stuff? Short URL This is assessed in terms of national experience and international evidence to set public capital investment at an appropriate and sustainable level, relative to economic growth and identified infrastructure needs.“It will also smooth out spending on investment projects over future economic and fiscal cycles and will help prevent a return to the pro-cyclical approach to public investment previously experienced in Ireland.Over 30% or €29.6 billion of this Exchequer funding has, following Estimates 2018, already been allocated to Departments to deliver their infrastructure programmes.The Exchequer funding will be drawn from government departments, with the Department of Housing contributing the most. It will stump up €1.6 billion of this year’s €5.8 billion. Of the two funds announced today that focus on regeneration specifically, €550 million will be available for urban use and €315 million for rural use up to 2022. The balance of those will be used between 2023 and 2027.That money will be available for local authorities to draw down to “unstick” projects such as the Cork Docklands (City and Tivoli Docks and associated mobility and bridge access), Limerick 2030, Waterford North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), and Galway City Centre regeneration.Under the scheme, local authorities would apply for funding to deliver key infrastructure for the plans. For example, the Waterford North Quays plan requires a new bridge across the Suir. Using the Urban Regeneration Fund, Waterford County Council can apply for funding to build the bridge, allowing developers to focus on building commercial and residential units.The rural fund will operate in a similar manner. Related Read THE GOVERNMENT TODAY announced plans to spend €116 billion on a host of items from roads to schools to hospitals.While the spending is huge, many are questioning just where the money will come from and whether the funding is ringfenced.The plan commits €115.9 billion in total of capital spending between 2018 and 2027 and the plan says it will mostly come from Exchequer funding – that is money raised through general taxation.€91 billion will come directly from the Exchequer, while €24.9 billion will come from the dividends of state-owned commercial companies.The plan says that this year, 2.9% of total national income (€5.8 billion from the Exchequer, €2.6 billion from state companies) will be spent on capital projects. This will increase to 4.1% in the last year of the plan, 2027, (€11.6 billion from the Exchequer and €2.4 billion from state companies). Ireland spends well below the EU average on capital investments and will not top the average until 2023.The spending is based on Department of Public Expenditure and Reform projections for income over the next decade. The document does not say if the funding is future-proofed or if all or some of the capital funding for new projects is ringfenced in the event of an international economic shock or recession. https://jrnl.ie/3855618 Share94 Tweet Email2 The plan says: 17,636 Views Friday 16 Feb 2018, 8:00 PM Source: Gov.ieThe capital expenditure programme will allow Ireland have a slate of projects to work on in a long-term strategy. This is something the IMF suggested in its 2017 report on Ireland. This cyclical, boom-bust investment strategy is addressed in the plan.The public capital stock at any point in time reflects cumulative public capital investment flows over time, adjusted for the impact of depreciation. The procyclical nature of public capital investment in Ireland, which the National Development Plan responds to, has contributed to a situation where insufficient capital spending has been undertaken to maintain and renew the public capital stock and offset the impact of depreciation.However, Fianna Fáil’s Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath is warning the public not to get their hopes up.“In the past few weeks, we have seen substantial turmoil in the international financial markets. The European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme has completely distorted bond prices and is being wound down. The Federal Reserve has reversed its programme in the United States and all major Central Banks are indicating increases in interest rates.“This all means that the low interest environment is quickly coming to an end and the cost of funding the Plan announced today is likely to be much higher than would currently be the case. This will come at a time when we will have to refinance over €40 billion of our national debt in the next three years and a time in which we will have to navigate the still unknown consequences of Brexit.“All these risks are very real and we need to be cognisant of them if today’s Plan is to be come to fruition. While the government will not spell it out, the reality is today’s Plan is predicated on assumptions that are largely beyond the control of a small open economy like Ireland.” Image: Shutterstock/Gena96 By Paul Hosford 16.02.18 Project Ireland 2040: The key points you need to know Feb 16th 2018, 8:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google Wave cest terminé

first_imgGoogle Wave, c’est terminéÉtats-Unis – Google a décidé d’abandonner le développement de son projet Google Wave qui devait apporter un souffle nouveau au monde de l’e-mail. Pour autant, le géant assure que la technologie qui y est associée sera utilisée dans d’autres projets.Google présentait Google Wave comme l’outil qui allait révolutionner le monde de l’e-mail. Aujourd’hui, le géant a décidé d’abandonner le projet mais pas la technologie qui y est associée. Google Wave devait être “l’outil de communication et de coopération en temps réel”, c’est aujourd’hui fini.Google explique sur son blog officiel : “Nous avons été enthousiasmés par Google Wave mais il n’a pas été adopté par les internautes comme nous l’aurions souhaité […] Nous n’avons pas l’intention de poursuivre le développement de Wave comme produit autonome, mais nous allons étendre la technologie dans les prochains projets de Google”. Et Google de préciser particulièrement au Nouvel Obs : “Maintenant, nous travaillons à libérer le code afin de le rendre public, qu’il soit open source, pour que d’autres puissent l’utiliser. Les fonctionnalités simples de Google Wave pourront par la suite être intégrées à d’autres projets”.Le 5 août 2010 à 13:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

UPDATE All lanes of I84 open as crews battle wildfire

first_imgMotorists are being warned that Interstate 84 could be affected by a Hood River, Ore., wildfire that’s burned more than 70 acres.All lanes were open Thursday morning, said Don Hamilton of the Oregon Department of Transportation. That could change as the day goes on, he said.On Tuesday night one lane of east I-84 between mileposts 66 and 67 was closed. All lanes were open Wednesday.“Stay alert for fire vehicles moving around,” said Kevin Weeks, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Forestry.The fire sparked just after 8 p.m. Tuesday. No structures were threatened or injuries reported, but the steep terrain and dry timber posed a challenge for firefighters, Weeks said.The wildfire is reported to be two miles east of Hood River, which is about 66 miles east of Vancouver.last_img

Government to introduce new company car tax bands for lowemission vehicles

first_imgAutumn Statement 2016: The government is to introduce new, lower bands of company car tax for the lowest-emitting cars.The announcement was made as part of today’s (23 November 2016) Autumn Statement, with details of the new bands and rates set to be announced in the Finance Bill in December 2016.The new bands and rates, which are intended to provide stronger incentives for the purchase of ultra low-emitting vehicles (ULEVs), will come into effect for 2020-21.The tax rates for cars emitting greater than 90g of carbon dioxide per kilometre will rise by one percentage point.last_img

West Park woman has wedding dress dog food stolen by repeat package

first_imgWEST PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman is dealing with a repeat package snatcher days after her wedding dress was stolen from her West Park home.Surveillance video captured a man casually walking up to the porch and grabbing a package along Edmund and Sulton Road, Friday.The homeowner said the package contained food for her dog, who had been without food for a couple of days.“I told all of my neighbors, just in case,” Massiel Rodriguez said. “I thought it was a neighbor helping me out, and I just see this guy walking away with my package.”The homeowner says she installed a doorbell camera after her wedding dress was stolen on Aug. 20.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

A Response to Subcompact Publishing

first_imgSo why do so many of our digital magazines publish on the same schedule, with the same number of articles as their print counterparts? Using the same covers? Of course, they do because it’s easier to maintain identical schedules across mediums. To not design twice. To not test twice (or, at all).Unfortunately—from a medium-specific user experience point of view—it’s almost impossible to produce a digitally indigenous magazine beholden to those legacy constraints. Why? Not least because we use tablets and smartphones very differently than we use printed publications.The key here, for Mod, is the “indigenous magazine”—a product born exclusively for the mobile-digital platform, free of any print production and pricing frameworks. He goes on to highlight The Magazine, created by Marco Arment, as a perfect example of the digitally indigenous magazine. It’s short (four or five articles), it’s design is breezy and open, it’s file size is small, it’s cheap and easy to snack on.This all may be true, and there’s probably an audience for The Magazine and future brands just like it. But what’s wrong with publishing a tablet magazine that’s full of print magazine design and rich media content, that’s $4.99 for a single copy and might take all night to download to Apple’s Newsstand? Nothing, really, because there’s room in the market for the digitally indigenous magazine and the digital magazine that’s married, for good or bad, to its print namesake. I understand that with digital comes an expectation of disruption and re-invention. And not just an expectation, but actual disruption. But it’s also a world where all sorts of business models live and play.I don’t think Mod is necessarily saying all publishers need to drop their old-school, print-legacy-based digital magazines and start producing $2, 4-article, scrolling mini-apps. He does say though, that publishers are balking at producing products like these because they’re not based on a familiar model and they’re not likely to produce immediate and significant returns. Funnily enough, neither have the full-blown tablet magazines, for now. What will be interesting to see is how much the subcompact model informs or influences the sedan version of digital magazines—or simply rides next to it. An essay by Craig Mod has been making the rounds lately among media watchers. It’s a terrific read. Mod, a current independent writer and former Flipbook employee, touts what he’s calling the Subcompact Manifesto, which places a premium on a minimalist approach to digital publishing. His manifesto emerges out of one of the main criticisms ‘traditional’ publishers have received for their tablet magazines and apps: They’re unwieldy, hard to use, have too many bells and whistles and take up too much room. But most importantly, they’re tied to print production schedules, design and pricing. In other words, tablet editions are not exploiting the medium in the open, nimble, socially-forward way they could and/or should be.As Mod says: last_img read more

Indian tariffs on US products no longer acceptable Trump

first_imgUS President Donald TrumpReutersUS President Donald Trump again hit out at India over the issue of tariffs on Tuesday, less than a fortnight after he discussed the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Japan and both agreed to address the issue.Trump’s attack in a tweet came just as trade officials of the two countries are preparing to meet to address the issue as a follow up to the talks between him and Modi in Osaka on the sidelines of G20 Summit.In the tweet, Trump said, “India has long had a field day putting tariffs on American products. No longer acceptable!”Earlier, before his meeting with Modi on June 28, Trump had tweeted: “I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the tariffs must be withdrawn!”India slapped tariffs on 28 US products including Harley-Davidson motorcycles and US-grown apples after Washington withdrew its long-standing preferential status on June 1 that exempted billions of dollars worth of products made there from US levies.During their meeting, Modi told Trump that India had taken some action after the General System of Preferences (GSP) was revoked by the US and “we should now look forward and we should see how we can resolve some of these issues,” according to Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.”There was a discussion on trade. Both sides aired their concerns, both sides spoke about the interest of the other side and what was agreed was that the trade ministers of both countries would meet at an early date and would try and sort out these issues,” Gokhale had told the media after the meeting.”President Trump, of course, welcomed this idea,” the Foreign Secretary had added.He had said the two sides would first have technical discussions.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on July 4 said that trade officials of the two countries would meet soon to discuss the trade issue.”It is important to understand that in any relationship that is multi-dimensional like India and the US, there are bound to be certain differences and perspectives where we share a different approach. How we handle it is the key. And flowing out of the meeting what we agreed was that on all the issues, we will continue to talk,” he said.last_img read more

Bojórquez bridge for Cancun Hotel Zone still in talks

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Discussions regarding the Bojórquez bridge over the lagoon in the Cancun Hotel Zone are still occuring, according to officials.The National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur), notes that although they have more than 239 million peso for the project, it was made clear last year that the bridge would not be part of the 2018 agenda.However, talks are not off the table. According to the Transparency Unit platform, another 227 million peso has been collected for the maintenance of the project, and remains under analysis since pedestrian bridges have also become a topic for a possible resolution.According to Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Secretary of Communications and Transport, the bridge over the Bojórquez Lagoon, which is headed by Fonatur, continues to be analyzed along with the placement of pedestrian bridges to help deal with intense traffic in the hotel zone.“They are analyzing and (we) are waiting for information from the central offices to tell us if this budget is going to be exercised or what is going to happen in terms of maintenance,” said Juan González Castelán, regional delegate of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur).Since 2016, Fonatur allocated 240 million peso from its budget for the start of the project, but budget cuts at the federal level prevented further development of bridge plans.In 2014, Fonatur commissioned a Benefit Cost Analysis based on a demand study and found the bridge to be listed as a priority in the National Infrastructure Program 2014-2018, as a solution to the traffic problem identified on Boulevard Kukulcán.“Right now, from the delegation, we are waiting to see if there is specific instruction regarding the bridge, to know how to inform the media and of course the citizenship,” said González Castelán.The project consists of the construction of a bridge over the Bojórquez Lagoon, which will serve as an alternative route to the section of Kukulcán Boulevard that currently passes through Punta Cancún. If constructed, the new bridge will help decongest the area by at least 10,000 vehicles per day.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more