Police Arrest Foreigners Allegedly Linked to Criminal Fraud Network

Rabat – The National Judicial Police Brigade on Wednesday in Rabat arrested six foreigners for their supposed involvement in fraud through social networks.The suspects, are of Senegalese, Nigerian and Guinean nationality. Two of the six suspects are women, according to the National Security Directorate General (DGSN). The network’s members are accused of accessing Internet discussion sites using false accounts and identities. In the online discussions, they would claim to be European nationals wishing to marry Moroccan women. They also convinced their victims that they would send them packages containing precious gifts and large sums of money earmarked for so-called investments in Morocco. The group then asked victims to transfer money as customs taxes, according to a DGNS press release.The suspects made large amount of money through these fraudulent acts. The DGNS press release noted the seizure of money transfer receipts, computer equipment, mobile phones, and the booty resulting from the scam. One of the suspects was arrested red-handed with 75,000 dirhams sent by one of the victims.The police took the suspects into custody for the investigation conducted under the supervision of the competent prosecutor’s office. Investigations are ongoing for the arrest of others people involved with the network. Such fraudulent practices are a common occurrence in the country. Last December, the Judicial police in Kenitra, north of Rabat, arrested two women who were charging people for a fake opportunity to get a government job. Two people who fell victim to the suspects showed up at the police school in Kenitra carrying false “summonses” to take the police exam. read more

Betting predictions to be part of Fox Sports analysis

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Fox Sports viewers tuning in to broadcasts this fall will not only see the game, but also will get betting predictions.The network announced a partnership Wednesday night with the parent company of the PokerStars online gambling giant.Fox Sports is buying just under 5% of The Stars Group for about $236 million. Both companies will offer real-money sports betting this fall in states where it is legal and they are licensed.The Stars Group says it has market access through licensing in 13 states, and is seeking licensing in others.The network has the option to acquire half of the Stars Group’s U.S. business within 10 years.Wayne Parry, The Associated Press

Top peacekeeping official says internally displaced in Sudan want UN force in

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno made his comments at a press conference in Sudan on Thursday, the final day of a joint UN-African Union (AU) mission that has been holding talks with government officials, regional leaders, IDP representatives and others in efforts to strengthen the AU force already in the region (AMIS), as well as prepare for its possible transition to a full-fledged UN operation.“Our assurances are that the UN as well as the African Union does not take sides. It only takes the side of the United Nations that is to work for peace…IDPs representing hundreds and thousands of people said that they wanted a deployment of United Nations troops so we did our best to develop plans to satisfy all the people of Darfur,” Mr. Guéhenno told reporters.But he also acknowledged that Sudan’s Government has so far rejected any idea of a UN force taking over from the AU, although he stressed that humanitarian concerns should be at the forefront of discussions regarding such a force.“Let us not try to get into polemics but try to bring an end to the suffering of the people of Sudan. If we don’t do that, I think history will be very hard on those who would not have done everything to bring an end to that suffering.”In a related development, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told reporters in New York that “dialogue continues” regarding a possible UN force for Darfur, adding also that he was looking forward to meeting Sudan President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir next week.“We have not got the agreement of the Sudanese Government yet, but the dialogue continues, and I look forward to seeing him again at the African Union summit in Banjul [Gambia] next week. I hope we will be able to pursue the discussion, not only with me, but with other African leaders.”“I have tried to get across the message that we are coming in to help the Sudanese authorities and the people of Sudan, the people in Darfur, and quite honestly, if they had been protected, the question of UN deployment would not be necessary,” he pointed out.Three years of fighting in Darfur between Government forces, pro-government militias and rebels have killed scores of thousands of people and displaced more than 2 million others amid charges of civilian massacre, rape and other atrocities. read more

New South Korean trade deal should benefit Alberta agriculture expert

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 14, 2014 12:09 pm MDT New South Korean trade deal should benefit Alberta agriculture: expert Canada signed its first free trade agreement with an Asian country this week, and according to Todd Hirsch, an ATB senior economist, Alberta’s agriculture sector should be the major benefactor. “We have a hog and cattle industry in this province that’s desperately trying to find diversified markets,” he said, adding the lowered tariffs will allow freedom for producers in the market of 50-million people. “They’re growing in affluence, they’re growing consumer class, they are going to be looking for more fresh meats and vegetables and food products and Alberta’s got those exports, particularly pork and beef.”When it comes to the future, Hirsch said the west could play a bigger role compared to central Canada. “They’re still larger in terms of economic output, but that’s not where the growth is happening, it’s all happening in western Canada and I think western Canadian industries will have a lot of influence.”Hirsch said, although it doesn’t have nearly the same weight as a major oil and gas deal, it’s important to gain in new partners. read more

Manitoba governments latest job numbers onesided say two economists

by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2014 1:49 pm MDT Manitoba government’s latest job numbers one-sided, say two economists WINNIPEG – A report that touts the economic benefits of the Manitoba government’s infrastructure spending is flawed and tells only one side of the equation, say two economists.Kevin Milligan, who teaches economics at the University of British Columbia, and Prof. Stephen Gordon from the University of Laval say the report counts the benefits of increased government spending, but ignores any negative economic impact from higher taxes that leave consumers with less money to spend.“This sort of economic impact assessment is standard fare among think-tanks and is generally given little weight in academia,” Gordon wrote in an email Wednesday.“It looks at the benefits of spending and not the costs of extracting the revenues used to finance that spending.”Milligan called the report an “incomplete analysis.”“The money raised to pay for (the infrastructure) comes out of pockets and also has a negative … effect, so I would have very little confidence in any such job numbers.”Milligan and Gordon, at the request of The Canadian Press, reviewed the report by the government that said its infrastructure program provided economic benefits of $1 billion last year alone.The report, prepared by the Conference Board of Canada, said the government spent a total of $844 million on core infrastructure — roads, bridges and the like. It said that spending was helped in part by $190 million brought in by increasing the provincial sales tax to eight per cent from seven last year. All the infrastructure work led to 8,163 direct and indirect jobs and left workers with $388 million in disposable income, the report said.It did not calculate how much disposable income was lost in the taxes paid to support the program, or how many jobs would have been created had the money been left in taxpayers’ pockets.Pedro Antunes, a director at the Conference Board of Canada, confirmed the group was only asked by the province to look at the benefits of increased government spending and not factor in the negative impact of higher taxes.“It’s not atypical to do that type of analysis,” he said.Theresa Oswald, the province’s minister responsible for jobs and the economy, stood by the report Wednesday. She said boosting spending on infrastructure was a good way to help the economy through a global slowdown.“We don’t believe that an austere, do-nothing approach was the right approach. And, in fact, many governments across the world also chose a stimulus, an investment in infrastructure, option.”Antunes was unable to provide an estimate of how many jobs would have been created had the tax money been left in consumer hands. But generally, he said, infrastructure spending has a multiplying effect because the government money goes to contractors who hire employees, who in turn spend more.Lower taxes tend not to boost spending as much because consumers may save some of the money or spend it out of province, he added.Gordon said there are sometimes no net benefits to government infrastructure programs over consumer spending.“To a rough approximation, the two offset each other. For small jurisdictions, the costs (of an infrastructure program) could outweigh the benefits, since some of that spending will be on goods and services produced outside Manitoba.”Milligan said there are benefits to infrastructure spending — bigger roads that let companies move goods to market more quickly, for example — but “the jobs are incidental.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Wine Tasting Challenge celebrates 10th anniversary

Nearly 300 amateur and professional wine lovers put their palates to the test April 14 at the 10th annual Wine Tasting Challenge held at the prestigious Liberty Grand in Toronto.Nearly 300 amateur and professional wine lovers put their palates to the test April 14 at the 10th annual Wine Tasting Challenge held at the prestigious Liberty Grand in Toronto.The event is a blind tasting that aims to bring together the world’s best wine enthusiasts to compete at the highest level. It offers more than $100,000 in prizes in the professional, amateur, VQA and spirit categories. Participants can win cash, travel packages and VQA and international wine and spirit baskets.Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is an associate partner of the event, and leads the organization of the challenge which aims to highlight Canada’s best and brightest in wine and spirit knowledge.“Over the last 10 years, the challenge has evolved into the world’s largest wine tasting competition,” said Barb Tatarnic, the challenge’s director and auditor and CCOVI’s manager of continuing education and outreach. “CCOVI is extremely proud to be the challenge’s presenting and auditing partner.”After the competition, a ceremony recognized the top finishers from the previous challenge, including 2012 grand award winner Nelson Abreu.“The Wine Tasting Challenge is the only event that manages to attract so many people from our community together to compete and raise our game in a friendly, sportive environment,” Abreu said.The challenge also presented two awards at this year’s ceremony. The distinguished sponsor award was presented to Huff Estate Winery in gratitude of its longstanding support of the challenge.The Donald Ziraldo Award – acknowledging innovation, development and inspiration in the food and wine industry – was presented by Ziraldo to brothers Paul, Matthew and Daniel Speck of Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery.“The Speck boys and their commitment to sustainability exemplify the hard work that creates success in our industry,” Ziraldo said.The complete list of award winners can be found on the challenge’s website.Results from this year’s competition will be available May 15. read more

Brock arts venues welcoming visitors for Doors Open

For anyone yet to wander through Brock’s arts facilities, this weekend is your chance.Both the University’s state-of-the-art Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) and the historic Rodman Hall Art Centre will be offering tours Saturday, June 24 as part of Doors Open Ontario — an annual event that prompts more than 1,000 sites across the province to invite visitors in free of charge.More than 20 St. Catharines locations will open their doors on Saturday for the initiative.Rodman Hall Art Centre is one of several St. Catharines venues participating in Doors Open on Saturday, June 24.Brock ambassadors will be at the Marilyn I. Walker School in downtown St. Catharines providing tours and answering questions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours will begin on the hour, with the final group of the day departing at 2 p.m.The building opened in 2015 on a former 19th century industrial site and includes a 235-seat theatre, digital media studios, photo darkrooms, music rooms and other specialized facilities that support students in Dramatic Arts, Music and Visual Arts.Visits to specific studios and the theatre will be by supervised tour only, although the public is welcome to roam the halls of the accessible venue and visit the Visual Arts Gallery on their own. Refreshments will be available. Visitors are invited to have their photo taken with Brock’s mascot Boomer, who will be dressed in his arts gear to greet guests between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.Department of Music alumna Negin Rezaei Asl will perform an open recital in the Piano Suite from 1 to 3 p.m. At Rodman Hall Art Centre, guided tours will take place Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.Visitors will have the chance to explore the historical Thomas Rodman Merritt House, built in the 1860s, and its adjoining contemporary art gallery.There will be opportunities to create art and take a walk through the nearby Walker Botanical Garden and sculptures.More information on locations participating in Doors Open this weekend is available online. read more

Industryleading companies meet in London to discuss the future for platinum

first_imgOpening the RBC Capital Markets’ second annual Platinum Group Metals (PGM) Conference at Grosvenor House in London yesterday, Leon Esterhuizen, Director and Equity Analyst at RBC Capital Markets said: “Almost three quarters of the world’s platinum supply and about half of the world’s palladium supply comes from South Africa but, given the current strength of the rand, which is effectively neutralising much of the recent US dollar metal price increases, over half South Africa’s supply is generating negative cash flow (after capital expenditure). On the premise that demand may be lower, but will not contract any further, this implies only one of two possible outcomes – either metal prices will have to increase even further or mine production will be cut, pushing prices higher as supply contracts.“Higher metal prices seem likely, but so do higher costs – effectively leaving only two areas of potential investment: ETFs of both platinum and palladium should continue doing well, and new junior producers will be able to supply metal at low cost, reaping the most benefit from a rising metal price. Not only do we believe the low-cost juniors and low-cost projects will benefit, but it should be clear that these also represent excellent takeout targets for majors struggling with high costs.”Mineweb writes that “in a refreshing, and enlightening presentation, Aquarius Platinum CEO, Stuart Murray – instead of presenting a sales pitch on the company as did most of the other speakers at the event, instead set out a refreshingly sanguine and honest, picture of the realities facing the South African platinum sector in today’s economic environment.Murray’s presentation was over lunch and he chose to give it informally without Powerpoint aids, or other visual statistical props. He devoted his time to telling the audience of the realities facing the South African platinum miners today – a sector in which he reckoned that two thirds of current production was, if one takes sustaining capital expenditure into account, at break even or worse.Not only are miners faced with a platinum price that is back at 2005 levels, but with 2010 costs and an ever-strengthening Rand against a declining dollar in which the metal is priced. And there may yet be no respite with “President Obama turning the dollar into the peso and Gordon Brown the U.K. pound into the lira!” This is coupled with a virtual freeze in new car manufacture – the automobiles being bought now were probably all built or assembled at least a year ago – and a corresponding complete lack of purchases of platinum by the western auto sector. Murray quoted the CEO of one of the world’s biggest automobile manufacturers as saying his company hadn’t bought an ounce of platinum for 13 months – and when asked when purchases might be resumed the answer was still another 3-9 months away!There has been one mitigating sales element out there and that is sales to the jewellery market in the East where high gold prices and relatively low platinum ones, have made the latter more attractive – but then the high gold price has also had the effect of dragging other precious metals up with it, including platinum and he fears this fillip to demand may thus be short-lived.With around 60% of platinum destined for the auto industry, but with only China showing any real growth in auto purchases, this puts the industry in a difficult state, and the logic is that maybe platinum prices are actually higher than the current market situation might justify.In South Africa itself there is yet another worry for the miners. The country’s state-owned electricity utility, Eskom, which supplies virtually all the country’s power, is faced with financing a R350 billion programme to build up its power supply capacity and is talking about 40% year on year price increases for the power it supplies. (South Africa has had up to now some of the world’s lowest power costs.) The deeper underground platinum mines, along with plants and smelters etc. are heavily power dependent. Meanwhile forward costs may be exacerbated by the strong South African labour unions also looking to yearly above-inflation pay increases.All in all this is not a pretty picture for the existing South African platinum miners, yet alone the juniors developing new platinum mining projects there. The latter may have an advantage in some cases in terms of being able to keep costs down, but raising debt finance in the platinum sector at the moment is virtually impossible and in most cases stock prices are too low to contemplate equity financing. Murray reckons a platinum price of at least $1,700 an ounce is needed to get a Greenfield project into production. He also sees little chance of the major producers, Anglo Platinum, Impala and Lonmin, cutting production in line with the demand fall and perhaps bringing more stability to the metal price.Murray was also a little scathing on platinum ETFs pointing out that during last October’s financial meltdown that in the platinum sector was exacerbated by sales of holdings of platinum ETFs leading to the offloading of 350,000 ounces of inventory in 3 weeks which helped decimate the metal price.Looking at the current stock price situation Murray reckoned that arguably stock prices have run ahead of reality, but there may still be investments which are worthwhile in the sector. “Do your homework” he said. “Look at margins on a Rand basis – also look closely at what the company is p***ing away on capex.”Aquarius itself is one of the country’s most successful and lowest cost mid-tier producers, but cuts its cloth according to its needs. Its Everest mine is currently on a care and maintenance basis, but Murray reckons the company won’t bring it back into production until there are clear shareholder benefits in doing so – which may not be until the middle of next year, if then.Despite all the problems faced by the industry at the moment – “This space is going to be very hard work” he said, Murray still has confidence in the sector. “It’s a case of when, not if” he said talking about price recovery; but I can’t tell you when!”Among other speakers at the conference was James Wellsted, Executive Manager Commercial of Mvelaphanda Resources, who said: “While we anticipate continued weakness in prices due to the depressed global economic climate, we are positive about the longer term outlook for the PGM market. Northam Platinum, in which we have a majority stake, is well positioned, with its Zondereinde mine cash generative even at current low metal prices and significant growth potential at its Booysendal project.”Other speakers sharing insights at RBC Capital Markets’ conference were Anooraq Resources, Eastern Platinum, Jubilee Platinum, Platinum Australia, Platinum Group Metals, Nkwe Platinum and Sylvania Resources.last_img read more

AIMEX organisers emphasise positive industry outlook

first_imgIn another article leading up to Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) from 29-31 August, the organisers stated that the Australian mining industry “looks set to enjoy a much needed reprieve as 2017 shapes to be the year the industry can catch its breath.” The article refers to analyst reports from companies such as PwC and Ernst and Young that have “indicated a shift in the industry to one of planning which seems to be a sentiment expressed by mining companies in quarter one of 2017.”“Cost optimisation and increased productivity will remain core to the mining industry. The strategies adopted over the past two years will place mining companies in a strong position to capitalise on improved operating margins and if market conditions continue to strengthen the focus will shift to growth developments which will come in the form of asset expansion as well as asset acquisition. In recent times, expansion projects and tenement developments have been put on hold but as many sites enter into the final stages of their life, these developments are once again commencing to ensure asset continuity. Asset acquisitions have been most recently driven by the portfolio realignment of some of the major players. This change in strategy has seen a number of profitable sites up for sale over the last 18 months providing great acquisition targets for the small to medium sized operators. These predominately equity based transactions will continue in 2017 and will consolidate the position of the mid-tier players helping them become major players in their respective commodities at the peak of the next cycle.”The article concludes: “While the industry is by no means at the beginning of its next boom the overriding sentiment of the sector is one of optimisim. While it is safe to say that the focus will still be on strengthening the balance sheet, improving commodity prices has freed up funds to replace much needed equipment which will ultimately filter down to the suppliers. As the focus shifts to the future miners will ensure they have the best assets in their portfolio to achieve sustainable growth and maximise the financial return to their shareholders.”The article uses information from http://www.ey.com/gl/en/industries/mining—metals/ey-mergers-acquisitions-and-capital-raising-2016-trends-2017-outlook as well as http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/energy-utilities-mining/assets/pwc-mining-transformation-final.pdflast_img read more

7s Phil Ferro kicks off World Heart Day fair at MDC

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – 7’s Chief Meteorologist Phil Ferro was on hand for the Free Heart Fair at Miami Dade College, Thursday.The fair took place at Miami Dade College’s North Campus.The event encouraged minorities to get heart healthy, allowing people to get blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings.Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but it is also preventable in most cases.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Amit Shah visits family of slain policeman in Srinagar

first_imgSrinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday visited the family of slain policeman Arshad Khan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar district. Amit Shah arrived at the Balgarden locality residence of the slain Station House Officer’s family. The Home Minister offered condolences to his bereaved family of Arshad Khan. The officer is survived by his wife, two children, parents and a brother. Also Read – Chinmayanand case: Woman tells Supreme Court she wants to stay in Delhi Advertise With Us Arshad Khan was injured during the Fidayeen attack on the K.P. Road in Anantnag town on June 12. He was shifted to AIIMS Delhi where he succumbed to his injuries on June 16. Five CRPF troopers and the Fidayeen terrorist were killed in June 12 attack in Anantnag town. Amit Shah is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. He will chair the unified headquarters meeting in Srinagar on Thursday. Unified headquarters is the apex anti-militancy grid in the state. It comprises top officers of civil, military, paramilitary, state police and the intelligence agencies. Shah will also meet members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) core group. He will interact with panchayat members and some delegations at the Nehru Guest House in Srinagar on Thursday.last_img read more

Are Mindtree founders foolish lower middle class folks

first_imgOffice of Mindtree Ltd.WikimediaHome-grown IT services company Mindtree is the cynosure of all eyes after major shareholder VG Siddhartha sold 20 percent stake in the company to L&T, triggering a hostile takeover bid. Though engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro has said it’s not a corporate raider who’s pushing a hostile takeover of the Bengaluru-based IT company, the deal has become a much muddled affair.After gobbling up Siddhartha’s 20 percent stake in Mindtree, L&T is going ahead with a plan under which it will acquire as much as 67 percent of the company. Though the Mindtree founders are pushed against the wall they haven’t given up and are scheduled to meet on 26 March. The founders have vouched to protect the company from the ‘corporate raider’ by any means.Mindtree non-executive director Subroto Bagchi. Courtesy: mindtree.comAmid all the chaos Mindtree founder and former CEO Subroto Bagchi dropped a bombshell on Friday saying all the founders were offered huge amount of money for stepping aside. “KK, Rostow, Partha and I were offered huge bags of money to give Mindtree away. We have respectfully said “no” to their overtures,” Bagchi said, according to IANS.”Our polite refusal has been interpreted as foolish idealism of a bunch of lower middle-class folks. That, we are,” Bagchi added.I cannot stay miles away, ensconced in another world to live the nightmare that the builders have arrived with the excavators, bulldozers, chainsaws, cranes and the impeccably drawn up blueprint to raze MindtreeThe Mindtree top brass, Bagchi, Krishnakumar Natarajan, Rostow Ravanan and Parthasarathy N.S. are digging in their heels and fight off the predator. The firm they founded in 1999 has gone on to employ nearly 20,000 people globally. It has offices in 17 countries and an annual revenue of $847 million.Who are Mindtree founders?Bagchi holds 3.1 percent stake in Mindtree while Krishnakumar Natarajan, who took over as the executive chairman of Mindtree from Bagchi in 2016, holds about 3.72 percent. Executive vice-chairman and chief operating officer Pathasarathy, holds 1.43 percent shares of Mindtree. Rostow Ravanan, who is not part of the original founding group, is the chief executive officer and managing director. He holds 0.71 percent stake in the company. Another founder, Ashok Soota, who initially served as the chairman of Mindtree, sold his 11 percent stake to Coffee mogul Siddhartha.With Mindtree’s future in the balance, Bagchi wrote a emotionally charged letter to the employees. Bagchi sought to shore up the morale of the employees. He was also explicit in his condemnation of the L&T move, saying the bigger corporate company should be focusing on building institutions rather than taking over another.”Suddenly, Mindtree has become an “attractive asset” that they must have,” Bagchi said. He also said he was resigning from his position with the Odisha government in order to focus on the problems at Mindtree. “I cannot stay miles away, ensconced in another world to live the nightmare that the builders have arrived with the excavators, bulldozers, chainsaws, cranes and the impeccably drawn up blueprint to raze Mindtree,” he said. Mindtree is bracing to fight off a likely hostile take over bid by Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T).mindtree.com”KK, Rostow, Partha and I will be the first line of defence on behalf of all Mindtree. I will be meeting each one of you at every Mindtree location in the coming days to answer any question you may have. Meanwhile, stay the course. Remember, you hold the Tree”,” Bagchi said in the letter.He also asked the employees to stay focused on their work, asking them to keep their “eyes on the screen, fingers on the keyboard and our customers on your mind”. Mindtree founders are mulling various options to save the company from the takeover bid. The long-simmering fear of the Mindtree founders finally came true on Monday when L&T bought a 20.4 percent stake in Mindtree from Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha for about Rs 3,300 crore.last_img read more

Black Florida Teen Fights Back After SAT Cheating Accusation

first_imgBy the Associated PressMIAMI (AP) — An African-American teen in Florida is fighting back after being accused of cheating on the SAT.Kamilah Campbell improved her score by 330 points when she took it again in October. The 18-year-old says she spent hours studying so she could get into Florida State University. But a representative from the standardized test said her score is under review and that she likely had prior knowledge of the test.(Courtesy Image/Logo)Attorney Benjamin Crump is taking Campbell’s case pro bono. The Miami Herald reports he sent a letter to the score validation company demanding that her scores be released or it could constitute a civil rights violation.Campbell sent the board a photo of the book she studied with and letters from a teacher and study partner.A College Board spokesman said scores are only cancelled if there is substantial evidence beyond the test score.last_img read more

Overwatch Contenders Player Ellie Was a Fake Person

first_imgStay on target Lego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junke…Toy Tuesday: Best Overwatch Toys “Ellie,” a rising female gamer who recently joined an Overwatch Contenders team, was revealed as an imposter.Blizzard, the company that operates Overwatch Contenders, confirmed that “Ellie” was a fraudulent account operated by a male player, The Washington Post reported.Last month, Second Wind, an Overwatch Contenders team, welcomed  Ellie, who they thought was a good female player. When Ellie initially joined the team, many Overwatch Contenders players questioned her identity. Despite speculations over who she was, Second Wind defended Ellie and her gaming abilities.AdChoices广告There was one catch to Ellie’s arrival though: She requested to remain anonymous. Second Wind didn’t find her request unusual, and proceeded to prep her for interviews and streams. Less than two weeks later, Ellie announced that she left the team on Twitter. Ellie shared screenshots of threats from online bullies, however, she didn’t tell Second Wind why she decided to exit.Her random departure sparked more questions from the digital community, who thought the whole situation was strange. Ellie created new social media accounts and didn’t have much gaming history, which prompted players to believe that she wasn’t real from the start. All this behavior was dubbed weird, considering Ellie was ranked as one of the top North American Overwatch players.Even though the League conducts background checks on Contenders League players, Ellie was not checked by the League because she wasn’t added to Second Wind’s active roster. In a public statement, Second Wind issued a public apology for failing to check Ellie’s identity, and how they should’ve handled the situation better.“Due to the fact that we do not have any physical contact with our players, we wanted to verify their identity but also wanted to respect their privacy as well,” Second Wind said in the statement. “We genuinely had no idea of what was to come, and at the time we underestimated how important it would be to set an example as the first team to take on a female player for Contenders.”Following the Ellie hoax, Blizzard might step up their Overwatch Contenders policies, since fake identities continue to be an issue in esports. Blizzard did not confirm if it will take disciplinary action against Second Wind for the incident.More on Geek.com:Blizzard Launches ‘Overwatch’ Discipline Tracker for PlayersLego Overwatch Sets Leak on Target AppPlayers Discover a Weird Glitch in Overwatch’s Oasis Maplast_img read more

Apple acquires Pullstring to possibly help Apple improve Siri and other IoTenabled

first_imgApple is bracing its speed in the AI race after Google and Amazon, which is clear by its latest move of acquiring Pullstring, a San Francisco-based AI startup, Axios reports. Founded in 2011 by a group of ex Pixar executives, Pullstring specializes in helping companies build conversational voice apps such as Alexa and Google Assistant. Pullstring was originally used to power voice apps for toys, including Hello Barbie in 2015. According to a report by Axios, Pullstring might help Apple’s Siri in order to better compete with Alexa. It further broadened its service with IoT-enabled gadgets such as Amazon Echo and Google Assistant. The startup has raised around $44 million in venture capital, from firms like Greylock, CRV, True Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and First Round Capital. According to PitchBook, its most recent post-money valuation was just north of $160 million. The deal between Apple and Pullstring is said to be around $30 – $40 million, though it is still not clear how will Apple benefit out of the deal (monetarily). As Apple is still behind both Google and Amazon in terms of adoption of voice apps and being open to developers, this latest move might help the company to overcome this gap. Apple users are hoping that this news turns to be good for them. But only time will tell if it really turns out to be one. Read Next Apple announces the iOS 12.1.4 with a fix for its Group FaceTime video bug Apple and Google slammed by Human Rights groups for hosting Absher, a Saudi app that tracks women Apple reinstates Facebook and Google Developer Certificates, restores the ability to run internal iOS appslast_img read more

NATO announces next summit will be July 2016 in Warsaw

first_img Sponsored Stories BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO says its next summit will take place July 8-9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland as the alliance continues to reshape itself to meet new security challenges.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who made the announcement Friday, said the meeting “comes at a crucial time for the alliance, as the tectonic plates of Euro-Atlantic security have shifted” due to Russian actions and the rise of Islamic extremism in the Mideast and North Africa. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility President Obama and other NATO leaders last met in Wales in September. They agreed on a Readiness Action Plan to adapt the 28-nation alliance to the new security environment.The leaders agreed then to hold their next summit in Warsaw_a symbolic location, since it is the capital of a former Soviet satellite state that now belongs to NATO.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference after a meeting of the Council of Europe in Brussels on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Stoltenberg met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) Quick workouts for men 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

Initial Unemployment Claims Again Hit Four Year Low

first_img First time claims for unemployment insurance fell 6,000 to 357,000 by the end of March, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.dol.gov/ reported Thursday. [IMAGE]The previous week’s report were revised upward to show a jump by the end of March to 363,000 instead of the originally reported 357,000. Nonetheless ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô subject to revisions ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the new current week’s total represented a four year low.Economists had expected initial claims would increase to 355,000. Continuing claims, reported on a one-week lag, also fell, dropping 16,000 to 3,338,000 for the week ended March 24, the third straight week-week decline. The previous week’s report of 3,340,000 individuals receiving benefits was revised up to 3,354,000. That revision is significant because continuing claims reflect the other part of the employment picture and often reflects hiring trends. The revised data were for the week ended March 17, the “”reference”” [COLUMN_BREAK]week used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the monthly unemployment rate. That report is to be released Friday. With the revision, the report showed continuing claims down 63,000 from mid-February. February continuing claims were down 124,000 from mid-January.The Labor Department routinely revises data in this report. For each of the last three weeks, the initially reported tally of first time claims has represented a four year low.The four week moving average for initial claims improved to 361,750, down 4,250 from the previous week while the four week average for continuing claims declined 24,000 to 3,367,750.Initial claims ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô with some bumps ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ôremain on a steady downward and have fallen wee-week for six weeks in the first quarter suggesting the pace of layoffs has slowed. Continuing claims have also decline been falling steadily, dropping wee-week for eight of the 12 week reported for the first quarter. The number of people collecting benefits under all unemployment insurance programs, reported on a two-week lag, fell 107,760 to 7,050,709. That tally though includes data from non-seasonally adjusted reports making conclusions less certain. According to the latest BLS report, 7.24 million people were officially counted as unemployed.According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending March 24 were in Texas (+4,185), California (+2,199), Kansas (+1,555), Arkansas (+1,141), and Washington (+714), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-1,956), North Carolina (-1,656), New Jersey (-1,511), Massachusetts (-1,083), and Hawaii (-650). Initial Unemployment Claims Again Hit Four Year Low April 5, 2012 427 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Service Providers Unemployment 2012-04-05 Mark Liebermancenter_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

Drake performs during the Aubrey The Three Amig

first_img Drake performs during the “Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour” in Toronto, Tuesday August 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch TORONTO – Drake is set to appear at the Toronto International Film Festival to promote a drama about police violence.Organizers say the Toronto rapper will introduce the film “Monsters and Men” at TIFF Bell Lightbox on the festival’s opening night of Sept. 6.Drake, who is an executive producer on the film, will also join the cast for what the festival calls a “unique screening experience.”A statement says the film will have its Canadian premiere before “activating the building during the festival’s opening night party.”When asked what “activating the building” means, a representative said they couldn’t reveal any more details at this time.Reinaldo Marcus Green wrote and directed “Monsters and Men,” about the consequences a community faces when a black man is shot dead by police in Brooklyn.The film’s stars include Anthony Ramos, John David Washington, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.Drake addressed the recent spike in Toronto gun violence while performing in his hometown on Wednesday.“It’s a lot of violence going on in our city right now,” he told the crowd inside the Scotiabank Arena.“A lot of kids dying, a lot of families left without the people they love. And I just want you to look around and understand if you’re ever confused about how the world is supposed to work. It’s 18,000 people inside this building right now from all races, all places… I want you to know how proud of you I am because that’s something I learned from my city — how to co-exist.”TIFF says Drake has partnered with film distributor NEON on “Monsters and Men,” which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.The screening is one of four special events lined up for TIFF, which runs Sept. 6 to 16.The other events include an onstage live read of John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” with Jason Reitman.Reitman, who created the Live Read in 2011, will announce the cast for “The Breakfast Club” event in the coming weeks on his Instagram account.Meanwhile, director Dean DeBlois and producer Brad Lewis will give an exclusive sneak preview of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.”And director Damien Chazelle will introduce his film “First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling, in IMAX at Ontario Place Cinesphere.TIFF has also announced this year’s In Conversation With… lineup of onstage discussions with stars who are in films at the fest.They include “What They Had” star Hilary Swank, “Green Book” star Mahershala Ali, and Maggie Gyllenhaal of “The Kindergarten Teacher.” by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2018 7:00 am PDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Drake to introduce ‘Monsters and Men’ at Toronto International Film Festivallast_img read more

EAC boss says unable to bring down prices

first_imgBy Elias HazouPOLITICIANS on Thursday heave-hoed about rising electricity bills, only to be told that at the moment the state power corporation was unable to cut its rates.“The government must understand that, with Cyprus having exited the bailout programme, people cannot cope with its policy of extortionate taxes,” MP Zacharias Koulias, chair of the House watchdog committee, said.A day earlier, the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) announced that the average household should expect an almost 7 per cent hike on upcoming October bills, compared to the last invoice in August, attributing the increase to rising oil prices.It afforded lawmakers the opportunity to grandstand about rising costs and to put the spotlight on the EAC.But they got a reality check, with EAC head Andreas Marangos stating that the company has no wiggle room whatsoever to reduce its charges.The only way electricity could get cheaper, he stressed, was if the grid switched to natural gas for power generation. Currently, the island’s grid is powered almost entirely by expensive heavy fuel oil.MPs were also updated on the tender for the importation of natural gas, being handled by the Natural Gas Public Company (Defa).The tender involves the construction of a mooring for ships bringing in the liquefied natural gas.Some €85m has been budgeted for the pier.But as auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides pointed out, there already exists a privately-owned pier that could do the job. What’s more, the pier’s owner has offered to lease it to the EAC, which would save him maintenance costs.“It’s a win-win for everyone,” Michaelides said, although the energy ministry appears not to be considering this far cheaper option.Amid the hubbub over rising electricity prices, it emerged that the EAC itself botched a tender for the purchase of specialized software that is indispensable for the operation of an open electricity market.As a result, the tender will need to be scrapped and a new one launched, meaning yet more delays for the vaunted switch to the open market.The auditor-general revealed that the tender was formulated in such a way that it was arguably geared toward a specific bidder.The other bidders demanded that the tender be cancelled and repeated from scratch, but the state-run power company declined.Moreover, the single bidder who remained in the running was offering to provide the software for €15m, whereas initially the EAC had budgeted only €5m for the project.Christos Triaros, director of the Transmission System Operator (TSO), told lawmakers that, due to the complexity of the software in question, there are only three companies that can provide it.As things stand now, he added, either the competition must be repeated, or else another way would need to be found to get the companies interested again.It’s understood that, without the software, the transition to a new electricity market is not possible.The tender was handled by the EAC – a curious decision in retrospect, as it’s no secret the semi-governmental organisation is averse to opening up the electricity market to competitors.Under the envisioned open market, an ‘electricity exchange’ of sorts will be established, where suppliers’ bids for quantities of electricity will be updated every half an hour.The exchange will match supply and demand and fix the price for a contract.Essentially the EAC would act as a pool, or cache, of electricity.The electricity exchange platform would be operated by the TSO, which will gain the added capacity of acting as market operator in addition to monitoring security of the overall electricity supply.The system matching bids requires complex software, which needs to be customised to the particulars of the Cyprus electricity market.The TSO had been supposed to be ready for the switch to the open market by July 2019.Now, even under the best-case scenario this is not expected to happen until mid-2020.Currently, the TSO is effectively an arm of the Electricity Authority. But since it has been designated as a market monitor once the industry opens up – giving it access to electricity suppliers’ proprietary data – it needs to be rendered ‘independent’.Lawmakers heard that the government bill separating the TSO from the EAC is at long last in the process of being drafted.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more