San Francisco: If you are witnessing more sponsored ads in your Twitter timeline, you are not alone. Twitter is running a test that has increased the number of promoted tweets in users’ timelines. According to Buzzfeed News, the test, however, resulted in users complaining about “clickbait-style ads and at least one malicious campaign”. One promoted tweet linked to an article about overseas women looking for American men. Another offered to explain: “Why one in two Slavic women want to spend their lives with a Western man.” Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app One malicious campaign used false articles to promote casinos. Popular with advertisers, Promoted Tweets has in the past been exploited by Bitcoin scammers as well. Twitter later removed the malicious campaign. “We are always running experiments with our ad experience, including with the various aspects of ad frequency and targeting. We welcome feedback on how people feel about the ads they see via the down arrow on Tweets,” a Twitter statement read. Promoted Tweets are ordinary Tweets purchased by advertisers who want to reach a wider group of users or to spark engagement from their existing followers. According to Twitter, all Promoted Tweets are clearly labelled as Promoted when an advertiser is paying for their placement on the platform.
OTTAWA — Parliament’s spending watchdog is predicting years of deficits deeper than the government has laid out.The numbers are in a report the parliamentary budget office says should set the baseline for the campaign promises parties will dangle in front of voters this fall.The PBO estimates that federal books will be in the red by $20.7 billion this year and bottom out at a deficit of $23.3 billion the year after, before improving to a $12.5-billion deficit by 2022.The numbers are better than the PBO predicted in April but worse than the figures in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s pre-election budget that forecast deficits between $19.8 billion and $12.1 billion.The estimates and a new online costing tool are part of PBO efforts to prepare for its role as an independent auditor of each party’s spending plans in the upcoming election campaign.The watchdog office plans to post cost estimates of campaign promises as the parties announce them before and during the campaign.The Canadian Press
17 March 2011Thirty-three countries will participate next week in the Caribbean region’s first full-scale tsunami warning exercise as part of United Nations-backed efforts to test and strengthen the region’s defences against such disasters. Next Wednesday’s exercise, Caribe Wave 11, aims to test the early warning system for tsunamis and other coastal hazards set up in the region in 2005 by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) established under the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The exercise will be based on a fictional earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale and located off the coast of the United States Virgin Islands, UNESCO reported in a press release issued today.It should highlight the effectiveness of tsunami warning mechanisms, weather forecast offices, national coast guards and other relevant offices.Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said last week’s catastrophic quake and tsunami in Japan “have clearly shown the crucial importance of emergency arrangements. The development of a coordinated system in the Caribbean appears in this context to be more pertinent than ever.”Similar exercises have taken place previously in both the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. In the Caribbean, at least 75 tsunamis have been recorded in the past 500 years, with more than 3,500 deaths attributed to them.
The High Commissioner congratulated the Prime Minister on assumption of office. He also thanked the Government of Pakistan for facilitating Buddhists who travel to Pakistan for religious pilgrimage. He further said that the two sides should work together to revive the SAARC Forum as a vibrant platform for regional cooperation.The Prime Minister wished the High Commissioner a pleasant stay in Pakistan. (Colombo Gazette) The High Commissioner also expressed the gratitude of his Government for the prompt provision of fertilizer by Pakistan.The Prime Minister while conveying his warm regards for the Leadership of Sri Lanka stated that Pakistan and Sri Lanka maintain friendly cooperation in all areas which needs to be further strengthened. He also conveyed the request of the Sri Lankan Government for providing the ‘Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha’ which would be showcased during ‘Vesak Festival’ in Sri Lanka. Pakistan wants to work with Sri Lanka to revive the SAARC Forum, the Pakistan Prime Minister’s office said.The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Pakistan, Major General (Retired) L.K. Jayanath C. Perera, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday. This was the High Commissioner’s first call on the Prime Minister.
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“This is a blow to the international community’s efforts to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and a wholly unacceptable response to the ultimate sacrifice which Pero Simundza, Samson Aregahegn and Carlos Caceres made in humanitarian service,” the statement said. The convicted men were reportedly given sentences ranging from 10 to 20 months for the 6 September 2000 killings of three staff members from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Atambua, West Timor.While welcoming the determination of the concerned authorities to bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice, Mr. Annan said the ruling appeared “incommensurate” with what was known to have been deliberate and brutal killings. According to the statement, the Secretary-General remains concerned over the unresolved issue of the armed militias and the high number of East Timorese refugees remaining in camps in West Timor. He reiterates that it remains the responsibility of the Government of Indonesia to implement all measures called upon by the Security Council in September 2000, including disarmament of the militias and repatriation or reintegration of refugees.For its part, the United Nations refugee agency said it was “deeply disturbed” by the light degree of punishment given to the offenders. “The sentences make a mockery of the international community’s insistence that justice be done in this horrific case,” the organization said in a statement issued in Geneva. “Today’s sentencing flies in the face of world opinion and is an affront to the memory of those humanitarians who have given their lives in the service of others.”In other news, the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today reported that of the 67,000 houses rendered unliveable during the 1999 post-referendum violence in the territory, 47 per cent have been rehabilitated, according to a poverty study by the National Planning and Development Agency. The study also revealed that 98 per cent of East Timor’s 498 neighbourhoods reported that its households had benefited from food distribution since August 1999, and 63 per cent had received shelter kits.
by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 5, 2015 9:51 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Nova Scotia environmentalists are questioning why the federal environmental protection agency has approved an offshore drilling plan that allows up to 21 days to contain a subsea blowout, when the most recent U.S. regulation requires technology to be on hand to cap the blowout within 24 hours.A recent Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency decision on the Shell Canada Ltd. deepwater project for the Shelburne Basin exploration off southern Nova Scotia accepted a company spill containment plan that allows for capping in 12 to 21 days.It is signed by federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq.John Davis, a critic of the project, said in an interview that Shell should have to follow a recent decision by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement that requires it to have a vessel carrying a capping system available within a day in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska project.“Our regulators are basically saying ‘You don’t have to have a capping device on hand. That’s OK. You can store a capping device in Norway and you can take up to 21 days to cap a blowout if it occurs,’” he said.“That is not reasonable.”Mark Butler, the policy director of the Ecology Action Centre, said in an interview that both the regions have lucrative fisheries and diverse marine life.“Alaska has a valuable fishery and so do we. Why wouldn’t we have the same requirement for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia waters?” he asked.In the federal environmental assessment report of June 15, the agency states a blowout in the seven planned wells is unlikely and notes Shell’s containment plan allows for capping and containment in 12 to 21 days.A spokesman for Shell Canada said the company has other methods of containing a blowout asides from the large capping device that must be shipped to the site aboard a vessel.Cameron Yost said if there is a subsea blowout in the deepwater exploration wells, then the primary barrier is the drilling fluid which helps prevent fluids entering the wellbore. There are a number of other secondary capping methods, including the use of blowout preventors, wellhead casings and applying cement.Yost said Shell’s capping stacks are located strategically throughout the world in areas where there is a high concentration of offshore oil and gas activity, such as the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and Brazil.The capping stack identified for the Shelburne project is located in Stavanger, Norway, with the back-up stack located in Brazil.“The Norway capping stack was selected based on the shortest deployment time to the offshore project area and based on the fact that this site has the required vessels to transport the equipment and the trained staff available onsite on a 24-hour basis to provide rapid support for the deployment of the equipment,” he wrote in an email.Davis points to the major spill of the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico as an example of how unexpected events occur and the devastating consequences if the wells aren’t quickly sealed off.“The risk is too great not to have it (the capping system) available,” he said. “We don’t have anything for an offshore oil spill on the East Coast … Their only plan is to spray a toxic chemical and try to disperse the oil below the surface where it’s out of sight.”“These protections need to be in place.”He said there have been a number of failures with conventional blowout preventors, particularly in deepwater subsea situations. Time allowed for Shell to cap Nova Scotia subsea well blowout too long: critics
TORONTO – Fears over a British exit from the European Union continued to ease among investors Wednesday as stock markets and commodity prices advanced for a second straight day.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto soared 194.05 points to 14,036.74, and has now recovered close to 80 per cent of the 440 points it lost in the two-day rout that followed last Thursday’s referendum.The Canadian dollar was also higher for a second session, up 0.35 of a U.S. cent at 77.07 cents US. Despite the gains, the loonie is still down 1.23 US cents compared to its value prior to the so-called Brexit vote.Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investments, said he is surprised at how quickly the markets have turned around but he thinks it will be short-lived.“What we’ll see is a rebound but then we’ll see markets come back down again,” said Adatia, adding that the negative effects from Britain’s vote and the consequences that flow from it will take time to be fully felt.The implications can also mean more instability in the 19-country eurozone as other countries consider a similar move.“Brexit opens the door for other political parties in the eurozone to propose the same scenario,” he said. “It could cause more disruptions to the eurozone and hurt global confidence as well.”In New York, indexes were also higher, helped by positive news on consumer spending and a big acquisition by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM).The Dow Jones industrials gained 284.96 points to 17,694.68, while the broader S&P 500 added 34.68 points to 2,070.77. The Nasdaq composite rose 87.38 points to 4,779.25.The U.S. Commerce Department reported consumer spending increased 0.4 per cent in May on top of a 1.1 per cent surge in April. The data underscore that consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 per cent of U.S. economic activity, picked up in the spring after getting off to a slow start this year.In corporate news, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) agreed to buy U.S. bank holding company PrivateBancorp (Nasdaq:PVTB) for US$47 per share in cash and stock or about US$3.73 billion.Overseas, Britain’s benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 3.58 per cent, while Germany’s DAX rose 1.75 per cent and France’s CAC 40 gained 2.6 per cent.In commodities, oil prices continued to recover, with the August contract for benchmark North American crude adding $2.03 to US$49.88 a barrel.August natural gas shed three cents to US$2.86 per mmBtu, while August gold bullion rose $9 to US$1,326.90 a troy ounce and September copper rose a penny to US$2.19 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2016 9:29 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email North American stock markets, loonie continue resurgence after ‘Brexit’ vote
Waiting times for patients in need of hip and knee operations will grow as cash-strapped hospitals prioritise A&E and cancer services, the NHS has admitted.Health service leaders yesterday accepted that the Government target that nine out of 10 patients should wait no longer than 18 weeks for non-emergency operations would be widely missed until well into 2018, having not been met since February last year.Doctors’ leaders said the 18-week target has been “jettisoned in all but name”, however the NHS denied the policy was being formally dropped. 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. Announcing the NHS’s strategy over the next two years, Chief Executive Simon Stevens said an expected rise in waiting times for routine procedures, which also include cataract removal, hernia operations and laparoscopies was a “trade off” for improvement in other areas, such as hitting the four-hour A&E target, better cancer care mental health services.The Government attracted heavy criticism this winter when it emerged January was the worst month on record for A&E departments, with more patients than ever waiting longer than the politically significant four-hour target.Mr Stevens said yesterday said he aimed to “get the patient experience of A&E back on track” as soon as possible.”“We do expect, and we say here, that there is a tradeoff, we do expect that there will be some marginal lengthening of waiting lists,” he said, adding that waiting times for routine surgery still compared favourably to 20 years ago.“It’s a long-standing principal of medicine that you treat the patients with the most urgent need first.”That’s the principle that we’re applying here.”The two-year blueprint also revealed hundreds of thousands of patients would no longer be referred to a consultant by their GP. It’s a long-standing principal of medicine that you treat the patients with the most urgent need firstSimon Stevens, Chief Executive NHS England Family doctors will instead be encouraged to phone consultants to ask for advice, while other measures will be put in place to cut the number of people needing to be sent to hospital for care.As part of the new framework, funding for hospitals will now be dependent on the efforts staff make to persuade drink and drug users to seek treatment while they are on the premises.“There is going to be an incentive for hospitals to have a quiet word because the evidence shows that if you’ve had a heart attack or are in hospital for something, that’s actually the moment when people are willing to think about making changes to their lifestyle,” said Mr Stevens.The Royal College of Surgeons welcomed aspects of the new report, but criticised the position on non-urgent surgery.“We fully appreciate the pressure in the NHS and how in the current financial climate it is not possible to prioritise and fund everything,” said Miss Clare Marx, the college president.“Nevertheless, it will be difficult for the general public to understand how waiving the white flag on the 18-week target is compatible with a vision of an improved health service.”Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, which represents the hospital sector, said: “The plan reinforces a simple, stark, truth: that you get what you pay for.”Trusts will do all they can to transform and realise efficiencies as quickly as possible.”But if NHS funding increases fall way behind demand and cost increases, NHS services inevitably deteriorate. That is clearly now happening.”NHS England yesterday also announced ‘Nurse First’, a scheme to fast-track graduates into a career in nursing.The proposal, inspired by the successful Teach First initiative, aims to lure high-achieving individuals by the promise of paid-for training and accelerated promotion.Aspiring nurses must currently pass a three-year nursing degree, however under the new pilot those who already have a degree in another subject will undergo a shorter “top-up” course of no longer than two years.Once practising, they can expect to reach leadership positions within five to seven years.Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England, said the scheme would enable “highly skilled” existing graduates to become “very strong clinical leaders in the future”.She revealed yesterday that the first batch would be drafted into mental health nursing rolls, and those caring for patients with learning difficulties.NHS England plans to pilot the scheme later this year. Simon Stevens acknowledged there was a “tradeoff”Credit:PA
ISS : suivez en direct le décollage d’un nouvel équipage vers la station spatialeAujourd’hui, 19 décembre, un nouvel équipage décollera depuis le cosmodrome de Baïkonour pour rallier la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Il rejoindra ainsi les trois autres spationautes déjà à bord avec qui il fêtera Noël et le nouvel an. Un Américain, un Russe et un Canadien s’apprête à passer les fêtes de Noël loin de la terre ferme ! Et pour cause, ils vont bientôt quitter notre planète pour se rendre à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Leur décollage est prévu aujourd’hui même, mercredi 19 décembre à 12H12 GMT et se fera à bord d’une fusée Soyouz depuis le cosmodrome de Baïkonour au Kazakhstan. Cela fait ainsi plusieurs jours que Tom Marshburn, Chris Hadfield et Roman Romanenko complète les derniers préparatifs avant leur grand départ et tout semble aujourd’hui fin prêt.La fusée a été installée sur son pas de tir et n’attend plus que les trois spationautes. Une fois que celle-ci aura décollé, elle larguera le vaisseau de cette nouvelle expédition qui entamera alors son voyage vers l’ISS. Il faudra un peu plus de deux jours pour qu’il rejoigne la station, selon le programme qui prévoit un arrimage vendredi 21 décembre à 14H12 GMT. Lorsque cette opération sera complétée, les trois spationautes rejoindront l’équipage qui se trouve déjà à bord et auront droit à leur petite cérémonie de bienvenue. D’ailleurs, de leur côté, Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy et Evgeny Tarelkin ont procédé à quelques opérations de maintenance et de nettoyage en vue de l’arrivée de leurs nouveaux compagnons. Ils fêteront ainsi tous les six dès la semaine prochaine Noël et le Nouvel An, qui s’intercalera dans des plannings déjà bien chargés par les expériences et d’autres opérations. Des spationautes déjà expérimentés À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreÂgé de 52 ans, l’Américain Tom Marshburn n’en est pas à son premier vol. En 2009, il a déjà fait partie de la mission STS-127 qui avait pour but de rejoindre l’ISS. Néanmoins, celle-ci n’avait duré qu’une quinzaine de jours. Il s’agira donc du premier voyage de longue durée pour l’astronaute. Le Canadien Chris Hadfield âgé de 53 ans est lui, un peu plus expérimenté puisqu’il a réalisé au cours de sa carrière, deux vols à bord de navettes spatiales en 1995 et en 2001. Ce nouveau voyage va néanmoins faire de lui le premier Canadien à commander l’ISS. Enfin, pour le Russe Roman Romanenko âgé de 41 ans, il s’agira de son second séjour à bord de l’ISS après un premier voyage réalisé en 2009. Au total, les trois spationautes passeront un peu plus de cinq mois à bord de l’ISS : ils ne reviendront qu’en mai 2013.Pour suivre le décollage, rendez-vous à partir de 13H sur NASA TV Le 19 décembre 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
Related Items:cortez simmons, Margaret Ramsay Hale Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Mar 2015 – The court docket this week shows that it is expected that the Cortez Simmons murder trial will wrap up today; the trial which has spawned a series of other unique and unprecedented cases seeks to deliver justice in the killing of Keziah Burke in 2013. There are also two liquidation applications in the Supreme Court; one for Caribbean Security Services, the other for Johnston International. Guilty Verdict for Cortez, Burke’s Family says ‘Justice Finally’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Simmons appeal pushed to October VERDICT IN
Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday asked his escort vehicle personnel to help clear the traffic jam on a road connecting North Goa district to Panaji where his own convoy was briefly stuck. Sawant, who was on way to Panaji, left behind one of his two escort vehicles with an instruction to the personnel to leave the spot only after the road blockade was cleared. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us He was travelling from his residence at Sankhalim village in North Goa to the state capital when he got stuck in the traffic jam around 9.30 am, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said. The entire road was blocked due to an accident involving a huge truck-trolley near Old Goa, leaving several office-goers stranded. “The chief minister asked the personnel of his escort vehicle to help the traffic police clear the road blockade. He also left behind one of his vehicles with instructions to the personnel not to leave the place till normal vehicular movement was restored,” an official in the CMO said. The traffic congestion eased after almost half-an-hour following which the escort vehicle joined the chief minister’s entourage in Panaji.
The Muslim family who was brutally attacked by a mob on the day of Holi celebrations in Gurugram in Delhi has now threatened to commit mass suicide over the negligence of authorities. The family from Bhup Singh Nagar in Gurugram claims that there is a lot of political pressure in the case and the police and civil administration are favouring the goons over the incident. Muslim family attacked in Gurugram during 2019 Holi on March 21screengrabIn a video that had gone viral on the internet, it shows that the family was assaulted by an angry mob of nearly 40 people on March 21. The attackers had used iron rods and stick to beat the victims while telling them to “go back to Pakistan”. They have been living in the area from the past 15 years.The victims said that even though everyone knows that the attacks were pre-planned and the issue is in public domain, none of the authoritarians is taking stringent actions. They also claimed that the attackers and their family members are threatening them to withdraw the case.One of the victims, Mohammed Akhtar said, “The attackers keep coming to our house and abuse our women and girls. If district administration and police do not help us get justice, we will commit mass suicide”, reported IANS.He also alleged that the local police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) against two youths of our family to put pressure on us.The family has submitted a memorandum to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Sohna city asking for a quick trial over the case. The suicide threat has also been mentioned in the memo, in case justice is not served to them. The family has also threatened to migrate from Gurgaon to Delhi, adds the report.According to the FIR filed at Bhondsi police station, some relatives of Sajid (victim) had come to his house on Holi when the incident took place. His nephew was playing cricket in a nearby plot when two boys came there and asked them, “What are you doing here? Go to Pakistan and play.”When Sajid waylaid the boys, they slapped him and a few moments later the duo was joined by several others armed with weapons and this lead to the attack. The family alleged that the attackers not only assaulted them but also stole their valuables from home.According to the police, both the accused and victims were involved in the dispute. Gurgaon (South) DCP Himanshu Garg said that “We have arrested 13 persons so far and more arrests could be made. The allegation of favouritism is baseless.”(with agency inputs) IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:58Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Attacked Gurugram Muslim family threatens to commit mass suicide Close
Bhojpuri actress Ritu SinghInstagramBhojpuri actress Ritu Singh on Saturday (May 26) morning was held at gunpoint by a stalker who threatened her to marry him after he broke into her hotel room in Robertsganj city, Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh.According to media reports, the youth, who has now been identified as Pankaj Yadav, forcibly entered into Ritu’s hotel room with a pistol and took her as a hostage. The actress was staying with the crew members of her upcoming Bhojpuri film at the hotel.A local youth named Ashok reached the spot after hearing Ritu’s screams. He tried to rescue her but got shot in the waist after the accused opened fire in panic. Ashok was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital.After hearing the gunshot, the hotel staff and the film’s crew members rushed to Ritu’s room and called the police to bring the situation under control. SP Salmantaj Jafertaj Patil along with his police team reached the spot immediately.SP Patil entered into the room and tried to counsel him but he was adamant about marrying the actress. After the discussion, the accused put his gun down on the bed and the SP pulled the bedsheet to move the pistol away from him but it fell on the floor. The accused picked up the gun and fired a shot at the SP who ducked in time and the bullet just passed by his right ear.The gunshot brought his fellow policemen inside the room. They overpowered the accused and nabbed him. The incident lasted for an hour and a half from 11 AM to 12.30 PM.Ritu had also done a live video of the incident on social media but unfortunately she failed to save the video. Her fans have been urging those who have seen the live video and requesting them to come forward to help the actress in further investigation. The actress has also filed an FIR against the stalker.
Condé Nast is set to make quite a few changes in a bid to trim cost and this may even lead to some job cutsAndrew Burton/Getty ImagesThe year 2017 may be coming to an end soon, with a hopefully wonderful new year to look forward to. But it looks like 2017 is set to leave a bad taste in many workers’ mouth, thanks to rampant layoffs. After ESPN, Siemens, and GE, staff members of Condé Nast are likely to be shown the doors.The publisher is said to be planning to merge the fashion-market editors of its magazines Vanity Fair, Glamour, and W under a single department, which means the brand will cut quite a few jobs, the New York Post quoted its sources as saying. While it is not yet known which magazine will be worst hit, a few changes have already been made on each.In 2018, Vanity Fair will reportedly continue publishing 12 issues but Glamour will only have 10 issues. In addition, W will have just eight issues next year, even though it has been said that it will be heavier. W had recently said that it would come out with 10 issues, but that has now been changed.Meanwhile, some employees of the magazines have already been told about these changes. Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive reportedly told her staff about her so that they could prepare to look for another job, while Vanity Fair is likely to announce the shift once its new Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones takes over on December 11, 2017.Like other firms, Condé Nast too is trying to trim costs through these moves and it is not just these three magazines that are bearing the brunt. It was earlier reported that the publisher would no longer bring out the print edition of Teen Vogue and was also aiming to lay off about 80 staffers across the firm. However, it did say that it would plan special edition for the teen magazine that may come out as print issues.It announced that the company will explore “reimagined special issues timed to specific moments” in the future. “Teen Vogue has experienced tremendous audience growth across its digital, social and video platforms this past year,” Conde Nast said. “We are aggressively investing in the brand and all of its consumer touch-points, including events like the upcoming inaugural Teen Vogue Summit next month in Los Angeles,” Variety quoted Condé Nast as saying.Condé Nast is also trimming the budgets allotted to various divisions by about 20 percent, according to WWD. In addition, a few magazines will also see a reduction in the number of issues it brings out each year. While GQ, Glamour, Allure and Architectural Digest will now have 11 issues a year, Bon Appétit will have 10. Like W, Condé Nast Traveler will see eight issues.However, the magazines that will not be affected by these changes are Vogue and Wired that have 12 issues a year, weekly New Yorker and Brides, which has six issues each year.
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Update, 18th July 2018: The European Commission fined Google with €4.34 billion today for breaching EU’s antitrust rules. According to the European regulators, Google has put illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to maintain its dominant position in the internet search market. Google, now, needs to bring this conduct to an end within 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet ( Google’s parent company). For more coverage on this news, check out the official press release by EU. Google is expected to face a record penalty this month from the European regulators. This is over the concern that Google’s policies threaten its corporate rivals by having manufacturers provide consumers pre-installed Google’s apps on Android devices. The European Union had already charged the tech giant with a $2.72 billion antitrust fine last year for unfair promotion of its shopping services in its search result pages, thereby, breaking the antitrust laws. Many experts speculate that the penalty from Margrethe Vestager, European Union’s Competition chief, could range somewhere around $11 billion which is 10 percent of Alphabet’s (its parent company) annual turnover. Even if it doesn’t get fined for the full $11 billion, any amount over $2.7 billion is bound to set a new record for the company. This antitrust case has the power to cause some big changes to the world’s most widely used mobile operating system. It subsequently has the potential to cause a ripple effect on the overall mobile market altering existing business models. Here’s what you must know about the case before the decision gets made later this week. What are the charges made against Google? Back in April 2015, the E.U. commission had initiated an official investigation into Google and released a statement accusing the company of allegedly using Android to maintain its dominance in the online search market, thereby, hampering the competition. Here are few of the concerns raised: Limiting access to its Play Store unless the phone makers also include the Google search and other Chrome apps, a practice that breached E.U. antitrust rules. It reportedly blocked phone makers from creating devices that are based on the Android open source code but are not affiliated with the Google-owned property. It also provides financial incentives to manufacturers for pre-installing its Search services on devices. For instance, HTC and Samsung need to set Google Search as the default search app and include its Chrome browser within the devices. If not, they lose access to Android’s popular app store which will make it hard for the Android smartphone owners to easily download games or other apps. What has Google got to say? Google doesn’t deny the fact that Android has helped expand its advertising business. But, it has dodged the accusations made by E.U. by saying that its play store allows it to offer the entire package to phone makers which include the browser and other apps, for free. It argues that it provided a base to the phone makers to create low-cost and reliable Android devices. It also emphasized the fact that users are free to download other apps if they want. According to Kent Walker, senior VP at Google, an average Android user downloads more than 50 apps in addition to the ones pre-installed on his/her phone in Europe. It doesn’t take a lot of time to download or replace an app. So, is E.U. convinced with Google’s arguments? E.U. acknowledges some of the points made by the tech giant but is not convinced entirely. According to E.U., Google has set up a restrictive contract with the mobile set manufacturers which forces them to pre-install its apps within the devices. With the help of Android, it has managed to extend the reach of its super popular apps such as YouTube, Google Maps and its play store to millions of users. The E.U.’s concern is that when provided with pre-installed Google services, users would prefer to leverage the existing Google apps over other apps. This unfairly expands Google’s control over the mobile web market. According to comScore, a data provider, six of the top 10 smartphones apps downloaded in Europe’s markets which includes France, Germany, Britain, Spain, and Italy are Google apps. Also, the Chrome browser is used by roughly 65 percent of the smartphone users in Europe. What’s at stake for Google? The stakes are quite high for Google. Apart from the hefty fine, it might have to unbundle its apps from Android and the related contracts. Now, though these apps are widely loved by the Android smartphone users, removing the tech giant’s “required” apps from the future Android phones would greatly diminish its market share. It would also hit hard on its advertising sales which is worth billions of dollars. It will also hamper Google’s product quality because it collects the user data through these apps which helps it improve the product quality. All these efforts were a part of its strategy to beat the competition from Apple, Facebook and Amazon to remain at the core of the ever-expanding mobile web. But, if EU had their way, it is one decision away from a domino effect trampling Google’s mobile growth strategy. What next? E.U.’s decision would not mean the end of the world for the tech giant. It can still appeal, but, it’ll have to carefully alter its business practices and decisions. Otherwise, it risks additional penalties for each day as it fails to comply. As for now, we can only wait for the EU decision to watch Google’s next move. Read Next Google releases Android Things library for Google Cloud IoT Core Top 5 Google I/O 2018 conference Day 1 Highlights: Android P, Android Things, ARCore, ML kit and Lighthouse
Star Alliance to show a New SmileStar Alliance to show a New SmileStar Alliance today announced the plans for THAI Smile Airways to become the next Connecting Partner in its global network.The Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance, meeting on the sides of the 75th IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul, approved the application of THAI Smile Airways to become a part the Alliance’s Connecting Partner model.The Connecting Partner model was established by Star Alliance in June 2016 to complement its membership model.In contrast to full membership in the Alliance, requiring building of commercial ties with all full members, the more regional Connecting Partner scope calls for commercial relationships with a minimum of three carriers only.Customers travelling on an itinerary which includes a transfer between a Star Alliance member airline and a Connecting Partner will be offered standard Alliance benefits such as passenger and baggage through check-in. In addition, customers who have achieved Star Alliance Gold Status in their frequent flyer programme will enjoy premium customer benefits.Once all entry requirements are fulfilled, which is expected by the end of the year, THAI Smile Airways will become the second Connecting Partner, joining Juneyao Airlines that entered in 2017.Connecting Partners allow Star Alliance to close network gaps that may exist of a regional basis. THAI Smile Airways will add 11 new destinations to the Star Alliance network, which already comprises over 1,300 airports in 194 countries.Jeffrey Goh, Star Alliance CEO said: “Three years after the introduction of the new programme, I am pleased to announce that THAI Smile is set to become the next Star Alliance Connecting Partner, which will support us in further strengthening our position as the leading airline alliance network.The partnership with our first Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines, has exceeded our mutual expectations and we look forward to providing our customers with even more choice through the addition of the THAI Smile Airways offer”.Charita Leelayudth, Acting CEO, THAI Smile Airways said: “We are delighted that the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board has given the green light for THAI Smile to proceed with our proposal to become a Star Alliance Connecting Partner. This gives us the unique opportunity to contribute to and benefit from the strong Alliance network and at the same time pursue our own business model, providing superior air travel experience for the modern travellers at affordable prices.”The Bangkok based airline has begun to implement the necessary technology and commercial links which will allow THAI Smile to begin serving Star Alliance connecting passengers in 2020. As of then, the airline will be offering the privileges to qualifying Star Alliance Gold Status passengers travelling on connecting itineraries, including Priority Check-in, Thai Smile Lounge Access, and Priority Baggage Delivery. Source = Star Alliance
February 8, 2012 438 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies FHA Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Insurance Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-02-08 Ryan Schuette Lawmakers Clear Bill for Vote to Shore Up FHA’s Fund in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing A House subcommittee cleared a bill Tuesday that would shore up the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/fhahistory.cfm (FHA)’s ailing Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund by setting annual premiums for mortgage insurers and reworking the agency’s financial controls.[IMAGE]Lawmakers seated on the Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity subcommittee approved by voice vote the FHA Emergency Fiscal Solvency Act, fronting it for a full vote by the House.If approved by the lower chamber and reconciled with a Senate bill, the act would require minimum premiums from [COLUMN_BREAK]insurers every year, bar lenders in bad faith from participation in FHA loan guarantees, and mandate loss repayment by lenders guilty of defrauding the agency.””The FHA’s cash reserves are down to dangerous levels, and taxpayers cannot afford another Fannie- and Freddie-style bailout,”” Rep. “”Judy Biggert””:http://biggert.house.gov/ (R-Illinois) said in a statement. She called on the Obama administration to “”enforce stronger standards and create room for the private sector to replace taxpayers as the primary source of funding. The FHA is facing an urgent fiscal crisis, and this proposal gives HUD Secretary Donovan emergency tools to wind down the risk before it’s too late.””The FHA continues to alarm policymakers for failing to keep adequate capital on hand for more than 7 million loans with insurance-in-force.With only about $2.6 billion in capital to meet $1 trillion in insurance needs, analysts say the FHA could require a draw of anywhere from $50 billion to $100 billion from the Treasury, citing still-falling home prices and the potential for more loan defaults. Critics charge that a recent proposal by the Obama administration to allow homeowners with private-label mortgages to refinance their loans by way of the FHA would only deepen fiscal distress for the government agency.