Precautions Urged for Possible Localized Flooding Storm Surges

first_imgAs a strong weather system continues to bring wind gusts and heavy rainfall across most of the province, the Emergency Management Office (EMO) is reminding Nova Scotians to use extra caution to stay safe and be prepared for localized flooding and storm surges. As with any storm that produces wind gusts, power outages are also possible. Environment Canada is predicting the storm system will continue to move east across the province during the next 24 hours. As much as 100 millimetres of rain could fall in southwestern coastal areas, with winds gusting up to 90 km/h. Water levels along some coastal areas will be higher than normal with potential for storm surge. “I encourage people to be aware of the dangers presented by flooding and storm surges, especially in low-lying and coastal areas,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister for Emergency Management. “I urge them to take all appropriate steps to prepare and protect themselves.” The Emergency Management Office is monitoring the impact of the weather system, with assistance from partners, including Environment Canada and Nova Scotia Power. Nova Scotia Power has had crews out overnight and today and is working to restore any power outages. While there were no reports of significant flooding as of early Friday afternoon, EMO regional officers are working closely with municipalities. EMO advises residents who live in areas prone to flooding to take appropriate precautions such as moving furniture and personal property away from possible flood water, and securing property that might be swept away or damaged by high winds or floods. In the event of a flood: Listen to the radio. Local authorities will issue instructions for those living in the affected areas. Know how to turn off water, gas and electricity in case you are instructed to by local officials. If the main power box is not in a dry, safe area, do not try to turn off electricity. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 428-6004 or 1-877-428-6004 for instructions. Ensure storm drains and gutters are free of debris. Have drinking water on hand in case the regular supply is unavailable or becomes contaminated. In flooded areas, do not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and it has been deemed safe to use. Questions about safe drinking water can be directed to local environment offices at 1-877-936-8476 during regular business hours. For urgent environmental matters after hours call 1-800-565-1633. During storm surge, maintain a safe distance from the coast. Getting caught near the shoreline during a storm surge could be life-threatening. For more information on preparing for a flood, visit EMO’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .last_img read more

NS police chief elects trial by judge alone on sex charges involving

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, N.S. – A Nova Scotia police chief facing sex charges involving a 17-year-old girl has elected to have the case heard in Supreme Court by judge alone.John Collyer of the Bridgewater police force will appear in provincial court next April for a preliminary hearing and — if he’s committed to stand trial — he will enter a plea once the matter lands in Supreme Court.The case was briefly in Bridgewater provincial court Thursday.The town’s police commission suspended Collyer on May 4 for 60 days with pay, the same day it was announced he was facing charges.Pat Cappello, chairman of the commission, said Thursday that Collyer’s suspension with pay has been extended until more information becomes available.“I cannot comment on the amount of pay or any other matter that may be considered a personnel matter,” he said in an email.The 53-year-old had been placed on administrative leave last August after the province’s Serious Incident Response Team confirmed it was investigating the alleged sexual assault.The independent police watchdog laid one charge of sexual assault and two charges of sexual exploitation against Collyer over allegations dating between April 1 and July 31 of last year.The girl was 17 at the time of the alleged offences in the Bridgewater area on Nova Scotia’s south shore.Collyer, a 26-year veteran of the police force, had been chief for five years when the allegations surfaced.last_img read more

Colorado lawsuit could ripple through US cannabis industry

first_imgDENVER – A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the United States’ budding marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbour hurts their property’s value.The trial set to begin Monday in Denver is the first time a jury will consider a lawsuit using federal anti-racketeering law to target cannabis companies. But the marijuana industry has closely watched the case since 2015, when attorneys with a Washington, D.C.-based firm first filed their sweeping complaint on behalf of Hope and Michael Reilly.One of the couple’s lawyers, Brian Barnes, said they bought the southern Colorado land for its views of Pikes Peak and have since built a house on the rural property. They also hike and ride horses there.But they claim “pungent, foul odours” from a neighbouring indoor marijuana grow have hurt the property’s value and their ability to use and enjoy it.“That’s just not right,” Barnes said. “It’s not right to have people in violation of federal law injuring others.”An attorney for the business targeted by the suit plans to argue the couple’s property has not been damaged, relying in part on the county’s tax valuations of the Reillys’ land ticking up over time.Vulnerability to similar lawsuits is among the many risks facing marijuana businesses licensed by states but still violating federal law. Suits using the same strategy have been filed in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.Mirroring the Reilly complaint, several claim the smell of marijuana damages neighbouring owners’ ability to enjoy their land or harms their property value.The question now is whether jurors accept the argument.“They can claim a $1 million drop in property value, but if a jury does not agree and says $5,000, that’s not that big of a deal,” said Rob Mikos, a Vanderbilt University law professor who specializes in drug law. “That’s why there are a lot of eyes on the case.”Congress created the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — better known as RICO — to target the Mafia in the 1970s, allowing prosecutors to argue leaders of a criminal enterprise should pay a price along with lower-level defendants.But the anti-racketeering law also allows private parties to file lawsuits claiming their business or property has been damaged by a criminal enterprise. Those who prove it can be financially compensated for damages times three, plus attorneys’ expenses.Starting in 2015, opponents of the marijuana industry decided to use the strategy against companies producing or selling marijuana products, along with investors, insurers, state regulators and other players. Cannabis companies immediately saw the danger of high legal fees or court-ordered payouts.That concern only grew when a Denver-based federal appeals court ruled in 2017 that the Reillys could use anti-racketeering law to sue the licensed cannabis grower neighbouring their property. Insurance companies and other entities originally named in the Reillys’ suit have gradually been removed, some after reaching financial settlements out of court.The case focuses on property in Pueblo County, where local officials saw marijuana as an opportunity to boost an area left behind by the steel industry. Most Colorado counties ban outdoor grows, forcing pot cultivators to find expensive warehouse space.Pueblo officials positioned their sunny, flat plains as the alternative. They created financial incentives in hopes of drawing growers to outdoor fields or cavernous buildings left vacant by other industries.Parker Walton was among the early comers, buying 40 acres in the rural town of Rye in 2014.Barnes said the Reillys made three separate land purchases between 2011 and 2014, gradually reaching more than 100 acres. They learned about plans for the marijuana business bordering their final purchase four months after completing the sale, he said.Walton put up a 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter) building to grow and harvest marijuana plants indoors. The Reillys filed their lawsuit in early 2015. A year later, Walton announced the company’s first harvest via Instagram, snapping a photo of a strain dubbed “Purple Trainwreck” hanging to cure in a dim room.Fewer than five people including Walton work for the company, which sells its products to retail stores, his attorney, Matthew Buck said.Buck said he’s confident jurors will decide the Reillys’ property has not been harmed. Buck warned, though, that defending against a similar lawsuit comes at a high cost for marijuana businesses while plaintiffs with support from a large law firm have little to lose.Cooper & Kirk, the firm handling the couple’s suit, has a conservative reputation, including a founding partner who worked for the U.S. Justice Department during the Reagan administration. Barnes said members of the firm were “troubled” as states began legalizing the adult use of marijuana because of the inherent conflict with federal law, and they brainstormed legal strategies.Walton created a website this month to raise money for his defence. He wrote that a loss could jeopardize “all legal cannabis operations in all states.”But some lawyers who have defended companies in similar lawsuits said those fears are overhyped.Adam Wolf, a California attorney, said he believes the suits are primarily intended to scare third-party companies into cutting ties with marijuana firms or persuading cannabis companies to shut down. But long-term, Wolf said the U.S. Supreme Court has curtailed lawsuits making civil racketeering claims against other industries.Courts could apply the same logic to cannabis, he argued.“What the plaintiffs seemed to be saying is anybody who touched, in any matter, any marijuana business is potentially liable,” Wolf said. “And that is a soundly rejected argument by the courts.”Barnes, though, said the number of racketeering lawsuits awaiting action suggests attorneys with no ties to his firm believe in the strategy.___Kathleen Foody is a member of AP’s marijuana beat team. Follow her at twitter.com/katiefoodyFind complete AP marijuana coverage here:apnews.com/tag/LegalMarijuanalast_img read more

American Jewish Delegation Visits Morocco Supports Its Territorial Integrity

Rabat – A delegation from the American Jewish Committee (AJC), a leading global Jewish advocacy organization, hailed Morocco’s economic and political progress and its security partnership with the United States of America.In a meeting with Chief of Government Abdelilah Benkirane and other senior Moroccan officials, the 12-member delegation conveyed messages of support for the efforts of King Mohammed VI in combating extremism and advance regional peace and prosperity.“In an era of turmoil across the Arab world, Morocco, an exemplar and defender of moderation, plays an increasingly vital role?,” said Jason Isaacson, AJC Associate Executive Director for Policy. The American Jewish Committee reaffirmed its support for Morocco’s territorial integrity of the historic kingdom, including its sovereignty with local autonomy in the Western Sahara region.AJC expressed support for Morocco’s security and its strategic cooperation with the United States and participation in the anti-ISIS coalition.The delegation also expressed solidarity with the two-millennia-old Moroccan Jewish community, and met with its leaders and visited Jewish sites in five Moroccan cities?.AJC maintains a formal association agreement with the ?Communauté Juive Marocaine, headed by Ambassador Serge Berdugo.The American Jewish Committee was established in 1906 to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and to advance human rights and democratic values for all. read more

Gold smuggling attempt in India foiled Lankan arrested

He claimed that his friend had asked him to handover the suitcase to a contact outside the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) for a commission of Indian Rs. 10,000. Indian customs officials have arrested a 24-year-old Sri Lankan national and recovered three gold wires weighing 511 grams concealed in the lining of his suitcase.Inshaf Mohammed confessed that he was a trader of ready-made garments, who used to come to Bengaluru to pick up goods and sell it in Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported. read more

Ferron City Planning Commission Adds Cats to Citys Animal Ordinance

By Julie JohansenThe Ferron City Planning Commission met on Tuesday evening to discuss adding cats to the city’s animal ordinance.During the meeting, it was decided to add the word “cats” to the ordinance every place there was the word “dogs.” So, now the ordinance will read dogs and cats, making the same regulations for cat owners as for dog owners.The ordinance will be presented to the Ferron City Council at its next meeting for possible approval and adoption.

Richard Sherman Cites Race in DeSean Jacksons Release by

For Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman wrote about how race played a role in DeSean Jackson’s release by the Philadelphia Eagles and his relationship with his childhood friend. The Eagles cut the Pro Bowl receiver amid rumors he had connections with an L.A. gang. Jackson vehemently denied the allegations and eventually signed a three-year, $24-million contract with with the Washington Redskins.I’m not going to tell you that DeSean Jackson isn’t in a gang, because I can’t say unequivocally that he isn’t. I can’t tell you whether his friends have done the things police have accused them of doing, because I wasn’t there. I can’t tell you what DeSean does with his time, because we play football on opposite ends of the country. I can only tell you that I believe him to be a good person, and if you think, say or write otherwise without knowing the man, you’re in the wrong.And if it’s true the Eagles terminated his contract in part because they grew afraid of his alleged “gang ties,” then they did something worse. [Editor’s note: Jackson has agreed to terms with the Redskins.]I look at those words—gang ties—and I think about all the players I’ve met in the NFL and all of us who come from inner-city neighborhoods like mine in Los Angeles, and I wonder how many of us could honestly say we’re not friends with guys doing the wrong things.I can’t.I grew up in Watts, and I played baseball with DeSean in elementary school on a team coached by his father near Inglewood. His father, Bill, picked me up from elementary school 30 minutes away from his home for practice and games because my parents both worked and didn’t finish until later, and I wanted to play baseball with some childhood friends. Bill was a great coach, and a great man. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2009, the summer after his son’s rookie season. DeSean and I didn’t hang out then like we did as kids.Those men with DeSean in the social pictures and the police reports weren’t his closest friends in childhood, but when his father died and few people were there for him, they were there. When a tragic event like that happens, the people who are around are the people who are around, and they were there for him.Was DeSean supposed to then say, “Thanks guys, but now that I’m a millionaire, please leave me alone”? Even if he wanted to, he wouldn’t have. In desperate times for people who come from desperate communities, your friends become your family. I wouldn’t expect DeSean to “distance himself” from anybody, as so many people suggest pro athletes ought to do despite having no understanding of what that means. Going to college and playing in the NFL creates a natural distance, but we can’t push people away just because they’re not as successful as us. I can’t change who I grew up with, but what I can do is try to educate them on the right way of doing things, help them when they need it, and try to keep them out of trouble.There is, of course, a tipping point. There have been times when I realized that someone can’t be helped, because they continue doing the wrong things. Typically, the only time I cut someone off is when they’re in jail, because I can’t help them there.And if they’re accused of a crime, as DeSean’s friends have been, should that reflect poorly on me? Consider that for every several guys I try to help who end up dead or in jail, there’s another person I was able to rescue from a similar end. Should I give up on everybody out of fear of being dirtied by the media?Sorry, but I was born in this dirt.NFL teams understand that. The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not.This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, “I will fight every n—– here.” He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has “ties” to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field. Riley instead got a few days off from training camp and a nice contract in the offseason, too.Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest. Nobody suggested the Colts owner had “ties” to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.But DeSean Jackson is the menace, right? He’s just as bad as those guys he parties with because he threw up a Crip sign in a picture and he owns a gangsta rap record label. If only all record-label owners were held to this standard, somebody might realize that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg weren’t the bosses behind NWA. Jim Irsay lookalikes in suits were.But go ahead and judge DeSean for the company he keeps. While you’re at it, judge me, too, because I still live in Los Angeles, and my family does, too. We didn’t run from where we grew up. We aren’t afraid to be associated with the people who came up with us. We brought some of our money back and started charities and tried to help out a few guys who were with us when we were nobodies.I won’t apologize for that, and I suspect neither will DeSean when he’s back on the field doing what he’s always done: grinding through adversity. read more

Skype for Xbox is coming

first_imgYou’ve got an Xbox 360. You’ve got a Kinect sensor. The chances you are also connected to the Internet are also pretty high. Does it come as a surprise, then, to hear that Microsoft is busy seeking out developers who can integrate Skype into their do-it-all living room console?The same job board that recently revealed a bevy of positions related to building a web-based version of Skype also indicate that Microsoft is gearing up for a console remix. This particular posting is for Skype’s London office, where the successful applicant will put his or her XDK, XNA, C++, C#, and .Net programming skills to good use. Experience with Metro development is also considered a plus — not surprising, since the dashboard has already been given a Metro-style overhaul and many suspect that the next iteration of the Xbox (like Windows Phone 8) might run the NT kernel.Skype is already available on all kinds of devices, from desktops and laptops to smartphones, smart TVs, and connected Blu-ray players. The Xbox 360 definitely has the muscle to run a Skype app, but Microsoft hasn’t gotten specific about whether their development plans are aimed at the current-gen console or if they’re holding out for the next hardware iteration.Skype has had living room domination in their sights for quite some time, however, and the Xbox 360 would give the service instant access to hundreds of millions of new and existing users. That kind of presence would go a long way to boosting their already-impressive revenues from subscriptions and pay-as-you-go calling users.More at enConnectedlast_img read more

WWE to broadcast RAW live on Christmas night and New Year’s night

first_img 3 COMMENTS Google+ September 5, 2017 at 12:31 am Now Playing Up Next Rob Giles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Nick Noel Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte September 5, 2017 at 3:55 am Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter September 4, 2017 at 8:06 pm Kurt Angle Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE announced on Monday that they would be broadcasting RAW live for the first time ever on both Christmas and New Year’s night in December and January.In the past, WWE had run “best of” episodes when the show fell on major holidays. December 25 and January 1 both fall on a Monday this year and next.WWE added the following.“This marks the first time that WWE will present Monday night’s hottest show live on the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. These unprecedented broadcasts aim to best serve you, the WWE Universe, during the holiday season.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Facebook They will either pre-record it or just show best of RAW moments because i doubt they will make wrestlers work on christmas. This will be changed time Christmas comes around plus it’s unfair to the RAW roster Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Terrible idea WWE needs to put out less content not more and the poor wrestler have to work days everyone else gets off. Videos Articles BornFreeOrDie Yeah, kinda feel bad for the wrestlers. They’re on the road enough as it is throughout the year. Now they can’t even spend the holidays with their families anymore. Cesaro Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Comments are closed.last_img read more

Natl Aids program to launch pilot to reduce stigma

first_img ‘Positives’ for HIV/Aids down in Turks and Caicos; Testing today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – A pilot program is being launched which the National Aids Program believes will not only be more cost effective, but eliminate any stigma surrounding medical treatment of HIV infected residents.A three day workshop is underway this week to ready the medical staff of government clinics and private practitioners who will begin treating HIV at the primary health care stage. Leading the sessions is guest presenter from the Bahamas, Dr. Phillipa Pratt, Registrar of Infectious diseases. “The thing about HIV now, is we’re thinking about it like a chronic disease – like hypertension or diabetes – so the message is that you can live well with HIV, you can live with HIV, you could graduate, take care of your children and everything so it is important that people actually know their status and know it early, so that you can get the treatments that they need in a comfortable environment, not thinking that you’re gonna go one clinic and people are gonna know that you’re there for HIV, but you can go there with anybody else who is coming for regular cholesterol check-ups, pregnancy tests or STI screening.”Coordinator of the TCI program, Aldora Robinson said this strategy is a trending move now within the region, as HIV is treated as a chronic illness with no set day or time for those infected to get care.Six medical centers will participate in this six month trial run of the maneuver.The workshop, which is being held at the Environmental Center was opened by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Tamera Robinson. EU money available for TCI smaller business owners; workshops planned to train on accessing it Local farmer helps North Caicos celebrate World Aids Day Recommended for you Related Items:Dr. phillipa pratt, Hiv, national aids program, tamera robinson, workshoplast_img read more

The Governor General Attends Reception Celebrating 2018 Chinese Spring Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 14, 2018 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling attended a Reception celebrating the 2018 Chinese Spring Festival at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday evening, February 8, 2018 hosted by  Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Mr. Huang Qinguo and his wife, Madame Zheng Chuncao.Also in attendance were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel, and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield.  Photos show officials and reception guests.(BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham) Related Items:last_img read more

It wouldve been really nice to face Messi – Alvarez

first_imgAhead of Friday’s friendly match between Mexico and Argentina, El Tri defender Edson Alvarez regrets that Argentina star, Lionel Messi won’t feature in the match.Argentina would usually be the top dog against Mexico but for the friendly match on Friday, where Messi will be absent, Mexican defender feels it’s time for Mexican football shine.“It would’ve been really nice to face Messi,” said Alvarez in a press conference Wednesday, before training in Cordoba, according to ESPN.“But his health comes first. Personally, it would’ve great to play against him.”Speaking in comparison of Mexican’s victory against Germany in the 2018 World Cup and their upcoming match against Argentina, Alvarez continued:“We’ve shown that in adversity when we are the underdogs we step up,”“I like these challenges … what better way to show our quality than now, against a great team in front of their fans? We all want to play the game already.”“The quality and potential is there,”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).He also encouraged any new coach coming to focus on improving the mentality of the team and gave a little hint about his future.“We’ve missed out more because of mentality. We block ourselves. We showed the world against Germany that we were better than them. Mexican football can move forward.”“Playing in Europe is every player’s dream, at least it is mine,” said Alvarez when asked by ESPN.“There is interest from certain teams and that is the only thing I can say.”On the other hand, the Argentine federation (AFA) president Claudio Tapia believes Messi will soon be back for the national team.“Having the best player in the world gives you a better possibility of doing well and we all want that,” said Tapia on Monday in a news conference.“Now is the time to stop stewing over what happened in the World Cup and I have no doubt that [Messi] will continue [with Argentina]. I haven’t spoken with him because it isn’t time yet but I know his feelings for the shirt.”last_img read more

Spectre Bond to be a money spinner for brand sponsors too

first_img James Bond is back, and companies such as Belvedere vodka, Gillette and Heineken have paid undisclosed sums for product tie-ins with Spectre in sponsorship deals that one marketing specialist says are cinemas version of the Olympics.A day after the world premiere of Bonds 24th outing on the silver screens, brands and businesses associated with 007s adventures are already celebrating their shrewd move. Jacques de Cock, a marketing consultant and lecturer at the London School of Marketing, said the MI6 agents business appeal was clear.Bond himself is a bad boy with style with tech savvy and has morals, so anyone can see parts of what they want. The techno nerds like it, the women like it, the bad boys like it, the older generations like it. So it has a bit of everything, he said.De Cock credits Barbara Broccoli – franchise producer and daughter of James Bond movie legend Albert Cubby Broccoli – with Bonds lucrative contracts.Barbara Broccoli apparently has been working on branding Bond now for the last 30 years and is very careful to curate the right types of brand, he said.They want a brand that actually enhances the Bond brand as well, and actually this mythology helps both, because Bond is now more exclusive and so brands have to work harder to be part of Bond, so they get more money out of it, he added.De Cock said the half-century-old Bond franchise is cinemas marketing equivalent of the Olympics. He estimates Bond movies have earned some £11bn ($16.90bn) – in 2015 figures – at the box office, and another £2.6 to 3.2bn from marketing since Dr No in 1962. Although figures are not divulged, de Cock said the marketing and promotional activities associated with a modern Bond movie could run between £150m to £200m, or roughly the cost of making it.I looked at Star Wars, I looked at Harry Potter – they actually make more per movie, but therere only seven or eight movies long in terms of franchises. Its the longevity and depth in terms of franchises that makes Bond unique, he said.Being a sponsor allows companies to show Bond-themed adverts, as both Gillette and Heineken are doing, or to mount lavish drinks parties – featuring Belvedere Martinis, as the spirits company did on Tuesday (27 October) night to celebrate the films British premiere on Monday (26 October). Its the vodka brands biggest-ever promotional sponsorship, and something Belvedere President Charles Gibb said was necessary in 2015.Today marketing is very, very different to what it used to be many years ago, and being talked about in popular culture is so key, and of course this is just a cultural moment, the release of a Bond movie is a cultural moment, the release of Spectre is a passion point for so many people in so many countries, so to be talked about at that time is just tremendous for a brand like Belvedere, he said.Heinekens premium brands director in the UK, David Lette, agrees that Bonds appeal is exclusive – the brewer reportedly paid £18.3m for its sponsorship, or around a third of Spectres entire production budget.They signify similar kinds of things as well. In terms of being witty, being resourceful, being confident and being really aspirational, so I think theres a fantastic tie-in with Heineken and James Bond. The Heineken brand exists in 170 markets and were activating the Spectre movie in 85 of them, so a real global reach, which I think is beneficial to the Bond franchise, and obviously thats great for Heineken as well.One brand that can attest to longevity with Bond is Aston Martin. The carmakers Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said that while association with Bond was part of the companys heritage, being synonymous with a popular cultural icon brought with it opportunities to be more forward-looking for consumers.Because Aston Martin is very much a trend-setter, its important to stay ahead of that curve, its important to understand it, and trend or culture or the nature of buying something is about desire. So for us its about creating desire through association, through technology, through great looks, he explains.For some brands like Gillette, the Bond sponsorship is new with this film, but for such brands it is a chance to move away from other more familiar promotions like sports. But not everyone who benefits pays to be seen in, or associated with, Bond. The green dress and hexagonal earrings that Lea Seydoux wears to an intimate dinner with Bond on a luxury train, have been plastered on billboards and buses across London – without anyone paying for sponsorship.British-based label Ghost produced the £225 slinky Salma dress that the French actress Seydoux wears to a late night dinner which takes a familiar Bond-shaped turn. The dress, and the pair of DiamonDust earrings Seydoux wears – produced by the London-based jewellery firm David Deyong – were simply bought from shops by costume designers for the film, both firms said. Closelast_img read more

Meghan Markle celebrate her first Mothers Day by sharing cute picture of

first_imgMoreover, Meghan Markle paid tribute to Archie’s grandmother, Princess Diana in her Instagram post. In her Instagram caption, The Duchess of Sussex wrote the following:”Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you,” Meghan wrote. “Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex. Quote from ‘lands’: my mother was my first country; the first place I ever lived.”Following the birth of Archie, the 34-year-old Prince Harry told the media that they both are absolutely thrilled and grateful for all the love and support they have received from everybody out there. Even Meghan shared Harry’s sentiment and after introducing Archie to the world, she gushed “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing, I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThis is Meghan Markle’s first Mother’s Day and she celebrated the event by sharing some never been seen before pictures of her son, Archie.In the UK the Mother’s Day already took place on March 22 — almost two months before Meghan Markle gave birth to Archie — but she welcomed her first child just in time to celebrate the big day in the United States of America. On such a special occasion, the 37-year-old Meghan and Prince Harry shared a sweet picture of their son Archie on Instagram.In the latest upload, we can see Archie’s adorable feet which are being pampered by his proud mother. The image was taken at their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor. Check out the cute picture below: As per the latest report, Meghan Markle is going to spend the day at home with her husband, her mother Doria Ragland, and their cute little kid, Archie. While talking about Meghan’s mother, a source close to the situation stated that Harry gets on well with her and “new mom wants her own mom around at this time, so it’s great.”last_img read more

TCS added more employees than Wipro and Infosys put together in FY16

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest software services exporter, added more employees during the recently-concluded financial year than Infosys and Wipro put together. Mumbai-based TCS added 34,187 employees on a net basis when compared to 32,552 by rivals Infosys (17,857) and Wipro (14,695).The companies disclosed their employee addition and attrition rates along with their financial results.”TCS completed its highest ever hiring of over 90,000 new employees globally during the year. We are also delighted that our employee retention continues to increase as we continue to invest in building digital skills of TCSers to help them participate extensively in the new digital economy,” said Ajoy Mukherjee, executive vice president and global head of Human Resources at TCS, said in a statement while declaring results on Monday.The company’s workforce comprised of employees drawn from 129 countries. Also, 33.8 percent of its employees were women professionals as on March 31, 2016. All the three companies declared their fourth quarter and full-year results in the past couple of days, the last being Azim Premji-controlled Wipro that announced its results on Wednesday.Also Read: Wipro Q4 net profit falls 1.6%The net addition during the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016 was 9,152, more than double the numbers recruited by Infosys (661) and Wipro (2,248) on a net basis.  The combined headcount of the three software services exporters was 7,20,799 as on March 31, 2016, up 66,739, or 10.20 percent, from 6,54,060 at the end of the previous financial year.Also Read: Wipro announces decision to buy back 40 million sharesAttritionIn Q4, attrition 14.9 percent in Wipro, 17.3 percent in Infosys and 14.7 percent in TCS.Also Read: TCS Q4 net profit rises 64.4%, revenues up 17.5%Share pricesOn the first day of trading after the declaration of results of all the three companies, their stocks witnessed a sharp divergence.On Thursday, at around 3.15 p.m. on the BSE, Infosys was down 1.38 percent to Rs. 1,226.15, TCS was trading 1.14 percent lower at Rs. 2,424 and Wipro had plunged 7.12 percent to Rs. 558.55. All the three are Sensex stocks.Also Read: Infosys ADRs rise 8% on Nasdaq, employees get 6-12% salary hikelast_img read more

Balti Gurls Screen Brown Girl

first_imgJoin the Balti Gurls for a screening of the highly anticipated web series “Brown Girl,” written by Fatimah Asghar and produced and directed by Sam Bailey. “Brown Girls” tells the story of two women of color whose friendship gets them through the messiness of their mid- twenties. The screening is on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21218. Admission is free.last_img

Google AutoDraw Turns Scribbles Into Art

first_imgIs every man really an artist? Of course not. But anyone can pretend to be with Google’s latest AI Experiment AutoDraw.The Web-based tool pairs machine learning with artist-created designs to help you better express yourself.Just visit autodraw.com on your computer, smartphone, or tablet to start scribbling.Try sketching your best rendition of a cat, pizza, houseboat, or rabbit’s foot keychain, and Google will fill in the blanks. It’s like an arts-and-crafts version of autocorrect.The suggestion tool uses the same technology as Google’s Quick, Draw!, another of the company’s growing number of AI experiments intended to prove artificial intelligence can be applied to human pursuits.AutoDraw can currently guess “hundreds” of drawings, according to the product page; more images will be added over time. Users can look for a gold star next to drawings in the suggestion bar to find community submissions from creators like Erin Butner, Julia Melograna, Simone Noronha, Hawraf, Pei Liew, and Tori Hinn.Use the integrated toolbar to add text, fill in, create shapes, change colors, and undo mistakes; when in “select” mode, drag and drop an illustration to resize, turn, or invert it.“So the next time you want to make a birthday card, party invite or just doodle on your phone, it’ll be as easy and fast as everything else on the Web,” Dan Motzenbecker, creative technologist at Google Creative Lab, wrote in a blog announcement.A side menu, meanwhile, lets you download and share your creation, or scrap it and start over. And there is an option to free draw, so you can really show off your skills—or just play tic-tac-toe with a friend.With AutoDraw, there is nothing to download or buy, and it works anywhere you have a Web browser and network connection. So get creative in the dentist’s waiting room, at the in-laws’ house, or on the daily train commute. And don’t be shy about proposing objects for Google to add to its new program.last_img read more

Maxwells demons may drive some biological systems

first_imgConventionally, the switching mechanism was thought to operate in equilibrium, where the switch changes between clockwise and counterclockwise motor rotations in a balanced way. An earlier experiment showed that the time interval a flagllear motor spends in a given state (either clockwise or counterclockwise) follows a peaked distribution. Based on Tu’s work, this peaked interval time distribution indicates that the switch operates out of equilibrium. In order to achieve this fast and accurate switching, the switch must be extremely sensitive to the CheY-P concentration. In the non-equilibrium model, Tu shows that this high sensitivity can be explained by the presence of two Maxwell’s demons, which act as the switch’s sensors for the CheY-P. “The easiest way to explain the work of these two Maxwell’s demons is that they are two coincidence counters,” he said. “Each switch can have up to 34 CheY-P regulators bind to it. One of the demons will count the number of bound CheY-P, and if the number is greater than some threshold, say 22, it will switch the motor from CCW to CW; another demon works the opposite way with a low threshold, say 12. If the number of CheY-P bound is less than 12, this demon will switch the motor from CW to CCW.”These “demons” consume energy to do their work, in accordance with the second law of thermodynamics. The more energy the demons use, the more sensitive the switch is. Tu determined the exact amount of energy used per switch cycle, and discovered that it is roughly equal to the work done by one or two protons moving through the membrane near the flagellar motor. Based on this finding, he predicts that the switch may be powered by protons passing through the membrane. This possibility would agree with earlier observations that the average switching frequency depends on the proton flux.As Tu explains, viewing the flagellar motor switch in the framework of a non-equilibrium model could help scientists understand the switching mechanism as an integrated part of the motor system. In biology, many systems operate out of equilibrium, and Tu’s model could help scientists detect interesting non-equilibrium effects. Besides the flagellar motor, he predicts that a similar non-equilibrium mechanism, driven by Maxwell’s demons, could be responsible for a variety of other cellular processes.More information: Tu, Yuhai. “The nonequilibrium mechanism for ultrasensitivity in a biological switch: Sensing by Maxwell’s demons.” PNAS, August 19, 2008, vol. 105, no. 33, 11737-11741.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — According to the second law of thermodynamics, entropy always increases. For example, two bodies of different temperatures, when brought into contact, will eventually mix together to result in a uniform temperature. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. But, as the physicist James Clerk Maxwell famously suggested in 1871, what would happen if a theoretical demon could stand at a doorway between the two bodies, and only allow high-temperature particles to pass through one way, and only low-temperature particles to pass through the other? The tiny doorman would prevent the two temperatures from mixing, and theoretically prevent entropy. Of course, the demon would use energy to do this job, thus creating entropy itself, and so the second law would not be violated.While Maxwell’s demon was originally considered a thought experiment, similar mechanisms have been discovered for various applications. One example is a Ranque-Hilsch vortex tube, which is a pneumatic device that separates hot and cold air by spinning hot and cold molecules in different directions.Now, a recent study shows that a similar mechanism may drive a motor switch in the bacteria Escherichia coli, and may be responsible for many other signaling systems in biology. Researcher Yuhai Tu at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, explains how E. coli’s Maxwell’s demons work in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“There are two related contributions made in this paper,” Tu told PhysOrg.com. “First, a general non-equilibrium mechanism for making a highly sensitive switch (i.e., how Maxwell’s demons can be used to increase sensitivity). Second, a general result on dwell-time statistics (how long a system should stay in a given state before it switches to other states). This result can be used as a diagnostic tool to detect the existence of these demons (or non-equilibrium effects) in an unknown system.”The bacterium contains flagellar motors that drive its motion. A flagellar motor has a switch (a shift gear) whose job is to sense the concentration of a regulator called CheY-P, and then control the rotational direction of the motor to be either clockwise (CW) or counterclockwise (CCW), accordingly. “The purpose of the CW and CCW switch is to control the motion of the cell,” Tu said. “The CheY-P level is the signal (red/yellow/green light) which affects the switch (stop/slow/move). In a very loose sense, CCW results in movement and CW results in switching direction. The bacterium cell needs to control these two types of motions to navigate towards (away from) favorable (toxic) environments.” Video games are a ‘great equalizer’ for people with disabilities Citation: Maxwell’s demons may drive some biological systems (2008, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-maxwell-demons-biological.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Get your copy of the Ladysmith Gazette newspaper today

first_imgThe Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so you can keep abreast of all the latest news in town!Read on our front page about the new car for the municipal speaker, yet there seems to be no money to maintain the town. Also read about a man who was rescued after being trapped in a grain silo for 10 hours.On page 2 and 3, we have plenty of hard news stories. Read about the teen questioned for prostitution in our town.If you are looking for a job or want to buy / sell items, then check out the vacancies and classifieds pages! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Then there’s the mini cricket festival on the back page, with more inside the paper.Many of our stories are “PRINT ONLY”, so you have to purchase a copy of the Ladysmith Gazette to read these stories, as they will not appear online.Not forgetting our school news, sport, letters page with all your opinions, and entertainment page.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there !last_img read more

Recommended hotels and restaurants in Quepos and Manuel Antonio

first_imgQuepos and Manuel Antonio are one of Costa Rica’s top meccas of great hotels and restaurants, many with gorgeous ocean views, with options for all budgets and tastes.Today in Travel we conclude our six-part package on Quepos/Manuel Antonio, part of the series “Costa Rica’s Greatest Places,” with our recommendations for five hotels and five restaurants in a range of prices.Read the story in Travel. Facebook Comments Related posts:In search of new horizons and old turtle traps in Manuel Antonio Marina Pez Vela sailed a rough sea to calmer waters Manuel Antonio: Mangroves, monkeys and jumping off waterfalls History of Quepos/Manuel Antonio, from the conquistadors to the turistaslast_img read more