20 December 2010The United Nations climate change chief today called on countries to follow up on the recent conference in Cancún with higher global emissions cuts and the rapid launch of new institutions and funds. The United Nations climate change chief today called on countries to follow up on the recent conference in Cancún with higher global emissions cuts and the rapid launch of new institutions and funds. The agreements reached at the conference, which concluded in the Mexican city of Cancún on 11 December, include formalizing mitigation pledges and ensuring increased accountability for them, as well as taking concrete action to tackle deforestation, which accounts for nearly one-fifth of global carbon emissions. Delegates at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) also agreed to ensure no gap between the first and second commitment periods of the Kyoto Protocol, an addition to the Convention that contains legally binding measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and whose first commitment period is due to expire in 2012. “Cancún was a big step, bigger than many imagined might be possible. But the time has come for all of us to exceed our own expectations because nothing less will do,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. She stressed that the ‘Cancún Agreements’ needs to be implemented as quickly as possible, and be accompanied by “credible accountability systems that will help in measuring real progress.” If all these targets and actions are fully implemented, UN estimates show they could deliver only 60 per cent of the emission reductions that science says will be needed to stay below the agreed two degree rise in average temperatures, and two degrees does not guarantee the survival of the most vulnerable peoples. “All countries, but particularly industrialized nations, need to deepen their emission reduction efforts and to do so quickly,” said Ms. Figueres. Agreement was also reached in Cancún on a package to help developing nations deal with climate change, including new institutions, funding channels and a technology transfer mechanism to help the developing world build its own sustainable, low-emissions future, adapt more effectively to climate change, and preserve and protect its forests for the good of all nations. Ms. Figueres stressed that these institutions must be launched quickly, noting that millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world have been waiting years to get the full level of assistance they need. She added that the UNFCCC will support all governments in this new work, and said she hoped that it will be possible to point to new and concrete examples of success when the parties to the Convention a year from now in South Africa. “I expect in particular to see rapid decisions on appointing the board of the new Green Fund and the Committee of the Technology Mechanism. I also look forward to receiving the details of fast-start financing from industrialized countries so the secretariat can compile the information that shows clearly the amounts that have been raised and are being disbursed,” she said. The Green Fund establishes a long-term climate finance institution for the first time under the oversight of the parties to the UNFCCC and with a 24-member board that balances representation between developed and developing nations. “Cancún has significantly expanded the menu of climate implementation and resources available to countries under the United Nations,” said Ms. Figures. “The imperative to act is now.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also highlighted the achievements of the Cancún conference in a message to the closing ceremony for the International Year of Biodiversity, held in the Japanese city of Kanazawa on Saturday. In particular, he noted the important agreement reached on REDD Plus, backed by the financial resources to implement it. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. REDD-Plus goes beyond deforestation – which some estimates show has contributed up to one-fifth of global carbon emissions, more than the world’s entire transportation sector – and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. “By promoting the conservation and sustainable management of forests we can not only mitigate climate impacts and increase resilience, but go a long way towards slowing the accelerating rate of biodiversity loss,” Mr. Ban said in the message, which was delivered by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Cancun read more

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Business report with Mike Eppel – Jan. 30, 2014 Spotlight on the technology sector at the start of the trading day, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jan 30, 2014 5:55 am MDT business report|technology sector

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by Sandra Prusina Posted Nov 24, 2016 4:15 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta|Shannon Phillips Alberta makes deal to stop coal-fired electricity by 2030 Related Stories Alberta revamps how it deals with electricity in approaching era of green powerAlberta lauds federal coal phase out; matches provincial one now underway The province has struck a deal with three major power producers to formally end coal-fired electricity by 2030.Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says Alberta will pay three major power producers a total of $97 million a year over the next 14 years.The money is to compensate them for the shutdown and to help them transition to cleaner forms of energy.The payments are to be spread amongst TransAlta, Capital Power and ATCO, and are to come out of the current carbon levy on heavy emitters.There are 18 coal-fired electricity plants in Alberta, and all but six are already scheduled to shut down before 2030.As part of the deal, the power producers will keep their headquarters in Alberta, will continue to invest in the province and will provide support to communities affected by the transition. (Pixabay) read more

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Top 5 fields of technology | Top 10 PCT applicants According to the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) annual review of international patent filings, a leading Chinese telecoms giant overtook a Japanese firm as the largest applicant last year, and China and the US together accounted for 87 per cent of the total growth in filings under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).Under that system, some 215,000 applications were filed in 2014, a 4.5 per cent increase over the previous year, WIPO said in a news release.The agency also noted that “in a significant development,” the US became the biggest filer of international trademark under the so-called WIPO Madrid System, which the agency described as “a one-stop solution for registering and managing marks worldwide.”WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said: “The rapid growth in international patent applications underscores the increasing importance of intellectual property as it moves from the periphery to the centre of the global economic system.”The agency noted that telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. of China, with 3,442 published applications, overtook Panasonic Corp. of Japan as the largest applicant in 2014, while the US-based Qualcomm Inc. was the second largest applicant in 2014, with 2,409 published applications, and China’s ZTE Corp. took third place with 2,179 applications.Who filed the most PCT patent applications in 2014? The US was the primary country of origin for filers in 2014, with 61,492 applications and 7.1 per cent growth. Japan followed with 42,459 applications, representing a 3 per cent decline on 2013. Applicants from China filed 25,539 applications – an 18.7 per cent annual increase.The annual review also noted that Europe “showed signs of improvement as it strives to address a challenging economic environment,” reporting that for the first time since 2007, the top three European Union countries recorded growth in filings, with strong growth coming from France and the United Kingdom. Among the top 10 filing countries, China (+18.7 per cent) is the only country that saw double-digit growth in 2014. The UK recorded the second fastest growth rate (+9 per cent), followed by the US (+7.1 per cent). In addition to Japan, Switzerland (-5.9 per cent) and Sweden (-0.5 per cent) are the two other countries among the top 10 with less PCT applications in 2014 than in 2013.WIPO noted the top three applicants have similar patent filing profiles, with digital communication accounting for the bulk of their total filings. Universities and public research organizations show a strong presence, accounting for 26 per cent of pharmaceutical filings. This is in contrast to computer technology and digital communication where these entities accounted for 4.6 per cent and 2.8 per cent, respectively.The University of California, with 413 published applications, is the top applicant among educational institutions followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (234), the University of Texas System (154) and Harvard University (147). US universities occupy nine of the top ten positions among educational institutions.According to the findings, which also reviewed dispute resolution activities, since the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre administered the first Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy case in 1999, total WIPO case filings have passed the 30,000 mark, encompassing over 58,000 domain names.In 2014, cybersquatting case filings with WIPO increased by 2 per cent, with 2,634 cases concerning 5,591 domain names lodged by trademark owners alleging abuse of their mark. WIPO, a UN specialized agency based in Geneva, is the global forum for intellectual property policy and services. Top 10 countries read more

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The Race For The Top Pick In The 2015 NFL Draft

The 2-12 Jacksonville Jaguars host the 2-12 Tennessee Titans Thursday night, ending this season’s sad slate of Thursday night games with the saddest game of all. But this awful matchup still matters. The top pick of the 2015 NFL draft is in play.This week, we added each team’s chances of getting the No. 1 overall pick to our weekly playoff implication interactives. In 50,000 simulations, just Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Oakland, Jacksonville and Washington managed to clinch the No. 1 overall pick at least once (the New York Jets blew their chances with last week’s win). The Buccaneers are your clubhouse leader, getting the pick in 54.8 percent of simulations, while the Titans are second at 25 percent.The size of that gap is a little misleading. The Buccaneers don’t control their own destiny, and the loser of Tennessee at Jacksonville will be nipping at their heels:The game also affects a much weirder scenario. If two teams from different conferences finish with the same record and strength of schedule, the pick will be decided by coin flip. These flips aren’t so uncommon, but they’ve never decided who gets the No. 1 overall. Before Thursday’s game, there is a 2 percent chance the top pick will be decided by a Tennessee vs. Tampa Bay coin flip. If the Titans lose, that figure bumps up a bit to 3.2 percent.But which team would actually keep the pick? The presumed top player of the 2015 draft is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. None of the teams in contention saw impressive QB play in 2014: Josh McCown is old, Zach Mettenberger is shorn, Blake Bortles is bad and Derek Carr is dinky. Washington is just a mess, but they’re pretty much out of the running.Jacksonville and Oakland are the most likely to trade the first pick, as Bortles and Carr have likely done enough in their rookie seasons to warrant a second look. Tennessee and Tampa Bay would be much more likely to take Mariota. This means the St. Louis Rams – or even the Philadelphia Eagles – could be keeping an eye on an otherwise terrible Thursday night game, crossing their fingers for a Jacksonville loss.Mike Beuoy contributed analysis. read more

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first_imgHe said: “The system clearly needs to be looked at properly and I’ll be demanding ministers explain what’s happened and what they’re going to do to prevent it happening again. The Skidmore family has now set up a fund in Lisa’s memory to raise money to help send children affected by murder on holiday this summer. Lisa’s Magical Memory Fund can be found on http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/SomeoneSpecial/ LisaSkidmore1 .A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “This was an appalling crime. We have apologised to the family for the failings in this tragic case, and our thoughts remain with them.“NPS Midlands is working with the police to take decisive action on the recommendations made in the reviews into this case, including staff undergoing additional specialist training to help prevent any repeat.” Leroy Campbell serving a whole life term for the murder of Lisa Skidmore An 81-year-old great-grandmother who was strangled by a man who had just raped and murdered her daughter has been refused compensation after being told her injuries were not severe enough.The decision comes despite it being revealed recently that serial killer Levi Bellfield claims to have received nearly £6,000 after making a claim against the prison service for a swollen lip sustained in a prison fight in jail. Margaret Skidmore was punched into submission by Leroy Campbell, before he wrapped a vacuum cleaner cord around her neck, rendering her unconscious.Hours earlier Campbell, a serial sex attacker who was on probation, had brutally raped and killed Mrs Skidmore’s 37-year-old daughter Lisa, whose body was lying in a bedroom upstairs.The body responsible for awarding taxpayer-funded payments to victims injured as a result of violent crime, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, has now ruled that Mrs Skidmore is undeserving of any compensation. This is despite the government run National Probation Service (NPS) conceding that there were serious failures in Campbell’s supervision.Ian Austin, Labour MP for Dudley North, called on the government to review its Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Leroy Campbell serving a whole life term for the murder of Lisa Skidmore “Ordinary decent people who go out to work and pay their taxes will be absolutely furious that their money gets handed out to someone like Bellfield, but a victim of a crime like this doesn’t get a penny.”Believing Mrs Skidmore to be dead following his assault, Campbell set fire to the house and fled. Neighbours were able to rescue Mrs Skidmore and she was taken to hospital where doctors told her she had a fractured jaw and cheekbone as well as extensive bruising.In a letter to the family, the CICA disputes whether Mrs Skidmore’s jaw had been broken and says it does not consider her fractured cheek bone to be ‘a continuing significant disability’.It adds: ‘The widespread bruising to your head, black eyes, bloody nose, bloodshot left eye, swelling over your cheek, tenderness around your jaw and bruising and cuts to your neck are not listed in Annex E. [We are] therefore unable to make an award for these injuries as they are not qualifying injuries.’Mrs Skidmore said: ‘It’s not about the money, it’s the principle. It adds insult to injury because right from the very start my family has had no rights in this case.’Campbell was given a whole life sentence last May after pleading guilty to the rape and murder of Lisa Skidmore, the attempted murder of her mother and arson with intent to endanger life.  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.last_img read more

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“This page explicitly states that women wanting to buy swimwear should first scrutinise their bodies for their flaws and buy swimming costumes which make their bodies look as close to a feminine ideal as possible.”Former competitive swimmer Catherine Oliver agreed, tweeting: “A huge reason I quit competitive swimming at 15 was feeling incredible uncomfortable of my body in a swimming costume.”This is hugely disappointing @Swim_England. You should be supporting swimmers of all abilities, shapes, and sizes, not shaming them!”Swim England responded to criticism, and said in a statement:  “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is an old web page that does not represent the views of Swim England and the content has now been removed. We apologise for any offence caused and hope this doesn’t put you off swimming.” 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. She wrote in a letter: “I feel pretty jaded and used to sexism by now, but I was pretty shocked to find this material published by the national governing body for swimming in England. This is so damaging. When you have low self-esteem/a negative relationship with your body (which a lot of women do bc patriarchy), exercise like swimming is so good for your relationship with mind & body – but messages like this create even more barriers to getting involved. https://t.co/KNoofFTtk0— Emily (@emily_wight) October 30, 2018 Swim England has apologised over advice published on its website for budding swimmers, which advised women to hide their “flabby stomachs” and “boyish figures.”On a page promoting swimming as exercise, the UK’s official swimming body said women should  “draw attention towards [their] more appealing characteristics” when choosing a swimsuit.The article suggested how women could “accentuate curves” or hide a“boyish body”.It also said that women with “flabby stomachs” should choose a “loose tankini instead of a bikini or 1-piece” and warned that bikinis “totally expose a jiggly belly, and trying to squeeze into a one-piece will not slim your stomach, only emphasise it”.The article suggested that overweight women wear dark colours to “minimise” their shape.The organisation’s stated aim is to “help people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all our sports” and to “inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them”.However, many complained that their advice about swimwear could put women off swimming.PhD student Simone Webb found the page when researching how to get back into swimming again, and complained to the organisation about the “sexism”. read more

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Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoThe Alliance for Change’s (AFC) announcement that they will be contesting the Local Government Elections (LGE) in November 2018, separate from the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is part of a ploy.This is according to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Sunday evening via a press statement.“… the intent can be gleaned from its public statement in which it indicated that it will not contest in all of the Local Authority areas. The trickery is that they will come into certain PPP strongholds in which APNU will not contest, as a Trojan horse, pretending to be independent of the APNU in order to garner some sympathy votes in these areas,” the Opposition has asserted.According to the PPP, the AFC has consistently taken public positions on issues, attempting to fool the populace, only to strengthen its negotiation leverage with APNU.“The deceitful, unscrupulous politics of the Alliance for Change (AFC) has reared its ugly head once again. This political party, since collating with the APNU in 2015, has adopted inconsistent, flip-flopping and deceptive political postures as it struggles to survive as a relevant political force. We have seen how it flip-flopped on many issues in the past, including; the parking meter contract, VAT on education, the sugar industry and even before they entered into the Coalition, Khemraj Ramjattan is on public record saying that the AFC will never enter into a Coalition with the APNU/PNC because if it does so, it will be ‘dead meat’”.As such, the Opposition is maintaining that if the smaller party within the Coalition believes they can pull off  “such clumsy stunts” then it is illustrative of the lack of respect which they have for the intelligence of the Guyanese electorate.“We call upon every single Guyanese not to allow themselves to be used by this moribund cabal of untrustworthy politicians, grasping at the last straw for their survival” said the PPP.From left: AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan, Party Leader Raphael Trotman and General Secretary (GS) Marlon WilliamsOn Sunday, the AFC disclosed that they will not be contesting the upcoming LGE with APNU.Prior to this announcement, the AFC had said it would contest LGE with APNU.The Party is now saying that the decision to no longer contest together was reached following inconclusive negotiations with APNU.However, the AFC outlined that it applies only for LGE 2018 and does not, in any way, affect the APNU+AFC Coalition Government, nor does it change the AFC’s position on coalition politics at the national level.The AFC said it remains, and reaffirms that it is, committed to the APNU+AFC Coalition.Further, the party’s Management Committee has resolved into the LGE Campaign Committee and is chaired by David Patterson who has been appointed Campaign Director.Ms Juretha Fernandes has been appointed Deputy Campaign Director.Appointments to other positions will be done subsequently.The AFC has stated that it is in full preparation mode for LGE.The party is currently determining which municipalities and constituencies it will strategically contest as it does not envision contesting in each Neighbourhood Democratic Council and in every constituency of all municipalities until subsequent election cycles. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC says it wants to prove itself by going solo for LGEAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”APNU+AFC coalition not in jeopardy says President on LGE splitAugust 7, 2018In “latest news”LGE 2018: PPP says it’s contesting 8 constituencies in WakenaamOctober 6, 2018In “latest news” read more

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first_imgA Vancouver man accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend to death reportedly told the victim that “demons were telling him to kill her and her family,” and “he was going to ‘listen to the demons,’ ” according to court records.Jo Rodriquez Reynosa, 31, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of attempted second-degree domestic violence murder in connection with the Sunday incident at the Candlewood Suites in Vancouver.His bail was set at $1 million.The victim, 25-year-old Demi Bolger, suffered bruising and abrasions on her hands, arms and back, and bruising and a bump on her forehead. Responding Vancouver police officers also noted a large red mark on the front of her neck. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Bolger said she used a broken glass to cut Reynosa’s arms in an attempt to stop the attack. He, too, was taken to the hospital, where he struggled with eight to 10 people as they restrained him on a gurney. Reynosa also reportedly said that he ingested 10 Xanax pills, court records state.According to the affidavit, Reynosa picked Bolger up Saturday and told her to pack clothes for a surprise two-day getaway. He then took her to the hotel at 2010 S.E. 192nd Ave., and shortly after arriving told Bolger that demons were telling him to kill her and her family, and himself. He also stated that people were trying to kill his family. The next morning, Reynosa told Bolger he was going to “listen to the demons.”last_img read more

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Lazio fall for a scam worth almost 2 million euro

first_imgLazio have reportedly been scammed by an email and have paid 2 million euro for the final instalment for Stefan de Vrij, the former Dutch team Feyenoord’s defender, to fraudsters.According to SkySports, hackers who were well aware of the transfer and the final portion of the sum he was acquired for have tricked the club into sending the money to the wrong back account in the Netherlands.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Lazio followed the instructions in the email they received, which claimed the Dutch champions were seeking the money to be transferred to the bank account in the email. However, since Feyenoord claims they have no idea about this email and the cash transfer, it is highly likely that Lazio have fallen for a scam.The prosecutor, who has been taking care of this case, has reportedly tracked the money in question to a Dutch bank account, which, however, has nothing to do with Feyenoord.last_img read more

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Red Flag Warning issued due to increased fire danger

first_imgRed Flag Warning issued due to increased fire danger 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The National Weather Service Saturday issued a red flag warning through Monday for much of San Diego County as well as a large swath of Southern California, saying the region would be at an increased risk for wildfires to start and spread.The warning for San Diego County will remain in effect from 7 p.m. tonight until 4 p.m. Monday.Most inland areas will face moderate Santa Ana winds and low humidity levels as high pressure strengthens over the great basin, the NWS said, giving any fires that develop this weekend the potential to strengthen rapidly.The agency urged people to avoid outdoor burning, and also warned that high winds will make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.Forecasters predicted winds to be strongest on Monday, with humidity at its lowest today and Monday.Winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 30 mph, were expected for today. Winds were predicted to strengthen on Sunday up to 30 mph, with isolated gusts as high as 65 mph. Forecasters expected the strongest winds to occur along lower mountain slopes and below passes and canyons.The winds should start to die down on Tuesday, and humidity will recover slightly Tuesday and Wednesday, the NWS said. , Posted: January 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:40 PM January 27, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgOLYMPIA — The organizer of a Spokane County gun show says Washington’s new law requiring expanded background checks for firearms transfers blocked the sale of a rifle to a wanted man.The Northwest News Network reports that the man attempted to buy the weapon at the Lewis Clark Trader Gun Show at the Spokane County Fair and Expo on Dec. 6.Gun show organizer Paul Snider said he recruited three federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct background checks, in compliance with newly passed Initiative 594. The law requires background checks on all sales and transfers, including private transactions and many loans and gifts. There are some exceptions, including transfers between family members.Snider said the would-be buyer had a warrant out for his arrest.Snider said he considers the law an unnecessary burden on responsible gun owners. But, he says, it “did work in this case.”last_img read more

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Authorities find Weston boy allegedly abducted by father in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have located a Weston boy who, officials said, was reported to have been abducted by his father back in August, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, detectives were able to locate 11-year-old Austin Miller in Miami Beach, who was reported missing Aug. 7.BSO officials said Miller’s father Clay had abducted him after his mother was granted custody.Officials said they were able to find the father and son on Miami Beach.Authorities said Austin will be reunited with his mother.It is unclear what charges, if any, Clay Miller may face.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgWe all know this type of deal is possible, after OpenGate Capital’s October 2008 acquisition of TV Guide from Macrovision for only $1 (in fact, Macrovision loaned the Beverly Hills, California-based investment firm up to $9.5 billion, at 3 percent interest, to help fund the acquisition and get the troubled magazine off its hands). But, as the NYT story points out, Harman’s deal is in effect appealing to Graham and the Washington Post Co. because it is undisruptive to the magazine’s current operation. It says the management team is worried that another bidder, Fred Drasner—a former partner of Mort Zuckerman who helped negotiate his deals for the Daily News, Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company—would “cut the staff too deeply” and make other changes. (I’m told Drasner wants Newsweek to have top notch reporting and journalism, and to upgrade the digital side, all while finding a market for it so the brand can gain readership and advertising.)But isn’t change exactly what Newsweek needs? For an epic brand that has struggled in print editorially as a newsweekly and is working toward $70 million in losses before the end of the year, maintaining status quo would be a disaster. Perhaps Harman will tap into his millions to eat up those losses and prop up the magazine, but for how long?Let’s not forget that publishing a magazine goes beyond providing a service or being some sort of trophy asset. It’s about making money. Newsweek is a business and its model is failing. I’m not advocating any one deal or bidder over the other. I haven’t spoken directly with Harman or Drasner or any other bidder. What I am saying is that the Washington Post Co. should give serious consideration to who might give the magazine the strongest opportunity for future success. Most people don’t enjoy laying off longtime, dedicated employees, but finding a new, operable model for Newsweek might be the bigger priority. Bids to acquire ailing Newsweek magazine were due at 5 p.m. on July 1. A month later, parent company the Washington Post Co. is still mum on the process and on who might wind up taking the magazine home.Recent scuttlebutt, however, points to a couple interesting developments. The Wall Street Journal reported today that the Washington Post Co. isn’t interested in selling to bidder Avenue Capital Group over concerns with the hedge fund’s proposal to partner with National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. to handle some of the behind-the-scenes operations at Newsweek. (AMI recently struck up a similar deal with Playboy.) The worry among Washington Post Co. brass, according to the report, is that AMI might try to impart some of its “sensationalist” journalism into Newsweek.The second comes from The New York Times, which is reporting that, according to three people “with knowledge of the bidding process,”  the offer from audio equipment magnate Sydney Harman is pulling ahead as the favorite, especially with Washington Post Co. chairman Donald E. Graham. Under Harman’s proposal, the majority of Newsweek’s top management and editors would keep their jobs. From the NYT: “One person briefed on the bid said Mr. Harman would retain 250 employees [of Newsweek’s current staff of 325] and pay the Post Company $1 in exchange for taking on Newsweek’s considerable financial liabilities. Losses at the magazine could approach $70 million this year, this person said.”last_img read more

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first_imgDownload AudioDallas Seavey was the first musher to arrive in White Mountain Tuesday morning. It’s the second to last stop along the Iditarod trail. Teams will take an eight-hour mandatory rest there, before the make the final push for Nome.The church bell in White Mountain signaled Dallas Seavey’s arrival.Seavey says he’s pleased with his run, but the defending champion says he’s not quite ready to credit his team with winning this year’s Iditarod.“We’ve got so much on the line right now, so on the one hand I’m really excited to get to Nome, let’s just get this thing done with, get it in the bag, have it in the record books—you know? But on the other hand, I don’twant this to end… This has been way too much fun with this dog team.”Seavey has been in a chipper mood for most of the race. He says he’s never had as much fun driving a dog team, but he also says he’s worked for nearly half a decade to raise the kind of team he is driving this year.“I mean coming in here today I was just looking at ‘em, up and down the team,” he said. “And every single one of those dogs is a super star. I mean I feel pretty privileged to be able to run with those guys.”Seavey has won the Iditarod twice before. His dogs are known for their speed. He says his mushing style reflects their genetics.“Speed is the name of the game for these guys, and most of the time I see people get good speed in their team they don’t hold onto it. They use it in the short term, and then they burn it up.” 00:14But Seavey doesn’t like to run long, without giving his dogs some extra rest.“So, you get ahead with the speed and then you give it back to them in rest. And that takes confidence in your dog team that they’ll get up and go fast again and again and again. They know if they go fast, I’ll givethem more rest… and I know if I give ‘em rest they’ll keep going fast, so  you have to trust each other.”The final 70-mile run to Nome is not nearly as long as other runs along the Iditarod trail, and Seavey is unlikely to lose his lead, but the Bering Sea Coast is known for dramatic changes in weather and dog teams have beenknown to quit unexpectedly. Seavey is well aware that the final push to the finish line s sometimes the most dramatic.last_img read more

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Man tries to kill his children for gold in Hyderabad held

first_imgA man who planned the murder of his two kids to get the ownership on gold deposited in the bank was arrested on Thursday at Himayatnagar. Fakira alias Raj Kumar, a resident of Ramaswamy compound in Gandhinagar hatched a plan to kills his children Mayur Kumar (11) and Baby Lakshya (9). Getting into details, Vijaya Lakshmi, wife of Raj Kumar is staying away from him due to his alleged torture. She deposited her gold on the name of her two children and committed suicide. On learning it, Raj Kumar planned to kill the children to get the ownership on the gold. Balala Hakkula Sangam Achyut Rao said that Raj Kumar thrashed his children several times in a bid to kill them. He said that the children approached the Sangam and shared their ordeal. They further urged to sent them to their aunt’s home. The Central zone DCP has ordered a probe into the matter, said Achyut Rao.last_img read more

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Skilled drivers to be created to ensure safe road

first_imgBudgetFinance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Thursday said steps have been taken to create a pool of skilled drivers to ensure road safety.”Steps to build a safe, environment-friendly and modern IT-based road transport and control system are underway. We’ve identified 121 black spots on national highways and taken preventive steps,” he said while placing the national budget for 2019-20 fiscal year in parliament, reports UNB.The finance minister said a plan has been taken to install directional sign-signal and kilometre posts in 8,100 spots. “Steps have been taken to build a separate lane for slow moving vehicles.”Besides, mass awareness programmes, including seminar, and sticker and leaflet distribution activities are going on, he said, adding that four automated vehicle inspection centres have been set up in Dhaka, Chattogram, Rajshahi and Khulna divisions.In his budget speech, the finance minister proposed Tk 648.20 billion (64,820 crore) for the transport and communications in the national budget for 2019-20 fiscal year to build a safe, environment-friendly and modern IT-based road transport and control system.Mustafa Kamal said a modern, safe and environment-friendly transportation and communication infrastructure is required to sustain economic development, and achieve a higher growth for the country.Considering communication infrastructure, especially the railway, as one of the priority sectors, the government has taken up and is implementing numerous projects, he said.”To transform our country into a developed one by 2041, we’ve taken steps to develop and repair roads and highways, build new roads, construct flyovers/overpasses and bridges/culverts,” Mustafa Kamal said.He said steps have been taken to gradually upgrade all national highways into four lanes or above to modernise the road transport system.In this respect, 509 km national highway has been upgraded into four lanes while upgradation of another 507 km highway is going on, the finance minister said.Narrow and damaged bridges and culverts are being rebuilt. Rehabilitation, development and repairs of zone-based district highways are underway.SASEC Road Connectivity projects 1 and 2 are being implemented in order to be connected with the global transport network so as to reap the benefits of globalisation, Mustafa said, adding that steps will be taken to replace the risky bailey bridges with concrete ones.”To develop internal road networks in Dhaka city, reduce traffic congestion at the entry and exit points of Dhaka, and establish a planned and integrated modern public transport system in Dhaka and the adjacent areas, we are implementing the Revised Strategic Transport Plan (2015-35),” the finance minister said.last_img read more

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first_imgLocation of the accident (Image: Inrix) Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major road was closed in both directions due to an accident in South Cheshire this afternoon. The A50 Newcastle Road is shut in both directions and there delays due to the accident from Back Lane (Leg of Man, Arclid Green) to Love Lane (The Bulls Head, Fourlanes End). Inrix, the traffic data company, first reported the collision had taken place at around 2.55pm today (Friday January 25). Emergency services are understood to be at the scene. We’ve now received reports (at 3.25pm) from motorists the carriageway has reopened. We have no further information about the accident at this stage. Read MoreNumbers plates stolen from vehicles parked on drivewaylast_img read more

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first_imgGappers booking flights to China should travel further afield from the cities in order to sample the country’s cultural highlights.This is the suggestion from Gap Adventures, which said that, while cities such as Beijing and Shanghai are appealing, China’s real culture, history and food are found off the beaten track.John Warner, the company’s managing director, explained that many travellers stayed in the cities because heading inland can be “daunting for some people”.”There’s nothing wrong with this – Beijing and Shanghai are utterly fascinating and destinations in their own right – however, go further afield and visitors will discover that each area has its own unique customs,” he commented.Mr Warner went on to recommend a visit to Leshan’s giant stone Buddha and the Three Gorges, a series of canyons regarded as some of China’s most spectacular scenery.Figures from China’s National Tourism Administration revealed that the country received 125 million visitors during the February 13th-19th holiday period, a year-on-year increase of 14.8 percent.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkyscanner acquires Chinese travel search start-up YoubibiSkyscanner is acquiring Chinese metasearch company YoubibiThe ultimate holiday bucket list for your trip to ChinaChina is home to ancient wonders and modern marvels, from the breathtaking Great Wall to the spiky futuristic skyline of Shanghai. If you’re planning a trip of a lifetime to the Middle Kingdom, make sure to tick off these 10 must-see destinations in China – all of which are easy…Toursome! 10 tours with a twistForget open-top bus sightseeing tours, get on your bike, or your kayak, or your…last_img read more

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