Uber decries ridehailing price cap passed in Honolulu

first_imgHONOLULU, Hawaii – Honolulu leaders approved a measure Wednesday to limit prices that ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can charge during peak demand, a cap that the companies say would be the first restriction of its kind in the United States.The measure would prevent “surge pricing” if increased rates are higher than the maximum fare set by the city. Honolulu attorneys will review the measure before it goes to Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who would have 10 days to sign it into law, allow it to become law without his signature or veto it.Uber sent emails to customers across the island of Oahu, which is where the rule would apply, urging them to oppose the rules that would impose “outdated taxi-style requirements on rideshare.”Oahu taxi drivers have been at odds with those who drive for mobile apps that connect riders with nearby drivers. Taxi companies complain that companies such as Uber and Lyft create an unfair playing field because they face fewer restrictions.Uber has been told the city hasn’t received any consumer complaints about surge pricing, said Tabatha Chow, the company’s senior operations manager for Hawaii. Honolulu has the highest taxi prices in the nation and Uber is 40 per cent cheaper, she told council members Wednesday.Surge pricing only happens during peak times such as rush hour, weekend nights and big events, she said, adding that fares go back down when more drivers are on the road.If Uber and Lyft rides are cheaper, then why do they need to use surge pricing, asked Robert Deluze, owner of Robert’s Taxis, who said ride-hailing companies have hurt the taxi business.Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine, who voted for the limits, said she was concerned to hear that U.S. Navy sailors getting off ships in Pearl Harbor recently were charged as much as $221 to get to Waikiki when a cab ride was $44. As the wife of a sailor, she said she wants to protect service members from being “price gouged.”Uber said in a fact sheet that surge pricing gives drivers the incentive to work in busier areas, which lowers wait times for riders and ensures reliability.Riders and drivers who submitted testimony opposing the measure said taxis aren’t as reliable or affordable as ride-hailing companies.Uber driver Lisa Gonzales wrote that she drives to help support her family of six. During surge pricing, passengers have the option to accept or reject costs, she said, and that it’s based on supply and demand.Uber and Lyft officials testified in City Council committees last month that the cap on surge pricing would be the first such restriction on the companies in the country, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.“When demand for rides is greater than the number of drivers on the road, passengers may pay an extra percentage on top of the base ride amount,” Lyft said in a statement explaining its “Prime Time” pricing.A $6 ride would become a $9 ride during Prime Time pricing of 50 per cent, the statement said, adding that it “only adds a percentage to the ride subtotal, which is calculated before any other fees or additional amounts.”Council Chairman Ernie Martin said he wrote the measure to ensure consumers won’t pay an “unreasonable price.” He said companies will still be able to employ surge pricing — or as he prefers to call it, “predatory pricing” — within limits.The measure would set precedence nationwide, he said: “Other cities are struggling with this as well.”The city’s Department of Customer Services would be tasked with setting the maximum price. Deputy Director Randy Leong told council members that the department opposes setting the threshold but will do so if it becomes law. It’s difficult to dictate to businesses what they may charge, he said.Uber released a statement after the vote saying that, if implemented, the bill will limit consumer choice and put the availability of Uber service on Oahu at risk.last_img read more

Google restricts Huawei’s use of Android

first_imgWashington: Google has cut phone maker Huawei off from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese firm. New Huawei smartphones will also lose access to popular Google apps. The move comes after the Trump administration added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence. In a statement, Google said it was “complying with the order and reviewing the implications”. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Huawei has declined to comment. Only about two months ago Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer products division had told a German newspaper that the beleaguered Chinese smartphone brand had been prepping a mobile OS as a kind of Plan B if the company ever got cut off by Google from relying on Android, bgr.com reported. The move by Google, means the company has just lost its Android license, and its devices will no longer receive Android updates — nor will its future handsets be able to access Google apps as well as the Google Play Store. Any new Huawei devices would no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps. Huawei can still use the version of the Android operating system available through an open source licence, though. Ben Wood, from the CCS Insight consultancy, said the move by Google would have “big implications for Huawei’s consumer business”.last_img read more

Over 200000 vulnerable Afghans to receive winter aid from UN agency

29 December 2008The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners have started to deliver supplies to help an estimated 200,000 Afghan returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) get through the country’s harsh winter. Over 147,000 blankets, more than 80,000 plastic sheets, 32,000 jerry cans, 46,000 items of warm clothing including 18,000 pairs of shoes and 30,000 pairs of socks have been purchased and sent to UNHCR’s regional offices for country-wide distribution.Some 276,700 Afghans returned to their homeland this year through UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme, 99 per cent of them coming from neighbouring Pakistan and the remaining 1 per cent from Iran and other countries.So far UNHCR has distributed aid to more than 5,000 families in the eastern region, where most of this year’s returnees, some 61 per cent, are living. The agency hopes to reach a total of 11,000 families there in the coming weeks.Overall, UNHCR plans to assist a total of 31,897 Afghan families – some 200,000 individuals – across the country. It hopes to complete all of the distributions by the end of January.The agency noted that many more families are receiving winter aid this year as a result of its awareness-raising and advocacy efforts. Over 5 million people have returned to Afghanistan since 2002, representing a 20 per cent increase in the country’s overall population. Some 4.3 million of them were assisted through UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme for Afghan refugees, the world’s largest for the past six years.The programme is currently suspended for the winter and will resume next March. The agency estimates there are still 2.8 million registered Afghans living in Pakistan and Iran.Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has noted important elements of progress in the country, which it says give rise to a sense of “cautious optimism” for the future. These include the “marked” improvement in the relations with Pakistan, according to a report released today on the Council’s 21 to 28 November mission to Afghanistan.The 15-member body also cited recent Cabinet appointments, which are expected to bring about increased energy and efficiency on the part of the Government, for example, in the fight against corruption. Progress also included the “significant” reduction in opium cultivation – some 19 per cent – as well as the commitment to improve governance, and the registration of nearly 2 million Afghans in the first two phases of the voter registration project ahead of presidential and provincial council elections slated for 2009. “Those gains must be built upon, especially in the coming year,” the Council stated. read more

Security Council renews DR Congo sanctions

The Security Council today extended for another year the arms embargo and other sanctions it imposed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to renew the mandate of the group of experts tasked with monitoring the measures.Council members voted unanimously to renew the measures, which also include a travel ban and an assets freeze on those who violate the embargo, until 30 November 2011. They requested the Secretary-General to extend the Group of Experts tasked with monitoring the embargo for the same period, and asked the Group to concentrate its activities in areas affected by illegal armed groups, including North Kivu, South Kivu and Orientale Provinces.The 15-member body also requested the experts to focus on regional and international networks providing support for such groups, criminal networks and perpetrators of serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses, including those within the national armed forces, in the eastern part of the country.In its latest report, the Group of Experts highlights the involvement of certain criminal networks with the Congolese armed forces, known as FARDC, in the illegal exploitation of natural resources, through illegal taxation, protection rackets, and various forms of commercial and coercive control. “This involvement, which President Kabila has publicly condemned, has led to pervasive insubordination, competing chains of demand and failure to actively pursue armed groups and protect civilians,” states a press summary of the report, which was made public today.The report also observes that, though forced to concede most of the main mining sites in the Kivus to the FARDC, Congolese and foreign armed groups continue to control natural resources in more remote areas and have increasingly relied on intermediaries and predatory attacks to profit from the mineral trade.Despite their varying strategic agendas, these armed groups have expanded coalitions among themselves with a view to maintaining their capacity to attack the FARDC and pillage local populations. 29 November 2010The Security Council today extended for another year the arms embargo and other sanctions it imposed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to renew the mandate of the group of experts tasked with monitoring the measures. read more

Major ice storm hits region

See our special coverage of the ice storm here.A major winter storm has hit portions of southern and eastern Ontario, including Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area. As much as 10 to 15 mm of more freezing rain is possible today.Ontario Provincial Police Constable Graham Williamson told CHCH that despite the slippery conditions, the number of collisions are typical for a Sunday. There are no reported serious injuries or highway closures.Environment Canada is warning people to take the following precautions:Make sure you are safe before assisting othersWatch television or listen to the radio for information from authorities and follow their instructionsStay put until all is safe or you are ordered to evacuatePower outages can be reported to hydro providers at the following numbers:Horizon 24-hour hotline: 905-522-6611Hydro One 24-hour hotline: 1-800-434-1235. read more

Local news briefs

Teens damage mailboxesPolice are investigating after a group of teens were seen damaging mailboxes.On Friday night a homeowner on Middleton North Walsingham Townline Road spotted three teens travelling along the road in a vehicle and damaging mailboxes.The homeowner began to follow the vehicle but lost sight when the driver sped away.The vehicle is described as a white coloured Chrysler vehicle with three teenage males.“Police are looking to speak to anyone that may have information regarding these incidents. We need to hold these individual(s) accountable for their actions. Residents are tired of having their property vandalized or property stolen by individuals who think that this type of behaviour is acceptable,” said Norfolk OPP Staff Sergeant John Fashing.Pickup truck fails to stop for policeOn Friday morning an officer patrolling Ireland Road in Simcoe spotted a pickup truck that grabbed the officer’s attention. The officer attempted to stop the truck, but the driver ignored the emergency lights.The vehicle was subsequently stopped at a Glenda Street address where the driver then fled from the vehicle and was last seen running through the Oakwood Cemetery.The driver was described as a white male, about 5’10” in height. He had close-cropped  hair and was wearing a hooded sweater and jeans at the time.Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 1-888-310-1122.Concerned call leads to driver’s arrestA concerned citizen contacted police to report a possible impaired driver on James Street in Delhi on Sunday morning.Officers patrolling the area were able to stop the vehicle and investigate.As a result, a 34-year-old Norfolk County man was charged with operation while impaired — alcohol and drugs and failure or refusal to comply with demand.He is scheduled to appear in court in Simcoe at a later date.Driver crashes into treeA Norfolk County man has been charged with impaired driving after crashing into a tree in the early hours of Sunday morning.Police responded to an incident at Blossom Avenue in Simcoe around 5:20 a.m. on Sunday.As a result of the investigation a 20-year-old man was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, public mischief, failure to remain and failure to comply with probation order.Chainsaw and tool sets stolenAt some point between December 2018, and April 13, 2019, someone entered a trailer and barn located at a 2nd Concession Road address in South Walsingham and removed a chainsaw along with several tool sets.Police received the report of the break and enter on Saturday around 4 p.m.The OPP is continuing to investigate and is seeking assistance from the public. read more

International Criminal Court arrives in DR Congo to start probe UN says

Staff from the ICC Prosecutor’s Office and Registry are expected to spend the next few days holding closed meetings with representatives of the Congolese authorities, civil society, and international organizations, spokeswoman Marie Okabe told a press briefing in New York.ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said on 23 June that the Court would open the first investigation of the ICC by looking into the grave crimes that allegedly took place on DRC territory since 1 July 2002.Last September, the Prosecutor spotlighted connections that between crimes being committed in DRC’s Ituri province and businesses operating in Europe, Asia and North America. He pledged to determine the contribution, if any, that these businesses are making to the commission of crimes in the DRC.”The investigation of the financial aspects of the atrocities allegedly committed in Ituri will be crucial to prevent future crimes and for the prosecution of crimes already committed,” he said at the time, voicing hope that the exercise would “contribute to the ongoing peace process and ultimately yield stability for the DRC, fostering not just political stability but also healthy markets.” read more

Getco buying Knight Capital in cashandstock deal that companies value at 14

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 8:45 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Nearly five months after a major software malfunction at Knight Capital roiled financial markets, the trading firm has agreed to sell itself to a competitor, Getco, in a cash-and-stock deal that the companies value at $1.4 billion.Knight shareholders can choose $3.75 per share in cash or one share of stock in the new holding company. The per-share price — which is more than the $3.50 per share that Getco offered last month — is a 13 per cent premium to Knight’s Tuesday closing price. But it’s a fraction of the company’s worth before the meltdown.Knight’s stock rose 24 cents, or 7.2 per cent, to $3.57 in premarket trading.Knight Capital Group Inc. has one of the most advanced platforms for trading brokerages. The Jersey City, N.J., company takes stock trading orders from brokers like TD Ameritrade and E-Trade and routes them to the New York Stock Exchange and other exchanges.Getco’s acquisition is a path forward for Knight, which suffered $461.1 million in losses from the August malfunction that sent the shares of dozens of publicly traded companies haywire.After the problem was traced back to Knight, its shares lost three-fourths of their value in two days, forcing it to cede control of its operations on the New York Stock Exchange and seek a lifeline.Getco Holding Co. company became a major stakeholder after pitching in on a $400 million bailout of Knight this summer with a group led by financial firm Jefferies Group. Getco itself owns 57 million shares of Knight.Under the buyout agreement, Getco will receive 233 million shares of the new holding company. Getco CEO Daniel Coleman will become CEO of the combined company. Knight Chairman and CEO Thomas Joyce will become executive chairman.The combined company’s board will have nine directors, including Coleman and Joyce. Getco will designate 4 additional board members, while Knight will name three additional directors.Getco, based in Chicago, is owned mainly by its partners and executive team. Its only outside investor is General Atlantic, a private equity firm based in Greenwich, Conn.The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013. Getco buying Knight Capital in cash-and-stock deal that companies value at $1.4 billion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Newfoundland government says No to fracking applications prior to review

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Newfoundland government says No to fracking applications prior to review ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador is shutting the door on applications for hydraulic fracturing or fracking for oil and gas while it reviews regulations and consults residents.Plans to frack wells near Gros Morne National Park pending government approvals had raised concerns about groundwater pollution and the impact on one of the province’s prime tourism draws.Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley said Monday that no fracking applications will be accepted before the review is complete and made public. He set no deadline.“We need to be cognizant of the consequences of the decision and we’ll move through that process in due time,” he said outside the legislature.Dalley said the Progressive Conservative government’s top concern is health and safety.“In making this decision, our government is acting responsibly and respecting the balance between economic development and environmental protection,” he told the house, which began its fall session Monday.Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, involves pumping water, nitrogen, sand and chemical additives at high pressure to fracture shale rock formations and allow gas or oil to flow through well bores to the surface. It’s increasingly used across Canada and the United States as energy demands grow while conventional sources wane.The province has not yet received formal applications to frack wells in western Newfoundland although exploration licences have been granted in what’s known as the Green Point shale near Gros Morne National Park.The prospect of drilling near Gros Morne, a spectacular hiker’s paradise recognized by UNESCO world heritage status, set off intense debate. It has also raised alarms about groundwater pollution and other risks.It’s believed Newfoundland’s west coast has deep shale formations that hold oil — unlike more shallow coalbed gas deposits in western Canada and parts of the U.S.Still, the Council of Canadians has warned that a lack of independent research before and after fracking means safety assurances ring hollow.NDP Leader Lorraine Michael said her party has long urged the government to halt any fracking applications until the process is better understood.“There are a lot of issues that are out there in the environmental world,” she told reporters. “Some of them are proven, some aren’t. And I think we have to make sure before we go any further that we have absolute proof that if there are environmental concerns, which there are, that they can be dealt with.”Dalley said the government will take the time it needs to assess the geology of western Newfoundland and compare its existing regulations to other jurisdictions.Western Newfoundland’s shale-oil deposits have been described as a potentially huge resource. Shoal Point Energy Ltd. (CNSX:SPE) holds three exploration licences. It reached a farmout deal earlier this year with Black Spruce Exploration, a subsidiary of Foothills Capital Corp., for as many as 12 exploration wells to be drilled over the next few years in the Green Point shale, if the province approved.No one with Black Spruce could be immediately reached to comment on Monday’s announcement.In Quebec, a moratorium on fracking for natural gas under the St. Lawrence River is now the subject of a $250-million lawsuit by Lone Pine Resources Inc. (TSX:LPR). The company says it bought leases in good faith and is now being denied a chance to develop them. by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2013 11:44 am MDT read more

Caterpillar announces a number of Vice Presidential changes

first_imgDoug Hoerr, Vice President of Caterpillar’s Material Handling & Underground Division (MH&U), has elected to retire from the company. Caterpillar’s board of directors has appointed a new vice president, and the company is also announcing new responsibilities for three current vice presidents.“For more than 20 years of his career with Caterpillar, Doug worked in a wide range of accounting and finance roles with increasing levels of responsibility and global scope,” said Jim Umpleby, Caterpillar CEO. “In 2012, Doug was named group CFO for Customer & Dealer Support, a position he held until being named a Caterpillar vice president in 2015.”In his role as CFO for Customer & Dealer Support, Hoerr was instrumental in coordinating key elements of the Across the Table initiative, which drove improved performance and alignment between Caterpillar and the worldwide dealer network. Most recently within MH&U, Hoerr led the execution of Caterpillar’s Operating & Execution Model resulting in restructuring of the MH&U operational footprint as well as the product portfolio.Hoerr joined Caterpillar in 1993 after working for the accounting firm of McGladrey, where he gained experience in auditing and corporate tax. Within Caterpillar, he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in accounting, business analysis and business resources in Customer Services Support, Parts Distribution, Integrated Manufacturing, Finance Services Division, Large Engine Products & Fuel System Division, Corporate Services Division and Large Power Systems Division. In 2012, he was named group CFO for Customer & Dealer Support. On January 1, 2015, Hoerr became a Caterpillar vice president. His retirement is effective August 1, 2017.Caterpillar is also announcing changes in responsibilities for current Caterpillar vice presidents Tom Bluth, Jean Savage and Karl Weiss. These changes will be effective August 1, 2017.Bluth, who was first named a vice president in 2007 and is currently Vice President of the Surface Mining & Technology Division (SM&T), will become Caterpillar’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the Vice President of the Innovation & Technology Development Division (ITDD).Since joining Caterpillar in 1995, Bluth has held numerous positions, including corporate attorney in the Legal Services Division, industry manager in the Latin America Commercial Division, district manager in the North America Commercial Division, worldwide medium wheel loader product manager and president and managing director of Caterpillar France. In 2007, the Caterpillar board of directors named Bluth Vice President of Asia Pacific Operations and two years later, he became Vice President of the Earthmoving Division. In 2013, Bluth moved to Vice President of the Mining Products Division and three years later, Bluth’s responsibilities were expanded to include leadership for mining sales and support as the Vice President of SM&T. Bluth graduated with an electrical engineering degree from Iowa State University, a law degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.Savage, who was first named a Caterpillar vice president in 2014 and is currently Caterpillar’s CTO and the Vice President of ITDD, will become the Vice President of SM&T.Savage was formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Locomotive and Railcar Services business unit for Caterpillar subsidiary Progress Rail Services (PRS). Savage joined PRS in 2002 as vice president for Quality and Continuous Improvement. She also served as vice president of PRS’ Freight Car Repair, Parts and Quality Divisions before her most recent position. Prior to joining PRS, she worked in a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions in her 14 years at Parker Hannifin Corporation, a leader in motion and control technologies and systems. That was preceded by nine years in the Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer. Savage has an electrical and computer engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton.In 2013, Weiss (pictured) was named a Caterpillar Vice President for the Earthmoving Division, the position he still holds today. Weiss will become the Vice President of MH&U, replacing Hoerr.Since joining Caterpillar in 1992, Weiss has had various assignments within product development at Caterpillar’s Decatur, Joliet and Aurora, Illinois, facilities, primarily focused on large machine structural design. Weiss subsequently transferred to Geneva, Switzerland, with Caterpillar Global Mining as an equipment management consultant serving mining customers and dealers in Europe and Africa. He then became the large wheel loader new product introduction manager in Aurora. Weiss then moved to Beijing, China, for four years where he served as the wheel loader product manager for the Asia Pacific Region. He then was named the worldwide product manager for medium wheel loaders in Aurora before being named Earthmoving vice president in 2013. Weiss graduated from Purdue University with a degree in agricultural engineering and an MBA from Northern Illinois University.Caterpillar’s board of directors has appointed Frederic Istas, currently aftermarket solutions global manager for Caterpillar’s Global Aftermarket Solutions Division, to the position of Vice President of the Earthmoving Division.“Building on his more than 20 years with Caterpillar, Frederic brings strong product management leadership experience from previous roles in the United States and Europe, as well as product support and marketing experience to this role,” Umpleby said.Istas joined Caterpillar in 1996 as part of the Europe, Africa & Middle East (EAME) Marketing Division, based in Geneva, Switzerland. He held roles as a 6 Sigma black belt and master black belt. In 2004, Istas was named district manager for the EAME Marketing Division in Geneva. From 2008-11, he was a global process owner in the Global Revenue Management Group based in Peoria. He then was named a regional product manager for the Excavation Division based in Europe. Istas has a degree in electromechanics from Industriele Hogeschool, Gent, Flanders, Belgium. Istas will begin his new role August 1, 2017.last_img read more

Music levels the playing field between gay and straight people

first_imgMembers of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Source: FacebookIT’S HARD TO hate someone that you’ve just sung a song with. It shows that we’re human beings like everyone else. Music levels the playing field.These are the words of Charles Beale, the artistic director of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus – one of 50 LGBT choirs in Dublin for the Various Voices festival this weekend.The Chorus is one of the main attractions at the festival. They will perform their show Big Gay Sing in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre tomorrow night.Almost 100 singers, some of them Irish, will take part in the performance, which will raise funds for Marriage Equality ahead of next year’s referendum.Beale said that members of the chorus felt particularly compelled to raise “vital” funds for the organisation.We have marriage equality in New York State so it’s great to be able to give back a little.He added that the show “connects people to the gay community” and has the potential for real “political impact”.“We’ve become famous for doing big events around the world. It’s fantastic to be able to offer the Marriage Equality campaign in Ireland essentially a free gig from a bunch of New York singers.”Beale said the show, which premiered in New York this spring and will be hosted by Panti Bliss, is “full of all the gayest songs in the world”.“The clue’s in the title: it has to be extremely gay. Why sing one Madonna song when we can sing seven? Let’s not have one drag queen, let’s have 15!”Gay men in the audience should leave thinking ‘I never need to need to see another Gay Sing in my life.’It needs to be pink. It needs to be fluffy. It needs to be extravagant.  It also needs to be big: more over the top than you can imagine.‘Incredibly proud’Various Voices is being hosted by Glória, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir.Festival Director Ian Doyle said that Glória is “incredibly proud” to have brought the event to Dublin – the first time it has been held in Ireland. Source: Facebook“It’s hugely important for the LGBT community to be able to host an event of this size,” Doyle stated.Through music you can really engage with people in a different way.A number of free choral performances will take place today and tomorrow as part of ‘Singing in the City‘. All of the concerts will be streamed live on AerTV. Venue and ticket information is available here.Various Voices takes place every four years and was last held in London in 2009.Read: 59% in new poll think you’re not homophobic if you oppose gay marriageColumn: Are you frustrated by the number of ‘gay’ stories in the media? Then read on…last_img read more

PornHub Shows Politicians Getting Screwed Kinda With This Documentary

first_imgPornHub is more than the sum of its adult-entertainment parts.Sure, you can visit the largest pornography site on the Internet to fulfill your kinkiest desires.But the video sharing service also dabbles in philanthropy, hosting several events and campaigns since 2012 to raise awareness for different issues (breast cancer, the environment, whales, and pandas), even offering a $25,000 STEM scholarship to one woman pursuing a career in the academic disciplines.Now, the site is getting into foreign politics by serving as a platform for a video created by Russian opposition activist and anti-corruption blogger Aleksey Navalny.The documentary, which allegedly accuses top government officials (namely Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev) and big businessmen of corruption, was banned by a Moscow district court.Citing Russian media reports, local broadcaster RT said the magistrate found the information presented in the video “is inconsistent with reality,” and “obliged” Navalny and his nonprofit Foundation for Countering Corruption to remove it from the Internet.Instead, the film landed on PornHub, under the title “Russian Corrupted Politician F***ed Hard.”Geek’s preliminary search of the site came up empty (unless you’re super into Soviet sex). According to The Next Web, the video received thousands of views before it was made private and flagged for review.“I want to be vehemently clear about this—PornHub did not upload Aleksey Navalny’s video,” Vice President Corey Price said in a statement. “We are a video platform which functions very much like YouTube, in that users are able to upload their own videos provided they have an account and that the content adheres to our [terms of service]. We have no political stance on Putin, or the Russian government in general, but we are very happy to have been unblocked in Russia so that we can continue to entertain our fans there.”As reported by Newsweek, the porn site reached out to Navalny online, inviting him to post more clips to the forum. The figurehead offered his thanks, adding that “I will not be deleting it anyway.”“This will help many citizens realize what corrupt officials do to the people of Russia,” Navalny wrote.In a Wednesday blog post titled “Do not delete,” the lawyer and activist urged Russians to join him in protests across the country during the June 12 Russia Day holiday.A Russian court in September blocked PornHub, alleging it provided minors unrestricted access to adult content. The site was reinstated in April with an age verification mechanism.We just wonder what’s the percentage of people watching the whole thing waiting for nakedness?Editor’s Note: This story was updated on June 2 with comment from PornHub.last_img read more

Vancouver eyes new tool for downtown

first_imgThe city of Vancouver is pursuing a “tool” that could help downtown businesses raise funds to fill the service gaps between what the owners want to see and what the city can provide. But much is left to be determined, including how it will be governed, the rate businesses would pay, the services provided and the service area.“As the downtown has grown and evolved over the last several years post-recession, we’ve started to explore what tools might be at our disposal to address the specific needs of the downtown core,” City Manager Eric Holmes said.A downtown improvement area is similar to a business improvement district: a governing body made up of ratepayers — in this instance, business owners — that determines the assessed fee and how the revenue will be spent.“Downtown is changing and that means the management of downtown could possibly change as well and respond to that,” said Teresa Brum, Vancouver’s economic development division manager.In the last five years, 47 new restaurants and bars have opened downtown, and additional restaurants, hotels and apartment units are on the way as development on The Waterfront Vancouver continues.last_img read more

Bruno Saltor is thinking about his future

first_imgThe 38-year-old Brighton and Hove Albion footballer says this might be his last season in the English Premier League as he’s thinking on retirement.Spanish right-back Bruno Saltor started his professional career in 199 with Espanyol B in the Second Division in his native country.He was later transferred to the senior team, where he played in La Liga from 2001 to 2003, with a one year loan to Gimnastic.In 2003 he took a chance and moved to Lleida, only to get to Almeria in 2006.And from 2009 to 2012, he played in Valencia, before leaving in 2012 to the English Premier League where he has been playing with Brighton and Hove Albion since then.And now, after all these years, he’s thinking of retirement.Webster knows there’s a lot of competition before he debuts Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Brighton and Hove Albion defender, Adam Webster, hasn’t debuted in the English Premier League because he knows the competition is fierce.“I’d be lying if I said I’m not thinking about my future, but it’s not a big deal right now. I’m just trying to enjoy it because I know it could be my last season,” he told the club’s official website.“I will take the decision in a couple of months, but right now I’m trying to enjoy everything. I was at Old Trafford last week and it could have been my last visit.”“The older you get, you know that you’re closer to the end, but I feel mentally strong, so we’ll see at the end of the season,” he added.“I’m feeling really good right now and I’m training at the same level as all of the boys. I think I’ve had good performances in all of the games that I’ve played.”“I’ve been talking to a lot of former players and it’s a difficult transition. But you need to be grateful for everything you’ve done and be positive for the future,” the defender commented.“I love the club and the city, my family love the place as well. When I retire, one of the options is to stay here, and I would love that.”last_img read more

Blazers fall flat in Boston 10486

first_imgBOSTON — Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each scored 22 points and the Boston Celtics rebounded from a lopsided loss and handed one to Portland Friday night, beating the Trail Blazers 104-86.The win came after Boston lost by 32 points at Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia on Wednesday, its worst setback in more than six years.Kevin Garnett grabbed seven defensive rebounds to move into second place on the NBA’s career list with defensive rebounds since the league started keeping the stat in 1973-74. He has 10,122 and moved ahead of Robert Parish (10,117). Karl Malone holds the top spot with 11,406.LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 22 points. Portland has dropped five of six games and played the second of seven straight away from the Rose Garden.The Celtics led by 35 points at halftime and 34 after three quarters.It was the Trail Blazers’ eighth consecutive loss in Boston. They’ve lost 12 of their past 13 overall against the Celtics.Boston begins a season-high, eight-game road trip at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon.The Celtics opened a double-digit lead on Rajon Rondo’s driving layup with 39 seconds left in the first quarter and didn’t stop there. They led 27-17 after one, scored the initial 16 points of the second quarter and built their lead to 37 points (60-23) on Allen’s two free throws late in the second before holding a 65-30 halftime edge.Boston shot 60 percent (27 of 45) in the first half, and Portland just hit 36.4 percent (12 of 33).The Trail Blazers had a season-low for points in the half and committed 17 turnovers in the opening half. They had a season-high 28 for the game.last_img read more

Gain insight into balancing benefits and financial wellbeing at Employee Benefits Connect

first_imgThose who attend Employee Benefits Connect 2016 can gain insight into how employee benefits could potentially harm employee’s financial wellbeing, as well as the measures that can be taken to address this, in a session led by Darren Laverty (pictured), partner at Secondsight.During the conference session, Laverty will discuss the pension allowance limit changes coming into effect in April 2016, why some employees could be facing unexpected tax bills, and why employers need to act on the changes before they come into play. He will also outline the key points to communicate to staff around retirement savings.Laverty said: “Few people appreciate that the tapered annual allowance legislation could lead to some nasty surprises for anyone with an income of £150,000 or more, which now takes account of other sources of income including buy-to-let income, salary sacrifice and employer pension contributions.“Employers need to ensure that those staff who will be affected, understand what is happening, and how, together, they can mitigate any potential problems.”He adds: “Good financial wellbeing boils down to employers educating their staff about how to retire, and how to avoid running out of money in later life. They should be able to see the future through cash flow forecasting, supporting their financial wellbeing.”Employee Benefits Connect 2016 will take place on 9 March at the Lancaster London.For more information and to register to attend, visit: www.employeebenefitsconnect.co.uk.last_img read more

Woman Who Sent Texts Urging Suicide Gets 15 Months In Jail

first_img Share APMichelle Carter awaits her sentencing in a courtoom in Taunton, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, for involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself in July 2014. (Matt West/The Boston Herald via AP, Pool)A woman who encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to “get back in” a truck filled with toxic gas was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in jail for involuntary manslaughter.Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz gave Carter a 2½-year jail sentence but said she had to serve only 15 months of that. He also sentenced her to five years of probation.Roy’s family told the court that they were devastated by his death.Conrad Roy Jr. said it inflicted the “worst emotional pain” he has ever experienced.“I am heartbroken,” the father said.A 13-year-old sister, Camden Roy, testified that she’s “haunted” by the realization that she’ll never see her brother wed or be an aunt to his children.Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, asked the judge to spare his client any jail time and instead give her five years of probation and require her to receive mental health counseling. He said Carter was struggling with mental health issues of her own — bulimia, anorexia and depression — during the time she urged Roy to kill himself.“Miss Carter will have to live with the consequences of this for the rest of her life,” Cataldo said. “This was a horrible circumstance that she completely regrets.”Prosecutor Maryclare Flynn called probation “just not reasonable punishment” for her role in Roy’s death. The prosecution sought the maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.In dozens of text messages, Carter had urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. “The time is right and you are ready … just do it babe,” Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter’s text messages.“You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t,” Carter wrote in one text.Cataldo argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan. Cataldo also argued that Carter’s words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to “get back in” after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.The judge said those words constituted “wanton and reckless conduct” under the manslaughter statute.Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge had several options for sentencing. He could have committed her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on Aug. 11. He could also have combined a DYS commitment with an adult sentence, or could have given her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.last_img read more

Colins NFL Week 7 Blazin 5

first_img5. Giants (+5.5) at Falcons – The Giants looked completely incompetent in Week 6, but Colin likes them as a 5.5 road dog against the Falcons. Atlanta’s decimated defense ranks last in 3rd Down % allowed (56.2) and TD’s Allowed (24), 31st in PPG Allowed (32.0), and 30th in Total YPG Allowed (417.2).Eli has been a train wreck for New York this season, but Saquon Barkley is the 2nd player in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of his first 6 career games (Kareem Hunt had 7 straight such games last season), and leads all running backs with 40 receptions. He should be a matchup nightmare for a Falcon defense that has allowed a league-high 53 running back receptions. The Giants are a mess, but they win and cover on the road here, 24-23.🚨 Blazin’ 5 is 17-12-1 through Week 6 🚨@ColinCowherd makes his Week 7 picks 🔽🔽 pic.twitter.com/KVvlV56Rt3— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 19, 2018 Advertisement 3. Saints at Ravens (-2.5) – Colin loves the Ravens giving up 2.5 at home against the Saints in a matchup of the #1 offense vs. #1 defense in the NFL. Drew Brees could struggle away from the dome against a Baltimore D that ranks 1st in PPG Allowed (12.8), Total YPG Allowed (270.8), Yards/Play Allowed (4.4), and Sacks (26).Joe Flacco and the Ravens improved offense ranks 3rd in the league in 3rd Down Conversion % (47) and as a team Baltimore has a +76 point differential (2nd NFL). Baltimore covers the 2.5 point cover. 28-24, Ravens. Colin is coming off his first losing weekend of the NFL season like a wounded mongoose ready to strike back. Even after a 2-3 Week 6, he’s still sitting at a respectable 17-12-1 on the season as he goes on the attack for Week 7. Forget about the Powerball, Colin has you covered with this week’s picks.Here are Colin’s Week 7 Blazin’ 5 plays:Panthers (+4.5) at Eagles – The Eagles have looked better with Carson Wentz back, but Carolina getting 4.5 is too many points for Colin to pass up. The Panthers have a legit defense, and a solid rushing attack that ranks 4th in Rush YPG (139.4), and 6th in Yards/Rush (5.0).Cam Newton has 2+ TD passes in four straight games under new coordinator Norv Turner (t-longest career streak), and should be effective against  a 23rd ranked Philly pass defense that’s giving up 273.0 YPG to opposing QB’s. Take Carolina, the healthy 4.5, and outright. 27-26, Panthers.center_img 2. Bills at Colts (-7.5) – Colin hates taking big favorites, but thinks Andrew Luck and the Colts can cover 7.5 against the death spiraling Bills. The Colts are tied for 3rd in the league in sacks (19), and should be able to harass off the street 35-year-old journeyman Derek Anderson in his first NFL start since 2016.Anderson will lead an inept Bills offense that ranks last in PPG (12.7), Pass YPG (123.0), and Yards/Play (3.7), and 31st in Total YPG (225.5), and 3rd Down Conversion % (27.9). Indy is bad, but the Bills are a whole lot worse. Take Indy, lay the 7.5. Colts in a blowout, 33-10. 4. Cowboys at Redskins (-1.5)  – Give Colin Washington, laying 1.5 at home against Dak and Dallas for the NFC East lead through 7 weeks. Dallas just blew the doors off the Jags at home, but they’ve been a nightmare on the road. The Boys are undefeated (3-0) at home, but have yet to win away from Jerra’s World (0-3). They also average fewer points (28.7 home vs. 12.3 away), allow more points (14.7 home vs. 19.7 road), and have a worse turnover differential (+3 home vs. -3 away).Alex Smith and Washington only have 5 giveaways on the season (t-2nd fewest NFL), so they won’t “kick themselves in the foot” and give Dallas hope. Take the Redskins, lay the 1.5. 28-20, Washington.last_img read more

How to Set Up Reminders on the New iPhone

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read This story originally appeared on Tecca September 29, 2012 image credit: TeccaLife is full of work to get done, errands to run, and chores to do, and keeping track of it all without some help can be practically impossible for most people. While a sheet of paper or bulky organizer might have been the only real options in years past, the advent of the smartphone has made remembering things easier and even more eco-friendly. Apple’s software for the iPhone, iOS 6, includes built-in features designed to make staying on top of your to-do’s even more simple.The following tips work for iPhones and iPads running iOS 5 and iOS 6. However, some features are only available in the most recent version of Apple’s mobile software. These include the ability to manually enter addresses for reminders so they’ll notify you when you arrive at or leave locations, reorganize your reminder list items to your liking, and sync reminders with iCloud.com so you can view them from any web browser and won’t have to dismiss them on other devices once they’ve been completed.Reminders: There’s an app for that.Every iPhone comes with a preinstalled app called Reminders that can be used, as its name suggests, to set up reminders for all sorts of things. To get started, simply fire up the app and you’ll see a blank list titled “Reminders.” Tap on the first blank line and type in a reminder, then tap Done in the upper right. Viola, you’ve created your first reminder.To make that reminder do more for you, tap the right-facing arrow on the same line. That’ll bring up a Details screen. Here, you can tell your phone to remind you on a specific day and time, which causes a notification to appear on your lock screen or in the Notification Center and a sound to play (depending on how your Notification settings are set up).Related: The top features of iOS 6It’s also possible to have your phone remind you about the item when you leave or arrive at a certain location. This can be handy if, for example, you have your phone remind you to buy gas when you leave home or pick up some milk when you arrive at the supermarket.On the Details screen, you can also add notes about the reminder and set a priority to help it stand out from your other to-do items. And speaking of other items and organizing them, you can tap the Menu icon in the upper left of the main Reminders screen to see all of the to-do lists on your phone. Adding a new one is as simple as scrolling down and tapping Create New List. That way, you can keep your reminders separated by task, such as errands, home, and work — or however you see fit. Back on the main reminders list screen, you can swipe left and right on the list title to change lists.Related: How to use Passbook, your new digital wallet on the iPhoneLet Siri be your personal assistant.If you have an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, use Siri to help you keep track of things in conjunction with the Reminders app. This method’s especially handy if you’re in a situation where typing on your phone isn’t possible, like when you’re driving or walking.Just get Siri’s attention by holding the Home button and tell her something like “Remind me to pick up some milk tomorrow at 5 p.m.” Siri will add the reminder for you and set up the notification, easy as that.Keep your reminders handy wherever you are.If you use a Mac, Reminders get even handier. That’s because the latest version of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, also includes the Reminder app, and it can sync data with your phone via iCloud. That way, if you enter a reminder on your phone, it’ll appear on your Mac and vice versa. This also works if you have an iPad in addition to an iPhone and a Mac. Anything you enter into the Reminders app on your iPad will appear on your other devices, and you’ll see reminders created on your other devices on it. If you’ve set up alerts for time or location, they’ll also appear in the Notification Center on your Mac or iPad.Like on the iPhone, the Mac and iPad versions of Reminders let you receive notifications when you leave or arrive at a particular location. That said, between the three platforms, you’ll never have an excuse to forget anything ever again. Related: The ultimate guide to protecting and maintaining your iPhone or iPad Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Four motorists to be prosecuted after being caught speeding in village

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailFour motorists face prosecution after being caught speeding in a Staffordshire Moorlands village tonight. Police in the area said they had been carrying out speed enforcement in Upper Tean this evening after complaints about drivers speeding through the area. One of the four was caught travelling at more than 50mph in a 30mph area. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said two other drivers had been warned about their speed. He added: “Please watch your speed, we will be.” Read MoreYoung Offenders Institution sees extra days added to sentences as punishment more than double For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more