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RCMP pressured Canada Revenue Agency to not license Mohawk tobacco firms court

first_img(Image: Robbie Dickson, president of Rainbow Tobacco. APTN)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal tax agency has faced pressure from the RCMP to stop licensing Kahnawake Mohawk cigarette manufacturers, court documents show.The documents also show that an RCMP investigator met with a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) official weeks before the federal tax body decided to deny a 2012 federal tobacco license for Rainbow Tobacco, a cigarette maker based in Kahnawake, which sits near Montreal.A large part of Kahnawake’s internal economy depends on the tobacco trade and the community is home to over a hundred cigarette shacks and at least a dozen cigarette manufacturers.The court documents are part of an ongoing Federal Court case between Rainbow Tobacco and CRA over the decision to revoke the cigarette maker’s license.Rainbow Tobacco has held a federal tobacco license since 2004. The company wants a judicial review of the CRA decision and a court hearing on the matter could be heard as early as this summer.In a sworn affidavit, Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson accused the RCMP of pressuring the CRA into revoking his license.“I believe the RCMP had a personal vendetta against myself and Rainbow Tobacco and finally convinced CRA to shut us down,” said Dickson, in the Oct. 12, 2012 affidavit.While none of the documents filed in court show a direct link between RCMP pressure and the CRA’s decision, they do show the RCMP continually expressing concern over the agency’s decision to license Kahnawake cigarette manufacturers. The documents also reveal the federal police force’s interest in the Rainbow Tobacco file.The RCMP expressed concerns in at least two letters sent in response to criminal background check requests by the CRA on the owners of Rainbow Tobacco. The checks came back clean each time.Still, the RCMP included identical paragraphs in the letters, dated 2006 and 2008, informing the CRA that it was not in the “public interest” to license tobacco firms in Kahnawake.“Considering the special situation that prevails in the territory of Kahnawake, we believe that the issuance of a license to manufacture on the reservation allows manufacturing operations and distribution to escape the control of your inspectors as well as our investigators,” the RCMP letters say. “Therefore we consider it not to be in the public interest to give licenses to tobacco product manufacturers in the territory of Kahnawake.”The letters were signed by different investigators.The RCMP also took a particular interest in Rainbow Tobacco and was in contact with CRA officials in the weeks before the agency decided to not renew the tobacco firm’s license for 2012.In a CRA memo filed with the Federal Court, CRA official Denis Beausoleil describes a meeting with Denis De Launiere, an RCMP investigator on Oct. 18, 2011. On Dec. 15, 2011, Rainbow Tobacco received a letter from the CRA informing them that they would not get a license for 2012.Beausoleil also informed two separate RCMP divisions on Jan. 4, 2012, that Rainbow Tobacco did not get its federal license renewed.“Here is the RCMP, an agent of the federal government, writing various letters to the CRA, another federal branch of the government, telling it not to issue permits to anyone in Kahnawake,” said Dickson’s lawyer Lisa Hollinger. “I find it extremely discriminatory.”The RCMP could not be reached for comment.The CRA refused to renew Rainbow Tobacco’s license saying the company wasn’t complying with provincial legislation and because it had a “delinquent excise duty liability” of $2.2 million, according to the Dec. 15, 2011, letter from the CRA.Rainbow Tobacco has seen its shipments and equipment seized in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.The company maintains that CRA was always kept appraised of its plans to expand its cigarette distribution to First Nation reserves in western Canada and that the tax agency okayed the sale of its product in First Nations communities.In his affidavit, Dickson said a large seizure of his product from the Montana First Nation in Alberta by provincial authorities distorted his company’s excise duty liability.The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission seized 14 million Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes from the Montana First Nation in January 2011. All the cigarettes bore “Canada Duty-Paid” stamps. The cigarettes were destined for reserves in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes were also seized by provincial authorities in Saskatchewan and British Columbia the same year.Rainbow Tobacco is fighting the Alberta government in court.Dickson has said the issue comes down to the right of First Nations to trade amongst themselves without provincial interference. He plans to fight the issue all the way to the Supreme Court.Public Safety Minister Vic Toews recently announced plans for the RCMP to create a 50 officer force dedicated to combating the underground tobacco trade. Toews also said the government plans to introduce legislation to impose mandatory minimum sentences on repeat tobacco smugglers.First Nation people introduced tobacco to Europeans and many see the trade of the plant as an inherent right.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Alberta adds more money for petrochemical diversification projects

first_imgEDMONTON — The Alberta government is expanding a royalty credit program to support petrochemical upgrading.Premier Rachel Notley says the province is adding $600 million to promote upgrading projects that she says will create jobs and boost the economy.A total of $1.1 billion will now be available in future royalty credits through the petrochemicals diversification program.The program, developed in 2016, previously committed $500 million in royalty credits and helped to build Inter Pipeline’s $3.5-billion petrochemical complex east of Edmonton.Notley says the province has received 23 applications for proposed upgrading projects.She says a short list will be created and decisions will be made in the coming weeks.Notley announced Monday she has appointed three experts to work with the energy industry to find ways to close an oil price gap that is costing the Canadian economy $80 million every day.Oil from Alberta is selling about $45 a barrel less than West Texas Intermediate in the United States.Notley said Tuesday that until the price differential is closed and new pipelines are built to move a glut of oil, the province needs to do what it can to help the economy.“I’ll fight the pipeline battle until it is done. You can count on that,” she said Tuesday in a speech to the Rural Municipalities of Alberta. “But at the same time, I have determined that we must take greater control of our own economic destiny.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Exboss of SNC Lavalin Pierre Duhaime arrested by Quebec anticorruption unit

Ex-boss of SNC Lavalin, Pierre Duhaime, arrested by Quebec anti-corruption unit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The former head of Canada’s biggest engineering firm, who once mused that Quebec was taking sufficient measures to fight corruption in the construction industry, was arrested Wednesday by the squad at the centre of those efforts.Pierre Duhaime, the former chief executive of SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC), was taken from his home by police in connection with alleged fraud involving one of Montreal’s huge new superhospitals.The arrest warrant alleges that Duhaime and Riadh Ben Aissa, another former top executive, also committed conspiracy to commit fraud and uttered false documents in connection with a contract pertaining to the multibillion-dollar McGill University Health Centre.The infractions are alleged to have taken place between April 30, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2011.Duhaime was released from custody late Wednesday and is expected to appear in court at a later date after being questioned by provincial anti-corruption squad investigators.He walked out from provincial police headquarters around 7:45 p.m., brushing past a number of journalists, covering his face with his coat and an arm as he approached an awaiting BMW. He sat in the back seat with his head down as the car pulled awayMeanwhile, squad chief Robert Lafreniere said “international proceedings” have been initiated against Ben Aissa, who is currently detained in Switzerland.Ben Aissa, SNC’s former head of construction, is accused of fraud, money laundering and corrupting a public official tied to his dealings in North Africa.Duhaime received a $5-million payout after he stepped down as SNC-Lavalin’s CEO last March.He was “relieved” of his duties after an independent review conducted by the company discovered he signed off on $56-million worth of payments to undisclosed agents, breaching the company’s code of ethics. His departure was classified as a retirement.In 2011, Duhaime said in an interview he didn’t see the need for a public inquiry into construction, although he said he found revelations in a report by Jacques Duchesneau, former head of the anti-collusion squad at the Transport Department, to be “troubling.”Concerned about the use of anonymous sources in the report, Duhaime said at the time the province was already getting results in its battle with corruption.The strike by the anti-corruption squad at the heart of corporate Canada came within days of SNC-Lavalin being recognized by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants for excellence in financial reporting.An SNC-Lavalin spokeswoman said the company has been co-operating with police and will continue to help in the investigation.“We are categorical, no unethical acts or illegal acts should be tolerated,” she said in a statement. “We believe that anyone who has committed an offence . . . should be brought to justice.”However, the company said it wouldn’t comment on the allegations against Duhaime.One industry observer said Duhaime’s arrest didn’t come as a total surprise given the RCMP raids on SNC-Lavalin’s headquarters in April and the detention of Ben Aissa.“If you are an investor and you are trying to look at the scenarios of probabilities, this was in the scenarios, that’s for sure,” said the analyst, who didn’t want to be identified.He said it’s normal that the company’s shares would come under pressure following the arrest, but added that SNC-Lavalin has a new chief executive and remains fundamentally strong as a company.Denis Durand, a spokesman for Jarislowsky, Fraser Ltd., the largest shareholder in SNC-Lavalin at 14 per cent, acknowledged the dollar amounts being mentioned are of concern but noted the investigation seems limited to a small group.“The more that is revealed, the better it will be for the understanding of the situation,” Durand said.”But it doesn’t, we think, impair significantly the value of the company. The company is still a great company.”He pointed out that SNC-Lavalin still has a large backlog of orders and he doesn’t believe the scandal will be a roadblock to getting future contracts.“The new president is certainly very competent and new rules, new regulations, better controls are being put in place. We’re confident for the future.”Wednesday’s arrest is the latest blow to the 101-year-old SNC-Lavalin, which is considered a Canadian success story.In September, an Ontario judge certified a $1-billion class-action lawsuit against SNC-Lavalin on behalf of investors who saw the value of their investment in the company plummet following revelations of mysterious payments in North Africa.The lawsuit was brought on behalf of all investors who purchased SNC-Lavalin securities between Feb. 1, 2007, and Feb. 28, 2012, or who bought debentures through the company’s June 2009 prospectus offering.The lead plaintiff is Brent Gray, a resident of Surrey, B.C., who purchased 600 shares in January at $52.20 per share.In addition to current and former members of SNC’s board of directors, those named in the Ontario lawsuit include SNC-Lavalin International chairman Michael Novak. The claim said certain officials, including Duhaime and former controller Stephane Roy, assisted Ben Aissa in arranging “improper or unlawful payments” to secure contracts in Libya.Roy lost his job along with Ben Aissa and Duhaime.The engineering and construction giant has never identified the two projects that received a total of $56 million of payments but insisted that none of the funds were directed to Libya. A newspaper report said one of the projects in question is the Montreal hospital.SNC-Lavalin did acknowledge this week that it paid commercial agents Duvel Securities Inc. and Dinova International Inc. in connection with projects in Libya between 2001 and 2011 that are part of an investigation by Swiss authorities. A Swiss TV report said Ben Aissa has been formally charged in relation to at least $139 million in payments in North Africa.SNC-Lavalin removed $900 million worth of Libyan projects from its backlog in 2010 amid the civil war in the North African country.The RCMP has already executed search warrants at SNC-Lavalin’s headquarters at the request of Swiss police.In Quebec, the anti-corruption unit was created in the wake of other scandals surrounding collusion in the construction industry and its links to political parties and organized crime.Since its creation last year it has arrested numerous construction-industry players as well as people tied to municipal political parties.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, SNC-Lavalin’s shares dropped another 92 cents to $39.99 in Wednesday trading. The shares have fallen nearly 29 per cent in the past year.— with a file from Graham HughesNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version contained a misspelled name by Nelson Wyatt and Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2012 11:57 pm MDT read more

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey cleared of dishonesty but accused of misconduct for

first_img  Ms Cafferkey admitted taking paracetamol at some point after she realised she had an elevated temperature and when she went to the screening area for a second time the doctor who examined her found her temperature was normal and cleared her to fly to Scotland. Anu Thompson, for the NMC, said: “The mischief in this case is that Ms Cafferkey, realising she had an elevated temperature, allowed an incorrect temperature to be entered on her screening form and left the screening area without disclosing to anyone in authority what her true temperature was.”She woke up the following morning feeling very unwell and was diagnosed with one of the most severe viral loads of Ebola ever recorded. Ms Cafferkey spent almost a month in isolation at the Royal Free at the beginning of 2015. Pauline Cafferkey She was later discharged after apparently making a full recovery, and in March 2015 returned to work as a public health nurse at Blantyre Health Centre in South Lanarkshire.But she has since had two further admissions to hospital, one with a relapse of the Ebola virus and the other with chronic meningitis. Doctors discovered last October that Ebola was still in her system. In the months that followed, her health suffered as she had issues with her thyroid, her hair fell out and she had headaches and pains in her joints.The court heard she was receiving psychological support following the trauma of requiring a prolonged admission inside an isolation tent, having a life-threatening illness and the effect of “media intrusion” during a very difficult process.A report from a Glasgow-based doctor said that her prognosis was uncertain as the only patient to have developed a reactivation of the Ebola virus infection 10 months after the initial illness.She said last month that she hoped once the full fact were known the misconduct hearing would dismiss the claims. Pauline Cafferky after recovering at the Royal Free Hospital, London, in 2015 Pauline Cafferkey The Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey said she was delighted and relieved to have been cleared of allegations of misconduct when she returned to the UK with the virus.She was accused by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of allowing the wrong temperature to be recorded while she was in a “chaotic” Ebola screening unit at Heathrow in December 2014.She was already showing signs of fever when the incorrect temperature was recorded on a screening form and she was allowed to fly home to Scotland. The following day she became seriously ill with the virus. The NMC misconduct hearing in Edinburgh heard that she could have put the public at risk.But after a two-day hearing the regulatory body ruled that because she was already suffering from the early stages of Ebola her judgement was impaired at the time.It decided she could not be found guilty of misconduct when an inaccurate temperature was recorded at the Public Health England screening unit at Terminal 4.The 40-year-old nurse was accused of allowing the wrong temperature to be recorded, and leaving the unit without reporting her true temperature. Pauline Cafferkey enters an isolation tent before being flown back to hospital in London in February this yearCredit:Getty However, the hearing was also told that the PHE unit was not properly prepared to receive so many travellers from at-risk countries on December 28, 2014, and was “busy, disorganised and even chaotic”.Despite that fact, it was a complaint from PHE that triggered the disciplinary process against a nurse regarded by many as a hero for putting her own life at risk to help tackle the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.Her lawyer said she was delighted with the outcome and although she still has health problems she was now free to continue working as a nurse in Lanarkshire.Joyce Cullen added that Ms Cafferkey, from Cambuslang, willingly put her life at risk to travel to West Africa as a volunteer.She added: “She and hundreds of other volunteers played a vital role in saving lives and helping to curb the epidemic in extremely challenging circumstances. “As the panel heard, when Pauline and her fellow volunteers arrived at Heathrow, they were faced with chaotic scenes.“Public Health England were unprepared for the volume of people returning from countries affected by Ebola. They were also serious failures of communication amongst the Public Health England staff.”Ms Cullen added that it was “perhaps ironic” that given the criticisms made of PHE’s processes, it was their complaint that led to the NMC investigation and the proceedings being initiated.She said: “No doubt lessons have been learned. Throughout her career, Pauline has been motivated by a genuine desire to help other people even if this meant putting her own life at risk.“She would never have knowingly put anyone in danger. Pauline was lucky to survive and since her return from Sierra Leone has continued to suffer from ill health.” The lawyer said the disciplinary process had been “upsetting and stressful” for Ms Cafferkey.Timothy Cole, chairman of the misconduct panel, said there was “compelling and clear medical evidence” about Ms Cafferkey’s state of mind and ability to reason when she returned to the UK.He added that she was in a “medically-impaired state” when her temperature was put down as 37.2C and she was allowed to continue to arrivals.In fact, it had been recorded twice by a doctor at 38.2C and 38.3C – above the 37.5C level which should have triggered alarm bells and led to a consultant being contacted.But, clearing the nurse of misconduct, Mr Cole said it was not disputed that at the time she was “experiencing the early effects of a significant viral load of Ebola” and her health was “going rapidly downhill”.He also said the events had “occurred in circumstances characterised as disorganised and chaotic”.Ms Cafferkey spent over a month in an isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London in early 2015.She came close to death on two separate occasions as the virus lingered in her system and developed meningitis in September 2015.She has 18 years of experience as a nurse and has previously volunteered to work in Sudan and Bangladesh. She was honoured with a Pride of Britain award after her initial recovery and invited to Downing Street. The accusations against her have prompted widespread criticism on social media, with many members of the public saying she should be treated as a hero. 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

Antigovernment protests rage for second day in Istanbul

first_imgPROTESTERS AND RIOT police clashed for a second day in Istanbul today, a day after an environmental protest flared into a massive outcry against Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government.The unrest, which has spread to other cities, marks one of the biggest protests since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan first came to power in 2002 and has exposed growing discontent with what critics say is his government’s increasingly conservative and authoritarian agenda.On Saturday. police fired tear gas at protesters gathering in Taksim Square, the epicentre of the demonstrations that have left dozens of people injured and have earned Turkey a rare rebuke from its ally Washington.Hours earlier, several hundred protesters waving Turkish flags advanced despite police firing water canon and crossed the Bosphorus Bridge to the European side of the city, according to local media.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)The unrest erupted into anti-government demonstrations after police on Friday moved into Taksim to break up a protest against the razing of a nearby park.Clashes raged during the night, as thousands of people marched through the city, some banging pots and pans as residents shouted support from the windows.Others held up cans of beer in defiance of a recent law, supported by the Islamist-rooted ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which restricts the sale of alcohol and prohibits it during the nighttime hours.Critics of the law see it as a sign of creeping conservatism in predominantly Muslim but staunchly secular Turkey.“They want to turn this country into an Islamist state, they want to impose their vision all the while pretending to respect democracy,” said one woman protester in Istanbul, declining to give her name.People hold up banners that read ” Chemical Tayyip, Go!” and “Resist the Dictator” as thousands of people gather in support of demonstrators staging a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at an Istanbul park, in Ankara. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)The unrest on Taksim Square, where a sit-in has been held for several weeks to protest against plans to raze a nearby park in order to build a shopping mall.Critics say that the park is the last patch of greenery in the commercial area.Its razing is part of a wider, controversial construction project that aims to turn the area around Taksim – a traditional gathering point for protests and a popular tourist destination – into a pedestrian zone.After several days of growing protests at the square last week, riot police moved in to break it up on Friday with tear gas and water canon.Protestors responded by hurling stones, chanting: “Government resign!”“The trees, it’s the drop that made the vase overflow,” said Ozkan, a philosophy student in Istanbul. “People are sick and tired of everything that this government is doing to them.”A man falls as riot police use tear gas and pressurized water to quash a peaceful demonstration by hundreds of people staging a sit-in protest to try and prevent the demolition of trees at an Istanbul park yesterday. (AP Photo)As tear gas blanketed the area, thousands of people poured out into the streets in support of the demonstrators in other Turkish cities, including in the capital Ankara, the western cities of Izmir and Mugla and Antalya in the south.Authorities said that a dozen people were being treated in hospitals for injuries received in the clashes, but Amnesty International said more than 100 protesters were reportedly injured.More than 60 people have been detained as a result of the unrest, according to regional authorities.In Washington, the State Department said it was concerned about the number of people injured as a result of the protests.“We believe that Turkey’s long-term stability, security and prosperity is best guaranteed by upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association, which is what it seems these individuals were doing,” US State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said.Thousands have voiced support for the protesters on social media in recent days, while Amnesty International urged Turkey to “halt brutal police repression” and investigate abuse claims.Erdogan’s populist government, in power for over a decade, is regularly accused of trying to make the predominantly Muslim but staunchly secular country more conservative.Tear gas, water cannons used on protesters trying to stop Turkish park being turned into shopping mallTurkey and US demand Assad stand downlast_img read more

Pollution Chevron poursuivi en justice par le Brésil

first_imgPollution : Chevron poursuivi en justice par le BrésilLe parquet de l’Etat de Rio a porté plainte contre la compagnie pétrolière Chevron et 17 cadres considérés comme responsables de la fuite d’hydrocarbures survenue en novembre 2011 au large de Rio. Accusée d’atteinte à l’environnement, la firme américaine entend se défendre fermement contre des allégations qu’elle juge “exagérées et non fondées”.Le parquet de l’Etat de Rio a déposé une plainte contre la compagnie pétrolière Chevron ainsi que l’entreprise Transocean ce mercredi 21 mars. Comme le rapporte l’AFP, le géant américain, le leader mondial du forage pétrolier en haute mer, et 17 de leurs cadres sont accusés d’atteinte à l’environnement et dommages infligés au patrimoine public après la fuite de brut qui a souillé l’océan Atlantique en novembre dernier au large des côtés brésiliennes.”Les poursuites se basent sur les conclusions de l’enquête policière de l’accident du 7 novembre 2011 qui s’est produit parce que les accusés n’ont pas respecté tous les protocoles de sécurité”, a expliqué le procureur général Eduardo Santos de Oliveira. Mais Chevron, qui juge ces accusations “exagérées et non fondées”, a affirmé sa volonté de se défendre, elle et ses employés, “vigoureusement”. Dans un communiqué, la firme assure “avoir collaboré de façon transparente et totale avec les autorités brésiliennes concernées”.Alors que suite à cette fuite survenue sur une installation du géant pétrolier,2.400 barils de brut se sont déversés dans l’Atlantique, à 370 kilomètres au nord-est des côtes de Rio, Chevron estime que cette pollution n’a eu aucun “impact sur la vie marine” et n’a pas représenté de “risquepourlasantédesêtreshumains”. Eduardo Santos de Oliveira affirme au contraire que la fuite “a affecté tout l’écosystème marin, ce qui pourrait mener à l’extinction de certaines espèces et a eu un impact sur l’activité économique de la région”.”Il n’y aura pas d’impunité”À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les peines requises par le procureur vont entre 10 mois et 31 ans de prison pour cinq des 17 cadres poursuivis, dont fait partie le directeur de Chevron, George Raymond Buck. Ils sont accusés “d’entrave à l’action de la justice”, de “présentation d’un plan d’urgence erroné” et de “falsification des documents présentés aux autorités”.”Nous voulons donner un message au monde (…) Il n’y aura pas d’impunité. Si les compagnies (étrangères) ont la meilleure technologie, prennent toutes les précautions, elles seront les bienvenues ici, sinon non ! Nous devons donner un exemple avec Chevron”, a déclaré le secrétaire de Rio à l’environnement, Carlos Minc.Le 22 mars 2012 à 18:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

iPhone 11 launch is coming Heres what we expect

first_img Apple Now playing: Watch this: Sprint $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 0 null Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Viva Tung/CNET In this week’s Apple Core roundup, we recap the new features we’re expecting to see on Apple’s next batch of iPhones in September, and discuss how Apple is betting big on 5G with its billion-dollar acquisition of Intel’s modem business. We also break down the latest rumors about the next MacBook Pro, Apple Watch and Apple’s mixed-reality headset. Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It reading • iPhone 11, 11R and 11 Max: What we expect from Apple in September Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Three new iPhones coming in September It seems as if there’s a fresh batch of rumors about the next iPhones every week, and the fact that they’re all starting to sound repetitive means their debut is likely getting close.A report from 9to5 Mac this week paints a picture of all the changes (or lack thereof) we can expect in the iPhones. Citing people who’ve apparently already seen the new phones, the report backs up most of what we already heard about the iPhones, but adds a few more tidbits to the mix. The three new iPhones, for example, will look pretty similar to the 2018 models, and are rumored to have the same screen size as the previous iPhones: 5.8, 6.1 and 6.5 inches. They’ll also have the same resolution and same screen technology: OLED on the XS and XS Max sequels and an LCD screen on the followup to the XR. They’ll still have Face ID with the True Depth front camera and the notch will be the same size. The only difference pointed out by 9to5mac is that Apple might get rid of 3D Touch and the front-facing camera on the 2019 iPhones will have slow-motion video recording. There was no mention on whether or not they’ll have in-screen fingerprint scanners, as previous rumors suggested. On the back will be a new large square camera bump on all three versions of the 2019 iPhone. In addition to the traditional wide-angle and telephoto from previous years, the XS and XS Max sequels will have a new ultrawide angle sensor. The XR will likely only have a wide and ultrawide camera, and will continue to use software to create the portrait mode effect.The report says the new phones will also get a new feature called “Smart Frame,” too. This feature uses the new lens to capture additional content around your photo (for stills and videos). That information is stored for a limited time so you can go back and expand the margins of the frame if you left someone or something out of the shot. The report also backs up rumors about a larger battery, a new and more powerful A13 processor and two-way charging, similar to the Galaxy S10 phones. Other rumors not mentioned by 9to5’s new report suggests that  the iPhone 11R will be available in lilac and green, two new colors that would replace last year’s coral and blue options. The phones will also  sport a new circular mute switch on the side, similar to iPads and that they’ll keep the traditional Lightning port (not USB-C).Apple buys Intel’s modem business Apple could soon be making 5G chips for future iPhones in-house, especially since the 2020 iPhones are already rumored to be the first 5G iPhones with Qualcomm’s 5G chips.That’s because Apple announced it signed an agreement to purchase most of Intel’s smartphone modem business, valued at roughly $1 billion. This comes after a two-year legal battle over patent licensing that the company had with Qualcomm. The companies reached a multiyear chip supply agreement with that would allow Apple to use Qualcomm modems in their phones. Buying the business from Intel would mean they get more  patents and the personnel support of Intel’s modem team, which gives Apple a leg up to end its reliance on companies like Qualcomm for similar technology.  New MacBook Pro coming this yearApple’s recent updates to its MacBook lineup haven’t ruled out a possibility of getting yet another one before the end of the year. According to Chinese site The Economic Daily News, Apple is gearing up to launch a high-end 16-inch laptop with a 3,072×1,920-pixel LCD display (up from the 2,880×1,800 pixels in the current 15-inch MacBook Pro) as early as October.Other potential updates include a better processor and a new keyboard that would use a new scissor switch mechanism in place of Apple’s troubled butterfly switch keyboard, which has caused many mishaps for the company. But the upgrades won’t come cheap — the cost of the new MacBook pro would rise to $3,000, according to the report. The report also mentions an update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Retina screen MacBook Air.The Apple Watch may get a new screen in 2020The Apple Watch may get a different screen next year. Another report by The Economic Daily News says Apple will switch from a traditional OLED display to a microLED display on next year’s Apple Watch. Aside from being brighter, microLED technology makes the screen more energy efficient and potentially improve battery life. Improved battery life would mean Apple could finally add a native sleep tracking app to the Apple watch. Apple’s latest patent hints at new hardware Just when we thought Apple might be putting on the brakes for its AR/VR glasses project, we have new reason to believe it’s still a go.apple-gafas-ra-ar-glasses-concept-patent Martin Hajek/iDropNews Apple filed for a patent for a mixed-reality system, which includes a head-mounted display capable of showing augmented and virtual reality, and a controller. The headset would include multiple sensors to track the user’s facial expressions as well as the environment around them, while the controller would have at least one (if not two) built-in processors of its own. Apple has reportedly been working on launching AR or mixed-reality glasses with an 8K display by 2020, but a recent report in DigiTimes suggested that the company halted the project because the glasses themselves were nowhere near completion, and weren’t at the price point Apple needed to make them attractive to consumers. The patent proves Apple is still very much interested in the space, but it may take a bit longer for the actual product to become a reality.  Phones Apple iPhone XS See All See It Three new iPhone 11 models coming in September, rumor… 8:10 Tags See it Rumors Intel Applelast_img read more

One Option To Avoid High Housing Costs In Juneau Live On a

first_imgHouseboats in Aurora Harbor (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KTOO)Juneau has some of the highest housing prices in Alaska. According to the  state Department of Labor, the average single family home costs $349,000 dollars in the capital city. A typical rental unit is more than a thousand dollars a month.Download AudioOne way to combat the high cost of housing is to rent a slip on the docks for a houseboat or a live aboard.Carrie Warren and her three children live in Aurora Harbor. She’s originally from Washington state, but has lived in Alaska on and off for 20 years. In 2013, she moved to Juneau from Tenakee Springs. As soon as she came to town, she started looking for housing and found a houseboat that suited her needs.“I chose it because I could actually own it. There are not very many things in Juneau that you can purchase for 50,000 dollars or less.”Warren says the seller financed the boat for her, and she paid it off in about a year and a half.She says harbor fees add up to around $200 a month, plus a little extra for utilities. The city’sDocks and Harbors department provides power, water, outhouses and a sewage pump-out. Warren says cooking can be a challenge.“I have a Dickinson stove that doesn’t work,” she says. “It’s not hooked up. And even if it did, that’s mostly for heat. You can’t bake on it. I mean, you can heat water. I can make a mean pumpkin pie in my toaster oven. I don’t have a microwave. Electricity is hard because you can’t have too many things happening at once. You blow your breaker.”Warren is a single mother who home-schools her kids and the boat is about 200 square feet. She says sometimes it’s a challenge to make sure the family gets along in such a small area. Warren’s older son plays upright bass and her daughter French horn and they need to arrange individual practice times.“Our space and boundaries are different than most people’s, and rather than sit around and whine about it, you just suck it up,” Warren says.Katie Spielberger is Warren’s neighbor. She lives in a houseboat with her partner and a cat.“A couple of our neighbors have seen the cat and have come by with an extra can of cat food or half a container of kitty litter that they found in the free bin,” she says.Spielberger works for the state and has been in Juneau for about nine years. She compares living on a boat to the tiny house movement, in which architects design homes that are less than 400 square feet. She says living in a small area has made her more creative.“It’s kind of nice to have that challenge to simplify things and it feels very rewarding when you actually can live in such a small space and have everything you need,” Spielberger says.She hangs as much as she can on walls, takes advantage of all available space and rents a storage unit. Spielberger says living on a houseboat provides the best of Juneau at an affordable price.“It feels very much of this place,” she says. “You don’t feel like you’re living in a house that could be anywhere. The views surrounding a boat in any harbor in Southeast Alaska, I think are gorgeous and hard to beat except at some very nice land property.”In addition to houseboats, some people in Juneau have live-aboards.“There’s a live-aboard vessel which is just your normal boat that somebody might live on,” explains Harbormaster Dave Borg. “And then we do have some houseboats designated specifically just as a houseboat. They generally don’t have any mode of power.”Borg says there are nine houseboats in Aurora, three in Douglas Harbor, two in Harris Harbor, and nearly 140 live-aboards. Monthly moorage fees are $4.20 per foot.Warren says there are unique problems with houseboats, but they’re mostly in-line with other homeowner concerns.“When it’s real windy, it’s a little freaky. You know, I worry about things like my canvas blowing away, but you know, I think any homeowner when it’s stormy and yucky has those same kinds of worries. Anybody who’s living in a not super insulated home has those same kinds of worries,” says Warren.And she says it’s more affordable than other housing alternatives.last_img read more

Department of Environmental Conservation seeks herbicide for invasive Elodea plant

first_imgThe Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is considering a state sought permit to apply an herbicide to 3 Fairbanks area water bodies infested with the invasive plant Elodea.  Floridone has proven successful at battling back the aquatic weed known to choke out fresh waters.Download AudioElodea hangs off a boat at Chena Lakes. (Photo by Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks)The interior waters targeted for floridone application are Chena Lakes and Slough in North Pole, and Tochaket Slough north of Nenana. Department of Environmental Conservation Pesticide Control program director Karin Hendrickson said the herbicide has been successfully employed against similar Elodea infestations in Anchorage, Kenai and Cordova area waters.”It’s an herbicide that basically works by preventing plants from photosynthesizing,” Hendrickson said.Hendrickson said the main risk is killing off non target native plants.”You wanna make sure that it’s applied carefully with the mind to that,” Hendrickson said. “It’s pretty widely studied in terms of any impact on other animals or humans or drinking water.”Hendrickson said a risk assessment will be conducted specific to the herbicide use permit requested by the Department of Natural Resources.”The ultimate goal is for state-wide eradication of Elodea,” Hendrickson said.DNR invasive plant coordinator Heather Stuart said it’s suspected that Elodea came to Alaska as an aquarium plant. Stuart said the Elodea spreads easily as small bits of the plant can re-root after being accidently transported on boats, float planes, fishing and other water sports gear.“If we don’t deal with it on a state-wide level, then there’s always that risk of having a water body that hasn’t been dealt with elodea in it, re-infesting an area that has already been treated,” Stuart said.Aditi Shenoy is with the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District, which has been wrestling with the local elodea infestation for a decade.“A fragment of plants can start a new population,” Shenoy said. ”[We’ve] assessed a number of different alternatives for controlling elodea. Mechanical control using a suction dredge combined with raking.”The harvesting technique proved unsuccessful against Elodea and the focus shifted to herbicide.  Depending on the DEC risk assessment and permit, Shenoy said application of floridone could occur as early as this summer, noting there’s some urgency given the threat posed by Elodea.“It could ruin fish habitats, which is really important for salmon and grayling rearing and spawning,”” Shenoy said. Also, if it gets into float planes, it creates really hazardous conditions for float plane operation.”Shenoy said she’s applying for grants to help fund the project. The cost of floridone to treat Fairbanks area waters is estimated at close to a million dollars. Federal agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service help fund Alaska Elodea eradication projects.last_img read more

Names of troopers and K9 involved in weekend shooting revealed

first_imgAlaska State Troopers. (File photo by Monica Gokey, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Authorities have identified the troopers involved in a fatal shooting of a suspect Sunday outside of Wasilla.Listen nowChristopher Havens, a trooper since 2012, and Jason Somerville, a trooper since 2015, both discharged their firearms in the shooting that killed 36-year-old Justin Smith of Wasilla early Sunday morning.Smith allegedly took troopers on a high speed chase, which ended on the Parks Highway after Troopers deployed spike strips.Troopers say Smith then attempted to flee, and trooper K-9, Rico, was sent after the suspect.Smith allegedly fired on and killed Rico, a three-year-old Dutch shepherd.Both troopers fired their weapons, fatally wounding Smith.K-9 Rico had worked with trooper Havens since October 2016.State investigators have not released any more details on the fatal shooting.This story contained contributions from Josh Edge with Alaska Public Media.last_img read more

EESL fails to maintain city streetlights in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has failed in maintaining the streetlights in temple city. In 2016, the Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) had entered into an agreement with the EESL to replace the conventional streetlights with LED lights.The civic body had paid Rs 7.37 crore to EESL three years ago. As per the agreement, a total of 11,000 streetlights were replaced with LED lights in the city. Besides, the EESL has to provide maintenance of LED lights for 7 years. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Earlier, the MCT’s electrical wing staff used to repair streetlights on receiving complaints. Now, the officials concerned say that the EESL is entrusted with the task of maintenance if residents complain about non-functioning of streetlights. Moreover, the EESL did not set up grievance cell to receive complaints from people and rectify them. At the time of replacing the 11,000 conventional streetlights with LEDs, the EESL had set up Centralised Control Monitoring System (CCMS). Three years ago, a total of 1,000 CCMS units were set up. Now, majority of CCMS are not functioning. Residents are not aware of functioning of EESL control room for lodging the complaints regarding streetlight repairs. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us As per the agreement, EESL must appoint 15 staff for maintaining the 11,000 LED streetlights in the city. It is pathetic that EESL had appointed only 3 temporary employees for maintenance of streetlights. Residents are forced to walk in the dark in some of the streets during nights due to non-functioning of streetlights. Speaking to The Hans India, MCT’s Electrical Engineer B Chandrashekar said that he had instructed his staff to stop payment of monthly maintenance charges of Rs 17 lakh to the EESL.last_img read more

Australia plans to censor extremist online content

first_imgSYDNEY: Australia plans to block websites to stop the spread of extreme content during “crisis events”, the country’s prime minister has said. Speaking from the G7 in Biarritz Sunday, Scott Morrison said the measures were needed in response to the deadly attack on two New Zealand mosques in March. The live-streamed murder of 51 worshippers “demonstrated how digital platforms and websites can be exploited to host extreme violent and terrorist content,” he said in a statement. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “That type of abhorrent material has no place in Australia, and we are doing everything we can to deny terrorists the opportunity to glorify their crimes, including taking action locally and globally.” Under the measures, Australia’s eSafety Commissioner would work with companies to restrict access to domains propagating terrorist material. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us A new 24/7 Crisis Coordination Centre will be tasked with monitoring terror-related incidents and extremely violent events for censorship. In the wake of the Christchurch attack, Australia set up a task force with global tech giants like Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter to address the spread of extremist material online. It is not yet clear how the measures will be enforced. Morrison has previously suggested that legislation may come if technology companies do not cooperate.last_img read more

RCom Aircel to soon conclude merger combined entity to have new brand

first_imgReliance Communications Ltd (RCom) and Aircel Ltd may soon sign a binding agreement to close the merger deal announced in December 2015, reported the Mint.In a filing to the stock exchanges, RCom said that the two companies will sign a binding definitive documentation and will soon announce the proposed transaction for the combination of the two companies’ wireless business.”Any transaction will be subject to regulatory, shareholders’ and other third party approvals. Hence, there is no certainty that any transaction will result,” RCom said, as reported by PTI.The Mint noted in the report that the merged entity will be unlisted and have a new brand name. The two companies which will own 50 percent stake each in the new firm will also start off as the country’s third biggest telco by subscriber base.Their combined operational efficiency will help save them Rs. 2500 crore a year and will have Ebitda (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) of Rs. 5,000-6,000 crore and revenues of Rs. 25,000 crore in the next financial year, added the daily.The deal will see RCom separating its wireless telephone business and merging it with Aircel. PTI reports that the combined entity would hold 19.3 percent of the total spectrum allotted to the industry. The new company will hold frequency bands of 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2300MHz offering all 2G, 3G and 4G services. The new entity will see strategic investment of about Rs. 3000 crore and both RCom and Aircel each would transfer Rs. 14,000 crore in debt to the new entity. Aircel Ltd’s shareholders include Maxis Communication and Sindya Securities and Investments.Rohan Dhamija, partner at consulting firm Analysys Mason, told the Mint the merger would shoot up the valuation of the combined entity by 20 to 40 percent as against their standalone valuation.He added that India’s telecom industry would witness further consolidation in order to keep up market shares between companies. New entrants and technological disruptions are expected to play up the merger exercises especially for telcos showing heavy debts on their balance sheets.On Wednesday, the government of India also cleared a proposal to sell a record 2,300 MHz of spectrum in seven frequencies through auction. To ease pressure on telcos that invested huge amounts in previous auctions but have failed to put existing spectrum to complete use, it also tweaked the lock-in period for trade in spectrum to 3 years from the previous 1 year. The move, analysts have observed, will also push for faster consolidation across India’s many telcos.last_img read more

Samsung to acquire Harman International in allcash deal worth 8 billion

first_imgSouth Korean electronics giant Samsung on Monday announced that it will acquire Harman International, a US-based car and audio systems supplier. The all-cash deal is valued at $8 billion.The electronics company will buy Harman for $112 per share and is the company’s biggest acquisition to date. The deal, which is subjected to approval from Harman’s shareholders and regulators, is expected to be completed by mid next year. After the deal, Harman will be a standalone Samsung subsidiary. It has said that the automotive electronics segment is likely to grow to more than $100 billion in the next nine years and the deal is a strategic priority for the company making it a single major player in the world of automotive technology. “Harman perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time,” Oh-Hyun Kwon, Samsung Electronics vice chairman and CEO, said. Harman International, which describes itself as a global leader in connected car technology, lifestyle audio innovations, design and analytics, cloud services and IoT solutions, has in the recent years pushed aggressively in the automotive world. The company has also earned billions in new businesses in addition to winning contracts with General Motors Co and Fiat Chryslers Automobiles NV, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company has projected an order backlog of $24 billion, which is roughly three-folds the size of its annual revenue.last_img read more

Blogger claims BICEP2 team acknowledging possible error in discovery of evidence of

first_img(Phys.org) —Adam Falkowski, a physicist working at CERN, on his Particle Physics Blog, is claiming that researchers on the BICEP2 team that uploaded a paper (First direct evidence of cosmic inflation) to the arXiv preprint server this past March have acknowledged to some in the science community that there may be a problem with their methodology. Members of the BICEP2 research team are denying Falkowski’s claim, but the assertion has led to rumors on the Internet that the team may not have found evidence of cosmic inflation after all. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Cosmologists cast doubt on inflation evidence The Big Bang theory suggests the universe as we know it came to exist as the result of a giant explosion, approximately 14 billion years ago, followed by a rapid thrusting of material from the point of the explosion out into what we now observe as the universe around us. That thrusting has been dubbed the theory of cosmic inflation—it describes the rapid expansion of the universe. Adherents contend that during the initial phase of cosmic inflation, gravitational waves would have been generated, and should be still visible today. Last March, the BICEP2 team claimed in their paper that they had found evidence of such gravitational waves, giving cosmic inflation theory a huge boost.But now, some have suggested that there might have been a problem with the way the observations were made—a map the team used which was created by the ESA’s Planck team might have been interpreted incorrectly. To spot gravitational waves, the team had to rule out other signals it received based on data from a variety of sources. One of those sources, the map created by the Planck team included several possible sources of light, but the researchers at BICEP2 thought it only charted dust or ashes from exploding stars. This bit of news leads to a little bit of doubt about the results the team found, and now places them at the mercy of an update of the map by the Planck team.In the meantime, members of the BICEP2 team have been responding to the rumors and claim they are still confident in their results and that any gossip suggesting they have begun to doubt their work is wrong. Whether they believe their work is in jeopardy or not, is, of course, not really what’s important—finding out if what they reported is correct is what matters, and that is going to take some time.center_img Journal information: arXiv Citation: Blogger claims BICEP2 team acknowledging possible error in discovery of evidence of gravitational waves (2014, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-blogger-bicep2-team-acknowledging-error.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

KMC mulls tagging trade licence with shop insurance of owners

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is considering a proposal to tag trade licence with shop insurance of the owners, mayor Sovan Chatterjee said on Friday.A high-level meeting was held at KMC headquarters on Friday afternoon. It was attended by Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar, KMC Commissioner Khalil Ahmed, senior officials of Fire and Emergency Services department and representatives of the owners’ association of Bagri market. Chatterjee said only 5% of the shop owners had their shops insured. “We are considering a proposal to tag trade licence with the shop insurance so that the people can get money if their shops are damaged in fire or any other accident,” Chaterjee added. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe said Block A of Bagree market will not be opened following the reports of the experts from IIT Roorkee.The KMC will remove the debris. Block A of the market has been badly affected following a devastating fire last month. Of more than 1,000 shops, around 200 shops had been damaged by the fire.He said the representatives of the market committee have taken up the matter of providing security to the building and the KMC has decided to give him all cooperation. The KMC is waiting for the report of all the agencies on Bagree Market and then a decision whether the structure will be kept or pulled down would be taken. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee said water has not been a problem and the fire fighters got plenty of water to douse the flames. “The fire fighters fought for 72 hours at a stretch to douse the flames and there was uninterrupted supply of water from the reservoir. Water was brought from neighbouring areas like Satyanarayan Park and Portuguese Church,” he said adding “We are all working together to ensure that the shop owners can resume business at the earliest.”last_img read more

How Blockchain Might Change Payments for Small Businesses

first_img Over the last couple of years digital currencies like bitcoin have captured the imaginations of everyone from investors to business owners. And, thanks to advocacy groups and more than the 100,000 businesses who accept bitcoin, we can expect even more awareness and acceptance of digital currencies.But, you can’t discuss these digital currencies without mentioning the blockchain.If you’re new to the blockchain, it’s simply “a public ledger, shared between many different parties, in which anonymous transactions are recorded.” In other words, it’s strictly person-to-person. This means that banks, financial institutions or government bodies aren’t involved in the transfer of funds — which also means that money can be transferred faster and cheaper. Additionally, because digital currencies are data and not actually physical coins or currency, they can’t be altered, erased or tampered. That means that there’s less risk involved when sending or receiving payments.In fact, as Alex Tapscott points out in the Harvard Business Review, “blockchain may enable incumbents such as JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Credit Suisse, all of which are currently investing in the technology, to do more with less, streamline their businesses and reduce risk in the process.”Besides financial transactions, businesses are also using blockchain technology for creating and signing “smart contracts,” proving ownership of intellectual property and offering coupons to customers.But, let’s go back to one of the most well-known and earliest benefits of the blockchain: payments.No more transaction fees.Whenever you accept credit or debit card payments you’re going to have to pay transaction fees. Those transaction fees, which are usually around 2 to 3 percent, probably don’t impact enterprise level businesses. For small businesses, however, those fees can add-up quickly and do some damage to your cash flow.The blockchain can reduce, if not eliminate, those fees. Yes. You read that correctly. In most cases, blockchain transactions rarely go above 1 percent. That’s because you’ve cut out the middlemen, aka banks and payment processors, who are trying to make a profit as well by charging you to process a payment.Transactions can be processed immediately.To be fair, transaction fees can become more manageable. But, not necessarily the speed if the transaction. For example, it takes three to five business days for a cross-border payment to process. Again, that’s because several financial institutions are involved when money is transferred from one account to another. This isn’t just frustrating, it can also slow down your cash flow.Because the blockchain removes those meddling third-parties you could charge a client or customer, grab a cup of coffee and your payment will be ready.In short, blockchain payments like bitcoin move really, really fast.Cross-border payments made easy.This could arguably be the biggest game-changer when it comes to the blockchain and payments since we now live in a global marketplace.As Carlo R.W. De Meijer writes in Finextra:“Blockchain could be particularly helpful for transacting cross border. International payment services offer the most promising starting points, from a speed, cost and security point of view. Global payments nowadays take days to settle, and settlement delays can happen for a number of reasons, including a country’s inability to handle real-time settlement or more cumbersome regulatory compliance. They also lack transparency and often fail on account of messaging errors.”Since the blockchain is decentralized it’s essentially a global currency. This is going to make entering the global marketplace more convenient and affordable for your small business. And, that could lead to you entering a whole new market before your competitors are there.Disputes are a thing of the past.Despite the fact the blockchain is used to create a digital currency, it actually works more like cash than a credit card since once the transaction is approved by both parties it can’t be contested. Furthermore, you have to authorize and verify the transaction. This will reduce any disputes between you and your customers, which in turn will eliminate chargebacks.How can your business use bitcoin?There are still some kinks to work out with blockchain, such as the fact that it’s not regulated, unstable and not widely embraced, but it’s a promising payment option for small business owners.If you want to start taking advantage of the benefits of the blockchain, you can start by learning the basics and selecting a trusted Bitcoin wallet. In fact, it only take a couple of minutes to set-up a bitcoin wallet. After that you can place a sticker on your site declaring that you accept bitcoin (“Now Accepting Bitcoin!”) as a payment. You can also pay suppliers or freelancers in bitcoin if they accept it.Remember, getting started really isn’t difficult as long as you’re educated and open-minded. So, don’t be afraid or timid when it comes to blockchain. Get out there and start enjoying the opportunities of blockchain for your small business.(By Chalmers Brown) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Due April 28, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

Get The School Of Game Design At Just 69 – A 98

first_imgAre you a game lover? If your answer is in the affirmative, then I have some great news for you. Ever thought of making a career out of what you love and still earn loads? Well, then this deal is exactly for you! Wccftech is offering an amazing discount on the School of Game Design. With this deal you will be able to access courses that have been specially designed for developers of varying skill levels. You will be able to learn at your own pace and will get access to an enormous library of step-by-step training videos. You will be able to perform the very basics to the very advanced techniques with Unity 3D.School of Game Design Lifetime Membership featuresThe School of Game Design ensures that you will always be up to date about the latest advancements in the gaming world. With a 98% discount being offered, the benefits are endless. Here are some highlights about what the deal has to offer: Access over 120 hours of easy to follow, step-by-step video training with access to all additional or updated training Receive support from instructors and professionals with over 16 years of game industry experience Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of dollars in royalty-free game art and textures Learn how to make advanced 2D and 3D games that you can publish anywhere Master computer modeling and animation techniques Develop both coding and digital artistry skillsDetails and RequirementsThe deal offers lifetime access with one purchase. What more do you want? You can access the content using mobile or web streaming. After purchase don’t forget to redeem your code within 30 days. You should know that certification of completion is not offered for completing the courses. It is compatible with 4GM RAM, Mac OS X 10.9 or later, Windows 10, 8.1.Original Price School of Game Design: $5,990Wccftech Price School of Game Design: $69 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. There was a total of 253 players selected.Wright admitted there is and likely always will be a bit of a chip on his shoulder — his Twitter handle is @TwoStarScoob after he was lightly recruited out of high school — but he focuses solely on doing what his coaches ask of him and playing hard.“I was always taught when I played as a little kid, and now, anytime you’re on the field you want to try to make every play that’s possible, so might as well go try to run it down,” he said.Wright’s all-out-all-the-time mentality is one he enjoys, in large part because he believes there is no reason not to approach things that way. It has served him especially well on special teams, where he said he last played in high school before getting to the NFL.“That was probably the biggest adjustment coming into the NFL,” he said. “I haven’t played special teams since senior year of high school.“I was returning kicks the last time I played special teams, so it’s a little different.”Wright said he took a couple back for touchdowns as a prep player, but smiled while saying returning is obviously not a role he will fill now. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It goes without saying he would like to do even more than that, however, which is why this offseason is so key for his career. When opportunity meets effort good things can happen, though Wright understands there are times he may need to tone things down just a little bit.“Obviously you don’t have pads on, you kind of got to be a little smarter individual out there, you can’t be hurting teammates and such,” he said. “It’s kind of a fine line you’ve got to kind of cross and not go too hard, but be smart.”That’s not to say collisions will not happen — “that’s just playing ball, a part of it,” he said — and for a player in Wright’s shoes, one who is battling to make a roster, he really cannot afford to take any plays off.There is still too much left to prove for the 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker whose sub-par measurables nearly led to him not being drafted at all.But so far, so good.“He’s a football player, he’s a football player,” Arians said. “A lot of times that chart that says what a football player is, it doesn’t compute. He’s a football player.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img TEMPE, Ariz. — If nothing else, you know Scooby Wright is going to bring effort to the table.A seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft by the Cleveland Browns, he arrived in Arizona last December and immediately made his mark.“He came in here last year and he helped fix our special teams because he’s dynamite covering,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Thursday following an OTA practice. “He got to where the guys watched him cover; that’s always a fun thing when the sidelines say, ‘Hey, watch Scooby’ and he’d go down and blow some stuff up. Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 21 LISTEN: Scooby Wright, Cardinals linebacker “He’s playing extremely well at linebacker and he’s one of those guys that I have to say ‘Woah’ to because he’s going full tilt.”In three games with the Cardinals, Wright notched one special teams tackle and one assisted tackle. Now in his first offseason with the team, he is getting a chance to do even more especially because linebacker Deone Bucannon is out following ankle surgery. That has led to Wright seeing action as part of the defense as well as special teams.“The more reps you have the more practice you get, the more practice you get the sharper your sword is,” Wright said.The more Wright has been on the field, the more everyone has had a chance to see the playing style that helped him become one of the most feared defensive players in the country as a sophomore at the University of Arizona.That year, he racked up 164 tackles with 31 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and five forced fumbles as he was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year as well as winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award, Chuck Bednarik Award and Jack Lambert Award.Unfortunately for Wright, injuries limited him the following season, and a less-than-inspiring performance at the Combine led to him slipping all the way down to pick No. 250 overall. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Cardinals LB Scooby Wright during an OTA practice June 1. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)last_img read more

Scramble for Cypriot passports as tighter rules loom

first_imgForeign nationals are reportedly scrambling to acquire Cypriot passports via the citizenship-by-investment scheme, ahead of tighter criteria kicking in on May 15.According to daily Phileleftheros, the rush will likely result in prematurely reaching the ceiling of 700 naturalizations granted per year.Citing the ‘Cyprus Real Estate Market Report’ by KPMG, the paper said the uptick in applications was especially noted in the last quarter of 2018, when purchases of properties valued at €1m and above increased by 27 per cent compared to the last quarter of 2017.Of the 730 transactions – worth €1m and over – occurring throughout 2018, more than a third were executed in the fourth quarter.Although the new criteria for the scheme start applying on May 15, it is possible that a slight extension may be granted to certain applicants – for instance those who already possess a bill of sale for a property but have not managed to file all the required paperwork by that deadline.In these cases, if an applicant submits the bill of sale prior to May 15, but not the other documentation, his or her application for naturalization could be assessed based on the existing, looser criteria.Back in February – and following criticism about lack of transparency from quarters overseas – the government introduced changes to the citizenship-by-investment programme, tightening up requirements.Among the changes are stricter criteria for applicants who will undergo background checks by a specialised foreign firm. Applicants will also be obliged to already possess a Schengen visa –  a short-stay visa that allows a person to travel to any members of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.Applicants who have already been rejected by other EU states will be excluded.Also, the fees payable to the government will go up by €75,000, which will be diverted to research and development as well as to the land development organisation to fund affordable housing schemes.In January, the European Commission warned that programmes of EU states, including Cyprus, to sell passports and visas to wealthy foreigners could help organised crime groups infiltrate the bloc and raise the risk of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion.The warning was contained in the first report the EU executive produced over the multi-billion-dollar industry of so-called “investment migration,” which allows rich individuals to buy citizenship or residence in countries that put them on sale.It highlighted shortfalls in the Cypriot and Maltese schemes which do not sufficiently check the origins of the wealth of individuals and do not allow their easy identification.Although legal, these schemes are sometimes run in opaque ways and without sufficient checks on those who acquire passports and visas, the Commission said, mostly raising concerns about the programmes in Malta and Cyprus.The investment amount is €2m if the investment is made solely in residential real estate, at least a quarter of which must be spent on a residence for life.If not, the threshold is €2.5m, at least €500,000 of which must be spent on a permanent residence. In both cases, the requirement of a permanent residence ensures the investor remains closely engaged with Cyprus even if not actually obliged to live on the island.   You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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