APTN National NewsIn Vancouver, all eyes are again on the missing women’s inquiry.Every new hearing day brings more details on how police botched the investigation into serial killer Robert Pickton.APTN National News reporter Tina House speaks with a man who first tried to warn police about Pickton in 1998, but was ignored.
NEW YORK — Uber began as a ride-hailing company, but its ambition to become the “Amazon of transportation” has pushed its leaders to experiment with bus fleets, transit and its growing food delivery business.Peter Deng, who spent nearly a decade at Facebook before joining Uber Technologies Inc., wants to relieve riders’ stress from their daily lives by unlocking more experiences through the Uber app.The Associated Press recently spoke with Deng about how, as Head of Rider, he aims to offer rides tailored to every occasion and to localize the experience in more than 700 cities across the globe. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length.Q: Uber has been prompting riders on their way home from the airport to order food through Uber Eats. How is that going?A: Our orientation is to serve the customer, to make their lives easier. And that was the hypothesis of one of our product managers who was like, “Hey, I sometimes get hungry when I’m going home from the airport,” and I’m like, “Oh my God, me too.” You’re going home to an empty fridge, it’s not a pleasant experience for anyone involved.Q: Where is Uber prompting airport riders to order food?A: We’ve done small-scale tests in the U.S., and this is one of many ideas that we’ve tested of how we can serve our customers better. Depending on what we learn, we take those insights and build a better product.Q: Does Uber co-ordinate in the background to time the delivery with the Uber arrival?A: When you experience it, it feels magical, and let’s just keep it that way. The time it takes to order and prepare and deliver food is for some folks the amount of time it takes to get home from the airport.Q: You have a bus service in Cairo. What need are you aiming to fill with Uber Bus?A: We’re looking to satisfy people’s daily needs, and getting to and from work, that commute experience, is a daily need. Getting more people into an affordable, high-quality bus with air conditioning, and getting people to and from work on a predictable basis, that’s the need that we’re solving. In Egypt, we believe we can provide a better experience at a very good price…taking that stress out of people’s everyday lives.Q: How does Uber Bus work?A: A rider will open the app, they will type in where they’re going. They will see in their options that you can take an Uber X, Uber Pool and you now have the option to take the Uber Bus. The Uber Bus requires you to walk to and from the stop, and it tells you when the next one is arriving.Q: Are the routes predetermined? Or can the driver change a route based on an incoming ride request?A: We have a lot of good insights into where people go to and from for work, because people use Uber. And from that we can optimize which routes are the best for us to run each of the bus lines.We’re doing the heavy lifting on the back end to figure out which bus driver to dispatch, and at what time, and over the day we might learn from our insights that there are better routes than others. When the driver has set out, after they’ve made their first pickup, there is a route we predetermined that they will follow, based on the insights I was talking about.Q: At Facebook, you worked on the Events and Messenger features. Any plans to bring similar features to the Uber app?A: It’s really important that we stay focused on what we can do well and what unique value we’re adding to people’s lives, and for us it’s getting people where they need to go. We are getting people who are hungry food. We are offering people modes of transportation like transit and scoters and bikes. That’s where we want to play…There are plenty of apps in the world that accomplish these other cases really well.Q: What about targeted ads? Uber is under pressure from investors to demonstrate a path to profitability. Why not advertise to riders with targeted ads in the Uber app, or in the back seat of cars?A: We’re focused on the rider experience overall, and the rider experience is an experience that — unlike a lot of other products in Silicon Valley — people pay for. And it’s on us to make sure that when the customers pay and when we pay our drivers that all of that marketplace works out really well. It’s really humbling to think of how many millions of people every single day are assigning Uber value enough to pay for the service, and how many of our amazing driver partners are able to make a living off of this. So that’s where we’re really focused, is making sure that this marketplace works.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press
Brock Parking Services has moved into its new home near Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.The new office opened Tuesday in the theatre’s former ticket office.Students and staff can visit the new location to buy parking permits, pay fines, make account enquiries or to get any other parking information they would have previously visited Theal House for.The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) and redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) wait for a snap in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 9 Ohio State (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will play its final game in Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Illinois (2-8, 0-7 Big Ten). It will also celebrate Senior Day, with players like quarterback J.T. Barrett, center Billy Price and linebacker Chris Worley competing in their final game in the Horseshoe. The Buckeyes have a chance to clinch the Big Ten East title Saturday with a win if No. 24 Michigan loses at No. 5 Wisconsin. Ohio State offense vs. Illinois defenseOhio State comes in heavily favored to throttle the Fighting Illini, and the lopsided matchup between the Buckeyes’ offense and Illinois’ defense is a major factor in that. The Fighting Illini have allowed 28.4 points per game, the 76th most in the nation, and 403.2 yards per game. Ohio State will bring an offense that averages the third-most yards per game at 546.5 and fifth-most points at 44.2.The greatest disparity between the Buckeye offense and Fighting Illini defense comes in the ground game. Illinois has allowed the 105th-fewest rush yards per game at 199.1 and 80th-fewest yards per carry at 4.5. Meanwhile, Ohio State comes in with the 16th-most rushing yards per game (245.3) and fourth-most yards per carry (6.1).The Buckeyes also are coming off their most dominating rushing game of the season, recording a season-high 335 yards on 42 carries and scored four touchdowns. Both freshman J.K. Dobbins and redshirt sophomore Mike Weber recorded more than 120 rushing yards.As for the passing game, Ohio State still holds a statistical advantage over the Illini. Ohio State has averaged 301.2 passing yards per game, 17th-most in the nation, and 8.5 yards per attempt, which is tied for 18th. Illinois has been sound defending against opposing aerial attacks, holding opponents to the 42nd-fewest pass yards per game (204.1) and 57th-fewest yards per attempt (7.1). The Fighting Illini have a pair of safeties who have put together strong seasons and helped the pass defense remain solid for the team. Stanley Green and Bennett Williams are second and third, respectively, in total tackles on the team despite playing in the defensive backfield. Green has picked off one pass this season, forced two fumbles and recovered one. Williams has 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, two passes defended and one forced fumble.The defense for Illinois has been comparatively solid when examining it as a whole. It has done a far better job keeping opponents from scoring than the Illinois offense has done itself in trying to score. However, given the struggles of the Fighting Illini offense, the defense might be on the field for extended time Saturday. Ohio State defense vs. Illinois offenseThe Buckeyes held then-No. 12 Michigan State to just three points in their most recent game in Ohio Stadium. There’s a chance Illinois might not even be able to muster up that much. The Fighting Illini offense comes into this game having averaged 16.4 points per game, 124th in the nation, and squares off against a defense that has allowed the 25th-fewest points at just 20.4.The only aspect of Illinois’ offense that has found any semblance of success this season has been its passing game. Two quarterbacks — the pocket-passing Jeff George Jr. and the mobile Chayce Crouch — have regularly split time under center for Illinois in its attempt to provide unique looks to opposing defenses.Unfortunately for the team, neither quarterback has found much of anything. George has 1,273 passing yards with a 51.9 percent completion rating and seven touchdown passes to 10 interceptions.Crouch has only 427 passing yards with a 53.2 percent completion rating with a touchdown and four picks. On the ground, Crouch has 93 total yards on 46 carries and one touchdown. Overall, the offense has the 92nd-most pass yards per game. It is completing just 51 percent of passes and has thrown eight touchdown passes to 17 interceptions. Part of the problem for the quarterbacks has been the inconsistency of the offensive line. The line has allowed the fourth-most sacks per game at 3.6 and the 117th-most tackles for loss per game at 7.3.The offensive line’s struggles has contributed to the inability for Illinois to gets its run game going. The Fighting Illini have the 121st-fewest rush yards per attempt at 3.32 and the 122nd-fewest rush yards per game at 107.8. Only Mike Epstein and Cam Thomas are averaging more than 4.5 yards per carry, and the former is out for the year and the latter is questionable for Saturday.This Fighting Illini offense plays right into the hands of the Ohio State defense. Though the passing defense for Ohio State has struggled at times, it seemingly only has issues when the defensive line is not applying enough pressure on the quarterbacks. Ohio State’s defensive line has the ninth-most tackles for loss per game (8.3) and 23rd-most sacks per game (2.7). But perhaps most importantly, it is coming off one of its strongest game of the season in which it had nine tackles for loss and six sacks against the Spartans.The Fighting Illini quarterbacks could struggle to receive sufficient pass protection, and it is unlikely the rushing offense will produce much against a rush defense that has allowed the 14th-fewest yards per game (116.5) and ninth-fewest yards per carry (3.16). This figures to be a tough game for the Fighting Illini. Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 63-3Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 58-3
OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorA report made Wednesday by former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy detailed domestic violence allegations made against former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith in both 2009 and 2015. The report suggests Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knew about the allegations, something which he denied at Big Ten Media Days last week. The report showed pictures of the abuse of Courtney Smith, the ex-wife of Zach Smith, and included text messages exchanged between Courtney Smith and Shelley Meyer, Urban Meyer’s wife, which specifically discusses Zach Smith’s domestic abuse. “All the [coaches’] wives knew,” Courtney said to McMurphy. “They all did. Every single one.” Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days that he had no knowledge of a domestic violence incident in 2015, where Smith was investigated by the Powell Police Department, according to the report. According to the report, Zach Smith “took (Courtney) and shoved me up against the wall, with his hands around my neck,” something she said happened very often. McMurphy reported that in 2009, Courtney Smith was pressured by former Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce and special assistant Hiram DeFries to not press charges against Zach Smith after he was arrested by Gainesville Police after an alleged assault. Ohio State fired Zach Smith on July 23 after the domestic violence allegations became public and Courtney Smith filed a domestic protection order against him, which was filed on July 20 after Zach Smith appeared in Delaware County Municipal Court for criminal trespassing on July 18. The Ohio State football program could not be reached for comment. In a media advisory distributed on July 27, an Ohio State spokesman anticipated Meyer would next be available for comment on August 7. There has been no further update since then.
Boy arrested in Chicago after sexual assault of girl was streamed live on Facebook About 40 people watched the video and didn’t report it to authorities. 18 Comments Image: Shutterstock/tristan tan Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 8:32 AM 22,492 Views Image: Shutterstock/tristan tan By Associated Press Short URL Apr 2nd 2017, 8:32 AM A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested over the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in Chicago that was streamed live on Facebook and watched by about 40 people who didn’t report it to authorities, police have said.Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said more arrests are expected as the investigation continues. Police have said the attack involved five or six males, and Guglielmi said the boy “was one of the offenders in the video”.Guglielmi said the juvenile suspect faces felony charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, and manufacturing and dissemination of images of child sexual abuse.The spokesman has said police were not aware of the mid-March attack until the girl’s mother approached Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and showed him the video.‘Visibly upset’ Johnson was “visibly upset” after he watched, both by the video’s content and the fact that there were “40 or so live viewers and no one thought to call authorities”, Guglielmi said.The girl’s mother said her daughter received online threats following the attack. The Chicago Sun Times later reported that the girl’s family had been relocated.The video marks the second time in recent months that Chicago police have investigated an apparent attack that was broadcast live on Facebook. In January, four people were arrested after video showed them allegedly taunting and beating a man with mental disabilities.Read: Large fire erupts near world’s tallest building in DubaiRead: President Higgins extends sympathy to Colombia as mudslide death toll tops 200 http://jrnl.ie/3319629 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share142 Tweet Email
Flickr propose sa première application pour Android : Photo SessionFlickr vient de mettre à la disposition de ses utilisateurs sapremièreapplication gratuite fonctionnant sous Android : Photo Session. Que permet cette application ? Le sitede partage de photos Flickr a annoncé la disponibilité de sapremièreapplication gratuite fonctionnant sous Android : Photo Session. Elle permet de partager des albums depuis un smartphone, de les envoyer et de les consulter par la suite et ce, de n’importe où.À lire aussiAndroid Jelly Bean 4.3 : le futur système d’exploitation de Google se dévoile sur le netDisponiblegratuitement depuis l’Android Market, l’applicationoffre également la possibilité à ses utilisateurs de retoucher les photos et de les télécharger sur Facebook, Twitterou Flickr. L’application gère le format flash,le redimensionnement des photos et propose desfiltres de qualité. De plus, il est possible d’utiliser une messagerie ou de dessiner à même les photos grâce à des outils intégrés. Flickr explique sur son blog que l’exploration et la navigation ont été optimisées afin de rendre possible l’utilisation de cartes et de tags permettant le classement des photos. Possibilité sera également donnée de consulter les commentaires postés et de créer des diaporamas. Le 29 septembre 2011 à 20:17 • Maxime Lambert
Le Samsung CHRONOS 17 série 7 à la pointe de la technologie Samsung mise sur la haute performance de son notebook, le CHRONOS 17 série 7 qui sera en vente en juin prochain.Le prochain produit de Samsung sera un notebook haut de gamme. Le CHRONOS 17 série 7 serait même « le remplaçant idéal d’un ordinateur de bureau », selon le constructeur.Malgré sa taille réduite (épais d’à peine 25 mm et ne pesant que 2,98 kg), le CHRONOS 17 série 7 parvient à surpasser la plupart des ordinateurs.Disposant d’un Téraoctet de mémoire sur son disque dur, le notebook est équipé de la technologie ExpressCacheTM, développée par Diskeeper, qui lui fournit 8 Go de mémoire flash sur la carte mère.Un écran Full HD (1920x 1080), le processeur Intel Core i7 de 3e génération et la carte graphique NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 650M (2 Go de mémoire dédiée) viennent compléter l’équipement du CHRONOS 17 série 7. Les utilisateurs pourront ainsi de profiter de manière optimale aux jeux et applications multimédia, d’autant que les concepteurs ont réduit la taille du cadre : un écran de 17,3” dans un châssis de 16”.La marque coréenne a aussi mis l’accent sur l’autonomie de la machine. Sa batterie permet au notebook d’être actif durant 8 heures (selon les scores au test MobileMark). La technologie Battery Life Plus de Samsung permet de conserver 80% de la capacité originale de la batterie et ce, jusqu’à 1500 cycles de recharge, soit une durée de vie moyenne cinq fois plus grande que les autres notebooks.À lire aussiArchos 35 Carbon, 50 et 53 Platinum : prix et caractéristiques des premiers smartphones du constructeur français À cela s’ajoute quelques petits plus : un clavier rétroéclairé en fonction de la luminosité, un écran anti-reflet, un haut-parleur JBL et d’un subwoofer.Bref, un concentré de haute technologie qui vaut malgré tout son pesant d’or : 1.499 euros, au prix de vente conseillé, lors de sa sortie en juin prochain. Le 2 mai 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambert
Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Get your telescopes ready: July’s full moon, also nicknamed the “Thunder Moon,” will illuminate the night sky on Tuesday night.On July 16, at 5:38 p.m. EDT, the Thunder Moon will be its brightest and appear full from Tuesday evening to Thursday morning, NASA said in a press release. The Thunder Moon, which will appear “opposite” the sun, will enable some onlookers to spot Jupiter and Saturn to the right of the moon on Tuesday night, AccuWeather.com reported.A partial lunar eclipse will also be visible in some areas of the world, where only a small area of the moon will pass through our planet’s inner shadow, also known as umbra. During the partial lunar eclipse, which is expected to last nearly three hours, only part of the moon will look dark while the rest of the moon will be all lit up by the sun. Skywatchers in North America won’t be able to see this partial eclipse with the Thunder Moon, however, those in Australia, Africa, and South America will have better views of this celestial sight.Setting moon and elk (Photo Credit: National Park Service / Neal Herbert)The Thunder Moon receives its nickname for early summer’s frequent thunderstorms, which typically hit North America during June and July, NASA noted. In the ’30s, the Maine Farmer’s Almanac first published Native American names for full moons. According to the almanac, the Thunder Moon, which is the first full moon in July, is also known as the “Buck Moon.” During this time of year, new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads, marking an important time of growth.For more summer skywatching tips, visit NASA’s Solar System Exploration website.More on Geek.com:Watch Inspired By Moon Landing Fetches $4.5 Million at Auction Relive Apollo Moon Landing at NASA’s Restored Mission Control CenterSun’s Mysterious History Might Be Buried in Moon’s Crust, Scientists Say Stay on target
Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide Related Items:Anglican Diocese of Guyana, death, Right Reverend Cornell Moss Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp(via the Bahamas Information Services) Nassau, The Bahamas – I am deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of the Right Reverend Cornell Moss in a Miami hospital on Saturday, 30th May 2015Bahamians fondly remember the Venerable Cornell Jerome Moss who served the Anglican Diocese in The Bahamas with distinction, rising to the post of Archdeacon of Nassau and the Bahamas. Later, he was selected a Bishop by the House of Bishops of the Province of the West Indies when they met in conference from August 25-27 in 2009, succeeding the Right Rev. Randolph George who retired on December 31, 2008.He presided over the Anglican Diocese of Guyana and Suriname until his death.In addition to the great pride I as a Bahamian took in his role as a Bishop serving in Guyana, I appreciated his friendship and support for the progressive movement and cause and in supporting the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.I extend heartfelt condolences to his wife, his mother and the extended Anglican family both at home and abroad, especially in Guyana and the Ascension Anglican Parish in Freeport, Grand Bahama.May his soul rest in peace. No medical report yet in Capron death Further investigation warranted in death of Provo man
$869 Now playing: Watch this: See it Mentioned Above Apple MacBook (12-inch, space gray, 2017) Walmart 34 Photos • Apple 1:11 Apple’s new 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Preview • The new 12-inch MacBook has 3 stealth upgrades $849 Enlarge ImageLast year on its website, Apple talked up the butterfly mechanism. Apple/Screenshot by Edward Moyer/CNET Apple acknowledged Wednesday that some MacBook owners are having trouble with the company’s latest butterfly keyboard but said most aren’t.”We are aware that a small number of users are having issues with their third generation butterfly keyboard and for that we are sorry,” an Apple spokesperson said in an email. “The vast majority of Mac notebook customers are having a positive experience.”Earlier Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published a playful interactive column about the issue. Visitors to the news site could read the piece (or at least try to) complete with the sort of problems users of the keyboard have said they’ve encountered: dropped R’s, dropped or doubled E’s, doubled T’s. Or readers could toggle various switches to make the problems go away, rendering the column far more legible.Apple released its 2018 MacBook Pro with the promise of a dirt-resistant keyboard, and many hoped that would solve reported issues with unresponsive and sticky keys. Last May, Apple was hit with two lawsuits over alleged defects in the 2015 “butterfly switch” keyboards on MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Though the keys were designed to keep out dust and other debris, particles occasionally did get inside and damaged the butterfly switch, according to the second suit.Apple said on Wednesday that any customers with issues should contact AppleCare. $1,299 See It Apple Apple acknowledges keyboard issue, FTC shuts down robocall… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. News • In defense of the Apple MacBook keyboard Review • MacBook review: Apple’s 12-inch mini laptop gets it right 1 See It Comment $1,099 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Apple MacBook Share your voice Apple Best Buy Laptops reading • Apple ‘sorry’ some MacBook keyboards are still having issues
Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature, Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Sen. Lisa Murkowski said it’s too early to judge the Trump presidency. She’s been skeptical of some of his actions, but in her annual address to the Alaska Legislature this morning, Murkowski presented the Trump administration as an opportunity for resource development.Listen now“So, here’s the plan in this new administration, this new Congress: We’re going to start here in Alaska by working to restore throughput in our trans-Alaska pipeline,” she said, to applause. “It is possible and it will be done.”During the campaign, Murkowski called for Trump to leave the ticket. She is only of only four Republican U.S. senators to vote against any of his nominees so far. But Democrats who hope Murkowski will help them block the Trump agenda might be disappointed in her speech.“I am looking at the Trump administration and the team he is putting together and saying: how can we be working to best advantage Alaskans,” she told reporters afterward.Murkowski said she’s been encouraged so far by Trump’s resource policies. While environmentalists warn that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will dismantle the agency, Murkowski said he’ll bring the EPA back to its lawful mission.With reporters, Murkowski wasn’t entirely uncritical of the Trump administration.“I do think there have been some instances where, as a team, they kind of stepped in it,” Murkowski said. “And I think we saw that with the initial rollout of the executive order on the travel ban.”On the other hand, she said the Trump team “flawlessly” handled the announcement of his pick for the Supreme Court.Invited to provide a general assessment of Trump’s job performance, Murkowski demurred.“Ask me that question in three months,” Murkowski said.On health care, the senator said Congress should take time to craft a good replacement for the Affordable Care Act. She said the new program should retain features like coverage for pre-existing conditions and mental health parity. And Murkowski told legislators she supports continuing the Medicaid expansion, the cost of which is now largely borne by the federal government“So as long as this Legislature wants to keep the (Medicaid) expansion, Alaska should have that option. So I will not vote to repeal it,” she said.If that disappointed conservative lawmakers, so did her next statement, about Planned Parenthood. Many of her Republican colleagues want to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid money for any medical services, because its clinics provide abortion. Murkowski said the Planned Parenthood controversy doesn’t belong in the debate over the health care replacement plan.“Taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for abortions,” Murkowski said, echoing a position that has been federal law for decades. ” But I will not vote to deny Alaskans access to the health services that Planned Parenthood provides.”That drew applause in the joint session of the Alaska Legislature, but it was not universal.State Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, said he gives Murkowski high marks for “standing up for Alaska.”“On the Planned Parenthood issue, her and I just totally disagree,” Coghill said. “But it’s always good to see her address the work so thoughtfully.”Alaska’s other U.S. senator, Dan Sullivan, is due to address the Legislature on Friday.Reporter Andrew Kitchenman contributed to this story from Juneau.CORRECTION: Senator Dan Sullivan is scheduled to speak on Friday, not Thursday.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u From 5-7 P.M.Tonight we devote both hours to the tragedies in St. Paul, Baton Rogue and Dallas. We’ll have a full report with guest hosts, “The Mod Squad,” Stephen Janis and Taya Graham of The Real News Network. Our panel of experts will include Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, author, college professor and public intellectual and Dr. Tyrone Powers, director of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute of Anne Arundel Community College. Plus, we’ll open the phone lines to hear what our listeners are thinking about one of the most maddening weeks in recent American history.
By BEN NADLER Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams, who vaulted onto the national political stage championing voting rights during an unsuccessful 2018 run for Georgia governor, announced on Tuesday that she’s launching a new multistate voter protection initiative and not running for president in 2020.Abrams revealed plans for the initiative, called Fair Fight 2020, during a speech before a labor union convention in Las Vegas that was livestreamed on Facebook. The multimillion-dollar project will staff and fund voter protection teams in battleground states across the country ahead of next year’s elections.Former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is set to announce a multimillion-dollar initiative to staff and fund voter protection teams in battleground states across the country ahead of the 2020 elections. An aide familiar with the decision said she’ll focus on the new program rather than run for president herself. The aide said Abrams would announced the initiative Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, during a speech before a labor union convention in Las Vegas.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)The announcement follows months of speculation over what Abrams’ next move in politics might be, including whether she’d join the crowded field of 2020 presidential hopefuls as she had mused.But that notion was put to rest as Abrams expressed optimism that Democrats could make gains in the next election.“We’re going to win because there are only two things stopping us in 2020: making sure people have a reason to vote and that they have the right to vote. Well I’ve decided to leave it to a whole bunch of other folks to make sure they have a reason to vote,” Abrams said, referring to the field of Democratic candidates.“But I’m here today to announce Fair Fight 2020 to make sure everyone has the right to vote,” she said.Abrams spokesman Seth Bringman confirmed that Abrams was not running for president and would instead focus on the new initiative.Abrams, former minority leader of the Georgia House, faced Republican Brian Kemp during her unsuccessful bid for Georgia governor last year. Kemp was secretary of state during their race, and Abrams frequently accused him of using his position to suppress votes, especially in minority communities.Kemp vehemently denied the claim.Voters in that election reported a myriad of problems casting ballots including malfunctioning voting equipment and long wait times that caused some voters to give up in frustration.In the days following Kemp’s narrow victory, Abrams refused to concede the race. She quickly founded a political organization that filed a federal lawsuit that said state elections officials “grossly mismanaged” the election in a way that deprived some citizens of their right to vote.Abrams said her new group will fight “systematic” voter suppression across the country.A statement from Fair Fight says the initiative will “either directly fund, or assist in raising the funds for, robust voter protection operations, which will be run by Democratic state parties and allies.”“Fair Fight staff will provide ongoing support to these operations,” it says.In February, Abrams was tapped to deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address.A few months later she announced that she would not run in 2020 for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue, after being heavily recruited by Senate Democratic leadership to run.Her decision to remain on the sidelines leaves her as a prime potential vice presidential pick and keeps the door open to a possible 2022 rematch against Kemp.
Facebook has a semi-official ban on employees using Apple’s iPhones — allegedly because of Mark Zuckerberg’s ire at Apple CEO Tim Cook.According to the New York Times’ damning report on Facebook’s tactics targeting company critics and stonewalling on dealing with multiple scandals, Zuckerberg ordered his management team to use only Android smartphones. Per the NYT, that came in response to comments Cook make slamming Facebook in an MSNBC interview earlier this year in the wake of revelations that Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained info on millions of Facebook users. Cook said “privacy to us is a human right” and added that Apple could “make a ton of money” if it chose to monetize customer data as Facebook does.Facebook, as part of its response to the Times piece, acknowledged that it has a policy of promoting usage of Android phones over Apple’s iPhones. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “[W]e’ve long encouraged our employees and executives to use Android because it is the most popular operating system in the world,” Facebook said in a statement Thursday.Facebook also said, “Tim Cook has consistently criticized our business model and Mark has been equally clear he disagrees.”As part of its anti-Apple smear campaign, according to the Times report, it hired a D.C.-area political PR firm called Definers Public Affairs. A right-leaning news site called the NTK Network, affiliated with Definers, published “dozens of articles” that criticized Apple as well as Google “for unsavory business practices,” including one that slammed Cook for hypocrisy over his stance on privacy, per the New York Times.Facebook said it ended its contract with Definers on Wednesday, Nov. 14, after the Times report was published, but the company didn’t offer an explicit reason for terminating its association with the PR firm. According to Facebook, the Times report incorrectly suggested “that we ever asked Definers to pay for or write articles on Facebook’s behalf — or to spread misinformation.”Pictured above: Google’s Pixel 3 line of Android smartphones Popular on Variety
Macao and Xiamen Airlines unveil “One Fare, Two Cities” campaignMacao has linked with Xiamen Airlines to launch a new “One Fare – Two Cities” product aimed at further boosting numbers of Australians travelling to the former Portuguese enclave.With return air fares to Macao beginning from as little as $768 per person from Sydney or Melbourne, the campaign offers an alternative route to the traditional Hong Kong flight path with travellers having the chance to visit and explore the beautiful Chinese coastal city of Xiamen en route to Macao.It’s the first time the Chinese airline has teamed with the Macao Government Tourism Office (Australia) to offer a dedicated fare, the offer including a complimentary night’s stay in Xiamen (6-24hrs) along with free coach tour (4 -24hrs) of a city popular for its beaches and colonial past.In addition, passengers would not require a China visa if spending up to 72 hours in Xiamen.Macao is visa free for Australian passport holders staying no more than 30 days.Helen Wong, general manager of the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Australia, welcomed the new multi-destination route and the dedicated fare and accompanying bonuses.“This is a very exciting venture between airline and destination which should build on our numbers of Australian holidaymakers to Macao,” she said. “Merge the low air fare with some attractive accommodation offers and we have the makings of an affordable Macao experience.”In 2016, more than 93,000 Australian passport holders visited Macao, an increase on the previous year’s figure. A majority arrived from Hong Kong via the high-speed ferry transfer.The new Xiamen Airlines product will allow Australians to fly from Sydney and Melbourne to Xiamen for a night’s stopover before boarding the connecting short-haul flight to Macao International Airport.Mr Yang Hua Chen, general manager of Xiamen Airlines (Australia), also welcomed the new link with Xiamen and Macao and said it was yet another example of Mainland China’s “One Belt, One Road” economic and strategic initiative. In further emphasising the importance of the Australian route to Xiamen Airlines, Mr Chen said his airline was the only Chinese-based carrier to service Australia with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.Both MGTO and Xiamen Airlines will host a series of travel industry workshops in Sydney over the next two months to coincide with giant shopping centre exhibitions for consumers. Those expos will be highlighted by the exclusive 360-degree (virtual reality) showings of Macao and the airline, beginning with a four-day event at Parramatta Westfield on July 6-9, 2017.Further shopping centre events will be staged at Castle Towers, Castle Hill from July 20-23, Chatswood Chase from August 3-6 and Eastgardens Westfield from August 17-20. Travel industry workshops will also take place in Melbourne.Source = Macao Government Tourism Office
Bill Clinton, James Patterson new, dramatic novel by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2018 11:39 am PDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Monday, May 21, 2018, photo, former President Bill Clinton, left, and author James Patterson speak during an interview about their new novel, “The President is Missing,” in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The book is officially fiction: the story of a president who disappears as he tries to prevent an apocalyptic cyberattack.The authors, Bill Clinton and James Patterson, swear it could happen.“You’re asking the Secret Service, in effect, to walk away from their duty,” the former president said during a recent interview at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel as he and Patterson discussed “The President Is Missing,” the thriller they worked on together that comes out this week. “(But) it could happen. If you were determined to do it, you could do it.”“A big piece of it (the novel) was getting him out of the White House,” Patterson said. “It would be irresponsible, but under the circumstances it was the responsible thing to do.”Prodded to collaborate by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, who handles book deals for both of them, Clinton and Patterson drew on their respective backgrounds in completing a 500-page novel that topped Amazon’s bestseller list before publication. Patterson is among the world’s most popular and prolific fiction writers, and the novel is a characteristically fast-paced narrative, with brief chapters and dramatic plot turns.Clinton, a newcomer to novel writing whose previous books include the million-selling autobiography “My Life,” didn’t need a lot of research to tell readers what it’s like to sit inside the White House Situation Room or to be briefed on a possible terrorist attack, or to imagine slipping away entirely.“Jim wanted it to be authentic,” Clinton said. “Which means: A, the physical setting has to be authentic. B, the procedures had to be authentic, and the interplay between the president and the staff and all the world leaders and everything had to have the feel of reality, and even how the Secret Service works.”The novel has received blurbs from Mary Higgins Clark, Walter Mosley and even “Hamilton” author Ron Chernow. The historian told The Associated Press in a recent email that he was initially “dubious” about the project, but was impressed by the “stylistic blend” of the two authors.“I have to assume that the crisp pacing comes from Patterson, but there is no doubt that the authenticity of the abundant detail owes a great deal to Clinton’s years in the White House,” Chernow wrote. “The book has a knowing, inside feel.”Readers may be surprised to see one experience Clinton knows of well turn up in the novel — impeachment, as faced by President Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, whose foes allege he endangered national security. The story line will surely revive an historic low point of his White House years, when he was impeached in 1998 by the House of Representatives, but acquitted by the Senate, on charges stemming in part from his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The scandal was already back in the news earlier this year, with Lewinsky writing that the #MeToo movement compelled her to look upon that time through a “new lens.”But Clinton expressed little concern about mentioning impeachment. In the novel, Duncan notes that a president can be impeached for anything, “It doesn’t have to be a crime.” Clinton said he wanted to present accusations which, if true, would merit removal from office.“We (also) wanted to show something that if you were going to testify to Congress, or if you were going to do a full blown news conference, that you have to — I don’t care how good you are — you have to sort of do a prep run, you have to test it, you have to have people who work for you just pounding the living daylights out of you,” Clinton said.“We went back and forth on that chapter,” Patterson said.Clinton avoided direct criticism of President Donald Trump during the interview, but allowed President Duncan a few words about voting rights (expand them), Dreamers and other immigrants (we need them) and the peril to democracy when we “drift into tribalism, extremism and seething resentments.” Both writers say they want the book to be a page-turner and thought provoking. Clinton spoke in detail of his longtime concerns about cyberattacks, and even referred to one he helped thwart while president that he says remains classified. He expressed dismay that National Security Adviser John Bolton had eliminated the role of cyber co-ordinator established under President Barack Obama (the stated reason was to “streamline authority”). He explained that because the country is so dependent on internet access, an effective cyberattack could bring train and airline travel to a halt and could destroy everything from savings accounts to medical records.“All the publicity for the last two and one-half years has been on hacking the State Department and the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and the RNC (Republican National Committee) and not releasing them,” Clinton said, referring in part to Democratic files hacked and published during the 2016 election, when Trump defeated the former president’s wife, Hillary Clinton. “So maybe the way you feel about that depends on what your political party is and how the media chose to cover the hacks. But it’s such a small part of what’s vulnerable to hacking.”Clinton is the rare president even to attempt a novel — Franklin Roosevelt came up with the initial idea for what became “The President’s Mystery Plot,” a serialized thriller worked on by several authors. And he and Patterson could think of few works of fiction they believe effectively captured the life of a president and the political culture of Washington. Both mentioned Allen Drury’s “Advise & Consent,” which Clinton said was effective in part because it didn’t focus only on the president. He had similar praise for television shows such as “The West Wing.”“‘The West Wing’ is good, but you know the reason it worked? And I love Martin Sheen, I thought he was really good,” Clinton said. “But if you think about it, for a weekly show, he was used rather sparingly, in major roles. That is, ‘The West Wing’ worked for so long because it’s an ensemble show.”“We both think ‘Madam Secretary’ (is good),” Patterson added.“‘Madam Secretary’ is by far the most realistic political show on television,” Clinton said. “I like ‘Veep’ and I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I enjoy ‘Scandal.’ I enjoy a lot of ‘House of Cards.’ And I’ve got a lot of sympathy for what they’re up against. But it’s almost impossible to have the president front and centre every week and keep it real.”
By Stefanos EvripidouHEAD OF the national oil and gas corporation Charles Ellinas on Wednesday met with Energy and Trade Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis to discuss the government’s energy plans and how they will impact on his own future at the helm of the new company.In a written statement, the executive director of the Cyprus National Hydrocarbons Company (CNHC) said he discussed the government’s plans regarding the company “and the possible consequences for him” with Lakkotrypis.Ellinas said in the statement that he left a successful international career to take up the position at CNHC because he believed he had a lot of experience to offer the country. He noted that before accepting the position, he met with President Nicos Anastasiades, then leader of the opposition DISY, who told him to go ahead and take the job.“I believe Cyprus is at a critical juncture and needs the contribution of us all. How we proceed in future, however, is in the hands of the government. I hope to be a part of that future,” he said.It is no secret that all is not well at the CNHC, after two of the three executives on the CNHC board offered their resignations, citing delays and uncertainty over the future role of the company in the hydrocarbons sector.One of the two is top energy official Solon Kassinis who told Anastasiades last week that he wants to quit as executive vice-chairman at the corporation.According to sources, the main reason for the discontent is the government’s apparent desire to appoint a “fully political board” of non-executives to the corporation, giving it total control over the entity, while sidelining its three executive board members, Ellinas, Kassinis and Stavros Stavrou.The coming shake-up at the company will reportedly see the position of executive director, currently held by Ellinas, abolished while the three serving executives will effectively be demoted to department heads.Sources also pointed to the fact that the CNHC has already been demoted to observer status, with no clearly determined role in negotiations with Noble Energy and other companies for the earliest possible supply of natural gas from offshore block 12 and the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant.The board executives had assumed that their place on the negotiating team to conclude commercial agreements was a given, since the company is meant to be acting as the state’s representative and commercial arm.However, the government’s plans to restructure the company apparently include giving it a more political slant, by removing experienced members from the board and replacing them with non-executive directors.Already, the government-appointed negotiating team met with Noble reps in Nicosia this week – one of the first meetings in a series of discussions aimed at hammering out a deal for a final project agreement, considered a milestone for the whole LNG endeavour.In turn, the deal will pave the way for setting up a joint venture between Cyprus and foreign companies that will seek gas contracts and investors for the multi-billion euro gas plant, eventually leading to the final investment decision by Noble and its block 12 Israeli partners Delek and Avner.The latter is what will lock in the decision to build an LNG plant, but reports yesterday suggested Delek is already considering exporting natural gas from its offshore Israeli interests to Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority via one or more pipelines.Should any one project take off, particularly a pipeline to Turkey, this would seriously decrease the chances of Israel making use of Cyprus’ planned LNG terminal to export gas either to Europe or Asia, thereby diminishing hopes of establishing the country as a regional energy hub.Commenting on the reports, government spokesman Christos Stylianides said it was all the more reason for Cyprus to work fast and methodically to stay ahead of the game.A road map certainly does exist for turning Cyprus into an energy hub, using its own natural gas while also attracting gas from the region to be processed at its planned LNG plant at Vassilikos.But as the near collapse of Cyprus’ banking system highlighted the inherent nature of political meddling in the economy, evidence of similar activity in the energy sector would not bode well for the burgeoning industry, considered the great transparent hope of the island’s future economic recovery.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy Debt Are In For A SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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