Nine Pakistanis killed in New Zealand terror attacks: Pak FO

first_imgIslamabad: Nine Pakistani nationals have been killed in the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, authorities here said on Sunday. At least 50 worshippers were killed on Friday in attacks on the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the Linwood Mosque in the city’s outer suburb, in what appeared to be the worst attack on Muslims in a western country. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that the number of dead rose to nine after three more persons were confirmed dead by the New Zealand authorities. “A total of 9 Pakistanis were killed in New Zealand terror attack,’ he said. Faisal said on Saturday that six Pakistanis were confirmed as dead while three were still missing. Prime Minister Imran Khan extended support to the families and also announced to award a Pakistani who tried to tackle the attacker but was killed. “Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was killed trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognised with a national award,’ he tweeted. Earlier, foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua telephonically spoke to New Zealand’s Tehran-based ambassador who is also accredited to Pakistan ambassador Hamish McMaster. Faisal said that she “conveyed condolences on tragic loss of life in the terrorist attack in Christchurch and requested for facilitation in assisting families of affected Pakistanis.” The 28-year-old gunman, identified Brenton Tarrant, live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away. The attack has shocked New Zealanders, who are used to seeing around 50 murders a year in the entire country of 4.8 million and pride themselves on living in a secure and welcoming place. Police warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques anywhere in New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.last_img read more

Trump campaign did not conspire with Russia

first_imgWashington DC: Donald Trump’s campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election won by him, according to a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report submitted to Congress on Sunday, in a major relief to the embattled US President on an issue that has cast a shadow on his presidency for nearly two years. In a four-page letter to top lawmakers on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr highlighted two sections of the long-awaited Mueller report — Russia’s efforts to affect the 2016 presidential election and whether President Trump obstructed justice. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe report was submitted on Friday to Barr, who reviewed the document before handing a summary to Congress. Trump, who repeatedly described the inquiry as a “witch hunt”, said on Sunday “it was a shame that the country had to go through this”, describing the inquiry as an “illegal takedown that failed”. Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey and other actions throughout the probe raised concerns about the president trying to end the investigation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMueller, who spent nearly two years investigating Moscow’s determined effort to sabotage the last presidential election, found no conspiracy “despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign,” Barr wrote in the letter to lawmakers. Mueller’s team drew no conclusions about whether Trump illegally obstructed justice, Barr said, so he made his own decision. The attorney general and his deputy, Rod J Rosenstein, determined that the special counsel’s investigators had insufficient evidence to establish that the president committed that offense. Barr cautioned that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on the obstruction of justice issue. The investigation had cast a shadow over the Trump presidency for nearly two years with the Democratic leadership alleging that Russian interference helped him in the 2016 polls. Barr said that Mueller found no proof of such a conspiracy “despite multiple offers from Russia-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign”. “The special counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election,” the attorney general said. “For each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the special counsel views as ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact concerning whether the president’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction,” Barr said, adding Mueller “ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment”. The release of the findings was a significant political victory for Trump who described it as a “complete and total exoneration”. Terming the allegation of collusion “the most ridiculous thing ever”, Trump said, “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest it’s a shame that your president had to go through this.” “This was an illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at their other side,” Trump said. “After a long look, after a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side where a lot of bad things happened… it was just announced there was no collusion with Russia,” he said. The Democrats were banking heavily on the results of Mueller’s investigation to defeat Trump in the 2020 elections. Many were also talking about impeaching the president if the report reveals collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. While the president and his allies saw vindication in Barr’s letter, Democrats questioned how Barr came to his conclusions and called for more information from Mueller’s report. Citing “concerning discrepancies”, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said he planned to call the attorney general to testify. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement that Barr’s letter “raises as many questions as it answers” and called for access to the full report. “For the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility,” the statement said. Barr’s letter could be just the beginning of a lengthy constitutional battle between Congress and the Justice Department about whether Mueller’s full report will be made public. Democrats have also called for the attorney general to turn over all of the special counsel’s investigative files. Barr’s letter said that his “goal and intent” was to release as much of the Mueller report as possible, but warned that some of the report was based on grand jury material that “by law cannot be made public”. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the report has justified the president’s stand. Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said this is a great day for all Americans. “As we have said all along, there was no collusion and no obstruction. Now that this investigation is over, Democrats need to finally end their baseless investigations and political crusade against President Trump for the good of the country,” she said.last_img read more

How Your Favorite Baseball Team Blows Its Money

For an article on FiveThirtyEight today, Mike Lopez and Noah Davis charted the relationship between spending and win percentage for every baseball season since 1985. They found that the relationship between money and winning in baseball is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Below you’ll see that relationship for each team in the majors. Each season is one dot in the figure, and the colored line is a smoothed curve fit through the points. Essentially, the higher the curve, the more the team’s money was well-spent. The gray line is an aggregation of all the data points across the entire league, and that line shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.Read more: Don’t Be Fooled By Baseball’s Small-Budget Success Stories » read more

Two holiday weekend traffic deaths for Bahamas Nassau Abaco

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #twotrafficdeathsoverholiday Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 11, 2017 – Over the holiday weekend, the country recorded two traffic related deaths.  The traffic death in Nassau, involved a pedestrian who was struck around 9:30pm on Monday while trying to cross the Tonique Williams Darling Highway; the male driver who hit him remained on the scene and aided the investigation.  The man was pronounced dead at the scene.On Friday, a traffic accident in Abaco left a man dead.   The 31 year old reportedly flew out of the car, which he lost control of and it slammed into a mound of rocks on the roadside.   The young man was driving a Buick Regal around 5pm near SC Bootle Highway, near Treasure Cay when the accident happened, he too was pronounced dead at the scene.#MagneticMediaNews#twotrafficdeathsoverholidaylast_img read more

State Regulators Consider Reducing Pacific Halibut Quota Next Year

first_imgThe commission is considering dropping the total allowable catch from more than 42 million pounds this year to 31 million pounds for 2018. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Halbit-quoat-considered-drop.mp3VmJennifer-on-Halbit-quoat-considered-drop.mp300:00RPd In a report presented to the intergovernmental organization at the commisions meeting in November, the reduction was recommended due to low recruitment rates among young halibut populations over the last decade and increasing pressure on the fish stocks. Regulators are considering reducing the amount of halibut that fishermen are allowed to catch along the Pacific coast in 2018.center_img The commission is scheduled to meet in January in Portland, Oregon, to make a final decision. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The International Pacific Halibut Commission is considering adopting a 24 percent reduction to the annual halibut quota for fisheries from Alaska to California.last_img read more

Time Inc Lays Off HelloGiggles Editors

first_img The representative adds that the cuts were strictly on the editorial side, and HelloGiggles will continue to maintain a New York-based sales team. This is a developing story. Was just laid off from the job I moved to NYC for, so if you have any editing / writing leads, please let me know. Please RT. Email in bio. — Sammy Nickalls (@sammynickalls) July 8, 2016 Just laid off from my job with the rest of the NYC office. Any editing or writing ledes, hit me up. In the wake of news, leaked last week, of a potential reorganization looming at Time Inc. that would place further emphasis on social media, video, and events, the layoffs at HelloGiggles are most likely a bid to streamline the brand’s operations by centering them in Los Angeles, rather than an indication that Time Inc. is backtracking on its significant digital investments, which also include xoJane and xoVain, Fansided, Viant, The Drive, and Extra Crispy. — Jessica Wakeman (@JessicaWakeman) July 8, 2016 Co-founded by actress Zooey Deschanel in 2011, HelloGiggles was purchased by Time Inc. for as much as $30 million last October amid a string of digital acquisitions by the legacy publisher. The site receives around 16 million unique monthly visitors, most of whom are female and between the ages of 25 and 34.  HelloGiggles, the women’s lifestyle and entertainment site purchased by Time Inc. last year, has laid off several editors in its New York office, according to multiple sources. “There was a small editorial reorganization at HelloGiggles,” a Time Inc. spokesperson tells Folio:. “We’re constantly evaluating the ways we can be more efficient. As an L.A.-headquartered operation, this realignment creates editorial efficiencies for us.” Representatives for Time Inc. wouldn’t provide details on the number of staffers cut, but sources familiar with the situation tell Folio: that all of the brand’s New York-based editors were let go. The HelloGiggles masthead lists 16 editors split between offices in New York and Los Angeles, including several who confirmed their departures on social media.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Manager in Training in Cumberland FarmsFull-Time Personal Insurance Account Manager in HUB InternationalPart-Time Residential Life Coach at Nu-Path, Inc.Full-Time Sanitation (Food Manufacturing) at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Shipping and Receiving Clerk at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Customer Service Representative at SpeedwayFull-Time Employee Relations Specialist at UniFirstFull-Time Call Center Dispatcher at Security SourceFull-Time/Part-Time Driver at West Springfield Auto PartsFull-Time Driver & Mover at Two Men And A Truck(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Wilmington Police To Hold RAD Refresher Course On October 9

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Department announced this week it will be holding a R.A.D. Refresher Course on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, from 5pm to 9pm, at the Public Safety Building.The course has been scheduled for women who have previously successfully completed R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense System), which is a women’s self-defense program that is comprised of easy-to-learn, effective physical defense techniques. Online registration for the free one-night course is required and can be found HERE.Contact Sgt. Chris Ahern at 978-658-5071 or cahern[at]wpd.org with any questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFree R.A.D. Class Offered To Wilmington Women Through Middlesex Sheriff’s OfficeIn “Government”Wilmington Police To Offer Free R.A.D. Class In AprilIn “Government”Wilmington Police To Offer FREE R.A.D. ClassesIn “Government”last_img read more

Gold Demand in India to Rise to 4Year High in Second Half

first_imgDriven by robust demand for jewellery, gold demand in the country is estimated to touch a four-year high in the second half of 2015. The World Gold Council (WGC) forecasts India’s gold demand to reach 900-1,000 tonnes in the calendar year 2015, with the demand in the second half likely to be at least 554 tonnes.Demand for the yellow metal was 481 tonnes during the July-December period in 2012, but since then, it has declined steadily. In the second half of 2014, demand was 439 tonnes.Demand for the yellow metal stood at 346.2 tonnes during the first six months of 2015. “Jewellery demand has remained robust so far in the second half,” Mehul Choksi, managing director, Gitanjali Gems, told Business Standard.Gold prices have seen high volatility in the past two months, as the US dollar strengthened on expectations of US central bank rate hike in September.At one stage in early August, gold prices were trading at a five-and-a-half-year low of Rs 24,577 per 10 gm, but later rebounded sharply to hit a three-month of Rs 27,575 this week. The rise was mainly led by increased demand from jewellers and a falling rupee.”Stockists’ demand was high in July as jewellers were preparing for the India International Jewellery Show in the first week of August. But the demand tapered off. With the festive and wedding seasons, we see strong demand for gold in the second half,” said Rajan Venkatesh, managing director, India bullion, ScotiaMocatta.Consumer demand for gold in India, which declined by 25% to 154 tonnes in the April-June period, is expected to see a pick up ahead of the wedding and festival seasons in the second half of 2015. “Gold demand will be robust in the second half due to the upcoming wedding and festival seasons. The season started with consumers taking advantage of softening gold prices,” said Somasundaram PR, managing director (India), WGC.However, a poor monsoon rainfall is expected to dampen the prospects of gold demand in rural India, which account for a significant part of overall gold consumption in the country.”The worry is the weak monsoon, which may lower farm output. Rural demand could be affected, but the overall demand for gold is likely to remain reasonably strong during July-December,” Venkatesh said.last_img read more

4 Factors Behind Kashmere Highs Expected Passing State Grade

first_img Listen 00:00 /04:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaTeachers and administrators at Kashmere High are focused on turning the school around this year and getting off the state’s list of struggling schools.The Texas Education Agency keeps a list of schools that must improve academically or face tough penalties. The school that’s been on that “failing” list the longest: the historically black Kashmere High School in northeast Houston.It hasn’t passed the state’s accountability system for over a decade. But that may change very soon. Before the summer’s over, Kashmere High is expected to finally get a passing grade.That’s despite doubts by many, even its own students, that Kashmere could improve in time, as reading coach Shundra Mosley explained at a community meeting last fall. “She told me, she said, ‘Miss, why did you come here? We bad, miss. Kashmere’s bad. Why did you come here?’” Mosley said, recounting a conversation with a student.“And I had to hold the tears back and I had to swallow a little bit and let her know that Ms. Mosley has been known to turn bad into good but I can’t do that by myself. It takes all of us and what we’ve come here to do. I said all that to say, their confidence is low because of what they’re hearing,” Mosley said.For at least the last two years, Kashmere’s students and teachers have heard that if they don’t improve, their school could be shut down — or the state could take over the entire elected school board of the Houston Independent School District, thanks to a law known as House Bill 1842. At least for Kashmere’s part, that threat appears to be waning. But just like the school’s struggle has been years in the making, so has its turnaround. News 88.7 looked back at four key changes that have helped the school improve.More access to social services: In 2016, Kashmere High opened a new service center with the help of the group, ProUnitas. There students could find a food pantry, mental health services and other support. It’s since evolved to include more wrap-around social services for students at all the schools in the neighborhood. Helping bring in that support: alumni, churches and community leaders, like Keith Downey. “It’s not someone else’s responsibility, it’s all our responsibility,” Downey told News 88.7 last fall.Community Support: Downey helped create a community council four and a half years ago for schools in Kashmere Gardens. He said that there are ongoing social service needs in the community, especially after Harvey hit Kashmere Gardens hard. “A lot of our children are hungry and we want them to pass a test to see where a school lies. But if you’re hungry in the mornings, then can an adult pass the test if they’re hungry in the mornings?”The community council holds regular meetings with principals and social service coordinators to check how they are doing academically and what kind of support they need. Downey said the social services and community support have been critical for Kashmere students.Stable Leadership: Chris Ray graduated from Kashmere High School and now sends his daughter there. He said that within the last 10 years or so, he hasn’t seen a principal who’s lasted long enough to watch a freshmen class graduate as seniors — and that churn in leadership drags down improvement. And Ray noted that it takes time to develop improvement in education: “You take a year to figure out the problem. You take the second year to implement some things to help solve the problem,” Ray told News 88.7 earlier this year. “In the third year, those things that didn’t work, you go back and reinvest more problem solutions. And maybe the fourth year everything turns around.”Ray said that recent principals have brought stability and momentum. In 2015, Nancy Blackwell came out of retirement from the Aldine school district to lead Kashmere High. She made sure all teachers were certified and got others more training. But, as she told News 88.7  in 2017, they missed the state’s grade by just a few points: “Coming close hurts, but coming close doesn’t count,” Blackwell said. Then came Hurricane Harvey, prompting the state to give Kashmere a one-year break from its accountability system. Consistency: Halfway through this past school year, Kashmere’s new principal Reginald Bush gave his prediction: “Consistency, consistency is the big piece.” In his first year, Bush has brought a military-style energy to campus. He’s put tutors in classrooms and encouraged students to join clubs. Along the way, they’ve celebrated small victories in ways students wanted, like fish fries and field trips, turning that doubt into confidence. “I think if we remain consistent, with the momentum that we have, there’s no doubt in our mind that Kashmere will receive distinctions this year,” Bush said.Kashmere High will get its official state letter grade in August when the Texas Education Agency releases them. However, if the school barely passes, the pressure for progress will continue, because Texas will expect more improvement the following year. center_img X Share last_img read more

Nigerian Women Lead Rallies for Their Missing Girls Worldwide

first_img(TriceEdneyWire.com) – An unprecedented surge of gatherings and rallies across the U.S. and abroad sparked by the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian boarding school girls have made plain the growing anger and frustration of Nigerian and other women over inaction by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration. After three weeks, little more than a call this week for an investigative committee has been accomplished.Since the rallies Saturday, photos of the impromptu events have appeared on Facebook and on blogs, widely exposing a story which received little press attention when the crime in the town of Chibot in the state of Borno, was first reported.From Union Square in New York City to Oakland, California, women filled public plazas with hand-written signs that read “Bring Back Our Girls” “Nigeria the World is Watching” “200 Too Many” among others. Most of the women wore headwraps or “geles” which have a spiritual significance for Yoruba women.In New York, Gugu Lethu said she was planning only to meet with a few women in Union Square to show support for the girls and mothers. However her flier for the event was passed from hand to hand and Facebook page to Twitter and close to 300 women turned up.Morgan State University also hosted a “Bring Back our Girls” rally on campus on May 7. At the event, participants marched from the University Student Center to the Academic Quad.Repercussions from the spontaneous gatherings were felt in Nigeria as the wife of President Jonathan tearfully took to the airwaves to accuse the grieving mothers of the missing girls of embarrassing her husband and to order the detention of two of the protesting mothers. She also pledged to march to the governor’s office of Borno state to demand the release of the girls although it is widely believed that the girls were spirited away to be sold as brides of men in neighboring Chad or Cameroon or to members of the terrorist group Boko Haram.Despite the tragedy, a major economic conference is expected to take place in Nigeria’s capital Abuja from May 7 to 9. President Johnson has given assurances for the safety of the foreign and African guests expected to attend. The BBC is reporting that schools and government offices are to be closed and arrests are being made.According to the website of the conference: ”The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa comes at a crucial time for the continent. Taking place under the theme, Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs.” Guests include Premier Li Keqiang of China and eleven African heads of state and government.Some 1,500 people have been killed since January 2014 due to the ongoing fighting between the insurgent Boko Haram group and the Nigerian military.A U.S. contingent in Nigeria will not be taking part in the girls’ rescue, it was clarified today. Their efforts are limited to security training and crowd control for the business event this week, reports said.Nigeria’s budget for security this year is more than $6 billion – double the allocation for education.Meanwhile, the noted author of Half of a Yellow Sun and most recently, Americanah, published a response to the tragedy called “The President I Want.” The full article can be read at: http://www.thescoopng.com/exclusive-chimamanda-adichie-president-want/last_img read more

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Abandons Quest for Third term

first_imgBy The Associated PressRahm Emanuel, whose tumultuous tenure as Chicago mayor included an infamous police shooting and a surge in violent crime, said in a surprise announcement Tuesday that he would abandon his plan to seek a third term next year but gave no reason for the sudden change of heart.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not seek a third term in office. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune via AP)Emanuel also led the effort to conduct the largest mass closing of neighborhood schools in American history and is credited with helping to stabilize the city’s finances through politically unpopular increases in taxes and fees.The 58-year-old former White House chief of staff known for his pugnacious political style said only that he and his wife “look forward to writing that next chapter in our journey together.”“This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not a job for a lifetime,” the mayor said, reading prepared remarks at a news conference where he was joined at the podium by his wife. He held her hand throughout the announcement.Before becoming mayor in 2011, Emanuel was a Democratic congressman and chief of staff to President Barack Obama. In winning the city’s top office, he succeeded Richard M. Daley, who was mayor for more than 20 years, and won a second term in 2015.Emanuel had been running and raising money for months in preparation for the February election. The Chicago Tribune said he had already amassed more than $10 million to campaign for another four-year term.His announcement came the day before the start of jury selection for one of the biggest police-shooting trials in Chicago history, a case that seemed sure to renew questions about the city’s long effort to prevent the release of video showing White officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014.Many people asked whether Emanuel’s office delayed releasing the video to lessen the political damage.“Imagine this trial is starting and what happened is going to get rehashed over and over and over again while you are in campaign mode,’ said Delmarie Cobb, a media and political consultant and a vocal critic of the mayor.David Axelrod, a friend of Emanuel’s who worked with him in President Barack Obama’s White House, disagreed. He said Emanuel told him of his decision not to run over the weekend.“I think he was aware of the timing of the trial, and he was also aware of what he did and didn’t do. And I think he was comfortable about that,” Axelrod said. “His concerns … were about his own level of energy and freshness.”A verdict in the officer’s favor or a hung jury could prompt another crisis in the city, angering many Chicagoans, inviting large protests and creating a volatile political atmosphere.No matter how the trial ends, Emanuel’s legacy as mayor will likely be tied to the case. The release of the video led to a Department of Justice investigation of Chicago police, culminating in a damning report last year that found widespread civil rights violations.After the report, he vowed to carry out sweeping police reforms, which has already included fitting all patrol officers with body cameras and non-lethal stun guns.Chicago’s violent crime drew national attention throughout Emanuel’s second term, with the number of shootings and homicides climbing to levels not seen in nearly two decades and exceeding the bloodshed of any other U.S. city. The number of slayings in each of the last two years was more than twice the total of Los Angeles and New York combined.The mayor clashed several times with President Donald Trump over the gun violence. Soon after becoming president, Trump tweeted that, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on … I will send in the Feds!” Emanuel said he welcomed federal help but cautioned against the strictly “tough and rough” approach Trump seemed to advocate.There are now no front-runners in the mayoral race, and Emanuel’s departure will almost certainly encourage others to enter it. The twelve candidates declared to date include a former Chicago police superintendent, Garry McCarthy; a former Chicago public schools CEO, Paul Vallas; and Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown. They were all considered longshots.Emanuel has been a profile writer’s dream, from his time as a ballet dancer, to the loss of part of a finger while operating a meat-slicing machine at a deli where he once worked. Obama enjoyed linking the incident with Emanuel’s fondness for profanity by joking that the loss of his middle finger “rendered him mute for a while.” Emanuel once sent a pollster a dead fish, which helped earn him the nickname “Rahmbo.”His battle with the teachers union led to a strike in 2012 — the first in a quarter century. To shore up the city’s bleak financial situation, he was willing to do something no American mayor had ever done before: close 50 schools at once.The mayor several times referred to his family Tuesday, noting that his three kids are now in college. But he stopped short of saying family considerations drove his decision.“Politicians always say they’re leaving office to spend more time with their family,” he said. “My kids were smart enough to see that coming and scattered to the two coasts. So as of the other day, we are now empty nesters.”Emanuel grew up in the ritzy Chicago suburb of Wilmette, the son of an Israeli physician who moved to the United States. His start in politics came after college, when he worked for Sen. Paul Simon’s 1984 Senate campaign and Daley’s run for mayor in 1989.Then he went to work for a little-known Arkansas governor who wanted to be president.His fundraising skills helped keep Bill Clinton’s campaign afloat during some rocky times, particularly the scandal over whether he had slept with Gennifer Flowers.Clinton made him his political director in the new administration, but internal tensions led to his comeuppance a year later, when he was demoted to a policy adviser.Midway through Clinton’s second term, Emanuel left for Chicago to work in investment banking. The firm he joined was soon sold, and Emanuel made millions, giving him the financial security to get back into politics.last_img read more

YouTube Shooting Suspect Was Angry About Demonetization Father Warned Cops

first_imgUPDATED: New details have emerged about the woman identified as opening fire at YouTube’s headquarters Tuesday in San Bruno, Calif., injuring three people.The shooting suspect was identified by local police as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old San Diego resident who died at the scene Tuesday afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Three people at the YouTube campus were injured, one critically, by the alleged shooter.Aghdam had expressed grievances toward YouTube in videos and online posts, complaining that the Google-owned video platform was discriminating against her, censoring her content and had “demonetized” her videos.San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said at a press conference Wednesday that Aghdam was “upset with the policies and practices of YouTube. This appears to be the motive for the incident.” Her father, Ismail Aghdam, said in an interview with CBS2 News in Los Angeles that he had contacted San Diego police on Monday to warn them about her grievances toward YouTube. According to the report, he said law-enforcement authorities — responding to a missing person report — contacted him Tuesday at 2 a.m., telling him they had found his daughter in her car in Mountain View, about 30 miles south of San Bruno. According to Ismail Aghdam, police said they would keep an eye on her.“She was angry,” he told the Mercury News. Ismail Aghdam had told police that he feared his daughter was going to YouTube’s headquarters because she “hated” the company.The Mountain View Police Department in a statement Wednesday afternoon said that officers spoke with Aghdam’s father and brother. According to the department, Ismail Aghdam told them YouTube “had recently done something to her videos that had caused her to become upset” and that he suspected that was why his daughter was in the area. However, the police department said, “at no point did her father or brother mention anything about potential acts of violence or a possibility of Aghdam lashing out as a result of her issues with her videos.” MVPD added that “there was no indication from either Aghdam or her family that she may have been in possession of any weapons.”Aghdam posted videos on YouTube in English, Farsi and Turkish using various screen names, including “Nasime Sabz.” Her channel and other social-media accounts have been deleted since the shooting.On YouTube, Aghdam’s videos spanned a range of topics, including animal rights, vegan cooking, and music video parodies. But more recently, she took to railing against YouTube and its policies. “There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!,” she wrote in a post on her website, nasimesabz.com.In another post, she shared an image of her YouTube page showing that a video that had received 366,591 views generated just 10 cents of ad revenue. “My revenue for 300,000 is $0.10?????” she wrote.One of the evident sources of Aghdam’s rage was a new policy YouTube announced in January, setting stricter requirements for content creators to be eligible for ad-revenue sharing. The site implemented those in response to marketers’ concerns over the “brand safety” of ad-supported videos on the site. The San Bruno Police Department on Wednesday said Aghdam used a 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun in the attack and that she visited a nearby shooting range earlier Tuesday. Police do not have information on where she obtained the gun but said she was in legal possession of the weapon.On Tuesday evening, the department released a photo of Aghdam:Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that four YouTube employees were injured in the April 3 shooting at YouTube’s headquarters. In fact, according to authorities, three people were wounded in the attack; police have not confirmed that all three were YouTube employees. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety Under the new rules, YouTube Partner Program participants need to have at least 4,000 hours of video watch-time for their videos within the past 12 months and at least 1,000 subscribers. Creators previously part of the rev-share program who didn’t meet those requirements were dropped — “demonetized” in the jargon of the platform — effective Feb. 20. Previously, the minimum threshold to participate in the revenue-sharing program was 10,000 video views. But according to YouTube, the previous standard didn’t provide enough information to filter out “bad actors” like spammers and impersonators.In another post on her website about YouTube, Nasim Aghdam wrote: “They only care for personal short-term profits & do anything to reach their goals by fooling simple-minded people, hiding the truth, manipulating science & everything, putting public mental & physical health at risk, abusing non-human animals, polluting environment, destroying family values, promoting materialism and sexual degeneration in the name of freedom.”San Bruno police said that on Tuesday, April 3, at 12:46 p.m., it received numerous 911 calls reporting gunshots at the YouTube campus at 901 Cherry Ave. in San Bruno. As of Tuesday evening, the scene was being processed for evidence by San Bruno police detectives and the San Mateo County Crime Lab.After police responded, they found Aghdam dead at the scene. The three individuals who were injured were transported to area hospitals; neither the police nor YouTube have confirmed that they are YouTube employees. One of the victims, a 36-year-old man, was in critical condition on Tuesday, while a 32-year-old woman was listed in serious condition, and a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition.On Tuesday, the San Bruno police said they were investigating a motive for the shooting and said, “At this time there is no evidence that the shooter knew the victims of this shooting or that individuals were specifically targeted.”In a tweet Tuesday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said: “There are no words to describe how horrible it was to have an active shooter @YouTube today. Our deepest gratitude to law enforcement & first responders for their rapid response. Our hearts go out to all those injured & impacted today. We will come together to heal as a family.”last_img read more

Of fun and flavours

first_imgThe dawn of Easter Sunday with its message of new life is a high point in the Christian calendar. Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and new life. Enjoy an Easter themed indulgent Sunday Brunch painstakingly curated by the team of chefs at Shangri-la’s contemporary new all day dining restaurant, Tamra. Celebrate this season of new beginnings with Tamra’s Easter Sunday brunch on April 5. Blending tradition with world flavours in the magical setting of Tamra, the young patrons will find an array of fun activities specially designed with Easter goodies and a complimentary access to the pool.The Easter goodies are available at UNO2GO, the hotel’s patisserie from March 27 – April 5.The Easter Sunday brunch is priced at Rs 3,500 plus taxes with free flowing Moet Chandon champagne and Rs. 2,750 plus taxes with free flowing cocktails, beer and mocktails. Kids buffet is priced at Rs 1,500 plus taxes.last_img read more

Fashion trends to look out for in summer

first_imgBefore you hit the stores to stock up on summer essentials, keep an eye on factors like seaside stripes and oversized bags which might trend big, says an expert.Below are some summer trends to look out for this year:Seaside stripes: Just when we thought there’s nothing more to stripes, seaside stripes make their way. Ripped straight from beach umbrellas and lounge chairs, these in-your-face lines are the perfect summer staples you always wanted to own. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOversized bags: Bags get bigger – really bigger to an exaggerated degree. Don’t be surprised if you spot them on the streets and airports very soon, for they can hold anything and everything you need. Shades of yellow: Looking forward to wearing a happy colour this summer? Then go all out with yellow – whether it’s stripes, solids or ruffles. And no matter what your skin tone is, there a shade of yellow for everyone.Slit sleeves: Flared sleeves make way for slit sleeves this year. They are taking over denim jackets, feminine tops, maxi dresses and button-downs too. Here’s a pro tip: stock up on some bracelets and bangles to play up this fresh-off-the-runway style.Flatforms: Girls who love the height but hate the heels, it’s time to rejoice. The most comfortable heel style – Flatform – is back in vogue. From strappy ones to creepers, from classy to chunky, the possibilities of wearing them this season are endless.last_img read more

Bdeshi actor Abdun Gaji Noor takes part in poll drive complaint lodged

first_imgKolkata: A complaint was lodged with the Election Commission against Bangladeshi actor Abdun Gaji Noor who courted controversy by taking part in an election rally on Wednesday.The state BJP leaders have registered a complaint with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against the participation of the Bangladeshi actor in the election campaign. The Election Commission has taken an exception to the participation of a foreign national in the election campaign. It was learnt that the office of the Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh took up the matter with the actor. He will be asked to return to his homeland. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that Bangladeshi actor Noor triggered controversy after he took part in an election rally in Dum Dum in favour of Sougata Roy, who is contesting the ongoing election from Dum Dum. Noor was found standing in a hood-less jeep along with Trinamool Congress leader Madan Mitra on Wednesday. The incident sparked a political slugfest between the Trinamool Congress and BJP. The state BJP leaders termed the incident a gross violation of the model code of conduct (MCC) and demanded action against the TMC candidate Roy. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt was learnt from the sources in the CEO office that there is no specific laws laid down by the Election Commission of India (ECI) in this regard. Hence the officials cannot take any action against a foreign national. They are however looking into the matter and may seek suggestion from the ECI. The Bangladeshi actor however claimed that he took part in the road show after being requested by TMC leader Madan Mitra. The actor also defended himself by saying that he took part in the road show without uttering a word. Meanwhile, it may be said that in a similar incident Bangladeshi film actor Ferdous Ahmed also triggered controversy after he attended an election rallies in Raiganj constituency areas on April 14. The actor was seen seeking votes for Trinamool Congress candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal at campaign rallies across Hemtabad and Karandighi near the Indo-Bangladesh border for ensuing Lok Sabha polls. As the matter came to light, Ahmed was asked by the office of the Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh to leave the country and go to Bangladesh immediately.last_img read more

How to Position Your SaaS Business For a Platform Sell

first_img 7 min read I’ve always said that the companies that scale to become large, sustainable and independent franchises are the ones that offer a platform to the market. The constant evolution aspiration for a startup is to go from feature to product to platform — to create a company where other companies are born and scaled on your technology offerings. A larger vision and the ability to execute on it is truly what separate the good from the great.Things have changed a lot for Dyn over the 15 years since its inception — and many of the biggest shifts have come since I joined the company almost eight years ago. Since 2008 we’ve seen a dramatic shift in the way SaaS tools and services are sold, and how growing SaaS companies are positioning themselves in the market. Like many SaaS companies, Dyn started as a small niche player in an important corner of the Internet — Managed DNS — and slowly carved out a space honing our product and beating competitors on service, pricing, relationships, and added-value until we grew to be the market leader. Along the way we selectively added complementary products — traffic management, Internet intelligence and email delivery — and continued to grow, ensuring our products worked so well in tandem and delivered such value that the only clear path forward was to deliver a platform sale to our customers.Related: 11 Ways to Make Money While You SleepWe’re in the midst of a go-to-market and product transformation to reflect this evolution of our business and this move upstream we’re making with the platform is the natural one for businesses that want to drive growth and continue innovating as an independent entity. For Dyn, it’s no longer about selling feeds and speeds, but all about selling business value to enterprises.We’re certainly not alone in our platform-first approach. A recent Accenture Trend Report noted that 81 percent of executives say platform-based business models will be core to their growth strategy within three years. Creating integrated approaches to solving business challenges is not only good for customers, it’s a differentiator for your business that can position you far ahead of the competition. Here are some keys to enabling — and nailing — the move to the platform.Enable a Vision and the Rest will FollowShifting your business to a platform approach requires patience and isn’t for everyone. But if your company has several complementary products that combine to create huge value for your customers and prospects, integrating the products and developing additional tools that continue to differentiate your business could propel your growth story. In 2015 we started a cross-company pivot away from product selling and towards a platform sell – delivering the value of all of our core DNS, data, analytics and traffic steering products into addressing the Internet Performance Management space, where we see huge potential for the company through the next 5 years and beyond. But before we saw a platform approach, we had to see the vision for how our existing products could deliver on a larger promise for our customers.Related: 5 Habits of the Wealthy That Helped Them Get RichHaving the vision for a platform sale is also necessary for any business to continue to be an independent player, especially in an ecosystem where companies with unique tools or services are targets for companies that already have a platform play. Building out a platform and successfully rolling it out to customers — and ensuring they embrace it — is a big challenge, but with big challenges come big opportunities.Build What Customers Want – and ValidateIt may seem obvious to build products well-tailored to customers’ wants and needs but too many SaaS product development teams fall into the trap of iterating based on their own visions for the product rather that keeping to the goal of solving very specific customer problems and solving them well. At Dyn, we’ve kept our focus on this and it has helped us grow over the long-run, with 29 consecutive quarters of growth and counting.Keeping a keen eye on the customer has meant each of our products and each of our acquisitions has been based on fulfilling a need. As customer needs have been filled we’ve constantly challenged ourselves and this has led to a natural progression in thinking from feature to product to suite to platform. The platform has always been the goal, but it has become the emphasis based on clear customer need. This “market-in” rather than “product out” mindset is imperative to understanding what customers truly want and enabling your business to deliver through the out years. It was critical for us to match our own maturation with the macro trends happening across the Internet infrastructure landscape and affecting CIO and CTOs of companies big and small. Timing is everything.Empower Leadership for a Full Throttle ChangeBuilding the vision and strategy and green-lighting the move to a platform approach was one of the most significant decisions our leadership has made over the history of the business. Not only did it signal a serious shift in our marketing and sales approach, it required a mammoth undertaking by our product and engineering teams to build the software that would enable our massive business shift. Many times products are utilized by customers with siloed interaction points. This user experience needs to be elegant with clean workflows and interfaces or via robust APIs.Related: Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People (Infographic)While it was a true team effort to develop the strategy and action plan for the platform play, it was crucial for the plan to be communicated to leaders across our near 500-person business, to our regional offices in the UK, Australia and Singapore, and understood and internalized by all of our staff. Enabling this change was a huge decision and we’ve had to turn the company and ensure the message is resonating and being communicated across all departments and through all disciplines. We also based one of our biggest hires to date, our global head of sales, on his ability to grow our sales apparatus to meet this platform approach. If you want to have a big vision for your company’s future, you truly have to go all in.Reorg and ResizeYou can’t make a platform play without shaking up your organization significantly. We have shifted focus in many areas of our business and have had to reorganize teams and assets to meet the challenges we’ve placed on ourselves. This is never an easy proposition for a business, but if leadership articulates the vision, charts the course and firmly plants the flag, showing how your business can meet the opportunity before it, your business will be set to optimize for the exciting opportunities ahead.At Dyn, our platform play has meant that we’re now prepared to hunt down opportunities in business categories that are emerging as the big prospects of the future: automation, predictive analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), full cloud adoption, mobile and ever more globalization and global growth. Our internal reorganization has meant shifting focus for many of our best thinkers and the creation of new strategic groups that are helping the whole organization to shift to meet opportunity. We’ve developed a specific research group, integration group, partnerships and alliances group and a solution architecture team to set us on a footing for success.Change is never easy, especially in already successful organizations, but if you want to be sustainable and impactful you need to see the future and set a foundation to get you there. Employees, long-time customers and other stakeholders might question a shift in focus after so many successful years of business. But moving to a platform play requires opportunism, guts, and vision with a commitment to taking on the challenges of tomorrow. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 13, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Heading to the CHTAs Caribbean Travel Marketplace Heres what you can expect

first_img SAN JUAN — The Caribbean’s recovery post-hurricane season is picking up pace with more than 5 billion impressions for the ‘Caribbean Is Open’ campaign, plus strong registration numbers for the CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace Jan. 30 – Feb. 1.The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association reports that registration numbers for the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, taking place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, are just slightly off pace from registrations at this time last year for the 2017 event in The Bahamas. For the upcoming 2018 event, close to 600 delegates have confirmed their attendance including 170+ suppliers and more than 50 buyers.“With six weeks to go, we are on target to equal or surpass last year’s attendance,” says CHTA’s Director General Frank Comito. Next month’s event is shaping up to be “another incredible opportunity to kickstart the region’s marketing efforts for 2018 and beyond,” he adds.Following a meeting with the Host Committee in San Juan last week, Comito disclosed the overall year-over-year registration pace was encouraging, and assured that all systems were in order for the Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 event.Produced by CHTA, Marketplace brings together hotel and destination representatives; online travel agents; tour operators; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media.“We were very encouraged by what we saw in Puerto Rico,” said Comito, who observed the metro area busily preparing for the opening of the winter season. “The strong recovery from Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, is a testament to the spirit of the Puerto Rican people as they get their lives back on track and get ready to welcome tourists to the island. They are ready for us and they are going to be even more ready on Jan. 30.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) reported last week that more than 100 hotels are open and operating. More than 4,000 restaurants are taking orders and serving up meals. Major tourism attractions island-wide have been cleaned up and restored.“It’s been the continued collaboration with Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s team and tourism industry partners that has resulted in tremendous progress and we’re thrilled to be officially open for tourism,” said José Izquierdo, executive director of the PRTC. “Tourism is a vital contributor to the island’s economy, so reaching these milestones not only will help build a stronger, better Puerto Rico, but showcases the resiliency in our people and destination.”Puerto Rico recently announced that Dec. 20 would be its “official reopening date”. The island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in this year’s wild Atlantic hurricane season.For more information on Caribbean Travel Marketplace see chtamarketplace.com. Details about registration can be found at https://www.chtamarketplace.com/registration-fees.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesMeanwhile billions of people now know that the Caribbean is open because of the multifaceted, million-dollar campaign by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America.The Association’s ‘Caribbean Is Open’ campaign generated awareness, along with more than 5 billion impressions, about the majority of Caribbean destinations operating normally, unhindered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Between Oct. 2 and Dec. 1, 2017, the campaign generated more than 4.26 billion impressions; 11,949 media placements; 22,432 promoted content clicks; promoted content reach of 14,060,068; and 18,269 total shares of news stories.That’s in addition to the 1.23 billion impressions and 9,041 placements through a satellite media tour.The campaign has also featured a landing site, CaribbeanIsOpen.com, with destination footage, a Q&A, traveller testimonials and a map of open destinations, as well as a media call with Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation, and Chairman, CLIA and Adam Goldstein, President & COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Chairman, FCCA.In all, the focus has been targeting potential travellers to educate about the region’s more than 1 million square miles and 100 ports, the majority of which were unaffected by the hurricanes and ready to welcome visitors. The campaign also showcased the affected destinations’ resiliency and recovery efforts. Monday, December 18, 2017 Share Heading to the CHTA’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace? Here’s what you can expect Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Caribbean << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Transat honoured with Travelife Certification for sustainability efforts

first_img Friday, October 19, 2018 Share Transat honoured with Travelife Certification for sustainability efforts MONTREAL — It’s official: Transat is now Travelife Certified.This marks the first time that a major international tour operator has been awarded the international certification for its full range of activities.To hold and maintain Travelife Certified status, Transat must comply with more than 200 criteria covering its workplace practices, product range, business partners and customers. Travelife certification is accredited by the UN-supported Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and also complies with the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility Standard, which puts forward guidelines on environment, human rights and labour relations.“Twelve years ago, we began a structured approach aimed at becoming a model of sustainable tourism,” said Annick Guérard, Chief Operating Officer, Transat. “In the process, we strengthened our environmental management and our social engagement, including toward children, trained our teams on the importance of sustainable development, retooled our operations to better address customers’ concerns, and urged our partners to implement sustainability practices. We are very proud to receive the Travelife Certified attestation, recognizing best practices in responsible tourism across all of our tour operator and travel agency activities, which were painstakingly reviewed to secure certification.”More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedMélanie Joly, Minister of tourism, Official Language and La Francophonie, added: “The tourism industry is growing in Canada and around the world, and we want to make sure Canadians benefit from that. We applaud Transat’s leadership in sustainable tourism as demonstrated by the company receiving certification that recognizes its commitment to the environment, communities and sustainable tourism development.”Transat has been committed to sustainable development since 2006, with multiple initiatives in environmental stewardship and heritage protection, which are described on resp.transat.com. It has also established policies recognizing sustainability certifications by its hotelier partners, adopted a code of conduct for tourism service providers, and created volunteering and humanitarian leave programs for its employees.In conjunction with the award, Transat is now following a new Action Plan (2018-2020) aimed at raising awareness among employees and customers of sustainable development and responsible tourism practices. Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Transat Travelweek Group last_img read more

Online newspaper the Huffington Post has launched

first_imgOnline newspaper the Huffington Post has launched a new live-streaming channel, HuffPost Live.The Huffington Post has reportedly hired about 100 staff to work on the channel, which will air live for 12 hours a day, with content repeated overnight and at weekends. Content from the channel will also be made available on-demand. The venture is to be headed by Roy Sekoff, who presented the first live segment alongside Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.HuffPost Live operates from studios in New York and Los Angeles, with a satellite studio based at its Washington DC facility.last_img read more