HC asks CBI for report on alleged lobbying by AirAsia to get

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Thursday asked the CBI to file a report relating to alleged lobbying by AirAsia India while trying to get international flying rights in violation of foreign investment norms and dismissed a plea by BJP leader Subramanium Swamy seeking interim stay on the airline’s application.A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the agency to file the report in a sealed cover and listed the matter for final disposal on September 26. The court said: “We are not inclined to grant the stay prayed for…” and dismissed Swamy’s application in which he has sought a stay on the AirAsia India’s plea for an international permission/ licence to fly internationally. The application was filed in a pending petition challenging the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted by the Centre to AirAsia (India) Pvt Ltd. The court noted that an interim order was passed in February 2014, declining a similar relief to Swamy on the ground that the court did not have the power to judge an economic policy of the government. In the other application seeking to know the status of the investigation in the criminal case, Swamy has said he had sent a complaint and letters to the CBI in March and July, last year regarding the investigation against AirAsia for alleged criminal breach of trust and misappropriation. The plea said as per media reports, the CBI has been probing AirAsia India Pvt Ltd in connection with the alleged corruption in attempts to get an international operation clearance from the government. Besides CBI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has lodged a money laundering case against some of the officials of AirAsia in the matter. The application said the investigation conducted by the CBI was very relevant and crucial for adjudication of this petition since it has raised questions on the decisions and issues which are being probed by the agency. The Centre had earlier denied that there was any violation of FDI norms while granting approval to low-cost carrier AirAsia (India) Pvt Ltd — a joint venture of Tata Group and Malaysia-based AirAsia Berhad. It had filed the affidavit in response to Swamy’s another application in which he has alleged that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms were violated while granting approval to set up AirAsia India. It had said that FDI was permissible in an existing airline as well as a new venture. On the issue of grant of international flying rights to AirAsia, the government had said it will take a decision after considering all aspects of the matter as well as the rules and laid down policy in this regard, and there was no need to pass an order putting on hold the low-cost airline’s application. The government has contended that Swamy’s application was “devoid of any merit” and “it may be dismissed”.last_img read more

Shania Twain Focusing On SelfCare After Battle With Lyme Disease I Take

first_imgREAD MORE Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Shania Twain is opening up about how her struggle with lyme disease led her to undertake a complete lifestyle overhaul as she placed her focus on her health.In an interview with Australia’s Herald-Sun, the Canadian country superstar reveals that she takes her health “very seriously” in order to avoid any future health scares.“I take my health seriously,” Twain told the newspaper … Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

SOCAN Launches Dataclef Music Services

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2018 – Drawing on years of strategic planning, including the acquisitions of Audiam, MediaNet, Royalty Guru, and SODRAC as well as its expansion into Los Angeles, Seattle and New York, SOCAN today launched Dataclef, the new services arm of the music rights organization. Twitter “Dataclef is a milestone for SOCAN and the music industry on a global level,” said SOCAN Group CEO Eric Baptiste. “For the first time ever, organizations can go to one place for state-of-the-art license administration, worldwide reporting, and intelligent royalty tracking and delivery, improving their efficiency and bottom-line to return superior results.”With “Dataclef Suite,” Collection Organizations and Rightsholders can unlock maximum back office ROI with flexible and infinitely scalable multi-territory, multi-right licensing and royalty tools.Other products and services will be announced in due course, as Dataclef solutions meet the high-scale needs of global music use across the entire digital supply chain. At every stage, Dataclef offers tools to increase efficiency, lower costs, manage liability, supercharge user experience, and increase payment volume and accuracy to rights holders.SOCAN’s services team, led by Dataclef Chief Operating Officer & Head of Sales Janice Scott, will operate at arm’s length from SOCAN’s core business teams and on segregated systems, ensuring complete privacy and confidentiality with all clients.As the global music services company of the future, Dataclef actively invests in forward-looking technologies which allow customers to benefit from more accurate, transparent data and payments, and leverage high-tech, intelligent business tools for music use. Dataclef is a bilingual organization (English and French), and will be expanding language support to Spanish and Arabic in the coming months.“SOCAN has asserted a position in leading the global transformation of music rights,” Scott added. “Dataclef is the latest strategic move forward for the SOCAN Group, resulting from years of investment in technology development and acquisition, integration of complementary leading-edge companies and, most importantly, the world’s best collective team of industry experts.”Dataclef adds IPRS to roster of clientsDataclef is now providing back office services through the Dataclef Suite of products and services to facilitate rights management for IPRS – Indian Performing Rights Society Limited, the country’s only registered copyright society administering musical works. This includes administering mandates, processing all types of music usage data, and working with IPRS to deliver royalty revenue to its members in the region. Dataclef’s powerful data management and cleansing systems will ensure maximum accuracy and timely payments.“IPRS is excited to work with Dataclef to leverage their data and systems for maximized efficiency and royalty delivery to our members,” said Javed Akhtar Chairman of IPRS. “Dataclef’s revolutionary systems and database are unlike anything we’ve had access to before. We anticipate many years of mutual success working with their impressive technology and team.”SOCAN announced in May 2018 that the company had struck a services deal with the Dutch Caribbean performing rights organization, Ducapro, which will now be served by Dataclef.Brand identityThe Dataclef brand identity is symbolic of Dataclef’s music specialization and commitment to financially empower music stakeholders of all sizes. Our logo depicts forward motion with an arrow comprising the five lines of a musical staff, and colors transitioning from red to black.About DataclefDataclef is the world leader in solutions supporting music licensing, related data management, and digital delivery technology. Powered by SOCAN, Dataclef enables collection organizations, rights holders, DSPs, and brands with trailblazing music technologies and big data solutions including artificial intelligence. Organizations of all types and sizes will benefit from Dataclef’s services, empowering music use that is accurate, transparent and, most importantly, economical. That’s global music expertise you can bank on.About SOCANSOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. More than 150,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, with wholly-owned companies Audiam, Dataclef, MediaNet, RoyaltyGuru and SODRAC, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.comAbout IPRSThe Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS) is the sole Indian copyright society, registered by the Government of India under the Copyright Act, 1957, administering musical works and literary (lyrics) works associated with musical works. The members of IPRS comprise Authors (lyricists), Music Composers and Music Publishers. Javed Akhtar, eminent lyricist, screenplay writer and poet is chairman. Dataclef has created the most authoritative global music services platform ever built, empowering customers to thrive in the hyper-competitive modern music industry with revolutionary, fully-customizable service suites that simplify complex back-office and technology tasks. Relying on SOCAN’s well-established data management expertise, Dataclef has developed a unique comprehensive authoritative music database from more than 200 world territories.center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Alberta sees big drop in charitable donations

first_imgAnother sign of the hard times in Alberta; people are really starting to tighten the purse strings when it comes to charitable donations.The latest figures from Statistics Canada show total donations reported by Canadian tax filers fell almost three per cent in 2016 to $8.9 billion.The largest decrease was in Alberta: a drop of 10.7 per cent.The next biggest drop was Prince Edward Island at a little more than five per cent.Even with the decrease, Alberta still had a higher number of people making donations, about 21 per cent, than the national average, 20.5 per cent, and the second highest median donations at $470 compared with the national median donation of $300.Donors in Lethbridge had the second highest median charitable donations in the country at $620.Calgary United Way COO Beth Gignac said the trend of year over year declines continued in 2017.She explained the economic turbulence means a lot of people are out of the work force, and now rely on agencies they would normally donate to.“What we’re doing and have been doing over the past year is working with our agency partners to talk about ways in which we can think our way through this problem together,” she said.That includes working with corporate workplace partners and getting the message across that even a small contribution can have a big impact.Gignac said the greatest challenge as an organization, given what’s happening, is to still be able to provide sustainable funding to the 104 agencies they support.last_img read more

Invest more in higher education say participants at UN forum

The World Conference on Higher Education, hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, discussed a wide range of issues over the course of its four-day meeting, including the impact of globalization on higher education, social responsibility, academic freedom, research and financing. “At no time in history has it been more important to invest in higher education as a major force in building an inclusive and diverse knowledge society and to advance research, innovation and creativity,” says the final communiqué adopted by the conference, which gathered participants from some 150 countries.The communiqué notes the need to better integrate information and communications technologies throughout higher education to meet increasing student demand and share the results of scientific research. It also emphasizes the need for strengthened regional cooperation regarding the recognition of qualifications, quality assurance, governance, research and innovation, and highlights the importance of establishing regional higher education and research areas.In addition, participants called for measures to boost higher education in Africa – a special focus of the conference – including efforts to meet rapidly increasing demand; more attention to areas such as agriculture, the environment and natural resource extraction; and the mobilization of private financing.Highlighting the global teacher shortage, the communiqué also calls for higher education “to scale up pre-service and in-service teacher training with curricula that equip teachers to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills they need in the 21st century.” 9 July 2009Over 1,000 participants at a United Nations forum have called on governments to increase investment in higher education, and stressed the need for enhanced teacher training and greater regional cooperation in areas such as recognizing qualifications. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse getting back to basics against Jacksonville

Junior midfielder Turner Evans (5) works around a defender during a game against Notre Dame March 25 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 13-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior defenseman Joe Meurer is looking for a spark.Looking to finish its three-game home stand on a high note, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-6, 1-0) is set to take on the Jacksonville Dolphins (1-6, 0-1) Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.After starting the home stand with a conference win against Bellarmine, located in Louisville, Ky., OSU fell Tuesday to No. 7 Notre Dame, 13-7.Despite keeping Notre Dame close for the majority of the game, the Fighting Irish used a five-goal run to finish the fourth quarter and preserve the victory.However, Meurer said the Buckeyes are putting the Notre Dame game behind them and focusing on getting a much-needed win against Jacksonville this weekend.“We need anything right now to give us some kind of a spark, some kind of momentum,” Meurer said. “We got two out-of-conference games and then we are hitting the ground running with the rest of our conference games. So we definitely need this win and just a confidence boost at this point.”Junior midfielder David Planning said the Buckeyes offense simply needs to generate some chances in order to be effective against Jacksonville.“It’s just getting back to the basics: catching, throwing, moving the ball fast and taking good shots,” Planning said. “We want to get over 35 shots, and the more shots we put up the better chance we have of scoring.”OSU has only hit the 35-shot plateau once this season, in the first game of the season Feb. 9 against then-No. 11 Johns Hopkins in a 10-9 triple overtime loss.Jacksonville and OSU played against each other for the first time ever last season, with the Buckeyes walking away with a 9-6 win Feb. 17, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla., as part of the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic.OSU coach Nick Myers said with both teams trying to get back in the win column — Jacksonville has dropped two-straight — but it is important for the Buckeyes to play smart lacrosse and not make anything easy for the Dolphins.“They have a great goaltender, a senior, big kid who is capable of getting hot,” Myers said. “Defensively they are athletic. If you look at their ground ball stats, they are averaging close to 30 ground balls per game. And then on the offensive end, they are very athletic in the midfield and they have a couple big-time scorers down in the attack. They are a team that is certainly looking to break out as well and it’s going to be important that we are sound in all facets of the game in order to keep that from happening.”Offensively, junior midfielder Turner Evans has been on a tear lately. The Peterborough, Ontario, native has seven points in the first two games of the current home stand and is currently second on the team with 23 points.Defensively, the Buckeyes are only allowing 9.5 goals per game and have only given up more than nine goals once in their last four games, a stat Meurer is hoping can continue Saturday.“Our motto is ‘next,’” Meurer said. “That’s what the entire defense is going off of right now. We are definitely going to put the Notre Dame game past us, but we are also going to learn from the mistakes we made. Hopefully we can find some success against their (Jacksonville) offense.”Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday. read more

Womens Hockey Skaggs gets hat trick in No 7 Ohio State sweep

Ohio State then-freshman forward Tatum Skaggs (11) races to the puck in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Ohio State women’s hockey team (11-5, 7-3 WCHA) capped off a series sweep of Minnesota Duluth (5-6-1, 3-5-1 WCHA) with a 4-1 win on Saturday. Sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs led the way, earning the second hat trick of her college career.“It always feels good to sweep back at home and be able to put up a really great game for the fans,” Skaggs said. “Getting three goals is great, but that is not the main focus of what happened this weekend. We swept, and that is all that matters.”Much like Friday’s matchup, Minnesota Duluth took the lead early, less than four minutes into the first period. It was junior forward Sydney Brodt who snuck a shot around the corner by Ohio State goaltender Andrea Braendli to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage. Sophomore forward Anna Klein and freshman forward Gabbie Hughes assisted Brodt on the goal. Continuing the trend of similarities to Friday’s matchup, the game was tied up by Ohio State 12 minutes into the first period when the Buckeyes took advantage of a Minnesota Duluth penalty.Skaggs scored her first goal of the game for Ohio State getting a rebound on the power play from a blocked shot by sophomore forward Emma Maltais and slapping it in. Maltais and redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne were given assists on the play. Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall praised Skaggs’ play and her team’s resilience throughout the game.“When you play in a league like this, you need those reliable players or go to players like Tatum,” Muzerall said. “Playing against an Olympic gold medalist goalie and putting six goals on her in two games speaks volumes to our tenacity in front of the net. We were very relentless, and I am very proud of how they did not quit and kept plugging away.”With momentum on their side, the Buckeyes continued their relentless attack on Bulldog goaltender, redshirt junior Maddie Rooney. Ohio State’s efforts were rewarded just over a minute after their previous goal, less than 14 minutes in the first period. Freshman forward Sara Saekkinen found the net for the Buckeyes, giving them a 2-1 lead. Senior forward Madison Field and junior forward Olivia Soares were credited with assists for their effort on the goal. The second period saw no goals scored for either team, with Ohio State successfully killingtwo Bulldog penalties to maintain its 2-1 lead. The Buckeye defense limited Minnesota Duluth to only eight shots on goal for the entire period.Muzerall praised the Buckeye defense for its efforts against a talented Bulldog offense.“We worked on our forwards making sure they played 200 feet to back check,” Muzerall said. “If you know you have players coming through the middle of the ice, you can play a little more aggressive. We’ve been working on our forward angling and also on our gap control. We’ve done a better job with our stick positioning and they’ve just been more disciplined lately.”Ohio State continued firing shots at Rooney and got one in the net when Skaggs scored her second goal of the game seven minutes into the third period.Skaggs said she was pleased with how the Buckeyes took advantage of opportunities to score off Rooney.“You can’t take anything away from her, there’s a reason why she has a gold medal.” Skaggs said. “She played really well, but I think we just capitalized off their mistakes and it really feels good that we got a couple goals in on her.” With time winding down in the third period, Minnesota Duluth pulled its goalie in favor of an extra attacker to attempt to mount a comeback. It resulted in with an empty net goal with just over a minute left  in the third period to give Skaggs a hat trick for the game. Skaggs credited her success to the fact that she played with a new line for this series.“My line was clicking really well due to our hard week of practice,” Skaggs said. “It helped us learn to work well with each other and push each other. It definitely flowed into the game with us making good passes and finding seams, which helped with the success.” Ohio State next travels up to Mankato, Minnesota to play Minnesota State. Games will be played at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 1 and at 3:00 p.m on Dec. 2. read more

Head teacher who held her breasts and told boy his body was

first_imgSacking Mrs Rew proves Angus Council have an absolute 0 banter policy— Boyle (@Boyle42634) September 29, 2015 The two-year order means she can remain on the teaching register, but must comply with conditions including being tested for alcohol in her blood every six months.Mrs Rew accepted she had acted inappropriately by using inappropriate language, including swearing, and had told a male pupil to “put his body away as it was too sexy”.She also “held her breasts and made comments about them; entered pupils’ bedrooms, ate crisps and sweets and thereafter reached into her top to take crisps from between her breasts”.The panel decided that because of her personal difficulties, and support from staff, pupils and parents, it would be unreasonable to declare her unfit to teach. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A head teacher who was sacked after getting drunk on a school trip “held her breasts and made comments about them” and told a schoolboy his body was “too sexy”.Gillian Rew, 49, also told another pupil his chest “was better than her husband’s”, while she was drunk on the visit to Lockerbie in September 2014.During the weekend away, the former Arbroath High School head teacher was said to have pulled herself up from the floor by holding on to a pupil’s ankles, and to have held crisps between her breasts.She has not been struck off the teaching register, but has been given a two year “conditional registration order”, which involves regular alcohol testing. Gillian Rew Last month, she admitted at a General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS) hearing that she drank eight glasses of wine before having “improper contact” with students.She was sacked from her £74,000-a-year post following the incident, but her admission of guilt meant that details of the charges were not revealed in the hearing.The nature of her behaviour only emerged yesterday in details published by the GTCS. She was “mortified” by her behaviour and said she was partly drinking too much at Lockerbie Manor as a result of 14-hour days among colleagues who were hostile at the time. She did not think her pupils would have been particularly alarmed.On the night in question she stayed up until four in the morning and drank eight glasses of sauvignon blanc from a wine box. She has since undergone alcohol counselling and now works for EIS, the teaching union. She said her days leading a school were over. Mrs Rew came to a party with us aswell and k’oed on the couch, that’s the way teachers should be, god bless Gillian rew— Rory McQuillan (@razmcquillan) October 3, 2014 Mrs Rew now works for the EISCredit:Callum Masonlast_img read more

Appeal for witnesses after woman assaulted in Dublin city centre

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to come forward after a woman in her early 20s was assaulted in Dublin on Saturday evening.The incident occurred at Christchurch in the city centre at around 5.30pm when the woman was attacked by two young men and sustained minor injuries.Gardaí said that initial investigations indicate that the two also took some property from the woman but did not disclose what this was.Investigating officers say that at least one member of the public witnessed the attack and called on her, and anyone else who saw what happened, to come forward.last_img

Woman dies from electrocution answering call on her iPhone

first_imgLast week we saw the case of a Galaxy S3 exploding in a woman’s pocket causing third degree burns on her thigh. This week a woman has apparently been killed by electrocution while using her iPhone.The 23-year-old Chinese woman named Ma Ailun had plugged her iPhone into a power outlet to charge when the smartphone received a call. She picked up the device to answer the call, at which point she was electrocuted and died.Ma’s older sister is now calling on Apple to provide an explanation as to why this happened. Local police have confirmed the cause of death was electrocution, and Apple has confirmed it is set to carry out its own investigation alongside the local authorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China.We don’t know what model iPhone Ma was using, and there’s also nothing to confirm it was actually the phone that caused her death. Even if it was, if the phone or charger was damaged or she was using unofficial parts/accessories, then the blame can’t really be lodged with Apple.Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, news of the death has gone viral across China and won’t do Apple any favors convincing Chinese consumers to purchase its smartphones. Ma’s older sister has also urged people to not use their smartphones while they are charging. I think that’s a bit extreme, and again a lot depends on the state of the iPhone Ma was handling.The worst case scenario for Apple now is if the phone is found to be the cause of the electrocution and there’s no clear signs of damage to the device. That would probably trigger an investigation, a mandatory recall, and possibly even charges being brought against the company.last_img read more

ExoMars 2020 Mission Suffers Second Parachute Test Failure

first_img NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 Stay on target The project that will deliver a European rover and a Russian platform to the surface of Mars has been hit by another parachute failure, during a high-altitude drop test in Sweden.The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed on August 12 that another test of the parachutes that will be used on the ExoMars 2020 lander mission failed last week. A similar trial conducted back in May on the same parachutes also ended up malfunctioning. The failure could put the targeted July 2020 launch date into jeopardy.The ExoMars parachute deployment sequence that will deliver a surface platform and rover to the surface of Mars. (Photo Credit: ESA)The plan is to send the Rosalind Franklin rover and the Russian-led surface platform, Kazachok, in a descent module, and transported to Mars by a carrier module, following launch on a Proton rocket.The rover will collect samples of soil with a drill and analyze them for the presence of organic material, which could provide clues to the presence of past or even current life on Mars.The descent module needs two parachutes – each with its own pilot chute for extraction – to help slow the craft prior to landing. Following separation of the parachutes, the speed must be suitable for the braking engines to safely deliver the landing platform and the rover onto the surface of Mars.During a high-altitude test of the larger of the two parachutes on August 5 in Kiruna, Sweden, a test mass designed to represent the combined lander and rover was dropped from a stratospheric helium balloon at the height of 29 km, BBC News reported.In March 2018, the second and largest main parachute was successfully tested in a low-altitude drop test from an altitude of 1.2 km, deployed by a helicopter.While preliminary assessment showed that the initial steps were completed correctly on this high-altitude test, specialists observed damages to the canopy prior to inflation, similar to a previous test conducted on May 28. As a result, the test module descended under the drag of the pilot chute alone.Sizes of key components of the ExoMars 2020 mission. The parachutes that will help slow the descent module through the Martian atmosphere are compared in size to London’s ‘Big Ben’. (Photo Credit: ESA)“It is disappointing that the precautionary design adaptations introduced following the anomalies of the last test have not helped us to pass the second test successfully, but as always we remain focused and are working to understand and correct the flaw in order to launch next year,” said Francois Spoto, ESA’s ExoMars Team Leader.Experts have recovered all hardware, videos, and recorded telemetries for evaluation, and the ESA is hoping the analysis will reveal the root cause of the anomaly and guide engineers on further modifications that might be required to the parachute system before future tests.Another high-altitude test is already planned for the first main parachute before the end of the year. The next qualification attempt of the second main parachute is scheduled for early 2020.The ExoMars mission is scheduled for launch during the July 24-August 13, 2020 window, arriving at Mars in March 2021.According to BBC News, if ExoMars misses its launch window in 2020, the next opportunity to fly the mission will arrive in 2022, when Mars and Earth will make another close approach.“We have two remaining test windows. One is in November, the other is in February next year. If those tests are okay then we are on for a flight in July. However, if one of them was to fail, we would not take the risk. Our mission success is the first priority,” Nico Dettmann, human and robotic exploration development projects group leader at ESA, told BBC.“But at the moment we are confident we will be able to find a fix and implement it in time,” he added.The rover is currently nearing completion at Airbus Defense and Space, in Stevenage, UK, and will soon begin its environmental test campaign at Airbus Toulouse, France. The flight carrier module comprising the descent module and lander platform will also begin its final round of testing at Thales Alenia Space, Cannes, France.The rover will be integrated into the spacecraft in early 2020.More on Geek.com:ExoMars 2020 Rover Operations Control Center Opens in ItalyPlanned Mars Rover Named After Female DNA PioneerRed Planet Dust Storms Are Brewing in ESA’s Mars Express Photoslast_img read more

SpaceX Launches Rocket From Vandenberg AFB

first_imgHAWTHORNE (CNS) – Hawthorne-based SpaceX made more history Monday when it successfully launched a rocket carrying five dozen satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base, marking the first time a Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions.SpaceX has worked for years to perfect the reuse of its rockets to slash the cost of space missions, landing the first stage of the rockets either back on land near the original launch site or on barges floating in the ocean. It has often re-used the first stages of Falcon 9 rockets, but Monday’s launch was the first time the same rocket was used a third time.The rocket in Monday’s launch was previously used for satellite launches in May and August of this year. After launch, the first stage of the rocket made a successful landing on a barge — named “Just Read the Instructions” — floating in the Pacific Ocean, potentially setting the stage for a fourth use of the rocket.Monday’s launch occurred around 10:34 a.m. on a mission dubbed Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express. The rocket carried 64 satellites of various uses on what was billed as a “ridesharing” mission.Organized by Spaceflight Industries, the satellites aboard the rocket come from 34 organizations and will be released into a “sun-synchronous low Earth orbit.”“It includes 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from both commercial and government entities, of which more than 25 are from international organizations from 17 countries, including the United States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Brazil and India,” according to Spaceflight Industries.One of the “cubesats,” which are small, often-briefcase-sized satellites, carried the ashes of about 100 people ranging from veterans to space enthusiasts, according to the company behind the satellite.The mission was billed as the “largest dedicated rideshare mission on a U.S. launch vehicle.”The launch had been postponed three times — once to accommodate additional pre-flight inspections, another time due to weather and the third, on Sunday, to “conduct additional inspections of the second stage,” according to the company’s website.As with previous SpaceX launches from Vandenberg, the rocket created an impressive aerial light show over Southern California.The launch was SpaceX’s 19th of the year. SpaceX Launches Rocket From Vandenberg AFB Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 3, 2018 AP, center_img AP Updated: 2:11 PM December 3, 2018last_img read more

Zinio Undergoes Executive Shuffle New Strategic Focus

first_imgZinio, a digital magazine newsstand and reading platform, has shaken up its leadership team by naming a new CEO and president and forming a board of directors. The appointments come on the heels of a review done by investment bank Montgomery & Co. earlier this year and signal a strategic shift from a product-centric operation to a more customer-focused business plan.As a result of the changes, co-founder and CEO Rich Maggiotto has been named chief innovation officer. Meanwhile, Rusty Lewis will become CEO and Michelle Bottomley has been named president. Lewis, who will also be executive chairman, has been an executive in residence at Brown Brothers Harriman, a private equity firm, and before that was an executive at VeriSign. Bottomley was formerly CMO at Barclays’ Barclycard division. In addition to Lewis, five other executives were named to the new board, including owner David Gilmour, Arthur Becker, Bill Grabe, Bill Gray and David Roth.The company underwent media scrutiny in June when Fortune reported that Zinio put itself up for sale, hiring Montgomery & Co. to oversee the process. Fortune said it was seeking between $50 million and $100 million. Zinio responded at the time by confirming the retention of Montgomery, but only in a capital-raising effort. As it turns out, Zinio was weighing whether to sell or seek further investment. The relationship with Montgomery has since ended, but out of that came the appointment of Lewis and Bottomley, as well as the formation of the board and a tightened-up business plan.”They helped us understand our options and gave us a line of sight of what that meant from a financial standpoint—what was possible if we exited at this stage versus continuing to grow,” Bottomley tells Folio:. Following the review, Bottomley says investors “doubled down” with a “significant amount” of further investment capital. “[The review] put the spotlight on the opportunities for us and caused the investors to double down under a very disciplined business plan,” she says.The business plan includes a shift from a product-focused operation, which, says Bottomley, was one of Maggiotto’s particular strengths, to a customer-centric strategy. “Rich has done a great job on the product side. The new angle is to put the consumer at the center.”Lewis and Bottomley will be charged with growing Zinio’s publisher partnerships as well as enhancing the consumer experience with the product, she says.Further management changes remain to be seen. While none are on deck at the moment, says Bottomley, that could change. “We are taking a look at the current capabilities in light of the business plan for the next three years. I can’t say anything specific, but we are looking at the organization in the context of the new business plan.”Zinio, which says it will distribute 70 million issues this year, has more than 5,000 digital magazines available through its newsstand app. In August, the company partnered with ShopAdvisor in a plan to embed e-commerce capabilities in ad and edit pages in digital magazines. Also this year, Zinio initiated a refer-a-friend program designed to fast-track issue sales and subs by incentivizing current members with free magazine credits to introduce their friends to the platform.last_img read more

Swap your 1TB hard drive for this 1TB SSD for just 96

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 30 Apple • reading • Swap your 1TB hard drive for this 1TB SSD for just $96 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazon Intel Apple See All Comments The Cheapskate One full terabyte of solid-state goodness for just $96. SanDisk True story: Just last night I fired up my basement desktop PC, the one I use for gaming and VR. I hadn’t used it in over a month while the basement was being remodeled. I couldn’t believe how long it took to boot. How long Steam updates took to install. It felt so slow, even though it’s stocked with one of Intel’s fastest processors and plenty of RAM.The slowpoke, of course, is the hard drive. The old-fashioned, mechanical hard drive. I swore off those things in laptops years ago, so why am I still running one in my desktop?Price is certainly not an issue, not today: For a limited time, and while supplies last (these storage deals tend to sell out fast, FYI), Amazon has the SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB internal solid-state drive for $96. It normally runs $125, and less than a year ago it would have cost you $250. (If Amazon runs out, B&H has it for the same price.)See it at AmazonIf you’ve never had the pleasure of using a computer equipped with an SSD, this is going to rock your world. You won’t believe how much faster it boots, shuts down and loads programs.However, if it’s a laptop you’re looking to upgrade, make sure it’s compatible with a 2.5-inch drive like this one. And if it’s a desktop, you may need some additional hardware to mount it. Either way, you’re likely to need a USB-to-SATA cable in order to copy everything from the old drive to the new one. (They’re all over Amazon: Here’s one for under $8.)Indeed, the hardest part about this will be the migration. It’s time-consuming and, for novice users, a little tricky. Thankfully, SanDisk supplies the software and instructions you need. The vast majority of competing 1TB SSDs run about $125-130. This is a rare chance to score one for under $100. SanDisk’s drive is backed by a three-year warranty, and it has a 4.4-star review average from around 2,000 buyers. Works for me! I’m in for one, and I can’t wait to ditch that pokey old mechanical drive.Your thoughts?Read more: The best hard drive and storage devices for 2019A 4-pack of MFi-certified Lightning cables for $8lightning-cable-4-packFour Lightning cables for less than what Apple charges for one. AHGEIIY Another true story, also from yesterday: A Facebook friend asked me for a deal on Lightning cables, because her teen “goes through them like water.”I said the brand isn’t the important thing; what’s important is that you choose MFi-certified cables. Like these: For a limited time, and while supplies last, AHGEIIY has a four-pack of MFi-certified braided Lighting cables for $8.16 with promo code 678KTXBP.See it at AmazonNo, I’m not making up the name of that seller, though I do think sometimes these companies just flop their hands on the keyboard, and whatever comes out, that’s their brand. AHGEIIY? Whatever. Just take note that if you see a different seller listed, it’s probably because AHGEIIY’s supply has run out — and the next-in-line seller won’t recognize the promo code.Anyway, you get two 3.3-foot and two 6.6-foot cables in lovely red. They’re braided for durability and appear to be pretty narrow around the Lightning connector, meaning they should fit into most cases. Perhaps best of all, they’re covered by a lifetime warranty — but take that with a grain of salt, because it’s anybody’s guess how long AHGEIIY will be around. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Storage Mobile Accessories Tagslast_img read more

Hyderabad City top cop issues mandatesprohibitions for Ganesh

first_imgHyderabad: City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar on Monday issued few mandates and prohibitions in view of the ensuing Ganesh Festival. The festival will commence on September 2 with the installation of idols and conclude on September 12 with the final immersion procession. Commissioner prohibited donation or chanda which could be forcibly collected in the name of religion and religious functions. However, this notification does not concern voluntary contributions given and received towards organisation of the ceremonies relating to the festival, he added. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The CP informed the general public and the concerned organisers, that Ganesh idols can be installed in public places at various localities only after prior intimation and then by obtaining prior police clearance in writing from the concerned Divisional Assistant Commissioners of Police. Separate police clearance is required for each Ganesh idol that would be installed. Form of intimation for Ganesh idol installation and processions will be available at all the police stations in the city from forthcoming Thursday to Monday. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The forms must be submitted by August 29. Commissioner also informed that the organisers seeking police clearance for installation have to furnish a no objection certificate (NOC) from the owner of the premises or land. Installation will be allowed only at places where it will not cause obstruction to free flow of traffic. No unauthorised electricity connection at pandals will be allowed and it shall be incumbent on the part of the organisers to apply for supply of electricity to the TSSPDCL and the same should be enclosed with the form of intimation. Advertise With Us Use of loudspeakers will be restricted to box type only and police clearance is required to be taken both by the organisers and dealers. The noise levels should be kept within the permissible limits. A loudspeaker or a public address system shall not be used during nights between 10 pm and 6 am, as per the directions of Supreme Court. Persons installing idols in cellars of complexes and those taking them out for procession shall apply for police clearance. Commissioner also prohibited bursting of firecrackers on public roads and at public places from 6 am on September 2 to 6 pm on September 12. The general public and organisers will have to strictly adhere to the conditions, routes and timings indicated in the police clearance to install the Ganesh idols, Commissioner added.last_img read more

Katy ISD To Pay 750000 To Superintendent Resigning Due To Bullying Accusations

first_imgKaty’s school district paid more than $750,000 to its superintendent who’s resigning at the end of the year in the wake of allegations that he was a bully as a teenager.Details of a contract by the Katy school district show Superintendent Lance Hindt will receive two years of pay upon his departure Jan. 1.He had announced his resignation last week.At least two people have described Hindt as a bully during his middle and high school years. One of them, a circuit court judge in Alabama, has said Hindt was a “vicious bully.”Hindt has denied the claims but says he did “dumb things” prior to a religious awakening.The school board has hired a law firm to represent Hindt against claims that it describes as defamatory. Sharelast_img

Dr Elijah Saunders Prominent Baltimore Cardiologist Dies at 80

first_imgDr. Elijah Saunders, a prominent Baltimore cardiologist and an advocate for African American health has died, the University of Maryland School of Medicine announced April 8. He was 80.Dr. Elijah Saunders worked as a cardiologist for decades. (AFRO Archives)Saunders graduated from Morgan State University in 1956 and received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1960. A cardiologist for decades, Saunders was head of the section of hypertension, in the cardiology division of the University of Maryland’s department of Medicine.Saunders was also a founding member, past chairman of the board, and past president of the Association of Black Cardiologists, with hypertension among Blacks one of his primary research interests. Saunders was recognized for his contributions to minority cardiovascular health by the American Heart Association, which recognized him with the Louis B. Russell Award, the American Heart Associations highest honor for contributions to minority cardiovascular health.The American Heart Association has also recognized Saunders with its Award of Merit.“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend, personal physician, and mentor,” said U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings in a press release.“Throughout his career, Dr. Saunders was dedicated to achieving healthcare equality, with a special focus on the African American community. His passion was treating people with hypertension and teaching them about the dangers of this ‘silent killer’. . . . A true giant has moved off the stage of life,” said Cummings.Two Services are scheduled: There will be a viewing on Friday, April 10 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Transformation Church, located at 5150 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore, Md.  A pre-celebration will take place at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, April 12 a Family Greeting hour will be held at the New Psalmist Baptist Church, located at 6020 Marian Drive, Baltimore, Md. The funeral service will follow at 6:30 pm.On Sunday, April 12 a Family Greeting hour will be held at the New Psalmist Baptist Church, located at 6020 Marian Drive, Baltimore, Md. The funeral service will follow at 6:30 pm.last_img read more

Dr Keiffer J Mitchell Sr Member of Famed Baltimore Family Dies at

first_imgDr. Keiffer J. Mitchell Sr.Dr. Keiffer J. Mitchell Sr., a Baltimore physician, died on August 18 at the age of 73. According to his son, Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., he passed surrounded by family at Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore after a brief illness.“All of Baltimore mourns the loss of a member of our legendary civil rights family, the Mitchells. Dr. Keiffer Mitchell Sr., the son of the 101st Senator and the father of former City Councilman and former Delegate Keiffer Mitchell Jr., was a kind man and loving father. My prayers are with the entire Mitchell family,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.Mitchell was born in Baltimore to Clarence M. Mitchell Jr., a longtime NAACP lobbyist and leading figure in the civil rights movement, and  Juanita Jackson Mitchell, Esq., a NAACP activist and the first Black female admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland.  She also was the daughter of famed Baltimore NAACP leader Dr. Lillie May Carroll Jackson. His uncle, the late Parren J. Mitchell, was the first Black member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland.As a youth, Dr. Mitchell attended Baltimore City public schools.  In September 1954, he was the first Black student to integrate Gwynn Falls Junior High School. Residents of the neighborhood organized a protest that at times became violent. He went on to attend the prestigious Baltimore City College which he graduated from in 1959. He then went on to Lincoln University in Oxford, PA where he earned a degree in 1964. Next he would attend Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN where he would obtain his M.D in 1967. After medical school he served as an intern and resident at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in gastroenterology from 1967-1971. Upon completion of his internship and residency he concluded his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital.Dr. Keiffer J. Mitchell Sr. grew up on the 1200 block of Druid Hill Ave. and practiced medicine on that very same block for 40 years. He repeatedly rejected opportunities to move his medical practice out of the neighborhood and put an emphasis of giving quality care to elderly patients. A lifelong Baltimorean, Dr. Mitchell lived in Guilford until his passing. He was an enthusiastic  painter, avid photographer and devoted family man. He leaves behind a wife of 49 years, Nannette Kindle Mitchell, children, Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., Kelly Mitchell and Kathleen Mitchell, grandchildren, Jade Newhouse, Kindle Mitchell, Marquis Newhouse,  Keiffer J. Mitchell III, and a daughter in-law, Nicole Kramer Mitchell.The memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, September 23 at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church located at Dolphin and Etting Streets.last_img read more

On My MindIn My Heart

first_imgDirector Goldie Patrick and playwright Caleen Jennings are hosting an event called “On My Mind/In My Heart: The Voices of Women in Public Housing at the Anacostia Arts Center” on April 1. The Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road S.E. and the event will start at 8 p. m. The event highlights women such as Linda Brown, Robin Fields, India Fuller, and Rhonda Hamilton among many others who tell stories of life within D.C.’s public housing system. A short discussion, facilitated by Empower DC’s public housing Organizer Schyla RedBlackngreen, will follow the event. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Parisa at 202-234-9119 ext: 100 or parisa@empowerdc.org.last_img