AFN chief critical of RCMP pipeline intervention

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. – The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says the use of force against people peacefully protesting the construction of a pipeline in northern British Columbia is a violation of their human and aboriginal rights.Fourteen people have been taken into custody at a blockade southwest of Houston, B.C., where some members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation had set up a camp to control access to a pipeline project across their territory.“Building consensus under duress will make the resolution of the situation in northern British Columbia very difficult,” Perry Bellegarde said in a statement on Tuesday. “Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in meaningful and productive dialogue. And I am confident that they can do this.” An RCMP statement says the arrests on Monday came when officers determined a resolution was unlikely after they spoke with camp members about complying with a court order and removing the blockade.TransCanada subsidiary Coastal GasLink obtained an injunction from the Supreme Court of British Columbia ordering the removal of obstructions in area as preliminary work gets underway on a pipeline carrying natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat.Protests took place across the country Tuesday in support of the Gidimt’en clan members who are opposed to the pipeline.Bellegarde said the Canadian and B.C. governments have promised to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples but in northern B.C. they are imposing their laws over those of the Wet’suwet’en.“If this was really about the ‘rule of law’ then governments would be honouring the rights and title of First Nations in their traditional territories, which are recognized by Canada’s own courts,” he added. “The AFN supports the governance and decision-making process of the Wet’suwet’en leaders. Canada and B.C. should do the same. There is no reconciliation in the actions that unfolded yesterday.”NDP member of Parliament Nathan Cullen, who represents the area, said the protest he witnessed on Monday was “determined” but “peaceful. He estimated about 200 police officers were used to enforce the court injunction. “I don’t think there was any immediate public safety concerns from having a few chiefs and a reporter observe what was going on,” he said.The company says it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route for LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, but demonstrators argue Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent.LNG Canada announced in October that it was moving ahead with its plans for the Kitimat export facility. Construction on the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline, slated to cost $6.2 billion, is scheduled to begin this month.Protests in different parts of the country were held to back members of the First Nation who oppose the pipeline.In Ottawa, protesters blocked a major intersection near Parliament Hill and roads were also blocked in downtown Vancouver to accommodate demonstrators outside the B.C. Supreme Court.center_img Cpl. Madonna Saunderson would not say how many RCMP officers were involved in the operation.“We have a contingency of police officers involved in this enforcement action,” she said. “We have what is needed, what we feel we need.”The Mounties placed exclusion areas and road closures near the Morice River Bridge where the blockade was located that prevented Coastal GasLink from getting access to its pipeline right of way.Cullen said it was “worrisome” when the police began denying the media access to the area because there is public interest in what was happening.last_img read more

Moroccos Riaya Cold Weather Aid to Cover 27 Provinces

Rabat – Speaking at Tuesday’s parliamentary session, Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Interior Noureddine Boutayeb said that a parliamentary meeting in October set a series of measures to help Moroccans cope with the season’s temperature drops.Increasing the number of people benefitting from the Riaya plan in more rural and mountainous areas hit by heavy snowfall was at the heart of the meeting. The meeting added Khemisset, El Hajeb, Oujda, and Jerada—, near the border with Algeria, to the national plan.The aid includes blankets, firewood, and foodstuffs for the 27 provinces. At the request of King Mohammed VI, the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) will set up field hospitals in Ouaouizerth, a small rural town in Azilal Province, and the village of Anfgou in the Midelt Province.The Riaya plan will also provide shelter and care for homeless people, and supply blankets for orphanages, boarding schools, and hospitals.It will plow snow off the roads in collaboration with the Ministry of Equipment, Transport, and Logistics.Read Also: Morocco’s Early Snowfall Delights Some, Burdens OthersThe early snowfalls beginning late in October in the Atlas Mountains towns and cities of Azrou, Midelt, Boulemane, Taza, El Hajeb, Imouzzer, and Ifrane took the country by surprise, especially because the annual cold weather plan had not yet been fully implemented.Despite the early snow, roads blocked with snow were no surprise. Increasing complaints about the lack of snow removal equipment followed the death of a shepherd who went missing in heavy snow in Taza in the Atlas Mountains.The shepherd had been missing for a week and was found frozen under layers of snow. Early in November, King Mohammed VI gave instructions to the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity to mobilize in order to face the significant temperature drops forecasted across Morocco.The foundation carried out a medical campaign in the town of Boumia, located in the Midelt Province in the Draa-Tafilalet region.The campaign offers medical services, including general medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, maternal health, dentistry, ophthalmology, biology, radiology, and screening for physical disability in order to manufacture the appropriate equipment, according to the statement. read more

CEB announces 7 12 power cut for next two days

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) today announced a 7 1/2 power cut for the next two days as the electricity crisis continued.Accordingly the CEB said that the electricity will be cut at several locations in two stages for 5 1/2 hours in the morning and two hours in the night tomorrow and on Thursday. One group will have the electricity cut from 7.00am – 12.30pm and 6.00pm – 8.00pm, another from 7.00am – 12.30pm and 6.00pm – 8.00pm, another from 12.30pm – 6.00pm and 8.00pm – 10.00pm and the last group from 12.30pm – 6.00pm and 8.00pm – 10.00pm. (Colombo Gazette) The locations where the electricity will be cut have been divided into four groups. read more

CCOVI set to host sparkling wine symposium

Hosted by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) May 6, the sold-out Ontario Sparkling Wine Technical Symposium will be a blend of technical theory and practical solutions.At a time when consumer interest is exploding, winemakers from across North America will gather at Brock University May 6 to focus on sparkling wine. Hosted by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), the sold-out Ontario Sparkling Wine Technical Symposium will be a blend of technical theory and practical solutions.International experts will share global success stories as well as the latest developments in sparkling wine research. The afternoon will involve structured tastings featuring local and international sparkling wines. The symposium comes at a time when interest in Ontario sparkling wine is growing, says Shari Mogk-Edwards, vice-president products, sales and merchandising at the LCBO.“Our cool climate is yielding world-class products,” Mogk-Edwards said, “and I am thrilled to say our customers have discovered the value of Ontario VQA sparkling wines.“There is a growing interest in fizz, so we are very pleased with the success of this premium category. The future of Ontario VQA sparkling wine is bright.”And the numbers are backing this up. In 2013, sales in Vintages at the LCBO of VQA sparkling wine were up 59.2 per cent from 2012 sales data. There are 36 Ontario wineries producing sparkling wine, with others expressing interest in starting a sparkling program in the near future. The symposium is the latest in sparkling wine outreach events organized by CCOVI. The idea for the event came out of Fizz Club, a one-day session for sparkling winemakers held last December at Brock. At the event, participants indicated they were interested in learning more.The symposium’s speakers will bring with them knowledge and research from around the world. Bertrand Robillard, director of research and development at the Institut Oenologique de Champagne (IOC), will travel from France to discuss factors that affect foaming. Ed Carr, sparkling winemaker at Accolade Wines in Australia, will talk about Tasmanian sparkling wine production, including phenolic and malo-lactic fermentation management. Larry Mawby will discuss the challenges he has experienced during production when using alternative grape varieties for sparkling wine at his winery L. Mawby Vineyards in Michigan.British wine writer Jamie Goode will present on sparkling wine closures and how consumers perceive local, national and international sparkling wines. Participants will also be taken through two structured tastings. The first, moderated by CCOVI oenologist Belinda Kemp, will examine sparkling wine research trials. The second, moderated by Goode, will include three flights of local and international sparkling wines and champagne.The symposium’s presenting sponsors are CCOVI, Scott Labs and Wine Country Ontario. Friends of Fizz sponsors are AO Wilson Ltd., Cellar Tek Supplies Ltd., Chateau des Charmes Estate Winery, Colio Estate Winery, Giusti Wines, Fielding Estate Winery, Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate, Millesime Sparkling Wine Processing Inc., Trius Winery at Hillebrand and Vines to Vintages. read more

Football Offensive woes a onetime occurrence

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks downfield during a rush during the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeye’s won 38-17. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State football team got back to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Sunday to evaluate its performance in the 38-17 win against Indiana. Coach Urban Meyer said after Saturday’s game that the lack of production in the passing game was “alarming.” Meyer’s consensus after watching film was a little more reserved.“There were a couple mis-hits that usually hit (deep passes), or when we do hit we’re dominating. If we don’t hit, we have to work a little harder,” Meyer said. “‘Alarming’ is probably a little over-reactive, but we’ve just got to get to practice and get it better.”On the surface, a 21-point victory is something to celebrate, but redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said after the game that he knows he and the team can play better. Barrett threw for just 93 yards on 9-for-21 passing with one touchdown and one interception. The dismal offensive performance yielded just 383 total yards, OSU’s lowest of the season.At some point this season, OSU was going to have to come down to Earth. The numbers the offense was putting up before its modest performance on Saturday were almost unbelievable, given what the team had lost the prior year. Barrett said that this past week’s humbling affair might be a good thing in the end.“Being we had our struggles in that game … definitely it lets us reflect and fix the mistakes we had,” he said.Through four games, the 2016 Buckeyes’ offense registered 57 points per game, but had its fair share of vulnerable moments. Indiana marked the third game out of five where OSU had a first-quarter turnover and its first game where the offense didn’t appear as a cohesive unit.“I think on offense … there were times where we had everyone on the same page and that’s when we had the more successful plays,” Barrett said. “We were in good plays lots of times and whether it be me messing up on an assignment or a read, or a receiver messing up or O-line messing up, we weren’t clicking on all cylinders on all units, so often times that was the problem.”Commonly referred to as “the lab,” the film room serves as the Buckeyes’ best friend after a week of stagnation from the side of the football that Meyer has revolutionized since his arrival in Columbus. Not only will OSU evaluate and attempt to correct the mistakes it made against the Hoosiers, the offense transitions into the toughest defense it has seen thus far.The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers will be the best team the Buckeyes have faced so far this season. Its defense ranks among the elite in several categories. The Badgers allow just 12.2 points, 291.4 total yards and 90.4 rushing yards per game, the last being first in the Big Ten and sixth in the country. Their red zone defense has allowed team’s to score inside the 20 just 55 percent of the time, second in the country.“On defense, they’re outstanding. They’re what they’ve been,” Meyer said. “It’s amazing that they’ve had coach transition. They’ve changed defensive coordinators and it’s a very similar defense. It’s Wisconsin’s defense.”Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and his offensive line will be going against a perennial pass rushing defense, which also prides itself on stopping the run. Elflein said that he is not worried about Barrett or any of the other units on the offense having another disappointing performance against Wisconsin.“That’s our motto here, and that’s what we always do is ‘Just do your job,’” Elflein said. “I’m worried about my job and secondly the five guys around me, them doing their job. I know J.T. is going to do his job and if we do our job, that give J.T. an opportunity to do his job, which he does very well.”For Meyer, his trust in his quarterback is unwavering.“J.T. is fine. J.T. is going to play well,” he said.The Buckeyes play Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium at 8 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Groetzki injured – RNL hope to see Cupic back soon

← Previous Story Hungarians wins “Nation Cup” in Serbia! Next Story → Wisla Plock with Metallica’s songs preparing for the matches After the bad news for Rhein-Neckar Lowen that Patrick Groetzki is injured until the end of year in the game against Denmark at the Super Cup, now the club wants to see Cupic back as soon as possible. This has provoked Gudmundsson to give rather ironic statement saying he does “not remember was the team complete in the past season and this one”. For the record, RNL had Myrhol injured for a long time, and also Lijewski and Stojanovic were out for some time, and now the team hopeful to see Cupic back soon, the Groetzki injury comes as a new disturbance. read more

Anonymous tip leads Mexico police to 32 bodies and 4 human heads

first_img AUTHORITIES HAVE EXHUMED 32 bodies and four heads from several clandestine graves in a southern Mexican state plagued by kidnappings, murders and drug cartel turf wars.The remains were unearthed between Tuesday and Thursday in 17 pits on a hill in the village of Pochahuixco, part of the municipality of Zitlala.“The discoveries are terrible,” Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said, adding that the victims include 31 men and one woman.The remains were taken to the state capital, Chilpancingo, to be identified, Alvarez said in a statement. No arrests have been made in the case.The bodies were found in 17 of 20 pits that were dug up by investigators. Seven were found on Tuesday, five on Wednesday and the rest on Thursday in various states of decomposition.No other remains were found but soldiers are scouring the region for any other hidden graves. No arrests were made.Drug cartels have been burying their victims in hidden graves across the country for years, and authorities regularly find human remains.At the border between the western states of Jalisco and Michoacan, for instance, 75 bodies were unearthed from 37 clandestine graves between late 2013 and early 2014.Guerrero has been plagued by a series of mass kidnappings, including 12 people abducted in the municipality of Ajuchitlan del Progreso last week.- Heads in a cooler -The clandestine graves were found after authorities received an anonymous tip about a camp where people were being held, Alvarez told AFP.When they arrived at the site on a hill, they found a kidnap victim as well as two cars, a motorcycle and bulletproof vests.Soldiers and police also found four heads inside a cooler that could be linked to nine bodies that were found on a roadside in the town of Tixtla a few days ago, he said.The Ardillos and Los Rojos drug gangs are fighting over territory in the Zitlala region, the security spokesman said.“There are a lot of murders, a lot of abductions,” he said.Guerrero is one of the country’s most violent states and a major opium poppy grower. Last weekend at least 24 people were killed in the state.“There are poppy fields in a large part of Guerrero and the price of poppies has increased at the international level” while feeding heroin addicts in the United States, he said, adding that cartels are fighting “without mercy”.- 43 students -Los Rojos have also been battling the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel. In the Pacific resort of Acapulco, the Beltran Leyva gang and the Independent Cartel of Acapulco battle for supremacy. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesGuerrero is also known for the disappearance of 43 students in the city of Iguala in September 2014, a case that drew international outrage and remains unsolved.The Iguala case put a spotlight on the rash of disappearances in Mexico, where some 28,000 people have been reported missing since 2007 in addition to tens of thousands killed in connection with drug violence.Frustrated by the lack of progress by the authorities, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters of the disappeared have led their own searches across the country, learning to detect clandestine graves on their own.They look for unturned earth and pierce the ground with sticks, smelling the end of it for the stench of rotting flesh.– © AFP 2016Read: Woman tied up and murdered by hooded man at home for elderly missionaries Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24 Comments Nov 25th 2016, 7:57 AM Share5 Tweet Email File photo (clandestine graves in Iguala, 2014) Image: AP/Press Association Imagescenter_img By AFP File photo (clandestine graves in Iguala, 2014) Friday 25 Nov 2016, 7:57 AM Anonymous tip leads Mexico police to 32 bodies and 4 human heads in mass graves Drug cartels have been burying their victims in hidden graves across the country for years. 10,263 Views Short URLlast_img read more

Hotel alcohol and transport prices make Ireland the second most expensive EU

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Thursday 15 Jun 2017, 4:33 PM Jun 15th 2017, 4:33 PM By Fora Staff 20,582 Views Image: Shutterstock/Tilman Ehrcke 72 Comments Source: EurostatClick here for a larger imageIndustry impactThe results are largely the same as last year, when Eurostat identified Irish alcohol prices as the highest in the EU.This is mainly due to the level of taxation levied on alcohol in Ireland, something that the industry has long campaigned to change.The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland previously said that tax increases “have damaged Ireland’s reputation as a destination for drinks related capital investment”.It also said that tourists have identified the high price of alcohol as a disincentive to visit Ireland.The high price of Irish hotels has also recently been raised as a concern by tourism bosses.Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons recently said that Ireland is “under pressure” to remain competitive as a holiday destination as Dublin hotel prices outstrip those in London or Paris.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Take me to Fora IRELAND IS THE second most expensive country in the EU for consumers, a new study has found.According to figures from European statistics agency Eurostat, Denmark had the highest overall prices for consumer goods and services in the EU, 39% above the average of other nations in the bloc.Ireland was the second priciest, with goods and services costing 25% above the EU average. Bulgaria was the cheapest, followed by Romania and Poland.Ireland ranked as the most expensive in one of the six categories measured – alcoholic beverages and tobacco, which were priced at 75% above the EU average.The UK was the second most expensive for the category, with prices 62% above the mean. It was followed at a distance by the three Nordic EU member states: Finland (35%), Sweden (28%) and Denmark (22%). Share230 Tweet Email10 Eurostat said that the large price variation “is mainly due to differences in taxation of these products among member states”.Ireland was ranked third most expensive for “personal transport equipment”, which includes cars, motorbikes and bicycles, where prices were 11% above the EU average, fourth for restaurants and hotels (20% above average) and fifth highest for food and non-alcoholic drinks (20% above average).The Rebublic was only in line with the EU average in one category, consumer electronics. Ireland is also above average for clothing, which was 12% more expensive overall compared to other EU nations.However, the EU overall, including Ireland, remains a lot cheaper than some non-EU European countries, with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway outstripping EU prices by a significant margin. Image: Shutterstock/Tilman Ehrcke Short URL Hotel, alcohol and transport prices make Ireland the second most expensive EU country Only Denmark has higher consumer costs.last_img read more

Australia and Greece on a mission for sustainability

first_imgAustralia and Greece were among 29 countries represented at the Global Sustainable Tourism Conference (GSTC) 2017 in Aysén, Chile this week discussing the growth of sustainable tourism.This year’s event titled ‘Towards More Sustainable Destinations’ considered the application of the GSTC Destination Criteria and brought together 250 delegates and viewers who joined in via live broadcast.Speakers came from various parts of Chile, including Mapuche and Yagan, as well as representatives of Central America, Africa, Australia, and Europe. Participants included both domestic and international tourism stakeholders involved in the development and promotion of sustainable tourism from the public sector, hotels, tour operators, academia, development agencies, NGOs, and consultants amongst others.A range of topics were covered relating to tourism and climate change such as the marketing of sustainable tourism, sustainable visitor management, indigenous tourism, and sustainable food in the tourism industry.“The conference gave us the opportunity to connect with people who understand and work in sustainable tourism, not as an alternative way to do things, but rather as an opportunity and need for the future of world tourism,” said Felipe Muñoz Narbona, director of Ecomapu Valparaíso, a sustainable tour operator certified by Chile’s Sello S (a GSTC-Recognised Standard).With sustainability as a focus, sponsorship from Green Evolution SA ensured the event’s carbon footprint was offset as a ‘carbon neutral event’ through the use of the CO2 Neutral Seal range, while organisers also carried out other sustainable-event practices to reduce overall waste. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mobile World Congress le smartphone fait son show

first_imgMobile World Congress: le smartphone fait son show !Considéré comme le plus grand salon de téléphonie mobile, derrière le Consumer Electronics Show, le Mobile World Congress se déroule actuellement à Barcelone. L’édition 2012 aura lieu au 27 février au 1er mars. Mobiles, smartphones, applications, systèmes d’exploitation… Ils seront tous représentés lors de l’édition 2012 du Mobile World Congress.Créé en 1987, il a lieu à Barcelone depuis 2006. Avant, il se déroulait en France, au Palais des Festivals de Cannes.Grand rendez-vous des amoureux de la téléphonie, il rassemble depuis 2008, environ 60.000 personnes par an. Plus d’un millier d’exposants sont présents parmi lesquels, les vendeurs, les constructeurs de terminaux, les producteurs de contenus…Depuis 2006, nombres de mobiles, tous plus innovants les uns que les autres ont été présentés.Retour sur six années de nouveautés mobiles, en images, sur Maxisciences.Le 25 janvier 2012 à 12:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Painkiller robber strikes pharmacy on 162nd

first_imgIn the latest of a long-continuing string of pharmacy robberies for painkiller drugs, a man held up the Rite Aid in the 2800 block of Northeast 162nd Avenue on Wednesday evening and escaped with OxyContin.The man walked into the pharmacy about 6:25 p.m. Wednesday and handed a note demanding the drug to a pharmacist. The note gave the impression he had a weapon, but none was seen.He then ran out an emergency door and escaped despite the efforts of police and a tracking dog, according to a bulletin from the Vancouver Police Department.The robber was described as white and in his mid-20s. He wore a dark hat and sunglasses, a black long-sleeved sweatshirt and camouflage pants.Pharmacy holdups for opiate painkillers have become common in the last couple of years in Clark County. Police have arrested several robbers, some who committed several robberies before getting caught.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or read more

ATTTime Warner Trial DOJ Focuses on Turners Negotiation With YouTube TV

first_imgYouTube TV started carrying the Turner networks this year, but it does not carry HBO.Other highlights:Going ‘Dark.’ Breland acknowledged that in negotiations with almost all major distributors in recent years, Turner’s networks have gotten close to going dark. Among the instances was in December 2016, when Turner’s channels came within 10 minutes of going off of Charter’s cable systems until Charter paid higher rates.Breland said that carriage negotiations across the industry have gotten more contentious since 2010, when growth in the industry peaked. That has put more pressure on programmers to boost carriage revenue. The negotiations “always come down to the last day, sometimes to the last minute,” he said.He also challenged the idea that Turner was looking to withhold content from upstart rivals, saying that the goal was to obtain wide carriage across platforms, especially with increasing competition for viewers’ attention.“The disruption is like Mount Vesuvius on top of Pompeii,” he said.“If a skinny bundle is launched and we’re not part of it, then we get left behind,” he added.Dish Network blackout. In October, 2014, all of Turner’s channels except TBS and TNT were pulled from Dish Network. It ended about a month later, when Turner and Dish extended their agreement for four months, to the following spring.The DOJ focused on Turner’s preparations for the possibility of another blackout in April, 2015, which would have occurred in the midst of March Madness, something that inevitably would have made Dish customers irate.Carson presented documents showing that Turner representatives even went to the NCAA to get approval for language they could use in public announcements in the event of a blackout. At the time, it was referred to as “Turner’s NCAA leverage.”But Breland said that Turner also stood to lose license revenue and more lucrative ad dollars during a March Madness blackout. It already lost “north of $30 million” from the Dish blackout the previous year. Package deal. An issue in the trial has been whether distributors are forced to take a bundle of Turner channels as a price of getting the most desirable ones, like TBS, TNT and CNN. Breland said that the channels were available on a standalone basis, but acknowledged that no distributors actually license one Turner network.Consumer data. A 2016 internal email suggested that Turner networks would get access to consumer data as part of an agreement with Hulu. Time Warner owns 10% of the streaming service, which also offers a slate of channels.A key rationale for the merger has been that Time Warner will be better able to compete against Google and Facebook for targeted advertising because it will now have access to AT&T’s consumer data. The DOJ has been trying to show that this information is available elsewhere.Breland said that Comcast offered to sell set-top box data to Turner networks, but the information was deemed “no valuable” and available elsewhere. UPDATED: WASHINGTON — As the AT&T-Time Warner antitrust case entered its third week on Monday, the Justice Department zeroed in on the hard-charging negotiating tactics between Turner Networks and distributors, often with the looming threat of channels going dark.The government is trying to show that the combined company will have increased leverage to demand onerous rates from rival distributors, along with new online upstarts like YouTube TV that offer a “skinny bundle” of channels to subscribers at cheaper prices.On the stand for much of Monday was Coleman Breland, now president of Turner Classic Movies and Turner’s former president of content distribution.As an adverse witness for the government, he was asked questions about a series of blackouts or near-blackouts, including when, in 2012, a Turner channel almost went dark on Time Warner Cable over a single penny-per-subscriber increase. Popular on Variety center_img Breland agreed that Turner has been able to secure “significant” rate increases with distributors over the past five years.“We’ve done well, yes, on our rate increases,” he said, but added that, in some cases, they had been looking to “catch up” to what they saw as the true value of the networks.YouTube TV initially launched without popular Turner channels like TBS, TNT, and CNN. Breland said that when YouTube TV sought a deal to carry Turner networks that year, it wanted rates that were “some of the lowest I have seen in the industry,” among other proposals. It also wanted to split up Turner networks so less desirable channels would be on an “optional tier,” rather than the basic offering to potential subscribers.Breland wrote in an email at the time that YouTube TV’s proposals would cause “irreparable harm” to the Turner business model. He informed Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes of the proposals, and Bewkes then instructed that HBO, another Time Warner unit, to stop negotiating with YouTube TV for the carriage of that network.The Justice Department’s attorney, Dylan Carson, noted that a 1997 Federal Trade Commission consent decree for Time Warner’s acquisition of Turner included a condition that prohibited aligning HBO with the Turner channels in carriage negotiations. But the condition expired after 10 years.Carson asked Breland whether this was part of a bargaining “strategy” or “goal” to align Turner networks and HBO carriage negotiations at the same time — ultimately giving Time Warner more leverage.Breland said that he was “not aware” that it was a “strategy,” but said that in “some situations” they have aligned the timing of Turner and HBO negotiations.Later, under questioning from AT&T-Time Warner’s attorney Kevin Orsini, Breland said that he has “never seen an HBO contract” and does not negotiate with them. He said that Bewkes’ concern has been that Turner and HBO negotiations is a matter of communication, that they “know what each other is doing.”He also said that a concern in the case of YouTube TV was that if Turner agreed to those terms, they would have to also give them to other distributors, given the prevalence of “most favored nation” clauses in contracts. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Reality star betrayed by gay pal for revealing his sexual experience with

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- A cast member of Bravo TV’s show Summer House says he feels ‘betrayed’ by a gay member of the show. Carl Radke, 32, is upset Stephen McGee, 27, revealed a private conversation the two men had a few months previously. ‘It took me 10 years to actually come to grips to share it with someone. I shared it with one of my gay friends, and somehow that got permeated into other people finding out, and here I am having a conversation about it.’Radke has had an on-off relationship with a female member of the cast, Lauren Wirkus. He also confirmed rumors to Andy Cohen that he had recently been briefly involved with Vanderpump Rules’ star Scheana Marie. But it was the revelation from McGee that was most on his mind.‘Honestly, I felt like he betrayed my trust … But I’m a straight guy, I’m very confident in myself, and unfortunately crazy shit happens to guys sometimes.’He said the fall out from the revelation will be covered in the next episode of the show.See alsoThe adorable short film In a Heartbeat is getting honored by GLAAD Carl Radke (Photo: Bravo) Gay News Europe | Gay news, entertainment, celebrities, family and storiesBurmese actor comes out as gay, shares cheeky kiss with boyfriendPride Month: How is LGBTQ tourism doing these days?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… McGee claims that Radke, a dental sales manager, confided in him that ‘the best head you ever got was from a guy.’ The revelation came at the end of Monday night’s episode.Summer House, which is now in its second season, follows a group of nine friends sharing a summer house in Montauk, Long Island, NY.‘I am a straight man. I’m very confident in my sexuality’Following the episode, Radke appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen to clarify his sexual identify and how he responded to the comments.‘I could tell you this, Andy, I am a straight man. I’m very confident in my sexuality. Stephen is actually one of my first gay friends. I told him something. Yeah, I didn’t really know how to communicate it to him, but I made more of a joke than I should have.‘But I told him very private information about something that happened to me when I was 22.last_img read more

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Crossword plot Probe ridiculed in Venezuela

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Government critics, and even some supporters, are ridiculing a state TV host’s allegation that a newspaper crossword puzzle may have had a hidden call for a plot to kill President Hugo Chavez’s elder brother.Intelligence agents questioned the author of the puzzle after state TV presenter Miguel Perez Pirela pointed out that Wednesday’s crossword contained the word “ASESINEN,” or kill, intersecting with the name of Chavez’s brother, “ADAN.” He noted they were below the word “RAFAGAS,” meaning either gusts of wind or bursts of gunfire. Neptali Segovia, an English teacher who has prepared crossword puzzles for the newspaper Ultimas Noticias for 17 years, said it was nonsense to think there was a hidden code in the puzzle. He told the newspaper that he went voluntarily to be questioned Thursday after intelligence agents showed up at the paper asking about him.“I went because I’m the first one interested in having all this cleared up. I have nothing to hide,” Segovia said in an article published Friday.Other programs on state television echoed Perez’s concerns, but some government supporters questioned the theory in messages on Twitter.Nestor Francia, a poet and writer who favors Chavez’s socialist government, went further, posting a critical article on the pro-Chavez website“The complaint of a supposed hidden message in the crossword puzzle of Wednesday’s Ultimas Noticias doesn’t at all lend weight to our credibility in terms of the right’s conspiratorial plans,” Francia wrote. “From what cheap spy movie does someone get that orders for killings be given through a crossword?”“We should once against make a call to be serious and responsible with what we say in the public media,” he added. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello also raised the possibility of another sort of plot at a news conference several days ago, saying it’s feasible that U.S. operatives could attempt to capture leading Chavez supporters and spirit them out of the country.Opposition politicians have dismissed talk of plots by Chavez adversaries as hogwash. Opposition lawmaker Julio Borges said the latest accusation of a hidden plot in a crossword seems to be an attempt to distract from other issues ahead of the Oct. 7 election.“This is another smoke screen,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Jose Vicente Carrasquero, a political science professor at Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar University, said Saturday that the government is making “generic accusations like these against the opposition to avoid having the electoral campaign fall into pertinent issues,” such as rampant violent crime and 24 percent inflation.Chavez, who has been undergoing cancer treatment, is running for re-election in October against state governor Henrique Capriles, and the leftist president has repeatedly warned that his opponents could try to provoke violence or destabilize the country if defeated.Chavez, who survived a brief coup in 2002, has previously claimed repeatedly during his 13-year presidency that his adversaries aim to overthrow him or even kill him.On Saturday, the government held an event to launch a book co-written by Perez along with Luis Britto Garcia about a 2004 incident in which authorities arrested more than 100 Colombians at a ranch outside Caracas and accused them of plotting to destabilize the country and assassinate the president. By 2007, all were freed or pardoned by Chavez.Information Minister Andres Izarra said the book helps lay out “the conspiracies the Bolivarian Revolution has had to face.” Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

SiteMinder celebrates a decade of serving the worlds hotels

first_imgSiteMinder celebrates a decade of serving the world’s hotelsSiteMinder celebrates a decade of serving the world’s hotelsFollowing another year of continued expansion and solid growth, the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, is celebrating its 10th year of providing disruptive technology to hotels. More than 23,000 hotels today use SiteMinder’s cloud-based solutions to acquire guests online, and the company says its trajectory remains strong as the booking landscape for hotels becomes evermore complex.Among those hotels is Park Hyatt Sydney, which adopted SiteMinder’s Channel Manager in 2011 to gain greater control of its property online.“For hotels now, it’s very difficult to see the full picture of where we’re being sold and how we’re being sold. It used to be very straightforward. One of the things we like and have seen so much from SiteMinder over the years is its ability to shift and adapt to changing conditions in the industry – and to innovate and bring that innovation to us, the hoteliers,” says Park Hyatt Sydney’s director of revenue management, Oliver Ruf.SiteMinder’s managing director, Mike Ford, says, “There are few industries as hyper-connected and dynamic as the industry of travel and hospitality. The vision for SiteMinder from the beginning was to break down international boundaries and challenge the complexities of legacy models that fundamentally hinder the way travel is distributed and sold. It was about giving hoteliers the chance to focus on the guest again while we power the technology that sets them up for success, and, ten years on, we’re proud and privileged to have more than 23,000 hotel customers that see the tangible benefits of using our solutions.”Mike Ford founded SiteMinder in 2006 with chief technical officer Mike Rogers. SiteMinder became the first Australian-headquartered technology company to be backed by Silicon Valley’s Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) in 2014, joining the likes of Facebook, Netflix and LinkedIn as a TCV investment. In early 2016, H2 Ventures and Investec ranked it among the 20 greatest pioneering technology companies to come out of Australia and New Zealand.SiteMinder enables both independent hotels and chains to attract, reach and convert guests, with more than 500 people located in Bangkok, Cape Town, Dallas, Galway, London and Sydney. SiteMinder’s customers now generate more than 43.5 million reservations and US$16 billion in revenue using the company’s proprietary solutions which include The Channel Manager, the hotel industry’s most widely-adopted channel management platform; TheBookingButton, an Internet booking engine for hotels to facilitate direct bookings; Canvas, the intelligent website creator for independent hoteliers; Prophet, a real-time market intelligence solution that takes the guesswork out of pricing rooms; and GDS by SiteMinder, a single-point of entry to the world’s travel agents and major global distribution systems. SiteMinderAbout SiteMinderAs the leading cloud platform for hotels, SiteMinder allows hotels to attract, reach and convert guests across the globe. We serve hotels of all sizes with award-winning solutions for independents and groups alike, wherever they are in the world.SiteMinder’s products include The Channel Manager, the industry’s leading online distribution platform; TheBookingButton, a wholly-branded booking engine for direct bookings via the web, mobile or social; Canvas, the intelligent website creator for independent hoteliers; Prophet, the real-time market intelligence solution that takes the guesswork out of pricing rooms; and GDS by SiteMinder, a single-point of entry to a six-figure network of travel agents and the world’s major GDSs. With more than 23,000 hotel customers and 550 of the industry’s top connectivity providers as our partners, today we have presence in more than 160 countries on six continents.Source = SiteMinderlast_img read more

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I horse note: how important for pre Chinese mobile Internet entrepreneurs are aware of such a dark horse? I insider, a business company told me that they were the first 20 million users rely on pre fight, headquartered in Beijing, in direct business long rooted fix mobile phone manufacturers in Shenzhen. While the initial development of the company to benefit from this, has now grown into a $500 million valuation China Internet upstart, and at some time ago because of being charged industry limelight too quickly. read more

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