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  • Victoria mayor floats plan to billet homeless to ease housing crisis

    first_imgVICTORIA – Victoria’s mayor wants people to open their homes to those sleeping in parks and their cars because they can’t afford or find accommodation.Lisa Helps said residents in the city opened their homes to workers during the Second World War and people should consider doing it again for the hundreds of people who can’t find a place to stay.In a post on her blog, Helps cited local newspaper headlines from the 1940s urging Victoria residents to open their homes to homeless workers participating in the war effort.“Now we have a different crisis on our doorstep,” she wrote.“What if there was a way to connect people living in vehicles, in motel rooms, on couches, with seniors living in large houses all alone, with retirees with an extra bedroom, or even with families with large houses and extra rooms. Unthinkable? Victorians stepped up to help out their neighbours in the past.”Helps said in the past five years, 6,000 people have moved to Victoria but housing has been in short supply.The city’s vacancy rate stood at 0.5 per cent last December and the city has looked at a number of possible solutions to the housing crunch.City council considered a moratorium Thursday on apartment building demolitions to ease the tight rental market.Last year, council also considered erecting semi-permanent structures for homeless people in certain parks but the idea was met with resistance by local residents.The lawn at Victoria’s law courts became a homeless camp last year before the B.C. Supreme Court shut it down over unsafe conditions.Social advocacy and housing groups say the mayor’s plan is well-meaning in a time of crisis, but all levels of government must do more to provide housing in a city with sky-high rents.“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” said Kelly Newhook, executive director of the Together Against Poverty Society. “It’s a lovely idea in theory and if it works for some people that’s great.”She said Helps has highlighted the dire need for more housing in Victoria, but her group wants all levels of government to step in to provide more social and rental housing. She said social assistance rates in B.C. also have not increased since 2007.“Some social housing has come online, but we need more when the federal government hasn’t been invested in that since 1985,” Newhook said. “We have this vacancy rate that’s at 0.5 per cent and rental rates that are just absolutely skyrocketing. This is not just a problem for people living in poverty. This is all incomes.”The group helped more than 6,450 people with housing issues last year, and many of them were renters evicted from renovated properties that were later offered at higher rents, she said.Kathy Stinson, chief executive director of Victoria’s Cool Aid Society, said Helps’s idea to open homes to the homeless is the start of a conversation.“Somebody has to bring the idea up, so good on her for it,” said Stinson. “But let’s put some practicalities around that and think it through.”The Cool Aid Society provides emergency shelter, supportive housing and health services for many of Victoria’s most vulnerable people. It operates three shelters and 13 housing buildings with 457 units.Victoria’s council also recently considered repealing a bylaw that prevents people from sleeping in vehicles but left enforcement to police officers who say they use discretion when it comes to ticketing people in vehicles.last_img read more

  • Power still off for 200 properties in Red Deer after Tuesdays windstorm

    first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – Officials in Red Deer, Alta., say it will take more than a month to clean up the city following a bad storm earlier this week.As of Friday, there are still about 200 properties without power.The City of Edmonton is sending down crews to help remove downed trees on cars, homes, streets and fences.Emergency Management coordinator Karen Mann says their other focus is on the parks system and getting damaged trees removed.Homes where damaged and trees were uprooted Tuesday evening when wind gusts of more than 100 km/h hit.Windows were blown out at one city mall and the roof of at least one store was lifted off.One person suffered minor injuries at a campground.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

  • Video of Alberta police officer running over wounded deer sparks outrage

    first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A video of a police officer in southern Alberta repeatedly running over an injured deer with his service vehicle has sparked calls for his firing and an animal cruelty investigation.Investigators say the disturbing video has triggered an overwhelming number of complaint calls to police and animal welfare agencies and there are reports the officer faces death threats.  Lethbridge police have said the officer was trying to euthanize the animal on Saturday with his truck and drove over the deer several times while it was still alive.The Toronto-based group Animal Justice is calling for Alberta’s police watchdog to investigate whether the officer should be charged with criminal animal cruelty offences.Lethbridge police say the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is reviewing what happened, along with Alberta Fish and Wildlife and the Alberta SPCA.A petition on the website Change.org is calling for the officer, who remains on active duty, to be fired.“This is inhumane, and disgusting,” the petition reads. “This officer should no longer be part of the police department for his inappropriate actions!“Sign this petition to make it clear to the police department that this officer should be fired!”Lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice, said police are not above the law and animal abuse by an officer must be taken seriously.“There is little doubt that this poor deer suffered immensely while the officer repeatedly ran her over with a heavy truck,” Labchuk said Wednesday.“It is heartbreaking to watch the video and hear her crying out in pain as she was struck by the vehicle over and over again.”Lethbridge Police are asking anyone who witnessed or recorded what happened to contact investigators.ASIRT is calling on people to allow investigators to do their jobs.“We are fortunate to be part of the Canadian community where people care about the treatment of others, including animals,” ASIRT said in a release, noting that it would make the results of its investigation public.  “That passion, however, must not supersede reason. The situation has escalated to reported death threats against the unidentified officer.”ASIRT, which reports to Alberta’s justice department, investigates when police action results in serious injury or death as well as any serious allegations of police misconduct.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Paramores Hayley Williams Kicks Off Hard Rocks PINKTOBER Campaign

    first_imgOn Friday, Haley Williams, lead vocalist of the GRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping rock band Paramore, kicked off the 2013 PINKTOBER campaign at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Boulevard with a special memorabilia donation.Hayley Williams Kicks off the 2013 PINKTOBER campaign at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood BoulevardCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Casey Rodgers AP Images for InvisionHayley’s outfit and one of the bicycles ridden in Paramore’s “Still Into You” music video, will now become a permanent part of Hard Rock’s more than 77,000 piece memorabilia collection.Hayley Williams donates her bike from Paramore’s Still Into You music video to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood BlvdCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Casey Rodgers AP Images for InvisionHayley Williams appears with Sabrina Dupré, Chief Communications & Engagement Officer for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and James Buell, Director of Music Relations for Hard Rock InternationalCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International/ Casey Rodgers AP Images for Invisionlast_img read more

  • CMC member steals Mace

    Muzamil said that the CMC is considering suspending the UPFA member from the council over the incident. An opposition member of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) had stolen the CMC Mace this morning, Colombo Mayor A.J.M Muzamil said.The Mayor said he could not immediately identify the culprit but said that he ran away with the Mace during the CMC session. He said that the police have now arrived at the scene and are investigating the incident.UPDATE: The Mace was later found in the vehicle of a UPFA member by the police. read more

  • Report finds Lankan were going to NZ

    The asylum seekers had sailed directly from Sri Lanka on a course far to the south of the route taken by most boats on the dangerous Indian Ocean crossing, greatly extending the time at sea.Yesterday the Customs and Border Protection Service confirmed New Zealand as the boat’s destination after an assessment that included data on board the boat and interviews with the captain. A classified report has confirmed that the boatload of Sri Lankan asylum seekers who arrived without warning on the West Australian coastline last month had been sailing for New Zealand, the New Zealand Herald reported today.It diverted from its course after the captain decided weather and other safety issues were too risky to continue beyond Australia. It was the first to land on the mainland in five years. The sudden appearance of the boat at Geraldton, north of Perth, alarmed authorities who had no idea of the boat’s presence in Australian waters, despite an intense surveillance screen. “When the master realised it was not possible to complete the voyage as planned due to weather delays and safety concerns, he steamed towards the Western Australian coastline seeking a populated location for assistance,” the service said in a statement.The boat carried signs asking for help to get to New Zealand, but the asylum seekers were placed in detention in Australia.The Government has already sent 36 back to Sri Lanka after they failed to demonstrate conditions required for asylum. Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor said their return sent a “powerful message” that asylum seekers who paid people smugglers were throwing their money away and placing their lives at risk. The remaining 26 are in detention awaiting the processing of claims.Although concerns were raised about the deployment of Customs and Border Protection aircraft and ships after the boat’s arrival at Geraldton, the service said no major changes were required.“The classified assessment also concluded [our] aircraft and vessels were deployed appropriately given the information available at the time and that the onshore response to the arrival was managed effectively,” its statement said. But the statement said upgraded “flying squads” should be considered to help handle unexpected arrivals in remote areas.Last year, 10 members of China’s banned Falun Gong movement were rescued north of Darwin after their boat broke down en route to New Zealand.After officials explained the dangers of continuing their voyage, the group decided to apply for asylum in Australia. read more

  • Albertas tax advantage is gone report

    (Fraser Institute) by Jonathan Muma Posted Jan 5, 2017 7:25 am MDT Alberta’s tax advantage is gone: report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s tax advantage is gone.After years of having some of the lowest tax rates in North America, a report from the Fraser Institute says corporate and personal income tax hikes over the last year have wiped away the advantages which helped fuel the province’s economic prosperity.The study finds that in 2014, Alberta’s corporate tax rate was 10 per cent, but in 2015 the NDP raised it to 12 per cent which is higher than B.C. (11 per cent), Ontario (11.5 per cent) and Quebec (11.9 per cent).The province now has the same corporate tax rate as Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Alberta also had the lowest combined top personal income tax rate out of 60 provinces and U.S. states at 10 per cent, but changes now have the province at the third highest in North America.Report co-author Ben Eisen says the moves have put the economic growth prospects of Alberta at risk.“When you have a situation in which they’re [taxes] significantly lower than other jurisdictions, which was the case just a couple years ago, that gives you a big advantage in attracting investment and in attracting high skilled people to come live and work in your province,” he explained.Eisen argues trying to make up revenue shortfalls by increasing tax rates isn’t the answer and that instead, the government should be look at cutting spending.However, the report points out one pillar of the tax advantage remains intact, at least compared to other Canadian jurisdictions. Alberta is still the only province that doesn’t have sales tax.The report also stresses neither the current corporate or personal income tax qualify us as a high tax province, but it concludes we’re now just one among many. read more

  • Half of Heathrows 25000 noise complaints made by the same 10 people

    first_imgHeathrow told Telegraph Travel that it had received 87,201 noise complaints for the year to date – or one every five minutes – from 4,282 people, and that 46.8 per cent of those (40,829) came from 10 people. That means that, on average, those 10 people made a complaint every 90 minutes.“We do take every complaint seriously and each one is logged,” said an airport spokesperson.In January last year the airport unearthed a scheme whereby campaigners were using automated software to generate complaints against the airport. Officials caught out the set-up when the two anti-Heathrow enthusiasts forgot to take into account the hour going back in October, and began complaining about flights that had not yet taken off or arrived. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.Who’s complaining the most?. Noise complaints by area, July to September 2016Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Who's complaining the most?Who’s complaining the most? – Highcharts CloudWho’s complaining the most?Noise complaints by area, July to September 2016ComplaintsComplainantsSloughRichmond upon ThamesWindsor & MaidenheadBracknell ForestSurrey HeathRunnymedeElmbridgeHounslowSpelthorneEaling01k2k3k4k5kHighchartsChart context menu How many times did this horse complain? Heathrow received more than 25,000 noise complaints in just three months over the summer – but around half were made by the same 10 people.The airport, which was last month had plans for a third runway given Government approval, received, on average, 274 complaints each day between the start of July and end of September, according to official statistics. However, its figures also show that, while 1,209 people complained just once about the noise from aircraft passing overhead, three people contacted the airport more than 1,280 times each – or nearly 14 times a day over three months.A spokesperson for Heathrow said it knew that 2,128 people made the 25,200 complaints, but that 10 people made 48.86 per cent of those. The spokesperson said that the airport believed that none of this year’s complaints were computer generated.John Stewart, chairman of the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (Hacan), told the BBC that he expected complaints to rise should a third runway be built.“The biggest thing that Heathrow could do to reduce complaints would be to give more communities a break from the noise during the day by varying the flight paths,” he said.center_img Some boroughs are affected by flight paths more than othersCredit:Getty The airport is the target of a number of campaign groups opposed to expansion.The data released by Heathrow also showed the towns where the majority of complaints came from.Residents in Slough, to the west of the airport, made the most (3,944) – but from only 22 people. That amounts to 179 complaints per person over the summer – just under two a day on average. A spokesperson for Heathrow said: “Heathrow’s plans for expansion will ensure fewer people are impacted by aircraft noise, offer more predictable respite than we can now and a world-class noise insulation scheme.“Heathrow has consistently reduced the number of people impacted by aircraft noise, by incentivising airlines to bring their cleanest, quietest aircraft to the airport and driving forward changes in how they operate through measures like steeper approaches.“Independent experts agree. Following the most in depth study of aviation expansion in a generation, the Government’s Airports Commission confirmed a bigger Heathrow can be a better neighbour.” “Most of the complaints are coming from areas that get noise all day long.”Justine Bayley, from the Stop Heathrow Expansion Campaign, told the BBC that a lot of people have given up complaining about noise.“If you get woken up at 1am you don’t immediately complain and by the morning the moment has passed,” she said.”If I asked people near me, many would say they had tried complaining but they have given up because it doesn’t make a difference.”last_img read more

  • Social media firms to face huge fines for failing to keep children

    “The price of digital innovation cannot be our children’s privacy and safety. The two can and must go hand in hand.”The code is also expected to prevent companies “profiling” children if it is detrimental to the child.This will bar them from using personal data and algorithms to target children with potentially harmful material – in the way Molly Russell, 14, was directed to self-harm content before she took her life. There are also expected to be measures to protect children from paedophiles by requiring all settings to be, by default, at maximum privacy with geolocators also switched off.Under the code, children will get clear and understandable terms and conditions and access to mechanisms for reporting, complaining and redress.The code is due to be unveiled alongside the Government’s White Paper which is likely to introduce a statutory “duty of care” on tech giants, creating a regulator with powers to impose fines.Baroness Kidron, whose amendment to the Data Protection Act 2018 paved the way for the code, said it could combat online harms before Government legislation takes effect in two years.“What the Government is doing is admirable but what can go on the books now is data protection that will bring meaningful change for children in a way that the public has not yet grasped.” Social media firms face huge fines if they fail to keep children safe online under a new legally enforced code that will be enacted as early as this autumn.In what campaigners say will be a sea change in online safety, the tech giants will be required by law to enforce their terms and conditions to protect children from harmful content such as cyberbullying, self-harm, sexual content and abuse – and prevent under-age children from joining their sites.Companies such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat will be expected to ensure that only children aged 13 and over are on their platforms and that the content is appropriate for their age.Those that breach the “age appropriate” code face fines of up to 4 per cent of global turnover by Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, who will police the new regime.She said: “Our code will clearly outline what is required of developers at the design stage so that children are protected in the first place. Safeguards must be built in, not bolted on.“We will not hesitate to use our considerable powers to enforce the law.”Much as a parent who buys their child a cuddly toy should have the confidence there are no sharp edges or loose fixings so they should have the confidence that online games, websites and new technologies will be safe, she said. The Telegraph is campaigningfor a statutory duty of care on tech giants to protect children from online harms. 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. read more

  • PL deploys Enerpac gantry for substation work at Kriel Colliery

    first_imgP&L Machine Moving and Rigging in Johannesburg, South Africa, has used an Enerpac SBL500 gantry for careful handling and positioning of a refurbished 60 t electrical substation skid on a flatbed truck for transportation to the nearby Kriel Colliery. On average twice a year, P&L is asked to assist refurbishing of skid-mounted, electrical substations from local mines at its Benoni warehouse facility. Boiler makers, shot blast and painting crews dismantle the skid for Actom, South Africa’s leading electro-mechanical equipment company. The parts that need refurbishment or replacing are collected from Actom’s suppliers. P&L then assist with the reassembly, commissioning and testing.For the most recent project, the substation was too large to be loaded onto the lowbed inside the warehouse. The refurbished skid was moved to the warehouse exit using a 30 t Pick and Carry machine and large machine moving axles. Once outside, to raise the skid higher for transporting, P&L lifted the 60 t skid with its four leg Enerpac SBL500 hydraulic gantry, and the lowbed truck reversed underneath the skid which was then lowered onto the vehicle. The skid was then transported to Kriel Colliery where it was offloaded with mobile cranes.Designed and tested to meet ASME B30.1-2015 safety standards, the Enerpac SBL500 is part of the SBL-Series Super Boom Lift telescopic gantries and has a maximum lift capacity with four legs of 500 t. It features self-contained hydraulics and electronics, Intelli-Lift wireless control system and self-propelled wheels or tank rollers. “We use the Enerpac SBL500 for a wide range of industrial lifting tasks where accurate lifting and positioning are essential. It gives us the flexibility we need when approaching many lifting projects where there is limited working space,” says, Gareth Lucas, Director, P & L Machine Moving and Rigging.last_img read more

  • Can you guess the winner of Irelands Best Kept Town competition

    first_imgENNISKILLEN IN COUNTY Fermanagh is the overall winner of Ireland’s Best Kept Town competition 2014.All entrants were marked against strict criteria that included cleanliness, the outward appearance of buildings, the presentation of roads and public facilities and the natural environment.The results were announced today at an awards ceremony on the SS Nomadic, Titanic Quarter, Belfast. Doreen Muskett MBE, Chair of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, the body that organises the Best Kept Awards, said: “The competition is designed to reward those who take great pride in their communities, those who work tirelessly to make their surroundings a nicer place to work, live and play in.It has been five years since the overall winner was awarded to a town in Northern Ireland so it is particularly lovely to see Enniskillen celebrate this terrific achievement.Minister for the Environment Northern Ireland, Mark H Durkan, said: “When we discuss the environment, it is easy to think of the vast green spaces of rural Ireland, and so often urban areas can be overlooked.One of the most important aspects of this competition I feel, is the urban theme that resonates throughout its projects.“A healthy mix is achieved each year by projects, ranging from small rural village settings, to towns and cities”.Read: Talking lampposts remind dog-walkers to pick up their pet’s poo>Read: Local authorities get cash to spruce up public spaces ahead of tourist season> Emly, Co Tipperary won the Best Kept Village category.Hillsborough, Co Down won the Best Kept Small Town categoryMaynooth, Co Kildare won the Best Kept Large Town categoryEnniskillen, Co Fermanagh won the Best Kept Large Urban Centre categoryMinister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, said:These competitions continue to demonstrate the great pride that people have in their communities, North and South, and the hard work carried out by volunteers.last_img read more

  • Autonomous robot jellyfish being developed for military surveillance

    first_imgTalk about military surveillance and images of unmanned drones come to mind. But typically they are air and ground based units. The US Navy wants to get in on the action, though, and has tasked Virginia Tech College of Engineering with developing an autonomous robotic jellyfish.The project has been ongoing since last year thanks to a 5-year grant from the Office of Naval Research. A lab in Virginia Tech’s Durham Hall has been outfitted with a tank containing 600 gallons of water that forms the hub of the research. The task is to figure out how a jellyfish functions, and then apply it to a robotic version that could be launched and left to function in the ocean for anything from a few weeks to months and even years.The first version of this robotic jellyfish was unveiled last year at the lab. It was called Robojelly and was roughly the diameter of a man’s hand. Several months later and a second version has been created. This time the robot is called Cryo, measures 5 foot 7 inches in length, and weighs 170 pounds.Cryo consists of a central core of components in a waterproof shell connected to eight moving arms. Draped over this is a large and soft piece of white silicone, which comes into contact with each of the arms and remains flexible. Combined, the arms and silicone act as a propulsion system mimicking how real jellyfish move around.There’s still a lot of work to do on the design, though. Allowing the jellyfish to remain autonomous means the 4 hours it currently gets from an on-board nickel metal hydride battery needs to be improved drastically. But the research team still has 3 years of grant money with which to solve that problem, perfect propulsion, and make this a truly autonomous unit. Uses aren’t just limited to surveillance, either. The jellyfish could be loaded up with sensors to become an ocean research device, or help with clean up operations after an oil spill.last_img read more

  • The Flash Season 5 Episode 3 Recap Ridiculous French Detective Appears

    first_img As fun as Season Four has been the past couple weeks, something’s been missing. A vital member of Team Flash is nowhere to be seen. Well, last night’s episode finally brought in a Harrison Wells, and it might be the strangest one yet. First though, it’s time to learn a bit more about our villain. Nora describes visiting the part of the Flash museum that always scared her: The villain section. As child her walks past the costumes of Zoom, Reverse Flash and the rest, present Nora explains why Cicada scared her the most. He’s the only villain The Flash never caught. Even with the help of Supergirl, the Legends and Green Arrow. Already, that’s more interesting than anything last season did with The Thinker by its third episode. The thing is, the future is flexible. Nora being in the present has already changed things. Neither Gridlock or Block originally ended up dead. That means there’s a chance. Especially if our Team Flash does something the one she studied never did.It really is about time they brought in a Harrison Wells. Every season has given us a different version of the character and it’s a blast every time. Tom Cavanagh’s ever-changing performance is one of my favorite parts of the show. This season: Harrison Sherloque Wells, a private investigator with an outrageous French accent. Can Cavanagh sustain that all season? Who cares? It’s only funnier if he doesn’t. The joke could get old in a few weeks, but for now, it works. I like the new Wells. He’s certainly good at what he does, too. After he deduces each member’s predicament with amusingly embarrassing results, they’re ready to hire him. Even with his exorbitant pricing. He gives them a name and a location. He predicts the situation The Flash and XS run into in exacting detail, down to a decoy booby trap explosive. The Flash is able to capture a mysterious hooded figure, and for a moment he actually thinks it’s Cicada. Poor sweet Barry. So naive. This guy may be an anti-government serial bomber, but we all know it’s not Cicada. Especially because the real Cicada has figured out Joe West is somehow connected to The Flash, and shows up at his house.Grant Gustin as The Flash and Jessica Parker Kennedy as XS (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)It turns out Sherloque Wells was taking a shortcut. He’s captured many different versions of Cicada on many different Earths. Each time, it turned out to be the guy Barry just captured. Not on this Earth though, and all because Nora changed the timeline. The entire time they’re arguing about that, the real Cicada is tying up and torturing Joe. That this ticking clock is happening without the rest of Team Flash knowing lends the episode some real tension. I know we’re only three episodes in, but Cicada’s shaping up to be actually kind of scary as a villain.Fortunately, Joe isn’t the only one in the house. Cecile senses Joe’s in pain and is able to send out a distress call before Cicada catches her. Barry and Vibe are able to save Joe and Cecile, but Cicada tackles Vibe back into his own portal. That was the plan all along. Cicada wants Vibe and used Joe West to get to him. This is about the point where we remember the title of this episode is “The Death of Vibe” and get real nervous. The breach took Cisco into the middle of a forest. Since that could be pretty much anywhere on Earth, it’s time for Wells to prove his worth as a detective. He’s able to figure out which forest Cisco’s in, but not before Cicada stabs him with the lightning bolt. The Flash shows up and it’s immediately clear that Cicada’s going to be a tough one to beat. The Flash can’t even get one punch in before the supervillain is beating him to a pulp.Carlos Valdes as Vibe (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)The death fakeout is surprisingly well done, with some fun foreshadowing earlier in the episode. After Wells gave Team Flash the wrong name, he tried to skip out without paying them back. He rigged one of the fuses in STAR Labs’ test track to make it look like it had blown, vaporizing him in the process. It nearly worked, but Cisco points out that it’s impossible for only one to have blown. Later, when Cicada has both Flash and Vibe overpowered, XS gets an idea. She figures out that Cicada is really only out to kill Vibe. She brings him a fuse and, unbeknownst to us, a portable breaching device. For a second, it really does look like the explosion kills Vibe, leaving only a charred set of armor behind. I was genuinely relieved when he reappeared out of another portal. It’s always nice when The Flash can nail an emotional payoff like that.It actually makes up for the episode’s biggest shortcoming. In the last two episodes, Barry having to become the mentor to XS has worked in the show’s favor. The show has been able to repackage some old conflicts in an interesting way, and demonstrate how much Barry has grown. This time, it rang hollow. Partly because the lesson was “take a second to think before you rush in,” and that’s something that Barry still hasn’t demonstrably learned. But mostly because it’s such a simple nothing moral, it really doesn’t rate a 40-minute episode to learn. It especially doesn’t justify a dramatic shot of XS thinking at Flash speed before she helps Vibe out. That was just stupid.Chris Klein as Cicada (Photo Credit: Katie Yu/The CW)But hey, one stupid moment doesn’t diminish an otherwise fun episode. I’m glad they didn’t also try to cram we a metahuman-of-the-week in here because it allowed the episode to establish Cicada as a real threat.  It told us more about who he is and why he’s hunting metas. We don’t know the full story yet, but it has something to do with his daughter, whose lying comatose in the hospital. We’re only three episodes in and we already know more about this guy and why he’s such a threat to Team Flash. That’s much quicker than either of the past two seasons, and it feels like it’s got some momentum behind it as a result.It also helps that the B-story this season is just as interesting. In fact, I wish we’d spent more time on it than Life Lessons with Flash and XS. Feeling a bit intimidated by another detective showing up, Ralph takes Caitlin up on her offer to figure out what’s going on with her dad’s death certificate. The two work so well together in this episode. They play off each other well in comedic scenes, and their performances during the investigation make for a fun mystery. They ask Caitlin’s mother about the forged death certificate, and she claims not to know anything about it. Ralph immediately picks up that she’s lying, so it’s time for some light breaking and entering. After bypassing a painful-looking laser wall. Ralph just can’t catch a break.Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Hartley Sawyer as Dibney/Elongated Man (Photo Credit: Robert Falconer/The CW)The storyline is laid out like a good mystery too, with the introduction of a seemingly innocuous detail that of course means everything in the end. While digging through her mom’s files on her dad, Caitlin finds her old periodic table she made with her dad, including some made-up compounds and elements because Caitlin was just that nerdy as a kid. It’s brushed to the side though, when they find his suicide letter. It seems they’ve solved the mystery and come up with nothing, but something keeps nagging at Caitlin. Her dad wasn’t the letter writing type. And his final notes are filled with compounds that don’t exist — OK, we all know where this is going. He left her a puzzle. One that reads “Caitlin, come find me.” I’m almost more interested in this than I am in Cicada.Season Five continues to be one of The Flash’s strongest. It’s not getting too dour like Season Three, nor is it trying so hard to be lighthearted that nothing matters, like in Season Four. It’s found its sense of humor again, and looks to be building up a main villain we’ll actually care about. It also keeps setting up interesting questions keep us coming back week after week. This time, the new Wells calls into question Nora’s decision to help her dad take down The Thinker’s satellite. Did she make that decision on her own? Why didn’t she step in at any of the other major moments she witnessed? Nora insists that she did, but Wells doesn’t believe her. Neither, it seems, does Nora. Maybe her effect on the timeline isn’t as inconsequential as it appears.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CWPreviously on The Flash:The Flash Season 5 Episode 2 RecapThe Flash Season 5 Premiere Recap Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Publishers Merging Database Silos

    first_imgWith an ever-growing portfolio of new products and multimedia initiatives, publishers are juggling the pros and cons of creating and maintaining a centralized customer database, financing the effort, and finding the right people to make it happen. While the prospect has proven to be too daunting or financially unfeasible, for some the benefits—leveraging information from your readers, sponsors and advertisers from all platforms to build better cross promotion strategies—are crucial, and a centralized database is the most efficient solution.One of those publishers is Forbes Media. At the Monetizing the Database session at the DMA’s 22nd annual Circulation Day Event last week, consumer marketing director Johnna Ayres said the company is building a centralized, relational database that spans all of Forbes’ products—from its 900,000-circ namesake magazine to two new lifestyle magazines: ForbesLife and ForbesLife Executive Woman. The database is being built as a consumer-centric model, with all the media units feeding it with monthly demographic overlays and sharing as much information across the business units as possible. The benefits, Ayres said, are the ability to create segments based on media relationships, better target product offers based on relationships, and the ability to expand customer information—particularly among expires.Another publisher is Ziff Davis Enterprise. For years, ZDE properties—including publications, e-seminars and its Web Buyers Guide—operated as exclusive profit centers through either their own system or an external service provider. The company’s marketing database was an independent system and the individual properties each week sent a data feed to be loaded into the system. Now, the company has developed an integrated platform that combines information, such as memberships, subscriptions and registrations, from each property in real time. “With our newly-integrated platform, we are implementing dynamic updates of our customer’s profile, including statistical scores based on prevalent topic categories,” says ZDE marketing database director Bud Shea. “When a customer downloads a white paper, registers for an event or subscribes to a newsletter or publication, the transaction is updated and the customer’s score is modified.”Shea says ZDE’s score-keeping practice helps the company monitor the activity and engagement of its customers, and is an indicator of how better to offer new products. “The system immediately references a hierarchy of triggers based on related content or events across all of our properties, and deploys an invitation for more content of events,” he says.last_img read more

  • Time Inc Tries Hand at ReaderGenerated Issue

    first_imgThis Old House has become one of the latest magazines—andfirst Time Inc. title—to publish a 100-percent reader-created issue. The 950,000-circulation title’s June issue is comprisedentirely of reader-submitted photos and stories of do-it-yourself projects. (Italso features a special “Your Old House” logo with the word “This” crossed out.) Executive editor Kathryn Keller says the magazine receivedthousands of e-mails, letters, photos and projects since editor ScottOmelianuk’s first call for submissions in his December editor’s letter. In addition to the letter, the magazine created a dedicatedmicrosite for readers to upload materials and then called for submissions atthe end of magazine stories, in e-mail blasts and at the end of the This OldHouse television show. According to Keller, the magazine plans to do this again onan annual basis. “But just as important,” she says, “we received so many greattips and projects from readers—and they’re still coming in—that we’re going tocontinue showcasing them in each issue. We definitely want to keep theconversation going.”Though ad pages were up 3 percent over last year with thisissue publisher Matt Turck told FOLIO: that the magazine “actually had toinvest a little more than usual” to create it, due in part to the costsassociated with building and managing the microsite. However, he says, “it wasan advertiser success and early signs show a consumer success—we plan to do itagain.”User-Gen Trend Earlier this month, Budget Travel published its ownuser-generated June issue. The magazine solicited roughly 2,800 pitches fromreaders and included submissions from 324 contributors. Ina blog post for FOLIO:, editor Erik Torkells wrote, “Let’s be perfectlyclear. Making this issue was neither cheap nor easy.” The magazine paid “normalfees” to contributors as well as travel expenses for companions and had to doan “extraordinary amount” of editing.8020 Publishing, which formed in June 2006, produces its tworeader-generated titles Everywhere and JPG with a totalstaff of 19, and may be profitable by next year. The company is reportedlyconsidering similar titles for foods and car enthusiasts, if the demand amongits online community reaches critical mass.last_img read more

  • Bill to crack down on IUU fishing goes to White House

    first_imgCongress has passed a bill to combat pirate fishing.The bill, called the “Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act” now goes to the president of his signature. It puts in law the provisions of an international treaty aimed at denying illegal fishing vessels access to a country’s ports. The bill was sponsored by all members of the Alaska delegation and supported by Alaska’s fishing industry.“These significant efforts will help defeat the growing number of criminals stealing our resources and harming our local economies,” said Alaska Congressman Don Young, in a written statement.The bill’s passage was also cheered by conservation groups like the World Wildlife Fund.“Illegal fish are caught in a very widespread ocean, and they have to come into port somewhere,” says WWF’s vice president for ocean policy, Michele Kuruc. “So this is trying to be a cost-effective way to catch them when they come into port.”The bill passed both houses of congress without opposition.last_img read more

  • Pregnant Sameera Reddy asks trolls Was your mom hot when you came

    first_imgBollywood actress Sameera Reddy, who is pregnant with Akshai Varde’s second child, has come down heavily on trollers for body-shaming her and asked whether their mother was hot when she was pregnant.A host of Bollywood actresses like Neha Dhupia, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor Khan have been fat-shamed post the delivery of their babies. Sameera Reddy was also one of those who was mercilessly trolled on social media for gaining weight after becoming pregnant for the first time.Sameera Reddy was talking to media on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai when she lost her cool on body-shaming. “I want to ask one thing to the trollers… Where have you come from? You have come out of a mother only. Was your mom hot, when you came out? It’s shameful,” the actress told reporters.Sameera Reddy added, “Pregnancy is such a natural process. It’s so beautiful. It took me time to (lose weight) with the first baby. Maybe it’ll take me time with the second baby. But what’s most important is to embrace yourself. And to all trolls: ‘Say what you want guys, I think I have a superpower, I’m giving birth to a baby.”The actress said that she used to hide everything during her first pregnancy, but she is now feeling proud. “In my first pregnancy, I was very shy and thought about a lot of things but now I feel it’s very different. I remember I used to cover up a lot during the first pregnancy now I’m like bring it on. I can also be hot when I’m pregnant. So it’s just a matter of mindset,” said Sameera Reddy.Sameera Reddy also said that not everyone will be like Kareena Kapoor, who took very little time to come back in shape. The actress added, “There are sexy ones like Kareena Kapoor who come out looking fully hot, and there are people like me who take time (to get back in shape).”Sameera Reddy and Akshai Varde, who bonded over their mutual passion for motorbikes, tied the knot in Mumbai on January 2014. The couple welcomed their first child on May 24, 2015. The actress had bid adieu to her film career post her first pregnancy.last_img read more

  • India starts counting votes

    first_imgElection staff members work on their computers in a vote counting centre in Ahmedabad, India, on 22 May 2019. ReutersIndia began counting hundreds of millions of votes in its general election on Thursday, with a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party already preparing to form the next government.The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is expected to surpass the 272 seats needed to command a majority in the lower house of parliament, six of seven exit polls showed on Sunday.Their predicted margin of victory is larger than surveys indicated in the run-up to the vote, when most polls showed the NDA would be the largest alliance but would fall short of an overall majority.Counting of the more than 600 million votes began at 8:00am local time (0230 GMT) and trends were expected to be known by noon. Final results are due by Thursday evening.Modi was under pressure when he began campaigning, losing three state elections in December amid rising anger over farm prices and unemployment.However, campaigning shifted towards India’s relationship with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan after a suicide car bomb killed 40 Indian police in the contested Kashmir region in February, to the benefit of the right-wing BJP, analysts said.”National security became the discussion,” said Harsh Pant, a political analyst at the Observer Research Foundation think-tank in New Delhi. “It allowed the BJP to shirk some issues where it was weak.”Police officers stand guard outside a vote counting centre in Kolkata, India, on 23 May 2019. ReutersThe BJP has also capitalised on the star power of Modi, a frenetic campaigner, as well as superior financial resources.It outspent the main opposition Congress Party by six times on Facebook and Google advertising, data showed, and by as much as 20 times overall, sources told Reuters earlier this month.”The longer election certainly helps Modi: he loves contact with the people,” Pant said. “The BJP’s electoral machinery is also much more effective on the ground.”Victory PreparationThe NDA held a meeting on Tuesday, at which Modi was garlanded with flowers by members of the alliance, to discuss its policy agenda for its second term in power. It has promised to double farmers’ income and boost infrastructure spending over the next five years.Several opposition leaders attempting to unseat Modi have urged voters to wait for the final results, calling the exit polls “gossip”.”Do not get demoralised by the fake exit polls doing the rounds,” Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in a message to party workers posted on social media on Wednesday.The opposition alliance has also protested to India’s Election Commission over the electronic voting machines (EVMs) used in the count, which they alleged could be tampered with, and requested a delay to counting while votes were tallied with a backup paper audit trail.The commission rejected the opposition’s demands on Wednesday.An Indian election official shows an open Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) to polling agents at a counting centre in Ghaziabad on 23 May 2019. AFPAround 500 masked people carrying guns and machetes attacked a polling team and forcibly took away EVMs in the remote northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, Reuters reported on Wednesday, although the election was widely considered by international observers to be free and fair.Indian stocks posted their biggest gain since September 2013 on Monday and could rally further on Thursday if the trend is confirmed, according to a Reuters poll.”Markets will heave a big sigh of relief as it favours continuity and familiarity in terms of roll-out of policies,” said Ajay Bodke, CEO at financial services firm Prabhudas Lilladher.last_img read more

  • Sabre enables Air Canada to expand offerings paid seat selection branded fares

    first_imgSabre enables Air Canada to expand offerings: paid seat selection, branded fares The Canadian Press Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Share Posted by SOUTHLAKE — Air Canada has extended its market reach and customers now have easier access to Preferred seats and upgraded amenities as the carrier launches the sale of more offerings through travel agencies, travel management companies and online sales sites that are connected via Sabre Corporation’s travel marketplace. Starting today, thousands of corporate and leisure travel buyers in Canada and the U.S. have more options for pre-reserving seats. They now have the ability to purchase Air Canada’s Preferred Seats and paid advance seat selection through the Sabre Red platform. This extends their reach through the Sabre Red Workspace desktop solution and an extensive selection of air shopping and booking API’s. Air Canada’s Preferred seats offer more legroom and are located at the front of the main cabin and in exit rows. Paid advance seats provide a pre-reserved seat choice in the main cabin to passengers who have booked the airline’s “Tango” fare.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”“Air Canada has a bold vision in creating a personalized journey for their passengers, and Sabre’s technology supports every strategic aspect in delivering their differentiated merchandising strategy,” said Sean Menke, President of Sabre Travel Network. “Our collaboration aims to put their customers first, enabling agents with transparent shopping and pricing of their brand, and ultimately a streamlined booking experience.”“Air Canada remains focused on delivering products and services, such as Air Canada Preferred Seats, that bring value to our customers and enhance their travel experience with us,” said Duncan Bureau, Vice President Global Sales of Air Canada. “By making this available through the Sabre agency platform we are continuing our commitment to our loyal agency network to make selling Air Canada as seamless and efficient as possible.”Sabre’s technology has enabled Air Canada to further expand their merchandising reach and generate new revenue in the Sabre marketplace. In addition to paid seats, the recent release of their branded fares through the Sabre Red platform allows Air Canada to strategically highlight attributes that differentiate their products, support brand continuity, and drive customer loyalty. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

  • Solemn personal ceremonies as US commemorates 911

    first_imgSolemn, personal ceremonies as US commemorates 9-11 NEW YORK — Holding photos and reading names of loved ones lost 16 years ago, 9-11 victims’ relatives marked the anniversary of the attacks at ground zero on Monday with a solemn and personal ceremony.Every Sept. 11 since the date of the deadliest terror attack on American soil, Rob Fazio has come to the place where his father, Ronald Carl Fazio, and thousands of others died.“I’ll come every year for the rest of my life,” the son said. “It’s where I get my strength.”At least 1,000 family members, survivors, rescuers and officials were gathered as the ceremony at the World Trade Center began with a moment of silence and tolling bells. Then, relatives began reading out the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed when terrorist-piloted planes hit the trade centre, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, hurling America into a new consciousness of the threat of global terrorism.Some said they couldn’t believe 16 years had passed since a tragedy that still seemed so present on the anniversary. To others, it was an occasion to plead for a return to the sense of unity they felt after the attacks.“Our country came together that day. And it did not matter what colour you were, or where you were from,” said a tearful Magaly Lemagne, who lost her brother, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer David Prudencio Lemagne. She implored people to “stop for a moment and remember all the people who gave their lives that day.“Maybe then we can put away our disagreements and become one country again.”Nicholas Haros Jr. saw a glimpse of that cohesiveness in the country’s response to catastrophic recent hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Irma was making its way through the Southeast as a tropical storm while 9-11 anniversary ceremonies unfolded in New York, the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth“God bless, and be New York strong,” Maureen Tipping-Lipshie urged those affected by Irma after she remembered her brother, John James Tipping II.Sixteen years later, the quiet rhythms of commemoration have become customs: a recitation of all the names of the dead, moments of silence and tolling bells, and two powerful light beams that shine through the night.Yet each ceremony also takes on personal touches. Some name-readers added messages ranging from the universal to the personal _ updates on family graduations and marriages, memories of personality traits and favourite foods.Some have never even had a chance to meet the relatives they lost on Sept. 11, 2001.“I wish more than anything that I could have met you,” Ruth Daly said, her voice breaking, after she read names in remembrance of her slain grandmother, Ruth Sheila Lapin. “I’m very proud to be your namesake. I hope you’re watching down on me from heaven.”Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, a native New Yorker observing the anniversary for the first time as the nation’s leader, observed a moment of silence at the White House with first lady Melania Trump.The Trumps also planned to participate in a 9-11 observance at the Pentagon. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are hosting a private observance for victims’ relatives there at 9:11 a.m. Monday. After the names are read at that ceremony, there’s a public observance, with a wreath-laying and remarks.Vice-President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke are scheduled to deliver remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville. It’s on the rural field where one of the airliners crashed after passengers and crew fought to wrest control away from the terrorists who’d hijacked it and were heading for Washington.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamConstruction continues at the Shanksville memorial, where ground was broken Sunday for a 93-foot (28 metres) tall Tower of Voices to honour the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died.Rebuilding and reimagining also continues at ground zero, where the third of four planned office towers is set to open next year. Work toward a $250 million performing arts centre continues after a design was unveiled last fall. Most recently, plans were announced this spring to transform a grassy clearing on the memorial plaza into a walkway and area dedicated to 9-11 rescue and recovery workers.The ceremony on the National Sept. 11 Memorial plaza strives to be apolitical: Politicians can attend, but since 2011, they haven’t been allowed to read names or deliver remarks.Yet last year’s 15th-anniversary ceremony became entangled in the narrative of a fractious presidential campaign when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton left abruptly, stumbled into a van and ultimately revealed she’d been diagnosed days earlier with pneumonia.This year, the focus remained on the names read out beneath the waterfall pools and lines of trees.“It does feel good to know you have other people who are feeling the same pain that you’re in,” Marvaline Monroe said as she headed into the ceremony to remember her brother, Keith Broomfield. She comes to the ceremony as often as she can.“It’s very hard. We’ll never forget, but we just have to live with the memories that we have of him.”Delaney Colaio read names in honour of the three relatives she lost: her father, Mark Joseph Colaio, and her uncles Stephen J. Colaio and Thomas Pedicini. She is making a documentary about the children who lost parents in the attacks. Monday, September 11, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> By: Jennifer Peltz & Karen MatthewsSource: The Associated Press Tags: New York City Sharelast_img read more