Kolkata: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Friday appeared before the CBI officials here in relation to the Saradha Chit Fund scam. He has been summoned multiple times by the Central Bureau of Investigation in recent weeks but failed to appear as he said he was on leave. Kumar, who headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police department that initially probed the multi-crore scam, reached the central agency’s Kolkata Office at the CGO Complex here at around 10.30 a.m. He is currently posted as the Additional Director General of West Bengal CID.
Canada faces potentially uncontrolled influx of Dreamers from USCanada faces potentially uncontrolled influx of Dreamers from US
TORONTO – President Donald Trump’s threat to end protections for those who entered the U.S. illegally as children could spark a new wave of immigration and asylum requests, some analysts warn.If that happens, they say, Canada’s already stressed systems would come under further pressure and potentially intensify a backlash against newcomers.About 1.7 million illegal migrants to the United States — the vast majority of them Mexicans — are either registered or qualify for registration under a five-year-old policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The program, which Trump wants ended, allows them to obtain work permits and protects them from deportation.If even a fraction of those look north, it would still be a significant number of so-called Dreamers who might try to make Canada home.Guidy Mamann, an immigration lawyer and policy analyst in Toronto, says he has already started getting calls and emails asking if Canada is an option.“Now that there is a real question as to whether or not there is a permanent solution for these DACA kids, many of them are going to start to look towards Canada for both legal and possibly illegal entry,” Mamann said. “I suspect that we’re going to start seeing a real flow at this point because there is so much uncertainty.”Younger Mexicans in the U.S. — those without completed higher education or solid work experience — are unlikely to qualify under Canada’s normal immigrant requirements. As a result, some might opt to claim refugee status, a process likely to take several years to play out, even for those whose claims are rejected.Martha Batiz, an award-winning Mexican-Canadian writer and academic, said Canada would do well to put a system in place to welcome Dreamers, many of whom have grown up in the U.S. and are therefore culturally adapted and speak English as well as Spanish.Otherwise, she said, they might feel desperate enough to create the kind of risky and uncontrolled influx recently seen with Haitian and African migrants.“Canada has to step up,” Batiz said. “It would be better to have some system in place, even if it’s an imperfect system, so that (Dreamers) can apply legally, and Canada can decide who they are going to welcome.”Latest statistics from the Immigration and Refugee Board show a dramatic increase in asylum requests from Mexicans. In 2016, for example, 242 Mexicans applied for refugee status. Almost three times as many — 660 — such claims were recorded in the first seven months of this year alone.Part of the increase stems from Canada’s decision to lift a visa requirement last December, making it easier for Mexicans to come to Canada and claim asylum here. A spokeswoman said the board did not keep data on how many of the claimants had come from the U.S. Nevertheless, roughly six Mexican refugee claims are turned down for each one deemed founded, figures show.Other reported figures indicate a surge in detentions of Mexican nationals by Canadian border agents this year. Canada Border Service Agency said it could not immediately respond to a request for further information.For the moment, at least, Dreamers have some breathing room because Trump has given Congress six months to come up with a plan to deal with them. As a result, Mamann said, the real pressure on Canada is likely to grow as the deadline nears, further straining Canada’s immigration and refugee systems, and the goodwill of Canadians.“If we feel that we are being taken advantage of,” Mamann said, “we’ll shut the door and that will hurt legitimate refugees.”The issue is already a political flashpoint.For example, the Parti Quebecois blamed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tweet welcoming the world’s persecuted people for a torrent of asylum seekers — including thousands of Haitians from the U.S. — into Quebec. PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said last week that many were “victims” of false hope given them by the federal government. On the other hand, Ontario Sen. Ratna Omidvar said this week that Canada should put out the welcome mat for 30,000 Dreamers.
The Giver Film Helps Charity Over Labor Day WeekendThe Giver Film Helps Charity Over Labor Day Weekend
As part of its continuing efforts to promote literacy and in order to provide books to those children in America most in need, Walden Media and the Weinstein Company (TWC) have partnered with the National Education Association’s Read Across America to launch the “Ticket to a Better World” initiative.Fifty cents of each The Giver movie ticket sold during Labor Day Weekend will be donated to the Ticket to a Better World initiative to raise up to a quarter of a million dollars to buy books for those children most in need.The Giver stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.Walden Executive Francis X. “Chip” Flaherty stated, “The Giver affirms our belief that individuals must have the freedom to pursue and fulfill their dreams. That freedom is precisely the gift that reading and literacy provide. Every time you put a book in the hands of a child, you unleash the power of imagination and hope that can change the world. We are honored to partner with Read Across America to launch the ‘Ticket to a Better World’ campaign and get books into the hands of kids who need them the most.”“Books open the floodgates to understanding and to learning,” says Anita Merina, national coordinator of NEA’s Read Across America. “This generous initiative will help us bring books like The Giver, onto the shelves and into the lives of so many children. At a time when access to books is so critical in the learning life of a child, this initiative is very exciting indeed.”Commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, “Behind this incredible movie that TWC and Walden are so proud of is one of the most beloved books of our time. Joining forces with the NEA’s fantastic Read Across America initiative is a perfect opportunity to support the cause for literacy behind the powerful name of The Giver.”To donate, visit www.NEA.org/ReadAcrossAmerica.
First Nation leaders continue to occupy BC Premier Clarks officeFirst Nation leaders continue to occupy BC Premier Clarks office
APTN National NewsA group of concerned citizens and First Nation leaders have locked themselves inside of BC Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office in Kelowna.They are upset that a bio-waste has been delivered into their territory without consent.APTN’s Tina House has more on this story.
Hydro One to pay 103 million break fee after merger with AvistaHydro One to pay 103 million break fee after merger with Avista
TORONTO — Hydro One and Avista Corp. say they have agreed to cancel their merger after regulators in Washington state and Idaho shot down the deal.The energy companies say that after weighing their chances of getting those decisions reversed, both their boards of directors decided it was best to call off the plan.They say under the terms of the merger agreement, Hydro One must now pay Avista US$103 million in termination fees.Earlier this month, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission denied a request from both companies to reconsider its rejection of the Ontario utility’s planned takeover of the American company.The request was issued after regulators found that the $6.7-billion planned merger would not sufficiently safeguard Avista customers from the whims of the Ontario government, which is Hydro One’s largest shareholder.The regulator has pointed to Premier Doug Ford’s efforts to force former Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt to retire — which was followed by the resignation of the utility’s entire board — as a sign that the province was willing to put political interests above those of shareholders.The Idaho Public Utilities Commission also denied the proposed takeover, finding that the companies had failed to demonstrate that the transaction met the public interest.The merger required approvals from state regulatory commissions in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska to go through, but only the latter two have approved it. Oregon’s public utility commission opted last week to put its decision on hold.Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford said the Progressive Conservative government accepts the decision made by the two utilities, and will continue to focus on bringing down hydro rates for Ontarians.“Any costs incurred as a result of today’s decision will not be paid by Ontario electricity customers,” Rickford said in a statement.
Afghanistan needs sustained international support for transition to succeed – UN envoyAfghanistan needs sustained international support for transition to succeed – UN envoy
“The very core of transition is strengthening Afghan national ownership and leadership. The onus for driving progress is thus on the Government of Afghanistan and the country’s leading political forces,” said Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.“There is, however, a clear need [for] sustained and predictable international support through 2014 and beyond in ways that reinforce Afghanistan’s leadership,” he added. Briefing the Council on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report and the situation on the ground, Mr. Kubiš noted that Afghan security forces have entered the last phase in assuming the lead responsibility for security throughout the country.“Anti-Government elements are, however, seeking to counter this by targeting security personnel and terrorizing civilians,” he said. “They aim to shake the population’s confidence in the Government and its armed forces.”From the beginning of the year until 6 June, more than 1,000 civilians have been killed and more than 2,000 injured, which is a 24 per cent increase in civilian casualties compared to the same period in 2012. “Afghan security institutions fight bravely and bear the brunt of losses, show increased courage, confidence and competence in countering the intentions of the anti-Government elements,” said Mr. Kubiš. “At the same time, the Afghan forces, notably the National Army, still require critical enablers such as air capacity to ensure their effectiveness and sustainability. It is for the international community to assist.”In his report, Mr. Ban highlights a range of issues including an urgent need to finalize electoral legislations and appointments to Afghan electoral institutions for a timely presidential election next year, which will mark the political transition. “A legitimate succession in leadership is key to the political transition,” he writes, adding that delays in the passage of electoral laws have added uncertainty among Afghan stakeholders over the intention of holding timely elections using a sound process that would provide a level playing field for all candidates.Echoing those concerns, Mr. Kubiš said that the two pieces of legislations governing the legal framework of future elections that are being discussed at various levels should be finalized without delay.The first of the two laws defines the structure and responsibilities of the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC), while the second concerns the main electoral law governing all future Afghan elections. The laws are expected to create a strong legal foundation for the holding of credible polls in Afghanistan, and their passing is reportedly tied up due to differences over provisions contained within them.Also on the political front, Mr. Kubiš expressed the hope that the current controversies and concerns around the Taliban office in Doha will soon be solved. He added that the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which he heads, stands ready to support all peace and reconciliation efforts based on and in full conformity with its mandate.
A tough third-round matchup. Pittsburgh, despite a No. 9 seed, was a reasonably clear favorite against No. 8-seeded Colorado on Thursday, according to our model. And the Panthers dominated the Buffaloes, pulling ahead 46-18 by halftime and eventually winning by 29 points. Computer systems like Ken Pomeroy’s regard Pittsburgh as having the strength of a typical No. 4 or No. 5 seed. This could be a challenging matchup for Florida. The Gators played a tough out-of-conference schedule, but they’ve faced just two ranked teams since Jan. 1 in a weak basketball year for the SEC. Which NCAA team had the worst day on Thursday? The obvious answer might be Ohio State, Cincinnati or Oklahoma, all of which succumbed to lower-ranked teams in the basketball tournament’s round of 64. Or perhaps North Carolina State, which squandered a 16-point lead against Saint Louis and lost in overtime.But none of those teams had much chance of winning the championship. Meanwhile, Florida, a tournament favorite, ended Thursday in a worse position than it started, despite winning its opening game against Albany. (Of course, Ohio State would still probably trade places with the Gators.)In the latest FiveThirtyEight forecast, updated with game results and injury information as of early Friday morning, Florida’s probability of winning the tournament is 11 percent. Twenty-four hours ago, it was 14.5 percent.How did the Gators’ odds get worse? There are three contributing factors:A closer-than-expected game against Albany. Florida defeated No. 16 seed Albany by 12 points, a final score that conceals a game that was competitive until late in the second half. But the Gators were favored by 22 to 23 points according to Las Vegas sportsbooks and power ratings. Our research suggests that performance relative to power ratings and point spreads early in the tournament has a fair amount of say in predicting how a team fares later on. Florida’s performance was forgivable, and the team remains the favorite in the South region, but the Gators will need to be sharper as the competition improves. Threats in the regional finals. The South may not be as loaded as the East or the Midwest. But the No. 3-seeded team, Syracuse, turned in an excellent performance in its win against Western Michigan. The Gators will likely have to defeat either the Orange or No. 2-seeded Kansas to reach the Final Four. Meanwhile, Kansas coach Bill Self sounds increasingly confident that injured center Joel Embiid will be able to return at some point in the tournament, even as he confirmed that Embiid is likely out for the opening weekend.
Creditcard sized knife will take care of pickpockets once and for allCreditcard sized knife will take care of pickpockets once and for all
The credit card form factor is a popular one for gadgets: we’re constantly seeing everything from credit card sized calculators to credit card sized USB sticks pumped through the gadget feeds. Iain Sinclair’s CardSharp Credit Card Folding Safety Knife, though, still manages to be unique: this is the first credit-card sized gadget that can actually kill someone.This isn’t a run of the mill knife, or some elaborate Swiss Army knife or Leatherman. Instead, it’s an ultra-thin knife that folds up to a MasterCard svelte footprint in your wallet.How thin is the CardSharp? Thinner than your MacBook Air, that’s for sure. At only .078 inches thick and hefting a weight of only 13 grams, the CardSharp is about double the thickness of a Visa but despite this, manages to pack in a three inch blade, perfect for cutting open boxes… or a pickpocket’s throat.Made of stainless steel, the CardSharp, when folded, can’t be accidentally opened… a relief for those of us packing the CardSharp in an expensive calf-skin designer wallet, or just stuffing it by its lonesome down our front pocket, rubbing against the pocket lining of our femoral arteries.Best of all, the CardSharp isn’t expensive. It’s not shipping yet, but when it starts in January, it’ll only cost you $23. Just remember if you buy one to take it out of your wallet before you fly.Read more at Iain Sinclair
VLC media player suffering in face of crapware and uncaring GoogleVLC media player suffering in face of crapware and uncaring Google
Ask any geek for a media player recommendation that runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux, and you’re guaranteed to hear VLC mentioned quite often. It’s free to download and use, includes support for just about any video format you’d want to watch, and has a dedicated team of developers behind it.The problem is, while VLC is developed as a not-for-profit open source project, other companies are taking advantage of its popularity to distribute adware and spyware.AdChoices广告If you want to download VLC then the official versions are available at the VideoLan website–the organization composed of volunteers who develop the media player. However, if you do a search for VLC on the top two search engines: Google or Bing, a number of malicious links appear alongside the official VideoLan page.These other links are put there by companies that want you to download their modified version of VLC that includes adware and spyware. They trade on the good name of VLC in order to infect your system and then start earning money from you and your machine.The VideoLan team faces two major problems because of this: the first is their software being associated with malicious activity and being flagged by antivirus software as such, and the second being the search engines apparently not willing to do much about it.Ludovic Fauvet, one of the developers working at VideoLan, has done a blog post about the extent of these malicious alternative versions of VLC. He lists 18 common URLs that appear in search results for VLC, all of which include crapware/adware/spyware. By far the most common are associated with pinballcorp.com, eorezo.com and tut4pc.com (do not visit them).The reason they manage to get so high up on the search listings is because they are willing to pay for adwords. At the same time, Fauvet states that asking Google to remove these links turns out to be pointless because “Google ignore us, they’re making money with these scams.”While VideoLan will continue to try its best to stop such links appearing and educate users, we call on the search engines to do more and stop them completely. As consumers, we can all do our part by ensuring we always download from the official link and by encouraging others to do the same whenever possible, especially those people you know who really couldn’t tell that vlc-download.com or vlc.us.com are malicious links.Read more at etix’s weblog and download VLC from the official site
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At the age of five, girls usually pray to fairies to bring them the best Barbie doll, a beautiful pink dress, a new pet. India Pappas prays for a reason much more serious than her age would suggest. Every day, in her ‘fairy garden’, she prays to fairies to keep her blood cell counts low, to keep her away from chemotherapy. Last Christmas Day, India was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). The treatment, that started only two days after the diagnosis, requires a minimum of two years of chemotherapy. When India’s blood cells are down, and the chemotherapy cancelled, she raises her arms with joy and yells excitingly “The fairies are listening to me!”. From this mature little girl, leukaemia has unfortunately taken a lot of the child away. However, the resilience with which Indy has been coping with her illness has lifted even her parents’ confidence. Before she goes for a play-date at a friends house with her parents, she makes sure she is allowed to leave. “Are my white cells high enough, mum?” she asks. On Wednesday 25 September, thousands of Melburnians will take part in an inspiring twilight walk, while shining lanterns to support raising money for Leukaemia Foundation research. By lighting the night with lantern in her hands, India will be lighting the hope for her recovery from leukaemia. Also, with her team of around 50 friends and family members being amongst the first on the list of biggest fundraisers, Indy will give hope for other kids’ futures without leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. In her own words, “I don’t want other kids to have to have leukaemia like me, mum”. Light the Night is an annual event held by The Leukaemia Foundation to fund research to cure blood cancer. Inspiring walks will take place across Australia again this spring, with participants shining gold lanterns – to remember a loved one; white – to reflect on their own life with cancer, and blue – to support others. For India’s parents Jodie and Andrew, who have always worked for non-profit organisations, the event raised much interest as they knew how much donating is vital for any research. They felt it was time to give back to the foundation, so no other parents in future live with the uncertainty the two of them have to live with. “We were lucky – if we had India 10 years ago we would have had much higher chances of losing her. With the particular type of leukaemia she has, now there is a cure rate of 90 per cent and above – that is purely because of the advances that research made possible,” India’s mother Jodie says. “So many people are affected by blood cancer – in Australia it’s the highest rate of cancer in children. I would encourage people to donate – the research relies on funding and donations. And while there are success rates, there are unfortunately people who won’t make it.” More than 50,000 Australian families face the challenges of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma every day. Every 46 minutes, another person is diagnosed. And although survival rates are improving, sadly blood cancer is Australia’s second biggest cause of cancer death. This year Light the Night aims to raise over $1 million to give hope for a brighter future by funding the work of Australia’s best researchers for blood cancer and related blood disorders. To join or donate money to the India Pappas team, visit my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/TeamPappas
TCI National Thanksgiving Day call to attend churchTCI National Thanksgiving Day call to attend church
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 24, 2017 – It is the National Day of Thanksgiving for the Turks and Caicos Islands. A public holiday designed to give us cause for pause to give thanks to God for all of his many blessings.Churches in Providenciales are invited to make the day meaningful for its parishioners while in other islands there are formal services planned for tonight.A free gospel concert is set for down town,Providenciales this evening. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
ASA’s WISHH program had a productive week in Washington D.C., where they discussed current programs, present and future budgets and the new WISHH strategic plan in mid-March.The WISHH Committee, chaired by Andy Welden (MI), is made up of 14 grower leaders from QSSBs that fund WISHH and two ASA Board members.Karen Edwards of KCE Public Affairs and Hanna Abou-El-Seoud, the latter under WISHH contract with AgSource at the Gordley Associates office, took part in the meetings and accompanied WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey to an introductory meeting with the recently appointed head of the USDA/FAS Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD). Deputy Administrator Jocelyn Brown leads this FAS division that includes Food for Progress, McGovern-Dole International School Nutrition and the Cochran Programs, to name a few.
Masked men burst into a children’s party in central Mexico and hacked 11 people to death, authorities and witnesses said Thursday, in the violence-plagued country’s latest mass murder.Police found the gory scene when they responded to an emergency call received just after midnight in the city of Tizayuca, in the central state of Hidalgo, officials said.Neighbors said four men burst into a large white tent where a family was hosting a children’s party outside their home.They stabbed to death seven women, two men and two minors, said state prosecutor Javier Lara.The murders appear to be a settling of scores, he told a news conference, indicating that the homeowner was involved in organized crime.“He had a criminal record for various crimes, including kidnapping, for which he did time in prison,” Lara said.“We can presume this was a settling of scores. Evidence indicates a hit squad was sent to the home to kill (the victims).”Another victim was an employee of the Mexico City public security service, he said.Four children were found unharmed, public security spokesman David Pichardo told AFP.One of the children told authorities that masked men wearing police uniforms had arrived during the party and killed all the adults, according to newspaper Excelsior.Authorities had cordoned off the entire neighborhood, and security was tight. Forensic workers could be seen investigating the crime scene.Mexico has seen a surge of deadly violence in recent months, extending to areas that were once considered relatively safe. That includes Hidalgo, which sits just north of the capital, Mexico City.Nationwide, murders hit a record high in May, according to the latest official data: 2,186 homicides, an average of 70 a day and the most since the country began keeping track 20 years ago.The violence is fueled by powerful, ultra-violent drug cartels and criminal gangs.Since Mexico deployed the military to fight organized crime in 2006, a wave of bloodshed has left more than 200,000 people dead or missing, as rival cartels wage war on each other and the army.Recently, hitmen have been wiping out entire families-including children-in a sign that the unspoken code of honor that once governed the turf wars and revenge killings of Mexico’s criminal gangs is fraying.
Game of Thrones Writer Bran Stark Shares a Bond With Tyrion LannisterGame of Thrones Writer Bran Stark Shares a Bond With Tyrion Lannister
‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Game of Thrones’ third episode, also known as the major battle between Winterfell and the Night King’s army, is almost here. Before the big night, Game of Thrones writer Bryan Cogman discussed key highlights of Season 8, Episode 2 and why Bran Stark’s bond with Tyrion Lannister sets the stage for the show’s final season.On Saturday, Cogman spoke with HuffPost about Game of Thrones’ last season, including the significance of character relationships leading up to the Night King’s arrival. Sadly, some Iron Throne contenders might not live after the battle, however, every conversation counts leading up to this peak Season 8 moment.“What’s fun about this show is they all have these connections with each other, and Tyrion does have a connection with Bran. The first episode I ever wrote is when he presents him with that saddle, and I think he is intrigued by the Starks and fascinated by their story and indeed fascinated by stories in general,” Cogman told HuffPost. “He’s a student of history and I think him wanting to talk to Bran is about him trying to understand ― understand the breadth of everything that’s happened to all of these people.”Tyrion Lannister might have not had the best relationship with the Starks, however, at this point in the series, he wants to learn more about Bran Stark’s journey, and perhaps, find some answers for what’s to come for those at Winterfell.“Obviously, Bran’s had a very unique experience. I think it’s just about him wanting to know more,” Cogman added. “A mind needs a whetstone. I think that’s what that’s about.”Game of Thrones’ showrunners and writers have also emphasized the importance of connections, and how each character’s fate is related to the past, present, and future at this point. Especially in Season 8, Episode 2, where we witness major alliances, reunions, and apologies between some Iron Throne contenders who might not survive the epic showdown.“I kind of ripped my heart out of my chest and put it on the page for that episode. It was a wonderful opportunity [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] gave me. … The episode was a real chance to say goodbye to [the characters] and say goodbye to this incredible adventure I’ve been on,” Cogman explained. “So the fact that people are responding to it is very gratifying because it was arguably the biggest labor of love of the 11 scripts I wrote.”Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 premieres on Sunday, April 28 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. Stay on target More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Director on Upcoming Battle: ‘This Is Survival Horror’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kristofer Hivju Hints an ‘Intense’ Battle Is ComingFirst Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3 Photos
If you develop an LLC for a website that sells products doIf you develop an LLC for a website that sells products do
June 11, 2007 This is a question that’s best answered by an attorney.It’s been my experience that you don’t need to set up a corporation or regsiter your business in every state where you receive orders.You do need to concern yourself with taxation as well. You should ask your CPA for advice here.If you can’t afford an attorney or a CPA, you might want to make an appointment to visit your local SCORE office. The people who volunteer for the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), are retired business people who can offer immense amounts of help for free.Good luck on your new business, Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
Gamefly Gets a Shacknews Delivered Right to its DoorGamefly Gets a Shacknews Delivered Right to its Door
We’ve seen plenty of media and video game-related acquisitions this past year, including Ziff-Davis’ sale of popular gaming site 1UP to Hearst Corporation’s UGO Entertainment and the closing of the fabled Activision/Vivendi (and, by proxy, Activision/Blizzard) merger. You can now mark your scorecards for the second big gaming media acquisition of 2009, as Gamefly has picked up the gaming journalism site Shacknews.Judging by forum comments Internet-wide, including those found on Shacknews itself, the purchase came as a bit of a surprise to industry pundits. But it doesn’t appear that Gamefly is hurting in the financials–the company just opened two new distribution centers in Austin and Tampa last year, and has plans to open its fifth center in Seattle in the first half of 2009.According to Shacknews founder Steve Gibson, the purchase wasn’t made because Shacknews suffers from any of the financial difficulties that have been plaguing publishing as of late.”We are confident Gamefly will protect the legacy and community we’ve established, while at the same time providing much needed resources to expand into new and exciting areas that would not otherwise be possible,” said Gibson in a news release on Shacknews.While Gamefly co-founder Sean Spector maintains that Shacknews will keep the same voice and feel as it’s had pre-acquisition, we’ve all heard this news before. So what’s Gamefly planning? It would make more sense for the rental service to jump into digital territory by launching a direct download service of its own, analogous to Valve’s Steam platform or Stardock’s Impulse. Or better yet, offer console-based integration of its rental services a la Microsoft’s partnership with Netflix for the Xbox 360 console. Though I honestly doubt the latter would happen, as it would directly compete against… well, the entire platform.Since Shacknews does incorporate a large amount of PC coverage into its gaming news, perhaps this is a sign that Gamefly is ready to look beyond the living room and begin offering some kind of rental or purchasing service for PC titles. That’s bitter speculation at this point, but I can’t think of any other reason–aside from increasing brand awareness–as to why Gamefly would want to purchase a media hub and its accompanying video hub (Shackvideo) and file-archive (Fileshack). Something big is afoot, and hopefully we’ll see the inklings of it before too long.Chris Morris, who writes the Game On column for Forbes.com , has conducted an interview with Gamefly regarding the qcquisition news. Not much gleamed from that one in regards to future busines plans, as Gamefly is playing its hand with what it intends to do about Shacknews. One interesting glimmer: the move doubles the traffic for Gamefly’s chief property, provided the company is able to successfully combine all the 2.5-to-3 million users that flock to each individual site every month. Brought to you by PCWorld Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 6, 2009 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read Register Now »
The 5 Panels Entrepreneurs Must Attend at This Years CESThe 5 Panels Entrepreneurs Must Attend at This Years CES
Entrepreneur is on the ground at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Check back for highlights from the event as well as insights from thought leaders and innovators. If you’re going to be in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, commonly known as CES, from Jan. 5 to 8, you’ll probably be there to either showcase your business or check out the latest and greatest tech products on offer.You’ll definitely have your fill of gadgets (and we’ll be on the floor reporting on the things we find interesting), but CES also features panel discussions that shed light on experts’ insights into the near future of technology.Related: How Tech and Data are Transforming Small Businesses (Infographic)Here are five we recommend attending:1. CES 2017 Trends to WatchWhat it entails: Shawn DuBravac, the chief economist and senior director of research at the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group behind CES, will “preview impactful trends, next big things and disruptive innovations” at the “CES 2017 Trends to Watch” talk.Why entrepreneurs should care: If you want your business to get a leg up on the competition at CES, you should know what people will be talking about in the coming year and how new technologies may impact your business or industry.When and where: Jan. 4, 9 to 10 a.m., Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, N257Cost: Free2. Social Media, Viral Campaigns and AdvertisingWhat it entails: We can all learn something from videos and ad campaigns that go viral. The panel, “Social Media, Viral Campaigns and Advertising,” will include six executives from the media landscape to dive into strategies for success.Why entrepreneurs should care: Want to be the next Ice Bucket Challenge? Then you should learn best practices on what it takes to make a campaign go viral.When and where: Jan. 4, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, N262Cost: Additional pass required.Related: Watch YouTube’s Top 10 Most Viral Videos of 20163. Artificial Intelligence: Real Business OpportunitiesWhat it entails: The discussion, “Artificial Intelligence: Real Business Opportunities,” will try to look into the future — a time when artificial intelligence will play a greater role in our daily lives. It will ask questions such as, “Can AI replicate human emotions and intuition? Does it need to?” Speakers include executives from technology companies NVIDIA, IBM and Josh.ai.Why entrepreneurs should care: AI will play a much greater role going forward, and its prominence will impact every type of business, including yours.When and where: Jan. 5, 1 to 2 p.m., Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, N256Cost: Additional pass required.4. Startup Spotlight: Whom to Watch in 2017What it entails: During the “Startup Spotlight: Whom to Watch in 2017” session, tech journalists will highlight the most innovative startups on display at CES 2017’s Eureka Park.Why entrepreneurs should care: Keep a pulse on your competition and industry leaders by learning what journalists and the media think are hot in the startup world.When and where: Jan. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, N261Cost: Additional pass required.Related: Cuban to Trump: The U.S. Needs to Invest in Robotics to ‘Win’5. New President, New Congress: What’s Next?What it entails: President-elect Donald Trump and a new Congress will be sworn into office two weeks after CES, and much of the former’s agenda in terms of tech and business is unknown at this point. The event, “New President, New Congress: What’s Next?” features Rep. Darrell Issa, who is also an entrepreneur, and Rep. Will Hurd, a former CIA officer. Both will discuss tech issues and provide advice to the incoming administration.Why entrepreneurs should care: While the new administration may not have a direct impact on your business in the short term, it’s a good idea to know of any potential changes in your industry coming in the future.When and where: Jan. 7, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, N254Cost: Free Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 4, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Register Now »
Car ploughs into wire as truck loses its load on Van ReenensCar ploughs into wire as truck loses its load on Van Reenens
N3TC, police and emergency personnel responded to the scene of the crash.Motorists are warned to drive with caution during low-visibility weather conditions.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A truck travelling southbound towards Durban on the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass lost its load this morning (March 10).The truck was carrying heavy duty wire.A BMW travelling northbound drove into the wire that was lying across the roadway.Also read: Circle Road in Ladysmith has motorists driving in circles around potholesAlso read: Rear-end collision on busy Ladysmith roadOne person in the BMW sustained minor injuries.The heavy duty wire that fell on the roadThe man was treated on scene by paramedics. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
No Leave No Life is no good for Australian tourismNo Leave No Life is no good for Australian tourism
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T The Shadow Minister for Tourism, Bob Baldwin, has called for Tourism Australia’s ‘No Leave, No Life’ campaign to be scrapped. Considering Australia’s tourism deficit now exceeds 1.2 million annual visitors, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, “It doesn’t make sense for the Government to be using taxpayer dollars to encourage people to take leave, only to see them go overseas” said Mr. Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin said Martin Ferguson, the Minister for Federal Tourism, “should immediately suspend the ‘No Leave, No Life’ campaign.” The high Australian dollar and peaking interest rates have left Tourism Australia in the wake of a perfect storm. The Shadow Minister said it was a waste of limited government funding to “be encouraging Australians to take leave if they are going to head overseas.” Mr Baldwin said it was important that domestic tourism campaigns increased domestic tourism expenditure and not be concerned with how many Australians were taking holiday leave.Mr. Baldwin didn’t disregard the ‘No Leave, No Life’ campaign entirely, stating it would be “better targeted in a new domestic tourism campaign or redirected to Tourism Australia’s current international marketing campaign” he said.
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