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first_imgOne small step for man; one giant leap for Canadian comedy.Hit Canadian satirical news series THE BEAVERTON returns for Season 3, Tuesday, July 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV, and for the first time ever, the show will be available to the rest of the world on CTV’s YouTube™ channel, day and date with Canadian viewers.Coming so close to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, when man first walked on the moon and 600 million people were watching worldwide, THE BEAVERTON co-anchors Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas can’t help but conclude that there’s a cosmic connection between the two events. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

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City of Fort St John raises flag in honour of Pride milestone

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City of Fort St. John Council and the North Peace Pride Society held a Pride flag raising outside of City Hall on Friday, May 17.According to the Pride Society, the purpose of the flag raising ceremony is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Decriminalization of same-sex relationships in Canada.Mayor Lori Ackerman says it is an important day to fly the flag, adding that she almost lost her brother 30 years ago due to discrimination towards homosexuals. “This is a remarkable day for us, and Fort St. John, to be able to fly the flag. I think it’s extremely important. I want to thank all of you for the work that you have done over the years. 30 years ago, I almost lost a brother because of his fear and I can say now that he is happy and healthy, so thank you so much.”LGBTQ organizations across Canada have raised Pride flags in recognition of this point in Canadian history.The fourth Annual Pride Walk will be taking place on Saturday, June 1.The Walk will start at the WY Centennial Park near CM Finch School and will travel down 100 Street to Centennial Park.For more information, you can visit the North Peace Pride Society’s Facebook page.last_img read more

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Festival of Ifrane Will Feature Moroccan Celebrities

By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – The three-day festival, which will begin on July 15, has a star-studded lineup, including Kadim Al Sahir, Latifa Raâfat, Maître Gims, Najat Aâtabou, Ahmed Chaouki, to name a few. The theme of the event this year is “Convergence.The festival is organized by the Forum of Ifrane in order to encourage culture and development in the region. The organizers said that it will “contribute to the opening of the different cultures. In addition to the musicians, three competitors from Morocco’s Master Chef Celebrity will be making food at the festival. The organizers say that the presence of Chef Mouha, Meriem Tahiri and Chef Rachid will “prepare tasty dishes and animate this event.Cultural events such as this festival are a part of regional and national programs to invigorate culture in Morocco. The Ministry of Tourism hopes that this will help to increase global interest in Morocco, but this cultural recognition and encouragement will provide spaces for performers and artists and connect the Moroccan people to their rich history and culture.Other projects in this effort include the Institute of Fine Arts in Fez, restoration of historic medinas and landmarks, and cultural festivals and performances around the country. read more

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Morocco Agrees to Hand Over French Prisoner Convicted of Terrorism Ties

Rabat – Morocco has agreed to hand over French national  Thomas Gallay, whom Morocco sentenced in 2016 for his involvement in terrorism-related crimes.A statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Justice said on Monday that Morocco has responded favorably to a direct request made by French President Emmanuel Macron to transfer Georges to his country to complete his prison sentence.Morocco approved the request after fulfilling all legal conditions, in accordance with Morocco’s law governing judicial cooperation with foreign countries. Read Also: Mother Calls for Macron to Repatriate Imprisoned French Son from MoroccoThe agreement also falls within a judicial convention concluded between the two countries.Morocco’s security forces arrested the French national for his suspected ties with a terror group of nine suspects, who were planning to commit crimes to undermine public safety.According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) a Rabat court had sentenced the French national to six years in prison. The criminal division of the Court of Appeal later reduced the sentence to four years.Police arrested the 37-year-old in the Moroccan coastal city of Essaouira.Gallay’s mother, Beatrice Gallay, called on Macron to bring her son home to France. In response, Macron promised to intervene and try to repatriate him.Gallay’s mother stood daily in front of Macron’s presidential residence, holding a banner reading “Help Thomas” until she caught the president’s attention.The court convicted Gallay of financing terrorism. But his mother accused Moroccan police of forcing her son to sign a false confession written in Arabic which he did not understand. She claimed that he only gave “€70 to an acquaintance” rather than to a terrorist cell. read more

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UK’s Brexit Party narrowly defeated in key electoral test

LONDON — Britain’s upstart Brexit Party has failed in its first attempt to win a seat in Britain’s Parliament, narrowly losing to the left-of-centre Labour Party in a special election.Labour candidate Lisa Forbes won the Peterborough constituency in eastern England by 683 votes over the Brexit Party’s Mike Greene.The result, announced Friday, is a blow to the momentum of the months-old Brexit Party led by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage.The party wants Britain to leave the European Union, with or without a divorce deal. That message has resonated with Brexit-backing voters angry at the country’s political deadlock. The party won almost a third of U.K. votes in last month’s European Parliament election.The election was called after Peterborough’s previous Labour lawmaker was jailed for lying about a speeding offence.The Associated Press read more

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CNRL Good business sense to curb heavy oil output while prices are

The logo for Canadian Natural Resources Limited is shown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 5:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. says it will slow down its heavy oil output whenever the price gap between that type of crude and its lighter counterpart widens substantially.President Steve Laut said Thursday it’s a new strategy to work around the volatile light-heavy differential, which has caused headaches for industry and the provincial government alike.In December — when the differential was at 40 per cent — Canadian Natural (TSX:CNQ) cut heavy oil production by just over 10,500 barrels per day, assuming the gap would narrow in the new year.Canadian Natural’s prediction proved right, with the differential shrinking to 31 per cent in January, 19 per cent in February and 21 per cent in March so far, Laut said.Some difference between light and heavy crude is normal because of differences in quality and transportation costs.Withholding some production in anticipation of better market conditions was “good business sense,” Laut told conference call with analysts.“We’re creating significant value for shareholders doing that, and that’s what we’re going to do going forward.”Also Thursday, Canadian Natural provided an update on a bitumen leak at its Primrose oilsands site in eastern Alberta, which began last spring.The company said it has finished cleaning up three of four sites where an emulsion of bitumen and water was oozing up to the surface, with the last set to be completed before the ground thaws.At Primrose, Canadian Natural pumps steam underground and allows it to soak into the reservoir before drawing the crude to the surface, a process known as high-pressure cyclic steam stimulation, or HPCSS.Canadian Natural is seeking approval from the Alberta Energy Regulator to start steaming in the area this month or next, causing alarm amongst environmental groups.Laut said the steam will be pumped at pressures so low that it would be “impossible” for there to be problems.Pembina Institute analyst Erin Flanagan said Canadian Natural shouldn’t be allowed to use HPCSS near the site of last year’s blowout until the regulator has completed its investigation, the results have been made public and the recommendations have been opened to public comment.“It is premature to debate additional production until this report is complete and has been subject to public review,” she said.“CNRL has made claims that steaming can be resumed safely, but has not backed up those claims by making public the findings of any recent investigations.”On the call, Laut reiterated the company’s view that the Primrose issues are “solvable” and that faulty wellbores are to blame. So far, the regulator has not come to the same conclusion. Following a similar event in 2009, it flagged geologic weaknesses as a potential cause.Earlier Thursday, Canadian Natural raised its dividend by 12.5 per cent or 2.5 cents to 22.5 cents per share — the second hike in three months.The increase came as the company reported a fourth-quarter profit of $413 million or 38 cents per share on $3.95 billion in revenue, up from a profit of $352 million or 32 cents per share on $3.70 billion in revenue a year earlier.Adjusted for one-time items, profits were $563 million, or 52 cents per share — missing the average analyst estimate of 56 cents per share, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.For the full year, Canadian Natural earned $2.27 billion or $2.08 per share on $16.15 billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $1.89 billion or $1.72 per share on $14.59 billion in revenue in 2012.Total production for the full year averaged 671,162 barrels of oil equivalent per day, representing an increase of three per cent over 2012.The company credits greater reliability of its huge Horizon oilsands mine and strong production at its Pelican Lake oil pool in Alberta.John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds, said Canadian Natural’s story is improving — and a lot of that has to do with Horizon.“I think really for the company, the big issue is how is Horizon tracking, how is it looking? And it’s looking pretty good,” he said.“And not only is it looking pretty good in terms of production but it’s looking good in that the capital expenditures going to fall.”Last month, Canadian Natural announced it would buy Devon Canada’s conventional energy business, which includes a lot of natural gas production, for more than $3 billion.That was a change of direction for CNRL, which had said in early 2013 that it trying to sell off its own natural gas acreage in British Columbia’s Montney formation — an attempt it abandoned in January.— with files from Malcolm Morrison— Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter CNRL: ‘Good business sense” to curb heavy oil output while prices are low read more

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Global watchdog warns pace of reforms slowing among advanced economies

Global watchdog warns pace of reforms slowing among advanced economies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan speaks during during the meetings of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 wealthy and developing nations in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, is warning that developed countries have slowed efforts to reform their economies since the aftermath of the world financial crisis. The OECD said in a new report that the lagging attention to reform is preventing many advanced economies from returning to the growth rates they enjoyed before the crisis.(AP Photo) by Desmond Butler, The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2015 4:21 am MDT ISTANBUL – Global growth is threatened by developed countries’ flagging efforts to reform their economies, a major international organization warned on Monday.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, a think-tank dealing with the world’s developed countries, says in a report that the lagging attention to reform is preventing many advanced economies — particularly Europe and Japan — from returning to the growth rates they enjoyed before the financial crisis.OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria called the development “not very encouraging.”“There is this danger that we can move into long-term low growth or pretty flat growth,” he said in a press conference.The report was released as finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 wealthy and developing nations began a two-day meeting in Istanbul. In a statement accompanying Monday’s report, the OECD’s chief economist, Catherine Mann warned of “growing difficulties by governments in pushing for reforms.”The statement said the 19-country eurozone and Japan are particularly at risk for stagnation, but added that “many of the underlying challenges such as slowing productivity, high long-term unemployment and falling labour force participation are common to other advanced economies.”The report called for limiting regulations that impede competition and reforming labour markets. It also said that advanced economies need to urgently improve access to higher education and to address rising inequality.“The social consequences of the crisis call for policy packages that can stimulate growth, reduce income dispersion and promote inclusion,” it said. read more

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Storyful acquired by News Corp for €18 million

first_imgIRISH MEDIA STARTUP Storyful has been bought by international giant News Corp for €18 million.In a blog post today, founder Mark Little said the company will continue to operate as a stand-alone organisation from its Dublin headquarters.In its own statement, News Corp said the acquisition was part of a wider digital transformation and video strategy.“Building on Storyful’s skill in finding verified news amidst the noise of social media, News Corp will use its own global scale, robust digital presence and advertising expertise to enhance and expand Storyful’s video products and services for newsrooms, advertising agencies and brands,” it said.According to News Corp, Storyful verified user-generated videos managed by Storyful generated 750 million views for its partners.Rahul Chopra, Senior Vice President of Video for News Corp, will join the Storyful management team, taking on the additional role of Chief Revenue Officer.More: 400 jobs to go at Lufthansa Technik in RathcooleRead: Spain watchdog fines Google €900,000 for privacy ‘violations’last_img read more

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Suitcase or coffin The choice thousands of people faced in CAR

first_imgThe vast majority of the deaths were caused by gunshot, machete, grenade or other blast wounds.One third of the people surveyed had lost a family member, with almost as many losing two relatives.Among the dead were 209 children under the age of 15 and 227 men and women over 60 years old.The journey to Chad proved fatal for 322 people who were trampled in the rush to board vehicles, suffocated in overcrowded conditions, or died during attacks perpetrated whilst the convoys were en route. Source: Médecins Sans Frontières Ireland/YouTubeSUITCASE OR COFFIN?For an Irish person reading that seemingly-crass phrase, the coffin ship comes to mind.But it is not the 1800s we are discussing here. Médecins San Frontieres/Doctors without Borders (MSF) used the term to describe the findings about a recent survey in the Central African Republic. The mortality research was conducted amongst a group of more than 30,000 refugees who fled to Chad during the peak of the violent crackdown against the minority Muslim population.The organisation discovered that 2,599 people died while undertaking the journey between November 2013 and April 2014. That is about 8% of the 32,768 people who had originally composed the 3,449 families.last_img read more

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Throttling and popups Verizon six strikes antipiracy policy leaks

first_imgAn ambitious program that encourages all major internet service providers (ISPs) to enact punitive measures against online pirates is almost ready for prime time. At least one such ISP, Verizon, has a fully prepared system to start warning users if they have been caught engaging in illegal piracy.In a recently revealed document Verizon disclosed the ways in which it will alert — and then punish — users who are suspected of file-sharing, content pirating, etc.According to the document, the first infringement will result in an email being sent to the Verizon account holder. An automated voicemail will also be sent to the phone number that Verizon has on file. The second infringement will be the same.However, if users don’t take any action and get a third notice, things start to get a bit more in-your-face. Once a third alert is placed on a user’s account, his browser will be automatically redirected to a special website that requires the user to watch a short video about copyright law and the potential consequences of copyright infringement. The user will also need to click an “Acknowledge” popup before normal web browsing is reinstated on the account. This process occurs again for the fourth offense.For the fifth alert, though, users will face a severe — but limited — reduction in their internet speed. They will be cut down to 256Kbps (that’s painfully slow for any broadband user). The speed reduction occurs for up to three days, and users can choose to initiate the punishment any time within 14 days.If it gets to that point, users can also request to have the American Arbitration Association (AAA) get involved. Instead of taking a speed reduction, users can pay $35 to have the AAA review their case. If the AAA finds that no copyright infringement occurred, they will receive their $35 back. Again, this entire process will be repeated for the sixth offense.After six strikes, Verizon will no longer do anything to obstruct your account, but it is at that point that content providers may start actually taking direct legal action against you. Under the new policy, copyright holders will abstain from going after people for their first six acts of piracy, but after that, they are completely fair game. And if you think that no one actually gets sued over things like file-sharing, you are sorely mistaken.Also of note is that the document refers to both personal and business accounts. What effect this will have on places like McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Boingo hotspots has yet to be seen.Verizon has not officially unveiled this new policy, but is expected to in the early part of 2013. Similar policies from Cablevision, Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable are also expected to be announced soon.via Torrent Freaklast_img read more

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I Dream of Shantae HalfGenie Hero

first_imgStay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Shantae is a such a weird little cult series. The original game hit the Game Boy Color all the way back in 2002 after the Game Boy Advance was already a thing. And for nearly a decade that was it. But after enough fan clamoring (and licensed games paying the bills) WayForward’s signature platforming series came back in a big way. All of a sudden we had multiple new Shantae games to play on DS, 3DS, mobile, PC, and home consoles. They even began to sort of blend together.Shantae: Half-Genie Hero stands out not just because it’s the most recent entry. It’s also the first entry design specifically for consoles and not handhelds with pixelated screens. I backed the Kickstarter and played a bit of the game on Wii U, but now that this not-Zelda game has been saved by the Nintendo Switch, I can finally tell you about this dream of a genie adventure.Shantae games have always been classic action-platforming games that tend to lean more towards the Castlevania side of the Metroidvania equation, and not just because Shantae’s purple hair attack is extremely whip-like. Players jump through treacherous environments, defeat monsters, activate magic items, and buy upgrades.As you progress, you gain access to different animal transformations by dancing, allowing you to explore familiar spaces in new ways. You can climb as a monkey, charge as an elephant, fly as a bat, swim as a mermaid, and more. Stringing multiple powers together becomes extremely satisfying because just when it feels like you’re so powerful you’ll break the game, the level design becomes smart enough to adjust to your new skills and really show off.Although you’ll definitely need to return to old areas with new transformations, in general Half-Genie Hero isn’t quite as interconnected and nonlinear as its predecessors. You actually travel to discrete levels on a world map and there’s more of an emphasis on straightforward platforming than exploring. The game is also a little short as a result.Fortunately, the platforming is great and inventive, throwing out new ideas like racing on flying carpets or hanging on fish hooks in a fake mermaid cannery. Inti Creates, developers of great Switch action-platformers Blaster Master Zero and Mighty Gunvolt Burst, even gave WayForward a hand since they’re fans of the series. But look elsewhere to really scratch the Metroid itch.However, the biggest difference between Half-Genie Hero and past Shantae games is the upgrade to gorgeous, illustrated HD visuals. Sprite-based Shantae games always had fantastic, detailed, pixel animation. But seeing those artists unrestrained is a visual feast. Shantae herself is a ball of energy, always perky and bouncing to the music sung by her own voice actress. The different levels of the vaguely middle-eastern (in a Super Mario Bros. 2 kind of way) world, like sand tombs and pirate hideouts, pulse with life and color and expression. On the Switch it looks like a revelation considering past handheld entries of the series. It felt like one too thanks to the generous HD rumble support.If you haven’t yet played Shantae: Half-Genie Hero now is a great time to fix that, and even if you have you should revisit in time for the character-swapping pirate DLC out soon. As always, it’s on the Switch, it’s not Zelda, and it’s very good.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch AccessoriesView as: One Page Slides1/51. The bosses fights typically break from the game’s strict 2D platforming.2. Different animal transformations let you explore the levels in new ways.3. Using magic spells to vanquish foes.4. This is the first Shantae game with HD, illustrated art, and the wait was worth it.5. Instead of exploring one connected world, fly to different levels on a map.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch last_img read more

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FLOW presents Five Lucky Winners with a Dinner for Two Gift Voucher

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 14, 2017 – Today, five winners were the recipient of a Dinner for Two Gift Voucher courtesy of Flow & Samsung;Flow Marketing & Comms Exec, Darron Hilaire stated, “This Year we partnered with Samsung & Blue Haven to give five (5) couples an opportunity to enjoy a dining experience on the day that focuses on celebrating the gift of love.”  These couples will enjoy an exquisite dining experience at the Blue Haven Fire & Ice Restaurant this Valentine’s Day;The winners selected for this years Valentines Day campaign were: 1) Mr. Albert Grant Jr; 2) Mrs. Deserene Robinson; 3) Ms. Deniese Garland; 4) Ms. Kenya Gardiner and 5) Mr & Mrs John Bendan;Flow would like to thank all our customers for participating in the 2017 Valentines Day – Double the Love Campaign. Also, congratulations too all of the winners – have a Happy Valentines Day! ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for youcenter_img #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

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PM Modi awarded Zayed Medal Heres why UAEs dear friend received highest

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, April 4, was conferred with United Arab Emirate’s highest civilian award – Zayed Medal – which is given to heads of states, kings and presidents. PM Modi received the honour in appreciation of his efforts in maintaining strategic ties with the UAE.In a special gesture, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces made the announcement by posting a tweet. Referring to Modi as his “dear friend”, Sheikh Mohamed said the award is in appreciation of Modi’s role in consolidating the long-standing friendship and joint strategic cooperation between the two nations.Taking to Twitter, the UAE President said, “We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India, reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave these relations a big boost. In appreciation of his efforts, grants him the Zayed Medal.” According to a release, UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has conferred on Indian PM Modi, the Zayed Medal, the highest decoration awarded to kings, presidents and heads of states. The release also stated that the award came in appreciation of Narendra Modi’s role in consolidating the long-standing friendship and joint strategic cooperation between the two countries.India-UAE tiesTies between India and UAE have been elevated to a new level ever since PM Modi visited Abu Dhabi in 2015. From inviting India for the first time ever as a guest of honour in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) despite a boycott by Pakistan, to promising to invest $75 billion to boost infrastructure and to opening up the defence and space sector partnership, ties have reportedly come a long way in the past three years.last_img read more

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US Supreme Court To Hear Case Over Whether Texas Congressional And House

first_imgShelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2017.Further extending a drawn-out legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case over whether Texas’ congressional and House district boundaries discriminate against voters of color. The high court’s decision to take the case is a short-term win for Texas’ Republican leaders who, in an effort to preserve the maps in question, had appealed two lower court rulings that invalidated parts of the state’s maps. If the high court had declined to take the case, Texas would have been forced to redraw the maps to address several voting rights violations. The Supreme Court’s decision to weigh that appeal will further delay any redrawing efforts even after almost seven years of litigation between state attorneys and voting and minority rights groups that challenged the maps. It’s unclear when the court will schedule oral arguments in the case, which is formally known as Abbott v. Perez.In ruling against the maps last year, a three-judge panel in San Antonio sided with the voting and minority rights groups who accused Republican lawmakers of discriminating against voters of color, who tend to vote for Democrats, in drawing the maps. The state has denied targeting voters by race and admitted instead to practicing partisan gerrymandering by overtly favoring Republicans in drawing the districts.The panel specifically flagged two congressional districts and nine House districts in four counties as problematic. But the Supreme Court in September temporarily blocked the lower court rulings — and any efforts to redraw the maps — in two 5-4 decisions as it considered the appeal from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.The San Antonio panel had ruled in August that Hispanic voters in Congressional District 27, represented by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, were “intentionally deprived of their opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice.” And Congressional District 35 — a Central Texas district represented by Democrat Lloyd Doggett of Austin — was deemed “an impermissible racial gerrymander” because lawmakers illegally used race as the predominant factor in drawing it.On the House side, the panel ruled that Texas needed to address violations in Dallas, Nueces, Bell and Tarrant counties where it said lawmakers diluted the strength of voters of color. In some cases, the judges found that lawmakers intentionally undercut minority voting power “to ensure Anglo control” of legislative districts.Citing the need to provide election administrators with clarity on district boundaries, the state had argued in legal briefs that the Supreme Court risked throwing “the Texas election deadlines into chaos” if it allowed the redrawing of the state’s maps to move forward prior to the March primary vote. The minority rights groups suing the state had formally asked the high court to dismiss the state’s appeal. They argued that “the right to legal districts prevails” when choosing between delaying electoral deadlines and addressing “voters’ ongoing harm” under the current maps.“After six years in litigation, we welcome swift action from the highest court in the land,” said state Rep. Rafael Anchia, a Democrat and chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, which is a plaintiff in the case. “We are hopeful that the court will provide justice to voters and agree that discrimination will not be tolerated in our elections.”A spokeswoman for the Texas attorney general’s office said they’d comment on the case shortly.The state’s currents maps, which have been in place for the past three election cycles, were adopted by the Legislature in 2013. They’re largely based on temporary maps drawn by the three-judge panel in San Antonio amid legal wrangling over the maps lawmakers drew in 2011.The 2011 maps, which the San Antonio judges also ruled were drawn to weaken the strength of Hispanic and black voters, never took effect. But the panel ruled that the intentional discrimination behind the 2011 maps carried over into the 2013 maps in places where district boundaries were unchanged.The high court did not act on the Texas Democratic Party’s request to revive a legal claim over partisan gerrymandering — a redistricting strategy that until recently was deemed acceptable. The high court last year heard arguments in a Wisconsin case over the limits of partisan gerrymandering and whether extreme practices can be deemed unconstitutional. A ruling in that case is pending. The court has also agreed to consider a partisan gerrymandering case out of Maryland.Hanging over the Texas case is the possibility that the state will be placed back under federal oversight of its elections laws.A barrage of court rulings last year — including the two redistricting rulings handed down last August — have forced Texas leaders to confront whether they strayed too far in enacting voting laws found to have disproportionately burdened people of color.For decades under the Voting Rights Act, Texas was a on a list of states needing the federal government’s approval of election laws, a safeguard for minority voting rights called preclearance. The Supreme Court wiped clean that list in 2013, but it left open the possibility that future, intentional discrimination could lead to a return to preclearance. Sharelast_img read more

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Anyone Can Make This Raspberry PiPowered Speaker

first_imgStay on target You can make just about anything with a Raspberry Pi; even you want to make the most super sweet pair of speakers. It’s doable! BoomBeastic’s Mini speaker is a Raspberry Pi-based smart speaker that looks just as awesome as all of its functions. Seriously. It’s super sharp.Creator [curcuz] utilized the Adafruit I2S 3W Class D Amplifier Breakout for the MAX98357A, an 8×8 LED Matrix, and various other components to bring his project to life, which has a super sweet casing that’ll definitely get people talking if they happen upon it. Just check out the sweet LED at the top left and how bright it is!The speaker runs Mopidy as far as software goes, which is a special application that allows for controlling extensions like Spotify, Google Music, Soundcloud or other music programs you can use to play music without having to connect to an external device. It’s all wrapped together in a container with Docker as well, and you can take all of the instructions and components via GitHub and make your very own set of speakers if you so desire. It’s a little late to build one for the holidays, but hey — if you’ve got those special people on your list who need a pretty personalized and individualized gift, this could be the item you’ve been searching for.The project isn’t totally finalized, since there are several components its ingenious creator would like to add, but it’s definitely a super-creative start that anyone would love to have in their home. On the special “to do” list include the ability to sync audio, adding emoji, an equalizer display, and other goodies. You can tell [curcuz] what you think would make for an even better project as well. Check out the speaker in the video below! Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data last_img read more

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Amazon Cash Lets You Shop Without a Bank Card

first_img Amazon Cash, the company’s latest ploy to attract new customers, is aimed at folks without a credit or debit card.The service acts as a sort of reverse ATM: Display your unique barcode at participating retailers to deposit cash into your Amazon account.To get started, generate a code online; opt to print a physical copy, or have it texted to a Web-enabled phone. Users can then save the barcode to an Android home screen or iOS digital wallet, or simply bookmark the mobile website.Amazon Cash is currently available at a handful of major retailers, including CVS Pharmacy, Speedway, Kum & Go, D&W Fresh Market, Sheetz, Family Fare Supermarket, and VG’s Grocery. Additional vendors are expected to sign on “soon,” according to the e-commerce giant.Customers can deposit any amount between $15 and $500 per transaction. Funds are immediately available in your Amazon Balance, where that credit may be used just as you would a gift card.“It’s simple, quick, and there are no fees,” the product FAQ page said. “Your Amazon Balance can be used to shop for millions of eligible physical products and digital content.”This move puts Amazon in direct competition with Walmart and PayPal, both of which already offer similar services for the 27 percent of so-called “unbanked” Americans.According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s 2015 national survey, some 9 million US households are unbanked, with no checking, savings, money market, or credit account. An additional 24.5 million may have a checking or savings account, but also obtain financial services outside the banking system.Walmart’s five-year-old “Pay with Cash” option lets customers shop a broader selection of items online and pay for them with banknotes at brick-and-mortar stores.The PayPal My Cash Card, meanwhile, works like Amazon’s barcode at 70 merchants across the country, including Rite Aid Pharmacy, Dollar General, and 7-Eleven. Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Grooveshark once had 35 million users now the musicstreaming service is dead

first_imgRelated posts:The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan to write pro wrestling story lines Apple unveils streaming music, improvements to iPhones, Watch software Grooveshark co-founder dead at 28 US panel forces online radio services like Pandora to pay more to stream songs Say goodbye to Grooveshark, an online music-streaming service thatonce boasted 35 million users who listened to songs for free. The site surrendered following a series of massive lawsuits filed by major record labels.Grooveshark shut down Thursday in compliance with a settlement agreement over copyright infringement claims. The company said in a statement that it has agreed to halt all operations, delete copyrighted material and give up ownership of its site, including smartphone apps. It also agreed to give up its patents and copyrights.“We started out nearly 10 years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music,” founders Josh Greenberg and Sam Tarantino wrote in an apology posted to the site. “But despite best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.“That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservations.”Since its launch in 2007, Grooveshark has been a nuisance to record labels, hosting millions of songs without permission. Over the past several years, many labels — including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Bros. Records — have sued Grooveshark’s parent company, Escape Media Group, for copyright infringement.Until recently, Escape Media leaned on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a law that shields sites that host copyrighted material uploaded by users. But last year, a federal judge said the company was guilty of copyright infringement because it had encouraged its employees to upload songs to the site. It was facing up to $736 million in statutory damages, Reuters reported.Escape Media decided to settle this week, calling it quits.As The New York Times noted:“Grooveshark’s demise comes after those of Napster, LimeWire, Grokster and others, each of which were sued by the big record companies for hosting free music without permission.”The Recording Industry Association of America, a trade group for the record labels, called Grooveshark’s death “an important victory for artists and the entire music industry.”“For too long, Grooveshark built its business without properly compensating the artists, songwriters and everyone else who makes great music possible,” the association said in a statement. “This settlement ends a major source of infringing activity.”The RIAA noted that Escape Media agreed to “significant financial penalties if the terms of the settlement are not followed” — $75 million, according to Variety.“At the time of our launch, few music services provided the experience we wanted to offer — and think you deserve,” Grooveshark said in its apology. “Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. There are now hundreds of fan friendly, affordable services available for you to choose from, including Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats Music, Rhapsody and Rdio, among many others.“If you love music and respect the artists, songwriters and everyone else who makes great music possible, use a licensed service that compensates artists and other rights holders.”As Spin noted, Tidal — the new streaming service launched by Jay Z, Beyonce, Madonna and other music stars — was not mentioned in the Grooveshark statement.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Andy Hines left is shown on set of Black Spider

first_img Andy Hines, left, is shown on set of “Black Spider-Man” music video with Logic in Los Angeles in this undated handout image. Nova Scotian director Andy Hines still gets emotionally overwhelmed remembering the day his Grammy-nominated music video “1-800-273-8255” went online last summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Justin Fleischer *MANDATORY CREDIT * by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 26, 2018 9:43 am PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Grammy-nominated Nova Scotia director on creating music videos with a social impactcenter_img TORONTO – Nova Scotia director Andy Hines still gets emotionally overwhelmed remembering the day his Grammy-nominated music video “1-800-273-8255” went online last summer.It was the wee hours of the morning when the reactions began to trickle in from strangers onto his iPhone. Many were young adults shaken by his seven-minute clip, which follows a black teenager struggling with his sexuality and clouded with thoughts of suicide.“The first thing I saw was this young kid pacing around his apartment complex, really taken aback,” the soft-spoken director recalls. He said the teen was processing his thoughts about the anti-suicide music video out loud for his camera. His vulnerability stuck with Hines.“I could never make a video like that,” he said. “It takes so much courage.”The heart-wrenching reactions multiplied into the dozens — and then hundreds — in the days and weeks that followed as viewers tearfully spoke about managing their own suicidal feelings.On Sunday, the Avondale, N.S., director will learn whether “1-800-273-8255” wins best music video at this year’s Grammy Awards. The song, written by rapper Logic and featuring Khalid and pop singer Alessia Cara of Brampton, Ont., has itself been an impetus for conversations about suicide.The video, which stars actor Don Cheadle as the teen’s disapproving father, Luis Guzman as his high school coach and Matthew Modine in a bit role, has amassed nearly 195 million views on YouTube.The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the U.S. says the song also led to a surge of phone calls to its support services after its release and those figures held steady in the months that followed.“You always hope you can make something that speaks to (people),” the director said, “but we got some really tangible reactions.”Hines, who mainly creates hip hop videos, says he strives for his work to make a wider social statement.He won an MTV Video Music Award for Big Sean’s “One Man Can Change the World,” which paid tribute to the rapper’s grandmother, one of the first black female captains in the U.S. Army.Around the same time he was introduced to Logic through executives at Def Jam Recordings. The two instantly became friends and began collaborating on a number of projects.A couple of years later, the rapper approached Hines with the basic foundation of the “1-800-273-8255.” He encouraged the director to run with the idea.Hines started to reflect on his own experiences, the lives of people he knew, and tried to put those thoughts onto paper.“I write at night. When everyone is sleeping I write these stories. They are coming from my heart,” he said.One of his primarily goals is to reject the established stereotypes and expectations of the hip-hop genre by telling human stories. He pushes his artists to feature women of colour in their videos and refuses to glamorize guns.“People try and get me to put guns in my videos sometimes and I just tell them the guns didn’t show up (on set),” he said.“A lot of artists don’t want to work with me because that’s corny or I’m corny.”His next project is with rapper Classified, a fellow Nova Scotian, which he says will address ongoing issues affecting Indigenous women across Canada. He hopes difficult conversations will continue to be stoked through music videos, a medium he believes has largely faded in relevance over recent years.“The format is dead,” Hines said.“So if you’re not doing something different with it, it’s just going to be content, which there’s a lot of these days.“I don’t want to just be making stuff to put on a music blog.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

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