Mosque killer Bissonnette could receive longest prison term ever in Canada

Mosque killer Bissonnette could receive longest prison term ever in Canada

17 October 0

first_imgMONTREAL — The man who killed six worshippers inside a Quebec City mosque in 2017 could receive the longest prison sentence in Canadian history when he appears before a judge Friday.Alexandre Bissonnette, 29, faces a sentence of up to 150 years before being eligible for parole in what is being watched as a possible landmark decision. He will learn his fate at the Quebec City courthouse in a ruling by Superior Court Justice Francois Huot.Bissonnette pleaded guilty last March to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into the mosque during evening prayers on Jan. 29, 2017 and opened fire. The charges resulted from his Jan. 29, 2017  attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre that left six men dead: Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41; Khaled Belkacemi, 60; Aboubaker Thabti, 44; Azzeddine Soufiane, 57; and Ibrahima Barry, 39.Witnesses described the former Universite Laval student entering the mosque and calmly opening fire on the crowd of men who were gathered there for evening prayers.In addition to the men killed, five other men were struck by bullets, including Aymen Derbali, who was shot seven times and was paralyzed from the waist down. The sixth attempted murder charge related to others who were nearby in the mosque.The first-degree murder charges carry an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole before 25 years. But under a new provision of the Criminal Code adopted in 2011, a judge can now order that the sentences be served consecutively in cases with multiple victims.The Conservative government of the day said the change was needed to bring an end to “discount sentences” for mass murderers.At Bissonnette’s sentencing hearing, Crown prosecutor Thomas Jacques argued that the six sentences should be served consecutively, totalling 150 years before he could seek parole. He called for a sentence “that reflects the scale of the crimes committed.”Bissonnette’s lawyers said he should be eligible for parole after 25 years in prison. They called a 150-year sentence the equivalent of a “death sentence by imprisonment” and said it would be “contrary to human dignity.”They are seeking to have the section of the Criminal Code permitting consecutive sentences declared unconstitutional, arguing that it infringes the protection against cruel and unusual punishment contained in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The defence said even two consecutive sentences would violate the Charter because it would exclude any possibility that the accused could be rehabilitated and re-enter society. Even if the judge decides the sentences should be served concurrently, it does not necessarily mean Bissonnette would walk out of prison after 25 years. That decision would lie with the Parole Board of Canada.Mohamed Labidi, former president of Quebec City’s Islamic Cultural Centre, said the Muslim community is looking for justice in Friday’s ruling. He said people in the community are “almost unanimous” that serving just 25 years would not be enough considering six people were murdered.“Every life is important,” he said.The longest sentence to date in Canada is 75 years without parole. Justin Bourque in New Brunswick, Dellen Millard in Ontario and Derek Saretzky in Alberta all received that sentence for triple murders.Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau of Quebec was sentenced to 35 years without parole last year for ordering two murders and two attempted murders. In Ontario, the Crown is seeking 50 years in prison for the Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur, who pleaded guilty to eight first-degree murders.By comparison, Robert Pickton, who was sentenced in 2007 before the Criminal Code was changed to allow consecutive sentences, received life with no chance of parole for 25 years after being found guilty of killing six women.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Dow Jones industrial average surges to an alltime high beating 2007 peak

Dow Jones industrial average surges to an alltime high beating 2007 peak

04 October 0

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2013 11:08 am MDT Dow Jones industrial average surges to an all-time high, beating 2007 peak NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Dow has never been higher.The Dow Jones industrial average surged passed its all-time high and kept going on Tuesday. It jumped up from the opening bell, climbed as much as 158 points early and reached 14,286, breaking through its previous record high set in October 2007.The index fell back slightly and was trading up 136 points, or less than 1 per cent, at 14,264 as of 12:35 p.m. (1735 GMT).The gains represent a remarkable comeback for the stock market. The Dow has more than doubled since falling to a low of 6,547 in March 2009 following the financial crisis and the Great Recession. Stocks have rebounded sharply since then with the help of a large dose of stimulus from the Federal Reserve, even as the economic recovery has been slow and steady rather than spectacular.“Whether they want to admit it or not, everyone is very impressed with the resilience of the market,” said Alec Young, a global equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ.The last time the Dow was this high, Apple had just sold its first iPhone and George W. Bush had another year as president. The U.S. housing market had yet to implode, and the financial crisis that brought down Lehman Brothers was still a year away.The recovery in stocks may even have been quicker, had memories of the financial system’s near collapse not been on investors minds, says Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners.“It’s still pretty close to the front of people’s brains,” says Pavlik. “That’s one of the reasons that people are hesitant to invest in the stock market.”Despite the gains in the stock market since then, the U.S. economy has not fared nearly as well. Unemployment was just 4.7 per cent when the Dow last reached a record five and half years ago, versus 7.9 per cent today.But the economy is strengthening in many areas. Housing is recovering, companies are hiring more and Corporate America’s earnings are strong. That’s fueled a 9 per cent rise in stocks this year, impressing even the most ardent skeptics. For all of last year, the index rose 7 per cent.Stocks are also benefiting from the economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve and other global central banks. The U.S. central bank is buying $85 billion each month in Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities to keep long-term interest rates very low.If the Dow continues Tuesday at its torrid pace, it will finish above its record close of 14,164 from Oct. 9, 2007.Tuesday’s gains were driven by industrial and technology stocks. United Technologies rose $2.10 to $91.22, IBM advanced $1.84 to $207 and 3M rose $1.46 to $104.70, pushing the Dow higher.That’s a signal that investors are optimistic about the economy, since those companies stand to gain the most when the economy recovers. More stable, conservative stocks like utilities and consumer staples logged smaller gains.From its March 2009 low to today, gains for the 30-member Dow have been led by American Express, up almost 500 per cent. Home Depot has jumped almost 300 per cent, according to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices. Hewlett Packard is the only stock in the index that is lower than it was four years ago, falling 22 per cent.On Tuesday, investors received another piece of positive news on the U.S. economy, a report that U.S. service companies grew in February at the fastest pace in a year, thanks to higher sales and more new orders. The gain suggests higher taxes have yet to slow consumer spending on services.Home builder PulteGroup rose 42 cents to $20.12 following news that home prices rose at the fastest pace in almost six years in January, a sign that the housing market is gaining momentum as it nears the spring selling season. Home prices rose 9.7 per cent in January from a year ago and had the biggest gain since April 2006, according to data released by CoreLogicThe Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 16 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,541, within striking distance of its own record close of 1,565. The Nasdaq composite gained 41 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 3,223.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves inversely to its price, rose two basis point to 1.90 per cent.Among other stocks making big moves:— Ascena Retail Group gained $2.30 to $18.84 after the clothing store reported stronger-than-expected sales in its most recent quarter.— J.C. Penney fell $1.52 to $15.21 following media reports that one of its largest shareholders is selling a major stake in the retailer. CNBC and The Wall Street Journal reported that Deutsche Bank is shopping around the sale of 10 million shares of the company’s stock held by Vornado Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust. read more

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Canadas technical recession will be shortlived economists say

Canadas technical recession will be shortlived economists say

03 October 0

Canada’s ‘technical recession’ will be short-lived, economists say by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 31, 2015 10:39 am MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Economists say data out this week is likely to show that Canada slipped into a technical recession in the second quarter, but the contraction should be short-lived.“A number of positive elements are coming through,” said TD Bank chief economist Beata Caranci. “Even if, like we’re expecting, we get a contraction in the second quarter, the consumption numbers are likely to be fairly healthy.”According to Thomson Reuters, economists expect Statistics Canada to report Tuesday that the economy contracted at an annualized rate of 1.0 per cent in the second quarter.Among other data expected from Statistics Canada this week are July trade figures on Thursday and the jobs report for August on Friday.The Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.5 per cent in July amid concerns about the impact falling oil prices and weak exports on the economy.In its July monetary policy report, the central bank estimated the Canadian economy contracted at an annual pace of 0.5 per cent in the second quarter, but predicted things would pick on in the second half of the year.Caranci says the benefit of the lower loonie to Canada’s export sector should boost growth in the third quarter.Although exports were supposed to see a boost sooner, Caranci says the sector’s sensitivity to the loonie has diminished over the past decade as the U.S. — Canada’s biggest trading partner — has been importing more from China and Mexico.“For every percentage point of deprecation you get to the Canadian dollar you’re getting less of a lift to exporters,” Caranci said. “You’re getting not only less sensitivity but also a more delayed response, so it’s coming in much later than we had been forecasting.”TD is forecasting economic growth in the two to 2.5 per cent range in the third quarter — more optimistic than the Bank of Canada’s 1.5 per cent prediction for the three-month period.Caranci says that would make another rate cut from the Bank of Canada unlikely.“If we get momentum picking up in the third quarter, and we get the economy expanding more than the Bank of Canada is expecting, which is a low bar … then the probability of a Bank of Canada cut gets less and less,” she said.“If you’re going to pull the trigger and take rates pretty much effectively close to zero, you need the economy to show that weakness in order to justify it.”However, Capital Economics economist David Madani says he anticipates growth in the third quarter to be “unspectacular.”“Most of the forward-looking indicators are pointing to further weakness,” says Madani, noting that business confidence indicators suggest the economy will continue to struggle during the latter part of the year.“We are expecting a return to positive growth, but I think it’s going to be growth that’s fairly weak — well below the economy’s potential growth rate of two per cent.”— Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

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Days leads LSU past Grambling 7857

Days leads LSU past Grambling 7857

02 October 0

BATON ROUGE, La. — Darius Days had season highs of 13 points and nine rebounds as LSU defeated Grambling 78-57 in a nonconference game Saturday.Days, who made 5 of 8 field-goal attempts, was making the first start of his career for the Tigers (6-2).Tremont Waters was the leading scorer for LSU with 15 points. Skylar Mays added 10 points for the Tigers, who never trailed in the game.Anthony Gaston scored a season-high 12 points to lead Grambling (3-4). Dallas Polk-Hillard and Ivy Smith, Grambling’s top two scorers entering the game, combined for only nine points.LSU jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the first four minutes. Days scored five of the 14 points. Mays hit a 3-pointer in that stretch. Grambling missed four of its first five shots and committed three turnovers in the 4-minute span.Grambling never trailed by more than 12 points in the first half. LSU used a 3-pointer and a free throw by Waters to take a 35-25 lead at intermission.LSU quickly built its lead to 19 points. at 46-27, in the first three minutes of the second half. Days scored four of LSU’s points in that 11-2 run.BIG PICTURELSU: The Tigers ended a two-game losing streak with the comfortable victory against Grambling. LSU had lost its previous two games at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando to Florida State and Oklahoma State.Grambling: The Tigers finished 1-2 on its three-game road swing. Grambling defeated Niagara and lost to IUPUI in games at Niagara in the Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic.UP NEXTLSU: After taking eight days off for semester examinations, the Tigers will host Incarnate Word on Dec. 9.Grambling: The Tigers return home to play Division III-member Centenary College on Tuesday.By Bryan Lazare, The Associated Press read more

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Duke of York emails to Jeffrey Epstein likely to be examined by

Duke of York emails to Jeffrey Epstein likely to be examined by

25 September 0

A source with knowledge of how investigators will proceed said a “forensic” sweep of emails would be done to see which of Epstein’s friends knew what, and when, about him. Email correspondence between the Duke of York and Jeffrey Epstein is likely to be examined by the FBI, threatening to draw the Royal further into the scandal surrounding the late paedophile. If there were any “interesting” emails to or from the Duke he could be asked to hand over his own communications or computers…. Agents seized two desktop computers, and an Apple device from Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands following his death and they are understood to be a significant line in the ongoing investigation. read more

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Poll Was Guinness right to cancel Arthurs Day

Poll Was Guinness right to cancel Arthurs Day

22 September 0

first_img I don’t know (623) Poll Results: YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD by now that Guinness is replacing Arthur’s Day with a month-long series of gigs.But, were the company right to pull the plug on the day?It has been criticised as a call to binge drink, as a cynical ploy and as “vomit day”.But, it was also wildly popular, with cities across the country packed to raise a glass – to Arthur Guinness, llamas or farmers- packed out on a random Thursday in September.We’re asking: Was Guinness right to cancel Arthur’s Day? No – it was harmless fun (4469) The replacement is as bad (1173) Yes (5497) YesNo – it was harmless funThe replacement is as badI don’t knowVoteRead: Arthur’s Day axed: Guinness confirms celebration will not be returninglast_img read more

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Kinect for Xbox 360 Not Racist Report

Kinect for Xbox 360 Not Racist Report

21 September 0

first_imgRacist gadgets? It’s certainly not the first time we’veheard this before. A while back, there was some talk of  racist HP Webcams–meaning that the deviceshad difficulty recognizing users with different (read: darker) skin tones.The complaint is more or less the same, this time around.Shortly after first Xbox 360 Kinect reviews first started rolling, we startedhearing reports that the peripheral’s camera was having some difficulty recognizingplayers with darker skin.AdChoices广告GameSpot had something to say about the matter, “In testingthe Kinect, two dark-skinned GameSpot employees had problems getting thesystem’s facial recognition features to work.”Consumer Reports, on the other hand, has taken thesestatements to heart, attempting to debunk them, much as it did with the HPreports. “The log-in problem is related to low-level lighting and not directlyto players’ skin color,” writes the site. “Like the HP webcam, the Kinect camera needs enoughlight and contrast to determine features in a person’s face before it canperform software recognition and log someone into the game consoleautomatically.”So there you have it–one less racist video game peripheral to worryabout!last_img read more

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From January 16 Instagram can sell your photos without permission

From January 16 Instagram can sell your photos without permission

21 September 0

first_imgInstagram, the popular free photo-sharing service, has had a very successful couple of years since launching. It now has over 100 million registered users and sold for around $1 billion to Facebook back in April.Just 8 months after acquiring the service, Facebook has decided to update Instagram’s terms of service and privacy policy, and the changes being made are not great news for users.As of January 16 next year, when the new terms will be introduced, Facebook retains the right to use your publicly posted Instagram photos as it sees fit. That includes being able to sell them without your permission and without sharing any of the revenue generated from the sale. There’s also no time limit on use, meaning Facebook/Instagram owns the rights to use photos forever.Unless Facebook responds to the anger this is bound to cause among Instagram users, the only way to avoid the policy changes is to delete your account before January 16. Depending on how many photos you’ve posted on the service, that could also mean a lot of time spent downloading and transferring them to another photo sharing service. If you keep your account and add new photos after January 16, it’s likely even deleting your account will not stop Facebook being able to use those photos.Facebook’s decision to disregard the user completely is in stark contrast to what Flickr did a few years ago. Flickr teamed up with Getty Images to create The Flickr Collection and with it unlocked the potential for users to make some cash from their images hosted on the service. Flickr also supports a range of licensing options, which can also be used by users to sell, or at least limit use of their photos.It’s likely Facebook will have to at least acknowledge the coverage this policy change is receiving, but it may be too lucrative an idea for them to consider changing. There’s also a question of whether many Instagram users will care. I suspect most of them will, especially if their images start appearing in web advertising or even newspapers and magazines without their permission or prior knowledge.Update: We’ve now posted a guide on how to export your photos and delete your Instagram account.View the updated policies at Instagram, via CNETlast_img read more

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Greeks want WWII reparations

Greeks want WWII reparations

21 September 0

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eight in 10 Greeks believe the government should pursue Germany over the outstanding issue of Second World War reparations, according to a new opinion poll. The survey carried out by Marc for Alpha TV found that almost 90 per cent of respondents felt that Greece should seek damages from Germany. The German government has played down the issue but the Greek Foreign Ministry insisted last week that Athens does not consider the matter to have been settled. A Finance Ministry committee has been investigating whether Greece has a rightful claim to receive money from Germany but the results have been kept secret. A recent report in To Vima suggested that Greece’s claim amounted to as much as 162 billion euros after interest had been added. This relates to reparations for infrastructure and personal damage as well as the repayment of a loan Greece was forced to provide to the Nazi regime. Source: Kathimerini.last_img read more

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Regarder des dessins animés trop rythmés est néfaste pour la concentration des

Regarder des dessins animés trop rythmés est néfaste pour la concentration des

20 September 0

first_imgRegarder des dessins animés trop rythmés est néfaste pour la concentration des enfantsDes chercheurs de l’université de Virginie aux États-Unis ont découvert que les dessins animés au rythme rapide, comme Bob l’éponge, entravent les capacités d’attention et de concentration des enfants.Regarder Bob l’éponge peut nuire à l’apprentissage de l’enfant. Telle est la conclusion de l’étude menée par Angeline Lillard et Jennifer Peterson, spécialisées en psychologie à l’université de Virginie. Leur recherche, publiée dans la revue Pediatrics, rapporte que le rythme trop rapide de certains dessins animés perturbe les capacités d’attention et de concentration des plus petits.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Pour en arriver à de tels résultats, les deux chercheurs ont étudié les facultés d’apprentissage d’un groupe de 16 enfants âgés de 4 ans. L’attention et la concentration de chacun des sujets ont ainsi été évaluées après avoir préalablement effectué une activité de 9 minutes. Au total, trois types d’activité ont été testés. La première, consistait à montrer aux enfant une séquence de Bob l’éponge, un film rythmé et assez déjanté. La seconde, au contraire les faisait visionner un épisode de Caillou, un dessin animé plus calme, décrivant la vie réelle d’un enfant de leur âge. La troisième proposait simplement aux enfants de dessiner. Les observations menées par les deux psychologues soulignent que les capacités d’apprentissage des enfants étaient complètes après avoir visionné Caillou ou après avoir dessiné. En revanche, celles-ci se retrouvaient généralement perturbées après avoir regardé Bob l’éponge.Seulement l’un des impacts de la télévision Selon Angeline Lillard, des films d’animations de ce genre absorbent complètement l’attention des enfants en mettant en scène une diversité trop importante de situations et de personnages dans des histoires très irréelles. Les auteurs précisent également que l’effet des images testées dans leur étude n’est qu’une des composantes de l’impact plus profond provoqué de façon générale par la télévision sur un enfant de 4 ans. Le 13 septembre 2011 à 16:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Jayne: Clark GOP party’s endorsement of Forsman is odd

Jayne: Clark GOP party’s endorsement of Forsman is odd

19 September 0

first_img Justin Forsman is an earnest political candidate who cares about his community. Whether this is enough to make him a worthy city council candidate, I don’t know — but the Clark County Republican Party apparently believes it does.The local GOP has endorsed Forsman in his race for Vancouver City Council against incumbent Alishia Topper, a fact that he mentioned during a recent meeting with The Columbian’s Editorial Board. This struck me as odd, considering that Forsman also has some negative attributes that likely will hurt his candidacy.For one thing, he has a felony criminal record stemming from 2008, when he was 20. “It took me going to prison for 2 1/2 years and giving my life away to sit and think and find out who I was as a person,” he told The Columbian in 2015. “I wasn’t happy with what I’d become, and my family wasn’t proud. In order to change, I had to change everything, because I didn’t want to be remembered as a criminal if I died.”This isn’t meant to belabor points brought up during previous campaigns; Forsman apparently has worked to improve his life, and he deserves credit for that. But, as with any candidate, Forsman’s past deserves consideration as voters decide for themselves how much weight it carries.The same can be said for a campaign platform that suggests Vancouver should have its own currency. An unedited quote from his website: “Our City can issue it’s own currency, but unlike other cities who back their’s by worthless federal reserve notes, We should back ours by silver, making our currency more valuable than nearly any one else’s. This currency would be spent within the city of Vancouver and possibly Clark County and would most definitely boost our economy.” Greg Jayne, Opinion page editorlast_img read more

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Senators Urge Extension of Biodiesel Other Clean Energy Tax Incentives

Senators Urge Extension of Biodiesel Other Clean Energy Tax Incentives

16 September 0

first_imgA group of democratic U.S. senators wrote a letter to the Senate Finance Committee on Monday, asking for an extension of several clean energy tax incentives that are set to expire by the end of the year.Included in the tax incentives are credits for biodiesel, renewable diesel and second generation fuels.The group wrote, “Advanced biofuels continue to hold great promise for reducing pressure on food crops, lowering the cost of biofuels, and reducing harmful pollution. In the past year, commercial scale U.S. biorefineries have come on line and there is clear but fragile momentum in the industry. To help ensure this progress continues, biofuel credits should be extended ensure that production of these fuels continues to scale up while costs are pushed lower.”The senators emphasize in the letter the clean energy tax incentives are imperative to ensuring the country has access to low-cost energy and to keeping businesses competitive throughout the world.To read the entire letter, click here.last_img read more

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Foam electronics event set

Foam electronics event set

16 September 0

first_imgA free recycling event will be held Saturday for Clark County residents interested in recycling block foam or old electronic devices.The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Fisher’s Landing Transit Center, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave. Last year, the popular monthly event collected almost 17,000 pounds of block foam from 5,002 households.“That’s an incredible amount,” said Jim Mansfield, a waste reduction specialist for Clark County.He said the monthly event routinely draws long lines of vehicles with Washington license plates willing to go to great lengths to keep packing material out of landfills. However, Mansfield noted that, from an environmental standpoint, residents run the risk of doing more harm than good — especially if they burn lots of gas to recycle a relatively small amount of block foam.“If they have less than two bags full, they should wait until the next event,” Mansfield said. “And they should try to go to an event that’s close to them.”The county typically alternates block foam collection events between east Vancouver and Clark College near Interstate 5.Total Reclaim, a Portland recycling business, takes clean block foam and converts it to pellets used in picture frames, office products and other items.last_img read more

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How Self Leverages Authenticity on Instagram Behind the Screens

14 September 0

first_imgAs I look again at this photo, I’ve learned to love it. It’s me. You can see that my heels are lifted, which means I’ve already made the decision to jump. It’s that decision point, the point not to hold onto my comfort zone and to share my happiest honeymoon memory with you…A few weeks ago, I would have clicked delete. Now, I celebrate what I was able to do, and the moment in time that was frozen—my take off—arms extended, heart full and bathing suit securely fastened. Jump forward today at the opportunity to ENJOY yourself, without worrying about the freeze frame. You are perfectly you. Your memories are perfectly yours, regardless of the photo.”: @afakhreddine | #TeamSELFPRO TIP: Sharing user posts alongside original content can help with audience interaction.In its new digital-only era, Self’s social media team relies on its followers, now more than ever, to drive engagement.The content shared on Self’s Instagram coincides with its mission, which centers on empowering women to make healthier decisions for themselves, their communities, and the world, says Leta Shy, executive editor.“On Instagram we want to show that wellness means different things to everyone by aiming to be authentic and relatable no matter what we’re talking about,” Shy tells Folio:.In addition to promoting the brand’s mission, the team seeks to engage its follower community.“We measure success by engagement, whether that is comments, likes, or by how well we feel the post communicates our brand mission,” Shy says.In an effort to celebrate its mission and share relatable content, the Self social media team created the “TeamSELFregram” hashtag. Shy tells Folio: that “TeamSELFregram” allows the team to ask users for permission to share content they love.“Our social media team is very active in the Instagram community, so they’re constantly finding posts that resonate and that we want to share alongside our own original photos and memes,” Shy says. “We want to share content we love, whether it’s created by us or another brand or someone from our audience.”On July 13, the Self social media team used the “TeamSELFregram” hashtag to share a post from Instagram user @afakhreddine. In the post, the user describes her experience with initially disliking a photo of herself because she didn’t like the way she looked. However, after contemplation, she learned to love the photo, recalling the memory with fondness and telling followers to “enjoy yourself, without worrying about the freeze frame.”The post was a hit, with over 8,000 likes and 250 comments, numbers that appear to about double the average engagement on Self’s feed.“The post that we regrammed from @afakhreddine was very thoughtful and relatable,” Shy says. “I think people really identify with her reference to deleting photos for reasons that shouldn’t matter, and that celebrating the moment and the memories is more important than how you look.”Shy tells Folio: the Self team loved this post because of the user’s ability to be authentic.“A big part of wellness is body positivity and self-care, and we love that she was willing to be vulnerable and authentic in her post,” Shy says. “We’re glad that our audience felt the same way.” ​Magazine:  SELF //  Instagram: @selfmagazine //  Executive Editor: Leta Shy // Posted: July 13, 2017 // Likes: 8,070 (as of 7/25) // Comments: 257 // Followers: 574kCaption:  #TeamSELFregram from @afakhreddine “How many times have we deleted photos of memories because we didn’t like the way we looked? Do you remember how you felt? Do you remember what the other people in the photo were laughing at? last_img read more

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Aquaman splashes past Wonder Woman could reach 1 billion

Aquaman splashes past Wonder Woman could reach 1 billion

10 September 0

first_img 1 Share your voice Boost Mobile See It It’s now the second-highest global earner among DC Extended Universe movies, trailing only 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.It’s possible Aquaman could become DC’s third film to top $1 billion, joining 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. See it $210 at Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags $60 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 77 Photos Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Aquaman keeps the DC comeback afloat $520 at HP DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sprint Comments See at Amazon Angela Lang/CNET DC Comics Wonder Woman,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Best Buy Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Comment Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple iPhone XS Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Google Home Hub review The Cheapskate Rylocenter_img Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Now playing: Watch this: 2019 movies to geek out over Turo $155 at Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It $999 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) TV and Movies See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 $999 See It $6 at Tidal Chris Monroe/CNET 1:45 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $299 at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Who can defeat Wonder Woman? No one, except maybe her DC Comics comrade, Aquaman. According to box office totals reported by Variety Wednesday, Aquaman surpassed Wonder Woman at the global box office, earning over $822 million to Wonder Woman’s $821.8 million.Aquaman earned $51.55 million domestically in its second weekend, pushing its US earnings over $188 million.  Amazonlast_img read more

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Moodys raises Indias bond rating sees reforms fostering growth

Moodys raises Indias bond rating sees reforms fostering growth

05 September 0

first_imgThe cash in new Rs 2,000 rupee notesIANSMoody’s Investors Services lifted India’s local and foreign currency debt ratings, saying that continued progress on economic and institutional reform will enhance India’s high growth potential.Moody’s said it was lifting India’s rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed its rating outlook to stable from positive, saying that at the Baa2 level risks to India’s credit profile were broadly balanced.Indian markets are poised for a big rally on Friday following Moody’s unexpected rating upgrade, traders said.Moody’s said the recently-introduced goods and services tax (GST), a landmark reform that turned India’s 29 states into a single customs union for the first time, will boost productivity by removing barriers to interstate trade.”In the meantime, while India’s high debt burden remains a constraint on the country’s credit profile, Moody’s believes that the reforms put in place have reduced the risk of a sharp increase in debt, even in potential downside scenarios,” the rating agency said in a statement.Still, some market participants questioned the timing of the move.”The timing is little dicey for the upgrade given that there are a lot of concerns over the government’s fiscal discipline,” said a foreign bank dealer, adding he did not expect other agencies to follow Moody’s.GDP TO MODERATEMoody’s said it expects India’s real GDP growth to moderate to 6.7 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2018 from 7.1 percent a year earlier.Moody’s also raised India’s local currency senior unsecured debt rating to Baa2 from Baa3 and its short-term local currency rating to P-2 from P-3.The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi eased tax requirements last month for small- and medium-sized companies in response to growing criticism of its economic stewardship.Moody’s noted that while a number of key reforms remain at the design phase, it believes those already implemented will advance the government’s objective of improving the business climate, enhancing productivity and stimulating investment.”Longer term, India’s growth potential is significantly higher than most other Baa-rated sovereigns,” said Moody’s.The agency said challenges from the implementation of the GST, ongoing weakness in private sector investment, slow progress with a resolution of banking sector asset quality issues, and lack of progress in land and labour reform remained key issues. A supporter of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a placard during a rally to support implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Mumbai, India, June 30, 2017.ReutersIndia’s bank recapitalization plan and a push to resolve its bad loans issue by reforming the bankruptcy code were beginning to address a key weakness in India’s sovereign credit profile, said Moody’s.The Indian government last month announced a $32 billion recapitalisation of state lenders to help resolve non-performing loans (NPLs) and kick-start lending growth.”While the capital injection will modestly increase the government’s debt burden in the near term, it should enable banks to move forward with the resolution of NPLs,” said Moody’s.last_img read more

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Researchers build selfassembling multicopter distributed flight array w Video

31 August 0

first_img The point of the craft is to help students learn to understand distributed networks using a hands-on approach. To date, the team at ETH has built two such devices with two different means of communication, but the basic configuration remains the same. A number of individual copters, each shaped like a hexagon, roll around on a flat surface and eventually hook up in a random fashion with some or all of the others in the vicinity. After a moment of communication, each of the copters starts its rotor and the craft rises into the air and hovers, maintaining its balance. After another moment, the individual copters stop their rotors and the craft falls to the ground, breaking apart into individual copters again. Thus far the research group, which is made up of professors and students, acknowledges that the DFA doesn’t really serve any purpose other than as a teaching aid, but it does hold a certain beauty as the individual bots work together to achieve what none of them can alone.Each individual copter has inertial sensors that monitor tilt and roll and a processor that converts the sensor data to spin speed of its rotor. By itself, it’s incapable of flight—torque causes it to crash immediately upon takeoff. To offset torque, half of the copters in the multi-copter craft spin their rotors in the opposite direction of the other half. QFO Labs wants to send palm-sized copters out to play Researchers at ETH Zurich, a technical University in Switzerland, have developed a unique type of copter. It’s made of several single rotor craft that physically connect to one another autonomously to create a larger multiple rotor craft. Because the craft is self-assembled, each time it takes flight, it has a different configuration. The researchers call their craft a Distributed Flight Array (DFA). One test unit has the individual copters communicating via infrared signaling, the other through metal pins on the sides of bots. Also, one group has latches to allow the copters to physically connect to one another, the other magnets. Both configurations rely on a distributed network to operate, which means that there is no central control. Each of the copters monitors itself and makes adjustments as it sees fit. The end result is a multi-configuration craft that is able to lift itself off the ground and hover (keeping itself level) in the air and then return to Earth, with very minimal input (joystick control to keep the craft from wandering away) from its human operators. More information: www.idsc.ethz.ch/Research_DAndrea/DFA Explore furthercenter_img While the DFA itself might not be commercialized, concepts learned by students who helped create it will almost certainly be applied some day, helping to create multifaceted robots carrying out yet to be imagined missions. © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Researchers build self-assembling multi-copter distributed flight array (w/ Video) (2013, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-self-assembling-multi-copter-flight-array-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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CarnivalcruisePO

12 August 0

first_imgCarnivalcruiseP&O The brouhaha aboard Carnival Legend last Friday has taken up many newspaper column inches and digital spaces since. Wherever a brand attracts such widespread media exposure that paints it as ‘on the nose, trouble looms.Details that have emerged, of an unruly family causing mayhem with some menace aboard the ship, intimidating other families and generally ruining the cruise for many, have not been pleasant. Following the previous week’s ‘glassing’ incident aboard P&O’s Pacific Explorer the average punter could be excused for thinking that Aussie cruises are a dangerous thing – and perhaps certainly not best undertaken by the faint of heart, or families. Of the many thousands of Australians who have taken a cruise this summer the majority will no doubt speak of a fantastic holiday and a yearning to return. For an unfortunate few their experiences aboard both Carnival Legend and Pacific Explorer will have left them feeling ripped off, out of pocket and unimpressed with the cruise lines.Anyone who has scanned fares for our summer cruises will be aware that on P&0 and Carnival prices have been slashed to extremely affordable levels, with some twin share cabins selling for under $300 for a 3-4 night cruise as part of all inclusive packages that include all meals. Where else can you find a great deal like that? And for families, those price points and all-inclusive inducements are even more appealing – achievable because of their cut-price affordability.It was a ‘family’ group whose members were both ejected and voluntarily disembarked the Carnival Legend cruise after Friday’s melee. So introducing ‘family only’ cruises wouldn’t seem to be of much help to the cruise lines.The ‘glassing’ on Explorer was said to be alcohol-fuelled – but there is little chance of an alcohol ban being enacted on cruises.Carnival’s offer to all passengers affected by the incident aboard Legend – 25% off your next cruise – seems to have provided little in the way of appeasement to fellow passengers whose holiday was ruined. Most social media comments suggest those passengers would never cruise with Carnival again, or think the offer does not match the level of inconvenience.When passengers become unruly and disrupt the right of other passengers to enjoy their cruise, what does the Captain order? Everyone can’t be sent to the brig! Short of a detour to offload the menaces, there are not too many options for a Captain. And whatever they decide there will always be some degree of disruption to, and disappointment for, other passengers.So … what’s a cruise line to do?last_img read more

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Local residents invited to October coffee hours with Rep Cole

09 August 0

first_img09Oct Local residents invited to October coffee hours with Rep. Cole Categories: Cole News,News State Representative Triston Cole invites residents of the 105th House District to meet with him locally during district office hours this October in order to discuss important state and local issues of interest.“Office hours are one of the most useful tools I have as a Representative,” said Rep. Cole, R-Mancelona. “I sincerely hope that many of our neighbors in the 105th House District can visit for coffee and conversation.”Rep. Cole will be available to meet with Northern Michigan residents on Friday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 23 at the following locations and times:Friday, Oct. 16Arlene’s Diner, 324 W. Main St. in Gaylord, from noon to 1 p.m.Area Seniors Inc., 102 Maple St. in Bellaire, from 3 to 4 p.m.Friday, Oct. 23Smoke on the Water, 103 Park Ave. in Charlevoix, from 11 a.m. to noon.‘Coffee with Cole’ provides residents of Antrim, Charlevoix, Otsego, Montmorency and Oscoda counties opportunities to share ideas, concerns and issues regarding Michigan’s state agencies or legislation with Rep. Cole in person.Those unable to attend district office hours can contact the representative by email at TristonCole@house.mi.gov or by calling 1-(855)-DIST-105.######last_img read more

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Iron Belle Trail extended in Atlas Township

09 August 0

first_img Tags: Atlas Township, Iron Belle Trail, Rep. Graves The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund announced it has recommended funding a trail construction project in Atlas Township. The project will build a one-mile long trail along the Gale Road right-of-way, and will extend the Iron Belle Trail.“This project will provide Atlas Township residents with a means of safely walking or biking to their destination while enjoying the outdoors,” said Rep. Joseph Graves, R- Argentine Township. “Extending the Iron Belle Trail also connects us to a great project to bring all of Michigan together. People exploring the trail will get the chance to see what we have to offer here.”The township trail will parallel the west side of Gale Road, providing a safe access to Oaktree Elementary School at its southern end, and tying into existing sidewalks in the Village of Atlas on the northern end.The Atlas section of trail will be part of the Iron Belle Trail, a statewide project to connect Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood in the Western Upper Peninsula—more than 1,200 miles. The completed project will actually be made up of two trails, one for hiking and one for bicycling.$300,000 will come from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant, and the project is expected to begin on March 1.For more information, Rep. Graves can be contacted by phone to (517) 373-1780 or by email to JosephGraves@house.mi.gov.##### Categories: Featured news,Graves News,Newscenter_img 09Dec Iron Belle Trail extended in Atlas Townshiplast_img read more

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