12 10 19

Fez – A new video circulating on social media shows Hamid Chabt, the current mayor of Fez and head of the Istiqlal party, a major opposition party, being decorated by a delegation of the World Federation of Moroccan Jewry. The video, which was posted by Alraiy website, comes after a number pictures of Hamid Chabat being decorated by a Jewish delegation was posted on Facebook on Saturday.The pictures were widely shared on social media and elicited the condemnation of the overwhelming majority of Moroccans, who are opposed to any form of normalization with Israel and any entity that represent it. Following the publication of the pictures, Chabat in an interview with the Moroccan website Alyoum 24 (the news was taken down), denied that pictures were real and claimed they were fabricated by the followers of the Party of Justice and Development, which is heading the coalition government.But the video shows that Chabat was indeed decorated by the Jewish delegation and was given a prize. Hamid looked very happy to be receiving the delegation.The video comes in stark contrast with Chabat’s public condemnation of any normalization with Israel and the entities that may be regarded a Zionist. read more

12 10 19

Rabat – A Moroccan national has been arrested in the Spanish city of Badalona on Saturday.The Moroccan national is accused of disturbing militant Islamist propaganda across social networks, according to a statement from the Spanish interior Ministry.The accused is also seen as a supporter of the so-called Islamic State militants and that he had called for jihad on Facebook and Twitter. “The detainee had undergone an important process of indoctrination and radicalization, by which he displayed a high level of commitment and willingness to cooperate with Daesh (arabic acronym of the Islamic State),” said the statement.“On one side, the call for Muslims to go to Syria and Iraq and form part of the self-proclaimed caliphate and, on the other, for those that cannot travel, autonomous terrorist acts in their respective countries of origin or residence,” it added.As of June 23, Spanish authorities had arrested 45 people this year in relation to international terrorism, according to the Interior ministry’s website. read more

8 10 19

Kodituwakku was found to have violated Article 42(2) of the Judicature Act. A restraining order was issued by the Supreme Court today preventing Attorney-at-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku from practising as a lawyer for three years.A case had earlier been filed against Kodituwakku over a statement he had made in 2015 before then Court of Appeal President Vijith Malalgoda. Kodituwakku was accused of making a statement which caused inconvenience to Justice Vijith Malalgoda during the case in 2015. Under the Act every person admitted and enrolled as an attorney-at-law who shall be guilty of any deceit, malpractice, crime or offence may be suspended from practice or removed from office by any three Judges of the Supreme Court sitting together.Accordingly, the three Judges of the Supreme Court today issued an order preventing Attorney-at-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku from practising as a lawyer for three years. (Colombo Gazette) read more

6 10 19

The College became operational on 1 January as the latest member of the UN family of organizations following approval of its new statute by the UN General Assembly last July.The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette, who chaired the inaugural meeting of the College’s new Board of Governors on 21 November, described the College as “a common UN system instrument for learning and an important tool for nurturing innovation and generating a common UN system management culture.””We now have an important opportunity to put the Staff College on a more secure footing so that it can realize its full potential,” Ms. Fréchette said.Under its new status, the College, which is headed by John Machin of the United Kingdom, will continue to be located in Turin on the campus of the International Training Centre of the ILO. The campus also houses the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). read more

2 10 19

“We want equal pay now,” yelled Academy Award-winning American actress Patricia Arquette and two-time Olympic gold medalist and soccer superstar Abby Wambach, leading a call in the UN General Assembly Hall yesterday evening at the launch of the Equal Pay Platform of Champions. The launch of the Platform – which is part of a broader UN International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN Women Global Equal Pay Coalition – coincided with the opening day of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, known as the largest inter-governmental forum on women’s rights and gender equality. The theme this year is on women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. “The gender pay gap reflects the unjustifiably diminished position of many women in society and helps to keep them there,” said UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Pointing to the big names participating in the Platform – which in addition to Ms. Arquette and Ms. Wambach include leaders from the trade unions, civil society, government, private sector, film makers – Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said she hopes their advocacy will make women’s “flagrant inequality a think of the past.” The goal of the Platform is to call for increased support by proactively reaching out to decision and policy makers, according to a press release from the event. Speaking at the launch, Ms. Arquette said that “women sometimes become invisible if they’re not seen beyond the value of the men they are with.”VIDEO: “When men advocate for women, change comes ten times faster” says Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette to UN News According to global figures, women make only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn for the same position. Over time, the income inequality results in more women retiring into poverty. “The quest for women’s economic empowerment will be lost or won in the world of work,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. He noted the importance of whether and how women enter the work place and in what types of jobs. One of the main reasons for the gender gap is that women tend to be concentrated in different jobs than men – for example in teaching or health care – which tend to be underpaid. There are also differences for men and women who are in the same line of work. Also speaking at the event, Ms. Wambach said that she was “angry because I have to worry about paying my bills, even though I won more World Cups than Cristiano,” referring to the Portuguese soccer player. Ahead of the launch, UN Women kicked off its #StopTheRobbery campaign to mobilize ordinary people and raise awareness about the gender pay gap.Audio: Award-winning American actress, Patricia Arquette, and soccer superstar, Amy Wambach, have joined the UN and a diverse group of gender equality advocates to launch an ‘Equal Pay Platform of Champions. read more

25 09 19

first_imgThe artist also said that trustees should be doing more to lobby the government for funding, so museums and galleries do not have to close to the public in order to raise money.A National Portrait Gallery press spokesperson said in a statement: “The gallery is a charity and has to self-generate over 70% of the funds needed. A key income stream is hiring out gallery spaces. Every effort is made to ensure that this activity does not impact on public access, but sometimes due to the nature and complexity of an event some closure is necessary.” Alexandra Shulman, former editor of British Vogue and former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery said it was “very sad” for the estimated 5,000 people who would have otherwise gone to the gallery today.However, she said that it is necessary for it to close in order to raise funds, and that it is important for institutions to support London Fashion Week, which is an important British business event. He explained: “We used to spend 7p in every £100 on the arts and now that’s down to about 3p. That’s just wrong.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ms Shulman explained: “As I understand it, Erdem has hired the NPG for his fashion show, as we all know public institutions are having their funding cut and to run a fantastic gallery like the National Portrait Gallery is, you need to raise funds. The closure is in the small print on the website and is not advertised on the front page The National Portrait Gallery is closed to the public today for a London Fashion Week show, in a closure which is uncommon for an institution which relies on public funding.Independent British designer Erdem Moralioglu, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, has hired out the gallery to showcase his work — but a leading artist has described the closure of the public gallery as a “dangerous precedent.”The National Portrait Gallery has also only announced the closure in small print on its website — which some have argued could lead to disappointed potential gallery goers.Patrick Brill, who creates art under the pseudonym Bob And Roberta Smith, is displayed in the Tate and is a lecture at London Metropolitan University, argued the government should increase funding for the arts so galleries would not have to close to the public.He argued on BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme that the situation is “Orwellian…you have to close to stay open”. “I believe that at the moment the Cezanne show, which was a paid-for show, is off, and they’re between shows so they need to find other ways of getting some revenue.” She said she guesses the show will raise a “reasonable” amount of money but warned: “I’m not saying that Erdem as an independent British designers is going to have millions — it’s not like Ralph Lauren taking it over.”Mr Smith described the decision as a “cry for help”, adding: “This is actually a pretty awful precedent, I agree with Alexandra, I don’t think it’s been done on a whim, nobody in these museums wants to close to the public, that’s why these institutions are here, to be open to the public — we own these paintings and the people’s jobs in these museums is to open the doors and get the public in to look at them.” The closure is in the small print on the website and is not advertised on the home pagelast_img read more

21 09 19

first_imgThe repercussions of climate change on modern migration movements were the main focus of talks last Wednesday between Prime Minister George Papandreou and visiting United Nations Secretary, General Ban Ki Moon, who is carrying out the first visit by a UN Secretary General to Greece. “Greece attaches great importance to the United Nations, of which it is a founding member, while there is a tradition of long-term and multilateral cooperation and dedication to the principles of international law,” said Prime Minister Papandreou, stressing the UN’s decisive mission for global peace and cooperation. Their meeting covered issues of Greek interest, such as the Cyprus problem and the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), and matters such as the UN peacekeeping forces and the Millennium targets. Papandreou said that climate change would probably emerge as the foremost problem of the planet and that dialogue on this issue would reach a peak in Copenhagen in December. The Greek Prime Minister announced that he would be attending the climate change summit himself and expressed hope that “we can reach a binding agreement.” Papandreou, emphasised the Greek Government’s dedication to this goal in his talks with the UN Secretary General, in addition the initiatives recently undertaken by the EU and his attempt to redirect the Greek economy toward green development. “The Secretary General will find us to be supportive of his efforts,” he stressed. Concerning modern migration movements and Greece’s chairmanship of the 3rd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), Papandreou said that he had emphasised in talks with Ban Ki Moon the need for development in both the countries of origin and the countries that received immigrants so that, when migrants returned to their countries they would transfer know-how, experience and capital to these. Papandreou underscored the need to protect workers and the poorer sections of society from the impact of the global economic crisis. He also noted that the Greek economy had benefited from the presence of migrants while referring to concerns about conditions of hospitality in Greece. “I hope that Greece, as a destination country, will continue to defend and promote the rights of migrants,” Ban Ki Moon added, urging Greece to respect the processes for asylum applications. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also pointed out the need to maintain the momentum in the Cyprus problem, adding that he appreciates the commitment of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to help the Cypriots reach an agreement. Speaking at a joint press conference with Papandreou after a meeting in Athens, Mr Ban said the UN has significantly contributed to the process for the reunification of the island. Papandreou said he briefed Ban on the latest initiatives he has taken to generate momentum in the Cyprus problem and other issues, and assured the UN chief that close cooperation would continue. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus have been engaged in UN-led direct negotiations since September 2008, with an aim to reunite the island. On Cyprus and the on-going name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, (FYROM), Mr Papandreou said, “I informed the UN Secretary General on my latest initiatives to create a momentum on both the Cyprus issue and the name issue with FYROM,” expressing satisfaction that his views and the UN Secretary General’s largely coincided and promising close cooperation. Ban Ki Moon welcomed the Greek Prime Minister’s promise of assistance for the Cypriots to arrive at an agreement for a solution to the Cyprus problem, saying that the international community had “high hopes” for the negotiations now underway and that these must continue, adding that UN special envoy, the former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Alexander Downer would continue to work with the leaders of the two communities. Regarding the name dispute with FYROM, the UN Secretary General said that special mediator Matthew Nimetz was ready to repeat talks whenever the two sides were ready, welcoming Greece’s readiness to begin talks and Athens’ assurance that it would fully support the role of the UN special envoy on this issue. The UN Secretary General praised Greece’s contribution to the “concepts of democracy, human rights and a state of law,” and the Greek prime minister’s role at the EU. The UN Secretary General addressed the Greek Parliament on behalf of the UN last Thursday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

20 09 19

first_imgSuivi médical des Français : le gouvernement lance un site internet pour le faciliter France – Lors du salon Hôpital Expo qui se tient jusqu’à aujourd’hui à Paris, la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot a annoncé qu’elle souhaitait mettre en place un site internet destiné à faciliter l’accès des patients et des professionnels de santé aux informations sanitaires.Il s’agira d’un “service public de conseil et d’orientation médicale par Internet et par téléphone” a expliqué la ministre de la Santé. Sur le site internet, des informations médicales précises et claires seront à disposition des Français, ainsi que des conseils personnalisés. Les patients pourront également gérer leur dossier médical en ligne ou encore prendre rendez-vous avec les médecins.Un lien sera également établi avec les réseaux sociaux afin de permettre aux utilisateurs de partager leurs expériences médicales en ligne.Le 21 mai 2010 à 12:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

20 09 19

first_imgFree aura bientôt ses boutiques physiquesLors d’une conférence de presse organisée par le groupe Iliad, Xavier Niel, fondateur de Free, a annoncé l’ouverture prochaine de ses premières boutiques physiques. Ces magasins devraient bientôt voir le jour en région parisienne.Lors de la conférence de presse dédiée aux résultats financiers du groupe Iliad pour 2010, Xavier Niel s’est exprimé sur l’ouverture prochaine de boutiques physiques Free. L’initiative pour le moment au stade d’essai ne concerne que les villes situées entre 50 et 200 kilomètres de Paris. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Les boutiques Free entreront désormais en concurrence avec celles des groupes Orange, SFR et Bouygues pour recruter sur le terrain de nouveaux abonnés. Free prévoit également de lancer d’ici 2012 des forfaits pour mobiles disponibles en boutique.Les résultats obtenus par ces boutiques seront déterminants quant à l’expansion du réseau plus largement sur le territoire français. Jusqu’à présent, les clients bénéficiant ou souhaitant bénéficier des offres Free ne pouvaient accéder aux produits uniquement par Internet ou par téléphone. Le 15 mars 2011 à 17:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

17 09 19

first_img Recommended for you Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:donhue gardiner, doug pharnell, Pdm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Mar 2016 – Electors’ Court has started and in North and Middle Caicos on Monday, the Member of Parliament was present but unable to have the 38 names he wanted off the elector’s list removed. According to PDM Chairman, Doug Parnell it was an embarrassing scene for the MP and Border Control Minister, Hon Don Hue Gardiner who basically was unfamiliar with the law when he raised his objections. The law says you must be registered in the District to bring an objection. Doug Parnell, PDM National Chairman: “The Hon Donhue Gardiner was not entitled to bring those objections, so we prevailed on that point and we also feel we were given a fair hearing on other persons we claimed or objected to in the district. We are satisfied that the Supervisor of Elections and the team that was with him gave us a fair hearing.”About 40 people turned out to hear the proceedings of the Electors’ Court, Parnell added, “I want to say that I am very pleased at the turn out of persons who were interested in their democracy and the upcoming General Elections, we had a strong force and showing of our supporters in this district; we were very, very grateful to them for coming out; persons like Prince Selver, persons like Curalena Phillips and persons like Paul Higgs.” For various reasons, including that some of the electors were said to be resident outside of the country and outside of the constituency, Gardiner tried to have them removed for the voter’s list but when the PDM reminded the Elections Supervisor that one has to be resident in the constituency for their recommendation to stand, Gardiner’s challenges fell flat. Parnell told Magnetic Media yesterday that PDM challenges were for about 20 people, and were done within the confines of the law; they walked away from that elections court session satisfied, he said. So far Grand Turk North, Grand Turk South & Salt Cay and North and Middle have had their hearings. Next stop we understand is South Caicos.last_img read more

14 09 19

first_img“We are confident that we will have the data we need to make this a strong business long-term,” according to a spokeswoman from Conde Nast.The other Conde Nast titles that will soon have iPad subscription models include Vanity Fair, Glamour, Golf Digest, Allure, Wired, Self and GQ.The New Yorker and these other titles will have the ability to optimize data collection. Apple has a standard prompt for subscription offerings that allows consumers to opt-in to share their information. This new subscription model will have a second prompt that comes during the purchasepath that asks a reader to share their e-mail address and establish a log-in in order to access additional content.The additional content includes, in the case of The New Yorker, the Web based edition available at NewYorker.com and archives of the magazine dating back until 1925. The second prompt is a second opportunity to encourage a reader to share their contact information.Additionally, the publication could gain more consumer data if print subscribers take advantage of the iPad versions; Conde Nast owns the relationship when a print subscriber activates the digital editions. There are about 1 million print subscribers to the magazine, all of whom have access if they so choose.The bundled subscriptions (Web site, iPad and print access) will allow for data collection optimization when users buy directly from NewYorker.com because Conde Nast will have direct access to a consumer’s information. “The fact that we’re offering the print digital bundles on our sites for the same price as the digital only edition through iTunes is certainly attractive and compelling for us,” the spokeswoman says.When asked about the 30/70 percent revenue split and whether or not it is applied in this case, Murphy declined to discuss the revenue details of the agreement. According to a news release The New Yorker’s weekly iPad editions are available through in-app purchase at the App Store, on iTunes and include password access to the Web-based edition for $5.99 per month for four issues or $59.99 per year. The Print and digital bundled subscriptions available at NewYorker.com are $6.99 per month for four issues and $69.99 ayear.The other seven titles will be $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year through in-app purchase at the App Store. Magazine giant Conde Nast has reached an agreement with Apple, Inc. on digital subscriptions of The New Yorker and seven other titles that will debut in the next few weeks.Subscriptions for the publications will be available through iTunes and in the App Store. Those who subscribe to the print publication are granted immediate access to the digital editions throughout the life of their current print subscriptions, while new print subscribers will get both paper and digital access.”The iPad has created an incredible new way for readers to experience our award-winning magazines. Over time, we’ll see subscriptions leading to greater and greater scale, helping to drive overall industry growth,” says Conde Nast president Robert A. Sauerberg, Jr. in a statement.Apple and many publishers have been at odds about the consumer data available to publications and the 30 percent fee the technology company charges, as reported by AD’s sister publication, FOLIO:Magazine. Over the past week, however, Time Inc., Hearst and now Conde Nast have all reached agreements with Apple. last_img read more

9 09 19

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen Now AGDC board asks president tough questions about gasline’s futureElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Alaska Gasline Development Corporation met today in Kenai for an update on the state’s progress taking over the gas line project. AGDC president Keith Meyer said the transition should wrap up by the end of the year.House fire in Chefornak results in the death of Catholic priestCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelThe village of Chefornak woke up to a Wednesday morning fire that killed a priest. Officials are investigating the cause.Fisheries panel hears transboundary mine concernsEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauCritics of British Columbia mining told a legislative committee Wednesday about the dangers of mineral extraction along transboundary rivers.Russian aggression unlikely to hit Arctic, say security expertsLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Russia is antagonizing the U.S. on multiple fronts these days, in Europe, in Syria and in cyberspace, if claims prove true that Moscow is behind some high-profile email hacks. But in the Arctic, Russia is still playing nice. That’s one conclusion a panel of national security experts made at a Washington, D.C. briefing today.Salvaged whale takes flight at Kincaid ParkEric Keto, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageResearchers were at Kincaid beach in Anchorage this week to finishrecovering the skeleton of the humpback whale that washed up there in July.The massive specimen will become part of the largest marine mammalcollection in North America housed at the University of Alaska Museum inFairbanks.New Southeast atlas identifies valuable habitat and threatsElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauAudubon Alaska recently released an atlas showing where the most valuable salmon streams and bird habitat are located in Southeast. It also identifies the biggest threats to those areas.The numbers are in on Juneau’s economyQuinton Chandler, KTOO – JuneauIn 2015, Juneau gained more young people and seniors, cost of living fell slightly, unemployment remained steady and the housing market was stillDetails of Togiak crash remain few as NTSB investigatesJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThough the cause of a fatal plane crash near Togiak is not yet determined, the National Transportation Safety Board released a few details about the flight.Ski Land renaissanceDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe country’s farthest north alpine ski area is getting a facelift. Ski Land, operated since 1962 on Mt. Aurora, 20 miles north of Fairbanks, is undergoing major changes. The area was sold last year and the new owners have been busy in the off season.With Bristol Bay Borough donation, Little Angels Childcare Academy one step closer to openingAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamThe lack of reliable childcare options in the Bristol Bay Borough impacts parents, children, employers, and the community at large. A group of residents is working on a solution. They now have $80,000 from the Borough to develop a certified childcare center.last_img read more

6 09 19

first_imgBalad: The United States will be evacuating nearly 400 Lockheed Martin and Sallyport Global employees from the Balad Air Base here in a two-stage process due to “potential security threats.” Quoting Iraqi military sources, Russia’s state broadcaster RT reported that the step is being taken in the wake of continuing US-Iran tensions. The already strained relationship was further aggravated after Iran shot down a US military drone on Thursday. While Iran says that the “intruding American spy drone” was shot down as it was in Iranian airspace, Washington has labelled the incident as an “unprovoked attack” as the drone was flying over international waters. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us The latest evacuation comes after the US recalled hundreds of non-emergency diplomatic staff from its embassy in Baghdad last month. The US contractors in Balad assist the Iraqi military in maintaining its F-16 fleet along with providing security, training, and other basic operations. Quoting the sources further, RT also reported that militants had fired three rockets at the airbase on Saturday amid rising tensions between US and Iran, No casualties were reported in the attack.last_img read more

6 09 19

first_imgAllwyn Colony: Local Corporator Dodla Venkatesh Goud, along with AE Subhash and Works Inspector Mahadev, held a review meeting in his office on Thursday to discuss the pending development works and those to be taken up. He advised the officials to speed up the pending works and focus attention on critical civic problems. Ward Member Chinnolla Srinivas, Area Committee Members Ramulu Goud, Nagaraju, TRS leaders Shivaraj Goud, G Ganesh, Anji, Nagabushnam and Moulana participated in the meeting.last_img read more

1 09 19

first_img Related Kristen Stewart on ‘Seberg’: ‘It’s Not Hard for Me to Wear My Politics’ Streamers, Asians, V/R, Boost Industry Attendance As Venice Market Kicks Off Amazon revealed in a regulatory filing Friday afternoon how much money it spent on content in the first quarter of the year — but the disclosure still doesn’t tell us a whole lot about how much the company is investing in producing originals for its Prime Video service.The company said in its 10-Q filing, which details earnings and expenses for the quarter, that it had a total of $1.7 billion of music and video expenses during the quarter. That’s up from $1.5 billion in Q1 of 2018. Not accounting for seasonal fluctuations, this would mean that Amazon may spend around $7 billion on content this year.The company has not broken out these content costs in past quarters, and instead included them in its cost of sales. Analysts and industry watchers have been eagerly awaiting more detailed disclosures to see how Amazon’s spending is matching up to the money Netflix is shelling out on original content. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety However, there’s a significant catch: As disclosed on Friday, Amazon’s content costs still tell us very little about how much the company is investing in the production of movies and TV shows.That’s in part because unlike Netflix, Amazon did include licensing costs for music in the disclosure. And Amazon didn’t stop there. “Total video and music expense includes licensing and production costs associated with content offered within Amazon Prime memberships, and costs associated with digital subscriptions and sold or rented content,” the company declared in its filing.In other words: Any digital video that Amazon rented or sold to its customers, whether they are Prime subscribers or not, was also part of the Q1 content cost total. The same goes for any paid MP3 download. What’s more, any of the money Amazon hands to publishers like HBO, Showtime or Starz for reselling their subscription services as part of Amazon Channels, was likely included as well.Among analysts and journalists covering the company, Amazon is infamous for releasing data points that don’t tell us much at all, with executives regularly boosting percentage growth stats without referring to absolute numbers. Friday’s release goes a bit further, and does offer some concrete evidence that the company’s content business is big, and growing.It also shows that Amazon is still spending a lot less than Netflix, which is expected to invest as much as $15 billion in original and licensed content this year. However, it does not tell us how much Amazon is really investing in video for Prime subscribers.last_img read more

1 09 19

first_img Aliens Ate My Homework releases today on Netflix, Vudu and DVD. If you spent your childhood devouring every sci-fi novel the children’s section of the library had to offer, you probably recognize that name. It’s based on a kids book from 1993 by Bruce Coville, and its attention-grabbing title and premise made it a favorite of weird kids for decades. Coville’s books were the perfect introduction to sci-fi for any budding nerd. Aliens Ate My Homework follows a young boy whose life gets way more complicated with the arrival of miniaturized extraterrestrials with a taste for paper. And now it’s a movie featuring the Captain himself, William Shatner.Even decades later and in voice only, there really is no actor who feels more at home in the captain’s chair than Shatner. In Aliens Ate My Homework, he voices the miniature ship’s pilot. Though he’s not technically the captain, he’s not sitting in Chekov or Sulu’s seat. The inside of the ship is set up like a much more cramped enterprise, and Shatner’s Phillogenus esk Piemondum (Phil for short) flies the ship from his familiar perch in the back. The movie itself is a fun kids film with some surprisingly good sci-fi action. It’s a fun story about a boy finding some alien friends, learning to get along with his cousin and finding out someone he knows is an evil alien gangster. All this leads to messy slapstick and endless plant puns. It’s exactly the kind of movie I would have picked out at the video store in elementary school.Alex Zahara, Dan Payne, Tristan Risk, Jayden Greig, Lauren McNamara (Photo: Universal Pictures)Of course, my biggest question after seeing it was how Shatner got involved in something like this. Sure, this kind of thing is right up his alley, but when someone asks him to voice a pun-spewing plant puppet, what makes him say yes. I got to ask him. His answer had a lot to do with friendship and Canadian pride.“There’s all kinds of funny answers to that, but the real answer is Gar and Judy Reese-Stevens wrote it. This couple are Canadian and we’ve worked together on many projects, they’ve become dear friends of mine. They wrote this amusing screenplay and they asked me to play this part, and we recorded it in a studio right near my office. It all worked so well, and it was fun to do. We had many laughs as we tried to think of words and lines. It was cute; I had a good time.”Yes, some of those lines were contributed by Shatner himself. If you watch the movie, you’ll notice pretty quick that Phil has the most jokes. Usually, they’re plant-based puns, but as you’d expect, there are a few Star Trek gags in there. It sounds like it’s been long enough that Shatner doesn’t quite remember which ones he contributed. (I asked specifically about a particularly amusing Klingon pun.) He told me, “If it was a good joke, it was mine.”Shatner clearly loves working with the writers of Aliens Ate My Homework. He says that first of all, they’re very talented people. “Second of all they’re very Canadian, so they’re very nice and polite. Very low spoken. When we go out to a restaurant, it’s hard to understand what they’re ordering,” he said. “But they have a great sense of humor and great imagination. They’ve written some novels that have gotten great recognition and sold well, and are great adventure novels that would make really good movies… but they’re great, talented Canadians.”He described how they became such good friends. “Over the years, we’ve become friends and they come over to the house and we talk about other things than science fiction. In other words, we talk about things that make a friendship,” he said. With people as talented as this behind the movie, if they do make the sequels (the book is the first of a series of four), Shatner would totally do the sequels. “Just don’t tell the producers that,” he said.This isn’t Shatner’s first-time voice acting, but after years of watching Star Trek, it was an odd experience to hear his voice coming from the captain’s chair, but not see him in it. No matter how many times he does it, voice acting is a different experience from being there on set, and Shatner does miss having other actors to work with.“You’re standing there somewhat uneasily, wondering what the person who’s in the scene with you, what they’re going to do since they’re not around. You don’t know what it looks like, and you’re kind of flailing around in the dark,” he said. “You really don’t know what the other people are doing, how much energy the other people in the scene are putting out. So if you’re low-energy and the others are high-energy, it doesn’t make for a good scene. One of the characters is out of sync… All that has to be ironed out before you start.” Shatner says that to prepare for any voice acting role, whether its an animated cartoon or a puppet in a live-action film like this one, he has a conversation with the director to figure those issues out.Shatner, as we all know, is nearly synonymous with science fiction. In his early days, he appeared on The The Twilight Zone and of course Star Trek, and all these years later, he’s still flying around in a space ship. Not only that, he’s written a few science fiction novels. You might say he keeps coming back to the genre, but he really doesn’t see it that way.“You’re not really coming back to anything. The only difference between science fiction and other kinds of novels… is the environment that you paint. Human beings are doing the same thing. Or the imagined enemy, the aliens, are doing human things because we can’t imagine something we don’t– we can’t imagine something we can’t imagine,” Shatner said. “Our imagination depends on our experiences and then we extend that experience.”Shatner says when we actually do meet aliens, we might not be able to recognize anything about them. “There’ll come a time way in the future when we meet up with entities that don’t behave in our manner. They might not even be carbon-based entities; we don’t know! We don’t know what we don’t know. So all science fiction novels are humanity based. It’s just if you know a little bit about architecture; you might progress the architecture some. Some scientific principles in the lab that are about to come out, you might push that in a direction that extends them into the future, but it just depends on what the environment is. But the people in a science fiction novel are the people of 2018.”Shatner’s novels, he said, are some of the favorite sci-fi worlds he’s been a part of. They’re about the FBI in space. “I co-wrote them,” he said. “They’re very interesting from a scientific point of view. My co-writer was well-versed in it and I was an admirer. I really liked what he wrote.” Though he wouldn’t say he prefers writing to acting, he does enjoy that writing lets him live in his own world. “The novels are Zero-G and Zero-G 2. The sequel came out last year. And they’re just fascinating to write. We started talking about the spaceships–the spaceship’s pointed and it uses propulsion of some kind–I had become interested in the dhow sailing ship with its triangular sail that was used in the Mediterranean for a long time. So I imagined that this spaceship would have a dhow sail. A triangular sail. Then we made it a triangular sail of reflective material, and it catches the solar wind and goes faster and faster because the wind never stops.”“Imagine,” Shatner said. “Letting your mind dwell on a sailboat in space. That’s kind of fun.William Shatner’s latest sci-fi movie is out now, and he says it’s something everyone can enjoy. “It’s a fun movie, it’s good for the whole family. The adults will recognize the humor in it. The kids will love the fact that plants love each other and there’s a nice story to it. It’s a real family picture, and that gives me great pleasure to be able to say.”Aliens Ate My Homework is out now. Shatner is Santa: Actor Auctions Signed ‘Doctor Who’ Xmas ScriptMoney to Burn Poll: Should You Buy a William Shatner Halloween Mask? Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | June 04, 2013 CMS Reports Reduced Cost Growth Will Extend Medicare Solvency CMS says a number of factors have contributed to the improved outlook Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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June 4, 2013 — The Medicare trustees have projected that the trust fund that finances Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2026, two years beyond what was projected in last year’s report.“The Medicare Hospital Insurance trust fund is projected to be solvent for longer, which is good news for beneficiaries,” said Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we are taking important steps to improve the delivery of care for seniors with Medicare. These reforms aim to reduce spending while improving the quality of care, and they are an important down payment on solving Medicare’s long-term financial issues.”A number of factors have contributed to the improved outlook, including lower-than-expected Part A spending in 2012, and lower projected Medicare Advantage program costs. Recent data from the Medicare Advantage program indicate that certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act will help reduce the growth of spending in this program by more than was previously projected. Partially offsetting these lower spending projections are somewhat lower projected levels of tax revenue.Medicare spending per beneficiary has grown quite slowly over the past few years and is projected to continue growing slowly over the next several years. From 2010 to 2012, Medicare spending per beneficiary grew at 1.7 percent annually, more slowly than the average rate of growth in the Consumer Price Index, and substantially more slowly than the per capita rate of growth in the economy. Thanks in part to the cost controls implemented in the Affordable Care Act, spending is projected to continue to grow slower than the overall economy for the next several years.The benefits of this slower growth accrue to both taxpayers and beneficiaries. For example, although the Part B premium for 2014 will not be determined until later this year, the preliminary estimate in the report indicates that it will remain unchanged from the 2013 premium.For more information: www.cms.govlast_img read more

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first_img Thursday, October 4, 2018 $50 Amazon.ca gift cards with new Rail Europe incentive Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Agent Incentives, Deutsche Bahn, Rail Europe WHITE PLAINS — Agents can experience their own ‘Oktoberquest’ this fall with a new educational promotion from Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European train tickets, passes and tours in North America.The Agent Oktoberquest carrier of the month incentive, featuring Deutsche Bahn, invites agents to ‘Become an Über-Expert’ in German Rail from Oct. 1 to 31, 2018.In addition clients can take advantage of the ‘German Rail Pass Autumn Promotion running Oct. 1, 2018 – Jan. 31, 2019.To participate agents are asked to log onto the Rail Europe Agent site at https://agent.raileurope.ca/ and answer 12 questions as part of ‘Oktoberquest’.Each of the highlighted letters will be used to unscramble a secret word. Every agent who answers the questions and the secret word correctly will receive a $50 Amazon.com/Amazon.ca gift card and a German Rail swag bag.Agents should look for the DB logo on the Rail Europe home page, use Agent’s Corner, and click on Country and City Guides to track down the answers to each question.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Terms and conditions apply and are subject to change at any time, and limited quantities are available.Agents can discover what is central to the German rail network and its products and services by exploring Rail Europe’s agent website, rich in resources and information that can help them qualify their clients and get them on board for an adventure throughout Germany, says Rail Europe.In addition to learning more about selling German Rail Passes and German rail travel on the Rail Europe site, agents can use the German Rail Pass Autumn Promotion to save clients money and help close sales to Germany.The promotion offers travelers a 10% discount on German Rail Pass Flexi for 3 days within one month and 3 days consecutive and 20 percent on German Rail Pass Flexi for 7 days within one month and 7 days consecutive.The German Rail Pass Flexi for 2 days within one month and 2 days consecutive will also be available during the promotion period, offering two exclusive validities to accommodate fewer days of train travel.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksAgents must purchase the German Rail Passes for clients Oct. 1 – Dec. 7, 2018, for travel Oct. 1 – Jan. 31, 2019.last_img read more

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first_imgAir New Zealand and Air China have today signed a Statement of Intent as part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to New Zealand.The new alliance will pave the way for a strategic alliance on services between China and New Zealand.The proposed alliance between the two national flag carriers and Star Alliance partners would see Air China operate a new direct Beijing – Auckland service in addition to Air New Zealand’s existing Shanghai – Auckland service.In addition to a new route, an alliance between the carriers would bring significant benefits to customers travelling in both directions including better network connections in both China and New Zealand and increased frequency of flights.Air New Zealand chief executive officer Christopher Luxon, said that a deeper bilateral agreement between the two airlines would help to facilitate both business and tourism links between the two countries.“China is New Zealand’s second largest inbound visitor market and we expect interest in visiting New Zealand to continue to grow amongst Chinese travellers, however, China remains a challenging market for us to operate to,” Mr Luxon said.“Working with a strong, well respected home market carrier like Air China would give us a huge opportunity to convert this potential growth, while jointly offering the additional capacity to support it.”Air China chief executive officer Song Zhiyong, said that Air China is committed to being a global hub carrier and alliances and partnerships are an important way to expand its international network.“In the past three years we have witnessed double digit annual growth in the number of Chinese outbound tourists, New Zealand is one of the most important markets for outbound travel from China and Air China is confident about the promising future of this market,” Mr Zhiyong said.Following today’s signing the airlines will progress discussions with a view to reaching an agreement early next year which can then be filed for regulatory approval.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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first_imgSource = Excite Holidays Home to iconic theme parks, golden sandy beaches, mouthwatering culinary delights, and some of the world’s best tourist hotspots, California offers everything and more!For the next six weeks, in collaboration with Visit California, we will be taking agents on an adventure through the Golden State. From West Hollywood to Orange County, San Francisco to the North Coast and San Diego to Palm Springs, we will cover everything from surf to snow, city to desert, and everything in between. When it comes to shopping, restaurants, family fun, entertainment, culture, and the outdoors, we have picked out the best of the best to help agents design the trip of a lifetime for their clients.Our curated guide can be found by CLICKING HEREWe are also excited to be giving away an amazing California-inspired prize ​every day for 45 days​!All agents have to do is make a paid California booking between 24 April 2017 andSunday 4 June 2017, and they will automatically go into the draw to win an incredible prize that same day.In addition, for every room night booked in California during the campaign period, agents will receive double rewards points! Excite Holidays goes California DreamingExcite Holidays goes California Dreaminglast_img read more