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Runners Complete Paris Half Marathon For Naked Heart FoundationRunners Complete Paris Half Marathon For Naked Heart Foundation

first_imgOn 6 March 2016, the Naked Heart Foundation – set up by Natalia Vodianova, Guerlain makeup and Shalimar fragrance muse – joined forces with Guerlain to take part in the Paris Half Marathon.Natalia Vodianova Greats Team Members At Paris Half MarathonThis year’s fundraising goal was to continue charity’s “Summer with Purpose” project and organise much needed integrative summer camps for children and young adults with autistic spectrum disorders across Russia.Every March for seven years running, la Maison Guerlain as a committed brand and the Naked Heart Foundation, have been taking part in the Paris Half Marathon. The team this year had 79 runners, consisting of Guerlain and Naked Heart Foundation staff and a number of volunteers, who selflessly raised money for the charity’s work with children with special needs.Laurent Boillot, Guerlain CEO, also took part, and among the other runners there was Naked Heart Foundation trustee Sandra Nedvetskaia, Swiss artist Olympia Scarry, Systems Magazine co-founder Alexia Niedzielski, Museum Frieder Burda curator Patricia Kamp and Natalia Vodianova’s eldest son Lucas Portman.Natalia, who has successfully completed several Paris Half Marathons in the past, personally greeted all the team members at the finish line.The team have managed to raise more than €230,000 in private donations through taking part in the run and there’s still time to support Natalia or any of the other runners on the team’s official fundraising page: “Summer with Purpose” project will provide children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders with an opportunity to enjoy a much-needed summer break. Integrative summer camps, run by the Naked Heart Foundation, bring significant positive changes to lives of people with autism and their families all over Russia. These camps will contribute to the development of their social and communication skills and give them a chance to make friends and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere. The project started in 2015 and provided advanced training to 10 specialists and helped organise 5 integrative summer camps for 57 children and young adults with special needs. Now those specialists are applying the methods and approaches they learned on a daily basis and are training their colleagues and volunteers in working with children with autism.last_img read more


first_imgNav performs at the Juno Awards in London, Ont., Sunday, March 17, 2019. Rapper Nav is latest Canadian to sit atop the Billboard album chart. ~ Frank Gunn / THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img In Canada, the album debuted in the top spot as well, with 10,000 units.The 29-year-old rapper’s tally was helped by solid streaming numbers and various merchandise bundles sold through his website.Fans could pick up an array of items, from hoodies to a 12-pack of “Bad Habits”-branded Styrofoam cups, and each included a refundable code for the digital album.Several days after its March 22 release, Nav reissued the album in a “deluxe version” with eight additional tracks.He also released an array of new merchandise bundles during the sales week, including a package that offered an early access pass for his concerts and the album for $10. Facebook Login/Register With: TORONTO — Rapper Nav is the latest Canadian to sit atop the Billboard album chart.The Toronto performer, born Navraj Goraya, scored his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Bad Habits, released on the Weeknd’s XO record label.It sold the equivalent of 82,000 album units for the week ending March 28, a figure that includes both physical and digital sales as well as streaming numbers.last_img read more

TSX resumes last weeks sell off despite strong gains from cannabis sectorTSX resumes last weeks sell off despite strong gains from cannabis sector

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index resumed last week’s selloff by closing down slightly on Monday despite strong gains by the cannabis-heavy health sector just days before the drug’s legalization.The markets are just trying to find a little bit of footing at the start of the corporate earnings season after last week’s spike in volatility, said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist for Edward Jones.North American markets lost ground during the day after ending Friday on the upswing following a few days of heavy losses.“I think we’re going to get this kind of tennis match between the ongoing anxiety of the selloff and probably the positive news of corporate earnings and that probably can keep the markets bouncing around,” he said in an interview from San Francisco.“I expect volatility to continue this week, probably not to the degrees we saw last week but I think the balance between those two forces at the moment are probably going to keep the markets a little bit on edge this week.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down slightly, losing 4.82 points to 15,409.47, after dipping to a low of 15,398.47 on 246.8 million shares traded.The health care sector gained 6.7 per cent, followed by gold. Information technology, energy and financial sectors were the biggest losers on the day.Energy was down on some geopolitical concerns related to the suspected death of a Washington Post columnist after he had entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey.Most cannabis stocks enjoyed solid gains as the enthusiasm that has driven the sector higher continued.Fehr expects the exuberance will continue past Wednesday’s legalization of recreational cannabis use.“I don’t think that that has to necessarily come an end just because of legalization but I think the enthusiasm will wane once the kind of the shimmer wears off this newness to the growth story here.”He said the momentum enjoyed by cannabis shares is very similar to cryptocurrencies earlier this year.“That can only last for so long,” Fehr added. “At some point this sector, these companies are going to have to rely on growth, they’re going to have to rely on revenues and profits as a driver of their stock prices.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 89.44 points to 25,250.55. The S&P 500 index shed 16.34 points to 2,750.79, while the Nasdaq composite was off 66.15 points to 7,430.74.Fehr warned investors not to look at the market volatility as the beginning of the end of the bull run because it’s not driven by news about a global or North American downturn.“Instead I look at it much more as a healthy, normal type of correction that’s just based off of some concerns about some trends that we’ve known about for some time.”The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.96 US compared with an average of 76.7 cents US on Friday.The November crude contract was up 44 cents at US$71.78 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was up 8.1 cents at US$3.24 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$8.30 at US$1,230.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.2 cents at US$2.79 a pound.last_img read more

Foreign Movie Productions in Morocco Exceed MAD 500 Million in 2014Foreign Movie Productions in Morocco Exceed MAD 500 Million in 2014

By Sapha BouamaraRabat – During the first six months of this year, the value of investments in foreign films in Morocco reached up to MAD 502 million, with a total of twenty-two foreign movies and TV productions filmed before the end of this past month.Morocco has been always known for its great and big landmarks, like the Kasbahs of Ouarzazate, the exotic monuments in Marrakech or Tangier’s breathtaking scenery. Many famous movies have been filmed in Morocco such as Babel, a multi-narrative Drama directed by Alejandro González and written by Guillermo Arriaga and starring Brad Pitt or Rock the Kasbah an American comedy film directed by Barry Levinson, with many film stars including Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Kate Hudson. These past few years, the cinema in Morocco has grown. According to the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre, just in this past six months more than MAD 500 Million, ($61 Million) was invested in the production of movies in Morocco. The whole of last year, the investment was only twenty-four million dollars.Morocco had more than 20 movie sets, nine of which are American movies, four French and some from different countries like Germany and Canada. And last May, the German movie producer and director Tom Tykwer filmed some of his movie, “A Hologram For The King,” in Moroccans cities like Laayoun, Tata and Ouarzazate studios.Earlier this year, the movie Queen of The Desert directed by Werner Herzog, a German producer and actor, took place in Marzouga, Marrakesh, Arfoud and Ouarzazate, Morocco. The move gathered big and well-known actors and actresses like Nichol Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattison and about 50 Moroccan actors and more than 1000 extras and 65 Moroccan technicians who helped during the filming.Morocco hosted over 50 movies that were entirely or partially shot in different cities. Some of them are famous movies like The Mummy, The Hills Have Eyes, Body of Lies and even some shots from Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio.1 United States Dollar = 8.25 Moroccan Dirham (MAD). Edited by Ann Smith read more

How does the fox pleadHow does the fox plead

Hamilton Police have arrested a fox-masked man wanted in a New Year’s Day gas bar robbery.They say Dylan Wynne, 29, and another man walked into the Esso on Main St, assaulted the cashier and took off with an unknown amount of cash. Yesterday Wynne turned himself into police and was charged with robbery and breach of probation. Police are thanking the public for their help in this case.

Chinese court orders Johnson Johnson to pay damages in lawsuit under antimonopolyChinese court orders Johnson Johnson to pay damages in lawsuit under antimonopoly

BEIJING, China – Health care giant Johnson & Johnson has become the latest global company accused of misconduct in China after a court ordered it to pay damages to a distributor in a lawsuit brought under an anti-monopoly law.The ruling by a Shanghai court expands use of the vaguely worded, 5-year-old anti-monopoly law and raises the possibility of action against other foreign companies. It comes amid Chinese investigations of possible bribery, price-fixing and other misconduct by global suppliers of milk, pharmaceuticals and other products.“This case is a warning to companies, including Chinese and foreign ones, that the Chinese government is increasing the intensity of anti-monopoly investigations,” said Wang Xiang, a lawyer for the firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.Johnson & Johnson was found guilty of “vertical monopoly” for setting minimum prices its distributors could charge for surgical sutures, according to Thursday’s ruling. The court said that caused the Chinese distributor to lose potential sales and awarded 530,000 yuan ($85,000) for lost profits.A phone message left for Johnson & Johnson’s spokesman in China was not returned.There have been few court rulings so far on the law. That has fed uncertainty about how it will apply to global companies that are eager to expand in the world’s second-largest economy.Chinese regulators have cited the law in ordering changes to acquisitions or business practices. In 2009, they blocked Coca-Cola Co. from buying a Chinese fruit juice producer.Business groups welcomed the 2008 law as a step toward clarifying operating conditions in China. Since then, they have said it is enforced more actively against foreign companies than against their Chinese rivals.Beijing is especially sensitive to consumer prices at a time when Communist leaders face pressure to contain surging living costs.Last month, two dairies — Nestle SA and FrieslandCampina — announced price cuts after authorities launched an investigation of possible price-fixing by foreign milk suppliers. They also were accused of using vertical monopolies.Also last month, police detained four employees of GlaxoSmithKline on charges they bribed doctors to prescribe the British pharmaceutical giant’s drugs.The Johnson & Johnson ruling was the first involving a Fortune 500 company in an anti-monopoly case, according to lawyers and Chinese news reports.The judge, Ding Wenlian, said the ruling reflected the law’s intention of protecting consumers and “public interests,” according to the government’s Xinhua News Agency.Johnson & Johnson was accused of improperly setting minimum sale prices to maintain its image as a premium brand, according to a court announcement. It said the company has since stopped imposing that condition on distributors.The Chinese law says companies with a large market share must let market forces set prices. Companies with monopoly power are defined as one with 50 per cent of sales in a given market or two that account for a total of two-thirds of sales.The Johnson & Johnson ruling and price-fixing probes suggest Chinese authorities see all minimum price agreements as illegal, according to Ning Xuanfeng, a lawyer for the firm King & Wood Mallesons.Companies that continue to use them “will be exposed to a great risk of being investigated or being sued,” Ning said in an email. She said a company can be convicted of operating a “vertical monopoly” if a minimum price agreement is found to exist even if its sales are below the legal threshold for monopoly power.Rainbow Medical Equipment & Supply Co. said it lost its contract with Johnson & Johnson in 2009 after it submitted a bid to supply sutures to a Beijing hospital at a price below the U.S. company’s standard. Rainbow Medical it had worked for Johnson & Johnson for 15 years.A Shanghai court rejected Rainbow Medical’s lawsuit seeking 14 million yuan ($2.2 million). But a higher court ordered Johnson & Johnson to reimburse it for lost profits.Foreign business groups also have expressed concern about a section of the anti-monopoly law that forbids abuse of intellectual property rights to hamper competition. Companies worry it might be used to force them to give know-how to potential Chinese rivals.In the Coca-Cola case, regulators said its $2.5 billion bid for Huiyuan Juice Group would harm competition by giving the U.S. company too large a market share. Industry analysts said Beijing didn’t want to see a successful homegrown brand fall into foreign hands.___Associated Press researcher Fu Ting contributed to this report. by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 2:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chinese court orders Johnson & Johnson to pay damages in lawsuit under anti-monopoly law read more

Alberta aims to keep deficit at 61B despite low oil prices financeAlberta aims to keep deficit at 61B despite low oil prices finance

Alberta aims to keep deficit at $6.1B despite low oil prices: finance minister by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 10:28 am MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci talks to reporters before the start of a meeting with Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his provincial and territorial counterparts, in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. Ceci says his government’s goal is to keep this year’s deficit at $6.1 billion despite oil prices that continue to slide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand EDMONTON – Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the government’s goal is to keep this year’s deficit at $6.1 billion despite oil prices that continue to slide.Ceci said Tuesday he doesn’t plan to make changes to his budget plan before the end of the financial year March 31.“The goal is still to do what we said we were going to do,” Ceci said in a conference call.“Mid-course corrections (are) not something that I’m contemplating. The situation with commodities is dire, but it is for all of Canada, too.”Alberta’s budget is based on an average West Texas Intermediate price of US$50 for a barrel of oil. In recent weeks, the price has slipped well under $40 a barrel. As of Tuesday, it was below US$37.Ceci said he’s heartened by some forecasts that say there’s nowhere to go but up.“In some respects, people think it might be the bottom of the trough and that things are going to be building and getting better going forward.“Certainly … for Albertans that would be a really good outcome.”The province’s long-term budget forecast is for multibillion-dollar deficits until 2019-20. There are also plans for $34 billion in infrastructure spending over the next five years, bringing the projected capital debt by 2020 to more than $47 billion.The opposition parties have criticized Premier Rachel Notley’s New Democrats for not doing more to rein in spending and for not having a plan to repay the capital debt.On Friday, the international assessor Standard and Poor’s reduced Alberta’s credit rating to AA-plus from AAA in part because of the NDP’s budget plan.Ceci has said the government is still looking for cost savings in departments and in a review of agencies, boards and commissions.He has also said a number of initiatives that were to start in 2016-17 — including a child-care benefit, a reduction in school fees and a school nutrition program — may have to be put on hold or get reduced funding.One initiative that is going ahead is a student summer hiring program. read more

New manufacturing advisory service launchedNew manufacturing advisory service launched

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Business Minister Mark Prisk and the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC), have today announced the launch of a new national programme, which will focus on helping small and medium manufacturing businesses to grow.The new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is now available to all manufacturing businesses across England. It will be delivered by the MAC, which is comprised of Grant Thornton, Pera, WM Manufacturing Consortium Ltd and SWMAS Ltd. It has been estimated that the new MAS will help to generate £1.5 billion in economic growth, create 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.Business Minister Mark Prisk said, “Manufacturing contributes half of Britain’s exports and has much higher productivity than the rest of the economy so it is essential to our plans for growth. That is why we are taking steps to ensure our industrial base is thriving as part of a strong and balanced UK economy.“The new Manufacturing Advisory Service will play a key role, providing tailored advice to businesses helping them to grow and thrive, with a specific focus on helping SMEs improve competitiveness and unlock their growth potential.”Small manufacturing businesses will also have access to a new initiative recently announced by the government to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains. The fund, of up to £125 million, will cover the whole of England and will help to support the UK supply chain, encourage new suppliers to invest in the UK and support economic growth.Businesses interested in finding out more about the programme can find out more by visiting or by calling an advisor on 0845 658 9600.A flourishing UK supply base is fundamental to the future success of the wider automotive industry. Click through to read about how SMMT is strengthening the supply chain.Visit the Automotive Council website to find out more about the aims and objectives of its Supply Chain Group. read more

Ohio State mens soccer set for Big Ten match after 5 daysOhio State mens soccer set for Big Ten match after 5 days

Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris (6) dribbles the ball during a game against Indiana on Oct. 12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-1.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternHeading into another matchup with a Big Ten opponent, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will have the benefit of one thing it hasn’t had in weeks — rest.The five days of rest between OSU’s 2-1 loss to then-No. 10 Indiana on Sunday and this weekend’s matchup at Wisconsin (2-8-2, 0-4-0) is the longest break the team has received in almost a month.OSU (4-5-3, 2-2-0) senior midfielder Yianni Sarris said the team appreciates the time off.“I think (the rest) is going to be huge for us,” Sarris said. “I don’t think we’ve had a full week of rest since the beginning of the year. We’ve got some guys injured right now, so hopefully we can get everyone on track and feeling better and be ready for Wisconsin on Saturday.”Sarris said he is dealing with a “banged-up” knee but will use the week to recover in time for the weekend.OSU coach John Bluem also said he was glad to see the break because of his team’s performance after time off this season.“We’ve played well when we’ve had an extended rest and have had more time to prepare,” Bluem said. “Hopefully that will be the case again.”Bluem said he gave the team a full day off on Monday after facing Indiana the day before.The Badgers sit at the bottom of the Big Ten standings with their 0-4 conference record. However, junior defender Kyle Culbertson said he does not believe the Buckeyes can take Wisconsin — or any other Big Ten team — lightly.“I don’t think we can relax,” Culbertson said. “I think there’s been a lot of things to show that our conference is pretty tough, through and through.”Bluem agreed, saying that he expects every game on the Big Ten schedule to be a close battle.“I wish I could say we could relax,” Bluem said. “But I think every team in the conference is capable of winning a game against anyone else. And certainly we’re one of those teams, as well.“We’re going to be in all these games, they’re going to be close games. We just have to find, and do, whatever it takes to get a result.”Preventing goals has been an issue for the Badgers this season. In eight out of 12 games, they have allowed two or more goals. However, OSU is tied for last in the Big Ten with a goal per game average of one.Despite the Badgers’ record, Bluem had high remarks for his team’s upcoming opponent.“Wisconsin looks like a very good team,” Bluem said. “It’s surprising to me that they’re 2-8-2. I know they’re a very, very young team, so hopefully we’ll be able to take advantage of that.”Wisconsin only carries three seniors on its roster, compared to 12 true freshmen.Sarris said Wisconsin’s losing record is of no interest to the team.“Our goal is to approach everyone like they’re a top-five opponent,” Sarris said. “Regardless if they’re ranked or not ranked, we’re going to treat them like they’re a top-ranked opponent because we can’t afford to lose any more matches.”Sarris said he has no doubt the team will be unprepared for Wisconsin with that mindset intact.“We will be ready,” he said.After the game at Madison, Wis., OSU is set to begin a three-game home stand against Bowling Green on Wednesday. That game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Sport federations donate to relief victims of Attica firesSport federations donate to relief victims of Attica fires

first_imgWith the devastating fires in Attica, Greece killing at least 77 people and counting, Greek sport federations have stepped up to show support to victims.Greek football club Olympiakos has stated that they are alongside all the Greeks mourning, and have announced they will be donating €1 million to try and help those people affected by the disaster. They will also open accounts in banks to allow for people to lend all the support they can.PAOK FC has also stated that all the proceeds of their next match against Basel will go towards helping rebuild the damage done and to relieve the families affected.It seems that other federations have been inspired to do the same, as the Hellenic Tennis Federation has donated €1,000 to those in need of recovery and also encouraged others to do the same.The Hellenic Association of Mass Popular Sports has also communicated its sorrow of the lives lost and the destruction the country has suffered in an official statement on their website.They have appealed to all the associations in Greece to assist in the gathering of necessary items for the victims.“What is absolutely necessary at this time is pharmaceutical material and mainly gauze, Betadine, Fucidin, baby diapers, baby wipes and long-keeping foods (paximadia, biscuits, etc.),” reads their statement.Other federations, including The Greek Basketball Federation, The Hellenic Football Federation, The Hellenic Swimming Federation, The Pan-Hellenic Association of Paid Soccer Players, The Greek Volleyball Federation, The Greek Handball Federation, The Greek Taekwondo Federation and The Greek Judo Federation, also conveyed their condolences to the victims who have been struck by the tragedy. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Exconvict arrested in connection to murder of East Village business ownerExconvict arrested in connection to murder of East Village business owner

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man who allegedly murdered the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim’s downtown business while wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask is in custody, facing charges of murder and robbery. San Diego police reported Thursday.Kevin Eugene Cartwright, 51, allegedly killed 49-year-old Ghedeer “Tony” Radda of El Cajon, a married father of two young children, last week at Bottom Price Flooring in the 1000 block of G Street.Homicide detectives arrested Cartwright in El Cajon on Wednesday, Lt. Matt Dobbs said. It was unclear what led them to identify Cartwright as the suspected killer.A customer made an emergency call shortly after 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 to report finding Radda dead in his store. The victim’s cause of death and details about the alleged robbery that apparently precipitated the killing have not been released.A surveillance camera at the victim’s downtown business captured images of the suspected murderer, who was accompanied by a woman wearing blue jeans, a dark-colored jacket and a purple wig. She remains unidentified and at large.Radda, who owned and operated his flooring business for 16 years, is survived by his wife and two daughters, ages 8 and 5, according to a page set up to assist his family.A statement on the donation website memorializes the victim as a “charming, soft-spoken man with a heart of gold.”“Ghedeer meant everything to his family,” the online tribute states. “Together, they have lost a husband, father, son, brother, cousin, uncle and nephew whom they loved immensely.”Cartwright was being held at San Diego Central Jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.RELATED STORY: Business owner identified as victim in East Village homicide, suspects at large Ex-convict arrested in connection to murder of East Village business owner October 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Updated: 8:34 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 18, 2018last_img read more

IBT Names Global EditorInChief VP of Sales People on the Move –IBT Names Global EditorInChief VP of Sales People on the Move –

first_img Hearst Snapchat channel Sweet has named Ross Clark vice president and general manager, where he will oversee long-term strategy, business development, product distribution, revenue and marketplace positioning. Before joining the company, Clark served as senior director of business development and strategy at Condé Nast Entertainment. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Previously, Candappa held a number of positions at Thomson Reuters, where he worked for the past 16 years. These included regional editor for Asia and Americas, deputy managing editor, global markets editor, and more.  Time Inc. has also promoted Charlie Kammerer from group publisher of Real Simple, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Health, and My Recipes, to president, lifestyle. Kammerer will oversee Real Simple, Cozi, Cooking Light, MyRecipes, Health, and Sunset & Coastal Living. In his new position, Candappa will lead the brand’s editorial operations globally and run the US newsroom. He will also work closely with Davis and the editorial team to increase International Business Times’ visibility, journalistic excellence and authority, and more. “Dayan is the key to this next step and brings a world of newsroom experience to our talented team. While great reporting is still core to our mission, we believe Dayan will help us drive even greater modernization of the user experience, more data-driven reporting, and will be putting video and social media at the forefront of our strategy,” Davis said in a press release. Bloomberg Media has named Ambika Nigam global head of mobile applications and Claisian Phillips global head of audience growth and strategy. Nigam will work on improving the digital experience across Bloomberg’s portfolio of consumer apps, among other responsibilities. Meanwhile, Phillips will be responsible for deepening the brand’s understanding of digital users, and drive strategy around registration/data collection and usage. Michelle Fields, who filed battery charges against Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has joined The Huffington Post as a conservative reporter. She will cover Donald Trump and his campaign. MaryAnn Bekkedahl has joined Time Inc., where she will serve as president, fashion and luxury. She will oversee InStyle, StyleWatch, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Departures. Bekkedahl joins the company from Keep Holdings, where she served as co-founder.center_img Michael Schnaidt has been named deputy design director at Popular Science, effective June 1. Before joining the company, Schnaidt served as senior art director at Men’s Health. He previously held art director positions at Esquire and Entertainment Weekly. Laura Wallis, Leigh Crandall, Dawn Sinkowski, Joanna Garcia, and Claire Sullivan have all joined Martha Stewart Wedddings. In the editorial department, Wallis has been named executive editor and Crandall has been named senior editor. In the photography department, Sinkowski has been named photo director for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings and Garcia has been named associate photo editor. Sullivan will serve as editorial assistant for both titles.  Meanwhile, Bosakewich will lead operations for the sales team and assume responsibility for client facing relationships representing IBT media’s multi-platform media offerings. She will also create a global sales strategy, in collaboration with IBT Media’s data, marketing, and editorial teams. Most recently, Bosakewich served as director of business development and publisher relations at Zoomin.TV. Previously, she held senior sales positions at Televisa Publishing, Condé Nast, Editorial Televisia, and SBS. In the meantime, Men’s Health has promoted Clint Carter from senior associate editor to senior editor, with a focus on gear, tech, and adventure travel. Stu Rothenberg announced he is leaving Roll Call, where he served as a political analyst and columnist. According to Politico, Rothenberg decided to leave because he disagrees with the paper’s change in coverage. International Business Times has named Dayan Candappa global editor-in-chief and Madelin Bosakewich vice president of sales. Candappa will report directly to co-founder and chief content officer Johnathan Davis, while Bosakewich will report to Mitchell Caplan, chief marketing officer. Surface Media has announced that Michael Fragoso, Sarah Swartz, Rachel Small, and Jennifer Parker have all joined the company. Fragoso previously served as brand manager at LDV Hospitality and will support integrated marketing/communications. Swartz joins the brand from In House Ideas, and will serve as events manager, while Small joins from Interview, and will serve as associate editor. Previously, Parker worked at Blouin ArtInfo and Bloomberg News, and will assume the role of surface stuiods editor.last_img read more

Doctor Who and the Tale of the Magic HaddockDoctor Who and the Tale of the Magic Haddock

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster This article contains spoilers for “Smile,” episode two of Doctor Who season 10.Past or future?For her first proper TARDIS adventure, Bill wants to know if the fate of the world is a “happy” one.The Earth colony they arrive at—despite its “pure, soaring optimism”—is, of course, anything but as happy as it seems.In a far-off future, when technology has outpaced humans, and people are living in small colonies on distant planets, artificially intelligent robots called Vardy fly in swarms, pollinating wheat fields and keeping everyone happy.The bird-like critters are controlled by impractical-looking androids (I really hope our robot overlords are more pragmatic). They “speak” emoji, expressing feelings via digital eyebrow arches and wide-eyed grins.Don’t be fooled by the Emojibots (via BBC)Don’t be fooled by the smiley faces and thumbs-up icons: The Emojibots handing out mood indicator badges, serving up blue cubes of Jell-o algae, and greeting everyone with a smile.And by “everyone,” I mean the Doctor and Bill—suspiciously the only two non-cyborg lifeforms in the entire city of Erehwon (“Nowhere” spelled backward).“Where are all the people?” the Doctor wonders.Dead; reduced to fertilizer for the planet.The Emojibots had one job: keep colonists happy. But what happens when someone can’t turn their frown upside down?Designed by humans to maintain bliss—ensuring there’s enough oxygen and water, etc.—the Vardy were not programmed to deal with grief. So when the first colonist died, and her friends and family reacted as normal humans would, the robots identified grief “as the enemy of happiness,” and everyone experiencing it as a problem. As a result, they did the most charitable thing they knew how: shut off the humans.Exterminate (via BBC)The “scary, handsome, genius from space” is only able to save the colony once he realizes he needs to save the Emojibots, too.Penned by Frank Cottrell-Boyce—beloved children’s author and writer of Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and the upcoming Goodbye Christopher Robin biopic—the episode expertly develops the Doctor and Bill’s relationship, which plays off the pair’s natural chemistry.I do wish the production team had more fun with the mood indicators, particularly Peter Capaldi’s, the expressive Doctor deserved more spirited emojis.The term, made popular by modern smartphones, dates back to the late 1990s; the word comes from the Japanese “e” (meaning “picture”) and “moji” (meaning “character” or “letter”).So, we’re carrying on with Doctor Who: 101, learning more about this madman with a box through the eyes of his curious companion—from the Doctor bragging about stealing the TARDIS to Bill uncovering the cause of his excessively high blood pressure (two hearts, two heartbeats, two algae cubes).Table for two (via BBC)“Smile” also shined a light on Nardole’s role in the Doctor’s life. During his brief appearance at the beginning of the episode, the maternal alien makes it clear he’s keeping a tight leash on the Time Lord, who has broken his oath to stay on Earth “unless it’s an emergency.”“A long time ago, a thing happened. As a result of the thing, I made a promise. As a result of the promise, I have to stay on Earth,” the Doctor vaguely explains to Bill.“Guarding a vault?” “Guarding a vault.”The latter, introduced in season 10 opener “The Pilot,” remains unexplained. Probably retiring showrunner Steven Moffat’s ultimate swan song, the dungeon is likely to make regular appearances throughout the season, culminating in a mind-blowing surprise during the two-part finale.Missed episode one of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “The Pilot,” as well as our review of Patrick Ness-helmed spin-off Class.last_img read more

DGH to renegotiate fiscal terms with Cairn IndiaDGH to renegotiate fiscal terms with Cairn India

first_imgThe Oil Ministry has asked sectoral regulator DGH to renegotiate fiscal terms of Cairn India’s Rajasthan oil block before its licence can be extended beyond the contractual period.“We have asked DGH to renegotiate terms with both the contractors, Cairn and Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC),” a senior government official said.Cairn’s contractual term for exploring and producing oil from the Rajasthan Block RJ-ON-90/2 expires in 2020 and the company has made a formal application for extending the licence by another 10 years saying that the block also has significant potential to produce natural gas. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAs per the Production Sharing Contract (PSC), the licence can be extended by 5 years if it is oil bearing, and by 10 years if it has natural gas potential. ONGC, which is the licensee of the block, has agreed to 10 year extension but asked the ministry to decide if fiscal terms need to be renegotiated. The official said the ministry put the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons on the job after the Law Ministry opined that fiscal terms can be renegotiated while granting extension beyond contractual period. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsThe government can look at raising its share of oil from the fields from a current cap of up to 50 per cent as well as allowing state-owned ONGC to raise its stake. Asked for an opinion on the issue by the Oil Ministry, the Law Ministry stated that the extension of contract can be done only on “mutually agreed terms and conditions” by all parties to the contract ie government, ONGC and Cairn. He said the ministry has stated that the PSC for the Rajasthan block clearly states that extension can be granted on “mutually agreed” terms and conditions. The phrase mutual agreement clearly indicates a new agreement implying thereby that the parties to the agreement are at liberty to renegotiate the terms and conditions of the contract including fiscal terms and conditions, it has opined. Accordingly, the administrative ministry can renegotiate the terms and conditions in the best interest of the Union of India before granting extension and there appears to be no legal objection in this regard, it added.On the term of extension, it left it to the oil ministry to decide based on ground facts. ONGC holds 30 per cent interest in the Rajasthan block.Contractually the Rajasthan block is to return to ts licensee, ONGC after its term expires in 2020. Cairn India is the operator of the block with 70 per cent interest.last_img read more

Impressive WebAssembly Performance gains in FirefoxImpressive WebAssembly Performance gains in Firefox

first_imgImpressive WebAssembly Performance gains in Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on January 18, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: January 18, 2018 – 29 commentsMozilla has been on the forefront of WebAssembly development, a relatively new technology that offers better performance on the Web than JavaScript in many cases.WebAssembly offers several advantages over JavaScript. It takes less time to fetch, decode and compile WebAssembly code compared to JavaScript. You can check out this overview on Mozilla Hacks for a detailed article on the differences between WebAssembly and JavaScript.Mozilla engineer Lin Clark revealed yesterday that the upcoming Firefox 58 web browser would feature two new WebAssemblyfeatures that improve performance significantly.Streaming compilation enables the browser to compile code while it is downloaded and the new 2-tiered baseline compiler compiles code up to 15 times faster than the optimizing compiler.Clark notes that Firefox can compile code faster than it comes from the (average) network with these changes.A basic benchmark that Mozilla created shows impressive gains.I ran it using different browsers and here are the results:Firefox 57: 1400 ms (8.8 MB/s)Firefox Nightly: 176.7 ms (70.1 MB/s)Google Chrome 63: 2492 ms (5 MB/s)Google Chrome Canary 65: 7854.5 ms (1.6 MB/s)Microsoft Edge: 86 ms (143.9 MB/s)Opera 50: 4373.1 ms (2.8 MB/s)Vivaldi 1.14: 2036.7 ms (6.1 MB/s)Edge’s performance looks impressive on first glance but if you read this article on the MS Edge Development blog you will notice that Edge defers parsing WebAssembly functions until they are called.Under the hood, Chakra defers parsing WebAssembly functions until called, unlike other engines that parse and JIT functions at startup time.Lin notes that the optimizations allow Firefox on the desktop to compile 30 to 60 Megabytes of WebAssembly code per second. On “a pretty average” mobile, Firefox manages to compile 8 Megabytes per second.Mozilla plans to launch the WebAssembly improvements in Firefox 58. Firefox 58’s release date is January 23, 2018.Firefox users who run Beta or Nightly versions of the web browser can test the functionality already. You can run the basic benchmark that I linked above to see the difference, or run real-world applications or games that use WebAssembly instead.SummaryArticle NameImpressive WebAssembly Performance gains in FirefoxDescriptionMozilla engineer Lin Clark revealed yesterday that the upcoming Firefox 58 web browser would feature two new WebAssemblyfeatures that improve performance significantly.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more