As media cos income dips Google earns 47 bn from news in

first_imgWashington: Google made a whopping $4.7 billion from the work of journalists last year via search and Google News, taking a huge cut from the online ad revenue of media houses which lost a crucial source of income, resulting in many of them getting shrunk or closed, a media report said. News is a significant part of Google’s business, according to a study by the News Media Alliance (NMA) which represents more than 2,000 newspapers across the USA. The journalists who create that content deserve a cut of that $4.7 billion, president and chief executive of the NMA David Chavern was quoted as saying by The New York Times. The California-based internet giant made the amount from the work of news publishers in 2018 via search and Google News, it said. That $4.7 billion is nearly as much as the $5.1 billion brought in by the United States news industry as a whole from digital advertising last year, the report said. The NMA cautioned that its estimate for Google’s income was conservative. For one thing, it does not count the value of the personal data the company collects on consumers every time they click on an article like this one. “They make money off this arrangement and there needs to be a better outcome for news publishers,” Chavern said. “The study blatantly illustrates what we all know so clearly and so painfully,” said Terrance C Z Egger, the chief executive of Philadelphia Inquirer PBC, which publishes The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com. “The current dynamics in the relationships between the platforms and our industry are devastating,” Egger said. The NMA is making the study public in advance of a House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday on the interrelationship of big tech companies and the media. Some 40 per cent of the clicks on Google’s trending queries are for news. That’s content that Google does not pay for, the report said, although it often presents headlines from news outlets verbatim. Egger said the big tech companies should show some appreciation for the content that news publishers provide. Two giant companies Alphabet, which is Google’s parent, and Facebook are major distributors for news publishers. The two of them ferry more than 80 per cent of external traffic to various sites. That is a far cry from the analog days, when media barons controlled how their publications reached the public and collected all the ad income they generated. But Google and Facebook don’t steer news consumers to news sites out of altruism. Rather, their middleman role allows them to take a huge proportion of online ad revenue. As a result, legacy news outlets have lost a crucial source of income over the last couple of decades, which has led them in most cases to shrink or disappear. The big tech companies “like this business. It’s a good business, where you write for them,” Chavern added. Chavern said he hoped that an outcome of any conversation generated by the study would be the passage of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act which would give news publishers a four-year antitrust exemption, allowing them to collectively bargain with the owners of online platforms over revenue splitting. “News is an important form of content that sustains civic society. I think everybody from readers to writers to politicians understands that if journalism goes away, that’s a horrible outcome for whether we’re able to sustain the republic,” he said. Google, which did not reply to a request for comment, keeps much of its data about search and revenues in a black box alongside its algorithm, the NYT added. Google also spent $21.7 million on lobbying last year to influence lawmakers, becoming the leading corporate spender among the tech companies facing increasing scrutiny from US regulators over privacy practices and market control, according to a media report. Lobbying spending by tech companies has been on a steady rise in recent years and is way up over the past decade, according to the report in CNBC. The report cited data from the Center for Responsive Politics, which is a non-profit, nonpartisan research group that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy. As the biggest US technology companies face increasing scrutiny from regulators related to privacy practices and market control, they are spending a lot more money to try and influence lawmakers, it said. “No company in America is pouring more money into those efforts than Google,” the report said. Last year, the company spent $21.7 million on lobbying, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2009, Google spent just $4 million on lobbying, a number that increased fivefold by last year, it said. For two straight years, it’s been the top corporate spender, outranking traditional front-runners like Boeing and AT&T. Amazon and Facebook also reached record levels of lobbying expenditures in 2018, it said. For years, with their market caps climbing alongside their consumer influence, the largest US tech companies have prepared for the day when their business practices would be more thoroughly scrutinized, the report said. Reports surfaced last week that the Justice Department is preparing an antitrust probe of Google and has been given jurisdiction over Apple as part of a broader review into the tech industry. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has assumed oversight of Amazon and Facebook.last_img read more

Family members heckle doctor at Habra hospital after death of woman

first_imgKolkata: Tension spread among patients in Habra State General Hospital on Thursday morning, after the family members of a 56-year-old woman, who died of alleged medical negligence, heckled some doctors of the hospital.Laxmi Raha (56), a resident of Joygachi in Habra, was taken to the hospital after she complained of high fever. Raha died in the hospital on Thursday morning, following which chaos broke out at the hospital. The family members of the victim staged a protest demonstration inside the hospital complex. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter being informed by hospital authorities, police reached the spot and tried to pacify the irate mob. They asked the patient’s family members to submit a written complaint in the police station. When the police officers were trying to bring the situation under control, the deceased’s son, along with two others, attacked a doctor inside the hospital. The incident occurred in front of the policemen. A doctor was beaten up by the victim’s son and his two associates. However, on-duty police personnel managed to catch hold of the trio and they were detained. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The family members staged a demonstration inside the hospital, demanding stern action against the doctors, who they claimed were responsible for the death of the woman. The family members also alleged that the patient was not given proper treatment after she was admitted to the hospital with high fever. The police soon brought the situation under control and started a probe into the incident. The hospital authorities, however, claimed that the woman had serious complications when she was admitted to the hospital. The incident has happened within two months after some junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital were beaten up by the relatives of a deceased. The incident had triggered a stir in the state with the junior doctors continuing a strike, which was withdrawn following the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.last_img read more

NewsAlert Canadas Sharpe wins gold in womens ski halfpipe at Winter Olympics

first_imgBOKWANG, South Korea – Canadian freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe has won gold in the women’s ski halfpipe competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Sharpe, from Comox, B.C., finished with a score of 95.80 on a cool, sunny morning at Phoenix Park.France’s Marie Martinod took silver after crashing in her final run, guaranteeing Sharpe the top spot.American Brita Sigourney won bronze.Sharpe was the last skier to compete in the three-run final after winning the qualifying session a day earlier.She set the tone early in the final, getting a 94.40 in her first run down the halfpipe and following it up with a 95.80 in the second.The best of three runs is a skier’s final score in ski halfpipe.Calgary’s Rosalind Groenewoud finished 10th overall.More coming.last_img read more

CORNER GAS GETS ANIMATED

first_imgAdvertisement The original Dog River gang is all there: Brent, Lacey, Oscar, Hank, Davis, Karen, Wanda and Emma. (Emma’s original portrayer Janet Wright passed away in 2016; the role is now voiced by Corrine Koslo.) Photograph By CORNER GASS Facebook When CTV approached Brent Butt and his partners about bringing Corner Gas back to the small screen, the Vancouver comedian was admittedly leery.The sitcom — which ran for six seasons and followed the misadventures of gas station owner Brent (Butt), café owner Lacey (Gabrielle Miller), and zany friends and family in the fictional town of Dog River, Saskatchewan — was still universally beloved. It had even spawned a 2014 movie that played to sold-out crowds. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Why would Butt want to mess with that kind of legacy?One week to go!! Warm yourself up with a Corner Gas marathon. Catch an original episode every Monday-Saturday at 7:30am only on @comedynetwork! #CornerGasAnimated pic.twitter.com/wlCFyO3eAT— Corner Gas (@CornerGas) March 26, 2018“I didn’t really want to go back to the well and just do the same thing over again,” says Butt, who created the show. “Are we tempting fate? Are we going to screw up the legacy of this? And I didn’t want to do that. We all thought we needed to do something different or there would be no reason to do it again.”It’s a beautiful day in May of last year. Butt is seated on a couch in an engineer’s booth in Kozmic Sound, a busy recording studio near Cambie and Third.He’s taking a break from recording audio for a version of Corner Gas that is at once familiar and “something different”: Corner Gas Animated, a 13-episode cartoon series that premieres on The Comedy Network on April 2.The original Dog River gang is all there: Brent, Lacey, Oscar (Eric Peterson), Hank (Fred Ewanuick), Davis (Lorne Cardinal), Karen (Tara Spencer-Nairn), Wanda (Nancy Robertson), and Emma (Emma’s original portrayer Janet Wright passed away in 2016; the role is now voiced by Corrine Koslo). Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Lakshadweep islands on alert for terrorists who fled Sri Lanka

The Navy officer also informed the meeting that a boat from Tamil Nadu, named SS Rafai, with eight crew members and bearing false registration documents has been seized near Suheli island, he said.Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shibesh Singh briefed the meeting that his personnel are maintaining high alert in the area and all the passenger jetties and fish landing jetties have been kept on strict surveillance. Khan directed all the security forces including Navy, Coast Guard, CRPF, local police and intelligence units to exercise high alert. The administrator also directed these agencies to give special attention to the uninhabited islands and take up frequent joint patrolling, he said.Khan also directed the agencies that special security should be ensured at the Agatti island, the spokesperson said.The intelligence about the suspected movement of the terrorists was first received on May 23 from Sri Lankan authorities and the Kerala police has also been on alert since then. “The surveillance by Naval maritime patrol aircraft is also in progress and all possible measures have been taken to prevent such intrusion in any of the islands in Lakshadweep,” the spokesperson said, quoting defence officials. Sri Lanka witnessed a deadly terror attack on Apr 21 when eight blasts rocked the island nation, claiming over 250 lives. The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack. He said Naval officers briefed Khan that both the Navy and Coast Guard vessels are undertaking enhanced patrolling across all the islands of Lakshadweep. The Lakshadweep administration Tuesday held a multi-agency security review meeting following intelligence reports that a boat carrying 15 ISIS terrorists had set off from Sri Lanka to the scenic islands, the Press Trust of India reported.Farooq Khan, the Administrator of the Union Territory, held a meeting at Kavaratti with senior officials of the local administration, Navy and Coast Guard, a Lakshadweep administration spokesperson said. read more

Brock looks to continue progress on downtown arts project

Artist’s rendering of the future Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Brock University will soon begin negotiations with Bird Construction Group, the low bidder for Brock’s downtown fine arts facility, in an effort to achieve cost savings on the project and move toward a start of construction.This leg of the process can proceed now that the University, Diamond Schmitt Architects and the project manager have reviewed all six bids from companies vying to build the new home of Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.When the bids were opened on Oct. 19, all exceeded the University’s $26-million construction budget by more than $6-million.As part of the negotiation process, the architect and contractor will review the project’s design and specifications with the goal of achieving substantial cost reductions. The University will also continue to develop other options, in the event that this preferred course of action is not successful.The new facility will house about 500 students, faculty and staff, and will be based in a renovated factory, the former Canada Hair Cloth building, which is a downtown landmark. Ownership of the property was recently transferred from the City to the University, when the Record of Site Condition was successfully filed by the provincial Ministry of the Environment.The Brock facility will be adjacent to a new Performing Arts Centre being developed by the City of St. Catharines.The bids submitted for the Brock project were:Bird Construction Group – $32,200,000ACCEL Construction Management – $32,400,000Merit Contractors Niagara – $33,290,000EllisDon Corporation – $33,469,000Graham Construction & Engineering – $33,900,000Carillion Canada Inc – $33,950,000 read more

Ohio State womens volleyball ready for showdown with No 2 Wisconsin

OSU junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell (14) attempts to spike the ball past Iowa junior outside hitter Julianne Blomberg (15) during a Nov. 19 match at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternAfter defeating Iowa in three sets on Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team looks to continue on the winning side as it’s set to face No. 2 Wisconsin.The Badgers (25-2, 15-1) visit OSU (19-10, 10-7) having won their last 16 matches, including 13 sweeps.Badger coach Kelly Sheffield is in his second season at Wisconsin and has a career record of 53-12 with the team.In his tenure with the Badgers, Sheffield is 3-0 against the Buckeyes. Although he lost to the Buckeyes once while he was coaching at Dayton in 2010.OSU Coach Geoff Carlston said that going into Friday’s match, both teams won’t get much rest, so he’s interested in how the match will play out.“Neither team is going to have time to practice and game plan,” Carlston said.He added that while the Buckeyes are 10-1 at home this season, the team has to step up and be aggressive in order to win.“In this conference, it’s who shows up,” he said. “We need to show up and expect to battle.”The Badgers played on Wednesday and defeated No. 10 Illinois in four sets. Wisconsin’s only losses of the season came back-to-back against No. 5 Washington in five sets and then-No. 3 Penn State in a sweep.OSU freshman defensive specialist Luna Tsujimoto said the OSU off-blockers’ play against the Hawkeyes has to carry into Friday’s match.“If we do that, I think we’ll have a great chance of beating them,” Tsujimoto said.The Badgers will be led by junior libero Taylor Morey, who ranks first in the Big Ten in digs per set with 5.18 and sophomore setter Lauren Carlini, who ranks second in assists per set at 11.48.Following Friday’s match, the Buckeyes are scheduled to play their final regular season home match Nov. 26, against Minnesota. OSU lost its first match of the season to the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis, Minn., in five sets Sept. 24.Both contests are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. read more

Softball Ohio State blanks Rutgers in fiveinning 80 shutout win

Lilli Piper (22) celebrates after coming into home safely in a game against Indiana on March 24 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team (23-11, 7-2 Big Ten) earned a victory in the final game of the three-game series against Rutgers, shutting out the Scarlet Knights 8-0 in the five-inning win with the help of three home runs, including a grand slam..Ohio State freshman third baseman Ashley Prange began the offense in the third inning, hitting her first career grand slam down the left field line to give the Buckeyes the 4-0 lead. “We had a great warmup, and we all have a great time hitting,” Prange said.  “I think we are all prepared.”Sophomore catcher Claire Nicholson extended Ohio State’s lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run homer over the left field wall. In the bottom of the fifth inning, freshman Kaitlyn Coffman sealed the victory with another two-run home run to the left. “We had a rough game yesterday,” Coffman said. “I think we just want to really make a statement. This is our home field. We should [have] beat them yesterday.”Senior pitcher Morgan Ray added seven strikeouts in the complete game, earning her ninth win of the year. Overall, she has recorded 101 strikeouts in 108.1 innings of work this season and is the only player on the Ohio State roster with more than 32 strikeouts. Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said Ray responded to yesterday’s loss in the way one of the team’s top pitcher should respond. “Just come out and put it on the line and just do what she needs to do,” Schoenly said. “I think having a determination to be better for her today was key. She is such a great player. I am glad she responded like that.”Ohio State will head to State College, Pennsylvania, to start a two-game series against Penn State, both of which take place on Tuesday. The first game will start at 5 p.m., and game two will start at 7 p.m. as the second part of the double header. read more

Atomic age timekeeping Incredible film of the first accurate atomic clock

first_imgEvery geek has memories of something that got them started down the path to making science and technology part of their passion. For some, it was old films like the one Ray Essen recently discovered that was made to chronicle the world’s first accurate atomic clock (earlier models had been less accurate then quartz-based clocks). The clock happened to have been built by his father, Louis Essen.Manufactured by hand at the National Physical Laboratory back in 1955, Essen’s clock used caesium atoms with quartz crystals to power his ultra-accurate clock. This vintage film breaks down and explains exactly how an atomic clock works using clear and concise terms that will get your geek glands firing as you watch.Born in 1908 in England, Essen became fascinated with the idea of creating his clock after earning his PhD from the University of London. Teaming up with a scientist named Jack Parry, Essen set about gathering and fabricating the different components he would need to make his vision a reality. If you look closely in the video, you can see that the entire device was put together by Parry and Essen with painstaking precision. In addition to keeping super-accurate time, the Essen atomic clock is also a testament to the era in which it was constructed.Called the Caesium 1, its timekeeping was more constant and therefore more accurate than using the rotation of the Earth as a guide.Cassen and Parry’s work became the de facto standard in which other scientists looked to make even more accurate atomic clocks. Modern atomic clocks are 300,000 times more accurate that the Casesium 1, but owe their heritage to the original device that first became the most accurate atomic clock in history.Read more at the NPL, via Boing Boing.last_img read more

Mata lauds Uniteds complete performance

first_imgJuan Mata has described Manchester United’s emphatic 4-1 win against Fulham as the “complete performance”, and has called for more of the same.Mata scored the second goal as United thrashed a hapless Fulham side 4-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.It was an impressive first half from Jose Mourinho’s side as they were three goals up at halftime, and Mata was delighted with their display and urged his teammates to replicate yesterday’s performance in every game.“It’s not easy,” Mata told Sky Sports.“Obviously it’s a very good position to be, but it’s not easy to keep that level of intensity. Subconsciously you relax a little bit when you’re three goals ahead.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They score so we needed to keep ourselves going and try to score again, which we did. It’s always important to be focused 90 minutes because by doing that we will be a better team.“I will say that today was a very complete performance. It was a shame that we couldn’t keep the clean sheet, but it was a very good performance.“A performance that the fans I think they have been waiting for and we know that we have to do this more often.”last_img read more

Political civil and nonprofit leaders blame Feds for release of asylumseeking families

first_imgPolitical, civil, and non-profit leaders blame Feds for release of asylum-seeking families into San Diego KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 8, 2019 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 group of San Diego political and civic leaders say the federal government has dumped a huge problem into their laps, how to care for legal asylum-seeking families released onto the streets of San Diego.KUSI’s John Soderman is downtown at the newly opened migrant shelter with more on this story. March 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Prince Harry Meghan Markle win crown for fastest to 1M Instagram followers

first_img 0 On Wednesday, the couple also shared a post of Prince Harry meeting with people as part of his work in mental health.  Post a comment About an hour after the couple’s account launched, Instagram “partially crashed, preventing most users from being able to follow the account on first clicking the follow button,” according to journalist Benjamin Wareing.K-Pop star Kang Daniel previously held the Guinness record after joining Instagram earlier this year. He reached 1 million followers in 11 hours 36 minutes. Pope Francis, who got 1 million followers in 12 hours, held the record in 2016. The Royal Family is quite familiar with the social network. Its Instagram account has more than 5 million followers and over 2,400 posts. Even Queen Elizabeth herself has posted content to the account. Last month, the Royal Family shared a set of social media guidelines asking people to show “courtesy, kindness and respect” on its accounts. This came after Duchesses Kate Middleton and Markle became the target of hateful comments online. In January, Kensington Palace reportedly asked Instagram and Twitter to help curb abusive comments. Before her wedding to Prince Harry, Markle had deleted her social media accounts. It’s safe to say many people are happy to have her back. Instagram It may not be a crowning achievement, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke an Instagram world record for reaching 1 million Instagram followers in under 6 hours. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke the Guinness World Record for being the fastest to get 1 million Instagram followers. The couple launched their account sussexroyal on Tuesday, reaching 1 million followers in 5 hours and 45 minutes, according to Guinness. At the time of publication, the account had 3 million followers. “Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important announcements, and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues,” reads the account’s first post, which has more than 1 million likes.  Tags Online Share your voicelast_img read more

Over 100 families evacuated due to floods

first_imgVijayawada: For the first time in 10 years, the floodwaters of Krishna river entered some homes in Tarakarama Nagar, Ranadheeve Nagar and Ranigari Thota in Krishna Lanka, the low-lying areas in riverbed adjacent to Krishna Karakatta. Over 100 families vacated their houses on Wednesday and been taking shelter in Municipal Corporation High School in Krishna Lanka and other places. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us As floodwaters may rise in one or two days, hundreds of families are preparing to leave the riverbed area. Hundreds of families are living in the upstream and downstream of Prakasam barrage in unauthorised constructions. Most of the houses are vulnerable to the floods. The district administration is asking the residents to vacate their houses till the floodwaters recede in one or three days. With heavy inflows, the irrigation officials have lifted 70 gates of Prakasam barrage and releasing water into the sea. Inflows into Prakasam barrage were gradually increased to 4.40 lakh cusecs by Wednesday and will expected to rise further as Pulichintala is getting more floodwaters. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu and Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas, Collector Md Imtiaz visited the Prakasam barrage and monitored the inflow and outflow of floodwaters. Speaking on the occasion, Kannababu said the government has taken all precautionary measures to evacuate the people downstream and upstream of Prakasam barrage. Vellampalli Srinivas said for the first time in 10 years, Prakasam barrage was getting heavy inflows of floodwater. District Collector Md Imtiaz said that all arrangements have been made to shift the flood-affected people to rehabilitation centres in the district. He said three relief camps were opened in three Municipal Corporation schools in Bhavanipuram and Krishna Lanka.last_img read more

Cricket World Cup final ICC brazenly refuses to comment on umpires big

first_imgThe overthrows of Ben Stokes’ bat proved decisiveTwitter/Cricket World CupThe cricket world has been buzzing ever since retired Australian umpire Simon Taufel revealed that Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus – the two on-field officials during the World Cup final – had made a huge mistake that, probably, cost the Black Caps the World Cup.In the final over, Martin Guptill tried to run out Ben Stokes at the striker’s end by throwing the ball from deep midwicket to wicketkeeper Tom Latham as Stokes was hurrying back for the second run. The ball hit the bat of the diving English batsman and got deflected to the boundary.Taufel, on the very next day, said, in an interview, that, as per the rules, in the situation of a throw getting deflected off the bat and bringing runs to the batting team, that run, which the batsmen were looking to complete will only be counted if the two batsmen have crossed before the throw commenced. As Stokes and Adil Rashid, his batting partner, had not crossed when Guptill threw the ball, the second run should not have been given to England and Ben Stokes not kept on strike. The officials in the World Cup final are receiving huge criticismTwitterThis comment spread like wildfire on social media and led to even more criticism of ICC and the match officials. International cricket’s chief governing body had been quiet on this matter till now but has finally broken its silence.However, its response, far from providing closure, is bound to make the debate even more intense. The council has put out an evasive statement saying that, as per their policy, they do not comment on the decisions umpire make in the middle.”It was against the policy to comment on any decisions (made by the umpires). The umpires take decisions on the field with their interpretation of the rules and we don’t comment on any decisions as a matter of policy,” a spokesperson of ICC told foxsports.com.au.This strange reply suggests that the governing body wants to keep its hands off this debate. However, four years ago, when there was a controversy in the second match of the 2015 World Cup between hosts Australia and England regarding a decision that cost James Taylor of England his hundred, the council had accepted that a wrong decision was made.That decision, though, had no bigger effect than denying the batsman a personal milestone and didn’t have much bearing on the match, and certainly not the tournament. But this time, the stakes were as high as they could be. As a result, ICC has decided to stay mum. It would further damage their already-scarred reputation.last_img read more

Kamal questions Mainul arrest

first_imgDr Kamal HossainAlleging that the government has gone ‘crazy’, Jatiya Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain on Thursday said it is turning a civilised country into a ‘jungle’, reports UNB.He made the allegations while addressing a discussion organised by ‘Jatiya Ainjibi Oikya Front’ at the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) auditorium as the chief guest.Criticising the arrest of Mainul Hosein in a defamation case, Kamal, also Gano Forum president, said it has manifested the government’s absolute ‘autocracy’. “This is not democracy. The constitution never gives such power which enables someone to do whatever he/she wants,” he said.Taking a swipe at law minister Anisul Huq, he sought explanation from him why Mainul Hosein was sent to jail in a bailable case. “You must explain it to people as you claim there’s democracy. You (Anis) also have the responsibility.”On 22 October, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested the former caretaker government adviser in front of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob’s Uttara residence in a defamation case filed in Rangpur.last_img read more

Exservicemen begin dharna at Jantar Mantar

first_imgAbout 70 ex-servicemen on Tuesday sat on a dharna at Jantar Mantar in the national Capital against the delay in implementation of the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ (OROP) scheme even as the relay hunger strike by retired soldiers on the issue entered its ninth day.They demanded the government to fulfil the promises made with regard to implementation of the OROP scheme. The ex-servicemen wore black bands on their arms, while Sikh ex-servicemen even wore black bands on their turban.  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”We served the nation with all our heart, but when today we are having a hard time living on our meagre pension, the government is not hearing our grievances,” Durga Dutta, who served in the Punjab regiment for 24 years, said.Shiv Kumar Rana, a retired havildar who had served in the Kumaon regiment and works as a private security guard now, said it is difficult to manage with a pension of just Rs 15,000.The Narendra Modi government has said it was committed to OROP, a key promise made during Lok Sabha polls. It is, however, yet to implement the scheme.Around 22 lakh ex-servicemen and over six lakh war widows stand to be the immediate beneficiaries of the OROP scheme.last_img read more

Colin Mike Tomlin deserves criticism but shouldnt be fired

first_img Advertisement The Steelers fired offensive coordinator Todd Haley yesterday, following a disappointing home playoff loss, and many others would like the organization to go a step further and fire Mike Tomlin. Colin has been hard on Tomlin, and has frequently criticized his teams for running too high on emotion and lacking attention to detail, but he disagrees with those that want him axed.Even though Tomlin has historically struggled to beat the Patriots, and mismanaged the final seconds of their crucial Week 15 loss to New England, Pittsburgh finished with 13 wins, and were an instant replay reversal of a Jesse James TD catch away from having home field advantage throughout the playoffs.Colin understands the frustrations with Tomlin, but it’s unfair to call for his job just because he doesn’t stack up to Belichick and the Patriots. No one does.“There’s not utter dysfunction… Jesse James’ touchdown is given to them, they’re playing Tennessee and they’re hosting New England.” — @ColinCowherd says the Steelers will be fine pic.twitter.com/6xD0MPLRaR— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 18, 2018last_img read more

MReport Webinar Series Insights on AI Diversity and Millennials

first_img Diversity: Why Is It Good for Business Hottest Buyers on the Block intelligent lending MReport Webinar Series webinars 2019-07-03 David Wharton MReport Webinar Series: Insights on AI, Diversity, and Millennials The MReport Webinar Series is designed to bring you insights and critical updates about the industry trends, challenges, and hot topics that matter most to you, our readership. With more exclusive, complimentary webinars in the works, now is your chance to go back and revisit the presentations we’ve brought you in months past. If you missed them the first time, now is your chance to dive in. And if you did join us during the original run, thank you for your support, and please enjoy reviewing them now.Diversity: Why Is It Good for Business?Click Here to View RecordingDiversity matters. Even when you think purely in terms of business. Not only are diverse companies more likely to have better financial returns but are more successful overall. Join our panel of experts for this complimentary webinar, presented by VRM Mortgage Services, as they make the business case for diversity & inclusion in the mortgage industry.Speakers include:Charmaine Brown, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Fannie MaeDr. Cheryl Travis-Johnson, EVP and COO, VRM Mortgage ServicesTujuanna Williams, CEO, Williams Consulting LLCPhyllis Wright, SVP of HR Strategies, VRM Mortgage ServicesHottest Buyers on the Block: Reaching MillennialsClick Here to View RecordingMReport and Ellie Mae present a webinar focused on business strategies to lend to the large, and at many times underserved, market of millennial homebuyers who have emerged as the largest and most active group of buyers in the market. Explore millennial homebuyer trends, rethinking business strategies, and the role of digital lending channels for millennials with subject matter experts at this complimentary webinar.Speakers include:Kathy Cummings, SVP, Bank of America (moderator)Jorge Davila, VP, Direct Lending, Flagstar BankMarion McDougall, EVP, Chief Loan Administration Officer, Caliber Home LoansJonas Moe, SVP, Market Strategy, Ellie MaeMark Palim, VP, Deputy Chief Economist, Fannie MaeIntelligent Lending: The Rise of AIClick Here to View RecordingAI Foundry and MReport present a webinar focused on how artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the mortgage industry, helping lenders achieve a high-tech high-touch environment for their customers. Subject-matter experts explore the use of AI in enhancing customer experience, applying it to streamlining costs and turnaround time, and future trends for this technology in the mortgage industry.Speakers include:Stephen Butler, Founder and President of AI FoundryPeter Piela, Head of Solution Development at AI FoundryRocky Stubbs, Head of Consumer Direct and Digital Mortgage Lending at Flagstar BankRick Bechtel, EVP of Head of U.S. Mortgage Banking at TD BankRobert Bush, SVP, Senior Strategy Manager, Citizens BankIntelligent Lending: Roadmap to ROI Using AI TechnologyClick Here to View RecordingFollowing on the success of their “Intelligent Lending: The Rise of AI” webinar, MReport and AI Foundry join forces to continue the conversation about how artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the mortgage industry. Industry experts will dive into the topic during an informative roundtable discussion of trends and challenges lenders face when incorporating AI into existing processes, how the technology can reduce the cost per loan, and more.Speakers include:Stephen Butler, Founder and President, AI FoundryJames Deitch, Co-Founder & CEO, Teraverde Management Advisors; Author, Digitally Transforming the Mortgage Banking IndustryManish Garg, VP, Product Management, Ellie MaeNate Spiegel, VP, Process Improvement & Change Execution, Citizens BankIf you are interested in partnering with us for a future installment of the DS News Webinar Series as a speaker or sponsor, please contact us at advertising@themreport.com. July 3, 2019 368 Views center_img in Daily Dose, News, Origination, Servicing, Technology Sharelast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact For the first time since becoming an NFL player in 2010, defensive tackle Dan Williams will suit up in something different than an Arizona Cardinals uniform.The Raiders have agreed to contacts with DT Dan Williams and LB Curtis Lofton.(via @mikecwright) pic.twitter.com/Rm2YV7kTFp— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 11, 2015 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories I would like to thank the Bidwill family, @azcardinals coaches,staff and fans for making my dream of playing in the NFL a reality. This first class organization and fanbase made the last 5 years amazing for my family and myself. Thank you!! #Bestwishes #Appreciateit #nolovelostA photo posted by Dan Williams (@dan5592) on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:48am PDT Williams is the first of Arizona’s free agents to sign elsewhere this offseason. The former first-round pick out of Tennessee had a solid 2014 campaign, registering 31 total tackles and one quarterback sack. In his career, Williams has 156 tackles, two sacks, eight passes defensed and one interception.He was a key part of the Arizona defensive front, and Pro Football Focus had him rated as the 14th-best defensive tackle in the league last season. Williams, 27, signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday morning that will average around $6 million per season and will pay out around $15 million guaranteed according to AZCentral Sports’ Kent Somers. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Bonding across the Green Line

first_imgBy Agnieszka RakoczyPanikos Chrysanthou’s film The Story of the Green Line focuses on unlikely bonds formed between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot soldiersCollecting memories of the past has been a life-time passion of film director Panikos Chrysanthou, whose The Story of the Green Line premiered this week at Nicosia’s Cineplex.The film tells the story of two soldiers, Greek Cypriot Kypros and Turkish Cypriot Murat, who, in the late 1970s, found themselves manning guard posts across from one another on opposite sides of Nicosia’s Green Line.Protagonists and the storyline delineating the development of their personal friendship are fictional but the movie is rooted in the firm and tragic reality of its times, combining elements of some half dozen true stories that Chrysanthou gathered in the course of interviewing people about their personal experience of the Cyprus conflict.Director Panicos ChrysanthouThe compelling and sometimes harrowing narrative takes account of such incidents as the killing of a Greek Cypriot National Guardsman Tryfonas in the no-man’s land of Nicosia’s Ayios Kassianos neighbourhood in the early 1980s.  He was shot dead by a Turkish Cypriot serviceman he had befriended on orders of a Turkish officer, outraged by the soldier’s fraternising insubordination.In chilling flashback to 1974, the film graphically and movingly depicts village executions and the intricate intimacy linking victims and perpetrators. It invokes the tale of the fig tree that grew from the undigested figs in the stomach of one of the Turkish Cypriot missing.“I like listening to people’s stories. I like to collect them. And when I find them interesting, I like recording them,” says Chrysanthou.Documentary maker and cameraman, his first fictional film Akamas, released in 2006, was similarly grounded in fact, an account of the 1950s love story of a Turkish Cypriot man and Greek Cypriot woman from the Akamas peninsula. On release, the movie was screened in Venice.Chrysanthou rejects being categorised as a director focussed solely on the politics of the Cyprus problem and insists his films are “personal and human”, much like the work of the famed Swedish director Ingemar Bergman.“I make personal cinema, the same way Bergman makes his,” he says.“Bergman’s films speak about human situations, human feelings. He speaks about his life, his thoughts and soul through the stories he creates. I find this way of making films the most sincere because he speaks about something he knows very well,” he explains.“I also speak about stories that I know very well. [The Story of the Green Line] is not only about the war. It is about the philosophy of life through a war story. It is about forgiveness, tolerance, and finding a way of living. It is about a 19-year-old boy who witnesses his father being killed in front of him. Death passes next to him but he survives. Now he tries to come to terms with all that this entails.”Chrysanthou allows that he is less interested about making movies based on the present times. His abiding interest and preference is to show what went before. Indeed, his film-making is eloquent testament to his love of the island’s traditions and the details of its rural rituals.The Story of the Green Line by Panicos Chrysanthou“I have this tendency I admit to that – I like old times a lot,” he confesses. “Perhaps because of my own childhood – because the world of my childhood was simple and pure. We didn’t have electricity. But in this old life people had a kind of communication that I liked very much.”He pauses for a moment’s reflection then continues: “[When I was young] I spoke with my father with eyes only. He looked at me and I understood what he wanted. I thought about it a lot. I had relationships with foreigners but if I didn’t speak to them there was no communication. I had great difficulty to speak with them using my eyes or gestures, to communicate those innermost things that are beyond verbal expression. And even with words, the very same words might have different meaning for different people. So even if we use the same words we can misunderstand each other.”Does he feel that in case of Greek and Turkish Cypriots this art of wordless communication was (perhaps still is) easier? Is this what he misses when he talks so fondly about the past?“Yes, we have the same culture, even now,” he says. “When I am in a room full of people somewhere in a different country and there is a Turkish Cypriot in the same room I will be able to tell him or her apart from everybody else. It is because we are the same.”Not surprisingly, this affinity between Cypriots underpins much ofThe Story of the Green Line.Kypros and Murat, though separated and juxtaposed against each other by the recent war, understand and communicate with one another much better than with their respective commanding officers, coming as they do from the “motherlands”. Even the fact that the both lost their fathers in similar way brings them closer together and helps them heal.Chrysanthou says a further inspiration in making his film was observing an evolving friendship, forgiveness and healing in the real world, between two men, a Greek and a Turkish Cypriot, both of whom had lost family members in the Cyprus conflict, both of whom were able to remember, to forgive and to forego thoughts of revenge.“That is why I decided to make this story – a story about love that is stronger than hate,” he says. The Story of the Green Line is currently showing at the K-Cineplex in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. The film is in Greek with Turkish or English subtitles, depending on the time of the screening.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoThrone: Free Online GamesPlay This Game For 1 Minute and See why Everyone is Addicted!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoDirectExposeLast Chance, These Shows Are Ending At 2019DirectExposeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more