New Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule

first_imgTraffic will be moving across Arnold’s Brook Bridge on Trunk 28 in South Bar, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, sooner than expected. The bridge will open Thursday, Aug. 25 — three days ahead of schedule. Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works, said he hoped local residents would be pleased that the new bridge is opening earlier than anticipated. To reduce the inconvenience to local residents and commuters, staff of Department of Transportation and Public Works worked with the construction company to develop a schedule that would result in the bridge being completed within six weeks. Similarly designed bridges would normally take eight or more weeks to complete. Work crews are finishing paving and shouldering work today, Aug. 24. The Department of Transportation and Public Works recommended the bridge be replaced during the summer, before school buses are back on the road.last_img read more

Shelburne Industrial Park Expanding to Accommodate New Business Growth

first_imgThe province is helping the Municipality of the District of Shelburne capitalize on recent business growth and expand the local industrial park to accommodate new development. The Shelburne Harbour Industrial Park will add 18 lots, preparing the area for further development, more economic opportunity and new jobs. “Industries like shipbuilding and aquaculture are growing in Shelburne and across the province, and everyone is looking to make the most of those big opportunities,” said Mr. Belliveau. “This expansion project will help the Shelburne area continue to grow and attract new businesses and more good jobs to the area, ensuring many more people can work, live and raise a family in Nova Scotia.” The municipality will use $100,000 in provincial economic development funding to help transform 12 hectares in the industrial park into lots for marine-sector businesses. A lengthened road, power, water and sewer services will all be extended to the new lots. “The Shelburne Industrial Park represents a great opportunity to grow the local economy and create sustainable employment, particularly in marine industries like aquaculture and oil and gas,” said Municipality of the District of Shelburne Warden Roger Taylor. “This project allows the park to be investment-ready and puts us in a position to capitalize on existing opportunities in the marine sector.” The industrial park is one of the most important pieces of community economic infrastructure in the District of Shelburne. Any ongoing costs related to the expansion project will be managed by the municipality. Local business owner Glen Aylward welcomed the news. His company, Aylward Fibreglass, is in the industrial park. “This is another great step forward for the Shelburne Harbour Industrial Park, and the entire community,” said Mr. Aylward. “Aylward Fibreglass has been expanding, and it’s exciting to see the industrial park growing, too. I’m looking forward to new businesses moving in and more people working in the area.” In 2010, the province invested $8.8 million in Irving Shipbuilding’s $16.6-million upgrade project to modernize and refurbish Shelburne Ship Repair. In 2012, the province announced it would invest $25 million toward Cooke Aquaculture’s $150-million expansion of its Nova Scotia operations in Shelburne, Truro and Digby.last_img read more

As Security Council holds urgent talks UN officials urge dialogue to resolve

Top United Nations officials on Saturday called for direct dialogue between all concerned amid the growing tensions in the Crimea region of Ukraine, as the Security Council held urgent talks for the second day in a row on the crisis.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is “gravely concerned” about the deterioration of the situation, spoke by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin today.“It is crucial to restore calm and proceed to an immediate de-escalation of the situation. Cool heads must prevail and dialogue must be the only tool in ending this crisis,” Mr. Ban said afterwards, adding that he appealed to Mr. Putin to urgently engage in direct dialogue with the authorities in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.In a statement issued earlier in the day by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General reiterated his call for the full respect for and preservation of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.During the Security Council’s discussions, members expressed grave concern about the rapidly deteriorating situation in Ukraine, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg, which holds the Council presidency for March, told reporters after closed-door talks.Council members also “stressed the need for an urgent de-escalation of the situation, and reiterated their call on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from action and rhetoric which might exacerbate the situation,” she added. Ukraine has been witnessing violent unrest for several months and last week saw the removal by Parliament of President Viktor Yanukovych. Tensions have been mounting in recent days in the Crimea region, where additional Russian troops and armoured vehicles have reportedly been deployed.In addition, Russia’s Upper House of Parliament today approved Mr. Putin’s request for Russian forces to be used in Ukraine, ‘pending the normalization of the public and political situation in the country.’In a briefing to an open meeting of the Security Council, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said key sites in Crimea such as airports, communications and public buildings, including the regional parliament, reportedly continue to be blocked by unidentified armed men. There are further reports of armed personnel taking control of regional administration buildings in several cities in the East and South of Ukraine.“The new Crimean Prime Minister, Sergei Aksenov, today released a statement appealing to President Putin ‘to provide assistance in ensuring peace and tranquility on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea’,” said Mr. Eliasson. In the same statement, Mr. Aksenov announced that he was taking control of security in Crimea ‘on a temporary basis,’ and told all security personnel to declare allegiance to him rather than to the authorities of Kiev.“At this crucial moment it is important to recall the mission of this Organization to always search for peaceful settlements of disputes. This is the essence of the UN Charter and should serve as our primary guide in this serious situation,” the Deputy Secretary-General stressed.The Secretary-General’s Senior Advisor, Robert Serry, today appealed to all sides to refrain from any actions that could further escalate an already tense environment in Crimea. Mr. Serry, who was dispatched to Kiev earlier this week by Mr. Ban, was requested to go to Crimea as part of his fact-finding mission.“I have since been in touch with the authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and have come to the conclusion that a visit to Crimea today is not possible,” Mr. Serry said in a statement. He added that he will now proceed to Geneva, where he will brief the Secretary-General tomorrow on the mission and consult with him on next steps.“In Crimea, I would have conveyed, also on behalf of the Secretary-General, a message for all to calm the situation down and to refrain from any actions that could further escalate an already-tense environment,” said Mr. Serry.He noted that it was clear from yesterday’s Council session that the unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine is not to be called into question. “This is a time for dialogue and to engage with each other constructively,” he stressed. read more

Family festival cancelled amid fears over bad batch of drugs thought to

It is a family-friendly event, attended by young children and pensioners who enjoy the jazz and swing music on offer. However, this weekend events at Live at The Bandstand have been cancelled by Portsmouth Council over fears of a dangerous batch of drugs which reportedly claimed the lives of two young people last weekend.At Mutiny Festival, also held in Portsmouth, an 18-year-old care worker and a 20-year-old father of two both perished after allegedly taking drugs.Now, the council has cancelled Live at The Bandstand amid fears of copycat behaviour.Leader of the Council Gerald Vernon-Jackson spoke to the Portsmouth News, explaining: “We had specific concerns with Bandstand having open access to people with no tickets where dealers could just walk in and sell drugs.”It was also felt that with the type of music at this weekend’s event being similar to Mutiny there could be similar behaviour from those attending.” Many voiced their disapproval, pointing out that the bandstand events are relaxed, family-friendly affairs.Deborah Austin wrote on Facebook: “Absolutely ridiculous! Went last 2 years with my grandson, daughters and son in laws, friends even my 80 year old ex-father-in-law joined us at one point. Completely different event from Mutiny way over the top knee jerk reaction.” Tina Emery agreed, writing: “We have been going every Sunday sometimes Saturdays for years and never any trouble down there, it is mixed age groups pensioners, families, kids most people are probably over 30. Georgia Jones died after taking two pills at the Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth, according to her mother, Janine MilburnCredit: Facebook “It’s not just drugs though, it’s the possibility of people looking to continue the ‘good time’, let off some frustration over the recent events and and you should always err on the edge of caution. But most importantly, I still think it might be too soon to start ‘celebrating the summer festivities’ when two young lives were lost only last weekend.” Georgia Jones died after taking two pills at the Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth, according to her mother, Janine Milburn Announcement: Live at the Bandstand has been postponed this weekend (2nd and 3rd June). As this wouldn’t be the usual Bandstand but a much larger show on Castle Field, performances have been cancelled in light of tragic events at Mutiny Festival. Details:— Visit Portsmouth (@visitportsmouth) May 30, 2018 “Is this a excuse for the council to stop the bandstand forever? I hope not. I promise I won’t taking drugs. An over reaction in my opinion which has left me fuming.”And Keith Jenkins said: “While I can understand the councils sentiments surely the Mutiny Festival is more of a dance event that seems to attract the drugs. The Bandstand is more of a Sunday afternoon listening to music.”The Urban Vocal Group, which was due to perform this weekend, told The Telegraph that while it was disappointing for the event to be cancelled, they understood the decision.They explained: “People put a lot of effort into organising these events and the music festivals including Mutiny, it’s always devastating for everyone when they are cancelled.  “We felt this could create a market which may open the gates to the batch that was used last weekend. It is a real worry. We have to be very careful as we don’t want a repeat of what happened”The event is held at the picturesque bandstand on the beach, and is free and open to all. While Mutiny Festival, which cancelled its second day after the tragedies, is an electronic music event, this weekend’s line-up at the bandstand included an RnB singer, a choir of underprivileged youths and upbeat tunes from a cover band. 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. read more

Custodial sentences for small amounts of marijuana to be abolished President

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCustodial sentences for 30 grams or less of marijuana removedJuly 2, 2019In “Court”Taxpayers face huge burden of maintaining prisonersMarch 4, 2019In “latest news”Jagdeo supports decriminalizing possession of small quantities of marijuanaMay 24, 2018In “Crime” After mounting pressure from stakeholders, the Opposition and even parties within the coalition Government, the Administration will be looking to pass legislation which will see the removal of custodial sentences for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.This is according to President David Granger on Friday during his third press engagement since APNU/AFC took office in 2015.“We have a long legislative agenda and we have taken a decision in principle that custodial sentences for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use would be legally abolished but after the National Assembly comes off its recess, you could look forward to that legislation being passed. It is already a decision which was agreed within the cabinet and we have no difficulty implementing it,” he asserted.Back in May, the Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo had pressed his support towards the call for the decriminalization of small quantities of marijuana in Guyana.“We can’t continue to send somebody, a young person or even an older person to jail for less than a quarter ounce of marijuana. A quarter ounce of marijuana for three years when we have people who are traffickers and we have people that have produced or [are] growing large quantities of marijuana and because they have money they get off from the system,” the PPP General Secretary told media operatives.However, Jagdeo asserted that he does not believe persons who are found with the illegal substance in their possession – small amounts or not- should go about unpunished either.“I’m not in favor of them going scot-free. Let us find another [way] of sentencing. Sentence them to community work, sentence them to rehabilitation. Let them go in and spend a month in rehabilitation because the mothers and brothers and sisters and fathers who are doing this, you don’t want them locked away. Let us sentence them to rehabilitation. A month of rehab you have to go in for to say ‘stop smoking the marijuana’. They can go and get help,”  he explained.The former President further said that he does not believe that the decriminalizing of small quantities of marijuana is as contentious as the “death penalty” and as such, is certain that every Guyanese family would prefer for the custodial sentences to be removed for the small crime.“This cuts across politics. You have young people in PPP and PNC families who are caught with marijuana. Young kids. It’s not a political issue,” Jagdeo maintained while outlining that his support however  does not stretch to the complete legalization of marijuana.“I’m not supporting the legalization of marijuana- growing marijuana, trading marijuana, selling marijuana in Guyana. You go to jail for that sort of thing. That’s our law. I’m not supporting it. Let’s be clear about that one,” he asserted.Prior to this, the AFC –a party within the coalition Government- expressed its “outrage” and “deep concern” regarding the sentences being handed down via the judicial system for persons who are found in possession of small quantities of cannabis.The decriminalisation/legalisation of marijuana movement is gaining much momentum worldwide, with several countries taking steps to decriminalise and legalise the drug.In fact, a Caribbean Community (Caricom) Commission on Marijuana has made recommendation for the decriminalisation of marijuana across Member States, saying that the substance can be controlled and regulated as in the case of alcohol.This recommendation was placed before the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caricom, which was held in Jamaica in July.During the conference, it was recognised that Member States would need to review the report in more detail to determine action at the national level in relation to law reform models as proposed by the Commission.In Guyana, the issue came to the fore with the sentencing of a 27-year-old father and poultry farmer, Carl Mangal earlier this year, to three years’ incarceration for the possession of eight grams of marijuana. read more

Taoiseach Ahern and Cowen wont be reluctant to appear before banking inquiry

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY does not believe that any of his predecessors will be reluctant to give evidence to the forthcoming banking inquiry when it gets under way next year.Former taoiseach Brian Cowen will almost certainly be called before the special committee that will investigate the collapse of Ireland’s banking system, while his predecessor Bertie Ahern could also face questions having been in office up to May 2008, just months before the infamous bank guarantee.Kenny does not believe either will be reluctant to face questions from the committee that will likely commence its work in the New Year.“I don’t think there will be any reluctance [from] any of my predecessors in this office to give hearings at the banking inquiry,” Kenny said.He noted that any inquiry cannot interfere with matters before the courts with a number of former executives at Anglo Irish Bank set to go on trial early next year.“Whatever form the banking inquiry actually takes, it can’t interfere with the course of justice where there are cases being taken before the courts,” Kenny said.“So that’s a matter that we have to prepare for very carefully in whatever form the banking inquiry takes.”There has been much debate about whether the inquiry will be carried out by the Oireachtas Finance Committee or the Public Accounts Committee, the latter of which has already undertaken preliminary work on an inquiry.However it will be down to the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges to determine who undertakes the probe.There is some speculation that it will involve a small number of TDs who will possibly be led by the current Finance Committee chair, Ciaran Lynch, a Labour deputy.Kenny has previously said that an inquiry should be “modular in nature” and that it should focus on three areas: the bank guarantee and the events leading up to it; the role of the banks and their auditors; and the role of State institutions.Read: Oireachtas committees fight for right to hold banking inquiryMore: ‘Too early’ to rule Anglo out of banking inquiry says committee chairlast_img read more

Ian Madigan can bin Lonely Planets guide to Romania hes off to

first_imgPADDY JACKSON WILL not travel with Ireland’s 29-man squad to Argentina after medics at his province diagnosed a stress fracture in his lower back.The injury, which forced the out-half off the pitch in Ulster’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Leinster, kept him out of Ireland’s training run at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday. The IRFU released him back to Ulster, where the back injury was assessed.Leinster’s Ian Madigan has been called up as Jackson’s replacement for the two-Test tour to Argentina next month. Joe Schmidt had intended to send Madigan to Romania with Emerging Ireland but his rival’s injury means he will be flying long-haul in June.Speaking on Monday at his squad announcement, Schmidt explained the selection of a third scrum-half had not helped Madigan’s cause. He commented, “To go with six halves would have been a real tightening of numbers. The thing for Ian is he hasn’t had a lot of game time recently. I have had a really good discussion with him.“He is going to come in and train with us, but he will go on the emerging tour and will give him and the likes of Ian Keatley time to get game time over there.” Paddy Jackson scores a try against Leinster on 2 May. Source: Presseye/Brian Little/INPHOJackson will not require surgery on the stress fracture, with rest and relaxation his prescription from province and country.Stephen Ferris facing possible retirement due to persistent ankle injurySimon Hick column: Penney era a step backwards, but glory days won’t be easy to revive for Foleylast_img read more

In letter to parents creche does not accept general thrust of RTÉ

first_imgRead: The Little Harvard letter to parents regarding the RTÉ ‘A Breach of Trust’ programme A parent who provided the letter to this website, but did not wish to be identified, said he was unhappy with his two-year-old son’s care at one of the Little Harvard branches and said that the letter “is exceptionally poor”.“The letter was so appallingly written and more defensive than anything else, there is no acknowledgement of any of the issues,” he told saying the letter was the “final nail in the coffin” and he will be taking his son out of the creche which he had been attending two days a week.The letterIn the letter, Little Harvard says it does not “believe there to be any particular reason that our creche in Rathnew was chosen save for the fact that it is part of a group and these seem to be the target of the program (sic) that RTE has put together.”Little Harvard says it only got a chance to see the footage on the Friday before the programme aired “despite numerous requests to do so prior to this” and continues:“We would like to point out at the outset that we don’t believe the approximately 8 minutes of footage, roughly 3 of which involve people employed by RTE to give ‘expert opinion’ of what they have seen, taken over a one month period, to in any way be a true reflection of the care, love and attention given by the staff in Rathnew to the children in their care.”The letter goes on to acknowledge the actions of two staff “which we find unacceptable”, but adds:“We do not accept the general thrust of the footage which in essence implies that sometimes there was a lack of loving care and attention, which RTÉ have refused to back up, despite numerous requests from us and parents alike.”It does commit to undertaking a “full review of our policies and procedures” but says the incidents were “isolated in nature”.It also apologises for “any distress and concern” caused and thanks the “numerous parents” who have told Little Harvard that media coverage is “at odds with their own experiences of the care and live their children receive”.In a statement to, the company said: “Little Harvard stands by the view expressed in the letter to the parents. The footage shown does not reflect the commitment, love and care our staff provide the children every day of the week.“Notwithstanding this the company is committed to making sure that the isolated incidents raised in the RTE programme are never repeated.”It added that a full investigation is being carried out into the incidents that were broadcast.“The management and staff at Little Harvard apologise to the parents and children at the crèche for the distress caused by these incidents,” a spokesperson added.Read: Did you miss the Prime Time creche expose? Here’s what happenedRead: Links Childcare plans CCTV streaming as it tries to ‘repair loss of trust’More: Garda investigation into alleged child abuse following RTÉ documentary ONE OF THE childcare companies at the centre of RTÉ’s ‘A Breach of Trust’ programme on the mistreatment of children in Irish creches has strongly defended itself in a letter to parents.The letter, seen by, was sent home with children who attend the five branches of Little Harvard whose Rathnew branch was the subject of a number of allegations in the Prime Time programme.The company said yesterday that it stands by the letter but admitted that “a few” parents have been upset by both the programme itself and the letter with “one or two” indicating they are considering taking their children out of the creche.The programme showed footage of staff at the Rathnew branch in Co Wicklow using their mobile phones while minding children, children being left in highchairs for long periods and children locked in rooms without supervision.The letter, dated 27 May, was sent home with children who attend Little Harvard facilities on Tuesday – the day the programme was aired – and broadly defends the creche while acknowledging the unacceptable nature of some “isolated” incidents.last_img read more

iPhone 4 to get NFC case and payment service in South Korea

first_imgWhether the iPhone 5 has an NFC chip embedded or not isn’t really a concern if you live in South Korea. That’s because regardless of Apple’s decision to include one, existing iPhone 4 owners can purchase a case that adds the necessary hardware.South Korean network operator KT Corp. is the company behind the new case which includes the necessary electronics to allow the iPhone 4 to use NFC. It is also supporting such functionality with the launch of a new payment service that takes advantage of the tap-to-pay method and turns the iPhone 4 into a wallet.We’re assuming an equivalent iPhone 5 case will follow too, as soon as KT Corp. know the smartphone’s final dimensions and get Apple’s approval. That’s as long as the iPhone 5 doesn’t have an NFC chip inside as standard, which isn’t thought to be the case. In fact, the iPhone 5 might use Bluetooth 4.0 as an alternative.The iPhone 4 case was created by Wireless Dynamics Inc. and has apparently already received approval from Apple. When the case becomes available, KT should already have subway payment systems in place and a number of credit cards that support the service.Read more at The Korea Herald, via 9to5MacMatthew’s OpinionWhat’s interesting about this is it requires Apple’s approval because software will be required to allow the payments system to work. KT could sell the case without approval, but that’s not enough, so this is an officially approved service.Apple has said in the past that NFC hardware isn’t at a point where it makes sense for inclusion in the iPhone. In other words, the necessary components aren’t small enough to fit in the space allowed by the iPhone design. So is this the alternative? Apple is happy to support NFC for the customers that want it, but you’re going to have to slide your iPhone into a compatible case to get it.With NFC still in its infancy that tactic could work for one more generation of iPhone. By this time next year the components will have shrunk and iPhone 6 will have to include it unless over the next 12 months NFC bombs as a piece of tech or a service.last_img read more


first_imgBy Mustapha JallowInformation has it that security forces yesterday released on bail 14 out of 18 men arrested in Babylon on Tuesday, while 4 others are still held.Family sources say that the arrestees are to report at the police today, 1 July. The same sources added that the men released have not been charged. Foroyaa is also informed that the remaining four have not yet been released because relatives were late to go and bail them.It could be recalled that the arrest of 18 men from Babylon came in the wake of an announcement that was made by the Ministry of Lands and Regional Government that Babylon settlement is not recognised by the Government of the Gambia and that Mr Lamin Jarju is not also recognised as the Alkalo of the said settlement.last_img

Roberts reveals Superwash fined for cheating customs

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #superwashfinedforcheatingcustoms Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 24, 2017 – Nassau – Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts charged that Free National Movement Freetown candidate and businessman Dionisio D’Aguilar, knowingly and fraudulently altered the original invoices issued by Whirlpool Corporation on a shipment of 27 commercial washing machines.D’Aguilar owns Superwash Limited. On January 29, 2014, the company admitted that it submitted a false declaration and paid a $15,000 fine.D’Aguilar said in a statement yesterday that the company was the victim of fraud by an unscrupulous broker and the loss was significant.Roberts has said he takes no glee or pleasure in disclosing the information but “the public needs to know.”In a statement yesterday, D’Anguilar said he was not surprised by Roberts’ attempts at political espionage and skullduggery, because as usual, he has once again exposed himself for being the “political hack and buffoon that he is”.“What Mr. Roberts thought was a bombshell for him has actually blown up in his face”, he said.In recent times, the PLP has come under attack following the scandal surrounding Minister of Education, Jerome Fitzgerald.Dionisio D’Aguilar (right) standing infront his Superwash business.#MagneticMediaNews#SuperwashFinedForCheatingCustomslast_img read more

Apple allegedly plotted to hurt Qualcomm years before it sued the company

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple and Qualcomm settle: Here’s what it means for your next iPhone Apple and Qualcomm settle licensing dispute amid trial’s opening arguments Intel says it will exit 5G phone modems just hours after Apple, Qualcomm settle Apple, Qualcomm make opening arguments just before settlement is unveiled Apple, Qualcomm head into latest legal battle, with billions at stake reading • Apple allegedly ‘plotted’ to hurt Qualcomm years before it sued the company 34 Originally published at 10:14 a.m. PTUpdate at 11:27 a.m. PT: Adds comments from Apple’s opening argument Apple and Qualcomm battled over licensing fees for two years. Viva Tung/CNET Before Apple ever filed suit against Qualcomm, the iPhone maker allegedly wanted to hurt the company. And it put those plans down in documents obtained by Qualcomm as the two companies prepared to meet in court.  Slides with details of those documents — viewed by reporters in court, including CNET — have now been made public. You can see the full slides here (and below). In September 2014, a document from Apple titled “QCOM – Future scenarios” detailed ways the company could exert pressure on Qualcomm, including by working with Intel on 4G modems for the iPhone. Apple and its manufacturing partners didn’t actually file suit against Qualcomm until more than two years later. A second page of that document, titled “QCM – Options and recommendations (2/2)” revealed that Apple considered it “beneficial to wait to provoke a patent fight until after the end of 2016,” when its contracts with Qualcomm would expire.  “They were plotting it for two years,” Qualcomm attorney Evan Chesler, of the firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, said during his opening arguments last week. “It was all planned in advance. Every bit of it.” apple-slideAn Apple internal document talked about ways to pressure Qualcomm. Screenshot by Shara Tibken/CNET The news came out during Qualcomm’s opening statement in last week’s aborted trial. News broke of a settlement before Chesler had wrapped up his opening remarks. CNET was in the courtroom for the opening arguments. Because the two parties settled, Apple never had a chance to rebut Qualcomm’s claims in its opening arguments.Apple in January 2017 had accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive practices that have raised chip prices, restricted competition and hurt customer choice. The company and its manufacturing partners had argued that Qualcomm’s royalty fees, which Qualcomm based on a customer’s entire device, were too high and that they should pay only for the company’s modem chips. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest mobile chipmaker, had countered that the iPhone wouldn’t be possible without its technology, and it deserved to be paid for its innovation. The settlement marked a big win for Qualcomm, which could have been forced to change its entire business model had it lost to Apple. The agreement is also a victory for consumers, who will once again have access to fast Qualcomm modems — including ones already compatible with existing 5G networks. Apple in its opening arguments said that Qualcomm’s licensing practices have hurt competitors like Intel. And Qualcomm’s policy of no license, no chips — it won’t provide a handset maker with modems until it signs a licensing agreement — “allows them to double dip.””This case is about the fact that Qualcomm has used its monopoly … to set unfair prices and stifle competition and dictate terms to some of the biggest, most powerful companies in the world, that rational companies would never agree to in a million years,” said Ruffin Cordell, an attorney with Fish & Richardson who’s representing Apple. Exerting commercial pressure The unknown Apple team behind the September 2014 document recommended applying “commercial pressure against Qualcomm” by switching to Intel modems in iPhones. Apple ultimately started using Intel modems in about half of its iPhones with devices that came out in 2016. In the US, it embedded Intel modems in AT&T and T-Mobile models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but it still used Qualcomm in versions for Verizon and Sprint. Phones Components Tech Industry See All Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Patents Qualcomm 5G 4G LTE Apple Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Qualcomm, for its part, knew by June 2014 about Apple’s plans to use Intel chips in 2016, according to an internal email from its president, Cristiano Amon, that was displayed during opening arguments. “Decision already has been made and beyond the point of no return on the 2nd source (Intel) for the 2016 premium tier,” Amon wrote to CEO Steve Mollenkopf, CTO Jim Thompson, General Counsel Don Rosenberg and then-licensing chief Derek Aberle. Apple “said that as a result of our policies, other chip companies can’t compete with us,” Chesler said during his opening arguments. “Where did Intel get the chips from? From god? They made them using our technology.” Another Apple internal document from June 2016 said the company wanted to “create leverage by building pressure three ways,” according to a slide shown in court. The internal document said, in part, that Apple wanted to “hurt Qualcomm financially” and “put Qualcomm’s business model at risk.” The best patents Qualcomm supplies network connectivity chips for Apple’s iPhones and is the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips. Its technology is essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing its inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components.  Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G phones — as well as other features like software — so any handset makers building a device that connects to the networks has to pay it a licensing fee, even if they don’t use Qualcomm’s chips.  Apple had purchased Qualcomm modems for its iPhones for years until the falling out. One 2009 memo said Qualcomm is “widely considered the owner of the strongest patent portfolio for essential and relevant patents for wireless standards.”  “Engineering wise, they have been the best,” Johny Srouji, Apple’s head of semiconductors, said in a March 2015 email.  The earlier memo also noted that while more than half of Qualcomm’s patent portfolio was communications and silicon engineering, it “has more significant holdings in other areas, including many areas relevant to Apple.” That included media processing, non-cellular communications and hardware. Apple had argued in its lawsuit that Qualcomm’s technology was only used in its modem and it shouldn’t be forced to pay Qualcomm royalties for innovations it had nothing to do with.  “What makes your smartphone smart is what the people up the road in La Jolla invented,” Chesler said in court, referring to the San Diego-area town where Qualcomm’s offices are based. “The reason they pay us more is because what we created is worth more.” See also Applelast_img read more

Charges filed in shooting death on remote Shuyak Island

first_imgA 44-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with first-degree murder and evidence tampering in the November shooting death of a man on a remote island near Kodiak.Alaska State Troopers say Steven Ridenour is charged in the death of 56-year-old Steven McCaulley of Port William on Shuyak Island.Shuyak Island is north of Afognak Island.Troopers took a call Nov. 17 requesting a check on people at Port Williams Wilderness Lodge.Troopers found McCaulley dead outside a bunkhouse and determined that a suspect had traveled to Anchorage.Ridenour a day after the discovery of McCaulley’s body was arrested on unrelated misdemeanor warrants and jailed in Anchorage.Online court documents did not list an attorney for Ridenour. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22 in Kodiak.last_img

Road rage Reckless bus mows down 5yrold at Nagerbazar

first_imgKolkata: Two persons including a five-year-old girl died in the city in two separate accidents in Nagerbazar and Chinar Park.The traffic at Nagerbazar came to a halt on Tuesday as local people put up a blockade after a five-year-old girl was crushed under the wheels of the bus in which she was travelling. Immediately after the incident, the locals got agitated, protesting against the death of the child due to rash and negligent driving. The girl, identified as Anushka Kar, was a resident of Kalindi near Lake Town and studied at a local English medium school in class one. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOn Tuesday morning, the five-year-old had boarded a private bus while travelling to her school, accompanied by her mother. Witnesses said that as soon as the mother-daughter duo got down at Kajipara near Nagerbazar, the bus increased its speed at an alarming rate and before the child could move from the spot, the rear wheels of the bus crushed her underneath. The child was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, where the doctors declared her brought dead. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter the incident, local people took to protests in anger over the incident, blocking the road. But even after the police arrived at the spot, the locals refused to withdraw the blockade. Eventually, an altercation erupted between police and the protesters. The locals complained that although the vehicles move recklessly in the area during the wee hours, the police have not taken any adequate measure. The footpath has been taken away by the hawkers, leaving no sidewalk for the pedestrians. The area has become an accident-prone zone as a result. The protesters further claimed that if no action is taken to ensure the safety of common people, the blockade will continue. A resident of the area said: “The little child died as the driver drove the bus in an extremely reckless manner. Exemplary punishment should be given to the perpetrator. Police need to be strict against the rash drivers.” Although police seized the bus which mowed down the child, the driver had managed to escape. The condition in the area later returned to normal in the evening, as the locals ceased their protests. In another incident, at around 3.45 am on Tuesday, a truck which was coming from New Town rammed into another smaller truck, arriving from the Rajarhat Road at Chinar Park, resulting in the death of one person, leaving seven others injured. The injured were later admitted to a local hospital in New Town. The deceased has been identified as a resident of the Basirhat area, a 30-year-old man identified as Bablu Mondal, who succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Both the vehicles have been detained. A case of causing death by negligence has been initiated.last_img read more

Joint forum urges CEO to ensure adequate security for polling personnel

first_imgKolkata: A joint forum of state and Central government employees, public sector employees, teachers and non-teaching staff has written to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab on Wednesday, urging him to make adequate security arrangements for polling personnel on the days of election.The forum, under the banner of ‘United Movement of Workers, Employees and Teachers’, requested the CEO to ensure a proper atmosphere in and around the polling stations, so that polling personnel and officials may discharge their duties without the fear of being intimidated. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn their letter, some of the government employees told the CEO that in a few previous incidents, the polling personnel were threatened. They urged the Election Commission to ensure that no polling persons feel frightened while performing their duties on the days of poll. The forum also raised another issue with the Election Commission. They said that the polling officials are supposed to exercise their franchise either by Electronic Data Capture (EDC) system or through postal ballot, which they get well in advance to the date of poll. However, during the last Parliamentary polls in 2014, the Assembly polls in 2016 and also in the Panchayat polls in 2018, most of the officials received their ballots either immediately before the elections or after the date of election. Some others did not receive the ballots at all. As a result, a section of the election officials could not cast their votes in previous elections, the letter says. The letter also points out that the forum members came to know from the postal department that the ballots were delivered to the addressees immediately after the postal department received them. The members of the forum urged the CEO to ensure that there is no recurrence of such incidents in the Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more

Et tu AMD No Ryzen drivers for Windows 7

first_imgEt tu, AMD? No Ryzen drivers for Windows 7 by Martin Brinkmann on February 09, 2017 in Windows – 33 commentsMicrosoft announced back in January of 2016 that the upcoming chip generations of Intel and AMD would only support Windows 10, and not the more widely used Windows 7, or Windows 10’s predecessor Windows 8.x.It was not really clear what Microsoft meant by that at the time, but we figured it out some time later.  Basically, what it means is that Microsoft does not support these processors on older versions of Windows, and that both Intel and AMD won’t support them officially either.So, no official drivers, and no support for new features that these processors may ship with on older versions of Windows.Some or even all of these processors may work however; a YouTube video was published that demonstrated that Windows 8.x could be installed on a PC equipped with Intel’s Kaby Lake processor (check the link above for the video).Unsupported means that some new features may not work as intended, and that Microsoft, Intel and AMD won’t provide support on devices equipped with these processors if they run Windows 8.x or Windows 7.It was not really clear what AMD’s intentions where with the company’s Ryzen processors. Microsoft did mention back in 2016 that upcoming Intel and AMD chips would not run on older versions of Windows.Information on AMD stances has come to light recently. While AMD appears to have validated Ryzen processors on machines running Windows 7 and Windows 10, the company stated that it would only offer support and drivers for Windows 10 (via Infoworld).PC users who upgrade hardware components on their PCs, and those who want to stay on Windows 8.x or 7, face a difficult decision now.While they may be able to install a Ryzen or Kaby Lake processor on the machine, and run Windows 7 or 8.1 on it, they’d be left alone if they require support. Neither Microsoft, nor Intel or AMD will provide support on unsupported operating system version.So, if you want to run the latest Intel or AMD processors, you need to get your hands on Windows 10 if you want them to be supported officially by those companies.It is unclear if Ryzen processors will perform the same on Windows 7 or Windows 10, or if driver support and better operating system support make Windows 10 beat earlier versions of Windows performance and stability wise.This is something that has to be tested extensively, but it seems likely that without proper drivers and operating system support, performance and stability are probably going to be worse on older versions of Windows.Closing WordsThe decision to limit support for next generation silicon to Windows 10 seems anti-consumer to me. Windows 7 is still the operating system that is most widely used, and that is not going to change in the next couple of years.Did Microsoft convince AMD and Intel to drop support for older versions of Windows? I cannot see any of the two companies drop support for the Windows version with the largest user base. We will probably never know for sure.Now You: What is your take? Why are AMD and Intel supporting only Windows 10 for their next gen chipsets?SummaryArticle NameEt tu, AMD? No Ryzen drivers for Windows 7DescriptionAMD will only support Windows 10 with drivers and support for its upcoming next generation Ryzen processors.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Mach waives financing condition for Transat acquisition

first_img Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Tags: Group Mach, Transat Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Mach waives financing condition for Transat acquisition MONTREAL — Group Mach Inc. has submitted an amended version of its proposal to acquire Transat today, removing conditions related to financing from the Government of Quebec.The group announced its non-binding agreement with the government, in connection with its formal proposal to acquire all issued and outstanding voting shares of Transat A.T. Inc., at a price of $14.00 cash per share to Transat’s Board of Directors.This entailed waiving a financing condition and the execution of support and voting agreements with the amended proposal, which only contains the following conditions:• Transat terminating its current process with Air Canada prior to entering into any definitive acquisition agreement with Air Canada;• The execution of a confidentiality agreement between Transat and Mach which includes a period of 30 days to complete due diligence and execute a definitive acquisition agreement between Mach and Transat during said period; and• The receipt of customary regulatory approvals, namely the review of the Amended Proposal by federal competition and transportation authorities (the “Key Regulatory Approvals”).More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsOf note in regards to Key Regulatory Approvals, Mach, TM Grupo Inmobiliario and their subsidiaries do not carry on any activities in Canada in any of the segments of current activities of Transat. In particular, neither Mach nor TM or any of their subsidiaries operate an airline anywhere in the world. Mach shall preserve all existing operational activities of Transat post-closing of our proposed acquisition of Transat.last_img read more

TAT partners with Thai Air Asia to launch design contest

first_imgMr.Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya (Middle), Executive Director of the Advertising and Public Relations Department of TAT, Mr. Banyat Hansakul (2nd left), Director of Engineering for Thai AirAsia and Mr. Wisut Ponnimit (2nd right), Thai cartoonistThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is partnering with Thai Air Asia in launching the “Paint the Sky with Amazing Thailand” design contest, following the success of last year’s co-branding partnership in which the airline wrapped its newest Airbus A320 aircraft with the logo of the 2015 Discover Thainess campaign and decorated its interior with images of the “12 Hidden Gems” destinations.Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Executive Director of the Advertising and Public Relations Department of TAT said, “Last year’s co-branding partnership between TAT and Thai Air Asia proved highly popular with visitors while adding a unique colour to Thai Air Asia’s fleet.“Under this year’s Paint the Sky with Amazing Thailand design contest, we look forward to seeing great designs that will help inspire more travellers from around the world to want to visit Thailand to discover the many amazing travel stories here by themselves.”The “Paint the Sky with Amazing Thailand” design contest is open for designers, artists and members of the public.They are invited to submit their entries under two categories: Amazing Thailand – Amazing Culture, to promote Thai culture, hospitality and lifestyles, and Amazing Thailand – Amazing Destination, to promote Thailand’s tourist attractions, be they cultural, natural, architectural or concerned with Thai festivals and leisure.Any region of Thailand can be represented, giving artists a great deal of freedom when coming up with creative designs.Mr. Banyat Hansakul, Director of Engineering for Thai AirAsia said, “As one of the world’s largest low-cost carriers, Thai Air Asia is responsible for bringing tourists into Thailand and showing them its wonders, so we are proud to work with TAT again and further promote the kingdom via the livery of our aircraft.”The winning designs in both “Paint the Sky with Amazing Thailand” concepts will be painted onto two of Thai Air Asia’s Airbus 320-200 aircraft, which operate on both domestic and international routes. The first aircraft with the winning design will be launched in August 2016, and the second one about a month later, and will be available for at least 11 months. Tourism Thailand Thai Air AsiaSource = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Emirates has unveile

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Emirates has unveiled its highly anticipated television commercial featuring Hollywood actress, director and producer Jennifer Aniston. This marks the first time Emirates has collaborated with the international star in a global digital and TV campaign.The Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress showcases her impeccable comedic timing in the global airline’s light-hearted TVC, in which  Aniston experiences the lows of air travel before waking up in her own Private Suite in the Emirates First Class cabin.Boutros Boutros, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand explained: “Jennifer Aniston’s appeal and effortless connection with a global audience makes her the perfect choice for our campaign. As one of the busiest women in Hollywood, Aniston, like many of our customers, enjoys downtime only when she is travelling. At Emirates, we ensure the experience is an exceptional one.“In a departure from the usual airline industry ads, we chose to take a humorous approach to showcase the amazing products we offer on board. We couldn’t think of anyone better suited for the role than Jennifer Aniston and we wrote the script with her in mind. Her professionalism and comedic talent shone on the set and we are very pleased with the outcome,” he added.The TVC was directed by industry veteran and Oscar-nominee Bryan Buckley, who is acclaimed for his numerous Super Bowl ads. RKCR/Y&R London developed the concept while the script was a collaboration between the agency, Buckley and Emirates’ in-house advertising team.The global digital and television campaign will begin in the United States and the UAE before being rolled out in November to other countries where Emirates has a big operational presence – including the UK, Germany, France, Italy, India and Australia.Emirates has, to date, invested US$20 million in securing TV spots worldwide for this campaign, which will have a 30-second and longer 60-second version. Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more