UNs Kosovo envoy voices concern at apparent attack on monastery

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo has voiced concern about a recent apparent attack on the Deçan/Deæani monastery, which he said holds great value for the province’s Serb community, currently outnumbered nine to one by the ethnic Albanian majority.On Friday afternoon, a grenade launcher was found on the hillside overlooking the monastery, and a rocket engine was discovered lodged in one of its outer walls, according to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). This follows reports of two explosive noises heard by the monks on Friday.The Police and KFOR international forces “are investigating what exactly happened yesterday,” said Joachim Rücker, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo.“Violence, especially directed at minority communities, is intolerable and impermissible and has no place in Kosovo,” he declared.“The Deæani monastery is a place of immense spiritual importance for the Kosovo Serb community and a treasure for the people of Kosovo and beyond. I expect quick results from the ongoing investigation.”The province has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid fighting and ethnic abuses. A UN envoy on Kosovo’s status, Martti Ahtisaari, has presented a report to the Security Council which says that independence is the only option that will foster a politically stable and economically viable Kosovo. 31 March 2007The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo has voiced concern about a recent apparent attack on the Deçan/Deæani monastery, which he said holds great value for the province’s Serb community, currently outnumbered nine to one by the ethnic Albanian majority. read more

Markets Right Now Stocks rise modestly led by tech

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:45 a.m.Stocks are modestly higher in early trading on Wall Street Friday, led by health care and technology companies.There was little corporate news moving markets. Many companies are finishing up their third quarters and will report earnings starting in the middle of October.Drug maker Pfizer gained 1.9% and Apple rose 0.5%.Among the laggards, Netflix fell 2.6% and Halliburton dropped 1.4%.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 40 points, or 0.2%, to 27,135.The S&P 500 gained 7 points, or 0.2%, to 3,014 and is within 12 points of its all-time high. The Nasdaq rose 16 points, or 0.2%, to 8,198. The major indexes are little changed for the week so far.The yield on the 10-year Treasury was flat at 1.77%.The Associated Press read more

Fiddles at the ready The worlds biggest trad music session kicksoff in

first_imgIt’s 20 years since the Fleadh was held in Sligo and chairperson of this years festival Bartley Gavin has hailed the “wonderful work of the Sligo people” in preparation.“It will enable us to welcome with open arms the thousands of visitors that plan to make Sligo their home for the coming week,” he says.The Fleadh’s website has details of everything that’s going on each day of the festival and also has information on getting and staying there.Iarnród Éireann have added additional services between Dublin and Sligo for the duration of the Fleadh.Read: Fleadh Cheoil organisers to ‘respectfully’ return Shell funding after public outcry > Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann/YouTubeTHE ANNUAL Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann begins in Sligo today with President Michael D Higgins set to launch the week long festival of traditional music.There are over 250 events being held over the course of the eight days in what organisers describe as the world’s biggest trad music session.The Fleadh gets underway with a number of events happening this morning but today’s main event is the Colmcille Pageant from 3pm. It’s set to include drummers and dancers parading through the centre of the town before finishing on Stephen’s Street.President Higgins, a long-time supporter of the Fleadh, will officially open the event at 5pm and will also open and sign a peace book that marks a  series of peace building events throughout the week of the Fleadh.Today’s festivities are expected to create a carnival atmosphere in the town and the pedestrianised streets will play host to one of the the many sessions over the next eight days.last_img read more

Someone carrying out home renovations in Laois found a hand grenade

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Keith Tarrier Short URL 9 Comments Feb 16th 2017, 2:19 PM http://jrnl.ie/3243197 Share Tweet Email1 The scene was declared safe at 10:10am.The Army encounters call-outs to deal with historic munitions “from time to time,” the statement said.Should members of the public find such munitions they are advised to maintain a safe distance, inform An Garda Síochána, who in turn will request Defence Forces assistance.Mills 36 hand grenades were regularly used throughout the War of Independence of 1919 to 1921, and in World War Two.They were patented and developed by the British Army in 1915 and continued to be manufactured up until the 1980s.Read: Topshop removes display barriers from Irish stores after boy (10) dies from head injuries in UK > Someone carrying out home renovations in Laois found a hand grenade Mills 36 hand grenades were regularly used throughout the War of Independence of 1919 to 1921. A 36 Mills Grenade. Image: Shutterstock/Keith Tarrier A HAND GRENADE, possibly from the War of Independence era, has been made safe by an Army bomb squad in Co Laois.The device, a Mills 36 grenade, was discovered by a member of the public carrying out home renovations in Stradbally this morning.According to a statement from the Defence Forces:“The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on scene at 9am, where they carried out an initial assessment of the grenade before proceeding to make it safe.“The grenade was subsequently moved a short distance and disposed of. 14,789 Views Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 2:19 PM By Daragh Brophy A 36 Mills Grenade. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

HandsOn Hitman 2 Keeps the Stealth Game Genre Alive

first_imgStay on target The stealth genre isn’t doing so great these days. With Metal Gear Solid becoming nearly unrecognizable and Splinter Cell taking an extended vacation, there’s very few options when it comes to playing AAA sneaking games. Thankfully, we have the Hitman series to fill that void. 2016 saw the franchise return in a big with with the episodic Hitman. Now, Warner Bros is preparing to release the appropriately named Hitman 2. Based on what I played at E3, I can safely say this is the best stealth game released since the last Hitman.Hitman 2 isn’t episodic. You get the full game at launch. Despite that, the game’s structure is still episodic in nature. It has six self-contained missions. While the stories are largely unrelated, there’s an overarching plot tying everything together. This is exactly how the previous game was structured, and it certainly works here. As before, every mission offers a variety of ways to kill targets. A single episode contains countless hours of replayability given all of the different ways to complete objectives.The mission I played involved Agent 47 having to take out a race car driver named Sierra Knox. For this demo, I could take her out either with a sniper rifle or with explosives. I went with the latter option since it seemed more fun and involved. After making my way through the packed crowd of the F1 racing event in Florida, I went to a bathroom to find the explosives. Like the last Hitman, this game seamlessly renders large crowds. I expected things to slow down at any moment given the amount of characters on screen but it never happened. After obtaining my tools of destruction, I needed to get to Knox’s car.To get to Knox’s vehicle, I had to disguise myself as a mechanic. I couldn’t do that without getting into the backrooms of the event. In order to proceed, I had to get a less conspicuous disguise — a flamingo mascot outfit. I found a mascot near one of the bathrooms downstairs. Interestingly enough, I heard him talking to someone about taking out Knox. I had no idea what this was about, so I proceeded to sneak behind the mascot and choke him unconscious. After taking him into the bathroom and stealing his costume, I proceeded to the VIP lounge to find a mechanic.I found my target at the bar. He kept leaving his drink unattended at a table whenever he went to check out the race at a nearby window. This provided a perfect opportunity to poison his drink. I went into the kitchen and found rat poison. A bartender noticed me and followed. I then knocked him out and took his clothes. This gave me a chance to get near the mechanic’s drink without anyone becoming suspicious. After downing his toxic tonic, the mechanic went to the nearest bathroom. As I did with other characters, I knocked him out and stole his clothing. Now dressed as a mechanic, I could make my way to Knox’s car.Upon planting the explosive device on Knox’s vehicle, I went back upstairs to watch the race from the stands. When Knox’ car passed in front of me, I pressed the detonation button and sent her on a one-way trip to Hell. Typically, I would have to find the extraction point after assassinating a target, but this is where my demo ended.This was by far one of my favorite E3 demos. Like the previous Hitman, the variety of ways to assassinate targets is mind-boggling. The only reason I completed my mission so fast and efficiently is because of the helpful WB handler beside me. In the final game, this mission will have more ways to bring down not only Knox, but her arms-dealer father. Just thinking about the possibilities makes me very excited to play the full game.I know there are a ton of games dropping this fall, but you shouldn’t miss Hitman 2 when it releases on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on November 9. Also, it’s single-handedly keeping AAA stealth games alive, which is to be commended.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima last_img read more

Singing Justin Klumps praises

first_imgJustin Klump has played many stages and many rooms, but one of his most meaningful gigs ever was in pre-op.A buddy of Klump’s was headed for brain surgery to remove a tumor, and one possible outcome was memory loss. The way he tested his memory after surgery was by singing all the words to Klump’s song about finding joy while traveling down the “bitter road” of life, called “Sticks and Stones.”“When I heard that was how he was going to make sure his memory still worked, it really touched me,” Klump said.Four years later, Klump, visiting family in Vancouver, was invited into the prep room to sing the same song, live, as his friend got ready to endure the latest in a string of brain surgeries.“I was just a few feet away from him and he sang the background harmonies,” Klump said. “What really amazed me was how he and his wife were providing each other support and strength, through this incredibly challenging, scary, unknown time.”Back in Vancouver, at his grandparents’ piano, Klump started composing. What came out in a couple of hours was “The Other Side,” a song he said was about “sticking with loved ones and having faith even when you don’t know what the future holds.”Klump’s friend, by the way, is doing well. And so is Klump, a Vancouver native who studied classical guitar, fell under the folk-pop songwriting spell of Dave Matthews, and eventually moved to Nashville to get busy as a singer-songwriter and producer. He’s got his own studio in Nashville, where he records himself and others. Critics have hailed his sweet songwriting style and heartfelt, introspective lyrics that seem to probe life’s subtle shades and challenges.last_img read more

Huawei will reveal foldable phone with 5G in February

first_img See All See it CES 2019: Hands-on with the foldable, bendable Royole FlexPai phone Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.MWC 2019 is happening in Barcelona from Feb. 25 to 28. As always, CNET will be reporting from the show.Samsung — which Huawei reportedly hopes to overtake as the world’s No. 1 smartphone seller by the end of 2020 — may reveal its first foldable phone at its Feb. 20 Unpacked event. Yu said the device will run on Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor (also found in its Mate 20 Pro and Honor View 20) and will include the new 5G-enabling Balong 5000 modem.He had previously confirmed Huawei’s 5G foldable phone at a launch event for its Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro phones, a report said in October, following on from rumors in April. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 3 We’ll be seeing Huawei’s foldable phone in February. For the moment, imagine this building is folding. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Huawei’s CEO has confirmed that we’ll see a foldable 5G phone from the company at Mobile World Congress in February.Richard Yu, the Chinese company’s boss, announced the launch in the closing moments of a pre-MWC 2019 briefing in Beijing.”We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona in February, where we will launch the world’s first 5G smartphone with foldable screen,” he said.Foldable phones are poised to become the next big thing in the wireless world. Much of the attention has gone to Samsung, which has promised a bendable device for the first half of 2019, after briefly teasing it in November. And just this week, Xiaomi showed off a “double folding” phone.Huawei may have raised the stakes somewhat by teasing 5G capabilities for its phone. This year will mark the first big deployment of the high-speed, next-generation networking technology, and phones designed for it. Mentioned Above Huawei Mate 20 Pro Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Now playing: Watch this: Tags Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Share your voice Mobile World Congress 2019center_img 30 Photos • Phones Mobile Huawei Mate 20 Pro Preview • Huawei Mate 20 Pro is outrageously innovative Review • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: An elite phone with the looks to match Huawei Mobile World Congress 2019 Foldables, 5G and the future of the iPhone in 2019 Comments reading • Huawei will reveal foldable phone with 5G in February $1,016 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 6:02last_img read more

54 vehicles seized during cordon and search in Nirmal

first_imgNirmal: The police on Monday seized 51 bikes, three auto rickshaws and liquor worth Rs 50,380 during cordon and search operation at Alooru village, Sarangapur mandal in Nirmal district. About 100 police persons took part in the operation.Nirmal Superintendent of Police C Shashidhar Raju said they have detained 54 vehicles without proper documents. During the cordon and search operation, Shashidhar Raju interacted with the locals and educated them about law. He told them that cordon and search operation is being carried out for controlling crime and identifying criminals. New blue colt and patrol car teams have been launched for 24×7 surveillance within urban and rural areas. These teams will constantly patroll for public safety and monitor the movement of criminals. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The Police Commissioner stressed the need for installing CCTV cameras at the centre of the village. He urged the vehicle riders to wear helmets compulsorily for their safety and for their family and kids. He requested that everyone should cooperate in controlling crime and legal action will be taken against those, who do not have proper documents. Later the Police Commissioner felicitated a villager for wearing helmet always. Additional SP Dakshinamurthy, DSP Uppender Reddy, Inspector John Diwakar, Srinivas Reddy, RI Venkat, sub-inspectors and constables were present.last_img read more

20 years later you can play Wolfenstein 3D online for free

first_imgWolfenstein 3D, one of the most important and memorable PC games of all time, was released in 1992. That’s 20 years since it changed the way many of us thought about video games, video game violence, and totally insane boss fights. It might not have been the earliest first-person perspective game, nor was it the first FPS game, and some people would probably say Doom had a greater impact, but the effect of Wolf3D on gaming, and culture, cannot be denied.In celebration of the game’s 20th anniversary, which happened this past Saturday, Bethesda Software has made the full game free-to-play on its site. (Bethesda Software’s parent company, Zenimax, acquired iD Software, the developer of Wolfenstein 3D, in 2009.) That means all three episode are available to play, right now, in your browser.In addition to making the game free-to-play on its site and Facebook, Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum for iOS will be free to download today as well. It’s available through iTunes.I was able to spend some time playing the game and, not surprisingly, I had a good time. It’s a little bit clunky with the framerate feelings quite slow compared to what we’re used to these days, but most of that has to do with how old the game was designed. After all, it was made available 20 years ago, and it shipped on four 3.5-inch floppy disks. Let’s put it this way — the game’s minimum requirement was a 286 processor. Age-related issues aside, it’s Wolfenstein 3D, in all its glory. It’s bloody, not at all safe for work, and quite difficult, but it’s a foundational video game experience.Pro tip: Z is strafe.Play it at Bethsoft or Facebook.last_img read more


first_img 0 Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) pulls in a touchdown catch as San Francisco 49ers defensive back Tyvis Powell (30) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald continued his streak of dominance over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.The damage came when it mattered most.Trailing 15-3 in the fourth quarter, Fitzgerald caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Josh Rosen. It was the 112th touchdown of his career, moving him into sole possession of seventh place in NFL history.That was the 112th TD reception of Larry Fitzgerald’s career. He’s now alone in 7th spot on the NFL’s all-time list for career TD catches. #SFvsAZ pic.twitter.com/72MhO60YgY— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) October 28, 2018 Fitzgerald passed NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez with the touchdown and is now just four touchdowns away from passing Antonio Gates for sixth place. Jerry Rice holds the NFL reception touchdown record with 197 touchdowns.The Fitzgerald touchdown also tied him for most receiving touchdowns against one team with 18. He also has 18 receiving touchdowns against the Rams.He wasn’t done, though.After wide receiver Christian Kirk caught a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to put Arizona up by one, the Cardinals needed a two-point conversion.They called upon Fitzgerald.He caught the pass, fought through a defender to get into the end zone and spiked it to give the Cardinals an 18-15 lead. – / 39last_img read more

Rep Potvin visits local school to kick off March is Reading Month

first_img State Rep. Phil Potvin kicked off March is Reading Month in Big Rapids this week at Riverview Elementary School.  He was able to visit the second and third grade classrooms of teachers Annette Maat and Anne Orange, where he read “Hooray for Grandparents’ Day.” “Being the grandfather to eight children, I know how important reading to them is and how it really fosters growth in more ways than just academics,” said Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac. “Books really are a lot of fun for everyone and I was so happy to see all of the kids engaged and excited about reading.”March is Reading Month is an annual event designed to recognize the importance of reading in children’s future success and to encourage their social and intellectual development.  Early reading proficiency is shown to be a core element for successful educational pursuits in children.The special nature of Potvin’s visits puts a renewed focus on reading and reinforces how important it is to the students.“We can all do our part to encourage children to read, and this is my way to make it a fun, special occasion for them,” Potvin said. “I hope to use these classroom reading visits this month to inspire our students to explore new interests and hopefully find a few interesting books along the way that will stay with them for a lifetime.”Rep. Potvin has plans to visit many more schools this month and looks forward to sharing his favorite book with students throughout Mecosta, Osceola, and Wexford Counties.  Administrators and educators interested in scheduling a time for him to read are encouraged to contact his office by phone at 517-373-1747 or by email at PhilPotvin@house.mi.gov. 06Mar Rep. Potvin visits local school to kick off March is Reading Month Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Brann optimistic as experts predict continued economic growth

first_img Categories: Brann News,News 11Jan Rep. Brann optimistic as experts predict continued economic growth State Rep. Tommy Brann today said he is optimistic about Michigan’s continued steady economic growth following presentation of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first look at the upcoming economic forecast.The report was compiled by the House and Senate Fiscal agencies, the state budget director and other economic experts, and presented to the House and Senate Appropriations committees. It predicts Michigan’s consistent economic growth will continue.“I am pleased that the growth Michigan has experienced in the past few years is expected to continue into the coming year,” Brann said. “I hope the positive outlook will apply to small businesses as well as manufacturers and bigger companies. I am rooting for small businesses because they are the bedrock of the state’s economy.”Brann said the information presented today will be helpful as the Appropriations Committee begins working on a budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.“Our conservative budgeting has resulted in a smaller state government with less needless spending and fewer unnecessary regulations on businesses,” Brann said. “We must continue our priority of funding vital services and projects that are important to Michigan families and will improve their quality of life.”#####last_img read more

Rep Berman joined by family for opening of the 100th Legislature

first_img09Jan Rep. Berman joined by family for opening of the 100th Legislature Categories: Berman News,Berman Photos State Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township was joined by his family at the state Capitol Wednesday to officially open the 100th Michigan Legislature. Rep. Berman was administered the oath of office by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman.FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Kathleen Dreifus (mother), Stacie Berman (wife), Sloane Berman (daughter), Morgan Berman (daughter), Ron Berman (father), Laurie Winston (mother-in-law), and Tom Berman (brother).last_img

Kevin Durants Nike Birthday Party Had a NativeAmericanEpithet Theme

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares October 3, 2014;Indian Country TodayThere must be some way to explain the birthday party that Nike threw for NBA all-star Kevin Durant. The theme of the party was the racially derogatory nickname and caricatures of the Washington D.C. NFL franchise owned by Daniel Snyder. Perhaps it is because Durant is from Washington, D.C. Perhaps it is because Snyder has shown personal interest in Durant, including giving Durant a special football from the team’s 41-to-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Accompanying Durant’s birthday cake, in the shape of a basketball court, was a jersey from the football team. Washington, D.C. is a football-mad town, so perhaps hosting a birthday party in Beaverton highlighting Durant’s hometown football team had special meaning for him.Nike’s party for Durant is a terrible contrast with Nike’s N7 campaign, a fund capitalized by sales of certain Nike products to help finance youth sport and physical activities in Native communities. A component of the program are the N7 “ambassadors”—Native American sports stars such as golfer Notah Begay III, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, and long time Red Sox center fielder (now with the Yankees) Jacoby Ellsbury—listed as supporting the N7 initiative. Indian Country Today reported that Durant has “partnered” with Nike ambassadors to promote N7.Durant didn’t seem to protest the use of the Washington team’s racial slur as the theme of his birthday party, but a group called Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry was disturbed.“It is more important than ever that Nike demonstrate support for Native American families, particularly after Nike’s insulting racial slur themed birthday party last week for National Basketball Association player Kevin Durant,” EONM said in a news release. “Nike Inc. has demonstrated that part of what they want Native American families to do is trade in their identity for inclusion because they want to sell a culturally marketable shoe or other merchandise to Native Americans and yet, still sell ‘Chief Wahoo,’ Tomahawk chop, FSU, Chiefs, and Washington team gear for profit as well.”In 2013, in a Nike press release (probably connected because of Durant’s marketing contract with Nike’s Under Armour products), Durant endorsed N7:“Playing in Oklahoma City has connected me to the mission of Nike N7 and the meaningful impact that it has with Native Americans here and across North America. I believe in the power of sport to change lives, and I support helping youth in Native American communities experience the positive benefits of being physically active.”EONM doesn’t find Nike’s N7 program to be all that valuable: “We may be consumers, but our culture has been a mass marketing commodity for far too long and is an exploitation that is doing measurable harm to the self worth of Native children. Nike must support Native Americans speaking out about Native Mascotry in sports; otherwise it looks like all the good N7 is wanting to do is more about bribery than empowerment. That form of bribery is nothing new and looks much like Dan Snyder’s Original Americans Foundation.”Nike responded with a press release highlighting its commitment to diversity: “Nike has a long history of supporting the Native American community and we encourage the teams and leagues to engage in constructive dialogue with their communities.” The company also said, regarding its marketing of the horribly racist “Chief Wahoo” caricature used by the Cleveland Indians, that “Nike has a contractual partnership with Major League Baseball as the licensing agent for MLB team-approved marks…Each MLB team is responsible for choosing their team logos and marks and we understand that the Cleveland Indians are engaging their fans and the local community in conversation concerning their logo.”When Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling unleashed some racial invective in a conversation with his girlfriend, NBA players stood up just about in unison against the long-time racist. While the owner of the Washington NFL team promotes a racial epithet as his team’s nickname or when the Cleveland Indians employ a cartoonish Native American character as their emblem, major league professionals have been sadly silent. To see Nike joining the fray by using the Washington team’s name as a party theme while pitching the N7 fund as a philanthropic response, it looks all too much like Dan Snyder’s Original Americans Foundation. Philanthropic support from Nike or Snyder doesn’t erase the incalculable damage caused by the use of derogatory racial mascots and names by pro teams and the corporations that engage them and their players in marketing schemes.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

NY Bill Would Protect Gig Workers in the New Economy

first_imgShare7TweetShare2Email9 SharesDecember 7, 2015; Washington PostFor the millions of part-time and contract workers who now earn their living in what has been called the “gig economy,” achieving the level of safety and security that has long been provided in the traditional workplace has been a challenge. Last month, we ended a report on initial efforts toward that ended with a question for policy makers. Earlier this week, members of New York City’s City Council took a first step toward this objective.The proposed legislation, the “Freelance Isn’t Free” bill, seeks to protect contracted workers from employers who refuse to pay them for work done. “Independent workers are one of the fastest growing sectors of the workforce and the backbone of New York City’s economy—but they’re getting stiffed out of thousands of dollars every year by deadbeat companies,” said Freelancers Union’s founder and executive director, Sara Horowitz.While, as freelancer and young professional Rachel Northrop told the Washington Post, “regular employees at least have some administrative recourse if a company shorts them on wages, being a contractor means hav[ing] to [go] to small claims court in order to collect. Non-payment paralyzes the most motivated sector of people, who are willing to work on their own schedule, be independent and self-sufficient.”The proposed legislation would require all employers to put contracts in writing, impose civil and criminal penalties for taking longer than 30 days to deliver payments, and award double damages plus attorney’s fees to contractors who’ve been stiffed—similar to the protections now enjoyed by regular employees.The bill’s list of endorsers provides some insight to the diverse nature of the workforce for whom a new safety net seems necessary:Many of the city’s coworking spaces and tech schools like General Assembly…Make the Road New York, which works mostly with the city’s low-income Hispanic population….the National Domestic Workers Alliance, whose housekeepers and nannies sometimes work on contract and don’t have the resources to sue when employers don’t hold up their end of the deal…[as well as] on-demand services like Uber and Taskrabbit.“Independent workers come from many different socioeconomic backgrounds but they’re vulnerable in similar ways. Whether you’re a day laborer, a freelance journalist or a self-employed CPA— if you work on your own, you’ve probably been a victim of wage theft at some point in your career,” said Hector Figueroa, President of 32BJ SEIU. “That’s why we’re coming together in this coalition. The union movement was built on solidarity and strength in numbers and that’s how we’ll win independent workers the equal protection they deserve.”New York City Councilman Brad Lander of Brooklyn, sponsor of the legislation, has said, “It’s clear that there are some companies that have made it a business practice to not pay freelancers. I see this as one critical step in one broader project of building protections for workers in the independent economy.” It is but a first step toward creating a comprehensive safety net.—Martin LevineShare7TweetShare2Email9 Shareslast_img read more

Simplifying Democracy Making Voting as Easy as American Pie

first_imgShare37TweetShare1Email38 SharesAmerican as American pie / jenn March 23, 2016; MicThanks to non-stop media coverage and political venting deluging nearly every social media feed, it’s practically impossible to escape the chatter surrounding the presidential campaign. Although it seems this election cycle has left the general public nothing less than transfixed, there is a nationwide effort to ensure that voters hold their attention all the way to the polls come November 8th.Democracy Works, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, has teamed up with online millennial news magazine Mic and several other partners to launch the TurboVote Challenge. The online awareness campaign aims to grow voter participation to 80 percent by 2020, a level of civic engagement our country hasn’t seen for more than a century. Using online and mobile platforms, the coalition of heavy hitters, including AirBnB, Starbucks, and Spotify, will support Democracy Works’ efforts to heighten awareness, promote voter registration and improve the overall voter experience.While other larger organizations, like Rock the Vote, have been driving young people to the polls since the early 1990s, Democracy Works and projects like TurboVote place specific emphasis on clarifying unclear voter information and simplifying the sometimes-confusing process of casting a ballot. The founder of Democracy Works, a former Harvard graduate student whose frustration over missing several elections while away from home served as the impetus for the organization’s creation, hopes that TurboVote will help disentangle the messiness of the democratic process. Recognizing the need to “make voting easy,” the application disseminates easy-to-digest information such as key voting dates and polling locations, striving to get more people to show up on Election Day.The goal to increase voter turnout by five percent over the next four years is an ambitious one. Voting among the millennial population in particular is dismal, hitting all-time lows in recent elections. In 2008, during what was undoubtedly a momentous election year, participation peaked as 52 percent of young voters made their voices heard. In the subsequent general election in 2012, voter participation among those 18 to 29 sank to 45 percent. During the 2014 election, a meager 17 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds voted, compared with 59 percent of voters 65 and older, according to the United States Census Bureau.Despite their noticeable absence from the polls, millennials are actively participating in national conversations about bedrock issues taking the stage during this election year, including the economy, climate change, foreign policy, and closing the gender gap. In a January 2016 USA Today/Rock the Vote Millennial Poll, millennials surveyed seemed to agree on most issues and also tended not to side with any particular political party. The lack of millennial representation at the polls has been attributed to several factors, namely the disconnect between their stance on certain issues and the position for which frontrunner candidates advocate. But the millennial generation is taking matters into its own hands, leading the charge in social entrepreneurship efforts and creating its own solutions to address local, national and global inadequacies.Whether the spectacle of this year’s presidential election will result in record voter turnout come November is yet to be seen. But with get-out-the-vote efforts like the TurboVote Challenge, many voters—both young and old—have more resources on their side to help them navigate our country’s muddy democratic waters.—Lindsay WalkerShare37TweetShare1Email38 Shareslast_img read more

French media group Lagardère has appointed Remy De

first_imgFrench media group Lagardère has appointed Remy Dessarts as head of a new unit creating documentary and magazine programming.Dessarts has a journalistic backround, including as launch editor of monthly title Capital.Takis Candilis, chairman of Lagardère Entertainment, said, “We welcome the arrival of Remy, who will bring to the group extensive experience of informative content and will strengthen our growth potential in this area.”last_img

Lithuanian telco Teo has grown its TV subscriber b

first_imgLithuanian telco Teo has grown its TV subscriber base to almost 162,000 as the country’s digital switchover approaches, an increase of about 10% year-on-year.At the end of the third quarter, Teo had 380,800 broadband customers and 615,800 phone customers. Revenue for the first three quarters was LTL570.5 million (€165 million), up 3%. The company posted a net profit of LTL123.6 million, up from LTL117.3 million.“The continuously improving digital TV and internet services enabled to increase the number of customers using them. Despite the continued shrinking of the Lithuanian telecommunications market this year, Teo increased its revenue, while successful cost control allowed us to improve profitability,” said Arūnas Šikšta, general manager of TEO.last_img

Russian telco TransTeleCom is launching an online

first_imgRussian telco TransTeleCom is launching an online TV service.The operator, based in the east of Russia, will launch a 60-channel TV service initially available on PCs. It will be available to all internet customers for an additional RUB120 per month (€3).last_img

Digital Rapids will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand R

first_imgDigital Rapids will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand R25, Hall 10.1. Digital Rapids is making its debut at ANGA COM this year. The company will use the show to highlight its Transcode Manager 2.0 powered by Kayak filed-based workflow. Transcode Manager 2.0 automated media processing software blends media file transformation and workflow processes while supporting applications from post production and archive to multiscreen distribution. Powered by the Kayak workflow platform, Transcode Manager 2.0 combines management tools and format flexibility with adaptive, automated decision-making, rich metadata support, visual workflow design tools, integration of new and emerging technologies and an ecosystem of third-party technology partners, according to Digital Rapids.The company will also showcase StreamZ Live 8000EX, an integrated broadcast/multiscreen live encoder. Combining the capabilities of two additional new StreamZ Live models – the StreamZ Live 4000EX premium multiscreen encoder and StreamZ Live 6000EX broadcast encoder – the StreamZ Live 8000EX features simultaneous encoding for broadcast television (H.264 or MPEG-2) and adaptive bit-rate streaming for delivery to platforms including mobile phones, tablets, desktop computers, smart TVs and over-the-top services.Finally, Digital Rapids will show StreamZHD, its multi-format ingest and encoding system in a new version. This features quality and performance enhancements for Digital Rapids’ H.264, MPEG-2 and DVCPro encoding, plus expanded support for transforming advertising insertion markers for multiscreen protocols, according to the company.last_img read more