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Human rights tribunal resumes hearings on First Nations child and family servicesHuman rights tribunal resumes hearings on First Nations child and family services

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe human rights case against the federal government resumed this week with a history lesson on Indian Residential Schools.The child welfare case resumed with testimony from a well-known historian, professor and author.John Milloy provided the tribunal with an historical road map of the policies and roles of the federal government.The expert witness is scheduled to be on the stand all week.His testimony will cover the establishment of Indian Residential Schools and the transition to placing Aboriginal children into the child welfare system.last_img

Travelling the pipeline and the end of the roadTravelling the pipeline and the end of the road

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsOn a sunny morning in Enoch Cree Nation, a steady stream of cars pull through the community’s gas station, filling up for $131.5 a litre.“That’s awful,” says a young man, eyeing the price. “It’s only gonna get higher.”The community west of Edmonton, near the heart of Alberta’s oil industry, is one of 43 First Nation and Metis communities that has signed a mutual benefit agreement to twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to Burnaby, B.C.The project has divided Indigenous communities along the route, but this young man is indifferent – except when it comes to gas prices.He’s not the only one with oil on the mind.Down the road at the community’s band office, Roger Buck makes the case for Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion project.“In my opinion, the pipeline has to go,” says Buck. “It’s essential – not only for Alberta but for the rest of Canada.”Roger Buck, of Enoch Cree Nation, says he’s in favour of the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Lucy Scholey/APTNAPTN drove the 1,150-kilometre pipeline route during the heat of the pipeline debate – a Prime Minister exploring every financial or legislative means to push it through, two premiers waging political war and several legal challenges against the project – all with Kinder Morgan’s May 31 deadline to come to an agreement.But APTN wanted to meet with community members who will be directly impacted by the pipeline route.The trip started at the gates of Kinder Morgan in Burnaby, where protesters were stationed at Camp Cloud. We documented the arrest of two faith leaders and a salmon ceremony in Cheam First Nation, where the chief prefers the proposed pipeline over rail transportation.We’ve heard concerns about the pipeline’s potential environmental risks if it goes through – and the ongoing lack of resources if it doesn’t.Meanwhile, our Nation to Nation show featured Yale First Nation Chief Ken Hansen who felt financially pressured to sign on with Kinder Morgan and Lower Nicola Chief Aaron Sumexheltza, who has yet to approve a final deal.APTN’s Travelling the Pipeline drive ended at the gates of Kinder Morgan in Edmonton, where security trucks patrolled near our rolling camera.It seems like those living in the wide-open yellow fields of Enoch Cree Nation espouse a different mentality from the anti-pipeline protesters in the coastal mountains.“I started working in the oilfield when I was 16 years old. I’m 45 now,” says Steve Rain, while walking down one of the community’s dusty dirt roads. “That was just our way of life, running equipment. That was our job. If there was no pipeline going on, then we had no jobs, basically, that’s the way it is in Alberta.”Some Enoch members APTN spoke with say they feel torn between environmental concerns and their reliance on the oil industry.Emilie Jackson, who lives near the reserve, says she’s worried about potential oil spills polluting B.C.’s coast – but also worried about people losing jobs.“I disagree with it because I don’t want the forest and the animals, everything, I don’t want none of that ruined,” she says while stopping at the Enoch gas station. “You’re also taking away jobs from transport drivers. They deliver fuel back and forth too, so that’s job losses there.”Meanwhile, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has proposed a joint B.C., Ottawa panel of scientists to enhance existing research on oil spills.In a letter released Thursday, she says Ottawa has already taken steps to mitigate the damage in the event of a spill, including increased capacity to tow ships and five new emergency response stations, and says she is willing to address some of B.C.’s additional concerns.Eriel Deranger, executive director of Indigenous Climate Action, says she feels “betrayed” by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who campaigned on the rights of Indigenous people and environmental reform.“Kinder Morgan is literally the complete opposite of all of those things,” she says while sitting in the backyard of her Kenilworth neighbourhood home in Edmonton.“It requires the coercion and intimidation of communities to buy into this project under the auspice that these projects are going to happen, with or without them.”While she’s not proposing anything as radical as shutting down the tar sands, she thinks the country should be shifting away from fossil fuels.“This is a project that would lock the Alberta economy and the national economy into an oil economy past 2030 when we’re supposed to be taking aggressive action on our climate,” she says.“It’s a project that not only threatens climate stabilization and us meeting our targets, but it undermines and diminishes the rights of Indigenous communities.”– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cyberattacks inflict deep harm at technologyrich schoolsCyberattacks inflict deep harm at technologyrich schools

AVON, Conn. — Over six weeks, the vandals kept coming, knocking the school system’s network offline several times a day.There was no breach of sensitive data files, but the attacks in which somebody deliberately overwhelmed the Avon Public Schools system in Connecticut still proved costly. Classroom lesson plans built around access to the internet had come to a halt.“The first time I called the FBI, their first question was, ‘Well, what did it cost you?’” said Robert Vojtek, the district’s technology director. “It’s like, ‘Well, we were down for three quarters of a day, we have 4,000 students, we have almost 500 adults, and teaching and learning stopped for an entire day.’ So how do you put a price tag on that?”The kind of attacks more commonly reserved for banks and other institutions holding sensitive data are increasingly targeting school systems around the country. The widespread adoption of education technology, which generates data that officials say can make schools more of a target for hackers, also worsens an attack’s effects when instructional tools are rendered useless by internet outages.Schools are attractive targets because they hold sensitive data and provide critical public services, according to the FBI, which said in a written statement that perpetrators include criminals motivated by profit, juvenile pranksters and possibly foreign governments. Attacks against schools have become common, the FBI said, but it is impossible to know how frequently they occur because many go unreported to law enforcement when data is not compromised.Attacks often have forced districts to pull the plug on smart boards, student laptops and other internet-powered tools.Schools in the Florida Keys took themselves offline for several days last September after a district employee discovered a malware attack. Monroe County schools Superintendent Mark Porter said teachers had to do things differently but adapted quickly.“I heard a little grumbling at the beginning and then the comment was, ‘I guess we’ll have to go old school,’” Porter said. “And they went back to work and did it the way they probably did it just a few years ago.”Schools with few or no employees dedicated to information security often are surprised to find themselves as targets.The 2,000-student Coventry Local School District in Ohio had to close schools in May as staff worked to fight a virus of that had infected the network. The FBI helped to guide the district through the recovery and offered assistance on best practices.The school system did not have cybersecurity insurance, said Kelly Kendrick, the district’s technology director, and her three-person department is still working to debug devices affected by the attack.FBI officials told the district that the attackers apparently did not obtain sensitive information, but that it was clear they were after data of some kind, she said.“Why this little school in Akron, Ohio? Why was it a target?” Kendrick said. “It has really opened my eyes to how data of any kind is marketable, sellable.”In September, the FBI issued a public service announcement warning the growth of education technologies and widespread collection of student identification data along with other information including academic progress and classroom activities “could have privacy and safety implications if compromised or exploited.”Malicious use of the data could lead to bullying, tracking, identity theft and other threats, it said.Penalties can be severe. Students suspected of involvement in disruptive cyber pranks often have been hit with felony charges.And in March, Olukayode Lawal, a Nigerian man living in Smyrna, Georgia, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and ordered to be deported for his role in an email scheme that used tax information from Connecticut school employees to falsely claim tax refunds.In many cases, school officials say they never learn who was behind the attacks.In North Dakota, where a third of schools statewide were hit with a malware attack last year, it was traced to North Korea, although it’s unclear if that country was the origin of the attack or just the location of a device that was used as a stepping stone, according to Sean Wiese, the state’s chief information security officer.School networks “may be considered easy targets because they’re a little bit more open than your traditional corporate culture,” Wiese said. “I do feel that is changing, just not quickly enough.”In New York state, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last October to investigate and help prevent future intrusions after a series of attacks caused outages at 50 school districts.The denial-of-service attacks, designed to overload and deny access to the network, he said, “subverted teacher lesson plans and interrupted student learning.”The outages were disruptive particularly because many of the state’s schools have issued digital devices to each student, part of a transition to a model where students spend part of a school day working at their own speed, according to Pam Mazzaferro, director of the Central New York Regional Information Center.Vojtek, whose department was tasked with responding to the denial-of-service attacks on Avon schools in late 2017, said it was difficult being the one to answer to educators for why the network was down.“It was just tough to get a handle on it and people are not resilient when it comes to their teaching resources,” he said. “So if those are gone, somebody needs to pay.”Michael Melia, The Associated Press read more

Future Australian mining engineers demonstrate new innovationsFuture Australian mining engineers demonstrate new innovations

first_imgThirty-three of Australia’s next generation of mining engineers demonstrated the innovations of the future at the annual “Mission Impossible 2008 – CRCMining Equipment Design Challenge”. After much deliberation by a specialist panel of CRCMining judges, ‘The Turbines’ emerged victorious by a small margin of three points over the second placed team. Their machine design, the ‘Bi-Shearer 360’ is an automated and mobile coal shearer which offers a 100% increase in output as well as reduced costs and safety improvements.The challenge was part of the nine-day Eastern Region Australian Student Mineral Venture, hosted by The AusIMM. Secondary school students in years 10 to 12 were eligible for the venture, which included tours of the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT), the North-South Bypass Tunnel project and operations in Blackwater, Emerald and Rockhampton.For the challenge, the students were split into four teams and, using Lego, presented their inventions in a lively and entertaining format.last_img read more

Gilmore rules out seeking extension to Troikas deficit deadlineGilmore rules out seeking extension to Troikas deficit deadline

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has ruled out the prospect of having the government ask the EU-IMF Troika for extra time to meet its budget deficit targets – overruling a junior minister who earlier said a delay might be sought.RTÉ News has broadcast footage of Gilmore, being interviewed for tonight’s The Week in Politics, where the Tánaiste said he believed the public wanted an end to the series of austerity budgets aimed at bringing Ireland’s deficit under 3 per cent of total economic output.“We have to get the deficit down, and we have to deal with it,” Gilmore said.“I actually think that what people want to see – people want to see where is the end of this.”The Tánaiste bluntly added: “We need to get this over with.”The original bailout deal agreed with the Troika – which complemented a previous programme agreed with the European Commission, before Ireland entered the bailout – asked Ireland to get its deficit to under 3 per cent of GDP by 2014.This was renegotiated to 2015 after the current government entered office. In advance of last year’s general election, Labour had argued for the deadline to be extended to 2016.Earlier today a junior minister from Gilmore’s party had been reported as saying the government would broach the topic of extending the deadline, following the IMF’s slight back-track and admission that austerity programmes hit economies harder than first thought.Junior trade minister Joe Costello told today’s Sunday Times that the government would seek clarification from the IMF as to whether it now believed trying to reach the 3 per cent mark by 2015 would be detrimental to Ireland’s overall economic state.Read: IMF: Irish economy to grow but unemployment will remain high in 2013last_img read more

German company offers to whitelabel Firefox OS for carriersGerman company offers to whitelabel Firefox OS for carriers

first_imgFirefox OS has yet to launch, but one German mobile business is already offering to customize and white-label Mozilla’s software for carriers that want to sell something that’s got that “homegrown” feel. Net-m touts this new “net-m OS” as an alternative to Android and iOS that makes it easier for carriers to get their hands on a bigger slice of the ecosystem pie from the get-go.It looks like what net-m is really pitching here is to fiddle with the surface of Firefox OS — the HTML and CSS code, icons, wallpapers, and whatnot — to give it a visual overhaul that suits a carriers’ desires. That carrier can also have its own content services integrated — exclusively, even — giving them first crack at on-device purchases from users. That’s a much more tempting proposition than subsidizing an iPhone or Galaxy S3 $10.99 at Amazon purchase only to have users give their hard-earned cash to Apple and Google instead.It’s interesting that net-m is offering a re-branded Firefox OS. The majority shareholder in net-m is NTT DoCoMo, which is one of the key members of the Tizen Association. Two of the associations five officers are DoCoMo execs, and the Japanese wireless giant certainly seems to be bullish on Tizen. Then again, why put all your alternative OS eggs in one basket? The mobile marketplace is still growing at a rapid pace and there are scores of carriers serving users in hundreds of countries around the globe. If carriers think they can make a few extra bucks selling inexpensive phones running a house-brand OS, then net-m is bound to get some takers.One thing net-m might want to reconsider is those hardware back and search buttons on their mock-up phones — since Firefox OS doesn’t even support them.last_img read more

True Horror Comes to Florida in Redlands 1True Horror Comes to Florida in Redlands 1

first_img The hot and muggy swamp lands of Florida bring out the worst in people, I feel. The “Florida Man” news reports are heard from around the world, and it can be embarrassing at times living in this state. When I learned that Image’s new witch infused Redlands was not only set in ‘The Sunshine State’ but was a huge theme looming over the series, I chomped at the bit to cover this first issue.Before I go any further, here is a brief synopsis from Image Comics.“A brand-new horror book from the minds of Eisner Award-winner JORDIE BELLAIRE (PRETTY DEADLY, Vision, Batman) and critically acclaimed artist VANESA R. DEL REY (ZERO, Scarlet Witch, Constantine) brings you to the sleepy, sunny town of Redlands, Florida. The police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned town, and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them. This summer, hide your bibles.”The story behind Redlands does not take its time at all and throws you right into thick of things. So much so that I thought I had missed a previous issue zero. This is just the charm behind this dark and ominous comic. Another interesting piece behind Redlands is the female led creative team. The comic is the brain child of Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Deadly) who had been kicking around the horror story for a while. She later approached artist Vanessa R. Del Ray (Hit) about the project. These two frightening powerhouses stir up one of the darkest tales I’ve read in a while. Del Ray’s cross-hatched art style is a great accent to Bellaire’s occult storytelling. It truly bleeds the underlining hate and racism that goes on in the deep south at night.In an interview with Entertainment Weekly back in March, Bellaire said she was thinking about what could change the things that upset her the most? It was the ultimate archetype female figure of the witch that struck a cord with her. Bring a coven in that has been around for a very long time to one of the most hate-fueled states in America today and try to make things right. They may do some horrific deeds along the way, but in their eyes, it’s is all for the better in the small town of Redlands. The characters in this tale of horror are a tad unlikable (you most to expire), but they are still approachable. Especially when most of them are criminals who are stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time.With witches on the rise in entertainment today with shows like American Horror Story, Salem and a possible Craft series in the works, It’s a great time to dig into Redlands. Its themes are strong and does not hold back any punches when it comes to gore. Horror fans, do not miss out on this beautiful dark tale. And if you are a Florida resident, I urge to head to the Wiccan town of Cassadaga and read the first issue in the Devil’s Chair located in the middle of the cemetery. It may bring you enlightenment, or chills beyond your wildest nightmares. The series hits store shelves August 9th and can also be pre-ordered at Comixology now.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: Twisted Romance last_img read more

Robbery reported at Vancouver Rite Aid pharmacyRobbery reported at Vancouver Rite Aid pharmacy

first_imgPolice were unable to locate a man suspected of trying to rob a Rite Aid pharmacy Friday night in Vancouver’s Fircrest neighborhood.The robbery was reported shortly before 7:40 p.m. at 13511 S.E. Third Way.A Hispanic man handed a note to the pharmacy demanding medications. There was no mention or indication of weapons, Vancouver police Sgt. Pat Johns said.An employee in the pharmacy told the suspect that they did not have the medications he was looking for so he left empty-handed, Johns said.The suspect was last seen on foot heading westbound toward East Mill Plain Boulevard. There was no suspect vehicle information. A police canine was deployed to help search the surrounding area, but officers did not find the suspect, Johns said.The man was described as clean-shaven and standing about 5-foot-4-inches tall, wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood up, gray and black sweatpants, and a purple glove on one hand.last_img read more

Opposition Enraged by Premiers CommentsOpposition Enraged by Premiers Comments

first_img Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:donhue gardnier, Pdm, pnp, premier rufus ewing, sharlene cartwright-robinson Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2014 – The official Opposition enraged by comments from the Premier and so called confusion from his Cabinet. In two press releases the PDM accused the Premier of a bad budget which limits the needed resources for the civil service. Chiding the nation’s leader for his criticism of the GSS Ministry which for the second consecutive year had been given only $300,000 to fix all 14 public schools. The PDM points out this was the reason painting of schools was cut from the refurbishment… the party says Hon Dr Rufus Ewing, who was once a civil servant himself should never attack the public sector. “Rather than complaining and casting blame on everyone and everything else, the Premier and his Government needs to govern. It is only after public pressure was applied did the Premier attack. He ought to have known the state of schools and should have allocated more resources.” The PDM also saying government is giving what the party believes is false hope and faulty information to residents of the family islands who are calling for stronger local government… this reportedly came out during the Constitutional Review Committee meetings, which were held in all islands. Hon Sharlene Robinson, the PDM leader explained that while there are reports of a consultation with the opposition to re-introduce local government… there has been none. Adding that the message sent by Minister for Border Control, Hon Donhue Gardiner and the Deputy Premier were gravely different. One promised it was coming… the other promised it was already happening and that Hon Gardiner and Home Affairs Minister, Amanda Missick were appointed to lead the charge. Sharlene Robinson said: “Who or what do we believe? With two very different approaches announced within a week of each other, we are disappointed for the people who have been calling for it.” The PDM says it supports local government’s return. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Black business owners the past and the futureBlack business owners the past and the future

first_imgHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Eleanor Andrews, civic entrepreneur, owner of of Andrews GroupJasmin Smith, Director and Founder of The Business BoutiqueShawn Idom, owner of Hair Science Barber Shop and Barber SchoolPARTICIPATE:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send an email to (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast. (Aaron Pruzaniec, via Wikimedia Commons)Running a business that aims to serve a particular demographic can be a challenge. But sometimes it’s borne of necessity. As part of Black History month, we’re talking to black business owners to learn about the past when segregation created the need for minority businesses, to today when offering business diversity creates opportunities for community growth. Business diversity is the topic on the next Talk of Alaska.last_img read more

EPA Security Chief Also Worked For Owner Of Tabloid CompanyEPA Security Chief Also Worked For Owner Of Tabloid Company

first_imgTwitter via @SpeedReadsScott Pruitt’s controversial security chief Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta moonlighted for the National Enquirer’s publisher during the 2016 electionThe security chief for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency worked on the side as a private investigator for the owner of a tabloid news company with close ties to President Donald Trump.EPA special agent Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta performed regular work for National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. during the 2016 election, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s internal workings.But unlike another private investigator hired by the Enquirer, Perrotta didn’t work on such newsroom projects as tracking down sources. Instead, the person told The Associated Press, Perrotta was engaged to discreetly handle investigative work at the direction of AMI’s chairman and CEO, David Pecker.The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the company’s operations and spoke on condition of anonymity. The New York Times first reported Perrotta’s link to AMI.AMI spokesman Jon Hammond on Wednesday disputed how AP’s source characterized Perrotta’s role, but Hammond did not immediately respond to questions about what Perrotta did for the company.In addition to his government job, Perrotta is the top executive at Sequoia Security Group, a Maryland-based security firm. The person with knowledge of the situation did not know whether Perrotta was paid for his work for AMI and Pecker through Sequoia or another business entity.A former Secret Service agent, Perrotta has worked at EPA for more than a decade. He was tapped by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last year to lead his 20-member, full-time personal protective detail.Perrotta was promoted after his predecessor was reassigned for refusing to acquiesce to the administrator’s demands for VIP treatment, including using the emergency lights on a government vehicle to speed through Washington traffic to make airline flights and dinner reservations.Perrotta did not respond to messages seeking comment. EPA’s press office also did not respond to requests for comment about the security chief’s side business.A spokeswoman for President Barack Obama’s EPA chief, Gina McCarthy, said she was unaware Perrotta had been moonlighting for AMI in 2016.AP reported this month that Perrotta oversaw a rapid expansion of Pruitt’s security team and the taxpayer-funded precautions used to ensure Pruitt’s safety, including the use of first-class airline seats after a fellow traveler cursed at Pruitt in an airport.Perrotta also spearheaded the purchase of a $43,000 soundproof booth for Pruitt’s office to help ensure that Pruitt’s telephone calls could not be overheard by others. The Government Accountability Office has found that the spending on the privacy booth violated federal purchasing laws.Democratic lawmakers released a letter questioning whether Perrotta was improperly operating an outside consulting firm without proper approval from EPA ethics officials.Under Pecker, American Media became one of the earliest and most fervent backers of Trump’s political career, providing breathless coverage as far back as 2011 to Trump’s promotion of the false theory that Obama might not be a U.S. citizen.During the 2016 campaign, Pecker’s flagship National Enquirer was in close contact with Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen while it attacked Trump’s Republican opponents from its perch in supermarket checkout aisles. It printed thin allegations about Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s personal life and alleged that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was in declining physical and mental health.AMI also helped Trump in a far less public fashion. The company paid $150,000 to a former Playboy Playmate, Karen McDougal, for the rights to her story about an alleged affair with Trump during his marriage to Melania Trump, and $30,000 to a former Trump doorman peddling another story about Trump.AMI has denied the payments were hush money, though Pecker noted in a New Yorker interview last year that the contract with McDougal prevented her from “bashing Trump.”Records show Perrotta received clearance in March 2013 for limited nongovernment consulting work but was required to get updated approval if his job duties changed. Perrotta received a significant promotion and pay raise last year.According to the letter approving his work outside the agency, Perrotta told EPA ethics officials he expected to be “self-employed” to provide consulting to two to three clients for approximately three hours to six hours per week on issues related to cybersecurity and “denial of service insurance.”The 2013 approval, which was in effect for a five-year period that expired last month, also barred Perrotta from using his government position to advance his personal interests.AP reported in December that EPA paid $3,000 to contractor Edwin Steinmetz Associates last year to search Pruitt’s office for secret listening devices. Steinmetz is also listed as a vice president at Perrotta’s security firm.Emails obtained by congressional Democrats showed that Perrotta played a role in the decision to conduct the bug sweep, the contract for which the lawmakers allege he improperly steered to Steinmetz.The Democrats’ letter was signed by Sens. Tom Carper of Delaware and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, who serve on a committee with oversight of EPA. They asked an agency ethics official to re-examine whether Perrotta’s outside employment violates agency rules. Sharelast_img read more

Altice Partners With Devialet for HighEnd Smart SpeakerAltice Partners With Devialet for HighEnd Smart Speaker

first_img Popular on Variety Cable operator Altice wants to take on Sonos and other smart speaker makers with a Hi-Fi product of its own: Altice announced a new speaker called Altice Amplify Wednesday that combines audio technology developed by luxury smart speaker maker Devialet with Alexa-powered voice control.Altice customers will get Amplify for $399, while the company will charge non-customers $499. Subscribers to the company’s Altice One triple play product will also be able to rent the speaker for $10 a month. Altice Amplify will be available on as well as in Altice’s Optimum and Suddenlink retail stores some time later this year.Altice Amplify will pack 2 long stroke Diamond woofers, designed by Devialet, and a 19v, 7.5 A peak amp, according to specs released by the cable company Wednesday. It also comes with 6 far-field microphones that are supposed to work even with a TV turned up — which is exactly how the company envisions its customers to use the device: Amplify users will be able to control their Altice One set-top box with voice commands.To be fair, the latter will also be available with a regular Echo speaker, or any other smart speaker with Alexa built-in. So why is Altice confident that consumers will pay between $400 and $500 for the device? Much of that comes down to the audio system, which has been designed by Devialet. That company is competing on the smart speaker market from the high end, with products costing anywhere from $1100 to $3000. Compared to that, the Altice Amplify could be considered a steal — provided that consumers will trust their cable company to be an arbiter in high-end audio.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Joke Cryptocurrency Dogecoin Now Has a 2 Billion Market CapJoke Cryptocurrency Dogecoin Now Has a 2 Billion Market Cap

first_img You can point to the incredibly volatile pricing of today’s top cryptocurrencies as proof that they are, at a minimum, an incredibly risky investment. And you can get an even better idea of the state of the market by looking at the strange success of one unlikely currency: Dogecoin. Yes, that’s the cryptocurrency that’s named after the incredibly popular Shiba Inu dog meme that took off in 2013. Originally created as a joke, Dogecoin now sits at a market capitalization of over $2 billion.Dogecoin was trading at just around $0.0021 a coin around the beginning of December. And it appears to have been wrapped up in all the “Bitcoin Mania” over the past month, which includes all the companies that put the word “blockchain” in their names and watched their stock prices soar. As of today, Dogecoin trades for around $0.018 a coin — a 757-percent increase.”I haven’t held a substantial amount of Dogecoin since early-2015 so the market cap doesn’t mean a lot to me,” writes Jackson Palmer, Dogecoin’s creator. “It does however act as my barometer for crypto mania and speculation. I have a lot of faith in the Dogecoin Core development team to keep the software stable and secure, but I think it says a lot about the state of the cryptocurrency space in general that a currency with a dog on it which hasn’t released a software update in over 2 years has a $1B+ market cap.”Palmer says he’s concerned that all the talk surrounding the valuation of different cryptocurrencies — focused on their potential as investments — is taking too much attention from the technology that powers them.”As a result, we’re seeing even highly centralized assets such as Ripple achieve extremely high valuations, despite their lack of technological innovation and misalignment with the original vision of Bitcoin,” he writes.Are we in a bubble, though? According to Palmer, the answer seems pretty obvious: yes. Unfortunately, it’s a lot trickier to time when this bubble might burst, if it does. And should that happen, Palmer says that he hopes negative reactions to the considerable amount of money that might be lost don’t ruin the mainstream appeal of digital currency, nor stifle research and innovation in the space.To that point, even Dogecoin’s developers are willing to offer a little financial device via their Twitter account: Don’t borrow money to trade Dogecoin (or any cryptocurrency). 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » January 8, 2018 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Windstars Mediterranean Cruise Famil for TravelManagersWindstars Mediterranean Cruise Famil for TravelManagers

first_imgThe phenomenon of Small Ship cruising while the 5-masted Wind Surf accommodates 310 guests it feels like your own private yacht.Windstar’s Mediterranean Cruise Famil for TravelManagersA taste of the jet set life in St Tropez, a visit to Monte Carlo’s Grand Casino and time ashore in some of the most charming ports in the Mediterranean: these were among the highlights for two of TravelManagers’ personal travel managers (PTMs) during a nine-day small ship famil with Windstar Cruises from Rome to Nice.Kathy Millett, who is representative for Claremont, WA, compared the famil experience to sailing through a series of beautiful postcards.“Our late-night departure from Monaco was just one example of the many memorable moments,” she explains. “We were treated to a seafood barbecue on the top deck, with the band playing and the staff leading the ‘line dancing’. There were lights twinkling all around the harbour and we had the best party in town on board, despite being the only cruise ship in harbour, among all the super yachts.”Millett says she relished the opportunity to experience this amazing cruise product and the spectacular destinations they visited along the way.“Experiencing Windstar for myself has totally changed the way I will market it to my clients,” she explains. “Being able to visit and explore the coastlines of Italy and France from the water has completely changed my perception.”The group’s cruise aboard Windstar’s Wind Surf vessel, which accommodates a total of just 310 guests cared for by 201 attentive crew members, departed from Rome, calling first at Portoferraio on the island of Elba. From here, they cruised to the charming coastal Italian villages of Portovenere and Portofino, before continuing to several ports on the French Riviera.“The shore excursions were excellent,” Millett enthuses. “My favourite was to the village of Eze and the Rothschild Villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat when we were tied up in Monte Carlo. We had a superb guide and plenty of time to explore on your own.”TravelManagers’ other participant on the famil was Vicki O’Dea, who is representative for Lane Cove, NSW. Like Millett, O’Dea says the cruise was something she had waited a long time to experience, and she is looking forward to passing on her first-hand tips and ideas to interested clients.“It’s the finer details that will add to my clients’ enjoyment of their holiday, such as the ability to make a reservation to dine at the ship’s exclusive Stella Bistro so as not to miss out on this amazing dining experience,” she explains.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the company sees considerable value in its PTMs investing their time in famils such as this one.“We have a network of 550 PTMs who are constantly sharing ideas and experiences with their colleagues,” he explains, “so the benefits of experience and knowledge from participating in such a famil are distributed across the entire network, and eventually, to all of our PTMs clients.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.8 billion for 2018. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 540 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Labour Ministry on Friday announced the start of the ‘baby dowry’ scheme, aimed at helping low income families secure the necessities for their newborns.The package of the scheme will include basic consumer goods, like equipment, bedding, diapers and hygiene and baby-care items of total value €1,649.In a statement, the ministry said the scheme will be available from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2023, aiming to “reduce material deprivation and tackle the risk of social exclusion for families in scope, through the provision of designated basic consumer goods for free, as well as through pursuing supplementary measures relating to guidance and networking with relevant state services”.In scope are families with a child or children born after January 1, 2017, who are eligible for the Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) scheme or are recipients of state welfare benefits, or who face extraordinary problems according to a report by the state’s Social Services.Interested parties may receive applications for the scheme from district Social Services offices or the Labour Ministry’s webpage can be submitted at district Social Welfare Services.The scheme has a budget of €3.6 million and is co-funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Union through the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD).Announcing cabinet approval of the scheme in April, Labour minister Zeta Emilianidou said that the dowry would include among other things, a pram, a cot, a baby chair, and nappies for 24 months, while families would also be given a monthly allowance for the purchase of baby food.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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