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Thats cheating Videogame companies suing crooked players

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. – Rogue online gamers have designed, sold or used computer code to crush competitors playing the popular “Fortnite” survival video game, spoiling the experience and the creator’s profit potential, the game’s maker charges in a series of lawsuits.Cary, North Carolina-based Epic Games has sued three Americans and six foreign gamers from Sweden to South Africa for hacks that undercut the game played by more than 10 million players worldwide. The lawsuits, which were filed in North Carolina and California, allege violation of the game’s copyright and terms of use contract. One of their targets may be a 14-year-old Delaware boy.Cheating gamers are able to overpower their opponents by using tools that allow them to see through solid objects, impersonate other players and make moves other players cannot, according to one lawsuit. Up to 100 people can play the game at a time.When cheaters “gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly,” Epic Games spokesman Nick Chester said in an emailed statement. “We take cheating seriously, and we’ll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players.”“Fortnite,” which costs nothing to play online, generates revenue by charging players for cosmetic options, like different outfits for their virtual character, which don’t give players an edge against rivals. Some video-game makers are aggressively cracking down on cheaters, who they fear could drive away eyeballs from advertising some developers sell, said Kevin Greene, who teaches entertainment law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.“From the perspective of these game makers, it’s a big disruption,” Greene said.None of the nine defendants could be reached for comment. Two U.S. residents in Louisiana and Minnesota and one Canadian did not have listed telephone numbers matching addresses where court summonses were sent. Two Russians, one Ukrainian, one Swede and one South African did not respond to emails sent to addresses listed in court documents. The Minnesota man, Charles Vraspir, is negotiating a settlement to the lawsuit, Minneapolis attorney Mick Spence said.But in a letter to the North Carolina federal judge hearing one case, a Newark, Delaware, woman described one defendant as her 14-year-old son. Lauren Rogers said in the letter that the boy didn’t modify “Fortnite,” but instead obtained the tools from an easily accessible public website that Epic Games should be suing instead. As a minor, the boy isn’t able to agree to the terms and conditions of using the game, she said.“They are using a 14 year old child as a scape goat (sic) to make an example of him,” Rogers said. There was no answer at a number matching Lauren Rogers’ address.The Epic Games spokesman did not answer when asked whether the company knew the player it sued was a minor before filing its case. The lawsuit said the boy has used fake names to keep playing “Fortnite” despite being banned more than a dozen times and posting videos on YouTube showing himself using the illicit software and displaying links to a website distributing the cheats.“Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age,” Chester said in an email. He didn’t respond when asked whether the company has also sued web hosting or other companies used to distribute the cheating code, or how those targeted were identified.A 1990s-era update to federal copyright law sets up procedures where companies can demand that online service providers like YouTube remove material that violates the companies’ rights. The person or company that posted the challenged material can counter with a statement that the material isn’t illegal. But it’s largely unknown that challenging the takedown notice can give U.S. courts jurisdiction over foreign residents in the dispute, said Xuan-Thao Nguyen, who teaches intellectual property law at Indiana University.Greene said the video-gaming lawsuits remind him of the 1990s, when music licensing organizations aggressively enforced copyrights, even for campfire sing-alongs.“I think legally they were right but the backlash against them was enormous,” Greene said. Video-game makers “have to be careful from a public relations standpoint that, yeah, they might win the battle but they could lose the war.”___Follow Emery P. Dalesio on Twitter at His work can be found at read more

City hosting rescheduled grand opening at Rotary Spray Park this Friday

first_imgThe full schedule for the event is shown below:Ribbon Cutting: 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Kids vs Council Water Fight: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Party Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap up: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Children will be given the opportunity to take pictures with the newly designed Frozen John cut out, make balloon animals, win prizes, and compete in a dance-off.For more information on the grand opening call 250-785-4592. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After having to cancel just prior to the Canada Day long weekend, the City of Fort St. John is hosting a rescheduled Grand Opening ceremony for the new Rotary Spray Park this Friday.The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said last week that the ceremony was postponed due to inclement weather that was forecast on June 29th, the originally-scheduled date of the ceremony.The Grand Opening will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a Kids vs Council Water Fight, and live music.last_img read more

Hezbollah-Hariri Conflict Delays Formation of Lebanese Government

By Trista YoussefRabat- The Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah has insisted on representation of its Sunni allies in Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s cabinet. Hariri, a Sunni himself, has refused to include a Hezbollah-allied Sunni opposition member in his six-member Cabinet and threatened his political counterparts to “look for a person other than me to form a government.”The recent disagreement reflects an ongoing power struggle within the Lebanese government. In the May 6 parliamentary elections, Hezbollah and its political allies won more than 70 of 128 seats. The Lebanese government will delay its formation until internal agreement on sectarian representation is reached. Early in October, Hariri told reporters, “I’m willing to give everyone seats from my share for the sake of the country.” However, recent demands from Hezbollah and its Sunni allies seem to have challenged the prime minister’s limits. Mustafa Alloush, a leading figure in Prime Minister Hariri’s Sunni Future Movement, said he does not “understand the external reason why Hezbollah is obstructing the formation of the government in these regional circumstances.” Alloush stressed that Hariri “will not accept to give his ministerial quota to the Sunni opposition.” Hezbollah’s growing influence poses a challenge for anti-Hezbollah political figures regarding parliamentary power and representation. Lebanese President Michel Aoun addressed the demands of Hezbollah and its Sunni allies as problematic, stating: “This matter caused the delay, and this delay is a type of political tactic that is hurting our big strategy.”  Political division stunting Lebanon from forming a functioning government raises concerns for Lebanon’s highly-indebted economy. The country is in dire need of economic reform, as it holds the world’s third largest public debt proportional to its economic output. read more

Slumping home sales to cost economy 1 billion next year CREA warns

TORONTO — The Canadian Real Estate Association said Thursday its lower home sales forecast will cost the economy $1 billion next year — as the impact of tighter mortgage regulations that come into effect New Year’s Day take a toll on the sector.CREA said in an updated projection Thursday the banking regulator’s revised mortgage underwriting guidelines, which include a stress test for uninsured mortgages, will reduce sales activity across the country, particularly in and around Toronto and Vancouver.The association now forecasts a 5.3 per cent drop in national sales to 486,600 units next year. That new estimate shaves about 8,500 sales from its previous 2018 forecast.Citing research by Altus Group, CREA said this forecast decline of more than 27,000 sales from 2017 to 2018 translates into a decrease of $1.1 billion in economic activity and nearly 12,000 fewer jobs, although it did not provide more detail on how or which jobs will be affected.“With some homebuyers likely advancing their purchase decision before the new rules come into effect next year, the ‘pull-forward’ of these sales may come at the expense of sales in the first half of 2018,” CREA said in a statement.“Meanwhile, other potential homebuyers are anticipated to stay on the sidelines as they save up a larger down payment before purchasing and contributing to a modest improvement in sales activity in the second half of 2018.”The national home price is expected to slip by 1.4 per cent in 2018 to $503,100.CREA’s outlook is more pessimistic than the forecast outlined by Royal LePage in a report on Wednesday. In its market survey forecast, the real estate firm suggests its house price composite will increase 4.9 per cent next year to $661,919 even as stricter mortgage rules slow the housing market.In November, the number of homes sold through CREA’s Multiple Listing Service rose by 3.9 per cent compared with October, led by a 16 per cent sales spike in the Greater Toronto Area. Sales were up 2.6 per cent from last November, marking the first year-over-year increase since March. That helped send the national home price up 2.9 per cent, year-over-year, to $504,000.The number of newly listed homes rose 3.5 per cent in November, which reflected a large increase in new supply across the GTA.In October, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions announced the final version of its revised guidelines, called B-20. The new rules, which come into effect on Jan. 1, require would-be homebuyers to prove they can still service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.CREA argues the new guidelines make it tougher for potential buyers with more than a 20 per cent down payment to qualify for a mortgage. These low-ratio mortgages comprise the vast majority of Canadian mortgage originations, it added.The association also narrowed its forecast for national sales activity this year. It expects sales to decline four per cent to 513,900 units in 2017 due to weak activity in Ontario, after the province in April announced measures such as a foreign buyers tax to cool the market.However, the association expects the national average price of a home to rise this year to $510,400, up 4.2 per cent compared to 2016.While November sales activity in the Greater Toronto Area was down significantly compared to a year earlier, other large markets posted annual gains, including Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal.BMO economist Robert Kavcic noted that the adjustment in the Toronto market is ongoing.“But strong underlying supply-demand fundamentals should prove supportive next year once the remaining froth gets worked off,” he wrote in a note to clients.“In all likelihood, Bank of Canada rate hikes and the coming rule changes from OSFI should keep the froth from returning. Elsewhere, look for continued strength in Ottawa and Montreal, stability in Alberta, and an ongoing supply-demand struggle in Vancouver.” read more

Alaska city and electric utility to build battery system

BETHEL, Alaska — An Alaska community is partnering with an electric utility to build a battery storage system to be utilized during power outages.Alaska’s Energy Desk reported Tuesday that the project involving Kwethluk and the Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative could help end the small city’s reliance on diesel fuel.Officials say Kwethluk and the electric co-operative received $477,050 from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a 675 kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery.Officials say Kwethluk was required to match 50% of the funds.Officials say a battery of that size could light every home for an hour during peak demand or maintain critical buildings for more than two hours.Kwethluk is a largely Yupik community with more than 700 residents who live a subsistence lifestyle east of Bethel on the Kwethluk River.___Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.orgThe Associated Press read more

Applications for US unemployment aid rise to stilllow level

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2016 6:48 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Wednesday, March 30, 2016, file photo, job recruiters work their booths at a job fair in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, June 16, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits in the previous week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week, but to a low level that indicates employers are still cutting relatively few jobs.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications rose 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 277,000, the highest in four weeks. The less volatile four-week average declined slightly to 269,250.Applications are a proxy for layoffs and have remained below 300,000 for 67 straight weeks, the longest such streak since 1973.Just 2.15 million Americans are receiving benefits, 4 per cent lower than a year earlier.THE TAKEAWAY: The figures are a reassuring sign that the job market may be healthier than other recent data suggests. Businesses cut back sharply on hiring in April and May. Employers have added an average of only 116,000 jobs in the past three months, half last year’s average of 230,000.Yet the low level of applications for jobless aid is a sign that companies aren’t laying off workers.And fewer applications are also consistent with steady hiring over time, according to research by Michael Feroli, an economist at JPMorgan Chase. Applications tend to decline when workers who lose their jobs can more quickly find a new one.KEY DRIVERS: The economy slowed to a crawl in the first three months of this year, which likely prodded many employers to slow hiring. Growth was just 0.8 per cent at an annual rate in the first quarter.But most data since then suggests growth picked up in the April-June quarter. Americans have stepped up their spending at retail stores and restaurants in the past two months. Home sales and construction have also improved. Economists now forecast growth will pick up to a 2.5 per cent pace in the second quarter.Still, the economy wasn’t strong enough to prompt the Federal Reserve to lift the short-term rate it controls during its two-day meeting this week.Fed chair Janet Yellen noted the slowdown in hiring during a press conference Wednesday. But she also pointed to the low level of unemployment benefit claims as evidence that job gains could rebound. Applications for US unemployment aid rise to still-low level read more

New UN report details litany of human rights violations rule by fear

The report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea cites a raft of violations – some, it says, which may constitute crimes against humanity – of “a scope and scale seldom witnessed elsewhere,” according to a press release issued today. “With the end of the Commission’s investigations and the publication of this report detailing our findings on human rights violations in Eritrea, I look forward to a renewed commitment by the international community to address the justice deficit and to support our call for a restoration of the rule of law,” affirmed Sheila B. Keetharuth, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, who also serves on the Commission. “Rule by fear – fear of indefinite conscription, of arbitrary and incommunicado detention, of torture and other human rights violations – must end.”The Commission’s report details numerous incidences in which Eritrea’s “initial promise of democracy and rule of law” following its independence in 1991 has been “extinguished” by the Government under the pretext of national defence. Examples, it notes, include the severe curtailing of rights and freedoms as well as violations in the areas of extrajudicial executions, torture, national service and forced labour.In addition, a system of mass surveillance, a “completely deficient” administration of justice, and “ubiquitous” arbitrary detention contribute to the pervasive terror encountered by Eritreans on a daily basis. “The commission finds that the use of torture is so widespread that it can only conclude it is a policy of the Government to encourage its use for the punishment of individuals perceived as opponents to its rule and for the extraction of confessions,” the report continues. “Monitoring of detention centres is non-existent and perpetrators are never brought to justice.”The widespread abuses allegedly faced by many in the Horn of Africa nation have prompted hundreds of Eritreans to flee their home country in search of asylum in Europe. According to the latest estimates produced by Italian authorities, 32,000 Eritreans were rescued in 2014 as they attempted to traverse the Mediterranean – the majority of all migrants rescued by Italy’s comprehensive Mare Nostrum operation. Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency has placed the number of Eritreans under its concern outside the country at more than 357,400.“In desperation, they resort to deadly escape routes through deserts and neighbouring war-torn countries and across dangerous seas in search of safety. They risk capture, torture and death at the hands of ruthless human traffickers,” adds the Commission’s report. “To ascribe their decision to leave solely to economic reasons is to ignore the dire situation of human rights in Eritrea and the very real suffering of its people. Eritreans are fleeing severe human rights violations in their country and are in need of international protection.”The Commission – appointed last September by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in what the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) then described as a “historic moment”– is composed of Mike Smith of Australia and Victor Dankwa of Ghana, as well as Ms. Keetharuth.As independent experts or special rapporteurs, they are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

AMEC lands Oyu Tolgoi FMG approves major iron ore expansion and Avalon

first_imgIn the latest issue of International Mining Project News AMEC has been chosen to undertake a caving feasibility study on Oyu Tolgoi, forecast to be one of the largest copper-gold mines in the world. The 25 month contract will see AMEC working with the mining complex’s engineering team to develop an 85,000 t/d block cave operation. Detailed news on this project can be anticipated soon as International Mining Publisher John Chadwick travels to Mongolia to investigate the massive project (to read more on Chadwick’s imminent adventure click here).  In Australia Fortescue Metals Group  (FMG) has approved plans to expand its production from 55 Mt/y to 155 Mt/y. The approval sets the platform for a major $8.4 billion works and procurement expansion program to commence at Fortescue’s Chichester and Solomon Hubs. Atlas Iron is also planning an independent feasibility study, as part of good faith discussions with BHP Billiton Iron Ore, in an attempt to find an integrated transport solution involving Port Hedland. The study will run alongside Atlas’ current DFS on its Turner River Hub project which, the company hopes, will be able to produce 12 Mt/y by 2012.After securing funds Avalon Minerals is launching a major drilling program at its Viscaria project in northern Sweden. The company has already enjoyed significant resource expansions at its wholly owned copper-iron project, which currently has 66.2 Mt of both VMS and skarn type mineralisation, and will expect to convert the majority of its exploration targets into JORC resources.  Range River Gold is also looking forward to a productive future as it begins open-pit mining at the Ramornie North and Sarah gold mines at Mt Morgan’s, Western Australia. Alongside the reopened Transvaal underground mine, which will be Mt Morgan’s major producing mine, the mines are the first step towards Range River’s five year 100,000 oz/y production target. In the meantime, PMI Gold is aiming to take advantage of growing Australasian investor interest in West Africa as it launches a $27.5 million IPO to help drive the company’s gold projects in southern Ghana. Both of the near production projects, Obotan and Kubi, are located within the centre of a historically gold rich area and look set to fulfil PMI’s ambitions to become an international gold mining house with an initial 2013 production rate of 100,000 – 150,000 oz/y Au. In South Australia Centrex Metals has made a drastic change to its mining strategy, announcing a rolling multi-mine production plan instead of the original, single site, start up. This new plan will see the original 13.3 Mt Wilgerup resource quickly followed by higher magnetite volumes from JV projects, and see the JV partners targeting an Inferred resource of more than 500 Mt Fe within two years.Prophecy Resource has been given the go ahead on its Mongolian projects, with approval secured for a 600 MW coal fired plant by the company’s 1,200 Mt Chandgana project and a final permit for its Ulan Ovoo operations received. The mine is production ready with the official opening ceremony scheduled for November 20, allowing Prophecy to live up to its name as it is perfectly poised to take advantage of thermal coal prices – currently at two- year highs thanks to strong Asian demand. Also in Mongolia, Southgobi Resources has provided an update of its Mongolian operations and released the results of an internal review, caused by unexpectedly high sulphur levels, of the Ovoot Tolgoi coal mine.In the Ivory Coast Randgold Resources has poured its first official gold bar, overcoming the remote Tongon mine’s location and political distractions to keep to its five year production cycle, with Morila commissioned in 2000 and Loulo in 2005. The company hopes to smash that routine by bringing its Gounkoto project, in Mali, and the Kibali project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, into production before 2015. Within the last two weeks Silvermex and Genco Resources have proposed and closed a business combination that will see the company’s sharing Mexican assets, while in the USA Energy Fuels is working towards opening the first new uranium mill in the country for 30 years.Keaton Energy has announced a significant increase in its Vanggatfontein project coal reserve to bring the South African resource to over 30 Mt, while Potash One’s Legacy project is ready to become Saskatchewan’s first greenfield potash production facility in almost 40 years. In Mozambique Beacon Hill Resources’ exploration program indicates that the company may soon be able to announce another resource increase at its Minas Moatize coal mine, as well as a higher yield, while production at the mine has already increased to 8,000 t/month.FerrAus has released its PFS results to reveal a profitable project, with a resource over 120 Mt, which could be shipping ore by 2014. Cape Lambert Resources has been especially busy as the announcement of Davis Tube results, from its Mayoko project in the Republic of Congo, coincides with a Heads of Agreement with Stirling Metals to sell 100% of the iron ore project. The deal may possibly be used to continue the company’s work at its Marampa iron ore project in Sierra Leone after a maiden JORC Inferred resource has reported nearly 200 Mt at 28.5% Fe.All this and much, much more in International Mining’s Project News….To receive the full 30+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact: for a free trial copy.last_img read more

Viborg HK wins Danish Cup

← Previous Story Slovenia beat Macedonia in friendly match Next Story → Lithuania wins Riga Council Cup 2013 Viborg HK wins the Danish Cup by triumh over FC Mitdjylland 26:21 (10:10). In the first match after the break caused by World Champioship 2013, the winning squad was led by Isabelle Gulldén (5 goals), while Susan Thorsgaard scored 7 for FCM,source: danish cuphandballViborg HK

Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative begins map editor DLC is available

first_imgValve’s hit game Portal 2 has been out for some time now, but the software company has just released a treat for its fans. Said treat comes in the form of the “Perpetual Testing Initiative,” a bit of free downloadable content for the game. It’s wrapped in an extremely cool name and the DLC won’t disappoint either: it’s the Portal 2 map editor we’ve all been waiting for.Using the map editor fans of the game can create levels and then upload them to the Steam Workshop. From there other players will be able to play those levels, and get more of the game — probably a near endless amount — that they love so much. The levels won’t tie into the game’s storyline or necessarily be as good as what Valve’s cadre of brilliant level designers can pump out, but you can bet there will be some gold in there.Valve’s release noted that the DLC includes a “simplified puzzle maker,” so it seems like users won’t have access to the same toolkit as the developers. This might be good, since gamers don’t have 40+ hours a week to work on these things, but in the past it’s been great to see games where the level designer the fans have access to is the same one the developers used in the game (as was famously the case with Little Big Planet).The DLC and maps are available right now, if you can’t wait to get going. Just stop by the Steam Workshop and you can start looking for ways to expand your Portal expertise. There are already over 900 of them available already!Oh and speaking of those fans, there are a lot of them out there. Valve noted that Portal 2 has over 4 million players. They didn’t mention how many of them were on each platform, but there will be some sad gamers today — the Perpetual Testing Initiative is only available through Steam.via Valvelast_img read more

Search underway for woman after catamaran sinks in Florida Straits

first_img#happeningnow @USCG Air Station Miami HC-144 returns from #SAR flight. Efforts continue through the night to search for Ms. Hellman.— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) May 15, 2017“This is a sweet, wonderful girl, and I’m sure we’re going to find good news, ’cause I have to believe this,” said Schachter. “We want to keep all this moving forward. We want to think positive thoughts.”Officials said the catamaran is registered to Australia and its last port of call was Cuba.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – U.S. Coast Guard crews continue to search for a woman who was on board a catamaran that partially sank in the Florida Straits, Sunday night.According to officials, a Coast Guard crew rescued a man from a life raft. The man, later identified as Lewis Bennett, claimed he and his wife, whom he identified as 41-year-old Isabella Hellman of Delray Beach, were vacationing on the 37-foot catamaran.Bennett said the boat was about 30 miles off Cay Sal, Bahamas, north of Cuba, when he heard the vessel strike an unknown object, at around 8 p.m. He said Hellman was on the deck of the boat when it struck the object.Bennett told officials the catamaran began taking on water, and he escaped via a life raft. He then contacted the Coast Guard.Speaking with 7News, Monday night, Hellman’s boss confirmed Bennett’s claim. “It was a romantic type of a getaway with her new husband,” said Ben Schachter. “I know she’s a very, very avid outdoors person. She loves to do anything involving the sun and the sand and the beach.”Schachter praised his employee, who is the mother of a 9-month-old baby. “She’s a fantastic person, a great mother,” said Ben Schachter. “Very, very bubbly, outgoing, cheerful person. She’s the kind of person that her personality brightens up a room.”A Coast Guard patrol aircraft returned to its base in Opa-locka, Monday evening, but officials said the search for Hellman is ongoing. last_img read more

Woman says she was kicked out of pool over inappropriate bathing suit

first_imgThe apartment complex denies that their leasing agent said her swimwear would ‘excite teenage boys.’Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WHDH) — A woman and her fiancé are speaking out after she was kicked out of a family-friendly swimming pool at her apartment building for wearing a swimsuit that was deemed to be too revealing for her body type.Tori Jenkins’ pink bathing suit has made national headlines because it was apparently “too inappropriate” for children to see.“Tori was accused of wearing a ‘thong bathing suit’ and told there were complaints about the way she dressed after roughly 3 minutes tops of us arriving there,” her fiancé Tyler Newman said in a Facebook post.Jenkins was given the options by management to either change her swimsuit, put on shorts or leave the pool, according to Newman.“She was told that her body, because it’s built more curvy than others, is ‘too inappropriate’ for children to be around. She was told ‘there are a lot of teenage boys in this complex, and you don’t need to excite them,’” Newman’s post said.Jenkins told WATE-TV that she was humiliated by the situation.“It was just really degrading over all,” said Jenkins. “I left crying and just went home.” last_img read more

How One BtoB Embraced Paid Content

first_imgWith ad pages dwindling and the print business model in question, more publishers are debating whether or not to charge for content online. While the practice has its obvious bonuses—subscription revenue, more detailed demographics, etc.—some publishers are struggling with whether it’s worth sacrificing traffic.“If your brand is strong enough as a news analysis source, especially in the b-to-b space, then I say go for it,” said John Rockwell, vice president of marketing and e-media for Access Intelligence’s Chemical Business Media. “It’s about making every customer touch count. If you’re not, then you’re leaving money on the table.”CBM switched its Chemical Week and Chemical Engineering magazine Web sites to a paid-content model at the end of 2007. So far, the group has generated 30,000 new customers which helped stop a 30-year slide in total revenue and revenue per customer. “We had a paid content system before, but not a smart one,” Rockwell said. “While we’re requiring that people register we also dramatically improved the user experience—in terms of making access to the content as easy as possible—which, we think, balances the perceived trade-off.” Nearly all content at is accessed only by subscription. Sub prices range from $200 to “several thousand dollars” annually for e-newsletters, white papers and other “high value” services, Rockwell said. Chemical Engineering’s features some free areas, accessed only when users register. Roughly 6 percent of those free users convert to paid subscribers. Overall, conversions and renewals at both magazines rose 15 percent since late 2007. Revenue per subscriber increased 14 percent. Unique visitors have increased by 225 percent.“We’ve been lucky in that we’ve been able to turn users into subscribers, and scoop up more market share while we were at it,” Rockwell said. “In this down economy, I’ll take it.”last_img read more

Face Up The Washingtonian

first_imgThe package highlights seasonal, regional events with over 100 listings of local fairs, festivals and farmers markets—letting the publication have an extended touch point with readers because it acts like a guide well beyond the month of May.“We were going back and forth to try and determine what we wanted to do with the cover because they are three distinctly different things,” he says. The team ultimately decided to feature a seasonal theme. Goesele contacted chalk artist Jeff Nelson who created the homegrown look, which was actually a 5×7 foot free-hand drawing that was photographed and scaled down so that it would translate to print.“In this day and age, everything is produced digitally but deep down we’re still tactile beings and I think that’s why magazines will be around for a long time—we love touching paper,” says Goesele. “That’s why it was very important to me to have the literal mark of the hand on the cover.” DESIGNER’S COMMENTS“Jeff Nelson’s artwork is perfectly evocative of the colorful, handmade deliciousness of local fairs, festivals, and farmers markets. It’s a terrific sell for summertime activities and makes the magazine feel like a resource to save.“I love the boldness of a complete cover take-over, no line of copy is too small for his impeccable lettering. There are no smudges! This richly detailed chalkboard is truly an intricate mix of considered illustration and well-crafted typography, it rolls several jobs into one.“The result feels as rich and ephemeral as summertime’s bounty. It makes you want to get out and enjoy those flowers and strawberries as soon as possible. Well done!”-Vivian Selbo, design director, Slate“This is simply stunning! Not only are the graphics and type hand-drawn, but the entire cover right down to the logo and date, is drawn in chalk. In this digital age, I am always in awe of the old-school approach.“Craftsmanship aside, the choice of style and medium marries well to the subject, it really invokes the feeling of warm weather, strolling through the aisles of your local farmers market, and looking at the colorful signs inviting you to buy fresh produce.”-Kirstin Krutsch, senior production editor, American Libraries“Washingtonian’s hand-drawn cover is fun, playful and a welcome departure from the standard newsstand cover design. That said, three minor tweaks would have made a good cover great. The split center cross-strokes on the ‘F’ and ‘E’ letter forms (in main headline) are awkward, hindering its legibility. A slight increase in the letter-spacing of the same headline would also help its readability and lessen the density of the cover.“Finally, it would have been best to have the top banner swoop downward over the top right portion of the logo to alleviate the tension between the banner’s bottom edge and the top of the logo.”-Mark Montgomery, senior art director, IEEE Spectrum MAGSTATSIssue: May 2013Frequency: 12 times per yearLaunched: October 1965Circ: 124,000 (paid circulation)Editor: Garrett M. GraffCreative Director: Michael GoeselePublishing Company: Washingtonian Media Inc.D.C.-based monthly The Washingtonian wanted to highlight an age-old community tradition with it’s May issue: Fairs, festivals and farmers markets.“It’s the first time we’ve actually done this as a cover package,” says creative director Michael Goesele. “A lot of city and regional magazines have been feeling the pinch since 2008, like everyone else, so this is something new and different.” Watch the timelapse video of the creation of this Washingtonian cover: Have a unique “cover” story? Contact senior editor T.J. Raphael at read more

Carrie Fishers daughter fans marks 2nd anniversary of her death

first_imgFisher’s close friend and Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill also honored Fisher online. “There is no ‘right’ thing to do on a horrible anniversary like this… but I’m finding solace as Billie ‘takes her broken heart & turns it into art’ — as someone we all loved & will never stop missing once said,” Hamill tweeted on Thursday.Here are some more of our favorite tributes to Fisher on social media.   Two years missed. Our princess and general, Carrie Fisher.— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) December 27, 2018 TV and Movies Two years ago today, we sadly lost the truly incredible Carrie Fisher. She will forever remain in our hearts.Our Princess. Our General. Our Queen 💕— Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff) December 27, 2018 “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually, the confidence will follow.” – Carrie Fisher— Giles Paley-Phillips (@eliistender10) December 27, 2018 Celebrities who died in 2018: Remembering the many big names in pop culture, science, tech and politics who left us this year.Star Wars at 40: Join us in celebrating the many ways the Force-filled sci-fi saga has impacted our lives. “You didn’t need to meet Carrie Fisher to understand her power. She was just as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, incisive and funny as you could imagine. What an unfair thing to lose her. How lucky to have been blessed with her at all.”- @jjabrams#CarrieOnForever— emily (@lonely_tourist) December 27, 2018 She was my idol and an inspiration, she’s a woman who gave me hope so many times just by being who she was & never shying away from it or feeling the need to say sorry. Carrie Fisher was so much more & I miss her so very much. I can’t believe it’s been 2 years. ❤️ you Space Mom.— 𝒜𝓈𝒽💫 (@nerdy__nurse) December 27, 2018 Share your voice Tagscenter_img Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have some fun behind the scenes filming “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Lucasfilm It’s been exactly two years since actress and author Carrie Fisher died unexpectedly at age 60. Fans, still deeply affected by her death, took to social media Thursday to remember the Star Wars icon and celebrate her life, movies, books and inspirational quotes using the hashtag #CarrieOnForever. Fisher died Dec. 27, 2016. Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter, paid tribute to her mother by posting a video on Instagram. In it, Lourd sings in honor of her mother. “It has been two years since my Momby’s death and I still don’t know what the ‘right’ thing to do on a death anniversary is (I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way about your loved ones),” Lourd captioned the video footage. “So I decided to do something a little vulnerable for me, but something we both loved to do together — sing.””I hope this encourages anyone feeling a little low or lost to ‘keep on moving.’ As my Momby once said, ‘Take your broken heart and turn it into art’ — whatever that art may be for you,” Lourd added. There IS no “right” thing to do on a horrible anniversary like this… but I’m finding solace as Billie “takes her broken heart & turns it into art”-as someone we all loved & will never stop missing once said. #SheTookAPieceOfOurHeartWeWillNeverRecover— MarkHoHoHoHamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2018 0 Post a comment Mark Hamill Star Wars It’s @CarrieFisher’s 2nd death anniversary. Wearing my Leia shirt in remembrance of the princess general ♥️— Marga (@margadeona) December 27, 2018 Two years ago we lost a legend, a princess, a general.#MaytheForceBeWithYou, Carrie Fisher.— Terez⭐ (@Moonfell44) December 27, 2018last_img read more

75th Anniversary of Aleut Evacuation

first_imgSpeaking about the Unspeakable by Ray Hudson Participate: A memorial overlooking downtown Unalaska is dedicated to the Unangax who were forcibly evacuated during WWII and the Aleutian villages that were never resettled.(Laura Kraegel/KUCB)Seventy-five years ago the Unangan people were evacuated from villages in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands because of World War II. They were sent to internment camps in southeast Alaska. Others were taken prisoner and sent to Japan. Once the war was over, many were never allowed to return to their homes. Join us for Talk of Alaska as we commemorate the anniversary of these events, and discuss the history and the impacts of the evacuation.Listen hereHOST: Anne HillmanGUESTS:Rachel Mason – anthropologist, National Park ServicePat Petrivelli –  descendent of an evacuee from Atka, researcher Statewide callers Additional Resources: LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast. 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 email to (comments may be read on air)last_img read more

Quader to undergo bypass surgery tomorrow

first_imgObaidul QuaderRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader will undergo a bypass surgery on Wednesday at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. The surgery will be conducted at 10:00am Singapore time, said professor Abu Nasar Rizvi of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).Cardiothoracic surgeon Sivathasan Cumaraswamy, a member of the medical board treating Quader, also general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League (AL), will conduct the surgery.The minister’s blood pressure and diabetes are now under control and physical condition is stable, he said.Quader was admitted to BSMMU on 3 March following breathing complications but tests revealed three blockages in his coronary artery.He was flown to Singapore the next day for treatment at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.last_img read more

US carried out cyber attack on Iran for downing drone

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, 22 June 2019, as he travels to Camp David, Maryland. Trump said Iran was “very wise “ not to shoot down the manned plane when it downed the drone and “we appreciate “ that move. Photo: AFPThe United States launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone, according to US media reports.US president Donald Trump secretly authorized US Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory attack on Iran, The Washington Post reported Saturday, shortly after the US president pledged to hit the Islamic republic with major new sanctions.The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, according to the Post, while Yahoo News said a spying group responsible for tracking ships in the Gulf was also targeted.Tehran is yet to react to the reports, Iran’s Fars news agency said Sunday.It added that it was “still not clear whether the attacks were effective or not,” and suggested the US media reports were a “bluff meant to affect public opinion and regain lost reputation for the White House” following the downing of its drone.Trump called off a planned retaliatory military strike Friday, saying the response wouldn’t be “proportionate”, with Tehran warning Washington that any attack would see its interests across the Middle East go up in flames.The downing of the US drone came after a series of attacks on tankers in the congested shipping lanes of the Gulf, that Washington has blamed on Iran, exacerbated already-tense relations between the two countries.Iran has denied responsibility for those attacks.Trump, who spent Saturday huddling with his advisors at Camp David, initially told reporters that he was keen to be Iran’s “best friend” — if the country agreed to renounce nuclear weapons.”When they agree to that, they’re going to have a wealthy country. They’re going to be so happy, and I’m going to be their best friend,” he told reporters.Iran has denied seeking a nuclear weapon, and says its program is for civilian purposes.A multinational accord reached by Tehran and world powers in 2015 sought to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.But Trump left that agreement more than a year ago and has imposed a robust slate of punitive economic sanctions designed to choke off Iranian oil sales and cripple its economy — one he now plans to expand.”We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday,” tweeted Trump, who has also deployed additional troops to the Middle East.”I look forward to the day that Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again – The sooner the better!”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added: “When the Iranian regime decides to forgo violence and meet our diplomacy with diplomacy, it knows how to reach us. Until then, our diplomatic isolation and economic pressure campaign against the regime will intensify.”But lest anyone think he was entirely ruling out military action, Trump tweeted Saturday evening that “I never called the strike against Iran ‘BACK,’ as people are incorrectly reporting, I just stopped it from going forward at this time!” ‘Powder keg’A top Iranian military official warned Washington against any strikes.”Firing one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies” in the region, armed forces general staff spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the Tasnim news agency.”If the enemy — especially America and its allies in the region — make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America’s interests lie, the region will be set on fire,” Shekarchi warned.Following his comments, Iran said it had executed a contractor for the defense ministry’s aerospace organization who had been convicted of spying for the United States.After the downing Thursday of the Global Hawk surveillance aircraft, Trump said the United States had been “cocked & loaded” to strike Iran.Tehran insists that the drone violated its airspace — something Washington denies — but a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, told state news agency IRNA that the violation could have been an accident.”Nonetheless, this was an act of trampling international aviation laws by a spy aircraft,” Hajizadeh added.The Pentagon released a map of the drone’s flight path, indicating it avoided Iranian waters, but Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday published maps showing the aircraft inside Iranian territory.”There can be no doubt about where the vessel was when it was brought down,” he wrote on Twitter.The US Federal Aviation Administration has barred American civilian aircraft from the area “until further notice,” and several major non-US airlines were altering flight paths to avoid the sensitive Strait of Hormuz.last_img read more

House Passes 45 Billion In Emergency Border Aid

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images/Via NPRA sign is posted outside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Clint, Texas, earlier this week, where lawyers reported that detained migrant children were held unbathed and hungry.The House Democratic leadership pushed through a $4.5 billion emergency aid package late Tuesday to help thousands of migrants packed into overcrowded facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border, but it’s unlikely to get a hearing in the Republican-controlled Senate.The measure passed by a 230-195 vote mostly along party lines, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tamping down a last-minute revolt by members of her party’s progressive caucus who had sought, among other things, to ban private shelter contractors who failed to provide a basic level of food, hygiene items and medical care to migrants under their care.“Every member of this body has a sacred moral obligation to protect the human rights and the lives of vulnerable families, no matter who they are or from where they came,” Pelosi said ahead of the vote.The bill reportedly includes more than $1 billion to house and feed migrants detained by immigration authorities and almost $3 billion to care for unaccompanied children, according to The Associated Press.But President Trump has threatened to veto the House measure, which was not expected to get much support among Senate Republicans either. The GOP has its own version of an emergency border aid bill that the administration reportedly backs.A vote on the Senate bill is expected this week. The $4.6 billion Senate version includes $2.88 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services to address unaccompanied children. It also includes $50 million in additional funding to speed up processing in immigration courts.Speaking on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he hoped that House Democrats would instead take up the Senate plan. “[T]hat’s the best way to get the problem solved,” he said.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Canadian Oil Producer Rolling Out 150 Driverless Trucks

first_imgStay on target Watch: Bright Fireball Streaks Across Sky in CanadaMiners Discover 70-Million-Year-Old ‘Sea Monster’ in Canada Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img A large fleet of autonomous vehicles will start rolling out in Canada soon, but you won’t see them on any public roads. That’s probably a good thing, since they’d crush your car like a soda can.Calgary-based Suncor announced this week that they plan to add 150 of these beastly Komatsu mining trucks over the next six years at a cost north of $5 million each. The trucks will be used to automate the movement of material at Suncor’s facilities in Fort McMurray, Alberta where the company extracts petroleum from the Athabasca Oil Sands.According to COO Mark Little, Suncor will be “the very first company to test these systems and implement them at a commercial scale” in the oil sands. Komatsu already has some customers with similar deployments. In Australia, mining giant Rio Tinto has 80 in service and plans to add 60 more by next year.AdChoices广告Little noted three key advantages over today’s “truck and shovel” operations. Iimproved jobsite safety is one, and Rio Tinto can attest to that. Their fleet has hauled more than a billion tons of material without being involved in a single accident.  Little mentioned increased efficiency and a reduction in operational expenses.Even when you’re a $70 billion-plus company you’ve got to constantly be on the lookout for cost-saving opportunities, right? One way Suncor’s driverless truck upgrade does that is through reduced maintenance requirements.There’s also a reduced human requirement, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given all the ‘robots are coming for our jobs’ doom-and-gloom that’s been in the news. The downside to the switch is that it’s going to cost a lot of people their jobs.Suncor figures that about 500 positions will be eliminated — while noting that 100 new jobs will be created. This could be the start of a trend in the Oil Sands, especially given Little’s statement that the company has a “long history of embracing and implementing game changing technologies” and “it’s simply part of [Suncor’s] DNA.”last_img read more