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  • Huawei P10 Named Official Smartphone of TIFF 2017

    first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Huawei at this year’s Festival,” said Jody Sugrue, Director Content, Creative & Digital, TIFF. “The P10’s Leica camera creates beautiful content, and we are happy to be working with a smartphone camera of this calibre to capture our red carpets and Portrait Studio.”Known for its track record of introducing powerful and award-winning devices, Huawei Canada is excited for its P10 to capture all the star-studded moments of the Festival — in the official TIFF Portrait Studio, on the red carpet, and elsewhere.To get the inside scoop on TIFF 2017, follow Huawei Canada on social media:Instagram: @HuaweiMobileCanFacebook: HuaweiMobileCANTwitter: @Huawei_CanadaAbout Huawei Consumer BG and Huawei CanadaHuawei is the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, with operations in over 175 countries. The Consumer Business Group is one of Huawei’s three business units, offering smartphones, PCs, tablets, wearables and cloud services.Huawei has been operating in Canada since 2008, and currently employs over 700 people. Huawei’s Canada Research Centre employs over 400 engineers and researchers, and is now ranked 29th in Canada for R&D investment. Huawei is committed to providing leading-edge technology to Canadian operators, customers and consumers. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2017  – As part of a new partnership between Huawei Canada and the Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF), the Huawei P10 is the official smartphone of TIFF 2017. As a sponsor of this year’s TIFF festivities, this partnership acknowledges a common ground for pursuing the utmost quality in creative expression.“TIFF is such a momentous time of year in Canada, where artistic visions and style are showcased and celebrated,” said Ron Cihocki, VP Marketing & Sales, Huawei Canada. “We really wanted to flip the script by using Huawei P10 mobile devices to shoot all the fast-paced action during the Festival, as the P10 is a true representation of innovation, style and reliability.”The Huawei P10 was recently named Best Smartphone Camera 2017-2018 by the European Image and Sound Association (EISA), a true testament to the quality of its new Leica Dual Camera 2.0. Co-engineered with Leica, the camera is equipped with a 12MP RGB and 20MP Monochrome sensor. Its advanced optimization software, including 3D facial detection, dynamic illumination and hybrid zoom, makes every shot a cover shot.last_img read more

  • The Weeknd breaks up with Selena Gomez reports

    first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement READ MORE Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye, alias, The Weeknd, is apparently a single man again.Gossip media reported this week that Tesfaye, 27, and singer Selena Gomez, 25, are no longer a couple, and that Gomez had been spotted spending time with her ex, Stratford, Ont. pop superstar Justin Bieber. TMZ photographed them recently at a café in Westlake Village, west of Los Angeles.People magazine quoted an insider as saying that Gomez “and Abel have been going back and forth for a few months about their relationship . . . It’s been hard with him being on tour and her shooting in New York.” The same insider says that Gomez, the recent recipient of a kidney transplant, has not rekindled the romance with Bieber, 23. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

  • Sensex jumps over 100 pts, Nifty crosses 11,700

    first_imgMumbai: The benchmark Sensex traded on a flat to positive note during the early trade on Tuesday after opening over 100 points higher. The Sensex of the BSE opened at 38,988.57 from its previous close at 38,871.87 on Monday. At 9.36 a.m., it traded at 38,926.09 higher by 54.22 points or 0.14 per cent. The Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) opened at 11,711.55 after closing at 11,669.15 on Monday. It traded at 11,684.95 during the morning trade session, up 15.80 points and 0.14 per cent. On Monday, Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) who have played a key role in pushing markets to fresh highs, bought Rs 898 crore worth of stocks, while Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs) off-loaded scrips valued Rs 1,032 crore.last_img read more

  • Morocco Adopts Bill on Extradition Agreement with India

    Rabat – The Government Council adopted Bill 99.18 on Thursday, approving an agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and the extradition of fugitive offenders, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Moroccan Minister of Justice Mohamed Aujjar signed the agreement on November 12, 2018, in New Delhi.The agreement aims  to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Morocco and India in countering organized crime and terrorism through extradition, Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said Thursday at a press briefing after the Government Council meeting. MoS @Gen_VKSingh met with Minister of Justice of Morocco, Mohamed Auajjar during the visit of Moroccan Justice Ministry delegation to India. Discussion focused on strengthening bilateral relations, followed by signing of the Extradition Agreement. pic.twitter.com/4oBdbpAVGT— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 13, 2018The agreement provides a legal framework for extraditing fugitive offenders in both countries and specifies the extradition procedure and conditions, El Khalfi added.The legal agreement emphasized the need to protect suspects’ rights during the extradition process, the minister noted.As part of the agreement, both parties will cooperate in serving summons, judicial documents, and letters of request and in executing judgments, decrees, and arbitral awards.Read Also: Morocco and India Sign Extradition Agreement for ‘Fugitive Offenders’Under the contract, the extradition process excludes individuals prosecuted for political offenses, El Khalfi said.“The agreement will not affect the rights and obligations of the contracting States which they have assumed under international conventions and treaties.”The contract also includes some common provisions regarding extradition waiver proceedings, property submission, provisional detention, and costs arising from extradition, according to El Khalfi.In September 2018, Morocco and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of cybersecurity. “The MoU intends to promote closer cooperation for exchange of knowledge and experience in detection, resolution and prevention of security-related incidents” between the two countries, according to Indian news outlet India Blooms.India and Morocco enjoy friendly bilateral relations. Last year, both countries signed many agreements and MoUs on various sectors including air service, tourism, social programs, mining and geology, and information technology. read more

  • Sudan UN demands halt to fighting and troop withdrawal from Abyei

    The Security Council said the taking over of Abyei by Government of Sudan troops constituted a serious violation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005 to end two decades of civil war between the north and the south.The Council said the seizure of Abyei “threatens to undermine the mutual commitment of the parties to avoid a return of to war and resolve all remaining CPA and post-CPA issues peacefully.”“The members of the Security Council call upon the Government of Sudan to halt its military operations and withdraw immediately from Abyei town and its environs,” the Council said in a press statement.The Secretary-General said he “remains deeply concerned for the safety of the civilian population of the area, the vast majority of whom has been forcibly displaced due to the fighting,” said a statement issued by the his spokesperson.Mr. Ban deplored the actions of those responsible for the shelling of the United Nations compound, an assault that wounded two peacekeepers, and demanded that the perpetrators be held accountable for the attack.The Council deplored the unilateral decision by the Government in Khartoum to dissolve the Abyei administration and called for its immediate reestablishment by mutual agreement.“The members of the Security Council demand the immediate withdrawal of all military elements from Abyei and the full implementation of the Kadugli Agreement,” according to the statement.They urged both parties to restore calm, uphold the CPA, and recommit to a negotiated political settlement on the future status of Abyei, including under the auspices of the African Union High Level Implementation plan.Mr. Ban appealed to both sides in the conflict to ensure the safety and security of UN personnel and reiterated his call for an investigation into the attacks on UN troops in Goli on 10 May and the raid on a UN-escorted convoy on Thursday to bring the perpetrators to justice.“Members of the Council underscore the responsibility of the parties to protect civilians. They further underscore the need for the parties to respect the mandate of UNMIS [UN Mission in Sudan],” they said, condemning the shelling of the UNMIS compound in Abyei. They noted that UNMIS remains ready to continue facilitating the Kadugli Agreement on deescalating tensions in Abyei.The Secretary-General also called on both parties to immediately cease their military operations, withdraw all forces and armed elements from Abyei and desist from further acts of hostilities.“He calls on the parties to uphold their previous commitments to maintain peace and security in the Abyei Area through mechanisms already agreed upon and engage in serious discussions to find a final settlement to the Abyei issue before 9 July.”Deadly clashes have claimed dozens of lives since the start of the year, when a referendum on Abyei’s status that was supposed to have been held never took place amid disagreement on voter eligibility.Southern Sudan will formally secede from the rest of the country on 9 July as a result of a separate referendum held in January and both north and south claim Abyei. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that most civilians had fled Abyei town, with the majority of those displaced, mainly women and children, thought to have taken refuge in villages south of Abyei town. All non-governmental organisations’ personnel in Abyei relocated yesterday to Agok, 40 kilometres south of Abyei town. 22 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the continuing escalation of violence in Sudan’s disputed area of Abyei, as the Security Council called on the Khartoum-based Government to immediately halt all military operations and withdraw its troops from the territory. read more

  • Suncor posts lower operating earnings on refinery pipeline outages

    Suncor Energy Inc , Canada’s largest integrated oil company, said on Thursday that its 130,000 barrel per day Montreal refinery will be able to process up to 15,000 bpd of Western Canadian oil by year end.Steve Williams, Suncor’s chief executive, said facilities at the refinery to allow crude by rail shipments will be complete by December.The refinery, which currently relies on imported crudes, will eventually be able to handle as much as 30,000 bpd of Canadian oil. However, Williams said the actual amount it processes will depend on the price spread between Canadian and international oil.Meanwhile, maintenance downtime and pipeline outages had an impact on the company’s second-quarter profits, which came in just shy of market expectations.Operating earnings of $934 million or 62 cents per share, missing the average analyst estimate by a penny, according to Thomson Reuters.A year earlier, Suncor posted operating earnings of $1.25 billion, or 80 cents per share.Oilsands operations and refineries were taken down for planned maintenance work during the quarter. Production was further constrained when June flooding in Alberta caused pipeline outages.“Following these events, production at our oilsands operations has been restored, and we are currently seeing strong performance,” said CEO Steve Williams.Net earnings, which include unusual or one-time items, were $680 million, or 45 cents per share, compared to net earnings of $324 million, or 21 cents per share.A year earlier, Suncor took a $694-million writedown on a Syrian natural gas project. The company pulled its employees out of the Middle Eastern country when civil war broke out.Total production was 500,100 barrels per day during the second quarter, down from 542,400 a year earlier.In the oilsands, output averaged 276,600 barrels per day, compared to 309,200 barrels per day.Third-party outages reduced production by about 36,000 barrels per day.Earlier this year, Suncor said it was scrapping its Voyageur oilsands upgrader because of shifting market conditions.Burgeoning production of light oil from regions such as North Dakota means it no longer makes economic sense to invest billions into a facility to convert heavy oilsands crude into a lighter product refineries can handle.Suncor took a $1.49-billion writedown on Voyageur in the fourth quarter of 2012 and another $127 million in the first quarter of 2013.The Voyageur upgrader was part of a $1.75-billion partnership inked between Suncor and French energy giant Total S.A. in late 2010.A decision on whether to go ahead with the companies’ jointly-owned Fort Hills mine is expected during the fourth quarter, while it’s not known when the fate of their Joslyn oilsands mine will be decided.Suncor’s board also approved a quarterly dividend Wednesday of 20 cents per common share, payable Sept. 25.Suncor is Canada’s biggest energy company with a dominant position in Alberta’s oilsands. In addition to huge mining operations north of Fort McMurray, Alta., it has steam-driven projects at Firebag and MacKay River.In addition, Suncor has refineries in Edmonton, Montreal, Sarnia, Ont., and Commerce City, Colo. Those assets help shield Suncor from swings in commodity prices, as they translate into lower costs in that part of the business.Reuters/Canadian Press read more

  • IMF cuts global growth outlook but predicts pick up later in 2019

    The IMF is forecasting a 3.3 per cent global expansion in 2019, and 3.6 per cent growth for the following year, according to the annual World Economic Outlook. The uptick in growth is expected to be fueled by monetary policy accommodations in major economies.The organization also noted an improved outlook for United States-China trade tensions, and greater accommodations from the US Federal Reserve.Expectations were different this time last year, when the IMF saw accelerated economic growth in almost all regions and predicted a 3.9 per cent expansion in 2019.Gita Gopinath, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the Fund said it was a “delicate moment” in terms of the global economy.In a blog post, she noted that the softer outlook reflects negative revisions for several major economies, including Australia, Canada, the Eurozone, Latin America, the United States, and the United Kingdom.Global growth in 2020 is projected to rebound, as stressed developing economies like Argentina and Turkey, improve. Beyond 2020, the IMF predicts strong growth, led by China and India.The growth in advanced economies, however, is expected to slow as the impact of US fiscal stimulus fades. read more

  • This weeks final Town Hall set for Wednesday

    A series of Town Halls being held at Brock to discuss the University’s future continued Tuesday afternoon, with the week’s final session set for Wednesday.President Gervan Fearon has invited faculty and staff to continue the conversation around how Brock is impacted by the Ontario Government’s January announcement concerning post-secondary education.Video for the Tuesday Town Hall is now available online.The next Town Halls is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in Thistle 325.Faculty and staff unable to attend the Wednesday meeting can watch it live online by going to this link and logging in with their Brock username and password.Links to Wednesday’s livestream recording will also be available through The Brock News following the Town Hall. read more

  • In search of dolphins aboard Charlie Haugheys old yacht

    first_imgStudies have shown that coastal dolphins have a distinct set of habits and movements, and that they tend not to interact with the static population of dolphins in the Shannon Estuary, according to O’Brien.On patrol this morning [IWDG]And any joy so far?Considering they’ve been moored in Rathmullan for most of the week, it’s been slim pickings in terms of sightings as yet.“Things are looking up now, and the fine weather makes conditions perfect,” says O’Brien, adding that they’ve just spotted a small group of porpoises near Tory.The first leg of the journey comes to an end at Killybegs on Saturday, with a second crew then taking over to helm the vessel down the coast to Galway.O’Brien is also encouraging amateur spotters to send their photos and accounts of sightings to the group — details of how to do so can be found at the IWDG website.It’s very important that people who have pictures send them into us. We can use those images and compare them to our catalogues. Images: Sunrise off the coast of Donegal, and Tory Island [IWDG]So what are they up to? The number of bottlenose dophins in Irish coastal waters numbers at a “few thousand” cruise leader Dr Joanne O’Brien says.The current survey will be targeting coastal dolphins — and the group will be using data compiled over the last number of years to track the movements of individual mammals spotted around Ireland or further afield.“We’ve found that dolphins we identified off Cork and Galway have also shown up as far afield as Scotland, at the Inner Hebrides, and southern England,” O’Brien says.They’re basically circumnavigating Ireland and the UK. You’d find individuals in different areas all around the coasts. Celtic Mist – Pic: IWDGA CREW OF experts and supporters are currently on a two-week mission surveying the population of bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Donegal and north Connacht.Not a bad way to spend fortnight, you might think — especially considering the fine weather we’ve been enjoying today.But — whatever it’s been like where you are, conditions in Donegal haven’t been the best since last weekend.The mission launched last Sunday — but heavy seas and a large swell meant the craft had to remain moored in Rathmullan until conditions improved.However, with the sun now splitting the stones pretty much everywhere — it was ‘anchors away’ this morning, and the crew rounded Tory Island at around 11am…center_img A wreck along the Donegal coast, pictured earlier this week [IWDG]And what are they all doing on Charlie Haughey’s old yacht?The vessel, long associated with the late Fianna Fáil Taoiseach, was donated to the IWDG by the Haughey family — and, following a refit, officially launched Celtic Mist as their flagship vessel in 2012.The 56ft steel-hulled ketch — built in France 1974 — is now used to teach group members how to survey whales and dolphins, and for dedicated research projects like this one.The IWDG are “always looking for new members” O’Brien says.“That’s what keeps us afloat.”Read: “Don’t swim with this dolphin” islanders warned, as ‘Dusty’ changes locationRead: A new ‘solitary’ dolphin’s moved to Irish waters… swimmers are being urged to keep their distancelast_img read more

  • Iran la rupture dun oléoduc engendre une marée noire dans le Golfe

    first_imgIran : la rupture d’un oléoduc engendre une marée noire dans le GolfeUn oléoduc a rompu près du port iranien de Daylam, engendrant une marée noire dans le golfe Persique. Plusieurs kilomètres de côtes sont souillées.Cette nouvelle a été rapportée dimanche par l’agence de presse iranienne officieuse Mehr, avant d’être confirmée ce matin par l’agence officielle Irna. Une explosion a eu lieu sur un oléoduc très abîmé, engendrant une fuite de pétrole dans le port de Daylam, situé dans la province de Bouchehr, en Iran.À lire aussiL’Iran va envoyer un second singe dans l’espaceUne quantité importante d’hydrocarbures se serait déversée dans le Golfe. Responsable de la protection de l’environnement dans la province méridionale de Bouchehr, Behrouz Atabakzadeh a précisé que “près de 20 kilomètres de la côté autour de Deylam et 500 hectares de terres cultivées ont été polluées par la fuite de pétrole”. Et d’évoquer des dégâts environnementaux “irréversibles”.Des équipes ont rapidement été mobilisées pour nettoyer la pollution, mais les mauvaises conditions météorologiques rendent l’opération très difficile.Le 7 février 2011 à 15:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

  • Deadlocked jury prompts mistrial in case against stepfather of 2yearold Jahi Turner

    first_img Updated: 6:18 PM March 16, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A deadlocked jury prompted a judge to declare a mistrial Friday in the case against a man charged with murder in the 2002 disappearance of his 2-year-old stepson in San Diego.Tieray Jones, 39, reported Jahi Turner missing from a Golden Hill park on April 25, 2002. The child’s body was never found and Jones was charged with murder in 2016.A jury foreman told Judge Joan Weber that jurors were deadlocked 2-10 — two for guilty and 10 for not guilty — on second-degree murder. Jurors were also deadlocked 10-2 — 10 for guilty and two for not guilty — on a lesser included offense of involuntary manslaughter. A status conference is scheduled Wednesday to map out the next step in the case.“I’m sorry that the jury couldn’t come to a verdict in this case,” the jury foreman said outside court. “I apologize to Tameka (Jahi’s mother).”Tramane Sampson, Jahi’s biological father, told reporters he was “frustrated” that the jury couldn’t come to a decision.Sampson said he was sure Jones was responsible for his son’s death. Sampson said he saw “guilt” when he observed Jones in the courtroom.“I know him personally,” Sampson said of the defendant. “I know what type of dude he is.”In her closing argument, Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney said Jahi Turner died on the second day he was being watched by Jones, either by inflicted injury or as the result of an accident. Jones got rid of the child’s body and fabricated a story that Jahi was kidnapped from a park about a mile from their Golden Hill apartment, the prosecutor alleged.Jones was watching Jahi while the child’s mother, his wife Tameka Jones, was out to sea with the Navy. The defendant had no money and was frustrated with Jahi wetting the bed, Rooney said.In 2002, Jones told police that Jahi disappeared the afternoon of April 25 when Jones went to buy a drink from a vending machine. On the witness stand, the defendant admitted that he actually lost Jahi two hours earlier.“You make up a story like this to get away with murder,” Rooney told the jury. “The word of an admitted liar, that is all you have.”The prosecutor said the tot was never seen after April 22. Two days later, neighbors saw the defendant carrying three full large trash bags toward a Dumpster, Rooney said, telling jurors that Jahi “was thrown away like a piece of trash.” The child’s body was never found.Jones told his wife that Jahi fell off the bed and hit his head. The defendant wrote in a journal that Jahi was “lethargic” and was “not really moving” two days before he reported him missing.“I don’t want him (Jahi) hating me for something I can’t control,” the defendant wrote in the journal.Deputy Public Defender Courtney Cutter told the jury that law enforcement focused on Jones as their suspect from the beginning.“Mr. Jones has always, always been their guy,” Cutter said.Cutter said Jones may not have been the “best guy” but wasn’t a man who would “watch his stepson die and throw him away in the garbage.”“He’s an imperfect father but not a reluctant one,” Cutter said.Jones was flawed, but wasn’t a cold-blooded killer, his attorney told the jury.“If he (Jones) killed him for wetting the bed, why is he writing about it the next day?” Cutter wondered.Jones was arrested in April 2016 in North Carolina and brought back to San Diego to face the murder charge. Deadlocked jury prompts mistrial in case against stepfather of 2-year-old Jahi Turner Posted: March 16, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

  • ASA Banquet Celebrates Success Honors Top Achievers

    first_imgDuring the banquet awards are presented for ASA membership, outstanding achievements, leadership building conservation stewardship and industry accomplishments. Photo Credit: Sandra MartinNearly 1,000 guests attended the annual American Soybean Association (ASA) Awards Banquet at the 2014 Commodity Classic to celebrate the year’s top achievers and influencers who have worked to benefit the United States soybean industry.Sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Novozymes BioAg Inc. and the United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff, the awards banquet was Friday, Feb. 28 from 6-9 p.m.During the banquet awards are presented for ASA membership, outstanding achievements, leadership building conservation stewardship and industry accomplishments. (Visit soygrowers.com to read more about the winners).ASA membership Awards were presented to:George Goblish, president, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association – given award for the state with Top Overall Growth in Number of Members Steve Van Voorhis, president, New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association – given award for the state with Top Percentage Growth in Membership Tommy Hines from Virginia, recipient of Top Recruiter Award for Level IIITo conclude the evening, attendees heard a special keynote presentation from Jolene Brown, one of the most sought-after, inspirational speakers in the agriculture industry. Brown’s message focused on finding the humor in everyday situations, even when the going gets rough. Robert Nelsen from Minnesota, recipient of Top Recruiter Award for Level I Marvin Wahl from Kansas, recipient of Top Recruiter Award for Level IIlast_img read more

  • Googles work in China doesnt raise concerns says Treasurys Mnuchin

    first_img Politics 0 Google’s head of advertising calls for privacy, but not… Post a comment 1:25 Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display Share your voicecenter_img Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai this week. Getty Google CEO Sundar Pichai met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week to try to assuage worries about the search giant’s work in China, Mnuchin said on Wednesday. After the meeting, Mnuchin said he has no security concerns about Google’s work in the country. “The president and I did diligence on this issue, and we’re not aware of any areas where Google is working with the Chinese government in any way that raises concerns,” he said during an interview with CNBC. Mnuchin said that he and Pichai had “direct discussions,” and he described Google’s work in China as “very minimal.” Google didn’t respond to a request for comment. Mnuchin’s comments come a week after investor Peter Thiel, one of Trump’s highest-profile supporters in the tech industry, accused Google of having a “seemingly treasonous” relationship with China and urged a probe by the FBI and CIA. After Thiel’s comments, Trump tweeted that he would “take a look.” The search giant has also faced intense scrutiny over Project Dragonfly, reportedly an initiative to build a search product for the Chinese market, from which Google retreated in 2010. The project drew criticism from human rights and privacy activists for its potential to aid the authoritarian regime in the surveillance of its citizens. Google has said its work in China is only “exploratory” and it’s “not close” to launching a search product in China. At a Senate Judiciary hearing last week, Karan Bhatia, Google’s vice president of public policy, said the project had been “terminated.” 12 Photos Tags Now playing: Watch this: Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

  • International Publishers Congress kicks off in India

    first_imgInternational Publishers Association president Michiel Kolman, president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers Maria Pallante and Omicon Publishing House chairman Mehedi Hasan address the International Publishers Congress in New Delhi on 12 February. Photo: CollectedThe 32nd edition of the International Publishers Congress (IPA) was inaugurated in New Delhi on 12 February in presence of over 300 delegates from across the world.The congress will continue from 11 to 14 February at Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi, India, said a press release on Monday.The congress includes the award ceremony for the 2018 IPA Prix Voltaire and will feature a programme of sessions covering burning issues affecting publishers and the publishing sector.India’s science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan, and commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the three-day event under the title of “Shaping the Future: Innovation Meets Experience”.The IPA is the world’s largest federation of national, regional and specialist publishers’ associations. Its membership comprises 70 organisations from 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Americas.Bangladesh’s largest international book publishing house Banglaprakash CEO and managing editor Mehedi Hasan said it’s the publishers around the world who have risen to the challenge and are publishing what we would call trustworthy information, as they’ve been doing for ages.On this occasion Fip president NK Mehra, Michiel Kolman, president of the International Publishers Association, Michael Healy, the Executive Director International Relations, Maria A Pallante, president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, Hugo Andreas Setzer, the Mexican Publishers Association, Asoke K. Ghosh, Chairman and Managing Director of PHI Learning Private Limited, Emma House, the Deputy CEO of the Publishers Association, Juergen Boose, the President / CEO at Frankfurter Buchmesse, Bodour Al Qasimi, Founder and CEO of Kalimat Group, Kristenn Einarsson, the chair of IPA’s Freedom to publish Committee was present in the function.IPA president Michiel Kolman said it’s great to bring the Congress back to India with a strong emphasis on promoting copyright and defending freedom to publish. These are issues that are important locally, regionally and globally and the programme is bursting with great speakers to tackle them.Asoke Gosh, chairman and managing director of PHI Learning Private Limited said, “We are honoured to bring our international colleagues to New Delhi. The challenges our industry face are increasingly global and we need to work together to shape a bright future for our sector and generations of readers to come.”last_img read more

  • Drive For 3 Burned AfricanAmerican Churches Tops 18M Goal

    first_imgBy The Associated PressA crowdfunding drive to help rebuild three African-American churches gutted by arson fires in Louisiana has surpassed its original $1.8 million goal.A spokeswoman for GoFundMe said in a April 18 email that people in all 50 states and around the world have made more than 35,000 donations. Donations totaled more than $1.97 million as of that same afternoon.Firefighters and fire investigators respond to a fire at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church April 4, 2019, in Opelousas, La. (Leslie Westbrook/The Advocate via AP)The money is to be distributed equally among the three century-old St. Landry Parish churches: St. Mary Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.Fundraising surged after April 15’s Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris, as social media commenters urged people not to forget the plight of the Black churches.A 21-year-old White man, Holden Matthews, was arrested in connection with the fires.last_img read more

  • Amazon Announces Elton John Soundboard Special With Interviews Guests EXCLUSIVE

    first_imgCindy Mabe, President of Universal Music Group Nashville, said, “Nashville is best known for honoring the craft of songwriting and the songwriter above everything else, and it’s been incredible to hear the stories behind the incredible interpretations of these classic songs featured in The Soundboard. It was genuinely an honor to get to completely reimagine and reinterpret some of the most timeless songs of the incredible writing duo of Elton John and Bernie Taupin through country music’s most gifted story tellers of our time.”David Massey, President/ CEO of Island Records, said, “I’m excited for fans around the world to hear Elton and Bernie tell the stories on ‘The Soundboard’ behind some of the most memorable songs ever written.”“The Soundboard with Elton John” is available to listen on the Amazon Music mobile app and Web Player in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Austria, to all customers with an Amazon account, with or without an Amazon Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription. The broadcast can also be accessed via the Amazon Music mobile app and Web Player, iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. “The Soundboard with Elton John” is the latest feature to launch within Amazon Music’s personalized natural language voice controls powered by Alexa, which has reimagined how customers experience music. When paired with Alexa, customers can ask for music by lyrics, mood, genre, era, activities and more, simply by voice. Learn more about Amazon Music by visiting: www.amazon.com/music.Start Times for “The Soundboard with Elton John”:U.S.: Friday, 6 April 00:00 EST / 21:00 PST April 5UK: Friday, 6 April 05:00Germany/Austria: Friday, 6 April 06:00 Amazon Music today announced “The Soundboard with Elton John,” an immersive original audio program that offers fans exclusive conversations and stories. Airing exclusively on Amazon Music beginning April 6 — the same day two separate tribute albums “Revamp” and “Restoration” are released — “The Soundboard” tells the stories behind the songs with John and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as many of the artists featured on the albums, including Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Demi Lovato, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, rapper Q-Tip and more.It will be available for just 24 hours.Elton John said, “When an artist loves a song enough to cover it, well, that’s the ultimate compliment. As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when people we admire and respect as much as those on ‘Revamp’ and ‘Restoration’ choose to add their own unique twist — it means our songs continue to resonate and reach new audiences. It’s been wonderful working with Amazon Music to bring our stories behind the new songs to life and I hope fans will enjoy listening to ‘The Soundboard’ as much as we did recording it.” ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Available to Amazon customers across the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Austria, the multi-hour collection of interviews and music will be broadcast globally for a limited time, beginning on April 6. Listeners with an Amazon Echo device can simply ask, “Alexa, play ‘The Soundboard’” or visit amazon.com/eltonjohn. Listeners will immediately pick up wherever the stream is currently in progress.The show is similar thematically to ones Amazon has done previously with U2 and Justin Timberlake — but different. “We approach each one case by case and have discussions with the artist, label and management about what makes sense for them and us and customers,” Alex Luke, global head of programming and content strategy for Amazon Music, tells Variety. “Tribute albums offer a unique opportunity — you’ve got more than 20 artists covering Elton songs, so in interviewing those artists we’re reaching not just Elton fans but also their fans.”As for the limited time that each of the shows has had, “There’s something about the ephemeral nature that puts this in a different place,” he says. “We’re trying to make more of it and see how our customers respond. There’s a different kind of engagement and passion that comes when the content is crafted and presented like this.”“Revamp” and the country-themed “Restoration” will be released on April 6. The former album will feature artists in the pop, rock and urban genres: Mary J. Blige, Alessia Cara, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Florence And The Machine, Lady Gaga, The Killers, Mumford and Sons, Pink and Logic, Q-Tip ft. Demi Lovato, Queens of the Stone Age, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith; the latter, on Universal Nashville, includes Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris, Miley Cyrus, Vince Gill and Don Henley, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton and Lee Ann Womack. A Grammy tribute concert to Elton John , taped just after the 2018 awards, airs on April 10.last_img read more

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