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Man jailed for role in Winnipeg womans death during botched robbery

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG — A man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in the death of an Indigenous woman who was killed during a botched robbery.Jeanenne Fontaine, who was 29, was shot and her Winnipeg home set on fire in 2017 when three men came to her house to collect on a drug debt her boyfriend owed.In January, a jury found Meilleur guilty of manslaughter.The Crown asked that Meilleur be sentenced to 15 years and the defence wanted four.Fontaine was the cousin of Tina Fontaine, a teenager whose body had been found three years earlier in the Red River, and whose death fuelled renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.The trial heard how Jeanenne Fontaine was struggling with addictions after her cousin’s death.In his sentencing decision, the judge says statements from Fontaine’s family and friends showed heartbreaking grief.last_img read more

China actively promoting FTA deal with Sri Lanka

China will sign an FTA with Georgia and launch an FTA feasibility study with Mongolia during the Belt and Road Forum of International Cooperation in Beijing this weekend, Qian Keming said. China has launched negotiations with the governments of Singapore and Pakistan to upgrade existing FTAs, Qian added.China has completed the fourth round of talks on tariff cuts with India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Laos. The country will also explore FTA feasibility studies with Nepal, Bangladesh and Moldova this year, Qian said. Chinese companies made $50 billion outbound direct investment in non-financial sectors and signed project contracts worth $304.9 billion in countries and regions along the routes between 2014 and 2016, Ministry of Commerce data showed. “The upgraded protocol of the China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations FTA has been implemented since July. China is actively promoting Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations, and FTA negotiations with Israel, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and the Gulf Cooperation Council,” said Qian.The RCEP is a regional free trade pact between 16 economies including Australia, India and the ASEAN.China’s trade value with countries and regions along the trading routes reached more than 20 trillion yuan ($2.9 trillion) between 2014 and 2016. China is actively promoting Free Trade Agreement (FTA) talks with Sri Lanka, China’s Vice-Minister of Commerce Qian Keming said.He said China will continue to push forward free trade agreement talks with more than 20 economies along the Belt and Road Initiative this year after clinching 11 such deals in the region, the China Daily reported. “We will further ease market access for foreign investment and build an international standard business environment to attract investment from these areas,” said Zhang Xingfu, deputy director-general of the department of international trade and economic affairs at the ministry.Liu Hualong, chairman of China Railway Rolling Stock Corp Ltd, said the country’s top railway vehicle maker will deliver the first group of metro cars to Istanbul from its manufacturing facility in Turkey in the second half of this year.“Infrastructure projects and international capacity cooperation will boost economic growth and employment, and improved transport will further increase trade and economic exchanges and enhance the quality of growth in different countries or regions along the initiative,” said Liu. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Three weeks after Pakistani quake 200000 victims have yet to receive aid

Giving its latest update two days after Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a donors’ conference the world community must prevent a second wave of deaths from the quake which has already killed more than 50,000 people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said up to 30 per cent of affected villages had yet to be reached.Echoing Mr. Annan’s warning, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said today hundreds of thousands of people face the unnecessary risks of death, illness and further injury as the harsh Himalayan winter approaches. People need shelter, safe drinking water and access to health care now and throughout the winter in order to survive.”Without more help now, the second wave of deaths in Pakistan is coming. We cannot wait to see images of people freezing to death or dying of preventable disease before we act,” WHO Representative for health action in crises, Ala Alwan, said.”With the money received so far, WHO, its partners and the Ministry of Health have made a difference to people’s lives. The revised appeal will scale-up WHO’s support,” he added, referring to the additional $238 million the UN is now seeking on top of its original $312 million Flash Appeal.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has already increased its estimate of the number of people in potential need of food aid to get through the winter to 2.3 million people. Apart from its immediate death toll, the quake injured some 74,000 people and left more than 3 million others homeless.”These people were already poor before the earthquake hit. In a matter of just a few minutes everything they had – their homes and livelihoods – disappeared,” said WFP Programme Adviser Anette Haller, who headed an assessment team in the area.”Now they are completely desperate. We have to reach them before winter does – and that means within the next three weeks,” she warned. WFP has so far distributed 3,000 tons of food aid to half a million people.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Ann Veneman will start a two-day visit to the quake zone on Sunday. She will visit hard-hit communities and meet with Pakistani officials. Within the last 10 days UNICEF has helped to vaccinate 65,000 children against measles and tetanus. For its part, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is continuing to provide blankets, tents, plastic sheets, jerry cans and burial cloths. Its airlift from Turkey, organized in cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), is now in its tenth day and has so far delivered more than 450 tons of urgently needed supplies.”The window to reach earthquake survivors in the remote mountains and high valleys of quake-hit Pakistan is fast closing with the onset of cold weather,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “This is still a life-saving operation and every minute counts.” read more

Motor show news – 25 May 1700

Government waging war on motorists, says Howard Show-time go-time says industry boss Vauxhall’s VXR Performance Premium Accelerating fortunes of British sports cars Gail Porter, ambassador for Auto Trader Evo Magazine presents record breaker Hyundai support young chefs with Gordon Ramsay Government waging war on motorists, says Howard Leader of the Opposition Michael Howard sees a direct parallel between the government’s attitude towards motorists and the plot of the Motropolis Live Action Arena at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live.The show’s storyline depicts a futuristic world in which the forces of authority and beaurocracy have taken the enjoyment out of motoring. ‘This government has waged war on the motorist for many years,’ said Howard. ‘We see it in their attitude to speed cameras, which are used to raise money rather than for safety. There’s no doubt that the government have got it in for the motorist,’ he added.Commenting on Ford’s claim that the cost of European legislation could add Euros 5,000 to the cost of a new car by 2008, Howard said: ‘Too many rules and regulations come out from Brussels, many without proper justification. The consequence is that British business becomes less competitive.’Howard added that he had been impressed by the progressive new models that he had seen when touring the show and that he had seen some ‘wonderfully exciting cars’. Earlier, Howard visited the Honda stand where he found time to get the autograph of Britain’s leading Formula 1 star Jenson Button – for his driver’s wife! Show-time go time says industry boss Tod Evans, president of the SMMT, is ‘gob-smacked’ at the interactive nature of The Sunday Times Motor Show Live and bullish about attracting an audience of 600,000 people to the NEC spectacular.After first hand experience of the various innovative attractions, including the 4×4 driving course, Evans said: ‘Cynics would expect me to be enthusiastic but after first hand experience I would have no hesitation in recommending to my parents and their kids to come along.’He added: ‘Our research about why DIY, gardening, cookery and ski shows attract more people said they wanted to be able to feel and demonstrate the brands. That is what we are achieving here and I was gob-smacked about what the consumer will be able to enjoy. It is no longer just cars on carpets.’Evans claimed the 100,000 advanced ticket sales were a good basis for hitting the target of bringing 600,000 people to the show. Evans also added that Birmingham had become the natural home for a British show. Vauxhall’s VXR performance premium Vauxhall’s focus on high-performance variants across its range will only generate around 5,000 sales a year, but Kevin Wale, the company’s chairman believes the VXR branding will move the brand’s image up several notches.Wale, who was instrumental in sustaining the sporting heritage of General Motors’ Australian brand, Holden said: ‘The VXR penetration will vary from model to model but should work out at between one to three per cent across our ranges. The package has taken a couple of years to put together and I am confident it will be a major marketing asset.’The most expensive VXR model will be the 5.7-litre V8 Holden-derived Monaro coupe which will retail at £35,595, but Wale admitted that the VXR price range could climb as high as £40,000 for ‘say a limited 50-car unique production run.’Agilas and Merivas are unlikely to get the VXR treatment, which involves cosmetic and tuning enhancements, including tuning exhausts to generate the correct engine note. Vauxhall’s chairman was also upbeat about the prospects of a larger mid-engined sports car, the Lightning, joining the VX220 roadster in the brand’s two-seater line up. It would be sourced from the US and based on the Pontiac Solstice two-seater.Wale said: ‘There is a great deal of energy within GM being spent on making it happen. The platform is available, there are great designs so we want to bring it all together.’Meanwhile the less overt but style conscious Tigra coupe/cabriolet is expected to outstrip demand when it reaches showrooms in September.More than 200 motorists have offered deposits for the car, priced between £13,750 and £15,750, before the official order book opened yesterday. Vauxhall is expecting to sell 5,000 French-built Tigras a year.Wale admitted: ‘I think Tigra volumes will exceed expectations. People should come to the show to see it live because it hits the spot. Dealers are a pretty blasé bunch but when we showed it to them recently we virtually had to drag them away.’The Tigra is being built by specialist French coachbuilder Heuliez in Cerizay and will use a variety of engines from 1.4 to 1.8-litres. The accelerating fortunes of British sports cars Among the wealth of new car launches at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live, new models from small British independents are making a positive statement that good times lie ahead.Morgan, Noble and Marcos Engineering all unveiled new sports models on press day, with a common message; when it comes to niche high performance cars Brittan is second to none.Overseas markets are finding the allure of British bespoke sports cars more and more to their liking. The USA, Europe and Australia continue to demonstrate their desire for British style and sophistication as major export markets.Morgan in particular is finding strong demand for it’s new Aero 8, which has already pulled in orders in the US following shows in Los Angeles and New York. Actor Nicholas Cage liked the car so much he bought one on the stand at the LA show.Noble too is in the grip of a US lead boom, supplying bodies and chassis via partners to penetrate the market. However, it’s at home in the UK where the majority of sales are still made, and all three marques acknowledge that their ability to take a vehicle from the drawing board to the road in record time gives them a real edge over some of their global competitors.As Noble’s Simon Hucknall says: ‘Flexibility is crucial in this part of the market. We’re very hands on in our development and testing, and can move quickly. British invention and creativity is also highly regarded throughout the globe.’ Noble’s new M14 sports car, unveiled at the show, is evidence of this approach.Competitive pricing also boosts driver appeal, with entry costs for specialist sports cars enticing drivers who fancy a step up to something new and different. Customers also value the kudos that driving a British sports car endows – it’s a small and exclusive club.A resurgence in interest in the British sports car is also impacting on business. Morgan is aiming to make around 750 cars per year according to spokesperson David Dowse: ‘The introduction of new models and a burgeoning US market is very positive for us’ he says. ‘It helps considerably that advance order books enable companies of our scale to plan production a good 18 months or so ahead.’As well as revealing their new TSO Roadster, Marcos announced that it is expanding its operation with new facilities in Kenilworth, following a strategic alliance with Prodrive. The move provides Marcos with a 1.5 mile high performance circuit for testing. Gail Porter, new face of Auto Trader Gail Porter, the ambassador for Auto Trader, joins the magazine at their stand at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live. As the new face of the magazine, Porter will be involved in further publicity throughout the year.Evo Magazine unveiled a record breaking car today at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live. The Koenigsegg CC8s was launched on the UK market from the magazine’s stand. The super car has received critical acclaim, including recognition as the most powerful production car available (Guinness Book of Records 2004) in 655 bhp guise, and the fastest car ever driven by Top Gear. Hyundai supports Gordon Ramsay scholar Gordan Ramsay, renowned celebrity chef teamed up with Hyundai at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live to announce Hyundai’s involvement with his scholar awards.The awards were created by Gordon to encourage and recognise the talents of young cooks from colleges across the UK. The awards makes it possible for catering students to gain valuable experience in some of the best kitchens in the world. Students compete against each other on a regional level before competing head to head in national heats.The winning scholar stands to win a cash prize, the opportunity to work alongside Gordon in his kitchen and a stylish Hyundai Getz.Says Ramsay, ‘I am delighted that Hyundai have come on board with this initiative. I am looking for cooks of the future who show qualities of hard work and dedication to make it to the top.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

EHF Final 4 in Cologne still 24 hours battle for glory

European Handball Federation announced schedule for the VELUX EHF CL Final 4 which will be held, fo the eighth year in a row in Cologne – on June 3/4. The playing time staying the same for the seventh year in a row, which means that teams will play two most important matches of the season in about 24 hours.Some of the TOP stars like Domagoj Duvnjak raised their voice against such a rhythm calling for a basketball model in which Final 4 would last three days, with one day free between semi-final and the final, but obviously this pressure is still too weak to change something.Domagoj Duvnjak about Cologne: Basketball F4 is perfection – Two days event is disasterPlaying times of the VELUX EHF FINAL4 Saturday 3 June 2017 Semi-final 1 – throw off at 15:15 hrsSemi-final 2 – throw off at 18:00 hrsSunday 4 June 2017 3/4 Placement match – throw off at 15:15 hrsVELUX EHF Champions League Final – throw off at 18:00 hrs ← Previous Story Baltic Handball League Final 4 in Polva Next Story → Christian O’Sullivan: stays in Magdeburg until 2020 read more

Steve Jobs denied knighthood for not speaking at a political conference

first_imgEvery year in the UK a number of deserving people from around the world get awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen for the work they have done in their field or some outstanding act. Bill Gates received one back in 2005, for example, for his work to reduce poverty as well as making Microsoft such a success.It has been revealed today that Steve Jobs was also in the running to be knighted in 2009, but ultimately is was blocked by the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown. If he had good reason to block it we would understand, but apparently that’s not the case.A former senior Labour political party minister has revealed that Mr. Brown blocked the knighthood because Jobs refused to speak at a Labour party conference. Brown took the opportunity to take a bit of revenge it seems.Read more at Telegraph (image courtesy of Wikipedia)Matthew’s OpinionMr. Brown has not commented on whether this is true or not, and it seems incredibly petty to me. Jobs not wanting to talk at a political conference in another country makes perfect sense. He may have no knowledge of what the party stands for, or he may do and not agree with their policies. It would be inappropriate for him to take part due to his public image too, unless he wanted to support what they were doing.But regardless of Jobs’ decision not to attend, it should not have had any bearing on him getting a knighthood. Such an honor would be awarded for his contributions to the tech world and how he has brought Apple from the brink of disaster to the market leader it is today. A prime minister with an axe to grind should not be able to stop that from happening, and if it turns out to be true there should be repercussions for him.last_img read more

Antennesrelais Bouygues nira pas en cassation

first_imgAntennes-relais : Bouygues n’ira pas en cassationFrance – Le 4 février 2009, en application du principe de précaution, Bouygues était condamné à démonter une antenne-relais dans le Rhône par la cour d’appel de Versailles. Le groupe, qui devait se pourvoir en cassation, y renonce finalement.Par mesure de précaution, Bouygues avait été condamné à démonter une antenne-relais à Tassin-la-Demi-Lune dans le Rhône en 2009, puisque les risques sur la santé des habitants ne sont pas encore bien connus. Le groupe devait également verser 7.000 euros de dommages et intérêts à trois couples de riverains, une mesure jusqu’alors inédite en France.À lire aussiFree Mobile : réactions en chaîneUne porte-parole de Bouygues justifie l’annulation du recours en cassation : “Nous considérons que cet arrêt reste une décision isolée qui n’a pas fait jurisprudence”. De plus, “plusieurs autorités ont confirmé l’innocuité des antennes-relais”, d’où l’inutilité d’aller en cassation pour ce seul cas isolé. L’avocat de la partie civile pense, quant à lui, qu’il s’agit d’un “aveu de faiblesse”, et ajoute que la décision pourra peut-être contraindre “les opérateurs à discuter et à adopter une puissance d’émission plus faible pour leurs antennes”.Le 2 avril 2010 à 11:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Apple lanceratil un service de télévision streaming avant Noël

first_imgApple lancera-t-il un service de télévision streaming avant Noël ?D’après le New York Post, Apple prévoierait  de lancer un nouveau service de streaming destiné aux télévisions, et surtout cela se produirait avant la fin de l’année. Toutefois il semble que les négociations avec les inévitables fournisseurs de contenus ne se passent pas très bien.En plus des rumeurs d’une « iTv », de nouveaux bruits courent sur internet. Il  s’agit d’un service de streaming partagé entre différent appareils Apple. Il n’est pas clair s’il s’agirait d’un abonnement ou d’un service à la demande.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais le problème réside dans le fait qu’Apple souhaite dicter lui-même quels contenus seraient diffusés et à quel prix. Du coup, les majors de l’audiovisuel rechignent. « Ils veulent tout pour rien » décrit ainsi une source anonyme des médias. Le principe du service serait à priori de streamer du contenu via des applications sur la Apple TV et d’autres appareils Apple. Nul ne sait si Apple est encore loin de régler ce deal. Ce serait Eddy Cue, déjà décrit comme le «dealmaker » d’Apple, qui mènerait les négociations. En 2009, Apple avait déjà tenté de monter un service TV, mais n’avait pas été capable de trouver un arrangement avec l’industrie…La répartition des revenus publicitaires auraient été le point de conflit bloquant les négociations. Plus récemment, une tentative d’Apple de travailler avec le câble  serait soldée les exécutifs du câble « claquant pratiquement la porte ». Pour l’instant, Apple dispose seulement d’un service de vidéo à la demande de films et de séries TV, via iTunes. Le 5 mars 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Everybody Has a Story Capt Vancouver spending eternity in obscurity

first_imgOn the WebView a June 2013 graveside ceremony (not recorded by Wollert) honoring all sailors, and Capt. George Vancouver in particular tried to escape. We really did. But Vancouver proved a skilled and stealthy stowaway, slipping overseas in spite of firm resolve by my husband and me to make it stay home where it belonged.We chose London for a brief and well-deserved escape, and excitedly embraced all things British: kings and queens, teas and ale, ancient architecture, manuscripts, monuments, Shakespeare. A favorite ritual was strolling through sunny St. James Park, where we were surprised one morning by a small orange ball rolling slowly across our grassy route. Following its trajectory was a panting golden cocker spaniel, straining against a leather leash in the hand of a breathless woman, who issued a quick apology on behalf of her rude furry charge.Not a problem, we reassured her, exposing our obvious accent.You’re American? Where do you live?Thus began Vancouver’s inconsiderate intrusion into our foreign vacation.There’s a Vancouver in the United States, too?Oh, yes. Ours is the first Vancouver. Fort Vancouver. Named after George Vancouver, the explorer.Well, I never realized. … Say, did you know that George Vancouver is buried not far from here?We truly had no idea. Nor did we care very much.The dog rested in the grass as if he sensed the beginning of a familiar routine. His mistress was embarking on a long tale, and he might as well get comfortable.Indeed, she proceeded to tell us about the annual George Vancouver Day celebration, only six days away, in a small village named Petersham, where the noted explorer and cartographer was laid to rest at the ripe old age of 40.I glanced at my watch and reached for my husband’s hand, attempting a gracious exit from this unwelcome diversion. Museums and artifacts awaited, and I was getting impatient. But the dog’s knowledgeable companion persisted. She reported obscure details about Vancouver’s life, including the fact that, after his return from extraordinary travels, he found himself in the unfortunate political crosshairs of England’s powerful prime minister for harsh discipline he’d imposed on one of the minister’s relatives.last_img read more

4 displaced after Fort Lauderdale duplex catches fire 1 hurt

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A family of four was left without a place to call home after a fire broke out inside a duplex in Fort Lauderdale, leaving one person injured.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze along Southwest Eighth Street, near 25th Avenue, Monday night.Crews arrived to find thick smoke coming from the building.Firefighters said a neighbor injured his hand when he struck it through the window of the home. Paramedics treated him at the scene.No one was at the duplex at the time the fire ignited.The American Red Cross is assisting the family the fire displaced.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Hanley Wood Relaunches Builder Site

first_imgResidential housing and commercial construction publishing giant Hanley Wood has relaunched its flagship Builder magazine Web site, “Our goal is to deliver a better reader experience, built on organizing the site around topics central to the industry, and grow traffic to the site by making it more search engine friendly,” Hanley Wood Business Media president Peter Goldstone wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “We [redesigned the site] because our readers are hungry to get our content across multiple channels and because our advertisers want to use e-media to reach more customers.”The housing market is in tough shape, Goldstone added, but that “makes it even more imperative for manufacturers to find creative ways to win new business—there’s lots of interest in e-media as a result.” The redesigned improves the user experience, the publisher says, with a more robust topical indexing system and improved site functionality. “We’ve gone to a wider format, which reflects the higher resolution screen our readers use, and have removed left navigation throughout the site,” Goldstone wrote. “We have moved toward a navigation scheme that opens up the site to readers who can navigate by browsing to over 150 topic pages.”The site is organized using a new content management system—the Tridion platform—that enables editors to easily add and update content, and allows for new ad units and contextual advertising. “We’ve sold several topic sponsorships and are waiting a couple of months before pushing keyword-based campaigns because we need to get a clear picture of our inventory first,” according to receives more than 300,000 page views and 100,000 unique visitors a month, according to Goldstone.last_img read more

First Test of Democrats Pledge to Block Spending Bills in Senate Coming

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR If you were looking for signs that Democrats and Republicans would work together to pass spending bills for next year, Tuesday wasn’t the day to be on Capitol Hill.After losing a vote over an amendment to block the GOP’s gambit for evading the statutory spending caps to bolster the Pentagon’s budget, Senate Democrats reiterated their pledge to block all spending bills from moving to the floor.Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on the Appropriations Committee, insisted Democrats would stick together to block motions to proceed to fiscal 2016 appropriations bills.“Our big fight is going to be on the appropriations bills,” Schumer said, reported CQ. That could come as early as next week, as the Senate is expected to turn to the defense spending bill when if finishes work on the defense authorization bill.Democratic lawmakers have agreed to back up President Obama’s threat to veto spending bills that adhere to the Budget Control Act limits or that boost defense spending without offering any relief to domestic programs.On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other top Democrats broached the idea of convening a budget summit among congressional leaders and the White House to break the looming impasse over the defense bill.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed the idea, however, saying the Senate should stick to regular order and vote on the defense spending bill this month as scheduled, reported the Hill.“We set a spending level. We did it in the budget. When we finish the National Defense Authorization Act, we’ll go to the defense appropriations bill,” McConnell said.“There’s been a lot of big talk about stopping bills. We’ll see whether they really want to do that,” he stated.Meanwhile, the White House issued a veto threat over the House’s FY 2016 defense spending bill, primarily due to its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations account to bolster DOD’s base budget while retaining the statutory spending caps. last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday June 5 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, June 5, 2019:#1) 99 Restaurant Fundraiser For Cops For Kids With CancerTwo local women are holding a “Dining For A Cause” fundraiser at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 4pm to 11pm, to benefit Cops for Kids with Cancer. Cops for Kids with Cancer has made donations to six Wilmington kids over the past few years.15% of your bill will be donated to Cops for Kids with Cancer if you present the flyer below to your server/host.  The donation applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.#2) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 6pm (extended summer hours). All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#3) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.#4) Wilmington Conservation Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Conservation Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Device Drop-In At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Device Drop-In from 2pm to 3pm. Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Drop in the library to see if Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, can help.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Paolo Rivera Talks About the WellCurated Stories of Hellboy

first_img Hellboy and crew head to the “Sunshine State” to investigate what makes a tourist spontaneously combust in Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 – The Burning Season. I got the chance to chat with the illustrator on this one-shot Hellboy story, Paolo Rivera, about working on this comic. Hellboy is approaching his 25th anniversary and remains popular to this day. What about this character do you think resonates with people and what about him resonates with you specifically?PR: From a creative standpoint, he’s just a well-crafted character with well-curated stories. In terms of personality, he’s immediately endearing: even though he’s got larger-than-life challenges, they’re revealed in tiny, almost mundane indignities. But mission after mission, those give way to larger struggles, subtly expressed, by the inherent irony of his existence. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Hellboy’‘Hellboy’ and the History of Heroes From Hell You’ve worked on Hellboy in the past in a prequel period piece to this. How did you end up coming back and what was that like?PR: This story was the first sequential work I’ve done since my last Hellboy outing in 2015, so part of me just wanted to get back into the swing of things. I was already very familiar with the cast, so it was easy to dive back into that world. The fact that Chris gave me what amounted to a custom-fit script was just icing on the cake.center_img While some of these characters are already established, there were some new characters shown in this story. As the artist, what kind of input did you get to have in designing these characters?PR: It seems like I get complete and total freedom. But really, it’s a strange combination of prompts from the script, online research, as well as feedback from the team. What seems to me like an inevitable design choice may be completely different with another artist. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. #Hellboy ‘Burning Season’ out tomorrow! Mignola, Roberson, Stewart, my Pops, and me! #gouache— Paolo Rivera (@PaoloMRivera) February 20, 2018last_img read more

VIDEO Belichick coached up Bradley Chubb at his Pro Day then jokingly

first_imgBill Belichick is always happiest when he’s coaching, and he was in his element yesterday, grinding it out at N.C. State’s pe-draft Pro Day in Raleigh. Belichick gladly stepped in to coach up Wolfpack star pass rusher – and likely Top 10 pick – Bradley Chubb on hand placement during some drills, and even busted out the trademark Belichick dry-sense of humor.Even though Chubb is by far the best prospect at the event, Belichick jokingly broke the news to him that there’s no way the Patriot were going to draft him because they were picking 31st. Belichick is a football junkie, he loves this stuff.Bill Belichick, master of the pigskin, coached up Bradley Chubb (@ASTROCHUBB) at his Pro Day and even left him with a joke 👏— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) March 19, 2018last_img read more

Find out if your email address has been sold

first_imgFind out if your email address has been sold by Martin Brinkmann on May 31, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: May 31, 2018 – 25 commentsHave I Been Sold is a new free and open source web service that helps you find out if your email address has been sold by companies in the past.If you received spam in the past you probably wondered how the sender of the spam message got hold of your email address. There are plenty possibilities; you may have published your email address publicly, replied to emails, signed up for web services or an account may have been hacked that you communicated with.Some companies sell data to brokers next to that and it is not always disclosed by those companies.Note: The developer is involved with which happens to be the “world’s largest, most accurate database of people and companies”. He stated that there is no affiliation between the two products, and that Have I Been Sold does not sell, distribute or share email addresses “with anyone for any reason”.Tip: We published a guide in 2016 to set up accounts to find out which companies or services sold your information.Have I Been SoldHave I Been Sold is a new service that works similarly to the password leak checker Have I Been Pwned. You type or paste an email address in the form on the Have I Been Sold website and click on a button to find out if the email address is in any of the databases of the service.The service returns to you if your email is found on a list that was sold. It appears that you get options to report the company that sold the data in first place but I could not verify that since none of the email addresses that I typed in to the form were on any of the sold listings.You can request that email addresses that are found are removed from the service’s database. You may also authorize the service to inform you if your email address is found in new databases of email addresses that the service acquires or gets its hands on.The service lists five steps to protect email addresses from getting sold on the same page:Use custom email domains.Use custom email providers.Set up catch-all addresses.Define email filters.Create unique trap emails for any new service you sign up for.Closing WordsHave I Been Sold may be a useful service to some but it probably is not something that most Internet users may want to use.The list of sold email addresses is limited.You have to trust the service to use it.If you get spam emails already, chance is high that you know that your email got sold or leaked somehow already.The only value that you get out of it is if Have I Been Sold lists the company or service that sold your email address. I don’t know whether that is the case, however.The best way to go about it is to create unique email addresses for any service you sign up for. This works very well if you buy a domain name and either use the web hoster’s email management dashboard to create emails, or use a service like Google Apps for that instead.Now You: What’s your take on services such as Have I Been Sold or Have I Been Pwned?Related ArticlesPassProtect warns you about insecure passwordsThe Ultimate Disposable Email Provider List (2017 update)You can now use “+” email aliases on Outlook.comSummaryArticle NameFind out if your email address has been soldDescriptionHave I Been Sold is a new free and open source web service that helps you find out if your email address has been sold by companies in the past.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Our Southern Zone Deep Dive is underway

first_imgRelated posts:Santa Teresa Deep Dive: How to Surf in Santa Teresa Puerto Viejo Deep Dive: Surfing the Caribbean’s gnarly waves Wild and untamed: Our Southern Zone Deep Dive The Future of Golfito: The Shannon L. Martin Foundation projects a new vision for town Our editorial team is making its first trip of the year – what we hope will be the first of many – to Costa Rica’s Southern Zone. During the week, we’ll be exploring Sierpe, Drake, Golfito, Puerto Jiménez, Pavones and San Vito, and gathering information to help us plan future forays into this extraordinary region.We are so grateful to the readers who shared their suggestions with us, and would welcome additional ideas for stories to cover, business leaders who might like to get involved, places to highlight, and more. Contact us at our previous two Deep Dives? Check them out here: Rough edges and rich culture: Our Puerto Viejo Deep Dive Facebook Comments Dreamlike, diverse and grappling with change: Our Santa Teresa deep divelast_img read more

Australian leaders in indigenous tourism

first_imgAustralian leaders in indigenous tourismAustralian leaders in indigenous tourismNitmiluk Tours has had a hugely successful result at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards 2017 held at Perth Stadium on Friday 23rd February 2018 taking out silver in the Luxury Accommodation category for Cicada Lodge, and a bronze in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism category.“These wins are a recognition of both the commitment of our team in the delivery of a highly professional and authentic cultural tourism product, and to the growth and significance of Aboriginal tourism to the overall Australian tourism economy” said Jane Runyu-Fordimail, CEO Nitmiluk Tours.“As a proud Jawoyn woman receiving this award on behalf of the team at Nitmiluk Tours and all of the Jawoyn people, this is a recognition of our people, our culture and our passion to share our culture, our land and our traditions. It is an acknowledgement of the past and a positive step forward to the future”.Nitmiluk Tours is a successful 100 percent wholly owned and operated Indigenous Tourism Operation that operates on Jawoyn Land that stretches over 50,000 square kilometres, the size of whole European countries. It is the exclusive provider for touring the breathtaking Nitmiluk Gorge, located approximately 320km South of Darwin Northern Territory, Australia.Source = Nitmiluk Tourslast_img read more

Northern Hemisphere market report for Week 30 end

first_img Northern Hemisphere market report for Week 30 (ending July 27) Decofrut/edited by is not responsible for the information provided by State of the Market. The contents only reflect analysis carried out by Decofrut. You might also be interested incenter_img August 02 , 2018 last_img

November 06 2018

first_imgNovember 06 , 2018 From the pages of Produce Business UKWhether it be leading supermarkets with omni-channel retail or major e-commerce players like Ocado and AmazonFresh, the UK is at the vanguard of online grocery shopping in the developed world. Fresh produce still has some catching up to do, but Nielsen UK’s head of retailer and business insight, Mike Watkins, highlights some key developments that have positioned the category for growth.Mike Watkins at Nielsen UK says ‘younger shoppers are more inclined to by fresh online. It’s a lifestyle thing.’According to Nielsen Homescan research for the 52 weeks to 31 September 2018, 7.3 percent of Great Britain’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) were purchased online, making it a £7 billion market.Watkins says the group predicts online grocery will rise to 10 percent of the grocery market in the next three years, as the fastest-growing retail channel “outside of the discounters Aldi and Lidl.”For the moment, around 4 in 10 British shoppers make grocery purchases online. But how do fresh fruit and vegetables fit into the equation?In terms of the percentage of overall sales purchased online, fresh produce is only lagging by less than a percentage point.Watkins says the Nielsen Homescan research shows 6.4 percent of fruit and vegetable sales in Great Britain are made online, with a value of £720 million annually, and almost a third (28 percent) of shoppers are now buying fresh produce over the internet.“The thing about fruit and vegetables is there’s no longer any significant barrier to stop shoppers buying those products online,” he tells PBUK.“When online was growing very fast five years ago and shoppers weren’t used to buying fresh produce online, they bought less as a proportion of their online shopping basket. While fresh isn’t a destination category, it’s very much part of the online shopping basket as it would be if you went to a store.”And the outlook is strong because, according to Watkins, the produce offering is starting to fit with three key drivers for online purchase intent.“It’s the convenience of shopping online, it’s the range of products available and it’s the ability to ask good prices,” he says. “You do have the ability today in the UK to get the same depth of range in fruit and veg online as you can often get in the store.“That’s a challenge for the supply chain and the retailer because if there’s one challenge that shoppers find online it’s the issue of substitution, which clearly in any fresh food is going to be more of a challenge.”In the case of fruits and vegetables, this is even more of an issue because of seasonality, but the buying trends for younger generations – from Generation X through to Z — bode well for the sector.“Here’s a really important point. We know from our Homescan research that the younger shoppers are much more demanding of good quality, but they’re also much more willing to accept substitution,” says Watkins. “They learn to shop differently. And more importantly perhaps, younger shoppers are more inclined to by fresh online. It’s a lifestyle thing.”Finding and building systems to support online fresh produce growthWatkins emphasises all the major UK supermarkets have been pioneers in developing the category, as well as Ocado and more recently AmazonFresh.In the company’s half year report, Ocado chief executive officer Tim Steiner said the online retailer was in the midst of a “transformational period” with its proprietary technology offering an end-to-end operating solution to meet consumer needs.In the first six months of the year the group signed three international partnerships for its Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) with Sobeys (Canada), ICA (Sweden) and Kroger (US). This adds to existing partnerships with Groupe Casino (France), Bonpreu (Spain) and Morrisons (UK).“The success of our technology platform continues to be demonstrated by our UK retail business, where Ocado continues to outpace our competition in terms of our service offering and our growth,” Steiner said.“We have just opened our latest state-of-the-art Customer Fulfillment Centre, which, once at full capacity, will be the largest automated warehouse for online grocery retail in the world and will showcase the scalability, adaptability and efficiency of our platform.”Ocado’s technological innovation is a response to many hurdles that continue to exist in e-commerce for fresh food, with two main problems being the cost of fulfillment and the challenge of providing frequent deliveries in an efficient way.“They [Ocado] say in their trading statement that the average spend is over £100, and within that there’s rather a high proportion of fruits and vegetables. So Ocado specifically look to offer depth of range which is very important in fresh foods,” says Watkins.“The next stepping point which includes fresh is for retailers to find a way of delivering smaller baskets more often, profitably.“If fresh is part of your meal occasion at night, shoppers will have to pay more for that in the future in my view because it becomes very expensive for any retailer, whether it be Tesco, Amazon or Ocado, to fulfil that.”Subscription services the “next big thing” for e-commerceWatkins emphasises that as only 7 percent of FMCG purchases are online. That means the vast majority are still in physical stores.“That isn’t going to go anywhere soon – what we’re seeing as the future growth of fresh food as a destination online is still to be proven,” he clarifies. “If you look at all the expenditure online, people buy lots of different products within their online shopping basket. But only 5 percent of those online baskets are 100 percent fresh.”He says this is a broad trend in what is still a “very specific” category, where e-commerce is not yet happening instead of the bigger shop for households.“In heavily urbanised cities or regions, be it in the UK or Korea, there’s a market for having fresh foods delivered within the area, but the number of items that people are buying is going to be a handful, so we need to look at it somewhat differently,” says Watkins.“Similarly to alcohol and confectionery, there’s a need for theatre and in-house experience within the whole fresh environment, to be able to touch the products and see the display, which is obviously a key part.“That’s why fresh online delivery and specifically fresh baskets are still in their infancy.”He describes delivery packs and subscription models as “probably the next big thing in online grocery shopping”.“That’s because if you subscribe to the benefits of having a subscription, you’re more likely to shop more often, and if you’re shopping more often, you’re more likely to buy more fresh food.”Like the Amazon Prime subscription service that offers same-day delivery, leading UK supermarkets are also offering subscription services, generally incentivising longer subscription periods with more competitive pricing for annual deals.Examples include Tesco’s Click+Collect Delivery Saver, Asda’s Delivery Pass and Sainsbury’s Saver Delivery Pass. Many of these plans offer consumers better pricing for mid-week delivery between Tuesday and Thursday, but what they all share is a £40 minimum spend or else the purchase includes a delivery fee.Earlier this month (October), Waitrose took the model a step further with the announcement of a trial allowing consumers to have their online grocery purchases delivered while they’re out.Using Yale smart-lock technology, customers give a Waitrose delivery driver the ability to enter their home with a temporary access code sent to the retailer via a secure app. The code is then sent to the driver’s device at the time the customer has booked for the delivery and is deleted once the delivery is complete.The retailer will test demand for the “While You’re Away” service with 100 customers within the delivery area of its dotcom fulfilment centre in Coulsdon, South London. Participants in the trial will need to make minimum orders of £25 and a minimum number of six orders.If the trial is successful, the retailer hopes to make the service available to more than 1,000 customers in spring 2019.“There is certainly an increasing demand among our customers to make shopping with us even more convenient to fit around their busy lifestyles,” said Waitrose’s head of business development Archie Mason.“Rather than waiting for a delivery or trying to put everything away, it gives customers more flexibility to use that time differently, including more time enjoying cooking and eating the food they’ve bought.“The concept of ‘in-home delivery’ has started to prove popular in other countries, so we are keen to establish if there is an appetite for it in the UK.’”Two more omni-channel trends to watch: Meal kits and sustainable packagingWatkins highlights two other key trends that will shape the future of fresh produce sales, with implications for online, as well.The first is meal kits, building on trends around recipes and meal delivery services.“If you go back about 10 years in the UK, chilled ready meals in a box to put in the microwave, that was a big, growing category,” he says.“When you look at the online space, it’s more like innovation by meal kits where you buy the product to prepare and cook yourself.“That hits the other part of online food shopping, which is Just Eats and HelloFresh, where you’re actually buying the ingredients for the meal that creates, which is different to having it in a box and putting it in the microwave.”He says meal kits are more orientated to higher-end, bigger expenditure demographics, but “clearly there’s a good profit margin in the industry, and that’s where the innovation is going”.The second issue relates to the mass consumer movement against plastic waste and a need to provide more recyclable and sustainable packaging, while at the same time still protecting the product and therefore product quality.“That’s a big topic in the UK – when you’re having product delivered to the home or from pick and collect, they still need to be packed correctly,” Watkins says. “It’s really only in the past 12 months that the supermarkets have started to take a lead role on this, so it’s all about the overall brand and the brand equity and retailer equity.“It’s not yet specifically for online – when you shop at these retailers, you can trust them to be doing all these right things that you expect them to do.”For more on omni-channel retailing, check out the home page for the Amsterdam Produce Summit, which features articles and speakers who be focusing on the topic at this year’s conference from 12-14 November. 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