CanniMed says hostile takeover bid by Aurora weighing on share value

first_imgTORONTO – CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is urging its shareholders to reject a hostile takeover bid by competitor Aurora Cannabis Inc., criticizing the value of the proposed deal and its effect on its share price.In a letter to shareholders released Wednesday, the Saskatoon-based medical marijuana producer said its shares are trading above Aurora’s offer of $24 and would likely be higher if it were not for the all-stock hostile bid.CanniMed said Aurora is offering shares that were worth only half as much just two weeks before its hostile bid was announced last fall and that it is inferior to its own proposed acquisition of Tragically Hip-backed Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP).“The combination of CanniMed and Newstrike creates a major player across the Canadian recreational and global medical markets and will be valued as such,” CanniMed said in the letter to shareholders.“We see a clear path to $37 per CanniMed share — or more.”Aurora formally launched its hostile takeover bid for CanniMed in late November on the condition that CanniMed cancel its own planned acquisition and said its offer will remain on the table until March 9.Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Aurora, said in an emailed statement that he took issue with what he called “misleading” information attributed to him in the shareholder letter that he said was taken out of context.He later said in a telephone interview that CanniMed’s letter “just reeks of desperation.”Stock commentary website Citron Research said Wednesday that Aurora is “the weakest player in the space,” arguing that the company’s hostile bid for CanniMed shows that the company irresponsibly allocates capital. Citron said Aurora “is spending $600 million on the deal when the barriers to entry are deteriorating.”Citron also said Aurora’s stock should retrace 50 per cent, setting its short-term share target at $6.50.Battley said Aurora’s acquisitions have “benefited both our shareholders and their companies,” pointing to its investments in Radient Technologies Inc. (TSXV:RTI), Hempco Food and Fiber (TSXV:HEMP) and Cann Group in Australia.“Our strategic investments with our partners have increased in value from $40 million to $180 million, or about a 350% growth since we made those investments,” he said.The acrimonious takeover battle between the two marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight last month at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions.The Ontario Securities Commission ruled on Dec. 22 that any securities issued by CanniMed as a defence against a hostile takeover by Aurora will be cease-traded. Aurora, for its part, will be required to amend its takeover bid circular and related press releases to include certain information that could affect CanniMed’s shareholders when they decide to accept or reject an offer.Shares of CanniMed (TSX:CMED) closed 7.25 per cent higher, at $26.13, while Aurora (TSX:ACB) closed up 20.3 per cent, at $14.18 at the end of trading Wednesday.last_img read more

Just say no to exploitation UN anticrime chief says in drive to

“Moral outrage is not going to stop the traffickers,” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said in a speech in New York last night. “We need to change their risk and return balance, lowering their incentives to trade and increasing the threat of retribution.“That means less demand for the products and services of exploited people: no cheap labour-intensive goods, no sex holidays, no conflict diamonds or pearls, no free toxic waste disposal, no inexpensive home services,” he added.Mr. Costa urged UN Member States to ensure that a major conference on human trafficking in Abu Dhabi in March produces concrete results to help end the trade in human beings. Around 1,000 representatives from government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other bodies will attend what is expected to be the largest-ever conference on human trafficking.The Government of the United Arab Emirates will host the Abu Dhabi Global Initiative to End Trafficking in Persons from 26-28 March, with UNODC the support.Mr Costa stressed the trade in human beings for exploitation in forced labour or the sex trade was thriving because it was lucrative and firm action is needed to curb demand. He urged all Member States to implement the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.The March meeting is part of the global momentum building against trafficking in persons. “Greater attention to this modern form of slavery is spurring people and States to act,” Mr. Costa said.“There have been conferences that have changed the world’s views on development assistance, the conditions of women, or the danger of the AIDS pandemic. So I urge you to attend and propose concrete initiatives to make the Abu Dhabi meeting the anti-slavery counterpart of these successful events.”Among the expected outcomes is the establishment of a clearing-house for internationally comparable data on trafficking in persons. “At the moment we all are in a statistical fog,” Mr. Costa said. read more

Songs by U2 Bob Dylan others play starring role in Super Bowl

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Music is taking centre stage at the Super Bowl — and not just during the halftime show.Bank of America will have rock band U2 sing a new song during a commercial break. Pop band OneRepublic jams in a Bud Light ad. And the legendary Bob Dylan’s 1966 hit “I Want You” will appear in a Chobani yogurt spot.The focus on music comes as many advertisers look for ways to engage the 108 million viewers who are expected to tune in during the Super Bowl. With each 30-second spot costing an estimated $4 million, many companies are turning away from controversial or “gross” spots that might offend. By focusing on music, experts say advertisers will be able to reach a wide swath of people.“Advertisers are following the lead of what really spreads culturally,” said David Berkowitz, chief marketing officer of Publicis’ digital ad agency MRY. “The conversation around the Grammys and the VMAs keeps getting bigger. If you look at the most followed celebrities on places like Twitter its people like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.”— U2 SINGING: The biggest music stunt of the night includes U2 singing a new single, “Invisible,” during the break between the first and second quarters for Bank of America. The bank is promoting its partnership with AIDS non-profit (RED). The song will be a free download on iTunes during the game and for the following 24 hours and Bank of America will donate $1 each time it is downloaded to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.— BOB DYLAN: Folk singer Bob Dylan lends a track to a Chobani ad running in the third-quarter that shows a bear ransacking a small-town store until he finds the yogurt. There are reports that Dylan also will be making an appearance in a Chrysler ad.— ONEREPUBLIC: Bud Light also will lean heavily on music. One ad will debut a new song by DJ and producer Afrojack, “Ten Feet Tall,” that will be available for a free download after the commercial. Another ad shows a man being led on a spontaneous adventure after he accepts a Bud Light from a stranger and ends with the man on stage during a concert with the pop band OneRepublic.— ELLEN DEGENERES: Beats Music makes its Super Bowl debut with an ad starring comedian Ellen Degeneres doing her take on the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears: she dances to different people’s playlists until she finds one just right for her party.Whether the focus on music will help brands stand out remains to be seen, but Tim Calkins, marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Business in Northwestern, said the key will be connecting music back to the brand.“The risk with music is you don’t want the song to overshadow the brand,” he says. “As advertisers embrace music, you’ve got to make sure the brand doesn’t get lost.” Songs by U2, Bob Dylan, others play starring role in Super Bowl ads AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2014 7:59 am MDT read more

Ohio State womens basketball has no problem handling Nebraska 9670

If there is any time to have complete focus on the mission that has been set for the No. 5 Ohio State (22-4, 14-1) women’s basketball team, it’s now, and the players are well aware.With the postseason in the near future, the Buckeyes continue to possess the “one game at a time” mentality that many teams live by, and they had Nebraska (17-9, 8-7) down to a science right from the jump, routing the Cornhuskers 96-70.Both the Buckeyes and the Huskers immediately sprung out to a fast-paced start, with Nebraska scoring within the first 15 seconds and OSU answering right after.Although the Scarlet and Gray controlled the pace of the game and showcased an abundance of energy, senior Ameryst Alston said they still believe they can do better in that realm.“In the first half, our intensity wasn’t quite there,” the guard said after the game. “We weren’t really in the right spots, but in the second half we made adjustments.”Nebraska’s first-half scoring attack was led by its freshman forward Jessica Shepard, who was nothing but smooth on the block, showing that she is one of the top post players in the Big Ten. She scored 12 points prior to the break.Shepard’s 6-foot-4 frame and ability to convert a close-range hook shot with both hands made it difficult for her to be stopped. The Buckeyes’ forwards were able to limit Shepard to 20 points by the end of the match thanks to the tempo that they initiated, forcing Shepard to limit her playing time due to fast-break style that the Buckeyes followed.When the Huskers were able to get the ball into Shepard, they had a lot more productivity within their offensive possessions. Having the basketball IQ of a veteran point guard, Shepard knew when it was appropriate to look for her own shot or to find an open teammate.“Jessica Shepard is so good, that if you are going to let them walk the ball down and pound it in to her, it’s going to be a long night for us,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.But as a result of OSU’s scheming to limit Shepard, the night ended up not being all that long.The Buckeyes followed the path of their most recent 2,000-point scorer, Alston, who went a perfect 3-of-3 in the first quarter, later ending the half with 12 points. Alston continued to orchestrate the OSU offense, finishing the game with 16 points and three assists.It was Hart’s 14th consecutive game in double-figure scoring. A Dec. 31 game against Michigan State was the last time she scored in single digits. Sophomore forward Alexa Hart remained an efficient shooter for McGuff’s team, going 8-of-10 from the field and maintaining her No. 3 rank in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (64.6 percent). Hart completed the evening with 18 points and nine rebounds.In the last 20 minutes of play, it was difficult for the Huskers to come back and make a run on the Buckeyes.The tenacious defense from OSU’s guards forced several Nebraska mistakes and made it difficult for any of the Husker ball-handlers to get the rock in Shepard’s hands.OSU sophomore guards Asia Doss and Kelsey Mitchell were the triggers to the Buckeye defensive energy, tipping and stealing a multitude of balls and creating havoc for Nebraska. Doss would finish the game with four steals, while her and Mitchell combined for a flurry of deflections, a statistic that goes unrecognized by the stat book.On the offensive end, Doss and Mitchell finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively.Besides limiting Nebraska’s Shepard to an average scoring night, the Buckeyes were able to shut down sophomore guard Natalie Romeo, who is No. 2 in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made with 86 on the season. Romeo went 1-of-6 from behind the arc, having to rush each one of her shots due to the limited space she received from the several Buckeyes who had the opportunity to guard her.“(Limiting Romeo) was one of the goals,” Alston said. “She does a lot for her team hitting her threes.”With only three games left in the regular season, OSU will continue to have the same mentality: one game at a time.On deck, the Buckeyes will host Illinois (9-17, 2-13) at the Schottenstein Center on Sunday. The program will recognize seniors Alston and Cait Craft in the final regular-season home game of the year.The match between OSU and the Fighting Illini is set to tip off at 2 p.m. OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) is honored before a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more

Wanted man arrested over alleged false imprisonment

first_imgDETECTIVES INVESTIGATING AN alleged incident of false imprisonment of a young woman in Dublin last Sunday have arrested a 47-year-old man.The suspect is known to gardaí and was also wanted on separate charges. He is currently being questioned in relation to the attempted attack near Dorset Street.He was detained this morning in the Beaumont area of Dublin shortly after 9am. It is understood he was in hospital and gardaí were waiting for him to discharge himself before making the arrest.He is currently being held at Mountjoy Garda Station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.According to a report by Ken Foy in yesterday’s Herald newspaper, the manhunt was established after a woman escaped an attacker by jumping out of a hotel room window. The suspect has already served time in prison for kidnap and sexual assault.Spy agency MI5 ‘approached’ suspect soldier killer, says childhood friendlast_img read more

Aaron McKenna The good times must be back if well turn away

first_imgMUCH HAS BEEN made of the wall to wall Garth Brooks coverage rolling over the past few days, but The Guardian put it succinctly when it pointed out that the equivalent of 10% of the Irish population had bought a ticket to one of his concerts in Dublin.Five concerts over as many nights would pack Croke Park. Some 70,000 of the tickets had been sold to people abroad, who were due to fly in to Ireland and bring their wallets with them. Of the other 330,000 an innumerable amount would be opening their wallets to hotels, pubs, restaurants and other businesses.When One Direction played Croke Park, the Dublin Town Group reckoned that each concert goer was worth an additional €44 to the local economy. This is atop what is being generated by the concert itself – the cost to stage it – and those who are flying in to Ireland to see it.€17.6 million is how much these cancelled concerts will cost Dubliners in wages, taxes and business. Even if Brooks agreed to stage three rather than five concerts, Dublin City Council will have thrown away €7 million for the local economy.Turning away good moneyFor all the moaning in the country, the good times must really be back in swing if we’d turn away 400,000 people from attending a cultural event, the likes of which we were breaking our backs to get into the country only recently. The whole driver of events like The Gathering and the City of Culture or various fairs and shows that go on through the summer, in particular, is the economy.Simply put, people who attend an event – be it the Dublin Flower Show, the Galway Races or a concert in Croke Park – open their wallets more freely than if they’re sat at home. People get to enjoy themselves, and in the process they create jobs and help businesses grow. It’s a virtuous cycle.Residents need to be listened toThere are concerns among residents who live near Croke Park, and these need to be listened to. Events at Croke Park, or anywhere else, need to be managed as best as possible to take account of the people living on the routes in and out of the venue.It is unreasonable, however, for a few hundred people to block an event that will stimulate the economy by bringing hundreds of thousands to an event. Now, let me caveat that quite clearly: the ends don’t always justify the means, and I wouldn’t suggest that if a few hundred people standing in the way of the concert we should bulldoze their houses with them in it. But here we’re talking about needing people to make accommodations, for which they can and should be compensated.‘Subject to license’There are all kinds of arguments flying around about the minutiae of the thing, as we so often get swept into during any national debate in Ireland.The canard of the event being sold subject to license is being thrown around, with the Green Party’s North Inner City councillor Ciarán Cuffe questioning, “how many people were silly enough to book plane tickets from New Zealand before planning was approved”.Well, most events are sold subject to license. Indeed, the licensing system in this country is impractical in that to be commercially viable, that’s the only way to do it for big events. But that’s another debate for another day. In short, these concerts were not unusual to be sold this way and this is the rare exception of an event looking like it may have to be cancelled.Take yourself away from silly arguments like Cuffe’s, which expects that concert goers in this case exercise probity that virtually no other concert goer has had to in recent memory, and we come back to the main point: an event that will see the equivalent of 10% of the population come and open their wallets in Croke Park is being cancelled because of NIMBYism, weak local government and downright economic stupidity.Parochial eejitsEven many residents of the area affected by concerts are now questioning the minority of those local activists who have brought us here. There is a more sensible approach than demanding concerts be cancelled, just as there is a fair comment to be made about the organisers of the concert being overzealous in selling it before getting full buy in.The tickets have been sold for these concerts. Apart from the economic losses, we look like a pack of parochial eejits to cancel five sold-out shows at this stage. These shows should go ahead, and the organizers should take ample care to look after the residents; clean their streets and gardens if needs be; and compensate them for their troubles.Going forward, an arrangement should be made with Croke Park residents and those around any other venue that sets out what can and can’t be accommodated. This will at least take out uncertainty and prevent this sort of embarrassment happening again. I don’t think residents should have it all their own way, mind you – if there is a commercial push for big stadium events, we shouldn’t be turning our noses up at the business. But perhaps it should be paced through the year and capped at something less than one or two per month if that’s what we can get in.Still, at least this has proven one thing: we’re clearly feeling more bullish about the economy if this is even a debate.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for TheJournal.ie. He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at aaronmckenna.com or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.Read: Garth Brooks debacle: The international coverageRead: Some Croke Park residents are signing a petition to reinstate all five concertslast_img read more

Monster Tumbleweed Invades US

first_imgA hybrid species of giant tumbleweed once expected to go extinct is alive and well—and growing.Salsola ryanii, according to a study from the University of California Riverside, develops more “vigorously” than its parent plants thanks to a double set of their chromosomes.“[This] is a nasty species replacing other nasty species of tumbleweed in the US,” study co-author and UCR professor Norman Ellstrand said in a statement. “It’s healthier than earlier versions, and now we know why.”Humans are diploid organisms, meaning we are conceived with one set each of male and female chromosomes.Plants, on the other hand, can produce triploid offspring—with three sets of chromosomes—that survive but are unable to reproduce themselves.Then there’s hybrid plants, like Salsola ryanii, which manage to obtain two copies from Mom and two copies from Dad—also known as polyploidy.Domesticated peanuts, for instance, have four sets of chromosomes; wheat has six.Scientists have long assumed there must be some kind of evolutionary advantage to having multiple sets of chromosomes.“Typically, when something is new, and it’s the only one of its kind, that’s a disadvantage,” according to co-author Shana Welles, a former UCR graduate student. “There’s nobody exactly like you to mate with.”The benefit, it turns out, is that the hybrid plant grows more robustly than either of its parents.Despite its frequent use as a symbol of humor, tumbleweed is no joke.Some species are serious weeds that absorb moisture from soil and promote wind erosion.Others—especially if thorny—can knot themselves together until they form piles that no longer roll. These physical barriers may block roadways or even trap vehicles or buildings and their occupants inside a massive fire hazard.Study co-author Shana Welles discovered this tumbleweed specimen in Riverside (via University of California, Riverside)Be afraid. Be very afraid: More resolute than its progenitors—which are invasive in 48 states—Salsola ryanii’s range is likely to continue spreading. Climate change could also increase its territory takeover.This species of tumbleweed tends to grow on the later side of winter, and is often “one of the only things that’s still green in later summer,” Welles said.“They may be well positioned to take advantage of summer rains if climate changes make those more prevalent,” she added.Given its penchant for mayhem, the more we know about Salsola ryanii the better.Ellstrand believes any knowledge of this hybrid hoodlum could be important for helping to suppress it.“An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure,” he said.The team’s findings were published recently in the journal AoB Plants.More on Geek.com:Huge, Invasive Lizard Finally Captured in FloridaInvasive Rabbits Ruined Ecosystem of Isolated IslandsInvasive Pest Tunicate Finds New Role as Sustainable Materiallast_img read more

Domestic Violence Awareness called for by PDM Leader Police extend questioning of

first_img Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 May 2015 – The Leader of the Opposition PDM says she is incensed by the violence being played out against women recently; one of those women dying at the hands of her attacker. Hon Shalene Robinson said the battery of laws recently passed at the House of Assembly, as she put it, “provided greater rights and protection of and for women, parents and children. Among these pieces of Legislation was the Domestic Violence Legislation which secured greater rights and protection and called for greater resources.” Robinson believes, that in light of the two attacks – one a stabbing death, the other a woman lit on fire – there should be a mobilization of relevant agencies to begin “educating women and other persons in domestic relationships on the rights and provisions under this new Bill and also to provide the much needed resources for those who may need practical assistance.” Sharlene Robinson also expressed concern at a home invasion which, she said, “left one of our sisters battered and we are truly saddened by this event as we continue to see a serious change in the way we are used to living in our homeland.” The man police believe responsible for the Monday afternoon stabbing death of a 44 year old Haitian woman has already been to court; but not for formal charges to be laid. The Police got more time to question the suspect from the judge; ten days more. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:domestic violence, Hon Sharlene Robinson, Pdm, police TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

Have Questions The World Soy Foundation is Hosting a Twitter QA on

first_imgThe World Soy Foundation (WSF) will host a Twitter Q&A titled “International School Feeding: Soy as a Hunger Solution” on World Hunger Day May 28. A panel of experts including, Cade Fields-Gardner, Kent Holt, Jim Hershey and Nayeli Vilanova, will respond to your questions,.Check out their short bios on the WSF website to learn more about them!We’re starting to field questions, so if you have something you’re dying to ask, send a direct message to the WSF Twitter (@theWSF) or to our Facebook. You can also email your questions to awightman@soy.org and they may be included in the discussion on May 28!Be sure to follow the Q&A on World Hunger Day using hashtags #whd2014 and/or #soypower. A summary of the questions and answers will also be shared after the discussion is complete on the May 28 if you’re not an active Twitter follower. We look forward to answering your questions!last_img read more

Woodland woman hurt in I5 crash

first_imgA Woodland woman was injured Monday afternoon when she lost control of her 1994 Chevrolet Corvette on northbound Interstate 5 near Ridgefield.Rebecca Dye, 59, “lost control due to water on the roadway during heavy downpour,” the Washington State Patrol reported. The crash happened at 4:01 p.m. near the state truck scalehouse.Dye was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center where she was listed in good condition Monday night. Dye was cited for driving too fast for conditions.last_img

Apparently Seabirds Dine on Plastic Because They Think It Tastes Good

first_imgStay on target Watch: Girl Gets Hit in the Face By Bird During Roller Coaster RideWatch: Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo Has More Moves Than You Why might otherwise intelligent seabirds be chowing down on plastic trash as if it were a delicious feast? It’s hard to say, but a new study published in Science Advances suggests that the fact that the way some trash smells actually mirrors dying algae and other similar scents.It might sound bizarre, but these birds are putting themselves in harm’s way by eating these poisonous plastics because they simply smell appetizing. What makes this strange is the fact that, until around the mid-20th century, Popular Science explains, researchers weren’t actually sure that birds could smell.Of course, right now we all know better, and according to Matthew Savoca, lead author of the research paper in Science Advances, seabirds need a good sense of smell above all else because they get their food from the ocean and other large expanses.“In other words, they are looking for a needle in a haystack,” Savoca explained.So the fact that plastic rubbish smells like algae and other similarly appetizing grub for seabirds makes sense, especially the idea that they’d zero in on the first item that smells even remotely delicious if they haven’t eaten for a while.“Tube-nosed seabirds use their incredible sense of smell to locate areas to feed well before they can see them. Our work does not disprove that plastic might also look like food to some marine animals that eat it,” Savoca explained. “Quite the opposite in fact, if plastic looks and smells like food it is probably more likely to be confused with food than if it just looked like food. The way the plastic appears visually, from the organism’s perspective (not what it looks like to us) is important to consider.”The smell that’s given off, in fact, is a chemical compound called dimethyl sulfide (DMS.) It’s one of the main chemical signals that’s given off by algae, so it ends up smelling a whole lot like the same kind of trash the birds would actually eat. It’s not great news, of course, because the plastic debris isn’t good for the poor creatures, but at least we know why they gobble it up like it’s going out of style now.last_img read more

This Diwali dazzle with handcrafted jewellery

first_imgShyam Sundar Co. Jewellers welcomed Goddess Lakshmi with a sparkle of Gold and Diamond as they unveiled their new festive collection at Lake Club, Kolkata.The special festive collection ‘Dhanteras Dazzle’ is a collection of Gold, Diamond and Kundan Jewellery which is extraordinarily hand-crafted, traditional and contemporary. The collection was unveiled in the glamorous presence of actor Priyanka Sarkar along with the winner of Sharad Sundari 2016, Ahiri Biswas and Sharad Sundari 2016 (Best Figure) Suchismita Bar. Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers was also present at the launch. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe high-quality diamond which is available in rings, earrings, bracelet, pendant etc. is reasonably priced starting from Rs. 10,000 onwards. The collection of Gold is starting from Rs 3,000 and the price of the Kundan Jewellery are starting from Rs 50,000. At Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers, designs are crafted keeping a modern woman’s choice and also her convenience. Keeping this view, the Kundan Meena jewellery collection has been designed from light to heavy weight jewellery with coloured precious and semi-precious stones. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers said, “The spark and glamorous look of the Gold and Diamond have the power to set a smile on every lady’s face. The ‘Dhanteras Dazzle’ as the name goes would make the occasion precious for all, as the look and glaze of the collection make one feel vibrant and all set for the big festival Diwali. We assure the best and customized jewellery that would go with the taste of today’s women. He also stated, “Jewellery purchases exceeding Rs. 50,000 won’t require Aadhaar Card to be provided after the government reversed an earlier notification, providing a big festive cheer for the sector and potential customers. So it has become very accessible for those who are interested to purchase jewellery for welcoming the festivity as well as the upcoming wedding season”.The “Dhanteras” offer would be on until October 18 with 20% discount on making charges of Gold Jewellery, 100% discount on making charges of Diamond Jewellery, 15% discount on various Gems Stone and assured gift on every purchase. The collection is available at all the showrooms of Shyam Sundar Co. Jewellers.last_img read more

macOS 1015 Will Kill 32Bit Apps What You Should Do

first_img Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Author Bio Henry T. Casey, on Henry T. Casey, center_img As we approach yet another major macOS update — macOS 10.15 is expected to arrive at WWDC 2019 — it appears that time’s running out on some of the apps we’ve collected over the years. Specifically, apps that trigger a warning that reads, “This app needs to be updated by its developer to improve compatibility,” upon opening.Apps that set off this warning are stuck in the 32-bit past, and not the 64-bit present-day architecture. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith rang the alarm of 32-bit apps going away, tweeting, “Dashboard isn’t the only thing gone in 10.15 — so is 32-bit app & plugin support.”Curious about how that will affect your life? Here’s our guide on how to look for 32-bit apps on your Mac, apps that will make you want to resist updating.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/macos-10-15-warning-32-bit-apps?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 But what if you find out that an app you rely on is still 32 bit? Well, you’ve got two options: First, contact the app’s developer from their website and ask for it to be changed (they’ve known about this since 2017). Alternatively, you can find an alternative app that solves your need.How to Check for 32-bit Apps on Mac1. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner.2. Select About This Mac.3. Select System Report…4. In the left menu, scroll down to software and select Applications.5. Click and drag the lower right corner of the screen to expand the window, so that the 64-bit apps column appears.6. Click 64-bit apps, to sort the apps.Here, you’ll see the 32-bit apps that are not going to work in macOS 10.15. Follow my tips above to find your way to a solution.Credit: Laptop Mag by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoForbes.comLebron’s Home Made This Forbes ListForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

In the war on terror CIA turned to toys

first_imgRelated posts:Torture report revives CIA’s rogue image US Senate panel votes to release CIA interrogation report My client, a CIA torture victim Cuban-born ex-CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles hospitalized after crash For more than a decade, the CIA has deployed drones, satellites, spies, informants and tracking devices to thwart al-Qaeda in Pakistan.The spy agency also considered a plan to wage war with toys.Beginning in about 2005, the CIA began secretly developing a custom-made Osama bin Laden action figure, according to people familiar with the project. The faces of the figures were painted with a heat-dissolving material, designed to peel off and reveal a red-faced bin Laden who looked like a demon, with piercing green eyes and black facial markings.The goal of the short-lived project was simple: spook children and their parents, causing them to turn away from the actual bin Laden.The code-name for the bin Laden figures was “Devil Eyes,” and to create them the CIA turned to one of the best minds in the toy business, said those familiar with the project, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the project publicly.The toymaker was Donald Levine, the former Hasbro executive who was instrumental in the creation of the wildly popular G.I. Joe toys that generated more than $5 billion in sales after hitting the shelves in 1964.The CIA’s interest in Levine was two-fold: He had an eye for toys and a vast network of contacts in China, where the bin Laden action figures were ultimately manufactured. Levine had done business there for nearly 60 years and had the means to have the action figures discreetly developed and manufactured.Levine died in May at age 86, after a lengthy battle with cancer. In response to questions about his work on the bin Laden toys, his family said in a statement: “Don Levine was a dedicated Patriot, and proud Korean War veteran. When called on, he was honored to assist our country.”There’s a dispute over how many of the figurines, if any, were ultimately delivered. A person with direct knowledge of the project in China said hundreds of the toys — one of which was seen by The Washington Post — were made as part of a pre-production run and sent on a freighter to the Pakistani city of Karachi in 2006.The CIA, while not disputing that it had commissioned the bin Laden figures, said the project was discontinued shortly after the prototypes were developed.“To our knowledge, there were only three individual action figures ever created, and these were merely to show what a final product might look like,” said CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani. “After being presented with these examples, the CIA declined to pursue this idea and did not produce or distribute any of these action figures. Furthermore, CIA has no knowledge of these action figures being produced or distributed by others.”Regardless of how far the “Devil Eyes” project proceeded, it appears to have borne all the hallmarks of what are known as influence operations in intelligence parlance. As part of its covert action programs, the agency has for decades tried to win the hearts and minds of local populations or turn them against a particular ideology.During the Cold War, for instance, the CIA secretly published both Western and Russian literature for distribution behind the Iron Curtain, created Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, subsidized intellectual magazines, underwrote concert tours and art exhibitions, and bankrolled academic seminars.The agency also used young provocateurs to disrupt communist youth festivals and dropped propaganda leaflets from balloons.All of it — from the high brow to the high jinks — was designed to either undermine the Soviet Union and its satellites or bolster support for the United States in key countries around the world.Those efforts continued after the end of the Cold War. Prior to the U.S. invasion of Haiti in 1994, for instance, the CIA distributed soccer balls to demonstrate the generosity of the United States.“It made them feel good about Americans,” a former CIA official said. “We were there trying to prepare the way for the military.”Little is known about the kind of influence operations the CIA has run since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as part of the broader fight against al-Qaida and Islamist extremism.In Afghanistan, the CIA had locals broadcast propaganda from a forward operating base known as Camp Chapman in Khost province, the same base where seven CIA officers were later killed in a 2009 suicide bombing.“Some of these have been considered successful and some have not been successful,” said Arturo Munoz, a former CIA officer who teaches a course at Georgetown University on covert action, who stressed that he was referring only to decades-old declassified operations.The bin Laden venture began in 2005 as a plan to give its allies in the Afghanistan region material that could be handed out to children to build goodwill. The handouts included toys, school supplies such as pencils, and notebooks.“It appealed to [Levine] because it had nothing to do with actually hurting someone,” said a person familiar with his decision to get involved. “It was the softer side of the CIA.”The agency approved the production of the gift items, which were put in backpacks for distribution — blue for boys and pink for girls.CIA officials later approached Levine about the possibility of producing the bin Laden figures and having them sent to Pakistan or Afghanistan. Levine was initially ambivalent about the project but would later throw himself into the work, according to the people familiar with the project.Levine developed prototypes before settling on a standard 12-inch figure with the unique facial features. Bin Laden’s head was superimposed on a figurine that was already in production in the Chinese city of Dongguan.A Chinese artist took publicly available photographs of bin Laden and created an image that was strikingly close in appearance to the al-Qaida leader. The final prototype was dressed in traditional garb and packaged in a cheap box covered with plastic and presented to the CIA for approval. Levine was said to have been pleased with the final bin Laden product.Although the CIA said it decided not to move forward with the operation, at least one of the figures remains at the agency’s headquarters.© 2014, The Washington Post  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Freddie Mac Hires Daniel Gardner as Single Family VP of Affordable Lending

first_imgFreddie Mac Hires Daniel Gardner as Single Family VP of Affordable Lending and Access to Credit in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share Daniel GardnerFreddie Mac has hired Daniel Gardner as the company’s Single Family VP of Affordable Lending and Access to Credit. Gardner, who the company says is a “long time champion of affordable lending in the mortgage finance industry,” will officially join on March 30 of this year.“We are excited that Danny is joining us,” said David Lowman, EVP of Single Family Business, in a press release. “He has more than twenty years of experience making home financing affordable and sustainable for low-and moderate-income borrowers across the country.”Gardner has held leadership positions at the National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) and the affordable lending operation at some of the nation’s leading mortgage lenders. This is experience is why Freddie Mac believes Gardner will bring significant experience and a great depth of knowledge to the role.“Danny also has well established relationships with many of our customers as well as the non-profit organizations dedicated to affordable lending,” said Lowman. “I am confident Danny’s knowledge, executive abilities and long dedication to affordable homeownership will create new opportunities for our customers and Freddie Mac to serve the nation’s borrowers.”At Freddie Mac, Gardner will be responsible for the company’s efforts to responsibly increase the availability of affordable mortgage credit for low and moderate income borrowers and underserved communities. Before joining Freddie Mac, Gardner worked for Capital One as the VP for Community Reinvestment Act Business Development and Multicultural Lending. He had held that position since 2013.Gardner was the COO of the NCST from 2009 to 2013. The NCST is a non-profit organization who works with Freddie Mac and other national financial institutions to stabilize local communities by turning foreclosed homes into new homeownership opportunities for eligible low and moderate income families. Before working for the NCST, Gardner spent 13 years in progressive management roles at CitiMortgage Inc. and was the company’s SVP and National Director for Strategic Markets between 2006 and 2008.center_img Daniel Gardner Freddie Mac NCST 2015-03-19 Samantha Guzman March 19, 2015 624 Views last_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories “You’ve got to be careful and limit his snaps some, but we’re going to try to feed him as much as we can without beating him up.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Running back Andre Ellington has been a revelation for the Arizona Cardinals.A sixth-round pick out of Clemson, he is averaging 6.4 yards per carry on 28 rushing attempts, and has caught 20 passes for 190 yards. He has scored via the run and the pass, and has proven to be an effective weapon for Bruce Arians and the offense.Yet, the coaching staff has maintained a desire to limit Ellington’s reps, believing the 5-foot-9, 199-pound player is not built to handle an every-down back’s workload. Comments   Share   He may see a bit of an increase in reps Sunday, though, as starting running back Rashard Mendenhall missed his third straight day of practice Friday and may not suit up when the Cardinals host the Atlanta Falcons.“If Rashard can’t go we’ll start with Andre and then use Stepfan (Taylor),” Arians said Friday.The most carries Ellington has received in a game thus far is seven, and he has had no more than 12 touches in any contest this season.Ellington, who averaged just more than 15 carries per game his senior year at Clemson, said he does not have a “set number” of how many times he can touch the ball in a given game. “I just go out there and play ball,” he said. “If you start thinking about those things then you limit your skill set.”Ellington said he’s already been playing the majority of offensive snaps anyway, adding that he’s good with whatever role the coaching staff has in mind for him.Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, who said Ellington’s success has not really been all that surprising, adding there is a balance between handling the rookie with care while trying to get maximum production from the dynamic running back. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgBritish Airways (BA) is to launch a new route to the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis beginning next year.BA flights to St Kitts will be introduced from January 10th 2009, departing from London’s Gatwick Airport.Adam Daniels, head of leisure sales, said: “This new route to St Kitts underlines our commitment both to the Caribbean and Gatwick and re-establishes a connection between the UK and the island.”The introduction of St Kitts as a British Airways route means that we now operate to 11 destinations in the Caribbean. The region is performing extremely well for us.”BA’s chief executive Willie Walsh recently sought to allay concern that flights from Glasgow Airport would be cut by the airline in an interview with the Scotsman.”There are no plans to reduce our services,” he explained. The comments follow a BA decision to close its cabin crew base at Glasgow.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBA to introduce new flights to the CaribbeanBritish Airways will launch new flights to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Montego Bay in Jamaica this winter.Essential guide to 10 of the best Caribbean islandsConsidering a holiday to the paradise islands of the Caribbean? Planning a Caribbean cruise and trying to decide which beaches to hit? Whether you’re booking a family holiday, searching for a dream honeymoon or just wanting sand, sea and rum cocktails, here’s an essential guide to 10 of the best…BA plans revamp at JFKBA plans revamp at JFKlast_img read more

Netflix cofounder Marc Randolph has book out in S

first_imgNetflix co-founder Marc Randolph has book out in September by The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2019 8:34 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NEW YORK — An upcoming book by Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph turned out differently than he had expected.Randolph’s “That Will Never Work” is coming out Sept. 17, Little, Brown and Company announced Tuesday. Randolph had intended to write a how-to book, but ended up writing more about his life, working in lessons he learned along the way. He will also share some encounters with fellow business giants, like the time in the late 1990s when he and Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings considered selling the company to Amazon.com.Randolph, who left Netflix in 2002, said he took a more personal approach at the suggestion of his editor, Phil Marino. He told The Associated Press during a recent interview that he wanted to write an “honest” memoir, covering both mistakes and triumphs.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Drugs seized after car chase Updated

first_imgTwo men were remanded for four days in Limassol on Monday after police arrested them red handed with drugs and weapons in their car.At around 3.50am officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a routine check. Instead of stopping the car sped away and was only immobilised after it hit two police cars which followed in hot pursuit.The driver, a 30-year-old resident of Limassol, attacked two of the officers when they attempted to search the car.A half-smoked cigarette containing cannabis, a plastic box with a quantity of methamphetamine weighing approximately 15 grammes and about eight grammes of cocaine were found and confiscated as evidence.A collapsible baton and a pocket knife were also seized, as well as €400 which the driver had in his possession.The driver and his 23-year-old passenger were arrested. Limassol district court remanded them for four days.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more