Parents Encouraged to Help Children Focus on Tertiary Education

first_img “Set your minds firmly on your tertiary education. When you go to high school, you must be focused. Remember, you are not there to waste time; you are there as part of the journey towards your ultimate goal,” he told the students. Delivering the keynote address at a forum for new secondary students held today (July 31), at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, Mr. Green said as the children enter secondary institutions, they need to be cultured into obtaining advanced training to make themselves marketable, as the days are long gone when high-school certificates alone can take persons to fitting careers. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging parents to help their children in high school to focus on tertiary education. Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging parents to help their children in high school to focus on tertiary education.Delivering the keynote address at a forum for new secondary students held today (July 31), at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, Mr. Green said as the children enter secondary institutions, they need to be cultured into obtaining advanced training to make themselves marketable, as the days are long gone when high-school certificates alone can take persons to fitting careers.“Set your minds firmly on your tertiary education. When you go to high school, you must be focused. Remember, you are not there to waste time; you are there as part of the journey towards your ultimate goal,” he told the students.Mr. Green said while high school will be an exciting time for the students, it will have its challenges, and the role of caregivers and parents is crucial to make them use the period for personal development and to prepare for adult life.He emphasised that students must be passionate about their goals. “This will help you to work towards something,” the State Minister said.Mr. Green said the Government is making the school environment suitable for learning, and also ensuring that when children work hard, they can achieve their best.He reiterated that the Government will pay for all subjects that wards of the State sit while they are in high school.The forum was hosted by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) under the theme ‘Forging the Path Ahead’. The agency recognised 157 children who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) earlier this year.The event was staged to prepare the students to make a smooth transition to high school, with a focus on bullying, overcoming fear, managing their studies, building self-confidence, adjusting to their new school environment, and school safety.last_img read more

Province Unveils Monument to Fallen Conservation Officers

first_imgNova Scotia conservation officers killed in the line of duty were remembered today, Sept. 19. Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell unveiled a monument commemorating the lives of three fallen officers, as part of the department’s first open house at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park. In the past 135 years, three conservation officers have lost their lives in service to the province. The fallen officers, A. Harrison Eisenhauer, Austin Whiley Lavers Letcher and Donald C. Wood, were represented at the event by family members. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I would like to acknowledge the service of these officers, for making the ultimate sacrifice for the province, and offer my best wishes to their families,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Hopefully, this memorial inspires Nova Scotians to learn more about the lives of these men and the important work of conservation officers. It is also my hope that no other names are added to this monument.” Eric Eisenhauer, son of A. Harrison Eisenhauer, said the recognition “means a lot” to his family. “It’s a great honour to have my father recognized in this way and it’s something future generations of our family can appreciate,” said Mr. Eisenhauer. A. Harrison Eisenhauer (1885-1931) was beaten to death by three hunters in the Kearney Lake area of Halifax County while checking on a complaint of Sunday hunting. The Conservation Enforcement Officers Association of Nova Scotia named an award in his honour in 1985, for the member who most contributes to conservation enforcement. Austin Whiley Lavers Letcher (1905-1967) died in a motor vehicle accident in Port Hawkesbury. Donald C. Wood (1925-1988) was killed in an accidental explosion while on patrol in Oxford while addressing a wildlife complaint for the use of explosives. The three men were previously recognized by the Canadian peace officers honour roll and the Canadian Police and Peace Officer memorial in Ottawa. The Department of Natural Resources employs about 70 conservation officers who are responsible for protecting and enforcing laws for natural resources such as wildlife, inland fish, forests, parks and beaches.last_img read more

Dépôt du rapport sur la prévention de la violence sexuelle sur les

first_img la prestation d’une éducation sur le consentement;– la formation de la communauté du campus sur la façon d’intervenir en cas de divulgation de violence sexuelle; la mise au point et l’offre d’une éducation anti-oppression pour les leaders des campus; la mise sur pied de comités consultatifs sur la prévention de la violence sexuelle;– la mise au point d’un programme d’éducation des témoins propre à la Nouvelle-Écosse. Un rapport rendu public aujourd’hui 15 décembre fournit 10 recommandations pour aider à prévenir la violence sexuelle sur les campus des universités de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le rapport, Changing the Culture of Acceptation (Changer la culture de l’acceptable), a été préparé par le Comité sur la prévention de la violence sexuelle. « La violence sexuelle n’est pas acceptable, et ne l’a jamais été, sur les campus universitaires, indique Dianne Taylor-Gearing, coprésidente du comité et rectrice de NSCAD à Halifax, et présidente du Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (conseil des recteurs des universités de la Nouvelle-Écosse). « Nous avons la responsabilité de changer la culture dans laquelle existe la violence sexuelle. Les recommandations fournissent une orientation claire. Je suis encouragée par le fait que des mesures ont déjà été prises et que la Nouvelle-Écosse fait figure de chef de file en créant une collaboration pour vraiment changer les choses sur les campus universitaires. » La création du comité découle du Protocole d’entente entre la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse et les universités de la Nouvelle-Écosse de 2015-2019. Le comité se compose de représentants du gouvernement, des universités, de groupes d’étudiants et d’organismes communautaires qui œuvrent dans le domaine de la prévention et de l’intervention en matière de violence sexuelle. “Le gouvernement s’associe aux étudiants et aux établissements postsecondaires dans le cadre de notre engagement commun à aider à prévenir la violence sexuelle et à soutenir les personnes qui en sont victimes le cas échéant, et ce, pour que les étudiants et les employés puissent se sentir en sécurité sur l’un ou l’autre de nos campus, indique Labi Kousoulis, ministre du Travail et l’Éducation postsecondaire. Je suis reconnaissant du travail soigné du comité et surtout de ses recommandations concrètes et réalisables que l’on commence déjà à mettre en œuvre dans la province. » Les recommandations du comité visent à changer la culture dans laquelle la violence sexuelle existe et à soutenir les universités dans leurs efforts pour prévenir la violence sexuelle sur les campus. Voici certaines des recommandations : « L’approche pluridisciplinaire axée sur la victime, énoncée dans le présent rapport, met les universités au défi de veiller à ce que leurs politiques et leurs procédures fournissent le soutien nécessaire aux étudiants, précise Annie Sirois, présidente de StudentsNS. Ces recommandations sont un solide premier pas en vue de changer la culture des campus et de prévenir la violence sexuelle dans les établissements postsecondaires. » Le rapport se trouve à l’adresse suivante : http://novascotia.ca/lae/pubs (en anglais seulement). On y trouve également un résumé en français. Pour une liste des services aux victimes de violence sexuelle, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs/. (en anglais seulement)last_img read more

Bank of Canada holds interest rate at 15 but pause might be

first_imgThe Bank of Canada is leaving its interest rate unchanged today in what could be a brief pause along its gradual path to higher rates.The central bank kept its benchmark at 1.5 per cent – but many experts are predicting it could introduce another increase as early as next month.In a statement today, the Bank of Canada said the strength of recent economic numbers reinforce the governing council’s view that more hikes will be necessary to keep inflation from rising above its target.The bank said business investment and exports have shown solid growth in recent quarters despite persistent uncertainty about the North American Free Trade Agreement and other trade policy developments.It said the housing market has begun to stabilize as households adjust to higher interest rates and new policies.The bank said credit growth has moderated and improvements in labour and wages have helped support consumption.last_img read more

Five policemen further remanded over Jaffna shooting

Five Police officers had been arrested over the incident and were immediately interdicted. (Colombo Gazette) Five policemen who had been arrested over a shooting incident in Jaffna were further remanded till January 13 by the Jaffna Magistrate today.The two Jaffna University students were killed after being shot at by the police when they were travelling on a motorcycle in Kankasanturai.

UN drug and crime office South Africa launch corruption report

The joint Country Corruption Assessment Report, presented to South Africa’s Parliament earlier in the week, was prepared within the framework of the UN’s Global Programme against Corruption and a UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) project to support the country’s Anti-Corruption Programme. The report notes that South Africa is improving in terms of legislation, though is still lacking a comprehensive, specific anti-corruption law.The Report is the first comprehensive description of the strengths and weaknesses of South Africa’s legislative framework, and institutional capacities for prevention, investigation and prosecution. It also examines South Africa within global and regional contexts, finding that the country contributes actively and substantially to anti-corruption efforts at all levels, and that several pieces of legislation and enforcement structures are unique in the region and of the highest international standards. However, the report finds that there is a need to enhance management capacities of individual government departments and to promote and strengthen coordination among anti-corruption entities. It also says South Africa requires major efforts in public education and systematic prevention of corruption, particularly as international experience clearly highlights the role of the community, schools and faith-based organizations in anti-corruption education and upholding individual and social ethics. There is an expressed political will in South Africa to address corruption, the report says, stressing that prevention requires mechanisms in both the public and business sectors. In South Africa there is also a need to increase the confidence of domestic public opinion and international opinion by promoting a strong and decisive message of “No tolerance and no exemptions.” These are also political matters, the report notes, and thus there is a need for appropriate and timely political engagement with resolute leadership by political parties in the fight against corruption and in support of the government’s efforts. read more

Crisistorn Iraq still needs continuous and massive international support Security Council told

Since last summer’s onslaught by terrorists of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Iraq has faced seemingly daunting and persistent challenges, Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), said, while stressing that nevertheless, there is “hope, opportunities, and notably vision for the way out of the crisis, as expressed in the National Political Agreement.” “The real issue is its implementation,” he said.Iraq’s political process is moving forward, but without the needed vigour, he explained. Praising the Government for “many successes,” he warned that the unity behind the creation of the current Government has not yet fully translated into “unity of purpose or action.”Institutional and legislative reforms remain key to preserving Iraq’s unity, encouraging political reconciliation and to defeating ISIL, Mr. Kubiš explained, regretting that the “absence of consensus” has halted such process.Effective partnership between Baghdad and Erbil is equally critical to Iraq’s unity and stability for fighting ISIL, he continued. “The past period has seen the two sides increasingly expressing disappointment with the implementation of the oil and revenue-sharing agreement signed last year, and was marked by some unilateral steps that work against the interest of both sides and the country as a whole.”One year after the fall of Mosul, stated the Special Representative, a third of Iraq remains under the control and governance of ISIL. “The military offensives of the Iraqi security forces, with the critical support of the Popular Mobilization Forces, tribal Sunni volunteers, and the International Coalition, have yet to significantly change the situation on the ground,” he concluded, reminding the Council that while Tikrit was liberated in March, Ramadi fell in May. The Government’s ongoing offensive in Anbar aims to reverse that “setback.” Recalling that the human cost of the conflict remains “far too high”, Mr. Kubiš said that since he last briefedthe Council, UNAMI had recorded a minimum of 1,200 civilians killed and more than 2,000 wounded as a result of armed conflict or terror attacks.“The Mission continues to receive widespread reports of attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, extrajudicial killings, abductions, rape and other forms of sexual violence, forced recruitment of children, wanton destruction and looting of civilian property, and denial of fundamental rights and freedoms,” he reported.Minorities, women and children, Mr. Kubiš emphasized, continue to be particularly vulnerable to the “horrors and indignities” inflicted by ISIL. “The recent terrorist outrage during the Eid holidays near a Shi’ite mosque in Khan Bani Saad in which over 120 civilians were reported killed and some 170 injured is another tragic witness to this.”“To restore trust and to rebuild unity between the various communities that form the Iraqi people, it is necessary to ensure justice and accountability for violations and abuses, whenever they have taken place and by whomever they were perpetrated, and to eliminate discrimination and marginalization wherever it occurs.”The humanitarian situation is of the gravest concern, the Special Representative went on to note. “At least 8.2 million, roughly one in four Iraqis need urgent assistance. More than three million people are internally displaced and [UN] partners estimate that a nearly a million more are likely to be displaced by continuing conflict and violence in the months ahead.”In addition, close to 300,000 refugees, mostly from Syria, have sought safety in the country, he said.Thanking the donor community for pledges in response to the recent Humanitarian Response Plan launched in cooperation with the European Union in Brussels on 4 June, Mr. Kubiš urged the international community to do more to help desperately vulnerable Iraqi people, as some reports mention that communities and families are being “forced to look to ISIL for life-saving assistance even as UN–sponsored programmes are closing due to lack of funds.”In conclusion, the Special Representative hoped that the Security Council’s decision later this month on UNAMI’s mandate will provide a “clear guidance” and will establish a re-focused political framework for the UN work in Iraq. read more

Two ranked opponents ahead for Ohio State wrestling in trip to Indiana

OSU redshirt junior Josh Fox wrestles against Nebraska’s Aaron Studebaker during a match at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. OSU won 21-17. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorAs the Big Ten and NCAA Championships rapidly approach the Ohio State wrestling team, the Buckeyes are gearing up to travel to Indiana for a pair of conference matchups.No. 9 OSU (7-2, 4-1) is first set to travel to Bloomington to square off against the No. 22 Hoosiers.Indiana (6-2, 3-2) is coming off a tough loss against Michigan in which the Hoosiers struggled to produce any points.No member of the team produced more than 10 points in the meet.The Hoosiers are not likely to be an easy foe, though, and the Buckeyes are well aware of the fact.OSU coach Tom Ryan noted that with both conference and national tournaments right around the corner, it’s sometimes a struggle to maintain a certain level of play.“It’s really challenging with so many competitions in a sport like this,” Ryan said. “But every team goes through it.” It’s no secret that longevity is key to a successful program, and Ryan understands that better than anyone.“Those (teams) that understand it and manage it best have an advantage,” Ryan said.The Buckeyes have had success against Indiana in the past, winning each of the last five meetings between the programs.Led by 125-pound freshman Elijah Oliver, the Hoosiers will be looking to set the tone early and buck that trend on Friday.Oliver is currently 24-4 on the year, with a dual-meet point differential of plus-29, and is currently ranked 19th in the InterMat 125-pound rankings.Redshirt junior Nate Johnson will also pose a significant challenge to the Buckeyes.Johnson dropped a decision against Michigan for his first in-conference loss of the season, but he is still ranked eighth in the InterMat polls at 174 pounds with a 24-3 overall record.Indiana holds some nostalgic significance to Ryan, as it is the school where his coaching life began.“Indiana, ironically, was my first job,” Ryan said. “The head coach there now, Duane (Goldman), gave me the opportunity to coach at this level.”OSU’s match against Indiana is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in the University Gym.After the dual meet with the Hoosiers is completed, OSU is set to get on the bus and drive a little over two hours north to West Lafayette to battle with the No. 24 Purdue Boilermakers.Purdue (7-4, 2-3) will be having just its third match of the season in a home environment, as the Boilermakers have competed at six away matches and three neutral sites.The last home meet for the Boilermakers saw a complete domination by the Black and Gold, with the team ultimately taking home a 32-6 win against Maryland.Redshirt senior Chad Welch is the key member of the Purdue lineup that OSU will have to account for.The 165-pound Welch leads the team wins, major decisions and falls this season.Last year, Welch competed in the Big Ten Championships and went on to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships.Currently, the redshirt senior is ranked seventh at 165 pounds in the InterMat rankings.Purdue has struggled at times this season and is coming off a close loss to Minnesota.Ranked opponents have been a thorn in the side of the Boilermakers, giving Purdue just a 13-38 mark against wrestlers ranked in the top 25.The Buckeyes’ match against Purdue is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the Holloway Gymnasium.Quick recoveriesAfter missing the previous match with a sore back, redshirt freshman Micah Jordan is expected to return to the lineup this weekend.Jordan was scratched from the lineup and replaced by redshirt junior Stanley Hendrix.The Scarlet and Gray will be competing in matches very close to each other, with limited time for recovery in between. However, Ryan’s wrestlers are well-versed on how to maintain their health and stamina.“The biggest thing is making sure you’re getting sleep and making sure you’re eating really well,” redshirt freshman Jake Ryan said. The OSU team has been fairly lucky in terms of health this season, after struggling at times to put a healthy unit on the mat last season.Challenges aheadAfter the stay in Indiana, the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to State College, Pennsylvania, to meet the current unanimous top team in the country, Penn State.The Nittany Lions have not lost a dual meet all year and are in a dead heat for the top spot in the Big Ten.The dual meet between OSU and Penn State, which is arguably the biggest and most important meet of the year for the Scarlet and Gray, is set to take place on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. read more

LNH Round 9 Dunkerque defeated in Chambery

← Previous Story HandStar game 2014 in Montpellier on December 20 Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 13): THW Kiel with last minute goal past HC Erlangen The 9th round of the French LNH saw another setback of reigning champions Dunkerque in their bid to defend the title. The team of Chambery have been on a good roll recently, and now they’ve proved their quality by defeating Dunkerque at home narrowly with 25:24 (15:12). This victory has now put them on the fifth position with 11 points, while Montpellier with their victory of 30:24 over Creteil are now alone on the top with 16 points, followed by St Raphael with 13, and PSG and Dunkerque both with 12 points.LNH Scores: Chambery 25:24 Dunkerque, Istres 24:28 PSG, Nimes 25:25 Cesson, St Raphael 32:30 Tremblay, Montpellier 30:24 Creteil, Selestat 26:29 Aix ChamberyLNHPSG read more

Better Call Sauls Comedy Makes an Uncaring World Colder

first_imgStay on target Jimmy’s Fall Is All About Chuck on Better Call SaulWe Knew Things Would Come to This on Better Call Saul When Better Call Saul was first announced, I wondered if it would end up being more of a comedic spinoff. Saul Goodman, after all, was the closest to comic relief Breaking Bad got. To an extent, it has been. Better Call Saul has a very different tone than Breaking Bad, and Jimmy’s hustling has given us a few great comedic moments over the last few seasons. It’s not a comedy, though. It’s a character study. It’s an exploration of how someone becomes Saul Goodman. Sure, there are some funny parts, but they only serve to open us up for the real punches.Bob Odenkirk makes it work so well too. An accomplished comedic actor, he’s also proven exceptional at the dramatic stuff. He can have you laughing one minute, and in shock or even crying the next. He’s a big part of why Better Call Saul is shaping up to be a better show than the one it spun off from. Last night’s Hummel doll heist, and its aftermath, is a great example of the show using comedy to blindside us with tragedy. Jimmy meets with Mike Ehrmantraut hoping to plan out the theft. Mike’s not interested. He admits its a good plan, easy money, but it’s not for him. He doesn’t think it should be for Jimmy either. It’s not just that Mike now has steady income from Madrigal. He needs a good reason to screw somebody over. Did the guys at the office do Jimmy wrong somehow? No. They’re just suckers who don’t know what they have. That’s the difference between Mike and Jimmy. Mike, though he ends up working with some scary people, always tried to be the relatively good guy. Or at least the honorable guy. Jimmy just sees suckers begging to be screwed.Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) (Photo via AMC)Jimmy uses the shady veterinarian to get in contact with someone who will do the break-in. It takes some convincing, but Jimmy’s pretty lawyer talk does the trick. The heist goes down, and the show almost gets to the point of slapstick. The guy breaks in, makes the switch, and is just about to leave when he realizes he isn’t alone. The guy that interviewed Jimmy is sleeping in his office, having been kicked out by his wife for the most sitcom reason. He got her a vacuum cleaner for her birthday. Cue laugh track. Now the thief is trapped underneath the desk while the copy boss orders depression pizza and listens to a motivational tape. As soon as boss guy is out of the room, the thief calls Jimmy to come get him.Even that’s not as simple as it sounds. Jimmy tries creating a distraction by setting off the copy boss’s car alarm. But, this is the early 2000s and people have remotes to disable car alarms now. It’s not enough of a window for the thief to escape. So Jimmy breaks into the car, takes off the parking break, and sends it rolling out of control backward through the parking lot, allowing the thief to make a break for it. It’s a constantly escalating series of problems that gets funnier with each passing minute. It’s the broadest comedy scene this show has had. And still, it serves a purpose.Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill (Photo via AMC)Immediately after all this, we get the final scene of the episode. With our guard down from Jimmy’s heist antics, Better Call Saul delivers its last-minute tragedy. Kim decides to give Jimmy the letter from Chuck. He dismisses the $5,000 his brother left him, even though it’s $1,000 more than he got from all that running around the previous night. As much as Jimmy wants money, to him it’s more important that he’s getting one over on someone. He reads the letter aloud flippantly, with no emotion. Chuck’s last letter to him is one of begrudging respect for his sibling. Jimmy writes it off so quickly, he doesn’t realize that it’s destroying Kim to hear him do it. Hearing Jimmy so uncaringly read his brother’s final words to him, whether he truly meant them or not, causes her to break down in tears. Jimmy sees it as a release and doesn’t understand why it’s affecting Kim so much. Much like the end of the season’s first episode, it’s another moment where their emotions are in completely opposite places. At this rate, it’s not going to be a big reveal or fight that breaks them up. It’s little moments like this. One day, possibly this season, one of these moments will be too much for them.The real meat of the episode though, is Kim and Nacho’s scenes. Played against each other, they both depict people getting in way over their heads, and being unable to escape. Kim is diving right back into work at Mesa Verde, with a new paralegal in tow. Already, she’s in over her head. As she works to make up for lost time, the boss calls her to take a look at something. An aggressive, nationwide expansion plan that means a ton more work for Kim, who’s struggling to get back into things as it is. And because she already committed to Mesa Verde, she can’t tell them she needs to slow down. It’s going to come back to bite her again. She gives her paralegal’s draft a quick once-over before sending it off. I’m going to bet there’s some mistake she didn’t catch. Or there will be in the future. Of all the falls this series will show is, Kim’s is the hardest to watch. You can see her refusing to slow down and ask for help, even as it’s actively hurting her.Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) Photo by Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionNacho’s pain, on the other hand, is more physical. To cover up Arturo’s murder, Victor makes it look like an outside hit. They destroy the tires on a car in the middle of the desert, shoot up the car and the body, and put a bullet in Nacho’s shoulder. Then, they put a surprise shot in his stomach to “make it look real.” Being under Gus’s thumb isn’t going to turn out well for Nacho. He calls up the Salamancas, and says he didn’t see the faces of the guys who shot them. He just says they drove a silver Pontiac. The Salamancas take him to the vet, who’s having a very busy episode. The way the show films these scenes makes it extra painful, with Nacho’s consciousness fading in and out as he wakes up in a dingy warehouse being operated on by an animal doctor. The close-ups of the wound being closed don’t help either. Yeesh.The vet puts on a show of bravery, warning that he should get to a doctor who can x-ray him properly. And also to watch out for infection if the bullet nicked his bowel. That’s all a cover though. He leans down next to Nacho, and tells him he’s done dealing with the cartel. He never wants to see Nacho again. If things keep going they way they are for Nacho though, he may not have a choice.Gustavo “Gus” Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and Gale Boetticher (David Costabile) Photo by Nicole Wilder/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionBetter Call Saul gave us a subdued, but emotionally affecting episode this week. Even when nothing huge or world-changing happens, even when the episode is just laying groundwork for a bigger fall in the future, this show can still pull off a good gut-punch. It’s getting to the point where the Breaking Bad connections are the least interesting part of the show. Though it was cool to see Gale back. After the apparent hit on Nacho and Arturo, Gus is given permission to seek a stateside source for meth. We all see where this is going. And Gale’s here too. For now, he’s only tasked with examining the domestic samples Gus brings him. Ever eager to please, he promises he can make better stuff. Gus assures him he’s meant for better things. Better things apparently being a massive industrial meth lab inside a laundry facility. But that’s in the future for now.As much fun as that Gale scene was though, Breaking Bad connections like that aren’t what we’re here for anymore. More interesting is the game Gus is playing between Don Juan and Don Eladio. Gus always wanted to move production across the border to the US. Now, he’s found a way to do it while getting a superior to take the blame. That story, Kim overextending herself and Jimmy’s brutal coldness… at this point those are all much more fun to watch than the handful of Breaking Bad references. When Better Call Saul tells its own stories, it’s a better show.Saul isn’t the only amazing AMC show we cover. Preacher embraced its own mess this week. But there was a ton of great tv that hit the airwaves this week. And there is always MovieBob’s reviews to get caught up on. Be sure to follow all of Saul’s news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Watch These Fighting Games at EVO 2019

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target Some people say fighting games aren’t eSports. And I agree with them. But that’s because watching talented players throw down in Street Fighter is way more enjoyable than whatever is happening in Dota. That’s competition you can put on ESPN2, karate people punching and throwing fireballs at each other. Though it’s not perfect, the fighting game community is one of the coolest and most passionate fan bases in all of video games. And every year they gather to celebrate glorious combat at the Evolution tournament, or EVO, in Las Vegas.Because video game companies need to put out new products every so often, the actual lineup of fighting games at EVO changes from year to year. Granted, if you’re good at basketball, chances are your skills would transfer over to Basketball 2. But the new crop of games gives opportunities for new champions to emerge, like the wonderful SonicFox. Plus it just gives us something new to watch.So here are the nine major fighting games (not including weird side tournaments) we’ll be seeing at EVO 2019 this summer.This is what we’ve got.Street Fighter V, a game the maybe didn’t offer enough concessions to the mainstream but has kept its competitive core alive through frequent updates.Tekken 7, the premier 3D fighting that owns despite including characters from The Walking Dead.SoulCalibur VI, a chance to see people cheering for The Witcher’s Geralt of Rivia as he stabs a ghost pirate.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the best Smash Bros. yet regardless of skill level and the game that has bumped off Melee at long last.Dragon Ball FighterZ, the gorgeous surprise anime fighting game sensation of last year with more Gokus than ever before.Mortal Kombat 11, the next gory NetherRealm fighter featuring deep character customization we’re curious to see jive with strict competitive standards.Samurai Shodown, the Street Fighter 4-esque reboot of the classic 2D weapons fighter.BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, the Guilty Gear successor good enough to make us get over its nameUnder Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], the game where your guess is as good as ours.Watch the greatest players in the world go head to head in these fighting games and more at EVO 2019 August 2-4. For more on fighting games check our book-length breakdown of the history of the genre and here’s hoping a future EVO will have a Hanna-Barbera fighting game.last_img read more

New matches set for WWE Elimination Chamber on 5/31

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Shawn Michaels Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns talks about his relationship with Jon Moxley; Rollins and Lynch get challenged Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winscenter_img Twitter WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Following RAW on Monday night, here is the updated card for the upcoming WWE Elimination Chamber special airing exclusively on the WWE Network on 5/31 from Corpus Christi.WWE World Heavyweight Championship MatchSeth Rollins (c) vs. Dean AmbroseWWE United States Champion John Cena vs. NXT Champion Kevin OwensWWE Intercontinental Championship – Elimination Chamber MatchKing Barrett vs. Sheamus vs. Ryback vs. R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. RusevWWE Tag Team Championships – Elimination Chamber MatchThe New Day (c’s) vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd vs. The Prime Time Players vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. The Ascension vs. Los MatadoresRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Roman Reigns talks about teaming with The Undertaker, Jon Moxley’s comments on WWE Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Seth Rollins responds to Jon Moxley’s post-WWE comments made on the Jericho podcastlast_img read more

Hon Attorney General Announces Temporary Relocation of the Lands Division Grand Turk

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 2, 2017 – Providenciales – Due to the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the resultant damage to the Lands Division building on Grand Turk, coupled with the disruption of essential services, including electricity and all forms of communication, the Hon. Attorney General announces the temporary relocation of the Crown Land Unit, Land Registry, Survey & Mapping Department and the Valuation Department to the Attorney General’s Chambers at Waterloo Plaza, Waterloo Road, Grand Turk.As of Monday, October 2, 2017, these offices will resume limited services to the public from that location on a temporary basis whilst work continues to restore functionality to the Lands Division building at Government Compound, Pond Street, Grand Turk.The public is also advised that the services offered by these Departments will be limited due to space and other logistical constraints.   The various departments are in the process of reviewing their services and standards and necessary adjustments will be shared with the public as soon as possible.The continued patience of the public is appreciated as we work towards restoring full service to our customers.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

Hasenhuttl Consistency key for Southampton

first_imgSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hopes to see his side build on their win at Leicester City ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup replay against Derby CountyDespite Yan Valery’s sending-off, Southampton secured a welcome 2-1 win over Leicester at the King Power Stadium after goals from James Ward-Prowse and Shane Long.It was Hasenhuttl’s third victory in charge of the Saints in his eighth match and the Austrian now hopes to see his players carry on with this form.“It was an important win for us,” said Hasenhuttl on the club website.“We spoke about that once again on Sunday, as a team. We congratulated them on a very passionate game, with a good mentality.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“No one expected us to win after the red card from Valery, but then we put this game away because it is gone and we have the three points.“Now we are focusing on a very tough week with a replay against Derby and a very important game against Everton – both games at home and both games we want to win.“Now the games are coming where we have to win and we have to consistently take points.“We have showed against the good teams we can do it, and also the teams who are in our zone, and that will be important for the next weeks, because we are facing opponents in our zone, so those will be the most important games, six-point games, but first we are focusing on the FA Cup and then on the home game against Everton.”The Southampton and Derby third round replay will take place at St Mary’s with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).last_img read more

Ridgefield man convicted of seeking teen for sex

first_imgA Clark County jury has found a Ridgefield man guilty of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.Mickey C. Sebourn’s conviction Tuesday was based on evidence from an undercover Seattle police detective who posed as a 15-year-old boy online and had sexual conversations with the 55-year-old Sebourn via email.Sebourn faces a sentence of one to three months for the felony and will be required to register as a sex offender. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 8.Seattle police Detective Tye Holand, posing as a 15-year-old boy, responded July 8 to a personals ad Sebourn posted on Craigslist Casual Encounters, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court. The ad was titled “Dad looking for son to (commit a sexual act).”In the ad, Sebourn stated that he was looking for “a boy” and those interested in incest would receive special consideration, said Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield.“Hey there, I am 15 and saw,” Holand replied, according to the affidavit. “I do what you want. I am available Saturday night. I am on summer break and need to make a little money. If serious, let me know.”last_img read more

Victory Boyd Gives Soulful Performance In New Series Press Play

first_imgThe singer/songwriter who went from playing at Central Park to gaining the attention of Jay-Z plays one of her original songs, “Weatherman,” for the Recording Academy’s newest series, Press PlayAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 4, 2018 – 10:05 am The young singer/songwriter Victory Boyd has a fairytale-like discovery story, with a fittingly dreamy, old-school soul lounge voice to match. She went from regularly performing in Central Park with her family to garnering the attention of none other than Jay-Z, who signed her and her siblings to Roc Nation. While her smooth, soulful vocals feel like they could have floated through a velvet-covered lounge in the ’70s, the 21-year-old is bringing a modern take to a classic sound, with powerful lyrics as heard in her debut album, Broken Instrument. She’s making a name for herself and already living up to it, having toured with other great singers/performers including Rodriquez, Jussie Smollett and Chaka Khan, and performing at 2018’s Black Girls Rock Awards. Press Play: Victory Boyd Performs “Weatherman” victory-boyd-gives-soulful-performance-new-series-press-play NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 4, 2018 – 10:00 am Victory Boyd’s Soulful Performance In Press Play News Facebook Twitter Email Victory Boyd Gives Soulful Performance In New Series, Press Play Boyd is featured in the first ever episode of the Recording Academy’s latest video series, Press Play, which will help you discover and get to know artists you may not have yet heard of through original performances. She performs “Weatherman,” which she wrote for her debut album. The song is a metaphor for the challenges we experience in a lifetime.GRAMMY ReImagined Series Is Back With More Unexpected Coverslast_img read more

FTCs witness criticizes Qualcomms economics experts as sloppy

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: Shapiro had testified that Qualcomm is using its market power and its monopoly power over chips to extract an “unusually high amount” for patent royalties. That raises the cost for rivals, weakens them as competitors and fortifies Qualcomm’s monopoly power, Shapiro said.  “Qualcomm should be commended for its technological achievements,” Shapiro added. “But … what’s really important is that companies who aren’t quite as good or who don’t have the scale are not impeded from trying to catch and threaten and challenge the leader.”Losing access to Qualcomm’s modems would impose costs on handset makers, including not being able to supply to consumers. “That’s a very heavy hammer that Qualcomm is bringing down, at least as a threat, in those negotiations,” Shapiro said. Shapiro on Monday said his methodology had two steps: First he assessed evidence into whether Qualcomm used chip leverage to achieve high royalties. Then he traced through the effects of a royalty surcharge on the market and consumers. Shapiro said the first stage “very much focused” on evidence of using elevated royalty rates, while the second stage was “very much rooted in the reality” of how the business works. He testified that nothing Qualcomm’s experts said caused him to change his opinion. Rebutting the expertsNevo on Friday said he used Shapiro’s theory and tested it based on real-world data to see if the theory was true. He looked at rates Qualcomm charged for licensing during its times of alleged market power and at other times. According to the FTC’s theory, rates would be higher during times Qualcomm was strong. But in fact, that’s not what Nevo found based on his tests and the data.Instead, Nevo testified that Qualcomm’s royalty rates are the same no matter which chip a company uses in a mobile device. That’s because licensing terms are set before chip rates and last for 10 to 15 years or longer, while chip prices and contracts are set every year. So the royalty rate doesn’t affect the choice of the chip, he said. Shapiro’s “theory is just not there to support his conclusions,” Nevo says. “It’s not based in market reality. It doesn’t fit how things actually happen in this industry. As a result, the predictions he gave really can’t be trusted.”Nevo also said there were legitimate business reasons for Qualcomm’s licensing policies.  He’s got a completely unjustified assumption that’s the basis for the entire test. Carl Shapiro, professor of economics at University of California, Berkeley • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All FTC vs. Qualcomm: Why you should care 38 Photos “One is reduction in transaction cost,” he said. “The other is allowing rival chipmakers to operate freely with access to tech without a need for a license.”Shapiro on Monday said some of Nevo’s methodology, conclusions and assumptions were “fabricated,” “outrageous” and “all messed up.” He noted that Nevo’s methodology had “measurement problems.” He also said that Nevo flawed by not doing a test to determine when Qualcomm had market power.”He’s got a completely unjustified assumption that’s the basis for the entire test,” Shapiro said. “That’s why I’m saying it’s not a valid test.”During cross examination Friday, Nevo admitted that he excluded many companies, including Samsung, Sony, BlackBerry and LG, from his analysis because of the nature of their contracts. By excluding them, he removed a large portion of the phone market. And Nevo didn’t consider elements of cross licenses with companies like Motorola, as well as other factors that could impact royalty rates. Shapiro called Nevo’s work “sloppy” in how he chose which handset maker contracts to highlight.But during cross examination Monday, Qualcomm’s attorney pressed Shapiro into admitting that he didn’t use empirical evidence to look at the real effect of the licensing contracts on the industry. Nevo did. “If you mean [did I do an] empirical study and take hundreds [of agreements] and instill them into simple data, I don’t think you can do that,” Shapiro said. “I did not do that.”Rocks in a kayakLast week, Chipty accused Shapiro of taking a “shortcut” when evaluating whether the mobile chip market was competitive. Shapiro looked at what chips were in premium handsets instead of looking at the industry innovation and competition leading up to those design wins, Chipty said. In many cases, Qualcomm won those designs by cutting prices or adding new features.  “Shapiro has overstated Qualcomm’s market power,” Chipty said. She said there’s no “evidence of consistent and unconstrained market power of the type” that would hurt competition or “coerce OEMs [handset makers] into onerous business terms that would rob them of billions of dollars.”She noted that Qualcomm actually lost 50 points of market share in premium handsets from 2014 to 2017, while rivals such as MediaTek, Huawei, Samsung and Intel were gaining. And Qualcomm felt competitive pressure to give price discounts and other concessions to win business, she testified. Shapiro on Monday acknowledged that Qualcomm has lost market share and handset prices have fallen over the years. But he said Chipty “did not engage really with direct evidence of monopoly power.” He noted there was “extensive evidence” that handset makers didn’t have good options for modems besides from Qualcomm, which gave Qualcomm “a great deal of leverage” when threatening to cut off supply. Another Qualcomm expert, Snyder, testified that real-world analysis “does not support the claim that Qualcomm’s alleged contract caused anticompetitive harms in the industry.”  The FTC has argued that phones cost too much because of Qualcomm’s high royalty fees.  Angela Lang/CNET “Outrageous.” “Fabricated.” “All messed up.” “Sloppy.” That’s how the US Federal Trade Commission’s key expert witness on Monday said he viewed testimony given by Qualcomm’s expert economists last week.  Carl Shapiro, a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, on Monday defended his theory that Qualcomm’s high royalty rates hurt competitors, handset makers and consumers and helped it operate a monopoly in the mobile chip market. His rebuttal came after three Qualcomm witnesses last week tore apart his testimony on the stand. “Qualcomm’s strategy has been to keep effective, real royalties paid by [handset makers] from falling, and they’ve used chip tactics and other strategies for doing that,” he testified. Shapiro initially took the stand two weeks ago, where he detailed how Qualcomm continues to hurt the mobile chip market. As part of its defense, Qualcomm last week called three economics experts to rebut Shapiro’s claims. They testified that Shapiro’s methodology was flawed and that he didn’t consider what was happening in the real world.  “We were staring at an increase of over $1 billion per year in licensing, so we had a gun to our head,” Williams said as he explained why Apple signed another licensing agreement in 2013, despite being unhappy with the terms. He added that Apple has wanted to use Qualcomm’s chips for its newer devices, but Qualcomm refused to sell processors for the iPhone. Other companies, like Huawei and Lenovo, made similar comments during their testimony. And during the trial, the FTC has pointed to communication from a former Qualcomm licensing executive, Eric Reifschneider, to mobile chip customers like Motorola and Sony Mobile as evidence of threats to cut off supply. In one instance, Reifschneider wrote in an email to a Sony Mobile executive that “QCT (Qualcomm’s chip business) has been shipping chips to SMC (Sony Mobile) for almost three weeks now without a license in place. It will not be possible for that to continue.” But Qualcomm and executives from some companies have testified that Qualcomm has never cut off chip supply during contract negotiations. Some of those executives have said in live testimony and video depositions presented by Qualcomm that its rivals didn’t have the technology required for their devices. Matthias Sauer, an Apple executive and a witness called by Qualcomm, testified earlier in January that Intel’s modems didn’t meet the technical standards required for the company’s iPhones in 2014. Though Intel also couldn’t meet Apple’s chip requirements for the iPad, it would’ve used them anyway, he said, had Qualcomm not offered incentives to stay with its chips. His remarks echoed comments from colleague Tony Blevins early in the trial.Qualcomm, meanwhile, has said it had legitimate business reasons for having strict contracts with Apple, including how expensive it is to design modems specifically for Apple. Expert witness Chipty last week agreed with that assessment. But Shapiro on Monday said that while Qualcomm does incur “significant” costs for making chips for Apple, it would have made sense for the company to share risk with Apple by having Apple help fund the development. Instead, Qualcomm was making payments to Apple, which he said was “the exact opposite of what you would expect.” During Qualcomm’s cross examination of Shapiro, a lawyer asked Shapiro if there’s any evidence that Apple would have helped Qualcomm defray costs for developing new modems.”I think they did not want to pay money to Qualcomm,” Shapiro said. “They were more interested in getting money from Qualcomm.”Licensing rivals?The FTC has said Qualcomm’s refusal to give licenses to its chip rivals is part of its efforts to maintain its monopoly. Judge Koh in November agreed and ruled that Qualcomm has to license its wireless chip patents to its chip competitors like Intel. But Dirk Weiler, head of standards policy at Nokia, testified last Tuesday that it has long been industry standard to license technology to handset makers, not chipmakers. Along with his role at Nokia, Weiler also serves as chairman of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. The nonprofit standards body’s Intellectual Property Rights Policy requires companies to give licenses for equipment.   “What is my understanding of the industry practice is in the case of the cellular business, this means these companies license, for example, the handset and not any subpart of the handset,” Weiler said.  And Nevo on Friday said if Qualcomm doesn’t license at the device level anymore, things could get complicated fast. If Qualcomm switched to simply licensing at the chip level, it’d need to offer multiple tiers because some of the technology would apply to an overall phone, not just the processor. “The number of license agreements would be large,” Nevo said. But the real issue “is the fact each negotiation now will become a lot more complex. Parties, chipmakers and OEMs, would have incentives to point to the other party as the one actually practicing on the license.”  See also 3 Apple Share your voice Shapiro on Monday took issue with that testimony and said he carefully considered what handset makers and chip rivals said took place in reality.”I think the person who’s not paying attention to that is Professor Nevo,” he said. Aviv Nevo, a University of Pennsylvania economics and marketing professor, on Friday called into question Shapiro’s use of theory to determine the damage allegedly caused by Qualcomm’s licensing practices. Instead, Nevo said he examined the “real-world” agreements Qualcomm had with companies to determine the rates weren’t excessive. Nevo testified that the FTC’s theory that Qualcomm uses its power in the chip market to charge excessive royalty rates “is just not born out of actual market data.” He noted “there’s no support for the theory in the data.” Nevo also testified that the mobile industry is strong and that Qualcomm had legitimate business reasons for its licensing policies. “At a high level, this is a thriving industry,” Nevo said. “Prices are declining. Quantities are skyrocketing.”Last Tuesday, Edward Snyder, dean of the Yale School of Management and a professor of economics and management, criticized Shapiro’s methodology and said the problems Qualcomm’s rivals had were due to choices they made that had nothing to do with Qualcomm. And Tasneem Chipty, a specialist in competition policy and antitrust economics from consultancy Matrix Economics, attacked Shapiro’s definition of the market and of market power. The FTC’s antitrust case against Qualcomm may come down to which expert Judge Lucy Koh ultimately believes. Qualcomm has been battling the FTC in a San Jose, California, courtroom since Jan. 4. The FTC wrapped up its antitrust case against the company on Jan. 15, and Qualcomm has since presented witnesses, including its head of licensing and its chief technology officer. The FTC has accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with Qualcomm exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology in part by wielding its “no license, no chips” policy.  But Qualcomm says the FTC’s lawsuit is based on “flawed legal theory.” It’s also said customers choose its chips because they’re the best and that it’s never stopped providing processors to customers, even when they’re battling over licenses.Over the past two weeks, Qualcomm called company executives, representatives from handset makers and chip rivals, and industry experts to dispute the FTC’s allegations in the case. The company sought to show that competition is healthy in the mobile chip market and that it hasn’t hampered the industry. The government had time for a rebuttal Monday following Qualcomm’s defense. The chipmaker wrapped up its case Friday. Closing arguments will take place Tuesday afternoon. Monopoly power? Shapiro, during his initial testimony earlier in January, analyzed the impact of its “no license, no chips” policy and Qualcomm’s royalty rates on handset makers, chip rivals and consumers. He concluded that Qualcomm had monopoly power over CDMA modem chips and over premium LTE modem chips through at least 2016. center_img Galaxy Note 9: 16 hidden features on Samsung’s best phone 2:11 reading • FTC’s witness criticizes Qualcomm’s economics experts as ‘sloppy’ Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? iPhone XS, Pixel 3, OnePlus 6T and 20 other phones without headphone jacks Qualcomm-FTC lawsuit: Everything you need to know Apple: Qualcomm’s hardball tactics squeezed Intel chips out of iPad Mini 2 Qualcomm CEO defends chip-licensing business in FTC trial Apple’s 5G iPhone shift bogged down by Qualcomm chip battle FTC rests case against Qualcomm, arguing it’s a monopoly in mobile chips He noted that three factors explain a company’s success or failure: foresight, investment and execution. Snyder evaluated Intel, MediaTek, Broadcom and others to examine their position in the market and how they performed based on those three factors. Intel, for one, “exhibited … poor foresight about the industry. They invested inefficiently, and they encountered execution problems,” said Snyder, who at one time worked for the Justice Department’s antitrust division. MediaTek had good foresight and investment, but it had some execution problems, Snyder said. It has now resolved those, helping it become the No. 2 modem supplier in the world. Broadcom, for its part, failed on all three, Snyder said, causing it to leave the modem industry.  These companies all succeeded or failed because of independent industry factors, not Qualcomm’s business practices, he testified. Shapiro on Monday took issue with Snyder’s methodology, saying that looking at foresight, investment and execution almost always finds in favor of the defendant. He used the analogy of a kayak race down a river. Snyder’s methodology is simply looking at how kayaks navigated the river and what choices they made to get them to the end, Shapiro said. But Shapiro said that fails to take into account whether one of the teams cheated at the beginning by putting rocks in rivals’ boats. Still, Shapiro admitted that he didn’t conduct a thorough study of Qualcomm’s rivals and why they failed, similar to the analysis by Snyder.  No license, no chipsThe FTC, aided by chipmaker Intel and iPhone vendor Apple, filed suit against Qualcomm two years ago. The US says Qualcomm has a monopoly on modem chips and harmed competition by trying to maintain its power. Qualcomm’s “excessive” royalty rates prevented rivals from entering the market, drove up the cost of phones and in turn hurt consumers, who faced higher handset prices, the FTC said. The FTC in the trial called witnesses from companies like Apple, Samsung, Intel and Huawei and called experts to testify about the alleged harm Qualcomm’s licensing practices have caused the mobile industry. The trial has revealed the inner workings of tech’s most important business, smartphones, showing how suppliers wrestle for dominance and profit.Qualcomm has argued that its broad patent portfolio and innovations justify its fees. CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who took the stand two weeks ago, defended the company’s licensing practices, saying the way his company sells chips to smartphone makers is best for everybody involved and is the simplest way to license the technology. The heart of the FTC’s case against Qualcomm is a so-called “no license, no chips policy.” Qualcomm sells processors that connect phones to cellular networks, but it also licenses its broad portfolio as a group. For a set fee — based on the selling price of the end device, typically a phone — the manufacturer gets to use all of Qualcomm’s technology. It’s phone makers that pay the licensing fee, not chipmakers. To get access to Qualcomm’s chips, which are broadly considered to be on the bleeding edge of wireless innovation, a phone maker first has to sign a patent licensing contract with Qualcomm. Qualcomm has long been the leader in 4G LTE, and it’s ahead of rivals in the nascent 5G market. The highest-end phones, like those from Samsung, have tended to use its modems. But the FTC argues such a requirement hurts competition and cements Qualcomm’s monopoly power.Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams last week testified that his company felt it had to sign contracts for amounts it thought too high — a royalty of $7.50 per iPhone — to maintain access to Qualcomm’s chips.  Qualcomm didn’t have all the license negotiating power, exec testifies Qualcomm didn’t have enough power to hurt chip competition, expert testifies Qualcomm wraps up defense after expert rebuts FTC witness Qualcomm wouldn’t release modems as often without Apple’s business Qualcomm kicks off defense in FTC trial by showing its mobile chip prowess 24 Photos Tags NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See also Mobile Components Tech Industry Phones Qualcomm Oppo Huawei Intel Lenovo Motorola Samsung Apple FTClast_img read more

Juneau man found dead in Gastineau Channel

first_imgThe area where police recovered the body of Ricardo Willard (Photo by Kavitha George / KTOO)A 53-year-old Juneau man named Ricardo Willard was found dead in Gastineau Channel Sunday afternoon, close to the U.S. Coast Guard Station, according to the Juneau Police Department.“There was nothing suspicious, no signs of injury, no obvious signs of foul play,” JPD Officer Nick Garza said. “At this point, we’re not sure how Mr. Willard ended up in the water, but at this point we don’t have any reason to believe that foul play was involved.”According to police, a pedestrian walking on the path on Egan Drive across from the Prospector Hotel saw the body floating about 50 feet from shore between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. The pedestrian notified police, who arrived on the scene with Capital City Fire/Rescue (CCFR). CCFR declared Willard dead at the scene. Officer Garza said JPD was in contact with the Coast Guard to request assistance recovering the body, but ultimately JPD recovered it themselves.JPD is unsure of how Willard ended up in the water, and had no missing person reports on him prior to the discovery. Garza said his body is being sent to Anchorage Sunday evening or Monday so a medical examiner can complete an autopsy.“The medical examiner’s office, post-autopsy, might give us a clearer picture on what happened. We’ll be awaiting that information and the results of the complete investigation,” Garza said.Willard’s family, who live in Juneau, have been notified.last_img read more

Nizamabad Transfer back to own districts

first_imgNizamabad: The leaders of Revenue Employment Services Association requested District Collector M Rammohan Rao to transfer the employees, who have been transferred to other districts during the elections, back to their native districts. Revenue union leaders have explained their difficulties to the Collector. They submitted a memorandum to the Collector in this regard at his chamber in Nizamabad on Tuesday. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Sangam district president and secretaries Raman Reddy and Prashant said that with the sudden transfers during election time, most of the employees have left their families here and serving in other areas. Now they are asking to give postings in their home districts again.Association representatives Venugopal, Vishnusagar, Ramakrishna and Jwalagiri Rao were present.last_img read more

Irked by funeral noise judge orders case against relatives

first_imgArmoor: Tension prevailed for some time when the family members and relatives of a deceased staged a sit-on protest along with the corpse near the Munsif court in Armoor on Friday. The traffic was disrupted on the nearby national highway.The family members and relatives of a deceased person were taking out a funeral procession accompanied by drums beating and firing crackers and the bereaved relatives crying all the way. Also Read – 3-day Snacks Festival begins at Ameerpet Metro station Advertise With Us When the procession came near to Munsif court, the judge couldn’t bear the sounds of crackers and drum beating and ordered a case to be filed against the relatives of the deceased. Strongly protesting the judge’s order, the relatives claimed that they are following the tradition and staged a protest along with the body in front of the court. Traffic blocked on both sides of the road due to the protest. The case was withdrawn with the mediation of Bar Association and the funeral was conducted.last_img read more