The Vamps Hang Out With Kittens

first_imgSnuggling up to a pair of rescued kittens, The Vamps’ lead guitarist, James McVey, stars in a new campaign for peta2 — PETA’s youth division — that proclaims, “Save a Life: Adopt — Don’t Shop!”The Vamps’ James McVey Poses For PETAThe ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Ruth Rose, goes on stress the importance of adopting homeless animals from shelters and never buying them from breeders or pet stores.Video: James McVey plays with KITTENS!! – The Vamps Takeover“There are millions of animals already in shelters—kittens … puppies, dogs, a variety of animals,” says McVey. “So go to a shelter, adopt, and save a life!”Every year, millions of dogs and cats end up in animal shelters, and many of them have to be euthanized simply because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Every time someone buys a kitten or a puppy from a breeder or a pet store, a dog or a cat in a shelter loses his or her chance at finding a home. That’s why McVey and peta2 — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — encourage anyone who’s thinking of adding an animal to his or her family to visit a local shelter or rescue group.McVey joins a long list of musicians — including Fifth Harmony, Little Mix, Pink, Sia, Ke$ha, and many others — who have teamed up with peta2 to promote kindness to animals.last_img read more

Gas prices on their way up in Calgary

first_imgCalgarians getting low on fuel may want to fill up soon.GasBuddy.com’s Dan McTeague predicts prices will be going up in the next day or two.“Part of the routine of gas bar shenanigans by many gas retailers in the Calgary market, where they drop prices down five, six, seven cents a litre, representing really their operating costs, and then at some point mid-week, usually it’s Wednesday, or Thursday, they drive it up 10 cents a litre,” he said.McTeague said stations are paying about a $1.08 wholesale right now, so stations are literally losing money if they are selling below $1.14 in hopes you’ll buy their confectionary.last_img

Togolese general selected as force commander of UN mission in Côte dIvoire

Major General Gnakoudè Béréna will succeed Maj. Gen. Abdul Hafiz of Bangladesh, whose tour of duty with the peacekeeping operation ends next week.A former chief of army staff in Togo, as well as a special adviser to his country’s President, Maj. Gen. Béréna has also served as a sector commander with the then UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) in 1993-94.The new Force Commander also served in the same role with the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Guinea-Bissau in 1998-99.Cote 15 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of an experienced Togolese military officer as the new Force Commander for the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).

Colombia UN report blames FARC and paramilitary groups for civilian deaths

The report by the Colombia Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, released in Spanish on Tuesday, covers the work of an observation mission which earlier this month evaluated violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Medio Atrato. The Office found the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) to be responsible for the deaths of more than 100 civilians and injuries to some 80 others, stemming from the rebel group’s use of gas cylinder bombs. The United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia (AUC) was also responsible for what occurred, according to the report, which points out that the paramilitaries had exposed the civilian population to the dangers of military action.The report adds that the Government of Colombia failed to meet its obligations to prevent what occurred and to protect the civilian population. The Government did not heed early warning calls of the impending confrontation between the FARC and the AUC, the report said. read more

Incentives offered for new agents at remote border crossings

Incentives offered for new agents at remote border crossings NORTON, Vt. – It can be slow at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing between Norton, Vermont, and Stanhope, Quebec, where agents have watched moose amble through while waiting for people and cargo.But the port is still open 24/7 and needs to be staffed around the clock. However, the U.S. Government is having a hard time finding employees.As part of a nationwide effort to increase staff at some of its most remote border crossings, Customs and Border Protection is now offering hiring bonuses and job security for people willing to make the move to remote spots in Vermont, Maine, North Dakota, Texas and other locations on both the northern and southern borders.While the hours of operation of some remote crossings are being reduced, in the post 9-11 era, security procedures require that crossings be staffed by at least two officers at all times.“There are midnight shifts in many locations where the volume is minimal, yet the community still expects to have that level of service,” said Customs and Border Protection Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen.Mario Marquis, a Norton agent for 15 years, said he’d like to have more co-workers.“The pool of people that you would pick from have probably left the area to look for work somewhere else,” said Marquis, who greets border-crossers in both English and French.New officers do come to work in Norton, but it’s hard for many who feel isolated in the rural region where even a trip to Walmart is an all-day event.“They come here and they soon realize it was a mistake,” Marquis said of some outsiders who come to work the port. “They are like a fish out of water, like I am when I go to Boston.”There are 328 ports of entry to the United States across the country, including land, sea and airports. Customs and Border Protection is currently working to hire 1,300 officers nationwide — 1,150 at about 30 officially recognized hard-to-fill locations. Of those, new hires at 21 locations, including Norton, are eligible for a three-year 25 per cent bonus on top of a base pay of about $32,000.The hiring effort, which began spring 2015, is separate from President Donald Trump’s executive order issued shortly after he took office to hire 5,000 new border patrol agents and other security personnel.Many ports now help fill staffing shortages with lots of overtime for the officers, but that can only go so far, Owen said.“You need the staffing to be healthy so that there is that balance, you have fresh officers and the officers also have quality of life,” he said.Even though the officers might appear to be working in areas where there is little to do, they have to be as ready to detect threats as officers working at larger, busier points of entry.Therese Herr, now a border patrol supervisor in Beecher Falls, where Vermont, New Hampshire and Quebec meet, was called in one night in December 1999 when a Montreal woman was arrested trying to bring a Moroccan man into the country illegally.The woman, Lucia Garofalo, was initially linked to Ahmed Ressam, the Algerian who had been living in Montreal who was caught in Washington state that same month trying to bring a bomb into the United States that he planned to detonate at the Los Angeles International Airport on New Year’s Eve.“The tough things for these guys and gals — there’s a danger of somebody becoming complacent, but I’m going to say this for the people who work here: I don’t see that happening,” said Herr, who acts as a local recruiter. “They are always on top. We’re very fortunate to have a good group of people, but it would be nice to have more.” by Wilson Ring, The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2017 10:43 am MDT Last Updated Aug 20, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Horrific accounts of sexual violence against Rohingya just tip of the iceberg

“Gender-based violence, including rape and sexual assault, is a key concern that has emerged from the ongoing humanitarian crisis,” said UNFPA in a news release today. The UN agency noted that it has already provided a range of services, including medical and psychosocial counselling assistance, to more than 7,000 Rohingya women refugees. However, many victims have not reported their ordeal out of concerns over safety, confidentiality, shame and stigma, it added. “This is what makes it challenging to come up with accurate numbers of gender-based violence survivors.” According to UNFPA, the lead UN agency on addressing gender-based violence in humanitarian crisis and emergencies, more than 480,000 Rohingya refugees – over half of them women and girls – have poured into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar since August 25, having fled their homes since violence erupted in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine province. Some 120,000 among them are women of reproductive age and 24,000 are either pregnant or breastfeeding. SEE ALSO: UN experts urge Member States to ‘go beyond statements,’ take action to help RohingyaUNFPA has set up five ‘Women Friendly Spaces’ – areas which women can access at anytime for safety or to access information, education, support or other services – and plans to scale it up to fifteen by the end of the year. It has also helped set up community watch groups and medical camps with psychosocial counselling assistance amid what it noted are “incredibly challenging circumstances.”However, given the scale of the crisis, UNFPA and other UN agencies as well as partners, are struggling in need of resources. UNFPA alone needs an additional $13 million to meet the demand for services over the next six months.Humanitarian crises across the world suffering the blightThe scourge of sexual and gender violence, unfortunately, is not only limited to the Rohingyas who fled Myanmar. Humanitarian crises globally are affected, with women and girls disproportionately affected, their specific needs not addressed adequately. And it is therefore of paramount importance, underscored UNFPA, that each and every survivor of gender-based violence who needs such services must receive them in an environment that respects their right to self-determination, privacy and confidentiality, ensuring safety and, in so doing, helping them regain or strengthen their sense of dignity. “All women and girls, regardless of their ethnicity or religious affiliations, must have access to health care and other essential services without discrimination, and they must be protected from all forms of violence, including sexual assault,” emphasized Natalia Kanem, the Acting Executive Director of UNFPA. “The health and safety of women and girls must be protected.” read more

Study finds 25 of P2P downloads to be fake files

first_imgWhen it comes to addressing software or media piracy on peer-to-peer networks, publishers and content owners have typically been reactive in fighting them by launching lawsuits against individuals and forcing them to pay fines in an effort to scare others from doing the same. Unfortunately, that tactic has not been very effective and it is costly. So, companies have gone on the offensive.Researchers in Europe, with a good portion being from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, have presented a paper which looked at the motives of the largest BitTorrent seeders. While some seeders use fake files to spread viruses, malware or even advertise goods or services, others were paid by publishers and content owners to upload large numbers of fake files in an attempt to make it frustrating for users to utilize P2P for piracy. Initially, P2P networks fought back with countermeasures including blocking IP addresses and the accounts of the biggest offenders. Yet, a stunning number of fake files have still slipped through.AdChoices广告According to the paper, a large dataset containing 55,000 of the top files shared from 35 million IP addresses sourced from popular BitTorrent search engines The Pirate Bay and Mininova, were identified to contain 30% fake files thanks to antipiracy agencies. Those files are definitely having an impact when you look at the number which have been downloaded. Some people assume these fake files are largely ignored. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, 25% of the files downloaded were fake.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more

Official Thierry Henry is the new Monaco manager

first_imgThe French football legend will coach a team for the first time in his career, returning to the Ligue 1 club after almost 20 yearsAfter many rumors, putting him as manager of Aston Villa in the English Championship, for example, football legend Thierry Henry will coach AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1.The Frenchman has signed a three-year contract with the team, returning for the first time since he last played there in 1999.“His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colors make his nomination a reality,” Vadim Vasilyev, AS Monaco vice-president and chief executive officer said on the club’s official website.“Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job. He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out its mission.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“First of all, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this special club for me,” Thierry Henry told the official website.“I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I can not wait to meet the players to start working together.”#HesComingHome #ForeverMonaco pic.twitter.com/iHZEewWj13— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) October 13, 2018last_img read more

El Rancho Viejo manager appears in court on drug accusations

first_imgThe owner of the El Rancho Viejo restaurant in Vancouver said Monday he had no idea one of his managers was allegedly distributing methamphetamine from the business.“I trusted him,” said Roberto Guitron, El Rancho Viejo’s owner. “This is really bad because I’m trying to clean up his mess.”Guitron was overseeing business at the restaurant Monday. Meanwhile, restaurant manager Ramon Lopez-Guitron, the owner’s cousin, made his first appearance in Clark County Superior Court.Judge Daniel Stahnke set bail at $50,000 for Lopez-Guitron, 44, who is accused of three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and maintaining a drug dwelling.Lopez-Guitron will be arraigned Dec. 2. When asked whether he can afford his own attorney, he told the judge he expects to retain a lawyer.last_img read more

Pedestrian struck by car killed in Vancouver

first_imgPedestrian Anita Walters, 57, was killed Monday morning in Vancouver after a man who had been driving erratically through the city struck her with his car, according to police.At about 11:15 a.m., a series of callers to 911 reported that a dark-maroon sedan was driving recklessly on Interstate 205 northbound from Portland, and there were reports that the sedan hit another vehicle on the freeway and kept going.From I-205, the driver took state Highway 500 west and struck a light pole on the highway before exiting onto Northeast Andresen Road, according to Trooper Will Finn with the Washington State Patrol. Traveling north on Andresen Road, the car struck Walters near Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive. The driver continued north for a short distance before crashing the car, and he was taken into custody, according to the Vancouver Police Department, which identified him as Matthew Saeed Purifoy, 33.Police at the scene confirmed Walters had died. While police investigated, Andresen Road was shut down for several blocks north and south of Vancouver Mall Drive. The Vancouver Police Department’s Major Crimes Team and Traffic Unit are investigating the incident and say it’s possible that Purifoy was impaired.last_img read more

Matt Pimentel Appointed To Austin Preps Board Of Trustees

first_imgREADING, MA — Austin Preparatory School in Reading is pleased to welcome Matt Pimentel a 2001 graduate, of Andover, to its Board of Trustees.Currently Vice President of Pimentel Construction in Wilmington, Pimentel is responsible for management and oversight of all construction operations.  In addition, he serves on the Ballardvale Historic District Commission in Andover and is a member of the Advancement Committee and Strategic Planning Board at Austin Prep.After graduating from Austin Prep, Pimentel headed south, attending Clemson University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.  Prior to joining Pimentel Construction, he worked at Sasso Construction as Project Manager for nine years and was Head Coach of Track and Field, and Assistant Head Coach of Cross Country at Merrimack College for seven years.He lives in Andover with his wife Linsey and their daughter Avery.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Austin Prep.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Michael Ciampa To Be Inducted Into Austin Prep’s Athletic Hall Of FameIn “Sports”Austin Prep Names Bill Pappas As Boys Hockey Head Coach, Has Ties To WilmingtonIn “Sports”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin PrepIn “Education”last_img read more

Poles jailed over UKs largest modern slavery ring

first_imgLONDON: State prosecutors on Friday disclosed the jailing of eight Polish human traffickers who lured hundreds of victims from Poland in “the largest modern slavery” operation ever exposed in Britain — and possibly Europe. The three-year police investigation and subsequent trial, whose reporting restrictions were lifted Friday, found the gang had been preying on hundreds of Polish homeless people and drug addicts. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Court testimony and police records showed them being paid as little as £10 ($12.50, 11.15 euros) a week for tough, physical work such as sorting parcels or picking onions. The operation was based in the central English city of Birmingham. The victims were kept in squalid conditions and constantly monitored to make sure none escaped. “Eighty-eight victims came forward but the investigation revealed in excess of 300 other probable victims,” said Mark Paul of England’s Crown Prosecution Service. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “Vulnerable men and women were recruited off the streets in Poland with the promise of a better life, only to be cruelly exploited and trapped into a desperate cycle of dependency with nowhere else to go.” The eight gang members have been sentenced to jail terms of between three and 11 years, in three trials that concluded on Friday. They were convicted of crimes ranging from human trafficking to money laundering and conspiracy to require another person to perform forced labour. Advertise With Us “This is the largest modern slavery prosecution of its kind in the UK and perhaps in Europe,” Paul said. Bentley and sports cars News of the human trafficking operation first emerged after two of the victims fled their captors and contacted the Hope for Justice anti-slavery charity. Polish national Miroslaw Lehmann said he was paid “nothing” for working up to 13 hours a day and then returning to a squalid apartment with no hot water nor heat. “We slept on the floor on the mattress and we used our clothes as blankets,” the 38-year-old said in an interview broadcast by the BBC. “I couldn’t even leave the house for a walk,” Lehmann said. “They were following me, spying on me. They were controlling me.” Another victim whose name was not revealed said he was forced to wash in a city canal. One said he was beaten if he refused to perform certain work. The sentencing documents described the gang’s leader — identified as Polish national Ignacy Brzezinski — as a “functioning alcoholic” who “enjoyed the fruits of the conspiracy, riding around in a Bentley and a fleet of high-performance cars”. Detective Chief Inspector Nick Dale of the West Midlands police force said: “People who employ individuals in these circumstances — banks, members of the community who might spot the signs — we all need to work to make it as difficult as possible for these organised groups.”last_img read more

Anil Ambanis RCom in limbo as deal with Mukeshs Jio snaps court

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:51Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:51?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading … Reliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeThe Depart of Telecommunication’s (DoT) show-cause notice to Reliance Communications (RCom) for yet another default of license fee payment does not move the needle for resolving the crisis that the Anil Ambani-led telecom provider is facing. RCom’s dues for spectrum fees alone already amount to Rs 281 crore, according to reports.There are on-going cases in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) and the Supreme Court that have added to the travails of the company. It is already in trouble after the Rs 7,300-crore deal with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio for spectrum sales could not go through as DoT refused to give the go-ahead for the deal. DoT wants Jio to guarantee the payment of the historical dues that RCom owes DoT before it can give the go ahead.Though the spectrum deal has been scrapped, Jio will continue to share the spectrum with RCom as long as it is available, according to a Jio official. “RCom continues to be a licensed operator. They have not paid, but that does not disqualify them (as a license holder) and DoT is looking into it. DoT has sent show-cause notices for not paying (dues) but the company is in a peculiar situation where there are court cases going on in NCLAT and Supreme Court,” said Anshuman Thakur, strategy head of Jio at a recent function where Reliance Industries announced its FY19 Q4 results, according to reports.”Today they are eligible to share spectrum and use that network to service enterprise customers. If there are any changes, we will get to know, because it’s between the courts and DoT,” Thakur added. Jio shares RCom’s airwaves in the 850 MHz band in 21 circles, including Mumbai, and industry experts say the scrapping of airwaves by DoT could disrupt Jio’s services. The spectrum deal for selling 122.4 MHz of spectrum in the 850 MHz band to Jio would have helped ease RCom’s debt burden. File photo of Chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd Mukesh Ambani speaking as his brother Anil Ambani watches in 2004. Reliance Communications is in limbo with the court cases and trouble with DoT over spectrum payments.ReutersAs the bankruptcy proceedings of RCom continue in NCLAT, their effect is already putting a strain on the other companies of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADG). RCom shares have hit the bottom while group companies like Reliance Power and Reliance Capital have been plunging. RCom share fell 4 per cent on Thursday to reach Rs 2.40. Reliance Capital fell 11.77 per cent to Rs 151.45 on National Stock Exchange (NSE). Reliance Power plunged 13.23 per cent to Rs 8.20. Reliance Infrastructure skidded 7.99 per cent to Rs 121.50. The Anil Ambani Group companies have been in trouble since the controversy erupted over his company’s involvement in the Rafale fighter jet. Rahul Gandhi-led opposition Congress party has made Rafale Defence’s role as an offset partner in the deal with French company Dassault a campaign point in the ongoing general elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Anil Ambani almost landed in jail after the Supreme Court convicted him of contempt of court for failure to pay Swedish telecom equipment vendor Ericsson. Mukesh Ambani had to step in to save the younger sibling jail time.center_img Mukesh Ambani helped his younger brother Anil Ambani to pay off debt owed to Sweden’s Ericssonlast_img read more

Democrats clash with Trump admin on subpoenas tax returns

first_imgIn this 2 April file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cummings says the White House is now in “open defiance” of his panel after lawyers advised a former official to resist a subpoena related to the committee’s investigation of White House security clearances.Photo: APThe struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified Tuesday as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing president Donald Trump’s tax returns.Rep. Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the White House has adopted the “untenable” position that it can ignore requests from the Democratic majority in the House.“It appears that the president believes that the Constitution does not apply to his White House, that he may order officials at will to violate their legal obligations, and that he may obstruct attempts by Congress to conduct oversight,” Cummings said in a statement.Cummings was specifically referring to Carl Kline, a former White House personnel security director, who was subpoenaed by Democrats.Kline did not show up Tuesday for a scheduled deposition, and Cummings said he is consulting with other lawmakers and staff about scheduling a vote to hold Kline in contempt of Congress. The committee subpoenaed Kline after one of his former subordinates told the panel that dozens of people in Trump’s administration were granted security clearances despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds.Trump said he doesn’t want former or current aides testifying in Congress, “where it’s very partisan — obviously very partisan.”Trump told The Washington Post in an interview published Tuesday night, “I don’t want people testifying to a party, because that is what they’re doing if they do this.”Meanwhile, the administration on Tuesday defied a demand from Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., to turn over six years of Trump’s tax returns by the close of business — a strong signal that they intend to reject the request. In a letter to Neal, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin asked for more time and said he would give the panel a final decision by May 6.Mnuchin wrote Neal that he is consulting with the Justice Department “due to the serious constitutional questions raised by this request and the serious consequences that a resolution of those questions could have for taxpayer privacy.”Neal hasn’t announced next steps, but he could opt to issue a subpoena to enforce his demand, sent under a 1924 law that requires the Treasury secretary to furnish any tax return requested by a handful of lawmakers with responsibility over the IRS.The fight over Kline’s appearance comes as the White House has stonewalled the oversight panel in several different investigations. On Monday, Trump and his business organization sued Cummings to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president’s financial records. The complaint, filed in federal court in Washington, said a subpoena from Cummings “has no legitimate legislative purpose” and accused Democrats of harassing Trump.Cummings said the White House “has refused to produce a single piece of paper or a single witness” in any of the panel’s investigations this year. Democrats took control of the House in January.The back and forth over Kline’s testimony played out in a series of letters over the past month between the White House, the oversight committee and Kline’s lawyer. The White House demanded that one of its lawyers attend the deposition to ensure executive privilege was protected, but Cummings rejected that request. The White House then ordered Kline, who now works at the Pentagon, to defy the subpoena.Cummings said the committee has for years required that witnesses are represented only by their own counsel.“There are obvious reasons we need to conduct our investigations of agency malfeasance without representatives of the office under investigation,” Cummings said in a statement.A spokesman for the top Republican on the oversight panel, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, said Cummings was choosing confrontation over cooperation.“Chairman Cummings rushed to a subpoena in his insatiable quest to sully the White House,” said Russell Dye.The oversight panel has been investigating security clearances issued to senior officials, including Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former White House aide Rob Porter.Tricia Newbold, an 18-year government employee who oversaw the issuance of clearances for some senior White House aides, told the committee earlier this year that she compiled a list of at least 25 officials who were initially denied security clearances last year because of their backgrounds. But she said senior Trump aides overturned those decisions, moves she said weren’t made “in the best interest of national security.”According to a committee memo, Newbold said the disqualifying issues included foreign influence, conflicts of interest, financial problems, drug use, personal conduct and criminal conduct.Newbold said she raised her concerns up the chain of command in the White House to no avail. Instead, she said, the White House retaliated, suspending her in January for 14 days without pay for not following a new policy requiring that documents be scanned as separate PDF files rather than one single PDF file. Kline was Newbold’s supervisor.Newbold said when she returned to work in February, she was cut out of the security clearance process and removed from a supervisory responsibility.last_img read more

For Barstool Sports Podcasts Are Now Around OneThird of Revenue

first_img Barstool Sports Founder Threatens to Fire Employees Engaged in Unionizing, Which Is Against the Law Barstool has inked sponsorship brands for several of its podcasts, including with Roman, SeatGeek, Starbucks, FanDuel and Square’s Cash App (which is integrated into “Pardon My Take”). The company also sells merchandise like T-shirts and hats for its podcasts and is bringing its hosts to live events. “What we’ve built is a platform that lets us understand how to promote a podcast and a personality and make it into social, video or a live event,” Nardini says.There are still challenges the industry needs to address. Nardini notes that in podcasting, there remain big gaps in measurement. “There’s no Nielsen NetRatings of podcasting,” she says. “Advertisers ask, ‘What am I getting?’”Pictured above: Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini “We’re able to take people who started as bloggers and wrote very funny commentary on sports and life and moved those to an audio form,” she says. “It allows for authenticity, with a very low barrier to entry.”Upwards of 35% of Barstool’s revenue now comes from the podcast business, Nardini says. She wouldn’t share specific financial details but says the 180-employee company is “on a path toward $100 million” in overall revenue over the next year and is profitable. Barstool Sports has been majority-owned by Peter Chernin’s Chernin Group since 2016.The Barstool lineup includes sports-talker “Pardon My Take,” the No. 1 sports podcast in the U.S. The three-times-per-week show is hosted by Barstool personalities Big Cat and PFT Commenter who, according to the company, deliver “the loudest and most correct sports takes in the history of the spoken word.”Another top 10 podcast hit has been “Call Her Daddy,” a raunchy sex talk show hosted by female 20-something duo Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn (whom Barstool discovered on Twitter last fall). The “Call Her Daddy” hosts “have very explosively funny takes on sex and relationships,” Nardini says.Other popular Barstool podcasts are “Fore Play” (golf), “Spittin’ Chiclets” (hockey), “Mickstape” (basketball), and “KFC Radio,” a weekly “bar conversation” that invites reader and listener contributions.For Barstool, podcasting is a very high-margin business and far more cost-effective than TV production, Nardini says. In addition, she says, “In television, you’re working toward someone else’s definition of what’s funny or what’s allowed. With podcasts, you’re getting graded on by the fans… We control our own destiny.”Of course, a few years ago, Barstool Sports did try to make the leap to TV in a pact with ESPN. But in October 2017, ESPN pulled the plug on “Barstool Van Talk,” a late-night comedy/interview show on ESPN2, after just a single episode aired. That came in response to offensive remarks the site’s staffers made about a female ESPN host. “While we had approval on the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content,” then-ESPN president John Skipper said at the time. Barstool Sports Is Getting Its Own SiriusXM 24-Hour Channel ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Today, Nardini says, Barstool doesn’t see upside in pursuing a television strategy. “Most digital companies are getting paid production fees to work in television, which are finite and capped. That’s versus podcasting, where the bigger a podcast becomes the more leverage we have in commanding a price [for advertising],” she says.That said, podcasts represent intellectual property that could generate new revenue through video-series extensions, Nardini says. “Any given week, I’m talking to Amazon, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, and even Twitter about how could we take podcasts and turn that into an experience that lives on their platform,” she says.Barstool also has a deal with SiriusXM, for which it produces 12 hours of programming per day for its own dedicated channel, and distributes its podcasts across SiriusXM’s platform. “Sirius really allowed us to grow talent and increase muscle around audio,” Nardini says.Audio formats have been strong for Barstool in letting it connect with 18-34 audiences “in a way that’s very relatable and on the same level,” Nardini says. “The way our personalities talk about sports, news, life, dating, sex, you name it – they’re at the same level of our fans. Podcasting is a very intimate medium, the relationship is between the listener and the host.”Other sports-media companies are upping their investment in original podcasts, too. In October, ESPN plans to launch “The ESPN Daily,” a five-times-per-week podcast running about 20 minutes per episode (similar to the New York Times’ “The Daily”). “If we’re serious about being in this space, we really need to have a daily, consistent news and information offering,” says Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive VP of production and executive editor. “We don’t want to be leaving money on the table.”As more podcasts flow into the ecosystem, it’s becoming difficult to break through and find an audience, Nardini says. But it’s just the beginning of what she sees as a long, ongoing ramp in reaching Barstool fans with audio. “Spotify and Apple have just started to think about making podcasts first-class citizens on their platforms,” she says. Barstool Sports isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The site trades in a style of raw humor and commentary that some find offensive. The company has a shoot-from-the-lip founder whose gags having included joking about union-busting, a move that would violate federal labor laws.But the brazen media outfit has drawn a large and loyal fanbase. And Barstool has been able to leverage that audience to expand into the burgeoning world of podcasting, which now represents a sizable and growing piece of its business. (For more on the booming podcast space, see this week’s Variety cover story, “How Conan O’Brien and Other Top Hosts Are Driving the Podcast Revolution.”)When Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini joined the New York-based company three years ago, it was producing three podcasts. It now has more than 30 and ranks as the No. 6 largest U.S. podcast publisher with 6.75 million unique listeners in July 2019 — putting it ahead of rivals including ESPN, according to Podtrac. Popular on Variety last_img read more

MVP Indians Fan Gives Foul Ball to Kid After Flawless Line Drive

first_img Advertisement Hot Mic Picks Up Aaron Boone Completely Eviscerating Ump In Profanity Laced Tirade We’ve seen plenty of viral videos of obnoxious grown ups at baseball games gleefully taking foul balls away from little kids and generally being horrible people, but sometimes there are signs of hope.Take the fan at yesterday’s Indians game who made a flawless barehanded stab on a foul right field line drive without spilling more than a couple drops of his $15 beer. He vaulted into legend status when he turned around and gave the souvenir to a young kid behind him and made his year.This may be one of the greatest all around fan performances of all-time. Take notes.Hey, @MLB — has a fan ever won MVP before? pic.twitter.com/5ih8N5laJH— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 17, 2019last_img read more

Heres Why Mobile Users Are Leaving Your App and What to Do

first_imgJune 14, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Having a mobile app is an increasingly vital part of any company’s strategy. In fact, consumers are using their phones for three hours each day, and the large majority of that time is spent using apps rather than making calls or texting, according to Twin Prime, a new mobile content acceleration company.However, many businesses apps get dropped by customers, sometimes in favor of a competitor’s version. Much of the time people are quick to drop apps that run slowly. Providing consistently fast connections is difficult, but there’s hope. Twin Prime suggests adjusting and updating the app as new phones enter the market to keep up with emerging technology and using an automated system is also recommended.Check out more tips and stats in the infographic below.Click to EnlargeRelated: 4 Critical Things Every Business Must Know About Mobile Marketing 1 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Abu Dhabi attracts huge crowd for New Year celebrations

first_imgAbu Dhabi celebrated an extremely busy New Year’s period with the emirate’s diverse programme of multiple leisure activities, hotel and dining promotions, music concerts, cultural festivals and entertainment events that were held during December 2016.As 2016 came to an end, the city’s packed calendar of activities and concerts made sure that many of Abu Dhabi’s top-tier hotels were running at 100% occupancy levels, with many more hotels close to full capacity.Establishments enjoying full capacity over the New Year period included the Beach Rotana, Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche and Intercontinental Abu Dhabi.Guests checking in to the emirate’s hotels from January until November 2016 showed an increase of eight percent compared with 2015, with the total number of guest arrivals at 4,022,918.Events such as the New Year’s Eve concert by world-famous rock band Coldplay at du Arena on Abu Dhabi’s ‘entertainment hub’ of Yas Island helped boost visitor numbers, with 30,000 people packed into the venue to enjoy famous songs by the band.Yas Island’s ‘Winterland Carnival’ which was held at the du Forum welcomed more than 26,000 people who enjoyed the activities at this unique winter-themed event, which featured exciting rides, games, performers, as well as an array of food trucks.last_img read more

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