SiriusXM Canada now available on Apple TV

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, announced today that SiriusXM’s 200+ channels of world class audio entertainment are now available on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation) via the SiriusXM app. SiriusXM on Apple TV gives subscribers another convenient way to access its extensive lineup of programming, which features Howard Stern, commercial-free music, plus live sports, news, entertainment, comedy, and more, inside their home. With SiriusXM on Apple TV, SiriusXM All Access and streaming subscribers can access exclusive music and entertainment, including Howard Stern’s two exclusive channels, commercial-free music from multiple genres, an extensive schedule of live games and events from professional and college sports, plus news from respected national outlets, exclusive talk and entertainment, a broad range of comedy, and sports talk from some of the biggest names in broadcasting; as well as dozens of exclusive online-only channels that span music, talk, comedy and news.SiriusXM showcases exclusive artist branded music channels from The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Garth Brooks, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Kenny Chesney, Pitbull and many more. Its expertly curated channels play music from multiple decades and genres that span rock, pop, country, electronic dance, jazz and more. Subscribers with Apple TV can also access concept-based channels curated by SiriusXM’s acclaimed programming team, such as The Coffee House, SiriusXM Chill, Road Trip Radio, Yacht Rock Radio, and The Covers Channel.SiriusXM content available on Apple TV mirrors what is available to subscribers with their streaming subscription. For more info on what channels are available on various SiriusXM subscriptions, go to siriusxm.ca/plans.About SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies eight years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member. Twitter Advertisement With the SiriusXM app on AppleTV, SiriusXM trial or paid subscribers with streaming access may:Customize music and comedy channels with MySXM for a personalized experience.Choose from a large library of archived programming on SiriusXM On Demand.Experience a user interface optimized for Apple TV.Set and select favorites for easy access to preferred channels and shows.Resume shows from SiriusXM On Demand from where they left off when listening previously on the SiriusXM app on Apple TV or other devices.View currently-playing content on the integrated screen saverLearn more at siriusxm.ca/appletv.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Ban congratulates South Africa on peaceful polls high voter turnout

“He applauds the determination of South Africans to participate meaningfully in the democratic system the country has fought so hard to establish, starting with the first multi-racial elections 20 years ago,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York. Following yesterday’s vote, the statement pledges the continuing commitment of the United Nations to supporting South Africa in its efforts to advance justice and development for the benefit of all segments of society.

Giants LB Olivier Vernon struggling after ankle injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When the New York Giants started playing games in the preseason, it seemed linebacker 0livier Vernon was going to have a monster season in co-ordinator James Bettcher’s new 3-4 defensive scheme.Every time the ball was snapped Vernon disrupted plays. He stopped runs and got sacks and pressures on opposing quarterbacks.A couple of days before the preseason finale against New England, Vernon suffered a high sprain to his left ankle, and his season has turned into a major disappointment.The seven-year veteran missed the first five regular-season games and didn’t return to action until a start against the Eagles on Nov. 11. The Giants were 1-4 at that point and things only got worse as New York dropped the next three games heading into its bye.While Vernon played well against the Eagles, he has not done much statistically this season. He has one sack, 10 tackles and six quarterback hits in six games. Against Tampa Bay on Nov. 18, he was flagged for three penalties in a span of one snap: two neutral zone violations and a roughing the passer.It’s not what is expected of a player making $17 million this season, the second-highest salary on the team.“You work hard before every season coming up and it’s just one little bump in the road, and all I can do right now is just the normal game plan, be out there for my team and make the plays that come to me,” Vernon said Friday after the Giants (3-8) practiced for Sunday’s game against the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears (8-3).Vernon insists he is 100 per cent healthy, although he said getting back into football shape has taken time. He was able to do some cardio work while hurt, but it took time to get his legs back.The Giants have missed him in the pass rush. They have 14 sacks this season, second lowest in the league. Vernon’s one sack is on pace to be a career low. He had 3 1/2 in his rookie season of 2012 with Miami. In his previous two seasons with the Giants he had 15, including 6 1/2 last year despite missing four games with another ankle injury.“He’s just like every player on our team,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “Just keep battling, keep playing to make a difference. He can be a disruptive force, we all know that.”Shurmur said Vernon has been making plays. He is just not getting the sacks.Vernon notes that Sunday will be a test because the Bears are playing well. They are not making mistakes and are forcing turnovers. They even won last week with veteran quarterback Chase Daniel starting for Mitchell Trubisky, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury.Trubisky was limited at practice this week and is doubtful for Sunday. Daniel is expected to start at MetLife Stadium.“One thing is you just have to get back there, you have to make him feel the pressure and kind of force them into making errors,” Vernon said. “We know he can make plays with his arm, and he can also make plays with his feet as well. They have a lot of fast, skilled guys out there that just can make plays when it’s needed.”If Vernon does not start making big plays, the Giants might consider releasing him. He signed a five-year, $85 million contract in 2016 with $52 million guaranteed. He will carry a cap hit of $19.5 million in each of his final two seasons.“Right now I’m focusing on the Bears and whatever happens, happens,” he said. “All I can do is focus on what I have to do.”NOTES: TE Evan Engram (hamstring) and LB B.J. Goodson (neck) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game. Rookie LB Lorenzo Carter (hip) is questionable.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTom Canavan, The Associated Press read more

Dotting the i Slob mentality alive with Prince

OSU sophomore offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (59) prepares to make a block during the Buckeyes game against Oklahoma Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorChase Farris was an intimidating force for the Ohio State offensive line last season. Replacing him could have caused plenty of headaches for the Buckeyes, but sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince has proven to be effective in the starting role.Prince, a native of Greenbelt, Maryland, is a former four-star recruit who was considered the best player from his state. On Signing Day, he signed with the Buckeyes, boosting an already large haul for OSU.Paving the way for redshirt freshman Mike Weber on the ground and protecting redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett’s right side, Prince has been instrumental in the success of the offensive unit for OSU regardless of his young age. Currently, the Buckeyes have surrendered just two sacks through four games, and average 332 yards rushing per contest.“For me personally, there was no pressure.”  Prince said. “This is something we’ve been preparing every day in the winter and spring.”A young lineman stepping into the starting lineup for OSU is no small accomplishment. Orlando Pace, John Hicks, Jim Lachey and Nick Mangold are a few former OSU offensive lineman who have had their names go down in Buckeye history.After backing up now-NFL talents in both Taylor Decker and Farris, Prince has had large expectations about his play. Even though he has earned his way into the lead role at right tackle, OSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa said he and fellow tackle and junior left tackle Jamarco Jones still need to improve.“I’m pleased with some of the things they’re doing, and I’m not pleased with some things they’re doing,” Studrawa said. “But they’re growing.”Against Oklahoma, the offense for OSU faced a tough task in the defensive unit of the Sooners. Although Barrett tossed four touchdowns that evening, the night belonged to the lineman and the running backs for the Buckeyes.All told, OSU had 291 yards on the ground, and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Multiple long runs, including Weber’s 35-yard scamper in the second half, were off the right side.Prince, standing at a massive 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, seems to swallow up opposing defensive ends and linebackers before they can even get out of their stance. A man of few words, the Maryland native has let his play do the talk this season.Overall, Prince said he has improved in basically every way, with an extreme emphasis on his pass protection and run blocking.In multiple times this season, Prince has collapsed the entire right side of the opponent’s defensively line single-handedly. Teamed up with redshirt junior guard Billy Price, running plays to the right has paid dividends in the form of big gains for the OSU offense.The ability to dominate may be impressive, but it’s business as usual for Prince.“Anything to help the team,” Prince said. “Anything to help (Weber), (Barrett), anyone of them pop through. That’s my job. That’s what I’m supposed to do.”With a multitude of talent lost to the NFL, fans were anxious to see how OSU coach Urban Meyer would replace such skilled players. “The Slobs,” the self-imposed moniker of the offensive line, seemed to be a thing of the past after the 2015 season.Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein insisted the name would stay, and the players moving up were more than worthy of the coveted title.Considering how Prince has played so far this season, it seems fitting that when asked if his name can be considered a part of the group of mauling blockers, he only smiled and offered a short reply.“Yeah, I’m a Slob,” Prince said. read more

Savita inquest The coroners nine recommendations endorsed by the jury

first_imgTHE CORONER IN the Savita Halappanavar inquest charged the jury giving it a choice of two verdicts – a narrative verdict or a verdict of medical misadventure.Dr Ciarán McLoughlin told the jury it could accept, reject or add to his recommendations after he summed up the evidence heard over the past two weeks.In returning a verdict of medical misadventure, the jury ‘strongly endorsed’ the nine recommendations.You may recommend that the Medical Council lay out exactly when a doctor can intervene to save the life of the mother in similar circumstances, which will remove doubt and fear from the doctor and also reassure the public. An Bord Altranais should have similar directives for midwives so that the two professions always complement one another.That blood samples are properly followed up and proper procedures are put in place to ensure errors don’t occur. That would be a national recommendation.Protocols are followed in the management of sepsis and there is proper training and guidelines for all medical and nursing personnel. And that would be a national recommendation.Proper and effective communication to occur between staff on-call and a team coming on duty and a dedicated handover time is set aside for such communications. That should be applied nationally.A protocol for sepsis written by the department of microbiology for each hospital and each hospital directorate. And that should be applied nationally.That a modified early warning score chart should be adopted by all hospitals in the state as soon as practicable.Early and effective communications with patients and/or their relatives to ensure that a treatment plan is readily explained and understood. And this should be applied nationally.That the medical notes and nursing notes should be separate documents and kept separate. And that should be applied nationally.No additions are made to the medical records of a deceased whose death is the subject of a coroner’s inquiry. Additions may inhibit the inquiry and prohibit the making of recommendations which may prevent further fatalities. And that should be applied nationally.The inquest was a fact-finding mission about how the 31-year-old dentist died on 28 October while being treated at Galway University Hospital.The verdict: Jury returns verdict of medical misadventurelast_img read more

Concerns over racial vilification

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Hellenic Council, along with ten other organisations representing Australia’s multicultural communities, have come together in order to raise their concerns against proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. The Coalition government through Attorney General George Brandis is proposing to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (1975), which makes it a criminal act to use language that insults, offends or humiliates a person on the basis of race or ethnicity. The initiative of the attorney general is widely interpreted as being in response to the 2011 conviction of the conservative columnist Andrew Bolt over articles he wrote in 2009, which questioned the Aboriginal authenticity of light skinned Indigenous people. George Brandis says he intends to proceed with the amendment so that speech found to be offensive and insulting is no longer defined as racial vilification, but he is on public record stating that he wants to consult widely before introducing the legislation, expected to be early next year. He also promised to consult on whether the amendments should “go further”. However, even though the Attorney General has promised to speak with community leaders before introducing changes, so far this consultation has not involved the wider community. Peter Iasonides, the Victorian Coordinator of the Australian Hellenic Council, speaking to Neos Kosmos stated : “The fact is that there have been instances where interpretation to Section 18C may have left an opportunity for the intention of the legislation to be overlooked with, in fact, a counter-vilification. Fine tuning legislation is welcomed in all progressive democracies; however, the intention of the legislation, the spirit of its purpose must not be ignored”. He then went on to say: “The so called “right to freedom of speech” is not intended for people to be malicious, or demeaning or denigrating of a person because of his race or religion; nor does it give people an open cheque to defame a person.”. Peter Iassonides called for “an extensive community consultation to discuss the intricacies and the parameters of the Racial Discrimination Act”, but he said. “Let’s not, though, delineate from the objectives of the legislation”. In a joint statement, eleven community organisations have stated publically their concerns about the proposed changes to the Racial Vilification Act, because this will expose entire groups to vilification, as they said. The organisations who raised their concerns are the Australian Hellenic Council, the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the Arab Council of Victoria, the Chinese Australian Forum, the Vietnamese Community of Australia, the Lebanese Muslim Association, the Armenian National Council of Australia, the United Muslim Women Association and All together Now.last_img read more

La vente de linkers interdite en France

first_imgLa vente de “linkers” interdite en FranceLa justice française vient de condamner six sociétés qui vendaient des dispositifs de copiage de jeux de Nintendo DS. Nintendo a obtenu gain de cause de la part de la Cour d’appel de Paris. Depuis plusieurs années, la firme japonaise voulait en effet réussir à faire interdire la vente de périphériques de copiage de jeux de sa console portable DS, les linkers. D’abord déboutée par le Tribunal de grande instance de Paris le 5 septembre, Nintendo a finalement gagné cette bataille en appel, explique jeuxvideo.fr (lien non disponible).Nintendo annonce ainsi que six sociétés ont été condamnées pour l’importation, la vente et la distribution des cartouches frauduleuses dans l’Hexagone. Des condamnations lourdes, avec des amendes allant jusqu’à 460.000 euros, des dommages et intérêts avoisinant les 4,8 millions d’euros et même des peines d’emprisonnement avec sursis dans quelques cas. Une décision marquante dans l’Hexagone, mais qui fait écho à celles déjà prononcées au niveau de l’Union européenne, notamment en Allemagne, en Angleterre, en Belgique ou encore aux Pays-Bas.Le 4 octobre 2011 à 14:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Incumbent state legislators enjoy fundraising edge

first_img17th District, Position 1Monica Stonier (D) $191, 056.70Lynda Wilson (R) $157, 382.4317th District, Position 2Paul Harris (R) $88,543Richard McCluskey (D) $10,408.1618th District, Position 1Brandon Vick (R) $69,431Mike Briggs (D) $28,543.3518th District, Position 2Liz Pike (R) $85,841.22Maureen Winningham (D) $38,940.7049th District, Position 1Sharon Wylie (D) $62,007.99Anson Service (R) $8,21349th District, Position 2Jim Moeller (D) $84,812.35Lisa Ross (R) $13,979.27SOURCE: state Public Disclosure CommissionMany political veterans hoping to return to Olympia this winter are enjoying a fundraising edge over their challengers. Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, has so much money he gave $31,000 back to his party. Although the incumbent is quick to point out he’s not taking anything for granted — the stunning defeat of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is still fresh — Moeller has managed to raise $84,812 compared to his opponent’s $13,979, according to public disclosure reports.Lisa Ross, who is running against Moeller, said she knew she wouldn’t win a “money war.”“So I’m just going to go grass-roots,” Ross said. “Although, the money is starting to roll in a little bit and it feels pretty good.”There’s an old saying that “money is the mother’s milk of politics.” The size of a candidate’s war chest isn’t the only factor determining survival, but “candidates who have more funds, have more of a capacity to get their message directly to voters,” said Carolyn Long, an associate professor of the school of politics, philosophy and public affairs at Washington State University Vancouver, who cited the phrase. “And if it’s a good message and resonates … they are going to have an advantage.”With ballots slated to go out in less than two weeks, legislative candidates are doing their best to remind voters why they should be the ones sent to the Statehouse.And in every local legislative race, the incumbent has a cash advantage. The closest contest money-wise is not surprisingly the competitive 17th Legislative District, Position 1, race in which Democratic Rep. Monica Stonier, with $191,056, has a slight edge over her Republican opponent Lynda Wilson, who has raised $157,382.last_img read more

Kenaitze To Participate In USDA Summer Food Service Program

first_imgThe income guidelines for reduced-price meals by family size include children who are part of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to NeedyFamilies (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals. Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service, according to a release from Kenaitze. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenaitze Indian Tribe will operate the USDA Summer Food Service Program  free of charge to all eligible children participating in the Tribe’s summer programs. The program is available to all eligible residential or non-residential camp children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. For more information, please contact Teresa Smith, Kenaitze Indian Tribe Early Childhood Manager, at 907-335-7260. This service is provided to increase accessibility to healthy meals for the children who often rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:• Kenaitze Indian Tribe Early Childhood Center, 130 N. Willow Street, Kenai: Snack, 9-9:30 a.m.; lunch, noon-12:30 p.m. (May 28-July 31)• Kenaitze Indian Tribe Summer Program at Mountain View Elementary School, 315 Swires Road, Kenai: breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (June 3-June 28 and July 8-Aug. 1)last_img read more

National Geographic Kids Leads in Subscription Sales in First Half per BPA

first_imgBPA Worldwide, the consumer and business media auditing company, reports that out of 97 periodicals monitored, National Geographic Kids leads with subscription sales, with 1.169 million subs sold from January-June 2011. Sales are up over 40,000 from January-June 2010’s sub sales of 1.121 million for NatGeo Kids.Realtor Magazine followed behind in largest amount of subscription sales, reporting 1.04 million subs in first half 2011. However, subs are also down for Realtor from first half 2010; the magazine sold 1.092 million subscriptions from January-June last year. As for single copy sales, the comic book series Archie’s Plus Group sold the highest; 345,080 from January to June (another reason why Archie’s kicking ass in first half 2011). First half 2010 saw an even stronger single copy sale number for the Archie’s Plus Group, with 434,734 single issues sold.WWE Magazine followed behind in single copy sales (albeit at a distance), reporting 79,727 mags sold in first half 2011. In first half 2010, WWE sold 105,936 single copy issues.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Joseph Mirabella Named To Deans List At Providence College

first_imgPROVIDENCE, RI — Joseph A. Mirabella, Jr., a resident of Wilmington, and a member of the Class of 2022, has been named to the Dean’s List at Providence College for the Fall 2018 semester.To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must achieve at least a 3.55 grade point average with a minimum of 12 credits.About Providence CollegeFounded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of just over 4,000 students and offers degrees in 50 academic majors.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Providence College.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 2 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Springfield CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Saint Anselm CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Rail Budget 2015 Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu Aims at Better Services Improved

first_imgDelivering the Railway Budget 2015-16, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu articulated his action plan comprising four major goals and five drivers to bring about an overall improvement in the Railways. The Minister did not increase passenger fares, cross-subsidised by higher freight rates, which will result in an increase in transport rates for certain commodities. The four goals Improving customer experienceMaking rail travel saferCapacity expansion and infrastructure modernisationFocus on financial sustainability Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu arrives at the parliament to unveil the railway budget in New Delhi February 26, 2015. India’s railway budget, to be presented later on Thursday, will signal the direction of long-term reforms needed to revamp the world’s fourth-largest rail network, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said.ReutersThe Railways would see its capacity increase to carry three crore passengers a day, up from the current 2.10 crore. Currently, about two-and-a-half crore passengers use the transport service. The railway network will be expanded to 1.38 lakh km from the existing 1.14 lakh km.The five drivers A railway transformation plan spread over five yearsFocus on financing projects and last-mile connectivity to ensure movement of goods and delivery of services by partnering with states, public sector companies and the private sector (including multilateral agencies)Exploring necessary financing avenues for the 8.5 lakh crore investment lined up to fund railway infrastructure over the next five yearsImproving the management practices by adopting best practicesSetting benchmarks for governance and transparencylast_img read more

Infosys to split business into smaller units says CEO Vishal Sikka

first_imgInfosys has been undergoing a strategy revamp since Vishal Sikka stepped in as the CEO and MD in 2014. Sikka announced the company’s plan to decentralise its business while sounding optimistic about the company’s performance for the second quarter at the analyst meet on Friday.The 49-year-old said that the company will be split into smaller business units with independent profit and loss (PNL) targets which would enable scalability, freedom of operation and accountability. The units will be led by a new team of management leaders.”It gives us scalability, it gives us isolation and accountability of individuals,” said Sikka. He did not specify the number of business units or names of leaders.In line with the company’s Zero Distance strategy, smaller business units will allow Sikka and the heads of businesses to attend specific needs of a smaller client set.”Infosys has just three members of its management team ultimately responsible for all the verticals among themselves (all the three are presidents) vs eight vertical heads at TCS,” JP Morgan analyst Viju George was quoted by the Economic Times.The units are expected to have revenue target ranging between $500 million and $700 million each, while scaling down the number of clients under them. Sikka also added that the company will give clearer revenue guidance at the end of the second quarter.The IT services major’s rival Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) had made a similar move when the company’s current CEO N Chandrasekharan took over in 2009.”We have over 20 people managing their own profit and loss accounts, each with complete ownership. We wanted to break down the problem of growth to a manageable size, so that there are different people running after the targets,” Chandrasekharan had said at the time.TCS has 23 autonomous heads managing smaller business units with revenues not exceeding $250 million. The units were given flexibility in operations to touch the target of $1 billion revenues. TCS revenues were up 32 per cent over Infosys at $6.34 billion for the 2009-10 financial year.TCS sales came at Rs. 29.3 crore, while Infosys recorded Rs. 16.78 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.last_img read more

State Data Texas Prison Guard Turnover Nears 30 Percent

first_img Share Photo by Dave Nakayama. Creative Commons license.prisonState data indicates many prison units in Texas are understaffed as the state struggles to retain prison guards, with a nearly 30 percent statewide turnover rate last year.Department vacancy rates edged past 12 percent in the last fiscal year, with more than 3,200 jobs unfilled, the Houston Chronicle reported .Data from the Texas State Auditor’s Office show a 28 percent turnover rate in the state’s roughly 26,000 officers at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice last year. The rate exceeded 40 percent in some places. The department had a 23 percent turnover rate a year earlier.“A lot of these guys don’t want to work in a prison,” said Lance Lowry, a spokesman for the Texas Correctional Employees union. “There’s other job opportunities opening up in rural Texas.”Some experts said officers are leaving for better-paying jobs in oil and gas, or in areas of economic growth.“When the economy is doing well and growing is typically when we see correctional officers leave for better-paying jobs,” said Jason Clark, spokesman for the department. “The more rural areas tend to be more challenging, particularly in South Texas when we’ve seen an uptick in oil and gas jobs being offered.”Officers have warned that the presence of so many new prison staffers due to high turnover raises safety concerns.“When you lose 20-some percent of your employees every year, it’s hard,” Lowry said.Experts said low wages contribute to the staffing challenges in prisons. Data show officer pay starts at about $32,000 per year and plateaus at $43,000 after seven years.“If you want the staff to stay — and having experienced staff is critical for effective prison operations — then the pay has to increase significantly,” said Michele Deitch, a senior lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.To boost the workforce, the Criminal Justice Department started offering daily pre-employment tests, accelerated pay schedules for some workers, more part-time jobs and some job fairs. The department has also begun offering $4,000 recruitment bonuses at 25 units particularly hard-hit by staffing issues.last_img read more

2 Killed As AntiGovernment Protests Enter Fourth Day In Iran

first_imgStringer/AFP/Getty ImagesIranian students scuffle with police at the University of Tehran on Saturday during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems.Updated at 8:23 a.m. ET SundayTwo protesters were killed Saturday night as anti-government protests in Iran continued into a fourth day.Demonstrations began on Thursday and thousands have taken to the streets in multiple cities over the weekend, with many protesters calling for the removal of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.The government warned on Sunday that protesters would suffer severe consequences if demonstrations continued.“Those who damage public property, violate law and order and create unrest are responsible for their actions and should pay the price,” Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli told Iranian state media, according to Reuters.Two protesters were shot in the town of Dorud in Iran’s Lorestan province Saturday night, the government confirmed.The deputy governor of Lorestan, Habibollah Khojastehpour, said foreign agents were responsible. “No shots were fired by the police and security forces. We have found evidence of enemies of the revolution, [Sunni militant] groups and foreign agents in this clash,” according to a Reuters translation of comments on the semi-official Mehr News.Some demonstrations have turned violent. “Protesters have attacked banks and government buildings and burned a police motorcycle,” the wire service says.Authorities said Saturday at least 50 protesters had been arrested, The Associated Press reports. On Sunday, the semi-official news organization ILNA said authorities arrested about 80 protesters in Arak, a city southwest of Tehran.A common element of all protests has been a call for the end of clerical rule in Iran, according to the BBC’s Kasra Naji. The country’s clerics have maintained power since the country’s Islamic Revolution of 1979.Other motivations behind protests are frustration over economic struggles and alleged corruption, reports say.President Hassan Rouhani, who has been seen as a gradual reformer, won re-election in May. He championed the 2015 nuclear deal with Western powers that saw sanctions lifted in return for certain limits on Iran’s nuclear development.But economic benefits of sanctions relief have not yet materialized for average Iranians. Unemployment in the spring of 2017 was 12.6 percent, up slightly from late 2016, according to the World Bank.President Trump tweeted three times in support of protesters on Friday and Saturday:Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017“The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most,” he added in another tweet. In a third, he wrote: “Oppressive regimes cannot endure forever, and the day will come when the Iranian people will face a choice. The world is watching!”He continued Sunday morning, mentioning that Iranians are “finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism” and “they will not take it any longer.”Bahram Qassemi, spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry, said Trump’s remarks and the statements of other U.S. officials were “opportunist and duplicitous” and said it was part of “the deceit and hypocrisy of the U.S. administration.” Qassemi was quoted by the newspaper Tehran Times, which calls itself the “voice of the Islamic Revolution.”Iranians are blocked from entering the U.S. as part of the Trump administration’s travel ban, a fact not lost on the Iranian government, with Qassemi calling it “spiteful.”The demonstrations are the biggest in Iran since the disputed 2009 re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Out of Tune Wants to Be the HQ Trivia of Music

first_imgFTW Studios took a lot of time getting the show right for that audience. The company hired a booking agent specialized on Hip Hop / DJ talent, and had around 100 performers come in for casting calls.The staff includes stand-up comedian Khalid Rahmaan as a full-time writer as well as director Michelle Markowitz, who recently co-authored the book “Hey Ladies.” There are six cameras in the company’s Times Square studio, and each show features behind-the-scenes shots of the team dancing along to the music. “We make a lot of adjustments to how we write the show and evolve the format,” Ronen said.It’s admittedly early to gauge the result — a week after its official launch, Out of Tune draws simultaneous audiences ranging from 1500 to 2000 people. That’s a far shy from the hundreds of thousands of people who regularly tune in to HQ Trivia. But Ronen said that early engagement stats are encouraging: More than 50% of the players stay around for the entire show, even after most of them inevitably get one of the answers wrong.Ronen admitted that most of the audience still come from the East Coast, which he attributed as much to the show’s schedule as to the talent. But FTW is already thinking about a West Coast-friendly time slot, and Ronen said that the company may eventually open up a studio in Los Angeles as well.The company is also already thinking about other shows. This may include Out of Tune spin-offs for other music genres, but FTW wants to also move beyond the quiz show format. “We are not in the game show business,” he said. “We are in the shared experience business.”That’s also why Ronen doesn’t necessarily view HQ Trivia as a direct competitor, or threat to FTW’s business. “HQ deserves a lot of respect,” he said, adding that even in the quiz genre, there would likely be multiple competitors. He argued that the same as true on traditional TV, where “Wheel of Fortune” didn’t kill “The Price Is Right.” ×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 Ronen said that the ultimate goal of FTW Studios was to reinvent shared experiences on a device that often led to people being less engaged with others. “Almost all of the experiences you have on your phone are kind of lonely,” he said. Ever since HQ Trivia burst onto the scene last year, countless startups have tried to jump on the mobile quiz show bandwagon. Last week, Out of Tune launched with a new spin on this idea: an app with a twice-daily show that has DJs play ten songs out of tune, giving players just a few seconds to guess the correct title.Out of Tune is being hosted by Melody Alanna, an aspiring singer from Brooklyn, as well as New York-based stand-up comedian Ian Lara. On each episode, one of them teams up with one of the show’s two resident DJs, New York’s DJ Mary Mac and DJ 8pm. Every episode consists of a 10 minute DJ set and around 14 minutes of quiz, complete with a lot banter and impromptu dance sessions.Players who get all 10 songs correct can win their share of a cash price. And anyone who doesn’t closely follow the current charts likely will have a hard time making it beyond the second or third question.“It’s not for everyone,” admitted Avner Ronen, CEO of FTW Studios. The New York-based startup has been working since late last year on Out of Tune, and refining the concept in a beta test over the past few months before the show’s official launch last week. 50% of the show’s current audience is 24 years old or younger, and another 25% fall into the 25-34 year-old-demographic, according to Ronen. Popular on Variety last_img read more

Not For Keeps

first_img 2 min read This story appears in the May 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » May 1, 2000 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Buy off-the-shelf software, and it’s yours to do with as you please, right? Wrong. You didn’t actually purchase the software, but rather a license to use it. “A software license is a contract under which the owner of the copyright of the software authorizes the end user to use the software in a particular way,” says Allan P. Weeks, an attorney and partner with Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford, Connecticut. “The use is constrained by the terms of the license and U.S. copyright law.”Weeks says two types of software license agreements are currently in use: a bilateral agreement and a shrink-wrap or click-wrap license. In a bilateral agreement, the parties negotiate the terms of the license. The shrink-wrap (for packaged software from a store or catalog) or click-wrap (for software downloaded from a Web site) license is a standard form that typically limits the number of computers on which you can load the software, limits copying the program, forbids making it part of a network unless you buy a network license, and sets conditions relative to liability, indemnifications and warranties.If you don’t get the appropriate license and pay for it, you could face charges of U.S. copyright law violations. Also keep licensing in mind when you have software created especially for your company. Unless you have a contract that states otherwise, the author of the software owns it-even if you’ve paid that person to develop the software for you. Have contracts for software development reviewed by an attorney with expertise in intellectual property before you sign them.For more information, contact the Software and Information Industry Association, 1730 M St., NW, #700, Washington, DC 20036-4510, (202) 452-1600, www.siia.net. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Mozilla launches Firefox Rocket browser in Indonesia

first_imgMozilla launches Firefox Rocket browser in Indonesia by Martin Brinkmann on October 02, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: October 02, 2017 – 30 commentsFirst traces of a new web browser by Mozilla, makers of Firefox, appeared today on the company’s official support website.Firefox Rocket is the name of the new browser, and it is only available in Indonesia currently. The description on Mozilla’s support web page reveals some information:Firefox Rocket is a light but feature-packed browser that lets you save data and phone storage, capture and share content, and browse quickly even on slow connections.The very same page highlights some of the features of the new browser:Browse faster with Turbo ModeSave data and speed up your browsing with Block imagesClear your cache / free up phone spaceCapture web pages with ScreenshotsSome of these features are also available in other Firefox versions while others are exclusive to Firefox Rocket for now.Turbo Mode sounds a lot like Opera Turbo on first glance. Firefox Rocket Turbo Mode hides third-party content such as advertisement on web pages visited in the browser. It is unclear at this point in time whether Turbo Mode is a content blocker that is built-in to Firefox Rocket, or if it is a solution like Opera Turbo which uses a proxy to block and compress content before it is transferred to the user’s device.Another feature that is not part of other versions of Firefox by default is the option to block images from being loaded. Firefox Rocket is not the first browser to offer that feature though; Vivaldi and Opera support a similar feature for instance natively.The third feature of Firefox Rocket that Mozilla highlights is the option to clear the browser cache without clearing the browsing history, form history or login sessions.Finally, Screenshots is also available in Firefox Rocket. Mozilla launched Screenshots recently for Firefox on the desktop.Mozilla makes no mention of the systems that Firefox Rocket is available for. It is likely that Firefox Rocket is available for Android, and not for the desktop. We don’t know as well whether it is based on Firefox code, or something else.If you are from Indonesia let us know if you had a chance to play with Firefox Rocket already.Closing WordsIt is quite unclear to me right now why Mozilla launched Firefox Rocket, a new web browser, and not implemented the functionality in Firefox Mobile or Firefox Focus instead.I will update the article when new information comes to light.Now You: What’s your take on this new browser?SummaryArticle NameMozilla launches Firefox Rocket browser in IndonesiaDescriptionFirefox Rocket is the name of the new web browser by Mozilla, makers of the Firefox web browser, and it is only available in Indonesia currently. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Land Rover the worlds leading sport utility vehi

first_imgLand Rover, the world’s leading sport utility vehicle manufacturer, comes to Los Angeles with the North American debut of Range Rover Sport Autobiography Limited Edition. The limited-production vehicle will be on display with the full model line-up for press review December 2-3, and during the public show days December 4-13.The award-winning Range Rover Sport line-up will feature a striking new Autobiography Package available in the 510-hp Supercharged edition offering added elegance and refinement for 2010. All seat surfaces are upholstered in new duo-tone leather, available in three color combinations. The front and rear headrests are embossed with a unique Autobiography Sport logo while the wood door inserts also bear this exclusive insignia. The Autobiography Package also includes the rear-seat entertainment system and HD radio offered in Range Rover Sport, as well as a distinctive Autobiography Sport badge on the tailgate. Electronic rear differential lock and adaptive cruise control are also part of the package.Only 250 Autobiographies will be produced this year in Santorini Black. The exterior features body-colored lower door panels, front and rear bumpers with titan accents and an extended rear roof spoiler. A Titan mesh grille and side vents also enhance the Autobiography Package. Special 20-inch, 10-spoke Diamond-Turned alloy wheels and a distinguishing exhaust extension complete the exterior.Autobiography – A Beneficiary of a Better Basis The foundation for the Autobiography model – the updated 2010 Range Rover Sport – puts even more emphasis on driving dynamics over prior model years. From the new suspension that monitors the suspension at up to 500 times per second and adjusts to suit individual driving style, to the new Dynamic setting on the Terrain Response ™ system in the Supercharged model which provides heightened responsiveness during enthusiastic on-road driving, the new Sport feels much more agile, more athletic. Greater driver involvement comes with new paddle shifters to select gears manually when desired, revised steering, and more powerful brakes.The Range: HSE $60,495 5.0-liter V8 375 hp/375 lb-ft 6-sp auto Supercharged $74,195 5.0-liter V8 510 hp/461 lb-ft 6-sp auto Autobiography $88,545 5.0-liter V8 510 hp/461 lb-ft 6-sp auto (Prices are MSRP and include $850 destination and delivery charge)Highlights: – Greater focus on enhanced driving dynamics, more athletic performance – All-new direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 engines – New 5.0-liter supercharged V8 delivers a remarkable 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque with 0-to-60 mph acceleration in just 5.9 seconds – New 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 with 375 hp and 375 lb-ft generating 0-to-60mph acceleration in 7.2 seconds – just 0.1 sec. slower that previous Supercharged model – High-efficiency, sixth-generation Eaton™ twin-vortex supercharger (Supercharged and Autobiography models) – Both engines conform to stringent ULEV2 emissions regulations – Striking new exterior design with new LED headlights, new two-bar grille, revised bumpers and new LED rear light clusters – Vastly improved ride and handling with new Adaptive Dynamics System featuring precise new DampTronic Valve Technology ™ damper units (shocks) that read suspension movements 500 times per second and adjust to suit the driver – New Dynamic program within Terrain Response™ system to deliver more sporting and responsive on-road driving experience – New paddle shifters for Sport Supercharged (and Autobiography) – Dramatic leap forward in interior quality, with finer materials and finishes; 50 percent fewer buttons and switches on dashboardwww.landrover.comlast_img read more

Bumstead named vice chair of House Appropriations Committee

first_img16Jan Bumstead named vice chair of House Appropriations Committee State Rep. Jon Bumstead was appointed by House Speaker Kevin Cotter as vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee for the 98th Legislature.Bumstead has also been appointed as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Natural Resources, as well as a member of the Department of Community Health, Department of Environmental Quality and Capital Outlay subcommittees. Appropriations subcommittees help establish the annual budgets for each state department.“I’m honored to have the opportunity to help designate how the state’s budget is divided among the various state departments and agencies,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “As a small business owner for over three decades, I understand the importance of fiscally responsible behavior and look forward to using my experience to help ensure the voices of Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers are heard.”The House Appropriations Committee establishes the distribution of the state’s budget for each state department and agency. There are 18 House appropriations subcommittees that assist in delegating the annual budget based on subject area.### Categories: Newslast_img read more